our guests

Just had to post a photo of our guests staying here the duration of the OneThing conference. Sure glad I got a chance to spend some time with them. They cooked their own Korean food and did the dishes and all.

After they leave I will resume painting the bathroom. One more exciting thing – our roofer came today and walked around on the roof and said he will start roofing on Monday – YAY! The old layers have to come off, as can’t keep piling on layers. I think 2 layers is the limit. I know when we moved here in January of 1993 we had to have it reroofed and he said the next time all the old would have to come off. This was a 15-year roof which has lasted 18 years. Now this new roof will be a 30-year roof – hope we aren’t still here then ! ! !

polka dot walls

I’m painting our bathroom a very light blue which seems rather boring. I was looking into faux and pronounced it the way it looks; (the man at Lowe’s said, “Oh, that’s foe.” Wikianswers says, “Pronounce it as you would FO, or Bow with F instead of B.”)

Anyway, much too complicated; then I decided polka dots would be fun since I have a fish on the wall for decoration. I found a couple examples on www. source

Now, this last one is decals you just put on, but I know they are pricy, so I’m thinking to paint them. We’ll see how it goes : )

Oodles of directions to be found on how to paint dots on wall, but the following two links are adequate.
use plates and acrylic paints
eHow

This is the idea, but probably not so many dots and not sure about what colors either.

28th – I read flat paint should be used for the base coat if you want to paint polka dots, so now I’m thinking I’ll buy some dots to put on. Some Korean students are staying with us a few days for the OneThing conference. They are lovely, friendly and helpful. They finished this fish puzzle yesterday. I took it apart to give to assisted living people tomorrow when I go to play dominoes. They don’t waste time putting them together either. Also, some pics of the bathroom I’m in process of painting. I thought I’d put some dots on the wall around the fish thing I made lots of years ago.

finished bathroom

what is a church service?

from an e-mail someone sent someone about a College Professor.

The Professor read a quote that summed up the progression of Christianity. How it started as an assembly, then moved to Greece and became a philosophy, then to Rome and became an institution, then to America where it became an enterprise. The Professor went on to clarify that an enterprise is a business. One girl in his class raised her hand and asked him “But isn’t the church supposed to be a body?” The Professor told her “Yes.” To which she replied, “When a body becomes a business – isn’t that a prostitute?”

My husband said it’s a hireling. That’s what Jesus called it.
article from trends in the Global House Church Movement

simple church journal blog – I like this one.

simple church in europe

black beans/pumpkin cookies

about black beans

Black beans are very high in ORAC points. I’d like each of us to eat 1 cup of beans daily. According to above linked article, it takes 1 cup of dry beans to equal 2 cups of cooked beans.

Yay for the black bean; in the meantime, I need to find a recipe for pumpkin cookies.

Here we go – from verybestbaking.com (with some changes made for my use)

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetener (honey, molasses, or something like that)
1/2 cup mashed bananas & oil
1 cup raw pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes.

He Leadeth Me

Started Singing this hymn this morning and just love the words and then tried it on harmonica – quite rusty, but oh well – who really reads this blog anyway – I enjoy putting videos on it and music to some of them. He leads us by His own hand. See Psalm 23
Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Yesterday I finally put up a few Christmas decorations – have lots more, but why use them all every year – kind of like trading toys with kids – keep some back and then rotate them – they seem like new.

Mrs. Cardinal and pressure point glove

Mrs. Cardinal shows up at our feeder but not as much as the Mr. Here she is hiding in the tree.

At a thrift store last Wednesday I bought this glove for 75 cents. It is the pressure points on your hand you can press on to help various parts of the body. A decent and helpful thing : ) Click on photo for better reading. ehow tells more about this
This is basically shiatsu. About.com says the following about it.

What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage.

I think there’s some good accomplished by this sort of thing.