My timing is a bit late, but I must mention this, as I do every fall.



I am a minimalist at heart.

I mean, you don’t need half a dozen watermelon ballers.

Declutter is my mantra, and I proclaim it proudly.

At the same time, people often make life difficult by having too few of some things. You do need:

  1. Boxes of tissues (at least one in every room and every vehicle)
  2. Postage stamps (never buy just one, for pete’s sake)
  3. Reliable ink pens within easy reach (and NO unreliable ones)
  4. Lint rollers (near your grooming areas, wherever pets hang out indoors, and a small one in your purse or car). If, like me, you are grossed out by hair, lint, thread, and other detritis the vacuum cleaner fails to pick up, buy a floor model lint roller–yes, a 10- or 12-inch one with a long handle like a mop. Run it over carpets and throw rugs AFTER you’ve vaccumed them, and prepare to be shocked at the yuckiness that adheres to that sticky roller.

Also, save yourself some grief! Expose the chargers for your electronics so they are easy to find and connect to your devices. I wish I could reclaim the hours I’ve spent on my hands and knees, feeling blindly under furniture to grasp that tiny metal tip of my phone charger. NO MORE!

I charge my phone in three places inside my house: at my PC; near my TV-watching, needle working chair; and at my bedside. I have no trouble finding the charger attached to my PC, but I formerly did have trouble finding the ones by my chair and by my bedside. Now, I don’t.

Look at these genius adaptations I have made.

My TV-watching, needle working chair. (See charger tip.)
At my bedside. (Headboard looks dirty but is not. The metal is intentionally “distressed.”)

After being a homemaking executive for almost 50 years, I have learned a few things.


Allow me to recommend a website for you students of the Bible. I was introduced to it while taking an online Bible Boot Camp course offered through my church. It is

Here is the official description of the site.

BibleProject is a nonprofit ed-tech organization and animation studio that produces 100% free Bible videospodcastsblogsclasses, and educational Bible resources to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.

From page one to the final word, we believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. This diverse collection of ancient books overflows with wisdom for our modern world. As we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe the message of Jesus will transform individuals and entire communities.

Many people have misunderstood the Bible as a collection of inspirational quotes or a divine instruction manual dropped from heaven. Most of us gravitate toward sections we enjoy while avoiding parts that are confusing or even disturbing.

Our Bible resources help people experience the Bible in a way that is approachable, engaging, and transformative. We do this by showcasing the literary art of the Scriptures and tracing the themes found in them from beginning to end. Rather than taking the stance of a specific tradition or denomination, we create materials to elevate the Bible for all people and draw our eyes to its unified message.


(P.S. If you are not a student of the Bible but want to learn about God’s message to us, this is a fantastic place to start.)

6 thoughts on “THIS AND THAT”

  1. Debbie, what a blessing your posts are! I laughed with pleasure when I saw your ideas for phone cord charger ends. I have a tiny efficiency apartment and I too have three locales for charging now as well. I want to thank you for hosting Sunday afternoon meals and viewing of The Bible Land videos by Ray VanDerLaun we used to watch together a number of years ago. They have been a blessing to my life to this day. I love how God provides resources for us as we seek him. For the past 2-3 years I have been very drawn to learning the names of God in Hebrew (or Aramaic) and in Greek where they exist, as well as English and learning their meanings. On Sunday afternoon I was invited to lunch with some church family and learned there had been a Rabbinical Lutheran preacher in Columbus who was teaching Torah 1.0, as he called it, at St Peter’s here in Columbus. He’s moved westward but his classes have been posted online and so I started listening to them. They are deep and I listened to the first and Second ones three times. Bible study feeds a hunger deep within me that I believe God has placed there and my study thrives when I don’t thwart it. Therefore, I am very excited to read and learn from this new resource you’ve provided in the post I’ve received from you today. Thank you very much for being faithful to Him by encouraging, exhorting and nourishing us through the things you’ve learned. God bless you my sister. Blessings to you and Dan and all your loved ones this Holiday season and beyond. Sincerely, Sharon Schneebele P.S. I worship with Terri and Albert Canady Sundays and prayer times Wednesday evenings; I occasionally see Kathy at our local Sam’s club. (She was one of the ones who joined us Sunday afternoons, but right now her last name escapes me.)

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Sharon, what an encouraging comment! Thank you for your kind words and for your suggested Bible study using the Torah 1.0 class. Can you give me the name of this Rabbinical Lutheran preacher so I can look for his course online please. In the studies, I particularly enjoyed the two videos on Ecclesiastes. That book always seemed depressing to me–the whole “chasing after the wind” part, but these videos gave me insight into Solomon’s meaning in those words. Kathy Cook is the woman you mentioned. She still lives in Columbus, and I see her often. During the summer months, we often walked together early in the mornings, meeting at locations halfway between Columbus and Whiteland. We meet for lunch sometimes too. Terri joins us sometimes too. Email me ( if you would like to join us sometime. I loved hearing from you and hope you and your family are well. Sent with love and good memories!

  2. I also relate to the charger tip problem. still working on a solution for the one in the craft room.
    You always provide helpful information and great tips that helped me at just the right time. Can’t wait to try the Bible Project.

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Shirley Hogue

    1. Shirley, you are one of my best encouragers! I’m often afraid my posts are useless, but you help me keep on keeping on. Thank you so much! Sent with love and appreciation.

  3. Debbie, you are a genius even beyond your innovations for the chargers! And thank you for sharing the link about the Bible Project.

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