Monday, June 26, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: FLEA MARKETS

One of the problems I have with Flea Markets- a place where individuals attempt to sell their products in an open environment- is how the concept has been hijacked. Like many other things a Flea Market has become a place where anything and everything can be sold including items that are not homemade or not found in most stores. Flea Markets should be community or church yard sales.

That does not mean we should not support these venues, great things can be found in these, traditionally, open air places of business. In addition this is where you can meet individuals who make exactly what you need and be able to order direct in the future.

I suspect, many young people today fail to fully appreciate the old fashioned Flea Market. Back in the day, there were no air conditioned buildings and much of what you saw was homemade, fresh from the farm.  Things like: quilts, furniture made from wood, fresh fruit and vegetables and of course eggs could be purchased or maybe even bartered at the Flea Market. The goal was to find quality products at a reasonable price. Many consumers, particularly young people, seek the new “in” thing- overpriced gadgets that will last a few years if that long.

In the fall I will be partnering with a fellow crafter to present my wares for sell at various markets. I am looking forward to meeting that one customer who is looking for quality: soap, candles, wash cloths and blankets. My friend sells gift baskets.

Of course my friend and I sell our products now, it is how we fund making more. As a crafter I make what I like if I did not sell them I would not have room in my house to make more.

Recently my friend sold a baby blanket, someone called asking for one to be made.  She asked: “What color?” She had a variety of colors already made so there was no need to make one. She does not have any infant grandchildren but she does like making baby blankets.

Unlike many people who knit, crochet sew, make soap or candles our products are more on the practical side. Everything I make and my friend makes is meant to be used not displayed. Flea Markets are a great place to find things you need for everyday usage.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: SELF IMPROVEMENT


GENESIS 1:26 
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”



We are spirit beings covered by flesh. We know we are created in God’s image yet it is incomprehensible. Many of us focus on our to much on our flaws and disregard the gifts.

PSALM 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
God created each person to be unique individuals not carbon copies of someones’ idea of the perfect human. We were not created to fit the image of some fashion designers idea of beauty. Nor are we required to submit to  political partisan ideology. Our lives should not conform to fit a sorority or fraternity, a mason or eastern start group mold.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God.

When people talk about self improvement it is usually based on worldly ideas of how a person should be.

PSALM 22:9-10
But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.

God did not say “oops!” when you were born.

PSALM 71:5-6
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

As believers we have to appreciate the idea that we are created in the image of our Creator. We are not “God” however we are spirit beings.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

As believers when we think about self-improvement our goal should be to live a life based on the Kingdom of God and not the attitudes of this world.

1 JOHN 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world’s idea of self-improvement incorporates: physical changes. God’s idea of self-improvement requires denying the body and being led by the Spirit of God.

PHILIPPIANS 2:3-7
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

LIVING BETTER: HEALTHY CELLS- CAN MORINGA HELP?

MORINGA TREE 
Your body is made up of systems, each system is made up of organs, organs are developed by bringing together tissues and each tissue is made up of cells which have organ specific  intelligence. Generally speaking, the health care profession focuses on various body organs and how it affects a particular system. Many holistic teachers, at least the ones I have talked to, focus on  body systems. And of course we, people in general, just think about our body. The concept of maintaining healthy cells is not new but it is rarely spoken of.

There are 12 systems in the body: Integumentary, Muscular, Skeletal, Cardiovascular,  Immune, Lymphatic, Urinary, Digestive, Nervous, Respiratory, Endocrine, and Reproductive. Each system has its’ own very important job. These systems are dependent on their cells to house the nutrients it needs and get rig of what it does not need. An imbalance of either because of to much waste or an overdose of nutrient can cause problems.

The foods we eat are distributed to the various cells within the various organs of the body after being transformed into usable nutrients.  Focusing on healthy cells will lead to healthy tissues, which will lead to healthy organs, which will lead to healthy systems which lead to healthy bodies thus the goal should be to eat what the bodies need.

I encourage everyone to eat non-GMO foods grown in your own back yard (or on your  patio), drink plenty of filtered water and exercise. I have added Moringa Oleifera to my diet and, as I have written before, I have noticed a difference.

The first thing I noticed was the detoxifying effects of moringa; if you are filled with junk there will be no room for what is good.  The next thing I noticed was the amount of energy I had this was after about 2 weeks on Moringa.  If nothing else this change has sold me on moringa as a supplement.

On my next post I will discuss the reason I was interested in Moringa and if that is helping. Remember: in addition to taking Moringa, I pray, watch what I eat, exercise and drink water.

According to WEbMD “Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.” 

MORINGA OLIFERA TIDBITS
Every part of the Moringa plant can be utilized. Many people use the leaves as a tea or in a smoothie or salad or ground up and placed in a capsule.

This is a nutrient comparison: 100 gm of Moringa   vs what is in various foods                        

  • Vitamin A    6,780mcg                           Carrots 1890 mcg
  • Vitamin C     220 mg                              Oranges 30 mg
  • Calcium  440 mg                                   Cows Milk 120mg
  • Potassium  259 mg                                 Bananas 88mg
  • Protein 6.7 gm                                         Cow”s milk: 3.2gm


FROM THE WEBSITE MORINGA FACTS-
 http://moringafacts.net/vitamin-and-mineral-content-of-moringa/#

Vitamins and Minerals                   Fresh Leaves                Dried Leaves
Vitamin A                                6.78 mg                    18.9 mg
Thiamin (B1)                                      0.06 mg                    2.64 mg
Riboflavin (B2)                              0.05 mg                    20.5 mg
Niacin (B3)                                        0.8 mg                      8.2 mg
Vitamin C                                        220 mg                     17.3 mg
Calcium                                                  440 mg                    2,003 mg
Calories                                                  92 cal                      205 cal
Carbohydrates                                          12.5 g                      38.2 g
Copper                                                  0.07 mg                     0.57 mg
Fat                                                           1.70 g                           2.3 g
Fiber                                                    0.90 g                         19.2 g
Iron                                                          0.85 mg                         28.2 mg
Magnesium                                           42 mg                         368 mg
Phosphorus                                           70 mg                         204 mg
Potassium                                            259 mg                        1,324 mg
Protein                                                    6.70 g                             27.1g
Zinc                                                        0.16 mg                   3.29 mg


The words written are based on my personal experience and knowledge and are not presented as advice; I am not a medical professional. The reader is encouraged to do his or her own research.
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NETTIE-ISM #9 KNOWLEDGE





              Ignorance is a stronghold.








A stronghold is a barrier that prevents entry. Ignorance prevents the entry of wisdom. The problem with being ignorant is- you do not know that you do not know. Unless you decide to learn you will continue to be without knowledge.  


Romans 10:3 (KJV)
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God,I also will forget your children.



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: OUR FATHER

GALATIANS 5:6-7 The VOICE
Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father.”  You no longer have to live as a slave because you are a child of God. And since you are His child, God guarantees an inheritance is waiting for you.

Abba means Father, in Galatians 5:6 the Apostle says we can call out Father Father because we are children of God; we are not slaves; we are not step children; we are not illegitimate or accidental births. We are children of God and we are guaranteed an inheritance.

God is the example all men (should) follow when it comes to being a parent. (*Let the reader be aware: I do not believe a mother can be both father and mother. The absence of a father in the home is a household with the mother bearing the burden of 2 parents but without a father.)

1 JOHN 2:13-14
I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Father’s Day is not in the Bible it is a man made holiday however we can use both Mother’s Day and Father’s day as an opportunity to evaluate our parenting skills. Though it is marketed as a day to honor each parent the honor is in being a parent.

PSALMS 127:3 The Complete Jewish Bible
Children too are a gift from Adonai; the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Though the Bible tells us to honor or mother and father the privilege actually belongs to the parent.

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

The glory of children is their father, think about that. As a parent are you someone your children can really give honor to? You do not need a special day. Are you demonstrating God the Father to your children so that they are men and women of God?  “I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.” Your relationship with Father God should be reflected in your children.

Today is father’s day a day in which we can some will honor their earthly fathers. Everyday is a day we can all honor our Father.

“…Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

—written by Marsha L F Randolph 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

BACK2BASICS: HURRICANE SEASON AGAIN!

It is hurricane season again and I am restocking. Every year I learn from the previous year and though we did not have a major hurricane event last year I did learn something: If you do not store the plastic water containers properly algae will form. I have been examining different types of water jugs. In addition I have more container plants than I did last year and they need an emergency repositioning plan.

What am I going to do with my plants? In a hurricane force wind the containers become dangerous projectiles so they must be moved. Because of the potential danger containers filled with dirt possess I need to figure out something. One shutters are on the house there is not enough light for an extended indoor stay.  AND THEN the plants will still need to be watered!

The good news is no one is on medication and we do not have pets or small children. Therefore, my emergency plans do not include making sure I have enough pampers, formula, or prescription drugs.

My prayer is we will be blessed with a peaceful year. However, emergency preparedness is about planning for the unexpected crisis. Today we are in a world of unexpected crisis not only as it relates to weather but Radical Islamic Terrorist who are attacking innocent people, workplace violence and gang related terrorism. While I pray for peace I must be ready for problems.

The idea of prepping is foreign to so many people and if you do not live in a hurricane zone you are not getting ready. I would suggest you download a hurricane preparedness check list and get ready for storm-like problems.

In the end my plants will have to come inside, either in the house in my office and exercise area, or in the garage. Once the storm blows over it is right back outside for all of them! If they are in the house for 2 or 3 days I may not water them. Hurricane season 2017 I will be ready as I can be.

We all need to add to our list: self protection. -written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, June 12, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: WHAT IS PERMACULTURE

I have heard of Square Foot Gardening, Back to Eden Gardens, Aquaponics Gardening, Permaculture Gardening and of course Container Gardens. The one type I do not fully understand is Permaculture.

I have half-heartedly been researching Permaculture and quite frankly many of the individuals explain the process in such a convoluted way that I decided it was not for me.There was something about the process that seemed to take the joy out of growing stuff.

From what I can gather the key to successful Permaculture farming is to utilize as many permanent plants and trees as possible while incorporating other plants, annuals, in such a way as to have continuous crop incorporating the nutrients provided by other plants as fertilizer. Once established a Permaculture farm becomes self sustaining, I think.

Because I have seen, via YouTube, the results of individuals who utilize this type of farming it is definitely doable, it just takes a lot of thinking, planning and initial labor; with a few adjustments along the way. Crop location and rotation is essential as is knowing what plants will grow with, companion, other plants. It is also important to know how certain vegetation effects the ground. (I think.)

Back in the day before farming became a science a person knew what he or she needed to grow and planted it. I think, common sense was prevalent back then because eventually people figured what worked and what didn’t work and they did not have Home Depot or Lowe’s to run to when they needed something.

Who knew that pig slop would fertilize the ground?  Back then the farmers would throw garbage ou
t to feed the pigs, because there was not a garbage disposal, and, unaware by them, the ground would be nourished. If you dropped some seeds under the apple tree and stuff started growing you did it again only with more seeds. If seeds grew better when you put cow manure on them you put cow manure on them again- it was your secret to success.

There were no grocery stores thus you always had to have a source of food.  As a farmer you used whatever nature had to offer to help produce a long harvest- I think they call it Permaculture today.  --- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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