Monday, May 23, 2016

Empire Day. Protect Your Children From Technology. “Exceedingly Wise" Ants. Update.


Victoria Day, the 24th of May


Queen Victoria: Born May 24, 1819

“Victoria Day as we know it today has been known under a number of different names. Our parents and grandparents perhaps best remember it as Empire Day.

With the death of Queen Victoria, who died on 22 January 1901, the nations of the British Commonwealth  including Newfoundland began to search for a way to best celebrate her contributions.

The first ‘Empire Day’ took place on 24th May 1902, Queen Victoria’s birthday. Newfoundland was among the first of the commonwealth nations to officially declare Empire Day an official holiday in 1903.

The holiday has given rise to the

“The 24th May is the Queen’s Birthday. If we don’t get a holiday we will all run away.”

Empire Day remained on the calendar for more than 50 years. In 1958 Empire Day was renamed as British Commonwealth Day, and still later in 1966 it became known asCommonwealth Day. The date of Commonwealth Day was also changed to 10th June, the official birthday of the present Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed as the Queen’s birthday in Canada. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated in June.

Archival Collection at The Rooms: What have we in the archives about Queen Victoria:  In the search bar  type Victoria:

Victoria Day in Newfoundland and Labrador marks the beginning of the summer, it is time to open the cabins  and get the camping gear out!!”


Now known as Victoria Day in Canada.  Happy Victoria Day, to our friends across the border.


Technology isn’t necessarily bad, but excessive screen time can produce a host of digital dangers. How can you guide your children toward safe and wise choices?image_thumb

10 Ways to Protect Your Children From Technology Traps

“Like it or not, today’s children are growing up in a digital and increasingly wireless world. Smartphones, laptops, tablet computers, e-book readers, MP3 players, video game consoles and other electronic devices have become an integral part of their lives—and ours. That’s in addition to “old technology,” such as television, which young and old alike still gravitate to.

And that’s not necessarily bad. The Internet, computer apps, interactive video games and TV programs can all be excellent sources of education and entertainment for children. Communications technology like Skype, webcams, email, Instagram and Facebook can actually augment relationships and help children stay connected to people who care about them—for instance, when grandparents or other relatives live far away.

In balance, technology is certainly useful. The problem is, many children today have strayed beyond a moderate use of electronic devices.

Digital dangers

A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that, on average, kids aged 8 to 18 spend practically every waking moment when they’re not in school engaged in entertainment media of some kind—a staggering 7½ hours a day. Somehow in the midst of all this, teens find time for texting. According to Nielsen statistics, teenagers send and receive around 3,700 texts a month, or around 125 each day.

To be fair, parents are often just as absorbed in technology as their children, which only makes matters worse.

“There’s not a lot of time for family members to talk with each other anymore because it’s consumed by all our entertainment devices,” observes Arizona psychologist Lisa Strohman, J.D., Ph.D., director of the Technology Wellness Center and author ofUnplug: Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World (2015). “Even when family members are in the same room together, they’re often all on their own screens, so they’re not really ‘present’ for each other.””

Complete article at:


Exceedingly Wise" Ants

“An Amazing Fact: Some ants live in super colonies that contain more than 300 million individuals.

Wisdom Verse:
“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer.” —Proverbs 30:25.

Perhaps you have heard of the famous “parasol” or “leaf-cutter” ants that make gardens and raise their own crops! These amazing creatures are often seen walking in processions, each one holding a piece of green leaf above its head! These bits of green leaf are not for food, but are taken to their nests and made into a compost soil—for these ants are actually farmers. They deliberately sow, prune, fertilize, weed, harvest, and store a fungus crop as carefully as any gardener tends his vegetables.

Some ants living in Texas clear a “field” of one or two square yards and then plant rice. They lay out the rice in beds with pathways running among the plants, and they keep their rice fields carefully weeded. When the rice seeds ripen, the ants harvest them, remove the husks, and store the kernels for food. Later, the ants with very large jaws crack the seeds and crush the kernels into meal for the rest of the ants. If the rice gets damp and is in danger of spoiling, other ants have the sole responsibility of carrying the damp grain out into the sunshine for drying.

There are thousands of amazing scenarios to be found among the roughly 10,000 species of ants on earth, and probably many thousands of lessons to be learned from this tiny creature. In fact, the Bible calls the lowly ant, which typically prepares in advance for the colder months, “exceedingly wise.”

It’s important for us to store the bread of life in our minds and be prepared in advance when it comes to our relationship with God. As a Christian, you always need to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV). And we should be “sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).

Most important, we need to be prepared to meet the Lord when He returns. In Jesus’ story of the wise and foolish virgins, only five of them carried extra oil along with them and were ready to meet the bridegroom when He arrived at an unexpected hour. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2, 3). The Lord has prepared to receive us into His awesome presence. Are we prepared to go home with Him?
Father in heaven, give me the oil of your Holy Spirit and make me wise. Help me be prepared to meet my Savior at His soon return.”



The new worker, Roy, and I have been working on the guest house floor again.  We found out that the far north wall also needed repair as the bottom plate was damaged.   Jay has been too messed up to work, and didn’t go to church with me either.  His mother is getting very exasperated.

We had the Property Owner’s meeting on Saturday, and I had intended to go to the afternoon service at another church, but made it to the morning church by the second hymn.  That was a good thing as the pastor’s wife was at a hospital with a sick relative, so my help was needed with the potluck in the dining hall kitchen.  I had made a very large pot of food for the potluck (fresh tomatoes in an Italian sauce, ground turkey and whole-wheat pasta), thinking that I was going to the larger church, but it was well received by our little congregation, and I had left-overs for a hungry neighbor.

The Bible readings were Lev. 26:3-27:34, Jer. 16:19-17:13 and John 14:15-21.  Pastor Bobbie gave the Teaching on “The Bible, Our Instruction Book.”  It is our “how-to” book and tells how to raise your kids, treat your spouse and anything else that you need to know.

A dog that looked like the Lost Dog that we have been searching for was on the website so Roni and I drove the 45 mile round trip to the County Pound, but it wasn’t him.  A disappointing but still a beautiful day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Deadly Ingredient In Breakfast. Deadly Influenza From Pigs. Joel Osteen Says Don't Eat Pork! Update.


Hi, I am late posting again, so much has been going on.


Chemical added to hot dogs, sausage and bacon now being developed by USDA as deadly bait that poisons wild hogs to death... and you're EATING it for breakfast!


NaturalNews) A preservative chemical that's routinely added to hot dogs, beef jerky, bacon and breakfast sausage is now being deployed by government researchers as a fatal bait to poison wild hogs to death. Development of the deadly hog poison is being pursued by none other than the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the same agency that legalizes the same toxic chemical to be used in processed meat products approved for human consumption.
The chemical, known as sodium nitrite, is a cancer-causing "color fixer" and meat preservative added to processed meat products to give them a pink hue that consumers mistake for being "fresh." When sodium nitrite combines with the hydrochloric acid (HCl) found in stomach acid, it forms cancer-causing nitrosamines. These nitrosamines go on to directly promote pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia, brain tumors and other cancers throughout the body -- facts that I have been warning readers about for over a decade.

Sodium nitrite is the reason why processed meats drastically raise the risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
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“An Amazing Fact: Most people think the deadliest plague in history was the bubonic plague that killed two million victims a year. Actually, the deadliest plague occurred in the 20th century! And it started right here in the USA. It was the influenza of 1918 that hit right after World War I.

The war killed nine million men in four years, but this killer flu took at least 25 million lives in one year. In the first year, nearly 20 million cases were reported in the United States alone, accounting for almost one million deaths. That’s more than were killed during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.
It all started on March 11, 1918, at Camp Funston, Kansas, when a company cook reported to the infirmary with typical flu symptoms. By noon, 107 soldiers were sick. Within two days, 522 people were sick, many gravely ill with severe pneumonia, the deadliest part of the sickness. Reports started coming in from other military bases.

Within a week, every state in the Union had been infected by this airborne killer. In two months it spread to South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The United States had the lowest death toll. But a large percentage of the Eskimo population was wiped out in Nome, Alaska. Eighty to 90 percent of the Samoan population was infected, many survivors dying from starvation, too weak to feed themselves. The disease seemed to peak within three weeks of entering a given city, then subsided. In the end, it’s estimated 25 to 35 million people died worldwide.

Eighteen months after the disease appeared, the flu bug vanished, leaving a mystery as to its source, until March 1997, when Armed Forces Institute of Pathology researchers found specimens that 1918 Army doctors had preserved. It appears the virus started from birds, passed to pigs, and then to humans. These are the deadliest of all viruses because when the hearty pig immune system kicks into action the virus is forced to mutate. Both the deadly Asian flu (1957) and the Hong Kong flu (1968) came from mutated pig viruses.

The scary part is that hog farms continue to breed pigs for food near populated areas. It could happen again! Perhaps this is one of the reasons God said people should not eat pigs. His laws are always intended to bless us.”
And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Leviticus 11:7


Joel Osteen says don't eat pork!

“If God wants us to eat anything we can stuff into our mouths, then why do you think He commended His people to only eat clean foods? And why make a distinction between clean and unclean animals that entered the ark?”



The new worker is working out very well, and we are getting some of the plumbing started, and some more of the double paned windows installed in the guest house, but it still isn’t livable.

There have been several investors looking at my house and guest house, as I would like to sell them both.  Then also I have been in touch with Estate Sale folks.

I have been busy cooking a bunch of fresh veggies that were given to me,  I mean a lot of them.  Tomatoes, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and squash.  Some will have to be frozen for later.  Some were roasted for the church potluck, and they all went quickly.

The Bible readings the last couple of weeks have been Lev. 21:1-24:25, Exe. 44:15-31 and Math. 5:38-42 and the Teaching was about His Holy Temple one week.  Then Lev. 251-26:2, Jer. 32:6-27 and  Luke 4:16-21 and the Teaching was about Prophecies again.

Sometimes it is muggy and warm, and then sometimes it is just rainy days.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Feast of Unleavened Bread. Christ, Our Passover. Update.


For The Passover This Last Week:

The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Pursuing a Life of Righteousness

“How does God want us to respond to Christ’s awesome, merciful sacrifice for us? The Feast of Unleavened Bread shows us how to respond.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Pursuing a Life of Righteousness

The troubles and suffering in this world are caused by sin—the breaking of God’s holy, good and beneficial laws. Jesus Christ was willing to give His life to save us from sin’s death penalty. His sacrifice was the first step in God’s plan to save us from sin and death, and it makes all the other steps possible.

But how does God want us to respond to that awesome, merciful sacrifice? Would He be pleased, having broken us free from enslavement to sin (as the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt), to have us willingly go back to sin again? Or would He much rather have us learn to look at sin as He does and to strive with His help to avoid it at all costs?

The Feast of Unleavened Bread comes immediately after the Passover and teaches us lessons about how we should respond to Jesus Christ’s gracious sacrifice.”

Complete article at:


Christ, Our Passover

1 Corinthians 5:7

Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

“The apostle Paul drew on the lessons of the spring festival season to encourage the Corinthian congregation to remove sin from their lives. Jesus Christ fulfilled the type of the Passover lamb whose blood protected the Israelite firstborn from death. After the Passover festival comes the Feast of Unleavened Bread, where yeast and other leavening become a symbol of sin.”

Study more about Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in our free booklet From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You.


The next step in God’s plan of salvation is pictured by the Feast of Pentecost.



The new worker Roy, is an older gentleman and as he has an income and just wants a bit of work on the side, that works out well for us both.  Roy has re-hung a door that Jay installed and now it isn’t hinge-bound. The morning that he couldn’t be here I hired a young lad to help me probe and find the sewer as we need to know where to tie into it.  But like most kids, he got tired and didn’t realize that he was actually going to have to WORK to get paid.  I was working right beside him, moving boxes and getting things out of the way.  Jay is still staying close to home as his mother has been in and out of the hospital.

Last Friday, the 29th. April was the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Just the way that Jesus did it, we had a “High Day” as it is another Sabbath,  so we went to church and also no work that day.  Because there would be two Sabbaths, Friday and Saturday, the cooking had to be done ahead of time for the two days, so that no one would be cooking on a Sabbath. 

On Thurday,I cooked some more of the Farro that one of the church ladies had provided and made a Meditteranean Farro Salad, and a baked sweet potatoo and onion dish.  You lay chopsticks on each side of a sweet potato and cut thin slices nearly all the way through.  The sweet potato fans out like a concertina so that you can drizzle it with olive oil or butter and seasonings, then bake covered in foil for an hour at 375.  I added an onion just for flavor, and the pastor’s wife said that was the best part.  I also made a Black Bean and Farro Salad for the Saturday potluck.  I have got lots of Farro to use up.   Some I cooked in the pressure cooker, but the best batch I soaked overnight in salt water, drained and cooked in bone broth in the crockpot the next day.

The Friday Bible readings were Lev. 8 and Exo. 12, about the Passover. The Teaching was about Come to the Door and more about Lev. 8.

For the Friday potluck there were plenty of other dishes, also a big roaster full of lamb and it’s gravy, and so there was a lot left over for us to refrigerate for the next day.

Because of all the storms we didn’t know if we would even be able to have the service on Saturday.  The pastor’s wife called several of us when she found out that their roads would not be flooded and that we could have the service.  We each called someone else to let them know the good news.  Two of us here on this road had to go the long way around to the freeway to avoid a flooded road down the hill.

The Saturday Bible readings were Psa. 67, Lev. 19:1-20:27, Exe. 20:2-20, and Amos 9:7-15. The Teaching was about Leavening (Sin) again, and the Tale of two cities, Tyre and Ninevah.

The Friday’s potluck left-overs were warmed up in crock pots during the Saturday service and we all had a good feast and fellowship afterwards.  By the time the service started it was a bright sunny day.