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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Please Help yourself to some Cassava and Lower your Cholesterol

This is one of the loveliest flowers I have ever seen. Imagine my delight when I found out the flowers are edible and so are the roots. Not only are they edible, they are highly nutritious and the yucca, also called cassava or manioc tested higher in its ability to lower cholesterol levels than sweet potato, purple yam, spiny yam and six different types of legume. The test, conducted in the Phillipines, indicated that of those participants who ate cassava daily for two weeks the average reduction in cholesterol levels was 15%. - The Doctor'sBook of Food Remedies by the editors of Prevention. For more information read here.

Yucca root is sold in the larger grocery stores so I purchased one yesterday and prepared it for the first time. My husband and I enjoyed the taste and I am sure I will buy it again when it is in season. I read in the Food Remedy book that not all yucca roots are edible. They must be "sweet" so I will not dig up any. :-)

     It has a thick waxy brown skin on it. The wax put me in the mind of rutabagas, but the skin is tougher.

Cut into two inch segments. It is rather hard to cut.

With a sharp knife remove thick skin.

Remove the thread from the center. It comes out very easily with a sharp knife.

I boiled mine, but there are many ways to cook yucca.

It's kind of sweet. We didn't need any butter. I used salt free seasoning. Why lower the cholesterol and raise the blood pressure? :-)



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just a little humor

This little white VW bug caught my eye -guess why?! I would have preferred "Jesus" be on the front of the car, rather than the back, but it was still nice to see His name displayed. Hmm. Is this politically correct? Do you have to special order the car like this? I don't care. I'll ride in it. :-)

A friend emailed this joke to me. I thought it was cute.

 Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the  computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of  hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, 'THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set  up a test that will run for two hours, and from those  results, I will judge  who does the better job.'

 So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.  They moused.  They faxed.  They emailed.  They e-mailed with attachments.  They downloaded.. They did spreadsheets! They wrote reports.  They created labels and cards..  They created charts and graphs..  They did some genealogy reports.  They did every job known to man.  Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster  than hell. 

Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning  suddenly flashed  across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of  course, the power went  off..  Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse  word known in the  underworld.  Jesus just sighed.. Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them  restarted their computers.  Satan started searching frantically, screaming:  'It's gone! It's all GONE! 'I lost everything when the  power went out!' Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his  files from the past  two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate.  'Wait!' he  screamed. 'That's not  fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't  have any?'  God just shrugged and said,  JESUS SAVES....
If you trust in Satan, you certainly will lose everything, but if you trust in Jesus you will not be lost. :-)


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Poetic License

I'm a grandma, AGAIN! This makes grandchild number 26!

Each one is very special and valued in God's sight. I am so blessed.

My mind was wandering over the history of the Bible. How we were nearly destroyed by the flood; then how wicked we became when Abraham pled for Sodom. When I think of birth I see it as a promise of life..continuation...hope. Would God allow the birth of children, if He had no plans for us? I dedicated a poem to my new grand daughter and received this comment:

"Congratulations! Unfortunately, the poem is nonsensical. It begins w/ platitude ruminations and the answer is God & baby! Sorry, not buying it."
This comment sits in my box awaiting approval. It may be that I am too thin skinned. Admittedly, I am a bit sensitive, but to me poetry is the one place I can be "me". I can say what I think and feel as long as I am not hurting anyone. "Not buying it"? What's for sale? Poetry has been my solace since I was a child. Am I wrong?
Did I misunderstand the comment and should I publish it? This post is linked to My Two Questions!

By the way, last weeks funny looking vegetable was a snake gourd. Thanks for participating!
Let's get the conversation rolling. Take care and God bless!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunset Reflected in the Lake

Join us for Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week!  Take care & God bless!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Falling for Fall

After church Sunday I stood directly under some of the fall trees and tried to capture some of the wonderful colors. Check out the vibrant reds and share yours at Ruby Tuesday!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Flax Facts for Better Health

"Flax is used for paints, varnishes, papers, linseed oil, fabric, basket weaving, linoleum, twine, banknotes, damasks, lace, fishing nets, and sheeting. It is found to be soft, lustrous, and flexible while being stronger than cotton. It does not have the give of cotton though."

"The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines by Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD and Juan R. Avila, PharmD lists the medicinal uses as :

1.reducing atherosclerosis (artery plaque buildup)
2.relieving colon problems related to laxative abuse
3.relief of constipation
4.treatment of diverticulitis (inflammatory disease of the intestines)
5.reducing cholesterol
6.aid in skin inflammation
7.assist in treating irritable bowel syndrome" - taken from my article

This is only a small portion of the information I found while researching flax. If you would like you can  read more at: Perhaps the Most Versatile Plant in the World. 

Nature has so much to offer us if we but look, learn, and listen.  I would like to help you in a journey to better health.  Take care and God bless!      


Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's All in a Day

He does not hand us a bucket of paint with which to paint the sky
He does not hand us a hammer and nails to hang the sun up high
He does not hand us fabric to tape leaves unto the trees
And do you see a giant fan used to circulate the breeze?
He gives us wonders daily. Do we give it a thought
About the many wonders that money never bought?

Nature by God
Poem by Judy

This post linked to SkyWatch Friday. Have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Employment

My youngest son, Chris, often referred to as Baby Boy, sat next to me in church the other day. He likes cuff links and was proud to show off his new cufflinks. He even let me take a picture. :-) There is fifteen years between him and my oldest son, so it is with special pride that I call him Baby boy. There won't be any other babies...but let's not wander any more.

This post is about employment. Other than being unemployed for the last year and a half, he has been employed since 15. I have worked since 12. While there may be days and jobs we do not relish, we are truly grateful for employment. We joke about work being a four lettered word. If only I could make decent money writing...I'm sure there are many of you who have an idea of your dream job, but in the mean time; thank God for employment! The job keeps a roof over our head and food in our fridge. He starts his new job tomorrow. He will be working with my good friend, Jeannie. Wish Chris well with his new job and thanks so much for visiting me today.

Take care and God bless!


Needless Struggles

Sometimes life sends struggles to wrestle with your soul
Things that become stressful and spiral out of control
Your back becomes bent from the load you have to bare
You look around for help and no one seems to care
Or if they care a little, there’s nothing they can do
The burden must be carried and it was left for you
So you lift your voice in anguish; cry upon the Lord
You turn your eyes to Jesus as you look heavenward

His voice responds back sweetly like the cooing of a dove
Never doubt my mercy. Never doubt my love!
Remember in the garden, when I knelt in prayer alone
Right after that, my child, I took your burden as my own
You’ve wrestled with sin’s burden, but I buried it long ago
Turn your eyes towards me and I’ll show you where to go

Judy Sheldon-Walker

Never, No one, Nothing..
Nothing but
Negative words
The same God that cares for the flowers
And feeds the beasts and birds
Is the aNswer for the
N word.

Please enjoy the rest of your week. Be blessed. Enjoy  ABC Wednesday with us!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Chilean Rescue!

For the last few days my husband and I have been following this story on the news. It is both inspiring and heartwarming. In the beginning it was very scary.

"Cheers and tears" were shed and shared as man after man was rescued from the underground mine. Chilean flags waved, friends and family gathered, medical staff was on hand and all emerged safely.

This has been the most complex mine rescue I can remember and the most successful. For 65 long days the men were trapped below the ground's surface. Can you imagine the worry and suffering their friends and family felt? Can you imagine the joy they are now experiencing since the safe return of their loved one(s)?

The government enlisted a team of experts from the U.S. NASA for their wisdom in keeping the crew well physically and mentally. They averaged a weight loss of 22 pounds or 10 kg. each during their first 2 1/2 weeks before they were known to be alive.

For more read here. The two photos I borrowed were found here also and you can view more at the link, if you would like. Our God is an awesome God and He does continue to perform miracles daily. Take care and God bless!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Miss "Goody Two Shoes" gets a man

Boys don't want to date Miss Goody Two Shoes!

All through high school I was painfully shy. I just did not fit in with the rest of my classmates. Most had stay at home moms. Mine worked in a factory. They discussed their favorite television shows, we had no television. They listened to the latest songs and knew the newest dance moves. I was not allowed to dance,  and the mere mention of going out to the movies would really set our father off. He claimed dances and movies were places girls got pregnant and that was not going to happen to his daughters! I was not asked out by any of the boys at school. I heard them refer to me as "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" . It hurt. At times I would think that I would never meet a boy and fall in love. I would never get married and have children. In those days unmarried women were pitied. A girl was made to believe that she was not complete without a male companion.

 I exchanged my shoes for skates and met a man!

But fortunately for me I met a young man while out skating with my Sunday school class. After we saw each other a few times we got up the nerve and exchanged numbers. I was scared to get happy. I was scared to hope. He would meet me every time our Sunday school went skating. But each time I was sure it would be the last.

He had sandy brown hair and the most beautiful soft blue eyes. His hair would fall into his eyes when he laughed and he would toss it back with his hand only to have it fall again. His gaze would make my heart beat faster. I was a gawky tall, but he was taller. I could hardly balance myself and was so nervous. I would joke about needing a pillow to tie to my bottom because I ended up on the floor so much. He just laughed, then he would reach out to steady me... He worked in the factory near there but I was just a senior in high school, so I felt young and inexperienced, and I was...Each time I left the skating arena happier than I ever thought I could be but at the same time I was plagued with the thought that I would never see him again. What if he found someone (anyone) better? What if Father found out and forbid it?

I'm linking to Walk Down Memory Lane!

photo source


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Goldenrod is Truly Golden

Many people wrongly blame goldenrod for triggering their allergies, but it is probably ragweed they need to blame.  At Medicinal Uses of HerbGoldenrod I read that in order to suffer allergies from this plant you would have to virtually bury your face in the flowers “because the plant is not designed for wind pollination.” I have compiled information from several sources and you can (if you would like :-)) read more @ Goldenrod is Truly Golden

Goldenrod has a long list of ailments it is beneficial in treating:

* Colds and flu
* Bladder inflammation
* Digestive problems
* Kidney stones
* Sore throats/laryngitis
* Fatigue
* Urinary tract infections
* Hay fever and allergies
* Use the leave topically to heal wounds.
* Flatulence
* Vomiting
* Headache
* Malaria
* Measles
* Arthritis
* Kidney ailments
* Chronic eczema
* Astringent
* Diuretic
* Diaphoretic

This post is linked to Mellow Yellow Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a blessed week!



Saturday, October 9, 2010

No Ordinary Beauty!

Left my friend's home early tonight
Thinking maybe I'd timed it just right
Looking for a glorious setting sun
I kept looking but could not find one

I wanted to capture the big circle of red
Fiery, vivid, but I found ordinary instead
Drove a little further looking to the west
A glorious sun is my quest
My view blocked by houses and trees
Don't let me miss the sunset again were my pleas

Just a little further, I turn to the right
There is no sun anywhere in sight
Pull out the camera to take a picture or two
Of just the lake. It will have to do.

I turned  around and headed back to my car
Oh well, at least I didn't come far..
One last look before I leave
And the colors were just too pretty to believe.

God, I know my patience is small
Why do you put up with me at all?
You reward my despair with beauty unknown
When I so often gripe, grumble and groan.

I set my mind and heart on one design
But it may not be what you have in mind.
My camera pays tribute to you better than I
In  attempts at capturing the beauty of the  sky

Nature by God
Poetry by Judy Sheldon-Walker

Please join us in weekend reflections and have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thankful Thursday - My Two Sons

I was invited out to eat tonight by one of the most handsome men on the planet. You see the title belongs to only two men and they are both my sons. :-) Now if you are a parent, you understand. When you look at your own child, you see beauty, goodness, and God's love. God truly loved me to bless me with not one but four beautiful children, 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Baby girl, (Ruby) is due to give birth any day now, so it will soon be 26 grands. My heart is so full of love and gratitude.  I am thankful this Thursday and every other day for His blessings. Take care and God bless.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

L is for Love

When I was a young lass I was in love with love. The right man would show up and whisk me away and we would live happily ever after. Now I am in love with the creator of love:

Long ago I Longed for Love while my husband Lusted...
He promised that he Loved me but his promise busted
Leisurely he Lazed around until I threw the Loser out
Love was not the bond that held, Lack of it won out.
Now I place my Love and faith
in my Lord and Savior
For the Light of His pure Love makes my spirits soar.

Judy Sheldon-Walker

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