Day 35-Free Days- Church and Family

I don’t always make it to church on Sundays, but today I did. It was a good message and I always feel better about my week and those I care about when I do attend church. I have been going with more regularity and I’m trying to decide if I want this church to be my home church, or if we want to go back to the church we belonged to when we lived in Alvarado many years ago.

Mike Love, our pastor, talked about self sacrifice and also about the journey of discovering God. He talked about the stepping stones in the journey:

  1. Asking if God is real
  2. Dicovering He is real.
  3. Deciding to commit to that belief and make sacrifices of your time and/or service
  4. Living your life for God

If I were to be asked the question, “where are you in your journey”, I’d have to say, somewhere between 2 and 3, which means I still have a long journey to make. I believe, and I’ve made sacrifices and commitments, but not the ultimate. I try to be a good human being, I’ve volunteered my time and given offerings to the church. I could do more. I’m just not ready yet to take that next step, especially when I’m unsure I feel “at home” in my church.

I did love the phrase he used along the way in his sermon; Let go and let God. I do. I have learned to do that because I realize now that prayer works. Maybe not always when you want it to, but it does. You just have to believe. I had three boys, I had many reasons to ask for prayer, believe me, not that they are the only reason I pray. I have learned that if you believe, you are not supposed to worry, you are to Let go and let God handle your burden. Let me tell you, I am so much less stressed since I started doing it.

Later on in the day, we had Dad and my brother Kevin over and we shared a meal and hung out a while. That also makes me feel good, to have my family around me, even if it’s just one day a week that we can all get together. Some of you know already that I try to spend almost every Wednesday with Dad. Sometimes my youngest son is here, today, this whole holiday weekend, he chose to be with us. I’m so proud of him and love him so much for that. He makes sacrifices to be with his family sometimes and that makes me proud and happy. He could have gone out with old friends last night, could have stayed with his roommates all weekend, but we got to spend time with him, and we are thankful. He starts a new and important job on Tuesday, we may not get another chance for awhile as he trains and becomes very busy. So I’m really cherishing this time with him this weekend.

With that being said, I’m going back, out with him and my hubby now, think about what is your sacrifice, and let me know in the comments. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend everyone. See you tomorrow on the patio.😉

 

Day 34-Free Days- Saturday Mornings Musings

So, I was up at the butt crack this morning, had to take the girls to the groomers for a bath and hair cuts. Along the way, I passed by several houses with furniture sitting by the side of the road and one piece was an old desk. I thought as I passed by, man, I’d like to have that but I know my husband would shriek about bringing “someone else’s junk home”, and besides that, it needs refinishing…badly! In addition, I believe it’s against a city ordinance to pick items up, free or not, from the side of the road, even though folks around here do it all the time! So, I sent the pics to my crafty sister in law-in case she needed a project piece, however, I still might ask the hubby if we can go get that desk, ha! I’m not even sure I have the talent and/or energy it would take to transform it, I just know, I don’t like my makeshift office furniture I’m using at the moment. I thought I’d throw in a few pics of the pieces I passed up just for grins- also, I’ll show you before and after pics of my beautiful shorkies once they get back from the groomers. I don’t mind being up early on Saturday, we get a jump on projects and errands and the world just seems much more pretty and peaceful in the mornings. As a bonus, I heard my new favorite song on the way to the groomers and got  my  rockin on early this morning! It’s a song by a French group called Gojira, called Stranded and it’s already popular on Sirius/XM. I love it, but then again, I’m a rocker so….

Brandy before grooming
Brandy before grooming
The girls together
The girls together

Here is the furniture I passed by this morning

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Pit all looks pretty rough now that I’m back home and can see it more clearly. Oh well, someone will get it by day’s end I’m sure, maybe someone who REALLY needs it. 😊

Have you ever picked up pieces of furniture or something else on the side of the road and transformed it into a thing of beauty? I want to see it if so. I’ve got to go get ready to pick up the pups in a while so they can sit with mme later, on the patio. 😀

Brandy after grooming
Brandy after grooming

image Whiskey after grooming

Day 33-Products Week-Change of Plans

While I know I said I would take about coconut and almond flours tonight, I don’t think anyone is waiting it’s baited breath or would hold it against me if, like a woman, I changed my mind. With other things on my mind and many issues going on around the US this week, somehow whether I can convince someone whether or not to eat nut flours instead of wheat or white bread just doesn’t seem as important. Sorry if anyone was looking forward to that post, I promise I’ll cover it at some time.

Things like the hurricane devastating the east coast (QE I hope you and your family are safe!) and the kids recently in the news for getting hit by unaware drivers are all I can think about right now. To Quintessential Editor and any other bloggers, and/or family and friends along the east coast, I pray you all are safe and your homes are left intact.

Call me a grouch but I just cannot understand for the life of me what is so important that you can’t drive without texting or otherwise having your head up your butt and not paying attention where your going and running into children just trying to get home from school. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!!! It’s school time, if you are even close to a school, slow down, put the phone down, stop jacking with radio, whatever it is that has you so blind you can’t see the kid crossing the street! My kids are grown and gone but this still strikes a nerve with me just like the idiots that leave their children in their cars. How the hell do you “forget” your child is in the car with you???

Ok, rant over, it’s a holiday wknd and even though I can’t join you in the festivities, I do hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend and I’ll still be chilling on the patio.😎

Day 32- Product Week- Other Butters- Sun Butter, Almond Butter

Man, I used to love eating peanut butter! Since I began living the Paleo lifestyle however, I’ve had to find alternate nut butters and I’m about to discuss two of my favs. The first one I tried was almond butter. It was all natural with no added sugar or anything and to me, it tasted kind of rancid. Must have had a bad nut in that batch, the next time I tried it, it was good. The brand was Maranatha  and that’s what I stuck with…for awhile.

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It was ok tasting until I found another butter at Sprouts. It’s sunflower butter and it has 3 grams of sugar,  per 2 tbsp, 200 calories, 7grams of protein and 7 grams of total carbs. To me, it’s the closest tasting thing to peanut butter that I’ve found and has become my go-to snack or lunch enhancer. The brand is simply Sun Butter Natural Sunflower Butter and it can even be found at Walmart! That cuts down on trips to the health food store, where things can get pretty pricey. Why does it cost so much to eat healthy? I have a theory.😒

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You can tell I really enjoy it by the nearly empty jar! I eat it on Granny Smith apples, baby carrots and add it to my smoothie (if it’s a chocolate one), yum! The good thing to know is that you have other choices if you are staying away from peanuts, whether because of an allergy or dietary restrictions, and, it’s delicious! Before I found this sun butter, I used to add a smidge of raw honey or 100% maple syrup to make the almond butter more palatable. Plus, it was very hard to spread and the oil content in sun butter makes it a breeze.

Don’t me wrong, I’ll still use almond butter for a recipe from time to time, I just like sun butter better! It’s a matter of taste. This sun butter is also soy free, tree nut free, gluten free, dairy free, non GMO and is made in the USA! I don’t worry about the fat and calories because I usually only eat a tbsp, not two. The sugar is so low, I don’t concern myself with that either-it comes from dehydrated cane syrup and the only other additions are salt and Vitamin E ( natural mixed tocopherols to preserve freshness).

It stacks up pretty equally to peanut butter in terms of calories, except sun butter has 4 grams of fiber and peanut butter has 2.  They have equal amounts of protein and similar carbs. The reason I don’t eat peanut butter is because peanuts are a legume, something people on Paleo avoid. The reason is the harmful lectins and phytic acid they contain. They and all beans or legumes give you gas, which is reason enough for me to avoid them. Peanut butter causes so many allergies for some people, there is growing concern that aflatoxin present in peanuts and other crops like wheat and rice, could be the culprit of these allergies.

Lucky for me, I never was a huge bean eater anyway, save green beans and sometimes black beans like you find at Mexican restaurants. Oh, and occasionally, at bbqs I might have a small spoon of Ranch Style Beans with jalapeños. Anyway, I hope this has been an informative talk and you do try another nut butter and let me know how you liked it. As always, questions and/or comments are welcome, so join the discussion. Until tomorrow, when I talk about nut flours, you all have a pleasant evening. I’m going to go sit on the patio.😉