To Lose Is To Gain – WWP Week #1

One day I went from well-liked to outcast
Utterly disregarded and ignored
The only friend I have is loneliness and Jesus.
Cut off from the in-crowd
Alone – will no one wants to be my friend now
Still standing tall, throughout, because
To lose all that I have is to gain all that He is.

This was in response to the Weekend Writing Prompt #1, Outcast. The poetry challenge was to do an acrostic of outcast, so here it is. If you would like to join in the fun, here is a link to the submission guidelines for the anthology. The deadline is August 10th. 🙂


Wonder Wednesdays – Who invented margarine and how is it made?

Who invented margarine (also called Oleomargarine) and how is it made?

(Grab some popcorn and the drink of your choice – this is going to be a longish article.)

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Answer: Firstly, I want to touch on how butter came along because I want to compare that to margarine. Milk was carried in skin bags on long trips, and the motion of the animal it was attached to – some say horses, others say camels – as it walked sloshed the milk almost as if it were being churned and at the end of the trip, they opened the skin bags and found butter. Or at least, that’s the myth… but the main point is, it comes from milk.

Whatever the case, one source says that butter has been around for around 4,000 years! Just think – that’s when Abraham was supposed to have lived. Did he eat butter on his bread while in the land of Ur? I guess only he and God know that for sure now. 😉

The word “butter” comes from a combination of Greek words. Bous (meaning cow) and turos (meaning cheese). I wonder then, what they called actual cheese they made from cow’s milk? However, that’s for another post another day, I suppose. 😉

So now we look at butter’s competition, which didn’t come along until 1869. (Butter had no rival for over 3,800 years! What a monopoly!) That’s the year when a French chemist named Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès (yes, I copied the name from the source link above – I didn’t want to butcher his name XD) created a cheaper spread made from beef tallow. Which is another way of saying beef fat. Ew. 😝 Anyway.

Mr. Hippolyte called his beef fat spread “oleomargarine,” which comes from the Latin word “oleum” (meaning beef fat) and the Greek margarite (meaning pearl). I find it odd that he combined two languages to name his beef fat spread. And how strange is “Beef Fat Pearl?” Ew. Anyway.

Emperor Louis Napoleon III offered a prize for a patented cheap spread that would benefit the lower class, and while he was at it, feed it to the military. I’m sure they really appreciated that. (Note the sarcasm there.) No wonder Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo if he was feeding his army that stuff…

(Oh, that was in 1815 and not the same Napoleon? Then nevermind.) I digress… getting back on topic…

Mr. Hippolyte sold his patent to a Dutch company specializing in making butter – and now oleomargarine.

Sadly, Mr. Hippolyte died in 1880 as poor as the people he was aiming to sell his beef fat pearl spread to. Indeed, it must have been hard for him, because he lived long enough to see that the oleomargarine was gaining international fame, and he wasn’t getting paid anything.

The beef fat spread found its way to America in the 1870’s, to the dismay of American dairy farmers. And this is when the butter wars began…

Tune in next week for part two of the history of oleomargarine!

Also, out of curiosity, how many of you guys call it Oleo? In my research, I came across several people calling it that. I’ve always heard “margarine.” My dad said that his grandma called it Oleo. This was a new word for me. 😅

Just When I Thought I Would Crumble…

Just When I Thought I Would Crumble…

The hedge of protection had been removed; suddenly I was vulnerable like Job. The enemy started to beat me until my heart cracked. I cried out to God to patch the cracks, but I received no answer. I trusted in Him, asked for Him to stay with me through it, not knowing His plan; and continued on.

Soon, I was under fire. The fiery darts of the enemy pierced me, leaving holes in my soul. I cried out to God to patch the holes, but He did not reply. I wondered if this was His plan or was the enemy trying to have his way? I fought in His name and prayed, but also trusted in Him.

The voice of the enemy came and tore my mind to shreds, trying to get me to question everything. What is from God? What is not? How do I discern? I study the Bible and ask for His wisdom, and trust in Him.

All of the other things coming at me began to affect my strength. I became weak. I asked Him to please protect my spirit from harm. It was weak from my cracked heart, holey soul, shredded forlorn mind, and lack of strength. My faith wanted to remain strong, but it saw its own weakness, and I prayed for Him to help my unbelief.

Finally, when I thought I would crumble, I heard this: 

“Now that your heart is cracked, My Light can shine through you and reach others. It is not to be kept under a bushel, nor hidden within a heart.”

“Now that you have been pierced, My Holy Spirit can flow out of your soul much easier. No longer will you have to overflow; I can flow through you freely.”

“Now that you are questioning everything, I can use that to help you learn more about Me and draw you closer to Myself. Before, you thought pridefully that you knew much – how you knew some things but did not know them! – but in asking Me for wisdom and reading My Word, your pride is crumbling like the walls of Jericho and you can see what I say and not what people say.”

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“Now that your spirit is weak, you may find true strength in Me. For when you are weak, you are actually strong! Before, you relied on yourself, but now you have nothing left and must turn to Me for your source of strength.”

“Your humbleness to My plans has made it possible to create an outflow of My love through your damaged heart and soul. You gave them to Me to do what I will with it, and I did. What the enemy meant for evil, I will turn for good. Continue, my faithful servant, loving Me with all of your cracked heart, pierced soul, wondering mind, and weak spirit, and I will be with you every step. The road won’t be easy – you may crack even more, be pierced again, question everything you once believed about Me, and find that you are too weak to serve Me. But that is how I need you so that I can use you. Do you trust Me?

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And then, despite the state my heart, soul, mind, and spirit was in, I felt peace.

“I trust You, my Lord.”

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.” (Luke 11:33 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 NKJV)

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…” James 4:6

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” Genesis 50:20

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (Second Corinthians 12:8-9 NKJV)

This is a little something I wrote a few months ago after praying about a rough patch I was going through. 🙂 I hope it can also bring hope to others. ❤

Wonder Wednesdays – Bursting Bubbles

Why are bubbles round?

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Answer: A sphere has the smallest amount of surface area of all the shapes. The surface tension makes the thin film of soap water that is the bubble try to get as small as it can be. Therefore – if I understand this correctly – if you see free falling water drops such as rain, the water drops are round as well. (The oblong shape is caused by the decent to the Earth – if it wasn’t for that, it would be round.) But because a person exhaled and trapped air inside the enclosed sphere of soapy water, the bubble can’t become a drop because the air inside pushes against the film of soap and water.

The pushing of the air and the pulling of the soapy water are equal and opposite reactions, so you end up with…

A bubble.

When blowing a bubble, the film gets thinner and thinner as it tries to wrap around the air being forced inside, and if one keeps going, one will find the point when the amount of soap required to wrap around the air pocket has run out and then…

Pop goes the bubble.

A Pile Of Clouds

This is in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, Piles or Stacks. 🙂 The clouds the other day looked like they were piled on top of one another. It was so cool. And even cooler for me because with my new glasses, the edges of the clouds were so clear and the edges so sharp. 😀 (I always thought the edges of clouds were fuzzy so this was a little bit shocking to discover. 😆) I took quite a few photos and wanted to show how the pile of clouds changed over time:

If you look closely at the top right of this photo, you can see a dragonfly that photobombed me. 😁 I have other photos that I took of him in between taking photos of the clouds that I’ll share later. 😉

Isn’t it amazing how they change? It’s so fun to cloud gaze. ❤

Playing With Fire – Again

Yup, I’m playing with fire again. 😅 Last time was when my uncles were burning old magazines and newspapers. This time, it was a burn barrel with sticks. 🙂 The photo challenge this week from Dutch Goes The Photo is Heat, and here is my entry.  😀

Zoomed out shot of the fire in the barrel.

Zoomed in shot of the fire. It was hard to photograph fire because it jumped all over the place. It refused to stay still!

But I enjoy a challenge, and after about 100 photos, these were probably the best shots. I like the way the fire looks behind that stick. Whimsical and wispy.

Is it just me, or can you almost make out an angel in there?

And lastly, here are a few experimental shots of the fire that my camera did with the special effects. Sadly, I don’t know what the different effects are called:

Rainbow-like effects.

Reminds me of really old photos. I especially like how this one turned out for some reason.

Ever wondered what fire looks like in black and white? Well, wonder no more! 😉

I had a lot of fun playing with fire that day. Hope you enjoyed seeing the results of that. 🙂

Wonder Wednesdays – What is astigmatism?

What is astigmatism?

If you read yesterday’s life update post, you probably saw this topic coming… 😆

Answer: Astigmatism is an eye defect in which the cornea, the clear round part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris, is not shaped correctly.

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Or you could simply say that a normal eye cornea is shaped like a round ball while an eye with astigmatism is more like a football. This causes light that enters to be bent which means that the light rays don’t reach the back of the eye as they should, causing images to blur or distort. Sorta like this:

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Some websites defined it as a “refractive error.” For me personally, without my glasses, LED clocks are one of the hardest to read because the light from one number blurs into the next. (And until I got my glasses, I thought this was a normal thing and wondered how people could easily read those things. XD) Turns out, this usually causes light to not focus correctly, and in my case, bright lights became painful.

So, how does one get it? Most people are born with it. But luckily, glasses or contacts usually fixes it. 😀