12 November, 2018

Monday, 12 November 2018

Today is Monday...
Today is the "official" government holiday for VETERAN's DAY, which was really yesterday, on the eleventh.
Today is catch-up day.
Today is busy.
Today is Monday.

Now we know what today is... let me share some of the things I have been experiencing since my last blog post.

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I watched a YouTube video about a tiny house that is really tiny... approximately 7 feet by 8 feet... I think the man who made it said it was about 100 square feet.  Only 2000 pounds in weight, total, because it was built on a trailer frame that could only hold 2000 pounds legally.

The creator, Jay Shafer, said it could be towed by a car and only cost $5000 to make.  That would be affordable for a lot of people, especially homeless programs, and better than being in a tent or car, but it is very small for living in a long time.

Mobility is nice, but my goal is small and stationery... attached to the location... and off-grid capabilities for now and in future emergencies.  So, my goals are :: to be affordable to the very poor... safe... and a reasonable size for real life and long-term use.

The host of the video channel about tiny homes said that Jay Shafer started the tiny house movement 20 years ago.  I have no way to know if that is true, but it was interesting to discover.

This latest creation of his was a basic rectangle with a small covered porch at the door location.
The main living space was stated to be approximately 6 feet by 6 feet... I can't even imagine it. I think a regular bathroom would be bigger.  Of course, I always say a regular bathroom is bigger than a prison cell, which sometimes holds TWO inmates.  I guess need or force creates our acceptance of things we can't control.

The living space has a twin mattress that serves as a couch for the daytime and bed at night, lots of storage options that are hidden away, and a small table.  At least there are windows.  Jay Shafer was relatively short, so he fit into the sleeping area.  There is a small loft above the main area with space for storage or his visiting small children.

Wireless access keeps him connected to the world.  :-)

He lives in a space where he is able to access a kitchen, restroom, and other utilities/comforts.  I think having a toilet in the night is critical, so I don't know how this tiny home would work for most people.  He mentioned the possibility of expanding to the sides for those basic human needs.  Having a permanent location would be necessary to expand.

There was one solar light to see at night.  No electrical options.

And he created an innovated candle size heater with outside ventilation and propane sourcing to be safe and warm.  I am not sure I understand what he did in the construction, but he did mention a small space like that could be warmed with a candle.  I was surprised to hear that candles are a danger in small spaces... I will have to check on that information.  :-)

He used insulation called core-board to keep the weight down and, what I noticed and remembered, used something called binder board as the outer siding because it is very thin wood.  I am wondering where else this binder board could be used....

I collect all these ideas and hope to design and create some of the small houses I know that homeless and low-income people need.  It was part of my dreams for life, for WT, and for those who are suffering all over the world.  Small housing is essential for millions.

It is one reason I like Habitat for Humanity.  I think the great needs everywhere can be adapted to the finances we struggle with.

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Another thing that really stuck with me was a news headline about an older rocker, big name, who is trying to say Trump is to blame for the wildfires.  How ridiculous is that!!  It makes news sources seem worthless, their information less valued, and the world tainted.

We need much better than these kinds of story claims.

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My son decided to take me for my major food shopping yesterday... so I am pretty much broke for the rest of the month, but have my food supplies replenished.

I saw a TV commercial over the weekend and discovered that McDonald's has the McRib back.  My son was kind enough to stop on the way home and let me get one.  I really like those... must be the combination of the sauce and the pickles.... I remember the pickles were always the flavor highlight of the small hamburgers and cheeseburgers I grew up on.   I rarely get to indulge, maybe once every so many years, if I know they are available.  :-)  The price was higher than what I normally would spend, but I decided to "seize the opportunity" and try to get one while I was out of the house.

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My art and crafting and Christmas activities are continuing.  It's getting exciting for me.  I am figuring out what I want to get or make for each person on my list/s.  It is wonderful.  I am almost ready to put up the clear twinkle lights I have for this year.  "It's a Wonderful Life" is near viewing time.  I love it!  Christmas is near.


Well, that is enough for today...  I hope your days are going well, and you are beginning to think about all the things you are thankful for.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD watch over all those who love Him.
May our hearts remember all the wonderful blessings we enjoy.
May we find our way through the hard places that enter our lives,
and become better people for surviving (and thriving because of) them.
Amen.




08 November, 2018

Thursday, 8 November 2018

I guess I am still thinking about the election, and some of the aftermath.

It has been a long day.  I went to the nearby store last night and got enough food for now.  It is much better today than it was yesterday.

Christmas is still on its way, and I am trying to work on my part of the festivities... gifts, goals, and praying for a better 2019.  My biggest thought is :: How much can I really do to make this world a better place?

I had to nap today, and I am just getting my body going again after getting up.  I will have the evening to get to my list of things to work on.  We have 24 hours, right?  When we work is different for all of us.  Some work gets done in the day, some in the evening hours, some at night.

When I was binge watching Christmas movies last weekend, I stayed up all night... something I rarely do anymore.  I was surprised to see that HGTV has infomercials on in the wee hours of the night.  :-)   I just assumed the reruns kept going all night long.  haha  Who thinks of what happens in the dark hours of the night... not too many.  But, they are the people who need GOD most.

That is one reason I hope to build 24-hour Respite Centers for WT someday.  I have seen the need... a LONG time ago.

It gets frustrating for me when I start wondering why GOD hasn't provided for WT... and why other things have happened... and what is happening in our world... and to me.  I think of sin, and free will, and judgment.  I wonder about my sons.  I wonder who will get into heaven and who won't.  I think about all the suffering there is.  I think about all the different solutions we deal with, coming from someone somewhere, and wonder where my ideas would fit in and how to make them part of our future.  I think a lot.  All the time.  But I can't do anything.  This is how the world will be as the Antichrist rises... less good, more evil.  I don't like what I think about, what I see, what I can't change.

We think about people who have made the world better and we admire them, lift them up, and only know about that one part of their lives.  Is that what it means to be a hero?  Chosen for history?  When we look deeper into their lives it is a more difficult story... lots of personal suffering.  I guess it isn't easy to make a difference.   :-)

My thoughts are wandering today.  The election result and the next two years... what will become of America?  I have come to understand that news reporters are often reading off a prompter... I don't know how they go so easily from tragedy to tragedy...  And then I read the news, mostly the headlines, and I go from tragedy to tragedy without much thought.  These are events I can't do much about, or change, or make any better for those who suffer.  I see rising abuse with crowdfunding and worry about its future... to me, it is the only blessing people in real need have access to, and I want it to be used to help them... probably, even more, the ones who don't have regular access to the world.

I read one comment about Oregon's results as I checked online to see what happened... and discovered the Democrats have a "supermajority" here... the comment was they could pass as many taxes as they wanted to and the Republicans couldn't stop them.  I don't know if that is a good view of our governing power.

It will be something we, as citizens, will not be able to do much about.

How can we save America from its government?  I don't know.

I guess that is all I can share right now.

Pray for all of us... we need help.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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Pray that GOD will help us to understand the impact of our choices and to make better decisions for our country.  Amen.



06 November, 2018

Election Day, Tuesday, 6 November 2018

I haven't checked the news yet... I am wondering how fast the starting totals will be posted... I don't know how many ballots, especially mail-in ballots, are counted before the great unveiling of the voters.  I keep thinking it was such a great process when I was young... now, it seems too automated, global, and even tainted by early media.  When I was young, there was a time-forced process of keeping all the votes secret until the time for each zone reflected the closing of the polls.  This was because so many people didn't know who to vote for and would decide to vote for the one who was high in the tallies on election day... they wanted to be able to say they voted for the winner.

The internet will eventually change a lot of things we do in voting.  I suppose everyone will be able to vote online, from home, from a mobile phone, from any source connected to the internet.  That brings good and frightening possibilities to our world.  It makes me wonder what the future will become... because good people don't think of or do things that are corrupt, but those without any moral boundaries spend all their time and energy thinking of ways to "beat" the system to get what they want, usually money and power.

I happened to see that a single mom with grandkids won half of the Powerball prize... with an all-cash bounty of almost 200 million.  :-)   The government took about 150 million for taxes.  I always wonder if the winners get any of that back when they eventually file a return.

I have been checking on more articles and tips for selling online these days... I found one link to a place called Tax Jar  (taxjar.com) and in the process of exploring their site and offerings, I saw a list of taxes for one place... I think it was California.  They collected Federal, State, County, and City taxes in the example.  Here in Oregon, there are also TRANSIT taxes in some places.  I wonder if they collect those.

I think there is going to be another "tea party revolt" in time... and I don't know if it will be the group we have been seeing in the past several elections.  I know the Democrats feel that 100% taxes will cure all the ills we are dealing with, but they are wrong.  Look at the countries that already are state run... lots of problems in all of them.  No one has figured out how to make the ideal work.  I think we need to regroup and change the entire financial foundations of the government... force them into a limited budget.  I call it "ONE TAX" --- because one tax is all we should be paying.  I decided a flat 10% was fair, and could be distributed among all our local and global commitments.  If you have read my other comments on this issue, you already know my formula :: 3% each for Federal, State, and County taxes, and 1% for International issues like the UN and international aid needs, etc.

I keep thinking about my plan.  It would change our country in so many good ways.  It is one of the causes I would fund if I ever won a big lottery prize.  :-)   I just don't know why GOD hasn't funded me yet... do you?  haha

I have been up since about five this morning, and need to get some other things done right away.  I may come back later, or wait until tomorrow, to comment on whatever the election brings into our lives.  :-)   This is a big day... and every election will become more and more important.  Our nation is fracturing because of the issues we face and our disagreements on how to solve our problems.  Our economy is very fragile because of the national debt and issues related to it.  Our moral foundations are nearly extinct, which will put a whole different kind of leadership into our lives.  I wonder how far we are from the Antichrist, which means death to all the Christians... and little to no morality for the world.

I hope GOD is going to help us... the good people... Christians and Jews... children and other vulnerable people... etc...

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

http://work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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Pray for our country.
Pray for our world.
Pray for our lives.




05 November, 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

It has been a busy day already...

I sent off five of my monthly letters today, without an "insert" for the month... maybe I will just leave it that way for November, or maybe I will think of something that is about Thanksgiving and get it shared.  :-)   December will be my Christmas cards.  Easy.

I checked my emails already, and found a precious video link... from Hobby Lobby!  I was surprised that it wasn't another ad.  It was very special, and only one minute in length.  I hope you decide to watch it.

https://youtu.be/qa9hP2KCjyo


I have started figuring out my Christmas gifting... which is focused on personally created gifts for as many as possible.  I realized I have to mail a lot of them at the beginning of December so I have to get them done this month... and figure out how to ship them economically.  :-)   I always forget that mailing costs are part of the budget for Christmas... so I have to figure out ways to do everything for less money when mailing is a part of the gift.

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In checking my Facebook earlier, to post the video link there, I discovered a reply to a comment I made on the non-GMO group page...   I replied again the best I could.  Our food supplies are in grave danger, and we need our local small farms for our survival, wherever we live.  I hope the person I shared with will watch some of the food documentaries you can find at Netflix, and others that are not there, especially GENETIC ROULETTE.  If you search for Genetic Roulette, some of the other films come up as similar.  Food Inc is a standard, but others exist, like In Defense of Food and Forks Over Knives.  I searched "food documentaries" and a reference page to 30 documentaries came up.

There is a short video into on the Genetic Roulette page link... I watched it and was reminded of the dangers we are facing, and it makes me cry.  One of can do nothing except grow as much of our own food as possible.  All of us might be able to change parts of the problem.  I'm not sure it will ever go away now because of the money involved in the products that are sold as healthy.

One really miserable fact is shared in the films that show how our health leadership is manipulated in Washington DC to serve the needs of industrial agriculture.

I hope you will explore these things... your lives depend on it.


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I didn't go shopping over the weekend, but plan to go some time this week... so I am using up my frozen foods now.  I have to process all those blackberries I harvested over the summer!  I am now looking for good recipes.  Maybe they will become some of my Christmas gifts !!!    :-)



I guess that is enough for now.  Serious issues take a lot of energy out of me because they are tied to my emotions...

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

http://work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD help us to survive those who govern us.  Amen.




03 November, 2018

Decided to add some thoughts - Saturday, 3 November 2018

The past couple weeks and my blogging have been unusual, but not against the idea of blogging when I want to.  Finding a schedule or just adding a post whenever the time and inspiration hit is the big question I still haven't answered.  So many things get involved in our daily lives, some we can't control.

I have been messing around with my November budget today.  I as suppose to go food shopping tomorrow, so I decided to figure out what I can afford to get this month and what food I have to buy first... like the things I am nearly out of or have to replace.  Holiday needs are going to have to fit somewhere... and what to make is also an issue.

Things change as you get older, too.

I spent a long time in front of the TV over Thursday and Friday this week... there isn't much on that I care to watch, but I forced myself to deal with the new way commercials are presented on Hallmark channels so I could veg out with Christmas movies.  I was trying to remember commercials when I was younger... I think you had about 2-4 3--second commercials way back when.  I have counted the commercial sets a few time already and, now, they have changed into 10-12 "short" versions, with a few that seem like infomercials about medical plans and politics.  I have noticed at YouTube kind of places that you don't have the choice to "SKIP" the ads anymore... or, most of them... maybe it's a difference in the ad placement costs... probably.

Today is a Sabbath day... and I am trying to catch up with my life after "binge-watching" all those holiday movies... the old ones, not the new ones, which start soon.  I am eating, reading, planning, updating, checking emails and will probably end up watching some YouTube videos later, or playing some online games like Solitaire and Sudoku.  I am still not at the peaceful place about the Sabbath.

Some people turn off all their internet activities, and TV, etc., for their Sabbath.  I am not that strong yet, and haven't decided if that is important.  Food is another Sabbath issue... today, however, I am just trying to make it through with the food I have.  There isn't much in my fridge or my fresh produce, but there is enough to use up before it gets spoiled.

We all like to grab something already done, ready to eat, something we like... I am finding food prep is hard to get past.  Making coffee in the coffee maker is against some people's idea of Sabbath rest.  I don't think GOD is that involved in the process, but I am aware that in biblical times there was a lot of firewood needed to "make a fire" for food prep... so there is an admonition against it.  Pushing buttons on a microwave don't seem to be in that category.

Religion has so many different issues associated with it... even for those who hate GOD, or Christianity, or Islam, or other controversial faiths.  We have to live in a global environment now, because of the internet, so our religious issues will have to change... I think it will have to become an individual issue... which is hard for countries where the man is the dictator.  In the Bible, GOD says each person must decide their faith, find their own way to heaven, make a decision about Jesus as their Savior... and that is important because we are individual souls.

No one will be with us at the Judgment... no wives, no children, no spiritual leaders, no one.  We have to find our own way, and let others find theirs.

This is where the battle gets sticky... sharing our faith, talking to others about spiritual issues, is different than forcing people into submission to our faith.  This is the true meaning of separation of church and state... that the government cannot say that everyone has to be one denomination.  GOD will judge each of us by our own choices.

This is what "free will" means... we are responsible to choose, and we are held accountable for our choices... good and bad.

I can see I am heading into rambling.  I will end here.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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We are commanded to remember the Sabbath, so it is important to GOD.  I pray we can all find our own peace with that requirement.  Amen.




01 November, 2018

My Voting Day, 1 November 2018

I finally filled out my ballot and put it in the mail...

I don't know that any voting method is "safe and secure" anymore... and I have no way to verify that my ballot arrives with my votes on it... fraud is easy for those who do it.  In Oregon, they now send an email saying your ballot has been received.  Actually, it is only saying that a ballot has been received with my name on it.

I keep wondering how we can make a secure voting process, especially in the age (and future) of internet living.  I recall from history lessons that the gangs in the past controlled the votes by the best methods of their time... which are used in those other countries today... violence, force, intimidation, and any other means possible... but we have "evolved" as a "developed" country into other, more covert, methods.  Mailing ballots has its issues, online voting has its issues, state and national voting have their issues... no matter what we try, the enemy of freedom and democracy finds a way to subvert it.

With technology, people can duplicate (and alter) everything.
Internet hacking can be accomplished anywhere, for a lot of different reasons, including the mailing systems, publishing systems, manufacturing processes, production systems and processes, record systems, and all the other places we depend on for the details of our lives.

A long time ago, in my own search for WT solutions, I realized our world will become focused on two areas online... security and search.  I have my own plans for a search option, but I cannot even begin to understand how we can make our lives secure when they are attached to the internet.

While voting, I came across people who didn't get their voting information into the government process in time for publication in the voting guide we get.  I have advocated for a long time that the government get the process online... with income options for them and VOICE options for voters.  We not have the ability to enter information immediately... so, why doesn't the elections system take advantage of this for income?  The only answer is the ongoing problem of the government to make money like a business.  If they can fix this problem, taxes will not always need to rise.

I discovered the problem a LONG time ago when I kept wanting to submit an opinion for the guide book... the deadline was so far ahead of the election, most voters were not even aware of the topics or people involved in the next election... including me.   Then I discovered the outrageous charge for submitting an entry... way beyond my budget, or anyone else that I know.  the only people who are able to submit an entry for the guide are heavy-duty, deeply-involved, and well-funded individuals or groups with a stake in the outcome, who know the government process.  Everyone else is left out.

I tried to share this online approach with bigger national issues, too.

We can use the internet for positive input from ordinary people if we allow them a space to share their thoughts/opinions at a reasonable price.  We could set a limit on the words or characters (maybe 5000 characters) and charge a small fee ($5?) for the ability to have their opinions displayed publicly at a page/space set up for that issue.  

Every government issue can be separately displayed and become a place for public comment... at every level of government.  This would be a good place for media and political groups to find their issue details, while the governments that are involved would be generating "extra" income for their work -- by issue or by agency or by legislative body.  Imagine the Supreme Court having public comment to refer to on the cases they are deciding....

It would change a lot of things.

Sending a copy to the email that is attached to the comment, and possibly allowing a reference to election records by way of a voter number or a verification of voter status (or voter email), would help people to be aware if someone is sharing an opinion without their knowledge.  It is important to create a process of verification of the speaker, and copies of the comments created in their name.  I find the email option good for me.  I would use the same email attached to my voter registration.

My issue is the inability to have my opinion registered on topics that are important to me.  I can't join public protests, and don't want to.  I don't write a lot of Letters to the Editor, and there is never a guarantee they will be published.  The only opinions that get heard are the ones attached to very active and emotionally/financially political people, probably a lot of them are attached to the word "lobbyist."

WE  NEED  SOME  CHANGE  IN  HOW  WE  DO  OUR  GOVERNMENT !!!!!

That is the big issue.  The bigger issue.  The most important issue.

This is one of my solutions to the government issues we face... income, taxes (over taxation), greed, corruption, voter apathy, ignorance, lack of access, inability to be a voice in what is done, citizen finances, PACs and lobbyists, and online issues...

What would you do to help make America a better place, solvent, and still free?

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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30 October, 2018

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

I am working on my goal review for 2018 and my planning for 2019 now...trying to find new ways to stretch my budget is always a big deal.  :-)  We need money for everything we want to achieve, pretty much... for something...  -- I guess deciding to have family meals together would mean a change in time budgets, so that might not be attached to money, but it could be if work is involved in the decision.   For me, it is always about space to do things and the equipment I need to get things done.  This is why I am always trying new ways to organize my small space.  :-)

It has been raining here, and will be raining steadily for some days, but I may have a small breather today to get some raking done.  I am moving the leaves across the big yard here to the spaces under the trees.  That will help.  I also checked on one of the berry vine spaces and it is already getting too large and wild!  I need to trim it back a little.  This is my first effort to create a "regrowth" plan for next year.  I will be watching how the patch grows and figuring out how to CONTAIN it!!!

My envelopes for my NOVEMBER letters are ready and I only have three more to do for this month.  I hope to do at least two of them when I am done with this... or by the time I need to get them into the mailbox.

I am working on my shipping issues and finding a solution that might work for my situation.  I think I have one... but not sure.

I discovered a movie about someone in New York (I think it was) who baked cakes to pay her mortgage and taxes and not lose her house.  From the YouTube dates, it may have happened back in 2008 or 2009, but I also saw some videos from 2014 (I think), and news reports captured in YouTube format.  The movie is called "Apple Mortgage Cake" because she made cakes to get the money to pay her debts and save her home of 20 years.  I tried to find a free access version of the film, but Pure Flix (.com) was the closest I got... so, now, I have to decide about signing up for it.

The trailer for the movie shows her being forced by government regulations to cease making her cakes in her home.  From what I could tell, so far, she was able to access an approved kitchen somewhere in her community.  Media attention spread the word of her situation and she received lots of orders and made more money than she needed immediately, so she used that to start a full-time business around the cakes.  I am wanting to see the details of the movie... which I never viewed when it was happening... so many years ago.

Selling has always been my financial goal for Working Together's needs because I could never qualify for traditional funding.  I haven't been able to create that yet, but I am always glad to see others succeed at it.  It is really one of the only options the poor have.  Crowdfunding is also a new opportunity for people like me, but it has problems associated with it as well.  I have always hoped to create more options for people through WT because of these hardships for the poor... and membership is the best format for that kind of a program.

I am still thinking about a lot of issues that are related to Christian needs as the world get worse... and the statement I shared in the last blog post  (about people becoming a reflection of their five closest friends) about the importance of schools, neighborhoods, and friends.  News stories that I do hear always become a part of that process.  Election years are always a problem for the process because it is hard to define "good" and "evil" in one person or party or goal.  Bias is called marketing or advertisement or opinion... and truth is so hard to find.  We never really get the truth anymore, and there is so little time to search for it.

Along my path I discovered that the enemies of Christianity used our commitments to eliminate our participation... by scheduling meetings and events at the time we are usually occupied with things of faith.  This was a real "awakening" for me about the unseen battles we face... "covert" attacks is another way of thinking about it.  Nothing you can say is done purposely, but those who are more strategic and committed to their cause against all things attached to GOD, and Bible, and Christianity, created these ways of eliminating participation in important decisions.

If you really understand what the Bible says, you also understand that the world will deteriorate over time, we just don't think of how that will happen.

The Black versus White issues are also focused on the oppressions of the Whites, but we don't really see the anger and hostility and actions of the oppressed...  I have been reminded of some of these things by watching  Remember the Titans  again, but they are also seen in the actions of the gay community toward anything godly.  We just don't hear about them in the media like we hear about the "approved view."  

One example I have notices in music is the "token" white member in an otherwise black band... which is the opposite of the historical view of one black person included in an otherwise white group.  Government can force participation, but it can't create the right heart about anything.  GOD, the real GOD of the Bible, teaches the right heart about those issues we suffer through... and men have changed what He teaches to suit their own needs.

We never really see our own bias/prejudice because we have to approve of our own actions.

Human nature is a big problem... and we are always growing and changing and looking for the approval of our "peers" -- those five closest friends that create us.


I need to get my day started... I may be back... I am trying to find my best path to achieve my goals and I don't know what that will look like yet.  :-)   I love these end-of-the-year reviews... they really make me think about past and present and future.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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26 October, 2018

For this WEEK, Friday, 26 October 2018

It has been a L-O-N-G week...  some good, some bad... and now it is Friday.  I decided I better write something before I forget all the details.

MONDAY was most of the ivy project getting done... and the last part of it was done on Thursday morning before the rains started.  I was exhausted by Monday's effort... but I had to go to the Farmer's Market on Tuesday, which was way too much for me.  I didn't do much on Wednesday... slept a lot.

Tuesday I tried to do as much as I could because I hadn't been out on my own for so long.  I made it to the Salvation Army Thrift Store with my 50% off paper coupon.  I spent less than $10 on a variety of things, but no jeans were found.

I found a Christian CD there and discovered it had the song LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS on it, by Geoff Moore... I have had it playing on repeat since Wednesday, and still find it moves me to worship because of the words and melody.  It has been a great renewal for my soul, especially the words "Thank you for the Life.  Thank you for the Truth.  Thank you for the Way."  Actually, I worshipped through the WHOLE song in the beginning of listening to it, but now I just enjoy the melody and message, with sporadic worship moments.  I don't know how much longer I will play this song, but it is hard to think of not listening to it.  I guess I am "refilling" my spiritual tank.

I would have liked to buy more at the thrift store, but I had to limit myself.  I found a slightly bigger cast iron pan for my kitchen so I decided to get it.  I hope it is a good pan.  It has a number 5 in a circle on the bottom... no brand name though.  It seems to be in great condition... I haven't used it yet.  It will be a good size for smaller meals.

For my cookbook this trip I decided on a Rocco DiSpirito flip book on lesser calories at home and on the go.  It should be good.  I have only browsed it so far.  He looks pretty young, so it is probably an older book... well, I looked... not that old... 2011.  Hope he doesn't mind the comments.  :-)

I got a compilation book on spiritual issues... Christian, I hope.  :-)

And I was delighted to find a VHS of Remember the Titans... which I watched to check its condition, and was so great to see it without commercials.  I looked for a decent link to share, but I couldn't find one... I guess one of the riveting scenes for me is when black Denzel confronts white assistant coach with the fact that he only coddles the black kids in practices... the assistant coach's thought process was caught so well... it really amazed me they could capture that "moment" of self-discovery.  The process of the white team leader/captain was longer, but just as interesting.  I remember some of those rough days, but I lived on the west coast, not in the heart of the struggle...the south.

I love shopping at the thrift store...  but it was too long of a day for me.  I had to recover on Wednesday, and Thursday (after I finished the last of my yard project).  I may still be recovering... but I feel better than Tuesday and Wednesday.

Next summer... smaller projects with less labor involved!!  Yes!

I bought some strange green leaves at the Farmer's Market from Udan Farms... They seemed a lot like cabbage leaves so I used them like cabbage leaves... to make some "cabbage rolls" -- I did put some shredded cabbage in the filling, so the title still works, but it isn't what people know as a cabbage roll.  I have never made them before, but I have wanted to for a long time.  These turned out pretty good... I will repeat the effort in the future.

I put some in the freezer to see how they cook after being frozen.  For my filling I used grated carrot and potato with diced onions and a mini red pepper for some color.  I made rice for the filling because I am under the impression that fillings for anything have rice in them.  :-)   (Stuffed peppers are on my recipe goal list, too.)  The only problem was I didn't have enough flavor in the stuffing/filling.  Next time I will figure out the flavorings.

The leaves got slightly cooked in water that boiled (eventually) so they would be soft and pliable.  The size I cut them down to worked really great.  I am happy it all turned out so good.  I cooked five of them in my toaster oven for one hour, with a sweet potato that I had to save for later.  Three were enough for me to be filled, but I later ate the other two and was stuffed.  Nice to know.

Changing to more fresh veggies in my diet is a big thing for me.  I struggle sometimes when I want chicken or something particular, but I am also cutting up veggies and just eating them more, also cooking individual fresh veggies (like carrots and beets) and eating them without making a stir-fry or some kind of mixture.  More fresh cooked than cans.

I am finding more kinds of "dips" to use with my fresh veggies... like various types of hummus and beans and salsas.  This is my cream cheese challenge... I have always eaten everything with a cream cheese dip that I grew up with... and LOVE.  When my "ration" of cream cheese for the month is gone, I am forcing myself to find other things to use.

I am pretty much done with my budget for this month... so I am working through the rest of the month now...  the days seem like weeks sometimes, but I am fine... I have food, but not always the food I want to eat.  My back-up options are getting better again.  We'll have to see where they are when next month's budget comes up.

My art has gone by the wayside this week... no energy or enthusiasm for it.  I will try to do some over the weekend... I am working on some ideas for Christmas gifts.   :-)

Only four more monthly letters left for October... that is good... I expect to get them done this weekend, too.

I was sharing in one of the letters I wrote today about a statement I read in one of the Evan Carmichael (.com) emails I get.  It was very thought-provoking...

"... you will be the result of your five closest friends."


It is referring to the great influence people have on us... and how careful we need to be about who we let into that "inner circle."

I printed the email to send to one of my sons in jail/prison... he is trying to find his way to the future... and change is hard when you have mostly known the correction systems... addictions... and poverty.  I wish I could have done more to help him... it is one of those domino effects of poverty and lack of education and addictions and personality and other things we face as a nation and as a world.

The legalization of marijuana is not going to make it all go away...  it will just destroy more people.



Well... that's about all I can write today.
I hope you have a great weekend, and find the center of your life is GOD, salvation through Christ, and a new future.  If you can find the song by Geoff Moore it will help you understand the meaning GOD brings to our lives.  I wish I could find the words that would share what He has done in my life... I am trying.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May our hearts speak only good things,
and help others to find the meaning of our joy in Christ,
our faith in GOD, and our dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Thank you, Lord, for all that you have done in my life.  Amen.




18 October, 2018

Thursday, 18 October 2018

I have been at YouTube again... so many things to learn, have to sort through all the videos I still need to watch or categorize.  I think it was a shipping container link that got me there today... wow, I keep looking for homeless housing options that can be purchased like a regular home... to be permanent, stable, forever... and the right price hasn't been discovered yet.  (By me.)

Crafting videos, some art journal videos which have changed my view of art journals  :-), and Ted Talks... which sometimes are great.  I looked into the options to have live YouTube like they have live Facebook, but I haven't figured out any live video options yet.  I need the camera to get figured out first.

I did my yardwork for the day, sent off five letters, and had to take naps.  I still don't have a lottery ticket yet... tomorrow is the big day, so I hope I get one before the drawing.  :-)  It's just the idea of being able to "win" a BILLION dollars... I think this is the second time the prize has gotten this high.

My voting ballot arrived today, and my pro-life voting guide.  I still have to read up on both of them.

I haven't decided what the best way to vote is... eventually, we will probably vote from home... but they have to figure out the security issues for the internet first.  I wonder how many years that will take.

Before I go to the store I need to check my budget and see what I have left to get on my list for this month, and how much money I might have to get these things.  My food budget is a bit low, so I am looking into my biggest food needs.  Two weeks, maybe more, is a long time for being without food items you forget you needed... running out of things is really a pain.  I have been trying to stick to my budgets the past several months... going without instead of going out of the budget.  My "back up" supplies have been changing because of the past experiences I have had... some of them I have shared here.

I watched two videos tonight -- one to check out a caramel recipe and one about homemade bread tips.  Both had things that were good to learn.  Now I have to see if I can use those ideas.

I have decided the pan is really important in making candy... since I lost my favorite one, it has never been the same.  I liked the pan I saw in the caramel video, but have to check it out more.  It is hard to find a TALL certain sized pan for making some recipes...  that is my challenge... heavy, thick, tall.  :-)

The homemade bread tips video showed a "proofing box" design.  I'm going to try the hot water at the bottom of the oven next time I make bread to see if it really makes it any better.  It's a new thing for me.  I have read recipes for some kind of Boston bread that has water attached to it, but not regular bread.

I am trying to develop my own recipes for things I want to sell... caramels are one of those products.  I love them... so it seems like a good idea.  I will have to keep working on it.  I accidentally created a fudge-like caramel once, and it was so good I have wanted to figure out how to make it again... my problem is that I was just using up things I had at the time, so I have no idea how to recreate that "fudge" taste.   That recipe was so strange... it took several DAYS and then it died in that crystallization issue.  Usually it goes sugary right away... I was shocked that it took many days before that recipe did that.  So, I learned a big lesson... I may force my creations to sit at least a week before I ship them...

I am deeply interested in creating systems that utilize every aspect of their process... like making leather if I grow meat to eat, leather without chemical processes.  I saw a video tonight that reminded me of that goal, but my inspiration is Native Americans... they processed their hides without chemicals... I think they scraped them until they were processed enough to use... that's what I remember from something I saw way back in my youth.

This would be the idea behind growing your own food, composting the scraps, creating better soils, selling for income, sharing with ministries, preserving for non-growing seasons, and other food processes.  Natural grazing for animals is something I am trying to discover.  I haven't figured out the winter process for natural grazing, but I have some ideas to try out if I ever get the chance.

I think it is all related to being self-sufficient for me... knowing the day will come that Christians will not have a lot of resources so we have to make sure we don't waste anything.  Off-grid is wonderful.  How much we need is the big question for me.

Food issues are important because of the need to be self-sufficient... the size of the community we will feed and shelter and provide for is still unknown.  These are all the details that only GOD knows right now.

And every part of the world has different needs... different resources.

I think about these things every day... waiting for GOD to provide the ability to get them started and operating and moving toward their participants.

Well... it is late.  I get carried away with all the links I find... I better get to bed so I can do my budget tasks in the morning.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD show us how to deal with the growing oppositions we face as Christians... and the technology that is used to hurt out lives... and the people who are our hidden enemies.  It makes me very sad that they hate us but call us the hate-filled people, always looking for ways to violate the lives of people who have never done anything to them.  How do we "fight" that kind of people?  I don't know.  I keep praying for GOD to show me the way through all this.  May we find that path soon.  Amen.




17 October, 2018

Lottery Dreams -- Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Another day is nearly done.

I found out the Mega-Millions lotter drawing for Friday is nearing the BILLION dollar mark!  Wow!  I think I will invest in one more ticket!  I am waiting for a big financial miracle... maybe this will be it!  :-)  One ticket. One GOD. One hope for funding.  That's all it is.

I think I would go into total shock if I did win... I have been waiting for GOD to provide for WT for so many years...  I would be able to spend all of it in a reasonable amount of time.

When the lotteries decided to go up to $2 I was forced to figure out my options again... I just wanted to invest $1 and see if GOD provided that way.  I found my solution in the $2 dilemma by deciding that $1 would be from WT and $1 would be from me.  If we win, the money (big money only) would be shared 50:50.  It solved that issue.

Money is such a terrible threat to faith that I had to pray about money issues for a long time... just in the creating of any work for Christians.  So I worked through all the details so that before any blessings come I would be ready for them.

If GOD provides a LOT of money, initially, the plan is to make sure my past debts from this journey are paid, and some basic needs are met, but then the rest will be for lots of different things.  I guess I mean that my part will eventually be 10% and GOD's part will be 90%... after I take care of the damages the past has created in the journey.

If I won a billion dollar lottery prize, I think that would all be moot... my ten percent would be able to cover any past and future needs.  It's any other amounts that will have to be prayed about.

I tend to think GOD will provide big money someday... so that is why I have to work this out.

Many years ago I did the "exercise" of deciding what you would do with ONE million dollars, tax free, the whole amount, if you had it... seriously decide what you would do.  It was quite a challenge.  Now I am older, and life is nearing the end, so I don't know if I would worry so much about retirement funding, but owning a good house and property would be my retirement need... probably some kind of car, too.

My school loans went from about $30K to probably near $200K now.  That is one of my casualties of the past.  Other than that, I have small debts to catch up with... nothing much.  If I won a BIG amount of money, you know that "family" would come out of the woodwork, so that would have to be settled... anyone who did anything for me or my kids would want some of it.  All those amounts are not firmly decided yet.  It is all a lot of money to me now, but if I won a big lottery prize, it wouldn't be much of the total.

I was thinking earlier today that I would finally be able to buy from the ORGANIC options if I had that much money.  I could do a lot of things, finally.

Dreaming is fun.

Working Together is a very expensive dream, so it would require many millions just to get going... to start the process.  Growing it would probably take more millions.  Once the process is worked out, it will have to support itself in each region... but the start-up process will cost a lot.

The programs that are planned will also need to be financed in the beginning, until they can support themselves, get more organized and efficient, and are in their forward motion.

I hope I live long enough to see it heading in those directions.  It's been a hard battle so far.  I don't know if I will be like Moses kept from going into the Promised Land, or be able to enjoy seeing it become all it needs to be.

I always hope GOD will provide today, but I never know what He has planned.  I just keep going.  It is all I know how to do, it is my life, it is my purpose, it is my hope...  I have seen the needs that are not met, and I can't bear the thought of so many Christians suffering through them with nothing to help them, or their kids, or their grandkids, or others that may be living until the Antichrist gets here.  I am just one Christian.  GOD has to provide.

That is what I wait for... that moment when GOD provides.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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I hope this is the time when GOD will bless.  Amen.




16 October, 2018

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

I need to find a better way!  :-)   Yardwork is very exhausting !!  So, I rested a lot today, again.  Oh, well, winter will be here soon enough... that will solve that problem.  haha.

I am still thinking about the film "22 July" and wondering what it means for our world.  The killer was sure he was doing the "right thing" for his cause.  He was called a "right wing extremist" -- which I didn't understand because he didn't have any faith in GOD... and "right" usually means people of faith, with "left" meaning socialists/liberals/no faith.

Another Christian program I happened to hear today says that Canada is planning to let kids end their own lives without parental involvement at any level.  This is a sign of what we are heading into.  It seems that anyone diagnosed with mental illness can also be killed by the government against their will.  The real reason is medical costs... MONEY... taxes.  This is how much you matter to the government, yet the government wants to force you into their care.  Think about your future.

I am still too tired and sore to think about all these issues... and write about them right now.  It is becoming such a nightmare just to exist anywhere.  How can we "opt out" of this kind of government control?  It's not a good future for those who are growing up right now... it won't take long.

When I heard projections about how much technology is going to change our lives, our jobs, our world, they said ten to fifteen years... that was at least five years ago, probably more.  The idea is that technology is exploding in growth... not slowly growing... the changes are faster than we can keep track of them.

Businesses are going bankrupt.  That means their jobs are gone, their stock is gone, their taxes are gone.  I heard that SEARS stock fell to less than a dollar because of their efforts to reorganize and build a better business for this environment... they have declared bankruptcy to protect themselves from billions in debt.  I was most distressed to hear that the person in charge sold their best asset a long time ago... Craftsman tools.  If they can find their place in the online market, and organize their retail options strategically, they may survive.

I hope they do.

This is one illustration about our dependence on stock portfolios for our retirements.  AMAZON faltered and it's owner/founder lost almost 10 BILLION dollars of value with it.  We praise the wrong people as wealthy.  We need to value hard assets, debt-free assets, characters that will stand through trials of life, wisdom, and things that are not found on a balance sheet.   I wonder who that would be?  If we had a top ten in those kinds of people, who would be on that list?

I have to say I received some newspaper puzzles back from an inmate I write to... they were not allowed to be received at that (federal) prison.  How pointless it seems to focus on newspaper puzzles sent to an inmate... this is suppose to make our prisons safer.  :-(

I guess one thing led to another... so many issues to complain about.

But the Democrats are suppose to be the "progressive" party.  Has anyone really thought about their views lately... they seem to be more about killing innocent people, babies, children, the mentally ill, and whoever will make the list next... probably inmates, veterans, disabled people, and the people who get in the way of someone powerful.

I better go.  I am getting madder and madder.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD help me to channel my anger into better directions, and provide the resources to do that.  Amen.





15 October, 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

What a day...

I worked on my yard tasks today, in small parts of time, and had to nap two or three times because of it... I am pretty out of shape, I guess... but I hope to finish the curb clean-up and do some more vine cutting tomorrow.

What happened last is what has my mind busy.

I went to watch some news in the early evening and discovered a new movie available on Netflix... it was reported by the News Hour.  I decided to see if I could watch it, and I did.  I guess it is a new release, and it is about the killing of all those kids in Norway awhile back.  The date will now be forever etched in our minds as the title is the date ::  22 July.  I guess that happened way back in 2011.  It seems so long ago, and still memorable.

When I watched it, the title said it was a Netflix original.  It was about 2.5 hours, and very emotional.  I had to take breaks, and I sobbed several times.  I think the part to watch for is near the end, when the main victim of the movie shares his feelings with the killer.  After all the details of the film, it is very moving to hear.

The legal defender's role was very interesting to see... a great portrayal for the film, but I have no idea what really happened.  Public defenders in America... we don't want to start that conversation.  Norway seems to be very different.

I would never say that the crime was justified in any way... I just don't understand the perspectives of people who do these kinds of things, or suicide bombers, or terrorists of any kind.  I didn't like the sentencing at the end.  I suppose this is a spoiler, but maybe not... we know he was put in prison, right.  It seems Norway has solitary confinement as their prison choice.  I consider that to be cruel and unusual punishment for anyone... but I don't know any more about their legal system.  I keep saying that isolation is considered a war crime, so why is it in our prison systems... I'm not sure it helps anyone.

What did frighten me is that they showed a young man who was willing to kill for a cause he could have fought for in legal ways... politically, in writing, in protests, in ways that did not kill innocent people.  Why do they choose this pathway?  I really don't know.

It seems to be a thing called "criminal thinking" - a way of seeing problems and finding solutions.  I think it is peer-motivated, habit, the only thing that seems to work for the moment, and who knows what else.  Long-term consequences seem to be hidden from view, or not considered important enough to change direction.  It is hard to unlearn.

It is also scary that the movie shared there are hidden groups of these people all over the world, thinking (like Hitler) that they are better than other human beings so they are justified in their actions.  I guess this is the same thought process for the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11....  What do they say to attract our children?  How do they convince them to join their ranks?  It is frightening.

It is hard to imagine people we love becoming that lost... or a future of so much hatred... of losing people to violence that is political in nature... or how to stop it.


In checking for the link to PBS, I remembered another good thing I saw today.  You might want to see their segment called "In My Humble Opinion" for today... it was good.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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11 October, 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

I started watching videos again... on selling strategies for Etsy... so I better get this posted.  Who knows what will happen the rest of the day!  and night!  hahahaha

I'm doing better at my daily lists...  I think the issue is writing down what you HAVE TO DO first and then adding the things you need to do for the rest of your life...   You have to do dishes and laundry and food prep, you need to figure out the secret to selling on Etsy.  I would delegate some of that daily responsibilities if I could, but it is only me.  I am the only option.  (Right now.)

I did my art journal already, for today.  When I was looking through the newspaper, I decided to cut out photos to try painting. It is really a nice project for me -- doing the art journal.  I should have started this a long time ago.  I thought about it... many times... but it seemed impossible in my one room and because of other issues.  For now, I put the stuff on my desk.  It will have to do.  It won't work for the duration, but it is good for the start-up phase... :-)

I get to go food and household shopping tonight... lucky me.   Being a dependent senior has its disadvantages.   :-(   Part of the change process.   I will buy my lottery tickets tonight.  If I win, I see a car in my future !!!  :-)

This weekend I will try to catch up with my reading, start a draft of a business plan for Working Together, work on my crafting options, try to decide on how to list my crafts and other items, and MAYBE try to take some listing photos...  They are the critical factor.  I found out that a good camera, all by itself - without all the necessary added equipment, is over $2K... it will be awhile before I get good photos for my listings... PRAY for me!   :-)

I just watched some videos about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for Etsy, and have more to watch after this.  I found out some new bits of info so I have to explore it some more... ways to research keywords  for your products.  I think I might update my shop more... the policies, keyword options, photos about me and the shop, the announcement.  That will get me started in that direction.

I am still thinking about WHAT I could sell at fiverr.com  ( http://www.fiverr.com/work2gather ) - and nothing has inspired me yet.  It is quite a time commitment to deal with Fiverr... I would have to check it daily and then do the orders... which would take away from everything else.  Selling a finished product at my Etsy shop is different process.  So is my eBay shop.  I have a bunch of used items to list at eBay, just not able to do that yet.

I also have shops at eBay and fiverr.com for Working Together... I need to get things listed there, too.  A long time ago, I think it was eBay that had a category for "memberships" so I tried to sell WT memberships there.  Not a good response... then.  Now I am looking at other ways to reach Christian customers.

December is almost here... I hope I can figure all this out by then... it is such a pit not being able to hire help, or have a separate office in Eugene, etc.   I have to keep refocusing my angst from the problems of today toward a better future for me and WT.  Someday...


I guess that's enough sharing for now.  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD pour down financial blessings on WT and me...  :-)   … soon, very soon, maybe this week, maybe sooner... lots of financial blessings.  :-)   What can I say, sometimes the needs overwhelm me.  Only GOD can provide for what I need right now.   :-)




10 October, 2018

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

I am here early!  I wish my motivation was great, but it is fear I won't last (energy-wise) until later... :-).  I already had to take a nap!

I am glad to share that I have done two days of my quest to create an art journal by doing one picture in a small art pad I have... this is going to be very inspiring... I am already wanting to keep painting, looking for things to try painting, and thinking about the possibilities.  One picture will not be enough soon.  That is GREAT!  I need to get my crafting going!

I was up in the wee hours again, so I worked on some of my planned tasks.  I have updated my forms again, caught up with my recordkeeping, and I MAY have figured out how to get through the rest of the month.  Maybe.

That is a big success right now... it is the holiday season!

The sun is out, but I may not make it to my yardwork today.  I am trying to get my energy going in that direction.  We will have to see...

I could share a bunch of personal quests, but I wonder if they would be worth it.  I guess all that matters is that I am catching up with my long list of things to get done, and getting motivated to get my crafting done... Christmas gifts are in progress.

I am trying to work on some SMART goals to try to make real and accomplish them.  Goals are a tricky thing... making that time goal is really a challenge.  I have tried a zillion ways to get my goals into a workable format, something that is really achievable, something I can call a real commitment... but it is a flexible deadline for me... and resources (the lack of them) seems to be more than I can overcome.   BUT, I continue to try.

So, I'm off to continue my many quests.

I sincerely hope you are doing better than I am at my goal quests.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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09 October, 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Finally!  I made some pancakes I could eat!  :-)

When I went shopping I decided to buy some boxed mix... a healthier brand, but still a boxed mix.  So, I remembered to make pancakes this morning and I am happy.  The mix worked, the pan worked, and I have three breakfasts in the freezer and one for tomorrow.  I am happy.  :-)

Letters from over the weekend were mailed this morning... and I FINISHED my September letter list today... now I can start on my October letters.  I received part of my michaels.com order today.  I hope the rest will arrive soon.

It seems the new way of shipping is to send out items individually... I suppose they are drop-shipping, but it is a pain.  I had a terrible time with Michael's Customer Service Chat Line when my confirmation email was messed up... I think it was over 90 minutes on chat, with three different people, and I won't go into the details but it wasn't fun.  I like Michael's, but I can't seem to get to the stores these days.  Online was something I was trying out.  I haven't decided if I want to try it again.

All I think, when I have these types of experiences, is how vulnerable a business is to the actions and attitudes of its employees.

Enough on that.

I was up late last night again, discovering some business sites and people and articles and audios.  I still have to read them in full.  I found some great graphics, and PDFs, and ideas.  I had to rest this afternoon because of it.  I feel so old when I have to nap.  :-)   I am old, but don't like feeling like I am old.  haha.

Doing all that exploring is something I need to limit to, maybe, ONE day a week or month!  I wish.  With the internet, you have to grab the link when you find it.  Printing is how I capture all these moments for later.  I wish more sites would make easily downloadable  PDFs of their articles... webpages are in flux, it seems... some of them print well, other not at all.

I love to discover new great things online... or better than the rest kind of things.  I found an artist in Uganda on the elephant group I belong to on Facebook... Nice, huge paintings of African life.  I would buy some of them in a minute, if I had the money.  So, now I am following him and waiting to see what else he does in the future.      
              https://www.facebook.com/1446730652250397/posts/2123641221226000/
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              Jose the African Art Painter

I was checking on some Christian links last night, too.  I discovered a digital publishing site and was trying to find out more about it.    calameo.com    I am not fond of this kind of publishing, but I can see it is going to be part of the future, so I was trying to figure out how it works.  I have to say, I was in LOVE with the download as a PDF option on some of the publications.  The big problem I found was that there is little information about the site and how it works as a publishing vehicle... so you have to sign up to find out.  They have a free option, but still little details about what it will do for you... at least for those who are not technical and/or don't have any experience with the process.  I am trying to decide if I want to sign up and explore it further.  I probably will, but not sure when.

I like print.  Others like digital.  So.....I am trying to make purchase options for different types of customers.  I don't know if you have to upload a finished magazine or page, or if you create within the site.  I also don't understand their limitations on the free account yet.

It all takes so much T I M E to work through.

Well, I have decided to do some "art therapy" tonight.  :-)   I want to try art journaling with some little art paper books I have.  Tonight is the moment for that... let's see where this leads!  :-)


Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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08 October, 2018

Columbus Day, Monday, 8 October 2018

No mail today.

I'm not sure Columbus Day matters that much anymore...

It seems so long ago that Columbus ventured out beyond the "end of the world" and discovered the earth was round, or... that it didn't drop off into nothingness as they thought at the time.  That's all I can remember about Columbus today.  :-)  Sad.   [NOTE::  I heard some info about Columbus, and maybe I remember the wrong explorer for that claim... I guess Columbus discovered America, which is what I thought, but I also thought the falling off the earth part was him.  It may be that one of the other explorers was the brave one.  :-)  My US History is so bad...  like math, it dies with disuse. ]

History was never something big in my life... or geography.  It is growing more important, but I am at the end of my life now... so what does that mean?

I think labor contracts will change the observance of Columbus Day one of these days, in favor of some other historical event.  Washington and Lincoln lost favor awhile back, becoming a generic celebration called Presidents Day... which, I assume, means ALL the presidents.

So many jobs are being lost to computer technology, it may not matter much in the future...

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I think I did my monthly shopping yesterday... it took about five hours and three stores.  The rest of the month will be small refill trips for fresh produce and anything else I forgot yesterday.

I overdid it again... It took many hours to put everything away and try to make a space to sleep again.  :-)   I am still trying to recover.  I think it takes several days for me to get back to a reasonable physical condition.  Aging is so much fun.   I keep wondering about the day when I can't do anything I can do today.

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I am still updating my budget and records for the month.  I need to figure out what has been spent, and what is still needed, and what I can go for the rest of the month... 23 days, plus the days to get to next month's budget.  This is always fun.

I do have more to get done this month, so that is fine with me.  My main problem, right now, is getting winter clothes... jeans, mostly.

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Today I have been prepping my food, cleaning up from the weekend (vacuum, laundry, etc.), and my recordkeeping.

I have decided to do some art journaling.  I am hoping it will help "jump-start" my crafting goals.  I bought some small art tablets a long time ago and have been trying to use them for practice.  This will be a great time to do that.  They are small, spiral bound, and I have enough of them not to worry about messing up pages.

In the past, I was never able to buy many supplies.  It was low on the priority scale.  Time was a problem, too.  I guess the fact that I lost everything to storage issues or accident issues was also a part of that process.  Now I have been able to gather supplies, in pieces, for some of the areas I want to work in, so this will help me get started.  Dedicated work spaces have been an issue.  Creativity is messy...  art may help in that issue...  I am moving forward, it is just a slow pace for my budget.

This may be a good month... if I can find a solution to the shipping issues I have right now.  :-)  I can't sell until I can ship stuff... dependably.  In the meantime, I am experimenting and looking for the products that I can do in my current situation.

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It is so wonderful to have food again... I hope I don't have to "stretch" my month again... even if it is a good exercise for wallet and soul, and a "wake-up moment" about the blessings we take for granted.

If I can stretch everything out, reducing my eating habits and portions to make it all last longer, and help my "diet" goals  :-) … that would also be a good deal for the end of the month battles.

I have read that the old breakfast in the morning, lunch at noon, and dinner in the evening, is a good pattern for the body... something about digestion issues.  Our bodies seem to need a "rest" between meals but we tend to snack/eat all the time.  I am thinking it is a good idea for my food budget and diet goals, too.  BUT, I have to work into a schedule that might work for me.

The other issue is that older people sometimes need to eat every few hours, but smaller amounts... to get everything into their body that needs to be in there... kind of like spreading the same calories out into snacks instead of big meals.

MY goal is to find a happy medium.  :-)   I'm working on it.  I am consciously trying to eat smaller  portions (maybe "again").  In my quest to reduce my animal foods, I have been doing great at eating smaller portions of the things I still cannot live without... like cream cheese, regular cheese, meats, herring, and other things.  This has been a motivation in those directions for the meal size issue I am talking about now.

These are the problems we all face... food, money, health, life... family.  I guess they are human issues… all about survival.

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What can I say about a Monday...  it is like a "catch-up" day for me.

In my quest for business financing, I have decided to spend $5 on lottery tickets (because I have a $5 bill, the only usable cash right now)… two of the national lotteries are very high amounts, which I only discovered on Saturday.  The final $1 will go to the State lotter game because it is still only $1.  I don't know if GOD will bless WT's need for start-up financing this way, but I try to get one ticket every now and then, when it gets so high.  WT needs millions and millions of dollars, and I don't qualify for that kind of financing, nor do I know anyone who would give me the money, so... I figure ONE ticket is not offensive to GOD... I hope so, anyway.

May GOD be kind to me and WT... Amen.  :-)

I guess that is the biggest controversy in my life... praying for a big win to finance WT.  I figure GOD has a plan, I just don't know what it is... This is my man-made effort to solve my money problem.  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times




06 October, 2018

Found a prayer to share

I have been going though more of my "piles" and decided to share a copy of this writing I discovered in an advertisement awhile back...


I said a prayer for you today
And know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart
although He spoke no word.
I didn't ask for wealth or fame
(I knew you wouldn't mind).
I asked Him to send treasures
of a far more lasting kind!
I asked that He'd be near you
at the start of each new day;
to grant you health and blessings
and friends to share your way!
I asked for happiness for you
in all things great and small.
But it was for His loving care
I prayed for most of all!



I posted to FB, but want to add my comment here.

I want to let you know you can pray wealth for me,
but fame is not that important to me.  :-)




04 October, 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

I made it through the day!  :-)

Didn't get to the yardwork, but worked on other things.  Had to wait on the bread loaf... maybe tomorrow.  Created a veggie-bean salad from things I needed to use up, and it was pretty good.  Better when it was fresh (lesson learned), but still good.  I ate the second round with the last of my bread supply from the other day.  Toast is good... I like it better than soft bread.  I had my bean spread with some toasted bread earlier in the day, too.

Food... it can be a challenge when you don't have your favorites on hand and have to get creative with your meals.  It's good to have to do that occasionally... willingly... not by the force of life issues.

I keep thinking about what kind of foods grow in those countries where drought is causing starvation... what kinds of seeds or help could we do for them... but then I remember all the violence that makes their lives worse, and that we can't control.  It is a sad thing that Man, as a creature, is the same all over the world, when you really get down to the power struggles.  :-(   Women and children always suffer because of the Men who have no control over their actions.

(This always leads me to wonder what life was like for Noah and his family...  being away from it is the only way to survive, I think.)

I have been trying to work out my October budget... looking forward to getting food again... trying to rebuild my "back-up" supplies.  I spent my crafting budget today.  Not much left to work with now... but I am getting focused on my Christmas gifting.  No money means I MUST find other options for giving.

I have always loved the giving of the holiday season... and struggled to include as many as possible.  With such a tight budget, I am trying to figure out what I can do this year.  When the news reports (and government reports) say everyone is doing fine and spending more, I wonder if they are living on credit cards, which is not really doing fine.

I still want to try a credit card, one, maybe by next year... but I don't know if I can get one.  I am thinking of using it to buy my big-ticket items... smartphone, computer, digital camera, and things like that... ONE at a time, if I can control my spending.  Mostly I need a smartphone, internet access, and a better computer... the rest is flexible.  Pray for my finances... thanks.  :-)

I received a beading supply catalog today and was so motivated by the process of looking through it.  I have designs in my head that I want to try.  I am trying to find a way to get them into a selling phase so I can increase my income level.    I may have to rethink my crafting organization.

It seems that rain is coming back to my part of the world.  It is good for the dry ground.  I am wondering if I will need to fill the birdbath when the rainy season gets here.  I have never had a birdbath before, so I am not sure what they do.  I love seeing the little and medium and big birds drinking the water and taking a quick bath, always on the lookout for the creatures that want to make them dinner.

I was looking at some of the birdhouses available at the crafting site I was looking through.  I am not sure which kind of birdhouses would fit the birds in the area, but eventually I will figure it out.  I have some bird food to make into winter feeding aids, as soon as I figure out how to make it stick together and stay in the shapes I am looking for..  :-)

Finding a good space to work on my crafting projects is a challenge... I have come to believe that I will find the answers as soon as I can.  I keep praying for GOD to bless my needs and my efforts.

Well... I will get to that challenge... finding a solution to my crafting issues.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May the GOD who owns it all find a way to share with those of us who are depending on His provisions for our needs.  Amen.



03 October, 2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Time flies as you are catching up with your emails!  :-)

I took a long survey from a link in one of my emails... which is a mixed feeling activity.  The options to answer their questions are never good for all situations, more the categories they want recorded.  I tend to favor the text spaces to share the details of my opinions... but, actually, if they don't have a character count, I wonder how much gets through.  I hope I was able to share what I thought they wanted to know.

Other than that, I call this a recovery day... I was able to do more than yesterday, and hopefully I will be able to do more tomorrow.

I made some bean spread, and it worked out OK.  A learning experience.  It was good with bread pieces.  I can see why they have those bread and cheese fondues.  :-)  Bean "hummus" is a good protein source, and I made this without oil, just the bean liquid and some lemon juice.  I'm still going to have to work out the proportions for the next batch, but it is something I will eat again.

I see making more bread in my future, so tomorrow I will try to make an actual LOAF shape of bread.  That will be good for sandwiches. My veggies are going to become veggie sandwiches.

The giant jicama still stares at me from the counter... I think it is good for bean spreads, if I remember the last one I ate (a much smaller jicama!)… so, soon... very soon, I think... it will become gone.

That's about it for now.
Too much email tonight.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May we all survive until tomorrow...
and our country find leaders that really care about the people they serve.
Amen.



02 October, 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

This will be short, as I haven't been feeling well lately... so...I am resting a lot.

Just wanted to touch base with my blogging effort...

I'm waiting for my October budget to kick in and am really stretching my food options... too much pasta.  I tried a new recipe for pancakes this morning, but it all ended up in the trash. I tried a reduced amount of a bread recipe, and it kind of worked, but is more like a flat bread.  Now I am trying a pizza dough recipe and making it into a loaf shape for sandwiches and toast... hopefully.  Not sure it will work, but it's better than all pasta as an emergency diet.  :-(

I'm still trying to decide what to do with a huge jicama I bought, and I have a yellow squash and a zucchini left.  Some canned foods.  And lots of pasta.  :-)  I have oatmeal and dried fruits and nuts, too.  I'm just trying to see what I come up with.

It is making me revisit my back-up food plan.  haha.

I use to always have certain boxed foods as back-up, but I have been working on changing my food choices to more whole food that are plant based... as much as I can.  It is always a lesson in life and our choices to try to make changes in our habits.

Food commercials are really our enemies when we are trying to eat better.  :-)   I have almost ordered pizza at least 10 time!!!   haha.

So, after I get this bread baked, I'm heading back to bed for a rest.

I hope all is going better with you.

My brain hasn't stopped thinking of all the problems in our world, but I just can't write about them right now.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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27 September, 2018

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Lots of budgeting work today, planning for October and the Christmas season.  I made new forms to try, and am getting closer to my single notebook goal... something I can look at every morning or evening to plan ahead.


It was a long project.


Now, it's late, and I'm having a cup of coffee, hopefully before getting to bed for some sleep.  I got most of my morning to-do list done... didn't get to the ivy patch, though.  :-)  It must be one of those sub-conscious things, what do you think?  haha

I made a new page to try to figure out what "envelopes" I would want to have if I decided to do the envelope saving and budgeting approach.  I tried it once before, but the "sinking funds" have me wondering how to separate the funds in my situation... somehow it has to be done on paper, in a bank account, in an envelope, somehow.

So, I was looking at my budget and tithe records and making them more useable for these things.  I am finding that having the details on different pages is good in some ways, but a pain to keep track of in other ways.  Finding the "happy medium" is one of my goals.

The Open Office programs I use now do not work like Excel so I have to adapt my designs to their quirks... each file will only print in one direction, with the same headers and footers, and margins (I think, can't recall right now)… it make it a pain when you want one page to be portrait and one landscape.  I am getting use to it.

My efforts to use the Notepad program didn't work out as well as I wanted them to either.  Now, I have to decide if I want to move the designs and info to a better space... something that is easier to edit and format.

My PLANNING pages are really getting much better... more useable... less pages... and with more categories to remind me of all the options and requirements for my goals.  I've been getting clearer about doing things monthly, with a weekly and daily breakdown... which, I assume is what the expensive planners do.  :-)   My notebook effort will work just fine for me.

I think the BUDGET page is the hardest.  Trying to keep track of different categories of spending and saving without too many separate lines... one page gets so SMALL when you are trying to stay within its boundaries.  :-)


It is hard to keep track of all the details of my days.  I wonder how much to make notes about, and sometimes I use my notes to remember when I watered something, bought something, did something... they help.  Next  year I hope to get them all in one place, too.  It's hard to decide how many pages I would need looking forward.  I think that is why I like the flexibility of a 3-ring notebook for my projects.

My CHRISTMAS pages are getting printed now.  I have no idea how I can do presents for everyone at my income level.  I am hoping these planning efforts will help me to do that.

In the process of dissecting my income and creating a budget, lots of things come into the process.  Thoughts of the past, the present, the future... wondering about GOD and the things we expect Him to do... how to ever reach a decent goal.  Today I am wondering about GOD in my situation.  Today I was wondering about people who don't believe in Him and what my life looks like to them.  Today I think waiting is hard.  Today I want GOD to do more.  It's one of those hard days...

I had to find out where my money was at to see if I can make it to the next budget... food, etc.  It is why I spent so much time working on my revisions and updates.  I haven't been doing my end-of-th-month stuff for several months.  Today I finally got the records put away where they need to be for future reference.

I suppose tomorrow will be more of this, but I don't know if my aging body can take all this sitting.  I will have to think about it.

I did see some of the Kavanaugh hearing details online, via an NBC live link I found somewhere... and had to keep reloading because it would stop for no reason.  BUT... let's be thankful I was able to see any of it.

Personally, it made me so sad about America and our future... the process we have entrusted with our future is pretty much destroyed by party politics and greed.

I just want to build Working Together and let it go...  the Bible tells us that GOD leaves us when we don't want to listen... He tries and tries and tries, but then the Holy Spirit stops trying and leaves people to the consequences of their choices.

I was listening to sermons today and one of the things I was reminded of was how GOD works.  Now I remember... it was a sermon about how someone created a decision for someone else and then GOD turned that into a decision for or against them... I think it was the story of Haman that I heard today, the part where the King asked him how he would honor a man.  Haman thought the King was going to honor him so he created this amazing answer, what he wanted the King to do for him.  Then it turned out that the honor was for the enemy Haman wanted to kill.

The Pharaoh with Moses was another example I was reminded of.  When the Pharaoh created the punishment for the Jews, GOD brought it back onto Egypt.  The death of the firstborn was meant for the Jews, but Pharaoh really sentenced himself and his whole country.


It was a serious day with lots of spiritual thoughts... trying to understand our present situations as a country and a world... and trying to see the purpose of small things in families and churches and cities.  


I watched a video "movie" about atheists the other day.  When you deal with college people, students and teachers, the idea that science is irrefutable and knowledge that is taught in secular spaces is without fault is really hard to combat.  Logical arguments, based on what the other person believes, is lost in words that really don't make sense.  It takes a lot of time and effort to break through the fog of the "educated" mind and argument.

In the film, as in most debates about the reality of GOD, the need for salvation, the existence of absolute truth, and other related topics, the stage is always many secular minds and attitudes against one or two Christians.  I don't know that I could even attempt to do that kind of battle.  I am glad some people are called to it... even if they are not the greatest actors in the play.

In the later part of the film, the man who had stopped the debate because they didn't like the efforts of the Christian man (which I didn't either... one line stated over and over again until it had no meaning and defeated the purpose of the debate)  followed the Christian speaker and tried to explain why he had done what he had done.  The detail/s that I noticed most were how he thought he was a Christian, the man who was trying to explain himself, but then said he did not believe the Bible was the Word of GOD.  The debating Christian tried to explain that they can't have a conversation about some things without the agreement that the BIBLE is GOD's Word...  that the basis of the conversation would be as a Christian to an unsaved person, not as a Christian with a Christian.

The opposing forces have made Christianity into one of many spiritual options, and all of them can be mixed to whatever you want to believe in... and that is just not true.  GOD is GOD, and the Bible is His letter to us about what matters to Him.  It isn't up for discussion or debate... it is His Law.  We obey because we love Him... because He is good... and because what He has shared leads to life, joy, happiness, faith, understanding, wisdom, peace, and more.

I think this mixed bag is generated by the gay community to make their choices seem more appropriate than they are.  It is a major farce to say you can be gay and still be Christian.  There might be a grey space in the short transition period of learning what GOD says in detail, but it is one of the most obvious "abominations" of sex to GOD.  It is why He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  There is no place in the Bible that says GOD accepts homosexuality... or promiscuity... or adultery... or pedophilia... or rape... or any sex outside of a loving marriage.  When we accept Christ as our Savior, we accept all that is involved in the salvation commitment.  We instantly begin to leave our sins behind, the easiest ones first and the harder ones as we grow, but we continually move toward the righteousness that GOD says is true... until the day we die.
The problem with the power of the media, the purpose of debates, and the truth, is that we don't really hear what is being said.

I guess one of the college students in the film said it all when he said that evolution has been proven to be true... and it hasn't.  Creation is a theory, but the science they learn in school is fact.  What is under all this haziness is the desire to keep sinning, to be able to do what they want to do, and not to have to face the idea that what they choose might not be right, or good, or kind, or loving, or respectful.  No GOD means no accountability... except the laws and getting caught, and a good lawyer seems to work for the wealthy in those situations.

These would be the "good people" -- the ones that are not Christian...  Christians are suppose to be perfect people, but the "good people" are not... they are humane, benevolent, caring, intelligent, powerful.  The differences the Bible tells us exists between the saved (Christian) and the unsaved (good people) is wrapped up in this comparison.

I guess I am going into the Netherlands of thought myself...  it's like linking online... one leads to another, then another, then another...  It is one of my goals to learn how to separate these issues for writing books.  I hope I can get that done soon, just to be sure it's done before I die!!  :-)

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

work2gather.us
Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

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May GOD make His presence known to those who want to find Him.
May our leaders care more about all of us than they do the next election.
May our lives become better than they are.
May we care about others and do what we can to make life better for as many as we can.
May we find the Truth so it can set us free, make our lives better, and discover how good we are and how important we are to the Body of Christ, the world, and life.
Amen.