Okay, I am in my late 50's and sometimes you just have to try something new. I have a precious friend who came over the other day and brought treasures. Yes treasures. She had 2 brown paper bags with her, one held some different kinds of teas. Yes, I do drink tea, many different kinds however, the one I drink most often is peppermint. But, I am not too old to try a new flavor and see if I like it. But, I digress, the real story is about what was in the other bag and how it impacted my life. Now as you may have gathered if you know me or have spent much time on my website, I don't sit much. This particular day, I was in for a rare treat. For about a month I have been dealing with an area on the outside of my left foot that is so sore by the time I get ready to go to bed that I can't lay that side on the bed. Well, this special lady came armed and she did not even know what I was dealing with. I call that listening to God. In the other bag she had brought essential oils in order to give me a foot massage. The oils she brought were Lemongrass and Marjoram. Both of these oils help with pain and have a cleansing effect on the body. I don't know how long she worked on my feet but I know it was at least 30 minutes. Wow, did that feel good and really helped me realize the problem might not be a bone out of place at all. When she finished that she brought out the toenail polish. Now this is the are where I have never gone before. She brought 3 different colors for me to pick from. As the picture above shows I picked kind of a bronze color. It happened to also go really well with the blouse I had on that day. I never would have painted my toenails before that day. I discovered that I really like my toenails painted. Sooooooooo I am thinking I have learned something about myself that was really a shock. You see I only let her paint my toenails because she is a precious friend. Ah, sometimes you just have to bend a little only to discover it was a really good experience. Thank you for the blessing you are in my life. It was wonderful
As I travel along the highway God has selected for me I realize there are so many things for me to learn. I see so many missed opportunities to share the things that God is teaching me on this journey. If you know me you know reflexology, essential oils, naturopathic medicine are all a part of where I am. These are areas that I want to grow competent in because they are important to all of us. Many of the things I know I have learned because of things that have happened to me or somebody I know. I need to start documenting these things and sharing them with you as I go through the process. I need to start taking pictures of the beginnings and endings so you can see the way it works. Some very important lessons were not documented in this way upfront so they will be shared verbally.
How many of you have ever had a wart? Well, in my late 50's and I got my first ever wart this year (2013). It was on the back of my thigh, yep, right where I could easily see it. I could not believe it. The first place I turned was my cabinet that hold the most used essential oils. Oh such a dilemma. With no first hand knowledge I began sorting through and settled on Marjoram. I use this essential oil for a lot of different things, pain, muscle spams, hemorrhoids, fungus, viruses, etc. I put a drop on my finger and put it on the wart. By the next day I could see it was drying the top of it. Now what do you know about warts?? They go deep and it is a process to get rid of one. I used Marjoram for a couple of days twice a day, then began doing some research on which oils were the best for this. Basil, oregano, and lemon grass were on the list. I knew from experience that these oils burn when applied straight. Oregano was the one I picked because it was handy. I applied it straight knowing if it was more than I could tolerate it could be diluted with lotion or oil. Wow!! There was a mini, massive fire on my leg but I toughed it out knowing it would only last a few minutes. In order for this to work everything I had read said it had to be applied on a daily basis for 14 days. Even when it appeared to be gone I continued to apply it to make sure all of it was gone. I so wish I had taken pictures as I went through the process so you could actually see what it looks like as it begins to die. I am hoping to get better at posting pictures so you can see beginning pictures through the healing process. If you want to order Young Living Essential Oils please contact me through the contact are of this website or call me at 512-677-5010. Thank you for stopping by.
Glasses, glasses, glasses. Oh, the stories. Okay, so I was due another lesson in humility. One more earned, received, applied and appreciated. It started several years when I got my first pair of glasses. No...... not just any pair of glasses but, a pair of bifocals. Yes, you read that right the 1st pair. Now,depending on how I am doing physically and what I am trying to see as to whether I need my glasses. That being said, because I don't always need my glasses it has been a process. A long slow process. Take note of where the girl with the glasses is standing in the picture above as it will be important later. I was 43 or so when I finally had to go see the eye doctor. He was so gracious as he did all the test and then very matter of fact way told me that the prescription he was writing was for seeing far off and close up. As he finished saying this it hit me what he had just told me. In response I ask, "You mean I need bifocals??" He kind of lowered his head and shook it then responded, "Now I went all the way around that instead of saying it" HMMMMMMMMMMM gotta love it as it still means I needed bifocals. Okay, so I decided if I had to wear them I was going to get something that looked nice. I finally left his office a sum over $500 lighter; I got no lines, changeable in light, no glare, and good for computers but, I could see.
I had a lot of trouble keeping up with them since I didn't wear them all the time. As I have grown more "mature" I wear them more and more. Anyway back to our story. I was really bad about taking them off and laying them in my lap and loosing them. So one day I lost them only to realize a couple of days later when I went out to get in my car that I had apparently laid then in my lap and dropped the when I got out of the car then ran over them. Oh, I wish I had taken a picture of them. I gently picked them up and decided I would take them in and see if there was any way they could untangle them. There was a lot of uncertainty about whether it could be done or not. I finally convinced them to just try. The lady was great and was able to untangle them. That was one of the lessons in humility. I vowed to take better care of them from that day on and did some better.
Meet Skip, our male Blue Lacy Game Dog. Are you wondering what in the world he has to do with this story? A LOT. Skip is very sensitive and when you hurt his feeling you (I) generally pay the price. The price??? Oh, that varies. On this particular day I was working from home and Skip was feeling a bit neglected. I took my glasses off and laid them down on the table beside my computer and then took the pups out for a run. Later that day when I got ready to do something and needed my glasses I went to get them only to discover they were not where I thought they were. This is not to terribly unusual. I hunted for several days and finally ask the guys. They did not know where they were. I finally went and got another pair made (about a month later). You see I am very patient and was sure they would turn up. As I was talking to the lady about my glasses disappearing she ask a strange question. "Your dog didn't pick them up did he?" I replied "No, he does pick things up but, never my glasses. You mean dogs really pick glasses up and take them out?" She replied as she laughed, "Yes, they do. You would be surprised" I was thinking I sure would be surprised. Well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a few months later my brother in law and I were coming back from the garden one evening and the sun glinted on something by my rose bush. I stopped and went back to see what it was. You have guessed? It was my glasses still neatly folded just as I laid them on the table. This was lesson number 2 in humility where my glasses are concerned.
As most of you know I am involved in many different things right now and wear many different hats. I own PA-jer Company, www.pa-jer.com, am part owner of Williamson County Recycle Center, www.mytexashhw.com, am part owner of Blue Lacy Kennels, www.bluelacykennels.com, own Heavenly Bounty, www.heavenlybounty.com, and am working on getting certified in Reflexology. All of that to say I am usually multi tasking. I work from the house on accounting and other things I need to do for the companies and because I am home work on clothes, meals, garden, beekeeping as I keep the dogs. They always let me know when I need a break. One day I had been working hard on company things and was really weary. The dogs needed to go out and I had a lot of things I needed to do in the garden which has really been neglected this year. I went out and was working on cleaning out the edge between the raised beds and the fence. My glasses kept sliding down so I finally took them off and put them in my pocket. The rest is history. By the time I got ready to go in they were no where to be found. Let me see that was about 3 months ago. I knew where they were but could not find them at all. Today, I decided I needed to take the pups out and so if I am going to be out I am going to be doing something. I picked several watermelon, cleaned a little and, decided I was just tooo hot. As I started back to the house I thought I would look one more time for my glasses. I knew where they were so I went back to that area and started looking closely. All of the sudden they we right there. I am so glad to have my extra pair of glasses back again. One more lesson in humility and making sure I take care of what God has blessed me with.
Here are a couple of poems that I relate to.
Where are my glasses? where, oh where?
On the table, or under the chair?
Near the window, or near the door?
In my pocket, or on the floor?
I´m looking here!
I´m looking there!
Where are my glasses? where, oh where?
Oh, here they are! on my head!
(By: Michael West)
Where Are My Glasses?
Where are my glasses, where did they go?
I’ve searched high, and I’ve searched low
I looked on the shelf and behind the TV
Where, oh where can my glasses be?
I’ve looked on top of the table, behind the door
Inside the cupboard and inside the drawer
Beside the lounge and under it too
I went outside and checked inside an old shoe
I walked down the
hallway and up the stairs
In front of me was a bicycle lying right there
I walked around it and jumped over the toys
Left there by those most lazy of boys
I walked past a doorway, then crawled through a hole
Which led to a cupboard that only contained bowls
I’ve looked everywhere, under each and every bed
The only place I forgot was on top of my head
Copyright © 2005 Alessandra
This has truly been one of the most unusual years I have ever experienced. Sunday morning we woke to thunder. We got an unexpected rain which was such a blessing. I went out on our back porch and sat on my swing. As I sat there I decided I would go in and get my camera so I could take some picture of the awesome clouds. I am going to start at the top picture and work down. As I sat down on my swing I was struck by how beautiful the clouds were. I just sat and took pictures as the minutes passed and the clouds changed. The first 9 pictures are taken from the back of the house. It was a wonderful morning. I walked out to take care of the animals and decided I needed to take a picture of donkey & my chickens. I wanted to get a picture of Donkey's face. He was in a mood as usual but, finally consented and allowed me to take a fair picture. I went on and took pictures of my chickens. After I had fed and watered I started to go back to the house and looked off to the West and saw the rainbow. The next picture is one of the sun shining across the pasture. I went back to the porch and sat down and just watch all the activity going on around me. There were a lot of hummingbirds flitting around that morning. I caught a picture of one but it is a small picture. I took one more picture across the pasture and then went around front. The first picture is one off my front porch. Next is a picture of the crepe myrtle on the front edge of the property. It was fascinating to watch the changes in the sky so I took a couple more pictures of the sky from the front of the house. The next picture you see is from the front of the property looking at the pomegranate tree and then the huge fig trees. Behind the fig trees is a tall box elder. I was trying to capture how huge the fig trees are in the last 4 pictures. By the way I picked figs this morning (just a few but that just means they are coming).
Above are some pictures of the huge egg I got last night. Not sure how the poor chicken was able to have that. I have never seen anything like this. I love the things God does and the new experiences He gives me each and every day.
Oh what a week it has been. I have really struggled this week. I have so many things that need to be done and not near enough time. One day this week I woke just overwhelmed at how much I needed to do and the areas that seem where progress seems to be illusive. The first of those is the iris bed out front that was created in order to make things easier. I originally had my bulbs under trees. Jerry got to the point he could not weed eat so I decided to move them all over into a central area and add herbs along the way. I outlined the area with large rocks and proceeded to move irises. Then along came Bermuda grass. Yep! Well, I am still working on that area and really wanted to get it accomplished this year so I don't have to constantly work in that area. I was so discouraged this particular day I had to give it all to the Lord (where it should have been anyway). I really questioned whether I was listening to Him or doing my own thing. James 1: 2-7 came to mind. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." I really needed that as I was really doubting myself. I knew I had been diligent, VERY DILIGENT, but was overwhelmed with all the areas of life out of control. I really prayed that God would give an answer as to what I was supposed to do. I went to the office and worked several hours doing things I needed to do for the company www.mytexashhw.com. When I got to a point that the dogs needed to go outside for a break I was at peace. I got the lawnmower and mowed the yard and wildflower area behind the house. As I finished that I was comforted by the fact that I could actually see something I had accomplished. I also reflected on the fact that I had accomplished a lot at the office. As I began to reflect on everything I realized that I had made headway just not as much as I would like to have made at this point.
One of the other pressing areas of my life right now is figuring out if I am big enough to have bees or if I need to let this go. Now, you have to know the story behind the bees. For 3 years I was asking God for bees and for 3 years He sent me a swarm of bees. Each year those bees landed in my water meter so they were done away with. The 4th year came around and I had another swarm but, this time they were on my birdbath. Not the one pictured below but, one about that size. I had somebody help me capture the hive and sell me the equipment I needed. As time has progressed this hive has been moved and is an established hive. I just re-queened this hive a couple of weeks ago. I needed to go check the hive to make sure things were good. So today was the day. I got the guys to come home at lunch so I could check my hive with somebody here to call 911 in case I got in trouble (this was a mean hive thus the re-queening). I was so thankful that I was able to check the hive by myself and feel confident that I was doing what needed to be done for the hive. Above is a picture of a chunk of cone I got from the hive. I am still learning and have a lot to learn but, am excited that I was able to work the hive, not get stung, not drop the box, and feel good about what I did. The added benefit is that I know I will have honey this year unless something really bad happens. Praising God for everything that has been accomplished and all that He has blessed along the way. May His name be shouted from the mountain tops and the valley's low. I should have honey in about a month. Singing, singing, singing.
What a day this has been. Today is the 1st day of the rest of my life and also the 1st day of the week. In being the 1st day of the week I have been blessed with the privilege of being able to go and spend time with my brothers and sisters. I love being able to go and praise my Lord and Savior. This morning really seem to be special in so many ways. Only at the end of my day can I really appreciate everything to the fullest. Some of you know our minister's wife has brain cancer. I knew Tim was struggling this morning but, only this evening do I have an idea of how great that struggle was. You see Belinda has really taken a turn in the last few day. Not only was Tim struggling but, there are several others in our congregation who are either dealing with serious illness, have a loved one who is, or has lost somebody special to them. Somehow, this seems to me to have made our congregation closer, more sensitive to each other and more in touch with our Father. He truly does hold us by our right hand and tell us not to fear because He is with us. Many times in the last few months have I thought of how fragile life is and how we need to make sure we walk out our lives each second to the fullest. I am so blessed to be a member of the Lord's family. As we left church we stopped and grabbed a quick bite as the afternoon was full also. You see, I ask the Lord for bees several years ago and He gave me a hive (actually a couple of hives). However, I managed to loose one of my hives this spring because one of the storms we had was really bad, cold, hail, rain, and the top of my hive blew off. unfortunately I did not realize this until several days later. By the time I realized it all of that hive was dead. Well, I had ordered a queen to requeen the other hive and she had arrived. I am blessed with some gentlemen connected with the Williamson County Beekeeper Association who have been a great source of encouragement to me and a LOT of help. One of these gentlemen came out this afternoon and assisted me in spliting the remaining hive and putting the new queen in the new hive. Now that is a real blessing, but, the even bigger blessing is that I did not get stung at all. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the hummingbirds are zipping around and talking and my family loves me. What more could one woman ask for? How has the Lord blessed you today?
As caterpillars change and become beautiful butterflies so does life change. This year has presented many changes and challenges. As we have gotten to some of these things I have had to remember that even when it does not look like it is going to be a good thing God is in control. It is so comforting to kinow that He promises to use all things good or bad for the good of those who love Him. I have struggled because I am so far behind where I think I should be at this point in the year. However, the weather is so strange this year that it is hard to know where you should be. Well, on to changes. Jerry and I have been married for 36 years and January marked a new era in our marriage. You see when Jerry & I got married we had 3 little ones between us. Then we had an invalid parent, a grieving parent, a nephew, a new baby, a different aging parent, children, and renters sharing our space. Some of these were at the same time some at different times. Nontheless, Jerry and I have never lived alone in all ours years of marriage. In January our son bought a home and moved, 2 weeks later my brother in law (garden helper) moved to OK.
As we looked at things that needed to be done around our home we began some major remodel projects. This along with trying to figure out what I need to plant and areas I need to concentrate on this year there have been many things to consider. As far as the remodel project we needed to be able to come together on what we as a couple could both enjoy and still afford to do, what would improve the value of our property and yet allow us to hold the uniqueness of it. Here are a couple of pictures that go from the beginning to the present (we are still not finished). At this point the contactors are finished with their part of the project and it is up to us to finish.
I decided this year because I don't have the help I had last year and the possibility of drought again that I needed to do things differently. I tend to get tooooo many new projects started along with the ones I am trying to finish. This year my goal is to completely get the iris and herb bed in the front of the house completed in a way that I do not have to spend hours and hours on maintenance. I also am working on containing my chickens in a way that I actually have produce to sell. Because of these 2 things and the probablity of drought again this year I am selectively planting items. I have planted beets, turnip green, tomatoes, strawberries and potatoes. I always have green onions, rosemary, thyme, oregano. This year I have been blessed with a LOT of dill and cilantro that the Lord has planted for me. I have some pictures of what the iris area looked like before I started working on it but have not gotten them loaded. One of the things that happened last year is I got a strange kind of grass in this bed that took over this area and grew to be 3 feet tall and impossible to handle with the limited time I had. However, it made great mulch. I have gotten most of this handled this year and am about 2/3 finished with heavy mulching. I am really looking forward to the beauty of this area in a few short weeks as I have many things that are getting ready to bloom. The Iris above is one that came up in a bed of white irises. It will be transplanted . I love the way God surprises us with beauty in unexpected ways when we need it the most. Thank you for checking in.
I am always amazed at the way God paints a different sunrise and sunset each day. None of them are the same. He does the same with our lives. We seldom see what he is really doing since we only see part of the picture. We occasionally go to Bellmead Church of Christ. One of the last times we were there they handed out something I want to share with you.
"As I faced my Maker at the last judgement, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into tapestry that was our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny holes here, and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took me from my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgemental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth: My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes creating an image: the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through! God determines who walks into your life.........it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need..."
"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy." Marie Curie"
As you read this I hope it touches your soul the way it touched mine.
Have you ever noticed that life is ever changing. This applies to nature itself, people, thought processes, and any other area of life. Some of these changes are good some are bad. It is how we allow those changes to affect our lives that really matters. It is with this in mind that I am blogging today.
We always take the week of Christmas through New Years off as our vacation. I usually use this time to catch up on crafts, gardening, herbs, or something else that I have not had the time to complete. This year is no different except for the things I have accomplished and the changes that have played a factor in all of this. As a lot of you know my brother in law has helped me a lot in the garden and in accomplishing things I needed to accomplish. The first part of November he had a motorcycle accident that put him out of commission as far as gardening for a while. His son, daughter in law and granddaughter moved down here. His daughter and her husband got transfered to OK. So Pat is now moving to Oklahoma in about a week. I am saddened and somewhat panicked by this but, know it enables him to be with his children. I am now really having to plan how I am going to accomplish the things I feel lead to do. Proverbs 16:1 -4 1) To humans belong the plans of the heart,but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. 2) All a person’s ways seem pure to them,but motives are weighedby the Lord. 3) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 4) The Lord works out everything to its proper end even the wcked for a day of disaster.
When I think about that I can calm down and know He is in charge and I need to commit whatever I do unto Him and know He is in control. That does not mean it will all work out the way I think it should but, it will work out for my good. So often we go about our lives thinking we are in charge and things must work out the way we invision them. I am humbled that so often even my days work out different than I had planned them. Yet, I know I am fickle and when I just follow His lead the things I accomplish in a day's time will be much greater and much more beneficial for all. As an example: yesterday I went out and was going to work in my garden (the path along the side of my garden). The honey bees had other thoughts. I finally gave up on that and went out front where the wisterisa above is planted. This is one of the areas I need to complete where I do not have to spend so much time on maintenance. I worked in this are for several hours yesterday and feel good about what I got accomplished. I have several more hard days in this area but am hoping to just be able to relax and enjoy the beauty of the flowers, trees, and birds this area affords.
This morning as I set here reminiscing about this week and all the happenings of the week I realize it has been a very good week. As I began my Monday I was overwhelmed with all I needed to accomplish. So I began to think about the things I could put off, then the following scriptures came to my mind and eased my spirit. Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you." and Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and, and He will establish your plans" Those verses were just what I needed to be able to relax in my Lord and allow Him to order my day. As usual when I have Him order my day I accomplished more than I could have otherwise and did the things I knew He was calling me to do.
Sometimes it is just impossible to accomplish all that I have I need to do. The paragraph above is from last week and what a blur that week was. Because I allowed God to order my day as in Proverbs 16:3 I was able to accomplish much. More and more I am finding that if I will allow God to have control of my day instead of being frustrated when I am not able to do what I planned for that time, minute, day, or space of time. Yesterday was one of those days. I was going to go out and work in the garden early before the bees began to stir. It drizzled. So I was going to work on company things and this site. The internet would not work. However, I got the clothes washed, lunch fixed for the guys, and worked on a knitting project. This knitting project has really pushed me to grow in my abilities and patience. I will post a picture of the work in progress on my craft page. I am anxious to finish this project.
Today we were to have a meeting with a company on replacing our roof. They cancelled due to some equipment failure so a different list of things to do. I went out to my iris and herb bed and started cleaning out around the irises. The Lacy dogs enjoyed that. Here is a link to their site: www.bluelacykennels.com. I got quiet abit accomplished and then came in to rest a little bit. Earlier I had gone over to the office and gotten a box of candle wax. I decided it was time to work on melting down some of the wax and making some candles. I am looking forward to giving some of these for Christmas gifts and having extra ones I can burn anytime I want to. Pictures of those are also on the craft page.
We are supposed to have rain Saturday and Sunday along with a strong cold front. I am trying to decide if I need to pull all the tomatoes and bell peppers or if they will make it through this front. May each of you have a great week and allow the Lord to draw you closer to Him.
I am 57 years old and ever growing in the Lord. Sometimes I am graciously growing sometimes not so graciously. What are your thoughts on your life. Proverbs 16:3