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De-cluttering

I have such a problem trying to decide whether or not to keep a particular item. I am one of those people that thinks, "I might use it someday, even though it's been 11 years since I last touched it." and searching through some help on the internet, I found this good tip:

Ask yourself these questions over the item:

1. Would you want to frame and display it?

* Yes = Keep.
* No = See step 2.

2. Would you want to take a picture of it?

* Yes = Take picture, get rid of item.
* No = Get rid of item.

If you can take a picture of something that you want to remember, but can't use - do so. Put it in an album with a label. But let it go if it's taking up too much space.

I love that idea!

the wall of jericho

I heard a message the other day about Paul and Silas in prison. The main focus was about how they praised God in the tough times and that is where God delivers us, when we praise him. It was a good message. The walls of Jericho were mentioned in the sermon as a side note and not much was spoken about it, but something did catch my attention. The guy mentioned that the walls of Jericho did not crumble down, but that they seemed to have fallen straight down. I always pictured the walls crumbling down all around the city and then the people going in, which doesn't make sense. How could they get past all that rubble? Actually, the verse in the bible says the walls fell down flat. I did some searching on google and found this:

Excavations show these walls of Jericho today to be fallen; yet largely intact. Neither the Outer or inner walls show much signs of transverse fracture. Some brick damage, particularly on the inner walls, is noticeable, but no more than would be expected from nor…

A cat, a dog and one less mouse!

I had quite the experience yesterday involving a cat, a dog and a mouse! I was going to wash some dishes in the utility room where I wash my dishes. I heard a noise and thought I saw something move in the sink. It's one of those plastic white utility sinks. I had some suspicions that we had mice, but dismissed the idea because we do have an indoor cat and thought she was doing her job. WRONG!

A few weeks ago, I had some tomatoes on the counter and counted them before I went to bed. I had 16 of them. When I woke up the next day I counted 15 and saw one lone tomato sitting on the other side of the counter. At first I thought that Luna had rolled it over there. But, when I picked it up, I noticed it had two bites taken out of it. And another time I heard a noise in the kitchen and saw something scurry really fast to this hole. Well, I took some fur from Luna and stuck it into the hole (reading once that the smell of a cat will make mice flee) and hadn't heard or seen a mouse since…

You don't make it from scratch?

So, I've got a friend who used to make fun of me for not making my own spaghetti sauce. He was always surprised and asked me each time I saw him, "You don't make it from scratch?" I think he asked me over and over again because of his age not because he was trying to be annoying.

When we were married, I started buying Delmonte Traditional spaghetti sauce and grew to like it! It was all I ever used and could think of nothing else to try. That is until we started giving up high fructose corn syrup. I think Delmonte's brand only has corn syrup, but still trying to avoid syrups altogether. I even looked into buying the dry mix that you get in the seasoning aisle and just add tomato sauce to it. I'm pretty sure though they still contained high fructose corn syrup solids and a whole bunch of other chemicals we don't want.

This friend of mine, used to tell me, I make mine from scratch. Only I found out that he was talking about buying the spaghetti mix and addi…

Join a co-op today!

Why you should join a local co-op:

Yesterday while my friend was making pickles she was putting in the appropriate amount of dill seed that the recipe called for. She had bought a small container of dill and who knew that it wouldn't be enough. It was about 5 tablespoons worth and she needed 6. So I ran home and got some dill I had bought at the mennonite bulk food store. Comparing the two containers. She probably paid at least a dollar for her container (though the next time I'm at Walmart, I'm going to check to see exactly how much it was) and my container was .67 cents! for three times the amount! I've heard that the mennonite store has since closed, and that is too bad since they had such good spice prices. However, the co-op I am a member of carries a pound for $6! And they are organic too! That is a lot of dill seed! I think I'll see if Jill wants to split a pound with me.

Getting your spices that cheap is one good way.
Saving on gas (or for some, time) by get…

The great meat sale!

So, I've talked before about the meat sale that our local grocery store has everyday. You buy five packages of meat for $25 and I always wondered if it really was a good deal or not. Thinking along the lines of "if it's too good to be true..." I thought they might just put a high price on the label and then write over it "Only $5!" But they don't. You can walk down a bit further and see the exact same meat for the regular price. And no, the food is not outdated or about to go bad. There is nothing wrong with the meat. I asked the guy how they can have these great sales and what he told me made sense, but I just can't remember what he said. I'll ask him again and post his answer.

So, anyways last week, I created a menu of what foods I wanted to have for the next two weeks which I will post up later. I wrote down everything I would need to buy to make the meals and went to Marvin's with list in hand. The $25 meat sale includes chicken, pork, be…

Strawberries, kittens, and spending time with friends.

This time three years ago I was busy picking strawberries with my friend Ginny at the local pick your own patch. I had forgotten how much fun it was until we were invited to pick some at a friend's house.

Backing up a bit, we rode our bikes to the local farmer's market on Thursday and bought two pints of fresh picked strawberries. They were sweet and good! Then, on Saturday we went and met the grands for lunch at Sirloin Stockade. Good food buffet style. Off we went to tour the inside of a locomotive at Katy Days. Then we headed over to visit my friend Sarah who is moving soon to Texas. :-(
I'm going to miss her!

Off we went to visit another family. We barely had enough time to visit, but long enough to introduce her to plantain, my favorite weed.

Arrived at our almost final destination where we helped another family pick strawberries and enjoyed a wonderful meal of grilled hamburgers and fresh strawberries and ice cream. Yummy! I love the way her garden looks.

Their cat …

First diaper sewn

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first diaper done
This is the first diaper I made. It took me so long to get the courage to cut into the material even though it was from an old skirt I no longer wore.
Originally uploaded by tesswright. This diaper is currently being worn by my friend's daughter. I am in the process of sewing her some more soon. It is sized for 20-35 lbs.

Time Management

I have known for quite some time that I need to manage my time more efficiently. When I get up in the morning and see Nick off to work-I try to get busy with my usual daily checklists. I even had to make myself a "Morning Routine" and an "Evening Routine" to help myself along so I don't get too distracted. And even then this does not always help.

I'll start to make the bed and remember that I've got to go get water boiled for dishes, so then I'll leave the bed half made and boil water and I'll see that I didn't clear the table from the night before so I'll start to clear it off and then Milo will be sitting at the door wanting to go out and when I come back in I'll find that I forgot to plug in the burner that heats our water and the bed is not made and it's lunch time... get the picture? This pretty much happens in some way or another to me every day.

I find it a day worth accomplished when I get the following things done: dres…

The Impossible Dream

From time to time, I will post notes I took at church.

Date: April 6, 2008
Title: The Impossible Dream
Passage: Jeremiah 32:17,20; 33:2-3

-God delights...
in doing impossible things through improbable people.
-God must be the source...
of your dreams.
-God invites...
you to dream impossible dreams that only He can fulfill.

Sanctified Dreaming

-Ordinary people allowing God to do the extraordinary...
-Explore the possibilities.
Great dreams are birthed when we believe that...
-God is able.
There is nothing too difficult for God.
-God is desirous
1 Corinthians 2:9
-God has promised
Psalm 37:4
-God invites us
John 14:12-14

What are the conditions?
-Abide in Him
John 15
-Hearts in His
-Minds on His kingdom

We dream little dreams. Why?

Fellowship with Him must be genuine.
Ask in His name and for his glory.

Begin to dream BIG dreams.

to be continued...

Dirty dishes

The weather has been in the 50's, considerably warmer than it has been lately. Although it wasn't quite as windy as it usually it.

For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks... Been thinking of my speech lately and about keeping my tongue under control- I think I will start memorizing some verses in Proverbs about the tongue. It will help me, I know. I also plan on memorizing some songs so I can sing them anytime without reading the lyrics.

The menu for today was: Spaghetti with butter dips. Spent the evening reading past issues of Family Life, while my dirty dishes sat. I read an article  about washing dishes and the P.S. said, "Are there dirty dishes waiting to be washed?" I got under conviction about it and got up quickly and washed the whole sink. I thought that as I went to bed how hard it is for me to keep my kitchen clean and then the verse in Philippians came to my mind. I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!

Butter dips recipe

Butter dips with soup for dinner was on the menu today. It's my favorite recipe from Betty Crocker

Melt 1/4 cup butter in square pan at 450 degrees. Remove pan from oven.

measure 1 1/4 cup of flour (can substitute soft wheat flour-but might need to add a tad more) with 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt. Mix together. Add 2/3 cup milk. Add enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead 10 times.

Roll out into an 8 inch square. Cut into strips, and then half of that. Dip each strip in butter, coating both sides. Arrange in pan. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and paprika and pepper on top and parmesan cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Mmmm! delicious!!


Job 5:19

We're planning a trip this weekend to see the grandparents and the Klepels. I'm so excited! Normally, when we head that way, we are so rushed to visit with everyone that we hardly have time to really visit. So, we decided to just visit family. Only 4 more months to go!

We're needing to go chop some more firewood as our supply is getting low. So glad that we have a place to to chop free wood. What a blessing!

Been working on my scripture memory again. Sure would like to get it all memorized soon. Between this and learning lyrics to hymns- I'm sure to have things to do while cleaning and to keep my mind from wandering.

This scripture was given to me 7 years ago in my personal devotions. I'll close with it.

"He shall deliver thee in six troubles, yea in seven there shall no evil touch thee." Job 5:19