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Thursday, October 27, 2011

My "Yummy Goodness Curry Stew"

     Whenever I notice that a cold or allergy issues are arising, or if we're just feeling "yucky," I love to make curry stew.  That dish has become a staple in our home.  Thanks to M, we're enjoying that delectable goodness a lot!
     It never fails that whenever I make that food, all the spices warm us up, and leave our tummies satisfied.  It's not only good for when you're feeling under the weather, but all the time!  Here's that yummy goodness recipe:

Yummy Goodness Curry Stew (modified from Miss M's recipe of Japanese Curry Stew)

1 -2 lbs. any kind of meat (fish, pork, beef, chicken), chopped
1 large can of cream of mushroom soup (+ 1 fill-up of milk & 1 fill-up of water) 
Hot Golden Curry (it is sold in a box)
1 can coconut milk
1 chopped or sliced onion
2-4 tablespoons of garlic powder, or 1 pressed garlic bulb
2-4 sticks of carrots, chopped
5-8 regular-sized potatoes, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 container of sliced crimini mushrooms
1 bag chopped frozen spinach 

Put all ingredients, save spinach, in a stockpot on low or medium-low covered (you can tip the lid to vent a bit), until meat is thoroughly cooked.  (Mine took around an hour after prep.)  Add the spinach closer to the end, and stir in thoroughly.  Enjoy!

**It does take the block of curry time to melt down, so you'll want to check every 10-15 minutes to stir.  Also,  make sure not to burn the stew on your pot!  I found this out the hard way.  It still was delicious, but took longer to clean up, and lost some good food.  You can gauge how the stew is cooking, and adjust the heat accordingly.  Each pot is different, and if you want to throw it in a crockpot, you may have to lessen the ingredients (space limitations).  If it's done in a crockpot, I'd put in all in on a Sunday morning before church services, and come back to a wonderfully-smelling home and yummy stew! 

***Naan is great with this stew, or sourdough garlic bread.  For rice lovers, brown rice or coconut rice is a nice addition as well!

The Imperfect Housewife

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homemade Bread!

     So, what should I do since the holidays are upon us and we are no longer celebrating some of them?  Seems like we've lost any reason to do anything this time of year....But, I've been making bread!
     I've been on a bread-making kick for a while, thanks to my friend L.  I used to make it a lot last year, too, but had subsided for a while.  I love the smell of homemade bread in our home!
     I also love this time of year.  The colors, the crispness in the air, the coziness in the home...Makes being a keeper at home all that more enjoyable!
     I think I have found a recipe that I thoroughly enjoy, which is my Honey-Oat-Wheat Bread.

HONEY-OAT-WHEAT BREAD

2 cups boiling water (6 minutes on high in the microwave does it for me)
1 cup oatmeal
1 package yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
5 cups bread flour

In a large bowl, cool the boiling water slightly and add the oatmeal.  In a small bowl, combine the warm water, honey, and yeast--let sit no more than 10 minutes.  Add the yeast mixture to the oatmeal mixture and then add the remaining ingredients; add the flour 1 cup at a time.  Knead the dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes.  Place in an oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat thoroughly.  Cover with Saran Wrap, and let rise until doubled in size (about one hour).  Once rose, punch down and divide into two loaves.  Place in two bread pans and let rise again for a half hour.  Preheat the oven for 350 degrees.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Remove loaves from oven and let cool.  You may brush the tops with butter, or simply enjoy as is!

     That recipe I just LOVE!  It makes our home smell so nice, and it tastes so good!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Decision Regarding No Longer Celebrating Christmas

     This subject of which I am about to write is one of a controversial matter.  However, I must write about it so that folks are aware of where our family stands regarding it.  It is not intended to offend, only to make known why we may or may not be doing certain things in our lives from now on.
     Part of the reason I want to share this information is to no longer keep it secret.  Some people already know; especially on Facebook, where I shared it publicly, with Dear's permission.  Now it is time to share it on here.
     We came to this decision through much prayer, much study of God's Word, much study of history.  It was not a quick decision; however, after thorough study and prayer, one easy for us to make.  We have not regretted it, but rather are in some ways relieved.
     We have decided to no longer participate in Christmas.  We had for years been debating it, and finally it was concluded this year.  We don't hate the birth of Christ.  We haven't become Jehovah's Witnesses, as some surmised ignorantly.  We are not anti-Christ.  We love Christ!  Our love for Him and truth are the reasons we chose this route.
     We had started by questioning the tradition.  We already don't celebrate Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Lent, Good Friday, etc., due to the knowledge received through study.  So, we wanted to study out Christmas.
     After study of God's Word, we found that Christ was not born December 25th.  Most Christians knew this fact already, but we wanted to verify it.  We found that in Luke 1:5-25, it talked of when Elisabeth conceived John the Baptist.  It discussed the time-frame of when she became with child, for it mentions when Zacharias her husband performed his course in the temple, Luke 1:5.  After researching in Scripture the various courses, which is in 1 Kings 5 and 1 Chronicles 27, we found that she would have conceived around June; by knowing that Mary conceived six months after Elisabeth, we found that she would have conceived around December; then, we figured out that He might have been born around September.  It took a lot of study, but was worth it.
     Once we figured out approximate dates, (just months, not days), we wanted to know why December 25th was chosen to be the celebration of His birth.  Here are some articles that discuss in detail the why, which will better explain the secular history than I would be able to do.

  1. Why We No Longer Celebrate Christmas, by www.daveblackonline.com
  2. The Origin of Christmas, by www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/
  3. The True Meaning of Christ-Mass, by www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/
     We found that historically and Biblically, Christmas was not something that we could honestly participate in as a Christian holiday.  We saw through and through that it was a holiday that was Christianized.  Therefore, we have opted out, Colossians 2.
     There is a short video, by Michael Pearl, that helps explain some of the reasons we don't participate any more.  It is only a little over eight minutes long, but worth watching.  We found this video after our decision.


     Again, I would like to reiterate that we made this decision not to offend.  I do not share this decision publicly to offend, but to make aware so as not to have any confusion.  We still love God, and thank Him for sending His Son, just as He promised He would.  We are even more thankful that He arose from the dead, thus securing for us our salvation!

P.S.  We still enjoy giving and receiving of presents...All year 'round! 

Monday Prayer Day



     Alas, 'tis Monday.  I woke up with a sore left shoulder and neck, thanks to sleeping on that side and in a bad position.  I arose later than I desired.  BUT, I am:  thankful for my salvation, alive and well, and full of innumerable blessings!
     I did have more time in the Bible this morning!  I am thankful that I could sit and read God's Word for that length of time this morning.  It definitely fed my spirit.  :)
     I hadn't planned on doing my weekly chores today, but rather put them off until tomorrow.  However, I am now feeling able to do them and not so bogged down.  I do believe the Lord has energized me, and maybe also some yummy double spice chai tea that had honey and milk.  Yum!
     I have slowly gotten into the swing of things here.  It seemed that I was off-kilter for a while, but God is fixing me and my time-management.  I have been spending more time with Him, more time with Dear, and being a better homemaker.  The cooler weather seems to have encouraged more bread-making, but I also have to credit my dear friend L for that unction, too.  ;)
     This week I plan on making more bread, more soups, more crafty things (sewing and such), and just thoroughly enjoying the domestic arts.  We'll see how far I'll progress.  I do have some tasks related to church activities, but I hope the Lord will guide me in being well-balanced in my time, my talents, my treasures, and my help to folks.  I know He'll guide me right, it's just that I can be rather disobedient or insensitive to Him.  I want to be changed in those things.
     What all do you desire to accomplish this week?  Would you like prayer?  I know I just shared a prayer request today over at my friend Gail's site, as today is Prayer Link-Up Day there.  If you're interested, I would encourage you to take a gander over to her place and share your request.  We'd all love to pray for you!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Times Like These...

     Life for me lately is full of trials; at least, I'm more aware of the trials in my life.  I am not complaining about them, for I know that God uses trials to refine.  I am thankful that He is refining me, for I surely need it.
     Of late I have noticed that He is purging from within me some deep-rooted sins.  I see Him purging bitterness, anger, discontentment, selfishness, and much more.  Those are just a few of which I can think off the top of my head.
     Thankfully, He is providing me with the grace I need to purge gracefully.  I have seen others, and done so myself, be purged not-so-gracefully; it can be similar to the child you see in a grocery store that is whining or throwing a tantrum while being corrected by the parent(s).  I am so glad that God is enabling me to not be that kind of child to Him!
     I know that once I am through these trials, I will better see some of His reasons for doing so.  Obviously, some of the reasons are to remove sin from my life.  Other things He is doing in my life are yet to be understood.  Yet, He is faithful and I can trust Him to be good to me.  :)
     I have noticed that I am not the only one going through some intense trials.  I know many of mine are inward, though they do affect the outward.  I know many folks are enduring trials of persecution, like the pastor in Iran.  However, I have noticed many are enduring trials of an inward nature.  I am comforted knowing I am not alone in these times of refinement.
     Some Scripture that keeps coming to mind are these:

Psalm 51:1-17


1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
   2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
   3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
   4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
   5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
   6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
   7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
   8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
   9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
   10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
   11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
   12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
   13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
   14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
   15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
   16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

   17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 

1 Peter 1

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
   2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
   3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
   4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
   5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
   6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
   7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
   8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
   9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
   10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
   11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
   12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
   13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
   14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
   15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
   16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
   17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
   18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
   19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
   20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
   21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
   22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
   23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
   24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
   25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

     I am thankful that I can always go to the Word of my Heavenly Father and Saviour and find such great comfort such as these words are!  I pray that they are a comfort to you as well, dear sisters in Christ, who are struggling as well as I.  Know that I think of you and pray for you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

W.o.W. Wednesday!

     I haven't written on a "W.o.W. Wednesday!" for a while, it seems.  It isn't that a word of wisdom isn't necessary; on the contrary, God constantly reminds me how very important wisdom is!  So, without further ado, here is a word of wisdom the Lord reminded me of this morning:

James 2
  1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
   2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
   3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
   4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
   5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
   6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
   7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
   8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
   9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
   10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
   11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
   12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
   13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
   14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
   15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
   16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
   17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
   18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
   19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
   20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
   21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
   22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
   23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
   24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
   25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
   26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

     I was so thankful to the Lord for this reminder.  How will people know that I am a Christian, if I'm not living as such?  Thank You, Lord, for reminding me to shine for Christ!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

My Shelter

     "Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a weary land, a weary land.  Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land--a shelter in the time of storm."

     I so appreciate those words from a song right now.  Today I received news from my doctor that I was not expecting when I went in for a routine exam.  Though she comforted me, (as well as others), that this is very treatable, nevertheless I went into "worry" mode.
     I was a bit disoriented the rest of my day, due to my expectations going out the window.  However, this time has caused me to draw more to the Lord and His people.  So, even though my expectations failed, it has been a good day.
     I do ask for prayer from you folks out there.  I want more than anything that His will be done.  I not only ask this in regards to the physical well-being, but also the spiritual/mental/emotional well-being, of myself.  I do not want to allow this situation to cause me to sin against my Lord.  Already today I've been worrying, and I really needn't.


"The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm."

Friday, October 7, 2011

Taking Things Too Seriously?

     I like to self-evaluate.  I know I'm a great sinner, in need of a great Saviour.  I know that even though I've been saved since 1994, and that I've been growing by leaps and bounds in my walk with Christ these past five years, that I'm still very capable and very adept to sinning.
     All that being said, I wonder at times if maybe I'm taking things too seriously.  Am I drawing a line where one is not necessary?  Am I understanding the English interpretation of the Holy Bible incorrectly?  Am I living in extremes?
     The answer varies.  I have drawn unnecessary lines, based on ignorance or immaturity.  I have also simply stayed behind the lines God has clearly drawn.  I have misunderstood Scripture, but also by His grace understood it by interpreting Scripture with Scripture.
     Am I living extremely for Christ?  Some would say, "Yes."  Some would say, "No."  Others might say, "I dunno."  The question I must ask myself is this one:  "Am I willing to live according to God's Word, even if the world or other Christians think it extreme?"  The answer I hope will always be the same as today:  "Yes."
   
Titus 2

 1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
   2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
   3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
   4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
   5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
   6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
   7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
   8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
   9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
   10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
   11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
   12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
   13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
   14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
   15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ashamed of Myself

     I'm having one of those days.  Actually, I could say that "one of those days" has been happening for a long time.  It grows wearisome to my soul, but I know that I need it; for, it is causing me to reach out to God more.
     I know that I'm going through tests to strengthen my faith and my walk with Christ.  It doesn't mean that the tests are easy, and that I pass with flying colors.  On the contrary, outside of the Lord's grace, I fail the tests every single time.
     What are the tests?  Well, even though they come in various forms, it all has to do with my speech.  Remember Duct-Taped Mouth?  Even if you don't, I do, because I need a handy roll of duct tape every day for my mouth!  
     As I moped around in bed this morning, musing on my sad little self, God provoked me to look in His Word (for other reasons, I was being stubbornly self-piteous still).  I ran across Hebrews 12:1, 2 which say:  "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
     Oh, don't I feel awful now.  I am feeling sorry for myself because I sin with my speech, and I see where Christ despised that  shame caused by my sin(s), and died for me regardless.  He saw the joy where one day I would call out to Him to save me, cleanse me, and set me on His path.  He cared more for that everlasting joy than instant gratification.  He didn't mope, He didn't feel sorry for Himself, He didn't complain.  He didn't lay in bed for hours trying to figure out what to do to fix things.  He patiently endured the cross.  For me.
     I feel about as small as a person can feel right now.  I also feel relieved to be reminded that 

a)  It was taken care of on the cross,
b)  I have a mighty advocate, Christ Jesus,
c)  and I need to lay aside every weight and patiently run the race being set before me.

     I know that I cannot do so of my own strength.  I know I must rely upon the strength, character, and grace of Jesus Christ.  Remembering those things definitely relieve my heart.
     However, God was not through in humbling me.  You see, there is a pastor in Iran who is suffering for righteousness' sake.  He is being persecuted for what He has said, and it isn't gossip.  It isn't backbiting.  It isn't tale-bearing. It isn't because of having loose lips.  He has said he is a Christian, will not deny his Lord, and because he has said as such (and lived as such), he is now imprisoned.  He very well may die for His around-the-world-heard faith.
     I felt ashamed of myself even more.  This man is about 32 years old, is married with two children, pastoring folks in a place that is much more difficult to share one's faith in Jesus Christ than here in my sleepy little town.  Oh, and my sleepy little town has many "Christian" churches.
     This man may be going Home to our shared Saviour.  I'm worried about being un-disciplined in my speech.  I wonder what concerns cross his mind?
     I see his picture on ACLJ, who are trying feverishly to defend him.  They have set up a petition on his behalf.  If you haven't done so already, I would HIGHLY recommend you, as a Christian, sign it.  
     His picture, though, pricked my heart.  I don't see fear in his face.  I see peace.  When I look at my face, do I see peace?  No.  I see a heart discontent, confused, and worried about people's opinions of me, worried about the truly small struggles I'm enduring (though they do matter), and the downright selfishness of Renee.
     I am not seeing a heart content with where the Lord has me.  I do not see peace, remembering all is well for eternity between my God and me, thanks to Jesus Christ.  I do not see a heart willing to endure trials to be perfected for His sake.
     I want that heart to change.  I do not want a selfish heart.  I do not want to continue in these wicked games of the mind that my flesh, Satan, and the world like to play.  I want to walk circumspectly, always on guard, and with a heart truly loving God as I should.  I want to lay aside those weights and sins that so easily beset me, and patiently run the race set before me.






 

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Cleaning Days

     Mondays for me are cleaning days, usually.  Sometimes I push it until another day, but for some reason, I really like cleaning on Mondays.  It must be the nerd in me.  8)
     So, guess what I did today....Yep, I cleaned!  The home smells nicer, the floors are shinier, the laundry (ahem) is almost done.  I guess that one will wait until tomorrow, or at least until this evening.  We shall see.  :)
     My cleaning days are usually interesting and entertaining, thanks to Meow and Bubba.  Meow likes to hide in my reusable grocery bag on our counter that holds all of the other reusable bags.  As I go to clean, and realize that the bag doesn't move with ease, out pops a head.  When putting on clean sheets I must always remember to shut my bedroom door.  If I don't, Bubba decides that it's a great time to go running and sliding on my bed!  Obviously this game is one of his favorites, for he paws at my door until I'm finished.  To his utter dismay, the bed is made and no more Let's-Play-With-The-Sheets Game.  Also, when fluffing the pillows on the couch, he decides that that moment is most opportune to go furrowing in the pillows, just like a pig ruts in the mud.  What interesting cats I have.
     There have been other times that I have gone to clean the bathtub, only to move the curtain and find Bubba hiding out in it.  I've also gone to put away clothes in the dresser, to find Meow perturbed with me for disrupting her beauty sleep.  Never owning cats growing up, this experience with them keeps me entertained; and I thought dogs had all the fun!
     


My poor cats...Such hard work.
   
   

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Peaceful Saturday

     Sorry it's been so quiet here since I wrote "An Empty Womb."  It's been a very active week, and today is our "down" day.  I like it!  For the moment I thought I would take some time to write a new post.  I felt as though I've neglected it, and that needs remedied.  :)
     After writing my latest post, I have received more contact than I ever anticipated.  I actually never even thought about receiving comments, though they are appreciated.  I never knew that it would reach so many folks' hearts.  I am thankful for all you out there who have taken the time to correspond with me.  It has been a real blessing to me.
     On a lighter note, though, I had a very interesting night last night.  Dear and I have a king-size bed, thanks to my m-i-l giving us it when she re-did her room.  I have enjoyed the roomy bed thoroughly, but last night I was crammed.  It seems that Dear and Bubba our 1-yr.-old huge boy cat decided to make a sandwich out of me!  Here I am, minding my own business, when Dear is on my left side, snuggling me rather tightly, and Bubba is on my right side, firmly stretched out and unwilling to move.  Needless to say, when I needed the restroom in the middle of the night, I became acrobatic.
     Today has been such a peaceful day!  Even with the smooshed sleeping, I slept well.  :)


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