I have also been busy this year I took a class on food preservation but am still awaiting the certification from the class. I really do want to teach some classes on food preparation and am trying to work toward that by getting the books I will need to teach, the videos and the paperwork together. I was asked to be a fair judge for food preparation and that was wonderful and a step toward my goal of teaching the younger generations to preserve food properly.
I took a job in July that works with my never have a scheduled unscheduled scheduled life. I am a baker for Huck's grill but I have never actually baked anything. I just make and freeze pies. I have used my food preservationist knowledge to adapt some of the recipes in a new direction and that is a good use of my skills. I look forward to adventures in baking there.
I work ever forward toward improving my soaps, balms and many many crafts. I have had wonderful feedback on Nannie's Kiss it Better Balm, and I do so love that it helps people. I am currently working on a "noxema" like soap or face cream. I think that I have three that are just maybes so am giving out samples to guinea pigs, and I love every one of them. My two ladies are the first up and many of my friends have stepped in line for some. Got to love the friends I have. I am ever excited about the new cottage laws and the possibilities that will bring.
We have a cow now and her name is Zelda. Shortly after we got her my granddaughter Bubbles went running to her daddy and said, "Daddy, I saw a bear in Poppie's garden. It has a funny tail." her daddy said, "Does the bear in Poppie's garden have a rope?" She said, "yes and a collar" He said "its a cow, not a bear!!" Too funny I couldn't stop laughing at her innocent antics..... We are down to only four goats. Gladys and Glenda are the two oldest queens, we have a yearly names Ducky, and Peanut has been given to us from Mokie. We had to reduce our herd and gave several to a lady out of town who needy weed eaters. I think it is for the best. I do have a lot of goats milk in the freezer so soap is not a problem. We raised two pigs this year and recently took them to the butcher. My yard is full of chickens.... Last week I got a call from an extended family member that a lady she knew had some pigs she couldn't feed and needed to give them away. Originally there were 8 but in the end we took home only 4 and they are living with Son and Mokie we are just helping pay for the feed. I got Poppie a hedge hog and he is ecstatic with her. He has wanted one since Mokie was a little girl and she had had one She is only a couple months old and is still not sure she likes people but Poppie is up to the challenge of having her for a pet.
I am currently trying to read Heaven by Randy Alcorn, It is only the 4th or 5th book I have read all year it is hard to work extra reading in. I am loving it and I think anyone that is planning on going to heaven needs to read it. I find that so many of my worries have been answered by a scripture based author. On that note I have struggled, well I should say Poppie and I have struggled this year with something that the Preacher has pushed us and pushed us to do but we neither one think that the Lord asked us to do what he is trying to get us to do. We had had a meeting with him in April and had agreed we could do it so we wouldn't be a stumbling block to the Preachers, or maybe others in the churches beliefs. We had decided to compromise. The Preacher never called on us to come forward to do what we were to do as he had said he would do. This last week we asked him about it again as we had wanted to get it done and over with and do to misunderstanding I suppose he has decided we would need to do it on our own. I have, as I have said before, read a lot of scripture this year and am still of the opinion that what the Preacher wants from us is not something he can show us in black and white or chapter and verse. It has come to Poppie and I through praying and praying this week and for years really that it is still not what we believe. It also says not to compromise your beliefs, the Lord never compromises. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We have come to the decision that had the Lord wanted us to do what the Preacher asks it wouldn't have been so hard to come to fruition and maybe the Lord does not want the same thing from us that the Preacher does. So we are not going to compromise or go against our beliefs but live by what the Lords asks us to do.
I hope that you know that you have salvation, I hope that you know that God sent his son to earth to die on a cross, for your sins and mine, Jesus became sin and died so that we may be cleansed of all our sins. He offers one and all salvation, all you have to do is repent of your sins and ask him for his forgiveness and you can live with him in Heaven. He would rather die and go to hell for us (and over come death) than live in Heaven without us. That is a love that know one can understand that is how much he loves you. Accept his love, his forgiveness and his salvation, today is the day of your salvation.... tomorrow