blackberries homemade summer

Summers Almost Gone…

Summers almost gone... magnify

It does seem that way here where I live! It’s much cooler,and we’re actually getting a little rain lately. (signs of fall) What I have noticed this year is that the weather is actually very “normal.” We had some snowfall last winter, more than we usually get around here. The spring was very wet, like spring should be. Summer has been hot yes,but not nearly as hot as it was last year! Now fall comes to call…and because we’ve had an adequate amount of rain the leaves on the tree’s will be more colorful instead of just turning brown and falling off. It’s been a good summer, we had such a great crop of wild blackberries! I wanted to get a chance to share some pic’s of some of the highlights of my summer…so here they are!

them's "bramble's"It's just Mama Elroy's... by myboogers.

This is one of the cobblers I made with those berries! Let me tell you, there’s nothing better than blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream!

this is the preferred method, by myboogers.

can I get an “AMEN!”….

Here’s another home-made treat we enjoyed making this year, home-made applesauce!

first we pick the apples,


Then we cook them! AK000383

this is a food strainer, it saves doing all of the peeling!

AK000384 by myboogers.

then we just feed the cooked apples thru it and SHAZAM! you’ve got applesauce


cool huh? here’s a little “applesauce eater”

AK000378I'm gonna "yuck it up"

here’s another one, maybe a little too much “sauce” on the second one…

Our garden did great, we canned enough green beans and tomatoes to last us all year! here’s a few vegetable pic’s.

some of the first...broccoli

green beans gone WILD!dill weed blossom

And so, as the summer wanes and this blog grows tiresome I’m left in the familiar position of trying to tie it all together. It’s been a great year! Despite being unemployed, serving time in jail, blah,blah, yadda,yadda, you get the picture… My car is still running, (the one my pastor gave me) on the pieces of wire that my friend used to fix it back in (was it June?)

I used a piece of telephone cord to fix it! by myboogers.

No kiddin’, the white one is a piece of phone wire…lol, the other one is what was left of the wire after the squirrels chewed thru it.

Before you go, I want to give a little bit of my personal testimony regarding my situation. I’m very thankful for what the Lord has provided me with. However, I’m most thankful that through all of my circumstances He has shown me what really matters…HIM! I’m thankful that through my “bad luck and troubles” he’s taught me to trust Him, and to have peace in the storms of life! He’s taught me and my wife a great deal about what it means to “live your faith,” and He’s also teaching us what it means to be “empowered” by your faith. It’s my hope that if you’re reading this and you could use some encouragement that you would give God an opportunity to show you how much He loves you!

evangelical Mc Cain

Train Wreck

Train Wreck
Train Wreck, Steam Locomotives by born1945.
That’s a pretty fair characterization of the current state of the GOP. I’m an Evangelical Christian and an independent voter, my priority issue is abortion, (there I said it) and I will vote for Mc Cain in Nov. but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. Do I feel as though the Mc Cain/Palin ticket represents my values? Yes and no…but mostly NO! They get my vote for being pro-life, even though McCain has no charisma or leadership aspects to his personality or a well thought out plan for our economic recovery. Even though his VP choice was apparently too busy fixing the world to deal with her own daughter and to instill in her the values that might of persuaded her daughter not to have had pre-marital sex. OH! there’s some tough medicine… At times it seems to me as though the republicans are basically “going through the motions” this election. They have sent McCain out as a scapegoat to take what I predict will be the “beating of a lifetime” this fall. It’s really sad, sometimes when I watch McCain on TV and read his facial expressions, he seems very uncomfortable, and he constantly blinks,like he’s lying about something. (not good) I could’ve accepted his choice of a running mate based on her being a “true believer” despite her being a “nobody” but apparently she’s not a “shining example” of what it means to be a parent let alone a candidate for the second highest office in the land. “So, it’s true! you do shoot your wounded” NO, we just try not to elect them! Am I being way too hard on her? perhaps I am, but I see it as her inability to manage her family as a basic failure of the stuff she claims to represent. I can’t just excuse it and brush it aside like most of the people I’ve heard talk about it are. “come on Alton, she’s a human being…you know, a mistake maker…you’re being judgmental” Yes, I am! that’s the thing about being a public personality, a celebrity, or a candidate for president, I wannna know if you’re the real deal or just another person willing to promise anything to me to get my vote, I’m required to make a choice,that involves “judgment”. Do you live by the principles that you espouse? Right now, I see both candidates as being disingenuous, Obama will at least admit what a mess we’re in as a country, I just have a hard time believing that he’s going to somehow turn it around given the tide that’s against him. Our lawmakers are mostly self serving crooks, looking to represent the highest bidder. And us, the American people…oh boy! I keep hearing Obama talk about how this “change” has to come from the ground up, not from the top down, and he’s right! I just have the hardest time believing that we the American people as a whole have the stomach for it. there’s a basic contradiction between what we say we want and what we’re willing to sacrifice to obtain it. So we’re doomed? well yeah pretty much…Obama may have the “Audacity of Hope” to believe in this country, I do not…the facts simply do not merit it. Instead, I have the “audacity of Hope” to believe that Jesus will someday return and that HE will rule! Man is wholly unfit to govern man, absolute power absolutely corrupts, always!…there is no political solution, to our troubled evolution, (Sting/The Police,spirits in the material world) kind of sums it up doesn’t it?

P.S. Perhaps I’ll write in “Chuck Norris” for President

hatching incubaters

Inside the Egg

I hear ’em chirpin, look! theres a hole in that one…daddy, can’t we just help them get out of the shell? No, we can’t…gettin outta that shell is the chickens first job, and it’s hard to do! but we have to let the chicken do it by themselves or else they may not survive. why? I dunno…but all of the chickens I’ve helped out of the shell died, it’s all a part of a process the chicken has to go thru to prepare it for life. We just have to sit back and watch…This is the conversation I had with my daughter tonight, it reminded me of my life struggles…and how even though we all find ourselves (like the chicken) going thru circumstances that are difficult and we sometimes wonder why God does’nt “help us out of our shell.” there is peace in knowing that God always has a purpouse…

I suppose the comparison is fair, depending on the comprehension level of God you have as opposed to the one the chicken has of us… I spent a lot of years in my egg, all a part of a process, a plan God had for me! There were times when I did’nt believe that I could ever experience a life as full of joy as I do now,or…that what I was experiencing was all that life had in store for me. Perhaps the greatest lesson we can take away from “the egg” is that it’s only thru our struggles that we learn our real strength! Although it sure does’nt feel that “spiritual” when we’re feeling overwhelmed with life!

In order for us to be a fully functioning member of “the body” and to be all that God intends for us to be, we must “overcome,” No TESTimony without the test right? In the book of James it says (1:2-4) My brethern, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations; 3) knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4) But let patience have her perfect work,that you may be perfect and entire,wanting nothing…Chew on that while you enjoy these other pics…


choices folly horse sense lies water

you may lead a horse to water…

And even though he’s perhaps terribly thirsty, you can’t make him drink. Why is that a true statement? how does it remind us of ourselves? If it is our goal that the horse should drink then the important lesson here is that you can’t “make” the horse drink. Rather than succumb to our urgings and exhortations to drink, the horse prefers the smug satisfaction of knowing that despite our superior intelligence and opposable thumbs he has won! Many of us go thru life “noseless” without a nose, we decided that it would be better to cut it off than to appease the constant demands of an oxygen dependant body. My intent is to use this illustration of behavior by both horse and man as a lament of what I see as perhaps our biggest problem. Our pridefullness, our ego, our screwed up priorities and skewed perspectives. Our going thru life like the horse, so thirsty and yet unwilling to drink. Wearing blinders that prevent us not only from seeing side to side but ahead as well. We detect the stench of our dead lives and yet continue to embrace it. Life and relationships are what we make of them, circumstances are the excuses we use when we decide to quit. This is the good news, it’s good because it means that we have the ability to choose, its bad, because it nullifies many peoples only means of getting people to pay any attention whatsoever to them. Like the horse, who after refusing to drink brags about his superiority while he is dying of thirst we humans rationalise our choices through the filter of our own dis-functon and choose to remain chained to the rotting corpse that we keep smelling. that rotting corpse is us.
control happiness health life living money work

What we value is the health,contentment,and independence we earn…not the money we are missing

I was born and raised in the city. In a suburban setting that taught me to value work over health, striving for more over contentment, and a superficial sense of control over simple independence. As I became older, I understood that I was “living to work” instead of the opposite. Keeping up with the Jones’ will keep you chasing the happiness there in your tail. There are few things worse than the realization that you control.. ZIP…NADA…nothing! (absolutely that is) the proof of which comes precisely when it would’ve been the handiest to have had it. Don’t even get me started on money! Have you ever looked into your over-stuffed wallet and felt mocked? As if your money laughs at you? Because you were fool enough to trade the only thing of value you had for the happiness it didn’t buy.
In the 49 years I’ve been alive I think that I’ve really “lived” perhaps two. Two years of feeling as if I belonged somewhere, that I had a connection with “something” that was more than worthy of all I could invest. All things are a process and so am I …but am I finally in a place where that can happen? It’s a little bit like spending your whole life looking for a restroom. Your body tells you “I need to go” so you seek out a place where you feel safe or have some privacy and you “go”.  I looked for a lot of years because my mind was telling me I had to “grow”. That I had to find a place where I could find “rest.” and that’s what I did…these are my stories, my blog is called “seeking the kingdom” because its Gods kingdom I’m seeking, and his blessings that I’ve found.