Author: Boo

The 5 Spices + 2 Issue

So many spices!
So many spices!

I am not a gourmet cook. I consider myself just a fair cook. I generally follow a recipe with maybe a few tweaks here and there. No one’s suffered from my cooking (or at least they’ve never said so). My meat loaf . . . well, that’s a story between my daughters and me. It should remain that way, I’m sure.

Our new travel trailer space is much more limited than it was in the 5th wheel. Creative methods are needed to provide both the tools and ingredients to continue cooking the same way that I have all these years. Nick might want an improvement or at least a change in my cooking, but that’s one of those hard things to change. So for now, it remains the same.

So, I arrived at the spice issue. If one could only take 5 spices for the next 5 or 6 months, what 5 spices to take? Those spice bottles aren’t that big, but finding space for them is limited. I don’t know why I thought 5 spices would be easy to choose, but it’s not! Does salt and pepper count? Actually, they should, but I’m not counting them. You’ve just got to have those 2! So, back to the question — what 5 spices + 2? Not an earth shattering problem, I know, but I’ve got to make that decision.

So began the Internet search. I was hoping there was a general consensus, but no. It’s all a matter of taste and lifestyle as to the necessary 5 spices. I asked people. Again, no “same” answer. I probably should have checked “what you need to have in your pantry lists”. I’m sure they would tell me. I know it all boils down to personal preference, but if you know me, you know my decision-making process, or lack thereof.


But then I remembered one company that bags their spices! Solution: I purchased small storage bags, and I am able to take many more spices. Not all my spices, but a lot more than 5 + 2. Bag labeling will also allow me to do a better job of discarding 6 month old spices, which everyone does regularly – not!

Life’s the same way, but in the end we only have 1 of 2 choices: heaven or hell? What’s your choice? Think about it, ask questions, read, whatever it takes to make that decision. You still have time and it’s one decision you want to make.

Boo with Nick


IMG_0282 (Copy)We have a changed porch view. We’ve gotten a new travel trailer. Just part of the changes in our lives, mine in particular. I had problems with the extra steps in the 5th wheel, so we downsized to a shorter (by 8 feet) travel trailer. We also didn’t need the larger storage capacity of the 5th wheel, because we don’t have to carry all we own with us. Some will remain in the house.

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We cancelled our work on 2 projects due to my health issues, and traveled here with plans to set up our new house and head to ID for the June/July project. I received physical therapy for my back and knee, but things took longer than expected, plus another fall lengthened my recovery.  As a result of the change, we got to experience the epic rains of Texas. At one point our new house was surrounded by water, but none of it entered the house or the shed, which sits much lower. I have been through a few hurricanes, but they don’t last for the month that Texas had rain. It was so wonderful to see blue sky and sun again! Unfortunately lives were lost and others were changed forever with these rains and storms.

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Change. Change can be good or bad, depending on the person and how it is handled, in addition to what the change itself entails. It can be hard, though. There is no denying that. I used to vigorously resist change (some would say I still do). Many people do. Maybe it’s my older years, but I feel my deepening relationship with Christ helps me experience change a little easier. Jesus asks for change in our lives. He expects it of us. No, I’m not saying that I always enjoy change. It depends on what the change is. I just find it a little easier to experience with the help of Jesus Christ, and that is such a good thing. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB): Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

If you haven’t already experienced the change of accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please seriously consider making that change. It will be the best change of your life!

Boo with Nick