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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May we all be healthy and able to meet the needs of our days.  Amen.