One of the hard parts of blogging to me is, I don’t do anything new and exciting.

I am a home maker and it takes all my time.
My typical day begins like this.
Get up
put dog out
wash face
get dressed
drink water
scoop kitty box
take out trash
begin laundry
walk with Leslie Sansone (on dvd)
In between there I check my computer. Look at my running auctions, read new posts on PH, maybe check facebook, and the news.
I read Philippians and P31:10-31.
I clean the kitchen.

Prep things for dinner.

Work on the days room.
Then knit or sew.

Sometimes I get called to watch my grandboy. Those are exciting days. G is now a 4yo bundle of energy. He has learned to enjoy Mimi’s lap and wants to sit with me under a blanket and read or look at his tablet… my tablet…
Lately he likes to talk about zombies. Monday He came over and we went to McDs for lunch, we had breakfast for lunch. He got a cat woman toy. Then we went to the park until he wanted to go home because it was yucky with too many girls and boys there. He doesn’t enjoy the after school crowd, which since most of them were rude I can totally understand.

Today as I sat down at my pc, I saw the first rose blossom of 2017 off my vintage rose bush. This rose bush was planted by the original owners of my home, in 1951. The bush has no scent, which I find both odd and sad. I LOVE scenty roses! Though I must admit what it lacks in scent it makes up for in perfect, beautiful roses.

So you see, there isn’t much to write about!
Hugs y’all

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Saturday February 25th MJ and I attended the annual SACA (San Angelo Christian Academy) fund raising dinner. As a part of the dinner there are 2 auctions. 1 silent, 1 live. As usual the items in the live auction, while they would be awesome, were well above my purse!

I did bid on 3 items in the silent auction. A rocking chair, a Barbie in a lilac crocheted gown and a science kit. An odd mix isn’t it? Well I collect rockers and there were no bids on it yet, and I collect Barbies, she also had no bids. The science kit would go to my nephew, the student we attend these events in support of.

The band played. The choirs sang and then they had a couple of skits. The pastor of the church that houses the school talked a little and promised a sermon on propitiation… but they cut that from the program… I never have heard his sermon on propitiation… Seriously, knowing this pastor, that was a joke.

Two of the skits I found really fun. One had 4 students in it. They were all talking as if they were cookies and gave a short description of the life and what it is like to be a cookie. My favorite in this batch was the young man, probably 3rd grade, who must love oatmeal raisin cookies. He did a grand job on it.

The other skit that I really liked was a version of Tangled. Two young ladies did this one… I hope they keep their senses of humor as adults, they will be fun to hang around with!

Dinner was brisket with a potato casserole, green beans and a roll. Tea and lemonade were offered as drinks.

How did my bids do in the silent auction?
I was outbid on the rocker and the science kit. I was floored to find out I won the Barbie! I have looked at these dolls and never hoped to afford one. I know how time consuming they are to make. I actually feel bad for the donor that my small bid was the only one. In any case she is now part of my collection!

Hugs y’all

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Months ago I promised a friend an apron.
I finally made it last week!
It was like I woke up out of a fog and got crafty again!
So with out further ado, here is her apron!
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Why wordpress insists on posting my pictures sideways I do not know. I have tried everything I can think of to correct that!
hugs y’all
Melissa

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I have had this running through my mind for a couple weeks.

Do you take God personally? Do you really realize He thinks about you as an individual?

How personal is God to you?

What I mean is, when you read your Bible do you personally take on the promises and commands of God?

In John 3:16 for example. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that who so ever believed on him should not perish but have ever lasting life.

Do you realize that verse is equally true if you read it:
For God so loved me that He gave His only begotten son so that I might believe and not perish but have everlasting life.

Too often I think we get… used to the ambiguity of the “world”. These verses make big claims. The world is a big thing. However God didn’t mean it to be impersonal. When He says the world, he means you, and me, and Sally and Sam and so on. We each figured into His thinking. The great big God of all the universe thought of us each as an individual. Some verses remind us that He thought of us before our parents even knew we existed. Yes I know the verse specifically refers to Jeremiah, however I see no where that indicates God doesn’t know us all.

Think of that. God is calling YOU. Yes you reading this right now.

How do we answer the call? We decide to accept his gift of grace. This covers all our sin. Then we act in Faith. What does this mean? Well if you trust Jesus to save you, won’t you show it? He asks so little of us. Jesus says He that believes and is baptized shall be saved but he that believes not shall be damned. He asks us to be baptized. Commands us to believe. You can do one or the other, but Jesus clearly wants us to do both. If my Faith is not strong enough to convince me to be baptized to please and obey Jesus, how will it ever get through the really big stuff that will come?(Mark 16)

More to the point, who of us is better than the Son of God? Shocking question? Well then consider this. When John protested to baptizing Jesus, the sinless, righteous Son of God what did Jesus say? Mat. 3 13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and come thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

What better reason is there for baptism than to well please God? Who needs more encouragement to do it than that?
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What does a life of Faith look like? Well Galatians says this:
Galatians 5:21-23King James Version (KJV)
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Again in Ephesians we find this:
Ephesians 5:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

There are many examples of how we will live if we truly accept Jesus. Philippians 4, the entire chapter lays out many things. This is a good section, VS 8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
How hard this is in today’s world! Everywhere you turn there is negativity and wrong thinking!

However, reading the words of Jesus, you will see that this is all to be expected. Jesus tells us that children will turn against their parents, that right and wrong will be twisted and turned in ways God does not approve.

Fathom this. A book written over 2000 years ago, by many different men, would nail this current world to a T. They weren’t just writing to those churches back then, they were writing to US.
Each one of us is individually responsible for how we respond to God’s words. In the end it won’t matter on our account what the preacher, the pope, or who ever told us. We, just as God called us individually, will answer for our life individually. God writes to us individually. He watches and sees us individually. Not just in an ambiguous way. He will come to us individually when we go to Him as he commands us to.

Will you come? Do you believe the life He offers both here and hereafter is worth it? He won’t strew the paths with roses, but He will guide us and comfort us among the thorns.

Hugs Y’all
Melissa

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My beloved bought me a book that has been on my Amazon wish list for ages. Living on A Little by Caroline French Benton.
I have looked but can not find when this book was published. It was, I am thinking early 1900s. Possibly 1890s. The lady had a telephone and refrigerator in town, they did not refer to it as an ice box but a refrigerator. Also the house in town was lit by gas jets.

I like this kind of book because I love learning how people lived in times past. This book deals mostly with the table and how to economize there.

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The basis of the story is this. Dolly is to be married in one year. So she goes to her sister while her parents travel Europe and her fiancee is working in South America, to learn how to live on a small salary of $1800 a year. The feeling is that the parents have raised the girls in luxury and now she must learn how to do with out that.

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Her older sister, Mary, has been keeping house for six years. She has some very inventive ideas too. One thing confused me in the reading and I am not sure if it is a typo or if there are two appliances the sister has to make her work easier. One is a “fireless” box. A box lined with asbestos in which she makes puddings, and things. Later it is also mentioned a “tireless” box. Which from the reading seems to be the fireless one but the typist who put it on line seemed to have changed its name.

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The grocery amount per week floored me. Mary budgets $7 a week. This covered the cost of food for herself, her husband and her sister, or maid if she has one. Plus out of this she saves for any entertaining she plans to do. In this book that included; a surprise visit of two gentlemen her husband brought home, a drop in set of guests for luncheon, 2 dinner parties and 3 luncheons that she planned. When she has a dinner party she also pays from this the 75C cost of a serving girl. Who stays and does dishes after the dinner too. At the luncheons her sister is her “maid”. She hires out her heavy laundry, does her dainties herself and hires a laundress who comes in once a week to do the heavy floor scrubbing too. The amounts of her parties were so neat to read. Imagine serving 4 people on $1.35! Or paying some one $1.50 a week to do all your heavy laundry and scrub your floors!

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The meal amounts taught me just how much we over eat now days. Then sugar was something to be saved and cakes and cookies were a rarity. Eggs were .04c a piece, cream .15c a pint, and both considered too extravagant to be used in desserts very often. Yet they had dessert every night! She used only 1 dozen eggs per week! Now to be fair I use about that too, but if I make a big breakfast everyday, I would use twice that! With two eggs each. Mary only fixes one egg each. I think in gerneal today people would think of the food amounts used in this book as starvation rations and yet they worked harder than we do and thrived.

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Some of the meats she uses I just can’t imagine. Such as boiling a calves head for meats. Using the brains, I don’t like the idea of tongue and can not stomach liver. All of which were common in Mary’s kitchen. At least when we was saving for a party. She believed in economizing before she spent extra instead of making it up afterwards. I believe in this too.

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I do find that I agree with Mary in that you need not spend a lot to have a pleasant home. Cheap pretty dishes, treated as if they were expensive china will do just as well as Haviland on a carefully set supper table.

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One thing I think today’s young woman lacks is the hope chest. In Mary’s time a hope chest was begun by the girl as she learned to sew and she made things for her future home. A passing comment is also made on the trousseau. Both the hope chest and trousseau held the clothing and linen a girl would need for at least 1 year.
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Though Mary suggests buying inexpensive linens for daily use as the purse permits. I agree with this. I prefer table linen to paper and I prefer to use a table cloth and place mats (Mary uses doilies to protect her table linen). My dishes may not be expensive ones, but they are pretty and I enjoy them. I am blessed with an abundance though, having inherited several sets from family and being given one set by a friend. My everyday set is a patterned Corelle, because it can handle the microwave and most of my inherited ones can not. (3 sets are from the 40’s or earlier). For special occasions I select my table from my more fancy, or as my dil says “ooo pretty dishes”.
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My goal as a keeper of the home, is to provide a comfortable, safe place for my loved ones. While the methods and general feel of this book is old, out of date and perhaps not considered these days I find the basis is one we should aspire to.
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You don’t need to spend beyond your means to keep what you have nice, serviceable if not pretty. Home isn’t made up of expensive things as much as it is the attitude of the one preparing the meals, doing the laundry and the scrubbing. If one does these things cheerfully, there will be rest and happiness at home. If one does these things grouchily with a complaining or as the Bible calls it a downcast countenance the home will not be restful or happy.

I understand we need money to live. Thriving is a whole different thing though. Money can not make one thrive.

I do recommend this book. If for nothing else it’s historical value.
However you do not need to buy it unless you want to. It is here on Amazon for $2.99.

It is also here on Project Gutenberg for free.

I hope you enjoy it!

Hug Y’all!

Melissa

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Welcome to my doll haven…
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Barbie Wall.

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Newest set of Vintage Raggedies.

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Reorganized shelves.

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Snoopy moves over to the rest of the Peanuts gang!

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Newest shelf for Misc dolls.

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Last but not least:

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As promised weeks ago, my rickrack /notions idea.

I still have not gotten around to doing curtains yet.

Hugs y’all
Melissa

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Well my YDS has found a home of his own. This means I get my office back.
I just could not create in the cave I was attempting to use as an office.
So here are the before pictures. I did put in a table and the TV shelf before I took these, the tv had to be reset and was on the floor.

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Now the afters. I already feel my creative juices flowing. My first creative task will be making curtains. The blinds are metal, and very sturdy, also probably very expensive. However I like a softer look, so my plan is to raise the blinds and hide them with some pretty curtains.
Light fluttery ones!

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I am sure I will be able to get back to creating in this space! The rocker is set up for reading and knitting. The sewing table is set to give me just enough space for my PW workouts. Plus I discovered, I have space for more dolls and books…

However my goal is to get back to my love, sewing aprons! With tutorials!
I have 1 more thing to do that I forgot, and that is put my notions in the hanging rack on the back door. I will post a picture of that when I get it done. I will explain the idea too.

Hugs y’all!
Melissa

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This has been on my mind quite a long time. It is my belief that there is no one totally correct denomination any longer.
Even in the denomination I choose, the church of Christ, there are differences and sects that pull different things from the Bible and claim they have IT right.
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Why do I believe this? Because I believe THE CHURCH is made up of souls, saved and sanctified by the blood of Christ. Christ did not teach a Faith of laws and rules. That was Judaism, and men could not keep it. So a new way had to be made, since God loved the world and wanted to save it.
Jesus is that new way. For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son. Some versions say only son but that is not correct. Why? Because in Genesis 6 we are told there were “Sons of God”. Jesus was special because he was begotten. I looked this up and as a verb it is to father or procreate. So God created sons in the old testament, and begat a son in the new. Why the switch? I believe it is because in the NT he needed a son that could really understand what it meant to be human. Jesus had all the frailties, needs and feelings of a human. Yet he had total control of himself so that he relied on God and was able to remain sinless. Whereas Moses gave the law of the physical, Jesus takes it further into the law of the heart. No longer is it sin only to do a thing, it is a sin to desire to do a thing. Example, Moses said adultery was a sin. Jesus says that to lust is the same as committing adultery. Mat. 5
So then we read in Ephesians 4 that there is one Lord, one Faith, one baptism. This signifies that spiritually there is one church. Not one denomination. Not one physical church, one spiritual church. Who belongs to this church? The souls who accept Christ and follow him.

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I further see evidence for this in Philippians 1. Paul writes that he knows that people are preaching in hope to hurt his feelings. His reply? Basically so what? The thing that matters is, everywhere Christ is being preached, either in honest desire to save or in a desire to hurt the church.
Is this being done today? Yes I think so. Whenever an anti church person uses scripture in an effort to try and deny it, or prove the church is sinful, the scripture is still spoken. Sometimes I think God even uses nonbelievers to teach believers. When false teachers use it to teach their false doctrine, it is still used. Remember we are told in Acts and 2 Timothy 2, to study for ourselves whether what they say is true or not. Do not rely on a preacher, teacher, missionary, friend, Parent or anyone else to teach you God’s word. Read it, study it for yourself so you gain firsthand knowledge of what God has saved for us to see.

Remember, even though there may be many huge churches, God tells us narrow is the way and few there be that find it. Not every person who enters the doors of a church building, no matter how often, will be saved. Does that mean we get to point fingers and declare this or that person unfit? No. We can calmly confront sin, but only God knows the heart. Only God is a righteous one with the… right, to judge any of us.
Call sin, sin, but do not make the mistake of condemning the heart of the sinner. Remember no matter how pious a person maybe, WE ALL are sinners in need of Christ’s saving grace.

Melissa

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Well today went better. I did not feel sick, though I have developed a headache this evening.

I got 1 load of wash done, some kitchen tidying. Made dinner and got my kitchen clean afterwards.

Now I will gather my morning pills and get off my shoes and relax some!

I hope you all had as nice a day as I did.
hugs y’all
Melissa

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Was a bust. I got my routine jangled when my dil called and asked me to join her for breakfast. She called before my alarm went off.

I came home and did my reading and prayer and began 15s but… I ended up sick and sleeping most of the day instead.

However I still shined my sink before bed!

Here is to day 3 being better.

hugs y’all
Melissa

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