Thursday, February 01, 2007

Snowflake Difference

They say that there's not one snowflake alike. Everyone of them is patterned differently. I've never used a high-powered microscope to examine them, but I've heard people do. Remember making those lace doily ones in school? Or using plain paper and cutting out the designs for homemade snowflakes? How many were you able to make or think of?

Why do I like writing, my one brother likes woodworking stuff, the other likes four-wheeling and flea marketing?

Why do I like gardening and my fish pond and my fireplace, others like their farm and horses, while others love the city lights? What makes us different from one another?

Did God have a sense of humor in planning humans that way? Does He laugh when we disagree, in His superior wisdom knowing that getting along would be so much easier if we'd let go of what we think things should be like?

Did God throw a cog in our wheels by creating identical twins just to make us sit up and take notice? Hey, here's a couple people that look alike. How much are they alike in their wants, and actions, and speech?

How boring do you think it would be if we were all carbons of each other. Would we have even cared? Or would we be complaining? "Do you have to do that the same way I did?" "Do you have to choose a fish sandwich because I did?" How quickly would we get tired of all that boring sameness?

What if all the animals were the same? Say, God just made ONE type of animal. Those who right now hate cats would be out of luck, wouldn't they? That old saying, "Love me, love my cat" would really be a statement then! And there sure wouldn't be any use of being afraid of horses or cows, if that's all there was. Wonder what it'd be like having a pet cow in the house? That would probably take some doing to housebreak it, wouldn't you think?

So maybe differences aren't so bad. Maybe learning a little more tolerance for how someone else feels would be a good lesson. I don't have to agree with what you think. I just have to learn that its not my perogative to change your thinking, if you don't want it changed. Your differences from mine is what makes you you.

NOTE: Tomorrow's blog will feature Charlie Seymour talking about writing and his new book: "The Spirit of the West". Make sure you stop by and read what he has to say!

February! Time to think up some hints for that sweetheart of yours, or even a friend, favorite relative, kid, or (big smile) yourself! So let's try this:

Here's another of those Gifts in a Jar idea's. This is for a Butterscotch Brownie Mix (you could probably subsititute other flavors life peanut butter, or whatever. Enjoy!

Layer these ingredients in the jar of your choice:

1/2 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 teasp. salt

Layer in the order given into a wide mouth quart-sized jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Attach a gift tag, ribbon, or bow. Here's the recipe:

1 qt. jar Butterscotch Brownie Mix
3/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs and vanilla.
Add the Butterscotch Brownie Mix and stir till mixture is well blended. Spread batter into a lightly greased 9 x 12 pan.

Bake 25 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut in squares.

Like branches on a tree we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other.



sharen said...

I'll have to try your butterscotch browning mix. Bob might like that!
I just got caught up on your blogs. I'm glad your the writer and I'm the reader.
How is your niece? Is it one I know?
Pearl is doing better then me!! She is in a nice place.

Caroline said...

Thks for writing!
Niece John's youngest daughter: had asthma all her life, contracted pneumonia & collapsed, w/out oxygen for about 40 mins. She died this morning around 11. Pray for fam.

Joyce said...

Hi Carol,
Our sympathy to you about your niece. We are sooo sorry !
I was wondering if her name was Mary and her mother Cathy ?? We have been praying for the last couple days for a "Prayer Request" that sounds like it may be the same person.
These things are so hard to deal with ! As you know, we have just faced a difficult loss too... but it seems even worse when it's such a young person !
Our prayers are with you all !

sharen said...

That's terrible!! Do you have John and Cathy's address? That is whenever you have time. We'll be praying for you and the family! My heart really goes out to them and you as I know how hard it has to be on you.

Caroline said...

Yeah, it is.

Now we've lost Michael, 21, Danny's nephew. We're all devastated.

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