Patience

Argo Baptist Church
Argo Baptist Church

I was stumbling around the internet yesterday and I came across this picture of a small Southern Baptist Church. No clue how I managed to find it since what I was looking for something totally unrelated.
Despite the fact that the last time I saw it, it was very different, I knew where it was and for many years who the Preacher was.  My Granddaddy Sam.

Sam and Betty Massey
Sam and Betty Massey

I just sat there staring at the pictures as memories flooded my mind, things I had forgotten.  Remembering all the times I sat in the front pew, with my Grandmother, DeeDee,   digging in her purse for the gum I KNEW she had in there, or the mints, the pencil in a side pocket so I could doodle while Granddaddy spoke.

I remember looking around in wonder as I watched everyone focus on my granddaddy standing up there, listening closely to what he said. To them he was the man in charge, able to ease a troubled soul, help them find the answers.  To me he was just Granddaddy.

With all the things going on in my life these days and being so stressed trying to figure things out, I can only guess that my stumbling across this picture was to help remind me of things I have maybe forgotten.    As I sit and smile, looking at a small Southern Baptist Church,  I hear Granddaddy’s voice in my head.  That smooth voice that brought comfort to so many, in his Alabama accent.   I see him as he sat while the hymns were sung and the announcements made,  twiddling his thumbs.    Many years later,   I asked him why he always did that and he smiled as he told me he wasn’t a patient man and it helped him remember that it wasn’t his turn yet, but it was coming.    Plus he knew that I was fascinated by thumb twiddling……..

So Granddaddy, message received.  I will be patient.  I will have faith that when I come out the other side of all the upheaval and uncertainties I will know what Hubs and I are doing and where we’re headed.

Minette

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KEY LIME PIE

Easy Key Lime Pie. I don’t think there’s any self-respecting Southern Belle who doesn’t relish KEY LIME PIE!

This recipe couldn’t be easier !!!

What You Need:

1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust

1 can sweetened condensed milk

8-ounces of whipped heavy cream

1/4 cup of fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)

5 drops of doTERRA Lime essential oil

The zest of 3 limes for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Beat sweetened condensed milk and lime juice in small mixing bowl until combined.
  2. Fold in whipped heavy cream until everything is combined. Pour into crust.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Garnish with lime slices and lime zest.

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Waiting For Good Times

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Southern Proverb: You can’t hurry the good times just by waiting for them

I’ve been reading a lot lately. It helps take my mind off all that is going on and keeps me from worrying about all the changes Hubs and I are going through. Plus, let’s admit it, other than Gibbs night on TV, there isn’t much on………

In a  not great/just ok book I read recently, the author  used Southern Proverbs as chapter headings. I knew most of them, but a few I’d never heard of. This one I’ve heard all my life.  With all that is going on in my life, I’ve thought long and hard about what this means these days.

To be fair to myself, I am NOT one of those people that truly hate Monday or spend my days wishing Saturday would hurry and get here.  Each day is a gift that many don’t get.  It’s up to us to make the most of each one.  They’re not all perfect, but I am determined to find good things in each day.   Some days it is easier than others, but there is always something.

But Hubs and I both are guilty of saying “Well, when ______________ happens, we can do this”.    We have to stop that.  His forced retirement has driven home to us that we can’t wait for the perfect time to retire, the perfect time to take a trip, the perfect time to do anything.   We can only do it when we are shown that it’s time, we may not think it’s the perfect time, but well, we’ve been known to be wrong…..(.I know, I know, who would have thought I could be wrong).

Minette

 

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Spring Retirement

Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  Spring!
Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spring!

The first day of Spring and I am more than ready for a new season around here. Winter, while mild weather wise here in SW Florida brought challenges I had never faced. Y’all know about some, some I’ve kept quiet on while we worked to figure things out around here.

We still don’t have it all figured out, but with Spring being here, well things are looking up.

After Surveying for 40 years, Hubs is retiring.   I am so not ready for that.  Heck, he’s not ready for that.  To say it’s thrown us for a loop would be an understatement.  He was pushed into it, which is not a happy story. But it’s the hand we’ve been dealt and we’ll figure it out.  It’s what we do.

Photo from: www.palmbeachpast.org
Photo from:
www.palmbeachpast.org

Hubs has always loved his job.  He has a passion for it that many envy.  He knows how to do things without all the electronics.  He can throw a chain, he knows how to use a plumb bob.  I’ve seen him look at something and then tell me the distance and be within a couple inches of being right.

It’s been two months now and I haven’t strangled him yet.  So that is a good thing,  right?  I can promise you that the picture below will NOT be his retirement guide………..

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He already has a part time job doing something he loves to do and is comfortable with.  His first day is Saturday and I for one am looking forward to it…………A day for ME to just sit on the couch and read my book, hang out with the Dukester and maybe take a nap.  Just some quiet time where I don’t have to figure anything out or make any decisions that have the potential to change our lives.

It’s A LOT of adjustment, but  we’ve decided this is  a new adventure for us.  We’re looking forward to where the road takes us and  we’ve decided to enjoy the ride.  Hubs is excited to do some drawing and painting, which he hasn’t had the energy for the last few years.

I do have a couple of questions……..how do I teach him to clean house?  Why, when I googled pictures and used the key word “Retirement” did I get shown pictures of Justin Beiber?

Minette

 

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SPRING INTO SPRING!

6f855d53cee05b74810417e33c5e691dEvery spring does it to me — I end up feeling like a beached whale.

The extra 10 – 15 pounds I put on; the size larger pants and the bloat from all the winter ‘comfort food’ gets me

CRAZY!

You, too?

Well, now’s the time to start thinking about bikinis and spring conditioning!  (well, maybe not bikini for this ole lady but at least a onesie bathing suit that will look halfway decent on me!) 

Remember last post about how important it is to keep our immune systems in good order with good eating? This Spring Cleaning goes right along with that. It’s not an instant fix and doesn’t claim to be but using the products above religiously will take you to a new level of health and wellness that, quite frankly, I’m pretty sure you probably have not experienced before!

The best thing is?  All the suggested products are made from 100% pure oils that are MORE than organic – they are source from their own, indigenous regions of the world and not grown on company owned ‘farms’ … AND … they do exactly what is promised they’ll do.

For real. Honest to goodness, for real!

So along with your new, organic, healthy diet that you’ve now started since our last post, why not take a look into some of this protocol and see just what you love the most about it?

I know you will … love it all!

Hundreds of thousands of other people do so they can’t all be wrong, right?

Click on the image above and you can find out more or, simply holler at me!

I’m always around now — especially since I’m STILL STUCK IN NEW ENGLAND pining to become a true … Southern Belle!

 

A Diamond

Photo from: adorepics.com
Photo from:
adorepics.com

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world” – Dolly Parton

Like most Southern girls I love a bit of bling. Sparkly jewelry, chandeliers, a gorgeous set of china and crystal. All of those things that dress my nest and my person. They are all superficial like rhinestones and have no real value. While they enhance an otherwise bland landscape they are not the essence of who I am as a person.
My Wonderful mother worked for a prominent jeweler and eventually so did I. When you sell diamonds you must learn the 4 c’s

Color- in diamonds, the higher the quality the less color the stone has. It is colorless, opaque, clear
Cut- the shape and number of facets, those facets reflect light creating the sparkle
Clarity- the absence of flaws or inclusions
Carat- the weight of the stone

Each of these things must be at a high level in order to be a quality stone.

Mama tried her entire life to make me into a flawless diamond. She believed that people had to live by standards that made them quality people. This is how the 4 C’s apply to my life.

Color- my life needs to be opaque. Nothing hidden, clear in my standards and beliefs.
Cut- I have experienced many people, situations, up & downs that shaped me into who I am today. Each of them left a mark or etched my life, creating a multi- faceted person who can give light to those around her
Clarity- working on removing my flaws
Carat- Well I may have excess carats, (weight). I think it means my weight as applies to whether or not my word is valid, has meaning and is worth something to others. Do I contribute something to my peers, job, marriage, community.
I am far from the Diamond that my mother envisioned me to be, but her influence and that of many others has kept me from being just a rhinestone, a bit of sparkle with no true value. As I continue my journey with the hope of becoming a museum quality stone I’m glad to have guidelines to go by. It’s hard work to shine and glitter while having substance. I’m not the famous “Hope” diamond, I’m much smaller than that! I am striving to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.

Cheryl

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Mama Gets Arrested

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.   This month there are 14 of us, so be sure to stop by and visit with the other bloggers!

The words assigned to Southern Belle Charm this  month are:

Ace, Promise, Atlantic, Lap & Spinning.  

They were submitted by:  http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch  (Confessions of a part time working mom)

Sarah let out a sigh as she dropped into the rocker on the porch.  She’d been looking forward to sitting and just watching the waves  after a day of running Mama to the beauty shop, nail salon, doctor’s office and grocery store.   Watching the Atlantic waves run in and out soothed her and Lord knows she needed it after a day with Mama……….

Found on: http://palmbeachaluminum.com/
Found on:
http://palmbeachaluminum.com/

Hubs was out with his buddies on a late day fishing trip, which suited Sarah just fine.  He loved Mama as much as she did though Mama’s love of life and refusal to let arthritis slow her down could be exhausting and retirement was a big change for him, in addition to moving to North Carolina to help with Mama.   But Sarah and Hubs had made a promise to her Daddy that after he was gone, they would take care of her.  Daddy made sure that there was enough to buy their little cottage on the beach down the road from Mama.  He knew they couldn’t live in the same house and stay sane.

Just as Sarah got all settled in,  Ace,  her new puppy wondered over from his spot in the steps and jumped in her lap.  As she rocked with Ace she thought over what the doctor had told them.  The arthritis was worse all through Mama’s little body.  There were some things they could do to manage the pain, but it was time to think about joint replacements.  Sarah knew it needed to be done but shuddered at the thought of Mama having all those surgeries.

Just as Sarah was beginning to doze off, her phone rang.  She checked the number and saw it was Earl Ray, her brother and the sheriff of the town they lived in.  Earl Ray could be a pain but his heart was in the right place and he did love Mama.  Of course, he didn’t have to spend all day with her either………

Putting a smile on her face Sarah answered and expected to hear Earl Ray ask how Mama was and what the doctor had to say.   Nope, not this call.

Sarah’s head started spinning as she listened to Earl Ray explain that he had no choice but to arrest Mama.

Come back next month and find out what Mama has been up to.

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http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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Spring Festival In Lehigh Acres, FL

Photo from: www. nononsensere.com
Photo from: www. nononsensere.com

I know, I know, y’all thought we didn’t have seasons, but we really do.

ONE sign of spring here in SW Florida is the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival. It’s been a tradition since the first one in 1975. Since then things have changed.  Lehigh  Acres has grown from 13,000 residents to over 86,000.  We’ve seen good times and bad.   At one time, our auditorium brought in some big name acts to entertain the early residents of Lehigh Acres, with dinners and dancing. Unfortunately, by the time I got here in the early 90’s those days were gone.

Yet the Festival continues.  In 1975 some of the activities included various performances by local bands, such as the Polka Band, the Sailor Circus from Sarasota, bread baking contests, rocking chair contests, old-fashioned bathing suits. a hog-calling contest and of all things…….a beard growing contest.    For many years it was held on the corner of Business Way and Beth Stacey Blvd.  We outgrew that a few years ago and now it takes over Veterans Park on Homestead Road, located at 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.  It’s nice to have the bigger space, more things to see and do, but I miss the gazebo that was on that corner for many years.  Plus, it was easy for me to get there.  I could walk from my house……Ah well, progress, right?

Andy R  & Taylor Swift in 2007
Andy R & Taylor Swift in 2007

In 2007, the headliner for one of the many musical events was Taylor Swift!  Yep, before she became a mega-star and household name, she was here, entertaining us.  This is my buddy Andy R. (who has been involved with the Festival planning for many years) with her that year.

In the last few years many more activities have been added.  This year there is a two day craft fair with vendors from all over the world, a car show with some of the finest cars in our area in attendance, a chili cook-off, a horseshoe tournament, a Got Talent event, along with our version of Idol contests for Adults and Juniors,  Pageants and of course all that wonderful food….you know that fair food you love?  Well, you don’t have to fight the fair crowds for it at the Festival!

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This year Tim Charron will be there on the 21st ( last day of the Festival, which runs from March 13-21st this year).

 

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I’ll see you at the Festival this year!  For  more information on the events planned and times, etc.  go to

 http://lehighspringfestival.com/

Minette

 

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SSS And A Four Leaf Clover

imagesIt’s the 2nd Friday of the month and you know what that means………This month 14 brave souls agreed to participate in the Secret Subject Swap.   You can find the links below and follow them to find out who got the Southern Belle Charm Secret Subject.

Remember to leave comments as you visit.  It lets us know you’ve been there and what you think.

Ours  was submitted by:
 http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

Here is the subject for this month:

Yay! You found a four leaf clover! You’re having the luckiest day of your life. Tell us… what lucky things have happened for you?

I actually have two four leaf clovers.  One I found many years ago, in a field outside Logan Utah. The other one came to me down through the family in a book from 1863.  Yep it’s still in the same spot in the book.

The luckiest day of my life  would involve winning the lottery ( gotta remember to buy those darn tickets).   At this point in our lives, many things are in flux.  We have to make some major decisions about where we go from here and we are struggling with them.    Winning the lottery would give us the means to make them without second guessing ourselves.  No, I am not holding my breath on that one.  I do realize I stand a better chance of being struck by lightening!

I have been so blessed in my life that choosing just one lucky thing that has happened to me would be tough to do.    I have a family that loves me and embraces my ways. Luck of the draw that I got them for relatives, ( yes, even crazy Aunt Minnie that scared me to death).  Amazing friends that do the same.   Again, luck of the draw.  Somehow, someway I have found my way back from some terrible things that happened in the past.  Luck that some in my life didn’t walk away from me in those times.  Were those my lucky days, the ones when I realized that what had happened didn’t destroy me?

My luckiest day ever may be yet to come.  Even if I’ve had all the luck a Belle could ask for, I am one of the luckiest people I know.

Minette

 

The other bloggers this month are:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Baking In A Tornado
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/
Stacy Sews and Schools
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade
http://dinoheromommy.com/
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://themomisodes.com
The Momisodes
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com
Climaxed
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com
Someone Else’s Genius
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch
Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://thelieberfamily.com
The Lieber Family
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Searching for Sanity
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://www.smalltalkmama.com
Small Talk Mama

 

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The Pyramid of Health

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Where do you fit in on this pyramid?  Are you even at the base level?

The VERY BASE LEVEL (think basement foundation) is the IMMUNE SYSTEM and its health and strength and balance.

HOW do we balance and strengthen the immune system?

Think, EAT RIGHT … the first level of the pyramid.

Well, I eat pretty good, you say!  — Alot of good, brand name foods, try to keep to the vegetables, fruits, meats, I try to keep a handle on carbs and sugars, etc. etc.

Vegetables, fruits, meats from where?

Do you KNOW where your food comes from? Do you know how its grown? Do you know what it used to grow it, process it, sell it, package it?

Let’s talk processing for a minute …

Did you know that PROCESSED foods cause your body to react as if its ‘violently’ poisoned?

Yep. It does …

Back in the 1930’s Dr. Paul Kouchakoff did some tests and what he found might give you pause before you pop that bite of “wholesome, natural” Granola Energy Bar into your mouth.

Kouchakoff found a remarkable rise in the leukocytes levels of the blood when processed food (food cooked for extended time over 203* F critical temp) “as if the body were poisoned.”

Your leukocytes are the white blood cells that fight infection and protect your blood and body from ‘invaders’.

They’re THE integral part of the IMMUNE system.

The immune system is your primary defense against foreign invaders.

The immune system mostly resides in the gut …

The gut where everything you put into your mouth, chew and swallow ends up.

Yep, that’s it … processed, overly cooked foods cause your immune system to step up into gear as if its poisoned — Day after day after day after day.  Until its worn out and ‘broken’.

It can be ‘fixed’ though … not only with a product called Transfer Factor 4Life taken daily but also simply by changing a bit in the diet …

Kouchakoff also found that the addition of 1:10 of raw:cooked will offset the digestive leukocytosis …

If you eat a bite full of char-broiled steak, eat a bite of RAW fruit or veggies, too, to offset the leukocytosis of just the overly-cooked/processed meat.salad

If you eat a bite of cooked pasta, eat a bite or two of salad to go with it.

“Here is, along with their preparation method, a short list of the main foods we can use without risk of inducing digestive leukocytosis. For the sake of simplicity, “raw” will designate foods that are unheated, as well as those heated below their critical temperature. Furthermore, to correct the effects of a cooked food with a raw one, we recall that the latter should be added in the proportion of approximately 1 to 10. By “water,” we mean ordinary drinking water, such as tap water.

Milk: raw, or heated below 88°C (190°F); if boiled, add raw milk or cream. No sugar. Yogurt, curds: allowed. Tea and coffee: add lemon juice, or water, or raw milk, or cream. No sugar. Wine: should be diluted with two raw products: water, fruits, fruit juice.

Bread: always whole, with butter. Eggs: fresh or soft-boiled. The yolk will remain raw and will correct the white. Butter: fresh, or melted below 91°C (196°F). Cheese: all kinds allowed, but should be taken with bread and butter. Fruits: raw or in salad. If at least two different kinds are used, sugar may be added. Sugar: avoid as much as possible, replace with honey. Remember that sugar should always be balanced with two different raw products.

Condiments: all kinds allowed (nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, etc.), but add to cooked foods only when serving. Salad: one, or better, several kinds (lettuce, endive, watercress, dandelion). By increasing the number of different components, several cooked foods can be corrected at the same time. Use (cold-pressed) first-choice olive or walnut oil. No peanut oil. No vinegar, but lemon juice. Salt and pepper unlimited.

Vegetables: raw, finely chopped and prepared at the last minute. As with salad, it is better to mix several vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, etc.), which will perform a multiple correction. Eat with a mayonnaise: from first choice-olive oil. No peanut oil. Fresh eggs, salt, pepper, chives to taste. Lemon juice. No vinegar.

Meats: any raw or rare meats, smoked or salt-preserved meats: herring, ham, bacon. Boiled, braised, or grilled meats will be served with a mixed salad or mixed vegetables. Fish can be steamed (trout). Thus, boiled water will be avoided, since steam is simply distilled water, which is neutral for the organism. When serving, add fresh butter, lemon, parsley, and chopped onions, etc. Serve grilled meats in a similar fashion. For braised meat, cooking water will be discarded and replaced with the juice of the same vegetables that are served with the meat (carrots, tomatoes). The meat will be corrected with fresh butter, lemon, parsley, and the vegetables themselves, or by a mixed salad or a vegetable salad.”

List from: http://www.beyondveg.com/

 

 

 

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