Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Wisdom Wednesday - August 4, 2021 - Proverbs 4:7

According to the Bible, King Solomon was the wisest man of all and he wrote the book of Proverbs. 



As the children were growing up we regularly participated in, what we called, "wisdom searches". This was done by reading the chapter in Proverbs that correlated with the date on the daily calendar (31 chapters in the book of Proverbs; up to 31 days in any given month). 



Wisdom is something that I really need right now. I thought it would be nice to share nuggets of wisdom from the book of Proverbs on Wednesdays here. Would you like to join me in that?

Here is today's nugget...



Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - August 2, 2021

Good morning, Dear One! It's Monday! πŸ’—

Not only is it Monday, but it's the first Monday of August! I'm so glad that July is finally behind us and I pray that August proves to be a somewhat brighter month by comparison! 🌞

Zinnias in Vase

How was your week and weekend? All things considered, my week turned out to be not too bad, but it has been long, as well as, lonely and sad at times. 

I visited the new Dollar General store, for the first time, on Monday and, I think every day since, except Sunday. 😏


It was great having it so close by when I ran out of pertinent ingredients in the middle of making a recipe and I love their new app and coupon savings! Having the new store so close at hand is going to save the people of our little town a lot of time and money. It is forty minutes to two hours round trip to the nearest towns. Then, when you figure in the cost of impulse buying when shopping in the bigger towns, eating out, and gas money involved...well...it has the potential of adding up to REALLY big savings! Personally, I think it's great!!!

Dragonfly in Front Yard

I managed to get thank-you notes written out to family and friends this week. There has been so much love expressed our way over this past six months, and so many acts of kindness committed, that I truly doubt that I got everyone covered, but I did get the ones that I remembered and were written down. Whether I actually wrote something out or not, I truly appreciate every single act of love and kindness show to John and I and our family during this past six months...during the time of his time of illness and subsequent death. It has meant a lot. 

Well, I'm running late this morning, so I'm going to go ahead and get on with today's post. Let's get started...shall we? 

Dickcissel on Fencepost

This week's master to-do list...

- continue taking one day at a time...minute by minute πŸ“†
- pray and seek the Lord in every area πŸ™
- clean house 🏑
- do laundry πŸ‘•
- finish up data entry job for work (made progress last week, but still not quite finished) πŸ’»
- put summer garden to rest (there's nothing left but weeds) 🌱
- make up hummingbird feed 🌺
- pick apples from a friend's tree πŸ
- make apple butter 🍎
- wish youngest son a happy birthday πŸŽ‚
- wish daughter, Amber, and son-in-law, Patrick, a happy anniversary πŸ’ž
- wish granddaughter, Ruth, a happy birthday πŸŽ‚
- wish oldest son a happy birthday πŸŽ‚
- say good-bye to my dear friend, Dorothy 😒
- just keep trying to figure things out (I need a lot of wisdom and direction right now) 🠞

Tachina Fly on Mint in the Garden

This week's menu plan...

I've done pretty good about using up the fresh stuff I had on hand. I've thrown out what had gone bad (which really wasn't much), put what I could in the freezer, and planned meals around the rest. I still have a bag of sweet potatoes left that needs used, so that will be the common denominator in this week's meals.

Monday - Beef stew and biscuits
Tuesday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potato, and sautΓ©ed spinach
Wednesday - Turkey burgers with sweet potato fries
Thursday - Oven roasted chicken breast, mashed sweet potato, and steamed broccoli
Friday - Taco spaghetti squash boat
Saturday - Out
Sunday - Leftovers

That's it for today! Have a beautiful Monday and a great week ahead! 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Dorothy

One of my readers just asked me how I was doing after John's passing. I told her that I'm doing okay. I'm trying desperately to find my footing after his death, but I can't seem to get past one blow before another strikes. 

We had John's Celebration of Life on Saturday; yesterday one of my oldest and dearest friends in the whole wide world passed away. I won't write much about her here, because I just wrote a whole post on our half-century-long friendship exactly one year ago tomorrow. You can read that post by clicking HERE. I will fill in the gaps though. 

Picture of Dorothy Touching the Snake at Prairie State Park 
(where I work) on One of Her Many Summer Visits

Dorothy had a really rough time after her son was murdered a little over a year ago. She came up and stayed a few days with us last July and, as far as I can remember, that was the last time I saw her. 

When John was sick back in April and was being transferred from Joplin to Springfield, we had a tentative plan that, if I could not acquire a hospitality room in the hospital, I would stay with Dorothy (she only lived a few blocks from where we were going to be). I was able to acquire to the hospitality room, so we decided Dorothy and I would just get together for lunch or something while we were in town (she could not visit us in the hospital due to COVID restrictions). 

After being in hospital at Springfield a couple of days I told Dorothy that if she wanted to come pick me up we could go grab a bite to eat and visit for a short time. She wanted to but said she really wasn't feeling well. I told her to go get tested. She and her youngest son both tested positive with COVID-19.

Long story short...

Dorothy ended up being hospitalized with COVID, got out, went home on oxygen, got worse, ended up back in the hospital, was put on a vent and given a 20% chance of coming off. She came off, but has struggled ever since. 

She was unable to eat, had to have feeding tube put in, and could no longer walk. She was briefly put in a rehab center, but within just a few days was sent back to the hospital.

On Wednesday her daughter contacted me to let me know that Dorothy was finally being released and was scheduled to come home TODAY (Friday, July 30th); yesterday morning she contacted me to tell me that she had just gotten word that her mother had passed away of a major cardiac event (I guess that's just a fancy way of saying that she had a heart attack). Unbelievable!

And, so...that's how the story ends. Another loss. I don't understand, but I don't question it, either. I'm not angry. I just don't get it. This makes five deaths since early March, four of which were people extremely close to me; the other considered a very good friend.

Prayers over Dorothy's family would be much appreciated...her daughter, Amanda, her son, James, her ex-husband, Roy, and their three grandsons, DJ, JJ, and Josh. Thank you!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies

In cleaning out the fridge today I came across an open jar of almond butter. I didn't want it to go to waste, so I did a Google search on ways to use up almond butter. I got lots of ideas, but settled on cookies. I found a recipe that called for ingredients that I had on-hand, tweaked it a bit, and came up with two-and-a-half dozen of these soft and chewy almond butter cookies. I thought I'd share the recipe with you!

ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup almond butter (I use Maranatha brand)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl cream together the butter, almond butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in the egg and add the dry ingredients. Combine thoroughly. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. Press a whole almond into the center of each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - July 26, 2021

Good Monday Morning, Dear Ones! 

It's the last Monday of the month and, I can honestly say, that I'll be glad to get past July. It's been a long month.

How was your week and weekend? 

I barely remember the early part of the week at all...in fact...I don't remember it. Our youngest daughter and her family arrived on Wednesday. Other than that, the whole week has been a whirlwind of people and activity.

Sunflowers

We said goodbye to my husband on Saturday. We had a Celebration of Life and potluck dinner with visiting following. There was a good turnout (standing room only) and much testimony. I feel that John had a good sendoff, but, jiminy Christmas! I can hardly stand it! I miss him so much! 😒 

My Husband, John

I am determined, though, to keep pressing forward and doing...something! I'm not sure what at the moment, but, with the Lord's help, I will figure it out. My goal today is to get the house back in order and the laundry done. 

I've had a lot of company in since Saturday and, although they've all offered to help straighten things up, I've insisted that they leave it so I will have something to concentrate on and do while I think things out. Besides, I like creating order out of chaos. It will feel good to accomplish something, even if it's something small.

I am going to go ahead and just take the plunge into this week's post. There is much to be done and I need to get started. 

Zinnias From My Garden

This week's master to-do list...

- take one day at a time...minute by minute if necessary πŸ•›
- pray and seek the Lord at every turn πŸ™
- write 'thank you' notes to a number of people πŸ“§
- clean house 🏑
- do laundry πŸ‘•
- clean fridge 🍲
- take inventory of food on-hand πŸ“œ
- take a look at the finances and make a plan πŸ’΅
- finish up data entry job for work (didn't quite make it last week) πŸ’»
- check out the new Dollar General store in town (it opens today) πŸ’²
- celebrate granddaughter, Mercy's, 6th birthday πŸŽ‚
- just keep figuring things out (I need a lot of wisdom and direction right now) 🠊

First Margarita Pizza of the Season
For the recipe click HERE.

This week's menu plan...

I'm not even going to try menu planning at this point, because, the truth is, I don't even know what I've got. There is food everywhere and, until I start sorting through it and figuring out what's what I have no idea where I'm headed with any of it. BUT...after I get everything sorted and figured out...it's going to be a whole 'nother story! I've done nothing for six months but sit in hospitals and at home stress-eating whatever. It's time to put the brakes on and get back on track with my own health. Putting the Word first coupled with good food and getting back to walking! THAT has got to be my #1 focus in the days ahead...period!!!

My Husband's Bible and Magnifying Glass

I guess that's it for now. I do hope to visit with you all more in the days ahead. I've just got to get my head straightened out a bit and figure out what's what. Bear with me and, please, pray for me. I've got to figure out how to embrace this season in my life and make it work. I love you all!

Sunset Over Tallgrass Prairie

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - July 19, 2021

Greetings, Dear Ones! It's Monday!

It's been a little over a week since my husband's passing and I am trying desperately to find my footing. It is surreal that John is gone and I have no idea what I'm going to do without him.

The medical supply people came on Monday and picked up their stuff (hospital bed, oxygen, commode, wheelchair, transfer chair, walker, etc.) and our daughter, son-in-law, and grandgirls from KC returned home mid-week. I spent the later part of the week and weekend regrouping and cleaning house. 

On Tuesday my friend, Cindi, from Wisconsin came to see me. She has family here in town and just happened to be in the area when all this happened. It was good to see her and we got in a nice visit.

My Friend, Cindi, and I

On Friday our next-to-the-youngest son picked me up and took me to the funeral home to pick up John's ashes. His Celebration of Life will be held this weekend. 

The Urn That I Selected
and Ordered For John

While we were out and about we had lunch at a friend's new restaurant (Tu Casa's in Butler, Missouri). I loved the bright colors and pretty dΓ©cor. I especially liked the rows of brightly colored pennants that hung overhead. It was very nice and the food was delicious! 

Tu Casa's in Butler, Missouri

The weekend was quiet. I have no idea where to go or what to do from here. My car is still down (right now I'm borrowing my daughter's van when needed), but I don't know when I'll go back to work. I still have data entry that I can work on here at home, but I imagine I'll think about going back to the park soon. Please pray for me as I try to figure it all out. 

Flowers From a Friend This Week

In the meantime, here are my plans for this week...

This week's master to-do list...

- survive...one day at a time
- pray...a lot
- clean house
- do laundry
- weed-eat
- get things together for John's Celebration of Life
- return dishes to people who have brought food in
- finish up data entry project for work
- attend John's Celebration of Life
- visit with friends and family
- just keep trying to figure things out (I need a lot of wisdom and direction right now)

This week's menu plans...

I'm not even going to try to plan anything at this point. Folks have been so kind and food is still trickling in. I will just continue to eat whatever is available. After we get past this, though, I've got to get a plan in place and follow it. All I've done for six months is sit in hospitals, and here at the house, and stress eat. It's time to get back on track with my own health now. 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

My Husband's Obituary

My husband, John, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9:41 p.m. Here is his obituary...



John Kelly Knox, 67 of Liberal, Missouri, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2021 at home surrounded by his large family. He leaves behind his wife, Rebecca Knox of the home; children Rudy (Angie) Knox, Zachary (Bobby) Knox, Amber (Patrick) Pennington, Buddy (Christy) Vansel, Amanda (Aaron) Langston, Tony (Nicole) Knox, a daughter, Stephanie (Chris), in Wyoming, a son, Johnny; twenty grandchildren, and many beloved cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rudy Virgil Knox, his mother, Mary Agnes (Cuda) Knox, and a half-sister, Dolly.
John had a variety of interests including a love for the Lord Jesus Christ, a love for his family and friends, reading, writing, politics, gardening, history, and cooking. He was also proud of his Sicilian heritage on his mother's side, and his Scotch-Irish ancestry on his father's side, yet was a true American patriot in every way.
John pastored West Liberal Mission Outreach for twenty-five years, and served as Alderman for the City of Liberal, Missouri from 2012 to 2014.
Above all, John wanted nothing more than for those he loved and held dear to know and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

A Celebration of Life is planned July 24th at the Kneeland Center in Liberal, Missouri from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with potluck following the service.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - July 5, 2021

Good morning, Dear One! Happy Monday! πŸ’—

June is behind us and, suddenly, here we are, catapulted into July and the second half of 2021. How was your week and weekend? 

Our Annual Tradition - Red, White, and Blue Jell-O

Our week here was good. We celebrated granddaughter, Essie's, 7th birthday via video call (a first for us) and had a nice 4th of July. I made it to town (first time in three weeks) and was able to put together the ingredients for one of our favorite annual treats...red, white, and blue Jell-O cups!

American Bald Eagle

My husband's health continues to decline and, as much as I try to fight it, dark clouds gather within my own heart and soul. Daily I grow more keenly aware of how fleeting time really is. It waits on no one. Be good stewards of what God has given you. Gather your loved ones near, take the time and make the effort to create lasting memories, live each day on purpose and to the fullest, and concentrate on the eternal. In the end, it's all that will matter.

Bi-Plane That Flew Over on the 4th of July

Let's get on with this week's post...shall we?

This week's to-do list...

- spend quality time with my husband 
- clean house
- do laundry
- celebrate granddaughter, Abby's, 16th birthday
- celebrate granddaughter, Audrey's, 16th birthday
- celebrate grandson, Isaiah's, 10th birthday
- harvest and put up tomatoes from the garden
- harvest and dry basil
- make hummingbird food and fill the feeders

Zinnia

This week's menu plans...

I have a variety of fresh foods that need eaten up, so I will concentrate on using those up this week or turning them into something else that can be frozen. Foods that I need to focus on include egg whites (omelets and in baking), cottage cheese (on toast, on baked potatoes, or as a snack), milk (bisuits), turkey burgers, bananas (oat-bran muffins), blueberries (on pancakes), cherries (with breakfast or as a snack), romaine lettuce (fresh salad, sautΓ©ed greens), spinach (fresh salad or in omelet), carrots (oven-roasted side), green peppers (sautΓ©ed or stuffed), potatoes, sweet potatoes (baked or turned into a pie), and onions (sautΓ©ed and in other dishes). 

Monday - Turkey burger with sautΓ©ed peppers and onions, rice, and black beans πŸ¦ƒ
Tuesday - Broiled salmon and baked sweet potato with sautΓ©ed greens 🐟
Wednesday - Stuffed pepper casserole with corn and black beans 🌽
Thursday - Turkey sausage and sautΓ©ed peppers and onions with biscuits πŸ¦ƒ
Friday - Margarita Pizza πŸ•
Saturday - Turkey burger and oven fries πŸ¦ƒ
Sunday - Leftovers 

Petunias

That's it for this week! I wish you and yours a blessed and beautiful day and a great week ahead! 

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Zinnias In Our Garden


Look at the variety that a box of zinnia seeds from Dollar Tree produces! Amazing!!!














Old-fashioned beauty at its finest!


Until next time...

~Rebecca


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Summer Bucket List 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - June 28, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Summer Bucket List 2021

Spring is over and the summer season is in full swing! I've been thinking about some of the things that I'd like to do and accomplish over the course of it. I know that, in reality, I probably won't get to all of them, but having a list will certainly help me to focus on the season and remind me to enjoy it to the fullest!

Baby White Scalloped Squash Growing in Our Garden

"...ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand." 
(Luke 21:30)

1. Write my summer bucket list
2. Plan my summer menus (these will be posted weekly in my 'Master List and Menu Plan Monday' posts)
3. Wish my husband and our sons and sons-in-law a Happy Father's Day πŸ‘΄ 
4. Attend our youngest daughter's wedding πŸ‘°
5. Celebrate summer birthdays with the grandlittles (there are a bunch of them!) πŸ‘§πŸŽ‚πŸ‘¦
7. Eat watermelon πŸ‰
8. Celebrate Independence Day πŸ’–☆πŸ’™
9. Observe a full moon πŸŒ•
10. Make red, white, and blue jello πŸ’–☆πŸ’™
11. Make homemade ice cream 🍨
12. Catch a lightening bug πŸ›
13. Enjoy a banana split 🍌
12. Take a vacation (even if just for a few days and is somewhere close by) πŸš—
13. Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower ⭐🌠🌟
14. Get together with my friend, Dorothy, to celebrate our 60th birthdays together πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰60th🎊🎈
15. Make notes throughout the season on this year's garden and use them to help make a plan for next year's 🌱
16. Sort ministry materials and start a study schedule πŸ“š
17. Go stargazing 🌟
18. Grill burgers on the grill πŸ”
19. Take a night hike 🌜
20. Play in cool water on a hot day 🀽
21. Go camping ⛺
22. Visit a state park that I've never been to before
23. Enjoy fresh produce and herbs out of our own garden πŸ…
24. Take a walk in the rain ☔
25. Visit a botanical garden 🌸
26. Start sorting old pictures and putting them into albums πŸ“·
27. Purpose to find what I've got in the house that can be used to create an income πŸ’΅
28. Enjoy a summer storm ⛈
29. Hike a new trail πŸ₯Ύ
30. Host or attend a bonfire πŸ”₯
31. Observe, sketch, or photograph at least a dozen new and interesting things found in nature 🐒
32. Collect, tumble, and polish rocks and gemstones πŸ’Ž
33. Preserve what I can of the summer bounty 🌽
34. Cut flowers fresh from the garden and make a bouquet πŸŽ•
35. Continue with efforts to go-through, use-up, clear-out, clean-up, re-purpose, recycle, and give-away ♲
36. Get my car serviced and back on the road πŸš—

37. Wash, level, and reset the bird baths (and keep them filled with water) 🐦
38. Trim and de-weed the flower beds 🌼
39. 
Lay tile in kitchen, hallway, and bathroom ▩
40. 
Reroof the house (at least check into the costs of doing so and coming up with a plan) 🏑


That's what's on my summer bucket list. Now...what's on yours?

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - June 28, 2021

It's late Monday evening and I'm just now getting around to working on this post. How was your week and weekend?

Our week and weekend here was a whirlwind of activity surrounding the wedding of our youngest daughter, Amanda, and her husband, Aaron, on Saturday. 

Here are a few of the photos that our son took at the event...





The big question of the day was whether or not my husband would be able to be there. As of last Wednesday he was put on comfort care and the hospice nurse told us that she didn't know if he would make it through the weekend. You can read updates on his Caringbridge site by clicking HERE. The wedding day update can be found in the June 26, 2021 entry. These photos tell the outcome...





Other than taking care of my husband and activity surrounding the wedding, I really can't think of anything significant that happened this week. Let's get on with this week's post...shall we?

This week's master to-do list...

- spend quality time with my husband πŸ‘«
- clean house 🏑
- do laundry πŸ‘•
- figure July's budget and bills πŸ’΅
- tend the garden if I get a chance πŸ…
- celebrate Independence Day however I can (hopefully I can make it to town to pick up the stuff to make red, white, and blue jello cups!) πŸ’–πŸ€πŸ’™


This week's menu plan...

I'm not going to attempt to plan menus this week. The refrigerator is full of leftovers sent home with, or brought to us, by the kids from the rehearsal dinner, reception, and granddaughter, Essie's, birthday party, which we attended via Facebook video call on messenger. There's probably enough food in there to feed us for a week and beyond. I have put what I could in the freezer. 

Well, that's it for now. My husband is ready for bed and I need to go. I will close for now and be with you again soon.

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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