Friday, October 4, 2019

Happy October!

These are my Frugal Wins for this past week

1. Our pantry and fridge are full. We need to start eating it down some.

2. Last Saturday we had a picnic at a park with some friends from church. I used the crockpot to cook a pork loin into pulled BBQ pork. OMGoodness, Sooo good! And no park fees, as it had rained the night before, and a covered pavilion which was reserved for a birthday party appeared to be canceled, so we had our picnic on free turf. The BBQ was leftovers for lunches and dinners for the next few days.


3. After church on Sunday, we went to Costco. It is not always a bargain if you are looking for snacks. I picked up some new chocolate s’ more candy that was being offered as tasting snacks. I also bought some healthy crackers and granola bars, parmesan cheese, and sea salt. We purchase gas there and get something for lunch at the food court.


4. Several days at work this week I brought my own food. Wednesday was a fall lunch for employees so that was good. I babysat last night and brought my own supper. Tonight I have snacks but am not hungry.


5. This weekend – chili cookoff at church tomorrow night, Awana on Sunday evening. The Captain will still go to Costco on Sunday to purchase gas.


6. This week we started with summer temps here in Michigan. Then a day of pouring rain, and today it feels like October. I do like pulling my cold weather clothes out of storage and buying things that I need at the thrift store.



Thursday, September 12, 2019




Going somewhere soon?

Looking for a place to stay?

Don't stay in a cold motel room!

Try AirBnB !!





Friday, August 23, 2019

My studies




I am learning much while I am back in college.   Time management is the first thing I think that I do well in, but planning for caring for my studies while working roughly 16 hours per week, take care of things at home, taking care of my husband, the cat, and me, and of course time for my spiritual life and church. Time just flies by!

After squeaking by in the last few weeks in taking Old Testament survey, I noticed that my discussions are not getting the best grade, mainly due to lack of reply to my other classmates.  So I started this week by copying the Workshop into a Word document and making my own notes on it. What a week to decide to do this, the last week of class!


Preparation
·         Read Chapter 24 of your textbook
·         Skim Chapters 25-34 of the textbook
·         Choose and read one of the passages listed below:
      • Isaiah 2
      • Isaiah 60-61
      • Jeremiah 31
      • Ezekiel 37

Here's me, writing in red. :) Above is something I need to do first, read the chapters and verses for the discussions.


Discussions 
·         Week Five Devotional (8/23)
·         Isaiah 6
·         Isaiah is called to be a prophet while worshiping in the Temple about the year 740 B.C.  In verses 1-7 of this chapter, Isaiah experiences a Vision of the thrice Holy God.  He sees only the train of the Lord’s robe and is immediately filled with a sense of dread because he knows that he is a sinful human and cannot be in the presence of the Holy God.  Yet God cleanses him, atoning for his sin. 
·         In verses 8-13, Isaiah is given his commission as a prophet.  It is perplexing that God would send Isaiah to a people that will not respond to him – they will be “ever hearing, but never understanding.”   Why would God send a prophet to the people at this point in time, when it is too late to save the kingdom? While Isaiah is told that most people will reject his message, he is also told that there is still a remnant in the land that will listen to him.  This is the “holy seed in the stump” which will hear and will respond.  In every case of judgment in the Bible, there are a few people who receive mercy and grace from the Lord and survive. 
·         In fact, Isaiah does have some success.  Hezekiah listens to the Word of the Lord and the city of Jerusalem is preserved in the crises of the Assyrian invasion.  The king responds to the word of the Lord and the kingdom survives for a time. 
·         Also read Matthew 13 and discuss why Jesus chose to quote this passage at that point in his ministry. The people who heard Jesus preach heard, but refused to understand, and as a result Jesus focused his attention on his disciples, preparing them for his death and resurrection.

     Here I am - for the discussions I copy and paste the instructions. The week 5 devotional I am saving to do on Friday, since there are no replies required.



·         (8/21)Nature of Prophecy Discussion
The definition of a biblical prophet differs from popular understandings of a prophet.  A biblical prophet was not a mysterious dreamer whose prophecies are so bizarre that they make no sense.  Rather, a biblical prophet was a covenant mediator and spokesperson for God.  The prophets stood on the foundation of Deuteronomy and the Curses and Blessings of the Law and encouraged their audiences to live out the Covenant.

Read Chapter 24 in your textbook.


Prepare to discuss the concept of biblical prophecy while supporting your views with the reading and other scholarly research you may have discovered.
Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided. Quoting or paraphrasing from any source in discussion posts requires APA format by including an in-text citation and listing the reference at the end of the post.
                                                                                                                                                     
Be sure to reply to classmates (8/22 and 23)
Here I make sure to remind myself to respond to my classmates.  The timing is important as well.  I am not to reply to classmates all at once but spread over the three days. This makes it harder for me, especially if I don't start it until Thursday.

·         (8/21) Prophets Discussion
The prophets grounded their theology in a proper understanding of God and his relationship with his people.
·         Choose and read one of the following passages.
o    Isaiah 2
o    Isaiah 60-6
o    Jeremiah 31
o    Ezekiel 37
I chose to read Isaiah 2 for the prophets discussion


·         Make observations concerning what these texts have to say about Israel’s future.


·         Prepare to discuss what it was that Israel might have expected their future to look like according to these promises.
Support your work with scholarly academic resources, textbooks, or other sources provided. Quoting or paraphrasing from any source in discussion posts requires APA format by including an in-text citation and listing the reference at the end of the post.

Be sure to reply to 2 posts of classmates (8/22 and 23)

Here I make sure again to remind myself about responses


Submissions 

·         Prophets Exercise

·         Social Ethics Paper  

     These are the papers which are due on Monday 8/26.  When I am finished with the discussions I will work on these.
      What do you think?  Ready to go back to school?




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Monday, August 12, 2019

12 ways to be more Effective in College as an Older Adult

I am currently attending college. I open up my computer, click a few buttons, and there is the classroom. I am going to try to receive an AA in Human Services. Currently, I am taking Old Testament Survey. It takes a bit of getting used to in order to go back to school as a middle-aged adult. But I am getting used to it.

Some things I have learned about going back to school I’d like to share with you.

  1.  Divide your days into 3 parts – 8 hours sleep, 8 hours for work and school, and 8 hours for everything else.
  2.  Use a planner. I keep my schedule for work on Google calendar and on a calendar that hangs on the fridge. My school schedule is in a day planner I downloaded online. I also have a to-do list in a notebook
  3. Make plans at the beginning of the week. Plan when you will work on your courses, include your work schedule, add chores, grocery shopping, exercise, meals, appointments and rest time. 
  4.  Make sure you write down when your assignments are due. If you need an extension make sure you email your instructor
  5. Try to wake up at the same time every day. Anticipate your wake-up time the night before by going to bed early, if you can.
  6. Stock your supplies. Make sure you have enough pens, notebooks, post-its, planner, snacks, and water. Charge up your computer. 
  7. Silence your phone and limit distractions. 
  8. Pick out your outfit the night before. Even if your school at home and online, dress like you are going to the university.
  9. Keep your desk neat and well lit. 
  10. Take breaks. Get a snack. Walk in the sunshine and fresh air. Pet the cat.
  11.  Back up your work. If you have an external hard drive, that is one choice.  You can also back it up on Google Drive or on the Cloud. 
  12. Use distinctive colors for each class. I’m doing this even though I am taking one class at a time.
Thanks for reading 12 ways to be more Effective in College as an Older Adult.  Have comments?  I love hearing from others!  Be sure to be kind and thoughtful in your response.


                                                 Karen and Maran

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