Thursday, October 31, 2013

ONLY IN TEXAS

October 31, 2013

If ya'll will direct your attention to the photo below, you may find yourself askin',




"What is that guy doin'?"

I'll tell you.

I was fixin' supper, and I opened a cupboard to find a snake wrapped around my big glass measurin' cup. It was too dark to see if he was poisonous or not, but I could see a pattern on his skin, so I decided I should enlist the Redneck in this adventure.

I shut the door and called sweetly...

"BABY! COME HERE! WE GOT A VISITOR!"

After openin' the door--there was no sign of the snake. So I had to get a long grillin' fork and begin movin' things around until I found him behind the basket I store my sproutin' seeds in.

We couldn't see how its head was shaped, and it was just too dark to see the pattern on it, so we had to take the safe route and kill it.

The Redneck got Obie's bb gun and that is what he's doin' there.

I scooped him out. Turns out, he was a bull snake. I really hate to kill snakes, they are good at keepin' other critters down in population, but if I wasn't sure it was non-poisonous, it had to go. If I had been able to tell what it was, I would have simply grabbed it and tossed it outside at a far distance from the house.

I cleaned and disinfected the cupboard and put everyting back. I'm still lookin' for the place he got in, but can't locate it yet. I know that there are a couple of mice in the walls and I'm workin' on trappin' them too. Ever since the folks around us did the last big hay cuttin', we have been noticin' the little critters seekin' shelter for the comin' winter. I let the  mole live last week, but HE doesn't wanna share my home. Mice like to take up residence, and that AIN'T happenin'.

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

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wellness Wednesday--8 Weeks To Optimum Health--Week 1

October 30, 2013

A couple of weeks go, I reviewed 8 WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH by Andrew Weil, MD.

Beginnin' this week, I will be goin' through the program again, to give myself a jump start back onto my personal wellness journey. I gained back some of the weight I lost a couple of years ago, and I can tell the difference.

I thought ya'll might enjoy watchin' the lecture Dr. Weil did for PBS many years ago. I found the videos on YOUTUBE, and the weeks are split up into individual videos. I'll post one each week, so you can take your time and figure out what you can do to begin your own journey to health.

 
As you can tell from the video, the steps are not hard at all. It's a lot of common sense, really. I have the added bonus of havin' a friend who is a holistic practitioner, and she answers many of my questions--especially the ones I DON'T wanna hear the answer to, like how margarine is made....NASTY.
 
I have already  made a start on fixin' some glitches in my routine that have gotten me off track. This mornin' Obie and I walked around the block, which where I live, means we walked four miles. The 'block' is a mile on each side. I figure a few weeks of that will make a dent in my weight, along with a modest change in my eatin' habits.
 
I have also fallen off the wagon in my prayer and Bible study. I honestly feel I have developed spiritual ADD. I will begin prayin', and then find myself mentally goin' "SQUIRREL!". In other words, things that are not important keep poppin' up in the midst of my prayers and readin'. Most of that is just that I have gotten out of practice.
 
He speaks of meditation, and as a Christian, that always brings up Psalm 46:10, where God says;
 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
To me, that is takin' the time to concentrate on Him, God the Creator, Jesus the Savior, the Holy Spirit the Comforter. Dwell on His goodness, His glory, His power. Spend time in His Word, listen to praise and worship music. Heck, just stop and praise Him in the middle of everything, for no other reason than HE IS GOD.
 
Will give ya'll an update on my progress next week, please leave comments on how ya'll are doin' in your own wellness journey as we go along.
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday--Pickle Juice Marinade

October 29, 2013

Last week, as I was perusin' the fridge shelves for ideas for supper later, I saw that I had a couple of extra pork sirloin roasts that I hadn't put in the freezer yet.

Hmm....

What could I make with pork?

I did a bit more scavenging, and discoved a large jar of pickle juice. I save the juice, and sometimes I put cut up veggies in it to make a batch of marinated goodness.

But another great use for pickle juice is...

MEAT MARINADE.

Yup--just GOOGLE using pickle juice as marinade, and you will find all kinds of great recipes usin' this tart, salty goodness to soak chicken, pork, and some kinds of beef cuts in. It's like a brining mixture, without all the measurin' and mess.

So, I poured the juice into a large bowl and plopped the roasts in with it. I made sure they were soaked through, and let them sit all day, turnin' them occasionally to ensure they got a good dosin'.

Then, when it came tome to cook them, I drained off and discarded the juice, placed the roasts into a pan, covered them in sliced onions, bell peppers, and salt and pepper. Then I popped them into the oven at 350 for about an hour and a half.

Oh my, good just ain't the word I'd use--it's not enough. I served them with garlic mashed potatoes (just boil your potatoes as you regularly would, but add a couple of peeled cloves of garlic to the water, when potatoes are done, drain and mash as usual. Oh, and try usin' some of the hot potato water to mash them with instead of milk--fluffy!), green beans, a salad, and sweet iced tead for the fellas, with ice water for moi.

Nummy!

The juice helps to keep the meat moist, and it gives a very good flavor to the dish as well. I've even been considerin' usin it to thaw fish filets in, then lightly cookin' them in buter for lunch...

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Meditation Monday--What Is This Blog About?

October 28, 2013

I've been wonderin' lately...

What is this blog REALLY about?

I mean, I read so many blogs, and most of them are about the genteel side of life, makin' a good home, bein' a lady, and all those wonderful things.

Mine?

...not so much.

I am tryin' to be more organized in my postin's, and there are times that I think I should try to be more like all those other women out there.

I asked the Lord about this, and well, I sort of got this feelin' that when I was pointin' out all these other blogs, and how they do things, He was tryin' to tell me...

"...what is that to you? You follow Me...." John 21:22

I'm TRYIN' to follow You, Lord.

Um....where are we goin'?

Recently, I think I figured it out--kinda, sorta, maybe....

My blog is not all about my life and how it goes. It ain't about how to be the best homemaker you can be, or how to be submissive and all that stuff--but that stuff is IMPORTANT, believe me.

This blog is about my livin' for God, and about Who He is to me. It's a brag book of sorts on how much my Heavenly Father loves this ol' country gal--in SPITE of herself.

I want to show ya'll how much God loves YOU. How He loves ya'll so much, He chose to DIE for you. I know I say this a lot--but I want ya'll to GET IT. He KNOWS how screwed up you are--HE LOVES YOU ANYWAY. He wants you to spend eternity with Him, so He provided a way for you to do that.

He is the God of second, third, fourth....UMPTEEN chances. He can take all that CRAP in your heart, mind, soul, body and life and turn it into a miracle testemony for His glory and your good.

Anything I say on here should NEVER make me look like I'm a 'good Christian', 'cause I ain't--I'm A LOUSY Christian.

But Jesus is the PERFECT SAVIOR.

I brag all of the time about how God gives me wonderful blessin's--both material and spiritual. He doesn't do this because of ME--He does it because HE IS GOOD and HE LOVES ME.

This blog is about how GOD is faithful--even when we aren't. Even when we screw up--He keeps His word to us.

If I entertain ya'll--that's nice. If I prick your heart and mind to make ya'll think--that's better.

But if I touch even just ONE person enough to make them reach out to Jesus Christ, to cause them to accept the free gift of salvation and trust Him with their lives...

Then I'm followin' Him where He's leadin' me.

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

 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Schedules

October 27, 2013

I found this awesome little thing on the blog settin's--I can CHOOSE when a post will be published! I can now write the posts when I have time to work on them and then have them show up online later--this is so cool.

Seriously, it will make my bloggin' a lot easier--I can do a week's worth of posts the way they SHOULD be done, and then I can stay off the computer till later in the day when I have my chores done.

Speakin' of schedulin'...

Someone asked me what my schedule is like, and what is a 'typical' day at my house.

I don't really HAVE a schedule, other than my husband's work schedule, and our church schedule. I use scheduled times to set the parameters of my day--in other words, by usin' the Redneck's leavin' for work time and his comin' home time as my parameters, I know I have a set amount of time to accomplish my chores and other tasks before he gets home, and after he gets home, I have another set of parameters in which to accomplish evenin' chores before bedtime. Our church schedule tells me I have certain days to prepare for worship and other events.

What really moves my days are the routines that I do within those parameters.

On workdays, I get up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. My routine from that point is to empty dishwasher, start a load of clothes, get breakfast and family devotions done and the table cleared, have myself and Obie dressed, pack the Redneck's lunch, and have all the animals fed and watered by no later than 7:45, when the Redneck leaves for work. If we are bein' dropped off in town for errands, I try to have beds made and things picked up before I leave.

If we are stayin' home, Obie and I go for a walk, about two to four miles, and then come home and pop washed clothes into dryer (next spring I'll be hangin' them up on my clothes line--YAY!), make beds, get dinner prep started, check email and other things online, Do anything 'houseworky' that needs doin'--straighten things, organize a shelf or drawer, maybe deep clean a specific room--fold and put away clean laundry, all that kind of stuff. If I have a massage guest in the afternoon, I make certain that the studio is set up and the right temperature, then I do a massage or two. I do the evenin' feedin' for the horses around 5:30, and finish up cookin' dinner and (hopefully) have time for a quick shower and a change of clothes before the Redneck gets in around 6:30.

After supper, I clean the kitchen, help Obie get ready for bed, read to him and have his prayers. Then I get his two dogs in to spend the night, turn on his radio, and say goodnight. I turn down our bed, change into my jammies, and join the Redneck on the couch to watch a dvd together. Then we read for awhile, and we pack it in around 10 p.m.

If Obie and I get dropped off in town, we either clean the local horse supply shop for a few hours on Monday, or volunteer at the local food bank on Wednesday and Thursday. After that, we walk to the local hair house to visit my freind Jana for a bit, then to the post office for mail, and the library to check out books and visit with the librarians. We make a quick stop at the grocery store to get anything we need and to check the clearance shelves (we don't buy a lot--we only have backpacks), and then we walk home, about 2 miles. We have our lunch, and then do whatever stuff needs doin'.

Weekends are extremely varied, dependin' on the season and what needs doin'. This Saturday, for instance, we slept in, had a late breakfast, fed and watered, then moved horses to different pastures, hauled some hay, and spent the afternoon restin' and putterin' around the house until time to go to the church hayride that night. Next Saturday, we will be up at 5 a.m. and at my friend's house by 8 to help her finish movin' furniture and waxin' her stained concrete floors.

Some weekends find our family at craft shows, ministry work, or just campin'.

Sundays, wth rare exceptions, we are up early, chores done and at church by 9:15. My son has a Bible study group that meets at 9:30, and we visit with our church family until services begin. On the third Sundays, we eat lunch at the church at a big potluck where all of us have brought something tasty to the meal.

After church, we might run an errand, but usually we head home and nap for a while before makin' sure everything is ready to begine the new work week.

I guess you could call all that 'typical'.

I'm always lookin' for better routines to make my day more efficient, and I'm not afraid to try new things. I mostly try to make certain that I have things under enough control so that if any of us wants to go do something, I can drop whatever I'm doin' and join in the fun--without havin' to worry about comin' back to finish my work.

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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dumb Dog's Diggin' Develops Dire Diversion

October 26, 2013

Busy weekend ahead--hauling hay, selling aluminum cans, and getting ready for the church's chili cookoff and hayride tonight. I really need a day that comes in between Saturday and Sunday--call it I'm Gonna Do What The Heck I Want Day.

No?

Aw heck.

Yesterday, after I was done online, I heard a canine cacophony in the back yard. The dogs were goin' NUTS.

I looked out, but couldn't see what was upsettin' everybody. The horses were all across the pasture, not buggin' the dogs like they do sometimes, and no one was sneakin' around, so what was goin' on?

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Junior, one of my fuzzy black dogs, jumpin' at something. I looked closer, and saw a small furry creature LUNGIN' at Junior. It wasn't even a tenth of Junior's size, but it was givin' that mutt heck on a handle, and the other animals were basically eggin' this activity on.

I ran out the door, grabbin' the mop bucket as I went, and when I got to Junior, I saw that he had apparently unearthed a large MOLE, and now the two were tryin' to intimidate each other. The poor mole was standin' still, tryin' to figure out where Junior was gonna jump at him next.

I moved around the dog and plopped the bucket over the little guy. Then I stood there, holdin' the bucket, thinkin',

"WHAT THE HECK AM I GONNA DO NOW?"

I couldn't pick the mole up, I didn't wanna get bitten.  I wasn't just gonna let him loose again, because I didn't want him to get hurt by Junior or any of the others. They can be a nuisance, but in the country and an old grass yard like I have--they don't really bother me.

I looked around, and saw a piece of wood from an old dresser I was burning. I reached and snagged it, then carefully worked it under the bucket till the mole was trapped. I then lifted the whole thing and carried it far away from the house and dogs. I set it down under an old tree, and let him loose.

He stood still for a moment, then lowered his head and began burrowin' into the dirt. I genlty laid the wood back over him, to give him a bit of secure feelin', then left him. I DID take the time to yell as I walked away,

"HEY! Stay out from under the shed where Junior sleeps! He's got a grudge goin' now!

Not sure if he heard me...

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

Friday, October 25, 2013

Foolish Arguments

October 25, 2013

This has been one of those weeks...

I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger, and distracted from so many things. Of course, the one distraction from my regular post on Tuesday was a joy--a new precious baby was born, and I Had to share the news.

But to comment on what MARTHA STEWART said?????

eh. Not so important.

All I did was add to a controversy that doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things. 2 Timothy 2:23 says;

23 But refuse (shut your mind against, have nothing to do with) trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.
 
Basically--don't argue with idiots.
 
When you see an argument developin'--check to see if it is something WORTH your time and effort to involve yourself the fray. Don't just jump into the mess and start yammerin' off YOUR opinion of the subject.
 
Ask yourself--is this an argument that MEANS something? Is it something that NEEDS to be addressed? By me? Or do I need to just bypass this exit to crazy and go on with my life?
 
Obviously, the Martha thing was foolish, because frankly, what she has to say about bloggers is of no import to how I live my life and write my little ramblin's. I could have just let it pass, and continued on with my wellness posts--which is WHY folks read the blog on Wednesday to begin with!
 
If there is an argument that is between other folks--do NOT just accept what one or the other is sayin' and take a side--UNLESS YOU KNOW THE TRUTH . If one person is accusin' the other of something...make sure you KNOW it's true before you join in the fun. Proverbs 18:17 says;
 
The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him.
 
I have seen this many times. The Redneck and I have made friends with couples who SEEM happy, and then after a while, we hear from the husband how the wife is treatin' him, and then the wife gets me alone and tells me how HE is mistreain' HER, and then the Redneck and I talk to each other later, and we are just flabbergasted at the discrepencies in the stories. It took us a long time, but we finally got to where when we are this stage--we quietly disentangle ourselves from the couple, becomin' friendly, but not friends.
 
Sometimes, you don't need to argue with someone over something tht is important, you just need to make your position known, and then stand by it--WITHOUT arguin'. If you don't smoke, just let smokers know they are welcome, but if they want to smoke--they can do it outside. It's up to them if they want to visit your home and abide by your rules.
 
What about the BIG arguments in life, you ask? What about the fights about religious freedom, abortion, gun control, taxes and other things?
 
THOSE are not foolish arguments, therefore you NEED TO BE INFORMED. You need to do your research, and you NEED TO KNOW YOUR BIBLE. You need to be prayed up and know what GOD wants you to do--not what a local group thinks you should do.
 
And when you DO argue--do it with grace. Don't be spoutin' hateful things at folks who already think Christians are nuts. Present your position to the best of your ability, then step back, keep prayin'-- and let GOD do the persuadin'. One of the best ways you can argue about big issues is to VOTE. Use the right to make your opinion count, not just be heard.
 
Okay...not sure where this soap box came from--but I'm steppin' down now...
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013
 
 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Martha, Martha....

October 23, 2013

I just learned about what Martha Stewart has said about bloggers. The quote was;

“Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. There are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of what really good editors have created and done. Bloggers create a kind of a popularity but they are not the experts. We have to understand that.”

Um....okay...

So what?

Ms. Stewart, NONE of the bloggers I've read claim to be experts--I sure as shootin' don't.

We are much more like our mothers and grandmothers--women who gathered together to talk about their lives, families and homemakin'. Instead of doin' it at quiltin' bees or over the back fence, we use the internet.

We are not goddesses of gracious livin' like you. However, we DO work to give our homes a special, lovin' atmosphere that has NOTHIN' to do with fancy cake decoratin', designer handbags, or insane home improvement projects, like stencilin' the driveway. Our homes may not be photo shoot ready--but they are HOMES. Our families can LIVE in them, not POSE.

I don't have anything against what you do, in fact, I have enjoyed watchin' some of your shows. I do get inspired at times when I watch you do things, I just do them MY way, so I'm not spendin' uber bucks on a craft.

I don't make fancy decorated cupcakes, I don't have a garden that would rival yours (or anybody else's), I live in a single wide trailer, with a lot of used furniture. I have a few painted walls that are a little imperfect--okay, a LOT imperfect, and the meals I serve are simple and usually served out of the pot or skillet they were cooked in. But my family sits around the table together and hold hands and pray to thank God for the food He has provided, and for our little singlewide trailer, the used furniture, and for each other. Heck, we have even prayed for and thanked Him for several BLOGGERS we know.

I know you are not gonna read this. This is not intended to be a butt chewin', either, I just want to let my bloggin' buddies know that while they ain't experts--they are friends, and I value each and everyone of them and their blogs.

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday Has Been Interrupted...

October 22, 2013


...To bring ya'll the announcement of a birth!

If ya'll will look to the right side of the blog, you'll see my blog list. Scroll down to SWEETE FELICITY, and click on the link to see the CUTEST new addition to my freind Marqueta's family.

 The photos are precious.

Marqueta, please accept my congratulations and best wishes for this new blessin'.

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Meditation Monday--Be Reasonable...Serve God

October 21, 2013

Yesterday at church, in the middle of the preacher's sermon, he quoted Romans 12:1, which states;

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

I have read and heard this verse for years, but yesterday, it just sort of hopped up and popped me between the eyeballs.

Look at the two words I underlined.

Reasonable service.

Reasonable.

Service.

God asks us to basically give Him our whole bein', mind, body, emotions, etc. He is askin' us to present ourselves as livin' sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him.

Now, to a lot of folks--this is completely UNreasonable.

"Now, look here God, You have me on Sunday mornin's and evenin's--until football season. I read the Sunday school lesson on the way to church. I toss a few dollars  in the plate when I can spare it, and I always show up to vote to keep things just the way they are in the church. Now, that's pretty much all I can give You, and You have to admit, that's a lot. But givin' You EVERYTHING? Nope, sorry. That's just not reasonable."

Admit it--you've heard this before. Heck--you've SAID it before haven't you?

Hmmm....okay, let's look at this through God's eyes.

He created you to fellowship with Him. He knew you before you were a twinkle in your daddy's eye. He saw you from before He created the world--knew just how big a jerk you were gonna be. Yet He STILL loved you enough to provide a way for you to be brought into fellowship with Him, through the death of Jesus Christ. He even added in the resurrection of Jesus three days later, so you would never have to fear death again. All YOU have to do is confess that you are a sinner, ask for forgiveness, and accept the gift of Jesus' sacrifice.

Now, that's a pretty good deal, if you ask me. HE did all the work--YOU just have to accept what He did. I mean, come on--if you had a terminal illness, and there was a free pill that you KNEW would heal you, and all you had to do was ask and accept it...

...you would have to be stupid to refuse it, right?

Uh--that was an important rabbit I just chased--but I got off point some.

What I'm sayin' is--after all that God has done--He created you, he provided a way for you to live eternally with Him, in Heaven, in a PARADISE. He has promised that He will NEVER leave or forsake you--that He will meet ALL your needs. He has promised you peace that can't be taken away. He has done all this, and yet you think that to give Him everything you were, are now, and ever will be--everything you have and every situation in your life, to hand it all over to Him...

...is unreasonable?

You're just a SPECIAL kind of stupid, aren't you?

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










 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

17 YEARS TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 20, 2013

Just a quick note to let ya'll know that the Redneck and I are havin' our 17th year anniversary today! Oh, I LOVE THAT MAN!

I thank God for him, even on the days that I don't like him.

He loves me and my son, he takes us to church, he works hard, sometimes at jobs he has hated, he is generous, he loves God and is active in our church.

He is loyal, protective, and funny.

And after all these years...

...it's still a privilege to walk behind him when he's wearin' WRANGLERS...

Love ya Baby!

© Evelyn Edgett

Friday, October 18, 2013

An Odd Post, But Someone Needs To Hear This...

October 18, 2013
 
Well, I made a BIG mistake this week. I have been thinkin' about submission a lot, and so decided to do some research on all aspects of the term.

...and I mean ALL aspects of the term.

Which means I ended up on some really hinky websites.

REALLY hinky.

I found my self just starin' at this stuff--I couldn't believe what these folks call submission. I read blogs by folks, mostly women, who enjoy bein' 'owned' and beaten on, and, and, just...

...abused.

That is not submission--that is degradation. That is just NOT what submission is about, people.

Yes, God calls us to submit to Him. He also calls wives to submit to our husbands, children to submit to parents, and all of us to submit to authority. He calls for humility--NOT humiliation.

The difference between humilty and humiliation is simple. Humility builds up the worth of the person bein' humble. Humilitation destroys the worth of a human being through bein' mistreated by another.

In a Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary defines “humility” as: a prominent Christian grace. It is a state of mind well pleasing to God; it preserves the soul in tranquility and makes us patient under trials

True humility--not false modesty, is what we gain as we grow in grace and wisdom, through prayer and Bible study, and by applyin' what we learn. It's basically the opposite of pride.

Here are a few verses about humilty;

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
 
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
 
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
 
2 Corinthians 10:1 (Paul) I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—
 
Psalms 149: 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

There are scriptures about humiliation, also, and usually, that is caused by stubborn hearts and pride in folks who refuse to submit to God's love and leadin'.
 
Matthew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (NIV)
 
Proverbs 15:31-33 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor. (NLT)

Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. (NIV)

Honestly, I have NO IDEA why I am sharin' this with ya'll. I just know that someone out there needs to know that they are not trash, and that they deserve to be loved and cherished. Don't let ANYONE tell you that you have to be treated like dirt in order for them to love you--that is a  lie from hell. You are a precious human being, and you can know that because God loved you so much, that He became flesh and blood and dwelt among us, to show us what true love is.

He died on a cross for YOUR screwups. He took YOUR humiliation when He was beaten, spit upon and mocked. He wants YOU to come to Him and be with Him for ALL ETERNITY.

THAT is how valuable you are--and that thought should bring you to humility.

You wanna see what true submission is all about? Submit to God's call on your life, and walk away from the past. No, it ain't gonna be all unicorns and rainbows--but it will be PEACE, and HOPE.

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




 

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--Four Basic Principles

October 17, 2013

Today, I'm gonna let ya'll in on an age old secret:



Use it up,
Wear it out.
Make it do,
Or do without.
 
Seriously, this old sayin' from the Depression says everything you need to know about Thriftology. I was raised by my grandparents, and it was normal to do these four simple things--they were just a part of life. Now, I DID become a spendthrift once I had my own money (and my then husband's paycheck, but that is a whole OTHER post about spendaholics and their enablers), but after I became a single mom who wanted to continue home educatin' her son with special needs and still be able to pay the bills--I relearned REAL QUICK how to use these four principles. Now that I'm able to be a stay at home mom again, I still use them to further enhance our lives without puttin' a strain on the budget.
 
Okay, so most of ya'll know this little sayin' by heart--but do you UNDERSTAND it? Do you see the basics behind the cute rhyme? Do you know how to APPLY it to your own life and family situation?
 
Let's just break it down into each line, and take a moment to really look at what it's sayin'.
 
Use it up.
 
Seems pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many folks either don't get this, or they're too lazy to make it a part of their lives. Yet it's something that is easy and doesn't take a lot of effort to do.
 
Examples range from openin' up a tube of tooth paste to get the last bits out (or even buyin' a GOOD toothpaste tube squeezer from a company like WALTER DRAKE), usin' a DRIP-IT smart funnel to get the last dribbles from one container to another, and one of my favorites--makin' a drippin's jar (I learned this from my buddy Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate www.ultimatecheapskate.com) by rinsin' out the residue from a jar of jelly, catsup, mustard, honey, etc, usin' a bit of apple cider vinegar. You pour the resultin' liquids into a jar to keep in the fridge. Eventually you will have a wonderful marinatin' sauce for meat.
 
As far as usin' up other types of foods--create a soup fixin's container in the freezer. Just pop in leftover meats, veggies, broths (I even include the water from canned veggies--hey, I paid for it, I'm gonna use it), etc. When it's full just thaw and plop it into a big pot, addin' tomato sauce and anything else ya feel like to make a soup, and then cook it until you like it. Add some homemade bread and you got a good meal that you didn't have to work hard at. There are a lot of good cookbooks and websites to inspire you and guide you.
 
 Fruit can be made into crumbles and cobblers, juiced or even fed to animals. I always have an extra apple or carrot that my horses enjoy as a treat. If you have chickens or a pig--the food that would have gone into the trash can be fed to them and pay you back with meat and eggs. A compost pile will yield soil that helps you to grow more food, or flowers it you like.
 
Wear it out.
 
I'm good at this one. At our home good clothes are church and goin' out clothes until they become torn, stained or faded. We work to take care of our clothes to ensure they last a long time. Then they become work clothes until they are tood worn to wear. Then they become somethin' else. Jeans are bein' cut into strips to make a homemade rug, T-shirts with cool sayin's and pictures have the logos cut out to be sewn into a lap quilt, throw pillow cover, or a big old car/picnic blanket. The rest of the shirt is then cut into cleanin' rags or washable toilet paper.
 
Old sheets are saved for backin' quilts, makin' napkins for the table, or cut and made into somethin' else. I love to weave usin' strips of old sheets, on a loom made from a metal sawhorse with a couple of wooden yard sticks made into the shuttle and the thingy that lifts the weave and worf (the thingy that lifts the weave and worf? I am SOOOOO technical.). I have also made the new three tiered bedskirt for my bed with two different color sheets and a cople of lace curtains.
 
Old towels can be cut down to wash cloths and cleanin' rags. Check out THREADBANGERS (www.threadbangers.com), for a cute bathroom rug you can make from bath towels. Other types of clothin' scraps can be used for patchwork.
 
Basically--NUTHIN' gets tossed out around here until it can no longer be used for anything.
 
Make it do.
 
Some folks don't quite get this one. I guess it is a little fuzzy in it's meanin'. Basically, how do ya make somethin' work? Case in point--my GO phone lost the speaker that makes it ring. I can hear folks and they can hear me durin' a call--I just can't hear it ring when there is a call, a text, or an alarm, and I can't hear the audio on YOUTUBE videos.  I can't afford to get a new phone just yet, and I don't need a new one. I just needed to make it do. With a little research and a bit of creativity--I figured it out.
 
I found that if I put the phone on the 'meeting' setting---it vibrates. If I place it in a cup or glass, it magnifies the sound of the vibration, and you can't miss it, even if you're asleep. I have a few pretty coffee cups that I had in the cupboard, so I took 'em out and placed them around the house in areas where I could put my phone in them and now I don't have to keep checkin' the phone to see if I have a call or a text. As far as the audio on videos--I found that a simple headphone set plugged in still gives me sound. These little stratagies will enable me to use this phone until next year, when I'll be gettin' a new phone, 'cause I admit--I wear the HECK outta my phones.
 
I'm also makin' do right now, because I don't have a vaccum cleaner. So I sweep my carpets to get up any hair or other small debris, then I get out my big shop vac and use that to get any dust that may be in the carpet. I admit--I hate it, but it makes do until I can get a real vaccum cleaner.
 
Okay, you clear on that one? Great, let's move on to the last.
 
Do without.
 
We are not talkin' deprivation here, okay? What this means is simple. Be content with what you have, and don't be in a rush to acquire. I recently had the lock on my food processor break, so now it's pretty well useless. Do I rush out to find another one, or send off for a new lid? Nope. I will just use a knife to chop my veggies. If I ever get anpther processor--yippee. If not, I still have a knife.
 
When my famly lived in a 35 foot travel trailer for several years, I was content, and I worked to make the trailer into a cozy, comfortable home. I knew that someday I might have a bigger house, but I wasn't worried about it. I worked with what I had. When we moved into this 3 bedroom trailer, we had only our beds and a couple of dressers. I was fine with waitin' to get anyting else. Too many times we THINK we need something, and we spend money to get what we THINK we need and want. Anyone can go out and charge a bedroom suite, with all the matchin' chairs, headboards, tables and lamps, but then all ya got is a room with all the charm and personality of a motel room. I prefer to wait until I can find things that I can afford, and that reflect my family's personality.
 
Also, if you are content with what you have, you won't be a slave to consumerism, which is almost as serious a pandemic in our world as any other plague.  
 
The Scriptures have a lot to say about contentment. Philippians 4:11-13 says;
 
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.        
 
Timothy 6:6-8;
 
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.        
 
Matthew 6:31-33;
 
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.    
 
So, we clear on all this? Great!    
 
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wellness Wednesday--8 Weeks To Optimum Health--A Review

October 16, 2013

Hey ya'll--it's Wellness Wednesday again, and I thought I would introduce ya'll to a favorite book of mine, 8 WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, A Proven Program for Taking full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power. by Andrew Weil, M.D. It's a good, basic, where to start book to help you begin your journey to wellness. It's also really good to help you get back on track when you mess up. I should know--I have to read it every couple of years or so. There is also a video of a lecture that he gave many years ago, and you can find it on dvd. I find it helps me sometimes to hear him speak--it seems to clarify parts of the book.

Dr. Weil is a believer in 'integrative medicine', which means as I can best explain it is, when I got sick and had to go to the ER, I didn't want a chiropractor right then--I wanted a good heart team to help me get through the emergency. Once I was safe, however, I began assembling my team of alternative health practitioners to help me get back to wellness, so I can prevent another epsiode.

I'm glad there are good doctors and phamacists, and I'm thankful for surgeons and drugs that assist in times of need. However, I use many alternative methods to PREVENT having to use the former as much as possible.

So, did I make that clear? Intergrative medicine is not shunnin' one form of treatment for another--it's utilizin' BOTH in the correct amounts, at the times they are needed.

A disclaimer here--I don't know what Dr. Weil's religious beliefs are--what I DO know is that he has a lot of good information, and that this program is a good one that has worked for me and my family over a 17 year period.  I don't endorse many of his 'spiritual' views, however I have seen where there are scriptural applications in his work.

Bottom line--take the stuff that works, ignore the 'woowoo'.

The main reason I like this book is that he takes you through baby steps over the eight week period. He doesn't shout, "GET EVERYTHING DONE RIGHT NOW OR DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!" like many folks of alternative medicine do. Instead, he takes each week and gives you some projects to tackle, and then he adds a little each week to build upon what you have already accomplished.

Orignally published in the late 90s, you can get updated and revised copies. You can download a PDF of the book at http://www.ebook3000.com/Eight-Weeks-to-Optimum-Health_87152.html

If you have any further questions about Dr. Weil, you can visit his website at: www.drweil.com.

I'm thinkin' of actually goin' through the book again myself, and bloggin' about the results each Wednesday. Would any of ya'll be interested in me doin' that? Please leave a comment to let me know.

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

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tasteful Tuesday--Basic Stocks

October 15, 2013

Welcom to Tasteful Tuesday.

Today, I want to talk about stocks. If you can learn how to make a basic stock from beef, chicken, turkey, pork or even fish--you can make some of the most mouth waterin' soups, gravies and sauces you ever laid your lips on. Stocks are a great way to use up bits and pieces of meat, vegetables, and bones, makin' your kitchen very thrifty, indeed. Also,  suggest usin' a crockpot for the long cookin' process--uses less electricity, and you don't have to watch everything constantly.

The first stock I want to introduce you to is from Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. He was a big star chef in the 80's. I watched his show every Saturday at noon on PBS, and I learned that I could cook, regardless of the fact that while growin' up I was barely taught the basics (trust me--home ec class was spent playin' gin rummy while the teacher crocheted--yeah folks, public school was junk even then).

Here is the Basic Brown Beef Stock Recipe:

It is used for soups, sauces, and gravies. Although he calls for you to cook this on the stove--once you roast the bones, use the crockpot--it will keep you sane.
  • Bare rendering bones, sawed into 2-inch pieces
  • Carrots, unpeeled and chopped
  • Yellow onions, unpeeled and chopped
  • Celery, chopped
  • Tell your butcher that you need bare rendering bones. They should not have any meat on them at all, so they should be cheap. Have him saw them up into 2-inch pieces.
    Roast the bones in an uncovered pan at 400 for 2 hours. Be careful with this, because you oven may be a little too hot. Watch the bones, which you want to be toasty, not black. Place the roasted bones on a soup pot and add 1 quart water for each pound of bones. For 5 pounds, add 1 bunch carrots, 1 head celery, and 3 yellow onions, chopped with peel and all. (The peel will give lovely color to the stock.) Bring to a simmer, uncover, and cook, for 12 hours(here is where a crockpot is invaluable). You may need to a water to soup up to the same level. Do not salt the stock. Strain the stock, and store in the refrigerator. Allow the fat to stay on top of the stock when you refrigerate it; the fat will seal the stoke and allow you to keep it for several days. Makes 5 quarts of stock

    It's quite lovely, however--I suggest you make this up durin' the winter, so the oven adds to the warmth of the home. You can then measure it into portions and freeze. You may be able to can it, I just never did. Anyone have any suggestions for folks to can stock?

    Now--You can find a recipes for chicken stock, either online or in a book. However, the best way to make it that I have found is to simply toss all your chicken scraps (necks, backs, wings, etc--basicall anything that you don't like to mess with or your family isn't fond of), veggies (onions, carrots, garlic, celery, etc) and water into the crockpot, then let 'er rip on slow for overnight. In the mornin', strain out the solids (and toss them onto the compost pile--they ain't nothin' left in them), then measure into portions and freeze.

    Once, when I  received a GREENBERG'S SMOKED TURKEY for a Christmas gift. First of all--let me say that if you EVER get the chance to get one of these delectable smoked birds--DO IT. (www.gobblegobble.com)

    Okay, I wiped the drool from my mouth--on with my tale.

    Once we had enjoyed the meat from the bird--I found a recipe for chicken stock from Laura Brody. I tried it with the leftover bones, skin, and small bits of the turkey and....

    There I go, droolin' again.

    The spices that are packed into the bird, along with the smoked flavor, makes the most AMAZING stock you have ever tasted. Other than the usual veggies--you don't need to season the stock at all.

    Now, Vegetable Stock.

    Pretty basic--you just use the veggies you would in a regular stock, and cook them in a crockpot overnight. You can pan roast the hard veggies first, like the beef bones, to give them a richer flavor. Just cut them up into small chunks, spread them out onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle olive oil over them, and pop them into a 400 degree overn for about an hour. Then put them into your pot or crockpot and proceed.

    Here's a good recipe I've used a lot.

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    2 carrots, sliced
    1 onion, quartered (don’t bother to peel)
    1 potato, sliced
    1 celery stalk, chopped
    2 or 3 cloves garlic (don’t bother to peel)
    5 to 10 white mushrooms, halved or sliced (Also try portobellos--rich, musky flavor)
    10 to 20 parsley stems or stems with leaves
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Pan or oven roast the hard veggies, then you can place them and the rest of the ingredients and water to cover into your crockpot overnight on low.

    3. Strain, then taste and adjust the seasoning.

    Fish Stock

    This is the easiest, and yet most delicate, of stocks to make. This is where you learn to ADORE your crockpot, because the low heat lets you cook the stock without destryin' the gentle flavor of the fish.

    I make this stock after I have had a bounty of shrimp or crawfish, since I can use up the shells and nothin' goes to waste. You can use regular fish, but I like the shells. I once asked for a 'doggie bag' at a Red Lobster, and I put all the shells from my meal into it, along with everyone else's at the table. The waiter looked very confused when he came to collect the plates! (BTW--if you ever order the whole lobster--make them leave the rest of the lobster--you paid for it, and you can use it to make stock and soup with. They are bad about just givin' you the tail and takin' the rest back to the kitchen)

    Since my stock recipe is sort of slapdash, here is a more normal one from Anthony StClair (www.anthonystclair.com)

    Ingredients
    • Various fish and seafood scraps (fish heads, bones, seafood shells, Poseidon’s pitchfork trident thingie, the characters from The Little Mermaid; you know—whatever’s on hand)
    • Water
    • Optional: Vinegar, about 1 tsp. per pint of scraps (helps with mineral extraction, but not required; we use apple cider vinegar, but use whatever the heck vinegar you want)
    Directions
    1. We use a rough 1:2 ratio of scraps to water for our slow cooker seafood stock, such as 1 pint scraps to 2 pints water. This method has been validated by years of scientific research or, rather, me eyeballing things as I grabbed bags out of the freezer this morning. I did measure the water though, and the ratio thing seems about right.
    2. Bung all the seafood bits into the slow cooker and add liquid. You want everything covered by a couple of inches or so of water.
    3. Add the vinegar, if using.
    4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours (aim for a gentle simmer, not a big rolling boil).
    5. Let stock cool. We usually spoon the stock through a strainer into a big bowl to help it cool faster. You could also fill a bowl with ice, and set your stock bowl on top of that.
    6. Spoon stock into jars (if using soon, say within a week), and put in fridge. We freeze a lot of our stock, so we write the date, contents and amount on a freezer bag (usually one pint per bag), bag up the stock, make sure it’s cool, and bung it in the freezer.
    Okay, that's pretty much the basics, as I see them. If you try these, and add your own twists and turns as you learn, you will never want to pick up a can of over salted stock at the store again.

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

     

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Meditation Monday--Biblical Easter Eggs

    October 14, 2013

    Sorry I haven't been around for a few days. Got busy with some projects that took precedence over bloggin'. I still have one big project to do today, but since it's rainin', I can take time to work online for a while.

    I was up this mornin' before the rest of the pack, and while perusin' through the Scriptures, I found myself in Psalms. I had been flippin' through Hosea, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah...you get the picture.

    Well, for some reason, I just couldn't settle down into any of those books--it was like someone kept wavin' their hand between me and the Bible, so I just moved on until I hit Psalms, where I began settlin' in.

    I was readin' along in Psalm 69, where David is prayin', askin' God to deliver him from his enemies, to lift him out of the mire. He speaks of how he has become a stranger to his family, because of his zeal for God's House, etc.

    As I was readin', I was stopped at verses 5 and 6, where he says,

    O God, You know my foolishness;
    And my sins are not hidden from You.
    Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me;
    Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.


    Now, this thrilled me, because it's one of what I call 'easter eggs', in the Scripture.

    In computer terms, an easter egg is when you click on something in a program or on a dvd, and you find a hidden pop up, video, or game. It's basically a bonus.

    God's Word is full of them.

    Like this passage--right in the middle of David prayin' for deliverance from his enemies, he stops to admit that HE ain't perfect, either. He knows that God sees all his sins. He then goes on to ask God to please don't let HIS screwin' up prevent other folks from fallin'. To me it's like when I pray, "Father, don't let my actions confuse others about You and please don't let me be a stumblin' block to them."

    Then David moves on, back to askin' for deliverance from his enemies. But at another point, verses 29-33, he says;

    But I am poor and sorrowful;
    Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
    I will praise the name of God with a song,
    And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
    This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull,
    Which has horns and hooves.
    The humble shall see this and be glad;
    And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
    For the Lord hears the poor,
    And does not despise His prisoners.


    Here I think David is referrin' back to verses 5 and 6.  He is once again admittin' that he is not perfect, and that only God can set him on high. He says that he will praise God and magnify Him with thanksgivin'. He says that this will please God better than makin' a sacrifice (This puts me in mind of 1 Samuel 15:22:“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,And to heed than the fat of rams.).

    He states that the humble will see this and be glad, and that those who seek God, their hearts shall live. This says to my heart that by doin' what is right, by bein' obedient, I will actually bless and inspire others to seek God.

    Me?

    An inspiration?

    I don't see it.

    But God does, and He intends to use my messed up, foolish life to accomplish His will on earth. Even though He knows my foolishness and my sins are not hidden from Him--He will use me.

    Whoa.

    Not THAT'S an easter egg.  

    So? What are you waitin' for? Grab your 'basket', and get to huntin' through the Word!

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

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Tasteful Tuesday--Artisan And Cuban Bread

    October 8, 2013

    Ever try to blog with a spoiled WOLF at your elbow?

    No?
    TRUST me--it ain't easy.

    Little Dove is havin' a heat cycle, and since I don't want any more puppies, she gets to be 'house wolf' for a while. I can't have her fixed, due to a health issue she has, but I'm REAL careful to keep her from bein' a femme fatale. So she is now splittin' her time between Obie and me, beggin' for pettin' and anglin' for snacks, which she doesn't get outside of her scheduled times. Or else she's tryin' to crawl in my lap, since she doesn't realize she is no longer the tiny puppy that used to snooze on my pillow...oh goodness--10 years ago.

    Okay, on to Tasteful Tuesday.

    I think that a bread recipe is in order today, since the weather is coolin' off, and I tend to use my oven more often.

    I love artisan breads--they always look so....'bohemian'. And the taste can be amazin'. There is a great book--ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY by Jeff Hertzberg, just plumb full of great recipes, and you can check out his site here:

    www.artisanbreadinfive.com


     
     
     
    These are some of the artisan bread I've made, usin' the rescipes in the book--ain't they pretty?


    There is also a great Youtube video on how to make this bread:



    However, as much as I love these breads, today I'm gonna share a recipe from one my my most favorite books ever--THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE, VOLUME II, by Amy Dacyzyn. I tried to upload a photo of the book, but it ain't happenin' today. (But please, look up the books--they are great.)

    I learned how to make this bread many years ago, long before artisan breads became the 'in' thing.

    It takes even less work and wait time than the other recipes--an hour and 15 minutes start to finish, and it tastes great.

    CUBAN BREAD

    5-6 cups all purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat flour for 1 or 2 cups)
    2 Tblsp dry yeast (I have used only 1 Tblsp, with good results, but try it both ways to find what you like best.)
    2 Tblsp sugar
    1 Tblsp salt
    2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
    1 Tblsp sesame or poppy seeds (optional, but can be fun--also, try sprouted flax seeds or chia seeds)

    Mix 4 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt. pour in hot water and beat 100 strokes until dough is no longer sticky. Knead 8 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl and cover with damp towel. Let rise 15 minutes. Punch down, Divide into two pieces. Shape into two round loaves and place on baking sheet. Cut an 'X' 1/2 inch deep on top with sharp knife. Brush with water and sprinkle with seeds.

    Place on the middle shelf of a COLD oven. Place a cake pan of HOT water on the lowest shelf. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake 40-50 minutes until deep golden brown.

    That's it! Easy, huh?

    I have also made this bread in French style loaves, with a series of slashes instead of 'X's, and they make great 'hoagie' rolls. I have mixed in different grains, like sprouted wheat, and added other types of flours and even MACA powder, to give it a bit more 'oomph'.

    I hope ya'll give this a shot, because it's just plain good.

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

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Meditation Monday--Is God's Word An Urgent Need?

    October 7, 2013

    Runnin' a little late on postin' today--had the Redneck drop us off at the grocery store on his way to work, thinkin' Obie and I would snag some marked down meat and other goodies, then walk home.

    However, we ran into a lady who has a small organic farm not far from us, and we got to talkin' as we shopped, and she ended up bringin' us home and seein' my massage studio, then she wanted to get a massage this mornin', and I ain't passin' up makin' money when things are a little tight right now, so...

    You get the picture.

    My post for this mornin' comes from Psalm 119, verses 45 and 94:

    Psalm 119:45

    "And I will walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought and inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts."

    Psalm 119:94

    "I am Yours, therefore save me [Your own]; for I have sought (inquired of and for) Your precepts and required them as my urgent need."

    I have those verses highlighted and the words you see in bold and underlined are circled in my Bible.

    I read them again this weekend, and I had to ask myself--

    Do I still urgently need and desperately require God's precepts? Or have I let my study of His Word become slapdash and intermittent as I go about my day?

    Um....sorry to say...it's the latter.

    When did my hunger--my NEED to be in His Word slack off?

    I can pretty much point to it beginnin' to happen while we were goin' through some tough times after movin' back to Texas. The distractions of dealin' with weird schedule changes and settin' up a new lifestyle after havin' been livin' real simply for so many years got in the way of my Bible study.

    Also, there are so many distractions in the form of things to do and places to go and folks to visit...

    Yeah, I know--excuses.

     The truth is, I just got lazy--the distractions were real enough, but I CHOSE to let them get in the way of readin' and studyin' the Bible.

    So I slacked off for a long time, with the occasional half hearted attempt to make a time and stick with it for devotions, but not really upset if something came along to break my concentration.

    But ya know what?

    When you have switched to real, healthy, whole foods for a long time and then fall back into munchin' on a lot of junk food, your body will begin to rebel, givin' you fits, because it wants the GOOD stuff back.

    Apparently, your spirit also gets to a point where it wants God's Word back, instead of novels, movies, internet, and other types of spiritual 'junk food'. Not sayin' those things are bad--they just don't give your spirit what it NEEDS, whereas God's Word nourishes your soul, spirit, mind, and in many cases, your physical body as well.

    So now I'm cravin' Bible readin' and study, and I intend to give in to that cravin', 'cause it is becomin' an urgent need.

    So I'm gonna go print out the readin schedule from http://sites.iministries.org/Content/10110/224685.pdf, for the 90 Day Extreme Bible Reading Plan. Then I'm gonna put in my Bible, and startin' this afternoon, I'm gonna take the time to read through God's Word again, and begin to feast upon the Livin' Water.

    I would love it if ya'll would join me in this, and please leave a comment on how you're doin'.

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

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Trail Ride Went Good--But I'm Beat!

    October 5, 2013

    Well, been back from the trail ride for a few hours now. Got the animals cared for, the truck unloaded, and then we passed out across our bed for a couple of hours. I just got up and decided to tell of our time in the grasslands.

    We got there yesterday afternoon, and after settin' up our sleepin' area, we enjoyed a wonderful evenin' of good food and fellowship with our church. Durin' the campfire sing along, I even stood and sang one of my own compositions--and you have no idea of how scared I was. The Preacher says I stood there, eyes closed, ramrod straight, as I sang. Hey--I did it.

    We slept in the bed of our truck 'cause it was a gorgeous night. The weather was the perfect temperature.

    Then around 4:30 this mornin', the Redneck wakes me to let me know it was beginnin' to sprinkle little rain drops. The sky was still pretty clear, so we decided to see how things went, and went back to sleep. ABout an hour later, we woke up and it was startin' to come down a bit harder, so we grabbed our pillows and headed into the truck cab. Since it was our usual time to get up--no problem.

    Breakfast was smoked sausage and HOSTESS DONUTS (disgustin', I know, but hey, it's a trail ride)

    We saddled Fancypants up, and while the Redneck rode her, I stayed in camp with some others to help prepare the lucnh od smoked brisket and a lot of side dishes--also dutch overn cobblers!

    We left around 2 p.m., when the auction was gettin' started. The Redneck was feelin' a mite poorly because of his allergies, so we decided to load up and come on home.

    I would say the days was a success--we had 35 riders, and we raised money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital--won't know how  much till after all the different numbers have been crunched. I hope we meet our goal of $3,000, but hey--any amount will be welcomed by St. Jude's.

    If you want to help support St. Jude's--check out their website at:

    www.stjude.org.

    Not sure what's for supper, but I know a hot bath is in my future.
    © Evelyn Edgett


     

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Faithful Friday Postponed--Trail Ride Preparation

    October 4, 2013

    Today's post is short and sweet--just lettin' everyone know that we are gettin' ready for our church's annual St. Jude's Children's Hospital Trail RIde and Auction. Tomorrow is gonna be busy, and today I'm just haulin' out the saddles and tack, campin' gear and other stuff to take to the campout tonight.

    One word of note--a copy of my book, LESSONS & BLESSIN'S: Cowboy Poems & Other Observations of Life--will be auctioned off to help raise money. I'm thrilled and scared all at once.

    Ookay--will be back Monday with a new Meditation.

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

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Thriftology Thursday--POP QUIZ!!!!!!

    October 3, 2013

    Alright, folks, get out your pencils and paper--we are havin' a POP QUIZ!

    Don't panic, it's only one question, but it IS an essay.

    Are you ready?

    Here's the question.

    WHY?

    Huh?

    Why?

    Yep--

    Why?

    Why do you want to be frugal? Why do you want to save money? Why do you want to avoid spendin' money?

    Simple question...

    HARD answer.

    But ya gotta figure out the answer for YOU and YOUR family, before you can truly begin the journey into Thriftology. You gotta know the WHY of  the thing before you can figure out the best HOW to do it.

    There are all kinds of good WHYS to live frugally.

    You want to be a good steward of what God has placed in your care, be it money, food, time, people, etc. You want to be able to give more to church, missions, food banks, so on.

    Maybe you're a mom who wants to be a stay at home mother, but you think your family can't afford to let you quit your job. Or maybe you're like my mom was--single and doin' your best to raise a child by yourself. Maybe you're even a dad who wants to be able to take off at times to be with your family when something big is happenin', but right now you can't, 'cause you have no cushion to cover the hours lost due to takin' off early.

    Are you wantin' to save up for a big purchase, like a home of your own? A family vacation? A mission trip? How about just bein' able to fix up your home to make it more 'stay-at-home-able' (is that a word? It should be!)? Even something as simple as havin' a fund in case you need a car repaired or the water heater blows up, is a good thing.

    In my family's case--we enjoy bein' able to take trips with church groups, donate time and money to various charities (St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Local Food and Clothing Banks, so on), do trail rides, attend concerts of our favorite singers, buy music, movies and books, and of course, bein' able for the Redneck to take off when he needs to for many of these things is nice. I don't work outside the home, however, I do have a small cottage business on our property that allows me to do what I love and earn income without havin' to drive or be away from home for long periods of time, and it allows me to not have to place my son into an adult daycare facility.

    I also find bein' thifty a great way to indulge my creative side--trust me, when you open the pantry and all you find is frozen trout, a jar of peanut butter and a bottle of soy sauce--YOU GET CREATIVE. (Yes, it actually happened many years ago. The result was surprisingly pretty good)

    See what I'm sayin'? If you understand WHY you want to be a Thriftologist, you will find it much easier to make the choices you need in order to save money, and many times even EARN a little money, to help you achieve your goals.

    So this week, sit down with your pad and pencil, and start to list the reasons why you want to save money. And when you are done--PLEASE, post a comment below and tell us why you are walkin' the path of Thriftology. I'd love to see what others use as a motivation.

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

     

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Welcome To Wellness Wednesday!

    October 2, 2013

    Okay, yet another change to the content of the blog--Wellness Wednesday.

    I feel that since I'm a massage therapist, and I have a wellness ministry, it sort of makes sense that I try to pass on some of the things that I've learned through the past 16 years of workin' in the field of wellness.

    Wellness, ain't just wakin' up and not feelin' bad. It's wakin' up each day with a sense of joy, anticipation, and purpose NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PHYSICAL SITUATION MAY BE.

    Whoa--stepped on a few hypochodriacal toes, did I?

    Look, just 'cause you may have a physical impairment, it don't give you the right to kvetch about it, bemoanin' your misfortune. It SHOULD give you motivation to do whatever you can to IMPROVE your life, and to enrich the lives of those around you.

    A quick example of this--Joni Eareckson Tada, who as a teenager dove into too shallow water, fractured her cervical areas, and became a quadreplegic. After a time of self pity, anger and depression, she finally surrendered to God's will for her life, and as a result, she has gone on to be a painter (she holds the brushes in her teeth), writer, singer, and advocate for disabled folks. She even got married, and at 63, she is still a beautiful woman who loves her life.

    There are so many other examples--Helen Keller, Christy Brown, Stephen Hawking--basically, folks who didn't let physical problems get in the way of livin' their lives.

    My freind Eleanor, whom I have posted about--70 years on this earth, broke her leg, and three months later, she is walkin' around, drivin' and HIKING IIN NEW MEXICO.

    HOW?

    Simple, she took stock of what the situation was, used her knowledge of health and wellness, determined the strategy she needed to follow in order to get back to the state of health that she had built up over her lifetime, and followed through with it. Yes, she had days where she cried and felt sorry for herself, because she is human--but she kept remindin' herself that she would get past this, and move on with her life.

    Okay, I'm chasin' rabbits here--let me get to my point.

    Wellness is a lifestyle built upon four basic foundational principles:

    1) Spiritual--I consider this to be the true foundation that all the others can be built upon. Where are you spiritually? Do you know God, the One Who Created you, the One Who knows you better than you will ever know yourself? Do you have a relationship with Him through belief in His Son, Jesus? Are you immersed in His Word, learnin' what His will is for you and your life? If not, you ain't gettin' much farther, cause you're buildin' on sand, like Jesus spoke of in matthew 7:24-27:

    24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

    2) Mental--This concerns your thoughts, what you dwell upon. You are basically your thoughts, 'cause they influence how you act and speak. I heard not too long ago that you can choose what you think, and I agree. I can have a thought come into my head that is wrong, such as when I catch myself angry with someone who has tried to harm me or my family, but it doesn't have to STAY there--not if I don't ALLOW it to. I can CHOOSE to forgive, pray for, and MOVE ON to more important thoughts. Scipture says in Philippians 4:8:

    "8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

    Oh, and no, I ain't sayin' to walk around with your head in the clouds, ignorin' evil in the world--that AIN'T Biblical. You have to be aware of wrong, so you can help to fight it. However, just because you are aware of pornography--don't go lookin' all over the internet for it, thinkin' you're doin' research. That's just stupid. Look at the good in life, so you know what's WORTH fightin' for.

    3) Exercise--Get up and shake it, honey! MOVE! If you can't stand up--wave your arms around, if you are unable to move at all--get others to help you move your limbs. The body is a wonderful creation, made for movement, ALL the days of your life--you don't have the right to jusr sit in a rocker when you hit retirement.

    The MAYO Clinic reports that exercise has many benefits, includin' weight control, mood improvement, prevention of many diseases, boosts energy, improves sleep, puts zip back into *ahem*, 'marital relations'--and it's just FUN. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676)

    For those of you think that God ain't into physicality--check the Bible for all the times phyiscal movement is mentioned, even in a spiritual context--walk, run, box, fly, etc. Even the Proverbs 31 woman was known to;

    1"7 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms." Proverbs 31:17

    No, I don't think she took aerobic water classes. However, she was ACTIVE.

    4) Nutrition--in order to do all that movin', you gotta feed your body, your mind, AND your spirit, with good food, in the right amounts. And guess what? It's not hard to do--if you take the time to learn what you need, and APPLY what you learn.

    Nutritional, wholesome food is out there, and if you do the research, it ain't too expensive. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and some meats, are good sources of nutrition for the body.

    To feed your mind--read, put on good music (and no, you ain't gotta listen just to classical, even though it is a good genre. Of course, at OUR house, DAVID ALLEN COE is considered classical...).  Find lectures and classes in your area--many are free or nominal in price. Yes, I still read a lot of fiction, but I also read things that feed my mind.

    To feed your spirit--dig into God's Word, learn what He has to say to you. It's really a great big LOVE LETTER to you from God. tellin' you how much He loves you, why He created you, how to live your life, and how to be sure you get to spend eternity with Him. The bonus is, it nourishes your spirit, as Jesus said in Matthew 4:4;

    "Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'""

    Seek out good books from great Christian men and women, read thier testimonies. Find books by  and about great historical figures. If you like to be online, find blogs and groups with Christian folks who will pray for you and encourage you in your faith.

    Oh yeah--PRAY. You will be amazed at how much your wellness quotient goes up just by the simple act of speakin' with Father God. Remember--you can tell Him ANYTHING.

    Whew! I think I covered the basics of wellness here. As time goes by, I will cover many of the things that can be incorporated into each of these foundational principles. Hope I can help someone to better health.

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