Thursday, December 29, 2011

I was in the mood for Chex Mix, but do not buy Chex because of additive ingredients I do not want. So I bought Cascadian Farms Multi Grain Squares instead. and went by the normal recipe. For the above photo, I used the cinnamon flavor and added coconut, dried pineapple and dark chocolate m&ms. I only cooked it for the 1st half hour and added the m&ms after it cooled. Yummmm.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cherry Cheese Cake (pie)

This morning, I made a Cherry Cheese Cake (pie). I had been thinking about it for a while and gathering the ingredients. As you know, I use half the amount of sugar when baking, so when I made the filling I used 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup of sugar. While eating it, we realized that I could have gone with 1/8 of a cup of sugar (or none) because the crust has sugar in it and the filling has 3 types of sugar in it!
So .... one day, when our cherry trees start producing, I shall make it with my own cherry pie filling! And try to figure out about the crust because it had partially hydrogenated oil in it. (which I avoid). While I made sure the filling did not by not using the store-bought whip topping and making  my own, I did not think about the crust.

INGREDIENTS:
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
10 oz whipping cream

(8 inch size) graham cracker pie crusts
1 can pie filling, or other topping as desired

PREPARATION:
In large bowl, beat cream with electric mixer until stiff. Add cream cheese and sugar. Pour into prepared pie shell. Top with cherry pie filling. Chill well.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Links to Free Fonts

I thought instead of just complaining, I would search for better ways and found this free eco font.

An Eco Font - the font has holes in it so it uses less ink. When I typed a sample, you could not tell the holes were there until I chose a LARGER font size. I don't know if I will use the eco for nicer printing, but I shall try it for rough drafts and go from there!

Other FREE fonts
1001 freefonts
urbanfonts
A link with lots of links :)
A Sign Language font



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ink cartridges

I heard once that Gillette made his money by selling razors cheap, but charging a lot for the blades. I think that is the same for printer companies. I understand that and I still fall into their scheme, for I have to print things out. Recently, we bought a Kodak printer because they said their printer would be better usage of ink than the others. Wrong! As far as I can see, that is.
I put in a new cartridge and kept track of the prints I made (knowing I was going to make a lot at that moment). It basically printed about what they said considering I had lots of photos in the batch. However, I printed it all in black and white and still watched the graph for the color cartridge go down with each printing. It was heart-breaking because, though I knew I'd use the whole black cartridge, I thought the color would stay there being I formatted the whole document in B&W and told it to print in B&W.

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An interestng article. I tried to find more, but could not.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Deviled Eggs

We made deviled eggs today to take to Mom's tomorrow. I believe it is the LAST time I volunteer to do this food item. I used to make them quite often and enjoyed doing so. I especially like to eat them! But, over the last few years, I cannot get the shells off the eggs without damaging them up pretty good and it taking a long time to accomplish the task.
I have tried all the hints people have offered me to make it easier, but for some reason, it does not work for me any more. I shall still enjoy eating them when other people (who know the trick I have forgotten) make them, though!

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

I worked at a dimestore when I was a teenage. The boss expected us to  be there 15 minutes prior to opening for a group meeting of what was expected of us and upcoming events. During the day, he sat in his office in a sort of balcony above the store so he could see the goings on. When not in his office, he walked the floor. You knew he could see you from the office and never knew when he would be in your section, so it kept you on your toes to do your job and do it right. At closing time, he would go to the door, open it and look up and down the street to see if anyone else wanted in before he closed the door. We all hoped no one was within the block, for we had to stay until they left. And, we did not get paid for the 15 minutes prior to opening or the time after he turned the lock in the door.

However, he taught us good work ethics and I am glad to this day for his 'leadership', though he probably did not think of it that way. I imagine his thought was, "If you don't do your job, there are a hundred other teens out there who can replace you." I learned to wait on customers and treat them with respect, helping them when they needed something, no matter which section of the store the item was in.

On the most part today, you don't get 'waited on' like you did back then. But, there are still some out there who surprise me and make me feel like I want to go back to their store.

I guess that is it, the dimestore was 'our store' not just the manager's!


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

I was looking up information on butterflies and how long it takes a butterfly to become just that from a chrysalis and I came up on this site that homeschoolers might like. It is all about BUTTERFLIES. It has color sheets you can use for your class.

I found this hanging from the board below my mailbox yesterday.
I found out the answer to my question. It can take from 2 weeks to years! I think ours chose an odd place to attach itself, but I hope I get to watch it change as I check the mail daily.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

We had our first Gill cousin family reunion today. It went off smoothly and we had about 40 people there. And, I am learning the names and faces of my cousins again after not being with them for 30+ years while traveling with Steve's job. Next reunion, is the Floyd gathering at Thanksgiving! yea!

I also found a 1st cousin once removed who is into genealogy and a phone number and name of a man close by who both may help me with my research.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

toddlers and the elderly

Yesterday, we were at the doctor's office. An elderly lady was wheeled in by her 'older' daughters. I won't repeat what she said (for privacy) but she made a remark that prompted everyone within hearing distance of her to chuckle. Her daughters wore a look similar to parents of toddlers when their children say something 'cute'.
This morning I thought about it again, and realized toddlers and the elderly can get away with saying things that most of us will not because we have 'to be proper'.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

 
I have a question: I am interviewing my uncles and aunts (and mom) about their childhood. Several of them have mentioned a plant that grew in their chicken yard and how they played with the stems, leaves, etc, using the items for 'toys'. But, they cannot remember what they were called. Commacristis or somethng like that. Does anyone out there know what it was or is called?

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's hard to say joy with a frown on your face!

I have never heard the Fruit of the Spirit taught the way I heard it taught last Sunday. We were visiting our former church in Fernandina, Florida and were truly blessed. The teacher is teaching a series with a different fruit each week, but he reviewed the two previously taught. He uses the opposite of the fruit to illustrate how important the good attribute is. Example: Love / self love (for if you hate, then it is really self-love; Joy / frustration (maybe a synonym of that?) and Peace / worry. I wish I could hear or read  the whole series! But, that is a long way to go to church!

I have thought on it all week! This week, when I get frustrated, I am trying to say 'joy' instead of 'shoot'! I have tried to stop saying shoot for years and now maybe I can come closer! It is hard to say joy with a frown on your face! I've goofed sometimes, but I am trying!

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart! But, I need to get it out in my life!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22-23

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today, I got a wonderful gift from my uncle. I went to see him and catch him up on my genealogy of our family. He let me copy the genealogy pages out of my Great Grandpa's Bible. I took photos, touching the pages gently. I felt as if I should have on white gloves like they do in a museum. He had not thought to show me the Bible figuring I had got all the information from a cousin who, I guess, had seen it years ago. But, some of the dates I had were wrong, so it was neat to get them correct.

This uncle is only about 7 years older than I am. I have another one who is a year or so younger than he is. My mother had 12 siblings who grew up with her. There were wo more, but they died young.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Butterfly Smiles

I visited my mom today. She lives 6 miles from me. As I drove home, I counted 37 butterflies dancing in the air. Each one, or two at a time, made me smile. Well, except for number 26. That one got too close to the front of my car. I guess I need to start breaking for butterflies. But, then I think people would get awful upset with me. Thankfully, no one was behind me on my leisurely drive home. :)

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Last week, I saw a butterfly fluttering around my butterfly plant. I had camera in hand so started snapping photos of it. None turned out that good, but it flew to the porch where I stood, landed and I got this unusual photo. It was as if it was saying, "You looking at me?"

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Devotionals

There are two devotionals I mainly use. #1 Baptist Bread. #2 is Days of Praise. Both are KJV. Days of Praise, we have been getting for many years, either through the mail or from our church. Baptist Bread we started getting in 2009. Our church supplies it to us.
Here is the devotion today from Baptist Bread.

Monday, August 15, 2011

ZERO

Zero


Sometimes I feel like a zero – a big empty nothing. I make so many mistakes and am constantly wavering in my decisions and goals I want to do for Thee. Dear God, how can You use someone as frail as me?

You knew me when I really was but nothing Before I was conceived – before my parents knew me. You loved me knowing just who and what I would be. Enough to send Jesus to die on the cross for me.

The shape of a zero can be easily made onto a heart. The place You let love flow through and joy impart. And because You are the Saviour of my soul, You give me wonderful peace that makes me whole.

Yes, Dear God, You made the world out of nothing, Looked at it, then liked and blessed everything. And You tell me if I give my life over to Thee, You will make something special out of me!

by   Belinda Jo Adams (C) 2005


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Cook Book

No, I am not that ambitious. And my cooking is too plain for anyone to want the recipes!  But, my niece had published her cookbook and I am proud of her. Here is the link:

http://jeniskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/thank-you.html

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family research

I have been working on the family tree now since November 2010. I have found out so much, sometimes it is mind-boggling. But, exciting. I am now at the point of putting each family line into a booklet form for my parents. I thought I could make, for example, Jo's Family, then include the ancestry back as far as I could , then add the descendants at the end to connect the two lines. I made one for Steve's mom and it looks pretty good. Photos along the way, makes it less wordy.

When you run off a ancestral chart, there are a lot of repeats, which is good in its way, but for the book, I am taking out the repeats and instead of going by generations, I am going by family name (surname).

As I find items in the past, sometimes I am finding stories about our g-g-g-g-g-g grandparents. So, I am also getting people and story ideas for a new novel!

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my page on facebook

Someone told me I should make a page for my books on facebook. I did not realize how easy it would be, so as of yesterday, it is done! Well, started. My publisher had called recently (well, one of their workers trying to sell me a publicity campaign) and suggested I make a fan page. I did not know about that. It seems kinda conceited to  make a fan page for youself, but a page on my fb account did not seem that way. Maybe it is the same thing. I don't know! :)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

half-sugar cookies

For more than 30 years, I have not put a lot of sugar in cookies (or other baked items). They turn out just fine and now when I taste a cookie with the full amount of sugar, it is SO sweet. Too sweet! At one time, I used honey, but finally, I just started using half the amount of sugar. I usually try to use raw sugar, whether it helps or not, I do not know. But, I refuse to buy those fake sugars. I get tickled when people say, 'I bought this and there is no sugar in it!' Well, it is sweet. What is in it? I had a doctor tell me, when aspartame came out, to leave it alone. Have you noticed they don't even list that any more. They use another name for it that means the same.
Recently, I discovered a peanut butter by Peanut Butter and Co. I like the Dark Chocolate Dream. When I get to craving a Reese cup, I get a spoonful of that and know I did not eat all the fake sugar in the candy. It is cheaper at the grocery store, BTW, than from the Internet.
A couple months ago, I could not find it, so bought a small jar of hazelnut chocolate, not even thinking to read the label. Mistake! I tasted it and realized I had wasted my money. Today, however, I made cookies with it and there was enough sugar, I did not add ANY sugar to the cookie dough! They are delicious, if anything a little too sweet. :)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Connecting with Friends

As Aggravated as I get with the Internet and computing, it is a blessing sometimes. Within the last half hour, I have talked via email with a good friend in Brazil and then via Facebook with a good friend in Alaska! That is really neat.
We have friends all around the world and to think, we thought we'd be in our home town all our lives and only know those we knew there. But, God had other plans for our lives which includes many, MANY  friends!!
Hello to ALL of them!
(as if very many of them even read this! ha!) But, I had to say it.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Well, it looks like pumpkin because it looks so orange, but it is watermelon. A seedless watermelon. Not as many seeds as a regular one, but a lot more than we expected. Steve said he would dry some of the seeds and plant them so we could grow seedless watermelons.  Think it will work? Can you grow seedless watermelons from seeds?

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Geraldine Eib Koblenz posted this on her facebook page. I think it is so lovely and fits my theme.

Thank you, Geraldine Eib Koblenz, for letting me put it on my blog.

200!

My 200th Post. I imagine it would have happened a long time ago if I had not been busy with the family tree!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Signing

Belinda Jo Adams is having a book signing this Saturday (June 4th) in Fernandina Beach Florida. At Books Plus located at 107 Centre St.  1-4 pm

Saturday, May 7, 2011

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May 11, 2011

A dear friend and teacher passed away yesterday, passed on over to the city we await to see. She was my Bible club teacher when I was a child, children's choir director, great friend and mentor. I shall miss her, but I know I will see her again and her body will no longer be in pain. God bless you, Mrs. Rosilee Lucas.

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Book Signing!

Books Plus in Fernandina Florida. 107 Centre St. June 4 from 1-4 PM. Belinda Jo Adams will be signing her four novels.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

not posting much

I think of so many things I want to post, but alas, I don't get around to posting them.
Maybe after I finish the family forest I can get back to posting here. Yes, I am now calling it a forest. It is no longer just a family tree. But, I am having so much fun doing this project I've wanted to do for 30 years. The neatest thing I found so far is that I have double gggg grandparents for both lines lead to my family on my father's side and my mother's side by 2 of their daughters. Their other sister, also leads back to my family in another direction. Actually, another generation back, the line leads down to my step-father's side, also.  :)  And I say all this with a BIG IF. IF I am doing all this correctly, ... so it will be a while before I research it all enough to know all these things for sure.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

KJV Verse on Photos of mine

Well, I made a page of KJV verses on photos that are some I have made over the years. But, I forgot the page shows up on the blog, so .... You can still see them until I figure out another way.  Belinda

KJV Verses on my Photos

I added the photos to my web page photo album. If anyone wants to check them out and let me know how it works. It has a download link, but I don't know how it works.

KJV Verse Photos

Monday, March 28, 2011

Computer Crash

We had a computer crash over the weekend. Friday, I checked my email while on facebook and something came up that told me my computer was getting viruses (or something) and I need to do a scan. It 'looked like' the window shield thing, so I said OK thinking Norton antivirus was catching something, but I was wrong. It was too late to do anything about it. After that my computer worked OK except Internet explorer would not go online. We tried to fix the online service, but our computer kept telling us we were already online, but we could not go anywhere. After most of the day of trying to figure that out, and giving up, we decided to start the computer from the beginning. We’ve had it over year anyway. They used to say you should start over every now and then anyway. So then I spend a whole day backing all my personal files from the computer to my hard drive, glad that I could! Got it done Saturday night, so we could take Sunday off from the computer. Now, I am putting back what we need on the PC. One step at a time. :)
The next day I was on my laptop and decided to check the mail. Wrong! The same e-mail came in and the same message came up, but this time I was quick enough to say 'NO!' and the laptop seems OK.

The whole goof-up to mess up the computer lasted about 2 to 3 seconds. It’s amazing how fast a computer virus will mess everything up. Usually, Norton catches everything, but for some reason did not get this one.

TY Lord, for what we have learned about computers during the last 30 years!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Family Research

I just met with an 80 yr old lady who has researched for years, one line being my family on is my Mom's side. She GAVE me her research, along with 3 books written by someone on another side who included the my family. I think I hit the jackpot! :)

I have had so much fun doing this project. I have learned much about my gg grandparents and other relatives. I can't wait to see it all compiled in a book! But, I have to, because it is going to take a long while.

Family Friendly Videos

A fellow blogger's son's movie page. Deborah's boy Enjoy

Friday, February 25, 2011

Trying to Cook

This was posted on facebook by my cousin and they are up to almost 25,000 hits. She and her family made this movie clip. It is so cute. Enjoy.
Trying to Cook

Monday, February 14, 2011

Look, NEW SIZE!

Have you seen that on products before? It is usually because the size is bigger or has 'bonus' ounces, etc. But, have you seen them say that about the shrinking packaging they are good at recently?! No, I suppose not! I read an article in Consumer Reports today about it and told my husband. He said the toilet paper in each bathroom was a different size. Then, I remembered! Last week, when I changed the roll, I thought the holder looked a little longer than normal, but went on about my business of the day and forgot. So, I got to looking and reading, and yes, they downsized the toilet paper we use! Maybe we would not have noticed if they had changed the size the other way!


Last week, I bought Lysol cleaner (the concentrated one) and when I opened it, I said I wished I had an older bottle, for I do believe they have diluted it! But, I can't be sure about that being I'm just going on memory. hehehe
Well, let's enjoy our skinnier products. At least something is losing weight and size!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Web Page

Well, I have it back online. It is not all it was, but I will work on it more when I rest my arms again. They are feeling much better, but I know too much computing gets them hurting again. But, I have started not turning on the computer until after noon and that way I don't do as much on it. AND, I get a whole lot more done around the house! :)
Belinda Jo's Novels

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Friday, February 11, 2011

PEAS AND BEANS

How come peas and beans when they are picked fresh from the garden (or canned or frozen) are vegetables .... but when they are dried and we have to soak them and cook them, they are protein?

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Johnny Belinda

My mother watched this movie when it came out. She decided that her next child would be Johnny or Belinda. Guess which child got the name?!
When I was about 13 years old, it came on The Late Show. Mama got me stay up and watch it with her so I could see where my name came from. I was not that interested in it at that time and was sleepy. Later, I wished I had watched it more closely. Then, in the 80's my sister taped it for me and sent it to me for me to watch. It is a good show. In the 80's or so, they made another one which is also good, but the original is the best, I believe. It is out on DVD now. Maybe I will order it one day!
Johnny Belinda
Johnny Belinda (1982 TV movie) [VHS]
 This one is with Richard Thomas in the 80s.

Sign Language

36 years ago, when I first started learning sign language, it was not well known as it is today. Actually, they were trying to phase it out for the other methods of teaching deaf people to learn. I was told not to bother. But, I had to learn it! It was just part of me, I suppose, even before I learned it. Besides, my mom named me after the deaf character in the story Johnny Belinda. :)
Well, when I learned, then I started working with deaf children. I found that only a few of the parents knew sign lanuage and could communicate with their children. They would call me when they had a problem for me to interpret for them with their child. Though I was glad to help, it broke my heart that they were not encouraged to learn sign language so they could have that bond.
I am glad it is more promoted today so deaf children can learn sooner and they with their parents can learn together.

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Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language [Subtitled]



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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Home Made

I was in the mood for some hot chocolate. I don't usually drink it for it is too sweet. However, I had some at my mother's house the other night that was a dark chocolate mix. Still sweet, but it hit the spot. I kept wanting to make some myself. I also wanted whip cream on it, but not the fake stuff.
So.... I bought whipping cream (I've only made this once in my life). I bought whole milk (I've been reading that all the low-fat stuff is not good for us anyway) ... and I LIKE whole milk. I made the whip cream using half the sugar it called for and set it aside. Then I cut up a block of dark chocolate (semi-sweet baking chocolate). I put the chocolate into a pot with about 2 tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of honey and stirred until it melted over medium heat. I added 2 cups of milk and got it hot.
Taking down two pretty clear glass mugs from the cupboard, I filled each with hot-chocolate and topped it with whip cream. Yummm.
We sat down to enjoy it. The first two sips were very good. Then, I reached for a napkin and dumped mine in my lap! :)
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BTW, the secret to making good whip cream is having the ream, glass bowl and beaters cold.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Waycross Magazine

If you go to this website, you can see Belinda Jo's photo in a magazine:

Waycross Magazine
Click the pages at the bottom to turn them, and it is on page 6.
They have my web page listed, but it is not up at this time. Maybe later I'll get it back up.


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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Valuable Lesson

I learned a valuable lesson today. Actually, an expensive lesson. I learned that you cannot use a different plug in for an electronic device if the voltage is different. I accidently plugged in my external hard drive using the old external hard drive's cord. You would think that two WD drives with the same plug would be the same, but NOT! I don't know why they had to do that to me, but then I don't know why I wasn't more careful. Anyway, the newer drive is dead .... with all my backup info on it. Ouch. We are hoping we can get the data off and onto a new drive when we can buy one. If not ... oh well, it's not the end of the world. I just hate losing the back-up data ... and the $100!
The whole time we were in Germany, I only goofed up with one mismatch plug in and If I remember right it was the external speakers to the computer. And that was complete different voltage system over there than here.
Steve says, "You are telling them?" "Well, Yeah maybe I can help someone else not make the same mistake. Not that any of you would do such a thing!"

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Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm back.

My hands do feel better, but I am going to try not to overdo it this time. :) Besides, I need to start spring-cleaning. That should give me computer breaks.
I have also been practicing with the speech recognition software that comes with windows. It is neat and gives me a break from typing. I am not using it right now, because somehow I lost my Internet connection on my laptop and have to wait for hubby to help me figure it out.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Family Geneology

I have been working on our family tree for a couple months. I've had been fun delving into the past, talking with my aunts and uncles for stories, researching online, seeing photos of my g-g-grandparents and finding relatives I have not met yet. Did you know there is a site called findagrave.com? they have taken photos of graves all over the country and you can go there and find photos of headstones of people you know and not have to drive to the grave yard!

It has been fun, but I have overdone the amount of time I know I can sit at the computer without my hands hurting. So.... now I have to take  a break for a while and give my hands a rest. So, I will check back in a couple of weeks from now. Take care, friends.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christian Wallpaper KJV

We discovered this place yesterday and it is already helping us learn or review Bible verses! It is KJV Christian Wallpaper They are beautiful photos with verses on them. I downloaded several and we have them change every hour, so we see the verses while we are waiting for whatever, then can work on learning them. They say it is ok to download them for personal use!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

U.S. Capitol Tour with David Barton

Reusing Items

About 20 years ago, one of my aunts taught me to re-use the liners that cereal comes in inside their boxes. She recommended I use them instead of wax paper. Since then, I have had the same box of wax paper sitting on the shelf in case I need it. But, I have used mostly the inserts. I rinse them, let them dry and then store them for use later.
This year, I discovered that being they put so much glue on them now it is almost impossible to pull them apart, that I have started using them whole as freezer bags! I use the twist ties to close them or put it into already used(clean) plastic bags that I don't want the food to touch, but gives another layer of freshness to the food!
As for plastic bags, I use them again and again ... according to how clean they are. Then when I don't want to use them any more for food, I use them for scraps before throwing the scraps into the trash.
Then, of course, the shopping bags are used for trash cans. I do have all those reusable bags I bought, but I rarely remember to take them into the store!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Virtuous Women

Today, I am going to talk about two sites. Both are two of the most virtuous women I know. One I met recently and is a few years older than I am and a long-time pastor's wife. The other one I knew when she was a child. Check out their pages. Both have a lot to share about living the life God wants us women to live.  Barbara also has another site where women meet and share. Ask her about it!

Authentic Virtue   and   Barbara's Bakin N Bits

My Best Gift

Years ago, when I first started writing seriously, one of my assignments was to write a short article on what my best gift was. Here is what I wrote:  My Best Gift


Hearing my babies’ first words – Helping with their first steps – Enduring the agony as well as enjoying the thrill of them cutting teeth. – Listening to their stories. – Stopping their arguments – Drying their tears and sharing their hugs. – Supporting them during problems ... and victories – Taking time to teach them God’s Word. – Eight and a half years of teaching them at home, both school work and homemaking.

Time with my husband, no matter what schedule he worked. – Taking time for each other as well as the children. – One whole year of him coming home for lunch with us. – Family vacations without the conflict of job schedules.

Serving The Lord through various ministries of our church and helping others in need. – Now, time for fulfilling one of my heart’s desires with my writing; hoping to be a witness and blessing to others.

I know this may sound like a lot of gifts, but my husband and I made a decision more than thirty years ago, (almost 40 now) that I would stay home and be a full time housewife. Now that the children are grown (and now have given us grandkids) and I look back over the years, I know making that choice has been my best gift.

New Garlic Press

I use a lot of garlic in my cooking. I like the flavor and it is supposed to be good for us. Garlic. For years, we thought my husband was allergic to it, so I could not add it to his foods. [he is allergic to citrus and mangoes the same way, so it was confusing to just what made him itch.] After we retired, we decided to give fresh garlic a try and he had no rash. We decided it may be the chemicals added to manufactured garlic. (Powders, vitamins etc). This fall, he even planted a row in our garden. We look forward to not buying it after June!
My old garlic press needed to be replace because I never could get all the garlic to go through it and it hurt my hand to use it. So, I went on a mission to look for another one. They were all made of the same style and I was disappointed until I saw the red one. It was so different I was not sure, but finally made the $13 investment (took a chance) to see if it worked.
It does! I really like it. You twist it to crush the garlic and can get it all done. I still have to be careful how I twist my hands not to hurt them, but I try to remember.



Monday, January 10, 2011

Barefoot in the Kitchen

Barefoot in the Kitchen
This is a special place to me for it is my niece. She is a sweet lady who is in love with her husband she calls 'Handsome' and has 3 children they homeschool. She loves to cook and shares her recipes and hints on this page. She has a family blog, too, but I chose to share this one with you.

Broken Dish

I like to tell the story how when I had an all tile kitchen, I dropped a Corelle bowl. As it went down to the floor, I just watched and waited for it to break, but it did not. It did the little twirl thing (like the people on Ed Sullivan who used to spin dishes on sticks). Some one told me, that when one did break, it would shatter.
Last week, I dropped a can of food out of the cupboard onto one of the bowls. Yes, it shattered! Everywhere. Into many pieces. I was still finding little pieces a few days later, though I thought I cleaned them all up. Saturday, after using the crockpot, I was wiping it down and found another piece inside the 'outside' pot! I was glad it had not got into the pot and into our food.
Thankfully, I have several of them for it is my favorite dish set. My only dish set. :) I had several years back, but with all the moves, I got rid of extras. But, I like these and don't see a need to buy others. When I bought them, I waited until the set came out that I really liked. English Garden. I was so happy I finally got some I liked. Then 2 of my sisters-in law bought the same thing! Well! But, their purchases were just a passing fancy and when they got tired of them, I got their left overs. I'm glad for I just looked at their web site and they no longer have mine. So much for getting more luncheon plates! Except at maybe yard sales. :)

Posting

Today, I had trouble getting into the site because of the password! :) My password post

When I last posted, I had a rare few minutes to sit and surf and look at others' sites. I had every intention of talking about each one of them, one a day. But, .... life goes on.

Hubby and I have had colds and we have gone through a whole can of lyso spray trying to kill each other's germs! But, we are feeling much better.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lyric Devotions

Last year, when I started my blog, I immediately got busy working for the Census, then went on a long trip to visit our children. After that, my husband decided that now was the time to build our porch (which now I am so ever grateful for), but at the moment, it was... "What? Let me at least take a breath!" But, build the porch we did and are enjoying it!
So, being we were very busy, I did not have much time to write on my blog or to look at other people blogs too often. I have been perusing others' blogs today and find I have missed out on blessings, by reading others posts. One special place is Lyric Devotions. Deborah has written special songs that are truly devotions and has them posted for us to enjoy. I hope to do so more often!

Passwords

What can I say about them? Each year we try to come up with a unique password to use for our accounts. I just finished for this year. It is frustrating. People say, "Well, it's easy. I use the same few and if it is not one, then it is the other." I've tried that. Then one place wants no special characters, another place wants no numbers, another wants .... etc. so each place ends up with its own password and I sure can't remember them all! I've about decided that if I can't get into a place, so what!
Really, this year, I am trying to down size my web experience, by cutting out some places. I was able to cut out a few and we still have more than 80 places we have to log in to!
Happy New Year!

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