Thursday, May 13, 2021

May This And That



1.) So. For 3 (4?) months our kitchen had many 'traffic jams' (shall we say). What with Tom's new healthier lifestyle (and creating yicky collagen potions, etc.) it seemed always he stood where I needed to and vice versa.

Maybe it's different at your house, but here? Solutions come slowly to our aging brains and I'm always choosing to forgive myself for that rather than remain frustrated.

Anyway, finally I thought to place Tom's most-used gadgets/groceries on one side of the kitchen and all of mine on the other.

Whew. No more traffic jams and kitchen peace is restored.




2.) Oh! Are you familiar with the Five Minute Crafts channel over at Youtube? The crafts I like best are the household problem-solving ones. Check them out! (They're also available at Roku. See below.)

Note: Young folks make these videos and oh wow! Often my brain can barely keep up.


3.) Upstairs, quite close to my dearly-loved closet room in fact, sits Daniel The Cat's two litter boxes.

Now, does that post a, er, smelly problem? Nope! Not at all, because for years I've used this miracle litter which smells like, well, nothing.



Highly, highly recommended for my fellow feline lovers. Lasts for ages (I use one-half of a 7 lb. bag in each litter box) and isn't expensive.

4.) Gee, the beginnings of hyper-inflation, right? Makes me grateful that I did that major stock-up last year. Now I just need a few items to add to my food/supplies collection in order to feel sufficiently prepared.

(And of course, as always, I hope you are into prepping ahead for your family's future needs. While you still can.)

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6.) Rather than just watching Leave It To Beaver on the Roku channel, I finally checked-out what else they offer. Wow. Paradise for the nostalgic-tv-series-minded amongst us!

Also, you can watch online free(!) Just use that Roku link, above, and click on 'watch online' or 'free movies and tv'. Not everything will be available this way, ok, but it's a start if you're without the Roku
device/channel/app.

Here's just a sampling of what's available:


Touched By An Angel
Hart to Hart
Magnum P.I.
The Facts of Life
The Rockford Files
The Rifleman
Highway To Heaven
Coach
The Real McCoys
Crossing Jordan
Heartland
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Tonight Show (with Johnny Carson)
Beverly Hillbillies
Alias (not nostalgic, but we enjoy it)
Sue Thomas F.B.I.
Unsolved Mysteries
Five-Minute Crafts

... plus movies and other tv series. But be forewarned: there are commercial breaks, the can't-be-forwarded  type. ツ

7.) Our cafe around the corner? Lately Amy often posts at Facebook that she's sold all the scones or muffins or breakfast sandwiches. Hooray! More answers to years of prayer and especially wonderful to see in 2021.

Sowing seeds (money, prayer, time) into local eateries is one of Tom's and my favorite ways to obey God. No really, a blessing all-around!


8.) Truly, we get to know ourselves better when we're honest. heh. :





9.) Remember how the electricians left that big swath of dirt across our backyard lawn? Well, it's still there. 

But! Somehow, many bricks were leftover (long story) so I placed them atop a folded tarp behind our small lilac bush and now, oh my. That dead space for weeds is gone. I can place 10+ garden pots upon the bricks in that prime sunny real estate--hooray!

Truly it's the little things, right? (I would show you a picture, but the bricks (and pots) are still sitting wonky, so I can't take a picture of that, right?).  ツ So here's my Herb and Etc. Garden out front:




But anyway, the lesson is this: never give-up on finding solutions to make your life easier/more productive/peaceful. Most always they're there, but just hard--not impossible--to find!


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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

Monday, May 10, 2021

When Your Life Doesn't Look Like Others'


" And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority...but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."   ---Colossians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 10:12


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So on Mother's Day Naomi stepped from her van/home out front bearing gifts for me and she made us dinner. We watched Youtube clips of Impractical Jokers (don't view these unless you know the Naomi-approved-for-parents ones. heh.) and then a movie.

The evening? Wonderful.

Now, most of Tom's and my friends have a 'quiver-full' of kids, with spouses (who live in houses) and nearly all have grandchildren. Our friends have dogs. Larger, more expensive homes. Two cars.

Many travel, take vacations (in non-pandemic years) to cool, fun places. Some ride bikes together, jog, walk or camp. Many do outdoor barbeques and backyard parties. Some shop together and attend crowded street festivals, concerts and fireworks displays.

Basically, Tom and I have (or do) none of that.

But you know? He and I are the happiest, most contented couple we know. And for me, it's not about possesions, activities or even a necessity of certain relationships. But rather--

When we're living the way God wants, our lives will appear unique because He designed us all differently. We can be fulfilled even while living like no one else because true fulfillment comes only from knowing God.

Loving God. Obeying Him, His Word. Not comparing ourselves with others. These will bring us all incredible inner peace even if our outer world just doesn't quite match up with others'.




                                     My Prayer Garden. Early Spring.


" ... for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."   ---Philippians 4:11


"Be a thankful person. Take inventory each day of what you have instead of counting up all the things that you have not. Meditate on what God has done in your life instead of what you are still waiting on Him to do.
Enjoy where you are on the way to where you're going."   ---Joyce Meyer

Of course, you sweet grandmas might highly doubt that I'm perfectly contented knowing I'll (most likely) never have grandchildren. But you'll just have to trust me on this one.  ツ




I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful!

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Yikes! On Friday while eating lunch, Tom and I heard a huge Boom! outside. We ran to the window and saw white smoke coming from Mike's garage so I went outside, as did our other neighbors (and Naomi) and we all tried to guess what had happened.

Soon a friend of Mike's came out, apologized and said not to worry, it was just a gas leak.

Oh dear. #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm


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Once again I must recommend Recollection Road videos at Youtube. They're so soothing and they recall a world much more familiar to many of us. 

Wave if you see me over in that kinder world.


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"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"   ---Isaiah 26:3




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

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Heaven On My Mind


"For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."   ---Galations 6:8


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Gee, Heaven's floating around my mind lately.

Oh, but not for the reason you may suppose, you know, because Life down here's gone all complicated and messy so Jesus-please-beam-me-up-before-this-sorry-stuff-grows-worse.

No, not that one. He planned more for me to do here--I know this.

Instead, it's because I'm planting my garden seeds. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and garlic cloves, also (each year I attempt something new. This spring it's garlic).

I wonder while poking each seed into the soil, "Am I planting all the seeds God intended these 62 years of mine? Which ones, which kindnesses, gifts and obediences did I skip? Which rewards in Heaven will I miss out on because I chose apathy and procrastination instead?"

With just one chance to live on Earth, I'm accruing a history I'll live with for all eternity. 

Yikes.

So today out there in my garden beds, I'll ask God to show me which other types of seeds He intended me to sow, as in, the life-sharing ones for others. "Give me the whole long list," I'll say. I'll even ask Him to help me release unsurrendered areas like complaining, worrying and wasting time, all which keep me from actively planting.

And then I'll ask Him to daily pour upon me all the boldness, strength and creativity I'll need to complete His specific journey for me. I cannot walk this out alone. I shudder to contemplate that, even.

My visit to Earth is a short one! But eternity? That's forever (literally) and that's how long I'll be living with what I did down here with all He gave me.





“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ---Mathew 6:19-21

"And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”    ---Mark 4:8



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Lately I'm keeping a running Gratitude List in my mind and that helps center me in a 'perfect peace mode' even while hearing talk about possible upcoming hyper inflation.

Here's what Glen Beck has to say about the hyper inflation he believes is coming. (I'm letting it simply inspire me to check all my prepper lists twice so I can remain calm.) シ


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I enjoyed reading another of Ralph Moody's cousin's books:




The ol' rhodie bush was especially prolific this year.






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"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."   ---Luke 12:33,34




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