The Art of Becoming The Well Seasoned Traveler Part 2

Keep Your Passport And Valuables Attached To Your Person

Keep your passport in a passport holder that goes around your neck with a metal rope that cannot be cut. Keep your money in a money belt or have a zipper container that you can safely pin to your clothing that has a place for your passport also. Make sure you always have them attached to your person. Make sure your plane tickets are were you can find them in a hurry. Keep a copy of your receipt for your hotel room and vouchers that you will have to have to see local attractions. Keep phone numbers for your hotel on you if you get lost while walking about as they can direct you back to your room. Take a cell phone with you that can be used abroad by putting a different sim card in it. Keep emergency numbers with you at all times if someone has to tell someone that you are sick and in need of medical care.

Take Change With You For Using Rest Rooms Abroad

Most rest rooms abroad require you to put the exact amount of change in so a bar will lift up allowing you to us the rest room. If you do not have change they will not let you in. Some rest rooms have matrons sitting by the door asking for more money then they should before they will let you in. Stores do not have rest rooms for the general public. Gas stations also charge to us their toilets. Restaurants want you to buy something before they let you use their rest rooms. I used a toilet in a drug store once and she locked me in the bathroom. My friend told her she had to let me out and luckily she let me out before we missed our bus back to our hotel for the night. In one rest room the matron barley let us in and she started pounding on the door with a billy club. In a train station the matron was yelling at us while we used the rest room. One rest room at a restaurant had men and women using the same rest room. Using the bathroom overseas can be quite an experience you soon won’t forget.

Allow Time For Unexpected Adventures On Your Trip

We had a plane ride over the islands in Hawaii that I truly enjoyed. Our guide told us the history of each island and we toured an orchid green house. He sold one orchid bulb overseas for $10000.00. We went in a submarine and we saw fish and big turtles in the clear waters of Hawaii. We saw Stonehenge in England which I had always wanted to see. If you see a day trip make reservations to go it since you will probably regret that you did not see it if your heart was set on seeing it. We booked several ballets, operas and concerts which I enjoyed immensely. Do not be afraid to look at local attractions such as monuments, museums, and much more on the spur of the moment as that moment may never present itself again.

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Muck And Mire

Do You Find Yourself  Stuck In The Mire?

Mire is like sinking sand in your life. If you keep on trudging along in the mire you will be trapped in quick sand up to your neck. You may even succumb to the quick sand and be buried alive. Some people never seem to learn and they keep trudging in the mire their entire lives. You need to clean yourself from the mire in your life. Clean up your attitude in life. Do things that that nourish your soul. Become a respectable person in society.

Muck In  your Life

Forget things that happened years ago in your life that bring you down and you will become a much happier person. The past tries to keep the muck stuck to your inner being if you do not let go of the past. The past should be like spilled milk as you clean it up and move on to better and worthwhile pursuits. Some of us seem to always step in the manure in the farm yard instead of watching our step and changing direction in our life. We must always remember to forgive ourselves in life for all of us have been embarrassed and made mistakes in our lives. No one in this World is without sin. Ask God for forgiveness and do not make the same mistake again. Pray to God for guidance in your life often.

People That Bring Muck Into Your Life

If someone puts you down all of the time and never praises you for the good things you have done get rid of them as they are muck in your life. Find people that are your cheerleaders as they will encourage you and lead you onto a better more fulfilled life. If you enable people to bring muck into your life they will. If you have a relationship that is a mucky one get out of it ASAP. If you do not respect yourself other people will not respect you either.Pray to God for help in getting rid of all of the muck in your life.

Mire Holding You Back

Sometimes we keep in the mire by trying to buck the wind and the weather as we have storms in our lives. When you have storms in your life forget about the storm and think what you can learn from the storm. All of us will have illness or sickness in our lives. We have to learn to embrace the illness and not let it empower us. Think of all of the things you can do with your life to help others with the time that you are given on earth. Do not have a pity party. Pray to God for the path that is the right path for you to use with your illness to help others and always remember there is always someone that is in worse shape than you are. Never give up the race in life as even the turtle will cross the finish line eventually. An illness can be a great gift from God that will enrich you life considerably along with the lives of others. Thank you God for my on going journey in life for I still have much to learn and much to offer others.


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Picking Out A Gentle Cat For Your Family Pet

Both Of The Cats Parents Should Be Friendly

Cats will generally have the same attitude towards humans that their parents have. If the cats parents like to bite their kittens will be the same way. If the cat comes from feral parents the cat will grow up trying to avoid humans at all cost. The cat will try to bite you for no apparent reason at times because they do not trust people whatsoever. Ask the owner of of the cat that you are thinking about adopting how friendly her parents were. If they said that her parents like to hid than you should consider adopting another cat. If one of the cats parents are friendly the cat will be somewhat friendly but she will remain timid and may not want to be touched or held for long.

A Gentle Cat Is A Must With Small Children In The House

Small children do not know how to carry a cat correctly. You do not want a cat that will bit them and draw blood. Teach your children how to handle the cat correctly when you see them doing it wrong. You absolutely need a very tolerant cat with small children in your home. The cat could scratch them or bit them on the face. You may end up having to take your child to the Dr. for stitches and a rabies shots if you failed to give your cat a rabies shot. Never leave your child alone even with a very gentle cat as the cat may get frightened from something and bite. A wild animal could enter your yard and upset your cat. All of my cats growing up were very gentle and I never got bitten or harmed by them. Their parents were friendly and outgoing cats.

Your New Cat Could Live To Be 21 Possibly And Be A Wonderful Companion For Your Child For Many Years

By taking a new cat into your home you make a lifetime commitment to your new cats well being for her entire life. You take your cat to annual Vet checkups and keep all of her shots up to date. Your cat needs fresh water and food everyday and nice place to sleep that is warm and draft free. Your child will learn how to take care of one of Gods wonderful creatures on earth. Your cat will snuggle up next to your child at night and she will be their constant companion through thick and thin. Your cat will play with cat toys that your child will toss in the air for them to pounce on. Your cat will entertain the whole family with some of their antics now and then. Cats will lay on your lap while you watch TV or they will purr away on your lap while you study for a test or read a book. They will make sure you home is rodent free. Cats have saved their owners from gas leaks, fires and have even called 911 to save their owners life. Cats have let their owners know when they were about to have a seizure. Cats add to the spice of life. I have had a cat in my life for my entire life and I could not imagine a World without a loving cat in it.

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Precious Gifts

Family And Friends

Family and friends are a truly a precious  gift. Family is their for you through thick and thin. Family and friends are a cheerleader for one another. We respect and admire our family and friends.Our family and friends know all of our faults and all of our good points and they accept us for who we are. Family and friends try to uplift you in troubling times. Our families are an extension of ourselves. When everything in your life falls apart your family is their for you. Time spent with family and friends is very enriching and they lift up your soul or your inner being. A life without family and friends would be the downfall of any man. We are meant to be around people who love and care for us deeply.


God have us the gift of the Bible and if we abide by the teachings in the Bible we will be kind, caring, loving, peaceful, hopeful, joyful, faithful, graceful and compassionate human beings. We have the gift of the ten commandments which tells up how to act and behave to live in harmony with Gods teachings. God wants us to love our fellow human beings as we love ourselves. We should help the downtrodden, the poor and anyone who is suffering. God gave us the gift of Jesus his son who died on the cross for our sins so that we can have everlasting life in heaven.

The Gift Of Time

God has given us the gift of life and time on earth. We can accomplish much with our time on earth. We don’t know how much time we will have on earth. Our mission on earth is to make the World a better place for us having been here. We can try to keep our planet clean, help protect endangered species of animals and be good Samaritans to all who cross our path in life. Time is a very valuable gift so do not waste it on trivial matters. Time does not stand still for any man so if you want to do something do it today and do not put it off for another day or better day which may not present itself. When someone gives you a gift of their time that is the greatest gift they can give as they will never be able to recapture their time.

The Most Precious Gifts You Can Give Loved Ones

You can give your parents the gift of love and to always care for and respect them. Unconditional love is the greatest gift you can ever give as it makes us feel safe. Unconditional love cannot be shaken by disagreements, stress or dissatisfaction. Unconditional love does not leave when things get tough. You love someone despite flaws, but you also love them because of their flaws. You will never regret time spent with your parents and all of the fond memories  and love you shared growing up in a home that was heaven on Earth. You never will regret time spent with friends and family and the love and concern you have for each other. God has unconditional love for us. We love because he loved us. He gives us the ability to love others as he loves. Sing praises to God everyday.

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The Black Sheep Coffee Baa Located In Greene, Iowa

Awesome Baked Goods

I ordered a vanilla chai latte and an Almond poppy seed muffin. My chai tea was excellent and my Almond poppy seed muffin was absolutely delicious. My muffin was very fresh and tasted like almonds and the poppy seeds added to the delicate taste. Patrons started coming into the coffee shop and bakery. The Almond poppy seed muffins were flying off the sleeves as they were a big hit with everyone. I ordered six almond sticks to take home. I ate one for an evening snack and it just melted in my mouth. I love almond letters and the almond sticks taste just like an almond letter. They had scones, cinnamon rolls, huge chocolate chip cookies, baked bread and much more to take home with you.

Lunch Items

I ordered a bowl of their hamburger cheesy soup which I took home with me to heat up for my lunch. The soup was packaged in a microwave container that was vented. I also took home four extra large chocolate chip cookies. I heated up the soup in my microwave at 12 PM. My soup was excellent as it had hamburger, broccoli and cheese in it. I enjoyed my soup while I watched TV. They sell paninis, ruebens, salads and breakfast items.

Friendly Staff

The employees were very friendly and accommodating. My barista knew how to make a perfect froth for my latte. All of the food items were handled with gloves on. The owner of the coffee shop and bakery came out to greet me and see how everything was. I appreciate it when the owner comes out to talk to her customers as it shows she wants everything to be done to the customers satisfaction. She was very pleasant to visit with. The Black Sheep Coffee Baa is located on Traer Street in Greene, Iowa. A very nice coffee shop to go to for a nice  morning drive or for a wonderful lunch and delicious baked goods to take home and enjoy throughout the week.

Nicely Decorated

I love the little black sheep in the coffee shop and the old antique stove and the pictures of sheep on the walls and the old coffee signs. The coffee shop is nicely appointed and has a relaxing atmosphere.

My Morning Breakfast

I ate one of the awesome chocolate chip cookies for my breakfast this morning. I figure why not start off your day with sweets as you can work it off throughout your day. I also heated up my left over chai latte. I enjoyed my breakfast today.

Baked Goods I Will Savor Throughout The Week

I will be munching away on my almond sticks as I love them immensely. I will also be eating more of the chocolate chip cookies. When I run out of my baked goods I will be making a trip back to The Black Sheep Coffee Baa and Bakery located on Traer Street in Greene, Iowa. I look forward to trying more of their coffee, lunch items and baked goods.

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Choose Your Path In Life Carefully

The Road To Destruction

If  your follow others down the wrong path your life will be in turmoil. Do not follow others just to be popular or liked by that group. The wrong group of people in your life will lead you down into a dark hole that you will find very hard to escape from. If you go out with people that get into trouble and cause trouble for others you will become like them very quickly. Be who you and stand up for who you are. Think what God would think about the path you are on in your life.

Taking The Right Path

Sometimes the less traveled path will lead your very far in life. If you follow a herd of of wild animals that are running full speed ahead they will not see the edge of the path they are all about to run over to their ruin. People that have blazed trails ahead of you have not always blazed the right trail. Some early pioneers tried to find a quick trail to their final destination without realizing all of the delays and the impending winter storms that will be coming. The short trail was not short after all and all of them starved to death except for two of them When we are traveling and lost it is wise to ask for directions or ask On Star to take you to your destination. There is no need of wasting valuable time and maybe your life on the wrong path.

Plan For The Future Ahead Of Time

All of us are growing older with each passing day. We do not like to think about it but it is wise to have a will and have your funeral prepaid. Think about your home and how it will be to live in once you are old. If all of your bedrooms and toilet are upstairs and you can no longer climb the steps it will be a bad situation for you. You should plan on adding a bedroom and bathroom downstairs onto your house. You should also have a ramp on your home if you have steps for easy access into and out of your home.

Surround Yourself With People That Are Like Minded

Surround yourself with people that make you feel secure and inspire you in your daily life. Seek out people that you have a common interest with. Join a club that stands for what you believe in. Go to church and get to know your members and visit and become friends with them. If you are a writer or a blogger join that club and you can be a cheerleader for each other.

God Has A Path For All Of Us

If you find yourself drifting off of the right path for your life ask God for guidance. God will help you get back on the path that will help you and other the most. Proverbs 3 : 5 – 6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thine ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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Jumping To The Wrong Conclusions

Make Sure You Have All Of The Facts

Make sure you have all of your facts straight before you make your final conclusion. Jumping to the wrong conclusion can damage your reputation and damage the accused person gravely. Being accused of something you did not do is devastating and demeaning. The guilty party will get off Scot – free when you accuse someone falsely.

The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

If you happened to be walking by a store when it was just robbed you may be accused of the crime because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. If kids are doing something naughty in the classroom the kids causing the ruckus will run off  leaving one kid behind to get punished unfairly. My older cats and the Christmas tree. My oldest cat knocked over the Christmas tree thinking I would accuse the youngest cat which I did to begin with. The oldest cat tried it again when I was watching around the corner and this time the jig was up. My youngest cat got extra cat treats that night.

Sentencing The Wrong Person To Prison

People have been sent to prison just because they resembled the perpetrator. If you look at someone in a police line up make sure you are 100 percent sure that is the person who stole your money. No one would want to be in prison most of their life for a crime they did not commit. If you put the wrong person in prison you have robbed him of what he have done with his life on earth.

Teachers Judging Students Unfairly

If a child has had a grave illness in kindergarten the teacher should not laugh and make fun of the student. A horrible illness while trying to learn is very hard on a young child. She jumped to the wrong conclusion in thinking this child that had almost died was stupid. This teacher would laugh at the student every time they did not know an answer to a question and the rest of the class would join in. She made kindergarten a living hell for this student. She told this child to stay after school and clean the clock. The student told her she could not because she rode the school bus. The student told a friend to tell the bus driver to wait for her. The bus driver came into the classroom to get the student. The teacher told the bus driver that the student was so dumb they did not know they rode the bus. This teacher would make this student sit in the corner with a dunce hat on whenever it fit her fancy. This student to this day does not like people her own age and has a hard time relating to other women sometimes. Never pick on a sick student or someone that you think is easy prey as they will have ever lasting scars that they will carry with them forever.

Never Be Unfair To Others

You have no idea of what people have been through or what they going through today to get to the point they are at in their lives now. Sickness, pain suffering, and all kinds of trials and tribulations come to all of us eventually. Do not jump to the wrong conclusions about anyone.

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Life With Purpose

Your Job

Does your job fulfill your purpose in life? I hope your job helps others as well as yourself. If you go to work with a job that does not fulfill you and others try to find another job that will. Some people work at the same job all of their life and there is no place for advancement. Do not work at a dead end job that works you literally to death. Your job should make you feel good about yourself and should also help other people.

Gods Purpose For Us

God has given all of us are own unique talents and abilities to help us complete are purpose in life. Some of us help save other people’s lives. Some of us teach others the skills they will need in life. Some of us spread Gods good works often. When we help others and are compassionate for their plight in life and bring hope, joy ,peace and love into their life we are one of Gods good and caring shepherds. God has a purpose for each one of us the moment we are born into the world.  We have to be observant and not miss out on are true purpose in life with God. God is your compass and anchor in life.Follow God on your journey through life.


Our families give us a sense of purpose. We love our families and we want the very best for them We want our children to have a better or easier life than we had. We want our children to have every opportunity that may be open for them to fulfill their dreams in life.We want our children to want for nothing in life. Our family is an extension of us. All of us our Gods children and we are greatly loved by our heavenly Father.

Everything Has A Purpose

We have hammers for hammering nails down tight We have saws for sawing down trees or cutting lumber. We have cats for catching and killing mice. We have house cats because they are excellent company and they make excellent pets. Rain helps things grow and it adds to our  water supply. There is nothing on earth that does not have a purpose. Some tools get used more than others but we need them all to get our task completed effectively and efficiently. Some people do more then others do but we need them all to get the entire mission completed. God gives us people with a wide diverse amount of abilities to get our callings from God completed. It takes a village to get the job done right. Thank you God for all of the talented people you bring to the table of life.

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Cats In Purradise

A Contented Cat

Cats purr away when they are sleeping in a nice heated bed on a cold winters night. Cats are extremely happy when they are feed tuna canned in water. I  always give my cats some tuna canned in water on holidays or their birthdays. Kohl loves it when I comb out his loose hair as he will purr away the whole time that I am combing out his hair. Garfunkel purrs away anytime that he is on my lap or he is next to me in bed. Conrad loves his hammock bed as it is his favorite spot for watching TV programs. His favorite TV programs are Gunsmoke and any National Geographic programs that feature animals. All of my house cats love to watch wild cats in the jungle or birds. Garfunkel loves auto racing and watching Meerkats. Kohl watches TV from one of his circular beds on the floor. My cats next door love it when I feed them canned food in the morning. Hilford will let me pat him while he is eating and purring away. Nicole is  shy and does not like you be held or touched. She loves to sleep in a extra wide cat bed as she wants plenty of room to get nice and comfy. My cats next door love catnip mice and singing birds and circle game toys. My cats purr while I clean out their litter boxes. Some of them have a competition as to who will use the nice clean box first.

Cats Love To Be The Center Of Your Attention

When I talk on the phone my cats vile to get my attention anyway that they can. Cats get jealous quickly and they do not want you talking to someone one the phone. Cats want your attention 24/7. Cats will rub against you to be friendly or when they want something to eat. Sometimes your cat will plop down in front of you which is not wise of them but needless to say they did get your attention. Kittens learn quickly how to get your attention and get what they want to be in purradise. Kohl used to balance on the curtain rods as a young kitten and he never once lost his balance. I was always concerned that he would fall off and get hurt. Cats love to hide and they seem to love it that you are calling them and they are watching you run around while they are right their the whole time. I guess they want to make sure we are concerned about them when we cannot find them.

Cats Love Purradise

My cats love to be outdoors in the summer months in their outdoor cat playpen. Cats love to be patted on the head and fussed over. I make sure my cats are living in  purradise by taking them to the Vet for shots and health care. I make sure they have plenty of food and fresh water and heated beds in the winter months. My cats get new cat toys  and bedding and more to make their lives My cats are greatly loved and cared for and they are the center of my attention and they are family.

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Helpful Hands

Helping Hands

All of us need helping hands in our lives. We may need help mowing our lawns or shoveling our snow. If we did not have helping hands we would have long grass and weeds in our lawns or our steps and sidewalks would be covered in snow. We are Gods helping hands when we help those that can no longer help themselves due to health or other problems. Helping others gives one a wonderful feeling. If we were not Gods stewards there would be many weeds growing on our path in life.

Giving Hands

Give, and it will be given unto you – Luke 6 – 38.  When you treat people right they will generally treat you right. When you give to the less fortunate you are helping a child of God. You may be on the receiving end of someone giving to you someday. When you give something to someone think to yourself is what I am giving them represents God or how I want to be represented. Give others something that you like and not something that is cheap or worn out. Make sure your giving hands always represent the best in you. How you act and what you give others says volumes about your giving hands.

Faithful Hands

I hope everyone has faithful hands. When you lose faith you have lost everything that is good in your life. Ask other people for support when you are struggling with your faith. Pray to God to help you get your faith back. Without faith in your life your task seem worthless. You must always think that the plane that you are on will safely land and not crash as that is faith. Keep your faith as things will get better eventually.

Teaching Hands

Our parents teach us many things that will help and take us far in life. Everyone that teaches and enriches  our lives is someone to be admired. We learn a great deal from books that have been written by someones hand. The hand of God is referred to sitting on the right side of God and is a special kind of honor. God is the greatest teacher. The Lord of Heavens armies is a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom. Isaiah 28 : 29. Our teachers we have in our lives teach us many things that we will us in our daily living throughout our entire lives. We are never to old to learn as we have better time management skills, we are more disciplined and we have technology on are side.

Joyful, Kind, Loving,Caring and Hopeful Hands

Doctors and nurses help us while we sick by caring for us and helping us feel like our old selves again. Food bank workers prepare food for those that are less fortunate with their hands. Spouses love each other and care deeply for each others well being. God loves all of his children deeply. Kind people help you when you feel down trodden by listening to your concerns and helping you get over hurdles safely in life. Be joyful in life and hopeful and let your light  shine in the storms of someones life so they can see the sunshine after the storm.

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