Wednesday, August 31, 2016

sleep / resting.......

Sleep is something that we all need..it is very serious when you do not get enough rest at night....Naps are good to take during the day when you can and are not working....even just a small quick nap during the day always helps me to feel better.....

Most things even in nature need to rest and sleep sometimes during the day, my cats sleep during the day sometimes and they sure do need to!!!....they are nocturnal and roam at night, I know that I wish they would sleep at night more so....

I have always had troubles sleeping because of outside influences, worries, constant stress, or because of annoying people.....

I worry a lot and stress over things, and I always have.....this leads to NO sleep also!

My room has to be a certain temperature for me to sleep well, this changes with the weather and seasons....I like many pillows, a nice comfy bed, sheets that are very soft and a comforter, blankets in winter......I have to have my rib pillow for my arthritis in my rib cage and this helps with pain.....lol...

Listening to spa music helps me rest more...I discovered that many years ago...I will sometimes fall right to sleep listening to spa music turned down low.....it helps me.....

When I have pain I just take a Tylenol and go to sleep sometimes, or IF I have allergies I take a Benadryl and I go to sleep also....this helps me to rest when I have pain or allergies....

whenever a person is very sick with illness having plenty of rest is best!....lol...

This time of year I always know that I sleep better in the cooler weather...not the harsh heat from summer....my room doesn't cool off very good during summer, and I don't rest too well...so the coolness of the Autumn/Fall season helps me to rest better!

sometimes I am so very tired I feel like sleeping in my bed all day!

i like to sleep, because i feel better after i can rest!!!

and other days I feel like I will never catch up on all the sleep I need, I feel weird when I do not get enough rest, and I am exhausted....

I have had days when I just cannot stay awake during the day and I fall asleep setting in a chair!....haha!....I just doze off to sleep....then I don't know where I am for a few minutes after I wake up!....it's weird.

at night when I cannot sleep, I like to read newspapers or sale ads from the newspaper, I listen to my Spa music, i paint, doodle draw on paper, color in the coloring books, read the Bible, i may sometimes even craft on small craft projects during the late night....they're usually the piece together foam seasonal craft kits...so if you cannot sleep those are fun and affordable....

taking a warm bath at night when i can't sleep helps me to relax and then i go to bed and fall asleep.....

rest is good for everyone and we all need to sleep better, it is necessary to stay healthy and survive...

eliminating caffeine from your life helps you to rest more, i have to have decaffeinated everything or i am too nervous and can't rest....

i think a lot of people become restless and moreso nervous at night because it is dark outside and there is nobody to talk with, i think it causes a kind of panic in some people....it is weird, but i think that's how it affects many people.....most of it is stress and pressure from daily life....you have to learn how to forget it to rest.....

Life can be so hectic and stressful...i think sometimes the world needs to slooooow down!!!...we all need to have less stressful lives...somehow...work on it! ;)

just go on to bed and don't care about anything that has went on all day....then maybe you can rest....

it is very easy to become ill when you haven't had enough rest and relaxation, i always catch the flu, bronchitis, or bad colds when i am stressed and not resting properly.....

sleep is something we all need to work on....







Tuesday, August 30, 2016

preparing meals at home.....

I made Blueberry Muffins last night...I finally have been able to turn the oven on, it is starting to be a little cooler outdoors, and I like to prepare meals and start baking more....

I purchased Betty Crocker Wild Blueberry Muffin mix...they are good! simple to prepare.

They also have other blueberry muffin mixes in the brands Duncan Heinz, and Krusteaz...

Blueberry pancakes are a favorite of mine with blueberry syrup and some whipped topping ontop....Krusteaz has a Blueberry Pancake mix available also.....haven't tried that yet..

I enjoy purchasing groceries and preparing meals at home during the fall/winter season more often than during summer.....Recipe books are nice to have nearby when looking for meals ideas to prepare at home....I have plenty of those!....I like to look through them and attempt all the challenging recipes my Grandma and Aunts prepared for many years..!...LOL...I don't know if I will ever be as good as they have all been at cooking meals...but I enjoy trying to challenge myself with cooking and baking!.....

Purchasing any cooking or baking mix/box/package is always fun to work on during fall/winter for cooking with friends/family....these are often simple you just add in a few ingredients, some may be challenging when they have to be prepared a certain way.....I enjoy these.....

Going to the grocery store and purchasing groceries at any store and looking for off brands or items on sale is good while on a budget and I know many people have many friends/family and you can often purchase items on sale and affordable off brands for cooking.....Off brands work just as well....

I still enjoy restaurants during fall/winter but I like to cook more at home during this time, it feels comfortable and the house smells like baked bread, or blueberry muffins like mine did last night in the kitchen.....this just adds to the fun of fall/winter season I think....

inviting friends/family over for cooking or baking is fun often, you can all throw money in and purchase items together for meals, prepare the meal together, shopping at the grocery store together is fun also.....

too many times people are too busy, in a hurry and don't have time to prepare meals at home....or maybe don' t want to cook meals at home....it's old-fashioned I know to bake or cook at home they always say, but I think it is good for people to prepare meals more often at home...

skillet meals are easy to prepare and I enjoy those, they have sauces/vegetables and you just purchase the meats to add to them.....they are in a package....simple to create....

crock pot meals are easy you just cook them according to instructions or you can make a simple pot roast......

microwave meals are cheating!!!......haha!.....you have to work on cooking/baking, read recipes and challenge yourself!

liquid measuring cups are needed...don't mess up and measure liquids in dry measuring cups!....lol...

Have fun cooking meals or preparing from the mixes, boxes, packages!...you have to always pay attention while baking or cooking...things can burn or ruin quickly if you don't pay attention....

I enjoy challenging myself or trying new food items...sure I find those I don't really like, but I try to choose something that seems like I would like it, not everyone enjoys the same thing, so ask your family/friends if it sounds good to them for a meal first.....

whenever you prepare meals at home and enjoy them, you feel better I think....you can be healthy or whatever you want to create for a meal....

many people have health issues and you may need to cook healthy and learn how to cook healthier, I have been on diets and cooked healthier, I even have been vegetarian for sometime, but I only became ill from it, so I can't attempt that one anymore...I felt icky!...I almost passed out one day!!!..it made me very sick....just exercise and cook right if you are worried about your health issues, diet when you want....

j.

Monday, August 29, 2016

strict water and food inspection needed.....

I know so many countries have unsanitary nasty water....it happens sometimes even in local areas when there is drought or flooding the water systems are contaminated in town/cities.....

People who live in many countries have nasty water, and it is contaminated with bacteria and disease like Cholera....they have no clean water that is purified or sanitary and when all they have is nasty water, they drink it...sadness!!!

It is upsetting to think about drinking or bathing water being contaminated with nastiness, and many people have no other choice but to use the icky water....

There should be some sort of water inspection in all countries all over the world, and some way to purify, sanitize the waters everywhere...there is always bleaching to kill off the bacteria and nastiness and somehow regulate the waters all over the world to help people.

water treatment plants would be very good and useful for all people.....they could be controlled and monitored at all times and inspection should always happen to keep things running properly.

another area of concern I often think about is food inspection and how they inspect all foods that are exported out of the country or imported......I think about how we have the USDA and how they are supposed to be sanitary and inspect all food exports and all food here.....I wonder why they have so many people become ill here, it is terrifying and upsetting that you will see in the newspaper or on the local news where they have called in a recall on some food item and I always hope that I won't become ill if I have ate anything contaminated from package or can.....this shouldn't happen.

ALL pet or animal foods/water need to be safe and sanitary! Years ago so many pets became ill and died from contaminated pet foods and that should have NEVER happened!....we need that to always be inspected and kept clean, strict inspections!

being sickened from a food item should NEVER happen and I think every country needs some sort of strict food/water inspection program, every country, state, city, town should have one!

and in those areas where they are by the coast and no access to water, they could de-salinate the ocean water somehow for drinking and bathing, we all have to have water and we just need to clean it up all over the world!....Drilling more water wells, building water treatment plants, and having water towers in rural and city areas everywhere would give hope and structure to the world everywhere....They could even paint the name of their town on the water towers and make a design or something.....every small town usually has the name of the town and a design.....

sanitizing and bleaching are always necessary to keep the nastiness of bacteria and disease away, these can be used in many areas to clean up all kinds of things....I know that these programs could be very strict and monitor all areas for cleanliness, too much nastiness everywhere all over the world...

people always say: " Oh, well that's too strict on everything!" but I think it needs to be VERY strict so people will have to work on keeping it clean and disease free, because when you establish a program or business to keep things cleaned up and sanitized, you need to make sure it works and is run properly!...otherwise why even try to fix a problem??! when you don't have a set of rules to follow to keep everyone safe and well.....

we need to have strict evaluations and rules to follow with inspecting all water, foods, and anything a person or pet/animal could be enjoying or having for a meal!...more sanitizing and cleaning, bleaching of everything, everywhere, I have seen so much nastiness in the world...icky!

j.





 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

being responsible......

Being there for your loved ones, friends/family is always the right thing to do...When you are there for them through the good times and the bad upsetting times, you know that it helps them to know they have you there to care about them, take good care of them, and love them!

we all need one another to make it through life, that's just how it goes to survive life....we're supposed to care about and love one another, never have so much nastiness and hostility, we should always try to be peaceful with those we love/care for...try to help them overcome sad days and help them to rid their lives of addictions and those things that harm them.....

We all need to be more responsible in life, learn from our mistakes and know how to take good and proper care of our loved ones and ourselves, we should always strive to be a better person and a healthier person mentally and physically....stop all bad habits.

NEVER stop trying to become a better person....the world always needs many more good people to bring goodness! :)

I think often that ridding your life of all putrid nastiness, anything you know is NOT good for you, it's best to kick all that nastiness out of your life!....I have seen so many people I know just keep messing up their lives, harm themselves and others because of nasty habits in their lives, it's sad, annoying, and upsetting to watch this all go on, and then worry they may endanger your life sometime.....

People need to take responsibility for their own lives and learn to care more about themselves so that they can care about others.....I think everyone needs to be sober and free of all bad things in their lives, and if you have something bad in your life, rid your life of it!...

Life is too short to waste on bad habits, the time we have on earth we should make the best of it, people should not spend their whole lives messed up and wasting their life on drugs, alcohol, or any other vices.....it saddens me so much that people waste their lives to addiction.....they wake up one day and they have wasted half of their life on nothing but nastiness.....

When you have so many people who love you and need you in their lives to be there for them, I don't think that people should be so wasteful with their life!!! It's time for everyone to clean up their lives, get rid of terrible addictions and start over new and better...always try to bring goodness to your life and others lives, and the world.....

start being more responsible and care about yourself, and your loved ones because we all need you to be much better and sober! you can't help your loved ones, or take good care of them when you are messed up, so always be sober and that way you will always be able to be there for them....

when you finally have good know-how in your life, and you are a better person you can teach others and show others all of the goodness you have, this helps the world be a better place....

I was reading this in the Bible and this verse was one that I read...I think it is good to read.

If you work toward goodness, you bring that to everyone, if you work toward the bad all the time, you will just bring bad to the world always, so we should always try to bring goodness and give that to the world...

Galatians 6:5-15
5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.
 7 Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. 

Always strive to be more responsible and care about your life and others lives, we should all unify and work to end evil, clean up the world, and bring more laughter and happiness....this is what The Lord wants us to achieve....

Julie

Saturday, August 27, 2016

toffee and caramel.....


During the fall season I enjoy Toffee and Caramel candies more.....I have noticed that whenever the fall season is here and cooler weather sets in, I enjoy them more often.....isn't that silly?!!....lol..

I have tried many Toffee and Caramel candies and brands: this is for fun.

My Favorite Toffee Candies/Candy Bars:

Skor--candy bar
Heath-candy bar
Werther's Original
Symphony candy bar with Toffee bits
Nips
Heath Toffee Bits for Baking
Old Dominion Peanut Brittle---sort of Toffee I think
Butterscotch--like a Toffee
Roca
Brach's Butter Toffee
Cadbury Toffee Bar

Caramel Favorites I have tried:

Caramello--candy bar
Ghiradelli Caramels, Syrups, Candies
Dove Caramel
Goetze's Caramel cream chews
Brach's Caramel Chews
Demet's Caramel Chocolate Turtles
Millionaires Caramel Candies
Goo-Goo Cluster Caramel w/pecans/marshmallow
Werther's Caramel Chews
Caramel Topping--Smucker's, Hershey's
Milk Duds
Kraft Caramels
100 Grand candy bar
Sugar Babies
Lancaster Caramels
Cow Tales
Black Cow
Magnum Caramel ice cream bars
Cracker Jacks--like a caramel corn
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel
International Delight Caramel Coffee Pour-ins
Torani Caramel Syrup, Flavorings

when baking a dessert during the fall season I sometimes enjoy purchasing a box of Turtle Brownies to bake in the oven at home...Follow instructions on the box...

These brands of Turtle Brownie mixes are good:

Duncan Heinz Turtle Brownies
Betty Crocker Turtle Brownies
Ghiradelli Turtle Brownies



Caramel Apples are a fall seasonal fun dessert I enjoy creating, every year....I like to purchase the Caramel Apple Wraps that are in a yellow package Concord Foods is the brand...I think the sticks are with the wraps in the package....these are fun to create!...Follow instructions...

Caramel Apple Dip is also something seasonal to me, I enjoy the brand Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip....or just use melted Kraft Caramel Chews for this.....

julie




Friday, August 26, 2016

cameras and photography......


People often like to take pictures to remember celebrations, special events, Birthdays, Weddings, Baptisms, anytime that you are celebrating or having fun at an event we should all take pictures to remember by......

You may also enjoy taking pictures of nature, family/friends, pets, birds, other animals, landscapes, vacations.....those you may wish to create a scrapbook or picture album with...Too many people just store pictures on their cameras and leave them!....I think you should place them onto your computer and print them, or send them to be printed at a store...don't just let them be files on a camera or phone!!!...print them and share them with friends/family......

there are the plain cameras that take a good roll of film you place into the camera....Kodak is a good brand of film to use...It is good I have used that brand before for celebrations/events...very nice and clear.....

digital cameras are good for clear pictures also and you can store them on digital camera memory cards.....but place them onto your computer to print with your color ink cartridges and picture paper...you can find that at many stores....If you don't like a picture after you take it?..just delete it! you can look through them with digital cameras and see how they look before you print them....

Nikon is a good camera brand.....I know it works well and I'm sure there are other brands I haven't thought of this morning....you can choose whichever you like....

Newspapers always need good cameras and photographers...so a good brand is needed for that!

I have a digital camera and I enjoy it!....I like to take nature pictures, landscape, pet pictures, and wildlife pictures when I see them....just print off computer when completed.

some people take pictures with their phones, but they just don't look too good to me, I don't know, some are lousy looking.....lol.....

scrapbooking is a good way to be creative and have fun with friends/family placing pictures you have taken in the scrapbook, be colorful, creative and have fun with creating your scrapbook....

this is all about remembering special days, and good times!

j.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

pineapple angel food cake......

I like to create cakes that are different and try new things in baking...I am always looking for something new to try in recipes....This is an easy recipe and it is Angel Food Cake...You can enjoy Angel Food Cake plain, with strawberries and whipping cream, OR like this recipe I thought it was different, I found it years ago....it is a lighter dessert to serve with dinner....

Angels like to enjoy Angel Food Cake!!!.....lol...

1 20oz can of crushed Pineapple, undrained
1 3.4 oz package of instant vanilla pudding
1 cup of thawed whipped topping
1 Angel food cake in three layers
strawberries

Measure the whipped topping in a liquid glass measuring cup, I like to add just a little more whipped topping often...so it will be able to stack the cake and hold properly...

Angel Food Cake advice!!!-------I like to purchase an Angel Food cake mix from a box and bake it earlier and have that completed...it is easy....most times you need a light weight angel food cake pan to piece together and then pour your cake mix into...bake in the oven according to instructions........

THEN you need to have a glass soda bottle to hold the cake pan up with the cake in it, so it will cool...this can be challenging, but I'm sure most people can figure this out!.....remove from pan after it cools, place on grand sized plate.......USE a serrated edge baking tool to slice the cake in layers start from the side slice across in three layers.....this is usually easy to accomplish...I really like the texture of Angel Food cake....it's different than plain cake..

Instructions----

Mix Pineapple and dry pudding mix in bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping.

Stack cake layers on a plate. Place pudding mixture between layers and stack up as you go. Use enough on each layer to hold it together, place all over the layer then stack another layer onto this, repeat. Then place remaining mixture ontop of the cake. You basically build this cake up.

Refrigerate one hour or until you are ready to serve. THEN garnish with your strawberries.

It is a pretty cake, and I enjoy it.....Angels really like it.....lol...

Julie






Tuesday, August 23, 2016

local county fairs.....

Seems as though summer season may be starting to wind down.....It feels cooler outdoors and I can only wish for more rainy days, and less hot weather....

One thing I know, is that it is time for local county fairs to begin...I saw that there is one locally in a few days......

Local county fairs are very old-fashioned and sadly some have lost their charm.....Not too many people attend them or join in the activities...People can enter many different things in the County Fairs to be judged for ribbons and local people can view them.....

types of categories to be judged:

Art work
Gardening
Sewing
Farm items
Food prep
Crafts
Baking
Livestock shows

(they do not try the food items for safety concerns, they just look at them and judge them.)

the local County fair has a fair grounds and show barn, they have food vendors, carnival, buildings where the judging takes place for ribbons....just something traditional to go support and look at.....

The judging ribbons can be in many different colors, and say how the person's item placed in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th place...any judging ribbon is good when they can be given a ribbon...it's all in fun remember....

you may go and see the entries that are to be judged, see a livestock showing, enjoy the carnival and food vendors if you have the time and chance to go see them.....I like the county fairs this time of year.....

4-H is another tradition, it is a program for school children to be very involved in and it teaches many different learning skills and they create items and place them at the county fairs to be judged also....I think it is a good program for children to take part in.....they always place items at the county fairs to be judged and they are nice to go see what they have created and how they placed...just something good to go and see......

I know state fairs will be starting soon in a few weeks, those are fun also this time of year...I just think the local county fairs should be better and win back their charm....many more people need to go and support the local county fairs.....

julie







Monday, August 22, 2016

adopt cats !........

This looks like my Rockie cat, always into mischief!..Gray-striped cats are so beautiful and fuzzy.

I believe that pets are a blessing to your life, and IF you are able to properly care for them, and have the time to give them attention, care, love, then you should have one!....

Name them something cute and respectful, whatever you wish that is good!

Often many animals are abused and missing parts of their body, missing eyes, teeth, limbs or have deformity, there is nothing wrong with that! ADOPT them anyway, Looks DO NOT matter!!! i have had many pets in my life with those issues and they need to be adopted, loved/cared for! they are just as beautiful as the others having no problems!

Many times you will find out that you will find that certain pet that has been through some of the same troubles and body problems as you have...you will know how they feel and what they have been through, because you have lived/survived that also!..Best friends/Family members forever!!! they will always understand you better....

Many animals can be pets, and I know that the cat or kitten is one of the best pals you will ever have in your life...I have three cats that live in the house with me, they are quite a handful...I wish for a few more someday when I have extra space hopefully..I rescued all three of them and raised them from babies...now they are all each older....they make me giggle!

Calico Cats are very pretty with their coloring and designs of their fur sometimes they have swirls all over their fur and their faces, so cute!...Caramel is a good name! they look like caramel swirls, or name them Toffee like the candy...same coloring...

Cats should live in the home, danger outdoors! and they need to be monitored at all times because they are very curious and wish to check out everything.....My cats all live in the house with me, and I know that a person should ALWAYS make sure that they watch their cats/kittens at all times, they will get into mischief!...

I had a problem several times in the past few years with Rockie Cat running out the door when someone would open the door and not be paying attention, he just would run right out the door!!!...he still will try this often..he has ran across the road, across the driveway, and climbed up a tree when he was younger...he is a mess often times!....I have to watch him moreso than the other two for this escaping....so always watch out for that...

Cats are very affectionate, they like attention and they generally love and care about their owners, I know my cats love/care about me...they are always there for me, and when I am feeling sad or depressed, or angry they always know that somehow!, they purr loudly or meow at me, they want me to brush their fur and pet them on the head.....or play with them and their toys.....cute!

Many times people have severe allergies to cats fur, the dander in their fur gives them allergic reactions terribly!...I have allergies but I have no allergic reaction to cats, I have had allergy tests for that, it is funny because I am allergic to everything else!...ALWAYS bathe your cats!.Hairless Cats are good for those with allergies and they have no fur they are very unique looking and you have no problems with allergies with them, no hairballs, they are just as cute as the cats with hair/fur!!!...Adopt one if you have allergies, they are all good pals and family!

Many times cats have hairball problems and I will hear them go:" Cough, Cough " at night or even during the day and it is hairballs, so I always try to purchase a good cat food that has more fiber(there needs to be all fiber cat foods more affordable) and I have HairBall Treatment Gel that is in a tube from Walmart or wherever I can find it!....It is gel and you just place a small dime-size amount on their paw or on your finger to place on their mouth...they lick this off and it goes into their digestive track to rid the hairballs.....this helps them to pass dry hairball poop...icky, but that's nature.

They will vomit in the floor sometimes when they have hairball issues and I always have plenty of paper towels on hand to wipe/clean the vomit off the floor or carpet...nasty but I have been cleaning that icky-ness up for years...they just have this happen....it doesn't bother me to clean it up....I use carpet shampoo on the carpet to clean it, and on the linoleum I just use a small amount of floor cleaner..always disinfect and you can use pet odor/stain remover like Out!

I clean the litter box daily...IF you have trouble litter box training your cat to bathroom in it, take their front paws and gently scratch them in the litter and they will learn to bathroom in the litter box....it may take a few tries....don't give up on them, they will figure it all out!

The Siamese Cat is very cute and pretty, they are playful and I know they like to meow for their owners...they have very pretty coloring and there are several different types of the Siamese cat they are sweet just like the others, playful, funny, and affectionate....

White cats are very beautiful, and I always think of naming them Winter, Snowy, Icy, Snowball, or Snowflake.....they have the prettiest white fur and you should always bathe them and keep them brushed...I know many cats like to have their fur brushed, some don't like Pumpkin cat, but it needs brushed anyway....

Tiger striped cats are very cute and sweet, I have one named Tigger (named after Pooh Bear's friend) he is grouchy and hateful sometimes, but he is an old man now, he is 17 years old now, I have taken good care of him....he looks like a small Tiger, and he is getting old....


And then there's the black cat and I have one that is a grouch!...LOL!....Black cats have pretty fur and they have pretty eyes, sometimes if Pumpkin is sleeping I cannot find him when his eyes are closed and it is nighttime!...they are very curious and sweet, funny, playful just like all cats are...Pumpkin sleeps at the foot of my bed and he bites my toes/feet sometimes...He thinks: "Get your feet/toes out of my way Julie!, I have to sleep now!!!" .lol....he thinks he is boss of my life...oh well...

My Grandparents are looking for someone to take their black cat because they can no longer care for her now, and she is an outdoors cat, I am hoping that I can find a good home for her, I think she is going to be having babies!.....she is sweet and beautiful and I know she needs a good home....I am looking for one for her.....kinda worried about how to find one for her, I know many people are looking for a cat for a pet and she will be having babies too I think...I will keep searching for a new home for her, or take her to the shelter to be adopted....

Go out there and Adopt a new best friend/family member that is a Cat or Kitten!!!..they are a blessing, I know this, my cats have always been there for me, they love/care about me.....and I love/care about them right back!.....take good care of them and give them plenty of attention.

j.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

church fundraiser ideas.......

Attending church you always know that there may be the need to have fundraisers held to raise money for special events at the church and if your church may be taking a missionary church work trip somewhere, you will need to raise money for travel expenses...

People can tithe money to the church when they can afford it, and they may donate money if they wish, but the church as a whole needs to all pitch in and work to create extra money for events, having fundraisers is a good way to create money...

some ideas for fundraising locally in your town-----

Cookie Dough Sales----Prepackaged cookie dough that is kept frozen in plastic tubs can be sold for a cost, all types of cookie doughs....they have sold this locally before and it sells great!

Prayer Breakfasts-----These are held at the church and designated individuals who can prepare the breakfast are there, you have Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Pancakes, Syrup, prepared Hashbrowns, Orange Juice, Coffee, Milk, Water, other Juice...small fee for breakfast prepared at the church kitchen area...advertise all over town, invite others, have a good breakfast, meet others, have places to dine there near church kitchen....start early in the morning to prepare breakfasts.....people enjoy prepared breakfast locally....makes good money.

Lollipop sales----I have talked about selling lollipops at school years ago, and they sell wonderful for a small fee, pre-purchase from company grand sized plastic bags of the lollipops and sell them for the church fundraisers....

T-shirt sales----Create Beautiful t-shirts with Angels, Sparrows, Crosses, Stained Glass pictures, Jesus, Hearts, Stars, Bluebirds, some pretty picture that you can have printed on the t-shirts that are nice and good for the church to represent God and Christianity, you can pre-purchase them maybe from a fundraising company or have a local t-shirt print shop create them for you...they sell wonderfully, and you can have them advertised in shop windows with permission or in the local newspapers, and at your church....they can be purchased for about $10....to fundraise for events...

Scented Glitter Gel Pen Sales----These are very popular right now with the adults and children, because of the coloring books and I know I enjoy them too!....they have these for fundraisers also....purchase for a fee....

Affordable Christian Adult Coloring Book Sales----I love the Christian Adult Coloring books and I wish there were more available, I just know they are very pricey some of them I have seen, and if they were more affordable I know a church could pre-purchase from a company and maybe sell them for fundraising money?!!...I'd like to see that....it would be good for the church...

Gummy Band or Homemade Bracelets for purchase---The gummy bands could be scented and have Christian themes on them for purchase all colorful hues, and designs pre-purchase them..sell for small fee,...AND you could have your ladies/men's groups have a day of crafting and create bracelets with beads, wire, hooks, plastic strings...and some affordable Christian charms, you could create them for purchase and advertise them in town, or sell them online....this would be fun and help raise money, make them colorful and be creative for God and the church....

Glass ornaments---Pre-purchase or create glass ornaments in all colorful hues and have them for sell near Christmas time and have them available for a small fee so people can adorn them on their Christmas tree!....this helps with Christmas expenses and preparing food baskets for the needy and homebound...or create any other crafted Christmas ornament and have that for purchase..advertise

Angel Festival---This is a fun way to be social at your church and to attain money for fundraisers...For a fee you can attend the Angel Festival...Everyone can be invited to attend! Create an Angel Costume, decorate your face like an angel would look, go to the church, have prayer, and enjoy a meal, door prizes, raffles, bring Angel statues, jewelry, clothing, anything with angels adorning it, and it has to be new, donate these items, then they can have an Angel sale.......Serve Angel food cake with whipped cream, and strawberries as dessert with the meal....the money goes to the church fundraising....have fun..invite the town to attend, be social, invite them to the church......make it pretty!

Church Bingo Night-----They say you shouldn't gamble when you are a Christian....lol....but these Bingo nights are harmless!...Have them at the church and play Bingo for Christian prizes, you may even have a meal after prayer, for this one also, towns enjoy meals, have in the evenings, invite the townspeople to attend.....I like Bingo....fee for meal...helps to fundraise.

Food Trucks in towns---the church could own a clean, sanitary, food truck and it could be all over town every week and the money could go back to the church...this is a fun way to raise money constantly for the church fundraisers....Advertise so people will know about it...people like food trucks when they can find them at noon on the streets...

Garage Sales at the church----People of the church can donate items they wish to place in the garage sales and the church can hold a weekend event of a garage sale, advertise in the newspapers, all over towns and local towns, garage sales are very good I think....affordable for everyone, the church can have these for fundraising....

Pet Costume contests----during Spring season, they can have a pet event and have refreshments for the church people, bring your pet's water dish and have a pet costume contest outdoors on the church grounds.....have pet costumes, pet items for purchase pre-ordered from a company and donate the money to the ASPCA or local animal shelter that DOES NOT euthanize....have your church be involved in helping animals! have pet adoptions one weekend outdoors the church during good weather...advertise, invite everyone....

Cancer Awareness Fundraisers for local towns---Many people have cancer in the world, and locally many times they need help with expenses because cancer treatment is pricey and I know insurance is not always there to pay for the treatment, so I know that any way you can help with fundraisers to bring cancer awareness and help the Cancer patients with bills would be amazing!...Having Cancer Awareness walks in the park or on the main streets with townspeople would be very good and a good way to meet others who have cancer, or have had their lives touched by cancer, this would be good for the church people to raise money to donate to cancer research or to good local people to pay bills...Get out there and make a good difference in your community and the world!!!

Rose pens---These would be good pens to have for purchase as a fundraiser for cancer money donations to women with cancer...The rose has been an emblem for Women's Cancer and it is a pretty flower, pens available in all colorful hues...I think the rose pens would be wonderful for churches to pre-purchase and sell for cancer treatments and money donations....many women have cancer and we all know someone who has been touched by cancer...so these rose pen sales would be good along with awareness walks, dinner parties, health talks..at your church or there in town....fundraise money and donate to those who need help with bills...

and the Ladies Tea Parties I talked about before, the Men can host the Chocolate Parties for fundraisers...I talked about all that earlier...those are also good fundraisers and a good way to be social in town and help your church to grow, be friendly, meet others, and invite them to attend church with you!...

just remember to invite to EVERYONE locally, NEVER reject someone who wishes to attend church or any church event...God owns all churches and they are there for everyone to go to..these fundraisers need everyone to attend, work on, prepare, and be serious about them....Advertising is a MUST....this creates more money for fundraising and helps your church to grow...we all need to be more friendly and social, respect others.......church is a good place to start!

julie

 











Saturday, August 20, 2016

bubble bath and music......


I was able to go to town yesterday....found a candy bar I like, it is a ZERO candy bar..white chocolate....I am going to have that today after dinner.....I purchased a few cans of soup...Campbell's soup....

I wanted to purchase some bubble bath, because I LOVE a good bubble bath, BUT unfortunately I never can find a bottle of bubble bath that is hypo-allergenic!!!...too many times I have had kidney infections and itchy all over with bubble baths...I have even tried those bubble baths they have for small children hoping the bottle of bubble bath would be better for sensitivity and still NO!...won't work for me...still allergic!!!... :(
 
I have always enjoyed taking a nice warm shower or nice warm bubble bath, I bathe everyday and it helps me to feel better when I am clean.....washing my hair is good too...you just feel better when you relax in a warm bath or stand in the shower to bathe.....
 
 
When you have arthritis it often helps your body to relax and not be so tense and in pain when you just soak in the tub for a while, this is why I like a hot tub too......My bones and tissue surrounding them in many place of my body is very tense, painful and swells often, my hips are problematic and they hurt in the extremely hot weather and the very cold weather...so I like to soak in the warm tub, bathe with a bar of soap and having a bubble bath is just wonderful!.....when I can find one that is hypo-allergenic...haven't yet!..i tried to make one bubbly once with glycerin soap and it was almost bubbled.... *sad face*





I like the bubbles in the tub, and it would be so neato if they had an aqua colorful bath soak that was hypo-allergenic and the bubbles were blue/aqua color!!!...that would be good! it would be very beautiful....I would enjoy that....

Lighting candles and placing them near the bath tub is nice when you have pain...I often just have arthritic pain that is painful during the seasonal weather and I just take Tylenol and soak in the tub.....the dim lights help me to feel better while I soak...I like dim lights everywhere in the house anyway, helps me to relax and feel less stress.....


 Music is very healing I believe for your life, and instrumental music has always been a favorite of mine to relax and listen to.....I listen to all the symphony orchestra music I can that is not too loud and is comforting.....I enjoy the symphony orchestra music very much...I'd like to go see one locally sometime....it's been a while since I have been to one....I really enjoy going to the symphony orchestra.....

Spa music is also a favorite to listen to, when I have pain or I cannot sleep well at night, it relaxes me and the stress goes away!....I'd recommend it to anyone to listen to IF you can find it in stores or online, try it one night or day and see if it relaxes you...sometimes I think life can be so loud, upsetting, busy, stressful, sad and we don't need to listen to music that makes us nervous all the time.....

j.





Thursday, August 18, 2016

target practice, clay target shooting......

I know that I enjoy target practice at home often with guns...It is VERY dangerous so always make sure that your pets and loved ones are not nearby and you have a designated safe area to place targets and to know that when you prepare to load the ammunition into the gun that you have the safety button on at all times when carrying your gun or reloading with shells...always be safe!

Clay target shooting is a fun sport and I know that there are designated area that you can practice this at...it is challenging to hit the clay disks that are thrown into the air by machinery...

ALWAYS
wear bright safety vests so others can see you
foam ear plugs or ear protectors
eye safety glasses.
keep pets and loved ones away while you are target practicing
keep safety button on while loading/carrying gun/not using

I enjoy going to local stores and looking for bullets to match my gun to practice with.

It is best to try to go and target practice at a shooting range in a local town or city....I wish we had one closer...

I enjoy shooting at these kinds of bright targets:
paper
bouncing
spinning
steel
exploding
clay
self-healing
sight-in

target practice is challenging and it is good to keep in practice when you can, just if you can find a good shooting range...staying sober while target practicing is good.....Going with groups of like-minded others to target practice once a week would be good to sharpen your skills...I enjoy it!

j.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

on a budget.....

Money does not grow on trees as they say.....If it did I know maybe things in life would be more affordable...With many bills to pay, and other expenses to purchase to live, it can be unaffordable and depressing!!!....

A person should always try to save back money when you don't have much, you have a larger family to care for, taxes to pay, groceries to purchase, and bills are always there...We have to always pay for things in life to thrive and live....

I NEVER waste money on stupid items that I don't need, you don't need too many things to get by in life, saving money by purchasing the off brand items is best if you can find them, don't waste money on outlandish clothing purchases....a person doesn't need to have 50 million pairs of clothes!....get rid of addictions and vices---that will save your life, and save money!

finding affordable shopping stores for all things is best when on a budget...shop off brands.

Shopping during sales when in store or looking for markdowns-saves money..

Garage sales--are good places to purchase many different items at lower cost...

Flea markets are also places to find lower cost items of all kinds

when you are given a paycheck from working, take it to the bank, cash it, and place some in an account for later, and keep some out for groceries/shopping, that week...Purchase ONLY what you need!......

I think everyone needs to have a Piggy Bank at home, they have all different types of these saving banks in many characters, color hues....they're old fashioned and fun!..save money by placing it into these small banks....you may wish for one that looks like a real pig too!...keep saving when you can!..hide it in your home...

Shopping at the Dollar Tree, other Dollar Stores, thrift stores for $1 items is fun, when on a budget, you can purchase yourself a few items that are just for you, laugh when you purchase them!..It is good to gift yourself something inexpensive and small when on a budget---or gift your children, family/friends items like this while on a budget!......that way, you at least have something to purchase and use at home or enjoy....

you can find most everything you need more affordable sometimes at the dollar tree/dollar stores, and shopping for groceries at the off brand grocery stores helps! Save a lot, Super Saver, ALDI grocery stores...may be more affordable while saving money....

I often like to enjoy a slush or a refreshment from a restaurant that is affordable, I like the Salted Margarita slush from Sonic (NO alcohol in this)...it is good this summer!...that is one way to enjoy something affordable for a few dollars.....

we just need to always save, make lists of bills/expenses to be paid monthly, total them up, and see how much you will need to pay for out of your paychecks every week...it can be costly and I know many individuals and families have a very difficult time surviving often with not many jobs available right now, and when you have a larger family you have to have ways to make it all work....

thrift stores, and inexpensive off brand items work best during these times for everyone.

julie