Our Simple Journey of Faith, Family and Life

Monday, June 20, 2011

Your Welcome At My Water Bowl Anytime!

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.

'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'

The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked.

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'

'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'

'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog.

'There should be a bowl by the pump,' said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. 'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked.

'This is Heaven,' he answered.

'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said.

'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell.'

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'

                                      You are welcome at my water bowl anytime!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Psyllium Powder, Husks, Granuals

Psyllium husk is a natural fiber used to treat constipation and cleanse the bowels of unwanted buildup and toxins. Psyllium is found in health food stores as either a powder or a natural supplement. The fiber can improve digestion and increase the feeling of fullness that allows you to eat less during weight-loss efforts.

.Weight Loss

Fiber from any source is ideal, but psyllium has much more fiber per serving compared with other sources. While 100 grams of psyllium offer 71 grams of soluble fiber, other fiber options such as oat bran only have five per 100-gram serving. Fiber is an essential part of weight loss because it helps keep you full, according to Jennifer Brett, ND, at the Wilton Naturopathic Center in Stratford, Conn. Keeping hunger pains away by using psyllium fiber may help you avoid cravings and lose weight.

Initially, using psyllium for weight loss helps you drop one to three pounds of waste buildup from the intestines. But using it as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan will help you lose weight gradually over time.

How Much Should You Take?
Take one teaspoon of psyllium powder and mix it with eight ounces of warm water. Drink quickly, because the fiber will begin to expand when it is mixed with water. After the initial glass, drink a second eight-ounce glass of water to hydrate the intestines so the fiber moves through them more easily. Because the fiber content is so high, it will absorb most of the moisture in the intestines, pushing out waste and toxins from the body.

Start out with one teaspoon per eight-ounce glass of water for one week and then move up to two teaspoons per cup to cleanse the bowels and provide fullness to the stomach. For weight-loss purposes, take the serving of psyllium each day at least 30 minutes before eating, to prevent overeating.


Read more: Best Way - How Much Pysillium Fiber is Needed for Weight Loss?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bird Crashing in our Window

                                          Our Veranda Tea Pot Garden

Yesterday Sunday 6/12/11 Ron was in the kitchen when we heard a bang on our windows in the front of our mobile home. We both went what was that, looked out the front of kitchen window and saw a wild hawk type of  bird, stun ' ed, finally after a few moments it was able to quickly low fly away.

We went outside to check the damanges and the silly thing put a hole in our middle window( about the size  a bb gun would have made) then on the lower window the screen was full of chest feathers and liquid, some bloody colored, mostly just liquid from the bird. We looked down and our hosta's were also filled with the small lil feathers from this bird.

I sure hope the bird lived, we figured it must have seen a lizard, or mouse, maybe even a snake and was trying to get it without realising our windows were right there as well. I'm sure glad we were home when it happened as I would have flipped if I looked and saw the hole in the window and thought someone was shooting a BB gun at our house. Boy oh boy did the birdhit hard on the window, thankfully it was double panned, so we'll replace it "God Willing"  before winter..

Strange things happen even here in the Beautiful Ozarks

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If We Didn't Have Dogs

1. We could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

2. Our house would have new carpet instead of the twenty-year old stuff
that's down.

3. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of dog

4. When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

5. When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without falling over
the dog bodies trying to beat me there.

6. We could sit on the couch the way we wanted, without taking into
consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get

7. We wouldn't have strange presents under my Christmas tree-like dog
bones, stuffed animals or have to answer to people why we wrap them.

8. We wouldn't be on a first name basis with the vets at Loving Hands
Animal Clinic.

9. The most used words in our vocabulary would not be: "out", "sit",
"down", "come", "no", "stay", and "leave him/her/it ALONE".

10. Our computer room wouldn't contain two 3 x 4 foot kennels.

11. Our pockets would not contain things like poo bags, dog treats and an
extra leash.

12. We would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L or F-R-I-S-B-E-E or

13. We wouldn't have as many leaves INSIDE the house as outside.

14. We wouldn't look strangely at people who think having their ONE dog
ties them down too much.

15. We'd look forward to Spring instead of dreading "mud season".

16. They'd be lots more room in the king sized bed.

17. Our sleep wouldn't be interrupted by barking whenever an owl hoots or
the neighbor's dog goes out for a midnight stroll.

18. The bill for groceries wouldn't include $9.00 for a bag of Purina One,
$7.99 for Greenies, $10.75 for three jars of Newsome's Puperoni Twisties.

19. We wouldn't have to answer the question "Why do you have two dogs?"
from people who will never have the joy in their life of knowing they are
loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

Yep, if we didn't have dogs, how empty life would be....