Monday, May 14, 2018

The Lutheran Hymnal #19 "All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above"

I've had this hymn in my heart all night, and been humming/singing it all morning...
Praise our LORD!

"All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above"
by Johann J. Schuetz, 1640-1690

1. All praise to God, who reigns above,
The God of all creation,
The God of wonders, power, and love,
The God of our salvation!
With healing balm my soul He fills,
The God who every sorrow stills,--
To God all praise and glory!

2. What God's almighty power hath made
His gracious mercy keepeth;
By morning dawn or evening shade
His watchful eye ne'er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might
Lo, all is just and all is right,--
To God all praise and glory!

3. I cried to Him in time of need:
Lord God, oh, hear my calling!
For death He gave me life indeed
And kept my feet from falling.
For this my thanks shall endless be;
Oh, thank Him, thank our God, with me,--
To God all praise and glory!

4. The Lord forsaketh not His flock,
His chosen generation;
He is their Refuge and their Rock,
Their Peace and their Salvation.
As with a mother's tender hand
He leads His own, His chosen band,--
To God all praise and glory!

5. Ye who confess Christ's holy name,
To God give praise and glory!
Ye who the Father's power proclaim,
To God give praise and glory!
All idols under foot be trod,
The Lord is God! The Lord is God!
To God all praise and glory!

6. Then come before His presence now
And banish fear and sadness;
To your Redeemer pay your vow
And sing with joy and gladness:
Though great distress my soul befell,
The Lord, my God, did all things well,--
To God all praise and glory!

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #19
Text: Deut. 32:3
Author: Johann J. Schuetz, 1675, cento
Translated by: composite
Titled: "Sei Lob und Ehr' dem hoechsten Gut"
Composer: Melchior Vulpius, 1609
Tune: "Lobet den Herrn, ihr"

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Desde la Cruz

Siervas - Confía en Dios


I am I am A Michigan Man

I have not tried this recipe, but it was presented to me this past Thursday by Jimmy of the Michigan Out Of Doors crew via the chef at Antlers Canadian Lakes, where my bride and I used to hang out many moons ago. It looks good, and I will probably try it out next weekend.

Game Jambalaya

½ cup vegetable oil
1.5 Cups diced onion
1 Cup diced green pepper
1 Cup diced celery
2 Bay leaves
1TB Cajun seasoning
½ Lb Andouille or smoked sausage, diced
2 Cups diced tomatoes
2QTS Chicken stock
½ TB Tobasco
1tsp Salt
1TB Worcestershire
1LB 4oz long grain rice
½ Lb Crawfish, shrimp or any fish you may have around
1LB Pheasant or any other game you might have, chunked

  1. In large pan sauté onion, pepper and celery over medium heat until soft. 5-8 minutes
  2. Add bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, sausage and tomatoes and sauté for 3 minutes
  3. Add rice and cook for 1 more minute
  4. Add stock, tobacco Worcestershire and salt and bring to a boil
  5. Once that a boil is achieved reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until most liquid is evaporated and rice is cooked
  6. Add all seafood and meat and cook until cooked through

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Terrific Thursday to-day, but boy it was warm this morning already! But now, as I sit in our upper office in front of the open window opening to Grand River Avenue in beautiful downtown Brighton, the breeze coming in is cool and comfortable. Praise God!
So much going on been so busy as all of a sudden we have actual spring temp and so everything is budding and blooming and greening up and birds and bees and yardwork!

Monday, April 30, 2018

From P-Dubster

and worth repeating:

Life is a gift.
Life is a gift.

Father, let me never forget this. Thank You
for every moment of every day 
that we get to live, laugh, breathe and love.
So many do not have any more minutes
I am thankful for the ones You've provided. 

"For All the Saints," by the Lutheran Quartet

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Christ, our King, our Savior dear
Be our strength, to us stay near

Christ, our Lord, true God, true Man
Sacrificed in God's holy plan

Christ, our Sufficiency, our Life, our All
At home, work, and in touch football

Christ beside me, Christ within me
Christ the One Who daily fills me

Love incarnate, Love Divine
Let Your love also be mine

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Random banter

Otis has been pulling his hair out in clumps. He does not eat the hair, but leaves it in a pile wherever he rests during his maleficent time: on our bed, near the slider where the sun shines through in the morning and it's nice and warm, on the sofa or chair.
When he was young and thin, he opened up a sore on his side that he kept licking, causing it to fester. We had the sore treated, and then provided Otie with the Cone of Shame, so that he would leave the sore alone. It worked and the sore healed.
But what we learned from those visits with the vet was that cats can be extremely allergic to dust, the food he's being given, or other environmental factors. Where we might get watery eyes or sneezy as a reaction, cats are more prone to have itchy skin.
Sometimes they just over-groom, because it's such a good feeling for them (an endorphine-releasing activity, like when people work out) and they just plain old want more of it.
Sometimes, they use the activity as a release of stress, in the absence of a loved person, or in the presence of another pet, for example.

I think Otie just likes to act out, and will continue to do it as long as he knows it irritates the hell out of me. I have moved his food and water bowls into the room with his litter and now keep the bedroom doors closed so as to minimize the area I might have to clean after him. I am trying to not over-react when he gets up on the counter or doesn't bury his what-not in the freshly cleaned litter box so as to minimize stress in his life.
He's so cute, and very friendly when he gets to know you; I want him to be happy and healthy too.

Although he is not an original member of the Glowy Eyed Pets from Another Dimension, The Glow is strong with him. 

The Tigers are winning their Saturday afternoon game right now, in the 7th; after losing last night in the 9th to sucky 1-9 in their last ten games Kansas City - a blown save and loss for Shane Green. Well the Tigers are two games below .500 as the weather breaks, and game-time temps should routinely be above 35 degrees from here on out.
I am at peace with the fact that Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, David Price, and Robby Ray are doing well in their starting positions with other teams. Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, and Drew Smyly are currently on the DL but could very well be doing quite well with other teams, and this is OK, too.

I hung a shelf in the kitchen for our herbs and spices near the stove, and couldn't be happier with it. Moni snagged it from the Lakehouse; and in It's honor, we are leaving the rack Lakehouse-blue.

Among other good seasonings - parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

The Cardinals have been daily visitors to our safflower feeders; the hopping and singing Robins have also enjoyed a cake of suet I've left out on a shelf on the deck. The European Starlings, despite hoards of them living among us, have not been able to get comfortable at the hanging suet cages, due to strategically placed baffles. Our last snow about a week ago stayed long enough into the day to show me tracks of bunnies galore, which I didn't see too much of during the winter. Downy Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees have been regular visitors as well.

I recently bought a used 6-string Alvarez acoustic guitar. I like it - it sounds good and one day I will be a rock star.

I will not be growing pumpkins this year; nor will I attempt corn, carrots, or green bell peppers. My for-sures are going to be cucumbers for pickling, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and jalapenos, along with my herbs: sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley. And I will plant garlic this fall!

I 'made' a loaf of bread to-day (in my faithful Copper Chef pan), and it smells pretty good in here. It's the frozen kind you get at Walmart and then let sit for four hours thawing before you bake it. I basted it with butter and then seasoned with garlic powder for the final five minutes - hot and fresh, drenched in butter -  holy moly is it good!

Holy moly indeed.

The grass is beginning to green, but there are few buds yet - on this 21st day of April in the year of our Lord twenty eighteen.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Loving Father~

I pray to-day that all my protesting family and friends
would come to know You, Your Son, and Your Spirit
through the fullness and truth of the Catholic Church.

Jesus, let the joy of the Resurrection be the enduring grace that guides my life.

Blessed be God forever!