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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Deelat All In One Solar Courtyard Light ~ A Review

Solar Light

When I heard that our local community of Sprucewoods was in the process of creating a park and playground, I asked Manny from Deelat Industrial Products if they would donate a solar light that could be attached to a structure. Given that the light would be located in a public area, I wanted something that couldn't easily be removed. I was amazed when a large package arrived a week later. This Solar Courtyard light was much more than I was expecting!

solar light


Our plan was to install the light on the pergola that is going to be built at the park, but since it isn't ready yet, we decided to install it in our yard to test it out for the purposes of this review. 

solar light

The light comes with a bracket to attach to a post, so our hanging basket stand made the perfect place to put it. It's constructed with an aluminum alloy case and looks quite nice.

solar light with mounting bracket

With 48 LEDs  (2000Lumens brightness) and a   120-degree wide lighting angle, it will easily light the area under the pergola. It has a night sensor and a PIR motion sensor. For the first 5 hours it's at 600lumens without PIR. The last 7 hours at 300lumens dim light until dawn and PIR sensor at 2000lumens when people pass by, lasting 30 seconds. 

solar light

This picture was taken from the deck, and shows just some of the area that is lit up by this solar light.

backyard lit up by solar light

Solar light in backyard

Deelat was extremely generous to donate this light to our community. The All in One Solar Courtyard Light will be a great addition to our park. I can't wait for construction to begin!


empty lot, future home of the park

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stepping Stones To Wellness, an Update

Time sure does fly! At the end of May I made a post, Journey To Wellness. I had talked about the need for changes in various areas of my life, and said I'd post an update....so here it is!

An update on my journey to health and wellness.


Brian and I have now been on our supplements for just over 4 weeks. The science behind these supplements is amazing, and the results of studies can be seen here- The Freiburg Study. Of course until we have blood work done, we can't say for sure what our results will be as far as cholesterol levels and other markers go, but what we HAVE noticed is something unexpected...We've both lost weight without making huge changes to our diet. Probably because we are getting the nutrients we need, we just aren't as hungry, so we're not snacking as much in the evening. This has aided in my attempt at intermittent fasting...by not snacking in the evening, the length of time my body has to rest before I have my first meal of the day is extended. I sleep better, and wake up more refreshed. In 4 weeks Brian has lost 16 lbs, and I've lost 7 lbs!

Oral Lichen Planus
Two weeks after starting on the supplements, I had a check up with the doctor to check my Oral Lichen Planus. My mouth was a little uncomfortable, but not nearly as bad as it had been. I'd been applying Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Peppermint essential oils to soothe the irritated areas. It's still about the same, some days worse than others. The best way I can describe it is the feeling you have when you drink something too hot, and scald the inside of your mouth...not the initial pain, but the after effects. Then there are times when I get a sore on my tongue from it rubbing against one of my teeth. Unfortunately, I have a big tongue...one of my talents is my ability to touch my tongue on the tip of my nose....ya, I know right? Lucky me! The doctor's only advice was to maybe have the offending tooth pulled!  So for now, I just live with it, and keep doing what I'm doing. I have an appointment with a specialist in November, so hopefully will know a little more then. 


Not a very clear picture, but you can see the white pattern, and some of the sores on the side of my tongue, as well as the swelling under my tongue.
Oral Lichen Planus

It may sound strange, but in a way, I'm thankful for this little 'thorn in my flesh'. For years I have just ignored my health, and joked that what I didn't know would eventually kill me! Ya, not really funny, but that was my attitude. Even after seeing a doctor and being told I had some health issues, I didn't take steps to correct them...at least not anything that lasted. Now I have a constant reminder that my body will NOT be ignored...what better incentive to keep me on track!?

Some good news...I also had my blood pressure checked. She did it once, then asked me to sit and relax and she'd come and check it again because it was quite high. The second time, after much relaxation, and prayer, it was down to 114/78...and pronounced perfect! So, whether it's the supplements or just a case of white coat syndrome, I don't have to be concerned about my blood pressure.

Reducing stress is another thing I had listed.... but so far, I haven't found a way to do that, and I doubt I ever will! It seems there is no end to things that will cause stress in this life, so the key is to learn to not allow these situations and circumstances to have a negative effect. Easier said than done! hahaha Seriously though, the only way to do this is to look to God. I recently had an opportunity to put this into practice. I won't go into detail, because the situation isn't the important part...the important thing is that God is faithful. He brought to my remembrance something that had happened many years ago, and the verse that helped get us through it...

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.



Although I have leaned on the truth of this verse many times, I may have let the cares of this life keep me from fully trusting...something else that needs to change! I had mentioned in a post recently that I know there are many things in this life that we have no control over...the timing of the last breath we take being one of them.... but I also know that until that day comes, God expects me to be the best that I can be, both spiritually AND physically. 

As I was writing this post a song came to mind. Here's a portion of it.

Stepping Stones (you can listen here)

Sometimes our problems block the view, and we can't see which way to go.
But God always makes a way out through rocks and rubble on the road. 
Don't let them be a hindrance; let Jesus help you lift that load.
Just pick up those rocks and move them.
Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
If all we see are stumbling blocks in every trial that comes along,
then we're bound to trip and stumble, on something meant to make us strong.
Don't look for tribulation, when there's a blessing down the road.
Find the good that God is working.
Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
With each valley we come through wiser; with each trial we overcome,
we're laying down the stepping stones that lead to higher ground

This is merely another stepping stone along my journey...one that's meant to make me strong. 



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June Blooms and Random Views

June photo tour

Time for my monthly photo tour! All of these pictures were taken around our yard....a mix of wild flowers and perennials, and some miscellaneous shots. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse of June beauty!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Scripture Picture Sunday, 3 John 2


Prosper and be in health

  Last week, a blogging friend posted a response to a reader's concern about the change in direction her writing had taken. She had recently begun posting about her health and fitness...where in the past her posts were more focused on spiritual encouragement. In her video she explained why she felt that the two were not mutually exclusive, and that both spiritual and physical health were important. 


  I appreciated her response, because I'm in a similar place...not just with writing, but life in general, and realizing the need to make some changes to be the healthiest I can be. I know that there are many things in this life that we have no control over...the timing of the last breath we take being one of them, but until that day comes, I think God expects me to be the best that I can be, both spiritually AND physically....and just as with Kasey...what is happening in my life tends to spill over into my writing...whether it's here, on Lyric Devotions, or on my Face Book.