That Was Fast- September Flew By

It’s the last Sunday of September already. It feels like I blinked and September flew by. The saying time flies when you are having fun seems to apply. This has been quite the month. Jesus has blessed me with many opportunities this month.

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It started with getting a car earlier this month thanks to generous people. That has allowed me to go to the Ukrainian church to teach on Saturday mornings. We have fun while studying. I love to see their smiles and hear them laugh especially knowing what they have been through.

My morning class started again this month, That certainly adds to time seeming to fly by. It is great to be back with the moms learning English, so they can help their children. They are going to decorate our classroom tomorrow, but something tells me they won’t want my help with that. 🙂

This morning I will see my Hispanic friends at church. We will practice English, sing a few songs in Spanish and pray. This afternoon I will go to a birthday party for an eleven year daughter of friends of mine from Mexico.

With all of this fun I have been having with my friends from other countries, it might be full steam ahead to Christmas. Did I mention there are only 90 shopping days left until Christmas?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Blueberry Returns

It has been a while since we last paid attention to our friend the blueberry. It has not been forgotten. Today I am sharing with you about one of my breakfast specialities that includes our friend the blueberry.

I take two cups of Greek Yogurt, in this case black cherry, and mix in some organic creamy peanut butter. Then our marvelous friend the blueberry tops it off.

I know you are perhaps perplexed and wondering how your cooking challenged friendly blogger could come up with such treats. It amazes me too. 😂

But my amazing discoveries with the blueberry needs to be shared with humanity. 😆

Being serious however, what really needs to shared with humanity is the love of Jesus and the good news of forgiveness from our Savior. That is the most important news.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Return of the Blueberry

Saturday at my office, aka coffee shop, and lo and behold my dear friend the blueberry accompanied by a cupcake returned to bless me with all of its health benefits.

This afternoon I chose to share the blessing with my friend Todd when I surprised him with the blueberry accompanied by a cupcake. 🙂

We had coffee, ate our ‘healthy’ treats and had a serious discussion about recent events in college football in America. It made for a good Saturday late morning/early afternoon.

Day after methotrexate is a no energy day, but I am always grateful to find my friend the blueberry sitting on top of a blueberry filled cupcake. 🙂

How is your weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Return of the Blueberry and Its Cupcake

After church today, I came to my office, aka coffee shop, and was blessed to see one lone blueberry that just so happened to on top of a cupcake. There it was sitting all alone in the refrigerated display case. So what is one to do but save it from isolation?

So I purchased aforementioned blueberry accompanied by a cupcake. At risk to my coffee purist status, I changed it up a little and got a Wild Raspberry Iced Tea. I guess they did not have time to tame the raspberries before making the iced tea.

It is a hot and humid day, so I intended to get an iced coffee, but gave the iced tea a try.

While in worship this morning, it seemed like God gave me an idea of one small edition to one of the books I am working on, so here I sit in my office, aka coffee shop, blogging and writing.

Sunday morning worship at church was wonderful. The focus was baptisms as eight people were baptized. We sang worship songs, listened to the testimonies of what Jesus has done in their lives, and cheered for them after they were baptized. I loved it.

How is your Sunday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Temptation At The Coffee Shop

Yesterday I went to my office, aka the coffee shop, to do some blogging and some writing. When I went to the Barista to pay for my coffee, I was done in by the sight of temptation.

There it was taunting me as if to dare me not to try it, a gluten free cupcake with blueberry filling. I only paid for the coffee and went to sit down to write, but that cupcake would not relent. It kept luring me in, so I caved in and got said cupcake.

You might be concerned about health issues, but for me those we allayed by the realization that an actual blueberry was on the top of the cupcake. Blueberries are considered a superfood and one blueberry surely offset the sugar used to make the temptation.

After consuming the gluten free cupcake, and while looking over that magical cup of coffee, a sense of joy and serenity overcame me, so the blogging and writing commenced.

There will not be a repeat of the incident from yesterday because there were only two of the cupcakes in the refrigerated display and solely out of concern for the other cupcake to not feel lonely or isolated, I may have eaten that one too.

This morning it is off to church and a return to the coffee shop with a detour to the park. It will be a rare nice day in the summer here, so reading in the park is called for.

How is your weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- My Amazing Culinary Discovery

This post feels like it should be a breaking news, stop the presses, special edition. This week I experienced an amazing culinary discovery that is one that merits sharing with the world.

The other day I was making a salad at home as in a big salad. Then it dawned on me and the light bulb went off in my mind as I looked at the open cabinet door. There they were side by side the olive oil and the garlic herb seasoning. When I took note of them, I thought to myself, “self what if you mixed in a bit of that seasoning with the olive oil to make your own health salad dressing.”

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I proceeded to mix in the seasoning with olive oil and pour it on salad, Then the moment came to try out my new creation. After one bite, the realization hit that this was indeed a wonderful taste sensation. The salad in the picture is not the one I made. I ate it too fast to take a picture.

So after years of self deprecating humor regarding my culinary skills, I present to you my creation. No need for recipe amounts. Just mix a bit of whatever seasoning you like with some olive oil and voila you have a healthy tasty salad dressing. I am sure no one has ever had this idea before. 🙂 lol

My joy in this discovery causes me to think about how with God, we can have an eternity of amazing discoveries. Think about it. God is eternal. As we read our bibles, we are reading what God has revealed to us so far. God’s Word, the bible, has the gospel message about Jesus dying for us and defeating death for us. It reveals things about God, about living as Christians etc. But it scratches the surface when it comes to God who is eternal. We have can have an exciting eternity of discovering new things with and about God.

Back to my culinary discovery as awesome as it is, I do not plan on writing a cookbook yet. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Perfectly Timed Rain

Five of the students from my morning class have birthdays within 5 weeks of each other, so we decided to have a picnic before one of them leaves for a visit with family in Mexico. We chose yesterday and had planned on the picnic to start 11am. but rain came through from 10am to 11:30 am, so we changed the time to 12:30.

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Because of the rain, the people who reserved the best shelter in the park did not show up. That meant we could use it for our picnic. The rain was perfectly timed. We enjoyed the best spot in the park because of the rain. The rain left in time for us to have a picnic and a nice sunny afternoon.

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We had A LOT of food, fortunately none cooked by me, a lot of good conversation, and the children played in the playground. It was a perfect early June Saturday afternoon.

Funny thing was that I prayed it would not rain, so it would not interfere with the picnic. But God already had it planned out. By having the rain come and leave at the times it did, it allowed for us to have a wonderful time.

Oh and by the way, I was sent home with leftovers. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- I Bought Band Aids

I have been poked and prodded to the point that watching my blood be drawn for a blood test does not bother me. It is just part of life for anyone living with autoimmune problems or other chronic health issues. But I have observed that stickers, fun band aids, or lollipops are not given to me on such occasions at the doctor. Perhaps they think I am too old for fun.

Au Contraire. I want some fun. I think after poking and prodding me, that I deserve a little fun. Case in point, I went to a dermatologist to have a new rash looked at. He wanted to get a sample to check for psoriasis, a few things I cant pronounce, and also sarcoidosis. After scraping off a sample, he put a boring plain brown band aid on it. Not to be denied of my fun, I stopped off at a pharmacy and found a much more fulfilling replacement.

Yes, a Star Wars band aid. I bought a box of them. I need to find more fun band aids so I can have some variety. I can use them for my weekly injections too. 🙂

As I tell people, I am getting younger. Actually there is truth in that bit of humor. Think about it. For everyone who believes in Jesus, eternal life is in our future. Since I will live for all eternity because of what Jesus did for me, it means I am not getting older. I am getting younger. 🙂

This earthly tent may be aging and having problems, but my body is not the same body I will live in for all eternity. One day Jesus will resurrect my body to be a glorified body like he has now.

Until then I will enjoy my fun band aids. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Animals Fellow Bloggers Make Me Think Of

For the majority of my young life, wink wink, people could not have chickens in their backyards. Thus the only “wildlife” we would see in my city were squirrels and the occasional racoon or possum. Then beginning about five years ago, the city law was changed and people were allowed to have chickens in their backyards. The result? We now see foxes scurrying around our city sometimes. They are looking for dinner aka the chickens.

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Thinking about that today put me in one of my rare humorous moods, so I would like to share with you about some of my fellow bloggers and the animals that come to mind when I think of them.

Alicia of Alicia lives in my state off the beaten path just outside a small town. I do think she has running water in her home as well as electricity. I know she has internet only because she blogs and internet is needed for that. So when I think of Alicia, I think of that old song Home on the Range. and buffalo, antelope, coyotes, and mountain lions.

Vanessa of lives in Florida, so I am convinced when she goes out her door, she has to watch for alligators. I think alligators are probably everywhere in Florida. I wonder if Vanessa has ever eaten alligator meat? I heard that is a thing in Florida.

Temi of Temi is originally from Nigeria, so the animal that comes to mind may surprise you. When I think of Temi, I think about Golden Retrievers. She has two little boys. When I was a boy, I had a Golden Retriever who was my best friend. I think Temi’s little boys need a Golden Retriever, maybe two, or three or four. Also Golden Retrievers are gentle and kind, both of which describe Temi.

David of David lives in Oklahoma but the reason for the animal I would pick for David is because he teaches Kindergarten. Therefore, David needs a stable full of ponies for the little children in his class to have pony rides.

Beverley of Beverley lives in Barbados which is an island in the Caribbean Sea. So when I think of Beverley, I can easily envision her swimming with dolphins. Dolphins are so cool and so fun. I think she would have fun swimming with dolphins.

Brenda of Brenda lives in Upstate New York and likes nature walks. She looks for bears each time she goes for a walk. I know she won’t admit to it, but she has some bear friends. She loves to play in the snow with her bear friends.

Tina of Tina is so sweet and she can be playful. However, she has shared her struggles in her blog. So I think she needs a houseful of puppies. Puppies make us smile, Puppies are playful and sweet like Tina. If not in her own home, then in a home nearby, she deserves a houseful of playful puppies.

Cynthia of Cynthia lives in Kenya, so one might think I would go with a majestic lioness because Cynthia is a majestic daughter of God. In a surprise pick, I choose a koala bear from Australia for her because koala bears like to cuddle and I am sure she would love to cuddle with a koala bear.

Dawn of Should I pick an owl for her because owls represent wisdom? Should I pick an eagle because they soar like she does? Should I pick a penguin because they are fun like she is? For Dawn, I think she just needs a whole zoo of all kinds of birds and other animals. Maybe such a zoo could be in her backyard.

I know you are perhaps thinking Matt has too much time on his hands. You might be right about that. I hope you enjoyed my ever so rare display of humor. 🙂

Feel free to suggest animals for me in the comments, but please no cats because I am allergic to cats and such comments might make me sneeze.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thoughts about Apples at the Coffee Shop

At the coffee shop Sunday, they gave me a mug to use that caused me to wonder about something. We have an old saying the America- An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away. Well the mug they gave me to use had pictures of three apples on it.

Combining coffee with the old saying about apples keeping the doctor away caused me to wonder if a cup of coffee a day with a picture of three apples will keep three doctors away. Such are the thoughts that can come to a person while drinking coffee and blogging.

If it was possible, I would gladly drink coffee out of such a mug every day probably three cups just to make sure. 🙂

Or perhaps the old saying- You Are The Apple of My Eye- applies. An argument could be made that coffee is the apple of my eye. It is my dear old friend.

No need to compare because both would hopefully be true.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.