Are You A Pack Rat?

Good Morning. Still swollen, still painful, still bruised . . . yada, yada, yada.  I’m just going to push through it, get through the day and be grateful I have an office job, rather than one that requires a lot of physical activity.  I never gave it much thought before, beyond feeling the natural sympathy for someone who is wheelchair bound, but people who live with constant pain, being unable to walk without assistance (or at all!), those who have to use the motorized carts in the store all the time, those people are amazing! They deal with all of the extra time and effort it takes to go about their daily activities, being unable to reach things on the store shelves, not being able to easily load their own car, being BELOW the credit card machine at the check-out counter – and all of the other problems that come with this type of a problem.  All of you who need to do this all the time, you amaze me and I have a whole new respect for what you deal with every single day of your lives.


Before I go on, I want to wish my amazing Mom a very happy birthday!  She and Dad are celebrating at the ocean today, which is one of her very favorite places to go, so I won’t be able to see her.  Mom –you always make birthdays for all of us so special, so I hope and pray that your day is just as special as you are.

 I love you!


Verse of the Day

May 17, 2018

Oh, the depth and riches of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.

Romans 11:33

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

God’s plan to save us is incredible. His blueprints for the creation of our universe are beyond our imagining. He is so rich in wisdom and knowledge. What else can we do but go to him and ask him to open our minds to his work and his will in our lives.


Food for Thought

Sometimes the knife in our back comes from somewhere completely unexpected, and that just proves that there isn’t truly anyone you can trust – not if they have an agenda.



Pack Rat – Hi – my name is Karina and I am a pack rat.  I admit it.  Your turn. Are you a pack rat too?  You might as well fess up that you have a lot of “stuff” that you just can’t bear to part with and celebrate today!  It’s really easy to let things pile up.  Everything we acquire along the road of life has some value to use, or perhaps some sentimental attachment.  Making the decision to discard something can be really difficult!  You may need it someday!  Thing is though, that there is a fine line between collecting and being a pack rat, and being a hoarder.  You don’t want to cross that line or you’ll find yourself on one of those crazy shows where we all feel true horror at what we are seeing!  Getting organized can help with that of course, and really deciding to keep just the stuff that is truly good, and toss the miscellaneous we really know we’ll never, ever need.  If it saves you from being the star of that show, it’s worth it!         In keeping with the intent of Pack Rat Day, here are some Do’s and Don’t’s:

  • Don’t clean your room, basement, garage or any other area today.
  • Don’t discard anything today…It may be valuable.
  • Don’t even empty the trash today. You might have accidentally thrown out something useful.
  • Do keep an eye out for useful stuff being discarded by others.
  • Do go to garage and rummage sales. They can be pack rat gold mines.
  • Do look around your belongings and be thankful for what you have.
  • Do spend time thinking of uses for your things. Justification for saving is satisfying.

Tomorrow . . . out comes the trash can and the boxes to put things to take to Good Will. 


World Hypertension Day – This one is an educational event that is designed to raise awareness of the conditions and issues that surround hypertension – or high blood pressure.  Awareness is vitally important, so life style changes can be made, to avoid being a statistic that is connected to deaths leading to heart attacks, kidney disease and strokes that are caused by hypertension.  The World Hypertension League (I had never heard of them) believes there is a lack of awareness in the general public, and this is what they wish to change.  One of the ways to help avoid hypertension is by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress in your life.  Sometimes that last one is easier said than done . . . but we should all try!

This Day in History –

1875 – “And they’re off!” as the first Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs.


Food Celebration of the Day –

National Cherry Cobbler Day – The U.S. grows about 370 million pounds of sweet cherries each year — of that annual harvest, 175 million pounds are packaged into frozen, canned or maraschino cherries. That’s a LOT of cherries!  Sounds like a delicious way to end the work week, doesn’t it?

Have a great Thursday and watch out for that knife in your back – you never know who might behind you. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow. / / / /

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