Sunday, April 4, 2021

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

 



As we celebrate our Risen Savior, may we remember the hope we have in Jesus.  Thank you, Father God, for your plan of salvation!!!!!!  Thank you Jesus, for conquering death!!!!  Let us praise and thank Him all day long.

May you have a wonderful day ahead.  God bless.

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Good in Good Friday


 

"It is finished."  Jesus gave His life so that we might have ours.  Our sins deserve death, but because "God so loved the world" Jesus went in our place.  WE should be hanging on the cross, but Jesus suffered that for us - for sins past, present, and future.  No more striving for us to be good enough because we can't.  We can't read our Bible enough, we can't go to church enough, we can't pray enough, we can't do enough good works. You can't look at the Lord hanging on the cross and still think that there should be something more to salvation!  "It is finished."  Salvation isn't about being good enough because none of us can.  Salvation is believing on the Lord Jesus and what He did for us on Calvary. We were separated from God but now we are redeemed through the blood of Christ.  The only thing you need to do is to repent of your sins, asking Jesus into your heart, and those scarlet sins will be washed white as snow.  Nothing but the blood of Jesus can do that!  THAT is the good in Good Friday.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

March Newsletter

 

A little St. Patrick's Day bouquet.  : )


This year I'm hoping to keep us in fresh flowers.  Depending upon the type of flower it can last for quite a while!  I'm constantly amazed at the intricacy of flowers - so beautiful - and the smell......  : )

Well, here we are again with the next newsletter.  March almost gone and looking ahead to the new month of April.  Here in the north, April can be quite the fickle month - we can have some very nice and warm days or we can have a couple of snowstorms!  So we just go with it and plan and see what happens.  : )  

We've been using March as a month of really getting things done in the house because soon we will want to be out raking and planting and cleaning up the yard.  While puttering around the house one day, I noticed how important the daily routines are and how consistent they've become.  

*In the morning I make the coffee and read the Bible and have prayer time.  I get up and open the blinds and set the breakfast table.  I go make the bed and check the e-mails.  I get into the shower and get ready for the day............it just all flows and becomes routine and ready's me for the day ahead.

*In the late afternoon after all the work is done, I'll go around and turn on a few lights, light some candles, get into the kitchen and begin the supper - again, a routine that tells us to stop and rest and be grateful for the day that is now behind us.

*In the evening, there is a meal to eat and dishes to wash up.  There is the eventual closing of the blinds and the turning on of the outdoor lights.  There is a book or magazine to pick up or there is the knitting or crocheting to work on.  There is a favorite DVD to plug in (no TV for me).  Then the eyes start getting tired so it's back to the bathroom to wash up for bed.  Time to say the prayers of thanksgiving for the day that we now say goodbye to and climb into bed.

It's in these routines, for me anyway, that are homey and comfortable and important for peace of mind.  I'm a person who needs the daily routines of life - something to count on, the stability.  If you still have children at home, let this be a part of their lives as well.  Children need to have something and someone to count on that says "this is our home" and "this is what we do."  Bring them into it and share it with them.

In this newsletter I will share what I've been doing this month, what I still need to do, what I've been reading, etc.  So, come along with me as I share my little part of our home with you.  : )

*I have definitely put our Spring/Easter decorations up inside and outside of the house:









It's so fun to put these decorations up - and, like Christmas, even though we put up the fun little bunnies and chicks, we need to keep Christ in Easter as well.  Without Easter, we are lost souls.  He is our Risen Savior and Lord!!!!!

*During my morning prayers I always pray that God will provide the fruit of the Spirit (as in Galatians 5:22-23).  Every week I take a different fruit and I've looked each up in the dictionary for the definition (not that we don't know what each one already means but it just adds clarity sometimes).  For instance, one week I pray for "patience" - the definition to this word helped me tremendously - "the capacity of calm endurance."  So throughout the week, whenever I felt that my patience was being tested, I kept repeating the definition to myself - "please Lord, give me the capacity of calm endurance."  He did.  : )

Another week it was praying for "kindness" - the definition was "friendly, generous, and warmhearted toward others."

Another week it was praying for "goodness" - the definition was "desirable qualities, upright, moral, sympathetic, understanding, charitable."

With these two, I found it interesting (and never thought about it before) that "kindness" is what we do towards others and "goodness" is what is within us so that we CAN be kind towards others.  I love that!

Can you imagine how our world would change for the better if everyone would study things like this - to know what God wants and expects from us?  

*I ALWAYS have to have something to read!  Here is what I'm reading now:

Again, I'm reading about nutrition and incorporating it into our meals as much as our budget will allow.  I enjoy learning about this, not to get crazy and try any and every "diet" out there because I seriously don't believe in dieting but I do believe in healthy eating and being careful in what we put into our bodies and having it become a way to eat.  So I read books and magazines like this to just keep giving me ideas - I take what I can and leave the rest if it sounds a little "out there."

It's not April yet, but this is one of my favorite Spring books to read!  If you can get this book, I highly recommend it.  : )


I just purchased this at Hobby Lobby so I'm not that far into it yet, but what I've read so far is very good.  Our pastor brought it up, I wrote it down, was thrilled to see it, and bought it right away!  What a woman of faith Elisabeth Elliot was - if you have a problem with forgiveness, I would suggest reading her story.

*Like I said above, we are trying to really get things done in the house.  One of those things was to have our son over to help us go through boxes of his things that we've collected over the years.  What a job.  But we did it quickly and efficiently and lots of things were thrown out, lots of things were given to charity, and a lot of things were for him to carry off in his own car to put into his own home!  : )  Of course, there are always those things that one is not quite certain of - keep or give?  So they have their own box and we will keep it until we feel we know what to do.  But, just going through all of it has given us SO much more space and we were able to consolidate it all in one spot instead of three.  A VERY good feeling.

I've been going through other things as well.  Purses to be exact.  I have 3 but they all needed to be cleaned out!  I have a black purse, and two brown purses (different shades of brown - dark and light) to go with my black and brown shoes.  Anyway.....it's amazing at how much junk accumulates in our purses.  So much got thrown away, and so much got put into separate bags (makeup in one, wipes and lens cleaners in another, paper and pens in another, and so on......) and now it feels wonderful.  Whenever I switch purses I just take the separate bags and put them in the other purse.  Much more organized which also saves a lot of time.

I've also been trying to do something that I've seen on Pinterest (but isn't a new idea) and that is called "laundry stripping" - basically it's just soaking your laundry in a solution of washing soda, borax, and a bit of laundry detergent and letting it soak for about 4-6 hours.  I've gotten away from soaking my whites for a while now, but I'm back into it again because I love to keep our whites white!  I tried the above ingredients in our tub with our sheets and there is a notable difference - not as bad as some of the pictures I've seen - which made me feel good.  : )  There is a concern (if you want to call it that) that is brought up in the fact of front loading machines and top loading machines and how front loaders don't clean as well because there is no agitation - the clothes just kind of flop around.  I believe that is true because I had a front loader for years and now have switched to a top loader with the agitator and our laundry feels much better.  So.........if you're not used to soaking laundry I'd suggest it.  And, since it's already soaking in detergent along with the other products, you won't need to add any other detergent to the washing machine when you finally get to washing.  Just wash as normal (sometimes I set it to a double rinse cycle).  I'm also beginning to hang clothes up again which helps with both putting wear and tear on the clothes but also the utility bill at the end of the month!  : )  

*I've been enjoying my charitable projects:

Sent out another newsletter to the Senior center - this is for St. Patrick's Day.

Working on prayer shawls.

Crocheting quilt blocks.

Sewing a baby blanket.

Sending flowers to those who might need a little lift.

Sending out cards for the same reason.

Again, if you have children or grandchildren it would be a wonderful thing to let them help you in this.  Show them that this way of giving back is just a normal part of life.  Instill within them the desire to help where needed and to constantly be keeping their eyes and ears open to opportunities to serve.

*Here are some extra photos to share with you from various things done:

A reading from my devotional Bible that I wanted to share with you - it was a major reminder to me!


More pretty flowers.  : )


The benefit of being up early - gorgeous sunrises!

Our March calendar page.  : )


Trays of bananas for the dehydrator.

Split pea soup in the crockpot.

Sunday night game night - I started to miss this as it used to be a family tradition when our son was young, so my husband I decided to just do it for ourselves.



We had our son and his wife over for games and desserts.  We're part Irish so every year we try to do a little something.  


Starting seeds - above tomatoes are growing and some lettuce - in the other I planted some zinnias and then in the little cups I have marigolds and lavender.  I have a LOT more to start!!!  I really want to get a tiny greenhouse this year because I really don't have any room to put a lot of trays out in our house.  I planted these on a day that was cold, windy, and snowy.  : )

It was THIS day!!!  After it was a said and done, we had between 3 or 4 inches, which isn't too bad - it's all gone now.  : )

Today is National Quilting Day!  Although I'm not a quilter (though I would love to be) I CAN sew the rag quilts and really enjoy it.  So.......I will be sewing along with thousands of others today and see what I can come up with!  I've cut out some blocks and my room is ready.  : )  

Lately, I've been thinking how important it is to do these kinds of things - we used to do them and I don't know why we've gotten away from it.  Looking up days of celebration and then just doing it for the fun of it.  A way of making our day-to-day lives more interesting and something to look forward to.  I mean, why not?  I think this past year has made us weary and it's taken something away from us - our zeal for life, our making the most of what we already have.  So, I encourage you - whether you're single, a married couple, a married couple with children, empty-nesters, empty-nesters with grandchildren.........start today by doing something out of the ordinary.  Let's bring that back!!!  It's good for our mental, emotional, and physical health.  Here are a few to get you started:

*Again, today - National Quilting Day - pull out those scraps and try it!!!!  If not a whole quilt, maybe a baby quilt, or a wall hanging, or a placemat, or a potholder..........just do it!!!!  : )

*March 25th - it's National Waffle Day!  Invite someone for waffles - make some sausage and/or bacon to go with.  Or, if you are still uncomfortable with someone over, do it for yourself!!!!  

*April 5th - it's National Deep Dish Pizza Day!  Order out or make one at home!!!!

*April 7th - it's No Housework Day!!!!  Sounds good to me!!! : )

*April 12th - it Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!  Mmmmmm........who doesn't love grilled cheese?

Those are just a few to get you started.  Seriously, let's start celebrating again.  Things are just so serious and heavy, we need to allow for ourselves some time of cheer.  When we were homeschooling, we would do this kind of thing all the time and our son still remembers.  Let's continue to build memories.

And, how is your cleaning coming along?  I don't know about you, but there are SO many things that get in the way of just settling in and focusing on deep cleaning!  I'm getting there, but it's been slow.  As long as SOMETHING is getting done, that's all that counts.  : )

*Lastly, we look forward to April.  And Easter.  It will just be the four of us again this year and because of not knowing yet what time of day our get-together will be I'll need to begin to think of meals - if it's right after church we usually have brunch, if it's later in the day, we'll have the traditional ham dinner with the fixins'.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year so that we can spend some time outside.  What does YOUR family do to celebrate the Risen Lord?  Any special traditions?  Is there any way of thinking of others and helping where and when you can?

*Send Easter cards?
*Make a list of people you can call?
*Any Zoom meetings?
*Give money to charitable organizations?
*Give groceries to the local food shelf so others can enjoy an Easter meal?
*Be a witness to those who don't know Christ?

Well........I think that is about it for this newsletter.  I hope you have enjoyed reading it because I enjoyed writing it.  : )  Thank you SO much for your time in stopping by and I hope you can enjoy the next few weeks ahead.  God bless you and your family and everything you do to make your house a home.  Again, it's important work!  Love you all.

Mary





 





 






Thursday, February 25, 2021

Urgent Prayer Needed for the United States

 



Something has been brought to my attention which I feel I need to desperately get out to you as well.  I subscribe to the Franklin Graham newsletter and every so often I receive information of great importance and what I received yesterday alarmed me and I felt very strongly that I needed to post so that all of you, along with me, could be in prayer about it.  

The Biden Administration wants to pass what they call the "Equality Act" and it's a clear and dangerous threat to our country.  Here are the points that Franklin Graham points out if this bill is passed:

*The Equality Act designates schools, churches, and healthcare organizations as "public accommodations."  With this, schools, churches, and hospitals could be forced to accept the government's beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity.  It will threaten everyday speech where people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.

*The Equality Act will legislate that we allow boys in girls' sports, boys in girls' locker rooms, men in women's shelters, and men in women's prisons.  It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female.  Schools will be encouraged or mandated to instruct first, second, and third graders that they can choose to be a boy or girl, or neither, or both, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.

*The Equality Act will use the force of law across all 50 states to strip Christian and other religious ministries of their right to hire people of shared faith to pursue a shared mission.  

*The Equality Act will strip health professionals of their rights of conscience.  It will force doctors and medical professionals who long to do no harm to engage in gender transition treatments such as hormone-blocking, cross-sex hormones, or surgery.  

*The Equality Act will be a tool used by the government to deny or threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not satisfy the demands of the secular Left to apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, places of privacy, and even teachings.  The Act could be used as a weapon to threaten availability of federal student loans and grants to students.

Franklin Graham states that these are just a few examples.  What he is asking (and because I'm passing this along, so am I) is that people of faith NEED to PRAY NOW!  Gone are the complacent days of thinking that the government will do the right thing because obviously they are going out of their way to be extremely opposed to the American people.  I feel in my heart that the American people don't want this but we have to be on our knees to God and pray for His intervention in this and His mercy.  This is so very serious.  Any of us who have children and/or grandchildren should do everything we can to make sure this is stopped dead in it's tracks.  We all need to show up now in big ways to let them know we oppose this.

PLEASE..........pray.   And PLEASE.......contact your representatives in the U.S. House and Senate and even President Biden himself.  Just go on-line if you need information on how to contact these people.  Tell them to emphatically vote NO to the Equality Act.  Our future depends on us speaking up and speaking out - now is the time to be bold and courageous.  Having said this, do ALL of this in love - don't be harsh, speak calmly, be respectful. 

Thank you SO much for your time, help, and attention to all of this.  

Friday, February 19, 2021

February Newsletter

Our next finished puzzle.  : )


I know we have a week left in February, but I will send this out now thinking that next week will be on the busier side for me and then we'll be into March!!!  Can you believe it?  Spring is right around the corner.  Here in Minnesota, Spring can sometimes take it's own sweet time.  Our Easter for the last two years found us hunkering down under blizzards.......so we really can't go by what the calendar tells us.

We just came out of frigid temps and now we're looking forward to some thawing taking place this weekend into next week - it will be wonderful to get out for walks again.  : )

I hope this is finding all of you doing okay.  Thank you for being so patient with me in my comings and goings and now coming back again.......I'm looking forward to it and hoping you enjoy what I have to share.  : )  

Not too much difference in the format but with every newsletter I hope to share some recipes and anything food related, a little about what I've been doing here for us and others, any tips that I might have read about or heard about through others, Bible verses from my morning readings, maybe little ideas for families, and a few questions for you, as readers, that you might be able to answer as a help to me and others who are reading!!!  : )

So let's get going, shall we?

EVERYTHING FOOD

With cold weather, my first thought is to warm up the house by cooking and baking and then, of course, the thing that goes along with that is making the house smell wonderful.  I do have our tried and true favorites, our go-to's that I cook quite often but every so often I think it's important to try new recipes if for nothing else than to get out of the cooking rut!  I'm going to share 3 recipes with you today - 1 of them is an old stand-by and 2 are new and absolutely loved.  I'll give you the new first:

COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE

1 package Penne pasta or Fettucine pasta
1 stick of butter (yes......one stick....it gets better, read on.......)
1 clove of garlic, minced (we love garlic so I think I used 2 or 3 cloves)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream (yep)
1 cup of Parmesan cheese, fresh and grated 
2 Tablespoons of cream cheese (Mmmmmm..........)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Make pasta and set aside.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic.  Saute' for 2 minutes.  Add cream and cream cheese.  Heat until bubbly but not boiling.  Add Parmesan cheese and mix until cheese melts.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Either add pasta to the sauce or pour sauce over pasta.  Enjoy!!!!

Seriously, this was SO good and really quick to pull together.  If you've read any of my past posts, you will know that I'm a believer in getting all ingredients ready before cooking or baking.  Be a sous chef and measure out everything, cut up everything, etc.  Then when you're ready to cook all you need to do is follow directions and add things as directed.  I've had this recipe in my box for quite a while and I decided to try it when I found myself having two leftover salmon patties in the fridge and didn't want to just heat them up again.  So once I had the sauce and pasta, I crumbled the salmon patties into it and added about a cup of frozen (thawed) peas at the end to warm up.  Well.......we thought it was very good - as good as you would get at, well, Olive Garden!!!!  : )  I hope you will give it a try and tell me what you think.

Served with steamed broccoli on the side.  *Important note - this does not reheat well at all - the butter and cream separates and isn't very appetizing.  So, you might want to wait for a company night to prepare it.  : )

The next recipe is for Buttermilk Biscuits.  If you remember in a past post, I showed you the label for the canned biscuits in the supermarket that we all know and love.  Well I won't buy those again but have found this recipe that is SO much better and they take very little time to prepare.  Really worth it!  I'm totally sorry that I forgot to take a photo of the finished product.  Here's the recipe:

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup cold buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment.  In a food processor whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt until combined.  Add in the cold butter cubes until you have small pea-sized pieces.  Pour the buttermilk in and pulse until it comes together.  Scoop dough out onto floured surface and gently work it with your hands.  Pat into a rectangle, fold it into thirds.  Turn the dough, and flatten into a rectangle, fold into thirds and repeat this process two more times.  Pat the dough into a 1/2-inch rectangle (measure this) and using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut the biscuits out, gathering leftovers and cutting out as many biscuits as you can without working the dough too much.  Arrange on baking sheet (touching each other) and brush the tops with a little buttermilk.

Bake at 450 for about 15-17 minutes or till lightly golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes and serve!!!!!  Really....these are so good and worth making them from scratch.  Again, this comes together quickly (even though it might not seem like it).  : )

The next recipe is one I'm pretty sure I've shared with you in the past, but I wanted to share again, mostly for it's simplicity.  This is my go-to when I don't want to spend a lot of time.  It's healthy, quick, and very tasty.  It's also a great way to use up bits and pieces that we all put away in the fridge and wonder how in the world we'll use them!  The options are endless.  It's my........

FRITTATA

Melt a stick of butter in an OVEN PROOF skillet.  This is where the fun comes in.  Add chopped onions and saute'; add minced garlic and saute'; add pretty much anything you have on hand - I usually add quite a bit of spinach and cook till wilted.  I have added halved cherry tomatoes.  I have added leftover cooked broccoli.  I think you get the picture.  : )  I also try to add turmeric to a lot of my egg dishes, chicken dishes, seafood dishes, etc., so I will sprinkle that on everything along with a little salt and pepper.  Then scramble however many eggs you want and pour that over everything and stir until ALMOST set.  I add a bit of shredded cheese on top and then pop everything into a 375-degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.  Serve and enjoy.  : )  Again, so quick, easy, and tasty.

I serve this with whole-grain toast and either grapefruit or orange slices on the side and I always serve milk to drink.


I try to say how important meal planning is to me.  I just can't wing it.  I need to know every day what it is that I will be making because every recipe takes some time to prepare and if something is going on that day I need to plan accordingly.  It's a very rare day that we rely on take-out.  So here is my way of planning my menus every week and thus create the grocery list that goes with it:


I pull from the cupboard everything I need - my recipe box, my kitchen notebook, my menu from the week before, paper, pen, calculator..........

I like making it a relaxing time.  A time to think about what to serve.  Good nutrition is very important and that takes time to decide what goes with what.  I pour myself a cup of hot coffee, put on classical music, and get to work!

*First, I check my "running list" - this is a list of things that I've written down throughout the week where I've noticed that we're either running low on or have run out.  I add those to the grocery list first so I don't forget them.

*Next, I check last week's menu to see if there was a meal that I didn't get around to making either because I chose to eat up leftovers or whatever reason and I write those meals down in order to make them from the food that we already bought last week.

*Now I go through recipes (old and new) and I look at the calendar to see what we have going on and plan around those recipes that I've chosen depending on how long they take, etc.

*I go to the pantry and look at the inventory to see what I'll need for the meals planned.

*Lastly, I calculate the cost and try to stay within our grocery budget.  I've been doing this for so long that I have a good idea how much everything costs.  Last week, our total bill at the grocery store came to $97.00 and I calculated $96.00!  Not bad!!!  LOL  : )

I encourage you, if you don't already, to plan your meals.  In the long run it saves time (so you don't have to run to the store for forgotten ingredients) and it saves money (so you're not just grabbing whatever looks good while you're in the store).  I actually find it fun to do - reading up on good nutrition, looking for new recipes, anticipating the old favorites and just generally feeling organized about it all.

THINGS I'VE BEEN DOING AROUND THE HOUSE AND FOR OTHERS

Well, I mentioned it was cold.  That's pretty typical around here in February, so indoor activities are the norm.  Which leads me to a question to all of you (including myself!) - what in-home projects do you still want/need to get done before the nice weather settles in and won't want to stay indoors to do them?  I've been trying to make a list of things - it's a short list right now so I need to begin to work on them!

*One thing that I continue to do is make cards -

this is a very relaxing project and if you feel the need to be creative and be able to bless someone else with the finished product, this is it!

*I sent Valentines to the Senior Care Center this month -

again, this is something very important for me to do - I really want to bless the elderly in this - just knowing that they have a little something to open up every month brings me joy.

Every year, my mom used to make and send Valentines out to the Veteran's home and hospital in our home state.  I know through the years she sent 100's.  Maybe that's where I get it from?!  : )

*We had a little pre-Valentine's Day evening with our son and his wife.  We had lots of sweets -



and we played games while munching.  : )  I think sometimes they think I go a little overboard but things like this are fun for me to do.  I feel it's important to celebrate when we can!

*One thing I notice every February is that my thoughts and planning are towards the outdoors.  It happens every year - 1st the seed catalogs come in the mail, then I begin to pull gardening books off the shelves, the notebooks come out, paper and pen is ready, the magazines get cut up for articles on what I would like to try (or just dream about).  This year was no different -




I also begin watching gardening shows such as P. Allen Smith or our local Prairie Yard and Garden.  I just have all kinds of plans for this year!!!!  I know I won't be able carry them all out, but the fun is in the planning.

*I have a favorite spot in our house for a cozy rainy or snowy day -

it's in our living room where my mother-in-law's vintage typewriter is, my teapot, teacup and saucer, and our chime clock over my shoulder.  It's here where I love to sit down with my Bible open and type (the old-fashioned way) Bible verses to include in cards that I send out.  

my mother-in-law used to type letters to soldiers in our military on this typewriter.  She, like my own mom, had a heart for men who served this country.  Probably because their own husbands served and they knew what a sacrifice it is.

*I don't have a Bible verse from my readings this month (I'm in Genesis now) but I did take a photo of some notes that I wrote down.  Whenever I'm listening to a pastor I need to have my Bible open and jot down anything that I want to remember and I wrote this -

my handwriting is like chicken scratch so I apologize for that, but I do like the sermon notes that I wrote down!  So true isn't it?

FAMILY TIME

If you have children/grandchildren who live away from you and the only family time you seem to keep on having is on zoom, there are games that you all can play together and make a day/evening of it!  Bring out the snacks, talk, play, and have fun "together" while playing:

*Yahtzee
*Scattergories
*Battleship
*Pictionary
*............do you have any others that you would like to share?

I do understand that this means that both sides will have to have the same game at each other's houses, but these are classic games that everyone should have anyway, right?  : )  Even our adult son and his wife (when we weren't meeting last year due to covid) "got together" and played these games.  I don't think you have to be of any certain age to enjoy a good game!  Have fun and be creative with this.

HELPFUL TIPS

Only a couple here:

*Keep drinking enough water throughout the day to hydrate!  Dehydration can lead to all kinds of physical and mental problems!

*If you are finding that your skin is dry from all the cold and that your house feels dry and lots of static electricity, put a pan or teakettle on the back burner of your stovetop to simmer and steam to keep the air moist.

QUESTIONS

*I guess I've already asked you if you have any indoor projects that you need to get done.  : )

*And I've already asked you if you know of some games we can all play on zoom.  : )

*My final question is how your cleaning is going.  I know I left off at deep cleaning our home and I was in the kitchen.  Well..........I'm still in the kitchen!!  : )  I remember in past posts telling you that I have times of "doing" and times of "thinking" - I'm in, and have been in, my time of thinking.  That means not a lot of cleaning (other than the daily upkeep) is going on right now.  My plan is to wrap up the thinking and get back to the cleaning on Monday.  For me, deep cleaning is one of those things that I need to get done before the beautiful weather sets in.

OTHER PHOTOS TO SHARE


Anniversary bouquet from February 2nd

always keep some candles burning

regrowing celery and green onions

continuing to knit prayer shawls

That's all I have for this month.  I hope you found it to be helpful in some way and enjoyable as well.  I'm looking forward to this new format of a once-a-month newsletter.  I enjoyed being back and writing and sharing.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!  God bless you in your homemaking.  It's important work.  : )  See you later!









 




























 





Saturday, February 6, 2021

An Idea To Consider

 

A rose from an Anniversary bouquet on February 2nd.  : )  It smells just as good as it looks!


Well..........what can I say?  I'm probably confusing you so much by this time - on again, off again, somewhat off again, etc............!  : )  The reason I am writing this today is because I have been given an idea on what to do about my blog AND like the above title says, I am considering it and wanted you to know.

The idea was given to me about doing a once-a-month blogpost.  In thinking it through, I realized that blogging IS something that I do enjoy and just out of habit alone I found myself going into the computer room and writing ideas down and then reminded myself that I wasn't doing it anymore.  I realized that those of us who like doing this kind of writing, well, we do it not so much for us as we do it for others who enjoy reading blogposts and may get something from them.  At first I kind of counterpointed that in saying that I really don't have anything that thousands of other bloggers haven't already written about but sometimes maybe I do?  I guess only you, the reader, would be able to tell me that.

In my past blogposts, I tried to keep saying that we are all different in our homemaking and yet, at the same time, we all have a lot in common too.  It's that commonality that brings us together, isn't it?  We all learn from each other and it's actually fun to encourage each other when we feel a bit down or feel like we just can't clean another drawer or cook another meal!  We can all relate to that, can't we?

So..........here I go again and I totally get it if you are rolling your eyes right now and moving on!  LOL  The idea of a once-a-month blogpost is something that I want to begin to think about - how that will look is, of course, the thing that I will have to think through - will it be at the beginning of the month looking back on the previous month; the end of the month looking forward to a new month; the middle of the month  with just checking in kind of thing, etc.

I have three more weeks left to think this "idea to consider" through.  : )  In the meantime, I wish you well and thank you, once again, for stopping by.  God bless.

A very well-known verse from Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 - it came to me this morning and I wanted to share it with you as well.  If we trust in the Lord and give it all to Him, He will let us know what He wants us to do.  : )