Friday, September 18, 2009

Summer is Fading,

Fall is Fast Forwarding,

Soon it will Frost

lling us all with

Fantastic harvest Fun.

Are not these flowers the epitome of the fall season! While at Food Lion last Saturday, I saw the pot of flowers and thought these just "speak Fall" to me! So in the buggy they leaped. And I was so full of happiness to be taking home a bit of Fall beauty.

While shopping, several other shoppers remarked on the beauty of the flowers. So therefore my joy was compounded.

Now the extra measure of joy will be played out next year when (or should I say IF!) these beauties return to bloom again in their Fall splendor. We shall see and only time will tell.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Who among us?

Who among us is not in need of forgiveness? I ask, have you not offended someone you love? Have you not slighted someone who is not “like” you? Have you not acted in a superior way to someone with whom you work or with whom you come in contact on a regular basis? Have you not been unforgiving to someone who has asked forgiveness? Have you not forgiven someone who has hurt or slighted you and has yet to ask for your forgiveness? Do we not need to forgive seventy times seven? Truly is there a limit to the times or the degree of forgiveness we need to forgive?

Who among us is not in need of asking God’s forgiveness for some act or inaction on our own part? Who among us has not slighted God? Who among us has not acted as though we don’t need His, our Saviour’s, forgiveness?

Mark 11:25. . . .
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

King James Bible
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

American Standard Version
And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Matthew 18….21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Little things that help you save....

  • Laundry your clothes in COLD water. Most of the time cold water and liquid soap will clean the clothes fine. You save on heating the water.
  • Hang clothes to dry. You can do this inside on coat hangers from the shower rod for small wearables. Use a dryer rack for undies and such. Line dry sheets, etc. outside. Drying clothes inside the house during the winter will generate moisture in the air which makes a lower-set heat more comfortable and also is better for your breathing.
  • Use fans to circulate air during the hot weather. You can tolerate a higher set thermostat for your air conditioning if the air is moving. Floor fans, and ceiling fans work for this.
  • Avoid eating much sugar during hot weather. Your body converts the sugar into fuel which your body goes into gear to burn. So you start getting warmer.
  • During the winter, cook moisture generating soups, etc. to heat the house. Bake to heat the house.
  • During the summer, cook large batches that need long cooking. Rewarm these meals quickly in microwave. The pre-cooked meals are convenient and one-cooking time uses the heat for several meals. During hot weather, the one-cooking time heats up only once saving on your AC and also saving on the fuel to cook. Microwaves are great for no-heat cooking.
  • Cook up a batch of boiled chicken. Make chicken salad. Freeze meal portions of cooked chicken for other uses - salads, tacos, casseroles, quick-stir frys.
  • Remember, to eat cold meals on hot days.
  • Eat hot meals on cold days.
(And do forgive me if I have already shared this information with you. Someone elsewhere was interested, so I decided that you folks that like to Chat With Vera might, too.)

. . .and... the season to be sick hasn't even hit yet!

What in the world is going on? First the back goes out in early July. And you all know what a pain that can be (pun intended!)! Then in late July something closely akin to "flu" hits! I recover somewhat from both (therapy on back) and whamo!!!!! Something closely akin to "flu/common cold" hits! Down for the count - again!

Now folks, this is not fun and this is not good! I surely hope it is not a foretaste of dire things to come with the onset of seasonal flu and (Yikes!) H1N1. I work in a school and there is so much hand sanitizer being used and Clorox disinfectant spray being applied to desks, etc.

Well, we'll just wait and see. I am trying to be optimistic and think on the "mild flu season" side of reasonable thought. Of course, we already have one of those dread stomach bugs migrating through the school.