To my readers…….

In switching laptops I am having some problems with some posts publishing twice.  Have no idea what or why.  It seems that the system is picking and choosing what ones are duplicated.  Ugh. Bear with me for a wee bit yet and I will see what I am doing to cause that problem.  Sorry about this.

Tragic Words…..

The Most Tragic Words
   “When I have a convenient season, I will”: these tragic words of Felix from Acts 24:25 text are more horrible, and awful, and damning, and condemning than all of the other terrible words that you could read in the Bible! But everybody shares, and everybody indulges in the words of this text: “Not now, but some other time. Tomorrow, when I have a convenient season, I will. But not now.”
The lost man says it. “I don’t intend to be damned, I don’t intend to be lost, I don’t intend to die and to fall into hell. I someday will be saved. I’ll give my heart to Christ some other time, some other hour, some other moment, when I have a convenient and propitious time; but not now.” The lost man says it.
The vile man says it: he’s going to reform, someday; he’s going to do better, some other hour. The drunkard says it: he doesn’t intend to lie in the gutter all his life, to live out his days in insensibility and in filth and in the gutter; he intends to do better!
And the Christian says it. These are the commonest words you will find among Christian people: “We’re going to pray some of these days. We’re going to read this Bible some of these days. We’re going to work for God some of these days. We’re going to do that visit some of these days. We’re going to win people to Christ some of these days. When I have a convenient season, I will.”
   For Felix the convenient season never came. He was never converted. He died a miserable suicide; and Drusilla his wife, and the boy she bore Felix, perished in the great eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii. They were never saved; they were never Christians.
He was going to be all that a mortal should be
No one should be kinder or braver than he
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
On him he would call and see what he could do
Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn’t a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give others, he’d say
The greatest of workers this man would have been
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do
[“Tomorrow,” Edgar A. Guest]
Words above from Dr. Criswell, together with Edgar A. Guest’s “Tomorrow”.  Something to give a second thought to. I know I have.  Tomorrow never does come in reality.  Tomorrow is the Today I was concerned with Yesterday. I had to read this several times.  Perhaps you will too.

It was almost…..

Another day.  Another moment in time.  Many years ago.  It felt so good today.

Yesterday I made three 7″ pine cone trees for the three little ladies at my breakfast table.  You would have thought they had received a million dollars each.  Then, would you believe, they asked what would be for tomorrow morning!!!!!!  The N E R V E ~~

Today I did my own pine cone tree.  What do ya think!!

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It’s drying now.  Don’t know what more will go on it because it will be up all year around. It felt good to make it.  The first one in many moons.

Paul wrote in Philemon 1:7: “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”  That is how I felt this morning.

In His Hands with peace and “joy”.

Marge H.

Thanks to all of you Canadians……….

Funny.  How after so many, many years you remember something from the past.  The picture/painting/whatever it is that I am trying to grab a hold of seems to be there and yet just not within my “grasp”.  (Incidentally, Paul,  I need your email address).  Thanks for your help though.  It meant so much.

I KNOW the pattern of dishes that were used when I see it.  But the rest of the picture is not exactly what I remember.

I will keep looking.  Thanks for all of your help.  Miss you ALL.  Marge

My Favorites….from another time.

As I was looking at recipes to share with you my memory thoughts went back through the years and times were remembered that in some ways, I had almost forgotten.  But never.  I think once you have had special times in your life experienced, you never are able to totally forget them.  Nor should we.  I believe I have shared most of these before but they stand out as ones I would do over and over again, if the opportunity could have come way once more.  Enjoy.

ICE BOX PICKLES  (keeps for 3 weeks)

3 qt. cubes, 1 large white onion, 3 c. sugar, 2 c. white vinegar, 1/4 c. salt, 1 tsp. celery seed. (This amount of salt is correct for our taste,  you may wish to lower it some)

Slice cukes and white onion..  Bring to boil all the rest.  Pour over cukes/onion and stir gently.  (I prefer to put the celery seed mixture into a gauze bag as then them aren’t on the pickles) and then after you have stirred a few times, put pickles in the frig.  The next day put them into containers that are easy to get to in the frig.

WATERGATE SALAD  (green.  nice for the holiday season)

1 can. crushed pineapple UN-drained, 1 box Pistachio Pudding Mix, 1 c. min. marshmallows, 12 c. chopped pecans, small container of Cool Whip.

Mix all together and then fold in Cool Whip.  Refrigerate two hours before serving.

FROSTED CHOCOLATE COOKIES (My very favorite Christmas Cookie)

1/2 c. marg., 1 egg, 2 sq. choco, melted, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 c. buttermilk, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1-3/4 flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 c. nuts.

Combine marg., egg and sugar.  Add vanilla and chocolate.  Beat.  Add dry ingredients with buttermilk.  Bake at 350 deg. for 8-10 min.

ICING  3 T. whipping cream, 1 sq. choco. melted, 1/1/4 c. pwd. sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla.   Heat cream and chocolate.  Beat in the sugar and vanilla.  Ice the Chocolate Cookies.  (I liked to put a touch of finely ground pecans on top.  Lovely.)


1 pkg boneless thighs, 1 pint Swanson’s Chicken Broth. Cook on high for 5 hours.  Shred.

Add:  2 cans white corn, 2 cans black beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 2 T. MILD Taco Seasoning, 8 oz. cm. cheese. (Sort’ve shred the cm. cheese)

Combine it all and continue on low for 3 hours.  Serve.


HANKY PANKYS  (Fun for a large group)

1 lb. Velvetta Cheese, 1 lb. gd. beef, 1 lb. gd. sausage,  mild, 2 T. Worcestershire  Sauce,  1 tsp. Garlic Powder.

Brown meats, drain.  Add cheese and stir until melted.  Add S&P to taste.  Add rest of ingredients.  Spread on PARTY RYE BREAD (1″ squares).  (Make these and freeze them ahead of time – then keep the oven warm and a cookie sheet full of them ready to go when needed).

CHEESE BALL  (My favorite one)

16 oz. cream cheese, 10 oz. longhorn cheese, grated, 1 tsp. garlic pwd., 1/2 c. chopped green onions.  Mix.  Pat into a ball.  Roll in sesame seeds.  Serve on a large round dish with lots of parsley and the ball in the center.  (I liked making it double – so it was twice the size)


16 oz. cm. cheese, can tuna, drained.  1/4 c. chili sauce, 2 T dried minced onions.  Mix well.  Chill several hours.  (I used a mixer to make this smooth.) Makes 2-1/2 c.  Serve with crackers.

IF….you are looking for one specific recipe that I have shared some time before, just ask and I will “re-run” for you.

For all the rest of you………..Enjoy!……………….I did!!!!



Can tell I am rather…….old~~//>>

It took me a whole day to realize the quickest way to get help is to contact my Geek.  Of course.  In no time at all he had me back on the straight and the narrow.  Ho hum.

Now I see on WordPress that “a new editor is coming to level up my layout”.  If only they knew that an ole woman can’t keep up on all the new things.  Maybe it is time to take down my shingle. NO WAY……NOT YET

Winnipeg’ers it is reading 19F on my MacBook Thermometer of course that is F. and not C.  Here this morning it was 36F. before the sun came up.  Lots of snow in our high country and that is so good for the economy up there.  I am still looking for the name on that painting/picture.  I know it was mostly something with your parents.  Just thought you might remember what it was called.  Usually I can put in a word or two and the computer comes up with exactly what I am looking for butttttttttt,  not with this one!!

And of course, now the holiday trimmings are in full swing.  If my health holds I plan on going out once a week to a store and just enjoying the looks of it and get something holidayish to enjoy having before coming back home.

I did notice the past day or so I am beginning to stagger a bit – nope – nothing I am drinking.  But it is now time for me to switch over to the rollator full-time.  I do feel secure as yet to use the cane when another picks me up but for general walking and out with Od, it is now time.   I am so grateful for what we have to make use of when we need to do something more stable for ourselves.  What I have enjoyed the most about all of this is that I have (ahead of needing it) have looked around at all the choices out there and gotten the one I thought I would enjoy using the most.  One of the companies also had choices of cane holders to put on the rollator as well as nicely printed cloth name plates to put on the handle of the walker so you always know you are getting home with your own.  Nice.

I had sold Od’s stroller when I moved over to M6 thinking we would not need it again because of all the green grass.  But since coming back to A8 it helps him if he can ride part way to where he likes to roam .  I did order another stroller for him. It is a bit more compact than the one we had.  When I have it, I don’t need the rollator but the cane is needed then so having a cane holder that I can transfer is really nice.

Meeting our problems head on.  Have you ever thought about the Armor of God?  There is a breastplate to protect us.  Nothing in the back though.  Hmmmmmm.  We are to meet our problems head on.  No retreating.

Od and I had some friends visit us last Sunday.  We enjoyed that so much.  All of you out there, just know our door is always open to you.  Would love to see you.

January we will begin our study of the “Gifts”.  They are different from the “Talents”. Very, very different.

Some are asking for new recipes for the holiday season.  I am just about reciped out. I will share them next time, but there are not many.

In His Hands.  Marge H.