Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday in the life...

Run your mouse over the post there are a few links in it
Well I have been using my down time to read up and educate myself on a few things. I found this on U tube...Straw bail gardening How much food can I grow in my own garden? We are begining a soaking on the one bail I have now. I think that doing this may be a great way to have a raised bed of sorts. It is also going to help me get started without having to move all the rock out of the flower beds at on time. I can move it out in the fall little by little.

I painted the coop tractor so the weather will not distroy the wood. We had left over pain that was used on the extieror of the house. It is supposed to have those additives in it. The girls (chickens) are growing except for little angle she is still very small. No more roosters I am left with 6 laying hens out of the 10 babies I got for $20. so I still made a good investment.

I so want a rain barrel I want to use the good rain to water the earth, it will give a water that is clear of tap waters chemicals and clorine and such, and be free once I get set up. It so seldom rains here, but when it does... This tells how to make my own:)

Daddy Man and the Kids built a table for the kids fort
. It was cool to watch them as Daddy made them measure the width (having to teach what that was) and the length. It was so cool to see Dove and Dash take turns sawing and drilling. Dash was too easy to give up. We were able to talk him into sticking with it. Then it happened he drilled a screw in! hooray! He felt so good about doing it. My man is so patient! We all just kept cherring him on. Dash gives up way too easy and so we are trying to change that by giving him oppertunities to persevier. That means we get to exercise persaverence too! HHHHA!

We tried to do a post for the clothes line and ran into solid caliche' ( Hardened clay)! Handy Man Dad, is going to see if he can rig a removable hook over the top of the fence wall. I need to touch base with the neighbor to see if he is cool with it. I think it sound so much better than a whole in the yard to mow around and digging in this hard earth is no fun! I found the 6 (?) line for cheep at big lots last winter. I am so looking forward to having it up.

The compost and soil is coming along well. I better tend to a few tasks before church. We are having a play date after. Enjoy your morning!

My knee is back and doing well.
Thanks for your loving prayers

We got the book shelves set into the living room and the cook book shelf into the kitchen also. Now I just need to find the books to put on them:)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Aloha Friday

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My Question

How did your children do on the first week of school? How are you doing with school starting up?

A waken to prayers

Wow Girls thank you all.
To come and read all this kindness and supportive love is just a balm.
I am wonderfully overwhelmed by your kindness.
How good it is to be loved.
Dash came in at 6 a.m. with his two stuffed toys. They are (according to Dash ) my grand children. It is so sweet might give you a cavity if you were a fly on the wall. Well he awaits the attention.
Pain is much reduced this morning, thank you.
The "chicken shot Bren is what I will have in both knees soon, I had it before in the right one last year. Your moms nerves endings must be fried . Because I am so young I "really " feel it. written a half hour latter: Oh I get it, oops after the shots, yes they really helped me in my right knee last year. What a good send. I made it with them for almost a full year. The normal is 6-9 months. This makes me a great candidate for another round.The doctors say that as you age the pain is reduced due to loss of nerve sensations.

Beloved made me a cup of coffee this morning...
He came over and set it down and kissed me good bye.
I looked down,
He forgot the coffee!
We both got a real big laugh out of it. A great way to start a day.
Well "Ice Age" and Dash are waiting to cuddle.
Loving all of you with affection.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Mercy Mommy that hurt!
I had a cortisone injection and the doctor is ordering another series of Synvisk injection bilaterally!
For both knees (of my knee).
My knees...
He has ordered x rays of my hip,low back and both knees.
He will then address my hand and my foot. I am in a fix. Due to my other allergies the angio derma ( an inflammatory allergic responce ...I am allergic too myself...says the specialist) , a stess disorder. I can not handle the anti inflammatory drugs.

This doctor had taken a medical leave last year. I was so glad to see him back. I had been praying for him all this last year upon remembered of him. He is a father to an adopted child with autism.
A very special man. He had restructured his practice and thanked me for returning to him. His office assistant and I really like each other. I told him how glad I was to see him thriving.

Gratefully he has ordered an x ray of my low back (although the assistant said "we do not do backs". I have stinnosis in l4 and l5 from the torture and my hip has always hurt from when those things happened to me as a little girl. It is time to address it (I just pop it back into joint). I have been in denial and refusal to address my other knee. After surgery on one knee I just shut down to even thinking about the other one. So I never followed through.
I am home resting. The kids ride the bus and I will meet them out front in a half hour or so. Then I am off my feet the rest of the day.
Thankfully the children will tend to my needs this afternoon.

I just got off the phone with honey man and he is going to come home an hour earlier and then get supper for the kids and get me some BBQ ribs (one of my favorites) . It made me cry when he offered. Girls I think I am a basket case this afternoon. Gods got the handle in his hand and I am woven of good fiber. I will git up to greet the kids in 10 minutes and take a pain pill on the way.
Thanks for your kind prayers and support.
Tenacious Vivacious White Raven
"this too shall pass"

Battles " A Series"

Life is a series of battles. A saga of thrift and wisdom, of character and resiliency. How battles are fought and won is a study of history rich in knowledge. Here are two of our most recent.

Dash a son of my heart and a child of virtue gained.
Yesterday when I was in my kitchen I looked at my egg jar of funds and had a moment of pause. It was a moment in time when I herd within me a "heads up". Nothing was different, it was just a "heads up" sort of feeling. Throughout the day my sweet son was eager to earn funds helping me a round the house with tasks. School was attended and then later after homework was being accomplished , he shared his desire to go to the store. He had his heart set on a Lego toy. I thought it not to strange at first. I was reclining awaiting our trip to gather two gifts for parties upcoming when it just hit me "ask where he got that much money from?" See Daddy man and I at times reward the kids with tokens of earnings here and there.
So when little man Dash came and sat beside me all chipper and eager to travel, I asked him>>>"Son where did you get $13. from, It just seamed way too much for the time frame of earnings...?"...
His face shown guilt like an perfect example of such emote...then he replied>>>"Well you know that jar in the cupboard..." I then asked..."was it yours to have?"...
he lowered his gaze "No...I'm sorry"...
I then said that it was my money and that he took it from me.
That he stole from me.
He chimed ..."I'll put it back..."
"Oh yes you will put it back, it is not yours to have." I said, keeping my cool.
I then told him to go to his room. I prayed and thought a moment.
He returned. "Mom I am sorry and I will never do it again"
I then asked him " much is your character worth?"
Silently he left the room.
He returned again and I told him that I forgave him , yet this was not over. that what he did was serious and that I will be speaking with his Father and that we sould determine his consequence.
Just then Daddy man came in. We spoke about this. What was the lesson we wanted Dash to gain.
This is what we decided to do.
I called him in and we spoke about temptation, and resistance. He needed help understanding the concept of resistance. We spoke of how to resist is to make a choice to do what was right when tempted to do the opposite. That it was opposite to temptation.
We then told him our concern was for his overall character. His consequence was to do three things right in secrete before God, not to tell anyone he was doing it. We told him how God saw him take the money and warned me that he was going to be tempted so that I would be prepared to teach him. God sees and all that we so both right and wrong (avoiding the use of the words good and bad) and he saw ans will see him exercise doing what is right before god. Then Dash is to write it out on a paper and show only us. and that it will be over.
Chose right and resist doing what is wrong for you will always be before God your maker.
Daddy and I both were so grateful and humbled by this child's willingness and quick repentance. A repentance apart from shame that removes the guilt once recognized.
I wept when I went in to the kitchen thinking how it could have been for me if only my parents would have been able to afford me that gift. I really feel so touched by the way we were able to handle it.

While this was going on I had a little girl who was being very sharped tongued all afternoon. She even threw her backpack at me declaring "I hate these braces!"...
I responded with a boundary of "It sounds like you had a real hard day, I know that braces must be hard to have, but your bather and I invested into the beautiful smile that you are going to be left with when it is all over"...
She continued to be a bit biting out of character for Dove.
I said I see you do not like math, I am sorry it is hard for you, but I have had enough! Stop being mean toward me." and I just calmly left the room.
She struggles so hard with simple subtraction. So very far behind because of her disability. I left the room and went in on my bed and began to just pray for her. That God would help her to overcome and to calm down so she could more easily think. I heard the back door close, then I saw her from my bedroom window after the door closed a second time. She was emptying the recycle trash! I almost cried with pride. A moment later she was at the bedroom door and said..."The Trash was full Mom so I emptied it"...Now this was the first time she had ever done so!
I told her " I know I saw you just now and my heart fills so full just like a big hug..."
She twilled around with release of guilt and went back to her home work. I am crying over it even now. To see the repentant change and the freedom of excessive shame and guilt that I and so many others were raised under.
I laid there on my bed and just praised God for somehow making me able to understand and love the way she needed me to. I am standing humbly grateful for the wisdom.

Later last night she came to me...with this

Open when Dad is here>
On the bus on the way home she was called...

Now how does a mother and a father overcome this...
We know each child will have to work through these experiences.
When a child is so naive and sweet as our Dove.
She is not jaded like her peers. (not yet)
Daddy Man handled it for I was a bit worn from the Dash thing and the injection stress.
I go get a shot in my knee in 2 hours and last night I got a little overwhelmed with it all and the surgery coming up next
Friday. I was too tender and not focused well enough to address it. Daddy man spent time with his little pricess and tendered her heart like only a loving daddy can. It was just right. I will continue to strengthen her as I am able too.

Victor from the grocery called and I went up to get this for the chickens after I dropped off Maud.
I was sad because I really loved that silly looking bird. He crowed several times this morning there was no longer any doubt about his gender. Maud the rooster is at the feed store and I sit a bit sad at needing to let him go. I now have 6 chickens (4 of the 10 were roosters)

I bagged the produce and feed the chicken, the dogs were interested in the produce. My Golden found a carrot to her liking and the lad tasted cabbage but was not impressed. The golden ate a bit of the hard center of the cabbage. I will compost the rest. The guys at the store were great I can get this every day if I want. I just might get another box for the compost, however with the injection in my knee today I will be slowed down a little for a few days perhaps. I am a bit sad about that too.

It was cool to see the animals looking into the greens. The chickens like purple cabbage but not green.

I have to take a shower soon. I am concerned about my hand and my hip, I was supposed to have the other knee checked and worked on last year but I was just too overwhelmed after the surgery on the right knee. I think I am sad about having this joint pain. I am really at peace about my life and family and love. My love he is so sweet. I hate having health issues . I am so strong of spirit and the weekness of body slows down my true heart. I see him concerned about me and I just want to be strong. He is so thoughtful. He spoke to me compassionatly of the loss of Maud. He knows I really liked that silly bird. He also held me as a little panic over the injection flushed through me last night. He even told me he would be praying for me today. I really like being loved by him. This degeneration in my hand concerns me so I will speak with the doctor about it. I think I am a little scared of needing an injection of steroid in that joint as well. Nope cant go there!
God is Good I am rambleing and you no doubt are praying for me.
Thank you.
Please remenber Dove and Dash as well and my Dear Beloved. This little family of mine means so much to me. I do not ever want to loose the ability to take good care of them ...of all of us.
I dont know why I am crying or even why I should think I need to appoligize for it.
It is all GOOD. ;{
I just dont like getting shots in my knee!
It hurts!
It will feel a lot better in a few days though!
enough...Loving you

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cutting a melon tutorial. Composting.

By mid day yesterday my kitchen was done.
I thought I would cut up a melon for supper last night.
Here is how I do it if you would like to know.

This beautiful huge melon was only 69 cents a pound (a $7. feast)!
It is a crenshaw melon, a cross between a honey due and a cantaloupe.
I do not do well with cantaloupe for I am allergic to them.
These melons are so sweet when ripe. If you look at the very tip of the melon the end should look slightly green where the flower was.

I use a very log, very sharp knife this is a Chinese knife I was gifted with. It is a hardened steel knife. It looks a bit rusted because I need to steel wool it every so often.
After slicing the melon in half and scooping out the seeds I cut one half like so...

For the kids I cut the bites a bit smaller by slicing like so then...

Slice right above the rind. If this makes a bite too lage I slice this twice

The bites will just fall into the bowl. I did the whole melon and even sliced the rend smaller so that it will compost faster.

This afternoon there is only around 4 cups of this left.

Here is the compost scraps from the morning and evening meal and the melon.


This is just from breakfast today and the lemon bars.
I think that I have wasted so much good earth potential for so many years. Filling up the land fills. I am so glad to change my ways.
I called the city and will have two 90 gallon barrels that have the bottoms cut off and holes drilled into then, only $5 each one time free for delivery.

This Morning the Teacher of Dash called me at 7:30 A.M.
She asked me for my permission to honor Dash with a role of
Class Student Councilman for Second grade.
This she told me is an honor that is reserved for students that show great responsibility.
He will have to stay after school two days a month for a half an hour and then present the report to the class. I asked him and he accepted.

Dove came home with an invitation from the orchestra and a desire to play the viola, I called and left a message for the string instrument instructor. My children are growing up. I am hoping that there might be a loaner instrument for her through the school.

My morning in the kitchen.

Morning time had me doing my kitchen work in the cool( ha ha) of the day.
I think it was over 100* here by 9 a.m..
So with the dishwasher humming, I set to task.
We are having turkey enchiladas, home made re fried beans for supper.
There will be lemon bars devoured when the kids and Daddy Man get to them, with much thrill and many hugs and embraces. My family really appreciates the foods I prepare. It gives me wing to take flight into the tasks.

I made a double batch.

Supper is thought through and thawing.

I made a simple suryp for sugar and water for the hummers.
I will still need a spot to hang this on over by the garden window. I thought to hand the hummer food over there and I will not have bird seed getting into the garden. One window of seed feeders and the other of the hummers. I won't want to leave my studio.

I have a cortizon injection apointment for me knee tomorrow. She got me right in. I really like this team they are very dear folks. I have ben praying for then this year and they have re-structured the office to reduce the stress on the doctor. How wonderful that he is caring for himself. He has an autistic son. It must be a real good change for the office woman/nurse was very calm. She remembered me and is very fond of me. I like that community overflows in my life. I may schedule another round of Synvisk injections for my knee. I have been very blessed they have lasted almost a year. They normally last 6-9 months! I am going to pray that my insurance will cover me again. If I get the synvisk I will be kept low for a month to recover.
A call in to get my finger print card is accomplished. I am going to walk into getting my "Certifide Nurses Assistant" so if I need to get employment I am set up well for it. I have surgery on my dental implant in a week and a half. After that I will see if I need to seek a part time job.
I will be getting the schedule for the CPR training to get the certificate also.
I may not get the employment but if I do I will be ready.
I will be working with the Elderly or with the special needs community.
The kids are home and happy. I met them at the entrence with a cold cup of water. I guess Dove is having braces pains from teasing. she was very upset when she first approched. The water and the anouncment of the lemon bars soon changed the mood.

I have my implant surgery on the 29th
The kids have a birthday Party on the 30th
The kids also have a birthday/swim party on the 1st!
Talk about Gods provision and the fellowship of good friends!

Speaking of that Please pray for my neighbor. She is having a duble Mastectomy next Tuesday. We are getting togeather on the block to take her meals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More than Conquerors gifted me with these awards this evening

Sharing The Love Award

She wrote...
I would like to share this award with all of you, my dear blogging friends and visitors.

This lovely award is created by Crystal @ Memoirs of a Mommy in honor of Noah and the donor of his sweet little heart who ENCOURAGES us to SHARE THE LOVE ! Thanks Crystal! [Click on Memoirs of a Mommy to learn and read this special love story!] The rules for this award are to pass it along to some people whose blogs you love. They make you laugh, smile, leave encouraging comments on your blog. You would like to share some love with them because they have uplifted, inspired, encouraged or prayed for you. Please include this paragraph with the link to Memoirs of a Mommy so that everyone know where this award originated from.

Friendship Award

I would like to share this award with all of you, my dear blogging friends and visitors. Feel free to pass these on to your precious friends.

So these 2 special awards are for you my dear friends and visitors (I am still adding you....):

A Life Uncommon Donetta

You sweet to find this this evening
Thank you for you kindness.

Tackle It Tuesday

Good Day to you all!
It is 9:40 P.M. and I just finished my tackle of the day!
Wow am I fresh (showered) and tired (exhausted!).

After the morning chores of husbands lunch, kid lunches, breakfasts and children off to school.

Kitchen and laundry a quick trip to the nursery for garden information on red wiggler worms.
I had received an hour and a half lesson on gardening. I met a wonderful fellow who shared his knowledge. I researched trees and soil preparation for the garden and compost information for soil building through composting. I had a really nice time , However hot it was (100*) it still did not dampen my inspiration, although I was soaked with perspiration:)
I was greated by this fellow who followed me happily declaring the Joy of life every 2 minutes. He was a crowing dude!
This beauty was a bite of candy for the lens as well as my eye.

I played in the "candy store" a gardeners paradice for a while.

I like this vine a lot.

This vine also pleased me much.


This cobault thrilled my soul right to the marrow!
So fat and sassy with the candy shop I got right down to some nutricious living!
I shoped for all the food bearing trees that will thrive for me here in this desert paradise.

Any one who has ever tasted my pomagranate jelly has begged another jar, Or three.
So this will fit a good corner.

Researching... This apple does well as log as you pick it fat when the suger rises. It has to be canned soon after. Will last indoors for a week but lots of apple butter and apple sauce. IT is a self polinater.

Now I have a good friend who will love to can up some plum jam with me. What you think Julie>? YUM YUM!

Next season...
I walked out with this

thoughtfully loaded into my truck by some real nice fellow.
Thanked my howt and gave him an offering of gratitude for sharing his knowledge with me.

I left and unloaded and took a trip up to the home improvement store to so some more research.
I need this for my clothes line (I got a 4 line 25 ft. line on clearence last year for $20.) , and I really am looking forward to reducing the electric dependence even more.

I found 6 of these to add some ventalation to the chicken trackor.

Speaking of the chicken tractor, I need to paint it this week. I have a couple of gallon left from the panters did this house in the spring. So it will even match the house.

I love my chickens!
Maud is a rooster and I will dearly miss him. :)
he is the long legged "duck wing".

So this week I have spread the straw.
I began a compost over in the corner.

To hold in moisture.
I had time with the kids and then did the kitchen.
After I made a big batch of eggs and bacon I feed the family and had time with Dove.
I then went out to work around 7 p.m.

Tonight I was out spreading this...

and this...I raked over the straw to one side and then added all three things and then took a shovel and turned the one side then watered...raked the straw to that side and repeated it.
I covered it all over with the straw and watered it all in.
I amended the compost with the worm castings, organic fertalizer and kitchen scraps and turned it all in with the manure. covered the compost heap with the staw and there is no foul smell.
I came in and showered aroun 9:15!
So I sid now it is 10:15
Tackle done!

The chickens are growing and thriving . I think I am a month out from eggs.
I am a few moments out from falling asleep!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Retard? "Tropic Thunder"...How dare they!

Once Upon A Time There Was A Retard….

Written by Tammy

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Such is the tag line to a new, big budget, R-rated summer movie opening this week. “Tropic Thunder” is a comedy produced by DreamWorks/Paramount, and directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also stars in the movie.

The plot includes a group of pampered actors, lost in the jungle while making a war movie. Tugg Speedman, Ben Stiller’s character, is a fading action hero who missed his Oscar opportunity with his portrayal of Simple, a character with an intellectual disability. Speedman’s portrayal of Simple is a movie within the movie, “Simple Jack.”

Already “Tropic Thunder” has presented audiences with a new go to phrase, “Never Go Full Retard.

For the full post go over to 5 minutes for mom. Join in the protest!

A comment of interest..."A" has a point, I am just posting in support. I am not raging or in raged over it. Just upset by the term.

" A" Wrote...

"You might want to get your facts straight. The tag line "Once Upon A Time, There Was A Retard," is not the tag line for Tropic Thunder. The tagline is for a FAKE movie called "Simple Jack," which is part of a small backstory in the movie Tropic Thunder."

Go watch a preview or read some of the news you're so angry about before you blow your load."

Dear "A"....Thank you for sharing your view, point well taken." I will need to take more time out to do that.A question for you Dear "A",..."Do YOU have any special needs children?"Have you ever encountered the hurt in the eyes of a "special needs kid or adult when they were minimized and ridiculed? If so I wonder what you would say to them to help them overcome the ignorance? Would you then desire to educate the ignorant who hurt them (whether intentionally or not)? As a parent of one who is "different", I have wept with her. As a teacher of those who were "different" I have watched their crest fallen spirits when they do a simple task( that we take for granted), when they are then minimized in the midst of the struggle.

So I suppose a have a box to stand on. More fortunate then some who are "different", in that I can stand, speak and articulate the pain I have not only witnessed but have spent many an hour consoling.

I am not blowing my load,

I am carrying theirs.

Forgive the strife folks I have to speak on this one.

"A" My feeling are strong but I do appriciate your point.

Dogs, first day of school and deals.

Good Evening!
Wow! What a full day!
Last night while I was listening to the story time in the other room and resting myself at the computer I had company.
This was so sweet and so normal a beauty that I thought I might pause a moment and share it with you.
Recently a lovely woman lost her sweet companion dog (Rosie) of many many years. It gave me pause of gratitude for those dear friends I often take for granted.

With my Choc Lab at foot and my Golden at my right hand I stopped the world and remembered the joy they give me.
YOu see it has been hard won. If any of you have ever raised a lab you understand.
My sweet golden is getting up in years. I thought to withhold their names because of security for the family. Though most of you know them.
As the images were down loading I pet My dear Golden with my right hand and rubbed my labs with my foot.

He is so soft. I just find it so relaxing to rub him at my foot.
He will groan with pleasure, it is difficult to get up however from my rocker.
He blocks the way, all 80 pounds of him.

My sweet little girl sits at my side. She speaks when they need a drink. She speaks for them when they need out. She is an old girl now 12 yrs I think. I have neglects about her life with me sometimes. She was adopted from a hard situation and she is a necrotic pup. It is hard sometimes when a dog is a nut case to be as patient as you wish to be.

My beloved replaced the big board yesterday.
I am sure you can just imagine how I feel. I missed this invaluable tool so much.
Sometimes a home is just needing to be a little imperfect and look a tad bit cluttered to run smoothly and efficiently.
It is not a show house this is a working home.

I called the produce fellow and got a half box of scrap for the chickens. Went back in with the lead in adds and then scoured the clearance. I found several packages of T bone steaks, family packages. Now t bones can be best when to their date. You see that type of beef is good these however were well dated and so I just froze them in the deep freezer. Look at that savings. I left that store with just short of $300. in groceries and had spent only $131.! Boy howdy! With the free chicken food to boot!

The children were met out on the front porch , where I was watering the flowers as discussed. This was a ploy to use the watering /parental supervision to save face with all those kids who make fun of children who are loved and parents who are able to take good care of. Kids who envey often tease. So I removed the apperence of waiting to watch them walk home.
They were met on the porch with a cup of ice water each.
The children returned happy.
The food I packed uneaten for the most part for Dove.
Dove was well humored. Tired and mature about her homework and such. she made a good choice about reading before the TV show. I told her her options and she chose work before pleasure. I was really happy to see her doing what was harder at first and delaying the gratification. It was so neet!
She melted down a little at supper. She got a bit testy with me while we were doing the meal and table preperations for supper. Later she curled up to me and told me of her love for me. she said that several people were saying "you got new braces and you cut your hair". She told of one girl who was a bit unkind and made a face at her and it hurt her feelings. she really opened up and felt better for it. She has been pretty happy the rest of the evening.

Dash ate nothing! All day nor did he drink!
Needless to say when a choclate his teacher gave him had melted and gotten on his new pack he too melted down!
I was savy to the fitigue and possible stress of the day and was able to be patient.
However when it got worse and worse I set my boundries as I unpacked his untouched lunch and drink. I told him no wonder your blood sugar must be totally crashed!
He ate all of his lunch and fruit and snacks too.
Drank his cherry juice and changed into a very repentant prince charming.

This is 15 minutes into food! My Silly boy regrouping and returning to his good humor. I was able to easily clean off the chocolate kiss his teacher gave him. I also was able to wash off the nice note it was taped too. He is so dear, he then told me all ablut his day. He did real well with his hearing aids today. He said that the amplifyers were there and that the teacher had him remove them right before the bell. She acted discreatly thank goodness. He had a good experence with it.

I learned a bit more about the composting worms they are a bit harder to come by here due to our heat and few gardeners. I will try to locate a good nursery tomorrow to order some. I may be able to sell them back to the garden center as I get a good amount of them.

After a wonderful t bone supper we went out to do the yard chores. We moved the coop after the mow , and then I scooped poop , beloved mowed and I spread the straw at the side. We used the clean grass clippings to begin the compost pile. He dumped the grass and I then loaded a pile of straw onto it. I watered it a bit.
We went in to play with the chickens ( Dove and I) and then off to join Daddy Man at getting showers. .
Well I am up for mine now so I am off.
I smell of sweet straw.
It itches though!

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Amy has clicked her heals and flown to her real home. There is no place like home.

This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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