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What's In A Strawberry Gelato?

Everyday is a brand new day,                                                                 everyday is a journey.

Every quivering tongue of flame Seems to murmur some great name, Seems to say to me "Aspire! "No endeavor is in vain; Its reward is in the doing, Anon

A funny, but true story.

Woman: "What is that?"
Girl: "Strawberry gelatto."
Woman: "What's in it?"
Girl: "Strawberries."
Woman: "What's that?"
Girl: "Lemon gelatto."
Woman: "What's in it?"
Girl: "Lemon."
Woman: "What's that one?"
Girl: "Chocolate."
Woman: "What's in it?"
Girl: "Chocolate."
Woman getting angry: "You need to speak English!"
Girl: "Ma'am, this is a strawberry gelatto and it has strawberries in it. This is a lemon gelatto and it has lemon in it. And this is a chocolate gelatto with chocolate in it."…

The Massage

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

It is astonishing how soon the whole 
conscience begins to unravel, 
if a single stitch drops;
 one little sin indulged makes a hole
 you could put your head through. 

When I turned fifty, my family gave me a surprise birthday party. One of the gifts, was a gift certificate to Massage Envy. Hey, nice gift! Now, as I have reported many times here, I have major arthritis in my legs and my right hand. 

Well, I quickly signed myself up thinking that maybe if I had a massage on a regular basis, it would help my situation. If it did or did not, I'm not really sure. It felt good while I was there, but the pain never really went away. There were times that the ache came back only hours later. Maybe, it did help in the long run, but I think, I was expecting quite a lot. I expected to be rid of the arthritis or at least, the majority of the pain.

Massages are not…

Love Your Enemies

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                                everyday is a journey.

Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be,
  As more of heaven in each we see:
  Some softening gleam of love and prayer
  Shall dawn on every cross and care.

One of the hardest thing on Earth is to love your enemy. People spend years trying to achieve this great feat. To be honest, I don't give them much thought. I know I don't pray for them nor reach out to them in any way. I just treat them as if they don't exist. Not exactly a pretty picture, eh?

If I don't like someone, I just don't like them. Loving my enemies isn't something I do. So how do I change that?

I've been thinking quite a lot about this as I find it's not easy to start. I mean, where or how do I begin? If we don't care for someone, it shows not just in our speech, but also i…

The Peach Guy

Everyday is a brand new day
                                                                                        everyday is a journey.

Make us of one heart and mind;
  Courteous, pitiful, and kind;
  Lowly, meek, in thought and word,
  Altogether like our Lord.

So how was work, Emily?

Uggh, customers were rude, demanding service right then and there. Couldn't wait for their turn, but then the Peach guy came in making me laugh. 

We all need a Peach Guy in our lives, don't we? Someone that can make us laugh or brighten our day by a kind word or action when we need to hear it the most. Sometimes, it's just a silly old joke.

Work can be a difficult place. We spend so much of our waking time there, it almost becomes our second home. Is it no wonder it can become a struggle? Many times I wonder to myself where did these people come from? I'm sure they're thinking the same about me.

The Orchard Network

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

They may not need me,
Yet they might;
I'll let my heart be
Just in sight-- A smile so small
As mine might be
Precisely their
Necessity. --Unknown.
The Orchard Network, growing spiritual leaders. Below is the Class of 2017.

                                                              Jeremy, fifth from left to right.
Maybe a year and a half ago, while still at our old Church, we received our weekly e-mail from our Pastor. Having seen and heard Jeremy preach, I always just assumed he was our Associate Pastor. I couldn't have been more wrong. 

He was really a Pastor-in-training. Jeremy was part of a program offered by The Orchard Network under the leadership of Pastor Colin Smith and the collaboration of my Church (his internship). The Orchard provides the training not only for Pastors, but also for anyone interested in evangelical mission work abroad.

The entire crew (seen above) were in ne…

Thru The Bible Once Again

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

What is really wanted is to light up the spirit that is within a child.
 In some sense and in some effectual degree there is in every
 child the material of good work in the world; and in every child,
 not only in those who are brilliant, 
not only in those who are quick, 
but in those who are stolid,
 and even in those who are dull.
--William Gladstone.

Many of you will remember a quest of mine involving going through the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse. All of this to take five years. That was last June. Well, since then my treatment took center stage. Then we were packing, moving and unpacking. Suddenly, a good six months went by and my Bible study was placed on a shelf gathering dust. 

I think I know why there was no desire inside of me for a New Year's resolution. I have way too much unfinished business that needs to be accomplished. This seems to be the year of fi…

What Not To Say

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

This above all to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou can'st not then be false to any man. --William Shakespeare.

Once in a while, I go on a rant. Majority of the time, I take in everyone's careless comments and move on. Eventually, these comments build up and I explode in pen. So here goes.

The things that people say to one another is unbelievable to me. We cannot be that insensitive, that careless, that ignorant to hurt people's feelings, especially when they have an illness. There are so many people out there with a chronic illness, that deal with all sorts of pain every single day.  Just because they don't complain or voice their struggles, doesn't mean they don't exist. 

So I'm having a conversation with a lady whom I know well. Let's keep names out of it. We're talking about Fmla and disability. I mention to her …

Loving Me Some Fy Nyth

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                          everyday is a journey.

Yet I believe that somewhere, 
soon or late,
A peace will fall
Upon the angry reaches of my mind;
A peace initiate
In some heroic hour when I behold
A friend's long-quested triumph,
 or unbind
The tressed gold
From a child's laughing face. 
I still believe--
So much believe. --J. Drinkwater.
One day, a long time ago, I was on Pinterest and I came across a Tiny House. The Tiny House shown above. I was enthralled and when I noticed the owner had a blog, I couldn't resist checking it out. That's how my love of Tiny Houses and Tiny Living came to fruition. It all began with a picture on Pinterest. 

Fy Nyth is Welsh for nest. This blog is about a young lady who decided to live in a Tiny House based in Wyoming. I love, love this blog. Everything I ever wanted to know about this type of lifesty…

The Weight Problem

Everyday is a brand new day,                                                                 everyday is a journey.
If we live truly we shall see truly.  It is as easy for the strong man  to be strong as  it is for the weak to be weak.  When we have new perception we shall gladly  disburthen the memory of the hoarded  treasures as old rubbish.  When a man lives with  God his voice shall be as sweet as the murmur  of the brook and the rustle of the corn. --Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I think it's time for me to love myself. Embrace my chubbiness. It's so easy to say, but so very difficult to live out. For the last ten years, I have been fighting this weight gain of mine. I'm really tired of it. This weight gain has been thus far, my hardest struggle to overcome. Why? Why can't I accept this new version of me?

So what do I have to give up to get there? Everything. For someone who has given up a lot already, this seems a little …

Give From Your Heart

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

O father! help us to resign 
Our hearts, our strength, our wills to Thee; 
Then even lowliest work of Thine 
Most noble, blest, and sweet will be. 

Not too long ago, I've been in a Bible study that dealt with loving everyone and showering them with kindness. It dealt with being hospitable to everyone, even when we don't feel like it. Believe it or not, this is extremely difficult. 

Joyce Meyers has always said that the worst selling book she ever wrote dealt with love. People will buy books on self help as long as it deals with working on themselves. Ask them to work on loving their enemies or showing forgiveness and we balk. It is very true. I noticed it with this Bible study as well. The discussion and participation was almost non-existent. 

Why do we balk at showing love and hospitality to others?

Maybe it has to do with loving the "easy" peo…

The Seed Packing

Everyday is a brand new ay, everyday is a journey.

For blessings of the fruitful season,     For work and rest, for friends and home,   For the great gifts of thought and reason,     To praise and bless Thee, Lord, we come.   Yes, and for weeping and for wailing, For bitter hail and blighting frost, For high hopes on the low earth trailing,  For sweet joys missed, for pure aims crossed. E. SCUDDER.
Two weeks ago, I had a free day off from work, so it was a no brainer when a volunteer opportunity presented itself. I volunteered taking my mom along as my co-pilot.

My mom Mary.

Every year in the month of April, my Church hosts Celebration of Hope. For the next four weeks, we volunteer ourselves and our checkbooks in helping globally. We have guest speakers that shouted with their voices their needs like wells, counseling for sex slave trafficking, seed packing, walking for refugees or building schools. 

One of those, seed packing…

Another Rv

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

What asks our Father of His children save
    Justice and mercy and humility,
    A reasonable service of good deeds,
    Pure living, tenderness to human needs,
  Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to see
    The Master's footprints in our daily ways?
      No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,
      But the calm beauty of an ordered life
  Whose every breathing is unworded praise.

Let me tell you something. It has been very difficult to find blogs on Rv living. People travel full time in an Rv, but they do not live in one permanently stationed in spot. If they do, I haven't been able to find any. Totally opposite when it comes to Tiny Houses on Wheels. There are numerous blogs on that subject. Therefore, I find it difficult to do any research on Rv's.
 I did find another Rv for sale. You can tell that basically they all s…

The World Vision Walk

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                         everyday is a journey.

God keep us through the common days,
The level stretches white with dust,
When thought is tired, and hands upraise
Their burdens feebly since they must;
In days of slowly fretting care
Then most we need the strength of prayer. --Margaret E. Sangster.
I haven't done a Walk of any kind since Joey was in High School and that was well over 14 years ago. Not to mention that this one wasn't the usual 5K, but a 6K. Nevertheless, I anxiously signed up, looking forward to it. I may be sore  afterwards, but at least I tried.

My kit, including a picture of Pali.

The morning of the race, I was extremely glad I had a partner to walk with, to hold me accountable. The entire week before held terrible weather, raining and cold. I was afraid that day would be the same. No one wants to walk in the rain and cold. To be honest, if it did rain, I…

The Oncologist 2017

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Lord, for the erring thought
Not into evil wrought;
Lord, for the wicked will
Betrayed and baffled still;
For the heart from itself kept,
Our Thanksgiving accept.

She hugged me. The minute she walked in, she hugged me. 

Miss Krol, that Ct. scan is looking beautiful! Just beautiful. I think we can safely not do another until next year.  You can come in for a checkup at the end of September to see how you're doing, but you can have the entire Summer off. How do you feel about that?

How do I feel about that? Great, really great!!!! Do you know what I'm most grateful for? I am very happy that I'm cancer free, but I've been cancer free before. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely happy, but that's not why I'm doing the happy dance. I'm happy because I get a break!

You see, like I've said, I've been cancer free before, but even then I had…

CT Scan 2017

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                         everyday is a journey.

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day
And in the morning what thou hast to do:
Dress and undress thy soul: 
mark the decay
And growth of it; 
if with thy watch that too
Be dowl, then wind up both; 
since we shall be
Most surely judged, 
make thy accounts agree. --George Herbert
One thing I dislike is taking a Ct. scan all because of having to drink that disgusting liquid. I'll share a trick I've learned over the years. Gulp it down as fast as you can. Close your eyes, pinch your nose and chug a lug. I can't do it any other way.

It wasn't always like this. Maybe two years ago, my insurance refused to pay for a Petscan. Just plain refused. A Petscan is a scan devised specifically to check cancer. The whole procedure lasts about an hour and a half, but so worth it. I don't have to drink anything. Instead, they in…