December 2011

December 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Every year about this time I begin to think about my goals for the upcoming year.  Exercise is always high on the list.  I joined the 24-Hour club ten years ago and have yet to see the renovations done on the gym just down the hill from me.  (I paid three years up front and now only have to pay $49 a year for full membership.  How can I give that up?  I may actually go someday.) The 24 Hour Club took over a furniture store next door and doubled in size.  I drive by and wave.  Rick moved a recumbent exercycle into our bedroom two years ago, and I ride it every morning while watching “Match Game” and “Lingo”.  It’s about as close to bicycle riding as I get. 

Oh, I think about riding a bike.  Lots of people do in this area.  Many come to train for the Tour de France.  Up hill, down hill, all around the hills.  I did have a bike at one time, but it was canabalized by my children years ago.  They needed a tire...

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December 23, 2011 | 0 comments

Dear Friends,

I send each of you this greeting with my heart full of thanksgiving for God’s indescribable gift of His only begotten Son Jesus, the Messiah, our Redeemer and Lord.

This Christmas, as we think about all the wonderful things that have come to us through Jesus, God’s perfect gift, let us remember we shall one day see Him face to face.  What a day that will be!  The joy and blessings we experience now in Him are but a hint of all the awesome things yet to come. 

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again, I say, Rejoice! 

Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus!

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December 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I’ve made -- and eaten -- all kinds of cookies over the years, but my personal favorites, as many of you may already know, are chocolate chip cookies.  My mom baked them on a regular basis when I was growing up.  Later, when I had children of my own and we all went north to visit my folks in Oregon, Mom made sure the cookie jar was full.  As soon as the car was in park, we’d stampede into the house and head for the kitchen.

Now, I make chocolate cookies once a week for our Tuesday evening Bible study.  So far, no one has complained about having the same snack each week.  I use the same recipe my mom used (from the back of the yellow Nestle’s Chocolate Chip bag), but I’ve added my own personal touch.


2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter (softened on a window sill – not a microwave)

1 tablespoon of pure vanilla

¾ cup of white granulated sugar

¾ cup brown sugar (pressed down firmly so that it comes out in a ¾ cup...

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December 3, 2011 | 0 comments

There are so many people living on the streets these days; young, old, vets, people who have lost their homes.  Each has a story, a family, hopes and dreams.  The needs seem overwhelming, but we each can do something to brighten the lives of those around us. 

Rick and I make Christmas boxes each year.  We had no idea what to put in them when we started, and so we asked a few with first-hand experience of being homeless.  Here are the suggestions offered:

n  Fill a plastic shoe box instead of cardboard because it can be re-used as a waterproof container for food or supplies.

Put in:

n  Bottle of water – plastic bottle can be refilled

n  Deordorant

n  Band-aids

n  Anti-bacterial wipes

n  Multi-vitamins

n  Lip balm

n  Socks!

n  Tooth brush and tooth paste

n  Hand sanitizer

n  Gold Bond body and foot powder


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