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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Psalms 77:19


"Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known." - Psalms 77:19

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September Resolutions Recap



Every month now I participate in monthly resolutions.  It is a way to publicly hold myself accountable to goals I create for myself each month.  The idea is credited to She Learns As She Goes, visit her blog!  She creates a link up party for us all to keep in contact and cheer each other on.  If you are interested in joining in, feel free.

This past month's Spiritual Resolution was to focus on the first Fruit of the Spirit: Love. Tenth Avenue North has a new song called, "Losing".  The chorus has a line, "This is love, this is hate, we all have a choice to make."  Love is a choice.  It is not a feeling.  The song gives me chills.  Click the link below to be taken to the official music video.

"Losing" by Tenth Avenue North

Another song which hit home for me this past month is "The Proof of Your Love" by For King and Country. It talks about loving with the love of God and Jesus Christ.  The song has portions of I Corinthians 13, one of my verses for the month.  Click the link below to hear an acoustic version of the song they performed for the K-LOVE radio station.

"The Proof of Your Love" by For King and Country

My mental goal for the month of September was to read three books related to my field and to post one blog/tweet per week.  While I did read all three books, I did not post one thing all month.  I did brainstorm one blog.  I just never felt I could phrase my concepts correctly.  I am a perfectionist at heart and instead of trying and failing, I wait.  Failure is just what happens before success though, right?  Next month, I will renew the mental goal of posting, except it will be to post ONCE on the business blog.

My emotional resolution for September was to find healthier ways to channel my aggression.  I do not feel I lived up to this resolution either.  It is still hard for me to process my anger quickly.  When something bad happens I tend to dwell on it.  It negatively influences my interactions with family members and friends.  I do not want to be a slave to my emotions.  I want to separate being upset about a single event from the rest of my great life.  My loved ones shouldn't have to suffer from a situation when they are not the source.  I do feel like I learned more about myself this month.  Does that deserve a B? ;)

My physical resolution for September went a lot better than the August resolution.  No, I did not meet the 3.5 hour mark, but I met my goal 75% of the way.  It helps when my friends and family chip in and keep me company.  I did visit Planet Fitness, but mainly nature was my gymnasium!

Spiritual:  A

Mental:  B

Emotional:  B

Physical:  C

This fall I do not have school, so these resolutions are fun activities to accomplish each month.  I'm debating about branching out, having more than four resolutions per month, and doing a weekly or bi-weekly update.


  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Six

Amber.  Robert’s little sister.  She was now a sophomore at a Massachusetts’ college. She didn’t seem sad or angry for my intrusion.  She didn’t even ask why.  My questions about Robert were not able to be answered.  She was only ten when Robert was stricken. I asked about her mom and Dr. Jones.

“He won’t marry mom and she used to be very angry, but lately she seems resolved to her fate.  She kept Robert’s room the same, even against his professional opinion.  She called me last week to say she went in for the first time since she locked it up all those years ago.

“As her daughter, do you believe it would be too much for me to contact her?”

“It seems like perfect timing.”

Katherine’s message machine was short and I left an even shorter message.  I sounded nervous, stammering out my words.  She called back and sounded reassuring.  She did have a daughter my age.  She sounded very unlike how her ex-husband described her. She invited me over when I told her I was involved in Robert’s care.

Did you miss any of the last installments?

Links Below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

I'm open to any and all criticism.  Please comment with your suggestions.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pancakes with Peaches and Cream

Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things to make and eat!

Tonight we had pancakes with peaches and cream, extra thick bacon, and eggs.

Pancake recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour
6 tsp baking powder
2 tbs sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
2 1/4 cups milk
1/4 vegetable oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Then stir in the liquids to the dry.  Do not over stir!  You want to see lumps in the batter.

Lumpy batter is better batter.


Make sure the pan is hot.  One recipe I read mentioned to see if water "dances" on the skillet.  Pour on the batter and make sure it is thin, otherwise your pancake may not cook all the way through.  When it turns brown, flip!


Mmmm...bacon...  Have you read about the bacon shortage expected next year?  It is terrible!  We need to eat all the bacon we can while we can!


One way to tell if your pancake is ready to be flipped?  If there are bubbles forming!


I decided to cook the eggs in the same pan as the bacon with the grease.


While I'm not a huge fan of canned fruits/veggies, it is easier than peeling peaches for my recipe.  Aluminum is not healthy for you, but these cans are coated with something...plastic?  Who knows if that's any better for you...


My camera started acting up, but luckily I was able to snap this picture of the whole plate. Want to come over for dinner?  We have plenty of leftovers, because we could only finish one pancake each!  There are three more left.

  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Excited!



Two days till Switchfoot!  I'm so excited!  It has been years since I have seen Switchfoot live.  They came to the New York State Fair in Syracuse 2009.  Now I'm seeing them in Syracuse again with my Joe.  He has never seen them perform.  He will be in for a treat. Switchfoot knows how to perform.

  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rose Petals by Sak



Rose petals
Once flowered
Now dry with age
Delicate as memories
Represent past felicities
Why keep?
In a jar, on a shelf
Collecting dust
and bitterness
As only memories do

Rose petals
Concrete evidence of past truths
What might have been
Beautiful like memories


  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Storm Chases Us


Saturday evening, my dad, sister, and I went out grocery shopping.  When we left the parking lot, the sky looked ominous.  We had very little time before a torrential downpour.  Driving towards home, we noticed the ground wasn't wet.  We thought we had escaped, but we just happened to be driving faster than the storm was traveling.  The deluge happened as soon as we walked through the door of our second stop.  Our second load of groceries were soaked.


 These geese knew what was coming, they took off honking, right before it started raining.


I don't know how this happened.  My camera thought the clouds would look better pink!

Even though we were soaked, it was a bit of an adventure.  No thunder, no lightning, just rain!  We came home and ate pizza.  Yum.

  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Isaiah 25:4



"For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall." - Isaiah 25:4

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Walk in the Park


A friend and I decided to visit the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve.  It was a beautiful day.  The weather was gorgeous.  It is feeling more and more like fall.  We walked for a good two hours.  The trail was a little hard to follow after a while.  The brush was growing in all around us. We saw many creatures, including a red dragonfly.  Too bad the camera couldn't focus on him. He was too tiny and intricate.  At one point on the trail, there was a heaping pile of horse manure on the trail.  Yuck!  I wonder if they make a pooper scooper large enough for a horse...  Later, we saw hoof prints in the mud.  We never saw the horse and it's rider though.  There was a spot where you could picnic by the water's shore.  It would be fun to return with a brunch.  Enjoy the following pictures of nature.

Bird's nest.


Can you see the thorn?  The thorns were monstrous.

Cat tails.


Aren't the above turtles adorable?  There were three, but I couldn't fit all three in the shot.  Just as I was about to take another picture, they fell into the water in unison!



Toadstools!



Pond scum.






Dock.




Milkweed.


This frog was brave.  He let the both us get quite close to photograph him.  Isn't he beautiful?


Indigenous metal bird.





This heron was far, about out of reach for my camera's zoom.  We saw him twice earlier on the walk, but he flew off before we could take his picture.  The second time, he let out a honk as if sternly telling us to get off his lawn.

  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Five

Robert’s eyes intensified when I walked into the room.  I hissed under my breath, “I know you can talk.  I spoke with your father.”  When I looked at him, his eyes glowered; a dark shadow fell over his visage.  A man may be able to control all facial features, but the eyes themselves give away the thought.  Was he only a boy?  Who was this boy?

“Why?” I barely whispered.

He blinked and the catatonic stare returned.

It would be wrong to contact his mother.  She couldn’t handle his condition.  She couldn’t even visit her only son.  So I set my sights on her therapist.  He was the only Dr. Jones in this county.  He practically screamed privileged over the phone.  The secretary asked me to meet her for lunch at a small diner.

She told me she would deny everything.  She asked if I was recording our conversation.  She explained away her involvement, saying she could really use the money.

“Please, just tell me what you know.”

She explained she hears everything through the paper thin walls of the office.  “He convinces lonely beautiful woman to leave their rich husbands for him.  He is very persuasive and the women are gullible.  Mrs. Moss is no exception.  It took much longer for her to leave Patrick, but Robert’s stroke gave her permission, Dr. Jones only too willingly pointed out to her.”

“How many women are there?”

“He is actively treating about a dozen women.”

That’s all she had time to reveal.

My aunt and uncle wanted to know what I was up to everyday.  I knew mother had called to check in and they had nothing to tell her.  They recommended finding a summer job, another mother clue.  When I told them I was volunteering at the hospital, they only to eagerly dropped the work idea and smiled.  It was a great answer for my mother’s questions.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Comfort Food

Sometimes, after a long hard day at work, you need a little comfort.  It's getting chilly at night and all I want is some warm noodles covered in cheese!  Warning: This is not healthy food night.

Say what?!


Thanks Dad for the yummy recipe!

How to make the cheese sauce:

Melt:
3 Tablespoons Butter
1.5 Tablespoons Corn Starch

Stir!

Add:
1 1/2 cups Milk slowly
1 1/2 cups Cheese

Stir!

It will look like this...mmm...


Once the cheese is all melted and the sauce has thickened, add it to 1 lb cooked Macaroni.


Steam shot!


Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for twenty minutes.

Yes, those are sliced hot dogs in the mac and cheese.

What do you add to your mac and cheese?  We had some leftover hot dogs, so I threw them it at the last minute.  They added some flavor to the dish.


Tomorrow I will go back to making healthy eating choices.*


  
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