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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This is another good read from "Chicken Soup for the Soul." Since my DH just went back to work...this story spoke to my heart. Hope you enjoy.

Friendship isn't a big thing»it's a million little things.
~Author Unknown

It wasn't that I was embarrassed my husband was out of work. The situation was what it was. It's just that we are private people and don't share our problems easily with others. So when he lost his job, we just acted like nothing had changed and no one seemed to notice.

It didn't take too long, maybe two weeks, and my kids' friends noticed that Kyle's dad was home a lot more. When asked about it, I told my good friend and neighbor, Tammy, we were out of work and looking. She then told me that her husband had been applying for graveyard shifts all over town because his company was going under. I was shocked! We were constantly doing things together and I hadn't a clue they were struggling.

I didn't feel like we were the only ones going through this anymore. I always knew that others were struggling with the economy in a downturn, but now I had a comrade to share my woes with.

Knowing what they were going through, I wanted to help them, even though we didn't have much ourselves. So, I became the reconnaissance shopper. I scour the coupons and ads, and match things up to pay half-price for many items. I call Tammy when I get done with my planning session and offer to pick up things for her at the discounted price. It seems like our money goes even farther because we are willing to share.

It goes the other way too. Tammy and her husband have given us enough wood to heat our home this winter. They have the tools to cut firewood and they did extra for us. It has been a huge help to reduce our gas bill to almost nothing.

There are other examples of helping each other. I taught Tammy how to make bread and rolls; she watches my kids when I go to job interviews; I make dessert for Tammy's family party; she drives my kid to the bus stop in a snow stormů and the list goes on.

I don't have much to give but I can give of myself. I can have charity, love, and hope in my heart, and the more I give those away, the more I get them back.

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/16/2009 3:57PM

    love this chicken soup idea. my husband cuts my neighbors grass cause she's a widow. he told her how our microwave didn't work anymore,hers had power the turnstile stopped turning, so she gave us hers she was going to buy a new one. we used it for two months till we saved the money for a new one. sometimes when you talk and ask ,two friends are better than one.we need to hear feel good stories, not all doom and gloom that has become life. so emoticonfor making me smile. emoticon emoticon

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DOWN2SEXY 6/16/2009 6:57AM

    As my dear grandmother used to tell me, "One good turn desrves another." Neighbor helping neighbor is the stuff this country was built on.

Nice blog.

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TRILLA09 6/16/2009 1:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your chicken soup with us. Soon we will all feel much better!

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SONYARODRI29 6/16/2009 12:54AM

    Thank you for posting this.

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I Haven't Been On The Computer

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just a note here, to tell you that I have not felt good enough this week to blog . I hope to be back this coming week. I am better just tired. Stay healthy. Grace

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KAREN_01 6/15/2009 3:12AM

    Grace, I really hope you feel much better soon. Gain your strength back, we'll be here waiting for you.

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_VALEO_ 6/15/2009 2:49AM

    Hope you'll feel better soon.


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CWAITES 6/14/2009 7:55PM

    We'll be glad when you're back full time!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/14/2009 7:44PM

    take it easy go slow. hope to have you back at it soon much hugs till then. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mikiio Gazpacho with My Twist.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mikiio has been kind enough to post this recipe of this wonderful and beautiful cold soup. I loved this soup and had it for lunch as a first course....but ..........last evening after getting home late from taking my grandson back ( three hour drive) I need something quick and filling. I add a dollop of cottage cheese to the middle and a couple of tablespoons of the chopped veggies that are already in the soup to the top with my lovely fresh basil leaves....and that was supper. A couple of courses ....again....stuffed in the same bowl. I liked the creamy cottage cheese with the cool acidic soup...I had add an abundance of black pepper so the cheese was a nice contrast. The crunch of the peppers, onions, and cucumber made it almost perfect. Perfection would have been my friend Mikiio to share it with and give me a few pointers. Hope you try it yourself.

This is an easy recipe to make (I should enter it under Spark recipes - I haven't checked if one gazpacho recipe has been entered)

Ingredients for 6 servings:
9 tomatoes
1 slice of bread without the crusts (soft interior of bread)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 cucumber (small, they taste better)
1 big onion
1 garlic
1 tbsp of Olive oil
2 tbsp Vinegar (Xeres, if you can find it ; otherwise use the one you have
Hot pepper (optional)

Slice the tomatoes, the green and red bell peppers, the cucumber, the onion, the garlic and mix them in your blender.
Add the slice of bread and mix again.

Season with pepper (and salt if you want - I usually don't), add the olive oil and the vinegar, and the hot pepper (if you like it hot).

Store in your fridge during 2 hours (minimum)

Serve cold, and you can add some fresh basil leaves on your servings.

Then enjoy!


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DOWN2SEXY 6/10/2009 1:09PM

    Mmmm...that looks quite yummy! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 6/10/2009 8:34AM

    Glad you like it, and thanks for sharing the photo of your meal.
I love cottage cheese too, but never thought of adding it within my gazpacho, Thanks for the tip, will definitely give it a try!

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KAREN_01 6/10/2009 2:54AM

    It looks absolutely beautiful!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/9/2009 6:59PM

    sounds very interesting i will have to try. nice dishes. thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MEG_DAVIS 6/9/2009 6:31PM

    sounds good!

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Jake...Art Projects, First Fruits and Watermelon

Monday, June 08, 2009

Jake and I have had a great weekend...but it is coming to an end. Without further ado...here is the highlights...in pictures.

I missed my first day back to the Wellness Center Friday and tomorrow I will be on the road to take Jake home. I guess Tuesday will be my new day back. It sure is taking a while to get there. I promise I will get there.

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_VALEO_ 6/10/2009 8:39AM

    I'm glad you both had a great weekend, and it is so cool that you two planted what he likes -what a great way to make him eat "freggies"!

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~THERESA 6/9/2009 10:26AM

    Jake is a sweetheart and he has such beautiful blue eyes! Lovely pictures.
God bless, Theresa

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100LBLIGHTER 6/8/2009 10:05PM

    Alexgirl, Jake is a real good eater...we planted all the things he loves to eat when he visits. We made a point of planting while he visited so he could help....ever since the gourds last year he has been saving seeds. He does have trouble staying on task ...because everything is such an adventure.....other things keep calling him away. This weekend it was him and the wheelbarrow...need I say more than aerobic and weight training all in one. It was great but both of us have caught a bug. He had a nasty runny nose that left a sore, I have a sore throat now and my start to the gym may be postponed.... again. Thanks for stopping by...come again anytime. Blessings, Grace

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/8/2009 8:25PM

    jake is one smart fellow he already knows how to eat well.bet you had a hand in that.first fruits from the garden? were no where ready here yet. you got one sweety there.i bet he keeps you exercising. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sometimes a Reason or a Season..Sometimes a Lifetime

Sunday, June 07, 2009

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need
you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with
guidance and support,

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,

this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an

Sometimes they die... Sometimes they walk away.

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire
fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has
come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,

things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional

Your job is to accept the lesson,

love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other
relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,

whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/7/2009 10:12AM

    thanks for letting me in your life glad your in mine. great blog. emoticon emoticon

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DOWN2SEXY 6/7/2009 7:32AM

    Thank you for being part of my life, Grace!

Hugs & love,

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