Time Flies

by adustyframe ~ May 19th, 2017

The other day, I mentioned that James is driving. Barbara said she couldn’t believe he’s that old.

I started thinking of how long I’ve puttered around in this corner of the internet and the old saying is true. “Time flies.”

James was not quite 6 when I started this blog.

I think of those of you who literally carried me through the darkest days I’ve ever lived through. Your kindness and prayers and encouragement meant (and still means) more to me than you may ever realize.

You supported me financially as well. Some with gifts, and donations. Others by sharing my cookbook and Etsy shop. And many more of you with prayer. So much prayer! And we needed it–we still do!

When I started thinking about time flying, I thought of a few other instances that remind me how quickly time has flown.

Our baby will be 4 this summer–and yep he’s still our baby–and Lee came home to live with us 6 years ago.

I wish that I could catch up with some of my “old” regular commenters who don’t blog anymore. I hope all is well.

I wish I could meet so many of you in person. I’m so thankful for you.





Happy Mother’s Day

by adustyframe ~ May 13th, 2017

romantic-pink-rosesA very happy Mother’s day to all the moms!

I don’t know what our plans are but Lee is home so that is nice. Do you have plans?


Little guy said, “I told dad I wanted to go to the jewelry store for Mother’s day and he said we can’t!” Awwww………he’s a sweetie.

I’m so blessed to be mom to both of my boys.

Sending a big hug to the single moms. You work so hard and so few take time to recognize you.



Around Here

by adustyframe ~ May 7th, 2017

Spring is finally arriving. We’re still having lots of cool days but there are many very nice days (or hours) interspersed in there.

We’re looking forward to lots of outside time.

Nathan has graduated from a baby pool to one of those longer rectangle pools. Not a huge one but much bigger than the one he’s had. He’s so excited and can’t wait to set it up. He’s going to have to wait awhile longer.

I’m trying to decide what I want in the garden this year. I enjoy puttering around out there and there’s nothing better than a garden fresh tomato!

James got his driver’s license a few weeks ago. His aunt sold him her old car for an excellent deal. He’s enjoying having wheels and I have to admit I am too.

I was nervous about sending him out into the world on his own. There are crazy drivers everywhere! So far it’s been great. I’m amazed at all the free time I have. Phew!!

I can’t quite believe he’s old enough for that though.

God continues to refine us in relationships and that’s a good thing! We’re always a work in progress.

Lee is busy on the road most of the time. When he gets home, he tries to catch up on home improvement projects around here. I’m looking forward to replacing our nasty kitchen flooring–hopefully soon!

I’m still working on my healthy eating plan. I’ve lost 40+ lbs since October. Plugging away!

What about you? Any gardening plans? Anything interesting going on this summer?


Did I Ever Tell You About The Time…….

by adustyframe ~ April 24th, 2017

When Lee called OSHA for a dangerous work environment? For those of you reading from other countries, OSHA is Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

This was shortly after he was released and was trying to find a decent job. He was willing to work anywhere for any amount.

He found a job at a small paint company.

The boss was difficult to work for and the pay wasn’t great but he and I were thankful for anything.

The problem was that in the paint shop, industrial machines were plugged into the wall on extension cords that zig zagged at knee level across the room.

Industrial machines shouldn’t operate by extension cord, and cords all over the workroom are a tripping hazard.

He called OSHA to file a complaint and the agent returned his call.

He told Lee, “I looked you up and since you’re a criminal, I’m not looking into your complaint.”

I think that I still am shocked when I think about this. He could have pushed or called again but at that point, I think he and I were beaten down and exhausted and it wasn’t worth our energy.

Lee reminded me about this story when there was a news story about someone with a checkered past who was badly mistreated. People said, “Well, he’s not squeaky clean so…..”

The thing is that we don’t intentionally mistreat people or expect them to earn a living in the midst of ridiculous safety hazards. But I guess not everyone thinks like we do.



A Fragile Hope~By Cynthia Ruchti~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ April 22nd, 2017



About the book:
Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.
Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
About the author:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, nonfiction books, articles and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Ruchti has written more than 20 award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals. Her books have received numerous awards and nominations, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominations, two Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST, was an ACFW Carol Award finalist and a Christy finalist, among other honors. Her latest release is the novel A Fragile Hope.
One of Ruchti’s greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she has served as worship and devotions staff and faculty for the Write-to-Publish conference and teaches at other writers’ conferences across the country and internationally as opportunities arise. She also serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
Ruchti speaks frequently for women’s groups and serves on her church’s worship team. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
Find out more about Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this book and was wrapped up in it within a few pages. I haven’t read many of Cynthia’s books but I really enjoyed this one.

The story is compelling.

The husband in the story is a marriage therapist with books and speaking engagements. His wife is distant and considering leaving.

He has no idea that trouble is brewing until there’s a horrible accident.

He’s left struggling to find answers and asking questions about his faith while he sits and waits and tries to hold onto hope.

If you’re looking for a good read try this one.

Check out more reviews at the Litfuse site.
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Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 


Cave Tools Barbecue Wing Rack & Drip Pan~ Review

by adustyframe ~ April 22nd, 2017



The boys at my house like chicken wings so when Cave tools asked me to review one of their products, I had to choose this one.

It’s very nicely made with some nice features!

Fits up to 12 wings, legs, thighs, or drumsticks

Sturdy rack doesn’t collapse or tip over when full

Can be used in the oven or on the grill

Pan underneath to grill veggies or collect drippings–or both!

100% dishwasher safe


It also comes with a recipe book to get you started.

You may purchase this at Cave Tools with a 15% discount using the code: WING15

Or Amazon

We have always put chicken wings in the oven but we’re giving the grill a workout this year with this cool tool!

Disclaimer~I received a free wing rack in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


Spring Has Sprung……Maybe?

by adustyframe ~ April 18th, 2017

It’s been pretty nice here the past few days.

It does seem a little later for spring to find it’s way to us, but I’m not complaining. My daffodils are blooming. They always make me smile.

Our grass is getting nice and green. There are already weeds in my strawberry patch (GRRR!)

We haven’t had a lot of time to get out and enjoy it due to all kinds of reasons, but I’m definitely ready for warmer weather and lots of outside time.

What is going on in your area?


I Think

by adustyframe ~ April 11th, 2017

I think we are all better around here.


James and I actually have a little lingering cough but it’s not bad and we’re not feeling like death warmed over.

I’m praying that the sickness is all over for us this season!

Hoping you’re healthy too?


NKJV The Woman’s Study Bible~Review

by adustyframe ~ April 6th, 2017



About this Bible:

The Woman’s Study Bible 

poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign,
The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.
My thoughts:
This is a beautiful Bible. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but it’s lovely.
It comes in a sturdy box and easy to follow notes. The illustrations inside are pretty too! The notes are easy to follow and the concordance and index in the back is easy to use as well.
I particularly like that it lays flat when it’s open! That’s a great feature and someone was thinking when they designed it that way.
If you’re considering a new study Bible, you may like to look up this one and see what you think.
Check out what other reviewers thought of this lovely Bible here. 
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The NKJV Woman's Bible Study

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Disclaimer~I received a copy of this Bible from Litfuse Publicity in order to provide a review. All thoughts are my own. 
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The Long Long Winter

by adustyframe ~ March 29th, 2017

We have had a long winter full of sickness. Last week, James was quite ill for several days and then he shared it with mom.

UGGGGH…….in February, I was completely down for 2 weeks with some terrible thing.

It’s been one thing after another for us since Thanksgiving actually and I am so tired of being sick!

We are super good about taking probiotics, Vit C, wellness capsules, clean water, etc. We wash hands after being out in public and I wipe down phones and remotes.

I have some germ fighting essential oils we use. Collodial silver….you name it, we do it.

I am not sure if our immune system is totally wiped out right now or if it’s just been a horrific winter. It’s hard to say but oh man and I so tired of being sick.

Not to mention my house is a total wreck. Today, I feel well enough to be at the computer for a little bit but I am so tired! And the coughing—–grrrr!

I had a little melt down session in the bathroom yesterday morning because I woke up achy everywhere and I took a hot shower to hopefully help. But that made me feel like I was going to faint. There were tears involved and a few “Oh God, please just give me a break. I’m so tired of being sick.”

I have no wonderful thoughts or deep spiritual analogies! Just sharing what it going on. Thankfully little guy has been mostly healthy with very little of the junk that his brother and I have been fighting.