The Blind Post – December Edition

The Blind Post classified news

From and for the blind and visually impaired.

December 10, 2018

Current subscribers to date: 1162

Contents for this month’s issue:

This month’s sponsors.

From the editor.

New and used.  

Wanted, to trade, or to give away.


Services and training.

Business and employment opportunities.

This months columns: 

Global cane outreach update, On the Road to Kenya by Donna Kimball

Living with low vision, Free Gifts for Christmas By Donna Williams

 Blind people talking, A special Christmas poem.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, lots of recipes! 

Yarn, hook, and needle, Making something special by Phyllis Campbell.

Other important info:

How to post and pay for an ad or announcement.

What can you post to the Blind Post?

Subscriptions to the Blind Post.

This month’s sponsor:

MCBVI Radio, It is Not Just another internet Radio Station

By Dave Gordon

At the MCBVI convention I spoke at the Tech Committee seminar about how MCBVI Radio is not just a radio station. The following are my remarks as expanded in the hopes of convincing you to listen to MCBVI Radio. It is also my hope that you will help to make us a better and more responsive station, not with money, although  we wouldn’t turn it down, but by participating in the MCBVI  Radio  family.

Last March, Mike Smith approached the Tech Committee with the suggestion we put our server that is paid for year round, but at that point was only used three days a year, to broadcast the MCBVI Convention. The committee agreed, and with the executive board’s permission, within a few days we had a shell of what is now MCBVI Radio. Since that time MCBVI Radio has grown beyond my wildest dreams, and it is not just because of our management team, which includes Joe Sibley, Mike Smith, Rebecca Kooistra, and I; it is because of our listeners and their interest in the station and in making it more of a family approach to radio. In just a few months, we have surpassed a lot of internet radio stations in several big and important ways, both in listener numbers and in content. Here is why you should listen.

Of course, we have the music you want to hear, and if you are not hearing something, we will do our best to provide it for you; but if we did not go beyond that, we would be little more than ninety percent of the internet radio stations out there. We have expanded our music at the request of listeners by including two hour blocks of Country music, blocks of music from the 80s and 90s, and two hours a week of Beatles music.

Still, I hear you saying, “Oh, it is music; I can get that on my smart speaker from tune In, Spotify, or Pandora.”

If that were all we had to offer, why listen?

In addition to the music our listeners have requested, we are doing our best to offer all types of programming, by offering shows that focus on everything from Christian, to JAZZ, to Motown, to progressive rock, and much more. Many of our programs are presented by people who are blind or visually impaired. This is not by design, it just worked out that way and we are proud of it.

But wait, do not touch that dial, there is more! We also offer programming by our own members, here is your chance to hear and interact with some of the people you know live on the radio.

Mike Smith has been broadcasting since he was a kid, and has worked on commercial radio stations. Now he has brought his talent to MCBVI Radio with two shows titled 45’s Alive. Mike presents a country show on Tuesday and an oldies show on Thursday. With Mike’s professional and competent hands on the controls, you will find his creative topics for each show to be intriguing and a must listen.

Just recently, we undertook the boldest step yet in attempting to differentiate from the thousands of internet radio stations out there by offering a brand new show. Becky and I could not think of a name for the show, so it is currently called The No Name Show With Him & Her. Him & Her are myself, Dave Gordon, and Becky Kooistra. Of course, we play the music you want to hear, but we also talk about blindness issues. By the time this is published, this will have included: independence, Abandonment as a young child when sent away to a residential school, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), self-driving cars, non-24, drug addiction and much more. We also have introduced a “Getting to Know Each Other” segment” where Becky and I talk with members of MCBVI in the hopes of all of us getting to know each other a little better.

We started the show by offering a several part series, which was sort of a modern-day soap opera. This ongoing saga went on for several shows, which ended with Becky and yours truly being pardoned by MCBVI President John Jarzyna, so we could attend the MCBVI Convention. To the best of my knowledge, this kind of thing has never been done on internet radio, and we are looking  for ideas for a new radio soap.

I am excited about these shows because I know they have set us apart from some of the other offerings out there, but we hope to add to that by including more and more of you as we move forward. Still, with all of this, there is even another reason to listen to MCBVI Radio. A couple of months ago, someone came up with the idea of encouraging people to participate in the station by offering audio clips in the listener’s own voice, saying what they want to say. This was met with a huge response from our listeners and many have provided us with informational segments in their own voices that we play every day on MCBVI Radio. This really differentiates us from the competition, and it prompted me to want to say we are really a family and a much closer-nit family because we all work together.

I was quite surprised, and more than pleased, when I heard exactly the same thoughts expressed, totally unsolicited, from several people while at the convention. It was then I knew we were on the right track.

With adding the ability to receive the station on your Echo, we have increased our listener base, which is now about half of some internet stations who have been on the air for years. In just a few short months, our station truly has grown to be more successful than much of our competition.

I encourage you to listen to MCBVI Radio, and to join our Email list. Send a blank message to

Here you can participate in ongoing discussions and you always have the opportunity to express your concerns and to talk about what you want to hear.

If you don’t want to belong  to a relatively high traffic list you can subscribe to our announce only list,

We look forward to you working with us.

Dave G.

From the editor:

It is hard to believe it is December and a new year is just around the corner. Maybe it is true what they used to say, that when you are older time flies by. I know for kids it seems to go by too slow. This time of year can be lots of fun and enjoyable, but for many it is a difficult time to go through. I hope and pray that this edition of the news helps bring a little cheer to you.

We have snow in my part of Idaho and very cold temps. I am happy to have it but have not yet walked much in it this year. I usually like to wait until it is at least 40 degrees and sunny. If the wind blows at this temperature, then forget it. I am not as young as I was when we lived in northeast Nevada at an elevation of 5600 feet.  Then, if we wanted our mail, which was a fifteen-minute walk down a rural sidewalkless road, we had to bundle up with many layers, even on our faces. Sometimes it was below 0. When we arrived at the bank of mailboxes, getting the mailbox key involved taking off a glove, and with almost numb fingers finding the keyhole and once the door was open, grabbing all the mail and shoving it into a backpack. When there was a package, then there would be a special key inside the mailbox. We would then have to go and locate the correct package box and unlock that in order to get our package. Burrr.   We would opt to skip getting the mail if it was too cold and windy, but if we were expecting something, we would brave even the cold biting wind. Of course, the colder weather there was more tolerable due to the lower humidity living in the high desert. I am very thankful to now have my mailbox just in front of our home.

This month we have many wonderful notices and articles. I want to especially thank MCBVI radio for sponsoring this month’s news. I also want to thank all my wonderful writers. They are awesome, and I appreciate them very much. Some of our writers are not here this month due to various reasons. I know my son Joshua is preparing for the Stance ISA World adaptive surfing championship taking place in Southern California this week. I am not sure of all the details, but I hope he takes the gold. Of course, being his Mom I would want that for him. I am very proud of him and all his accomplishments. Next month he should be able to write about his experiences with it.

Great news! The Blind Post will have a January edition in 2019. I have been taking that month off, as well as July, in the past, but I have decided to publish the news all 12 months. We have grown so much, and I am very excited to explore some new ideas in the new year.

One of the new things unfortunately is that I need to raise the costs of notices just a bit. You will still be able to put one notice of fifty words or less at no charge each month. You can read the new 2019 word counts and costs towards the end of this news.

Did you know we now have 1162 current subscribers. I am so thankful that you all are sharing the news. This is great for all of you to have your notices read by more folks. We also have quite a few new visitors to the website.

Many of you know that I am a Christian, a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I also know many of you are as well. I pray for all the Blind Post readers that the Peace of God that surpasses all understanding will fill your hearts and minds. Jesus is the reason for the season. I am so thankful for the awesome gift that God offers us with His only begotten Son. If you ever want to learn more or talk with me about my faith, feel free to email me. I am more than happy to share the Good News!

May you have a very Merry Christmas and beautiful holiday season.

 See you next year.

Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis

Publisher & editor

The Blind Post classified news.

New and used:  

My name is Jo Elizabeth Pinto. I am a blind author, and my award-winning novel, “The Bright Side of Darkness,” is available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.

Rick Myers, who has just lost his parents in a car wreck, and the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in the projects, don’t have much to count on besides each other. Then Rick meets Daisy, an intelligent, self-assured blind girl. Her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself. But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters Rick’s friends and severely tests his resolve to build his new interest in a culinary career. Fortunately, his life is touched by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss.  Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually, through him, to the ones he holds most dear.  “The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.

Please see me on Facebook here:

The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse

C 2016 by Susan Bourrie

In e-book ($3.99) and print ($9.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.

Full details (cover, author bio, buying links, and more): 

For children 5 to 10. Older children will enjoy reading this lively tale to younger ones.

After Mistletoe Mouse befriends a doll that has been left behind in Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve, he experiences a year of adventures and misadventures. With the help of Molly Dolly and an express reindeer, he works to make terrible Christmases terrific. Together, they tackle every challenge with energy and imagination.

Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, by Meredith Leigh Burton,

Enter a world where trees talk, the earth sings, and a blind beauty

must confront a beast who is more than he seems.  A collection of

three retold fairy tales that feature characters with disabilities.

Available in print, Kindle, audio and Braille editions.

Christmas Jewelry at Journeys

Jumbo Bell Necklace, Christmas Tree, Snowflake, & Wreathe Earrings, Ugly Sweater Necklaces and much more.  Essential Oil Roll-ons and Fragrant Room Sprays as well as earth crystal jewelry.

Happy Shopping!

2 black pocket check guides that fit standard size bank checks, regularly $6 each + 2 credit card size signature guides

$4 each.  All for $15.  Keep one set and give the other to a blind friend for Christmas!  Use Paypal and go to website:

to order.

Big Holiday savings on Victor Stream, victor Trek, our own Talking

Book Reader, Talking MP3 Players with Free shipping in the US!

An example of the savings  is that you can get a Victor Reader Trek

for less than $600!

Lay-away payment plan available!


Rich DeSteno has released his third album, entitled Crunch Time.

Rich has continued to deliver his special blend of electric and acoustic rock.  The album is now available on all major digital music download and streaming web sites.  Visit his web site at:

Fill your home with wonderful fragrances from Scentsy this holiday season.

Fragrance products also make the perfect gift. Check out all of the amazing products currently available from Scentsy.

Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 916-206-1151 775-463-9886

Braille Cards and Accessible Games from DottedDecks

This holiday season, take a break from the constant drone of text-to-speech and phone screens and spend quality time over an old-fashioned game of cards!  Braille cards and tactile games make great gifts during the time when family and friends reunite for the holidays. At, we adapt and Braille games like UNO, Rubik’s Cubes, standard playing cards, and more.  Games suit a variety of ages and include both standard and jumbo Braille, perfect for those just learning their alphabet or those with neuropathy.  Visit

to shop!

Available games include Standard Playing Cards, UNO, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, UNO Dare, DOS, Connect 4, Rubik’s Cubes, Rook, Old Maid, Go Fish, and more.  Something out of stock, or have a new game you’d like to see in Braille?  Send a message to

and it will be in stock within the week!  Visit

to see available listings.

Victor Reader Trekk purchased in May of this year.  Comes with original box, cords along with magnetic cable and tip that was included. 

I will even include a little Bluetooth speaker which I purchased on Amazon to go with it.  You can clip it to your pocket or purse strap if you don’t want to use headphones when using the GPS while walking.  I’m selling for $475 including shipping in the continental US. This is a nice unit, but I just don’t need the bells and whistles after all.

Please contact me at

1 slightly used Or  Cam reading device.

This device will read standard printed material, such as books, menus, and newspapers.It is attached to eyeglasses with speaker and small computer worn on the waist.Asking $1500 or best offer. Contact Richard at 757 468 0277 or email

J.D. Robb books

Interlude In Death 3 cd’s unabridged $8

Ceremony in Death 4 cassettes $5

Vengeance in Death 4 cassettes $5

Remember When 4 cassettes $5

Why good People Do bad Things by Debbie Ford “brand new on 7 cd’s” $15

Wanted, to trade, or to give away:

Bible to give away

I have The New testament from the good news bible On 18 cassettes to give away. If interested send your mailing address to

I have a braille dictionary to give away. It is in 8 hard covered volumes.

If interested send your mailing address to

Braille recipe books

I have the following braille recipe books to give away.

Leaf From Our Table 2 volumes

Selections From Pillsbury Fast and Healthy cookbook, Easy recipes

2 volumes

In the Kitchen with Rosie, 2 volumes

Baking Illustrated, 2 volumes

Kinder-Crunchies 1 VOLUME

Send your mailing address to

Braille books

I have the following books to give away.

Help in Daily Living, 1 volume

Talking dirty with the Queen of Clean, It has helpful cleaning tips.

2 volumes

The Joy of Sex, 2 hard covered volumes

The complete Idiot’s Guide to amazing Sex, 8 volumes

Send mailing address to


The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!

We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server. We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish.  We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms.  You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun!  We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups.  There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience. To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to 

We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”

Blind Recipe Group

Send a blank e-mail to

and share your favorite recipes. Each new member who submits a recipe before 1/1/2019 will be entered in a drawing for a cooking related surprise. So, join today.

If you like Tupperware and want to receive a monthly listing of our specials

please email

and let me know if you prefer the list pasted into the body of the message or as a text attachment.

Check out Eyes On Success radio and podcast:

1847 Hamming It Up (Nov. 21, 2018)

Being a ham or amateur radio operator can be a fun hobby and a great way to connect with others around the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Mike Duke, a blind ham operator (call sign K5XU) and director of Radio Reading Service of Mississippi, about how he got involved in the hobby, how it has changed over the years, and how accessible it is now.

1846 Blinded Veterans Association (Nov 14, 2018)

Joe Bogart, Executive Director of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), is the first legally blind soldier to return to combat duty since the Civil War. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joe about the various services offered to veterans by the BVA as well as the relationship between the BVA and the Veterans Administration.

As usual the audio and show notes can be found at:

and you can now listen to Eyes On Success on your smart home device by simply saying (play Eyes On Success podcast”!

Welcome to a new update of Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.

It is December First already, and time for more updates of Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.

I also want to mention, in case some of you don’t know, that I have recorded a CD called Traditional Hymns that Speak to the Heart.  There are 18 songs on it.  I had two different wonderful organ accompanists, and then I played the guitar and accompanied myself for four of the songs.  Normally I ask $10 for a CD, but if you buy three, perhaps to share with friends or give as gifts, I am asking $25.  Contact me by email if you are interested.  I can take Paypal or credit cards.  Email me at

And now to Sermons on the Phone.

Option 1: Timeless Truths for Tough Times by Adrian Rogers.

Option 2: Wake Up to a Miracle, by Dr.  Warren Wiersbe.

Option 3: The Gospel According to Exodus, from Safe Harbor Baptist Church, guest speaker.

Option 4: God’s Wisdom by Chip Ingram.

Option 5: God at War, by Erwin Lutzer.

Option 6: When God Laughs by Lawrence Justice.

Option 7: Melaleuca News.

Option 8: The Hope of Heaven Fills My Soul, by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.

Option 9: Safe Harbor Baptist Church, Winning the War Over Worry,

by a missionary evangelist.

Some people might think that they cannot listen to a whole sermon on the phone without being interrupted.  But, there is a provision for this.  After you’ve gotten into a sermon, if you have to hang up, you can get right back to where you left off by calling the main number again and then hitting the option number for the sermon, and you will be right where you left off.  You can also pause by hitting 8 if you are interrupted by a phone call.  And, if you use a cell phone, you don’t have to use any data as

it’s just going through the phone and not the Internet.  So it will be great to listen to when driving to your destination.

I will be changing the options on December 15.  But there is a way to hear archives.  I will tell you about it when you call.  I have some very good sermons planned to put on then as well.  You will definitely want to encourage others to listen.

Merry Christmas!

Services and training.

Do you have a service of interest to the blind community? Do you offer any kind of training or are you a school? Post your notice hear and reach over 1162 readers of the Blind Post through email and online.

Business and employment opportunities:

Do you have a business opportunity or an employment job offer or are you looking for assistance, help wanted? This is a great place to post your notices. A fifty words or less notice is free each month. Read towards the end of the news for word counts and cost for longer notices.

Create your own E-commerce website easily. Site Right Now is an accessible website builder and server.

If you sign up, please include your friend, Lori Motis from, on the order form.

On, everything you need to make a web site is included:

  • Great for beginners! Anyone can do it. Just fill out simple forms with our classic control panel, and it makes your website.
  • Choose and register your own domain name ( or use one you already own.
  • Make your own website, including an unlimited number of pages!
  • No Programming Required! Just fill in simple on-line forms with your information.
  • Build your own family website
  • Make your own personal website
  • Create your own e-commerce business website
  • Upload your own graphics or choose from our on-line library.
  • Make changes and updates to your web pages with ease.
  • Announce your website on the major search engines
  • Get marketing help and advice
  • Get as much free support as you need. Don’t worry if you are a beginner.

Even sell your products on-line with instant e-commerce.

Our control panel works well for visually impaired and blind users, since it is more text based than other web builders. Blind and visually impaired users often use screen readers that read the text out loud. Here is a link to one of our customers who provides classified news for the blind and visually impaired:

Global cane outreach update

On the Road to Kenya

By: Donna Kimball, GCO Board Member

Since we are another month closer to boarding the jet to Kenya for our upcoming outreach, it is apparent to the team that the trip at this stage is all about the details. Each day unveils even more checklist items that need immediate attention. A huge success was renting an apartment for the entire team. The apartment has 2 bedrooms, a comfortable living room space and other useful amenities, such as the inclusion of transportation. Having transportation included will not only save money, but will greatly increase the effectiveness of the team, as they will not need to search out public transportation with its many time delays. In addition, contacts in Kenya are pre-arranging appointments with many excited recipients to receive canes and training each day. The team should be able to train up to 20 persons a day; 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon.  Each recipient will also have the opportunity to bring friends and family members to be trained along with them. This will allow even more support for the recipient after the team has left. At the end of each day’s session, either James or Beverly will provide their personal testimonies as an encouragement to the clients and their families. We would also like to welcome our new helpers in Kenya who are working to make our trip a success; Lucas from the African Blind Union and Mr. Jackson from the Kenya Union of the Blind. With the assistance from our local contacts in Kenya, the anticipation of a successful mission trip is being realized more each day. It’s becoming very apparent every day that God is involved in all of the details, which are coming together wonderfully.

In addition to GCO plans for the Kenya trip, there are also in the works a new GCO pamphlet, business cards (including braille), as well as a revamping of the GCO Website, a Facebook page and a new YouTube Channel. If you would like to donate to the GCO Kenya trip, please click on the GoFundMe Link, which is included below.


Donna Kimball

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.

You Cane Give is a not for profit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee that refurbishes donated canes for reuse. James Boehm, one of the members of our board, created and runs this organization.

Living with low vision

Free Gifts for Christmas

By Donna Williams

I’m using an attractive catch phrase to get your attention but not for the reason you may think.  I’m not going to make you an offer that means you must buy something in order to receive a wonderful free gift. Instead I’m going to share my deep thoughts about Christmas and giving. 

A few days ago I finished reading a book written by Jude Devereaux entitled “As You Wish”.  This book is about 3 women who find themselves in a position of being able to go back in time to fix mistakes they made in the past. As I was reading I began to think about my own life. If I could go back in time what would I want to change or do differently?  From there I began to ponder how today’s world is so different then the one I grew up and became a young adult in.  I know I touched on that last month when I talked about the benefits of being blind.  This month I want to share some insights about myself and how I live my life. 

I recently received an email from a reader who wanted to share some thoughts about last month’s article with me.  We wrote back and forth a few times and while we were corresponding she thanked me for writing her back.  I was touched by this because in today’s world it seems as though the little considerations and courtesies get lost.  We send happy birthday texts or even more disturbing, we need to be reminded by social media when a loved one’s birthday or other special occasion is, then we respond accordingly. 

As I considered how impersonal our world has become I thought about how easy it is for all of us to wrap ourselves in our own little lives and put off things we truly want to be doing. 

As I reviewed the year and wrote the Thanksgiving post for my blog I realized how blessed I have been this year.  I have given and received gifts from friends and none of us has had to spend a cent.  We have spent time together in person and over the phone.  IN some cases we have repaired misunderstandings and moved forward with a strengthened bond.  I also watched a friend struggle with illness and die earlier this year.  I was recovering from my own health issues so I was unable to visit her in person.  However I made it a point to talk with her every chance I could. 

I wasn’t always like that.  When I was a child I used to make plans with more then one friend at a time. Then I’d choose which one I felt like visiting when the time arrived.  My parents tried to tell me I’d hurt the other person but I ignored their warning.  When the day I was supposed to see my friend of choice arrived and I told the other one I wouldn’t be coming over that day   her heart-wrenching sobs tore me up inside and continued to haunt me throughout the years. I remember hanging up the phone and thinking that I would never want someone to treat me the same way I did.  I ended up hurting my other friend too because my parents decided I needed to be punished.  As a result I was not allowed to see either friend that day.  That situation impacted me so much that I began a quest to prioritize other people’s feelings.  Sometimes it has worked and others not so much.  No matter how hard we may try it seems as though life has a way of pushing us along and we lose touch with those who are important to us.  What I do when faced with this situation is to try and think about how the other person is feeling.  I always ask myself what I would want that friend or family member to do if the roles were reversed.  The same applies to strangers. 

It’s easy especially this time of year to get caught up in the holiday rush. There is always something to see or do, somewhere we need to be.  Then of course there is always finding that perfect gift.  The stores or online shopping call our name and we browse and spend and sometimes we even overdo it. 

In the past few years I’ve cut back on my spending but at the same time I’ve become busier.   This year is a great example.  The chorus I belong to has 5 concerts during the first two weeks in December and then later in the month I have some personal things I need to take care of as well as fitting in Doctor Appointments.  So how do I make sure those around me know they are loved and appreciated?  That’s where the free gifts I’m talking about come in. I have a few friends who don’t have computers or don’t have time to use email so I make it a point to call them and talk via phone.  I love doing that. Since some of them live in other states its great hearing their voices while we visit.  I don’t send too many Christmas cards anymore however I do send email.  I love doing this because I can write to my totally blind friends directly and not have to worry about someone else reading what I’ve written like I had during the times I used snail mail.  I give my family my time.  We always have a nice dinner and celebration and I love being there. 

Elvis Presley asked the question: “why can’t every day belike Christmas?”   Well it can be when we think about what free gifts we can give to family friends, and community.  So share your time and talents with others.  The free gifts you give will be returned to you as you touch each other’s lives.  Happy Holidays to all! 

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision.  Please feel free to contact me at: .

Want to read more of my writing?  Visit: .                                                                

Blind people talking

Here is what has become a tradition–my annual simple Christmas poem. God bless you!

Share this one with Scrooge and the Grinch!

To Share His Love

by Lauren Merryfield

With the creativity abounding at school, not only did Miss (name) have her annual “wdcmtm” contest, as Bart called it, there was also a Christmas poetry contest.

This year’s winner was Liyah, with her plea to give where it is needed and to share Jesus’ love. Here are her words:

The stores will bulge, as people shop,

To purchase tons of stuff.

But there are people in this world

Who do not have enough.

The clothing and the party goods,

The songs and laughter, too,

Are what you’re involved in now;

The poverty, not you.

You’re wishing “Merry Christmas” to

The rich ones, I would guess.

The ones who have no Christmas gifts

Are too much in a mess.

Exchanging gifts with others who

Those things they can afford–

The one gift costing nothing is

Our everlasting Lord.

The invitations to His day

Of birth are for us all;

Not just the people out there who

Collect and keep it all.

The ones who need your giving and

The honor of your time,

Though they are blessed in many ways,

(Neglect should be a crime),

Are those who have no place to live,

Whose bills are through the roof;

Who won’t be seeing Santa Claus

Or hearing reindeer hoof.

My friend, you’re guilty of a thing

That you could soon correct,

By giving to the poor all year,

And those who you reject.

The holidays are sad for some,

Go cheer them up, right now,

And give to those who are in need

And to Lord Jesus bow.

If He were here in person now

What do you think He’d do?

He’d give to everyone He could,

And, friend, that includes you.

So I do quite admonish you

While there is still some time,

To be a Christmas gift to those

Here mentioned in this rhyme—

The ones who live apart from you;

The ones who have no food;

The ones whose babies cry at night;

You could do them some good.

Oh, Jesus, stir the hearts of those

Who nothing really lack,

Who have been given to, by You,

Tell them to give some back.

Tell them to sing “Halleluia!”

For You are here to save

Each one, though rich or very poor,

Before they go to grave.

Oh, Jesus, touch their hearts today,

Remind them who You are,

Not just the baby in the stall

With bright and shining star.

The greatest gifft we all will have,

No matter circumstance,

The One who died and rose again–

Give Jesus Christ a chance!

For knowing Jesus, as you could,

His gifts of love and light,

Will shower you with blessings and

You’ll sleep quite well tonight.

You’ll fill them with encouragement

And heed the Savior’s call,

The gift you are presenting is

The best gift of them all.

Do share His gift, and raise your arms

To praise the One above,

For this is Jesus’ birthday and

He wants to share His love.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

This month we have lots of wonderful recipes emailed to me from subscribers. Enjoy and happy cooking!

Ambrosia Christmas Fruit Salad

2 cans Mandarin oranges; drained

2 cans Pineapple; tidbits, drained

2 Bananas; sliced

2 cups Grapes; green or red seedless

2 cups Vanilla yogurt

1 cup Almonds; slivered

    2 cups Coconut; flaked

2 cups Marshmallows; mini


1 Mix together the oranges, pineapple, banana, grapes, yogurt, almonds, coconut, and  marshmallows.  Chill at least an hour to

allow the flavors to mellow.

Dolly Partons Cowboy Beans

From Mamas-corner cooking list

1 pound ground beef

2 medium onions finely chopped

1 small bell pepper finely chopped

2 16 ounce cans pork in beans

2 cups ketchup

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Brown ground beef, onion and pepper in a 10 inch skillet. Add remaining ingredients. Pour in to baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.

Yield 8 to 10 servings.

Frosty the Cheese Ball

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 container (3 ounces) real bacon bits

1-1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 scallions, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well.
  2. Divide the mixture into three balls: one small, one medium, and one large. Arrange the balls on a serving platter in a line to form a snowman lying down.
  3. Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Mexican Ground Beef Cheese Dip

1 pound ground beef

1 (15 ounce) can enchilada sauce

1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed


Brown ground beef in nonstick skillet; drain. Place in a 2 quart slow cooker. Add enchilada sauce and cubed cheese; stir well. Cover; cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. When heated through, serve with your favorite taco chips.

Makes 10 servings.


1 small box lime gelatin

1 small box lemon gelatin

1 small box cherry gelatin

1 can, 8 ounces, crushed pineapple with juice

1 package, 3 ounces, cream cheese

1 cup whipped topping

½ cup miniature marshmallows

Step 1.  Dissolve Lime gelatin in 1 cup boiling water.

Step 2.  Add ¾ cup cold water, pineapple with juice and pour into a 9 by 13 inch Pyrex dish.

Step 3.  Chill until set.

Step 4.  Dissolve Lemon gelatin in 1 cup boiling water.

Step 5.  Add cream cheese and blend.

Step 6.  Chill until slightly thickened.

Step 7.  Blend in whipped topping.

Step 8.  Chill until very thick and spoon over Lime gelatin.  Let gelatin set until congealed.

Step 9.  Dissolve cherry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water.

Step 10.  Add ¾ cup cold water.

Step 11.  When slightly thick, add marshmallows and pour on top for final layer.

Step 12.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Oven Fried Ritz Chicken

8 chicken breasts, skinned and boned

1/2 box Ritz crackers, crushed into fine crumbs

1/2 cup yogurt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Dip chicken into yogurt and roll in cracker crumbs with pepper. Place chicken in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes on each side.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Surprise French Toast

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese

16 slices (1/2 in. thick) French bread

1 cup milk

4 eggs

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

(you can add choice of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg about a pinch or a half teaspoon of vanilla extract)

powdered sugar


Spread 1  or more tablespoons cream cheese on each of 8 slices of

bread; top with second slice of bread. Whisk together milk

and eggs, spices   and vanilla in a large bowl. Heat griddle or large skillet over

medium heat or to 350 degrees; melt margarine. Dip

sandwiches in egg mixture; carefully place on griddle. Cook

about 8 minutes on a side until golden brown. Sprinkle with

powdered sugar; serve with syrup.

Makes 4 servings – 2 sandwiches each.

Merry Christmas

Candy Cane Cookies

Makes:4 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 egg

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red food color

2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies

2 tablespoons sugar

Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and

egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in


Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside.
  3. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into

4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and

White rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased

cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.

Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle

candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool


about 30 minutes.

(Total time will vary; cook or bake time is per batch.)

To make cookies about the same size, measure dough for one cookie with a

ruler, then use that dough to measure all the rest.


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Yarn, hook, and needle

Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

            It’s almost that time again, and for us knitters, who cling to that wonderful tradition of making something special, not only for the special people who make up our lives, but for those such as Sunday school teacher, someone to whom we would simply express gratitude, and those baby showers do seem to appear when we are the busiest. I hope that this month’s patterns will be of help.


Materials Needed: One Skein Fingering Wt. or Sport Wt. Yarn

(Fingering wt yarn will make a smaller bootie)

16” Circular Needle or Straight Needle if you prefer: Size 3, (you can still use

size 3 needle and fingering wt yarn)

Size D Crochet Hook

Accessories: small buttons, pom poms, ribbon or beads for the bootie tie around the


SOLE: Cast on 36 stitches

Row 1: K1, inc 1, K 16, inc 1, K2, inc 1, K 16, inc 1, K 1 = 40 sts

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 Knit

Row 3: K 1, inc 1, K17, inc 1, K 4, inc 1, K 17, inc 1, K 1 = 44sts

Row 5: K 1, inc 1, K 18, inc 1, K 6, inc 1, K 18, inc 1, K 1= 48sts

Row 7: K 1, inc 1, K 19, inc 1, K8, inc. 1, K 19, inc 1, K1 = 52sts

Row 9: K 21, inc 1, K 10, inc 1, K 21 =54sts

Row 11:K 21, inc 1, K12, inc 1, K 21 =56sts

Knit next 6 rows


K 32, K 2tog, turn, K 11, K2tog, turn. Continue in this manner until 34 stitches

remain, K to end.

Knit one Row

Eyelet Round: *K2, K2tog, YO, Repeat from *, ending with a K2

Purl One Row

K2, inc in next and every 5th stitch across the row, knit remaining stitches = 41


Cuff Pattern: *K 3, P1, repeat from * ending with K 1, for 30 rows.

Bind Off, Sew Seam

With Crochet Hook Chain 60, fasten off and weave thru eyelet row.


Knit Ripple Baby Afghan

Skill Level: Easy

SIZE: Approximately 28 inches x 36 inches


1 skein each

  • #100 Porcelain (MC),
  • #105 Powder Blue (A),
  • #101 Powder Pink (B),
  • #157 Citron (C) or colors of your choice
  • One pair size 13 (9 mm) knitting needles, OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.


Each repeat = 4″ (10 cm) wide; 4″ (10 cm) high. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE


SKP Slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over

STITCH PATTERN (multiple of 11)

Row 1 and all RS rows *K2tog, k 3, k into the (front, back, front) of the

next st,

k 3, SKP; repeat from *. Rows 2,4,6 and 8 Knit. Rows 10 and 12 Purl.


With A cast on 77 sts. Work pat Rows 1-8. Change to MC and work Rows 9-12.

Continue as established, working 8 rows in contrasting color; 4 rows in MC, in the


color sequence A, MC, B, MC, C, MC,

2 times; then work through one more repeat ending with 8 rows C. Bind off.

Any Yarn Teddy Bear

Any Yarn Quick Knit Teddy Bear wih Pussy Cat Variation


You can make him/her with any yarn  you like, using needles  that give you a very  firm gauge so that the  filling does not show  through the fabric 

      Add an i-cord tail and  embroidered whiskers  and you have a cat!

Materials: The designer  used 60gm 8 ply (DK) Patons Fireside in dark brown @ approx 95m (110 yards)

per 50gm ball and 3.25mm needles.  My tension was 26sts and 52 rows to 4 inches

over garter st on 3.25mm needles.

You can make this bear out of any yarn using needles 2 – 3 sizes smaller than

those you would normally use for your chosen yarn


Bear is knit entirely in garter st.

Legs, Body and Head: Make 1

Beginning at the top of the head, cast on 40sts and knit 32 rows.

Place a coloured thread in the middle (approximately) of the last row to show

where the neck is.

Knit a further 34 rows (total 66 rows)

Put a coloured thread at each end of the last row to show where the body stops

and the legs start.

Next row: Knit 20, turn

Knit a further 39 rows on these 20 sts. Cast off.

With right side facing, rejoin yarn to the other 20sts and knit 40 rows. Cast


Arms: Make 2

Cast on 20sts and knit 40 rows. Cast off

Making Up:

Fold the body in half and sew the back seam from the cast on edge to the row

where you placed markers for the top of the legs.

Refold the body so that the seam you just sewed runs down the centre of the back

and sew the inside leg  and foot seams.

Stuff your teddy lightly and sew the top of the head closed, rounding the

corners very slightly.

Sew across the corners of your teddy’s head so that the corner points form ears.

If you want your ears to stand out like those in the picture, gather around the

bottom of each ear and pull slightly.

Gather around the neck on the row where you placed the marker for the neck.

Fold the arm pieces in half and sew the side and one end closed. Stuff very

lightly, sew the remaining side closed and sew the arm to the body, just below

the neck.

Put a ribbon around the neck and embroider face.

Pussy Cat Variation:

When sewing ears, do not round off the corners.

Knit a length of i-cord and sew to the back of the toy, just above the top of

the legs, for a tail.

Embroider the face as for the bear, but add whiskers.

Note: Some of the folks made this without embroidery, and thought it was cute.

1 partridge in a pear tree

cast on 39 stitches

1.- 4. *K1 P1* K1

  1. K1 P1 K1 P33 K1 P1 K1
  2. K1 P1 K35 P1 K1
  3. K1 P1 K1 P33 K1 P1 K1
  4. K1 P1 K35 P1 K1
  5. K1 P1 K1 P14 K5 P14 K1 P1 K1
  6. K1 P1 K15 P5 K15 P1 K1
  7. K1 P1 K1 P14 K5 P14 K1 P1 K1
  8. K1 P1 K15 P5 K15 P1 K1
  9. K1 P1 K1 P14 K5 P14 K1 P1 K1
  10. K1 P1 K15 P5 K15 P1 K1
  11. K1 P1 K1 P14 K5 P14 K1 P1 K1
  12. K1 P1 K5 P4 K6 P5 K6 P4 K5 P1 K1
  13. K1 P1 K1 P3 K6 P5 K5 P5 K6 P3 K1 P1 K1
  14. K1 P1 K4 P6 K5 P5 K5 P6 K4 P1 K1
  15. K1 P1 K1 P3 K6 P5 K5 P5 K6 P3 K1 P1 K1
  16. K1 P1 K4 P6 K5 P5 K5 P6 K4 P1 K1
  17. K1 P1 K1 P3 K6 P5 K5 P5 K6 P3 K1 P1 K1
  18. K1 P1 K5 P4 K5 P7 K5 P4 K5 P1 K1
  19. K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P3 K11 P3 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1
  20. K1 P1 K5 P4 K2 P13 K2 P4 K5 P1 K1
  21. K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P1 K15 P1 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1
  22. K1 P1 K6 P2 K1 P17 K1 P2 K6 P1 K1
  23. K1 P1 K1 P7 K19 P7 K1 P1 K1
  24. K1 P1 K7 P15 K1 P5 K7 P1 K1
  25. K1 P1 K1 P5 K5 P3 K15 P5 K1 P1 K1
  26. K1 P1 K5 P16 K4 P5 K5 P1 K1
  27. K1 P1 K1 P4 K5 P5 K15 P4 K1 P1 K1
  28. K1 P1 K5 P15 K5 P5 K5 P1 K1
  29. K1 P1 K1 P4 K5 P5 K15 P4 K1 P1 K1
  30. K1 P1 K5 P10 K10 P5 K5 P1 K1
  31. K1 P1 K1 P4 K6 P10 K9 P4 K1 P1 K1
  32. K1 P1 K5 P8 K10 P7 K5 P1 K1
  33. K1 P1 K1 P4 K8 P10 K7 P4 K1 P1 K1
  34. K1 P1 K5 P6 K11 P8 K5 P1 K1
  35. K1 P1 K1 P4 K9 P10 K6 P4 K1 P1 K1
  36. K1 P1 K5 P6 K9 P10 K5 P1 K1
  37. K1 P1 K1 P5 K9 P9 K5 P5 K1 P1 K1
  38. K1 P1 K6 P5 K8 P10 K6 P1 K1
  39. K1 P1 K1 P5 K13 P5 K5 P5 K1 P1 K1
  40. K1 P1 K6 P4 K5 P14 K6 P1 K1
  41. K1 P1 K1 P6 K13 P2 K1 P1 K4P6 K1 P1 K1
  42. K1 P1 K8 P3 K3 P13 K8 P1 K1
  43. K1 P1 K1 P8 K17 P8 K1 P1 K1
  44. K1 P1 K10 P15 K10 P1 K1
  45. K1 P1 K1 P10 K13 P10 K1 P1 K1
  46. K1 P1 K12 P11 K12 P1 K1
  47. K1 P1 K1 P13 K7 P13 K1 P1 K1
  48. K1 P1 K35 P1 K1
  49. K1 P1 K1 P33 K1 P1 K1
  50. K1 P1 K35 P1 K1
  51. K1 P1 K1 P33 K1 P1 K1

56.- 59. *K1 P1* K1

Cast off and weave in ends.

May God continue to bless you, each of you through this special season and beyond.


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