Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Had A Great Holiday--Unwelcome Night Visitor--And DON'T THROW THAT AWAY! Book Review

May 29, 2012

I had a WONDERFUL Memorial Day Weekend! Obie went to his dad's for three days--Brian was off for three days, and my brother came down on Sunday to visit! He drove all the way from Shawnee, OK to stay with us overnight. I loved havin' my big brother here to talk about our lives, and he even went to church with us, and he got to hear me read some of my cowboy poetry for the first time! I was just jumpin' up and down inside all weekend, I was so blessed. We hope to go visit him soon at his place, also.

A few nights before all this coolness, however, we had an unwelcome visitor at our house. Brian had gotten in around 1:30 a.m. like he usually does, and he was hungry. He asked me if I would zap him a snack in the microwave.

Since I leave all my appliances like the microwave, coffee pot, etc, unplugged to avoid low level energy drain, I had to reach for the plug that was behind the coffee pot.

As I began to pull the cord towards me, I heard a "t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t" sound.

"Now, what the heck is that?" I wondered, and grabbin' the top of the coffee pot, I pulled it aside to see...

...a rattlesnake on my kitchen counter.

Don't panic--he was only about a foot or so long, and only about a No.2 pencil width around. And he was scared to death, all balled up in the corner of the counter, actually tangled up on himself, rattlin' away to beat the band, tryin' to scare me away from him.

I called, "Oh honey--we have a snake on the counter."

Brian came in and we just stood there lookin' at the little guy. We honestly didn't want to hurt the snake--like I've said before, I have respect for rattlesnakes--they at least let ya know they are there.

However, I will NOT share my home with one, no matter how much I respect it.

So, We got him pinned down and Brian went to kill it--but it got away and shot under my stove.

I looked at Brian and said, "Well done, Baby. Now we can't SEE IT!"

Turns out, there was a hole under where the stove is, that we had no idea was there. The snake left through it, and now it is blocked so we won't have any more visits.

The cottage we are livin' in had been vacant for some time, and we had seen evidence of a few field mice now and then, even with traps and bait. The snake just figured he had found a good huntin' ground--until he found out he wasn't the biggest predator in the place!

Okay--movin' on to a subject that is near and dear to my heart--Thriftology--I give you my review of Jeff Yeager's new E-Book, DON'T THROW THAT WAY!

Once again, Jeff (aka Precious to moi) has used humor, facts, and inventiveness to make the art of ‘repurposin’ a lot more fun and appealin’ as he shows you that you save both money and the planet. While he DOES give you some statistics to show how bein' wasteful can affect the environment, he does it without quotin’ horror stories relatin’ to the wanton destruction of the earth by an over consumin’ evil empire.....

...okay. Enough of THAT. I’m beginnin’ to sound like Abby Hoffman crossed with Jerry Baker, and that can’t be good.....

With chapters titled; Reduce—Reuse, Reuse, Reuse, and Reuse Again—Then Recycle, and other more categorized titles such as; Kitchen and Bath, Food, and Clothing and Fabric, Yeager helps us to see that there is more than one way to reuse that Ziploc Baggie--or that old bike--that dryer lint--license plate--specimen cups....

...you get the idea.

In fact, GETTIN’ THE IDEA is, in my opinion, the ultimate goal of the book. Through his use of hints and tips from his network of what Jeff calls his “miser advisers” (and I am proud to count myself among them), along with examples of reused items and even links to various web sites that give instruction on how to do many of the projects--I feel he is hopin’ to inspire his readers to look at not just stuff--but EVERYTHING in their lives in a fresh way.

Instead of sayin' "Now here is how to reuse that old dryer hose", he leads the reader to focus on usin' their own creativity, not just followin' a set of instructions. That approach has been done to death, and frankly, I don't have any interest in turnin' an old whatsit into a whichit, just cause someone else did.

Usin' examples from real life, Yeager shows his readers that by simply openin' their eyes and THINKIN'--they can have more satisfaction and fun solvin' a problem or meetin' a need through creative repurposin' instead of just chunkin' money at it.

Jeff also recommends what he calls a 'trash can autopsy', where you go through what you toss out, and it really can give you a good idea where your money goes. I was rather proud to see the results of my own autopsy revealed that I was doin' pretty darn good--even with the two PIZZA PRO boxes left over from a weekend where I was just too tired to make my own.

There is enough material in Don't Throw That Away to keep you busy for weeks, as you not only enjoy Jeff's writin' style, but also as you look up the different links and become inspired to try your hand at your own projects. And the heart warmin' tale of 'Big Red' will give you mega inspiration to extend the life of an old friend in ways that will both honor their memory and amuse yourself.

You can order Don't Throw That Away! as an e-book through Amazon and Kindle sites.

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

Monday, May 21, 2012

Kitty Go Bye Bye--Big News For A Little Church

May 21, 2012

Last Thursday, I took the kitten to her new home, and I am happy to report that she is doin' beautifully. The older cats didn't give her any trouble, and when I was leavin' I saw her sneakin' up on the tail of another cat, who was obviously twitchin' the tail tip to entice a game with the kitten.

okay, big news about our little cowboy church. The elders are gonna be puttin' in an offer on some land that already has an arena, stalls, all the good stuff. We are hopin' to really expand to improve our outreach to the community. I'm lookin' online to find information about many of the ministries that do well at the cowboy church venue, like Horse Whisperer Ted Noland, Cowboy evengalists, Tommy Brandt and Ray Perryman, etc. I'd like to put together a file of resources to be ready to go into action once we are able to move forward.

As you can guess, I'm askin' for prayer for this action. Not just that it go through as planned, but that it IS in the Lord's plans for us as a church, and that we continue to seek His will in this matter. I think it was Joyce Meyer who once said, "So many people don't DO anything, because they are afraid they will MISS GOD. Well, just keep moving on, because HE always knows where YOU are, and He will find you if you mess up."

It's kind of like with the book that I'm workin' on now. I truly believe that I am movin' in the right direction, and that God is leadin' my efforts. I believe that as long as I am doin' what I believe is His will, He will let me know when I'm off target, and as long as I'm listenin', He will get me back on the trail I'm supposed to be on.

Isaiah 30:21 says,
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."

It doesn't say while you are standin' still, or movin' forward--it just promises that God will guide you, no matter where you're goin'. I figure it's sayin' that if you're at a standstill, not sure WHAT to to do--He'll tell you what His will for you is--and if you are movin'--He's gonna tell you where to take a turn, slow down, speed up, or even STOP!

The trick is...ya gotta be LISTENIN' to Him. And the best way I know to hear His voice is to study His Word and pray. That way, you know if somethin' doesn't line up with His Word. And if it ain't linin' up with scripture--


And that is all I got to say on the subject.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Reluctant Cat Sitter--Health Book On Hold, But Another One Is Shapin' Up

May 18, 2012

Sunday on the way to church, we turned onto the highway, and saw a small flock of crows pickin' at a recent victim of traffic. I looked closer and saw somethin' else scurryin' around in a panicky way.

"Baby", I asked the Redneck. "Is that a RAT runnin' from those crows?"

"I think it's a small rabbit." he said.

"No--it's a KITTEN!," his mom said.

We stopped and rescued the poor little thing from the crows who were attackin' it. Fortunately, Mom inlaw always has a carrier for her little pomeranian in the back of her vehicle, so we were able to leave the little girl safely in the shade of a tree with a breeze while we attended services.

She is just weaned, a little grey tabby we are callin' Bunny right now. She will NOT be stayin' at our house, 'cuz right now, with everything I have on my plate--I DON'T need another animal.

Happily--I called a friend who has cats, and she said that she would be glad to take Bunny this weekend. I know that the little 'thrill seeker' will get the care she needs, includin' a trip to the vet for shots and other services. With all the field mice in the area, plus the food that gets put out daily, she will grow up to be a very spoiled and well cared for kitty.

For a few more days, I am 'sittin' a kitten' while I wait to take her to her new home. In the meantime, she is doin' well--she is set up with a potty box, food, water and a 'blankie' in a large kennel in the house. She even has the radio on to keep her company while I'm in town on business. She gets to come out and play when I am home.

I have put the health book on hold for a time--I was goin' NUTS over it. Just had to take a break from the seriousness of the subject.

However--I have been playin' with puttin' together a book of poetry and essays, and I have found an artist who is wantin' to draw illustrations for the poems. PLUS--I have found a local publisher who I will be gettin' together with to have my books printed up!

As far as the health book is concerned--I have been told, and I think I agree with this--I need to NOT write in a conventional manner about the issues of health--but instead, I have been told to write just like I do for the blog, because that is what folks like about my writin'. I kind of agree, since, let's face it--there are so many SERIOUS books out there on how to be healthy with alternative medicine and such--I figure why not take the information I have to offer and make it FUN and easy to apply?

I'm prayin' on it, and I'll let ya'll know how it goes.

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

Friday, May 11, 2012

I Have A New Camera--Happy Momma's Day--New Blog Added To My List

May 11, 2012

I have a new camera, ya'll! It's just a cheap little battery operated do-dad from the FAMILY DOLLAR, but it will help get me through my 'foto jonesin' until I can get a better one. I've already been playin' with it, and it deos pretty good. One feature I really like about it is that I can pull still photos from any videos I have on my computer. I fould that by accident, and man, it's great! I'm still lokkin' for internet for my home, so untl I can get that, I will have to schedule trips into town with my laptop so i can post pics.

It's rainin' here today, but Obie and I just HAD to get the heck outta the house for the afternoon. We have been stayin' home while I work on some projects, and today was just the limit. So, we had the Redneck drop us off at the library, and we will finish up our business here, then do a little shoppin' at the grocery store, and then walk back home. Yes, I said walk. Come on--rain doesn't hurt anyone, and besides, as my mom used to say, "Sugar melts, poop floats." So we are perfectly safe, ya dig?

I hope all you ladies have a wonderful Momma's Day this weekend. My big plans are to go to church, come home and nap, and then the Redneck is grillin' a few steaks for me, Obie and the inlaws.

If you look to the right of the blog, you will see that I have added a new blog to my list. The blogger is a lovely lady named Chris, and she has all KINDS of great pictures of some of her projects. She is a 'repurposer' too--check her out.

Oh--I recently received a copy of Jeff Yeager's new E-book, DON'T THROW THAT AWAY! 1,001 and 1 ways to reuse your stuff. I will be reviewin' it here in the blog, but I have to get it printed out, since my eyes are so tired from all the other online stuff I do--I have a case of eyestrain. So, the only way I can actually read the thing is to have a hard copy so I can put it down when I need to take a break. Don't worry, though--I'll have it reviewed and posted before you can say, "I didn't know you could do that with THAT!"

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead--Movie Review

May 1, 2012

I think I mentioned that I had found a few videos on YOUTUBE.com about a man named Joe Cross, and his documentary film, FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD. I found the previews interestin', and the videos he uploads to You Tube are helpful to folks who want to do juice fasts, or as he calls them, 'reboots'.

So when a friend loaned me her copy of the film, I jumped at the chance to see it.

Boy, am I glad I did.

The film is essentially how Joe Cross, a successful Australian businessman, went about regaining his health after several years of being overweight and suffering from an auto-immune disease, sort of like chronic hives. He and his film crew travel across the United States, talking to folks about juicing, health, diet, etc. During this trip, Joe does a 60 day juice fast, WITH THE SUPERVISION OF A DOCTOR. He gets regular blood tests and the doctor advises him through the results.

I found this fascinating, of course, but Joe really hits you in the heartstrings when he meets Phil, a truck driver who is around 400 pounds, and has the exact same auto-immune disease that Joe has. After talking, Joe gives Phil his contact information, and says that if Phil ever wants to get help, he can call Joe and Joe will do what he can to help him.

As you can guess, Phil does make the decision to call Joe--and from there on in the film you are witness to a miracle.

I recommend this film to anyone who has ever thought they were never going to be healthy again, or that they would never reach their goals and dreams in life. You will be stoked up after you see this movie--and I'm not talking the usual "YOU CAN DO IT!" hysterical hype you often get in 'self help' seminars. You will simply see that you CAN accomplish good goals for yourself.

I like this film , because Joe Cross doesn't preach at the viewer. He doesn't say "Do this, do this, DO THIS!" He instead tells the viewer what his own situation is, and shows what he has done to correct his problems. He doesn't give you a bunch of jargon about eating healthy--he uses terms that make sense--AND HE EXPLAINS THEM. Thanks, Joe. There are some cute cartoon segments that help to explain terminology--I actually UNDERSTAND a couple of concepts that I have known for years but just couldn't grasp till now.

Joe is charming and funny as he talks with different folks along the way, and he doesn't get offended ad the ones who think he's nuts. One adorable little old lady says he's "crazier than hell" for doing the 60 day fast. Joe just grins.

However, Joe really shines as a human being when he meets and subsequently helps Phil. He is encouraging but realistic, and he just comes across as a guy you can't help but like as he shows genuine concern for others. Phil will also grab you by the heart as he works toward his own goal of healthy living.

I give this movie five carrots. It is well worth the rental or purchase price. You can find it online at www.fatsickandnearlydead.com. As I said, Joe Cross also has some really good videos on You Tube. I'm gettin' my own copy, because I want to be able to watch it anytime I feel I may be slippin' off my health path.

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