Friday, August 12, 2016

Caldwell One Stop

Every other week I make a trip to Oklahoma to visit my Dad!

We always have lunch, I read the Fairview Republican, look at the Atwood’s Ad, and he gets a farming magazine from New Holland that he usually has an article ear marked for me to read. All this reading while watching Gunsmoke!

It is really a very relaxing day for me. Most of the time it is for him, too. But every once in a while he has something he wants to be outside doing and I can tell by his restlessness when he is ready for me to leave.

He doesn’t like for me to come on unscheduled visits. Ever since I remember he has been a man of order. A man that sticks to his schedule and he wants me to do the same! So I do. Most of the time. If something is happening in one of our lives that I must miss a week – then I don’t make up for it the next week – we just wait for my regularly scheduled visit! We both do better with this schedule!

On my way to Oklahoma, I usually stop in Caldwell – it is exactly half way from my house to Enid. I stop at the One Stop and sometimes I get a bottle of water – and I always use their restroom facilities and ALWAYS eavesdrop on the farmers who are there for their morning break. (or gossip-fest) whichever way one views it.

Once in a while I even stop at the newspaper rack pretending to peruse the papers while eavesdropping. – I have no pride when it comes to listening in on others conversations at the One Stop! After all, it’s a public place – it’s a public conversation.

Usually as I walk passed these men, they nod and say good morning. They are very polite. – after all, most farmers are.

Sometimes they are talking about “red haired women.” I believe the consensus is that they like them!  Usually it’s about farming, rain or equipment. I love it. I was raised by a farmer and his wife and it is in my blood.

Not that I’ve always wanted it in my blood. In high school if I thought a guy even looked like he was going to be a farmer – I wouldn’t date him. (he’s a very wealthy farmer now!!!) But I watched the struggles of that life and I guess I never had enough faith in myself to believe I was strong enough to become a farmer’s wife.

Which, I guess the joke is on me because I wound up being married to a preacher…..  figure that one out!!!

Anyway, I feel at home in the One Stop. I enjoy trying to figure out where they are going with a conversation. I enjoy “reporting” the conversation on social media!

So I guess, I am really trying to make connections with my roots while listening to the farm lingo and actually knowing what it all means!

To fill in a bit – I didn’t marry a farmer but in the early ‘90’s when we moved back to my home town, I did start helping my Dad during harvest. He taught me to drive the combine – which was my favorite harvest job and he also had me drive the wheat truck to town when my brother would come to drive combine after he got off work.

I enjoyed it. I was proud of being able to do it.

Then when I met Randy – he loved it that I was a “farm girl” and he was proud of the fact that I did drive the combine.

So – all that to say, A big thank you to all farmers! And a big thank you to the farmers that visit the Caldwell One Stop so I can share on social media all the awesomeness that is farming!!

Friday, July 8, 2016


As I’ve mentioned before, I have many journals.
  • A journal of lists
  • A journal where I write happenings and feelings (I have several of these from over the years)
  • A journal that holds my favorite quotes(I have 2 of these)
  • A journal where I list books I’ve read
  • I use a journal to keep track of Book Club reads and Book Club information
  • An art journal for journaling sayings, quotes and verses
  • A Bible for art Journaling

Blog Journals
Lot’s of journals.

Well, I’ve been noticing on Pinterest there is a great interest in BuJo.  Bullet Journaling and that of course caught my attention.  : )

I’ve been doing some research and it seems as if I do it correctly – I may be able to cut myself down to only one journal at a time. I’m going to look into this further – experiment a bit – and I will let you know what I find out!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


I am teaching a summer Bible Study on Daniel by Beth Moore.

Many truths have been brought to mind over the last 5 weeks and I’m sure many more will come to mind over the next few.

I’ve always had an interest in simplicity but haven’t always succeeded in accomplishing it as well as I would like. But, I have led a fairly simple life when I think about it. In working on my study today, Beth Moore brings up the subject of luxurious living. And since I am a professional rabbit chaser – this subject has taken me to simplistic living.

And I learned early on – simplicity doesn’t always mean simple living! I lived for 9 months one time with no running water… My life was anything but simple!! – and NO that wasn’t overseas! So going off the grid like I’ve seen on my cable TV is not at all appealing to me….

Anyway, today my study brought to mind living simply and how “stuff” really can have control over us and control us – just by their upkeep.

Here in the USA we have a tendency to believe we must have necessities. Yet many of our necessities are just “stuff” that takes up space and time. (I'm trying NOT to think of the purses in my closet...)

{Pastor Brad is planning a sermon series this fall on simplicity – and I am really looking forward to it.}

My biggest problem with “stuff” is the history that comes with my family. I have some of the most beautiful heirloom furniture that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is truly “stuff” that I wouldn’t want to give up. Each piece has such a history – such a story to tell.

So, in choosing how to simplify – I know I must be smart – more importantly I don’t want to have so much “stuff” that it controls me. – Like my dear husband used to say about buying a car – if you can’t walk away from a sale – you are in big trouble! So don’t have so much stuff that you can’t walk away - should God ask it of you.

We are a people that live in luxury.  Dear Readers, you may not feel as if you live a life of luxury but we do. Comparably speaking. We have running hot and cold water, electricity, many of us have cable TV, phones, most of us have vehicles or at least access to public transportation. Most of us have a roof over our heads. – and I could go on and on about our grocery stores, our access to medical care…. We truly do live in luxury.

Also with this train of thought, I am making decisions about down-sizing. So I often mentally go through my house thinking of what to keep and what to get rid of.

These are just some thoughts I’ve had today after completing my Bible Study. Food for thought. Things to pray about. Even ask advice about.

Some interesting books on simplicity I’ve read:

Living the Simple Life by Ellen St James  (I notice that Ellen St James has several other books on living a simple life. I may have to get them, also!!)

Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels

I’m certain there are more – but these have been my favorite.

Share with me, if you will some of your thoughts on Luxurious living and Living a Simple Life. I love hearing from you.