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[21] Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
[22] So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
[23] Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
[24] Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
[25] Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
[26] My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
[27] For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
[28] But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.


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From WarmSocks


This is a wonderful gardening post. One of the last 2 or 3 that WarmSocks has posted. I hope she is doing well.

I’m NOT a gardener. About all I can grow at this point are herbs (Basil, Dill, Mint (2 kinds!), Oregano, Parsley, and Rosemary. I start them from plants I find at the grocery store, and off we go!

But this article makes it look kind of easy – comparatively – even for me! I’ll have to see how it goes next year.


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We had grilled cheese sandwiches tonight. Mine was awesome – to me! Himself had one 1/2 that were – different fromĀ  mine. I’ll leave discussion of his to him at some future time on HIS blog! (If you haven’t already, it might be good to bookmark his site!)

The original grilled cheese that I had back when was really traditional – cooked on a steel grill with a heavy weighted press on top at the Foremost Dairy Cafe on Piedmont Avenue in about 1950 or 51. Oh Yumm! I’d never had anything like it: two slices of processed American Cheese on white bread, buttered on the outside, slapped onto the grill at a moderately low temp, and cooked until lightly browned on the bottom. Then it was flipped over and the weighted press was put on top, and the sandwich cooked until the bottom was lightly browned.

At that point it was scooped up and slid onto the plate. Dill pickle chips and potato chips rounded out the meal. Yes! Yumm!

Over the years, I tried and failed many times to imitate/emulate that sandwich. But I got better at it over the years. Finally, I read a blog or an article (can’t remember which – should have bookmarked that link) in which the author said the secret of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich is to cook it sl0000wly over low heat. This would let the cheese melt before the bread burned.

I it tried that, and the results were brilliant! So after that, that is the way I made my grilled cheese sandwiches. Until I moved back to my hometown. Then I started buttering the inside of one piece of bread and sprinkling herbs and spices and mixed blends onto it. That added interesting flavors, but didn’t detract from the basic taste of the classic grilled cheese sandwich.

Adding other ingredients (meat, bacon, peppers, onions, etc) detract from the cheese. So guess I’m a purist.

Tonight, however, I reached my state of nirvana:

The Perfect, Traditional Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Two pieces of white bread
Two slices of sharp processed American Cheese
slightly softened butter
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Lawry’s Lemon Pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Italian seasoning
Cayenne red pepper


Butter a piece of bread. Sprinkle the seasonings over to taste. Lay the cheese upon it. Put the other piece of bread on top. Flip the sandwich over. Butter the outside of the sprinkled bread.

Place a skillet or griddle over a low heat. Butter the bottom of the pan lightly. When it is warm, lay the sandwich, butter side down, on the skillet. Butter the top of the sandwich. Using a large spatula, move the sandwich around a bit. Allow it to brown to taste. Flip the sandwich over, and press it down with the spatula or a bacon weight. Check the bottom frequently to prevent burning. When browned to taste, remove from skillet/grill. Slice corner to corner to make triangles.

Put on a plate, add potato chips and slices of pickle-of-your-choice.

This is, to me, the perfect grilled cheese sandwich!

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Saturday At The Movies! Presidential Treason Edition.
Posted by John Wiseman on August 18, 2012 at 9:49am on Tea Party Nation

“I know most everyone has seen this by now, but it really is that important that it needs to be played on a continual loop from now through November 6. One of the things noticed by the 47% of the nation that voted for John McCain in 2008 was that maybe it was not the brightest of ideas to make a guy who clearly hates America and feels that our entire nation is founded on social injustice, Commander in Chief of our armed forces. Well, as it turns out, some of the folks charged with keeping our nation secure have come to that very same conclusion. The media went nuts and prosecuted Scooter Libby for not outing Valerie Plame, who outed herself by blabbing to a newspaper for the purposes of swaying an election. Now we have a case of Barack Obama blabbing out National Security secrets for the purposes of swaying an election. One major difference between the two events so far is that Barack Obama’s verbal diarrhea has cost the lives of at least Seal Team Six, and quite possibly more.” [MORE]

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How do you recover lost trust? In a person? In an idea?

Bonus: If someone lets you down or betrays you, how do you learn to forgive? And can you possibly learn to trust them again? Why or why not?

This topic is a very personal one for each individual. There are some things that may lead to totally losing trust and never recovering it.

For me, it is first important to truly forgive the people who have done the things that caused me to lose trust in them. For that, I go to Confession and discuss the item with my spiritual father. Releasing all anger and hurt are important. I pray for those who have used me so poorly that I have lost trust in them, daily – sometimes hourly. Every time I think about them, or the things they have done, I pray for them. As C.S. Lewis said, praying for them doesn’t change God, it changes me.

When I can, I sit down with the person I no longer trust and tell them, calmly, that I don’t believe I can trust them and exactly why. Then I ask him what he thinks he needs to do to regain my trust. In general, it involves not doing untrustworthy things, and to remain constant in this.

It takes time to regain trust. There has to be shared time without untrustworthy deeds occurring again. I will admit that I do tend to “test” the people who have lost my trust. Starting small, I give them opportunities to be trustworthy. If it was telling a secret or gossiping, I may drop a small “bomb” in a topic that won’t particularly hurt me or my family members. Then, if the person keeps that confidential, I will, perhaps, do the same thing several more times. These are tests of trustworthiness. I feel justified in doing this because I like being able to trust people, but I need to be sure a person who has breached that trust in the past has regained his trustworthiness.

If it isn’t something like gossip or breaching secrets, if it is something the person has done rather than said, I have to go through all the things I mentioned earlier, Confession, prayer, forgiveness, and then talking to the person. In this instance, it requires a long time – years – to be able to trust the person. He has to prove trustworthiness over a long period of time.

I’ve experienced this in the past. Some people, although I have forgiven them for what they did, I can never trust – because they continue to exhibit the same behaviors. I may have forgiven, I may love, but I don’t trust them. Forgiveness and trust and love are very different from each other.

I wish all the ability to regain trust and the ability to learn to trust again.

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Found a Turtle!

Turtles in the Wrong Pond

Turtles in the Wrong Pond

The “Riggs Turtle Rescue and Placement Services” went into action last week! It had been a loooong time since the last time I rescued a little turtle – actually it wasn’t so little – it was an alligator-snapper the size of a dinner plate!

Anyhoo, I was driving to the grocery, and taking a little shortcut that I enjoy, when I realized that little lump in the road ahead of me was NOT a rock, it was a box turtle! Couldn’t swerve around it, so I made sure I “straddled” it. I turned at the next street and came back – just in time to see a car hit it a glancing blow that sent it bouncing off the road! Lord, have mercy on Thy little turtle!

I turned around again and came up alongside it, got out, and managed to lean over and pick it up. It was scrunched up inside it’s shell, and it withdrew even further when I stroked it’s back feet, so I knew it was alive and still reacting.

It stayed in the car while I did the grocery-shopping with Emmy. I parked in the shade, it wasn’t a very warm day, and I left the windows cracked. It didn’t get much over 79 in the car according to the thermometer, so that was ok. When we got back, Mr/Ms Turtle was looking around and wondering what had happened!

When we got home, I put Mr/Ms Turtle in the backyard, and left him/her alone. He/she stayed in place and just looked around for a couple of hours. Next day, he/she was gone! Probably went under the raised patio, and is starting to hibernate under there for the winter. It is unusually cool here this year, so I’m looking forward to Mr/Ms Turtle staying around at least until warm weather next Spring.

I love turtles. That’s why I took the moniker “turtlemom” for my ID on several fora and here for some of my WordPress URLs.

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Highly Recommended!!

The Blog that Ate Manahattan

Has the original “Who’s on First” here!!!


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