Sunday, October 30, 2011

Life At Its Best

Fire burning brightly in the stove, soft music, hot chocolate and good conversation with the man of my dreams. Gentle moments. Easy day. Life at its best.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Autumn Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

 Pumpkin Raisin Cookie Recipe

1 1/4 cup whole wheat Pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
2 teaspoonw pumpkin pie spice 
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (Himalayan if you have it)
1 can pumpkin
1/4 cup oil ( I used olive oil)
1 cup honey
1/2 raisins
beat oil and honey together until they are well blended, add pumpkin to the oil and honey, then add the dry ingredients. Mix well. I mixed it all in the big mixer.

lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Drop by rounded teaspoon onto the cookie sheet.   Makes about 3 doz small cookies

bake at 350 for 18 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned. 

"Let Us Go Back"

Let Us Go Back

~Thomas Curtis Clark~

Let us go back
To the simpler and better things.
Let us retrace our steps
From our greed-born bickerings
Back to the quietness
Of plain, good friendliness.
Let us go back
To the old roads of beauty's quest.
Let us again find joy
In the fields and the woods, possessed
By the thrill of the spring,
And of summer wandering.
Let us go back
To old-fashioned content, our wealth
Found in the garden nooks,
And beneath home roofs.
Let the health
Of the trees and the grass

our two girls nearly 20 years ago



~Polly Ward~

Don't you love autumn
When the leaves come tumbling down,
Where they fall in billowy carpets
For the wind to toss around ?
The air feels cleaner, calmer,
As the sounds float o'er the hill. . .
Of the gathering of the harvest
As the barns and cellars fill.
It seem that in autumn
The aroma of burning leaves . . .
Just fill our heart with gladness
While we're bringing in the sheaves.
And the smell of spicy cooking
Of applebutter, jams an jell . . .
And all those pickles mother makes,
And preserves we love so well.
Autumn is : "the summer gone"
And "winter on the way,"
An all those cherry autumn shades
Can't help but make us gay.
I love the Indian summer
With its flaming painted sky . . .
Like an artist at his canvas,
With a thousand pots of dye.
It seems that in autumn
Nature folds her work for rest:
And gathers up her children. . .
And holds them to her breast.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Piece of My Day

The scent of balsam in the room, mixed in with the smell of the wood stove burning.  Gray clouds like a blanket of soft velvet fill the sky.  The smell of rain hangs in the heavy air.  Lamp light fills the room with a homeyness that wraps around me like a comfortable shawl.   It is a perfect day.  Break is rising in the kitchen, while I crochet some more on an afghan for Mei-Lings up coming recovery.  A star made with rainbow color yarn and white sparkly yarn.  Things she loves.  Fabric on the table waiting to be turned into pillowcases for her long recovery.   I wonder how many it will take to make her recovery brighter, dear sweet child.  She asked me once when I was telling her that my mother was in Heaven, "if my mother had taken Gods hand when He held it out to her."  I said I was sure she did and this tender child told me, "Mimi I did not take Gods hand when He held it out for me, and He smiled at me."   It makes me wonder a bit about the many times she has come so close to dying.   She is our miracle child, as they all are in one way or another.  Each life a gift, each breath a gift, each smile a gift.  There is yarn and fabric too for Yen to have a pillowcase and yarn for a star afghan.   
Soft music drifts through the rooms, the kind of music that you might call, pensive, gentle. The weather outside matches the notes.   I love this kind of day.  Nothing is rushed, everything feels right.   You can feel love in every molecule.   It is a day for poetry and sips of tea.  Long conversations and hand holding with the one you love.   Life is good, it really is.

Watercolor Day at Mimi's House

Three colors of paint can make all kinds of colors !  The joy of discovery.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Life's Canvas"

Life's Canvas

Edgar Guest

Sunshine and shadow and laughter and tears,
These are forever the paints of the years,
Splashed on the canvas of life day by day,
We are the artists, the colors are they.
We are the painters, the pigments we use
Never we're wholly permitted to chose.
Grief with its gray tint and joy with its red
Come from life's tubes to be blended and spread.

Here at the easel, the brushes at hand,
Each for a time is permitted to stand.
White was the canvas when first we began,
Ready to picture the life of a man.
Now we ar splashing the pigments about,
Knowing the reds and blues must give out,
Soon we must turn to the dull hues and gray,
Painting the sorrows that darken the way.

Now with the sunshine and now with the shade
Slowly but surely the picture is made.
Even the gray tints with beauty may glow
Recalling the joy of the lost long ago.
Let me not daub it with doubt and despair,
Deeds that are hasty, unkind and unfair,
But when the last bit of pigment is dried
Let me look back at my canvas with pride.


photo of tonights sky as the sun began to set

Changes in Life

In the past 10 months I have lost 40 lbs, 25 of that being lost in the past 9 weeks, when I got serious about weight loss.  At the beginning of this month, Steven, Priscilla, Emery and I began attending a program called Coronary Health Improvement Project.  Its a month long series of lectures on improving your health, not limited to Coronary health but also Hypertension and Diabetes.   The seminar is being held at a nearby hospital, with a Doctor at each meeting to answer questions and add information to the video lectures.  There is also a dietitian and specially trained professionals for the program, helping us along the way.  At the beginning of the seminar we had our blood drawn and had our weight and blood pressure taken.  The Doctor went over our results a couple weeks later, showing where we needed improvement.   At each meeting, we are also served samples of food from the plant based diet they have us eat.  The food has been fantastic !  The information, nothing less than enlightening.   Each video lecture along with the live lecture aspect is backed by mounds of scientific research.  This coming Monday we will have our follow up lab work done and I am so anxious to see what improvements have been made.  Honestly, I have never felt this good in years.  The eating plan is well balanced, filling, you can eat as much as you want of the foods that are part of the program.  Meat and fish are out, but we have never eaten much meat anyway, so that's no hardship for us.  Fats are limited, complex carbs are abundant on this plan, lots of whole grains, vegetables and fruits.  Sugars and salt are also limited.  Exercise is encouraged.  If I thought we eat healthy before this, I now know we had room for improvement.   My skin looks healthier, and sweet Elizabeth came over to me last night and said, "Mimi, you have a sparkle in your eye, how did you get it there ?"  Weight is coming off easily too.  My blood pressure has come way down along with my heart rate.  Everyone in the class is amazed at how easy this program is to follow and how many positive changes in their health has taken place in such a short time.
These seminars are held throughout the world and the results are all the same.  Stick to it and you can even reverse coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 
I have copied a few testimonials from the CHIP webpage
CHIP Graduates

•"I have lost 25 pounds now all together and am off my lantus insulin, 47 units daily, and no more regular sliding scale insulin. Thanks again for all you have done to impact my life in a positive way, and for giving me the knowledge to make the right choices for myself and for my health! I am a lot healthier today than I was when we first met."
- Sherry Kok, Director of Nursing (IL)

•"The more I learn about the CHIP concept and its clinical results, the more I am impressed. It is a fantastically practical way to capture the essence of health education and making a big difference in the lives of many."- Darren Morton, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Avondale College (AUS)

•"I graduated from the 2005 CHIP program in Boring, OR. Monte and I changed our diet significantly, and my diabetes improved and my pancreatic attacks ceased. Last year, I took another stab at improving my lifestyle. I set a goal of walking across Oregon in 25 days! It was hard at first. I started slowly in my driveway. But by March of this year, I was into it. On May 31 I started my Across Oregon Walk at The Dalles (OR/WA border). I walked 5 days a week for 6 hours a day averaging 13 to 14 miles a day. And on July 1 at 10 AM I crossed the OR/CA border! It was a wonderful experience. I will treasure the memories. And in the process, I also went from a size 14 to a size 8. And I have begun a little jogging." --Beth Nogle, Oregon

•"Based on documented, sound nutritional practices, this approach is for anyone who wants to improve their lifestyle and well-being. Following the principles of this program helped me lose weight, feel better, and have more confidence in my health."
- Peg Haffey, 3rd Grade Teacher (IL)

•"CHIP changed our lifestyle. We feel healthy, we eat healthy. I wish all of the doctors would be aware of it. I would highly recommend it. I don't see why doctors don't recommend it more"
- Mark Corke, Dentist (FL)

•"I lost 52 lbs., cholesterol dropped 50 points, and I have more energy than I can remember. Thank you for CHIP."
- Lynda Kettering

•"My wife (61 yr) and I (63 yr) recently completed the four week Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) in Colorado Springs. In four short weeks my wife lost 10 pounds, and I lost 15 pounds coupled with my cholesterol drop of 63 points. We were never hungry; and we were able to eat as much as we wanted while losing weight and lowering cholesterol."
- 2 Happy CHIPpers from Colorado Springs

•ULCERATIVE COLITIS: The Turn-Around! My wife has battled Ulcerative Colitis since 2004 with steroids and other powerful drugs, until we found the answer. Now Rachel has been completely well for the last 18 months taking no medications. Known as an autoimmune disease similar to Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis progressively involves colon bleeding, cancer risk after some 10 years, possible colon removal and a life that is centered upon one issue all the time: the colon. Realizing the seriousness of this disease in 2006, and not finding any substantive answers, we became interested in health education and lifestyle medicine as so powerfully represented by the CHIP program with its emphasis on whole foods. By focusing increasingly on fresh fruits and vegetables and becoming certified as CHIP directors, we made terrific improvements as a family. Our children love Dr. Diehl and his CHIP program. And Rachel has been completely well for the last 18 months. We thank God that we found the answer.
--Mike Weaver Harrisonburg VA

"Ulcerative Colitis is an autoimmune disease with an up-regulated inflammatory response. We have had several cases, similar to the one described above, that have done quite well by following some of the principles of the CHIP program under medical supervision."
--R Greenlaw MD, ABHM FACP/G
Gastroenterology Clinical Professor of Medicine,
University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Rockford

top picture was two years ago and the bottom picture was taken last week I have a long way to go, but making progress !

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Arise And Shine - The Wedgwood

When I was in High School I wore this album out, so happy to find my favorite song from this album on YouTube. Today is a big cooking day at my house as the children are coming over for supper, and this is the music that is inspiring me while I work

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mei-Ling Update

By the grace of God, Mei-Ling is doing fine.  Medication will take care of the problem until her surgery can be done.  Thank you all for your prayers and concern.  How blessed we are that so many people are praying for her.    Her attitude is precious through all that she has to go through and we all benefit from the healthy way in which her family, her doctors and how she herself, openly deals with her medical issues.   

Melanie, Melissa, Yen and Mei-Ling 

How to Waterproof Your Life

This video, about 25 minutes long, is so good.   Well worth watching.  
How to Waterproof Your Life
"When life is rushing by leaving you with an endless to do list, when you feel swamped with the demands of life, how can you cope?"   A good lesson from Noah and the flood.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Prayers For Mei-Ling

Last night my daughter took Mei-Ling to the emergency room for a problem with her vesicostomy.  The Dr at the ER decided they needed to rush Mei by ambulance to the Children's hospital.   Still no word on how she is doing and I hate to call since I am not sure how much sleep anyone got etc.  Many of you know that Mei-Ling was born with Heterotaxy Polyspleenia, a condition where several organs are not in the right place, missing or too many of them.  Praying that all is well and they were able to fix the problem easily.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Garden

There are such blessings to a fall garden here in North Texas.  No searing heat, very few weeds and just a few brave bugs.   Most years we have collard greens and cabbage throughout the winter.  Carrots planted in the fall, grow slowly all winter and are harvested in early spring, sweet as can be.
Emery uses a high wheel cultivator from Lehman's, I use it too, but can't manage take pictures of myself using it !

The Simple Life

A morning walk on our land is like the Balm of Gilead for my soul.   All the shopping in the world cannot do for me what a walk in nature does.   I recently read a study that showed people could lower their blood pressure by walking in the woods.  I am fond of saying that God did not start mankind off in nature by accident.  He could have created a city setting for Adam and Eve. 
When I was 16 years old I read this quote and memorized it and its always been meaningful to me and served as a sort of guidepost for me.  When I get caught up in something that is what I consider deep inside me to be in truth a bit "artificial" I center myself with the thoughts John Muir spoke about in this quote...
"No sane man in the hands of Nature can doubt the doubleness of his life. Soul and body receive separate nourishment and separate exercise, and speedily reach a stage of development wherein each is easily known apart from the other.

Living artificially we seldom see much of our real selves, our torpid souls are hopelessly entangled with our torpid bodies, and not only in there a confused mingling of our own souls with our own bodies, but we hardly possess a separate existence from our neighbors."
John Muir, John of the Mountains, p. 77
We need to spend time in nature to nourish our bodies and our souls.  To walk amid the miracles of creation working together.  To sense the wonder of each season and to smell the scent of soil and trees.  To hear the bird song and hear the wind moving through the trees.    We do not have acre upon acre but we have a small haven of beauty non the less.   An outdoor cathedral in which its easy to hear the small still voice of God speak of His love for us.  Its a simple life, an uncomplicated life. 
Photos from my morning walk

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"True Evangelical Faith Cannot Lie Dormant"

"True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all people."

~Menno Simons~

Fall Cleaning

This year my fall cleaning is a bit later than most years, but with Emery sick, I had a higher duty than deep cleaning.   His check up with the Doctor on Tuesday went well and he is feeling better each day. 
God has heard the prayers offered for my dear husband.
The morning started out beautifully, with the sound of a woodpecker on the dead tree beside the kitchen window, the branches have been removed, but the truck remains, mostly because we love to watch the birds gather on it, waiting their turn at the bird feeder by the window.  The woodpecker was a busy boy, checking for the right place to do his pecking, then he hopped over to the bird feeder, hung upside down, checking out each little nook and cranny to see if perhaps there was a spot for him to work at.  Emery and I sat at the kitchen table amused for many minutes watching this colorful bird.  How wonderful it is to see the workings of nature each day.  I enjoyed my time outside washing windows on this bright sunshine filled morning, hearing the bird songs, and catching glimpse of a couple of red tailed hawks flying over head.  
This afternoon I have some baking to do and plan on putting a pot of soup on the stove for our evening meal, that must be eaten in haste tonight as we have our
CHIP meeting to go to.  We are really enjoying this new way of eating.  Plant based eating using food as grown as much as possible.   In the last 8 weeks I have lost 24 lbs !  Feel fantastic and have more energy than I have had in a long time.   Our son Steven and his wife are also attending the program which delights us so much.    Each meeting is informative, and enlightening, along with a break time where delicious healthy food is served.    Our bodies are vehicles used for service and need to be cared for and this program is showing us a better way of caring for it.  We have always eaten healthy but this ups it a few notches. 
Back to work, the computer can be a theif of time and today I cannot allow it to be a theif !

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Let your gentleness be evident to all."

Let your gentleness be evident to all...
Phil 4:5
Yesterday, I watched a woman conducting business with a sales person and although I couldn't put my finger on exactly what seemed a bit abrupt in her attitude, there was something just a bit wrong.   I spent much of the afternoon thinking on and off about what I had seen and heard, you know during the down time in the day,  in those moments when there is time to think, like when washing dishes or hanging laundry on the line.  I saw a bit of myself in this woman and I think that is what bothered me.  I really don't want to come across the way she did.  It was nothing overtly offensive, but just maybe a bit pushy or something.   Finally when I sat down to do a bit of knitting it came to me, just what was missing in the conversation I had heard.  There was no gentleness in her.  Not a single soft word, even though she never was unkind or harsh.  It was that there was no gentleness evident.  Even in doing business we need to let our gentleness be evident to all.  Often we seem to equate gentleness with weakness and just the opposite is true.  Gentleness is strength.   From a woman's point of view, a Christian woman, the need for me to have a gentle and meek spirit is very important.   Its a goal for me.  I fall short far too often.  In prayer I ask God to make the moments when I fail, to be very obvious to me, so I can correct them.  Understand where my heart was at the moment when gentleness faded into the background.   The journey we call life is often a trip where we must stop often and ask directions from above. 

First Fire of The Season

We knew a cold front was coming our way so Emery had brought in a stack of wood and kindling for me.   I love our wood heat and can't imagine my life without it.  For about 21 years we have used wood heat and I never grow tired of it.  Yes, its a bit more work then turning on a thermostat, but I get such delight out of seeing the smoke curl above our roof, and find great joy in cooking a soup all day long on top of the stove.  And no one can dispute the wonder of heating our home for less than $400 a year and that would be a very cold winter.  Last year we spent less than $150 for the entire winter on heat, (wood purchased).     This morning as the fire burned brightly, casting its copper colored reflections on the floor, I heard the farm gate open, its sound so familiar, so distinct.   Then passing by the window, my gentle husband marching by with a 50 lb sack of feed slung over his shoulder.  Pep in his step, with a look of contentment on his face.  A wink and a smile as he looked in at me watching him.  Such love we share.  Such a commitment to living a simple life, uncomplicated by the externals we so often take on when there is no need to.  Soon the oatmeal is bubbling in the pot on the stove.  Sweet dark cherries popping up amid the rolled oats and barley.  We bow our heads and fold our hands as a prayer of thanksgiving is shared.  Emery always squeezes my hand with his strong Amen.   He never fails to do that and I know what it means.  Its his way of letting me know every single day that he is thankful to God that I am his wife.  He tells me that too.    There is a comfort in our love that goes far beyond words between the two of us.   We often laugh now after all these years together, that we cannot remember the last time we disagreed on something, its been so long.  We are like minded, share a purpose, share goals.  We pray together, honestly pray, not the kind of prayer with fancy wording, but heart prayer. 
Its a beautiful day, and my heart overflows with gratitude for this day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

North Wind Blowing

North wind blowing, leaves swirling and dancing as if let free for the first time.  There is still life in them.   Curtains dancing in the open windows.   The sounds of Autumn are finally here.  My hands even got a bit cold watering the animals this morning.   In one water bucket, raccoon prints in the muddy bottom and a carrot top.  I suspect the little creature took it from the compost pile, delighted in his or her find, but having to leave it in haste as Maddox discovered this masked intruder into his territory and barked with all the ferociousness that a dog his size can muster up.   The moon was still high in the bright blue sky this morning, still a bit of a glow to it, not the milky white you often see against a bright blue sky.   We had rain last night, such a blessing.   The garden is loving this liquid manna from heaven. How much we too should grow under the blessings of the living water that pours forth upon us.   Listening is good, listening and applying what we hear is even better.   Our lives should reflect such beauty to them that others ask us what is the key to our joy, our peace, our serenity.   No need to push religion on folks, simply live as the humble carpenter did and folks will ask you about what they see play out in your life.    This day is beautiful.  So new feeling.   A day full of lifes busy-ness, yet no running to and fro feelings.   Emery has a Doctors appointment today with his gastroenterologist.   We are hoping he will take him off the medications, as they seem to make Emery light headed.   Our modern medicine is full of side effects.  God's pharmacy is so much more gentle.  Green herbs from the ground, less offensive in so many ways.  Of course, I appreciate modern medicine for all the good it does and the lives that can saved through the many advances in technology.  But, so many times they are harsh and hard on the body. 
Its time for me to get busy with the inside chores of the day.   God bless each one of you.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Busy Day

I woke with a full agenda for the day.  Out on the track walking before the sun was up.  Came home fixed breakfast, which these days is more like most folks evening meal.  We are eating breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and supper like a Pauper.  Feeling great eating a plant based diet with daily exercise. The weight is just coming off so easily.  37lbs in the last 10 months, slow at first but now its picking up steam and I am needing to buy new clothes !  I had big plans for the day, lots of cleaning and cooking for the next few days, but then something far more important came up.  Melanie and Mei-Ling stopped by for a visit.  Melanie had purchased some fabric to make hospital gowns for Mei-Ling and her doll, for her surgery.   With such a long, painful recovery, we all are wanting to make it as enjoyable as possible.   A big girl bed is in the works, and of course we will try to find sheets that will make her smile and I am going to be collecting special pillowcases for her.  She will have to have two or three pillows on her bed the entire time so that means lots of pillow cases.  She has her special prayer quilt made by with love by so many of my readers and friends.   Mei-Ling has found such comfort in this quilt many times .       I know it will cover her in prayer once again.     Mei-Ling asked if she could spend the day with me today and of course I agreed.  Such a joyful child.  Today when she did a small thing that she was not supposed to, she said to me, "Mimi, you are my angel"   How could I scold her ?  Grandmothers hearts are soft.  I did talk to her about her wrong doing and her heart is so tender she was full of sorrow for her small misdeed.  Tears wiped away and a hug, put the whole misdeed far behind us.  I was reminded how beautiful a child's heart is and how we are to have that same kind of heart.
I played on the floor for hours with this tiny miracle child.  Wool felted toys covered a whole corner.  Little gnomes talking to birds and owls bringing food for tiny wool babies in nestled in woolen leaves.  Imagination is a beautiful thing.   Kindness in her play, reflecting what her home is like.   I hate the thoughts of her having to go through so much in the near future.   Maybe a little shawl for her time in bed or fancy pillow cases or woolen socks to keep her feet warm will help make the time easier for her.  Her tiny doll by her side at all times.   This busy day I had planned turned into a day of play.  The dust can wait and the dishes in the sink will not change one single aspect of my life.  But playing on the floor with a grandblessing, that is life changing.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Surgery for Mei-Ling

It looks like there will be a big surgery coming up for Mei-Ling in the upcoming months.   Our sweet Grandblessing has gone for quite some time with no major health issues and now its time to do one of the surgeries they knew would have to take place.  They will be doing work on her bladder and bowel.  A six hour surgery, with a long recovery.  At least a week in the hospital and three weeks of bed rest after that.  My heart aches just thinking about her having to go through it but it will make her life so much better.   Lots of tests in the near future before the surgery.   Lots of prayer needed.  
In the photos, she is examining all the finds she made on a nature hike with Papa.  All going in her treasure box !

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time for Some Amish Pumpkin CInnamon Rolls

Its that time of year again !   A true family favorite and certainly part of our Autumn traditions.
follow the link for the recipe

Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

A Chill In The Air

The need to pull the quilts up over me early this morning reminded me that the long hot summer is finally a thing of the past.  We went to sleep with the box fan going in the window and it was chilly this morning to be sure.   Hot cereal was the perfect choice for breakfast. 
Next week we are supposed to have low temps in the 40's and that means the first fire of the season is approaching.  Since I have recently blackened the stove, I will have a fire one morning this week with the windows open, just so I can burn off the blackening smell and not have to stink up the house.   Its not a terrible smell, but not wonderful either, but its a short lived sort of thing.
The bright moon last night confused the ducks and they did not want to go in their house last night.  Emery was out there around 10 p.m. rounding up the ducks to get them to go home.  We have predators in this neck of the woods and leaving them out all night made them vulnerable.   It was just over two years ago that we nearly lost our goats to a mountain lion.   (click the link to read about that attack)
Our hen house is built a bit like Fort Knox to keep out the critters that like chickens or eggs for a meal.
However, we have not found a way to keep snakes out of the nesting boxes, other than by removing them. 
The sunshine this morning is so beautiful.  Giving everything in its path a coating of pure gold.   Perfect lighting on every object.  Masterpieces all around me, even an old bucket looks beautiful.  I must admit, chores took a bit longer this morning since I had to stop every few feet and admire the beauty of Gods creation.   I noticed that our land is full of tiny holes, hastily covered.  The squirrels have begun their winter storage in earnest.  Every few feet is another hiding place for acorns.   Our one Red Oak that survived the summer heat has a multitude of acorns, it looks like a mast year for that one tree, which has made it very popular with the fluffy tailed creatures.  How wonderful it is that in a summer where thousands of these Red Oak trees have died in the area, there are a few trees that survived and went above and beyond with the amount of acorns.   We lost 7 trees in the heat and drought.  Our apricot trees all died and two Red Oaks, along with a Cedar tree.   They will become firewood.  Still serving a purpose.   Time now for me to get busy and do some housework and laundry.   How I love to work towards that feeling of satisfaction that comes after the work is all done and you have 10 minutes to just sit and look at it completed.   How thankful I am to God for my health and my energy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Cornbread Recipes I use

Cornbread Recipe

click on the link below for the recipe I use most often
Sweet Cornbread  

Lazy Day

Its damp and cool this morning, a great day to just sit on the sofa with a good book.  There is plenty I could be doing and some things I should be doing, but a do nothing day is in order.  Life has been pretty hectic around here of late and its time to take advantage of a day of no real demands.   We so often spend our lives measuring ourselves by our accomplishments only, but in reality we need a day once in a while where we recharge our batteries, take it slow and easy.  Read a good book, draw a picture, spend an hour looking out the window.  Sit and think and spend some time in prayer, not the hasty kind of prayer, but the kind that pours forth from our hearts and grows from one thought to another.  Where a mention of one person, turns to another and so on.  Where we can see our own selves clearly and honestly and speak to Our Father about our desire to change what is not right in our hearts and where we can spend countless minutes in gratitude for His blessings in our lives.
Beans are cooking in the crock pot, Cranberry beans.  They smell good.  Ingredients for cornbread on the table, waiting to be put together and turned into a yummy treat to go along with the beans.   Fresh Kale chopped and in the fridge ready to be cooked with onions and garlic. Simple fare.  No fuss food.
Material spread out on the dinning room table.  I had plans to sew today, but I may not get to it.  We can eat at the kitchen table tonight.  Tomorrow is another day.  This gray sky day is perfect for being lazy and I am going to take advantage of it. 

A New Year

It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...