LAST DAY OF WINTER

TL 3-19 LAST DAY OF WINTER

I’m so ready, aren’t you???  Lately, I’ve been awakened by birds and sunlight streaming into my room.  Once we get past the initial shock of Daylight Savings Time, that’s when the real magic begins.  We look forward to tee-shirt weather and longer evenings.  Some of us also muddle through allergies, but it’s still worth it.HE'S STILL CREATING

In Kansas we’ve learned to approach the first day of spring with a cautious optimism.  I have memories of April snow storms!  One year I was hosting a birthday tea on April 2nd – and had to call around at the last-minute because there was a winter storm raging outside!  But I don’t feel that doubt this year like I have in years past – maybe because Easter is so early.  I think we’re safe from winter’s sneaky game this year.

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  – Henry van Dyke

I took my first walk outdoors yesterday.  For starters, I survived – yay!  I wore sweats and thought that would be warm enough, but the breeze was still fairly chilly.  My ears felt a little sore when I got home, but I’m no worse for wear.  There’s something special about knowing the walks will be outside.  I don’t enjoy walking on a treadmill and find it very dull.IT'S A PERFECT DAY TO FEEL GREATOur local Lowe’s is getting all set up for spring and summer in their garden center.  Whether you plant vegetables or flowers, there’s an excitement about playing in the dirt!  Even after we’re adults, we make mud pies – oh, come on – admit it!  You still like to make mud pies!

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  – Mark Twain

Will you fly a kite this month?  It’s been years since I’ve done that!  I used to live across the street from a popular park where people would go to fly kites.  Those are good memories.  I used to take my Sunday School class to the park to fly kites and have a picnic in March.  I made them promise to show up for Sunday School – and most of them kept that promise.GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVEWe plant the seed and God provides everything that little seed needs to grow into something wonderful.  It’s true for plants, flowers and people.  When we plant the seed of God’s Word, He makes it grow!  Just keep on plantin’…  that’s what we’re here for, right?  🙂

Advertisements

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY #28

TL 8-25 WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

 

12003016_1158518714161944_7292046645859184686_n

THE 3-LEGGED RACE

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. ❤

NATIONAL PICNIC DAY

TL 4-23 PICNIC DAY

https://youtu.be/wNtjoUlRrNw

Today is NATIONAL PICNIC DAY!!!

We could fix this for our basket.

There are so many great places here in Wichita to enjoy a picnic lunch!  Even though it is Tuesday, you can plan to enjoy the day in a very special way – with that special someone!  It seems as though life gets so busy, it’s nice to take a day to just do something a little different.

If and when I get the opportunity to picnic with my favorite person, I like to do more than just the run-of-the-mill sandwiches or cold fried chicken.  I like to make Turkey rolls and a special salad that tastes so much better than any potato salad I’ve ever eaten.  This salad is also much lower in carbohydrates, so it is a diabetic-friendly choice.

Not-Quite-Middle-Eastern Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 head cauliflower

2/3 cup sliced stuffed olives

7 scallions, sliced

2 cups triple washed fresh spinach, chopped fine

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small ripe tomato, diced small

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Run the cauliflower through the shredding blade of your food processor and put it in a microwaveable casserole. Add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover and nuke it on “high” for 5 minutes. Uncover it as soon as the microwave stops, and let it cool.

While that’s cooking, cut up your other vegetables, and assemble them in a large salad bowl.

Drain the cooled cauliflower well, and dump it in with all the other vegetables. Add the oil, garlic, and mayonnaise, and toss. Salt and pepper to taste, toss again, and serve.

6 servings of roughly a cup each. 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, with 2 grams of fiber, for a usable carb count of 3 grams. 1 gram protein.

I plan to buy a nice Longaberger picnic basket someday.  Yes, I know how expensive they are, but I would like to have the best if I plan to picnic often.

Right now I have a picnic basket that serves the purpose.  I try to get the nicest, most sturdy paper plates I can find, as well as good quality cups and cutlery.  The most un-romantic thing to have happen is for your fork to break while you’re trying to eat.  That could be a real mood buster.

I pack linen napkins instead of paper.  Sometimes I opt for “real” cutlery as well, or at least get the kind that looks real.

Individual glass bottles of lemon water are included in my picnic basket.  I squeeze the lemons ahead of time and put the juice in ice trays.  When they get frozen, I pop them out and put them in the bottle with the water!  The frozen lemon juice cubes serve a dual purpose – they keep the water cold and provide alkaline friendly lemon juice as they melt.

Others may choose the traditional sandwich, chips and soda – but I like to dress a picnic up a bit to make it special.  When you add a bit of personality to your picnic, it shows the one you love that you put a bit of yourself into it and they appreciate your effort.

Now all you have to do is find the perfect spot to eat your lunch.  Here in Kansas there are so many wonderful places to enjoy a picnic!  When it is Springtime in Kansas, we just hope it won’t be raining or worse – severe weather!  We do have the odd tornado around here.

In some states, they really do it up right!
http://youtu.be/vMRPUcgAnPY

I hope you get to pack a picnic for the one you love today!