Monthly Archives: January 2010

Shorter Posts

Apparently I have pneumonia or something and am not feeling well. So for the next few days, posts will be shorter and a little sporadic.

Tomorrow I go back to the doctor to hear the results of the tests.

Hope everyone out there is doing well and the severe winter weather doesn’t hit Oklahoma as badly as predicted.

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Little Insoucient One

Insoucient a. Careless, indifferent


from Merriam Webster: in·sou·ci·ance: lighthearted unconcern

He looks so French with that little spot of orange on his right cheek. Hence his name: Lafayette. (Actually General Gilbert Lafayette)

He’s really very sweet and a good lap kitty, but let’s just say that he has the last word on when it’s playtime.

He’ll be heading to the veterinarian before long to be neutered and I really want Joe to take him. Lafayette really loves me and I don’t want him to associate me with what happens there.

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Made in the U.S.A. – Graphic 45 Scrapbook Paper

Here is one of the sheets of decorative paper my sister gave me this weekend. I really appreciate vintage looking paper, but so many of the paper crafting stores don’t carry it.

If one has never checked, then it might be surmised that all paper is made here. It isn’t. But this high quality brand is. I’ve bought other packets of it in a local shop in Oklahoma. The owner didn’t hesitate to share her politics (which were not the same as mine). So, not crazy about the shop, but crazy about the paper.

The company which produces this paper is Graphic 45. It’s really worth a trip to their website. Really beautiful products.

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Really Grand Children


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Easy-No-Need-To-Buy-A-Mix Cornbread


(This recipe is for an 8″ x 8″ pan; for the large cake pan or skillet size, just double everything.)

1 egg, beaten
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour
1 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
3 t. baking powder
1 T. sugar
1 – 2 T. oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (toaster oven 350-375 degrees).
2. Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl with a spoon.
3. Butter or Pam baking pan.
4. Use a spatula to transfer batter from bowl to baking pan – it wants to stick to the sides of the bowl.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes until brown on top and knife inserted into middle comes out clean.
6. Serve hot with butter.
7. If you have any left, store it in an airtight container in the freezer until you make cornbread dressing. Or feed it to the birds.

This is a fairly basic recipe and easy to mix up. It came from a regional cookbook we got as a wedding present over 30 years ago. I’ve altered it a bit: lessened the baking powder and oil and added the sugar. I don’t like sweet cornbread, but if you do, add a little more sugar until it suits your taste.

Since I’m from the south, cornbread is like one of the 4 food groups. Beans (pintos) and cornbread is actually my favorite meal. If there’s fried potatoes, greens and chopped onion,
to go with it, well…I’m real happy.

My mother grew up out in the country during the 1920s and didn’t have access to store bought white bread, but she said that her mother made biscuits every morning and cornbread every day at noon (“dinner” to Mama). This must have seemed strange to my Philadelphia-born grandmother, but she adapted to kentucky ways.

The best cornbread I’ve ever eaten was made by Mrs. Hickson, head of the cafeteria at Mingo School. Tuesday was Beans & Cornbread day. Even kids like me (who took their lunch every other day of the week) bought their lunches on Tuesday. I think my friend, Carol, has the recipe. I hope so because I’d love to have it.

This post is linked to Food on Fridays @ annkroeker


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Happy Birthday, Judy

There’s something really special about having friends with whom you share a common history.

Today’s the birthday of one of my best friends. I first met her in 3rd grade when I changed classes. In Mrs. Giddens room, our desks were in the 2nd row from the windows (huge, tall windows), mine in front of hers. Since I was new in there, I was feeling kind of alone and intimidated, and let me tell you, no one stays feeling lonely with Judy around. She is one of the friendliest persons I’ve ever known. Nobody is a stranger around her.

(This is the truth: even in a city the size of Tulsa, she’s always running into people she knows when she’s out shopping or at a restaurant.)

Classes at Mingo were small (we averaged about 20 kids per grade), and we were classmates for the next 5 years. After 8th grade graduation we all had to decide if we’d go to Tulsa or Owasso for high school. She chose Owasso (a small town about 3 miles from where she lived), I went to East Central in Tulsa. But we stayed friends and “ran around” a lot together our senior year. Within about a month of each other, we each met the men we would marry. Of course, Judy and I were the same age; both of the guys were Viet Nam veterans and about the same age, too. She had 3 sons, I had 2.

My husband just shakes his head in puzzlement when she and I get together because time stops; we joke and laugh. The years melt away.

And the memories of really good times flow: go-go boots, roller skating at The Wheel, me guarding her on the girls’ basketball team, slumber parties, watching in wonder as she and Carol danced the latest dances (the Frug, the Monkey, the Jerk), running into the bathroom between classes and ratting (backcombing) her hair, class trips, walking to Roy’s Dairyette or Mitchell’s or Carnathan’s for lunch, cruising around Brookside (and miraculously staying out of trouble – Oh, Lord, Thank You!). And so much more.

I heard my first 45 r.p.m. record at her house: “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra and so when I got my little portable record player, it was the first record I bought. It’s still one of my favorite songs. And whenever I hear it, I’m 11 years old and with my good friend at her house, hearing it for the first time.


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Carleton Odell Edens, 1909 – 1986

Today would’ve been my dad’s 101st birthday.

I still miss him.

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Yesterday a good friend of mine and I had an interesting discussion about the nature of addiction. Because of time constraints, we were unable to get very far with it but the subject stayed in my mind and here are some of my thoughts on it.

The current (and I don’t know how long it’s been current, possibly since Freud?) view is that the addict is a victim of various sources: society, poverty, his own brain function, etc. One popular theory is that it’s a disease, therefore a person is helpless. Often this happens because we want to excuse and explain a loved one’s bad choices, or even our own.

What does the Bible say?

From James 1 (Amplified Bible):

12. Blessed (happy, [c]to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
13. Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.

14. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).

15. Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.

16. Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.

Resistance to sin and temptation is rarely taught now, even in church. Now the popular approach is tolerance and non-judgementalism.

Whoa! Wait before reading further! There is no way I’m advocating self-righteousness or condemnation of sinners. I am a sinner saved by grace. As Jesus taught us to pray: forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12) I am in definite need of forgiveness so I must also forgive.

I need mercy, therefore I must be merciful. (Matthew 5:7)

But it is not merciful to pretend that sin is anything other than what it is. Redemption is very, very different from victimization. With redemption there’s a soul cleansing. But redemption had a high price for Jesus and our own forgiveness is conditional upon our acceptance of responsibility for our own actions.

Sin in an unpalatable idea in current theology. Modern society has tried to change the very concept of sin: now it’s making people victims of uncontrollable urges. Psychology has no cure for this, only endless treatment. That is enslavement, not mercy.

I believe that the philosophy that says addiction is due to brain malfunction is saying we are tempted of God. He made us, He made our brains. If the brain makes us sin, then aren’t we saying that it is really God’s fault?

Verse 14 says that we are drawn away by our own lust and enticed.

Temptation comes to every man (also vs. 14), man either gives in or resists.

It sounds compassionate to say that addiction is not the person’s fault, but I believe that it is not compassionate in the end. If we excuse behavior ( or make it no-fault) we are actually condemning people to have to live in it.

We have a choice to either obey God’s laws or not.

God knows that we are all weak and have a sin nature. That is why He sent His Son as a sacrifice for that sin.

1 John 1:8-10 (Amplified Bible)

8. If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].

9. If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

10. If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].

The demise of personal responsibility has resulted in untold pain, agony and tragedy in modern life. Marriages end, probably millions of children grow up without fathers, mothers are selfish and put their themselves before their children, the innocent unborn are sacrificed to the god of convenience, families are destroyed by pornography, alcohol and drugs. And I don’t just mean hard drugs. How many boys and girls live in unstable homes due to marijuana?

How many children have been true victims of their parents’ abusive live-in boyfriends and girlfriends?

Those are just some of the aspects of living in the modern world that have become commonplace and accepted.

And all this because we hold no one to a standard anymore.

I’ve read that the most popularly known Bible verse is no longer John 3:16 (redemption), but is now “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1

Of course we’re not supposed to judge and condemn our fellow man. But we are supposed to judge conduct.

We have abandoned even judging the simplest matters. I Corinthians 6:2

What results when there are no expectations or even a concept of right and wrong?

‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18

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Glory to God!

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Found Supplies for ATCs

Artist Trading Cards are a fun, quick and inexpensive way to work with paper and loosely based on the old idea of kids swapping baseball cards. You can swap in person or over the internet.

One video I watched on youtube recommended making your own chipboard base from cereal or cracker boxes instead of purchasing cardstock. Now there’s a cheap idea that I like!

Carrying the thrifty bit a little further, I decided to see what I could do with a magazine and some stray bits from my paper stash.

The lavender themed one I call “Paris Flowers”.

For it I used:
card cut from cereal box
lavender printed bedsheet from a magazine advertisement
pansies cut from a stationery box
clipping from a restaurant review
stamped image of a flower
alphabet rubber stamps
black ink pad
tacky glue
small sanding block – this is to take the shine off the magazine page

Perhaps because I have such a fondness for literature, I generally like something to read on my projects. The restaurant review seemed to fit.

Apparently there are just a couple of basic rules concerning ATCs:
1. They must be 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ in size.

2. Sign, date and name your card on the back. I also add my address.

3. They are to be traded – not sold.

That’s about it. The rest is up to the individual artist/crafter.

Some are original paintings. Others are stamped or collaged. The background can be paint, fabric, paper, metal or woven Johnson grass.

Last week I had fun working with some sewing supplies that were passed along to me.

Here are a few links with more information:

This one tells a little history and a little how-to.


Go here if you’re interested in connecting with people to trade with.


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