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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two Giveaways

Today, there are two giveaways in blogland. I did not see slugmama's giveaway until today, and it's been up for a week. Well, I was under the weather and sleeping lots. I wonder what else I missed.  Go HERE to see the goodies in her Boring Box for the winner. There is nail polish!

The giveaway on A Mom, Money, and More is in full swing. Go HERE to win a $25 Amazon Gift Code.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bloggers United Federation and a Giveaway

Sonya Anne at  A Mom, Money and More is having a giveaway with lots of ways to enter. You can get a $25 Amazon Gift Code. Yes, that is $25! Go over there and enter multiple times with the opportunities she has posted.

She has gone off to Vegas, so let's surprise her with a gazillion entries.

I collected two eggs today.

During my nap, I had  scary dream that I forgot.

When I went to the free lunch, I brought home a plate of leftovers for the hens--chicken breast, salad with tomatoes, two sliced of bell pepper, bread crusts, baked beans. They were happy hens!

Today was a hard day but fruitful. My friend came to help clean up kitchen floor from stuff. She was able to stand in a chair and replace two burned bulbs in the ceiling fan. It is so bright in there now. Then, I went to the lunch. In order to tutor, I had to take a nap.

The starter and fluorescent bulb in the laundry room quit about a month ago. I bought the starter and bulb. However, exbf does not know how to change them. I do, but could not work over my head and twist to do the job. So, my friend changed those and there is light in the laundry room. NOW, I need to take two lamps to be rewired. It has been less than enough light enough in my house. Before now, I could change all bulbs and chargers by myself!

The boy tutee likes me now. Before, he did not dislike me, he was just sort of annoyed. His whole attitude changed once he understood two step problems. Ex: 2y-1=5
He said he could not understand the way it was taught at school or the way anyone else has taught him.

Then, we had a go at poetry explication. English is my field, so that made me feel all melty inside.

Yesterday, I hung out three  night gowns I washed yesterday because I was too tired to do more. Then, today I hung out towels and washcloths. Since rain is expected, I hung the towels long ways onto the line. The towels dry faster that way in a pinch. The rest of the wet clothes may go into the dryer. I forgot--yesterday, I hung out a whole line of panties I had washed. The rest of the towels and dishcloths and such will go into the dryer since there will be rain tomorrow. .

The starter and fluorescent bulb in the laundry room quit about a month ago. I bought the starter and bulb. However, exbf does not know how to change them. I do, but could not work over my head and twist my body to look up do the job. So, my friend changed those while she was here, and there is light in the laundry room. NOW, I need to take two lamps to be rewired. There has been less than enough light enough in my house. Before now, I could change all bulbs and chargers by myself!

The crockpot and too many pounds of chicken breast are awaiting me. At least I will be able to see what I am doing. When I freeze these, there will be enough frozen, cooked chicken to last for a month even if I eat a breast each day.

Your turn
Raise your hand if you are going over to Sonya's place and enter her giveaway. Tell her I sent you.  Do you like algebra/math? Did you ever tutor math?  Tutor English?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

I did not ask them, but I caught them crossing the road. When I left to go tutor I was late  because the mother called me and made me late leaving. The chickens were just at the point they could step with one step to the side neighbor's yard. I stopped at the mailbox to shoo them back. Of course, I should know better because Maggie May ran up to my car in the road. I threw sticks to encourage them to try to escape me and go nearer to the house.

An hour later, I came down the street and there were two pretty hens in the middle of the road. They ran across the street to another neighbor's yard. I parked and gave them a shrill "Dee Lie Lah! It only took once. They ran to the road and stopped, stepping off and walking.

I stood in the yard with open mouth as they looked both ways continually. I am amazed that they seemed to know to watch for traffic. This makes me wonder how often they cross the road unbeknownst to me.

Still, I don't know why they crossed the road unless it was to find a new flower garden to scratch and peck, probably destroying it in the process.

Your turn
I know this is a long shot, but have your chickens ever crossed the road and watched, looking both directions  for traffic?

Four Years Ago


After spending about four days, maybe more,  sleeping from 12 hours to 18 hours each day, I awoke Sunday feeling much better. There had been a huge knot in my very sore throat for a week or more. Both eardrums were hurting. The tinnitus was sooo annoying.

Every day I said I was going to the doctor, but I held on and beat it. Actually, I did not feel like getting ready to go to the doctor. Of course, I did very little otherwise. But, I noticed everything I had to do is still here.

The few hours I was awake each day were to tutor the boy and Wednesday when exbf was here. He is accustomed to my just going to bed when he is here and knows I am really ill, not just lazy.

But, the walking pneumonia (or something) is still with me in the form of a purr when I breathe. At least the doctor won't be treating a horrible sore throat. You know, they always have to look at the throat and gag you with that stick down the throat. Then the doctor will see my poor eardrums.

My iris have all bloomed, even ones I planted last fall. My white wisteria on the wall looks pretty, but the purple on the back fence is not blooming. My yard is filled with bumblebees. For years I was terrified of bumblebees, but they seem to ignore me. The problem is I noticed some hornets. Hopefully, they came from someone else's yard.

The hens gave me two eggs Sunday.

I dreamed, something about sticks.

Four years ago today, our town was ripped apart by a tornado. I don't think I have ever been so frightened. My life went from peaceably stirring something on the stove to heart-pounding, ear-pounding, adrenalin-pushed dash for my life. I was faint and frightened, so I leaned against the bathroom wall. The was vibrating. Only at that point did I scream. There was damage to my house, but I was on the edge of the destruction. Less than 750 feet away, whole structures were destroyed.

There is a basement I could have gone into, but I have to go outside to enter it. So, I would have been outdoors in the midst of it all. I heard there were tornadoes headed this way, but I did not think it would actually hit here. As it was, I had a four-block notice that it really was bearing down on me.

In 45 seconds, it was all over and silent. The whole town lost electricity for 5-10 days, depending on where you lived. The ambulance service had ambulances trapped in the building. Emergency services and Red Cross buildings were destroyed. One fire station was torn up. Churches were destroyed, but not one gas station! There are areas of town I still don't recognize because the trees and buildings, all landmarks are gone.

Your turn
How long has walking pneumonia hung on for you or someone you know? Have you ever been in a tornado?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maggie Mae in the Kitchen

As I left to go to tutor, the chickens came from back to front yard as I got into the car. They moved a little faster when they saw me. When I backed out and turned to drive away, they stopped dead still as if in disbelief. "She just left us home alone."

When I returned in an hour, I did not see them. However, they materialized when I stepped from the car. They were begging in a funny voice. So, I said, "Come on." They know these words mean food. Maggie May and Thelma disappeared after about four steps. I turned to look behind me and they weren't there. When I turned to continue, Maggie May was standing sideways as close to my toes as she could be without touching me. Then, Thelma came beside me. I cannot for the life of me figure out how they can disappear and reappear. I am not that feeble-minded yet.

As I ascended the steps, they came right behind me. I left the door open just because. I walked across the room and turned in time to see Maggie May already further inside than she had ever come before, almost to the ottoman. She stopped and looked at my bed. "No!"

She hopped onto the ottoman where I had placed my purse as I came in. I froze. She quickly jumped over my purse, then flew over my chair, landing behind it. Now, my chair is not against a wall. She looked around and decided to go into the bathroom.  I stepped toward her and she stepped away, closer to the bathroom. I straddled her, sort of trapping her between my legs/feet. I bent to get her and she was faster and ran between my legs and toward the kitchen. She got past the refrigerator, about 12 feet into the kitchen.

Maggie May was skittish the whole time. I think she thought she was headed to the door when she turned to the kitchen. I talked nicely and caught her. She was unceremoniously dumped outside the door. She turned back as if she wanted to come in again. I give them bread for a snack once in a while. I closed the door and went to get bread. When I came back out, Maggie May was talking to me from the railing, having claimed Thelma's spot of privilege closest to the door.

She looked at my blouse that was three inches from her beak. She always looks like she sees a speck of dust or the pattern of my shirt to peck. IF she ever pecks me from her vantage point by the door, she will be pecking my breast. I think that will really hurt. How do you explain the ER doctor that your nipple was savagely removed by a hungry chicken?

 One hen tried to peck a freckle from my leg; another pecked towels on the line of lint or pollen or something; another brought blood to my little toe and partially ripped off the side of my toe. It took forever to get my toe to stop bleeding. She makes me nervous when I come by her and she looks interested in pecking my chest.

There was no poop in the house after Maggie May's little adventure.

Your turn
Do your chickens or llamas or goats or spotted horses want to come inside?

Chickens in the House

Tuesday night, I actually slept two hours. My friend, the child's mother, wanted to come here to help me as soon as the dripped her children off at the three schools. I let her come at her convenience, so I was awakened by her call saying she was on her way. I stood for thirty minutes as she helped me by tossing what needed tossing and vacuuming. She did the bending, thankfully.

The chickens were released but not fed because I did not want to climb the steps even once to get food.

When she left, I got in bed still dressed and tried to get 45 more minutes of sleep. I didn't. When exbf came, he said the hens were in the front yard, but they followed him to the back door. So, I asked him to get a dirty paper plate and put oats on them to feed them. I as still lying down when he opened the door back obscuring my view of him. "Oh, NO!" He sounded distressed.

I heard him make a loud noise, a start from a surprise. I heard his cane knocking around on the door or wherever. The step out the back door is about ten inches. With his hips being so fragile, he cannot endure a fall out the door onto concrete. I hurried the few feet and looked around the door. He was standing. "Maggie May launched herself from the railing!"

He had not fallen. Maggie May had jumped at the paper plate to get oats. You can imagine how that worked out. Now, the cup or less of oats were all over the floor inside! I just left the door open and allowed both hens in to clean the floor. Exbf looked when they left and was amazed. "They did a really good job!" Plus, they did not poop on my floor. They saved that for the steps and exbf walked it into the house. sigh. I sprinkled DE over the initial pile and over the poop walked up the steps. The million flies on the eight or so places left after I sprinkled DE.

I was exhausted by the time I needed to go tutor. So, I napped. My 45-minute nap really refreshed me before tutoring. However, the short nap wore off fast.

Today, the boy tutee finished the fourth of five projects for art--draw an elephant upside down. So, he did. When our time was almost over, he assured me her could do the other one tonight to have all five sketches  ready for class tomorrow. He has a 33 in Art at this point.

We, exbf and I, ate at the church dinner tonight. I had lots of scraps for the hens--corn chips, tomato, lettuce, shredded cheese, and green onions. Maggie May and Thelma ate eagerly. While I took the short nap, exbf used the weed eater so I could get to the clothes line without walking in knee-high weeds and grass. I love it when he comes on Wednesday so I don't have to cook. However, I did cook, still cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I sent home a hen I cooked, minus most of the breast. He brings back what is left for the hens.

THEN, I took an hour nap while I was waiting for exbf to call and tell me he was home safely. I really think I will sleep soundly tonight.

I have a half-dozen gallon jars, mostly from pickles. I am giving them away because the plans for them were made long ago. I am over those plans. Maybe the woman that helps me will take them to her mother! Keep your fingers crossed her mother is interested. I will have less stuff around here.

Well, this was not an exciting or newsworthy day, except for the hens in the house, but it was tiring. Today was a gloriously beautiful sunny day. But, I hear storms will return. sigh

Your turn
Do you have animals that will clean your floor? Have you left go of valued stuff when you lost the vision momentarily and realized stuff had to go and could be gotten later if the vision returned? Was your day tiring or boring, or was it restful or exciting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dream, Cherry, Tutee, Egg, Strawberry, Surprise

Last night, I had a doozy of a dream. I was in a very cold climate that had many feet of snow and polar bears. I don't have any idea where this place was located. The house had a porch across the back. My next younger sister was there. Why? Who knows.

She was looking out the back window and told me in a hushed tone to "come look." Or, maybe I was the one looking out the window. Whichever one of who was summoned to the window got too close to the window, attracting the bears. The huge polar bear with her cubs started coming toward the house. We both shrieked a quiet little shriek and tried to run, padding quietly through the house. We both knew that bear could rip off windows or doors.

I remember wishing I had a gun, so we must not have had one. The bear tore off the back door. We could hear her rummaging through cabinets for food. We were terrified the bear would keep coming through doors and get to us, so we lay quietly in one bed, covered up. It was frigid and we were petrified.

Then, all of a sudden my sister was gone. I was shivering.

Then, I awoke shivering and desperate to go to the bathroom. I was awake, shivering, and afraid to go to the bathroom. When I finally went to the bathroom, wide awake, I tried to be quiet so the bear would not hear me. I put a third blanker over me when I finally got back in bed without the bear eating me. I covered up my head and went back to sleep. I have no idea where this dream came from.

My tutee made copies of what he had to draw for art and spent the next hour drawing a cherry. Before we got inside, I had him carry the math book I brought. I mentioned it was so heavy because it was the teacher's edition of the student's math book. He was so serious as he sort of chuckled and said, "This book is starting to scare me." ??? I have no idea why the teacher's book would scare him, so I chuckled, too.

Maggie May gave me an egg today.

I price-matched California strawberries--$1. CA strawberries are the best! The AL strawberries I have tasted are nasty. I am off to wash, slice, and put a bit of sugar on the strawberries.

When I went to the doctor today, the nurse told me I had lost 12 lbs. since I was there in November. At least two dozen people have commented that I looked like I had lost weight. I denied it. BUT, obviously I did.

Your turn

How did your day go? Any weird "animals are going to eat me" dreams?

A New Project

I have committed myself to tutoring a teen boy every day after school for the rest of the school year. Today was the first day. He brought nothing to show me where he was in math or English. No, he left those books somewhere, school or home. No, none of it was on the computer issued from the school. No, he had written nothing down anywhere, ever, EVER.

This is all for the child who was held back twice. The first time, it was the teacher's idea because he was immature. BAD IDEA! The second time had something to do with family life and moving in the middle of the year.

As it turned out, I found things on his Blackboard program that he swore were not there. Lots of shoulder-shrugging and smiles. GRRRRR He was shocked I could use Blackboard. You know us old fuddy-duddies are not quite up with technology.

Yes, I am the most patient tutor you have ever seen.

He got one of five sketches finishd for an Art project due on Friday. sigh When his mother came in, I told her what he lacked for me to help him. She assured me it would be with him tomorrow.

He knows: 2x=6

And, he sees no reason to learn to divide both sides of the equal sign by 2. Well, the one I will bring him to work tomorrow will not be so easy.

I had just bought the $54 drill when his  mother who is helping me for 30 minutes each week uncovered my drill, bits, and special extension cord. So, that money regained has been very helpful for my finances.

It will all work out! He will pass and go into 8th grade next year. Well, the goal is to get him into ninth grade where he belongs.

Your turn
Do you ever tutor or teach a skill and have to struggle with the learner?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doing Favors and a Recipe

Cake Mix Cookies IV

Cake Mix Cookies VIII
made from a cake mix
I have a very nice neighbor around the block. He takes my garbage to the road each week and carries the recycling out when he sees it is full. One milk jug in the recycling bin is not worth hauling the container to the road, so he does not take it out every week. He hauled my 9 hibiscus trees from the basement this summer and has done various little things that are large things to me.

 He is the one who will feed my hens on occasion. He grew up with a chicken house with 10, 000 broilers, so he is accustomed to chickens. He gets my hens' eggs when he does feed them. I also regularly share eggs with him. Now that he has his nephew, his wife, and child living there temporarily, he will use eggs much faster than before.

He has a group of young people, a religious group not associated with any church, that meets at his house. Several times when they have met, I have taken cookies, sheet cake or brownies to his house beforehand. Sometimes, I just take stuff and figure he can give them away, eat them, or freeze them until they come over. I use a brownie mix that I purchase for pennies.

No more.

There are about a dozen cake mixes in my kitchen, gotten free. I don't need to eat them, don't even particularly like some of the flavors, and cannot seem to give them away. Okay, most are some flavor of I would like those to stay here. On the internet there are recipes for making cookies from cake mixes. But, I cannot stand up very long to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet. So, I decided I would see if there were recipes for making brownies from cake mixes. Well, it turns out there are simple and complicated recipes. I am going for a simple recipe.

HERE is a page of links for brownie recipes from cake mixes.  I chose this RECIPE.


Cake Mix Brownies

One Cake Mix, any flavor
1 egg
1/4 cup water


Press batter into a 9x13 pan. Cook at 350 degree for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not over bake.


As I read another page, it seems this will work for strawberry cake mix, just any flavor. Of course, add-ins like chocolate chips or raisins or nuts work, too.

Some of the recipes have fourteen ingredients and start with a cake mix. ???  Not for me!

Oh, he did make the remark after I gave them a frosted sheet cake and apologized for the horrid looking icing that they were "more cookie and brownie people" I can handle that. I think he thought the sheet cake was harder than cookies or brownies.

Your turn
Have you ever made brownies from a cake mix? If so, please tell me you did not use the recipe with 14 other ingredients.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five

"Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year."

I had to memorize the first two stanzas of The Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. So, I always remember the date and story.

"One if my land, two if by sea;
and I on the opposite shore will be..." 

These two lines above are probably the most famous. The rest of the poem , published in 1861, is equally enthralling to me.

I m eternally grateful to my teachers for assignments that required me to memorize poetry and prose like the Preamble to the Constitution.

Only one egg today. The hens have been frustrated because I have had no oats for the last four days. So, last night, I purchased whole grains oats. Today, they are happy.

Your turn
Did you have to memorize portions of this poem when you were in grade school?  Mybe you are not a fan of Longfellow? What is your favorite poem he wrote? Do children memorize for school assignments?

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Dream and Eggs and Rain

Fork, Spoon and Knife | Cutlery Coloring Pages

Last night, I had a weird dream. There was something wrong with a tooth on the bottom, left part of my jaw. I thought something was wedged between my teeth. I was eating something really soft, so there was a moment of puzzlement as I got the soft food either swallowed or spat out. I examined the plastic fork I was using only to find all the tines intact. Using my tongue to feel did not reveal the problem.

I tried to pull out whatever it was keeping my mouth from closing even as it wiggled freely. This dream seemed to go on forever. Going to the bathroom mirror I saw the problem. As it turned out, my tooth had split top to bottom, leaving a wiggly splinter still in the gum and attached at the bottom. I was just horrified. This had happened to a top, right side tooth about 20 years ago.

Why did I dream this? These three reasons might explain the dream. This is the first tooth dream ever.
1) Exbf had gone to the dentist on Tuesday for a checkup.
2) A tooth had cracked in the same manner many years ago.
3) A plastic fork had broken and I did have a tine loose in my mouth.

The two hens gave me two eggs today.

It rains every day! The grass is never dry enough to mow! The grass and weeds get higher by the minute. I guess it is good for crops, but I think they can get waterlogged with too much rain.

Your turn
Do you ever dream about your teeth? tell me all about it? How are your hens laying?  Are your April showers unwelcome right now?

Food Danger

This is sort of long, but important information if you care about what is in your food and where it comes from. So, take all weekend to read it if you are busy. This information bothers me.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Mabel and her puppies
No, I am not saying "Happy Birthday" to Mabel or her "puppies."

My oldest child was born at 11:04 am this day, April 16, 1968. (I think it was 11:04 am.) I am shocked I am the mother of a person who is 47-years-old!

Hmmm, the puppies above look like the puppy I got free at a garage sale. My son named him "Puppy." Well, maybe he did not name him, but "Puppy" was just sort of the default name for her.

Your turn
Are you the parent of an adult child, and you are shocked to be the parent of a person that old?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Slip, Sliding Away

The trees are blooming, so most things around here are yellow. That means my sinuses and lungs suffer. Plus, citrus needs to disappear in my house, even the Halos, sweet little Halos.

Sunday night, as I got out of the car, I almost fell. There are several stones next to the driveway, put there about five years ago to define the space. When I ran out of stones or back, forgot which, I just ended up with stones too far apart to be useful or decorative.

There is a limb on the passenger side that might fall on the car, so I parked to the far side of the driveway where the rocks are located.

Luckily, I was still holding onto the car door as I slipped on the rock, sliding all over and hurting my knee already injured knee..

Then, last night I came from the car to the side door. At the edge of the front yard there is a step into the back yard that is defined by a concrete step. It was pitch dark, so I missed the step. I stepped too far to the front of the step and too far to the right, which landed the corner of the step right in the middle of my foot.

Slipping off was so painful to the middle of my foot, plus it plummeted me forward and to the right. I went careening into a bush wet from the recent rain. Yes, it hit my face and glasses and wet my hair and clothing. Since I was going forward, I was slightly bent like the cartoon characters fighting to walk against the wind. As I stumbled through the bush, I picked up a bit of speed, enough to make me run bent for about 12 feet before I managed to stop myself as I carried groceries and my purse.

Thankfully, I had on shoes instead of sandals. I have lived here since 1977 and have never missed that step.

That was sort of scary, but once I stopped, I started laughing aloud. The neighbors must wonder about my laughing all alone in the yard.

Yes, I know I should have light there. The plan was to paint a yellow strip along the step so I could see it going and coming. Or, I could paint a white strip. Plus, I need solar lawn lights. I have solar lawn light, just need to put the batteries into them.

As I wrote this, I was watching Two and a Half Men. There in the kitchen were a dozen or more bottle of spices in a rack on the wall. Don't they know spices should be stored out of light?

Your turn
Do you have a hazard in your yard that you finally managed to hit just right? Or one that gets you all the time?  Do you keep all your spices out of the light to preserve their effectiveness?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Seeds, Plants, and Shower

20L 5 Gallons Black Foldable Solar Camping Camp Shower Bathing Bag

My Saturday
One of my followers sent me seeds. Since I found my drill, I can now plant lots of things in five-gallon buckets. Thanks.

A man was selling plants from the back of his pickup truck. Everything was $1 a pack. I got three zucchini plants for $1. I thought that was a good deal. I am planting different varieties to see which I like. Of course, I have never seen a zucchini I did not like.

Another follower furnished me with a camp shower, the five-gallon black bag that is hung in the sun to heat up. It has a little hose with turn off so a person can wet down, turn it off, soap up, then turn it on and rinse. I can certainly make good use of this. At least I can get the sweat off each day! Thanks!

I had an unintended relaxing drive in the country when I made a wrong turn. The only reason I was not stressed to the max is I had driven this road thirty-years ago and remember it.

Then, my friend allowed me to rinse a load of black pants. I just give them a rinse with half a cup of vinegar to freshen them. I hang the good black pants in the house. The raggedy or overly faded ones are hung outside. However, with all the pollen in my yard, I may just avoid irritating my allergies and hang all of them in the house.

I was able to price-match Halos, regularly $6.97 for three pounds. I paid $2.99, a much better price, in my opinion.

Three pounds of chicken tenders, cooked in the crockpot, are ready to put in the freezer. I think these will make a delicious salad topping.

Your turn
Have you ever used a camp shower? Any tips? Will it work to put all three of those zucchini plants is the same five-gallon bucket? Have you price-matched anything lately? What was it?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wifi Catcher

Since I started trying to lower my tech bills, I have reduced my costs but not enough. The home phone cost was replaced by MagicJack. Twelve months for $20 suits me better than the exorbitant monthly phone bill for just the basics. I cannot remember what I saved. about $45 unless you remember better than I do. An outdoor antenna that cost me $100 cut out the monthly bill of $50 for the tv. These replacements occurred last year..

That leaves me with the cell phone and wifi. I cannot escape from the cell bill without penalties. Actually, I like ATT much better since I only have the cell charge with them.

Getting wifi more cheaply is my goal right now. Free wifi is my goal. Lots of places have free wifi, so I want to be able to connect to one of those. One employee said I needed a range extender. No! I brought it home but it is only to make your wifi reach to the yard or from on end of the house to the other. That went back to the store.

So, the popular answer to my question is, "What you want does not exist." I asked a young man in WM who I could ask for the answer I want. He said, "Nerds, find  a nerd." Where can I find a nerd or maybe a nest of them?

He suggested BAM. I went to the electronics dept and asked a young man were I could find nerds. He opened his mouth, snapped it shut and jerked around, "You mean candy or people? People!

The person he suggested was at lunch. So, I came back by the electronics dept in 30 minutes and just waited. In the meantime another young man asked what I needed. I told him. The name suggested walked up behind him, "Wifi catcher. That's what you need."

I was so shocked that in tech stores no one knew. Only one tech person in WM knew! I really hate it when people tell me that a certain technology does not exist. Well, I just knew I was not the only person near a Burger King or whatever and want to get their free signal. So I knew it must exist.

Now, I am looking for  Wifi Catcher. My computer, MagicJack, and printer all use wifi. There are so many I am confused as to what I need. Isn't that always the way?

This is all about the money, saving money to be exact. There is no way to get computer, phone, and printer close to the laptop so I won't need wifi.

Your turn
Have you ever heard of a wifi catcher? Do you use a wifi catcher? Do you have an opinion as to which is best?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Raccoon Antics

Although the raccoons are long gone, I think they hang around here. One day, I gathered about 100 plastic forks and knives to wash them. Even though they are disposable, I cannot bear to toss them. So, I was going to wash for reuse.

I did not get around to washing them after a good soak in a dishpan outdoors. The next morning, about six of the utensils were scattered around on the ground. Hmmm. Well, I put them back in. I left them another day to see what would happen. Next morning, utensils were on the ground. As I was near the trash can about ten feet from there, I spotted something shiny. It was one of my set of
stainless utensils that my mother gave me forty years ago. I almost lost a spoon, a cereal spoon.

After this happening for three days, I have decided raccoons are coming to the water and fishing around in it.

As I related this to a young man who has a farm, he said they take his tools all the time. He searches for tools he left in his barn and just gives up. He said he will find  a bunch of his lost tools all together where a raccoon has gathered and saved them.

I know dogs and cats steal things, but I never thought of raccoons as collecting items, mostly shiny from what I hear.

Chickens never take things away!

Your turn
What animals do you have that collect things or just misplace them for you? Do you ever have raccoons collect your things and take them away.

Traffic Ticket

Sprouts Farmer's Market has a special this week. Today, the ads for the past and future week are valid. Tuesday night, I went to WM to take advantage of ads that would not be valid today from other stores. Plus, I used the double ad Wednesday deal from Sprouts. I shopped judiciously and went to pay for my food. Everything was bagged and in the electric cart. No checks in the checkbook!!! Since I had chicken in the bags, they insisted they would put my cart in the cooler.

Last night was foggy. My windows were steaming up inside. Windshield wipers were necessary. As I pulled onto a narrow street in a business district, I moved to the center of the street because I could see nothing out of the right part of the windshield. I was going about 10 mph, creeping to avoid hitting anything. There are huge metal utility constructions placed in the road where cars park. I did not want to hit one of those! As I turned the corner, blue lights appeared.

They gave me a warning for driving in the middle of the street. In the meantime, they discovered I had not gotten the little stickers for my tag. I was shocked. The guy was really nice and asked me if I knew the tag expired. I told him that I had walking pneumonia for the past several months, and I did not know much.

I wonder how much this will cost me?

I still think I was  being cautious as I was driving and fighting to clear the windshield! I only got a warning. I know not to drive in the middle of the street, but this was two blocks that are practically abandoned after five o'clock pm.

Your turn
Have you ever been unjustly chastised or ticketed by the police? Yes, I did deserve the ticket.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I Found It

BLACK & DECKER 5.2-Amp 3/8-in Drill/Driver with Case
This might be the one I bought

Did you ever lose something and hated to replace it so you just kept looking or hoping it would surface? That is what happened to me a year ago with my drill. Since I plant my "garden" in 3- and 5-gallon buckets, I needed my drill last year to drill holes in buckets. The older buckets with drain holes had cracked or run away or something.
Not one person I knew had a drill. Okay, I did not ask every person I know, but those I asked did not have a drill. Exbf has never owned a drill. So, I had no tomato plants last year. I think I did germinate tomato seeds.
Saturday, I was drill shopping at WM. I told the young man that the only way I would find my drill would be to buy a new one. Today, I found my 3/8" drill and all the drill bits and screw bits and a long extension cord. Sooo, I can take the drill back to WM. That is $54 I saved.
The drill I found was won long ago. The local hardware called me and told me I won a drill. I thanked the woman, hung up and called the hardware store to see if this was a big joke. Nope. I won the drill. The only woman who worked there drew my name while a circle of men watched. She said they were all very disgusted a woman had won!
The first time I tried to use it, I realized there must be a secret I did not know. I was sitting in the den floor trying to put the legs on a round piece of wood to make a table. Just then a guy I knew knocked on the door and came in. He laughed at me, sitting there with four wobbly table legs in the air.
He laughed even harder when I told him there was something wrong. He explained as he used the drill that I had to press on the screw to make it go into the wood. It seems drills just go around and don't help with the pushing.
Yes, I know all of you are laughing, too. After the embarrassment and red cheeks were gone, I laughed at me, too.
Your turn
Have you ever had a small appliance or tool that you thought you could use, but you discovered you did not know how to use it? What have you lost and searched for until you thought you would go nuts.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Error in Doctor Report

When I asked the gyno office about my bone density test, I was told it was "good." huh?

The nurse assured me the results were good. Good for a human being or good for a sixty-nine-year-old woman.

Good for a sixty-nine-year-old woman, she told me. huh?

Can you give me a number and the scale?

We don't have that? Who does? I don't know. Why aren't you happy with "good?" I would be. That seems to be a good thing.

 Is the next better "excellent?"

I don't know. I just cannot understand why you want more information.

Look, when the teacher puts an "A" on your paper, you want to know where the "A" is on the number scale. Is it between 90-- 100? Is it between 95 and 100?

Why do you need to know all that?

Well, if I get an A on a paper, I want to know exactly how I stand. Am in danger of slipping off into B territory and need to try harder, or am I a good solid 99 and doing well. I feel this way about the bone density test--might the next test be worse and I could do something immediately to keep from fall from good to whatever. I don't want to wait for several years to find I was very near to osteoporosis now.

So, she sent if to me. I read it and saw red. RED! The information on me states: previous smoker! There is no way a person could misunderstand "NO" never smoked, dipped or chawed. The tech for the bone density test asked me all the questions instead of allowing me to fill out the paper myself. Maybe she did it on her computer.

You know I made a call.

I called and asked to speak to my doctor's nurse because I had a question. Of course, I knew she would have to call me back. The receptionist asked me what question I wanted to ask. Mmmm, "none of your business."

Seriously, I did not want to discuss this with her. I have never had a receptionist ask me what I wanted to ask the nurse. Actually, I told the receptionist that it was several questions that probably I just needed to talk to the nurse.

Well, his nurse did not come to the phone. Probably weary of questions. The other nurse did not understand. I had to repeat it which made me testy. She said they would change the information. I asked for it to be mailed. She asked me why I needed a second document.
So I can make sure the information is corrected!

Things like this have happened to me more than once in my 50+ years of going to the doctor as an adult. I heard a doctor right outside the exam room talking into a phone which someone transcribed. I went flying out of the room and corrected the doctor. It is a good thing I had finished dressing. another time, I was given someone's prescription and got to the car before I realized it was not mine.

I suppose it is not important. She put down I was 5' 7" when I always say "five feet seven and a half inches."  Okay, maybe the always leave off height for the bone density test.

The papers also say "no meds." That is puzzling.

The three page report is here, but I have no idea what lots of it means. Maybe I can find someone to explain it to me.

So, I still really don't know

Your turn
Tell me about doctor mistakes in your records. My mistake in this record might not be life-threatening. But, the next time might!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watching Others Work Exhausts Me

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Today, two girls, nineteen and twenty came to help me clear out the kitchen. They could spend about 2.5 hours. However, I gave out after 1.75 hours of watching them. My back cannot take that much standing.

Actually, I had to stand in the kitchen and tell them where to put things, what to toss, and what was actually something I value. And there were things that I wanted to put in the same box, like my water bath canner and all the loose rings and boxes of lids/flats.

It's progress. It makes me happy. However, I slept only three hours last night.. I awoke very hot. Sooo, I had to use the ac for the first time. I stayed up long enough that I could not sleep. THEN, I tried to sleep around noon, and the girls called me to tell me they were leaving Huntsville and would be here in an hour. Then, I tried to sleep again, but could not.

I got lucky today. I forgot to lock up the hens. Actually, I "remembered" locking them up, so I did not go out to check last night. They were busy when I went out to feed them this morning.. Thelma was laying an egg while Maggie May was off pecking and scratching under the pine tree. Tonight, I fed them leftovers from the Wednesday night dinner, collected the two eggs, and left the door open. However, I did remember and went back to shut it.

TSC had chicks today when I went in to buy two egg cartons. I had better luck with farm chicks, and they are cheaper. Paying $2.99 for a chick and being forced to buy six does not sit well with me. So, I will go to the farm and get $1 mutts, taking my chances with the sex. I will not give away these cartons, just use them for transporting eggs safely to the person who is getting them.

Now, it is bedtime since I have been feeling like I am going to sleep in the car and in the store.

Your turn
Do you have better luck raising  store chicks or farm chicks? Do you ever think you locked the chicks or any door to only discover you were wrong???  Do you have an inordinate exhaustion come over you for almost no reason?