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Cowgirl Dirt Sweepstakes

Cowgirl Dirt Sweepstakes

I purchased some samples of the Cowgirl Dirt make-up in order to determine which foundation shades would work best for me.  I will be doing a review of this make-up a bit later, but couldn’t wait for that review to tell you about the sweepstakes!!

You can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate for Cowgirl Dirt!!  The sweepstakes runs through October 12th!  When you click on any link in this post it will take you to the main Cowgirl Dirt page where the sweepstakes entry is located.

I do get credit for any purchase made through my affiliate links.  This is one way I am trying to help support myself since my husband’s death 7 months ago.

Good luck!

Blessings,  ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.   I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.


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Sale is good through Monday, September 16th.

Don’t delay order today!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

Disclosure: some links in this post are affiliate links.  These are for products and services that I personally use, love and heartily recommend.  All opinions are wholly my own.  I do receive compensation when you purchase through one of my links.  Being an affiliate is one small way I generate a bit of income to help support myself as a new widow left without any financial resources.  Thank you.



dscf71641950 Pontiac Silverstreak-8 Fastback, that is what he bought many long years ago. It was in need of restoration. But the body was in excellent condition and still has no rust after all these years.

The Patriarch was a car guy through and through. When I met him his daily driver was a 1957 BelAir 4-door. He had painted it mustard and custard. I was the only other person he allowed to drive that car. When we were transferred from California to Florida the Chevy was towing a trailer with the 50 Pontiac on it.

This trip from California to Florida was the same one where the state patrol in California pulled me over. No, I wasn’t speeding… he wanted to talk old cars!! He told us up ahead we’d be passing the place where we could see his old car.

dscf7141Yeah… car guys.

Moving every 4 years and living on enlisted pay isn’t conducive to a car restoration project. We kept moving that car. Once in Washington we had to store it for a short time in a storage lot. I can remember the day we went down there with a large can of rustolium and brush painted the entire vehicle in an effort to keep the rust at bay. So nice to know we did. The car still has NO rust on the body.

dscf7161I had picked out the color for the car. Cream, a rich, deep, creamy cream color. I had even found a tin advertisement that had that same car painted in the beautiful cream color I envisioned. I was going to make us all period style clothes to wear when we drove that car. We had plans to take some road trips. 

The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 

dscf7163dscf7134Last year The Patriarch said he thought it was time to sell the Pontiac. He’d never gotten to any restoration work on it and our budget didn’t look like it would be anywhere near the level needed for a restoration project. I knew it was a hard decision for him. Both boys, Peter Cotton Tail and Arrow, were looking forward to the day when they could help daddy restore that Pontiac. We never did get it listed for sale… until now. It will be listed in the Pontiac Oakland Club’s newsletter.  Should be starting in August.

dscf7148For Sale: 1950 Pontiac Silverstreak-8 Fastback.  Body complete & no rust, no glass, no engine.  Includes all chrome pieces, hood ornament intact and in great condition.  Even has the original window washer bottle in excellent condition.  Sold as is.  $3500.  Please contact me at eMaeRay (at) comcast (dot) net for more details and additional photos.  Serious inquires only please.

I am so sorry that I can’t keep it for you boys.

Our dreams are shattered.

First we need to understand the difference between fatalism and what is called compatibilism.  Compatibilism is the view that God is absolutely sovereign (as explained above) and yet our choices have real meaning and we are responsible for them.  It is what I believe the Bible teaches, and is often called “Calvinism.”  Fatalism, on the other hand, teaches that no matter what you choose or do, things will turn out the same.  For example, if it is determined that Bill will get an “F” on his test tomorrow, then no mater how hard he studies or how well he knows the material, he will fail.  His choices do not really affect what will happen.

Compatibilism, in contrast to fatalism, says that our choices really do affect the future, and that if different choices had been made, the future would have been different.  On this view, if Bill doesn’t study, he will fail. But if he does study hard, then his studying will be the means that brings about a good grade.  In regards to God’s sovereignty, this means that God does not just ordain the ends (for example, a good grade for Bill) and then say “this will happen no matter what.”  No, God also ordains the means to His planned end (for example, God ordains that Bill will study as the means to the good grade that He decreed). Our decisions are each links in the chain of means ordained by God to bring about His planned ends.  If different decisions had been made, the consequences would have been
different.  But God works to ensure that the means He has ordained will most certainly occur so that none of His purposes can fail. This makes human decisions truly significant and vital.

Excerpt taken from:
If God is Sovereign, Why do Anything? By John Piper

My loss is your gain.  Please let all car guys know about this great deal.

Blessings, Aunt Mae


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Blessings, Aunt Mae


Blissful Marriage, part 2

It was on a cool, overcast, wet day when the Lord awakened me to the self-deception I was living under. My bliss-less marriage was far from what my heart desired. It had become a cold, joy-less, lifeless, love-less, chore of endurance.  …

I am guest posting over at Smithspirations where you can read how the Lord transformed my heart and then my marriage here.

Blessings, Aunt Mae

This post linked here: The Better Mom, What Joy is Mine, Finding Heaven, New Life on a Homestead, A Mama’s Story, The Modest Mom, Far Above Rubies, Time Warp Wife, Growing Home, Heavenly Homemakers, Hip Homeschool Moms, Raising Homemakers, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, We Are THAT Family, Deep Roots at Home, Raising Arrows, Wholehearted Home, Women Living Well, Intentional Me, Graced Simplicity, Best Post of the Week, Serenity Now,


Blissful Marriage, part 1

Blissful Marriage, part 1

Leighton – Signing the Register

I was married on a humid, hot, sunny June afternoon, in a liberal Presbyterian church. This June was my 26th wedding anniversary… and my first one as a widow.

I can still remember our wedding day, …

I am guest posting over at Smithspirations
please read the rest of the story here!

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae

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Radish Greens Salad – THM E Meal

I signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at one of the local farms near me.  I signed up for a number of reasons.

1) It does help my local farmer as I am eating local foods!
2) At my CSA I can also get fresh-from-the-chicken eggs at a reasonable price
3) the day I signed up was the last day of a sign up special and I need to save money where I can.
4) I needed to eat more vegetables and thought this would help me to do that
5) the up front paying for my CSA has all my vegetable and egg purchases taken care of for the entire year and at a very reasonable cost

But those were the side issues for me.  Don’t get me wrong I think they are all important, but they were not the main reasons I signed up for a CSA.

Being a new widow has played havoc on my eating and cooking.  Right after The Patriarch’s death I lost all appetite for food and had to force my self to eat the little I did.  That was good for my waist line, but not necessarily for my health.

I had weighed myself 12 days before my beloved died.  It was not an unexpected number and was far too high.  By the time the day of the funeral arrived I was down 10 pounds from that previous reading.

About a month ago I came to realize I was feeding my family far too many pre-packaged foods.  Yes, there was a time where the convenience foods were quite necessary… till I got my bearings.  I understand that.  For me that time has passed and I wanted to cook a bit more and eat healthier.

That was my number one reason for my CSA sign up.  I wanted to guilt myself into cooking and eating healthier.  Once I picked up our weekly share, if we didn’t eat it we’d have lots left over when it was time for the next week’s share!!  I would HATE to throw food away.

I also needed more… normal mama kinds of activities.  Simple cooking and baking.  I can do that.  I am ready for that.

I had the Trim Healthy Mama book for a while before I read it.  I started to implement a THM meal here or there in the midst of our initial grief.  I am now ready for more planned, more focused THM eating.

We’ve gotten lots of radishes in our share and I discovered that you can eat the greens!  I never knew.  So that got me to thinking of how to use them in some kind of salad.  I found someone had already dome something similar and this is my THM tweaked version.


Radish Greens Salad - THM E Meal
Recipe type: Trim Healthy Mama E Meal
Cuisine: Energizing
Serves: 4-6
  • Greens from 2 bunches of radishes, washed and julienne cut
  • 3 stalks green garlic, sliced thin using some of the green and with a bit of pink Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 onion, cut in thin rings then quarter the rings
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed well (make sure they do not have BPA in the can)
  • ¼ to ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 6 - 10 drops YL Lemon essential oil or to taste (we LIKE lemon!!) the ONLY safe to ingest EO is Young Living
  1. Wash, dry & slice the radish greens.
  2. Make the dressing by mixing the YL Lemon EO, ½ the lemon zest and olive oil.
  3. Add to the radish greens the onions, the other ½ of the lemon zest and garbanzo beans.Mix and pour the dressing on each serving to preserve the freshness of the stored salad.For crossovers you can add ¼ - ½ cup raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries or dates. For variety you can add sliced almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans or any seed of choice, about ⅓ cup or sprinkle on top of individual portion.


So how did it taste?  It was really good!  Arrow liked it too.  I was amazed to find that the radish tops are even better nutritionally than the roots!

I found this information at everynutrient.com

Radishes and their greens provide an excellent source of vitamin C.  Radish leaves contain almost six times the vitamin C content of their root and are also a good source of calcium.  Red Globes also offer a very good source of the trace mineral molybdenum and are a good source of potassium and folic acid.   Daikons provide a very good source of potassium and copper.   

Radishes, like other member of the cruciferous family (cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts), contain cancer-protective properties.  Throughout history radishes have been effective when used as a medicinal food for liver disorders.  They contain a variety of sulfur-based chemicals that increase the flow of bile.  Therefore, they help to maintain a healthy gallbladder and liver, and improve digestion.  Fresh radish roots contain a larger amount of vitamin C than cooked radish roots.  Radish greens, contain far more vitamin C, calcium, and protein than the roots.

What is your favorite way to eat radish tops?
Join me on the THM Eating 30 Day Challenge!! 

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae


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Blessings, ~Aunt Mae


My Flat Tire


Yesterday I drove to the nearest military base to purchase a flag case for The Patriarch’s casket flag.

On our way home we stopped to purchase some cream to make homemade ice cream for later in the week.  I love eating the THM way!!  I get ice cream… mmmmmm.

Arrow heard one of our tires making a clicking noise and when I pulled into a parking slot he got out to investigate.

This is one of the things The Patriarch taught him… he always investigated any clicking noise coming from the tires.  Moro often than not it was a small rock in the treads.  But occasionally it was a nail and we were able to get it taken care of BEFORE we had a flat tire.

The clicking noise had come from the driver’s rear tire.  When I bent down to investigate it a bit closer I could hear air hisss-sss-sss-ing OUT of the tire!  We watched as the tire went completely flat in a manner of seconds.

Arrow, “Oh man.  My first flat tire to change.  I wasn’t expecting this, or here in the parking lot.”
Me, “Do you know how to change a tire?”
Arrow, “Yes, daddy taught me a few years ago.  I didn’t want to learn but he made me me anyway.”
Me, “Daddy taught you to change a tire?  When was this?”
Arrow, “A few years ago, when I was 10 or 11.”
Me, “You didn’t want to learn to change a tire?”
Arrow, “No, I didn’t think I needed to know that right then.  I sure am glad daddy made me learn to change a tire anyway.” 

Arrow proceeded to get out the jack, lower the spare and change our tire all by himself.

The Patriarch would have been proud.  I know I was!

We did have a bit of a discussion on the need to be cheerfully teachable.

The tire is completely ruined.

I actually got a long piece of metal IN my tire… slashing it!  :-(

Um, no.  My financial situation has not changed.  Gritty reality here.  Now that I eat the THM way there is no *sugar* coating available!  lol  My business is still in it’s fledgling stages and certainly doesn’t generate anything one could call *income*.  I am not eligible for Social Security.  The Patriarch’s military retirement check is slashed to a few (very few) hundred dollars, which I am now getting.  Family support?  Nope.  Those who are able don’t see the need to and those who see the need to are not able.  Oh, the VA Widow’s Benefit I applied for?  Well…. that is a whole other story.  Think “I’m here from the government and I am here to help.”  It should make you want to run screaming in terror.  My church?  Yes they do support me, but there are a total of four families who attend our church.  My family in great need is one of them!  They do what they can.

Ah, why not apply for welfare and food stamps?  I will write a longer post on this topic, but suffice it to say that as a Christian and now as a biblical widow that would be turning my back on Christ’s help and turning toward the government for help.  I can not do that.

What about putting Arrow in the government indoctrination center and get a job?  I can not, I will not relinquish my godly inheritance to the ungodly state.

Your commitment to pray for me is greatly appreciated!!  Should you feel led to help in a financial way you can donate through the button in my side bar.

Are there other ways you can help of a more tangible nature?  YES!
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Blessings, ~Aunt Mae


I just got home from the tire place and have GREAT news!   I am completely amazed and should have known the Lord would work it all out.  That piece of metal… was a box knife blade and only the pointy tip actually punctured the tire (it was *JUST* at the maximum length to remain repairable!

Even the tire guy was amazed.  Though he said, “We sure lucked out”.

I know better.   It was the LORD!   Woo Hoo!!!

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