One More Time

August 8, 2017

Several years ago (2010) I decided that it would be fun to be a blogger on the internet. Knowing almost nothing about creating a web site or a blog I looked for a place that would make it easy for me to pursue my ambition. Blogspot seemed like the perfect fit for me. With a little effort I had my first blog set up. The title page was Donnie – What’s On Her Mind? The blog post were usually inspired by things that had happened during the week, or things that I was thinking about that I wasn’t voicing around the house. The blogs that were posted were mostly about family, friends, work, faith, recipes, food, pets, and music, etc.. I kept up with that blog for about a year. More often than not I had problems getting a post to look good and it seemed like I just didn’t have the time to pursue learning how to work with the pages, etc., I eventually just stopped posting.

The desire to blog never left. I knew I needed a bit more education on working on creating pages, adding pictures, and editing. There were so many times that I forgot to save a post or just some editing. Frustration is something I tend to abhor. Sometime later I ran across Word Press. You gotta love them. Word Press can teach you so much about blogging. After looking over their site, I thought that I would give myself the chance to try again to create a blog. Grandma Donnie Online was the name of this new blog. The title page read 60ish Great Grandma and Loving It. It’s been so long that I’m going to have to edit the title page. I worked on it off and on for about a year also. I didn’t work on learning as much as I should have. There was just so much happening on the home front then that I couldn’t dedicate the time that it would take to do the blog justice. It is great that Word Press has so many bloggers and that so many of them have interest the same has mine. To save time and still have regularly posted articles I began to repost the post of some of the bloggers whose articles interesting, inspiring, or encouraging. I was thrilled whenever a blogger would repost one of my blog post. Eventually I didn’t have time to repost others articles.

Time passed but the desire to blog never left me. I thought why not go a bit bigger and get a dot com of my own. I had a yahoo mail account and knew that they did web hosting. There webhosting made publishing a blog fairly easy. I love being a Great Grandma and being online with a blog seemed like fun, so the name Grandma Donnie Online was used again. Once again life happened when I was making other plans and not much was accomplished with this blogging adventure. Today I’m ready to try again.

I am going to keep the Blogger blog spot. It’s more than likely going to be a way to keep in contact with family and friends. I am going to keep the Word Press blog because it has some really good tools and I can receive blogging lessons every day in my e-mail. I love the interaction with other bloggers. My hope is to be able to set down once a week and talk about the kind of things that interest you and me and to develop a following.

Until next week I am,

In His Grip

Donnie Jo

Nothing takes the place of love


Sadness and loneliness weighed heavy on my heart that evening a few years ago as I sat on the edge of my bed talking with the Father about some things that were on my mind.  It was then that one of the most profound realizations I have ever had hit me.

You see, all of my life I had grown up in Church and was heavily exposed to Christianity.  I’d heard the Bible, chapter and verse, quoted relentlessly, over and over again.  I had always loved what I knew about the Lord; but was I in love with Him?

Although I had asked the Lord into my heart as my personal Savior, I did not really know Him the way you know someone in your life you are personally and intimately involved with.

Ashamedly, I had to admit it.  Why should I be embarrassed or hesitant? 

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Uplifting, Encouraging


I don’t know how your week has started. My week started out with challenges the minute I woke up. Anxious feeling creeping up, financial concerns, more medical concerns. Frustrated about a few things.

Each day I have to make a conscious choice: Will my emotions or circumstances rule my day? What or who will I access control to when the currents are rising? Does everything have to go the direction I intended? Some days I have to ask the hard questions.

I don’t know what you are facing today. Perhaps the looming questions seem insurmountable. Perhaps your week has gotten off to a fantastic start. However it has begun, may I encourage you to remember that your attitude is always a choice.

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Turkey Frame Soup and Red Hot Peppers.

I was about to just strip a left over turkey to the bone, and use the meat for sandwiches or turkey salad, somewhat like chicken salad with the grapes and nuts, when I remembered that someone had told me that they always used their turkey carcass to make soup.

Fortunately for me, Betty Crocker had the recipe.  The first part of making the soup is almost finished and it smells so very good.

Speaking of turkey sandwiches, try this:

Lettuce, tomatoe, turkey, (could be from the deli) bacon, and avacodo. This is great on a crousant or sour dough bread.  Use your favorite sandwhich spread. You don’t even have to put this on bread.  It would be nice wrapped in your favorite lettuce.  I use romain.  Yummy!

Last night I knew that I had to do something with all the jalapeno peppers that I had.  Some were from my garden and some were from the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op basket.  The ones from my garden turned red this year.  This summers heat just made everything in the garden develop faster.  I think that the peppers thought they had been on the vine longer than they actually had been on the vine.

The green jalapeno were a nice size, bigger than what I usually get out of my garden.  I diced, vacuum packed, and froze them.   I have some red pepper flakes on my spice rack but they are getting kind of old so I decided to get out the dehydrator and dry the red jalapenos. it was at this time that I remembered that a person should always remember to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers.  I washed my hands really well and then put on the gloves.  I cut the red jalapenos in half and deseeded them and put them on the dehydrator.  I cleaned up the prep area and took off the gloves.  At this time I was a little hungry so I found and cracker and put it in my mouth.  HOT , not the cracker; my hands.  There is still residual hot pepper oil in the skin on my hands. Parts of one hand feel like the kind of burn you would get if you forgot to use a pot holder to pick up a hot pan. The corner of my mouth feels like it was burned with a match.

Whoever said, wear rubber gloves when working with hot peppers, was right.

It is time to go finish the Turkey Frame Soup. I’ll let you know how it turned out.  I do tend to tweak recipes that I find in cook books, so if you would like the recipe for this soup, just leave me a comment and let me know!  I’ll get it to you tonight or tomorrow.  Of course if you have a Betty Crocker cookbook, you probably already have the recipe, that is of course depending on what version of the book you have at your house.

Till next time God Bless You and Yours,

In His Grip,