Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gun Control: a somewhat atypical conservative's viewpoint

First, a few random statements:

1.  It is hard for me to watch the public and the government put so much effort into protecting children's lives when the public and the government are totally okay with murdering the unborn.

2.  I believe that people are inherently followers and like to be told what to think and do by the government.  This is mostly accomplished through the public school system.  Yep.  We all pay for the mind manipulation of children.  Our tax dollars at work!

3.  Most people get all of their information about current events from media of some sort.  All media lies or at the very least distorts the truth to some degree.  I think most people get their "knowledge" of current events from CNN, Fox News, and Facebook Memes.  Not necessarily in that order.

4.  There are way more people who really don't know or care to know anything about current events, yet they will spout off any opinion that fits in with their tribe, mob, peer group, etc.

5.  The NRA (National Rifle Association)  has it's head up it's ass.  They are nothing but a government lobbying group and they ARE part of the problem.  I believe they are in cahoots with the government in it's plan to totally control all citizens.

The Second Amendment
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

*basically, our rights as citizens of the US, are to be able to own guns to protect ourselves and our country, in an organized fashion (well regulated)

Everyone can argue until the cows come home over what the 2nd amendment actually means.....or we can rely on common sense.

We fought for our independence from an absent, unjust, and greedy government using an army made up of civilians using their own weapons.  That is all we need to consider when deciding what the 2nd Amendment was intending to say.

History DOES repeat itself.  Especially when people don't know their history!

The depravity of human nature is a real thing.
Greed is a real thing.
Hate is a real thing.

I don't know about you, but I want to legally be able to defend myself, my family, my town, my state, from psychos and the federal  government!  I want to be able to legally own an assault weapon.

There!  I said it!

Government stuffed shirts and all brainwashed conservatives!  Listen Up!

>Close the gun show loophole.  Yes.  It does exist in MOST states!
>All gun sales should be limited to age 21+
>background checks should be extensive and the waiting period should be long.
>mandatory gun safety courses should be required for all gun owners.
>limit magazine size
>outlaw bump stocks

The federal government does not want to protect and support legal, responsible gun ownership.
The federal government wants an unarmed citizenry.

Read history books, not the fake news.
We can tighten our gun laws.
Will it stop mass killings? 
No.  Where there is a will there is a way.  Even if ALL guns were outlawed, shootings would still occur.  Probably more often.

The last thing we need is for only the government and the criminals to be armed, as they are one and the same. 


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Calico Critters Dollhouse DIY

A few months ago I saw my first Calico Critter and I was in love with them!  I knew that we had to build a dollhouse for the critter family that I was going to get for our granddaughters second birthday. 

I had to do way too much research to figure out what size and what furniture and so on.  

So I have decided to share what I learned and what we did.

The dollhouse is built from a 1 x 8 x 8 of the premium pine from Lowes which cost about $20
The backing is a piece of luann plywood.
The floors are approx. 18 inches
side walls and roof pieces are approx. 12 inches
the angles at the peak and the top of the walls are 30 deg.
hubby used wood glue, a couple of screws and brad nails
I painted it and glued scrapbook paper to the back walls.

The Calico Critters Sandy Cat Family and the Wooden Wonders Dollhouse furniture was purchased through Amazon.  Best price I could find.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but it turned out that this furniture is perfect for the Calico Critters!  The furniture is simple and easy for a 2 year old to handle.  

We are so happy with the way this turned out and we are positive that when she receives it she will be so excited!!





I tried to include photos that could help you see how it was constructed and also to see how the furnishings really are.  The size is slightly bigger than calico critter size, and will work with regular dollhouse dolls later on.  They are simple furnishings and cute little critters--perfect for our two year old little grandgirlie!!  



Monday, January 22, 2018

All is Worship

The sermon this morning was about Sunday church service attendance.  The pastor quoted statistics that point out that most evangelical Christians attend church service only twice a month.  (I think my attendance lands at three times a month)

Then he showed graphs showing the attendance from our congregation for the past year that prove that these statistics apply to us as well.

He followed that up with scripture references from Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, giving the background of the Sabbath. This is the point I began to have disagreement with his sermon.

These words entered my mind:  All is Worship

God gave us an example to follow in Genesis.  All work and no rest is not in our best interest. 
Then He commanded the nation of Israel  to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy.  This was then reiterated in the laws given to the nation of Israel.  They were told to honor the Sabbath and do no work.  nada.  zip.  Could they achieve this?  No. But they wanted rules to follow.

Coming together as a congregation on a weekly basis to worship the Lord is a modern invention.  In other words, God didn't command it.  It's what people began to do.  Then the Christians decided to move the Sabbath to another day.  I have a question.  Were the days of the week named at creation?  How do we know that the Sabbath wasn't really on Wednesday?  Does it really matter?

Here is the deal.  Quoting scriptures about the law given to the nation of Israel, as examples of why we should do things now, as Christians, just doesn't work.  It's not supposed to work that way.  We can't follow the law!  That is why we have Jesus.  That is why we have the Holy Spirit living inside us.  The one thing the pastor did say that I agreed with was that we should want to go to church, we should want to support one another and be there for one another.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit, not the law.

Legalism is a hard thing to avoid when blending the Old Testament Law with the New Testament examples as to why we do or should do something.  If we are going to follow New Testament examples on how the early church behaved then we are going to be in for some major changes.  Can I get an Amen!

Do I think that, as Christians, we should be joined to a local assembly?  yes.
So, don't get me wrong--I'm not disagreeing over the importance of church and church attendance.  It is an important part of our Christian walk. 

The sermon went so far as to equate the consistency of our Sunday Service attendance with our level of love for Jesus. ....................
It was stated that by not attending church when you are a professed Christian, you are "trampling" on Jesus.  Skipping church was likened to not loving God enough.  ...........

Now, I could see if he was making a case against those who profess to be Christian but only attend church on Christmas and Easter.  But he showed graphs outlining our attendance.  It was personal, so I felt the accusations were also personal.

At times in my life I have gone for months and months without attending service.  According to what I took away from the sermon, that is apostasy. I would agree if during those months and months I never gave God the time of day.

God deserves our time, attention, and worship daily, not just on Sunday....or whatever the Sabbath is.
As Christians we are indwelt by His Spirit.

All is Worship.

Everything I do.  Everywhere I go.  How I relate.  How I view the world.

All is Worship.

Lumping our worship of God into one day a week is the "works" theology of the nation of Israel.

All is Worship.

Sunday Church Service, to me, is much less about worshiping God and more about being taught the word.  Learning.  Listening. 

Sunday Church Service attendance is a work.  It's what we do because we are Christian.  It's what we need to do because we need other like minded people in our lives. 

Worship begins in the heart.  Worship in the home is ideal.  All is worship.





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The day after......

I used to hear of people taking all of their Christmas decorations down on the day after Christmas.  I could never understand it.  Why bother in the first place?

I have come to the conclusion that they deep down are acknowledging the decadent, wasteful, carnality  of the typical American Christmas celebration, and they unknowingly need to cleanse themselves.  I have a lot of respect for these people.  They know there is a problem, but they just can't face it.  At least they can feel it.  The wrongness.

I always feel like I am in the minority in my bare bones Christmas.

*We don't have a tree.  I'm on the fence still about trees.  Will I ever figure it totally out?  Who knows!  I have a strong inclination to think on it as an idol of sorts.  If you have ever thought "it just can't be Christmas without a tree", then it might just be an idol.

*Gifts are minimal at best.  We do a family not-so-secret Santa gift exchange.  One gift per person, including children.  My husband and I also give each grandchild a gift.  We do not gift to each other, never have.  If you have ever thought "it just isn't Christmas without gifts"  then gifts might just be idols.

Are you getting the idea?

You can pretty much take any tradition and somehow make it about Christ if you really want to.  I don't want to.  Somehow I can't imagine how Black Friday Shopping is about our Messiah. 

My next statement will sound pretty strange to you based on what I have just shared:

I like Santa.  I am totally on board with childhood fantasies.  I don't think we should try and make him Christian.  He is fun! 

It's the blending of the carnal and the spiritual aspects of Christmas that I have trouble with.  The older I get the more I believe that Christmas should be more introspective, reverent, a down on your face in prayer kind of holiday. 

The tree, the piles and piles of gifts.  The excess in food and drink.  The gatherings that don't acknowledge the amazing thing God did for us.  He came for us!  He is with us!  The typical American Christmas does not reflect this. 

I still struggle at this time of year.  No tears this year, though.  I've come to terms with a lot of things in this life.  We were somewhat snowed in this Christmas Day.  Lots of  quiet.  Lots of time to think. 

What should a true celebration of our Messiah's first coming look like?

I've got a whole year to think on that.

Happy Day After!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Maine: straight up white milk

White Maine students are least likely in nation to see kids of another race at school

That was the headline in the Bangor Daily News today.

It’s little surprise that Maine — the country’s whitest state — has the country’s most racially homogeneous schools.

This was the first line of the article.  

Questions:  What does writing an article like this hope to prove?    Why is Maine the country's whitest state?  Why do public schools even exist?  

okay......I got a little carried away on that last one.  It's a well known fact that I am not in favor of public education.

Maine is a beautiful state.  Maine is mostly rural with lots and lots of trees.  Maine's biggest industry is now tourism.  Maine has lots of low paying jobs.   Maine is cold and snowy for at least six months of the year.  It gets dark at 3:30 pm in the winter.  Maine is buggy (as in mosquitoes and black flies) for another three months of the year.  Maine gets inundated with tourists for another three months of the year.  

.....am I painting a good picture of why Maine might not be on a majority of peoples lists of places to live?

We moved to Maine from New Jersey.  New Jersey is a very racially diverse state.  Maine is not.  Did that fact have anything to do with our decision to move here.  I would be lying if I said no.  When we were deciding to move away, we were looking for space, breathing room, but staying on the east coast.  We were also looking for a place that very few other people were going to.  Maine fit the bill.  Very few people want to move to a place like Maine.  Some think they do, but what they really want is a vacation.  Life in Maine is hard.  There are very few high paying careers type jobs here.  We love it here , we are making it work.  That's what you have to do to live here:  make it work, live on less, work more, or move away.  Plain and simple.  

I think I got a little long winded there! whew!  

Anyway, when we were looking for a place to live, were we aware of the fact that Maine was the "whitest" state.  Yes we were.  Just like we were aware of other places in the country that were the least "white'  .  If Maine, with all its beauty and shortcomings, just happened to be 90% racially "unwhite" would we have still moved here?  Probably not.  

So, look at it the other way.  If an "unwhite" family was looking for a new home in a new place they might also take into consideration the same things we did.  I don't see that as being racist, but I'm sure some will.

I believe that Maine is the "whitest" state because it's just darn hard to make it here. There are so many other places in this country that life is easier in.  Heck!  did I even mention the rocks?!!!   Just try and grow something here!  lol    In the almost 14 years that we have lived here I have not seen any evidence of racism.  Maine is the land of "live and let live"  Mainers can be very standoffish, but if you need something, anything, no matter who you are or what color your skin, or where you are from, they will be there for you. 

Writing articles like this without having solutions (should there even be one?)  is just plain
"looking for a fight".  Controversy at it's finest.  Should the government force some of us Mainers to move to Detroit?  At least it's still cold there!  Should the government force some native Mississippians to move to Maine?  They would surely freeze and go stir crazy!  

Last I knew this was still a free country and anyone could try and make a go of it anywhere they wanted.  (and could afford to--after all free doesn't apply to everything)

Maine: the way life should be! (once you get above Portland anyway.  )


Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Christmas to all humanists and free thinkers!

My hometown hosts a Christmas Parade on the first Saturday in December.  It is a very BIG deal with lots of participants, floats, candy, and spectators.  Main Street is jammed with babies, older people, and everyone else in between celebrating this wonderful Christmas tradition!

The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ellsworth have NOT caved to the vocal minority and re dubbed it the "Holiday Parade".  Nope.   It is still called the Ellsworth Christmas Parade.

Although the state of Maine is one of the top "unchurched" states in the United States, I don't believe that this statistic reflects a true disbelief in God.  I do still have faith that the majority of my fellow Mainers, and especially my fellow Ellsworthians still have a fear and respect of God despite the fact that they don't attend church.  I would bet my bottom dollar that a true majority of them believe in the gospel message, but don't accept it for themselves for a variety of reasons.  And that is what they must do to come before God:  accept it for themselves.  Trust Jesus for your salvation.  That is what makes a Christian a christian--a personal relationship.

As we made our way down Main Street to the toy store for a quick visit, I heard christian music being played from one of the businesses there!  Amazing!  So that is where we stayed to view the parade.

The parade contained the usual participants of military, cartoon characters, boys and girl scouts, bands,  business, floats, fire engines,  and, of course, Santa!  Over and over again people were shouting "Merry Christmas!"  There were at least three floats representing area churches.  This year, for the first time, another organized religion entered a float in the parade:  Downeast Humanists and Free thinkers.

hmmmmmmmmm

They were quoted as saying that they wanted to be represented in the community in what they referred to as the "Holiday" Parade.

okaaaaaayyyyyyy

So, hey!  It's a free country, right?

On the side of their float was a sign that said "Happy Winter Solstice."  Pretty harmless.  After all, I do believe that there is a shortest day in the year.  But here is the deal people:

It's the Ellsworth Christmas Parade
not the "Winter" parade
not the "Holiday" parade
not the "solstice" parade.

THE CHRISTMAS PARADE! 

but.....for how long?   They are a small group of sad looking older folk, but in my experience as an American lately it seems the small minority has the loudest voice.

Sooooo...................

They were handing out bookmarks with candy attached (of course)  Written on these was :
                     The Axial tilt is the reason for the seasons.

Are you kidding me?

Okay humanists and free thinkers everywhere...........

LISTEN UP!
WE KNOW THAT ALREADY!!!!  lol

However,
We give glory to God, creator of heaven and earth for designing and creating this wonderful system--the earth being hung perfectly in space to provide the conditions necessary for mankind to thrive here.

Can I get an Amen?!!!

I feel sorry for humanists and free thinkers.  They have so much to learn.  Their eyes need to be opened to their need for God.  They must have a massive amount of unanswered questions about themselves and the world they live in.  The "whys" can be overwhelming for a christian, can you imagine the pressure of taking it all on yourself, only believing in yourself?

Earlier I referred to the humanists and free thinkers as an organized religion.
 Humanism is a religion, and Satan is it's god.  We must pray for their salvation and the wisdom and patience and love necessary for us to live alongside them in this world, in our communities.

Being a church goer will not impress the world.....or God.  So statistics are meaningless.  Shining Christ's light and love onto those around us............Now that will be impressive!

Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Empty Nest Thanksgiving

Every day is a great day to give thanks to God!

But alas!  There is a holiday for this!

I'm thinking that this is our seventh year of being alone on Thanksgiving Day.  I think that we may have gone to MA somewhere in there since our youngest was married, but...pretty much we have been alone......

....Weird to say "alone" because we aren't alone.  We have each other.  And for that I am grateful.

Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday.  I have always struggled with Christmas.  But Thanksgiving was a holiday I could be thankful for.  hehehehe

Coming from a disjointed (I will leave it at that) family, holidays were always difficult for me.  But eventually I had my husband and my children around me. With homeschooling being our lifestyle, the time surrounding Thanksgiving was filled with interesting lessons and projects and the teaching of the "whys" of the day.

But things change and you have to go along with it.  At least on the outside.  The inside takes quite a while.  First the sons grew up and married.  The traditions and celebrations of their spouses families overtook our small celebration in this new home where we had no other family.   Then the daughter grew up and married.  Again, the traditions and celebrations of her husband's family won out over ours. 

We tried for a bit to "fit" ourselves into this new Thanksgiving.  The bits and pieces. Feeling like I would just take any little bit that was left over.  But that didn't make me happy.  We tried going away to a family celebration, but we just wanted to be home for the holiday.

We had to make the decision to open our hands and let go.  I would be lying if I said that this empty nest Thanksgiving was a piece of cake.  It's not.  But we are learning how to cope.  Maybe even learning how to embrace it.  I know it's mostly me, but what affects me, affects my other half.

Last year was the first year that I got through the holiday without breaking down.  We had a big project to work on (chicken pen).  So we worked hard all day while the dinner cooked, then sat down and ate together.  Grateful to be together and to have accomplished something that day.

This year we have another full day of projects planned.  The turkey is already cooked, so just some sides and a pie to be prepared.  I think we have adjusted to this holiday being "just us"  The struggle is still there.  My heart gets weird tugs through the day.  And yes, I still break down and cry a little when I see the pics posted on social media of my family.  Each one of my families sitting around a big table celebrating.  On one hand I'm happy that my children and grandchildren have that.  On the other hand I'm sad that I still don't.  But it's only for Thanksgiving, I know.

I often wonder why it has worked out this way.  I'm always looking for learning experiences in everything.  I know that if I pushed hard enough and my wheel was squeaky enough, I could force my wants on other people.  But I don't and I won't.

I guess the lesson is to let go........and be okay with that.

When it comes to Thanksgiving I can either sink or swim.  I've almost sank a few times, but now I'm swimming like a madman.....

after all.........I need to burn lots of calories to justify that pie!

p.s.  and we get all of the pie for ourselves!