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U.S. Bridges & Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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GEMINI-SKY 5/14/2012 7:29AM

    Yikes !!!!!!!!!!!
Speak Chinese ???????????
Thank Goodness I like Rice !!!!!!!!!!!

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BJPENNY70 5/13/2012 7:50PM

    Another example of Chin-America. Our gov has sold us up the river.

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TEXASFILLY 5/13/2012 7:27PM

    This totally STINKS!

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UMBILICAL 5/13/2012 7:24PM

  Better learn to speak Chinese

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

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MIMO11 5/13/2012 9:52AM

    Lovely! Thank you for such a colourful greeting.

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GEMINI-SKY 5/13/2012 7:30AM

    Spring in Holland is on my Bucket List. I can Smell the Sweetness of Spring right now !!!!

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NELLIEC 5/12/2012 8:51PM

    I particularly like the pictures including animals!

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Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money & Health

Friday, May 11, 2012

Most of us who come to Dave Ramsey on our journey to financial freedom and leaving a legacy, did not start out frugal. If we knew how to budget and save and stay out of debt, HELLO, we wouldn't have needed Dave then, would we?

There's no shame in that. There's no shame in remembering where you came from. People all around us, are desperate for the knowledge we have gained from Dave of how to achieve financial freedom - if they haven't given up hope altogether, that is. So YOU can help others with your battlescars and testimony. Pay it forward; we have Dave's blessing and encouragement to do so, and since it's all scripture-based, most importantly we have the Lord's. Join an FPU class or facilitate one. Bless others with the gift you have, the gift of Dave's teaching. The journey to financial freedom is a tough one; but well worth the climb.

Dave teaches about two personalities; 'Savers' and 'Spenders', and that God usually pairs them up in a marriage just to keep things interesting and because He has a sense of humor (read: fireworks; balance; opposites attract).

Even 'Savers', may have WANTED to do things like be a better home economist, or WANTED to learn to make bread, but didn't grow up with those skills at home.

If you did, what a blessing; but I know I didn't, and alot of us (I would even say, most of us), didn't. And since I'm single, the burden of the balancing act and economist living is 100% mine.

Luckily for us, we're adults now and can make our own future and learn the frugal skills we need to learn, in order to "Never Pay Retail" again. Luckily for us, we're adults now who have access to the internet, and you can learn anything from the internet.

Here's a blog from a person who actually knows what she is talking about when it comes to baking your own bread, and because she is also a very good teacher it was a pleasure to read this very good, comprehensive, educational blog that answers most questions and overcomes most objections. Also gives you some very good "insider" tips. Kind of a 1-stop-shopping place for Bread 101. Also I know the Artisan method of which she speaks (see embedded links in article), is tried and true; you do not need to have any special skills or talent, nor a mixer nor a breadmaker; and the dough conveniently stays in the fridge, ready when you are for baking.

Also notice Jessica is a Dave Ramsey Fan . . . when you click on the link, note the tag line in the header of her blog, "act your wage".

Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money

And with all the crap they put in store bought bread, you KNOW this is also good for your SparkJourney, as well. YOU control the quality and type of grain and flour and other ingredients.

Personally, I'm convinced organic grains do not cause all the problems most people are currently experiencing who are on the "get rid of grains" latest fad-wagon. If moderation and homemade bread with good ingredients are applied, I believe few would have problems with bread. As for me, I have already decided I will definitely order bulk organic grains through Azure Standard food coop once I get a job, and will be the regional volunteer drop coordinator if there's not one locally.
Azure Standard 101: How Does It Work And Is It For Me?

Azure Standard Website:

Eatwild is all about finding grass-fed food resources; for omnivores it's a nice complement to Azure Standard.
Eatwild's Directory of U.S., Canadian and International Farms & Ranches

I'm grateful to SparkPeople for finding all these resources; as soon as I have a job I'll know exactly what my next steps are, and will have a plan.

Meanwhile, I can at least learn to make my own bread and practice that with the flour I already have! It will still be 10X healthier . . . and more frugal . . . than store bought bread.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU):

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NEVERGIVEUP57 5/13/2012 6:38AM

    I've always wanted to make bread, but never attempted to check out a bread machine..thanks for taking the leg work out of it...I plan on ordering the bread book as well...

I'll check out the grains...was reading a book on how over processed even our whole wheat flour is, like a 3rd generation..not really flour more or less...

Again, God Bless you for doing all the work :) for us..

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/12/2012 9:18PM

    I use to bake my own bread, but somewhere along the line I've stopped. I have a bread maker, I really should start making it again. My Mom ground her own whole wheat and formulated a 100% whole wheat bread recipe that almost melts in your mouth. My sister and I have made it together a few times. We thought my Dad might even want to make his own bread and he showed some temporary interest but didn't pursue. He used to help Mom make hers in the breadmaker when even it became almost too wearisome for her.

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MIMO11 5/12/2012 8:06AM

    I don't bake bread all the time, CAROL.., but I do love the smell of it. Don't have time for the work though, so I use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method. They mix a very moist dough, keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and pull out loaf sized amounts as you need it. Have a look here.


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GGMOM06 5/11/2012 5:40PM

    I bake bread but hubby eats it as it is still high in carbs and taste so good we eat twice as much,lol. So i only bake in the winter most of the time. I like Dave too and keep thinking if i ever get to goal weight and i'm not 90 will i be able to eat more bread, Yes mam i will, i plan to stop counting everything at about 75 yr old emoticon

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Lilacs & Butterflies

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Just because . . .

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/12/2012 9:19PM


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GEMINI-SKY 5/11/2012 7:41AM

    Ah !!!! Two for My Favorite Things !!!! What a Beautiful Way to start My Day !!!
Thank You OXOX

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NELLIEC 5/9/2012 6:37PM

    Ah, now I have a name for the lovely flowers on a neighbor's bush!

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LADYBUG1943 5/9/2012 2:31PM

    Lilacs were my mother's favorite flowers. She died this past Valentines day, and I appreciate your sharing these beautiful flowers and butterflies with us. We live in Texas and can't grow lilacs, but we have still planted shrubs and flowers that attracts them. So grateful for the beautiful things God has put in this world.

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TEXASFILLY 5/9/2012 1:25PM

    Thank you for sharing God's handiwork, Carol~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/9/2012 12:23PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures you shared!

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DFROMTX 5/9/2012 12:06PM

    Love butterflies!! Great pictures....thanks for sharing.

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DEBPRE16 5/9/2012 10:40AM

    Wish I could smell the lilacs.



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BROCCOLIROSE 5/9/2012 10:33AM

    Beautiful! Perfect for this sunny Spring day!

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HAZYSKIES 5/9/2012 9:48AM

    These are pretty :)

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Pressed for Time? 'Frugal Time Savers'

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Pressed for Time? 'Frugal Time Savers'
Battling a too-busy schedule? Use the frugal time savers in this week's newsletter to simplify your day.

Saturday May 5

This blog topic, "Frugal Time Savers", is ironically appropriate to me right now, as I simply can NOT believe I missed National Day of Prayer this year.

It's okay for heathens to be oblivious / blow it off; it's NOT okay for me. I am astonished & appalled at myself. Especially as badly as America needs revival.

Believers, not heathens, are called to prayer for the nation.

"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and search for Me, and seek My face, and turn from and do penance for their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal the land and restore their country." -- 2Chron 7:14

Yes, I DO pray more than one time a year. THAT. IS. NOT. THE. POINT.

So I was appalled to hear on KLOVE today a comment in passing about Natl Day of Prayer that was last Thursday. It's always the first Thursday in May, every year. It came and went as if it doesn't exist.

I am working 15 - 20 hours a week (& a whopping 23 hours next week - woo hoo) for minimum wage at a sandwich shop, which shall remain nameless. I started mid April and am doing it as unto the Lord. I feel like it was a test to see if when I go back to work at my future career job, which is typically 50-70 hours a week exempt for 50-65K, will I keep my eyes on Jesus? I feel like this piddly-pay, short-hours job was a test, which I failed miserably; I royally flunked this test. Totally blew off Natl Day of Prayer. I need to IMMEDIATELY take up weekly planning in my Franklin Covey Planner, incorporating annual and spiritual and physical goals into my Planner; and use FlyLady's daily routine system to make sure they get carried out.

The weekly planning (for meals, and for life) mentioned in the article, I know for sure DOES work for me. Just have to, HELLO!, DO it.

So that's my Life Goals for this coming week.

(1) Immediately pick up Franklin Covey Weekly Planning (includes spiritual goals and devotions, annual goals, weekly meal planning, FlyLady's weekly home blessing planning and Zone cleaning, and workout/physical activity or exercise planning).

(2) And immediately pick up FlyLady's three daily routines to implement daily execution:
.....(a) Morning Routine,
.....(b) After Routine (after work, after noon, or after school)
.....(c) and Before Bed (or After Dinner) Routine.

What is frustrating is the Déjà Vu. I. HAVE. BEEN. HERE. BEFORE. Exactly here. At exactly this point in my life, of telling myself the very next thing I need to do is resume using the Planner and resume using FlyLady routines. I am so disappointed in myself. I am 49; when will I act like an adult and stop being flakey? And make real progress instead of stop going in circles?

Additionally, I told myself the above early in the week this week, it being May 1st and all; but I didn't do it, and am now personally appalled I missed Natl Day of Prayer. So it will have taken this week of SAYING I'm starting this week, to actually GET started and do the planning for NEXT week.

Do you know what this reminds me of? This is exactly the Lifestyle Change process. Others may fall off of the food & exercise wagon; I have fallen off time mgmt / get your life together / act like an adult, wagon. Spiritual things are the most important. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST; live value-driven goals, not letting the every day urgencies of life drive you. Time is like money; a budget is you telling your money where to go, instead of wondering where it went.

And this is only a PART TIME JOB???? What happens when I get a real (career) job?

Absolutely no excuses; I have to get it into high, I said HIGH, gear. I have to learn to execute well, because I'm certainly not doing it now.

This is me, kicking myself in the butt . . .
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This is my Mea Culpa; "turn from and do penance for my wicked ways."

You who have mothers, don't blow off Mother's Day is next Sunday - act now. I had a strained relationship with mine; now that her mind is gone, I wish I had been more faithful when I could have been - regardless of our relationship. 60 years ago today, my parents were married.

And happy Cinco de Mayo today.

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BROCCOLIROSE 5/7/2012 9:27AM

    Did you ever think that maybe missing the National Day of Prayer was His plan? Maybe you needed this to snap you out of your time mgmt. issues? Everything happens for a reason. He has a plan for you and when your not on the right path to get you there He uses something drastic to head you back in the direction He wants you pointed!

I'm glad missing this event had such a dramatic effect on you....because everything you wrote here has turned you around and walking on His path! You'll get it together...things in our lives can become very complicated but who is responsible for making it that way? We are....when we accept that responsibility and work toward changing it then we can only succeed....and you will! Great blog post!


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SKIPSIDE 5/6/2012 4:56PM

    I so hear you on that isuue with the "time mgmt" bandwagon! It is so often a big big issue in my life as well.
By comparison the whole Spark exercise&eating is much easier (and that isn't saying that I don't fall off there too)

But when you fall of the wagon, just hop back on.

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    You are not alone in your struggle. Some things I feel I've mastered, but I have a long way to go. You can do this friend! Don't belittle the part time minimum wage job - I'm sure God has things he wants to teach you there. Walk in his grace one day at a time, my friend!
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p.s. And yes, good point about mothers. We don't realize how much we take for granted until we no longer have it. Thank you for the spark goodies and thinking of me as Mother's Day approaches. Mother's Day has always been a difficult day for me since my miscarriages, thinking of what might have been. Doubly difficult since my Mom is gone. I appreciate your kind warm thoughts and your friendship. I treasure you beyond words.

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OOLALA53 5/6/2012 7:52AM

    I'm 58 and I still have a lot of trouble living the sort of life that many seem to find routine. I don't like housework and I've never had a job I actually liked. I'd just rather not do just about anything that is considered work in this world. I could get down on myself about it just about every day. However, the truth is we live much more complicated lives than humans traditionally have with work that demands travel and so many more possessions and more paper in our lives. I can definitely understand feeling disappointed that you missed out on something that you feel is key to dealing with it all, but frankly, you sound like you are going beyond taking a look at yourself in the mirror in terms of how much you are judging yourself for your mistake. I know your spiritual life is more important than right eating, but I also know you know deep down that treating ourselves with compassion is more likely to bring the results we want. Lately, I've been remembering the words of a spiritual teacher who seemed to be talking to me when he said, "You must accept your being. God accepts it, God respects it, and you have not accepted your being yet. " God forgives the heartfelt sinner because He sees the totality. Accept His take, and let go of self-approbation. AND do your routines. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 5/6/2012 7:03AM

    Yes, Planning is the Key to being Successful. Then carrying out the plan, whatever the goals are.
You can do this Carol. You are in God's hands...

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