Expect More Soon

It has been a long time since I focused on my websites and blogging. Life is tough and I had to physically and mentally and, especially, emotionally, FOCUS on surviving.

Sitting here reviewing this blog and all the fun things and serious things that I have written over the years, I remember how much I enjoy it. It is my plan now that my nest is less full (only 2 of my 9 living children remain at home) to go back to doing some things I let fall away.

This blog is one of my favorites. It was inspired by Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette way back in the 1990’s just when the internet was kicking off. I was given a dream, ya’ll, and I plan to meditate and not hesitate. Let’s go.

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This entry was posted on September 25, 2015, in Uncategorized.

1.2..3…4…. BREAD

Enjoy Fresh Bread

Enjoy Fresh Bread


This Lady of Leisure is all about the EASY way to do ANYTHING. Lazy is the true mother of invention. So here is my Super Easy Lazy Leisurely Bread. No Kneading…at all. Really.

1 tsp salt -plain old Great Value Iodized Salt
2 tsp yeast -Fleischmann’s Instant Dry Yeast. I bought it in a 2-pack at Sam’s Club for about $4
3 TBS sugar – Crystal Sugar that I buy at Sam’s Club in the 10 pound bag
4 cups bread flour – I buy Bakers & Chef’s bread flour at Sam’s Club, too.

The flour is sifted straight into my big stainless steel bowl. Because the sifter holds 2 cups, I fill it twice and sift it into the bowl and stick the sifter right back in the bag to store it.

Add 1, 2 & 3 to the flour. Boil 1/2 cup water. Add to 1 1/2 cups cold water. Use a plastic spatula and stir the water into the flour mixture. Stir until it’s all wet and then cover with a cloth in a warm spot and wait. Meanwhile butter your loaf pans. We use Blue Bonnet sticks at room temperature.

Bread Ingredients and Tools and Equipment

Bread Ingredients and Tools and Equipment

Put a little oatmeal in the bottom of your loaf pans if you have trouble with the bread sticking. It will pop right out!
In about an hour, divide the dough into your two loaf pans. I just cut it with the plastic spatula about in the middle and roll each section into each pan. Cover again. In about another 30 minutes to an hour, put into the preheated 425 oven. Turn it down to 350 in 15 minutes. Then another 15 minutes and its done.

Everything's Better with Blue Bonnet On it

Everything’s Better with Blue Bonnet On it

Take a stick of blue bonnet and rub it all over the entire surface of your bread loaves. Turn them out onto a rack and wait as long as you can stand it.

Cut and enjoy. I dip it in honey. I eat it with butter.
I just sit and smile at it because it really IS that easy.
1.2..3…4….BREAD!

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2014, in Uncategorized.

Hope Restored… again.

And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You.

When my life seems to be getting de-railed and I cannot figure out what to do to get it back on track, I go back to my life verse:

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
Hebrews 11:6

It is a CHOICE to believe that God exists AND that is is the REWARDER of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him and I CHOOSE to do that now.

In Today’s Daily Lift, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin says, “Each moment you make three choices. You choose your thoughts for the moment. You choose the words you say or don’t say. You choose the actions you will or won’t take.
Choose wisely. It would be wise to ask yourself frequently, “What is a wise thing to think now?” “What is a wise thing to say now?” and, “What is a wise thing to do now?”

So today, I will again Choose Life and Choose Hope and Choose to go on. God has taught me to seek Him early and often. He has prepared Friends for me and rescues me. He leads me and I will follow. He has His eye on me.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

This entry was posted on November 14, 2014, in Uncategorized.

Mama’s Soul Markers

There are moments in life that are Markers on my soul.

December 1981, I held in my arms my first child, Melissa Anne. Allen tells me that
I was in labor for over 31 hours without any kind of help for the pain. I only remember how beautiful she is and has always been. A perfect beautiful little red head who reflected back all the adoring looks we gave her. Fiercely loyal and strong, she demands peace and will settle for nothing less. Her daddy laughingly told her once to put a 55 gallon drum in the back of his truck while he ate lunch. He was being funny but when he went back, she had done it. It never occurred to her that she could not. That remains her attitude about anything she intends to do.

March 1984, I had the shortest labor ever and I say truthfully that Holly Elizabeth has never given me any pain since the day she was born. The medical personnel forgot to come back for us so I lay in the recovery room alone with her, clutching her to my chest, amazed at this tiny and perfect little blonde baby. Faith-filled and confident of provision from the day she was born, she refuses to worry and never lets her circumstances dictate what she will do. She once travelled with a mission group across three countries without a dime in her pocket and typical Holly, she called to say she was bringing home a few friends for Thanksgiving. She brought home, fed and housed 27 people.

February 2, Allen Lynn was taken to NICU and I could only hold his tiny toes as they took blood and kept him in his special bassinet so he could breathe. Praying and believing that the LORD would heal him for two weeks before they finally placed him in my arms, a miracle and my first son. We took him home in a little white tuxedo onesie. We call him the perfect man because he controls his tongue and never wastes his words. His siblings count on what AJ says because he does what he says he will do. He expects no less of others and if he shows up at the house, things that need doing will be done. He never leaves without giving both of us a good strong bear hug, a gift from this child who does not give affection or smiles liberally or lightly.

May 22, Thomas Glynn made his premier, happy and friendly from the moment he was placed in my arms. He was named for favorite uncles on both sides of our families prophetically –he is a family man, a loving father now himself. My favorite memory with Tommy was the day he took his Daddy and I on a tour of his school. Only in Kindergarten, he knew the names of not just his teachers, but the cafeteria ladies and the people up and down the halls. He greeted them all by name with compliments and favor flowing from his lips. Every one he meets matters and family is blood.

September 17, Jackie Leon was tiny and Daddy and oldest sister had to take care of him while I recovered in the hospital from a serious infection. Named for my daddy, Leon, and his daddy’s best friend. My favorite picture of Jackie Leon is the one where he is standing in his daddy’s boots. We all made our way to South Carolina to watch him graduate from Basic Training. He serves his country and his family, following in his daddy’s footsteps. Like his daddy before him, sleep is not important if there are things to be done and it is not unusual for him to have three jobs if that is what it takes.

January 19, Sandra Denise made her debut into our family and into stardom. She was the only one born in the hospital her Dad was born in and starred in a television commercial when she was only hours old. A little girl after three boys, she was a girly girl and petted by parents and siblings alike. She is positively positive and gave me my iconic “Never Give Up” poster and attitude. Times got tough but she was my built-in personal and family cheerleader. Her naturally nurturing nature will come in handy now that she has started her own family.

September 13, Matthew Ryan was born on Friday the thirteenth. His umbilical cord had a square knot tied so tight that the doctor sent it to a lab because he could not believe this healthy bouncing baby boy could have gotten any blood through that cord. Blessed of God, Young King. He is the only boy that looks like his Mama. Matt takes the initiative to do what needs to be done and has the kind and gentle heart that befits a King.

June 8, Sarah Michelle was the only child that loved Mama more than Daddy. She was my little Princess with her Daddy’s thick curly brown hair and big beautiful eyes. She was my ego boost because she adored me for no reason at all. Quiet but not really shy, she developed her own personality and strong individuality in spite of being eighth of ten. Drop her into a crowd and she becomes the center, making everyone think she has been their friend for a long time even if she just met them. Sarah is my sidekick; she loves to work outdoors beside me and also loves to sit and read for hours at my beloved public library.

March 2001. Jonathan Hunter. It was hard to understand how people could think that losing this son would not matter since I had so many other children. We have no physical mementos at all to remember him except the note to my employer from my doctor saying I had lost him and a sympathy card from one close friend. My last son was the first child to go to our LORD but I look with hope to the day I will at last meet him in Heaven.

January 8, Zelma Grace. Named for Allen’s mother and for the comforting joy that she brought so soon after our loss. She has a different mother than all her siblings because the loss of Jonathan changed me completely. Zelma is proof that Grace nurtures us into our full potential and my only sadness is knowing that my other children were not reared in the same freedom that has caused her to flourish. She is creative, invincible and boldly expectant of favor as we all should be.

My children. Markers on my Soul. I cannot love you less. I cannot love you more.

You have all my love always.

Burning Barbie: How You Can and Must Change To Save Your Child’s Life

Burning Barbie

Burning Barbie

It’s not about Barbie, really. It is about creating a point-of-view in your own family, not just a lifestyle but LIFE.

If you give your daughter a Barbie doll instead of a baby doll, you show her what you value regardless of your intentions.

If you stop at McDonalds because you are hurried, hungry and harrassed, you show her what you value regardless of your intentions.

Here’s the Good news!  It works both ways!

If you take a walk every day instead of (or at least before) sitting down to watch television or use the computer, you show her what you value regardless of your intentions.

If you take the challenge to lose your first 10 pounds and follow through with the plan day by day, you show her what you value regardless of your intentions.

Obesity is killing people worldwide and your children are following in your footsteps down whatever path you choose. Every time I lose 10 pounds with Project 10, I also help someone else because Visalus is donating to help others do the same.

Change your Life. Take the Challenge to Lose Your First 10 pounds. Set an Example to your child and Help other children at the same time with the Project 10 Challenge.

I decided to lose my first 10 pounds with the Project 10 Challenge so I could start living the life I really want to live and show my children what I value. Life. Health. Prosperity. You can, too!

LIFE. A community, building quality relationships and creative,
memorable experiences.

HEALTH. A platform, combining the right products, programs,
and support for lasting personal transformation.

PROSPERITY. A path, delivering freedom and financial
independence through the value we bring to others, while
doing our part to give back.

I am looking for people who want to help me and someone I can help, too. Is it going to be you?

Please watch my Project 10 Challenge video to learn more, then go to this website to start Your Challenge today.

Julie Challenges YOU on the Project 10 Challenge.

Julie Ashley: Challenge Accepted

MORE ABOUT PROJECT 10 CHALLENGE

Visalus and Project 10

How Vi Project 10 Helps

A Short Parable about a Tree and Fruit

My mother tells a story on her blog over at BlantonSharplinFarms.com about one of her neighbors stopping to meet her because of her fruit.

Mama planted a peach tree but she cut the limbs and fruit off each year for quite a while. Mama pruned it so it would become strong enough to carry the fruit well. Finally one year the tree was strong and Mama let the peaches grow.

The neighbor had seen the tree but to her it looked like any other tree. She had never talked to Mama about the tree until she saw that fruit. She was attracted to the sweet fruit on the tree. It prompted her to stop and ask Mama if she could have some fruit. Mama told her all about the tree and invited her to come back when the fruit was ripe.

To the neighbor, the tree was like any other tree until the fruit appeared. She wanted the fruit that Mama had grown and Mama was happy to share and tell her all about the tree.

Keep pruning your tree until it is strong enough to grow good fruit and soon your neighbor will stop by to ask you for some fruit. Then you will have an opportunity to tell your neighbor all about your tree.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. [ John 15:4-5 ]