Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Clean Set of Pipes

After our eventful weekend,
I cannot help but be thankful for clean pipes again.
I am thankful for clear drains. 
I am thankful to have learned something more about the care of this home (and any future homes).
I am thankful for service providers who do the unsavory job of pumping septic tanks.
I am thankful that our lot owner did the right thing concerning reimbursement.
I am thankful for nice weather when digging was necessary.
I am thankful for friends and family to lend their knowledge and muscles to the task.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just Right

Proverbs 25:11 
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold 
in pictures of silver.
The right word ... at the right time ...
a treasure to be prized.
It is easy to run off at the mouth.
It is easy to speak before thinking.
It is easy to wound with the tongue.
It is easy to speak callously.
Of great value is the right word.
A specific prayer to add to my list.
Psalm 19:14 
Let the words of my mouth, 
and the meditation of my heart, 
be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, 
my strength, and my redeemer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coffee Stain

A few weeks ago, hubby constructed a pallet bench for my back porch.
I was so glad to have a place to take off my muddy garden boots before coming in.
I was also glad that he had taken my challenge to use only scrap wood.

He then challenged me as I looked at the various colors of woods on one bench 
(the legs were light, the bench was weathered) - 
Could I use only items I had on hand to stain the bench?

A quick search led me to a coffee stain.
Though not the prettiest result, it did even out the woods
and I imagine that on nice woods, it would be absolutely beautiful.

ingredients - coffee, vinegar, and steel wool
Before on Top - After on Bottom

I can't argue with free!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Murphy Comes to Visit: A Recipe for "Fun"

You know Murphy, right?
Murphy of "Murphy's Law?"
If something can go wrong it will (and on a Sunday)!

We have had a different week.
Hubby is home recuperating - which is different for both of us.
He is not used to being out of work for so long.
I am not used to having anyone at home during the day.

We also threw in some company this week - 
a visit from my eldest brother and his 2 children.
We happened to be along the path of a college tour.

They stopped in Tuesday night for an overnight ...
and Wednesday morning ...
I burned the biscuits and bacon.

They returned late Saturday night ...
and Sunday morning ...
our pipes backed up ...
the septic tank was full and would hold no more.

So Sunday, we spent the day at church,
slept in the church's prophet's chamber,
and they headed out this morning.

Not exactly a calm visit.
But ...
What a blessing to have help mopping water!
...To have help and advice from another homeowner!
... To have understanding guests who just "rolled" with it.

We are back in the trailer.
The tank was pumped this morning.
The trailer has been cleaned - 
extra bedding, mud and grass through the house, dirty showers and tub,
emptied cupboards to expose pipes, red clay covered clothes from crawling under the trailer.
Another blessing ...
the lot owners are reimbursing us for the cost of the work :)

Definitely a recipe for "fun."

So if you see any unfavorable reviews for the Bickish B&B ...
please be understanding ...
Murphy does not come to visit that often.

Weekly Menu Plan:
Monday: Mongolian Beef
Tuesday: White BBQ Chicken
Wednesday: Tilapia
Thursday: Firecracker Turkey Chili
Friday: Red Beans and Rice
Saturday: Greek Salad with Quinoa

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Modern Medicine

I can't help but to be thankful for medical advances this week.
For the most part, I seek natural helps for life's ailments,
but there are some things that an herb just can not heal. :)

I am thankful for the care that hubby received last week at the outpatient pavillion.
Being in a small town, we were a little uncertain, but we received AWESOME care all around.
I am thankful for the knowledge that each care giver had.
I am thankful for the research that has been devoted to making life better.
I am thankful for the advances that have changed this surgery even over the past 15 years.

I am thankful for God's healing.
Man may possess tools and knowledge - but they are given to him by God.
The best surgeon's work is not guaranteed - God gives the body the ability to heal properly.
I am thankful for the body's amazing ability to repair itself.
I am thankful for hubby's improvement this week.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Proverbs 24:27,33-34
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, 
a little folding of the hands to sleep:
 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; 
and thy want as an armed man.

When the pilgrims arrived in the New World,
they put this verse into practice physically.
While living in one large, communal building,
they worked to get the crops in.
They knew that the fields around them would help to sustain them - feed them.
There would be time for the physical home later.

Do I heed this verse spiritually?
Do I feed my soul so that I have something to draw on when the difficulties come.

I never skip a meal (or very rarely).
I try not to skip a workout.
Am I that committed to my devotions and quiet times in the priorities?
Is it crowded out by the day?

You and I need the Lord.
We need His strength, His comfort, His guidance, His leading.
We can choose to avail ourselves of His wisdom,
or we can crowd it out.

It comes back to diligence.
I cannot be lazy.
My laziness can and will breed physical poverty,
but it can also yield spiritual poverty.

I want a spiritual bank account that is full and that is available for withdrawals!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


There was a little apprehension as I hurriedly transplanted my gardens last summer.
Truly, it was not the best time to move plants.

The heat of summer along with the peak of blooming - not so great.


But, I breathe a sigh of relief as more and more green shows through the leaf mulch.
Many of the plants survived.

We are also enjoying these beauties in the sick room.

Next year they will greet us from an outside garden.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Extra Nutrition

Well, the eating schedule was a little thrown off this week.
With hubby's recovery, I was looking for lighter meals while the body "woke up" from anesthesia.
What a blessing that last week's meal plan included both chicken and rice soup and tomato soup.

I also looked around for ways to get protein and gelatin into the diet.
Both items would help to promote healing and repair of muscles and nerves and the gelatin would reduce inflammation and start repairing the skin.

I made plenty of Jell-O (yeah, this is full of sugar, but I am working on replacing it with natural gelatin).
I threw plain gelatin into our protein smoothies.
I found this easy recipe for what some considered a "mousse" like dessert.
It was a nice change and took away the tartness of the Greek Yogurt.

Jell-O/Greek Yogurt Mousse

1 cup prepared gelatin/jello
1 cup unflavored Greek Yogurt

Throw ingredients in blender.
Blend until thoroughly mixed.
Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

This week's menu plan:
Monday:  Hash Browns and Eggs
Tuesday: Baked Tomato Parsley Salmon
Wednesday: Pizza Casserole (a carryover from last week)
Thursday: Pork and Ginger Noodle Bowl
Friday:  Cheesy Tomato Bake
Saturday:  Chicken and Black Bean Soup

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sufficient Grace

It is always there,
but there are some days and weeks where it shines even brighter ...
God's sufficient grace.

In the middle of last month,
we realized that hubby needed to have surgery.
He saw a surgeon last Monday
and was in the OR on Thursday.

It all happened so fast.
There were obligations that should be met
and little time to rearrange schedules.
There were others with similar needs and struggles.

God's grace has been AMAZING (as it always is)!
Surgery started at 9:30 and we were headed for home 2 hours later.
The anesthesia was flushed out FAST and mental awareness restored.
The body began healing ...
and God gave grace to fulfill obligations.

It is always there ...
Why don't I rely on it more?

 II Corinthians 12:9 
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: 
for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, 
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Forum: Already Gone

While hubby was going through school, 
the book Already Gone by Ken Ham was becoming popular.
The premise of the book is that children of believers are leaving the church in large numbers.
Mr. Ham suggested that it happened because they are not taught the basis of their faith - 
which to him is Creationism.

This past week, through the Internet,
I came across web pages of children who used to be like family to me.
We went to church together.
I spent time in their home almost daily and for holidays and birthdays.
I helped with their schooling.
I was blown away by where they are now.
What happened?
I also heard of a former Sunday School student following similar wrong paths.

We were also studying in I Samuel about Eli and his sons
and then further on about the evil sons of Samuel.
The Bible says that Eli honored his sons above God.
I have not seen an explanation for the failings of Samuel's sons.

I guess there are theories all around.
I think that many people see the rigors and demands of the ministry as the catalyst 
that sends children in Christian homes away.
Sometimes I believe parents follow Eli's course and honor their children above God.
 I also lean toward the idea that hypocrisy in "busy" ministry homes drives children away.
Mom and dad are one thing at home and another thing in church.
Image outside of the home is everything.

What do you think?
Why are children/young people turning away 
from the faith that they have been taught?