Just a reminder to anyone that burns wood in a fireplace to clean it out. I think the best practice would be to clean it at the end of the fire burning season to keep from having to do it when you really need it. We rely heavily on ours in the winter, and need to get in the habit of keeping the pipes clean so that it draws properly. We’ve been pretty surprised in the past with how much actually accumulates in the pipes over just one season of use.
We had an early Thanksgiving get together with Mom’s siblings and our cousins this evening. It was at my cousin Tiffany’s house, so it was both nice to get to see everyone as well as get to see their house and where they live. The youngest kids were having fun playing with each other, and I learned that eating hot sauce on everything is apparently the new thing with kids, both old and young. The turkey turned out perfect, and I’m pretty sure everyone left there stuffed as a turkey.
I went into this month realizing that it’s been 5 years since we lost my Mom. She’s been on my mind a lot, especially lately. I also went into it with some heart ache because my best friend’s Mom had a couple of strokes over the weekend. I was positive and optimistic that things could turn around and she could recover completely, just as Mom did with her brain surgery in early 2010. Miracles do happen, but sometimes what God has planned isn’t what we’d like. We have to trust that things work out as they are supposed to.
He txted us yesterday morning letting us know that she had passed away. My heart broke for him because I have been there before. It’s terrible losing a parent. I was hoping that the arrangements would be over the weekend so that we could be there for him, but we had to be out of town for work. We were able to get him to meet us for a late breakfast before we departed. I’m so glad we were able to spend some time with him before the viewing and funeral. Billy was able to go and see him and his family.
I’ve not been nearly as active or vocal in this upcoming Presidential election as I was in 2012, primarily because I saw how the party treated Ron Paul and really squashed any voice that the people had when it didn’t serve or give in to the special interests that control everything in Washington. I did watch the GOP debate last night and found myself surprised at two things.
When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Rick Warren
This is absolutely right. Whether it be an email that has been written and thought out over several hours, a simple text just to say hi, or a voicemail left when someone doesn’t answer—it’s a gift.
As the presidential debates are taking center stage, and will continue over the next year, I think the nation should consider some name changes on the stances revolving abortion and life.
In one camp we have pro-choice, which simply means they believe in the choice of having an abortion or not.
In the other camp we have pro-life, which you would think means for life. But this isn’t as clear cut as it should be. They are for life when it relates to the not-yet born.
I would like to propose a renaming of the second camp’s stance, and introducing a new one, which happens to be radically hard to fathom to most.
My proposal would have pro-choice, anti-abortion and pro-life. Anti-abortion would be the new named stance of today’s Conservatives, and Pro-Life would be used by those that are for life no matter the age, for the unborn and those that are alive today. Meaning those that are against war and realize that the greatest loss in all wars is human life. My proposal would clean up the misleading names used today and help make things clean, cut and to the point. Because let’s be truthful, beating the war-drums every chance you get to quench your thirst for blood through needless war is about as far from pro-life as you can be.
It’s amazing how quickly time seems to be passing these days. One day it’s August and the next moment it’s going on mid-September. It’s crazy how so much can change in that short amount of time, and yet it’s just as crazy how much so little can change in that time. That’s life, right? Sometimes all we can do is do our best, be our best, and be there, and the rest is up to everyone else to do their part. You’ve got to give your best every single day without taking a day off if you don’t want another block of time to pass with maybe everything yet nothing changing. I guess that’s the beauty to life—we never know what the next day, the next phone call, the next email, or the next breath will bring.
The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do; they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time.Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
I am hooked on the motivational videos that people have online, primarily the ones with Les Brown speaking. I can listen to them on repeat all day long.
Wanting to experiment with more canning, we took a stab at pears today. They turned out what looks to be very nice in the jars. The next time we do some we will try packing more into the jars before pressure canning them, since they did end up cooking down slightly and leaving some a decent amount of space in the bottom when they float. They turned a beautiful color as usual with canning fruits!
I’m really wanting to try to make some pear jelly now that I’ve read that you can use the peelings and core to make that from. It seems like a very useful way to use the scraps other than just throwing them directly into the worm bin.
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.