Political Musings

I watched the Republican Presidential Primary Debate last night on Fox News. First of all, yes I’m a conservative, Christian woman.  Secondly, I have friends who identify themselves as liberal and or democrats. That’s fine with me. I don’t agree with their stances all of the time, and they don’t always agree with mine. You see, I’m an adult. I can agree to disagree agreeably. 

I enjoyed the questions the panelist asked and the candidates responses for the most part. However, I was disappointed in Megyn Kelly. I believe she tried to pull the “man vs. woman card” out to Donald Trump.   Now please, hear me out. I am a woman. I can roar with the best of them. I’m just no longer in kindergarten. Our debates shouldn’t be about color versus color or man versus woman.  We need to all pull together as a nation to fix an enormous amount of problems.   I’m sick and tired of this and that card being pulled because someone doesn’t like something. I personally do not agree with abortion, illegal immigration, or Obamacare. My list of dislikes is a ton bigger than those three I’ve mentioned.  I’m not running around in circles wildly screaming, “I am a white woman!  This or that has offended me!”

Back to the debate…I personally liked most all of the candidates and their ideas to help this great nation of ours get back on track.  I do not need celebrities, opposing politicians throwing mud, or news anchors deciding who I need to vote for. I listen to the candidates and make my own assessment and decisions. We, as a nation of men, women of all races and color need to be informed well enough to make our own decisions not based by who our favorite actor likes, or our best friend’s choice.  Personally, I’m praying about it. I pray daily for those in office now. Nationwide. Worldwide.  

And that folks, is my political rant and or soapboxing for the day!

Blessings to y’all!

JoAnn

1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 

Hamburger Pie

The heat wave has officially hit here in our neck of the woods and it is ghastly!  This past week my husband and daughter requested a few of their favorite meals and most all of them required baking in the hot oven. What’s a momma to do?  Why, make dinner in the morning before it gets too hot!  I thought I’d share Friday’s feast with you all, “Hamburger Pie.”  It’s been a family favorite for years now.  You can tweak it to your liking, too. 

Hamburger Pie

Ingredients

2 deep dish pie shells, baked to package directions

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

8 oz. tomato sauce

2 cans green beans, drained (this last time I made this, I used one jar of green beans my aunt canned. It was the equivalent of two cans from the grocery store.)

1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional)  The hubby and daughter despise them, so I omit them. Sigh…

1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese of your choice (I use extra sharp cheddar)

Directions

After preparing pie crusts, preheat oven to 350°.  Season ground beef with salt and pepper and brown the beef with onions. Drain off any fat. 

  

Add green beans and tomato sauce to beef. Add cumin and then divide mixture between both pie shells.  

   
   

Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Add shredded cheese and return to oven for about 5-10, or until cheese is completely melted.  

  
Since this makes two pies, and there are only three of us, I placed the second pie in a large freezer bag, date it and put in my freezer for a future meal. I do not add cheese to the second one until I’m ready to bake it. 

  

Bon appétit!

JoAnn

1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

There’s a Mystery Unfolding 

My husband’s cousin, DJ Miller is at again!  This time, she’s writing a mystery called, The Mystery of Seagrass Island. DJ has been posting chapters on her blog as she completes them. These may or may not be the final product, but what a reader’s adventure to be on!  I love anticipating the next move of the characters, wondering “who did it?” as I read the latest entry.  Won’t you follow along with me and find out more about The Mystery of Seagrass Islandhttp://djmillerbooks.com/

Be sure to subscribe to her blog and have her latest entries e-mailed to you!

Blessings to you all!

JoAnn

Matthew 5:16 King James Version (KJV)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

Happy Birthday!

On Tuesday, June 29th, 1999, at 4:03 pm, our daughter Morgan was born via emergency c-section. She weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21 1/2 inches long.  Nearly a month early, you couldn’t tell by those measurements.  We were so thankful to God she had no health issues at all. 

Every year on her birthday, we regale her with the story about the day she was born. Tommy has to fill in a lot of blanks for me due to my being partially sedated that afternoon. Ha! Ha!

Sixteen years have passed. Sixteen!  Oh, my goodness!  I cannot believe she’s sixteen!  Where has the time gone?  She’s had a learners permit for over a year now and today she will have her drivers license. She’s been ready for this day for quite sometime now. Her daddy and I have not been so ready. With another year under her belt,  comes new adventures and responsibilities. For her daddy and me, comes the part of letting her go and having some of those adventures, within reason, of course. 

Here’s to another year, dear daughter!  One of many great times and adventures!  Your daddy and I love you more than you know!

  
Blessings to y’all,

JoAnn

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

The Long Hot Summer Is Here

For the past few days, we’ve been under a heat advisory. The temperatures have been in the 90’s and the heat index has been up to 110°.  Thankfully, we have air conditioning in our water truck while we wait for my husband to reload the spray rig. We also keep a cooler full of water and sports drinks iced down. 

Our dog, George has been going to work with us, and enjoys sitting in the cool truck. He has his own food and water bowls in the extended cab part of the truck. When a pond is nearby, we let him out to take a dip.  Here is George below in a video swimming in a pond recently. 

Stay cool my friends. If you have to be out in this horrific heat, stay hydrated. Check up on your elderly family and friends as well as your furry friends. 

Blessings to y’all!

JoAnn

Joshua 1:9  (KJV)

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Here’s What’s Happening at Grover’s Manse

It’s been quite awhile since my last post.  Actually a long, long time!  I didn’t fall of the face of the earth my dear and faithful readers. I promise!  

 We have been working long hours and haven’t had the chance for much of anything else. We were so worried with all the rainfall earlier in March, we would never get back to work. Although the rain has returned, we are welcoming the time off to stop and smell the roses. No. Really. I’ve got four rose bushes and I’ve been snapping pictures and sniffing the roses!  Ah, what heavenly scents, too. Here are my rose bushes below. 

Sugar Moon Rose

Katy Red Rose

 

Gertrude Jekyll Rose


 

Rio Samba Rose

  

I’ve also got lavender, lemon balm, petunias, mums, tropical cannas, and oodles of other plants and flowers. I guess I get most excited about my roses and go hog wild taking pictures of those!

We are still trying to complete homeschool lessons between working with my husband and catching up on housework. We are in no hurry. That’s the freedom and beauty of homeschooling, especially homeschooling while working in your family’s business. 

I cannot forget our dog, George!  He has been going to work with us and is having a ball.  We just couldn’t bear to leave him home alone all day, so back into the workforce he goes!  He’s such a hoot as you can see in the pictures below. He honestly refuses to ride in truck beds. It’s either the backseat or his most favorable place, the front. He is such a backseat driver, too. He barks when we get passed by other vehicles and barks when we pass them.  He mainly loves hanging his head out the window, with the wind whipping through his fur. Such a spoiled dog!
 

George has such a “ruff” life!


 

George riding shotgun, preparing to tell me how to drive.

  

I guess that’s about it for now. I’ve got laundry to do, floors to mop and meals to cook. I’m also praying for the ground to dry out soon.  We do indeed need a break, but not for too long!  

May your day be blessed!

JoAnn

2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

The PTSD Diaries

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is no joke. A friend whom I’ve known since childhood, deals with it everyday. She doesn’t have it, but her husband suffers greatly with PTSD.  It can make life hard for her and her family, but somehow, she can still smile, say a kind word, and remember others in her prayers. I just want to share the link to her blog in hopes that she may connect with other military families (current and past) that go through this as well. Also, I hope to help her bring awareness to PTSD.  This blog is her way of releasing some of her frustrations. 

https://postmilitarywifesahmlife.wordpress.com/

Blessings to you and yours!

JoAnn

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.