Merry Christmas, Help Me Spread the Cheer

This is a post for you and one for you to share with your friends.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas this year of 2014. May it be peaceful and joyous. Maybe all your dreams won’t come true, but the knowledge of realizing this may not be the year for that one gift you highly expected will be kept in mind.

May you have a silent night, sing praises together, enjoy family and friends. May you take a moment and smile in silence as you remember loved ones not present this year.

May you enjoy the laughter of babies, and be respectful of those who hog the conversations. May you understand why Grandpa is sleeping instead of  opening his gifts.

May all the food you taste be delightful. May all tongues be still when words used are hurtful. May you cherish the good and let the bad be set aside.


I have many friends and followers on my WordPress. I have several friends on Facebook. I will share this post with you and all of my friends elsewhere.


I hope to see many comments even though you are busy baking yummy cookies and candies. We need to share with each other, especially after a very trying and stressful year. If you have remained silent while reading my post, please respond now.


May we mentally hold hands together and say a prayer that God remains strong in the coming year of 2015.


I love you all. My respect for you is the highest.


God bless, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


Terry Shepherd











Bliss Balls


healthy cheeseball

Originally posted on Cooking Up The Pantry:


I hate to admit it but these might actually be reasonably healthy!

Raw ingredients and coconut oil make these little mouthfuls of deliciousness, and, did I mention, gluten free, dairy free and egg free, a winning recipe!

Makes 32.


200g ground hazelnuts

30g Dutch cocoa

120g desiccated coconut

250g dates

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 tablespoons coconut oil


Place the nuts, cocoa, half the coconut, dates, vanilla extract and coconut oil in a food processor and process until the mix is beginning to come together.

Pour the remaining coconut onto a plate.

Take small quantities of the nut mix, around 20g, and squeeze and then roll with your hands into a ball.

Next, roll in the desiccated coconut and pop into a paper case.

Repeat until all of the nut and date mix is all used up.

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Home Skillet

Ever since Al passed I have seemed or felt at a loss. Ever feel like that? I see that I am improving on my hurting heart area, but still, there is a sense of I don’t know where I belong. People look at me strange when I say this, but it’s true.

So for the first time tonight I am trying something new. I am adding it to what I already do on WP. You know if you follow me that I have a Quotes, Music for the Soul, and my main here. I will add this only if I see that it goes over well. Don’t worry; I won’t make any decisions until after the new year. I will keep tabs on the likes and comments and then make that decision. Also, if you have any topic that you would like to see me post, comment to me please.

I am going to call this new idea;

Ask Home Skillet

It is a name given to me as of late. It sort of makes me wonder what it really means. It kind of grows on me, so let’s welcome Home Skillet to WordPress. This is how it will work. I will give a short story. It may be true or possibly made up. There will be a question directed to you and you will be responsible for answering it to the best of your ability. Whether the story or example is true or false, you give the answer according to your heart.

I will make a positive effort to do this  twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, and it will always be titled Home Skillet. Everyone understand? Alrighty then, let’s get started with our first story.

Dear Home Skillet

I am the oldest of three kids. I am almost 14 years old. My mom puts a lot of stuff on me to do at home, while my brother and sister lay around and watch TV. I don’t think that is fair. I have tried talking to mom about sharing the load, but she just pats me on the head and says she knows she can count on me. Home Skillet, what do you think of her answer?



Alright friends and followers, it is your time to comment on this scene.


Russellville, Kentucy, Christmas Season With Music

I went into town tonight. A nice, crisp evening. Chilly but not too cold. I thought as long as I was out, I should make myself useful, so went to the circle of our little town. I got out of my car and strolled to the middle, taking in the clean air.

This town may be small but they are displaying a very pretty arena of light displays. I knew that I wanted to share this view with you, my friends also.





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In Due Time/ The Daily Post

In Due Time

What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?

For me I have been working very, very hard on not thinking about tomorrow. I didn’t realize I was so bad about worrying and stressing about the tomorrows until Al passed and I had more time to think about my life.

I have been stressed and not feeling the best of late, so every time I catch myself thinking about the what ifs I stop and give it all to God. Last night I was so bad I was actually brushing my shoulders off as I was telling God to take all my baggage off of me.

I know that for now I am going to try my best to enjoy Christmas. Spending it with my family. Living for today only. Asking God what he wants me to do just for today. After Christmas and New Year’s Day is over, I know that I must have some sort of income coming in.

I will do my best to rely on answers to my prayers. It is going to be real tough, because I like to know that I am making sure that I will be alright without help from anyone. I don’t know my future. I don’t know if I will find work or even if I do, will my balance be well enough to perform the job.

You see how in a matter of seconds I could make that last paragraph go on and on with questions? Stressing out the tomorrows. It isn’t healthy for me, and I can’t fix tomorrow when nothing right now is broken. So my deadline is for this moment, this day, I will wait, be silent, pray and listen.

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I Really Didn’t Fall off the Earth

I didn’t want you, my friends to think I fell off the earth, I haven’t, but I admit, I haven’t been on the computer too much. I have a tablet I read and play on when I am in bed, but it is very difficult to write a post on it with a smaller keyboard.

I have thought of you so much, but I just haven’t felt well the past few days. I think Parkinson’s has something to do with it and the fact that I have been trying to keep the thermostat down in my house. I am finding out quick that this little house is quite expensive to heat.

The pay-off wasn’t good though. I was freezing. Every piece of my body was freezing. I did learn through the Parkinson’s web sites that being cold is a symptom, so this was easy to understand, but my blood pressure went up too.

At first I was taking my BP too often and I knew I was; but I was worried. It was running high, not  high enough to cause me danger, but much higher than my usual. This in turn caused me to stress more. Finally I made myself just check it in the am and pm. I also made me an appointment for the doctor right after the new year, when my insurance will kick in.

I learned that if our bodies get too cold along with my age the cold bothers us more and therefore our BP goes up. So I gave in and turned the thermostat up a little but will turn it down at bedtime and keep it low through the day, using my electric fireplace, then back up over the supper hour.

I already feel better. I still have a dull headache around the temple but I feel better emotionally after talking to the nurse at my new doctor that I wasn’t in a danger zone. I feel even better than that knowing I now have an appointment.

I am not interested in getting a neurologist for my Parkinson’s. I know too much about it after my dad, his mom and her sister and my brother Al, all had it. I can get an official diagnosis on paper but what good will it do me? I already know about all the PD medications and the big side-effects. I know there is no cure too. Unless my new doctor strongly advises me I won’t deal with a specialist at this point.

But the doctor can help me get new prescriptions for my blood pressure and check it instead of me doing it. He can also check my sugars, so it will feel good to be back in a doctor’s care.

When I moved to Kentucky, my health insurance was no good here. I think I told you that already. I am on straight Medicare right now, so going to a new doctor will be quite expensive for the first visit, so I wanted to wait until Jan 1, plus I had enough refills of my medications to get me to that point of my appointment.

So, I jabbered enough. Time to take a shower, turn the heat back down and climb into my bed layered with lots of blankets. I will talk to you all very soon. Love and hugsindex