Rushing Waters

See this tree…..

I love this tree.

It just came up on it’s own. There are no others around like it. Don’t know the name of it.

I really need to take my tree book out and walk around the farm and identify the different trees. I know a lot of them. But there are a few that need identifying.

Here, it’s beginning to lose its leaves.

The leaves are huge. Way bigger than my hand.

What I like about this tree……..is when it’s fully leaved out and the wind blows, the noise that comes from the leaves slapping together sounds like rushing water.

So I have named it the Rushing Water Tree.

That is until I find out its true name. But it will still be The Rushing Water Tree to me.

Remember this hickory bud I showed you last spring?

Here it is just before it fell.

Same branch, same bud, just matured.

I love watching things grow. It’s amazing to me that something can go from a bud, to a leaf, add the blooms and then the nut to feed God’s creatures.

Talk about a master mind.

Can you imagine the knowledge in the mind of God?

I would be afraid to have even a small percentage of his knowledge.

But one thing is for sure….

He knows what he’s doing!

Saucy Sunday – The Notebook

I have a book beside my computer.

It’s a notebook. Or a stenographer’s book to be exact.

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It belonged to my Dad.

He kept it handy to jot down phone numbers, appointment dates…….

and lists.

I keep it beside my computer to copy down tried and true recipes my cyber friends post on thier blogs.

It’s the only thing I write in this book.

One day I found a rather interesting dish I’d like to try.

I opened the book to what I thought would be the next clean page and this is what I found.

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One of Dad’s lists.

In a book I thought was empty.

This is not just any list, it’s a special list.

His prayer list.

Even though he was dying of cancer, he was still praying for those on his list.

It brought a mix of emotions from my heart.

My Dad was a giving person. Always caring for others more than himself.

Never changing until the day he died.

Maybe that was his recipe for life.

A relationship with God and concern for others.

It is how he lived his life.

Maybe that is why I chose this book to write my recipes in.

God and Dad’s way of continuing to teach me from beyond the clouds with Dad’s recipe for life.

Who’s to say that a recipe book has to include only things you cook?

It could include food for the soul as well.

I know mine does…..now.

Making Changes

Over the last few weeks, many changes have been taking place here on the farm.

Starting with the vacation to Lake Wateree, SC. Since then we have been tackling several unfinished projects.

The biggest change that has affected us here on the farm…..is that The Captain has been laid-off from his job.

I cannot complain because his company has made many changes within, trying to stay in business and keep the employees employed.

There has been voluntary lay-offs, budget cuts, pay cuts, starting with the president of the company, salaried and hourly employees.

He and the other employees have not lost their jobs completely. The lay-offs consist of lay-off for four weeks and work one week. Allowing them to keep all benefits. But maintaining that the company is still operational.

So The Captain’s four week lay-off started in July. He will return to work Monday for one week, then begin another four week lay-off.  Along with our son-in-law, who works for the same company, whose lay-off began one week after The Captain.

It began at the beginning of this financial crisis that our country is in. With voluntary lay-offs, at stage one.

At stage two, pay and budget cuts began with salaried employees, and a one week rotational lay-off for hourly employees.

Stage three began in August with more budget cuts, more paycuts for salaried employees, pay cuts for hourly employees, mandatory rotational four week lay-off for all employees and from a 40 hour guarantee pay to a 24 hour guarantee pay for those working. Still maintaining that the employees keep their insurance and other benefits.

I don’t know if there is a stage four, but if there is, it doesn’t look promising.

The followers of Twisted Fencepost may remember that I was laid-off from my job in the automotive industry in January. Finances were already tight here on the farm, but we were maintaining. They just got a whole lot tighter.

But we will see it through. We will survive this crisis and others that we face in the future.

How?

We’ll tighten our belts and our spending, clip coupons, cut corners and squeeze everything we can out of every dime. Whatever it takes to make it through.

Things are tough in this great country we call home.

I still would not want to live any other place.

So, say a prayer for our country, our economy and each and every family that is struggling to make ends meet.

God can make the changes we need, if only we’ll ask him.