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Posted By Sharon

Sorry I haven't written this week but it's not been a good week...or has it? :-)

It all started during the night on Saturday when I woke up with a sore throat, headache, lots of drainage and nausea.  Not a good thing because I was looking forward to Sunday.. going to worship with the church fam and it was my birthday.  But as I soon realized none of that mattered and as the night progressed I really didn't care.

As I lay sleeping (and moaning) during the next 3 days I began to think there had to be something good about all of this so here's what I came up with:

1) I could sleep as much and as long as I wanted and no one wanted to bother me. :-)

2) I could stay in my pj's all day and watch tv or read without feeling guilty.

3) Any errands that needed ran, Terry took care of them.

4) It wasn't hard watching calories....who wants to eat when you're sick?

These are a few of the positives that crossed my mind but tbh, by the time day 2 arrived, I was already sick of my new found 'freedom to be lazy' status.  So I tried to do more things and realized I had no energy or stamina so I still needed to take breaks. UGH! 

Today is day 4.  I'm hoping the antibiotics are taking hold and plan to wear 'day clothes', cook dinner (even though it's only stir fry with pre-cooked chicken), make the bed and do laundry.  At this point, this short list even looks a little ambitious. I'm tired just reading it! LOL!

Seriously, I usually set in my mind that I WILL be better within 48 hours and 9 out of 10 times that works.  This time it's not working.  It has made me think of those with serious illness or even the extreme obese who have limited (and in some cases, no) mobility.  How my heart aches.  That can't be much of a life...more like an existence UNLESS there is a change in attitude.

So today with everything I am able to do I will praise the Lord. I will praise Him for the little steps I am taking and for the precious gift of rest to 'recharge' my batteries. If you look at the top of my blog you will see Colossians favorite verse. The keyword is 'WHATEVER'! That constitutes everything I do...whether being a body of rest or one in motion.  My life belongs to the Lord.  How comforting AND how encouraging!

Have a good one!


Posted By Sharon

I've been looking around the web for healthy desserts because no matter what, I love desserts!  The catch is they must be healthy AND taste good.  I've been making healthier muffins with less sugar or substituting stevia.  I've also removed oil from recipes and added applesauce instead for moisture. Because I'm allergic to eggs, I now add 1 tsp of cornstarch + 1 tsp of water as a substitute. White flour is partially or completely replaced with whole wheat flour purchased from a Mennonite bulk foods store.  My muffin base is usually fruit we have picked ourselves or purchased fresh in the summer and preserved.  As far as calories are concerned, they are probably comparable to their less healthy counterpart.  I am watching calories but would rather have life giving  goodies going into my body instead of 'food'  which has things in it that I can't even pronounce...let alone know what they are. :-)

Back to ice cream....if you have a food processor or a Ninja (I love mine!) and bananas, you can have healthy ice cream anytime.  This is all you need to do:
1) Peel the bananas. (If large allow 1 per serving)  Cut them into 1" pieces or smaller.  Then freeze!  (Allow at least 2 hours. I froze mine overnight.)
2) Ready for ice cream?  Place the banana pieces in the food processor and well...process. :-)  You may need to stop the processor and push the pieces on the sides down.  Some people said they let their bananas sit out for about 15 minutes before processing....I didn't.  You can also add a little milk (I used almond) or coconut milk (YUM!) if you desire.
3) When it is creamy like ice cream, it's ready!
I made a dessert with mine.  I layered graham cracker crumbs (use sparingly if you're watching calories) mixed a spoonful of peanut butter with the ice cream and spread it over the crumbs, used reduced calorie whipped cream and then sprinkled nuts on top.  It was GREAT! Even Terry liked it! LOL! 

Other variations I haven't tried but found: a) Peanut butter b) Berries c) Chocolate  d) Nutella  e) Cinnamon & Vanilla f) Pineapple & Coconut.  Can't wait to try these!
Hope you enjoy this as much as I am!

Posted By Sharon

Last night I was watching the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. in an interview.  I truly appreciated how true she was to her uncle's vision for our country. When asked a question concerning what would her uncle think of where we are now if he were still alive, she really surprised me. She said he would be amazed yet greatly saddened because we were not acting in love.  She expressed with sadness the lack of value we have for life with the taking of lives of unborn children.Did you know there are more babies killed in the womb in this country every year than were U.S.soldiers killed in all wars combined?  Studies have proven most abortions are not performed for the health of the mother, birth defects or rape/incest victims. They are done because the pregnancy was inconvenient.  I believe the majority of women are truly loving, caring individuals but feel backed into a corner when this happens and it seems like ending the child's life is their only choice. Fear is what causes us to make a lot of decisions in our lives. What will people say?  How can I care for this child...I can't care for myself?  What about me....I had plans? The Bible says 'Perfect love casts out fear." That Perfect Love is Jesus & as the church, we are to be His representatives.  Love is the only way we can combat that which seems incomprehensible: the loss of innocent lives not only by guns and abuse but by choice. Dr. King was on the right track and he believed in his message so strongly, he died for it.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

“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.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“Nothing pains some people more than having to think”

“Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being 'disturbers of the peace' and 'outside agitators.' But they went on with the conviction that they were a 'colony of heaven' and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be 'astronomically intimidated.' They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest."

Thank You God for this man who brought so much light into a dark world!


Posted By Sharon

Ebay is allowing free 10 day auctions by invitation only July 13-19 so needless to say you may not hear from me much this week! :-)

When we purchased the RV, Tom Raper gave us a certificate for 30 nights free camping at a resort.  We had 30 days to contact the Resort to activate the offer. Due to everything that happened in the month of December, we never got around to it. On Friday this past week we received a call from the Resort asking us if we would be interested in activating the free camping.  Since it costs an average of $25 to camp we said, "Sure! What do we need to do?" On Saturday, we traveled 2 1/2 hours for a presentation &this is what we received for our time:

1) $50 Gas Reimbursement for our travel (We took the Focus getting 35mpg so that worked in our favor)

2) Free lunch: Quarter pound burgers with the works, chips and a drink.

3) 30 Free nights to stay at one of their Resorts: 1 in Florida, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Pennsylvania and 2 in Ohio. ($30 per night = $900)
What a bargain!

I must admit we seriously considered going for the membership.  The price was very affordable & it could be used by our entire family.  Certain Resorts could be gotten free at any time over 1000 affiliates throughout the states, Hawaii, Canada & Mexico would be $10 a night.  Cabins could be rented for $100 less per night, starting at $49 &huge discounts were offered for cruises.  It could have been a sweet deal! So why didn't we take it?

Because we didn't want to be locked in to any one place AND the membership would pass down to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What's wrong with that? Not only do you pass down the membership but you also pass down the yearly maintenance fee.  We just couldn't with good conscience do that to our children.  It's one thing to obligate ourselves but it's not right to pass our debt to them so we decided the membership was not for us.

After researching we think we'll become members of Passport America.  It's $44 a year with 1800+ campground participating.  When using the membership, you receive 50% off on nightly camping. This will give us the freedom we're looking for.

Part of the reason for purchasing the RV was to travel around, staying in certain places for longer periods of time to see if sometime in the future we might consider purchasing & later moving.  Who knows? We might travel around & decide we're content where we are but at least we'll be able to make that decision without 'mortgaging' our future.

Was there pressure at the RV place? Sure but we knew we needed to be true to our vision for our lives. So many times we as humans cave in and accept the 'vision' someone else has for us. We worry what others will think if we think differently, feeling the pressure we often 'cave in'. That's when we miss out on the greatest blessing....Being true to who God created us to be. By being who He created us to be, most times we will be marching to the beat of a Different Drummer. I can't think of a more exciting life than to be listening to the Creator of the Universe as He leads me on my journey through this life. Can you?


Posted By Sharon

A lot of buzz is going around the internet this time of year about cutting back, saving and getting out of debt.  I've also been reading some blogs concerning people's 'opinions' concerning what is being frugal and what is being cheap.  Most say being frugal is getting the best value for what you spend which may differ from one person to another.  I may like purchasing Miracle Whip ( a must have in our other brand in 35 years!) but am fine using the store brand peanutbutter (Kroger peanutbutter, that is!). On the other hand the term cheap was defned as no matter what you buy, it has to be the least expensive or free.  I personally have my own definition for being frugal because that's how I label myself. Being frugal to me means being the best steward I can be with the resources God has given me.  For example: If someone offers me 2 bushels of tomatoes for free, if I'm going to take the time to preserve them, I should accept them gladly.  But if they offer them and I know there's no way I can work preserving them into my schedule, I should refuse.  If they insist, I might take them, preserving what I can and sharing the bounty with my friends or a foodbank.  To me, that's being frugal.

Taking something just because it's 'free' is never a good thing unless you can use the product or you know someone who can.  I've watched 'Extreme Couponing' and at times have gotten disgusted seeing all the freebies people have gotten and actually say they'll probably never use them all.  For me, that's just wrong!  I love the shows where people donate their excess! Now that's being frugal in my book.

Don't get me wrong! Load up on that great bargain priced chicken when you see it if you know you will use it! Use all the coupons you can if the item will be free and it's a product you know will come in handy!  Buy markdowns for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.  Create your own gift shopping area in your home!  Just don't get so greedy that items go bad, are so far out of style you're ashamed to give them, or you know when you get them you won't use them.  Share the wealth!

Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me." Matthew 25:35-36

Now that's being frugal!

Have a super day!