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Purging my house of junk.

It’s almost Spring, Yippee!! Every Spring I feel the need to do some real cleaning. I’ve been going through my closet cleaning out the clothes I don’t wear any longer. It really makes me feel good to give slightly worn clothes to someone else who can use them more than I do. So, we donate to the local Goodwill. It’s really hassle free, you drive up, they come out and empty your trunk. They’ll even give you a receipt if you want to deduct the donation on your taxes. They even take automobiles.

Verizon wireless takes old cell phones and uses them for their program called HopeLine®. It’s a program where you turn in your old cell phone and they give them to women, men and children who have been victims of domestic violence. What an excellent way to help someone? Really, how much effort is it to just drive by your local Verizon store and turn in an old phone?

We’ve also been going through our old movies, CD’s, and video games. These we trade in to Amazon. They have a great trade-in program. I figure even if I only get .25 cents for something, that’s better than nothing AND it’s not in my house any longer, taking up wasted space, collecting dust. We’ve been using their trade-in program for a few years now and we just love it. Once you list the items you want to trade-in they email you a detailed confirmation with a shipping label. You take it to either the local UPS or USPS office to ship it. They go through the items and then credit an Amazon gift card, you can use it however you’d like through Amazon.com. It’s pretty simple and pretty rewarding. They also accept books and college texts. The only word of caution I would say is they are very specific, if the item isn’t the exact same IPN number they will send it back to you.

There are other venues for book lovers that allow you to trade books. Like, www.paperbackswap.com and bookmooch.com. I haven’t personally used the book trade sites, but, I do have friends that have used them and really only have good things to say about it.

I just think in a world of wastefulness it just makes me fill better to know that my “trash” isn’t going to a dump, taking up our oxygen and beautiful green earth.

Enjoy keeping America a little cleaner and your home too!~Bam.

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A Black Cat crossed my path…EEK

While I was driving on my way home the other day a black cat crossed my path and immediately I thought “Eek!!! Doesn’t it mean something when a black cat crosses my path?”

Then I had to laugh at myself because I really don’t believe in superstitions, although, being somewhat brought up by a southern Grandma I definitely heard about them growing up. To this day though I can’t really think of any that are supposed to be detrimental to my health that actually were detrimental. I’m sure I’ve walked under an open ladder or two, broken mirrors, had robins hit my windows trying to fly into my home, had black cats cross my path, and so far, I’ve survived plenty of Friday the thirteenths.

Which leads me to wonder…were did superstitions start? Why are people drawn to believe them and go as far as to avoid them like the plague? Just what are the odds that when your ear burns or itches that someone’s talking about you? I’d say pretty good, at least there’s a fifty percent chance right?

I am in no way saying that if you believe in superstitions you are a bad person, but, MY opinion really doesn’t count in the grand scheme of things.

Here’s what the bible says (ESV):

1 Timothy 4:7    Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Deuteronomy 18:10-12   10There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,[a] anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.

 

I personally think it’s best to believe that all things are guided by God and everything that happens in my life is under God’s control. That’s not to say that we do to some point make our own destiny. After all God did give us a free will.

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

 

Anyway, this is how my brain works. Sorry if I’ve offended anyone by this, it’s just one of those random thoughts I thought I’d pass along.

What’s your will?~Bam

 

 

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March is coming “In like a Lion”

March has started and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the old saying “In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb”. Today is March 2nd and yet again we are having a terrible snow storm. Of course the media loves this kind of frenzied weather. They’ve been telling us for a week now “to be prepared – the stores are selling out of ice melt, make sure you stock up on milk, water, bread, and canned goods”. (I just wonder if they get a bonus after they’ve attracted so many viewers?)

Hopefully, the end of March will be just as cooperating in regards to “going out like a lamb”!!

I for one am ready for Spring – to start my seedlings, trim my Lilac bushes, plant some tulip bulbs, fresh grass seed and work on cleaning up my backyard; which is now covered in walnut shells and corn from feeding the birds, and the other little creatures.

Hydrangeas In the meantime I have pictures of last season’s flowers to keep me from loosing my mind. (Not really, but some days that’s how I feel. Especially after I’d had to drive to and from work in this mess.)

Waiting for the thaw~Bam