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Busy St. Patty's Day.

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)


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DGILBRIDE1949 3/21/2010 9:19PM

    Days spent with Mom are always important. Keep up the good work.

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NONNIELL 3/18/2010 1:58PM

    I hope your St. Patty's day went well! Sounds like you are one busy lady. I love reubens too! I actually made a small corned beef roast in the crockpot yesterday. I put cut up potatoes on the bottom. No cabbage - just water to cover the potatoes and then added the corn beef. It came packaged with seasonings. It cooked for 8 hours and was marvelous!

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READINGDOC 3/17/2010 10:56PM

    I hope you enjoyed your day with your mom.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/17/2010 3:35PM

    You have your day planned. Sounds like a good and busy one. emoticon on the scale....down again. Karen your are doing emoticon. Like Patty said we are all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. I have on my Green emoticon today.

Enjoy your time with your mother. I hope the emoticon shines for you. It's not shining in this Belton.
God Bless

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/17/2010 11:20AM

    Enjoy your day with your mom!!!

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PJSTIME 3/17/2010 10:54AM

    Don't you know everyone is Irish on St. Patricks day:) I have my corned beef cooking now for our traditiona rueben sandwiches tonight. They are so good and I WON'T give up this tradition for nothing.

I am so glad everything is working out with your mom. Keep up the eatin plan its working for you.

Have a great day. PJ

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GABY1948 3/17/2010 9:10AM

    Karen I am so glad things are doing so well! I LOVE Reubens! It is what I order all the time when out but I have them substitute turkey for the corned beef and leave the Thousand Island in the kitchen! The swiss makes it more than gooey enough! I have at least one a week when we go to town!
Have a great time with your mother!

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Lifestyle change.

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.


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HEALTHYARTIST1 3/18/2010 10:30PM

    Every mother should be as lucky as yours to have you as a daughter! emoticon

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WYWIWOMAN 3/16/2010 10:24PM

    Your plan is wonderful and I'm sure that your positive attitude and your mother's spunkiness will make this move work. What a lovely location for her new home! Best wishes to you both.

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EMMABE1 3/16/2010 6:48PM

    I hope that both you and your mother adjust well to the move!!

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PJSTIME 3/16/2010 3:07PM

    Yes there will be adjustments but I think they are going to be positive ones especially with your attitude. THis will be a great bonding time for the two of you. You are a wonderful person and a great daughter. Enjoy this time I wish I could still do things with my mom. PJ

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SUPREME5 3/16/2010 12:09PM

    i am proud to know you and have you as a friend
your mother ies lucky to have you as a daughter
god bless you and take care

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GRYFFINSONG 3/16/2010 11:17AM

    Sounds like a great plan, Karen, and I feel very positive that it'll work out well for both of you. My mom and I bought a house together a couple months ago. After only seeing her a couple of times a year, it's certainly different. My mom's only 78, and still very active and drives and such. So her independence isn't an issue. She's turned out to be an awesome housemate, and I cherish this time we have together.

Hugs and good luck to both of you!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/16/2010 10:37AM

    I'm sure you will enjoy having your mother close so you can see her more often. Enjoy her as long as you can. I really miss my mother. She passed away at 80 yrs. old.

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    Your mother is a very lucky woman. Everyone should have a daughter like you.!! Bless you.

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JENNY888 3/16/2010 8:55AM

    I loved reading all your plans for your Mom. She is lucky to have someone like you and you are lucky to be able to spend time with her so close. My Mom lives all the way across the country and refuses to move closer. I would love to have her here close but it has to be her decision. I hope you really enjoy your time with her.

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GABY1948 3/16/2010 8:16AM

    Hope all goes well but with your attitude I am sure it will. Her apartment sounds so cute I do hope you can post some pictures when all is final. Have a great time with your mother, Karen. You are so lucky she is so able at 87!

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CHELLESDOINGR8 3/16/2010 7:23AM

    Wishing you and your Mom all the best!


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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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