Saturday, June 25, 2016

Grandma gave me this book to read. "The Iron Marshal" (1979) by Louis L'Amour is not too believable, mostly because the Marshal is a teenage kid who thinks and speaks with the wisdom of someone much, much older than that. But the story is alright. I don't have much else to say about it, I reckon. My life is not nearly as interesting as the Marshal's. I wish I had something interesting to tell you, but there's just nothing worth telling. I hope you're having a good Summer.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

I have been working on this project for about 10 years - my 2nd reading of the Bible cover to cover. My regular reading Bible is "The New American Bible" which is a Catholic version including the apocrypha, although I prefer the New King James version. Anyhow, yes, I just finished reading the Bible for the second time. This time I read the whole thing out-loud. I normally read a chapter from the Old Testament in the morning and one from the New in the evening. Reading it out-loud has made me slow down and stay focused. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure that I started the out-loud policy in Genesis, so I'll be starting all over again now, and at some point I'll come full-circle. Obviously I haven't been very "religious" about my daily reading. Since there are 926 chapters in the OT (without apocrypha), at a chapter per day, I should technically finish the whole thing in...a little over 2 1/2 years. But I've been a little more consistent with my daily reading here lately. I guess I'm looking for God's will for my life.

My life...there's not much new to report. After 3 years and 1 month of Weight Watchers, I am down to only needing to lose about 27 lbs. I am really trying to make it happen this year. And I guess that's really the only goal I have in mind these days. I guess another goal is to get to September without smoking because that will be the one-year point. I keep being surprised by the fact that I CAN say "no" and by the fact that the temptation never goes away. Okay, maybe I can't say "never" since it hasn't even been a year yet. Goals...both health-related. But they both have spiritual implications. I know I can't achieve either one of them without God's help or without the help of the people that God has placed in my life. I am truly blessed, and I hope that you are feeling blessed, too.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This book was sent to me by WORLD Magazine as a gift for giving a gift subscription. As a gift for a gift... "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future" (2014) by Ben Carson, MD, is the typical pre-campaign book by a candidate. Okay, I can't really judge that because I'm pretty sure that this is the only one I've ever read. No, I did not vote for Dr. Carson in the presidential primary election because I believe that Ted Cruz was the better choice for the job. As far as the book goes, the content is pretty solid, but I found it amusing how it felt just like listening to Dr. Carson - long rambling sentences without using any contractions. I could almost hear him saying all of that stuff in his slow, deliberate tone. Thinking about who might be our President next year makes me a little sad, so I will move on to a new topic now...

How have YOU been?? I feel like I've been a bit isolated in my own rodeo world. The rodeo happened two weeks ago, and I'm still winding down from all the stress and "fun". The President of the Riding Club holds that office for 2 years according to the bylaws, so I guess I get to do this for another year yet. It's still a year and a half, really. Maybe it would be okay if that was my only extra-curricular activity. But my days are already plenty full. Maybe I'm living the American Dream?! I actually don't feel free AT ALL. Oh complaining...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hello dear friends. Recently I finished reading "Panic Room: Living Beyond Fear" written this year by Curt Simmons, the pastor of Friendship Church which I have been attending. The editing wasn't spectacular, but the content is very good stuff. It is a very encouraging book. I have more fear to deal with than usual right now with less than a month before the Saint Jo Rodeo, and only TWO WEEKS before the Riding Club's first playday of the year. I want everything to go well. I want everyone to be happy and have fun. But is that realistic? Some things will likely go wrong, and some folks are bound to get upset about something, so I just need to not be afraid.

I experienced a little fear of the unknown last weekend when I went to San Saba to visit my friend Marcy at the TDCJ unit there. It's a 4-hour drive, and after getting down there in time for church at Hill Country Bible at 10:30 AM, I went over to the jail to find all of the visitors out in the parking log. Long story short, there had been a gas leak in the new boiler in the laundry room, and some of the inmates and guards had gotten carbon monoxide poisoning. The warden told us that she hoped to have it all resolved in time to let visitors back in (visitation only happens Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 5), but after sitting there for a couple hours watching the ambulances and firetrucks rolling in and people going out on stretchers, we were told that visitation was cancelled for the rest of the day. Of course they couldn't tell us any details about what we really wanted to know - were the people that we came to visit okay?? So I had to drive the 4 hours back home without seeing my friend and without knowing if she was one of the ones who needed medical attention. I don't think that's really the kind of "Panic Room" situation that Pastor Curt was really talking about, but I do know for sure that the whole ordeal would have been pretty much impossible to get through without some faith that God had it under control. In church that morning, Pastor Russell was preaching from Ephesians 1:3-6 about how God has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing. We are as blessed as we can possibly be - that is impossible to comprehend - and how we have been chosen, predestined and adopted. I heard all of these great and encouraging words, and was immediately worried when I saw all the drama going down at the prison. But I did not need to worry. I'm not sure that I believe that God had a purpose for my 8-hour drive without getting to see my friend, but maybe His reason will come to light eventually. I'm always looking for the deeper meaning in things when sometimes the reason is very simple. And simple can be beautiful.

The next day she called and told me that she was okay except for a headache and a long, uncomfortable day of sitting in the gym waiting for their living area to air out. I hope we can all learn to live beyond fear. Faith really does change your life.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

And a couple of months later, I finally finish reading a book that probably only takes 4 hours to read. But, hey, I'm a little proud of myself for finding the time at all considering all of the Netflix shows that I HAVE to get through! I should spend that hour or two in the evenings reading instead, and hopefully I will start doing better. This one, "Protector" by Diana Palmer (2013), is another one that Momma G passed down to me, and I have to say, "Eh." It never really got me engaged with the story. I do find it fascinating when female writers try to create male characters... I dunno, Hayes Carson falls a little short of the ideal man, if ya ask me. Not to mention the fact that he's just not all that manly. Anyhow, it's just supposed to be for fun, and I didn't hate it.

In other news, my life has been incredibly busy lately. When 2016 hit, the workload seemingly tripled. Being busy isn't so bad, but when you add the work with my Secretarial duties for the CCRW and my Presidential duties for the SJRC, I'm wondering how I'm going to keep all of the plates spinning. But today is fairly worry-free. I'm about to head to church, and then I get to make a quick trip to Allen to take Syd home since Mel is down in San Saba. It seems like I was just down in the Big City yesterday...but, no, it was Friday - I went to pick up John & Donetta and Nick from Dallas Love Field. But I guess tomorrow it'll be back to business as usual.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I borrowed this book from my mother quite a while ago - maybe at the beginning of Summer - and it has taken me a long time to finish. "The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help Is Not Enough" was written by Sharon A. Hersh in 2008. The main premise is that the last addiction is our thought that we can fix it ourselves. The book is written with a Christian perspective, but it doesn't stay in the spiritual realm the entire time. I did like this book, and the author's own story of her battle with an alcohol addiction is quite interesting. Folks probably would assume that I have no addictions since I seem to be functioning relatively well in my little world, but I would consider #1 my struggle with eating more than I should. #2 would be an addiction to a particular way of thinking in my mind - the despair and hopelessness. Even this book that covers a wide range of different addictions doesn't consider how depression is simply a series of bad mental habits. At least that's how I see depression. It's an addiction to a certain way of thinking. But I am going deeper here than I intended. I am happy that I have finally finished another book and that it only took me about a week to get around to writing my review this time. I also finished another book - something about Minnie Mouse and waiting for puppies to be born - but I can't quite remember the title. It was just as good as this addiction book, so that's my double review for you. Two for the price of one.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nope, I was not impressed with this "book". I won it as a door prize at a CCRW (Cooke County Republican Women) meeting. "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans" by Ann Coulter (2007) is really just a collection of her meanest quotes about people. The zingers, the ones that have made "the news" for being so insensitive. Sure, most of her views are on the Right side of wrong, but... I mean, I even kinda like Ann Coulter, but I don't like the Ann that comes across in this book. I do NOT recommend it. Zero stars.

I am about to head down to Tolar, TX, today for a Yosten family reunion. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all of you out there. I may have to work a little bit tomorrow, so it's mostly a regular weekend for me. I wish I had some life updates to give you, but there's not much new in my life. I'm just staying very busy and am trying to keep my sanity, although I'm not sure why. Thanks for visiting this site - please come visit me in person when you get a chance!