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Sunday, November 29, 2009

The herb that got my friend hired...

Through word of mouth my friend Jeannie heard that a woman was in search of a caretaker and had not found anyone suitable yet. It seems the applicants needed to go to two screenings; one with the patient and one with her cat. Jeannie is well qualified to take care of patients and has excellent credentials. She had no doubt she could perform her duties but she also had to get past the persnickety cat. No one had been able to do this yet. The dear elderly lady was very attached to her cat so it was important that her caretaker be able to get along with her too.

Jeannie is resourceful.

A large percentage of cats are crazy about catnip, so Jeannie took some catnip and carefully placed it in the cuffs of her pants. The patient, while interviewing Jeannie was amazed at her cat's interest in Jeannie and hired her on the spot. After a lengthy illness during which Jeannie kept her patient as comfortable as possible; she lost her patient and friend but gained another friend. The family insisted she take Muffin home with her and the big gray cat still resides with Jeannie, her husband Todd, and two other cats on their chicken farm.

Catnip is good for cats and us too.

Long fascinated by the allure of catnip and it's chemical properties I decided to research it from two perspectives. In my mind's eye I picture a cat and a human wrestling over catnip; maybe Jon and Garfield. Jon would want the catnip because he had a tough day and needed to relax, Garfield would be going out on a date :-)! Whose need would take precedence? Garfield's, of course.

All jokes aside, catnip has many properties we need to be aware of and can be of much benefit to us. For more about catnip read:

Why are Cats Crazy about Catnip?

Why Catnip is not just for Cats

You will find there are more than a dozen Phytochemicals and nutrients in catnip providing much in the way of alternative health. So don't give all the cat nip to the cats. Save some for yourself.

Take care and stay well.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - a Quiet Stream


Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Gift

A minister and his wife, after a long search
Were finally assigned to their very own church
They couldn’t wait to see it, so they jumped right in their car
And began their journey. It wasn’t very far.

When they spied their church from just a little way
They glanced at each other not knowing what to say
It needed so much done. The church was so run down
They sadly contemplated and drove back into town.

They worked hard trying to get everything just right
Wanting to hold service their before Christmas night
They hammered, painted, put in new window panes
Sanded down the pews and painted with wood stains.

On December 18 the doors were open wide
The little congregation gathered all inside
With oohs and aahs they all exclaimed
Giving praise and honor in Jesus name.

Then on December 19th a two day storm hit
The pastor and his wife didn’t think of it,
But when they went to church, and pulled up in their car
They could see the roof would need more than tar

And right behind the pulpit the plaster had come down
They eyed the ugly mess and headed back to town
On the way home they stopped at a charity sale event
It was a worthy cause, so it would be well spent.

The Pastor saw a hand designed creation that took his breath away
The exquisite embroidered beauty should be on display.
He reached into his pocket and paid the asking price
Right behind the pulpit – this would go real nice.

The intricate beauty of the embroidered cross
Caused him to search for words, but find himself at loss
As he rushed back to the church with his plan in mind
He couldn’t believe his blessing as he examined the design.

Rushing back, he passed a woman who missed the last bus
He asked “Why don’t you come inside, and get warm with us?”
The lady couldn’t believe her eyes, as she watched him hang his prize
Her face turned pale and white on this cold cold night.

And she was heard to ask where the pastor had this found
Her countenance was shaken, as he turned around
Why I bought it up the street, why ever do you ask?
I hand made this table cloth, she said. It was a loving task.

She hurried to the cloth, where her initials had been sewn
It was a work of art, stolen from her home.
She lived in Austria some 35 years ago,
The Nazis forced her out. It was such a tale of woe.

Her husband had been captured, and taken from her side.
They locked him up in prison. . . He may have even died?
The pastor wiped the tears that streamed down his face
And went to remove the cloth from its new found place

But quickly the lady spoke, she had not forsook her search
For the man she loved, but gave the cloth to the church
The minister and his wife drove the dear lady to her home
They said a little prayer for this woman who lived alone

Christmas day the church was filled up to the brim
It was a beautiful service, as they worshiped Him
After the service, a quiet little man
Came up to the pastor and shook his hand

Pastor, can you tell me, where you found this tapestry?
My wife created one like this for a wedding gift to me?
Can I take you for a ride? There's someone you should see
I think very shortly, I can solve your mystery.

And when he saw the reunion between the husband and his wife
It was the most miraculous gift he’d witnessed in his life.

Story by Pastor Reid - Poem by Judy Sheldon-Walker


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - Quotes

Camera shots?

The art of sharing quotes is one we commonly find in blogging and great literary works. One day we may even find ourselves quoted. I often quote my mother and my children have found themselves quoting me to their children, but the quotes I am referring to are ones that give us pause to think. Sometimes they stir something deep inside us and inspire us, other times they just entertain us, but there is nothing wrong with taking a break from life's larger problems and pondering something else for a moment. Is there? Often times we can get a fresh outlook from clearing our minds momentarily.

I have enjoyed many quotes of late found on Icy's blogs and ♥♥ tuğçe♥♥'s just to name two. I've also rounded up a few and will share them with you. You can share some with me too if you like. I am known to get distracted from time to time and this will give something else to blame. :-)

By the way, did you notice that I couldn't resist trying my hand at making my own quote? Not to say it will be quoted though. :-) Take care & God bless.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - in the pink


Saturday, November 14, 2009

What is Christmas without Christ?

Politically correct may not be correct!

While working in retail I was instructed to tell customers “Happy Holidays” so as not to offend anyone. Signs are posted every where stating “Merry Xmas”. Jesus told us that we can only serve one master, and this may be one of these times. I refuse to say Happy Holidays or shorten Christmas to Xmas. What is Christmas without Christ? If I worry about offending those who prefer not to believe in Christ, but do not worry about what is right, where am I?

While walking through some of our larger stores in town I was disappointed. None of them had a nativity. Have we lost sight of the meaning of Christmas? Here are pictures of some of things I saw displayed this weekend.

Put Christ Back in Christmas!

Three wise men came traveling from afar
Their only guidance from a star
Shining brightly for the world to see
The tiny babe, God’s gift to you and me

There was no other gift dearer to His heart
Than that of His son, that He could impart
He let us know Him by His word and deed
Then we come to Him complaining with greed

Wanting money to buy for people on our list
Acting as if the Christ child never did exist
It must hurt Him to see us act this way
At least say “Merry Christmas” upon Christmas day!!

Baby Jesus was not on display.
I looked and looked for Him today,
I couldn't find Him at the shopping mart
Thankfully He holds a place within my heart
by Judy Sheldon-Walker


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Babies

How can you not love a baby?

Once I had a baby I was hooked. The sweet smell of Baby Magic and the silky soft skin, the innocent smile, bright and inquisitive eyes, and the total dependence. Yes, I was hooked.

I had four children and now have 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Now that I no longer have babies at home, I have ones I gratefully borrow on my week ends. We explore stores, take nature walks, color, read, cuddle, laugh and talk.

I have a question to ask you; is this baby real?

I wander the web from time to time and happened upon this blog one day. I borrowed only one photo. There are many there and each is so precious. This is NOT a real baby. She makes the most exquisite dolls. Each one is hand made and such a work of art. I found myself falling in love all over again. I've placed Rhonda's link in the word blog above but will give it to you again. I would hate for you to miss out on a chance to see these beautiful babies. http://www.cuddleondelivery.com

I emailed her and got permission to post about her blog. She is so humble and sweet, just like the babies she creates. She realizes that there are adults who get a lot of joy from beholding the natural beauty of a newborn. Here is a portion of her response:

"I am simply a lady, who deeply cares about everyone, and is trying to make the world a bit better by giving to someone a bit of joy, by doing what I know how to do.

Thanks again Judy,"

And I say, thanks Rhonda. When people like you share their God given talent with the world it becomes an even more wonderful place to exist in.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recipe for Salmon Patties

If you are looking for something quick and easy to make that is both economical and nutritious you might enjoy salmon patties.

Since my husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes we take extra precautions to add whole grains to our diet instead of simply processed white bread, so I substitute two handfuls of crushed wheat thins for the bread crumbs.

Cut onions without tears.

I used to hate cutting onions. They caused me to tear up and get a runny nose until I found this new method. First cut off both ends of your onion. Pierce it several times with a tooth pick and place it on a paper towel in your microwave. Cook on high for 60 seconds. Set it aside to cool while you mix up the rest of your ingredients.

Mix 1 can of salmon less about two tablespoons of the liquid. My cats love it drizzled over their food. You should have left about 1/4 cup of liquid in your salmon. Add two heaping spoons of powdered milk, your cracker crumbs, a dash or two of fresh pepper and one egg. Blend thoroughly. Dice your onion and blend it in also.

The milk not only helps to remove some of the fishiness of the salmon, but it also will add calcium and Vitamin D to your meal.

Cook in canola oil or olive oil at 350. Drop spoon fulls in hot grease, or form patties with your hand and place in pan gently so as not to get splattered by hot grease. Flatten patties slightly with spatula. Cook until both sides are desired shade of brown.

Whenever I fry food, I always place it on a paper towel to absorb excess grease, but now that we know more about cooking oils we choose heart healthy oils such as canola or olive.

This makes a dozen patties.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Life Is a Blessing! Being Alive is a Blessing!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thankful Thursdays - Authority

We are quick to talk about those who abuse authority and rightfully so. With a position of authority comes much responsibility and the abuse of authority hurts us all.

But by in large positions of authority are thankless jobs, the pay is insufficient and the risks large. I have worked as a prison guard and seen the disparity of wages between our local police enforcement and our own. I cannot discount the stress that comes with the territory, but then for the most part we (correction officers) could control the situation. A police officer can stop someone for a routine traffic infraction and lose his life.

How do you compensate someone for keeping our streets and homes safer? Recently we have had to lay off more law enforcement because of the budget crunch. Our police already work in single patrol cars because of less staffing. We make a lot of jokes about officers and doughnut and coffee stops. We point to those we think are not working hard enough, but how many of us want to put the uniform on and patrol the streets?

Today I was with my grandson Kii and his mom in front of their apartment building. I had just bent down to get my hug, when a policeman departed through the front door of their building in front of us. My grandson suddenly stopped approaching me and turned to run and hug the officer. The officer stepped back and smiled from ear to ear. He then gave my grandson a hug and said "Thanks, Buddy, I needed that!" I think my grandson said "thanks!" better than I could, which leads me to my week's "Thankful Thursday".

Remember to be thankful. Take care & God bless.


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