Thursday, May 26, 2022

Learning From History #5 - VICTORY GARDEN


Learning From History #5 - VICTORY GARDENING

Over the past few years I have been very concerned that the world is repeating history.  I know that many parts of the history that we are teaching our younger generation has been watered down and even outright twisted into a falsehood. This "history tweaking" is happening just because the truth might "offend" someone.  I know for a fact that this history twisting has happened because many of my family members lived through and remember World War II.

In this series we are going to study the difficult parts of history that might have recently, intentionally or unintentionally been overlooked.   

This is the first positive history post in this series.  The previous 4 parts we studied parts of history that we do NOT want repeated.  Today, we are focusing on something that we should put into practice with or without war - I am talking about the Victory Garden.

 "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it."
Genesis 2:15

Last time we learned about the "WWII Symbolism" (click HERE to view that post).  Please click on the above link because I added very important information to that post just this week.


The Victory Garden (a.k.a. War Garden) was encouraged during both World Wars.  These were vegetable, fruit & herb gardens grown in residential areas, rural properties and even in public city parks.  Victory gardening occurred in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.  This helped with food supply and helped supplement rationing cards/stamps. 

The Woman's Land Army (a.k.a. Land Girls) was mainly a British program (although, below you will see an advertisement about American Land Army).  This British organisation was originally created during WWI but was brought back during WWII.  It operated to place women in farming jobs that would originally have been performed by men who were serving in the military.

Below you will see many ads from WWII - it was propaganda but a good positive version of propaganda. 

 I added my "5 ways to save" to the first picture below:


SAVE Money

Think about  how many tomatoes you can get from one tomato plant (depending on the variety  of course – cherry tomatoes will yield a lot more per plant than a beef steak) in one season.   Then think about 1 packet of tomato seeds 20 to 30 seeds in each packet!  That is an exponential amount of tomatoes & savings!  After your first year of gardening (due to the cost of the tools needed) it will be pure profit & essentially free food from your yard!  Planting from seed will save you even more money than if you bought plants.  

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SAVE Health

Growing your own food is great for your health on so many levels.  First, growing GMO free plants is better for your health (in my opinion).  Manipulating seed genetics in my opinion will also change the nutritional content of the vegetable/fruit.  Keeping it the way God created it is the only way that I want to grow.
Also, working in the garden is good exercise and being outside getting vitamin D from the sun and breathing in fresh air is good for your physical health.  Thirdly and most importantly – being out in nature makes me feel closer to God and working in the garden for me is a healing time both spiritually & mentally.

LearningFromHistory5FSAVE History
    By planting Heirloom Seeds we are preserving seed history (click HERE to read a post about Heirloom vs Hybrid vs GMO seeds).  Not only are we preserving our seed history but if you grow & preserve your own food then we are continuing that self-sufficiency knowledge used by the pioneers.  It used to be that the art of canning and growing was passed down from parent to child but that is now few and far between – we must preserve this knowledge & our history.


    SAVE on Waste

    If you grow and preserve your own homegrown produce then you are saving on waste.  Glass mason jars can be used over and over for years and years.  Gone will be the paper, metal & cardboard packaging from your store bought preserved food.  Also, gone will be the Styrofoam, plastic wrap and plastic bags used when buying fresh produce.  And, you could even start your own compost pile and stop using your sink garbage disposal.


    SAVE Energy

    Not only will you save on gas that you would use to drive to a grocery store but gas will also be saved because your food will no longer have to be transported from the farmer to your grocery store.

    Real Life WWII Stories
    (click on each title to view):


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      Tuesday, May 24, 2022

      Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #474

      Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #474!

      Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
      Flowers by Color - PINK
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2012_04_18_zpsdwtfvr06.jpg

      Checkout wonderful Spring seeds (& much more) at Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
      click HERE to shop for the best seeds
      Or click picture below:


      Also, checkout my Wild Mushroom Coasters available at Zazzle:

      Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


      We're your hosts & co-hosts 

      Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
      Angie @ God's Growing Garden
      Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

      (click HERE to view & follow)
      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. "The Open Road Beckons" by Purring Cottage
      2. "Gram & Aunt Irene's Kolache" by Cindy's On-Line Recipe Box
      3. "Faux Candle Taper Tipby master"PIECES" of my Life
      If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.


      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!


      Grow your own!
      Many wonderful garden products from

       "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
      click to view

      Monday, May 23, 2022

      You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (May 2022)

      Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian STARS!
      Thank you again for joining us!
      There are many ways to follow me:
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      Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo FruitStrawberry_zpscrfg00pf.jpg

      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsjbrldhcx.jpg

      WELCOME to the May 2022 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

      WELCOME to HOME feature week of the May 2022 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
      Meet your HOME week Hosts
      This week is HOME feature week
      Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
      Bev from Eclectic Red Barn
      Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady

      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)

      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo ShopHoppingFeatured_zpsf9fab123.jpg

      (All features were chosen from the April 2022 "You're the Star" blog hop)

      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo YourAstarFEATURED_zpspebobflc.jpg

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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! )


      Sunday, May 22, 2022

      Bible Version Discrepancies #4 - A HEAVENLY INHERITANCE (1 Peter 1:3-12)


      Bible Version Discrepancies #4 - A HEAVENLY INHERTANCE (1 Peter 1:3-12)

      For most of my life I have been afraid of the "King James Version" of the Bible.  I always thought that it would be like reading Shakespeare - well, it's not.  Most of the time on my Sunday blog posts I referenced the N.I.V. (New International Version) but recently, when I need clarification, I refer to the K.J.V. (King James Version) and the N.K.J.V. (New King James Version).  In making this small switch I discovered that there are many serious discrepancies between NIV & The King James versions.  I also found out that the Bible "scholars" who compiled NIV were members of secret societies.  Whether or not there was anything nefarious behind the NIV translation does not affect the goal that I have for this series.  We are going to use our God-given common sense to compare these versions and come to our own conclusions.

      It is important to note that the King James Version was first published in 1611 and it wasn't until 1978 that the New International Version was first published.

      Even if we find serious discrepancies by comparing these two versions, I want you to know that I believe God has still been able to get His message across to us - He is not fazed by "misinterpretation".  His Truth fills our heart and that is why we are able to objectively study and compare these versions without losing God's meaning.  

      In this series we are going to really dive deep into God's Word.
      We continue our comparison study with "1 Peter 1:3-12".

      Again, unlike the first two posts in this series, there were very few "capitalization" discrepancy.  In the first two posts, one of the most shocking differences I noticed was the grammar in N.I.V. - it is very disrespectful.  Many words describing or referring to God or Jesus are NOT capitalized in the N.I.V..  Modern grammar rules have become relaxed in everyday life but that does not mean that this should apply to the Holy Bible!!

      We begin with the differences in the chapter subtitles.  In the N.I.V. the subtitle for 1 Peter 1:3-12 is:
      "Praise to God for a Living Hope"
      Whereas, in N.K.J.V. the subtitle for 1 Peter 1:3-12 is:
      "A Heavenly Inheritance"
      (these can be seen in the first picture seen below).
      Both are wonderful titles but the second one (N.K.J.V.) is much more accurate in describing the most important point of this passage.

      Color code meaning in the pictures below:
      Highlighted in yellow means that those words/sentences do not appear in one of the versions (including when references to God or Jesus appear in lower case rather than upper case)
      Highlighted in orange means that the meaning of the word comparison was very different
      Highlighted in green means that the meaning of the word comparison was similar or the same.


      We are going to define the following words that differed in both versions:
      great vs abundant
      perish vs incorruptible
      spoil vs undefiled
      kept vs reserved

      Great - large in number or measure
      Abundant - existing or occurring in large amounts

      Even though "great" & "abundant" have very similar meanings, I feel like the word "abundant" gives visions of overflowing with blessings.

      Notice that "perish" & "spoil" are prefaced with "that can never" - why not just use the words "imperishable" and "unspoiled"?
      Perish - to become destroyed or ruined
      Incorruptible -  incapable of corruption  incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted

      Spoil - to damage seriously
      Undefiled - not made  impure, or unclean

      Since we are talking about our "Inheritance" (the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ), then incorruptible and undefiled make so much more sense.

      Kept - to retain in one's possession
      Reserved - kept or set apart or aside for future or special use

      Look at how much more precious and personal the word "reserved" is, as opposed to "kept". (see above definitions).


      In the above Scripture passage - you will notice that the sentence structure is very different in each version.  Most of the time, word order doesn't change the meaning like "Jesus Christ is revealed" vs "revelation of Jesus Christ".  

      This word choice difference is very slight but to me very important:
      "for a little while you may have had to suffer grief...."
      as opposed to:
      "for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved....."

      In the second example "if need be" implies that there is always a reason for our trials and suffering - our Heavenly Father has a purpose that we might not know until we reach heaven.  Whereas, "you may have had to" is so watered down - it's like saying "yep - you're going to have to suffer."  The second version gives meaning to the suffering.  

      Refined - free from impurities
      Tested - subjected to or qualified through testing
      In this case I actually believe that the N.I.V. choice of words makes more sense - "free from impurities" makes me think of my sins being washed away because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice.


      I highlighted the sentences in yellow above because the word order seemed so awkward in the N.I.V.  "Who spoke of the grace that was to come to you" - what??  That is so horribly cumbersome that I found myself concentrating on the word structure instead of the meaning.

      The final verse is so fantastic!! I don't ever remember reading this verse (I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation many times but I just don't remember this verse).  Not to add another version but I especially like "New Living Translation" version of this verse:

      "It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen."
      1 Peter 1:12 N.L.T.

      Instead of me doing all the work - I'll give you some homework for this last passage.
      Compare these definitions and then come to your own conclusions:
      predicted vs testified
      spoke vs ministering
      told vs reported

      I pray that you will continue to reflect on these differences this week and never stop digging deep into God's Word.

      Previous Version Discrepancy posts:


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      Friday, May 20, 2022

      22 Treasures - FLOWERS


      22 Treasures - FLOWERS

      In February of this year there were two palindromic dates: 2/20/2022 & 2/22/22 (palindromic meaning it is the same from left to right or from right to left - 2202022 & 22222).  The number 2 is an interesting number.  There is no other number that I can think of that has the same result when it is added to itself and multiplied by itself [I am not a mathematician, so I could be wrong.  And, I am not including zero because zero is nothing (literally nothing 0 + 0 = 0 and 0 x 0 = 0)]:
      2 + 2 = 4
      2 x 2 = 4
      Four is the same answer whether 2 is added or multiplied by itself.

      With that being said, since 22 (2 and 2) are so unique, I thought I'd continue posting this series during the year 2022 called:
      22 Treasures
      In this series I will pick a topic (like - FLOWERS) and I will feature 22 treasured blog posts from this blog about that topic.  And, that topic will be split into 4 different categories.

      Today I am featuring FLOWERS in these 4 categories:
      By Color

      (Please click on each title below to view the entire post - ENJOY!)

      BY COLOR

      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo BlogStuff_zps1lrxrjrp.jpg by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2016-08-16_zpspsxasfw7.jpg
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2012-08-16_zps3d6moluu.jpg by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2015 Belle River_zpscajsiri4.jpg
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2017-05-16_zpsuyvxdyu3.jpg by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2012_04_18_zpsdwtfvr06.jpg
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2013-05-27_zpsjd9blo8e.jpg by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2015-07-27_zpsouz4ei7q.jpg
      by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2015-09-27_zpsaxtvuhw8.jpg


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