19 April, 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

My goodness... 

I decided to download Open Office for my workload... I just don't want to pay for OFFICE 365 right now... I hate the idea of the cloud, but I really don't even know if Open Office does the same thing... I hope not.  I have to find a way to do computing the old way and still be able to function in today's internet.  Is that possible?  I don't know.

I'm getting use to my new computer system... trying to find my CD for the printer I have.  It is a challenge to fit everything into this space.

My food supplies seem to be OK for now, I'm using soft (bottled) hand soap for shampoo because I wasn't able to buy my regular shampoo.  I did buy a huge substitute bottle, but I am going to give that to a mission when I can reach one of the downtown locations.  It is just not my "flavor"...  My laundry is done... It is going to be warm soon.  I may get to wear some shorts without "leggings" to keep me warm.  :-)  I think I am set for the weekend.

I downloaded a PDF on writing from COMPEL, via an email I get from them.  One of my sons in jail has been saying he wants to write things, so I will copy it and send it to him.  It seems like writing is a relatively easy thing to do, but it isn't.  I think this will help him decide if writing is really what he wants to focus on.  People in jail are desperate to succeed, and grasp at anything that might work.  I know that feeling... poverty, homelessness, etc., can create the same feelings.  Finding something that will work is harder, but better in the long-term.

I have so many economic issues myself that it is hard to help anyone else.  I try to forward info when I can... on social media as well.

I received an email on selling things online that had a link to video/s, too... so I watched some of them.  I think the best option for me is to find a good "drop-ship" product for some of my selling efforts... where to put it, I don't know.  The videos I am watching today are a series on AMAZON selling.  They had several web links, YouTube links, etc.... the main one is ASM, amazingsellingmachine.com --- I think.  :-)  I need help with my listing creations, and I think this kind of information helps at any selling site even though it is specific with Amazon.  I got some great hints.  And I found out the photo dimensions I need for that website.  Their fulfillment option is a lot like drop-shipping, but a bit different, and a little more costly (a problem for me).

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I had to go do something, did you miss me?  :-)
It is kind of funny how you can start writing with one train of thought and then just go off in another direction... when you come back to the keyboard! 

I am trying to get better at making links with my posts... so readers can go check out the things I am discovering.

It is almost midnight again... I get carried away with the online tasks and lose track of time.  This new computer is really a challenge to discover.  I had to search for the screensaver, and then I wasn't able to put in the words I wanted to have on it.  A big disappointment.  I have my  logo/mission statement on my old computer... it wasn't a problem there.  (One God, One Bible, One Christ, One Salvation, One Body)  I decide to have "Change the Future!" on this one... that fit.  I think this unit allows 20 characters... and the display choices were a pain.

I wonder what brand new ones allow you to do.

This weekend should be fun... getting my routines back to as normal as they can be.  I have a lot to catch up with.  I can't wait to get my new (used) food documentaries... I haven't even seen the GMO one.

Well, better go for now.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD bless our lives, our country, our world, with the greatness that comes with truth, mercy, love, kindness, goodness, and joy.  If only we all could be the people that GOD meant us to be... and "work together" to help each other.

It may seem selfish, but I continue to pray that GOD will provide the finances I so desperately need to make Working Together established before I die.  There is so much I wanted to do... and there's so little time left.  May GOD have mercy on my dreams for helping as many as I can.

Amen.

18 April, 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It's already nearing 11:30pm, but it is still Wednesday, so we will consider this my Wednesday post... however long it takes to write.  I already went to bed about 9 with a bad body and headache... then got up a bit ago to take some more aspirin.  I was standing too much today because I was putting together the computer tower system I got today, and trying it out.  It was a strain on my body.  I hope to recover by tomorrow.

I was delighted to see there was a keyboard and mouse with it.  The Wi-Fi is a small USB thing.  It works, kind of.  :-)  I don't want to attach to the "cloud" for everything, but there doesn't seem to be any choice.  It didn't connect to the router when I first tried it... later it did.  I wish I was a techy person... I'm just a tiny bit techy.

Tomorrow I have to move things around some more to get it all to fit.  In time, I will have the best options for me figured out.

My little room space is a mess!  I didn't do much else besides the computer tasks.  I will be catching up tomorrow.

The sun was out today, that was nice.  The dogs loved it, too.  :-)

On Wednesday's I am able to watch two shows on OPB, when I remember them.  I sometimes watch one called Start Up ( startup-usa.com ) and today they did a segment on the cupcake business that was on Shark Tank... nice.  The way they package their cupcakes in the canning jars is out!  :-)  I am sure it was the flavors that make them so hot, but copycats live for those things.  I thought it was great the way the whole concept started... Mom and daughter took a cake decorating class together.  Prior to that there was no thought of any kind of business... :-)  I was also interested to hear that it was about a year from the time they filmed their show on Shark Tank until it aired... so that was the time they "prepped" for a possible G.R.O.W.T.H. event... which did happen.  Starting with a $30K loan, they did pretty good... always in the profit amounts.  They did mention that they had to learn about cash flow issues when their resources got pretty low.

The second segment for that show was a local-focus art studio and gallery, which has been struggling to survive.  They were able to start with an SBA loan, but realized they should have asked for more... so that was their advice :: whatever you think you will need, DOUBLE IT!  :-)   Money is always an issue... for everything we do.  I did like the concept they had, though.  We have a local SCRAP program here in Portland, which would benefit by operating something similar.  During the program, the founder of the shop demonstrated making tiles with alcohol ink (like the cupcake founder demonstrated how to make a cupcake to send out).  I liked seeing the process.  I may try it to see if it is something I can incorporate into my artistic projects.

My main event (on OPB) on Wednesdays is to watch the crafting show that comes on after the Start Up program...the Beads, Baubles, and Jewels show.  It is one of the few crafting shows left, especially on Wednesdays.  Make It Artsy has a different flavor.  Beads shows how to make jewelry mostly... Artsy does all kinds of visual art forms.  Today the Bead show had a short display of tassel options by the hostess, and then two other segments by other creators.  One was about birthstone designs, the other was about liquid clay!  I never hear about these kinds of crafts unless I see them on shows like these or on YouTube videos.  Liquid clay is still polymer clay that gets baked... an important point to remember... but it creates a whole different design option.  I guess you have to buy it already liquid, but I did wonder what they use to make it thin... and if I could make my own.  :-)  The main idea with exploring these different craft options is that you can fit them into your own work someday... at least, that is my motivation.

I guess that's enough... it is almost midnight.  I'm going to try to post this before it becomes Thursday!  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD help me.  Amen.

17 April, 2018

Tuesday, 17 APR 2018

I almost forgot about posting today... was ready to get to bed after a long session of shopping and buying... online... at eBay, Amazon, and ChristianBook.com !!!  I finally made the commitment to get my March and April food documentary DVDs... some of the titles are hard to find for me... I am just figuring out which ones I want and where to look.  I bought Food Inc and GMO OMG... both should be great... I hope so.  I looked for In Defense of Food, but had a hard time... at the price I could afford.  I will have to save for that one.  I am praying (PRAYING) the ones I decided to buy will be good copies.

I have been looking at a lot of food links today... trying to find recipes/meals I can eat. 

That's about it.

I think this is a short post night... I will try to do better next time.

Until then...
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May we all have the food we need to survive and clean water.  Amen.

16 April, 2018

It's MONDAY! 16 April 2018

Where do I start... this is really a challenge when I sit to write these posts.  I wonder what matters.

I haven't received my new (refurbished) computer tower yet, so all those questions are still passing through my mind... over and over and over and over again...  I keep wondering if I will need until Christmas to get it to operate!  :-)

I saw an exercycle on a Habitat ReStore post today... no mention of the price.  I wondered if it worked. 

There were some great videos on YouTube to watch... I'm looking for one thing and find a bunch of other topics.  I am finding it so amazing how different each presenter is. 

I found a guy sharing how to screen print t-shirts and he explained it so good... pretty much, anyway.  His name was ....something... Carmichael.  I think the video was from 2012, or something in the past like that.  He showed how to do the emulsion the best I have seen so far.  Now I want to get some of the real stuff and try it out.  He actually used sheer curtan material for his screen.  That will be interesting to try. 

I found the most amazing t-shirt artist that works with little cones of color and fancy lettering shapes.  I was so very glad to see that one... I never would have thought it was even possible.  I save the video to my account, but don't recall her name.  I can still see it in my mind... I can't wait to try that!

What else did I like... well, I think I want the BROTHER Scan-n-cut 2 for my crafting space... and one of the die cutting machines I have seen.  They will really help me create my original designs.  Julie Fei Fan Balzar was acting as the spokesperson for them, demonstrating a lot of the different details of owning and using them.  She is the hostess of MAKE IT ARTSY, a program I found on OPB here in Portland.  I try to watch it when I can.  That is where I saw the PROXXON hobby machines for woodworking.

Got the little bag sealer finally. It has NO ENGLISH on the package :-) so I had to figure out the right size of batteries and how to make them fit.  It wasn't too hard, but I did think it funny.  We get so spoiled.  I often wonder how hard it is for people who don't speak english here... and how terrible it would be for me in another country.

Once I did get the batteries in the right way, it was like instant HOT!  I will try it out on a bag soon.  Maybe this will be my answer to portion control!   (Not likely.  haha)   I will say I was truly amazed at how quickly two small AA batteries got that sealing metal hot.  I think I might be tempted to buy another set.   Maybe another brand to see the differences.

Now that I have a bunch of my food making supplies, I may get to making some of the items I hope to sell in time.  I need to work out a record system to know what products I get and where I get them... so I can order more of the items I like.  :-)

I continue to pray for GOD's mercies on my finances, so I can move my dreams along a bit faster, feel more secure, and get the space I need to function... and all the equipment that is required.   PRAY for me.

That's about all for now.
Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May the GOD of all send just a little bit of the universe my way.  Thanks.  Amen.  :-)


PS - I guessed on some of the links above (OPB and BROTHER)...   :-)

12 April, 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

I guess I have been too long on the internet... a lot at Facebook today... after lots of food prep.

I tried a version of making chili based on a recipe I saw on YouTube (avantgardevegan - also a .com) and my own plans for chili... it turned out pretty good, but was way more than I wanted.  I ate two servings and have four more in the fridge!  I think I will freeze at least two of them, maybe three, as I have two salads to eat up and other foods that can't be frozen.  I am already working on how to downsize this recipe.  :-) 

My issue, I think I have shared before, is what spices to put in chili made from scratch.  The recipe mentioned above used cumin and oregano and... I think.  Cumin seems to be a SW spice... I'm learning how to use it.  I've been searching chili recipes for some time now, so they all have their "secret spice" choices.  I put in some pickled jalepenos so I didn't put a lot of other peppers in this batch.  I tried a little of my cinnamon sugar, too.  :-)    Usually I put lots of my homemade garlic salt in my foods, but this one I didn't... when I ate it.  I am happy it turned out so well, and not spicy hot either! 

I'm trying to develop two spice packets to sell later... one for salsa and one for chili.  It may take awhile.... I'll let you know when I get there.  :-)

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Did I tell you I finally decided to buy a computer tower to do some computer work...  I was researching prices all over the place on Amazon last night... just seeing what was out there, checking on shipping costs, wondering if it was a good idea... so I found one that was in my budget and seemed good...  I ordered it, and I am PRAYING it will be a good deal for me.  It has wireless capabilities so I don't know if I will have to buy a new keyboard and/or mouse or any other "added" items.  I'm wondering if I can hook it up to my printer.  Lots of things I don't know about, but I am desperate for a real computer system so I hope this works out.

Buying as many supplies as I did this month has changed my budget, but I will be able to get more done in the long run.  I have over half the month to be busy here at home doing as much as I can.  :-)  

I have been going over the lists in my goal notebook today, deciding what to focus on.

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Toby Mac had a message post on Facebook today that made me comment back... it was the verse on where we put our loyalty, possessions here on earth or doing works that will be recognized in heaven.  In the writing of my comment, I shared the view that our limitations often keep us in places we would not stay if we weren't limited by GOD... and I have been thinking about it since I shared it.  We know things are true, but we don't think about them all the time.  I have experienced these issues with GOD in the past.

I guess I should add that I prefaced all this detail about limitations with a comment that many people think rich people are out of the will of GOD if they don't share all their bounty with them...  the idea that Christians are not suppose to have any wealth (possessions) because they must be coveting if they do.  :-)    I was trying to add that GOD gives us what we need to fulfill HIS WILL at that particular point in time... whether poverty or abundance.

I suppose the key is good works to be done with what GOD provides us... to remember that it has a purpose in our lives and the purpose is not just our comforts.   It has always been a prayer focus of mine to find the balance between what is reasonable to have a decent life and what is too much... what needs to be shared.   I have made myself poor more than once, and suffered in some of my learning curve mistakes, but I would not change the process.  It pushed me into creating Working Together, to see that there is a better way somewhere out there, where we help others and still have a decent life ourselves...

I think I added something at the end of my comment about how difficult the issues of money are.  They are so hard to reconcile with.

But I can't control the world... or GOD... or anything else really.  I am busy with all the details of my survival and searching... I think GOD will provide as He sees fit.  I try to understand that process in my life and let everyone else figure out their balance.  In the end, we will all stand in judgment for what we do, and don't do.

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I guess that is enough for today... I'm ready to go do something else.  :-) 
I'm still thinking about my "treasures" and GOD.

In Christ,
Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

11 April, 2018

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Well, I missed the congressional hearing with Mark Zuckerberg today, and lots of yesterday...  I checked C-span and there it was, so I posted it at some of my Facebook links... I may post at Twitter later.  I hope I have enough energy to watch it all tonight.  I will reserve some or all of my comments for later... if I can... PRAY I can... I need to watch it all and take notes. 

I wrote somewhere that it was like an inquisition... later I wrote somewhere that it was like they are putting all their hatred for the problems of the internet on him... I'm not sure it will help anyone.  The internet is a new frontier, and we are all discovering its good and its evil.  I also wrote, somewhere, that there is no easy solution to these issues... no one government can regulate a global entity like the internet... it's going to be an interesting process, especially since the government takes so long to do anything, and all they really want is election dollars...

In the parts I saw yesterday, I did note that there are many thousands of people who have the job of policing Facebook... but they think that Mark Zuckerberg, who is busy with lots of other issues running a global entity, somehow can know and control every action that occurs in all his employees.  This has been a difficult problem throughout our history... finding someone to "blame" for the problems we don't want to have.

I wrote, somewhere, that I was amazed they asked him WHY he bought Instagram... think about it, what connection does that have with the information breech they are suppose to be investigating...

I wrote, somewhere, that I didn't like the tone of Ted? Cruz until I realized he was confronting the issue of political correctness and freedom of speech... the systematic oppression of Christian opinions... the concept that other views do not have rights.  We are not talking about legal and illegal actions, just the difference of opinions in the greater conversations... suppressing the ones you don't want to exist and disagree with.  The definition of "politically correct"...

So much for not sharing my opinions.... I am sure I will find more to comment on with the rest of the hearings.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=576842446005960&id=173649979658544

My quest to reduce my popcorn diet is not rising to conquer some calories I can do without... sad.  I did miss one day.  :-)

I missed my blog post yesterday because I got so absorbed in online shopping research... looking for the price of something and then ending up making purchases... that is how it goes!  My craft budget is gone... and my emergency cash... and..... who knows what other category will suffer for one night of shopping bliss.   :-)   I discovered some great deals and decided to get them... shipping cost me a fortune... I have to find a way through that expense!

I have been dealing with some of the people who think that anyone who does not agree with their viewpoints must be controlled, at any cost.  They don't seem to be godly people because of some of the things they do... so, guess who else they could be!  Yep... all those "politically correct" people who, I say, "want to rule the world" -- I don't think the world will be better for that goal...

These kinds of events in life make you search out GOD, what you believe, what is really true, how to proceed, what faith really is... it's hard to deal with these things.  Sometimes I don't do very well at it.  Other times I close my eyes and pray for strength, guidance, judgment of the terrible sinners who deserve it, and mercy for the innocent.  Sometimes I wonder how Christians in America will survive these changes... being powerless to stop a covert attack on your life is really hard to understand and overcome and find godly solutions for.  In the end, I decided just to keep my focus on GOD and remember that HE is able to do all that is needed, so what I need to do is remain faithful to Him... like the prisoners who went into the fiery furnace, facing death because they believed in their GOD.

I don't know if I will be alive when the Antichrist gets here... things are moving so fast it is hard to make plans for the future...  I hope not.  It doesn't mean I won't die.  I will die somehow, someday, someway... whether by natural causes or by the Antichrist or by some other means.  I hope I remain faithful to the end of my life...

Well, I am thinking again... I better end this post here.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May we all find a path to a better future, without fear and pain and oppression, without sin, without too much suffering.
May life be good, and forgiveness find its way into our hearts and lives.
May Christians everywhere gather together to support and protect each other.
May GOD provide for every need.
Amen.

09 April, 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018

It is another Monday, another week, another post...  sounds exciting, huh!

A lot happened over the weekend, but I haven't made a posting record.  I wondered what GOD would do, how I will survive my daily challenges,  browsed the internet/social media, and just kept looking for answers. 

I slept a lot more this weekend... the past week, actually.  And I am still tired.

My Bible DVD is great so far... I listen to it and I am able to remember so many of the passages... I love hearing them again.

My son took me to the store nearby so I have enough food to get by for awhile.  That is always a good thing.  I am beginning to find new meals to eat, foods to prepare, spices to experiment with.

The new budget is surviving... but that is more because I have a hard time going anywhere  (haha) than discipline.  I have been shopping online a lot more... which can kill a budget.  I'm trying to figure out a better way to keep track of those  purchases by the budget category they are getting paid from.  It will work out in time...

That is about it...

I posted a video from the National Day of Prayer for this year...  you can find it at my Facebook pages... /DeborahMartin.2014  and also at my WorkingTogetherInc page, and my Fixing America page.  In my text with the video post, I share my thoughts about it.  The video is an audio sharing of the prayer with the text put on the screen as it is read.  I downloaded it so I can watch it again.  You can do that, too.  I hope millions of people keep praying it before the first THURSDAY in May (the 3rd this year), and afterwards... all year and through to the next event in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/DeborahMartin.2014/posts/2042931232628376  -- I checked my last clipboard save and there it was.  I wish I had the  main website address to link you to... it should be at this link.

My books from HamiltonBook.com arrived today... all three are so great.  The one on hand tools for woodworking is much thicker than I expected it to be... it looks like a treasure chest for me!  The Biggest Loser calorie counting book is also going to be great for me... it will go great with my other book by them... a cookbook I think it was.  My third book was a cookbook for Holiday Candy -- and it turns out to have recipes from other parts of the world.  We all love our candy!  :-)  It also turns out that it covers a lot of holidays over the year.  I'm looking forward to trying some of these.  It's a really nice cookbook.

I didn't get my digital thermometer yet.  It was originally scheduled to arrive last Friday, then rescheduled to today.  It looks like is might get delivered tomorrow.  I hope so.  I want to see if it works, and if I can use it for making food items (like candy).  I want to be able to read the temp more easily.

Tomorrow will be a busy food day... I have about five or more things to do in food prep tomorrow.

I watched some news tonight... how depressing it was.  In my email from National Right to Life News there was a blurb about the Washington Post and NY Times (I think those were the two mentioned... because they are always slanting everything to the liberal view) having an article on their LACK of bias.  I laughed at the first paragraph, of two sentences, maybe.  When I got to browsing the rest of the article, I got hysterical.  I had to make a comment on that!  I think I shared the web link and a comment in a Facebook post, but I am not sure.  I tend to comment a lot, and sometimes forget where I comment.  It is hard to keep track without printing copies... which is not possible all the time.   Anyway... my comment was about how news by groups like NRLC (.org ?) is expected to be bias, but mainstream media is suppose to report all the details for everyone... and compensate for their bias in reporting or writing.  Something like that....

When I see the glee on the liberal news reporters faces about the Trump Tower fire, it really makes me sad.  Their goal is to keep bad attention on the people they don't like, and they don't like Trump.  This hurts all of us.  It is the same as not reporting important things about Obama, who was their presidential liberal.  When it was Bush, a Republican, the negative pressure was always at the front of the stories.  This is hurting America.  It is hurting us, plain citizens, who need to have a source or sources for the news we need to know about.  One of these days, that will become evident, but it may be too late to save us.

I also happened on a few minutes of the Budget being discussed on Cspan today... then it went back to the Senate floor for a tribute of some kind... I had no way to see the rest of the Q/A session.  I did hear how big the debt had become and will become in the years to come... and some of the talk about our GDP and spending issues.  Not good.  I complained about that somewhere... besides here... which is really only a mention.

I am trying to get a real computer to collect information, draft better posts and articles, and spend some time working on real sharing, with details and links to their sources... but we have to wait on that.

I happened on some information about the savings accounts for poor people to buy houses, which have been expanded to include business and education and some other categories.  I forgot about that option.  I had checked into it a long time ago, when I couldn't even save the minimum $25 a month... so, maybe now is a good time to try again.  I was thinking saving for my badly needed office systems would be good... or a kiln and other supplies.   What they do is match my savings dollars with three program dollars... AFTER I attend some financial literacy classes and reach my goal amount...  I think they are called IDA accounts,  Individual ??? Accounts.  I can't reach that info right now. 

So, this is a good time to end this post... if you need some "extra" funding, check them out for yourself.  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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05 April, 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018

I hope we do better with our posting process today...

I guess I am still thinking about the issues of race, humanity, the future... these are very deep topics for all of us.

The stock market seems to keep going up, then down, then up, then down... interest rates are something I don't see as an investment option... you don't get a return on zero percent.  It is my understanding the rate increase issues are for charging interest so people can get a loan? 

On NBR the interest on US Bonds, that you buy and hope to make money from over 10, 20, and 30 years, seems to be from 0-3%... which, I will admit, I don't yet know if it is yearly or over the course of the whole bond commitment.  One percent is an earnings of one dollar per hundred... If you invest $1000 in bonds, you get a whole $10 for whatever term is valid.  I should confess that I watch it because I have been trying to figure out a way we could save our country by doing something with the debt... and, I think, bonds (savings bonds) are the only option for the US government.  I am not sure, but I think those are the bonds that get sold whenever we need money to run the government for one more voting period.  Those are the bonds everyone else owns, like China.  I think we need to reform our priorities for taking money from foreigners.  My view is that ONLY American citizens should own our debt... we can work deals better with our own citizens... having China or any other country own our debt puts us in a compromising situation.

I guess there is no guaranteed investment vehicle, but I decided a long time ago to invest in people... through Working Together, which was suppose to be more viable than it is.  I have it all planned... we invest in new business efforts, and they provide income for the future.  I have a lot of other details to the plan, which I don't want to deal with here, but it will rely on GOD, on our choices of who to invest in, what to invest in, and what they want.  It is kind of a stock buy, but not the same as a Wall Street purchase.  :-) 

Buying land is also on the agenda for WT monies... so there will be places for members to live, when that time comes.

What else... I can't remember right now... but the whole purpose of WT is to provide for its Christian membership first, then the Public members who need it, and then everyone else.   Sounds like a good plan for America, too... provide for citizens, then visitors, then the rest of the world.  Of course, WT has a benevolence process, too... so charity is part of the program... that would be taking care of the poor in American budget language.

How would I invest my own money... the same way, I suppose.  I expected to eventually earn the ten percent required by the stock regulators as distributions of profits.  Since WT is for the Christian cause, I planned to use personal funds for other kinds of programs that need help... things that aren't Christian in their foundations, but do good works in preserving the world.  Who know what they would be.

Anyway, that was part of the plan.  Now, after all these years, I wonder what GOD will allow me to do.

I think I am lamenting the way things are, and have been for so long.  I hoped to change these problems.  I didn't care what the status quo was, I just wanted to get the directions changed, to start the process of moving in more godly directions, and save as many families in the process as I could.

I suppose this is the difference between dreams and reality, between poverty and those in places of power, between good and evil... etc.  We all start out with dreams and goals, sometimes they are just regular life goals and sometimes they change into monumental historical goals... but things don't turn out the way we want them to.    I often say that no one plans their "trial" in life, the thing they have to face and overcome, grow through, fight against... but every one of us has a battle that we face.  These are the pivot points that change our lives, our goals, and the things that matter to us.

Poverty changed my life, led me to Working Together, and keeps me searching for answers to help change this suffering for the future, for others.  Kids with addictions changed my life, led me to discover prison issues from juveniles to adults.  Homelessness changed my life, and led me to search for reasons why and how to stop the pain it causes.  Discovering the Bible changed my life, and led me to find there is a Truth that isn't always shared in every denomination... that we all have to find GOD's Truth on our own, because we will be judged by it when that day comes.  I suppose there are more things that changed my life dramatically and forever, but those are the ones that keep popping up as at the top of the lists.

What changed your life?  Where did it lead you?

Let me know...

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD touch our lives and make us have good dreams, overcome our hardships, and help us to mourn what we lost and then move forward.
May we find our happiness in things that matter, things that are important, not frivolous fads and meaningless possessions.
May we be brave enough to believe in what GOD made us to be... and to trust Him as we walk toward His goal for us.
May we love others as much as we love ourselves, or better than we love ourselves if we haven't discovered our worth yet.
May goodness rule the day, with honesty, with kindness, with truths that are important, and with generosity and gratefulness.
Amen.

04 April, 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Here we go again... I have to start over... the computer gremlins have attacked again.  :-(

I was sharing about the death of MLK, this being the anniversary of that day... and the news was filled with memorial events being held.  I thought it was strange that the same motel where he was killed was still in existence, and used for the memorial.  He died 50 years ago.  I guess our construction lasts over a hundred years if we want it to.  I didn't hear in the reports whether the site was purchased and saved specifically for historical preservation purposes.

I was remembering those years in my life... 1963 was the death of JFK, I think... I remember crying when he died, and I remember buying a vinyl record of his best speeches.  I remember being in the front yard of the house where I lived at that time.

I think Bobby Kennedy died around 1965... but I'm not sure.  I didn't follow politics as a child.  I may have seen the news about it back then.

In 1968, when MLK died, I would have been heading into high school... I'm not sure I was very involved in the battles of segregation and racism back then.  I recall a few events in my family about those issues, but I don't know how important the subject or politics around it were to me.  I remember writing a piece for school about interracial marriages... which would be reflected in the movies by GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER.  I loved LILIES OF THE FIELD (?) with Sidney Poitier, too.  I lived in California, southern California, which is very different than the South.  I discovered the South in 1973...

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The computer gremlins hit again...  I am sad that these things are part of my life, too.  Those with power seem to abuse it without a moral foundation to prevent them, internally.  It may be this tablet, because this loss didn't happen with a real computer... but it is too familiar, too timed, too integrated, to believe it is not connected to a difference in opinions.  Why, only GOD knows.
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It is hard to recall all the things I was trying to share about my life and how race, violence, and other events affect us... affected me.  

I was raised in southern California and the attitudes there were very different than the South.  Still, we had the Watts riots.  I remember being afraid of blacks because of all the hatred and violence toward the white communities.  There is no way to know who is safe or who is angry.  The news showed us how dangerous groups can become... about a lot of topics... the battle for freedom and equality for the blacks, the battles against the war in Vietnam, and other groups that became forceful in their public events... like the KKK, the White Supremists, the Anarchists, etc.  Hiding behind their "uniforms" and devastating our world.

Without a moral foundation to stop you, movements become more and more angry and violent and coercive.  It doesn't matter what is right in the larger community of humanity... it becomes "my way or the highway" -- a theme for many of us growing up in authoritarian households.  There is a huge difference between good people and people who have an agenda to implement.  The Antichrist won't suddenly appear on the global scene.  He will grow into his place in prophecy.  I wonder if he will be like the Nazi's or take a different route.  No one knows.

I guess the battle for equality, for respect just because we exist, has so many facets to it.  There is abortion, there is education, there is financial disparity, there is race, and now there is sexuality... we all have different views, and our idea of what is right is based on a lot of different criteria.  The desire to eliminate GOD from our existence is one group trying to keep the biblical teachings of GOD from stopping their desired activity.  Those who have no GOD have no reason to think their chosen path is wrong for anyone.  Every part of our lives is a battle of viewpoints.


There are no easy solutions.
We have to find the best solutions for the most people.

I have always been a heavy thinker, pondering the greater elements of our existence, of faith, of survival... I have found some answers for my life, but there are others that may never find a final resting place.  Pray for me to find better words, to find a way to share my life before it is over.  Pray that GOD will protect me from my enemies, provide for the many needs I have, and help me to discover a place I can live and work until the day He calls me home.  Thanks.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD be kind to those who love Him.
May we find ways to work together in the places where we live... without hate and violence and forced theologies.
May the future bring us better relationships, respect for our differences and the ability to talk about why we believe what we do.
May life be valued, may the need to make others suffer and die be forgotten, and may all people all over the world allow each person to make their own decisions about faith, about education, about work, about the things that affect them.
May we all find ways to support our existence without crime and extortion and hurting others.
Amen.

03 April, 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

What a good day... I received my hand blender early!  I can soak some paper scraps tonight and try it out tomorrow.  Hope it works good...  I have some screen-like material I will use to see if it works.  I will need to dedicate a crafting tub for paper related projects and store my supplies in it.  Things are getting interesting.  :-)

I haven't started my butane torch yet... I think I have to do that outside, or in a well-ventilated area.  I need to check on that.

I did search for the process to check your eggs and found some really nice videos.  I shared at least one on my Facebook page...  which is  http://facebook.com/DeborahMartin.2014  if I remember right.  I have a list of all my internet sites... somewhere!  I will need to get that list into my goals notebook.

The one blog site / video channel I remember is the HOMESTEADING FAMILY, which had a great presentation on how to save and store fresh eggs for eight MONTHS or more!!!  Amazing!  I had no idea that was even possible.  When she did the video to show the results, she used the water test and the egg test.  I watched a really nice video on how to test eggs from a lady in the UK, who also shows how the eggs look after you crack them open, so you can keep that in mind as you use store-bought eggs.  Then I discovered the best one yet, just for that water test.  I think that may be the one I shared on Facebook because it was only a bit over a minute and also included the estimated weeks eggs will last.  I don't recall the name, but it was an egg-related name.  I think it was from an egg farmer... It may be the one I watched from 2009.

It's well worth the time to track these videos down.  As I get better with my posts, I will try to collect the web links and share them with my posts.

I am toying with the idea of using one of my recylable cabinet doors and drawers for a loom.  I'm working out the detail in my mind.  I was trying to use a drawer as a drying rack for my art works and other crafts, based on an ad I noticed over the weekend, then I could see that a bunch of nails would make a loom possible.  The drawer project is like the picture hanging bulletin boards only the strings allow you to hang up things to dry.  I need some place to put things in-between my layers of activity on them.  I am hoping that will work.  I can see a post for my Art, Crafts, and Recycling page at Facebook...  :-)  By the end of the year I should have all these things figured out... GOD willing, if life doesn't throw me another terrible turn.

Did I share that I received a wonderful tribute magazine about Billy Graham... from their DECISION magazine staff.  So nice.  BGEA just sent info on a DVD they are offering about him... I sent back a question about the contents... if it has a whole bunch of his sermons on the DVD, I would love it... and love to share it!  I hope it does. 

I am trying to think of other things I want to share, but... can't.  I am tired so I wanted to get this finished early. 

I was up in the night and wound up checking for a cookbook at a site I buy from, then linked to a sale at a Christian bookseller from their email.  I decided to get one of the Bible DVDs that were offered.  I hope it is a good idea.  I need a Bible I can use to listen to.  I guess these have the text on the screen as the audio is played.  I don't know yet.  It's my favorite version, the King James... original, not the New KJV.  I'm not sure where I will fit these into my budget....    they are all things I wanted to get... well, one was a choice to get but not necessary.  The problem with online purchasing is that you can't browse the book or decide if it is really something you want.  Hamilton Books (.com) doesn't even put the published year in their details.  One day they will have the sample option like Amazon does... they all will. 

I have been hearing a lot of "leaders" promoting raising the retirement age, and I feel the need to comment (again?) on the need to lower it to at least 50.  Jobs are going away.  People will need that option to survive what is coming our way.  It may be the only thing that helps them get through the shock and desperation of poverty and unexpected loss of a job as an older person.  I figure we need to create a system that lets the recipient decide when they will utilize a retirement option.  The benefits will be different at earlier ages, but at least there is something there to help them get through.  I'm not sure how to "spread my message" about this.  Maybe you can think about it and share it with people who can do something to make the future more realistic for all us regular people.

That's about all I can do today.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May we all think about the future without fear, so we can plan a better way to make it through together.  Amen.

02 April, 2018

Monday, 2 April 2018

My machine is dealing with very slow processing today...  I hope I make it through this posting effort!  Just wanted to warn you...

Today... busy... ate too much!  Made a new bread recipe that is going to need some changes  :-)  but I refuse to throw it away!  It is in pieces, some hard crust, lots of good stuff in it... I see croutons, and I may microwave some cheese on it and then top it with salsa --- eating it with a fork.  :-)  Creative eating.  And trying to save the money I spent on ingredients.  I am already deciding how to change my recipe for the next try.

Received my BUTANE order early!  It was suppose to get here on the 10th.  I like it... doesn't happen that often!  Tomorrow I will try to figure out my butane torch for my craft projects.  I don't want to open my metal clay until I know what I want to make with it... or some kind of an idea.  The videos I have seen make the piece you get look very small... It can be rolled thin, but I am wondering if I will only get one or two finished pieces out of it...  I glued some of my old playing cards together today to make more of the depth guages metal clay is measured with.  I guess they used playing cards as their standard way back when.  One card thick, two cards thick, etc.  I purchased one of the size 3 rolling aids with the kit, I made sizes One, Two, Four, and Six.  I have to find more cards to do the other sizes.  I thought it was funny they didn't have a size Seven in the catalog.  I will start with the size three, and decide from there.  I gues the shrinkage is 10-15% with metal clay.  I have to learn what that means.

Also received my scale package!!!  It is going to be great!!!  I have to figure out how to store it so it won't get damaged somehow.  It has grams, ounces, pounds, pounds and ounces, and mililiters (approximated).  I am moving into the use of it as I figure out what I want to make and need to measure.  I have some books and other items to sell, so I may see what happens with them on the scale.

In a twist of discovery, I found some camping equipment I had already, but didn't realize it.  I found my Sterno camp stove and a metal wind guard I gathered on my path.  The emergency camp stove I bought arrived in today's package, too. It is so small, but perfect for a backpack or small collection of emergency supplies... kind of like a small first aid kit.  I will save this one for my emergency supplies.  I need to look for some sterno now.  I will have three options, if I need them.  When I was homeless in my van, I created a "stove" with tea lights (5) in a small circle pyrex dish with a small grate over it.  I was amazed at how well it worked.  I still have the ceramic bowl that was my cooking and eating dish... it is a planter, and still has the burn marks on it.  Memories are good to keep... to remember what you have been through... to keep yourself from thinking you are better than those who are still suffering on the street, in their cars, in the bushes, and anywhere else.

I was a bit surprised by the parchment sheets I ordered.  They came in a small box so I assume they are folded.  I haven't decided if I want to open the box yet.  Maybe I will just put it with my emergency supplies.

Been working on my paper mache projects.  That is a long-term effort... trying different options to see if I can create something worth selling.

The news had an update about all those adopted kids that died or are missing (presumed dead).  It is bad enough when people kill themselves, but to kill innocent kids who could have finished their lives somewhere else... it has me so sad.  I always wonder what the unknown story is... the why... I don't know if we will ever find out this time.  The news if very unclear about the details... about which kids are still missing... except for the one who was viral on the internet.  I wonder if he was crying because he wished he could ask for help from the policeman.

The Russia/America conflict was on TV today, in the form of the movie RED OCTOBER.  We have moved into an internet war, which is very different from the past.  I am wondering what will happen... eventually, someone will show us.  :-(

I guess that is enough for today.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD help us to prepare for the unknown future... protect us, provide for us, and show us how to stay true to what is good and what is godly... to preserve our souls when persecutions grow and become painful.  My prayer is to gather as many Christians together for sharing resources, protecting each other, and fellowship.  May GOD help me to accomplish that destiny.  Amen.

01 April, 2018

Resurrection Sunday, 1 April 2018

My mind (thoughts) have been lots of places this weekend... from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday... from sin to salvation... from life to death... from good to evil... from past to future... lots of different thoughts as the days went by, caused by things in my life, sermons I heard, things I believe that differ from some of the current church theology I receive on the radio and TV and internet. 

I guess we have to realize that our information will be corrupted... by someone with an agenda of their own... people who know how to do it.  Many years ago I heard that drug cartels, mafias, or someone like that, would download entire websites to commit crimes... It was because they had the money to do it... and knew how... and wanted to.  It's like the Nazi's... just because they lost the war, it doesn't mean they disappeared... they just went into hiding.  Criminals don't go away either... they just get smarter about doing wrong.

I think about these things because I think about what is going to happen in the END TIMES... that is what Working Together is all about, trying to help Christians through to the end of our lives, to the Antichrist, etc.  I suppose it may seem morbid for the regular Christian persona, but it is my focus.

Today I was trying to catch up with my weekend and get ready for the next week.  With the start of a new month, I also spent some time updating some of my record forms, budgets, goal pages, etc.  I am working on my TO-DO lists now... trying to make things more clear, and defined, and eventually prioritized.  Right now, I am making as complete a list as I can.  It is so easy to forget things. I want to find a way to do my top three for the day, with meaning to the choices I make.  I have been putting categories like crafts or blog, but that isn't working good.  I need to do three specific things that matter to my life on that day.

I am excited to be getting my crafting supplies this week... I'm really looking forward to my digital scale for weighing foods for recipes that have weights, for weighing my packages to figure out mailing costs (approximately), for weighing food items to get them equal in size, and for weighing for making labels.  This should be a really great improvement.  The one I picked is suppose to give you equivanlents in pounds and ounces and grams and liters... and maybe one more thing... I think it said it does five different computations... I don't recall all of them now, but I know they were all important.  :-)

I am also expecting a digital thermometer to try with my candy recipes.  I hope it helps.  I had to limit my spending this time, so I will get the other ones I wanted next purchase.

I am also going to get my crafting blender that is held in your hands... for my paper pulping and plaster projects and whatever else I can do with it.  I am already getting my paper shreds ready!  Yeah!

My paper mache is coming along... changing as I experiment (and fail) with different things I have seen on YouTube.  It is OK with me... I want to find my own way to make items to sell, but have to figure out what is possible... that is what YouTube provides... lots of great people sharing great ideas.  I like it, and hope to add my own videos to the selections when I can.

Tomorrow is a busy day with food issues... Tuesday I may go to the Farmer's Market, if I can, and pick up my items that wouldn't ship like I thought they would... I'm still mad about this... and if I don't get out on Tuesday, I may go on Wednesday... that's my favorite sale day at the Salvation Army -- but it is going down in desire.  I'm wondering if they will issue more of the coupons they had... that would work even better than the Wednesday sale for me.  :-) 

Until next time... 
Pray for all of us...

In Christ,
Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May our hearts and lives find their meaning in GOD and the salvation we have through Christ.
Our only hope for this world is Christ... search the Bible for the answers you need, pray for guidance, listen to GOD and not the call of Satan to do evil... both choices bring challenges, but GOD leads only to things that make your life better, happier, more worthwhile, and meaningful.  Find your peace and joy in GOD.  Amen.

29 March, 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Long day... and I am already wanting to get to bed and sleep... I do hope I can.

The construction guys are almost done... the weather has sunshine... the crafting supplies I ordered are beginning to arrive... I am continuing my effort to organize my space... praying for GOD's provision, protection, and pathway to my future... and getting some of my craft projects going.  Finally.  It is a good thing.

I watched some of the news today... in the early evening.  I am still feeling very sad about the death of all those adopted kids...

It  is hard to think when you are tired.  I will try to write again after I am rested.  Enjoy your evening.

In Christ,
Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD grant our world freedom... from those who want to oppress us, who choose to do wrong, who lift themselves up by hurting others, and who don't know or understand the great love that GOD brings to us as individuals and families and countries.  Amen.

28 March, 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Well, hello... I have been doing some more "creative financing" with my budget again.  :-)   How these things get me, I am not sure, but I keep working on getting better at these "issues" in my goal process.  haha   At my age, I will probably die still battling them.

I needed some butane for my crafting plans (metal clay).  In looking for the costs and other information, I discovered other supplies I have been wanting for some time.  I talked myself into getting some of them.  I'm not sorry for the purchase, but sorry I had to juggle my funds again.  I really just spent money I already had committed to these things... or something like them.

Now I have to wait until they get here, and I can try them with the projects I planned.

I made a new version of my paper mache "paste" and tried it out.  Not sure it is going to work as planned.  When it dries I will know more.  Right now some of the paper seems to be falling off the base I am trying to attach it to.  I may have to apply the newspaper in a different way.  I will try that tomorrow.

My little craft sewing machine for kids is out of it's storage space, and near being used... FINALLY!!  :-)  I have to find the instruction booklet to thread the thing again... and then I can try it out on some of the fabrics I have waiting for it.  It feels like I am moving forward, but the movement seems so small.  I am thinking about design options, still, so I am always working toward the future I hope to achieve.

Finished my black jelly beans today... and wanted a whole new bag of them to keep on eating!  I love licorice flavor, so black jelly beans are like a huge splurge for me!  :-)   Food... it means so much!!

What a day... I keep wondering what GOD is up to... how it will all turn out... who will suffer most... how to make things different...  I wonder about a lot of things.

I use to say I was a one-woman think tank... :-)  ... no funding though.  Sad....  You are welcome to donate to my cause... but you won't get a tax deduction.  haha

Time to go. I just wanted to check in.  I didn't finish my online order until about 11 pm... such a massive commitment of time I didn't want to spend.  I hope it was worth it.  (One of the items I purchased was to shred up paper for making paper pulp... totally dedicated to crafting.  I can use it for mixing plaster for other projects, too... when I get to that point.  I hope it works for these plans!)

Until next time,
May the GOD I love and believe in find a way to help me through the things I don't like about my current situation... may He watch over me and the ones I love and pray for... may He provide and protect as only GOD can do.  Amen.

In Christ,
Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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(Prayer is above today.)

27 March, 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I just finished eating a dinner-like meal, so maybe (MAYBE) food won't be the topic of the day... (don't hold your breath!  haha)

I have been modifying my April budget already... I made a payment with a different account than I planned on, so now I have to move all the other budget categories around.  I will get a hang on this....

It has been a strange day... so tired... I got up after 7 and took a shower but it didn't wake my poor tired body up, so I went back to bed.  I am still tired... I want a nap!  Such a pain!

All of that means I didn't get to my list of things to do... and I am hardly motivated to start.  So, now I am trying to work my focus into getting started in those directions.  Once I get started, I'm fine... it's just the getting started that is the killer.  :-(

I found some of my little art projects to keep working on.  That is what I have planned to do today... to get me going.  It should work.  I will probably be busy the rest of the day, maybe into the night... if I can keep my eyes open.  haha   I want to do elephants and polar bears, learn some landscape painting someday, and I have some gold leaf I bought to experiment with it.   I have always wanted to try that stuff!  I think I will try to do a word like "Love" on a heart... I'm not sure.  Not today, though.

Taxes are the April theme... I need to make sure my taxes are not messed up because of my senior status and LOW income... I thought my son was claiming me so I didn't need to file, then I checked and my income was too low to require filing... This year I just want to get it all figured out...  This year....  year...  probably not in APRIL! 

APRIL is also Earth Day (22nd) and Arbor Day (27th)... I'm working on my plan for sales related to Earth Day, and want to do as many tree things for Arbor Day as I can... more each year, I hope. 

I love the effort to make new things out of old things.  It's called recycling, re-using, re-purposing, and more.  I have such a long list of recycling things to do, or try... I just need more money, so I'm working on that problem.  :-)

Trees are part of the reason our air quality is so bad... they suck up all the bad stuff and give us good stuff... with all the destruction of forests everywhere, the ecological balance is really off.  Pollution made it even harder for the trees to help us.  I always hoped to plant as many as I could.

MAY is Mother's Day month... I still owe my Mother a better Christmas present, a birthday gift, and whatever I will do for Mother's Day.  I may as well combine the shipping costs and send them for Mother's Day... Pray for me!!!

I have a birthday to do in May, an anniversary in June, and another birthday in July... these are all related to one of my sons.  The other two sons are in my September budget.  It all has to be figured out in the budgets.  Naturally, there are other events to consider, but my kids are the higher priority... everyone else just has to fit in somewhere or be left out.

JUNE is Father's Day... I don't have to worry about that one!

I guess this will be it for today... some days are harder than others... but we all just keep going forward the best we can.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May we all find the best answers to our goal strategies.
May life be more than work.
May our world remember the right priorities.
May GOD be kind and provide financial blessings to me... so I can get my "to do" list done better, faster, and sooner.
Amen!

24 March, 2018

Saturday night, 24 March 2018

I'm here... thought about sharing on Facebook, but that is as unresponsive as this blog, so far -- still in prayer about the causes -- so I decided I might as well focus all my energy here.  :-)

I was just online looking for some info about books I saw in the latest ENTREPRENEUR magazine I got ... yesterday, I think.  Then I ended up at FORKS OVER KNIVES (.com) for a recipe... and that led me to a new website called  ::  thevegan8.com  --- which has recipes that have 8 or less ingredients.  It's easy to link from here to here to here to here to here... for hours!  I had internet problems or I would still be looking at some recipe choices.  I was at the VEGAN SOUR CREAM recipe when it all went away.  (It's made with silken tofu and white wine vinegar, salt to taste... interesting.  I don't like the push for tofu, but a little bit here and there might work.  I will have to try the recipe to see what it tastes like.)

They had a lot of sweet potato recipes and some chickpea variations.  I haven't figured out the foods that have the best bang for your buck yet... but I am fond of sweet potatoes in things.  (fries, side dish, and ??? )  Veggie and bean chili recipes are easy... a natural protein substitute for meat.  I'm getting to the point of making spaghetti sauce again... and I may puree it to make it smoother this time.  I'm not sure, I'm just kind of exploring the vegan difference.

The website doctor at Forks Over Knives had a post about overcoming diabetes with whole and minimally processed foods, whether they are carb-based or not.  I read the statement about most diabetics feeling they can't eat any (or few?) carbs to stay healthy.  I'm not sure how that all works, I just know good food is critical for good health... buy the best you can afford, it's all we can do. 

I am getting closer to figuring out my monthly allotment for "animal-based foods" in my current transition... I am at 2 bricks of cream cheese, trying for one pound of chicken, some kind of fish when I can -- I haven't decided if I will have one meat or a couple kinds of real meat.  I had a jar of herring snacks in wine sauce this month, and I just purchased some chicken tenders... I can't remember the weight on the package, but it was probably close to a pound.  No bacon this month.  I didn't eat out when I went shopping this month, so far...

I have been recording my oil and butter use and it is frightening to see it go higher and higher... those are some BIG calories. I don't know if the opinions against their use are because of calories or because they are "processed" -- so I haven't made a final decision about how much to use, and whether I want to go the no more fats route.  Changing our favorites is HARD!!!

I think I am getting a little bit smaller in my belly though.  That I like.  :-)   It can depend on the day still, but I am noticing some differences in my intake habits.  When I find the recipes I like, and want to eat, I will be better about all this.  Right now I am trying to decide what to buy each week and how to use the food to make decent meals.

It is true... when you eat a lot of fruits and veggies, you are full all the time.  I sometimes just eat because I want to eat that particular food at that particular time... not because I am hungry.  It was one of the things I noticed most when I started trying to eat better foods...  When you eat the right foods, you aren't hungry for a LONG time.  We have to figure this out and share it with the parts of the world that are starving.

I did take a small nap today... but I lasted until about 5pm!  It's a half win!  haha 
I am already ready to go back to sleep again... it's only 8pm.

The body is the thing we need to survive this life... finding a way to fit that sleep into our schedule is something important.  Everything rests and recovers when we sleep... I read somewhere that it takes years off your life when you don't sleep right.  I prefer to meet that battle without pills that turn into addictions, so I keep working on training my body to keep a schedule I can live with... TRY is the key word here.  :-)   Some things are beyond our control, so we have to just go with the flow.

I guess I really got into food again... sorry. Didn't plan that.  It is an ongoing effort in my goals, so it is always on my mind and budget.

The construction around here MIGHT get done next week... we have to wait and see.  :-(

Well, it's still the weekend.  I will head out of here now, but who knows when I will come back...  keep you guessing!  haha

I pray that GOD is watching over the people who love and trust Him for their care and life and happiness.

We are all struggling, but sometimes the Enemy seems to have more power than GOD... it isn't true, but you have to study the Bible to understand why GOD isn't a slave to our changing priorities... why free will is so essential to our relationship with Him and with our judgment and our forgiveness.

Someday I will get into all the deeper parts of my thoughts, I hope... until then, we just have to make it through today.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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Friday night post, but after midnight!

I am still up, so I decided to add a few words to the blog.

YouTube captured my attention for hours tonight... I was exploring paper-making after I didn't like to original link I followed... so many videos, and so many ways to do that craft.  I have always wanted to get to the point of making my own art paper for my artistic creations.  I'm not sure what I will end up doing with the paper I make, but the screen I have for trying silk-screening might work better for making paper.  I will have to try that out.

I listened to some music videos, and subscribed to a bunch of Christian artists to see what happens when I do.  :-)  I listened to "Mary, Did You Know" again, but that acapella group - Pentonix.  Love their sound on that, but my very favorite is the original popular version when it first came out.  I haven't found that one yet.

Been eating too much... as usual.  Finished up my caramels today.  haha 

Updated some of my goal forms.

Been a day of catching up with my regular stuff and browsing around the internet.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD let me sleep in this morning!  Amen!     :-)

22 March, 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Yes!  I went food shopping tonight!  I will be eating too much all weekend!  :-)

These are the things that matter...

Other than that, most of the construction in my room is done... most, but not all.  I heard on the news that we are having some snow where I live, maybe.  I don't know how much, or if it will melt right away, but I'm ready for staying in if it comes!  haha

So, tomorrow will be food prep day... getting it all stored right.

I haven't been able to do much this week.  I hope to get something going (done) this weekend.  I guess I am really talking about doing my crafting projects.  :-)  I am looking over my goal pages every day so it keeps me motivated toward the right directions.  I may try to do photos of the things I already have available to put online... at eBay, I think.

So many things to overcome... and my weakness is GOD's opportunity to show His Power against my enemies.  It is all keeping my mind and spirit busy... trying to make meanings when only GOD understands what is going on.  But, that is our humanity... our Christianity.  Remaining faithful through our difficulties is what we are expected to do.  GOD is the boss, I like to say... not me.  I may not agree with everything, may not understand why things happen, but I know GOD is in charge... it will all become known when GOD's time is right.  My task... is always to trust and obey.

Next week I start working on my April budget.  That should be a challenge.  Yuk!

I continue to think about what I learned through the film Boom Bust Boom this week.  It is a big problem we are facing... how to survive as a nation with the debt load we carry right now, which can only go upwards as we try to make it through.  We are "max-ing out the credit cards" and our money is lowering in value as time passes.  Interest rates... I am not sure how they work in all this... seems like there is more to this than we know.  I just want GOD to provide the funds to make a better place for Christians to go, share, help each other... I have most of it planned, I just need Him to provide the funds... LOTS of funds, for lots of people.

Yes, you can pray for this.  Anything will help...   I learned a phrase some years ago called "time is of the essence" and it means time is a factor in the process... fast is needed... soon, now, quick... that's my human view.  :-)

I discovered CSPAN today... I may try to watch more of it.  It helped me to see how much time is wasted in government... I need to figure out how to see the things I am interested in... find out when they are on... and remember to watch them.  I need to understand more about the process and the people who control our lives.

Well, time to go...

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May the GOD of heaven and earth and all creation find a way to bring us what we need.  Amen.

21 March, 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I listened to the film - Boom Bust Boom - several times before taking notes the last time through.  I scribbled down eight pages of notes about various topics, but the main theme is that we are in trouble.  The film is listed as 2015 or 2016 in origin, and one comment in the film said this cycle of the 2008 crash isn't really over.  If debt is the main source of financial instability in a financial cycle from boom to crash, our debt is heavy on the scales.  I would think it is about to tip over.

I guess one message that kept getting repeated in the testimonies of the economists that were interviewed was that all the projections we listen to, and depend on, are made without all the important parts in them... they are created with financial models that don't take the downside into consideration... they are based on no-fail models... best scenario perspectives... always hopeful, never real computations.  It really is a terrible thing to discover the truth, especially about our government... which will never tell us the real truth so we won't panic.

Panic sets in at the stock markets because all that money is tied to real lives... to people who depend on it like I depend on the government for the small amount I have to live on.  I assumed people who invested in the stock market only used their "extra" money.  I discovered the meaning of the word "margin" with this film.  In the desire to "win big" when the euphoric mentality is in play, people will borrow money to purchase stocks they think will bring them a big reward in cash... the ones "everyone" is buying because the rumor is it is the hottest buy of the season.  You can see where that leads... eventually the hot fad dies and someone loses out.

I think the TULIP example from the film was a good example.  All the way back in 1562 people were trying to make money fast.  The commodity then was a bunch of tulip bulbs.  They were promoted by being displayed in new and wealthy gardens, talked up by those who were in the middle of the growth cycle, and then in the end of the cycle there were all sellers and no buyers.  The film said this cycle started in 1562 and ended in 1637...  so it isn't a quick cycle, it is a long cycle that grows kind of like a PONZI scheme... with prices rising as the demand for the "asset" grows.

We see this every day, every season, every year... the economic cycle is more widespread and affects all of us even if all of us are not the ones buying and selling.

I was really disgusted by the example called the SOUTH SEA TRADING COMPANY crash.  This was a manipulation of the English government to deal with its debt.  They forced all the people they owed money to into accepting stock in a trading company for their debt payment.  They were suppose to get their money back with the profits it made.  The unspoken problem was that they didn't own the trade agreements with South America, Spain did... and both countries were at war.  This cycle didn't take as long as the tulips.  It was over in less than 10 years as far as I could tell from the dates mentioned. I think this was the crash that mentioned Sir Isaac Newton lost over two million pounds in this forced relationship and failure.  Government... is it really our friend?  Or is it more concerned with its own survival?

The housing crisis was spoken of as being equal, close to equal, with the 1929 Crash.  I don't think that is really a true statement when you think of the long-term devastation that followed the 1929 Crash... but, it seems to be that way to the economist/s that compared them.  In some of the discussions about the housing crisis (the Sub-Prime Crisis) of 2008, I learned about the FICO evaluations and how they were ignored, and how the government used the argument that the disenfranchised were able to purchase homes because the normal guidelines were set aside.  I also learned about NINJA loans -- No Income No Jobs or Assets.  That is scary.

I didn't like the continued reference to the people who were able to purchase homes as being destined to lose their homes.  In watching other coverage about the crisis, it was stated that many people who were able to make their payments suddenly lost their options when the Variable tax rate was increased beyond anyone's ability to pay.  If the banks really cared about the people and the homes they needed, all they need to do was renew that same contract, or make a better one.

I would love the option to do it all differently... according to GOD's Word... but that takes money I don't have.  I'm not sure what that lack of provision means in Christian/Jewish terms, but it has been a sad part of my prayers.

It is easy to pick up that people don't want to be warned, or listen to any warnings.  There were people who warned about the dangers for decades... decades!  Hyman Minsky seems to be the biggest example.  He was discredited, he was disputed, he was left out of the conversations, because his warning did not fit in with the popular message of the day... that the economy was sound and there were no possibilities of financial bubbles.  :-(   It sounds like the food issues we face today... if it isn't the "right" message, it gets destroyed... in the media, etc.  I suppose climate change could fit in this formula, and the oil crisis, and education, and all the other disputes we never get the truth about.

There is no way I can share all of the details about this film or the notes I took.  You have to watch it yourself.  Boom Bust Boom - a silly title, but that is what it is about.  I will say that I found it on the FREE movie list for Xfinity, but it links to Netflix for free viewing.  I wouldn't know how to link it that way.  Search the movies at Xfinity if you have that cable provider.

Make sure you listen for all the comments about a "Free Market" form of economy.  It might help you to survive our current GLOBAL economic dangers.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD help us to prepare for the days ahead, as individuals, families, and nations.
May we set our priorities on long-term survival, on debt reduction and elimination, on less is better than too much.
May our churches start to see themselves as families, and figure out what resources they have to help each other when the times get worse, when persecutions rise, when the End Times become our times.
May we find fellowship with those who believe as we do, who believe in the true Bible, who believe in the true Christ, and who will one day be in heaven with us.

May GOD provide now for the needs ahead of us.
Amen.

20 March, 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Wow!  It was the first official day of Spring.  And the sun was out, and it was warm, and the dogs had fun being outside, and the grass got cut, and the workers got stuff done, and I watched some TV...

I have been thinking about one program I watch since I discovered it.  It was called BOOM BUST BOOM, and it was about the history of financial crises, or bubbles that popped.  I have had a hard time understanding the housing crisis since it happened.  I figured the banks could have avoided a lot of the problem by letting the loans continue, refinancing to lower payments, working with people -- especially those who were paying their loans off until the interest rate changed... but I didn't know if there were regulations forbidding them from doing that.

I kind of understand the process now... kind of.  The supply-and-demand relationship seems to be the place where prices get inflated and everyone is playing a game of "hot potato" -- trying not to be the one with the hot potato when the game stops.  Banks seem to be the winners, in the long-term, after all the dust settles... but I am not sure why they had to be bailed out.

The link to being a "free market" was repeated often... saying that regulations are not always going to prevent a collapse, but they seem to be part of the cycle.  The system crashes, so regulations stabilize the system, then people forget the risk involved in their choices, they speculate too much, and then the system crashes again.  I did see that DEBT is the core problem.  People would buy their investments using borrowed money, which was collectible on demand, and then fear would take over the banks and the slide into financial quicksand began.

I need to watch it again, but it might be better for you to watch it on your own.  It is hard to explain something that you don't really understand, and only caught pieces of information that seemed coherent to you.  :-)  I think it was on Netflix, but it may have been one of the free movies... I was exploring my options today.

Our debt issues are really serious.  They are like a crumbling foundation and ready to let us all fall into a financial disaster.  I keep wondering what will happen to my only source of income... the government via Social Security and food benefits.  How can I prepare for something like that?  I'm not sure.  I hope I find some way to get ahead soon.

I guess I am thinking twice as hard now.

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I hope the construction gets done this week.  I am so tired of being in limbo with it. 

It makes me think of how to survive my old age... and where.

May GOD be kind to me and grant me financial blessing to accomplish the things that need to be done... soon... as soon as I can.

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I think about the End Times a lot these days.  What is persecution going to look like?  How bad will it be?  How will we all survive it?  The Bible says our world will become like the days of Noah... which means there will only be ONE righteous person... that's a hard world to be in.

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Since I was not able to stay in my room for most of the day, I did take my homemade bread project upstairs with me, and my soup.  I may use the mushroom soup path again. It tasted pretty decent mixed with everything else.  I still need to work on the bread recipe.  :-)  I want to find a one-loaf, easy-to-make, recipe for bread.  I am starting with 3 cups of flour as the base amount.

I know French bread is just flour, yeast, and water, maybe a little salt.  I haven't figured out baguettes yet.  I used some of the bread loaf in part of the soup today... so I may try it as a soup bowl.  When I get the recipe I like, I may try rolls as a small sandwich option.

Food is still a big issue.

I think I may get to bed early tonight... and try to sleep more in the night.

I heard some of the news tonight... about more bombs in Austin, TX. 

I heard one report about Trump in relation to social media and bullying.  The reporter turned an announcement about Melania crusading against kids who torment other kids, often into suicide, and made it a media crusade about Donald Trump's comments against the media... calling the adult use of comments as equal to the bullying topic Melania was talking about.  Made me really disgusted.  That is not the purpose of news or journalism.  The bitterness of the media is threatening the future of our nation.

Tomorrow, I hope to make up for today... or at least by Thursday and Friday.

I will try to clarify the points I was making about the financial film... after I watch it again.  It is only about an hour long.  And it had a lot of points to consider.  Boom Bust Boom at Netflix, I think.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May our lives become better.
May our hearts love more.
May we always think of ways to make the world nicer, cleaner, more kind, more fun.
May we see that each person has the right to make their own choices, as long as their choices don't hurt others.
Amen.

19 March, 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

I heard that tomorrow is the first day of Spring.  I hope that means more sun, but I keep remembering the little song we grew up with ::  April showers bring May flowers... I think that means more rain.  :-)

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I tried to watch a movie called "God's Not Dead" today, but it wasn't on Netflix anymore.  I will have to wait, see if it is on another viewing option.  It was on the UP channel on my son's cable, but I wasn't able to see it.  I couldn't figure out a search option for the guide they have on their TV, but I will keep looking.  It was a 2014 movie.  Instead, I watched one called God's Club (or something close to that), which reminded me of the ridiculous oppression we face as Christians in our new "normal." 

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There are construction workers still at the house I live in.  I tend to go upstairs to watch TV when they are here.  It helps keep the dogs a little bit more settled... not completely, but a bit less prone to bark at every noise.  :-)   This was one reason I was at the TV.

Then it becomes a long-term time investment.  Not good. 

We are getting better at this stuff, but still learning.  :-)

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I tried some of my paper mache projects the other day... and they dried.  Not quite what I hoped they will be.  I watched a YouTube project awhile back and they said you needed three layers, at least, so.... I will fix my "paste" formula and try another layer or two and see if it helps.  I'm exploring these craft options, trying to decide if I want to make something out of them as an ongoing craft to sell.

I also am working on a screen to use for painting like a screen print, but it hasn't been very successful that way.  I'm still trying to decide what it can be used for, and still trying to get to the art store for some real screen printing fabric.  :-)  I have other paint options to try, too... like freezer paper stencils.

I am exploring something called Diamond Glaze, which is shiny like resin, but water clean up.  It has some interesting effects so far.  I can make it thin or thick...  It isn't resin, but it has possibilities.

I have a long list of things to try, from exploring YouTube videos and other sources.  I think I must be a "mixed-media artist" as I don't like to do just one thing.

Time will have to show us the way to my artistic future, if I live that long!!!  haha

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I am happy to report that I ate all my caramels, except the ones I plan to mail.... SOON!   :-)  I hope I don't eat those, too!

I'm going to try to get the digital candy thermometer by next month... then I will try making caramels again, but a little bit more firm.  I like soft caramel, but this batch was too soft.

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That's about it for now... I am fighting a growing headache right now.  Will try to write again tomorrow sometime.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD help us to overcome the evil that Satan uses to turn our hearts against GOD.
May we find our joy in what is good.
May we love to the best of our ability.
May we share with others the best we can.
May we always be thankful for the blessings we have, and not always focus on the terrible parts of our lives... even when they hurt more than we can stand.
Amen.

16 March, 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Isn't it interesting what each day brings us.

I thought some construction in my room was going to be finished on Thursday, but nothing happened.  Nothing happened today, either.  I had all my things, well... as many as possible, covered with towels and blankets to try to avoid the dust from cutting holes in that chalk board they use on walls...  Instead, I ate too many caramels.  :-)  haha  What a way to wait!  I think they will be gone by Monday, and I will have to start my food challenge all over again.  :-)

I watched some HGTV as I was trying to wait.  Today I prepped a lot of veggies into fried rice, chili, and salad.  I have my "Sabbath food" for this weekend !!   :-)   (Plus my recently purchased fruit and veggies.)

I love how they change a building into something new.  I am always impressed.  Lots of ideas for the future.

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My computer, not attached to the internet, seems to have a problem with Excel so I can't revise one of my forms.  This happened before, when I was attached to the internet, I think.  The button to color the text shuts it down.  Not sure what to do.  It isn't "protected" from viruses via the internet.  It just happened the other day... Wednesday.  I was working on it fine all morning and afternoon, then when I went to use it in the late afternoon or evening, it wouldn't work anymore.  I just shut it off.  I will have to try it again over the weekend.

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I watched a great video clip somewhere on Facebook as I was checking pages and posts and groups... I shared it with some of the Christians on my page...  The guy that was on the video had a container with a bunch of orange styrofoam-like ping-pong-sized balls for his visual effect.  He was sharing how keeping in the Word will keep you filled with GOD and prevent the ills of the world from taking space in your life again.  It was great how he poured one pitcher of water (representing GOD and spiritual goodness) and only half of the little orange balls left the life of the "person" in the example.  :-)  At this point, he shared how being half filled with the goodness of GOD's Word and Presence left you looking "lukewarm" and more like the world.  Then he poured in a second pitcher of water and all the things of the world left that person in the example.  He then showed how being filled with GOD meant that the attacks of the Enemy might attack us again, but they wouldn't be able to take up residence... they could only float on the surface and be rejected.

I was impressed.  I don't know if you can find it on my page, but I think my Facebook address is ::  facebook.com/DeborahMartin.2014  I checked the name of my account, and that is the right one, but I am not sure of the exact web address to link it to.  It has been a LONG time since I shared it like this.  I am also a member of a women's Christian group, where I posted it as a link... the group is called Women of Faith ... you might find it there.  It is worth the search

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1882185155145850&id=100000631509963   

 -- Hopefully, this will be the right link.  I will check it.

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I have created another photo message that I might make into a series... I am considering it.  I will try to post it here... hopefully, it will work right.  It is titled ::  HAPPINESS is...  -- and I would try to make a single statement about being happy, then I would write a short paragraph about the topic.  :-)  I am experimenting with ideas to post.  I didn't get any response from my fiverr.com/work2gather gig about making posts for others, but that is also a work-in-progress.  :-)

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Who knows what I will find to do this weekend.  I have tons of things on my "list" to get done, but who knows what will actually be accomplished.  I have an unusual life with its own set of challenges.

I need to answer a letter from one of my sons, and do a few more of the letters on my monthly list.

I am really wanting to work on my art, start some craft projects, and find a place for everything.

Now, to decide what is allowed on GOD's Sabbath...

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin
work2gather.us

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May GOD reach the hearts of all those I love with the message of the gospel for their lives, for their salvation, for their future.

May all those searching for Truth, for Peace, for Love, for Rest, and for all the good there is in this life, find their way to GOD through Jesus Christ.

May all of us be good, find good, and love what is good in this life so our world will be a better place.

May we be the best kind of person there is.

Amen.