Don’t Share Everything You Know


Tilapia (Photo credit: nate steiner)


Why might I suggest that we shouldn’t share everything we know? Mostly that comment is related to keeping to yourself things or at least certain things relating to specific foods that don’t hurt folks.


Someone told me that a specific product similar to pudding, but not pudding is thickened with tilapia. For those of you that don’t know, tilapia is a fish. I like tilapia, but only when I’ve chosen to cook fish for supper.


Even though the food item I’m referring to doesn’t have the taste of having tilapia in it, now that I know this little tid-bit, I cannot eat it anymore. I enjoyed it quite a bit in the past.


I understand that those with a German background in particular use tilapia in this manner. If it’s that common of a thickening agent in those countries, then they are probably not bothered by this knowledge at all.


For me, though, I wish the person never shared this information with me, for the item I’m referring to is often sold in my store as a buy one get one free sale. I think it might take a long time for me to work past my distaste for eating this product even though I can not literally taste it in the food in question.k


Another thing that happened before this, is that one day at home I was eating Greek yogurt, which I happen to enjoy and my husband was telling me something that was rather disgusting. Don’t ask me to tell you what he said because I really can’t remember what it had to do with, but right now I cannot eat Greek yogurt anymore.


Hopefully, this will not last and I will be able to enjoy it once again.


The hardest thing is that I do like to share just about everything I know, hence the title of this blog. I will just have to sift through the information from now on and make sure I don’t share anything that might cause another person to not be able to eat something that is actually good for them.




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Checking in With My Readership

I just want to let everyone know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth as it looks like, so I thought I’d check in with you, my readers.

I’ve been trying to finish proofing my husband’s book. We have someone we work with that knows how to get books ready for both e-book publishing and regular publishing and won’t charge us anything up front, which helps our pocket-book immensely.

I have only five more chapters to go through. Currently I’m checking out what appeared to be discrepancies during my first reading of the ms. Other areas where I thought there were discrepancies, I found that their weren’t, but I’m making sure everything is covered, since we’re hoping that the next book will be picked up  by a regular publisher.

I’ve been busy as usual running our cleaning business and working with our employees along with working in the grocery story I’ve be at for fifteen years. We’ve been short-handed there and I’ve had to pull several weeks of almost forty hours. The pay is nice, but it’s hard on the body.



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Spring Renewal

What does spring mean to you? Does it mean renewal, revival or something similar to that?

Have you ever wondered why it is that the season of spring is when many families across the nation choose to do some major cleaning projects? It always was that way in my parent’s household so that I never questioned why before.

I wonder how much of the expectation of spring cleaning has to do with finally getting out of the doldrums of the lack of Vitamin D that winter brings? Maybe once the weather begins to warm up the majority of us have more of a zeal to get things done for that very reason.

Even though I worked today, I still feel that I accomplished quite a bit. I really think it has something to do with the temperature in our area being around fifty degrees. I’m sure it also helped that I drank an energy beverage to stop me from needing a nap once I returned home from work.

I wrote a post on my freelancing blog, did several reviews on the writing web site that I’m a part of, did some vacuuming, several loads of dishes and am now working on a post for this blog.

I have been wanting to get up earlier than usual so I can tackle the day faster and get more done around here before we begin working on windows again. Once that begins, my extra time will be more limited, although, maybe I’ll still have some of the zeal to tackle projects as the weather continues to get better.

We’re not out of the woods yet, as far as winter weather and snow is concerned, but at least the ice that is all around us is quickly melting, which will make it much easier for those traversing the sidewalks around town. Any snow that we do get in the next six weeks should be short-lived and melt fairly quickly.

My eldest daughter has just informed me that she’d like to work for us again this year and help out with my bookkeeping. Last year she did it for free to help off-set some expenses we helped her with years ago. This year she is hoping we can afford to pay her as she’d like to get a loan for a newer car than the one she currently has.

If this works out, it may give me even more time to continue to work on specific projects—organizing filing and storing previous year tax info and the like—exciting to consider if we can make it work.

As an aside, I was surprised while looking for some related articles to include, just how many people have written posts about spring cleaning. They are everywhere!

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Unexpected Twists and Turns

Don’t you hate it when there are unexpected twists and turns in your life that throw you for a loop? How do you handle them? This is what happened to us recently, when we got our taxes done, with a bit of background.

We own a cleaning business, which doesn’t show much of a profit because we have employees and other expenses that bring the income from the business quite low. We also, both, work at a  retail/grocery store and get better than normal wages.

In the past I was able to claim both our daughters for the credit related to having kids, I don’t remember the accurate name for that. This year, 2012, I have a daughter that turned 24 during the latter part of the year so I knew I wouldn’t be able to claim her any longer. I thought, though, that I’d still be able to claim my younger daughter.

I think what threw me off was because law were changed for coverage for insurance plans. Now, children can be covered until they turn 26 whether they live with you or not or whether they are in school full-time or not.  This is not the same rule for the child care credit.

My younger daughter did not attend college for a minimum of five months this year, so we are not able to claim her as a dependent at all even though we pay most of her support.

Therefore, instead of getting the three to four thousand dollars we were counting on to help make it through the rest of the winter, since we do not clean many windows in the winter in Michigan, we are getting just under five hundred dollars.

Part of that is my own fault in another way also. I changed my withholding for the year because I opted for a high-deductible health plan which was more expensive monthly than I anticipated. This year even though I made about the same amount as last year, just a bit more than half of the amount from the year before was held from our federal income tax.

This awful news almost made me depressed. I about wanted to cry on someone’s shoulder. I’d like to say that after talking to my husband, I gathered with God and Jesus Christ to let them commiserate with me; but, to be honest, it took me two days after hearing the news to do that.

If you want to hear a bit about how to allow God to help you rise above these situations, and we all have to deal with them in our lives some more than others, feel free to check out one of my other blogs, (


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Let me start by saying, I am blessed. I have a great life, with a family and friends that love me. My life hasn’t always been easy, but in the end I’m thankful for God giving me the life that I have.

I have been thinking lately about how ridiculous it is that our society puts so much pressure and importance on relationships at such a young age. Shouldn’t the fact that even the kids in elementary school feel like they need to have boyfriends and girlfriends tell us something? I think that screws so many kids up. Kids should be brought up in a world where that’s not important. No matter what age you are, having a romantic relationship isn’t going to fix all your problems. I think young people for some reason are brought up thinking that’s going to help somehow. I imagine a world where the idea…

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Moving a Couple of Posts

I’ve decided to move the blogging challenge posts to my freelancing blog which is probably where I should have put it in the first place. Then I’m going to move a bunch of articles from a different website where they have been residing since around 2010 to this blog.

They are shutting down their website. When I joined someone contacted me by email and asked if I wanted to write five articles for a sum of thirty dollars. They gave me a list of what they had in mind. I didn’t like all the ideas they gave me, I think some of them were card games like black jack, which I know nothing about. I wanted to write about gardening.

Working with each other we came to an agreement and I thought I had a month or so to write them and then found out that they invert the month and date as it is a company from England, and I really only had a couple of weeks to get the articles in. That meant that I not only had to write the articles, but I had to set up a profile and learn how to get around their site.

I did get the articles done in time and they sent me a check for not only thirty dollars, but I got paid forty dollars for my time and effort. I had hoped that the articles  and others I wrote over the course of a few years would continue to make money, but no more money ever came my way.

Recently, I considered pulling all the articles, but they had sent me a letter telling me that they were revamping the site and that they hoped I would like what they came up with, so I’ve been waiting to hear when it would be done.

I just remembered that when I read their letter again they talked about a different site they put together at a different address. I guess I may just as well take a peek at it first before putting them all on here as my goal is to be paid for my writing, and if that is a possibility there, I’m willing to give them a try.

A few years ago I worked with a different company entirely that is still online and doing a great business. I was able to make over one hundred dollars with them. The payment was based on views and how many ads were clicked on your pages. That company was

They revamped the site and decided to stick with those that had degrees in writing and journalism unless the writers had a certain percentage of articles on the site already, which I did not.

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Last Minute Decisions

Again, at the last minute, I decided to take part in a challenge put on by the writing group I’m always talking about. The challenge is blogging for thirty days. You probably know that there are thirty-one days in December, but the person in charge of the challenge has nicely given everyone New Years Eve off, isn’t that nice of her?

I will be using this blog for the challenge and utilizing prompts for the posts each day. I may post extra if I want to write about things other than the challenge, but I may decide to post that on the Freelancing site instead.

If any of you are interested in checking out my portfolio on the writing site, it can be found at: http://www.Writing.Com/main/portfolio/view/sha4852?rfrid=sha4852. If anyone decides to join the site, it is free to join although everything isn’t available to free members. Even those members that ‘pay’ for their membership rarely have to pay in actual cash. But that can be explained if you join the site.

First post for the challenge coming up shortly.


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Do You Know Anyone That Isn’t Considerate

Before Thanksgiving I mentioned on my nano blog that I was going to write a post about people that are inconsiderate. Thankfully, I don’t know anyone that fits into that category, at least what I am going to share.

A customer at the retail store where I work was not looking forward to the holidays coming up. She said she used to work with someone in a different state and that after she moved away when she got  married, that they decided to get together a few times each year.

Her friend brings her whole family to town and expects to stay for several days,  sometimes even up to four days with the host family. The husband isn’t considerate in that he is verbal and tells them when he doesn’t like certain foods they cook, or maybe he doesn’t like certain ingredients. He even went so far one year to mention that he would like something like tonic water to drink.

Then the next year they made sure they had tonic water at the house and he refused to drink any. The lady of the house no longer looked forward to their visits. The day she was in shopping she told me she was hoping that they would be later than planned and it ended up that they were earlier than planned and she hadn’t done her shopping yet.

She said her family does go and visit them once or twice a year, but they don’t stay with them, they don’t eat every meal with them, they don’t question what foods are being cooked. In other words they don’t overstay their welcome.

I told her that she and her husband should tell them they can come for supper one day and plan on eating at restaurants the rest of the time they are in town, and that they can stay at a hotel also. There is no reason anyone should have to take that kind of behavior from anyone be they child or adult and they shouldn’t feel forced into putting them up for any length of time.

A few years ago, while I was cleaning the siding of a different customer; this person was customer of our cleaning business, she told me what happens to her. She said that because she lives on the lake that she has family that don’t even consider letting her know they are coming for a visit, nor do they let her know how long they plan on staying. Many times she doesn’t even know they are coming until she gets a call from them after they’ve embarked off a plane and they call for her to come get them.

It’s a good forty-five minute from her house to the airport. I couldn’t believe that she allowed them to treat her that way like she was at their beck-and-call.

For either situation, those people will never learn and they will continue to take advantage of the situation as long as the ones they are taking advantage of allow it.

So if any of you ever have anyone talk you into letting them come and stay for an extended visit without even offering to help pay for any of the food or utilities, you should tell them up-front that you won’t let it happen whenever they are in the mood or whenever it suits them, or you may be in the situation more than you’d like to be, if you even like it at all.

It seems like I’ve heard other stories similar to this, but for right now I have forgotten them.

My brother and sister-in-law will invite family in at special times either at Christmas or in the summer when we are celebrating my mom’s birthday and they don’t expect those that come to help out with purchasing any food. But everyone chips in and helps to make the meals and even those that do come to visit will on occasion go and purchase groceries even thou those in the area would prefer that they not do so.

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November 23, A Discussion About Yogurt, Should it be Greek or Regular?

A bowl of tomato soup

A bowl of tomato soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m writing this post to to use the word count toward my nano project for the month of November. I thought I’d talk a bit about yogurt, the difference between Greek and regular yogurt and why people prefer one over the other. Another thing to think about is why one type seems to be preferred over the other and is one more beneficial than the other?

I would never have thought about picking this topic for a discussion for one of my blogs on my own. Today, I visited with my mother a bit and my sister is visiting from Detroit as she came up for the Holiday. I happened to mention to her that I made tomato soup today and added Greek yogurt to the soup as Dr. Oz had a guest speaker that suggested doing so.

The guest speaker said that there were certain types of food items that when eaten with other foods provided a fuller feeling in the stomach allowing for some weight loss to take place.

I didn’t see the whole show as I was doing other things, but I did happen to see a portion of the section where they were discussing putting Greek yogurt into tomato soup to thicken it.

I decided to give it a try today as something to eat so I could take some pain medicines hoping not to feel ill (from the pain medicines) afterward. I like tomato soup and I enjoy eating Greek yogurt, so I had no problem mixing the two together, plus on the show it made the tomato soup look nice and creamy, with a nice texture.

When I cook, I don’t like to hang out at the stove, I prefer to be at my computer trying to get some writing done, or anything other than standing at the stove top, plus, (if you’ve read my other blog-the nano one- at all in the last few days) you would know that it’s especially difficult for me to stand in one place right now. Even cooking is difficult to do.

So, I was telling my sister about mixing Greek yogurt with the tomato soup, and she mentioned her thoughts about Greek yogurt and regular yogurt.

I’ve heard it said that the main difference between Greek yogurt and regular is that the water is squeezed out of the Greek. Greek yogurt also has more protein. I have two yogurts in front of me for this discussion, if I do more with this later, I may purchase several brands to make this more complete, but for what I am writing today, this is fine as is.

The Greek yogurt I have is a store brand one, the store I work with specifically, but not one that the majority of you would be familiar with as it is only located (the store, not the yogurt) in the mid-west, mainly.

The regular brand I am using today is Dannon.

Dannon                                                                                Store Brand-Greek

6 oz                               serving size-1 container          6 oz

150                                                        calories                  100

1.5 gr                                                     total fat                  0gr

5mg                                                      cholesterol             10mg

80mg                                                       sodium                  100

290mg                                                potassium               230mg

28g                                                      carbohydrate          8g

<1g                                                       dietary fiber           <1g

26g                                                            sugars                    8g

6g                                                            protein                    18g

I did not get a flavored Greek yogurt, whereas the regular yogurt I have is with peaches. I was going to state all the types of sugar that comprises the 28g of carbs in the regular yogurt, but that would only be a good comparison if I were to have flavored Greek yogurt also.

My sister questioned the use of Greek yogurt just because the water was squeezed out of it. So what if it’s smoother and creamier. What if someone doesn’t drink enough water, but likes yogurt, this may be one way for them to get more water.

Personally, I enjoy eating several of the common brands of Greek yogurt, but I don’t like the prices. I’ve said to many people that if I ever win the lottery, then maybe I would buy them on a regular basis, otherwise, it’s not a need in my life.

Another option might be to purchase a canister of protein that many mix with milk and some brands can even be mixed with water. These products provide a reasonable amount of protein to supplement anyone’s diet.

My husband drank protein shakes when his leg was healing several years ago.  I have a canister in my home now that I purchased for my use. It has 14g of protein which can be mixed with 8fl oz of either milk or water.

My original intention was to mix the unflavored Greek yogurt with the tomato soup I was heating up on the stove today. Since I didn’t stay at the stove and mix the yogurt in when it was just starting to heat up, the yogurt didn’t mix in as nicely as it could have had I been taking care of it properly.

I did have one bowl of it anyway, and it tasted fine and was smooth and creamy. For my last bowl, I reheated it in the microwave and had the bright idea to add a small amount of extra protein from my canister. It wasn’t until I had sprinkled it on my soup before re-heating it that I realized the canister probably wasn’t plain.

I endeavored to eat it anyway, but it wasn’t palatable at all. The slight vanilla taste it was flavored with was just enough to mess with my head making it quite difficult to manage. I didn’t eat much before I had to quit.

It’s hard to believe it would make that much of a difference, that one bowl would make me feel fuller for the rest of the day. I love sweet potatoes and salads, so later in the evening I cooked up a sweet potato, yet was only able to eat about half of what I planned, then a bit later I thought I’d try to eat a salad. I never have a problem eating salads, one of my favorite foods. The same thing happened, I was only able to eat about half. Odd. It would be nice if that was all I was missing, a bit more protein, to be able to eat less and lose the weight I’ve been working on for most of my adult life.

I was going to post the link for the Dr. Oz show from YouTube, but it seems that since the show  was only broadcast this past week it’s too early for it to be online. I will try to come back and check for it again in a week or so.

This post is 1131 words while another section I wrote earlier on my writing website is 1448, totaling 2579 for the second part of today. I’m counting these separately than the totals found for today on my nano blog.

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Take Action Now to Keep Your Body Healthy

Now is the time to take action to keep your body healthy, don’t wait until you get older, as then it may be too late.

Of course, this concept spans many ideas from eating correctly, to exercising on a regular basis, to getting enough sleep, eliminating stress and so much more.

As time passes it seems like more ailments are showing up earlier in life. For instance my mother has arthritis in her joints, mainly her knees and hips. I began to have symptoms in my knees and ankles when I was in my forties, and my daughter who is going to be twenty-four soon began to have even worse problems with her knees when she was much younger yet.

This may be related to the times we live in, the foods we eat or even more so our sedentary lifestyles; even when many of us work our down time is often spent sitting at the computer, scrap-booking or similar endeavors.

When I was in my forties, my knees didn’t really hurt they were just noisy. Whenever I walked they would make clicking noises especially first thing in the morning. For my daughter whenever we went on long trips she would need to get out and stretch to relieve the pain in her knees.

Currently she is working on losing weight and hopefully when she gets to her recommended weight level all problems with her knees will be gone. She is not only watching what she eats, but exercising faithfully also.

As you may have heard me mention before, I work as a cashier at a large grocery store similar to Wal mart, but much better. The majority of customers load their groceries (after the bags have been filled) from the section of the cart nearest the child’s seat.

Most people will never have a health issue with doing it that way, but what if you are the smaller percent that will have a problem? Wouldn’t it be better to do it right now rather than wait until later and wish you did?

I’ve even made suggestions to people that they load their cart from the opposite end and they’ve said, “Good idea, I just had back surgery, but never thought about doing this different before”.

Two people in my family hurt their bodies beyond repair from doing movements they’ve probably done a million times and finally their bodies gave out without warning. We all find out the hard way as our bodies can’t talk.

My mother was bending forward from the waist, looking into the garage and barely twisted sideways and got sciatica from that movement, which she was afflicted with on a regular basis for over five years. Since then it’s healed fairly well, but she still gets flair-ups.

My sister was reaching into the back seat of her car and tore her rotator-cuff. The way hers was torn, there would be no relief from surgery, although over time it has healed for that is something the body will do, but she had to manage with it the way it was for quite some time.

It’s better to pay attention now to the way you are working, playing and doing the things you’ve always done, like shopping to make sure you are not hurting your body in any way, than to wait until you are older when a movement has become ingrained and then have a hard time switching back to the right way later when you are older.


It is available to be healed from any ailment you may have or get at a later time, but sometimes we stymie that healing by our perceptions about it, or when we berate ourselves for doing something we knew not to do, it’s hard to expect that miracle in our lives. It’s not that the miracle isn’t for us, for God is not a respecter of persons; what he has made available to one person, he has for anyone else also.

If you check out a post I found this morning, which is also on my biblical truths blog,, you will see some of the heart about Jehovah God as our healer.

God’s heart has always been to heal his people. When he sent manna from heaven, it was to feed the people, but it was also to provide the strength and stamina and healing to continue toward the promised land.

Jesus Christ always did the Father’s will, as his parents taught him. He was obedient to his Father, therefore when those that were ailing came to him of their own accord or were brought by others, what did he do? He healed them all. He never sent any away telling them their time was not yet, or that they were being tried or tested for their faith. No! He healed them all.

In the book of Acts when people got born again, they were made whole throughout their whole being, this is the meaning of sozo a Greek word used for saved, wholeness plus others.

In Acts chapter 3 there was a man that was lame from his mother’s womb, and he was carried daily to the gate of the temple. In verse 6 Peter told him.

Acts 3:6-8:

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give  I thee: In the name of Jesuse Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God.

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