Saturday, November 24, 2012
My van's brakes are making an awful noise.
So I called the little old lady I go to most Saturdays - since I drive her around, I wanted to tell her that I thought it better to forego until I got the matter taken care of. I could sure use the money - especially now with a brake job to be done! But safety first.
But I'm not one to sit aroundall day, not even to Spark! I'd been wanting to look for my 2011 Tax Return for some W-2's, to change the mortgage over to MY name since my husband's passing. So, I went i9nto the "workroom" - so called because it has been used to store works in progress: soldering, crocheting, ceramics. It is small, but roomy enough that it has been used as a bedroom (complete with cable access!) But mostly it is a catch-all, where we put things "for now" until it reaches critical mass. Then it's time to tidy up.
Two large trash bags and several broken-down cardboard boxes later, the floor can be seen again, and I found some stocking stuffers I got for my grandkids LAST year. But still not the document I wanted. Oh, I found the receipts I'd used - but the return has the W-2's.
Well...my desk needs to be tidied up. That'll be the next project. Butnot today. No, I'll glaze the things I underglazed yesterday and get them fired up.
Does cleaning the workroom count as exercise????
Friday, November 23, 2012
I'm off from work today. That means I get to work on something ELSE. I have some special orders to underglaze - did about half of them and popped them in the kiln. Still had to make 3 goats and a weiner-dog. I'll paint them together with one more special order and some semi-special ("when you make this or that, give me a call"). Drinking water keeps me from sitting too long. So...Got that done, just waiting to hollow out the newer pieces. Had lunch of Thanksgiving leftovers, just as good second time around! And I think after Sparking I'll get on the bike for a half hour. MMM, turkey...makes me sleepy... at some point I'll take a nap, maybe!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I subscribe to Good Clean Funnies at GCFnet. and got this today. It was just too cute not to share.
THANKSGIVING OUTLOOK by Elliot Abrams, excerpted from thebook, "Weather Prognosticators and the Media: Fallacies,Facts, and Fun in Forecasting," by Norm MacDonald Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven toan afternoon high near 190 F. The kitchen will turn hot andhumid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severesquall or cold shoulder. During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of aknife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulationof one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will driftacross one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spotson the other. Please pass the gravy. A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued forthe entire area, with increased stuffiness around thebeltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish andtaper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34 F in therefrigerator. Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eatsandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can beexpected both days with a 50 percent chance of scatteredsoup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soupdevelops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low asthe only wish left will be the bone.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Many times I read a proverb a day, since there are 31, perfect to finish them in a month. Well, today a verse caught my attention, verse 24 -
"A personís steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?"
It's like Proverbs 19:11 - "Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." We are by no means puppets. God has given us our own free will. Nevertheless, He is sovereign. He knows us intimately and knows how to use our personality and character to accomplish His divine purposes.
So, we can continue to make our plans, with such understanding as we may have, but seeking the will of God and trusting in Him through whatever may happen, even as Joseph son of Jacob trusted in Him - although he found himself a slave and then a prisoner. His faith enabled him to escape bitterness towards his brothers, knowing that God Himself was directing his steps. So, there's nothing to fear!
Monday, November 19, 2012
I like my one cup (BIG cup) of coffee in the morning. I like it with sugar and evaporated milk. But I want to cut some calories. Also, processed sugar is devoid of any nutritional value. And I don't want to use artificial sweeteners. So I started using brown sugar, especially after learning from a Spark article that it has more nutrients than it heavily processed relative. And while in the store yesterday I grabbed some molasses, because that's even BETTER. And 2% milk works well enough in the coffee. (Sorry, skim and 1% just makes it - GRAY!) So this morning I had my coffee with MOLASSES. Hm, interesting flavor. Not unpleasant.
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