Saturday, February 15, 2020

Happy Valentine's Weekend!  

This week has felt 10 days long.  Actually this whole month has felt Big and Long.  A week ago we had our annual tax appointment.  It always feels so good to have that done.  As soon as we got home from running errands and visiting the Littles; I fell to organizing and putting away the 2019 paperwork,  And then I started on entering the 2020 receipts.  My goal is to stay on top of it this year.  (I say that every year!)  But I mean it this year. To this date I only have about 5 or 6 receipts to enter and that can be done in less than 15 mins.
I also purchased an "in-box" so I have a place to collect them during the week and then can enter them on Saturday.

Sunday the 9th we stayed home from church.  It was the annual Chili Cook-off at church and I'm not a fan of chili and not eating grains, so no cinnamon rolls for me.  We both took a late morning nap and just piddled the rest of the day, RESTING.  I  helped with chores and made a few food items for my week.

A week ago Tuesday my best friend's dad passed away.  The family viewing was Monday evening so we went to that and spent afterwards with B & A.  Tuesday was the funeral, so I worked until 10 a.m.  Farmer picked me up and we went to the funeral and luncheon.  The country cemetery was terribly muddy so we chose to not go to that.  I went back to work from 1:30-5.

Wednesday evening thru Friday, the weather turned cold.  We had wind chills at -20s all day on Wednesday.  I could feel the cold seeping through the north wall in the living room.  I kept the thermostat at 68 until bed and then turned it to 64.  Farmer wasn't cold sitting in there, covered in 3 quilts.  My computer room is right above the furnace and it stays nice and toasty.

Friday was Valentine's Day.  We are both just fine with a verbal greeting, a kiss & a  hug.  I found a great deal on Under Armor fleece shirts for the Bigs and had sent them out in time for the holiday and sent the family a Universal Yums box to share.  I got the Littles each a card and a toy.  P is very into super heros and Lego people.  He got a Super Hero card and the generic brand of people.  Sissy does everything P does, so Lego people for her too and a Minnie Mouse card.  N is too little to care.  She got a Minnie Mouse card too and a teething toy.
I also got inexpensive ($1 or less) gifts for my Boss' kids and 2 other special friends.  A pack of pencils for $1 to be split up and a pack of Reece's Cups to be split.  The other 2 each got a $1 gift and a tube of Kisses.  
I also gifted my work guys with donuts as we haven't really celebrated or observed anything in a while.  They are a good bunch of guys and work hard, so I'm happy to be the "office mom" and do these things.
By evening I was "done."  Neither of us wanted to go to town and I don't need much for groceries and can easily wait until next week.  Farmer wanted a frozen pizza and I had my sausages in the fridge.  We ate what we wanted and enjoyed a quiet evening.

And that brings us to Saturday, today.  We were up early to drive 2 hours south in to Kansas to look at a sprayer Farmer was interested in.  We enjoyed touring some small communities and seeing some of the big older homes.  Clay Center KS was a delightful little town.  I'm sure I could move there and fit right in.  We stopped at the little bakery, and were the object of everyone's attention (New Comers in town!)  
After Farmer's inspection was done (he hasn't decided if he's getting it  yet), we took a different route through the Flint Hills and back to Nebraska.  By then I was getting car numb, so I took a nice nap.  

During the morning I had had 2 service calls on the after hours phone.  I needed to stop at my office to check on something for Monday morning, so we took the round-about way home through our small town.  While there we called DS2 and asked if we could stop by to see the Littles.  He wanted to come out with them to get them out of the house.  So we agreed and hurried home get the house "baby ready."

4 hours, 3 yucky diapers, a snack and evening meal (Dinosaur chicken nuggets, green beans, mac & cheese, & pears), lots of imaginary play and Bubble Guppies later; I am doing laundry, running the dishwasher.  Farmer is in his chair and I'm here. 

Tomorrow may not be a church day again as I am still in need of some real REST.  The workweeks are pretty stress-filled and the past few Saturdays I have not been able to get much done here.  I don't want to get run down as the Flu is still rampant around here. 

Last week
Friday:  Whole 30 Spinach-Artichoke Dip on Sweet Potato Toasts
Saturday:  Pizza Buffet (salad and small amount of non-compliant items)
Sunday: Salad for lunch.  Fish Sticks and Fries for supper.
Monday: Fast food out with friends
Tuesday: Waffles & Sausages, Smoothies
Wednesday: Cast Iron Skillet Burgers
Thursday: Salads with grilled chicken breasts
Friday: Frozen Pizza or Italian Sausage on Salad greens.
Today:  Donuts, coffee; Sonic burgers; Water, Pistachios & Craisins

Next week I hope to make pizza one night.  We haven't had steak in a while.  Or Meat loaf.  We have some salmon in the freezer.  Probably Chef Salads again as I have a ton of lettuce.  Some kind of soup (other than chili) sounds good.  Maybe Salmon soup with plain nut milk?  Or Chicken Pot Pie Soup?

Homemaking Ways
I MUST clean out my pantry.  DS2 was looking for any leftover homemade jelly.  I couldn't find any of mine so let him have a pint of some  yummy apricot a neighbor gifted to me.  I think I have some left but all I could find was pepper jelly.  Not so good on toast. 
I need to find anything we are not eating anymore and donate it before it expires.  That is a huge waste.  And I cannot walk in that room due to all the stuff on the floor.  
And I just need to declutter.  I've decided if I haven't used it in the last 2 years, I'm boxing it up and will have the daughter-in-loves go through it and then offer to nieces before donating or selling on our local Swap.
After the pantry, I plan to go through the kitchen.  Then the closet under the stairs and then the back porch.  All this over the next 2-3 months since I only have Saturdays now.  Once it gets warmer and lighter longer and Farmer is in the field, I can work upstairs on Saturdays and on the main floor in the evenings. (one drawer or cupboard at a time.)
I also need to make up some Elderberry Syrup.  The Flu is going around here for the second time.  That's the LAST thing we need.

Being Creative
My quilting is calling.  I'm patiently waiting for Farmer to get the rocking horses done. Gifts for the Little Girls.  Then I can finish B, K & N's quilts.  
I also would like to plant up the sprouting bulbs I got for cheap.  (Maybe tomorrow!)
I have cards I could make.  And produce bags.  

Learned Ways
I have several "deeper" books on Biblical subjects I'd like to get started on.  I don't have the mental wherewithal to read them during the week, but Sunday afternoons seem like the perfect time.
I would also like to learn more about eating Paleo or Gluten-free.  The more I test it, the more I'm finding grains are not my friends.  This past week was heavier on them and I can tell.  I get bloated and my face gets blotchy.  Sugar is another no-no.  That with the grains makes my Rosacea flare badly.  I had a bad reaction after the holidays, and am just now getting it under control.  Shea Butter and Helichrysum EO has helped enormously. 

So all in all, I'm still busy and have lots to do.  But I will work Smarter, Not Harder and will continue my Year of RESTING in Him.

See you soon!

**February is the border between winter and spring. 
~Terri Guillemets, "Years," 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Resting in 2020 update and more things

Happy Sunday evening friends.

I'm glad you stopped by.  It's been 3 weeks and this will probably be the norm for this year.  Lots of stuff going on, lots of busyness and I refuse to feel guilty for not posting.  For this is a place of joy and reflection for me.

So, Resting in 2020 update.  As some of you know, if you know me in real life, my boss has deployed for a year.  He left Jan. 3.  Bless him, he left 4 of us in charge.  One is our office manager.  Very nice man, who has been with us for a few years.  He's semi-retired, 74 yo.  He's managed HVAC businesses for others before and has had MANY successful businesses himself.  I joke there is NOTHING he has not done in his lifetime.  He's amazing and we trust him. 
Then there's our Master Plumber who also ran his own plumbing business.  He's over the plumbing projects as the Office Manager is over the HVAC projects.  Another great guy.
Then there is the Bookkeeper who is there PT.  We need him.  None of the rest of us want that job & responsibility.
And finally there's me, the Office Assistant and Dispatcher and Secretary ( and any other title you want to give me. *grin*)  I'm basically in charge of the daily service calls getting recorded and entered into the dispatching software.  I also am Customer Service and Accounts Receivable. I wear lots of hats.

I know, this doesn't sound like much rest.  And truthfully, it's not.  I'm busy at the office, all day.  Plus I have the company cell phone and after 5 p.m. and on the weekends, the incoming calls roll over to it.  I'm always "on."
And there is the usual Farmhouse duties.  Right now I'm working on Taxes.  (Yes, I'm usual.)  I'm helping the Blue-Eyed Farmer as he needs, mostly being a sounding board or a few outside chores on the weekends, right now.  Of course that will increase when we get into the Farming Season in the spring.
Add in the normal cleaning & maintaining of the house and laundry, etc...

Ok, back to Resting Update.  As I said, I'm busy with a lot on my plate & in my mind. 
Our church does a play every year during the week before Palm Sunday on the Life and Resurrection of Jesus.  And for the past number (at least 7), I've been the Chairperson for the Cookie Fellowship following the performances.  (We do 5 performances from Wed-Sun.)  I enjoy it but it is a lot of work, mentally and physically.
When I found out about my boss' deployment and what that would mean for me this year, I knew a lot of extra things would have to be put aside for this season.  I excused myself from Church Council a year early; I stepped away from Nursery volunteering and I informed the director I could not be the Chair of the fellowship for pageant. 
Today I found that I wasn't either heard or I wasn't clear in my explanation.  In any case I had to take a stand today and put aside my inner "people-pleasing" and "Just say No."  The people-pleasing part of me and the guilt of saying no is flying around my head and yet my heart is so much easier and thanking me for allowing myself to have some "rest" and not worry over all of what goes into that position.  I have to remind myself it's OK to be "selfish" and take care of me.  I can't look to what other people have done or are doing.  This is about me, my family, my job.
So I will Rest in the decision to not be in charge and just be a helper.  I will Rest no matter what the outcome.  I Will Rest in God in all of this.

Other things
I've been reading some deeper-thinking fiction and more spiritual books lately.  Drawing nearer to God.  I'm planning on a post about those in the near future.

I'm being kind to myself this year.  I'm drinking water.  Watching what I'm eating.  I want/need to get back to walking.  And I'm trying to get more sleep.  You know me, I'm a night-owl.  It's hard to "shut down" but I'm trying to change my habits.  Last week I made it a goal to get to bed by 11p.m.  I did ok.  This week, my goal is 10:30 p.m.  The final goal will be to be in bed, ready for sleep by 10-10:15 p.m.  That means I need to be in the shower, no later than 9:45 p.m.
With that goal attained, I hope to be up earlier to be able to do devotions & walking. 

Since I was here 2 years ago, we've been changing our eating a bit.  BEF cannot eat much sugar or other foods in order to keep his diverticulitis in check.  We've been eating smaller evening meals. The older we get, the more we are watching our health.  Neither of us wants to be under a doctor's care or in pain.  We are drinking water, using essential oils, probiotics, rest (there's that word again!) and more whole foods to keep us feeling good.  Again, more on that in future posts.

Saving money.  I'm getting the feeling we need to stock up our pantry and freezers and to tighten our belts.  I don't know why but the feeling is strong.  DS2 wants to reopen our garden spot.  If he can help, I can help also and between the two of us, we can grow enough food for both of our households.  Of course we'll have our beef as usual.  BEF designated one of the heifers in the Fat Pen for butchering later this year. 

Capsule wardrobe
It's the trend now, isn't it.  But I can see so much wisdom in it.  When I worked at the paper and had to dress "office casual" I needed more clothing.  But in the past 2.5 years I have only worn dress pants for pageant and hardly ever most of the tops. I have a "uniform" for my job now.  Logo tees, sweater, jackets, jeans and tennies.  For "good",  I'm more comfortable with a longer, more flowy cardigan & tops.  I like tops to skim my torso, not be heavy or cling. 
The closet is a work in progress.   I need to do some evaluating of my colors again.  I was complimented today on the burgundy colored sweater I wore.  In the past I was a combination of a winter-summer, cool colors.  I'm leaning towards jewel colors.  I did give in to some Autumn colors in warm tones.  I can't say I had any compliments but it was fun to dress in those for a change.  I just need to really check how I look in each color family under a variety of lighting.
I can't wait to clean out that closet.  I already have 2 black garbage bags filled from the last purge. (in the fall!!)  I anticipate at least one more.

Sparking Joy
I will be decluttering our closet and drawers over the next month or so, and also in the rest of the house.... in my cupboards, drawers, on my walls.  Again more purging is planned.  As I mentally evaluate just my kitchen I know there is a box-full that needs to go.   This part will be hard.  I know as soon as I get rid of something, I'll need it.  (Like my candy thermometer or nut cracker.  Never mind I haven't used either for at least 10 years.)
I want to get rid of clutter and bring in Joy and Rest.  Plants, flowers, family photos, sweet simple music, gentle colors and textures.  Again the theme of Rest in 2020.

(Flowers- I got daffodils bulbs for 75% off at the farm store this weekend.  They are starting to sprout so tomorrow I will get some shallow containers and some pebbles and make up some inside gardens with them.  I will have one here and one at the office and maybe I'll add in a RAK to someone who needs some springtime in the midst of a long Nebraska winter.)

And now it's getting a little later in the evening.  I have some reading I want to do and in a little while it will be bed time. 
I hope you have a wonderful week. 

** And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Word of the Year for 2020


With this year's challenges, I think I will hold this word closely to me.  I see a Bible word study in my near future.

If you would like to find your word of 2020, go HERE .

If you want, let me know Your word of 2020 in the comments below.



Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

A new year, a new decade and the same old blog.  Again, several years have flown by since I last was here.

When I was last here I had been unexpectedly released from my newspaper customer service job because of budget cuts.  I then worked 2 temp jobs.  One was as a nursery seed corn worker.  I cleaned corn, sorted, packaged and organized seed packets for nursery plots.  It was a fun job with lots of variety.  I enjoyed the people there.  And it helped me to understand the beginning end of ag corn production.  As producers, we only see the end results of seed corn.

That job lasted from Feb-May.  After which I worked for book bindery, prepping text books for recovering.  My job was checking counts of the different titles and preparing the end papers.  The training was poor at this job but thankfully I'm a fast learner.  Our team of temp workers did so well that we had few re-dos and ended our time several weeks early.  Good and bad.  Bad as I was again without a job.  Good because my last day was also the day we left for Tennessee and Bryant and Dana's destination wedding.

They celebrated their 3rd anniversary this past July.  Their children are now 16, 14, 14 (the twins), almost 12 and 8.  Their household is BUSY all of the time but so happy.
We flew out to surprise the twin for their birthday on Thanksgiving, 2018.  The girls turned 13.  We worked it all out with Dana's sister and parents.  Her dad picked us up and we surprised Bry and Dana first at home.  I love making my grown children cry with surprise and happiness.  The twins were so amazed and grateful we made the trip.  I loved being there with no plans except spending time with them all.  We did a few fun outside things, like Black Friday shopping and a Christmas tour in an old gravel mine (set up to show the Biblical Christmas story.)  I got to spend time with the girls making chocolate chip cookies and just loving each other.  It will be one of my best memories for life.

Going back to 2017 and the job search; after our return from TN, I was contacted by the book bindery about another position there.  This time I was learned more detailed work on other bindery work.  Magazines, library books, thesis.  Again my training was not terribly complete and I felt lost but I persevered.  I was also in training on the actual binding, both hard-covers and paper-backs.  I had just started on that, with much better training; when I was again laid off.  This time because Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.  I was hired to work on the books that came in from a new route from Houston.  The flooded city was not sending in any books to be bound and we had not idea when the floods would reside and when the orders would come in or if the libraries would just buy all new books.  I understood the reason but it didn't take the sting away.

So again I was home with no job in sight.  I kept putting my resume out there and applying.  It was a long 2 months.  I painted almost everything outside.  Fences, barn doors, propane tank, garage.  I cleaned inside.  We spent time with our young grandson.  And I prayed.  A lot!

And then one day a dear friend texted me with a FB notice of a job opening and told me to go apply.  So I gathered myself, my resume and went to the office.  I had some resistance since I was lacking in the one main software, even though I assured the interviewee I had always had to learn to use a specific software at my last 4 jobs. And had succeeded in doing very well.
A close relative of my friend was also related to the wife of the company's owner.  After she heard I had applied, she called them and told them they HAD to hire me and a number of nice things about me.  And so I was offered a follow-up interview with the boss's wife.  And then offered the job.  I accepted and this is where I am now.  I am the Office Assistant, Dispatcher and all around Jill-of-all-trades at a HVAC/Plumbing company. 

And to show you how our Father God loves us.  I knew the person who held my job previously.  When she left our former office and took this position, I had prayed for a job like that, even This particular job.  I really didn't think God would put me into it, but through circumstances not of my making; He did just that.  Gave me this wonderful, fulfilling job.   I have learned ALOT.  I don't really manage anyone but I do direct the technicians.  There will be extra responsibility this coming year that is a little overwhelming but I am also looking forward to the experience and the opportunity to show what I can do.

In other areas over the past 2 years, the Farmer continues on.  He still farms and work and has his cattle.  We've grown a little older.  We look towards his retirement from the factory in about 5 years. We do what we can to be healthy, by eating better; taking supplements; sleeping; drinking water and not soda.  So far we've done well with this.

And to summarize the rest:
Our younger son and his wife now have 3 children; 3 year old boy, 18 month and 6 month old girls.  They live in our small town now and we see them very often.  They are busy little bodies but so good and we love to keep them for a day several times a month.

And that is what I've been doing for the past 2 years.  I decided to come back to here after thinking about it for the past 3 months.  I am still on Facebook but more often I am reading blogs.  I enjoy the fellowship found there and hope I can perhaps be a friendly word here.  I want to continue to write about how I make our home.  About what Father God is teaching me (so much there!)  About the books I'm reading.  About the nature outside my door.  So many things bring me joy that I want to share them here.

I hope it blesses you too.


Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.John Le Carre

Friday, January 27, 2017

And 3 years later....

Gracious it's dusty in here  **ACHOO**...  I guess almost 3 years of absence will do that to a blog.  I hope maybe there are one or two of my readers still around, but if not I understand.  Life got busy and then busier and then, well, not as much.
Let me explain...

When I last left you I was Eating In, Not Out; Pantry Challenging; Spring was in the Air along with Farming/Calving/Planting.  We had enjoyed a visit from the Ohio clan and we were working off-the-farm & on when I left you in 2014.

Fast-forward: 2015 We did some remodeling as in gutting our entire living room and taking out the lath & plaster, putting up drywall, new woodwork, taking out the parlor door and doing some renovations in the kitchen with a tiled backsplash and built in dishwasher.

2016:  Our younger son was married to our lovely dear daughter-in-law Mandy in January.  We then helped them with painting and finishing the basement in their new home.  Our older son over the years has gotten divorced from our granddaughters' mother and became engaged to a wonderful lady, Dana, who brings us a grandson & another granddaughter.  The whole family came to Nebraska in August.  There have been some extended family health concerns. My Farmer had some heart afib trouble, but is doing very well now.  The newly-married ones gave us a new grandson the middle of December.  And the very last week of the year, I was down-sized out of my job at the newspaper.

Which brings us to present, January 2017.  Bry & Dana are still trying to figure out a wedding date.  I'm still waiting & looking for a job.  We now have 2 grandsons, 13 & 1 month; and 4 granddaughters, 11 (twins), 9 (on Sunday) and almost 6.

I've been doing the Whole 30 eating plan to figure out my food triggers.  I'm finding grains are not my friends anymore.  I am seeing this as a lifestyle change and I'm OK with that.

Also with having our take-home income cut by 1/3, we are being VERY frugal.  I am so thankful God prompted me to set up our deep pantry.  We have set a $35 grocery budget, and I am trying to hold to that every other week.  There is little reason to go shopping every week.  One deviation from that set-point; Farmer asked me to figure out what I needed for pantry staples for the next 6-9 months and we bought them.  We got a grain check so there was a little wiggle room in the budget.  Thankfully I didn't need tons and I also used some of the funds for non-food items to stock up.

At first being home was a shock.  I believe I went through the stages of grief, as my firing was unexpected and I was in shock for a week.  Then I was mad, depressed, shocked and mad again, then scared.   Now I'm trying to be patient as I wait on God's timing.  It's been nice to be able to just "be."  Time to heal and now I'm starting to find my house again.

We had a small ice storm a few weeks ago and Farmer cleaned out the storm room in the basement.  I sold an old sewing machine and had to clear out the extras that were still out in the main room.  It's not done but it's a sight better than what it was.  I need some shelving in that room for storage of my empty canning jars and our extra vitamins/supplements and laundry supplies.

I started to organize the kitchen pantry the day we stocked up and while there are some holes, there is enough to keep us fed for quite a while.
I plan to start declutter kitchen cupboards, drawers, the pantry and the under-the-stairs closet in February.  Of course being open to God's leading on the job-front too.

It's been quite the emotional roller-coaster I've been on the past 8 months, starting with Farmer's afib diagnosis.  Solace is always found in Father God, prayer and His Word.  Our family brings us joy always.  It's been wonderful to have a Nebraska-based grandchild.  I've been making a quilt for this sweetie and in cleaning the sewing room, I found ALL the kits I has stored in one of my quilt cupboards, (like 20+!)  And yarn for crocheting.  I'm looking forward to digging into that fun.

I'll end with some of my most favorite things.

I'll be back soon,

** “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.” ~Pauline R. Kezer

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hypocritically Eating In

Homemade Runzas

Another Eating In, Not Out post, which is a bit of a hypocrite posting since we ate OUT all weekend!  Friday night date night.  Saturday errands and then a special viewing of the Rich Mullins movie had us out and about so we ate where  we were.  And today, Sunday, Farmer chose to eat quickly “out” instead of waiting on a meal at home.  I am not blaming him, but he did chose to eat our 3 of those 4 meals “out.”

But tomorrow is Monday and as much as I love my Runza burger and fries, they do not love me, so I made some lunches and breakfasts.

Breakfasts again will be egg and turkey sausage and cheese croissants.  But this will be the last time I buy them.  The croissants are 2 weeks old and still “good.”  How many preservatives are in those things????  (and yet I’ll eat them because I’m too cheap to toss them out.)  And really GF… purchased Turkey Sausage when you have a freeze load in the basement?  **eye roll**

At least 2 lunches will be rice and roasted asparagus with a side salad of grape tomatoes and baby cucumbers and fresh mozzarella.  I really, really need to get my neighbor to teach me how to make that.  And somehow add on an extra 6 hours to my day so I can do all the cooking I want to do.

Possibly another lunch or two will be this homemade pasta salad.  It comes from “Charlie” from the Yahoo Group Preserving Food.  Here is what he wrote about it:

a quick pasta salad, one like those Suddenly Salad boxes from Betty
 Crocker. I only buy them when they are 10 for $10 at the
 PriceChopper, but its nothing more than about 10¢ worth of pasta, a
 little bit of powder and a handful of dried veggie flakes. What I
 wound up trying was tossing some crumbled up dried tomatoes, some
 mushroom flakes, about a Tbsp. of dried carrot bits and about the same
 of dried peas in a pot of boiling water and let them boil for about 5
 minutes. After 5 minutes, I added a heaping cup of shells to the
 water, and let the shells and the veggies cook for about 10 minutes
 until the shells were done.

 While the macaroni and the veggies were cooking, I mixed about 2
 heaping Tbsps. of ranch dressing powder with about 1/4 cup of mayo and
 a little bit of milk, to make a fairly thick dressing. I also tossed
 in some of my homemade bacon bits (crumbled up dried turkey pastrami),
 a little parsley and a little jalapeno powder. 

 I drained the pasta and the veggies, tossed them with the dressing,
 and tucked it into the fridge when it had cooled down. Took a big
 container of it with me today for lunch.

 It needs a little tweaking to spice it up a bit more, and the "bacon
 bits" really weren't properly rehydrated so I may have to grind them
 up a bit more, or maybe boil them with the veggies and the macaroni,
 but using the homemade ranch powder worked pretty well.

 I think if I try it a few more times I'll have something that I really
 like, and can duplicate pretty consistently. Will also be nice to try
 asparagus and zucchini flakes and some other more substantial items
 than the teeny bit of vegetables that come in the store-bought boxes.


I don’t have all the dried veggies in my pantry that Charlie does, so I’ll use my Salad Shooter and add the carrot shreds to the dressing and add the grape tomatoes and cucumbers when I eat it.  I’ll see if we have any turkey sandwich meat left or poach a chicken breast instead of the bacon.

Also I have Cheese Tortellini in the freezer that I can mix with homemade vinaigrette and tomatoes & cucumbers and thickly sliced string cheese.

Farmer will be having homemade Runzas, Ham Balls and Pork Chops this week.  The man gets real meals for Supper and I'm still drinking Green Smoothies.  I feel better and I’m losing weight (slowly) so I’ll keep on.  Warmer weather makes downing an ice-cold smoothie much easier.

What are you all eating “in” these days?

Friday, March 7, 2014

So God made a Farmer...

My Farmer stayed home from his off-the-farm job to take a baby calf to the vet.  The mother rejected it and we've been bottle feeding it for 2 days.  The vet medicated it and said it was pretty healthy and had the Farmer get some better milk replacer.  Farmer called me at work at 3:30 with the news Calf #32 had just died.  We are sad.  Not just because it is a loss to our income, and unnecessary expense at the Vet's and Feed store, but because it always hurts when a living being dies.

In honor of my hard-working, tender-feeling Farmer, here is Paul Harvey's speech to the 1978 FFA convention attendees.  Thank you Blue-Eyed Farmer for all you do and for still being tender-hearted.

Here's the text of Paul Harvey's 1978 'So God Made a Farmer' Speech, which inspired the Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad that has resonated with so many Americans:

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.
"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.
"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer.

"Each thing that takes place, whether it be fortunate, unfortunate or
unimportant from our particular point of view, is a caress of God's."
~Simone Weil~