Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Apron

Christmas has come and passed, but I am happy to say it is still in my heart. I feel that warm glow which fills life during the Holidays. There is joy in giving, o heart of mine! And when your gifts are handmade, it feels awesome!

This is one of the projects I worked on just a day or two before Christmas. It was finished on Christmas Eve, using a free pattern I found on this magazine.

I think this is a better view of the apron:

And here's the finished product. It came together quickly, which is always good. Most importantly, it was a lot of fun to make! I was told by the recipient that she really liked it.

In making this apron, I am most grateful that I found this tutorial in Anna's blog. If you scroll down to number 4, which is the part where she shares how to make the waistband, it shows such a simple method for giving a nice finishing touch to apron strings. I found that I can also use this method for any type of straps, and eliminates the need for difficult 'turning' of the fabric. I used the technique when I had to make the ties for my Grandson's high chair pads. It came in so handy! I saved it under favorites and I refer to it often.
I've been keeping myself busy making vintage looking tags using rubber stamps. It's fun, but I know there are better ways to make them. I do plan to make some more aprons, so I have enough to keep me occupied for a while. Until next time, may joy continue to abide in our lives.

Monday, December 22, 2008

100th Post!

Well, my birthday has come and gone, and I still feel as though I'm 25 years old! I only wish I looked 25 I don't mind looking a little older...it's part of life. For anyone wondering how old I am, I should probably respond as my Father in law does: I'm almost 29! Seriously, though, I'm just past the half century mark...51! Where has the time gone? Funny how we are not conscious of the passage of time or of aging. Only when I look in the mirror do I see too many to count a few creases here and there. What else are they called? Character lines! Oh yes, I have quite a bit of character. Well, I'm still not too old to learn a new thing now and then. Thanks to Carrie of Dixie Mango I learned a new little technique which I have executed on this very post: scratching out words.....how cool is that! I always wondered how that's done. You now, it's funny but in blogland there are countless people who will go the extra mile to help you when you have a question or want to learn something. And then there are those people I call little Scrooges who don't really like to share their knowledge. I've met a couple of those on this here virtual dimension. So when I encounter someone like Carrie, I like to give a shout out and a heads up. She is one nice lady!

Oh, yes! And I have managed to arrive at 100 posts on this very day. It only took me from September 2007 to today to accomplish that. Another one for the record book (my personal record book that is). I do hope there'll be many more to come.

Well, we're all just three days away from Christmas. I don't know if I'll post again before then, although I would like to. But just in case, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Menudo Time!

Cold weather is always a catalyst for hot comfort food in Mexican culture. Around here, a big pot of a soup or broth is just the thing to take comfort in and to warm up the whole kitchen! When the latest cold front blew in, it became apparent that it was Menudo time! No, not that 70's teen rock group of which Ricky Martin was a member. I'm talking about a rich stew made with beef tripe, hominy, and a mixture of dried ancho poblano and cascabel chilies as well as herbs and spices. To make, all you need are some dried chilies which you deseed and devein, soften with hot water, and drop in the blender with garlic and cumin. Season this to taste and add to the pot once the menudo tripe is thoroughly cooked. Some oregano and a little thyme and marjoram will really make it sing. Last, add plenty of hominy and bring to a boil. Cook until the flavors are well infused. Some people will simply use packets of store bought menudo spice, usually in the form of powder. It's a little shortcut, and the menudo will still taste very good, although maybe a little gritty. In fact, I do like to add a little packet just to enhance the flavor. But in my opinion, the richness of the fresh chilie pods is worth the little extra effort to prepare. Once served, it'll bring a sweat to your brow if you're not used to hot spicy flavors. You need nothing else when menudo is on the menu. Maybe a few (corn for me, and flour for my sweetie) tortillas and a good serving of diced onion, cilantro, and some lime wedgies. Some people like to add Frito corn chips to their bowls. If it's a small crowd you're feeding, you'll undoubtedly have some leftovers. Menudo can be scooped into some freezer bags and kept in the freezer until the next time you get a hankering for the spicy concoction. A word of caution: tripe releases alot of fat. During cooking, it's a good thing to scoop out as much of it as possible. At the end of cooking time, I use a fat separator container which you can purchase at kitchen supply stores. The best way to remove it is once it's cooled in the refrigerator where any amount of fat will solidify and can be easily removed. In the pictures I posted, you can still see some of the fat, which makes for a messy stove also. With some elbow grease (gasp!) and a little 409 spray, all traces are removed from any greasy surface.

Once all the chilies and hominy are added, the pot gets full to the brim.

A spicy spoonful!




Some of the chilie fixings. Note the different colors of the chilies.


The pot before the spices are added.


Deseeded cascabel chilie pods. Some of the seeds will be saved for the garden. This is a very hot chilie pod.


Chile Ancho, or dried Poblano pods. A very mild pepper with such a rich, dark flavor, almost like smoky chocolate.
These seeds will also be saved for the spring garden. They seem to grow well in our climate.
Rumor has it that menudo is good for hangovers. Which might explain why you see party revelers during many an early morning enjoying steaming bowls of menudo at restaurants. One thing's certain, if your sinuses are stopped up, this spicy stew will clear them like nothing can!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Show and Tell

Once again, I'm happy to join in a 'Friday Show and Tell' segment hosted by Kelli of There's No Place Like Home. It's all in good fun, so anyone can join in by visiting her site for all the details.

I'm rather late getting started on setting up our Christmas tree. I still have a few finishing touches to add, especially around the fireplace. But very few if at all. I decided to keep it simple, so less is more in my case at least.

The tree:
Can you spot the ornament I received from the Holiday Traditions exchange? It's the cute colorful bird hanging from red ribbon.

Our fireplace mantel. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
Gloria and Amy, can you see the cards you sent me? I love to send cards out. But I really like receiving them so I can show them off. Aren't they beautiful?!



I still have to decorate the kitchen, so I have more work to do. I know, I know, I'm late with that too. Just wanted to share a bit of my Christmas decor. It's getting close and closer to Christmas! I'll be ready!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Nada Post

I think I'll adopt my friend Gloria's term for those days when not much is happening, but you want to post a few little 'nothings'. Nada much is going on in this neck of the woods. I did make a little shopping trip to a scrapbook store which is going out of business. I missed yesterday's promotion for 80% off everything, but today was 75% off. I made off like a bandit, I tell you. I am not even into scrapbooks, mind you. So I didn't spend much, thankfully, and the savings really helped keep us within our budget. I only purchased a few ink pads and such, but I might make another trip tomorrow for a circle cutter, if it's still there.

And on and on I go about the savings and about this being a 'nothing' post. Obviously this is a big deal to the owner of said business. So yes, I do feel for her. She mentioned that apparently it's a common thing happening to other small scrapbook businesses. Owning a small business is hard even in good times, but when you factor in a bad economy, it's more likely to be one of the first casualties. It has become a common occurence. It's just hard to see it happening so close to home. Hopefully, things will begin to get better for everyone. We can only hope.

After reading an ad in the paper, I also ventured out to purchase some Home Interior candles at a woman's home. Apparently, they had been produced right here in our little town, but the factory closed down. So they allowed employees to purchase the candles at bargain prices, which they in turn can then sell. I vaguely remember there was a candle factory in town some time back, I just didn't know they produced for Home Interior. I wonder if they also produced for Yankee Candle. I love having the wonderful scent in my home! And of course, they also make nice gifts. But then again, it makes you think. This is another business shutting down, more people losing their jobs. So close to home. When will it ever stop?

Monday, December 15, 2008

A New Week


Here we are starting a new week- and it's getting closer and closer to Christmas. We awoke to a misty cold day, which to us is great! We get so much hot weather, that this is a wonderful break from the norm. Plus it helps with the "Christmas" mood. It also lends itself to having something hot and nutritious. I made this soup using Anna's recipe, but instead of Swiss chard, I used kale and also added mushrooms. It really hits the spot when it's cold outside and you really, really, don't want to turn on the heater. I so enjoy just wearing comfy socks and an extra layering of clothes. I believe this is a time for economizing, and every little thing we can do towards that end is a good thing. Feeling a little cold won't hurt me, certainly won't kill me, so why not try and save a little money on the fuel bill?
Cold weather to me is also a good time for watching a good movie. After finishing my post, I think I'll pop this in the player. The 1995 version of "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite movie, which is sold as a set of 3 discs. That and a good cuppa Earl Grey Cream will really put me in a British tea sipping and jolly good mood!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Show 'n Tell

Edited to add: I want to make sure I give credit to Kelli who is the charming host of the weekly Friday Show and Tell. If you would like to join in on the fun, or would enjoy reading other blogs which are also sharing in the fun, please visit her blog for a list of wonderful sites!

Being that this is Friday, I thought I'd join in on the fun of sharing pictures of some of my things. I'm not exactly clear how it works, but I assume you share pictures of little treasures such as antiques or collectibles. I don't really have any sets of things, but when I visited Wisecraft and read her coffee post almost a year ago, I knew I had to have those cups! Perhaps it's just me, but doesn't the cup just make the coffee look so good? Oh, yeah! I'm all for making my morning ritual just that much more enjoyable! So I started looking around for Russel Wright cups and saucers. Slowly over time, I accumulated a little set. Aren't they just the cutest little things? In the blog coffee post, they look regular size. Well, when mine arrived, I realized they're actually quite small. Not demi size, but smaller than I expected. Although you can also find the demi sized sets. I love the roundness and curves. I also ordered the battery operated milk frother wand. It's set to arrive any day now. Without futher ado, here's my little show 'n tell:


Mine are grey, which I really like, but there are quite a lot of colors available in this line of dishes. Trivia-wise, they were made from the 1930's to the 1950's. Russel Wright was then much like Martha Stewart is today. His line of creations covered a broad range of household items, even furniture!

And now, for my favorite little 'thang'....This is a 1948 Franklin Rotary sewing machine with a knee lift, and it includes the sewing cabinet. I like
its rustic and weathered look, so I wouldn't change a thing about it. Well, maybe clean it up a bit more.


I found it at a yard sale as we were driving by. I yelled to my sweetie 'Stop!' as soon as I saw it. Now, it's not my dream machine, but it's close enough. My dream machine would be a manual 'treadle' machine. I LOVE those machines. Anyway, back to this one.....it supposedly works, though I still haven't tried it, and the little light fixture is loose but we couldn't figure out how to attach it. The price of the machine? $25! That's a good deal for a bit of history I think.
This wraps up today's post. Thank you and God bless!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Family News

Today we found out that we're having another Grandson! My Son called after my DIL had her sonogram. Elias will soon have a little Brother, someone he can grow up with and play with. We are utterly and completely happy with the news! Either way, we would have been happy, of course. Yet somehow in knowing the gender you are better able to grasp that this little person is a future man. A man of the future! That future which seems so far away and blurry, and of which we may or may not be a part ourselves. The common cliche would say that you live on even after you've died when you have children. Really, though, even if they are not your own flesh and blood, as in the case of adoptive parents, you live on because you leave your 'stamp' on them. You raise them, nurture them, teach them, and like little chicks, they do get 'imprinted' by their caretakers. I've also often heard the remark that people end up becoming their Mom or Dad. By and large, I would have to agree. When I was young, I just knew I would be totally different from my Mom. And yet, sometimes I hear myself talking, and it's deja vu. I can almost hear her all over again. Amazing!
To me it's funny how there are 'things' in life which will make you think and just reflect on the deeper unknowns. Things such as a birth, or a wedding, or a funeral. It's all those little inescapables we face during our journey. The first two are great, the third....to the natural eye, not so great.
So, in conclusion of this rambling post, I'd say I'm elated that we're getting another little dividend. Un retonito.....a little sprout from the main branch. I just think God's creation is awesome and so full of promise and possiblity! Thank you, Lord!

Jeremiah 1: 4,5
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee....

Monday, December 8, 2008

On Gifts

I found this video while surfing. Made me stop and think.



I love this time of year!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

From 1997



I was adding music to my playlist and came upon this song. The first time I heard it, the big news of the day was the passing on of Princess Diana. For that reason, each time I hear it, I think of her. She truly was a Princess of her people even on a global scale, in my opinion. I greatly admired her, and to me, her death was a great loss. Funny how someone you don't know can touch your life or your heart. I know this is not a very cheerful post. Most people consider the thought or discussion of death as a very morose and somber subject. I too used to be afraid of the thought of death or dying. Cemeteries and the monuments within were a somewhat frightful sight. Yet, when I came to ask the Lord Jesus into my heart and into my life, that changed. You develop, or rather perhaps 'acquire' a new understanding of 'it'. And most importantly, while yes you want to live a long and healthy life, that is no longer the ultimate goal. So that then your mantra becomes more like "I'm not from here, I'm just passing through" (which is a line from one of the hymns we would sing in church) And you have a realization that beyond that moment we all dread, the sting of death, is everything we lived a lifetime longing for. There is a requirement though...... the fine print if you will. There must needs be a transformation....a new birth. I call it the best decision I ever made. So while salvation from certain and eternal death is a free gift, you have to make the conscious decision that you want it. And when you want something, you find out what you need to get it. In the case of salvation, it's simple. Acknowledge that you have sinned before God and repent. Then accept his Son Jesus Christ as your Savior from that final judgement of death. You ask him into your heart to be the ruler of your life. Once you do that, there will be a celebration in heaven (Luke 15:7) He creates the transformation in you. Slowly, over time, you are refined like fine silver or gold. It doesn't happen overnight. It might take a lifetime, but you will show the fruits of this change. Just don't go looking at man for perfection, even those who are called Christians. We are all still flesh, and when you read the Bible, you will understand that our whole lives we have to do battle with the impulses of our flesh and with 'principalities' whose main goal is to try and make us fall. Only Christ is perfect. So keep your eyes on him and him only. And hold on tight to his hand...very tight!

If you are agnostic, it will be very difficult to believe. And you see, the problem with that is that in order to 'enter the kingdom of God' you must believe even as a small child. For some, that is just too much to ask for. So no, not everyone will be saved. Even as in the days of Noah, while he was building the ark. He was called a fool and worse things, and many perished because they just could not believe.

Like the song in the video says, we all hope to someday see our loved ones who have gone before us. I really like this video, it's about a common human experience. Loss and death. And it makes you stop and think. But thankfully, when you have hope and salvation, it's not the end.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm Walking

I think I'm serious about this. Walking that is. The day won't feel right until I do. Just got back, cause I do my walking when it's dark you know, so passing cars won't see my face red and flushed. I am loving this! Oh, how I dream of the day when I can join other walkers ambling along effortlessly through the whole neighborhood! Why did I wait so long to get started?
Lord, please help me stay focused and sincere with this.

Friday, December 5, 2008

For Gloria

Because you said you enjoyed the song, I thought you'd enjoy watching the video, Gloria. This is the one I prefer of the two:




There's also this one, same song:




She also sings The Phantom of the Opera with Antonio Banderas which is also on my playlist. There's also a video for it.

Labor

Well, I decided I had better write a post, since I've been away from the keyboard for a while now. I do pop in to check my bloggie mates' blogs from time to time, though.

Today was tree trimming time for us. We usually wait until January to do it, but since the day was bright and sunny, and even with a crisp chill in the air, perfect for such a task. We have lots of trees on the property, so while the husband did tackle most of the trees, there will still be a few more to take care of later, when all the leaves have fallen off. With the overgrown look done away with, the yard looks airier. The better to water my plants.

Today was also the second day I embark on walking. Simply walking. I'm not going for grand scale changes in lifestyle of epic proportion. I'm just going to take baby steps. I may or may not continue, time will tell. But I don't intend to act based on 'proving' myself to anyone, not even myself. It's just that for the past few nights, I wake up gasping for breath. So, if I want to live, I'd better get moving. I've never felt compelled to change diet or increase exercise because all my vitals and stats from tests have come back 'normal'. Even my cholesterol level has never gone above the borderline mark. I do try to eat as little fried, greasy foods as possible. And at my beloved's insistence, I stopped drinking sugary carbonated drinks. I felt secure in thinking that I was one of those lucky people who didn't suffer from all those health issues so common in my racial/cultural demographics: diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Well, scratch asthma off. I do suffer from chronic bronchitis during allergy season. But now, just days away from my 51st birthday, I realize I really may not be around as long as I'd hoped. I guess I finally saw the light. I'm thinking I'd better contribute my fair share of 'effort' at staying healthy or else.

Before, I actually had an excuse for not walking. Umm....I'll start walking when I find the Nike shocks I've been wanting. You know, the ones I've got are just so uncomfortable. I'm certain when I find the right ones, I'll take off like a lark running, he,he,he....Well, what do you know, I'd go shopping, and they never had them! But you know what? My sweetie found me a pair on Ebay, brand new, the right size and color and everything! So that explains why I've taken off like a lark walking no less. Sadly, just to illustrate how horribly out of shape I've been in, I could only handle one block! The return block I was panting and heaving the whole way back. It reminded me of childbirth labor. I guess this is somehow a little like labor and giving birth to a new way of living. And so today, I felt brave and walked two blocks, and while the return two blocks were difficult, I gained confidence. I know I can do this. Slowly, one block at a time. One baby step at a time.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Purpose

Well, our youngest Son has gone back to Austin and back to the grind of school. My better half, for whom I still cannot think of a nickname to refer to him, (obviously I can't refer to him by the lovey dovey nick I use at home) has also left for work. I am left here alone, trying to collect my thoughts and seize upon a plan for carrying out all my Holiday commitments. I had planned, or rather hoped, that by today I would have already had the Christmas tree up and the Holiday cards sent out. It was not to be. But there is always tomorrow. I am in the midst also of finishing up my Holiday Traditions Exchange Swap package. I took a break on it due to the Thanksgiving festivities. As of now, I only have a couple little finishing touches, and hopefully, can get it in the mail earlier than expected. I don't want to feel angst or stress about this year's Christmas season, as in previous years. I want to enjoy every moment and every day, because all too soon, it's over. This year, however, I do have a different perspective. No more trying to please with elaborate or pricey gifts. I'm all for the handmade gift if at all possible. These really are times for cutting back and spending less. I think that helps in staying centered and focused on more important things, such as our Spiritual and Family life. I do look forward to the days ahead, and do so with a renewed sense of purpose and ''the Reason for the Season'' mentality. This is about celebrating the ultimate gift, the birth of a Savior!
Ezekiel 34: 23, 24
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I'm just popping in to wish one and all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day! May your plates be full of good food and your hearts full of joy. Thank you Lord for all the blessings you have given us! Praise be unto you always!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Holidays!

To each and all I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving! May your plates be full of goodies and your hearts full of joy! We'll be spending the Holiday with my in-laws in San Antonio. Our youngest Son will join us there, but my married Son will be spending it at his in-laws.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Back Again

After taking a little blogging break (again), I made the rounds of visiting my blog friends and found I had been given an award. Tonya from Patchwork PJ's was kind enough to include me as a recipient of this award:

"Marie Antoinette: A real person, A real award."

The rules for this award:
1. Please put the logo on your blog
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs
4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.



This is my list of recipients:

I. Oiyi from Oiyi's Crafts

II. Anna from Pleasant View Schoolhouse

III. Cheri from A Joyful Handmaiden

IV. Stefanie from Blue Yonder

V. Tracy from Wool Windings

VI. Tracy from Pink Purl

VII. Deb from Homespun Living

We're having a great week here in south Texas and hoping you'll are too!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Video!

Edited to add: I really do have to thank Renee from Painted SkyWoman for her very helpful video tutorial. She explains it so well and makes it simple to understand. Thank you Renee!!

Well, I did tell my buddy Gloria that I would try and make a post which included video. We'll see how this works...if it does. Here goes...




It worked!! Thank you, thank you Gloria!!
I just also wanted to add more to my previous post about spinning. I found this young woman's video and I have to say she is living the life I dream of! She offers how to videos on everything I have ever wanted to learn to do and then some! She has some really great videos. I just have to find the time to watch them all. Kinda like all the movie videos we've bought which are still sealed and unopened! What can I say?

Almost Like Rhinebeck

It's good to be back to blogging. Feels like I've been away forever, but it was just a little breather. Looks like the old 'puter is in good working order, so of course, I have no more excuses for staying away. While away, I had a chance to do something I look forward to each year. Held the second weekend of this month, we made a trip to the Kid'N Ewe fiber festival held in Boerne, Tx. Located just north of San Antonio, it's a beautiful scenic 'hill country' kind of town. While it's not as large as the annual Wool and Fiber Fest held in Rhinebeck,NY, it does hold its own in vendors and booths. This year, I decided to take advantage of the classes available. I wanted to take several, but since we only stayed one day, I was only able to take the spinning class. I wanted to try firsthand the feel of spinning with a wheel. I've mentioned before that I someday hope to buy one, but since there are so many different models, it's best to try one or two out first. I ended up trying an Ashford and a Jensen. It was so much fun!

But before I took the class, we walked around a bit. We got to enjoy a little bit of fiddle music from this fine ensemble. Very talented group of musicians! It was a beautiful brisk cool day, perfect for enjoying their serenade.


Had to check in on the furry alpacas and llamas. It was fun feeding them their hay.

There was such a beautiful array of fiber and yarn available. This year I opted to buy only fiber. Also made sure I bought some beautiful raw mohair. It's so soft and shiny. I'll have to work a little harder to spin it, but I've done it before. Drat! I should have bought the carders while I was there. Now I'll have to search for them on Ebay.I even bought some flax strick! I'll be sure to have fun spinning some linen yarn.

This young lady was in my spinning class. She sat right across from me. Her wheel is a "Kromski Symphony". Isn't it just a beautiful classic spinning wheel? I liked the lazy kate on the chair next to her.

There was just so much to see, I'm certain I missed some things. This man's wheels were very pricey! His store also makes some excellent wooden spindles. I liked how he was dressed. Very Williamsburg colonial.


And here is the class I was in. The instructor covered all the basics. She has an online site called The Pearly Queen. Great teacher with so much patience!
I wish I lived nearby so I could take all the classes I wanted. There was a workshop offered for learning bobbin lacemaking that seemed so interesting. I also wanted to take the lace tatting class. Oh well! Maybe next year we'll have more time. There are several yarn shops in the area. I will have to look into any classes they might offer. So the next time you hear about a fiber festival in your area make sure you stop by. Take the little ones too. There's always something fun for them too!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giveaway

I wanted to give the heads up to another giveaway. It's over at J Casa Handmade, and it's for a gorgeous baby quilt. You can't help but fall in love with Alissa's little quilt! I need to learn to quilt!

Seeing as how our family is expecting a new Grandbaby next year, I thought I'd try and enter myself. I would love to specify colors, but since we don't know the gender of the baby just yet, I'd say any colors which work for either a boy or a girl. Maybe yellow or aqua shades and even brown would work too!

AND if that wasn't enough, Katie from See Katie Sew
is also having a giveaway. She will send one lucky winner some amazing 'designer' fabric from designers such as Amy Butler,Sandi Henderson, and Erin McMorris! It's beautiful fabric, and since we can never have too much of it, I thought I'd enter as well. Both of these giveaways are ending soon, so hurry over and find out all the details!Wishing all good luck!

Holiday Gift Swap

Looking forward to Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays fills me up with so much excitement and anticipation! So, first up on my agenda was joining Meg's gift exchange swap. You can read all about it on her blog Sew Liberated or by clicking on the button in my sidebar. I think part of the fun is just trying to come up with ideas for what to include in the gift swap. The deadline for signing up is Sunday November 9Th. This year I really want to start Christmas celebrating early!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sneak Preview

MY LITTLE YODA

During my Son's visit, they shared with us a view of the costume Elias will wear for his trick or treating outing. Fortunately, his costume is not of the scary sort. I have always felt that 'cute' would be the only kind of costume I could possibly approve of for my Children or Grandchildren. While I had no say in this costume, I am just tickled pink over the choice. A cuter Yoda character you will not see!



I suppose a disclaimer is in order. My two Sons as children were allowed to dress up in costumes for trick or treating. However, as time passed, and I came to understand Scripture more, I came to the conclusion that Halloween is a pagan celebration, not unlike the rituals passed down through the ages and certainly one which has no place in a Christian follower's life. It is a delicate subject to broach. It is for that reason that I seldom do." 'Tis best to live your life as you see fit, and let others do the same." I do try to live by that adage, but when you know something of great importance, and there is any degree of danger involved, but still you don't share it.... then you in a sense become responsible for any harm which befalls due to ignorance.
As to my own Sons, they are adults. They know my feelings and views. All I can do is pray for them always. My hope is that they would seek to know the Lord more. To walk closer to him, to want what the Lord wants for their lives. To seek to please him over all others, even when that may be difficult.
When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezekiel, 3:18

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Cozy Meal

Today's lunch was grilled cheese sandwiches and soup from a can. It doesn't get any easier or simpler than that. Now, when we really get cold weather, I hope to make some REAL soup, aka Caldo de Res (Beef Soup) a hearty and robust meal in itself. Menudo would also be nice for keeping us warm. The spicy soup made with beef tripe, hominy, and red chile seasonings is said to also be a cure for a hangover.

What a wonderful thing that by cooking and baking we can stay warm and cozy. I love that!

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