How I Deal with Sinus Congestion

Do you deal with vertigo? Chronic sinus issues? Congestion? Allergies?

Yeah…me too. And we all 3 have summer colds right now. Ugh.

I wanted to share what I do that actually HELPS. Along with oils, I do these 2 massages.

It keeps me from feeling like I’m headed down Alice’s rabbit hole!

2. https://youtu.be/vAs9uFYvcrk

I do them in order, #1 then #2.  I also take OTC cough/congestion meds EVERY day. Yep, every day. Sometimes multiple doses, some days only at bedtime.

It’s something I have to constantly monitor.

But these massages help.

Just wanted you to know, in case you need them too.

In Him,
Alesha Kay

To Encourage Dads

Daddies, never underestimate the power of your influence in the lives of your children.

Over the past 20 months since my dad passed, I have been REPEATEDLY blessed by him:

His wise choices, his financial decisions, his friendships, his prayer life, his stand on Scripture, his ethical business practices, his charitable giving, his believing the best instead of the worst, even his sense of humor.

These things keep blessing me over and over again.

Proverbs 19:20-21 – Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

You may think you are just doing your job today, like always, trying to make the best decisions you can with God’s help.

But those choices will be the stone dropped into the middle of the pond of your children’s lives and the ripples will go on and on and on forever.

Be sure those ripples come from Godly counsel and they will bless your children for generations to come.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Warm & Soothing Oil Blend for the Diffuser

I made a new essential oil fragrance today for my diffuser:

2 drops Vetiver,
8 drops Eucalyptus,
8 drops Ginger &
10 drops Lemon.

I have a huge diffuser, so you might want to half the recipe for a smaller one. It was a very soothing fragrance.

When the Eggs Won’t Peel

I nearly lost my religion this morning trying to peel eggs. (And don’t tell me all of your tricks to peel the perfect eggs – I have tried them ALL!) 😝

So…of course, I had to see what the Bible had to say about eggs.

Interesting verse, huh?

 I find it very encouraging that while Job was questioning his very existence, he also asked about egg whites! So funny! But really, very apropos too. Sometimes it the little, fiddly, day-to-day frustrations that cause us to really “lose it”.

But the God who created the universe is still the God who created the chicken. And it’s His creation that lays those eggs that can give us so much trouble.

Whether you are struggling with a life-threatening disease or a wayward child or a lack of finances or a stopped-up toilet…or even if you are struggling peeling eggs – God is God.

He doesn’t change. He remains ever faithful, ever holy, ever the same.

We can trust Him.

My angel-ed eggs may not be the prettiest, but I can find peace in knowing Him.

Give God whatever you’re struggling with today. Let His strong arms carry you through that struggle to rest on the other side.

Grandma’s Vegetable Soup

This is one of our favorites, especially during winter months when we’re craving something hot and filling to warm us up.

 

Grandma’s Vegetable Soup

Cook roast. (Any kind of roast will do. We prefer Shoulder Roast if we are cooking it in the slow cooker. We usually pop ours into our Nesco roaster to give it a yummy “roasted” flavor.) Save broth. Shred beef to be added later.

1 large bottle tomato juice

1 large bottle water (I use the tomato juice bottle)

1 can kidney beans

1 can corn

1 can green peas

1 can butter beans

1 onion, diced

2-3 potatoes, cubed

2-3 carrots, sliced

3 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 large head of cabbage***

2-3 tsp Better Than Bouillon, vegetable base

Combine all ingredients in large pot, including shredded beef and  broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook until fresh veggies are done.

We often do a vegetarian version on this soup. Simply leave out the beef and its broth.  It is still amazing!

I know people can have very strong opinions about cabbage. Or, conversely, they are ambivalent and leave it out, thinking it won’t be missed.  I will tell you, the cabbage is the absolute SUPERstar of this soup.  Don’t leave it out!  You will be disappointed.

You could substitute almost any canned vegetables for the ones listed, but we’ve always stuck with this combination and really like it.

The Better Than Bouillon stock bases are our favorites. We use the vegetable one, almost exclusively.  It is so much tastier than the little cubes in the foil wrappers. 😉

I hope you enjoy this favorite soup of ours.  My husband grew up eating it and I was so thrilled when his Grandma shared the recipe with me.

Let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear from you.

Amazed at His Goodness

The month of July just seemed to f-l-y by so quickly and then August started with a bang.  I could try to tell you every little thing, but, as Inigo Montoya says in Princess Bride, "No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

Doug had his hernia surgery on July 25th.  He is doing well.  He had a 2nd post-op appointment yesterday, and the doctor was pleased with his surgery site.  He has been on antibiotic for 10 days, due to a suspected infection, but it is looking well now.  He has to go back one more time, and then after 3 weeks, he will be free to lift more than 20 pounds, which is his limit right now.

The day after Doug's surgery, my dad had a heart attack and was in the hospital for a week.  He has been told that he needs open heart surgery – a triple or quadruple bypass.  But Daddy has never been one to do exactly as the doctors say, (and I am glad of that), and he is now home and considering his options.  I just hope he doesn't wait too long considering, or that he doesn't at least try to take care of himself while he is mulling things over.

Our caregiver has been a true God-send during these last couple weeks.  I don't know what I would have done without her, especially last week.  She was here for 25 hours, and that freed me up to be at the doctor with Doug and the hospital with Daddy.

Isaac is doing well.  He had his yearly MRI on his shunt.  Everything looked good, and they re-adjusted his shunt afterwards and he has had no problems.  He really loves having me in his room so much, now that I do all his diaper/clothes/bedding changes after the caregiver leaves at 2 p.m, and every evening and weekend.  I did all of his feeds for about a week, too, until Doug was able to start them again.

I've also been doing lots of disciplining and correcting with Isaac.  He is so incredibly – freakishly – strong now; and he has always been a pincher.  Well, now his "pinching" is more like "crushing", and his man-sized fingers and fingernails just peeeeeel the skin right off my arms.  I have been sporting lots of bruises and scratches these past 2 weeks. 

So, we've been working on that.  It is not easy.  He does not always understand.  Sometimes, he does understand, but he just doesn't care; and sometimes, he understands, but he just wants to do what he wants to do and he will not be deterred.  For the most part, though, he does understand pain and pleasure, and he also learns by repetition.  Thankfully, I enjoy the sound of my own voice and have no trouble repeating myself, ad naseum.

Financially, we are still doing ok.  Early in the month of July, the same sweet people dropped off another box of food for us.  We shared some of it with my family, but were able to use a lot of it.  We are so, so grateful for their ministering to our family this summer.

Both mine and Doug's parents gave very generously to help us pay for Doug's surgery.  The week before the surgery, the price went up by over $700, and after the surgery, we received another bill for $200 more.  It is truly beyond me why they can't just tell you the correct amount of money needed the first time you call.  They do this all the time…you'd think they could/would get it right!

As far as our budget goes, we have had only one bill that was late; but just this week, we received an unexpected check in the mail, and we were able to get it paid before it was 10 days overdue.

Doug goes back to work next Monday.  It's hard to believe that the summer is over!  God has been so, SO good to us!  I stand back and am amazed at the ways He has met our every need, and even a few of our "wants", as well.

He is a faithful, loving, generous God, and I am so thankful to be His child.

Alesha

 

How to Share with your Friends

Well, I'm going to show you how to share PLANTS with your friends, anyway!  You really ought to know by now how to share other stuff with your friends. 😉

I think I'm going to be known as "The Mint Lady" soon.  I now have spearmint, sweet mint, chocolate mint and lavender mint growing in my kitchen.  We love the smells of each of them, and I've enjoyed sharing them with my family and friends.

Just in case you've ever wondered how to "root" a piece of leafy plant like mint or ivy, this is the way my Mama has done it for years.

You cut off a sprig of the plant you want to "clone".  You tuck it into a container of water.  Keep it filled.  Put it in a sunny place, if you'd like.  Eventually, you'll begin to see small root forming; and you will begin to see additional growth at the top of your plant.

Here is a bit of lavender mint that my friend passed on to me.  This was after it had been in the water about a week.

Mint2

Here it is about a week later:

Mint

And here it is this week:

Mint3

It is truly amazing to watch.

Some plant take longer than
others.  I had tiny sprigs of ivy that did nothing for months, then
suddenly began to root and grow like crazy.  I transplanted them to a
large pot and planted them in good potting soil, and now, it is a happy,
happy plant.

I plan to move this lavender mint to a pretty little pot very soon…when we have extra money for potting soil. 😉

By the way, I was able to pay all the bills through this end of this month today.  I also sold a set of books today.  Yay! 

Doug doesn't work the week of the 4th, so it will be interesting to see how God provides for the bills of next month!

Hoping you have a great weekend,

Alesha