Nature, ah Mother Nature! I've learned that nature is an amazing thing. She is beauty beyond belief. She also has a fury like no other. I've seen her path of destruction; it is crazy what she can do. But nature is not just about the wind, rain, sun, etc. There is more to nature than that. Sadly on the way to work we saw a horse along side the road, who had been hit by a car. Each day we watch these horses in a pasture just outside of town. I love watching them run so freely. But what was amazing to me, although the scene was sad, it was one of the other horses standing along side the fence watching over his fallen friend! Nature we can learn so much from her!
Growing up my favorite colors were green and yellow. Then red came into my life and I learned what a great color it was and fell in love with it! Blue is another special color to me. Yes, blue, blue, blue! Recently, I learned I loved it more than ever. It was the blue of a preboarding pass! Made me feel like a million bucks!
We all know how we want things to go but many times even the best laid
plans just don't work out.But I've
leaned there is one thing I can always count on and that is Mr. Man.Recently in my "in sickness and
health" period he has been a true champ.Helping me in all ways and with all needs; some things are hard to do
one handed!He has been my right-hand
I've learned that 99% of the things I worry about never happen......99%! Wow, that's a lot of stuff that's not going to happen. So why spend good brain power on worry. Not me anymore! Having learned long ago that this worry business was such a waste of time, I simply stopped. Now it wasn't an overnight stoppage, I had to gradually back away from it. How I accomplished this was by setting up a time to worry about whatever it was I was worrying about at the time. After a while I didn't need my "worry time" any more! Not that life isn't worry free but now I just don't let it consume me. Because after all worry never solves the problem.
In this month of learning I couldn't not mention the two words I love the most and have learned so much from. Drum roll please.......well no not really if you know me even a tiny bit you know the two words that are at the top of my list are:
These two words are just the tops with me. There are other words I love but I love these two the best!
Yesterday I was visiting with a friend. And as friends do we were talking about many of life's daily experiences when she said something that rang true to me. That was; how important it is to stay close to the trunk, the tree trunk. When we stay close to what we know is true and don't stray too from from our roots we will become stronger. Through the years I've learned this is a truth I never want to forget.
I usually say I'm too ornery to get sick. That colds and flu always pass me by. And 99% of the time they do. I'm happy with the ornery status when it comes to these annoying life experiences. But I've learned that when on those rare occasions I do get a pesky cold nothing I do will make it go away. Even when I try every remedy known to mankind nothing works. It just has to run its course. And so I've learned to let it.
When I was little my favorite question was why. I understand the question "why" to everything was so exasperating to my mother she bought a series of books entitled "How and Why." I still have them. And I still ask and wonder why sometimes today. But what I've learned through all my years of whys is that everything happens for a reason. Even when I can't find or understand the answer, I always know there is a reason. And just knowing that is satisfaction enough for me. Except of course when I back out of the garage and rear end my car into my truck. Then I'm a little hard pressed to find the reasonable reason for that! Really there is a reason for that?
I've learned that time waits for no one. It marches on with or without you. You can't control it, it just goes and it can go by fast. Time is such a funny thing. Sometimes it seems like it stands still and other times I wonder where did it go. I try hard each day to acknowledge it; taking advantage of every minute. It is not always easy to be friends with time but I do the best I can.
I've learned never to take my health for granted. Even when just battling a crummy cold. I know I need to listen and pay attention to my body. Although I will admit I'm hard of hearing when it mentions exercise; that exercise voice has plagued me all my life. Let's change the subject............
I've learned that sometimes the best trips are the ones where little to no preparation is involved. Just do it! So we did. This weekend we took a road trip to Idaho. Seventeen hundred miles round trip. Roughly 425 miles a day. It was grand!
I'm a beef eater.
And I'm fine with it. I love
meat. There is nothing more tasty to me
than a medium rare New York Strip just
off the grill (properly rested of course).
Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. However, I've learned that I prefer my beef unnamed and no
photographs please. I don't like to eat things whose face I've seen; can you blame me? But every year during fair season my boss purchases FFA
projects, aka, cows, pigs and this year a lamb.
After the said projects have taken a trip to the butcher, we the
employees of MBE are the generous recipients of said purchases. And then every year we get these thank you notes
from the students who have raised said cows, pigs and lambs. Don't get me wrong, I believe in thank you notes, they are a good thing. After all he pays top dollar for these
animals and then pays a nice price for their trip to the butcher and then gives
90% of the meat away. But please just send a thank you note, names and pictures are really not necessary.........just sayin!
I don't know about you but it seems like whenever I open a can of pumpkin the recipe never calls for all the pumpkin that is in the can. Add a half a cup, add a cup; never add the whole fat can. It must be the marketing thing. Just sell them a big fat can; it will get tossed and then they'll buy more big fat cans next time they need pumpkin. Not so fast people. So you know the dog bones I made? Well the recipe only called for half a cup of pumpkin. So what to do with the rest? Make cookies of course.
So moist and yummy!
Pumpkin-Oatmeal Cookies 1 1/2 c. margarine or butter (or part shortening)
1 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
2 c. oatmeal (regular or quick)
2 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips
Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until fluffy. Sift
dry ingredients (with exception of oatmeal) and add alternately with the
pumpkin. Stir in chocolate chips and oatmeal Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a
greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. It always takes me a batch to know the right time. So just make the first batch a small one so you can get the cooking time right for the rest!
Wow, September is here. How did that happen? Summer seemed so short this year what with so much rain in the month of July. But as always time marches on and waits for no one. And so must I. September is the month of learning. So for the next thirty days I will be writing about things I've learned. It may be what I learned today or what I learned yesterday or what I need to learn. All things considered it will be a month to learn from. Join me and let's see where this month of knowledge takes us.