We’ve all had “one of THOSE days”, and it just seemed like this last week was one of them. Ugh….4 major items breaking in one day, or within a couple days of eachother; children sick; major migraine; but it all came to a head on Tuesday.
As I mentioned in the last post, my Pfaff serger was giving me enough grief that I wanted to pitch it out the window. This happened on Friday, and I wanted to bring it to the repair shop on Saturday, but I was in bed most of the day with a migraine, and not too sparky the rest of the day.
Well, come Monday, Lowell brings it in to the shop on his way to work, but then he calls me to let me know it might not be ready till Wednesday. Not good since I have a big job of serging waiting for Okanagan Slipcovers.
So now we are in to Tuesday and I go to pick up our computer’s external drive which was being swapped out under warranty, but we’d been waiting for this for 3 months. I had files on three different computers, including website and business files, and it would take to long to move them around by burning CD’s. It was important I get it done as I have lots of work to perform relating to those files. Well, I get to the computer shop and it’s not ready (this is the third time we’ve tried to pick it up)….wait….for an extra hour, take it home, and it doesn’t work! I go back to the shop, it works there, but then won’t work at home!!!! Take it to piano with my laptop, and it still doesn’t work! Ugh….again.
I do other computer work while Cynthia and Abigail have their piano lesson.
We get into the van to leave, and it won’t start!!!! Long story, but it has done this to me 6 times over the winter, 3 of which have been at the piano teacher’s house. Praise the Lord, she didn’t have a student at that time, so she boosts the van and we go to drop it off at the repari shop and meet Lowell, then drive him to work. He picks up the “fixed” serger on the way in to meet us. That was a big help!
The girls and I drop Lowell off at work, go to Costco, and at this point my right thigh starts to really hurt. I have no idea why. We are only in Costco a half hour, but by the time we leave, I can hardly walk. We make it home, and I almost have to drag myself up the stairs as it feels like someone is trying to rip my leg off. Not fun.
After a while, I manage to get to the sewing room and have a look at the serger. I can’t believe what I see.The sample that the shop stitched looked horrible! I run the machine and it does exactly what one of the reasons were for bringing it in: it unthreads itself! I spend five minutes rethreading the machine and adjust the tensions so it looks the way it should. I then walk up the stairs only using one leg, as the other one was too painful to move, then I rest for the remainder of the evening.
I had had enough!!!! Or had I?
The truth is, although all these things were annoying, it just wasn’t that bad. I consider what happened inconveniences, not catastrophes. I purposely wrote this story in such a manner that it looked like I was overwhelmed, but I was not. I have so much to be thankful for!
Everything that happened, happened to “things”, not what was really important, like my family.
I’m so thankful the Lord helped me keep my perspective. I know of several families that are in a REAL mess right now. One man’s wife was in the hospital last week and the docs didn’t know if she was going to make it; another man’s wife is divorcing him; another man’s daughter has been missing for a week; I know of wives who’ve left their husbands over adultery or for him molesting the children. Now there’s items we could perhaps consider to be overwhelming, yet then again I many precious promises:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
I don’t deserve the least of His mercies, yet He blesses me abundantly!
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think… Ephesians 3:20
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (Note that God didn’t say all things would BE good, but rather “work together FOR good…”
and one of my most favorite verses:
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
I have nothing to whine about! God is good all the time!
Yesterday was one busy day, but then again, they always seem to be. The TSA phone (Trenholm Sew-All) rang 8 times in one hour and I had 2 customers drop off pants to hem. It was nice to have some easy work. I was in the middle of a contract job for “radio bags” for a surveyor’s blue-tooth enabled peice of equipment. I had made ten for him before, and his business is picking up, so this time I am to make 30. So, for a break, I hemmed up the pants and called the very surprised and happy customers. It’s not often anymore that I can get the jobs done the same day they are dropped off.
I will be working on our business website in the next few weeks and I hope to add a section that will show some of the things I’ve done: From a boat cover, a stuffed frog hot water bottle case, slipcovers for furniture, and even repairs to a bunny suit….LOL
Lowell was getting more office work done, and then he went to a brace fitting for his left leg. He’s had this “new” brace for over 2 years, but we just couldn’t get our act together to work with the supplier, Okaped, to get the fit just right. He’d tried wearing it a few months ago, but the padding wasn’t right and it set his leg off. Then he fell and work (with the old brace on), cracked a chip off his foot and was off work for 3 weeks. His leg/foot was so swollen that there was no point bothering to try and fit the brace. Lowell wore it last night, and I only had to reset one strap when he came home. Short pieces of velcro just don’t hold, so I replaced it with an industrial snap. It is so much lighter and he loves it. The tricky part is just getting all the padding where it needs to be so as not to set his leg off. With all the work the Naturopath, Dr. Wagstaff, has been doing on Lowell, his leg rarely sets off for no particular reason. It is usually only when he’s anoyed it somehow. This has been a huge change over 2 years ago when it hurt him 24/7.
Abigail and Melissa schooled in the sewing room so I could watch them. Sarah usually schools Melissa, but she was inputting data in our accounting software. It’s going to be hard when Sarah goes to college as she is my backup computer “geek”. I usually do it all, but now Lowell is getting into the bookwork, so it really helps. He’s finding that some of the work he’s done at Kelowna Flightcraft all these years is proving to be a definite asset in organizing the business files. What a great blessing!
I was thankful to start day off with my personal Bible reading and prayer time. It certainly makes a big difference in the day. I was reading in the New Testament, John chapters 2-3. Probably some of my favorite chapters. The Lord really impressed on me the following:
John 2:13-16 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
I had to stop and think: Have I filled my heart and mind with the things of this world? Have I turned God’s temple into “an house of merchandise?” I know I have to function in this world, but is my focus “the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) or too often, does my focus become that which profits so little in God’s Kingdom? That was hard to think about, but I know how important that even that thought be before me.
Okay, back to my day:
I put in an order to put in to one of my suppliers. I only order from them a couple times a year so it can take me a couple hours to get it all setup and faxed. I gotta try to be more efficient on that.
Suzanne from Okanagan Slipcovers (new contract work) dropped more fabric for me to cut and serge. I should get that done tonight as long as my Pfaff serger behaves. It has given me such fits lately that I just wanted to pitch it out the window! I simply cannot trust it anymore. Oh well, looks like I’ll be getting a used industrial Juki serger in a few weeks. That will speed production time up about 5 times: from 1500 stitches per minute to 7000. Pretty nifty! I’m also looking at selling the Pfaff home server privately and buying a Juki home machine. Having reliable equipment is so important. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just reliable. Fancy only has more things that can break.
So I did get 7 of the radio bags done. He wanted 10 this week, but I ran out of fabric and won’t have any till next week, but Jason will be happy to get the 7 for now.
I also fixed that “bunny suit” for a full grown lady. I look forward to adding that to our business site. There’s a cute story behind it.Sarah is just finishing her grade 11 and is working on some grade 12 subjects too. She’s hoping to be done her high school this year, then work with me for the next year to save funds for Bible college next year. Little Carolyn goes between rooms seeing who will play with her for a few minutes, or make a puzzle, read a story, work on her “schooling” sheets. She’s working on her numbers and spelling her name. She loves “schooling” like her big sisters.All the girls’ piano is going very well. It’s amazing how the older girls each have their own style. Abigail isn’t at that point yet, but she really enjoys playing, especially for the family during family devotion time. She has a few hymns she can play, then the big girls improvise by ear whatever song is requested. Very fun! Carolyn’s favorite is “Away in a Manger.”
Sarah plays the autoharp as well. She had one given to her by a very sweet lady, Laura Olfert, who willed it to Sarah the week before she died, last year. Sarah was especially fond of Mrs. Olfert, so she gave it to her as an instrument she could easily carry around as a missionary in India. She was a very special lady and we miss her. I need to get a brass plate made with a dedication text on it. We still visit her husband, who is 96 and in a nursing home.
The twins are working on classical guitar. I’ve tried to work with the flute, but it sure isn’t easy! I would pick the hardest wind instrument to learn!
Okay, so that’s the main news for yesterday, and a little catch up too. Hopefully I’ll get today’s typed in today. LOL.
I thought I should add some daily news now and again, so here’s how this Lord’s day unfurled.
As per the norm, church was the first major event of the day. It is wonderful to see how excited the children get as their Sunday School time draws near. I’m so pleased there is also a class for the teens and of course the adults.
Pastor Madle is working on a series from a book on sin, and this morning dealt with Adam and Eve’s disobedience. I will update this later with the outline.
I’m not sure what main service was on (since I was in the nursery), but I’ll get the CD. Oh yes, our eldest, Sarah, was the “soundwoman” this morning as Lowell stayed home recuperating from another painful night with his paralyzed leg. Apparently, Sarah is doing great.
When we got home, Lowell had managed to get stuff in the crock pot, but a little late, so it wouldn’t be ready till supper. That’s okay, as there was plenty of leftovers to be cleaned up.
Lowell spent the afternoon working on organizing our corporate financial files for Trenholm Enterprises Inc. in anticipation of the corp. taxes…ugh….Oh well, I’m just thrilled he’s taken a serious interest in the paperwork as I’m swamped with running Trenholm Sew-All.
I did a quick trip to Fabricland to find some matching fabric for some skirts I needed. I made one this afternoon (a tan and choco brown mix), one this evening, and 4 more to go. They are just simple elastic waistband skirts, but they have a nice border on the bottom to dress them up. I’ll try to take some pics and pop them in the post. It will be nice to have some “buffet” skirts as my friend Debbie calls them. Hee hee.
This evening the sermon was on “How to Start a Church in a Wicked City.” Pastor mainly used the books of Acts and I Corinthians. Definitely a good call to Christian service sermon.
When we got home, Lowell finished up some more book work, and I sewed up the second skirt, this one two shades of blue.
We watched a quick TV show, then off to bed. Nighty night!
2 tbs. cooking oil
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped celery
14oz. canned tomatoes
10 oz. condensed tomato soup
12 oz. kernel corn
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. Pepper
1 cup Shredded medium Cheddar cheese
1. Combine oil, ground beef, green pepper, onion and celery in frying pan. Fry until all pink color is gone. Stir to break up meat. Drain and discard fat.
2. Stir tomatoes and soup into meat. Add corn, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
3. Add cheese. Stir to distribute through meat. Pour into 2-quart (21) Casserole. Bake uncovered in 350F (18000) oven for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.
2 – 2 ½ lbs Chicken parts or cut up chicken
Envelope dry onion soup mix
Arrange chicken pieces over foil in roaster. Sprinkle evenly with dry onion soup. Fold foil over top. Cover roaster. Bake in 350F oven for 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 pound mushrooms 3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter or margarine 3 chicken-flavour bouillon cubes or envelopes
1 tsp. Lemon juice 1 tsp. salt
1 small onion, sliced 1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1. Trim tough stem ends of mushrooms; remove stems; set aside. With knife, slice mushroom caps thinly.
2. In 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, in hot butter or margarine, cook sliced mushrooms and lemon juice until mushrooms are just tender, stirring.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low; with slotted spoon, remove mushrooms to bowl. In saucepan in remaining butter, cook onion and stems; cook until onion is tender.
4. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring the mixture constantly.
5. Gradually stir in water and bouillon; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened.
6. Into blender container, ladle half of mixture; cover and at high speed, blend until smooth.
7. Repeat with other half.
8. Return mixture to saucepan; stir in salt, pepper, cream and mushroom slices; reheat just until soup is boiling.
Maritime Seafood Chowder
(Another name is Atlantic Seafood Chowder as the origins are from the East coast of North America) This was always a big treat growin up.
1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups milk or light cream
2 cups diced potato 2 tsp. Butter (optional)
2 cups liquid (clam liquid and water) ½ tsp. salt
2 cups clams (2 – 5 oz cans) 2 cups other seafood (fish, crab, imitation crab etc.)
1. Sauté the onion over medium heat until tender, but not brown.
2. Add potatoes and 2-cups liquid. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
3. Add clams and other seafood, milk, salt pepper and butter. Heat slowly to serving temperature, but do not boil.
3 cups hot water
1 pound stewing beef Cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 medium carrots, sliced
1/2 small head cabbage, shredded
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbs. Cider vinegar
1 stalk celery cut into chunks
1/2 cup sour cream
1 bay leaf
3 medium beets
1. 5-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat, add water, beef, carrots, onion, celery, bay leaf, 2 sliced beets and 1 1/2 tsp. Salt.
2. Cover and simmer 2 hours.
3. Shred remaining beet and, with tomato paste, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt, stir into soup.
4. Cover again and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Add cabbage; cook 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar.
6. Serve in large soup plates or wide bowls, each portion garnished with some sour cream.
This recipe also works really well in the crock pot (slow cooker).
Bread Maker Recipes
7-9 Ounces Water 9-11 ounces
1 tsp. Salt 1 ½ tsp.
1 ½ tsp. Honey 2 Tbs.
1 Tbs. Butter, Shortening or Lard * 1 ½ Tbs.
½ cup Quick Cook Oats 2/3 cup
2 ½ cups Bread or Unbleached Flour ** 3-¼ cup
1 ¾ tsp. Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp.
2 Tbs. Dry Milk Powder 2 Tbs.
Set Bread Maker for Regular or Large Classic Recipe setting. Works Well on timer delayed setting, but I find it is best to use hot water (pretty well hottest tap water) in this application.
Variation: May also substitute 1 cup Bread Flour for 1 cup Whole Wheat, and keep water temperature fairly hot.
** Unbleached White Flour was recommended in a good bread cookbook, and it works just as good as Bread Flour, and I’ve never had complaints! Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper.
*I never use margarine in my bread because the water content throws the recipes off (especially in the bread maker), but it also does not give as smooth or fluffy of a texture like the others.
This recipe was handed down from my Memere Leger, to my Mom, Rita Leger, then to me.
1-cup brown sugar
(Or 1 cup white sugar and 1 Tbs. molasses)
2 Tbs. Butter
1 egg, beaten
1-cup liquid (1/2 milk, ½ cherry juice)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
1 cup cut up maraschino cherries
½ cup walnuts (optional)
1. Mix ingredients together.
2. Place in 2 small, greased bread pans.
3. Let stand 20 minutes.
4. Bake 350F for 45 min.