#VeteransDay 2015 Twitter Moments

#ThankAVeteran for the Freedoms that you have today
The men in my family have a military history & all have served in the fight for freedom
It makes me feel happy to see the honor paid to our veterans on the holidays

The widget below shows some of the Twitter Moments posted on #VeteransDay in 2016
#VeteransDayIsEveryDay for those of us who have husbands & wives & sons & daughters who have or are active duty in our military services

Tonight Hubby & I will go to a local eatery that is offering a free entree to my husband because they respect his time serving our country
Unfortunately my son said there isn’t such a place near him when he gets off the ship tonight down in LA but I do hope that one of the small diners near him in CutOff LA will in fact be offering free meals for our veterans too.


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National Coffee Day 2015

Woo Hoo it’s National Coffee Day in the USA!

A day to celebrate those wonderful little beans which make life better. Have you Celebrated National Coffee Day by getting one of the Free Coffees that are being offered?

It’s a day where many places are offering a Small or Medium cup of Coffee for FREE.

I know that Dunkin Donuts is offering a Free Medium cup of their Dark Roast hot or cold. McD’s is offering only a Free Small cup of coffee. Cumberland Farms is also offering a Free Cup of Coffee but you have to text to them so check their site to get the details, I used to go there a lot but we no longer have a Cumbie’s near us. You might want to check to see what 7-11 is offering they usually go in for these Special Days events. That expensive Bux place that I do not go to unless forced to is not offering anything to it’s customers…

My Coffee Cup

I’ve got a collection of travel mugs for coffee; I’ve given away most of them when we were downsizing to move but it’s slowly starting to build up again. Do you buy travel mugs from your most frequented coffee places?

I have 2 nice sized mugs for coffee to use at home this one pictured above was a gift from my Dad years ago so it’s special to me. Do you have a Special Mug for your coffee or tea?

#Coffee #NationalCoffeeDay

Sad State of Affairs

This is one of those posts both personal & political…

A dear friend is going through that mixed emotions of secondary empty nester as her adult son leaves the state.I say secondary because our adult children were already out of our nests but living here in the state only a town or two & a phone call & less than hours drive away…

We’re proud of our children who have grown up into young men & women that are making their own ways in this world; but we are heart broken that our young men & women are finding it so bad in our state that they are having to move out of CT in order to find better paying jobs in states that aren’t robbing them blind in taxes.

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Like I said this both personal & political & now for my rant as it makes me angry that so many people merely vote on the party line without thinking about why they are voting nor asking if what the pipe dreams being promoted by the democrats is in fact actually possible – wake up people nothing is free someone has to pay for it in money & time & energy & at a certain point we run out of people to take money from to give to those who are merely taking without earning.

The rich started leaving our state years ago because they can afford to move anywhere so once the income tax was put in place those people just changed the location of where they claimed as their state of domicile.

The past 4 businesses have been leaving at an increasing rate & along with those businesses good paying jobs & tax paying families. With each major business closing or leaving the state that has affected smaller supporting businesses around the state. Less businesses = less jobs = less taxing families to pay the state’s increasing spending which makes the state increase the taxes on the rest of us to make up the difference instead of cutting spending.

So our children must leave the state they’ve grown up in to find good paying jobs & affordable homes to purchase for their families. Sad to see them go we send them off because we know that in other states they will have a better chance for success than if they were to stay here in CT.

Will we see our grandchildren for more than 2 weeks out of the year? Sadly it’s not likely with our children moving out of the region to find better lives. It makes us angry that our children have to go out of the state to find a decent job & affordable homes to purchase all because the career elite democrats refuse to listen to us taxpaying citizens & only care about making their friends richer by increasing our taxes to pay for the sweetheart deals they’re making.

Are You Taxed Enough Already?

Bible in the News? Rumors of Wars – Crimea Syria Russia and USA

Friday was Good Friday & Sunday is Palm Sunday that just passed;
Today is Passover celebrated by the Jewish people
Easter Sunday is this week if you are a Christian

As Easter approaches I’m thinking about both the bible & recent events in the news
The past few months when you look at the news & then think back to what you heard or read about in the bible it does bring up some questions & thoughts

Well our headline news stories make those prophecy verses seem a much more real & applicable to our time

Syria is mentioned in the bible & is having war inside for power

Russia is moving it’s troops around while Crimea is trying to get out of the Ukraine & reattached back to Russia

The USA is being asked by many to join in on these fights outside of our country

Meanwhile the major USA media is not bothering to report in full about the war on it’s citizens

I look around & wonder…
At what point do Christian churches as a whole start talking about the prophecies in the bible?
Start telling their congregations to get their lives & homes in proper order because the times are clearly as the bible said that they would be…

Too many megachurches talk about feel good messages of prosperity that have at best only the barest of bible truths but neglect the majority of what the bible has to say about morality & godly living

Many people do not even own a bible in this day & age as more people chose to be atheists for one reason or another & more saddening are the churches which do not have bibles in them nor do their own congregations bring in bibles from home so they do not even know what the bible actually has to say. They do not read the bible to see if the preacher is actually quoting from the bible in context

I believe that everyone has the right to chose to be whatever they want, it’s their life & soul & so long as they are alive they get to chose who they will follow so I do not try to force anyone to be a Christian.

I also understand that not everyone who is an atheist today will be one tomorrow or maybe next year.
There are also many people who profess to be Christians but in reality they are as much a Christian as I am bird able to fly…
I can call myself a bird all I want but since I have neither feathers nor wings, I am not a bird no matter how much I might hang out at the aviary.

I mention those 2 groups because it makes me sad that for many in the first group they chose to be non-believers because they were hurt by people calling themselves Christians but in fact are not by their actions & attitudes

I hope & pray that in time both groups get to know the Lord on a personal level
I pray for peace but know that the bible tells us what is about to come
So my prayers are that people who I meet & friends & family come to know the saving grace

Life Reminder – Prayer Works

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline?

Was it justified?

How did you respond?

 

 

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Child Birth is such an amazing thing that only mothers who have given birth can understand just what I am lacking in words to say

Then after all the pain is over all of it is forgotten & the Love & Praying for your child starts. As mothers we never stop praying for our children until we take our last breath.

I’ve been BLESSED to have 2 beautiful children who have grown up to be productive citizens

My daughter has blessed me with 2 grandsons 12 years apart so I’ll be able to have the joys of playing with a growing child for several more years. With her first she was still at home & I was in the delivery room with her

My son hasn’t yet had any children but in time when he is ready to settle down he will

Prayer Is Always “Justified” even if people do not want to accept that notation

There are days when I’ve been praying hard on my knees for my children both as children & as adults as well as my husband

What some people don’t quite understand is that there are different types of prayers but God tells us to always be in prayers.

We talk to God in our prayers & just like we talk to our parents here on earth we do not only talk to them when we want something

Most times we do not “hear” directly from God in an actual voice but we can see His Reply to our prayers in what happens & is seen around us. Most recently my son was taking a leap of faith for a job out in Louisiana & got hired for the job BUT there was a problem with the schedule for him to get into a class that the company offered.

I got into prayer with a prayer partner & we asked that things would be made possible for my son if this was the job for him to have & to provide housing & funds until he started work on the boat.

We prayed for an hour or more on many things & just prior to us actually hanging up My Son Called. Prayers Answered & All was Set into place for him to get his orientation & the training & the way for him to earn some spare cash & housing until he moved into the company dorm.

God answered our prayers & my son didn’t even know we were praying for him at the time when he called & when I finished talking with my son I called my prayer partner to tell her tht some of our prayers had in fact been answered

 

 

Quitting Smoking 2013 & 14

March 6 2014 I’m still trying to be a successful quitter

below the picture is a post from last year on a blog I’m closing

My 2014 Quit Smoking thoughts for today

It’s very hard to quit but I have cut down thanks to eCigs

Hubby, Son & I all need to figure out how to beat this monster called Nicotine

We have each at different times been able to quit for a short period of time

Unfortunately we’ve not been able to quit it for good

I think it will help if we can each ID what our “triggers” are

For me so far I’ve IDed the Stress Factor as being a big problem

I also have to do something about the “Eating Instead of Smoking” thing

As I’ve cut down I have done more munchies & have gained some weight

Clothes shopping is a downer as I’m moving back up into that “in between sizes nothing fits right” problem

I don’t want to get back into sweat suits mode I gave them all away for a reason

just like I gave away all my “big girl” clothes & my “wow I WAS way under weight” size 5/6/7 clothes

As spring approaches I hope to get outside more & walk the weight gain off & get back to my perfect size 10/11 again

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Quitting Smoking

November 20, 2013

Wish me luck as I am about to go from Smoking cigarettes down to only using eCigs.

I’m weaning myself from smoking fulltime to using the eCigs with the goal of New Years Day being only a ‘Vapor’.

I’m hoping that by the time June 2014 comes around I’ll be able to cut even that use down to almost nothing.

I’ll be posting updates every so often here

I’ve struggled in the past trying to quit

I did post some videos about it this year when I didn’t do so well

I’ll share my new videos here

Have you tried to quit smoking?

how many times did it take you to quit?

What made your quit successful?

Groundhogs Day

2014 has been rather hectic so far & it’s only Feb 2nd

I’ve decided to start yet another blog this year

The question is why bother when there are more than a few other blogs out there from years past?

Well I’m trying to pull together all those blogs from all over the place & put them into one

A long time blog has been lost due to non-use but it was full of my memories & thoughts & pictures at that time

With the loss of that blog the reality of needing to gather my cyberlife together into one place hit me

I’ve lost a few friends & family members in recent years & for my family to be able to find all of the blogs will be difficult

So in future years when the family wonders about events etc at least they’ll be able to come to 1 place to start understanding

We Parents do not get an instruction manual so we do the best we can in raising our children & interacting with our family

We make mistakes, but for the most part we are doing the best that we can

From the outside looking in most do not have a clue as to why decisions have been made but

In writing our blogs we tend to put out there some of deepest heartfelt feelings & thoughts

So this blog will be a combination of what’s going on now & posts from the past tossed in as I migrate those posts from other blogs in

As we all know the well laid plans often go awry so expect occasional confusion going forth

The current plan is to post at least once a week on life in the here & now

Then sometime during the week I’ll have a copy & paste from an old blog with the possibility of an update introducing it

Thank you for joining me on my journey forward into the future while reviewing the past

Thanks for Reading Real Life in CT

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