CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Chlorophyll & Nattokinase <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sorrowful to see the end of Autumn. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <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