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SPEAKING FROM MY HEART

Speaking from my heart, the blog covers why we either show how much we care or why we put our needs ahead of others needs.

This past weekend was a super celebration of several recognition. My birthday was on Saturday, my daughter’s birthday was on Sunday, and we celebrated Father’s Day too. My mind has been collecting thoughts on how special these occasions are, not for presents which are great, but for the precious time for laughter, fun, reminiscing over past celebrations, and emotional tugs for those missing in our wonderful times.

We started out with a normal size family and now, today only my sister and me are still living. We miss those who are no longer with us.

Now, that the days of recognizing the blessings of being granted another year has passed, I wanted to speak from my heart on what I perceive as good qualities in people and what I feel is the loss of a great opportunity to create good memories by either selfish motives and/or ignorance of the importance of living in times that will not be repeated. It is up to people what is important but I felt very much love on my birthday, Missy had time with friends and us and it was great, and Greg enjoyed his Father’s Day too.

My daughter who celebrated her birthday with her Dad who she took care of for over two years who passed away. He was recognized as it was Father’s Day.

Let’s just get this out in the open as I know some people were lonely over this weekend, somehow forgotten on their birthdays, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as well as all the other holidays are not recognized with even a phone call or card. In the past, I have seen the good, bad, and ugly actions and have heard of those who are alone and the hurt they feel. Are you guilty of placing your own priorities in front of your parents, children, and other members of your family to do things with friends, play golf or other hobbies?

My husband celebrated Father’s Day with an added bonus of us going to visit the grandchildren with some ice cream. Greg’s son, Cory was cooking on the grill for his family and some of the grands had made dishes. Good going, Nolan, Jonas, and Elias for being helpful on Father’s Day.

Am I A Considerate Person or Am I Selfish?

I thought I would create a list of Dos and Don’ts for us to read and mentally check off this rather candid look in the mirror:

  • Do I check to see what my family members are planning for a holiday/celebration before I make personal plans?
  • How often do I make a phone call or even a text to find out how an elderly family member, friend, neighbor, and/or associate is doing?
  • Do I expect others to check on my health or well being instead of considering others’ health and well being?
  • Do I make plans without any consideration for my family?
  • Do I make the effort to recognize other’s accomplishments, special occasions, awards, or just a feel good text, message, and/or phone call?
  • Do I want to be encouraged by others or do I want to be the cheerleader?
  • Here is the big one….Is it all about me or do I feel better if I have done something special for someone else?

All of us are guilty of any of these at one time or another, or at least I know I have been selfish at times, but I am not proud of that. Let’s take a look in the mirror and start with Father’s Day that was this weekend. Did we go out of our way to recognize our fathers that are living? I can almost without fail say that those who have lost their Dads felt a void, wrote a message, posted pictures, but can we truthfully say we exercised every effort to be with them, take care of them, and show them love. Remember, no one lives forever and all of us will leave this earth. This is not in our control but we can control our actions while we are living and others too.

Nuff said, but I will add one personal note. When Mom was in the nursing home, my sister and I were very good to visit, shop for her, assist in her care when we were there, give her reasons to laugh, and provide all of us with precious memories. I worked all week, lived two hours away, but left each weekend that was possible to stay with her each weekend day, and only leave her for a few hours to sleep after she had gone to sleep. I don’t regret a second of that time. It gave me forever memories. My sister was faithful to go during the week. All this was out of love. When the New Year came near, I dreaded the traffic and thought I would wait until the second day of the new year to go for my usual weekend. I got up early that morning and packing my clothes in the car, ready to go and I received that dreaded phone call that Mom had passed an hour before. I cannot tell you how I replayed that call, that decision, and the cold fact I couldn’t see her one more time. She knew she was loved, but those actions or non actions can be long lasting so I say to everyone, if you can visit or see your loved ones, by all means, DO IT!

I turned 73 and I had the best presents…my daughter and my husband making my day special. I had so many Happy Birthday Greetings I had to group thank everyone.

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My Birthday Present Is A Day In The Kitchen With My Daughter

Today, I am 73 and a happy 73 at that. I quit giving aging a thought years ago and just enjoy each day. One of the best things is my daughter who has lived across the country up until 2017 and we have learned we are different cooks but have a lot of similar traits. We will celebrate with my husband, my birthday, her birthday, and Father’s Day as well. We have worked on our menus, Greg and Missy have shopped for different ingredients. Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to Missy, and Happy Father’s Day to Greg. Here is a post that I made in 2020 and I am adding my latest salad delight, Watermelon Salad with no recipe for now, but this will be in a future cookbook that Missy and I are working on.

Arline’s Version of Watermelon Salad (recipe will be in cookbook)

Original Post: I have cooked since I was 12 or 13 in the kitchen since my Mom worked and on Saturdays, I began cooking for my family. It wasn’t sandwiches as those were the days when meals were meals. I could fry chicken or pork chops and there were side dishes. At that time, I didn’t bake anything but rolls. Looking back now, at age 71, I may have survived largely due to the time in the kitchen as my therapy sessions. I love to cook and bake and simply adore a post that someone used one of my recipes. For those of you who cringe at the thought, another type of hobby can do as much for you if it is something you love.

Here is the clincher. I have diabetes II and have had to monitor and watch what and when I eat. So, my cooking and baking is not necessarily for me but I love to spoil people with the dishes they love. One of the things that has helped me the most in managing my diabetes is I eat very small portions on a regular schedule. I don’t go long periods without a small piece of this or that and only indulge in a high carb or sugary dessert as a rarity. Over the years, I found that a spoonful of a dish can keep me from feeling I have been deprived. Some people do not have the will power to do this type of eating but it works for me and my A1C is dropping to a healthier level. My doctor said he was happy and I replied, if you are happy so am I.

I plan on sharing some of the meals/dishes I cook and believe me, they are mostly Southern dishes. I throw in some healthy dishes too but if you want more of them, watch my tab Healthy Bites at the top of my blog. I will try to add more of the yummy recipes there for the ones who love to eat healthier.

Another tip for all of you whether you are watching your weight, your health, or your happiness. Pretty food provides a mental ploy. When you see a plate that is “dressed up” your mind will be better convinced that it is also tasty. Look at this variety of salad photos for an example:

I show you these for a reason, as I found that making food a display of colors is more enticing that throwing it together without thought. Sure, it all goes to the same place but how you perceive it going down can be therapeutic and more satisfying. It is hard to imagine that you are sacrificing when you see the brilliant colors and taste the freshness. Are you beginning to understand how taking a little time, receiving satisfaction from the creation, and then tasting your reward can be a wonderful experience while at the same time filling your belly?

I hope you will try to become a food artist and while you are preparing your pretty plates of healthy choices, take photos and then look through them. I hope you see the art of eating instead of the indulgence. Good eating my readers!

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Reinvention Queen Gets “Corny” with Cornbread into Dressing

As most of you are learning from reading my reinvention series posts that I don’t waste food and enjoy the challenge of making something delicious out of leftovers. I baked a huge pan of cornbread with plans of us eating it in that format, but I went into a different direction and saw the large amount of cornbread in the refrigerator. So, being me, I knew what I could make out of the cornbread that was delicious. Chicken dressing is one of my husband’s favorite so I took on the challenge of quickly assembled ingredients for a dressing that is normally reserved for holidays.

I want to walk you through the process without a specific recipe as I don’t normally make my dressing by a recipe. I took pictures to show you the process and it will give you an idea of the ratio quantities.

This is the inspiration behind the Cornbread Dressing I made by reinventing the purpose of the cornbread. The first step is to crumble the cornbread into fine pieces. I add about 4 slices of bread I have moistened with a little water and squeezed the excess out.
Four (4) skin on Chicken Thighs are placed in Chicken Stock (1 box), 1/2 stick butter, 1 vegetable bullion, 1/2 chopped sweet onion, Everyday seasoning to taste, Salt and Pepper. I placed 4 eggs in the liquid to boil at the same time, set timer for 20 minutes. I removed eggs and into a cold water bath, peeled and chipped the eggs and placed into cornbread mixture. Continue to cook until chicken is tender. Allow chicken to cool and cut into medium bite size pieces.
Before I added the chopped boiled eggs, I sautéd celery and onion in small amount of butter, added to cornbread mixture with a half sleeve of crushed saltines.
Onions and celery sautéing in butter and then mixed in with cornbread mixture.
This is when the chopped eggs are placed on top of the mixture and then it is gently mixed evenly. Once this is completed, seasonings of onion and garlic powder, everyday seasoning, salt and pepper, and a small amount of cayenne pepper. Next comes the pan fill.
The mixture is placed in pan and then the chicken broth from the stock pot is poured over to moisten the dressing. Pat small pieces of butter to help brown the top. Place in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes but watch carefully the last 10 minutes to not over brown or dry dressing out.

While I bake the dressing, I placed the darker meat that is next to the bone of the thigh in a small saut’e pan with butter, some of the chipped boiled egg, and some of the stock broth. 2 Tbs. of flour and whipping cream in a jar and shake it up well. When the stock is bubbling, add the flour/cream mixture to the pan and stir until it combines with the stock. Also, I had added a big amount of black pepper for the enhanced flavor. I turned the temperature to low and allowed this to simmer for 30 minutes.

My husband said this gravy was as good or better than my giblet gravy on the holidays. I will remember to use the thigh meat as it is easier to acquire at the holidays than giblets.
This is the end product with the gravy on top of the dressing. It doesn’t get better than this in our neck of the woods or in reality our subdivision.

Take the cornbread out of the bag and bring dressing in at times other than holidays. This way was so much easier than what I have done in the past for the holidays and nothing was lost in taste but a lot of time was gained. I hope you enjoy it. Always remember, seasonings are up to you. More if you like it spicy or herbier, but keep it moist inside the toasty brown crust. Don’t forget to think ahead of what you can make from the dressing. I am thinking of fritters. Hmmm?

Until we cook again, Reinvention Queen keeps the food ideas alive even while I am making the original dish. How can I reinvent this one? What else can I make from this dish? That’s me and I will be back with another dish soon…Arline Miller.

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THE FALLEN SOLDIER, I WILL REMEMBER YOU

My Husband, Greg Miller proudly participates in his local American Legion to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. Ike Branch, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene lended his support.

TODAY THE WORDS are I SHALL REMEMBER YOU. This holiday especially, even though some of us still work on this day while others get to relax and enjoy celebration, is one for all of us, no matter where or what we do on this day, to take more than a few seconds and whisper to all fallen soldiers worldwide, not just America “I shall remember you”.

Photo courtesy of Google. Sacrifices have been made by so many.


I would like to step outside the USA boundaries and give us something to ponder on this Memorial Day. A soldier is a soldier! A soldier is also a son or daughter of parents and when they came into this world, the entire world lit up in the same parents eyes.

God sees beyond nationality, ethnicity, social circles, wealth or poverty, and God tells us to love all people. With this in mind, God doesn’t agree with mistreating others and does not agree with evil in any form, shape, or religion. This may cause confusion to many. When a soldier gets an order it is an order and he will fight, he will save lives, he will rescue and/or destroy. He is not carrying out his personal feelings sometimes but is being a true soldier. So many times, in the heat of the battle, opposing soldiers have found themselves in a predicament and did a valorous deed and actually assisted his “enemy”. What is hard for all of us to understand is that war is the enemy, not the actual soldier. What is harder to understand; the soldier has to and will respond to enemy fire or combat without seeing the soldier as a human being. War, in any form, is a tragedy for so many and cannot be taken lightly. If, we as God’s people, can figure out a way to avoid war and share love for all mankind; we can say, “I shall remember” and remember how we were able to lie down like that lamb and the lion together (technically not the way it is actually stated as you will see below) in God’s love.

Happy Memorial Day to all members of the military, family and friends of those who have sacrificed and paid the highest price so that we can look around today and enjoy God’s beauty and freedom to breathe a sigh of relief and peace.

FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

Isaiah 11:6 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

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Moving to a House for Your Home-Based Business

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These days, many companies operate out of the owners’ houses. Long gone is the era where you have to rent space in a suburban business park or retail store downtown. Now, you can reach your entrepreneurial goals without stepping foot from your front door! (If you’re in the launching phase of your business, Google “ZenBusiness starting a new business” to learn what it takes to get up and running.)

But what happens when your operation outgrows your house, or you know that your current home will not accommodate your startup? If you want to move forward with your home-based business, you must find a home that will meet the needs of yourself, your family, and your company. Below, Geenius Marketing has shared some practical tips for getting started!

Prepare Financially             

Organizing your finances is a great place to start. Go over your budget to get a picture of where you stand so that you can plan your next steps. Then, research the local housing market to see what homes are available and the prices they are going for. If you’re considering purchasing a home “as is” to save a bit of money upfront on the mortgage, understand that there is some risk involved. What you save going into it may be lost, at least partially, if any major repairs crop up after moving in; because the property is being sold  as is, the seller won’t be on the hook for such expenses.

If there are home repairs that should be addressed before moving into your new home, you’ll need to budget that in as well. For example, if you have issues with concrete in your home’s structure, you’ll want to have that fixed ASAP so you don’t encounter any foundational issues or leaks. Finding reputable cement contractors is relatively easy; simply do an online search and read up on customer reviews. Be sure to get a quote in writing, and establish a timeline for the project.

If you are worried that you don’t have enough money to get your business moving, explore the various grants that can provide you free money to cover operations and expenses. Grants range from the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) to funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Just make sure you have a detailed business plan in place, know how to complete a stellar application, and tailor your search to grants specific to your industry.

Consider All Your Needs   

Perhaps the trickiest part of finding your next home will be that you have a lot of needs and preferences to consider. You must find a property that accommodates your business and your family while facilitating your recovery.

Consider your work needs. Discover suggests considering whether you need a dedicated office space separate from your primary living areas. Do you need to account for inventory and large equipment? If you primarily work from a computer, choosing a property that allows for a smaller home office should be relatively straightforward. But if you will need more space, you might consider a property with a garage (attached or detached), basement, or sizable attic.

How many children do you have? Do you have any pets? Answering these types of questions will help you determine the right size and layout of your next home.

Organize the Relocation

Once you find a property that will allow you and your family to live comfortably and help your business grow as you envision, start organizing your relocation. If you can budget for professional moving services, that’s the best way to go. Find a reputable moving company, and schedule your move well in advance. Moreover, be sure to follow up with them as moving day approaches, and communicate with them throughout the entire process.

Set Up Your Workspace     

You will want to begin setting up your home office as soon as possible after arriving at your new home. Ensure you have any essential equipment necessary to work productively, such as an ergonomic chair, desk, and all of your devices and accessories.

Also, New Day Office says to try to maximize the natural light in your workspace by setting your desk up near a window. For additional lighting, find high-quality floor and desk lamps. Then, you can start planning the interior design elements (e.g., painting, storage, decor, etc.).

If it is time for your family to enter the next chapter of your lives and build your company, be sure to prepare your finances before taking any other steps. Factor in the needs of yourself, your business, and your family when searching for the ideal property. Organize your relocation with the movers, and establish your home office soon after arrival. Following these steps will help you smoothly transition into a brighter future!

Note from Arline Miller, author and blogger of Sipping Cups of Inspiration is happy to present Guest Blogger Geenius Marketing. I found this article to be informative and a possible new tool to use. Sipping Cups welcomes bloggers/writers to submit for review any useful articles. Thanks Geenius Marketing.

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STAGING A HOME REVISITED

Note from Arline Miller on why I am reposting this blog message now: This is a time when home prices are soaring but for how long. If you are looking to sell your home, you may want to read how important staging a home can affect the price you are offered. Lately, my husband wanted to get a better view from his desk in his office/retreat so I took a look and it was amazing with a few small changes/rearrangement of furniture, his office looks at least twice as big.

This a post I wrote before we moved to Tifton, but yesterday I was reminded how staging a home especially before posting or listing is so important, I decided to repost this helpful blog. It is important in every day living, less is more.

STAGING A HOME IS LIKE STAGING LIFE. My husband and I are in the process of transitioning to his hometown and for any of you that follow the blog realize that is where our hearts are….Grandchildren and of course two of our children. It is even a great idea for my daughter who lives in California as her Dad’s home and ours will be closer for her to go in between. In preparation, I always stage our home prior to showing it and I feel that this process with my tips I have learned may be helpful to others. Of course, I will tie this experience to a life lesson at the end so watch for it.

Arline’s tips for staging a home:

  1. Get rid of clutter. Too much of a good thing is too much. A possible buyer is not interested in your belongings, groceries, trash, etc. Eliminate the extras by packing, throwing away the trash, has beens, junk, etc.
  2. Do not display personal photos if possible. The future homeowner wants and needs to envision themselves in their “new home” and not be reminded this is “your domain”.
  3. Extra furniture, even though it may be an essential piece in your home may prevent the buyer from seeing how spacious your rooms are and how easy they can fit their furniture in. This is a time that less is more.
  4. Clean, clean, clean! There is nothing more distracting or unattractive for the prospective buyer than to see anything but sparkle. Dust, scrub, touch up places, and replace those items that are old and need removal.
  5. Smell your home before people arrive at showings. I bake cookies and offer them to visitors. I keep baking sheets I have prepared so it is fresh home baked aroma throughout the showing. It reminds them of the fun they will have in the kitchen. Do not use heavy disinfecting spray right before the showing. It will give the impression of trying to mask odors.
  6. Pay attention to drawers, cabinets, shelving so that all is neat and organized. I recently viewed a home and was really impressed the towels in the linen closet were neatly rolled. I opened the matching linen closet and it was a totally different look and was disarranged. People notice those little things so don’t overlook them.
  7. Taking photos of the home staged is vital. Do not wait until the last minute and take photos from different views. A person decides from the web site whether this is a good fit for them. I am going to show some photos from different realty websites without disclosing where these homes are listed for a Do and Don’t Do Comparison. I will use the ones I have staged in our home and possibly you will see what I am referring to in what to do and what not to do.
  8. Make sure windows and blinds are sparkling clean.  A good view to beautiful scenery and/or a great front or back lawn makes the buyer feel at home. Nothing is as distracting as film on windows or dust on window blinds/sills.
  9. Kitchen sink under-cabinet staging. Display organic, non-chemical cleaners and no roach or rat preventive items. Keep items to a minimum and have clean sponges, brushes, pads, etc. As a home owner, it is easier to show the home without having to have discussions about pest control. Tip: Maintain your home at all times to be pest free so this is not even a concern.
  10. Pet Staging. Many of us love pets, dogs or cats and even some other varieties of animals. Carpets should be cleaned often if pets are present and vacuumed frequently. Bathe your pets regularly and use the natural fragrances to keep them smelling good. Litter boxes have to be religiously emptied and cleaned and open windows frequently to allow fresh air in your home. Any pet that is not house broken should be crated until you can trust them to be out. Carpets and area rugs should be cleaned and deodorized to prevent the paw tracking from pets going in and out.
  11. Window blinds/curtains should be opened for better lighting if possible. Some of my friends prefer a darker ambiance but most people love to see lighter rooms. If a window cannot be visible, make sure lights are on. Dark corners do not reflect bright, cheery atmosphere so keep it in mind even if you are Dracula’s descendants and love the dark.
  12. Staging is important but your attitude is what counts as well. If you have an agent representing and showing your home, please do an attitude check on how they feel about your home.

Helpful tip from me on Staging A Home Photos: Before you list or post photos, do yourself a money making favor. Even if you put the items back on the counters, sinks, furniture, or even clutter on floors. Before you take the photo remove all personal or even a mountain of figurines, dishes, vases, etc or children’s toys……A little less is always best and they can see your home above the rest! When I had Interiors by Arline, light touches were highlights and not distractions in trade shows. I see so many beautiful homes that if de-cluttered for the presentation it would mean a higher price! When we sold both of our homes, you better believe I staged the poster pictures. No one cares about your collections or personal shampoos, etc. but they want to see walls, counter space, and living spaces. Clean and neat can’t be beat! Just sayin’ to help!1 Co

I posted this tip with these Before and After photos to make a visual point of comparison.

Here are some photos I wanted to share for the DO’s and DONT’S for staging a home:

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DO: Minimal items on counters; clean and wiped cabinets, sinks, and appliances allow buyer to see backsplash and space in kitchen.

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DON’T: The busyness of this kitchen takes away from the counter tops and size.

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DO: Simple accessorizing helps to accent a feature like the fireplace. Greenery can be used but dust free if used. I used this photo for a reason. I left the cabinet open to show the TV but this is an option and it looks nicer closed for showings. I am posting another Do for a Living Room and this one is from a realtor website. Good job.

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DO: See how minimal accessories allow you to see the walls, fireplace and just how much furniture is possible. Nothing personal.

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DO’s: These bedrooms are staged with clean appeal, accessories, made up beds, and clean carpet.

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DON’Ts: Toys, boxes, “junk” have to go or be displayed in an attractive way on shelves.

In finalizing this thought of staging, I thought about less is more when preparing a house for someone else to like what they see enough to spend time and maybe make it a home place.  I thought about the same when we go to choose a mate for life. Look away from the material things and look at what I call the “bones” of a home. If we choose to spend our life with someone, it should be because it has an attractiveness, a cleanliness of body and spirit, room to grow both emotionally and wisely. In other words, maybe we look to see if our future mate has the ability to shine and sparkle without overdressing and speaking. Allow the person to win you over like a good, solid home does by being themselves and standing out from the crowd.

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THE TIME IN BETWEEN. FROM THE CROSS TO THE RESURRECTION

As a blogger and writer, there are times in between events and I occupy myself. Always at this time, this post comes to my mind about the time in between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. It seems worthy of reposting this year. Happy Easter to all of us who celebrate this holy holiday and may each of us have a beautiful reason to know why we celebrate it.

This is a repost from 2014 but I found it to be appropriate as we move into Good Friday. TODAY THE WORDS are THE TIME IN BETWEEN. We have obligations, appointments, meetings, scheduled events, etc. which have specific times set aside throughout our days, weeks, and months. We write them down and plan to be on time and sometimes we schedule several places to be on the same day to make the most of our time. While doing this, we have some unavoidable down time or some time in between. We find ourselves with a half hour, an hour or sometimes two with nothing to do. What do we do with our time in between two events? Some of us bring our iPads, books, puzzles, etc. and fill our time either wisely or just idling with very little productivity. This made me have a deeper thought about this Easter holiday. When the events occurred on Good Friday and with the promise from Jesus to His followers He would rise on the third day; how did they fill the time in between? Did they sit around and mourn Jesus’s death as we do today when one of our loved ones die? The tomb was sealed so they could only visit the outside. Did they stay watchful or did they have the confidence to wait the days out? How did the conversation go between all of the disciples? Did they fear their safety knowing others had seen the Lord’s strength during his torturous death? Did they reminisce about His miracles Jesus had performed? How did they fill the time in between?

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All of us may know what happened on Easter Sunday with all of the celebration and miraculous resurrection; but my mind has been directed to the time in between and here is what I feel. Our lives are actually time in between. We are born into this world and then we die. All of our life is this time between birth and death and what we do is important to prepare for our resurrection into Eternity. How do we fill our time in between or in other words, what do we do with our lives? Do we fill our time with productivity and good works or do we idly fill our time with nonsense and useless activities? Do we learn, earn, live, and love? Do we reach out to help others find their way? We are taught about Good Friday and Easter, but I think we need to spend some of our time understanding how important the time in between was. Life is here for us and while we show reverence and love for Jesus’s sacrifice for us; let us use our time in between wisely. Happy Easter to all and a Happy In Between Time to fill with goodness.


For positive affirmation with “the power of positive thinking” I am including a short article for you to read: The Power of Positive Thinking

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Did you know that some of the world’s most successful people – including professional athletes, actors, business-people, artists, and spiritual leaders, attribute their success to one thing, above all else?

Its called “the power of positive thinking,” and more and more regular people are harnessing this incredible force to achieve happiness, personal success and abundance in their lives.

If you want to successfully change your attitude, it is important to know that, just like a magnet, your thoughts, expectations, and beliefs attract everyone and everything that enters into your life, both positive and negative.

How To Be Happy
Does anger, worry, fear, anxiety, and/or depression lead your emotional state and thought patterns?

If so, then experiences validating these thoughts are exactly what you will attract into your life. Good thing for you, there is a very effective solution.

What is the secret to making the power of positive thinking work for me?

Meditation. In order to manifest positive experiences into your life, you must change your thoughts, which must be done from the root: the subconscious layers of your mind.

Once meditation melts all of the layers of worry, anxiety, depression, and fear clogging up your thought processes, your new-found mind-mastery, with crystal clear thinking, and positive mental attitude allows you easy manifestation of anything you want, whether it be love, good health, wealth, more friends, or success.

Easter hope
Scripture Excerpt from The Bible:

John 20:16-18 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
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RED POLKA DOTS II

I usually don’t think about the posts that I have written years ago until something springs into focus but this morning, my post and memory from years ago came forth without provocation. I thought I would share this post but end with a reflection of a thought resulting from this memory.

This photo came from googling dotted swiss on Google.

Here is the original thought and post from 2014.

TODAY THE WORDS are RED POLKA DOTS. It seems I wake up one morning with serious topics on my mind and the next morning, I wake up with a humorous thought. So the story of Red Polka Dots is the theme for today. Several times during the course of writing this blog, I have shared the fact I didn’t come from wealth; as a matter of fact, we were not even among the “current” middle class. Our family did the best we could but we didn’t have extra money, so hand me down clothes were a good thing. Our aunts would give us clothes from their older children and then we would go through the process ourselves. My sister’s clothes were handed down to me and I always joke when someone kidded us about me being taller and having a larger frame than my sister. Look, I said we were close to being poor; I didn’t say I wasn’t smart. I just grew faster to avoid having to wear hand me downs. Back to the red polka dot story…..Mom saved some money and found some pretty polka dot material and made BOTH of us an Easter dress. Oh yes, I was walking in high cotton and probably strutted in MY new dress. Mine, it was mine and it was new and oh, how I loved my dress. It was white background with red polka dots and did I say it was mine? I wore it with pride and as often as I could. It wasn’t long before I grew out of it and then it happened……I had to wear the one Mom had made for my sister. What? Hand me down on the dress I loved so much, how could that be? It was not even funny to me at the time, but as the years go by, it has become hilarious. The difference is how I would handle the same situation today. I would continue to “strut” as no one would notice, if I had kept my mouth shut. It was me who let the cat out of the bag and I should have appreciated the fact I could keep wearing a pretty red polka dot dress. How we learn in life to make the most of an awkward situation! Life can be an emotional roller coaster or we can decide to enjoy the ride. We can laugh; we can overcome our fears; we can shout with joy; and we can cry from the sad times. What became important to me is that it isn’t what we are dealing with today; it is the privilege of living life to the fullest. God gives us polka dots to see the colors of the rainbows He makes.

2022 Note from Arline Miller, blogger: As time goes by and we get older, our priorities change and our positions of the focus of life are repositioned. We care about different things such as family, security, homes, communities, and such nuances as fashion diminish in ranking. I had an elderly man who I worked with make a statement when an acquaintance of mine visited to make an observation which I took offense when he said, “Those sensible shoes make her look older.” He was speaking from a man’s view of how women’s legs looked in high heels not from the comfort and safety of wearing practical shoes. Today, I laugh as I have many beautiful high heel shoes packed away for what reason I don’t have a clue since I am happy to be in the “sensible shoes” era. Dotted Swiss is pretty and it is a happy memory just like sensible shoes.

Those were the days (photo blurry but no sensible shoes in those days 70’s)

FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:

James 1:17 ESV 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

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Mr. Easter Bunny, Are You Lost?

Mr. Easter Bunny, Are You Lost? Written by Arline Miller, blogger and author

Photo courtesy of: https://pixabay.com/images/search/easter%20bunny/

On a bright and sunny morning, on his way to gather some colored eggs to hide for the little children, Mr. Easter Bunny found himself on a road which he wasn’t familiar and he stopped to look around. He couldn’t tarry long as the children would be coming out with those pretty decorated baskets and they would be anxious to begin their hunt.

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A robin was hopping on the ground looking for a good juicy worm and saw Mr. Bunny looking confused. Since he was a good bird, he hopped over to find out what Mr. Bunny was doing.

“Mr. Bunny, what are you doing? You look sad and lonely and if I might say, somewhat confused,” chirped Robin.

“For some reason, I seem like I have lost my way. I have made this journey for many years and I am wondering why I do this every year. I am a rabbit and I don’t lay eggs, but I have been given this responsibility and don’t want to disappoint the little girls and boys. I just wonder what the meaning is behind a rabbit hiding eggs to represent this holiday called Easter. Do you know why?” asked Mr. Easter Bunny.

“Mr. Easter Bunny, this is quite the dilemma and we need to find Hooty Owl as he knows everything. He will figure this mystery out. I think he is over there in that big ole tree. Let’s go see what he has to say.” With this announcement, Mr. Robin began hopping toward the high pine tree.

“We should hurry as I don’t have much time to gather the eggs and hide them in all the places the children can find them. I hope Hooty can help me understand why I have been put in charge.”

Together they hopped until they got to the base of the tree and Robin let out a big chirp which Hooty Owl heard and who stuck his sleepy head out of the hole he called home. He seemed shocked to see Mr. Easter Bunny waiting for him. Luckily, Hooty was full and not hungry so he was willing to listen to their question. He had a reputation of being wise to uphold so he felt he could figure out their plight.

“Hoot, hoot, what can I do for you fellows this early morning? You know I sleep during this time so make it quick with your questions.”

Mr. Easter Bunny asked, “How did I get mixed up with the holiday called Easter? I thought Easter was designated as the time that a Savior named Jesus was crucified and resurrected to mankind could have an opportunity to have an eternal life through His Sacrifice. Am I wrong?”

Mr. Hooty Owl turned his head around to see the forest and who might be watching and listening as he was wise and had to ensure his words were profound. He remembered hearing some humans talking one day about this very subject. He looked at his friends and said this to them:

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

(Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols )

Mr. Easter Bunny thumped his paws into the grass, seemingly to allow this information to sink in. He looked at Robin and Hooty and seemed to smile. He rose from the grass, wiggled his tail, and started to hop away.

Mr. Easter Bunny turned back and said to both of his friends, “Thanks for straightening this out. I was chosen not to take away from the miracle event of Our Lord Jesus but my part was to add to the celebration. I don’t replace that the true meaning of the Easter Season is what He did for all of us, especially the humans, but to add to the resurrection of Jesus as a sign of new life. I’m good with that as long as children are told the true meaning of Easter. I better be on my way and Happy Easter to All.”

Note from Arline Miller of Sipping Cups of Inspiration: Easter is to be treasured and respected for the sacrifice and promise from the resurrection of Christ. We honor this holiday and in no way, do I mean to say Easter Eggs are the meaning of this holiday. I thought I would use my creative writing for those who might have this question of how Easter Eggs came into play. Happy Easter, remember to teach the little ones why we celebrate Easter.

John 3:16King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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A SUNRISE LIKE NO OTHER, REVISITED

As we are in the Holy Week of Easter, I thought I would revisit some of my posts which pertain to new beginnings and about special sunrises. May each of us do our best to contribute to this world and not always be consumed on what we can take from life. Let’s give, Let’s give of ourselves, and Let’s Give to the benefit of Others.

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Betty Burkhalter is the photographer for this illuminating photo. Thanks Betty!

GOOD MORNING! It is a brand new day and let’s start with a brand new way of thinking. Positive thoughts bring positive results. We have had enough gloom and doom for a lifetime. Where is the joy? Let’s start the parade of happy thoughts. Let’s put aside the negativity in this world. Look at the sunrise, watch a child play, follow a bird’s flight into the sky, imagine characters you see in the clouds, listen to the singing of nature and bask in life. I am feeling better already…..How about you?

Below is an excerpt from a great article which can be found in its entirety by clicking on this link:

Article dated February 18, 2017

Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

Even though we face a lot of obstacles, a positive attitude will keep us focused on the good things in life and not the good life busters that come our way. Always keep in mind, the memory of the deep sigh of relief when a tense moment or event is over and we move forward.

Until we read again…..Arline Miller, blogger and positive thinker. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST BY LIVING IT TO THE MAX.

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