Month: July 2007

Quick Update

Just a quick entry (since it’s 1:41 a.m. and I really should be in bed now) to thank you all for the sweet prayers said on my behalf yesterday. God is good…all the time — and I am blessed and must be highly favored because my prayers were answered and He has supplied our needs once again. Exceedingly abundantly…that’s the best way, right?

I’ve got to get myself in the bed now, but I’ll try and update tomorrow evening – have a blessed weekend!

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A Prayer Request

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” — Phil 4:19

I have a request…if you are a Christian, would you mind lifting me up in prayer today? My heart is heavy about some financial matters I can’t go into on my blog, as my friends and family read it, suffice it to say that there is a sufficient amount of stress that I am trying very hard to lay at Jesus’ feet. I just keep picking it back up and trying to figure it out for myself, but it’s not working.

” There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

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Recipe Round Up – Texas Ranch Potato Salad


We are not big mayo eaters in our house, but this is one of our favorite potato salads, because it tastes more like a baked potato than potato salad.

Texas Ranch Potato Salad

1 (1oz) pkg Ranch dressing mix
2 cups mayo
3/4 cup chopped green onion
1 lb bacon slices, cooked to a crisp and crumbled
5 lbs unpeeled red potatoes

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add whole potatoes and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain, run under cold water to cool, and chop into 1 inch cubes. Transfer to a large serving bowl and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 2 hours.

In a small bowl, stir together the ranch dressing mix, mayo and green onion. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours to blend flavors.

Stir mayo mixture into the bowl of potatoes. Crumble bacon into the bowl and stir to distribute. (Optional – you can also add shredded cheese – it’s tasty!) Enjoy!

For more Salad recipes, head on over to Promptings…or you can contribute your own on her Mr. Linky!

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Works for Me Wednesday – Copyright Laws

I don’t ever expect to be a blogger that receives 1500 visits and hour, but I am still concerned with copyright laws. There are far too many times I’ve read something and then written about it later, only to ask myself…”now where did I read that?” because I wanted to give credit to the source.

I stumbled across an article entitled Copyright Laws: 12 Do’s and Don’ts written by Daniel at Daily Blog Tips and it certainly gave me pause. I’m not even going to quote much of it here…if you read it in its entirety, you’ll see why.

The three that struck me the most were:

DONT’S
7. Don’t assume that if you credit the author there is no copyright infringement: a lot of people wrongly think that if they credit the author of an article or image they are not violating the copyright law. You can only use copyrighted material if you have explicit permission from the author to do so (or if you make fair use of it, as explained before).
8. Don’t copy material just because it does not show a copyright message: the Copyright Law required a copyright notice to protect works until 1977. In 1978, however, the law changed and abolished the requirement for copyright notice. This means that every published work (be it on paper or digital media) automatically gets copyright protection, whether expressed with a notice or not.
9. Don’t equate Creative Commons with “free for grab”: while Creative Commons licenses are less restrictive then standard copyright they should not be interpreted a “free for grab”. In order to understand what you can or can not do with Creative Commons material you should check what kind of license it is using. Certain licenses will require you to credit the original author, while others will require that you release any modifications of the document under the same license.

As bloggers, we should all be aware that there could be legal issues if we aren’t careful. For more WFMW tips, head on over to Shannon’s.

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Nine Weeks…Weight to go!


When a man you admire (for his intelligence, of course!) comes up to you at a business meeting and says to you, “Wow! You are looking great! Have you lost weight?” you almost don’t know whether to kiss him or deck him. I did neither of those, but I did give him a mighty swift head nod and thank him profusely for noticing. (Personally, the only place I really notice I’ve lost weight is in my cups…and you ladies know exactly what I’m talking about)

To date, I’ve lost 19 lbs…but I had those two weeks where I totally fell off the wagon (like that’s really possible – let’s be honest – I gorged and ate like a pig) and gained 4 lbs…now I’m down 5 for the last two weeks. Here, let me calculate that for ya…I’m down a total of 15 pounds. Under a 2 lb a week weight loss, which is not so great. But, like I always say…it’s 15 pounds I never have to carry around on my body again.

Focus…focus…focus. My mantra for the next week. Oh yes…and I’ll be praying a lot too.

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