Take Care of You.

 

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Hi, my name is Johnnie. I have been retired for over a year now, and I never felt so good with less in my life,

Time is mine at last.

I plan to visit my relatives more, you see, I really miss seeing them.

You see there was a time back in 2004 my Dad had gotten ill from Stroke and my mother was showing signs of Dementia so I packed up and moved back home.

Working and caring for them became kinda difficult when they both became bedridden. It was like taking care of two adult babies.

Today I thank God for his strength and the help of my sister and those beautiful caregivers. I can’t thank them enough.

Well, 2012 my Dad passed on and it was just me and mother until 2014.

Both parents passed around the Christmas holidays. 2016

The Holidays will never feel the same for me again.

You do what you have to do in this life.  Today is all that matters for Yesterday is gone, and we know nothing about tomorrow, so give it your best and be happily retired.

 

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( Prophetic Words sent to Me)

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It’s normal to be concerned about things you are facing, but you are not alone.

The loving spirit of God is at work to repel the spirits of depression and doubt that assail you.

Beware, adversity will tempt you to lower your standard of and change your beliefs to fit the situation.

Jesus does not change, and the things He has revealed to you have not changed. They may not be manifested yet, but you are still God’s child, and he has never stopped loving you or being concerned about what is happening in your life.

The enemy continuously seeks to paralyze your pursuit of God-given dreams and desires.

Hold on to God, and let your season change. Refuse to give in. God is opening doors to give you the keys to things and places that have seemed inaccessible.

It is never God who holds you back. We choose to allow things past and present to keep us from the fullness of God.

Your God stands with you. Continue to pray and seek Him

You must be renewed, and this in my process.

Everything must rest on me. Love is the complete conquering force. This love comes from me to you, so I say to you: be not afraid, for I am helping you.

My spirit is flowing to and through you, and as it does, it washes away all the bitterness of the past.

Take heart, for your heavenly father loves, your father helps, your father fights your battles, and your father wins. You shall see how the way opens.

As you recognize how my love has planned for before your needs unfolded.

As you use your faith, you will see those things that the natural eye cannot.

Every trial is a challenge that you can conquer with your faith.

Allow the trust you have in me to grow, for that is the foundation of or relationship.

Know that I am with you . Even though you face these trials, they will not last, but our relationship will last, even beyond this life.

Do not limit your father, for all is well, and wonderful things are happening. Behold, all things are possible unto you, saith the lord.

I am with you in all that confronts you. My word is comfort, and for this day I released within you new power to cope with adversity. As I prompt you by my spirit, act in your faith. When you feel that there is no clear guidance, then abide by my word.

Walk forward in confidence without fear or panic. The attitude of faith will always bring reward.

Be of good cheer, my child, for my hand will preserve you in all that currently obstructs your path.

Rejoice in the sense of security that is yours through communion with me.

I am your friend and companion in every step you take.

I transform them and even make the crooked way straight.

These three gifts abide in you: faith,hope and charity.

Faith is your attitude towards me. Charity is your attitude towards your fellow humans. Hope is the confidence I have placed in you, so that you can succeed. You are entering my glorious time of expression, for I am the lord who loves you always, saith the Lord.

It is I, the Lord, your God, who stands with you. Continue to pray and seek me, and the way will unfold. You are not alone in these matters that trouble you.

It is only that the plans I have made for you have not unfolded to their fullest. Though you have felt the valley was empty, my child, I am with you to guide you and show you that no door is too difficult to be opened when you have my power flowing through you.

You have no cause to fear .

Know that I am with you to protect you. Continue to live in hope and be calm in knowing that I am there, all powerful and without an end to ways in which I can help you reach that place you desire to be.

Even now my spirit is at work to increase the joy in your heart.

I am building a foundation in your life, a source of peace. I will make even your dwelling a refuge from turmoil. Therefore, trust in me and be patient, for my strength flows to you even now.

All harmful thoughts must be turned away from your mind. This is part of the process of perfecting you for that which is to come.

Wonders are unfolding that will cause those around you to tremble with awe.

My kingdom comes silently.

Trust me, for I am the Lord , and it shall be well with you.

I am your heavenly father who loves you beyond measure, Saith the Lord.

Create a new respect for things you are asking God to draw into your life.

Learn to love yourself more.

After all, God loved you enough to give you the ultimate gift of life.

The greatest thing you can do with God’s gift is to make the most of it. Plan to live abundantly, as Jesus said ( St. john 1010).

Never say, “ I can’t.” always say, “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

The things you say do contain power.

I perceive this word of knowledge coming forth for you: focus on your personal life and give all the attention you can to those involved in it, especially those you love. You have more effect on those you talk to than you may ever know.

Forgotten resolutions will resurface; this time around it will be very different.

With the help of the holy Spirit, you will

avoid all traps aimed at you.

You will sense how the spirit within is making you more aware.

The Holy Spirit anticipates your trials and understands your battles.

Your winning is on God’s mind.

He will put His weapons in your hand, in your mouth and in your life.

The Word of God is the weapon that Satan cannot withstand.

What you are, determines what grows within you. Become more spiritual.

Seek more of the spirit and draw nearer to God ( St. Mathew 6:33).

He will draw even nearer to you.

now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe.” St. John 14:20

What are Cell Phones doing to the Congo.

 

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There I was sitting on the third pew in church one bright summers Sunday morn.        A young preacher approached the pulpit with a disturbing look on his face, as someones cellphone rang over the silent forum, he started his sermon with the comforts of our society , stating the advantages of our technologies and the conveniences that they bring us day by day, all over the world, and how we enjoy each and every moment getting pleasure and need of the services it provides.                      The addicted need for googling(surfing the Web) and texting has become normal as breathing.   An than he spoke of how this instrument was created, the materials that it takes for its makeup and function.  He paused for a moment, than went on to talk about where these materials come from, and how they are mined and sold for profit. “If  we only knew the pain and suffering to create such a thing” he said. “Would we be so proud to commit to its cause”.    He than began telling a story about the precious material called Tantalum (produced from coltan  which is used primarily for the production of tantalum capacitors, used in many electronic devices. Many sources mention coltan’s importance in the production of mobile phones.  These resources contribute to slavery of children and promotes wars.   

The preacher then said” Let us take this time in church to cut off our cellphones and pray for all the suffering thats going on in the Congo of Africa to end.

This sermon led me to search the web to enlighten me further to whats going on in the Congo of Africa.  You would not believe what our technology is doing to the poor in such a rich country others.     Check it out for yourself, go to https://enoughproject.org.

 

 

The Best Apple Pies Online

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I loves me some apple pie, how about you? 

There are a lot of ways to put together a good apple pie recipe.

My mother loved to bake. I remember as a child she would clip recipes out of newspapers and magazines and create magic, she loved to cook, and was good at it, Her pies and cakes were as good or better than any store bought pastries. I was never good at imitating her natural talent.,although I would diligently try.

The best I could ever do in pastries was a pound cake from scratch.  My specialty was meat. I got down when it came to the main course, and that’s only because I worked in a meat market in my youth. The best chefs were great meat cutters.  Lets get back to the apple pies.  Here are some of my favorite apple pie recipes I found on the internet. I have learned a lot by watching people do their thing on youtube. I hope you will like the videos too and try to take part in the task.  Now that I am 64 and retired I take advantage of the time to practise baking cakes and pies. I’m getting there ( nothing like mom’s), but with a little more practice, one day I’ll get there. So people tell me. Hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I do. I hope to make a video of my progress in trying to bake one of the best apple pine online.  So stay in touch the best is yet to come. Enjoying life in my retirement trying things out.

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Food for Thought

TWINKIES AND ROOT BEER

THERE ONCE WAS A LITTLE BOY WHO WANTED TO MEET GOD.

HE KNEW IT WAS A LONG TRIP TO WHERE GOD LIVED, SO HE PACKED HIS SUITCASE WITH TWINKIES AND A SIX-PACK OF ROOT BEER, AND HE STARTED ON HIS JOURNEY.

WHEN HE HAD GONE ABOUT THREE BLOCKS, HE MET AN OLD WOMAN.

SHE WAS SITTING IN THE PARK , STARING AT SOME PIGEONS. THE BOY SAT DOWN NEXT TO HER AND OPENED HIS SUITCASE. HE WAS ABOUT TO TAKE A DRINK FROM HIS ROOT BEER WHEN HE NOTICED THAT THE OLD LADY LOOKED HUNGRY, SO HE OFFERED HER A TWINKIE.

SHE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED IT AND SMILED AT HIM. HER SMILE WAS SO PRETTY THAT THE BOY WANTED TO SEE IT AGAIN, SO HE OFFERED HER A ROOT BEER, ONCE AGAIN, SHE SMILED AT HIM. THE BOY WAS DELIGHTED.

THEY SAT THERE ALL AFTERNOON EATING AND SMILING, YET THEY NEVER SAID A WORD. AS IT GREW DARK, THE BOY REALIZED HOW TIRED HE WAS AND HE GOT UP TO LEAVE. BEFORE HE HAD GONE MORE THAN A FEW STEPS, HE TURNED AROUND, RAN BACK TO THE OLD WOMAN AND GAVE HER A HUG. SHE GAVE HIM THE BIGGEST SMILE EVER.

WHEN THE BOY OPENED THE DOOR TO HIS OWN HOME A SHORT TIME LATER, HIS MOTHER WAS SURPRISED BY THE LOOK OF JOY ON HIS FACE.

SHE ASKED HIM.”WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY THAT MADE YOU SO HAPPY”

HE REPLIED, “I HAD LUNCH WITH GOD.” BUT BEFORE HIS MOTHER COULD RESPOND, HE ADDED. “YOU KNOW WHAT? SHE ‘S GOT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SMILE I’VE EVER SEEN !” MEAN WHILE, THE OLD WOMAN, ALSO RADIANT WITH JOY, RETURNED TO HER HOME. HER NEIGHBOR WAS STUNNED BY THE LOOK OF PEACE ON HER FACE, AND SHE ASKED, ”WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY THAT MADE YOU SO HAPPY?” SHE REPLIED, ”I ATE TWINKIES IN THE PARK WITH GOD.” BUT BEFORE HER NEIGHBOR RESPONDED, SHE ADDED, “YOU KNOW , HE’S MUCH YOUNGER THAN I EXPECTED.

WILL SOMEONE SEE GOD IN YOUR SMILE OR KIND DEED?

MAYBE THEY”RE NOT EVEN LOOKING FOR GOD, BUT MAY SEE HIM IN THE KINDNESS YOU SHOW. LET THEM SEE GOD IN YOU. SHOW HIS LOVE IN ALL YOU DO TODAY. LET THEM SEE GOD IN YOU.

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God has given me strength to handle things I never thought I’d be able to get through,

He has shown me a better way, wiped away the taste of the so called good times,

Brought me to another purpose.

I’m still not perfect, but getting better every day. I start every day with The Lords Prayer and thank Him at the end of each day for all he has done.

I am blessed with a good loving family, and a whole lot of good friends. My eyes are open, my feet are not eager to wander, I am still, my mind is clear.

I thank God every moment of my days for his undeserved kindness.

I found out in life, no matter who you are or what you do, you must Love the Lord our God with all your heart and all your might, no matter what goes on in your life,

He will never leave you,  He has prepared a place for you in His kingdom, if you want it.

You are His most precious creation, He wants you happy, If you believe you have it , it’s yours,  (for his purpose),and that purpose will be done in God’s time.

You may not be able to sing like an angle , you may not be able to preach like Paul but God has given you love to share,  He will never leave you without giving you a chance to prove Him.

Give praise to God, for He is your beginning and your end forever and ever,

My precious little light that was shining in me, is now shining for all to see, my love,

Patrice.

Thy Will Be Done.

 

The Future of Children, Us.

 

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While my sister and brother-in law work ,

I look after my 12 year old niece and 8 year old nephew.  After retiring I spin a lot of time with my sisters kids, I usually pick them up from school in the fall season, making sure they are fed and preoccupied with home work.  

My niece has after school home work programs, shes no problem, but that nephew of mine, all he wants to do is play and watch TV.  I try to keep him focus on his school work, but its a losing battle, my patients are not as strong now that I’m reaching the ripe age of 64.

Summer is now here both kids have breaks, niece is in Summer school, by choice. my nephew is home with me 3 weeks in the month of June, then he returns back to school. My sister purchased learning material for him to study for a couple of hours a day, this is suppose to be his routine.

Every morning before 9 am I drop my niece off to school and pick her up at 1 pm, then I go about my daily choirs, now my nephew knows what hes suppose to do, instead he goes straight to the TV.  Every morning I have to get at him to pick up a book, its frustrating, he makes me so angry, for he knows what he has to do, and I hate making him, so I explain that it is only for 1 hour, then he can do what ever.

I was young once, but when I was told to do something I did it, and then it was over, it didn’t kill me, no matter if I liked it or not,  but this little so and so just loves to play eat and play some more, we get along great.  He won that battle over me.  He’ll learn to read soon enough, I guess some boys take a longer than others.

His dad brought him a bike for Christmas, but he didn’t know how to ride it, so to ease my pain I taught him to ride, it took 2 days.   wish he would learn to read that fast.

Next month it will be July, back to school for nephew.

Any advice ?

Children are so special, wise but weak. With the right guidance they can come to greatness.   Times are changing no one wants to go along with the program just because somebody says it’s right. Children are trying to take their lives into another direction, no more “yes sir”, “yes mam”. Respect is out the window.  The future is now for them and the pass has very little meaning.  Knowledge is not hidden, all doors are open. Only enemy is the enemy within.  As elders we must show them what love is and not to put pressure on their minds to be slaves to the old ways of thinking, they must be taught to understand truth. We as elders we must show them a better way than the way we were taught, for all our lives we were lied to about the way of life, imitating bad habits brought down by our ancestors. Causing them to rebel in a negative unrighteous way.  Force always follows force, constant pushing, fighting , butting of heads, only causes resentment, now the ego takes over, and then fear an hatred comes in, confusion fills the air of their precious lives.   Only love can conquer hate.

We as elders must nurture the love that’s given at birth, so that it may spread as an contagious disease.  We must come together for the sake of their livelihood.

 

Working Poor.

It’s been a long day at work, and now it’s time to unwind before going home, don’t want to straight go home, for the emptiness of my fortress of solitude is filled with loneliness.

Next door from my place of employment there was a neighborhood bar. I have passed this bar every day on my way home, but never adventured through its doorway. Until one day my curiosity overtook me, so I ventured through to see what was going on. an I found myself a nice corner near the jukebox, where I started to play a few of my favorite selections, to pass the time.

It was now 5:15 people were just getting off work, at first the crowd was rather thin. but after about my third beer, the people start pouring in. Not being used to hanging out, I decided it was my time to leave.

This went on for weeks and became my routine after work. I became familiar with this bar and it with me, everybody seemed quite friendly, even though I worked next door, the acquaintance was on a worker customer relationship.

One Friday after work I was feeling a little down, so I had just a little more than my usual share of intake of the witches brew.  I fell into a deep sleep staying a bit longer than before. when I had awakened the place was packed.

As I began to get myself together to leave, the owner approached me with a proposition, he added that he had a party going on, but his D J was a no-show and asked if I would fill in.

I had no idea how I was going to pull this off, for I knew nothing about this en-devour.

The Owner would not take no for an answer, so I agreed.

I did not know that would be the start of my long adventures dealing with bars.

For ten years I worked in a grocery store by day and in a bar at night.

Time moved on and my associates grew, more bars became more frequent.  I visited so many bars on the south side of Chicago, that the faces of just about everyone, I ran into, I’ve met before. (small world).  My friends and family thought I was popular.

My life had become a blissful nightmare of a fool, for the money was made, but there was none to be seen, for as fast it came it left.

A fool and his money shall always part, mindless thoughts, and empty acts become an empty heart and shallow pockets.

Day after day I prayed that this new adventure would change, but too long I have been involved, caught up in its madness of fun-filled nights, it felt so good that I just couldn’t put it down, till on one fate filled night I found myself intangled and trapped in triangles of relationships I had no business being in. Feeling lost in the emotions, that my mind couldn’t handle, losing myself in a masquerade of loneliness even though people were all around me wherever I would be, sharing the moments.  Yes, all this effortless work should have made me a well-to-do, with all the profits that I had acquired.

Bam!  it was over. I was a D J.

 

Chess

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The corners and sides are lifeless, the center is full of warmth and energy,

sometimes we are ahead at other times we are behind,

we barely know which is highest,

we know that which we love which we hate what we fear

, sometimes things are ahead, sometimes they are behind,

the wise one embraces the one, setting  an example for all, not putting on a show he shines, not bragging he receives recognition,

he does not quarrel

so no one quarrels with him

for a violent man will surely die a violent death.

 

 

Here’s the best time to go to the grocery store — and the worst

You check your shopping list before heading to the store, but do you also check your watch and your calendar? According to Stacy Johnson, CEO and founder of Money Talks News, the hour and the day you shop will often determine how successful and efficient your shopping will be. Shop at one time for best selection, another for the smallest crowds and another for double sales. Here is the best time to go to the grocery store — and the worst.

If you want the best selection…

1. Shop early: Early to mid-morning is the best time of day for the finest selection, according to Johnson. That’s when dairy, bakery goods, produce, meat and seafood are newly stocked and freshest.

2. Shop on the day new ads comes out: If your grocery store’s ad comes out on Wednesdays, then that’s the time to shop for best selection. Shop later in the week and sale items may be gone. (If so, ask for a rain check so you can get the item at the sale price when it’s in stock again.) Also, some grocery stores will honor sale prices from both the current ad and the previous week’s ad on that day, so you get double savings.

3. Get the inside scoop from department managers: If you love fresh salmon, ask the manager of the seafood department what days new shipments arrive. If you regularly have trouble finding a certain type of dog food, check with a manager to find out when shelves are restocked. Looking for markdowns? Department managers are happy to tell you the best time to snag meat, seafood, produce and floral bargains.

 

Dairy decoded: What each color cap on your milk bottle really means

 

Most kinds of milk are pure white. But the dairy aisle is actually a pretty colorful place.

That’s because dairy producers use a variety of different caps and bottles in different hues to help distinguish between the fat content of each beverage. Not all companies play by the rules, but here is a basic guide to making your next trip to the milk section go a little faster.

Many dairy brands cap their milk bottles according to a system that’s similar to the way bread producers color code bag twist ties — by which day of the week the bread was baked.

Shopping for your favorite milk is easy as red, blue or green — with the exception of a few rogue producers like Horizon Organics, which color codes by the labels on the front of milk (all of their half-gallon kinds of milk use white caps and all of their gallon milk use red).

But when it comes to most major brands, like Dairy Pure, Target’s Market Pantry, Dairy Maid, ShopRite, Hood, Great Value and more, shoppers can count on a pretty consistent color-coded guide, which helps make shopping trips a little more convenient.

Among the major purveyors surveyed, red is the most unanimously used cap color for this full-fat beverage. So if you prefer drinking whole milk, which studies say can lower the risk of diabetes and help fight obesity, it’s OK to see a little red in the dairy aisle.

Nutrition info for 1 cup (8 ounces): 150 calories; 8 grams of protein; 8 grams of fat

2 percent – blue

Varying shades of blue caps are the most widely used to note this popular milk choice, but not every brand colors inside the lines. Watch out for yellow tops and labels are thrown into the mix. Some brands, like Dairy Maid and Kemps, use yellow caps on their 2 percent jugs.

Nutrition info for 1 cup (8 ounces): 120 calories; 8 grams of protein; 5 grams of fat

1 percent – green

Those who prefer just a little bit of fat in their milk should seek out green-capped bottles. Most brands use this lucky shade for 1 percent milk.

Nutrition info for 1 cup (8 ounces): 100 calories; 8 grams of protein; 2 grams of fat

Skim or no-fat – purple

A lot of big dairy brands, such as Dairy Pure, stick to purple but some, such as Target’s Market Pantry, stray a bit with a pink cap. And Horizon Organics’ carton label (not its cap) actually uses a white label with blue lettering. So if you’re seeking skim, always double check the carton or label.

Like the old saying: Milk does the body good?

Guns, That ‘s the Question.

 

But are they the answer?

 

 

Recently I started taking surveys online.

The first question was, should teachers be trained to carry guns? Then they give you three answers, 1.yes 2.no way 3. I’m not sure. I answered 2. no way. In my opinion, and I hope all will agree that guns should not be in schools period.

Guns have no place in schools, or in any public places, like on your job.

I carried a snug nose 38 as a young man of 21 years of age, for about a year, for protection,  I learned that carrying a gun makes you very brave, but even with a level head it will be very troublesome, I almost, out of angry was going to kill someone, yes you can get that mad, people will push you to it. Luckily I pulled out some self-control and felt it was not worth taking someone’s life, I thank God for touching me, I’d probably would have been sentenced for life or put to death. I am now 63 years old and knock on wood, never been locked up or had someone’s death on my conscience.

The New York Times post about the president’s opinions on gun in schools.

At a listening session with grieving parents and school-shooting victims, including students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, President Trump suggested teachers should be allowed to carry firearms.

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My Favorite Cartoons

 

As a child in the 1960s my favorite pass time was watching cartoons.  At that time we only had 4 major channels , 2 5 7 and 9.   After a long day in school I’d come home , change cloth , do homework  and relax with the television and enjoy  the Rocky & Bulwinkle show.

Who remember  these cartoons?