Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The little irritations of life.

Wow, two posts in one day! Just felt called to write this post on my lunch break.


2015 Goal No. One:

To not be easily offended and maintain a positive, patient attitude.

Well, I am already an easy going type person, or so I thought.  Here's the day's minor irritations that "almost" offended me. (so far) Ha!

1.  We order supplies at my office from an office supply company, who has a delivery man to deliver the supplies.  Recently, one of our orders was doubled accidentally by who ever packed it up.  When I realized this, I went through and got out only the part we were billed for and called the office supply company to let them know that they should pick up the products that we weren't supposed to get.

Well, that's being an honest and nice person in my opinion.  But, the delivery man was highly irritated to have to come pick it up because, he felt sure I'd be ordering more of the same products and then he'd just be bringing them back.  Well yes, I'm sure I would, but I didn't need them at that time and it wouldn't be that easy to get the paperwork straightened out.  

Sure enough, today I ordered a couple of the items that he had picked up 2 weeks ago, and he was making little comments to me and others in the office that he "knew" this would happen.    WELL, pardon me for being honest.

2.  Did you know that people driving in parking lots will run right into you if you don't watch them?  NUF SAID!

3.  I went through the drive through at a fast food restaurant.  The line moved fast and I got the right food..... but now I know why the line moved so fast.  No straw in the bag and a knife instead of a spoon.  You ever tried to eat chili with a knife?

4.  Did you know that in rural North Carolina, tractors drive on the highway even when its January and its below freezing weather.  And they don't pull off the highway, even when they could just keep going down the side of the road, even when there is a LOONG line of traffic behind them trying to get to work on time?  NUF SAID!

5.  Our power was off for 1/2 hour this morning at the office.  This didn't bother me too much, but thought it was worth mentioning. I think the person who hit the pole that caused it was having a much worse day!

To put these minor things into perspective, I am so thankful to have a job, a car and food!  Sometimes not being easily offended is just a matter of having patience with other people.  I sure do need their patience with me on a regular basis!  If I was driving a tractor, I would get out of people's way, but if I was working at that drive through, I am sure I'd leave out stuff and put in knives instead of spoons, when under pressure.

So to quote a title of a book published a few years ago, "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, and Its all Small Stuff".

I need to ALWAYS remember that every person I come into contact with has a story and I never know what they are dealing with.   

The positives that I experience every day far outweigh the little irritations that come my way.  How about you?  What irritates you?




Glimpses of Home

I have really enjoyed this little Poinsettia sitting on the dining room table.  Sometimes the small things in life bring me joy.  Each day I check for loose leaves and check to see if it needs watering. 



My Hubby gave me this for our anniversary back in November.  It wouldn't show up too well on the front door since the door is painted brown.  I like it inside hanging on this door in the dining room.  Didn't he do a good job of picking out my gift?


Here are four key fobs made for Christmas gifts, and


Four more with the initials of my son, stepson and sons-in law.


This is my blue jean baby, Eli. 


I'll need to dress extra warmly today and the next few days.  I'm thinking you will too, if you live most anywhere in the USA! Stay warm!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Too Blessed to Be Stressed!

As I write this post, I am hearing the continuous sound of rain drops falling on the roof and on the A/C-Heating unit outside the window. After being out of work for a week, driving into work in the pouring rain on a Monday morning is not sounding too good. But, one of my goals for 2015 is to think positively. Positive thoughts, positive words and no (less?) anxiety.  I want to be intentional about having peace in my life in small and large things.

This is my new planner for 2015. I really like it a lot. In fact I bought 6 while they were on sale at Family Christian Store for gifts. The things I like are that its small enough to fit in my pocketbook, it has a page for monthly goals, the whole month at a glance and each page has a Bible verse and a small motivational paragraph.


So, I had to share with you what the scripture and devotion for this week is:

"Papa God is our heavenly Father, and we can trust that He will get us safely where we need to be.  We don't need to worry, fret, or fear the what-ifs."

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.  Psalm 56:3

I'll quote even further the devotion for the month of January ends with this:  "...By opening that station wagon door of trust and climbing in.  By making the choice to relax in the backseat, enjoy the journey, and let Papa drive." (emphasis mine)

Ok, so I will let Papa drive, and trust that He will get me to work safely.  But, if not, I know its His will!

Have a great Monday, the last one for 2014!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beef Pot Pie


I made beef pot pie for Sunday's lunch. We love chicken pot pie and I kept remembering those little  frozen beef pot pies I used to buy years ago.    They were mostly beef and potatoes, not many vegetables. 

The recipe I came up with starts out in a frying pan looking like this:
  

After being transferred to a baking dish and adding the crust, its cooked in the oven until lightly browned.


After being dipped into a serving bowl, it looks deliciously yummy!




Here's how I made it:

Ingredients:

1 lb of beef, cut into bite size pieces.

Mine was chuck steak.  I think ground beef would be good and I plan to try that next time.   This is a great way to use those small packages of meat you sometimes see marked down at the grocery store.

Small amount of chopped onion
Olive oil for browning the beef and onion
1 can of Vegall, undrained.  ( I sometimes add 1 small can of garden peas, but didn't have any on hand this time.  You could also used frozen mixed vegetables or fresh vegetables that you have precooked.  You can use your imagination and put together any combination of vegetables.)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups beef broth
3 or 4 small potatoes, peeled, cut into bite size pieces and boiled in a separate pot
pepper

Directions:

Brown the beef and onion over medium heat in the olive oil until done.
Sprinkle the flour all over the mixture and stir
Add the can of vegall and stir
Add the beef broth and stir.
Cook over medium heat until it starts to slightly bubble and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 or 15 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.  You can always add more liquid if you think its too thick.  It will thicken more when baking in the oven.
Then pour it into a baking dish
Stir in the extra potatoes

The crust can be made in many ways.  You can make your own pie crust or use store bought.  I have even made it using a can of crescent rolls.

This time I used this recipe:

Crust:

1 cup of milk
1 stick of margarine melted (butter does not do well in this recipe.  I don't know why, but it doesn't)
1 cup of self rising flour
1 tsp of baking powder

Mix together until just blended.  It will be lumpy, but that's ok.
Pour it evenly over the beef and veggie mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until lightly browned.

You may notice that salt wasn't listed as an ingredient.  There's already plenty of salt in the Vegall and the beef broth.  We try not to add salt to our food if we can help it for health reasons.

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