Sharing Saturday: All-Purpose Insect Riddance Diffusion

No bugs! No, not that kind of bug 🪲!!!

Ah, the joys of summer – warm weather, flowers, vegetables from the garden, bugs…wait! Bugs? Yes. Those irritating little nasties that can turn the loveliest day into a misery.

So, what do we do about them? Well, where we are in the shelter, we get the occasional bug and or arachnid in our room. Ewwwww! I hate creepy crawly things and will go to great pains to avoid them.

Here is my latest solution. For those of you with a diffuser, good for you! This recipe will work for you! For those of you without a diffuser, what in the heck are you waiting for??? Please see my link at the end of this post and check out all of the cool diffusers that Young Living has to offer.

Currently, we are using my little owl diffuser in the bathroom (it was a free gift with my order last month!) and my powerhouse, Desert Mist, diffuser in the bedroom. Both have the following combination of oils and I haven’t seen a bug or arachnid since!

My latest bug-fighting superheroes!

3 drops YL peppermint essential oil

5 – 7 drops YL pine essential oil

Diffuse and worry about bugs and other pests no longer! I like this combination because the pine, although awesome and very woodsy, can be a bit overpowering. The peppermint is a lovely accent and reminds me of Christmas! I love Christmas almost as much as I detest bugs and other creepy crawlers!

So, please support our family by purchasing something awesome from Young Living! My link is below. While you’re at it, check out the diffusers. I love both of my diffusers, but I would adore having one of the lantern ones. They are just so pretty!

https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/referral/31628184

Are You Stuffed Like Zucchini?

Ah, yes, the promised stuffed zucchini recipe! I got a lovely, large zucchini from the community garden, along with a green pepper, and three small, purple onions and their greens, as well as a medium tomato. Ok. The medium tomato came from the grocery store and was looking a little worse for wear. What can I say? The garden tomatoes weren’t quite ready and I wanted to use up my store tomato before it spoiled. So sue me!

Chopped Goodies (mostly) from the Garden!

You will also need a 24 oz. jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, 2 lbs. of lean ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, and 8 oz. of mozzarella cheese. Don’t forget the 9″ x 13″ pan and aluminum foil along with your favorite gf oil spray!

Peel the zucchini and slice it in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeded section and discard. Mix the ground beef with the chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Fill the cavity of the zucchini with the beef mixture.

Can’t wait to finish and get it cooked! Yummy!

Top with spaghetti sauce and cheese. Bake at 350° F for 60 – 90 minutes, or until meat is done and zucchini is soft. Enjoy!

Here it is! Yummalicious!

Frustration

Yup, tears. That’s right. It was that kind of day.

I had a very bad day today.  I was going to write about the dinner I cooked tonight, but that will have to wait until Thursday.  I need to vent!

You may or may not know that children #’s 2, 3, 4 and I are currently homeless. We are living in a shelter. I am filling out mounds of paperwork trying to secure a place to live for the next year. It is scary and frustrating, not to mention depressing. All of this while crammed in a small room with three of my kiddos.

Oh how I long for this!

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful to have a roof over our heads, a safe place to be, and the hope (however slight my depression tells me it is) of finding an apartment or house to rent. And yes, our three emotional support pups are with us too! It’s just so overwhelming.

Then today my speedometer decided it was done. Um… excuse me? How am I supposed to figure out how fast and/or slow I’m going? Great. Not only that, but my odometer crapped out as well! Seriously? I stopped in at my friendly neighborhood auto store, where they told me my car had 11 codes being set. However, since some of them repeated, it might only be 7! I’m like “Only 7! Well, hot dang! My car’s gonna run forever!!!”

Going nowhere…

Next, I stopped to pick up my mail and found that I had a letter from the court regarding checking my assets for child support. Seriously? I’m freaking homeless and he’s worried because he might be paying too much child support? How does he live with himself? 😡!

So, what to do? Well, first, I wrote some song lyrics. At least I think that’s what they’ll turn out to be. And then I had a stern talking to with God. So frustrated to love Him and serve Him and get shat on at every turn! 😡!

Where to from here? Prayers, my friends. Prayers. When it comes right down to it, I’d rather suffer for God and know where I’m headed at the end of this life, than get caught up in the greed and sin of this world and head the wrong way when I’m done. Wouldn’t you?

Please pray for me and my family!

Sharing Saturday: Stress Away

My mini-vacation oil!

This week I wanted to focus on reducing stress. Stress is a problem that we all face. Whether you are currently homeless, like us, or just have a stressful home life or job, we all have stress.

People focus on many different aspects to conquer the stress in their lives. Some people meditate. Some pray. Some use music. Some sleep. I’m all for being well rested, but if I were to try to sleep my stress away, I’d be comatose for the next fifteen years!!!

Before Stress Away…

I have found that Young Living’s Stress Away helps me with relaxation. Now Peace and Calming is awesome, but keep in mind that it is a trauma releasing oil. Therefore, if you choose to diffuse it at night, it could lead to bad dreams as your body processes the trauma. This is why, I like to use Peace and Calming during the day and Stress Away at any time.

After Stress Away! (At least that’s how it feels to me!

Even our pup-ups love it. Ducky, our ten-year-old Morkypoo, loves Stress Away. It keeps his anxiety in check and makes him calm. Lulu and Delilah love it too! It makes for very pleasant car rides (along with Digize for tummy issues!)

Yay, Stress Away! I just love the gentle, calming scent due to the essence of lime, cedarwood, vanilla, and lavender, among others. Just beautiful!

If you would be so kind as to order Stress Away from me (you can follow the link below!) or any other amazing product from Young Living, I would be most appreciative.

https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/referral/31628184

Ratatouille, Anyone?

Ratatouille – topped pub burger… yummmmm!

Hello, readers! I know it has been a long time since I last posted a recipe for you. Our family has been in a transitional time, seeking out new housing options with very little money, so cooking lovely, gluten free recipes for you, was not on the docket.

So, a couple nights ago, I decided to make a simple, yet nutritious meal for the kiddos and me. It was a ratatouille – style topping for some delicious, thick pub burgers that I had gotten on a good sale.

Here is what I used:

2 large, sweet onions

1, large (but not huge!) zucchini (about 12 inches long)

1, 30 oz. can of diced tomatoes

Peel the onions and cut them in half. Slice the onions with the grain and place in your large frying pan. Save about 1/4 of your onions to flavor your pub burgers (unless you aren’t doing the burger in which case you can cook them all!) Cook on medium heat with a little butter (or vegan margarine for you lovely vegans and vegetarians!) for about 10 minutes.

Peel and slice zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds. Add these to the cooking onions. Fry, stirring frequently, until onions and zucchini are opaque. Add tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. I used approximately 2 Tbsp. salt, 2 tsp. black pepper, and 1 Tbsp. dried oregano, but you can use whatever tastes good to you. I didn’t measure any of it, since I don’t have my measuring spoons with me, so you’ll just have to do with that what you will.

While the zucchini mixture is cooking, put your 1/4 onion into a smaller frying pan and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add pub burgers on top of the onions and cook, flipping every 2 – 4 minutes until they are done to your liking.

Top done burgers with ratatouille topping and enjoy! This fed four of us quite large servings. Yummmmm!

My plate!

Sharing Saturday: Tangerine Essential Oil

One of my favorite scents!

I’ve got to say that nothing says summer to me better than the smell of fresh fruit.  However, if we manage to have some, it doesn’t last long!  So I have discovered a favorite for my diffuser.

Young Living’s tangerine 🍊 essential oil smells like fresh tangerines.  All this without the danger of spoiled or, in our case, disappearing fruit!  This lovely scent makes me happy, calm, and less anxious and depressed.  It’s also said to boost the immune system because of its high limonene content.

So, if you’re craving some of those good things, or just want a citrus scent, Young Living’s tangerine essential oil delivers!

Check out youngliving.com for more details about tangerine essential oil or any of the other fine products that Young Living offers.

Check out the link below to order through me.  God bless you all!   Rita

https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/referral/31628184

Mmm…fresh tangerine scent.

Summer Fun!!!

What do you like to do for fun in the summer? We like to visit water parks and theme parks. We have a pass that gets us into two water parks and a theme park, of which we are making good use.

Today we visited a water park and the theme park. We started out at the water park. The water was a bit chilly, but we persevered. The wave pool was warmer and we enjoyed that.

We ended up at the theme park, where I got the good news that the ex is finally cooperating with the short sale of the house! Yay! This is awesome news! Praise the Lord!

What this means is that in a few months after we close, my credit will be good again! Yay! Then we can get more stable housing. In the meantime, please pray. We will probably end up in an apartment, but we’ll live. It’s better than the car!!!!

Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts. Keep them up!

Another note: theme and water parks can be a bit overstimulating, but I have noticed a few low sensory zones here. This is an awesome addition to the parks for families with disabilities. Child #3 can get overwhelmed quickly, so by having these zones, tension is very helpfully to diffused.

Sorry for no pictures! I took some, but WordPress was not cooperating and neither was my phone, so we are pictureless tonight. Forgive me!

That’s it, guys! Thanks for the time you took to read this and your good thoughts and prayers!

Sharing Saturday: Grapefruit Vitality

My yummy grapefruit vitality on top of my unfinished poppy puzzle. Too many darn poppies!

I ordered the Grapefruit Vitality a few weeks ago because 1. I love grapefruit and I can’t eat it because I am on some time-release medications and grapefruit tends to make time-release medications release all at once.  Not a good thing!  And 2. because it is said to help with weight management.  Yay! 

However, since grapefruit vitality is made from the oil in the grapefruit peal, I have been medically advised that it is safe for me.  For you? Please ask your healthcare professional.

As I have said time and time again, I am not a medical professional in any sense of the word.  If you are wondering if you should take something, please consult your doctor.  This is based on my experience only!

So… grapefruit vitality.  I love adding this to my bottle of water.  It doesn’t have sweeteners, so it’s just refreshing.  I also really like it when I add a tube of zipfizz to my water.  It adds some extra zing!  What, you may ask, is zipfizz?  I found this product at Sam’s club several years back.  I tried it in water, but wasn’t all that impressed. 

Then came my Ningxia Red.  That gave me energy like I hadn’t had in so long I had forgotten what it was like!  So I dragged out the zipfizz and decided to do a little experimentation.  I much prefer the zipfizz in ice cold water.  Add a few drops of grapefruit and wow!  Major vitamin injection!  I’m so awake – even in the afternoons!  It’s awesome and came in very handy when I was helping Child #4 to finish up her schoolwork.  History can get a little dry, if you know what I mean!

With or without zipfizz, I love my grapefruit vitality essential oil!  I don’t ever want to be without it.  And for those of you who are wondering how the pants are fitting these days, I do believe they’re looser!

To order grapefruit vitality essential oil or any of the other wonderful products from Young Living, please use this link:

https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/referral/31628184

Please continue to pray for us as we are trying to face life’s challenges with grace and holiness. (Yeah, I said trying…we don’t always succeed!!!) This is a very difficult season for us and any products you could purchase through my Young Living link would be most appreciated!

God bless,

Rita

The Rope’s End

End of the rope

Swinging, swinging

From the Rope’s End

Just a little more

Let go.

It can’t hurt more than it already does.

Too much pain!

Too much suffering!

Only the evil really thrive!

Where is He?

Just. Let. Me. Go.

As you may or may not know, our family has been going through many tough times. We are currently homeless, seeking options, and finding no solutions, even temporary ones.

I just finished a talk with the great depressor, who told me, basically, what a loser I am and how nothing is ever going to work out for me. Thank you, mother.

So, I am sitting here in tears, wondering where God is in all of this. If He doesn’t give us more than we can handle, then what the hell? Pulling in front of a speeding vehicle just sounds better and better. What good am I to anyone?

I’m so tired of struggling while my evil ex gets off scott free. Do you know what the court did? After he has been screwing me on child support for about three months or so, they just tacked on another $50/month – that’s right, you did not misread it – $50 per month, otherwise known as $12.50 per week! to his payment. What? At this rate, he’ll be paying for his oops for the next three years!

Why is it that evil flourishes in this cock-eyed world? Where is the love? Where is God? How is it that there is so much suffering for the good?

Please, people, if you care about me at all, send me your love and prayers. I am in a really dark place. I feel there is no where to go. I know God loves me, but I can’t find Him here. Where are you, God? Please help me!