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.

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.

Hello Saturday My Old Friend

It has been a crazy busy week but my old friend Saturday is here. It is time to enjoy some relaxation. My agenda for the day is full. Here is my whirlwind of activity plan.

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Catch up with other blogs and comments on my blog. It was a hectic week, so I got behind on interacting with bloggers, but today I can catch up.

Take a nap 🙂

Go to the coffee shop where I can people watch, do some writing, read a book, and of course drink some coffee.

Come home and watch movies.

I imagine just reading my action packed agenda has you feeling dizzy and wondering how ca person can do so much on a Saturday. But hey, that’s what Saturdays are for.

Seriously though, as someone who lives with chronic illnesses, days to relax are golden.

What are your Saturday plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- The Pupusas Truck

Pupusas are a food from El Salvador. They are made with corn flour, so gluten free, and can have only cheese inside, frijoles and cheese, beef etc. I love pupusas. so as fortune would have it, a food truck just so happens to be parked in a parking lot strategically placed on my way from my morning class to my afternoon class.

Perhaps it was a bit of scheming on the part of the pupusas to arrange the food truck to be placed right in the middle of my route. One never knows what lengths such things will go to to lure unsuspecting innocent bystanders like myself.

So yesterday as I was driving to my afternoon class not having had lunch yet, my van stopped at the food truck selling pupusas. Who am I to disagree with my van? I became a willing participant of buying from said food truck.

Perhaps it was my intention all along, but I would never admit to that. 🙂 I may have gotten the phone number, so I can call ahead to tell the woman who the food truck belongs to, so she can start my order. She just so happens to be a former student. Perhaps I am weak when it comes to food trucks selling pupusas.

As humans we tend to give into temptation. We are fallible human beings. Thankfully there is someone who was tempted just as we are and yet never sinned. Hebrews 4 says:

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Somehow I think I will end up at that food truck again today anyway. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Oops I Did It Again

As I was driving downtown to teach, I saw an open parking spot right in front of Ali Babas the place I get my salad aka gyro plate. What was I to do with what was so clearly a sign, not the parking sign, that I should stop there for dinner.

Obviously I had to stop there. Now my stomach is full and I am ready to teach.

This week off from my daytime classes is spoiling me. I needed this relaxing week of not doing much. After starting next week, I have eight weeks left for my daytime classes and then it’s summer break.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Saturday at the Coffee Shop

It has been a relaxing Saturday of catching up on comments, catching up with bloggers, and oh yes coffee at the coffee shop. 🙂

It is a nice cloudy day today, so you know what that means now that I am back home. Nap Time. Kind of feel like that deserves triumphant music. lol

How is your Saturday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Tale of Two Coffee Mugs

Before Christmas I received two coffee tumblers one with a Christmas theme and one solid blue color. It was nice that people thought of me.

I received the first one, with the Christmas theme, at a teachers meeting for my program. It had chocolates inside. It was quite thoughtful of the coordinator to give them to all of the teachers in our program.

However, the first time I used it something happened. It is almost like a horror story. I went to the teachers lounge to make a cup of coffee when a fellow teacher, a nice woman, uttered those words that a guy like me does not want to hear. I know this will cause you to wonder how I survived. She said, “that’s cute.” Cute? Ugh. Cute is a word for something one puts the repurposed sodas in aka pumpkin spice lattes, cafe mochas etc. Cute is not a word a coffee purist wants to hear as he is making a cup of dark roast coffee.

To the rescue came one of my students who gave me one that is a simple solid blue.

A simple yet profound coffee mug that is worthy of being filled with dark roast coffee, black with no sugar or creamer. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief for me. I can proudly fill this one with my French Roast coffee that is dark roast. I promise I will never pollute it with cream or sugar. This coffee purist is happy.

What of the Christmas themed one you ask? Good question. It makes for a nice decoration on my desk in a classroom where I teach moms. There it can be appreciated for being “cute”. The moms tend to like cute things in the classroom.

So there you have it, my saga of the coffee mugs. Quite emotional I am sure, but rest assured your favorite coffee purist is okay. I made it out alive. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- I Forgot My Gum Last Night

Last night I had the urge to stop at a restaurant I like in the downtown of my city to get some food to go. The restaurant is Ali Babas. I had a craving for a gyro plate which comes with steak fries, gyro meat, and is topped with onions, a sauce, tomatoes, and cheese crumbles. It was so satisfying.

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There was a slight problem. As you can imagine, the onions and sauce might have done a number on my breath. I didn’t think about or worry about that when I got the food. My college is also downtown only a few blocks from Ali Babas. When I got to the college, I went to the adjunct office and sat down to savor my delicious food still no concern at all about what the onions and sauce did.

It wasn’t until I reached into my laptop bag that I realized my dilemma. I forgot to bring my gum and had no time to go buy some. Why is that an issue? I am glad you asked.

We have to wear masks in the college, so as I taught for three hours, I was wearing my mask with yes, the onion and sauce still on my breath. I think that is enough said.

Did you know that fortunately for us there is actually something that God will not remember? Isaiah 43:25 says

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

If we come to Jesus, God forgives us and will not remember our sins against us. What a wonderful gift from God.

By the way, I put a few packs of gum in my laptop bag.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time- Why I never Watched The Movie Cats

That Broadway musical Cats that was made into a movie is one I never watched and don’t intend to watch. It is the same reason I never watched the Garfield cartoon. I feel it is a very valid reason. What is the reason you ask? Good Question.

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As it just so happens, I am allergic to cats. If I watch the movie Cats or Garfield cartoons, I am sure my allergies will flare up. Allergies are quite an unpleasant thing. Now if there was a movie Dogs, count me in because I am not allergic to dogs.

I also have allergies to tree pollen but they are short lived only affecting me in the spring, so watching Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers was no problem even with the Ents- talking trees basically- because the movie was so awesome maybe it drove out my tree pollen allergies. 🙂

Allergies, animals that don’t get alone like dogs and cats, and more are part of the curse on nature after the fall. Yes my post is an attempt at humor, but seriously all of creation longs for Jesus to return.

Romans 8

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

The question is do we groan, long for, the return of Jesus?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.