Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Autumnal Hodgepodge

1. What's your favorite meal to serve on a chilly autumn evening?
Beef Stew with warm, homemade bread.  So cozy!
EZ Recipe= 1 lb. stew meat, 1 can. tomato soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 packet dried onion soup mix, 1 lb. mixed veggies frozen...Put all in crockpot on low for 6 hours.  Or...high for 3!  I've done tons of scratch recipes and this remains the one that everyone loves best.  Go figure.
2. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
Yes, and I tend to get a little too comfortable in my routines.  I need to work on my flexibility and spontaneity.  I have the ability to be creative but it just takes that little added effort that so often I don't take.  
3. What food product (no longer readily available) do you remember and miss from days gone by?
No longer readily available??...sheesh...Joyce these questions make you sound ancient...which you are NOT!!  I miss those little oatmeal cakes.  I know they still exist but I never buy them...cuz I'd eat them all.  I remember my Mom having them for snack sometimes.
4. What's something you've lost that you've never been able to find? Any theories as to what happened?
Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most.  Theories...hmmm?  Children...lost brain cells by the millions...yup!

5. Zoo~circus~ carnival...your favorite?
I guess I'll say the zoo...since I go so often with the Sweet Boobahs.  It's very relaxing and interesting.  When you live close you can make friends with different zoo keepers and connect with animals by name, etc.  That has given the zoo added dimension for me.
6. What song makes you feel instantly happy?

7. To what extent are you an argumentative person?
In my family we argue for fun....and I'm not kidding.  This is fine until it gets out of hand, of course.  We like to debate and play "devil's advocate"...It really taught me to think through issues...especially spiritual issues.  I love that my husband has embraced this part of my family over the years.  At first I think they freaked him out...but now he'll join right into the, discussion!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
God's timing amazes me.  Just a few posts ago I talked about wanting to shine and not shake...and about leaky pipes.  God has a sense of humor ya'll.  Yesterday we discovered a pipe was broken under the huge tree in our front yard.  As the guy from the water company was telling me it was pouring 1.5 gpm (gallons per MINUTE)...and I was feeling a bit pale and seeing huge dollar signs...I was also struggling internally...cuz I wanted to act Christ-like...*remember I'd just written that "I don't want to just appear...I want to really BE."...trusting God*...So, I took a deep breath and prayed for peace...and it came.  Full peace that God knew about this leak and would take care of it.  Then I called my Loverbrains...and he discovered that the sewer insurance we'd purchased 3 years ago was actually for sewer, gas and we are covered.  Praise God....for His faithfulness and for waiting long enough to show me that it would be okay regardless.  He's even giving me ample time to get my laundry done this morning before they shut the water off...cuz we all know they never start on time.  Haha!


sterlingsop said...

Your leak story reminds me of the saying "God moves in mysterious ways". Glad to hear there was a silver lining to your cloud! Blessings x

Domestic Diva In-Training said...

What an amazing story of allowing God to help you work through something that was upsetting. It is such a blessing to feel his comforting touch when you most need it.

Barbara H. said...

Should your low and high times be switched in the stew recipe?

There are some things I'm habitual about and other things I'm a little more free-form. But what I am habitual about I tend to be overly protective of.

I know there are food products not made any more that I miss, but I can't think what they are -- so I guess it didn't really matter, lol! I do miss popcorn chicken and mashed potato bowls at KFC -- the co. makes and advertises them but our KFC doesn't serve them. But that's probably better for my health anyway.

I'm not a argue-for-fun person. My dad didn't tolerate differences of opinion. It's become deeply ingrained habit to clam up and seek to change the subject or run when arguments erupt.

#8 is neat! In SC, at least where we were, the water co. wouldn't charge you the full amount if it there a leak as long as you let them know and got it fixed asap.

Bobbi said...

@ Barbara...Nope, my cooking temps should be right. Low for longer...high for shorter.

Yes, here in IN the water co. doesn’t charge you for one month’s worth of the leak or something or other. Phew!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Stew is a good answer for #1. I picked the zoo. Never cared much for the circus. Yes I love God's timing. Great news on the insurance.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh my gosh....miracles DO happen. And I've just witnessed it reading about the leaky pipe!! Wow.

Oh ya, I understand the 'arguing for fun' daughter and husband have always done the very same...but it used to 'tick me off' 'cause they'd do it at the dinner table! Geez.

See? That's why we BOTH answered #4 the very same way. LOL And one more thing....beef stew. Homemade bread...haven't had either is a gazillion years...and I'm now drooling. See what you've gone and done?!! I'm gonna have to have that on the menu real soon.

Jhona O. said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and especially for your kind advice. It is so nice to meet another weirdo;) I especially enjoyed reading about God's timing and your water pipes. It's an amazing feeling when His peace comes. I enjoy your blog and am looking forward to reading more tomorrow! Have a beautiful weekend!

Joyce said...

My hubs family argues for fun. That is so not me but I've gotten used to their way of settling things. My family pouts : ) We're mostly girls and his family is mostly boys so maybe that explains it.

So glad your water issue was covered!