A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for December, 2009

What About the New Year?



 Have you thought about what you’re going to do different?  2010 is a new decade in case you haven’t noticed.  It really is a time to make a new start. 

I am always determined to eat right, exercise and stay in touch with Jesus every day. I wonder how many times I have made these same declarations.  This year is different I have lost weight (gained some too) I am exercising (some) and I have stayed in touch with the Lord ( at least more than usual.  The point is this. . .It’s not enough, I want to do more.

Someone else came up with the ideas I am about to write but I seem to have plenty of thoughts about each one.  See what you think!

1.  Drink plenty of water–I drink 8 glasses a day, some days I can hardly stand to do it.  I helps if I have it measured out. 

2.  Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.  Ugh I hate that.

3.  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.  Get it?  Eat less processed foods.  I really try to do this, read your ingredients.  Cut out the high fructose corn sugar, partially hydrogenated shortening, too much salt and sugar.

4.  Live with Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy–I need to work on this especially the empathy part.

5.  Make time to pray.  Dah, that is a no brainer but why don’t we do it?

6.  Play more games.  I love games, any game, any time!!

7.  Read more books than you did in 2009.  You know books keep us well rounded, we can learn so much from books.

8.  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  That’s a hard one for me.

9.  Sleep for 7 hours.  Sleep seems like such a waste of time.  Some people just love to spend a day in bed, I can’t stand it.  If I ever tell you I was in bed all day call the ambulance, *I need help.

10.  Take a 10-30 minute walk daily and smile while you do it.  My daughter has been calling me when she gets on the treadmill and that signals me to do the same and we spend a quick 30 minutes chatting while we exercise.  I love it.

I will have more for you tomorrow.

I have a new recipe for you.  I have eaten it twice and loved it both times.  You may make this vegan or you don’t have to.

Sweet potato Pear Jalapeno

2 Tb. Olive oil

1 Large onion chopped–put oil in pan and saute onion a little then add:

1/4 tsp Cumin

3/4 TB Curry powder

2 lbs. Sweet potatoes –peel and cube

6 Cups vegetable stock ( use McKays but you can buy vegetable stock

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Simmer for 30 minutes the above

In a skillet Add below and cook until done:

2 TB butter or margarine

3 ripe pears–peel and cube

1 Fresh jalapeno — take ends off and seeds out and chop small.  I use rubber gloves or plastic bags on my hands otherwise it will burn your hands.

Saute jalapeno and pears in butter then add:

1 TB brown sugar -I omitted this

3/4 Cup soy creamer or evaporated milk

Add this to potato mixture

When all is done puree

The Last Day of the Year

Crazy isn’t it how fast a year can pass?  I hate it, I don’t want to be a year older!  I don’t even want my grandkids to be a year older, I love the age they are right now.  I don’t want to get a year closer to retirement, Medicare, Social Security and . . .

Yesterday the United States Post Office called me, that’s right, ME.  I left my wallet with them. LOL  I asked if they would keep it until today and I would pick it up.

Today I stopped at the fabric store and told them I was just coming from the post office where I had picked up my wallet.  I purchased my fabric, focused on my credit card because I sure didn’t want to leave it at the store.  Got home and. . .you guessed it, they forgot to give me the credit card and I forgot to focus.  I asked them if they would keep it until tomorrow and I would pick it up.

Now I have not told my man about all of this, I am afraid he will take my car keys away thinking I might forget my car, or where I live or even worse my name.  However, when I told my friend about all of this she was relieved because she does stuff like this all the time.  We both found comfort in knowing it may be a common thing for women like us.

Have you thought about 2010?  Are you going to make any changes? I will have some suggestions for you tomorrow.

End It Now



Today, 1 out of every 3 women around the world has faced some form of violence, including sex trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, honor killings, female genital mutilation, child marriage, emotional and verbal abuse, and other forms of violence. These practices are unacceptable and must end now.

 enditnow is a global campaign to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women and girls around the world.

This campaign, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories, is a partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Department of Women’s Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

I am asking you to go to the site below and sign the petition, even if you are not a member of this church I know you are interested in stopping violence against women.  We are planning to get 1 million signatures on this petition. http://www.enditnow.org/

My Day

This is a very special day, but then, isn’t every day?  I mean I have nothing I HAVE to do.  I read my Bible, walked on the treadmill and met a friend for lunch.

Meeting a friend for lunch is where my day changed.  First you have to understand I love odd places to eat.  I actually enjoy “hole in the wall” kind of places.  We had agreed to eat at The Grateful Bread, it has another name but I can never remember it.  It’s vegetarian and they serve great soup and since it’s only 17 degrees I thought soup sounded good.  Well, they were closed, they are always closed on Monday and Tuesday and get this, they are only open for lunch.  The place is owned and operated by a couple and their son, I would guess the parents were hippies in their day.  Who am I trying to kid, they still are by all appearances.  Their food is great.

I decided to move along and agreed to meet my friend another day.  I stopped at Open Harvest, a health food store and co-op.  They have yummy food there also.  I had Indian Curry Soup, a scone and some sweet potato, again a glorious meal.  The best part of the whole thing was the people I ate with.  I didn’t know any of them but felt like we were forever friends. 

The first lady looked over at an older couple and informed them and me that she finished her last chemo treatment yesterday.  We all congratulated her and wished her well.  The male part of the older couple told us he is recovering from a stroke and again we all congratulated him and told him how well he looked.  He then let us know they had been snowed in and without electricity for days, their wood stove had kept them warm.

What I want to tell you is this. . .Each of my new friends  had such a great attitude, they were tickled to be alive and they were thankful for small and big things.  They bragged about how hard the crews were working to clear the snow, they saw a young woman who use to work at Open Harvest they treat her like a long-lost friend.  I felt so good sitting there chatting with them, I felt like I belonged.  I actually almost asked them when they would be back and I would meet them again.  As I left the store we all waved goodbye.

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4

I don’t know if these “friends” are believers, I would like to think they are.  They acted like I think believers should act, they were thankful, happy, rejoicing, finding good in others, not complaining.  They had joy written on their wrinkled faces.

It was a good day even if 2 blocks of tofu, 1 dozen eggs and lunch cost me over $14.00.

It was worth the price.

Words Aren’t Enough. . .

I hope your Christmas was glorious, fun, Spiritual and filled with love for each other and God.

Mine was funny, surprising, fun, snowy and Spiritual, what more could I ask for?  I still smile when I think of Jenna opening a gift and saying with a questioning look on her face, “but I don’t remember asking for this.”

A snowy Christmas!

I know you are wondering two things:  How much weight did I gain and the big question, what did my man get me for Christmas?

First, the weight, I felt really big on the way home especially since we stopped and I had a Candy Cane Blizzard all to myself.  I gained about 4 ounces over Christmas.  I am on the wagon today, we do have some candy in the house, I am planning to stay out of it.  I am actually thinking of sending it to work with Bob.  But, it is sooooooooooooooo good.

The Huskers play in a bowl game this week, and then there is New Year’s Eve, I can see eating in my future.  How about you, how did you do over the holiday?

Can you tell I am avoiding telling you what my fella got me for Christmas?  https://nancyoutlook.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/another-surprise/. Well, it was not another stuffed bear.  You know I was waiting with great anticipation.

Here is how it played out.  I had taken the envelope downstairs to the wrapping table.  I wondered if he would remember it, mean of me I know, but I had decided not to remind him.  At the last minute he ran downstairs and wrapped it up and put it in the car.

Jenna, in her Laura Engles dress and bonnet I made for her.

Christmas morning the kids had opened about all they could stand and we decided to eat breakfast and then open some more.  Quick as a wink, Bob jumped up and grabbed his present to me and said, “open it.”  All eyes were on the quickly wrapped package.  My hands were trembling (not really), I ripped the wrapping open and it was a  . . . . . . . . . . . . .KJV electronic Bible.

Here is the surprise!

This is what I am thankful for: He took the time to buy me something he thought I would enjoy.  He thought a Bible was something I would enjoy.  He was excited about the gift.  He loves me enough to venture out and buy something I had not asked for.  He bought it without help from anyone.

It will be handy for my purse and I will keep studying on how to use it. King James is not my favorite version of the Bible but I will use this gift with warm feelings for my man.

There has to be a Spiritual lesson here somewhere, could it be that I am not always thrilled with the gifts God gives me, but with every gift there is a lesson to be learned and a growing of character and mind?

Merry CHRISTmas!

The gifts are wrapped and the mystery gift is in the car, we are headed south.  I just want to remind you of the story of that baby long ago and his precious young mother.  Don’t forget the father who took them to safety and watched over the family.  What I want you to remember is that fact that we serve a risen Savior.  How exciting is that?  It is worth getting excited about because without our Savior where would we be?  There would be nothing in the future for us, but even more than that we would find no peace, no comfort, we would be living an empty life. 

If you are feeling a little empty right now, draw near to Him, lean on Him, call on His name.

Merry CHRISTmas my friends.

Melting Moments

With Great Sorrow. . .

Some of you know Jeff and Sylvia.  This is a portion of the journal Sylvia writes about Jeff.  I am asking each of you to pray for this little family.  As you can see their pain is great and their love and dependance for Jesus is even greater.

Sitting at the office trying to get caught up on my pile of work.  I’ve managed to get two charts completed in the last 8 hours.  Obviously my mind is not with me today.  Yesterday I stayed home for a while to do a little Christmas decorating.  I just wandered around the house instead. 

I’m the kind of person who, when the closet is a mess, will pull everything out of the closet and put it in a pile on the floor, make a survey of what needs to go back in and what my space allows, then start putting things back.  Currently my mental closet is all dumped on the floor.  I haven’t figured out how to acceptably arrange it in my new space.

Jeff has spots of cancer throughout his liver- too many to count.  He has a lymph node or two affected also.  He feels mediocre. Not much else to say right now.  Just a heavy heart.

Our pain is great, but not without hope for a future.  “I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.  “…Plans for a future.”  We look forward to an eternity and praise God for the hope we can have in Him.  He will carry us through the days ahead.  My head sometimes forgets that, but my heart clings to it fervently.

Just thought I’d include the words to a great song that most of you probably know.  Jeff likes it best sung by Elvis. 🙂

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be

‘Tis the Season or Is It?

This is the season that everyone should be happy, jolly, giddy and well just plain soaring with joy.  Right?

Wrong!  I hear of so many people who are depressed about one thing or another, especially this time of year.

What I have noticed is God’s goodness and mercy come in many packages and many sizes, but they follow us every day.  Whether we’ve passed through many hard times or just a few, no day given to any believer following Jesus lacks at least these TWO blessings.

If you have faced many trials on this earth, one day, when you reach heaven, you’ll understand that God saved the best for last–eternity.  If your life has been a smoother life, will you be disappointed with your heavenly reward–never!  God gives us different lives and blessings, designed just for us.

Those blessings provide goodness and mercy on earth and continued joy in heaven.  So enjoy your blessings of goodness and mercy and look to Him for the joy.  Spend time with Him every day!

The Surprise II

Have you been wondering about the surprise I told you about.  Me too!  My man has now told both of our children what’s in the brown envelope that arrived two days ago. 

Let me describe that envelope to you–it is brown, about 11×14 and came from Heartland–what’s that?  The envelope is not full and the object does not bend.  That’s all I know.

The envelope stayed on the kitchen counter until I couldn’t take it any longer so I moved it downstairs to the wrapping table.

I asked my daughter if she thinks I will like it, she didn’t exactly assure me that I would.  She was noncommittal.

There you have it–what do you think?

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