Monday, January 31, 2011

What do you Believe about your cash?

So Dash had his question of the morning...
What does cold hard cash mean mom?

The phrase "cold hard cash" was coined by merchants  who were used to handling coins that, because they had a high gold and silver content, were warm and soft and did not wear very well. When more durable metals came into use it was generally noticed that they were cold and hard. In the cut and thrust of commerce a lot of transactions rely on the use of cheques (checks) and various forms of credit. Where these are not favored the phrase "cold hard cash" applies to both coins and notes which are immediately available, or ready, as a form of payment.

Do your kids offer you so many many questions on life?
My days are so full of opportunities to really think about what I believe and why.

Asking for what we need...
For a good 6 months or so we have been looking into replacing the dish racks in our dishwasher. The machine itself is still in good working order. Thanks to the repair work my Darlin' does on it from time to time. We looked into purchasing them $300 for both of them. New dishwasher? Did not like what is on the market. This machine still works well. The newer stuff is now so much poorer quality. 
This one was chosen just for that reason it is well built.
Keeping an eye on Craigs list as I do daily I came upon an old back one that needed a new computer board. It was used by a couple with no kids. We took some images of the inside.

 Ours is the same maker as the free one. So we took a VERY long drive to our old stomping grounds. Where we first met. Not even three blocks from the church. It was so neat to show the kids.
 We were able to replace both of the spin things and the racks. The bottom spin thing on ours Steve repaired but the part was so hard to find that he just made one. Now the one off the free machine will replace this one.
By the way it worked great!
They were free, and we have extra replacement parts for repairs too.

Resting when your ill is so important to give our body a fighting chance.
Resting is so important for our bodies.

Steve was sick all weekend. He slept from 1-5pm on Saturday and then through the night. We had an extra kid Saturday. thankfully he is well today.
That kept me busy baking cookies with the girls. The quilt top is finished, love it. My corners matched so beautifully.
Sunday morn we awoke to Dash giving us both breakfast in bed. We were so touched by his kindness. Kindness heals.
As my sweetheart rested most of the morning I ground coffee, made pinto beans into re-fry beans (blender style, cleaned the kitchen and so on. By late afternoon he was well enough to take the drive to get the dishwasher.

Every day we use O.J.  I am always looking for the best price on it. Recently I asked God for a good deal on juice. I try to keep enough for my husbands morning juice. This means often that I have to tell Dash no when he wants some. That really bothers me.
Dash and I juiced a full tree full of oranges from the neighbor. We come out a good three gallons. After a full evening of events. He helped so much.
Another two baskets of grapefruit and oranges on the fence post greeted me this morning.

Earlier at supper he was wanting to help. I had gone into the garage a moment, upon entering the kitchen to see his little hand using the mandolin to cut cucumbers! I grabbed his hand in time. No injury to him but it really scared me!
It was so important to hear his heart.
When it was his shower time he told me how much he wants to help. We spoke about learning how to first, many others things too. It was very sweet. He wants to be helpful and just felt real bad that he did not know how he could help. He did not want to do it wrong and felt defeated. It was so good to listen and make more chances for him to help.
Lunch meat being so expensive a slicer was an answer to prayer some time back.
I used my meat slicer and cut up a turkey breast smoked and roasted for lunch meat this week. We need to have lunch meat for homemade lunches. When those fresh turkeys that came my way after Christmas were cut up and put up into freezer it set us well.
I asked for lunch meat. The fresh (not frozen) turkeys were able to be cut down so large breast could be used as cut meat once roasted.

Today is a cloudy day, just beautiful!

The sky is just black to the west of me with the sun beaming through the eastern side against the yard walls. The dance of shadow and light is picturesque.
Staying home is a joy. So many things to tend to. My pups at my feet the chickens just outside the window, a quilt to sew and taxes to do. Wild birds on the feeder near my shoulder. Friends to pray for and weep over. Loving is a hard but beautiful thing. Loving is also so imperfect and fragile. This humanity thing a challenge for mistakes are inevitable.

How I wish well for each of you.
Thinking of you LISA B., your on my mind this morning. I hope your day is awesome.
Shorty Bear, love you too. I will try to send you a nice note later this morning.
Denise I hope that Oklahoma weather is treating you well. I am doing good hun. A little issue with that stitch in my chest it is coming out . The wicking of bacteria concerns me for infection. The Doc. said I may have to go back and have it cut again. One day it will dislodge inside me then the outer part will pull out the rest of the way. However my chest site of port is now not tender any  longer. My shoulder is still a real issue just really painful to lift my arm in certain ways.

To all of you a great day.

Do you see your days as full of opportunities to really think about what you believe and why?
If so please tell us about it. 
We ask and receive believing that it is better than just going out to acquire by spending my cold hard cash. By avoiding the quest to buy new we have more time to rest. We rest in expecting to see the provisions come our way. It is a life of expectancy not because we think we deserve it. Because we know HE loves us.


JUST A MOM said...

Hey there I come and catch up when I get a chance I am still alive,,, Off to work again,, love ya keep getting healthy.

Yaya' s Home said...

I am so happy to hear that you are on the mend. Your ability to stay focused with all that you face is admirable. I will be praying for complete an' quick healing.

~ Yaya

Denise said...

You are such a great, and wise mom. Glad Steve is feeling better. I love you.

Susie said...

I learned something new today:-)

Jackie said...

Such a great post.....I loved reading how God provided the dishwasher parts you Craigs list too!

Praying that you have full and complete healing and will be to fully use your shoulder and arm!



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