Hey, everyone! I hope your week is going great! My week is going good!

I have mourned my mom’s passing this week! She began her glorious journey by going to her Heavenly Home on October 4, 2011. I love and miss her everyday. I am imagining her seated at a piano and playing for the Heavenly Choir! It doesn’t feel like she has been gone five years most of the time and yet it seems like an eternity.

I know she is in a better place.

I am switching gears and addressing an issue that has cropped up. I never dreamed that it would come to this. I am talking about the clown crazies that are scaring people. I take offense to it. There are those of us who have gone to clown school and learned about being a Christian Clown.

It has been wonderful doing clown ministry. I do believe that God expects us to use whatever means it takes to win souls to Christ.

The sightings are happening in a lot of places. I would ask you to keep my clown friends and I in your prayers. I especially ask you to keep my friends Marcia Manis, Zula King and Mattie Gillenwater in prayer as they minister to childrens hospitals, VBS in churches, nursing homes, assisted living and rallies etc. Pray for their safety in their travels and while they are busy going about the Father’s business.

Shame on the heathens that are taking a beautiful art and turning it into something evil! ‘Nuff said about that.

We are wrapping up our Geography and history lesson this week. I thought it made for interesting reading. Thanks to Tennessee Magazine and Bill Cary, the Tennessee History Guy.

Part 6. Elevation-wise Knoxville is lower than Cookeville, Kingsport, Erwin and Crossville. People associate Knoxville with the nearby Great Smoky Mountains and with the University of Tennessee and institution whose fight song is “Rocky Top.” Because of this, people often think that Knoxville’s elevation is higher than it really is. Keep in mind that, like most cities, Knoxville is located on a river, so its elevation isn’t all that high. Along the banks of the Tennessee River in Knoxville, the elevation is about 800 feet, and there are hilltops in Knoxville that rise higher than 1,000 feet. But compare this to the base elevations of Cookeville (1,140), Kingsport (1,208), Erwin (1,673) and Crossville (1,900).

Part 7. The summertime temperature in Nashville is five degrees higher than the temperature in Crossville. In the eastern part of the United States, people often think about temperature as a function of latitude (how far north you are). But temperature is also a function of altitude (how high you are). Crossville has an elevation of about 1,900 feet, while Nashville’s is around 600 feet. Furthermore Nashville is located in the bowl-shaped Central Basin of Tennessee. When there is a heat wave in the summer, the high temperature might 98 in Nashville but only 93 in Crossville. In fact, the average August temperature in Nashville is 89, but it is 84 in Crossville.

Part 8. Tennessee has at least two meteor craters. The larger of the two is Wells Creek Crater near the juncture of Stewart, Houston and Montgomery counties. Scientists believe it was caused by a meteor strike that occurred between 100 million and 200 million years ago. Once as deep as half a mile, today the Wells Creek Crater is not easily noticeable. In the 1860s, railroad crews digging in the area noticed strange rock formations that indicated that something unusual had happened in the area. Geologists began studying the area and eventually realized that the wide hole, had been caused by a meteor. Today, the Wells Creek Crater is known as the source of some of the best shatter cones in the world. “A shatter cone is a conical fragment of rock that is formed from the high pressure of a meteorite impact and has striations radiating from the apex of the cone,” says a newsletter of the Memphis Archaeological and Geological Society.

Part 9. Memphis is much closer to Dallas, Texas, than to Mountain City, Tennessee. Length-wise, Tennessee is much larger than people realize. It is 450 miles from Memphis to Dallas. It is 550 miles from Memphis to Mountain City, which is the northeastern-most county seat in Tennessee. (By the way, it is only 375 miles from Mountain City to Washington, D. C.)

I hope you enjoyed this series. I am a history buff and I love geography. Thanks for your time until next time

“And that’s the way I see it.”

God bless and may he keep you and yours safe from all harm and danger! You are loved! We are going to make some spooky things to eat the rest of this month! Eat and Enjoy!

 Rice Krispy Balls

1 c. peanut butter

1 c. Rice Krispies

1 c. powdered sugar

Mix together and roll into small balls. Dip in icing made from:

4 cups powdered sugar

1/3 c. boiling water

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Next dip these balls in coconut. These can be placed on waxed paper for a few minutes.

 Spiced Tea

2 c. sugar

2 small pkgs. Wyler’s Lemonade

2 cups Tang (14 oz.)

¾ c. instant tea

2 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix thoroughly and store in tight container. Use approximately 3 heaping tsp. per cup.

 Cheese Krispies

1 c. butter

2 cups flour

Salt to taste

8 oz. Sharp cheddar cheese, grated

2 cups Rice Krispies

Cut butter into flour. Add salt, cheese and Rice Krispies. Mix well. Pinch off by tablespoonfuls, roll into ball and flatten. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

 Tip of Week

Always give your children safety tips while trick or treating. The recipes I will be making would make a party a barrel of fun.