CAROLFAITHWALKR's SparkPeople Blog CAROLFAITHWALKR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Thanksgiving Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not blogged. I have been working the piddly job and fighting off being sick, successfully so far YAY, with SinuFix, & have been very tired. <BR> <BR> If it's to gain renewed stamina alone, I have to get healthy again. I am tired of being exhausted all the time, and drink and eat things I shouldn't when I am exhausted, in order to get enough energy to go thru the day. <BR> <B... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:56:20 EST Abundant Autumn - Golden Splendor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With this evil, repulsive, disgusting, election cycle that has been like no other ever, I have made a decision to intensely focus on the beauty of Autumn. Before it's gone. <BR> <BR> Will I vote? Yes. I am thankful for the countless lives sacrificed to make this country free from England, & for the lives that have kept it free since, and for all the Suffragettes' lives who unselfishly gr... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:59:52 EST 12 Free Thanksgiving Printables <link><BR>g-printables/ </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:38:10 EST Happy Halloween <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I worked today, but in my private life, I celebrate All Saints Eve, remembering and honoring martyrs of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, even if you don't celebrate Halloween, find something good in it and redeem the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Speaking of something good, did you know stores donat... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:25:43 EST So Happy to be Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I slept 12 hours last night in a QT parking lot in SC, & it was the best rest I've had in 3 weeks. Really thankful for the rest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have an idea that could make me a millionaire, LOL. Portable contraption that fits in car or in suitcase, to take to hotels, to lay on top of the m... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:59:35 EST Week 2 - What a Week, AGAIN 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR> 10/14 Friday's steps: 12,113 <BR> 10/15 Saturday's steps: 14,533 <BR> <BR> I signed on for a 3rd week in the SC grocery store. Schedules are made on Mon and Tue per co policy, & posted on Wed. At the beginning of this week, they didn't ask, and I didn't bring up, staying a 3rd week. I am wayyyyy bey... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:26:03 EST What a Week 10/1 Saturday's steps: 2,810 off work <BR> 10/2 Sunday's steps: 4,421 off work <BR> 10/3 Monday's steps: 11,289 <BR> 10/4 Tuesday's steps: 12,587 <BR> 10/5 Wednesday's steps: 12,736 <BR> 10/6 Thursday's steps: 14,317 <BR> 10/7 Friday's steps: 15,121 <BR> 10/8 Saturday's steps: 14,921 <BR> 10/9 Sunday's steps: 10,402 shorter shift <BR> 10/10 Monday's steps: 14,709 <BR> 10/11 Tuesdays' steps: 12,710 <BR> 10/12 Wednesday's steps: 16,570 <BR> 10/13 Thursday's steps: 15,827 <BR>... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:41:08 EST Sun Night & Mon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Warning: Roller coaster of very good & very bad. <BR> <BR> First night in hotel was last night . . . <BR> <BR> I stayed up the previous night except for 3 hrs sleep, because it took me that long, it took me all night from 11p Sun night to 5a Mon morn, to empty my car into ministorage. I AM A HOARDER. <BR> <BR> From now on, will work on minimalism and work on getting rid of 90% of w... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:15:36 EST Welcome Walktober <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good September. Do you have any October health goals? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week Kmart had really good sales. They have periodically throughout the year, buy-one-get-one 50% off on shoes - everything except clearance shoes. <BR> <BR> That's better than paying full price... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:36:39 EST Plant More Weeds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's time for a Butterfly Blog. My way of celebrating Labor Day. <BR> <BR> Plant more weeds, or, at least please let them grow in a weed garden. That's right. Those tall, scratchy, thorny, barbed weeds called thistles. The milkweed plants whose pods look like something from Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie. Clover in your grass? NO don't kill the clover!!!! Dandelions on your l... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:43:59 EST 50 Ways to Start Fresh for Fall Quote for September: <BR> <BR> "Exercise integrity in the moment of choice. Quality of life depends upon what happens in the space between stimulus and response." -- Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> During lectures, Dr. Covey would speak at length about the "space" between stimulus and response. He would say, "There is . . . a *Space* . . . ", and said the word, "space", slowly, lingering over the word, with a pause after, and speaking it as if it had a capital S. "There is a Space - between stimu... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:12:37 EST Making a Motivation List I've had a rough month. <BR> <BR> Actually, I've had a rough summer. <BR> <BR> And truth be told, I've really had a rough last eight years. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life is like that, right? <BR> <BR> Moreover, many have had it tougher than I. <BR> <BR> During the bad, God has blessed me with many blessings for which I am grateful. <BR> <BR> But ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:59:14 EST The 8 Best Habits to Ensure Lasting Weight-Loss Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about giving up bad habits & starting good ones, but which ones are the most important? Which will have maximum impact on your life? <BR> <BR> Here, we've rounded up eight habits we believe to be the most powerful you can adopt, gleaned from the survey we did of our "success stories." These are the essential and proven trut... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:37:15 EST