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  1. What she did was wrong, and she knew that, hence her "I'm sorry," but who knows the depths of her despair. I find it very sad that she felt robbing was her only way to get help. I really don't like to discuss religion because I will invariably make people mad and for that I am sorry, but I know people who claim the blessings of God and Jesus as their savior all day long and they spend thousands of dollars on vacations (beach multiple times a year, Disney every year, and many more places, while living in their $350k house), putting in new patios with fire pits, etc and it is their right to do whatever it is they want to do with their money, but I've really been questioning lifestyle and love for humanity and our fellow man. They tithe and buy a goat for a family in Africa and they claim they have done their duty. There are a whole lot of people hurting in their very community, which they walk past on their way to church and then send help abroad, while their neighbors, people in their own community, can't get help in the system or don't know where to turn to. The baby mega church down the street from my house didn't have a food bank for the community (it might now, we don’t attend there anymore) while the big community food bank in this area was running out of food left and right because the demand was so high, yet this church had stadium seating, a professional-quality band, they had lighting and smoke machines, this and that, they bought the pastor a new Harley, I could go on... but they had nothing set up for families struggling to put food on the table. I say all that to say that I'm really struggling with what I see out there in the world right now. I said more than I probably should have and if I have offended, for that I apologize, I don't want to offend, just to say that the world isn't always good to those who struggle, those who struggle are often blamed. Who knows, maybe she totally screwed up her life by bad decision after bad decision, but what if she was married and her husband died, what if she was a SAHM and her husband was laid off, maybe she is a single mother, it is easy to assume she hasn't shown responsibility in her life but we really do not know (yet). My SIL, from another country, made the statement that NO ONE in America can have tough times, that she knows poverty (her native country isn't as wealthy as America) and that in America there is no excuse. I disagree with her, sometimes things happen that aren't our fault. Layoffs, death, illness, I became ill in 2012 and we are still paying off the thousands of dollars of debt from that. People look at me and I look fine so they assume everything is fine, but I can’t afford the supplements and more alternative/natural medical care that I want to have because we are living paycheck to paycheck due to the medical debt we incurred. This isn't to excuse that woman for what she did, she may be a total deadbeat, but the fact that she apologized and did it for her kids makes me question that. If she is caught she will suffer the consequences and likely have her kids taken away from her, which is sad too. No winner here. Makes me sad, maybe this desperation might have been prevented.
  2. We made the pot heater and were disappointed at its output. Maybe our expectations were too high, maybe it would help to layer more pots inside each other... maybe we'll do that and see what difference it makes.
  3. I'm sorry they are struggling, I know so many homeschoolers who are themselves struggling, they don't need more expenses either.
  4. our county extension office analyzes soil for like $8, and they will tell you what amendments you need. Might be worth checking into and seeing if they offer, and for how much, in your area.
  5. Not to be an alarmist, but if this is true it is something to take seriously. Brace yourselves... http://www.sott.net/article/277104-Russia-and-China-announce-decoupling-trade-from-Dollar-The-End-for-the-USA-is-nigh Russia and China announce decoupling trade from Dollar - The End for the USA is nigh‏Russia has just dropped another bombshell, announcing not only the de-coupling of its trade from the dollar, but also that its hydrocarbon trade will in the future be carried out in rubles and local currencies of its trading partners - no longer in dollars - see Voice of Russia Russia's trade in hydrocarbons amounts to about a trillion dollars per year. Other countries, especially the BRICS and BRCIS-associates (BRICSA) may soon follow suit and join forces with Russia, abandoning the 'petro-dollar' as trading unit for oil and gas. This could amount to tens of trillions in loss for demand of petro-dollars per year (US GDP about 17 trillion dollars - December 2013) - leaving an important dent in the US economy would be an understatement. Added to this is the declaration today by Russia's Press TV - China will re-open the old Silk Road as a new trading route linking Germany, Russia and China, allowing to connect and develop new markets along the road, especially in Central Asia, where this new project will bring economic and political stability, and in Western China provinces,where "New Areas" of development will be created. The first one will be the Lanzhou New Area in China's Northwestern Gansu Province, one of China's poorest regions. "During his visit to Duisburg, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a master stroke of economic diplomacy that runs directly counter to the Washington neo-conservative faction's effort to bring a new confrontation between NATO and Russia." (press TV, April 6, 2014) "Using the role of Duisburg as the world's largest inland harbor, an historic transportation hub of Europe and of Germany's Ruhr steel industry center, he proposed that Germany and China cooperate on building a new "economic Silk Road" linking China and Europe. The implications for economic growth across Eurasia are staggering." Curiously, western media have so far been oblivious to both events. It seems like a desire to extending the falsehood of our western illusion and arrogance - as long as the silence will bear. Germany, the economic driver of Europe - the world's fourth largest economy (US$ 3.6 trillion GDP) - on the western end of the new trading axis, will be like a giant magnet, attracting other European trading partners of Germany's to the New Silk Road. What looks like a future gain for Russia and China, also bringing about security and stability, would be a lethal loss for Washington. In addition, the BRICS are preparing to launch a new currency - composed by a basket of their local currencies - to be used for international trading, as well as for a new reserve currency, replacing the rather worthless debt ridden dollar - a welcome feat for the world. Along with the new BRICS(A) currency will come a new international payment settlement system, replacing the SWIFT and IBAN exchanges, thereby breaking the hegemony of the infamous privately owned currency and gold manipulator, the Bank for International Settlement (BIS) in Basle, Switzerland - also called the central bank of all central banks. To be sure - the BIS is a privately owned for profit institution, was created in the early 1930's, in the midst of the big economic melt-down of the 20th Century. The BIS was formed precisely for that purpose - to control the world's monetary system, along with the also privately owned FED and the Wall Street Banksters - the epitome of private unregulated ownership. The BIS is known to hold at least half a dozen secret meetings per year, attended by the world's elite, deciding the fate of countries and entire populations. Their demise would be another welcome new development. As the new trading road and monetary system will take hold, other countries and nations, so far in the claws of US dependence, will flock to the 'new system', gradually isolating Washington's military industrial economy (sic) and its NATO killing machine. This Economic Sea Change may bring the empire to its knees, without spilling a drop of blood. An area of new hope for justice and more equality, a rebirth of sovereign states, may dawn and turn the spiral of darkness into a spiral of light. Peter Koenig is an economist and former World Bank staff. He worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, the Voice of Russia and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion - fiction based on facts and on 30 years of experience around the globe. .
  6. hadn't seen that, thanks for sharing. Reminds me of the movie American Blackout, we watched it end of last year I think. The grid went down for 10 days. The dramatization takes you through the lives and experiences of different people. Some not so good... Here is the link for anyone who hasn't seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrNGotEslaw
  7. shredded more papers, this time 1 1/2 bags, shredded 2 bags a few weeks ago (going through the filing cabinet right now, will be going through every nook and cranny of this house by the time I'm done). Reorganized the hanging files. My problem is paper so I'm being ruthless, and its looking so much better. Still have a ways to go but I'm pleased with my progress. Was at the grocery store and they had the storage bags for sweaters that you use the vacuum to suck out the air, so I bought two boxes @ $2/apiece (two bags per box) so I'll be trying those out soon. My daughter was given several trashbags full of clothes by one of her aunts a few months ago, some of the clothes are really great, some are way too old looking for her and she'd never wear them, so I had her pick 5 things that she knew she wouldn't wear, two might be worth ebaying as they are name brands, the other 3 went into the donation box, which is about full now, ready to be dropped off. I will give my daughter a few days and ask her to find 5 more things and will keep whittling it down. I have two bags sitting on my fireplace of early elementary school things to give away to a friend who also homeschools, things that my kids outgrew years ago but she still hasn't been available for me to give it to her. I'm getting frustrated, its been sitting on the heart of my fireplace for about 3 months now. She says she wants it. I am thinking about offering it to her one more time and if she can't be available to get it or have me drop it off then I just need to give it to someone else. I'm tired of looking at it. Not trying to be pushy, but if you want it, great, its yours but if you don't just be honest with me, I'm spending too much time looking at it and its clogging up my brain.
  8. LOL, gotcha! I should have know that. My mind was going everywhere but that. TY!
  9. <blush> can you tell me what HBA stands for? We have started tucking money away, need to get better at it. A big ole pickle jar that my son made a label for, "Paradise Falls," which stands for <insert dream location of choice>
  10. how much did you take? I've been thinking about that. Might need to do a partial 'eat down mode' too. But I'm not comfortable wtih the idea of going through all of it. Not yet anyhow. But moving it 2000 miles sounds like a big deal too. Sigh.... I hated that the 2 times we moved cross country (kept most for local-ish moves). I'll be rethinking for our next move :/
  11. I posted in another thread about my decluttering, should have posted it here! We are hoping to move by the end of the year so now its decluttering and organizing so we can get the house ready to list. We have a shelf in our storage room where I stick my "pretty" things for more formal dinners and such that aren't used much, so I washed things and wrapped them up in paper and boxed them up --- 14 boxes (they are not very big) of misc things so far. Vases, picture frames, candlesticks, serving platters, baking pans, etc. The things that weren't my faves were donated. Had 2 boxes of donated things so far and one bag of trash. Now I'm going through papers and have another box started for donations and another bag for trash. It feels great to get this done, its been bugging me for so long. (I also thougth that when we do decide to move I'll go through these boxes one more time and make a final cut. Right now I'm getting rid of the obvious stuff. Will likely get rid of more after i've had time to think on a few things and see how much we want to whittle things down too. Definitely on a path to minimalism)
  12. I'll reverify the ones on this side. There was one in Norcross, maybe off of Peachtree Parkway or something like that, I'll have to ask my husband. It was small, not nearly as big as the one you shared.
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