A New Look For This Blog

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Starting in the month of May this blog will be showing as a name: RTS.  The url will stay the same.  I am seriously looking at upgrading my plan to a paid one.

This change is one that I have been seriously thinking about for several months.  Sometimes change like this in a website can be detrimental.  I have been experimenting with different designs for a new logo.  

For this blog my focus with be “Mental Health”.  I created a new blog for all things Spiritual, Bible Prophecy A Study In.   For those who are interested in the study of the Scriptures I invite you to join me there too.

Now, I would like you to seriously give me some feedback.  I need all who read this to provide that using the comment section below.  Remember, without you this blog would be lifeless!

Also, I would like to say “Welcome” to all the new follows.  And a big “Thank you” to everyone!

The Crazy World Of Depression

carry-the-world“It’s okay to be crazy and scared and brave at the same time!”
― Kelly Epperson

Crazy Qoutes

There are those days when I think I just want to scream. Scream about what I don’t know, I just want to scream.

Then there are the days where I feel I could take on the world, have all the answers to life’s woes.  Reality though tells me that I don’t know what I am talking about.

Pills, pills, pills.  Take in the morning, take at supper time, take at bed time.  Green pill to get going, red pill to stop, I take more pills than I eat in calories.

Pardon me, but it is just one of those days that thoughts like these take over.  I try to stay positive in such a negative climate.

So, I will carry on, maybe tomorrow will be a day when the crazy world of depression won’t seem to be so bad!

A Day Of Appreciation!

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“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”
– Val Saintsbury       Quotes For Nurses

I have had my share of a stay in the hospital.  There is one thing that made the stay endurable was the nurses on staff.  I marveled how they did their work, hour by hour, patient by patient.  They did the heavy lifting.  Yes, the doctors gave the orders, but, it was the nurses that saw to it to have those orders filled.

On the evening news last night near the end of the broadcast they showed a news clip.  It was so heart warming.  Somewhere in New York City at a certain set time in the evening people went to their balconies, stoops, and started clapping, it lasted at least ten minutes.  It was their unique way of thanking all the nurses, doctors, others on the front line in the battle with this virus.

I am thankful that we have such great warriors in medicine they are the healing hands that God has gifted.  They are there in the emergency rooms, the medicine floor, the operating theaters.

This is my way to say to all those nurses, “Thank you”!

I want to encourage you dear reader to find your unique way to say thank you to those on the front lines.  I have learned one thing about the WordPress community, they are some of the most creative people around.

So, please join me to raise a rousing clap of thunder and say “THANK YOU”!

 

Conquer or Surrender

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Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. -Roger Crawford

https://propertyupdate.com.au/10-inspirational-quotes-on-facing-difficulties/

At this time everyone is facing great challenges.  Every challenge is unique therefore it requires an unique plan to face it.

I have faced many challenges, sometimes I think that it is more than one person deserves.  I have broken bones, recovered from a motorbike accident as a passenger, loss of loved ones, marriages that have fallen apart.  

I look back on all of them and wonder how I made it through some of them.  I did hit a brick wall, a wall the crashed on me with my mental health.  For that challenge I decided not to conquer but, rather I surrendered to it.  My answer was attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

I know now that lashing out in anger that is destructive, I have learned to channel my anger to achieve constructive results.  The former saw me burn relationships that could never be repaired.  The latter, I now explain the action that angered me, it is not directed to a person.  No name calling, no shaming, etc.,

Now, that doesn’t mean when I am challenge that I lay down like a door mat to be walked on.  It means I have learned in a constructive way when something, someone, has crossed boundaries.

So, once again I have to summon all that I have learned, focus on the situation, conquer the situation, and do not surrender to it!

Comfort Food – Recipe -Diabetic Cheese Cake

My best friend found this recipe and it soon became one of my favorite’s.

I think everyone has their favorite comfort foods, I know I do. One of mine is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

You don’t have to be diabetic to enjoy this melt in your mouth Cheese Cake.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (1 ounce) package cheesecake flavor sugar free instant pudding mix
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.

Press the mixture into an 8 inch pie dish. Refrigerate while making filling.

Filling

Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until softened, reduce speed to low and gradually beat in milk a little at a time (mixture will be watery.  Use a rubber spatula to scrape cream cheese from the sides of the bowl if necessary.

Beat in the pudding mix until the filling is thick and smooth.  Spoon half of the cream cheese filling into the bottom of the graham cracker crust.  Spread half the strawberries over the filling.

Repeat cheesecake layer and strawberry layer.

Chill pie in refrigerator until set and cold at least 1 hour.

Enjoy!

The Detoxification Of My Mind

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Woodson Merrell  “Often we see detox as a solitary pursuit, something we have to muscle up for and go it alone. But the truth is that it will be easier and healthier if you find a way to integrate your friends and family into the experience.”
― Woodson Merrell, The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within

I feel safe in saying that all across the globe people’s stress level is probably on extra high.  Everything is at a complete standstill,  jobs, finances, social life, children to tend to and if school age try to teach them at home.

Even the children are stressed out, not being able to play and socialize with their friends. Pent up energy and no place to displace it.

Today when I woke up I decided that it would be the day to completely detox my mind.  Let me explain, in high school I took computer class, this is way before personal computers, one of the first thing we learned about programming was this, “garbage in, garbage out”.  So it is with the mind.

I have had my fill with news and the concentration of Covid-19. So I have been doing things to bring out all the toxic waste in my mind.  I finished reading two books, I prefer paper, but Kindle will do, so I downloaded the book “Fahrenheit 451”.  I am reading up on how a democracy can fall, remember Germany and Hitler.

My television was on, but, I found a science program that I like, “Wonders of The Solar System”, the host is Professor Brian Cox. His voice is calm and peaceful and I have begun to grasp so much about our solar system.

Later I am going to click on I Tunes and listen to Michael Buble.  My daughter gave me a CD of his, his music is great and it is also very relaxing.

I realize everyone will approach the detoxification of their mind differently, Yoga, meditation, hot tea, or any other method that helps let off all the toxic garbage that has built up since this lock down.

So, dear reader, I encourage you to take some time, find some ways to let go and cleanse your mind so that you will feel renewed!

 

Cabin Fever Anyone?

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Where do we enroll in Life 101? Where are the classes dealing with the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, the failure of a relationship? Unfortunately, those lessons are mostly learned through trial by fire and the school of hard knocks. Les Brown
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=dealing+with+lonliness

Over the past several days I have decided to make the most of being mandated stay indoors.


Here are some of the things I am doing to combat my cabin fever:

  • Exploring new music sounds. i.e., some forms of soft rock
  • New authors, new books different than I would normally seek out.
  • Avoid watching too many news channels
  • Take up again some of my crafts.  i.e. this is one you’ll find funny, I crochet afghans

Those are things I am doing to maintain my mental health 

So, I am curious on what you are doing to maintain your mental health?

Keeping Sane In An Abnormal Time

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“The ability to continue moving when you are feeling scared, fearful or lazy is the sign of true mental strength.”
― Matthew Donnelly

I have now been in my house for approximately three weeks.  In the past I have fought pneumonia twice.  So, I feel that staying in is best for my psychical health.

The true test is finding enough interests to keep my mental health strong.  I have been reading more, also turning off news channels so I do not get an overload of Covid-19 news.  

I really cannot give advice to anyone about how to stay strong mentally during these trying times.  Every household has different situations.  Many have school age children at home.  Keeping children’s attention is a full time job, no play dates for the younger, too much screen time is not wise.  So, for these parents my heart goes out to you.

Millions across North America and the world find themselves facing rent/mortgages to pay, food to put on the table, clothes on their back.  This stress can keep you awake at night weighing heavily on a person’s mental health.

So, for all those who are facing hard times I will be thinking, praying for you! I hope you are able to keep mental health strong! 

The Construction Of A Blog

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“We need a spark to lit a fire inside us. A spark is an inspiration to make art, a fear to find courage, and a pain to provoke strength. A spark is unplanned and unexpected incident that happens in the middle of your ordinary life. After that, it leaves a fire burning in your heart. A fire to achieve, a fire that will keep you going!”
― Jasz Gill – https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/blogger

I thought this might be interesting to some about how I go to write a post.

  1. Find a thought, a word

  2. Try to locate a picture. My favorite three sites are:  a)Pexels  b) Pixabay  c)Public Domain Pictures

  3. Search for a quote that encapsulates my topic.

  4. Write my post.

Those are the basic steps I use to construct my post.

Do you have a method you would use to write your post, if so what is your method?

I just thought this would be fun because at the moment everything is so seriously depressing!

Little Boy, Little Boy

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I always love going home anyway; it’s where my roots are. I always like to go back. It’s a good reminder of where I started and the journey that I still have to go on to get where I want to be. Millie Bright
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/going-home-quotes

It is just after 5 a.m. here in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I woke up quite early and the end scene from the Wizard of Oz was playing in my mind. It is where Dorothy is told to click her heels three times and say, “there’s no place like home…”

In times like the world is facing or when I am going through a situation my thoughts turn to where I was raised, to my home.  Maybe, not so much my parents home, but the home of my maternal grandparents.  I always knew the door was open that my grandmother would let me stay with no questions asked.

There is a little boy inside me that wishes he could go home, except home is not where it use to be.  The smell of homemade cooking, maybe if I were lucky some fresh baking from my grandmother.  When my grandfather was alive it was being able to sit with him as he played the guitar and I would sing.

All of those have now gone, I have made my home here in Saskatchewan, and along with my daughter and the grandchildren is where I find welcome and warmth.

Having a best friend, more like the big brother I never had, is also comfort when I am facing hard times.  Always is able to bring a smile to my face, and sometimes a good chuckle.  He knows the best and the worst of me and still he calls me his friend.

Where ever I am I have learned to be content there.  This virus is frightening, to be honest if I didn’t have supports around me I would have to say I would be scared to death.

Please let me give some advice, if you have family, if you are able to go home, if you have friends, you have more than some who are facing this great time of trouble!