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Time to Reboot

19 Jan

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

From time-to-time I go through some of my “stuff”  –  mostly papers – and run across some things that I’ve saved for one reason or another.  That happened recently, while I was searching for a particular photo I wanted to use in one of my postings.

So I hope to treat my readers to some humor to start their work week.

This week, I found this cartoon from Shoe.  We don’t take the daily or weekly newspapers anymore, so I don’t know whether or not Shoe is still appearing in the funny papers.  According to the date on it, it appeared in 1993.  But this one seemed to “hit the spot” with me, and a lot of computer users, I’m sure.

I remember when our oldest daughter, Karen, was in high school, and taking a computer class.  She would frequently spout off with:  THIS THING HATES ME!!

And so, I give you….Shoe:

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

NAME THAT TUNE

12 Jan

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I’ve mentioned before that shortly after we moved to Florida, we joined the church where we now worship.  And within six months of that time, I became the church secretary.

Within a year, two of our pastors had left for other churches – our Minister of Music and our Youth Pastor.  Our current Minister of Music, Rick, came to us within a year of that time.

Rick

One day he came to me with an idea of having the congregation “vote on” or suggest their top 10 favorite hymns, and we would present the “winners” one Sunday at a time, for 10 Sundays.  He would give the background of the hymn, i.e. when it was written, who wrote it, if there was any kind of story or history behind the writing or composing of that hymn, and then give the title of the hymn, and we would sing it.

And so we put together an insert to the bulletin for several Sundays, asking the congregation to give us their favorite hymn titles.  Rick then compiled the list of those hymns submitted, and came up with the final 10 favorites.  The list of favorites was quite extensive.

And then he gave me a threat – “If you tell ANYONE what the favorites are, I will do you bodily harm!!”  And then we both laughed.  But it gave me a good reason to NOT tell anyone what the finalists were.  And I did have several people ask me if I knew what the top 10 were.  Of course!  I said.  But Rick threatened me with bodily harm if I spilled the beans!

I found it fun, and the congregation thoroughly enjoyed finding out, Sunday by Sunday, something about the hymns we were singing.  That always seems to mean more when we sing a song, and know the history behind it.  And Rick always told the history of the hymn before he announced the title. 

I must admit that I don’t remember in what order those hymns were, but Rick started with number 10, and worked his way up to number one – one each Sunday.

That final Sunday was full of suspense.  And Rick really did it up right.  He began with, “the Number One Hymn chosen by most of you…well, could it be Jesus Loves Me?”  I heard a collective “ohh” from the congregation.  

“Or could it be How Great Thou Art?”  Another collective “ohh” from the congregation.

But then he said. “Or could it be Amazing Grace?”  The collective “ohh” was louder this time.  And then he began telling the story/history of a song, and finally said, “Yes, it is Amazing Grace.”  I could almost hear a collective chuckle from the congregation.  

It was a fun – and informative – time for our congregation.  So many of the songs we sing are just songs we sing.  This gave us some background into how and why composers and song-writers do what they do.  The inspiration behind the songs we do sing.  It really brings meaning to the music we sing.

To God Be The Glory

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Happy New Year 2020

5 Jan

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I can hardly believe that another year has passed by – and it’s 2020 already!!  Remember all the “hoopla” that was made over Y2K (year 2000)?  None of that came to pass, and now it is 20 years past that!!  Amazing.  My life is whizzing by!  And this year marks 20 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  WOW!

In thinking of the new year, many random thoughts have come to my mind.  I would like to share some of them.

I wrote a post on December 29, 2013 (Memories of New Years Past) about the “watchnight” service that was held each New Year’s Eve at my home church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Lovely memory of home.

First Baptist Church, Albuquerque credit Google Search

Another memory of New Year’s Eve watchnight service was when Fred and I were in Wiesbaden, Germany.  That New Year’s Eve, the little church we were in was having a watchnight service, and they wanted to do a skit.  They needed an “old year” grownup, and a “new year” young child.  They asked Fred to be the old year, and since our Karen was small, they thought she would be good for the “new year” child.  Fred had a fake white beard and wig to wear.  So as not to frighten Karen, we had Fred dress up in the wig and beard and then present himself to her.  She took one look at him and said, “Hi Daddy.”  So much for the disguise!  We were quite amused.  

Our church in Seaford, Virginia always had some type of watchnight service.  It wasn’t as elaborate as the one in Albuquerque – I don’t remember having a dinner or movie or games or anything.  But we did gather and prayed, shared thoughts for the new year, and frequently had the Lord’s Supper, or communion, as some call it.  Another sweet memory.  I do remember that the year Karen and Brian married (on December 30), that as we were sharing thoughts, I shared that I would have to learn to keep my mouth shut and be a good mother-in-law!

Seaford Baptist Church, Seaford, Virginia – oldest buildings

And that brings us to Orlando, Florida, where we now live. 

Because Fred and I have had such good memories of watchnight services throughout our lives, we wanted to have a service at our current church.  We really thought most churches have a service of some sort, so the first year we were in our church here, we suggested to the pastor that the church have a watchnight service.  He wasn’t very enthusiastic about it, saying they had never had one before, but if we wanted to sponsor it, he approved.  And so we spread the word, that the church would have a watchnight service, beginning at 10:30 p.m. on that New Year’s Eve.  We arrived at the church at about 10:15 p.m. and got the church ready for the service.  And we waited….and we waited….and we waited….11:00 p.m. came and went…..11:30 p.m. came and went.  And not one other person arrived.  So we went home.  And we’ve not attempted to have another watchnight service in this church since.  In a way, that hurts our hearts a bit, but then, we are now older, and enjoy being at home – and usually in bed asleep – when the clock hits 12:00 midnight each New Year.

I hope and pray that your new year is healthy and prosperous and full of the JOY OF THE LORD!

And so – HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020 from the Wills family!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

DEAR ANN LANDERS:

29 Dec

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As I mentioned before, I recently went through some of my stuff – papers, mostly – and I found some interesting things that sparked my interest.  Since Ann Landers has been dead for quite a while, this is a VERY old clipping.  However, what it represents is something that we all could relate to.  Hope you enjoy it:

Number three is something that this new generation needs to really work on.  I haven’t seen much “self-discipline” going on.  It is truly a “me” generation, and it hurts my heart to see it.

And Number four is an amazing thing to think about.  Not just for self-discipline, but as an act of love toward your spouse.  I think most of us are far too self-absorbed to do that too often.  But I can assure you that it is one of the most wonderful things anyone can do for their marriage.  But that is also a Biblical teaching – think of others before yourself.   Of course, the Biblical teaching is to focus on God first, and all things just fall into place.  Amazing how that works…

When our girls were old enough to date, we never let them leave the house without telling them that we loved them – and gave them a hug and kiss to go with it.  Janet’s boyfriend at the time, couldn’t understand that, and asked why we did it.  Every.  Single.  Time.  She explained that we loved her and wanted safety for her and for her to know how much we loved her.  He eventually stated that he wanted HIS children to have that, as well. WOW!  Who would have thought just a hug and kiss and a “I love you” would touch his heart like that?

And just remember number 12 in an argument:  if YOU are doing most of the talking – you are probably in the wrong!  Ouch!  Time to shut up and let the other one state their case, hmm?

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Tips For Christmas

22 Dec

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

(1st Corinthians 13 A Christmas Version)

PREFACE:  I posted this in December, 2017.  As I re-read it, I thought how fitting it is for the season, and thought I would re-post it again.  It is quite timely, and I thought it might be something we all need to remember about Christmas and all the preparations we make for the holiday..  Enjoy!

I must admit – I enjoy spending time on FaceBook.  Okay…I spend too MUCH time on fb!  But I have found some good recipes along the way, as well as some profound thoughts and ideas.  

I know that Christmas for 2017 is passed [it was when I posted this the first time], but this “newspaper” clipping was presented on fb recently, and I thought it might be something you – and I – might like to cut out, paste on the refrigerator door, and apply to Christmas 2018 [or 2019 in this case].

See what you think:

From our house to yours…MERRY CHRISTMAS

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Smith Sayings

15 Dec

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As I mentioned last time, I recently went through some of my stuff – papers, mostly – and I found some interesting things that sparked my interest.  Obviously this one sparked my interest some time ago, because I cut out this clipping.  I got a good laugh out of most of these.  See what you think:

I especially like the first one – “The size of your foot has very little to do with your ability to get it into your mouth.”  Oh my…how many times have I done just that??!!  Far too many, that’s for sure.  James 1:26 in the Bible tells us to keep a tight rein on our tongues.  I’m old enough that you would think I would have a good handle on that, but I seem to keep putting my foot in my mouth all the time! 

Chucks, Converse, Shoes, Footwear

Credit Google Search and Pixabay

Number three is a good follow-on to number one, don’t you think?

Remember…your tongue is in a wet place and likely to slip!

Number eight is certainly one to remember.  If you fall down, keep getting up!  And you can fall down in many ways – not just physically.  You can fall down mentally, emotionally, spiritually…any number of ways.  Keep on getting up – one more time!

And number 10 is one I should really listen to.  That bathroom scale is the bane of my existence!  Of course, I don’t have to step up on it – but it’s like a magnet to me.  I just MUST see if I’ve lost any weight since yesterday!  Any of you out there like that?  Frustrating, isn’t it?

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I have no idea where I found these jewels of wisdom, so I really can’t give credit to it to anyone.  But I thought it good enough to pass along. 

I hope you got a chuckle out of these “sayings” – as much as I did.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

I Love to Read!

8 Dec

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I love to read.  I REALLY love to read.  I read a lot.  Mostly fiction…some suspense…some mystery…with a bit of romance thrown in.  Since I’ve retired from the working scene, I spend a lot of time in my glider, reading.  Since I purchased my Kindle e-reader,

Reading, Student, Science, Wisdom, Book
Credit Google Search and Pixabay  

I read even more.  That little machine holds 3,000 books – certainly more than my house would hold!  I’ve tried to cut down on my purchases, and just re-read the ones I have and have enjoyed reading before.  It’s kind of like visiting with an old friend.

Recently, when going through some of my stuff – papers, mostly – I found the following Blondie cartoon, by Dean Young and Denis Lebrun.  It was a 2004 cartoon, so it’s been around quite a while.  But it describes me to a “T” – see what you think:

I’ve been known to read the first chapter of a book, and then the last chapter.  I like to know how it ends up, and if the characters end up together.  And then I go back to see how they get there.  I know…crazy, huh?

However, there was one book that I read that way, but when I gave the book to Karen to read (she had the same habit I did – first chapter/last chapter), I actually stapled the last chapter together so she couldn’t find out the solution before reading the entire book.  To say she was furious with me, is quite an understatement!   I even told her that if she unstapled that chapter and re-stapled it, I would be able to tell, as the staple “holes” wouldn’t line up.

But you see, it was an Agatha Christie mystery, titled And Then There Were None (also published as Ten Little Indians.)

Image result for agatha christie books and then there were none

And if you read the book, and know beforehand how it turns out, that really ruins the mystery!  After Karen finally read the story, she was glad that I had stapled the last chapter, and she had to wait to find out “who done it.”  But she was still furious with me.

One book that I love to read – that I don’t need to read the “last chapter” is the Bible.  

The Pursuit of God Bible, NIV   -     By: A.W. Tozer

Credit Google Search and ChristianBooks.com  

Except for a couple of the books (Leviticus and Numbers – dealing with genealogies and numbers within the tribes), I find the scriptures fascinating.  I’ve found ways to praise God in those scriptures.  I’ve found ways to live as God would have me live and love and deal with what comes my way.  I love the adventures that take place.  I’m amazed at the battles the LORD fights and wins.  I love that He fights my battles for me, if I just step aside and let Him handle it.  Oh wow…I just love the scriptures!

So, all-in-all – I just LOVE TO READ!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

CPR Alert!

1 Dec

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Recently I read a short story in a magazine that prompted a memory for me.  It reminded me of a time back in the 1970’s when we lived on Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida.

Photo credit WJHG.com  Credit Google search

I don’t remember why I decided to take a CPR class on base, but I did.  I passed the class and was certified to do CPR should the need arise.  Perhaps I took it just in case I should need it with my young girls – who knows?

See the source image

Credit Google Search and wkw.com

In any case, at that time I was attending Gulf Coast Community College, majoring in music.  I remember that I was on my way to class one day, and had stopped in at a McDonald’s, for lunch.

Just as I got settled at an outside table, some people helped a lady outside and laid her down on the tiles.  My first thought was: “OH NO!!  I’M GOING TO HAVE TO USE MY CPR!!”

Fortunately, it wasn’t needed.  The lady had lots of help, and didn’t need CPR.

But that brings me to the story that brought that memory to me.  It’s MUCH funnier than I experienced.  See what you think:

It was a story of a lady (a grandma)

Grandmother, Old Age, Elderly Woman

Credit Pixabay

 who had just received her CPR training and certification.  She and her grandson were out school-shopping in a mall.  When she spotted a group of people standing around someone on the floor, she ordered her grandson to “stay here” and headed to the group.

She told the onlookers to “step back!  I know CPR!”  Just as she knelt down to begin CPR, she was grabbed by both shoulders and lifted to her feet.  Looking up into the face of another man, who was looking strangely at her, he explained that he was an undercover cop and was trying to arrest the man on the floor.

Even the thief was looking at her strangely.

I laughed and laughed at this story. I hope you did, as well.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Thanksgiving in Virginia

24 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

In previous musings, I mentioned that in 1983 we left Heidelberg, West Germany, and rotated back to the United States.  Fred’s next assignment was to be at Langley AFB, in Hampton, Virginia.  We looked at lots of houses before settling on a house in the “woods” of Seaford, Virginia.  It was about 13 miles from Langley, but Fred didn’t mind the drive, and the schools in York County were top-notch.

We soon joined the local Southern Baptist Church – Seaford Baptist Church, and began our time there, not expecting our time to be longer than the usual three-year tour.  But God had other plans for us, and we stayed there nearly 13 years.

1991 – Seaford Baptist Church – old sanctuary (far left), classrooms, new sanctuary (right)

As the first Thanksgiving arrived, we were pleased to find that Seaford Baptist Church had a Thanksgiving tradition with Zion United Methodist Church, also in Seaford.  That tradition started years before we arrived on the scene.  

Zion United Methodist Church, Seaford, VA Credit Google Search and Zion United Methodist website

On the Wednesday evening before each Thanksgiving Day, there was a trade-off.  If the joint services were held in the Baptist church, then the pastor of the Methodist church gave the Thanksgiving message.  The Baptists hosted the service, the Baptist ladies furnished the after-service desserts, and the Baptist church choir sang the special music. 

Vintage, Thanksgiving, Postcard
Credit Pixabay

The following year, the services were held in the Methodist church and the Baptist pastor gave the message.  The Methodist ladies furnished the after-service desserts, and the Methodist choir sang the special music.  It was a wonderful time – and the shared messages and fellowship time gave us opportunities to meet our Seaford neighbors, and worship together.  That’s the way I believe God intends us to do.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Fred and I wish you all the very best of Thanksgiving this year – and the blessing of thanks-giving to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We’ve been away from Virginia these 24 years, so we aren’t sure whether or not this tradition has continued.  We only hope it has.  It was a wonderful tradition.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Pilgrim, Puritan
Credit Pixabay

To God Be The Glory

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Soup’s On!

17 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Do you like soup?  As we’ve gotten older, I find that we enjoy a meal of soup and either crackers or fresh sourdough bread.  Yum!

A few years after we were married, my mother-in-law gave me a cookbook from military wives.

All kinds of recipes in that book.  I found a “vegetable-beef” soup recipe that I tried, and we both enjoyed.  However, I’ve not tried it in so long a time, that I’m not sure which recipe I followed.  Therefore…no vegetable-beef soup from my kitchen.

When we were in Germany the first time (1967-1970) I purchased a cookbook (in English) of good German recipes.

One of the recipes is of mushroom soup.  Now, I realize that not everyone likes mushrooms, so this one isn’t for you.  But Fred and I really enjoy mushrooms – especially fresh ones – so this soup just hit the spot.  I had to tone down the amount of salt in it, but it is wonderful!

Another soup I found that we enjoy, came from a small little booklet I picked up somewhere, with recipes that made good use of cider vinegar, olive oil, and beans.

The soup from that recipe book makes up a good, tasty, hearty soup.  It includes cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, chili peppers, potatoes, onions and garlic.  Wow is that good!!  And on a cold winter day it is especially good.  And yes, we DO have cold winter days here in Florida.  A bowl of that with crackers – just yummm!

If my readers remember, I mentioned that my Dad was an avid hunter, and we ate a lot of venison in my growing-up years.  One of the things that Mother made from some of that ground-up venison, was chili.  I know that doesn’t really qualify as “soup,” but then again, on a cold winter day, chili is really hard to beat.  I’ve tried many times to make Mother’s chili, even going by her recipe, and I just can’t duplicate the taste or texture.  I guess it just took Mother’s touch to make it just right.

However, I think our favorite soup came from a recipe from my wonderful sister-in-law, DiVoran.  Actually, my Mother gave me the recipe, stating it was from DiVoran.  After I had made it up one time, and told DiVoran about it, she said she didn’t remember making it, and would I share the recipe with her…which I did.  It is a potato and leek soup.  Chicken stock, celery, potatoes, onions, and leeks.  It doesn’t take too long to cook up, but with fresh sourdough bread….umm-mmm, is that GOOD!!

The only time I’ve ever had soup that I didn’t like was once when we were eating out at a restaurant.  This place is known for its breakfast, but the other two meals of the day aren’t their best efforts.  In any case, I ordered their vegetable soup – and it came with about ½ inch of oil on the top!!  Yuk!!  I’ve never had soup like that before – or since!

Any good soup recipes from your kitchen out there?

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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