For one thing they caught me at the end of the month and so there was very little left in account and two I had considerably more than that in my secret hiding place that I keep for emergencies. Yes I miss it, but it would have been gone if my car broke down and I didn’t have enough here to cover it in my emergency stash.
My son was happy to see me taking it positively for a change and not moaning or groaning and beating myself up. Like I said the same thing would have happened if I had an emergency. Those people will get their payback as what goes around comes around.
I believe what I need will be provided by God if it comes to that. I am living on very little and even saving some so in a few months at the most I will…
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The colour of my words
Is an ever-changing hue.
It shows what I am thinking
In the things I say and do.
Bright and cheery colours
Of Yellow and of Gold,
Mean my spirit’s lifting
My stories will be bold.
But when the colours deepen
To Purple and to Red,
Then my story changes
The tales may conjure dread.
Blues and greens are colours
That suggest a kinder tale.
I pray I’ll do an awesome job
Of which you could avail!
Black’s a colour on it’s own
A Darkness it implies.
Should I write a missive
When on evil it relies?
Join with me I pray thee,
And wander through my words.
Enjoy the rainbow I employ
With all those nouns and verbs.
Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Today I wanted to share one of the recipes I made for Thanksgiving, a banana cream pie! It’s a bit untraditional, but I had made apple, pecan, blueberry, and coconut in the past. Banana seemed like a delicious option, and it was! Here’s how to make banana cream pie:
Banana Cream Pie Recipe-
Ingredients (for the crust):
12 sheets graham crackers
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (optional but gives the crust a wonderful flavor)
7 tablespoons butter
For the filling:
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt
For the topping:
1-2 cups of whipped cream (this depends on how much cream you like on top of your pie).
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar (the more cream, the more sugar you add)
a splash of vanilla
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Never, Ever Listen When the World Says ‘No’!
In 2016 I was at a point of decision. My business was not doing as well as I wanted and my insurance premiums were skyrocketing. The proverbial writing was on the wall and I knew I had to make a change. So like many others I began putting my resume together and applying for jobs hoping that my efforts would lead me to a solid company who would give me an opportunity in sales.
The first company to reach out to me was a furniture company by the name of Brook Furniture. I interviewed with a district manager which led to interviewing with a regional manager in a restaurant in downtown Charlotte. I wasn’t exactly sure if this was the right job for me, but I was certain I could do the job and they needed help, therefore I continued through the hiring process.
During the interview the guy couldn’t have been less interested. We met at a restaurant in downtown Charlotte and he ordered a huge ice cream dessert and commenced to eating it throughout the interview. He asked a lot of questions which I answered honestly (probably my downfall) and in the end he explained to me that he didn’t see having a place for me in their company.
At that moment I felt a bit confused. I honestly thought the job was mine and he said ‘no’ which I was not expecting. It was at that moment that I realized getting a job in sales with little sales experience was going to be more difficult than I had thought.
I guess I could have taken that ‘no’ as a sign to find a different line of work, but I didn’t. I took that ‘no’ as motivation to interview better and try harder. That ‘no’ led me to a better opportunity and my diligence impressed my current employer enough to give me a ‘yes’!
I think we listen to the naysayers too much. We allow other people’s opinion to influence us too often and I say don’t ever listen to anyone IF you believe in yourself. If you believe in something then I say let your desire drive you to getting what you want. Let your self-belief be the foundation for working through the struggles.
Don’t quit and don’t give up until you have pulled every bit of effort out of your soul. Sometimes giving your best effort is the best result.
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Have Youngsters Lost the Skill of Math?
On this past Sunday Evelina and I ventured out to participate in one of my favorite activities of the year-Christmas tree shopping. There is a local tree lot near our house so I jumped in Little White Truck and headed out to find the perfect tree.
Evelina met me there and it only took us 10 minutes to find our gem. As the young man trimmed the bottom limbs and stump I went to the hut to pay. I handed the young lady a $100 bill to pay for our $69 tree. I expected her to reach into the register and quickly hand me a twenty, ten and single bill. Instead she grabbed her iPhone, typed in her security code, opened the calculator app and used it to do the math. 100 minus 69 =31. I stood amazed as did her coworkers as she then reached in the draw and counted out my change.
As I stood there waiting for my tree she used her calculator several more times, all of which to do simple math problems. 100-80=20. 80-75=5. For a brief moment I thought to give her the benefit of the doubt until one of her coworkers teased her about the quality of education she was receiving at her university. At that point I was even more amazed. This kid is going to graduate college and she cannot do simple mathematics without a calculator. How is this possible?
Have we gotten to a time in our history when kids cannot perform simple operations without using a device or running to Google? And I’m not talking about complicated calculations. I’m not expecting someone to calculate the launch angle necessary for a rocket to hit the moon. 100-69=31. Are we devolving into the human form found in the movie Wall-E?
My personal belief is that we ARE becoming more lazy and that technology (with all its advantages) is doing as much harm as it is good in some instances. It isn’t technology that is at fault, but it has a lot to do with our reliance on technology. Spellcheck. Google. Smart devices. For heaven’s sake there are kids who don’t use their hands to write. 40% of kids who took the ACT in 2016 lack the reading and writing skills needed to pass a basic college level writing course, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
I know I sound like the proverbial old guy standing on his porch yelling “You kids get off my lawn”, but come on! 80-75=5? Really? I find it hard to believe that if pressed this girl could not have come up with 5 as the answer without using a calculator.
Sometimes I think humans are evolving…then this happens and hope comes crashing down around me.
Maybe it is time for Jethro Bodine to start teaching math in our schools.
Naught x naught = naught. Shouldn’t be too hard to do that math!