love has nothing to do with being admired ~ Rumi

December 7, 2021

picture of the day

August 4, 2021

Very little grows on jagged rock
be ground, be crumbled
so wildflowers will come up
where you are

~ Rumi

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stigmatizing the unvaccinated is dead wrong: Clever Journeys

you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t take that chance

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A vegan said to me that people who sell meat are disgusting.

I said people who sell fruits and vegetables are grocer.

Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment.

~ Alan Watts

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quiet on the home front . . . but I’m not complaining

weekend thoughts

December 6, 2021

It’s been a relatively quiet weekend, which is a good thing. My boyfriend went hunting with his buddy again over the weekend. He managed to bring home half a deer, which his friend shot. We had some for dinner tonight, it was delicious!!

yes, it’s 85 degrees in here!

I’m having a terrible time keeping the humidity closer to 50%. It’s still in the green, and the humidistat in the guest room, on the other end of the house, says there’s 60% humidity. When my son and I go shopping this week, I’m getting a couple more. Everything should be ok, just a precaution. Can’t be having it get too dry in here!
I have multiple containers in the wood stove room, with water in them. I had a jar of [cold] coal in a mason jar on a shelf beside the wood stove, drying out, and thought for a hot minute that it may have been the culprit. When I put the lid on and set it aside, to go downstairs in the pantry for later, the humidity came back up for a little bit, but then went right back down to around 43%. At the moment I have 7 containers with water in them placed throughout the wood stove room, all different sizes. I have house plants in every other room throughout the house, which helps with the humidity as well, and a 20-gallon fish tank in the living room. As long as the humidity is in the “good” or green range in the rooms between the wood stove and the guest room, I don’t really have much to worry about and don’t need to add more water.

It’s a never-ending struggle, it seems. In the summer, a struggle to keep the humidity down, in the winter, a struggle to keep the humidity up.

water with Holly, orange extract and cinnamon

Looks kind of nasty, I know, but it does put a slight Christmassy smell in the house! I refresh it a couple times throughout the day. Not sure how often I will replace the water, I just started with this dish on Saturday – I think. Anyway, over the weekend. I’m thinking every three days or so. It still smells good, so maybe tomorrow [Tuesday].

hibernating Morning Glory, wrapped around a birdseed plant

I’m going to see if I can’t wrap the flowering vine around the shepherd’s hook in the spring. I did pull up some fresh, green vine to wrap around it – the shepherd’s hook. The woodpeckers have finally found the feeder, and one of them loves to check out the pole and vine. Maybe some bugs will hide in the vine and the woodpecker will get it…as long as it doesn’t peck at the pole itself. Can’t have that happening!!

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Mike Rowe details real meaning of “Let’s Go Brandon” chant: daily wire

I heard your prayer.
Now trust the timing.

~ TobyMac #speaklife

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this Christmas, I wish you the very best

December 6, 2021

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy: forgiveness
To an opponent: tolerance
To a friend: your heart
To a customer: service
To all: charity
To every child: a good example
To yourself: respect

~ Oren Arnold

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“Sneaking into homes unnoticed sure is easier than it used to be.”

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“Watch yourself…
she’s a coal digger”

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Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind

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The meaning of The 12 Days of Christmas 4 & 5

December 6, 2021

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On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
4 calling birds

~ represents the four Gospels and their writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

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In the song, “gifts” help us remember the teachings of the faith
“My true love” refers to God
“Me” is every Christian
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On the 5th day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
5 golden rings

~ represents the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

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The 12 Days of Corona

In the year 2020 the pandemic gave to me

12 canceled plans
11 face masks

10 sanitizers
9 murder hornets
8 zoom calls
7 mental breakdowns
6 feet apart
5 quarantines
4 curbside pickups
3 travel restrictions
2 Karens complaining
and a massive shortage of TP

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The 8th Day

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Christmas (noun)

The only time of the year in which you can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.

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simple is beautiful

December 6, 2021

keeping it simple

August 17, 2021

“Delight in simple things
and mirth has no bitter springs.”

~ Rudyard Kipling

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Whenever there’s a big story in the media, look for the story they’re trying to distract you from.

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Mr. Hasty’s thoughts to keep you awake

The floor is secretly alive, and every time you step on it, it tastes your feet as it develops an insatiable appetite for people-eats, until one day it swallows you whole and yet somehow that will still be the best thing that ever happens to you.

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The flu kills up to 650,000 people worldwide each year.

You weren’t scared of it, because the media didn’t tell you to be.

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do what is right

December 6, 2021

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July 31, 2021

“There comes a time
when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular
but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“If we stay true to our stories and exactly who we are, on a deeper level, then the right people and circumstances will begin to effortlessly appear. There will be a certain pull, and resonance and familiarity. There will be connection. And there will be more ease.”

~ Victoria Erickson

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This year went by so fast
I didn’t get a chance to lose weight.

I see things,
I feel things,
I know things that
I have no way of knowing
Yet I know

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decking the halls with boughs of holly

December 5, 2021

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.

~ Norman Vincent Peale

So… I’m not doing a whole lot of decorating for Christmas this year. A little, but not much. I’m just not in the mood for Christmas this year. My boyfriend had asked me to put the Christmas Garden up this year, so his mother could enjoy it, and at first, I was okay with it. But as Thanksgiving got closer, and closer the more I felt like not doing it. It takes me two days to get the tree and garden up, and I just didn’t feel like doing it. The last time I set it up was in 2018… it needs to be set up again, get the trains running and all. But not this year.
Everything’s good, just don’t feel much like decorating and all that,
Here’s some older photos of the tree and garden taken throughout the years…

There are two trains on the platform. One was my mom’s from her first Christmas in 1944 – or so I’ve been told. It smokes, whistles, has a milk car that empties milk bottles onto a metal platform (you can see it beside my cat, above), dumps logs, and uncouples. The train still does all this as far as I know… the log car would dump onto the other track, so we don’t mess with it too much. When I set it up, I make sure that everything works, and that it gets “run” a few times before packing it back up. The other train set was mine and my sisters when we were growing up. Most of the houses and churches my grandfather made, having added items here and there.

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What will you tell your grandchildren?

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A little smile, a word of cheer, a bit of love from someone near, a little gift from one held dear, best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry Christmas!

~ John Greenleaf Whittier

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You may not see anything happening, but you can be assured that God is not only aware, He is at work.

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