The very first thing on my 55 in 55 list is to finish my Book Across the States project.
So I looked at my map and realized I had not read a book set in Nevada...there were several choices... but I decided to reread one I had read 40 years ago Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson.. This was a cult classic that was in my reading pile along with Carlos Casstanita and various other authors of the 1970's.
For a book I thought was great 40 years ago... may I say I bearly understood or could wrap my mind around what I was reading this time around....
I'm getting old......... and so is my brain
However, it was neat reading about his "episodes" at Circus Circus ( the only place I really have spent any time at in Vegas) and picturing his "antics" as he searched for the American Dream....
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas... my Nevada Book Across the States read.
So one of the things ont he 55 in 55 list is to read throught he Bible again... I actually haven't done the reading.. more the audio version while I knit, crochet or cross stitch... anyhow..
We ALL know the stories in Genesis... Adam and Eve... Noah... Abraham .. Issac.. Jacob.. Joseph...
Adam and Eve did what humans do...... they sinned.... Noah got drunk and his sons had to cover up his body cause he was naked.... Abraham told folks his wife was his siter... not once but twice... AND after getting her maid prnant thought it was perfectly OK to send his son out int he desert to die... Don't get me started on Sarah who first laughed at God and then was the one doing the the child tossing...I ssac pretty much did the same thing his father did except he and his wife played favorites with their children , if it had been in modern times I am sure they both would be on a shrinks couch... and his wife... whoa... " go lie to your dad and I'll take care of the mess"...
Jacob played favorites also although with 2 wives and their maids and raisng all those children must have been exhausting... andhow about those boys he raised? Nothing like some sibling rivalry to sell your brother as a slave....
Yeah, all that is bad....but here is the thing I took away....... God uses sinners... cause that's what we humans do... we hurt each other, we are self motivated.... prideful...
GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTS
..and he still loves us and uses us...
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6
Apparently good works are not a prerequiste ....I continually thank God for His grace....
so, the Tea of the Week . week 2 was Stash Tea, Apple Cinnamon Chamomile. I love all three of those flavors. However, this was not my favorite tea... the apple cinnamon to me did not work well with the chamomile. I was a it under the weather when I tried it so I am going to give it another go.
I do want to say though that Stash tea does not skimp on flavor, they were all very nice and strong... just not a good combo for me.
When my friend Julie asked if I mind going to Cedar Creek Pottery with her so she could find a berry bowl I jumped at the chance... Cedar Creek was on my list of 55 in 55. I am so glad we went... I think the fact that I went with an artist made the experience even better.
I found so many thing I wanted and each room and pathway my list got bigger and bigger!
My camera died but Julie was kind enough to snap a few photos...
Local artist can rent kiln time... great idea!
These fascinated me to no end! I believe we spoke with the glass blower who created these pieces..at least someone was in there preparing to make beautiful glass things!
Julie's Berry Bowl.. complete with some of hte berries we bought at the Strawberry Farm
So, not hard to guess that another one of the 55 in 55 is to try 52 different types of tea. I love tea, if I am not slurping sweet tea out of a mason jar, then I am sipping some herbal or flavored teas with local honey out of some of my favorite mugs.
I was so excited when Cravebox sent a full size box of 9 flavored teas to get me started in my 2013-2014 endeavors ( BTW, if you decided to sign up for a cravebox you can use my referal name minwife so I ahve a chance to get a free box.. these boxes are great with TONS of free products for around 13.00/ box)
Anyhow, I am not sure I had tried STASH Tea in but a few flavors but I am going to be getting more.!!
So the first tea of this year was Lemon Ginger.. Oh My! I might want to marry it! The flavors are very pure and well blended, a half teaspoon of honey made everything just perfect on a rainy afternoon.
Only 51 more teas to go..
So.. last night a very sweet , fiesty, red headed, 4 ft 9 in , 86 year old friend took us out for a steak dinner to celebrate my birthday... In her card she wrote " this is the time of life when we stop counting birthdays and we start counting blessings"... Amen to that! I have so many blessings, really I do .. and I can only thank God for showering them on me... I am rich in faith, family and friends.... blessings, blessings, blessings..
" The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord cause his face to shine upon you.....all day long"
Soooo, another one of the 55 in 55 is to taste, sample, devour, shovel in 55 different flavors of Ben and Jerry's ice Cream I figure some weeks will have two, some one... and when I get to the part where I have to visit the shops.. maybe none ... Jamie thought up this one for my list of 55...so to kick things off right I treated myself to two.
and I also cleaned my freezer... sheesh~
These two did not disappoint... can't wait til this Sat. Do you have a flavor recommendation? This 55 in 55 is participatory.... the more the merrier!