Open My Eyes, That I May See

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Clara H. Scott

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Refrain

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Refrain

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Refrain

 

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(Almost) Instant Gratification

Shortly after beginning my health journey and getting off of insulin, I made a loaf of low-carb bread for Easter. I had a couple of slices then and put the rest in the freezer. It took me five months to finish that one loaf of bread, and to be honest, it wasn’t all that good.

Still, every now and then I really want a slice of bread that I can put some cheese or Marmite on. Recently I came across a recipe for low-carb microwave mug bread and I had to try it. I gotta tell you, it has been a great option to have, because no planning ahead is involved. If I wake up and decide I really want to have toast with my egg for breakfast, I can totally do it. It takes about five minutes. And of course, it’s also gluten free!

So here’s the recipe, followed by my comments:

Keto Mug Bread

5 Tablespoons almond flour

1 Tablespoon of salted butter or coconut oil

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

Put butter in ceramic mug and melt in microwave for 10-20 seconds.

Whisk in the egg and baking powder.

Stir in the almond flour and mix well.

Microwave for 90 seconds, then dump out of the mug, slice, and enjoy.

My comments: I usually use coconut oil instead of butter, so I don’t need to melt it. I add a pinch of salt when I do that. I also don’t use a mug. I use a 4-inch ceramic ramekin, which means I get a round piece of bread that I can cut into two slices or use as a bun. I often sprinkle the top with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or bagel topping. In the interest of scientific research, I tried baking it in my toaster oven instead of the microwave, using a 4-inch cake pan I have. It was perfectly baked in 15 minutes, so a little less “instant,” but still pretty quick! The picture below is of the oven-baked one, but I honestly couldn’t tell any difference in flavor or texture.

keto bread

More of the Same

Poor Jasper. He is very sick. He was so looking forward to spending time with a friend tomorrow, but we are going to have to reschedule. Based on his symptoms, I think he has a virus of a type I have had two times before. I really hope he doesn’t share it, because both times I had it before, I was sure I was dying!

So anyway, he has been resting and drinking water and taking a lot of garlic. I really hope that we will start seeing some improvement tomorrow.

I have spent some time today trying to clear out our big freezer, because I really want to defrost it before loading it for the holidays. It’s amazing the things you find when you go through your freezer . . .

Sick

Not me—I’m still staving it off to some degree. But Jasper is really pretty sick. He was not up to doing much at all today. Poor guy. Whatever it is, I hope it’s gone by tomorrow.

My day was pretty humdrum. I ran some more errands this afternoon. The bead store was open today and they had exactly what I needed for a project I’m working on. I planned to stock up on cinnamon chips but the one source I knew of in town is sold out! So I will have to wait more than a week to get some delivered.

It wasn’t a terrific writing day, but I did get some words in.

In Which I Make Someone’s Day & Feel My Doom Approaching

Jasper felt increasingly sick as the weekend progressed, and after a nearly sleepless night last night, he felt even worse this morning, so we had a very light school schedule. He was supposed to bake cookies today, but he only made it as far as mixing up the dough.

This afternoon, I got some writing done and then headed out to run an errand. I wanted to go to the bead store and see if they had some specific beads I am looking for. To my dismay, when I arrived I discovered the store is closed on Mondays. There is a Family Dollar in the same shopping center, so I thought I’d walk down there and see if I could find some inexpensive plates to put cookies on. I had to avert my eyes as I walked past the fabric store, because I absolutely could not afford to even go in there and “look.”

But between the fabric store and the Family Dollar, there is a thrift store I didn’t even know existed. I wish I had known about it a couple weeks ago when I was driving all over town looking for a place to donate stuff to! I popped in to see if they had any nice plates, and they did indeed, and for very good prices. I got four pretty plates and for about $1 a piece.

Then, because I am a good mother, I looked in the toy section to see if they had any Nerf guns, because that’s what Jasper is interested in. They had a large toy machine gun, that if not a Nerf gun was certainly a close relative, and it was only $2, so I got it. It made Jasper’s day when I showed it to him. I looked it up and found that a new one costs $80! So now Jasper will be stocking up on ammunition. I hope he gets some enjoyment out of it.

Ever since getting back from the thrift store, I have had that feeling you get when you know you’re getting sick but you’re not quite there yet. I managed to get some sewing and writing done, but I can feel my doom coming. Here’s hoping for a good night’s sleep . . .

Who Is On the Lord’s Side?

I worked so hard to arrange this hymn yesterday, and practiced it more than twice as much as I normally do, but I still royally flubbed it up in church this morning. Before I play it again I’ll have to try and memorize it, because it has a random chord so far away from the others that I can’t play it without looking at my hands—and then I struggle to get back to the normal hand position and find my place in the music . . . But I still love the hymn.

Who Is On the Lord’s Side?

Frances R. Havergal

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus nameth must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life blood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band,
In the service royal, let us not grow cold;
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, Thou wilt keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

 

I Didn’t Have to Leave the House

On this Veterans’ Day, I didn’t accomplish as much as I would have liked.

I finished a project.

I made some low-carb bagels (I allow myself 2 per week, which means I need to make them every 3 weeks).

I wrote some words.

I took a nap when the house was too loud for writing.

I spent a great deal of time arranging hymns for tomorrow. Both were difficult and included several accidentals. A third one I attempted defeated me for the time being.

I knitted some stitches.

Replacement and Thankfulness

Sorry about not posting last night. It is hard to fit in blogging when I am trying to write a minimum of 2000 words a day on my new novel.

This morning I had my weekly foray to Aldi and although it was crowded, everyone was so nice I didn’t mind that much. I probably pay for my cart less than half the time. Usually, someone just offers me theirs in the parking lot and refuses to take my quarter.

The new disk drive arrived today, and Daniel came over to install it for us. The old can now function as a rattle, as there are so many tiny plastic shards inside it.

Our afternoon project was to get Jasper’s thank-you notes written for Harvest Festival. Apparently three separate businesses contributed to the winning bid on his cookies, so he wrote a note to each one. I printed out photos of him with the cookies so that when we go to deliver a plate of cookies to each business, they will also get the thank-you note, a photo, and a copy of the recipe.

When Spencer got home from work, he got busy installing cable TV for our household, since he gets it for free. I have very mixed feelings about this. We gave up cable over ten years ago, I believe, and I have never missed it at all. I find television annoying most of the time, to be honest. At least my husband should get to watch soccer games from time to time!

And Then It Exploded . . .

So, we had some excitement this morning. Jasper was trying to get started on his math lesson. He watches/listens to the lesson on a CD and then does his problem set. This morning, the CD was having trouble loading and then there was a very loud sound and it exploded (just the CD, not the drive). The drive was so full of tiny plastic shards that there didn’t seem to be hope of salvaging it, so we have ordered a new one.

The problem is that Jasper no longer has access to the remaining 8 lessons on that disk, which means his math-impaired mother has to try to help him through them until he finishes the lessons that were on the vanished disk!

After that disaster, we worked on other schoolwork. This afternoon, we had a nice break as we had a video chat with Lina. Our regularly scheduled chat on Sunday didn’t work out very well because of a bad internet connection. It’s hard to believe that in a month we will be seeing her in person!

No Internet & My Unfashionable Opinion

Spencer works for the cable company now, which means he gets benefits, such as free cable and internet, so today he had to cut off our internet for a day so he could switch it over to his much faster employee service. It’s amazing how much we use the internet every day. I kept thinking of things I wanted to look up—but I couldn’t. It was such a relief when he came home from work and got things set up again!

Today, I had a brief errand to run, and I saw a couple of eye-popping outfits that I literally would not be caught dead in, and that made me think of the occasional fashion article I read or watch, where some of the clothes are so outlandish that I fear for the mental health of the designer. But on further reflection, I think the following scenario is more realistic:

Two famous fashion designers go out for drinks after a successful show and get thoroughly smashed.

Designer 1: “How long do you think we can keep doing this before people figure out we’re just trolling them?”

Designer 2: “As long as people have money and a fear of not being in style.”

Designer 1: “I bet you half a million dollars plus a week in Tahiti that at the next show, I come up with an outfit so hideous even I won’t be able to look at it, but I’ll get a model to wear it on the runway without laughing, and at least ten people will actually buy it.”

Designer 2: “You’re on. But I get to say if it’s actually repulsive enough to qualify for the bet.”

Designer 1: “Deal.”

In case you haven’t guessed, I have zero, and I do mean zero, interest in fashion . . .