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. ❤



8-24 PLUG IN TO THE SOURCEToday is VESUVIUS DAY!!!  Italy’s Mount Vesuvius is in the Gulf of Naples.  It has erupted three dozen times since 79 AD.  It last erupted in 1944.  For more information go to

As awesome as God’s creation is, it’s more important for me to be plugged in to God on a spiritual level.  How do I stay plugged in?  Through prayer.

This is an analogy that has been used for years, but it’s effective so I’m going to use it again. If you wanted a couple of pieces of toast (oh, that sounds so good) but did not plug the toaster in before pushing the bread into the toaster, would you still get toast? If you answered “yes” I’d like to see you after class to hear your hypothesis.

If you have an older toaster, the bread will sit down inside the toaster and do nothing until you plug the toaster into the outlet. If you have a newer toaster like mine, the toaster will pop the bread back up, as if to say, “Hey, stupid, you have to plug me in before I can make this bread into toast – duh!” Yes, my appliances talk ugly to me. Bad, bad appliances!

So how do you expect to have any power in your life if you refuse to get with God in prayer and Bible study? Do you think all that stuff you learn on Sunday morning is enough to get you through the deep waters that come along in life. Do you not think there will be any deep water in life? Seriously???

Pray without ceasing, – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray all the time. Ok, that doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour on your knees, but it does mean that you stay plugged in to the source of your power, strength, joy, peace, patience, loving kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control. Wow – sounds like the fruits of the Spirit, right? Bingo! If you are not plugged in to the source – the trinity – Father, Son, Spirit – you can’t do life the way it’s supposed to be done. Yep, that’s what I said. An attitude of prayer – those little prayers that shoot through your mind all day long – they are heard by God through Christ. We pray those prayers all day – you know the ones, like, LORD HELP ME – you think He doesn’t hear it? Think again. That is an attitude of prayer. That’s how you stay plugged in to your source! Praise Him today! ❤

A great way to plug-in is to have a devotional book based on the Word of God. My recommendation is one by Lucinda Berry Hill called COFFEE WITH JESUS. It’s unique because it is her original poetry! Poetry, of course resonates with me. If you would like your own copy, please go to the link below. 🙂

Oh – and hey… there’s a rumor she has another book in the works – I don’t know whether I was supposed to tell ya – but I guess I spilled the beans!  I shouldn’t be listening to rumors anyway, right???





By August 23rd, 1933, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig played in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking former Yankee Everett Scott’s record for consecutive games played.  He would go on to play in 2,130 games in a row, setting a record that would stand for over half a century.

Henry Louis Gehrig was born June 19, 1903, in New York City, the only child of German immigrants to survive childhood illness. His doting parents stressed education over sports, and he attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. After his freshman year, Gehrig played for New York Giants Manager John McGraw in a summer league under the name Henry Lewis; he lost a year of eligibility at Columbia when his ruse was discovered. Gehrig was then signed by a Yankees scout while playing first base at Columbia, against the advice of Giants fans who believed their skipper had let the talented slugger get away. Gehrig joined the Yankees in 1923, but didn’t see any action until 1925. According to legend, Gehrig stepped in at first base when star Wally Pipp benched himself with a headache. Gehrig didn’t miss a game for the next 13 years, and Pipp never made it back on to the field. To this day, to be “Wally Pipped” is to be replaced for good.

Gehrig set his endurance record against the Browns in St. Louis more than eight seasons after the streak began on June 1, 1925. He was honored after the first inning, when Browns and Yankees players surrounded him at home plate and he was presented with a silver trophy by American League President William Harridge. The Yankees went on to lose the game in 10 innings, 7-6, in spite of home runs from Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey.

For his career, Gehrig’s offensive output was as extraordinary as his consecutive games streak. The left-handed slugger led the American League in RBIs five times and drove in at least 100 runs 13 years in a row. He led the AL in home runs three times, runs four times and in hitting once. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig became the first player to homer four times in a single game. In the Yankees first golden era, Gehrig batted cleanup, right after Babe Ruth, the bigger star of the two. It was Gehrig, however, who was named American League MVP in 1927, on a Yankee team considered the greatest team in history. He won the award again in 1936, another championship year for the Yankees. In all, Gehrig helped the Yankees to six World Series titles.

In 1938 Gehrig’s batting average dropped below .300 for the first time in his career and he began to experience chronic illness. As his strength continued to dwindle and doctors struggled to diagnose him, Gehrig took himself out of many games. He was eventually diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare degenerative disease now often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. He retired and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and died just two years later.

May God bless those with ALS and the ones doing the IBC. Our prayers are with both. Our prayers are also with the firefighters who were critically injured while trying to help students complete their IBC.

My friend, Ally, defines ALS this way:
ALS = AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a nasty, horrible disease. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and is often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. People with ALS eventually become completely paralyzed and are unable to breathe on their own. Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable and many people live with quality for five years and more. More than half of all patients live more than three years after diagnosis.

I asked my group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH what they thought about the Ice Bucket Challenges to raise money for ALS. The general opinion is that if they can have some fun for a good cause, then what’s the harm? I’m glad the money is coming in, but admit that I’m concerned about the challenges where safety is concerned.

Let me just inject something here. This is a friendly observation from the sidelines. The idea is to be splashed with the ice water – not be knocked senseless by the bucket. Ok… then there’s this:
I kept waiting for that big glass bowl to fall on his head. Glad that didn’t happen. 🙂

It seems charities go in waves. Back in the 1960’s the big charity was March of Dimes – anyone remember that one? We literally marched all over the neighborhood collecting change from our neighbors for them. Hey, does anyone remember The Walk for Mankind in the 1970’s? Yep – did that too.

We tend to support the charities that hit home with us the most – it’s only natural. I support the cancer research, particularly pancreas, colon and ovarian. I also support the ADA and AHA.

The ice bucket challenge makes me concerned about safety. People are getting bonked in the head with large buckets – that’s gotta hurt! I just want to play Mama with you guys – please have fun and raise lots of money – but be safe! The last article I read said that there has been over 5 million dollars raised so far. Well done! 🙂




Today is SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY!!!  I’m not one yet, but I’m fast approaching the starting gate.  Of all the attributes needed to be successful in life, I believe two are most important:  a good attitude and disposition.  I’m sure we all recognize a good attitude, but we don’t hear much about disposition anymore.

What is a disposition?

dis·po·si·tion noun \ˌdis-pə-ˈzi-shən\ : the usual attitude or mood of a person or animal : a tendency to act or think in a particular way.

The other day I was in the grocery store and saw a T-shirt that said “I love my attitude”. Of course we all know it’s a statement about a BAD attitude, a sort of declaration that although the attitude is not good, there are no plans to do anything about it – except brag about it.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
– Roald Dahl

How times have changed. When I was a kid, we did not brag about a bad attitude, or disposition. I was encouraged to have the best disposition I could have, and told that with God’s help it was possible. When did we give up and begin bragging about the bad in us? It makes me sad that we choose to give up, give in and surrender to negativity. Life can be so much better. God wants to help us make it the best life with love and peace from Him.

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin

It’s possible to have a shiny disposition with God’s help. God, our loving heavenly Father. We need to ask for His help. He knows where you are, the pain you feel (physically and emotionally), and He calls you by your name. Take a moment to call on God at the beginning of each day. Ask Him to guide and direct your path, give you strength and courage to face the day ahead.

I’ve decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I’m having a party! – Betsy Cañas Garmon

Celebrate a positive outlook, a good attitude, a shiny disposition! 😀