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