Friday, April 23, 2010

As ONLY the LORD can do...

We are now the proud stewards of two new (to us!) vehicles commissioned into the Lord's service! Truly both are acquired through a series of God Orchestrated events, and when you have a few minutes, call us and we'll buy the coffee and tell you all about it!!
If you are a lady, call me for directions and I will tell you about it Monday night at my Ladies Prayer Group!!! My cell # is in the info page! :) All are welcome! (But you have to be female!)

When we are all hitched up, we will be about 55 feet of vehicle motoring down the road! I dont think that has quite sunk in yet...

All we can say is Blessed be the Name of the LORD!!!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

I truly live in the wild... Already!

Oh the joys of a Spring weekend,
The kids all home and they joyously play,
The snow falling from the sky is confusing...
While the date on the calendar reads nearly to May

But not so confusing as seeing
A fuzzy, nocturnal creature at High Noon
And while you look so Sweet and Cuddly ...
You are quite freaking me out Mr. Little Raccoon.

For the full impact of the situation... this was taken at close range with my cell phone. And I took it from the gate of my patio. I am just sayin'...

Please... double click the image. I saved it nice and big for your viewing pleasure. I saw no foam or long fangs in his mouth, but he was eyeing my little dog for quite some time. While that may solve some problems... it would surely create others!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More Creek Adventures...

This may become a regular feature here on the Chez Jalowiec Blog.

The creek strikes again, and this time they have gotten serious. The adventures never end.

Crayfish. Crawdads. Crawfish. Ugly. Smelly. Way Too Small To Even Bother With.

The creek bed, it would seem, is quite the breeding ground for these things. And of coarse where there is mud, living creatures, and some semblance of adventure... there you will find a boy. One of mine to be sure.

Here you see the poor unsuspecting critters. They had a fun filled day sitting in the bucket on the patio. Their demise was pretty well fixed in the mind of my son. He just had to convince me.
And he finally did. "Really, Mom. You just boil them for a few minutes, crack open the shell, and dip them in butter. They're GrEaT!!" Mind you, I don't like fish sticks, clams, shrimp, lobster, scallops, tuna, salmon, talapia ... I could list them all and bore you endlessly... but suffice it to say that if it came from water, I don't want to eat it. Now that these came from my neighborhood creek that happens to be adjacent to the farmers field that smells like a cow pasture every spring from the organic fertilizer does absolutely NoThInG to encourage me to try it as "I might like it" this time! And let me tell you these little suckers are UGLY.

And smelly! Really, Savannah is creatively plugging her nose, and not "picking" it as the picture may suggest. Micah was giving me a close up of it. Lovely don't you think???
Here they are enjoying their hot tub. There was a yellow scum that had collected on the edge of the pot. You are welcome for cropping it out. We brainstormed as to what it may actually be. None of the ideas we came up with were the least it appealing. He was undeterred. He was going to eat them.

I will grant you the transformation from blackish and ugly to reddish and ugly is quite impressive. This is no shock to you lobster lovers out there. I was told by the observers- all sea food lovers- that they actually smelled good as they cooked there on my patio. I was undeterred. I was not going to eat them.

By his expert determination (...??!!...) they were done. Several of them looked barely large enough to be identifiable as an actual crawdad. They surely were in their infantile state! Sorry, you can see the yellow "whatever-it-is" there on the edge.

I don't know what skeeved me most. The really-long-relative-to-their-body tentacles or their bulging post-boiled eyes. It is all pretty gross. Did I mention I am not a fan of sea food? Of any Kind??
Still, the melted butter awaited. The extraction process began.

Sorry for the poor quality- my regular camera batteries died... from all the nastiness I think. My Cell phone came to the rescue. All that you see on the plate is parts. Parts and parts and parts.
They did eat them. I think there was about 7 grams of meat on them all. Collectively. I am told they weren't that bad. But that means they were a little bad! Gina had more fun playing with them. Can you tell these kids are home schooled? They look at everything as a learning opportunity. She began inspecting it like we were in Biology dissection class. Google was discussed... and diagraming, and brain matter... if it exists in their creepy little heads. The craw dads, not the children.
But the thought of making this an educational experience was dismissed. Whew! Certainly there was enough scintillating excitement for one afternoon. I still get the shiver creeps just thinking about it.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Monsters in my Local Creek...

My boys love to go fishing. We have a little creek near our house that is MaYbE waist deep during spring thaw and after a few full days of hard rain.  Being it is walking distance from home, it is the fishing place of choice. The bait of choice is left over macaroni and cheese. Box type works best. Well, that is usually all we have too. Though, a hot dog or left over turkey works too. The whole lot of them thar fishies are carnivores to be sure.  The other day they came home so excited and pumped. PuMpEd!!! I tell you! Their cell phones were scrolling and pix-ing all their friends and their FB accounts like mad in order to tell their whole world of their deadliest catch.

Let me tell you, they were sure Discovery channel would be calling for an interview. Their Dad was on the cell grilling them about the details- every last one- "What bait did you use?"... "In our little creek you say?" ... "What pound test was on the pole?" ... "Which Pole did you use?"... "Without a net??"... they were bonding over this, let me tell you!

And rightfully so! I mean ... Look at this BEAST!!

If you know my son at all, you know he is Over 6 ft tall! That is a monster! Surprisingly the little 2x4 bridge is able to hold them both! His face is grimacing against the weight.

Here he is... surely straining his muscles well beyond their natural abilities. One handed I tell you!!!
AmAzInG!!!! You can see he still has the pole in his right hand. Proof he landed that beast!

OK... lest you never believe me again...

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I must confess...

Cell phones can take really cool pictures...

and combine that with the brains of two brothers...

Teen age brothers...

and you just never know what you will end up with.

Here, friends... is a more accurate... if not a bit of a let down... picture.

Really. I didn't believe it either. I truly believed there were monsters in the creek. They just crack me up sometimes.

Love these boys!!!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Celebrating Victory!!

I know it is a week past Resurrection Sunday on the calendar, but every day is a celebration of the resurrection of my God and Saviour Jesus Christ!!

I watched this, and just wanted to get up and dance with them all!! What an amazing sight it would have been to be there! In a previously closed, atheist country, to see these hundreds of people dancing and praising the Saviour in celebration of his Victory over death, hell and the grave... that we can walk and LIVE in newness of life!!!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

My First Meme...

...because I have finally found one I like!!!

Go ahead... cut and paste it onto a new post ... in your blog of course... change the answers to yours (silly!) ... then make a comment with a link to your post! We can all learn a little more about each other!

If I were a month, I’d be April. (Birthday month... but more because I love spring!)
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Monday. (my weekends have always been more than busy!)
If I were a time of day, I’d be Sunset.
If I were a planet, I’d be Neptune.
If I were a sea creature, I’d be an Anemone.

If I were a direction, I’d be North East.
If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be a comfy chair.
If I were a liquid, I’d be Bengal Spice Tea.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be Jasper.
If I were a tree, I’d be a Northern Red Oak.

If I were a tool, I’d be a Leatherman.
If I were a flower, I’d be Lily of the Valley.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be Sunny... with a chance of Rain :)
If I were a musical instrument, a Marimba.
If I were a color, I’d be Ocean Blue.
If I were an emotion, I’d be Contentment.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a Pineapple.
If I were a sound, I’d be an Ocean Wave. (loud, but hopefully pleasant!)
If I were an element, I’d be Wind.
If I were a car, I’d be a VW Bug.
If I were a food, I'd be Mexican.
If I were a place, I’d be Home.

If I were a material, I’d be anything 600 thread count!
If I were a taste, I’d be spicy-sweet.
If I were a scent, I'd be the smell of summer.
If I were an object, I'd be an Onion. They have layers!