CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Saturday Weekly Wrapup Memorial Day Weekend is the official gateway to summer. Happy Summer everyone! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you believe Monday is June 1st? Close enough; summer to me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been job hunting, as usual, & heard of someone who is hiring. This is probably a yucky industrial job, probably manufacturing in ... Sat, 30 May 2015 22:57:27 EST Book: Finding Peace in Troubled Waters Finding Peace in Troubled Waters <BR> 10 Life Preservers for When Your Ship Springs a Leak <BR> second edition <BR> by Art E. Berg <BR> ISBN 1-57345-310-2 <BR> <BR> This book is written by someone who's religion I don't agree with. Nevertheless, it is important to read other peoples' work, even if you profoundly don't agree with them. It stretches your mind & opens your eyes to other ways of looking at things. <BR> <BR> Life Preserver 1 - Dreams are never destroyed by circumstances (the... Tue, 26 May 2015 20:13:48 EST Saturday of Holiday Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So so soooooooooo thankful my week at McD's is over. Everything got to me this week; I got emotional each time instead of letting McD's dysfunction roll off of me. <BR> <BR> I took caffeine pills this week. Haven't done that for years. Really really needed it. I feel soooo much better on caffeine. My body just works so much better on caffeine. <BR> <BR> I can see why people love th... Sat, 23 May 2015 19:52:57 EST Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had more exhaustion last week, barely able to cope. Part of it is the high level of daily dysfunction at McD's. Part of it is the early hours and going there 6 days a week. Part of it is budget analysis = knowing that I must get a second crappy job to move forward and cover the next hole in the budget, while looking for the good job, which just the thought of adding another crappy job mak... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:25:16 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the last minute Sun morning I realized this was Mother's Day Sunday. I knew it was Mother's Day (see previous blog), but hadn't connected the dots to Sunday morning service. Mother's Day is the only time of the year I intentionally avoid church like the plague (no need to rub salt in the wound of having no children). <BR> <BR> Hope all you Moms out there had a great day, though. You ... Mon, 11 May 2015 20:12:30 EST Another Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so, so thankful my week at McD's is over. Every day was wacky dysfunctional as usual. Sooo grateful it's over. At least until Monday . . . <BR> <BR> Maryland is like a garden, full of "blooming everythings", most of the year. Since I haven't seen hardly any Spring flowers, as they are rarities here in North Carolina, I don't know if the seasons for bleeding hearts and tulips are past, or not. Since tom... Sat, 9 May 2015 19:11:00 EST Proverbs 16:3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible (AMP) <BR> <BR> Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. <BR> <BR> <BR> definitions as they pertain to this verse: <BR> "roll": To move forward along a surface by repeatedly turning over. <BR> "commit": To put in trust or charge; entr... Wed, 6 May 2015 18:32:19 EST Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone, for your comments. It is a testimony to how good of SparkFriends I have, that you feel for me & get upset on my behalf. True friends! I am blessed to have you all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two Sats ago, April 25, I thought I was going in to McD's for bisquit making. The reason I thought this is because bisquit makers start at ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:30:15 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday - stayed up most of the night to get documents ready to print at the Mission Thurs. <BR> <BR> Thursday - worked 8 hours. 30 mins before I left, health department inspector arrived. Ai yi yi. Will the drama never end?! Every day it is something new, and something major . . . <BR> <BR> We started printing time-and-date labels like mad, and stickering everything that was supposed to have a sticker but... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:14:55 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so happy to have found a blooming flower! I am celebrating bearded iris this week, on SP, as I saw some unexpectedly on Monday. Once again, no one is planting them here, it seems like. (I wonder if that's an economic issue??) Like the daffodils earlier this Spring that I enjoyed seeing at the rest stop, the bearded iris I found blooming are located on public land, a memorial garden in back of the library. ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:10:53 EST Weekly Soggy Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This past week was another experience in exhaustion. And working 5a Mon & Tue. But with 2 days off instead of 1, thank you Jesus. I was scheduled to have Wed off for some odd, unknown reason. But a coworker wanted to switch with me b/c she needed Wed off. So she suggested working for me Sat if I'd work for her Wed . . . my first weekend I'd have both Sat & Sun off since October . . . gee let me think about ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:51:32 EST Saturday Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Soooooooooo glad this week is over. <BR> <BR> So glad I manufactured a reason to have Sundays off!!!!!!!! I really NEED one day off a week I can count on ahead of time, that is not subject to McD's dysfunction. <BR> <BR> Monday - 5a biscuit shift, Kmart errand at night to get specialty work shoes. Got a good bargain b/c they were on sale; 2 pair, leather, less than the historical sale price I've paid in years... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:12:11 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Am having another mega-hours-week at McDs; 37 hrs scheduled, and had to come in at 5am again on Mon & Tue. Sigh. I never turn down hours, but it's extremely dysfunctional every day, and this 5am stuff is getting old, in addition. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, every day this week except one, I come in early in the morning at dif times, every day. ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:36:35 EST Easter Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Worked 48 physically active hours, running on my feet without sitting down. So yes I did get overtime. <BR> <BR> It is a miracle of God to get even 40 hours at McD's. <BR> <BR> To get overtime, is a super extra miracle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By Saturday, my feet and legs ached permanently. Sunday morning at 6a my feet still ached. By 9:... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 23:09:48 EST Good Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 21:17:13 EST April 1st <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How did you do, first quarter? <BR> <BR> I need to think and write and journal about that. <BR> <BR> I am not attending to the MOST important things, like Joel 2:12, like I should. <BR> <BR> Another dysfunctional week at McD's, which is not over yet. Had to come in at 5am again, Mon & Tues. <BR> <BR> Was scheduled 5a - 11a both days, 6 hrs ea day; instead I worlked 18.5 hours in two days, plus today's s... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:23:44 EST Palm Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew Easter was early this year, and had heard the date so I knew it was April 5th, but I had NO CLUE it was Palm Sunday until I went to church! This hasn't happened for years, and made me feel like a heathen. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Went to The Market (food pantries) Thur night at the Nazarene and Baptist churches. Then went to Christian Miss... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:33:42 EST Weekly Wrapup Just wrote a long blog and lost it due to crappy public wifi at McD's. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:41:15 EST The Secret of Contentment Dave Ramsey talks, ALOT, about Contentment. He speaks of it with a capital C. He can teach a whole seminar on the topic alone - how it, Contentment, relates to indebtedness, debt-free living, being a miser, being a generous giver. The spiritual attributes of Contentment. The character qualities of Contentment. Godliness with Contentment is great gain . . . <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:11-13 <BR> I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circums... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:38:16 EST What Day Is It Today? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So blessed to have today's work day over with, as I have Thu & Fri off this week, two days in a row. I really needed this break after 5 straight weeks of 30+ hours running on my feet. Just not used to it. I know some of you (waitresses, teachers, and nurses, to name a few) may think I'm a wimp. But I went from sedentary to ~12K+ steps a day. <BR> <BR> This week is the "short hours week" of only 13.5 hrs, AN... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:40:05 EST Spring Has Sprung Well it finally happened. Spring finally arrived last Friday. Woo Hoo!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to bed early & woke up feeling good this morning. It was a blessing. <BR> <BR> I have only 13.5 hrs - spread across 4 days - scheduled at McD's this week. Dysfunctional, jerking people around. Sigh. Feast or famine. I had about 35 hrs last week. I can't say I'll miss the dysfunctional atmosphere, and I will definit... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:26:05 EST Thankful Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have blooming daffodils (at the rest stop only; for some odd reason NO ONE does flowers here in NC - I just don't understand it). And in addition to daffodils we have pink and white blooming trees that "popped out" overnight this weekend. And lovely weather. Tomorrow is the First Day of Spring!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am guessing that if we had crocus and snowdrops, which I did not see ANY of except for my own ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:42:26 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> Irish Sea Cliffs <BR> <BR> Have mercy, Lord: McD's scheduled me for 5am training to be a biscuit maker, today and tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Does that mean I need to go to bed at 5pm, in order to get up at 3am? Yes, it does. <BR> <BR> I need to be there at 4:30a b/c I won't be awake yet otherwise; and to get there at 4:30 I'll have to get up at 3. NOT a morning person. I'll be moving like molasses. Have to make sev... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:35:46 EST Update <img src=""> <BR> How St. Patrick taught his people, the former slavers who'd imprisoned him, about God. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the lack of blogs! Many thanks to everyone who thought of me and contacted me. You are true friends, my beloved SparkFamily, and I appreciate you all so much. <BR> <BR> I lost one blog about a week or so ago when public wifi reset (yes I'm doing this one in Word first), and the rest of the time have been... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:15:36 EST Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps to Financial Freedom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a blog coming, in which I will talk about Dave Ramsey's baby steps. These baby steps are directly from Dave's website with his permission. His website has lots of other free resources. <BR> <BR> Since I have no kids, I will be omitting baby step 5 (BS5) and doing 6 baby steps instead of 7. <BR> <BR> However, I do have an extra step. For people like me with no house, first-time homebuyers do that in ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:02:17 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After sleeping extra Friday and Saturday to make up for lack of sleep in the hotel, & having today off, I am feeling better, back like my own self again. <BR> <BR> At the hotel I accomplished (besides staying warm) cooking a pkg of chicken leg quarters; a crockpot of smoked turkey wings and kale; and homemade crockpot chili. I had some chili today and it was really good. I emptied my car and reorged the contents ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:59:11 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Thursday night and I'm enjoying a hotel room. The Soup Kitchen coordinated with & referred me to the Christian Mission, so this time the Mission is footing the bill for 2 nights in the room. I have used the Mission's pantry services regularly for the past couple years, and signed up for the Mission's transitional housing last fall, and have asked several times in the past about their employment program / jo... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:39:19 EST Preparing for Winter Weather <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got an icescraper at Walmart in the early afternoon, as mine had somehow broken in the past year during non-winter weather. They had ONE left, and I got it. The packaging, bar code, and price were missing so I had to ask first, but it was only $2. Worth it. <BR> <BR> While I was there I looked over their clearance shoes and found off-brand men's tennis shoes, brownish-gray suedish-looking, (never... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:46:51 EST Happy Valentine's Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:17:39 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heard on KLOVE this morning a great idea to "Take the day back!". This for those who hate or dread Valentine's day for many different reasons. The radio personalities said, "It doesn't have to be about romantic love - share God's love!" <BR> <BR> I have never hated Valentine's Day, but certainly wasn't planning on celebrating it tomorrow except with love scriptures on SP and FB as I've been doing. However, I ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:51:37 EST Perfect Advice for Me from Dave Ramsey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a list. If I had an apt, I'd make a collage / vision board. <BR> <BR> In addition to oversleeping Sun morn, and sleeping 11 hours Mon night, on Tues I had a nap after work and then slept 10 hours. <BR> <BR> This morning when I woke I was fully awake. This is a blessing as compared to yesterday morning when I kept going back under after sleeping 11 hours, and felt like I could have slept days.... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:46:29 EST Animal Valentines <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:04:01 EST New Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to the Soup Kitchen Thurs & Fri, the only 2 days I could go last week, b/c of working lunch rush at McDs. Even tho it was slim pickings those 2 days in the grocery line after lunch, I still managed to get a few free grocery items. One day they put pork in the spaghetti's meat sauce, so I ate afterwards out of my car. I didn't need the pasta carbs & gluten, anyway. <BR> <BR> Sat after work at McDs, and ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:48:35 EST Joel 2:23-25 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In context, Joel 2:15 - 27, NIV: <BR> Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, "Spare your people, LORD.... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:10:49 EST Wed - & For My Sister For My Sister - and so many others <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling discouraged about no calls back from all the places applied at so far since Jan 1. Wed / Thur is "call back or second visit" day, which I hate hate hate doing but is just part of the deal, comes with the territory. Getting over this hump, is never fun on Wednesdays. I have several places to visit tomorrow - sigh. <BR> <BR> Taking my vitamins and supplements doe... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:22:59 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a group interview Fri morning for a fast food job with a Christian company, who is closed on Sundays thankfully. No feedback on how it went - in my opinion it went well other than me being significantly older & fatter than the other applicants. Afterwards I went to the Soup Kitchen for lunch, and after that I went to the Christian Mission food pantry to get my 2nd food distribution for the month - since it wa... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:05:44 EST Pure as the Driven Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:45:39 EST Birds in Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:14:23 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Corinthians 12:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP) <BR> <BR> 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmit... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:30:00 EST What R Benefits of N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)? MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH NAC: <BR> I first read about this supplement in various articles and studies, but never ordered any or took it. It is, however, one of the ingredients in SinuFix, my all-natural wondercure for lifelong chronic sinus infections. And yes, it made a marked difference in mucous production associated with my sinus infections. <BR> <BR> WOW after learning what I have from this research, I will definitely be ordring some NAC. Before this blog I had no clue about glu... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:36:24 EST 2 TexMex Skillet Recipes These look delicious! This mom was a missionary in Dominican Republic for 5 or 6 years. She has lots of good ethnic recipes, and lots of very good vids like how to cut up a butternut squash, how to cut a mango, how to debone split chicken breasts to make boneless chicken breasts, how to make homemade "free" chicken broth with the bones, etc. She is also frugal. Yes, they really ARE "5-dollar dinners", and she lets you know when they're not. As food costs have escalated during the last few... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:50 EST What CAN You Do? Great question to myself. Great question for all of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:57:17 EST Malanga - What Is It? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was checking out at a grocery store earlier this week, and the cashier was having trouble finding the code for collards. I was going to buy frozen (so much easier), but there was a manager's sale on fresh, only 79 cents. I knew a frozen bag would be much more. So I checked out with fresh collards, which is where the fun began. <BR> <BR> I was watching carefully to make sure the advertised sale price is what... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:21:15 EST Good Resolutions? I am thoroughly against - for me, only for myself - New Year's Resolutions. I don't do resolutions; instead I do SMART Goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Usually. <BR> <BR> I haven't set my goals yet. But this year, I have two goals in mind that are intentionally NOT Smart. They are daily activities. <BR> <BR> But back to resolutions. This year I was surprised to run into a couple I actually like alot. Have you heard a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:27:00 EST Today is Epiphany <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite holidays is today! Do you celebrate Epiphany? <BR> <BR> Epiphany is another one of those nebulous, not-sure-what-this-means Christian holidays that I grew up knowing absolutely nothing about. The other dictionary meanings for the word, was what I was familiar with. So as an adult, one of the first Christian holidays I reclaimed, was Epiphany. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:36:15 EST 12th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes it's sad: today is the 12th and final day of Christmas. <BR> <BR> I was one day off on Epiphany; it's tomorrow the 6th. The official End of Christmastide. <BR> <BR> I am still enjoying the fresh promise of NEW beginnings of the New Year. And reluctantly ready to let go of Christmas. (After I celebrate Epiphany tomorrow, LOL.) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:50:14 EST 10th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My guiding scripture for 2015 comes from Isaiah 43:18-19: <BR> Do not earnestly remember the former things; forget them. Neither consider the things of old. Do not dwell on the past--it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I am making a way in the wilderness, streams in the desert, creat... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:05:15 EST He Makes ALL Things NEW!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! I was offline yesterday so this is my first blog of the New Year, and I have a gift for you. Especially if you're a Believer. Also, if you are a Believer who is struggling, this is also for you. If you are jaded and have taken a fall, this is for you. <BR> <BR> I found alot of personal inspiration, as well as my cornerstone verse for 2015, from the video photography (background) that runs in t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:23:35 EST 7th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's also New Year's Eve and I am finally feeling better today. Though from peoples' comments, I sound very bad. Still, I am thankful for feeling better. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to be sure to remember to weigh at Planet Fitness before work, so I can reset my ticker. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I heard Mandisa's song, "Stronger", on the radio... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:01:08 EST 6th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While job hunting I am also thinking about New Year's Goals; I don't do resolutions. <BR> <BR> No matter how shattered my life is, I enjoy New Year Goals. I can always find something, even if it's only one small thing, to be excited about. <BR> <BR> Every time I turn on my computer for months now, I get a message about removing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) as XP is no longer supported, everywhere on ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:15:13 EST