Wednesday, November 14, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 14 - A Tiny Act of Kindness That Happened Years Ago

As I get the turkey out of the freezer and move it to the fridge to start thawing for Sunday's dinner, I am reminded, once again, of a Thanksgiving many years ago when I was struggling with many things, including trying to get a huge turkey in an oven roasting bag, when a friend just happened to drop by unexpectedly. My husband opened the door for her, as I hollered from the kitchen, "Come on in!" As she entered the kitchen she witnessed the struggle that I was having and she said, "Ohmygoodness! Here! Let me help!" She laid down whatever she had in her hands on the table and immediately rushed over to hold the oven roasting bag, while I wrestled the gigantic turkey into it. I've never forgotten that. It was such a small thing, but it still brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it...which is just about every Thanksgiving. That one tiny act of kindness...that one 'coming along side' in an hour (or moment) of need...meant more to me than anyone could ever know...and I'm still thankful for it!

What tiny acts of kindness do you still think about and remember?

Until next time,

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 13 - A Warm Home

Our Kitchen
As bitter cold settles into southwest Missouri, I am thankful for a warm home. Our house isn't big. It isn't fancy. In fact, by the world's standards, it isn't much of anything at all,'s ours. It's warm. It's paid for. In fact, my daddy built this home with his own two hands and it's got features that most houses today don't have, like alternative energy sources (solar lighting, a solar heater, and a wind generator, should we choose to use them) and a small greenhouse and solar porch built on the back. All of these add to energy efficiency, which is a HUGE blessing!

Our Bedroom

At this time of year, when so many people are out on the streets, or are struggling to make ends meet, I am especially thankful for the house we have...for a place to call our own... and for the love that went into (and continues to go into) making it a home!

Until next time,

Monday, November 12, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 12 - Snow

I know that a lot of people don't appreciate it, but today I am thankful for this beautiful snowy day! ❄❆❄

The Second Snow of the Season
Really weird weather for early- to mid-November here in Missouri. In fact,
the weatherman said that what we're in for today is more like mid-January
weather and the current weather pattern is indicative of the winter ahead.
Happy Winter Weathering! <3 
With the holidays upon us, this is a chance for me to hunker down and get some much-needed work done at home and I'm thankful for the opportunity. 

As soon as I finish this post I'm going to turn Pandora on to the Celtic Christmas station and, then, I'm going to dig in to cleaning, planning, and decorating!

What's the weather like where you're at? And how are you spending your Monday?

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 12, 2018

Good morning, Sweet Ladies! 💗 Happy Monday! 💗

I pray that this post finds you and yours healthy, happy, and getting ready for the holidays! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week??? 🦃 Wow! Kind of snuck up on us there...didn't it??? (At least it did me!) 😲

So, how has your last week and weekend been? Ours has been good. The early part of the week was spent cleaning, running errands, and thinking about the upcoming holidays. 

Got the end-of-year taxes paid and applied (and was finger-printed) for my conceal and carry permit on Monday. The sheriff said that I should get a call to come pick it up within the next 30 days.

We voted on Tuesday, took down the fall decorations, and brought in the rest of the Christmas stuff. My BFFF and I got together in the afternoon for prayer. Then, that evening, a neighbor joined John and I and we watched live election coverage on BVOVN. I worked on Christmas cards while we watched.

On Wednesday I continued to move towards holiday decorating. Other things came up, of course, so, thus far, I've only managed to get my mother's tree up. It's the small one with vintage decorations from childhood. It makes me happy and serves as a connection to me in keeping my mother's memory alive. Nestled between its branches is a picture of me and my mama at Christmastime long ago. 🎄

Me and My Mama One Christmastime Long Past 

I worked Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Had so many people sign up for the "Wild Cats of Missouri" homeschool program that I had to divide them into two groups and do one program on Thursday and a second one on Friday. 

Mountain Lion 

Saturday turned out to be one of the most productive days EVER! I conducted a frost flower hike early that morning, then, miracle of miracles, I managed to get the rest of my programs all the way through December (four of them) figured out with outlines typed and all! Amazing! 😲

Sunday was spent preparing for the week ahead and getting ready for the impending snowstorm. John and I decided to serve a pre-Thanksgiving dinner after church on Sunday, so, yesterday afternoon, we ran to town to stock up on holiday foods. We bought a turkey and all the trimmings and oh! What fun it was! 

In the afternoon, we ran up town to see the new building that the Lord has blessed our son-in-law and daughter with to house their new ministry in. We are excited for them and am anxious to see how the Lord uses them in the days ahead!

And now, it's Monday! It's time to move on into the new week! Today I'm joining Sandra and the other beautiful ladies over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. Won't you join me? 💗

Today I'm joining Sandra and the other beautiful ladies over at Diary of a 
Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. Wont' you join me? 

Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a steaming cup of hot tea while I work on this post. Am also watching the snow fall outside my office window. Absolutely beautiful! ❄❅❆

Am thinking...

... about the week ahead and next week, too. There's a lot happening between now and then and I've got to get organized. Am working on it and am hoping with a couple of snowy days and record lows, things will be quiet enough on the home-front so as I can really dig in and get a lot accomplished.

On the breakfast plate...

... chocolate chip and oat bran muffins, a scrambled egg, and Twining's Irish Breakfast tea

The weather...

... We are in the midst of real weather event here in southwest Missouri. In fact, we're under a winter weather advisory. We started off around 40 degrees at bedtime. Overnight, temperatures started dropping and now we're sitting at 30 degrees with a windchill of 20, but temperatures are expected to keep dropping throughout the day. By tonight it is estimated that we will be in the teens with a windchill in the single digits. Heavy snowfall will continue throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. We are already hitting record low temps for mid-November and what we're experiencing right now, we don't generally get until January. By the end of the week it looks like we'll rebound back up into the 40's and 50's for daytime highs with lows in the 20's and 30's. Next week looks promising with highs in the 50's and 60's. BUT, this is Missouri, so there are no guarantees! 

Yep! That's just how it is! In the past week we've had sunny, warm, windy, icy, snowy, and cold...and, yes, I've worn my flip flops AND my snow boots (or at least the equivalent thereof) in one week or less! 😆 Missouri weather! Gotta love it! And I do! 💗
On my reading pile...

... Am still reading The Buffalo Train Ride by Desiree Morrison Webber, but am laying aside 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 A.M. by Terri Savelle Foy (at least for now), in lieu of Dear Christmas Mothers by Connie Hultquist.

A friend of mine, Mrs. White, which happens to be the publisher of that book, asked me if I would be interested in doing a review and giveaway, to which, of course, I jumped on! (I LOVE doing giveaways!!!) So, be watching for details soon! 💗

On the menu this week...

Monday - sauteed zucchini, meatballs, sauce, and sprouted garlic bread
Tuesday - butternut squash soup, salad, and homemade bread
Wednesday - chili dogs and oven fries
Thursday - stuffed peppers, black bean, and corn
Friday - broiled salmon, baked potato, and green beans
Saturday - homemade pizza (freezer)
Sunday - turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce, refrigerator roll, pumpkin pie, and cheesecake

On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead (and next week, too!), do my weekly "home blessing", laundry, make an appointment to get the oil changed in the car, get another room decorated for Christmas
- Tuesday - Turn on the Christmas music and keep moving forward on holiday prep (Thanksgiving and Christmas); fine-tune lists, complete and mark off as many items as I can while enjoying every minute of it! 💗
- Wednesday - 'Wild Cats of Missouri' library programs
- Thursday - Mid-month budget, bank, keep moving forward with the holidays
-Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church; pre-Thanksgiving meal afterwards

In the craft basket...

... Nothing at the moment.

Looking forward to this week...

... Snowy days, holiday prep, and getting together with family and friends

Something interesting I watched this week...

... This video on frost flowers...

From the camera...

Our weather event is just getting started. Here's footage from just a few minutes ago (and between the time I took this video and shared this post, we've gotten at least another inch of snow and it's still coming down)...

Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead! And I'll see you next week!

Until Next Time...

Sunday, November 11, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 11 - Our Veterans and the Freedoms They've Afforded Us

Today I am thankful for our veterans...those that, down through the ages, have, unashamedly and without apology, served our nation throughout it's history and in times of their all...and, in some cases, their very lives...that we may be free. 

To all those veterans out there I shout out a great big..."Thank you!" 

And even though all of them have passed now, and are no longer with us, a very special 'thank you' is whispered to the memory of my great-uncle, Mick (Milton Fox), uncles, Clifford Brown, Howard Brown, J.B. Graham, and Donald Adams, and to my husband's uncles, Art Cuda, Al Cuda, and Jack Clark for their years of service during WWII. 

My Great-Uncle, Milton ("Micky") Fox
And to all those who lived, fought, and died before them to give us the freedoms that we have today in this great and glorious country...the United States of America!

The Grave of My Seventh-Great-Grandfather, James Stephenson
Revolutionary War Hero - King's Mountain and Siege of Yorktown
God bless veterans and always! 

Freedom Speech from "Braveheart"...

"I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?"

"Two thousand against ten?" - the veteran shouted. "No! We will run - and live!"

"Aye!" Wallace shouted back. "Fight and you may die. Run and you will least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!"

Until next time,

Saturday, November 10, 2018

30 Days of Thanksgiving - Day 10 - Pets

Today I'm thankful for the pets that the Lord has blessed us with over the years. We've never had to go looking for one. They've always just come to us. Every dog we've ever had was either a stray that just showed up or had been abandoned and adopted (by us) or given to us by someone else. The same with every cat and just about every other animal that we've ever had, too. 

Our good ol' Shep died last year and we still miss him. He was full grown when he came to us and we had him for over 17 years.

At present we're down to two animals...our 18-year-old cat, Stripes. He came to us as a kitten out at the farm. He's old and feeble now, but is still lovable and very much a part of daily life. 

And, then, there's Clementine...the Chilean rose-hair tarantula that we adopted when our friends left to go back to Brazil. 

Miss Clementine
We've only had her for a few months, but we love Clementine. For a spider, she is pretty cool and the grandchildren are crazy about her! They love watching her and are always quick to search out crickets to feed her for supper. 💗

Here is a list of a few of the many animals that the Lord has blessed us with over the years and for which I am (we are) very thankful for...

- Frisky - my first dog
- Smokey - my first cat...actually I think there was Smokey 1, Smokey 2, Smokey 3, and Smokey 4...they all looked alike...pretty blue-gray kittens that my dad would bring home from the stove foundry where he worked...something would happen to one and he'd bring me home another...he kept me in a constant supply until he quit the foundry to start his own business at home.💗
- Smiley - another stray...a dog...this one chewed bubble gum!
- Brownie - my "sister"; I had that dog from the time I was 7 until I was 21 and we did EVERYTHING together...she slept with me, I trained her to ride my bicycle, she'd let me dress her up in baby clothes, she went on vacation to Minnesota with us, she'd go out on the lake in the boat fishing with us, and she loved peanut butter kisses and pineapple malts.
- Blackie - Technically, this was my dad's dog, but he was the best hunter and the best guard dog EVER!
- Apollonia - my favorite chicken
- Vanity - my big red doberman...which I loved to pieces! 
-Duffy - my puppy (Blackie was his dad and our neighbor's dog, Punkie, was his mother); he was so sweet!
- Clemenza - my hamster
- Shana - the cRaZy cat of my youth
- Kibbles - my rescued piglet
- Snowball - my oldest daughter's first doggy
- Sparky- the sweet little dog that my mother- and father-in-law game to my oldest daughter. 
- Charlie - our beautiful, golden cocker spaniel. He had been abandoned by neighbors and we took him in. He was the BEST dog EVER! Beautiful! Regal! Prince Charles...the Crown Prince of Tails!
- Mama Cat and her three kittens (also knows as 'the Harmonicats'...they, literally, liked to sing with my cousin's harmonica playing), Clarence B. Tomcat (my beautiful Clare-ba-dee), Catfish (the flat-headed, cross-eyed cat that stuck around for over two decades), and their dainty little sister, Smokey
- Frisco and Felicia - lovebirds
- Clementine (Clemmy) - our son's hamster
...and the list goes on and on...sooo many beloved animals brought into our lives...some for short time...other's longer...but all loved and valued as part of our family. 

Until next time,

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