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The Sabbath

The Sabbath

The Sabbath at Church

When most of us hear the word, “Sabbath“, we cringe. “Oh no, it’s Sunday again. I am so pooped! Please Mom, let me sleep in today. I will go to church next Sunday. I promise.” But actually the Sabbath has many meanings.

1. The seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the day of rest and religious observance among Jews an some Christians. EX.20:8-11

2. The first day of the week, Sunday, similarly observed by most Christians in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ.

3. Any special day of prayer or rest resembling the Sabbath, Friday is the Muslim Saturday.

4. a period of Rest

So today I am talking about a period of rest, not for me, not for my family, but for my Garden. It has gone from this………

In the Beginning

to this………and this………..



producing this………

Zucchini and Beans

and that………….


My Garden has worked it’s butt off, and now it needs a Rest………A Sabbath. So that is just what I am doing . I have put in 35 bags of fresh Birome Gin Turkey Poop Compost and 15 bags of top notch Top Soil. Yes Siree, I take good care of my garden. Nuttin’ but the best for her…….it is a her isn’t it??? So here she is right now.

Nap Time

All peaceful and comfortable. Basking in the remnants of the last days of the California summer. Once in a while I swear I can hear her snoring. She is conked out, full of worms and other good creepy crawlers. I will let her sleep for a good 45 days before I wake her and get her back to work. Then I have big plans for the Winter months. I have decided it is a real good idea to let all things; people, animals, plants, etc., that do something good for us, to have a nice rest at our expense. So the next time your spouse does something really nice for you, or that great employee goes the extra mile, or Bubba the Dog greets you at the door after a tough day’s work, be nice to them, give them a break, let them rest. You know what they say where I’m from don’t you….“One day you’re drinking wine and the next day you’re pickin’ the grapes. Just let ’em Rest.

There ‘s a new day tomorrow, and it ain’t been touched yet!

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Gardening Musts

I think most of you are very much aware of my fondness for Gardening. 

I must admit is has been a huge learning curve for me this year with many successes and a few complete failures. But I did manage to not buy one stinkin’ vegetable the entire summer  and was fortunate to taste what fresh organically grown stuff really taste like as compared to the Grocery Store’s Steroidal Stuff.

I am now in the process of clearing out the residue of Spring and Summer. The plants have done their job and provided for me for 6 months now. Now begins the toiling task of reenergizing the soil that has produced so much. My next posting will discuss The Sabbath, The resting period for the garden. But before that I wanted to share some wisdom I received from a 90 year old Aunt-in-law who has spent her life in gardens and soil. I hope you find it as meaningful as I did.

1. Plant Three Rows Of Peas (P’s)



2. Politeness

3. Prayer

2. Plant Three Rows of Squash


1.Squash Gossip

2.Squash Selfishness

3. Squash Indifference

3. Plants Three Rows of Lettuce


1. Let Us Be Loyal

2. Let Us Be Truthful

3. Let Us Love One Another

4. And finally, No Garden Is Complete Without Four Turnips


1. Turn Up For Work

2. Turn Up For Church

3. Turn Up With A Smile

4. Turn Up On Time

P.S. She did tell me to pass on to make sure you pulled up the weeds!

Where do these “Older” folks get this great stuff. We will be forever indebted to their immense wisdom.

Thank you Aunt Ruby!

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Sloppy Joes

Perfect Picture??

Don’t let the picture fool you. This is not a picture of my family’s Sunday morning breakfast.  It began the same way each week.The four kids would awake to my mother yelling at us to hurry and get up. We would convene with eyes half shut at the circular oak table with a bowl of whatever horrible cereal was left from the weekday slaughter.

Um Pa Pa, Um Pa Pa

The constant rhythm of childhood slurping of homogenized milk sounded more like a traditional German beer hall band. Then the moment we had all been fearing and anxiously trying to avoid………… the biggest Pass of Gas from the very top of the staircase would rattle our bowls as my father made his way down in his dirty white, tattered boxer shorts. Some kids awoke to their mothers sweet whispers, some kids to an alarm clock. Some kids to a Cockle Doodle Do…..But at my house our day started out with Dad’s Giant Fart. As we got older and began to bring girlfriends and boyfriends home from college, this moment would always have us panicking and sweating with anxiety. But once the Tuba had blown it’s horn, there was nothing left of our pride, and we moved on with Sunday.

Following Sunday School and Church we would make our way home in the family station wagon. There was never any guessing  where we might be going for Sunday lunch. It was always the same…….back home for Sloppy Joes. Somehow my amazing grandmother was able to take one pound of ground beef, a package of seasoning and some ketchup, a pack of 8 small buns and feed a family of 7! Albeit a still very hungry family of 7. So she would open up the day old loaf of


Wonder Bread and stack it up high with a stick of oleo and we would eat until we couldn’t get up. Now how is that for healthy dining? There was something special about Sloppy Joe Sundays. Maybe it was the race for sopping rights of the leftover sauce. Maybe it was one time a week where for 17 years, we were always together. So in honor of this meaningful meal,I thought I would share an updated, more interesting version of that “Oh so simple” sandwich.


1 chopped onion, 1 garlic clove minced,1 small jar of pimentos chopped

1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 pound fatty ground beef, 2 tsps chili powder (crank it up for more fun)

2 cups of homemade Italian tomato sauce (use San Marino peeled tomatoes only), 1 1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels, 4 pieces finely chopped bacon,

2 tblsp Barbeyaki Grilling Sauce

4 Brioche Rolls


Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and pimentos to a fairly deep skillet, stirring occasionally until the ground beef is cooked. Add the chili powder, corn, and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto Brioche and top with fresh Mozzarella cheese. Broil bun with cheese until almost burnt! Hope you enjoy this like I do and have it next Sunday.

Sincere and Sloppy

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