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(What WAS The RoseBouquet (blog) has now moved HERE - Part of the Static Site)

New Home of My RoseBouquet

(Note: there have been massive attacks on WordPress (blog) sites in 2020. I got quite weary of fighting them off, so decided to move my posts and pages back to just ordinary webpages again. Like I've been building since 1999, except that now I use Responsive Design methods so the pages can be easily seen from any electronic device. In making this move I've discovered that many other web developers who grew up only knowing how to do WordPress websites are now making the switch to "static" sites too - because they are faster and more secure! So now I don't have to apologize for this decision. It is the best one possible! - Thank You, Lord!)

So this is the new home page or index to My RoseBouquet. You will normally find my most recent or current weekly posts here. But the following week I will move them to a permanent page of their own, and replace them with the new Current post here.

I'm moving my most evergreen articles of the past year or so here to this location. Those that were temporary, that is, referring to some event, or announced one up-coming, but which has past, will not be set up here. (What's the point? Would you eat last month's left-overs?)

Go to the Archives Index if you wish to check for an older article from 2020. Otherwise, watch for announcements of new e-books that I expect to produce that will share the best of the older issues. At the moment there are 905 issues of the RoseBouquet that was published as blog posts, as an xml file (for Feed Readers), and as an ezine emailed to my subscribers.

Your best move, if you are afraid of forgetting to come back here every week, just subscribe to the RoseBouquet, and it will come to you by email. Sure. Why not? It's Free and painless!

RoseBouquet - About and FOR Friends of
Ruthe's Secret Roses. (Ezine edition)

#908 vol.19 January 19, 2021

Welcome Friends

At My Place: When Our Agenda Gets I nterrupted

Does this ever happen to you; you have planned out your day and have calculated how long each work or project should take, so you believe you will get it all done. But then someone calls - or just drops by, to chat, and your hours slip away on you. You hate to be rude but you start dropping hints that you have things to do, or places to go. . . . and they do not catch on?

My general rule for years has been that if people interrupt me - those are divine appointments, so people should come before my plans for a productive agenda. I usually stop what I'm doing and give them my full attention.

Therefore, the COVID restrictions have been rather a blessing for me, and as a rule people do not just drop unannounced. But last Wednesday morning a man stopped by who used to live in a basement 3 doors down. (He had been a nurse, but after being attacked by some thugs on 20th St. he had all kinds of health problems and surgeries; he had stopped by before when he was feeling depressed or discouraged, because he knew I would bring up trusting the Lord).

Well, this time he was in a good mood. He likes to help strangers when he sees something he could do, and one such man had thanked him by giving him a toque with Jesus in the shape of a fish on one side, and on the other was another Christian symbol. It was a warm knitted toque, but he was especially thrilled with the symbols. He was raised a Catholic and has started going back to church and he was telling me of times when he prays now, asking the Lord to help him. I rejoiced with him, and shared a few things the Lord has done for me lately.

When he was ready to go it just after 12 noon. So... no rebuilt pages for the site I was working on.

I had posted an ad on Kijiji on Friday over lunch for a stationery exercise bike that was in my way. Four people emailed to ask if it was still available. I replied to each one that they should phone me if they planned to come and I would give them my address.

I wanted to make a run out for a few groceries on Saturday, but I stayed in and did things indoors waiting for those calls. After lunch one man phoned, and said he would come from the east side. In 20 minutes he was at the door. I had dragged the bike to the front porch so he didn't have to come in far to see it. It only took him 3-4 minutes to look it over and he paid for it and carried it away. I quickly cancelled the ad, and emailed the others to say they were too late. No more waiting for people to come see the bike!

Then I went out to shovel the snow outside my gate. Then I came in for a few minutes to catch my breath and I would go for groceries. But a woman I had never met phoned from Calgary, sure we were related and we discussed all kinds of things about genealogy and family history, etc. I hinted several times that I planned to go out for groceries, but she wanted to ask "one more thing" - several times. After about two hours we were done. It was after 6 pm and dark outside, but I decided to do my shopping trip anyway, because I didn't want to do it on Sunday - especially since the forecast was for snow from Sunday to Thursday. Saturday had been sunny and the temperature was above 0.

I had to make three stops, but I tried to be quick about each one. Still, when I got home it was after 7 pm. I had not got my housecleaning done, and I felt too tried and wiped out to tackle that. I warmed up a bowl of soup for supper and after I'd brought up the laundry from the basement, I basically crashed in front of the computer and dozed off.

On Sunday I made a list of all those who had written me over Christmas to whom I wanted to reply and send a letter of thanks. I would do that in the evening.

As I was about to eat my supper, that woman phoned again. Her efforts to email me were bouncing back. I checked her spelling and realized she had left out a letter. In a few minutes I saw four emails came in from her. But I had an ESL class to attend on Zoom at 7 - which usually goes close to 9 pm. So it was only after that when I could check the details in her emails. Look up some things, and check her genealogy in my GRANDMA database (which contains over 1 million Mennonite names!) Sure enough, I found her in it, and when I asked the program if we were related, it showed 5 different relationships for us. So then I took time to write her a long and thorough email answering her questions and explaining the relationships. (Unfortunately, my printer does not do scans right now, so I offered to send her the printed sheets by snail mail.) By the time I was done, it was too late for that batch of thank you letters. (Sigh!)

So far I have not heard back from her. But other interrupts keep coming... I just hung up on an automated survey.

I'm still curious; how do you cope with interruptions? Any helpful methods?

What's New: How to Be a Power-Shopper

I'm now making progress on rebuilding my site, 24 pages are done, just 80 left to go. I think I can still be finished by the end of January.

Yesterday I started working on a section of pages about how to be a power shopper. This applies to both offline and online shopping. It's all about . . .being organized and thorough, and aware of many ways to get the best deals, even how to get some of your money back!

Be ready to think of it as seriously as a job or a small business you own. You have to give some time to it, and be thorough. That means it may take some time, particularly, if by nature you are very spontaneous and impulsive. But if you are determined to learn and you keep at it, your style of shopping will shift more and more towards orderly savings and good buys. You'll get addicted to finding your great deals, and enjoy bragging to your family and friends.

Stages of Becoming a Power-Shopper:

  • Make Lists or a Budget
  • Aim to Spend Less than You Expected
  • Chart the Best Sales & Times of Year
  • Schedule Your Spending Times
  • Plan Power Shopping Expeditions (holidays?)
  • Record Your Power Shopping Savings
  • Bookmark Your Shopping Route
  • Power Shopping Second-hand Items

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Have You Read, "The Holy War"?

Years ago John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's Progress" also wrote another allegory, "the Holy War." It describes the spiritual conflict between Satan and El Shaddi (God), for the open surrender and obedience of Mansoul - representing any/every human being, and how good and evil forces struggle to win the heart and mind of a human heart. It is wonderfully illustrated.

But if you know John Bunyan's writing style, you will realize that it is slower reading than what we usually see now-a-days. So Ethel Barrett, who has been well-known for several decades for her ability to tell complicated stories in a simpler form so that even children can understand it... this Ethel Barrett has told "The Holy War" in terms that anyone with today's English education can understand.

Her book is being read on in 15 minute segments, from Monday to Fridays. Though I have read this book before, I am enjoying listening to it again. Lynn Brooks, is the reader, and she has great dramatic talents for this. The story just comes to life! Or, you can listen to the segments on demand from this page.

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and move my weekly posts to this Department on my novel's site, which is
all about my Friends being my Roses or RoseBouquet, and has been from the
beginning, in 2001.
Ruth Marlene Friesen

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