Tuesday, August 31, 2010

smogged? how weird is that?!

Now somebody please tell me if I am just dumb, or blonde, or naive, or all 3 because never in my entire life have i heard this- 'Can you take the pick-up to get SMOGGED tommorow' !!! It sounds awful. like flog, or something like suffocating someone and flogging them at the same time. Eeeek. I took it to this place that's called 'Jacks R Better' wow. you'd think it would at  least be a pleasant experience.but NO. this place is NOTHING like home-town Linden. Nothing at all. You know how when you walk into Esau Auto/OK Tire (back home) somebody in there is going to personally know your name and if they don't know your name  they know exactly who your father is... And they probably even know where you work, and how many kids you have, ect. And than you have good ole' Pete there that would ask me every time I went there- Hows the paper-work? He knew more about my papers than a lot of home-folks!!! and he also made James promise to treat me like a Queen for all my life when we were engaged and they met!!! Did I get off the topic?? (i miss home) So I walk into this place and sit down because - I WANT MY PICK-UP SMOGGED' and I have no desire to watch this happen! Luckily I had thrown a book in my bag so I had some entertainment and I wouldn't have to hear the wails and moans of my beloved GMC!!! but than - wouldn't you know - my pick-up is not passing the SMOG TEST!! Honestly. He told me the check engine light is on. I said- I know. It's because there is a malfunction in the fuel pump that sets it off!! Hello!! he did not believe me!! Darin Esau would You please phone him up and tell him YOUR MEN checked my pick-up last and it was FINE.  He never phoned him. because now. All because my GMC wouldn't pass the stupid test. We have to give that man "Jack" $300. to fix some dumb little sensor by the exhaust pipe so that the check engine light will go off. ( since when is the engine down there??)  O, well. If it'll keep our only set of wheels running a little longer than 'Jack, you take that money and you FIX it."  Cause I don't wanna get rid of that baby- James kissed me my very first time right in that pick-up!!!!!!!!!!!! (info. overload??)!!! I'm sentimental... has anyone caught on yet???!!! so long....:)

Monday, August 30, 2010

feeding the homeless


Friday night James and I went to the local rescue mission, with some friends, to serve supper to the homeless and the ,approx. 20 men that are living there trying to straighten out their lives. We made the food that we brought and served it. It was a sweltering hot day and I think a lot of people were searching for a place to receive food that would also shelter them from the blazing sun for a few minutes. They were so thankful for what we did, its amazing how you stand there and see these people and you know that their home consists of maybe a tent.If you want to get an image of how these people live Google- tent city. Your mind will be boggled. When we take a certain road into town we drive by one every time. Those people say they love that life though, because, they don't have to come home to electric bills ect.
 The group of men living at this rescue mission are , like I said, trying to straighten up their lives. They take classes here for alcohol abuse, drugs, anger management, you name it!! It all centres around the bible, so after supper we went over to the little chapel and had a service with these men and any one else who wanted to join!! We sang and than one of the men than we were with talked about the Love of God, and all the different aspects of it. After that we had a time of sharing. or I should rather say, those men did!! My heart was touched by what they all had to say... One man was raised in a very Christian home, but at a young age decided he wanted nothing to do with it all, and he left home to live on the streets of Seattle. He thought he was living THE life, the drugs, the women, his life was good!! He thought, until he decided to relocate, he ended up here, and is now on this program, for 8 months already!! He told us now he can't believe he used to think the streets was 'the life'. He knows his bible inside and out, and he left such a testimony. wow. Than another man, a tough looking, dark-skinned, man started to talk. (he was there for anger management) He said that he'd been there for a few months already and that the next day was supposed to be his turn for his first pass. It was his sons birthday, and he wanted to be at his party. But, when he asked for sure the day before, his director told him, NO!!! ( He told us before he had came there, if some one had stood him up, he would have used his karate moves on him until he said yes!!) Instead!! he just said, ok. and than he told us this is what he thought- I haven't been there for my sons birthday for how many years, any way, what is one more going to make a difference. I'll go next week!!  ( he was commended on not getting upset about this and was given permission to go this next week to see his family!)
  Some of the men just sat there and soaked everything up, the singing, the sharing, the praying. Someday  maybe they too will have a testimony of victory like these other men...
  Just for today- do something for somebody else- hold open a door, invite someone for a coffee that you normally wouldn't... our problems suddenly seem small when we listen to somebody else's!! so long...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

trying again to go yard 'sailing'...

ok, whatever you do, DO NOT, tell my mother-in-law I posted this!!! Yesterday morning she called me and said that she'd found some yard-sales on-line in our town that she wanted to check out and she asked me along...(bless her heart). So we toodle on down through town looking for the house number... there it is!!! I saw it first and LO  there was nothing out side. Than I looked again, and I said, did you check the date of those yard-sales?? cuz I guarantee we were here last week-end!!!!!!! and sure enough!! we had been. She checked for the wrong dates or something, so we laughed for awhile and than kept driving!!!! anyhow, now James just called me and shes going again...(he says I need to go for mom-in-law/daughter-in-law bonding time (w/ a laugh) hopefully there'll be some today... but I'm not worried,  there always is... always. Happy Saturday to all... I'll be posting more on the interesting eve. James & I had last night... feeding the homeless in our county... next time... so long...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

questions.heat.lizards.sunflowers.happy.picking peaches.


my first question is this... how on earth is a human being supposed to survive this HEAT? my second question is this... WHY does there have to be 4 lizards that are  claiming MY FRONT PORCH ?living on it,

 'sun-bathing' on it, urinating on it, eating on it, sweating on it(do lizards sweat)..and than WHY??? do they HAVE to puff up around the gills when they see me, or when they hear the echoing crash of the screen door (meer seconds after I have given it the kick of the day in hopes to get them to move their ugly green scaly selves)?????? o, and why is it that sunflowers can survive this heat and dryness?? truelly those cheerful faces of bright yellow are my inspiration on these days... They can survive and they still look beautiful,(albeit, spindly..)and cheerful, and happy...maybe someday I'll be able to stand tall like they do and say- I am tough, I can handle this, these adjustments, these lizards?...no way...no lizards...
  On the brighter side.. I picked my own peaches off of a peach tree today!!! What a feeling!!! Fresh peaches that my own hands- pulled off the tree and  touched last, and not some guy hired by the supermarket to pick them (and deliver them to AG Foods in my home town!! laugh!!) Just for today- curl your feet in your green grass, and thank your lucky stars you don't have to worry about lizards urinating on YOUR front porch, and when you think of me say a prayer that I can learn to tackle these things that are 'different'... so long...

memories...

My blogger Friend posted this here on her bog. Check it out and while you are sigh a prayer for my babies over there... I could tell you so so so many stories of poverty right here in this big, rich country... Give a smile, you never no, the little 10 year-old girl you see in Wal-mart could be 'rasing' her little siblings all alone... where is the mother...?
I'll stop other wise I'll start crying like I did the other night when I read Chey's post... so long...

Friday, August 20, 2010

a family tradition...

A tradition from James' family and one his Grama started with a lil sugar and tomato sauce...Tacos are a huge thing around these parts where I now live... theres taco trucks, taco wagons, taco stands, you name it...and than my husband loves tacos and so does his wifey.she loves 'em so mucho!!. But there is one thing thats needed. actually.it.is.a.must. when we eat home made tacos and that is this- Grama Bertha's sauce... I'll let you in on the recipe IF you promise to try it next time you have tacos (dip your chips in it too) its a pretty hard-core recipe so make sure you are prepared... DID YOU PROMISE??!!... all you need is this- 1 tin ,(8oz) of tomato sauce and about 3/4 cup sugar  (you can add a squirt of ketchup and/or 'hot' sauce. not salsa but, o my, I don't know what you call it in Canada... Tabasco sauce maybe??) and trust me .. if you don't like it at first never fear..I thought it was plain WIERD ... but now I LOVE it... I am officially hooked to the family tradition...
  I love family traditions... I think I am going to start one with my own little family (namely James) that every Friday morning we sleep till at least 11 o'clock. regardless. ya..good tradition. Amen.
  My family back home used to have the sweetest funnest Christmas tradition ever. It meant security and love and home all rolled up in one big ball of fun and that was this. Christmas eve we all slept out on the Living Room floor. All 8 of us. Imagine the giggling, the yelling, 'you're on MY side', ..imagine... the LOVE. now I'm crying... because when it seems that as we all got married the tradition stopped... hmmmm? wonder why...probably because my 'big' sisters were scared their husbands would snore in front of the rest of us and we'd make fun of them... haha. is it true? Why am I laughing??!!
  Another tradition from my mums family is this- (I love this one) when we get together we eat TOAST. with jam and cheese. and by the way- when I say that we EAT toast I mean this. We down it, inhale it, devour it,swallow it.. do you get it yet? It is not unusual if my cousins and Uncles and Aunts are over to clean out 2 or 3 loaves of bread in 1 evening. WE LOVE TOAST. and the funny thing is, is that nobody can go to sleep without a piece. IT WAS BRED INTO US.  pun intended!!
  and last but not least is the Saturday eve. tradition from when I was a kid was that after our evening baths my dad clipped our finger nails, cleaned our ears, and brushed our hair... what a way to end the day...( did you hear that James??? hello..James?) just kidding;)
  Just for today- start a new family tradition with your family... or with your friends...  so long, with love...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

little kids...

my lil 3 year old niece asked me this evening 'Aunt Jenn when are you having a baby?' i asked her when I should.. and only a kid could come up with this answer---- 'TOMORROW' !!!!!!!!!!!! gave me a smile!!so long...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the simple life


good-morning! Yest. while I was making some brownies I decided I didn't have the energy to pull out my Kitchen Aid mixer just to stir them together, so I pulled out my trusty hand-mixer(pictured) and went to work!! I purchased that thing last fall at a yard-sale for,I believe a whopping, gut-wrenching, husband shrieking, 10 cents!!!! it might have been 25 cents. but I'm quite sure it was 10. Now. tell me sisters. Is that simple or what?! I purchased it because, #1- I thought it was charming , #2- my Kitchen Aid was still packed lovingly away on its original state in my mums basement in Alberta, #3- I NEEDED A MIXER. and i did not wanna spend $40 on one when I knew I had one waiting for me!!. so I bought it! and I love it. 
  Do you ever think of those days when mixers like this came in.Imagine how those ladies will have flocked to the store to grab'em.or pleaded earnestly with their husbands to bring one back from town, or maybe they had 'mixer parties' like we have Tupperware and what not??!!(Imagine their arm muscles-just from running this mixer!!!) I love thinking about those days. When 3 dresses was A LOT. and you only needed shoes for going to church (I wanna live then).but- you had to milk your own cow(not fun) and if you had friends or family anywhere farther than 10 miles away you probably only saw them at Christmas time and at the County Fair. That.my friends I could not handle. but, ooo to live in my bare-feet and hang my laundry on my wash-line,watching it flap in the breeze, to pick my fruit from my front yard tree, to ride my bike through these orchard paths, to fly out the door when my James gets home, and to SKYPE with my family...that is the simple life. and that.my friends.is the life I love. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

my new favorite day...

is Monday. its James' and my 'hang-out day' and i love it. never before have Mondays been either of our favorites, but now since he always has off on Monday-its a great day- sleeping in, eating 'brunch', and making supper together or going out...
just for you a favorite quote of mine-
if someone is too tired to give you a smile,give them one of your own,because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give..
happy Monday to you all.so long...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

scary. prayers. God. family. lil stinkers.love.

when scary things happen, like baby Jake's seizure this morning, I sent text messages to some of my friends asking for prayers... I was a hysterical wreck, I was so so so worried about him and Andy and Becky. It was amazing though to FEEL those prayers working... Within an hour of sending out those messages this auntie had relaxed so much it was almost like nothing happened...but really something super scary had. Today I am thankful for- my friends and that they believe in the same AMAZING God that I do, and for my family;my parents and siblings, and for my precious nephews...Jacob and Coby and Spencer. I love you little stinkers so much, you have no clue:)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

more.........


$15 for each of these my friends!!! and in the back of my brain I am skanoodling a plan... about somebody that is following me will get a prize!!!.... any suggestions? maybe who ever gets the most people to follow my blog?? what do you think??!! I am trying to get my product out there to the people like me, who are married but they only own ONE vehicle, so when hubbys gone...ya. you get it. I.AM.STUCK.i wana hear your thoughts... Your prize would maybe be the wall art of your own choice;)

a life changing MOMENT

good evening friends and loved ones and fellow bloggers...I had a very inspiring moment today and I am going to proceed to tell you about it....you ready??!!
There is this darling little country store here in my town its called - pullin on your heart-strings- , cute,eh? well thats my inspiring moment!!!!!!!!!!! you ok with that?? KIDDING!! The owner of that store is a young lady whom I have gotten to know from going into that store and she goes to the same church as I as well...anyhow on with the moment... She told me that she had heard 'via the grapevine' (probly literally, they GROW GRAPES HERE.wow.) that I was into making wall art and that if I ,little lowly prairie girl me, would make a bunch she would PUT THEM UP FOR SALE IN HER STORE!!!! That.my friends.was theeeee moment. the incredible tear jerking moment for me. I felt over whelmed n snuggly n weepy all in the same MOMENT.Yup.really. So I ran outside to my pickup and I grabbed my samples (i had along for a friend) and i scurried back in there and I showed them to her and I think she was almost as happy as I after we had that deal swung!!! Yesterday I had a moment too.but it was tiny compared to this one. I found out that for me to mail these wallies all over America will cost you and I hardly nothing at all!!! So shipping for you guys will be CHEAP!!! example- if you order a $15 thing the grand total will come to $20 and if you order $40 worth you grand total will only be 40 + 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lucky you!! it might be a tad more exspensive to mail to Canada my Home and Native land, the TRUE north strong and free, but I hope not.I will find out soon. so long I am getting carried away..(not literally..never fear for my husband is SLEEPING. and his friends' wives are already calling me for their men to see if I am evebring my husband to play basketball...) so I best shake him..so long...tell your friends about this blog the more the merrier;)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

unmowed grass...unhappy me

ok. so I am frantically mowing my lawn... its about 30 feet by 15 thats just a guess:) any how I have ONE STRIP LEFT and i ran out of gas. that.is.not.funny. I searched this whole little farm over looking for gas and with no luck already, I didn't find any. So my precious babied piece of lawn now has an ugly strip of tall straggly grass swooning around in the breeze... so long...

(nice lawn-mower,eh?!)

Monday, August 9, 2010

simple easy yummy supper

follow this link to the simplest meal ever.... and o so yummy. i didn't have the peas and i put in carrots...or does it call for that??!!and a used some left over roast beef instead... so maybe its not he same recipe eve..ha!! enjoy!!

do not do it...

never never ever leave chicken out on the counter all through out the evening and night..
#1-it STINKS
#2-its gross
#3-its a complete total dumb waste of MONEY!!!!!!!!
#4-its slimy...(if you decide you want to leave your frozen chicken out at least do me a favour and put it in a bag before you do it...it helps with clean up )
#5- fun fact-burnt chicken is closely related to cooked chicken,but its cooked longer at a much higher temperature!!!!!!!
#6-o,if you do decide to leave your chicken out- another tip is at least leave your air conditioner on or (if your in Alberta) leave your windows wide open it'll help spread the smell hopefully out the window and keep the chicken from starting to cook!!!!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

decisions...

just a thought... last night James and I went out for supper with some friends, the decision had been made that we would go to a Mexican resturaunt... BUT the big huge question which loomed in front of us like a HUUUGE TORNADO CLOUD (only it wasn't ominous) was this- WHICH ONE???? if we were in Alberta the answer would be veeeery simple... Taco Time.... or if you are lucky a Taco Del Mar...and we be pumped if we got to go even there!!!!!!! these people..:) so long...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

i want to go home for harvest


hey farmer girls out there!!! hows the harvest? is the canola busheling good??!!! lol. I saw a Red combine eating it up outside my window the other day...got me down-right lonesome... I asked James if there was anybody ,ANYBODY, i could drive combine for... well really i wouldn't want to... if I did I'd probly work with not one person with the same skin colour as I...which doesn't matter really....
Last night James and I and his parents took supper over to the mission house in town... Our church here has a lil house in town where girls from our church volunteer - there is 5 people living in that house that are handicapped... the youngest is a 9 year old boy... those kind of people are so innocent and lovable and full of love!!! softened this heart of mine... and of my husbands... its such a worthy cause...
Today I was with James again touring around in those fancy shmancy neighborhoods... He is going to grill chicken on our $25 grill from Wal-mart ...it's a pretty persnikety little thing!!! The first time we used it - the chicken was black on the outside and there was still pink stuff in the inside... we didn't have a lot of confidence in it to say the least..but he fired it up the other night and cooked everything on really low for quite awhile and it worked!! yeehaaww!now we can grill again... Tomorrow I am so going swimming...wish somebody would come with me..... so long friends...