CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cat Lovers; &Picture Your Very Best Fall & Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's July 26th. Do you know where your August goals are? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> 2.20 mins <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know one thing for sure. I don't want to be ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:04:52 EST Laptop Reviews & Research I have always bought Dell computers, with one exception of an Acer laptop which I bought under extraordinary circumstances of needing one by the following morning - a purchase I regretted. <BR> <BR> However, I found out things have now significantly changed with Dell; Dell has significant quality issues which used to not be true years ago, hard drive crashes after 2 years; and was surprised to learn HP was rated #1. <BR> <BR> So I searched for "consumer reviews HP laptop", and got these h... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:40:25 EST Tuesday July 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my Friday; it is such a blessing that I have Wed and Thur off this week. I have been exhausted the last four weeks, so I really need two days off in a row. There are some weeks that having only one day off, is insufficient, and I've been having those kind. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am reading... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:57:09 EST June is for Roses And Goodbye, June. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:00:18 EST June Step Log Week 3 Goal Week 3 of June: 500 more steps per day avg <BR> 9091 + 500 = Week 3 Goal of 9,600 steps per day <BR> <BR> WEEK 3 <BR> Sun Jun 12 .......5424 <BR> Mon Jun 13 ....10,132 <BR> Tue Jun 14........6980 <BR> Wed Jun 15 ......8702 <BR> Thu Jun 16 .......2142 <BR> Fri Jun 17 ......12,010 <BR> Sat Jun 18......10,466 <BR> Weekly Total Week 3: 45,856 <BR> Daily Average Week 3: 6551 <BR> Goal Met for Week 3?: NO <BR> <BR> I will have to reassess my commitment. Each week I've walked less, not m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:07:36 EST Longest Day of the Year, 6-20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's beautiful pictures are brought to you courtesy of US Dept of the Interior's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost 100% are National Parks. I want to go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the longe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:44:55 EST Week 2 of June Step Log This is my new favorite picture: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,53... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:14:51 EST June Step Log Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carol's JUNE STEP LOG <BR> Calculated the old fashioned way by hand, w/o a calculator, so there may be errors. <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> Sun May 29.......9901 <BR> Mon May 30...12,052 <BR> Tue May 31.......9030 <BR> Wed Jun 1......11,188 <BR> Thu Jun 2......... 5876 <BR> Fri Jun 3............8172 <BR> Sat Jun 4........10,320 <BR> Weekly Total Week 1: 66,539 <BR> Daily Average Week 1: 9501 <BR>... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:22:36 EST Eye Candy Just because . . . they make me happy or I like them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:32:52 EST Even in My Darkest Days I Had Faith it Would Turn Around Steve Harvey article in People magazine, on being homeless. <BR> <BR> "Even in my darkest days, I had faith it would turn around." -- Steve Harvey <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link>,,207<BR>41192,00.html </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:35:43 EST E-15 -- Should We Use It? I saw E-15 gasoline at the pump. It is quite a bit cheaper per gallon than regular gasoline. <BR> <BR> I studied the info at the pump. The pump sticker said E-15 is safe for 2001 and newer. Which means I could pump it into my 2003 car, instead of regular, & save some $. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd just make sure it's okay, do some research first, before using it. Boy am I glad I did. <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:01:47 EST Goodbye May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 1st is tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for June? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm hanging around a few more weeks, but am mentally letting go of SP friendships. Not happy, and I will remember this... Tue, 31 May 2016 14:18:26 EST Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute You Tube: Psalm 23 Memorial Day Tribute <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remembering the ones who gave all . . . Fri, 27 May 2016 14:21:41 EST Thursday 5/26 Deleted a bunch more blogs yesterday and today, in preparation for closing my SP account, as a result of the recent SparkPage changes. <BR> <BR> Saw lots of things that stirred lots of memories and beautiful pix and things I had forgotten. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In one blog, talking about the Step Diet & how many steps the Amish walk per day, I said the only person I knew who walks as much as the Am... Thu, 26 May 2016 13:12:37 EST Dave Ramsey Helping Me to Lose Weight Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> Who has heard about getting in touch with your inner child? You know, that one who throws tantrums? <BR> <BR> Well, Dave has several sayings in regard to sticking to a budget, acting like a grownup in regard to delayed gratification, impulse purchases being no-nos, and stop acting like a spoiled brat, financially. He talks about the t... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:06:11 EST Dave Ramsey Quotes Who besides myself has noticed the similarities between living physically healthy with food addictions, & living financially free with budgeting? <BR> <BR> <BR> If broke people are making fun of your financial plan, you're on track. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Radio Show, 2007-06-08 <BR> <BR> A big part of being strong financially is that you know where you are weak and take action to make sure you don't fall prey to the weakness. And we ALL are weak. <BR> - Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover ... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:03:31 EST Not Liking the New SparkPage Look Here are places I've left feedback on community forums & message boards, in case you want to do the same. If you read my previous blog you know I hate the changes and I especially hate, hate, hate that it looks like Facebook. What is WRONG WITH THEM that they keep making FB-like changes???? And this one is worst of all. For me, probably the final straw on the camel's back. <BR> <BR> Spark Cafe <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=39049316&imboard=1 </lin... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:38:52 EST The New Looks of SparkPages This looks disturbingly like FaceBook. <BR> <BR> I want SparkPeople to look like itself, not a cheap copycat of something else. <BR> <BR> Not at all happy. <BR> <BR> Is there a place we can vote our reaction? A community thread or something? I guess they would have to care about our opinion, first. <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> I just posted on a couple of the community forum threads. Encourage every... Wed, 18 May 2016 10:07:30 EST A Reminder Or two . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 14 May 2016 13:40:41 EST TGIF 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=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some beautiful ones, mostly from Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "my Friday", and I was so thankful to God. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:46:35 EST Do You Understand? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:47:35 EST Easy Way to Prevent 200 Cals per Day <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have lots of trees in full bloom. The delicate cherry blossoms, <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the bold white Bradford Pear, <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:07:53 EST Daffodils and Rainbows Just because . . . they make me happy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 01:51:38 EST Significant March Dates <img src=""> <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=""> <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. <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> I used to use Just Like Sugar instead of granulated sugar, a... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:30:29 EST Daffodils 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:45:54 EST Daffodils Just because . . . I so enjoy God's beauty. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 19:36:51 EST Leap Day Celebration I saw a daffodil today, but we have no snow here. We've had pink trees for a week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 This is leap year, so there are 29 days in Feb, and the First Day of Spring is March 19th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:28:32 EST Love Scriptures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:07:05 EST A Stand Aganst Monsanto is Not Optional 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><BR>ction-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animal<BR>s-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:51:48 EST Goals <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 31st. After Action Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. How was it? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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, 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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <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 For those we are honoring and missing this Christmas . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 Can you imagine the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking?! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The terrain was challenging: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found out the reason different maps show different possible C... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:42:00 EST