Even though it was not 110 and above today
in Vegas, it was over 100. One of my dear friends had her AC suddenly blow when
a power outage was restored and the resulting power surge blew the unit.
This is a very dear woman whose heart is enormous and who
will pray for others in a heartbeat and with all her heart and faith. She will
help others in whatever way she can.
And now she needs prayers, big time. They just got a new
used car with issues, they cannot live in their home for a while until the unit
is replaced, and they have no clue how to finance that.
Prayers, please, big time? This is a very frightening and
very tough problem - they have to stay with others until this is resolved.
Lord Jesus, you lived and traveled desert climes. You know
the heat. And you had dear friends in need along your own earthly path. Look
lovingly, kindly, and compassionately upon this woman who loves you so much. We
trust in you.
Back in October of ‘14, almost three years
ago, I quit contract TV and went with a wild three-part system: old analog tv,
indoor antenna and converter box. It works for my needs. Sure, I still miss some
channels but for the most part, I get what I need and made my peace with it.
For the first year, though, it bugged me that I couldn’t
pull in ABC - I missed Kelly, Price is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune,
as well as MeTv. Then I managed to wiggle the antennas and jiggle this and
that, and got it to come in. After a few months, I lost it again. After almost
another year, I got it back and I’ve enjoyed it for a few days. Small but happy
treat for me.
Tonight, I will be smelling some delightful aromas from the
slow cooker. I tossed in 14 oz kielbasa, diced; 2 pouches fresh string beans; 1 large
zucchini, diced; and 1/2 c bbq sauce. I wanted to use up the zucchini and find
a way to use the kielbasa in small portions. I had hoped to use both of the
zucchini in the fridge but will use the other one some other way. Anyhow, it
should smell delicious during the night. I will wake up starving.
I really love, love, love the drops in temperatures outside.
Being in the 90s and only up to 103 is great. Plus, the mornings are cooler and
for longer times, and the evenings actually cool down a bit -
My first introduction into prejudice was
the song “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” from the film South Pacific.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s lyrics were first on Broadway in 1948 or 1949 followed
by the 1958 film.
Until that time, when I was in my late teens, I had not
given the matter much thought. Growing up, we were too busy surviving, dealing
with finances, illnesses, 3 kids (me the oldest), daddy’s frightening drinking
spells, mom trying her best, and more. I saw the film the year after I
graduated from high school.
I had, until then, been pretty much shielded from the
issues. I had grown up in a middle class neighborhood in Philly (even though we
couldn’t afford it, being low income blue collar). I had gone to parochial
schools and had not traveled much at all outside of my neighborhood and the
By 1958, I was 18 and in my first job (other than
babysitting before that), and travelling the whole city using buses, subways
and els. I was working with lots of different people and riding with them. My
eyes were opening - widely!
Anyhow, these lyrics were so strong and so real that I
wonder why we are not reviving that song as a sort of theme against the evils
we are seeing still today. How can we have come through so many decades in our
country and still be like this?
I think it’s also time for us to pray, steadily and
strongly, for peace in our country. The world really does watch us. If we can
get past our differences, maybe others will follow.
Lord Jesus, I come to you this evening with two
requests. First that we remember the lyrics to that song and take them to heart
and live them, not just say or sing them. Secondly that we pray, and pray hard,
for this country founded on freedom for all. We trust in you.
This is one of those prayer requests for
which we will not post details. This is often done because the people involved
have people who read their posts and yet they do not want the issues or
This can be because they can’t deal with all the drama which
happens so often in times of crisis. Or it can be because they don’t have the
time and/or emotional energy to deal with questions about the issue. There are
I will just say this is for the loved one of one of my
friends. It is medical, I can tell you that. And the issues are worrisome. So I’m
praying for (and asking for prayers for) correct diagnosis of the troubles,
correct medication and/or tests (and ways to pay for it) and for whatever else
those involved must deal with. We have all been through these things. We all
know how it goes, and how folks feel, which is pretty much helpless.
Just a wee prayer would help tremendously, even if just to
comfort those involved.
Sweet Lord Jesus, you know who I’m referring to. You know
what they need. Please just glance in their direction and help everyone
involved. We trust in you.
A week or so ago, I asked for prayers and
prayed a lot on my own, for an answer to whether or not I should risk the new
Etsy rules and re-open my shop.
Within hours, I received one Facebook comment, one blog
comment, and a private email, all with pretty much the same focus: I should not
risk my financial situation right now by opening myself up to holds against my
bank account. That went along with my own feelings but I didn’t want to be
stubborn without reason on this. Thank you, my dear friends!
I will, instead, focus on trying to get the Facebook page,
and the photo albums, set up to work from there.
Some suggestions have come in along the way for me to open
another account and use that, or to sell from another website other than Etsy
Here’s the things, folks. I am 77. I am trying to “simplify”
rather than “complicate” my life. I want to work with what I’ve got, what I
understand and am comfy with, rather than dive into something new and perhaps
still unsure of itself. So, I do appreciate your caring and your suggestions. I
only pray that you will understand my reasons for not trying those out.
Meanwhile, I am always thrilled by how quickly some prayers
Lord Jesus, you have told us to go to the Father through
you. And you have told us that when 2 or 3 are gathered together in your name,
you are there with us. I truly believe that, and I thank you for hearing the
prayers of my friends on this matter and helping me to know what to do. Please
bless these folks for taking a moment of their time to help someone else. We
trust in you.
This is a good thing! I hadn’t checked my
upright freezer inventory lately. I was busy cooking all the meats in there to
use them all up. I still need to do 2 small boneless breast pieces, 4 or 6
small boneless chops, and a pork roast.
But this morning, I knew I had to begin pushing on a few
things in the house getting some things done. That meant I wanted to defrost
some foods so I would have some quick-and-easy-but-healthy things to grab for
suppers and even for lunches. Soups are very filling and satisfying so I have
no trouble eating those.
Anyhow, I decided this morning to just yank out one of
everything in there. They’ll go into the fridge and I’ll use them in the order
they defrost. This freezer goes to arctic cold!
So, I took out pea soup w/ham, cream of potato soup,
pork chili, beef barley soup, chicken soup, and bbq ribs. Two of those are
2-serving containers. So I’ve got enough for a week’s worth of easy meals. I’ll
add a side for the ribs. I was also thinking of varying the potato soup with
half a can of corn, and using the other half as a side for the ribs.
I’m currently trying to also cook up most of that produce I
was blessed with last week before it “goes.” I also need to cook and freeze, in smaller portions, a bag of red kidney beans from the pantry.
Today or tonight, I want to take a package of kielbasa I
bought on sale and cook that with two of the larger zucchini. I figure to cut
them both into bite-size pieces and toss them into the slow cooker. If that
doesn’t get close to the top of the pot, I might take the 3 or 4 pouches of
fresh string beans from my friends and snap them and toss them in, too. When I
freeze this, I can later add other things to it but it should be great alone or
as a base. I rarely eat kielbasa these days of healthier eating but once or
twice a year I buy one package and space it out in small proportions. Love it.
There are still things to cook up from the produce: 1 small
zucchini (will use that in omelets), nice size eggplant (will do that this week
for sure), and 2 butternut squash (still deciding on those).
Praying for the fortitude and will power to defrost my
freeze this weekend...
Started realizing yesterday that my days
are quickly filling up and I’d better start thinking about prioritizing my
Tomorrow, I really should gather all the items our charity
crafters have finished for Baby’s Bounty. I need to bag them and document them
and then, early this week, as soon as possible, deliver them. I need the room
for park-wide-yard-sale sorting.
One thing that is high on the list this month and next is
sorting for the October (13th, 14th, 15th) park-wide-yard-sale. This time, I’d
like to clear a spot early on so I can begin stacking stuff in that one
Our park newsletter is back in motion for a September 1st
issue and I need to begin drafting that.
Along the way, and before the newsletter (which means
this coming week, probably) I really want to, and need to, finally defrost the
upright freezer again. It’s been two years. Last time it was three years so I
am getting better at this.
Also, I want to transfer items from my old Etsy shop to my
I’ve already made appointments for the podiatrist (mid-Sept)
and dermatologist (possible melanomas - mid-Oct).
Along the way, I will try to keep submitting more pieces to
the Chicken Soup for the Soul people, among other markets.
These are all at the top of the list - and we all have our
own daily routines, as well. We must eat, we must shop for that food and
prepare it, we must shower and do laundry and, well, you know.
I think I’ll write the biggies on a piece of paper, in
Sharpie, and tape it to a wall that I absolutely cannot miss seeing daily. Good
luck to me on that.
I was thinking late today about some things
I am very thankful for. It seemed as though I must have had a list of a dozen.
So I tried to itemize them - some are large and some are small - gratitude
comes in all sizes apparently.
Good water pipes
Considering all the trouble I had last year and into the
spring of this year, I am very very grateful that I was finally able to get
those rotted old galvanized water pipes replaced. Every time I rinse fresh
produce, take a shower, do a wash load, I say a quiet prayer of thanks - that
is a lot of prayers, often, in just a single day.
Although I wasn’t sure this was the cat for me when my
“nephew” picked her out in January ’13, she turned out to be the one that was
right for this time of my life. She even helped kick-start me back into the
free lance writing field I so love.
Thanks to dear friends and to food pantries and to wise use
of seasonal sales, I have plenty of fresh produce to use in my meals.
TVs That Work
There were times I didn’t even have this. And then I
disconnected from contract-tv and went to broadcast-tv with old analog sets,
converter boxes and indoor rabbit ears. Still, today I was blessed with another
wonderful day of PBS pledge drive music events.
Eyes That Are Better Than Ever - thanks for cataract
surgery in ‘14
Working Internet - for research, for connections with
friends, for weather updates and more
Crocheting - not only comforting but adding purpose
to my life
5 Senses That Still Work - so far
Sense of Humor - still able to laugh at things,
including my life
Faith - this should be at the top because it’s what
gets me through each day!
Friends - not enough words to express my feelings
about this blessing
My Home - for as long as I am able to continue to
keep it up and to live here
Lord Jesus, I come to you tonight to ask you to go to the
Father for me and thank him for all my blessings, of which these are only a
small part. Thank you, too, for living here on earth and sharing our earthly
experiences so you can explain to the Father just what we feel and think while in
these bodies on loan to us.
When I deactivated my Etsy shop on 5/31, I
was pretty sure I’d never re-activate it. The issue then was that they demanded
that all shops go to “Etsy Payment” structure. That meant tying it to a credit
card or bank.
At that time, I took PayPal payments. I have no credit card and
would need to tie it to my debit card and/or bank account. In case of a
dispute, they are allowed to put a hold on that account until the issue is
resolved. This could mean major disaster for me because of unexpectedly bounced
checks. So I chose not to do it. Now I am wondering if I should give it another
try, and just pray, and pray hard, that no such dispute arises, ever.
Meanwhile, I am continuing my free lance writing efforts.
However, that ship takes a long while to come in. Many things get written, but
not everything gets accepted. Once accepted, payment can take months, or even
up to a year, to arrive. It’s just a fact of that field.
I refuse to stress over it to any worrisome level, but I
must admit it is on my mind. I’ll simply re-assess the facts and make some
Along the way, I’m still crafting for the local needy with
the yarn folks have donated to us for that purpose, and I still have my own
yarn for lots of projects. There is never a day I’m not crocheting and it is
still one of the best stress-busters I know, except for a purring cat.
Wishing and hoping and praying that each of you has, or
quickly finds, your own such stress-buster, as well.
There are several things on my mind
tonight. I am concerned for a few friends who are going through some tough
Some of it involves caregiving and the caregivers are
beginning to feel the effects and I worry about that.
Some of it involves my own fluctuating not-yet-resolved
financial issues. I am thinking of re-activating my Etsy shop even though it
didn’t bring much in. I am not sure my loan is to the point that I can
re-finance and even then, it might not be quite enough. Some things I am trying
will not bear fruit for a little while. I’m just considering my options and
praying about these and others on the table.
And there are a few other folks I am concerned about. In one
case, I’m trying to not feel as though I have been “used” by someone. But there
has been no effort to explain why this situation has come to this point.
Anyhow, it’s a bunch of things and I will simply turn it
over and let the Lord guide me and help me to figure it out.
Sweet Lord Jesus, you lived here yourself. You had friends
and loved ones. You felt sorrow over their troubles. You saw those who used
others. And you prayed for help yourself when in the Garden. Please glance my
way now and see those who I hope you will comfort and who you will help in
whatever way they need that help. We trust in you.
I have a couple of friends, a couple, in
fact, from a small piece of land about 60 miles away. They have a wondrous
garden. This wondrous garden produces some wondrous bounty.
This couple loves, loves, loves to garden. Their gardening,
to me, amounts to a small farm. And they end up with produce-overload when
nature is generous with some crops. Then they make a trip up my way for many
other reasons and they drop off fresh “stuff.” Oh, how I love, love, love their
Today, these wonderful folks dropped off a couple of
spaghetti squash, butternut squash, a really nice eggplant, and some teeny tiny
tomatoes. They also dropped off some frozen pouches of cute little apricots from
their trees, plus some sliced peaches. Yep, they were sliced already. And the
apricots were already freed of their pits. How great is that?
The thing is, I have a really hard time managing funds for
fresh fruit and produce, so this is a real treat for me. It’s not like it
solves all my problems, but I will truly enjoy the eating while I work out my
problems. And the eating will be healthy.
Most of us have times when we do something
that we later find is coming back to bite us. And most of us have, at one time
or another tried to help someone and ended up regretting that decision. Maybe
what we did for someone turned out to be the wrong thing. Maybe that action had
really bad consequences in our own lives. Or maybe we keep worrying about
whether we should have done it at all.
Without going into details, I did something a month ago that
I really should not have done in my own troubled circumstances. Still, my heart
was in the right place at the time, even if my head should have told me to
stop. I believed what I was told and had no reason not to. That doesn’t change
the fact that it was done.
Whenever I am aware that I need to make a big decision, I
usually take time to pray for the right choice. Sometimes, though, things
happen so quickly our finite minds just move ahead without thinking. And sometimes it is just as simple as trusting someone to be true to their word.
So, since I cannot take back that action, I need to learn
from it. And I need to live with it. And I need to recover from it.
Father, forgive me for not asking you for advice so many
times in my life. I thought I was past that. I thought I was always on track in
praying before taking action. Apparently I am still very human and make very
human mistakes. Please guide me and help me through this, learning from it. And
help me to turn the regret into something more useful, if that is possible.
No matter where you live, you are always
grateful for the few times they can actually schedule a water shut-off. So many
times, these are unexpected because of emergencies - breaks in the main, etc.
We had signs posted on our Mail Room and Clubhouse doors for
the past few days. The water company will shut everything off between 11 and 1
or 2 today. Of course we all know that anything and everything can cause it to
go longer. However, I am very grateful I knew ahead of time.
Preparing for it ahead of time, I put a pea soup in the
crock pot overnight. This morning I have already (at 7 a.m.) moved it from the
pantry to the kitchen. I ladled it into 4 two-cup containers and 6 one-cup
containers, to cool today in the fridge. I have the very meaty ham bone already
removed to another bowl where later today I will portion it into the containers.
Then, tomorrow, I’ll label and freeze them.
The good thing is that I knew ahead of time, cooked it, and
cleaned up any and all breakfast and soup dishes. Now I’ll only have minimal
water needs during the shut off.
Lots of small things on my to-do list today.
Gotta finish my coffee and get going...