Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Don't forget those discount/dollar stores


Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood is hosting Frugal Fridays. For my part, I would just like to encourage everyone to not forget your local dollar stores when shopping for household staples. I know this is elementary to some people, but I once had a friend ask me, "Isn't that where the poor people shop?" Oh. My. Goodness. So, I took her with me and now she can't get enough of them.
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I wish I had known about them earlier myself. My mother never shopped in them so when I got married I was not even accustomed to thinking about going to a dollar store for household needs. And believe me, we had a very tiny budget! Our first years and time of setting up housekeeping would have been so much easier if I had known where to go. I finally wised up and am a full believer in shopping at the dollar store now! If I can pay $1.00 for something that would cost me $5.00 elsewhere, why wouldn't I want to do it?
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Incidentally, in the years after I discovered the dollar stores as a shopping resource, I had my mother with me on a day I was going to go there to do some shopping. She was actually a bit appalled and very skeptical, telling me all the reasons why she didn't like "places like that." Then, when I was finished and we were going to the car with a buggy loaded down with the supplies that I needed and she knew how little to total had come to she quietly stated, "Well, I certainly got an education today." Lol.
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I also wrote a bit about this on the Quiet Pleasures of Home Message Forum today as well. Feel free to go visit and look around.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Calm


I observed something today that I believe has become prevalent in our society...and I do believe that it is a problem. I was in a ladies clothing store doing a bit of shopping. As I got in line with my chosen purchases, I was in the position to have no choice but to overhear the exchange going on in front of me between the current customer and the sales clerk. It seems that there was a computer glitch taking place and the woman's phone number was not attached to her store savings card in the system. It really was a simple matter of allowing the sales clerk just a short moment to navigate through about two screens to make the matter right. Additionally, it seems that the store computer system was set up as to give the clerk no choice but to go through those screens in order to complete the transaction. The entire process was something that would take up perhaps one to one and a half minutes.
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The customer became very agitated that first of all her number was not in the system (something that neither the clerk nor myself who was being forced to listen could help) and secondly, that she would have to wait the small amount of time it took to navigate through the two screens. She became more and more hyper, telling the clerk to just stop it and do not even bother putting her number in ~ something which apparently was not even an option given the structure of the computer system. The clerk stayed very calm and cordial, explaining everything she was doing as she was doing it. But the customer continued to show her worst side. Eventually, all was taken care of in the computer and said customer's transaction was completed thus ending the clerk's angst and the assault on my ears.
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I am also reminded of a time that I went into a grocery store on a Sunday. I had to do something at the service desk and got in line behind an older man dressed up in his Sunday best. It was obvious that he had just come from church services. I'm not certain of the problem, but apparently he was wanting some type of service that the store did not make available on Sundays. He became so enraged that he started cursing left and right and up and down. He was having quite the tantrum. I held my peace, but it took everything I had in me to not speak up and tell him what a disappointment he was to all that observed him. I was a good ten years younger at the time, if it happened now I probably would speak up.
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Where has the standard of conduct gone? And where will we be in the coming days without it? In case no one has noticed, the world is becoming a rather difficult place to live with world events getting worse everyday. How sad that we have to look to going through these times with people around us having fits because they want what they want when they want it and if they don't get it they will act like an errant two year old.
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(as defined in the dictionary)
Calm ~ Nearly or completely motionless; undisturbed
Not excited or agitated; composed
An absence or cessation of motion; stillness
Serenity; tranquillity; peace
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We need more calmness. People really need to think about their actions and words and try to internalize an attitude of calmness. How much our quality of life would improve. We are never without observers, where ever we go. Whether we are shopping in a department store or standing in a grocery store in our church clothes there is always someone, somewhere watching us. We would all do well to remember that.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quiet Pleasures of Home Forum

Ladies, I have spent the past couple of days working on putting together a Quiet Pleasures message forum. I enjoy the camaraderie on lady's forums, but for one reason or another have never found one that I really seem to click with. So, I just decided to start my own, lol!

Please feel free to check it out and of course I would be tickled if I could get some members. Until then, I'll just be there talking to myself. :-) The different "rooms" are all about things that are a part of our lives; home keeping, gardening, cooking, homeschooling, etc, etc.

I hope to see you there!

A Representation of Christ and the church ~~~ more on submission


Submission is really a very deep issue and it is so much more than what you see or feel on the surface. In reality, your marriage is an earthly representation of Christ and the church.
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Ephesians 5: 22-32 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
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You see? In your everyday life it may be a simple matter of deferring to and going along with a decision that your husband has made. But on a spiritual level, you and your husband are living out the model of Christ and the church. When you look at the issue with the mental picture of *you* representing the church...well, that is a very powerful thing that should make quite an impression on you. When you really give that concept some deep thought, it can be quite life altering. It puts your duties regarding submission squarely in focus.
When you submit to your husband, you are really submitting to God. When you refuse to submit, you are in rebellion to God. That is not a position one would like to find themselves in.
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I *know* it's not easy. Granted, depending on one's mindset or raising, it may be easier or more difficult for one as opposed to another. But, it *can* be done. God would not give you a command that you are unable to follow.
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You husband has been set in place by God to guide your home, your children and, yes, you too. No one is going to argue that you cannot speak and let him know your thoughts. I feel sure that most husbands would want and appreciate that. But, the final decision is his and his alone. Think of it in terms of God's relationship with the church. The church does not tell God what to do or that a decision He has made is not good. God tells the church what to do and the church then does his bidding. Can you imagine the chaos and consequences if it did not work that way?
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I am not meaning to sound harsh here, I hope it is not coming across in that way. It's just that I feel so strongly about this and know first hand how good things can be when our lives are lived in this manner and how bad they can be when we stray from our designated path. I know the joy it brings and I also know how and why it can be difficult. I do not always immediately agree 100% with my husband. We are human. That is going to happen. But when going through one of these times, I do have the knowledge of what is right, so I have no excuse to not obey. I also go back over (again) my Bible studies about submission. When nothing else will calm my mind and/or mouth, the Word will. So please know that I am talking to myself just as much as anyone else.
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Honestly, when I think of my marriage as representing Christ and the church, it makes submission so much easier. Who would want to disrespect that relationship? I think most Christians would be repelled by the idea. So maybe during times when there is a disagreement over something that for all intents and purposes seems small or insignificant...remember what it is that your behavior is representing. Suddenly the small issue will take on more importance and you will see clearly where your duty lies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hair

I just wanted to share this Youtube video that I found. I have used this method of curling my hair many times. It is very easy to master, is comfortable during the curling process (no tight rollers), and is very healthy for you hair. This lady has lots of other hair how-to videos as well. I have watched about three of them. She seems very sweet and down to earth.

Healthy (NO HEAT) way to curl your hair - Tutorial

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Peach preserves, anyone?


If anyone has a yummy recipe that incorporates peach preserves, I'd love it if you would share with me. I have an unopened jar that has been languishing in my refrigerator for far too long and I would like to do something with it. So, please send any recipes that would work with peach preserves my way!
You may be wondering why I have that "family tree" picture at the top of this post. Well, it's because I have to say that I'm feeling a bit blue today due to my lack of one. I have always been the type of woman that longs for a bustling, house-full of people...a kitchen full of women all cooking around each other and talking over each other. Children running in and out and the laughter from various husbands heard in the background. But...it's just not to be. My entire family literally consists of myself, my husband and our two children. No grandparents, siblings or cousins to be found. Sometimes it feels like we are a little island unto ourselves.
Now, lest you think me ungrateful, let me tell you that I am *extremely* grateful for my little family and I thank the Lord for them everyday. But, it would still be so nice to have that big family/big extended family experience. It's always been a longing of my heart, but at this point in my life I daresay that it will not be. The picture of a kitchen full of apron clad ladies cooking enough food to feed a small army will just stay in my mind. And I will remember to be content with the blessings I have in the exact form in which I have them.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Blog awards~*~*~*~*





His Beloved just nominated my blog for an award~~~Thank you!! This is the very firt award that has been bestowed here at Quiet Pleasures!
Here are the rules for this award. These are the steps to follow when it is passed on to you.

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. You must nominate 7 fellow bloggers for this award.
4. Add links to the recipients.
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award.



I honestly don't have 7 blogs to pass it on to as some of the ones I was going to use have already been awarded this same award before me. So, here are the blogs I am awarding. Please give them a visit.

The Erractic Homemaker

Praised in the Gates

In the Garden in a White Dress

Ravenhill Cottage

very CALM

Back in the swing of things


We started our 2008-2009 homeschooling year today. I have to say it felt so good to get back into that routine again! The children did a wonderful job, stayed on task and we got everything on my lesson plan done with no fussing or complaints.


I sat them down before bed last night and explained to them what my expectations were for today and this school year. That little talk must have accomplished what I intended, because today was a fabulous homeschooling day.


I think I made the right decision in starting them slow and easing them back into the schooling routine after our summer break. They did a good job, I was pleased, they were pleased and what more could I ask for?


Friday, July 11, 2008

Family Favorite

I am sharing one of my family's favorite sweet bread recipes on my other blog. Feel free to copy and try it out! I've always found it to be a family/man/child pleaser!

Edited to add: If by chance you have already copied this recipe, please go look at it once more as I corrected a mistake in the ingredient list.******

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lesson Plans

Just in case anyone is interested, I posted our lesson plan schedule for next week on my other blog. The link is in my sidebar.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Bit of This ~ A Bit of That


Hello? Do I have any loyal readers left? I know I have not written anything on this blog or my schedule/to-do list blog in so long. So, I apologize as I do appreciate my readers and learn so much from their blogs while at the same time know we should all be blogging without obligation.
As far as my schedule/to-do list blog, please bear with me as I do have some nice plans for it. It is where I anticipate putting all my future recipe posts and any time saving and/or housework tip posts. It just may take me a bit of time to work out all of the kinks as to how I want to present the information and what I want as the end product as far as that blog goes.
I was originally off the computer 100% for a couple of weeks as my computer died on me. But now, thankfully, that problem has been resolved and I am back online. After that, I was not really in the mood to blog as I found myself in the midst of some changes here on the home front. Not anything bad, so no one worry. But some things that needed a tune up, nonetheless.
I love my blog here and I have come to love and respect some of the like minded sisters I have found because of it. I strive to make it a lovely place and a place where I can share my real heart matters. But please know that I in no way want to set myself up in such a way that anyone should put me on any type of pedestal as I am just as humanly imperfect and sinful as the next person. As my mother used to say, "There is no one on this earth that has ever been perfect except for Jesus Christ."
I say all that because so much of what I talk about here and so much of what is important to me comes down to the matter of the home and the woman in it. And the reason I have been offline so much recently is because I have been busy making some changes to things and how things are done in our home at my husband's request. I take my job in my home very seriously, but I take my responsibility as a wife/help meet and the submission that goes along with it even more so.
So when we talked and he let me know his thoughts and feelings on some things that needed improvement, you can bet that my ears perked up and I listened! I would absolutely hate it if my husband were having thoughts about me or our home that were things he did not like, but he did not verbalize it to me for fear of upsetting me. I would much rather know exactly where things stand. So I always try to take what he says and really internalize it and learn from it instead of getting upset because he says he is less than pleased with something. As wives, we need to make sure that we behave in such a way that our husbands feel free to talk to us about the things on their hearts. Who wants to live in such a way that their husband has a smile plastered to his face while his thoughts are not happy? I'll take truthful reality any day.
I have some posts rattling around in the back of my brain on Biblical submission and headship, but I need to think and pray on them a bit longer before I post them. It is a weighty subject -- and one I feel so many Christian women give no more than lip service to. So when I am ready, I will post on those issues.
But, suffice it to say, I am back and hope to be blogging regularly once again. I hope I still have some readers left!
Blessings to you all as you attend to the quiet pleasures of your home!

For Sheila~~~~~

Sheila, first go to: http://www.playlist.com/

From there click on "sign up." It will then take you through the steps to set up your music account. (It's free!) At the end, it will give you the code you need to use to put the music on your blog. You'll want to copy and paste it into your "add a page element" section under "HTML/Java script." It will let you preview it before you save it so you can make sure it's how you like it.

I hope that helps!!