Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Made Another Top From A Sun Dress


 Once again I found a clearance item and altered it so that I could wear it to school . When I found it I liked the colors, but not the fit. It was too long for me and made me look out of proportion.
 It's a pretty dress, but for school I really needed straps and I would have to wear something under or over it for keeping with our school dress code.
 I did the same with this dress as I did with the others. I cut off about 3 inches from the bottom and made shoulder straps from that fabric.
 I can now wear the dress as a top with one of my thrift store sweaters over it.
Remember if you like the color but not the fit, get out your scissors and sewing machine and change it. You can do it. Have a lovely day.
Blessings, Kathi "All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them." Acts 9:39

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Lord Is My Rock and it is He Who Deserves My Praise

I taught school in the morning, which went very well. I mentioned in my last post that teaching the upper grades is hard for me. I've been praying that God would show me how to manage and instruct troubled kids. I thank the Lord for giving me a treasure of a teacher to model. Her name is Lori. She has patience and compassion, yet a firm hand. I went in a full two hours early and watched her while taking notes. When it was time for her to leave, I felt capable to take the reins and continue teaching. God is good.
So why all the pictures of apples? After teaching, my apple customer called and said she needed not one but three boxes of apples for her and her friends. I climbed up the ladders and picked as fast as I could. I delivered their apples in record time.
Since putting up my signs along the road I've had a few customers come to my home as well. I'm learning to juggle the different hats I wear.
I'm enjoying my Bible study so much. I'm learning things about Samuel and Saul that I never knew before. I appreciate the way Shawn Lantz has put together this study called Living With Unmet Desires.
It never occurred to me that Samuel had to give up his own highly esteemed position for someone who clearly did not deserve it. It took so much self control and obedience to the Lord, to give the place of honor to Saul, as God asked, and to make him king. This placed Samuel in a subordinate position below Saul, who was arrogant and had little regard for God. Samuel did not question God, but faithfully trusted Him.
God is using this Bible study. It is helping me to see things in Scripture I've never seen before, even though I've read these books of the Bible many times. The Holy Spirit is teaching me through this study to find nuggets of truth. Thank you Shawn for writing this guide. I'm digging deeper into the Word of God and seeing motives of the heart in these people who lived so long ago.

Blessings, Kathi
These two verses show the way these two men responded after the Lord helped them defeat the enemy. Samuel honored the Lord and gave Him the glory. Saul shows his conceit and arrogance in honoring himself.

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12

“Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor." 1 Samuel 15:12

I want to remember that it is the Lord helping me with my teaching and my little apple and beef business and give Him the praise for it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Motto For Fashion: It Must Be Cute and Modest

As promised I'm back to share a little bit more about cute and modest clothing. Here are a few pictures of Bible teacher Beth Moore in her cute clothes. I love her costume jewelry and style.
This coat is adorable with its pink polka dots. It's a long fitted jacket, which dresses up jeans, but still remains casual. Love this pants suit, with its oh so cute ribbon. Beth is famous for her fitted stylish coats and jackets. She's darling.
Love this crystal necklace and pretty festive top. I got these photos off her DVD "Esther." I paused the TV, and did not intend to get her with funny faces, but she is very animated and cute, and to get the best photo of the clothes I sometimes got her with funny faces. Here I am in the dressing room. I shop in lots of places from Kohl's, Sears, Penney's, Dress Barn, Ross, and to Goodwill. This time for fun, I'm at Goodwill. This summer top cost $2 dollars. Yay! Although this top is a bit boxy, I only paid $3 dollars at Goodwill, so I am not complaining. I added this ribbon to pull it in and give it some shape. Sorry the picture is blurry, but here I am in the top with the ribbon, my Goodwill jeans for $2 dollars and my Dress Barn shoes for $16 dollars. There you have it "Cute and Modest.' Thank you Beth for the ideas and for being such a great Bible teacher. I have learned so much from you. I love my new shoes and was thrilled that they were 50% off. God bless you ladies. It's okay to be cute and modest. I used to think I was sinning if I looked stylish or pretty. I used to go around looking dowdy thinking that somehow this was being more "holy." I believe if my heart is right with God and that I am humble and willing to glorify God, I can still be cute. I asked my husband one time if he wanted me to dress in unattractive clothing so that other men would not look at me. He said, "No way. I want you to look as pretty and stylish as possible, as long as it's for ME."Now, I am pleasing not only God, but my husband too, and I get to be happy also.
"Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing."1 Thessalonians 5:11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Poached Spiced Pears

I have a bumper crop of Bosc pears this year. I decided to make poached pear salad.
Peel pears leaving the stem. Slice an eight inch off the bottom so that it will stand in the pot while cooking.
Since at least 2 cups of wine are needed for this sauce and many beef recipes I use, I choose box wine for just this purpose, as wine can be expensive otherwise.
This is what the pears look like after several hours marinating in the wine sauce.
Remove the pears and bring sauce up to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Sauce should be thick like a syrup. Cool and add balsamac vinegar and olive oil. Blend and set aside as the vinegarette for the salad. 
Slice pears and serve on fresh greens, with the vinegarette , gorgonzola cheese and pecans. "MMMMM" is all I can say.
Blessings, Kathi
For the pears:
2 1/2 cup red wine
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 t. cloves
1/8 t. nutmeg
6 Bosc pears, peeled

Vinegarette:
The thickened wine syrup
2 T. balsamac vinegar
1 T. olive oil

For the salad:
2 poached pears, sliced
1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
2 cups mixed greens

"Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so." Genesis 1:11

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Special Day With My Mom

This is my mother, Shirley. I had a very special day with her recently. First I took her to lunch.
She had fish and chips and I had chicken fried steak. I also had ice tea mixed with lemonade, which is called an Arnold Palmer.  As we talked I told Mom that I'd love to go on a trip down "memory lane." I wanted to visit the home she grew up in and other places, which I could see through her eyes. We did visit her home, but we took no photos, as it was so dilapidated we wanted to forget what we saw.
There is a mysterious place I've always wondered about. This place is the burial site of my mom's mother who died when my mom was only four years old. The reason it is somewhat of a mystery is that in view of the circumstances my dear mother was not encouraged to speak of her mother's death or to visit her mother's grave. Her father was so broken hearted over the sudden death of his young bride that he did not talk of her. At the funeral my darling mother, at the tender age of four, mentioned to a lady, "You have a coat like my mother's." The woman scowled at little Shirley and said, "Be quiet," in a harsh tone. All things about the young mother, Josephine, who died at age 31,  were hushed up and forgotten. The grieving father of two little girls, remarried a beautiful kind woman, who loved those little girls as her own. The family went on and enjoyed a normal happy life, but Josephine  was forgotten....
When you are a tiny child, you believe what you are told and you obey your elders, at least you did in the 1940's. For my mother, the memory of her own beloved mother, Josephine, was discouraged. It would have been "wrong" for Shirley even to ask her dad if she could visit the grave site. So, Shirley did not ask anymore and went about her happy life with her new mother, Margaret. That is why, in all these years, my mother has not visited her mother's grave. On a whim, Mom and I drove up the hill to the cemetery. The grounds were beautiful. The office was helpful and gave us a map
The inside was like no place I've ever been; so beautiful. It made me want to cry. The sun streamed into these marble rooms. We were quite and reverent in this place.
The lady helping us showed us the actual piece of paper, the bill of sale for having Josephine buried here in 1942.
After about ten minutes of searching while following our map, a man came along and helped us find Josephine's grave. I was so glad for that and that he could photograph Mom and me together.
After all these years, my mother got to see the marker where her mother was buried. I'm thankful for this and that I got to live these moments with my mom.
Another place I have been so wanting to see is Great Grandma Bessie's little house. Grandpa Irving owned this duplex and placed his mother on one side of it. She lived here and I remember visiting her. Years later, Grandpa sold his investment to the Euphoria Chocolate company.
Mom said that this had been Grandma Bessie's living room and dining room.
These were her front windows from her kitchen.
This day, I will remember. It was so sweet to me, because I got to spend it with my mother and heard her tell things about her life that I did not know. She showed me her little grade school and talked about walking home along main street. Traffic was to thick for me to photograph her school.  I thank God for this special day with Mom. I love you Mom.

 "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring" Isaiah 44:3

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Giggling Girls In the Pew

I remember my first Zotz candy like it was yesterday. My two sisters and I were sitting on the pew in church next to three other sisters... trying to be good. When you are a kid in church it's so fun to sit with your friends. We tried to listen, but after awhile we'd get the giggles. One time my friend Kristy told me to try this new candy. She knew. She knew that I had know idea what they were. Remember, I'm sitting on the pew in church. I'm supposed to be  a good little girl; still and listening.
Pretty soon Kristi and her two sisters' shoulders were shaking trying to hold back their snickering. Kristi got to chuckling so hard, I couldn't figure her out. I was only sucking on an ordinary piece of candy, so I thought...  I became alarmed when all three of them were almost crying with laughter while they watched me. The candy was okay, but nothing special...  All of a sudden though, I felt and tasted that bitter fizzy stuff, and felt like my mouth was in the gas chamber. I had no where to run or spit. I felt helpless as I squirmed in my seat. For a second, I thought I was going to die. Kristy and her sisters all got the giggles so hard people began turning around and they were watching me. My two sisters didn't know what to think, and gave me those glares that only sisters can give, to let me know that they were telling. I finally swallowed the thing, and asked Kristy what it was, and she innocently said, "It's a Zotz. They're new. Want another?" I said, "No thank you." The one she gave me was yellow, and I shall never forget. I still buy them now and then and eat them with my kids. Now I'm the one giggling as I remember that day and sneaky little Kristy.  So, what was your first Zotz Candy experience like? What color was it? Have a pleasant Friday, Kathi

"Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Take The Time...

 When the sun goes down...
 ...even in Oregon...
 ...if the clouds part...
...and there is a full moon...take the time...
Blessings, Kathi

 "God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars." Genesis 1:6

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