Church cancelled: Inclement Weather

When an event, like a hurricane or tropical storm, takes place that creates the need to cancel worship services for the safety of our congregation we are then encouraged

“to spend time together as a family in Scripture study and prayer as it is still the Lord’s holy day. Consider ways where you can come together as a family to be strengthened in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”  

In our home we are thankful to have electricity and to have weathered the storm without incident so we offer prayers of gratitude and read the scriptures.

We turn on the Roku and dial into YouTube where we find the Mormon Channel. We proceed to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live feed to see their morning broadcast of MUSIC & THE SPOKEN WORD and we enjoy several more videos. 

From General Conference last weekend, we replay the Saturday morning session and then we each take some time to work on our respective callings, his as Bishop and mine as a Primary worker with the MoTab music feed streaming throughout the house. 

It is a great Sabbath Day.

   

FIRST ALERT: Nate downgraded to tropical depression, weather slowly improving

“Tropical Depression Nate (recently downgraded) is rolling through central Alabama. There is an area of gusty wind and heavy rain falling just east of the center; this will continue to affect Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties over the next few hours…  montgomery.raycomweather.com

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Never too early for Christmas decor

There are folks who think nothing of Christmas should be seen before Halloween, but I say BRING IT ON! I love the Christmas decor, especially in the South where the seasons are not as obvious as they are up North. Of course I understand the commercialism side of not wanting to see the decor up too soon. However, knowing what the real meaning of Christmas is, it makes me ever so happy the moment the first of the fake trees or decorations or wrapping paper or whatever appears! Especially Music!

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Having a ton of decorations all over my house is not my thing. I have several Nativity sets that I love to display. Normally I have them in my hutch for display year round. Last year we moved to a smaller place in another state so I only have one out now and use the rest of the space to store all of my dishes, flatware, and glassware.

That reminds me to put in a plug for the MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT  this year. It was so lovely last year. It was my first time attending the display. This year should really be lovely as members from many congregations bring their Nativity sets to share with the Montgomery community. It is an incredible display of unity where we can demonstrate that we truly are of one heart and one mind in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The photos below are some I took from last year’s event where I volunteered to be a hostess for a few sessions. Definitely, I will be volunteering as a hostess again this year and look forward to doing so with great anticipation.

The Music Event Coordinator, my dear friend Stephanie Ladner, invited me to sing for a twenty minute segment. That is a long stretch for me as a soloist. She smiled and said she would take fifteen if I was willing.

IF I say (teeth chattering) Yes, it will probably only be for fifteen because twenty is a long time. #LookingUpSheetMusicNow 

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Best Hamburger Day Ever

IMG_7750Met my friend, Pat, for lunch today. We met at the Sundown. Neither of us had eaten there before so we had a great time perusing the menu, trying to figure out what we wanted. 

Both of us ended up with our first choices, a Burger, and we shared the french fries. She got the cheese burger and I got the bacon cheese burger.

If only we had taken a photo of the delicious hamburger and fries we ordered before we gobbled down our food.

Yes. It was one of those best hamburger day ever moments.

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Fittz Meals: Salmon for Lunch


#FoodSins. Yep. I am a Food Sin Sinner who is working on becoming a #FoodSalvationSaint, not yet ready to give up all food sins but willing to take one step at a time in the right direction. That first step back on the right road food sainthood is with
Fittz Meals. (Thank you Coach Charles at Guns Out CrossFit for the introduction.)

As a winner of the Fittz Meals Contest, my prize was an 8 ounce salmon filet dinner with two roasted vegetables. It was waiting for me in the fridge at GOCF today.

IMG_7133Taking it home for lunch, man-oh-man was it fabulous. There was so much food that I only ate half of it so I could share the rest with my Honey-do-husband. Well, I ate three-fourths of the salmon in all honesty, but I did save him a couple of bites so hey, Good Girl for me! 

Honey-do picked up our order yesterday from the Yellowhammer Cafe.  He decided to take his first step on the path to better eating with the beef tips, brussel sprouts and cauliflower tonight instead of my salmon leftovers. That is all fine by me because now I can have the rest of it in the morning for breakfast! 

We are truly pleased with the quality and taste of our Fittz Meals so far! We look forward to trying the rest of the meals this week. And we have already placed our order for next week! 

Yeah Baby! On that trail to portion control with healthy eating.

Don’t be jealous! You can do it too! Just log on to Facebook to check out Fittz Meals in 4 ounce, 6 ounce, and 8 ounce protein meals plans.

Bon Appetit! 

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Food: The struggle is real

My Coach Allie, in Rockledge FL, posted this photo the other day. It is true.17952640_1497543783612110_2630532800494058115_n

My Coach Charles, in Montgomery AL, has been talking about FittzMeals.

Between Florida and Montgomery, I sure hate tracking my food. Stinkin’ portion control is even worse. However, sometimes a girl has just gotta do what a girl needs to do. 

I pick up my first week of meals tomorrow to kick start my attitude and to help get me #BackOnTrack. 

#NotRollingMyEyes #Gratitude #GoYouChickenFatGoAway

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A stinkin’ blackout

I was going to talk about my CrossFit Games 17.5 WoD today but the power is totally out in as in a major neighborhood blackout. Therefore, I am typing this out on my iPhone. Thankfully I put it on the charger when I got home.

So I am sitting here in the glow of my iPhone, my Sheltie at foot. My Lab is in the master bedroom, on the bed, while my husband is outside investigating the issue.

And that is my big post for the day. It ain’t all about me.

8:40 p.m.

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CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations

Erin and Joe Walker 2017

Erin & Joe Walker

It was great to see my friend Joe Walker at Guns Out CrossFit today. It has been a while because his schedule has changed so he works out at a different time now. In case you missed it, Joe is the guy who inspired me with the 365 daily render challenge he did and I just modified it to meet my skill setWe had a a moment to exchange thoughts and appreciations about 365 challenges even though his medium differs from mine.

Having only minutes, probably less than five, to chat it was great to quickly cover how we experience the same difficulties and joys with the time, joy, frustration, and discipline that daily postings take up in our respective creative processes. 

Like today. For me it is simply about choosing one thing in my brain and then begin write about it. 

When I first started, I thought I was going to die. I could not focus. I spent hours some days in front of the screen thinking What am I going to write about. It was like I was a boneless chicken, sliding off the couch. Other times it was begining and scrapping numerous starts to blurbs that ended up being flubs. 

Then there was a day I wrote a thought but forgot to press publish. Another day, several days in fact, I forgot to tag pieces and/or categorize articles. The lamest was misnumbering pieces and forgetting to number them at all. 

Today I told Joe that I was on article 34 even though I am tracking things on a spreadsheet and in fact, today is Day 44. Hard to believe it let alone remember it.   

There are days when a short post is the best I can throw together. There may be days when it is a hurried last minute post or, on rare ocassion as in yesterday, a post may done fairly early. It is just about the discipline of posting something every day. 

What has been great about this experience so far is how quickly I am able to put things together in such a short time, but more so the joy in accomplishing the daily challenge. 

It is like CrossFit for writing. It is #CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations.

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