Butter, Memories, Emotions and a Chuckle ****

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WARNING: Willow is long winded today.

emoticon I know shocker!

Happy Thursday! I am not sure why but all day I feel like it is Friday. Lovely weather here in the east. Had an awesome day yesterday. I had some items I was going to sell on Ebay to make some extra money. I started the bid at $18. and it sold much more. WOOHOO! I was shocked. Was great timing cause my DH needed gas in our van. Got is great!

My eyes still aren't working right. Still right eye is all blurred. My doctor came yesterday and I have been researching alternatives to maintain blood sugar for insulin resistance. She gave me one to start out with first and then after a few weeks we can go from there. I feel good about it.

I got an email from one of those healthy options sites. They mentioned using Apple Butter instead of regular Butter or margarine. Also using applesauce instead of butter or oil in cakes and stuff. Just the mention of Apple Butter made me think of my Mom. Amazes me how much I still miss her so. Was a new trip down memory lane. I even did a mental "Open House tour" in my head while I was trying to sleep. Our home is where I grew up until at age 18 it became too much for my Mom and we moved into a mobile home.

Last night as I was doing my "tour" I remembered all sorts of things. Funny how different places have such strong memories. Our home sat on a creek. We had two large front properties and a side yard. The actual back yard was the creek. I even remember two occasions where my mom had to row a small boat over to the top of our driveway to pick me up from school to get me to our house. Many times we stayed when it flooded. Except in 1955 my Dad made the newspaper because even though our home had a split level basement the water came into our first floor up to about 7 feet.

My Mom took so much pride in our home. My Mom had moved around a lot because her drunk father kept loosing his job. He would run farms so they moved a lot. My Grandmom passed away when my Mom was around 11. My Mom told me once that she was so happy when her and my Dad moved it because for the first time she didn't have to go outside to the outhouse. Our home had running water.

My Mom hung all her laundry outside. No dryer would do as well. She even used a wringer washer by hand to wash the clothes. I remember when my hair was wet I would lay on the heater vent to dry it. We didn't use hair dryers. My Dad was a hunter and we often had deer, squirrel or rabbit. Of course I was a little grossed out about eating it. My mom I think told me it was something else. Funny one pantry gave my DH deer meat. ick!

Well I guess I bored you enough for today. emoticon

Funny how little we had but how "rich" we really were. Such "rich" memories.

Got this in an email from Joel Osteen and wanted to share it.

~*~ Emotions ~*~

by Joel Osteen

If there's one thing that can lead you down a road away from your potential and seeing the awesome plan God has for your life, it's your emotions. Emotions are God-given, but oftentimes, people allow their circumstances to dictate their emotions and thoughts instead of the Word of God.

When we allow our circumstances to dictate our emotions, when we get upset by what we see or hear, it opens the door for doubt and fear to come in. The Bible says that when we allow doubt and fear in, we become unstable. We are tossed back and forth. But understand that the way you feel today has little to do with what God is actually doing in your life. He's working behind the scenes whether you realize it or not! Don't allow yourself to be tossed around by your emotions any longer. Instead, choose to be stable-minded. Focus your thoughts on the Word of God so you can confidently move forward into the good plan He has designed for you!

**Fix the Fence or Else**

Seems St. Peter and the Devil had an agreement to share the costs of maintaining the fence between Heaven and Hell.

One weekend there was a bit of a brawl in Hell that got out of hand, and part of the fence was smashed. It went unfixed for weeks and St. Peter approached the Devil about mending it.

Nothing happened over the period of a month.

Finally, in exasperation, St. Peter said he would sue the Devil if he didn't pay up.

"Oh" retorted the Devil, "and where are you going to find a lawyer?"

REMINDS me also to remind those who may not know, I have a website. It is completely free. Please check it out when you can.

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  • DIANE929
    I miss my mom too... emoticon
    2954 days ago
    I absolutely LOVE apple butter, and it is a habit of mine now to use applesauce as a substitute in many recipes! So glad you do this too! ......WTG!! for selling stuff on ebay!

    I enjoy your blogs! ~ Laura
    2956 days ago
    Wonderful memories and some with an "ick" factor too.
    I use applesauce (home canned, of course) in a lot of my baking. Saves on oil and eggs.'
    Have a great day! emoticon

    I added your website to my favorites list. I'll need to do this tonight!
    2957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/22/2010 3:35:50 PM
    Really enjoyed your blog!! My Mom made apple butter too. I have made it myself. Yummy!! Both of my parent are in heaven too. Gosh how much I miss
    them!! Yes we were RICH: and so thankful for the memories!!! You Didn't bore
    me by any means!! Glad you did so well on ebay!! I hope your eyesight gets
    better soon!! Take Care!! If you find a good recipe please let me know??
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    2957 days ago
    Hoping the new medication works for you and your eye sight improves. It will help when you can start eating better.Glad you got some produce in your diet.Have you finished all the pinto beans? emoticon blog emoticon for sharing so much of yourself. emoticon
    2957 days ago
    Awesome blog.
    2957 days ago
    LOL... loved your little joke. Memories are so terrific. I miss my mom too, even though its been 13 years, I think about calling her almost every day. I hope no one takes the time they have with their mothers for granted, how appropriate for Mother's Day. Congratulations on doing so well with your stuff on Ebay. Things always seem to work out. Hope you get your insulin under control soon. You did mention the problem with your eyes to the doctor, I hope? Love you Willow, so you take care of you. emoticon
    2957 days ago
  • TRACY180
    A great thing about memories is that we can keep them and share them all through our lives (except if altheimers or some other dementia takes them away from us).
    2957 days ago
  • TANZAR2002
    Great Blog , we really don't appreciate our lives to know how rich we really are, thanks for the journey on your memory lane. May God continue blessing your life.
    2957 days ago
    Hi Willow, giving you a Happy Thursday shout right BACK! Wish I could bring some apple butter over and share it with you....we ALWAYS have apple butter in the refrigerator -- it holds the same memories for me as it does for you! The difference is that my mom used to MAKE her apple butter, but I get MINE at the store in a jar labeled "Smuckers!" Haha. It is still pretty good. Sending hugs and lots of prayers your way as you try to figure your eye issue out!! Oh, and by the way, I feel the same way you do about deer meat. ICK!
    2957 days ago
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