Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #322

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #322!

Seed Feature:
Caserta Zucchini
$0.99 (25 heirloom seeds)

Grow in your own garden and make this delicious RECIPE:
Magnificently Moist Mocha Almond Zucchini Brownies RECIPE
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Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
Click the button below to enter each Giveaway!!:
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "Apple Pie Wonton Cups" by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
2. "The Painted Rocks Craze" by Grace for a Gypsy
3. "Crocheted Flower Pot Cozy" by Garden Chef's Needle & Pen


If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, June 24, 2019

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (June 2019)

The weather was absolutely perfect for gardening this past weekend - I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the June 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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5 Must-Grow Veggies for Home Gardeners #4 - CUCUMBERS (with RECIPES)
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Kippi @ Kippi at Home
Liberty @ B4 and Afters
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the May "You're the Star" blog hop)

7 Tips To Designing Vignettes by My Hubbard Home


DIY Feature Wall of Built In Bookshelves by Repurpose and Upcycle
DIY Wall of Built In Bookshelves
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole by Marilyn's Treats
This casserole is loaded with mashed potatoes, sour cream, chives and spices. Dont forget the cheese!

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )










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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Who Takes Care of the Caregiver? - Dealing with FRUSTRATION

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Who Takes Care of the Caregiver? - Dealing with FRUSTRATION

Frustration is one of those emotions that is felt by both the person who is ill and also felt by the caregiver.  Those with the illness are frustrated with their bodies not healing like they had hoped or maybe the patient is frustrated with the amount of time that recovery is taking.  Caregivers might be frustrated that the sick/patient will not listen to their advice or suggestions.  Maybe the caregiver is frustrated because the patient (in their distress) might be insulting or exasperating to the caregiver.
I'm going to give you an example using the disease of Alzheimer's/dementia.  I took care of my father-in-law and for the last two years of his life he had dementia (as well as many other ailments but we will just focus on dementia).  Literally almost every night I had to get up in the middle of the night (1:33AM, 3AM,  5:15AM etc) because he was calling out in distress.  When I reached his room I found out that all he wanted to know was the location of his wallet and checkbook (he became paranoid about misplacing his money).  I always tried to answer him calmly "your wallet and checkbook are right here within arms reach under your mattress."  That constant repetition of me having to get up and answer the exact same question, sometimes multiple times a night (plus loss of sleep), made me feel like I was going crazy - it was extremely frustrating.  

The question of the day is:  
As a Caregiver, how can I deal with frustration?

Let's begin by defining "frustration".

FRUSTRATION - Feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.  Feeling discouragement, anger and annoyance because of unresolved problems.  Disappointed, discouraged, dishearted, irked, cramped, defeated, ungratified, stymied.

Two things are necessary when dealing with frustration:

1. Having patience
2.  Finding encouragement

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Often, elderly people with dementia become mean and nasty.  If this happens, you have to remind yourself that this nastiness is not their true personality - it's just part of the disease.  Whether you are caring for someone who is repeating everything countless times a day, or if you are caring for someone who is incontinent (and therefore making messes that you have to clean up) - just respond with patience.  Take a deep breath and do NOT show your annoyance.  They are not doing these things on purpose - it's just part of their disease.  Read the verse above - overlook these insults, repetitions and messes and reply/clean up with patience. 

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Finding encouragement might seem almost impossible if you are the sole caregiver.  You might even find yourself in a situation where (because of the constant care you give), you have not been able to attend church and no longer have the backup help from a church family.  Do not fret - you still have encouragement available anywhere and anytime.  It's God!  Through His Word and prayer you will find encouragement!
In the verse above we see that "God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit."  The word "poured" implies that there is a huge amount of love!  That love will not only help us respond to others with patience but God's love will also give us encouragement and comfort.

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The passage above reminds us that all we need is Christ - Jesus said: "My grace is sufficient for you."  And especially when we are frustrated, Christ's power will strengthen and encourage us to continue caregiving.

You will be able to find encouragement through prayer and meditation on God's Word!


Previous CAREGIVER posts:
Dealing with EXHAUSTION
Dealing with FEAR
Dealing with UNFAIRNESS

Other helpful posts:
FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions & Answers
15 Tips - When a Loved One is in the Hospital
Taking Care of Your Family
What Happens When Those in Authority Ask You To Go Against God's Law?

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer is Ice Cream Season RECIPES

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Summer is Ice Cream Season!

Today is the first day of summer 2019 and what better way to celebrate this season than with ice cream RECIPES!

Below is a compilation of homemade ice cream recipes (previously shared on this blog) and homemade syrups, which are a perfect topping for vanilla ice cream!

ENJOY!
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Seedless Raspberry Ice Cream
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Mixed Nutty Mocha Ice Cream
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Peach Ice Cream
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream
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Coffee Crisp Ice Cream
Mango & Almond Milk Sherbert
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Blueberry Ice Cream with Blueberry Syrup
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Strawberry Syrup

Blackberry Syrup
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Mulberry Syrup
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Peach Syrup



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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Worship Wednesdays #15 - AIN'T NO GRAVE

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Worship Wednesdays #15 - AIN'T NO GRAVE
This is the fifteenth post in a series called "Worship Wednesdays".  In this series I will focus on one word, thought or lesson and I will feature a modern Christian song that relates to the focus of the day.
Click HERE to read the post from a couple weeks ago: 
AT THE CROSS

Let's begin by defining WORSHIP - the feeling or expression of adoration for a deity.  Adoration, love, devotion, adulation, glorify, exalt, praise.

There are many ways to worship God but in this series it will be through music.

“Seven times a day I praise you.” 

Psalm 119:164
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Today's featured song is all about the Bible verses below:

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click HERE to read: "True LOVE is..."
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click HERE to read: "Who Takes Care of the Caregiver? - Dealing with FEAR"


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click HERE to read: "Celestial Celebration - IT ONLY TAKES ONE"


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click HERE to read: "When You Are the Confronted"

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click HERE to read: "7 Areas of Life - Untrustworthy & Uncontrollable"


A special thanks to "Cageless Birds" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Related posts (click on each title to view the entire post):
Forgiveness - Questions & Answers
 UnbornLivesMatter
Good Things Happen While We Wait For The Lord
Prayer & Persistence


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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.

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