Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Experiential Lessons

My core, right and wrong, is credited to not only how I was raised, but by whom raised me.  All my mentoring goes to a biblical base - not denominational - rather experiential.  True too, is that my tutoring also included my mentor's as well.  

An example might be, while foraging in the woods, my dad might have said, "don't pick and eat that mushroom, it's poisonous." (I only wish I would have listened to those lessons - I would love to forage now).  My mom had funny little sayings, of which I won't repeat on here...LOL.  However, I've come to realize that those were from her mom.  My grandma Kincaid was only about 8 when her mom passed on and she became the "woman" of the home.  Baking bread, cooking and feeding her dad and brothers at a very young age, all while living on and in logging camps in Michigan and northern Wisconsin.  As a young girl, living with all those men, she had some "special" little tips for us girls...what not's to do....I'm sure from her life experiences.  I don't believe anything "bad" happened to her, but as an 8 year old trying to figure out how to handle things, these sayings are very true, but very child like.    

Whatever you were taught, is from the previous generation's life experiences - this is true!  I also know that my inherent nature is not to trust - I'll just say it - the government.  That is not only from my Scotch/Irish but, also Native American heritage.  Those were very experiential lessons for my ancestors!  Of which, play a role in how we become who we are.    

Where are you going with this Dicky Bird?  Who is this about?  I often get questioned - no, not true - I get LOTS of questions about what I post.  I don't have an ulterior motive in writing, trust me when I say, I'm not that smart!  I try to be encouraging with what I feel God laid upon my heart.  I'm thinking about this after a conversation I had with a young woman I know.  Understanding that not everyone comes from the same beginnings is important in helping, even mentoring them.  

For some, their experiential lessons were not good.  Maybe a family history of abuse, neglect or addiction.   Maybe living in poverty on a reservation or even in the projects.  Maybe not knowing or having a spiritual reference, a "savior" to call upon.  I'm sure many other examples come to mind, maybe even your own.   

I want to say, we can NOT change our past, however we CAN change our future.  It's up to you - it comes from within.  I would recommend reflecting on who you are and why you do the things you do.  I would be remiss if I didn't say to pray about it.  I had to learn a whole series of lessons I wrote about in several posts called, "Lessons in Turning it Over to Jesus."  I will share the links here, if you have time, some day, read them.  This is my experiential base, how I was able to "handle" my mother's stroke, dad's heart attack, daughter's cancer it's a reflection on how Jesus took me on a journey of "faith."  It's a lot to read now, but save this and come back to them.  Here they are:  












Truthfully, I just reread them...I'm crying at how good Jesus is!  It just hit me, maybe this post was for me, I needed to be reminded of it.  However, if you do read them, I hope you can find something to glean.  You can take your experiential lessons, no matter how terrible they may have been and turn it into something that will help you not hurt you.   I'm here for you if you have anything you want to share or email me about.   

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Motivational Monday - Directions

At last week's Bible study, my sister, Lori shared a story about her experience with choosing her own route, rather than following what the GPS told her to do.  She looked at a paper map and found a short cut.  It really wasn't, rather it ended up turning into a "cow trail" in a swampy woods.  She crossed paths with ATVs - it was probably meant for them, not cars.  I'm sure you can see where her story was going in relationship to a Bible study.  Just to be clear, this post is not meant as a Bible study, rather an observation about directions.

That story, had my thinking about following directions.  I was that child who struggled, first with even reading and understanding the directions and second, sticking to the task as I'm too easily distracted.  I often times look for my own way to do something, make a task easier or even create a new plan.   How about you?  Do you read and follow all directions or do you veer off and try it your own way?   

   (from my trip to Peru, Machu Picchu, where I did stick to the path and follow it)

So, where am I going with this Motivational Monday post?  Follow directions?... not follow directions?  What are you try to say, Dicky Bird?

My sister said that the path she took, was scenic.  Things she wouldn't have experienced if she had followed the designated route.  However, her route took about 45 minutes longer than expected.   Both paths ended in the same place, via a different experience.  

I guess, that's my point.  Your choice, my choice - the path we took - may lead us both to the store, however not by the same experience.  I may choose the unpredictable cow trail while my best friend chooses the pavement.  Neither of us are wrong, rather we picked what was best for us.  Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are important when picking a path or sticking to a plan.   It would be easier for me and Al....most times....if I did stick to my plan and/or follow directions.  It can make more work for us when I don't.  However, our lives are full of wonderful experiences, we might not have had without my crazy "hair brained" ideals.  (smile).   

So, if you follow directions, line by line or not, I hope you enjoy the experience while doing it.  Life is full of choices, some we regret and others we cherish.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Race is On

This was adorable!  Piglets and piggies (toddler ones...LOL), are the cutest!  Anyway, on with my post....

So, if you haven't noticed, I've not blogged near as much lately as I usually do.  I've been busy.  I know...we all are busy...but, for real, I've been.  I don't even like to tell anyone what my plans are because I hear..."oh, you're so busy."  I even had one of my friends do something really fun and when I asked "hey, why didn't you ask me to come?"  She said, "well, you're so busy."  Well, I might be, but I can change my plans...I'm self-employed after all!

Anyway....on with my post...oh, I said that already...

Do you ever feel like your life is a race.  Get up, get ready, get your kids ready, go to school, work - the normal day.  Before you know it, it's Friday, then it's October then it's 2018!  Yes, time has no friends.  Life is a race.  

Unlike these little pigs, who by the way, I'm sure  have a bucket of treats in the trailer waiting for them, otherwise how would they get them to run like this....hahaha.  We don't have to compete with each other.  I can't help but think of Hebrews chapter 12:  "therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" 

We do have a great "cloud of witnesses," especially at a race.  We can get caught up in "every weight" and sin can "easily ensnare us."  Spectators love that!  The crowd might even cheer at your failures.  Yep, life is like that at times.  However, run your race, do what you are called to do and do it all with gusto!  Every little pig ran that race as fast as their little hocks could take them.  And that is what I plan to do, as fast as my, not so little hocks take me!  Do the best you can, because there is a treat waiting for you in the trailer.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Inga Witscher, Around the Farm Table at Ringle Harvest Day

If you live in Wisconsin, watch PBS then you know how popular Inga Witscher from Around the Farm Table is.  Bio on her is here:

I met her last December, when we went to one of her presentations down in Prairie Du Sauk, WI.  My post about it:  

I invited her to attend the Ringle Harvest Day event that was started here at our farm and now takes over our whole little rural town:  https://www.facebook.com/RingleHarvestDayFleaMarket/.

We have over 120 vendor booths.  She will be doing a cooking demonstration and hopefully offer some of her wonderful garlic.  Her event at her farm is here:

The response has been amazing!  I'm not sure where everyone will sit, I have some thinking to do....there will be NO charge for attending the event.  We do suggest however that you bring a nonperishable food item for St. Florian and Homme Home food pantries.  You may also bring an item for the Marathon County Humane Society.  

Our theme for our next year is "Popplewood 4H Gives Back" 

So, "come and gather with us around" the 22nd annual Ringle Harvest Day, Saturday, October 13, 2018.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 3 - Reflection on First Half of 2018

July 3rd starts the second half of this year.  My word of the year for 2018 is Strive.  Read about it here:  http://dickybirdsnest.blogspot.com/2018/01/2018-word-of-year-strive.html

How did I do with that word so far?

I would say, considering what was "sent" me - I have been "striving" to live through it....lol

No, not really.  But, life is full of ups and downs.  

Actually thinking about the fact that the year is half over or rather we have half a year left...that sounds better...I need to get busy.  

I hate to brag....but, I will....my little ideas for my business are finally catching on, the flea market that started here at our farm (and now takes over our little town) 22 years ago was featured in Flea Market Style magazine, a few of my posts were featured on other's blogs, I've helped several nice people with their estate needs, I fostered an old dog and happy to say he found a new wonderful home this week and other blessings that if I said it all, it would be bragging.  

The point is....I have been striving....it didn't even have to be my word of the year....as I was already striving...for years....

It is nice however to think about it and one can always strive to be better.  

How has your year been going?  Any plans for the 2nd half?  Did you pick a word of the year?  If so, how's it going?

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin  

Monday, July 2, 2018

Motivational Monday - Nest or Nest Egg?

Something I was thinking about recently and doing this sale this past week for Jim and Rosie brought it to light.  

Rosie, loves to decorate and had everything needed for every holiday to create not only a beautiful home, but beautiful memories with her family.  She talked about her angel food cakes made in her square pan, her big holiday meals around her harvest table, the swings they put up in the covered porch for their children and grands....a warm, loving, welcoming well made home.  Original wood cabinets, carpet, wall paper....all the same as the day they moved in to their nest.  They have listed this home for sale and are moving to an apartment for senior living.  Now, I know many people just like them, their age, who have a rather nice nest egg and the ability to move comfortably into retirement.  

How are they able to do that?  They invested in their nest egg not their nest.  Oh, don't get me wrong here...Rosie invested all she had; blood, sweat, tears into her chicks and made their nest welcoming.  What I'm getting at is....they and many like them, focused on that, rather than the latest trend in decorating their nest.  

It just seems to me, that with the popularity of shows like "Fixer Upper" and "Flip or Flop" too many people are focused on tearing apart their homes to make them look like one of those.  Before you know it, you've spent your nest egg or even worse, charged it, without even realizing you could have been happy with what you had.  Paint the cabinets white instead of new ones, refinish the hardwood instead of tile; I think you see what I'm trying to say here.  Then, take that money you didn't spend and put it toward your mortgage, savings or IRA for your nest egg.  

I had an aunt, who during my childhood had her husband change locations and remodel their kitchen at least 4 times.  I'm not talking just cabinets here, no!  She had him move it from one side of the house to the other and then back again.   Crazy amounts of money spent on this and my uncle was handy and did the work himself.  

The point I am trying to make is that too many times we focus on what is trending in decorating, how can I change this or that and not on being happy with what we have and just making it pretty.  It's fine when you can afford it, go for it!  However, I've seen too many fall into the trap of building a trendy nest and neglecting their nest egg.

I really admire this generation for their ability to make due, cash only, save it for a rainy day kind of mentality.  We all should get some of that back!  Instead we have a generation of, "can I debit this? (really, it's $1!)"  I could dig $1 of change on the floor of my van....why don't these people carry cash?  I don't get it!  But, that's another post.     

So for this Motivational Monday, let's focus on our nest being warm and inviting for our families.  Being happy to just make what we have pretty, keeping an eye on our nest egg so we can have a comfortable retirement too.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Social Media Experiment

It "snuck" up on us....I fought "it" for a long time....however, it has changed our lives - not for the better either....know what it is?   

Yep, this...not so much blogging, but other venues of social media.   I suppose some blogs and bloggers use their posts to be negative or depressing...I choose not to do that, nor read those that do.  It's hard enough scrolling past a picture of a dog with a trap on it's foot (I had to do that today!).  

It's not healthy to have that much negativity!  Images, rants, politics, religion, sick kids, sad animals.....It's too much!  I'm an optimist, hopeful for the future - "this" stuff lately, draggin' me down!  

Then we have the "look at me, what I did, how great I am doing it, how pretty, how organized, how....you pick one" - not good for any one's self esteem.

Then we have the LIKES, the numbers....the comments....the shares.....the......ya, I'm back in high school....unpopular once again.  Really, this is how "it" can make people feel!

Al and I were talking about all of this and it had my starting a little experiment - unbeknownst to my followers.  It worked like a charm - really, exactly what I thought.  You all are sick of it too.  

I posted several little blurbs on facebook, instagram and even on here.  Just as I expected, most popular ones....pictures of flowers, soup recipe, funny little story of how I peed my pants...for real...lots of likes and comments on that one.  The other posts, even when I think they hold awesome content....not so much!

So, I guess, I post this today to encourage those who happen upon this post to think about being positive, funny, uplifting not to mention authentic!  Peed my pants...no one tells that on themselves, but it was funny!  

I can't control what happens at the boarder, in this country, your country, who has benefits, who doesn't, how we protect ourselves, fake news, hate news, how or why....too many options to list and you know what I mean!  And, as this little experiment showed me....no one cares or is reading anyway!  We can't change someone else's opinion with negative posts - we just can't - it only drives us apart!  Oh, you can post, "if you don't like this scroll past or this is my site I can write whatever I want" all that is true!  However, think about how it - what we post will be in the cloud somewhere forever.  

I CAN however, control what I POST, SHARE, LIKE in my little corner of the world, my edge of the cloud.  After all, every cloud has a silver lining - be that!  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.