A Dollop of Sour Cream

I'm not much into spicy food. I have recently discovered that if a meal is just a tad too spicy for me, I can put sour cream on top and make it not just palatable, but wonderful. This blog is devoted to doing the same for life.



Money Saving Tip Link-a-Thon

No Credit Needed Is holding a link-a-thon for money-saving-tips.

My Biggest Money-saving tip is not earth-shattering. But it works *when I stick to it*

Have a (short) list of things I am wanting to buy. Look around for bargains on those things, wait for the best price.

If I see something in the store that I feel I MUST have, but it isn't on the list -- don't buy it. I can go home, add it to the list, and start looking for best price on it. But often by the time I get home, I realize I want the things already on the list more than the almost-impulse purchase I didn't buy!


Chris and Jenni had a fire

Chris and Jenni � We had a fire�

A week ago, Tuesday July 4th, I lay in bed, listening to the fireworks outside and unable to get to sleep as I worried about the 4 houses that had burned that day and what I would do if a rocket landed on our apartment. Started to wonder if we should get a fire ladder so we have a second way out if the stairway to the door is blocked by fire. Wondered if I should take time to get dressed or just leave. wonder what I would do if we had a child when the house caught on fire -- or more than one child. Pretty much stayed awake terrified of fire until I was so exhausted I fell to sleep.

Then at class Monday night I found out one of the four houses that burned was two doors down from our teacher's house.

And yesterday I came home from cooking at our Sunday School teachers' house to find that my friends, Chris and Jenni from my blog list to the right, have been burned out of their home!

They have only barely been able to determine what is salvageable. They will probably need quite a bit of clothes because the childrens' bedroom is gone and the parents I suspect is very smoke-damaged. Right now, they are looking for a place to rent in Burlington that is under $750 a month.

But until we find out more -- prayers are desired. All of the children are safe and they are staying with their relatives in the area. But a fire is a traumatic thing.


I think I like _The Message_

I'd been memorizing Philippians 2 in KJV. Was committed to doing all my memorizing there. but now I'm not so sure. Would this make more sense? For use in reaching others.

Phil 2:12 "What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God."


Engstrom Family Cerebrations: Celebrating Civic Holidays

Engstrom Family Cerebrations: Celebrating Civic Holidays

A while ago, Mrs. Engstrom posted an article about whether July 4th should be celebrated in a church. This weekend, I came across a quote from one of our founders.

John Adams, 1837 "Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundations of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the Cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?"

(_Answers_ magazine, Vol 1 No. 1, July-Sept 2006)


MusicSpace.com - Timeless Treasury of Faith & Inspiration

MusicSpace.com - Timeless Treasury of Faith & Inspiration

Trying out the Blog this! button on the google space.

I just heard this CD advertised on television, all the songs I remember from growing up (though on TV it had all sorts of different names -- who is Allen Ashbury)

can't buy anything. Got to tell myself that over and over. I just got a new laptop after all. But the music sure brings back memories.