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Update: Google Domains Sold to Squarespace

In my free eBook,  Google Blogger as a Website , I explain how to get a paid domain name from Google Domains. That option is no longer available since Squarespace Domains bought Google Domains in September 2023. More information is supposed to come along once the transition is final, and I will pass that along to you once that lands in my inbox. Until then, thank you for your patience. image courtesy of Squarespace Domains

Wiser With Time

For the next couple of months - give or take - I'll be cleaning out the walk-in closet and deep-cleaning the carpet throughout the house. My life went into "ignore" mode as I dealt with the death of Cleo . Nine months since she died, now, I need to deal with some of these "chaos" issues in certain parts of the house. It has been 14 months since I last deep-cleaned the carpet, so that has to start as soon as possible. I have some pre-posts started for the site, so I'll work on those as I have time. I'll still have regular updates; I just won't be around as often as I have been recently. Just for a while. As I age, I find that life is simpler if I try not to do too much each day. It causes muscle and joint pain and mood irritation. I don't like any of that, so I'm trying to be smart about these upcoming cleaning plans. I don't think that makes me wimpy, just wiser . I still get up before sunrise and get lots of work done each day. But I do

USPS Package Travels 2,449 Miles to a 279 Mile Destination

Today, I want to discuss  radical shipping issues. I've noticed this is becoming a problem, but a recent package that was mailed to me is the worst yet. So, I had to write about it. A lady mailed an envelope to me on 2/15/2024. The mailing distance between the city the lady mailed the package from and my city is only 279 miles. However, the package went west past my house by 80 miles (so, 359 miles for the first trip), left that facility and traveled 752 miles north, left that facility and went past my house again, on a 979 mile journey to a facility that is 329 miles south past my house. From that location, it traveled 232 miles to the city that is 80 miles west of me AGAIN then 105 miles to a city 22 miles south of me and finally to my post office. Arrival date was 2/20/2024 for a package that was shipped 279 miles from my home. Is it any wonder postage and shipping prices are outrageous? I can't imagine how much jet and automobile fuel was used to transport that envelope 2,4

Do Not do Deeds for Praise

 In Matthew 6:16-18 NLT, Jesus tells the crowd that has gathered for his Sermon on the Mount: “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair [or anoint your head] and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." Jesus was talking about the Pharisees who fasted twice a week and wanted others to know about their fasting and who would praise them for it. It sounds as though others were following them in acts that brought attention to the fact they were doing something "for God" when in reality they just wanted the attention for doing the act.  This message tells us that we need to act, dress, and be the same so as to NOT draw attention to our

Forgive to be Forgiven

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." ( Matthew 6:14-15 NIV) This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time that forgiveness is mentioned in Scripture and, thus, on this blog. I don't know about you, but this is very serious to me. And it is one of the most outstanding Scriptures in the Holy Bible. The moment I read this, all unforgiveness I had towards others was gone. No more vindictive thoughts. No more getting under my skin. I was just over it. The Holy Spirit just washed away the unforgiveness. Mercy and Grace moved into that spot. I've never felt anything so freeing my entire life, and I have never been unforgiving again. And I've grown in my Walk to be able to ask God to forgive those people too. They may not have a Walk with Christ or have the Christ-like maturity to ask for forgiveness

Gratitude: Meditation 3

Today, we're going to meditate on gratitude. Being grateful is one of the best things we can do to honor God and to improve our outlook on life . Gratitude helps us to look forward to the days ahead. It relieves stress. It lessens worry. Hopefully, we'll focus more on gratitude instead of grumblings. As Colossians 3:23-24 NIV states, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. " And also, Psalm118:24 HCSB, " This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Listen to meditation 3 . If you haven't done so already, you'll need to gather your journal, water, and tissues. Turn on some relaxing music/sounds if you enjoy that. Find a comfortable seat. Today, we'll overlap our hands and place them on our chest, over our heart. Close your eyes if you want and focu

The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

In Matthew 6:9-13 NLT, Jesus tells us , "Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one." When all else fails, pray. And who else better to teach us to pray than the Son of God Himself. By referring to God as Father in heaven, Jesus makes us aware that God is very personal and loving as well as majestic and holy. By asking for His Kingdom to come soon, we recognize that we have an everlasting life after our life is over on this earth. What a wonderful day it will be when Jesus returns for those of us who have trusted Him to get us through a hard life full of temptations, hurts, needs (such as food). The sooner He returns, the sooner we are finished with this hard life. image courtesy of Jessica Mangano via U