Monday, August 31, 2009

Pink Eye

I think I have pink eye this morning. I have a doctor appointment this afternoon. It's another great thing about living in a small town. Need an appointment? Get an appointment!

The only good thing about having pink eye is I will match my blog.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Computer Chatter

The post I made about my old eMachine desktop has been 'taken care of'.

I did a system restore. I set my computer back to an earlier date, undid all of the things I did and it's working great. Knock on computer desk wood.

Tomorrow is another week. Where my time goes, I do not know.

Uhoh, maybe into restoring a desktop that has been a friend. Funny how we get attached to 'things'.

I am certainly attached to my eMachine. It' a great one and a keeper.

Shhhh...until I can afford a laptop....shhhhhhh.

Funny how we name things. Our cars. Our kids. It is about time I give my desktop a name.

What should I call my computer?

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Angel Food Ministries First Timer

Today I picked up my Angel Food Ministries box of groceries. This is a great way to save on groceries. It is about $75.00 worth of food for only $30.00. I ordered two signature boxes and one fresh fruit and veggie box for a total of $83.00. There is a $1.00 service fee.

One signature box is suppose to feed a family of four for one week. Two signature boxes should feed an empty nest couple for a full month. This is the goal.

If you get 10 referrals, you qualify for a free box. My referral email is as follows: jctalabama@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Here is a picture of all of the food for only $83.00...

Friday, August 28, 2009

My Computer Is Driving Me Crazy

....yep, it is!! It is an eMachine, 6 years old, I think.

Something is wrong with it and I cannot figure out what that something is.

It is crawling, clicking and not connecting.

Technology is great when it works right but can cause insanity when it does not.

Help save a fellow blogger from the loony bin.

Any suggestion?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kennedy is Dead

Kennedy is dead. This time it's Teddy. Although I am nearing retirement, I am not old enough to remember all of the Kennedy family that has died. But, I can say, the ones that are not living are dead, physically.

Please know that my own father died of a brain tumor. I am not belittling the sorrow that the family is feeling now. It is a difficult time to loose your father, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather. Sorrow is sorrow and every human being will face it.

First, it was John, killed when I was a teenager, then Robert, then Jackie, then John Jr. What a sad thing that so many died in that family, so many ahead of their time.

I do not believe anyone dies ahead of their time. I think that the time of death is written down, appointed, just as the time of birth is determined.

After death, we face the God of the Universe.

Looking back over Ted's life, including the death/murder of Mary Jo, I wonder how he measured up with that God.

Where is Ted now?
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Southern Jokes

North Carolina (copied)

A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it.

Then he got back in the car to wait. A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back.. He asked the fellow what the problem was.

The man replied, 'I have a flat tire.'

The passerby asked, 'But what's with the flowers?'

The man responded, 'When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. Hey, it don't make no sense to me neither.'

'HEY - You can say what you want about the South, but I ain't never heard of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Feets

Feets, most of us have two, one at the end of each leg. Feet are great. They take us places. They help us play in games, such as soccer and tennis. They are also thermometers.

Can you go to sleep when your feet are cold? No.

Can you stick one or both feet out from under the covers (Southern term for blanket) and cool off when you are hot? Yes.

I would post a picture but my feet are not attractive. On the other hand, I don't think I've ever seen a pretty pair of feet. Unless they are baby feet, which are all pretty.

So, feet are great. So is life if you have two feet.

Be thankful for the little things even if they are a size 8, AA, with a 4A heel.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pit Bulls

Be sure to mute the music at the bottom of the page to hear the music with this video.

Be aware and do not let even a friendly pit bull near your baby, child, or loved one.
It is not worth the risk, is it?
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

This is a very old childhood verse. I use to say it as a child. Not now, I love the rain except for driving in it when it is pouring down.

So, rain, keep coming, even though our yard is like a sponge.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

In Laws

In Laws, I'm wondering where this term originated. I understand the basis of it. When one marries, the groom's and bride's family, become related by the law of marriage.

It is very sad that the inlaws are looked at as negatives in our great country, America. In other countries, they all live together. Now that's a scarey thought.

I had a good relationship with my inlaws. They have both passed now. But still, they accepted me with all of my warts and wrongs. They were good people.

We have two inlaws in our family now. One is a our daughter-in-law and the other is our son-in-law. Someday we hope to have another daughter-in-law but not now.

I so appreciate and love both of ours'. They are fine people and I am so thankful they are in our family.

Some things in life are all about attitude!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nothing Much

Nothing much happened today. Laundry, supper, dishes, a little bit of tv was about all going on in my world. So I think I'll post a picture:

or two:

Lovin' this little baby face!!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Going Down?

Do you remember the old elevators that were actually operated by a live person? It was years and years ago now. There may still be a few in the world but mostly were replaced with the auto system where you push the button yourself.

The doors would open and the operator would say, going up? Meaning are you going higher than the floor you are on at the moment. Or, going down? Meaning are you going to a lower floor than you are at the moment. If the elevator was not going in your direction, you would wait until the next opportunity and get on then.

Today, I went to my happy group and weighed. I lost another two pounds. It brings my total to minus ten pounds.

I am not worrying about how many more pounds I have or how long it will take me. I'm just going to conquer each pound one at a time and each week one at a time.

Today I am encouraged. I am going down!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Ten Things About Me

Wow, is this self centered? Oh well, here goes.

1 - The Hubbie was in ministry for 30 years, counting Bible College. It is a very insecure career.
2 - My Dad was in the Navy for 20 years. It is a very secure career.
3 - We have three fantastic, God given, grown children. Each was given a Bible name because we knew they were all from Him.
4 - I am a 34 year cancer survivor with two of the three babies born after cancer.
5 - I was born and raised in the South except for living in CA, which is another different country and does not count. I love living in the South.
6 - Some of my best friends are Yankees. Hey, why sweat the small stuff. They won.
7 - I am 61.
8 - I am overweight but taking weight loss one week at a time. It took me several years to get this big (not counting the huge surgery that put on 60 lbs!), it will not come off overnight. I realized there are ZERO big fat old people because they all die early. I don't want to go that way simply because I did nothing.
9 - My favorite recipe is eat out.
10 - I never thought I would have a home computer and having Internet PLUS a blog?!! Shazam!!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Politics Smalatics

Yesterday I made a trip to the nearby town to visit the other office of the like kind Senator. No, I did not vote for him. I voted against him. The other Senator was in power too long. Time for a change. Boy, am I sick of that word!

The office building is very beautiful, not what I expected a 'government servant' office to be.


I went up to the third floor.


The office was directly in front of me as I exited the elevator.

I entered and waited briefly for the reception person, who was dressed in shorts, gray headed and very thin. She was all smiles. I was all smiles, too. I was there to obtain information and obtain it nicely.

No, there will be no meetings scheduled for August. One was just held concerning another subject and all visits are scheduled through the Washington office. Okay, fine, I cannot change that but I can say why I am there.

I told the lady that I NEVER want a government run health care.

Suddenly, her smile vanished, the eyes grew smaller, and her jaw tightened. I continued smiling. Her reply was there is a private option. No, I do not want him to vote on a government plan, never. Oh, was all she could say.

Then progressing in my nicety, I asked how to get on his mailing list. We discussed the website, how to sign up for the newsletter, etc. I thanked her and departed, snapping a few photos as I exited the building.



Strange, how a few words can change another persons facial expressions in a snap.



I do believe he is up for re-election in 2010, a one term-er...hummmmmm I would love to say, "You're fired."

And, why do we put different letters in front of words so they will sound different but mean nothing?

Isn't that what poiticans do? Words with no meaning.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

What I Needed To Do Today and What I Did Are Two Different Things

I woke up this morning, showered, brushed the teeth, threw on clothes for the day, sunglasses, no face, shoes on feet, headed out the door to my favorite big biscuit drive thru. I ordered one plain biscuit and a large Diet Coke, easy ice. When the order was picked up at the window, I drove to the parking lot just down the street and parked facing the highway so I could people watch.

One of the things I have changed about my eating is instead of ordering two plain biscuits, I now only order one. I still love my Diet Coke but most of the time order a medium instead of a large. Today, I caved and got the big one.

On the way back to the house, I determined I would not finish unloading the over packed master closet. No, I would sacrifice my Friday and drive to my local town to do a few fun things.

The email was checked, Facebook, a load of laundry started, the bed made, face on, etc. Now, to the local town.

I went the back way, drove thru my favorite chicken sandwich store, it was lunch time by this time, ordered the grilled and another Diet Coke, no waffle fries, ate it in the car, too. As I was finishing up my lunch, I spotted a really large dollar store. I went exploring.

In our local dollar store, there are very few food items. Dinah Shore mentioned buying food from the dollar store. The mission was set and I was focused.

I purchased: one large package of note cards 200 count, two very nice Colgate tooth brushes in a double pack, one carton of Epsom salts (more on this in a future blog) and a box of Betty Crocker Roasted Garlic instant potatoes. Real bargains, in my opinion, because they were only $1 each, American dollars.

I also drove to a new party store and made a small purchase.

On to phase two....I stopped at the Post Office, purchased stamps because Hubbie asked me to do so, dropped off the bills, asked for directions to a certain address. I was looking for the like kind Senator's office.

I was told to go one way, reality is, it was in the opposite direction just a block from the Post Office. Interesting, the man working in the Post Office did not know the address of the building he worked in, had to look it up on a shipping label, weird. Oh well, I found it, while at the same time, drove past some beautiful old homes in the Historic district.

On the first try, it was the wrong building, but I found it across the street. The building the office is actually in is beautiful. I made my visit, left the building, headed back home to beat the Friday afternoon traffic.

It was a fun day. I spent little money, accomplished a couple of things but still have the overstuffed closet to conquer tomorrow.

By the way, another post is coming that will deal with the visit to the like kind Senate office. It was interesting. Stay tuned.

Are you waiting, holding your breath? ;)

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

I DID IT, What will you do?

Once a upon a post, a few days back, I challenged you to go see your Congressional representatives IF 'they' were not holding any meetings during this, 'their', August break.

We have two conservative senators that do a great job standing up for the people of our state. I still call and email them so they will know I am out here and supporting their efforts. If they do something I like, I tell them. If they do something I don't like, I tell them.

However, we had a multi-term (why do we not have term limits on these people??!), democrat senator that retired last year. He was replaced with like kind. Like kind is not having any meetings during the August break because 'he just had one last month'. This is the reply I received when I visited his local office recently.

I voiced my concern to the lady that is the one lady in the one person office.

I told her I NEVER want a government health care program. I wanted the government to NOT be in control of my health care. To please tell the Senator, to which, she said she would. She has worked in the one person office for 19 years, which means, she is a hold over from the last democrat retiree. No problem, everyone likes job security. At first she was a bit guarded but as we talked, she eventually smiled, gave me her card, thanked me for coming. I asked permission to take a picture of the door. Permission was granted.



So, fellow blogger, I issue this challenge. IF 'they' are not coming to you, you go to them. Grab your keys, get into your car and drive to their nearest office even if it takes awhile to go. It is worth it because..........

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato

There is another office in a town about 25 miles away. I will be visiting it, too.

What will you do?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Here a Pound, There a Pound

As some of you know, I am trying to loose weight still one more time. I am attending a nearby weight loss group and attempting to eat about half of what I have been eating. I'm making small changes.

This being one of them...before I would drink...



Now, I drink....



At the meeting, I learn something each week. One thing is to write down everything that goes into your mouth. Eat it, write it. This small effort puts you in control and shows you what you are really eating, allowing to make changes along the way.

I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. When I joined I paid $4 per week. When I reached goal and became a lifetime member, my fee dropped to $3 per week. I tried to go to a local a meeting but it was a disaster plus it was $12 per week. It's just too expensive for my budget.

This is a personal observation: I have never known, personally, anyone that lost weight on WW, keep the weight off. I think it is a mind set that is a bit off. It uses words like legal, good bad, etc. When you 'go off' the plan, there is a false guilt that many cover with food. I have been on WW twice, tried it many more times, and both times gained back what I had lost plus more. When I hit that magical number, it was as if I was given a get out of jail free card. I ate.

All weight loss programs work because they are low in calories. Calories are the key. Loosing weight is pretty simple, take in less, loose weight. Take in more, gain weight. I've lost 8 pounds with many more to go. I'm taking it a week at a time not worrying about the past week and not focusing on the week ahead. I focus on the week I am in at the moment.

Why do we make it so hard?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Here in America

Mute the music at the bottom of the page before pushing play.

This is copied from an email and is flowing through the Internet as a free copy.



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Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Food from Schwan's

Today was interesting. I waited for a delivery of free food and we ate it for supper.

Last week, Schwan's Foods had a free food advertisement on the web. You could pick any of their items under $10 and have it delivered for free, directly to your front door. It is on their website to the first several thousand customers. I picked from their healthy menu.

The Pasta Primavera Dinner was only $8.99 and served two people. The dinner could be microwaved or cooked in a regular oven. I chose to cook in the oven because sometimes food just taste better from a regular oven than it does nuked in a microwave.

I also boiled some frozen corn on the cob. The youngest son had driven through town on his way back to his college town so I baked a pan of brownies for his trip back. I cut out one of the corners for the Hubbie because he likes the corners. The brownie was his desert. I ate mine, a smaller one, about 4:00 because I was starving.

The meal was very satisfying, not overly spiced with easy clean up. Just trash the little black containers the food comes, cooks in, and put the plates, silverwear in the dishwasher.

The normal delivery charge for Schwan's Foods is only $1. The meal was $4.50 per person.

Will I be ordering from the company again? You bet. Yum.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Off to do a shop and eat lunch for free

It's Saturday so I slept late but I'm showered, face on, no breakfast because I knew I had a mystery shop to do.

I am going to a local deli type store for lunch. I will be reimbursed and paid a small fee for filling in the report online.

I have been doing this for over 6 years now. There are things I do not do. I do not do bar shops, tobacco shops or alcohol shops. Why? Because I don't do those things. Simple.

I also do not sell makeup because I cannot wear makeup without it burning my face. I do not do tan shops for the same reason.

Over these years, I have accomplished and been paid for bank shops, fast food shops, retail shops, gas station shops, grocery shops, sit down restaurant shops, car dealer shops, post office shops and more.

Sure, the reports can be a bit much but you learn what a company is looking for and remember over time.

It is how I have made my spending money.

Hint: Do not pay for information on becoming a mystery shopper. It is a scam. You can find everything you need to know yourself.

Years ago, our family went on vacation to Myrtle Beach. I had two sit down restaurant shops. One bill was $105.00. The other bill was $98.00. I was paid for both in full for a family of four. One shop we even took a long time friend with us. The restaurants were places we could not normally afford so it was a real treat for our family.

Time to go eat and get paid. Looks like it's going to be a great day. No misspellings found on the first try! ;)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday

My blog is simple. I blog about stuff in my life. It will not be a book title or movie material. I just like doing it. It's something I never thought I would do. Things change.

Today is Friday but you know that already. I am waiting for the youngest son to call. He is on his way to Mississippi for the weekend.

The list for the day includes...

Returning Hubbie's movie to Blockbuster

Picking up Hubbie's RX from CVS and one from Kroger (only $10 for 3 months supply)

Headed to WM with a short list of things to pick up for Hubbie

Hubbie works extremely hard and very long hours. He is a good Hubbie so I appreciate everything he does to care for me. So, I do all I can to help and take care of him.

Marriage it is a two way street. Sometimes we go in opposite directions but it's best to stay in the same lane headed in the same direction. So, we do, the best we can.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ho Ho Ho

It's
140
days
until
Christmas!
Ho
Ho
Ho

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Stupid Government People

She tells people to go back and read the bill then admits it is not even written yet. Yep, labeled this post right! Remember this is Arlen Specter, the one who switched parties on the people he represents because he was so far behind in the poles. I so hope he is voted out of office!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Legit Home Biz






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Monday, August 3, 2009

White Racist Cop



NOTICE WHO IS HELPING THE 'DISABLED' BLACK MAN DOWN THE STEPS......

He will not come to me so I'm going to him

Congress is out on break. I cannot find a listing on my democrat representative showing he will be meeting with people in his district. So, I'm paying a visit to his local office. He has two so I'm hitting both of them. No, I did not vote for him but he is still suppose to be representing me. Keywords are 'suppose to be'.

Here is his address:

Parker Griffith is his name.

Huntsville District Office
2101 Clinton Ave. W. Suite 302
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256) 551-0190
Fax: (256) 551-0194

Decatur District Office
302 Lee St. P.O. Box 668
Decatur, AL 35602
Phone: 256-355-9400
Fax: 256-355-9406

Stupid is as stupid does. Stop being stupid, Congress. Or is that even possible?

Stop sitting on your hands, People. Fight back. Live free.

Weird Day

This post was suppose to be for yesterday. It's later than I thought I would be up today since I have been 'dragging' all day.

It was a weird day. First of all, my cell phone alarm did not go off! I over slept and ran late getting ready for church services this morning. I arrived and the AM service had been switched with Sunday School.

The pastor was preaching, after a few minutes, the invitation was given and then we were sent to our Sunday School classes. The power was out so the AM service was held first, by candlelight, then when the power came on, the people could go to their classrooms.

Since SS was last, we were dismissed at 11:50! We went to a nice restaurant for a sit down lunch! We beat the crowds. The food was delicious and homemade. Normally, I drive thru KFC, pick up some grilled meals and drive back home. The Hubbie has his suit off, gym shorts on and waiting in his chair for the meal, we eat, and he sleeps while I am usually on the computer.

Then this afternoon, our youngest Son took most of his stuff back to his college town. He will be sharing an apartment with a long time friend in an effort to save money since living on campus is so very expensive. His room has been packed with stuff and is now about half empty. I hope he can find a job since his summer job is ending.

The weather was nice, only about 71 this morning and very comfortable for the first of August summer time in the South.

So, it was a good day but weird. I wonder if the week will be a weird week?

Saturday, August 1, 2009