6 NOV 2014 :: The days go by too fast

The last post of the week...this is getting to be a routine, and I am almost finding a time of the day that works best for me.  My goals are getting organized, my notebook is beginning to "flow" in the order that matters to me.  I am beginning to see the best projects to focus my energy on. Learning the differences in the sites I am trying to learn, getting them set up, figuring out how to benefit from them the best, and other internet sales activities are falling into place.  I am hoping next year will be better than the past 62.  :-)

Time goes by so fast. I am heading into the 14th week of posts, there are only eight weeks left of the year.  I am processing how my goals are going, and what I want to prioritize for 2015 now.  A Christmas list is forming, my budget is crunching, and craft ideas are swirling through my head. I am mourning the losses of my life...and praying desperately for my sons.

I often thank GOD that I was born and raised in America. There is no place like this country...and I can't imagine there will ever be a better country in the world. Our purpose in history has been very huge...in both positive and negative ways.  I am wondering what our political leaders will do in the next many years.  How will it affect our lives?  Will we be able to protect America from the dangers it faces?  When can we create the balance of government and citizen that is going to help us budget, plan, and heal the financial excess and debt we suffer with.  Will we define the responsibilities of citizens, the boundaries of government, and the importance of charity in our lives?  I hope so.

Please continue to pray for me, for Working Together, for the Body of Christ, and for America.

5 NOV 2014 :: Election Results and GMOs

I finally went to find out what happened with the elections and couldn't spend the time to battle news pages. I did see that the GMO measure was narrowly defeated.  It will take at least one more time to start the legislative process of making industry tell us when our food is altered.  Maybe the next time around there will be more evidence of its effects.

I have seen programs describing efforts to create food in labs so it can be grown and eaten in space. I don't know how they do that... it must be something like growing babies in "test tubes" so you can control the process. 

I'm not sure that is what we want to do.

I won't be here... others will have to keep up with the changes and try to keep them from harming us, making us uncaring, creating people who cannot bear with the weaknesses of others.  I guess I can mention here about my search for GOD's reasons in telling us that the weak are more important than the strong.  After years and years of contemplating the statement, I realized it is the weak that keep mercy and compassion alive in societies.  We can see the demise of both in our world...there's no way to know what it will lead to in the future.  Social "norms" evolve and become the standard of the society they exist in. We don't believe in Jihad, but we believe in other harmful behaviors.

I wonder if I won the big prize in the lottery...  I really just want the millions to develop WT, and it is already easily spent in my plans, but it may be too late to make spaces where we can be protected, places where we can turn to as the society we live in becomes a danger for us...until we all leave the world together.

Pray that GOD will help me through my current situation. I am trying to work out the update details for 2015. It is my habit to do a review at the end of every year. I will be making decision for the next year.  --  I have some urgent and critical financial needs just to get through November and December. It is important that GOD intervene on my behalf.

Thank you for any prayers you may offer on my behalf.  GOD is the only one that can help...there are things that have to be battled, like when the angel was sent to Daniel.

4 NOV 2014 :: Election Night

I decided to wait until some of the election results were in and resolved.  It looks like the Senate will belong to the Republicans again. 

Oregon remains a Democratic stronghold because of the big cities here.  The Governor's race is kind of close... it depends on how many votes haven't been counted yet.  Our Senators are both Democrats again.

I hate that Marijuana is being legalized...it is going to hurt our country and many people who fight addictions. I am hoping for lawsuits about "second-hand smoke" and requirements to be processed and sold like every other medicine.

It looks like GMO labeling may win in Oregon...but the news reports I am listening to say it may not be decided until tomorrow.

I have been busy trying to do my other online duties so I haven't been focusing a lot on the election results here...just catching the big comments, and perking up for the issues that matter to me.   :-)   We are all that way...  what matters to us is what captures our attention.

I am learning about International shipping costs and wondering how each country differs, what forms I will need to complete, and what I can send easily as I learn the process.  I suppose International Gift
Cards will become big business because of the shipping costs. 

With the increasing internet access and shopping options, people will be able to shop more local and reduce the shipping expenses of online sales.  I will have to explore these thoughts... 

I like PayPal because of the currency exchange option, but don't know how much it takes from the sales income.  Etsy has some currency exchanges. When I first signed up for PayPal, I decided it would be better to have funds in each group and keep them separate. . . keep all the purchases in one currency in that account.  I don't know how that affects taxes, but I will eventually find out.

I bought a lottery ticket for the Mega Millions drawing tonight but haven't heard if there is a winner. I would love for it to be me!  :-)

I also responded to an Etsy forum question about how much I want to sell each day.  I said as much as I could...millions of digital products, only 1 "Made-to-Order" item, and then all of my holiday items over the 4-6 weeks of the season...etc.   That would be nice...the digital sales would mean I didn't have to win the lottery and could finance myself.   :-)    I need to figure out how to sell that many items online!!!!

Please continue to pray for my situation.  GOD knows the details...I just need it to be different as soon as possible.  I appreciate any prayer for my good that you can offer to the only One who can change things.   

3 NOV 2014 :: Voting is our voice

I was trying to decide what to write about and remembered tomorrow is our election day.

America is changing fast. Soon our voting process will be by computer, probably from our own homes (or phones) - won't that be strange for us old people who loved to go out to the polls and enter the curtained booth to punch out our choices.  Voting was a lot more fun back then...a real event.

I noticed one year that they started reporting the results of elections before the polls closed. That was forbidden in my curtained booth days. It still should be. There are some people who vote with the crowd so they can say they voted for the winner. It influences votes. Media silence is important.

Voter fraud is an important issue, too. I remember hearing about the gangsters and unions forcing (or buying) people's votes - that was in history classes, nothing recent.  :-)    We will have to do battle with computer fraud and that may be worse.  Why do people want to commit fraud? Because the ones that make the laws affect the flow of money, power, justice, etc.  The issues keep getting more important... and morals keep getting less important.  It affects the kind of people that exist.

To me, voting is the voice of the people. It needs to be cherished and protected. It doesn't matter if we all agree, we need to respect the vote. It is the foundation of our country...our freedom...our rights. We like it when tyrannies are overthrown and voting replaces it. If we aren't careful, tyrannies will replace voting in America.

I hope that doesn't happen, but it is a very real danger.

If you are an American citizen that is old enough to vote, I hope you registered and exercised your right to voice an opinion...your opinion.