Cherries cherries everywhere!
Someone gave us over 200 pounds of cherries from a truck that overturned. Do you know what this means? It means 2 days later, we are nearly at the point of putting them on the neighbor’s porches, ringing the bell, and running! It also means I should be pitting instead of typing.
We have frozen, flash frozen, dehydrated and canned….all double pitted. Double pitted means that our pitter only pits them about half the time, so we have someone checking them again.
Ah…the cherry pitter…this is a story! We pulled out our two cherry pitters. One was broken off where you attach it to the table and the other was missing a part, so we put the two together to make one pitter. I was elated at the prospect of opening a jar of cherries in the middle of the winter and only having to pay for the cost of canning lids. I asked son to tighten the pitter to the counter and *POP* It broke! Now we know how the other one broke.
I began calling all around town for a replacement pitter. Several places said that they had just sold the last one moments before. I finally found one place and decided to add it to my errand list. At the last moment, I decided to go their FIRST.
My oldest daughter (18) and I walked up and down the aisles and finally settled on asking someone where the cherry pitters were to be found. She stood up to take me to it. I noticed another woman, who was on the other side of the woman followed us. The woman looked up high and brought down the LAST pitter and handed it to me. The other woman said, “the last one?” Then she went on to say how she had looked all over town. I didn’t know what to do! Should I give it to her? Finally she said, begrudgedly that she had *2* cases of cherries to pit. I said, “I have 9.” ~blush~
When I got up to the register, the woman, who had helped me locate the pitter, said, “Boy! For a minute there, I thought she was going to grab that out of your hands!”
I had an appointment for our 15 passenger van. It was for 12:30. I didn’t leave the repair shop until 6:30!! On the good side…it was air conditioned and peaceful. I read a whole book in one sitting!
Yup, it’s true. I had just told the gal that checked us in the last time I was at ER (when she recognized me) that I was a frequent customer. She remembered me from when Abby was born. This time wasn’t as serious as when I was bit by the rattle snake, but it deemed a trip to ER, never the less.
My son, Joe, fell off of a trampoline at the neighbors and had a DEEP gash in his knee (all the way to his knee cap). It was just too deep for us to clean, thus the trip. He’ll be down for a week…not what he wanted to hear.
Around our home, we talk frequently of self-control. When the children were small (the older ones, that is), we taught them self control by having them hug themselves real tight. We’d say, “what is self-control?” and they’d hug real tight! The idea was that they were taking their body under control. Consequently, we can see where our children have grown up with so much more self-control than us.
There is yet another manner of self-control we all need to be mindful of … the tongue! We should be making habits of thinking before speaking or reacting.
Generally speaking, don’t go with your gut reactions. Make it a motto! To react is to be in the flesh. To think first, is to show self-control. Remember we do not have “rights” in this fallen world and some times…no…most of the time, it’s best if we just keep our mouths shut even if we are wronged.
1 Peter 3:17 – For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. HE is the Great Accountant.
Scripture also tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self… boastful, arrogant… disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control… We should try to do better, don’t you think?
Let’s take Jesus as our example: Did He complain and try to show how unjust His hanging on the cross was? Popular culture teaches that WE are #1. WE come FIRST. Watch out for SELF first.
What should our response be if we are wronged? What should our response be if our husbands are disappointed that we didn’t do something they were counting on? Didn’t have the house clean? Didn’t have dinner ready? Underwear in the drawer? We want to react and open our mouth and say… but! But! But you don’t understand how my day went!
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. Proverbs 15:2
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him. Ecclesiastes 10:12
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. Proverbs 14:6
The weather has been HOT (100°, plus). Good news…it will kill all the ticks! Took the kids to Lake Elmo yesterday to for cool dip…took the dog, too.
Found an exersaucer at a thrift store for $3. It’s VERY NICE! Miss Abigail loves all the fun things to occupy her time and give her lots of stimulation. We’ve never seen her so excited about something like this before.
Dennis has the next 2 days off. I am thrilled! We continue to pray for direction for a different job for him. He is looking for something in upper management with logistics/trucking. We are willing to move to a different state.
We are going to work on cleaning our garage today with the idea of buying tubs (cheaper than renting a space) and moving all our “clutter” into the garage (preparing to move if the Lord directs us that way). If nothing else, we’ll get the house clean!
She’s officially crawling! AND she can go from crawling to sitting up! What fun! Who needs television when you have babies/toddlers? I wish I had my camera! Dennis took it with him to work.
On another note. It’s 97° and HOT!
My neck/shoulder is feeling better today.
I have been having problems with my trapezius muscle. It has been very debilitating! The doctor gave me muscle relaxers, but unfortunately, they didn’t do the trick. As I write this, I am trying my second prescription. If there are typographical errors, then you’ll know how well THIS one is working.
Abby now has her second tooth and is trying to crawl. She doesn’t quite have it, but close!
The ladies at www.cmomb.com and I are going through the Created To Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. This book has been such a blessing and confirmed things in my marriage, as well as gently nudged me on to improving other areas of my life.
Abby got her first tooth yesterday!
Benjamin took his ACT this morning. He went in confident, but left feeling a bit more unsure.
Anne drove us around, since I am taking muscle relaxers for my neck/shoulder troubles. I do hope I get over this soon. I incapacitates me too much.