Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today's goals:

Inventory pantry
Figure out what is left to purchase for T-day
Garage work
Possibly till the garden
Start grooming process on dog (trim/bath/clip)
Mail book/trip to P.O.
Finish reading chapter for Ladies Class
Clean kitchen table off
Unload/load dishwasher
Clean up kitchen
Sweep/mop kitchen
Sweep/mop bathroom

I'm sure there is more and that some of this will end up being done tomorrow or even Saturday :)

Romans 13 thoughts this morning.....

if we (Americans) really comprehend what it means to not resist the authority that God put in place.

Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Rom 13:2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

Does not resisting simply mean not breaking the law or does it include our speech and thoughts? Are we allowed to verbally resist simply because our American citizenship allows us freedom of speech and the opportunity to vote?

I know it's real easy to grumble and complain about the leadership of our country, state, and cities. I do it more than I feel I should. My earthly citizenship will fall away one day. Should I really invest so much energy into it? I know that some would say the key is balance, but how can we balance our duties and not forget where our true citizenship lies? From Scripture, we see that Paul didn't utilize his Roman citizenship unless it advanced the Gospel. Can we really say that involvement in American politics are advancing the Gospel?

Just thinking out loud.......

Romans 13 (ESV)

Rom 13:1  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Rom 13:2  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Rom 13:3  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
Rom 13:4  for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
Rom 13:5  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
Rom 13:6  For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
Rom 13:7  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Rom 13:8  Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:9  For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Rom 13:10  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Rom 13:11  Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
Rom 13:12  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
Rom 13:14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I inventoried the freezers (yesterday).

I can't recall how long ago it was done. I finally threw out some old frozen veggies from Sam's that we simply never would eat. I also tossed out some frozen biscuits from Schwan's. I now have room for the 4 turkeys I've bought this week. I am picking up 2 more on Wed. and probably Sat. Wal~Mart's limit is 2 per visit. I figure that I can get 2 more in the basement freezer and then 2 in the fridge freezers up here. I might buy 2 more on Sunday if I can rearrange the fridge freezers.

Turkey is a winter food here. It's so easy to get several meals out of it.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Busy day

I've been digging through the basement working on rearranging things. I have the cold storage room re-organized (as much as it gets anyway). I tossed some pantry items that were stored in the basement and put away a few items. I moved the old basement stairs door out of the way so I could begin work on the steps. I need to get rid of the dumb door. We have screws coming loose on the steps so I need to get a clear workspace and rip off carpet. They stairs are safe as the screws are 1 or 2 ways the steps are held on. Hopefully, next spring/summer, we will get a carpenter in to build new ones. For now, I play maintenance man. :D

I did 3 loads of laundry and cleaned off most of the washer and detergent shelf.

I fixed my computer desk which involved sorting bits and pieces of tools which lead to rearranging some of that stuff.

My kitchen is clean as well, including the stove top and counters which get forgotten since we bought the dishwasher.

I did the checkbook and even viewed a spending report from the bank. I didn't even know that was there until today. It was slightly depressing and encouraging at the same time. *lol*

I posted a couple of books on PBS and ordered two so that was a wash. I actually do have a few more books to list so maybe that will be better. On average, I send out 2 books a week so I'm pretty happy.

I sorted papers on my desk which is actually what made me finally fix it.

I cleaned my purse out and will probably switch to a brand new one later. When I bought the one I am using now, I bought a second one that I liked. It usually takes me months to find a new purse so when I found 2 inexpensive ones, I snagged them both. Mom understood, but my son thought I was nuts. Men! What do they know about IMPORTANT stuff. *roflol*

I've made about 30 round trips on the stairs so who knows what I will be able to do tomorrow. I am hoping to mulch & bag some leaves for my sister. She's not getting all of them, but I will do a couple/three bags.

I still need to get the recycling uptown and get some boxes burned.

Yesterday's Vet Trip

We went to pick up a refill on some thyroid medicine for my old girl Amy.  I had to tell the gal to make a note that Smokie (the older/bigger of my two dogs) had died this past summer.  My regular vet was not the one who helped me when things got bad.  He was out of town so I went to the Big City to get emergency help.  That was actually best for several reasons.  I had to make a quick exit as I just about busted out crying.  I only mentioned it because I didn't want to get a note about her shots next spring.  Not sure I could handle that.  I know, I know I'm a big wuss when it comes to my critters.

I'll miss seeing her out the window sitting like a queen on a snow mound.  This was taken in March of this year.

On a funny note, we took Amy (our remaining dog) along for the ride (about an hour away).  I've been taking her on car rides since Smokie passed.  It's easier with just one dog.  Anyway, she was nervous all the way there.  She refused to lie down and shook terribly.  On the way back, she stopped shaking, laid down, and seemed to relax considerably.  I think she knew where she was going and was relieved to know she wasn't getting shots :)  (yes, I'm being silly!)

Here is Amy on her pillow last month. She loves this thing!  It's like her security blanket.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Comma placement

Eats shoots and leaves. (Panda bear)
Eats, shoots, and leaves. (Hungry gunslinger in a hurry)


Let's eat, Grandpa! (calling Grandpa to dinner)
Let's eat Grandpa! (eating Grandpa for dinner)

Oh the joys of a literal son :)

Last night before bed, I readied the dishwasher and told kiddo to start it after his shower. I casually mentioned that if he felt like it, I would appreciate his washing the pots & pans by hand. I also mentioned that it was no biggie if he didn't. Well, he did :) However, he left the two big Tupperware bowls, as well as, the mixing bowl unwashed. I just noticed that the ice cream scoops are still dirty as well. *roflol*

For the record, my son usually does what I ask with very little fussing. What fussing he does is usually good-natured ribbing that brings a smile to everyone's face. He's simply not detail oriented in the kitchen chores. I was not surprised or upset at all. I'm blessed that he did the chore that I requested considering how tired he was when I asked.