CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Saturday <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <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 <img src=""> <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? <img src=""> <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><BR>338b4e6d3b40n.ics/2d856285 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:37:40 EST Thanksgiving Scriptures A few of them, anyway. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <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 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 <img src=""> <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 5 Bible Verses for When You Need a Break from Your Job <BR> <link><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=""> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:40:22 EST Important to Remember <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Home. Homesick! Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:57:55 EST Autumn, Mon Oct 19 Not alot of news here, so I will share some Autumn-themed butterfly photos with you, & Autumn-themed scriptures. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just checking in. I continue to seek gainful employment. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had our first frost this morning. As far as I can tell by casual observation, it was not a har... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:36:26 EST Psalm 105 and 106 I was reading Psalm 105 the other day; it strongly exhorted the reader to remember all of God's works; & then seemingly unable to help himself, the author took his own advice & started writing about all of God's works . . . ha! That kind of struck me as funny. <BR> <BR> I loved the "aerial photography view" of the Exodus out of Egypt, and so much more. In one place it said, even the higher ups and kings had frogs in their bed chambers, LOL. I must have been in a quirky mood that day, as t... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:47:44 EST October Meteor Showers When and how to watch. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ober-meteor-showers/ </link> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:41:06 EST Romans 12:2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am still hanging in there, refusing to give up the faith. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:36:11 EST September's Birth Flower: Asters Asters are one of the flowers of September, along with morning glories. <BR> Source: <BR> <link><BR>flowers-and-their-meanings </link> <BR> <BR> Before the month is over I wanted to celebrate asters, a flower butterflies love. <BR> <BR> There are many different kinds and sizes of asters. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:12:01 EST The #1 MOST Inspiring Show I've Seen Extreme Weightloss: Mitzi <BR> <link>!watch/833198 </link> <BR> <BR> I love Chris Powell, tho I am not a fan of weighing and measuring food, which I am aware yes that's a huge part of Chris Powell's program. <BR> <BR> I watch Extreme Weightloss on my computer on for free, & caught this episode as a Sat night treat, reward for surviving and enduring another grueling week at dysfunctional McD's. I usually don't take the time to do this because of limited publ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:26:59 EST Hope Was Born on 9-11 And all these other kids were, too. <BR> <link><BR>z_w4o </link> <BR> <BR> 911Day.Org was inspired by kids born on 9-11-2001. <BR> <BR> At <link> </link> , you can join the 9/11 Good Deed Challenge. <BR> Pledge to do a 9/11 good deed, then share it with friends. <BR> <BR> The Facebook page shares wonderful stories: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Jesus said to overcome evil with good. These peopl... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:59:13 EST Remembering 9-11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:56:21 EST Living in Laodicea Do you remember all the great Christian songs in the 80's from Sparrow Records, Maranantha Singers, etc? <BR> <BR> Here's a great one, from Steve Camp, "Living in Laodicea", from the 1983 album Fire & Ice: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> LIVING IN LAODICEA <BR> Oh Lord, take Your plow to my fallowed ground <BR> Let Your blade dig down to the soil of my soul <BR> For I've become dry and dusty, <BR> Lord I know there must be <BR> Richer earth lying below <... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:02:54 EST Swallowtails Just love these. Can't get enough of them. Wanted to share. <BR> <BR> I saw two Red-Spotted Purples today on my way into Burger King to use their public wifi, after work today. Such a wonderful gift today. They are not swallowtails but they are so beautiful. Like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I know they prefer to eat decomposing fruit & drink out of mud puddles, so I put some kiwi rinds I had out in damp sa... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:27:01 EST Give Me Strength, Lord <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is your September budget done? Just checking up on you, LOL. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still struggling. I hope to have some good news shortly. <BR> <BR> I am exhausted. <BR> <BR> McD's schedule this week = more exhaustion. <BR> <BR> Mon 7 -3 <BR> Tue 7-3 <BR> Wed 7 -3 <BR> Thu 7 -3 <BR> Fri ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:33:26 EST Creamy Chicken Salsa Verde <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Personally I don't care for sour cream. So I will alter this recipe. I will use items given to me from food pantries (cream-of soups; alfredo-like sauces), or cream cheese or Greek yogurt, etc to replace the sour cream. If I were at home I'd make a simple white sauce (does anyone even know how to do that anymore??!). <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe: <BR> <link> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:40:04 EST Love Ran Red by Chris Tomlin <link> </link> <BR> <BR> At The Cross (Love Ran Red) <BR> by Chris Tomlin <BR> Lyrics & Chords in the video link above <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At The Cross (Love Ran Red) <BR> <BR> There's a place <BR> where mercy reigns <BR> and never dies. <BR> <BR> There's a place <BR> where streams of grace <BR> flow deep and wide. <BR> <BR> Where all the love <BR> I've ever... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:34:45 EST Written In Red The world can be a cold place. Jesus said one of the sign of the end times, is that the love of many will grow cold. <BR> <BR> If you're not feeling The Love, or are downright feeling unloved, here's a beautiful, slow song to soak in. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:29:41 EST Already Better <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Already better, thanks to SinuFix (see previous blog). Which I am still taking. The max is 4 per day, which I'm taking now while sick. Maintenance for me is 1 to 2 per day after I'm well, during The Crud Seasons. 1 if no symptoms at all; 2 if I have a seasonal runny nose, sneeze, funny feeling in throat, etc. <BR> <BR> Since it's still Summer, I wasn't taking any at all so this was a ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:57:08 EST All Natural SinuFix Well The Crud is trying to come back on me - post nasal drip, lots of throat clearing today. I had a headache yesterday and couldn't figure out why, as I never have headaches. These are signs of sinus infections about to bloom, preceded by a sinus headache, a sore throat, or the post nasal drip. Which then turns into a full upper respiratory multiple-infection attack. After the ears, sinuses, tonsils, and throat take turns being infected, it goes into the lungs and is "only" bronchitis i... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:25:43 EST Be Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed how truly weird - alien and sentient - praying mantises look? <BR> <BR> This one looks like it's riding a motorcycle (fern). What a great picture. <BR> <BR> "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -- Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> I have another one: <BR> <BR> Go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:17:20 EST Glad in August <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August is here, and I've decided to choose to be glad. Glad in August. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> August's birth flower is gladiolus, or 'sword lily.' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The plant has sword-shaped leaves with... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:30:00 EST Reboot: Try, Try, Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After much soul-searching, I am re-committing myself to obeying, OBEYing, the God-given signals of hunger & full - eating when hungry, stopping when full. <BR> <BR> That's His System. <BR> <BR> His Design. <BR> <BR> And if I just lived by it instead of being willful, I wouldn't have any of these problems. <BR> <BR> I need to SURRENDER to hunger and full, CHOOSE to OBEY, and let t... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:40:47 EST Psalm 139:14 Leg is Better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Moe's Monday (previous blog) was terrific. I highly recommend if you like Tex-Mex. Money sure doesn't go as far as it once did. I do feel guilty about the $6. As far as current prices go, it's a definite bargain for what you get, and a bargain for costs of eating out which is never cheap. <BR> <BR> You can tell Dave Ramsey permanently changed my world tho, cause I still have a twinge ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:14:43 EST New Dinner Plans on Mondays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least, until I get my own apt. So I can cook and make my own . . . <BR> <BR> Meanwhile . . . <BR> <BR> Yum yum YUM yum yum. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:01:29 EST Unfailing Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The unfailing love of The LORD fills the earth. Psalm 33:5b <BR> <BR> It's probably the only reason the planet has lasted this long; the unseen force keeping it together. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday everyone. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:58:44 EST Update Today I have a day off, and a new universal computer cord from Staples, so I thought I would drop a brief update. <BR> <BR> 5 Weeks Tomorrow - <BR> It will have been 5 weeks since the initial injury (pulled muscle) to my leg. That injury healed in 1.5 weeks. But all of the muscles in the whole leg were weak from limping & non-normal use, and lack of use, during that time. So I re-injured it when in a rush at work and put full weight-bearing on it while moving quickly, rushing, this time... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:48:05 EST Thu - Mon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thur - worked & went to one of the two food pantries, the one at the Nazarene church. The other one at the Baptist church was canceled that week due to in-church summer youth activities competing for the same space. <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to get to the Mission's twice-a-month food pantry, and Fri & Sat work hours conflicted. So I thought I wouldn't be able to go the 2nd time this month. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:46:51 EST Do You Know What Day It Is? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still love this commercial & pic. Tho old, it still makes me laugh and smile. So here's a smile to you on This Humpday. Happy Humpday! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today at work I rushed to the bathroom and back, as I HAD to go, but it was bad timing to leave all the work on my coworkers, BUT, I couldn't hold it any longer. So I didn't run, but I walked very very VERY quickly. <BR> ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:13:41 EST Summer Weather <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quite warm these two weeks here in North Carolina: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It felt like 106 degrees today: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad I'm not in Texas! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:50:18 EST Permanent Lifestyle Change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am asking myself some hard questions about being on SP for years and no closer to original, long discarded, goals. <BR> <BR> Quote from Dr. Joel Fuhrman in Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead - juicing movie from 2011: <BR> ....."Permanent results only come from permanent changes in lifestyle and dietstyle. You don't get permanently well unless you permanently change the way you live. The fastin... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:22:51 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today worked 6a - 2p. And today, we actually had a schedule posted on the wall! <BR> <BR> For next week! <BR> <BR> In advance!!! <BR> <BR> Grateful: <BR> 1. That there IS a schedule. <BR> 2. It was posted today which means I don't have to go in and/or call on Sunday to get it like I usually must. <BR> 3. And most of all . . . I am OFF MONDAY! Which means I have a 2.5-day weekend ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:33:23 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a day off yesterday on Thursday. Made a long list of stuff on Wednesday to take advantage of the time off, and get done on Thu. Did NONE of them and just enjoyed time off. It was a mental health day. And I needed it. <BR> <BR> Recovering from a pulled muscle in my leg. It was last Friday morning, one week ago, I felt a sharp stabbing pain as I simply walked across the parking... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:55:33 EST 3 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself <BR> <link><BR>ways-encourage.html </link> <BR> <BR> I like #2. Click on link above. <BR> <BR> 3 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself <BR> <link><BR>ways-encourage.html </link> <BR> Guest post from Jamie of From His Presence: <BR> <BR> Do you ever get discouraged when your journ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:23:12 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just lost a long Sat Weekly Wrapup Blog. No time to re-write. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:21:02 EST Adult ADHD Here's a survey on Adult ADHD I took to get two Swagbucks. The content surprised me. "Spot the most common symptoms". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ultADHD/ </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21:32 EST If You Do This You Will Experience God's Peace <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mi... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:57:07 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Peace amid the storms of life. <BR> <BR> It IS possible, I remind myself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The schedule at work, for now "work" means McD's, is supposed to be up by Saturday noon for the following week. This is a company policy. <BR> <BR> 99.99% of the time, I work on Sat and the new sche... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 14:02:58 EST 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