Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--Resources

January 31, 2013

Firdt, I want to tell my Beloved HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! Not  day goes by that I don't thank God for my Redneck and all he does for me and our family--all the sacrifices he makes and love he shows us by his actions.

Okay--on to this week's post.

One of the things I DON'T want to do in my Thirftology posts is to just toss out a bunch of tips on how to be frugal. I will give you ideas, yes, but I would rather do what my original mentor in frugality, Amy Dacyczyn did in her wonderful series of books and her original newsletter, THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE, did.

She gave you the principles, the basics of what frugality actually is. She gave you TOOLS to figure out what was worth doin' and what wasn't.

So, I'm gonna point ya'll in the direction of greater minds than my own. That means that each week, I will give ya'll the name of an author and the books they have written, a website that will assist you in your savin' endeavors, anything that may add to your arsenal of things that work for you and your family.

Today, along with Amy Dacyczyn, I want to point ya'll in the direction of my buddy and fellow Thriftologist--

Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate. (www.ultimatecheapskate.com).

Jeff has four books out now, and I will be reviewin' the fourth one, about retirement, very soon. His first book, THE ULTIMATE CHEAPSKATE'S ROAD MAP TO TRUE RICHES, is the one that got he and I talkin' several years ago. WHen his second book, THE CHEAPSKATE NEXT DOOR came out, I was proud to announce that I was in it--TWICE.

DON'T THROW THAT AWAY is an E-Book that looks at how to reuse just about EVERYTHING.

Jeff also has done several interviews on tv, many of whih you can watch on YOUTUBE (www.youtube.com). Now he even has his own YOUTUBE channel, and I have already been enjoyin' it.

Jeff talks a lot about knowin' when you have ENOUGH--a concept that is hard for many folks in our culture to grasp.

He was shown on the first EXTREME CHEAPSKATES tv show last year, and I wish the producers had actually shown him as the wonderful fella his is. Instead, they focused on the more  um.....COLORFUL aspects of his money savin' ideas. But hey--that's showbiz!

You can contact Jeff through his FACEBOOK page and his website, also leave comments on his YOURTUBE channel. When ya do--please let him know that it was me, Bible Babe, who sent ya his way. I don't get anything for it--but I like folks to know who is supportin' 'em.

Well, I got chore. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Recoverin' From Cold--Practicin' Hospitality

January 29, 2013

I'm doin' laundry today, and recoverin' from a cold that snuck up on me this last weekend--I'm okay, just tired all the time, so I'm movin' slow.

The Redneck told me that the guys on his crew are jealous of him, since he only lives 12 miles from the work sites (everyone else is stayin' in a local hotel, 'cause some of these fellas are almost 1500 miles from hearth and home), so he gets to come home each night and have a home cooked meal.

He now has several fellas BEGGIN' him to bring them to our home for a meal sometime. They have all SWORN they would be on their best behavior. I told him that while I really don't wanna play hostess right now, maybe after I'm well--I WILL bake up a huge batch of choclate brownies to send to the crew. I get the feelin' I will be promoted to sainthood if I do that!

As soon as I get better, I'm thinkin' of havin' the Redneck bring home a few fellas for a cookout as the weather gets better. I figure an evenin' of burgers and tater salad might be a nice way to practice hospitality that the Bible tells us we should. Perhaps I can even get a few of the fellas to come to church. They are all lonely while away from their families, so perhaps our family can ease that ache for a time.

Well, I got chores. :ater ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, January 28, 2013

Redneck Made It Home!--Request For Help For Homeless Shelter

January 28, 2013

Well, the Redneck made it home after all, and I am sooooo thankful. It was nice while he was gone at first, because I could get the house unpacked and set back up without interruption, but once that was done--I wanted my Beloved HOME.

I know that I had said that each Monday would be for talkin' about a Bible study and meditation for the week, but today I want to let ya'll know about a homeless shelter that really needs help. Our cowboy church is workin' to help out, and I wanted to do my part to see if I can get some assistnace from other sources.

The Presbyterian Night Shelter, in Ft. Worth, Texas, is overwhelmed right now. They are in need of both room and supplies to help the vast homeless population in their area. One of our church members said yesterday that when she drives by the shelter, there are actual tents set up for the people, some are just simple pup tents. The shelter is in need of many things, and the followin' is a list that can be found at their website, http://www.pns-tc.org/web/

Personal Care Items
  • Baby items: powder, lotion, Pull-ups
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Travel-sized and regular-sized toiletries
    (soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion)
  • Underwear – all sizes adult and child
  • Socks – all sizes adult and child
  • Foot powder
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Adult diapers
Bed and Bath
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Blankets
  • Twin sheets, pillows and pillow cases
Medicine
  • Antacids
  • Cold medicine
  • Cough Drops
  • Neosporin
  • Glucose tablets
  • Lice shampoo and bed spray
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen-tablet form)
  • Non-alcoholic cold/cough medicines (allergy medicine with antihistamine)
  • Vitamins
Miscellaneous
  • Gift cards for groceries (Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
  • Bus passes
  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bathing chairs/stools (for disabled/elderly)
Cleaning supplies:
  • Brooms
  • Nylon bristle kitchen brooms
  • Industrial-size push brooms
  • Industrial yellow mop buckets
  • Mops and mop heads
  • Plastic spray bottles
Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the back door of the Main Shelter (south side of the building) at 2400 Cypress Street, one block south of E. Lancaster.

If you can , please consider contactin' and donatin' to the shelter. The contact information is:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2645
Fort Worth, Texas 76113
817-632-7400
www.pns-tc.org
Toby Owen
Executive Director
towen@pns-tc.org
Macy Hill
Director of Development
mhill@pns-tc.org

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells of how important is it for us to be His body and reach out to those in need;

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

If you can't give to this shelter, please look at the needs of your own community, and seek to help there.

I guess this was a meditation Monday after all.

Well, I got shores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hitch In Redneck Return--Quiet Weekend Planned

January 25, 2013

I feel a bit down today, since I learned last night that it may be another week before the Redneck can come home. I miss him a lot, but I'm okay, 'cause I know he is doin' this to take care our of little family. I know that God will bring my Beloved home at the perfect time, not just when I want Him to.

Plus--I got a letter from my pen pal Marqueta today, and that always perks me up. I plan on writin' her back this weekend, since my son is goin' to his dad's tonight, and I will be a free agent, so to speak. I think I will brew some Mexican Hot Chocolate, and nibble some homemade goodies while I wield my pen. Sounds lovely.

I also have several dvds lined up to watch, and some recipes to try from one of my favorite authors, Diane Mott Davidson. She writes some of the BEST mysteries, and there are recipes too!

Well, not much to talk about today. I'm a little tired this mornin', so I'm movin' at the speed of smell.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--What It Is--Homemade Laundry Detergent


January 24, 2013

Hidee ho, campers! I’m tryin’ out a new idea to my blog—THRIFTOLOGY THURSDAY. I will be discussin’ my own thoughts and methods for savin’ money and time. Let’s see how it goes, and if ya’ll find anything I have to say useful—please comment and let me know, or if there are any questions—ask.

First—what is THRIFTOLOGY? Well, I coined the term to differentiate myself from other frugal systems that may not be based on a Biblical perspective. Thriftology is my term for ‘the faith based science of frugality’.

Thriftology is faith based, because you simply acknowledge that everything comes from God—money, time, possessions, food, clothin’, shelter—EVERYTHING.

Scripture supports this wholeheartedly, as we find in the followin’ verses:

1 Corinthians 10:26 “For the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”

Psalm 111:5 “He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him”

Deuteronomy 11:14 “I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your new wine, and your oil.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 “The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides.”

Psalm 132:15 “I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.”

Luke 12:24 “Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and yet God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you then the birds!”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

There are so many more that speak of His provision for His people. Pretty much what I’m sayin’ is…

AIN’T NOTHIN’ REALLY YOURS—IT’S GOD’S. HE IS SIMPLY LETTIN’ YOU TAKE CARE OF IT FOR HIM.

We clear on that principal? Good, now we move on to the science part.

Thriftology is a science, due to the ways you learn through EXPERIMENTATION, how best you can be a good steward of the things that God provides.

See? Pretty simple when ya look at it.

I have built up my practice of Thriftology through years of studyin’ frugality. I had to go through a process of getting’ to where I finally understood that frugality is NOT about getting’ more stuff for less. Instead, it is about settin’ and maintainin’ goals pertainin’ to the priorities in your life, and usin’ frugality to help you do it.

How can Thriftology help in reachin’ these goals? As the weeks go on, I will let ya’ll know about a few of my personal priorities and explain my views on how Thriftology can help me in these priorities.

Thriftology is NOT about deprivation. I don’t do what I do because “I’m poor and can’t afford to do anything else.”

I practice Thriftology because I have better things to do with the money I DO have. I want to spend the money that comes in wisely, so that I can have and do what is truly important to me as an individual, and to us as a family.

So…sometimes I do what a lot of folks consider weird or too much work, or dull. I will share several of those things with you as I go along, and I hope you look past the odd to the possibilities.

I will repeat myself to say that what I’m tellin’ you is MY way of doin’ things—I am NOT sayin’ EVERYONE must do these things. They are simply what works for my family.

If you have tips and ideas that you and your family do—please, SHARE THEM. That is, after all, how we learn.

So, real quick, let me share one thing that saves SCADS of money for my family--

Makin’ liquid laundry soap.

While many of you have heard of this before, I recently came across several folks who had never heard of such a thing. So in the interest of those of you who have never tried this, I provide the followin’ recipe:

HOMEMADE LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT
By the way—this detergent doesn’t ‘suds up’. It is not the suds, but the chemical action along with the machine’s agitation, that does the cleanin’.

The recipe is split into two different batch sizes—a one gallon and a 5-6 gallon size. I make the larger batch, ‘cause while it’s easy to make either size…

…I have other things I’d rather do, and havin’ a large batch made up frees me up for more fun things. However, if you aren’t certain this is for you—start with the small batch.

Small Batch
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or Zote Laundry Soap bar
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder (I use 20 Mule Team. I honestly dunno if there IS another brand)
Water
You can also put in 2-3 oz of essential oil, but I don’t, and the clothes smell fine to my family.
Small plastic bucket—about 2 gallons

Large Batch
1 Bar Fels Naptha or Zote Lundry Soap Bar
1 ½ cup washing soda
1 ½ cup borax powder
Water
Large plastic bucket—5-6 gallon size

I use an old stock pot to heat my mixture in, and I have wooden sppons dedicted to detergent makin’. I also have an industrial sized whisk to keep the mixture stirred up with in the bucket. I found mine at a yard sale for a dollar. However, you can use a very long handled spoon just as well.

Directions
 Grate the soap bar into your pot
 Pour in 6 cups of water for small batch, 18 for large. Heat until soap is melted
 Add in washing soda and borax, stir until all of it is dissolved
 Remove the pot from the heat
 Pour the mixture into your bucket, and add water to bout an inch from the top
 Stir well, then let sit for 24 hours

There you have it. Simple, huh? If, like me, you need to WATCH somethin’ done to really understand it—hop over to YOUTUBE and type in Homemade Laundry Soap. There are several good videos.

You can now leave the mixture in the bucket with a lid on it, and just dip out ½ cup per load when you need it. Or you can pour it into salvaged liquid detergent bottles and store them. Either way works well.

I found that by makin’ this solution, I can make FIVE gallons of detergent for about the same price as buyin’ ONE gallon of the cheapest commercial brand.

One other laundry tip—those ‘dryer balls’ they sell DO work. However, if you come across a couple of old tennis balls—they work just as well.

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett







Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Whole Tooth--And Excitin' News ABout The Redneck!

January 23, 2013

First--let me say that yes, I survived the dentist's appointment yesterday, and I now have a lovely rebuilt molar. It is heavenly to be able to chew on BOTH sides of my mouth now. I had no anxiety durin' the procedure, and I only experienced a bit of soreness later that evenin', which a couple of asprin took care of nicely.

Okay--on to more excitin' news....

My Beloved Redneck may be transferred back up here with his crew this weekend! I miss him terribly while he is gone, but we both know that sometimes this separation is necessary for him to support our little family.

What I find amazin' is that when I lived in the mountains and he was out of state for tow years workin'--I missed him less than I do now. Up there, I had no phone and so could only talk to him once in a while on a friend's phone, and he only got to come home once a month. The rest of the time, it was just my son and myself, alone in the mountains.

Nowadays, we live around a few others, I have a cell phone and access to talk with him each night--and I miss him more now.

I think it may be because when we were alone, I was able to concentrate more on my family abnd home, and what my husband's needs would be when he came home. I wasn't distracted by other folks, and since I could only hear his voice occasionally, I was contented. Now I can hear him each night, and it makes me homesick for his presence.

But that may all change this weekend! And...even if it doesn't--I'll be okay.

But--even more excitin' news about the Redneck--

He saved a man's LIFE the other day!

Yup, my big strong Beloved actually was able to keep a man from fallin' from high up on one of the towers they were buildin'. The man suddenly lost his footin', and as he began his fall, the Redneck reached out and caught his hand. He said he just locked his wrist and held on until the man could swing about and get a new foothold on the tower.

Of course, he told me this in a very matter of fact way, without braggin'. I told him I was so proud of him, and he just said, well, I didn't do much, just caught his hand.

From what I heard--the MAN thought it was a REALLY BIG DEAL!

Ahhh...my Beloved. He is not perfect, nor would I wish him to be, and yet he IS perfect...

...for little ol' moi.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett







 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Introducin' Meditation Mondays

January 21, 2013

First of all--Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Okay--I have been studyin' several good Bible courses, and I wanted to begin sharin' some of the wisdom that I have gleaned from them. So--I am tryin' out doin' a Meditaion Monday, where I will post about whatever study I am currently workin' through.

This week, I want to introduce LIVING ABOVE WORRY AND STRESS, from the Women of Faith Study Guide Series, from Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is a bit older studay, in fact, I found it at the DOLLAR GENERAL in thier book section.

However, it is a wonderful study guide, with insights from many women in the Christian culture; Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Barbara Johnson, and others. It is a 12 week course, with a devotion and questions for each week. I like that, since I have a few days to acclimate to what I'm learnin'.

So the followin' is MY way of lookin' at what is bein' taught--MY viewpoint.

The first week is about Scattered Lives. The main scripture for this week is Psalm 102:103:

1 Hear my prayer, Lord;
let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me
when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
when I call, answer me quickly.

3 For my days vanish like smoke;
my bones burn like glowing embers.
 
The study goes on to talk of how we all would like to have a steady, quiet pace to our lives, and how we feel sooverwhelmed when we allow things to get too busy.
 
I agree wholeheartedly, since I can speak from experience of how insane life can get when we crowd in everything we can to our day.
 
It also states, however, the\at the opposite--slothfulness--is not good either. Theremust be a balance to our lives. The followin' verses have a lot to say about this:
 
Proverbs 6:6-8:
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
 
Proverbs 12:24:
24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
 
Proverbs 13:4
 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
 
Proverbs 31:10-31
10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
 
And by the way--the Proverbs 31 woman is NOT so busy she is out of balance! If you really look at the way it is written--she ain't doin' this all in ONE DAY.. There are seasons to her life, she is in BALANCE.
 
The bottom line of this week's devotion is, in my mind--to not just go about doin' constantly. Insead, ASK GOD what HE wants you to do. Don't let your llife become scattered and overwhelmin'.
 
The last thing this devotion asks you to do is to think of a leaf. If it's a fall leaf, yes it's beautiful for a time, until it detaches from it's source of life. Then it is blown about with every wind that comes, whether a soft breeze of a poweful gust. It hits the dirt, gets wet and dirty, and eventually either rots or is burned up.
 
However, if it is a leaf that has stayed attached to it's tree, it's source of life--it is soft, pliable--ALIVE.
 
Jesus speaks of stayin' attached to Him in John 15:4-8:
 
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

To me this says that we are to stay attached to our source--Jesus. I know that when I take the time to pray and study His Word--I feel more alive, more calm and balanced throughout the day.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett 







 
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm In The Sheet Zone...

January 18, 2013

Well, here I am at mom-in-law's house again. I clean her house each Friday mornin' in exchange for the use of her washer and dryer. It's a good deal, and I don't mind cleanin' her house, but...

Her house is so clean, It takes longer to wash and dry her sheets and pillowcases, than it does to CLEAN THE REST OF HER HOUSE!

Seriously--by the time I am done just washin' the sheets--I am almost halfway done with cleanin' the whole house. I basically dust, clean the PARTS of the mirrors that have itty bitty specks on them, vaccum, wipe down bathrooms and kitchen counters, sweep and mop, then shake out two little rugs and spritz the joint with FEBREEZE. I'm done.

Except for those fiddle-D-gibberty SHEETS!

Just checked on them--they are almost dry.

I have no idea why this bothers me. It makes no sense, because I only have to do a little bit of cleanin' for a couple of hours so I can do laundry for the rest of the week. PLUS--I get to work on the internet while I wait for the stuff to dry. But havin' to wait for those sheets makes me nuts at times.

I honestly wonder if God is tryin' to teach me something here. The obvious lesson would be patience, and I'm certain that's part of it, but could there be more to learn from something so silly?

Would like to hear any ideas on this.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett 





 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Comin' Soon, THRIFTOLOGY THURSDAYS!

January 17, 2013

Hidee ho, campers!

I have been thinkin' about doin' somethin' special for the blog for a while now, just wasn't certain how to go about it.

But I have finally decided to have THRIFTOLOGY THURSDAYS, beginnin' next week.

These will be blog posts that pertain specifically to the art of frugality. I will talk about my own personal views on the subject, post the names and titles of books, authors, and websites which I feel are good resources, and I will also write about things that I personally do to save time, money, and energy.

I hope ya'll will enjoy and maybe even learn somethin' new.

Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett





 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dental News Is Good--Craftin' Projects

January 16, 2013

I SURVIVED!

Yes, folks, I went to the dentist and not only did I NOT have anxiety, I learned that I don't have to lose the broken tooth--it can be fixed. Plus, my other teeth are in excellent condition. Good news for certain. Thanks for the prayers. I just have to go back on Tuesday to have a 3-sided fillin' put in, and I'll be good to go.

WHEW!!!!!!!!

So far, this year has already been full of ups, downs, sideways, and backwards type of events. The weather has changed from hot to frigid, snow and rain to foggy and damp. Yesterday went from rain to snow to sunny yet cold in the space of a few hours. We stayed home all day, and while we listened to music, I did a barrage of crafts.

I took used plastic communion cups and hot glued them to Christmas ball decorations that had the paint scrubbed off, makin' something that looks like those big hangin' lights made from clear plastic drinkin' cups with strings of lights inserted. I have 5 made so far, and as I get more communion cups, I want to make several more and then attach them to a string of white Christmas lights. I plan to hang them up outsied this summer to make soft lightin' for our outdoor activities.

I also used E6000 glue to join a tea cup and saucer, then attached those to a metal stake to push in the ground. I plan to place a small tea ligh candle in the cups to use as additional mood lightin.

Lessee, what else? Oh yeah--I finally tried out the Decodan technique usin' silicon. I had a lot of small game pieces from sets I had bought at yard sales. I buy games there to fill in pieces that have been lost in my own games.

I also had a nice square box that looks like a fat book. A gift candle came in it, and I wanted to use it to store small game pieces in. I spread the silicon over the surface of the box and placed tiny dominoes in a pattern over it. When it has cured enough, I will turn it over and do the other sides, also. It looks pretty neat so far.  I think I will try the technique on plastic coffee cans, also, to try and make a set of canisters for my kitchen.

Then I popped a dvd into the player, and sat down with a project I've been workin' on for my son's bed. He was given two SPIDERMAN twin bedspreads a while back, and while they are colorful, they are just a bit thin for practical use. I stitched them together with the SPIDERMAN pictures together, then turned them right sides out, and stitched them closed at the top edge. Today I'm going to 'tack' them together in places, usin' blue and red embroidery floss. When I'm done, Obie will have a reversible comforter for his bed. There is no fillin' in between, but they will be thick enough together to use year round.

So, that is the extent of my chatterin' away today, am headed to store to check the clearance bins for bargains.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett





 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Trial Updates--Facin' Dental Work In Mornin' (Gulp)

January 15, 2013

Well, I dunno who all's prayin' out there, but wow--things are hoppin' around here!

Found out that there is NOT a sentencing court date today, it all got postponed, so my freind has more time to prepare for that part of the trial. Added to that blessin', her daughter, who had a scholarship for college that fell through, received word that a woman who specializes in charity work, is probably going to pay the tuition so the daughter can keep going to college.

And, the son who was ill was much recovered by the afternoon.

I have decided that it's awfully hard to keep callin' these folks "my friend", "younger son" "older son" and "the ex-husband", so since I'm re-readin' Dianne Mott Davidson's CATERING TO NOBODY mystery series, and there are many parallels to this situation--I will be usin' the followin' terms to keep things straight:

My freind will be known as Goldy, her eldest son is now Julian, and the youngest boy is Arch.

Oh yeah, and the ex-husband will now be referred to as The Jerk, since the initials of Goldy's ex-husband, John Richard Korman, make up the nick name.

Hmmm....I guess that makes me Marla, Goldy's best freind...

Hey--I am just lookin' for the joy in the situation. Might as well have fun.

Speakin' of fun--I have a dental appointment in the mornin', to have an exam and x-ray so the doc can figure out how to fix my broken tooth. I'm thankful that I have had no pain since it happened, and that the Den temp is holdin'. I'm askin' ya'll for prayer that I will get this taken care of quickly, and that......

I'm not a big coward. Ya see, I'm kinda just a little bit sorta um...

TERRIFIED of dentists.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett 




Monday, January 14, 2013

Prayer Request--Yes, Another One!

January 14, 2013

Okay, folks--it's a beautiful, cold Monday morning. I have got an appointment to see a dentist on Wednesday mornin', my house is so clean right now it's kinda scary, and I am caught up on my letter writin'--will be mailin' them as soon as I finish here.

And yet, my heart is troubled, due to the dilemma my friend still faces over the safety of her sons.

Last night, I spoke with her and learned that the son who went to his father's over the weekend came back safe, but so stressed from the situation he had made himself ill as a result. He is staying home today, and hopefully he will recover soon.

I also learned that the sentencing phase of the trial is tomorrow morning, about 10 a.m. central time. The mother has less than 24 hours to make arrangements for the possibility of being jailed for about a month. She is trusting God to handle anything she may not think of.

So I'm doing the only thing I can to help her. I am once again asking for prayer from people to cover this family. I have no idea what God has planned, but I know that whatever it is, it is for the benefit of all concerned.

I understand that even if I get thousands of folks to pray--God may not deliver my friend from this situation--she may have to spend time in jail for simply trying to protect her children. The kingdom of heaven is not a democracy--God does not change His mind simply because He is 'out voted' by people praying. He is after all, the Creator of all things, the Alpha and the Omega, HE IS.

I know many folks would be asking "Why me?" right about now. I know I probably would be, but I'm kinda slow spiritually. My friend is not asking this. Instead, she is still praising God for His mercy and grace. She is thankfull for the task of being a good mother and protector of her children, even though it is bringing hardship upon her.

Many Christians' talk about how God just lifts us out of trouble--we never have problems as Christians--yadda yadda.

Seriously--WHAT BIBLE ARE YOU READING?

Ever hear of Job, Joseph, Daniel, and let's not forget that trio of brothers, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

Daniel 3:16-18 has the brothers telling the king of Babylon that God can easily save them from the firey furnace, and yet they state that EVEN IF HE DOESN'T--they still will not bow down to false gods.

Job was a righteous man who loved God with all his heart, and yet he suffered loss of great magnitude, and then developed illness on top of it. And he never once curse God for his troubles.

Daniel was aware of an unjust law preventing his from praying to God. Even though he faced death for his actions, he still prayed to God as was right.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, thrown into prison for a false charge of rape, and then forgotten for over a decade. And yet, when he was put into a position of power and faced with his treacherous brothers again--he forgave them. Not because HE was such a great guy, but because he realized that all that 'stuff' had to happen so Joseph could help to save his family--including the ones who had sold him into slavery!

Yeah, God can deliver you from trouble--but He may have a better plan that involves you going THROUGH that trouble.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says:

"Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Ephesians 5:20:

"And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Remember, God said that He will always be with us, that He will never forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Please, as you go about your day--remember thius family in your prayers, and be praying for them tomorrow morning too.

I will let you all know what the outcome is. Thank you all for your prayers and time.

Well, I still got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Broken Tooth--Prayer For One Of The Boys

January 12, 2013

I broke a tooth last night--one of my molars. I bit down on a hard piece of candy, and I felt the back of the tooth give way. Fortunately, I'm not in pain, and I bought some Den-Temp to cover the break until I can get to a dentist to get the problem fixed. I do ask for prayer that I will continue to be okay till I can find a dentist.

Okay--back to the subject of my friend and her sons. This evening I was informed that the youngest boy (13 years), had to go with the father for this weekend. He was picked up by his dad and, according to the person at the school who witnessed the pickup--the father was acting very mean to the boy. The mom told this to the family violence advocate, and the advocate replied, "Of course he's being mean--he has won this battle, and now he has a liscense to terrorize."

The boy will be with hs father until Sunday evening. I ask for your prayers to protect this young man. He has been in counseling, and knows that none of this is his fault, however I just want him covered in prayer as he endures this time with his father. Also, I ask for prayer for the mother as she waits for her son to come home and be safe.

Thank all of you for your prayers.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Solitary Weekend Ahead--Egg Rolls Are Easy

January 11. 2013

Looks like I'll be spendin' another weekend alone--my son is gettin' to go spend the weekend with his father. He leaves after supper and won't be back till late Sunday. With the Redneck gone at work, I will have the house all to myself again, and only have to schedule stuff for me. I admit--I will miss them both, and yet, I am lookin' forward to time alone to rest and refresh. I have everal Diane Mott Davidson books ready to go. I have been rereadin' her CATERING TO NOBODY mystery series, and it is a lot of fun.

Last night, Obie and I made egg rolls. I had gotten a lot of produce from the markdown section at the grocery store--yellow and green bell peppers, onions, broccoli, etc. After processin' a lot of it for freezin', I then minced up the rest in different batches--the firmer veggies like carot, broccoli stems, the onions and peppers, then mushrooms.

I sauteed the different batches in a bit of olive oil and sesame oil and then mixed them all together with a couple of spoonfuls of fish sauce. I heated up oil in my electric skillet, and after puttin' the rolls together, I fried them for about 2-3 minutes on each side. They made a great supper, served with a bowl of soy sauce on the side.

Egg rolls are a great way to use up veggies that may be a bit past thier prime. Wrappin' the rolls is easy, there are simple instructions on the package of wrappers. Just be sure to sautee the veggies of smae density together-hard, soft, etc, and them mix them together. You can use either fish sauce (my favorite) or oyster sauce to further flavor the fillin'.

If you want to make them ahead of time, you can, but you need to fry them, not just wrap them. The wraps get soggy if they are not fried. You can then reheat them in the oven at a low temp for a bit.

Darn, I want more rolls--I may be pickin' up another package of wrappers tonight, so I can fix them for the weekend...

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Some Answers To Prayers--What NOT to Do Durin' a Fast...

January 10, 2013

Received a text from the friend we are prayin' for last night. It seems that there are answers to prayer happenin' in her situation.

SMALL answers, but answers nonetheless.

I have to tell ya'll about the lesson I accidentally learned while fastin' yesterday. I had decided to do a modified fast, drinkin' juices in stead of just water, since I have to be careful of lettin' my blood sugar get low. So I took the time the night before to make up four jars of vegetable juice for the fridge. I also made certain that all three of my son's meals were ready to go--all I had to do was heat them up for him. I did all this so i wouldn't have to handle food durin' my fast.

It worked great. I would make Obie's meal, pour my juice into a glass and sip it while he ate. I used the time to read our family devotions as he ate. I was doin' good.

Until my brain went south or something...

About 3 p.m., I was finished with all my chores, so I decided to pull out my laptop, open up the Word program...

...and work on my COOKBOOK.

Seriously--WHERE WAS MY HEAD?

I was typin' along merrily, puttin' in recipe after recipe, and suddenly my stomach went crazy. My mouth began to water, there were sounds comin' out of my mid-region that would have scared a dragon--it was awful.

I quickly finished the one recipe I was workin' on and shut down thw laptop.

I thought I had dodged the bullet, so to speak, and got my cravin's under control.

Then we went to Bible study at church.

Where one of the ladies had brought CHOCOLATE BANANA NUT BREAD. And she gave my son a HUGE piece.

All I could think was, shoot me now.

But I got busy in the Bible study, and after a few moments, I was fine.

I was soooo glad to drink my last glass of juice before bedtime.

Yes, I sacrificed a little food time yesterday, but I know it was worth it, because I felt a focus on my prayers
that is absent from a prayer time that is laced with a full belly.

Scripture has a lot to say about prayer and fasting. www.precious-testimonies.com has this to say:

"When the righteous pray fervently, God’s power is released to accomplish much.  But, what about those times when the cares of life distract us from seeing our righteous standing before God through Christ and cause us to pray limp prayers that bounce back at us?  In such times, our prayers need help.  We need a breakthrough in our prayer lives.
A biblical key to a breakthrough in our prayer lives is to join fasting with prayer.  Jesus told His disciples on one occasion that the reason they could not cast out a particular spirit of infirmity from a demonized lad was because of their unbelief (See: Matthew 17:20-21).  A few verses later, He added these words:  "But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." The point is that prayer and fasting combined can debunk our unbelief and re-empower our prayer lives.  When prayer alone doesn’t work, prayer and fasting will bring the breakthrough."

So give fastin' combined with prayer a try. Even a modified fast will help you to focus more on the act of prayer.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rainy Day--What Is True Peace?

January 9, 2013

It's a mooshy, squooshy day. It has been rainin' and drizzlin' all last night and today, so the ground is soaked, and the atmosphere is just, well,

blech.

And yet, it the day that the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it.

I have been prayin' for my friend and her situation, and have talked to her a bit today also. The first thing out of her mouth was how could she pray for me today.

Seriously--that rocks.

Here is a woman who is facin' somethin' that I can't even IMAGINE goin' through--and she wants to pray for ME and MY needs.

Once there were two artists who were asked to each paint what they saw as true peace. One painted a picture of a serene valley, with a sunny sky and just delightful, calm scenery. The other painted a ragin' thunderstorm--lightnin', wind and rain. But right in the middle of the picture, in an old oak tree, there was a bird on a nest, sleepin' peacefully.

Which do you think was the true picture of peace?

I read recently that true peace--the kind that God gives--cannot come without opposition. We have to experience obstacles in our lives, so we can truly see what God can do in our lives.

John 14:27 says:

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."

John 16:33:

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

2 Timothy 1:7:

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

My friend is the bird in the oak tree. Yes, she is nervous about her and her son's future, but she knows that ultimately--GOD IS IN CHARGE.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

An Invitation To Fast And Pray

January 9, 2013

In reference to the prayer request I posted yesterday, a group of us are intending to fast and pray on Wednesday, January 10, in order to seek God's grace and mercy for this family. We are inviting all who read this post to join us in this task.

We are using 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 as the basis of this fast;

"After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar" (that is, En Gedi). 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said: "O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 `If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'. . . 14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: `Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.. . . 22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.... 30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side,"

I added the bold text, for I believe that those words are ones I need to grab hold of and understand.

If you decide to fast with us tomorrow, I am certain that God will honor our efforts. I know that He is more than able to save this family and correct this injustice.

Thank you all for your time.

Well, I still got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett

Monday, January 7, 2013

Another Prayer Request

January 7, 2013

Thank you all for your prayers for the two men--we are still waiting for word on their condition. Today I have another request for another family.

If you recall, I have posted a few times about a friend who has been having trouble with custody of her two minor sons. Her ex-husband has sexually and otherwise abused all of her children at one time or another, and she has been trying so hard to protect her two children who are still at home. She has defied several court ordered visitations so he can't get hold of them, and it resulted in a trial for custodial interference.

The trial lasted several days, and the expert witnesses, the evidence--all of it was overwhelming proof that the boys were in danger if they were left in the father's care. When the trial was over, the judge stated that she would take her time to review all the evidence, then make her decision. Everyone--the mother's attorney, the detective who investigated the allegations of child molestation, the family physician who had testified to the danger the boys would be in--the older daughter who actually brought the charges against the father--ALL of them were convinced that the verdict would be in favor of the mother, as she was acting from a protective motive, not a vindictive one.

Well, last night I learned that the judge made her decision. She told the court that she had decided to completely discount any and all evidence, and that my friend was guilty as charged.

I am stunned beyond belief. Even my friend's attorney, who specializes in this type of family law, says she has NEVER seen anything like this happen before. The detective in charge of the investigation is shocked. The family violence advocate who testified, the doctor, everyone involved has no idea how this happened.

Now my friend is waiting for the date to be set for sentencing. She may end up being handcuffed and led from the courtroom to jail to spend 25 days, she faces fines of astronomical amounts, and she may be required to pay the father's legal fees.

Add to all this the fact that those two boys will be handed over to the monster who she has desperately been trying to protect them from. She can also lose any custody she had.

Yet, in the face of all this, she is calm and trusting the Lord for His mercy and grace. She is willing to go to jail if this will bring any of this truth to light.

So please, I am asking everyone who reads this to please pray for this family, that God will protect both the mother and the boys. That the truth will come out, and that these boys will be safe.

The Bible says,

Psalm 37: "1.Fret not thyself because of evildoers , neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb."

Psalm 37; "9 For evildoers shall be cut off : but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be."

Psalm 37: "12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming . 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken ."

Psalm 37: "32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged . 34Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off , thou shalt see it. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.36 Yet he passed away , and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found ."

Psalm 37: "38 But the transgressors shall be destroyedtogether: the end of the wicked shall be cut off . 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him."

I pray that the wickedness that this man does will not be allowed to harm these boys any longer. I pray that this mother, who is a Godly woman, will be protected and vindicated. I also pray for the father, that he will be delivered of this evil addiction to harm his children.

Please pray, and ask others to pray for this situation. I will let you know when the results are in.

Well, I got prayin' to do. Later ya'll.
© 2013 by Evelyn Edgett