Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Farcical - The World is a Stage

I heard this word used recently; farcical - from the word farce:  a comedic tactic to exaggerate deliberate absurdity or nonsense; resembling an absurd or ridiculous aspect. you know where I'm going with this?   

I actually hate politics.  I grew up in a family of preachers and 1 politician....same game....different name.  Think about it....

Our world has gone farcical....I can't take it....these past several years have been too much!  I can't even listen, watch, talk, hear any more about anyone, thing, scandal, facts....fake news....whatever, it's all farcical to me!  ALL of it!

If the world is truly a "stage" then farcical is at play.  Only this isn't a comedy, it's our future.  No matter if you live on a remote island in the Pacific, a penthouse in New York City or a ranch in Idaho....we are the audience to it all.  

Protect yourself from the constant hate and barrage from all parties.  Americans are NOT the great evil....America might be....but, that is another story for another post.  

Fellow citizens, if we are to bring back or "make America great again" WE need to do it.  Not the screaming, extreme crazies on the far side of each!   Not the puppets we have to vote for!  Not your teacher, professor, counselor or preacher!  We can have different views and still respect each other - that is what makes us unique as citizens.  It seems we've forgotten that.  

I have many memories of my uncle and grandpa fighting over democrat -vs- republican then they would jump in and argue oneness -vs- trinity of the Godhead.  The 2 things you're never suppose to talk about - religion and politics.  These men were of Scotch/Irish decent with a bit of Hillbilly mixed in....they spit, yelled and flung arms around.  At the end of the visit, they still flung their arms around each other and hugged.  They loved each other enough to listen to each other.  That right how we "make American great again."  

November is rolling around - elections and holiday time.  Don't let this crazy farcical world keep you from loving your family that has different views than you!   O.k. this is my one and only political style post for the year.  I'm done now.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, October 1, 2018

Motivational Monday - The Floss

My husband and I were at a concert this past week.  The bands were metal bands.  We saw this group of 3 girls flippin', floppin' and flailing around - we thought they were in some kind of a drug induced seizure or episode.  It was like a bad train of the bouncer types came and told them to "knock it off!"  We were ready for one to jump or fall on us...for real.  

I told my daughter about it....she said "Mom!!! that's The Floss....a dance!"  She showed me on YouTube, I almost peed my!  it's a thing!?!   Oh we just laughed and laughed.  I'm officially OLD!

She works with kids, so she knew this.  Apparently it's become really popular...I have no idea why!  Anyway, I didn't know about it.....hey, I've been busy....come to think about it...flippin', floppin' and flailing junk all summer!  

We, Al and I, did help a gentlemen Saturday late afternoon do a private invite only sale.  While helping take stuff out to the trailer, I dropped something on my foot.  Ya....I'm flailing junk...  Anyway, after I got home, took my shoe off - to be honest, when I put my pajamas on...I looked at myself...I'm one bruise on top of the other...more flailing around...and it shows.  I wanted to post that song..."I fought the law and the law won" - with a picture of my foot and legs...."I fought the junk and the junk won!"  

So, for this Motivational Monday....don't do The a dance or moving pieces of furniture.  Do floss your teeth!   I hope this little post makes you laugh today.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

When You are Between "I Got This to Throwing in the Towel"

And that my friends is where I am at....I hate to even admit it.  I "got this" or should I just "throw in the towel?"  Have you ever been here?  

"I got this" - something you can deal with or handle.
"Throwing in the towel" - admitting defeat.  

My post today will be our ladies bible study.  I know, a bible study about this?  "This" is exactly what a bible study should be about, it's when you need one the most.  

Truthfully and unfortunately, I do this to myself.  I could be relaxing, doing nothing I guess, but that's not me.   I told my mother-in-law that I feel I'm more busy now then when my girls were home.  Part of it is, I like to do too many things.  I also am trying to "build" my business.  Even though, I've been doing what I do for over 25 years.  However, there wasn't social media back then.  I mean, all the pictures, accounts, pages are necessary in today's world.  Getting "connected" and "collaborating" with the "right" people is essential.   So, with that said...I'm closer to throwing in the towel!  

I try, I do, but sometimes I feel like that picked last kid again....I want to play with the "big dogs" only they don't want to with me.  You might not think this is that way, but it's true.  I went all they way to another state to do a show where all my favorites were, thinking I would make some new "friends" - silly me....(wink, wink).  I'm just not what you think the face behind what I do is, wait....or, maybe it is...LOL  Either way, I did throw in the towel on that one.   

Some days, I think, O.K. you've "got this" and with the Lord's help I usually do.   My sister Lynn says this all the time, "I'm not worried about it, Jesus will take care of it."  At the time I'm do you think He is going to do that!  I think you, as in me too, need to take care of it, whatever the it is.  Not that I think we need to sit back, do what we want the way we want to and then when trouble comes say "well, Jesus will take care of it."   That's not how we should live.  

The "Jesus will take care of it" comes from faith.  We can look back on the past, things He helped us through and calm our anxiety with that knowledge.  "He's got this" there is no I in it!  Once you understand that, you're one step closer to NOT throwing in the towel.  

I can't help but think about David and all his troubles in his life.  He did "it" to himself too!  Psalms is the poetic documentation of it.  He sure seems to have had is moments of "I got this to throwing in the towel" - being chosen, killing a giant, being favored, Saul chasing him, his rise and fall as King, his short comings in fidelity...come on David throw in the towel already!  He kept going and shared it in his blog called Psalms, chapter 34 is a good reference to it.  

Psalms 34:4:  "I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears."  

Psalms 34:17:  "And the righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

Psalms 34:19:  "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all."

So, Lord help me help myself.  As we turn the calendar page into October and the race is on for Ringle Harvest Day, 2 quick barn sales here at the farm and a trip with my daughter Anna, "Jesus, please take care of it."  I will move ahead one day at a time, keeping in mind "He has this" I need to have faith that it will all turn out the way it's supposed to.  If anything good come from it all - to HIM be the glory!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Restless Nights

I've had several weeks of restless nights.  I know we are to "cast your cares upon Him" and I've posted plenty about it!  Just tell my sleeping pattern that...LOL.

I know it's anxiety.  I have some pressure from my loving husband to clean up and out a section of a building - at this point and time - any building - so he can park his tractor and our trailer in it.  I even woke the other night and shouted out loud..."I can't sleep!"  He jumps awake and says..."why?"  "because you are going to take the bucket on the tractor and push all my junk in a pile!"  "Ok! I won't now go back to sleep, I need to sleep!"  Of course after all that I couldn't and it was 1:30 am....I went downstairs and worked on the vendor list and map for the Ringle Harvest Day...which is another cause for anxiety!  I stayed awake until 4:15 am and went to the couch.  People...why do I do this to myself!?!  I'm the one doing it!  So restless nights remain.  

This morning it was 3 am!  Wow, can you get a lot accomplished at 3 am!  I'll take a Sunday afternoon nap after church.  Believe it or not....I had a vendor message me at 2:45 am - which could be what woke me!  My phone is on silent, but the light came on....2:45 am!!!  "Do I have a booth?"  Really?!  And I wonder why I can't sleep!  

I tried deep belly breathing, working my issues out in my mind..."I'll do this, then this,"  "worse case scenario option is..., LOL" praying, reading...nope, I'm wide awake.  I had a few friends in the same "stage of life" that I am in tell me the same thing.  They have difficulty sleeping...stupid menopause.   

What do you do when you can't sleep?  I am really looking for suggestions.  Let me know.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, September 21, 2018

Around the Farm Table's Garlic Fest

Our Wisconsin PBS has a show I absolutely love called Around the Farm Table.   The host is adorable, she adds a quirkiness to each episode that features her family, friends and neighbors and focuses on Wisconsin produce and artisans.   Her series was picked up nationally, so coming soon to a PBS channel near you too!  Congratulations Inga al...America is going to love you!

She is a FarmHER with a small herd of Jersey cows.   Her farm, St. Isidore's Mead, is adding a creamery and will be producing some specialized cheeses soon.  I can't wait.

In her own words, "I needed to diversify my farm, so I decided to plant garlic."  I love garlic!  The event, Garlic Fest, was held this past weekend at her farm.  Link here:  and

Here we are with Inga.  

Garlic was for sale in addition to green garlic seed for planting.  I bought both.  I need to weed out an area for the garlic, which you plant in the fall.  

After a tour of her farm and a visit in the barn, we were ready for the cooking presentation.  Her mom was helping her.  

The recipe was for Swiss Chard Tart.  It was delicious!

After the presentation, her mom took us on the "set" - the kitchen in the house.  She shared stories of how show episodes are chosen, the research put into each and the behind the scenes out takes.  

We (Al, Justine, Josh & I) really enjoyed ourselves.  Al was over by her garden taking a picture of a leaf - he has an app he likes to play with...LOL...I told him it was a tomito, but he insisted.  Inga came over and said something so sweet, as she started to make an apology....I stopped her and said "this is why we love you, we have weeds too!"  Oh we laughed and she said..."I'm not a Martha Stewart, I don't have a staff that stages all this for me." I like Martha too, but her hoity, toity..ness...I could live without!  Inga's willingness to be "real" is what makes her fun to watch!  

I made a garlic fried noodle dish for supper.  Her garlic had firm bulbs with juicy, fragrant cloves!  So fresh!  

If you would like to meet Inga too, she will make an appearance at the Ringle Harvest Day: that is a community wide event.  She will be in the Ringle town hall at 1 pm.  It is a FREE event, all we ask is that you bring a non perishable food item for our local pantry or the humane society.  Thanks!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"It's All Sham Pain" Thanks Five Finger Death Punch

I like to listen to "metal" and many a poetic lyric has resonated with me.  None more so lately, than Five Finger Death Punch's "Sham Pain."  If you can take a few swear words, YouTube it.  LOL

I love how they twisted those words....LOVE it!   That is exactly how I have been feeling lately.  This is the jest of what I get out of it.  A sham is something that is not exactly what it is presented to be, false, bogus and pain is what it is.  Champagne = celebration....Sham Pain = how I feel lately!

Let's break this down to what Dicky Bird has been doing and you will see how funny this is to me.  Have you seen those Pinterest Nail or Fails?  Or the pictures of people trying to copy it, "how they I look..." you know what I'm saying, right?  To me, this song is on those same lines. 

O.k. we live in a social media driven world.  No matter if you are a cook in the school kitchen, mom on the playground, a fitness coach or an antique dealer, we all share our day in some way on social media.  None more so than those of us who are self-employed.  We have to!  For real or how is anyone going to see what we do.  If you are in the business, you know what I mean and it's hard for some of us, less than savvy users.  

After all the wonderful shows that occurred over the weekend, looking at the amazing booths....I felt defeated!  My stuff sucks!  Come one now....we've all been there!  Then I heard this song and I knew I would blog about this.  It's all "sham pain!"

Oh, don't get me wrong, I love looking at all the perfectly staged, meticulously manicured images that pop up on my news feeds, I do!  When you promote yourself, style or items for sale - you need to!  For the most part, I'm inspired, but at times, if I'm being honest, discouraged.  It's all "sham pain!"

I had to laugh yesterday, as Lisa and I were working, this song ran through my head.  Oh we could and do, post nice pictures of the items at our sales, but do any of you know what we had to dig through to get it?  Many times, lots of critter poops...for real!   People always say, "I would love to do what you do" - but, could you?  It's not easy, even though some of the images make it look that way.  It's all "sham pain."

I wanted to post this for my Motivation Monday, but I was working at our sale all day and then a Town of Ringle meeting.  I was going to try to squeeze it in before I fell asleep, just so I could say I posted on Monday....but, then again, its all "sham pain."  

I hope that you would think on the twist in these words the next time you feel like I have been.  It really makes me laugh.  The chorus of the song is this:  "all in all it's a good life, I got what I want, I can't complain.  I'm living the good life, a toast to you know, it's all "sham pain."  

So, I will - champagne = celebrate what I do the best way I can do it, but keep in mind, it's all "sham pain!"

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Comment Help - Blogger Problems

I don't even know if this will work, as I don't know if I can even receive comments.  But, do any of you out there know how to get back your old comments.  I've spent - I won't share how long...googling, asking, HELP boards, Blogger no avail....I did something and I don't know what.  I don't even know how to get back to the broken I can't receive messages.... I just want my old comments back, I want to have anyone be able to leave a comment and I want them to be seen on the blog.  Any ideas?  Thanks

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.