Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oh the lessons children learn

Well the ham is in the oven it will be done around midnight, the turkey is thawing in the refrigerator now that it is chilling down. The lunch meat is thawed for the next two weeks,actually I think I might feed it to the big old black trash can.. Of course the 5 1/2 gallons of ice cream, soy ice cream and the pint of lemon sorbet' are nice and thawed our in the black trash can.

One Two Three ali ali ali out came free, well He thought it would be a good idea to hide behind the refrigerator/freezer in the garage! Oops who knew there was a power switch on the back of it!

Did I mention that I am suppose to keep my stress levels down, here is the rub, so much meat cooked and then it will need to be packaged and frozen tomorrow, you know the day after I get to stay up all night cooking a 20lb ham. At least I can wait until morning for the wonderful food in the freezer was saved by that big old ice block of a turkey. It should be ready to cook in the morning...

"Steve could you go out and get us a little soy ice cream, or sorbet' sounds like a nice relaxing way to end the day..." or begin the second phase of a singular day...

Thursday the kids and a play mate were hiding TWO days ago!

We lost a lot of groceries.
"God let me see your purpose in this, let me see your purpose in this"... as I stood at the sink removing that big old bird out of the wrapper. Temper temper...of course I had to own it that I lost it...told the boy know "the boy" who I am so very frustrated due to having to cook a ton of food in the next 10 hours and put it into packaging after it cools and is sliced up...
"told the child at end of it that I am mad that I have to do so much work and that we lost so many many groceries.
"did you learn something?"

Thank GOD that the unit did not tip over 
as they tried to climb on top of it
Now that he understands it could of crushed him to death.
Steve had to calm this old woman down, I was so ticked off!
Had to try to just hold my breadth and bite my tongue.

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Oh life! It is not all about us ya know

Hello all of you queens and kings of all that is holy and righteous.
Hope everyone is enjoying the beauty of life and the wonder of living it to it's top!
This day bring a swim party at an apartment building for Dove and of course I will be there most likely life guarding the pool. Dove thought they would be hiring someone to do so but I personally would be amazed if so.
Dash will get Daddy time.
We slept in this morning and rested our bones well. Refreshed I feel ready for the day. Wonderful what a good nights sleep can do for a soul. First one in a long time. The coughing in the night has receded and the x ray came back Friday negative to pneumonia! ya thank God it is finally gone.
Well on another more courageous note...
Last November as some may recall I had to have a re-treat root canal on a tool that was in front of the implant. A year before the implant the tooth that was pulled resulted in an infection to the bone on that side. Well every since the crown was affixed to the tooth it has bugged me. For sure I thought it cracked. When I went in to check on it the dentist filed it down a bit and sent me on delighted the crown was not cracked. That silly crown has still bothered me and Friday it yelled at me while gardening and sent me to the phone to call in for a visit.
Folks I was in my dentist chair within 15 minutes!!!
He took an x-ray it and showed a suspected nightmare, he made a call and within 5 minutes!!!!!I was down the street in the chair of the surgeon that had done the root canal (better said his partner) He took better x-ray and did not charge me.
Indeed the bad dream began. I awoke this morning to the reality that "it is not about me, but that God has his purpose and design in this". GULP!
Yep...on Tuesday morning I have to have surgery on my tooth to go from below and cut off the roots that had calcified and remove the encased infected tissue. It laid quieted down for 5 months from the anti-biotic that all BUT killed it. A sleeping giant awoke in that jaw once again.
I am now on penicillin to fight against that bugger and it has called down some again. By Friday night my jaw was swelling up. RATS!!!!!!!
His ways are above mine and I do not understand His mind yet I do.
I trust His best interest is for me.
We have the funds do to the refinancing, however we were so hoping to use them for a long long over due vacation. We have never taken a family holiday and Dove is now 12.
So Gods perfect timing and perhaps the funds of tax returns can put us in a place to give the family a summertime adventure. I am going to act as if...

That following Saturday the sleep study. I do trust I can do the night without pain medications so that the study is not hindered.

The following Thursday the testimony of the accident I witnessed is called upon. I got notice yesterday that she will be in court and tried for driving intoxicated and some other charges I am not aware of. I witnessed this in 2007!!!! The woman keeps getting postponements. The county prosecutor said it is common practice by lawyers in hopes that the witness will be disqualified. They do not know my God.
I documented the whole thing in a post! HA!
Who said bogging is a waist of time :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fabrics types and uses

I did a couple of posts over at A PLACE TO CREATE blog this morning. Learn about the burn test.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday

God my Friend is so good about reminding me who I am. 
Why I am here on the blog and what good I can do, knowledge I can offer.
He gave me this life time to gain the experience strength and hope that I now posses.

Recently plagiarism of the materials here without even a "thank You" caught me up into a attitude of resentment. I looked like this...
Why should I spend such great efforts in sharing my understanding when others are selling books on it and making money. Now mind you my hands are full and if I neglected my family and duties I could write such a script. For me however knowing my own personal limitation given the scope of my life I have not done so. But I did have the energy to be offended and that says some pretty sad things about a lack of character shown in on my part.

So in honor of Thankfulness I will offer up again freely those things gained with such great efforts over so many many years

The Giving Tree

We have a giving tree.
It has been resting for some time now.
When the children came home from school I met them at the driveway.
Dash with great delight declared "the giving tree gave us some cool stuff mom!"
So I came to see the gifts.
For many many years periodically we find things under the tree.
Often things I have prayed or asked for.

Oh It just now a cured to me!
Oh my goodness...I was wondering what was with the mini blinds?
I prayed for some after one of you blogged about using them as plant markers in the garden!
HAHAHAHh oh God is so fun!
Thank you sweet giving tree and the roots that run deep through it.

The file frames...yep!
I needed some in the old hay-worth in the garage!
I have a lot of dead filing to sort through and yes I was missing file hangers.
It is my goal to go through the expired tax documents and discard as in shed them.
We have records dating 30 years back in some things like employment It is really fascinating to see the seasons of life as I go through clearing them out.
By the way...I TOLD NO ONE of the requests for these things. 
cool friend to give me such an awesome tree
post script! oh funny funny silly joy. I need a new one for the master bathroom and these are too long! Extra for the garden! Oh a good smile stretches my cheeks!

As we all delighted in the mystery over the tree we turned around to find this on the door knob.
We visited a friends church on Easter Sunday for he was in the performance.
He and my man have been friends over 30 years...he played an old man! ha!
Funny to us anyway.
So the kids and I had to leave right after they got in to go get the allergy shots for Dash...
Yep! Cookies to enjoy on the road.
Speaking of gifts this is what I walk out my front door too!
I'll get a post on harvesting poppy's up over at the BEE BLISS BLOG.
So pretty! The kids wanted to walk to the bus on their own (it is just 5 houses down on the corner) as long as they stay together and back off from the curb if a car comes, I let them.
Of course I had to harvest poppy pods this morning don't ya know (to keep an eye on them).
Once I see them on the bus I relax.
so by 9 a.m. the poppies harvested I sit now finished my bowl of kashi and refreshed my bones with a good rest . Out to the gardens after I switch loads of laundry.
Hope the beauty of the day envelops you.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meal Plan Monday Spices/Herbs

Well a little late here but if you only knew...
of course if you have known me long you'll have a pretty good idea:)
Taxes are done and mailed!
Felt so good to hand print my final copy and send it off.
We got almost everything back.
Itemizing takes a lot of effort and time.
That old saying..." time is money"

So now onto meals
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yes we have hens but we will give them a bit of support here and there:)
A word here on the lost art of "Gleaning". Now Ruth of old she was good at it and took care of loved ones practicing the humility of doing so.
It takes an art of knowing when to hit the stores. Right after holiday's is a real good time. 
See the stores bought too much inventory...see the eggs and the ham.
So menu is set accordingly. There were several other items but I need to get done.
Oh a good early investment in all marriages is a freezer to store such meats for later use. Freezer love beef. Remember that beef also likes to age a bit. So the day of use is even a better choice as long as the store keeps it real cold.
In The west our grocers carry a line of products for our Hispanic citizens.
Same thing as in the bottles or tins.

Yes my friends I really do use many herbs and spices.
Think few pantry stock items cooked many different cultural ways.
Oh the spice of life!
the saying goes with good reason
I have spoken before about buying in bulk at a health food store or at ethnic stores.

Herb of the week...

Ever-present in most Italian recipes, this herb is an easily grown garden annual. In India it is thought to be sacred to Hindu deities and regarded as the protecting spirit of the family.  The leaves are dried and crumbled for use in a wide variety of dishes that are enhanced by its mild, sweet flavor.  The intensity of the flavor may be judged by the color of the leaves. Purple basil is more flavorful than green.

Cheese and egg dishes lend themselves to the effects of the delicate, unique flavor of basil. For Italian tomato and mushroom dishes , it is a real must!

The Idea behind the use of spices and herbs in cooking is for flavor enhancement- not to overpower the natural flavor of foods. It takes time to get amounts right for your taste.

other uses
Soups, meat pies,stews, peas, and string beans.


On bar soap for homemade laundry soap

Lisa in Texas wrote...
What kind of bar soap do you use - I don't know if I have seen a pink one before?

Lisa Go to a dollar store. If your able to go to a Hispanic or Asian dollar store the soaps in the side bar image are the ones I use. I get at least 10-12 of them and then I have the bars when I need them one every six weeks or so. Buy them when you see them. They can usually be found inexpensive in lower economic areas. Folks who have to use a dollar more respectfully will tend to use them. They really got something on those who work to the bone and then toss it all to Madison Ave.

I like the white one. It has a low fragrance. We have allergy and asthma in the family. Now remember those who are in hard water areas the soda negates the need to use fabric softener. So there you have another cost saving effect for using it. I LOVE the way the clothing comes out

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tackle it Tuesday

 Most every morning you'd find me set to tasks of lunches.
Dove gets stirred and given her Iron then let to rest a few more moments. It has to be given on an empty tummy.
Then its lunches to make of course. Recently after much frustration I asked the kids to give me a list of the things that they would want packet in their lunches. Thus hoping to end the ever stream of wasted prepared lunches.

 Likewise each morn I lay out the supplements and medications for the children and I then set them beside the plates at the table. Omega -3 is a very important thing to give kids especially children who have special needs. Even as well as we eat the additions really do help. After much trial and error I have found that if they eat them you win win so thus the sweets aka supplements. The dha the least favored so they take it first.

 Laundry has piled up over the holiday weekend being as on Friday I ran out of laundry soap.
So I made another batch. Each batch is over $40. savings. It cost me $2 for all of it.
1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup washing soda and a bar of laundry soap.
This is a huge yearly savings!
 Add the grated bar soap to a quart or two of water melt over low heat and then add to a bucket of hot tap water add the powders and stir. Bottle and remember what is liquid now will become congealed in the bottles over two hours or so so leave a bit of head room to shake and or add water at time of use.
No need for fabric softner by the way the soda softens the water. Cool stuff gals!
 After first load yesterday the front yard called for the dead heading of the iris and the little bit of weeding while the weeds are small.
I found the neighbors cacti in full bloom again and had to capture the once a year event.
So beautiful and the bees are just a dust with the pollen.
 On to the gardens and the watering, folding of cold covers, making a new compost in the garden area.
That is a huge borrage plant and the pollinators just love it.
Tomatoes are on the plants now
seed gathering of kale was also added to the french marigold collection I tossed around the tomato plants. After another gathering of seeds to dry the marigold will also get tossed around any root veggie bed to guard from the nematodes that like to eat the root crop.

Kale seed.

The night was spent at the allergist for Dash and I. Dash is good just have to add to his allergy care.
I am haveing the 4th bout of what appears to be pneumonia in a row sense January.
So over night Dash needed breathing treatments twice and I slid out of bed so I could sit on the floor outside the lab door in a hospital corridor. First in line for a fasting blood draw for the sleep study to test iron and b's, and the allergist for the immune response factor. Got there at 6:15 for the 7 am door opening. I was first in line. the computer was down so 7 people went ahead of me while they had to manually look up the odd test that the allergist requested. Good thing some folk still know how to use a book. HAHA

I got back to the house 5 minutes before the walk to the bus stop said fair well to my husband walked the kids to the stop and then came in and started on the laundry. 
So my last tackle was to just sit here and hour to rest.

There will be load literally of laundry and other misc tasks to do today as I try to both take it easy and get things done at the same time on very little sleep. 

Dash was better this morning when I got home.
The little kid just had to get bit in the heal so to speak and fell into the temptation of drinking MILK to be like his buddies at school yesterday. So Mom got to stay up all night helping him to breath!
Oh those lessons that must be learned. 
Good thing I had his back.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Marriage Monday, open topic

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 Dreams Longing Hopes Desires

It is said that hope deferred makes the heart sick.
Within our hearts are the seeds of our journey
All on a path.
Dreams marking the trails head, mapping the way.
Those longings so embedded within the very fibers of our being.
Desires wanting and waiting feelings left unfulfilled.

In our marriage we met with a fulfillment of parenthood after 16 years.
A son at 20 years marriage.

Before that a life time of wanting...wanting a Man that loved God and a home of my own.

Desires of a wife to share His life with.
A forever friendship in love and marriage. 
The desire to stand aside another to watch them grow.
Hoping for them the very best they can become. 
Longing for travel within the heart of my man.
Thinking at times that if he could just be content...
It is that very same discontentment, well it was that waiting then letting go. Painfully accepting that either the desire would be removed or trusting that it might be fulfilled. Knowing that whatever the case I had to trust. Now I wait and trust and hope for my husband as I did for my dreams.
When I was longing hoping desiring Dreaming of Motherhood.

Hope deferred can make the heart sick.
It can also heal it.
Years of waiting then receiving what I had longed for was a real eye opener.
If I would of received what I wanted in my timing well wonder the harm of being ill equipped to manage it? One day this life long desire to travel will be fulfilled.
My husbands dreams, a reality for it is true that God Gives us the desires of our heart. 
In a different way than is interpreted by many.

It is the dream, the longing, desiring holding on to that hope...
That very act is what causes us to be prepared to receive it in a state of maturity.
It is that desire in itself that so beautifully forms us.
Then we can truly receive it to our benefit and not to our harm. 
He sets us on a course that thumps hard in our chest.
It is not only that in the state of contentment that the peace is to be found.
Contentment never ought mean to let go of the hope that God has placed within us.
Being content is to trust in his time and that He has Us in His best interest. 
Our Dreams ...are best lived in HIS time.

As a wife it is my heart to never remove my husbands dreams, but to support him in the contentment that removes the suffering while the hope is deferred. That support that might help him to never give up but to give over into Gods perfect way and timing.
I know then  it will be more than wonderful.
As with motherhood, much is required when much is given
Never let the fear of disability or being hindered remove the dream.
Don't let your dreams just be dreams, let them mark your trail.
Then follow it
(acting them out within your heart as if...) 
He is your guide.
Mapping your life along it's way.
Then if that day come if we have traveled the path well.
We might see through HIS eyes what He intended for us all along

Easter was a shakin'

Hello every one, I hope all of you enjoyed your day of resurrection remembrance. That day the earth shook.

We were at the Grandparents today the adults all four of us visiting around the table and felt a funny jolt. Steve was staring at the chandelier and we all looked us to see it rocking and swaying, he said..." I think we just had an earthquake. We all went into the other room and sure enough the other chandelier was ricking and swaying.
A 7.2 hit some 300? miles from here in Mexicali on the boarder. Aftershock hit 10 minutes later of a 5.2 and 20 minutes later of a 4.9? some 200? miles up north, off the coast of California.

Strange thing was the children were with us at a performance and I spoke to them about the moment of the Death of Jesus the Christ the whole earth turned dark, and the earth shook. Now at the performance this fact was made a good representation. I whispered to the kids that the curtain in the Holy of Holy's was torn from top to bottom. That this was an event that marked that day in History as fact. Evidence that has lasted all these years.

Today here on Easter Sunday the South West was hopefully reminded of that FACT.

Saturday I attended the American Sewers Guild Meeting  (Let Me know if your interested) and learned a wonderful technique to make a collar for a garment in one piece , cool stuff. After I enjoyed a few hours with my sister at a fabric store. Beading supplies were 30% off and the Guild membership gives us another 10% off. Big smile! So I got some crimps and findings and storage containers and a long lay out board. More importantly I enjoyed my sister.
We went over to her house for a little while and had a little visit at her table while playing with her beautiful collection of cut stone critters or fetishes (a Native American art form). She told me how she had always desired a necklace of one so for many many years she collected them one by one. The necklace in traditional style are all critters stacked one upon another with a bear usually the center.

Then she showed me a magnificent gift she had received from a dear friend who passed on a couple years ago. She showed me one of all different stones. Then two others of pure turquoise. Each animal only 1/2 inch high and the whole of a 30 in necklace. Just amazing craftsmanship!
To think of her desire of so many years collecting and treasuring the few (barely enough to create half a necklace) here she was gifted with three. It was wonderful to see the admiration and treasure these are to her. For her to share them with me was special.

They have many of their floors torn up to be replaced with new floors. It is my guess that it was the reason for the issues of the last 24 hours. My breathing is real bad. Real bad. Only four breaths to a cough up of moisture. Oh mercy mercy I do hope that this is not the third repeat of the year. It has been less than two weeks from the last time. I sat in church this morning and just prayed along with the actor as he, the blind man, sang "heal me"...

I remembered how when I first was a fire for the emote so strong when my new days came to be after asking Jesus within my heart. It took me back making that moment almost 30 years ago fresh as the very moment...

My daughter and I spoke candidly last night. I shared with her that I had feared I had failed her in my anger and poor behaviors dealing with my PTSD stuff. That I was so very concerned for her. She had recently told me that she did not want to pray because God does not hear our prayers anyway.  I told her I knew her brother knew God and loved him, that he had asked Jesus within his heart. However I told her I was unsure of her. I shared a lesson of how just because a prayer is prayed and God does not answer it the way or in the time you desire that it in no way means he did not hear you. I told her the story of becoming her Mother. 16 years I prayed and let go in desperation to be freed from the torment of longing. It was then Steve came to me and we began the adoption process. God did say yes to me but it was in His time. God does say no too. He knows that we need Him to say no sometimes to keep us a right and along the path he sets before us.

During the play...My daughter...leaned into me...and said..."mom I do accept Jesus, I do believe in God"...

Happy Easter, from the depths of my heart to yours.

Easter has been a shakin' here in my day.

Happy Easter

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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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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