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When it rains, it POURS!

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!


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  Sorry to hear of your expensive week, but so glad to hear you found a place for you Mom, I'm sure she will appreciate it immensely! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

xxx ooo

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FISHINGLADY66 3/15/2010 10:50PM

    Wish I could send you a Pot of Gold. emoticon. This is what happens when we think were doing alright. Believe me I do understand.
God Bless

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GABY1948 3/15/2010 8:38PM

    Karen, it DOES always happen that way! But it will get better soon and then you can console one of us when it happens to us. I'm so happy your mom gets her place soon! That was good news!

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SWEETNHOT 3/15/2010 3:37PM

    It's like when you get some unexpected cash and suddenly your car break down or something it's like we are only supposed to have so much and that's it!

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PJSTIME 3/15/2010 2:26PM

    Thats what always happens. It will get better and this will all be just another memory for the book. PJ

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GRYFFINSONG 3/15/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds familiar Karen! Best of luck to you and your mom and your swiftly emptying wallet! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/15/2010 1:08PM

    Yes, it does seem that when it rains it pours! Hopefully, the sun will soon be shining on you & your family.


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READINGDOC 3/15/2010 1:03PM

    Your mother is very blessed to have you and you are very blessed to have her. The hemorraging wallet is a problem though.
God's speed.

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JENNY888 3/15/2010 12:41PM

    I know how you feel. We need to put a new roof on our house. We went pricing yesterday.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2010 12:31PM

    It happens to us all. The hemorrhaging wallet. LOL.

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KOOCH4 3/15/2010 12:20PM

    Your Mother is very lucky to have you.
I sure hope life will stop raining on you and send back some of that $...
Bless you and good luck Karen!

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Spring Forward!

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?


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MSKRIS7 3/14/2010 11:50AM

    Leave it the same way all of the time.

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GABY1948 3/14/2010 10:10AM

    I love dst but my dh hates it. I like it later in the evening...I wish they left it all year!

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CATHY629 3/14/2010 9:52AM

    Our clocks dont go forward until the last sunday in March.,which this year is the 28th

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/13/2010 10:12PM

    I find it hard to adjust but I love DST. I like having lots of light in the evening and would not want it to get daylight at 4 A.M. in the summer.

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MOOKBALL 3/13/2010 7:14PM

    I like it in the northern hemisphere but here at the equator there{s always 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. You just have to make do with mother nature.

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WYWIWOMAN 3/13/2010 3:40PM

    I live in Wisconsin and it is dark in winter - so working from "can't see to can't see" as my friend says may mean from 7:15 a.m. to 4 :15 p.m. This week it's been light about 6 a.m. and still light at 6 p.m. So tonight is daylight savings and it seems too soon. Twelve hours of light and twelve of dark seems fine for March. But no one asked me.

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MAYKATCOOPER 3/13/2010 3:20PM

    Am I ever with PJSTIME! Leave it the same all the time. I don't mind gaining an hour though this change takes me about a month to adjust to. Sigh.

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KARENJOJO 3/13/2010 2:51PM

    Thanks for the reminder, I forgot and would have been early for Sunday School.

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PJSTIME 3/13/2010 2:27PM

    Leave it one way all the time. Have a great day. PJ

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/13/2010 11:46AM

    I like it. I like having the daylight longer in the evening. I can remember playing outside till 9pm as a kid....great fun.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/13/2010 11:04AM

    Thanks for the reminder Karen. Daylight Savings Time does not benefit me because I don't have to set the alarm to get up. It does, however, throw my biological clock off for a month. I could do without it. But, Hey, Whatever makes the world go around.

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--KREN 3/13/2010 11:03AM

    Me too! I do NOT like messing with the time. No artificial time, please, lol. Set it. Leave it! Karen

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SERENITYSEL 3/13/2010 9:47AM

    I love daylight savings time!!!

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Internet Safety!

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!


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DOINFINE 4/8/2010 12:05PM

    Eternally grateful for this blog. It really opened my eyes! emoticon
I copied this and sent it to some friends. They were thankful too.
Bless you!

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GABY1948 3/7/2010 8:01PM

    Thanks so much for posting this, Karen. I already do these things but it irritates me so much when someone I send to sends out to a "group" email and I see my email on there (if I sent it to them first and they just forward it back out) and I have stopped sending emails at all to those people.

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SERENITYSEL 3/7/2010 10:42AM

    I agree. I have my name listed as Sharon Serenity, never do I use my real last name, I also do not just forward emails, and I have asked all my contacts not to forward me emails. Instead I offered something similiar to your suggestion.

When you want to forward an email, copy the portion you want to send, eliminating all the previous email addresses. Then send a message to your own account, and bcc all the contacts you want to send to. Then simply paste the message and send. No one knows who else got the message, no danger of anyone getting all your friends/contacts/family emails.

Thanks for the tip, but I guess I think like you do. After opening an attachment a live "friend" sent me back in 2000, my computer crashed. I lost a lot of things from that, and now I don't open anything from anyone I don't know and I will not open any attachment unless I first scan it for a virus. Sharon

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READINGDOC 3/6/2010 11:24PM

    Thanks! I was just attacked by a virus that attached itself to my address book and sent out sexy e-mails to everyone on that list. It was very embarrassing since most of those on the list were church people.

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    Such a great idea to remind people about this. Thanks!!!

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WYWIWOMAN 3/6/2010 4:08PM

    Thanks for sharing this advice. I'm going to check out my computer ASAP.

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BIRDLEGS29 3/6/2010 3:22PM

    Thanks Karen! I did not know about the name and your blog sent me to check all my e mail buddies. Virtually every one, including me, show full names! I will certainly forward your message on.


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FISHINGLADY66 3/6/2010 2:24PM

    Great Advice Karen. Thanks so much. I don't think many people know about all this. I don't know much about computers myself, but I am learning. You are emoticon.
Hope you granddaughter enjoys her computer.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/6/2010 12:55PM

    Good ideas....

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PJSTIME 3/6/2010 12:45PM

    Thank you and I already practice them. Have a great weekend. PJ

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CHRISTY60 3/6/2010 12:20PM

    Thanks a lot...I am not too computer smart, so this advice is good.

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JEANNEADAIR 3/6/2010 12:17PM

    Thanks for the good inf...will pass it along to family and friends

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LIS193 3/6/2010 12:15PM

    Thank you for sharing this.
Hope you granddaughter enjoys her computer :)

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BELTONWALKER67 3/6/2010 12:15PM

    Great advice & I've passed on to my granddaughter. emoticon

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Eat MORE? Yes.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Veggies, that is.

Of course, we've always known that we should eat our fruits and vegetables. But science has finally caught up with common sense.

A study in the UK investigated people's eating habits and health outcomes. The more fruits and vegetables people ate, the better their overall health. It didn't matter if the people were smokers or in bad health.

How Much To Eat?
Adding 2 additional portions of fruits and vegetables a day increased the chances that someone would be in good functional health by 11 percent. Make that your goal -- to add two servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

How To Do It?
All you have to do is double your veggies at dinner and eat an apple or other piece of fruit as a snack.

You can read this for yourself at longevity.about.com/od/longevityboos

You can find all sorts of ways to add vegetables to your diet. I like to spritz mine with Olive Oil, spread them on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at about 400 degrees for 20 min. or more, depending on how crunchy you want them. You can put them in zip lock bags and add them to every meal.

Or simply prep all your favorites that you like to munch on raw, and have them available right in the middle of your fridge so they are what you see as soon as you open that door, wanting to "graze".

Just be sure to make eating these veggies your FIRST priority. Get that quota in every day and you won't have to worry so much about the rest of your food.

I'm sold on veggies!


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  They are very delicious once you get a taste for them, thanks for the reminder!


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WYWIWOMAN 3/3/2010 11:06PM

    Great blog! Veggies are great - thanks for the article. Have a healthy veggie-filled day tomorrow!
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FISHINGLADY66 3/3/2010 8:30PM

    I'm sold on vegetables too. I always have a container of fresh veggies in my fridge for munching. Thanks for the article.
God Bless

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    I eat tons of fruits and veggies. I love them!!

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JENNY888 3/3/2010 12:04PM

    Veggies are something I have no problem eating. Same goes for fruits.

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MSKRIS7 3/3/2010 10:37AM

    I always love veggies, fruits are second best for me, have to be careful.Sugar/asthma

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MOOOOW 3/3/2010 9:46AM

    Roasted veggies are the best!!! I actually do the same thing. They are also great for snacking.

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CATHY629 3/3/2010 8:55AM

    I wish i loved vegetables, i really have to force myself to eat them,i dont have a problem with fruit as i love fruit.

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PJSTIME 3/3/2010 8:38AM

    Good blog. I have no problems getting in my fruits and vegetables because I like them. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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GABY1948 3/3/2010 7:48AM

    I'm sold on veggies with you, Karen! Good blog, thanks!

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Home Remedies?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm fighting a sore throat. Probably a sinus or allergy problem that causes my throat to get sore.

Drugs do weird things to me, so I try to stay away from them as much as possible. I'm usually a living, breathing, "Drug-Free Zone". LOL

But I do need SOMETHING to help my sore throat.
Usually I double up on my Vitamin C.
I take Airborne twice a day.
I drink green tea with honey and lemon.
I use Saline nasal spray.
I keep a cough drop or herbal lozenge in my mouth most of the time.

What else?

Do YOU have any home remedies that work for you when you feel a sore throat coming on?

Inquiring minds and sore throats want to know!


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FISHINGLADY66 3/1/2010 8:29PM

    I hope your feeling better by the time your read my response. My doctor told me to boil water on the stove and breath it. I guess it is from the dry air and low humidity.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 3/1/2010 7:13PM

    Do you have enough humidity in your house? I know I get sore throats when it gets dry. Try a warm mist to put humidity in the air.

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JUSTJO66 3/1/2010 9:43AM

    Honey is very good for sore throat's and coughs. Also my Mom swears by vinegar for the throat (gargle with it). Onions also have antibiotic effects. Hope you are feeling better soon.


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GABY1948 3/1/2010 5:19AM

    I do what you do except the Airborne. And sometimes like Martha, I gargle warm saltwater...dh's favorite. LIke you, I won't take most drugs...I don't trust any of them...what will they do to me in 10 years?
Hope you are feeling better.

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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:35PM

    When I feel a cold coming on I put a dropper full of echinecea/goldenseal in water and drink it and take extra Vit C. Hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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DGAIL51 2/28/2010 6:03PM

    the gargling with salt water is always good. My mom recently told me that mixing cinnamon with a tsp of honey helps her sinuses. I take echinacea when I feel something coming on and it often helps. I also take oscillococcinum (homeopahtic med) if I am feeling aching and found that to be really helpful. I too am very sensitive to prescription meds and take the minimum I can get by with.

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Donna

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--KREN 2/28/2010 4:01PM

    Martha, I Googled pears and found this on the Food Channel:

Pears are known to have a cooling effect that is excellent in relieving fever. Some say the best way to bring a fever down quickly or sooth a sore throat is to drink a big glass of pear juice. The antioxidants will also build your immune system; so drink pear juice when you feel a cold coming on. One recommendation says that for vocal chord health, boil the juice of two Chinese pears with raw honey and drink it warm.

Need to get some pear juice! Thanks! Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/28/2010 1:53PM

    I had a Chinese roommate in college who often said she needed "some pair for her throat".

I think of her often when I eat pears.

I always gargle with warm salt water, and tell my kids to do the same.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/28/2010 11:30AM

    I do the same and gargle with salt water.

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SUPREME5 2/28/2010 11:06AM

    home remedies sometimes work better than drugs better for us to

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--KREN 2/28/2010 11:00AM

    Cathy, I knew that! But had forgotten it. Thanks for the reminder! Karen

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CATHY629 2/28/2010 10:43AM

    I dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with it.

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