Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Barn Party

What a weekend! Our fifteen year old son wanted to have a Halloween party with his friends from school. What better place than in our barn? It already had cob webs and the fun scary elements of a creaky old building and dark stair case. As long as we had plenty of food we knew kids would show up, and they did! 
The plans began with five different kinds of pizza from Papa Murphy's. We added salad, cider, pop, desserts and popcorn.
We decorated with pumpkins, gourds, fake spiders and skeletons, and a few things from Dollar Tree. 
 Indoor and outdoor games. Don't forget the glow sticks for playing "kick the can" in the dark.

 More treats.

 Playing "Mafia" and "Signs."
What is lurking up those stairs?
Come a little closer and I will show you.
 Come now, don't be scared.

 Sorry these are blurry. My wonderful husband rented a projector and set up a screen (white sheet) for the movie, that our son Garrett chose.
The movie was, "Young Frankenstein,
with Gene Wilder 
This is funny scary not gory. It's just enough to make you jump.

I think the kids really had fun. There were lots of smiles and lots of laughter.
 Our son and his friends want to do it again, so I know we will. 

                                  Isaiah 41:10
"Don't panic. I am with you. There's no need to fear for I am your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
                               Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's the Little Things...

I white-washed my bathroom today. 
It's amazing how a little bit of white paint can make a room look fresh and new again.
I took the knobs off the drawers and sanded all the surfaces, then I painted. I live in an older farm house, so most things are due for an update. Rather than spending a ton of money I thought a fresh coat of paint would suffice.
Psalm 51:7
"Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."

                           Blessings, Kathi

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cheat Day

Oh dear...I have cheated on my diet.
 What did I eat? Well...
I did not want to cheat, but it just happened. It all started with a cookie, just one bite. I did not want to hurt my daughter's feelings (Victoria, who made the cookies). Next, my hubby and I were out on a fun day together and we sort of ended up at Voodoo Doughnuts. After that we had lunch at Hole In the Wall Barbecue...
 Now, how can you say no? We then bought pizza for a party our son is having, and well, I already cheated so, why not? Okay, so to make myself feel better about this, I have declared this "Cheat Day," and there is no guilt involved. Why no guilt? Because I know that tomorrow morning I will have my usual bacon and eggs, no sugar, no carbs, and I will eat lots of good fat. I love love love my diet, which is really a life-style. I have easily, without feeling deprived, lost 14 pounds. Here is part of the proof...
I have also lost two inches from each thigh...
 Why is it okay for me to "cheat" on my diet, but it is not okay for me to cheat on God's laws? After pondering this, I believe this might be the answer. I think it is because I set up the rules for my diet, and it is God who sets the rules for His law. One thing that is the same is that, honestly, I did not want to cheat on my diet today, nor did I even have the desire. I love love love this life-style diet so much that I was NOT wanting to stray from it.  Nor do I want to stray from God's laws and commands. I do not want to break fellowship with Him. I see how easily it is to accidentally fall into sin though. God tells us in His Word to be careful. I look forward to getting right back. I love the way I feel and the new look I see in the mirror with the paleo (I also eat dairy) diet. I can't even say I worked hard to get this thin. The pounds fell off in seconds, over yummy bacon and eggs with cheese and sour cream. When I read God's Word, that is how I feel. I feel good. I rejoice in it. I feel close to the Lord.  It is not work to read the Bible, it is pleasure. I do not want to stray from Him or His Word. His Word benefits me. I see results when I read it.

Psalm 141:4
"Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil..."
John 4:32
Jesus told them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."

                            Blessings, Kathi

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The VIP Treatment

Are you a VIP? I guess we are...or I guess we were, for a day. My husband and I got to see the game from one of those very special booths. They have supreme seats, glassed in for warmth, and food galore. There were dips and sauces, sea food, and wings, wine and soft drinks, desserts and more. We were treated like kings. We were treated like we were important. 

What would it be like to be given such regard and honor regularly? Would one get tired of it? Or perhaps forget to be thankful for it? The last game we attended we sat down in the end zone. My hands  and toes were so cold I could not feel them. Rain drizzled on us for two hours, oh, but we enjoyed the game, don't get me wrong. I appreciated the fact that we had tickets. This though was the creme de la creme. We could not get over it. We were treated like royalty.
According to the Bible God sees each of us as "very important people," to Him.
 We are part of His royal family. Let's remember that. He loves us so much. Some day we will see Him face to face. Right now we go through hard times and times of testing our faith. Some day we will be in a completely different world, where we will have no more hard times; only good and glorious times.
Remember that Jesus died for you and me, He rose from the grave and He is alive, He is coming back for you and me, and we will see Him face- to-face. You are a VIP and so am I. What's funny about this world is that we think we are important if we are waited upon. The kingdom of God sees being the waiter and servant as the important role. I can't wait to talk to Jesus about these things. Serving others has always brought blessing to me, so I know it is true, whether it be teaching vacation Bible school, or giving away my apples. If you want to be great in God's kingdom, learn to serve.

                            1 Corinthians 13:12
"What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What we know now is only partial; then it will be complete--as complete as God's knowledge of me."

                   Blessings, Kathi

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sometimes You Need A Little Lift

"Dudn't it give you a lift?", when I mentioned her new kitchen towels. My mother-in-law, Vivian, emphatically stated, those words as she delightedly displayed and touched her new, "Tea Towels," as she called them, yes, "Tea Towels." I love it that I know some new words and expressions because of her.

Here I am 30 years later doing the same thing with drip bowls. "Drip bowls?" What are those? What dreary words for something simple that brings me a tiny spark of joy. Here they are...

Yep, my shiny aluminum rings that encase my stove elements. Such a small thing, but oh, by the end of canning season, it's time for a change, and yes, the new ones bring a spark of joy. The women from the last century always seemed to be buying hats. I guess that's what we women do when we need a little lift. We buy something small new to brighten our day. It's usually something inexpensive and somewhat needed. We replace an old item and for some reason it gives a little boost.
I am thankful for these tiny little perks that God let's me have, that I can afford. Oh, by the way, "Dudn't, according to the urban dictionary, means:  Oklahoma contraction, mixing didn't and doesn't, therefore covering both past and present tense jointly. I miss my dear mother-in-law. This month marks one year of her passing. I am thankful for her memory, but I miss her, and I am grateful that I will again see her some day. 

                               John 13:5
"After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him."
                          Blessings, Kathi

Monday, October 17, 2016

What's Good For the Gut Is Good For the Gout...

Not that I have gout, but I do have arthritis. I have been reading a lot about the wonders of apple cider vinegar and its ability to reduce inflammation; especially if the cider has "the mother" growing in it. Here is a tasty recipe which includes my new found fondness for vinegar... "Fermented Vegetables." Enjoy...
This is the final product; crisp sliced vegetables in a tangy sauce.  First slice and then salt veggies of your choice...

 Then add a new layer, slice and salt and repeat...
 Lots of salt...
Place wax paper and a weight on top of your salted vegetables.
 Here's how I weighted my vegetables...
Wait an hour and then rinse your vegetables thoroughly with cold water. Rinse ALL of that salt out of those veggies.
Dry them well with a paper towel.
 Add these ingredients for the marinade...
Two T. cider vinegar, two T. olive oil, 1/4 t. red pepper flakes, 1/4 t. black pepper, 1/4 t. minced garlic, sprig of dill. Refrigerate and enjoy. This will keep up to a week. Eat your fermented vegetables before your meal. They say cholesterol levels will even out if you do this daily. And, bye bye gout...

                            1 Timothy 5:23
"...and use a little wine for your stomach and your frequent illnesses."
                         Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Storms and Coffee...

Storms and coffee; both brewing at my house. One excites and frightens, the other cheers and consoles. Love the distinctive aroma. The soothing sound of steam and drip covers the howl and roar outside. Candles and matches sitting on my hearth. Wood stove's kindling; I think I'm ready. Here we go...
                             The older I get the more I have come to realize that I am either in the middle of a problem--a storm of life...
       ...just coming out of a problem-- life storm...

                      ...or about to enter a new problem-- life storm...
                  ...hesitantly, I might add. Of course we fear the next storm. Jesus promises he will be with me in the storm. Why are storms necessary? My guess is, I study and research the Bible and godly things, I might add, is that storms are chances for our faith to grow. In my opinion, faith is "gold" to God. It's our trust and belief in Him; wonderful and faithful Him. I praise God, for these tests, that give me growth and closer times with Him. Are you ready for the next storm? He will be with you. Trust in Him alone.
                                          Luke 8:24b-25
"...He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided and all was calm. 'Where is your faith He asked His disciples?' In fear and amazement, they asked themselves, 'Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him..." 
                   Blessings, Kathi

Friday, October 14, 2016

I Need To Take Care of Myself

The school year 2014 / 2015 was very hard for me.  I was thrown into a hostile environment working with a mean teacher and misunderstood  and judged by a couple of mean parents and principal. I started getting migraines. My life seemed blurry. Was I good at anything?
I forgot to take care of myself. I quit eating. I drank too much coffee. I drank too much wine. I knew I had to get out of that toxic environment and downward spiral. The healing process was slow. The bed shook as I cried so hard at night, that is if I could sleep. I made some changes...
 I found out about green tea and I learned to like it.
 I found out that soaking my feet in warm water and Epsom salt did wonders for my well-being. Now, whenever I feel like it I soak my feet, while doing something pleasant. Sometimes I read my Bible or read a fun book. Sometimes I watch a favorite movie and knit. Sometimes I savor one tiny piece of dark chocolate.
 I rest and calm my body and count my blessings.
  I praise the Lord for my loved ones. I am trying to thank God more, worry less, trust God more, and think of others more than myself. My husband gave me a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Her method has encouraged me to get rid of things I don't need and to keep only things that bring me joy. The burden of a cluttered office has weighed heavily on me. So... I followed her ideas...
I have a little closet office in the center of my home. It has cute wallpaper...

Not to be disrespectful, but I must say that I do not follow everything in Marie Kondo's book. For example I do not thank my things for serving me. I thank my Lord Jesus, for all things. He alone deserves my praise and thanks.

 My clean and tidy office is a peaceful place now. I found my lovely leather library chair at a thrift store. It is comfortable and suits me fine.

You ask why I have a fridge and food in my little closet office? Well, now that I am eating very few carbs and  almost no sugar, plus I am eating increased fat, I keep special snacks and ingredients for my meals in here, just for me. I found a $20 mini fridge at a garage sale. It holds my kombucha bottles and avocados etc.  This little room can now be my prayer closet too; a quiet place for me to pray for any of my needs and for my loved ones. The idea came from the movie "War Room."  One more thing before I go...
I have rediscovered the joy and relaxation in reading a good book at bedtime. Thank you Lord for helping me. I still do not understand why I had to go through such a dark time, but that does not matter. What matters is that I depend on You, Lord, and look to You for all of my needs. You, dear Lord, bring me Joy!
                            Matthew 6:25
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them."

                         Blessings, Kathi


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