Sunday, February 16, 2020

Being Sensible For Jesus

What a glorious color!!!!!!!!

Welcome and happy Sabbath.  : )  A cloudy day today and a bit colder than yesterday but we'll take it!

I wanted to share a few things that can help us all to stay sensible in a world where anything goes:

1.  Don't say what God would not want you to say.  All of us, at some time or other, have been known to say things that we shouldn't have said.  We get caught up in the emotion of the situation and instead of removing ourselves from the situation for a while until we can gather our thoughts, out comes the words that we can never take back.  We can say we're sorry and that's a very good thing but those words are still out there and often recollected later.

2.  Don't do what God would not want you to do.  This should be a no-brainer but we often do things that are a fine line to many.  I always like to say that we need to remember that Jesus is in the room so what would you refrain from doing in front of Jesus?

3. Don't act the way God would not want you to act.  How many of us have been angry and frustrated with people we know and then turn around and act as if we're the nicest people in the world to those who don't know us at all?  Or, how many of us act as if we're better than someone else just because we live in a "better" house, or have a "better" job, or make more money and boast about it?

4.  Don't read what God would not want you to read.  Again, God knows everything so it stands to reason that if you're reading something you shouldn't be reading, He knows.  We are to be pure in heart and if we're reading trashy novels or trashy magazines, we aren't being sensible and it will harm us rather than help us.

5.  Don't go where God would not want you to go.  I heard this a long time ago and it made such sense to me - if you are a follower of Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives within you, who of you would even think about going into a night club or a bar?  It doesn't speak to who we are or who we should be.  I know that a lot of restaurants now have a restaurant and they also have a bar and I really don't like that but some have the bar part away from the restaurant so you can't see it.  But I'm talking about JUST a bar and/or JUST a night club.  I don't think that, if the Holy Spirit lives within us, we should be taking Him into these places - or I should say, we shouldn't even have the desire to go into these places!!!!!!  If the old has gone and the new has come, our "new self" shouldn't even think about it.

6.  Don't watch what God would not want you to watch.   I can't watch TV anymore.  I have been convicted that there is nothing reasonable to watch.  Some programs start out harmless and then slowly they sneak in some bad language, and then some sex, and then some off-color humor.   We don't have cable and that's fine with me!!!!  I'm very particular about what I view - we end up buying seasons of When Calls The Heart, or The Walton's, or Little House on the Prairie, or movies that have been recommended to us.  It may sounds boring, but the older I get boring is just fine.  I'm not going to sit and watch something that is not edifying.

7.  Don't listen to what God would not want you to listen to.  I grew up in the 60's and 70's and, especially the 70's, music was getting quite sensuous and sensual and it aroused feelings that young people aren't able to handle without wisdom and maturity.  Sometimes I will hear a song from back then and I'm transported back to a time and a place that I would rather forget about.   It was sinful behavior and to call it anything else would not be truthful.  Now, as a Christian, I love listening to the Christian radio stations, or at home I listen to classical music while homemaking - no questionable lyrics there!!!!!

8.  Don't wear what God would not want you to wear.  This "I can wear anything I want" attitude with women now drives me crazy.  Ladies..............cleavage and the curvature of your bottom should not be seen by others!  It's totally inappropriate.  If you are married, your husband should be the only one seeing this.  If you are not married, it's the wrong way to attract a man.   I don't go to a fitness club but what I hear is that women pretty much wear things that, at one time, used to be known as underwear.  It leaves VERY little to the imagination.  I see women out with their husbands and, seriously, I can't believe their husbands are comfortable with other men ogling their wives.  I've seen teenagers with their parents and I can't believe the parents are okay with their girls showing parts of their body that should not be shown.   Christian women represent God and our wardrobe should show restraint and decency.   We also represent our families and our wardrobe should be flattering, not embarrassing.

We need to be different than what the world says we should be.  Let's watch our speech, our deeds, our actions, our entertainment, our private lives, our appearance.  Let's be wise, mature, and sensible women.  Women that God can look at with favor and be a blessing to Him.  It's not easy because the pulls of the world are strong, but we can be stronger!  That's my assignment for you and my encouragement to you - and God will bless your efforts.  : )

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Good Saturday Morning

Not only do I love the late afternoon sun in our home but I also love the early morning sun in our home as well.  : )

I'm feeling some hope lately as the sun begins to rise a bit earlier and it goes down a bit later!  What that means is that I turn lights off earlier from the dark mornings and I turn them on later from the brighter afternoons which also means we should see some improvement in our electric bill!!!!!!!!  : )  I don't like a dark house so this is VERY important to me.  LOL

Well, it's been another good homemaking week.  Pretty much the same but a few other things thrown in - not a lot, so this will probably be a short post, but I'll share what I have:

*use old socks for dusting!  They fit perfectly on our hands and it's so easy to go around things.  We constantly have old white socks available and, of course, can be washed over and over again.  : )

*soak your whites!  Our city water is good but we've been noticing lately that there seems to be more rust in the water than usual so our whites are getting dingy.  I used to soak our whites all the time but got away from it since the holidays.  So, what I do, is get a LARGE bucket, fill it with hot water, a bit of laundry detergent (homemade with washing soda in it works great) and a bit of peroxide (for whitening) and add the whites.  I let mine soak overnight.  Wash as usual the next day.  I think it helps.  : )

*hydrate your home!  I don't know if you feel it, but my sinuses and skin are always dry this time of year, so it's important to me to hydrate the house.  I just fill my tea kettle (you can also use a pan) on the stovetop with distilled water and bring it to a boil, turn the heat down to simmer and let the steam do the hydrating.  Make sure the water is distilled though - we don't want to breathe in the chlorine from the city water.  : )

*which brings me to the next thing - bath water!  I've just learned that when you take a bath, first fill the tub with the hottest water you can and then let it sit for 20 minutes before getting in - this will allow the chlorine to dissipate and then it's safe for you to get in.  Also.....while you are filling the tub don't stay in the bathroom while it's filling so you're not breathing in the steam at this point.  I never even thought about this until I heard about it - I'm always either brushing my teeth or washing my face or putting a facial mask on while the tub is filling!  So, again, I feel that whatever little tips we can use to keep us healthy is a good thing.  And if this helps, I'm going to do it!!!  : )

*I think it was last Saturday that I had mentioned homemade shampoo!   I had tried in the past to do this but wasn't crazy about the results, but I have to admit that the one I made this past week, I honestly DO like.  I found it on the "Wellness Mama" blog site and I encourage you to go on her blog for other DIY health and beauty recipes.  Here is the "recipe" that I'm using:

1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
1/4  cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint) smells amazing 
20 drops of essential oil (I used rosemary because rosemary helps in the growth of hair and I also wanted to emulate the peppermint/rosemary shampoo that you can buy in the store)
1/2 tsp. olive oil (for dryer hair)

Combine all the ingredients into an old shampoo bottle and shake well to mix.  Shake before each use and you only need a small amount when shampooing.  

I have found this to be wonderful - it actually lathers, smells fantastic, and my hair feels great - I hope you can give it a try!!!  Not only is this better for us (because it lacks all that crazy stuff they put in our body/skin care products) but it saves money.  The can of coconut milk is inexpensive and stays in the fridge - the liquid castile isn't inexpensive but once you buy it, it stays forever and it's a large bottle so you don't buy it all the time - and, yes, the essential oils aren't exactly cheap, but a little goes a long way - and I always have olive oil in my pantry (and this only uses 1/2 tsp).  But I'm also feeling like, again, that if we change just a few things in our lives to help us with our health I think it's worth it.  

I know there are always people who are naysayers in all of this talk about health and well-being and trying to eat better and change lifestyles to maintain health because they have known people who tried all of this and it didn't work in their lives, but I'm saying - what if it does?  Why not at least try even if it makes us feel better in the doing it?  

*and then, here's a recipe for roasted broccoli stalks.  I said a while back that while I was cutting up our broccoli one day, it occurred to me that I don't want to throw the stalks away - so:

Peel, and thinly slice the stalks of your broccoli (I saved my stalks in the fridge until I had enough to roast).
Toss the stalks with a little olive oil, some salt (I used Himalayan), black pepper, and a bit of garlic powder.
Roast in a 450-degree oven (lined with parchment paper) for about 20 minutes (could take longer) and turn them over half-way through until soft and browned.
Oh my - these were really good!!!!  NO waste - eat the broccoli florets first, roast the stalks next.  Win, win.  : )

*while shopping for bread, I picked up a large rustic style loaf of sourdough bread a while back and while I had it in our freezer at home I was thinking that I can make this same rustic style of bread myself (again, one less thing to buy).  What we like to do is take a couple of slices from the freezer and then put them in the oven to toast (because they are too large for the regular toaster) and toast them while we make our smoothies.  But instead of sourdough, it would be a loaf with some healthy grains and seeds in it and then we put peanut butter on top and sprinkle with raisins.  We're eating less bread now but for those times we do want it (a sandwich for example) it's nice to have it in the freezer.  I hope you can look for a bread recipe that you enjoy and begin this wonderful practice of homemade bread for your family.  With our bread machine I find it's so easy to just make the dough in and then bake it myself.  Your home will smell wonderful and it's such a homey thing to do.   : )

*I have wanted lace curtains for a long time in our kitchen and I couldn't find the right size so I went and bought some lace and made them myself the past couple of days (one day for the window, another day for the door) and it only amounted to $17.00!  A lot less than the curtains I was looking at and I like the way they look:

The "farmhouse" sign was purchased at Hobby Lobby for a REALLY good sale price!  : )  I love country so this fits right in.

This is something that I want to encourage you in - making things for your home.  It's SO very easy to just go out and buy what you need, but there is great pride in making things.   It's worth it!!!

*Lastly, with snow around us and cold temperatures I just needed to have a few flowers in the house to "Spring it up" so my splurge was a pretty bouquet -

Something pretty for you too.  : )

When grocery shopping, it's okay once in a while to pick up some flowers.  Bring something pretty into your home!  : )

Well..........I thought this was going to be a short and quick post, but I guess not!!!!!  I hope you enjoyed it and I hope I gave you some encouragement and I hope I shared something of interest to you.  Thank you SO much for stopping by for a visit because I DO appreciate it!  God bless your homemaking day.  : )

Sunday, February 9, 2020


The full moon has been so big, so bright, so pretty lately.

We woke up this morning to quite a snowfall.  Maybe about 5 inches more of snow - just enough to be beautiful and cover up all the old, icky stuff.  Now the sun is out and talk about bright!!!!  : )  Now on to the snowblowing and shoveling!

It's been a while since I've posted on a Sunday, but I thought it was something that may benefit you as well.

It has been quite a few years now where I've been at peace within myself and with others.  I have always been a person who is sensitive to the situations around me - no matter who it is or what circumstance is going on.   Getting to know people has never been easy for me - you'd think that at age 60 I would feel less and less like I'm 6 in this area.  But once I know someone that I feel I can trust, the talking comes easy and it's all good.  It's the betrayal of trust that is hard and it's hard for me to let go of it.  I hang on to hurts.  And even though I pray about it and temporary feelings take care of it (for a while) it all comes back and I'm right back to where I started.

It's also true of people who are hurting.  There has always been something inside of me who hurts when others hurt (that's called empathy) and that's good.  I'd rather be empathetic than not care at all.  But I have noticed that it can take a toll on me physically and emotionally.  I tend to put myself in the place that others are in and, even though I cannot fully understand the totality of their pain, I can only imagine.   And it's in that imagination that can just about do me in.

This past week during my prayer time the Lord gently reminded me about "surrender" - it is a word that I had almost forgotten about.  I said it out loud and it has stayed with me through the week.  He really wanted me to remember that those people and circumstances that I feel so deeply about are His to work on, not mine.  He reminded me that I take the weight of the world on my shoulders when it's His shoulders that bear it.  That's what those daily morning prayer times are for!  To give the Lord those hurt feelings, that lack of trust, the difficult things that people are going through to Him.  Because God is God and I'm not.   I can't bring that person to repentance - only God can.  I can't make someone an honest person - but God can.  I can't heal anyone - God can though.  And even if He doesn't, He knows what we don't.  He sees what we can't.  

So........I continue to offer prayers up to our Lord and Savior.  He tells me it's okay to care deeply about things and people, but just remember that if I want change in it He's the one that's going to make it change - or, it's He that might withhold the change and I am to wait on His timing.  Not mine.

My shoulders are lighter now.  It doesn't mean that I don't care anymore (as a matter of fact, it means I care even more if that makes any sense), it just means that I need to give it (whatever or whoever "it" is) to The One who literally shoulders the whole world and all of mankind on His.  He never gave me that job - it's one that I took upon myself.

So, as we slipped and slid all the way to church this morning, our little part of the world white with new snow, I sat in my seat, listened to the message, and what do you think was the last song we sang before leaving?  "I Surrender All".  Well, I tell you, the tears flowed and I knew that Jesus was with me.  Surrender.  I haven't chosen a "word for the year" yet.  I think I found it.  : )

Saturday, February 8, 2020

A COLD Saturday Morn

On these cold mornings I'm trying to look for photos of past summer get-away's to remind me that days like the one above will come again!  : )  Doesn't open water, green grass, and summer skies look wonderful?

I seriously can't believe I'm here again on a Saturday morning - this week flew by.  I'm not so sure that I have a whole lot to share with you but, once again, I tried to write things down as I went through the week.  Here are just a few things that I've noticed this past week or wanted to tell you about:

*A while back I had mentioned using apple cider vinegar for a hair rinse once in a while to restore the pH balance - what I SHOULD have said is that you need to dilute it first!  Half ACV and half water.  I'm sorry that I failed to mention that.  Same with your skin.  That also helps with the strong smell of the vinegar as well!

*Preparing a drink of ACV with water and a little honey is a VERY healthy drink too.  Many benefits from apple cider vinegar - hair, skin, and internal health - not bad!  Make sure, though, that this is organic.  

*The same goes with coconut oil (unrefined, organic) - I have been using coconut oil for my skin and as a facial moisturizer.  I'm trying very hard to go as natural as I possibly can with skin care and coconut oil (as with the apple cider vinegar) has many health benefits.  So, every morning and every evening I put a SMALL bit of coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer and I like the feeling.  You would think putting oil on your face is a bad thing but the oil soaks in and just leaves your skin feel moist and soft - no artificial ingredients, all natural.  I can buy a whole jar of organic coconut oil at Aldi for around $4.00 so what a savings!  This whole jar will last forever.  So coconut oil - you can add it to your food for all it's health benefits and you can use it as a beauty treatment.  : )

*I'm going to try to make our own shampoo today out of coconut milk and organic castille soap along with a few drops of essential oil - I will definitely let you know how THAT turns out!!!  - As you can see, this year I'm really motivated to try as many homemade health and beauty products as I can along with homemade cleaning products.  In the past whenever I've tried this, I found I didn't have the patience to find that one thing that worked so I just reverted back to store-bought products, so I'm hoping for a bit more patience to keep going.  I just want to be careful now that we're older to make sure I'm going more natural in our home.

*One thing that I did this week in cleaning out our bathroom cabinet, was to take the skincare products (and others) out and look up on-line all the the different ingredients that were written on each to see how many of those ingredients were safe (or not).  Well, not many WERE safe so out they went.  I've said before that going totally organic and "safe" is so expensive but I think that doing little things here and there and switching out slowly can benefit us all.  Maybe start with one thing - deodorant for example - stop using antiperspirants.  Switch to an all-natural deodorant.  And from past experience you may need to try a few before you find one that works and that your skin doesn't break out from!  But don't stop if one doesn't work - keep going until you find that right one.

Then, next go on to skincare products - again, find a natural one that works for you - simple ingredients that won't harm you.  Just little switches make big results!!!!!!!  

Next, your food of course.  Begin to cook from scratch with REAL food.  Don't keep relying on packaged food to get you through.   This is one area that you really have control over.  Make it fun and make it a new year goal to eat better food!  

Then there is the household.  SO MANY awful cleaners out there!!!!!!  Let this also be the year where you do the research on making household cleaners instead of depending on the chemicals.  Yes, there ARE a couple of products that I do use in our home only because I have tried every homemade product to take care of what I needed but they did not do the job, but that is the exception not the norm.  What we all want is easy and chemicals tend to make the work easy, but we need to be patient and get used to some elbow grease work again!  

*I am slowly switching my candles out to all beeswax.  They burn a long time and they smell heavenly and I love the old-fashioned look they give to the house.  They also don't have ANY chemicals in them so I can burn them for a long period of time (which I love to do).   Again, this can get expensive so that's why I said "slowly" switching over.  Picking up one or two at a time at our local co-op.   And also buying a big chunk of beeswax and making my own is fun!

*Remember to try to fix things first before buying something new.  I have a lamp in one of our rooms that just drives me crazy!  It comes apart after a while and I've been tempted for years to just go and buy a new one - but I don't.  My husband just simply takes it down to his "shop area", fixes it, and it's fine again for a while (until next time).  I have a feeling people just get bored with the same things year after year and if something "breaks" we have an excuse for throwing it out and buying a new one!   I totally get it.  : )  But if we're really trying to save money in our home, most things CAN be brought to life again.

Well, I think that's all I have for you today!  Not much, but I'll continue to keep writing a few things down as they come to me and hopefully will be able to share again.  : )  Thank you SO much for stopping by for a visit - I appreciate you!  God bless your homemaking day - remember to seize the day - Carpe Diem!!!!  

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February To-Do's and Other Things

I looked out in the blackness of the early morning and actually saw stars in the sky and now, as I write this post, I actually see a sunrise beginning - I'm SO happy.  : )

As soon as that sun comes around to our back patio area, I'm putting my coat on, grabbing a blanket for my legs, pouring a cup of tea, and heading out!  Sunshine at last!!!!!!!!!!  This has been the topic of conversation around here for a long time - you wouldn't think it would be such a big deal, but oh, it is.  : )

And now........on to today's post.  Welcome!  I hope you can relax for a moment as I try to bring to you little bits and pieces of ideas that might be of some help to you in your homemaking.   Now that January is gone and February is here, I would like to begin with the February to-do's and the February tea party theme.  It's a short month but I always feel like it's a transition month.  It feels closer to Spring yet there can still be so many things to do within the house before we begin the busy-ness of the actual springtime outdoors work.  So, I encourage you to just buckle down, write those lists of things that you have to get done, and begin to work at it with all your heart.  : )


*change your furnace filter 
*buy plants (or more plants) for your home
*keep decluttering those shelves, cabinets, closets, drawers in each and every room of your house - there will ALWAYS be something to get rid of!!!!!!!  Only keep those items that you actually use and that you actually need or are actually keeping for someone else to be passed down to them (children/grandchildren) - but even with that, ask them if they actually want it!  You'd be surprised at how much stuff we keep because we think someone else would like it (and they really don't).
*if you have a flip-able mattress, flip!  : )  and then wash ALL the bedding (comforter/bedspread, dust ruffle, pillow shams, etc.)
*repair any wood floors, creaking stairs, and furniture
*inspect your house for any ice damage (for those of us in the northern tundra)
*check your dryer vent - dirty vents cause house fires!
*if you do anything on Valentine's Day, now is the time to plan - are you having friends or family over?  Do you want to send cards out this year?  If you have children/grandchildren it would be fun to make those old-fashioned paper bags (remember those from school?), decorate them and put their names on them and fill them with Valentines and goodies for them to open.  Remember that we need to find ways to keep this life fun (especially if you have kids around).  : )

There!  That's it for the month of February.  I encourage you to keep at it, keep going, and it will definitely pay off.


February is a natural for a tea party.  Tea parties are supposed to be pretty and with a Valentine's day theme it just lends itself to be pretty.  Remember that if you don't have anyone to do this with (I don't!) - do it for yourself.  It may not be as fun but it can be enjoyable.  Just take some time (if only for an hour) and pamper yourself for a while.  Again, this is fun if you have children/grandchildren around.  They can certainly help in preparing the goodies and the tea and especially help with the decorating.  Here are some ideas:

*decorate with flowers in one color scheme (traditionally, pink and/or red) with lots of greenery and baby's breath
*if you can find an old bird cage to spraypaint - paint it in gold and put a pretty plant inside of it
*scatter paper hearts around - I used to hang them from the ceiling
*serve angel food cake, chocolate truffles, and beautiful fruit tarts
*offer different teas and coffee
*play Frank Sinatra music in the background

I hope you can give this a try.  Again, this life is serious a lot of the time - we need moments of just "getting away" and make things pretty and fun once in a while.


As usual, I wrote things down as they came to mind that I would like to share with you.  Some of these you probably already know but just in case you don't..............

*I had a turkey carcass in the freezer from Thanksgiving so I brought that out to make turkey bone broth soup with vegetable and noodles.  This soup makes a lot and we love it with noodles but I also knew that I wanted to freeze some of it, so instead of adding the noodles to the soup, I cooked the noodles separately.  When ready to serve, we put the cooked noodles in our bowls first and then poured the soup on top.  It felt kind of trendy!  LOL  For those of you who don't know, you shouldn't freeze noodles in soup because they just become mush.  So when pulling your jar of frozen soup from the freezer, just cook the noodles separately and there you go!  : )

*I know I had said in my last post that my time has been in the kitchen this week and it was - we eat a lot of oranges in the winter so yesterday I took some of the rind and made candied orange rind -

this is SO good - beware though, it's addicting but oh, so simple to do.

I have a book that is called "Country Store" that I bought at a thrift store a LONG time ago and I love looking through it.  It has this in it.  They're great to snack on (but remember they're covered in sugar so you'll want to limit how much you eat) but they're also tasty on a piece of cake covered in whipped cream.  You could serve these at your tea party!!!!!  : )

You can make these with all your favorite citrus fruits - oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes.  I hope you can give it a try.  Just cut the rinds in thin slices, cover them with boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes, drain, and repeat the process for 4 more times (this takes the bitterness out).  Make a sugar/water syrup and pour the rinds into the syrup and cook for about 30 minutes.  Put them on a wire rack with a foil-lined baking sheet underneath and let them cool and dry.  That's it!  And that's one way of using the whole fruit - eat the orange segments first (or squeeze the orange for the juice) and then cook the peel.  : )

*Also, when preparing broccoli, we all know that we cook and eat the broccoli heads, but there is still a LOT of the broccoli left - the stalks.  Don't throw those away!  Just wash them, peel them, and slice them for roasted broccoli stalks.  Just put them on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle them with sea salt and fresh pepper, bake until roasted and soft!  Yum.  : )  Again, this is using the whole vegetable-no waste!!!!!

*One thing I've been doing this week while in the kitchen (and I'm sure I've mentioned this before as well) is that I listen to Classical music while cooking/baking/cleaning up.  It brings such a calm to the kitchen.  It helps me to slow down and be less stressed rather than always hurrying to get things done so I can get to the next thing.  I've been so trying to be more present in what I'm doing at the time because a day can go by where I know that I've gotten a lot of things done, but I couldn't tell you what they were other than going to my notebook and the list of things that I checked off.  So, whether it's folding the laundry, or ironing, or cleaning, or cooking, I'm trying to make sure that whatever it is that I'm doing at that particular time, I'm enjoying it instead of just getting through it.  I think this makes a huge difference in our homemaking!  I hope you can give this a try and see if you can tell the difference between just working and enjoying your work.

*I've also been starting to hang our clothes up again after laundering them.  I took a break from it during the holidays but have started it again.  Of course, I can't hang them outside with the snow on the ground (but we used to when growing up at home!) so years ago my husband stretched a clothesline in the laundry room, plus put up a couple of poles and then we bought a laundry rack so there is plenty of room to hang things.  I don't know if you know that the dryer is one of the most energy-zappers we have in our homes.  It's very expensive to run a dryer.  So I encourage you to save some money, at least buy a laundry rack (that you can fold up and put away when your done), and start hanging your laundry (if not all of it, at least a good part of it!).  : )

*I know I've already touched on using apple cider vinegar for hair and skin, but another tip in your morning shower is to turn your hot/warm water to cool/cold at the very end (just before you get out).  We've all seen the Scandinavians with their saunas in the winter by a cold lake - they sit in the hot saunas for a while and then, literally, go jump in the lake?  Well, we can emulate that in our showers!  While our skin is still warm from the water, turning it to cooler/cold temps can do that.  It's actually good for us - just keep saying those words while the cold water goes over your nice warm skin - "it's good for me, it's good for me".  LOL  What the cold water does is close the open pores and rejuvenates the skin.  At first, it's REALLY hard to do, but after a while it actually feels kind of good!
Crazy.  I know.  : )

*Lastly, and I've mentioned this before too but I think it's work re-mentioning, that if you really want to learn how to do more things or you're homeschooling and you want to find new curriculum for your kids, don't forget using good magazines to help with this.  I love Capper's Farmer magazine and Grit magazine:

I collect these magazines and save them for research on how to do different things - if you notice the topics on the covers, you can learn how improve soil for planting, crochet a rug, planting trees ..........

I even go through our magazines and put tabs on them for the different subjects that I want to look at again for future reference:

this one has recipes in it, gardening ideas, how to preserve what you've planted...........I wish I would have had this magazine around while homeschooling.  I know our son would have done many of the things within the pages.  So, I encourage you to find a magazine that gives LOTS of advice and ideas for around the home, subscribe to it.  Again........keep learning new things!!!!!!!!!!!

Well that's pretty much it for this day.  I hope you will find things to do around your home today that you will enjoy doing to make your house into a home that you will be proud of and comfortable in.  A few of things on my list are:

*bring out the candle and soap making things that I have and make some!
*decorate our bulletin board for February
*send some cards out
*bake some bread and salad dressings for the week
*order seeds from the garden catalog
*sit in the sun!  

Have a wonderful day and upcoming weekend.  Thank you for dropping by.  God bless.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Winter Days

I absolutely love the end of the day light that comes into our living room - unfortunately we haven't seen the sun in a very long time (we're hearing that this weekend it might make a comeback!).  : )

It has been a good homemaking week so far.  I keep crossing things off lists and you know I like that.  I'm kind of taking a break from clearing things out and have been back in the kitchen again.  I'm budgeting more this year for food (because I know that we've all noticed that prices are going up - again).  I would rather cut back in other places and buy/cook healthier because I have noticed that it HAS been making a difference in our lives.  I have been enjoying doing a lot of research and reading on nutrition and it takes me quite a long time to sit down and make the weekly menu and grocery list but it's something that I want to be a bit more serious about this year.  I'm incorporating good, healthy, food into our days because I truly believe that food is medicine to the body.  

What I'm finding with this careful planning and shopping, is that we tend to use everything up a lot better.  I'm much more careful with leftovers - I don't cook anything new until the leftovers are eaten.  Some recipes make quite a bit of food so the freezer is getting full and I'll appreciate that when I don't feel like cooking.  Just a few things we've tried to incorporate:

*better breakfasts making sure that we add important collagen to our oatmeal and drinking kefir and adding fresh blueberries or blackberries
*having lunch being our main meal of the day because we still have things to do in the afternoon that will burn calories
*a light supper so that we don't have full stomachs in the evening
*making EVERYTHING from scratch - I still believe in having a stocked pantry with canned goods but even they have to be something that will be good for us
*buying more organic foods - the ones that really matter - if you eat the whole fruit or vegetable, buy organic (let this be the year that you grow some of your own).  Coffee is the most highly sprayed food item on the planet - be VERY careful that you buy organic.
*more bone broth - if you buy it, make sure it's organic.  If you make it, use only organic meat/bones.  Bone broth provides the important collagen that your body needs - I buy collagen powder to put in our oatmeal every morning (or smoothies on weekends) in case we don't have the bone broth.

Just doing a few small things at a time is better than doing nothing!!!!!!!  Give up the obvious - if you're a soda drinker, stop.  If you're used to buying ready made things that are high in sodium or sugar, start with one thing and make it from scratch instead.  Then think about the next thing to give up and make from scratch.  If you're a snacker, make sure that you have healthy options around like fresh fruit or nuts and seeds.  Seriously.  Making little changes will make big changes within you.

Again, as I've been working around the house I wrote things down  as they came to mind so here are just a few:

*while cooking with onions, save the skins to dye fabric with
*the same with coffee grounds and tea bags - if you haven't done this, it's fun - it also works with paper
*when slicing up an apple, put the cores into a small saucepan, add cinnamon, cloves, and water and use this to simmer on the stove - smells really good, cozy, and homey
*when segmenting oranges, slice the rind and make candied orange rind - you can find this on-line - really a yummy treat!
...........what these things do is to help you in using the item up entirely.  If we're going to spend more on our food, this makes us feel like we're getting more for our money.

Other things:

*the other morning I had a small amount of apple cider vinegar in the shower and poured it over my hair after the final rinse.  I left it on, combed it through, and dried it.  What apple cider vinegar does is bring the natural pH level back that shampoos and conditioners can take out.  The same with our skin - I rub apple cider vinegar on my skin to restore the pH there too.  It's a refreshing feeling - but, again, make sure it's organic.  
*in these winter months try to work with indoor plants - repot some that are outgrowing their pots to larger pots, buy new plants to add to the home's air quality.  I bought new potting soil and when I opened it..........well, it smelled like summer!!!  What a boost.  And working with green plants helps us to feel better.  

If you have pets make sure you read about the plants that won't harm them.  Having a lot of plants in the house is one of the healthiest things you can do.  I hope you will do this!!!
*You probably already know this, but never buy potting soil at the Dollar Store - it was my experience a couple of years ago that it was dirt, not soil - very disappointed.

Well, I think that's it for this evening.  I'll keep working in the kitchen tomorrow as I have more things to cook and mixes to make for the pantry and I'll keep working on those lists.  : )  I hope you will begin to incorporate healthy food into your meals if you haven't already.  I hope you try new things in your home and keep learning. And then I hope you will be more conscious of what you can do this year in making healthy decisions with your own health, the health of your family, and the health of your home.  Thanks SO much for dropping by!!!!!!!  God bless.  : )

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Very Mild Saturday Morning

An old photo of a winter past - not like this lately!!!

Well........for the end of January our weather around here is so very mild.  Usually we're in the deep freeze.  I'm NOT complaining!  I love the four seasons but when it comes to January and February it usually gets long so this mild weather feels great.  Still snow on the ground but it's getting all melty - even the birds are singing again.  : )

It's been another good week of going through things and getting areas organized.  I told myself that I would not clean those areas until they were organized first, so now that that has happened I will clean.  And maybe while cleaning, I will find even more to give away!!!!  : )  The thing for me about organizing and cleaning areas of my home, is the motivation that goes with it.  I find that I WANT to KEEP it clean and organized.  And once cleaned and organized it just feels so good and relaxing - it helps me to be able to get to other projects.  Because when I know that I have a mess in a certain area of the house, I can't relax and I feel guilty about not taking care of it.  I feel like this is what winter is for.  One less thing to think about when Spring comes and we want to start to be outdoors more.

As I was working I got to thinking about the importance and luxury of routines in the home.  Being a homemaker I think we have a natural routine at home that we don't even see.  We just do it.  But I was made aware of it this week.  In the darkness of the early morning hours it's the going out to the kitchen and turning on a little soft light and perking a new pot of coffee as the comforting aroma fills the house.  And then it's the turning on of a few more soft lights in the living room - NEVER strong light, but soft.  Having the fireplace going for that comfy feel as I settle into my rocking chair for my daily devotions and quiet time with the Lord.  This morning routine is important.  It tells me that I'm readying myself for the day ahead.  I do it as a part of having a home.

And then I noticed that towards the end of the day - and it's ALWAYS around 3:30 or 4:00, I have another routine.  After a day's work, I find myself (in the winter) going around to each window and pulling the blinds down (after having them half-way up during the day to let more light in) and close them slightly.  I begin turning on some lights for the upcoming evening hours and then I go into the kitchen and light a candle.  This is telling me that I'm readying myself for ending the day.  The work is done, the evening meal will be prepared, and then we relax for the night.  Again, I do it as an important part of keeping a home.  To make it feel special.  I wasn't even really aware until I got to thinking about it this week.  I'm always so focused on the getting things done part of the day that I hadn't thought about the importance of beginning and ending the day in a meaningful way.

It kind of goes with "life is what you make it."  I could choose to sleep in every morning and then feel rushed in just getting ready for the day.  I could choose to end the day with unfinished projects lying around, no energy to make a meal and order take-out, and not care about they way our home feels.  I believe that even if you work outside the home or are busy with other things that take you away from your home during the day, routines matter.  It gives us stability.  It gives us something to count on.  It's what make a house a home.  I hope you can think about what you do with your time and if you haven't established some kind of routine that you will be able to start. 

I understand that we all go through seasons of our lives.  We have the young married couple who are just starting out and they're just trying to get used to living with another person around and getting up every day and going to work and finding time to be with their friends.  We have the couple with children who are demanding and tiring and they're just trying to find time to be alone yet be responsible and do what they are supposed to do as parents.  Then we have the older couple with older kids and all the busy-ness with school and projects and running here and there.  So........I get it.  I'm in the season of the empty nest so all this wonderful, relaxing, routine is where I am right now.  It wasn't always like this.  If truth be told, I wish I still had the above scenarios going on.  I miss raising a child.  I miss the busy-ness.  But, again, life changes and it's what we make of it through the changes that helps our homes become the place we want to be.  : )

Lastly, I wanted to share a recipe with you.  It's called a Bakeover.  I have MaryJane's Idea book and it was in there, and now I'm hooked.  I tried one last weekend and we really liked it so I'm trying a different one today.  Let me explain.

It's not really a recipe.  What you do is cook up some meat (if you want meat, which we do) and set that aside.  In an oven-proof skillet, you saute' whatever vegetables you want (onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, etc.), and whatever seasoning is appropriate for whatever dish you are preparing, add the meat back in and then top it with whatever "crust" you want.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until crust is done.  Flip it out of the skillet onto a large plate, cut into segments and serve!
SO good!!!!  And how fast, easy, and delicious.

For example - last week I wanted to make a brunch bakeover.   I browned some mild Italian sausage, drained it, and set it aside.  Then in the fry-pan, I sauteed (in butter), sliced potatoes until they were beautifully browned and soft.  I added chopped onions and garlic and sauteed them until they were done.  I added shredded cheddar cheese and seasoned with fresh pepper and salt.  For the top crust, I had some buttermilk biscuits that I flattened a bit and laid them across the ingredients in the pan and baked it.  Flipped it out onto a plate and tah-dah!  I served it with sour cream and it would have been great sprinkled with green onions but I didn't have any.  Here is what it looked like:

The photo doesn't do it justice but it tasted really good.  : )  

The one I'm doing today is a chili inspired one.  I will brown and drain the hamburger.  Then I will saute' green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and celery in butter.  I'll add chili seasoning and shredded cheddar and stir well.  I will then make a cornbread batter to spread on top, bake it till done and flip it over, cut into wedges and serve it with sour cream again and green onions (because now I have them).  Can't wait!!!!!!

Like MaryJane said in her book - there are tons of different way you can make these!  I also wrote a chicken pot pie idea down along with a pizza idea that I will try in the upcoming weeks.  But, really, think of all the possibilities with all the different kinds of meats, veggies, cheeses, and crusts.  I hope you can give this a try!!!!  *The only thing about this is that it makes a lot.  So this would be something to have when you know you'll have someone to help you eat it OR, like us, we love leftovers so it's perfect.  : )

One more thing - I received my two books by George Eliot last week and am now reading the first one that she ever wrote and so far, so good!!!!

Her characters are so very real.  There is never a person in her books that is perfect - she exposes all the natural human tendencies (fear, worry, self-centeredness, frailty, charm, loving disposition, etc.) which, for me, is rather good to read about.  No fluff.  I feel like I'm off in a corner watching and listening to all these people and getting to know them - feeling compassion for some, feeling a bit sad for others, and then feeling downright disappointed about a few!  

Well..........thank you so much for dropping by again.  I SO appreciate it when you do.  I hope you will take the time today to notice the important routines in your home and maybe even begin to start one.  I hope you can take the time to clean and organize that one area that's been driving you crazy.  I hope you can cook and/or bake and make your home smell good and make it feel cozy.  I hope you will take the time to choose a good book and read.  Challenge your mind and get away from technology for a while.  God bless you as you do these things for yourself, for your family, or for your friends (or all three!).  : )

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Good Saturday Morning!

Pretty snowy-scene puzzle.

Yesterday afternoon and evening brought us a new blanket of white snow to cover up the old.  We were supposed to get a lot more than we did so I'm very thankful we didn't.  I don't mind a few inches but when they talk feet, now that's something entirely different!!!!  The temperatures are supposed to drop dramatically to the single digits by this afternoon and then the wind will pick up and probably make it a little blizzard-y with the snow we did get.  So, it's definitely a good day to stay in and get things done, or read a book, or work on a project, or get crafty, or...........................  : )

It's been another good week as far as cleaning out and organizing.  Quite a few more bags of stuff are gone and that's always a good thing.  This was the laundry area which is the ugliest area of our house - there isn't a lot we can do with it as that is where the furnace is and the hot water heater so there isn't much of a chance to pretty it up - it is what it is but it can be organized!  What are you working on in your home to get better organized?  Do you have any tips that you can share?

As I was busy, when an idea came to mind I wrote it down so that I could share it with you today.  So let's get started!

I really think that breakfast is a very important meal to eat because if you go by the principle of having supper as your last meal of the day and you don't snack in the evening, that is a long time for your body to go without food.  You need to re-fuel for the day's work.  We don't change what we eat too often - usually Monday through Friday we eat oatmeal made with collagen protein, flaxseed, cinnamon, and coconut oil, and then serve fresh oranges with it.  We are very much trying to eat foods in their original form.  We used to have orange juice, but we know that eating the orange is much better for us.  On weekends, we make smoothies with whatever frozen berries we have in the freezer, throw in a banana, add coconut milk or kefir, slice up an avocado and we're good to go.  With the smoothie we have a slice of toast with real butter and a bit of peanut butter sprinkled with a few raisins.  

The kind of oatmeal that I've been making lately is the steel cut oats.  Here is the difference between the 3 kinds of oatmeal:

*Quick oats - these are rolled thin, pre-cooked and dried.  That's why they are so quick to cook.
*Old-fashioned - these are also flattened but not as much as the quick, they are steamed and need a bit more time to cook.
*Steel cut - these are cut but are still in the original groat form which makes them a long-cook oat.

I had done quick oats for a long time, but because they are pre-cooked they are not as good for us but they are good for baking (breads, cookies, etc.).  Then I switched to the old-fashioned but still not feeling that we were getting the nutritional benefits so I use these for really good fruit crisps.  Now we are eating the steel cut oats, but unfortunately they really do take a long time to cook and because I don't want to fuss with the length of time, I found a method to cook the steel oats the night before and then just re-heat in the morning.  Wonderful!!!  Here is the method if you'd like to try it:

1.  Measure out the oats - I use 1 cup.  And then toast the oats in a 2-quart saucepan in 1 tsp. of butter and fry them until they start smelling toasty - about 2 minutes.

2.  Add 3 cups of water and just a pinch of salt.  Bring this to a rolling boil.

3.  Turn off the heat and cover the pan.  Leave it on the stove and go to bed!!!!!

4.  The next morning, just stir your oatmeal, put a low heat under it and bring it back to a simmer, stirring every once in a while.  And I always add 1 cup of coconut milk to it so it's a creamy consistency.  And serve!!!!!!  

Isn't that easy?  I'm always a proponent of getting as much done the night before as we can so this is perfect.  I must say that this makes a lot of oatmeal which is also a good thing because all you need to do is keep putting the leftovers into a smaller pan, put it into the fridge because it keeps up to 5 days and then re-heat what you need.  This is definitely a win-win recipe.  Easy, quick, healthy.  : )

What is a favorite breakfast meal that you eat?

Another thing to share with you is this:

I know these have been around for years now and my friend introduced them to me a long time ago but I just got out of the habit of using them.  Well, I'm buying them again because, honestly, this is the only product I've found that seriously cleans our old 1952 original bath tub.  They are excellent if you'd like to try them.  At this point, I think I'm supposed to say that I'm not getting paid to say this!  LOL  : )  Do you have a favorite housecleaning product that you'd like to share?

The other thing that gets me excited this time of year is this:

The seed catalogs are coming in the mail and there are magazines with articles on gardening!  : )  I can't honestly say that I have a green thumb - I do okay with our indoor houseplants, but gardening has always been daunting.  I do it, but 9 times out of 10 I really don't know what I'm doing!  But I'll continue to try because I love digging in the dirt and making things grow so having these catalogs come in is just the motivation I need to dream.  I would encourage you this year to begin growing something if you don't already.  Think of it as experimentation and learning something new even if you just choose one thing or two (a blooming plant and a vegetable).  If it doesn't work, try something else.  This is especially important if you have children or grandchildren around.  I've probably mentioned this before but when growing up my mom kept a big garden but she never asked us to help.  I think since she worked so hard outside the home, gardening was probably her escape.  Her time of being by herself and enjoying the work without anyone else around.  And I understand that but I sure wish she would have taught me what she knew.  So, please get your kids involved!!!!  Do you garden?  What do you usually grow?

Last week I had mentioned that I was reading "My Friend Flicka" - well..........I'm not reading it anymore.  It's not very often that I stop reading a book unless I'm finished but this book just wasn't me.  But since I NEED to have a book in my hands every day, I ordered two George Eliot books that will get here on Monday and I'm SO excited!  I looked her books up and they gave the top 5 books that she's written.  I have (and read) 3 of those books already (which I found at a thrift store) and so I ordered the other two of the top five.  I love reading a series of books by the same author.  I have many Grace Livingston Hill books.  I'm trying to collect a lot of Lucy Maude Montgomery books, I now I'm trying to collect George Eliot books.  There is just something about the authors of old.  So, again, I encourage you to READ!!!!!!!  Every day!!!!!!  Do you have a favorite book or author that you'd like to share?

Also, in regards to correspondence that I posted on a while back, I'm hoping to getting around to making Valentines this year to send out to the special women in my life (sisters, friends, ladies from church).  Again, I think it's important to let people know how much they mean in our lives and I've always felt that Valentine's day is more of a ladies day with all the pink and red and flowers and lace.   : )  So, maybe that is something that I could encourage you to do as well?  If making them isn't your thing, the dollar store has lovely cards right now.    Do you do anything special for someone on Valentine's day that you could share?

And, lastly, I think it's important to set goals in our lives.  Though I don't do New Year's resolutions, there are a few things that keep going on in my mind that I feel I should at least try.  There are two ideas that I've had for years and I'm hoping that this year is the year I will get around to them.  The first is to start a neighborhood women's Bible study.  I have felt this tug for a long time and our neighborhood has so changed that we don't really know each other and every Sunday morning it's pretty much my husband and I that go to church!  I have the desire within me to reach out and tell others about Jesus but it's not easy is it?  As with a lot of other people, I feel very inadequate but I also know that it's important.  So I keep asking myself if it's more important to feel comfortable and not do anything or is it more important to be a little uncomfortable and bring others to Christ?  So, right now I'm in the thinking and planning stage of that plan and we'll see what happens!  : )

The other goal that I've had for years is to write a homemaker's devotional book.  I love to write and I would love to try to write a book about what I'm passionate about.  And that is our relationship with the Lord and my job as a homemaker and putting those two things together.  Again, it is in the thinking and planning stage (with much prayer!).  

But those are the two goals for this year - two things that aren't just a passing thought but something that I've had on my mind for years and hoping to carry them through.  What is it that you have been wanting to do for years and just haven't gotten around to it (yet)?   That is your assignment for this post - think of that one thing that you might think impossible.  How can you make it possible?

Well, that is it for this snowy Saturday morning.  I wish you all the best and I thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate you!!!!!!!  God bless.  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Pray Without Ceasing

I guess you'd have to be hiding under a rock if you don't know what's going on politically right now.  Even though I choose not to watch the proceedings, I encourage you to pray for our President.

What I've seen since our President has been elected is embarrassing to our country.  What the leftists and liberals are teaching our children and young people is that if you lose - act like a poor sport.  Don't put up with it.  Cry foul.  And then try to get even.  It's a sad state of affairs.

Please pray:

*that God will make the proud and unmoving politicians humble - helping them to understand that they are FAR from perfect themselves
*that President Trump and his family will be able to stand strong against all the attacks
*that we (the American people) will be protected from the spiritual battle going on in our country but will also be strong and bold and courageous to fight for our rights as citizens of the United States
*for renewal and a Christian revival  - that we have to awaken from our sleep and have eyes to see what will happen if we do not pray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God is still on His throne.  God is still in control.  But we have to do our part as well.  And THAT is calling upon the Name of Jesus for help.   He already knows what's going on but he's waiting for us to ask.  Please................we NEED to do this.  


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday Morning in January

Our new calendar for the year is all about chickens and roosters - very country.  : )

Dark, dark, dark.........raise your hands if you can't wait for the sun to rise earlier again!  I've noticed that the sun goes down a wee bit later so that's encouraging.  : )

How have you all been this past week?  It has been a very good week as far as cleaning and purging and organizing.  Bags upon bags of stuff have been taken to the thrift store and after today I'm sure there will be more!  I'm determined to keep in this house only the things that mean something to us, is pretty and adds to the decor of the home, or useful to us.  We just absolutely cannot keep every little thing.  This is much easier for me to do than my husband.  It's more difficult for him to get rid of things.  And I understand that.

Last Saturday was the taking down of Christmas decorations and now only the cute little snowmen are scattered about along with some snowflakes.  I SO miss the tree though - it always adds that touch of beauty especially in the morning when it's dark and you need some pretty light.

I've also come up with a new way to do our menu:

I first think of our meals for every day and then below that I write down what I need to do the day before to prepare for that meal.  There have been one too many times that I forget to defrost something or bake something or prep something and then have to think of another meal to make.  This way each day has something that I need to do for the following day and it works beautifully.  For me, this is a breakthrough.  No more forgetting.  : )

Also this week I've been thinking about how important correspondence is.  I was so disappointed this Christmas with the people who sent out cards.  There were only a couple of people who actually took the time to write a little something - most just signed their names.  It almost seems like they weren't intending to send any card but because we did they hurriedly sent it off and it was done.  I understand that if that card was from someone you already see on a regular basis and talk all the time that there wouldn't be anything else to do but sign their name.  I mean people that live far away and you don't see all the time.  The reason I like to send my cards early is so that I have time to sit down and write in each one.  There were also a couple who sent a photo card and that was it!  No greetings whatsoever.  I think it's a pet peeve of mine.  I know we're all busy, but really?

Correspondence is SO important.  A long time ago I posted about correspondence.  Setting aside some time every month to reach out to others with a letter or a card.  How many of you enjoy going to the mailbox and seeing a personal card or letter?  I know I do - I love it!!!!  What this means is that someone was thinking about you.  They took the time to go to the store and pick up a card (or they took the time to actually make one), then they took the time to sit down and write a few lines.  How does that make you feel?  It makes me feel loved and cared about.  THAT'S why it's SO important.  The "do unto others as you would like others to do unto you" is true!  My assignment for you for the new year ahead is to write down all the people you care about in your life, write their name on the calendar (one a month) and send a greeting to them just telling them that you were thinking about them and give them something newsy.  Something that they can actually sit down and read and enjoy.  Give them the gift of going to the mail and finding a surprise.  It's the unexpected surprises in this life that give it spice.  It makes all of us feel like we're worthy of the time and attention it takes.  And, then, of course send cards (always) if you know of someone who is going through a difficult time - job loss, loss of a loved one, stress, health concerns, etc. - a timely note is sometimes exactly what they need.  Life can get very lonely.  Don't ever assume that if someone is married, or if someone has lots of friends, or if someone is always busy and doesn't seem lonely, that they aren't.  Your card or letter could make all the difference in the world.  There.  You have your assignment - make someone's day!!!!!  : )

Again, I've been thinking health and with planning meals I'm trying to buy healthy and cook healthy - it's a lot of work mentally.  I feel like you have to be a nutritionist in order to do it correctly.  But I think that just incorporating a few changes can make a lot of difference - limit sugar, buy more organic (if you eat the whole thing, organic is good - apples, pears, etc.).  My stomach is already feeling better by limiting dairy (I admit that I can't fully eliminate dairy because I love dairy - kefir, yogurt, etc.).   Your health tip for the day is that if you are a coffee drinker, you HAVE to drink more water every day.  Coffee is very dehydrating and if you look on-line at dehydration, you will find all the health problems that are associated with it.  I have limited my coffee intake to only one cup in the morning and that helps a lot, but I'm also finding myself to be drinking a lot more water than ever and it really does help.  

I made some organic chicken bone broth this past week.  It turned out great - that deep yellow gelatinous broth.  I've made a lot of things for the freezer - lots of pasta sauce, lots of soups, lots of broth and it's a good feeling to know those things are in their when needed.

Last week I finished the book "Middlemarch" (I highly recommend it) and am now on to a new book ("My Friend Flicka").

The original 1941 book I found at the thrift store - and don't you just love this.....

I love it when people signed the book as a gift.  Knowing that Sadie sat and read this book back in 1944 is amazing to me and I wonder if she's still around.

The only thing about this book is (and I hope you can help me with this) that I'm surprised with some of the language in this book.  Isn't this a children's book?  The father in here swears quite a bit and some of the topics they address are questionable if this was supposed to be a children's book.  So, I'm a bit confused.  Another assignment for you - begin, if you aren't already, to pick up a book a read (every day!) - and, in my opinion, the old books are the best!  : )

I think that's about it for today!  I hope you will take this day and use it to the fullest so that when you go to bed tonight you can look back and feel good about what you got done.  This day won't ever come around again - when it's gone, it's gone.  Tackle those projects that you've been putting off, begin by writing a letter to someone, cook a healthy meal, take care of yourself - whatever the need is, put your whole heart into it and you won't regret it.  : )

Thank you SO much for dropping by for a visit - I appreciate all of you.  God bless.  : )