Wednesday, March 17, 2010
My mother arrived safely yesterday, even though the bus was 45 min. late due to a traffic jam on the interstate.
Today we'll be going to sign the lease, etc. and perhaps pick up a few things for hew new apartment (shelving for the bathroom, curtains, etc.) and get her set up with a phone, etc.
It will be a couple of weeks before my sons can get her moved here, but she has some packing to do in that time anyway.
I woke up this morning weighing LESS than yesterday, so my focus on not abandoning my eating plan while she's here is working. Of course, I'm celebrating St. Patrick's day with Joe and his famous Reuben sandwiches tonight, so I'm not out of the danger zone yet, lol.
Yesterday was cold and rainy, but today promises to be warmer and sunny, which will make all the errands with Mother much more fun.
Don't forget to wear the GREEN today, for St. Patty! (I'm Italian, but oh well)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I'm having my hair trimmed today. It grows like a weed. Really fast.
My mother is coming in this evening. She insisted on riding the bus from Conroe. It will take her all day to get here, but my mother LOVES to travel, no matter where, how far, how close, or by what means. She just wants to GO. Being 87 yrs. old has not changed that at all for her.
Last time she was here, I gained weight! Not this time. I'm making progress and am determined not to lose it. So I have definitely planned our meals.
At 9 am tomorrow morning, we'll go to her new apartment and sign the lease, pay the deposit, rent, etc. It's a ground floor unit, front and back porch/patio, huge oak trees and faces a little park that the units are built around. Perfect for her. About 15 min. from my house. Perfect for me. Sure beats a 4 hr. drive each way.
My life is going to change now that she's here. I've promised her that Mon - Thurs, my mornings are hers. I'll take her to Wal-mart, grocery store, shopping, doctors, whatever.
She's going to be about a half a block from the Senior Citizen center and the same distance from another community center, which should keep her social and happy, since she can't drive anymore. I'll take her wherever else she needs to go. And to a movie and out to lunch a couple of times a month.
I think she and I were both wary about this move, but I feel that if I meet it head on with a positive plan, it will be a happy circumstance for us both.
Monday, March 15, 2010
OR - they all wait then come in a bus. That's what I used to say at work when it was quiet all day then at 4:30 twelve people walked in needing something right away, lol.
I just spent a load of cash for new hardwood flooring. Now one of my toilets needs to be taken out to replace a broken flange. AND I just paid for some landscaping, fertilizing, mowing, only to find I also need the pest control people to spray the foundation and yard.
I'm leaking $$$$. AND, suddenly there's a unit available for my mother, who has been waiting to move here from Conroe, about 4 hours away. I'll have to get her, take her there to fill out the lease, etc. and pay the first month's rent and deposit. She'll need a few things for her new apartment, don't we always when we move? I'm footing the bill for this too.
How can you go from very comfortable and right on your financial plan/budget, to suddenly spending all your available cash in one week!
It's the way things happen, I know. Hopefully, none of my applicances will go out this week!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. ET Sunday, so donít forget to set your clocks ahead by an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!
What do you think about Daylight Savings Time? Is there really any benefit from it? Would you rather do without it?
Saturday, March 06, 2010
My 11 year old granddaughter now has her own laptop and email account. I sent her an email on Internet Safety, and it occurred to me that EVERYONE could use a reminder on that subject.
Working so many years in the criminal justice system has made me always see a darker side, I suppose, or maybe it's just made me more aware of reality, hmmm?
Anyway, there are two major things you should be aware of when sending emails. (Fortunately, you don't have to worry about either of them if you use SparkMail!)
Hopefully, your email address does NOT contain your FULL NAME. Even if it doesn't, your full name may well show up on all the emails you send, IF you have it in your computer! Usually when you first set up a computer, there is a place where you enter your name. THAT name is going to show up when you least expect it. I always use Karen L. and that's how my name shows up on emails I send.
NEVER give your FULL NAME away unless you are at a secure site such as a banking site or a shopping site. Those places will show a small lock in the address bar to show they are secure.
So check with your friends, or send yourself an email to another account and see if it has your full name on it. If so, do some investigating into your PC and change it!
Go to CONTROL PANEL, USER ACCOUNTS, CHANGE AN ACCOUNT, click on your name, and there's an option to CHANGE MY NAME. Use the initial of your last name, instead of your full name.
FORWARDS. Here is where most people overlook what they are really doing when they forward something to all their friends. They are sending all the email addresses on that forward out to the whole wide world! You send a forward to 10 people, who send it on to 10 more, and on and on an on. Eventually your email address is spread over the world and you'll be getting more SPAM down the road.
Sooner or later you'll get some with a virus attached. Or you'll get some emails you'd really rather not read. Once someone took my email address and used it to send spam. So all the poor spammed people thought it came from ME! My internet provider shut me down for sending tons of email spam! Took a while to figure it out and get it fixed.
So, when you SEND A FORWARD, before you HIT SEND, look at the top of the message part and you'll see all the email addresses it's already been sent to. DELETE THEM before you send your forward. You'll be doing everyone a big favor, protecting your friends, and NOT helping spammers and untold other crooks out there just waiting for more victims!
Get An Email Alert Each Time --KREN Posts