Monday, January 31, 2011

A Birthday, a Snowstorm, and Two Passings

Jan 31, 2011

Today is my Beloved Husband's Birthday! Or as he puts it, the anniversary of the day that The Great Experiment began. He is the oldest of three boys, and as far as I am concerned--he's the best of the bunch. The funny thing is, at 6 foot 1 inch--he's also the RUNT of the litter. His younger brothers are both taller then him. That's okay--he's the best looking and the smartest, and he's all mine. Happy Birthday, Baby!

Well, it's Monday and I am back in town again. We are supposed to get really nasty winter weather starting tonight, so I have to go and get propane for the heaters. I think I'll see what DVDs the library has, too--just in case we are unable to get out for a day or two.

I was going to post some things that had been on my mind today, but then I learned that two of the comedians that I loved growing up had both passed away last week. I just want to give them each a little tribute, and sort of say goodbye.

Charlie Callas (December 20, 1927 – January 27, 2011)
Charlie Callas was a comedian with a big nose, huge sad eyes, and weird noises. Tony Belmont, executive director of the National Comedy Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Fla., said once of Callas, “He would tell a joke about two guys hunting. If you or I told it, the joke wasn’t so funny. But Charlie made it hysterical by sticking in these sounds; so you would hear the gun cocking, the duck flying overhead, the explosion of the shotgun and then the duck falling and screaming all the way to the ground.”

David Frye (June 1934 – January 24, 2011)
David Frye did a lot of political humor, impersonating many of the famous faces that littered the landscape, especially during the Nixon years. Of all the Nixon impersonators I have ever seen, Frye had him nailed down. In fact, David Frye was one of the biggest influences on the way I still look at politics today. He made the men in power look like who they really were--human beings capable of mistakes.

I recall as a child staying up late with my grandparents, watching The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, and laughing at the performances of these two funny men. I mean, come on--no one else could make spinning plates look as hilarious as Charlie Callas, and after 40 years I can still quote almost line for line David Frye doing a skit about President Nixon preparing for a diplomatic visit with Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir.

I know there are really more important things to discuss in life. But I also know that people who can make you laugh and bring joy to folks in this world are important, too.

So long, fellas, you will be missed.

Well, I got chores. Later, ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, January 28, 2011

A little disclaimer, and some hope for my blog.

Jan 28, 2011

I'm back in town today. Gotta run to the meat processing plant to get all the scraps and bones they have been saving for the animal rescue our family works with. I don't mind picking the stuff up, because my wolves and dogs get treats too. Trust me; you toss a cow's leg to a wolf--that critter SMILES!

Well, I need to get a fact up front right off before I go any further in my little corner of the internet. I have NO WISDOM to dispense to anybody. I don't preach to anyone but myself when I write along spiritual lines. If anything I write inspires you to be a better Christian, wife, mom, or pinto bean grower--you can give the glory straight to God. I once heard it put that when folks tell you that you did something good, you should treat it like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Simply say thank you, then turn and give the bouquet, or glory, to God.

I am a story teller, opinion stater, and I will never tell you how to do anything other than a craft I have figured out. However, I will tell you what God is doing in my life, and how I apply scriptural principals in my own circumstances. If you get anything out of it--even a chuckle--great.

That said, I wanted to tell you about some of the things I have planned for my blog. I also wanted to let you know that I will probably need help from time to time figuring out how to do some things--even if I have the book BLOGGING FOR DUMMIES from the library! So if I post a HELP!--please chime in with advice.

Brian, my beloved husband (aka the Redneck) has said that when we get the income tax back this year, we will buy a digital camera. Yippee! I used to do photography, and I have missed it. I want to be able to post photos of crafts that I do, some of which are quite frugal. I also want to share scenes from the mountains where we live.

If you read my profile, you saw that I practice what I call Thriftology. It's a faith based science of frugality. I am hoping to post photos of frugal finds and activities that we do to save money, along with posts about WHY we do them.

And if I EVER figure out how to edit the footage from my little digital video recorder, I want to put up a little web cast that I call CHEAP LIFE SKILLZ.

Whew! I sound pretty ambitious, even to myself. I guess I better close and get busy.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Grateful for follower and other blessings

Jan 27, 2011

Well, I had to come into town this morning, and when I logged into my blog, I found that I have a follower already! It may sound silly to many of you, but I was practically giddy. Look, I'm weird--I get excited over a new long handled bath brush from the DOLLARTREE. I do handsprings over getting to go to RECYCLED BOOKS AND RECORDS when we visit down in Denton, Texas. I may not buy anything, but I just love to troll through the shelves of used books, records and movies. My heart leaps when I am out walking the mountain roads and my son and I stop to look at a praying mantis on the gravel, and he looks back, or I spot two cougar cubs running across the road up ahead, slipping into the brush. I just get thankful for the strangest things.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 says "Now Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out and having food and clothing, with these things we shall be content."

If you have food in your home, and clothes on your back--just consider everything else in your life as gravy.

I'm actually preaching to myself today. I've had a hard time being truly grateful lately. I know it's just due to the cold weather and an insane schedule that is keeping me from doing all that I need and want to do. I need to have some time on my knees with my Heavenly Father and tell Him just how thankful I am for all the blessings, big, small and STRANGE that He sends my way. I need to tell Him I am sorry for the lack of gratitude for these things. I need to let my husband know how grateful I am that he gets up and goes to work each day at a job he is really not too wild about, just so he can provide for our family. I need to thank him for seeing to it that we get to go to church, even on days when there isn't a lot of money for gas to get down the mountain. I need to thank my son for his help in feeding our animals, and his other helping around the homestead. I need to thank our pastor for his service to God and our church. There are a lot of people in my life who need to be thanked for their service to myself and our community. I bet you have folks you need to thank, too.

I want to thank my first follower, The Rose Scented Home, for having the belief that I may actually have something to say that is worth reading. I wish I had a prize for her. There really should be prizes for first followers of blogs, don't ya think?

Well, I got chores. Later, ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Year, New Blog

This is my second blog. Up until a few weeks ago, I had one entitled Bandy's Journey; From Abuse To Trust. It was about my rescue horse, Bandy, and how he was doing since I adopted and began working with him to help him to recover from a past of abuse. I enjoyed doing the blog, and I got a lot of positive response from it. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how limited in scope the subject matter was. Seriously, how many times can you post that you worked with the animal and he did well?

So, after much thought and prayer, I decided to let that blog end. I was hesitant at first, because I didn't want to feel like a failure at blogging. But I have read on many other people's sites that they also had tried several different ideas for blogs, and that many successful blogs like THE SIMPLE DOLLAR came about from their creators having the smarts and courage to move on to a better idea when the first one proved to be unproductive.

And so, dear bleader, I present my second attempt at blogging. I decided to base it upon my lifestyle as a homesteading wife and mom here in the mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma, my observations of life based on my Christian faith, and my practice of Thriftology. Thriftology is what I call a faith based science of frugality. By basing it upon these subjects, I have created a blog that is much broader in scope, and that will give me more creative freedom.

I will continue to post about Bandy, also, for those folks who followed my former blog. I have had several queries about how my little one eyed pony is doing, and I promise he still has several tales to tell.

My postings will be about once a week, since I don't have internet on the mountain, and I only come into town once or twice a week. I am considering writing an entry each day, then putting them all in one week's post. We'll just have to see how it goes.

One thing that I will keep from my first blog is my sign off, since it is still true:

Well, I got chores. Later, Ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett