Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My God Is Bigger Than The Storm

I got a piece of news yesterday that was a little disturbing to me. Six months ago, the news would have ruined my day--if not several days--because I would have been filled with worry about something beyond my control.

Have you seen this quotation around on the Internet?

"Don't tell God how big your storm is. Tell your storm how big your God is."

I still tell God about the things that are bothering me because He is my friend, and He cares about what is bothering me. But then I ask that He work His will to resolve them as He knows best. Because I don't know about tomorrow and things that seem to be worrisome today may indeed be for the best. And after I've said my prayer, I move on.

That's not to say that I don't still have worries. But after having found a church that I love and that I feel God has led us to, I am feeling closer to God than ever. After all, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wish List: Metal Bottle Caps

My husband and I are not true dumpster divers, but we do look around the dumpsters at our apartment complex for items that may be discarded but still usable. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? I acquired a Lifetime table that I use for my crafting this way.

I am currently looking for metal bottle caps. I have found two outside, one a few months back and one recently beside the recycling dumpster. One came from a cream soda, the other from a Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler. I am going to use them for a project I am working on. So if you have any of these bottle caps, please feel free to contact me and let me know. I will gladly pay you the postage to send them to me!

Counting My Blessings!

Last week was Thanksgiving, and my husband and I listed the things for which we are thankful while we ate our dinner. But I find that with each passing day, I am learning to count *all* of my blessings. I donated a lot of my clothing to Goodwill, so I am having a bit of difficulty coming up with outfits to wear. But I have more than one outfit, so I am blessed. I am still eating Thanksgiving leftovers, but thank God that I have food to eat. My husband may have to go underway for periods of time, but we are so blessed to have a steady paycheck.

When I awoke this morning, the temperature outside was 68 degrees, and the temperature inside our apartment was nearly 80. After running downstairs a few times to do some laundry, I thought about turning on the air conditioner. But then the rain set in, and the outside temperature is now 54 and still dropping. I am so glad that I did not turn on the air conditioner! The heat that stayed in the apartment will help keep me a bit warmer until the time comes when turning on the heater will be necessary.

God blesses us in ways both big and small. Have you thanked Him lately? What if you were to wake up tomorrow with only the things for which you thanked Him today?

I'm on Pinterest!

I got addicted to Pinterest a few months ago when my husband and I evacuated to an inland hotel during Hurricane Irene. But I had to wait for my friend to send me an invitation. I have one now, and I am working on my boards! You can follow me. Just click on this button:

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mainstays Measuring Cups

For Christmas, my husband purchased me some wonderful measuring cups just like the ones my grandmother used to have. Because Christmas has not yet arrived and I needed some new measuring cups in a hurry, I purchased this Mainstay Measuring Cup and Spoon Set from Walmart to tide me over until Christmas morning. The price was right at $0.88 plus tax. But the product is very poorly made. The plastic is so brittle that the one-cup measuring cup broke this evening while I was hand drying it. I have had this product for approximately two to three weeks and have used the set fewer than ten times.

What should I have expected? These were manufactured in China. I usually try to avoid items made there, but in my haste to buy an inexpensive set of measuring spoons and cups, I failed here.

If you are looking for measuring cups, avoid these. Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

Planning for Thanksgiving Future

Since we celebrated Thanksgiving just last week and I still have Thanksgiving thoughts fresh in my head, I am currently working on planning for next year's Thanksgiving holiday. The day after Thanksgiving, I made notes of what food tactics worked—-putting pats of butter between our turkey's skin and meat and putting an onion inside the turkey—-and what recipes did not-—our homemade cornbread recipe, for example. I also made other miscellaneous notes such as my thought that I should bake pumpkin pie and carrot cake on Wednesday rather than on Thanksgiving Day and my realization that every dish that I made this year was baked or cooked in the oven at 350 degrees.

On a similar note, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I disassembled and stored our Thanksgiving decorations and made notes of where each piece of d├ęcor should be placed and what crafts I would like to make in the future. I also made notes of some traditions we might want to try establishing such as the creation of a gratitude banner throughout the month of November.

Next year, putting together the Thanksgiving holiday plans--both food and decor--should be simpler because of the planning I am doing this year.

Do you make written notes of what worked for your Thanksgiving holiday? Or do you rely on your memory?

MIA

I am sorry that I have been missing in action for over a month now. The reasons are many: sickness, then a visit to visit my parents, then more sickness, and finally the Thanksgiving holiday and preparation for it.

The main factor, though, is that I am a perfectionist--the kind that throws out the baby with the bathwater when something isn't perfect. And when I missed some posts because I was sick, I threw my blog baby right out the door. I have still been crafting and baking. A lot. I just have not been posting.

I think what would help me would be to get away from the schedule that I tried to create back in October. Some people are able to turn their blogs into businesses or at least into avenues by which they earn some money on the side. To grow or at least maintain their readership, they blog daily. Frankly, if my husband is home, I would rather spend my time sitting on the couch beside him watching television than be sitting in the second bedroom blogging. I like you all, but I love him more. :)

So I am throwing out the schedule. For the time being, I am going to blog as I have time and as I feel like it. And if I get back on a schedule or this blog grows exponentially, great! If it doesn't, I am pleased just to have you. You are still with me, right? ;)