Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today I am sad. John, one of my "Ally Kids", passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 16. The photo above is the one I made for him, and it's name is "Let Your Light Shine". I received mail from John, and surely, His light was shining through this young lad.
It is very interesting that on December 17, I started another Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers. I was a bit "low" emotionally, so I pulled John's photo off the wall and sat it next to my sewing machine for inspiration.
John and I quilted together for many hours that day, and I could feel God's presence with us as we prayed to the recipient of this quilt.
I know John is with the Lord God now, and was while we were quilting. I just wasn't "awake" enough to realize it at the time. John and the Lord came to inspire me to keep on with my Mission.
Yes, we do lose some of our Ally Kids, but we also are given the gift of seeing some of these kids be restored to health and happiness.
I love the photos of my kids, and we talk every day while I quilt. Some are in Heaven, and some are still Earth bound. They bring me inspiration, peace and comfort, along with a re-newed sense of urgency to make the quilts for them.
So my Christmas gift this year has been delivered in two ways.
One is the news about John, that he has gone to the Heavenly Choir to sing with the Angels, as John loved classical music.
The other is from Colton. Colton is doing very well, and is preparing himself for a bone marrow transplant. I received this photo of him this week.
And so it goes in my life today. Thanks so much for being there and listening to me! It is wonderful to have friends like you who truly care, and are such strong supporters.
Today I can be found in the quilt room. I have two teenage girls to quilt for, ages 14 and 16. I think I will do some crazy quilting for at least one of them, using lots of LIME and ORANGE. The kids love those colors, and they are a real "pick me up" to work with!
Love and appreciation to all of you out there, and remember: If you find any kids between 8-18 who are battling cancer, PLEASE let me know so I can get a quilt made for them.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Letter from Jesus about Christmas --
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :
I LOVE YOU,
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here's a little insight to my old Pre-Spark way of facing "this food thing" as I call it. My reasoning is "I will eat this now so I don't have to cook it at home and eat too much of it".
Seriously, that is how I look at a buffet table. My mind actually delivers this and other memos to me before I even finish dressing for a party.
"Eat it THERE rather than cook it at home, because then I will stuff myself with it."
"There has been so much work put in to making this food, and I would be rude if I didn't eat it".
"I am only going here ONCE, so it doesn't really matter how much I eat."
"Once in a while, pigging out is okay."
"I'll just take a little of everything so I don't over do it."
All sound familiar? If you read my blog from yesterday, you will see that this kind of thinking still lives within me.
So here goes. See how many you identify with, and no cheatsies!
Holiday Eating Tips
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed
potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.
Thank Goodness we have SparkPeople! We get so much support and encouragement that, who knows? Maybe SOME day, all this kind of thinking will leave us........permanently!
In the meantime, I will stay with Spark! Ho Ho Ho.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Yesterday was the Christmas party at Quilt Club. I attended, therefore, I was already in trouble.
I didn't start out in trouble. I had wonderful intentions. I made a big bowl of cut up fruit, knowing that way I was sure there would be good food for me to eat. The fruit was beautifully presented in a big crystal bowl, looking very festive indeed.
The program was really wonderful. The Sequim Men's Acapella Choir came and put on a program for us. They are really good, and before we were ready, the end of the program came. A very FAST 45 minutes of sheer pleasure.
As soon as they began marching out the door, I stood up and began looking lustfully at the food tables.
The dessert tables were the closest ones to me.
The the President stood up and made an announcement that we were to file up to the tables, beginning with the SALAD tables, first.
Not only THAT, but we were to go up when they called our table row, and not before! Of course, the table I was sitting at got called last.
That wasn't so bad, though, because I hit the dessert tables while everyone else was dutifully doing the tables in the correct order.
The quilters at our table were grousing about probably being LAST, so I was a good Santa' s Helper and got them all one of those little brownies shaped like a Christmas tree.
They were commercially done, and a bit dry, but we enjoyed them.
Still not our turn. Those little pastries next to the Christmas tree brownies looked good. I think they have lemon curd fillings.
I saunter over and get some for our table. Yep. Lemon curd. Very good, too.
Still not our turn. Time to get some of that frothy punch over there. I get enough to go around.
We chat for a few moments, noticing how slowly the lines are going. I am elected (by ME) to get us some cookies. The cookies are REALLY good. Munch munch.
We need more punch. Okay. No one else has touched the punch bowls. Wonder why??
While I am getting the punch, I notice that my table members are heading to the line. Our table was called while I was drifting over the dessert tables.
I put down the punch, and head for the salad table.
Somehow, not much looks all that enticing to me. There was one dish that had beets and pomegranites mixed together, which I had never had before. I put some of that on my plate, think again, and add a bit more.
Going down the line, I help myself to a plate full of different salads that I have ever seen before, and of course, the fresh fruit.
I look over the main entree tables, and only want some of the yams and home made herb bread. Plop one of those rolls on my plate and go sit down.
My plate is really, REALLY full. It is full of all kinds of delicious, good for me food. I eat every morsel, and want to go for seconds, especially the yams and the beet pomegranite salad, which are both outstanding.
Of course, when I get to the tables, all of the yams and the beet salad were gone. Too bad.
I go sit down, via the dessert tables. I still have my dinner plate in my hands.
Trouble, with a capital T!!
I ignore all warnings in my head, and put the biggest piece of chocolate mousse cake on my plate. Then add a few cookies. And a different brownie. My plate runneth over.
I munch everything on my plate (after all, aren't we SUPPOSED to clean up our plates???!) and go back for another kind of cookie. I take two.
Others are beginning to leave, and the kitchen crew is beginning to clean up. I hurry over and get a plate "to take home to Ted". Of course, I only go to the dessert table.
I load up a big new plate with 2 big pieces of chocolate mousse cake. For Ted. Then I add four cookies. For Ted. Oh, there are some other cookies I didn't see before! Take four, for Ted.
I am one of the last people in the room, so now they are doling out the "take it home or we will throw it out" thing. There is some kind of cake that is nearly complete. I think it is an apple ring cake.
Sure, I will take it home with me, for Ted.
I now have to find a box to carry all this food. Ah! There's one. I fill the box for Ted, but can't get everything in it.
I take the first load (for Ted) out to the car, and come back and get the rest. Oh my. No one wants those last two pieces of chocolate mousse cake? Well, ok, I will take it home .......... to Ted. And yes, I will take that cranberry cake bread home to him, too.
I'm loaded up, and so is my car, and I head home.
Ted sees all I am bringing in the house, and he says it looks great. I am beginning to have doubts as to how good it looks.
We have a good dinner, (like I need more food!!) then he brings a piece of chocolate mousse cake and milk for each of us. How kind of him to serve me, and how much I do NOT want to eat that stupid chocolate mousse cake. But it is in front of me and "clean up your plate" resounds in my head.
I reluctantly (truly!) pick up a fork and begin to eat it, zombie fashipn. I finally give it up, and tell Ted he can have the rest of mine. He is happy with that. So am I.
I never want to see a chocolate mousse cake again in my life. Each of those pieces I ate were big enough for three people.
Today I had to face facts. I had really sabotaged myself.
I know it is cold outside, but maybe, just Maybe! I can get into my flannel lined jeans. I couldn't get them over my thighs last winter. Hey, Holy Smokes! They not only slipped right up, they are BAGGY on me! I need a belt for my pants!!
DEFINITELY have to get yesterday's Pig Fest off my body before it all turns to lard.
I put on my shoes, jacket, gloves, pedometer and timer and headed out into the 19 degree morning air.
I could FEEL the tonnage of yesterday's pig out on my thighs and butt. That won't do! It must be removed immediately!
I have to walk fast, very fast, and swing my arms for maximum burn.
Actually, it felt really good once I got moving.
I walked three miles for Chocolate Mousse Cake.
Ah, the Christmas Season...........ya gotta love it!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Ok. I added my Christmas photos tonight.
Here;s the deal: If you want to see them up close and personal, just let me know.
I need to know how many to cook for!
Several of you asked for photos of the crystal ornaments I put on my tree. I took the photos, only to find out that they don't come out very well.
That's why you have to come here, live and in person.
I would love to serve you some hot apple cider and a good Christmas dinner!
If you live in the area, and want to take me up on that, just send a private sparkmail message!
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