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Month: December 2005 (page 1 of 17)

Moving Forward for Year 2006


Well, I remembered where the bible reading book was. The One Year Bible Companion, 1992, Tyndale House Publications. Was with my bible in the zippered case I had gotten for it in the book shelf I had already looked through a couple of times before noticing that the cover was rather large. . It even has the cross stitched bookmark still marking the last time I studies. My last day I read it was July 11, 2005, nothing to be proud of , just the facts. So, it seems, I made it about half way through the bible. The Bible I use is the Harper Study Bible that I got for the Old Testament College Class I had at the University.

I also went and got around 700 pounds of hay for the goats and 5 bales of straw. This should easily last for the winter. The trailer got a flat, bummer, and so I had to take trips to bring it to the barn in the auto. It is a good thing that the farm was not too far away. I guess I need to get the tire fixed or a new one and get a spare which I should of had in the first place.

I think I will be going to Topeka today. Mexican food sounds good.
Plus I still need to get the 2005 ornaments.

Stamppot Boerenkool (Kale Hash)

Stampot Borenkool with turkey sausage

A popular Dutch winter food is stamppot (hodgepodge). It is an easy dish to prepare. Stamppot consists of mashed potatoes mixed with either raw or cooked vegetables and (not necessarily) meat. There are several variations such as endive, hutspot (carrots with onions), sauerkraut and cabbage.

The best-known stamppot is stamppot boerenkool (kale or farmer cabbage).
Kale is a like a leafly version of cabbage and you usually find the green curly leaf here in the United States and sometimes you can find it frozen. There’s something about the taste of kale that made it become a national dish in three different countries. But it is a taste most Americans are not accustomed to.

Boerenkool is usually prepared the same way throughtout the Netherlands, but how boerenkool is eaten varies a lot. There are people that like to eat boerenkool with steak, others prefer a fried sausage and still others serve it with meatballs.

With traditional Dutch Food restaurants becoming more popular in the Netherlands you can now enjoy it if you visit there.

3 lbs potatoes
2 onions
1 bay leaf
1 lb kale*
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground pepper
1 lb smoked sausage ( turkey, beef or pork)
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter

1.Peel and dice potatoes and onions.
2.Clean, trim and slice kale.
3.Add the potatoes, onion, kale, a bay leaf, a pinch of salt and just enough water to cover all in a 3 quart pan.
4.Cover and boil gently for about 25 minutes.
5.Meanwhile steam the smoked sausage for the same amount of time and slice.
6.Remove the bay leaf, drain the vegetables, and mash them.
7.Add milk and butter.
8.Stir in the hot, sliced smoked sausage, add salt and pepper to taste

* you can use frozen kale

For Everything A season


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war,
And a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3 | The Holy Bible

New Years Resolutions


Yeah, it is that time of the year when many people make a list of New Year resolutions. I have never been really into doing this sort of thing but this year I will but mainly because one the my goals is to again read the bible. I was working on it and sort of “fell off the wagon” with that goal. I will again use the book but hopefully I will find the book today since at this moment I cannot locate it. The other I will again start reading is “Readings from Mennonite Writings New & Old”, J. Graig Haas, Good Books, intercourse, PA. This book has daily readings that are usually only one page long.

Well, any way, here is a list of the Common New year Resolutions and under it is mine.

Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions

1. Lose weight

2. Stop smoking

3. Stick to a budget

4. Save or earn more money

5. Find a better job

6. Become more organized

7. Exercise more

8. Be more patient at work/with others

9. Eat better

10. Become a better person

My New Years Resolutions

1. I Reesolve to make 5 FAT files and learn and study 5 subjects.

You get 5 vanilla folders and read as much as you can on the subject and place in folder. I like to read so I think this will be a goal I can achieve.

A. Goats– learn more about the care of goats

B. Breast Cancer– Since my mother was treated for breast cancer last and this
year I want to learn more about it.

C. Learn as much about another nation as I can. I have not decide which one yet.

D. Family History– I will try to find more information about my Grandfather’s
family. He can to the United States with his twin brother from a orphanage
in the Harrlem, Netherlands and I have no information on him or the family.

E. Learn more about Lakenvelders and Welsummers especially for breeding purposes. .

2. I resolve to find a Better Job.

I really like my two jobs but the hours keep getting cut and it is really starting to have a financial effect one me especially for obtaining number 3. I tried to ride the storm since being cut from full time October 1994 but is just keeps getting worse. I have been trying but will not expand my search from Ca and AZ to anywhere.

3.I resolve to keep saving for a car.

I was doing really good putting about $250 dollars a month in the saving for a new car until last October and my hours got cut again. I hope to start saving again . Maybe not as much but at least some. I guess I will have to end up when the time come to just get the motor rebuild since it is 10 years old with around 15,000 miles on it but it is all paid for and has been for the last 5 years. I just do not want to have a loan so I am trying to save. Loans are really against my religious beliefs but you need to have an auto in the US in most places and the places you can live without an auto I think I would go crazy living in a city. I have a credit cards (ipay off each month) and saving plans for retirement that are already make me feel guilty but try renting almost anything her in the US without a credit history and I do not think retiring with 500 dollars a month of social security will cut it.

4. I resolve to do reading as mentioned above each day.

5. I resolve to pray at least once a day.

I sort of “Fell Off the Wagon” with that too. I will try at least one time a day and go from there.

6.I resolve to start working on a Masters Degree even if it only one class this year.

7. I resolve to make lists for daily, weekly and monthly goals.

Well there you are. Wishing you all good luck and a great year for the New Year.

New Years Resolutions


Yeah, it is that time of the year when many people make a list of New Year resolutions. I have never been really into doing this sort of thing but this year I will but mainly because one the my goals is to again read the bible. I was working on it and sort of “fell off the wagon” with that goal. I will again use the book but hopefully I will find the book today since at this moment I cannot locate it. The other I will again start reading is “Readings from Mennonite Writings New & Old”, J. Graig Haas, Good Books, intercourse, PA. This book has daily readings that are usually only one page long.

Well, any way, here is a list of the Common New year Resolutions and under it is mine.

Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions

1. Lose weight

2. Stop smoking

3. Stick to a budget

4. Save or earn more money

5. Find a better job

6. Become more organized

7. Exercise more

8. Be more patient at work/with others

9. Eat better

10. Become a better person

My New Years Resolutions

1. I Reesolve to make 5 FAT files and learn and study 5 subjects.

You get 5 vanilla folders and read as much as you can on the subject and place in folder. I like to read so I think this will be a goal I can achieve.

A. Goats– learn more about the care of goats

B. Breast Cancer– Since my mother was treated for breast cancer last and this
year I want to learn more about it.

C. Learn as much about another nation as I can. I have not decide which one yet.

D. Family History– I will try to find more information about my Grandfather’s
family. He can to the United States with his twin brother from a orphanage
in the Harrlem, Netherlands and I have no information on him or the family.

E. Learn more about Lakenvelders and Welsummers especially for breeding purposes. .

2. I resolve to find a Better Job.

I really like my two jobs but the hours keep getting cut and it is really starting to have a financial effect one me especially for obtaining number 3. I tried to ride the storm since being cut from full time October 1994 but is just keeps getting worse. I have been trying but will not expand my search from Ca and AZ to anywhere.

3.I resolve to keep saving for a car.

I was doing really good putting about $250 dollars a month in the saving for a new car until last October and my hours got cut again. I hope to start saving again . Maybe not as much but at least some. I guess I will have to end up when the time come to just get the motor rebuild since it is 10 years old with around 15,000 miles on it but it is all paid for and has been for the last 5 years. I just do not want to have a loan so I am trying to save. Loans are really against my religious beliefs but you need to have an auto in the US in most places and the places you can live without an auto I think I would go crazy living in a city. I have a credit cards (ipay off each month) and saving plans for retirement that are already make me feel guilty but try renting almost anything her in the US without a credit history and I do not think retiring with 500 dollars a month of social security will cut it.

4. I resolve to do reading as mentioned above each day.

5. I resolve to pray at least once a day.

I sort of “Fell Off the Wagon” with that too. I will try at least one time a day and go from there.

6.I resolve to start working on a Masters Degree even if it only one class this year.

7. I resolve to make lists for daily, weekly and monthly goals.

Well there you are. Wishing you all good luck and a great year for the New Year.

Don’t Quit


Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

Author Unknown

Poor Man’s Soup

Serves 8

Combine in a large kettle

1 cup dried marrow or pea beans
3 quarts water

Soak overnight or by quik method. Simmer beans for about 45 minutes. Add

2 cups tomato juice
1 cup celery, diced
1 turnip, diced
1 carrot, cubed
1 potato, cubed
1/4 cup uncooked rice
1/3 cup onion chopped
1 beef bouillion cube
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash basil

Brown 1/2 pound ground beef, turkey or lamb in skillet

Bring soup to a boil and add meat , cover and simmer 1 hour.

Blonde Horse Sense


A blonde buys two horses and she can’t tell them apart. So she asks the farmer next door what to do. He says to cut one of their tails off. So she does. But then the other horse’s tail gets caught in a bush and rips off. So she can’t tell them apart again.
She asks the farmer for advice a second time. He tells her to cut one of the horses ears. So she does. But then the other horse gets its ear ripped in a barbed wire fence.

She is still confused. She asks the farmer what to do. He tells her to measure them.

She comes back and says, “The white horse is 2 inches taller than the black horse!”

What’s Your Blog IQ?

What’s Your Blog IQ?

MY RESULTS:
Blogs are nothing new to you – you’ve weathered your share of blogstorms and maybe even started a couple yourself. You may remember reading “weblogs” in 1997, when Jorn Barger started “logging the web” in Robot Wisdom. Since then, the “blogosphere,” the total of blog-related websites, has exploded. As a blog guru, you’ve probably encountered blog novelties out such as the milblog, a soldier’s military chronicle. “Dark blogs” are no mystery to you either – you might even be a member of these hidden, invitation-only websites.

You’re not the only blogger who wants to have fun. Entertainment was Lycos’ most popular blog topic for 2004, followed by Education, Health, Parenting, and Politics. Whether you’re a blogger or blurker (surfer who reads but doesn’t post), you’ll find a common soul somewhere in the blogosphere. Are you into cloudwatching? Dumpster diving? Dodgeball? Informative, entertaining, or just plain weird, it’s all out there – just don’t let the occasional troll (a disruptive blogger) spoil the fun!

You’re such a blog junkie, blogs regularly ‘blogfoo’ (refer to obliquely) you. Your blog’s blogroll (list of favorite blogs) has more links than Colin Farrell has phone numbers on matchbook covers. Could you use this network to your advantage? Karyn Bosnak did. A taste for Prada landed this twenty-something Manhattanite in $20,000 credit card debt. Karyn launched a thread of commentary on savekaryn.com “blegging” (begging on a blog) for cash. Six months and countless visitor contributions later, Miss Karyn was debt-free.

Painted Bathroom Floor


Very interesting for an otherwise very boring and ugly bathroom.

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