Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016
God Bless Our Troops

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We love what we do!
On the lowcarb front:
My stats for today:
Type: walk/jog
Route: Deadend and back
Time: 20 minutes
Average heart rate: 123
Maximum heart rate: 143
Calories burned: 175
I’m down .4 pounds from last Friday
Today's walk was really nice. It is overcast and looks like rain. You can smell fall i
n the air.

In keeping with my reading of the 7 Habits, I have set a goal at the Stephen Covey website. Small goals are important because they keep us focused and eventually get us to our big goals.
I am a person who is overwhelmed by the big picture. I do much better when I break a big goal down into small chunks. So I have created a ticker for that small goal. On the Covey website there is a daily check in where I ask myself 3 questions about my the steps needed to get to my goal. For this particular goal they include logging my intake, logging my water, and logging my workouts. I set a reward for reaching this goal, but I think I am going to change it. I think my reward for reaching this small goal will be to set another goal. I would love to make a full sized bed quilt. That is another goal that will need to be broken down into small chunks because just the thought of making a big quilt like that is daunting.

On the home front/business:
Today is my last official day of vacation. I love fall. I tend to think of September as the beginning of the year - my January, as it were.

I found some really cute candle pans on closeout from one of my suppliers. I put together a Halloween tea light. I am currently testing some tea light batteries that I found at a really great price.












I am wrapping up my apple fest as far as candles and soap go. Soon it will be time to move on to pumpkin and then Christmas scents. September through January are the busiest times for our business, with the exception of the Syrup Festival. Things fall nicely because with the Christmas rush over, we can concentrate on getting ready for the Syrup Festival. And this year, when the Christmas rush is over, I am officially retired from one of my jobs.

Word of the day:
Mark 6:17-29
For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, 'It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.' And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, 'Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.' And he solemnly swore to her, 'Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.' She went out and said to her mother, 'What should I ask for?' She replied, 'The head of John the baptizer.' Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, 'I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.' The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Thoughts from the cornfield:
Today is the commemoration of the beheading of John the Baptist. It's fairly obvious why Herodias had a grudge against him. It's hard, sometimes, to hear things about ourselves that we need to hear. Thankfully, most of us don't react quite so violently. The thing that amazes me about John the Baptist is that he was steadfast in delivering the message he was sent to deliver. What could his motivation have been? I am guessing that it is the same motivation that sent Jesus to the cross. John wasn't a warm fuzzy character with his camel hair and belt, not to mention his diet of locusts. We hear about him at Christmas time, yet we never see his image gracing our Christmas cards. He preached his message of repentance, yet why should he care if we repent? Love comes in many forms. We would do well to look for it and take heed.


God bless the troops!

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