CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ALDI's Specials <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been able to find less and less meat on sale at ALDI. Like all supermarkets, they mark down meat (and occasionally a few other things), that are close to their expiry dates. <BR> <BR> However, unlike other grocers, ALDI's prices are lower to begin with - making markdowns a a much sought-after frugal find. <BR> <BR> I thought ALDI must be doing a better job of timing the consumer market and sensing sales... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:59:12 EST Christmas in Your Heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year I decided to divide the month of December up into 10-day segments, and focus on different parts of the Christmas Story in each 10 days. <BR> <BR> It's a personal tradition of mine, when I have an apt, to keep the tree up until the weekend following Epiphany, and to celebrate Epiphany separately after Christmas (Epiphany is on January 5th, and is the reason many orthodox Christians who live outside of ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:49:09 EST The Christmas Story P1: The Travelers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been concentrating on The Travelers for the first ten days of December. <BR> <BR> I tried to put myself in their shoes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the time of the Christmas story, all of Israel was traveling, not just Mary & Joseph. Mass confusion on every road, every where. Talk about traffic congestion! Good luck finding lodging or... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:36:08 EST Church Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Go and be blessed. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:58:03 EST Silent Night Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire Sing 'Silent Night' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Four minutes and twenty seconds. <BR> <BR> <link>,-Tris<BR>ha-Yearwood-and-Reba-McEntire-Sing-Sil<BR>ent-Night--6430.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE STORY OF SILENT NIGHT <BR> Created for the guitar, the carol was first sung in St. Nicholas Church at midnight mass, with choir backup. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:41:02 EST Hebrews 12:1, 2 <img src=""> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:50:47 EST Psalm 19:1 <img src=""> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:40:19 EST Thankful, Thankful, Thankful My car passed inspection today, no problem, no extra fees or repairs. <BR> <BR> I got my tag & registration renewed today, no problem, no extra fees, no tickets for expired tag. <BR> <BR> I got a replacement drivers license today, no charge. <BR> <BR> The enormity of relief in getting my car legal today, is huge. I was VASTLY RELIEVED. <BR> <BR> I am soooooooooooooo thankful, thankful, thankful. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:21:12 EST REAL Savings on Black Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:18:47 EST Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart Beautiful, awesome, inspiring, gorgeous video photography. Made me get teary-eyed. 4 minutes. I'm going to watch it again, it was so good. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RxBGFY#t=36 </link> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:19:52 EST Hebrews 13:15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to My SparkFriends <BR> <BR> "Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:59:30 EST The Youth of Your Future "In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless." - Victoria Mora <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:36:49 EST Boy Scouts Canned Food Drive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Friday at lunch at the Soup Kitchen, I saw extra scurrying around, unusual staging, & many distracted side conversations. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also overheard through snatches of conversation that there was a volunteer crisis. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the Soup Kitchen is ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:45:57 EST Unexpected Mini Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had an unexpected 2-day "vacation". Tuesday was my 3-week anniversary of a really bad head cold. It was also 15 degrees here for the overnight low, which is extremely cold (at least for here - I grew up in the North). Definitely cold sleeping in the car, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Because of the temperature, the Soup Kitchen put me up in hotel room for 2 nights. The Soup Kitchen has a fund from anonymous do... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:24 EST Doubt Your Doubts, Not Your Self <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:59:26 EST Christmas Cards to Soldiers @Walter Reed <img src=""> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:47:29 EST Don't Look Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:41:18 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Thanks for everyone's well wishes on yesterday's blog. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my one week anniversary of getting sick. I still have a loooong way to go, unfortunately. & I sometimes don't have a voice. <BR> <BR> My use of kleenex is slowing down a little, though I bought another box today & have used too many to count today; and my face is starting to heal up. I use vaseline on the raw and cracked ski... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:42:11 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the bright sunlight shining on the gorgeous fall foliage trees - makes them glow with color. Saturday's leaf-gazing was breathtaking, made me long for a camera; and so was today's. The last week has been more beautiful than all the previous weeks, I think. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am almost fully recovered from the leg injury, pr... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:37:45 EST Weed Whacking & Serenity Today I am off from Subway. However, when you are guarding your serenity, there will always be border incursions that push your limits & test your borders. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Serenity. Serene in 2014. <BR> <BR> So today I had to go in and do some weed whacking. This was because last week, I was accused of not showing up for work when I believed I was scheduled off. This was highly stressful when I fielded these phone calls. ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:09:15 EST November <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still struggling with time mgmt, priorities, and remembering to remind myself of eternal truths and what is REALLY important. No time for a blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still enjoying the beauty of Autumn & God's creation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:28:43 EST Rev 22:17 -- Remember Who You Are, Bride <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:07:49 EST TGIF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm struggling in recovery mode from a leg injury and from working double shifts Fri, Sat, & Sun. McD's mornings, Subway nights. And 4 hours of sleep 3 nights in a row due to shift work. Time to re-frame my reality with eternal truth: today God is first. <BR> <BR> Lots of griping between shifts at Subway - from now on I'm doing a walkthrough with other team members at night before we clock out to stop the bxt... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:24:11 EST Psalm 145:10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the beauty of Autumn. <BR> <BR> Marigold is October's flower; but I associate sunflowers with Fall. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are lots of red maple leaves littering the green grass here in NC. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:01:27 EST Viruses, Flu, & Vit D Some don't have the time or resources to click on links. So the following is an excerpt from my previous blog: <BR> Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799319 </link> <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Excerpt, not written by me: <BR> With flu season upon us and serious new viruses like Enterovirus D68 making the rounds, keeping blood levels of vitamin D at optimal levels can be truly lifesaving... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:44:33 EST One Habit At A Time!! Thank you A_NEW_JAN. What a terrific article, just when I needed it most. <BR> <BR> Another case against multitasking (FlyLady and the host of others are soooooooo right!). <BR> <BR> Note the statistics . . . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u-one-habit-time?utm_source=facebook&u<BR>tm_medium=opengraph&utm_campaign=build<BR>-better-you-one-habit-time </link> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:45:26 EST Psalms 48:14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:46 EST Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss The article links located at the bottom of the article, are excellent too. <BR> <BR> Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss <link><BR>min-d-deficiency-signs-people-miss/ </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:00:58 EST Simple Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity Simple Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity <BR> <link><BR>le-elderberry-syrup-to-boost-immunity/ </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:54:36 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, it's October 10th. 1/3 of the month is gone already. Ever since Pumpkin Palooza, and also especially since this Monday, I've been ready (finally) for Fall, and in an Autumn frame of mind. (I wasn't ready for Autumn back in Sept when it was the First Day of Fall.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday I finally got on the Subway schedule, and wo... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:27:48 EST Thrifty Thanksgiving Tablescape <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. <BR> <BR> Wow when she says 'thrifty', she means it: <BR> <link><BR>sgiving-tablescape/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Interesting ideas. Not all of them I'd do, like the dill she calls a 'simple flower arrangement'. NOT. <BR> <BR> But interesting nonetheless, it has 'a look' all of it's own that comes together. <BR> <BR> And some ideas... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:35:21 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was hired at McDonald's, which I had tried several times before, both recently and in past years. They can offer me 25 hours a week at $7.50. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I got a schedule from Subway for... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:45:41 EST Dangers of Antibacterial Soap This will be old news to many of us. But in case you didn't know, there is nothing good about triclosan. For years now I don't buy, and will not use, any antibacterial product, or any soap that contains triclosan; and I don't use hand sanitizer. I carry small bars of soap with me; have for years and years. <BR> <BR> FREQUENT HANDWASHING WITH PLAIN SOAP AND WATER IS BEST. <BR> <BR> Emphasis on FREQUENT. <BR> <BR> Sing the birthday song silently inside of your head as you wash. Kee... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:40:38 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a very good day today. Volunteered at Pumpkin Palooza, 9:30 to 5. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Soup Kitchen has two fundraisers per year; Lobsterfest in May, and Pumpkin Palooza in October. <BR> <BR> "One large pumpkin sold provides 10 meals at the Soup Kitchen." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:45:57 EST Food Cravings: What to Eat Instead Thank you Beth Donovan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:13:04 EST Ebola Fact Sheet <link><BR>-ftss/ebola-eng.php </link> <BR> <BR> You may have already heard about infection through bodily fluids such as vomit and diarrhea. While that is true, it also lives on surfaces for extended periods of time depending on environmental conditions, as well as being aerosoled within 3 feet of a patient. <BR> <BR> "Surfaces" may mean any public transportation, cabs, subway, buses, planes, rental cars, and handles and doorknobs everywhere from hom... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:58:07 EST 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back When life beats you down and you are just disgusted with everything, what do you do? <BR> <BR> Keep on truckin, keep pressing forward, crawl if you have to. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "schedule making day at Subway". I had big plans for this day. Get the schedule, then visit the other places I'd already applied at online, McDonalds and Steak N Shake said they hire on the spot (not always, but right now they are), etc. Once I knew what my night time hours would be, I could tell them my morni... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:55:40 EST Monday Gratitude Today is rainy and overcast and drizzly and misting and raining again. These are the Fall Rains that so many who are in drought would love to have. I am grateful we have no drought. I wish I could see a rainbow but I probably won't. So here's one: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had lunch today at the Soup Kitchen. It was taco casserole with salad and roll. I skipped the roll as always. And the salad had some kind of weird dressing... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:33:51 EST Have a Great Day Nothing to blog about, yes I am still alive, thanks for those who asked!! Love you! <BR> <BR> And if, like me, you are barely hanging on, then hang on to this: God rewards those who persevere to the end. Sometimes a good Word For The Day is simply: Persevere. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:29:04 EST Farewell Summer: Butterflies on Lilies <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://ph... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:40:39 EST Freezing Fresh Eggs <link> </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:29:03 EST Red-spotted Purple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In August when I was losing my mind, the Lord sent me something significant between the two of us; a Luna Moth. I blogged about it, and totally unexpectedly, it became a Most Popular Blog. My first ever, I think, here on SP. <BR> <BR> I am in an emotional hole due to long term unemployment desert, & due to my current "un-job" I'm about to take. I haven't even stepped in the door yet, and had major, & multipl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:36:34 EST Saying "No" Graciously SparkPeople already has an article on saying "no" to food pushers. <BR> <BR> Saying "No" Graciously by Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is not about food; it's about saying "no" to people asking for your time and help. I heard this on KLOVE this morning but couldn't find it on the KLOVE site. The following is from her new book: "The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands." <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:31:35 EST Learning to Prioritize Yourself 1st? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year I've discovered a surprising link between trusting God and prioritizing yourself first. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can anyone relate to surprising revelations on their SparkJourney? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A yearly goal for me in 2014 was to more consciously address the stres... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:56 EST Step Logs & Small Victories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a rough year with lots of ups and downs. The first 6 months weren't easy . . . but when July and August got here, they made the first six months look easy by comparison. <BR> <BR> Because July and August were doozies. <BR> <BR> So I'm proud of myself for attempting The Step Diet, and for logging my steps. Even though I had a pedometer malfunction in July, and no computer for half+ of August, I kep... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:26:23 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I am so grateful to be able to use my laptop again. Such a huge relief, and huge blessing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a blessing to be able to post pictures again, as well! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a blessing to be able to run Swagbucks stuff again, too. So, so much I co... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:28:25 EST On SparkBreak The cord to my laptop died, so I'm on a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord in my hand. <BR> <BR> Until then, I am rarely online at all. The public computer in the library only allows 2 hours, most of that is spent in job hunting activities. <BR> <BR> Brick and mortar stores charge too much, they only carry "universal" replacement cords, which are $59.97 at Walmart and I can't afford that (it'd be close to $70 with tax). <BR> <BR> So I have been waiting on an Amazon order sinc... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:49:49 EST MON - On SparkBreak I'm taking a SparkBreak until I have the replacement cord for my laptop in my hand. It's costing too much in gasoline to check my PO Box and go to the library to use the public computer everyday. <BR> <BR> The Amazon refund went thru last Sat, yippee!!, but I didn't have enuf time left (on the public computer at the library) to place the new order. Drove to the library today in the town 20 miles away, and put in the order. I should receive it by Sep 5th, they said. I also requested faster... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:47:20 EST Saturday Today is Sabbath and I'm tired for some reason. Yawning at library. I'm sure it's delayed reaction from this week's stress and frustration from job hunting at piddly pay jobs. I sooooo miss working in the professional atmosphere of the sciences. <BR> <BR> Checked my PO Box at 11:30 this morning; daily mail is supposed to be present in the boxes by 10a, tho that's not always the case. Replacement cord for plugging in my laptop, still had not arrived from Amazon. Today was the last day o... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:04:54 EST Thursday Still no computer cord. 2 hours at library on public computer is not enough. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:06 EST