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Friday, May 25, 2018

May The Force Be With YOu

As a grade schooler when others were playing hot wheels or baby dolls I was playing star wars and fighting for the role of Princess Leah Oh those wonderful memories that come from childhood.I recall watching Star Wars movie at the local drive in theater. That was an occasion to remember as we did not go to movies often and this was something that every kid wanted to do. So what exactly was the fascination all about.


 America went crazy over Star Wars. The movie was centered on a film series that was created by George Lucas. The story began "A Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away"  It all started May 25th 1977. There were many sequels to the movie that would follow.   Star Wars would be followed by more than sequels. Books , television series, computer and video games, theme park attractions and lands and comic books would be spawned by the movie. Star Wars was so successful that    it was awarded a Guinness World Record title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise"             
Star Wars is a movie that takes place in a distant unnamed fictional galaxy at an undetermined points in the ancient past. Present are many species of aliens along with humanoids that live together. Robotic droids and space travel were present/ The spiritual and mystical element of Star Wars galaxy is known as "the Force" The force is an energy field created by all living things that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.  Individuals with in the force have been trained through training and meditation to have better reflexes so that they are able to have mind control The force sees two factions at conflict. The Jedi harness the light of force and the Sith use the dark side of the force through hate and aggression.


Do you recall the movie Star Wars?? What do you recall?? Would love to hear about it in comments



May the Force Be With You

Joe Anoil Celebrates a birthday


Happy Birthday Roman Reigns.



Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa better known as Roman Reigns was born May 25, 1985. Reigns an American professional wrestler and a former gridiron football player was born more or less to be a wrestler with a strong wrestling family background. 



Roman played collegiate football for Georgia Tech and had a brief playing season with Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. Reigns also played in the Canadian Football League's in 2008 the same year he retired from football. Roman Reigns was signed by the WWE in 2010. 

Reigns started in the Florida Championship Wrestling territory , shortly after in 2012 he would debut on WWE alongside Dean Ambrosia and Seth Rollins the group was known as the shield. The shield would wrestle together until 2014 when they would enter singles. competition. Reigns would win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, the United States Champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the WWE tag team championship with Rollins, winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble winner and the 2014 Superstar of the year. 



Joe Anoa'l is half Samoan and half Italian. Roman Reigns is the cousin to former professional wrestler Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The tonga Kid as well as the Usos and the Rock. Anoa'l has a wife and a daughter named Joelle and a set of twin boys in 2016. 






Foster Care Month ==== Baptist Children's Home and Family Services


Life is hard we all have had struggles and sometimes it may seem that we will never get over them. Eventually we do, my son in law calls this the roller coaster effect. I am so lucky to have him and the rest of my family whether in laws, please no out laws, or true blood family we all come together when the need arises no matter what it may be. However, there are some families that struggle and the need of resources is needed.

In Illinois one of those resources may be the Baptist Children's Home and Family Services. When families are faced with great challenges or go through difficult times that create turmoil there is hope at the BCHFS. Angels' Cove is often able to help parents and guardians by providing foster care services with the children's best interest in mind. Christian couples are willing to take the responsibility to guide through these difficult times.

Temporary foster care placements help families that are in need of respite or other emergency situations. Loving Christian families are licensed to help the kids. These Christian couples will mentor the children in their care. If in home care is not available or the proper fit for the situation there are also homes at the Baptist Children's Home where less restrictive care can take place.

The Baptist Children's home offers help to mothers who simply need to "get back on their feet" After issues of emotional physical or financial stress a short term temporary care placement may be needed. Often during this needed placement counseling may be offered as well. Together the program the family may be saved from days of abuse or neglect During these times of need parents maintain all parental rights and voluntary to get help.



There are times that a need arises that a child will need care while waiting to be adopted by a loving family. Children with emotional and physical problems may need special care at a foster care home as well.

Baptist Children Homes and family Services foster homes are licensed and maintained. Like all foster homes the staff and homes are required to meet all standards set forth by the State of Illinois, Department of Children & Family Services Foster families are reimbursed at a monthly rate plus medical care expenses

Over one hundred years ago, members of Carmi First Baptist Church were called by God to build a place of where children who were left alone would feel as if they belonged. The buildings were built brick by brick with hard work and perseverance. This Christ centered ministry of compassion started from a field in White County Illinois. Where corn and beans had previously grown was claimed by Gods love. The willing hearts of a few and through faith , sacrifice, and vision created a place of help for generations to come.


Heat Awareness Day

The last Friday of every May is a time to bring awareness to Heat Awareness. This year May 25th is National Heat Awareness Day. Numerous fatalities are due to heat each year. Whether it be heat exhaustion, due to dehydration that is due to hear or some other heat related problem heat is one of the top weather related killers in the United States.



Take for example the heat wave in 1980. I may be given my age away a bit but I must say that I can recall the heat in the 1980s. I was a child and yet can remember our parents trying to keep us hydrated using any method possible including the back-yard watering hose. The heat wave that year would result in the loss of 1,250 lives The heat wave in Europe during 2003 resulted in a much larger number of lives lost totaling around 50,000.



During high humidity and extremely hot weather the National Weather Service will send out weather alerts. These alerts may include

  • excessive heat outlooks
  • excessive heat watches
  • excessive heat warning / advisories

There are a few things that you can do to take care of your self during the extreme heat. A few things you can do include:

  • stay hydrated by drinking lots of water
  • avoid alcohol
  • try to avoid caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks
  • find a cool place to rest and try not to overwork your body

Never leave a young child, disabled individual or pet locked in a car. NO matter the weather this should never be done. Cars heat up quickly when parked in the sun. 

Lets admit it, the summers in the U.S. are hot. Sometimes this is not just limited to summer but also may include spring and fall. 





 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday----- Late for a Reason I had a few Busy Days :(

The Weather::
weather here has been a bit of heat followed up by rain storms. Got into bad storm on Sunday but made it home safe and sound.

Tonight I have been:
sitting on the porch with family and enjoying the evening. I have not turned on a/c yet and the outside in the evening feels a lot cooler outside

Thinking:
of my busy schedule tomorrow , looks like I will be at ball field several hours with many other things to do as well. Sister is in another walk a thon so wishing her luck as well

On my night stand:
a few magazines I need to skim through as well as a notebook. I want to get the summer projects under way as soon as possible.

On T.V.:
currently watching the weather station and how to survive the weather.
   
Something Interesting I watched:
I love to watch shows like unsolved mysteries etc... when they are updated that is my favorite part and very interesting to me. I also love watching news shows to keep up with what is going on in the world.
 
On the Menu this week....
Monday: we dined on ball field food, while not the healthiest there are choices that can be made and when tight on time this is sometimes what truly happens

Tuesday: pizza and another busy night as the boyscouts (yes my grand-daughter is a boy scout) were doing a service project making flower boxes to help raise veggies that will be offered at food pantries.

Wednesday:
homemade meal of goulash, yes, I did say homemade find the recipe here


Thursday : another busy night at the ball field and we will dine on corn dogs and slush's
Friday: family cookout will have to update in post later
Saturday boy scout picnic
Sunday -- will be visiting fellow church for lots of fun and eats


On my to do list....
Its been busy with much more business to go so daily housework includes:

  • 2-3 loads of laundry
  • dishes
  • cleaning bathroom and kitchen
  • evening activity Thursday: ballgames Friday: Library event and family cook out Saturday: boy scout picnic and Sunday: Fun with friends
In the craft basket:
busy re-doing a few old end tables that we rescued from his step-dads home. 


Looking forward to this week:
take a look at the to do list , that and so much more 

Looking around the house
I see much more that needs to be done. Lets start with just the upcoming job of the bathroom.

  • removing cast iron tub
  • replacing floor and carpet
  • new sink and cabinet
  • last but not least curtains and accessories

Through the camera take a look at myself, my husband, my daughter and 2 of her children


Some may not know why I try so hard at what I do, they may ask and never truly understand. The reason I care for those that I care for so much is because it was something I was taught to do. Now, faced with a possible future of health issues that put me down not out for a bit I want all  to know


what would your answers be come join the fun here

Keep The Car Looking Good For Summer

School will be out in a week or so and summer vacation will soon be here. Summer at our house is filled with lots of day trips and long haul journeys. Trips that include going a wee bit for a picnic and even further for some family fun. If the car is clean and orderly the trip no matter how long will be more enjoyable.



Before summer begins (Thursday June 21st) give your car a good cleaning inside and out. Going from the inside out cleaning and organizing the car will help make the summer more enjoyable. Those stray candy bar wrapper, chip packages and crumpled juice boxes all should be tossed. Items lost during the long winter and bags of items that were lost in care for the last few months need to be taken out and put away appropriately.

Tip:
keep the vehicle clean and organized by allowing in only what is needed during the transit.


Cleaning the outside of the car will help you feel good as well. Microfibre cloths are best to use on paintwork, windows, and wheels If you use chemicals to clean be sure to read the label and follow usage guides to detect what areas of the car to use it on.

Car scratches can be touched up by using a compound and a special pad. The compound may need to be used several times. Car polish is optional but it will help enhance colour and gloss of paintwork. Polish can be applied by hand or a polisher. Polish should be applied prior to wax treatment.

Car windows should look good so that you can easily see out of them. Domestic window cleaner should be avoided. Car window cleaner is a better product to use. Clean in circular motions and wipe down with a clean cloth at least twice to get rid of any residue.



Cleaning the interior of the car is as important as the outside. Start by clearing all the junk out of the car and give it a good vacuum. Remove mats and vacuum them before replacing. The interior of the car can be polished, the windows should be clean and an air freshener can be placed in the car to keep that clean car smell



Canning Ground Beef ::: Perfect for Camping

   My mother has always said there is a time and place for everything Canned ground beef fits into this category quite well. While it is convenient to freeze ground beef you naturally do not prepare .the hamburger prior to freezing it. It .is convenient to freeze .it but we need to send ourselves .a .memo when .we need to take it out so it can be used at supper     



Yes, ground beef can be cooked from the frozen state but there are issues. First the hamburger cooks at an uneven rate with the outside cooking faster than the middle and in the end part of the meat is over cooked before the rest of the meat is done. On the other hand, canned ground beef is always ready to use with no waiting time for the meat to thaw out. Simply open the jar of meat and you can start cooking.

The canned ground beef is pre-cooked so it saves time in preparing as you simply need to heat it up. The canned ground beef has a longer shelf life than the frozen ground beef as well. There will never be any freezer burn on the hamburger or worry about no freezer room.

There are two ways of canning ground beef: (1) small batch and (2) large batch. Browning large batches of ground beef either to use in a recipe or to can be made easier by boiling the meat.

We started to boil hamburger a few years ago as our family grew. With 10+ sitting at the table any shortcut when preparing the food is needed. Another great reason to boil instead of fry hamburger is because grease will not splatter all over the stove top. Boiling ground beef removes fat from the meat. When canning meat you will want as little as fat as possible in the jar.

A bonus is that the after the ground beef has boiled, strain the broth and set it in the fridge to cool overnight. Skim the fat off the top and season the broth. Now you have some well seasoned beef broth to use.



After browning the meat, skimming the broth and fat, it is time to fill the canning jars. Use a slotted spoon to fill the jars with ground beef. Be sure to leave about an inch of head space. Season each jar with a teaspoon or two of salt. Fill each jar with boiling water, beef broth or tomato juice, still leaving an inch of head space.




Try to limit mess and keep it all clean.

To help remove air bubbles from the jars of meat run a spatula around the inside edge of the jar. Wipe the rims of the jars clean to remove any grease. A quick way to do this is to use a paper towel with a little vinegar. Place lids and rings on finger tight, make sure to not over tighten so that jars seal properly.





Busy Day Cake

Have you ever had one of those busy days that starts in the morning and continues on all day long?? It seems the warmer the weather gets the more that is placed on my schedule. The days of yester-year were busy as well but they were a different type of busy. The home, yard and garden helped make the day busy.  With canning, cooking, preserving, jelly making and so many other summer jobs



Edna Lewis, a southern cook during the early 1900s. Nicknamed the southern Julia Child Edna wrote a cookbook titled The Tasting of Country Cooking. Edna grew up in Virginia were she lived and loved learning many stories to share later in life as well as recipes to place in her cookbook. 

Now back to the busy day , which is where we started before I drifted off to introduce the author of the recipe I am sharing today. A busy day cake may also be known as a sweet bread. The cake or bread was made of regular cake batter, measured out and stirred in a hurry so that the vegetables you were cooking for that day cooked on one end of the old wood stove and canning took place at the other end. A large biscuit pan would be the outlet for the batter which would be put inside the oven to bake.  The cake is simple in the form given but you can dress it up by cooking it in a bundt pan.

Busy day cake was cooked as it states on a busy day when there was not time to ice. The cake was simply cut into squares and served warm. The cake was often topped with fruit or berries left over from canning.




1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
nutmeg
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9-inch springform or deep cake pan with nonstick spray or rub it with butter. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the vanilla. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Add about a quarter of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and stir by hand or beat on low speed just until blended. Add a third of the milk, mixing just until combined. Continue adding flour and milk, finishing with flour and stirring each time just until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden (if it’s browning too quickly, cover loosely with a piece of foil) and springy to the touch. Serve warm, absolutely plain or with fruit. Serves 10.

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?



A local restaurant in E-Town Illinois where some of the best catfish can be found. The unique thing is that the entire restaurant is built on water. We visited following my father-in-laws funeral. There were around 30+ in the group and we all were treated well.

2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?



cleaning out his parents house, not only  taxing on emotion but also a big job.

3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?

One of my strengths is staying optimistic and organized. This can also be my fault as well. When things go right they are peaceful but I get so aggravated when something is not right

4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?

First things first, lets start by going back to the early days when I could see many that have passed on. I have missed many for many years. Would be glad to go back to the easier days. To bad there is not a button to slow down time as this is what I want to do most often. I might be tempted to go fast forward but for the most part I do not know if I want to see the future or not. The future is what we make it and there fore , is it truly something  we can travel to.

5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?

We will take time out to visit the graves of many loved ones including our father in law that served 15+ years in the army. I have never been to Arlington but have been there to welcome back soldiers who have visited to Arlington and returned to our local airport after the "honor flight" . Our town will mark the day with a ceremony at the cemetery here in town. Neither me or my husband have loved ones buried here so we will not be attending.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is a very somber Memorial day, having just lost 2 close loved ones with another sick and just diagnosed with cancer. We will come together as a family to share memories and have a good time

what would your answers be?? Join in the fun here

Take a Cup of Tea and a Bite To eat While You Relax



Chamomile, basil, marjoram, sage or mint help ease stress. Make this simple anxiety relieving tea by mixing in 1 oz. fresh herbs or 1/2 oz dried herbs for every 2 to 3 cups of water.



Elderberry tea is made from elderberry flowers and helps to relax the nerves and help induce sleep as well. This is not to be drank by anyone that is expecting a child.


A tea of bee balm will help to cut insomnia. This tea is used as a mild sedative that helps calm nerves and aids those that struggle with sleep.



Rosemary tea is great to help relieve melancholy or depression. Rosemary Tea is made by brewing leaves and the stem pf the herb rosemary. Rosemary has many culinary usages and thousand years of being used in natural healing. Rosemary contains rosmarinic, caffeic, salicylic acids as well as potassium and antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant compounds. Rosemary can help those with

  • indegistion
  • anemia
  • stress
  • dementia
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain
  • hair loss
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • stress and depression
  • skin conditions
Make up some rosemary tea:
1 teaspoon of rosemary (dried, fresh or powdered)

1 cup of water (filtered)
1 teaspoon of honey or sugar, if desired

Step 1 – Bring the water to a boil in a small pot and then reduce heat.
Step 2 – Add the rosemary herb to the water and allow it to steep for 5-6 minutes.
Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a teacup
Step 4 – Add sweetener, if desired.


So now that we have a few drinks in mind that may help lets try a bit or two to help relieve anxiety as well. Remember never eat late in the evening and our last meal of the day should always be kept light.

Many have a salad with supper and this may help if lettuce is an ingredient in the salad. Eating lettuce with dinner should help with sleep with pleasant dreams. Mandarin oranges are great as a dish in the evening to help with insomnia. Raw onions is a native American resource to help induce sleep.

Want to relax but need to stay alert?? Then try eating apples




resources for this post can be found here and here

Benefits of Air Drying Laundry

During my childhood, it was nothing to ride my bike around the neighborhood and see clothes drying on the line in many backyards. Today, that is a scene that is not as common as yester-year. Whether it be an old fashioned outdoor clothesline held up by wooden post, a clothes line constructed using steel post, or whatever there are many benefits of drying your clothes in fresh air.

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  • Hanging our clothes on a line to air dry helps our clothes by prolonging the use of them. A dryer tumbles the damp laundry which takes a toll on fibers of fabric. High dry heat will shrink and ruin some fabrics. Line drying is a gentle way of drying your clothes allowing them to dry naturally
  • Thinking of saving some money?? Whose not?? Line Drying clothes will help lower the gas or electric bill. 
  • Conserving energy by line drying clothes will help to protect the environment. Drying clothes outside can help reduce average carbon footprint of a home. 
  • The National Fire Protection Association states that clothes dryers or washing machines can be the cause of house fires. Line drying clothes will help to cut the risk of house fires. 
  • Need another great reason to line dry your clothes?? How about the fact that it will get you outside. Get out in nature and get a break away from the indoors can help your mood as well. Along with getting outside the movement involved with hanging laundry on the line will allow you to put a bit of exercise in your day as well. 
  • Sunlight is a natural bleach and disinfectant but keep in mind a down side is that it also naturally fades bright colors if left in light to long. Hang these items inside out will help 
  • Have you ever noticed that fabric softener sheets have been created with a scent of sunshine or outside?? Hanging clothes on the line naturally gives you the scent of outside. 
  • Did you know that line drying can help remove stains. NO chemical , perfumes, or dyes-

Growing Pepper Plants






Bell pepper plants can be purchased or you can start them inside via seed. When the danger of frost has passed it is time to plant pepper plants. Plant about 18 to 24 inches apart when the soil outside is around 65 degrees. Any colder and the plants are in danger of not making it. 



Bell peppers should be planted in an area that has good drainage. They require adequate moisture that can be offered through mulch or plastic covering. Peppers do not do well in high heat and may require daily watering in cooler areas it may not be as often. Fertilizer should be added to the plant after the first pepper has been spotted. Cages or stakes may be needed to help prevent the pepper plant from bending. 



Peppers can be harvested as soon as peppers reach desired size. Bell peppers become sweeter the longer they stay on the plant. The use of a knife or scissors may be needed to cut pepper off plant. After harvesting peppers can be kept in refrigerator in plastic bags up to 10 days after harvesting. 



Dementia What Is IT

The Alzheimers society organizes and helps bring awareness to dementia action week. You may recognize this week by a prior week known as dementia week. The reason for the name change was to help bring much needed awareness to the fact that there is much more action that needs to be taken to create a change. Those with dementia as well as those that love someone with dementia want and need.


Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning. Ages ago what we now call dementia may have been referred to as madness or old age insanity.



Dementia may also be given to a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Those who suffer with Alzheimer know dementia well as it is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease rather it is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.

Stroke victims may suffer from vascular dementia. This is the second most common dementia type. Other conditions that can cause dementia include thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is not  a part of normal aging



Dementia can start by forgetting names of people close to them, this is not part of normal aging. Older folks may forget names of people they rarely see but those with dementia will forget names of those that they love and are in their daily life. Many with dementia will struggle in conversation as they often repeat phrases or stories in the same conversation again not simply normal aging. Those that suffer with dementia often suffer from unpredictable mood changes, not simply mood changes that are appropriate to certain changes.




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What's the Risk




The turtle, smart enough to stay inside away from danger, slow enough to be cautious about his movements and whenever he sticks his neck out he can make great strides of progress. That is sort of how humans are as well. We often feel safe inside of where we call home and want to keep it the way things are. After all, if things stay the way they are then no trouble, issue or drama can occur correct??

The same thing that we believe keeps our day to day safe is also not the thing that is not allowing us to enjoy life to the fullest. As a middle age adult I recall my youthful days , the days where I took plenty of risk, some paying off and some not so well. So we look at our youth days and decide that we truly have no room to make for change at the present time.

Many others will also recommend that we " enjoy life" "take limited risks" "play it safe" as well as "be conservative" The type of life that I speak of will help us be "safe" but not allow us to get the true reward or adventure out taking risks that could help our wildest dreams come true.


A risk free life is a risk all on its own. A chance to be shortsighted and not to live up to our full potential. Life is full of risks and to avoid them would be just that , avoiding life. A life without risk is boring, unproductive and one that I would rather not live.

Several years ago I was a teacher, a leader and an individual who met risk head on. Since that time I have hidden my head and left it all behind. Perhaps it is time to take the risks of life again. Following our Lord should not be considered a "risk" Taking our eyes off the task the Lord has given us is much larger risk.



Taking that step of faith is often hard to do but must be completed. It is simply doing the right thing. The other day at church I was offered the chance to help with Vacation Bible School, what would the risk be?? Would I allow work to hold me back from teaching children the stories of the bible??
Perhaps, it is time to take that bold step of faith. God has a calling for each of us and I believe that I have been called to help others.

What is the risk you are being called to take?? Has God been talking to you to take that first step of faith. God has a plan for each of us, this I trust. Don't be that turtle that hides his head and escapes from the risk. Like the turtle life will need you to stick your head out. Is Jesus calling you to stick your head out?? The bible is full of risk takers , there are a few losers along the way as well. If you decide to take that risk, and lose your ways cry out to Jesus he is always there to help you.




Who Was Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was a gay activist who was also elected to public office in California. He was famous fo quotes of hope.



Harvey Milk was clearly an early leader of the LGBT movement. Milk would be assassinated on November 28, 1978. Harvey Milk envisioned a place where all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender I.D. were treated equally. Milk is a hero to the LGBT community as his life lives on through the dreams he once held.