Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thankful for Messy and Weird!

I am thankful my weird concoction of strange ingredients is growing like the recipe said it would.

Recently someone in my household has been diagnosed as being gluten intolerant so that means a new way of life for cooking for us. As you know, cooking is not one of my favorite pastimes but I found this baking recipe for gluten free sourdough bread and it tweaked my interest.

I bought the Garbanzo Bean Flour and the red cabbage. Has that tweaked your interest?

The first day I was to put 1 cup of Garbanzo Bean Flour with 1 cup water, scrub two outside leaves of red cabbage and put them in the flour mixture. I was to feed it every twelve hours until the tint from the cabbage started to turn the flour pink. I then have to remove the cabbage leaves and feed it every twenty four hours. After about four days it should be ready to use to bake bread. It is along the lines of Herman. Do you remember Herman?

I was doubtful. I removed the leaves on time. This concoction smells and looks weird but it is growing from my feeding. I do not yet know if this is going to work or if it is going to taste good but I do know it is growing.

I am thankful this reminds me that if we nurture and feed each other it helps us grow. We need the food of kind words, love, friendship and family and especially God to help us grow into the person we were meant to be.

If we keep feeding others and we keep being fed by others we will never stop growing in our lifetime, no matter how old we become.

If we feed the world with positive messages it might change the way the world feeds us.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bathroom Breaks or Breaks?

Bathrooms are an important part of our culture. By that I mean, we in the United States are used to having more than one bathroom in our homes. There are some homes that have more than two bathrooms. I wonder what my outhouse ancestors will say about that.

Today I am thankful that I have one working bathroom. You see, my upstairs bathroom decided it didn't like the d├ęcor in my downstairs bathroom and it decided to tell the sewer pipe in-between to burst.

My downstairs bathroom felt bad that is has to shed it's cupboards, it's wallpaper and possibly part of a wall. It's owner, me, is just happy that I still have one bathroom to use. At first, I must admit, it was panic that we would have only one bathroom.

I had to pause a moment, it just meant there would be no company for awhile. We have two people living in this house and horrors, now my husband and I have to share a bathroom.

When did we get so spoiled? When I was little we didn't even have a bathroom in my house. I was around three years old when my parents put one in.

I am thankful of reminders such as sewer breaks that help me remember how good I have it, and how blessed I am to live in this country with all its modern conveniences.

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Watch Your Balance!

Early this morning I watched three young squirrels jump from a high tree onto a wire and romp exuberantly on the wire. They were having so much fun wrestling with one another. I was amazed at their ability to balance on the electrical wire and not fall off. Their joyful romp was catchy and I found myself caught up in their joy until ......... they almost fell off.

The one that was being tossed from the hire wire held on for dear life with his feet until he was able to bring himself back on the wire. He reunited with his co-harts and they all started scampering down the wire toward where I was watching, unscathed and unfazed by their little mishap.

I watched as they scampered down the pole in front of me, and as they joyfully played with one another,r I finished my cup of coffee and  took a deep breath marveling in the beauty of the day and the joy of these tiny little creatures.

It was 6:00 a.m. and these squirrels were joyful to start another day with energy.

There are many of us that crab and complain when we wake up early. We like to sleep in. We can barely drag ourselves out of bed. Is it our bodies or our attitudes that keep us from enjoying the beauty and freshness of a new day?

I want a squirrel attitude from now on, joyful and energetic to start a new day with new happenings and new beginnings. If I lose my balance I can pick myself back up. Really, every day is a new beginning for each of us, a day to rebalance our lives. . If I try and look at it that way, then even though I have glitches and sorrows in my day I will know there will be a  new beginning in just a few hours. I can regain my balance and start all over again.

Thank you little squirrels for the joy you gave me today.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thankful I Am Thankful!

I am thankful today that I remember to be thankful.

It is easy to forget to take the time to be thankful. This week the car broke down, a toilet pipe broke between the first floor and the second floor, we almost got a traffic ticket, and we were very busy.

In the midst of all this  turmoil a family member was almost caught in a mudslide on a mountain and it reminded me that the car, the toilet pipe and the traffic ticket are minor annoyances in the bigger picture.

Family and friends are what is important. I can replace a car and a toilet pipe but I can't replace a family member. Being busy and stressed made me forget to be thankful that the toilet could have fell through the ceiling, the car could have caught fire, since it was a wiring problem, and someone could have been hurt. The police officer was doing their job to see that we are all safer on the roads. Those are all things to be thankful for. I needed to look for them and remember to find the gratitude in the midst of the stress.

God reminded me by keeping my family member safe that we need to give thanks in all things.

1 Thessalonians 5

The Message (MSG)
16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Who Are The Real Heroes in Our Lives?

Thank you for Park Rangers and rescue crews that risk their life to save others. We often take for granted those that put their life on the line for others. They work in the most difficult conditions. They work in the  midst of storms and disaster saving our family and friends. You helped someone I love yesterday.

In difficult situations these rescue crews are the answer to our prayers. Our kids grow up idolizing the famous. They want to be like the heroes in the movies or like their favorite sports star. Our kids idolize these people because those are the ones we put in the forefront all the time.

We should be constantly putting the real heroes in the media, blasting away day after day what they do, because what they do is real. We live better lives because of the silent heroes in our lives. We should tell our kids about these silent heroes and explain they are the ones they should look up to.

Thank you, we appreciate what you do. You know who you are and you know what you have done. Remember the word hero. You save lives and that is who you are.