Friday, August 26, 2016

Garden Egg Scramble


A quick walk out to the garden and chicken coop this morning....garden egg scramble.  The mulberry jam was a gift from my daughter, Anna.  Yum!

I am sure going to miss this come December in good ol' Wisconsin.  

Blessings from Ringle, WI.

Linked to:  http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2016/08/foodie-friday-and-everything-else_25.html


Thursday, August 25, 2016

"New Day With No Mistakes In It Yet"

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds the current state of affairs in America overwhelming.  The political fighting, police shootings, rioting and yes even Pokemon Go.  What is going on?   I just had to "turn it off" so to speak.  

For my birthday, Al bought me (us) a Bose radio.  I love it.  I have been listening to Internet radio.  I really like the 1940's radio station from the UK.  Old Glenn Miller, Lennon Sisters, Dinah Shore, old news reports, updates from the "home front," radio stories, even the corny commercials - all are so refreshing!  

I also decided to turn off the news....I've been reading.   I went upstairs, looked on the bookshelf and grabbed myself a "children's" classics.  Desperaux, The White Stag and now I'm reading Anne of Green Gables.  I had to laugh at this passage.  If you are familiar with this series, this is where Anne made the new pastor and his wife a cake.  The cake was accidentally flavored with anodyne liniment instead of vanilla.

"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"   

"I'll warrant you'll make plenty in it,"  said Marilla.  "I never saw your beat for making mistakes, Anne."

"Yes, and well I know it," admitted Anne mournfully.  "But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla?  I never make the same mistake twice."

"I don't know as that's much benefit when you're always making new ones."  

"Oh, don't you see, Marilla?  There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them.  That's a very comforting thought."  




Oh how I laughed.  I have been thinking of this for several days.  Mindfully working up a blog post about it.

"A new day with no mistakes in it yet."  Our gift, each morning.  Oh, we will have to live with yesterday's mistakes, but somehow, for me, knowing it's a new day helps me to cope.  As a Christian, I also know that when I laid my head down the night before, I asked for forgiveness for all my mishaps, short comings and sin.  My faith in His grace - His loving kindness - His mercy is HOW I can wake each morning feeling that way.  

Like Anne, I have always had (have) a "knack" for making mistakes.  I've had some big ideals and dreams.  I pretty much acted or attempted most of them.  Not all successfully, but I have never let failure discourage me and if you think about it, that is a success.

If there were a limit to the number of mistakes one could make, I would have met that long ago I'm sure.  Thankfully, I have the drive to keep moving on, mistakes and all.  

I hope this little post helps to remind you that each day is "new with no mistakes yet." Hey, even when you do make one, learn from it and move on.  Tomorrow is just waiting for us to mess it up!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:

http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_22.html






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

I usually know what I want to do and do it.  I have been "waffling" over how many of the chicks I should keep.   I like them all!

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute sumemr getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

Yes, we do rush the seasons.  It doesn't bother me.  When I did craft shows I was always on to the next holiday in my work.  By the time Christmas came...I had decorated so many trees...I couldn't stand to do my own.  

I've done most of those already...not the s'mores.  Now that the girls are married in their own homes - we don't really use our fire pit.  So, maybe sitting around that and having s'mores. 

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?

It's too hard to pick one!   I do love fresh cut hay on a field, better yet, a wagon full of bales.  

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying, 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?

I try really hard NOT to judge others or myself.  This has come to me easier the older I get.  I am a fighter tho...so, if I see someone's actions harming another I usually respond.  So, I guess I view actions to determine my judgment.

I am a dreamer so therefore I always have more intentions than actions...lol...but, I comfort myself in the fact that NO one knows my plans or ideas the "I wanted to do's" but me....they only see what I have accomplished.  

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.

I tend to react before I think...however, in stressful situations that is the type of person you want!  I always "get my hands dirty" and jump right on in to help.   It may not always be the right decisions...however, at least I make one.  I don't stand around waiting for something to get done - I do it.

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?

Our "go to" dish is always pizza.  My husband is a pizza hound dog!  He would eat it morning, noon, night 365 days a year.  

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

I have!  It is so relaxing!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I've been reading classic children's books this summer.  I am now reading the Anne of Green Gables series.  I was almost embarrassed to mention I was reading these types of books at 50 years of age...but, to my delight, I found out other friends enjoy reading or re-reading what we refer to as children's books.  What I've gleaned from this, is that as I read these as an adult, I now have a different perspective on the characters.  I encourage you to pick up a classic and read it.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/2016/08/the-its-still-summer-hodgepodge.html

Friday, August 19, 2016

Esther Anin - African Widow Story


THE STORY OF ESTHER ANIN
This is the sad story of Esther Anin also known as (Atta Adwoa) this young lady married at the age of nineteen years (19years) to a young man from the same village; they started their marriage life very well with farming as their main source of income. They were leaving happily together until the lady had their second daughter and she was striked by a high fever and during that period she was speaking and pronouncing so many things unconsciously and so the community branded or tag her as a witch, this was also believed by her husband and therefore he divorce her, the husband later died and everybody decided not to take a witch and her two children to their homes, this woman has faced a hard time with her two daughters in life, what she does for a leaving is serving as a porter helping other people to carry their belongings for a fee, so that she can get something small for herself and her children. The work of carrying much load on her head is affecting her health and three days ago when I went to the Krapa widows for a meeting they told me about this girl and when I went there I saw everything with my own eyes, I asked her what kind of help she would like to have and she said, she would be glad if she can enter into the farming business as she used to do with her husband but there is no financial help from anywhere to hire people for clearing the bushes, buying crops for planting, buying other farm inputs though she has her own family land which she can use for the farming but I think before  helping her with the farming, we must help her to get food, clothing, bedings  and other minor essential commodities because the condition of this woman and her children is so bad. I am pleading on “I AM WORLD MISSION” and the good people of the United States to come to the aid of this poor woman and her two children. We would be happy if our pleading is considered.
Thank you


The above letter comes from Pastor Benjamin Kwaku Adusei.  He is in Africa working with a widow's ministry.  These are the women that "we" helped buy goats for:  http://dickybirdsnest.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-gift-of-5-goats.html

Her story really convicted me.  We have so much to be thankful for!  Even our poorest in America are rich.  These widows are left in very bad situations - desperate to care for themselves and their children.  So many other cultures are bound by superstitions - Esther had a high fever, talking "out of her head" so they deemed her a witch...how sad!   

Here is a woman, thousands of miles away from my little farm...wanting to farm...how this touched me!  May God bless her now and the ministry of Roy Wanta - a farmer from Rosholt (Shanty Town), Wisconsin.  

Who says one person can't make a difference.  I will say it again...kindness matters!  Please pray for this ministry!  If you feel so inclined - I can give you the contact information for Roy Wanta.  He is going to Africa this fall.  He is always in need of something.  I will be giving him the eyeglasses we collected from my "It's all Green - Vintage Pop Up Sale."  




She looks so happy now!  Below is the email from Roy:

Our great providing God, keeps us busy, this is a good beginning for this family, and as I said Mary on the right also giving the new widow a big hug . Well I guess we will keep on the road trying to keep funding our widows in Africa. Keep praying our God keeps opening new doors, so this is what an old farmer from Shanty Town does with his spare time, I just don’t have time to sit on the porch in my  retirement rocking chair, the e mails don’t slow down and neither do the phone calls. I will get these widows one at a time , one at a time as the Lord provides, when I keep a widow alive I have kept orphans off the street because momma is fighting to keep her kids alive. Prayer is the only thing that keeps us going; We thank God for what you have provided for the widows in Nigeria and the widows in Ghana, the goats are still doing good and producing new members.
Roy
 
Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Homemade Tomato Soup

Like the rest of the gardeners I know...we have tomatoes.  I have been canning tomato juice.  I had a bit too much for another bunch of jars, so I made up some homemade tomato soup.  Really good and pulpy...is pulpy a word?  If not, it should be.  





Run your tomatoes through your juicer, strain off the pulp, pour into a kettle.  I added 1 T sugar, 2 t salt, 1 t pepper, 1 t garlic powder and 1 t of a spice mix - you could add whatever spice you want actually.  Bring to a boil, simmer on low for an hour - it will turn bright red and thicken up.  I added 1 T butter at end.  


I hate to say, but I will...(smile)...this is the BEST tomato soup I've ever eaten!  So simple, so healthy, so rewarding to make it from scratch.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Linked to:  
http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com/2016/08/simple-homestead-blog-hop-65.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClearwaterFarmJournal+%28Clearwater+Farm+Journal%29

http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2016/08/foodie-friday-and-everything-else_18.html

Hodge Podge Wednesday Q & A

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August


Of those 4, I would say, make your own cookbook.  Actually I have been working on a cookie cook book.

2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I try to be happy with the things I have.  Wanting something that you can not attain is a waste of time.  Wanting something you can earn is good as it gives you something to work for.

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 

I was born into a thrifting family.  I have so many as I am also an antique dealer.  Most of my best thrifting stories come from my estate buyouts, auctions or curb side pick ups.  With that said, the best story is a curb side pick up.  My friend and I found a late 1800's, mustard milk paint, square nail chimney cupboard on the side of the road....we sold it for several hundred dollars at an antique show.  We originally were going to put a far less price on it, but as I carried it in antique dealers were actually following me asking the price.  With each question, the price went higher in my mind.  My friend was in our booth and yelled, to me "how much is the cupboard?  So and so wants to know..."  I said "don't say anything till I get  to you...." Needless to say, it sold to highest offer.

4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 

My wanderlust is like an 8.  It would be a 10, but I hate flying.  What kicks it into high gear is when I actually have some extra money so I can "go."  I also enjoy exploring with my daughters.  We are going to Ireland/Scotland in October.  I am looking forward to these adventures with them now that they are adults (and can pay their own way...lol).

5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?

Sprint for sure.  I have had a lot going on with my business as in sales, events and buyouts.  I hardly have time to get new inventory into my booths.

6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

The "you must clean this out before you leave for Ireland/Scotland" list from my husband...(smile) or I will do it for you....waaaa  I hate that!

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time? 

Digging in an old farm house my friend Vikki bought out...she let me "pick" after she did and before she cleaned it out.   Her blog is:  http://hikchik-hikchik.blogspot.com/

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

We have been watching the Olympics.  How in the world do those gymnasts flip themselves around like that?  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"I do, I do, I do Believe in Spooks" Cowardly Lion, Wizard of Oz

That little jingle from the cowardly lion has been running through my mind lately.  Let me tell you why.  




I have experienced many things I can not explain in my life.  I do believe we are all only a breath away from the natural to spiritual world.  

I could write a book here about things I've experienced thus far in my life, truly I could.  I don't know how to explain these experiences, I just know they happened to me.  I know that some people are more sensitive to this than others.  With that said, I'm not here to make anyone believe in "spooks" only to share these two stories with you.

Last week, I was asked to look at and give an offer on some items located on the third floor of the old Wausau East high school apartments.  The architect and contractor did an amazing job keeping the integrity of the school while utilizing the classrooms for apartments - truly amazing.  As the lady and I passed a room I had a weird feeling and a quick image of a young lady with blonde hair standing outside the door of that room came to my mind.  I asked her if she ever heard any stories of the school being "haunted."  She said yes.  I added, while pointing to that door, "well I think there is something with this room..." she just laughed.  Well, a few days later, my friend Lisa and her daughter came to help me box up the items.  As we passed that very same door, Lisa said - "yikes, I just got a chill and the hair on my arm is standing up"  I told her what I felt about that room...it was creepy.  "I don't like it...let's hurry up and get out..." (smile).

Then, yesterday, while looking at some items in an old farm house, this happened.  I walked into a bedroom, I was scanning the items when from behind something made my head turn.  As I looked back, a glass picture frame flew and I mean like someone swiped it off the top of the dresser and it landed with a thud on the floor.  I was with my friend, Vikki.  I said, "what was that?"  She said..."well, you see that frame over there...it had a mirror in it, but the other day while we were here, it fell off the wall and broke..."  Creepy!!  

So, ya, "I do, I do, I do believe in spooks."  I'm not afraid, because I know that Jesus is with me and "greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world."  In fact, I recited that scripture out loud as I walked down the steps.  

So, for those customers who ask, "do you ever come across any ghosts?"  Well, you decide, as I can not explain it!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.