Chigger Ridge Soapworks

While listening to a radio broadcast last Sunday, I got curious as to where Sarcoxie Missouri is, so while looking it up, I found this lovely soapworks shop!

Chigger Ridge Soapworks….  Hand crafted soaps and lotions. 

Her facebook page:

I was sent a packet of their face cream, White Tea Face Cream, with vitamin E, and White Tea extract, and it smells lovely!  Fresh and light, a great summer fragrance.  I also have a bar of the White Tea premium hand-crafted soap, and I can hardly wait to try it in the shower.


The woman who runs the shop is very friendly, her name is Debbie.

I’m hoping to get a bar of the

Honeysuckle Soap  real soon!

The ingredients are simple: Saponified Oils (Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, & Castor Oil), Fragrance, & Calendula Petals.

Check it out, it’s worth your time, and her prices are very reasonable.


Weight Loss Journey ~ Day 4

This afternoon, my stomach growled!  I haven’t heard that sound in a LONG time!  Praise the Lord!

Some foods today:  Lettuce, tomato, onion salad with Hidden Valley light ranch and balsamic vinegar, unsweetened iced tea with lemon, a couple of Ball Park turkey dogs on bread, pretty good day so far.  Yesterday I printed out a WW shopping list, most of the foods are fat free or low fat this or that,  produce, meats, dairy, canned foods, grains, and some frozen stuff like veggies, unsweetened fruits, and ww ice cream bars.  They have fat free mayonnaise, which is something I just won’t use, so I’ll count the fat points in real mayonnaise instead, and just be sparing about it.

I threw away some “hidden” candy, so, there’s no candy or cookies that I know about in the house.

I cooked a WW recipe:  barley, beef broth, onions, parsley, basil, and mushrooms.  It’s pretty good, and a nice change from bread and potatoes.  A brand new scale arrived today, and so far, so good!!


My daughter’s health is hopefully stabilizing now.  She’s been battling an illness for about 6 months.  She just got out of the hospital again a few days ago.

Got some knitting done, and laundry, changed bed sheets, walked the dogs, and then we got a downpour!  It’s been so dry here, the grasses are turning brown, and we have to run the sprinkler pretty often.  Today though, we had a big rain, and now all the trees and plants are perked up.

Hall of Shame

What I used to eat in a typical day, before Weight Watchers:

Panera asiago cheese bagel, with butter- 330 calories , butter-200 calories, 8 grams fat

2 tablespoons peanut butter- 188 calories, 16 grams of fat

Popeye’s fried chicken breast- 440 calories, 27 grams of fat

2 biscuits with butter and jelly- 266 cal, 12 grams fat for biscuits, 50 for jelly and 200 for butter

cole slaw or baked beans- 25 carbs per serving beans, 148 calories;  cole slaw: 220 cals, 15 grams of fat !!

“tastes” throughout the day of this and that

2 pop tarts;  76 carbs, 410 calories,  10 grams of fat

a candy bar- 230 cals, 11 grams of fat


Other favorite foods:  cheese and mayo sandwich: 60 cals, 4 fat, 110 cals, 14 grams of fat

Sonic hot dog or sauerkraut dog:  400 calories, 23 grams of fat

boy, this is embarrassing

McDonalds egg Mcmuffin:  300 cals, 13 grams of fat

McDonald’s sausage egg Mcmuffin:  450 cals, 28 grams of fat

waffle house stuff: eggs:  148 cals, 9 grams of fat;  toast: about 195 and 6

bacon, crispy:  180 cals, 12 grams fat  (3 slices, I won’t lie)

bread, cookies, candy, pork, ribs, potato salad, cheese, snack crackers, potato chips, all that junk.

Any other gluttons out there want to ‘fess up?  I doubt it.

Weight Loss Journey~ Day 3

Well, after a few bumps in the road, I’m getting settled in to eating differently, and better.   Weight Watchers is my main source for accountability and tracking, but I’m also using a guide my doctor gave me a while back.  Weight Watchers has changed their strategies SO MANY TIMES, it’s ridiculous to me.  Once it was drink 8 glasses of water each day, and they sold water cups, then it was count the fiber in everything, and they sold fiber foods, now it’s eat Smart Points foods, and they’re selling points calculators, little things about the size of  a cell phone : SmartPoints® are based on calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein. Just follow your budget and start seeing results.  The Science of SmartPoints

Calories set the baseline for how many SmartPoints a food is worth.

  1. We then factor in sugar and saturated fat (which raise the SmartPoints value)
  2. We also look at protein (which helps lower it)
  3. The goal: You’ll start eating more fruits, veggies, and lean protein and less sugar and unhealthy fat.

It’s still the same mechanics, you get a certain amount of “points” you’re allowed every day, and each food is given a point value.  This time almost all fruits and vegetables are UNLIMITED, which is crazy.   That’s when I use my doctor’s sensible arrangement, and limit certain vegetables, like pumpkin, acorn squash, bananas, figs, papaya, because those vegetables are high in carbs.  NOTHING IS FREE IN LIFE.

Another change I don’t like, no more books of points values to consult, NONE,  zero!!  So I have to enter my menu online now, and there is no list, either, and that’s inconvenient, but I do it anyways, to find out how they’ve changed the values of foods again this time.  Writing everything I eat on paper is better for me, and that saves trips to the computer.

Now, on the good side of things, I have noticed I feel better in the mornings, more clear-headed, shall we say, and less sluggish.  Also, my intestines are working better, and I have less cravings, probably because I’m eating foods with better nutritional value than I was.  So, try it if you can afford it, and stick with it and make yourself feel better.

Eating at fast food places is bad for someone my age, and now I have a good excuse to give my husband when he wants to eat somewhere that has ultra-high sodium (think Arbys, ChickFilA, Panera Bread, Cracker Barrel) or ultra high fat (think Wendys, KFC, Popeyes, Captain D’s, Burger King, some Starbuck’s, etc.),,20620588,00.html

So, I DO feel better, and can get through the day without wanting a second nap.  Sodium, fat, and sugar can kill you if you take in too much.  People, especially adults, don’t need half the calories they think they do.  We just don’t.

Weight Loss Journey ~ Day One

I’m hungry!  Used to eating a lot more than I am today and tonight, and so here I am, trying to take my mind off the slight hunger pangs.   I’ve joined Weight Watchers, too, and with the weekly weigh-in always in view, so to speak, I think that will help a lot.

My doctor has ordered me to lose weight, and I’m serious about it too, because my health is suffering from my lusts of the flesh.  I used food as a sedative, and now I’m without my “fix”, but oh well.  I got myself into this mess, I have to get myself out.  No one can do it for me.    Is anyone else having to work hard at losing weight?  Do you have advice?  Feel free to tell me.



Review of Kings Row ~ Movie

Kings Row, released in 1942, was another of Hollywood’s attempts to guide America into their philosophy.

Basically, the movie boils down to making psychiatry look like the answer to so many of people’s ills, but I won’t spoil the movie for you. No profanity, sex, or violence, (some implied, but not shown), no anti-Christian slurs outright.

The cast was excellent, Ronald Reagan was a co-star, with Robert Cummings as the leading man.  The film commences in 1890 in the small midwestern town of Kings Row.  The cast: 

I don’t really recommend this movie because of the storyline, and the philosophy intertwined within.


Review of The Corn is Green ~ Movie

I won’t give away the story here. If you want spoilers you can read them elsewhere.  This will be a bare outline of the movie.

The Corn is Green has an all-star cast, in my opinion.  Bette Davis was convincing as a spinster schoolteacher, and she was engrossing in her role. The movie is black and white, and was shown in 1945.  Others in the cast include:  Nigel Bruce, John Dall, Rhys Williams, and Joan Lorring.  Joan played Bessie Watty, a very headstrong girl who got too involved with Morgan,  and played the part of a reckless, rude, common girl very convincingly.

John Dall was captivating as the Welsh miner teen who showed potential in an essay the students wrote for Miss Moffatt(Bette Davis).  Miss Moffatt and he dominated the story, but the supporting actors and actresses were excellent in their roles!

I haven’t watched the version with Katherine Hepburn yet, maybe I will though.

One thing I did NOT like about the movie was the slurs against Christianity, there were 2 or 3.  It looks like even back in the 40’s Hollywood was trying to eat away at Judeo-Christian values and serious Christians.  The whole movie could have been produced without the derogatory lines that were said.

Anyways, borrow it from your local public library, and watch the movie sometime.


Anti-Inflammatory Foods


Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet:
  • tomatoes.
  • olive oil.
  • green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.
  • nuts like almonds and walnuts.
  • fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines.
  • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.


What to Eat

In a nutshell, anti-inflammatory foods are those that any mainstream nutrition expert would encourage you to eat. They include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices.

Fruits and veggies: Go for variety and lots of color. Research has shown that vitamin K-rich leafy greens like spinach and kale curb inflammation, as does broccoli and cabbage. And the substance that gives fruits like cherries, raspberries, and blackberries their color is a type of pigment that also helps fight inflammation.

Whole grains: Oatmeal, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and other unrefined grains tend to be high in fiber, and fiber also may help with inflammation.

Beans: They’re high in fiber, plus they’re loaded with antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory substances.

and: Healthy choices: High quality multivitamin/multimineral that includes key antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, mixed carotenoids, and selenium); coenzyme Q10; 2 to 3 grams of a molecularly distilled fish oil; 2,000 IU of vitamin D3
Why: Supplements help fill gaps in your diet when you are unable to get your daily requirement of micronutrients.


How much: 2 to 4 cups per day
Healthy choices: White, green, oolong teas
Why: Tea is rich in catechins, antioxidant compounds that reduce inflammation. Purchase high-quality tea and learn how to brew it correctly for maximum taste and health benefits.

The Chapel Car Bride book review

The story begins in early spring, in the year 1913. A young woman named Hope Irvine was busy tossing flyers about an upcoming prayer meeting to the residents of a small town they were coming to, distributing them from the rear platform of the Chapel Car named Herald of Hope. This was a real railroad car, used as a chapel by Baptist preachers to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transient railroad workers and coal miners and their families.
See here:
In Judith Miller’s book, The Chapel Car Bride, we get immersed into the world of an itinerant preacher and the life he led with his daughter, as they told people about Jesus Christ and how to be born again. Sometimes they would stop for only a few days, other times they remained until a permanent church and preacher could be established. Hope’s dad was worried about how she might not like traveling and having no roots, but she was a strong, determined Christian woman, and overcame a few obstacles quite well.
I was very interested in the life of miners in West Virginia, and Mrs. Miller did a good job of telling what it must have been like for impoverished families of coal miners in Finch, West Virginia.
Hope meets a nice Christian gentleman who works part time in the coal mines, and their relationship blossoms. In the meantime, a scurrilous mine manager gets involved in some shady dealings amongst the miners, while he is supposed to be helping build up the mine. He carries out a plan to make extra money illegally, and that storyline is exciting to read.
The other storyline between Hope and Luke is equally interesting, and Luke’s growth as a Christian is subtly mentioned during the development of the relationship he has with the preacher’s daughter.
Very clean Christian historical fiction romance story. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a unique look into a little-known part of American history. I look forward to reading more of Judith Miller’s books. Praise Jesus!

Disclosure: this book was given to me free of charge by Bethany House publishers, and I want to Bethany House Publishing for this advanced copy of The Chapel Car Bride!

Grace Livingston Hill Books

If you’ve never read a book by Grace Livingston Hill, you really must do so!  Her books are Christian fiction with a moral to each story, and all ages can and do appreciate her stories.

Right now I’m listening to a Librivox recording of GLH’s Marcia Schuyler, and it’s so interesting.  I will tell you more about it later.  It’s time to listen to the radio drama:  Unshackled.

This is a good book, suitable for all ages, a well-written Christian novel about real life situations. Unrequieted love, treachery, sin, patience, virtue, abstaining from the appearance of evil, adultery, and so much more! I think most of the reviewers missed an important part of the story, and that was the intense description Mrs. Hill gave of Kate’s wickedness. She said the devil was manipulating her, and Mrs. Hill showed how ugly sin can make a person. I have not finished the book yet, am around chapter 21, and am listening to it via Librivox audio recordings. (which is a wonderful organization, btw!)

More later!
Romans 10:8-13
John3:16-21 Marcia Schuyler (Miranda Trilogy #1)