Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday

Friendly Fill-Ins is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Feline Friday is a funny kitty adventure hosted by Sandee over at Comedy Plus. Be sure to visit all of them and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

  1. _____________and ______________ go hand in hand.
  2. __________________________ makes my heart happy.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ____________________________.
  4. If ________ was a sport, I would win hands down.

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Here are my responses:

Peanut butter and jelly go hand in hand, though I have yet to see jelly with hands.

Being loved by our kitties makes my heart happy.

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. They may not lead you to the expected destination, but instead may take you to something much better and more fulfilling in the end.

If going to the bathroom was a sport, I would win hands down, if for no other reason than that I’m in there the most! No one else gets a chance to score. 🙂

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Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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A Psalm Given to Suzanne

I am doing my daily Bible reading in the book of Psalms. After my reading Tuesday morning, the following psalm was laid upon my heart. May Heavenly Father take it to the one that needs it right now, just as I do.

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Oh, Lord, my God, my strength and my redeemer.

Cast away all doubt. Drown fear in the rain of thy peace.

I am alone and know not who I am.

Show me I am yours.

You are my Father and I your daughter.

When they come to hurt me, when thoughts come to torment me and trap me in the pit of despair, wrap me in the wings of your love.

Hide me behind the veil of your strength, in the secret places unknown to my enemies.

Send them away, conquer their haughty, mocking spirits.

They seek to destroy me. I cannot defend myself from their arrows. Humble them and cease their awful conquest. Break their bows as they have broken my heart.

Stitch back together the heart tattered by sin. Cloak me in strength, peace, and love.

To You, my Father, I give my heart and soul. You are mine and I am yours. Great is your love.

Thankfulness flows from my heart. Selah.

~15 January 2019~
Suzanne G. McClendon

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Book Review: The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams

Cholesterol too high? Take a pill.  Blood pressure too high? Take a pill.  Got a cold coming on? Take a pill. So many pills cannot possibly be good for us.

Modern medicine has an answer for just about everything.  But at what cost to your health?

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams provides you some simple, relatively inexpensive ways to help you stay healthy.

This book is a step-by-step guide to eating in such a way that you give your body what it needs to heal itself.

You don’t need to replace your doctor or other health care provider, unless that is your goal.  You can help yourself feel better by following the recipes in this cookbook.

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook takes the idea of Chinese medicine and makes it easy to understand and easy to follow.  You won’t need a lot of fancy herbs or other ingredients. You probably have just about everything you need to follow most of these recipes right now.

This book tells you what equipment you need to get started.  Most modern kitchens have all of it or, at least, most of it anyway.

By following these easy recipes, you will give your body what it needs to feel better and healthier.

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Book Review: Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch

Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch

Let’s face it, there is no one, perfect diet.  We hear so much about keto diets now but, what is a keto diet and how will it help? Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch will answer many of your questions.

This book takes the time to explain what a keto diet is and what it isn’t.  Did you know that certain vegetarian dishes can be a part of a keto diet?

Evidently, the keto diet was intended to help with epilepsy.  It has also been used to help with Parkinson’s Disease. The thing is, you should never start a diet of any type without discussing it with your doctor, nutritionist and/or other medical professional.

This book answers the question, “How do I know I am in keto?”

You will learn about the proper kitchen tools to make following a keto diet easier and about exercise, as well.

This is probably something a diabetic wants to shy away from but, for many others, the keto diet may just be what you are looking for.

Keto in 30 Minutes delivers just what it promises. That is keto meals that are quick and easy to prepare without a lot of fuss and muss.

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Book Review: Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal for Girls by Katherine Flannery and Illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber

Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal for Girls by Katherine Flannery and Illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber

Express Yourself: The One-Year Journal for Girls by Katherine Flannery and Illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber is a great year-long guided journal for girls (for anyone, really).

There are weekly questions to answer, in addition to writing a little snippet for each day of the year. If you tend to write very long daily entries, then you will need to do it outside of this book, which only allows a few lines for the daily entries.

The weekly questions range from the not-so-serious to questions of depth, such as describing the funniest thing that ever happened to you and how you have dealt with rumors being spread about you.

There are round up questions after the year of journaling, which help you to reflect on the year. Some of these can be very emotional, depending on how your year has gone.

Express Yourself is a great book to help a person get into the practice of daily journaling without being overwhelming.

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Book Review: Together With Christ: A Dating Couples Devotional: 52 Devotions and Bible Studies to Nurture Your Relationship by Chelsea Damon

Together With Christ: A Dating Couples Devotional: 52 Devotions and Bible Studies to Nurture Your Relationship by Chelsea Damon

Christians are instructed in the Bible not to be unequally yoked. In the Old Testament, the Israelites are instructed not to marry people from the occupied lands. The reason for this is that we are often enticed to follow the gods of the other people.

In today’s modern world, this translates into Christians not being in a relationship with non-Christians for the same reason.  After a while, we tend to gravitate towards the non-Christian lifestyle of the other.

This is where Together With Christ: A Dating Couples Devotional: 52 Devotions and Bible Studies to Nurture Your Relationship by Chelsea Damon can help dating couples.  It can even help newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds, as well.

This book presents 52 weekly devotions designed for couples to read and discuss together.  The subjects covered are very important to couples who are striving to have a Christian relationship and a successful marriage.

If a couple will sit down together and truly discuss each weekly devotion, they stand a much better chance at a successful marriage than they would if they did not.

Together With Christ also makes a great text for a small group Bible study.  Your church should strongly consider this.

If your families are from different Christian denominations, it would be well to sit down with both sides of the new family separately, and maybe even together, to work through this book.

Remember, one must put God in charge of your married life.  Therefore, if marriage is a good thing right now, it will be a good thing a year from now.  Don’t rush it; grow together and give your marriage the best chance at success that you can. Together With Christ will help you to do that.

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Friendly Fill-Ins & Feline Friday

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. Looking back, __________________________.
  2. _______________ is a treat I give to myself.
  3. A new skill I want to learn is ___________.
  4. One bad habit I want to stop is _________.

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Here are my responses:

Looking back, there are so many people that I miss and long to see again. So many events I wish I could revisit or change. So many questions and answers hidden to me. It is something that I have to do in order to move forward.

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a treat I give to myself.

A new skill I want to learn is deciphering the mysteries of genetic genealogy.  I want to know what all of those letters and numbers in my raw DNA file mean! If I were capable of it, and wanted to go back to college, I would pursue studies in genetics…and pottery. We can’t forget the pottery!

One bad habit that I want to stop is remembering the bad but forgetting the good.  I know, at least to a degree, why this has happened my whole life, but I would like to be able to remember more of the good things that happened along the way. I know there were many good things along the way.

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And now, for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus….

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Have a blessed weekend and happy New Year, y’all!

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Book Review: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger

You must have heard about DNA.  We studied it back in school, way back in the dark ages of the 1970s.  Now, DNA testing has become all the rage.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger is a great resource to help genealogists and wannabe genealogists make sense of a complicated subject.

I am not a genealogist and I don’t play one on TV.  However, my beautiful child-bride Suzanne is a genealogist and she has just branched out into the fascinating world of using DNA testing to assist in tracing the family tree.

Just like any new scientific area, DNA testing will develop and find more and more uses.  The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy will help you understand the technology as it relates to the world today.

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Book Review: Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova

Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova

When I was in the tenth grade, everyone was learning how to play chess.  I did not want to be left out, so I taught myself using the World Book Encyclopedia.  It gave me the basics, but it did not teach me any strategy.

Once you buy Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova, you will not only know the basics, but you will learn some basic strategies for winning at chess.

There are a few problems with this book.  The first problem is that the chess quotes included in the book are written in a light red which does not stand out very well from the background.

There appears to be a mistake in placing a heading on page 67. To me it appears that the bold words that say Diagram 6.13 should actually appear just over the heading Why Did Black Make This Move? instead of where it has been placed.

I really think that this book would be better if there were more step-by-step diagrams, rather than a few diagrams, to support the moves discussed.

Either way, before you start out you should have a good, basic chess set up so that you can see the plays and move the pieces for each move.

You will not be a World Champion just by reading Chess for Beginners. Then again, that would be expecting too much from a book designed to teach you the basics.

Once you have your copy of this book, you will want to teach your children basic chess and then make the game a part of your family home evening.

 

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