Another Award: Very Sweet Blogger Award


English: deflour rhum chocolate cake and vanil...

English: deflour rhum chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

German chocolate cake from a bakery

German chocolate cake from a bakery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Choc Rose Cake

English: Choc Rose Cake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have received an award from My Daily Minefield Blog. If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, you have no idea what you are missing. There are so many interesting articles about the great planet we live on. I am inspired every time I stop by. This blog will not disappoint visitors.

I try to be sweet, and kind, and kind of off the wall now and then. I don’t want to give anyone tooth decay by being too sweet, so I speak my mind now and then whenever something bothers me or when I see stupidity or injustice in the world. Other than that, I am usually meek and mild.

Here are the rules:

You must thank the person who gave you the award. Please mention them on your blog and provide a link so others can find out how awesome they are. You must answer a few sweet questions, then send the award on to other sweet, deserving bloggers.

My Questions and Answers:

Super Sweet Questions to Answer:

1.  Cookies or Cake?   Both. Who can choose just one?

2.  Chocolate or Vanilla?   If I am forced at gunpoint, chocolate. I love that warm, smooth, velvety stuff melting inside my mouth.

3.  What is your favorite sweet treat?  Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream

4.  When do you crave sweet things most?  At night, when I write. (This was Daily Minefield’s answer, but it holds true for me also.)

5.  If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  Sweetness. For real, a special person calls me that. I swear.

Other sweet bloggers I know:

One Point Safety

Arlen Shah

Ardent P.T.

Chris Martin

Short Little Rebel

Naomikko

85 Degrees

The Critical Eye

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Do you know me?


Cover of "I Love Being a Woman (Focus on ...

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People are such strange creatures. We take forever sizing up a person before we let them into our private lives, if ever. We categorize people as far as who gets to see us do what. The mail carrier probably knows more about us than we would like, but he or she doesn’t get to see us in curlers, nor would we invite him to go fishing with us next weekend, unless he happened to be a close friend to begin with.

We go to church with many different people. We love them. Some of them are close friends, while others are acquaintances. We really wouldn’t want those we aren’t close with to just pop over to our homes after church. Maybe we left everything a mess. Maybe we were hoping to change from church clothes into really comfy clothes (read, no bra). Maybe the reason we aren’t close friends is because we have heard their views on life and we know we have too many differences to overcome.

We’ve seen certain people every week for years, at the drug store, the gas station, the post office or video store. We know each other by first name. We’ve shared personal information about ourselves and the lives we live. We have laughed together, cried together when their dog died after 25 years, and shared valuable information that has helped them and us. Still, do we send them an invitation to our daughter’s wedding or our son’s graduation?

Everyone on planet Earth has done the close friend, mere acquaintance, beloved family member and barely know their first name, dance.  They have heard our good news. We’ve won the lottery. They all believe themselves to be our very best friends. Surely, we will share – quite a bit, actually – with every person we have ever known and thousands we did not know existed.

We may not know ourselves as well as we think. We may believe we would willingly give ten percent to the church, ten percent to charity and several thousands to people we know who could use a friendly hand out. No matter how well we think we know ourselves, God knows us better.

Maybe we don’t win the lottery because God knows it would cause heartache when we learned our favorite brother was expecting more than the piddling amount of $200,000 we gave him and he no longer wants to associate with us. He feels slighted. God knows that our parents would be hurt that we did not send at least $25,000 to each family member back in Italy – France – Mexico – Poland – Iran, etc.

You know more about me than many people I see in person. Still, there are things you don’t yet know:

  1. I am the most forgiving person you will ever meet. Just ask for forgiveness and you are forgiven.
  2. If I have only enough bread and meat for one sandwich, I will give the sandwich to you and say, “I am not hungry.”
  3. I believe we are living in the last days of the Age of Grace. Soon, God will remove Grace from the face of the earth.
  4. My feelings can be easily hurt, but I will never let you know that you hurt my feelings. Maybe it was not intentional.
  5. If you buy a present for me that does not fit, is not a color I like, I can’t use or isn’t something I would hang on my wall, you will never know. If you bought or made a gift for me, you thought of me. That is enough.
  6. If we disagree on politics or religion or both, I won’t argue with you about these things. We just won’t bring up the subject. I don’t want to argue. Life is too short.
  7. Don’t hurt my family. I would die for them. That should tell you how unpleasant your life would be if you hurt them.
  8. I believe in romance. I believe you can be married one year or fifty, but the romance can be as strong as it was the first day you met.
  9. I believe divorce is often unavoidable, but it is not a part of God’s perfect plan. God knew how difficult it would be for children. He does not want the children hurt by divorce. However, sometimes divorce is needed to save the children from the abusive parent.
  10. I cry when people dump cats and dogs as if they were unfeeling insects. They love you. They thought they were loved by you. They are as innocent and as helpless as small children. If you can’t take care of them, take them to a shelter.
  11. You don’t have to like me, but don’t pretend that you do. I would rather have one true friend than five hundred people who say they are friends with me, yet treat me as if my time and thoughts were nothing to consider.
  12. We can disagree on a matter and still be friendly toward each other. Heck, no two people ever agreed 100% of the time on 100% of things. Life would be boring if we all thought alike and acted alike.
  13. I am not superstitious. I don’t care that you sent me an email about acknowledging Jesus and receiving a blessing when I forward it to 12 people. God doesn’t work that way. Do you really believe God will punish you for not forwarding an email? He won’t rain down blessings because you do, either. That is just phishing. Someone wants your email address to sell you something
  14. I am old fashioned. I love being a woman. I love the role God gave me. I don’t want to be just like the men. I understand there are some things women aren’t suited for. There are many things men aren’t suited for. I do believe both sexes are intelligent. Both should be paid the same if both jobs are the same and both do the same amount of work.
  15. I may not ever get to meet you in person, but I love you. When you hurt, I hurt. When you rejoice, I rejoice. If I hurt you in any way, let me know. I want a chance to say I am sorry.

Do you know me? Not yet, but you are beginning to know me better. I hope you continue on this life journey with me. Who knows what we may discover together.

Versatile Blogger Award


The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award (Photo credit: nhighberg)

Chocolates

Chocolates (Photo credit: J. Paxon Reyes)

The versatile Blogger Award

A blogger of great importance has honored me by nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Dear Kitty. Some Blog is a place you would want to check out. You will learn about things that don’t ordinarily make the news because they are too controversial. All governments have issues they would rather sweep under the rug. Petrel will also show you new discoveries, art and ancient finds.

These are the rules:

If you are nominated, thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. Tell seven things about yourself and nominate bloggers whom you fell are versatile in their blogging.

Seven things.

1. I love chocolate. I know, everyone loves chocolate, but I only eat chocolate that is beginning to melt. I like soft, warm chocolate in my mouth.

2. I really, really love to eat fresh veggies from the garden. I grow tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, turnips, cabbage, peas, beans, squash, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs and so much more.

3. I actually have fun scooping up worm casting to fertilize my gardens.

4. My favorite colors are red, pink, purple and violet blue.

5. A bear visits my home two or three times a year. He just comes through to eat grubs and wild honey, then he is on his way again.

6. I find it awesome when someone gives me an award. It means they had to specifically think of me at that moment.

7. I know how to sew, crochet, embroider, and make dolls. I am learning how to knit.

My nominees are:

1. On The Edge Again

2. VERDE DESPERTAR

3. Writing is the Supreme Solace

4. Archana

5. Torey Richards

6. My Food And Flowers

7. Photography Art Plus

8. Short Little Rebel

9. Ardentpt

10. Nafees Ahmed

Spring: New Life


Flame azalea

Flame azalea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the first signs of spring - Bradford Pe...

One of the first signs of spring – Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana) trees turn white with thousands of these blossoms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Flame Azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum offset color reproduction of painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To me, there is no place more beautiful than the North Georgia Mountains in the spring. Everything here blooms in brilliant color. I never knew there were so many natural, wild plants with so much color and character. I know, it isn’t quite spring yet, but I can feel it in the air.

When we moved to our place here in the mountains, no one had ever lived on this land except the animals. We had to build a road, a driveway, a septic tank and a well. There was nothing here except nature. We’ve tried to leave as much natural as we possibly could. One reason was the rare orchids growing here. I was as excited as a three-year-old finding Easter eggs my first spring on the mountain.

Lady Slipper, Rattlesnake Plantain, Trillium, Wild Ginger, Little Brown Jugs, Crested Dwarf iris, Goat’s Beard and Mountain Mint are just a few of the many wild flowers growing all around me. In spring, everything comes to life. The cherry trees bloom, the Flame azalea blazes across the creek in bright orange flowers. When the Bradford pear trees bloom out, they form huge balls of white flowers. Did I mention how fragrant it was in the spring?

Spring means new life. Every flower is a gift from God. If you have ever wondered if God loves you, he loves you so much that He brings you flowers every day in spring. God has given us all the things that He loves. God loves the music of the water as it flows across the rocks. He loves to listen to the birds sing as they build nests in which they will bring forth new life. If you love it, God loved it first and decided to share with us.

I am currently re-potting many of my flowers that have outgrown their small pots. This isn’t labor, it is a joy to me. I push back the leaves under the grape arbor and scoop up the worm castings to feed my plants. The worms eat the soil and rot of the forest floor and give it back as amended soil, rich with all the nutrients a plant could need. Try to tell me that God did not design all things to work together to provide all we would ever need. I won’t believe you because I know whom I believeth and am convinced that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.

I am sharing a few of my favorite spring flowers. I pray your spring brings new life. Photo0436 Photo0437

Obama, God and the Truth


English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

18 Jan 2013
By Matt Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

Why has Obama slithered through the political scene without being called out for the liar and thief that he is? Because God told Isaiah in a vision, “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

Isaiah asked God how long before this happened. God answered, “Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.”

All those who have rejected Christ will be blinded to the truth and deaf to anyone who tries to speak the truth to them. It is right in front of their faces and they can not see it. They hear Obama’s lies, but to them, it is the truth. God does not want those who have rejected Christ to see or hear, lest they repent and God has to forgive their sins. There is no forgiveness for those who have blasphemed the name of Christ.

There is huge evidence that Obama is a false President. No one with authority will act against him. A few have postured, attempting to appease their constituents. Nothing will be done about it because God is allowing the end time game plan to play out.

These are frustrating times for Christians. We hurt when we see so many people about to go over the cliff into eternal damnation. Witness to all who will listen. Then pray the end comes quickly and does not linger. Amen.

Simple Cleaning Secrets


English: Spirit Vinegar Français : Vinaigre bl...

English: Spirit Vinegar Français : Vinaigre blanc Svenska: Ättikssprit Dansk: Gaeringseddike ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Eddik ‪Norsk (nynorsk)‬: Eddik Suomi: Väkiviinaetikka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dirty kitchen stove

dirty kitchen stove (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Cleaning supplies are expensive and often contain simple ingredients that can be purchased in their purest forms and diluted. The following cleaning tips work for pennies and there are no harsh chemicals left to enter our water supplies.

Scorched pots:

1. Add one-half cup baking soda and one-half cup of vinegar. There will be a small chemical reaction that is harmless to people. Allow to soak for thirty minutes to one hour, then wash as usual. Repeat if needed.

2. Fill the pot with water and add a drop of dish detergent. Put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Boil for five minutes. Remove the pot from the stove and allow to cool. Use a scrubber or steel wool to loosen burnt on material. Wash as usual.

3. Cover the bottom of the pot with water and add four or five drops of orange oil. Soak the pot for an hour then wash as usual.

Dirty mirrors and windows:

1. Spray mirrors and windows with pure vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Wipe clean with newsprint or any material that is lint-free.

Dusty figurines, what-not’s and other solid objects on shelves:

1. It can take hours to get everything dusted, especially those collectables sitting on shelves. Gather them all up and put them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Add vinegar to the rinse cycle dispenser and clean on a short cycle. Everything comes out sparkling.

2. No dishwasher? Fill the sink with warm water and add a cup of vinegar. Place everything in the sink to soak for thirty minutes. Rinse and drain.

Dishwasher:

1. Instead of expensive dishwasher cleaners, fill the dispensers with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Run a full cycle.

2. Use vinegar, peroxide or rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of the dishwasher.

Appliances:

1. To clean the inside and outside of stoves, microwaves and refrigerators, put a few drops of tea tree oil in a pail of water. Wipe the appliances with a cloth swished in the tea tree oil water.

2. Place a cup of vinegar inside stoves and microwaves. Let sit for an hour. Everything will be loosened and you can wipe clean with a cloth dampened with vinegar.

With a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a gallon of vinegar and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, you have the basic cleaners without the harsh chemicals and preservatives. Tea Tree oil has been used as a cleaning agent for decades. Orange oil will loosen grease on pots and pans and remove adhesives from labels. These cleaning agents are better for the environment and will leave no odors that are harmful if inhaled.

Any of the above cleaners works well to clean tile or linoleum. Hydrogen peroxide will lift blood stains without bleaching the material. Basically, if it needs cleaning, these supplies will get the job done. You will also save big money by not buying expensive cleaners that are designed to clean one or two things specifically.