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The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
December 12, 2019.
Current subscribers to date: 1,204
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Contents for this month’s issue:
From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This month’s articles:
Global cane outreach update- Preparations for Uganda from Donna Kimball.
Tech corner- iphone recent calls and contacts By John Harden.
Blind man walking- Last week I became a business owner by Joshua Loya.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady- My favorite cookies!
Blind people talking- Guide dog tales from Bill Hadden,
and a Christmas poem from Meagan Green.
Yarn, hook, and needle special article- Making a Difference, By Greg Capps.
Uplift,inspirational- CHRISTMAS HOPE from Ruth.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary- HOTEL travel tips by Donna J. Jodhan.
Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement,
new 2020 word counts and costs.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.
From the editor:
Well, this year has sure gone by quickly. I am quite amazed that this year is almost over. It is true what they said, when I was young, that when you are old, time just flies by. I am that old person now, at least older than last year, and I do remember that when I was a child, I could not wait for Christmas morning to hurry up and get here.
This month’s news is filled with great articles, announcements and ads. Some ads are time sensitive, so don’t hesitate on reading them. Please let folks know you read their submission or notice on the blind Post. I would appreciate it, and I think they would as well.
The new year brings new word count cost. You will still be able to post one 50 words or less notice for free each month. The larger word count notices costs have just been rounded up a tiny bit. I have some new ideas for the new year and hope to be able to accomplish them. You can read all about the updated prices at the end of the news.
I would love getting more personal stories and poetry, or any comments or even your ideas for the news. I do enjoy hearing from you.
May your days be bright and filled with love, peace, and joy.
Thank you for sharing the news with your family and friends.
God bless you all,
Lori AKA Food Lady
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!
Have you ever wanted to post a time sensitive announcement or several notices before the next month’s Blind Post classified news edition?
Now you can. If you have ads or announcements that are time sensitive, or just have several items, then you can include them in a special Blind Post Extra Extra edition. The word count costs are the same as the monthly news, but not free notices. This works best when you might have more than one item for sale, notice for an event, or a special class or training that is of interest to the blind and low vision community.
It will go out to all Blind Post subscribers within one day of approval, and will also be posted to the website.
Email email@example.com your submissions and I will let you know if it is suitable and what the cost is.
New and used:
Cool Gadgets and Tech from A. T. Guys
A. T. Guys has the tech you need for the holidays, featuring some of the coolest gadgets and accessories around.
Stay connected and travel safely with our Aftershokz Bluetooth bone-conduction headsets.
Amplify your next party with our Tribit 360-degree sound Bluetooth speaker.
Take notes on the go with our Plugable folding Bluetooth keyboard, or stay charged with the Energrid Accessible Battery Pack.
Sleep calmly and comfortably with SleepPhones, headphones you can wear while sleeping.
Learn about the BlindShell, a simple and intuitive cell phone with physical buttons and a headphone jack and loads of features.
Record your next meeting or take notes with the Micro-Speak 8GB Digital Voice Recorder.
Also, we are now taking preorders for the Canute, the first multiline braille E-Reader featuring 360 cells of braille over 9 lines.
Plus, exclusively for Blind Post readers, save $5 off your next order of $50 or more using coupon code blindpost through December 24, 2019.
All of this and more is available at our website at http://www.atguys.com.
For questions, you can Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 269-216-4798.
All of us at A. T. Guys hope you have a festive holiday season and a prosperous 2020.
Karen Brown’s new book about her 25 years with three Seeing Eye dogs Go With Your Dog is now available on Amazon Kindle.
It can also be ordered in print by sending an email to email@example.com.
Price of the paperback is $20 plus $5 for shipping.
Have Adventure-Seekers, Musicians or guide dog/cat/animal lovers on your holiday list?
Give The Heart of Applebutter Hill, a novel expressing your deepest hopes for the holidays and beyond – Renewal, Motivation, Joy and Fun!
Find links to your favorite venders, follow Donna’s blog, contact her and more at:
If you have your heart set on giving (or getting!) a gift of Elegant Insights Braille Creations, then be sure to place your orders no later than December 16 for guaranteed on-time holiday delivery.
How about sending an Elegant Insights digital gift card? Go here: https://elegantinsightsjewelry.com/product/elegant-insights-gift-card/
or call 702-605-1265.
SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.
Candy bar greetings include Happy Birthday, Love You, Thank You, Have a Nice Day, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A variety of other chocolate items are available.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853
Scentsy has that perfect gift bringing fragrance to everyone on your list.
Order by December 17th in time for Christmas. Amazing stocking stuffers like Room Sprays, Car Bars and Travel Tins to name a few. Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 775-463-9886 (h), 916-206-1151 (c), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Hi. It’s Joshua Loya from Blind Man Walking. I’m an Aira Explorer. Are you? Would you like to be?
If you don’t have an account just yet, and you’d like to try the app on your iPhone or Android device, you can help support my adventuring efforts by downloading the app at the following link. You don’t need to pay any money. You just need to install the app by activating the following link on your iOS or
Android device. I really appreciate the support. The link is:
Thank you. Remember. Adventure is a state of mind. How you live it is up to you!
The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!
We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server. We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish. We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms. You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun! We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups. There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience. To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to email@example.com
We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”
Eyes on success shows and podcasts:
1949 Working Smarter With iOS and Your Smart Phone (Dec. 4, 2019)
Have you ever dropped a tiny screw in the grass and tried to find it? In her latest book “31 Cool Things You Can Do With Your iPhone”, Judy Dixon explains how your iPhone can help. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Judy about this book and others she has written about using an iPhone with little or no vision, including one on getting sighted assistance.
1948 NEWSREEL Audio Magazine (Nov. 27, 2019)
NEWSREEL is a monthly audio magazine offering three hours of helpful information and inspiration in the voices of its members. Topics include technology, travel tips, books, recipes, personal experiences, sports and more. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with NEWSREEL’s editor, Irwin Hott, about the magazine for and by the blind and its history.
As usual the audio, show notes, and much more can be found at:
Subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or listen on your Amazon or Google smart home device by saying “play Eyes On Success podcast”.
Services and training.
John Harden’s Quality Brailler Repair business has a reputation for doing good service at a reasonable price.
In addition to Brailler repair Quality Brailler Repair will repaint your braille writer so it looks as good as it works. We also sell a high quality black canvas dust cover for your Braille writer.
The basic price for repair is $85.
Painting a braille writer is $50.
A new dust cover is $20.
If you want to contact John Harden for more information you may call or text:
You may email John Harden at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business and employment opportunities:
Global cane outreach update:
Preparations for Uganda
By: Donna Kimball, GCO Board Member
As I said in last month’s article, Bevie and the Global Cane Outreach Team (GCO) will be travelling to Uganda at the end of April, 2020. Well, dates have been set and the official dates of the trip are Saturday, April 25 – Monday, May 4, 2020. Although the team for the trip isn’t yet finalized, current team members are Bevie Heninger, Tony Dettle, Cece Dettle, Joanne Cureton (serving as Bevie’s sighted guide), David Heninger and Jasmin Mata.
Many preparations for the trip are currently underway, including finding the most economical rates for airfare, transportation and accommodations in Uganda. Tony Dettle has been working at securing the best prices in order to maximize the money that the team is raising for the trip. The goal of the trip is to assist as many members of the blind community as we possibly can with canes, and even more importantly the proper training in cane usage. Among the plans now developing will be a chance to visit two, possibly three remote villages in the area.
Speaking of raising funds, another “Night of Music” fundraiser is being planned for Saturday, March 14, 2020. After last year’s successful fundraiser, the team is looking forward to another fun event this year! We invite performers to donate their talents and time to the event, gather donations from local business owners to offer as raffle prizes and just generally have a lot of fun. Tony Dettle serves as our Master of Ceremonies, and always has a lot of jokes to share to keep the evening moving along. Last year’s event netted $4,600 which went to the mission’s trip to Kenya. We are anticipating an even larger event this year, with hopes of streaming the evening live over the Internet!
As always, your prayers and support mean everything to us! Thank you for your support and interest in GCO!
Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.
Recent calls and contacts
By John Harden
Last month I talked about making a call from the phone app with in your iPhone. Today I would like to discuss your contacts and your recent calls. I put those two together because in many cases one complements the other.
Let’s start by launching the phone app. By default the phone app is on the dock in the lower left corner of the screen. Alternately you can just ask Siri to launch phone. Now that we have phone running. On the tab bar at the bottom of the screen. We want recent calls. It is the second tab from the left. Double tap it to make recent the active tab. At the top left corner of thee screen you’ll find all and next to it missed. This refers to all the calls that you have made or received. It is the default but you can flick right ones and double tap and you will be on missed calls. This will just list the calls which you have missed. For the sake of our discussion we want all checked.
Slide your finger down the screen and you will find phone numbers of people that have called you or that you have called with the most recent call being the one on top. If the person is not in your contacts you will hear the phone number followed by incoming or outgoing, then the number of calls you may have received from that person and the area where that number is located. Now that you have found a particular number there are three things that you can do with it. Just double tap it and the phone will call that number. Flick down once on that number and you will be on the delete button so double tap twice on it and that number will be deleted from your recent calls. Flick down once more and you will be greeted with, more info. Tap on it and you will be greeted with a screen that will give you many choices.
Flick through the choices and you will find different ones depending on the phone number. One of the choices that is almost always there will be to message that person and that would be a text message you can in some cases make a video call to that person or pay that person if you have Apple Pay set up. As you keep flicking down through the choices you will find a place to create new contact or add that number to and existing contact. The very last choice on that screen will be block that number. If you are receiving that call from a solicitor that you don’t need to hear from again you may block that number. Double tap on it flick right and double tap again. Once you have blocked the number you can go back and delete it. The phone will remember that you don’t want to receive calls from that number.
If you should decide you want to add that number to your contacts double tap on create new contact and you will be taken into the new contact screen. You will find a place to put in the person’s first name and then flick right and you will find a place for the last name. Double tap on the last name field to make it active. (note, it is necessary to make any edit field active by double tapping on it before you can type in it.) Flick right again and you will find a place for a business name.(Note, in versions 12 and 13 of the iPhone operating system there is a bug that makes it necessary to put the last name in first. After putting the last name in flick to the left and you can add the first name.) If you wish you can put the persons email address, mailing address, birthdate and relationship to your self.
After you put people in your contact list you can double tap on the contact tab at the bottom of the screen and see all the people in your contact list. You will also be able to call anyone in your contacts just by asking Siri to call the name.
If you have any questions or suggestions you may contact me at my new email address. It is: email@example.com
Blind man walking
Last week I became a business owner. My wife and I have been the head instructors at Guardian Quest Martial Arts for several months. Last week we moved the school about 2 miles from our prior location. At that time, we became the ones responsible for every aspect of our school, and our master instructor is no longer directly involved in operations or instruction at our dojo. He is still the head of the martial arts system we teach, however.The actual training and teaching is the easy part. We have to be aware of far more now. We have to pay rent for our use of the storefront. We have to be aware of student retention and how to recruit more students. We have to keep track of inventory such as uniforms and training equipment.It’s kind of exciting, really. For much of my life, I have been on government assistance. Then, I worked for other people or worked as an independent contractor.I had no physical business location to worry about. Most of my hypnosis or NLP clients were people I met with over the phone. A few I worked with in my home, andI worked with others in space offered to me by Grandmaster Scot Conway, who owned Guardian Quest Martial Arts prior to us taking over. There is a little risk because we are obligated to pay our lease. There is also lots of room for reward, and not all of it is monetary.When I was 5 or 6, I discovered The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyukia“Pat” Morita. This film focusses on young Daniel LaRusso and his struggle to find his place in a new and unfamiliar town. Daniel eventually finds his way because of the patient and deliberate kindness of his apartment building’s maintenance man, Mr. Miyagi, who teaches him karate.This film means a lot to me, and it is largely why I am a sensei (martial arts instructor). There is a scene in which Daniel breaks down and cries, tossing his new bicycle into the trash. After Daniel leaves, Mr. Miyagi quietly retrieves and repairs the bicycle.At the end of classes on Friday, I reflected on how much I wanted to do martial arts, and I thought about how much my younger self longed for a teacher and father figure like Mr. Miyagi. I tweeting the following as I concluded most of my interactionson social media for the day. “One more class to go before my first week of classes atthe dojo I own with my wife has concluded. I now have my own dojo. 6-year-old Josh,hang in there. You will have your Mr. Miyagi moments.
Joshua “The Jedi” Loya – Professional Adventurer
Available now for public speaking and personal coaching.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
This month I wanted to share three favorite cookie recipes of mine. Enjoy, and mayb your kitchen be filled with love and scrumptious delights.
German Christmas recipesPfeffernüsse
The name “pepper nut” derives from the shape and ingredients used in these cookies. Oriental spices – traditionally all referenced under the term “Pfeffer” due to their pungent nature – and the nut shape form are the hallmark of these German Christmas cookies.
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper (optional)
3/4 cup light molasses
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup walnuts or almonds, finely chopped or ground (optional)
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Heat molasses and butter in a small saucepan and stir until butter has melted. Cool to room temperature and stir in beaten eggs. Add dry ingredients and nuts to mixture and mix well. Cover and chill dough overnight.
To bake, shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
Makes about 5 dozen.
1 cup Almonds, blanched
3/4 cup Sugar
4 ounces Butter
1/2 cup Molasses, dark
1/4 cup Ginger, fresh; minced
3 cups Flour
1/2 tablespoon Baking powder
1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
1/2 teaspoon Cloves, ground
1/2 teaspoon Allspice, ground
Place almonds in a 8 to 9 inch square pan. Bake in a 350 F.
Oven until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool, coarsely chop, and set aside.
In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, molasses, and ginger until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
In a bowl, stir flour, Baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and almonds. Add to egg mixture; stir to blend.
On two greased 12×15 inch baking sheets, use well-floured hands
to pat dough into 4 flat loaves, spacing them evenly on sheets; each loaf should be about 1/2 inch thick, 2 inches wide and the length of the baking sheet.
Bake in a 350 F. oven until browned at edges and springy to touch, about 25 minutes; switch positions of pans halfway through baking.
Let loaves stand on
until cool to touch, then cut into long, 1/2-inch thick diagonal slices. On baking sheets, arrange slices close together with a cut side down. Return to
oven and bake at 350 F. until cookies are brown, 15 to 18 minutes longer; switch positions of pans halfway through baking.
Transfer biscotti to racks and let cool completely. Serve, or store airtight up to 1 month; freeze for longer storage.
This recipe for Gingerbread Biscotti serves/makes 50
Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup softened butter or margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
In a large bowl combine ingredients on low speed of mixer about 1 minute. Blend well. Gradually add flour at low speed until just combined; stir in nuts.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls; place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes until firm to the touch but not brown.
Do not overbake. While warm, roll in powdered sugar. Cool; re-roll in powdered sugar before serving.
Note: Be gentle when rolling in the powdered sugar. They can be fragile or get rock hard if handled too much. Delicious!
Blind people talking:.
Guide dog tales from Bill Hadden da Judge.
Back in the 80s, I was in Alaska, staying at a Japanese owned ski resort.
Bellman had oriented me to everything that I needed to know about. There was a particular area that was most suitable, as a relief/Park area for my dog, sidewalk around blacktop parking area and sidewalk bordering/adjacent to wooded area. Ideal for standing on the sidewalk with guide dog on long leash to be relieved “in the woods”!
One morning, in June around 6 AM, I was standing there waiting for my dog to relieve herself. All of a sudden, the ground started shaking and quaking and I thought we were in the middle of an earthquake. And the earth was going to open up and just “gobble us up”. I’m partially paralyzed on the left side of my body and all of a sudden somebody “grabbed me by my’ good right arm’ and suddenly jerked me sideways”. In a flashing moment, I thought that I was “being mugged” in the middle of an earthquake. Then realized when, an early arriving bellman said, “Bill so sorry to have startled you, but that was a
2400 pound cow moose charging you. I jerked you out of the way! We then found out that my dog and I had gotten between a cow moose and her calf on the other side of the circled parking lot. He went on to explain that moose think dogs are wolves and will try to kill them. He also pointed out that they will kill people if people get between them and their calf. Of course, with my dog, she and I were real targets. The Supreme Architect was truly taking care of us, As He Usually Does, Bill Hadden and Sandie, my yellow lab guide dog. Had many other episodes when in Alaska but this one was the most exciting. I can remember one time, after a luncheon meeting, my dog and I were walking on a common, not sure length, walking/fishing pier. A 300 pound, so I was told, some type of fish flopped itself onto the pier right in front of my dog and myself. On another occasion, while in a downtown area, here at home, we were walking down a sidewalk when suddenly my dog stopped very abruptly. Accordingly, I did not know why of the sudden stop but extended my foot out to determine an open manhole or whatever and then to determine perhaps a sidewalk barricade, when my foot “stepped on”
something very soft and spongy which I thought my dog had stopped for a snake across the sidewalk. At about that moment, I felt water hitting me and realized it was apparently a “soaker hose” stretched across the sidewalk.
Thankfully none of these incidents resulted in my being hurt or injured.
A Christmas poem by Meagan Green
The Christ Child,
Born so long ago,
What a gift from Heaven,
To my heart was bestowed.
Light in His eyes,
An infant smile,
While lying in that manger,
Fully God all the while,
There was no Santa Claus,
No toys from a sleigh,
But the gifts of the wise men,
A star led their way.
The life of a servant,
Jesus would lead,
All the way to the cross,
His body would bleed,
His heart would break,
For the sinners he saved,
Not even death,
Held Him in the grave,
A mission of mercy,
A miracle of love,
The Christ Child has come,
From His Father above.
Special yarn, hook and needle article
Making a Difference
By Greg Capps
In a time when there’s so much hustle and bustle and focus on what I have to get done or need to do, it seems that many are being left behind and forgotten. I have been feeling for some time that I wanted to do something right here in my own community to help those who don’t have the opportunities that I do to know that there really is somebody who cares.
I struggled for some time to figure out what to do. I finally learned of an organization who feeds anyone who is needy or homeless once a week and has a “Love Closet” where they try to provide the individuals with items they may need which have been donated. I love to crochet and a friend gave me some scraps of yarn and said make something with this or I’ll throw it in the trash. I took the challenge and decided to make a hooded scarf. As a blind man, I wondered how will I ever make this thing look decent. With no real answer, I just started crocheting the pattern. As I came to the end of the ball, what to do? I just reached in the bag and pulled out another ball and continued. There were a lot of tiny balls and a couple fairly big ones. With those, I’d stitch a couple rowws and go back to some of the tiny ones and then a couple more rows from the big ball. I showed the finished product to some sighted folks and they asked how did you ever choose the colors in that pattern because they saw it as beautiful. I’ am not telling.
We all have the opportunity to make a difference. Maybe you’ll find a way to share your talents with others. Maybe you’ll choose to send those scraps of yarn to me that you’ve had laying around and will never use or that entire skein and let me do the work. Maybe you don’t have access to yarn but want to help in some way. If you choose to make a small contribution, I’ll put it entirely toward the purchase of yarn for this project. This is a ministry that I plan to continue throughout the year so next year I’ll have several before winter even comes. My point is find a way, whatever is right for you, and make a difference in someone else’s life. To ask questions, contribute yarn, or anything else, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and I’ll provide my address. And, here is the pattern I’m using so you can create the same project if you like.
Crocheted Hooded Scarf
About 12 ounces worsted weight yarn in color of your choice.
Crochet hook in size H, I, J, or K (I use K)
2 stitch markers
Chain 223 or number of chains for the length you want your scarf to measure. (Note, if you tend to make tight chains, use a larger hook than you will be using for the remainder of your scarf.) Mine is about 70 inches long.
Single crochet into the second chain and all chains across. (Be certain you do not twist your chain.)
Row 1. Turn and chain 1, then single crochet in every chain across the row.
Row 2. Chain 1 and single crochet into every single crochet in previous row, but do not crochet into turning chain.
Repeat row 2 until you have 24 rows or until your scarf measures 6 inches wide.
Cut yarn leaving a six-inch tail.
Fold scarf in half (put the 2 ends together). Measure 10 inches from the center of the fold and place a stitch marker in the row you have just completed. Turn scarf over, measure 10 inches from the fold, and place a second stitch marker in the row you have just completed. (Now when you unfold your scarf you will have a 20-inch section in the center of your scarf, which will be where you begin your hood.
Beginning at the stitch marker on the right side of the center, attach a new piece of yarn and make a single slipstitch.
Chain one and single crochet in each single crochet across the row until you reach the stitch marker on the left.
Turn your work and chain one. Then single crochet in each single crochet across the row back to where you started the hood.
Single crochet 48 rows or until your hood is 12 inches tall.
Cut a fifteen-inch strand of yarn to stitch up the hood. Thread this yarn on a large-eye blunt needle. Or, do as I do and simply slip stitch the two pieces of crochet stitches together. Turn the hood inside out.
Whipstitch the open seam at the top of the hood from the front of it to the point at the top of the head. Turn the hood right side out.
How to whipstitch
Step 1: Begin the whipstitch by knotting the end of your yarn to the first single crochet at the front of the hood. You want to place this knot between the top and bottom layers of the hood. Poke your needle up through the first single crochet in the top layer of fabric, this way the knot will be between the two pieces of fabric and will not be visible.
Step 2: Next, coming from beneath, poke the needle up through both layers of fabric in the second single crochet across by doing this; the yarn should be wrapped around the edges of the fabric. It is important to pull the stitches so that they are snug, but not overly tight.
Step 3: Continue this pattern of poking the needle through the two layers coming from beneath each time. coming up next to the previous stitch. When you have reached the end of the hood, poke the needle through the bottom of this stitch again (making the stitch doubled) but only go through the bottom layer, so your yarn is in between layers. You are trying to do the reverse of how you started the whipstitch, so you can make a knot in-between the layers of fabric.
Step 4: To make the knot, you may have to pull the two pieces of fabric apart a little. This will let you see the backs of the stitches you made. Poke the needle through the backside of the last stitch you made. Then loop the needle through this loop of yarn twice. Now as you pull the yarn tight, this should create a knot that is tight against the seam. You now can cut your yarn free.
Single crochet once around the entire scarf. Begin at the top right side of the hood. Work across the top, down the left side of the hood, across the left side of the scarf, down the left edge to the cast on row. Crochet along the chain, then up the side of the scarf, across the scarf to the hood, and up the side of the hood to where you began. Cut your yarn and fasten off. Weave in all yarn ends.
Uplift, inspirational stories.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
It’s Christmas! It’s time for beautifully colored bright lights glowing with silver tinsel, gift giving, fruit cake (oops), familiar songs everyone knows and hums as they shop. It’s time for all of the stores to have the appetizing smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and holly. It’s time for joy in making cookies with sprinkles on top, it’s time for hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream piled so high that when you attempt to drink it, your nose gets in on the occasion. Expectation, anticipation, and elevated wishes are all in the air and a new phenomenon … “On line shopping has joined the ranks of memory makers.
The atmosphere of Christmas cannot be duplicated; imitated, confiscated or relocated (It belongs to December.) Christmas would not be Christmas if it were not firmly fastened to December 25th.
Because Christmas is a stationary Holiday, it also brings with it, signs and symptoms not EASY TO rectify-DEPRESSION, DISTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS, SLEEPLESSNESS, LOSS OF APPETITE, FEELINGS OF DESPAIR, LONELINESS, and recalled memories of losses yielding grief.
Christmas seldom gave way to my grandiose expectations and what I really wanted. (I had been looking through the Sears Store catalog and allowing my desires, wishes and grand finale hope to get the advantage over sound practical reasoning; but no matter how many times Christmas morning was perhaps a disillusion or disappointment, it never, never stopped or took hope from the heart of the child.
The atmosphere of Christmas remains; but the Hope has developed and now finds itself firmly attached and grounded to Our Blessed Hope.
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The first time Jesus came to Earth; He was despised and rejected, even though His people had said they were expecting Him. His appearing was not what they thought it would be. (He wasn’t from the rule book, the great expectation, he was not catalog perfect.) Their hope was beaten, bruised, marred, and disfigured beyond recognition. In contrast, their expectation was their Hope of One who would come riding on a white charger, brandishing a sword and leading a powerful force of armed soldiers. (This is the classic Sears catalog Hope.)
Their Hope would overturn the Roman government and they would be free.
Everything they were looking for, all of their hope, came and yieldingly departed under their cruel, tyrannical, impotent ignorance, not on a white charger but nailed to an old rugged cross.
Their hope and expectations were not firmly grounded in Christ, the Blessed Hope, yielding disappointment; however we can be and should have our trust and hope firmly secured in the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ.
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” by Edward Mote (1834)- a Christian hymn
My Hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the Solid Rock, I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.
Readers, stay far from the sand dunes of life. With these harmless looking mounds come discouragement, darkness, depressed thoughts and separation from hope. Instead, grab a good hold of the Hand of Jesus Christ and allow Him to keep you from succumbing to the negative embitterment’s causing destruction.
Merry Christmas to all.
IN CHRIST I REMAIN True.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
HOTEL travel tips
I was inspired to write this given that in recent times I seem to be forgetting something or other each time I check out of my hotel room and I must say that lady luck has been on my side as for the most part I have been able to recover my treasured article.
Some months ago it was my beloved jade ring that I forgot on the night table but thanks to an honest person I was able to get it back. Then when I read the tips from my dear friend Dan Thompson I decided to take action.
The important thing here is to be able to have any and everything that you remove from your briefcase or carry on bag all very close at hand and in one spot and if you remove such things as jewellery then best to put it in a place that is easy to see and find.
I am now going to add Dan’s suggestions to my diary entry and it is below.
If you’ve ever left something behind in a hotel room, you are
going to love this tip. Make this the first thing you do when you walk in your room:
Take a hand towel from the bathroom and spread it out on the desk or other counter top in the room. This becomes the de facto place for all of your things that you have a
place for at home. Put your room key on the towel, your car keys, sunglasses, rechargers, wallet—everything. Now every thing is visible in one spot, rather than scattered
about the room. As you come and go, return these items to their place on the towel. When you’re ready to check out, no searching, nothing left behind.
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