LIFE FLIES BY…..

This post is positive proof and evidence that I have a hard time with committments that are not attached to my family, church, or work. I havent even given my blogs a thought in forever. Needless to say, I have had plenty to blog about in the past year, but notta minute to put those events into the written word.

Today, I am simply writing as a way to “check-in”. I could fill the page with life’s events, but prefer to keep it simple by sharing a theme that we are using at church. “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, MAKE DISCIPLES”. What more can we do as Christians! Love God with all your heart, soul, and might. Love others as yourself. Go into the world, locally and otherwise, to bring others to Jesus through your lifestle.

S-I-M-P-L-E!

The Things We See….

I was driving down the highway going to Amarillo and look what drove passed me! I’m not one to pull out my phone and snap a shot, but for some reason that is exactly what I did. I couldn’t help but think that this was an unusual sight, and so here it is for you to see too! I wonder who created it, and where it is going, or where it has been. Anybody know about this big ole horse??? Please let me know.  Have a good day and let me know what strange things you have seen going down the highway(keep it rated G, please)!

 

POPCORN CRAZY!

I found a delicious recipe for caramel popcorn over at I Love Rosemary Watson’s blog back in October. It seemed sensible to make carmel popcorn to give to some of our acquaintances’ children for Halloween. Rhonda Sudbrink loaned me a popper that she had received years ago as a wedding gift. Isaac came over and he and I decorated bags to put the popcorn in. So we made carmel popcorn. It was incredibly delicious! For days I continued making it to give to this person or that person. As Christmas approached, I noticed a different recipe for peppermint flavored popcorn. I thought it would be nice to give office gifts and neighbor gifts of both carmel popcorn and peppermint popcorn. Oh, my! It was even better than incredible. Again, it seemed like I made flavored popcorn for days. As you can guess, I was the one who ate any of it that was left here at the house. I probably gained five pounds just from the popcorn alone! Now, that February is around the corner, I was thinking, “Wouldn’t that peppermint popcorn be wonderful to give out for Valentines Day?” And while I’m at it, I just as well include the caramel popcorn too! I can just see five more pounds on my body! If you would like to have the recipe, I will share it. Watch out for the five pounds!

CARAMEL POPCORN

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

2 bags microwave popcorn, popped (18-20 cups) 1 6oz box candy canes, crushed 1 package Almond Bark 1 tsp peppermint extract or a few drops of peppermint oil

Place popcorn in a very large bowl – the biggest one you have.  Pour crushed candy canes on top of the popcorn.  (I crush my candy canes in the food processor – it is quick and it pulverizes the candy canes!)  Melt almond bark according to instructions on the package.   Add the peppermint extract or oil to the almond bark and pour over popcorn.  Stir until all the popcorn is coated.  Pour popcorn on wax paper and allow to harden.  Once the popcorn has hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!

www.plainchicken.blogspot.com  Thanks, Plain Chicken, for the five pounds!

The Caramel Popcorn recipe is from www. iloverosemarywatson.com.  Check her archives from October. Strangely enough, the very same recipe was with the recipe booklet included with the borrowed popcorn popper.  I believe the little frame for the recipe below came from Rhonna’s Designs.  Oh, by the way, I finally ended up using bags of microwave popcorn for the caramel popcorn too.  It’s more economical to pop it in a popper, but easier clean-up to use the microwave kind in a bag.  Two bags works great.

 

HUSHABYE BABY QUILT

I have certainly been remiss in keeping up with this blog! When I started it I thought I was going to stay home full time, but things just did not work out like that! Nevertheless, I have been trying to be at home more and out in the working world less. Thanks to a very ambitious blogger, Melissa Mortenson, I decided to try quilting for the first time. Her blog is The Polka Dot Chair, and I really like her ideas. She started a quilting challenge of making laptop quilts for Christmas gifts. My project is a jelly roll quilt for my youngest grandbaby, Aiden. I have named it “Hushabye Baby”. Hopefully, I can take a picture of it and get it on this post! I am very pleased with the outcome and wish to thank Melissa Mortenson for her idea, the ladies at Material Girlz for their advice, and Deborah Williams of Lone Star Quilt Co. for her beautiful quilting job.

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the Polkadot Chair

GIGI AND GRANDAD’S GRANDKIDS

What kind of grandparents would have a blog and not post their grandchildren’s pictures?  Bad ones!  We don’t fall in that catagory, so you must suffer through looking at our grandkids’ pics.  Our daughter, Angela,  and her husband, Jas, live in Oklahoma. They  have two boys, Mason and Carter.  Our son, David,  and his wife, Jennie, live here in Borger.  Their little munchkins are Issac and Aiden.

Mason is very independent and scientifically minded.  His mother thinks he just likes to make messes, but his grandmother thinks he is doing experiments. Carter is five and loves to sing and perform.  This works well because Mason owns a video camera and they are always recording the goings on around the house.

Isaac is a toddler who runs around like lightening and has a smile like no other. He is a blonde with big blue eyes.  Little Aiden has just started crawling, pulling up, and exploring.  Aiden’s hair makes you laugh.  It is dark and sticks straight up under all circumstances!  He is also a smiler.

TREES

A group of ladies from my church meets weekly to discuss a Bible study.  We’ve been using Beth Moore’s Believing God series.  It has been such an inspiration to all of us.  There are two parts each week.  After working daily on reading certain scriptures and using a journal to answer questions about those scriptures, we come together on Tuesday mornings to pray, discuss, and reflect on how God wants us to have faith in Him. The second part is a video in which Beth Moore uses humor, humility, and wisdom gained from God’s Word to introduce the next weeks study.  She is truly amazing, and has been clearly anointed by God.

The Week 2 study is titled “Believing God is Who He Says He Is”.  The Faith Journal asks, “Express to God the elements of creation that most eloquently express His existence to you personally.” One of our members, Joan Carder, was kind enough to share her very beautiful thoughts on God’s  expression to her through His creation.  She has given me permission to publish her thoughts.  Hopefully, this will touch your soul, as it did mine, and cause you to think about God’s creation and how it speaks to you.

In driving through Cimarron Canyon in New Mexico, I can’t help but marvel at the trees growing out of the mountainsides.  They are so beautifully formed reaching to the heavens, and their branches so perfectly layered; and I am reminded that only God can make a tree.  I always think of the poem by Joyce Kilmer — “Trees”.

                TREES

I think that I shall never see                                                             

A poem lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest                                                    

Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

 A tree that may in summer wear

 A nest of robins in her hair;

 Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

 Who intimately lives with rain.

 Poems are made by fools like me,

 But only God can make a tree.

                      By Joyce Kilmer

Thank you, Joan, for sharing this with us.  By the way, the picture just happens to have been taken in Cimarron Canyon, NM.  May the Lord speak to each of us through His creations that we often take for granted!

EARLY 4TH OF JULY

We celebrated July 4th early this year.  George’s brother and his wife, Bryan and Kandy, came over with their grandkids, Megan and Jonathan. George had the pool all cleaned out and warmed up.  The men and kids jumped in and had a blast dunking, splashing, and floating for several hours before they stopped to eat.  Finally, David and Jennie came along with the little boys.  Megan and Jonathan played and played with the little ones.  We all had the best time, but missed the others  in our family who couldn’t be with us today.

The heat has been almost unbearable this year with no rain and many days of seemingly hurricane force winds.  All of that adds up to “no fireworks” this year.  We never have been much on using fireworks, but  do enjoy watching the many displays all around us.  We are always amazed at the large “free fireworks shows” we see going on within a few miles often for hours. $$$$$??????

Tomorrow we will go to church.  It is a bittersweet day because we are losing our choir director and his family to another church. We have been greatly blessed by them and hate to see them go.  I am excited though, because I have asked a couple who are new to our community to join us at church.  I think the choir music will be wonderful, plus George is singing “God Bless the USA”, and our pastor’s messages are always outstanding!

I do not want this blog to reflect a lot about “us”.  I am still trying to get it together, make a plan, and go.  Hopefully, soon, I will be able to vary the content to draw a little more interest!

May the Lord bless each of you where ever you are and whatever you are doing this week-end, and may God bless the USA!

STUMBLING ALONG

I had this strange idea to begin a blog a few weeks ago.  I love to write and to share my ideas, so that part isn’t strange. But the strange part is that my life has gone from busy to super busy in the last year. I don’t know how I even had the time to think of this or to wade through the intricacies of figuring out just how to get started here.  One being that I do not see a spell check, and I am among the world’s worst spellers.  Surely to goodness, there is a spell check.  Anyway, this is not really to draw anyone’s interest as of yet, but to merely stumble through getting started with a project that I hope in time will be a blessing to others. Oh my, I don’t even see how to save or post this!  I have much to learn. OHHH!  I see there is a spell check and a button to “publish”.  Now, I am wondering if there is a way to change the font.  Later….