Only kidding… You’re not chicken for leaving in winter… But we will sure miss all our “Snowbirds!”
Four of these five guys head for warmer climate in winter.
Only Bob – on the left – the guy in shorts –
the one who thinks it’s warm
when others are cold-
And both of my girlfriends here will leave.
Penny, on the right, is the one
we are saying farewell to tonight.
Oh, but I can’t cry.
I need to count my blessings.
Better to have ’em part of the year
rather than not at all.
. And thanks, Mrs Hen, for the egg whites. Without them I couldn’t have made that angelfood cake!
Shortcuts rarely give
The results we so desire
I didn’t realize when I put the angelfood cake batter in the angelfood cake pan that I had taken a shortcut. But, I guess not fully reading the instructions is a shortcut to getting the batter made and the cake put into the oven.
If you live at the 5,000 ft. level and the fine print on the box says “high altitude instructions,” you should probably take time to read them. Otherwise, look at what happened… it overflowed the pan and the top became way too crusty. Do you think it still is salvageable?
Bible Lesson on Shortcuts
Interestingly, my Bible Study lesson from In Touch Ministriesyesterday morning dealt with this very subject!!
You’d think I’d learn, wouldn’t you? Impatience … rushing to get things done… multi-tasking … all are part of that “Shortcut Syndrome.” Not a good idea!
Read the Fine Print
The fine print below the ordinary cake instructions told me that people who are at 3500 to 6500 ft. need to add 1/3 cup of cornstarch into the dry cake mix. And it told me to beat the batter 3 minutes instead of only 1 minute on medium. Uh, I think that would have made a big difference. Ya think?
The lesson for Abram and Sarai had some fine print, too. “You are going to have a son,” was the bold print message. The fine print said, “But, hey you 80 year old bare woman, you gotta wait another ten years!” (or was she 89 waiting for her 99th year?) Whatever it was… it was wierd! And for good reason, the couple became impatient.
Taking things into our own hands, rushing God’s perfect timing, skipping the whispers and the fine print… those all result in disastrous outcomes.
Do you have a goal that you’ve been working to accomplish? Does it seem that the harder you work toward it, the farther away it seems to be?
Sometimes trying to accomplish a goal is like eating a bowl of spaghetti. You take a bite and the pasta grows to fill the hole you thought you’d made!
The pasta growth is a perfect example for me to use today because my goal is to get back to my “Goal Weight.” I had a potluck at my house yesterday – and lasagna was the main dish. It was soooo good! But, this morning at TOPS, it showed up as .75 of a pound on the scale!!
I was the Queen of the State of Montana TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) back in I don’t remember when… 2013 or so. Earned that status by reaching my goal weight and in the process losing 30+ pounds that had crept up on me over about a 30 year period.
Then like that pasta that fills the void, over the next few years, ten of those pounds have crept back on. My body has settled at this and decided it likes this place on the scale. Well, I don’t!
Arguing with Self & Others
Some of my TOPS friends tell me I should change my goal weight. Afterall Jan, at 80 you’re not supposed to look like you did at 30! Well, that’s not my goal. I just wanna look and feel like I did when I had 10 pounds less than I do now. Thirty was nice, but it’s unrealistic for me now. I’d look gaunt!
Here I am almost 50 years ago when my daughter (who will be 52 tomorrow) was about five years old. (Yes, I sewed our matching dresses. Awww… how cute!)
Well, she doesn’t look like that anymore, so why should I? Here we are now:
Still got that sparkle. Still love each other to the moon and back. Both still healthy and thanking God daily for our vitality and ability to travel and spend time with each other annually (DeAna lives in Switzerland).
So Why Argue?
When I was ten pounds lighter, my clothes looked better on me. I was able to bend down and tie my shoes without getting out of breath. (Yes, 10 extra pounds makes that kind of difference). I had lower blood pressure. I felt better about myself. So, it’s a goal worth persuing – and an accomplishment worth keeping. This yo-yo-ing is not good for me… 2 lbs down in two weeks and the one week later it’s back. (Why does it come back so much faster than it comes off?)
Here I am with my granddaughter, Hope,
when I was on my way down – almost to my goal weight.
And my sis, Sally, and my hubby Bob with me at goal weight.
Keep the Tiny Spark Glowing!
The goal you are striving to accomplish may not be a big fiery flame for all to see, but a tiny spark that whispers to you. You know you can do it. The spark keeps whispering, “You can do this! Don’t give up!” Keep the spark alive.
Other people may not think it is important … whatever that personal goal is… but YOU DO! And so it is worth persuing. Stick with it!
Keep going! You got this!
I was TOPS biggest loser last week.
I can do it again.
Keep those damn pounds off.
Forget about that pasta hole!!
Eat less carbs.
My husband, Bob, is a retired beekeeper. During the 25+ years that he worked with honeybees, he had as many as 2000 hives. I have a passion about saving these insects. It’s about saving our world!
Gotta love those little insects –
The fuzzy little gals who sting.
They are essential to us, you know.
Important all year, not just in spring.
No, I don’t recommend you hug ’em. They wouldn’t like it any more than you. But, I do recommend you protect them. Just think of all that they do.
While the honeybee is out working To gather nectar and return to her hive, She is pollinating the flowers To produce the food that keeps us alive.
One out of every three bites of our food Is related to the work of the bees. As they move from flower to flower, They pollinate ground crops and trees.
Entomophily is the scientific name Of the pollination activity. It is crucial to the production Of many crops and their proclivity.
Celery, strawberries, beets and mustard, Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and such All rely on the honeybee for pollination. Without their work, we wouldn’t have much.
Turnips and peppers, papaya and watermelon, Oranges, coriander, cantaloupe, apples for you. Squash and pumpkins, zucchini and quince, Lemons, limes, and most fruit you love, too.
Alfalfa needs bees, and avocados do, too. Lima beans, string beans and green beans, Almonds and most of the nuts we eat… I could go on, but you get what it means To have honeybees in our world. You can see why protection’s a must. So, get the word out to love those bees! They are essential to life; of that you can trust!
Get the word out!
Honeybees don’t want to sting you. They have barbs on their stingers, you know; So when they sting to protect themselves or their hive, Their stinger stays in you – and they die. Oh no!
Don’t pinch the stinger out of your skin; Just scrape it with your fingernail. Get it out quickly so less poison goes in you, And put ice on the spot. Don’t whimper and wail!
Bees are social insects who gather together To divide up the work in hive and in field. They create the honey for their own food, And use the pollen like bread. Quite a yield!
A beehive is sterile – more clean than a hospital. The bees line their entrance with propolis. It sterilizes their feet when they cross the threshold. They have a lot of tricks that would be good for us!
You gotta love those honeybees! They are essential to our life on earth. If we don’t protect them and do the research, Our lives here won’t have much worth!
Thank you, Roth Poetry, for writing about our bees on your post! It would be great if all my readers would share this post with your friends. Get the word out! Gotta Love Those Honeybees!
Today at church our guest minister was Dan Hollard, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Montana. Our pastor for the past 25+ years has been Rev. Jean Johnson. Jean is on disability leave right now … in a rehab facility in Great Falls, MT.
Pray for Jean
Join me in prayer for Rev. Jean Johnson’s release from pain and ability to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.
Meantime, it’s a surprise each Sunday to see who is in the pulpit and to hear a different kind of message. Today’s message was titled, “Spirit of Peace.” I think Dan Hollard must have spent some time in Africa, because he put on an authentic African accent and told us the story of Ubuntu (Oooo-boon-too).
He based his message on the scripture of Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Here’s what I heard through my filter and took away this morning:
We are at Elevation 486, an upscale restaurant “Food and Spirits for the New West.” We had a delicious dinner and have enjoyed beautiful 80 degrees lowering into the 70s as we ate, drank, visited and watched the sunset from our patio seats.
Come enjoy it vicariously with us.
We had a good night’s sleep after that beautiful meal.
Now we’re ready to continue my birthday week of celebrating!!
Good morning, my friends. Have a beautiful day. We’re headed home!