Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Yes, it is Father’s Day today (at least in the United States).

In the light of ‘fairness’ – Mother’s Day gets more attention than Father’s Day.  But, as they say “It takes two to tango”.

To me as a Father, it probably means getting a card.  When the family was closer it would mean I would get to grill out.  It might mean getting a new barbeque fork for the grill, or charcoal or similar gift.  Maybe a barbeque apron with some catchy phrase on it like “Real Cool Dad”; “Steve’s BBQ” (personalized aprons); “World’s Greatest Father” or similar.  

On Mother’s Day it is traditional to get Mom flowers and take her out for dinner.  But on Father’s Day men are to show off their skills on the grill.

Aside, I am NOT the world’s best outdoor cooking person.  My hamburgers are either too done (and burnt) or undercooked.  Chicken on the grill? Only if you want it tough and so dry that not even BBQ sauce can moisten it up.  

Supposedly in Europe, Father’s Day is held on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th) as St. Joseph as the ‘step-father’ of Jesus is considered a model father.  

I guess it is like so many events in American culture – time to go shopping and get dad a gift.  (Hey, shoppers need an incentive to go out and buy aprons to wear on the rare occasions they grill hamburgers and hotdogs.)

On the other hand, it is a great day to remember the Dads in our lives.  My dad was great. He was a good provider – worked diligently, loved his children and his wife (my mom).  He made the money, provided us with food on the table and a roof over our heads. He was fantastic and I do miss him!!!

I tried to be like him with our children and family.  I guess our children came out well – and I want to claim some of that was from me.  

I find it interesting when watching college football as the camera picks up the image of a football player who just scored a touchdown saying ‘thanks Mom” into the TV camera- when it probably was Dad who was in the backyard tossing the football around with his children – or coaching the kids soccer, softball, baseball and whatever else (like being Scoutmaster).  

So, to the Dads out there – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!  I hope your grill works great today!!!

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when”
But we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

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Blog #705 Love those (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!!

Bring on the (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!

From: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a28008146/tyson-plant-based-nuggets/

Tyson foods – probably the biggest and best-known chicken company – is introducing a non-meat nugget.

Bring on the (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!

From: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a28008146/tyson-plant-based-nuggets/

Tyson foods – probably the biggest and best known chicken company – is introducing a non-meat nugget.

The article states:

“It’s hard to argue with the fact that chicken nuggets are good for you, but Tyson Foods is aiming to actually make them good for you, as in beneficial to your health and stuff. The company announced Thursday that it would debut plant-based nuggets this summer.”

“Per a press release, the product will be launched as part of Tyson’s new Raised & Rooted brand, which utilizes protein alternatives along with “plant-based and blended foods.” The nuggets will reportedly be made with a blend of “pea protein isolate and other plant ingredients.” They’ll have five grams of fiber and less saturated fat, so basically I can double my (already astronomical) nugget intake? “

“And as we all know, where chicken nuggets lead, burgers will follow. Tyson also announced plans to release a plant-based burger with fewer calories than its regular products in the fall. Its ingredients include Angus beef and pea protein isolate. Earlier this year, both Burger King and McDonalds revealed plans to bring plant-based, vegan-friendly burgers to their menus”

So “chicken” nuggets without the chicken?  Pea protein? (I guess peas must have protein).  Less fat, more fiber – sounds good.

I really haven’t had a chicken nugget in years.  I mostly have been cooking boneless chicken breasts in my crock-pot.  I’m trying to avoid bread (not always doing real well with that – especially on donut day at the Senior Center).  I’ve used the chicken breasts in chicken salad (not sandwich), chicken fajitas (without the tortilla), and as they are – with some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing,

It there a market for non-meat chicken nuggets (and of course, chicken fingers, chicken patties, etc.)?  There must be!!! Beyond Meat has been making a name for itself with meatless products (although their stock prices fell when Tyson made their announcement.  

I grew up in a world where I didn’t know anybody who was a vegetarian.  I was in Eastern Iowa – surrounded by fields – with cows, pigs, chickens and corn and soybeans.  Eating meat was much of a patriotic and economic move (although we didn’t think of it that way) to support our friends and neighbors.  Many of my relatives grew up on farms. Even when I go to a fair, one of my first stops is in the cow barn (and the other animal barns).

I think a lot of eating new things is to not think too much about them.  (Yes, I ate ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters” – but I knew what they were and I’m sure that affected my eating!!!)  Modern food scientists can make non-meat products taste pretty good – almost like the real thing.

I guess time will tell.  Will I try these “Raised and Rooted” nuggets from Tyson?  I’m sure I will. I will reserve my judgment until then!!!

What about you?  Ready for non-meat meat items?

Karen

Bring on the (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!

From: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a28008146/tyson-plant-based-nuggets/

Tyson foods – probably the biggest and best known chicken company – is introducing a non-meat nugget.

The article states:

“It’s hard to argue with the fact that chicken nuggets are good for you, but Tyson Foods is aiming to actually make them good for you, as in beneficial to your health and stuff. The company announced Thursday that it would debut plant-based nuggets this summer.”

“Per a press release, the product will be launched as part of Tyson’s new Raised & Rooted brand, which utilizes protein alternatives along with “plant-based and blended foods.” The nuggets will reportedly be made with a blend of “pea protein isolate and other plant ingredients.” They’ll have five grams of fiber and less saturated fat, so basically I can double my (already astronomical) nugget intake? “

“And as we all know, where chicken nuggets lead, burgers will follow. Tyson also announced plans to release a plant-based burger with fewer calories than its regular products in the fall. Its ingredients include Angus beef and pea protein isolate. Earlier this year, both Burger King and McDonalds revealed plans to bring plant-based, vegan-friendly burgers to their menus”

So “chicken” nuggets without the chicken?  Pea protein? (I guess peas must have protein).  Less fat, more fiber – sounds good.

I really haven’t had a chicken nugget in years.  I mostly have been cooking boneless chicken breasts in my crock-pot.  I’m trying to avoid bread (not always doing real well with that – especially on donut day at the Senior Center).  I’ve used the chicken breasts in chicken salad (not sandwich), chicken fajitas (without the tortilla), and as they are – with some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing,

It there a market for non-meat chicken nuggets (and of course, chicken fingers, chicken patties, etc.)?  There must be!!! Beyond Meat has been making a name for itself with meatless products (although their stock prices fell when Tyson made their announcement.  

I grew up in a world where I didn’t know anybody who was a vegetarian.  I was in Eastern Iowa – surrounded by fields – with cows, pigs, chickens and corn and soybeans.  Eating meat was much of a patriotic and economic move (although we didn’t think of it that way) to support our friends and neighbors.  Many of my relatives grew up on farms. Even when I go to a fair, one of my first stops is in the cow barn (and the other animal barns).

I think a lot of eating new things is to not think too much about them.  (Yes, I ate ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters” – but I knew what they were and I’m sure that affected my eating!!!)  Modern food scientists can make non-meat products taste pretty good – almost like the real thing.

I guess time will tell.  Will I try these “Raised and Rooted” nuggets from Tyson?  I’m sure I will. I will reserve my judgment until then!!!

What about you?  Ready for non-meat meat items?

Karen

Bring on the (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!

From: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a28008146/tyson-plant-based-nuggets/

Tyson foods – probably the biggest and best known chicken company – is introducing a non-meat nugget.

The article states:

“It’s hard to argue with the fact that chicken nuggets are good for you, but Tyson Foods is aiming to actually make them good for you, as in beneficial to your health and stuff. The company announced Thursday that it would debut plant-based nuggets this summer.”

“Per a press release, the product will be launched as part of Tyson’s new Raised & Rooted brand, which utilizes protein alternatives along with “plant-based and blended foods.” The nuggets will reportedly be made with a blend of “pea protein isolate and other plant ingredients.” They’ll have five grams of fiber and less saturated fat, so basically I can double my (already astronomical) nugget intake? “

“And as we all know, where chicken nuggets lead, burgers will follow. Tyson also announced plans to release a plant-based burger with fewer calories than its regular products in the fall. Its ingredients include Angus beef and pea protein isolate. Earlier this year, both Burger King and McDonalds revealed plans to bring plant-based, vegan-friendly burgers to their menus”

So “chicken” nuggets without the chicken?  Pea protein? (I guess peas must have protein).  Less fat, more fiber – sounds good.

I really haven’t had a chicken nugget in years.  I mostly have been cooking boneless chicken breasts in my crock-pot.  I’m trying to avoid bread (not always doing real well with that – especially on donut day at the Senior Center).  I’ve used the chicken breasts in chicken salad (not sandwich), chicken fajitas (without the tortilla), and as they are – with some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing,

It there a market for non-meat chicken nuggets (and of course, chicken fingers, chicken patties, etc.)?  There must be!!! Beyond Meat has been making a name for itself with meatless products (although their stock prices fell when Tyson made their announcement.  

I grew up in a world where I didn’t know anybody who was a vegetarian.  I was in Eastern Iowa – surrounded by fields – with cows, pigs, chickens and corn and soybeans.  Eating meat was much of a patriotic and economic move (although we didn’t think of it that way) to support our friends and neighbors.  Many of my relatives grew up on farms. Even when I go to a fair, one of my first stops is in the cow barn (and the other animal barns).

I think a lot of eating new things is to not think too much about them.  (Yes, I ate ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters” – but I knew what they were and I’m sure that affected my eating!!!)  Modern food scientists can make non-meat products taste pretty good – almost like the real thing.

I guess time will tell.  Will I try these “Raised and Rooted” nuggets from Tyson?  I’m sure I will. I will reserve my judgment until then!!!

What about you?  Ready for non-meat meat items?

Karen

Bring on the (non-) Chicken Nuggets!!

From: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a28008146/tyson-plant-based-nuggets/

Tyson foods – probably the biggest and best known chicken company – is introducing a non-meat nugget.

The article states:

“It’s hard to argue with the fact that chicken nuggets are good for you, but Tyson Foods is aiming to actually make them good for you, as in beneficial to your health and stuff. The company announced Thursday that it would debut plant-based nuggets this summer.”

“Per a press release, the product will be launched as part of Tyson’s new Raised & Rooted brand, which utilizes protein alternatives along with “plant-based and blended foods.” The nuggets will reportedly be made with a blend of “pea protein isolate and other plant ingredients.” They’ll have five grams of fiber and less saturated fat, so basically I can double my (already astronomical) nugget intake? “

“And as we all know, where chicken nuggets lead, burgers will follow. Tyson also announced plans to release a plant-based burger with fewer calories than its regular products in the fall. Its ingredients include Angus beef and pea protein isolate. Earlier this year, both Burger King and McDonalds revealed plans to bring plant-based, vegan-friendly burgers to their menus”

So “chicken” nuggets without the chicken?  Pea protein? (I guess peas must have protein).  Less fat, more fiber – sounds good.

I really haven’t had a chicken nugget in years.  I mostly have been cooking boneless chicken breasts in my crock-pot.  I’m trying to avoid bread (not always doing real well with that – especially on donut day at the Senior Center).  I’ve used the chicken breasts in chicken salad (not sandwich), chicken fajitas (without the tortilla), and as they are – with some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing,

It there a market for non-meat chicken nuggets (and of course, chicken fingers, chicken patties, etc.)?  There must be!!! Beyond Meat has been making a name for itself with meatless products (although their stock prices fell when Tyson made their announcement.  

I grew up in a world where I didn’t know anybody who was a vegetarian.  I was in Eastern Iowa – surrounded by fields – with cows, pigs, chickens and corn and soybeans.  Eating meat was much of a patriotic and economic move (although we didn’t think of it that way) to support our friends and neighbors.  Many of my relatives grew up on farms. Even when I go to a fair, one of my first stops is in the cow barn (and the other animal barns).

I think a lot of eating new things is to not think too much about them.  (Yes, I ate ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters” – but I knew what they were and I’m sure that affected my eating!!!)  Modern food scientists can make non-meat products taste pretty good – almost like the real thing.

I guess time will tell.  Will I try these “Raised and Rooted” nuggets from Tyson?  I’m sure I will. I will reserve my judgment until then!!!

What about you?  Ready for non-meat meat items?

Karen

The article states:

“It’s hard to argue with the fact that chicken nuggets are good for you, but Tyson Foods is aiming to actually make them good for you, as in beneficial to your health and stuff. The company announced Thursday that it would debut plant-based nuggets this summer.”

“Per a press release, the product will be launched as part of Tyson’s new Raised & Rooted brand, which utilizes protein alternatives along with “plant-based and blended foods.” The Nuggets will reportedly be made with a blend of “pea protein isolate and other plant ingredients.” They’ll have five grams of fiber and less saturated fat, so basically I can double my (already astronomical) nugget intake? “

So “chicken” nuggets without the chicken?  Pea protein? (I guess peas must have protein).  Less fat, more fiber – sounds good.

“And as we all know, where chicken nuggets lead, burgers will follow. Tyson also announced plans to release a plant-based burger with fewer calories than its regular products in the fall. Its ingredients include Angus beef and pea protein isolate. Earlier this year, both Burger King and McDonald’s revealed plans to bring plant-based, vegan-friendly burgers to their menus”

I really haven’t had a chicken nugget in years.  I mostly have been cooking boneless chicken breasts in my crock-pot.  I’m trying to avoid bread (not always doing really well with that – especially on donut day at the Senior Center).  I’ve used the chicken breasts in a chicken salad (not sandwich), chicken fajitas (without the tortilla), and as they are – with some barbeque sauce and ranch dressing,

It there a market for non-meat chicken nuggets (and of course, chicken fingers, chicken patties, etc.)?  There must be!!! Beyond Meat has been making a name for itself with meatless products (although their stock prices fell when Tyson made their announcement.  

I grew up in a world where I didn’t know anybody who was a vegetarian.  I was in Eastern Iowa – surrounded by fields – with cows, pigs, chickens and corn and soybeans.  Eating meat was much of a patriotic and economic move (although we didn’t think of it that way) to support our friends and neighbors.  Many of my relatives grew up on farms. Even when I go to a fair, one of my first stops is in the cow barn (and the other animal barns).

I think a lot of eating new things is to not think too much about them.  (Yes, I ate ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters” – but I knew what they were and I’m sure that affected my eating!!!)  Modern food scientists can make non-meat products taste pretty good – almost like the real thing.

I guess time will tell.  Will I try these “Raised and Rooted” nuggets from Tyson?  I’m sure I will. I will reserve my judgment until then!!!

What about you?  Ready for non-meat meat items?

Karen

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Blog 704 It might be illegal to be nice

It might be illegal to be NICE!!!!

Taken from: http://time.com/5508196/no-more-deaths-migrants-border/

This comes from a January 2019 Time Magazine article

“Four aid workers were convicted Friday on charges connected to their efforts to leave food and water for migrants in an Arizona wildlife refuge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The volunteers, who are members of the faith-based humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, were caught on Aug. 13, 2017, by a Federal Wildlife officer as they left water jugs, beans, and other supplies for migrants in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, which shares a 50-mile border with Mexico. No More Deaths claims that 155 migrants have died in the refuge since 2001 and that the organization aims to save lives by providing basic supplies.

“The judge, United States Magistrate Bernardo P. Velasco, ruled that three of the volunteers – Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse, and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick – were convicted of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit and abandoning personal property or possessions. A fourth volunteer, Natalie Hoffman, was convicted on an additional charge of operating a motor vehicle in a wilderness area. Each of the volunteers faces up to six months in prison.”

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The gray scale of the law.  So the group wanted to help migrants by giving them food and water.  But, they were on federal land without a permit.

Can you do good without a permit?  If they would have had a permit could they have brought food and water to the migrants?  [And, maybe, could they get a permit in the first place?]

From Matthew 25 – “Sheep and Goats”

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

And the other side of the story:

“ “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

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There are always things that seem to challenge the laws. Our country does give billions in humanitarian aid – but helping migrants crossing the border is not one of the humanitarian acts.

Just something to think about.

Karen

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Blog #703 I was framed (and more from Homeland Security)

I was framed!!! (and more from Homeland Security’s newsletter)

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20190606-finding-fake-fingerprints

Just when biometric passwords are safe comes this new article from Homeland Security

The article says:

“It was once the stuff of science fiction security, open your eyes wide and look into the camera to gain entry to the spaceship flight deck or press a fingertip or palm of your against the pad to access the secret database that lets you take control of the baddies’ weapons. Today, of course, iris recognition, fingerprint readers, and other biometric systems are becoming increasingly commonplace. Most modern smartphones have a fingerprint reader that lets you unlock your phone without having to remember a password or number.”

“From a security perspective, what’s to stop a third party “lifting” your fingerprint, and creating a facsimile of its loops, whorls and arches with a piece of a skin-like rubbery material and then presenting this to the biometric device to gain access? The simple answer is nothing! Moreover, for a simple fingerprint ID system, there would be no way for it to know that the presented fingerprint was not part of a living person’s finger rather than a rubber dab.”

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So, somebody could ‘lift’ my fingerprints and make new (fake) fingerprints of my hand.  Then at a crime scene, the person(s) who have my fingerprints make sure they have made prints available.  And … all of a sudden I’ve been framed for the crime!!

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Economic Impact of Hurricanes and other extreme weather

(also from the recent Homeland Security newsletter)

“June marks the official start of hurricane season. If recent history is any guide, it will prove to be another destructive year thanks to the worsening impact of climate change.

But beyond more intense hurricanes and explosive wildfires, the warming climate has been blamed for causing a sharp uptick in all types of extreme weather events across the country, such as severe flooding across the U.S. this spring and extensive drought in the Southwest in recent years.”

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According to researchers, extreme weather and global warming could cut the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  from 6 percent to 14 percent by 2090

In 2017, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the economic impact on the economy was about $306 billion dollars.  (So, who is going to pay for this? How can be be safe from extreme weather? Will insurance cover these bills?)

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How about biothreats?  Again from Homeland Security:

“Today, the challenge is a defense against the biological threat, for which we are at a decided disadvantage. No matter what the source – intentional, accidental, or natural – the Nation and the world are at catastrophic biological risk. We need to take this threat off the table for good.”

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So, in some top secret labs someplace a ‘doomsday’ virus that could kill almost all of the population (except those with the antidote) could be developed.  

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So, Homeland Security is working hard to figure out what could happen in the future and how to prepare for it.  Thanks, Mitch (and others!!!)

Karen

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Blog #702 Be Prepared for tomorrow

Not a morning person?  Try these things before going to bed)

Today’s article comes from success.com – and gives us some suggestions before going to bed.

Let’s jump in:

-1 Stop after your dinner to mentally prepare

I’m assuming you have a ‘normal’ time for dinner and then take time to prepare while you are still alert.

Put things in your mind.  What is going on tomorrow?  Do you have work? Are their special things that need to be done before tomorrow?  Do you have homework that needs to be finished? Are you working from home or working from a location – store, office, campus?  

Take time to mentally prepare for tomorrow.  Picture yourself calm and collected tomorrow morning.  Anticipate your day. Relax your brain and prepare.

-2 Set things out for the morning

What clothes will you want for the next day? This will depend on  what you are doing – and on the weather. Will you need a tie or a dress? Can you be casual? [and, how much is ‘too casual’].  Who might you be meeting with? There is a concept of “Dress For Success”. Will you be looking successful tomorrow. Not overdone – a formal dress or a tuxedo probably are not needed in most situations!!

-3 Plan your breakfast

Experts have said over the years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Are you planning on good nutrition? I have breakfast every day – and I’ll admit I am pretty boning – oatmeal one morning and eggs the next.  I want to NOT have to think too much in the morning – so being able to do an ‘autopilot’ breakfast is good for me. Do the quick check – do you have your breakfast things on hand?  (Or do you need a quick run to the grocery store)

I like raisins with my oatmeal and {cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, all spice, ground ginger and vanilla}.  [Maybe not your boring instant oatmeal].

Do you want coffee for breakfast?  How fussy are you? I am not too fussy about my coffee so I will put the grounds and water in my coffee maker and as I jump out-of-bed, I turn on the coffee maker before I head to the bathroom.

-4 Prepare your day

Depending on your job, you can plan your day the night before.  If you have a project that must be done, mentally prepare for it.  How much do you need to do. If you are a student, take the time to reflect on each of your classes for tomorrow.  Is my homework done? Have I read the textbook? Did I think about other topics I need to know? Will you have a busy day – running every direction? Do you have meetings?

-5 Visualize your day

Picture yourself on top of your day so you don’t get stressed out.  Put images in your mind of finishing projects – putting things in your mental ‘out-basket.  Try to think of what unexpected things that might pop up. Are there going to be meetings tomorrow?  With whom? At what time? What do I need to know before they happen? What do I need to prepare for the meeting?  Then picture yourself on top of it – put yourself in the center of the image in your mind. You just ‘did it’ – you made the sale, you created the policy that needed to get done.  Picture what tools you might need. And picture the end of your day – walking out to your car confident and proud of all you did today.

-6 Think of your co-workers/colleagues.  Is Mike a sports person? Give a quick peek to the sports scores so you can converse for a few minutes with Mike.  Did others talk about events in their lives yesterday (or last week)? You can ask how the golf game went – or how the concert your co-worker’s child was in. Picture that your colleagues and friends really work well with you and with each other – that you have a great team. Have something pleasant to say to each and everyone that you might meet tomorrow.  The expression “If you can be anything, be kind” makes sense. Be ready to be kind.

-7 Do you take your lunch?

If so prepare it so you don’t have to rush in the morning.  Are you going out for lunch, make sure you have money in your purse or billfold (or, at least a credit card!!)

-8 Other preparations

If you drive to work, is your car ready to go?  Do you need to get gas? Are you doing something right after work (or school) like picking up your mother-in-law for dinner?  Get it in your mind.

-9 Relax before bed

After all, you have been mindful about tomorrow, you have imagined all is going well.  Read a book, reflect on some scripture, work a little on your hobby

-10 And get to bed at a good time

Set your alarm if you need to.  I like to give myself about 8.5 hours of ‘sleep’ – knowing that might lay in bed thinking for a few minutes in the morning.

Good Night all!!!

Karen

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Blog #701 Avoiding stress eating

How do you handle stress?  (Give me some food!!!!)

This article suggests that many of us (myself included) eat when we are stressed!!!  Six years ago I moved to Texas (to be with grandchildren) and I taught at the University of Texas.  Moving from the ‘gentle’ classes of Quinnipiac and Dakota State to auditorium classes of 75 to 80 students – and a full schedule (three back-to-back, then lunch (sanity) break then one last class was stressful.  I found that I wanted ‘energy bars’ – and I found I liked the energy bars with the extra chocolate – and I found if one was good, then two (or three) were better!!!

Then I kinda got dependent on the energy bars.  I believed they were helping with the large classes, with three classes in a row.  

By the end of the semester I was up to 250 pounds.  I had a check-up with my physician who said “You are prediabetic!!”  (Those were not words I wanted to hear!!!)

I put myself on a diet and by the end of spring semester slimmed down to 205.  (I had a goal of 200 and I got to 201 a few times but just didn’t quite get to 200!!!)

Let’s look at the article:

-1 Know your stressors.

What causes you to stress out?  What are the situations and what triggers stress eating?  Is it your job? Your fellow employees? Customers? Students?  One particular person?

Maybe you can change your job.  Let’s say you are in customer service and you get irate customers demanding refunds.  In many areas, grocery and other stores are implementing “buy-on-line-pickup-in-store’ options.  You could be an order filler and not have to deal with angry customers. Fellow employees? Maybe you can have a talk with those that are making you stress eat.  (Go back and read about ‘Haters’ last week – rise above the situations, love them and make them friends not enemies)

-2 Exercise regularly

Studies have demonstrated that exercise can bring hormones to your brain to help you with stress.  Maybe at lunch you can take a walk around the block and get some fresh air and sunshine. Put a sign up on your door or locker so people who want you know where you are.

-3 Practice Mindfulness

Develop an attitude of peace.  Notice the little things around you and become ‘one’ with them.  Maybe one of the best examples I know is Brother Lawrence – a monk from the 17th century – who could take all the mundane activities of his life and make them a reflection of God.  

If your stress eating comes from people, make an effort to see the good in that person – see that person as a ‘child of God’.

-4  Reach out for help

If stress is really getting to you, see a counselor, talk out your feelings and get support from others. [Note:  don’t ‘go it alone’ – there are many free programs even like Stephen Ministry where you can talk it out with a trained friend.  [And, generally don’t go to the bar for support – while you might find supportive friends there, the alcohol can weaken your stress toteration.

-5 Work on intuitive eating

Another form of mindfulness is intuitive eating.  Eat slowly and reflect on how the food was cooked, what spices may have been used, where the food came from.  I had lunch today with a senior group and had a baked potato – where did that potato come from? What type of potato was it?  How long does it stay in the oven? How do they make sour cream? How else can one prepare potatoes? AND … take your time eating – savor each bite – fully swallow each bite before starting the next.  [Aside – I love peanut butter – but I am already getting the next bite ready before I swallow the first. I need to let the taste linger in my mouth, enjoy it longer (and maybe I will take longer before I buy the next jar of peanut butter.]

Don’t madly eat junk food before you are stressed.  I know a friend who can eat a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting if they are stressed.  If you need to snack, plan it out better – empty carbohydrates and fat aren’t going to get you far.

See you tomorrow!!!

Karen

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Blog #700 Saving Money #3

Savings – From Woman’s Day

We’ve been looking at savings – and here are a few more ideas.

-12 Keep your hands to yourself

No, I’m not talking about pulling the ponytail of the person in front of you.  Let’s say you are in a store and you walk by the jewelry counter. Looking is okay.  But there is a higher percentage of buying it the longer you hold it. Maybe you walk by a clothes section and see something that appeals to you.  If you take it off the hanger, hold it up in front of you and try it on, you are at the threshold of buying it. Now if you went to the store looking for clothes, that is okay.  [Aside, I’m going to be teaching one class this fall at a local college – so I am looking for a few more things to supplement my wardrobe]. Also along this line – if you can try it on.  I bought something a month ago that was marked as being my size but I didn’t try it on. I did try it on at home – and it was too small. Mismarked? Maybe. It was at a thrift store and there are no returns, so … I will donate it back!!

-13 Slow down – best mileage is about 30 mph

If you car guzzles gas at 70 mph on the highway you might think of driving 60.  I’m on a street that is marked 30 – but most go 35 or 40 on it. I am not sure how much savings you will get at 30 mph.

Quasi related – leave early enough to arrive slightly early.  For office work, if there is a meeting at 9:00 a.m. and somebody shows up at 9:20 that person will have to be ‘brought up to speed’ – wasting everybody’s time.  [As a professor when a student showed up at my office and said they missed my class – and then asks “Did I miss anything important?” I always wanted to say “YES – the most important day of the whole semester and you blew it”.  Somehow the student expects me to cover an hour of class in ten minutes in my office when they miss class.

Be timely – no late fees – pay in full

Banks, credit card companies, etc. make money by 1) charging interest on late accounts and 2) by charging late fees.  I use my credit card a lot – and I pay it off IN FULL when it is due. Comment. When I worked for a major credit card company we liked it when a customer made their payment immediately when they got the bill.  There is a concept of ‘float’ that they would be using your money and making a little bit as you pay early. Some will keep moving up your payments a few days now and then and get 13 payments out of you in a year.  It is like getting a big tax refund. WOOO – I got a $1000 back this year – which really means I overpaid the government and they had use of my money during that year and finally they can say “thanks for loaning us the extra money”!

Turn clutter into cash (consignment shops)

I don’t do this.  When I am done with something that still has value I will donate it to a thrift shop – particularly a community oriented, helping others thrift shop.  But, if your item is still very nice – like new, putting it in a consignment shop might give you a little money.

Actually Save your savings.

Hey – we have been saving now for three days.  But what happened to that money? Did you put it in a draw to pull out when you needed some fast money – or did you put it in a bank or savings account?

Save 1% more in your IRA

My university matched my IRA for five years and then they paid more of my IRA amount after that.  I kept raising my contribution percentage until I was saving about 10% a year and the college was also paying 10% a year – and over time that became equivalent to 25 or 30 or 35% with interest.

Take public transportation.

On my last job before retirement I took the bus to campus all but two times in three years.  My savings? I didn’t have to pay for gas, oil, tolls and car expenses. I didn’t have to pay for parking (some place have high parking).  AND – the campus paid for the bus (that is, I rode for free with my campus ID). I didn’t have to hunt for a parking place. I could even take a short nap on the way home!!!

And … use recyclable bags and recycle your disposal items.  While you may not directly see the money, it will help you in the long run.  If everybody brought their own bags to the grocery store, they would not have to buy bags.  Those plastic bags would not end up in the landfill. (and more)!!!

Also by reading my free blog, you don’t have to pay for /subscribe to a blog!!!

New topic tomorrow!!!

Karen

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Blog #699 Saving Money – part II

Ways to save money – part II

-6 Talk it out

Put a regular ‘Financial Review’ meeting on your agenda for you and your spouse/partner.  With two people, there are two opinions on how to spend money (and not always compatible).  Bring up your credit card statements, bank statements, list of home improvements, list of ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.  Don’t argue – but discuss. In my experience one is probably more ‘frugal’ that the other (yup, that would be me) and the other is more realistic.  Talk it out!!

-7 Rent (or borrow) instead of buy

In almost every garage on my block there is a lawn mower.  Maybe you can share a lawn mower with a neighbor (or several neighbors).  Do you need a ladder to clean the leaves and debris out of the gutters – rent a ladder rather than buy (especially is this is a once or twice a year event).  Do you need a pickup for a day, U-Haul (and others) will rent you a truck for that once a year trip to the city landfill. [Aside, I once had a truck – a nice Ford F-150.  As for the truck bed, it was used infrequently – normally to get bolts of fabric from the fabric warehouses. Otherwise, I was driving it as a car – chugging along at 10 miles per gallon – as compared to my current little car that gets about 36 miles per gallon.

-8 Shop at the second hand and thrift shops.

You may be surprised at what you will find – at a great price.  And, in most cases, people donate their lightly used goods to the thrift shop, as they sell the items it goes for community work.  Our local Salvation Army has 50% off all clothes on Wednesdays and other specials for other days.

-9 BYOB

Some restaurants allow you to bring your own bottle (BYOB).  Even if they charge to uncork the bottle, you will save on wine bought onsite.

-10 Flexible Spending Accounts

Many companies offer flexible spending accounts (FSA).  Take advantage of these for eye exams, glasses, even Lasik surgery.

-11 Try a “Need Only” diet

Do you like coffee?  I actually like McDonalds coffee better than Starbucks – at about $1 a cup.  And with a ‘need only’ diet I can pass on the junk food I might get at the convenience store.  Do I really ‘need’ Ice Cream? Do I really ‘need’ that huge jar of peanut butter? [The answer to that is ‘absolutely’!!!]

There are such emotional issues of “I want something” verses “I need something”.  Think back to childhood “I want that toy” is frequently an emotional thing. My friend has the toy and I want it.  Remember those cheap rides at the mall – the little plastic thing that looks like a bus (or firetruck or other) that goes around in a circle for a minute (for $2).  It is hard to say ‘no’ to children (or grandchildren) – but learning about wants and needs is part of life.

Tomorrow we will finish this saving spree – with some additional powerful hints – stay tuned!!!

Karen

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Blog #698 Saving some money – part I

Saving Money

https://www.womansday.com/life/work-money/g1019/save-money-fast/

I saw this and thought it was worth sharing.

Let’s go.

-1 Don’t buy on impulse

For big purchase items, use the 30-day ‘rule’. For example, if you are considering a new humongous television set and happen to be walking through a store with televisions prominently displayed – (probably with huge signs saying “On Sale” or “Lowest Price of the Year” – do you buy one immediately?

Do you think this store has the best prices on televisions?  Did you check the comments on the internet from those who bought this set? Can you get it from Amazon? Can you order this cheaper online? Are there comparisons between this brand and others? Do your ‘due diligence’.  Do the research. AND wait at least 30 days before making a purchase.

In those thirty days do you find that you really “need” that television?  Is your old set still good enough? Are the funds you would use to make this purchase available in your budget?  Or would this cut into your savings plan for your kids to go to college?

Note – this is not implying that buying a new television is wrong – but do the analysis before jumping in on impulse!!

-2 Grocery shopping without your list.

I have a pad on my counter where I list the things I want at the grocery store – eggs, meat, vegetables, fruit.  I try to shop from my list – but there are times when I don’t have my list with me (like last night).

I did buy a watermelon what wasn’t on my list, I did buy a large jar of Ranch Dressing (larger than my normal size) as I have been eating more salads lately.  Ranch Dressing was on my list – with a slight impulse bought the bigger size (the cost per ounce jumped out at me as a good buy) I also know that I like some snacks around the house.  They are somewhat planned – but I look at the price and the nutrition panel. How much salt does the package have? How about sugar?

The bottom line is that when I shop without a list I tend to buy things on impulse.  How about you?

-3 Quit smoking

This isn’t a problem for me – but the idea is great for many reasons – save money – and save your health!!  According to the Center for Disease Control, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes is $6.28, which means a pack-a-day habit sets you back $188 per month or $2,292 per year.  (If you think back to #1 above – impulse buying, you could buy that new television in a year if you don’t smoke (or vape))!!

-4 Visit the Library

I ‘read’ audiobooks.  I could have a subscription to Audible.com – but I don’t.  My public library is free – and I can get audiobooks (and e-books) online for nothing.  Yes, the latest bestsellers might already be checked out, so I can put a hold on the book until it becomes available.  

If you read real books, your library has them free for the checkout.  That is better than a regular (or online bookstore).

Sometimes certain books aren’t available – like textbooks – in which case you rent the books – or share with a friend to lower the costs.’

I also use a Free audiobooks service for ‘classical’ books – LibriVox (and there are others).  With LibriVox, I’m listening to Sherlock Holmes, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens and more.

-5 Invest in a high tech thermostat.

These devices can save you energy – and saving energy saves you money!!  They can be programmed to warm up your house before you get up on winter days, and not run your air conditioner at full cooling in the summer when you are at work.

More tomorrow!!!

Karen

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Blog #697 Haters going to hate – part 2

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Haters are Going to Hate – part II



Two days ago we started to look at haters.  Let’s finish that off today.

-6 Control your anger
As people demonstrate their hatred against you (or your company or your beliefs), the important part (according to the article) is to control your anger and control your tongue.  The adage “a soft answer puts away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1)

If somebody wants to spread hate, rise above that.  Count to ten, step out of the room – but control your anger.

-7 Learn from them.  
There are going to be many negative people in your life. Worrying about their opinions of you will only make you worse off. We cannot get everyone to like us. Therefore, haters serve as a great group to learn this lesson.  I am not perfect – I know that. (As do some others). There is constructive criticism (which isn’t hatred) and then that can cross a line and become hatred and anger.

Do you remember the Aesop fable about the man, the boy and the donkey.  They start out going to market and soon somebody comments about the mean man who made his son walk; so the man put his son on the donkey.  Then somebody comments on the lazy boy who made his father walk, so they switched and the man rode the donkey. Then somebody commented about the man riding and the son walking – so the man put the boy in front of his on the donkey.  Then somebody else commented about how they were burdening the poor donkey. Finally, the man and boy got a large pole and tied the donkey onto the pole (by lashing his feet). The donkey finally kicked and got loose and fell into a river and drown.  The moral “Please all and you will please none”.

-8 Be unique
Who are you?  You are unique – and not like anyone else.  The haters may see you as an anomaly and hate you.  Rise above – and do be yourself

-9 Allow the haters comments to motivate you
If the haters revile you – use their comments to motivate you – become a success when the haters say ‘you are an idiot and won’t amount to anything’.

-10 Appreciate your victories
Haters can also be a great way to better appreciate your victories. Accomplishing something after many people told you that you would not be able to is a great feeling.

When hate becomes exceptionally bitter, turn your head, walk away, rise about the situation.  Don’t be goaded into anger or retatation.
Much hate is built on ignorance and biases.  Some white people hated black people so much to enslave them and (later) put KKK crosses in front of their houses and called them ‘dirty N*****s’.  Hitler put the Jews in concentration camps – and had them killed. Some in our society have hated Muslims for running airplanes into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.  

One of my favorite verses is from Micah 6:8.  “What does God require of you – but to love justice, show mercy and walk humbly with God”.  Show grace and mercy to your haters. Romans 12:20 says““If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Let us love one-another!!!

Karen

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