Posted by: Linda | October 2, 2010

Menu Plan – Unsuccessful!

Well, I didn’t do very well with the menu plan.  My reason (or excuse, if you prefer) is that I started orientation for my new job and spent Weds. and Thurs. in a classroom for 8 hours each day learning about the new facility.  Now you have to realize that I am not use to working for a solid 8 hours and was very tired and achy after the first day.  It didn’t help that I had difficulty sleeping the night before and then again on Weds night.  By Thursday night I was pretty much exhausted but feeling good about the upcoming opportunity at the new job!  For the next two weeks, I will be working 7am to 3:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, then 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.  It is going to be rough physically but I am praying for God’s help.  The worst will be my knees as I don’t know how much standing I will have to do. If I can sit more than stand then it won’t be so bad.

Back to the menu plan; I was so tired that I didn’t do the cooking I had planned.  I am working on my plan for the next two weeks and trying to cook some food ahead to make it a little easier. I need to plan packable lunches so that I’m not tempted to spend money for them and plan to have an easy supper too. I should be posting that schedule tomorrow.

I’ll accept any prayers that you offer on my behalf; they are always appreciated!

Til next time!


Posted by: Linda | September 27, 2010

Menu Plan

In an attempt to be a better steward of what God has given us, I am starting to plan a menu for the week.  This will be the first one so here it is….

Monday Pasta w/ red sauce

Peas/Green beans

Tuesday Meatloaf

Potatoes/Peas/Green beans

Wednesday Hamburger Helper

Corn/Green beans

Thursday Fried Ham

Peas/Green Beans

Friday Hamburger Helper

Peas/Green beans/Tossed salad

Saturday Hamburgers

Fried potatoes/peas/green beans

Sunday Cheese Ravioli

Peas/green beans/tossed salad

Breakfasts Eggs





Lunches Taco Salad

Chicken Noodle or Tomato soup

Chicken Salad


Snacks/Desserts Cake


No Bake Cookies

Apples w/cheese

Now I just have to stick with it!

Til next time!

Linda ❤

Posted by: Linda | September 24, 2010

Citation–Withdrawn! Answers to Prayer!

This past Wednesday, hubby and I had to go to a hearing at district court for the citation received in August for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration.  You can read about that dilemma here and here.  The fine for this is close to $300 and since we were never without insurance, we decided to fight the citation.

The officer involved met us there and we were able to show him the information proving we were never without the insurance and he decided to withdraw the citation; we didn’t have to go before the district justice!  What a wonderful answer to prayer!

Today we had another answer to prayer.  Financially the past several months have been a struggle and I have been looking for a job and even though I had placed several applications, nothing came through.  I know that is because the job God had planned for me wasn’t available yet.  This past Tuesday I had an interview and today they called and offered me the job!  An answer to pray!

If I didn’t trust that God has my future planned, I would have become very discouraged by all the applications I had placed and not hearing anything from them.  I thank God for His love and concern for me, especially knowing that I do not deserve any of it.  I’m thankful that I am a sinner saved by grace!

Til next time!


Posted by: Linda | September 15, 2010

Day 3 – Back to Blogging

This week SITS is hosting a Back to Blogging campaign to get everyone back in a blogging and commenting routine. I’ve not really been in a routine so I’m going to use this as a starting point for a routine.  Today we are to share a post of which we are especially fond of the title.  I chose this one because the title is short, sweet, and to the point.  I believe it draws the reader in to find out about the timing.  Here it is….

It’ All in the Timing!

My Pastor preached on John 11 this past Sunday morning; the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  It was a powerful sermon and very timely for me.

In case you do not know the story of Lazarus, I will give a short synopsis here.  Lazarus was ill and his sisters, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus to come.  Jesus did not go right away and Lazarus died.  They believed that if Jesus had been there Lazarus would not have died; what they did not understand was that Jesus had a plan.

Why did Jesus wait and why didn’t he heal Lazarus?  He could have done so from where he was, he did not have to be where Lazarus was to do that.  What we need to remember is that God does things in HIS TIME not ours.  What is wonderful about that is God often does better than what was asked for!  PRAISE THE LORD FOR THAT!

You see, Mary and Martha had wanted Jesus to come and heal Lazarus but Jesus did even better – He raised Lazarus from the dead giving him a new body.

Times of trials and testing provide a time for God’s glory to shine.  It is not important that we are comfortable.  Why does God deal with us like this…SO THAT HE MIGHT BE GLORIFIED AND THAT OUR FAITH MIGHT GROW!

Last week I was disappointed because I did not receive a job that I wanted.  I know God’s timing is perfect and so knew he did not want that job for me, at least not at this time but hearing this sermon reinforced that thinking in my head!  I needed that.

There are other situations that I am praying about and I need to remember that His timing is perfect and wait on Him for an answer.  The waiting part is hard for me; I want things to happen now so I frequently get frustrated while waiting for God but if I remember that He gives in His timing and that He gives even better than what we have asked for…well, I just need to keep trusting Him.

Till next time…

Linda ❤

Thanks to the SITS girls for this challenge this week and thanks to the SITS Back to Blogging sponsors: Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.

Posted by: Linda | September 15, 2010

Giveaway at Out of Debt Again!

Out of debt Again is celebrating her third blogoversary with a big giveaway!  There are 24 prizes available worth around $800.00.  Makes it worth entering!

Check it out!


Posted by: Linda | September 14, 2010

What is unconditional love?

This week SITS is hosting a Back to Blogging campaign to get everyone back in a blogging and commenting routine. I’ve not really been in a routine so I’m going to use this as a starting point for a routine.  Today we are to share a post that we wish more people had seen and read.  I chose this one on unconditional love because it is very dear to my heart and I don’t think people realize just what it means – unconditional love!  Here it is….

Until my son fell in love, I never thought about how I would feel about his wife.  Would I grow to love her as I got to know her?  Would it take days, weeks, years?  I wasn’t prepared for the answer.

You see it took only seconds.  Yes, only seconds!  As soon as I saw the first picture of them together, I knew Jacob was all in.  Of course, I had been talking to him and could hear the happiness in his voice but when I saw that same happiness in his eyes – I knew he had found the love of his life!  nothing could make a Mom happier and then I suddenly realized I loved her.

She and I had talked on the phone a couple of times but I can’t say I knew her; I had met her only briefly once – how could I know her?  That is why I was surprised when I found myself loving her.  I suppose God made it that way – with unconditional love for families.

How far does this unconditional love go?  Is there anything that can cause that love to fade?  I truly believe there isn’t anything she could say or do that would change how I feel.  God must have placed a component of forgiveness in that unconditional love, one that they don’t have to ask for forgiveness nor do you have to say I forgive you.  Isn’t that amazing!  I think so!  Isn’t God amazing!

This unconditional love God gives us is different from salvation.  God loves all of us, that is why He sent His son to die on the cross (for our sins) and rose the third day but to get His gift of salvation, we must acknowledge we are sinners and accept God’s gift of salvation – eternal life.  This too is amazing!  God is so awesome!

Thanks for reading!

Linda ❤

Thanks to the SITS girls for this challenge this week and thanks to the SITS Back to Blogging sponsors: Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.

Posted by: Linda | September 13, 2010

A look back…

This week SITS is hosting a Back to Blogging campaign to get everyone back in a blogging and commenting routine. I’ve not really been in a routine so I’m going to use this as a starting point for a routine.  My first post was memories of my Dad and I’m going to share it again, even though it’s only 6 months old.  Here is that post…

My Dad use to call me his l’il pea picker, hence the name of this blog.  He has been gone for 24 years but over the past several months I have been thinking about him and remembering the good times.  You know, the times when he hugged me or kissed me on the cheek when I was sleeping.  Those times.  You see, my dad was an alcoholic .  That was a difficult thing for me to admit.  I was at college and we were studying alcoholism when I had to face the fact – it was hard and for more years than I can remember, all I thought about were the bad times, so I’m grateful to be thinking of these good times because times were not always bad.

He use to hug and kiss us and would rub his new growth of stubble into our cheeks just to hear us squeal!  We would watch the Sunday afternoon movie together, there were only three channels back then.  He was proud to walk my sister and I down the aisle, even if it meant wearing a “monkey suit” – which he secretly loved.  He loved his grandsons, he had three within a seven month period.  The youngest of these was only 16 months old when Dad died.

When we were little, there were 4 of us, 2 girls and 2 boys, Dad worked away during the week and was home on the weekends.  Sunday evenings we would all get in the car and take a drive.  He would need to pickup his check, then we would drive and often end up spotting deer – I don’t think it was illegal back then.

Dad was always very patriotic and served our country during the Korean war.  He belonged to the American Legion and the V.F.W. He was proud to be an American and instilled that patriotism in us.  I get tears in my eyes every time I hear the national anthem.  Memorial day he was generally involved in the arrangements for making sure the veteran’s graves received new flags and for honoring those vets.

He remained active in the Army Reserves, serving one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer.  When he would come home from summer camp, he would bring us something special.   We have pictures where my brothers are wearing the gun holsters they got and my sister and I got Barbies!  Another time we each got fishing rods!

These are special memories because we did not get gifts except at birthdays, Christmas, and when Dad came home from summer camp!  My son received little gifts frequently, I think my Mom thought we were spoiling him – we probably were! The gifts from Dad were special!

I’m surprised at all the memories that are coming to mind – this has been a good thing or me to do!  Other memories include, fishing, Storybook Forest, and Sea World, but I’ve save those for another time.

Sometimes I wondered if he loved us but now I know he did and that I loved him.

Linda  ❤

Thanks to the SITS girls for this challenge this week and thanks to the SITS Back to Blogging sponsors: Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances.

Posted by: Linda | September 11, 2010

Book Review: “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrew

The subtitle for this book is “How Your Life Matters” and it is so appropriate.  We may never know how the things we do in our life affect other people even several generations removed.  Mr. Andrew calls it a “ripple effect” and gives many examples of this through history.

This book is easy to read in one short setting but makes you realize just how important the things we do everyday are.     We never know which thing we do will make an impact on future generations so we should live our lives with that in mind.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and feel it is a good read for everyone.  I plan to pass the book on and hope the next person to read it will do the same.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Linda | September 11, 2010

Book Review: “Out Live Your Life” by Max Lucado

I’ve been reading “Out Live Your Life” by Max Lucado.  This book encourages all to seek out ways to reach out to others.  It does so in true Max Lucado fashion by using stories out of the Bible.  His writing is easy to read and understand and also motivating.

He brings out different ways one can reach out; it might be helping to pay for groceries when someone doesn’t have quite enough or inviting people into your home for a meal. One never knows how these little things may affect the person involved and how they may pay it forward.

This book challenged me to get my home fit for inviting others to fellowship here with us.  Our financial situation is such that we are not currently able to give money but opening our home is something we can do.  I’m currently working on that challenge.  I recommend this book to everyone, as it truly has a way for all to help another person.

Til next time!

Linda ❤

I received this book free from the publisher through the <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Linda | September 4, 2010


We went to the Curve game (Pirates Double AA affiliate) tonight and they won! It was fun to be there, especially when the tickets were free but also we took my sis-in-law with us.  She and I talked a lot during the early innings, hubby says it was through 5 innings but I’m not sure it was THAT many.  lol  The only bad part of the evening was I was frozen even with two sweaters, my winter jacket and gloves!  Just a few short years ago, I would have been comfortable, if not warm.  Never thought I would say this but I miss the hot flashes!  This thyroid stuff can be so frustrating!

Til next time!

Linda ❤

Posted by: Linda | August 30, 2010

Hypothyroidism and Fluoride

When I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I started reading and searching the internet for information and this thing that had such control over my body.  One of the things I found was that fluoride can negatively affect someone with hypothyroidism.  I thought I was one of these people but the past 3 weeks have now convinced me.

We usually fill water jugs with water from a local spring dam but when we couldn’t drive our van, we had to give up on this for a while.  This meant drinking tap water because I was not willing to spend money on spring water when we are already counting our pennies.  So for approximately 3 weeks I’ve been drinking tap water; I drink anywhere from 60 to 80 ounces of water each day.  For the past 5 days, I have been more tired and sleeping more than usual.  It is frustrating since my sleep was starting to get a little regular and now I am sleeping too much again.  Yesterday we did not get to church because I was sleeping – slept 18 hours.  I would get awake, look at the clock, think I should get up and then be back asleep before I knew it.

Hubby is going to fill the water jugs before going to work so I won’t be drinking more of the tap water but I do not know how long it will take to get this fluoride out of my system. Hopefully not too long!

Til next time!

Linda ❤

Posted by: Linda | August 30, 2010

Mobile Once Again!

Praise the Lord, for He is good!  Last Tuesday we finally got new plates for our van and once again are mobile!  It feels so good to be able to go to the store when I want/need to. We certainly are blessed with family who were willing and able to help us during this trial. I don’t know what we would have done without them!

When things happen I have a tendency to try and figure out what the Lord is trying to show/teach me-is this good or bad, I’m not sure!  So I’ve decided to make a list of what happened because of all this trouble.

  1. I am blessed by having family to help.  The time I spent in the car with my sister-in-law; niece and aunt was precious, quality time.  I’ve reconnected with each and that has been a true blessing.
  2. To complete tasks in a timely manner and keep record of those tasks.  This is something I have a problem with.  I tend to procrastinate – not a good quality.  As for keeping records, sometimes I do and other times I do not.  I need to be more consistent in this area.
  3. I reconnected with a friend from high school.  Emily and I “found” each other on face book this past year and have “talked” a little but when I mentioned our predicament, she came up with the idea of contacting our state representative for help.  We then had the opportunity to discuss God and prayer.  What a joy!  She now lives fairly close and since I’m mobile I plan to visit and nurture this renewed friendship!  I’ll be in touch Emily!
  4. God is in control and asks that we allow Him to be.  God promises to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19)– not our wants but our needs and he does, we just have to trust him to do so.  We had food to eat, water to drink, and hubby had a way to and from work!  God is good and does supply our needs.  Too many times we think our wants are needs and we must be reminded of the difference.

Those are four of the things I’ve learned during this time, I’m sure there are more, if I really think about it but I know God allows things to happen to us for a purpose.  Our response can bring us down or build us up.  Which are you going to allow to happen to you?

Til next time!

Linda ❤

Posted by: Linda | August 26, 2010

Silhouette Cutter Giveaway

Under the Table and Dreaming is giving away a Silhouette Cutter you can read about it here!

Posted by: Linda | August 26, 2010

Another Silhouette Cutter Giveaway!

Kara’s Party Ideas is giving away a silhouette cutter – you can enter to win here!  Good luck!

Posted by: Linda | August 26, 2010

Silhouette Cutter Giveaway

The Shabby nest has a giveaway for a silhouette cutter.  you can read about it and enter it here.  Good Luck!

Posted by: Linda | August 21, 2010


Enter the giveaway over at Twelve Crafts til Christmas for a chance to win a $65.00 gift card to CSN!

Posted by: Linda | August 21, 2010

Still no plates…

Well, here it is Saturday and still no plates for the van.  I really thought they would be here by now after everything from last week and earlier this week.

Today we received 2 letters from Jerry Stern’s (our state representative) office and I was a little disappointed when I opened the first one.  In that envelope were the application for registration, my check for payment, and a letter requesting more information about the car insurance.  They wanted info to prove we had the insurance and there was no lapse. Before I allowed myself to get upset, I opened the second envelope to find another letter from Penn DOT telling us the registration suspension has been removed from our record.  I think that means we can renew the registration but that would mean another week to ten days before getting the plates.  We have decided to just get a new registration and plates but it will be Monday – 2 full weeks – before we are able to do so.

When things like this happen, it makes one think about how dependent we are on vehicles, especially where we live.  There isn’t any other form of transportation available here.  If we lived in the city, we would have buses and cabs available.  Hubby has been able to walk to the store a couple of times but with my knee problems that has not been an option for me.  Fortunately, we were fairly well stocked with groceries, needing only to get bread, milk, and a few other things.  Things could have been much, much more inconvenient.

I have been able to be dependent on my God for His help throughout all of this.  Prayer is so important, it’s my chance to talk to God and ask for his help and guidance.  Reading my Bible is one way God talks to me but I also believe he speaks through others, many times we just have to slow down and listen.  That tends to be my problem in this age of instant gratification, people, including me wants results right away.  I need to keep working on this area of my life.

Til next time,


Posted by: Linda | August 16, 2010

I Am Truly Blessed – (long)

This past week my faith was tested.  I experienced a trial – was I going to trust God to take care of the situation or was I going to try and fix it myself.

It goes back to November 2009 when we changed car insurance companies; apparently when you drop car insurance that company has to notify the Dept of Transportation making them aware of the situation.  We received a letter from the DOT requiring proof of insurance or we were to mail the license plate to them.

Fast forward to last Monday when the hubby was stopped by the police on his way to work for an expired registration sticker.  When hubby told me this, my first thought was that we had not received a notice of renewal for the registration.  He agreed then went on to say the police actually took the plates off the van because we didn’t have insurance.  Right away I knew this was related to the changing of the insurance last fall.  I also realized that is why we did not receive a notice for renewing the registration…according to PENN DOT the registration was suspended!  Apparently they never received the proof of insurance from the November change.  Our van was sitting in a church parking lot without plates and we were unable to drive it at all!

As soon as I hung up the phone, I started praying for God to help me with this situation.  It is amazing the peace I felt after saying that prayer.  That evening I prayed about the situation many times.

It took until Thursday late afternoon to get the insurance straightened out.  I had to take proof of insurance to the state representative’s office and they called PENN DOT.  They also helped me complete the new registration form and mailed it for me.  The new plates should be here in a week (this Wednesday prayerfully).

I praised God for His help and guidance and also for my sister-in-law who chauffeured me to the office, the store, and back home after a full day of work.  Thursday evening I publicly thanked the Lord for answered prayer by posting on facebook.

Friday the mail brought citations related to the incident – a total of almost $450.00 in fines.  When hubby told me by first reaction was to pray.  The largest fine was for “operation following suspension of Registration”.  I asked God for guidance because I certainly do not think we should have to pay this because there was no lapse in insurance coverage.  I called the state reps office and they said to bring the letter in.  Now this office is 8 miles from home and I have no plates so can’t drive my van to get there.  We are a one car family, so what to do.

Long story short – (is that possible at this point?!) – my aunt is going to take me this afternoon.  My sis-in-law would have a total of 32 miles involved for her to take me.  My aunt lives in the same town as me, so less travelling to do.

Please say a prayer we will be able to get this straightened out so we don’t have such a huge fine to pay.

All of this got me thinking, what kind of person am I?  Am I someone others could call and ask help of?  I haven’t always been the person I want to be so am going to be working on that.

So as for the question – how did I do?  Well, it’s a split answer, although I prayed for God to take care of this and I trusted him to do so, I also allowed it to get me down some.  I missed church on Wednesday when I am sure I could have made arrangements to get there but felt kinda sorry for myself instead.

So why am I blessed?  Because I have people in my life that are willing to help without judging me; what more could a person ask for?

Til next time,


Posted by: Linda | August 12, 2010

Giveaway at Sarah’s Deals!

Sarah’s Deals is a web site with informatio and deals that help me save money on groceries and other items.  It’s a great place to visit!  She is celebrating her 2 year anniversary with multiple giveaways and this one is for a $25.00 visa gift card.  Who couldn’t use that!  You can enter by going here!

Good Luck!

Posted by: Linda | August 9, 2010


Saturday was a good day.  We spent the afternoon with friends and their family celebrating the first birthday of their son.  It was very enjoyable.  We watched the children playing and the adults enjoying each other’s company, either talking or playing horseshoes or washers (if I didn’t have a bad knee, I would have tried this game).  We had met some members of the extended family previously but don’t really know them so didn’t do a lot of talking but we both enjoyed the time there.  Maybe part of that is because our son, daughter (-in-law) and grandson are so far away and we don’t have the opportunity to spend time fellowshipping with them.  This was like a surrogate family.  I particularly enjoyed watching the members of the family interact with each other; you could tell they really enjoyed spending time together.  Thanks again for inviting us to share in this special day.

After leaving the birthday party, we had some time to kill before the outdoor movie so decided to visit hubby’s Mom and sister – more family time!

Next we watched the movie “Fireproof” on an outdoor screen at a local ice cream place and yes we enjoyed some ice cream while watching the movie.  We had seen the movie before but were eager to see it again.  You can read what this movie is about here.

Spoiler alert!  I had forgotten that the Mom in the movie was the one who did the Love Dare and it made me realize something.  There are times when I think my husband should treat me better, I imagine I’m not the only one out there that feels that way!  But God used this movie to show me, I should not wait for that but rather I change my attitude and be the one doing the Love Dare!

Isn’t it amazing how and what God uses to teach us?!

Til next time!


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