Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The Creamed Corn and Liver Nightmare (And Other Stories)



Matthew 24:12 Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

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For two weeks our local Aldi store has been out of canned corn. Canned corn! In mid-summer! 

Now, they do still have creamed canned corn, but oh Honey, the memories that brings. Suddenly I see me, 15-years-old at the family table, staring at that ugly creamed corn blob upon my plate. I take my spoon, gather a bit of swill creamed corn, swallow it, then swiftly drink water. Repeat.

Similarly, this reminds me of being forced to eat liver back then, also. Oh, that dreadful texture, the thought of liver's icky function. Our occasional liver meals found me silent, hair hanging down, tears trickling as I ate tiny bites.

I enjoyed most all other foods, but gah. Creamed corn and liver tasted so gross that never, (ever!)have I served them in my 42 married years. And shockingly I'm healthy, even though folks/articles swore--without liver-- I'd become a sickly, falling-over, wheezing wimp.

Anyway. 

Food shortages! They're here and there and I'm hoping you took my advice and stocked-up on foods you eat most. Trust me, I'm grateful for my basement cans of corn, but yeah, even I wish I'd bought a tad more.

More than ever these days we must live proactively.


Proactive:  creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.


God has responsibilities, but so do we and once again I'm reminded of all the Christians who've spent hours in food lines because, earlier, after warnings, they placed all responsibility upon God.

Each of us arrived upon Earth specifically for such a time as this evil one, but oh dear! 

What if we choose complacency? 
What if we're not listening, loving, researching, warning, prepping and preparing in all ways for all things? 
What if we're not using our specific God-given gifts right now?
What if our goal is to avoid mankind? To live asleep in pseudo peace? 

Heaven help us.





This young woman's beautiful 400 sq. foot apartment seems larger and is so efficient, it got me thinking that perhaps Tom and I could live in something this small. 

Perhaps.  :)


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Fear not! Even with all the recent talk of Lockdowns 2.0. Again, life a proactive lifestyle, instead.








Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, July 29, 2021

By Popular Request: An Extra This And That.


"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."   ---Hebrews 13:16


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1.) Oh. My. Goodness. This young woman took over her parents' lease on their NYC apartment (where she grew up) and did an amazing job in redecorating!

Wow, congrats to her. If I had to live in NYC this is the way I would choose. (Tom and I could easily live in a lovely place this size.)


2.)Am I watching the Olympics? Nah. 

Decades ago I did though, especially gymnastics (being a former gymnast, myself), but one day it's as though poof! 'All wind left my sails' and I no longer cared, even about ice skating(!)

People do change, you know.  Nothing wrong with that, either. ツ


3.) Remember that stack of books I plan to keep till the day before Heaven? Here's another one:

                           The hard-to-read titles are The Better Country and Chicken Every Sunday.


4.) Last late-autumn, for the first time, ever--rather than toss my outdoor hanging impatiens plant--I carried it inside and babied it over the winter.

It survived! Wow, shocking. And how nice to just, poof! Carry it outside again, rather than purchase another for my Prayer Garden. 

Don't you hate it when you should have thought of something decades earlier? But, "Patience," I say. Why spend my later years kicking myself down the road's end?




5.) Am I still addicted to Cash Jordan's New York City real estate videos? Oh my, yes. Talk about fun, relaxing and an enjoyable way to tour NYC. He's a delight. Cash takes me for walks and subway rides and I feel as though I got out of the house. heh.


6.) Okay, you won't believe this, but in the past 2 years I've flung away 960+ items from our home(!)

Seriously. This aiming at giving/throwing away 10 items per week has worked amazingly well. The only rather hard part? Barely can I see a decluttered difference 'round here. Uh-oh.

But hey! The decluttering records I've penned on our calendar pages assure me of progress, even if no one else can yet spy it. So it's okay. (A lesson is there somewhere.)


7.) Do I ever wish we had two bathrooms? Uh, no. 

Barely can I keep the one we have, clean. Fortunately I've read that some other neat-freak-ish folks have this problem. They, like me, happily keep the rest of the house tidy, but oh, the annoyance of cleaning the bathroom.

Glad I'm not the only one and again, I'm forever thankful we have just one bathroom. Whew. ツ


8.) Speaking of books--oh dear! Just as I'm crazy-decluttering them (over 200 gone lately), Joyce Meyer's ministry sent me 5 of her books as a yearly gift. I chuckled at the irony, of course.

I'll read these, though, and you know? They'll be perfect to pass along to other folks via Salvation Army. Perfect.


9.) Oh! And if you're signed up for my blog's email alerts, something will need to change. Blogger is doing away with this feature at July's end (darn), so I'm currently searching for an alternative.

More accurately, I've discovered one, but have procrastinated looking into it for many weeks. Many. Weeks. Sigh.

Update: Hooray! I did it. You'll need to sign up again to receive email notifications, but it should be easy. Go to the top of my right-hand column, add your email in the box, then click 'subscribe'. You'll be sent an email with a 'confirm' button.

Easy (crossing my fingers this works!).


10.) And lastly--drum roll .......  The 3 winners of my 17th blogiversary give-away drawing are:

Dolores
Debi
Pam

Congratulations! And a special thanks to all who played along. (Debi could you please send me your email address at GladOne4@protonmail.com? Thanks.)

Oh, and yes, okay. I, also, am not a huge fan of Amazon, but here's what I remind myself: thousands of small, one-or-few-persons businesses make their living via Amazon and I am all about supporting small business.

Our current world? It's not always as black and white as we like to suppose (but boy oh boy, when I was young did I ever believe it was!).  ツ

Anyway. Again, congrats to the winners and I do thank each of you who congratulated me on 17 years of blogging!





Saw something like this the other day: It's one thing to 'move on', but it's another, better thing, to 'move forward'. At first I thought, "Semantics?' But then, no. It's deeper than that. And true.


And here's another free and fun link for you: a Seals and Crofts playlist. My oh my, I've listened to this nearly everyday lately.


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Never forget!




And while you're at it, this is also terrific to remember:









Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

 
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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Monday, July 26, 2021

Where They Went To See A Movie, 17 Years Blogging and a Giveaway




“It’s in giving that we receive.”
— Prayer of St. Francis

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So Sunday marked my 17th year of blogging, but unlike other years, I didn't feel like writing about it that day. (Hmm.)

Instead, Tom and I drove to our local theater to see Black Widow. Enjoyable, the entire experience; the getting out of the house, the not needing masks, the young, willing-to-work staff, the comfy seats, and the new 'Screen X' which gave us a 270 degree view of this fun new film.

And oh, the wonder of the whole excursion feeling so deliciously normal.

Sheesh, nearly 3 years had passed since visiting our theater(!) Now, technically we'd planned to, last year, watch A Quiet Place 2 there, but we all know what 2020 did to movie theaters.

Why on Earth would ol' Tom and Debra wish to see a scary film like A Quiet Place 2?! It was filmed super-locally. That's why.  シ

You can imagine all the local news chatter back then about who-spied-whom, who saw the film crew in a diner, etc. Then the movie trailers got Tom and me excited: "That's the bridge we've crossed tons of times!" "There's Main Street in Akron!", etc.

Finally, after a year of waiting, we watched A Quiet Place 2 free at home (via a trial sign-up). Holding my iPad, this site explained where each scene was filmed (we'd visited many), but I squealed when I discovered the baseball field was in the town where we'd lived 15 years.

Wow. So cool, right? (Well, hopefully some of you won't think me too overly groupie-like.)

Anyway, back to the theater. Why even drive to movie theaters these days when we all have big screen tv's and comfortable couch's? 

For me, it's because I'd truly hate to be, like, 80-years-old and with a shaky voice telling young folks, "In the old days, we'd go out on dates to places called 'theaters'. We'd sit all cozy-close in a large dark room and watch movies on a huge screen and feel like we were there! Up on the screen, you know, there amongst the action. But, sadly, theaters disappeared long ago."

With our senior discount (aging does have its advantages), we spent only $18, total, which to us, seemed cheap. And you know? We were happy to pay it, to sow that money as a seed. A sustaining one. To do our part in keeping a good thing going awhile longer.

After all, it is in giving that we receive and you know? Ever since Tom and I began viewing all money-spending (yes, all) as opportunities to help other people, we've noticed a huge difference in our finances.

We now always have enough for what truly matters.






"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”   ---Luke 6:38

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."   ---2 Corinthians 9:7

Movie theaters aren't your thing? Then I would ask, what is your thing and are you supporting it so that it will continue?



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Seventeen years of blogging!

And as always, how kind of God to custom-make a way for me to 'share my letter to the world' (to steal a line from Emily D.). No more perfect way to minister, connect and encourage could there exist for me, on this scale, anyway.

Well, not that I currently know of.

And also as always, an extremely-huge thank-you to each of you who read here year after year after year. Oh my! Your faithfulness blows my mind and I appreciate each of you.

And to reward that consistency? I'll be giving away three $25 online gift cards from Amazon. Just leave a comment here or at Facebook or email me at GladOne4@protonmail.com to be entered.

I'll hold the drawing on Thursday, July 29th, 2021 then I'll contact you if you've won (if I know how to reach you) or will contact you via another blog post that day. 

Thanks again so much, Everyone!



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And just for fun...   Here are some lovely old bookplates. It's always a surprise to receive a book in the mail with one of these on the inside!


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Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15