A Church Gives The Gift Of Gas

A church in Georgia is trying a new approach to get people in the door. They are giving away two $500 gas cards to newcomers or members. All they have to do is attend church events. My first thought was “WOW, that’s cool!”, but now I’m not sure how I feel about this. You want people to come to church because God is calling them, not for money or gas. I know God can use anything for his own glory, but what is the real motivation behind the church’s decision? Anyhoo…I just thought this was interesting.

75 Skills Every Man Should Master

As I was skimming the NBC website this morning, I ran across a segment titled “75 skills every man should master”. I started looking around for the actual list because it caught my attention and found it on Esquire. Tom Chairella wrote the article and I’m not sure how he acquired this list, but he claims that “a man can be expert in nothing, but he must be practiced in many things. Skills. You don’t have to master them all at once. You simply have to collect and develop a certain number of skills as the years tick by. People count on you to come through. That’s why you need these, to start.” What do you think?

1. Give advice that matters in one sentence
3. Take a photo
4. Score a baseball game
5. Name a book that matters
7. Cook meat somewhere other than the grill
8. Not monopolize the conversation
10. Buy a suit
12. Show respect without being a suck-up
15. Calculate square footage
16. Tie a bow tie
18. Speak a foreign language
20. Sew a button
26. Casting a fishing rod without shrieking or sighing or otherwise admitting defeat
27. Play gin with an old guy
28. Play go fish with a kid
35. Jump-start a car. Change a tire. Change oil.
37. Shuffle a deck of cards
44. Ask for help
49. Say no
51. Build a campfire
59. Write a thank-you note
62. Hold a baby
71. Iron a shirt
75. Negotiate a better price

Oh what fun!

My husband bought me a new point and shoot Nikon camera for Mother’s Day. Yeah! My old one is awesome, however, it’s 4 years old and is already considered “outdated”. The resolution is not very good, the screen on the back is about the size of a nickel and it’s much thicker than the new models. We were waiting because finances are tight, but my husband always finds a way to surprise me.

Here are a few pictures I took with my new camera. You can see more by going to my gallery.

Making Lemonade

I love lemonade. Not all the time, but when you need something to make your lips pucker and leaves a sweet taste on your tongue, lemonade is the answer.

My sister in law’s mom has a few lemon trees that are in full bloom and I was able to go over and pick bag fulls this past week. I can’t possibly eat that many, so I gave some away and kept a good handful for myself. I used only a few, so I decided to make fresh lemonade. There is just something about making it fresh rather than store bought. Maybe it’s the noise the juicer makes when it squeezes out all the juice from the lemons…dunno.

I found a recipe online that I tried. I have to say, it tastes great!

Perfect Lemonade Recipe


* 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
* 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
* 1 cup lemon juice
* 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Serves 6.

Food Facts

Learning what your actually consuming can sometimes be quite disturbing. I will admit that I would prefer to be oblivious to food facts, but when I get a glimpse of what the actual fat grams, calories & or sodium content is in what I am about to consume my eyes typically bulge out. Is there no such thing as healthy eating anymore? Restaurant pump their food full of ??? and do they think twice about it? Probably not.

Here are a few food fact links to help pull the blinds off your eyes. You’ll be surprised.

20 Saltiest Foods in America

Food Facts That Restaurants Hide From You

The 20 Worst Foods in America

6 Fat-Melting Food Swaps

5 months old

My son is 5 months old today (May 2nd) and to celebrate his daddy installed his new Britax convertible car seat as well as added the tray attachment to his stroller. It’s hard to believe he’s already outgrown his infant seat, but it’s true.

Corbin continues to crack us up with his belly laughs and BIG grins. He has also started reaching more for objects and loves putting things in his mouth (hand, toys, blankets). He isn’t showing any desire to roll over just yet, but we try to coax him by chanting “come on Corbin…you can do it!” as well as using our hands to roll him over so he knows what to do. We know in time he’ll get it. Have I told you he’s a well mannered baby? Well, he is. He is a blessing and makes my job enjoyable.