Archives June 2020

Running Low

Batteries have a habit of running out at the most inconvenient time. No matter what I’m doing when the light or alarm goes off that tells me I have a short time left before I’m cut off it does not make my day.

Mad Mom. Two words we didn’t want to hear when we were growing up, and two words my family didn’t want to hear when they were growing up. There is something to the phrase, “When mamma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy”.

So, last week when I had been watching for my copy of my book to ship and it had not, even though people of my acquaintance received theirs… I began contacting the publisher—several times. Finally, it had its ‘label created’, but I still couldn’t find it. It showed up five days later in Kansas City, but not here.

I kept sending in ‘contact me’ notices to the post office, some times two in one day. At last, I got notified my book would be delivered in two more days, but it came the next day. I got my copy yesterday. Twenty-four days after I ordered it.

There have been friends who have said, ‘I’ll get my copy from you’, not realizing they would be better off just ordering it from Amazon Books.

By the time I finished sending the printer ‘where’s my book?’ queries, and the post office ‘notify me when’, notices, I was running on adrenaline from the ‘mad mom’ mode.

This week I’ve been timed out, sleeping extra because I’ve run out of gumption (battery). But we had a nice Father’s Day Sunday.

What’s next? I’ll go through my book to check again for errors. Then I’ll decide how we are going to promote the books, and hopefully, by July I’ll be on the best-seller list.

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“So,” my Adorable Cousin says to me when she finds out our much beloved Buddy—aka Young Fuzzy—has turned in his two weeks notice and is looking for a different job, “what’s he want to do now?”

“He wants to be a cowboy, I think,” I said as I remember my own childhood aspiration.

There’s a slight pause on her end, then she says, “Well, ya gotta love a dreamer.”

Said and Done

I’ve been told that after all is said and done, more is said than done. That happens in my world and probably in most everyone else’s as well. Years ago I read a self-help book. It gave pointers on how to be more effective in meeting my goals.

One of the first things was at the beginning of the day, sit down and write out a list of things I want to accomplish in the day. Number my items in the order of importance so as to get the most important things done first.

At one time I did that every morning but lately I have been limping along barely in the ball game. Three weeks ago I sat down and made a list hoping to give myself a jumpstart. Well…

It did help, but I didn’t get everything actually done that was on the list. However, I did get the quilt worked on. Now I only have two sides left to finish instead of four. (Roll eyes here. yes, I’ve worked on it, but not finished it.) I did call Merle Norman, and I’ve worked at finding ponies even though I’ve not found them yet.

We need to find a farrier to trim our Morgan mare’s feet, and last but not least I’ve been digging around to find paints and supplies to start my Bob Ross journey.

The problem with lists is they never end. Not for me at least. Even when I finish one thing there is another something to take its place. An orchard and a beekeeper, a fishing cabin on the pond, and a building for the ponies and tack, and of course our six million dollars.

My sister asked me several years ago, why six million? I guess it’s a good round number, and I’ve been ‘poor’ so long it sounds like something that not even I could lose. I told a bank teller one time I was working on my second million.

I told him I’d given up on the first million, soooo… He said that it was really thoughtful of me to leave the first million for someone else. Those were the days.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
(Ephesians 5:14-17 KJV)

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
(Ephesians 5:14-17 KJV)

On the Path

Where are you on the path of life? Back in the ’60s, there was a Diana Ross song called “Do You Know Where You’re Going to?” The next question was ‘do you like the things life is showing you?’

Comfortable Life

The thing is, too often folks get so used to doing the same old things, living the same old ways that even though their life may be painful it’s what they know.

They may be in a bad relationship but something is better than nothing. Or, often in the middle of your own life, you can’t manage to step back and analyze what the situation is, and find a better solution.


In watching a show lately, there is a husband and wife heading for divorce. They’re both yammering at each other about their problems. The audience could probably solve the problem, but doubtfully the couple ever will.

Life Uncentered

There’s enough selfishness to go around, for one thing, and we are living in an age where people have lost their center. In one scene the adopted daughter makes the statement about ‘people promise—but they don’t keep their promises’.

We know there are times when fate intervenes and although a person has the intention of keeping a promise they are hindered, but there are also quite a few times when a promise isn’t valued. 

I’m reminded of the times in the scriptures when a promise is made under false pretenses, such as the Gibeonites and the Israelites. Even though the Israelites should have asked counsel of God they went ahead and made a covenant without such counsel.

Yes, they were deceived by appearances. Yet, God still held them accountable to the covenant they had been tricked into making. The people were not happy with their leaders, but that was not a consideration.

A Properly Centered Life

As the Charlie Brown cartoon, where Lucy tells Charlie “We would all be happier if we listened to God”. That’s where our center should come from.

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy and doesn’t always make us feel great. It is, however, always the right thing to do.
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 
(1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)

Power

Words have meaning. I’ve said this before and lately more than once. There is a difference between power and authority. The title here is power and maybe we’ll look at the word authority later, but sometimes the meaning of the term power converges with authority and sometimes it doesn’t.

Often people in authority are spoken of as having ‘power’. We also refer to streams or rivers as being a powerful force of nature such as flash floods or waterfalls.

I’ve spoken of my Pinterest boards that I use in settings for my stories and characters. I also have a board for horses.

I’ve been fascinated with horses all of my knowing life. My Grandfather used a team of horses for working his farmland all of the years he worked his farmland.

His teams were large and powerful, yet they were controlled by a bit and driver. Which brings me to another word: meek.

Most people when they hear the word meek think of ‘weak’. Like the phrase, ‘She’s so meek, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.’ However, the word meek actually means ‘strength under control’.

To illustrate the word meek and its definition some have used the idea of a large powerful team of horses willing to do the bidding of the driver with only reins and voice command.

There is a song in our hymn books, ‘Ten Thousand Angels’, in reference to Jesus being able to call ten thousand angels at his slightest whim, but he didn’t. In the words of the chorus, “He died alone, for you and me…”

“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”
(Matthew 26:53-54 KJV)

“Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.”
(Matthew 21:2-5 KJV)

Abandoned

Words have meaning. If you jettison something, I picture a spacecraft that has items it wants to get rid of, being placed at the rear of the craft, then forcefully pushed away from the ship.

The word abandoned has a totally different connotation. It can be a conscious decision or an unconsciousness happening to leave something behind.

I have seen pictures of abandoned buildings, most are beyond repair. Some houses were at one point in their existence fine, beautiful homes. These homes were occupied by families that I would like to think lived and loved each other and life.

I have several Pinterest boards that I use in my writing world. One board is on architecture, which I use to piece together homes of the families and characters that inhabit my books.

I also have pictures of abandoned palaces. Beautiful structures that have been the background for lavish parties, balls, gatherings of wealthy Lords and Ladies. At what point did their owners walk away and never come back? And better yet, why?

I have at times mislaid objects and in time forgotten about them. I had a large plastic cake cover that got taken to a porch that wasn’t used often. It must have languished on that porch for close to a year when a storm came through and we had to clean up that porch and replace windows.

On seeing that plastic cake cover I remembered it, but had I not seen it, it was literally out of sight out of mind. And somehow I’ve lost people in a similar fashion. Mostly we all got busy then we all slipped away from each other.

Relationships take work. The closer the relationship the more work it takes. The current society we live in doesn’t encourage strong relationships. We are pressured on many sides with a multitude of things demanding our time and attention.

Abandoned—we usually think of abandoned things as objects that we knowingly and willingly leave behind. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they are things we lay down thinking we will come back to later, and later just never comes.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
(Matthew 24:45-46 KJV)

Where To Go?

We all have moments. You know the moments when something happens and our mind can’t process what has happened, why it has happened, and/or several other questions.

Non-religious people use situations to support their unbelief. For instance, they throw out the idea that because bad things happen in this world there can’t be a God.

Apparently, they believe a just and righteous God would not allow bad things to happen. He would rush right out and stop evil incidents from happening. Like Superman or the Lone Ranger, he’d stop the bad people from harming good people.

I don’t know what universe they live in, but it has been a long time since we’ve lived in the perfect world God created. The ancient story of Pandora’s Box is somewhat of a fable of Eve and her opening of the box that contained all the evils in the world.

How easy it is for us, Christians and non-Christians alike to get on the bandwagon of ‘why did/does God allow these horrendous things to happen’?

That is exactly why there is proof of the existence of a righteous God. Because we as an offspring of His righteous nature believe there should be justice against injustice. If there were no God there would be no standard of right and wrong, good and evil.

Because of health issues from last year, I’m not able to do many things I’ve been accustomed to doing and now we have been quarantined, and whatnot. I look around me and of all people Old Fuzzy and I are blessed in spite of my boohooing to God.

We retired last year, and we’re used to living on a limited income. Staying home isn’t a real problem with me, I don’t feel much like going anywhere. We are feeding only two-plus of us as opposed to the nine-plus we used to feed. One of my prayers has been, ‘May our needs be few and our wants be simple’.

I do feel compassion for those who are losing so much at this time. My prayers are for those who are suffering. As one who has studied history, times like these have happened throughout the centuries and will continue to happen until the Lord shall return.

Just today I saw a Peanuts cartoon of Lucy telling Charlie Brown, “I think everyone would be happier if they listened to God.” I agree with Lucy whole-heartedly. As people listen less to God the more trouble we all have.

There are several things people need to keep in mind. First and foremost, there is a God in heaven. Second, He will hear and judge whether people believe in Him or not;

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
(Ecclesiastes 5:7-8 KJV)

Jesus came the first time as a savior. He will come again this time as a judge…everyone needs to be ready for the judgment;

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
(Revelation 1:7-8 KJV)

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
(Matthew 24:42-44 KJV)