Saturday, December 31, 2005

Twenty-five years of Love



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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Happy 25th Anniversary






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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Christmas Quartet



Hearing them sing together is the best Christmas present ever!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brown Thrasher



Unusual for this bird to be at the feeder, as they are *ground feeders,* usually *thrashing* about the leaves underneath bushes. Hence, the name. At any rate, I captured just this frontal view which doesnt really do justice to the actual size of this bird. Ignore the splashes on the window panes as they are above my kitchen sink and impossible to keep pristine.

I hope to capture the Carolina wren one day. He sits on the deck railing and sings his heart out: his entire body warbling with his song.

Finally remembered to post the picture of the split pea soup over on my xanga site.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Jehoida

I commend to your attention this article at Breakpoint.

Powerful!

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Work and Joy

Each day I live I thank the Lord
I do the work I love;
And in it find a rich reward,
All price and praise above.
For few may do the work they love,
The fond unique employ,
That fits them as a hand a glove,
And gives them joy.

Oh gentlefolk, do you and you
Who toil for daily hire,
Consider that the job you do
Is to your heart's desire?
Aye, though you are to it resigned,
And will no duty shirk,
Oh do you in your private mind
Adore your work?

Twice happy man whose job is joy,
Whose hand and heart combine,
In brave and excellent employ
As radiantly as mine!
But oh the weary, dreary day,
The wear and tear and irk
Of countless souls who cannot say:
'I love my work.'

Robert W. Service


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Boredom



There is no reason why you should be bored when you can be otherwise. But if you find yourself sitting in the hedgerow with nothing but weeds, there is no reason for shutting your eyes and seeing nothing, instead of finding what beauty you may in the weeds.
Emily Post


I have always thought that the statement *I'm bored* reveals more about the speaker than the situation at hand. But today I have found a tool to share (probably only with my own children) which explains precisely what to do when that phrase does run across your mind.

Friday, December 02, 2005

A Very Special Artist



Check out her work.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Pumpkin Soup

Here's yet another picture of a soup I've made this month.

I had some for lunch with brown bread.

That *wedge* in the picture was my dessert:

Brie stuffed with fig preserves and roasted, salted pecans and baked in puff pastry.


Yum!



Here's the link for the recipe.

Stay tuned for more photos because the split pea will be served next week as well as turkey noodle.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

We Gather Together



Eight adults were in the dining room. The kitchen table was set for five first cousins.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Italian White Bean and Sausage Soup




Yummy and different! Check out this recipe from Janet who is the sister of Donna. I shared this with my office friends, who gave it rave reviews.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Family Poetry

Absence

With leaden foot Time creeps along
While Delia is away:
With her, not plaintive was the song,
Nor tedious was the day.

Ah, envious Pow'r! reverse my doom;
Now double thy career,
Strain ev'ry nerve, stretch ev'ry plume,
And rest them when she's here!

Richard Jago
English Cleric
1715 - 1781

Wonder if we're related?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Magnolia


I would like to plant a magnolia in my back yard. Click on the time to tell me about a favorite tree in your yard.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Turkey Stock

Today I am slow-roasting a turkey. I know it's a little early. Thanksgiving is still five days hence. But I will need the stock. So, after pulling all the meat off the bones this evening, I will freeze the meat for later use. I will put all the bones and skin in a large (8qt) stock pot and add two carrots, one very large white onion, two stalks celery, a clove of garlic, a few peppercorns, and enough water to cover all that. After bringing it to a boil, I will reduce the heat and let in simmer four hours with the lid cocked. After it cools downs a bit, I will drain the stock, toss out the bones/skins etc, and place the remaining liquid in the refrigerator to chill. The next day, I will skim the hardened fat off the top of the stock and relish in the taste of homemade turkey stock.

Now you are wondering what I will do with that stock. I need at least six cups for the cornbread dressing and four cups for the pearl onion gravy. Oh, and six cups for the pumpkin soup. That only leaves a bit for turkey noodle soup or turkey tetrazzini, two of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Thanksgiving Blessings

Today I made two dozen of these treats. Plus I roasted some Georgia pecans for the upcoming holidays.

Fun website for stirring up creative and organizational juices.

How ready are you for next Thursday?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Luci Shaw

Onlookers

Behind our shield of health, each
of us must sense another's anguish
second-hand; we are agnostic
in the face of dying. So Joseph
felt, observer of the push
and splash of birth, and even Mary,
mourner, under the cross's arm.

Only their son, and God's,
in bearing all our griefs
felt them first-hand, climbing
himself our rugged hill of pain.
His nerves, enfleshed, carried
the messages of nails, the tomb's
chill. His ever-open wounds
still blazon back to us the penalty
we never bore, and heaven
gleams for us more real,
crossed with that human blood.

Wow! Have you ever had a poem grab the the first time you read it? To me it usually takes reading over and over to comprehend most poems. Furthermore, there is a Flannery O'Connor quote after the title in the book where I found Onlookers.

Sickness is a place...where there's no company, where nobody can follow.

Suffice it to say that I am praying for those who are ill and infirm today.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Hillsdale in the News

Wish I could have been at this dinner party.

Kudos to Michael Sessions

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Isaiah's Job

Albert Jay Nock is the author of a very insightful article written in 1936. Carmon mentions it. And to you, I commend it as well.

Be encouraged :)

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Integration

In the second to the last paragraph of Mrs. Schaeffer's chapter entitled *Integration,* she states: 'This true integration comes only when man is integrated with the Trinity.'

I am mildly intrigued by Rosa Parks

O Lord, help me to see people the way You do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quick Tortellini and Spinach Soup


2 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 large onion, minced
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
13 Cups chicken broth
13 oz spinach/cheese tortellini
30 oz crush tomatoes, packed in puree
10 oz fresh spinach, coarsely chopped



Heat olive oil in large stop pot over medium high heat. Sautee onion and garlic, until translucent. Add herbs. Stir well. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in tortellini. Simmer 10-12 mins until tortellini is cooked. Stir in tomatoes and simmer another 5 mins. Add spinach. Cover and turn off heat.

Ladle soup into warm bowls and top liberally with grated parmesan cheese.


This was sooooo easy and sooooo yummy on our first very cool night of Fall. Click time to comment :)

Mrs. Schaeffer's quote for the day:
*Food and meal-times shared have always been thought of as a closer kind of communication than simply talking to people, without eating together.*

Monday, October 24, 2005

Color and Organization

This post is actually a test of my ability to add pictures to my site. You're looking at a book shelf in my office and the canvas baskets are a tool to help with organization. A before picture would really add to the explanation. Not sure if I have one. This Fall has seen some accomplishment in weeding out the unnecessary clutter. Click on the time to comment on one area where you have succeeded in organization!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Dana

Bold : Irish


Charming, witty, original and idealistic you have a creative and inventive mind with great intuition. Your broad vision, perceptive powers and compassion gives you an instinctive understanding of peoples needs. You are a natural leader who has a talent for inspiring and teaching others and always display fairness, honesty and integrity. You are always seeking a new challenge for your vast creative potential.


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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Dessert

One Marble Brownie
Scoops, Breyers Coffee Ice Cream
Drizzle, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

Enjoy after a long day of cleaning, scrubbing, and re-organizing.

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Friday, September 30, 2005

Chicken Ritz

Dip boneless, skinless chicken breasts in melted butter. Then dredge in a crumb mixture which is made from 1 lb of Ritz Crackers crumbled and stirred with 1/2 cup grated Parmeson Cheese.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes on foil-lined baking sheet in an oven which has been preheated to 325.



Planned-over meal from this recipe: Homemade Chick Fil-A Sandwich

On a fresh bun, layer mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickle before adding warm 1/4 chicken breast. Serve with chips and coleslaw.




Many moons ago, this chicken was served with a sauce, which I never prepare now. But for the sake of posterity, here it is - 1 can condensed mushroom soup and 8 oz sour cream. Stir together and warm over low heat.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

News Flash

The most important thing that one can do this week is sit under and listen to the preaching of the Word of God. What was proclaimed in the sermon you heard this morning?

Despite the fact that I heard lectures all weekend from some of the most important Christian theologians/preachers/evangelists in the US, despite the fact that a Supreme Court nominee is being questioned for his *fitness*, despite the fact that two of my daughters participated in the GSU Honor Chorus this weekend, NOTHING surpassed the sermon I heard on the exposition of the Word of God, found in Amos.

Pray that in this time of famine of sound hearing and preaching, which represents God's judgment on our apostate culture, that many more would be convicted not only to hear and but also to preach.

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Labor Day*s*

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. Exodus 20:9

Dont get me wrong; I love Monday holidays...no mail to sift through. But do turn your attention to Chuck Colson's commentary today. Be mindful that being *able* to work six days and rest on the seventh is a blessing.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Spurgeon

*But wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in Him; for unfaithful, untrusting waiting, is but an insult to the Lord.* Morning 8/30

I despise the thought that I could be labeled unfaithful, untrusting, or insulting to my Savior. But in fact, I have acted as such. Forgive me, Lord.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Eureka

Used to express triumph upon finding or discovering something.

I am so tickled that I thought to wear a pair of 20 year old glasses, while I work on my computer. Now I can see without holding my bifocals at a crazy angle!

Let me explain. Ordinarily I wear contacts: one for distance and one for close-up for the entire day. Also, I own a pair of prescription bifocals, which I wear for approximately one hour in the early morning and one hour in the evening. But I have noticed that the bifocal glasses are not comfortable to wear while working on the computer. If I take them off completely, the screen is a blur. If I wear just a set of reading glasses, the screen is still a blur. Hmmm What about those very old glasses in which the distance prescription is too weak. TaaDaa!

Are you impressed that I could find those *old* glasses. What a pack rat!!

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Sermon Recap

*Lead me not into temptation* Part Two was today's sermon topic. This is the sixth petition in the Lord's Prayer. I know I have studied this prayer before: when I was very young and memorized it; when I was catechized as a teenager; once in a Ladies Bible Study; with my children; and now under the care of a very fine teaching elder. Just last week at a funeral when the congregation prayed this together, the words were felt even more deeply.

When I say those five words, I am asking the Lord to 1)keep me from temptation (keep me from caving in) ref John 17:15; 2)keep me strong in the face of temptation (make me aware of Your presence immediately) ref John 17:11 and 3)recover me (sanctify) quickly from the effects of temptation ref John 17:17

Hear the Word of the Lord!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Favorite Quote

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.


I have lots of favorites, but this one came to mind rather quickly when I was reading Donna's Friday Feast.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Garlic Cream Cheese















8 oz cream cheese (softened to room temp)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 lg cloves garlic, pressed

Mash together all ingredients. I use a potato masher :)

Serve as sandwich spread; it especially enhances tomato sandwiches or BLTs.

Or serve as cheese spread with crackers or melba toast.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Fourth Petition:Daily Bread


Our pastor is working through a series of sermons on The Lord's Prayer.

The indepth study is fascinating, always capturing my attention.

As we are contemplating *Give us this day our daily bread", we are reminded of Luther's Smaller Catechism explanation of this *bread*


Everything that belongs to the support and wants of the body, such as meat, drink, clothing, shoes, house, homestead, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful magistrates, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

That is some multi-grain nutrition packed bread....unlike the white bread flavor delivered from most pulpits today....and served at most dinner tables.

Today I praise God the bountiful mercies he has displayed on me and my family in the form of daily bread. Amen and Amen

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Slow and Steady
Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.

They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.

It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment.

They expect you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then usually decide against it.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Pictures

See the family on my daughter's xanga site dated June 22, 2005

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Check out the meaning of my name.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Were you wondering?





You Have A Type A- Personality



A-





You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds




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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Father's Day Menu 2005

Marinated Steak Salad
Pesto Pasta
Steamed Cauliflower
Herb Rolls

Merlot/Iced Tea

Chocolate Pie


There will be nine of us around the dining room table after church. We will tell a favorite story about our fathers. The *celebration* started early in the week by serving favorite meals: 1)BBQ ribs, steamed cabbage, corn on cob 2)Boiled Shrimp, Spinach Salad (mangoes&mushrooms) 3)Pizza Night 4)Movie Night (popcorn&Batman) 5)Favorite B'fast: French Toast & Bacon.

What do you do when the way to your man's heart is NOT through the stomach?

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day Feast

Grilled Babyback Pork Ribs w/BBQ Sauce
Black Bean Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Coleslaw
French Bread

Iced Tea
Margaritas

Rice Krispie Treats

We open and close our summer with this traditional meal. Part of the celebration is spending all afternoon grilling. Sure, there is probably a faster way to cook the ribs (parboiling), but then you'd miss all the *visitin* (sharing memories). See my Xanga site.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Be Thou My Vision

The girls sang this anthem for church today. G started them out (soprano solo); then all four unison; then an soprano/alto verse; ending with a three part verse (SAT) Wish you could have heard them.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art--
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son,
Thou in my dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Rule of all.

Irish hymn (8th Century)
attributed to St Patrick

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Mrs. Schaeffer

My blog is named after her wonderful book. And this week Ravi Zacharias's e-zine is honoring those who have gone before us. Take a moment to read this article and be inspired.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Family Dinner

Grilled Salmon with Honey Glaze
Steamed Spinach with Mushrooms &Garlic
Steamed Yellow Corn on the Cob
Chiabatti
Glen Ellen Chardonnay

Sooo yummy. All four daughters helped prepare this meal. The dinnertable conversation was priceless. I highly recommend eating together. Afterwards we had a mini art show, as dd#2 had several paintings framed and so, we ooohhhed and aaaahhhhed.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Wedding Day Brunch Menu

Southern Grits Casserole
Fruit Salad
Sweet Rolls
Croissants
Shaved Ham
Chicken Nuggets
Broccoli Salad

Mimosas
Bloody Marys
Coffee

Brownies
Lemon Squares

Had a wonderful time preparing this menu for sixty guests. We had enough leftovers for another meal! That's what makes hostessing worthwhile.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Pimento Cheese
















White Sharp Cheddar Cheese, 18 oz grated (Cabot)
Diced Pimentos, drained (canned veggie aisle - usually) 9 oz
Garlic, freshly pressed -  two cloves
Sweet Onion, finely grated - one heaping tablespoon
Mayonnaise (no sugar - look for Duke's) - probably a full cup, but start with 2/3 C and add until mixture stirs easily (that will make it easier to spread when chilled)

Call me if you have any problems.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Marriage Blessing

O God of love, Thou hast established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Thine was the plan, and only with Thee can we work it out with joy. Thou hast said, "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a help meet for him." Now our joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens now are halved, for when we share them, we divide the load.

Bless this man. Bless him as provider of nourishment and raiment, and sustain him in all the exactions and pressures of his battle for bread. May his strength be her protection, his character her boast and her pride, and may he so live that she will find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.

Bless this woman. Give her kindness that will make her great. Give her a deep sense of understanding and a great faith in Thee. Give her that inner beauty of soul that never fades, that is found in holding fast the things that never age.

Teach them that marriage is not living merely for each other; it is two uniting and joining hands to serve Thee. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the other things shall be added unto them.

May they not expect that perfection of each other that belongs alone to Thee. May they help each other in their weaknesses, be swift to praise each other's points of comeliness and strength, and see each other through a lover's kind and patient eyes.

Now, Gracious Lord, bless them and develop their characters as they walk together. Give them enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in Thine, and enough success to make them sure they walk with Thee.

May they never take each other's love for granted, but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, "Out of all this world you have chosen me!"

When life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then, as now, hand in hand, still thanking God for each other. May they serve Thee happily, faithfully, together, until at last, one shall lay the other into the arms of God.

This we ask through Jesus Christ, great lover of our souls. Amen

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Soapbox

Why We Chose The Heiskell School
March 22, 2005


Before I answer the “assigned question,” let me first thank you all for being here tonight. I suspect that you, committee members, have “volunteered” for service with SACS and I commend you for such a sacrificial way of spending your limited “free” time. Expending energy to improve education in Georgia is a grand way to place a stake in the future. I want to thank The Heiskell School for participating in the accreditation process. Submitting to this type of peer review is what makes you stand head and shoulders above others.

So, why did Ken and Dana Jago choose The Heiskell School? Precisely because it was SACS accredited! Honest! In a nutshell, about 18 years ago, when it came time to seek a partner in rearing our girls in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and it came down to choosing between Christian School A and Christian School B, the deciding factor was SACS accreditation, which Heiskell has maintained for many years.

But if I can hope for your attention for just a bit longer, I would like to answer an additional question – and that is, “Why did we continue to send our children to The Heiskell School for sixteen years?

In these days of micromanagement, parents have succumbed to micromanaging their children’s schooling as well. But here at Heiskell, we parents don’t have to micromanage. Our four daughters (God’s Most Valuable Players) were successful here and have continued to achieve success through their high school and college years precisely because Heiskell remains committed and steadfast to their foundational goal of training up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6) Education has been their business and excellence their standard. Their mission “to glorify God” is clear.

(Story about PTFs? And hearing the commitment/mission reiterated.)

Training a child is a long row to hoe. It is an act of faith, and therefore, somewhat difficult to explain. But I can offer a practical answer in the three R’s. And those are not reading, writing, and arithmetic. They are remembrance, recognition, and realization.

As promised in John 14, the Holy Spirit continually reminds Ken and me of God’s commands and Jesus’ teachings. He makes us remember many of the things that the Bible says and the Bible speaks about everything. We wanted our children to remember the things of the Bible, too (Deut 6:5-6). At The Heiskell School our children were taught continually what God’s Word says about whatever situation they might face, which He has brought back to their remembrance time and time again, especially now that they are older and into their teenaged years. This is why we chose a Christian school as our partner.

Then we recognized that Biblical principles (teachings and commands) were taught at The Heiskell School, where all subjects are taught from God’s point of view. It is a Biblical worldview. It’s not just math, science, and history with a few Bible verses thrown in. We recognized that Heiskell teachers know and serve the Lord. We recognized an atmosphere here that is protected by God because it is devoted to His will. These things are only recognized with spiritual eyes (I Cor 2:12)

Finally, we were able year after year to realize our educational goals at The Heiskell School. This was not a quick process. It involved the completion of one day at a time, one school year at a time. This might be a good time to tell you that we live 30 miles away from Heiskell, so each year we really did count the cost. We had realization that our decision was right because we saw our daughters growing in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:40). Through thick and thin, we were encouraged to keep our commitment to Christian schooling by both the teachers and the administrators, in addition to fellow parents.

Indeed, by using the Bible as the standard of excellence, by employing born again believers to teach knowledge from God’s perspective and by instilling Christian character traits as model behavior, The Heiskell School has been our faithful partner as Ken and I continue to prepare our children for a life of earthly service to their heavenly master. I look forward to their being able to make wise judgments for their own families and exercise dominion as Christian leaders in the 21st century.


Thank you.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

What Life Have You?

What life have you if you have not life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of GOD.
Even the anchorite who meditates alone,
For whom the days and nights repeat the praise of GOD,
Prays for the Church, the Body of Christ incarnate.
And now you live dispersed on ribbon roads,
And no man knows or cares who is his neighbor
Unless his neighbor makes too much disturbance,
But all dash to and fro in motor cars,
Familiar with the roads and settled nowhere
Nor does the familiy even move about together,
But every son would have his motorcycle,
And daughters ride away on casual pillions.

Much to cast down, much to build, much to restore;
Let the work not delay, time and the arm not waste:
Let the clay be dug from the pit, let the saw cut the stone,
Let the fire not be quenched in the forge.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
American-born poet and Noel laureate
From *The Rock*

Monday, February 21, 2005

Address Change

I've been feeling a little ornery these days. Please accept my apologies, if I have hurt your feelings. This poem is one I learned when my children were younger. I am relearning it today.


I knew a woman whose name was Horner
Who used to live on Grumble Corner;
Grumble Corner in Crosspatch town
And she never was seen without a frown.

She grumbled at this, and she grumbled at that,
She growled at the dog. She growled at the cat.
She grumbled at morning. She grumbled at night.
And to grumble and growl was her chief delight.

She grumbled so much at her husband that he
Began to grumble as well as she.
And all the children, wherever they went,
Reflected their parents' discontent.

If the sky was dark and betokened with rain,
Then Mrs. Horner was sure to complain.
And if there was not a cloud about,
She grumbled because of a threatened drought.

Her meals were never to suit her taste--
She grumbled at having to eat in haste.
The bread was poor, or the meat was tough--
Or else she hadn't had half enough.

No matter how hard her husband would try
To please his wife, with scornful eye
She'd look around and then with a scowl
At something or other she'd begin to growl.

One day as I walked down the street,
My old acquaintance I chanced to meet;
Whose face was without the look of care
And the ugly frown that had drifted there.

"I may be mistaken" perhaps I said
As after saluting I turned my head!
"But it is, and it isn't the Mrs. Horner
Who used to live on Grumble Corner."

I met her next day and I met her again;
In melting weather and in pelting rain.
When stocks were up, and when stocks were down,
But a smile, somehow, had replaced the frown.

It puzzled me much, and so one day,
I seized her hand in a friendly way and said,
"Mrs. Horner, I'd like to know
What can have happened to change you so?"

She laughed a laugh that was good to hear;
For it told of a conscience, calm and clear.
And she said with none of her old-time drawl,
"Why I've changed my residence, that is all.

"Yes," said Horner, "It wasn't healthy on Grumble Corner"
And so, I've moved; t'was a change complete,
"And you will find me now
On Thanksgiving Street."

Thursday, February 17, 2005

For the lovers of Almond Flavoring

Plantation Almond Tea

3 family sized tea bags steeped in 8C boiling water for 15 mins. Sweeten with 1.5 to 2 C sugar. Stir until all of sugar is dissolved. Add 1/2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, and 1 tsp pure almond extract (no imitations, please!) Add cold water to make one gallon (about 7 more cups). Serve over ice with a sprig of mint.

Lately I have been enjoyed Bigelow's English Breakfast Tea. It's better than Twinings. I drink my tea black, while I eat a banana. Yum. Or sometimes I will have a Power Bar. I like the Oatmeal Raisin ones.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Birthday Dinner

Today is Vivian's 17th birthday and here's what we're having for dinner:

Three Color Salad (basil, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella)

Pork Chops (stuffed with feta and spinach)
Risotto
Baby Bellas
Asparagus
Italian Merlot

Chocolate Fudge Cake a la Cheesecake Factory

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Jehovah Tsidkenu
by Robert Murray McCheyne
Scottish Presbyterian Minister

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to soothe or engage,
Isaiah's wild measure and John's simple page;
But e'en when they pictured the blood sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu - 'twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see--
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Savior must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free--
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! My treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne'er can be lost;
In Thee I shall conquer by flood and by field
My cable, my anchor, my breastplate and shield!

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death
This watchword shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life's fever my God sets me free
Jehovah Tsidkenu my death-song shall be.

(Tsidkenu is Hebrew for The Lord our Righteousness)

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Meditations Upon an Egg by John Bunyan

The egg's no chick by falling from the hen;
Nor man a Chrisitan, till he's born again.
The egg's at first contained in the shell;
Men, afore grace, in sins and darkness dwell.
The egg, when laid, by warmth is made a chicken,
And Christ, by grace, those dead in sin doth quicken.
The egg, when first a chick, the shell's its prison;
So's flesh to the soul, who yet with Christ is risen.
The shell doth crack, the chick doth chirp and peep,
The flesh decays, as men do pray and weep.
The shell doth break, the chick's at liberty,
The fleshhh falls off, the soul mounts up on high
But both do not enjoy the self-same plight;
The soul is safe, the chick now fears the kite.

But chicks from rotten eggs do not proceed,
Nor is a hypocrrite a saint indeed.
The rotten egg, though underneath the hen,
If crack'd, stinks, and is loathsome unto men.
Nor doth her warmth make what is rotten sound;
What's rotten, rotten will at last be found.
The hypocrite, sin has him in possession,
He is a rotten egg under profession.

Some eggs bring cockatrices; and some men
Seem hatch'd and brooded in the viper's den.
Some eggs bring wild-fowls; and some men there be
As wild as are the wildest fowls that flee.
Some eggs bring spiders, and some men appear
More venom'd than the worst of spiders are.
Some eggs bring piss-ants, and some seem to me
As much for trifles as the piss-ants be.
Thus divers eggs do produce divers shapes,
As like some men as monkeys are like apes.
But this is but an egg, were it a chick,
Here had been legs, and wings, and bones to pick.

Touche. See Carmon's blog Feb 5 entry for context.


Monday, January 31, 2005

El Jaleo after Sargent























Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ice Storm

No one is going anywhere around here today. We are *iced in* That's what happens in the Atlanta area. More than snow, ice is the cause for school closings etc. This particular ice storm is mild. No loss of electricity, for example. Check out our conditions at my favorite weather site.

There is a possibility that my gardenia bushes will be damaged. These four foot tall bushes flanking my front door are laying flat on the ground. :(

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Another Fabulous Sermon

I am so blessed to sit under sound preaching: true exposition of Scripture where Christ is the focus, not the preacher, not the choir, not the decor.

Today's verses were Luke 9:46-50 with a fair amount mentioned from the parallel passage in Mark 10:32-45. We were taught about the nature of *greatness* by comparison and contrast with the life of the disciples (specifically James and John) with the life of Christ. The true and incomparable greatness of Jesus in light of the obvious lack of greatness in the apostles tells all.

I was particularly struck when James and John said *we are able* (Mk10:39) I chuckled and then became embarassed.

Please pray for my pastor. He has been selected to speak at our state pro-life rally to be held this Friday at the Capitol. The original speaker had to decline at the last minute because he is speaking at the Inauguration. Wow.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

More Decorating

Recently a frame was chosen for the oil painting which will be hung above the piano in the living room. The canvas is 24"x36". The frame is large and is capable of holding onto the dancer's movements, so one's head doesnt spin when entering the room.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

I took this cake to a church dinner recently and am posting the recipe for those who asked.

1 3/4 C flour
1 C boiling water
2 C sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C cocoa
1 C milk (or water)
1/2 C oil
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in boiling water. (Batter will be very thin) Pour into greased and floured 13x9x2 pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Cool 30 minutes then frost.

Frosting

1 1/2 C XXX sugar
8 T butter
3/4 C cocoa
1/3 C milk or water or coffee

Blend at high speed with whisk/beater until smooth and spreadable.

Check out an article about my cooking. Under features, click *local flavor*

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Birthday Girl

Yesterday was my youngest daughter's 15th birthday. She really has matured into quite a young lady. She has definite opinions. I like that personality trait, even if I dont always agree with them. She gave a tremendous speech at her 8th grade graduation last May, which prompted me to encourage her to take a debate class. She clued me into the Discovery Health Challenge. Might be a good way to help me stay this course.

Birthday Dinner

Roast Lamb
Steamed Asparagus
Steamed Red and Yellow Peppers
Orzo

Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Cake

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Pot Providence

Weekly after church there is a congregational dinner for those who want to stay plus visitors are always invited. I like to bring fresh vegetables, as those always seem to be in short supply.
This week I *supplied* a spinach salad (mushrooms, mandarin oranges, vinagrette); steamed carrots; brussel sprouts in lemon sauce, AND (drum roll please) homemade chocolate cake.

Today's fashion flare is a new brooch. You know, those large, gaudy looking ones that are so stylish now. Mine is full of green stones. It reminds me of my great aunt, Beulah! aka Baba. I wore it on a purple wool flannel jacket with matching pleated skirt, green apple-colored silk turtleneck, and a 35 year old silk scarf (greens, pinks, purples). Where is the digital camera when you really need one?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

New Years Day Dinner

Roast Pork
Black-eyed Peas w/ChowChow
Sweet Potatoes (no sugar,no pecans, no marshmallows!)
Collard Greens w/pepper sauce
Macaroni and Cheese (homemade)

Cornbread w/real butter
Sorghum Syrup

Tea (unsweet!)

Champagne

I am wearing black pinwale cordoruy pants with a boldly striped French blue/white blouse, accented with the black onyx/silver jewelry I received from my husband for Christmas.