Friday, December 28, 2012

One More Christmas To Go--Homemakin' Binder

Decmber 28, 1012

We have enjoyed another Christmas, and will be havin' one more this Sunday, as the Redneck's family gathers together in a combo Christmas/family reunion. There will be food, fellowship, and of course, a crazy gift swap. We will catch up with folks we haven't seen in a long time, and I am lookin' forward to the event.

I'm still tryin' to figure out what dish to take, but I have a day to do that.

Today I have cleaned mom-in-law's house, and as soon as the sheets are done dryin', I'll make the beds and then my little family will runs errands to the feed store, post office, etc. We have a great treat this afternoon--we are all gettin' to see the chiropractor. We decided we want to begin the New Year as *ahem*...

...'well-adjusted' people!

(yes, I KNOW it was a dumb joke--but it's FUNNY)

I have been hangin' put at Joyful Christian Homemaking (www.joyfulchristianhomemaking.com) lately, and I have downloaded her wonderful free E-book on homemaking. I have decided I am goin' to use the advice on makin' and usin' a homemakin' binder. I got a gift card, so I used it to but the stuff for the inside of the binder. I already had a binder that I have had for years, but never knew what to use it for. It is fabrice covered, and it has wolves all over it. In the homemakin' guide, Candy says that we are not to work on the inside until the outside makes us smile. Well, folks, there are few things that make me smile like wolves, so I'm good.

In the binder, you put sections for schedulin', menus, homeschoolin' etc. I have adjusted it so I have sections for schedules, menus, my son, the Redneck, and other stuff that personalizes it for my home.

I'm workin' on a master schedule right now, and it's really pretty simple. However, I have to have TWO of them--one for when it's just my son and me, and one for when my husband is off work.

Obie's section will include all of the developmental exercises we do, books we are readin', and any homework for the new youth program he will be doin' at church. The Redneck's will include any requests that he makes for me to attend to while he's away on his job, and ideas for special meals while he is home.

My personal goal section will include not only my goals, but also plans to accomplish them. 

I'm workin' on my goals for next year, and I think I may share some of them with ya'll later.

The sheets should be dry by now.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett 


 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas--Prayer Answered

December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRIST MASS!

Yes, I said CHRIST. You know--the REAL reason for this season?

I pray that all of ya'll out there on the internet are havin' a happy, blessed and just all around SPLENDIFEROUS Christmas.

We had our prayers answered--we DON'T HAVE TO MOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!

The sale of the land didn't happen, and so for a time at least, we are stayin' in our little cowboy cottage. In fact, we may even be BUYIN' it, if the Lord is willin', and things keep goin' in the way they are.

We are officially UNPACKED, and the house has been put back to rights. It is so nice to have things where I can get to them, instead of havin' to dig through a box if I need somethin'.

My son got to go to his dad's for the holiday, so the Redneck and I are by ourselves, We are enjoyin' a quiet day, watchin' movies on one of our Christmas gifts--A BIG SCREEN TV!

Don't get too excited--it's a used one. A fellow was buyin' a new one, so he gave the old one to us--but it's STILL REALLY COOL!

We are watchin' all our action movies--and it's really neat to see stuff blow up on a 36 inch screen.

I'm so thankful for all the blessin's God has given us--but most of all for the gift of Jesus, the Messiah. This day is really just a commemoration of an event that know no really knows when it happened.

I have heard it said that the world digs Christmas, because a baby in a manger is non-threatenin', while the action of a man--no, actually GOD HIMSELF--dyin' on a cross is very threatenin'. That act of ultimate love scares the bejeebers outta the world, because it shows them that they are in NEED of salvation, and most of the world doesn't wanna believe that. They wanna go on thinkin' that they can handle all thier own problems, and that no outside help is necessary...

...but it is.

John 3:16.

I love all ya'll--Merry Christmas.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett 




Monday, December 17, 2012

Wild Weekend Over--Cough Syrup Recipe--Memory Of Childhood

December 17, 2012

Well, "my all by myself" weekend is over, and while I enjoyed it greatly--I was glad to have Obie come home last night, and I will be giddy when the Redneck gets back this weekend. My guys may drive me nuts at times--but I love them and am grateful when they are home.

I got back from the wifi hot spot around 1 a.m. Saturday mornin', and I just slept in the livin' room, 'causa ir was cold and it would be easier to heat just the one room than the livin' room and the bedroom. A bonus--it's easier to watch DVDs when ya sleep in the livin' room!

Saturday I ran errands, made up goodies for the church Christmas party, and rented more DVDs to watch. At the party that night, I discovered the most wonderful food in the world...

...CANDIED JALAPENOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These things are FABULOUS! I could have eaten the entire jar, but I held back. I got the name of the brand, and will be lookin' for them at the store here in town. When we were cleanin' up after the party, the woman who brought them handed me the rest of the jar to take home. Apparently she has a case of them at home, and she saw how much I liked them.

I got home, and while I watched VANTAGE POINT--I finished the jar! I even drank the juice! I'm tellin' ya--they are that good!

Sunday was the children's Christmas play at church, and it was precious. All the kids, youth and itty bitty, did thier best to bring the meanin' of Christmas to the folks in attendance. After church, a friend kidnapped me to go out to lunch.

As I said, I was glad to have my alone time, but I was very happy to see Obie and his dad drive up last night.

Oh--check out DEEP ROOTS AT HOME (http://www.deeprootsathome.com). She has posted a cough syrup recipe that is really good. I'm gonna make it up for my family this year.

I had to laugh when I saw it, though, because it reminded me of when I was a little girl, and the cough 'medicine' that my family made. They would take a Mason jar, fill it as full as possible with crushed peppermint candy, then they would pour whiskey over that and shake it each day until it dissolved. THAT was our cough syrup.  It worked, too, 'cause it tasted so bad--you learned how to suppress ANY coughs you might be feelin', 'cause you DIDN'T WANNA TAKE THAT STUFF!

Well, I got chore. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Y-A-W-N--Decoden Craft--And Settin' Goals

December 15, 2012

Goodness--I have been here for over FIVE HOURS tonight! Our local wifi hot spot is open 24 hours a day, and I came up as soon as my son went to his father's for the weekend. With the Redneck workin' outta town till next weekend, I decided to just come and play on the internet as long as I wanted.  I've done a lot of research, downloaded several e-books to read later, and got a good start on watchin' the newer version of VAMPIRE HUNTER D ( I love to watch japanimation).

I also learned about a craft called DECODEN. It's a craft that I think came from Japan. You use silicon from a tube to make a base to put small items (toys, buttons, charms, etc), ad it looks really cool. I think I'm gonn try it this week, and my idea is to create a purse out of a wooden cigar box and western themed charms, conchos--stuff like that. I think I'll make the handle from a length of chain from the hardware store, and the fastener will be a western style belt I have that no one wears. You know--use the buckle and belt to fasten it.

You can find a lot about this craft on YOUTUBE.COM.

Honestly--I SHOULD be goin' home soon, 'cause even if I stay up all night--my critters are STILL gonna expect to be fed in the mornin' er--LATER this mornin', and I still have to bake and get other goodies made for the church Christmas party at 7 p.m.

But honestly--I'm havin' a lot of fun, and who KNOWS when I'll get another chance to just PLAY, with no one at home needin' me.

Talked to the Redneck last night--he is likin' the new job okay--but he hates bein' away from us here at home. We miss him too, but this ain't our first rodeo with bein' apart due to work, so we know that we just need to hang in there for a time, and we will be back together soon.

Our preacher at cowboy church has been teachin' a lot about the church as a whole workin' towards a goal of growin' in Jesus this comin' year. I find it funny that our family has been thinkin' along the same lines. We are talkin' about findin' a good Bible study for couples, and the church is beginnin' a youth study program that Obie will be able to attend.

As this year draws to a close--may I suggest that we all take a look at how this year has developed, nd where we are compared to last year? I don't mean to make RESOLUTIONS--those are dumb. Instead, get into the Word of God and find out what GOALS you can work towards accomplishin' in 2013. If you set  resolution nd you don't start doin' it right off the bat--you feel like a failure. However, if you make a goal and work towards it--even if you don't reach it by this time next year--you are still movin' forward in the right direction!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

New Friend--New Link

December 14, 2012

Yesterday while on our walk, my son and I met a very exceptional young man named Jessie. We talked for a time, and he told me about how his girlfriend Holly was goin' through physical rehabilitation after a terrible accident. I saw photos of the car she had been in, and I'm honestly amazed that she survived. I promised that I would post this link and add it to my blog's link list.

www.highwayforholly.com

It is a site that tells not only of the wreck itself, but of this brave young woman's struggle to return to health. You can track her progress, make donations to assist her recovery, and learn of benefits and other events that are goin' on to help. Please check it out, and keep this remarkable person and her loved ones in your prayers.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Redneck Go Bye Bye For A Time, And Wild Weekend Ahead!

December 11, 2012

My beautiful Redneck left around 7 a.m. this mornin' to drive to his new job. He will be gone about 11 days, then home for the Christmas holidays, and then back down after the New Year. If all gowes well, he will be comin' back up here to work durin' the day around the end of January.

Yes, I do miss him already, but this is something we decided as a family was the best thing for him to do at this time. And besides, it will give me a chance to catch up on several projects that I've had to pass up while he was home durin' the day.

This Friday night, my son goes to his dad's for the weekend, which means I will have a whole weekend to myself. I gotta tell ya, folks, I have a WILD WEEKEND planned...

...First--as soon as Obie leaves, I'm headin' to the local 24 hour wifi hotspot, and I intend to play on the computer till I just can't STAND it anymore. I may not get home until the mornin' light. Mom-in-law once asked me, "What do you DO there for FIVE HOURS?"

I enjoy myself immensely. Between doin' all my research, emailin', YOUTUBIN', and just watchin' all the people who come and go--I have a BALL.

Next, I have a Church Christmas party, and we all know how crazy those can get, especially with a white elephant exchange.

Sunday I have church and the children's Christmas play. In between all that excitement--I have big plans to clean out the fridge, soak in a hot bath with a good book, and naps--LOTS of naps.

Whooo HOOO!!!!!!! I am a wild woman when I'm on my own!

I think the best thing about this job change, ironically, is the fact that we are no longer on a second shift--which we had been WANTIN' to be on. We had not realized just how much our lives as a family had changed over the years, and that havin' a day-oriented schedule was much better for us all. I honestly never thought I would MISS gettin' up at 3:45 in the mornin', but I did. Now I have time to have Bible readin', prayer and devotionals before gettin' my son up and tacklin' the day.

It makes a DIFFERENCE, folks, if ya begin your day with God, BELIEVE ME.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Prayers Answered!

December 7, 2012

Oh boy, talk about prayer bein' ANSWERED!

When I asked ya'll and others to pray for us to have wisdom--I had no idea what would happen. I just thought we would take time to think about this new job, look at the pros and cons, etc.

As it turned out, when we listed the pros and cons about the Redneck takin' this new job, they were about equal, so it looked as if it would simply be a lateral move to change jobs. But then, we got to ask a lot of questions of the man who has arranged the job and...

The cons sorta began to dissolve before our eyes.

As a result--the Redneck has resigned the job he had, and startin' Tuesday, he will begin his new job. It's gonna be a little hard at first, 'cause he will be away from home for a few weeks (but home at Christmas--YAY!), and then he should be back up here workin' at home.

Thanks to all of ya'll who took the time to pray for us. Please keep prayin' about a place to move to.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Request For Wisdom--So What Else Is New?

December 6, 2012

Again I find myself askin' for prayer from my readers. Another job offer has come up for the Redneck, and it could be wonderful or awful, dependin' on how things might work out.

(Hmm..sounds a lot like plain ol' LIFE to me...)

Okay--here is what we are askin' ya'll to pray about--

WISDOM.

That's it.

Plain old wisdom. Not PLEASE DEAR GOD LET HIM GET THIS JOB, or PLEASE DEAR GOD DON'T LET HIM TAKE THIS JOB.

Just wisdom.

James 1:5 says;

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

We are askin' of God for the wisdom to make a big decision about this job. If he takes it, it will be a big lifestyle change for our family (like you haven't heard THAT before). If he keeps it, things will stay the same for a time at least, until he finds the right job. No matter what--we want GOD'S BEST for our family, not just what we think would be good.

Something we have noticed the past few months--God keeps changin' things up in our lives at a fast pace--scary fast, in fact. Every time we think we have our breath--He changes things up again.

Honestly, I think He is just givin' us the chance to TRULY trust Him, by keepin' us off balance. I think this is a time of testin' that is gonna PRUNE and TAKE AWAY (see previous post)a lot more stuff we don't need .

Well, I got prayers. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Still Waitin'--Prunin'

December 4, 2012

Still no news about a place to move to, and, the sale of the land we live on may be canceled, so we may not have to move now anyway. I dunno what's goin' on--all I know is God is teachin' our family about waitin' on Him and trustin' in Him and His plans for us.

Last night I watched FACING THE GIANTS again, 'cause I had the feelin' that I was needin' to learn somethin'. If you have never seen this film by the Kendricks, who also made FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS--you should really check it out. They make excellent faith based movies.

As I watched it, I began to see a theme that has been goin' around in my head for a while now. In the song I WILL PRAISE YOU IN THE STORM, the singer speaks about praisin' the God Who gives--and takes away. Job speaks of how The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. In GIANTS, one of the sub plots is, Even if God doesn't give you what you want--WILL YOU LOVE HIM ANYWAY? Will you praise Him when you lose, just as you praise Him when you win?

See, this is an aspect of God that we as Christians just don't like to think about. Sure, we LOVE to talk about how good He is because He gives, and gives and gives and gives....

...and then He gives even more.

But what about the times He takes away?

Do we still believe He is good, lovin' and wonderful? Do we praise Him even when we feel He is not doin' what WE think is the best thing in any situation?

Well, DO WE?

I confess--He has been so good and givin' to me in my life, even at the WORST times if I am honest, that when He does decide it is time to refuse to give me what I want, or worse, TAKE AWAY somethin'--

--I sorta flip out at times.

I mean, I can't get my head wrapped around the fact that God would REFUSE me somethin'. And yet, John 15:1-2 says,

"I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful."

Sounds like takin' away to me.

While researchin' this idea, I came across a few posts that don't really agree with me on this. Instead, they say that the devil takes things away from us. I agree that is true, since Jesus says that satan comes to steal and destroy.

But read the above verse again. Notice that He says branches that bear fruit are PRUNED. Prunin' is a form of takin' away.

Have you ever seen a grapevine that has been pruned? It ain't pretty. In fact, you wonder if some nut with a chainsaw  has been let loose in the vineyard.

And yet, when you see the results the followin' season...

...it's amazin' how much GROWTH has taken place. How much more FRUIT has appeared on those branches.

I think that God does this to us as believers when it is needed. I think He see that we are bearin' fruit, and it may be really nice fruit. However, He wants us to bear the BIGGEST, SWEETEST, MOST ABUNDANT FRUIT possible. So...

He prunes.

And it hurts.

We HATE it.

We pitch hissy fits, cry, rage, and just pout.

And yet, after we are done bein' childish, and we actually LOOK at what is goin' on durin' all the mess, we see that growth is happenin' in us.

Now I got a question for ya.

Even if He doesn't give you what ya want, even if He takes AWAY--

Will you love Him anyway?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Just A Thought...

November 39, 2012

I was flippin' through a magazine the other day, and I came across an article titled, "HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT HOLIDAY DRESS"

And I laughed my head off.

First, most of ya'll know that I seldom wear ANY type of dresses--they really just don't fit in with my way of life. I do on occasion wear one if I just FEEL like it.

Second--I don't need some 'expert' tellin' me what to wear for a night out with my Redneck. If HE is happy with how I look--I'm good.

Third--I already HAVE the perfect holiday dress. It is a knee length black dress, with diamond lookin' gems around the waist. Got it brand spankin' new--never been worn, about 3 years ago...

FOR A DOLLAR.

Yup-I consider it one of my very best buys ever. It looks great, and the Redneck LOVES the way it looks on me.

And yet...

...I have NEVER worn it anywhere besides tryin' it on.

Why?

Because every time I have made plans to wear it out for a big night--

Somethin' goes wrong.

The first time, I had planned to wear it out to dinner on Christmas eve after we had dropped my son off at his dad's. I had the make up, the dress, stockin's, HIGH HEEL SHOES...the works.

Then, on the way back from droppin' Obie off, a blizzard hit.

A BLIZZARD.

We had reservations at a local hotel, so we hunkered down for the night, and the only way we could go out to eat was to carefully walk across a dangerously icy parkin' lot and around the corner to a DENNYS.

Now--I like to eat at DENNYS, and perhaps me dressin' to the nines would have been a nice treat for the folks who were eatin' there--after all, it would have still been a nice night out for us. However...

...me walkin' on those high heels across that parkin' lot would have almost guaranteed a trip to the ER with a broken ankle.

I forget what prevented me from wearin' it last year on New Year's Eve--but I do recall it was another bizarre event that occured.

Now, it is December again, and I am hopin' to wear that dress THIS year. However, with the search for a new place to live, all the holiday events we have to go to for church and family, plus the insane work schedule that the Redneck currently has--I ain't holdin' my breath.

Perhaps that magazine should write an article about HOW TO GET TO WEAR YOUR HOLIDAY DRESS...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett 




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cool Weather Is Here--Prayers Are Workin'

November 27, 2012

Autumn is really showin' it's colors here lately. There is a snap in the air each mornin', and leaves are everywhere on the ground, crunchin' under our feet.

The funniest thing to watch are our horses as they enjoy the cooler temperatures. Our stud has been jumpin' and leapin' and whirlin', runnin' from one end of his pasture to the other, and when we walk up to the fence, he takes off towards us at a full tilt boogie, and then throws his feet out in front to slide to a stop right in front of us. His ears are up and he practically VIBRATES, he is so happy in this weather. He wants to be petted, and he thrusts his big head over the fence, demandin' the obligatory nose scratch. The others are runnin' and jumpin' too, and when they finally calm down and rest, they lay on thier chests, snoozin' as their heads softly bob a little with each breath.

I want to say thank you to all of you who are prayin' for our need for a new place to live. Although we haven't found a place yet, it is obvious that our secondary prayer is really bein' answered, since the atmosphere in our little home is changin'. There is a calmer spirit in the air, and we are not as anxious as we had been. We continue to purge and pack (wait, I did this all last year--where did the NEW stuff come from?), and we check out every place that is suggested. We do have a place to go if all else fails, but it will only be temporary and it is a bit far for the Redneck to drive, so I hope we can
avoid that option. However, I am not too proud to take what the Lord provides if that is what we must do. There will plenty of room for our animals, and a house to stay in, but again it would only be temporary.  I keep thinkin' God will move us back to our mountain home, but as of right now we are not gettin' a 'go' for that option. He has other things for us to do here, so we are simply waitin' to hear His voice and follow His lead.

Oh--good news about the family I asked ya'll to pray for a ways back. You may recall that the mother is under attack for keepin' her children away from a sexually abusive father.

I got a call from the mother today, and there has FINALLY been a charge of sexual abuse brought against the man, and hopefully the DA will follow through and take this to trial, so that the father will not only be kept away from his own and other children, but also that the rest of the family can go on with their lives and begin to heal. please continue to pray for this family as this case develops.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Prayer Request

November 25, 2012

 
 
 

Hey Ya'll,
 
 
One of the things that I always wanna do in this blog is be REAL withh ya'll. While I will try never to whine or complain about a problem in my family's life--if I have a legitimate need, I WILL ask for prayer.
 
 
Right now--I have reached that point.
 
 
Recently, we learned that the land we live on is going to be sold, and we will have to move.  Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but or some reason--we can't FIND a place that meets our needs at a price we can swing. Our church has been lookin', and while there are several POSSIBILITIES--there have been no concrete results that we can definitely say, "Oh yeah--this is the solution."
 
 
As of right now--our house is packed, we are ready to 'jump', but no place to land.
 
 
So, instead of allowin' satan to make me nuts by worryin'--I decided to ask ya'll to pray for our need. I figure that I get ya'll on board, like I did for a few other folk's needs, and SOMETHIN' is gonna shake loose.
 
 
 
 
I know this is not life threatenin'--it's not earth shatterin'. However, it is a need that my family has, and I am humblin' my self enough to ask for your prayers.
 
 
Please pray that while, yes, we find the place we need to move to--more than that--that we have the FAITH to wait upon God, even if it gets down to the wire. Pray that we trust Him no matter what, and that He is glorified in whatever the outcome is.
 
 
The videos I have posted here are two of my favorite songs from CASTING CROWNS. In each, I am reminded that GOD IS IN CONTROL, and that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
 
 
Jeremiah 29:11 says;
 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
 
Now, with THAT as a promise from the Creator of the universe--how can I lose?
 
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



Friday, November 23, 2012

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!!!!!!

November 23, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgivin'. We had a great time at our friend's house. There was delicious food, my big brother was there, more cousins showed up later in the day, we watched the National Dog Show, whooped, hollered and cheered the football games, and I even got introduced to  new singer--Mark Shelton and The Greater Good. Hop over to www.reverbnation.com, and check out some of his music. I really liked OKLAHOMA BURNS, and um...well...his song, CREEPY is well...CREEEEEEEPY.

We got home around 10 pm, checked on and fed all the horses, and then we all went to bed. We would not be out today, but the Redneck got a call from a company that wants to hire him away from his current job. So, Obie and I are sittin' in a TACO BUENO, playin' on the net, while the Redneck goes to an interview and tries to decide if he wants to change jobs.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have filled the cd player with Christmaas music, and we been rockin' the house. 

I think that sometime this weekend, we will be buyin' THE EXPENDABLES 2 on Blu-ray. We loved it in the theatre--Stuff blew up REAL GOOD, and come on--Stallone, Jet Li, AHHHNOLD, and Bruce Willis--how can you go wrong?

Yeah--I like action movies, so sue me if I am not totally girly. <grin>

Oh, real quick--hop over to youtube.com and check out A Moment With Rachel. She is a young Christian mom, divorced, and she does the CUTEST videos on frugality, dumpster divin', craftin' and cookin'. I tried her pizza in a cast iron skillet--it's great. She also has a blog--you will find the link to the right of my blog page.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ONE Day To Thanksgivin'!

November 21, 2012

Only a measly 12 plus hours to leave for our friend's house and THANKSGIVIN'! All I have left to do is make certain all the clothes are laid out, everyone is bathed, and no dishes are left in the sink. The Redneck will get home, we snooze a short time, and then get up, pour some coffee down his throat, feed all the critters, and hop in the truck to tootle up to the border.

Today's post is simply to wish all of ya'll a HAPPY THANKSGIVIN', and to say that we hope and pray that you have a wonderful day. If any of ya'll are travelin' like us--please be careful on the roads.

Take the time to reflect on the day and everything you have to be thankful for. Right now--I wanna express my thankfulness to everyone who takes the time to read my ramblin's. Ya'll keep me goin'.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TWO DAYS TO THANKSGIVIN'!--Odd Advice That Really WORKS

November 20, 2012

Yup--only TWO DAYS to Thanksgivin'. We have made all the arrrangements for feedin' animals, what to wear, and where to meet my big brother so we can all have a time of fellowship, football, and admit it--GREAT FOOD!

We even have 'fancy' new shirts to wear. I'm not sayin' my horses are spoiled--but the local tack shop had new tee shirts printed up with thier logos, and MY FAMILY got the first three! I figure with those, jeans and boots--we will be STYLIN', ya dig?

Our family loves to read BACKWOODSMAN MAGAZINE, "the magazine for the twenty first century frontiersman' (www.backwoodsmanmag.com). It is dedicated to self sufficiency, wood lore, and recallin' the old days (actually, a lot of the 'old days' were durin' my childhood).

This latest issue had an interestin' letter to the editor. A gentleman from Missouri wrote in that he had been advised by a doctor that if he was stung by an insect, he should simply tape a penny to the spot for 15 minutes, and it would provide relief.

I got a chance to test that claim this mornin'. I was wormin' my horses, and there were some small bees that kept buzzin' around, annoyin' both me and the animals. Suddenly, I felt the tell-tale pain and burnin' that comes with a sting. I scraped the stinger out and went on with what I was doin, but the pain was gettin' pretty bad, and the spot was startin' to swell a bit. I'm not allergic, but it was uncomfortable to beat the band.

I grabbed a penny from the jar, and with the Redneck's help, I got the coin taped over the spot.

I felt almost instant relief, and after a time, I removed the coin to reveal only the tiniest red dot, as if I had been pricked by a pin. No pain, no swellin'.

You can bet we have added pennies and tape to our emergancy kits! Hope that helps ya'll.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Tunes

November 19, 2012

Goodness--how the year is progressin'! It's 3 days to Thanksgivin'. Seems like all I can think about is the yummy meal we will be enjoyin' with our friends and my brother, along with the fellowship and football game fun.

I haven't really done a lot of decoratin' for Christmas in many years, due to either our livin' in smaller homes, our schedules--but mostly due to our wantin' to reserve our own home as a retreat from the chaos of the holidays. I do have a one piece ceramic nativity that I set out on a shelf or table, and maybe a wreath on the door. But that is pretty much it. We would rather go where there is a plethora of Christmas decorations for our viewin', walk around to ooh and ahh (okay, we really DON'T oooh and ahh...it ain't our thing), window shop and dream a bit, perhaps splurge on a dinner out, then come home and be thankful for what we have...and often for what we DON'T have--like huge credit card bills after the holidays.

And yet...

...I LOVE the MUSIC of Christmas.

Seriously--on this Friday, I will be crankin' up the stereo, poppin' 6 cds into the player, and rockin' out to Christmas music. Bing Crosby's WHITE CHRISTMAS, Elvis Presley's BLUE CHRISTMAS,
Vince Vance and the Valiants ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, The Tractor's BIG NIGHT, and a lot more. I will clean and cook to all those wonderful tunes. I will be hummin' and beltin' out ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, SANTA LIKES TO ROCK IT, CHRISTMAS IN KILLARNEY, and of course--Bob River's LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM sung to the tune of the HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (don't look at me like that--it WORKS).

And no, I don't just listen to secular songs. I adore HANDEL'S MESSIAH--I mean, seriously--is there ANYBODY who hears that who doesn't just wanna jump up and praise God when they hear THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS?

Oh--if there is ANYWAY I can ever find a copy of Andy William's LITTLE ALTAR BOY on cd...I love the quiet hush of the song, that to me tells of a man wishin' that his life and faith was as simple as a child's.

Another favorite song of mine is GABRIEL'S MESSAGE, sung by Sting. You can almost FEEL the power of this heavenly bein', as he tells the Virgin Mary of the comin' Messiah.

And don't forget Luciano Pavoratti's AVE MARIA.

And...yes, I even like Madonna's SANTA BABY(Oh come ON--it's CUTE).

I have an old hymnal, and I love to open it when I'm by myself and just sing the many hymns that graced my childhood. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMAN, JOY TO THE WORLD, IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and all the others.

Hmmm....I may noe wait till friday--I think I'm gonna crank up the tunes TONIGHT.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, November 16, 2012

Redneck Better--THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, DVD Review


November 16, 2012

Happy to report that The Redneck is much improved in his feet--he actually walks like a human now.

I have just seen a wonderful movie, starrin' seven of my favorite British actors, includin' Dame Judi Dench and Bill Nighy.

In THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL FOR THE ELDERLY AND BEAUTIFUL, seven aged Britons travel to India to reside in what, accordin' to the brochures SEEMS to be a luxury hotel.

Alas, it is not as divine as they would like. However, as they continue their stay, the hotel, staff and the country itself begins to charm them all in different ways.

This is not a family oriented film, as it deals with several subjects that would be considered 'dodgy'. And yet, it is a wonderfully told tale, involvin' many aspects of aging and the way that some folks deal with it.

Dame Judi and Bill Nighy are particularly delightful in their characters. Nighy plays a man who has never been able to find the right END of the hammer, let alone know how to USE it, and Dame Judi is remarkable as a woman whose husband of 40 years has recently passed on, leavin' her to deal with the fact that he had run up a massive mount of debt.

An added bonus is young Dev Patel, of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, as the hotel's manager. He is so funny, both with his line delivery and his physical presence.

And if you liked Maggie Smith of the HARRY POTER films--you will ADORE her character in this movie.

Altogether, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD is a feast for the eyes, and a boost to the spirit.

I give it a five ratin' for the cast alone, and the cinematography is lush with the colors of India.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett
 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Redneck Had An Ouchie

November 8, 2012

Once again I have been remiss in my postin'--but I have a good reason. I have been nursin' the Redneck through an injury to his foot.

Don't fret--it's just a case of the fascia gettin' too tight and givin' him a lot of pain--sorta like tendonitis of the foot. Trust me, my husband is no wimp--so when he actually CRIES--he is in P-A-I-N.

Happy to say he is doin' better after a trip to the chiropractor, some essntial oil therapy and a LOT of deep tissue work--he hollered a lot, but he put up with the agony, 'cause he knows it WORKS.

While I've been workin' on ways to help my Beloved, I have had some time to do more research on different subjects--especially my favorite, Frugality. I've been rereadin' THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE and THE ULTIMATE CHEAPSKATE BOOKS. I try to read them about once a year or so, because I am always amazed at the things that I have read before, but they just didn't GRAB me at the time. Like a great paintin' or a classic movie--everytime you look at it you find somethin' new.

Well, I got chores. Later Ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We Made It Through October--Dwellin' On Thankfulness

November 1, 2012

Whew! We m ade it through October, our family's busiest month, with little fuss and no injuries. I dunno why our family has more commitments and ministry work durin' this month than the others, it just happens that way. We love it while we are whirl windin' around--but then we are soo thankful when midnight hits and it's November.

Of course, this begins the 'official' holiday season. We could be just as nuts now as the previous month, but we choose to opt out of most of the craziness, and keep things as simple as possible.

This month, we have two Thanksgivin' dinners to attend. One is at our little cowboy church, where the church will provide the turkey and ham--and the rest of the meal will be provided as a potluck by the members. I'm plannin' on tryin' a sausage stuffin' recipe I found in MARY JANE'S FARM Magazine this month. I'll do a dessert or two also, and maybe a veggie dish. There will be plenty of food, and the preparation and cleanup will be much less trouble, as it will be divided among many folks.

The next meal will be in a friend's home out of state, and my brother is comin' too! The only thing we will be required to bring is ourselves and anything we wish to drink that might be different from what is bein' served. I won't be cookin' anything for this meal.

Now...before you think I am bein' a mooch at this meal, let me assure you that this is how my freind WANTS it. She loves to cook this meal, and she wants a lot of folks to share it. I will be bringin' some goodies to give out, and I will be ready to hop in and clean up after. We get to visit with dear folks we don't get to see a lot of, and we catch up on all the stuff that will be goin' on throughout the year that we can participate in and contribute to at their church.

I always find myself dwellin' on bein' thankful around this time of year (duh). I love to count all the blessin's that God has given our family, and how He has taken care of all our needs, and even a lot of our wants.

I don't have tv, so I am just now learnin' about the storms on the East coast and the devastation they have caused. I wanna remind all of ya'll out there that one of the reasons we are so blessed as Christians is so that we can in turn bless others who have needs.

I'm lookin' for ways that I can contribute to the charites that are linin' up to aid the folks who are without power and many other necessities right now. Please take the time to pray and give to charities that are workin' to assist the many people affected by this storm. Give blood, donate money or goods--anything that will help.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SUPER SIZE ME--NOT!!!!!!!!! DVD Review

October 30, 2012

I watched SUPER SIZE ME last night, and I was so freaked out that I had to pause the dvd, tell my son to put on his tennies, clip a leash onto one of the dogs, and go for a two mile walk. After we got back home I watched the rest of the film, and once again confirmed that I was right in not eatin' out so often. Not just from a sense of thrift, but a sense of survival.

SUPER SIZE ME is a documentary by a man named Morgan Spurlock. He was curious about how a diet of just McDonald's foods for 30 days would affect him.

The results were, to say the least, disturbin'.

It is a well made documentary, which not only takes a harsh eye at Mickey D--it looks into other aspects of the food industry as well, along with a really spooky look at what many public schools are doin' for your kid's lunches. The greatest shock was what one school for 'difficult' kids was doin'--and you will be amazed at the results they are gettin'.

The dvd has some extra scenes and interviews--check out THE SMOKING FRY.

I applaud Morgan Spurlock on his bravery, if not his brains, in doin' this little experiment.

Our family hardly ever eats out at McDonalds as it is--I don't like many of their business practices I read about years ago. But I also realize that there are times that I may not be able to avoid them--it's like how I try to avoid shoppin' at Wal-Mart--sometimes there are no alternatives. But I work very hard to make sure I HAVE alternatives.

Seriously--take a look at this film. Mr. Spurlock has several other works out, and I will be checkin' to see what else he has to say.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett





 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gettin' Resettled--Hay Ride Prep--And A Spooky Noise...

October 26, 2012

Still gettin' stuff put away after our mission trip--thakn goodness I cleaned the house before we left--I dunno HOW I would have dealt with a cluttered house AND all the stuff that has to be put away since we got home. Basically, it's just washin' any pots that were used, and doin' a lot of laundry, then I have to repack everything for next year. I have set a new goal--200 Bibles to 200 bikers. I'm not just interested in numbers, either--I wanna actually TALK with these folks, and let them know that God is a lot more than an old dude in a white robe waaaay up in the sky, by and bye, ya dig?

We have a chili cookoff and a hay ride tomorrow night at our church, and I'm lookin' forward to that. I'm plannin' a chocolate cake and some red chile pork stew for my contribution.

Okay--I just scared myself half to death.

I'm sittin' here typin' at mom-in-law's computer, and I suddenly hear a strange noise, but can't tell what it is or where it's comin' from. It's sort of a click and hiss, and it's kinda creepy. At first, I ignore it, thinkin' I'm just hearin' things.

Then I hear it again, and it's over my head...

Now I'm a tad weirded out. What IS that thing?

I slowly look up at the top of the desk I'm sittin' at, and I see...

An automatic AIR FRESHENER.

That's when I catch the scent it's spewin' out.

Yeesh.

Why are you laughin'? (GRIN)

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, October 22, 2012

Back From Mission Trip--100 Bibles to 100 BIKERS!!!!!

October 22, 2012

WOW--WHAT A WEEKEND!

Sorry I hadn't posted for a bit--was really busy gettin' ready for a mission trip to the Robber's Cave Fall Festival in Oklahoma. Each year, Our little Cowboy church puts up a big canvasa tent, builds a campfire, and gives out coffee, free Cowboy New Testaments, teaches kids to rope, has ropin' contests for them, and then the Preacher gives the Sunday service at the festival.

My family goes along to help, and I have my own small ministry to the many vendors who come. I take coffee and other goodies to them, since they can't always get away from their booths while they are workin' the festival. After I'm done doin' that, I walk around and visit with folks, and on Saturday I 'stalk' the many Bikers who come each year. This year I made my goal of handin' out 100 Bibles to 100 Bikers. i confess I was sweatin' the last two--I was wanderin' around near the end of the day, whisperin',"Here, Biker, Biker!" But I found 'em!

We stayed at the campgrounds all weekend, and it was great. We got to see many of our church family after a few months of bein' gone, and of course, in a festival like this it's like a family reunion when you run into vendors you haven't seen in a year. Oh--and the MUSIC! Rock, blues, country and Gospel bands rocked out each day. I was dancin' and boogyin' down as I did my rounds.

We are already plannin' next year's truip, and I am thrilled to say that a lady has donated a 40 cup coffee maker and several thermal carafes for my little ministry for next year.

I do ask for prayer that the seeds I planted this last weekend will sprout and grow into a relationship with Jesus for the many folks that I spoke with. There are so many stories I could tell about the Bikers as I met and talked with, but one really stands out.

I walked up to one biker, and he said I had already given him a Bible. I had forgotten (but seriously--after about 4 hours of doin' this--with the leather, vests boots, and Harley T-shirts--they all start lookin' alike), and he said "It's cool. But back at our booth (he was with Bikers Against Child Abuse) there are two guys who saw my Bible, and they asked where I got it. I told them that a nice lady had given it to me, and if they had been with the COOL KIDS, they would have gotten one too!"

I laughed, and went to the booth, where I proceeded to ask who the guys were who hadn't been with the cool kids and missed out on gettin' a Bible.

Two of the biggest, guys I've ever seen raised their hands. One guy was bald with a beard, no shirt, and his arms were COVERED in tattoos of skulls with eyeballs. He was thrilled to get the Bible I handed him.

Come ON, folks--ya gotta LOOK to see the need in people, and if you get turned off by a few tats and weird hair--you're gonna miss it.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
.© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Trail Ride For St. Jude's--Homemade Root Beer


October 10, 2012

We had a busy weekend—our cowboy church hosted a trail ride and auction to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Even though it was cold, we had a great time, and we pretty much met our goal. I’ll find out for sure tonight at church.

Friday, Brian and I went to the campgrounds (Obie chose to visit his dad instead of campin’ in cold weather—imagine that), got all set up, and got my horse, Fancypants, settled in. Brian rode her for the trial ride, ‘cause I had a lot to do for the rest of the event.

We had hamburgers, venison chili, hotdogs, and s’mores for supper that night, and it was a great time of fellowship with our church. Afterwards, we sat around the campfire and sang all kinds of songs while Preach and his wife played their guitars. Around 10 we all called it a day and went to bed. We were pretty cozy in our little tent down the hill from everyone else, and we slept good. 

The next mornin’, Brian went in search of coffee while I got to sleep in a bit longer. Unfortunately, Fancy kept playin’ snooze alarm, and every few minutes she would whinny outside the tent. I gave up, got dressed, and went in search of breakfast.

After breakfast, we started saddlin’ Fancy. She cooperated—right up until somethin’ startled her. I was holdin’ her head while she was bein’ saddled, when suddenly, she jerked her head up, then brought it back down hard…

…on my left temple.

I didn’t see stars, exactly, but I felt like my head exploded. I still held onto her, and she was lookin’ at me as if to say, “Oooops….” Brian took her halter, and I sorta wandered over to the picnic table and sank down on the bench. I kept wantin’ to cry. I knew that wouldn’t make me feel any better, plus I knew it would worry the Redneck. So I kept quiet, but I gotta tell ya—it was hard to be a ‘big girl’ right then!

After a few minutes, I stood up and took hold of Fancy again, tellin’ her it was okay, I wasn’t mad at her. She just rested her chin on my shoulder and made her little chuckin’ sounds, like she was apologizin’. We finished the saddlin’ and went up to the registration area.

We had about 35 riders, which was good for the weather like it was. They took off for a 3 hour ride, and the rest of us finished settin’ up for lunch and the auction.

Lunch was great—smoked brisket and all the trimmin’s. Afterwards, we set up and had the auction. I got a framed and signed Dave Merrick print—for $10! While there were some great bargains—a lot of things went for really high bids. There were even a few biddin’ wars that were hilarious to watch. We had a silent auction, too, and I won two of those—one by waitin’ till the last minute…and biddin’ ONE PENNY over the last bid!

We even raffled off a brand new saddle. I think we raised almost $1,000 just in those ticket sales alone.

We made it home by about 6 p.m., after the campfires were put out and any trash hauled away. We put Fancy in the pasture, and after bathin’ and havin’ a really simple supper—we passed smooth out about 8.

So—how do ya top a weekend like that?

Simple—you learn how to make homemade ROOTBEER!

A while back, I found a recipe in an old Mormon homemakin’ manual, and I finally bought the ingredients and made my very first batch Monday evenin’. After it chilled, I tried it—and I am hooked. I have included the recipe here.

Twenty Four Hour Root Beer

1 tsp dry yeast
2 ½ cups sugar
3 Tblsp Root Beer Extract

Combine in gallon jar. Fill with water, tighten lid. Let stand at room temperature for 12 hours—then chill for 12 more. Serve immediately.

Pretty simple, huh? I used a gallon water jug, and just used well water from our sink. If you figure out your cost for the basic ingredients—a gallon is cheap to make, and you can control the sugar content too. It doesn’t foam up like a commercial root beer, but it has a nice taste.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ta DA!!!!! My First Book Trailer!--John L. Hoh, Where Are You?




October 4, 2012



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I DID IT!!!! I DID IT!!!!!!!!

I have FINALLY gotten my book trailer to load on my blog!!!!!!!

I am so new to a lot of this stuff--I began to wonder if I would ever get this done.

I hope ya'll like it--let me know if you have any trouble with viewin' it.

Oh--and John L. Hoh--please message me your email address--I need to send you a review copy!!!!!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I FOUND DONNA MCKENNA!


October 2, 2012

Who is Donna McKenna, you ask? Well, let me enlighten you as to this lady’s identity.

About 18 years ago, I found an ad for a cookbook entitled The $30 Dollar A Week Grocery Budget, By Donna McKenna. It was $5 to order a copy, so I dropped my money into the mail, and a few weeks later I received a little yellow cookbook.

It was obviously homemade and run off at a printer’s, then stapled together by hand. It only had 59 pages, filled with recipes and tips on how to cut your grocery bill. There is also a short introduction and a “How To Use This Book” section.

It’s a simple little book—no pretentions of bein’ a great culinary work. It was only intended to help homemakers save on their food budgets while makin’ good meals for their families.

I have used the HECK outta that book. I refer to it for various well-loved recipes, such as pancakes from scratch, and I will NEVER forget that Donna’s little book finally helped me understand what a white sauce is and how to make it.

My copy is stained, fallin’ apart, and taped up. I have used just about every bit of advice it gives, and I have adapted many of the recipes and hints for our family’s tastes and location.

When we lived in the mountains, before the Redneck was able to join us—I used the book to help me feed my son and myself, plus stock up on extra goods as I went along. As a result, I had a well-stocked pantry so that when I couldn’t get to town (like when the snow storms would hit and we were basically trapped in our cabin for a few days), we never had to worry if we had enough to eat until the next trip into town. I still use their books as a resource in my kitchen.

One day, when I was cookin’, I decided that I would write Donna a letter to thank her for her little budget book. I wrote to the address on the back cover, but my letter was returned a few days later, sayin’ that the address was no longer valid.

Well, I decided to GOOGLE her yesterday, and I found her! She now has a website and a blog—and she is sellin’ her books, too! They are updated, and I know I will be sendin’ my money in again soon.

You can now find a link to her site in my LINKS section. I wrote her an email sayin’ how much I appreciate her book—I hope I hear back from her. I also hope she likes the long overdue praise I sent her way.

If you come across a copy of the book—either the new updated one or an older copy--grab it. You will get a lot of good ideas and recipes on how to stretch your grocery dollars.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Weekend--2 Book Reviews--I Sell More Books!


October 1, 2012

Remember how I had a pretty lousy day Friday?

Well, the rest of the weekend more than made up for it!

Friday night was a tad rocky at first, however, due to my brilliant idea to bathe one of the wolves. You see, each of my ‘wooblets’, as we call them, gets a turn at bein’ house wolf (or in THEIR viewpoint—lapdogs) for a month. Normally I just switch them out with no problem. However, Angel has been in a ‘roll in whatever smells funky’ mood for a couple of weeks, and with my schedule I haven’t really had much time to keep the little stench monster out of trouble.

Sooooooo….

When it came time for her turn in the house Friday night—I had to bathe her.

By myself.

Oh yeah. Fun times.

You see, Angel weighs in at about 90-100 pounds, and while she will joyfully leap into a water trough, mud puddle or pond…

She becomes positively PHOBIC when brought anywhere near a bathtub.

Yeah. You get the picture.

I got her clean and dry, and then I had to clean the bathroom and myself. Actually, I had to soak in the now clean tub after takin’ asprin, ‘cause my muscles were in shock from holdin’ that big furball in the tub while I washed her. But it was worth it, ‘cause now she is all clean and her fur is nice and soft. I don’t think HEAD & SHOULDERS shampoo had washin’ wolves in mind when they created their product (seriously—can you picture the ad campaign?), but it works better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Saturday mornin’, I decided to make waffles for breakfast. Afterwards we did all the mornin’ chores, and then we got to go to the print shop and have five more copies of the book printed up. I met the owner of the shop, and we discussed a few changes to how the book is bound, and possible ideas for promotional materials.

Afterwards, we got to go to one of our favorite places—the library! We got a few movies, and while the Redneck browsed the graphic novels, Obie and I went in search of cookbooks and other how to tomes. I found a great book on World War II cookin’, called GRANDMA’S WARTIME KITCHEN: World War II and the way we cooked, By Joanne Lamb Hayes. Not only are there good recipes, there are all kinds of trivia about that period in American kitchen history. With tidbits such as “Uncle Sam’s Food Rules”, and “the Daily Seven”, you get a sense of just how much the guidelines for nutrition have changed since then, and also you begin to truly appreciate just how difficult it was for homemakers to put decent meals on the table in such a time of scarcity. We modern “Home Front Warriors” can take inspiration from the women who not only had to run households durin’ a time of war—but who also in many cases had to step up to the challenge of fillin’ in at factory jobs while the men were away in battle.

We also came across a little jewel about ice cream—jeni’s SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME, By Jeni Britton Bauer. Jeni gives you a wonderful recipe that can be used as the basis for all kinds of ice cream concoctions, includin’ Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk, Backyard Mint, and The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream In The World. She also talks about the science of makin’ frozen treats—and you can UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE SAYS. That alone makes the book a treasure. I think I’ll be lookin’ for a good electric ice cream maker for my Wall Of Wonders…

Sunday mornin’ just capped off the whole weekend. We got to church, and after a wonderful time greetin’ all our church family, I picked up the bulletin to check on what was goin’ on, prayer requests, etc.

What a surprise and a joy to see a little bitty paragraph in the bulletin mentionin’ MY BOOK! I was further touched when the one of the elders who had purchased my book the week before stood up to give the announcements. He held up his copy of Lessons & Blessin’s, and said that he felt it was a wonderful book, and a testimony of life in Christ. He mentioned Shawn, my illustrator, and praised his artwork also, and said that he knew that God would bless us through our work. I had to swallow a bit, and then I did what Preach up in Oklahoma said we should—I said, “I accept the compliment, and in turn I’m givin’ it to God.”

After church—I sold out of all five copies, and I have a pre-pay order for another one.

IS THAT COOL OR WHAT?!?!?!

Seriously, while the book stuff at church was wonderful—it was the rest of the day that really stands out in my mind. We went and had lunch at TACO BELL, picked up a few things we had to have, and then we all came home and just relaxed all afternoon. After evenin’ chores I made a simple supper, and we again just chilled out until bedtime.

Today is a round of errands and getting’ geared up for the rest of the week, and things are lookin’ pretty well put together—so far…

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, September 28, 2012

One Of Those Days...

September 28, 2012

It's been one of those days...

The Redneck has been workin' 12 hour days lately, so he gets in around 3 a.m. I've been tryin' to go to bed early to be rested up when he gets home, but last night I just couldn't REST. So when my alarm went off at 2:30, I woke up, freshened up, and began to read until he came in.

I was sound asleep when he came in.

Plus I had a hard time listenin' to him when I woke up. We turned out the light and I crashed again.

So today I have been runnin' on little sleep, and we had a boatload of errands to do--includin' gettin' more copies of my book printed out.

Add in haulin' 50 pound bags of feed and tossin' hay bales, it's the day I clean mom-in-law's house, plus I have to clean my own home--along with havin' my son decide that today would be a GREAT day to pitch a hissy fit due to his not gettin' his way--and I sincerely began to dream of life in a cardboard box on a quiet street in a big city--AAALLLLL ALONE.

But guess what?

God is still good, and I have a great life, even with all the speed bumps I tend to hit from time to time.

So to put this day back into perspective...

I'm about done with mom-in-law's house--waitin' on the sheets to dry so I can remake the beds. I'm gonna go home and clean my place, which thankfully only needs dustin', sweepin' and moppin'. My son has calmed down--especially after bein' grounded for a week (he knew he had pushed the limit when that happened). All my animals have food stocked for the week, I pick up the copies of my book tomorrow, supper is gonna be simple, and I have a date with a hot bath and a good book. Then I'm enjoyin' a cup of herbal tea and I'm hittin' the sheets early. After spendin' time with my Father in His Word and in prayer--it's "night momma".

See? It all balanced out.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Typo Takedown


September 27, 2012

God took me down a peg or ten last night, and I admit—I needed to be taken down.
Ya see, I was so high on my book bein’ done, getting’ it printed and sellin’ a few that I got a little cocky.

Yeah, I know. Me? Cocky?

It seems that I had been feelin’ a tad superior to another local author (wow—that still wigs me out. Me—an author…) who had written several books and who also self-published his work.

I had approached this author about possibly havin’ him print out my book when it was finished. He quoted me a price that was, in my financial situation…

Ridiculous.

And that was just to PROOFREAD it. To actually print it out would have been more.

Well, I had read several of his books, and I knew that the proofreadin’ was bad in a few of them, especially the early ones.

So I declined.

And then I got a little self-righteous (I know—it shocks me too) about how *I* was a much better proofreader than he was, and how MY book had been checked over and over, and how *I* wasn’t gonna have all those glarin’ typos like SOME folks.

Seriously—GHANDI would have slapped me.

After my successful debut this last weekend, I was ridin’ high. Almost broke my arm tryin’ to pat myself on the back.

And then last night, while I had some down time, I decided to read the last copy of the first five I had printed. This copy I had in a document protector so I could use it as a sample of the book until I had more printed up. I thought I would just enjoy myself as I read.

Wrongo, Skippy!

Out of 77 pages, I found 37 of them had errors. Most of them were simple things, like not havin’ a space between paragraphs, or where the word processin’ program had decided to put a ‘g’ where I was tryin’ for a colloquial style.

But they were THERE.

37 PAGES of them.

Scripture has a lot to say about pride and self-righteousness. Proverbs 16:18 says;

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Even though pride isn’t mentioned in Matthew 7:4;

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

Let’s face it—self-righteousness and pride are really the same thing. In each case we have exalted ourselves over another.

Kinda makes ya think about another fella who once tried exhaltin’ himself over God.

Yeah….THAT worked.

So, with my ego emptied of hot air—I spent a few hours goin’ over the book and findin’ all the goofs. Then I opened the file on the laptop and carefully corrected them.

Then I decided to give corrected copies to the folks who had purchased the first ones. It’s gonna cost me little money—but it’s the right thing to do.

Soooo…..what have YOU been cocky about lately?

Well, I got chores. Later, ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett






Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FIrst Book Sales--Wow


September 25, 2012

Well, I am now a writer with a few (note the word FEW) sales under my belt. I took my five little copies into church Sunday mornin’, and took out a copy to show a friend. Before I could even open it up—she had bought it.

I took out another copy to show one of our elders, and before I could open it—HE bought it.

Again, I took out a copy to show and…

…you guessed it. It was sold.

I had sold three copies within 20 minutes of walkin’ in the doors.

I wasn’t even tryin’ to sell it, I was just wantin’ to SHOW the darn thing!

Other folks have ordered copies, so I will be goin’ back to the print shop this week to have more books put together. I have made a little money, and my work is out there in print. Oh—and the local library wants one! I’m gonna be featured as a local author!

Okay—NOW I am nervous.

I mean, I know my friends like my poetry and Shawn’s artwork—but most of them have never read my essays. I know that I have done the best I can on them, and I point out in my introduction that the essays are MY viewpoint, not deep spiritual truths.

This is gonna sound sooooo Jr High School, but…

What if they don’t LIKE my book?

Yeah, I’m pitiful.

Extremely CUTE--but pitiful...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Saturday, September 22, 2012

The First 5 Copies Are Printed!


September 22, 2012

I just had 5 copies of my book printed and bound at a local copy shop. The girl who helped me get it done was very sweet and cheerful. I think I'll write a letter of thanks to her boss, complimentin' her.

Okay, I know you're thinkin', why is she all wigged out over just 5 copies of the book? Why didn't she have more than that made? What's the big deal over so few books?

George Washington Carver once said;

"Do the best you can with what you have--RIGHT NOW."

So, what I had--RIGHT NOW, was a certain amount of money to get a certain number of books printed and bound. When I take them to church tomorrow, I will sell them at the potluck afterward, and if folks can see a real, printed book, they will be more willin' to pre-pay for a copy of their own. I will have a sheet there for them to order and pre-pay for a copy. The money made will then be used to print off not only their copies, but also extra ones, for more sales later. I'll just keep sowin' that money back into the books until I have raised enough to move to the next phase of publishin'.

Hopefully, by then, I will have either found a publisher who can make my book to industry standards, or I can just work out a better format with my current printer. Either way, my work will get out there to be read, and perhaps touch some hearts for Jesus.

The funny thing was, while I was tryin' to find a way to get my work printed, I kinda sorta maybe just a LITTLE bit got mad at God for how long it was takin' to get some things done.

I was fumin' at how I was havin' to wait for MY needs to be met, and how frustrated I was gettin', and I popped off,

"Lord--I got JUST ONE NERVE LEFT and You are workin on it!"

Without hesitation, I heard a quiet, "Oh good, when it's gone, then I can start to work on YOU."

OUCH.....

That hit home...HARD.

So I decided I would just sit there and lookk pretty, and let God work out the details, instead of me tryin' to make it all happen myself.

As a result--things worked out even BETTER than I could have imagined.

Of course--they always do when I get out of the way....

Well, I got chores. Later, ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett





Thursday, September 20, 2012

FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 20, 2012

THE BOOK IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, folks—I have FINALLY finished LESSONS & BLESSIN’S—a book of cowboy poetry and essays on life. I put the finishin’ touches on it, checked it yet AGAIN for spellin’ errors, then closed the file and walked away from it.

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!

Now, begins the quest of how to get it printed and put together, linin’ up craft shows and other events to set up booth to sell it, findin’ online sources to market it, and figurin’ out how to do a PAY PAL whatsit on my blog so if folk wanna buy it here, they can.

I’m also emailin’ a PDF to some folks to be reviewed, and I think that is the most nerve rackin’. I mean, I’m sendin’ it to writers whose opinions I really respect.
After the printin’ and puttin’ together—I have a book signin’ at my friend’s book store—and well…aw heck—WHY did I write this again?

Oh yeah—I felt I needed to share my love of God with folks who might not read typical Christian books.

Of course, after I finally closed the file, took out the flash drive and shut down the laptop—there was a surprise waitin’ for me.

I turned and stretched, looked around at my little cowboy cottage…

…and wondered what the heck had happened.

My house wasn’t a wreck. It wasn’t cluttered. It was clean. It just wasn’t like it should be—it wasn’t RIGHT.

So I went to work.

I put away the things that hadn’t quite made it ‘home’. You know—books stacked on the shelf but not placed in the correct subject. A pile of clean clothes on top of a dresser but not in the right drawers Kitchen clean but a few appliances still needin’ wiped down.

After I took care of that, I set to work preparin’ a good meal for lunch today. Since the Redneck’s work schedule doesn’t allow us to have supper together as a family, and breakfast can be a bit haphazard at times—I try to ensure that we have a nice lunch. Even that had been a little crazy lately, due to all the errands we’ve had to run.
So I took out a nice pork roast, popped it in the crockpot with a little STUBBS Bar-B-Q Sauce (This stuff is soooo good. Go to STUBBSBBQ.COM for more info.), and set it to cook on low and slow all night. Today I made mashed taters, sautéed fresh green beans in butter with a few chopped onions, and served it with big glasses of sweet iced tea for the guys and lime water for moi.

Now THAT was good. This weekend I’m bakin’ for grub Sunday at church, and I’ll be makin’ a few extra goodies for the family for later in the week.

I asked the Redneck why he hadn’t said anything about the house not bein’ up to its usual status. He replied that he knew it wouldn’t be like that for too long, and that I would get it all fixed when I was done with the book. He wanted me to have the freedom to get it done without worryin’ about anything else.

{{SIGH}}

Ya just gotta love a man like that, don’t ya?

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett





Sunday, September 16, 2012

God Is Good--I Hack Off A Hare Krishna

September 16, 2012

Well, I have to say that God has been so good to my friend the past few weeks, not just because He is good, but due also to ya'll's prayers.

Turns out--THERE NEVER WAS A WARRANT. We have confirmation that not only the police officer in the case but also the prosecutor LIED in an attempt to intimidate my friend into giving her sons up and surrendering to jail.

Well, lemme tell ya'll--the CITY prosecutor--the BOSS of the guy who lied--AIN'T HAPPY. Since my friend has spent about the last 3 weeks livin' on edge and bein' concerned that hher sons would be in danger. The ones who lied have put the city in the position of possibly facin' one heck of a lawsuit.

Yes there are still al lot of obstacles to face in this situation, and your prayers are still coveted. For now, however--she has a bit of breathin' space.

Okay--on to my adventure with the Hare Krishnas....

I was at an event yesterday, and as I walked up and down the aisles, lookin' at the good for sale from different craft vendors, I chanced upon a booth for the Krishnas,

A tall thin young Indian man approached me and tried to tell me about the benefits of meditation. I replied that I already meditated, did yoga, etc.

He proceeded to try and sell me books about his religion, showin' me all kinds of pictures of Vishnu and other gods.

I told him that I was a Christian, and was not interested.

He began to tell me that it didn't matter what my faith was, that these books would make me a better person--a better CHRISTIAN, if I read them with an open mind.

I quietly replied that I already had a book that did that.

"What book is it?" he asked.

"The Bible."

Oh yeah--I was REAL popular.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayer Update--Book News--Some More Blog Changes


September 13, 2012

Well, I heard from my friend, and it seems that there may never have even BEEN a warrant for her arrest. There is a good possibility that the officer LIED to her in order to intimidate her. We are still keeping prayes goin' however, since we don't have confirmation on it yet.

As far as the book....

I went to open the file for my book this week, since I had taken a few weeks off from workin' on it in order to give my self some breathin' room.

I opened the file, and waited for the manuscript appear.

There was nothin'.

Not a blip.

WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!

WHERE IS MY FILE!?!?!?!?

Somehow, someway, I had lost my book file. I searched all through my laptop, every flash drive I have--NOTHIN'.

I almost panicked. All that work GONE!!!!!!

Then I realized, my illustrator's mom had printed out all the pages a few months ago, and I had them in a file in my desk!

YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

So now I have begun the process of retypin' all the text into a new file, and now I have been able to add the pictures--and they are workin' out.

An added bonus--as I am retypin', I am rewritin' also. I am seein' the work with fresh eyes, ans I am editin' a lot of the essays, makin' them clearer and tighter in context.

I hope to have all of it finished so I can print out the first copy this next week. If that's a go--I'll get some copies ready for sale soon.

You may notice that I have music back on my blog. A great website called www.GROOVESHARK.COM is now supplyin' my tunes. I had some trouble embeddin' the playlist to my blog, but a simple email request for help, and followin' the even simpler directions got me goin'. I hope you check them out.

I also have some new members--one in particular, John L. Hoh, is an old buddy from my days on FACEBOOK. He has his own blog, http://airlineswld.blogspot.com/. He is an excellent write. You can look back to last year's posts and see a few reviews I did of some of his work. I hope to persuade him to let me review some more. Oh--and you HAVE to check out his chuildren's book AN ANGEL NAMED CAROL. It's a wonderful Christmas book.

Well, I got chores. Later Ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Still Awaitin News--Update On Horse Trailer Theft

September 12, 2012

I haveven't heard much about the hearing that my friend had to go to today, other than it went well, and apparently the judge told the ex husband's lawyer to "stop, stop, just stop--I am WARNING you now!" Other than that, I hafta wait to find out what was decided.

Until then I wanted to update you on another post from several weeks back.

I wrote that our horse trailer was stolen one night before Brian got home from work. It was mysteriously returned, with a new tire, the next day, and we had no idea what had really happened...

Until now.

We still don't know WHO did it, but we have learned through the local 'grapevine', why the trailer was taken in the first place.

It seems that a man was, well, let's just say he shouldn't have been operatin' any tupe of vehicle in his condition that night.

He was ridin' a motorcycle down our road and for some reason thought that where our trailer was parked was a road, and so he turned onto it. He realised his mistake, but not soon enough to prevent his spillin' his bike onto the ground.

Thank God he wasn't injured or worse. However, he was MAD. He felt that his wipin' out was the fault of whoever owned the trailer--not his bein' drunk. So in the logic of a drunkard, he...

got back on his motorcycle--drunk.

drove back home--drunk.

got his truck--drunk.

drove back to our house--drunk.

hooked up our trailer--drunk.

drove it to his house--drunk.

When he awoke the next mornin'--he was sober enough to realize what he had done. After seein' the blown out tire--he apparently freaked out, thinkin' HE had caused the damage. So he got a new tire on the trailer, brought it back and parked it.

Ya gotta admit--it is funny.

We are tryin' to get the word back down the grapevine that we weren't angry about the trailer, and that we forgive the man who took it.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett


Monday, September 10, 2012

Another Update

September 10, 2012

Well, still good news for my friend. That warrant has still not been processed, the boys are still safe, and she will be receiving a hearing tomorrow morning in front of a judge. Hopefully, that will get this mess cleared up, and she can go back to living her life. So please pray for the hearing in the morning.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

While We Are Waitin'--Catchin' Up On Blessin's


September 4, 2012

I guess while we are all waitin' for more news about my friend and her situation, I can catch ya'll up on the many blessin's God has heaped upon my family lately.

First, A few weeks ago, we were at a rodeo where our church had a sales booth, and I noticed a Bible cover that I fell madly in love with. It was turquoise blue leather, with a cross made from silver belt buckles. It zipped up and had a cute little handle.

I showed it to my Redneck, and his comment was, "You always pick the GAUDIEST lookin' things!"

I had to laugh, because he's right--I LOVE bright colors and silver anything. I knew we couldn't afford it at the time, so I didn't give it any more thought.

Later, as I helped at the booth, a friend from church was lookin' at the cover, and I told her what the spousal unit had said. She laughed with me, and pulling up her jeans leg to show me that the tops of her cowboy boots matched the cover, she bought it. I was thrilled that we had made a sale for the church fund, and glad that Jodie had found something she liked.

The next day at church, she walked up to me and asked what Brian had said when I told him she had bought the cover. I replied that he was glad HE didn't have to look at it.

She handed me a bag and said, "Tell him I said DEAL WITH IT!"

Yup. The gorgeous turquoise Bible cover was in the bag. I hugged Jodie so hard, I almost broke her. I quickly popped my Bible into it, and then let the Redneck see it.

He yelled, "Where is she? I'm gonna choke her!"

Now, don't concern yourselves, folks--all this was done in a spirit of fun. Brian was happy that I got exactly what I had wanted. I am still enjoyin' my beautiful gift--it makes readin' God's Word even more special.

That same Sunday, we had a wonderful lady singer who who nailed every song she did, and the glory of the Lord filled the sanctuary. In the foyer, she had a small table with some things that she makes and sells to fund her ministry (she says she is like Paul--her handcrafts are her 'tents', as in Acts 18:3 and Acts 20:34)). Well, she had a lovely imitation turquoise ring for sale. I admired it, because let's face it--I'm a ring nut. After services, I walked outside and put our Bibles in the truck, and as I walked back into the buildin'--the singer just grabbed me and put that ring in my hand. I was a bit confused, but she said that she wanted me to have that ring. She didn't know why--she just knew she wanted me to have it.

Ooooookay.....

But wait--there's more....

The Monday after church, I was restin' after a lot of chores, when my phone rang. It was a neighbor, and she asked me if I would like her upright, 17 cubic foot freezer, since she didn't need one that big anymore, and was gettin' a smaller one.

Well, duh. YES MAAM!

It was really wonderful to blessed with this freezer, since the one we had been usin' had died a few months ago, and we had gone back to usin' our tiny chest freezer. Now, with the new freezer, the side by side fridge we were given a couple of months ago, and my regular fridge, I have plenty of storage for perishables.

Oh, honey--I ain't done yet.

That same week, I had a text from my friend at the local hair house, askin' me if I would like a queen sized mattress and box springs. Since we had been sleepin' on a full sized mattress that was way too small for the Redneck, I said we'd take a looksee at it.

It was in spectacular shape--hardly used at all. We brought it home, set it up, and after ONE NIGHT--the old mattress went out the door. Neither of us hurt at all after sleepin' on that thing--and we had both been hurtin' for a while from sleepin' on the old mattress (of course, the fact that it was a 50 year old mattress didn't HELP).

And that is just the MATERIAL ways God has blessed us lately! There have been numerous spiritual blessin's too.

Now, after all this--I looked around the other day and yelled,

"Hey, Baby--we got to start blessin' other folks! We are runnin' outta ROOM!"

I mean, the house isn't full like on those hoardin' programs, but it is gettin' a bit hard to organise some things.

So, we started goin' through our stuff and givin' it away. The chest freezer and a DVD player went to our church. I'm fixin' to go through our clothes and donate at one of those big boxes for a charity. The local food pantry is about to get a boat load of goodies, and I'm regularly takin' used books to our local libraries for donation and tradin'. I'm also lookin' at makin' a "Bookmotote" (like a Bookmobile, only it's in a lidded tote with wheels), for our church. I'll just bring it in and allow folks to check out Christian books, both fiction and non-fiction, and if there are any late fees--they go towards the buildin' fund.

Scripture says it is far more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), and I believe it, big time. As much as I like to get gifts--I really LOVE to give things away. I also beleive that God really HATES stinginess. Look at the story of the man in Luke 12:16-21. He was UBER blessed by God, but only thought to build bigger barns so HE could be okay--he thought nothin' of his neighbors who may need some of that blessin' passed on.

I have heard some folks say that those who practice EXTREME COUPONING are hoarders and selfish. While I agree that there are many of the ECer's who are just that--the majority of them that I have seen not only store up stuff for their own families--they also have blessed many a neighbor and charity with their stockin' up.

I've stated this many times--if you got too much--GET RID OF IT. I have a stockpile of winter clothing right now in my loft that is waitin' for cold weather, so I can have a giveaway in the parkin' lot of a local store. That stuff isn't bein' kept out of greed--just waitin' for the right time to be distributed.

Well, I got chores. Later Ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett







Thursday, August 30, 2012

More Prayer Updates


August 30, 2012

Well, it's getting interesting. My freind is still 'laying low', as she has been instructed, waiting for her attornely to let her know when to surrender herself to the police.

The funny thing is, her attorney got a call from the policeman in charge, and he said that he just cannot understand why the warrant has still NOT been processed!

We know, right campers?

PRAYER.

Yup, simple prayers, from all over the country and around the world, on behalf of this family.

As a result, more and more people are able to come forward and present facts pertinet to the situation, and my friend is gaining more and more ground in this case. It is also giving her attorney the chance to work on the case, so she can prevent the boys from being handed over to their abuser.

Please believe me when I say that I thank everyone who is praying, from the bottom of my heart.

I will continue to see my friend through this, and after it is resolved, no matter the outcome, I will be stepping back from posting for a time, just taking a short sabbatical. It is getting to that time of year when we are involved in many different ministry activities, and I need to rest a while and regroup spiritually. I also want to give the majority of my time to my family, and spend more time with God.

I'll keep you all posted with updates, and thank you so much for your prayers!
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett