CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 60 Minutes on American Corruption This is a rant. You have been warned. Proceed at your own choice. <BR> <BR> This 60 Minutes' link below is not a happy show. But very realistic assessment, in my opinion, of the corruption in America & in America's political process - one example of. <BR> <BR> You can watch it on your computer like I did. If this link doesn't work for you, go to <BR> The whistleblower show is what you're looking for, Season 50 Episode 4 (S50 Ep4). <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:37:33 EST Coke Fail Went a whole 31 hours without drinking it. Was crushed and relieved at the same time, when I did drink it. <BR> <BR> Diet drinks are poison, literally; so I've never drank them and never will. <BR> <BR> So . . . I sternly made a plan for how to prevent the failure from reoccurring: I would take vitamins and supplements before work the next day, I would eat a hearty breakfast before work so I wouldn't "need" to rely on coke for energy, I would be well hydrated before my shift and have wa... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:02:11 EST Sun Oct 15, and, Black Bean Soup Recipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For those who couldn't make the link work, re, my previous blog, "A Simple Black Bean Soup", the home page for photo credit & recipe credit is: <BR> <BR> The young family starting from scratch living off the grid, is pictured here: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here's the recipe: <BR> <... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:23:43 EST A Simple Black Bean Soup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Simple Black Bean Soup <BR> <link><BR>10/a-simple-black-bean-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Oct 2017 19:09:43 EST Easter is on April 1st Part of my blog just disappeared. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> So I've decided to take another stab at losing weight. I'll start by getting off sugar, then reduce cals, then transition to intuitive eating. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1st Step: Finish the coke in my trunk. Love coke. Then until Easter, NO SUGAR bought, nor accepted, and definitely NOT consumed, from all overt sources. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 21:20:10 EST Awesome Autumn: Sunflowers Well, in August I wasn't ready for the pumpkin-flavored breads and pastries I saw at The Soup Kitchen - donations that didn't sell in grocery stores. I never take the sweets anyway. But they really wanted to make me upchuck, just on principle by their presence. That, and the Halloween candy that hit my grocery store's shelves at the end of August (can you say vomit). <BR> <BR> I guess other people weren't ready for pumpkin treats in my region, either, since they didn't buy them which mad... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:51:35 EST Quote of the Day "Common sense is so rare it's become the new Superpower." -- Dave Ramsey Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:55:42 EST I Will Follow Him André Rieu <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:13:34 EST Bali Flower Underwire Bra on Sale K, at the risk of being too personal, just wanted to give heads up to anyone in addition to me who is a fan of or could be a fan of this particular bra. <BR> <BR> I grew up wearing Playtex wirefree. I'll never know what my mother had against underwires; that's just the way the ball rolled in our house. This Bali Flower Underwire is about 100X better fit, better support, and sooo comfortable. Maybe when she was growing up, these didn't exist. Who knows. I'm usually not brand loyal, but... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:48:56 EST New Butterfly in North Carolina Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio appalachiensis) <BR> <BR> Found only in the mountains in NC, this recent split from Eastern Tiger Swallowtail flies only from a single brood in the Spring. <BR> <BR> Compared to Easterns, Appalachian Tigers are significantly larger, show a wider blue streak on the under hindwing, & have a more elongated hindwing. <BR> <BR> The margin of the hindwing shows a "stairstep" outline whereas Eastern Tigers hindwings are more rounded with a scalloped outlin... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 20:23:35 EST Welcome September Already? Sigh. <BR> <BR> I am not ready for "fall themed items and flavors and pix" yet. So I chose, instead, September's flower, asters. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> According to the almanac, both Asters and Morning Glories are September's flower. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> American Painted Lady butterfly <BR> <BR> There... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 01:59:13 EST For Sunday, Aug 27 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The great Scottish Bible expositor Alexander MacLaren once wrote: <BR> "We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor?” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 23:58:43 EST Butterfly Scriptures & Inspiration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:05:14 EST Serenity On my computer I have file folders to store pix I've collected from the internet. Here are some offerings from the Serenity folder to light your way to the weekend. Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:44:14 EST The Kmart Rant <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know a lot of Kmart stores have been closing. In the cities & counties surrounding me, many have closed. I consider myself lucky to have one available in the neighboring city 20 mi away, the same city where my ministorage is located. But I've noticed for about the last 4 years now, the shelves are pretty sparse with offerings. Whether it is a pair of common jeans, or shoes, or what hav... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:03:46 EST A Favorite Butterfly Photo I have so many, just a few thousand. And they are usually swallowtails. But the colors in this one are outstanding. Like an artistic . . . work of art. Especially when you can see it in it's larger form. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 15:56:13 EST Summer Butterflies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No news yet. Decided to celebrate one of my oldest loves on this blog - butterflies. And I plan to post some encouraging scriptures, like I used to do. <BR> <BR> Found a couple groups on FB that rekindled interests I'd long forgotten about - back shelf items. "Simply Swallowtails" I thought would be about swallowtails, BUT, dozens of members of the group are raising dozens of swallowta... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:01:47 EST Interview Today I was so happy to get this interview; on Wed HR asked me if I was available 10am today or 1pm today? I said I worked 8 - 2 Fri, presumed 3p would be too late on a Friday afternoon (Fri afternoons are generally bad timing for meetings and interviews; def not optimal) and I would get back to her with my new schedule as soon as I had one for next week. <BR> <BR> She responded 3p today was fine. (Really? Really??? Yippee!!) <BR> <BR> This one was with my #1 potential employer in previous bl... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:36:24 EST Wed 6/21 Officially Welcome Summer Summer Solstice, 2017 (Northern Hemisphere): Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M. EDT. <BR> <BR> Or yesterday for you folks in other time zones. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Update is not a lot: still pursuing job openings and have high hopes for several. All are fulltime with benefits. None of them are exactly what I want (no surprise there). All are jobs I'd take in a minute. Here is my sorting criteria: <BR> <BR> A. Starting pay <BR> B. Shift length less than 12 hrs (very hard to find) <BR... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:45:10 EST Last Night of CPT Class Something is seriously WRONG with the SP site today. Can hardly type. Doesn't apply to any other site. Sigh. I don't think it's a coincidence it's occurring with all these numerous ads SP has popping in & out and up and down. Even facebook, which is also free, which SP is trying so hard to emulate, doesn't have all this ad crap going on; not even one tenth of it. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Tonight is my last CPT class, 5:30 - 9:30. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>530</em> <em>9... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:37:12 EST In Memorium On behalf of a grateful nation . . . <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 May 2017 21:58:33 EST Thu Mar 18 I posted an update online, & thought I would share it here. Mostly I just came online to wish a friend Happy Birthday! I don't come to SP very much anymore, especially as they continue to change more and more to a copycat facebook format. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> So a little update about me. Tonight I passed the 3rd of four tests in a 10-week curric... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:32:21 EST Friday May 5 Last night I took my second CPT test. All us passed except one student. I hope he doesn't quit . . . <BR> <BR> For any module you don't pass, you have to wait 15 days, and then can take the test again. <BR> <BR> So we've passed Safety, & passed Quality except for one of us; then we took a tour at Carolina Beverage Co mfg plant. <BR> <BR> I had worked as a temp in one of their warehouses and it was a super crappy job. The place we toured was the main mfg plant, not the warehouse whe... Fri, 5 May 2017 17:41:04 EST There's a Hole Down That Road <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a matron in a church who, in talking with people, gave really good advice. All types and ages of people came to give her their story and their question about what they should do. She became known as a Wise Woman, but was called that in the best of ways. <BR> <BR> I believe she was a born empath who had the gift of discernment, and yes, of wisdom. These gifts are spoken of in ... Tue, 2 May 2017 15:59:22 EST Chicken Fiesta Salad <link><BR>fiesta-salad/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love simple recipes with few ingredients. Also I can use up canned corn and black beans that I got from food pantries, with this recipe. I'll use taco seasoning instead of fajita seasoning, since that's what I have on hand. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, with the drive-thru food pantry early in ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:02 EST Good Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Landlord has already flip flopped, yet again, to allowing the problematic housemate to stay. I believe this is the 3rd or 4th time. So I'm done. <BR> <BR> So once again, my instincts were right on (see previous blog). <BR> <BR> I'm DONE and I will make plans to move somewhere else. If the problematic housemate is caught stealing again and goes to jail, or if she has a medical emerge... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:19:12 EST Monday April 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick check in, as it's 3p and I still have to do homework before leaving at 4:30 for CPT class. <BR> <BR> Stupid claims adjuster keeps emailing me - asking for my resignation in order to quote, "settle" my claim. She offered $500 more this time. I emailed her back last night. Again I asked for a permanent position, in writing, with a signing bonus; hah! Tho written offers are s... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:59:35 EST Tues April 4 - Encouragement; "Mended" Here is some encouragement for those of us who are Christians & CCM fans. Love love love these lyrics. Also a great song for SparkPeople, CR, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople: <BR> "Look in the mirror, <BR> but you find someone <BR> you never thought you'd be." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> #7 on the album is "Mended" <BR> <BR> <BR> YouTube of the song, Mended: <BR> <link> Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:04:45 EST Time to Reboot Today's butterflies are in honor of March 14, "Learn About Butterflies Day". <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Do NOT bring up pi (3.14). STEP AWAY from the pie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes courage to try again. <BR> <BR> The last time I weighed I was 309 and 312 at worker's comp dr office & Planet Fitness, respectively. <BR> <BR> I'm going to find a dr's office near me who will let me use their ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:49:03 EST Thu Mar 23 My landlord's front yard daffodils have finally started to bloom. They are late bloomers. I have seen tulips somewhere, but not yet in our yard. Just two single daffodil blossoms so far; they are on the smaller side; I'd say medium-sized to medium-small. They have a pale, almost washed-out center that is light peach colored. Similar to: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoying very much. <BR> <BR> Cherry trees, red... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:58:49 EST Worker's Comp Well, remember when I wondered if they'd fire me upon my return to work? <BR> <BR> Remember when the attorney wanted to talk to me on the phone, which I declined? <BR> <BR> Remember how long this has taken since the Mar 9 dr's release to return to work without restrictions, with seemingly no progress being made and nothing being done on their end? <BR> <BR> I questioned myself whether I was being paranoid or not, about the whole thing. I've never had a worker's comp claim before, so, all ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:55:15 EST St Patrick's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy St Patrick's Day. I am wearing green tshirts, one underneath a V-neck one for warmth. I am at Starbucks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Rock of Cashel, Ireland rainbow <BR> <BR> I went to the Soup Kitchen today, & library afterwards. I was killing time, waiting for the housemate to go to work. Friday & S... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:55:13 EST Where Did the Red Flags Go? Where did the red flags associated with SparkTeams go, that you clicked on and got points for, that used to be located on the Start page/tab? <BR> <BR> Grrrrrrrrrrrr . . . Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:12:26 EST Wed Mar 8th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the Soup Kitchen & they passed out frozen bags of raw beef products - a Heinz 57 assortment. When they pass out frozen raw meat the bags are always closed. They are tied shut. I always take mine to a table, open the bag, and return it if it's pork. This time it was all beef except for 2 pkgs with no labels. So I took those 2 pkgs (only) back and said I had to know wh... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:28:41 EST Mon March 6th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying the many kinds of narcissus here. No tulips yet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hyacinth are in full bloom. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a quiet weekend, except for the problematic housemate. Today she was... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:56:51 EST Wed 3-1-17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night at the community college I took 3 tests for the 10-wk training program. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pretests, not the real tests, that I took LAST week were graded via levels 1 - 7, & I got a 7 in Reading Comprehension on the pretest. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Mar 2017 18:25:53 EST Happy Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow, these weeks are just flying by. Did you know Tuesday is the last day of February? This is the 3rd week in a row of a "Happy Friday" blog. Which I didn’t get finished last night, so this is “Happy Saturday”. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I shared in Jan that we have pink trees here. How different fro... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:32:47 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Information on Presidents' Day, which has dif names in dif states: <link><BR>ton%27s_Birthday </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my last blog I said I predicted, based on her rudeness, rent payments, & stealing, that my housemate wouldn't last until June. I predi... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:43:59 EST Monday Feb 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The roses are in honor of St. Valentine. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New strategy for leg injury: I've decided to try to get a doctor's note release to go back to work from the free health clinic this Thu, means I'll have to go there Tue / Wed for paperwork, and Thu to be seen. I will play it by ear wheth... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:52:20 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We don't have any snow here, but I love these deer pix. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Landlord returned, is not happy with housemate. If they had gotten back even ONE DAY later, the gas would have been turned off, and a deposit and reconnection fee required in addition to the overdue bill being paid, to turn... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:52:08 EST Day of Reckoning, Door Knobs, & Potatoes Well, the landlord is coming back early from her trip, solely because of all the BS going on in the house. She doesn't know anything about the missing cleaners & used-up dish soap (so petty, so bizarre; seems weird to even have to explain it to the landlord - sigh.) (See previous blog.) I am sure one of the reasons she is back early is because she will want to collect the non-existent rent from my housemate that is due (see previous blog), the plan was to use that money due from the housem... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:38:11 EST Jan 25, Wednesday Monday I went to a worker’s comp doc for my leg, was forced to. I was hoping for a better medical experience, but they were idiots, I won’t be back, and this morning I gave a courtesy call to cancel my Friday apptmt. <BR> <BR> Later today I was informed I won’t be allowed back to work until cleared by a doc. They did everything short of threatening bodily injury to get me to go back to the people I cancelled. Extremely medically evil. <BR> <BR> I wrote a two weeks notice letter and e... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:55:42 EST Snowbound Sat, Jan 7, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well in NC they don't have real winter, so they can't deal with snow when they actually get some. For example, when it snows like it did last night and today, do they plow? No, because local govts don't invest their limited budgets into purchasing snow removal equipment; since it's not needed 99% of the time, it would be fiscally unethical to do so. Sometimes a town depending on it's size... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:41:59 EST 12th Day of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sad that it's the last day of Christmas. <BR> <BR> But, EVERY day, we have Emmanuel, God With Us. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Epiphany - the camels are coming! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far, did not get a 2nd job this week. Made progress looking and in apps, and I knew, obviously, if I got something it wo... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:01:12 EST New Years Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One week in the new rented room sitch. On the one hand, I would like to get a second job and be able to afford to stay in the room. My leg is getting better. It's a really nice house. Really good neighborhood. Really nice landlord. <BR> <BR> But you know there ALWAYS has to be at least ONE fly in the ointment. One of the bedrooms is rented out to a woman from the Soup Kitchen I know,... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:58:08 EST Christmas Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh what a week. <BR> <BR> Worked at the piddly job and was never asked to leave b/c of the not-dr's orders. So thanks be to God for that. <BR> <BR> The leg is improving very slowly - much too slowly, which is concerning me. That's normal for this leg because of the past injuries, but, it still could turn serious since it's not getting well fast at all. The Neosporin tube says don't use... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:29:11 EST Novel: Leg Story, Cont'd <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who's going to a Solstice party tonight? Sounds fun. Not me, tho. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Did you know Christmas Eve is the beginning of Hannukah this year? Jesus celebrated Hannukah. <BR> 2016: December 24-January 1 <BR> Here is lots of good info: <BR> <link><BR>icle_... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:36:23 EST Wed Dec 14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I've been in survival mode. In Nov I poked my leg on an industrial metal plate cover, a cover for an electrical outlet, at work. <BR> <BR> This summer myself, the asst mgr Mary, and another coworker all bonged our legs on it. They had broken skin; I did not. All of our holes in our legs are in the exact same place. Mine wept a little and was very tender and about 3 months later, ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:34:10 EST Animals Enjoying Autumn We have some fiery red maples here. For the first time this year, I noticed there seem to be two sets of them. They look alike, I don't know what the difference is. The "normal" ones were beautiful and lost their leaves weeks ago. Bright red and bright scarlet; beautiful. Then we have now what looks like the same thing, but, they are still beautiful and only now are starting to drop their leaves. Both sets are young trees. I am thinking of tulips; you know how there are early blooming a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:20:48 EST Peaceful Swans for the Sabbath <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday & Thursday I had off at the grocery store. I declined to come in to work for a 3-4 hour shift on Thanksgiving Day - they were asking for volunteers - told them if they'd give me 10hrs, and those in ADDITION TO the ones I was already scheduled, not instead of, then I'd do it. No. So that's what I said, too. No. <BR> <BR> They wanted me to do them a favor by coming in on the h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:17:38 EST