What does it mean to have faith, to follow God today?

Taking a look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life gives us a good example. We recently watched a documentary on his life, Bonhoeffer 2003 documentary by Martin Doblmeier. It is available in entirety on Youtube, much to my surprise! Dietrich was not a believer growing up, he took an interest in theology and decided to study as a theologian. Here he found the God of the universe! He was a pacifist in the early days, but as Hitler got more and more power and started his attacks on the Jewish, Dietrich had to make hard decisions about his faith and what it means to follow God. His brother-in-laws were involved in the government and knew of the killing of the Jews when the rest of the country didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. As Dietrich saw, through them, what was happening he made the hard decisions. At 33 years of age he joined his brothers-in-law and the small team assembled by the resistance group to assassinate the monster Hitler. I knew he was the first to speak out against Hitler and was executed, but I did not know he was involved in the assassination plot! He was hanged at the age of 39 after spending time in concentration camps.

I had his book, Prisoner for God, Letters and Papers from Prison, but gave it to a friend for Christmas without having read it. Now I’m sorry I didn’t! There is a copy available in multiple formats on though! Click on the link to get a copy. He wrote prolifically from prison. Eric Metaxas wrote a definitive book on Bonhoeffer and I’ve ordered a copy of it.

Today with a color revolution going on here in my homeland of America and communism (under the guise of socialism, a more palatable word) taking over before our very eyes we will be having to ask ourselves the hard questions too. Especially those of us from the community of faith. Who are the oppressed? Who is acting under the power of evil and death? What is our government telling us that is not true? And what should we do as people of faith in these warring times? How can we most effectively fight for the oppressed? This time they will be coming for us Christians too, not just the Jews. Hard days are ahead for everyone.

This has been coming for a long time, close to 100 years, working slowly to infiltrate our democracy. We blindly accepted so much under the name of tolerance until our families and society have eroded to the point that now is the time and they have made their move. Hard to accept that this has happened in America, but it has. People are waking up, but is it too late? Watch Agenda, Grinding Down America, it’s free for a limited time on Youtube. I bought the movies. It’s all laid out here for us. I highly recommend you watch this if you are wondering what in heavens name is going on in America!

G. Edward Griffin was warning us in the ’50’s

Some sites you might want to read up on. World Economic Forum They are planning the Great Reset, and unless you are in the elite group it won’t end good for us! Agenda 21, and here, research it for yourself. Another great article is The Thirty Tyrants by Lee Smith. If you want the truth you will have to stay away from main stream media and search for it yourself. Some sites I would recommend are The American Thinker, The Federalist, and Epoch Times. I subscribe to Epoch Times newspaper and digital. Unbiased truth without agenda.

Scripture tells us this time would come though… We are living in unprecedented times!

The New World Order – Jan Markell Understanding the Times Radio. I think I’ve probably freaked you out enough for one day! I hope you’ll research these things on your own and give these videos a listen with an open mind.


We watched Fiddler on the Roof last Saturday night with friends. I would have to say it is my all time favorite movie. I first sawTevye
it when my boys were very young and I have to admit that after that I was a little in love with Tevye! (and I still am) My friend Gayle had never seen the movie just heard the soundtrack. It was a treat to watch it with her for her first time. Have you ever seen the movie? No one could play Tevye like Topol did in my humble opinion! Chaim Topol played Tevye in the play before and after the movie. He played Tevye over 2,500 times! Be sure to click on the link and read about this accomplished Israeli actor.

Fiddler on the Roof started as a Broadway musical in 1964 and the film followed in 1971. The play was based on characters from the book Tevye the Dairyman and Other Tales by Sholem Aleichem. I’m definitely getting this book! There are other books by this author too I would love to read. 

Movie Synopsis: A musical-comedy-drama. Set in a Pale of Settlement in Imperial Russia around 1905. Tevye, the father of five daughters, attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as the world around him is rapidly changing and encroaching on his family’s life. He must cope with three strong-willed daughters who want to marry for love, not by a matchmaker. Each one pushing more and more away from their customs of his faith. There is tension within the community as Antisemitism is heavy. Violence always seems to be around the corner. Then the edict comes from the Tsar and the Jews are evicted from Tevye’s town of Anatevka. 

I loved how Tevye was always talking to God and to the audience. Something a little different. Monologues where he ponders tradition, being poor, being Jewish, family issues. And the music! It’s wonderful! It’s perfect, even down to the movement of a shoulder or eyebrow with the song being sung. All the characters are wonderful, fun, heartwarming and heart wrenching people. The cast is amazing and mesh so beautifully. I love the names! I told you this is my favorite movie of all time! If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself and do.

The very best song of the movie is If I Were a Rich Man sung by Tevye. It’s classic. Brother Donald loved it and laughed a lot! Watch it for yourself!

Turn the sound all the way up. It’s very low on this video for some reason.

Piece by Piece

Jigsaw puzzles, specifically Charles Wysocki puzzles, are a favorite past-time of mine. I don’t get to work on them as much as I use too. We use to do seveeral in a week! But Bossman doesn’t help anymore and Vera Lynn is afraid of the basement steps and won’t come down. She lays at the top and waits for me and whines ocassionally so I don’t seem to spend as much time down there working on them as I use too. These are a few of the ones I’ve done since last summer…

It’s a shame people want to get rich off an old puzzle for sale on eBay. The prices some people are asking are ridiculous! And then add postage that is outlandish! I might have to give up my obsession 😦 I use to sell some of my puzzles on there to feed my habit for more but EBay just changed how they pay you and they want your Social Security number and I won’t give that to them so…

Porch Sittin’

It’s another dreary day in East Tennessee. We haven’t been able to see the mountains in a couple days. Rain, rain, rain. But we are thankful it isn’t ICE! February isn’t usually too wintry for us but we’ve had snow twice and colder than normal temps. Soon spring will be here! I was going to take a run up to Maryland to see the grandkids Monday but they are expecting nasty weather all week and ice is in that forecast so I’m staying home. We just had all our birthdays and I didn’t get to go up for the kids birthdays. My granddaughter had her 17th January 14th. Hard to believe! She has her driving permit now. My youngest boyo’s birthday was January 21st and brother Donald’s was the 31st. Then February 2nd was my oldest boyo’s (the one who lives with us), the 3rd was img_7720my daughter-in-law’s and the 4th was mine. A short break and then grandson’s on the 11th. He is officially a teenager now, 13! I keep trying to get them to move to Tennessee, but no luck yet 😦 The kids sent me these socks for my birthday!…

IMG_7755Vera Lynn, the dog, smelled every inch of the socks and the card envelope. I said I bet she smelled my daughter-in-law on them from her handling them. Vera loves her! Speaking of Vera, she just came over and laid her head down on the chair. It gets mighty heavy to carry around I guess!

Donald had his gall bladder surgery and is doing really good. The surgeon came out after surgery to speak to me and was amazed… the gall bladder had actually perforated at some point and had spilled out crud, but instead of him getting deathly sick the body had encased it! Had his aftercare appointment last week and the pathology report showed the gall bladder was dead and actually gangrenous! More amazement from the doctor! I know its just our loving heavenly Father looking out for him! My Maryland boyo said “so, actually, Covid pretty much saved his life!” If he hadn’t gotten Covid and gone to the emergency room… it could have ended badly! By this time his gall bladder was very infected and he doesn’t complain so we wouldn’t have known anything was wrong. So we are thankful for the Covid here! While he was having the surgery I went down to the cafeteria for a bite to eat. Had 63354542216__4478960C-5894-4730-8E78-5CE3C1B3259Cto wait for it to open and a line formed behind me of doctors and hospital staff. When they opened the door I let them all go in front of me because I figured they were on a time schedule and had to get back to work and I had time to kill. One gal said to me I must have worked at a hospital before and I explained no just knew they were on a time schedule and I wasn’t. When I went to the register to check out with my lunch I was given this note and told my lunch was paid for! I’ve never had that happen before! 


Have you been cooking anything new or different lately? We tried this wonderful recipe with beef shanks last Sunday. It was a huge hit and will be something we have again! I pick up shanks whenever I see them on sale. They make such lovely sauce and Vera Lynn loves the bone! 

Braised Beef Shank Pasta

  • 4 Bone-In Beef Shanks
  • 4 tablespoons Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 16 oz  Pasta 1 package (shape of your choice, we used penne)
  • Parmesan to top the pasta
  • Red Chili Flakes optional
  • Chopped Parsley optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
  2. To a large and heavy oven safe/cast iron pot over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of ghee.
  3. When oil starts glistening and gets hot, add the beef shanks without crowding them.
  4. Brown on each side.
  5. Remove the beef shanks to a plate when browned. Work in batches, adding the rest of the ghee as needed.
  6. Turn heat to medium and add the chopped onion, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Mix for about two minutes with a wooden spatula.
  7. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and use your wooden spatula to help deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  8. Turn the heat off.
  9. Add the beef shanks back in with all its juices from the plate.
  10. Add the bones. Move the ingredients around in the pot to coat the beef shanks with the tomato sauce.
  11. Add the water. The water should almost completely cover the beef shanks.
  12. Add a heavy and secure lid to the pot, and place it in the oven for 3 ½ hours. After 1 ½ hours, take the pot out and quickly make sure there’s still water in the pot so that your beef shanks do not burn. Add more water if necessary and place the lid IMG_7741back on. Put the pot back in the oven for the remaining time. The beef shanks should be very tender.
  13. Cook pasta
  14. Remove the bones from the beef shank pot 
  15. Toss the pasta into the pot of beef shanks.
  16. Top with parmesan cheese, and maybe some chopped parsley and some red chili flakes. 

A couple of recipes I’m looking forward to trying soon…


Finished reading The Woman at Belguardo by Margaret Erskine a while back. It was excellent but of the three I read in a row it was my least favorite. Harriet Warry was the ‘heroine’ for a lack of a better word, the one we root for and love. She didn’t have a big enough role! But it was still an excellent mystery and I think I would love any book written by Erskine. I’ve dug into a George MacDonald book I bought while I was in Scotland in 2015. It’s an over a hundred year old book and such a joy to hold in my hands! Gorgeous color pictures throughout. 

We are going over to some friends tonight for pizza and old movie night! I’m really looking forward to it. We are planning on a double feature. Dan and I both are old movie buffs so we are going to start doing this on a regular basis. He has a collection and so do I. I’ll let you know later what we watched! He has a wonderful Alfred Hitchcock collection I borrowed. We’ve watched Rear Window and The Birds this last week. I remember how The Birds scard me to death as a kid and I freaked out everytime a group of birds gathered. It was fun watching it with my boyo who had never seen it! I read that it was loosely based on an old book The Birds by Frank Baker, first published in 1936. I read it in 2019. Hitchcock took the premise and used it loosely in the movie. Baker threatened to sue Hitchcock when the movie came out in 1963. If your a Hitchcock fan and like The Birds I’d recommend reading Baker’s book and then watch the movie again! It cracked me up in the movie that Tippi Hedren never forgot to grab her purse even when they were fleeing for their lives from the murderous birds! Do you like Hitchcock? What’s your favorite Hitchcock movie? I really liked North by Northwest and Rope

I’ll leave you with a couple winter scenes from last week here in East Tennessee…

The Birds!

Farmhouse Pork and Apple Pie

Tried a new recipe from Taste of Home tonight. A delicious one pan dinner, perfect for a cold February night! Everyone loved it!


  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 pounds boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil, optional
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage/poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional
  1. In a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Increase heat to medium-high. Add onions to drippings; cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Reduce heat to medium.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss pork with flour. Working in batches, brown pork in drippings, adding oil if needed. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Remove skillet from heat; discard drippings. Return pork to skillet. Add bacon, onions, apples, sage, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Stir in cider and water.
  3. Bake, covered, until pork is tender, about 2 hours. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat broiler. Drain potatoes. Mash, gradually adding 3 tablespoons butter, enough milk to reach desired consistency and salt and pepper. Spread potatoes over pork mixture. Melt remaining butter; brush over potatoes. Broil 6 in. from heat until topping is browned, about 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Snowy Sunset

Had to share this with you! We got several inches of snow and the mountains were gorgeous today but as the sun set they turned pink. I wish you could have seen them in person!