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This Week

Boats and spiders

3 little kids came and got me one week. They had driven their remote control boats into one of the storm drains that flow into the lake. The drain pipe was at least 3 feet across and the water in it was only 6 inches high, but they were scared to go into it, they said there were spiders in there. Of course there are no spiders, every time it rains more than 10 minutes that drain pipe gets totally washed out, 4 parking lots drain in to it. But they were still scared. We got a long pole that we use to wash windows and extended it as far as it would go. They could reach the boats but they couldn't quite get a hold of them, so they crawled a little farther in to the pipe holding on to the pole and tried again. They still weren't sure about the spiders, but they couldn't see any from where they were so they went a little farther. Inch by inch, foot by foot holding the pole until they were right next to the boats, then they picked them up and walked out. The pole was never used to move the boats, only to move the boys. They just needed something to hold on to.

Several years ago I was in a computer virus war. I was fighting computer viruses for a week. We got the "taskmngrs.exe" spybot and the "Windows32.exe" virus and the "SdBot.27.A-Z" virus and about
400 other "Trojan Horse" viruses. I had a bunch of different virus hunting programs going, virus killers, virus stompers, virus bouncers, virus attackers…. It was war and I was loosing. Every time I would fix one computer somebody else would call me. I bet I fixed every computer in the building 20 times. I almost made everybody turn them off and go home. Then I found a little free program that protects the "Registry".
The Registry is the heart of all the software on a computer. Every program uses it to know how to run, including viruses. This little free program wouldn't let anything be written in the registry unless you approve, so even viruses had to ask. It was almost too simple.

God's like that, we get scared and dream up all these bad things that are going to happen when all we needed was to concentrate on the goal and how to get there. God protects our heart if we just ask and helps us keep going when it seems too far. He gives us something to hold on to ..

I wonder what else I could reach with that pole?


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

I made this once to go with a braised pork shoulder and this was the best part of the meal. It's really good and really easy and it goes with anything.. 

Skillet apples and onions

5 firm apples like Granny smith or Fuji

3 tbsp bacon fat or 4 slices of bacon or for vegetarian version use 3 tbsp olive oil

3 sweet onions


3 tbsp butter

Brown sugar

Do not peel the apples! .. If you have an apple corer, use that. If not cut the apples in half. Then cut a "V" out of the core to remove the core.
Then slice the apples across in 1/2 inch slices..

For the onions (Onion cutting trick:Don't cut off the root end. It will hold the onion together while you cut).. Cut off the top then stand it up with the root end up. Cut through the root and down to slice the onion in half.
Each side should be held together by half of the root. Peel off the top skin. Then place the half onion with the flat side down on the cutting board and slice the onion in 1/2 inch slices from top, down to the root..
Pitch the root end.

If you are using bacon, cook it now, not too crisp. Leave the fat in the pan and remove the bacon… add the onions to the hot pan (med high
heat) and cook for 4 min until they start to turn translucent. You need to cook down the onions to make room for the apples. Add the apples.
Cook the apples until they star to soften and get a little color. Then turn the heat way down and cook slow. The onions and apples will become light brown and very soft.. about 30 - 45 min

Add the butter, let it melt. Add the brown sugar… continue to slow cook..
keep warm till ready to serve (if you used the bacon, crumble it back in to the pan)… If you want a little "twang" to it, add 2 - 3 tsp of balsamic vinegar 1 tsp at a time (it will turn it very dark) taste after each addition…

The cool thing about this is that it goes with anything: pork, chicken, BBQ, hamburgers, breakfast… yummmmmmmm


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 12:57 PM