Tuesday, September 2, 2014

for the Hard Days...

I have days... hard days... just like anyone else. 
That is my life, probably your's too.

"So pull up a chair if you're feeling tired, if you're discouraged, or if you just feel a little empty inside." Holley

Holley Gerth, author of the book

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

is an easy writer to follow.  A couple of weeks ago, I received her new Book and began reading it that night. I kept it on my night stand and began reading it before I went to sleep. 

After the first few days, I found myself also picking it up and reading it in the morning. I enjoyed it. I looked forward to each new chapter. I even went back and re-read a chapter or two, just because I enjoyed them. My days seemed to be clearer, maybe a little brighter. I looked forward to my time with this book.

Chapter 18 is just one of my many favorites. It begins with:

She stands alone after the service ends".  I walk up next to her and gently ask "How are you?".  She answers "It is well with my Soul".  I nod because I know she is telling the truth. This isn't a cliche offered  like a Band-aid to protect her heart. She means it.

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days has 52 entries or chapters. Each chapter ends with a prayer with a few lines for you to journal your thoughts.

There is also space for you to journal what you are hearing. Yes, that is right, a space for you to journal what YOU ARE hearing. I found that challenging, because at first I didn't quite understand. But after I had tried it a couple of times, I realized how much I had learned about myself just by thinking about what I was hearing. 

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days, by Holley Gerth is available for purchase on September 2, for $13.99. You may purchase it on Amazon.com in both hardback or Kindle Reader versions. It is published by Revelle Books, a great company with a long history of good books.

It is a great gift idea especially with the holidays fast approaching. I hope you will order it and get one for yourself. I honestly think anyone who reads this book will enjoy it and find it a blessing of words in their everyday life.

Holley has written several other books and they are also available. You can follow Holley Gerth on facebook, twitter, instagram, google+, pinterest and email. Just go to her website and check her out!

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Disclosure: I enjoy reading! I always have and always will! 

My review of this book is just that, my own opinion of how I liked or disliked this book. I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. However, all opinions and summaries expressed are my own, without any influence, and are copyright protected.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sweet Angel Cookies!

My mom used to bake these cookies for us when we were kids. I have no idea where she got this recipe, it probably came from one of her friends or a family member but I have never seen this particular recipe anywhere else in my long life.  

I have been baking these cookies myself since I was about 8 years old. 

I would get up in the middle of the night and bake cookies and then go back to bed, get up and go to school.

I still love baking by myself when the house is quiet, real quiet and dark outside. The outside world comes to a stop and I am able to concentrate and enjoy myself. Nothing interrupts me, no phone calls, no television, no people. Just me, my hot cookies, and a tall glass of cold milk.

Angel Sugar Cookies

½ cup Crisco
½ cup Real Butter (1 stick) at room temperature
½ cup white sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar

Cream together with mixer in bowl about one minute on medium speed.

1 egg

Mix together for about one minute on low, just enough to get it mixed in good.

Sift together then add to wet mixture:

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix together on low for about another minute. Then add:

1 tsp of vanilla

Chill dough for about a half hour.

Then roll into teaspoon size balls. I then dip the bottom of a small glass (shot glass worked for me) into a small bowl of water then into a small bowl of sugar. 

And press the wet/sugar coated glass bottom onto the dough ball and flatten them a little.

This will leave a wet sugary coating on top of each cookie.

Bake on parchment paper in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

click here for printable recipe

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Time is too precious...

"If you want to be happy you have to be happy on purpose.  When you wake up, you can't just wait and see what kind of day you'll have. You have to decide what kind of day you will have."   Joel Osteen

Here I am, sitting at my kitchen table this morning feeling blue because our Labor Day Holiday will be spent at home, alone... blowing our noses, coughing, and resting. 

We had friends call yesterday wanting to come for the weekend but we warned them about this awful bug.  

It is contagious, I know, I caught it somewhere, now Big Brother has it, and thehubs is starting to cough a bit.  

I wouldn't risk spreading this on to anyone else. 

So we are staying home, alone.

We will miss the lake, the boats, the breakfasts, the lunches and the barbecues. We will miss our friends who travel four hours to come and visit.  We will miss the noisy laughter, the jokes, the stories and the plans being made. 

But we will not be wasting our time, it is too precious. 

We plan a quiet barbecue for ourselves, to spend some time catching up on some chores around the house, to play with a few projects, and to rest in between coughs and blowing our noses. 

Thehubs will work on his new dirt pile, adding it to the garden, filling in holes, spreading it in low places.

I will keep working on the guest bathroom. Since we painted I have been playing with some ideas for decor.  I didn't want to just go out and buy something, I wanted to create something. I will spend this time playing with painted frames.

And I will make some cookies.

Time is a precious gift, no matter how you spend it! The garden is coming to an end, the flowers are turning brown, no matter how much we water. We still need rain terribly, this drought is taking its toll on our trees, bushes, and flowers.

It is becoming FALL at our house! I am looking forward to cooler temperatures, shorter days, and bon fires in the dark!

I hope all of you have a 
Labor Day Holiday!

no matter where you are!

Or, who you are with!

Thanks for stopping by!

As life goes...

My friend Meg, my animal saver, animal rights cape crusader friend posted this to her status on facebook last night. 

She is building a new "dog friendly" home and has been a very busy lady. 

She posted this photo and the words 

"fall decorating - done!" 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


  • 3 boxes of Mucinex cold Medicine............ $16.00

  • 5 boxes of Puffs with lotion................. $6.50

  • 2 tubes of Lysol sanitizing wipes............ $4.80

  • 1 bottle of Vicks Vaporub.................... $4.25

  • 1 can of Lysol Spray Disinfectant............ $3.40

  • One trip to the Doctor's Office.............. $50.00

  • 3 new Prescriptions.......................... $16.00

  • The CURE for the common cold........ Priceless!

Yep, I got that bug
going on eleven days now. 

This morning thehubs and I
argued about me going to the doctor.

thehubs: Babe, you are not getting any better. I need to take you to the doctor.

me: No!  It is just a common cold, all he will do is tell me to continue taking the mucinex and ride it out.

thehubs: But Babe, you coughed all night and yesterday you were clammy all afternoon.

me: Oh, it is just a bug, I can ride it out for a few more days then if it's not better, I will go.

Then after trying to drink my first, albeit IMPORTANT, very important FIRST cup of coffee, I popped over to facebook to read a message from my friend Sara. It was a special message to her husband Gary on a special day. I scrolled down to the comment section and wrote "Happy Birthday Gary" right under her message. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't swallow my coffee. I sat in my chair.  

Thehubs urged me again...

thehubs: What is the doctor's phone number I am calling him and getting you in to see him today.

me: Oh, I will be okay. It's just a bug, I can ride it out.

thehubs: Well, I don't think so. You just wished Gary a happy birthday after Sara told everyone on facebook it was their anniversary. 

me: I did?  I can't believe I did that... here is the doctors phone number.

Have a Greatfull Day!