Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Priorities vs. Excuses

Priorities vs. Excuses

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I watched a video on this topic this past week on my Meltdown Challenge that really made me think.  How many times do I make excuses for any number of things when the answer isn’t really I don’t have time, I can’t afford it, I don’t have the will power.  You get it.  Instead I need to say it is just not a high priority for me at this time.    Read More

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Pets, The Best Medicine

Pets, The Best Medicine

Yesterday I saw a video of a dog calming a woman that has aspergers who was having what looked like an anxiety attack.  It reminded me of how good pets are for our mental well-being.  For my entire life animals have been a calming force in my life.  From the time I was 5 until I was 13 we lived on a dairy farm.  I spent as much time as possible in the barn or the pasture with the cows, cats, dogs and horses.  They were my best friends.  You can tell them anything and they don’t judge or repeat it to anyone.  🙂

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God So Loved That He Gave

God So Loved That He Gave

For God so loved the world that He gave (didómi) His only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life John 3:16NLT

Christmas manger

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV

I know what it is like to be shunned by someone I love.  But as My Father God pursues me when I run from Him.  So have I decided to love on those that I love even if they do not want to be a part of my life.  I do this in any way that I can. Read More

Christmas tree evening

Fresh Cut Tree, Live Tree or Artificial?

Fresh Cut Tree, Live Tree or Artificial?

Christmas treeThe question was posed on the Today Show this morning real or fake?  For my big tree it has to be real.  Every year I look at artificial trees in the store and think, “that would be easier and maybe cheaper in the long run.”  But I just can’t do it.  I love the smell of the tree, I love the natural look and I even love the shelter it gives the critters outside after Christmas.   I am supporting a local farmer by buying there trees and they will decompose in short order (or burn in our outdoor fire pit).  Artificial trees don’t really decompose, have iffy health consequences (especially to those who are chemically sensitive), some apparently have lead in them.  Nope, just can’t do it!   Read More

turkey soup

Turkey Soup the Ultimate in Recycling

Turkey Soup the Ultimate in Recycling

Think about it – you make the turkey on Thanksgiving, clean off the extra meat and throw out the carcass.  Or do you decide to throw said carcass in a pot of water the next day and simmer it all day?  For many years the carcass went in the garbage.  Now I love spending Friday (when most people are out shopping smelling Thanksgiving smells on repeat.  Our bird was purchased from a friend who let him wander around all summer so he was happy until the day he met his doom.  This also meant that he was pretty healthy and had lots of nutrients in those bones and joints.  After simmering all day on the pot I removed the carcass and cleaned the rest of the meat off — it comes off much easier after this.  Then I strained the broth into another pot to cool.  I cooled it on my enclosed porch overnight and since I wasn’t prepared to deal with it on Saturday I put it in the freezer.  This really solidifies the fat and makes it so easy to remove and discard.

frozen turkey broth

I reheated the broth after skimming the fat off.  Then I chopped up celery, carrots, onions and the meat (mostly dark since this was a heritage breed turkey). Read More