Friday’s Thoughts…

October 31, 2008 at 1:33 pm (Musings...)

I cleaned my house today… really cleaned it!  It took me four hours to clean the basement (broom-swept) and the first floor.  I got behind and things just piled up… not clutter (not with my OCD!) but dirt, dust, dog hair and cobwebs.  It was one of those things that I just had to make myself do!! 

I didn’t put music on, because I often hear the voice of the Lord as I clean, and I didn’t want noise to block Him out!!  I prayed as I cleaned.

My little trick is to set my timer (of course I have one!) for 45 minutes and work until it goes off.  I usually then take a 15 minute break, but today I just re-set it until I was finished.  I have a candle burning and although my windows aren’t clean; I just didn’t have the time; my house is sparkling!  It is “clean all under!”

I have a big decision to make by February, whether or not to keep working at the school.  A day like today is why I am leaning towards not going back.  I just cannot work part-time and do the other things I need to do in my life.  For many years, working has been beneficial to me — even through exacerbations!!  But working is now becoming a detriment to my health.  My doctors all think I should retire!  Still, it is such a tough decision — because Paul (the choir director) is a dear, dear friend!  I am sincerely praying for clear direction from the Lord as I make this tough choice!  Of course, if my glioma grows and I have to have brain surgery…  we won’t go there today!

I always like to put a picture in my blog, but didn’t think you would like to see a picture of my dirt and dust!  This one was taken 1 1/2 years and 20 pounds ago… what was up with my hair??? 🙂

Melodye and Amanda

I deserve the cup of tea I am making for myself… 🙂
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The First Snowfall

October 29, 2008 at 9:43 am (Musings...)

Oh the first snowfall of the winter was a day that we all waited for
When it drifted to and fro why you should’ve seen the snow
It was near seven feet or more by the old barn door

Oh the first snowfall of the winter what a joy for a boy to behold
In each house you’ll find a sleigh that was waiting for this day
And of course, down the road a hill for each Jack and Jill

Every winter breeze that scurries sets the snowflakes up in flurries
It’s the good old sentimental season when folks put runners on their surreys
And forget about their worries when a man becomes a boy once again

Oh the first snowfall of the winter jingle bells bring us spells ever dear
Under wintry skies of gray it was snowing all the day
And it showed no signs of stopping every kid with eyes of popping
Will soon be belly-whopping on his ear

On the first snowfall of the winter oh the first snowfall of the year

…The Carpenters
The Woods

The Woods

The view from my dining room window

The view from my dining room window

The woods

The woods

Tess

Tess

 

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Courage

October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm (Musings...)

While I love to read my Bible, I also love to read great quotations.  I secretly wish I could write something so profound!!

These two quotes on courage are among my favorites!!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.  ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.  ~~Helen Keller

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Psalm 40-A New Look

October 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm (Scripture References)

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Psalm 40:1-3

Until today, when I have talked about and meditated on this verse, I always referenced the “slimy pit” to sin.  Today as I was encouraging someone, the Lord gave me new eyes…  The slimy pit doesn’t always have to be sin.   The slimy pit is anything that the devil uses to discourage us, paralyze us, and make us ineffective for the Lord’s work.

For me, my slimy pit usually relates to my physical body — in reference to my MS.  In the past, (don’t forget, I’m 49!) the slimy pit has meant different things — lack of confidence, money problems… you get the picture 🙂

I guess my encouragement for you today is to identify what your slimy pit is; don’t assume it is blatent sin.  After you identify it, cry out for help and start to climb out of it.  Of course, as the verses state, you will need the Lord’s help!! 

However, as I have always told my kids, once you climb out of the pit, don’t crawl back into it!!!

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Chicken And Bean Casserole Recipe

October 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm (Musings..., Recipes)

I haven’t blogged for a while because… well… nothing exciting or earth-shaking has happened to me.  I love the warm colors of Autumn.  I am enjoying the smell of dried leaves and my pumpkin spice candle.  My house looks different as the light, filtered through the colorful trees comes through my windows.

 I went to visit Amanda in Fairfax, VA for a few days and had a great time — we went to Libby’s baby shower.  Amanda also rehearsed with Sandy Asirvatham on Sunday.  I enjoyed seeing Amanda but found that she keeps a torrid pace…  I am old and like things slower 🙂

"The Hat"

"The Hat"

I designed “The Hat.”  I should go into business!!
Sacha, me, Libby and Amanda

Sacha, me, Libby and Amanda

I had something weird happen last night… I woke up shaking with cold, but was burning up — my muscles hurt today from trying to hold still.  I feel a bit “off” today, but got up anyway… getting out of bed is very important.  Of course, I crawled back in for a nap.

I had my usual lunch; a tortilla with melted cheese and hot sauce.  I am munching on Wheat Thins and “Tribe” all natural Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus — Amanda likes this and I am really learning to like it too! 

On Wednesday I made a chicken and bean dish… with a small portion vegetarian for Kayla, Brent’s girlfriend.  It was really good.  I made up the recipe. 

Chicken and Bean Casserole

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, cut up (or you could use 4 chicken breast halves)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 can of white beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 2 cups or so of colby/jack cheese

Spray the bottom of an 11×7 pan.  Layer rice, chicken, rinsed beans.  Combine diced tomatoes, cumin and cilantro.  Spread tomato mixture on top.  Finish with the cheese.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the rice is cooked.  I think putting some cheese after the chicken layer, before the beans would be good too!!  Just increase the cheese.  I made it vegetarian just by omitting the chicken — add a bit of water if you make it without the chicken to combat dryness.

I am going to make myself a cup of tea and read my Bible.  I have been pretty good about my “one thing different,” not watching TV.  I just don’t feel well today and it is hard not to plop on the couch and turn on the TV!  My life is sort of boring 🙂

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The Chipmunk Bandit

October 6, 2008 at 5:22 pm (Musings...)

We’ve already established that I have a crabby cat, Max.  I also have a bandit chipmunk, who steals bird seed… I call  him “Theodore” because he is very smart; he figured out how to open the top of the bird feeder — thus he couldn’t be Alvin or Simon!!  Here’s the proof!!!

Theodore, the Chipmunk Bandit

Theodore, the Chipmunk Bandit

I’m off to painting class!!

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My Crabby Cat, Max

October 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm (Musings...)

Max

Max

Max came into our family in 2001.  I grew up with cats, Grandma Kitty, Boodles, Kelly-Bob, just to name a few.  We treated them like our family, including dressing them in doll clothes!!

We rescued Max as a kitten, gave him a nice home, a warm bed (mine!) and food.  You would think he would be grateful to me.  Mmmm… not so much.  The expression on his face in the picture is his normal one.  If he wants petted, he will visit us, but otherwise he just wants to be left alone!!!!  He is an ol’ crabby pants!! 

I almost brought a very nice kitty home from paint class the other night.  She jumped into my car as I was loading my paint supplies.  She was very nice!  I called Danny O. and suggested that it would be a nice thing for me to rescue this pretty kitty — he didn’t think that was a good idea. 

I told Max he could have had a sister, but his expression didn’t change.  {{Sigh!!}}  Mr. Maximus will probably live to be 20 — can you imagine how he will behave when he is an old man cat!!!

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“Behaving” My Way Out Of A Funk

October 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm (Musings...)

I am struggling today.  Not from anything physical, but having everything to do with my wonderful brain.  I have OCD.  When I am obsessing about something, it usually paralyzes me in every way.  I walk in circles, do not sleep, can’t get anything accomplished.  AFTER the obsession is passed, I have a day or two of complete and utter exhaustion; again, physically and mentally.  I get into a funk that seems so deep I can’t see the sky!!  {{Sigh!!!  DEEP BREATH}}

I could read the Bartleby book, but that only works when problems come from without — this is an inner problem.  I can recite Scripture verses until I’m weary of trying to remember verses.  I can confess and petition the Lord for help!!  He promises to be my portion and a very help in times of trouble.  I claim that today, but…  {{Another Sigh!!}}

The solution is simply “behaving” my way out of it!!  For me, pragmatist that I am, that means making a list of everything I need/want to do.  I do mean EVERYTHING!!! (except breathing and eating… I can do that fine without a list!)  I set a timer for 45 minutes (15 minutes break)  and start at number one.  For you to understand, I am going to be very transparent and give you my list for today, October 1, 2008… in a few minutes since my 15 minutes are up 🙂

  1. 30 minutes — Eliptical
  2. Pay Bills
  3. Bake pumpkin Pies (in oven now)
  4. Sweep downstairs
  5. Take garbage down for garbage pick up (ready to go down)
  6. Work on Devotional (I am not finished with it, but I spent about 1/2 hour on it)
  7. Laundry (Including Tess’s blankets) — last load is in!!
  8. Spaghetti for supper
  9. Sew a bit on my pink blouse
  10. Paint class piece and work on abstract

John Legend’s Lifted Up is on the CD player and I am taking another break.  As you can see, I’ve accomplished quite a bit and the endorphins are firing once again!!  I need to make myself a late lunch and get supper ready.  Moving forward!!!!!

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