Sunday, August 26, 2012

Life Lessons We Should Learn

We all need to read this - at least once a week.  Please make sure you read to the end,

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good..
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15.. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words : 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

My contribution...
If you always worry about what others think,
 you end up believing their opinion is more important than your own.

I had several "light-bulb moments", did you?
Friends are the family that we choose and I wanted to share this with you.

Happiness on your journey - it is yours to make.

copied from "Shade tree Quilting"

Thursday, August 16, 2012


what do you do with 20 pounds of onions?

I diced up 8 pounds 
added some red peppers
Boil down...
BWB for 15 minutes

sweet onion/pepper relish

we picked a 5 gallon bucket of jalapenos,
aren't they pretty...
dice, (I did clean these, even though some seeds did get in)
 add vinegar and sugar.
boil down...
BWB for 10 minutes

sweet/hot jalapeno relish

Note: the second batch we added some onions too.
because did I mention we had 20 pounds!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

We've been busy...

Baby sitting... Lillie is our baby...



cutting bushes on the south fence row.
Some had died from last years drought
and they were really overgrown with thorny vines.

Canning...peach butter on Pioneer Woman's Cornmeal Pancakes.
Only I added 2 tablespoons lemon juice to 
the milk to make Cornmeal Buttermilk pancakes.
Kenneth said they were the best pancakes I've ever made,
after 36 years, they were awesome.

also canned fresh tomato sauce and roasted tomato, onion, garlic sauce.
We also made 15 quarts baked beans.