Rest day

  • Do you take a rest day or what the Christian world calls a Sabbath?? I try to especially when I work, but I am on 6 weeks medical leave right now after having surgery. I think taking some hours off from electronics and the world pace is very healthy for us! I helps reset our internal clock like sleeping does for us at night and lets us just slow down. We live at such a fast pace of life. Friends of ours just moved to Switzerland and on Sunday they don’t use their cell phones at all and they teach that habit to their children! It tells them that family is most important and I think that’s a good thing. My husband and I put our cell phones away when we are dining out especially so we can start up a conversation and  not keep looking at that stupid thing!
  • So how do you see a rest day?? Is it prepping for the week some meals and that is restful or is it taking a long walk or taking a nap or playing a board game with family or friends?? Is it visiting your neighbors or going to the nursing home to see a family member??
  • I just hope you take some time and rest up for the upcoming hectic week and enjoy yourself! Take care!

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Oils

img_0276I had influenza about 2 1/2 weeks ago, boy was I sick, but I think I recovered quicker using my essential oils. I used 2 that I had heard of , one was RC and the other one I Thieves. I rubbed them on my chest with some coconut oil, it really improved my breathing and my sleep!! I sure love the oils! Do you have any oily stories??? Please share them with me!

Essential Oils

So I mentioned before I’m part of the Young Living essential oils family. I’m very new at this, but here is what I have learned so far: I ordered the animal scents ointment as I had read it was good for cracked heels, and when I went to get my pedicure the gal who does mine ordered a jar because my heels are so much better. So that’s a first thing. Then I started adding 2 drops of lemon oil to my 20 oz. glass of water, it’s so refreshing! And the last thing, I’m truly enjoying the diffuser and using the purification oil, makes the house smell good during this cooped up time called winter in the northern Wisconsin area! Insert smiley face :).

Also, 2 websites that I truly enjoy are onehundreddollarsamonth.com and humoroushomemaking.com , so please check them out. Good recipes and life laughs! Blessings! img_0276

health issues

So in the last 6 weeks, both of us have had health issues. So here we go:

Gordon had his annual physical. First thing is he turned 70 in December , the doctor addressed him in the elderly category, poor doctor! I’m not sure they will ever be friends again! Then the doctor asked him what happened in the last year as some of his blood work came back bad! So now he has diabetes, high blood pressure , high cholesterol and his PSI numbers are high. Go Gordon, if you’re gonna have problems go big! So, we have changed our lifestyle, diets and exercise. WE eat more fish, salads, veggies and fruit, though fruit has sugar, but we limit it! No sugar or dairy! We have found vegan butter is okay, going without sugar is okay and we really like the veggies. He sees the doctor in February and we will see if the numbers have changed. Both of us have lost weight and probably feel okay. Yes, we have cheated a meal here or there, but we also have a life!

Now onto me, so the 26th of December, I started spotting and then more after 14 years of menopause, it was quite a shock! I called my doctor on the 28th and had a biopsy on the 30th. Doctor Luwan called on Jan 4th and had the results. I have hyperplasia which means I need a complete hysterectomy. We saw the surgeon in Marshfield, Wisconsin where I will have the surgery. Nice doctor and he is pretty confident that it will go well. Dr. Luwan said theres a small chance of cancer, but the surgeon isn’t sure. But my blood pressure was high, I was nervous and now I have to see my doctor on Friday for a follow up. Boy, it’s been a ride!

So, I’m totally walking in faith and God’s grace! Both of feel the presence of God daily and know we are in His hands! Blessings!!!DSCF0302

The coming week

This is the time of year that is pretty quiet at the grocery store! Inventory is Wednesday which means the girls in the bakery and I do the freezer count on Tuesday. Plus the all the colors and sprinkles they use. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too! This happens 4 times a year, quarterly! This is my life this week , kinda boring!img_0043This is one of the cakes that Kim decorated for a wedding! So pretty!!! Love the details of the flowers!

Air Fryer

img_0308We bought an Air Fryer from Amazon 2 weeks ago and it showed up early this past week.
We are very happy with fried chicken  and fried walleye! This is what the fried chicken thighs looked like and it was done in 25 minutes. We ate chicken with a huge salad! This is aimg_0309 great idea, but there is one draw back, it’s basically designed for 2 people and not family. As I could only fit 4 pieces of chicken in it and 5 pieces of walleye, so I air fried the meat in batches. I would buy it again and highly recommend it. You use no oil and that’s such a plus! Blessings!

Dreams

I’m not one to make resolutions as they are usually to lofty and hard to keep! But I do have a couple of dreams that I want to share.

First off I want to educate myself more on the Young Living essential oils that I have and get better at sharing them with others. This is so exciting and I don’t want to get too bogged down with day to day living that I don’t make time to share these oils with others. But first things first, I need to find out how to use them better.

Second I want to read through the Bible. I found a get app that is the best for me in reading through the Bible! Just stay with it!!!!!

I’m still continuing to purge rooms , but now I need to get really serious about it! So, next month when I turn 65, I’m taking one extra day off from work and plan to use that day to clean one room a month. That’s 4 days a month for bedrooms, bathrooms and the basement may take 3 months. It’s a mess! You don’t live in a house for 38 years and not accumulate crap! Please ask me how I’m doing on all these dreams!!!

One more thing, I would like to perfect a great grain bread recipe, I need some help in this department, as I used to make bread, but got out of the habit and have been really struggling lately. I think I just need to take time and find that one great recipe. Help me out please!

The word from the Lord for me this year is revival. Revival is a great word. Revival in marriage, work, relationships, myself, and with God! Can’t ask for a better word!

Isaiah 43 19 says ” Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth: Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isn’t that a great verse?? I think so! Blessings!

CHRISTMAS

So this 2016 is coming to an end quickly! Amen and good bye! 2016 was a tough year for us! I had pneumonia/bronchitis, CT scan on my back, flu and finally a shot in my back, this was just the highlights! The best of 2016 was the grand girls visiting us 2 times! We always enjoy their time with us, I hope they enjoy coming!

So with all that happened this last year! 2017 promises to be better, I know that ! God hasn’t given me a word yet, 2016 word from the Lord was joy and it was at times very hard to find! But the Lord is my joy! Amen and Amen!!

There’s a few new things I am planning for this blog.  I  joined Young Living Essential Oil and I will give you ideas for using essentials oils. How they can benefit you and your family! More recipes and some money saving ideas!

We had a wonderful Christmas with some friends and they gave me a beautiful homemade salad bowl! It was a great day!img_0276

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beautiful salad bowl

Painting

img_0256Last week I went to a painting class. It was at one of the local bars, I know weird right?!!! But it was fun, I took my Thermo mug of coffee and really had a lot of fun. We painted the letter B and then added some things to it! I have a little touch up to do on mine, but otherwise it was a great time. I got  out of the house and visited with other ladies! A good time was had by all!!!

Cookies

I made my first batch of Christmas cookies and of course, they are my favorite! These are Icebox Cookies from the local Catholic cookbook from back in the day (1977, to be exact). They are simple and are a slice/ bake kind of cookie.

Recipe:

2 eggs                               2 sticks of softened butter

2 cups of brown sugar               3 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda                 1 cup of walnuts

So add the butter and sugar together in the mixer till creamed together, then add the eggs and baking soda. Add the flour a little at a time till mixed. Don’t over mix. Then get 2 sheets of waxed paper about the size of 9 x 13 pan ready, dump half the dough on each sheet. Form a brick shape with the dough and refrigerate at least for 4 hours or overnight. Slice about 1/4 inch slices and place on cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!!! They didn’t make it to the plate, we ate them off the pan! Blessings!img_0257