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Who Is Minding the Shop?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Have you seen this video about the Federal Reserve? I find millions hard to relate to. How about billions?

Canada is in the same boat. We have bailed out huge companies too.

Have a financially responsible weekend!


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PANSYLADY2 2/11/2011 2:10PM

    Wouldn't it be an interesting concept if governments were forbidden to spend money unless it is already in the bank? Just like the people they govern have to do. Wonder how that would work out??? LOL

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False Advertising-- Blueberries

Monday, February 07, 2011

I just received an email from my mom who has always been very savvy about health matters and food ingredients. It came as no surprise that she sent me this link.


So much for the anti-oxidants, eh? When I want blueberries in muffins, I begin with my bran muffin recipe and add the dried "crazins".... blueberries dried like raisins.

The video is worth the time it takes to watch, however disappointing the message is!

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/7/2011 9:29PM

    Did anyone notice that I confused Crazins... dried cranberries, with my dried blueberries?

It's been a long day.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/7/2011 8:47PM

    I alway read labels and make my own blueberrie muffins with REAL blueberries, which I previous frozen (even dried blueberries are better than the ones in a blueberry muffin mix_ packages! ) I love blueberry muffins. You can take any cake mix and add your own Frozen blueberries! (Frozen berries and one third less liquid.) Mine turn out perfect every time!

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SHORTLY 2/7/2011 2:24PM

    I'm not good at reading labels, but didn't take much stock in the products with supposed blueberrys as there never seemed to be enough to do any good. Thanks for posting though, never learn too much. God bless. emoticon

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WALKSFAR 2/7/2011 1:23PM

    I saw it on the news the other night. People see the picture of fruit on the outside of the box and don't read the ingredient list to find out there isn't any fruit in the package.

It all comes down to take responsibility for ourselves. Read the labels!

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One Hummingbird And One Crocus

Monday, January 31, 2011

If you won't believe me, I will understand. This morning, during my walk, I watched a hummingbird perch on a branch ahead of me and then fly away. A hummingbird... in January!!

I was incredulous and I had to tell my next door neighbour (who has lived out west many years more than I have) and he confirmed that they stay up here all winter. Gracious, what do they eat?

Inspired by the sunshiney day, I went into my wee back garden and looked around until I spotted a crocus. A lovely, dainty brave little crocus! My fist-sized rhubard root is sprouting some pink above the earth. It is the size of a lady's knuckle. Ooohh I'm imagining a rhubarb pie in a few months.

Scattered along my walkway into the house, there are 6 or 7 purple Primulas blooming. Those hardy little plants hide their colour away for a few weeks during our frost or occasional snow... then they are back! Their attitude is defiant and entertaining. I can imagine the primula taunting the weather, "You can throw your worst at me but I'm no shrinking violet! I have Primula Power and I WILL blossom and bloom. You can't stop me. " (Gosh, this sunny day is affecting my imagination, my friends.)

I won't go into the imaginings of what the tiny Snowdrop flowers would be saying. That would be just too weird. (Are you smiling?)
I only know that the next time I see snowdrop bulbs for sale, I plan on loading up because they are little Belles of the Ball in my front garden.

I am soooo spoiled. Don't you agree?

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    Your descriptions of flowers is delightful.

Jane on Guam

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CINDYHOUGHTON 2/2/2011 10:57AM

    All of creation sings His praise. If we won't do it then nature will do it for us! Don't you just love the flowers? My favorite part of spring. No one in my family will eat rhubarb pie with me so I can't have any. I won't eat the whole pie, so I don't even dare making it.

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PANSYLADY2 2/1/2011 2:09AM

    I love going on your walks with you!! We see such interesting things. LOL
We are getting snow now, it's after midnight. Snowed all day and not supposed to be over until tomorrow sometime. Then the wind will pick up. Winter in Wisconsin! No hummingbirds, no crocus,

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/1/2011 12:15AM

    I am imagining the first signs of Spring here, but I believe we still will have to wait for that here, How lovely it must be to see those beautiful signs of nature popping up around you.

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IUHRYTR 1/31/2011 8:30PM

    Hmm, hearing flowers talking now are you? emoticon Isn't it amazing watching flowers bloom and seeing those that refuse to be beaten down by weather? -- Lou

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SHARJOPAUL 1/31/2011 3:04PM

    OH for the first sings of spring. Another month and my Hellebres (Lenten Rose) and Witch Hazel should start to bloom.

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How Do I Start To Journal?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

This Christmas I was given a journal as a gift. A hard covered, lovely coloured cover just full of empty pages. What a thoughtful gift.

How do I get started? Do I ask myself some questions? Do I try to become an armchair shrink? Does anyone else divide a page into Pros and Cons?

I think I fear opening myself up and examining where I am at right now. As a young teen, I was told I could be anything or do anything I wanted. And I didn't know what I wanted.

Now I am 50+ and still not all that focused on my future. This blank canvas of journal paper is a bit of a hurdle for me. I've never labelled myself as a coward but today's blog is pointing fingers at my less-than-brave attitude.

Wouldn't you agree?

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TIGGERIFFIC123 1/5/2011 8:46PM

    Blank pages staring at you can be a little intimidating, like they are waiting for you to write something profound! Gratitude journaling is always a good place to start or you can check out http://www.livejournal.com which posts daily subjects to write about. Have a look at some of the on-line journals if you are in need of inspiration. Most of all it is to be a source of support, really no different than your blogs except most people get much more personal in journals...although some do in blogs too~ Good Luck and Enjoy!!

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DKWP614 1/5/2011 2:36PM

    I've been journaling off and on since I was 13, and at 46, I still struggle with it sometimes. However, journaling is still my favorite way to take my emotional temperature, and gently examine my life and what I value most.

The exercise I like best, when I'm stumped about what to write, is to list ten things that make my life worth living. They can be big or small, tangible or invisible. Then, write a few sentences about why each thing is important to you and how it impacts your life in a positive way.

I once did this exercise every day until I reached a list of 100. It really gets your brain going, and you will find that once you start with your sentences, they soon turn into paragraphs... and often become tangents, running off-topic. But that's perfectly okay. There really are no rules about journaling.

Enjoy this new experience!

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DEBRITA01 1/5/2011 1:53PM

    It does seem daunting but there is no one real theme for journaling. I've only journaled once and it was a Gratitude Journal...just little blessings in my life (even the tiniest ones). It was freeing and helped me realize how much I have to be thankful for in my life.

I liked Lou's suggestions...give it time, you will ease into it. Happy Writing!

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IUHRYTR 1/5/2011 1:35PM

    No, I don't agree. As a writer, one of the most intimidating sights is a blank page, wether on paper or the computer. Maybe I could suggest several journals. One perhaps for thoughts of childhood, places lived, favorite pastimes, etc. Another for parents and siblings, if any. Who were they? What were they like? How did they meet? Etc. Then one for yourself. How you feel day to day, like a diary from school years. What was stressful, funny, happy, sad that day. How you felt about eating and exercising that day, and so on, rather than trying to have one journal be all-in-one. Just a thought. -- Lou

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BEATRICEBUNNY 1/5/2011 12:24PM

    I don't think you're a coward - there's little more daunting than a blank page! If you really want outward writing prompts, there are tons of places to find them on the web. My first entry in my new journal was just a brain storming list. As you write more often, it will become easier.

Maybe you could start by writing yourself a letter?

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Christmas Comes to China

Friday, December 10, 2010

Who would expect the far east to celebrate Christmas? It has only been since 2005 that this "holiday" has been starting to show up in China.

With only 1% of the population professing to be Christian, and for many people, this faith is kept very private, there is not much seen in their shops or in homes that look like Christmas as we know it.

Larger cities such as Shanghai and Beijing are displaying decorated trees and light up their streets at night. Holiday greetings were begun to welcome western visitors and invite commerce. Christmas is not a public holiday.
Hong Kong and Macau are cities that show more Christmas decorating in the shops and in some homes because their ties to the west have been stronger.

Yes, a version of Santa is making his appearance in the bigger cities. He is called Dun Che Lao Ren or "Christmas Old Man". Children know him as a giver of candy.

If you found a decorated tree in China, it would be decked out with.... paper! Paper chains, streamers, paper flowers and paper lanterns is the oriental spin on a fancy tree.

Where do many of our artificial trees come from? "Made in China" is probably printed on the box. Almost none of the factory workers would understand what the trees would be used for.

Commercialism is catching on in China. They understand that Christmas may be a boon to business. You may see people in large centres wearing a Santa hat, there are the beginnings of Christmas cards being produced (for children) to send, and a Christmas stocking would be a muslin item.

Food that is emerging at this time of year is likely to be oranges and tangerines to symbolize wealth and good fortune.

Large cities are beginning to add strings of lights and lanterns at this time of year. They know that visitors want to experience a vacation to remember and China is showing the world that they can borrow western tradition and add their love of technology to satisfy tourists.

Lights and lanterns were already being used to celebrate Chinese New Year... it just seems that the decorations are going up months earlier now to include a new interpretation on Christmas.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/5/2011 2:26PM

    Comments about what you can write on that


You may want to do a BlESSINGS JOURNAL! Name or list all the blessings you had on a daily basis? Its one thing I started some time ago. On one side I listed prayers and on the other side, answers to those prayers. It was amazing how many prayers were actually answered . Hence I was BLESSED! It showed me quite a bit about prayers being answered. It also made me more aware of many things and how Thankful to G*D I was! But it made me want to pray more often also! Hope that helps.

Or you could just keep track of your daily FOOD intake, or the times you walked or worked out on your treadmill or how many times you walked to the store etc. Or where or how far you are ina project. Or to keep track of your calorie count of the foods you ate that day! I keep journals on such things.

On my calendar I keep track of my weight and write down it down, and I also keep track of when ( by time) when I have a BM because it helps me to know when to use or not eat certain foods...because if I eat such foods like cheese or dairy I know I will have a very busy day in the bathroom the next day! (I avoid it on Saturdays and Fridays!

I also have a journal where I write down what I also eat and try to calculate the caloric amounts and times I ate (along the margins). Helps me to control my Gylcemic intake of foods! (Its how I control my sugar!) But it also gives me a better picture of what I actually eat and how well I eat!

Those are a few ideas you may want to incorporate for listing in your journal if your wanting to use it for controlling your intake of food and weight! Just a few ideas! :weight and calories. if thats what your into! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Or you can have all your Sparks friends in a journal to keep track of who is who and all about them? So you can remember whats needed since you started on Sparks. Or all your milestones listed! Or list all your email addresses in your journal of everyone you know so if you do ever crach it will be in one place. Those things have helped me in the past to keep connected to friends! Call it a Sparks FRIENDS Journal of your friends on Sparks? Journals are good for a lot of things.

For instances, I am a writer and I write a lot of my ideas down in a journal. Listing characters anmes and personalities and peculiarities of them; info about different placs and cities I ahev been to, which can b used as references when writing in a particular seting etc. Things I woudl need when writing a story etc.
I also keep " My poetry" in different journal. I have books for all kinds of THOUGHTS! When I have an Idea for my ARTS and Crafts Journal or another journal for my QUILT Ideas. ( I just started one for Quilts and my 201 Garden Journal as to what and how I will grow my next garden. ITs all about ideas for me, thats why I journal . Or I will cut out ideas from magazines of things I have seen and want to incorporate or change, then glue or paste those clips to a page with a written note as to HOW I would do it in regards to my thoughts ! I have Journals for all kinds of THOUGHTS! And ideas! Hope you can nnow make a few! Good luck starting your JOURNAL!

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IUHRYTR 12/11/2010 8:12AM

    Maybe China can be won over one person at a time. Wouldn't that be great if a day in the future most of the country celebrated Christmas? What a blessing that would be. -- Lou

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/11/2010 2:26AM

    Without Christ in Christmas it is just another commercial/pagan festival. (Santa makes it pagan.) I am concerned that that is what most Chinese are seeking.

I know this sounds harsh because my heart cries for the Chinese people who are seeking a fun time but not Christ.

Jane on Guam

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LACEEJO11 12/10/2010 5:43PM

Very interesting, but I don't think I'll move there just yet!!


That is great for the youngsters that they are beginning to recognize the holiday! I just wonder if they are aware, or maybe vaguely. aware of the deeper meaning of Christmas?

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