Okay, I’m finally doing the calorie-counting thing. As age has caught up and metabolism has slowed down, it seems that my days of eating ice cream at will are pretty well gone. My dear mom reminisces about me coming home from school and diving into a bowl of three or four scoops.
Ah, those were the days. And thus, I purchased a kitchen scale, and am using measuring implements consistently for the first time. The calculator sits conspicuously on the kitchen island. Right now, I’m working on just 2000 calories a day. One would think that would not be too difficult…ugh.Continue reading “What’s for breakfast?”
It looks like I may have some resident woodpeckers in my yard. They are certainly welcome here; my house and garage are sided with aluminum, so unless they want a sore beak, they will hopefully stick with the trees.
I really do find them fascinating. I’ve put out one of those hanging cages with the suet they like. It’s positioned on a garden shepherd’s crook in the back yard so I can enjoy observing their feast. This morning, one little guy swooped in for breakfast, but just took his time trying to balance on the shepherd’s crook instead of digging in on the goodies in the cage.Continue reading “Bird-brained, or not?”
Do you ever wonder at the Christian tradition of being married at an altar? Here is the bridegroom all decked out in formal finery gazing wistfully upon his beautiful bride in her white satin and lace while everyone is trying to see around the photographer and Aunt Judith is loudly blowing her nose. Happily ever after is just waiting to enfold the sweet couple at the end of the aisle.
I mean, historically an altar was a blood-stained place of sacrifice…
Let’s face it—I am NOT gluten free. I’m writing this toward the end of wheat harvest here in the Midwest. A good friend who farms says their yield has (thankfully) been really good, something I’ve learned one cannot take for granted. It’s seriously beautiful out in the country as I drive by the tawny fields of ripe grain. And, of course, the days are long and hot right now for the harvesters, even with the high-tech air-conditioned tractors!
I know I’m not alone. Dot-gov says it’s 74 F., (and it’s not even eight o’clock in the morning), with an expected high of 94 and heat index of 105.
Of course, drinking my delicious hot tea probably doesn’t help.
But I love my tea, on the patio, in the morning. If I waited for perfect conditions I’d be inside all day most every day.
My dear brother and sister-in-law from Minnesota are visiting. It’s been terrific, but the high heat and 2000% humidity doesn’t suit them either. We took them over to a friend’s place to pick some sweet corn, thankfully right before this life-altering weather took hold.
I’m thinking of heading over there again myself this afternoon when they go visit their daughter nearby, to get some more for them to take home tomorrow. I’m starting a new sport: Midwest Extreme Corn Pickin’.
Life’s too short to wimp out.
Of course, the farmers here in the Midwest don’t wait for perfect conditions either; I’m really happy about that. I like to eat.
I’m also really appreciative that God didn’t wait for me to get my life together before He invited me into His home. In fact, I didn’t even have to wipe my feet! Here’s how one of His early saints put it:
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners…But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
I suspect lots of people still think of Christianity as achieving some perfected state. It’s not about my perfection, however, it’s about His. He doesn’t even want me to wipe my feet before I come inside the door. Instead, Jesus has this habit of washing our feet Himself! In other words, my sin is the “perfect condition” for the application of His perfect righteousness.
He also makes it clear that it’s His washing that gives me the capacity to be clean. There’s definite partnership in this situation, but it’s not until He washes my spiritual condition that I can clean up my act.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
So there’s no waiting for this relationship to get going, or it may not come to pass. It’s like waiting for perfect conditions to make picking the corn more comfortable—instead, it’ll just rot in field.
“Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.”
As far as the sweet corn is concerned, I’ll just wait for the heat index to get a little higher.
[Postscript: In the interest of honesty, our farming friends picked corn and brought some out to us this morning so I wouldn’t have to endure the heat. There’s another whole analogy there…)
We’re traveling quite a bit recently, seeing family and all. Our children have dispersed globally—if there were reasonably inhabitable colonies on the moon, at least one of my kinder would be there. Even our nearest kin are out of state. I told our youngest daughter, (the one currently residing in Scandinavia), that her software engineer husband needs to hurry up with that transporter beam. Until then, however, it’s the car or the airline.
I’ve flown plenty, but Bob still gives me the window seat. There’s just that wonderful rush when the plane speeds noisily down the runway, then the cabin gets quiet as the ground just falls away. I love it.
Of course, not long after that happens, the flight attendants begin their little demonstration that no one pays attention to, but should. Instead we go back to staring out the window or reading the magazine in the seat pocket. I think it’s somewhat comical when they instruct us on how to put on the life jacket under the seat when we’re flying from Missouri to southern Cal…??Continue reading “Preparing for impact”
It’s getting time to repaint the downstairs of “this old house”. I’m not terrible adventurous when it comes to paint, so I’ll probably just stick with white. I was checking out some options at the paint department. Do you know how many shades of white there are?
Neither do I…
Interestingly, the definition of “white” (in terms of paint, anyway) seems to have more to do with comparison. Pick just one, and yeah, that’s white. But put it next to a “whiter” white, and I can see that the original looks more blue, or green, or whatever.
And the names they give to these infinite variations on a theme are pretty funny: Rarified Air, Intimate White, Big Chill…etc. (You know, people are paid to do that. Someone must have a sense of humor.)Continue reading “Color blindness at Walmart”
I’m one of those unfortunate visual myoptics that had to start wearing glasses in fourth grade. I remember my first pair—we called them “cat-eye glasses”. No, they have not returned to the fashionable scene, thankfully.
My most recent pair of glasses, yeah, multi-focals now, supposedly has some kind of hi-tech, anti-glare feature. Only I think they forgot to include things like car headlights, snow on a bright day, and sunsets.
I don’t know if the reality show, Biggest Loser, is still a thing or not. I suppose it had its benefits. I know in my place of employment the idea of weight loss competition was pretty popular, and my office was one of the weigh-in stations each year. I was glad to participate, since it meant I could hand out weekly info on health topics, and sometimes even serve healthy snacks from my own kitchen.
Kale chips were not a particular favorite. Just sayin’.
I began to be somewhat concerned with what I saw, however, and my mantra evolved into “it’s not about losing weight, it’s about gaining health”. Weight and health are certainly related, but weight is merely an indicator of health and definitely not the whole picture. There are other, even more important considerations such as BMI, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and stress management.Continue reading “Step away from the scale!”
I just finished repairing and reinstalling one of my bird feeders, and this morning I stopped in my tracks when I saw a bright red cardinal enjoying his breakfast with a smaller white-striped bird I didn’t recognize.
Then I saw him feeding the little guy—ah, what a good parent! Daddy even aggressively chased off a sparrow from the breakfast table so his growing kiddo could eat privately. (Poor sparrow. He was just trying to quietly go about his morning also…)
It was fascinating to watch, this avian culture! But I just wanted to be sure I was identifying it all accurately. Thus, I turned to that incontestable resource—the internet—and guess what? It wasn’t a juvenile cardinal Daddy was feeding; it was a juvenile cow bird!Continue reading “Bird-brained behavior”