What’s in Your Package?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t Christmas make you think of the beautifully wrapped packages we find under the tree. We anticipate something beautiful  on the inside. Sometimes what is inside exceeds our expectations; but we could also be sorely disappointed. People can be like that too.

 

Sometimes the ones that are “beautifully wrapped” are a disappointment once we know them better. On the other hand the “plainly wrapped” people sometimes contain the “jewels” we expected to find inside the “beautiful wrapping”.  So I ask you:

 

What’s in your package?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us spend a lot of time working on our wrapping We eat in such a way as to stay thin and healthy.  We exercise to tone and strengthen our bodies.  We choose clothing to flatter the bodies we are working so hard to perfect.  And we spend a bundle on skin care, hair care products, and makeup.  Most of us are on a passionate quest to look the best that we can possibly look on the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what about the inside?

 

What is on the inside of people?  It is character.  But what forms our characters?  Our life experiences; both good and bad, affect our character.  Our upbringing plays a part. People, particularly people close to us, help to form who we become.  Our status, particularly financial status, can be a factor. Faith in God can also change us for the better. There are many factors that contribute to forming our character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible has this to say about character forming.

 

Romans 5:3 – 5:  (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  (4)  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  (5)  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

What are some characteristics of good character?

 

 

 

According to the Bible:

 

Galatians 5 – (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

Colossians 3 – (12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Character should exhibit the “fruit of the Spirit”

 

  1.   Love

  2.   Joy

  3.   Peace

  4.   Longsuffering

  5.   Gentleness

  6.   Goodness

  7.   Faith

  8.   Meekness

  9.   Temperance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good character will show in these ways:

 

  1.   Loves and is loved in return

  2.   Shows mercy to others

  3.   Is kind, not cruel

  4.   Is humble, not proud

  5.   Is meek, not raucous or crude

  6.   Longsuffering and patient

  7.   Willing to forgive

  8.   Exudes peace of God

  9.   Is thankful, not entitled

  10.   Allows the word of God dwell in them

  11.   Shares the wisdom of God with others

  12.   Does all things in the name of Jesus

 

 

 

Ten Characteristics of good character

 

  1.  Caring

  2.  Truthful

  3.  Trustworthy and dependable

  4.  Kind

  5.  Thoughtful

  6.  Forgiving

  7.  Positive

  8.  Thankful

  9.  Helpful

  10.  Humble

 

We can all ask ourselves, is this what people would find inside our package?  As they begin to know us better, will they uncover more and more of these characteristics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are some characteristics of bad or flawed character?

 

Galations 5 – (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, ( 21) e, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Ten Character flaws

 

  1.  Think and act negatively

  2.  Cannot be trusted or depended upon

  3.  Will lie and steal

  4.  Use people for their own gain

  5.  Hatred, anger, and vindictiveness rules

  6.  Stirs up trouble

  7.  Substance and sexual abusers

  8.  Unkind and rude

  9.  Proud and arrogant

  10.  Feel they are untitled

 

Have any of these attributes crept inside your package? As people get closer to you, do they find any of these difficult traits as part of your character?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can we improve our character?

 

The answer is a definite yes.  Character is formed by many different factors, as I stated above.  And because of all those factors, we form habits that become a way of life.  Habits are hard to break; but they can be broken. They can then be replaced by positive habits.

 

What will you need to activate change?

 

  •  A desire for change

  •  A belief that you can change

  •  The determination to change

  •  Action to implement the change

  •  Time and patience to accomplish the change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day is a new day.  If we don’t like some attributes that are a part of our characters; we aren’t stuck with them. We can change.  Whatever formed those less desirable traits is a part of the past.  We can’t live in the past, or the future.  We have some choices to make.

 

Do we remain as we are; simply because it is all we have ever known?  Do we convince ourselves that we can’t change?  People will just have to put up with who we are. Circumstances made us who we are, and we can’t do anything about it now.

 

Do we “poor me” ourselves into a state of immobility?  Or try to convince ourselves, and others that we could have been better person if life had dealt us a better hand?  Do we rehearse our failures and hard knocks, and use them as proof that we can’t change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or…do we realize that circumstances, good or bad, affect us and try to mold us; but we can change!  We do not have to be defined by life’s circumstances.  We have a choice. We can choose to let the past in the past, and take the reins of our life in our own hands.  Change may not always be easy; but it is possible, and even desirable.

 

We can choose to stop “shooting ourselves in the foot” with all of our negative thinking and talking.  We can open our minds to the fact that as long as we have breath, we can change, grow, and evolve into the person we want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here we are, wrapped in the beautiful package that we have so carefully crafted for the world to see and admire. But what is inside?  Have we taken the same care to make our character a thing of beauty?  Or have we wrapped up a stagnant piece of garbage in beautiful paper tied with colorful ribbons and bows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the day to start taking charge of our lives.  The day to let go of our negativity and self pity  This is the day that we can start to change.  Today is the only day we can live in.  Let the past in the past.  Live today!  

 

Believe that you can achieve.

 

God has promised that if we would believe on Him; He would make us a new person.  Feel like you’ve tried everything and can’t change?  Try God!

 

2 Corinthians 5:1 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading  I hope this post has given you food for thought. Please feel free to use the comment section to contribute your thoughts on this subject.

 

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Please come visit again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Will You Be Alone This Christmas? Strategies to cope.

December dawns, and with it… preparations for Christmas begin to consume our thoughts.

 

 

Christmas, a time to spend time with family and friends; but some people will be spending the holidays alone. Will you be alone this Christmas? Let’s come up with some strategies for coping with being alone at Christmas.

 

 

 

First of all, it is important to establish why you will be alone this Christmas. And then we will devise some coping strategies for each particular situation

 

For younger people,  perhaps you or your spouse is in the military and not able to come home for Christmas.

 

SOLDIERS

 

 

Coping strategies for the deployed soldier:

 

Thank goodness for churches and other organizations who compile “care packages” for those who are deployed during Christmas.  It is like a taste of home in a box.  We need to appreciate our soldiers who put themselves in harms way to protect our freedom.

 

 

Modern day deployed soldiers can make use of the internet to talk to, and see their family by way of Skype, Face Time, or What’s App.  It’s not the same; but it may help some.

 

Turning to fellow soldiers for companionship may ease loneliness.  Attend or organize a Christmas party. Sing some carols, maybe exchange small gifts, and remember the real “reason for the season”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coping strategies for the spouse left at home:

 

Be sure to surround yourself with family and friends. Taking part in church activities can be rewarding and satisfying.

 

If you have some extra time, you could help your children make Christmas cards or small gifts and take them to lonely nursing home residents.

 

Get with friends and relatives to trade babysitting, so you can go shopping. Don’t neglect yourself. Remind yourself that your separation is only temporary.

 

Find time to be alone with God.

 

 

Some people may be separated, going through a divorce or have recently lost a loved one this Christmas. If this is the case, you may not feel like getting involved in the festivities of Christmas; but isolating yourself will just make you more lonely.

 

 

Coping strategies for people who are separated or divorced this Christmas:

 

It can be difficult, if you have always celebrated the holidays as a couple or a family, to cope with the changes during separation and divorce. Sometimes children must be split between two families for Christmas.

 

Arrangements may be difficult to make; but try not to make the situation worse by fretting and complaining. Emotions are sometimes raw between separated or divorced couples; but every effort should be made to be as amicable as possible. 

 

No one will have a nice Christmas if one or both parties insists on always having their way; or tries to use the children as a means to hurt or “pay back” the other party.

 

Sometimes doing something for someone else can ease our own loneliness. Reach out to someone in need and help in any way you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If finances are tight, encourage your children to make gifts for others, and tell them you will be making some of their gifts.  Look up different crafts on the internet or in magazines or books.  Make it fun.  But you can also take advantage of community services that give free gifts to children.

 

 

Become creative to spend less money and still give. Give a friend or relative a coupon for free babysitting or housecleaning. Check out Facebook and other places for gently used articles for much cheaper than new, or maybe even free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps you have outlived many of your friends and relatives. Are you now confined to a nursing home or in your own home with assistance?

 

 

 

Coping strategies for lonely elderly:

 

Grandchildren can be the bright highlight of our twilight years. If you have grandchildren, get in touch with them during the holidays.

 

If you live in your own home and are physically able, offer to babysit while the parents shop. It may be a little hectic at times; but also very rewarding.  Caring for others is often a cure for our own loneliness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have somewhere to go on Christmas and you are able bodied, take advantage of a community Christmas dinner, and make some new friends there.

 

 

 

Look around and try to fill the needs of others this Christmas. You will find that you will be so concerned with others that you forget your loneliness.

 

If you aren’t physically able to go out, you can still encourage others with phone calls, cards and letters. Let someone know that you are praying for them. Even people who aren’t alone on Christmas need encouragement and prayers.

 

 

Perhaps you are estranged from your family this Christmas.  Maybe this would be a good time to reach out to try to make peace with them. Pray for forgiveness and to be able to forgive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may be able to find a family atmosphere in church. Or perhaps friends who live nearby would invite you to share in their festivities.  It doesn’t hurt to let people know you will be alone.  How can they be of help if they don’t know?

 

Don’t be afraid to learn a little about computers and build a cyber family, or keep in touch with friends online. If one can’t get out to visit; visiting online is the next best thing. We are never to old to learn.

 

 

To sum it up. You may be alone this Christmas; but there are many coping strategies for dealing with loneliness. Here are just a few:

 

1. Reach out to help other people.

2. Don’t make the mistake of isolating yourself.

3. Beware of self pity and other destructive emotions.

4. Take advantage of community programs.

5.  Give of yourself to others as you are able.

6.  Encourage others through phone calls, cards, letters and prayers.

7.  Be part of a church if you are able.

8.  Take advantage of the joy of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

9.  Be a peacemaker as much as you are able this Christmas.

10. REMEMBER what Christmas is really all about.

 

 

December 25th is the day we chose to celebrate

the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

Christmas is about love.

 

Our God loved us so much that He sent His only son to be born of a Virgin. He was 100% God and 100% man. He set aside His deity to come to earth to live as man and to die as an eternal sacrifice to save us from our sins and give us the gift of eternal life. Now that’s love!

 

 

The sinless perfect “Lamb of God” took our sins upon himself and suffered and died in our place. He paid the penalty for our sins by giving his own life, and shedding his own blood to cover our sins. He is the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. The son of God; whose love knows no limits.

 

 

 

Christmas isn’t about our loneliness, or our happiness. It’s about love. A love that transcends all earthly  emotions. The love of a Heavenly Father for His children. A sacrificial love that took our punishment, to give us a gift that couldn’t be earned.  The potential gift of eternal life.

 

 

 

Christmas is about love.

 

Christmas isn’t about giving and getting presents.  (though we have made it that).

 

It’s not about all the decorations and Christmas lights. (beautiful as they are).

 

Christmas is not about spending time with friends and family and enjoying a good meal. (but we do enjoy that).

 

It’s not about Santa, flying reindeer and a sleigh full of toys for all the good little girls and boys.

 

 

Christmas isn’t about baking cookies to give to friends and family.

 

It’s not even a time to give to charities and people in need. (Although it is good to do this).

 

 

Christmas is about God’s love for us.

 

 

 

Will you join me in praying for all those who are alone or lonely this Christmas?  And for all those military families who will be separated this holiday season.  May we all reach out in love to those who are less fortunate than us, and always remember the real “reason for the season”.

 

Thank you for reading.  Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Hi Retirees and other cherished friends.


It’s that time of year again. 
Halloween is over and Christmas is looming.  It is almost Thanksgiving Day.  The day we celebrate Thanksgiving and giving thanks.

 

 

Thanksgiving

 

What do you think of when you think Thanksgiving?  What are your family traditions?

 

Almost all of us, in the USA, first of all, think of enjoying a delicious turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, and don’t forget the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

 

 

Thanksgiving dinner is served in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving dinner between the pilgrims and their Indian friends.

 

The Indians taught the pilgrims how to plant and grow vegetables.  The first Thanksgiving get together was to celebrate the harvest that would feed their families.

 

 

Another tradition people enjoy on Thanksgiving Day is watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.  And of course, there is the football for the men; and contemplating Black Friday Deals for the women.

 

Not that those things can’t be enjoyed by both sexes; but just that it is more common for the men to enjoy football and the women to enjoy shopping, right?

 

 

 

Some families go around the table after the meal; and each person tells something they are thankful for.  Then the pumpkin pies and other yummy deserts come on the scene.  Everyone then becomes thankful for the yummy sweet treats.

 

 

Thanksgiving is a time for the family to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.  And a time to remember to be thankful for our blessings.  It is a time loved by everyone.

 

Except maybe turkeys.

 

 

 

I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t include a few Thanksgiving recipes.  Perhaps some of these recipes are already part of your Thanksgiving spread; but if not, you may want to add something new to your traditional fare.  I found this on YouTube and I thought it was a great collection of recipes.  I hope you can use and enjoy them.

 

Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to get the jump on Black Friday?  How about some Black Friday Deal sites?  I picked what I thought were favorite stores in my area.

 

 

Check out these sites:

 

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Giving Thanks

 

Thanksgiving Day comes once a year, and reminds us to be thankful for our blessings,  But giving thanks should be an attitude that we cultivate every day of the year.

 

 

 

We have so much to be thankful for; if we will simply take the time to count our blessings.  Why is it so easy for us to see all our problems, shortcomings, and flaws?  Yet we must dig deeply to see all the numerous God given blessings we all possess, if we will just take the time to recognize them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know some of you are thinking, “Yeah, well you don’t know what I’m going through right now.”  Yes, it’s true I don’t know what you are going through; and you don’t know what I am going through; but God does.  And He has asked us to give thanks in all things (not FOR all things).  There is a difference.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

Giving thanks doesn’t depend on what we are going through.  During every time in our lives there is something to be thankful for.  So take the time to excavate.  Dig deeply and toss all the dirt of life aside to reveal the daily blessings for which we can be truly thankful.

 

 

If you have family and friends, that is something to be thankful for.  If you don’t, then be thankful for a warm house, clothes to wear, and food on your table.  If you don’t have those necessities, you can be thankful for God’s promises.

 

You will never truly be alone.  The world can forsake you; but if you give your life to God; He has promised to never leave you or forsake you.  If you feel weak; thank Him that He is strong for you.

 

2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV – Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions,in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 

If you feel you have nothing to be thankful for; then you are believing a lie.  Even if there was nothing in your life to be thankful for (but there always is); you can be thankful that Christ died on the cross for our sins and that our sins are forgiven; if we come with a repentant heart.

 

Be thankful for your salvation!

 

It is helpful when we feel overwhelmed with problems or saddened with heartaches; to write all the depressing, painful and degrading things down on a piece of paper, and then burn it.

 

 

 

After all your problems and heartaches are burned up in flames; take a new sheet of paper and write down all your blessings, and all that you are thankful for.

 

No blessing is too small that it shouldn’t be counted.  It is often the small blessings in life that are the most meaningful and bring the most joy, comfort and peace.

 

 

When your list is finished, take time to pray and thank God for each of the blessings you have written down.  Save this list.  Add to it as blessings come to mind.  You will find that your problems don’t seem so large and overwhelming, when you take your eyes off of them, and begin to give thanks for your blessings.

 

 

Be thankful every day!

 

Practice having a thankful attitude and giving thanks for what you have, and you will find yourself being more joyful, peaceful and content no matter what the current circumstances are in your life.

 

Trust in the Lord.

 

Search and find Bible verses that teach you to trust in God’s sovereign care.  Use them to build your trust in the Lord.  They will give you peace and comfort if you believe they are true.

 

Here are just a few to get you started.

 

Proverbs 3:5 KJV – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 34:22 KJV – The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Romans 8:28 KJV – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Keep your ears and eyes open as you read your Bible, or devotional, or when you listen to a sermon.  If you look for verses on trust; God will provide.  Seek and ye shall find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  And remember that every day is a day for giving thanks to God.

 

Acts 17:28 KJV – For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.

 

I trust you have enjoyed reading about Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks.  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  Please leave a note in the comment section below.

 

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https://thesuccessfulretiree.com/jump-for-the-joy-of-the-lord

 

At your service,

Jeannie

The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Review

The Quiet Place

Daily Devotional Readings

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

 

Product:  The Quiet Place, Daily Devotional Readings

Published by:  Moody Publishers

Price:  $12.28 at Amazon

My Rating:  5 Stars

 

Product Overview:

 

A dear friend of mine gave me a very beautiful copy of The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I just love this little book. It is lovely to look at. It has a soft vinyl feel cover embossed with a design and title. It is a dark shade of blue, close to navy. It feels good in your hands; but it is the gems of wisdom contained inside that I love most.

 

The Quiet Place is a book of daily devotional readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Each Day of the year has its own little devotion of the day. Every devotion has a title, a scripture, the devotion itself and a life application questions paragraph at the end.

 

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is such an insightful writer and her dedication to the ways of the Lord shows through. She brings the reader into her stories and shows how we can glorify God in our lives, or fall short of His glory by our actions or inaction.  She ends each devotion with some questions to bring home the point of the lesson, and help us apply it to our own life.

 

I try to read a new devotion each day; but if I miss a day or two, it is easy to catch up; because each devotion only take a couple minutes to read. That makes it easy to squeeze a little “quiet time” into a very busy day.  You, the reader, can choose the time that works best for you. If you work a day job and find little time in the morning for your Bible reading, perhaps reading one of these devotional will help start your day out right. Since I am retired, I prefer to read my Bible in the morning and my devotional at night. If you are a busy parent, you can sit down with a short devotional while your child naps or plays with their toys.  The good news is:  anyone can find time to read at least one devotion, one small chunk of “quiet time”.

 

About the Author:

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a very spirit filled teacher who surrendered her life to Christ at an early age.  She graduated from the University of California with a degree in piano performance.  Since 1979 she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries. Nancy speaks into the lives of women through “Revive our Hearts”.  She has 2 syndicated radio programs, Revive our Hearts and Seeking Him.  She has authored 16 books, that have sold more than 2,000,000 copies and been translated into over 20 languages.  Nancy likes to think of herself as a “wedding coordinator” — helping the bride get ready for the Wedding to our Heavenly Bridegroom!

 

Subject:

The Quiet place is a book of daily Christian devotionals.

 

Purpose:

Devotionals for strengthening Christian faith and Christian values.

 

Pros:

  • The devotionals are just the right size to read if you are short on time.

  • Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes with spiritual insight and a devoted heart.

  • These devotions teach, encourage, and strengthen Christians in their daily walk with Christ.

  • You can read as many as you like, or have time for.

  • This book is the perfect companion to your daily Bible reading.

 

Cons:

It is hard to come up with anything that I didn’t like about this little book of devotionals.  It is beautiful inside and out.  Sorry.  I have nothing bad to say.

 

Conclusion: 

This beautiful little book is packed full of inspirational devotions.  There is one for every day of the year.  The cover is navy blue vinyl feel and embossed with the title:  The Quiet Place – Daily Devotional Readings; and the author’s name:  Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Each devotion has it’s own title, a spiritual reference, a story or body, and concluding questions for the reader.  This little book is great for instruction, and receiving strength and encouragement in your daily walk with Christ.  The devotions can easily be incorporated into any reader’s busy routine.

 

If you have an interest in having your own copy of this amazing little devotional or buying one for a Christian friend or family member; I have found it on Amazon for your purchasing convenience.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading this review of The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Please use the comment section below for questions or comments regarding this review.

 

For my review of another devotional, click on the link below for review of God’s Little Devotional Book For Women.

 

God’s Little Devotional Book for Women Review

 

Other books by Nancy Leigh DeMoss:

 

 

 

 

Come again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Homemade Harvest Soups – Delicious and Good for you.

Hi retirees and other cherished readers.

 

Harvest time is here! 

 

Homemade harvest soups are delicious and good for you.

 

 

 

If you are a gardener; you know that many of the fruits of your labor are ready for harvest during August and early September.  There are some that seem to get ripe all at once, like tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and corn.  Gardeners understand the ‘harvest time rush” to pick, can, freeze or give away what can’t be used up in your regular meals.

 

Homemade harvest soups are one way to use and enjoy

your produce before it decays.

 

Homemade soups may take a little longer; but there is no comparison to canned soups.  The taste of the homemade soups is far superior as well as being better for your health.  The sodium content is much less in soup we make ourselves.  There are no unhealthy additives and fillers in our homemade soups. And we have complete control of what we do add to our vegetables.  Fresh vegetables are more nutrient rich than canned.  So let’s pick those vegetables and prepare to make some soups!

 

Homemade Vegetable Soup

 

Vegetable soup is a good choice; because we can use so many different vegetables in the same soup.  Many vegetables are coming ripe close to the same time.  While the sweet corn is sporting brown silk, the tomatoes and peppers are turning red, green and yellow.  The cauliflower and broccoli is forming heads and the green beans are ripening all at once.  You can use all these and more. You are the chef.  You can use whatever you have and in whatever quantity you desire.

 

Soup base or starter

Start with a soup base of onions, garlic, and bell peppers.  Add a little olive oil, coconut oil, or other healthy fat to the bottom of the stock pan and cook over medium low heat until the vegetables are glassy.

 

Add meat

Add cooked meat for flavoring.  Beef roast is the standard; but you can use other meats or even mushrooms, which have a rather meaty taste.  You may want to add some bouillon for more meaty flavor.  You choose the spices and experiment.

 

Below is a recipe for beef vegetable soup.  I have just guessed at the ingredients and amounts to give you a guide; but you can change it all around to suit yourself and your soup will still be delicious.

 

Beef Vegetable Soup

 

You will need to roast a beef roast or use the leftovers of last night’s roast.  Or you can buy beef soup chunks, brown them and cook in water until tender and falling apart.  I don’t like to bite into large half cooked chunks of beef in my vegetable soup.  I like the meat tender and easy to pull apart. I will leave the quantity of the beef up to you.  If you like a meaty soup; add a lot.  If you just like it for flavor, or you only have a certain amount of leftover meat; use less.

 

Starter:

 

1 cup onions, 1 cup bell peppers, and minced garlic to taste.  I like my onions and peppers chopped rather fine.  You may prefer larger pieces.  You will just need to cook it longer to make sure they are tender.  Put 1/2 cup olive, canola, or coconut oil in large stock pot and melt over medium low heat.  Add vegetables and cook until glassy.  Stir to keep from burning.

 

Blanch 8 to 10 medium sized tomatoes in hot water and put into cold for easy removal of skins. Chop the tomatoes and add to the soup starter.  Add your pre-cooked beef, salt, pepper, oregano and beef bouillon to taste.

 

Add 4 to 6 cups of water.  Or use part beef or vegetable stock.

 

Add the following vegetables:

2 cups celery (chopped)

2 cups carrots (chopped)

4 to 6 ears of corn, cut off of the cob

8 to 10 medium sized potatoes.  Peeled and diced, or chunks if you prefer.

2 cups cabbage (chopped)

1 cup of peas (hulled) or you can use frozen

1 cup of broccoli (chopped)

1 cup of cauliflower (chopped)

1 cup of green beans (chopped)

(Feel free to add or subtract vegetables according to what you may have on hand)

 

Cover and cook over medium low heat until all the vegetables are tender.  Taste and add more seasonings if desired.  This is best cooked for several hours for the vegetables to get tender and the flavors to combine.  Add more water if needed. Cook for a while with the lid off if you desire a thicker soup.

 

If you would like to use more of your vegetables; you can make a larger quantity and freeze or can this hardy soup for use during the long, cold winter months.  It will taste even better in the winter.

 

Homemade Tomato Soup

 

Tomato soup was my favorite soup when I was little.  But homemade tomato soup is wonderful.  I just love it.  It takes a while to prepare; but it is delicious.  I think you could probably can it if you wanted; but I always eat it all within a few days.  I love it so much.  Pare it with a toasted cheese sandwich and you will think you have died and gone to Heaven!

 

My Tomato Soup Recipe:

 

Prepare soup starter:

 

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil over medium low heat and add:

1 medium to large onion (chopped)

1 cup of bell peppers (chopped)

1 carrot (shredded)

1 or two stalks of celery (chopped)

Cook until vegetables become glassy.

 

Prepare tomatoes:

Fill a pot with water and heat until hot.  Put cold water in a bowl or pan for shocking hot tomatoes.  Place a few tomatoes in the hot water for a minute or two.  Take the batch of tomatoes out, one at a time, with tongs and place them in the cold water until skins peel off easily.  If skins don’t peel off easily, leave the next batch in a little longer.  If the tomatoes go to mush, shorten the time in the hot water.  If your cold water gets warm after a few batches, simply dump and fill with fresh cold water.

 

The next step is to remove seeds.  I find that the seeds do not always blend up well in the blender for a smooth soup, so I take them out.  Cut tomatoes in fourths and use your fingers to dislodge the seed pods. When all the seeds have been removed, your tomatoes are ready to add to the soup starter.

 

Season to taste with:

 

Salt

Pepper

Onion powder

Garlic

Oregano

Small amount of sugar

(basil is also good in tomato soup)

 

I haven’t put measurements here because it depends on the amount of tomatoes you use.  You will want to season it by adding a small amount, tasting and increasing if needed.  You can always add more; but you can’t take it out if you add too much.  You are in control.  Add other seasonings if you want; or subtract some.  Make it yours.  You will need some sugar; but the amount will need to be your choice.  Some people like a more sour soup, and others like it sweeter.

 

Cook over medium or medium low heat until the tomatoes go to mush and flavors meld together.  If you want a chunky soup; it can be served this way; but I recommend the smooth soup.  Turn off burner and let cool until it isn’t steaming.  Dump by portions into a blender and blend until smooth.  Return to the pan to reheat.  Taste your soup again and add more seasonings if needed.  If you prefer cream of tomato soup, add a little milk or sour cream before reheating.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 
 * All photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

I promised, a while back, (in another post) to give you some more soup recipes at harvest time.  I try to keep my promises.

 

Find out more about the health benefits of making your own fresh soup, and more soup recipes for using your harvest vegetables here:

 

LINK TO DIY SOUPS

DIY Homemade Soups Are Delicious and Healthy

 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon.  I love company, and my door is always open.  I post weekly, so there will be something new waiting for you when you return.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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The Grange Encampment and Fair – My Walking Vacation

 Every Year I attend Grange Fair. I consider it my vacation. It has been a tradition in our family.  My parents started tenting before I was a year old. The earliest I remember is tenting in North 2. We were there until I was a teenager. I think I was around 16 when we moved to a tent closer to the grounds. Then my parents bought a motor home and we camped near the Grand stand. I was married with children and grandchildren by that time. So you can see how attending Grange Fair has become a tradition. 

 

My mother and dad kept their motor home camping place until it got to hard for them. I still tried to get them there after I was taking care of them. Even though they couldn’t enjoy it the same way; they still enjoyed. My mother in the wheel chair and my dad on the scooter.  Here is a picture of my parents enjoying their first great great grandchild.  A tent can be seen in the background. 

 


 

 It is amazing to me how Grange Fair has grown over the years. I remember going to the playground by myself when I was little. I remember going to see the cows, goats, sheep and pigs. And of course watching the parade.  But the grounds were much smaller then.

 

Each year there is an art show at the fair. I entered my artwork from the time I was barely a teenager. It was fun winning ribbons and sometimes cash. As I got older the prizes I won paid for the tickets for my family and gave me some extra cash. I was so pleased one year to receive a best of show ribbon.

 

My participation in the art show has fallen off the past 20 or so years; because they started requiring entrance forms ahead of time and also I didn’t have as much time.

 

My mother was a Granger and she would help decorate floats for the parade and sometimes ride on them.  She remember she portrayed Betsy Ross sewing the American flag on one.

 

The Grange Fair has grown so much since the late 40’s when my parents started to attend.  I am amazed at how large it has become.  It started with a picnic and camping out in tents.  Then camper spaces were added and much more room for concessions.  

 

When there were so many people trying to get camper spaces; they made space farther out from the fair grounds, called the overflow, where people could park campers without electricity or water hookups. 

 

When they started hosting horse shows they added a horse barn.  The horse shows became so popular that they built another barn. Now there is talk of the possibility of building a third barn.

 

What is Grange?

The Grange Movement: Patrons of Husbandry

Oliver Hudson Kelley was an employee of the Department of Agriculture in the 1860s. He made an official trip through the South and was astounded by the lack of sound agricultural practices he encountered. Joining with other interested individuals in 1867, Kelley formed the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, a fraternal organization complete with its own secret rituals. Local affiliates were known as “granges” and the members as “grangers.” In its early years, the Grange was devoted to educational events and social gatherings.

Growth was slow in the early years, but the attraction of social events was considerable. Farm life in the 19th century was marked by a tedium and isolation that usually was relieved only by church functions and the weekly trips to town for supplies.

Following the Panic of 1873, the Grange spread rapidly throughout the farm belt, since farmers in all areas were plagued by low prices for their products, growing indebtedness and discriminatory treatment by the railroads. These concerns helped to transform the Grange into a political force.

National Grange

Grange influence was particularly strong in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, where political pressure yielded a series of “Granger laws” designed to give legislative assistance to the farmers. Those laws received an initial blessing from the Supreme Court in Munn v. Illinois (1876), but a later counteroffensive by the railroads brought the Wabash case (1886), which wiped out those gains.

During the 1870s, the Grangers advocated programs such as the following:

  • Cooperative purchasing voentures as a means to obtain lower prices on farm equipment and supplies
  • Pooling of savings as an alternative to dependence on corrupt banks, an early form of credit union
  • Cooperative grain elevators to hold non-perishable crops until the optimal times to sell
  • Cooperative purchasing ventures as a means to obtain lower prices on farm equipment and supplies
  • Pooling of savings as an alternative to dependence on corrupt banks, an early form of credit union
  • Cooperative grain elevators to hold non-perishable crops until the optimal times to sell
  • An abortive effort to manufacture farm equipment; this venture depleted the Granger organization’s funds and was instrumental in its decline.

A major shortcoming of the movement was the failure to address what was probably the root cause of many farm ills—overproduction. There were too many farmers and too much productive land; the advent of new, mechanized equipment only exacerbated the difficulties. A few perceptive individuals recognized that flooding the market with produce only depressed prices further. Mary Elizabeth Lease of Kansas, one of the nation’s first female attorneys, traveled to grange halls and urged the farmers to “raise less corn and more hell.” Such pleas went largely unheeded, since most farmers preferred to blame the politicians, judges and bankers for their plight

The Grange as a political force peaked around 1875, then gradually declined. New organizations with more potent messages emerged, including the Greenback Party of the 1870s, the Farmers’ Alliances of the 1880s and the Populist Party of the 1890s.

The Grange had played an important role by demonstrating that farmers were capable of organizing and advocating a political agenda. After witnessing the eclipse of its advocacy efforts by other groups, the Grange reverted to its original educational and social events. These have sustained the organization to the present day.

For more please visit:

http://www.u-s-history.com/pag…

 

I remember attending Logan Grange in Pleasant Gap with my mother when I was young.  I participated in some of the programs and sang some, too.  Though I didn’t always appreciate going (all the pomp and circumstance was a bit much for me); there are some fond memories, too.

 

History of Grange Fair

https://www.grangefair.com/his…

THE GREAT GRANGE FAIR

The Grange Fair began in 1874 when Leonard Rhone urged his Progress Grange to join their sister subordinate Granges in having a pic-nik to which they would invite their neighbors and introduce the Grange Organization and the benefits of membership in such a faternity. Since then, it’s grown into a real family tradition with some campers going back generation after generation.

Some “tenters” from long ago enjoying the Granger’s Pic-nik.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the size of the Fair has grown to include 1,000 tents, 1,500 RV’s, hundreds of concessions, over 7,000 exhibit items, amusement rides, livestock, tractor pulling and much more! Come to Centre Hall, PA and find out why so many folks wrap up every summer at Grange Park with the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.

We feature numerous exhibits, some sale items and some competition exhibits featuring the most talented artists, craftsmen, cooks, and bakers around.

We also host the top names in entertainment! The best part is, concerts are included in the price of admission!

 

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The size of the fair, at this point, is why I called it my walking vacation.  My daughter’s motor home was in the overflow.  It took almost a half hour to walk to the grounds.  You could catch a tram and save on your legs; but you may have to wait 15 minutes; and because they go the whole way around; it may take you just as long to get to the grounds.

 

My son’s camper is in a much better location.  It is near the grandstand and the fair grounds.

 

 

 

This year marked the 143rd year of the Centre Hall Grange Encampment and Fair.  It was hard on my body; but I attended in keeping with the family tradition.  Here is a picture of my granddaughters and my great grandbabies.

 

 

Some people love the camping, some go to see the animals, some go to see the people, some go for the delicious food, (My year old great granddaughter, Isabella thinks Grange Fair hamburgs are the best)

 

Some people like the gambling or the rides.

 

Some like to take in the shows, the parade, talent shows, or the king and queen contests, some like to shop, some like the tractor and truck pulls, some like the horse shows; but all like the varied experience that Grange Fair offers.

 

 

Even though the 143rd Grange Fair was hard on my body; when the 144th rolls around, Lord willing, I will be there.  Why?  It’s tradition.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Grange Encampment and Fair and my walking vacation.  If you are ever in the vacinity of Centre Hall, PA in the latter part of August, just look for the signs and come on in.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

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One Year at Wealthy Affiliate – Come Along With Me.

Hello fellow retirees and other cherished friends.

 

I have promised to take you along on my journey since my first affiliation with Wealthy Affiliate.  I am writing to let you know that I have just celebrated one year with Wealthy Affiliate and earned a year dedication badge.

 

 

I invite you to come along with me as I go back in time to figure out what I have learned and accomplished in one year at Wealthy Affiliate.

 

 

 

Previously, I had written about some of my other milestones in the following posts.

 

Hello Retirees!

Retire and Learn to Acquire

 

I remember when I first started here.  I was very much a newborn baby to Affiliate Marketing.  I knew a little about the computer; but next to nothing about working online.  First of all (just like a newborn baby), I had no idea how much there was to learn, or how much time I would actually need to put into a baby website.

 

 

However, by the 4th day of my lessons, I was creating a new website.  A baby raising a baby.  🙂  But I was so excited!  I created a website!  I expectantly went about the business of getting some pages written on my brand new website.

 

I wrote a “Getting Started” page, an “About me” page, and a “Privacy Policy” page.  Continuing on with the lessons, I followed the steps as closely as I could.  It felt good to be able to check off the tasks as they were completed.

 

 

 

I learned how to write my own posts; and got busy with the task of content.  I ran in to obstacles from time to time, and sometimes received help from the community.  Other times I figured it out for myself by trial and error. Just like a baby learning to walk; I fall down and get back up again and again.  I am still learning day by day, lesson by lesson.  I fall less, and I am walking better than ever before.

 

Getting involved in the Wealthy Affiliate community was very much a blessing for me.  Having recently lost my parents, whom I had been taking care of, left a void that the community filled for me.  It is amazing talking to people from all over the world.  There are some who just remain acquaintances, and others become close friends; but it has been a positive experience for me.

 

 

 

As I began writing blogs on the WA site; I could see my writing improving.  And reading other people’s posts was both enjoyable and informative.  Time passed quickly and I gained more and more followers. And my ranking continued to fall.  It seemed to go quickly down from 200 to 100 as you can see in the following posts.

 

Retired and on Fire

Top 100 at Wealthy Affiliate

 

Nearing the end of 2016, with my website, WA community and my own preparations for the holidays; I began to feel overwhelmed. 

 

My rank had fallen below 50; due to my involvement in the community.  But I found I was spending more and more time on the WA community site, and less on my lessons, my website, and my life.  I knew I would have to step back.  This post tells the story.

 

Another Wealthy Affiliate Goal Reached – Top 50!

I found I needed to take a little time off from the community.  For a while I turned off most of my email notifications and concentrated on my lessons and website.  During that time, my ranking went up to a little above 100.  Recently I have been spending a little more time on the WA community site in an effort to bring it back down.  I am currently ranked at 91.  I hope, with a little time, to bring it down below 50 again.

 

 

I also took some time for a vacation to Germany, (where I visited my great grandchildren twins), with a stop off in Paris. You can view my post about this vacation if you are interested.

 

Trip to Paris, France and Kaiserslautern, Germany – With Pictures

After recovering from my vacation, I plunged back in.  I have been writing a post a week.  I would prefer to be writing 2 or 3; but at least I am steady with one post a week.  I currently have 70 posts (counting this one) and 3 pages of content on my website.  My website and I are no longer babies; but toddlers.

 

 

I have learned how to put my posts on social media; even though I experienced fear at the thought.  I had never used social media before.  I still have much to learn and should be sharing much more; but one step at a time.  The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can learn at your own pace.

 

I am well aware that there are many members who have moved forward much faster than me; but that is okay.  Slowly and steadily a determined turtle won over the speeding, hopping bunny.  I’m hoping that I will be the determined turtle, slowly but steadily moving toward my dream.

 

 

There are currently 104 posts on the WA community site that I have written and published.  I have learned a lot about writing from composing these little blogs, and reading other member’s blogs.  I have gained confidence from other members liking and commenting on my creations.

 

It has been quite a journey.  I have absorbed a vast amount of information, even though I am moving through my lessons like a turtle.  I wanted to finish my Certification courses before I was here a year; but it’s okay that I haven’t.  I will soon be finished.  I am on Course 5, which is the last course.  Then I will start working on Boot Camp again.

 

 

Fear held me back from creating a training for a long time.  I felt most of the things I knew about had been covered over and over again.  I had a struggle coming up with a subject; but I did.  I created my first training.  I should be creating another one soon.  Here it is, if it is of interest to you.

 

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-edit-and-delete-blogs-and-comments-on-the-wa-forum/a_aid/47e7b7c8

 

What I am trying to tell you is this:  If I can come in as a newborn baby to internet affiliate marketing and learn what I have learned, and accomplished what I have accomplished; then so can you!  And probably much faster and better than me.  🙂

 

If you would like to start this journey for yourself, today is the day.  There is no need to wait.  You could be on your own journey to fulfilling your dreams. 

 

You can continue to follow me on my journey, or you can start for free at Wealthy Affiliate.  Just click below to get started. Today is the first day of the rest of your life!  Make it count for something.  Learn, grow, gain friends and confidence and use your creative side at Wealthy Affiliate.

 

 

 

 

If you have questions or comments pertaining to this post; please use the comment section below.  Your thoughts are important to me, and I will answer all comments in a timely manner.

 

Come back again soon.  My door is always open and I love company!

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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How Can I Improve My Immune System?

How is your immune system? Do you hardly ever get a cold or a virus? Or do you catch everything you come in contact with? Are you asking yourself, “How can I improve my immune system”?

 

Perhaps you get infections easily. Maybe every little scrape or cut or bite seems to get infected. This too can be a sign that your immune system is not working as efficiently as it could.

 

 

What is my immune system?

 

Medical definition of immune system from http://www.medicinenet.com

 

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for
distinguishing a person from everything foreign to him or her and for protecting his or her body against infections and foreign substances.

 

How to improve your immune system.

 

Get sufficient rest

 

 

It is important to get enough sleep each night for overall health. Most people require 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night. It is also important to take rests from our labors periodically; especially as we get older.

 

Better Sleep – Better Life

 

Exercise regularly

 

Exercise comes easily to most healthy young people. Sometimes we tend to exercise less as we get older; because we have more aches and pains and less energy. But it is even more important to get regular exercise as we age. We may have to change how we do some exercises or substitute more age appropriate exercises for our routines; but exercise is so important.

 

 

Eat a balanced diet

 

It is important to eat healthy as we get older. We should be including lots of leafy green vegetables, and other colorful vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and beans (legumes).

 

As we add the healthy natural foods; we can limit our intake of sweet and salty snacks. If you have diabetes or heart problems, this is even more important. If you are prone to yeast infections, remember that yeast feeds on sugar.

 

Remember to drink plenty of water and other liquids. Water flushes out impurities and helps our kidneys function better. Infusing your water with lemon or other fruits makes your water intake even healthier.

 

Our Body Needs Water


 

Fresh air and sunshine

 

Getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine can also improve our mental and physical health. Taking a brisk walk outside can improve our mood as well as our physical health.

 

 

The vitamin D found in sunshine is very important to our immune systems. It has long been known for it’s role in healthy bones and teeth; but it has been found to also play a role in helping our immune system. A vitamin D deficiency can predispose you to a number of diseases and viruses.

 

Supplements

 

 

While the best way to get our vitamins and minerals is from our diet; as we get older, we may not absorb the nutrients as well as we did in our younger days. There are many supplements that can have a positive affect on your immune system.

 

Vitamin D3

 

Many of us don’t get enough sunshine; especially as we grow older.  While we can get vitamin D from food sources; taking a vitamin D supplement is also recommended.

 

The Vitamin D Council recommends that healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily — more if they get little or no sun exposure.

 

 

Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C has long been known to aid the immune system fight colds, flu and infections. It is crucial to the detoxification of the body.

 

The recommended daily dosage for vitamin C is at least 75 mg daily for women and 90 mg for men.

 

 

Magnesium

 

Magnesium helps control inflammation, regulate blood sugar, stabilize our nervous system, and regulates blood pressure, among other benefits.

 

What kind of magnesium should I take?

 

Magnesium comes in many forms. The most commonly sold in pharmacies is magnesium oxide. It has a poor absorption rate as compared to some of the others. Magnesium citrate is the most popular because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed.


Most places recommend a starting dose of 300 to 400mg daily. However, this may not be enough for maximum immune system repair. My advice would be to start out with this dosage. If you notice very loose bowels or diarrhea, stay at that dose. If you notice no side effects, you can gradually increase to 500mg.

 

 

Oregano oil

 

Oregano oil contains antibacterial properties because it contains thymol and carvacrol, which can defend us against bacteria. It may also stimulate the production of white blood cells and speed up the metabolism. Oregano oil also contains Omega 3  fatty acids which can improve heart health. It may also be used to combat sinus and respiratory infections.

 

Oregano oil can be used in several ways. Gel Caplets should be 400 to 500mg daily.

 

Oregano oil may also be used sublingually. Place 2 or 3 drops under tongue, up 3 times a day. May be mixed with olive oil or coconut oil to prevent burning.

 

Oregano oil may be used for sinuses. 2 or 3 drops in water brought to a boil. Take off burner and inhale steam. You can use a towel draped over your head to keep steam in.

 

 

Take Probiotics for gut health

 

 

There are good bacteria and bad bacteria in our gut. When this balance is disturbed by some health condition, or an overgrowth of yeast; it predisposes us to many health problems. Taking a good probiotic can help your body keep these bacteria in a proper balance. Accidopholis is the one most taken; but you may benefit from taking one with a broader base of live bacteria.

 

 

Take cold showers

 

The website www:/Lifehackers.org/ states 5 health benefits of taking cold showers.

 

1. Burn belly fat

2. Boost recovery after exercise

3. Increase mood and alertness

4. Strengthen immunity and circulation

5. Gives you attractive hair and skin

 

 

Cold showers speed up our metabolic rate, which activates our immune system. Then virus-fighting white blood cells are released that will help you to not get sick as often. Cold showers also increase blood circulation; which may help to avoid hypertension and hardening of the arteries.

 

Starting out with warm water and switching to cold may help lessen the impact of starting with cold. This method may take some getting used to; but the benefits may be worth giving it a try.

 

I hope this post has shown you some ways to improve your immune system. If you take the ones you think you will be able to implement and try them; I would love to hear your results.

 

If any of you are already doing some of these things; please use the comment section below to tell us if you have noticed health benefits from what you are doing.

 

Please use the comment section below to give your thoughts or questions relevant to this post. Thank you. I love comments and will answer them all as time permits.

 

Come again soon. I post weekly, so there will something new here for you to read. I love company, and my door is always open.

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  Please check with your doctor before taking any of the supplements mentioned in this post.  The opinions contained in this post are my own and what I found by researching the web. Consult a medical professional before implementing any changes in your health care based on this post.

 

*This is an affiliate web site.  If you purchase anything from this website, thesuccessfulretiree.com receives a small commission.  Your purchases help with the cost of operating costs.  You will not be charged extra.  Thank you.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

 

 

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Retired and Bored – Solutions to Boredom

You retired with an expectation of life being so much better.  But what happened?  Why are you just sitting in front of your television?  What happened that has caused you to be retired and bored?

 

The first few weeks of retirement were great.  You basked in the fact that you could sleep in.  You loved the fact that you no longer had to fight the traffic and deal with the office drama.  Doing what you wanted, when you wanted, was a novelty.  But it wore off.  Now you wake up thinking, “What will I do today?”

 

Perhaps you thought you would travel; but realized that the high costs of travel precludes that, on your fixed income. 

 

Or you thought you would have more time for shopping; but lost interest in that when you found your house cluttering up with unnecessary purchases.

 

Maybe you were thinking of taking up a hobby; but now you can’t decide what might interest you. Perhaps this post would help.

 

5 Step Process for Choosing and Implementing the Best Hobbies For You

Or maybe you thought you would have more time for your housework or yard work; but now you find you are done before lunch, and the rest of the day looms ahead of you.

 

Perhaps you were going to get into better shape; but you find you have no energy to follow through.

 

Too Tired to be Inspired

If any of the above sounds familiar; then read on for some possible solutions.

 

Causes of boredom and possible solutions

 

Poor health

 

Poor health and inaction go together.  It is good to have regular checkups to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong.

 

Possible solutions:

 

Many times our poor health has to do with our eating and exercising habits.  Those things can be changed.  It isn’t easy; but it is worth the effort for the difference in the way we feel.

 

If you are battling something more serious, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or MS; then you may need to work around your illness.  When you are having a bad day; plan for activities to do on a better day.  Then when you have a day when you feel better; you already have a plan in place to enjoy your day. 

 

 

Be sure you have a support system; or someone to help you on the bad days, and someone to enjoy the good days with.  If you have grandchildren or great grandchildren; this can be a bright light shining into your life.

 

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Depression

 

If you are depressed, it is hard to force yourself to do anything.  But forcing yourself to do something, sometimes brings some relief.  You are likely to isolate yourself when you are depressed; but being with supportive friends and family can ease the pain.

 

Possible solutions:

 

Try to reach out a helping hand to someone else.  You’ll find your problems seems smaller when you are helping someone else with theirs. 

 

Remember, depression is a temporary problem; no matter how permanent it seems.  Seek help and don’t give up hope for a better tomorrow.

 

 

Mourning

 

Many of us lose loved ones as we grow older.  Mourning is a process that we need to go through after a loss.  Time doesn’t heal all wounds; but it can lessen the impact the losses have on our lives.

 

 

When we are in mourning; it is sometimes hard to have an interest in doing anything.  We no longer remember our purpose in life.  We are just dwelling in the pain of loss.

 

Possible solutions:

 

It is important to let yourself feel the loss, go through the stages of grief in your own time, and allow yourself some time to heal.

 

 

But it is also important to realize that life goes on.  Find a new beginning, a new purpose or a new interest.  This was the end of this life and the beginning of another for your loved one; but you are still alive here on this earth.  Your loved one would want you to go on living.  Don’t bury yourself when you bury a loved one.

 

After the death of my parents; I found my new beginning at Wealthy Affiliate (for a new purpose), and by seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.

 

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Loneliness

 

When we lose someone who has occupied a very important place in our heart and lives, we are bound to feel lonely for a time.  It is a kind of loneliness that doesn’t lesson when we are in a crowd. 

 

But isolating ourselves is not the answer.  We must actively seek for a sense of purpose and look for a new passion in life.  I needed a new purpose after my parents; who I was taking care of, died within 8 months of each other.  I found that and more at Wealthy Affiliate.  To learn more click on the link below:

 

 

Possible solutions:

 

When we are lonely, we can feel that no one really cares about us.  This can lead to depression.  We need to find something to fill the void. 

 

However trying to fill that void with another person too soon, can lead us in to relationships that we later regret.

 

Moving into a closer relationship with God at this time can be beneficial.  Seeking out a church and becoming involved can be a great source of comfort and sometimes a good support system.

 

 

Indecision

 

Sometimes we are paralyzed by indecision.  What do we want to do?  What can we do?  Maybe we could get involved in “this”, or maybe “that”.

 

I want a vacation; but where?  What mode of transportation?  How much can I spend?  Who will go with me?, etc.

 

I need to improve my eating habits.  How will I do that?  When will I do that?  Tomorrow, next week, next month?

 

Possible solutions:

 

Indecision can become a way of life if we let it.  It can cause us to not do anything because of fear of doing the wrong thing.

 

 

It may help to remember that a decision is not necessarily right or wrong, so much as it is up to us to make of it what we want from it.  Our reaction to the decisions we make is what is important; not what others think of our decision. 

 

Making any decision is better than making no decision.

 

Conquering Procrastination

Writing down a list of pros and cons could help.  Talking to those close to you may help.  Asking God for help sometimes results in an answer.  The most important thing is to “make an educated decision” and then deal with it positively.

 

 

Lack of action

 

Many things can cause us to suffer from inaction.  Indecision, depression, mourning, loss, health concerns, loneliness, etc.

 

Possible solutions:

 

The only cure for inaction is ACTION.

 

It is not so important what you do, as long as you do SOMETHING!  Making a list of things you want to do may help.  Pick the easiest and quickest thing on the list if you need to; but do something.

 

Doing one thing can cause you to begin another.  As we begin some action, we will stir up confidence to do something else.  And remember, today is the only day we can live in, and the best time to start something new.

 

Lack of faith in God and church family

 

Not having a relationship with God is sometimes a cause of boredom.  It results in us seeing the world we live in only with earthly eyes.  However there is another whole dimension out there called the spiritual realm.  When we look at our lives through a spiritual lens; it is a much different picture.

 

Possible solutions:

 

Forming a relationship with God is very important.

 

Rejoice in the Lord Always

 

There are many people who go to church every Sunday; but they have little, or no relationship with God.  When hard things happen in their lives; they are unprepared; and sometimes even blame God. 

 

But if we really take the time and effort to get to know God; we realize that He is love, and He cares for us in a way that no earthy person is capable of caring for us.  He has promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.

 

Being involved in a God fearing church can offer a great support system.  If you arrive late and leave early; and try to avoid talking to anyone; you will never find that support. 

 

 

If you smile and show an interest in others, you will build sustaining friendships.  As you reach out to support them; they will in turn reach out in support to you. 

 

 

That’s why God wants us to attend church; because we can uplift, pray for, and encourage each other.

 

This post is a reflection of some thoughts I have on this subject.  If they are any help to you; take and use them.  If you have some thoughts or questions pertaining to the subject of being retired and bored; please leave a comment in the comment section below.

 

I hope this post has helped someone who is bored, depressed, or lacking in faith, to see a way better way; and to have hope for a better future.

 

Remember, everything in this life is finite.  It has a beginning, a middle and an end.  So if you are going through a hard circumstance in your life, you can know that it is temporary.

 

This too shall pass!

 

 

  • Most of the photographs used in this post are courtesy of Pixabay.
  • The opinions in this post are from the author, and are not meant to be taken as medical or psychiatric advice.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Celebrating Small and Large Victories

Do you celebrate your victories?  We all celebrate the large victories; but sometimes the small victories slip by without us even noticing.  There is so much negativity in life sometimes.  It is a very positive action to celebrate small and large victories.  It is another way of counting your blessings.  Celebrating the good things in life will promote a positive and thankful attitude.  Nothing good is ever gained by being dismal, gloomy and negative.

 

Points to remember when contemplating celebrating our victories:

 

  • Notice small victories

 

Sometimes we overlook small victories.  If they are overlooked or taken for granted; then we will not be able to celebrate them; or count them as blessings.  Train yourself to start noticing small things.

 

Maybe you have trouble remembering to make your bed; but you made it first thing this morning.  Celebrate!  Or maybe you have been forgetting your friend’s birthday for years; but this year, you remembered.  Celebrate!  Perhaps you have been wanting to get more exercise; and you have managed to go for a walk every day this week.  Celebrate!  Notice the small victories, and celebrate them.

 

  • Start a blessings book

 

 

One way of coaxing ourselves to remember and celebrate the small victories is to start a blessings book.  Write down when you have had a victory over something.  No matter how small, jot it down, and celebrate it.  If you are able to be faithful to writing your victories in your blessings book; you will love reading it later.  It will strengthen your faith to see where you were, six months or a year ago, and where you are now.

 

When you are down and feel like you haven’t had a victory in a while; take out your blessings book and celebrate the victories you find within it’s pages.  You will find yourself becoming thankful for all the small blessings in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Replace negative with positive

 

Make a habit of recognizing negative thoughts; and replacing them with positive or thankful thoughts.  We don’t always get to choose what happens to us; but we always have a choice of how we react to what has happened.  If we react with negativity; and make no effort to look for something positive, then the circumstances control us.  If we look and find something to be positive about, and celebrate the positive; then we are more in control of the circumstances.

 

  • Stomp yourself out of the pit

 

 

Circumstances in our life can sometimes throw us in to a pit of despair.  We can’t always see a way out of the pit.  There is a story about a donkey that I heard some time ago.  It is told in different ways; but I like this video.  I hope you enjoy listening; and that the message has a profound affect on how you view adverse situations from now on.

 

 

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  • Celebrate Christ’s victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t see any victories in your life, large or small; celebrate the victory of Christ.  Celebrate your salvation.  Celebrate the fact that you are not alone.  For He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

 

If you are not saved, celebrate the fact that you have an open invitation from a savior that loved you enough to die for you.  Imagine having a friend that loves you that much.  Think of having a friend, that not only forgave your sins; but took the punishment for them so that you could be free.  The only friend that can wash your sins away, and make you white as snow.  Celebrate having that kind of friend.

 

  • Celebrate someone else’s victory

 

 

So many times we feel jealous or envious of someone else’s victory; when instead we could forget about ourselves, and celebrate it with them.  They say misery loves company; but victory loves company to celebrate with them, too.  And most times as you celebrate their victory with them, you will find your own heart filling with joy to match theirs.  Try it sometime and see the blessing you will be giving and receiving in return.

 

  • Help someone to achieve a victory

 

 

There is great joy to be had by helping someone else achieve a victory and watching them celebrate.  Be alert to ways you can help others to achieve a victory.  Perhaps there is something that you have learned that will help them achieve their victory, if you share it with them.  Or maybe there is some way that you can be of service to them that would help.  Perhaps you know of an organization that you could make them aware of, to help them achieve their victory.

 

 

In this spirit, I know of an organization that could help you learn internet affiliate marketing.  You can get started for free.  You will receive 7 free lessons, 2 free web sites and a free starter membership.  You will find many small and large victories to celebrate.  There is a community of helpful people ready to help you; and there are members that will need help that you can provide.  We celebrate our own victories and the victories of each other.  We learn and grow together.

 

There is no better training on the web than you can get at Wealthy Affiliate, in my opinion.  You will learn all the skills you need to be a successful affiliate marketer.  You will learn how to build your own website.  I celebrated that one.  I was so excited.  You will learn how to publish posts and pages to your website.  You will learn methods to get traffic to your website.

 

You will learn how to write blogs on the WA site, and to comment and answer comments on other people’s blogs.  You will be amazed to be talking to people from all over the world.  You will meet people of other nationalities and cultures.  All the while learning from the lessons.

 

Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t promise that you will get rich overnight; because it just isn’t possible.  Wealthy Affiliate does promise to teach you all the skills you will need to build a successful internet marketing business. 

 

You will need to put in the time to learn and apply what you have learned.  You need to be patient to see results.  But you will see results, and you will be able to celebrate all the small victories along the way.

 

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I hope that this post has been an inspiration for you to start celebrating small and large victories in your life.  If you look closely enough, you can always find something to celebrate.  The song says: Accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative.

 

Enjoy this as sung by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters.  I found it on YouTube to share with you.  🙂

 

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon.  I love company.  I will be posting weekly, so there will be something new waiting for you to read.  My door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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