Friday, April 29, 2011

MAJOR BIG NEWS!!!!!!!





Photo of butterfly taken during walk 4-28-2011


April 29, 2011

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, I don't have a regular post for today, but that is because I have been unable to concentrate due to a big thing happenin' in my life.

I had not seen my older brother for over 30 years, since before our mother passed away. Now this was not due to a rift in the family or anythin' like that. It was simply that we live two very different lives, and we just lost touch.

Well, a few weeks ago, I found him on FACEBOOK. I sent him a message, and after not hearin' back for a while, I messaged one of his friends, who turned out to be a cousin. He got in touch with  my brother, and then my brother got in touch with me, and we got to talk for the first time around noon today!

God has answered a prayer in a great way, and I just wanna give thanks to Him for His loving kindness.

Turns out we have lived pretty close to each other for several years. I will be talkin' to him again in a while, and hopefully we will be workin' out a way to meet up after all these years.

Wow--is God great or what?

I really do have a good post for later--I just gotta come down from this high first!

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Early Mornin' And Bein' Happy

April 26, 2011

Okay--the electric was back on when I got home last night, our buddy Casey took us home and took a whole 30 seconds to pull the truck outta the drive. I had put stuff out for supper, so it took about an hour while I did the evenin' feedin' for the meal to be ready. Settled in to finish watchin' NCIS on DVD, then had a lovely night of sleepin'.

It's 6:10 in the a.m., and I am lookin' up at a waning moon above me, as a sunrise is sneakin' up from the east. It's a quiet, clear sky--no angry clouds, no flashing lightning or booms of thunder to shake the windows. It's still too wet to really do much outside other than basic chores, but the water tank and rain barrels are filled to overflowin', so laundry will commence in the old wringer washer when the sun breaks out this weekend.

The radio is playin' country music, and Obie is dozin' while I write. Soon it will be light, and life will lose that soft, fuzzy quality that heralds a new day. I will miss it as I enter into all the activity that will follow. However, an energy that comes from the daylight will begin to recharge my spirit. I will jump in with both feet, snatching life by the throat and squeeze every drop of the joy I can from every moment.

Whoa--didn't know I was that deep....

I once had a woman tell me I drove her crazy because even if faced with trials, and I have been cryin' my eyes out--I still stay pretty happy. Yeah, I guess I do most times, but I have hit the pits of depression a lot of times in my life. I've been scared, I've been absolutely mired in self-pity, hatred, and just a bad case of 'what's the use?". But I seldom really stay there.

Why?

Well, mainly, because to stay that miserable is usually by choice, and face it--that's just STUPID. I may not be the sharpest cookie on the tree--but I am NOT stupid.

As I have aged, I have experienced enough trials and tragedies in my life to know that when scripture says 'it came to pass'--it's true. No matter what the outcome may be--the problem will not stay forever. Another will come to take it's place, or there will be a time of quiet peace to allow you to gear up for the next challenge.

Besides--no matter how bad things get--choosin' to be miserable ain't gonna help!

I'm not sayin' to ignore the reality of a situation--I'm sayin' look for the GOOD in everything. If you know God through His Son Christ Jesus, you have an added bonus of knowin' that even if everyone turns their backs on you--He says He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. All you gotta do is trust Him, no matter the outcome of a situation. I know that even though I may HATE how things turn out--it will always ultimately be for God's glory and my good (yes, Preach, I was payin' attention a few weeks ago!).

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

Monday, April 25, 2011

Walkin' In Thunderstorms--KEWL!

April 25, 2011, 2:11p.m.

Okay--have had a heckuva day so far! After takin' care of some business in town, we headed up to home to feed and do chores. Got almost down the drive, and the truck just decided to get mired in the muck from the rain. Tried gettin' it out a couple of times, but quickly determined that wasn't gonna happen without 4-wheel drive. So, I told my son to stay in the truck, and I went down the drive to feed, grabbed rain slickers and headed back to the truck. We put what we would need in my big back pack, and began the trek into town. Now, of course, I could have whined and complained that this had happened, but I'm weird. Instead, I was thrilled that we were gonna get to take a long walk, and that I would be able to get some photos with my camera!

I just told the Lord that HIS truck was stuck, and that HIS children needed a safe ride to town.

Well, we got a safe ride, and the truck will be pulled out by a buddy with 4-wheel drive this afternoon. God is good beyond belief! I also got some cool photos.

I honestly dunno the names of many of the plants that I love to look at and photograph, but I enjoy lookin' for them among the grass and rocks they grow in. These are pretty little bell shaped flowers that grow on those frilly fronds you see next to them.



As we walked along, I found myself face to face--with a tree with a face! I thought this fella looked rather cheery, if a bit creepy in the bargain!



I found several of these growin' under a wire fence along the road. Their shape intrigued me, as well as the thorn like ends of the leaves. I'll be goin' back in a few days to see what comes from the center--I'll keep ya posted.

Nope--this is not a ragin' river. This is a DITCH beside the road we walked along. I can imagine squirrels white water raftin' in bark canoes--can't you? Come on, use your imagination, see the little guys paddlin' like crazy as they go over the rapids, shoutin' out "cowabunga!"

Umm...was that over the top?

Yeah?

KEWL!



This is a mullein plant. It's really big compared to most. They have soft, 'furry' leaves. I was told once that Puritan women sometimes used to rub the leaves over their cheeks to give them a bit of color. I think the sap raises blood to the skin, giving a blushing appearance. I won't be tryin' that cosmetics use!


Okay--while not a popular plant--you have to admit that poison oak is rather pretty. However, it can make you miserable if you get into it, and the plant is a parasite, so it can eventually choke out a tree that it is attached to. Hmm...there has to be a sermon in there somewhere.


I found these at the edge of the road near town. I thought they look a lot like those flutterin' streamers you see at some businesses.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our walk to town. I like to think that when I show ya'll these photos, they will inspire you to LOOK as you go along, not just see the obvious. It takes a bit of work to see all the wonders that surround us, and while none of these plants would rate a special on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, they are a beautiful part of God's creation.

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

Guest Post--Rosemary

April 25, 2011

Hey Ya'll--hope everyone had a joyous Easter--we did, fer sure!

Had a huge thunderstorm last night--power went off, but no worries, we had candles and flashlights. Got up, still no power, but again, primitive technology served us well. Braidin' the Redneck's hair this mornin' had a real old west feel to it. Kinda romantic, ya know?

Well, I have another guest post for ya'll from Becky. This time, we are learnin' a bit about one of my absolute favorite herbs--Rosemary.


Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis can be used medicinally, culinary, as an essential oil in aromatherapy and has even been used in certain legends.
 
It acts as a circulatory and nervine stimulant (which strengthens the nerves & their pathways). Rosemary also can help in the toning and calming of the  digestive system and it can be beneficial where psychological tension is present.
 
Rosemary can help with flatulent indigestion, nausea, headaches or depression associated with debility.
To aid in depression, one may mix rosemary with skullcap, kola and oats.
 
Externally it can help ease muscular pain, spasms, sciatica, neuralgia & can aid in menstration.
 
It's also a parasiticide & anti-microbial...which means it can kill parasites & microbes within the human body.
 
It can act as a stimulant to the hair follicle and may be used in premature baldness, but the essential oil is most effective here.
 
Only the leaves & twigs are used and are at their best when gathered during the summer while in their flowering stage.
 
To make an infusion (tea) with rosemary: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse in a covered container for 10-15 mintues. This should be drunk three times a day. Take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.
 
If you plan on using the essential oil of rosemary, there are certain precautions that should be taken, as the oil is more potent.
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Well, what do ya think? Please let me know if these posts help ya'll with information, and if you would like more.
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, April 22, 2011

Playin' St. Patrick, And HAPPY EASTER!

April 22, 2011

Hey ya'll,

Sorry I haven't posted this week, but you know how it gets when you have to clear brush--or do ya? Well, anyways, I have been playin' St. Patrick and drivin' the snakes outta the land. So far, pretty good success--keep prayin' it continues.

Just wanted to tell ya'll HAPPY EASTER, or as I prefer, HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! May the joy of the Lord fill ya'lls hearts and minds, and may ya'll come to know Him as Lord and Saviour.

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

Monday, April 18, 2011

I HATE Copperhead Snakes, and Photos From Our First Ranch Rodeo

April 18, 2011

Well, we lost Bubba Thursday, buried him Friday mornin', and then when we got in at 2 a.m. Sunday mornin' from the first ranch rodeo, we found that we had also lost Bubba's son, Zeke. I talked with our vet this mornin', and he said that right now copperhead snakes are truly dangerous, since their venom is extra strong at this time of year.

Fortunately, none of my other wolves are housed anywhere near the area where Bubba and Zeke were. I am fixin' to make that area real hazardous for snakes, also. I will be startin' a hunt in the mornin'. I will take a rake, an axe, and a pistol with me, and I intend to ferret out any and all snakes I find. It will not be pretty. I am serious, I would rather have to deal with a rattlesnake, because they at least give you a warnin' that they are there. They really don't want to tangle with anything bigger then themselves. But a copperhead is pure, unadulterated EVIL ON A STICK.

Okay--'nuff said. let's move on.

As I stated, we went to the first ranch rodeo of the year for the Oklahoma Fellowship of Cowboy Churches (http://www.ofccranch.com/).


It was at Red River Valley Cowboy Church, in Albany, Oklahoma.
It was great. We were the first from our church to arrive. We got our little tent set up




and Fancy out grazin'. We then went to a wonderful BBQ joint in Calera, CHUCK'S BBQ (http://www.chucksbbqok.com/). Deelicious! And a good price too.

After we got back, the rest of our church crew showed up and everyone either got their tents or horse trailers set up, and after all the kids had a chance to run wild and burn off the energy they had built up while travelin' and the adults got to visit and decide the next day's strategies, we all turned in. I slept quite well, thank yew fer askin'.

Our family was up around 6 a.m., and then began the greatest task of all....

Foraging for coffee. The lady at the sink fillin' the coffee pot is Diane Toma. Her husband, George, is the pastor at Red River. If you ever get a chance to visit on a Sunday mornin'--stop in, 'cuz George presents the Gospel in a way that everyone can understand. And the folks who go there are just stupendous. The young woman behind her is Destiny, and I found out that she and I are distant cousins. Of course, you can see the Redneck at the right, havin' difficulty functionin' due the lack of caffine in his system. Over on the left, is our freind, Casey. He's also 'jonesin'
fer java!

Mission accomplished!



You recall our Preacher, Clint, doncha? Well, here he is, lookin' all 'kicked puppy dog'. The reason? He didn't get to the coffee in time! Don't worry, though, he got fixed up later.



Here is a view of the church's indoor arena from the announcer's platform. It's hard to believe that this vast, quiet, empty space will soon be filled with cowboys, horses, cattle, and noise--oh yeah, LOTS of noise.

While some folks were gettin' ready, Preacher Tim Jones, from Ardmore, and his wife Kristal, brought out this beautiful horse, Bama, and her adorable baby. It stayed right next to mama and was just precious.
And of course, the neighbors had to check out the new baby.


This gentleman is George Toma, the Preacher for Red River. He was helpin' to check out a horse to be certain it was not lame.

It's about time to start checkin' in and payin' fees. These lovely ladies will be happy to help you.


Here is my beloved and my Fancypants, all ready to chase cows. Isn't he dashin'? (sigh)


See. I told ya'll it was gonna get crowded in here! The rodeo hasn't even started yet. I just love the way this photo turned out--almost like a painting.
Here's another cowboy gettin' his horse ready. This scene was repeated all over the grounds.

This cutie was just enjoyin' her day out and greeted me as I passed by 'her' truck.


Is it our turn to chase cows yet?


Two little buckaroos--or would that be 'buckarettes'?


The first event was brandin'. A team of four goes into a round pen, two on horseback, two on the ground. The mounted cowboys rope the steer, the ground crew gets it ready, and then one of the ground crew runs to get the brandin' iron settin' in a bucket of flour, runs back, 'brands' the steer and then hightails it to set the iron back in the bucket. Fastest time wins points.


Here's some of our church folks waitin' for their turn to brand.



Now, of course, not everyone was inside watchin' the fun. Many of the smaller folks were just outside, doin' what kids love to do. And it wouldn't be springtime in Oklahoma without a bunch of youngun's splashin' in a pond.


One little guy came up and proudly showed off his find--frog's eggs. I of course took a photo for posterity!



One of the things I love about the cowboys in our churches is that they are all men--in other words, they have a heart for God and their families, and they don't believe a man who does is less manly than one who is profane, carouses and neglects his family. you will see tenderness on these men's faces when they look at their wives and children, and reverence for the Lord.



Restin' betwixt events.



Little Kaylynn is just plum tuckered out. We all were, after bein' there all day and a lot of the night. There were so many teams, they didn't get finished until after 10 p.m.. By the time we got everybody's scores, Fancy loaded up, and the truck turned around, it was after 11.



Poblano was perched on top of the beddin', and she seemed to be sayin', "Can we PLEASE go home now?"

We left, and made it home by 2 a.m.. We unloaded Fancy, and I walked her into the corral. We all just fell into bed and passed smooth out, until Obie woke us up wantin' coffee, and hollerin' that we had to go to church.

So, that was the first ranch rodeo, hope ya'll enjoyed my little photo album.

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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Guest Post--Lavender & It's Uses

April 14, 2011

Hey ya'll--been a hard day. I had a wolf die from a snake bite, and I am really upset. I am fortunate that my friend, Becky Long, had agreed to do a few guest posts for me on her field of expertise, which is herbs. She has been my friend for 11 years, and I used to sell a lot of the products she made, llike hand dipped incense, soaps, lotions, etc. She only does two products these days, and you can find them by usin' the link on the right of my blog, for MAMA'S HERBAL REMEDIES.

I asked her to do her first post on lavender, as that is the herb that most folks get started with.


Here is a photo of the flowers. I found this plant growin', of all places--outside a DENNY'S Restaraunt!

So, without further ado--here is Becky's info for ya'll.

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is an effective herb for headaches, especially when related to stress. It can also be quite effective in the clearing of depression, when used with other remedies. Lavender gently strengthens the nervous system & in states of nervous debility and exhaustion, while aiding to help promote natural sleep.
 
For depression: it combines well with rosemary, kola or skullcap.
For headaches: may be used along with lady's slipper or valerian.
 
To make an infusion for a tea: pour one cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of  dried herbs, leave to infuse for about 10 min. This can be drank 3 times a day as needed.
 
The oil should not be taken internally, but can be inhaled or rubbed on the skin or used in the bath. Lavender essential oil is the only oil gentle enough to be used "neat" or non-diluted.
 
 
Short, sweet, to the point. I like that. Now, if you want more information, let me know. We are both feelin' our way through this subject, and while we didn't want her to overwhelm ya'll with info--we also don't wanna short change ya, either.
 
If ya'll would like more posts on herbs, please let me know.
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Holy Blown Out Pancreas, Batman! AND..More photos from Texas Trip

April 12, 2011

Well, this mornin', Obie and I got a nasty surprise. We had dropped Brian off at work, and then we went to our wifi spot. Since we didn't have time for a real breakfast, not even fruit, we grabbed this big pastry thing and some OJ. Now, Brian buys these things occasionally, and he eats on one all day, during which he works and burns off the sugar. Some days he can't even finish them. He's a big guy, too, so no big deal.

But...

You take two people who are much smaller than Brian, have them split this huge thing (I'm not jokin'--it's the size of a dinner plate) and eat it within a 20 minute period, along with juice, and you have the makin's of a

GIGANTIC BLOOD SUGAR SPIKE, AND AN EVEN BIGGER CRASH.

We had no idea what had happened until we were drivin' back up the mountain, and we began to have difficulty keepin' our eyes open. I had to work to stay awake gettin' up Suicide Hill ( I love the names they have for places around here). I was blinkin' and strugglin' to hold up my head, and Obie was just zonkin' in the passenger seat.

Now, normally, when we get home, we feed immediately, but today, I went straight to the camper and fell on the bed. I pulled the covers over  my head and passed smooth out. Obie hit his bed, too. We were gone for almost two hours. When I woke up, I felt awful. It took me a awhile to realize what had happened. I fixed us some simple eggs and toast, and by the time we finished feedin' and waterin', we were fine.

I don't have diabetes, but it wouldn't take too many incidents like that to turn me into one. I won't be as prone to get into such a big hurry and forget to set out the breakfast foods we need to eat healthy.

Okay--now that the drama is over, I wanted to show ya'll a few more photos of our trip to Texas.

As any of ya'll who have ever read or listened to me for five minutes know--I am a cheapskate, and proud to be one. I practice what I call 'thriftology'. It's the 'faith based science of frugality'. Well, when Obie and I walked to the bookstore Friday, we passed the GOODWILL store. I LOVE GOODWILL and other thrift shops. We used to live around Denton, so of course, we had to stop in at one of our old haunts.

While I only bought two items, I found some fun things to show ya'll.

Here's the two items I actually purchased:

I had a lady hold this up for me. It's a kit for handmade cards. It has a easy book for instructions, and there are several templates for makin' flower petals, envelopes, and there is even one project that helps you make a BOX that is also a GREETING CARD! You can put a gift and card together! It all comes in a nice stationary box. Price? $1.55.


This book, in near perfect condition, was only a $1.00. I like to purchase books like this inexpensively, because once I'm finished with it, I can donate it to one of our local llibraries.


I had to show ya'll these gorgeous canisters. I found a set like them 13 years ago, in a mall in Ft. Worth, TX. In the shop, they sold for almost $20.00 EACH. In GOODWILL? $2.55 each!


Just about everyone loves these little copper kettles for decoration. Doncha just love the little folk art angel next to it? She's like a guy I dated in highschool--just ugly enough to be cute!


This cup and saucer were just wonderful. The colors would be perfect for cocoa in the fall, after rakin' leaves.



This is a teapot with the lid missin'. I thought that an ivy or sweet potato vine comin' out of it would look cute in a kitchen window.

This is the other side. Isn't the glaze awesome? If you had a Japanese decor, this would just set it off.



I really wish I had picked this photo album up for $1.55. It would be a great recipe book--especially for all those Cajun Recipes!



This is a gorgeous 'coffee table' book. It's in great condition, and the photos are inspirin'. For only a $1.00!



I just know this little tiny drawer set would be great in a nursery. The animals are the handles!



THESE are my prize finds. Little girl's formal dresses, black velvet, sprinkled with gold glitter, trimmed in lace......
$1.99!

Honestly, if I knew the sizes of my friend's little girls--I'd have snapped them up. They would even make yummy dresses for a life sized baby doll.

Okay, so ya see that I know my way around a thrift store.  Not everything is 70's leisure suits and avacado green lampshades (although I do know a few folks who would drool over those things!). I think as I go about my 'bidness', I'll take photos of the goodies I find and post them, to inspire my readers to look for the gems hidden in the rubble.

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

Friday, April 8, 2011

Books & More, A Virtual Tour Of A Book Lover's Dream Store

April 8, 2011, 11:19 p.m.

Oh my, what a day! Rest, showers, long walk, reconnecting with an old friend, more rest, another shower, Then dinner out with my menfolk, and the (almost) best of all--I finally get the Bible I've been wantin' since I saw it at Christmas. It's THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE, the AMPLIFIED VERSION. I am so lookin' forward to gettin' to spend time studyin' it.

Now--the reason I am doin' a second blog today it that the friend I reconnected with owns a wonderful used book store called BOOKS & MORE. I wanted to tell ya'll about it and her, just in case you ever get to Denton, Texas, and you need a good used book, DVD, Vinyl record or video game.

I met Debra Newton when she had her first book store--THE BOOKSHELF, on Dallas Drive. That was 17 years ago. We found that we had a lot of the same tastes in books, movies, etc. We even tried writin' a book or two together.

She moved on to University several years ago, and opened B & M. We lost touch after I moved to the mountains, but today I surprised her by walki' to her store. I forgot about my weight loss, and that she hadn't seen me in 5 years. When she recognized me, she was floored. It was great, we visited, laughed, and discussed sales strategies.I even helped her shelve books again. It was like I had  never been away.

I thought I would take you on a short virtual tour of her store.

When you drive down University, look for the University Center Sign, There you will see the sign for Debra's store. Turn in and look for...

...the store in the corner.


When you walk in, you will see Debra's smilin' face, surrounded by a wonderful selection of books. Debra is very knowledgeable about all genres of books, and if she doesn't know the answer--she will find it.


There are books everywhere--even down the halls!


 This is the romance novel room. Contemporary in the middle, historical around the walls.


Sherlock Holmes greets you as you enter the mystery section.

This is just a small look at the vinyl records she has to offer through THE RECORD HOUND. You can find more information by clickin' on the link at the right of my blog.






She even has great movie, band, and concert posters!



I hope that I have whetted your appetite so that you will want to visit her site and her store, if you are in the neighborhood.

Well, it's sleepytime. Later, ya'll

© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett