Friday, January 31, 2014

100 Videos 100 Days, Day #10--Regrowin' Veggies

January 31, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Found that I have some plumbin' to take care of over at the wellness studio, but here is a quick video on how to avoid waste in your kitchen.



Well, I got plumbin'. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


Thursday, January 30, 2014

100 Videos 100 Days, Day #9--Poetry Readin'

January 29, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Couldn't believe when I got up today, I was stuck for an idea for today's video. I mean, only 9 days in, and I can't even begin to think of an idea?

Shoot, I thought I was smarter thn that.

Well, after all the chores of makin' sure the homestead was runnin' smooth in spite of the cold weather, I decided that I would simply read one of the poems from my book, LESSONS & BLESSIN'S. I hope ya'll like, it and that it touches your heart.



Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Change Of Plans For Today--Looking For Vessels

January 29, 2014

I'm taking time from my 100 Videos challenge, and will take it up again tomorrow. Today, I want to address an urgent prayer need.

In a small town in Oklahoma, there is a little cowboy church, the first one my family ever attended. The preacher there is a man whom I consider my 'little brother' in Jesus. I have known him for over a decade, and we have been through a lot together throughout the years. I have watched him grow from being a young, inexperienced preacher who loved God but was sometimes swayed by a congregation, into a strong, compassionate, caring, and wise shepherd of a church, who won't back down from doing God's will, no matter who he pissed off in the process. By the way, if you don't like how I phrase things in this post--get over it. I'm feeling a passion for this situation that may make me use stronger language than I usually do.

I just learned that he is now facing a health crisis of major proportions--far beyond anything I could have imagined. The doctor's don't know what it is, and the symptoms scare the hell out of me.

I went to bed, but couldn't sleep, because of the worry I am feeling for this man. I lay there, trying to pray, but just feeling like I should DO something, and when I inquired of the Lord, I kept getting the image of the woman in 2 Kings 4:1-7;

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

I'm thinking, Lord, what has that got to do with what is happening to my little brother? We don't need oil, we need a miracle.

Then God showed me that it wasn't oil that the woman needed--it was the VESSELS. God would put the needed contents into the vessels, but she had to supply the vessels.

And what are the vessels we need right now? Scripture says very clearly in 2 Timothy 2:20-21;


20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

PEOPLE are the vessels. Vessels filled with the Holy Spirit, annointed by God, who are willing to pray for others. My job is to find those vessels. And the best place I know to find the most vessels...

...right here on the internet.

So right now I am asking--no I'm PLEADING with anyone who reads this blog to begin to pray for this man who you don't know, but you feel God telling you to join this fight. Because that is what it is--a fight. And prayer is the greatest weapon we will ever have. 

When folks receive a text from me, the signature is IF4U2D! It stands for I'm Fightin' For You Today! It means that if you get a text, I have prayed for you. I have fought for you through prayer. I got that saying from this man I'm requesting prayer for. He used to say it at services--"I'm fightin' for you today!"

Well, he needs someone to fight for HIM now. Will you please join me in this battle for his very life? If so, please pray, print this post out, make copies, and pass it along to other Christians that you know will take it and spread the word and pray for him.

IT'S ON
By Evelyn Edgett
January 26, 2014

Hello, devil, where ya been?
I see you're back to trouble me again.
It's been a while since you've tried a trick.
Guess you had a lot of wounds you had to lick.

From the last time you came slinkin' around.
Remember when Jesus whooped you sound?
You just don't get it, so I'll make this statement pointed.
You're stupid when you jack with God's annointed!

So now you're back again.
You think you're gonna make this church give up and let you win.
Ain't happenin' bubba, not while we have the Son.
We'll defeat you with prayer, look out, 'cause it is ON!

Fight on.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014



100 Videos, 100 Days, Day #8--Repurposin' Somethin' Ugly

January 28, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Today, I did a video on how I took somethin' someone gave me that was kinda ugly (okay, REALLY ugly), and with a bit of elbow grease and imagination, I turned it into somethin' I think is pretty and useful.



I hope this gives ya'll some ideas about somethin' you got around your own house, and how to make it better.

Well, i got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


Sunday, January 26, 2014

100 Videos, 100 Days-Day #7--Cowboy Church

January 27, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Well, I'm still goin' strong and makin' videos--only 93 to go!

Today I just wanna share a quick tour of my cowboy church, and if you wanna see more videos about Western Star Cowboy Church--just go the the YOUTUBE channel of the same name.



Ain't they great? And that was just REHEARSAL! They REALLY rocked it durin' the actual service!

A quick side note--durin' services we had another member develop some health issues--for the second Sunday in a row. She's okay--it turned out to be a case of dehydration. The ER got her filled back up with proper fluids, and she is supposed to be back home by now--I'll be checkin' in on her later.

I figure that the reason this is happenin' lately is that God is fixin' to do somethin' big through our little congregation, and the devil is just panickin' and tossin' everything he can at us to get us to give up.

...ain't happenin', bubba.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


Saturday, January 25, 2014

100 Videos, 100 Days, Day #6--Grocery Haul

January 26, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Today's video is of the results of my very first 'solo flight' back into couponnin'. I had done it back in the late 80s, and I forget why I stopped. But today I returned full fledged back into this method of savin' money for my family.

I even got a compliment from the cashier at Walmart, where I did price matchin'. She said that I was very organized and had all my stores grouped together and documented. It was my first time of price matchin', so I was glad to hear I hadn't annoyed her, since there are many checkers who HATE to deal with this stuff.



Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


100 Videos, 100 Days, Day #5--Freezer Soup

January 25, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

It's cold here. It's not long johns and sweat suit worn to bed, electric blanket, 3 sleepin' bags, 2 small dogs, wood stove goin', and you just figured out that the reason you still can't get warm is that the guy who originally built the cabin left quarter inch gaps in the floor boards cold.

But it's cold.

Okay, today's video is about savin' leftovers in a container in your freezer, so you can use them later to make soup.

A quick story, then I'll let ya get to the video.

When my son was  little, I would make homemade soup all the time, since it was inexpensive and nutritious. Obie would often come into the kitchen where I had the big pot goin' on the stove, take a deep sniff, look up at me with that adorable face and say brightly,

"POOP!"

I never figured out if he just couldn't say 'soup', or if it was a critique of my culinary skills...



Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

100 Videos 100 Days--Day #4 Candle Fueled Rocket Stove

January 24, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Welcome to Day 4 of my 100 Days Challenge. This challenge is fun so far, and yet I know that at some point--it's gonna get hard to come up with ideas. Hey, after today--only 96 more to go!

This is a video that I made about an idea that I was inspired to do after watchin' Jeff Yeager's You Tube channel, The Cheap Life. BTW--congratulations to Jeff on hittin' the 20,000 subscribers mark yesterday. I only have 7 right now, but I know I'll give Jeff a run for is money...someday.

Okay, Jeff had done a video on stayin' warm cheaply, and one of the things he shows is how to make a space heater usin' candles and flower pots (just watch the video--it makes more sense if you see it).

Ever since I learned about this idea, I ave wanted to try it. However, right now I have no flower pots, and I refuse to run around tryin' to find one in January. My motto is;

"Don't spend money--spend time thinkin'."

So.....

I have plenty of candles. Folks give them to me all the time. If there is a glitch in how they burn, I fix them and they work fine. It may only take cuttin' the tall wax off around the wick so you can reach it with the flame.

So, candles but no flower pots....

Well, you can see what I did here, and while yes, I agree, I should not be left alone too often to think of these kinds of things...

Ya hafta admit--it's kind of clever what I came up with--AND IT WORKS.



Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


Thursday, January 23, 2014

100 Videos 100 Days--Day #3

January 23, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Man, you have no idea how worried I was that I was gonna get all kinds of snotty comments about my singin', but apparently ya'll decided to be kind. Thank you.

Today's video is about how I protect the seat cushions on my couch. Yeah, it's a bit unusual, but it works.



Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

100 Videos For 100 Days--Day #2

January 22, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I can't believe that I decided to do this video. I got up this  mornin', and was singin' somethin' that I was  makin' up, and after the Redneck left for work, I got the insane idea to face a life long fear of singin' in public.

Yeah, I know--hard to believe, right?

ME, scared of singin' in public?

Oh yeah, BIG time.

So, I made the video as quick as I could, then ran to the computer and uploaded it before I lost my nerve.

Now it's out there for all and sundry to see, good, bad or whatever.

I DID IT.

Here's the video, complete with me shakin' and gulpin'.

Um..enjoy?



Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

100 Videos For 100 Days--Day 1

January 21, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Yesterday, the mornin' deejays over at Air One Radio (www.air1.com), Eric and Mandy, sort of offered a 100 days challenge. Basically, you pick somethin' and do it for 100 days.

I thought about it, and decided that I will do 100 videos for my YOUTUBE channel for 100 days.

I normally just make the videos as the ideas come to me, and after I have several, I post them all at once. However, for the next 100 days, I will make and upload a video a day. I have no IDEA what I'm gonna do them on, probably more money savin' ideas that I do, possibly an outfit of the day, and I'm even thinkin' of takin' ya'll to church to see our cowboy band playin' praise and worship music on Sunday.

To get started, here is my intro video for this challenge.



So, besides no makeup, my hair not fixed, and the old work clothes...how'd I do?

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Week--Prayers for A Church Member--Short Latin Lesson

January 20, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Another Monday has come along, and I can hardly wait to see what all God has planned for me this week. It's gonna be awesome, I'm sure, cause God don't do nothin' halfway.

Yesterday was 'grub Sunday' at church and there was lots of food and fellowship after services. Durin' the services, however, there was a tense moment when one of our older members, a sweet gentleman named Gerald, developed heart issues. He and his wife began walkin' out of the church, and we all saw that somethin' was terribly wrong. Our church has a system set into place for just such times as this, and we had men quickly come forward and support Gerald, women came to support Rita, his wife, 911 was called, and they were escorted outside to await the ambulance. There was no panic, no disruption of the Spirit, just a quiet hush as we all began to pray for this wonderful man and his sweet wife. Within moments, the ambulance arrived, and he was whisked away to the local hospital. We all knew that thre was nothin' more we could do at the time, so we continued to praise and worship the Creator of the Universe, the Great Physician, and thank Him for whatever He was about to do.

Later I received a text that Gerald was doing fine, he was in good spirits, and would stay overnight for observation, My biggest concern is for the lady who is proud to be called his wife. She is a tiny, sweet, lovin' little lady, and I know that she loves that man dearly. She has issues with anxiety attacks, and I ask that ya'll would please pray not only for her and her husband, but also for their Grandson, Casey. Casey is a young man who became a Christian about two months ago, and he loves the Lord with all his heart. He is an astonishin' young man, and I know that this is hard on him as well.

I'm so thankful that God has placed us in this church at this time of our lives. These folks have a real love for Jesus, and for the people not only in our church, but also for the community. Like it said on the sign in LONESOME DOVE, "uva uvam vivendo varia fit", or--

"Grapes ripen better in a bunch"

John 15:1-8 states;


15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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.
“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. 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. If you remain in meand my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

We have a good church in that none of us 'grapes' has to try to ripen on our own. We have not only Jesus the Vine, but many others in our 'bunch' that helps us to grow and ripen in the image of Jesus.

I pray that ya'll have good 'bunches' in your life, too.


Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

LADIES NIGHT--Book Review

January 19, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I'm readin' Mary Kay Andrews' new book, LADIES NIGHT, and it's WONDERFUL.

But then, so is everything else she writes.

Seriously, I read on of her books years ago when my life was tryin' to fall completely apart. I think it was SAVANNAH BLUES or HISSY FIT. Either one, I got hooked on her heroines, and how while they may get whacked down by life's circumstances, they get back up (usually after a time of whinin', kvetchin' and moanin'), and they work to rebuild their lives. Her books helped me to do the same in my own life, and they continue to do so as I have setbacks in life.

In LADIES NIGHT, Grace is a lifestyle blogger who catches her hubby and her assistant in the 'act'. She drives his $175,000 car into the pool and walks out. She then finds herself locked out of her house, her bank accounts, and her blog. She falls apart, then finds herself court ordered to divorce recovery therapy sessions. While attending these sessions, she meets other women and one man plagued by the same type of problems.

You will find yourself sympathizin' with Grace, and cheerin' her on as she starts with what may be a small, possibly insane idea, but it's HER small, possibly insane idea, and she runs with it.

I recommend this book highly if you need a kick in the pants to restart a stalled life--or if you just wanna read a lovely, funny book.

Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Beautiful Weather--Just Some Tidbits Of News

January 18, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Hard to believe it's January here in Texas, what with the temperatures in the high 50s and 60s lately. They DO drop back down into the 30s at night, though. We still wear layers of clothin' durin' the day--easier to regulate body temps that way.

It's a gorgeous Saturday here, and a bit later I'm gonna run across the road to a neighbor's house and check out some free 2x4s he offered me. Apparently his son brought home a bunch of trusses for roofin'. They are attached with tin, and he says you hafta almost tear up the wood to get the tin off. He said I could have all I wanted, if i would just come get them.

I figure that I'll just cut the ends off that have the tin, and chunk those ends into the big bonfire that the other neighbor is plannin'. I can then either stack the wood neatly to use later in projects, or I can offer it for barter.

I'm happy to say that the SOUR CREAM-A-PALOOZA event is finally over. I have only my little stash in my freezer now, all the rest has been bartered away.

I gotta say, so far barterin' has gone pretty well this year. I am slowly buildin' a network of folks who like to barter. I'm about to offer a brand new, never out of box AS SEEN ON TV EZ EYES keyboard to the gals in my coupon group. We'll see who bites at the bait.

As far as couponin' goes--yesterday I bought 3 2 litre bottles of 7 up TEN for 23 cents apiece. I got two bottles of SUNDOWNERS Magnesium for $1 off each. I ain't gettin' as many free groceries as my mentors--but it's a start.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

More Blessin's From Sour Cream Windfall

January 16, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

After postin' yesterday about my 'Sour Cream-a-palooza', I began to wheel and deal with folks. So far my trades have netted me 15 boxes of Hamburger Helper, Boxes of Tuna Helper, 5 boxes of KLEENEX tissues, several future eyebrow waxin's (and yes--I NEED THOSE), a big bowl of home made chili, and another big bowl of homemade spaghetti sauce with noodles, along with a few other goodies.

Not bad, eh?

Today while makin' my grocery list for the week, I noticed that sour cream is sellin' at $1.50 for a 16 oz carton. The 72 cartons in my freezer represent $108!

I found out you can make cheese from sour cream, just like you can with yogurt. You just dump the sour cream into a cloth and let it drain into a bowl. It makes a type of cream cheese. I use the whey that drains out in bakin'. You can add spices and chopped veggies to the cheese.

The Redneck came home after church last night and asked what the HECK was I gonna do with 72 cartons of sour cream. I told him I was gonna make the world's BIGGEST freakin' plate of nachos.

He didn't ask nothin' else...

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


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Follow The Still Small Voice--You Never Know Where It'll Lead

January 15, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Ya'll ain't gonna believe what God did today! Well, if you've read my blog for very long, you will, 'cause ya know that God blesses me right left and sideways--not because I'm anyone special, but because He is so good.

Okay, here's what happened...

If you recall, a few days ago I mentioned that I might go camp out at a local grocery store to try to win free milk for a year. My friend and her mom in law were gonna go too. I was game.

Well yesterday I had a sudden feelin' that I wasn't supposed to go--I was to work the food bank like I always do on Wednesday. I told my friend, and while she was a little disappointed, she understood that I had to do what I felt was best.

So today, I got up, did chores, and the Redneck dropped us off at the food bank. We worked until the truck got there, then we began unloadin'. It was good that I went, since there were few folks there who could lift and carry a lot. I was glad I had obeyed that still small voice that told me to come.

Then, out of the blue, a lady came up to me and asked if I wanted any of the sour cream that they were about to toss in the dumpster.

"What's wrong with it? Out of date?"

Turns out, it has a sell by date of Feb 19 this year. The only thing wrong with it is that it's 'sloshy', not as solid as folks like.

I said I'd take it all.

"But, there are BOXES of it!"

"I'll take it ALL."

So, I loaded up about 7 boxes of sour cream into my ride's van. I put 72 containers into my freezer, and several in my fridge. The REST I have offered for trade to the ladies of my coupon group,for ANYTHING they wanna bring. We'll see how that goes.

The big blessin' was that I prefer to use sour cream to bake with, and THAT was what I wanted the milk for. The containers of sour cream are easier to store in my freezer than gallons of milk, and instead of thawin' a big jug of milk and havin' to use it up quick--I can just take out one container, thaw it and use it as I need it.

I just got a call from a lady who works with the Redneck--I'll be sendin' four containers to work with him in the mornin'.

See? If I hadn't followed the leadin' of the Holy Spirit's leadin', I might have gotten the milk, but I would have missed out on the blessin' of a better freebie.

Well, I got sour cream to find homes for--Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bakin' Day--Happy Hick Hubby

January 14, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Even though it's a gorgeous day, it was just cold enough in my house to justify bakin' this mornin, so I could stay warm in the kitchen! I made bread with some frozen blueberries, but instead of usin' milk, I used a container of black cherry Greek yogurt I found in my fridge. It turned out quite nice. If I'm bakin' somethin' that calls for milk, many times I just use any dairy product I have in the fridge--yogurt, sour cream, milk, cream, buttermilk, cottage cheese, etc. As  long as it has lactic acid--it's good to go.

I also made chocolate chip cookies for the Redneck as a surprise. He loves the things, and I wanted to do somethin' nice for him.

What is really gonna trip his trigger this evenin' will be the fact that we are havin' meatloaf. We had been eatin' a lot of ham and other pork product lately, since that was all I had in my freezer...I thought.

He said he wanted some COW. He was tired of pork, I said sorry, he would have to wait until I got to go shoppin'.

So imagine my joy when I found several packages of ground beef under a pile of smoked sausage this mornin'. I dunno how I missed them on my inventory.

So tonight, I'm makin' meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and salad. He is gonna be one happy Redneck.

Well, i got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014




Monday, January 13, 2014

Wind Is Blowin'--I Ain't There Yet

January 13, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Man, the wind has whipped through here and shook up the whole place. It's a southern wind, so it's been warm enough, but you can hear it moanin' and groanin' as it blows around the house.

I belong to Yes Fellowship (www.yesfellowship.com), a Christian social site, and I love it, there are many wonderful folks who post there, and the posts are always pretty upliftin' as everyone praises God and His work in their lives. I post about what's goin' on and how Go is workin' in my own life, just sorta like what I do here, only in shorter posts.

I received a message from one of the folks there--an older lady, and she said the followin';

"Regardless of what it seems you have gone through, you sure seem on top of it. you bounce back quickly and always have a praise report. You are a lesson for many."

I was happy to get a positive response about my postin', and yet I had to set the record straight. So I typed a reply, and I thought, ya know...I wonder if the folks who read my blog think I'm a lesson for many? 

Well, here is my reply, and see if it clears up any misconception about me;

"Thank you for the complement--I give the glory to God Who is the Author and Finisher of my faith. 

...and I want to add...



Honey, you did NOT see me Friday, when I had a complete emotional and spiritual meltdown. I pitched a hot steamin' pile of HISSY FIT right at God. There are days I just fall so hard I almost get a bloody nose from hittin' the ground. I made a toddler look mature.

...and yet God loved me. He reached down, patted my back and comforted me, helpin' me to see that even though there had been a great injustice done to me--and it still hurts, years later--that He had somethin' even more amazin' and wonderful than what I had imagined would have been if I had gotten what I wanted.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

There are days I just plain lose it, due to old hurts, current frustrations, and just plain old flesh lettin' me know "I ain't there yet".

Yet He loves me, I know it, and I cling to that, even in the midst of my crisis. I know that I can complain and gripe about my life and what's goin' on in it--or I can be honest, admit my life ain't perfect, and look for the lessons and blessin's that come from all that occurs.

Sorry, didn't mean to preach a sermonette!"

So, if ANYONE ever gets the idea i am super happy and super praisin' all the time--the previous statement should correct it.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Coupon Class Was GREAT!

January 12, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Well, I gotta tell ya, coupon class was awesome! We met at the Mexican Cafe, and munched on chips and salsa while this great lady taught us about couponnin' and all that goes with it--peelies, blinkies, tear pads, printables, price matchin', stackin'...oh good grief, I am overwhelmed with information.

That's okay, I will start small and grow into it. As long as I'm savin' on the budget--I'm content.

One thing she said was that this would become our new job. I got no problem with that--I think it's a great way to help the Redneck support the family without havin' to work outside the home. Yes, I'll still clean the tack store once a week, and volunteer at the food bank. I'll just have a new way to contribute to the family, and it will easily incorporate into my lifestyle.

They had a table loaded with goodies that had been purchased through coupons, and at the end there was a drawin' of names to see who would win it.

LEIGHA WON!

I thought that was cool. She also shared the wealth with me--I got a tin of shortbread cookies to take home. They didn't last long after the guys saw them, but hey, that's what they're for!

Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Coupon Class--Overnight Campin' To Win Milk

January 11, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Today, I'm headed for coupon classes with my buddy Leigha. We are gonna go learn how to stretch our family budgets even farther than we already do, and that's pretty darn far!

Last night, she called me to tell how she went shoppin' last night, and when she checked out, her total was over $300. What she PAID was $81, and that is BEFORE coupon class!

I can't hardly wait, this is gonna be fun.

How do ya'll stretch your budgets? What strategies do ya'll use?

On the 15th of this month, a local store is havin' a grand re-openin', and they said that the first 25 folks who buy $25 worth of the store products will get free milk for a YEAR. I'm thinkin' of campin' out overnight to see if I can do it. It's gonna be cold, right at freezin', but I think I can do it, with the Redneck's blessin'. I keep thinkin' if I can get that milk, maybe I can get the store to donate it all at once for the food bank. I'm figurin' it's 52 gallons, and that would be great for 52 families. I'll let ya'll know how that turns out, if the Redneck will even LET me do it!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Water Is Back On--FIREPROOF Movie

January 8, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I thought that after livin' without runnin' water for seven years, I would never take it for granted again. Yet when I was without it for two days and had to go back to ''choppin' water'' for a few tasks--I realized how complacent I had gotten about the luxury that God had blessed us with since our return to The Lone Star State. I can now state with absolute certainty that there are few sounds as sweet as a toilet flushin'!

Worked the food bank today, and brought home 2 boxes of cabbage leaves that had been trimmed off of the heads to be givin out tomorrow. The ponies will love that little treat, for sure. I also got a HUGE slab of pastrami that  had a few spots of mold on it. I've cut off the mold, and will slice it up for the freezer. Before you freak about the mold, let me tell you--many times a packin' plant cuts off mold on meat and cuts up the good flesh to sell. And since this pastrami came from HEBREW NATIONAL--I know it's still good. That company makes the best meat products on earth.

Okay, after lunch I watched FIREPROOF, by the Kendrick Brothers. If you haven't seen this film--oh honey, you need to watch it. I saw it a few years ago, and then I got a copy of the book that came from it, THE LOVE DARE. I did it, and it was amazin' what it did for my marriage. I decided to get it out today and go through it again, just to freshen up my skills as a lovin' spouse. You can never do too much to keep love alive--REAL love, not that 'stuff' they sing about on the radio. I'm not opposed to love songs and some of the sentiments they talk about. I may have said this before on this blog, but it bears repeatin'...

Love is not romance with candles, flowers, dancin' and pretty words, although all those things may have a place in a relationship. REAL LOVE is when you look like hell due to a stomach bug, you are kneelin' at the toilet bowl and throwin' up everything you've eaten the last two weeks, your face is red and blotchy, and all you can do is cry because you feel so bad--and yet your spouse is there, holdin' back your hair and wipin' your face with a cool wash cloth, tellin' you it's gonna be okay.

THAT is love.

I highly recommend THE LOVE DARE if you haven't tried it.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cold Temps Put Trust To Test

January 7, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Wow, I hope ya'll are stayin' warm durin' this little 'cold snap' that's whippin' through the place this week! It has been a 'brisk' experience, I must say!

Woke up Monday mornin' at 4 a.m. to find the water wasn't runnin'. The Redneck began to flip a little, but I told him to come back to bed, cause we sure couldn't do anything about it at 4 in the mornin'! When we got up later, I got him off to work, got chores done quickly, and settled in under a blanket with the heater goin' until noon, when it finally got warm enough to crawl under the house to see if the pipes were frozen and broken.

A check showed the pipes to be fine. I checked the well house, and realized that it had been so cold, it had overwhelmed the heaters in the well house.

Well, shoot my monkey...

So, I informed the Redneck of the situation. He brought home plenty of drinkin' water, and after I had broken the ice on a rain tank in the back, I had water for animals and dishes. Now I'm askin' for prayer that the well house gets thawed quickly, so I can do laundry and a few other things. Bathin' tonight will be courtesy of rain water heated on the stove, like we used to do in the mountains. I'm thankful for the experience that taught me to get along in a harsh situation.

Stay warm ya'll!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

**Addendum to post--Right after I posted this, I went out to check the well house again. I was getting texts from a friend, and she told me that I should call the landlord. Just as I read the text--the water began flowin' into the horse trough!  We now have plenty of water pressure, and I'm about to catch up on laundry. But first....

I'm takin' a HOT SHOWER! 

Thanks for the prayers!



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Unexpected Blessin'

January 2, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Went to help out at a local charity this mornin', and got an unexpected blessin'. They were givin' out food to folks, and when they went to get a bunch of processed hams from the freezer, the hams were'nt frozen. They were fine, just weren't rock hard like they are supposed to be. The director said that even though they were probably fine, he didn't want to hand them out, to be safe. Then he looked at me and asked if I wanted them for my dogs.

IF?

Was he KIDDIN'?

I said sure, I'd take them, and loaded my and Obie's backpack down with TEN processed hams. Talk about HEAVY.

Then, I sorted through two 50 pound bags of carrots to re-bag to give out, and most of one of the bags wasn't good enough to give out, so guess whose horses are very happy right now? Yup, almost 40 pounds of carrots got brought home today, and will be given out over the next week.

I'm thankful that a lady who works there gave us a ride home--the hams alone would have been heck to carry home, not to mention the carrots in a huge mesh bag, AND some huge zucchini that were just a touch 'ugly' on one end.

So now I have nine processed hams in my freezer, ready to give out a bit at a time to my canines AND to be used in recipes, because while the hams weren't frozen, they also never got warm, so they are fine for humans to eat. I have one ham out to try cuttin' up on the meat slicer that a neighbor gave me, to see how it does as a lunch meat. The zucchini  will be trimmed and put on my curly peeler, which when turned will produce a lovely raw 'spaghetti' for lunches this week.

Good start to the year, I'd say!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Good Time last Night--Tryin' A New Recipe--The Year Ahead

January 1, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Had a decent time at the church party last night. Learned to play Bunco--do NOT get the attraction. It's basically rollin' three dice to get a certain amount of a designated number on the dice, and...I dunno. Honestly, it's kinda like YAHTZEE on steroids to me.

Ate a lot of goodies, and even got to bring home some leftover that other folks didn't want. I snagged some excellent peanut brittle that an older gent in our church makes--wonderful stuff. I got a big bag full of a Chex mix kind of stuff--not bad. And I got a big Glad Ware container full of little sausages cooked in barbecue sauce. I used those for a lunch dish today, and there are several left for another time.

I had baked a cake and frosted it for last night, but everyone kept eatin' finger foods like brownies, and not any of my cake nor the pies that were brought. I cut the cake up today and am freezin' it on a cookie sheet. When it's ready, I'll pop the pieces into a bag and leave them in the freezer for a quick sweet treat.

As a step forward in my quest to lower our food budget more--I tried a hamburger bun recipe I found on Raising Olives Web site (www.raisingolives.com). They are fairly easy to make. They ain't as pretty as store bought, but they taste good. Will use those for pulled pork sandwiches tonight, and freeze the rest.

I have to admit--I am looking forward to this year with great anticipation, not only for myself, but for my family and friends--both online and off. The mind boggles at the possibilities ahead. God always has somethin' better than we can imagine. As the old biker said to his grandson as they began their first ride...

"Get On, Sit Down, Shut Up and HOLD ON!!!!!

Now if that don't describe how life with God is--you ain't listenin'.

Well, I got chores. later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014