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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sabbath Keeping

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city,
the watchman waketh in vain."

"Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away." ~ Henry de Bracton ~
"Security...it's simple the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you're willing to deal with whatever happens." ~ Henry Browne
"Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed." ~ Winston Churchill ~
"I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought.
I have everything I want.
I just want someone to be there for me,
to make me feel safe and secure."
"There can be no security where there is fear." ~ Felix Frankfurter
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking...is freedom." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
"The ultimate security is your understanding of reality." ~ H. Stanley Judd ~
"Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness is a menace to our security." ~ John F. Kennedy ~
"The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypt's." ~ Ronald Reagan ~
"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."  ~ Douglass MacArthur
"Distrust and caution are the parents of security." ~ Benjamin Franklin ~
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!" 
~ Earl Nightingale ~
"Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." 
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~
"Security depends not so much upon how much you have 
but on how much you are willing to do without."  
"Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been to much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting disease and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god -- Society, The State, The Government, The Commune -- must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is."  ~ Rose Wilder Lane ~
"There is no security on this earth, only opportunity." ~ General Douglas MacArthur ~
"Yet one thing secures us what ever betide, the scriptures assures us the Lord will provide."  ~ Sir Isaac Newton ~

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, 
neither the present nor the future,
nor any power,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

If you'd like a name added to the prayer list, please let me know. Around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping ~ Maxine ~ Kurt ~ Timi and family ~ Sandra ~

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Knitting as Therapy

It's that time of year when the needles are covered in yarn and a lot of flat surfaces have piles of knitted hats, scarves, cowls, fingerless mitts, etc. There are two little girls and four little boys in the valley and hats have been made for all of them. I'll make more hats, for the other children and folks in my life, before giving the remainder to someone who can put them in the hands of others who need a bit of warmth and prayer in their lives.
The hats are knitted on circular, round needles and finished on double pointed needles (dpn). Those dpn's take a little getting used to but the best way I've found to finish a hat. 
The blaze orange makes the little boys happy and, for some of them, keeps them warm while they are hunting with their Dad's.
Kollage Yarns make a square knitting needles which is, surprisingly, easy on my hands and the yarn doesn't slip off the needles...at least not as easily as round needles. Kollage Yarns also has a yarn made with 80% milk 20% cotton; I'd love to give that a try!

The brownish yarn is some Lion Brand Homespun given to me by my sister. She hated the dark color, found it difficult to see but, for years, I've used OTT lights that make all the difference in the world in my ability to see true colors. 
Even with the rainy weather and the sprained hands, a little bit of knitting is getting accomplished. Beats housework or mucking the stable any day of the week, eh?

Blessings ~ knitting ~ OTT lights ~ yarn ~ Kollage Yarn square needles ~ finished hats ~ DPN's ~ Lion Brand Homespun ~ 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sabbath Keeping

"Blessed is he that considereth the poor; 
the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; 
and he shall be blessed upon the earth: 
and thou wilt not deliver him until the will of his enemies."

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." 
~ Mother Teresa ~
"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog." ~ Jack London ~
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." ~ Maya Angelou ~
"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. 
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, 
revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. 
Remember if you ever need a helping hand, 
you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, 
one for helping yourself
and the other for helping others."
"No one has ever become poor by giving." ~ Anne Frank ~
"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." ~ John Bunyan ~
"I care not for a man's religion whose dogs and cat are not the better for it." 
~ Abe Lincoln ~
"Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery." 
~ Terry Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation ~
"If you're in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent." ~ Warren Buffet ~
"What I spent, I had; 
what I saved, I lost; 
what I gave, I have."
~ proverb ~
"Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves." ~ Horace Mann ~


"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
~ Luke 6:38

If you'd like a name added to the prayer list, please let me know. Names will be kept one week; around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping ~ Maxine ~ Kurt ~ Sandra ~

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Bowl of Warm, Homey Goodness


Today is the Autumn Equinox and it's chilly, raining and, in one word, miserable. Daddy always says the weather we have on the season's change, will be the predominate weather for that season. 

yay.

Cold, rain and misery for the next three months. And, if what I heard might even be true, snow flurries tomorrow.

Oh joy. 

 The weather report for this past week said, 10% change of rain on Monday and clear the rest of the week. 
Where, I wonder?
"Cause it wasn't here. It rained every single solitary day. A lot. My laundry went through several rinse cycles...sometimes the same day. 

Yep, it's true.

I'm sure some of the neighbors were talking. 
 Sometime during this past week, I stood at the open door of the refrigerator. As usual, I was waiting for food to jump enthusiastically into my arms, already prepared, hot and ready to eat. 

didn't happen.

What I did see were some of the raw vegetables left over from Daddy's birthday party.

Hmmm. 

Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, some onions to be rescued from the pantry, a package of bratwurst to be thawed, home made croutons and a box of chicken stock. 

Possibilities, all.
So, the vegetables were put into a roasting pan, cracked sea salt and black pepper added along with a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and put into a 350 degree oven for a couple of hours. While those vegetables were roasting, a pan was placed on the stove top, heat turned on and when the pan was hot, a tablespoon of EVOO pour inside. 

hot pan, cold oil.

Then, a couple of large onions were put into a pan to sweat and brown; when they were ready, they were removed and the sliced sausage put in to brown.
When the roasting was finished, everything was put into the stock pan with a quart of chicken stock (store bought because I'd run out of home made) and cooked for about 30 minutes. The heat was then turned off and everything sat for a while before I added the home made croutons and ate. 

This meal was, in a word...delicious. Seriously, this was one of the best soups I've ever made and, I think, due to the roasting of the vegetables beforehand. I'd contemplated cutting those cherry tomatoes in half but leaving them whole was the best decision. Each time I bit into a tomato, that sweetness would burst and was the perfect touch against the meatiness of the sausage, the richness of the chicken stock, the bite of the carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. I thought about making bread...white, bird seed or cornbread, even crackers...but decided it was beyond my reach. 

Maybe tomorrow. 

Maybe not. 

My hand still hurts and that seems to be a really good excuse to do not as much lately. 

Don't you think so? 
Does anyone know the name of this pattern? The back says KS Benchmark 1984 or 1884, but I can't tell which year. I've been using this flatware for forty years but, along the way, a few pieces have gone missing and I'd like to replace them. Can you help?

Blessings ~ a bowl of homey, warm goodness ~ roasted vegetables ~ EVOO ~ change of seasons ~ still serviceable flatware ~ 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy 85th Birthday, Daddy

 Daddy, center, celebrated his 85th birthday this weekend and we gave him a surprise party. There were a couple of big surprises...the first was Dustin, his youngest grandson (right of Daddy) who flew in from Florida. This photo shows his brother, JW, to Dustin's right, and Steve, Daddy's only son and on his left.
 Daddy, on the left, with Tommy Wright, VA House of Representatives, and Jerome Hancock, Pastor at Southside Nazarene Church.
 Mr. Green, Daddy's right, was in the same high school graduating class as Daddy. He told a couple of good stories about Daddy, then Daddy told him a couple of good stories about Mr. Green. Can you imagine being 85 years old and celebrating your birthday with a high school class mate? Their high school has a reunion every July and 4 classmates are still attending.



Mom and Daddy celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary next month.
Below is the group family photo...back row, left to right...Walter, my BIL and Steve, my brother. On the front row...Stephanie, JW, her eldest, Dustin, her youngest, Daddy, Mom, me, Gwen, Steve's wife. 
 Stephanie had a surprise for Daddy and Dustin...the county fair was about 1/4 mile away and this 'copter pilot was selling rides. Daddy and Dustin went for a 7 minute ride...exciting and memorable for both.
It was a great weekend, filled with good food and friends who relieved old memories, made new memories and enjoyed the day and themselves. The only down side was I took a tumble and sprained my left hand so typing (and most everything else) is terribly painful right now. All that to say, it's going to be a while before I'm able to visit your blog or post on my blog. In the meantime, y'all take care, keep me in your prayers and have a good week...or two.

Blessings - my parents who are healthy - wonderful siblings and their spouses - terrific nephews - good friends and acquaintances - great memories - only a sprain, not a break - 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sabbath Keeping

Jim and Gladys, children, grandchildren, DIL, SIL
"The glory of young men is their strength; 
and the beauty of old men is the gray head."

"Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you." 
- Marilyn Monroe -
"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have to start young." - Theodore Roosevelt
"Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age." - Goethe -
"I still have a full deck, 
I just shuffle a little slower now." 
- unknown -
"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
- Satchel Paige -
"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball." - Doug Larson
"You are as young as your faith, 
as old as your doubt;
as young as your self -confidence,
as old as your fear;
as young as your hope,
as old as your despair."
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."  - Chili Davis -
"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." - Samuel Ullman
"The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance 
of blessing previously secured." 
- Cicero -
"In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long." - Nikita Ivanovich Panin
"Old age: the crown of life, 
our play's last act." 
- Cicero -
"Old age comes on suddenly and not gradually as is thought." 
- Emily Dickinson
"The years teach much which the days never knew." - Emerson -
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." 
- unknown -
"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." - Maurice Chevalier -
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." - Mark Twain -
"It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle." - unknown
"Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur." - Muriel Spark
"Everyone is the age of their heart." - unknown -
"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." - Coco Chanel -
"Give me chastity and continence, 
but not yet."
"Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." - Edward Stanley
"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty -
they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." - Martin Buxbaum -
"Old wood best to burn, 
old wine to drink,
old friends to trust, 
and old authors to read."
- Francis Bacon, Apothegm -
"Don't worry about avoiding temptation - as you grow older, it starts avoiding you." - unknown
"The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you must have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth." - Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958 - 
"The boy gathers wood for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed." - Henry David Thoreau
"Beautiful is old age - beautiful as the slow-dropping mellow autumn of a rich glorious summer. In the old man, Nature has fulfilled her work; she loads him with blessings; she fills him with the fruits of a well-spent life; and, surrounded by his children and his children's children, she rocks him softly away to a grave, to which he is followed with blessings. God forbid we should not call it beautiful." - J. A. Froude


"But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, 
sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, 
to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

If you'd like a name added to the prayer list, please let me know. Names will be kept for one week; around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping - Maxine - Kurt - Cindy - Sandra - 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sabbath Keeping

~ Sadie, checking on Carly ~
"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: 
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way."

"Envy is thin because it bites but never eats." ~ Spanish proverb
"As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy." ~ Antisthenes
"Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained 
from it." ~ Honore de Balzac ~
"Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own."
~ Harold Coffin ~
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."  ~ Winston Churchill
"Envy is ignorance." 
"Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead." ~ Mark Twain ~
"Whoever envies another confesses his superiority." ~ Samuel Johnson ~
"Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy."
"Envy slays itself by its own arrows." ~ proverb ~
"Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed." 
~ Bertrand Russell ~
"Envy eats nothing but its own heart." 
~ German proverb
"Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has." ~ Elizabeth O'Connor ~
"You can't be envious and happy at the same time." ~ Frank Tyger
"Envy shoots at others and wounds itself." 
~ English proverb ~
"It is better to want what you have than to have what you want." ~ proverb
"Envy is an insult to oneself." ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko

"Let us not be desirous of vain glory, 
provoking one another, envying one another."
"For where envying and strife is,

there is confusion and every evil work."


If you'd like a name added to the prayer list, please let me know. Names will be kept for one week, around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping ~ Maxine ~ Kurt ~ Timi and family ~ Susan ~ Sandra ~ persecuted Christians ~

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Dog and Cat Dairies

someone sent me the following which I've changed, just a little...

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY 

~ Sam P. Spade, Secret Agent and Sophie Butterball Lauren ~
Day number 180

~ Sadie Lovebug Hawkins ~
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE! 

OH BOY! KILLING A GROUND HOG! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE! 
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE! 


Day number 181 

OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

OH BOY! FINDING THE DEAD GROUND HOG! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182 

OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
ooooooo. bath. bummer.
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE
~ Levi Lily, my owner ~
EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture...I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. (OH PLEASE NO!) In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors,I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this On their bed.
P. S. Actually, weaving around my feet worked Very Well! I took a tumble but no bones broken, thank God! and no thanks to the felines...grrrrrr!
~ barn kittens ~
DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was... Not working according to plan.
DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still LODGED between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event, however, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer." More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and he speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my activities. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...

Blessings ~ my little family ~ 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Sabbath Keeping

~ Gypsy Rose Lee ~
"See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it." 


"Obedience is better than sacrifice."  

"If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirits." ~ Charles Stanley ~
"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." ~
"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U. S. media."  
~ Noam Chomsky ~
"Traditional Islam is a mixture of all obedience to Allah, 
and if that requires militancy, so be it."
"One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons." 
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seems impossible." ~ Saint Teresa of Avila
"It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey." 
~ Saint Ignatius
"I often thought my constitution would never endure the work I had to do, but the Lord said to me: 'Daughter, obedience gives strength.'" 
~ Saint Teresa of Avila ~
"Obedience, is rightly before all other sacrifices, for in offering a victim as sacrifice, one offers a life that is not one's own; but when one obeys one is immolating one's own will." ~ Saint Gregory the Great ~
"The Devil doesn't fear austerity but holy obedience." 
~ Saint Francis de Sales ~
"Obedience unites us so closely to God that in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God." ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
"A Christian faithful to obedience, knows not delays, but prepares his ears for hearing, and his hands and his feet for labor." ~ Saint Bernard of Claivaux
"No man commands safely unless he has learned well how to obey." 
~ Saint Thomas Aquinas ~
"My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications." ~ Saint Faustina
"Don't give in to discouragement...If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never both about people's opinions. Be obedient to truth. For with humble obedience, you will never be disturbed." ~ Mother Teresa
"He who always acts under obedience may be assured that he will not have to give an account of his actions to God." ~ Saint Philip Neri

"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

If you'd like a name added to the prayer list, please let me know. Names will be kept for one week, around the world, people are praying.

Prayer Keeping ~ Maxine ~ Kurt ~ Jim ~ Timi and family ~ Sandra ~