Friday, January 24, 2020

From the Pastor's desk

... because too often we treat Christianity as a moment to put in our schedule, or as a reason for being mostly nice; we treat it as a sometimes thing, as if we’ll follow Jesus when there’s nothing else we need or want to do at the moment.

But, that is not the example and teaching of the Bible.

In Scripture, to believe and to follow Jesus, to have Him as Savior and Lord, is to be a completely new and different person.

It is a changing of mind, of heart, of life direction. It is you leaving behind the way of looking at life that allowed for shallow and prideful choices, and instead loving God with all that you are, and loving your neighbor because of it.

It changes your courage and your contentment and your commitment; it changes the words you choose and the thoughts you think and the friends you have.

It should be noticeable, and verifiable, and make you stand out in a particular way.

If you’re not different, maybe you don’t spend enough time with Jesus.

Acts 4:13–“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Monday, January 20, 2020

From the Pastor's desk

Still needed...

Reality check of the morning:

You don't have to treat them respectfully just because they agree with you politically;
you don't have to treat them respectfully just because they're on your side;
you don't have to treat them respectfully just because you like what they say, or what they've done, or how much money they have, or how much you'll gain if you get in good with them.

You don't have to agree or join or follow.
You don't have to approve or sign off or be silent.

Respect doesn't equal agreement with choices or opinions; respect doesn't mean you've given in or given up; respect doesn't mean weakness or timidity.

Respect simply means you see them as you see yourself--human, flawed, uniquely created, a constant work in progress, a person whose life you haven't lived, whose brain you're not in, whose time and energy and movement you don't control.

Maybe today is a good day to stop demanding that every uniquely crafted, living, breathing work of art be exactly the same...and just respect them for the design that they bring.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

From the Pastor's desk...

... because it’s possible that you’re in need of conviction, in need of commitment, in need of a deep change that has been needed in your life for a long time.

And there have been good influences, godly examples, men and women that you’ve looked up to and sought for advice and wanted to be like.

And unfortunately for too long, you’ve chosen to be less than you could be, than you should be.

Don’t waste another moment, another day, another opportunity to change your legacy, to begin something new in your life and in your family, and to make much of God!

See the example that others have set, reach for it, seek it out!

Who is it for you? Who has been that one person, for you?

Hebrews 13:7–“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Confession and DONE!

I'm going to confess something to y'all.  I am obsessively addicted to asparagus.  There!!!  I said it!!!  And I'm owning it!  

I've always loved those long skinny spears of green deliciousness.  I get it from my Mama.  She loved it, too, and would cook it all the time.  Back in those days, it was the canned, slimy, kind but with a little bit of bacon grease, salt and pepper, it was awesome!  I still eat the canned stuff but mainly I use either frozen or fresh.

The way I like to make it is pretty darn simple.  I melt some butter in an iron skillet.  Add the washed and trimmed asparagus and toss it with the butter.  Let it get somewhat browned and then add just a bit of water, maybe a 1/4 - 1/3 cup, should do it.  Put a lid on the pan and let cook for about five minutes.  Remove the lid, salt and pepper and then let it cook until all the liquid is gone.  Now, you can stop there or you can do what I do.  I let that stuff get nice and caramelized and add a 1/2 cup of riced cauliflower.  Dish it up and sprinkle with soy sauce and sriracha.  Oh my word!  Yummy-ness!  I am the only one around here that likes asparagus which is probably a good thing because I can and will eat the entire bunch, all by myself!  

I am so DONE!!!

With the granddaughter's earrings, that is!  I finally finished them, and might I add, without pulling my hair out!

Aren't they just the cutest things you've ever seen!?  She is going to be over the moon!  I am currently working on another pair for her but those will be for Valentine's Day and aren't nearly as complicated as these were.

I should get off the computer and start getting ready for bed.  I have to be up early in the morning and have yet to fold the laundry I did this morning.  It should be properly wrinkled by now.  Guess I will get out the old ironing board tomorrow...that's ok...I love to iron!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Crazy weather and stuff

You know, I thought I would have a lot of things to post about but I've been struggling with some junk and I just can't get a grip on my brain, I sit.  

I think my sweet grandson perfectly captured my brain lately.  Just a jumble of thoughts, emotions, and insecurities.  I would like to blame it on S.A.D. but that's not it, unfortunately.  Some days, I just don't know where I stand or what the future will hold.  What I need to do is get back into God's word but even that seems to be a chore so I put on my little happy face and try to hold it together for my grandbabies.  This will pass and life will go on but in the meantime my head is all a mess.  Do you even get like that?  It can't be explained but it is real, none the less.

I started this project way back in November.  It is supposed to be four singing snowmen.  I don't know how I managed to put this behind some stuff and not finish it.  I found it last week, along with another project, and decided to put it in my craft room floor so I would have to step over it to get to anything, in hopes that would make me get it done.  Yeah...that didn't work.  I'm still stepping over it.  Maybe by next Christmas...

I've been crocheting for over 45 years and never thought to use the FPDC and BPDC to make a scarf.  I don't know why, really, because it works up nice and thick and is really a beautiful design.  I made myself a red neck warmer to wear with a dress I've had for several years but never worn because I didn't like the neckline.  This was perfect to hide that.  I'm sure I will be using this stitch combo for many things from now on.  This would also make nice reusable "swiffer" cloths.  I wouldn't ever use them because of all the dog hair I am constantly cleaning up but for every day floor dusting, this would work very well.

I started working on a pair of earrings for my granddaughter.  The pattern is really cute and since she is horse crazy, I thought  these would be perfect for her birthday in a couple of  months.  I don't know if the thread is old, my hands don't want to work or just what the problem is, but I've started over three times and just now got in a hurry and somehow the thread twisted and knotted.  I had to put it to the side because I was getting so frustrated.  I hope I can get the knot out because I am not going to start over again!  I also discovered, while working on these, that I need stronger reading glasses.  I'm about to go nuts trying to see how to get the knot out!  UGH!  Getting older is not for sissies!

Oh!  Hey!  Do you have one of these?

I got one for Christmas and I thought it would be nice to use in my bathroom since there is no room for a traditional radio and I love listening to Southern Gospel while getting ready for church, on Sunday mornings.  HOWEVER!  I have no idea how to set it up much less how to use it.  I'm going to have to get my daughter to set it up for me but, dang it, I keep forgetting to ask her to do it.  Too bad I can't just plug it in and say, "Hey Google.  Set yourself up.".  LoL  I guess we aren't there in our technology just yet.

Y'all have a beautiful and safe weekend,

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends.  I pray it will be blessed for all!  

Going to try and update y'all.  I don't know how I got so far behind, really, but...

Not a lot happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas until my husband woke me up about three days before Christmas!  He never wakes me up so that was enough to freak me out but when he said he wasn't feeling good and thought he should go to the ER, I jumped up, wide awake!  This is the man that would rather take a beating than to go to the doctor, y'all!  When I looked into his eyes, I could tell immediately he was a sick boy!  He was having trouble breathing and his chest was tight.  The ex-paramedic in me, kicked in, and we wasn't no time getting to the hospital.  I just knew he was having a heart attack!  We got to the ER and they rushed him in and hooked him up to all kinds of machines.  That is when I freaked out!  I was calm and in charge until I could no longer see him.  I had to go to the restroom and collect myself because I didn't want my husband to worry about me being upset, so I sucked it up and dealt with it, you know what I mean?  God is an awesome God!  After a hundred-million tests, IVs, xrays, and every thing that goes with it, it was decided that he had pneumonia and the stomach flu.  I'm sure that doesn't sound like good news but considering what it could have been, that was the best news.

Christmas was wonderful.  Our kids and grandkids were here, we had lots of food, fun, and gifts. My Mister was still not feeling good and everyone went home, after a couple of hours, so he could rest.  After 10 days, he is just now feeling almost normal.  Now here it is, a new year and everything is back to normal.  All the traces of Christmas have been put back in storage, the house is put back to rights, and I've settled in for the rest of winter by crocheting, drinking lots of coffee and hot tea, and just being...

I am looking forward to what the new year and new decade brings.  I don't make resolutions but I do set goals.  One of those goals is to be more consistent with keeping up with this blog.  I have other goals for the year as well as the word I was given for 2020.  I promise to post about all of that within the next few days!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hey y'all...

I tell you what!  I am horrible at this blogging thing!  I am always "going to write a post" only to get side-tracked by one thing or another.  I can never put my finger on just what caused me to get off track, either!  If only you could see into my brain you would understand!  120 miles an hour and getting nothing done!

So, are you all as cold as we are?  Good grief, Charlie Brown!  It has been brutal the past couple of days but we are supposed to warm back up to what they say is our normal Fall temps.  We have been in this state for going on 23 years and I have yet to see "normal" matter the season!  Anyhow!

Have you started working on Christmas gifts, yet?  I am so proud of myself!  I have the granddaughter's quilt finished, my son in love's gift is done, and I have almost completed the quilt for my grandson!  Everything else will be store bought because I have folks that don't appreciate or understand the value of a handmade gift.  Sad, isn't it.  Oh well...they will one day, I suppose!  Not going to worry about that.  Less work for me!  

We have been eating a lot of soups, stews and chili since the weather has gotten colder.  I've tried several new recipes and most of them turned out just wonderful.  Last night I made Crockpot Sweet Potato Stew from a recipe I found at Chelsea's Messy Apron.  

It was very good!  I tweeked the recipe, here and there, just a little bit.  I used Cajun seasoning rather than seasoned salt and naturally, I used way more garlic and worchestershire sauce than what was called for.  Also gave it a good dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce, which wasn't called for at all, but what is food without hot sauce!?  I have to say, I was apprehensive to make this because of the sweet potatoes.  I am the only one who likes yams but honestly, you couldn't even tell they were in there unless you looked and my Mister seemed to like it just fine.

I have been doing a tiny bit of decorating for Winter/Christmas but I will have to show you that another time.  My granddaughter asked if we could start decorating earlier than usual and since I am the coolest Grandma, of course I said yes!  I figure I have seven trees so that will keep them busy for at least five weeks if they decorate one per week!  I made the decision, last year, that I can live with imperfection if it comes from my grandbabies so if they clump all the decorations in one place or not in just the right spot, well then, that's where it will stay.  I used to wear myself our trying to get everything magazine perfect.  Not anymore!  It is what it is!  Can I tell you how much stress that cut out of this time of year and the good Lord knows, I don't need anymore stress!  

Well, I have to say goodnight my friends!  I hope some of you still read my sporadic ramblings!

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Here I am!

Good morning,kids!  I hope y'all are enjoying some wonderful Fall weather.  It has cooled off, nicely, around here.  Almost too much but I'll take it! 

I bet you are wondering just what has kept me so busy that I haven't posted much.  Well, pretty much the same old things that we are always doing, with some extras thrown in for good measure!  Of course, there is always softball. At least twice a week we are at a game.  The granddaughter is doing so well!  This is her first year and she is a natural so I am so happy that she loves playing!  I'm a firm believer in keeping kids busy with sports, nature, and learning life skills.  Of course you have to keep it fun and exciting, for them, but it is so important to give them things to do instead of running the streets or vegging out in front of a video game.  Off topic but I digress.

The temperatures have cooled off and I've brought in my plants for the winter.  My kitchen is looking like a plant farm!  This is just one shelf with just a few plants but there is another shelf on the other side of the room and both are filled to capacity!  Not a single bare spot left.  My husband asked why I have so many plants.  Well, I started with only four several years ago but they keep making babies so now I have a house full.  I don't know how to live without something green growing, year 'round.  What a dull life winter would be without house plants!  Besides they clean the air.  So anyway, my kitchen is full of plants and there are more in the living room and my bathroom.

I spent this morning giving "Hairy the Boston Fern" a haircut. Bless his heart his "hair" was so big that he couldn't get a good watering and was beginning to show it.  I have the hardest time keeping ferns alive and I read somewhere that I should trim them up in the winter months.  Makes sense to me.  When my hair gets all bushy and wild, I feel better after I have a trim, too!

"Hairy" already looks happier!  He got a good drink of water and will now retire to his winter home, over on a table in front of a sunny window.  Fingers crossed and prays said, that moody "Hairy" makes it through winter and comes back as big as ever!  He has something to look forward to.  He will be getting a new, bigger, pot in the Spring, so maybe he will want to live! 

My mister and I built a new chicken house for those bratty Bantam chickens.  They were living in a crate in the shop, which was fine, but my Mister got tired of them taking up space.  I saw something on Pinterest about reusing a swing set frame for a coop and we just retired one so we used it.  It needs a few things to make it pretty but that can wait until Spring.  Naturally, about the time we finished it, the weather turned and I insisted they go back into their crate inside the shop.  I know they would have be perfectly find in their new house, with a wonderful heat lamp, but they are so small!  Mister is not exactly happy about them being back in there, though

I've been spending a lot of time with this tongue and all!  We have a fun time and he always wants to have a sleep over with Nona.  He will voice his opinion...loudly...if he has to go home.  HeHeHe!  As it should be with grandparents and grandbabies!

Of course, there is so much to do at Nona's house!  We love making playdoh "cookies", painting rocks, and there is this cool container with sand in it...

We love playing cars and the sand makes it even more fun. I keep the sand in this container because I don't want the barn kitties to get the wrong idea about the sand being a litter box.  Ewwww!!!  Also,  this way, I can keep the sand on the porch so he can play even when it is raining.  Besides his electric tractor, 4-wheeler, and monster truck, this is his favorite thing to do.  I kind of like it, too!  😉

Do you journal or keep a planner?  I have no need for a planner but I do like to journal and doodle...mainly doodle.  I decided to start a Scripture journal in order to try and keep up with my Bible reading.  I get so busy and scatterbrained till I forget to get into God's word.  The devil's plan, don't you think?  Ugh!  So anyhow, here is some of my supplies.  I would like to be able to tell you that I haven't missed a day but that would be an untruth.  I missed an entire week but I am back on track and I am trying hard to keep at it.  This is a good way to memorize scripture, as well, and who couldn't use more of that! 

Of course, the Fall skies in Oklahoma are always intriguing and I've been doing a lot of sky watching!  

This is from a morning earlier this month.  The camera just can't catch the splendor that your eye can and this picture just doesn't capture just how amazing this was, but trust me, it was beautiful.  Here are a couple more...

Besides all of that stuff, I've been sewing...A LOT!  Of course, it is time for making Christmas quilts for the grandbabies.

I've finished the one for my granddaughter and will begin my grandson's this week.  I will show pictures after Christmas because I don't want to share just in case one of them sees this post.  I decided to make quilts to fit their new twin beds.  Usually I make small quilts for watching movies but they have plenty of those for now. 

I've been doing other sewing, as well.  Our church had an "Old West Day" this past Sunday, so you just know I had to make outfits for that!  I had no idea where to start but I had a picture in my head so I drew up patterns for vests, chaps, and a skirt, for the grands.  They turned out so cute!

Is that not the sweetest thing you've ever seen?  He really liked dressing up.  He got new boots to go with his outfit and he hasn't wanted to take them off!  Boy after Nona's heart, right there!  Blame it all on his Texas roots! 

Aren't these two the Bee's knees!  I had so much fun making these outfits and the good thing is they can use them for halloween, too.  

So, there you are.  Some of the things that have kept me busy.  Mentioning busy...I better get to it because we have a front coming in tonight and I need to get my rose bushes pruned and things picked up before the wind takes them off!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Life In Black & White

She may be old and deaf but she is my girl.  16 years old and in great health!  I look forward to more happy years with this Old Dame!