1.) Oh dear. If you weren't convinced that non-Christians are watching us, well, most likely this news article will convince you that yes! they certainly are. Sigh.
Many times here I've told you Tom and I purposely leave good tips for restaurant servers (and others) and whew... I'm thankful we do. Not only lest we make God look bad (though that's huge), but because it's the right thing to do. Godly love is all about giving, and too, it's only through giving that we receive.
I'd write more about the above article, but I'm afraid I'd say too much, too heatedly. So moving on to the lighter side ...
2.) I'm rereading one of my all-time favorite humorous books, Forty Plus and Fancy Free by Emily Kimbrough. Perfect book for these snowy afternoons, for it zips me away on a sunny Italy vacation and returns me feeling refreshed. (A close to remarkable feat, I'd say.) Emily's a pro at using her self-deprecating sense of humor, making you feel that you know her, personally.
You'll find a delightful review of her book here.
And today (with my latest Swagbucks gift card) I bought her book, Now and Then, which sounds perfect, as well. Amazon.com has copies for just a penny.
3.) Great week at the supermarket for me! Here's what I got free when I combined sales and coupons--and in a couple instances--ecoupons from Savings Star:
2 bottles of Marie's yogurt ranch dressing. Regularly $3.29 each(!)
6 packages of Seafood Snackers (I used one package for crab pasta salad yesterday -- we loved it). Here's a recipe, but I used it only as a starting point and only used a tad of mayo and substituted my free Ranch dressing for the Italian.
4 Duncan Hines frosting creation starter packets
Other great deals:
Two dozen eggs for just .20 cents each (!)
4 boxes of Kashi cereal for only .99 cents each
8 packages of Wholly Guacamole (or here) for $1 each. Fortunately these freeze well as do the above Seafood Snackers.
2 boxes of Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta .50 cents each.
8 cans of Hormel Chili for .45 cents each. I never use these singularly (too much salt that way), but rather, I mix one can with four cans of low sodium pinto/black beans and one can of tomatoes.)
6 Yoplait Simplait yogurt cups for .30 cents each (not my best deal on those, but ok).
4.) And lastly, here it is the first day of February already and I'm not feeling nearly as winter
In fact, last week I told Tom that, generally, I now feel better physically and in all ways, really, than I did while in my 20's. The getting to this place was rough at times (God is no easy teacher who lets you get away with stuff), but oh, it's so worth it. The letting go of hurts, slights, offences... the learning the whys of forgiveness... the reprogramming myself to receive instead of forcing things ... the searching for personalized nutritional tricks and remedies... and getting to the place where Jesus is always on my mind.
(You know, as Willy would sing, "You were always on my mind. You were always on my mind.") :)
I've found no better way to live and I'm thinking, for me, there isn't any. And I am absolutely fine with that.
Over and out.
"You will keep him in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on you because he trusts in You." ... Isaiah 26:3