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Talk Is Cheap

 

Talk is cheap, a phrase I grew up hearing, comes to mind. What other sayings do you recall hearing your parents (or grandparents) say to you? I asked this question on Facebook, and I enjoyed reading the comments.

  • Get up you’re burning daylight!
  • You know better than that!
  • Children are to be seen not heard.
  • Piece of the proverbial cake.
  • The 7 P’s; Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
  • That’s how it goes here in corn country.
  • It’ll feel better when it stops hurting!
  • Son, your horse sense.
  • No!
  • When your tail makes it in, shut the door.
  • We cannot afford a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of.
  • Pretty is as pretty does.
  • Get off your high horse; the workhorse is waitin'.
  • Always use your head for something besides a hatrack!
  • Right now, your babies step on your toes, and when they get older, they step on your heart.
  • Oh, a woman can throw WAY more with a teaspoon then a man can make with a shovel.
  • When will you learn that life’s not fair?
  • You’re known for the company you keep!
  • You eat with your mouth, too?
  • If you’re waitin' on me, you’re backin' up.
  • Always take the high road.
  • Life’s not fair; you play with the hand you're dealt.
  • God’s watching; make Him proud.
  • A man works from sun up to sun down, but a woman's work is never done.
  • If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?
  • What will the neighbors think?
  • Shake it off.
  • Wait until your dad gets home!!!
  • Your opinion and a dime equal a dime.
  • You can’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
  • Be sure your brain is in motion before engaging your jaw.
  • Everyone in our family is strange except me and thee, and I’m not so sure about thee.
  • The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought too!
  • Shut the door! We’re not air conditioning all of Houston!
  • Mighty Fine! No room to complain!
  • You’re in a mell of a hess.
  • It’s just as easy to be there 15 minutes early as it is 15 minutes late!
  • Can’t never did do anything.
  • When you pick on your brother, it’s like kicking a skunk; you’re always going to get the worst end of the deal.
  • Spring has sprung, Fall has felled, Summer’s here, and it’s hot as ... usual.
  • Quit acting like that! Do you want people to think you were raised in a barn?
  • Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and keep on going.
  • We found you under a rock.
  • Old news is no news.
  • Quit your crying, or I'll give you something to cry about.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Work before play.
  • Can't never could!
  • Any job worth doing is worth doing well.
  • You could have had it done by the time you took whining and crying about it.
  • I don't care WHO has one...you aren't going to have one!
  • You better straighten up, or I'll beat you within an inch of your life.
  • You better not fib or you'll be in twice as much trouble.
  • If you don't like what we are having, you can do without!
  • Treat others as you want to be treated.
  • Be grateful for what you have.
  • Mighty fine eatin' for us po folk.
  • Money doesn't grow on trees!
  • Open your mouth one more time, and I am going to pull this car over.
  • Don't borrow trouble.
  • If you want it done right, do it yourself!
  • Cam down, young lady, cam down.
  • Stop crying, or I will give you something to cry about!!!
  • Nothing good happens after midnight.
  • Don’t depend on just love because the bank won’t cash it.
  • Yes, ma'am.
  • If you do that again, I’ll get in your eyes like onions!
  • That’s not a gymnasium back there! (Talking about the back seat.)
  • If everyone eats (poop), are you going to eat (poop) too?!
  • Well, scratch where it itches, even if it is in your britches.
  • What if someone sees you there?
  • Always have money set aside to get home on.

 

(Thank you to all who shared!!!)

 

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John & Lorena taught me a lot about customer service, in business, in life, in my faith walk.

 

 

 

Fresh Find: Personalized quiche dish.

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Another Day

 

Another day as an earth orphan. Sounds funny, but it isn't. It is an interesting place to be...the only one left of my family. When you have a big family with lots of siblings, the process takes longer than when there is four total. My dad rejoiced as he saw his promised eternity in 1995. Then, in 2013, my mom joined him. Three months later, my brother joined them, as well.

I'm not a cemetery dweller. I believe the spirits of our loved ones who are Believers are not present there. I do enjoy the peace found at the cemetery. It is tranquil. I stop a few times a year to be sure the graves sites are in order.

Today was one of those days where I pulled in and enjoyed the beauty found in the weeds surrounding the graves, as I reflected on the blessings that have been given me through mine.

 

 

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Have you ever taken the time to read the words on this monument? Life takes courage, and it reveals itself in many ways. My courage comes from the Lord.

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The Man

 

The man, the legend, the best husband, father & grandpa is Sir Clinton. Happy Father's Day!!!

 

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Fresh Find: I want this!!! Dinner Winner!!! Cheese, nuts, fruits, veggies, repeat & chocolate, cause I'm a winner!!!

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Confession

 

Confession (admitting) is not natural for us.  We want everything to be someone else's fault. That's a bit narcissistic, true? The choice is ours, what we do.  Let's be careful that we own up to what we do that affects our lives and ultimately, others. 

To confess, we must grieve. Do you agree?  We must first see or realize the picture of wrong-doing. Once realized then we hurt. We can't have forgiveness without the process. It is a hard thing to do, admit we are wrong. Remember, it isn't natural, because we are sinners.

There is only one person that can create a better you, and that is you. For me, I can't do it alone. I need a higher power, Jesus Christ.

It is crucial that we don't walk all over the world spewing excuses for our actions. Own up to them, admit the wrongs. It takes courage. There is a scripture about this!!!

 "Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you." Deuteronomy 31:6

I'm so thankful that this has proven true in my life!!!

 

When there are clouds, how we see them is our choice, dark or beautiful? I choose pretty and puffy...

 

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Fresh Find: Love this armed dining chair.

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Going Steady

 

Back in the day, going steady meant you wore his senior ring. You can see Clinton's here. We still have his senior ring and the jade ring on my other finger. I kind of like my face without the wrinkles that I wear today. Life has not been fair with that, but I realize my blessings.

 

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Fresh Find: Audio Sunglasses!!!

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Learning

 

This morning I stopped by the estate sale of one of my mom's friends that the daughter, my friend, was having. There were a few little treasures that I picked up that will remind me of the little girl, Ann Louise Lentz of Sparenberg, Texas. I learned that as a young girl, like many, she had a Lutheran connection. I purchased her book Advanced Bible History for Lutheran Schools. It has been interesting to browse its pages.

 

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I love her signature. I always loved writing my name in my books. I think she enjoyed learning.


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Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon date, based on mathematical calculations, that falls on or after March 21. If the Full Moon is on a Sunday, Easter is celebrated on the following Sunday. She knew this and wrote it in her book.


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I'm not sure the lesson, but I think Ann lived a long & full life, but not as long as Methuselah!!!


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There are several beautiful art plates in the book. This one is titled The Creation.


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The other book I bought is the Holy Bible. It is an American Bible Society Bible printed in Great Britain with no date. On the black inside cover, you can barely make out her name, Ann Louise Lentz. The Bible most likely is between sixty and seventy years old. It is, of course, a King James Version.

 

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This is what I know to be true. I know that Ann Louise Lentz and Lorena Zoe Etter's daughters desire that all will come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Their faith carries them. In John chapter three we read, 

 

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

We are learning still. Thankful for mothers, friends, faith, and joy through the hope delivered through Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

 

Fresh Find: Fun camping socks for Father's Day; for girls, too.

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Landline

 

Seconds count. I'm a landline diehard. I like to be hardwired. LOL, We do have landline phones, mostly art pieces, but we are connected by wire. I understand that for 911 calls a landline is best. I hope we don't need it for that, but if it is true and we do, we are set!

I am thankful that we have cordless landline phones. I am from the short cord generation and party lines. Although we lived in the "city" and never shared a line, I had friends who did. We finally got longer cords and then cordless. I had a bag phone and now an iPhone. I'm all about technology, but I believe there is a purpose for maintaining a landline. 

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Fresh Find: Here is a landline phone for emergencies that children & the elderly can understand!

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Prayer

 

I write a disconnected story, but one thing that is not disconnected in my life is my relationship with Jesus. He walks with me and talks with me and tells me that I am his own. Everything good in my life is from Him. Everything is set into place for me by Him, too. There are no coincidences when we seek the mission.

Often when I write, the words are God's directive. Today is no different. I often wonder who it is that needs the words or pictures that are shared. I am a seed planter. Just when I need encouragement to continue what it is I am called to do, God delivers the blessing.

We were in Ruidoso, New Mexico, with our four girls at Ushka & Grandpa's Cousin Camp. It was Saturday, our day at the horse races. We are sitting in our little area, and I get a tap on my shoulder. I found myself face-to-face with a woman that I did not recognize. She said, "You don't know me, but I read your blogs, and they often are just what I need." I replied, "Isn't God wonderful!" We went on to talk a bit more, and God blessed.

For me, it was a beautiful affirmation of following God's call and a witness to our four girls of the glory of God and his working in our lives. A beautiful moment of holy witness. Yes, God is good.

A personal relationship with him includes prayer, quiet, humbling ourselves before the one we first read about in Genesis; In the Beginning God...

As I read through several devotional books this morning, they all came together by His design to share today.

 

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Fresh Find: Eradicate mosquito population...have heard positive reports on this.

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