Wednesday’s Reality

Today should be a good day. The 2nd means we made it through another month without going hungry and our food assistance is replenished for the month. I even have gas to get to and from the grocery store in a neighboring town. The problem is I have a past due electric bill, and a shut off order applied to my account as of yesterday. With this in mind, I am hesitant to purchase food ( particularly persishables)

The past-due amount is $ 171.00.

Today, I also face having my internet shut off again. That amount is $128.00

And AGAIN, the mortgage went unpaid for September. $431.87. They gave me 7 days ( on the 30th ) to pay or face foreclosure. Actually they are trying to get us to quit claim title back over to them. 😦

Any one can be paid directly to the specific entity and I will gladly provide specifics.

And I am still living in what is fast becoming squalor. With our plumbing and back load of trash still piled everywhere.

it sucks because I know that we are doing EVERYTHING we know to do to help ourselves. AND I can’t continue living this way. I don’t wish this on my worst enemy… TODAY I feel as though I am suffocating.

AND YET, Every move I make I question whether or IT would be pleasing to GOD! Even pleasing to those I have grown close to.

I have tried desperately to remain positive through this. I cling to my faith. I pray and I pray some more.

I have reached out in every way I know how. AND YES, I realize that no one here owes me one red cent and I know how all this must sound. I know how it sounds to me. I hate being so dependent, but the fact remains that I am, and this is why I began this fundraiser to begin with.

TRULY, I don’t want to keep BEATING a dead horse. This is our only HOPE! To reach someone that is financially able to STEP up beyond all reason and HELP where the GREATEST needs are!

Last but not least, I am quite thankful for the assistance we have gotten in this fundraiser. A FEW have GONE WAY ABOVE and BEYOND!

It’s amazing, quite honestly! I hope I have sufficiently expressed my gratitude to everyone who has helped us on this journey, Sometime I wonder about that too.

However, donations are still DESPERATELY needed.

So PLEASE, if you are able, please donate. If you have questions or would like to help with a specific need, please ask.

Thank you ALL for listening…

My pleas are heartfelt and genuine,

God Bless You.

Light… glorious light ….

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‘Along your ride called “Life”, you may encounter rough storms. The dark clouds and unrelenting winds may bring feelings of sadness, grief, depression, anxiety or maybe even anger or resentment. Keep Riding. Just ahead, the clouds will disappear, the winds will blow over and you will find your peace. It is now that you become the bright light for others going through their storm. If you can, help them through it.’
~–Unknown–~

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One Sows and Another Reaps

Thank you Cheryl Foston for this post. It holds deep meaning for me today….Timely and thought-provoking and it is so true! Often, WE FORGET. Every person who crosses our path helps, molds, and influences is one way or another. In times of plenty WE TEND TO FORGET, that we WERE all SUPPORTED in one way or another ALONG the way. Some are helped more than others, unfortunately. Too many take it for granted. But none of us can actually say that we didn’t get any help along the way. Be Blessed!

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gratitudeHave you taken the time to acknowledge and thank those that have helped you along the way? No matter where you are in life, you didn’t get there all by yourself.

Everyone gets some type of help from those who have come before them, those who walk beside them, as well as those who follow them. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Now, you may be tempted to say that you are a self-made man or woman, but before you do, go way back and think about all your teachers throughout your educational years. I am sure a couple of them helped you better understand a subject, which led to you graduating. Let’s not forget about your parents who taught and helped mold you to become the person you are today. Even if your parents weren’t the best parents, they still taught you something which…

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Accepting the Liebster! Drumroll please! Congrats to the nominees!

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Ariffa Bevins who has a wonderful blog rightly named Hope, Honor and Happiness. Arrifa is the author of Kingdom of the Sun. Thank you Arrifa. This nomination is an honor coming from you. I apologize for the delay in my formal follow-through. I hope I do the award justice. Thanks Again!

Liebster Award Acceptance Guidelines: 1. You must link back the person who nominated you. 2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the person who nominated you.3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer. 5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees. “

Arrifa’s Questions for Me: ( Whew, you’re going make me work for the award, are you? Smiles )

1) Why did you feel the need to start a blog?

Short Answer … All But Homeless was created out of genuine need. However, I have been journaling for many years, and have filled box up upon box, house upon house with my ramblings. At first, blogging, offered a ‘safe’, effective medium for self-expression. It was only later that I discovered that I may just have something interesting to say! 😉

2) Sunsets or Sunrises? Sunrises

3) What is the last good movie that you have seen? The World’s Oldest Indian with Anthony Hopkins

4) How would you describe compassion?

Awareness of ones suffering and a desire not only to empathize but to act on it if it is within the realm of possibility.

5) What is your favorite animal and why?

This is hard, as I am a humaniac by nature but I do seem to relate well with cats (I think) because of the similarities of our respective personalities.

6) What is your favorite movie quote?

Well… I love quotes and there are many but the following comes to mind again and again when I am dealing with someone (particularly, someone near and dear to me) who I perceive to be acting out in a self- destructive manner. I may not VOICE it but I damned sure think it. 😦 My ex happened to be one of those.

” It’s so easy for you to die dramatically! It’s a hell of a lot tougher for those of us who have to keep on trying!’ ( Jean played by Deloris Taylor, Billy Jack, 1971)

7) What is your ideal vacation?

A long weekend at the Beach.

8) What was your childhood dream?

To be a published author.

9) If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I’d love to be a genie because how awesome it would be to go around granting heartfelt wishes.

10) Do you enjoying dancing, even if you think you don’t know how? Absolutely! Cha Cha Cha!

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My Nominations : ( Please note, this is truly the most challenging part . By all accounts, the Liebster is one of those awards, meant to feature newer or newish blogging talent???? There are many awesome blogs ( and talented bloggers out there, so many relatively new or those with less followers than they deserve. Some don’t list the number of followers though. With that said, I will do my best to make qualifying choices. 🙂

1) My Life Experiences by Melissa

2) Bitter Sweet to the Point

3) Once Upon A Time

4) Musings of a Random Mind

5) Gaijen Life

6) Dr. L’s Beyond this Classroom

7) Human Understanding Group

8) Things U Find Unfair and Unjust

9) Insight -Seeing from Within

10) Eat Pray Live

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Questions for my Nominees

1 – What is your pet peeve?

2 – Who is your favorite author ?

3 – Favorite place on earth, having been there?

4 – What is your favorite past time?

5 – In your mind, What is your greatest accomplishment in life?

6 – Concerning your Life … Rewind, Play or Fast-forward?

7- Are you comfortable in your own skin?

8 – Indoors or Out?

9 – React or Respond?

10 – Who was the one person in life, who has inspired you the most and why?( This can be a teacher, family member , friend or celebrity )

Safety Tips for Women ( Especially ) Interesting and it might save your life! <3

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WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation… This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you… Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..

If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women
are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then,
it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America ‘s Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know.
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need
to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it
and it’s better to be safe than sorry..
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or
a loved one’s life.
SHARED from Facebook I have no idea who to give credit to. BUT good stuff here. 🙂

Don’t Lose Heart …

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“Don’t lose heart
when things fall apart,
it just means they’re
about to be put back together
in a new and better way” ~ Mandy Hale

One can hope! 🙂 We really need a few miracles here.

Trying my best to hold it together. It’s Monday, and the mortgage worries continue…

Your donations are still needed and very much appreciated.

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