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Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I experienced this call about 2 weeks ago as did my sister-in-law before I got this in an e-mail from a local computer company with our Chamber of Commerce. I usually do not share this on Sparkpeople-but since another friend on Sparkpeople may have been a victim as well I though I'd share. I was able to recognize the fraud thankfully. See below.

As far as my diet is concerned I am just holding still--sigh.

Microsoft Called - My Computer's Broke???!!!
It's not true... there is yet another scam
that we want to bring to your attention:

People are receiving calls about their computer from "Microsoft" and other trusted names. These are generally not calls from these trusted companies, but scammers! They are claiming that your computer is in need of services. We have heard this from multiple sources... a friend of ours that they called actually didn't own a computer! Here are a couple samples of what they said:

"We are getting an error message from your computer, are you the owner of the computer?" ... "Go to your computer and I'll tell you exactly what to do."

These callers can be very convincing, but do not give them your information. Instead call your trusted IT-Support team if you truly feel something may be wrong with your computer. These scammers will lead you through a process to do a variety of things:

Take control of your computer
Steal and sell your contact information
Steal your credit card payment information
Steal your account passwords for bank accounts
Install spyware and/or viruses
Any combination of these can potentially cause a lot of problems for you. Always be cautious when receiving calls like these and protect your personal information and passwords.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

INFLATED 7/5/2013 6:14PM

    I am surprised my comment about Sherlock showed up since I was on at a time when Spark People was performing maintenance.

I told the people at church about this blog. Most of us have a home computer. I do appreciate that you wrote a blog about it. So far, I haven't had a problem, other than one of the scariest times of my life.

My husband said, "If we go to the bank and we are wiped out, we will just have to start over." Most men wouldn't have been so kind at the prospect of losing all of their money and possibly their house.

It was a hard lesson for me. I depend on my son, but there are times that he just doesn't want to fool with my questions or help me with the computer. I thought I could handle it, but I know now not to trust anyone when it comes to allowing remote computer use of my computer.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/3/2013 12:41PM

    This is a good thing to share! So many people are taken in by scams that we all need to help each other when we hear of one. I "like" to think I am "smarter" that that, but we all have moments of vulnerability... So thanks!

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THINAGIN2 7/2/2013 6:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this scam information with the rest of us. We all need a heads up occasionally, especially now when there are so many trying to take advantage of others!

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BETZYGIRL 7/2/2013 6:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. There are too many people who respond to calls like this without thinking about them being scams. So sad.

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Hello! Weekly catch-up. Sherlock update

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sherlock hiding in the yard.

Well it was inevitable. Sherlock sneaked out of the deck door yesterday. Now he is an inside & outside cat. He seems to stay in the fenced yard and is really enjoying his life. He comes when I call him and is now using the doggy door to get in and out. He caught on to that REALLY QUICK! I worry about him but he has is Revolution and ( I hate to admit it) seems happier with his added freedom.

Since I spent most of my life around woods, I created a very woodsy yard. My yard is an official wildlife habitat. Needless to say---Sherlock loves it.

Saturday I sold raffle tickets for the Taneytown History Museum at the local "Wine, Art, Jazz Fest." I was very good only drank water and did not eat anything there.

My pedometer arrived. I was amazed that I regularly walk 3-5 miles just around the house doing things each day. I use chores or play for exercise. So mowing the lawn, housework, swimming, working the garden are good things for me to do.

I have not lost weight--but I have maintained it! I enjoy cooking but have kept to healthy stuff. make my own yogurt, occasionally my own bread, soft pretzels, pasta, jam, jelly, can & freeze food, as well as have food dehydrator. I use that mostly for my spice harvests.

I am trying to lead a healthy life. I hope the weight comes off soon.

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INFLATED 7/3/2013 2:22AM

    I am always glad to know that Sherlock's story has a happy ending.

I am not all swollen since using the 80/20 plan of 80% raw foods and 20% whatever I like. The swelling in my left leg has gone down and my clothing is looser. I think it will be a slow loss for me, but I am content as long as I am not putting the pounds back on.

I knew you were a busy person and your pedometer shows that.

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PATTISTAMPS 6/24/2013 2:49PM

    Awwww.... Love that photo of Sherlock! Some kitties do really love it outside, and how wonderful that you have such a great yard for him! I think I need to get a new pedometer. I know I have one somewhere around here... but have no idea where. I know it would ensure I get off my butt more often instead of sitting in front of the computer...

Have a great day, and visit your own wildlife habitat!

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/24/2013 12:08PM

    How wonderful for have a habitat for wildlife and for your cat to enjoy. emoticon

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INSPIRATIONAL3 6/24/2013 11:20AM

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Cabin in the Woods

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cabin at Oglebay Park, WV

Last weekend I spent two days with my brother and his family at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV. They rented a cabin and a shelter for the high school graduation of their son. It was very enjoyable. The six hour one way drive is a bit of a killer. I am now just getting back to normal.

While there, I swam for 90 minutes doing laps in the indoor pool at Wilson Lodge. It was very relaxing. Just what I needed after that drive. In my younger years I would buy a family pass to the Wheeling Park Pool and we would go there every day and swim. My husband and I would take turns doing laps and usually swam 5 miles a day. We were also teaching our children 3 and 5 how to swim. My five year old could swim the lap length of the pool on his own at age 5. He did join a swim team for a while but hated beating the other kids so he quit. He did not like making them feel bad.

I would love to get back into swimming. But the pools here are not made for laps--only dips. I have thought about a Endless Pool but they are thousands of dollars and if I was to do that I would want it indoors to use all year long which even more expensive. So unless I win the lottery---I do not see that happening any time soon.

As a child I also played batmitten, walked 5 miles a day, and occasionally bowled, rode a bike and played golf. But most of that is more fun if you have someone to share it. I have been looking at bikes but not made a commitment as yet. Exercise is easier when it is fun & shared.

Now to get to work cleaning the house. Have a great weekend!

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INFLATED 6/14/2013 3:45PM

    I really like the cabin. When we first moved to Deep Creek Lake, we lived in cabin similar to this but it looked more like where the chairs are without the other end attached. It had a fireplace and linoleum floors. One night a log rolled out of the fireplace and caught the linoleum on fire. Dad later built a house and the cabin was rented out.

I am glad you got to go swimming. The temperatures dropped which means the water in the pool will be cold. I need to have my son clean it before adding a bunch of chemicals to the water. If there is debris like leaves in the pool, the chemicals don't do much good and there are leaves in it which will have to be vacuumed out.

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/14/2013 1:11PM

    I used to love swimming too. Have thought to get an above ground pool for summer use.

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MAMISHELI53 6/14/2013 11:28AM

    I love camping, but as I approach my 60th birthday and deal with arthritic joints, I'm not so keen on tents and sleeping bags, even WITH an air mattress. This summer 3 of my old "Scrabble Buddies" and I are going to rent a cabin outside of Allegany State Park in NY. We'll be able to be comfortable, but close to the park to do some hiking and enjoy nature.
Blessings to you on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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Violence. That one word added a new perspective.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Just finished " The One Plan: a week-by week guide to restoring your natural health and happiness.". In it the author talked about how the teachings in Yoga began to transform his life. I will not follow all his teachings because some of them are a bit over the top. However, one thing that fazed me was when he spoke about AVOIDING VIOLENCE.

When you think of violence I am sure you envision terrible physical harm. A lot of harm. But like me, I bet you never thought of that cupcake as violence! What about NOT exercising? Or letting others or things get you into such state that you feel ill or stressed?

His point is that violence is harmful. So, therefore, harmful stuff is violent. What a revelation! Would you want your body to be subjected to violence each and every day! Let alone do it to yourself! WOW!

When you pick up that "treat" knowing it is doing violence to your body, or NOT doing exercise is doing violence, or getting yourself into a mental frenzy or exhaustion is violence. We are doing violence to ourselves daily. It is like beating yourself up and eventually killing yourself.

it puts a different perspective on things. When you pick up that cupcake instead of a treat I see a threat. Not doing violence to your self will allow you to heal and grow and be healthy and happy.

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MARYJOANNA 6/7/2013 4:50PM

  Another way to look at a problem.. Very good.

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DWSCHUYLER 6/7/2013 4:45PM

    Wow! What a different outlook. Thanks for sharing!

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MJ7DM33 6/7/2013 1:11PM

  What a different perspective! Thx for sharing!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/7/2013 12:56PM

    Hmmmm... and I have always pictured that cupcake as a love thing... guess if I changed my thought process I'd do better! Thanks for this... good food for thought (no pun intended!)

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INFLATED 6/7/2013 12:04PM

    I have often said I was killing myself with food. I love food more than my life is what it boils down to. Interesting perspective though.

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SHERYLDS 6/7/2013 11:20AM

    I won't ask what he thinks of red meat

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Is Facebook increasing our Cholesterol??

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I came across this article which I thought was a bit amusing. It does however prove a point. That science makes assumptions which are not always true. That there are too many variables which are let out of the "studies" and that those "studies" no matter how much you try to make them true--just aren't.

I have read several of Jonny Bowden's books and he seems to have his head on straight as do many of the newer outspoken doctors and nutritionists. Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. claims we need to treat causes NOT conditions and stop using a pill when food will solve the issue. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. wrote a book "Eat TO Live" which also supports this. Doctor Al Sears, M.D. searches the world for natural remedies and wrote a book P.A.C.E which he also says just 12 minutes of intense exercise will help you to burn fat faster, even when resting, increase lung power and build real heart strength. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. has written books on how drinking more WATER can improve your health. That more water can reduce obesity, cancer, and depression.

Notice a trend?? Eating better, healthier foods, getting more exercise, drinking more water, using less medications to solve your problems (which medications can also cause more issues than you had before or kill you), being a bit sceptic of "new" scientific cures or findings, (For example remember when eggs were taboo about 10 years ago and now they are back? I never stopped eating eggs because if man has eaten it for thousands of years and lived-it made made more sense to eat it.) and basically relying on your diet to heal you mostly or keep you healthy. Yes, science can find cures for the big diseases like polio, maybe flu, and those things which diet might not have the strength to handle.

I am now reading a book "77 Questions for Skillful Living" A new path to extraordinary health by Micheal Finkelstein, M.D. which takes a wholistic approach to health which makes more sense. Basically everything is connected. Therefore changes we make effect our universe and our body. Our body works--together. Our minds, glands, heart, digestion, etc work together to support US. But they are dependent on WHAT we give them. If we are lazy, over feed, and not in tune with nature or ourselves both physically or emotionally-- we suffer. Why? Because we are feeding our body with the things IT DOES NOT NEED.


Stress caused by our minds due to work, environment (work & play).

Our eating the foods which our body does not recognize and therefore has not any use for OR our body gets confused because it might be something useful so it hoards it in our bodies as FAT.

Our muscles and organs get weak and toxic due to bad food and lack of exercise.

All the JUNK we have put into our bodies become stored or may have tricked our immune system into thinking we are NOW sick and thus our body begins to fight itself actually creating disease!

The more I study the subject of health the more I become convinced that living a healthy life is more simple than science says. It is more about BALANCE. Taking time to enjoy life and limiting the toxicity in relationships, foods, and environment so that you feed your body the things it needs to heal, grow, and be happy. This seems to be the answer more than medications. Medications should be short term, occasional or rare and only needed when nature is out gunned.

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DWSCHUYLER 6/4/2013 10:19PM

    Absolutely right on! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 6/4/2013 10:37AM

    I so agree! Balance is key. Never having some food again because it is "bad" is not really an option for most of us. At some point we give in. Knowing we can have it, while also knowing how it can fit into a healthy eating program is the answer. also, exercising for 4 hours a day doesn't really work for most of us. Getting enough exercise to help our bodies become stronger and work better works. emoticon

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