Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good WEDNESDAY Afternoon

Good WEDNESDAY Afternoon, Sweet Ladies!

All of a sudden I felt like sitting down, taking a break, and getting in a good visit with you all. It's been a long time since I've done that and I've missed it. 

This week, like all the others, is flying by. Monday was crazy. I didn't accomplish half of what I set out to do, but, at the end of the day it didn't matter. It was a good day with a great ending! Got to go listen to several of our grandchildren recite their scripture verses as part of the National Bible Bee. Papa and I were super proud of all of them! 🐝 

Yesterday was spent at the cancer treatment center in Joplin with my friend, Laura, who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer. It's been quite a journey for her and it has been a blessing to both of us to be able to share in this journey together. Breast cancer is a terrible, terrible thing, yes, but the Lord is good; His mercy and grace abundant. Laura stands daily on Psalm 118:17 declaring that she will live and not die and will continue to declare the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I stand in agreement with her. You can meet Laura and keep up with her progress by visiting her blog at Harvest Lane Cottage. I know that any and all prayers on her behalf would be most appreciated! 🙏

Today has been fairly quiet. I haven't gotten anything major accomplished really, but have wiped out several small jobs that have needed doing for quite some time. In addition to that, I had an enjoyable outing with one of our granddaughters in celebration of her 10th birthday. It was a lot of fun! 🎈🎂🎉

As I write this there is a torrential downpour taking place outside. It looks like more storms are on the way, so I suppose I better get a move on and get supper fixed before they arrive. You all have a great evening and I'll talk with you again soon!

Until then...

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The Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Is Happening In Less Than A Week!

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Is Happening In Less Than A Week!

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017 is happening in less than a week, on August 21, 2017, and what an amazing event it is going to be! 

People in all 50 states are going to the view the eclipse. Depending on where they're at, those that are within the path of totality will view the eclipse as a total eclipse of the sun; those who are not in totality will view the eclipse as a partial eclipse of the sun. Either way, it's going to be exciting!

Below is a list of eclipse facts that I put together for a program that I did for work back in July. I am sharing this information here for anyone who is interested in understanding more about what is going to happen during Monday's total solar eclipse.


# 1 - A solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon, and earth line up just right and the moon's shadow is cast over the earth. 

#2 – A total solar eclipse occurs on earth about once every 18 months, but most of them occur over the ocean.

#3 – There are two parts to the moon's shadow – the penumbra and the umbra.

#4 – The penumbra is the larger part of the moon's shadow that, in the case of the August 21st, 2017 eclipse, will be observed by people in all 50 states as a partial solar eclipse.

#5 – The umbra is the smaller, darker part of the moon's shadow that lies directly in line with the moon as it passes between the sun and the earth.

#6 – The umbra's path is only about 70 miles wide and that small 70-mile-wide band of shadow is what we call the path of totality.

# 7 – In the U.S. people in all 50 states will experience the Great American Eclipse to some degree, but not all states are going to be under the path of totality.

#8 – Major cities that will be within the path of totality include Salem, OR, Casper, WY, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, Nashville, TN, Columbus SC, and Charleston SC.

#9 – When the eclipse occurs, those within the path of totality are going to experience something that very few people get to see. The sun will disappear and it will become nighttime in the middle of the day.

#10 – Some of the things that will happen during this time are – temperatures will drop, birds will begin to roost, nighttime insects will begin to sing, and stars will appear in the sky.

#11 – It has been 26 years since the last total solar eclipse in the U.S. and that one was viewed only by those in Hawaii.

#12 – It has been 148 years since the last solar eclipse in Missouri (my home state).

#13 – During the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, it will take approximately 90 minutes for the moon's shadow to cross the United States from coast to coast.

#14 – The umbra will take only about 13 minutes to makes it's trip across the state of Missouri.
#15 – The longest periods of totality will occur across the center line of the eclipse path. This is because the shadow is a circle. A location near the center of the circle will get the widest part of the shadow.

Now, those are some of the basic facts about the upcoming eclipse, but it is, by far, NOT the most important thing that you need to know if you and your family plan on viewing the eclipse. The most important thing that you need to know about the upcoming eclipse is that YOUR EYES MUST BE PROTECTED!!! Sunglasses are NOT enough! Every single person that plans on viewing the eclipse must have a pair of special mylar eclipse glasses that are made to view the sun. Without them blindness can and does occur. Please, please, PLEASE make sure your eyes are protected!

Please watch the following video in which the UALR's Darrell Heath does an excellent job of further explaining explaining everything that you and your family will need to know before Monday's eclipse. 

Thanks for viewing! And safely enjoy the eclipse!

Until next time...

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 14, 2017

Greetings, Dear Ladies!

What a beautiful and blessed birthday week I have had! One that has been filled with the love of family and friends and unexpected blessings on every front! Thank you to all here who have helped to make it special!🎈🎉🎂🎉🎈

And what an honor and blessing it is to be linking up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and the sweet ladies at Happy Homemaking Monday again this week! 

The weather...

The weather has actually been quite nice. Daytime temps have been in the mid-80's with nighttime temps in the mid-60's. At this moment it is 76 degrees and mostly sunny with a 40% chance of rain later in the day. The week ahead promises to heat up a little, but not be too bad considering we're in the middle of August. 🌞

Right now I am...

Doing laundry and enjoying a Diet Cherry Pepsi (a habit that I'm trying to break) while working on this post. 

On my reading pile... 

The same as last week. Am keeping up with daily Scripture reading, but don't think I've read more than a few paragraphs to a chapter or two of any of these this week. 

People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians by Michael Dickey
Talk To Me: Connecting With The Heart of God by Lynette Hagin
Trim Healthy Mama Plan by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

On the menu this week....

As with last week, I've made a few blunders along the way, but, considering it's been birthday week, I've not done too bad with staying on least when I've been home and have been able to. While out, even if not considered THM friendly, I've consistantly tried to make the healthiest choices possible, and, while splurging a little, have chosen not to eat a lot of junk. 
For my birthday dinner my daughter went all out and made me a full and complete THM dinner. It consisted of broccoli-cheese soup, herb-roasted chicken, roasted cauliflower, green fries, and cheesecake. It was superb! Restaurant quality and full of flavor! She did an excellent job! 💓

Here are this week's previously written supper plans, but, as there are still a lot of leftovers in the fridge from last week, these are very likely to change...

- Monday - Crispy Salmon (S) pg 283 Original THM, Deviled Eggs (S) pg 228, sliced beets
- Tuesday - Peanut Sauce Night (S) pg 337 Original THM
- Wednesday - Chicken Tenders (S) pg 345 with Green Fries (S) pg 357
- Thursday - Fakertot Casserole (S) pg 147
- Friday - Slow Fajitas (E) pg 53 with rice and beans
- Saturday - Grilled Salmon (S, E, or FP) pg 284 Original THM, Sweet Potato Fries (E) pg 217, Creamless Creamy Vegetables (pg 352) (FP)
- Sunday - leftovers

On my to do list....

- Complete my "home blessing"
- Go over this week's planner and try to get a handle on everything that's coming up in the next week or two, detail plans, and make lists)
- Hear several of our grandchildren present the Scripture passages that they've been working on over the summer as part of the National Bible Bee.

In the craft basket...

- Nothing at the moment

Looking forward to this week...

- Spending time with my friend, Laura (chemo), having birthday lunch with two of our granddaughters, presenting my night program on bats at work, and watching eclipse in totality

From the camera...

Visiting the old haunts of childhood. Went to church here on Sundays as a child and stayed a couple of weeks with my aunt and uncle in the summertime to attend Bible school. Am glad we stumbled across it by accident yesterday. Brings up a ton of sweet memories! 💓

Ohio Christian Church - Lowry City, Missouri

Scripture Reading....

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Well, Ladies, that's if for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed week ahead and I will see you next time!

Until then...

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Five Minute Friday - PLACE

Five Minute Friday a free write, which means, as our hostess, Kate Motaung, says, " editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write."

This week's prompt is: PLACE


A lot of people that I know are going through some really tough times right now. I have one friend who is battling breast cancer; another who just lost her apartment and has been forced into living conditions that are waaaaay beyond less-than-ideal. Others are facing financial difficulties, illness, loss, loneliness, and more. Many of these circumstances seem there are no answers, and, in the natural, there may not be.

But there is One...One Who loves us so very much more than our finite minds could ever even hope to comprehend...One Who, no matter what we are going through, can bring us to a place of peace in the midst of the storm (and it doesn't matter how bad the storm is). This One that loves us so much (to the point that He laid down His very life for whosoever should believe on Him..."whosoever"...that's you...that's me)? His name is Jesus and it is only in Him that we will find rest for our weary souls. He is the Cleft of the Rock...our hiding place...our place of peace and joy in the midst of a crazy, cRaZy world. 

Do you know Him? If not, don't delay. Ask Jesus to make Himself real to you. Ask Him to come into your life and to do something with it. When you're lonely...or feeling depressed...when you're overwhelmed...when you're afraid...put your trust in Him. Jesus will never leave you, nor forsake you. He's got the answer to every problem that you will ever face.


"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me 
from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance" (Psalm 32:7)

Until next time...

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Thrifty Week - Post #6

Hello! And welcome to "My Thrifty Week" - Post #6! 🙋 

How has your week been thus far? Mine has been pretty calm compared to usual and the weather has been beautiful! It had cooled off there for a couple of days and hints of autumn permeated the air, but, now, it has warmed back up and, after the weekend rains, the humidity is soaring. 

(Rebecca whispers) Have I mentioned to you before that I love fall and can't wait for its arrival? 😏 (Rebecca laughs out loud) I know! Only about a hundred times! 😆

🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂 on to this week's "thrifty happenings"!  

- This week we were able to shut the air conditioner off much of the time. I do have it back on now because the humidity is so high, but, over the weekend and for the first half of the week it was off. That should result in a lower electric bill come September.
- I had enough points on my Amazon Rewards that I was able to order a new filters for the vacuum cleaner for FREE! How cool is that???
- I found this huge container of red, green, and gold Christmas ornaments valued at $24.98 for only $2.00 at a thrift store this week. I plan on using the really big ones to decorate the front porch at Christmastime and the others will be incorporated into other decorating and craft project ideas.
- I love finding money that I didn't know I had! This week I discovered, by accident, that I had a $13.00 balance at Paypal. I used the money towards an online purchase that I was in the middle of making when the discovery was made. Yeah! 

- I purchased $10.00 worth of zucchini and yellow squash again this week from my friend that grows and sells at a farmer's market. What I get from her for $10.00 would cost two or three times that (at least) at the grocery store, so it's quite a savings for us and it's wonderful getting in on the fresh-from-the-garden summer bounty! 

That's it for the "thrifty happenings" here this week! What "thrifty happenings" are happening at your house?

Remember..."A penny saved is a penny earned!" Little things done consistently add up to big savings over time! 

Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Product Review - Magic Things Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets and Mosquito Repellent Patches

Ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects and arachnids have been out-of-control crazy this year! I think it's because we, virtually, had no winter last year and nothing got killed out. Whatever the reason, it's been terrible and the number of tick- and mosquito-born illnesses are on the rise.

As part of my job, I recently led an evening hike out on the prairie and, by the end of it, most of the participants were freaking out. Even those who had sprayed down with insect repellent that contained DEET (which I detest) were picking dozens of ticks off...some of them numbering into the 120's and 130's per visitor! NOT a very nice experience!!! 

I myself had sprayed down with the high-powered stuff that you spray on your clothes (stuff that they provide for us at work...which also contains DEET) and, even with that, I came off the prairie with 30-some ticks! I was kind of freaking out myself. I could not BELIEVE how many ticks there were! 😱, soon after this, I was supposed to lead a Saturday morning bison hike. I was thinking that I really didn't want to go through the whole tick thing again, and that there must be something out there that works. I remembered a school teacher that had gone on one of our summer-school hikes. She was the only person all summer long that I had met that hadn't had a problem out on the trail with ticks. I remembered asking her at the time what on earth she had used to be so fortunate and it was her (I wish I knew her name, because,I owe her a debt of gratitude that can never be repayed)...but, it was her...who had told me about the bracelets and stickers. 


Nothing to spray on, nothing to rub on, nothing you have to take a bath in, nothing directly on your skin or clothing, and, the best part? There's NO DEET!!! Woo-hoo! 

Too good to be true?

So...I got online and started investigating and here's what I discovered and ended up going with...
Magic Things Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets With Citronella

Mosquito Repellent Patches

These two products are AMAZING and, used together, they really work!!! (I say "used together" because that's how I used them. I'm sure on their own they're each phenomenal, but I used them together, so that's all I can testify to.) 

Both products are DEET-free and are safe for children.

The Magic Things bracelets provide protection for up to 240 hours...that's 10 DAYS...and come six to a package (each one is individually sealed); the Mosquito Repellent Patches provide protection for up to 72 hours per patch.

Shortly after my bracelets and patches arrived, I got to try them out when conducting the Saturday morning bison hike and, let me tell you...I couldn't have been more pleased! Our group went out on the prairie and, in order to get close enough to view the bison, we had to get off trail. This means that we got off the mowed trail and was hiking through tall grasses waist-deep and higher. When we got done I had ONE tick! ONE!!! And it WASN'T ATTACHED! 😲 

I was sold!!! These products really work and I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who has to be (or chooses to be) outside whether for work or play. 

The way I used them was...I put one bracelet on my right ankle and used four of the patches placed in various places on my on my left pant leg, one near the waistband on the front of my pants, one near the waistband on the back of my pants, and one under my front collar flap. I'm telling worked!

I continued to wear this same bracelet and those same four patches for several days and was outside at night during part of that time and I never got one insect bite. It was amazing! Super, super amazing!!! 😊

Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Making Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) For the Freezer

In My Thrifty Week Post #5 I shared a bit about the squash that I purchased last week and told you that I'd be sharing a post on what I did with it. 

This is it... 

As stated  in my previous post...I purchased zucchini and yellow squash from a friend who grows vegetables and sells them at a farmer's market. Bigger squash were 2 for $1 and medium ones were 4 for $1. My friend threw in several smaller squash for free. I spent $10 and came out with a boatload of squash! I shared several of them with my daughter and her family.
The yellow squash that I kept I saved to use and serve fresh. One of my favorite breakfasts is to saute yellow squash in a little butter, put it on a plate, and top it with fried eggs. Delicious!

The zucchini I ran through the Veggetti, turning them into noodles (or Zoodles, if you prefer) for the freezer.

Some of the noodles I cooked and served that night with Chicken Parmy (page 161 in the THM Cookbook), which, by the way, was absolutely delicious and gourmet quality in every way. It tasted like something that you'd pay big bucks for at a restaurant and it was so easy to make. My husband enjoyed it, too, so I'm sure it is a recipe that I will make again and again! 

The rest of the zucchini I spiral cut and prepared as per instructions in the video at the bottom of this post. The process is simple...spiral cut the noodles, sprinkle with salt, and work it in. The salt draws a lot of the moisture out of the squash and firms up the texture of the noodles, making them fit for the freezer. I ended up with 4 gallon bags of zoodles and 2 quarts of liquid off of it to add to soups this winter. 

I saved all the zucchini end pieces that were left over after making the spiral-cut noodles

Using my Vidalia Chop Wizard I cut the rounds into cubes and sauteed them that evening for use later in the week.

Here is the video that I watched that gave me the idea in the first place. I'm really glad that I ran across it. This will save us lots of money in the future and give us garden fresh zoodles in the middle of winter! 

Thanks for dropping in and, please, take a moment to say, "Hello!"

Until next time...

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 7, 2017

Good morning, Sweet Ladies!

It's the first Monday of a new month and I am so thankful to be a part of this morning's crew at Happy Homemaker Monday. HAPPY AUGUST!!! 🌞

The weather...

The super hot temps that we were having a week or two ago are behind us now and things look much more manageable in the foreseeable future with highs in the mid-80's and lows in the mid-60's. We had a lot of rain over the weekend, but the clouds are clearing out and the sun promises to make an appearance before the day is through. 🌞

Here is a weather-related video that I took at work Saturday...


Right now I am...

Enjoying a cup of tea as I put the finishing touches on this blog post. I am also adding to my 'to-do' list for the day (and week ahead) as things pop into my head.

On my reading pile... 

People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians by Michael Dickey
Talk To Me: Connecting With The Heart of God by Lynette Hagin
Trim Healthy Mama Plan by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison
On the menu this week....

It's not quite been a full week and I've made a few blunders along the way, but, for the most part, I think that I've done fairly well with staying on plan. I had some things on different days than originally scheduled and some of the things that I had planned I didn't make it to at the zucchini boats. That's because I forgot to save back a zucchini to make them with! 😲 But I've tried lots of new recipes and have found several that my husband and I both like very much. Those are ones that are sure to show up quite often on upcoming menus.

- Monday - Fantastic Meatloaf (S) pg 316 Original THM served with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (S) pg 361 Original THM and Creamless Creamy Vegetables pg 352 Original THM
- Tuesday - Creamy Mushroom Pasta (S) pg 351 Original THM served over zucchini noodles (aka Zoodles) or Troodles (FP) pg 222 THM Cookbook
- Wednesday - Grilled Salmon (E) pg 284 Original THM, Baked Sweet Potato (E), and Creamless Creamy Vegetables pg 352 Original THM
- Thursday - Chicken Parmy (S) pg 161 THM Cookbook over Troodles pg 222 THM Cookbook
- Friday - 
Taco Salad (S) pg 347 Original THM

- Saturday - Grilled Salmon (E) pg 284 Original THM, Baked Sweet Potato (E), and Creamless Creamy Vegetables pg 352 Original THM
- Sunday - leftovers

A new recipe to share...

Peach Pie Smoothie (THM: E)

- 1 ripe peach, peeled and pitted (used a handful of frozen peaches instead)
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (didn't have this, so upped the cottage cheese a bit and added a splash of vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp xylitol (or 1/2 tsp of Gentle Sweet) (I didn't have either of these, either, so used 1 tsp of Pyure instead)
- 2 Tbsp old fashioned oats 
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- sprinkle of nutmeg (didn't have so omitted)
- 1/2 c unsweetened cashew milk
- 2 ice cubes

Add everything to the blender and blitz until smooth and frothy. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

(This recipe was absolutely delicious and it's one that I will enjoy often as a snack!)

On my to do list....

- Do my weekly "home blessing"
- Take a friend grocery shopping
- Do as much prep work ahead as possible for this week's menu plans (cut vegetables, cook meats and divide, etc.)

In the craft basket...

- Finishing up that worm farm! 😆

It's all done except adding the worms and food for them. I've saved a few eggshells and will add some bits of lettuce and other things when the time comes. My program is Friday, so I will collect worms Wednesday or Thursday and have them ready for the children to observe and study come Friday morning.  

Looking forward to this week...

- Seeing our son's new apartment, visiting with my friend, Hannah, before she leaves to go back to college, viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower, and celebrating birthdays with family and friends 🎈🎂🎉

From the camera...

My Favorite Flower - The Thistle

Scripture Reading....

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:2-4).

Well, Ladies, that's if for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed week ahead. 

Until next time...

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