Get it Together · Vicki's Ramblings

If I Only Had a Brain……..


I am feeling pretty much like the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” lately.

Only, if you really watch the show or read the book, you will quickly realize that he already does and uses it well.

But for me, well…. Let’s just say, its not working so well for me.

Yes, for a long time now, I have forgotten this or that. Overbooked myself too many times. That is not surprising.

It happens way to often. Especially lately.

For example, last week I decided I was going to go to 3 different places to check on a better quality feed for my birds and see their prices. I went to the closest one and looked around. Found what I was looking for and went on to the next place.

I didn’t write any info down, but I did recall it pretty well.

Then I got to the furthest place away. I looked around at their feeds- they had a good selection. Their prices were higher though.

I remembered that I needed fly spray for the horses and I went to look at that too. So. Many. Choices. I grabbed one and put it on the counter and then went and picked out feeds and put them on a cart. Paid for my stuff and loaded it into my car.

I got in my car and drove out and then remembered that I was only looking at prices yet at this second place. Not buying.

Then realized that my bill was kind of high.

I went into he third place then and looked around. They had pretty much the same stuff as the second place. Cheaper. By about $2 a bag. I took down the prices I was interested in and went back home, frustrated with myself for forgetting that I was just comparing prices.

There I looked at my receipt. And got really mad at myself. I paid $82 for a gallon of fly spray!!!

I thought that I had forgotten in between the shelf and the counter to ask how much the fly spray was. When I checked out, I thought I had forgotten to double check the amount for the fly spray. Which, I should have- yes.

For the next 3 days, I just thought I was so stupid. In my head, I kept thinking about how my brain was just not working and I needed to be much more careful about things.

You see, I have been dealing with really low iron. Anemia I guess it is. I had been trying to eat anything and everything that would increase my iron levels. I felt awful to be honest. So tired. So sluggish.

I did go back to my doctor and he is very worried about my iron levels which have not risen after focusing and eating anything and everything rich in iron. He put me on an iron supplement and it seems to be helping. A bit.

Apparently, low iron affects brain function along with the other symptoms. Surprise.

Back to my story……

I was feeling pretty stupid and mad at myself for having low iron and that my brain wasn’t working and lots of other stuff that just gets added in then while you are in the pit anyways…….

I took the fly spray back to the store. I went back to the shelf where fly sprays were and saw the price sticker below the sprays I had purchased.

It was marked wrong.

The sticker below it was for a quart of the same kind but you could not see that unless you looked really close. It was $22.

I actually loudly announced it because I was sort of relieved!! The lady came over and said that they had recently rearranged that section and had simply forgotten to move the tags to the right spots.

I then found a much more reasonably priced gallon of fly spray and took my refund.

Isn’t it funny how a little, well expensive in this case, mistake can sometimes ruin your week??

It shouldn’t.

We are called to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. We are told that in the Bible and, well, things just go better for us all around when we learn to do that.

I am watching with the kids a teaching by Dr. Caroline Leaf about “Switching on Your Brain” and in there we learned that it is a scientific fact that you can actually train your brain to think positively. You can actually change your DNA just by changing the way you think. It is not just a nice Bible verse that you read. Again science confirms the Bible.

I let my week get ruined just by letting that thought go for 3 days. Other things were added to it, because well… That’s just what happens.

All I needed to do was take that thought captive right away. I didn’t need to entertain it and feed it and encourage it. I needed to know the truth and then not let it ruin the rest of my week. In this case, the belief that filled my head was that I was stupid.

The truth is that I am not stupid. I am going through some health issues that are making thinking clearly difficult. I need to accommodate that and ask more questions and give myself more grace.

I need that in several areas of my life right now.

I think we all need that in the situations we are going through.

What are you going through that you need some help changing the way you think about it?? Try taking those thoughts captive and turning them to the positive.


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Dwelling in the Good Things

Goodness, I don’t even know where to start….

It’s been quite a week.

A week ago, I received my order of chicks. 6 didn’t make it. Sadly. I know- stuff like that always makes me a little sad. Since then, I have lost 4 more. I am not sure what I am doing wrong here. This afternoon I will take everything apart, disinfect it all, and start over. Hopefully, that will help things. And add in a little antibiotic to their water for a few days too.

The day after the chicks arrived, we were surprised with a litter of rabbits!! I had left the nest box in because she seemed to really like having that little cubby, so it was all set for her to have the babies. I had given up on her and had contemplated rebreeding her to Papa rabbit that week. After they were born though, I counted back and the second try had taken. I just hadn’t written that one down. There are six sweet little babies in there- maybe even 7. They have a little golden “halo” on them now from their cream colored fur coming in.

That day also, we picked up a mule. After my daughter takes her horses this week to move and hour away, Barney will be alone. It will not be good for that horse to be alone!! He has never been alone in his life and will not do well. I didn’t really want another horse, and do need a “watchdog” out in that pasture to keep the fox and coyote away, so we settled on a mule or a donkey. She will have her hands full out there with those 2 jobs! Especially once we move the chicks and the turkeys out there.

Her name was “Harley” but we have changed it to “Mildred”. I have this thing…. If I can’t remember someone’s name, I just call them “Mildred”. We thought it would be funny. Now I have an Instagram account and have started taking pictures of Millie the Mule. Look for #milliethemule if you want to follow along on her adventures.

In the picture, Barney has the white strip down his face. Mildred is in front.

Lastly, the boys have been hard at work getting the new style chicken tractors completed. In a few short weeks, the chicks will be ready to be moved in. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with that plan!! I hope to be able to put them out on some grass in the pasture by then. With this snowstorm we got the other day, we should have some nice grass after it all melts. Maybe……… Otherwise, we will have to figure out a plan B……

I will work up a post with pictures, dimensions and such on those soon.


In other news, we had a nice Easter with family. My Dad couldn’t join in this time because he had just been moved into the rehab facility after being in the hospital for a week.

But we had fun playing games together, eating too much, and just simply hanging out.

Today marks one month until my daughter gets married. Panic time is setting in as the person who was going to do the alterations on their dresses suddenly isn’t able to. Now we have to scramble a little to get someone who can get them done. And soon!!

The rest of it is coming together nicely.

Another son is getting things together to go off to college in the fall. All of my school age kids are starting to wrap up their school year. One has an appointment to get his drivers license soon.

Lots of exciting things going on..

Always something and I could get bogged down with some of the stuff. Some things are just hard. But… God has been highlighting this to me:

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God,[a] praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things. (Courtesy The Passion translation)

So I am praising God in the midst of all that happens on a given day. I want His Peace to with me in it all. I hope this helps someone else today.

The Passion Translation is a new translation done by a guy named Brian Simmons. He has been working on this for many years now and I would have to say, he has done an amazing job!!