October 5, 2016

July 29, 2016

Romans 14:12

Try to remember Romans 14:12 should you find yourself pointing out the ugly faults of others.  Think of it when you’d like to blast our current political candidates for their wicked infidelities, habitual lying, self-righteous pride, and murderous scandals. Remember it when you can’t think of one nice thing to say about your really annoying neighbor, less-than-perfect parents, ungrateful children, and the driver who cut you off (on purpose, of course) in 5 o’clock traffic on America’s busiest highway.  Think about it when all you can do is pick apart the people around you while excusing and recusing yourself from personal interrogation.  When you think you have everything and everyone figured out, remember Romans 14:12.  It’ll pull you back down to earth right where you belong.

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

And you can fight it all you want. You can discuss it with the people who think just like you do and console each other that your judgement day will never happen.  You can call it antiquated, out-of-touch, ancient philosophy—but the Truth will remain no matter what size your boxing gloves.   Surround yourself with statistics, information, and the opinions of men set against that great and undeniable truth called the Bible.  It will stand.  It has for thousands of years and it will continue to do so until the end of time. Romans 14:12 will happen.  It will happen to the small, it will happen to the great, and it will happen to you…

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

Get ready—now. Don’t waste your precious, waning time on the foolish causes of this world, of societies, and culture.  Don’t waste your hours pointing fingers, placing blame, and protecting yourself against the truth.  Be very concerned about your soul, about your eternity, and how you will answer for yourself when that great day of the Lord arrives.  This will help you:



August 6, 2015

Fresh from God...

Meet Chloe - a darling little princess who graced my life this week...


"I love these little people; and it is not a slight things when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." ~ Charles Dickens

My thoughts precisely, Mr. Dickens, my thoughts precisely...

August 4, 2015

Wisdom Haiku

Intelligence and
Wisdom are not the same thing.
I'll take wisdom please.

August 1, 2015

Little Miss Maggie

She's new! And her name is Maggie. Her daddy is a Yorkie and her mama a Shipoo.  She has a tiny white "beard" and a large white blaze on her chest. Intelligent, quite curious, and insanely active, she definitely keeps me on my toes! More to come about our sweet little handful as time allows...

(Dress is from Brianna, our good animal-lovin' friend, who also drove with us all the way to Pennsylvania to pick up Maggie.  "I'll know if she's good right away," Brianna told us on the trip down. "Well, is she good?" we asked on the way home.  "She's good," said Brianna with a dog-lover's grin spread across her darling face. Thank you Brianna.)

April 14, 2015

Time really does fly...

It's been so long since I paid attention to my blog! I've forgotten how much satisfaction writing gives me.  I simply must get back to it...

September 10, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 21, 2014

Blueberries X 20 lbs.


You read that right... 20 pounds of blueberries. And I made THIS from my Pinterest board. Isn't it just perfect??!! I cannot tell you how delicious this cake is even without the buttermilk icing and oatmeal crumb topping.  I don't know why, but I guess I just don't like the idea of buttermilk with powdered sugar sitting on top of a cake all day... seems to me like it would spoil and ruin the taste of the cake. So guess what else we did with this decadent cake?? The next morning, I sliced two pieces and buttered each side.  Then I browned them on my pancake griddle.  Was it good?  Oh my - YES IT WAS!! Try it with coffee and good conversation on any given morning.  It'll make your day!


June 25, 2014

Fabulous! That's all I can say...

THESE are something you've just gotta try!  I made them over the weekend and they went together so easy and baked up so beautifully (sorry, but I didn't get a picture with the frosting drizzled on). Speaking of frosting, I cut the recipe in half - seems to me they were plenty sweet and didn't need too much glaze.  Also, I used instant mashed potatoes in place of a real baked one and they still turned out fluffy and soft.  And, since the recipe made more than enough for two people, I froze the rest individually.  Now Randy can grab one and go in the morning. And I'm happy to report the freezing process didn't affect their deliciousness at all. These were so much fun - I really hope you'll make them :o)  Oh, one more thing... I used fresh blueberries only because frozen ones tend to be wet and I didn't want to take the chance of ruining the recipe.  Oh how I hate to throw out ruined recipes!!

June 18, 2014

Father's Day!

We road our bikes to Bellport on the most beautiful day of the year and parked them outside Porter's...  where we found ourselves the best table on the porch and ordered sirloin burgers in celebration of Father's Day! To say it was a perfect afternoon just doesn't say enough :o) 

A great day, for a great father! One who always did the very best he could to keep our family safe and well-provided for.  Good job, Rand - I'm proud of you and I am thankful for the good man you are and the even better one you're striving to become - you're an inspiration!
 Next year we'll have been together for 35 years.  Wow. That's a very long time.  And something that doesn't happen very often in today's world.  Certainly God has been good to us, helping us to learn and grow into the Christians He wants us to be... :o)
PS - The BEST BURGERS and the BEST burger buns (from Amish country in PA) on Long Island can be found at Porter's, about 4 blocks away from the Great South Bay in Bellport.  And the fries are good, too. And so is the strawberry mint lemonade.  And the water's not bad either - hah!!

May 13, 2014

Signs of Forgiveness...

I love this...


April 20, 2014

What GrandMary does on Easter...

It's always been my pleasure to read books with little children - and today was no exception! These little guys make me feel like a million dollars with all their love and affection - am so thankful for each one!


Please forgive my cut off hair! Am experimenting with Picasa and just love the Cinemascope option. It defines everything so nicely and I actually like the black, horizontal frame - even if my head's in half - Hah! 

April 15, 2014

First picnic!

 It was seventy-five degrees in Pennsylvania on my birthday!  Randy and I had our first picnic of the year in our special spot right next to a babbling brook late in the afternoon.  Fried chicken and all the fixins' along with iced tea and coffee.  Our picnic was fabulous and my birthday was wonderful thanks to my good friend and husband. :o)

March 22, 2014

You thief!

Someone stole Rand's AmEx card. First they charged $50 worth of merchandise at Kohl's and when they couldn't return it for cash, they went ahead and bought themselves a new wardrobe.  The credit card company said we had to file a police report.  And so we did, and we made a new friend in the process.  I like to wonder what the neighbors thought. Hehehe.

March 17, 2014

Believe me...

...when I tell you that THIS is delicious!  Before I caught this miserable virus (it's been nearly 2 weeks now), I made this recipe for Randy along with Cajun salmon and a great big salad.  Not one strand of spaghetti squash remained in the dish - it's THAT GOOD.  If I could give you one tip, I would say to bake this in a dish that will keep the ingredients at two inches deep - never more!  It browns much nicer that way.  Also, NEVER microwave your food! This recipe says to microwave the squash, but you can steam it instead - that's what I did and it worked perfect.  Enjoy!

PS - A medium-sized spaghetti squash weighs about three or four pounds at the grocery store. 

January 31, 2014

Some guy

Some guy I don't even know posted his thoughts about Facebook on... FACEBOOK! Hah!  His English isn't the greatest, but I totally agree with his view of Fakebook Facebook:

"Methinks that Facebook is a wonderful tool that people can use to create a portrait of themselves that just ain't so. "Lovers of their own selves" would aptly describe men selfishly promote self praise while conjuring up self pity as they paint a portrait of themselves that is not consistent with who they really are. Methinks it would be good for all of us to examine ourselves and find out whether God "likes" who we are and what we do. If The Lord could place His "comments" underneath our "status" posts, I wonder what they would be."

Not very eloquent, but something to consider.  It would be wrong to say that everyone on Facebook is there to promote themselves, certainly that's not the case. But I would have to say that the majority are there to do just that. 

It came and went.


Just recording Christmas here on my blog.  It came so quickly this year - probably because Thanksgiving was so late. Is it obvious how much we LOVE our new fireplace?  It was up and running two days before Christmas and it's been keeping us warm ever since.  Our mornings and evenings are spent in the warmth of our family room where the temperature hovers around the 75-degree mark.  It's equipped with a blower and heats the entire house!  One of the best things we've done to enhance our home. :o)




January 18, 2014

New quote

"I'd rather trip and stumble while ascending the stairs of life than fall headlong while descending." MCEngesetter

January 14, 2014

Reality.

I sat in stunned silence, trying to wrap my mind around the quiet announcement. Taken aside before I could get comfortable, the news threw me into a vortex of emotional thought and hard pondering while the women around me went on with the conversation of life.  Tears escaped my eyes one-by-one and I swept them away with my fingertips, trying hard not to cry in such a public place as Ulta. The finality of that quiet announcement struck me hard.  My friend of fifteen years was forever gone... just like that.

Natalie was a casual friend; someone I only saw once every four weeks. She was loud and she was crass, her hard exterior a complex cover-up for deep hurt and emotional pain.  If you listened carefully, you could hear all about it in the stories she told.  And although my heart broke for her, Natalie made me laugh. Her sheer exasperation with anyone or anything was comedy in itself.  Her disappearing dog and cranky cat were the stars of her stories and I loved hearing all about their escapades in the neighborhood where Natalie lived. She spoke, too, about the people in her life - not too fondly I'm sorry to say.   


I invited her to church many a time, hoping she would come and hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ - the incredible good news that Christ loves us, took the punishment and made the payment for our sin, rose from the dead, and ever liveth to make intercession for us! That He came to give us life, and that more abundantly. But Natalie never came, and I sorrowed that I didn't speak more often with her about the Saviour.

This Friday should be a day when I get to see Natalie. But I'll be missing her instead...

December 31, 2013

Just a picture...

...but profoundly true...



December 27, 2013

Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing...

You're reading the first blog post from my iPad - a Christmas gift from Rand. I like it - A LOT! 

November 18, 2013

~ ~ Haiku ~ ~

Makes me catch my breath
To think of what has been lost
Not for me but you-

November 12, 2013

Uprising.

Another recipe from my Pinterest Bread Board, these are just wonderful!  So wonderful in fact, that I never got a photo of the finished product.  As soon as they were out of the oven, our Sunday afternoon company devoured them - which was fine by me.  I love it when the things I make and bake get devoured :o)  Bread making, especially the kneading part, is one of my very favorite things to do. When I make this recipe again, I'll try to get a photo of them baked... for now, rolls on the rise will have to do.  (Also included in the photo are two mini bread loaves.)

November 10, 2013

Oh yes we do...

More than EVER BEFORE...


November 5, 2013

Wicked.

The first time I had wicked hot chocolate was when my boys took me to Jacques Torres Chocolate, located in DUMBO (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) at 66 Water Street, Brooklyn. I remember it was a freezing cold day; we had on coats and scarves and gloves to match. We ordered our hot drinks and our entire family walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, two of us with wicked hot chocolate, three of us without. And even though it was oh-so-very-cold, my wicked hot chocolate made me oh-so-very-warm!  The biting cold had no effect on this girl - the ground ancho and chili pepper in my hot chocolate made sure of that!  I've loved wicked hot chocolate ever since that day ♥ Because I really can't travel to the city just to satisfy a craving, I've found the next best thing... add Vanilla Heat, (a new creamer from International Delight) to your hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy! It's not exactly the same, but is definitely worthy of this blog post - try it and see what you think :o)

October 30, 2013

For the Pinterest Party...

We're having a Ladies' Pinterest Party next Friday night! Every craft and every food item will be selected from Pinterest. I'll be helping anyone who wants to make THIS or THIS - two craft ideas I saved to my Pinterest board. The snowman hat is a centerpiece made from a large coffee can and a pizza pan (I got mine for $1 at the Dollar Store!) The embellishments are for you to choose. Although you can't see it much from the photo, it's full of sparkling glitter and a candle made from an empty tissue roll and a battery operated tea light.
These are my lovely paper flower trees!  I had so much fun making all the roses from double-sided scrap booking paper and then gluing them onto a Styrofoam tree. (It gave me something to do while recovering from a pretty bad virus.) The flowers were spray painted with fine, gold glitter and although the photo doesn't show it, these trees just glisten!

♥ Many thanks to Randy for helping me with all the spray painting ♥     

October 28, 2013

OCTOBER GLORY


October 23, 2013

A bunch of junk.

If you are a Christian, and before you read my article (which is actually a list)—you must keep in mind the following verse: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” I Corinthians 6:11

Now for my article—an alphabetical list…

STUFF HEATHEN LIKE

Arrogance, adultery, and anger – and that’s just the As!  Backbiting, bitterness, blasphemy, boasting, and brawling – that’s the B list.  Here come the Cs… chambering (unmarried people living and sleeping together), complaining, contentions, corrupt communication, covetousness, and craftiness.  Now for the D list, the longest one of all… debate, deceit, defrauding, denying Christ, despiteful, dishonesty, disobedience to parents, divorce, and drunkenness. **Sigh**  Presenting the Es: effeminate, envy, evil thoughts, and extortion.  This stuff is disturbing, isn’t it?  There are five things in the F group—false humility, filthiness, finding faults with others while having a greater fault with self (that’s a long one, I know), foolishness, and fornication.  Tired of it yet? Me, too… but carry on we must.  The G list is short: greediness and guile.  The H list is short, too… hatred and hypocrisy.  You ready for the I list? Here goes: idolatry, implacable (refusing to be appeased), and inordinate affection (passion and lust).  Now for two letters—J and K—each with just one sin that heathen like: judging and knowing to do good, but doing it not.  The letter L has a lot of sins that heathen like, seven in all… lasciviousness, laying up treasures on earth (pursuing material success at the expense of spiritual things), living in pleasure (fond of luxury and sensual pleasure/gratification), lovers of self, loving another person more than Jesus Christ, lusting after women or men, and lying.   The Ms are: maliciousness, mockery, murder, and murmuring.  Oh happy day—there’s no stuff for N or O!  But the letter P has four things the heathen like.  Presumption, pride, purloining, and pornography. Nothin' for Q. The letter R: railing, which is slander, and rioting.  The poor letter S has another long list.  Here goes: seditions (stirring up opposition against authority), speaking against the Holy Ghost, sorcery, stealing, stiff-necked (that’s bein’ obstinate), strife, and being a striker—simply put: ready to fight. Three for T… teaching for doctrine the commandments of men, traitors, and trusting in riches. The letter U contains the worst sin of all… unthankfulness. U also has the following: unbelief, uncleanness, unforgiving, unmerciful, and unrighteousness.  V is for variance. W = wantonness (morally unrestrained), whisperers (secretly spreading false or slanderous information), whoremongers, witchcraft, wickedness (evil practices, crime), without natural affection (hardhearted), and wrath.

Whew - I'm glad there's nothin' for X, Y, or Z!  Because that’s already a whole lot of stuff that heathen like. And you should know that if you claim to be a Christian and you actually like or practice any of the above, you’re not.

But don’t despair and read again the preface to my list. “And such were some of you…” That means you can get out of your bondage to all the junk listed above.  I did. Read my testimony right over there to the right and leave me a message if you'd like☺

October 16, 2013

September 30, 2013

Weekend fun on Long Island!

Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, and pumpkins on the porch!  Randy and I had a blast this past weekend enjoying the glorious East Coast weather and all its wonderful amenities... I printed a GIANT letter E right from MicroSoft Word.  I cut it to create a stencil, filled it in with black marker right on the pumpkin, and watched in amazement while my husband cut around it with perfect finesse.  The results are so, so pretty.  I'm just hoping the squirrels don't eat the thing...

September 28, 2013

Getting to know you...

♥ Three new friends ♥
Friday night found Randy and me enjoying the very good company of beloved friends! Marcus and Maritza came and so did Walter and his lovely bride, Rosie. What a time we had getting to know each other! We shared a meal of baked salmon, fried chicken, crash potatoes, sweet kale salad, sauteed spinach splashed with garlic, and a loaf of homemade peasant bread (with butter, of course). Walter and Rosie told us all about their wedding in Guadalajara Mexico and about Rosie's family there. Marcus and Maritza were the perfect guests and I was so happy to learn that Maritza speaks FLUENT Spanish!

September 26, 2013

Here a chick, there a chick...

I really don't like to post pictures of myself that much - but this one's more of the chick than of me and I just can't help showing you how cute the little thing is!  It climbed from my arm right up to my shoulder and made the most darling peeping sounds you have ever heard.  Oh, we simply must get some chickens!

September 20, 2013

Autumn...

I so enjoy the fall season, especially here on the East Coast.  The Lord paints such a gorgeous picture on the landscape of His creation!  A driving tour of the Mohawk Trail is in our plans during the third week of October... I can hardly wait! In the meantime, I am trying to create Autumn in my very own living room, AND, (believe it or not) I'm looking forward to getting the Christmas tree up - Hah!

September 19, 2013

Randy Loved These!


Me? Not so much. The photos and the RECIPE from Pinterest looked simply delicious! The list of ingredients was impressive, including buttermilk, honey, and cheese. And since Randy loves anything jalapeno, I decided to give them a whirl! They were so easy to put together and made exactly 11 muffins, just like the recipe said. My muffin pans were in the oven for 15 minutes and I couldn't wait to try them! But I was disappointed. Mostly because I didn't like the flavor of the parmesan cheese, the FIRE of the peppers, and the lack of something for my sweet tooth. If you try these, I suggest omitting the parmesan cheese and perhaps adding a bit more honey? I doubt that I'll make these again, even though they are quite pretty :o)  I can't figure why on earth blogger is putting a space right here...

   

September 16, 2013

He/She

Not too sure if it's a he or a she, but this beautiful cat has been hanging around our yard all summer long.  It's not been a problem at all... in fact, we rather like having him/her around and are trying to come up with a name. He/she followed me from afar while I worked in the yard for several hours over the weekend. The photo you see was taken from my laundry room window... she (?) even watches me while I fold clothes!  I guess I should have never put that can of Starkist out...

September 13, 2013

This was me...

Such a poignant quote and a perfect description of my life before salvation.  Before Christ became my all-supplying Saviour, I selfishly tried to satisfy my heart's void with the things this world offers - money, clothes, education, music, relationships, religion, etc., etc., etc.  Deeply disappointed and tearfully frustrated are perfect words to describe how those things made me feel. Nothing... NOTHING... worked to relieve the emptiness deep down in my soul.  That all changed one glorious day in June.  You can read about it over there>.  Just click on the link to my testimony.  How I wish I could talk to Andre Breton...

September 6, 2013

Benefits.

"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:11.  Wow... imagine that. :o)

August 31, 2013

It's bubbling!

After nearly seven months of making Kombucha tea, I FINALLY have a system that creates bubbles every single time!  If you've never even heard of Kombucha tea, go HERE and read all about it!  The scientist in me loves making Kombucha tea and the healer side of my nature loves to recommend it to sick people. Anyone who's been on antibiotics is a sick person with a gut depleted of good bacteria and good yeast - all of which are necessary to a healthy immune system.  Anyhow, just look at these BUBBLES will ya?!! 


BEAUTIFUL!! Aren't they?

August 30, 2013

Peachy.

I never DREAMED it would take me 6 hours to prepare a bushel of peaches for freezing!  It really was a lot of work, but worth every minute!  Now I have a freezer full of peaches ready for cobbler, pie, muffins, or quick bread.  They freeze beautifully, maintaining their firmness and delicious flavor.  They pair deliciously with blueberries, walnuts, or pecans and I am oh-so-glad I got 'em! 
"Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." Acts 14:17  I don't know why, but I never noticed this verse until recently - and I just love it.

August 28, 2013

I like.


August 27, 2013

Seeds.

There's no doubt about it... seeded watermelons are richer in color, better in flavor, and disappear much more quickly than any other variety.  As soon as my knife split through the green striped rind of this giant melon, our whole kitchen was filled with its summertime fragrance.  DELICIOUS! 

August 26, 2013

Unspeakable and full of glory...

I've learned that many of life's joys just simply wear off.  The thing that I just had to have because I knew it would make me oh-so-happy? It did... make me happy that is - but only for a little while.  The joy of my salvation?  It NEVER wears off... EVER.  It's always there, flooding my soul with the pleasant and soothing knowledge that I am in the Lord's hands, even in the midst of my most turbulent storms.  I'll never get over it.

August 21, 2013

Just so-so.

 Randy and I made THESE last night for dinner! I made the tomato topping from scratch and used fresh basil, which, according to the recipe, was optional. Although they were very good, I would have to describe Julia Child's Eggplant pizzas as rather dietetic. The pizzas were loaded with flavor, but lacked texture. The eggplant did not serve well as a pizza crust and the whole cheese topping came off when biting or cutting into it.  If we make these again, we'll use peeled, breaded, and fried eggplant and perhaps a little less cheese. ☺

August 17, 2013

I planted one tomato plant this year, and this is the only tomato cluster that actually graced its lonely branches. I should have picked the thing before we left for the mid-west, but I let it go.  Yesterday, Rand called me to the back yard. "Bring your camera," he said. We both laughed at our happy tomato... looks pretty glad that he didn't get picked for slicing ☺

August 10, 2013

I'll see you again.

My babies, my boys, my brothers... These two guys filled my world with love and laughter when we were growing up! It was an absolute joy to see them again while Randy and I were in Illinois this past week.  I hadn't seen Eddie (right) in 20 years... Yep, I was happy :o)

My sister-in-law, Caren, and my little brother, Dan, hosted a really nice get-together for us while Randy and I were in town - 'twas so sweet of them! Thanks so much guys. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed seeing all of you again!

July 30, 2013

Not white.

My rescue orchid from Lowe's has bloomed!  I was hoping that it would be white, but I don't mind this color.  It's a shade of burgundy with spots of green - a very interesting combination for sure.  Over the years, I've heard many people say that orchids are difficult to grow.  But I've not had that experience.  I water them once a week and pretty much leave them alone.  Mine face a north window and are never moved.  The room is quiet and pleasant - two factors I believe help.  The only thing I don't like about orchids?  They are fragrance free.  I've heard that a single Korean orchid can fill an entire room with fragrance - but they are difficult to obtain and very, very expensive.   

Hieroglyphics

For those of you who've asked me (you know who you are):
Question #1…
I don’t know; you’ll have to ask them.
Question #2…
I don’t know; you’ll have to ask them.
Question #3…
I don’t know; you’ll have to ask them.
I hope that helps. 

July 27, 2013

Simple.

A very large wall in our bedroom was screaming out for some kind of decoration.  Thanks Hobby Lobby, for the quick and inexpensive fix - we love the way it looks!


July 24, 2013

Nosy.

Anyone know how to discourage visitors like this one?  He's a baby with three brothers and sisters. All of them climb the back screen door without any fear of the homeowners.  The nerve!