24 May, 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Thursday is my "Friday" so I love it more and more as I want to rest!  :-)

I tackled most of my ivy-removal activities this morning and went back again to do some weeding in the afternoon.  It is beginning to look better... by the end of June it should look a lot better.  I will try to take a photo, though I realized I should already have been posting them... to share the agony of the project!  haha

Been trying brewer's yeast on other foods today... it does have its own taste when you use enough of it.  This is an interesting food I have been trying to figure out for some time.  I am also working on using other seeds and flakes I am learning about... chia, flax, sesame, wheat germ, and whatever else I have.

Sent off five letters today, and a birthday postcard.  Need to finish my monthly list in a week's time, with no mail on Memorial Day.

My weekend will be again devoted to making some space for my art and crafting projects, and getting some done... plus the Sabbath rest goal... so hard to do still.  I may watch some YouTube videos, or listen to podcasts, or watch a movie to force myself to do as little as possible.  Still, not sure that is resting.  Every single thing I do can somehow be attributed to work of some kind in my life.  That is the problem.  :-(

I guess writing letters will have to do.

I am getting better at checking my new Facebook organization... and I am beginning to like it a lot.  I still have to figure out some of the connecting issues, but that will eventually get done.  It is beginning to be a good social media space for me... finally.  I hope I get it to be just what I need it to be.

I heard that Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea are waging word wars... hope that gets figured out.

I didn't see any TV today... just the news page that you have to see when you open the internet access page... I may look at it more, again... but maybe not.  Just reading the headlines is a challenge to my mind and morals.

Well, I am off to figure out what to do about my food supplies for the weekend.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May the Lord of our existence find a way to touch our lives and hearts and minds and goals so that we will find the happiness and joy He promises.
May GOD watch over our country, and our earth... and help us to make good choices.
May we see the blessings that are ours because of GOD's provisions.
May our eyes be kind to others, our wallets generous, our hearts merciful.
Amen.



23 May, 2018

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

It's Wednesday... I'm checking things, so I decided to post now... yardwork is ahead of me, and there won't be any energy after that!

I'm down to my last week of the month... working on my food strategies.  This is how things are.

I watched a video on (Twitter?) about a TEDx being planned for a huge refugee camp... I think they said there were 185,000 people in the one camp, for over 20 years I think... some of the residents, anyway.  This is how temporary becomes permanent, but they don't plan for it.  I keep advocating for new camps to be made like a small city from the beginning... so the residents can have their own space and build their lives back up...

Temporary to permanent is a taxing device, too.

I find it hard to deal with liberal media sources and how they handle conservative views.  Trying to decide how much is true becomes a major challenge.

My Facebook issues are beginning to get figured out... except the ways to increase a group's membership.  I eliminated all but one friend from my main page... she is deceased now, so I wanted to hang on to her for a little bit... to remember her... post a thought about her every now and then.  I moved my family members to a separate group.  I still need to figure out how to do my real friends, but that is getting there.

Checking everything is very different on a computer, as compared with the tablets.  I haven't been able to find the link to my "liked" pages so I can check on them... I need to see if that is a mobile-only option.  It was much easier to control the flow that way.

I had to unfollow my food groups to see any other posts.  Not good.

I went over my "who to see first" choices and discovered you only get 30 pages to make "first."  Not sure how often I will change that, or how to see what is on the other pages regularly.

When I went back to my feed page, all the ones I didn't check as first showed up... makes you wonder about Facebook, or interference by uninvited "guests" in your life.  Not sure what I will do about that either.

The Bible says that people choose their lives... and when you don't want GOD in your life long enough, He stops trying to reach you.  I think it says He gives you what you desire and it leads to a "leanness in your soul."  Something like that.  It means you become spiritually bankrupt, I think.  It's like getting what you want and discovering you don't really want it...  without the ability to see the link to GOD has been broken.

It is really a sorry life without GOD.  I think that is when money is the only measure of your happiness, why people compete to be the richest instead of the most caring, involved, and generous helper of human beings.

When we seek the wrong things, it makes our world get worse.  I am concerned for the world... for how prophecies will become realities... cold hearts, no love, violent, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and droughts, and more.

I can only do so much.  I try to do my best with what I have.  That is my effort toward change.

If GOD provides more, I will try to do more.  Until then, it's one-day-at-a-time.

I suppose a lot of people are doing that.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May the eyes of many be opened and their hearts be changed by finding their purpose in GOD.
May we discover that every action we make affects everyone else.
May our goals be good for others, not just for ourselves.
May we all uses our resources to change the world into a better place.
Amen.


22 May, 2018

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Well, sorry I didn't get to this yesterday... I let it go to evening and then I got too ill to do anything but go to bed.  It's not the end of the world, but I am trying to find a routine.

Today was more yardwork... I am trying to get all the ivy out of a section of the yard. What a massive undertaking.  I tried to clear out the little waterway created during the rains last year, and that didn't work.  This year I started taking out the ivy by the place it connects to the grassy space and it turns out those vines go on for yards!  I changed my plan to take out the ivy this year, and see how it grows back next year.

I have already cleared out a lot of the overgrowth.  It is the space where my yellow plum tree grows.  Now it is getting to be a space with some light for better growth.  Still there is a lot more to do, but it could be a wonderful resting place for enjoying the nature and food.  :-)  Who knows... maybe it will turn out really good after a few years.

It takes a lot out of me to do this stuff, and I hate to stop when it isn't finished, but I'm getting better at the "long haul" of yard upkeep.  (If I win the big lottery, however, I will HIRE help!  :-)

I am changing around my Facebook pages these days... forming groups to separate my activities and contacts... eliminating my "friends" - for the most part... to keep my main page filled with the topic I am interested in.  I comment when I want to, and discovered how to share to my group page today.  It may work out better... we'll see.

I am still recuperating from yesterday, and did too much today, so I will get going.  I already checked my email, did most of my Facebook, checked my Twitter... not sure I have much to do online tonight.  I need to get some of my monthly letters done... but not tonight.  I'm done.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May the GOD that created this universe and every other universe be kind to us... may He show us how to love each other, to cherish our lives, and make the world better for us having been here.  Amen.



17 May, 2018

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Hello for today...

I am still so sore that I decided not to do what is left of my yardwork clean-up today... it will have to wait.  Naturally, there were other things to do...  I got quite a few of them done, including my first effort at making gingerbread.  :-)   I ate way too many of the finished cookies!  That tells you they were good enough to eat.  :-)

I decided to try to make them all uniform size by using a cookie dough measuring device... a scoop thing, like the ones people use for ice cream, but smaller in size for cookie dough.  I wanted to make the scoops into little dough shapes to squish with a glass, but discovered I didn't have a flat glass.  I have to say I was shocked.  I then decided to go for the peanut butter cookie look, with the fork squish, but that was a problem, too.  I finally found a jar with a big enough flat top (lid) that I could use and tried that.  Dough kept sticking to it, so I went back to the fork.  Then I remember the sugar trick, and I was in cookie heaven.  :-) That worked great.  The uniform size helped with the cooking time, too.  Now I have to decide if I like the flavor in this recipe.  An whether I want to try decorating them with icing.  So many decisions....   :-)

I listened to a Focus on the Family radio program this week, more than one day for the same person.  Today they shared a statement that was nice to remember...
  One Man, One Woman, One Lifetime
... the topic was marriage the way GOD planned it.  I couldn't believe some of the things they shared about current trends among our young unbelievers... with young being a relative term.  I am shocked at what I see on TV... online versions of Satan's lies are really sad.  I thought about my own view... that it is always too late to do GOD's way by the time you try out the world's versions of having a relationship... still, you have to start where you are.

I was a teen in the sixties... the start of the great sexual freedom campaign.  It makes you wonder who wants us to ruin our lives and destroy our society.  We know it is Satan, but he works through people.  We are so lost in the mess they have made.  I know it all leads to the fulfilling of prophecies, but it is still a hard life to live.  We don't know that until after we have experienced the pain that comes with "sharing" our bodies with people who don't really care about us.

It might be a good idea to go listen to the program/s for yourself, to see if you think there is any wisdom in what is said.

I was able to listen to NBR today... and heard that Walmart and Macy's are finding a way to the future with their business decisions.  I was sad to hear that Sears and Penney's are struggling still, in jeopardy.  One comment made by the person acting as a guest commenter stayed with me... He was sharing that Sears wasn't focusing on who their real customers were (mostly tool buyers) and were trying to please customers that might buy other products they want to sell.  It is a real statement of priorities... about focusing on the right things.  I don't follow the minute details about retail stores, just the bits and pieces I get along the way in news media.  I have family working in the Kroger family of stores, so I was interested to hear they are moving toward a robotized warehouse model.

All of these small things lead to big effects in the future...  I have been warning people that they will lose their thousands of dollars invested in their homes because there are no 30-year guarantees... no one knows the future except GOD.  We have to do what we can to prepare for it.

Being debt-free will help to get you through almost any problem you may encounter in the future... almost... no guarantees, but there are more options if you have no debt.

I started my allotment of grated cheese today.  So far, I am trying to reduce my intake to one 8oz package.  I did have a package of sliced swiss cheese already this month, but this is not the norm... or not what I plan to do on a regular basis.  I'm still working on my limitations and flexibility.  I use smaller amounts at a time than before... so it lasts longer, too.  It is quite a challenge so far.  I think this is my second month trying to decide how much to have and not have.  Over time I will be able to find my "happy place" in non-veggie/fruit foods.  :-)

I also roasted my pan of veggies this morning... onions, carrots, potatoes, mini-peppers, and for the first time I made some oven-roasted mushrooms... three of them... and they were pretty good.  I may try one of those portabella mushrooms one of these days... they are suppose to be like having a burger.

I end up using the oven here every now and then.  I may try for once a week.  I need to get more organized for that... not sure I am that good at it !!!


I am still tired.  I fell asleep watching TV after NBR was on... so sad.  (haha)  I need to do a few more things and then try to go to bed early... PRAY for me!  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us


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May the GOD of all goodness reach into our hearts and keep them good... help us to find our place in His Plan... and let us know how much He loves us.
May our choices always be right.
May we find the strength to say no to those who really want to hurt our future.
May we all make it through the hard times so we can reach the blessings waiting for us ahead.
My the world find its way back to GOD and all the blessings He wants us to have.
Amen.



16 May, 2018

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

My goodness... am I sore!  I can barely move after three days of yardwork... and still have more to clean up!  I guess I am getting back into shape after the winter, but I keep wondering if a heart attack is imminent!  It is hard to slow down as you age... I want to just keep going, but my body tells me I can't...  retirement money is so you can hire help !!!  :-)

Right now I am trying to enjoy a cup of coffee...  it tastes good when it is freshly brewed and you want to sit down.

My screen saver went to the technology netherland… I have no idea why.  My computer sits here idle and then things disappear.  So, I had to search all over again for the place I accidentally found the first time... and finally got that done.

I don't know why this is becoming such a difficult thing to do... just use my computer to do what I need to do.

I created my goal notebook this morning... sorted through all my goal pages and put most of the current pages into the daily book.  I still have more to do, but at least that part is done.

I finally cut off some of the red roses that are blooming in front.  They smell so good.  I love to have fresh beautiful flowers somewhere I can see them, and smell them, whenever I can.  I found some little yellow poppies when I was doing yardwork in one part of the yard (yesterday, I think)… you can't put poppies into a vase... they just fall apart.  Someday I want to plant them inside so I can enjoy them in bloom as I do the roses, and daisies, and a few other flowers.

The weather is a bit overcast, so that makes it easier for outdoor work.
I discovered the sun comes back on Friday... so I better get my clean-up tasks done by then.

I'm a bit out of energy today, so I will let you go until next time.

In Christ,
Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD help my sore body to feel better, and give me the energy to get the rest of my piles cleaned up by Friday.  Amen!


15 May, 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

I actually did a lot of yardwork today... thought I was going to pay for it with my body, which I kind of did... a small heat-caused headache (which I took aspirin for) and sooooo sore!  But, maybe I can get this old body into a moving shape again... for the heat of summer. Yuk!  More clean-up to do tomorrow.

Been busy with my goal forms all evening.  Finally made a dual use page the I will try out tomorrow.  So many categories and processes to track... it is not easy to find room for everything on ONE page!  I keep trying though.  :-)

Didn't get to any of my baking, well... except some tater tots, and I succumbed to a double ration today... so good!  I think I was extra hungry from my yardwork.

I better get going... have to check the weather for tomorrow, some of my social media pages, and get to bed soon... tomorrow will come too fast.  Hope I can still move my body tomorrow... it's going to be a challenge!

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us


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May GOD help me to make it to my goals... physically, financially, and spiritually intact.  :-)  Amen!




14 May, 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Monday is almost over...  I get carried away when I finally get online some days.  This is one of those.

I found old photos of my sons on different Facebook pages.
I watched the following video at one page and decided I would share it even though it is a little strong for the Christian ear.

https://www.facebook.com/liz.terry3/posts/10213622286648920
https://www.facebook.com/liz.terry3/posts/10213622286648920

Today was a long day of little things that needed to get done.
Tomorrow will be another one of those days.  :-)

I hope the video link posts good... I am still learning how to do a lot of this online sharing.

I signed up for a bunch of Vegan and Vegetarian and WeightWatchers groups over the weekend and they have taken over my Facebook feed.  I'm watching the process, but will need to turn off the notifications and then just check the groups when I can.  All my normal groups seem to be suffering, but I haven't been on FB a lot this weekend...  I don't think so, anyway... it all becomes a blur!

I'm in the process of making my very first batch of gingerbread cookies... so I need to get them done tomorrow.  I hope they turn out well.  I need something for my sweet tooth!

I'm rationing the tater tots I finally bought at the store... I am tempted to make more than one ration every time I make them!

I went shopping over the weekend, so I purchased my allotments of "forbidden foods" -- the herring snacks are gone, but they lasted longer than the ice cream!  I hid my grated cheese, and my single serving of packaged smoked salmon.  I made my chicken tenders last week. I ate half of the package and froze the other half, as I did with my banana bread effort.  I am getting a system working... figuring out my maximum allotments of these animal foods.

== I hope to learn how to do sorbets so I can try to eat them instead of ice cream.
== I eat less of the cream cheese block by only making a small part of it.  I tried a new version of cream cheese made with greek yogurt, and it is good... but it is still dairy.  I am trying to find out what "non-dairy yogurt" is... I don't want to eat a lot of tofu and soy products.  I think they have hidden problems in the body...
== I can't find smaller jars of my favorite herring snack, but I am rationing my purchases.
== My butter and oil uses are going down.  I still buy one back-up of each, but I use to buy two.  If I find I don't need them anymore, they will go to the local mission.

One good thing about the veggie/food groups is the photos of what other people consider meals... how much they eat, what they put in a salad, how they make regular food into veggie food.

It is a strange thing how you begin to see a lot of veggies as a meal, without meat.  I have had baked  potatoes with other roasted veggies and been very full, sometimes for a long time after eating.  I am learning the secrets of which foods are best for my lifestyle and food goals.  Shopping is a very different process anymore.

With my smaller refrigerator, shopping is even more of a challenge.  I have to be careful how much food I buy because I only have a limited amount of space... so, I buy lots on non-refrigerated food, and tend to eat most of the ones that have to be refrigerated first, with some going into the freezer for future dishes.

It is a good thing.

Now, I need to work on my exercise... still.  :-)   -- It is my NY goal this year to figure out an exercise plan I can actually enjoy... and keep doing... for the rest of my life, or as long as possible.

I was thinking today, as I was planning to eat a forbidden food, that I also believe eating can be enjoyed as we get to the end of our life.  I'm there.  Reasonable boundaries in my food choices is more important than rigid boundaries that make you feel guilty and miserable.  If I want to eat chicken, I am going to eat chicken. or ice cream. or cream cheese. or grated cheese. etc.  They are treats to me right now.  If my heart kills me one of these days, I don't want to go without enjoying my favorite foods.

Of course, my goal to find new favorite foods is also good.  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May we all find a way to balance our lives with moderation and joy and good memories.  Amen.