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God’s Armor over Me?

Batman says:

Had an experience that just shows the Man upstairs (God you dorks, not your upstairs neighbor) has ways to protect us every day even though we have no idea he is doing so.

Here’s how the picture attached came about, Peach and I have a son (we have two sons to be precise, but since the other wasn’t involved, I only mentioned the one {if I didn’t clarify all God’s available armor couldn’t protect me from Peach reminding me we have two} as the conversation with him led to this.

I like to hunt, some find this horrible and that’s ok, most people have several opinions that don’t match mine. My son (the one I was originally talking about) and I were discussing the possibility of getting together and going hunting next December someplace we had never been. Research led us to decide a muzzle loader hunt would probably suit us best. Now those who are not gun knowledgeable are going “a what Hunt?” and that’s an appropriate question if you’re not gun savvy. So here is the easy version, a muzzle loading gun (black powder gun, smoke pole, musket, and a host of others) is loaded from the muzzle end (the end the bullet comes out) you put an appropriate amount of black powder (or in my case a pellet of synthetic gunpowder) in the muzzle, a projectile (sometimes wrapped in a patch sometimes in a plastic sleeve called a sabot) and push them down the barrel as far as they will go with a rod. The gun is then fitted with a percussion cap or a “shotgun” primer, cocked and fired (this is overly simplified but should give you an idea).

To unload my style muzzle loader, you can shoot it (which means cleaning it after) or you can take off the primer cap or shotgun primer, remove the breech plug, take the same rod u pushed the round and pellets in with and push them farther in till they fall out the open breech, thereby rendering the gun safe. If I plan to hunt later that day or the next morning I will sometimes just remover the primer cap, put the gun in the case until the next day, and so on and so on.

Anyways, this hunting decision being made convinced me to pull out the old “smoke pole” and give it the once over just because. Now I am pretty gun safe but even I do screw up from time to time and freely admit this fact. I haven’t hunted with the old muzzle loader in two years, and it’s been in a hard case in the safe nice and comfy. Once I get the gun out and dusted off I pull the breech plug out and look in the barrel (black powder and pyrodex synthetic pellets are highly corrosive) to see if there were signs of rust or corrosion. Imagine my surprise, I could not see a thing, it was pitch black. Point barrel at bright light coming in window, still black…hmmmm. Whip out ye old push rod and insert into muzzle and out pops two pellets and a bullet and sabot, Ha! just forgot to unload it I suppose, stupid but does happen, like I said I do make mistakes like all humans, and God keeps pushing us back on track. Now with that done I pull the rod out and look down the barrel, still black and I’m totally confused, I put the rod in, and push out two more pellets and another bullet in a sabot.

You could have pushed me over with a feather (not an easy feat I’m not a little guy) from the stunned sensation I had. Some how I had loaded one complete load on top of another during the last time I used it to hunt. Had no idea, but God did, his intervention then by not letting me see any animal worth shooting, and then in not letting me shoot it to unload it at the end of the season, and finally in making me want to give it a look when I did, all equaled to me not blowing the gun up in my face (Peach wouldn’t be happy with me coming home with a barrel stuck in my face).

You can say what you want, luck, fate, whatever, but to me it was only the hand of God and his Armor of protection that helped me avert a bad day.

…no worries Peach…

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Fried Chicken

Batman says:

I am pretty sure that God eats fried chicken in heaven, he would have to because it’s that good.

Peach and I eat a lot of chicken, and trying to find ways to make it interesting and different sometimes is hard to do, but there is one way it is always acceptable and that’s fried. Golden brown and delicious with just the right seasonings and crunch and there is no better food on this planet.

Think back in to your youth and one food you will remember having always will be fried chicken. Fried chicken is one of those foods moms just know how to cook, they need no fancy cookbooks or ingredients. Just a cast iron skillet (those observant ones of you will notice mine was done in an electric skillet, I have a cast iron ‘Lodge’ skillet, I chose the electric because it was out already and I’m sometimes lazy) some oil (I use vegetable) and chicken. Yes, there are shakes and dredges and drenched you can use but you don’t have to, salt and pepper work fine. I cook it at 325-330 till the interior is 160 (carryover heat does the rest). My mom does flower and eggs as a breading (I cannot compete with moms but I think mines ok) I’ve done it with or without breading, funny I’ve done chicken with or without the skin to (without skin is harder to do without making the outside tough so be careful) and we like it both ways.

Fried chicken, comfort food, y’all don’t forget it in today’s times where everything has to be fancy or healthy, cause it’s just plain good stuff.

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Looking Ahead

Batman says:

What does the future hold? Pretty sure if we could know our future, we would do something to screw it up, it’s human nature.

Peach and I have started to contemplate our future as retirement from a job I have done for over 20 years will in a short 3 more years be over, the job will always be there, I just will no longer be doing it.

Our future hopefully will include trips around this beautiful country we live in to see all it has to offer, fishing, hunting, trapping included. Photography will dominate a large portion of it as Peach and I both love taking pictures of everything. Visiting the ‘kids’ and their ‘rugrats’ will also be a priority. Mostly though, just Peach and I, going through the future as we have the past, together, in love and having goofy moments, all under Gods watchful eye.

I used to worry what the future holds, I no longer do that, with the love of my life along with me, the future can be nothing but an adventure.

…what exit is it again Peach???

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Outside

Batman says:

Outside, the place not inside, not in your house, car, office, tent, bus, camper…you get the idea (if not, leave now, you’ll be bored). God created us outside, we have always been apart of the outside world, and most people, if they are honest, will admit they are happier when outside enjoying Gods creations.

When I was young (go on, make the jokes, but I was actually young, of course that was before cell phones and more than 3 channels on the tele) I spent every waking moment outdoors, traipsing through the woods, running barefoot everywhere, doing fun stuff. I actually had working trap-line before the hunters with dogs whined and got steel leg hold traps outlawed (if u can’t kill a deer without chasing it with dogs till it’s exhausted, then shoot it, maybe you need to rethink your hunting prowess).We kids ran all day, outside and pitched a fit when it was dark and Mom called us home to get a bath and go to bed. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine sitting in front of a television screen and ‘playing’ games all day (we had Clue, Sorry, Monopoly board games and others for rainy days). Video games, even had they been around back then, I’m willing to bet would not have done as well with us as this last couple generations. The problem is the parents, they allow the television to be a fix all baby sitter. Parents do not take responsibility for their kids (I’ll give you the few rare ones that do, but in my job I see it daily) actions, they don’t set firm limits and when their kids act out they blame everyone else but themselves. Read a quote from an actor, don’t remember who but it goes “Respect is taught at home,If a child is disrespectful, it’s your fault, It’s not societies fault or a video games fault, it’s Yours”We were taught respect or we got a belt period. Think we grew up ok getting a spanking that we deserved. Anyways I got off on another post for later, this was headed in the right direction then a squirrel ran by and I was distracted.Outside, anyways back to that, I cannot imagine a more harsh punishment to a child of my time than to be told he or she could not go outside and play. It was as if the world turned upside down. Today, and today’s parents, their punishment consists of repeatedly telling their kids over and over not to do the same thing they keep doing. When the punishment is much simpler. Make them go outside and play, not to a friends to play videos, but outside in your yard or park and actually spend time outside in God’s masterpiece creation. I’m willing to bet that if you do this enough, video games will become second fiddle to being outside and physically having fun with their friends. As for the adults, don’t care what you say or do, you to need to get outdoors as much as possible, to rejuvenate your soul. God made this planet not only to live on, he made it for us to enjoy being out on. I am a firm believer that every time I go outside, even for a short period, that it takes worry and stress off my mind and body. If this were Peach’s post she could find a scripture instantly to match this ramble, sorry if have to look for one it will take a week.I will leave you all with this thought, think back, when you were young, on a trip or walk with your parents. Then think where you were when you had the most exciting and interesting fun together, I’m betting you were outside someplace. Folks, God made it for us, don’t waste it by staying inside looking out, go Outside and experience it.

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Once More for the Win

Peach says: I follow some awesome diabetic people on IG, to learn, to expand my mind and keep mindful that there are SO many smart, focused, disciplined people, who have gone before me and are positively #SLAYING this beast. I was diagnosed 15 April 2016. I. Have. NOT. Slayed.

YET. I do believe, however, it’s in the works. As a person who doesn’t do ANYTHING without considering things from a faith viewpoint, I have never doubted His Grace is sufficient for me. He has impressed me with this verse from the beginning, over and over, oh, so faithfully. What I doubt, for good reason is ME. I know in theory when I am weak, He is strong. But, in practice, I am not only weak, but hardheaded, willful, and can I say, I really, really LIKE my sweets? 😟 I also like my fancy coffee. My occasional Mountain Dew. (It’s been a long, long time😭😭!). I also have a serious problem with self sabotage. For real! I have a tendency to take things right up to the Verrrrryyyy edge, just so I can come back from it. It’s awful. Like, I figured out how to navigate my calories and insulin and carbs and protein to be able to have my fancy coffee (NOT from Starbucks!) on my way to work, because, hey, I’m going to work, I ‘deserve’ it! Except, I really don’t buy into that. Life isn’t about what we deserve. It’s about grace, it’s also about hard work and good results, it’s a complicated, and yet simple combination that varies at times. I feel like it’s the dance of life. I GET to make wise and healthy choices, through His Grace at work in me, THEN I will see better results!

Lately, His new verse to me, to help me and Batman, together, get to a new place in this, is Philippians 4:13. I know, it’s everywhere in social media, so it can be annoying. But, when HE, Whose Word it is, takes the time from sustaining the Universe, to impress this verse on your heart and mind, OVER, and OVER, it takes on brand new and shiny significance. I will #listen when He speaks, when He cares enough to 👉🏻👉🏻 point the way #forward and 👆🏻👆🏻 #up the 🏔. So, Sunday night we threw out any carbs leftover from a family 4th of July get together. And just flipped the switch cold turkey. About 2-3 weeks ago the Lord had put it on my heart, to let up, walk away from the fancy coffees, do myself a favor and quit being foolishly ‘edgy’, just because I can. Why not see how much better results I can get without that totally unnecessary thing.

Yesterday was one of my very best eating days ever, as a person fighting the sugar/insulin battle. Today is day 3 of yet another turn around the mulberry bush, to try to find Batman’s and my healthy place in eating. Today I did hit a low, but I brought it back WITH proteins and fats! NO carbs! That’s a great success! 🎉🎉🙌🏻👌🏻

I don’t usually talk about this part of my life, because I’m a novice, and haven’t found my stride just yet, and I realllllly do not enjoy simple platitudes, judgy and condescending people, and people who are, (I’m sorry) talking out of their behinds! 🤣🤚🏻🤚🏻🤐 🚫 Lol! I might not have dealt with this long, but, I have had all sorts entertaining and annoying advice given me! Can’t take it personal. It’s just people being people, bless their hearts!

I’m deciding to talk about it now, because maybe my awfulness at this, followed by His redemptive work in me through this, will help somebody. And that is worth it all!

I CAN do ALL things, THROUGH Christ who STRENGTHENS me!!

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Upgrade

Batman says:

Peach and I have decided to upgrade our ham licenses from Technician to General, which will like I explained in an earlier post, allow us more frequencies to converse on when we pass the test. “There’s a Test?? You know I stink at tests!!” to which Peach does as she always does, rolls her eyes and tells me to be serious, which kinda leads to the reason for this post (the test part not the me trying to be serious, which if you ask Peach, I rarely am).

I have often wondered what twisted personalities develop questions for Ham tests, I mean, if you look at them on the face they are a mixed jumble of technical jargon that the normal person has no clue what the meaning is (I’ll give a few examples in a bit). Now before all you Ham enthusiasts get all uppity, finish reading. There are two types of Ham operators, generally, I believe (leaving out the preppers, not because they don’t count but, because they mostly are using Ham for preparation for society collapse, good on ya for being prepared.) My two types are people that just want to turn on a radio, find some people talking and have a fun conversation, making new “contacts” and hopefully lifelong friendships. The other type also enjoys the same things, but these are the technical ones, the ones that desire to use computers, tinker with new equipment, find new ways to do things, which generally improves Ham radio for most others (except when it comes to tests).

The first user type is a young child or adult introduced to Ham at school or by a friend of the family or at a field day etc. They become excited to talk to people around the world (yes it’s possible to do) and enjoy doing so. This type does not care how the radio works, does not care how many volts equal a millivolt, kilovolt, volt cola or whatever. They just want to be able to talk and make friends. They will probably never open a radio up to fix a bad diode or bulb, won’t build or adjust antennas, will buy what’s best and use it based on what’s in the instruction manual. They want to know the rules, so they can follow them and be good Ham operators, and generally are happy with the knowledge they have.

Type two, the tinkerers, question everything, look for ways to talk farther, improve speed, make antennas easier to adjust (tune). These are the people that over the years, have improved Ham radio two-fold over what it was capable of doing in the early days, and they continue to question and try and improve each time they have a moment.

I believe both types have their place and both add something to Ham radio, and now the reason for the ramble:

Who writes these tests? I mean seriously??!! Why does a person need to know how many nanofarad’s equal a picofarad just to talk on a radio to someone?? Why do I care how the efficiency of a RF power amplifier is determined? Answer is “I don’t” except to upgrade my license, based on God knows who’s idea of what knowledge I need to be licensed to talk on Ham radio legally. This is where the two sides butt heads, the one side could care less, the other thinks everyone should know.

It’s my blog post (when Peach lets me call it that) so I’m gonna go out on a limb, why not make the test relevant to what you can and cannot do? Questions about the rules, would in my humble opinion, better serve the Ham community and teach what’s proper. By all means, if your type 2 then go forth and prosper, keep up the good work, but that’s no reason to expect the average person to learn how to calculate how long a wire antenna needs to be to be resonant on 80 meters (use the online calculators out there it’s easier).

Peach and I will wade through the technical crap that we will never use, and we will pass our tests (confidence is key) even though we believe it’s not relevant to why we are doing it. It has gotten “easier”, they took out the Morse code requirement (CW) which is weird because it would actually be relevant to a lot of people.

Anyways, I have to go learn what a discriminator, a mixer and other things I will never use are, the test is next month and my mind doesn’t like being crammed with useless knowledge, even if I only have to retain it till I pass the test.

Y’all take care

The pic above is all Peach and I use to talk on the air, it’s all we need.

Oh, when you write to give me heck, please use decent language, sometimes little kids read these posts to

73 y’all

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Naps

Batman says:

Naps? Why post about naps?

Because naps are awesome, who doesn’t remember sitting and staring at the television with its mundane, and either graphically violent or oversexed shows and nodding off, waking up at the end, missing all the violence and sex, but a bit more refreshed? I sure do, I nap all the time 👍🏼. I strategically space my naps around times of hectic goings on so as not to be interrupted. Parties and such are not good napping times, too much noise and too many people. I like the in between times, right after you have done everything needed, but before the noise starts, or after, and before the clean up begins.

I’m just kidding (mostly). Sure I take a nap now and then, while in my recliner that Peach got me (thanks 🍑), but it’s not an everyday thing or every weekend even, just once in a blue moon, but whenever I do I always wake up refreshed. I can see why kids nap, and why we used to in school, it lets the body rest even for a short while, so we can go back at the daily work, play, whatever, with more energy and focus.

Here’s hoping you get to nap sometime soon, really should try it, makes the whole day better.

Anyways, try and keep it down, please with all the responses and likes (haha), I’m due my nap soon….

Stop cleaning house 🍑 your making quite the racket..

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Hospitality

Peach says: How do you feel about a word we don’t hear so much of these days? While it is certainly practiced, I wonder if the intentions, the generosity and mindfulness that makes it best, is eroding? What word is this you ask? Hospitality: “The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, or with kind and generous liberality.“, according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary.

From the poorest to the richest, hospitality is something we are all called upon to provide and are able to do so. Whether all are willing to perform, or wise in the ability to live ready to do so, is another thing entirely!

From the homeless person sharing their meal or spare jacket, to the co-worker bringing left over pizza to share with you at lunch, to Aunt Vivian, who makes fruit cake at every Christmas season, to your husband who makes an outstanding low country boil, and your dear, sweet little grandson who wants to give you a pinch off his fresh, hot and soft cinnamon muffin, which he’s currently savoring, there are seemingly unending ways hospitality occurs. It could also be the young gentleman who offers you his seat on the subway, because he’s young and healthy, and you’re…healthy! 😉 Or the person in front of you in the grocery line who waves you ahead because you have 5-6 things and they have a half a buggy full!

You begin to get the idea! For my part, I see the thread of hospitality throughout the Bible, in specific ways. I believe, as God’s people, without question, we are called to live in a hospitable fashion, as individuals. We are not called upon to expect it of others. We are called upon, each of our own selves, as individuals to do so and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, so that the result of His leadership and influence in our lives comes forth.

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” — Romans 12:10 NKJV. I appreciate so much this verse in The Passion Translation: “Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.”. — Romans 12:10.

What ways come easy for you to show hospitality? What is an area that is more challenging for you? I’d say my challenging area? Parking lots. Ugh! Help me, Jesus! Lol! We are not to let others influence us in a bad way, when we have the Greater One living within us, making us able. An area that’s easy for me? Baking, cooking, sharing books or clothes or dental floss, (don’t ask!! 🤣🤣 in my defense I will say it was brand new and unopened!) 😝

Just some thoughts on a lovely, and temporarily rainy summer afternoon!

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Bacon

Batman says:

Bacon 👍🏼

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The Battle with Perfect

Peach says: I struggle with all or nothing thinking. If I can’t get it juuuuussstt right, at this moment, then I trick myself into wait for a better moment in time. 🤦‍♀️ I often think I have whooped it, then look around and take inventory and realize it’s still an issue!! 🤷‍♀️

We live in a fallen, imperfect world, we are born fallen and imperfect people! There’s not going to be a ‘perfect’ circumstance 98% of the time. That does not excuse us from action! There’s not going to be a perfect time 98% of the time, yet we are obligated, have purpose and responsibility to act and do the best we can!

I am most effective in God’s purpose for me, when I just hit the ground in prayer and action, trusting Him to be my grace, my favor, my wisdom, provision and timing! When I think about it from what the Lord shares with us in His Word, I would rather trade perfection, for momentum!!

20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.’

24 Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” – Matthew 25:20-30

I don’t want to reach my finish line with the regrets that I wish I had done more with my time, my opportunities, the grace He gives me every day.

I also want to be focused, as an important part of this! I feel like as in a dramatic action movie moment, where the hero urgently tells the heroine “Look at me”, in other words don’t look down, don’t look around, whatever you do, don’t look behind you! Look at Jesus! How? Pick a verse and chew on it, pray, practice gratitude throughout your day!! This gives you a focus that will cause you to ‘seek first’ His kingdom, and His righteousness. When we are measuring our words and actions against that standard, we will make our best choices! And even when we flub it up, He is EVEN MORE there with His grace to choose forward and upward momentum!

Don’t be paralyzed by the desire of perfect into inaction and frozen thinking. Let His GRACE propel you into forward MOMENTUM!!