FAMILY SIZE September 10 2015, 1 Comment
Have you ever heard that Brian Reagan routine about the serving size for ice cream being a half cup? Well, it's pretty funny, because really, who wants just a half cup of ice cream? Half cup of spinach? Yeah, that's okay, but ice cream? Another thing that cracks me up is the "Family Size" frozen entrees in the grocery store. They usually say that they have four servings in them. So I bought one for my husband and me. It was a Sweet and Sour Chicken called Voila! I fixed it up last night in my 12 inch skillet. You know you're in trouble when your 12 inch skillet only has like 1/2 inch of food in the bottom of it. Lucky for us, there were only two of us and not four. We halfed it up and went upstairs to watch tv while we ate it. "This is good" commented David. "Yeah." I agreed. Mine was gone in under three minutes. I just sat there for a minute looking at my plate, when I said, "I AM STILL STARVING!!!!" That's when David announced he was driving to town to buy a frozen pizza. (wild cheering from the other side of the sofa - oh that was me!)
The moral of this story is when you are buying a "family sized" frozen entree for your family - it really means you need at least one for each member of your family, and possibly two.
Thanks, I just needed to say that. P.S. Hungry Man dinners???? These people have never met a "real" hungry man before, only little cut out ones.
I have several people in my family, in my church, in my circle of friends, who are walking through very heavy trials. Jesus said, "In this world, you will have trouble, but cheer up, for I have overcome the world." A lady I was talking to at a funeral recently, who had buried her 25 year old grandson just four months earlier, told me that all the platitudes that well meaning people say meant nothing. What helped was a hug, I love you and I'm here for you.
As I pray for all these friends and family I struggle to trust God and believe that His Will is always best. Perhaps I know best? Not likely, not with my track record. So I think back on His faithfulness through my own trials. This helps...a lot. Here's a poem from a great devotional book I have called, Daily Strength for Daily Needs, selected by Mary Wilder Tileston, publlished in 1884:
All my life I still have found
And I will forget it never;
Every sorrow hath its bound,
And no cross endures forever.
All things else have but their day,
God's love only lasts for aye. P. Gerhardt
It's July 4th in Scurry. Last year we were in Santa Fe and missed the big celebration in Scurry. Reportedly, it was a BIG deal. Driving through town (town consisting of a gas station, a couple of small restaurants and a brand new Dollar General), I was amazed to see a stage being built, several (I would say dozens, but that would be stretching it) booths being set up, a camel in a pen with a canopy and no less than SEVEN fireworks stands. Last year I heard there was a tiger show. There's a booth that says "Need Prayer?". We thought there might be some fireworks last night and actually stayed up until 10:30ish (didn't look at a digital clock upstairs), but nothing. We had to content ourselves with admiring our new solar lights on the deck. Our puppy, Calvin, was quite upset by them and kept barking at them. Go figure. We are scheduled to work the July 4th celebration in Kaufman with our church. I do not know what possessed me to sign up for that, since the sign up sheet was already almost full and we are in our 60's. I know that's not really an excuse, but it sounds good and by 9:30pm I have usually been asleep for 30 minutes. Yes, I know. I am hoping no one will notice that we aren't there in all the confusion. Do you think God would care if we didn't go and do that? Would it be presuming upon His grace? Happy 4th everyone!
41 YEARS AGO July 02 2015, 0 Comments
41 years ago today, I married a really neat guy. Wow, how on earth am I even 41 years old, let alone married 41 years???? When I woke up this morning, David reaches over and hands me my anniversary card. Oh no! Of course I didn't even buy one for him. (that's what 41 years will do for you sometimes). So I quickly got out of bed, ran into my office and made him a card (well....sort of a card)
Yeah I know....
And here's the one he got for me...
And the really amazing thing is he still likes me...a lot. And I ADORE him. So here's to us. We ARE amazing and still so in love. Thank you Jesus for my wonderful husband!
I have started a new series of sculptures based on the life of Jesus. They will have a very natural, stone look, achieved by adding stain to the hydrostone when it's in a liquid form. Each piece will look slightly different. The color will not be uniform, making each piece look as if it has been sculpted out of a different piece of stone. The first one is of Jesus, with Mary clinging to him outside the tomb. I call if Resurrection Morning. Here's a picture I snapped with my phone. (You can purchase this piece now!)
I've been working on a new piece. I was inspired by a photograph I found on the internet of some 1920's cowgirls. I loved their bloomer looking pants, big hats and high boots. This will be a one of a kind, terra cotta piece, no mold made on it. I will sell it for $2000. If you are interested, let me know!
Hi ya'll - It's Monday again and it's hot and the grasshoppers are back here in Scurry, TX. Not that they ever left. But anyhow. David and I are about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary on July 2nd. I know! I can't even believe I'm over 40 years old, much less been married that long. (If you are young, you will understand by and by.)
Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!
We have this dog. His name is Abraham. We call him Abe, or Abacasneezer (because he sneezes when he gets excited),Abrahambonarina (don't ask) and Snabor. He is the love of our lives.
He's not real sure what it is that I'm wanting from him here, but he's always willing to try and please.
So I decided to do a sculpture of good ole Snabor-doo (oh yeah, we call him that too).
He's terracotta and I won't be making a mold, so this is the only one. He's drying for the kiln now. He's 11" long x 4" high x 2.5" wide. I'll sell him for $115.00. Check back to see him when he's all done with a patina and stuff. Bye now!
I was in bed early this morning, while it was still dark, and I was praying for those young girls in Nigeria and wondering if they would get back home. I struggle with all the evil in the world, the things that happen to the weak and the vulnerable. I wonder why God doesn't fix it all - right now. Then I remembered the words of Jesus, someone who knew what he was talking about when He said "I have told you these things that you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Copy and paste this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPqPrSFLBEw in your browser and listen to this Rich Mullin's song. It will bless and encourage you, I promise.
We got this great idea to use chickens to combat the grasshopper plague we have here in Scurry, TX. If you don't have grasshoppers (by the millions) give thanks, now. Anyhow, we are valiantly trying to raise our garden again this year. This morning I noticed probably 1000 tiny grasshoppers on our borage (that's obviously spelled wrong, but it's an herb that bees love the flowers...more on that in another post). It was hard not to be angry at our 19 chickens pecking around. But to their defense, the grasshoppers are really tiny and maybe hard for a chicken to see and catch??
Anyhow, what we do have is eggs and lots of them. We have ten chickens laying and the eggs are wonderful. They make an incredible difference in your baking and for breakfast, you can't beat them!
Here's a pic of the chickens who are responsible, one of our veggies they are supposedly protecting along with the eggs they are producing. BTW, if you need any eggs, they are $3/doz and can be picked up at 10031 FM 1390, Scurry, TX.