Friday, July 26, 2013

About Chaos and Submission

Do you know those people who complain over and over about having no friends, a sour marriage, a house that is a wreck, disobedient children, crazy schedule, money problems and a disorganized mind.  Taking a closer look, I see the same thread over and over. These are people who refuse to submit to authority.

Romans 13:1-7 - Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.    

1 Peter 5:5 - Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

By not submitting to authority, you are setting an awful example for your children. Guess who is in authority over your children? Umm hmmm. You don't submit to authority so why should they?  Not only will they not submit to the authority of their parents, they won't submit to the laws of the land or to God.  Now you have a huge problem.

Submitting is freeing -
How much time and energy have you wasted already trying to accomplish nothing? You are walking around with a bad attitude. Who wants to be friends with that? You have spent oodles of time going in circles when you could have been doing something productive like tackling your laundry or serving your neighbor. Those in authority over you have to take the heat if something isn't going right. That is so freeing!

Submitting to your husband -
I was raised to be strong and independent. Nothing wrong with that. However, submitting to one's husband was not modeled in my home when I was being raised. It made it so difficult for me when I got married. God's still working on this in me. I will tell you that when I have submitted, the blessings have been abundant. I received a high compliment from a dear friend not long ago. She told me that she had seen a big change in me from my early years of marriage until now. She had seen me become a woman that loved and respected her husband and his opinion. A domineering woman is not a beautiful thing. I am afraid that is exactly what I was early in our marriage. I am so glad that God is changing me and that others can see the change.

Submitting to God -
That's a heart change my friends. It's coming to the realization that God loves you and wants the best for you. When you realize this, it is easier to stop and ask God what he wants you to do ahead of time instead of plunging headfirst into your plans and asking God to bless them on the backend. Do I always do this? No. That's still a work in progress. I'm getting better at it as my relationship with God grows.

Submitting to your homeschool leaders -
You knew it was coming...The leaders of your homeschool group or co-op have a tough job. They are trying to listen to God's direction. You bucking them at every opportunity is a huge distraction. So, what should you do if you disagree with them? You can pray for them and serve them. By serve them I mean asking them what you can do to help them fulfill their duty. Dear clueless one: They receive their authority from God. When you buck them, you are telling God He doesn't know what He is doing. You don't want to go there.

There are rules in these groups. When you have large numbers of people, rules are necessary.  Homeschoolers, by nature, are rebels. Rebels don't like rules. When you don't follow the rules, the leaders have to take time and focus away from serving the group to focus on you. Do you need attention that badly?  That makes me so sad for you.

So, if your life is in chaos, take a minute and examine. Are you submitting to authority in your life?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How we FINALLY got rid of our night creature

Since late April, I have been using my Contech Scarecrow, a motion and heat activated water sprinkler against the dreaded "night creature" (which we are pretty sure was a feisty raccoon but never actually laid eyes on it). I have waited until now to post my review for fear I would say "It worked" and then it would come back! Well, I am pleased to say that the Contech Scarecrow has worked! We no longer have our nightly visitor. More about what we tried to use here. I also must report that I balled up some bird netting and shoved it behind our vine netting frame and the top of the fence as a deterrent to anything crawling along the top of the fence (squirrel highway). We haven't had a problem since! I have recently set the Scarecrow up during the day to discourage birds from attacking our tomatoes. I also used some bird netting over the tomatoes as a further deterrent. The Scarecrow wasn't cheap, but saving my sanity has been WORTH EVERY PENNY! So thankful that I found it!

Pretty pictures from my garden

onions harvested from my garden

Garden 5



variegated basil is so fragrant!

carnation flowers growing amongst oregano and carrots

little finger carrots are so sweet and
grow so well in the Square Foot Garden!

mini pumpkin take two. Note the foil on the stem to
discourage the dreaded vine borer from laying eggs.

onions look so pretty atop my kitchen basket

Garden Update - Vine Borer Heartbreak

We have had such a pleasant July in Houston! Never thought I would say that. We have had some cool mornings and temperatures that have stayed out of the triple digits. That's down right wonderful! It's getting a little dry here, but rain is in the forecast in the next few days. 

Vine Borer Adult
Larvae right at home in the vine
I lost several of my gorgeous squash plants to the dreaded vine borer. It is a nasty creature that lays eggs on the vine of squash plants. The egg hatches and the worm burrows into your vine and slowly eats its way through slowly killing your thriving plants. It is heartbreaking. Spraying the vine does nothing. I only got one beautiful round zucchini before the plant bit the dust. I had read that if you piled dirt on the vine, it would set roots where the dirt touched the vine. That gives the vine another avenue to get water even if the vine borer attacks. Unfortunately, the vine borer laid its eggs further up the stalk and the entire vine died. Vine borer moths look like wasps. They also are pretty aggressive. I replanted after my first vines died and I covered the stems with aluminum foil. I replanted after the peak season for the vine borer. Let's see what that does.

My beautiful zucchini plant before the vine borer
to the back and far right of the garden box 

The lone round French zucchini from our garden.
I made a delicious zucchini bread with it!

Frass (poop) from the larvae living inside the vine.
On a positive note - check
out this 14 3/4" cucumber from our garden! It was delicious!

Monday, July 1, 2013

A clutter-free way to display your collection - "Storyteller's Tray"

Over the years, you may have accumulated a large collection of something you love. You should use your collection in your decorating. However, displaying all of them simultaneously is not necessary and can add to the visual clutter of your room. I came up with a smart way to display your loved collection and still keep your room looking neat.

My dear friend has large collections of various items. She has stories about the items and didn't want to part with all of them. I came up with a "Storyteller's Tray". She stores all of her treasured items safely out of sight in well-labeled plastic boxes. She will display an item or two on her "Storyteller's Tray" that is placed on her coffee table in her formal area. This will give her an opportunity to tell her visitor about the item, allow her to enjoy and appreciate the "new" item, give her a new look for her coffee table, save her room from visual clutter and constant dusting of all her items. As often as she likes, she can trade out one or two of the items and put them on her tray.

We did the same thing with her coffee/tea pot collections. A tea tray in her dining room will display only one set at a time while the rest of the collection is safely stored out of sight.


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