Enough


There have been significant changes in my life during the past seven years.  While many of these changes were unexpected and not what I might have chosen for myself, I have tried to face them with an attitude of acceptance.  While I’m not cetain it is possible to “master” change, I do believe it is possible to focus on positives.  As a Christian I know there is a plan for my life and allowing God to work that plan will provide a fulfilling life.

While going through changes it has been necessary to give up on some things.  IMG_0791Cliches frequently come to mind, “it is impossible to reach for the future while holding on to the past.”  They may be corny, but they can provide strength.  As I focus on the future I wonder if the lessons learned will be retained.  George Carlin had a skit about “stuff” and the nature of people to acquire stuff to overflow their space, which would lead to more space – then acquisition of stuff to fill it.  A vicious cycle!  One I want to overcome.

Giving up a spacious home, pairing down material possessions to top priorities, and making essentials the financial requirement – all lessons I was forced into.  However forced those lessons, not only were they valuable, but they led to happiness.  Focusing on NECESSITIES to achieve joy and fulfillment.  Last week at church the sermon was on John 4: 6-42 – where Jesus offers a Samarian woman three things – the living water, salvation, and God’s work.  By accepting what is offered we can be fulfilled – a lesson I’m still learning.VALUES

There is an email and Facebook post that talks about wishing you “enough.”   Enough wisdom, health, happiness . . .   So I continue to learn and understand necessities and enough.   What do I need?   What is enough?  Recently heard a message – “What if you wake up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”   After hearing this, I have tried to remember to thank God every night for the phenominal blessings He has bestowed.   It is also my prayer that I will continue to utilize these blessings to achieve fulfillment and recognize that I am ENOUGH.   I hope each of you are also blessed with enough.

Recycle Bags to make a Bag


A co-worker convinced me that I HAD to get on Pinterest. I am familiar with Pinterest, in fact many friends share project ideas with me and strongly recommended that I take a look. However, running around after animals, maintaining the property, house, and lately moving snow, moving snow, moving snow! There doesn’t seem to be an appropriate amount of time to hunt down new projects, not to mention finish the projects started.image

During one of the recent storms, I did get on Pinterest and started finding way too many interesting new projects. One of the things I found was the way to make yarn out of plastic bags. This of course made me look for a way to make a market bag using the recycled plastic bags. I found a pretty good market bag pattern on Red Yarn but of course it didn’t quite fit my ideas and I wanted to reinforce the top and handles a bit so that the plastic wouldn’t stretch.

imageCh 8, slip st in first st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 23 dc in ring, slip st in first st to join – 24 sts.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same space, [2 dc in each st] around, slip st in first st to join – 48 sts.
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in each st around, slip st in first st to join.
Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, slip st in first st to join – 72 sts. Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts.
Round 6: With right sides together, join Base and Pouch, matching sts and working through both thicknesses, ch 1, sc in each st around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts. Rounds 7-9: Ch 3, dc in each st around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts.
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same st at joining, *ch 5, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, ch 2, dc in first sc forming last loop – 24 loops.
Rounds 11-21: Ch 1, sc in loop just formed, *ch 5, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 10 rows
Rounds 22-24: *ch 4, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 3 rows
Rounds 25-27: *ch 3, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 3 rows
Round 28: 3-5 dcs in each loop created (I varied the number of dc to fill each loop
Round 29: sc in every dc (this is just adding strength to the top to help hold the handles)
Fasten off.

imageHandle
Row 1: loop into top of dc and sc 60, sl st into dc on the opposite side of bag
Row 2: 65 dc around the foundation chain, sl st handle securely to dc
Row 3: sc in ever dc to add strength, sl st handle securely to dc on other side

Making this from a basic yarn is always an option, but if you are interested in crocheting plastic bags, check out the how to make Plarn on Pinterest. This project took about 50 plastic bags and it was a lot of fun. Speedbump (the cat) was especially in love with the plarn.

Entertainment for Snow Days


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Williams County Courthouse

Well those of us in Northwest Ohio are hunkered down waiting out the storm. The snow has stopped for a few days. Now we are dealing with high winds, drifting, and bitter cold. I’m appreciative for the storm warnings that allowed me to prepare the barn for the extreme cold as much as possible.

Straw bales line the outside walls and completely block the west door to minimize drafts. Scratch grain, corn, and wet cat food are stocked up – these high protein, metabolism boosting foods for the outside animals will be fed in the evening. By increasing the metabolism of my outside animals before they bed down I can help elevate their body temps during the coldest hours. And most importantly, multiple sources of water provided by heated buckets. If the power goes out I will have to go to the barn hourly to make certain the animals stay hydrated. The horse drinks 10 gallons of water in 24 hours. Without the ability to move around it is important to keep him well hydrated to encourage good digestion.

I made a fabulous chicken noodle soup, potatoe sausage soup, and thanks to Facebook – snow ice cream! There was a recipe posted so I had to try it. Of course there were also alterations mentioned in the comments. Since I have some free time today, and plenty of raw material outside the bedroom door, I did some experimenting.

Snow Ice Cream (recipe on FB)

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

  • 5-6 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Stir together and serve. I’d recommend warming the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave and then putting the sugar in there to dissolve it well before putting it over the snow.

Alteration with Condensed Milk

  • 7-8 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

I warmed the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the condensed milk to that before pouring it over the snow. This allowed it to mix evenly with the snow. I blended the milk mixture an hour before blending with the snow – then put the mixture in the fridge to cool.

JELLO Alteration – my FAVORITE!

  • 7-8 cups snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 small packages jello or 1 large package (also can use PUDDING which so makes it creamier!)

I warmed the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the jello or pudding into the warm milk before pouring it over the snow. This dissolved the jello or pudding mix so your ice cream doesn’t have granules in it and gets it to mix evenly with the snow. I blended the milk mixture an hour before blending with the snow – then put the mixture in the fridge to cool.