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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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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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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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Check Commenter’s Website

One thing I’ve tried to make a habit of doing is to check the website of each person that comments  or likes to my various blogs, when they leave a link to their own website.

For me, if their site isn’t a place I would recommend to anyone else, then I surely don’t want to have others find that link by way of my site. So far, I have had only two that I would not consider following their blogs, both commented on my Christian posts.

One was providing a ping back, while the other which I received today provided a comment.

If the blogger takes the time to do this each day, or whenever they notice they have a new comment, like or ping (track)back, then they can keep on top of it. If every link to another person is accepted, then all other comments from that person will be accepted and if the blogger is too busy or begins to get many followers and comments, they may find one day that there are those that are only trying to get folks from your blog to their own, which may be okay for most people. But if the website is questionable according to what you believe, do you want that to happen?

I think so many of us that are starting out just want more comments that we’re happy with whatever we get.

An example would be, if I were teaching how to make money building websites and getting returning customers willing to purchase off my site, would I want someone to comment saying my product is unreliable, or that the concept would never work?

Now maybe, if they commented as such, we could have a simple discussion about it, but if their website taught just the opposite then I’m not sure whether that comment would help or detract from mine. There may be a way to place a message there, or it may end up being fine to have it there as there will always be dissenters to what we have to say, but in my opinion, keep that dissenting to your own blog, don’t invade mine also.

I may also allow comments and links contrary to my own in the majority of my blogs, I don’t know, where I find the issues I don’t like is on my Christian blogs. If they are slamming me that’s one thing, but once they begin to slam God that’s quite another.

What do you think? Do you check the websites of those that comment on your blogs? Feedback would be good, positive or negative.

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How to Keep Valuables Safe

Safe deposit boxes inside the vaults of a Swis...

Safe deposit boxes inside the vaults of a Swiss bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best place to keep valuables safe would be a safe deposit box at your local bank. It would probably be a good thing to investigate before-hand whether that bank has ever been broken into for the items stored in the boxes. My guess is that the majority of banks do not have crooks breaking into them, but it would still be a good thing to check out.

A lot of people do not utilize the banks for their valuables. For many of them they keep their jewelry in their jewelry boxes. Although that is the logical place to keep it, I am questioning the validity of that decision that many home-owners make.

The reason I have come to this conclusion is that two people who I know personally were robbed this year. I know that for one family it was only their jewelry boxes that was lifted from their home. I do not know what was taken from the other home at this point in time.

Most people keep their jewelry boxes in the most logical place, right on top of their dressers in their bedrooms; it is located in plain sight for any visitors to see. I am not suggesting that visitors come back to steal the jewelry, but that the crooks don’t have to look far to find what they are looking for.

Somehow, they find out when homeowners will be away from the property, and then break into the homes. For the one family that I know, the jewelry boxes were the only thing that was taken. The crooks hope to find gold within which can be sold easily these days.

I would like to suggest to those that aren’t going to utilize their banks safety deposit boxes to find other places around their homes to hide their valuables. I could suggest various places in your home to hide your own belongings that you don’t want stolen, but I don’t want to give the crooks any ideas. If you’d like some of my suggestions, send me a comment and we’ll go from there.

Don’t assume that it won’t happen to you. It’s best to take the offensive in the situation and be prepared. If you wait to take the defensive, it may be too late. If you collect or have some unique jewelry boxes and want to keep them on your dresser, store something in them that wouldn’t be missed like jewelry would.

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For Your Perusal.

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On Vacation, Sort Of

This week I have off from my somewhat main job, which is working in a retail store similar to Wal-mart. Generally when I take a vacation from there, it is because we go on a trip, either part of a week, or just the weekend. This year though, we had planned on visiting my husband’s dad in PA, and then head to Ohio for a church get together that we attend every year.

Our mechanic showed me something that needed immediate attention, which I’ll probably post about in the near future. He showed me that one of our strut towers was falling apart. It had separated from the lower section and was encircled in rust.

I was glad to find out about this before heading out of town on a trip. I wouldn’t want to be stuck somewhere without a vehicle. Years ago we had to have our vehicle towed thirty miles to be fixed when we were heading to PA, and it’s not a fun way to spend one’s vacation, not to mention the money spent that wasn’t budgeted.

So, even though we’d prefer not to have to invest money into fixing it, it’s better than having the whole van fall apart if we go over a big bump in the road.

I took the vacation for the trip, but since we’re not going, I decided it would be nice to be able to make more money doing windows since I’d be stuck at home anyway. I had most of the week planned out with larger jobs, two to three per day.

Generally, I’m only able to plan larger jobs on Mondays and Wednesdays the two days I have off from the retail job. The other days, I have to plan smaller jobs depending on who is able to work, because I go to work at the store in mid-afternoon.

I expected this week to be a great week getting caught up on all my bills, and what happens? My one employee that can move and work with the ladder calls in sick. He already informed me that he still doesn’t feel all that great and probably won’t be working tomorrow either.

We did work today, but I had to switch the jobs around, and will have to hope that my customers don’t get upset when they find out that we may not get to them tomorrow either.

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