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Just Share It: The Tate's

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

This is the gospel of labor—ring it,
Ye bells of the kirk—
The Lord of Love came down from above
To live with the men who work.
This is the rose he planted, here
In the thorn-cursed soil;
Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but
The blessing of earth is toil. —Henry van Dyke
The following is another one of my favorites and I wanted to share it with all of you. Sometimes, we just need a good laugh, so why not today? I hope you enjoy.

Culbertson: The Tate Family    Adam and Eve's last name may have been Tate. I say that because churches are filled with members of the Tate family. Here's a humorous look at the Tate family members that may go to your church: There's old man Dic Tate. He wants to run everything. Poten Tate wants to be a big shot. Uncle Ro Tate tries to change everything. "If it ain't broke, don…

An Early Riser . . . Once

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

I cannot say,
Beneath the pressure of life's cares to-day,
I joy in these;
But I can say
That I had rather walk this rugged way,
If Him it please.

I remember getting up very early in the morning before the sunrise and I would just write. Just spend the next couple of hours writing as the apartment building sat silent. Oh, those were the days. Why can't I do that now?

Since then, I think I'm at least two years older and another treatment gone by. It certainly has taken it's toll on me. I am still recovering from my "bug" from the weekend. I don't have the same stamina that I once had. It seems I was more disciplined and efficient in everything. I didn't run back and forth to the stores or for errands throughout the week. I had a schedule that I followed. 

The reason…

The Last Few Days

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

Father, let our faithful mind
  Rest, on Thee alone inclined;
  Every anxious thought repress,
  Keep our souls in perfect peace.

I had such big plans for the past weekend. In fact, it seems that every weekend is a time I look forward to with a list mile long. It doesn't always work out the way I want it to, but at least, I do get some rest before starting the next work week. 

Not this weekend. It started out well with my usual trip to the Farmers Market. Emily has been working the morning shift, so we were looking forward to a nice Supper in the evening with our usual movie afterwards. I've been craving a chicken noodle soup all week and bought all fresh ingredients for it. I was really looking forward to it, even buying freshly baked rolls to go with it. 

The soup came out a little over seasoned on the salty side. I added more water to mine, but I didn't fini…

An Epic Fail

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

In busy mart and crowded street,
  No less than in the still retreat,
  Thou, Lord, art near, our souls to bless,
  With all a Father's tenderness.

The other night, coming home and turning into our parking lot, I saw a skunk sniffing someone's car tires. So I say to Emily: "Hey, when we pull into our spot, let's make a run for the door in case we run into a skunk." 

We pull in right in front of the door, because we have a handicap parking placard. We get out and I almost trip over myself. My purse drops and spills over. Emily makes it to the door, but can't find the right key. We finally hobble in and Emily is wearing a chain around her neck with her key chain. It catches on the doorknob. 

We burst out laughingI said, "Talk about an epic fail. If there was a skunk out there, he would have sprayed us three times over." 

We really had…

The Mania Of Coffee

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

Thy sinless mind in us reveal,     Thy spirit's plenitude impart!   Till all my spotless life shall tell     The abundance of a loving heart. C. WESLEY.
Can I have a large mocha latte with almond milk, steamed to 180 with an extra shot no foam, but only half the amount of mocha, double the cup with no sleeve with extra, extra whip cream. 
Good Lord, whatever happened to a regular cup of coffee? There was a time where we ordered a simple black or with cream coffee. If we wanted to be a bit bold, we would ask for an expresso! Try going into any coffee shoppe or even ice cream parlor and look at their menu. Simplicity has left the building.
I am amazed at the Baristas in these shops. It really does take skill for them to make some of these coffees or at least a great memory! It is way too much for me. Whenever I have to meet up with someone at one of these places, I always ask Emil…

Living A Christ-Filled Life

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

Be trustful, be steadfast, whatever betide thee,
    Only one thing do thou ask of the Lord,--
  Grace to go forward wherever He guide thee,
    Simply believing the truth of His word.

Living a Christ-filled life is something that almost every Christian out there is trying to achieve.What does that mean to you? The average person goes to work five days a week. Saturday is spent running errands and chores. Sunday morning begins with Church and a family supper in the afternoon. That's the average Christian household. 

What if we focused our daily lives around living a certain way. A way where we are defined by the one that is living inside of us. If you are anything like me, you are searching for a closer, deeper and fulfilling relationship with my Savior. Sunday morning may be the start we need, but I have no desire to leave Jesus inside the Church when I walk through the do…

When All Else Fails

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

The trivial round, the common task,
  Would furnish all we ought to ask;
  Room to deny ourselves; a road
  To bring us, daily, nearer God.

I'm such a big talker. On my Chronic Illness Group, I try different home remedies to ease my discomfort. They do work, when the pain is tolerable. When the pain becomes too much to handle, I could spend remedy after remedy, rub everything I could find in a drug store to no avail. Nothing.

When all else fails, I'm on my knees praying for God's mercy on me. I'm waiting out the weather spell. I'm waiting out the pain to become tolerable once again. I'm still and I wait upon the Lord. 

Whenever we feel like we can handle things just fine, we become bold in our complacency to prayer, to Church, to our devotions. You name it. Just wait, once we fall and crumble, we certainly see just how incapable we truly are …

The World As We Knew It

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

Thy love shall chant its own beatitudes
After its own life working. 
A child's kiss
Set on thy sighing lips shall make thee glad.
A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thou renderest. --Elizabeth B. Browning.
After reading Richard Proennetke's book, I noticed that he wrote letters regularly to people and they corresponded back with him. That's how he kept in contact with people in his life. He didn't need Facebook or social media. All he needed was some paper and a pen. Sadly, we don't do that anymore.

In fact, social media has taken the place of going out with people. This is how we communicate nowadays, by texting or Selfing or Facetime. No need to go out with friends for coffee or t…

Living On A Budget

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

who plants a tree, 
he plants love;
Tents of coolness 
spreading out above
Wayfarers, he may not live to see.
Gifts that grow are best;
Hands that bless are blest;
Plant-life does the rest!
Heaven and earth help him who plants a tree,
And his work his own reward shall be. --Lucy Larcom.
We've set a goal for ourselves for the upcoming months/year. A goal of paying off any debts that we may have and becoming totally debt free. Slate wiped clean and keeping it that way. Since it is a very bold and adventurous goal, it requires exactly the same in dedication. Recently, I've sat down to see if there is an area that we could perhaps reduce our costs to make this goal a reality faster.

How do I reduce costs?

That is easier said than done. When one already lives as simply as possible, how can one go even a step further? We live in a very low income area for a reason, we want to save on rent. We have a…

A Cat Named Diamond

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

Look in my face;
 my name is 
I am also called No-more, 
oo-late, Farewell;
Unto thine ear I hold the dead sea-shell
Cast up thy Life's foam-fretted feet between;
Unto thine eyes the glass where that is seen
Which had Life's form and Love's,
 but by my spells now a shaken shadow intolerable,
Of ultimate things unuttered the frail screen. --Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Our cat Diamond does whatever Diamond wants in our apartment. Always has and always will. I came home the other day to the picture below.

That's what she does just about everywhere. She sleeps on the couch, under the couch, the arm chair, the rocking chair, the carpet and just about any place that has some sort of padding. I'm constantly tripping over her toys, especially at night. Then there are the toys she hides under the rug an…

A Happy Friday

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

And methought that beauty 
and terror are only one, not two;
And the world has room for love,
 and death, and thunder and dew;
And all the sinews of hell slumber 
in the summer air;
And the face of God is a rock,
 but the face of the rock is fair.
Beneficent streams of tears flow 
at the finger of pain;
And out of the cloud that smites, 
beneficent rivers of rain. --Robert Louis Stevenson.
Friday is not my favorite day of the week. That may seem odd to many of you since we supposedly wish it was Friday sooner than later. TIGF has never been one of my sayings and I didn't quite understand why it became so popular. 

For as long as I can remember, Friday has been an extremely hectic kind of day. The streets are filled with other cars going somewhere other than just work, creating more traffic than normal. At work, all the orders have to be filled or we will short customers for that week. A sort of…

Life After Treatment

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

Dost thou ask when comes His hour?
    Then, when it shall aid thee best.
  Trust His faithfulness and power,
    Trust in Him, and quiet rest.

My last treatment ended in the Fall of 2016. It is hard to believe that it will be almost two years since my last bout with cancer. It certainly has gone by real fast. Even though, it has been two years, my body is still recovering. That's why it's hard to believe the length of time gone by. 

It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes for the body to come back to normal. Take my veins, for instance. It's been eleven years since my cancer and these poor veins are still missing! By missing, I mean difficult to draw blood. Believe me, the nurse has to work overtime on plumping up my veins!

The fatigue never really goes away. In fact, doing any kind of physical work brings on severe fatigue. It seems those days are over wher…

Those Darn Chicken Wings

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

Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God who is our home. --William Wordsworth
Once in awhile, we actually order in and have some unhealthy food. Yes, yes we do. We consider days like that a real treat, but lately it seems to have the opposite effect on our bodies. What began as a treat can quickly turn into an assault.

We ordered in a vegetarian pizza and some plain chicken wings with ranch dipping sauce. The wings were for me. I just had this craving for some chicken. Nothing fancy, just plain roasted chicken. Well, good luck finding some in a pizza joint. I don't know how many places we had tried and finally, I just decided on some wings. 

They were good and I happily dug into them. The problem is that my body no longer eats food like that. I'm not sure how they make wings, but they didn't look roasted. I'm not ve…

Loss Of Time

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

One holy Church, one army strong,
    One steadfast high intent,
  One working band, one harvest-song,
    One King omnipotent.

I've always loved criminal shows, mysteries or basically a good detective story. The criminal mind has always interested me and when I was a little girl, becoming a lawyer was a dream. We had a family friend with whom I've confided this dream to and he said to me that I didn't have what it took to be a lawyer. I was the type who believed in my defendant's innocence. It wasn't about the win, but the truth. That is not how it is out there. He knew that morally I wouldn't be able to do it. 

I am very glad that I didn't follow that dream. I would have been burnt out and disillusioned many times over. In fact, it seems to be more political t…

A Walking Tour

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

When we in darkness walk,
    Nor feel the heavenly flame,
  Then is the time to trust our God,
    And rest upon His name.

Not too long ago,.I've looked up what kind of tourism the Land of Lincoln has available. Emily and I Have had such conflicting work schedules that it seems almost impossible to get some time off at the same time. Or at least, only a day or two, but hardly a week or more. Certainly, not enough for a proper vacation.

Having said that, I knew that there had to be weekend getaways or even landmarks in my state to visit for a day. A nice day trip away from home is sometimes all we need to refresh ourselves. So I got to clicking away on-line searching for such trips of tourism. What exactly does Illinois have to offer? 

Mind you, I have visited downtown area se…

Uncertain Times

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

Whate'er events betide,
    Thy will they all perform;
  Safe in Thy breast my head I hide,
    Nor fear the coming storm.

The week began with extremely humid temperatures that finally exploded in a thunderstorm. It rained alright, all day long. As I watched the lightening and darkening clouds, all energy left my body, fatigue slowly seeping in. I had two heaping cups of coffee and still I felt exhausted. I could see that nothing would get done today.

I've been feeling tired and not just physically, but also mentally. A lot has been going on all around me, some things affecting me directly and others just by association. Times are changing, one could feel it in the air, hopefully all good. 

There is so much uncertainty. Uncertainty at work, at home, in personal relationships, withi…

The Weekend Is Over

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

Certainly, let the board be spread 
and let the bed be dressed for the traveler;
 but let not the emphasis of hospitality 
lie in these things. 
Honor to the house where they are simple
 to the verge of hardship, 
so that there the intellect is awake 
and reads the law of the universe, 
the soul worships truth and love, honor
and courtesy flow into all deeds.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson.

It is incredible to me how fast the weekend goes! One minute, you are looking at the long weekend ahead, planning all the details carefully so every minute can be enjoyed and not wasted. The next, one is wondering where it went?

This weekend has turned into a very emotional one. I watched two very interesting, educational, but very disturbing documentaries. One dealt with Concentration Camps and the other …