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Prepare and Don’t Panic!

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My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with/experiencing Category 5 Hurricane Irma at the moment of this writing! And, of course, with all Others in the potential “perhaps” zone of catastrophic path of the unknown impact! And with All those dealing with a disaster of one name/sort or another in one place or another!

My Brother and Sister-in-law are in Haiti…my immediate Family and Friends are here close to my vicinity in FL. I think this whole state is a flood zone. We happen to live in flat land…our place of literal/bodily dwelling doesn’t flood…usually, but surrounding us does…go figure?….of course, with potential of spillage or depending on rainfall, etc. that could change fast.

During rainy season, i live in crocs. {i haven’t gotten around to getting rubber boats -ha, i meant to type boots:)…it’s hot to wear boots in high 80’s/90’s, but i think, it’s “probably” time. The super big puddles/rivers and washed out streets…picking kids up from school has had me considering a boots investment for a while now. Rubber boots may be sold out ? IDK and rainy season is almost finished…Hurricane season ends in November.} Boots haven’t been a necessity…for me (till now? in the “perhaps” zone)

My kids are prepping their to-go bags/carry-ons as i type on this laptop…and my 12 year old just announced -lol that IF we leave, (cause of flooding), she is NOT taking her homework binder!!;) This is ironic coming from a kid who always does her homework no matter what and is thoughtful, super-responsible with follow-through! She’s also singing “it’s the end of the world as we know it–AND I FEEL FINE!!” (School officials will inform Wednesday at noon about school cancellations, etc.) My 14 year old is considering what artwork to bring…and to wrap in plastic. And of course, the cats are their priority! i am chuckling cause now–the kids are asking/aka testing me about a particular privilege–i feel they are not old enough for yet…and under usual conditions the answer would be NO! …smartie pants, my answer is still NO!…:) My 12 year old is now stating IF You love me, you will answer this question…and i quickly piped up Yes! (meaning: of course i love you and i’m listening while my head is down typing), and so–now she laughingly informs me: I have to buy her a rat cause i said ‘Yes’…(what she really means is gerbil; that’s what she calls a gerbil and all in rodent family and she knows my yes means yes and my no, no. Plus she knows, i don’t care much for rats!), but she loves all animals in any family type and would be perfectly fine with a real rat (from the pet store). (Not me though, i do not want rats for pets from a store or anywhere, thank you; still working on fully appreciating this fellow-fragile-life/creature; obviously.)

Now the kids are goofing around making up…& singing country songs…”Two tear drops floating down the river…” and talking/chattering non-stop; wonder where/who they get that from?! 😉

This is suppose to be a serious post about preparation(s) and a kid is now tickling my nose/trying to stick a piece of twirled plastic up my nose so, i’ll sneeze…while my eyes are distracted on this screen.  STOP IT! Cut it out! She is relentlessly aggravating me for a laugh…we are having fun and laughing/playing and not panicking while prepping for a potentially very-serious-weather-life-altering-event.

My son quietly informs that: IF our house gets wrecked, his only regret is not painting his room…blue.

okay back to business…little girls have left room..i better type fast to finish this before the unrelenting interruptions start up again…i LOVE my kids!…and especially love their creative teaching techniques…teaching me patience, and other qualities (like staying calm in emergencies and listening completely before replying) i need to work on–or things i need to change…lol;)…especially my snarky sarcasm that surfaces from time-to-time.

“PREPARATION is Your MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO SURVIVAL!” – Awake! No. 5 “When Disaster Strikes–Steps That Can Save Lives”….

No one is immune to disaster. But what does preparation involve?

  • Prepare mentally. Acknowledge the fact that disasters happen and that you and your loved ones are potentially at risk. It is too late to prepare after disaster strikes.

  • Learn about disasters that can happen in your area. Know where shelters are. Consider whether the construction of your home and its location are as safe as possible. Remove fire hazards. Install smoke detectors, and change their batteries at least once a year, if not more often.

  • Prepare emergency supplies. Power, water, phone, and transportation services can fail. If you own a car, try to keep the fuel tank at least half full, and always have food, water, and an emergency kit in your home.​

  • Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.

  • Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places​—such as a school or a library—​one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.

  • Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.

i’ve been living in the “perhaps” zone concerning various life things/circumstances, etc…for a while now…this training has prepped/disciplined/taught my mind and heart to be prepared..for whatever occurs….{at least, i think/hope anyway.}

Reader:)…are You prepared? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?? (for disaster or whatever?)

Don’t Panic! BE PREPARED! BE SAFE and ACCURATELY INFORMED!:)

PEACE!:)

9/5/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

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Painting

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Painting projects…busy with these.  At times, it makes sense/the appropriate thing to do…a fresh coat of paint, a fresh, different color/s. i LOVE painting…and those types of projects…(using both left and right hands/arms.)


Rearranging furniture…can be fun, etc. Changing things around/organization/reorganization is healthy…change is good. However, just randomly knocking down walls/any walls…the house collapses…supporting wall/(s)…are necessary for structural integrity! (Sometimes–the safest/wisest choice is to just paint the wall!)

Structural integrity is the ability of a structure to withstand its intended loading without failing due to fracture, deformation, or fatigue. It is a concept often used in engineering to produce items that will serve their designed purposes and remain functional for a desired service life. [excerpted definition wikipedia]

Supporting beams a necessary…say, for example, within society…civilization(s), certain supporting beams and walls are essential to integrity/peaceful functioning of said society/(ies). What causes civilizations to collapse and organizations to crumble aka structural failure…figuratively and otherwise?! Certain people/certain roles played therein/serve to support structural integrity, right? Globally, among all fragile-life…ecosystems/support systems are important/valued/valuable to sustain life, huh?

(back to my project(s)/work…HOPE to continue this post further….later when/If possible aka find time.)

7/26/17 @ 10:46 p.m.

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Summer Reading

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Happy Saturday Reader:)

Hoping You are well & happy…i mean content. (Content-ment is a state of flux for me. Don’t get me wrong…my “absolute” contentment is found in my spirituality. Probably, because i am well-aware/fully-conscious of my “spiritual” need and continuously seek to fill this important need daily.)

“Public” school has been out little over a month now; time flys. Our “usual” Summer routine/history has me living-at-the-library-literally…yet, this Summer, i went once thus far to our local, little, library. Made other time/commitment choices and wanted to focus the kids’ attention elsewhere on their spirituality and art and family togetherness/vaca, etc.

Opportunities for growth abound outside and inside the library, eh!  Though, my extra reading time (aka supplemental reading beside my daily spiritual studies) has been very limited/cut short due to stuff foreseen and unforseen. In particular, a couple titles have peaked (yeah! i know it’s “piqued”..chose peaked on purpose; BTW) my curiosity!…topics and available excerpts; long-story short–up until today have not had the means/chance to consume/read or acquire. UGH!

Life can be like this: what we would like to do, we cannot and what we can do is not always what we would like to do! (Thus, the process of learning contentment and making the best/most of what is available to work with on any “given” day.)

all i know or in other words–what i’ve learned…each day is a gift and make the most of it/life by making the most compassionate choices You can…based on accurate knowledge You have up to this point in life.

Mercy is a topic near-dear to my heart…forgiveness, etc. So, i Love this PRO verb: (positive do-ing!)

The one showing favor to the lowly is lending to Jehovah (God of Compassion), and He will repay him for what he does.” (Proverb 19:17)

Also, to continue recent post: discerning-wisdom-position-arrogance-v-humility please check out this excerpted reading: that connects with the above Proverb…(aka taking positive compassionate action(s))…

MANY years ago, three men went to speak to a faithful servant of God named Job. One of the men, Eliphaz the Temanite, asked Job some interesting questions: “Can a man be of use to God? Can anyone with insight be of benefit to him? Does the Almighty care that you are righteous, or does he gain anything because you follow the course of integrity?” (Job 22:1-3) Eliphaz clearly thought that the answer was no. Another one of the men, Bildad the Shuhite, then added that it is impossible for humans to be considered righteous by God.—

Read Job 25:4 

So how can mortal man be righteous before God,

Or how can one born of a woman be innocent (pure)?

Eliphaz and Bildad tried to make Job feel that his efforts to serve Jehovah (God of Compassion) were worthless. Those men wanted Job to believe that we are no more valuable to God than a moth, a maggot, or a worm. (Job 4:19; 25:6) Were they saying that because they were humble? (Job 22:29) It is true that Jehovah is supremely great and that we are very small in comparison to him. If we are on top of a mountain or looking out from an airplane window, we get a sense of how tiny and unimportant we are. But is that how Jehovah feels about our efforts to serve him and to work hard for the Kingdom? No! Jehovah told Eliphaz, Bildad, and the third man, Zophar, that they were telling lies. Then God said that he was happy with Job and called him “my servant.” (Job 42:7, 8) So we can be sure that imperfect humans can “be of use to God.”

 A young man named Elihu was listening to the conversation between Job and the three men. When it was over, Elihu asked Job about Jehovah: “If you are righteous, what do you give him; what does he receive from you?” (Job 35:7) Was Elihu also trying to say that our efforts to serve God are worthless? No. Jehovah did not correct Elihu, as he had the other men. Elihu was making a different point. He was saying that Jehovah does not need us to worship him. Jehovah is complete. There is nothing we could do that would make him richer or stronger. In fact, any good quality or ability we have comes from God, and he notices how we use it.

When we show loyal love to those who worship Jehovah, he views those actions as if they were done to him personally. […] Jehovah actually notices each time we show mercy to others. And although he is the Creator of the universe, Jehovah even chooses to view these actions as a personal loan to him, which he repays with many wonderful gifts. [excerpted article: May Your Volunteer Spirit bring Praise to Jehovah]

Having a willing spirit to volunteer…wherever the need may be…does call for compassion, mercy, and forgiveness…etc.

THANKS for Reading…(and for Your mercy in putting up with my musings, etc.)

Peace & Mercy to YOU:)

7/8/17 @ 11:12 a.m.

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High COMPASSION (standards)

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BTW: Just because

i may

“choose”

to

use

my

free will

in

a manner…exhibiting HIGH respect for life and compassion..

doesn’t make me a perfectionist or over-achiever

may be

it

just

shows

i

CARE

A LOT!!! (Hold in Esteem/Value)

for

fellow-fragile-life

and

the planet

and

the

intelligent mind (God of Compassion)

designer

behind

all that is…(created in the Universe and beyond)

 

4/16/17 @ 5:44 a.m.

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