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4 Aug

I just posted my first enty to my newest blog.

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More learning….

28 Jul

Another thing I’ve been doing this summer is trying to refine my latest blog, http://tumbleweeds2seashells.com. Along with that, I have ideas for another blog in the works. Since things have changed a lot since I started this blog, I’ve been having some difficulty to get the new site just how I want it. Plus I have all these ideas for the new blog. After blundering along, and a few times almost losing my previous content, I found a great solution. Create a new blog!

It will be a blog of expermentation. A place where I can change looks, widget placement, pages, etc., without worrying about losing content. Check it out at http://testblog740799816.wordpress.com

Filling my time during the Covid-19 stay at home

9 Jul

Before the virus outbreak, I had been socilizing every day and it was quite a change to not see anyone for weeks. This probably wasn’t as hard for me as some people, though, because I like change, in fact I thrive on it.

But as the weeks turned into months, I begin to get a little stir crazy. Somewhere along the line, I started cooking again. As I started searching for different recipes, and experimented with different dishes, I became a little dismayed that I had let other activities rob me on my joy of cooking.

I haven’t been a grocery store since the middle of March, only do curbside pickup every 2-3 weeks. (My tiny refrigerator doesn’t leave me much room for perishables.) I’ve taken liberal advantage of foods from Amazon, ordering different flours, legumes, seeds, and spices.

In late February, I started an indoor window garden (I hope to post about that later) and have had greens of some form and fixed some way at about once a week since they started producing in April. I also have tomato, pepper, eggplant, and melon plants in buckets outside.

I’ve read some books online. I thought I would do more art, but that hasn’t yet become a reality. The same with playing my ukulele and accordian. In spite of not doing any art or music, I’ve done a lot of online browsing on each, plus food, garden, books, etc. I still have many different interests.

And now, I’ve finally started blogging again. When I first thought about blogging this summer, I was astounded that my last post was in 2017! I guess I’ve been so busy living, I didn’t take the time to blog. As I started trying to post and work on my new blog, I realized WordPress had changed somewhat since I had last posted. It was another learning curve to get going again, another learning experience. Like cooking, I’m finding blogging very fulfilling, wondering why I let it slide. What got me going again was the fact that, especially during this epidemic, Facebook just wasn’t enough to satisfy my social interaction needs, nor my love for the written word.

And speaking of the written word, I’ve been doing indepth Bible studies. I’ve completed studies on angels, the Holy Spirit, and am currently on Revelation.

Hot Pepper Sauce

9 Jul

I have a few Hungarian Yellow Wax pepper plants that are really producing! They are spicy, but not too hot. While I’ve decided to leave some on the plants to turn red, I’ve been searching online for ideas of what to do with the rest. After enjoying a sweet jalapeño sauce that came with a burrito from La Chica Loca, a local cafe, I decided to try making my own.

I found this recipe. https://gardeninminutes.com/brown-sugar-candied-jalapenos-recipe-garden-to-table/

For as much as I usually tweak recipes, I did very little to change this one. Well, I didn’t use jalapeños, and I substituted ancho pepper seeds in place of the cayenne. I don’t really care for cayenne, and had the seeds on hand, leftover from making another recipe (to be posted later). But I mostly followed the recipe. Except I wanted the sauce thicker, so cooked it down quite a bit before adding the peppers. Also, after cooking the peppers in the sauce for 5 minutes, I fished them out, added the honey and cooked it down some more.

It is delicious! Sweet, spicy, with a bit of vinegary zing. Definitely a keeper recipe. I’ve * it on my bookmarks. After enjoying it on the half of buritto leftover from yesterday, I have a half pint left to use, either as a sauce or in other recipes.

In an earlier search, I found a recipe for a filled Turkish flatbread that I’m thinking this sauce would be good with, maybe as part of the filling or as a side.

Hungarian Yellow Wax Pepper Sauce

Creating new meals

8 Jul

After a recent inventory of the upper storage cabinet in my kitchen, I started browsing for ways to combine the canned foods I have on hand.

I started with green beans. I don’t know why I have so many cans of them, because they are certainly not a favorite. I suppose I purchased some when they were on sale, thinking they were a bargain. After which, they get pushed to the back of the cabinet when I choose something else.

I found lots of ideas and created a list of combinations to try. Like most times when I find a good recipe, I tweak it. I nearly always have to downsize the recipe. Often I make substitutions to fit either what I have on hand, or to satisfy my desire of the moment.

Yesterday I decided to try a recipe that combined summer squash (I have a small one left that needs eaten), green beans and tomatoes. I choose this recipe because, beside green beans, I have several cans of tomato products. I also liked the recipe because it had herb, although I usually add some, even if the recipe doesn’t call for them. The recipes said to cook the beans, tomatoes and squash together, adding coriander, parsley, and pepper.

I liked the sound of the recipe, but I wanted a cool dish. So I only cooked the squash, sautéing it in a bit of olive oil. While the squash was cooking, I drained the cans of green beans, and put them in the bottom of my bowl. Next, I used my slotted spoon to drain the tomatoes (using about a third of the can) which I layered on top of the beans. The squash was tender, so I added it for the next layer. I decided some of the leftover canned ripe olives that I had in the fridge would be good, and also some crumbled some feta cheese. The recipe had called for coriander and parsley, so I used the mortar and pestle I had recently purchased and ground them. (Next time I will chop the parsley, as it got kind of mushed.) After sprinkling them and freshly ground pepper on top, I decided it was ready to eat.

Appealing Green Bean Salad

It was very good. It had just enough liquid to moisten the dish, yet not become runny. Even though it looked pretty layered, I mixed it all together before I ate it. When I will make it again, I will let the flavors blend awhile in the refrigerator before eating.

Yummy bean salad

I’m back…

22 Jun

I knew it had been a long time since I’ve written on my blog, but had no idea it was 3 years. Another move, family concerns and other things have filled my time. Then when I tried to get back into my site I had some problems. But hopefully that has been corrected. I found this draft of a post I had started, but never finished. I have no idea what else I was intending to write so will publish as is:

September 29, 2019

I really enjoyed the drive through Iowa today. Lots of up and down hills. The soil must be much richer than Nebraska as most places with hill were covered with crops instead of grassland. Nebraska had more green grass than usual for this time of year, but in Iowa the green was much brighter. It was so pretty to come up over a hill and see all the shades of greens, golds, and browns. I wash I could have captured it all on camera, but most of it is just pictures in my mind.

Many of the hills seemed to steep to farm, but I’m sure the wide front tractors give a lot more stability than the tricycle shaped tractors of my childhood.

Summer of 2017

12 Jul

It’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Although I’ve been so busy living and doing that I haven’t taken the time to write, I have composed posts in my mind.  Now, while I’m at a resting spot–in the midst of my summer travels–I want to put these thoughts on paper–virtually.

This summer I’ve been with people that I haven’t seen for years.   It’s wonderful getting reacquainted, hearing about their lives, and reminiscing on mine.  I’ve recounted how in December of 2013 I went to Florida for the winter and ended up staying until June and that I now live in Florida and do my traveling “home” in the summers.

This summer, in addition to the Cousin Reunion in Nebraska (the first was in 2014) I attended my 50th class reunion there.  Wow! 50 Years!!!  In a way it doesn’t seem possible, though in another way it seems a lifetime ago.  It was the first class reunion I’ve attended.  I’ve only seen a handful of the 96 graduates through the years, so it took me awhile to place names with faces.  It brings a smile to my face, remembering.  It was special to see in those faces, some so changed, the glimpses of the teens they were.  I hope to keep in contact with many of my classmates and am looking forward to the next reunion in 5 years.

Besides the reunion highlights, I’ve traveled quite a bit more this summer than usual.   My mind is so filled with all the memories, that it will take me awhile to sort them out.  With the chronological story of my pics and my daily (most days) recording of events and travels, I hope to sort it all out while I’m regrouping/refreshing in Jefferson City, Mo.  I’ve decided to add a new “Travel” category to my blog and hope to post some entries in the coming weeks.

Spiritual update, fall of 2016

4 Sep

A recent sermon at the Wesconnett Church of Christ was about whether we are a Christian.  I’m not going to even try to relate all that was covered.  You can check it out at:

http://www.wesconnettchurchofchrist.org/sermons5223/?Sermon=322

The thought I retained is that being a Christian is so much more than just saying, feeling and believing we are one.  I really connected with the idea that beyond being persuaded to be a Christian we must become a disciple.  A disciple is one that has disciplined their life to be like their master.  The term Christian was given to the early disciples because they were so like Christ–in thought, word, and deed.  This ideas is not new to me–as I have heard it most of my life.  But now I’m hearing it afresh.

Yes, I now worship at the Church of Christ.  And it’s with trembling gratitude that I can say I’m a part of the church of Christ.  This is the faith I found last year.  It’s where things were finally explained in a way that makes sense.  It is a place that doesn’t run from questions–in fact they welcome questions!  I had known for some time that good teachers like questions.  And that everything that is really true can stand up to any questions. But in my former religion we were taught not to question–as if that was somehow wrong,  I was always given the answer ‘”do you want to be contentious?”  Or “are you questioning God’s way?”  These ‘answers’ never answered my question and only left me feeling like I was ‘bad’ and something I shouldn’t be.  Another thing I began to notice was that it seemed to be “the way” of God that was worshiped, almost more than God or Jesus.  In fact that was one of the things I remember that started to really bother me–we didn’t sing hardly any hymns that praised God.  We didn’t really seem to worship Jesus as our Savior.  We looked upon Him more as an elder brother, someone to pattern our life after.

The Church of Christ wasn’t  the kind of church I thought I was looking for.  In many ways, it seems a lot like my former religion.  There are not musical instruments in the worship service, communion is served every Sunday, both claim to follow only the Bible and they are not churches that you “join”.  Yet this new church is so different.  As I look back, it seems to me that my former religion tried to pattern after the New Testament church.  Whereas, this faith seeks to only follow what the New Testament says to do.  This may sound the same, but it isn’t.

This spring I was telling one of my daughters of how much I liked the church I have been attending.  I explained to her of how I had came to first attend the church and how warm the people were.  I told of attending the Ladies bible classes and then of the personal bible studies I had with two of the ladies.  Now I tell her of how much I am still enjoying it–how that there are no ‘off limit’ subjects and how everything is explained in ways that make sense.

I remember how—at those early Bible studies—as they answered my questions and I read the scriptures, I could see things that my former religion did that were not according to scripture, along with not doing some things that were scriptural.  But then the topic of baptism was introduced.  This was a hard one for me.   I had been baptized as a teenager and it seemed wrong to be baptized again.  (My former church had the same idea of being re-baptized–although I never understood why).  But there was one big difference between the two.   In my former religion baptism came a year or so after conversion, after the person had ‘proved them self’ (although I’m still not quite sure who we were supposed to be approved by).   In this new church the teaching is that baptism is a part of being saved.  This was a new concept for me.   But as I read more, I realized that is what the scriptures say!   Then one day in the study, I was asked if I had been baptized for the remission of sins and I realized “no” I don’t remember those words being said at any baptism I ever attended.  (When I ask my daughter about this she says that she thinks it was implied.  But this doesn’t add up for me.  Shouldn’t my sins have been forgiven when I was saved when we “professed” or made our choice to serve God?)

But back then, as I thought more about the things I was learning about baptism and as I continued to really read the Bible–what it says, not what I thought I knew–it just suddenly came to me.   It was so simple–it’s what the Word says, so just obey it!  And so I did.  I was baptized–if I remember correctly–in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the remission of sins.  It was such a different experience for me, nothing at all like my former one.  This baptism was not solemn, instead it was joyous!  The ladies and minister were happy–I was a new sister!   And as I was telling my daughter–I never expected to feel any different after the baptism–but I did!   I felt new, alive and oh so joyous!  And such a peace!  I thought I had peace before, but never like this!  This is truly a ‘peace that passes understanding’.  It’s with me all the time, a constant joy.  I can’t even find words to explain it.  As time has passed, as I continue to learn, I now have a deeper understanding of baptism.

I thought I had been a Christian since high school, so the idea of being termed a ‘new convert’ at first seemed really strange to me.  But I realize it’s what I am!  I am learning what it means to obey the Word.  I still have lots of foggy areas—a lot of former concepts that need correction.  There is so much I still need to understand.  But the wonderful thing is that I’m learning as I go and that’s ok.  Because at last, I’m on the right path–learning and following the New Testament Word as it is written.

I’ve had several good discussions with my daughter and hope to have more.  I want to be able to tell all my children, family and friends the wonder of what I now have.  My blog posts, along with other media, are my way of starting to reach out to others.  I hope with God’s help and prayer I can continue to be a disciple of Christ forever!

 

 

tumbleweeds2seashells–Working out bugs–again

21 May

If any visitors read my post introducing my new sister site–tumbleweeds2seashells–I doubt you were able to access it from the link.  I have no idea why it didn’t link, or why my attempts to correct it were a failure.  Especially since this link seems to work:

www.tumbleweeds2seashells.com

I have been customizing the new site in order to obtain the apearance I like.  I am presently using the Twenty Sixteen theme, which allowed me to create page titles (widgets) across the top of the page.

I will continue to customize, changing the appearance and layout in the months ahead until at some point I will be satisfied.

My spiritual journey a year later

3 Apr

 

I’ve been writing this post in my mind for several months, composing and decomposing it.  I started writing it a few times, but always had trouble. Even with the title.  One title began ‘I have found’, but that didn’t convey exactly what I wanted to say.  Then I came up with ‘My spiritual journey has ended’.  But immediately my heart said ‘no, NO’!  Because I never want this journey of learning more of my Lord and Savior to be over.  I think it will take all of eternity to learn and understand the infinite heart of God.

Sometimes it’s hard to put words to feelings.  And throughout this journey I’ve experienced a multitude of feelings.  It’s a scary thing to realize that something I’ve had confidence in for most of my life no longer brings me peace.  And it’s hard to leave the comfort zone and go into unknown territory.  But it was something I realized I must do.  I can’t live without peace in my soul.

Although it has taken me quite awhile, I’m greatful for God’s patience with me.  I would never have been able to take in, change my whole line of thinking and accept what He is showing me without the time to search my soul and reflect.

Soon after the time I described in my April 1st post, I moved.  It’s true that I had liked the community church, but I decided to check out some closer in my new area.  I attended one in the downtown area with a friend,  But in had a tone of some of the things I could no longer handle in my own church.  Then I tried one that another friend recommended.  But to me the sermon was as dry as toast.

Last Mother’s Day I was going out with my daughter for brunch, so searched online for churches nearby with an evening service.   One that came up was Baptist.  When I was living in Missouri I had attended a Baptist church a few times when staying with friends, so I decided to try it.  i enjoyed my brunch and a leisurely afternoon, then in the evening drove to the church–only to find no one there!  Evidently they had cancelled the evening service due to the holiday.  While driving around, wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my evening, I saw two ladies outside of a church.  I drove in and ask if it was a church service.  (I wanted to be sure it wasn’t some other activity related to Mother’s Day.)

They said yes, to come join them.  So I did.  Everyone was so welcoming, greeting me with smiles and handshakes.   Immediately I was struck with the ‘feel’ of the place.  I’ve been in places that were welcoming, some that were friendly.  But this was a warm welcome.  I could feel that they were glad I was there!  I’ve never felt such acceptance.  It brings tears to my eyes, even now, as I write this.

I don’t remember now what the sermon was about, but I liked it. Afterwards there was more greetings, everyone telling me how glad they were I had come and to please come back.  I was invited to the Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Class, which I attended.  I attended the Wednesday evening service, and both the Bible Class and the church service the next Sunday.  And every service possible since then.

Writing this now, I realize it’s going to take more than one setting to relate.  Because of content length and the emotions that I’m feeling as I write, I’m going to end here and contine my story later.

 

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