Bible Memorization

Psalm 145:16- Thou openest thine hand, and satisfieth the desire of every living thing.   Psalm 145:16

After a rough week, I decided it would do me well to memorize bible verses.  I found I could only recall a few verses to help me through, even though there is such a depth of riches in God’s holy Word that I could have thought of to help me, strengthen me, and calm my fears and anxieties.

So, I remembered seeing a little plastic loaf of bread on a relative’s table, years ago, and it was Our Daily Bread bible promises, in the King James version, which is the only completely inerrant version.  I found a King James online store, and ordered one for myself, and some as future gifts.  Here’s the store:

I hope YOU get a little bible promise box for yourself, and memorize Scripture.

Abby Roach, the Spoon Lady

I was playing a word game with someone, and I had to link some word to “spoon”, so I remembered my dad kind of playing the spoons when I was a little girl.  So…I looked on You Tube, and found this amazing musician.  Abby the Spoon Lady plays in North Carolina, “busking”.  Busking means you play or entertain in public, for money.  Her story is very interesting, and I’m giving ya’ll a link to it, below, plus a couple of wonderful music videos of Abby’s.  ENJOY!

Abby’s Facebook page:


Abby’s story:

Maintaining Good Works

[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Do Christians know what the work of the Lord is?  What is our labour in the Lord?  If we bring this subject up, we are sometimes accused of being a promoter of works-based salvation. Or we’re called “legalists”.  What does JESUS CHRIST tell his followers to DO?  Yes, DO!   We’re supposed to DO something, GOOD WORKS!

Why do so many preachers and pastors gloss over or completely ignore expounding on works, for Christians?  WHY?  It’s a shame, and bad preaching.  Look at all these bible verse about WORKS:  Titus 3:14 – And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

Titus 3:8 – [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Hebrews 6:10 – For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.


James 2: [14] What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
[15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
[16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
[17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
[18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
[19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
[20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Titus 2:7 – In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Hebrews 13:21 – Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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Most people in churches don’t have any idea about what good works and doing God’s will  involves.  They don’t actually want to do anything, they just want to sit in church and be passive.  Lukewarm.  Don’t make waves.  Be quiet and go with the flow.  Don’t investigate any ideas presented to you, and NEVER be different from the average Christian.  Fit in and don’t offend.  Hogwash!

Better News

Praise Jesus, the Great Physician!  My younger daughter is doing better, and her liver disease seems to be in remission.

I know she’s happier, and so is all of the rest of the family.   It’s so hard to have one of your children, no matter how old they are, to have a serious illness, but praise be to God, He is keeping her alive and well.  I hope and pray she continues to care for herself.

Please, if you know anyone who drinks and does hard drugs, beg them to stop.  The terrible things this lifestyle does to body and soul is heartbreaking.  I hope she is born again before anything more serious happens.  I hope so, I pray for her each night. And her sister.





Assembling my Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom

After shopping, browsing, reading, and watching videos about tabletop looms, I finally decided on getting an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, and I found a great deal on Etsy.  The sellers I found on Etsy are from Mielke’s Fiber Arts:

I think they do just about everything fiber related!!  Weaving, yarn, roving, wool, felting, naalbinding, braiding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, lacemaking, hackles, heddles, rugmaking,  and more!

Amy is soooo nice and friendly, and very helpful. THANKS SO MUCH AMY!

My Ashford Rigid Heddle 32 inch tabletop loom arrived yesterday, unassembled, and, when I pulled the parts out of the box, here’s how it looked Everything nicely wrapped and secure:  

Next,I laid all the pieces and parts out, and went through the checklist, making sure my dear husband would have all he needed.  I gathered a couple of tools from the tool drawer:  a hammer, and Phillips head screwdriver.

Everything on the checklist was there, and as you might have noticed,  one of my dogs was keeping me company.

SO!  I bought the Ashford Heddle Loom from Mielke’s Fiber Arts store in Wisconsin:

Now for your visual tutorial. Here’s how hubby so graciously put it together, taking time off from his day off.  (You can use these photos to help you get your loom together, along with their instructions, if you’d like)

Here’s where you may download instructions:assembly instructions for rigid heddle loom – ashford handicrafts

 Step one:  attach the reed support blocks to the sides: Step two:  Tap the clicker pins into the holes on the right loom side:

Step three: Attach the “pawls” so the clicker pin fits into it:

Next, attach the front and back rails to the left side with the screws they provide:

Step 5, place the cogs onto the ends of the rollers, and secure with washers and screws provided:

Step six, slap the handles HARD, onto the holes in the cogs.  I mean it, you really have to hit that hard, to get it

to fit snugly onto the pegs:

Next, connect the warp sticks to the roller with the warp stick ties.  I did one of these, and it was difficult, until I covered my fingers with cloth, to be able to push the arrow head through the small holes in the ties and the roller.

Put the rigid heddle reed into the rest position of the reed support blocks, and play around with changing it’s positions: Down at Rest

Finally, assemble the warping peg and clamps: Clamps and the warping peg.

Of course, see if it clamps onto your table: Yup!  It does.  🙂

Now, read the booklet that they also include in the shipping box, which is titled:

Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle:

Then, go here and watch Ashford’s excellent tutorials.  If you need to get the video to slow down, remember to click the “settings” button on the video’s lower right-hand screen, and click 0.5, or 0.75.  It helps to see what she’s doing in slow motion, if you’re a COMPLETE BEGINNER like I am!!   Go to their website and watch other tutorials if you need to, just look under tutorials.

Here is a great video by Ashford about how to weave.  I’ve watched it 2x already.

Happy Weaving!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it either inspired you to try weaving, or it helped you assemble YOUR rigid heddle loom.  Please let me know!

Don’t forget to say hi to Amy at Mielke’s Fiber Arts!

Pom Pom Blanket Crafting

Well, I’ve just about finished making my first pom pom blanket, and it has taken a lot of tying and cutting, but it’s turning out very cute.  My wonderful brother Chuck, founder and owner of GyreToys, Inc.

made the beautiful wooden loom with wood pegs, and I’ve really enjoyed working on it.  He’s a master woodworker, in my opinion, and he makes gorgeous projects.  He has a God-gifted talent to be able to look at an ugly old log or piece of discarded wood and “see” a bowl, or top, or anything in it.  I think he could be a sculptor of statues!  He says he looks at a piece of wood, and keeps chipping away until the object emerges.  Take a look at this amazing top:

Now, here are  photos of my pom pom blanket as it has progressed:

Top layer of yarn, then bottom layer of yarn, (got the sequence mixed up while uploading pix)  close-up of pegs on the loom, then the front of the blanket as I tied EACH cross-piece 4 times, and then the back of the blanket, still on the loom, as I checked to make sure every cross-piece had TWO ties on it.  If you don’t tie each section twice, the pompom won’t work out right.

The tying took me a while, and it was a good time for me to listen to audiobooks or sermons from some favorite internet pastors.

Today I’m cutting the pom pom strip areas, and I’ll post photos of the finished blanket when I’m finished.  If YOU want to learn to make one of these, go to You Tube and search for “how to make pom pom blankets”.

I’m also reading a fascinating book by Jane Kirkpatrick, called One Glorious Ambition!  It’s the story of Dorothea Dix, a teacher, nurse, and champion crusader and reformer for mental health facilities, and the humane treatment of the mentally ill.   Review later!!  Stay tuned!


Paperback Swap

Just a quick blog entry here, if you haven’t used Paperback Swap, you’re really missing out on some good deals.

Here’s how it works:

  • You have books in good condition that you do not want to keep.
  • After you have Posted the first 10 books to your bookshelf, you get 2 “startup” credits (and two swap fees so that you can use them) from PBS to get you started swapping.  After that, you earn credits by sending out books to others. Only the first account for a household receives startup credits/swap fees.
  • You may order any available (paperback/hardcover) book for 1 Book Credit each. audio books cost 2 credits each.
    • If you are enrolled as a Standard Member, you pay no Swap Fees – just Book Credits – to request books.
    • If you are unenrolled (“A la Carte”), you will pay a 49 cent Swap Fee for each book shipment you request.  Everyone starts as an A la Carte Member  – you can enroll in Limited or Standard Membership in our Kiosk.
    • If you are a Limited Member, you can make 30 requests per year using credits only and no Swap Fees. After the 30th request in a year, each request will need a 49-cent Swap Fee (or a “Free Swap” earned by sending a book with Printable Postage).
      Read about the different membership options here.
  • If you want a book that is not currently available, you can place it on your Wish List and we will notify you by email when it is available for you to order.  You can even have it sent to you automatically when it becomes available, with no email necessary.
  • When a book is requested from you, we notify you by email, provide the address for you to send it out, and even provide a wrapper!
  • wrap and mail your book. You can even print postage directly onto the wrapper!
  • When the requestor receives it, you earn 1 credit (2 if it is an audio book). Yes, you pay the postage to send out your books, but when you request a book, the sender pays the shipping!
  • The books you receive from the club are yours. We hope that you will repost them to share with other members when you have read them, but you can certainly keep them, or give them away. Similarly, the books you send out to others belong to their new owners.

PaperBackSwap is a great way to share books with people all over the country!

So, this is how I buy a lot of my books, and how I get rid of the ones I know I’m not going to keep.  Sometimes our local public library has really good book sales, and I’ll pick up some titles and then swap them on Paperback Swap to earn more credits.

They also run a site called Swap A DVD, but I don’t watch many movies, and the ones I watch I usually keep.

P.S.  I’d LOVE a chair like this, wouldn’t you?

Book Review of Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

Wow, Letter Perfect, what a great Christian fiction story! Cathy Marie Hake is truly a Godly author, and I hope she writes many more books.  I learned that she Hake was injured in a number of falls. She suffered broken bones and a concussion that interfered with her writing and book release of Serendipity, another book I’d like to read soon.


The story is set mostly in the 1860s while it was still a “wild west”, and California had joined the United States about 8 years earlier, so it was still kind of primitive in a lot of the USA. The main story is about Ruth Caldwell, a young Christian woman who has failed charm school, as they say, but this time literally. She goes home after being expelled from Pettigrew Academy, and spends the last few months of her mother’s life caring for her, and her mother preparing Ruth to live with her dad who lives on a ranch in Folsom, California, after Leticia’s death.
Ruth arrives at the ranch in a stagecoach, and the story goes from there, introducing several very interesting characters and story lines, involving Josh McCain Jr., Mr. McCain Sr., Laney, Hilda, Galen O’Sullivan, and a few others. The book was intriguing, and I had a hard time putting it down.

You also peek into the history of the Pony Express, the Civil War, and the beginnings of the cross-country railroads.

There’s also an expertly woven mystery in the book, which kept me curious and interested in finishing the book, and even reading down to the very last page, which I don’t always do.

I loved reading the descriptions of some of the fashions ladies wore back then, and several humorous references are made to Ruth’s struggles with hoop skirts! 
The MAIN reason I kept reading Letter Perfect was the lovely way Cathy Marie Hake kept bringing the bible,
God, Jesus, and PRAYER into the lives of each character, well, almost each person. Every chapter, I think,
had a reference to Jesus, His power, His provision, and His purposes for every person on planet earth, if they will only follow Him. Isaiah 30:21- [21] And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to any born again Christian who wants decent reading material in their home.   Here’s a list of her books: