CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAROLFAITHWALKR CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151619 Still no computer, but I found a way to download pix. Woooooooooo hoooooooooo! How I have missed pix in blogs and on page!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7ae1e1a-166c-4cd7-9356-4993dd361453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some beautiful ones, mostly from Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44dfc8e9-9f9b-445a-9950-a0b60769f73d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "my Friday", I was so thankful to God. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:46:35 EST A Quick Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148163 I was scheduled to work 48hrs this week on my job as a "part-time deli clerk". Only had Tues off. <BR> <BR> I had big plans for that Tues, but ended up only doing one errand. <BR> <BR> Still fighting the end of the respiratory crap, The Crud. I feel recovered except for tiredness. But am still coughing, occasionally runny nose, and my voice vacillates between laryngitis, froggy, squeaky, burly, and none. I've had this before that loves to hang on. So I continue to do two things: c... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:41:56 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142287 Today is my one weekday off this week. <BR> <BR> I efiled taxes using the Christian Mission's computer. With TaxAct, both state & federal are free. <BR> <BR> After taxes, I made 10K at McD's last year. <BR> <BR> And am getting next to nothing back. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I survived on 10K. That's grace. <BR> <BR> At the supermarket, we are booming in business. I was scheduled for 40 hrs this week, Mon - Sat 10:30a to 7pm. 8 hrs ea day, with today off. I am gratef... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:15:19 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138539 Still no computer. <BR> <BR> I am much better but am still getting over it. Beginning week 3, now. I now believe it wasn't simple allergies, but a mix, albeit a different type of mix, of the respiratory crud I have battled for decades. The allergies set it off this time. Since I no longer get sinus infections thanks to SinuFix, it attacked my lungs instead, as an opportunistic secondary infection, I believe. I read years ago from the Mayo Clinic, probably more than 15 years ago now, tha... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:51:14 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134962 "The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surpr... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 18:43:33 EST SparkBreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132724 This is an unscheduled SparkBreak. My computer died and I am sicker than a dog. NOW I understand why people go on and on about seasonal allergies. I am taking 4 SinuFix per day. I left work early Thurs, but it was evident to EVERYONE that I wasn't faking. <BR> <BR> Don't know if I can work tomorrow or not, but I'll go in and give it a shot. <BR> <BR> Lately my work hours have conflicted with the library's computer availability hours. So it might be a long SparkBreak. <BR> <BR> I a... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 17:12:51 EST Do You Understand? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126955 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f51f259-0dcd-4c78-abc8-f2f62d6738ca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d4b7483-93fa-4bb9-af1f-06716cbf9e8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f3cfc58-2b69-4afe-a512-b9ad3e97f041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a579fac4-9808-4ac2-9e44-08fe6ca3c589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9c78cb5-7825-42ae-96be-6ba485e3f0bc... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:47:35 EST Behold The Lamb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124504 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8dd0e257-3383-4c9f-87a2-05ada2660dd8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday night / Sat morning I stayed up til the wee hours at the 24 hr laundromat, also re-orged the car so I could hide the contents better while parked at the new job. Coworkers do love to look in each other's cars and then gossip. Over time, everyone just naturally becomes aware of what each other drives. I'm not telling anyone at this job, that I'm homeless. Anyone who is street smar... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:49:13 EST Mar 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c64bbea-a5ee-49ce-8b11-5c503ef757ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Went to the two food pantries Thursday night, and a new one this morning. It was a bit of a driving adventure to find the new one, and stopped and asked several times. The new one turned out to be very strange. Acapella singing-preach-sing by a lady, then a preacher for 30 mins. Required before you go thru the food line. I had heard stories about a demeaning, cranky, rude preacher at th... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:01:24 EST Easy Way to Prevent 200 Cals per Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121475 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1f1f479-0d20-4a37-b51d-e92b2d57b2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Heard yesterday on KLOVE: easy way to prevent 200 cals per day without exercising or cutting back. <BR> <BR> Simple. <BR> <BR> Drink 3 more cups of water per day. <BR> <BR> Yeah we've all heard that here on SP, or stuff like it. But it was really really good for me to hear that. Two days prior, I had started drinking water again, and felt immeasurably better in a general, overarc... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:47:48 EST Mar 16 - 84 degrees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bd7a4e8-59b2-4d97-93a7-ef71eb3b4d8e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We have lots of trees in full bloom. The delicate cherry blossoms, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/884455c7-b5e4-46f1-b066-a7aee4011446.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a004e762-8e35-48e1-ac99-65267c153d97.png"> <BR> <BR> the bold white Bradford Pear, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/960cb986-e46f-4218-a3c1-bf9b95585e2a.jpg"... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:07:53 EST Daffodils and Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119532 Just because . . . they make me happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0752eabf-d772-4e3c-904f-545a6fc772d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a59a7f66-e41c-45ef-b392-bca06f8076de.bmp"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85c1df47-b932-4434-b524-f1228417a2e0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c093db47-4364-4857-a643-b2039f59b352.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:51:38 EST Significant March Dates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117844 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a19d6aec-0eaf-478d-b469-c2fa7b4cb92b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday Mar 12 [tonight!]: <BR> Set all manual clocks ahead, one hour early if your area participates in Daylight Savings Time <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4ed7654-f53a-4121-babd-a7367078bc1b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday Mar 13 <BR> 2:00 am: Spring Forward Daylight Savngs Time Begins for many of us. <BR> Don't be late for church! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:57:06 EST Xylitol, Stevia, Just Like Sugar, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116932 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e4fc4ce-e5be-4d1c-8cd9-e84faa665581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had someone ask me about a natural alternative sweetener, called "Just Like Sugar". Decided to share it here for Alternative Sugar 101 purposes. <BR> <BR> This is a partial recap of a primer on sugar alternatives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c784542c-3eae-4681-a728-7e39ccc25f00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used to use Just Like Sugar instead of granulated sugar, a... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:30:29 EST Daffodils 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116047 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/847ee048-e447-42fa-a8e3-8b793dc998a1.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b75bd3e-2bcb-45cc-ac8e-961a4a0a2de2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bee184c6-acd3-4379-a6a6-217bcf2bcbaf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bd7b835-f63c-4bb3-abd7-89288032a6d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7da38b39-15e2-4030-91ce-012fd9d32334... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:45:54 EST Daffodils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115445 Just because . . . I so enjoy God's beauty. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e513ec8-1fcb-48bf-b958-152c89b7f194.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/237fbbdb-fd6c-4e87-ae90-c18a0cc83f30.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6f5b71b-3739-4fe9-a58e-a1d4489d5e22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a7d074a-5e49-4585-9828-5351ec4ce719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 19:36:51 EST Leap Day Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110836 I saw a daffodil today, but we have no snow here. We've had pink trees for a week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e863a5ca-23cf-474c-b76d-e48378043a0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> None of the pix of crocus peeking up thru the snow will apply here. Besides having no snow, we went straight to daffodils. If there are any crocus here, I haven't seen them. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store today, the one where the manager likes me, and to both food pantries tonight. Th... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 04:37:37 EST Feb 27, Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106462 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc768f05-2bb4-49d8-9f1d-31f0b22bab3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday is Leap Day, Feb 29. The new year is 2/12ths over. <BR> <BR> Last night and tonight I've seen many cops pulling people over. It's the last Fri & Sat nights of the month in which to make their ticket quotas. <BR> <BR> FEB UPDATE <BR> <BR> Someone asked me what happened with the temp agency I blogged about Feb 4th, thanks for asking. I thought I blogged about it but guess I was so... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:24:41 EST Loving Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103980 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d83d2b4-766c-4d1d-88cf-f5c89f3c89da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven't been successful in eating less, or much anything else, since my previous blog on the subject of goals. <BR> <BR> I seem to only have the mental assent down pat. I don't seem to have any other energy for, or motivation beyond mental assent for, doing anything else. <BR> <BR> Ironically, this "revelation" came about as a result of a reality check-up on myself about loving myse... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:09:41 EST Beauty of Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbb28cb2-c7ef-4bd5-8fc8-788462554b98.bmp"> <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday to you all. <BR> <BR> I wanted to blog about so much. Goals. Monsanto & the Zika Virus [yes, they did that, too]. 27 Days til Spring. Personal update. <BR> <BR> But I came across some spectacular shots of winter's beauty. Which made me wonder why I haven't appreciated winter. <BR> <BR> Why haven't I loved the beauty of God's nature, instead of wishing it away & count... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:09:00 EST Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099057 This is leap year, so there are 29 days in Feb, and the First Day of Spring is March 19th. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b238fc29-c247-4729-98ba-b72dda605af4.JPG"> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:28:32 EST Love Scriptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095965 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eba4d50-5434-4958-88e6-69742f8d259e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc78cd72-739d-41ea-a06a-ed96aa85933f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1ad44f1-642b-4e23-a719-6f6e823ef455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7736d27-55f6-4942-9d13-424f225ac946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/257ae627-0c6b-44e8-9f88-f71b2005a528... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:07:05 EST A Stand Aganst Monsanto is Not Optional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091222 Monsanto is literally killing us, & literally poisoning the planet. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the study's abstract: <BR> <BR> Environmental & Analytical Toxicology <BR> <link>www.omicsonline.org/open-access/dete<BR>ction-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animal<BR>s-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22c5e791-fca4-4ccd-87ef-6b04c8cbc3bc.jpg"> <BR> To be able to read the graphic, copy and paste it to your desktop. <BR> <BR> AT ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:34:23 EST Superbowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090131 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6988caf6-1930-40d0-b0d8-89da7e22ea8e.JPG"> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:51:48 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a121e526-8f5b-42f9-b774-11de14bb7c57.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a long, selfish blog because it helps me think while I write things out, much of the time. And much of the time I'm overly verbose. <BR> <BR> I'll condense it over time but can't do that today, so I'm posting it as is. <BR> <BR> I know most peoples' time is more valuable than reading every word, so I don't expect you to, & feel free to just skip this blog altogether if you wan... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:56:03 EST Another Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b6848fe-b9c9-4b92-b4e3-8aa46b0e3e13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm dealing with an incompetent temp agency. They called me out of the blue about a position last week with a 3-month contract as a batch record reviewer, $18/hr. What a blessing from God!!! <BR> <BR> Or so I thought. <BR> <BR> Of course my hopes went way up. <BR> <BR> Turns out the job description they sent me is for a completely different position altogether, unrelated to batch record r... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 03:10:18 EST How Was Your Jan of the New Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c73a70d-7ee1-49dd-9e26-ca58b4e0c620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> January 31st. After Action Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. How was it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c97816ba-117e-4e60-aeb4-c1813cd0ab7c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel like I made significant progress in getting more specific about goals, and the employment search. Will share more on those this week. Had quite a few "aha" moments, in different areas. Mo... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:48:12 EST Rant Against Instant Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078580 You've been warned. Don't read further if you want to avoid negativity. <BR> <BR> OMG, why does instant oatmeal taste sooooo bad??!! They had some at the food pantries, and it's winter, and it's convenience is a perfect match for my situation of being homeless, so I thought I'd try some. <BR> <BR> Over time I picked up two boxes, which I just started using while trapped by snow. Both boxes are a good brand that I personally like, Quaker. One box is called Weight Control and is anyth... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:18:04 EST Sun Jan 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da44a5fa-fd5b-4f7b-bd2d-b43267f21e41.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Survived the snowstorm just fine. In our area, we had a total accumulation of ~3 inches slush, ice, and thick, crispy crusty snow. If it had been 100% snow it probably would have been 8 inches, I'm guessing. <BR> <BR> The small accumulation we had was enough to provide the possibility of getting my lightweight 4 cylinder car stuck in the intersections, which are never plowed, and where s... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:13:04 EST Wed Jan 20 - Joy For The Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074652 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/871412af-97d7-49f7-8e5e-5e6eb40a51ef.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We have a few snowflakes coming down here - it's not really snowing, however, everyone is freaking out. <BR> <BR> It's been cold, like 14 degrees at night, but I've kept warm in my car. I am thankful. These barely visible flakes that don't accumulate is their version of "snow". However, I grew up in South Dakota with 6 feet of snow every winter, so I am grateful to not have that here. <BR>... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:10:07 EST 7th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056390 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/892f93f4-70e5-42f9-a916-63f5a565dca1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have had a runny nose & figured out why I've been so tired: my SinuFix that I ordered on Black Saturday, never yet arrived. <BR> <BR> I went to www.SwansonVitamins.com, pulled up the order #, and went into the customer service chat window, and copied and pasted it in. <BR> <BR> After numerous trips to my PO Box, which is not convenient and definitely out of my way, I've received 2 pkg... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:28:30 EST 6th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1297cb03-8279-4762-90a9-6cbae2c72ce8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 12 Days of Christmas are speeding by. Way too fast. <BR> <BR> It is still raining buckets here. Depending on the location, many roads and some highways are closed due to flood conditions. We have not lost any lives in NC, unlike the deaths in Missouri and Midwest and in the South that I've heard of on the news. <BR> <BR> 5th Day of Christmas: <BR> Worked, then went to 2 food pantr... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:07:38 EST 4th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054245 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2764a90-f9dd-4651-bdbf-bf529ca7b8e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I so enjoy celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, probably b/c it is counter-cultural and I'm a latent rebel, LOL. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e5827d8-62f0-4009-855b-2925cd708349.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cultural Christmas is over and I can focus on the things I love most about Spiritual Christmas: older carols with lyrics that contain the Gospel; finding ways to pa... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:40:39 EST Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052345 For those we are honoring and missing this Christmas . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a98fee5-62c8-462b-aa68-c76b228634c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cff9365a-8c3e-411d-99ef-e1188897ff1d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6ba858f-0321-4150-8e66-c19c8be87024.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I took a veggie platter from Walmart to work this morning for our potluck. I worked 7 - 3, got up at 4, was checking... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 03:49:05 EST Angels & Shepherds . . . Wed Dec 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051738 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a61bdee-91da-4c02-8b3e-d256f96ad5e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been singing 3 of many favorite Christmas carols, these 3 are about angels and shepherds. <BR> <BR> The First Noel <BR> Hark the Herald Angels Sing <BR> Angels We Have Heard On High <BR> <BR> As I get older, I marvel with new appreciation at the good teaching and Biblical doctrine in the older carols. The lyrics are astounding . . . full of Biblical truth. Must have been some re... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:03:30 EST Wed Dec 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048592 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fbe7f5a-267d-488c-8ee1-97b57bb42c87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Praise Report: Grinding & the very strange metallic racket on brakes, was caused by a wear-down device my previous mechanic in Maryland, or the dealer, installed without my knowledge. Something metal added to the brakes. It's purpose is to alert the driver that brake care is needed BEFORE the brakes are ruined and run-down all the way. <BR> <BR> As a result, did not have to replace the r... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:44:36 EST Sat Dec 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046448 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7963121-40e7-402d-8d20-2c0fb49d184e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Making progress on getting my car fixed. The guy who was recommended and was going to do it today, backed out. <BR> <BR> It was a big hairy deal to get to this point of taking my car in to someone and have it looked at. Another item to discuss on the shrink's couch, I guess. <BR> <BR> If I ever get a shrink. <BR> <BR> Although him backing out is a definite bummer, I have a Plan B. ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:11:49 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043825 Can you imagine the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bafc75d0-ecc1-4cfd-9d31-82273aa22df0.gif"> <BR> <BR> Walking?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddede43e-2932-43f3-b2c6-e48f5193b622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The terrain was challenging: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/853eeeeb-688f-4443-bcd5-35da195e1446.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I found out the reason different maps show different possible C... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:42:00 EST Chlorophyll & Nattokinase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039544 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24b93f5c-cf12-4f5b-8bdd-2ab51320bcb3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am sorrowful to see the end of Autumn. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8780552e-1593-470f-bfd0-feb514aec9ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the last three weeks here, the trees have been past their prime but still so beautiful. While all my friends I talk to, say their trees were long gone. I guess because we had so much rain here from July onwards, they lasted longer ... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:16:29 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039099 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62aaec0b-3f6a-4a98-b57f-496279290636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday for lunch at work, I ate the Thanksgiving to-go plate, and it was soooo good. The to-go plate, or leftovers if you will, made my 4th Thanksgiving dinner this year. I am counting my blessings and giving thanks! Endured the 6-3 shift yesterday, Friday. It was so slow I created side work for myself. <BR> <BR> Today I am so grateful to be DONE with work; another reason for celebra... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:12:25 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038335 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10431fe2-ac97-4e96-9931-3f1fa43f0831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am still thinking of my friend in NYC, and others in need and hurting. But wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af96fd66-e90d-4cb4-b435-0d680d5b1a16.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I hope you share what you had for Thanksgiving. Anything different or unusual? <BR> <BR> I vacillated about going to the Catholic Church today, b... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:41:39 EST Friend Fired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037821 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2770317-2f53-470d-91f6-3a6499c2ca19.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow, I have been praying and praying for this friend, who just turned 60. He is a teacher in New York City [NYC]. I met him here on SP, which he left and I now chat with and keep up with him on Facebook. He has helped me when I needed it and I have, to a much smaller degree, reciprocated. We always try to support and lift ea other up. We have alot of hard-times-horror-stories in common.... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:30:09 EST Use It?, OR, Chuck It Guide -- Is it still good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036814 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c544fa50-8e80-412e-ae28-19867ce6b75b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tis the season to stand in front of your refrigerator or pantry and debate whether an ingredient that you need for a recipe is still good. Let's eliminate some of that mystery, shall we? Here's your keep it or chuck it guide. <BR> <BR> <link>link.about.com/view/542d6542d8d9bd4b<BR>338b4e6d3b40n.ics/2d856285 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/429b0fa0-51d6... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:37:40 EST Thanksgiving Scriptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036297 A few of them, anyway. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85edf34e-c0ac-48ef-82e4-c45ed7415463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9c849bc-4703-451b-a399-bb91064e5f5d.jpg"> <BR> Ephesians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV) <BR> 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; <BR> 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our L... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:59:48 EST A Lovely Thanksgiving Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/caa9745f-e0fb-4105-8cd4-334b8de49ae8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tonight I went to one of the two food pantries, called The Market, because they were having a dinner just for us tonight, this was at the Baptist Church. <BR> <BR> Wow was it nice. They really went all out. <BR> <BR> As we came in there were greeters, then further along teens were holding baskets that contained seasonal printables and crayons [turkeys to color, pilgrims, and such]. The... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:42:16 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032710 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9e49900-afde-443b-91a8-b981c8108650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know why Veteran's Day is only one day. But then, most holidays are, aren't they? I'm giving a week to Vets on my page. A week here of honor is the least I can do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a218503-0eac-408d-b996-2bd3614d13e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Work update: Much to my glee, literally every single person on days in the kitchen, is abandoning ship ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:36:49 EST Thanking Veterans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031682 Do any of you have living Vets to say 'thank you' to? <BR> <BR> On the local radio station, I heard some audio of the cheering, whistling, shouting, and crowd going wild who were cheering on our local Veterans who participated in the Veteran's Day Parade. I saw a small part of that parade, but did not see nor hear what I heard on the radio, which was really uplifting. Lots of spirit here, in this small town in the South. So different from other places I lived. <BR> <BR> My father serve... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:38:15 EST A Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030625 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15323fcc-68fd-4a4a-b351-eb41531a001d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I asked for the 2nd and 4th Weds of the month to be off, because of a new drive-through food pantry I found on those days at 9a. Which conflicts with fast food's work hours. You have to get there much earlier than 9, tho. Volunteers wave cars in to park recipients' cars into a church parking lot, tightly packed bumper to bumper, uncomfortably like sardines; then after waiting til 9, the l... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:54:48 EST 5 Bible Verses for When You Need a Break from Your Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026851 5 Bible Verses for When You Need a Break from Your Job <BR> <link>news.americanbible.org/blog/entry/bi<BR>ble-blog/5-bible-verses-for-when-you-n<BR>eed-a-break-from-your-job?utm_source=f<BR>b-american-bible&utm_medium=social </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7710675f-2ef0-46d8-9a28-e69161efe7fa.jpg"> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:40:22 EST Important to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f373da60-e7e0-4bee-b7de-db9658359fc1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Home. Homesick! Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:57:55 EST