A nature hike with John Minton.

Damita Jo Rogers used to say, “I’m gonna SCHOOL ya about this!” I smile when I think of her. Today I decided to do a blog to SCHOOL ya about Diabetes and healthy snacking.

There are so many misconceptions and falsehoods about Diabetes and food, regardless of the “type”. People tend to focus on keeping sugar away from Type 2 Diabetics. That would be fine, but if a Type 2 has a low blood sugar, guess what they need to bring that number back to normal? Yes, they need SUGAR.

It’s true that we can’t sit around eating anything we want all day long (bummer). We don’t have to do as much pre-planning and calculating as Type 1 Diabetics do, but we do need to be prepared for a low blood sugar when it happens. I carry glucose gel and hard candy (not sugar-free). If I know I’ll be doing a lot of walking or be very active, I also carry some homemade trail mix in my backpack or tote bag.

I like to make my own because that way I know what is in there. Sometimes there are added ingredients in the store-bought varieties. I’ll be brutally honest – it’s also much cheaper to make your own trail mix. It is outlandishly expensive, especially from convenience stores. A small bag can cost over $5.00. Yes, I am frugal, thank you very much!

It’s not only NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY, but today is also PORTION CONTROL DAY!

I like the motto:  Respect your body, respect your health, respect your life!   

Here’s my recipe for Diabetic friendly Trail Mix.

Low-Carb Trail Mix

1 cup raw almonds (I use sliced but you can use whole)
1 cup pumpkin or squash seeds (you can toast them or not)
2 ounces unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins or currants, loosely packed

This makes about 16 servings of 1/4 cup each. I bag each serving separately to avoid overeating. This mix has only 6.5 g. of carbohydrate. I think you will see that it’s better than the pre-packaged stuff at the store!

You can use sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin or squash seeds. Also, hazelnuts, soy nuts or walnuts in the place of almonds once in a while is good.

I’ve also learned that if I have a craving for chocolate (c’mon… who doesn’t?) I can add a SMALL BAG of regular M&M’s to the mix and it will take care of the craving. I usually have my worst cravings around Halloween. There’s just something about Autumn and Halloween that brings out the chocolate cravings! It does add a few carbohydrates to each serving, but it’s better than going crazy eating a candy bar!   😉



SPENDING MY TREASUREWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.  – Colossians 3:23

Today is FRANCHISE APPRECIATION DAY.  There are a couple of ways to deal with a bad day.  Of course I pray about it, but once in a while you just need some RETAIL THERAPY – am I right, ladies?  When the day has not gone quite right, a trip to the mall, or to your computer with the credit card does wonders.

I try to support Christian businesses, especially small businesses.  The Avon store I frequent is owned and operated by a nice Christian couple.  If I go in there and she is swamped with customers, I like how the whole family pitches in and makes things run so smoothly.  No matter which family member helps you, they all have an equal knowledge of their stock and of Avon products in general.

My number one choice for a good, fresh, large salad is the Chick-fil-A grilled chicken salad.  They also have the kind of salad dressing I like (not all fast food places do).  The employees are fast and friendly.  There is always one member of the crew going around cleaning off tables and making sure they are ready for the next in line.

Most Christian businesses go the extra mile.  They operate on a different level because they have a great mindset.  They believe in working for people just as if they were working for the Lord Himself.  That value system goes way beyond the bottom line – they answer to a much higher authority than Uncle Sam.

Our local Family Christian store is a great place to hang out on a lazy afternoon.  The staff is very helpful and they carry all the latest Christian books, CD’s and DVD’s.  I appreciate the clearance table being kept right by the front door.  Most stores keep their clearance tables or racks at the back of the store and hope the customer doesn’t have the energy to make it that far.  Trust me – I have the energy to get back there!  If I have to be pushed back there – I’ll get there!

As a Christian, you may not think it matters where you spend your hard-earned cash, but it does.  In this divisive country, it’s to the point where business owners and consequently their employees stand on one side of the fence or the other.  Some business owners are supporters of causes that I don’t believe in.  Do I really want to make them richer?  I so don’t think so!

Support Christian businesses.  Thanks!  😀






I wrote this little poem for my friend Barb. Her granddaughter, Adalynn is such a sweet baby. On a daily basis I see video of her on facebook and she is growing up before my very eyes!

My prayer is that little Adalynn will enjoy as many freedoms in America as I have. I pray that when she is my age (old), she will have the right to be the administrator of a Christian blog if she wants to. Frankly, I am concerned that the liberties and freedoms of Christians is going to be compromised – soon.

I was watching the Kelley File this evening on FOX news. She said the technology is available to our Federal government that would censor “HATE” language. So, in essence, this post would be taken down because I just typed the word HATE in it. Did I mention anything about HATING anyone or anything? No, but it won’t matter because the word HATE is typed here (three times). The problem is, my writing could be judged as hateful and banned from view. Censorship goes against my Constitutional rights! I hope we as Christians are protected by the Constitution for the long haul. The fact is, that could go away too. We need to wake up, Christian America!

I don’t support ugliness by anyone! I like to talk about the hope, peace, and love found in Christ Jesus. That is who I am and always will be. Having said that, I am also not digging on anyone going through my facebook account, email, blog or anything else I exercise my God-given right to speak FREELY in. Butt out, Uncle Sam!!! Peddle your micro-management paranoia elsewhere!

Who decided that the American people could not be trusted to use the brains that our Lord, Master and Creator gave us? ISIS wants to kill us and all you can do is think of ways to make your own people’s lives miserable online? Really? There’s this thing called priorities…

Sweet little Adalynn needs the same freedoms in America that her mother and grandmother enjoy. She should be able to chat online about her Jesus without fear in her own country. Don’t you agree? ❤



Today is BOW TIE DAY!!!  There is one bow tie that means the world to me – my daddy’s tie!  I keep it in my jewelry box and take it out once in a while, think back and smile.  It’s not flashy, but quite ordinary looking.  Gray with a striped texture, it made every one of my dad’s suits look very distinguished.

I have other memories of bow ties.  Pastor Chris and my husband had silk bow ties with flashing lights on them!  They used to wear them sometimes at potluck dinners just for fun.  Those are good memories to be sure.  I’m sure you have some bow tie memories too.


In the 18th and 19th centuries, bow ties came in various materials and styles.  The original bow tie was called a jabot (of French derivation, pronounced ja-bow) and was a kind of ready-made lace cravat.

It’s so great that I don’t have to know how to tie a bow tie!

As an alternative to the tailcoats and white bow ties of the early 1800’s, Pierre Lorillard V invented the tuxedo as an alternative.   The tuxedo got its name from the resort of Tuxedo Park, New York, where it was first worn.  Black tie and tails are now considered a standard at high school proms and weddings.

For business wear bow ties have lost favor since they are complicated to tie and must be made in the correct collar size.  These days the bow tie is unfortunately associated with geeks and others who are a little left of center.  Pee Wee Herman comes to mind – hmm, wonder why?

There are some really cute homemade bow ties that daddy’s can wear just because they love their kiddos so much:

Hey – it’s a no-sew method and that works for me!  🙂
















The sky’s the limit when it comes to celebrating this day.  Why do we believe that life is worth the living – and giving more of ourselves for friends, family and spouses?  Just because Christ Lives!

Maybe you’d like to bake a batch of cookies for your neighbor and hand deliver them – just because.

It’d be fun to burn a special CD of favorite songs for your special someone – just because.  You can leave it in the CD player at home or in their car.  They’ll be rocking around the house or on the way to their next destination.

How about setting up a special ice cream bar for your family – just because?  Get all your family’s favorite flavors and decorate the dining room to look festive and fun.

A special dinner for two may be in order today – just because.  Make arrangements to get a sitter for the evening and put your best tablecloth on the dining room table along with some tapers and soft music.  Fix your husband / wife’s favorite meal and then gussy up and get ready for an evening of fireworks!  Ooh la la…

When was the last time you watched your spouse’s favorite movie?  Maybe tonight you should plan to pop some popcorn and enjoy the flick together – just because.  Cuddling is encouraged.

We don’t really need a specific reason to be kind to the one we’re married to – or anyone for that matter.  These are just a few suggestions for ways to celebrate JUST BECAUSE DAY!!!  When the love of Christ is in us, it is a natural response to share His love with those around us.

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  – 1 John 4:7

Let’s make someone’s day better today!  Let’s share God-given talents with friends and neighbors.  🙂


On this day in 1920 the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the United States Constitution .  Its two sections read:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

I must say this is important to me as a Republican conservative woman.  I do not take my right to vote for granted.  Since I was old enough to vote, I’ve done so.

 Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.  – Calvin Coolidge

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I’m a conservative Christian American woman and I vote. Want some apple pie?

I do more than make a mean apple pie!  My ears are open and my mouth is shut.  I want to hear something good from the Republican party.  I want to hear someone say they have a plan – I’m tired of hearing that they don’t like the other side’s plan – duh – none of us do!  Give me substance in your thought process, not just empty rhetoric!  I’m tired of tippy-toeing around because I might offend someone.  If my faith offends you – oh well…   TOUGH TOENAILS!  P.C. is strangling us!  We are a diverse nation – that’s what makes us so great!  Let’s be different – yes!  Don’t be afraid to believe what you believe.  I need the same freedom.

America was founded on Christian principles and beliefs.  Taking God out of things will never take Him away from me.  Did it ever occur to you that this country is in such a mess because its people have turned their backs on God?

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Well, we have another election in 2016.  I’ll be voting if I’m alive.  Until then, I’m listening to candidates and studying policies, but above all else, I’m praying that God will direct the right person to run for office and win the election.  I want God’s divine hand involved in America again.  We need His help whether we think we do or not.  🙂







Imagine you are out on a grassy hillside, gathered with family and friends. You hear laughing and see the children out playing beside a crystal clear stream that runs alongside. You’re enjoying the picnic lunch you packed. The fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans are so good – and taste better still since you are in such a relaxing atmosphere. Everyone is having a great time at this group outing. Then you hear a voice calling out, “It’s time for the 3-legged race! Everyone interested in participating come to the starting line!”

You look around. Obviously you cannot walk to the starting line without a partner! You need someone you can trust to walk at the same pace you do – one who will not want to set their own pace and walk faster than you, or who will not be able to keep up and cause you both to fall! You need just the right person for this race. Who will you choose?

Have you ever thought of marriage as a 3-legged race? Well, I have – several times during my over quarter of a century marriage! Our marriage is not perfect – no marriage is perfect. Sometimes though, when we walk together I imagine my right leg and his left leg in a burlap sack. I imagine that we would win that 3-legged race because you see, we have played some beautiful music together down through the years. We understand rhythm, timing and syncopation as well as rest, sharp, flat and natural signs. We read each other like a music book.

I have depended on that man’s lead for a long time. He sets the tone in our home, and I like it that way. It’s my job to be a helpmate to him. God ordained the man to be head of the household and that’s fine with me. But when I race with him, one leg is tied to his. We have to walk quickly, but with a sense of rhythm, or we will both fall. If you fall too many times, you lose the race. It’s a delicate ability to run this race and it takes years of practice.

I’m here to tell you, young people just starting out: Hang in there – it’s worth it! Longevity doesn’t happen because two people are perfect for each other. Sometimes it happens in spite of the fact that two people are not perfect for each other! You will have rough patches, but if you have a high-quality rope and you have set the pace at which you will run, you will win the race.

Where can you find a high-quality rope? I’m so glad you asked!

Make GOD the center your marriage. Enjoy family devotions together. Pray together. Have the same goals for your future. Set your sights on what God sees as good. If you don’t know what God wants you to do next, ask Him. If God is in the center of your relationship with your spouse, your rope will be strong and you will not fray it as you run the race. Once in a while you may begin running out of sync and stumble, but God is there, the rope is heavy and strong. Get back up and keep racing together.

Then some days you crawl to the finish line like the mattress mascot! LOL!!!

I met one woman in Georgia who has been married to her husband for over 60 years.  After being asked for her best relationship advice, she paused and then said, “Don’t be afraid to be the one who loves the most.”  – Nate Bagley

Today is our 28th wedding anniversary. With God’s help, our rope will stay strong and we will make it to the finish line. ❤