Thursday, April 29, 2021

We are a Safer World With The Help of 2 Doxies

Saved from another toilet paper run?!  Hoorah for these Heroes!!

The media doesn't like to give us credit, but it was actually two hard working little #wienerdogs who cleared the #SuezCanal and freed the #EverGreen container ship to continue on its way. Thankfully those pups earned some well deserved treats for their great digging and excavating skills! Good job, pups! - Crusoe, the Dachshund

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God
 in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The New, Pretty Billionaire

 "Not bad for a girl with no talent." - KK

With KKW Beauty and popular shapewear firm Skims, Kardashian West’s net worth increases to $1 billion, earning her a spot on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List. 


When Kim Kardashian West was first mentioned in the pages of Forbes in 2011, it was simply a tally of her Twitter followers: 6.6 million, just below Barack Obama and just above Ashton Kutcher. Five years later, she graced the cover of Forbes thanks to her booming mobile game, which helped her earn $51 million that year. Now, she officially joins the World’s Billionaires list for the first time.

Forbes estimates that Kardashian West is now worth $1 billion, up from $780 million in October, thanks to two lucrative businesses—KKW Beauty and Skims—as well as cash from reality television and endorsement deals, and a number of smaller investments.FORBES

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Read the rest of Forbes' article --> H E R E

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Charge them that are rich in this world, 

that they be not highminded, 

nor trust in uncertain riches,

 but in the living God, who giveth us richly

 all things to enjoy;

1 Timothy 6


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Charlie Chaplin Remembered

 The late Mr Chaplin's birthday rolled around this month once again.  I am not a fan of his old movies, per se, but I remember him fondly for his Music.   This song is one of my all time favorites! 

Why? It prompts good memories of my youth. The music is soothing and pleasantly pleading;  while the lyrics have a life lesson worth applying for anyone.

If the Lord God allows me in Switzerland once more, I will make an effort to see his  earthly body's final resting place.

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:

 but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

(Proverbs 15)


Music by Charles Chaplin, Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just

Charlie Chaplin


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Life With Sons: His First Date With New Girlfriend

This boy's in love! 

He waited to officially date L. G. so  as not to worry her Parents as she is younger than he. Vulnerable in many ways to yet another heartache, but moving forward in hope.  What can we Parents do but pray and encourage him?! Tomorrow is her birthday, by the way.

Son parked the Toyota SUV by a nearby public Lake -- back car trunk open and the area made very comfortable with blankets and pillows. They watched the sun set as they talked,  ate home-made baked bread stuffed with pepperoni; plus choice of fruits, crackers, nuts, juice, and water. 

Simple, inexpensive, fun, memorable -- the way it was meant to be ❤👫❤

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

19The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. (Proverbs 30 )


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cheap Fun!

 You notice the fun and funny among the mundane details of daily life during a Pandemic 😷 😄😊😹 

Future Chef

Hello, how are you?

Mind your own business!


May we have some, please?

LV Lover

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: 

but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12 )


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Dine In @ Baker Hill Restaurant

 A favorite ❤ restaurant that is an oldie, but a goodie !  As of the time of this meal, Baker Hill Pancake House allowed dine-in at 100% capacity. Had to wait in line at around noon for 30 minutes before being seated, but well-worth the wait. Come one, come all if you are in the Elgin area. 

my gyros platter
more pancakes
veal parmesan
our Guest and his beautiful Seiko watch

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is 

for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psalm 133


Thursday, April 15, 2021

MacKenzie Childs: Items I've Recently Sold

 I probably will not post about certain of my MC items again -- they've been sold along with a multitude of other stuff.  Some were cute/rare and will be sincerely missed; but I love recouping $$ more.  Other bills, interests; and new financial goals prevail!

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Luke 12


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

After You've Avoided a Financial Disaster

 3 important things to remember after an investing near miss

by Vanguard 

(pc: Vanguard) Stash some cash!

Things are going to happen in life that you'll need money for, friend. Will you have enough to cover an inconvenient car repair? Or a trip to the vet for your pet?

Having a comfy stash of emergency savings can help you regain your footing after an unexpected "uh-oh!"

Everyone's emergency is different. But it's a good idea to have enough saved up to handle a day-to-day headache like a broken window, or even a longer-term situation like being unable to work.

Your emergency savings should be available at a moment's notice and kept someplace safe from extreme movements of the market. That way, you'll always have it when you need it.

Prepare yourself to foot those emergency bills. 
email from Vanguard

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Read full Vanguard article H E R E


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Easy Recipe: Ube (Purple Yam) Ice Cream


* 2 cups (16floz/450ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
* 1 can (14floz/400ml) sweetened condensed milk, cold
* 4 teaspoons (20 ml) ube flavoring extract
* 1 tablespoon ube powder

* Whip heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
* Pour in condensed milk and whip until thick, stiff peaks form.
* Add the ube extract and powder and whip until combined.
* Spread evenly into a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze for at least 5 hours, or overnight. Store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Keep it cold! Your Condensed Milk and Whipping Cream should be straight from the fridge, as cold as possible (without being frozen) when making this recipe.

Servings: 2 pints


Thursday, April 8, 2021

PIF: Paid-off a Large $$$ Loan!

We recently completely paid-off our 401-k loan! We got the loan in Yr 2016; it had a 5-year term; and an interest rate of 4.5% (which was paid back into the account). What a load off of our financial backs 👍❤

The main reason for the loan was a trip to Europe to attend our oldest son's wedding. We went on a trip to Paris afterwards,  and paid for our other son's college tuition. Of course, we  also gave a cash gift to the Bride and Groom.  So, $30K later, the loan is finally paid in full --done and gone, whew! We intend it to be our very last 401-k loan ever, Lord willing. 

PIF. Yay, Praise the Lord!

For the LORD giveth wisdom: 
out of his mouth cometh knowledge
 and understanding.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Toilet Paper TP Shortage Yet Again??!

 If I had been wise and installed add-on or stand-alone bidets during our recent bathroom renovation, I would pay no heed to these rumors.  Anyhoo, I took this recent news seriously and ordered not only more TP, but paper towels as well. I also ordered more TP for the church since we had volunteered to be in charge of bathroom supplies

pc: wikipedia

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The great toilet paper shortage of 2020 is threatening an encore.

Brazilian company Suzano SA, the world's largest producer of wood pulp, warns of supply issues in the weeks ahead because of the giant cargo container ship blocking traffic in Egypt's Suez Canal -- a critical global trade route, Bloomberg reports.

Wood pulp is the raw material used for various paper products, including toilet tissue...

Read the rest of the story --- >>  H E R E


pc: Costco

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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 )

TP Shortage


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Autism and a Samsung Galaxy 8 Phone

World Autism Awareness Day  is April 2. 

It had rained overnight and was still drizzling at 7 am as we took our dogs on their usual walk.  

That's when Son noticed a Samsung  Galaxy S8 phone on the ground about a block away from home.  In great condition. Wet. Almost out of power.  Still operational in spite of being out in the rain.  Better yet, UNLOCKED.  It belonged to someone named Simon. He and family live in our subdivision.

We had seen Simon before while he also took his early morning walks.  Tall, well-formed, early 20s (?) with a full head of dark hair  He was an odd one:  loudly jabbering unto his phone, running in fits and starts, chasing Geese, sitting on a swing at the community playground, yelling at no one in particular.  He could also walk by sullenly, silently. 

Our phone conversation with his Grandma confirmed Simon's Autism, and yes, he loses a lot of things (no wonder the phone was unlocked). They had gone out last night with flashlights to try to find the Samsung. It used to have a tracker, but Simon did not like it.  The Phone's replacement cost would have been $200, even with insurance.  Her thanks were heartfelt. 

Simon was again out on a walk when son dropped off the S8 phone at his home. Sigh. I can imagine this lost-phone instance re-occurring. What's worse, there is no certain answer to the question of what the future holds for Simon. 

 BTW, autism affects 4x more boys than girls.  As far as I am aware, there is not one nor even two cures or answers. I hope "experts" continue to aim at finding the top 5 main causes. 

Suggestions:  As a Mom, I can control what I ingest from day 1 of a pregnancy.  Definitely no alcohol or illegal drugs. Lots of pure water, fresh veggies and fruits (organic, if possible). Stay away from all manner of sugar and pop.  I would very definitely do an exhaustive research on the effects of the M M R vaccine - do lots of reading on this subject.  Remember: Medical experts do not know it all.  Do what is best for you, hubby and the rest of the family.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term used to describe a group of neurodevelopmental disorders.These disorders are characterized by problems with communication and social interaction. People with ASD often demonstrate restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped interests or patterns of behavior. -

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: 
because thou hast rejected knowledge...