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Hot dog chili Recipe (10/3/2014 4:02:58 AM):  Anyone have a good hot dog chili recipe for a crowd?? I'm making a crockpot size batch for an JROTC event tomorrow and want a tried recipe. I can google one on my own. thanks!!,  Susan, SC

6741 Medicare RX Question (10/3/2014 5:37:08 AM):  We currently get any of our usual prescriptions for less than $12/3 months using CVS/A&P/Walmart/Publix. We hear that when my DH turns 65 we HAVE TO buy Medicare for prescriptions because prices like these are not allowed to be given to medicare-eligible people . Is this true?, ,  Joanie in NJ & FL

6746 New Show (10/3/2014 6:39:45 AM):  I watched a new show called The Mysteries of Laura with, I believe, Debra Messing. I was very disturbed, and I have many family members in law enforcement who were also! In the opening scene, she is shown with her 2 young sons. The neighbor comes over with a baseball belonging to her family and says her sons broke his window. She uses her status as a cop to cover for them when she knows they did it, and the kids are in the next room listening! How horrible! My LE family members also tell me her character also displays some serious lack of police safety. As a side note, I thought the acting was horrible. However, it was the opening scene covering for her children's actions that bothered me the most. ,  Very disturbed!

6747 Ingels North Carolina (10/3/2014 7:15:13 AM):  I have an elderly relative living in Hayesville NC and there is only one grocery store there, Ingels. It is privately owned and there is some kind of agreement that no other grocery stores are allowed to open in their territory. Pricese higher than other stores in the state, but up to a 2 hr drive to Walmarts, one way. Wondering if anyone has any insight on how to save money shopping at Engels, they can share? He shops the sales and uses a few coupons. Having trouble getting the idea through that some of his shopping should be stocking up on sales using coupons, even if he doesn't neet that product today. Engels not on The Grocery Game. Used to garden, can, freeze, and purchase occasional items from the Amish Farmers, when his wife was alive. On his own now and not able to keep that up on his own, an longer.,  BarbaraS. NV

6748 To Julie (10/3/2014 7:22:06 AM):  Julie asked: "What about the billions of people who have lived on this earth and never heard the name Jesus. They are going to hell?" The answer from Scripture is thus: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19–20, RSV). So God has said, NO ONE will go without knowing God. You are making an assumption that they must specifically have heard the name Jesus to get into Heaven. I want to also address something else in your thoughts. It is basically this: "that person should go to Heaven and because I think you, God, are being unfair, then I don't believe in what you're saying." You could also say it this way: "that person should go to Hell and because I think you're letting them go to Heaven, I don't believe in what you're saying." The fact is, this is between you and God. What God chooses to do or not do in someone else's life is none of your business or mine. If you believe that God is just, loving, and righteous, then you should believe that God is going to make the right decision on a case-by-case basis. There are times we must say "I don't know" but I have FAITH in God to be just, loving, and righteous, which is beyond my capability as a human.,  Dianne in GA

6754 Mom's of twins (10/3/2014 8:13:03 AM):  What was the most memorable gift you received when your twins were born?,  Sheila G, IL

6755 Swagbucks Code (10/3/2014 8:31:01 AM):  Yawwwnnn before 8 AM PDT for 2 SB!,  Melody, WA

6768 George & Michele (10/3/2014 9:14:55 AM):  Your in my thoughts & prayers as you deal with this surgery. I know someone that went through same thing a few years ago & was amazed how great they almost immediately felt. He said he didn't really realize how bad he felt, just chalked it up to getting older. Michele, don't worry about the site. I'm sure the people that work for you could step in for awhile if need be.,  speedy recovery!

6769 Hubby (10/3/2014 9:15:26 AM):  I love my hubby but also love when he is gone for awhile and I can get some things done & then we can spend quality time together. Well he finally starts working evening job at golf course tomorrow. Also he is taking a place today for guy on vacation. He left early to get haircut and hit few golf balls before shift. He left at 1030 and should be home around 7pm. It was nice to have some time with each other to relax, but now I can get a ton of my decluttering & fall cleaning done. Plan next Saturday though is to have a me day. Sewing,reading, movies. Plan on alternating my Saturdays. Cleaning and then a me day next time around. ,  Vicki,Va

6770 Roth IRA rollover (10/3/2014 9:26:57 AM):  Just FYI, we are rolling the pension into an existing Roth that has been established for five years come March 2015. In order to not be taxed or pay penalties the Roth has to be 5 years old or you have to be 59 1/2, we will have both of those covered as his 59th birthday is tomorrow. A rollover is how we started this Roth in the first place when my husbands 401k was split into two portions, before and after tax contributions. While you get no tax benefits for contributing to a Roth, you can draw on the money with no penalties after a certain parameter is met.,  CB OH

6772 Disturbing..... (10/3/2014 9:44:29 AM):  That's what it is . It seems like several times a month , there is a news report about someone, (usually a man ) , that has been arrested for haveing computer files of child porn . Today's paper , and the local news is carrying the disturbing story of a local college professor having more than HALF A MILLION child porn images he has downloaded over the past 2 years . 57 yr old Kirk Nesset , professor at Allegheny college ,admits to the charges , and claims this horrible crime brings him solace ! He will resign his position at the college . I've noticed a trend in my state that crimes against children get lighter and lighter sentences !I'll be surprised if he gets more than a slap on the wrist . Some child rapists get as little as 18 months ! That's not hard time , it's more like a vacation ! These criminals come from every walk of life . Many are in professional positions , and deal with children in some capicity . DISTURBING !,  Martha B. PA

6773 Dorothy Heiland IL (10/3/2014 9:45:27 AM):  Tons of birthday wishes going out to you. Happy Birthday, Ms. Dorothy!,  Susan, LA

6776 Swollen Leg (10/3/2014 10:11:28 AM):  About 10 years ago my son had a blood clot in his leg. He saw a hematologist who put him on blood thinners and ran many many blood tests to see if he had a blood disorder and everything was normal. He said my son could have gotten the clot from sitting on a hard chair playing computer games too long. I did take him to a second hematologist who reran many tests and again all were normal for any blood clotting disorder and this doctor said blood thinners for 6 months is enough if he has no more clots. Fast forward to now and his leg is swollen and has brown spots on it. A sore didn't heal and he went to a wound center. Then he got a huge red area on the leg and was put on antibiotics by an urgent care center. He finally found a doctor who said she thinks he has a blood disorder and has ordered many of the tests he had done 10 years ago. This new doctor does not believe he got the first clot sitting too long. He has been diagnosed with a varicose vein and I remember the hematologist saying the vein with the clot is weaker and damaged. Has anyone been through something similar to this? Did you have blood tests which were normal and then later on they became abnormal and you now have a blood clotting disorder? I am asking for opinions and suggestions. My gut is saying he has a varicose vein problem and needs that fixed and he doesn't have a blood clotting problem. I know I am not a doctor. I have talked to many doctors when my son was first diagnosed with the clot and learned a lot about clots and problems. Thanks for any ideas!,  Worried about son

6779 From Debbie, OR (10/3/2014 10:30:17 AM):  Received my new numbers. They went from 65.5 to 57.1. Finally in the right direction. This treatment knocked me on my behind last week, but at least it's working. 3 weeks on, 1 week off. I start again on Wednesday. ,  Debbie, OR

6780 Cookbooks (10/3/2014 10:33:41 AM):  This time of year I pull out my favorite Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead cookbook by Diane Phillips. Wondering if anyone else has a favorite make ahead cookbook or tips for making the holiday grocery shopping and cooking a little easier?,  BarbaraS NV

6785 Michele and George (10/3/2014 11:09:59 AM):  It's a "hurry up and wait" situation, I guess. ,  Susan, LA

6789 To Michele (10/3/2014 11:26:19 AM):  Good morning -- You mentioned "being in limbo" and I understand completely. It's always hard to wait for a check-up, or procedure, or surgery. However a few days to let it all sink in can be a good thing. I can imagine how frightening this is for George and you. And thanks so much for keeping us posted.,  Alice Dodge, OR

6793 Dorothy Heiland (10/3/2014 11:39:48 AM):  It's October 3rd. A very happy 93rd birthday to you. May it be everything you wish for.,  Marion, CA

6802 Aargh! (10/3/2014 12:37:33 PM):  Well I'm comming along with decluttering & fall cleaning. I even managed to give entire house a light dusting. However my washing machine is being bad. No one can turn the button to regulate how much water goes in machine. It is one notch above small load. So I can only wash a very small load at a time. Basically 1-2 pair of men's jean & few other things. I will have to deal with it until nov though cause I refuse to be short of cash on my vacation. I can't wait for vacation. So ready for it!,  Vicki, Va

6807 Memory foam (10/3/2014 1:10:05 PM):  I have memory foam on my bed that I purchased at Kohls. We love it except it moves every night!! At least 6 inches or more a night from the headboard and then hangs over the foot end and from one side to the other. How can I keep it from moving every night?,  Judy IL

6810 Swagbucks Code (10/3/2014 1:36:46 PM):  BarkBench before 1PM PDT-4PM EDT for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

6813 How to Paste order confirmation on Website (10/3/2014 2:11:24 PM):  I bought a new computer online from Staples Monday. Was certain I'd gone through ebates first for its rebate. But it's not showing up on cash back. I'm e-mailing ebates & you're required to paste the order confirmation message you got from the ebates merchant you used. How do I do it? ,  Virginia Ann S VA

6814 1 year anniversary of losing Mom (10/3/2014 2:24:41 PM):  It was on this date 1 year ago that I lost my Mom. Michele has mention that George needs open heart surgery. Many years ago, my Mom needed her 2nd cataract surgery. Because of her age, she was given an ECG. She was told she had a murmur at the top of her heart. Was sent to a cardiologist as a precaution. The Cardiologist said her valve at the top of her heart made a clicking sound when working. And everyone who lives long enough will get that same murmur! It was considered harmless. We've all been one big Prayer Chain for folk on this board & relations of folk on this board. I hope everything goes well for both George & Michele in the weeks ahead. I remember how much I had to help my Mom when she came home from hospital last year(in Spring) after getting dehydrated. She was so weak & unable to do much!,  Virginia Ann S VA

6816 Problems with new computer (10/3/2014 2:40:36 PM):  I've posted on here about getting a new desktop computer last week. It's already in an area computer repair shop being cleaned of a virus! It was purchased on sale online at Staples. And came preloaded with trial of McAfee Anti-virus. McAfee didn't prevent my new computer from getting a virus before I could even get it fully loaded! My nephew was sorry he didn't uninstall McAfee & install the AVG free 2014 anti-virus program I had in old computer. I might have avoided that virus & a host of other problems. The computer repair shop he took it to recommends Norton Anti-virus paid program. It's $49.99 for 1 year. They will also install a free adware program that helps keep unwanted adware programs out of your computer. I'm presently borrowing my nephew's laptop to corral my Inbox messages. Have no idea when my new computer will be ready to come home. I'm beginning to wonder if that computer was already infected with a virus when Staples sold it online? it was on sale online at Staples 2 weeks in a row. $75 off each week. Had originally been $499.99. I got it for $349.99 + tax. Has Windows 8.1 64-bit OS. ,  Virginia Ann S VA

6820 ISIS (10/3/2014 2:48:26 PM):  A new video has been released that ISIS claims is beheading of the British hostage. I think this is the man just abducted off the street & has nothing to do with anything like reporting.,  needs to stop

6821 Phone help (10/3/2014 2:49:42 PM):  Does any one know about a Nokia Lumia 520 pre paid phone by A T &T? Do any one own ? ,  Carol s

6826 B.I.L. (10/3/2014 2:59:23 PM):  Well I just found out that my brother in law is going to have to have a pacemaker. He is 86 and really in pretty good shape for a man that age. His wife is a nervous wreck so say a prayer for them. ,  Vicki, Va.

6827 Being nice - slightly long (10/3/2014 3:08:08 PM):  A friend recently mentioned that I continue to get myself into these 'being nice' situations and then regret it later because I don't really feel like doing what I said I would do, run out of time, forget, etc. He says I need to reevaluate this about myself. If I start thinking about what he said, he's slightly correct. For instance, I told some young bank manager I would help rewrite his resume to help him get a position in the gov't. When it came time to do it, it took me like four months to do it. I have offered/even badgered a coworker that I would mend the pockets in his pants. Are they done yet? No, but I'm thinking about it. The worst case has been that I told a girl at work who was pregnant LAST year that I was making her a baby quilt. It's laid out on my living room as I write this. The most recent example was that I was going to send a sympathy card to a woman at work. I see her about twice a year and was sad to hear about her husband. I didn't hear firsthand about this, just through the grapevine. I'm not sure why I do this, actually. He says it's a kneejerk reaction. I say that I would appreciate if something did 'whatever' for me. Anyway, I'm going to try to be more aware of this about myself. Do you have this happen or is it me?,  Mindy, MD

6844 Pot Luck dishes (10/3/2014 5:47:47 PM):  What is your favorite dish to take to a pot luck supper? I have a couple adult suppers coming up (in case it matters that I'm not trying to satisfy picky kids! LOL!) Either hot or cold dishes, I don't mind taking my crock pot. Just looking for a few new-to-me ideas! Thanks.,  Vicky N, ME

6846 Mustard seed (10/3/2014 6:34:44 PM):  Can someone tell me the significance of the Mustard seed? I did take Confirmation lessons and was confirmed but cannot remember about the Mustard Seed. I won this in a beautiful setting & wish to send it to a 10 year old girl - is this suitable for a 10 year old girl? Please respond to CouponWizard@Heiland.com Thanks so much. Dorothy,  Dorothy HeilandIL

6847 German Shorthair v. Labrador Retriever (10/3/2014 6:48:53 PM):  Over the past 18 years, we had 2 labs - a yellow lab and a black one. They are WONDERFUL dogs! Great with kids, easy to train, lovable, etc. We have always loved labs. Now we are looking at getting a German Shorthair. My husband and son go duck hunting and pheasant hunting in South Dakota and would like to train it to go along with them. We understand that labs are good hunting dogs, but so are German Shorthair dogs. What is the disposition of a German Shorthair compared to a lab? Are they good listeners? Good companions? Easy to train? I have always enjoyed going on long walks with my labs so I would enjoy it with a new dog too. Any input would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!,  Mom, MI

6849 Beyond disturbing (10/3/2014 7:22:41 PM):  http://tinyurl.com/lhq4lu3 just when you think ISIS can't get any worse. This is hideous.Targeting military families?! And they beheaded another person today,too.,  Sue P., CT

6861 Dilemma (10/3/2014 10:13:42 PM):  I don't know where to begin so I'll try to make it short. Ive been married for 10+ years and we both have 2 kids all adults. One step child is very controlling like their mom and if child doesn't get their way. So has decided to cut ties with Dad( my husband) He is heartbroken and I'm angry for him and hurt as well (guess we wont get to see grandchild) and the other child is upset at sibling but if confronts sibling then there is drama. Sibling says nothing so again said child gets their way I guess. Sibling birthday party is coming up and I want to attends for step child but will have to face other step child and mother and I do not care to be around them .. I usually kill them with kindness but to upset for that right now.. how do you cut ties with a father because he cant be your doormat. I just don't understand it ,  no name

6874 Receipes (10/4/2014 10:42:52 AM):  A few weeks ago I saw some apple pie receipes There was one I made that called for sugar nutmeg cinammon butter and apples I just cant rmember the amounts can you help me If you posted this receipe could you re post it for me . Thanks you so much,  Becky

6875 Staples Rewards Posting (10/4/2014 10:45:56 AM):  How long does it take for any Staples Rewards that you've earned to post to your account? I bought a new desktop computer online at Staples 9/29. I had not been signed up for Staples Rewards program. So before I ever bought that computer online, I signed up for Staples Rewards. Then when I went through online checkout, I entered my Staples Rewards membership number. My purchase was $349.99 before taxes. No Staples Rewards earned for that computer purchase is showing up in my Rewards account! The account statement is running through 10/1/14. I was certain I'd earn rewards since I entered my membership number during checkout.,  Virginia Ann S VA

6880 SavingsStar (10/4/2014 1:13:34 PM):  Sometimes I think I am to old to figure new stuff out, & then I amaze myself. I just got my first Iphone, early bday gift from kids. Well I figured out how to put SavingStar on it (can't ask them, ty would roll eyes thinking it is scam &/or weird). Well I made a purchase at Walmart yesterday. Last night, I tried to figure out taking a picture & easier than I guessed. The offer 1st said I needed to scan the upc. Scan? Well I accidently got it right & then the receipt photo. Guess what! The money has already applied, took maybe a whole 12 hours. So if you haven't tried it, by all means do! ,  feels good to amaze myself

6884 FOY Code (10/4/2014 3:07:57 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code e5ina3307 worth 28 Hulk Coins for use by 1more user ,  Vicki, Va

6889 Swagbucks Code (10/4/2014 4:50:18 PM):  CodeInABottle before 5pm PT/8pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

6891 Internet buying site (10/4/2014 5:22:30 PM):  Anyone know how to check on the integrity and legitimacy of an internet site? I am thinking about selling some Precious Moments figurines through Sell4value.com. Anyone heard of them or know how I can find out how trustworthy they are?,  Karen, DE

6893 Pat-Strawberry Salad (10/4/2014 5:39:50 PM):  Please post the recipe for this. It sounds good! thanks!,  Lori OH

6901 Amazon returns (10/4/2014 9:43:06 PM):  I have made several purchases at Amazon but I never had to return. I intend to buy some curtains soon at that website. Can someone tell me about the charges for their returns in case I am not satisfied with what I receive? Do they charge by the weight, amount of products returned etc.? Can you send the items together or do they need to be separate? Any help will be appreciated.,  JL

6902 Pstry Flour vs regular flour (10/4/2014 10:14:26 PM):  what is pastry flour? Is it necessary for cookies>,  Karen

6904 Holiday Cards for troops (10/4/2014 10:47:50 PM):  Last year I read on here about a program to send holiday cards to be distributed to the troops overseas. I purchased some "holiday cards", nothing religious, and adopted a chlassroom to sign them with a message. The kids LOVE doing this and wanted to do more than the amount I had purchased. I paid for the postage to mail them to the Heroes program. Then after Christmas I purchased a LOT of holiday cards for the kids to do the program this year. Welllll....the Red Cross is no longer doing this program. Does anyone know of another program that sends holiday cards to the troops or those in need. We had to send the cards last year without envelopes so they could see that none of them were religious, so I don't know what the problem was. Help, I bought lots for this year and a couple of years to come!! :),  Pat OH

6914 Postage (10/5/2014 10:01:32 AM):  Does anyone know if you send a envelope and want it hand stamped, does it cost more?,  Lynn

6915 4 Layer Pie (10/5/2014 10:24:38 AM):  Can you please post the recipe? Thanks!,  Geri, IL

6921 puzzle (10/5/2014 11:18:06 AM):  Last week's challenge: Think of a 10-letter word that names an invention of the early 20th century, which includes an A and an O. Remove the A. Then move the O to where the A was, leaving a space where the O was, and you'll name a much more recent invention. What is it? Answer: Cellophane / Cellphone Next week's challenge: Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it? ,  MAC--WI

6924 Bradley Update (10/5/2014 12:09:44 PM):  Sorry I haven't put an update on here in a while. Been feeling overwhelmed. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since my husband Bradley's car accident. He is making amazing progress. He has had 4 successful surgeries - 1 neuro and 3 ortho. Thank you so very much for all your prayers, kind words, and support. He has a long road ahead of him but he is optimistic and ready to do the work to literally be able to get back on his feet again. Thanks so much for those who have sent cards. He has got a kick out of the cards from my "online coupon buddies". If anyone still wants to send a card, it would be greatly appreciated because it really seems to lift his spirits. The hospital recommends sending them to our home address so they won't get lost amid all the standard hospital chaos. You can send cards to: Bradley Ruppert, 1201 E 4th Ave., Garnett, KS 66032. Thanks again for all your support. Sandy, Bradley is now on the 5th floor at KU Med Center and every day I walk by the burn unit and I say a little prayer for you and Rodney.,  Mary Lou R., KS

6926 Paul Revere (singer) (10/5/2014 12:17:50 PM):  of Paul Revere and the Raiders has passed away. TMZ does not list a cause, age 76. I still listen to Indian Reservation the group did. http://tinyurl.com/mfv5467Melody, WA

6927 Decadent dark chocolate Jack-o-lantern suckers (10/5/2014 12:58:45 PM):  Jane, CA asked how I make decadent, dark chocolate jack-o-lantern suckers. I use plastic sheets of jack-o-lantern sucker molds that have 3 or 4 molds to a sheet. I also use 4" paper sucker sticks for the handles on the suckers. I may take an 8" long paper sucker stick & cut it in half to get 2-4" sticks. I melt a blend of assorted chocolate strengths in a double boiler insert set over simmering water. I break up 4 oz. bars of Ghirardelli 60%, 70%, 100% chocolate baking bars, Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers & stir occasionally until totally melted. I remove the insert & set it on a folded terry towel & stir in a large handful of Guittard Bittersweet Onyx Wafers until melted & cooled. Spoon the chocolate mixture in to a sucker mold, putting the sucker stick in its place before completely filling the mold. Add a small amount of melted chocolate mixture to hide the upper end of the stick in the sucker. Place the sheets in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight to firm up the suckers. When firm, flip the sheets over on a kitchen counter & tap them on the counter to release the suckers from the mold. Place each sucker in a cellophane bag sized for the sucker. Close each bag with a twist tie. No 2 batches of my chocolate blend will taste exactly the same. I usually use 1/2 of 60% baking bar, all of 70% baking bar, 3/4 of 100% baking bar, plus heaping handfuls of dark chocolate melting wafers. I never measure exactly for each batch of chocolate candy I'm making. I want to end up with a very dark chocolate with a smooth taste that melts on your tongue! I make a variety of dark chocolate sucker shapes. The Jack-o-lantern, full length Easter Bunny, EMT Shield suckers that have the Caduces symbol on them, Heart shaped suckers. I order my sucker molds online from a candy & cake decorating supply store that's in Newport News/Norfolk, VA area. I also order my sucker sticks, cellophane bags, & twist ties from them as well. The looks on the faces of the auxiliary members who have one of my chocolate suckers say it all! They've been like a kid in a candy shop.,  Virginia Ann S VA

6934 Kellogg's code (10/5/2014 2:37:05 PM):  Found this code. Not sure if it works or not. Hope so. Enjoy ~ 67P4 - 1X77 - R7RL - R4G4,  Sandy B., MO

6939 Gorgeous weather (10/5/2014 3:16:08 PM):  Woke up to 49 degrees this morning. Had to figure out where I had put my 3/4 sleeve blouses. Warmed up to 78 this afternoon, super-low humidity. An absolutely gorgeous day! If I had been home, I would have opened the house. After church, I picked up my friend who is 89-1/2. She wanted to treat me to chicken liver dinner b/c she knows I love them. (She also wanted to drive me, but I managed to convince her that if she would treat, I would drive. I was dreading how I was going to do that, but she was OK w/ that explanation. She also told me that she had just renewed her D/L and it doesn't expire until 2018. She said that she will probably stop driving next year, although her daughter doesn't want her to. That's a switch. Usually the "children" try to figure out a way to stop parents from driving. I think something may have scared her b/c otherwise, she's very independent. JMO, but thinking maybe her daughter doesn't want the hassle of being her transportation.) Afterward, we went to the plant nursery b/c I wanted to find some nice mums for the front porch. Didn't find anything that struck my fancy, but did come home with a bay leaf tree. Bought rosemary yesterday that I want to try in a hanging basket on the front (western exposure) now that the temps are cooling off. I fried a rosemary tree a few years ago by trying to put it out front in July. Also bought Swiss Chard, Bright Lights variety. Looking forward to harvesting for a salad. Have grown this before, but only as an ornamental. They must have just received this shipment b/c they looked all fresh. If I wasn't so full from the chicken livers, I'd work outside. But I feel a nap calling my name right now.,  Susan, LA

6944 Google Researcher (10/5/2014 4:53:05 PM):  Google Reseacher, I need your help! I tried to find this on my own to no avail. I want to make a personalized or customized (both words I used in my google search) scrabble board for my MIL for Christmas. There are 15 names I want to use. I can almost get it figured out so they all fit and connect to one another on the board but my brain is now fried! (it takes time moving all those pieces all over the board or even down just one space!) LOL! I'm thinking there must be a program or something online I can just plug the names in and have it solved for me. What are the chances? Are you able to find me a website that would do this for me? (I have more than one scrabble game so I have plenty of letters). Thanks for any help you (or anyone else!) can provide. I thought this would be a great gift for someone who really doesn't need anything! Thanks again.,  Vicky N, ME

6946 Stapes Rewards Points Posting (10/5/2014 5:24:11 PM):  I had previously posted a question asking how long it takes for Staples Rewards points earned to post to your account. I e-mailed Staples to ask them this question. Here's the reply they sent me today. any Staples Rewards you earn in a given cycle are usually posted the 3rd Thursday of the month as per regular cycle. The staffer was able to confirm my HP computer purchase of 9/29/14 & the Rewards points earned. The points I earned likely won't show up in my account until late this month.,  Virginia Ann S VA

6952 Tigers (10/5/2014 6:27:24 PM):  Ok, sniff, sniff. I am sad and disappointed in the Detroit Tigers. I guess now I can cheer on the Royals. I don't really care about anybody else and at least they are in our division. So, Mary Lou, tell Bradley I guess I am now on his team! Go, Royals! By the way, so glad to hear he is doing better.,  Sue, MI

6958 Swagbucks (10/5/2014 7:07:31 PM):  In September I received a Wal Mart eGift card from Swagbucks. Today when I went to use the card it had already been redeemed. Upon further checking I found out that the card was redeemed at WalMart.com on September 10. Not by me. Has anyone had this happen and how did you handle it. Wal Mart was no help told me to contact SwagBucks. I have sent them an email, but wondering what else can be done.,  Penny in MO

6966 Stuffed peppers (10/5/2014 8:57:45 PM):  Does anyone make theirs in a crock pot? Is chicken stock the same as chicken broth?,  Trying to cook

6969 Farmhouse Cooking (10/5/2014 11:52:11 PM):  I watched a recent episode of Nancy Fuller's show. She used a simple French fry cutter. Does anyone know where I could buy this? I looked around but was not sure. TIA,  Karen

6971 Joanie, NJ?FL - bumping up: (10/6/2014 1:59:10 AM):  Hi Joanie -- I think I have to disagree with you when you say that all religions were founded for money. It's true that some religious organizations have certainly amassed amazing wealth over time, but I'd be surprised to find out that at their inception, hundred or thousands of years ago the purpose was to acquire wealth. Certainly I think some of the very earliest religions came about in order to explain various natural happenings.,  Jane, CA

6976 Probiotics? (10/6/2014 6:28:14 AM):  Does anyone have a recommendation for a cost-effective probiotic? I am extremely susceptible to urinary tract infections (have gotten them regularly since I was a child). I'm tired of taking antibiotics, and wonder if I took a probiotic regularly if it might help prevent a UTI. At the least, it would help me heal after the antibiotic wipes everything out! Thanks for any help,  Sick of UTI's!

6981 Biltmore Estate (10/6/2014 8:01:02 AM):  I will be traveling to visit the Biltmore Estate at the end of this week and looking for suggestions on restuarants and things to see/do in the area. TIA,  Darlene E, DE

6983 Eboli/Beheadings (10/6/2014 8:22:07 AM):  This is very scary. I don't understand why they are sending them to the United States for treatment. Seems like it should be contained in Africa or Lyberia. Supposedly the a homeless man who had ridden in the ambulance after the patient with Eboli was taken to the hospital was searched for and finally found. I am not sure if he showed signs of Eboli, but think of the people he probably was in contact with on the streets. I saw on the news that a (Ret?) Colonel said that the government was wanting to send 1000 troups to Africa to take medical kits to fight Eboli. He said that military could maybe help put the kits together, but not be sent there and risk their lives. He said there were better ways to handle it with medical teams in the country. It is very scary what could be brought back to us. I heard this a.m. another Eboli patient is being brought to Nebraska. II Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind today in the healing of our country. ,  Janice/Ok

6993 Disgusting behavior (10/6/2014 10:31:54 AM):  Couldn't figure what other Subject to use for this. Things have been happening here lately that are just plain disgusting. Last month a man was arrested in Hobby Lobby for flashing himself. Yesterday man was arrested at Target in the line at Starbucks for fondling himself as he stood in line behind a woman and her child. "Reports say he then bumped into the back of the woman multiple times. When the woman realized what the man was doing, she left to find a store manager." These were not "scuzzy looking" individuals; just average looking people whom you would not suspect. There are a lot of sick people in the world. I guess that should cure me of my Starbucks addiction! ,  Susan, LA

7001 Grandson/Navy (10/6/2014 12:04:16 PM):  My grandson was supposed to come in this coming weekend. I got a call from him Sat. The recording said, "Call from Tanner...." I put him on speaker so my dh could hear. He said "grandma its a beautiful day in Oklahoma" as he walked into our bedroom. He had come in the night before. He called his mom and said he needed his license # so he could take his car to San Diego. She went out to get the # and there was bright light in her eyes. It was his friends videoing her as he said "Hi Mom." He decided to tell us he was coming a week later and surprise us all. He will go to San Diego for 2 days, then go on USS Milius to Iraq. ,  Janice/ok

7002 Shoebox Shopper Alert (10/6/2014 12:11:22 PM):  In my Target this a.m. there was a full endcap of clearance socks, undies, cargo shorts. I was able to get a 6 pack of Disney socks for boys for $2.08. The cargo shorts were $2.40 each. You might want to scout out your Target and see if they have any you could use.,  Sharon in sunny MI

7004 Swagbucks Code (10/6/2014 1:00:19 PM):  PlanYourParty before 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET for 5 SB!,  Melody, WA

7005 Michelle (10/6/2014 1:05:00 PM):  Thinking of you and George today and hope that everything works for you.,  Jackie A., PA

7008 Hallmark Card Studio 2003 (10/6/2014 1:34:56 PM):  I've recently posted about getting a virus in my new computer right off the bat! I hadn't reinstalled all of my existing programs in the new desktop. 2 of the programs I have to reinstall are Hallmark Card Studio 2003 & 2014 versions. I didn't know if I'd have to reregister them when I reinstall them. So I called Hallmark Technical support. My old computer had Windows Vista OS. The new computer has Windows 8.1 OS. The staffer I spoke with said Card Studio 2003 WON"T work with Windows 8.1! The 2014 version will work with 8.1. Has anyone ever been told that a specific old program won't work with the latest OS? I was shocked to hear that statement! Some of the images I used from the 2003 version are also in the 2014 version. But not all of them. When I bought that 2003 program at office Depot, I neglected to check the system requirements your computer had to have. The one I had then didn't meet all of the requirements. I couldn't install all of that 2003 program until I got the last computer I had.,  Virginia Ann S VA

7010 to th eperson w/the stepkids (10/6/2014 1:42:32 PM):  To the person who posted about one step kid disowning dad and the other having a birthday party. Go to the party! Yeah the one step kid might create some drama, but don't let their bad attitude keep you and your husband from having a relationship with the other step kid.,  Dianne in GA

7013 Gift for 80th birthday (10/6/2014 2:31:13 PM):  My sister in law is having an 80th birthday party. I would love some suggestions for a gift for her.She is almost blind and very frail. She reads talking books and does not get out on her own, just for a very short walk. She lives with her daughter and her family. Thanks,  Rachel MA

7014 Name survey (10/6/2014 2:38:20 PM):  Hi all, have a name question. Which name do yau'll think sounds and/or looks best: HandiShop Handi-Shop "Handi"Shop ? After I get results I'll tell what it's about ~ don't want to give the story now ... it might sway votes one way or another. TIA,  Sandy B., MO

7016 Sister Update (10/6/2014 2:43:08 PM):  Well, we went away to New Hampshire for a few days of much needed time away, had a thoroughly wonderful time enjoying leaf peeping, etc. Came home to find out my sister Pam was, once again, in surgery. She is recovering now. When they put the shunt it, they had it draining into her organs instead of her stomach. If you're wondering why she's still at this hospital, I'm wondering the same thing. I realize it's too far for her boyfriend to be there with her, but this is ridiculous. I feel like it's students working on her instead of real doctors. She had 2 surgeons for this one. I'm disgusting, and wondering how she still has any strength left. Thanks for caring, you guys really do help.,  Julie in Mass

7020 Gone Girl (10/6/2014 3:10:45 PM):  Went to see "Gone Girl" today with DH. We both thought it was a really good movie. Anyone else have an opinion?,  Angela Z/NY

7031 Number of GB's in Computer Hard Drive (10/6/2014 4:18:57 PM):  I just did an online survey for HarrisInteractive dealing with what cool things I bought in July, August, or September. I was able to check off desktop computer on the list. One of the survey questions regarding my computer purchase asked how many GB's my Hard Drive has. My computer Hard Drive has 1 TB, not GB's! The Memory in computer has 4 GB's. How many GB's are in 1 TB? I'd like to know in case I get another survey asking what cool things I bought in September. And desktop computer is on the list. I was sorry this survey didn't include a comments section where you could jot down your thoughts about your survey experience. I had to click on the answer "Don't know".,  Virginia Ann S VA

7032 Yvonne, LA (10/6/2014 4:19:47 PM):  How is your coworker doing?,  Debbie, OR

7046 Kellogg's code (10/6/2014 6:47:36 PM):  Another code ~ not sure if it's still good or not but just in case ... NGRM - JTK8 - HKW9 - G5XX Enjoy ~,  Sandy B., MO

7047 Karen, HI: (10/6/2014 7:21:00 PM):  hi Karen! The fabric and floss arrived this afternoon -- that was fast! And thank you so much for combining the postage and working the RC discount -- I'm very grateful! I love the purple(s) in that fabric. Now, if I would just STAY retired so I could do all the projects I have on my list! =:),  Jane, CA

7048 Scrabble - update (10/6/2014 7:21:03 PM):  Thanks for your responses yesterday. I am going to glue the tiles to the board. I was able to complete the board with all the names and words I wanted and I am very happy with the way it came out. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest. Randi, that site is what I was looking for! Will bookmark it for future use. I am going to do another board for a housewarming gift. Sue, thanks for your offer of the "M" but I think I am going to keep it as is. LOL!,  Vicky N, ME

7049 Ever want to smack....: (10/6/2014 7:36:15 PM):  ...the grocery bagger? I was already h"having one of those days" today but decided to do major grocery shopping as long as I was at the UPS store, almost right next door to Lucky. As always, I made sure I separated the products into "perishable -- it has to get out of the hot car ASAP" and "it can stay in the car till Anthony gets home" sections, pointed them out to the bagger (after I asked for paper instead of plastic, which already earned me a glare for some reason), and asked her (HER -- you'd think a "her" would get it!) to be kind enough to make sure the perishables were bagged with the perishables, etc. So, of course, she started out by staring off into space and grabbing plastic bags, which was followed by just putting "whatever" into the paper bags she finally managed to use. And when she was eventually "helping" me out to the car, although she nodded as if she understood perfectly when I explained that I'd appreciate the it-can-wait stuff farther back than the it-has-to-get-into-the-fridge/freezer-or-die, she just loaded the car willy-nilly so the bag with the frozen items was the very first thing she put in, furthest back in the car! Nor is this unusual -- it must happen 3 out of 5 times. I do my best to ask nicely and politely, and sometimes explain why if the bagger's new or young, but it's like they're space cadets. The checkers get it and often catch them reaching for plastic bags right away, but it's like the baggers are on some other planet. By the time I finished unloading ALL the groceries (Anthony was rescuing a friend with car trouble and won't be home for a while, I felt like that Peanuts character with the rain/thundercloud over his head! OK, I feel better now having vented and I guess I won't have to go back and do her bodily harm!,  Jane, CA

7054 Faith (10/6/2014 8:27:01 PM):  Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the assurance of things not seen. I'm not stupid, I wasn't bullied by some old men in the Bible, into having faith in something not seen. I don't see electricity but I have faith each time I flick the light switch on, the power. even though I can't see it, the light/stove/furnace will come on. I have faith my when I turn the key to my car, it will start. I don't see the starter armature turn, fuel injectors shoot gas into the piston, spark plug give it's spark to the top of the piston to ignite the gasoline (which I never see either as it runs into my car, that's another faith that refined oil gets turned into gasoline) push the piston up and down faster from the tiny explosions, than we can see it. I don't see the piston push the cam, push the drive line and make the tires spin and I can drive away. I have faith everyday in other drivers, doing what is right and if they don't my muscle memory will take over and slam on the brakes or hands turn the wheel to avoid an accident. If I want to have a faith in a being that no on can see, who is bigger than any human being on this planet, that is my personal choice and it's a choice we all have. If you don't want to believe in God, that's your choice. No one on here posted that you have to have faith in God but I'm not stupid because I do. If it should turn out there is no God? I don't care, my life is better, calmer, happier believing in Him and what He did for me. I'm not stupid, thank you. I MADE the conscious decision to be a Disciple of Christ. Just skip posts you don't like.,  Melody, WA

7058 Start Sampling (10/6/2014 8:53:46 PM):  Is anyone else still doing their points program? And have you noticed that the amount of points needed to redeem has jumped dramatically? I redeemed 1000 points for their cloth tote about 6 weeks ago, and last week the points needed is now 10,000. That's ridiculous! I received my tote in the mail this past weekend, and no way is it worth the time and effort of 10,000 points.,  Diane, IL

7059 Cedar Cove (10/6/2014 9:38:46 PM):  Decided to go to the website and read the recaps and try to figure out all these new characters from the cast photos. The girl that works at the library that I said I couldn't remember how she got there, her mother w/ a volunteer at the library and the judge was hearing their divorce. The librarian knew that she was skipping school b/c of the divorce so let her help at the library. (This is the girl that is being bullied.) I think I have everybody straight now.,  Susan, LA

7064 George E (10/6/2014 9:49:45 PM):  Did I miss an update on George? Sure he came through all of it with flying colors, but thought that would be here to read.,  Lynn

7065 Puzzle (10/6/2014 9:53:39 PM):  Alice, I believe you are correct! Or at least that's what I came up with, too.,  Gina, CT

7069 My Mom and microwave (10/7/2014 12:05:26 AM):  Well, Dsister said Mom's microwave was 'giving out' (weird since all the numbers except the '0' worked for me after DSis was there). Anyways, I bought Mom one this weekend - most basic one I could find at her Kmart. Turns out you have to set the clock to use it! By the time I left I put a Circle sticker on the space she needs to press to open it and an Eagle sticker on the Start/Stop to help her run it. DH and I are worried that I will get a phone call that the microwave is not working and I should take back the old one. Praying that doesn't happen, but not getting rid of the old one yet. I really am starting to think that replacing a microwave for a 90 year old is not a good idea...,  Heather, NV

7075 Thanks for survey help (10/7/2014 5:33:03 AM):  Thanks for the input yesterday. Rodney and I are putting together a HandiAble website (that's not the name of it at all so I'm not advertising ... yet). One of the pages is going to be a classifieds page when handicapped and/or caregivers can sell their items. The other pages of the website have "Handi" in the titles and we wanted to use that word along with what the page really is ... a shop. RESULTS ~ The unanimous pick was the one that Rodney had chosen.,  Sandy B., MO

7083 Yahoo Spam (10/7/2014 8:11:10 AM):  I maintain a Yahoo email used just for doing sweepstakes for over 3 years. Nowadays I am receiving about 150 spams a day. (I think some sell your email addy.) I have to scan through the list to make sure no one is saying I won a sweeps. Can't just quit that addy because it might take months to be advised of a win. I tried to let the spam stack up, but even after 1000, they kept coming in. When do they get turned away? Will they slow down my computer's speed. I'm not a great computer person. Can they be stopped?,  Shielia, FL

7099 Swagbucks Code (10/7/2014 11:37:28 AM):  CRSpookyDeals before 11 AM PDT, worth 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

7106 Irazoo Treasure Code (10/7/2014 1:47:13 PM):  hardwork Expires: 10/14/2014 10:36:00 AM EST.,  Melody, WA

7108 Humor (10/7/2014 1:56:11 PM):  I work part time and with the holidays all on Thurs, my normal day to work, I am going to be off those days. I have heard co-workers talking about wanting to take off around the holidays. I am off Wed. so I can work for someone who wants off. What I want to do is send my boss a funny or cute email offering to work Wednesday if someone wants off. I don't want to send the usual type of email but something with humor or as a poem. Any ideas? This is for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days. Thanks for any ideas!,  Ann

7109 Shark Tank (10/7/2014 2:15:55 PM):  I am visiting family and have seen "Shark Tank" for the first time. It has been so much fun that we have watched several programs. I am so glad they programmed it to record. Anyone else think it is fun to watch?,  Marge, MO

7110 Hobby Lobby/Scrabble (10/7/2014 2:21:37 PM):  Last month I had a birthday. One of my granddaughter's gave me a Scrabble M that she saw at HL. I have it placed on a shelf and it is so cute. ,  Marge, OK

7111 Aroretic Aneurysm ? (10/7/2014 2:22:35 PM):  Has anyone here had surgery for this ? Or know someone who did ? All input is appreciated ,  Thank You

7114 Faith (10/7/2014 2:37:34 PM):  Joan J said we [Christians] have to believe in a person we've never seen, heard, or touched. That's true. But I believe in the existence of a lot of historical figures that I've never seen, heard, or touched. And of ALL the historical figures of the past 2000 years, is there any who has had more written about him? Been studied more? Been followed more? Has had great an impact on society? Even the vast majority of historians and scholars agree that yes, Jesus existed. Then Joan covers the crucifixion and resurrection. Scholars who've researched this have come to the consensus that yes, Jesus was crucified. (google historical jesus wiki for more info). But now here's the sticking point. The resurrection. This is where people disagree and you have to really, really dig deep in study and make up your own mind. Some believe it, some don't. This is where faith comes in, although there are historical records here too. Like if it didn't happen, why aren't there a bunch of debunking stories from the time period? So let's say Jesus lived and was crucified. If it were not for the resurrection, why would we still even be discussing him? It'd just be a good man who lived and died. But here we are, almost 2000 years later, still discussing it. And I think the reason is because of the resurrection, a supernatural event. Some believe in the supernatural, some don't. [Please note, I'm not attacking Joan in this post. I don't know Joan's position On Jesus/Christianity. She just stated some things I've heard before that I wanted to directly address.],  Dianne in GA

7115 error message (10/7/2014 2:44:43 PM):  I'm using my daughter's laptop. I accidently turned off the power strip my computer is plugged into and ever since I turned the computer back on, there is no connection between the computer and monitor. All I get on the monitor is no signal or cable not connected. I have turned off and turned the computer back on, retightened the cable on both monitor and computer and nothing worked. It has done things like this before but what I did before didnt work this time Any suggestions before I take it back to the shop? Should I consider a new monitor and/or cable?,  me

7118 Amtrack Train (10/7/2014 3:32:20 PM):  Anyone travel much on Amtrack? I am trying to find out if they have long wait period when someone changes trains Thanks I am traveling from small town to Portland, OR and then up towards Seattle WA.,  Kathleen WA

7119 How do you feel happy? (10/7/2014 3:38:01 PM):  Maybe it is just me, but it feels like 'everything' is going crazy in the world (immediate and across the country) and there is nothing I can do about it. Part of me wants to put my head in the sand, but that won't fix anything. How do you stay happy? ,  losing my happy feeling

7126 Instand win games/sweepstakes (10/7/2014 4:08:39 PM):  Where can I find out about instant win/sweepstakes games. I checked the instant win link on this site but the only ones I see were over in 2013. Thanks for the info.,  Betty, La.

7133 iPhone help (10/7/2014 4:50:08 PM):  I have an iPhone 4, and I must have screwed up something but can't get online unless I have wifi. I pay for a data plan and just cannot get email or get online, at all, unless I'm near wifi. Anyone know what I can do to change that? I'll call Verizon as a last resort, but I don't have another phone to call on, and dont' want to have to keep trying to go into setting while I'm talking to them. Thank you!,  Julie in Mass

7138 Ex-sister-in-law (10/7/2014 5:49:58 PM):  I need your advice and I know I came to the right place. I am happily married first of all. My ex-sis is now dating my ex-boyfriend. So what's the problem? This is a small town and we are still close to the grandmother of my 4 oldest great nieces. This is bringing back entirely too many memories with this guy I thought had long since been buried. My brother passed away due to cancer 3 yrs ago and she always said he was her best friend. They just didn't need to be married. I don't want this guy around my girls and I can't explain what is going on except it is very painful. I try to block it out but that doesn't work. I want my ex-sis happy but does it have to be with him? I know these situations happen but it hasn't happened in my circle of friends before. Doesn't she know about the two of us? Probably not or chooses not to remember. I feel selfish but can't help how I feel. I don't dare say anything as she would only rub it in. No, trust me, I am not jealous. I made the right choice. So what do I do? Christmas is coming up and no, I don't want to invite him to a family dinner. Thanks in advance!,  Janet/GA

7139 Swagbucks Code (10/7/2014 5:53:05 PM):  SplishSplash before 5pm PT/8pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

7142 Why? (10/7/2014 6:14:11 PM):  Why is it whenever you get ready to go on vacation or plan some event the appliances in house start breaking down. First it was the washer & now the microwave went belly up. Oh I can do without microwave for awhile. I don't like it but I can do it.,  Vicki, Va

7149 When Frugal is Stupid (10/7/2014 6:55:03 PM):  Just ran across this article ( http://www.wisebread.com/when-frugal-is-stupid ) and it made me laugh. Thought I'd share it and start a thread to ask what stupid/silly act of frugality of YOU taken that you don't think anyone else should try at home. Let be honest; let's be fun. (Mine will follow as a response.),  Susan R., CA

7173 Stephen Collins (10/7/2014 10:01:01 PM):  Has anyone heard the audio recorded during therapy session between Collins and his estranged wife? Wow! ,  Susan, LA

7174 question from Jane (10/7/2014 10:04:08 PM):  I think this got missed because it was at the end of a discussion, so I started a new topic. "So my question to those who are devout or believers now is, was there ever a time in your life when you fell away from your church's teachings (or have you had children who have) and, if so, what brought you back? And, in the case where you might have had children who fell away, either for a while or permanently, how do you handle that situation?, Jane, CA" My answer - I didn't fall away from my belief so much as I decided to do my own thing for a few years, knowing it was "wrong" but choosing to pay the consequences. Only I really didn't understand all of the consequences of my actions. What brought me back was, well, let me make this as short a story as I can. Hubby was a Christian, so was I, and we both wanted to get back to living and learning about our faith. But in his divorce decree, he had to agree w/his ex-wife where to take the kids to church. The problem was, she wouldn't agree on ANYTHING (they were Methodist and she wouldn't agree they could go to the Methodist church). So by taking that freedom of religion away from us, it made us fight harder for it! Of the four children (two his, one mine, one ours) - his two both say they are Christians but don't attend church (one has children and hers do go on and off; the other has no children but they were married in a church). My child does attend church, married a Christian, and I would say is a practicing Christian and is raising her children in the church. Our child together attends and serves at church weekly. HOWEVER she is 19 and lives with us and I have a rule that if you live with me, you will attend church weekly. She serves by her choice, that is not one of my rules, but she hasn't yet been tested to see if she'll continue in her faith when she lives on her own. I'm so long winded I get sick of listening to myself.,  Dianne in GA

7175 another post (10/7/2014 10:09:49 PM):  This was tacked onto another discussion. Reposting here. Great questions! "97152 Satan: (10/7/2014 7:33:52 PM): I understand that Satan was an angel who along with some other angels were cast out of Heaven by God and I understand that maybe could have made Satan angry at God and made him want to work against God. But so much time Satan would have lost some of that anger and begun to see things the way they really are and he would know that he can't win in the end and he will never dethrone God or Christ. So what I don't understand is why would Satan still be fighting to win a fight he knows he can't win ever. What is he getting from that and why does he want to make people do bad things? Hell can't be a fun place to be even if you're the boss so knowing that unless he repents and accepts God and accepts Christ as his Lord and Saviour why does he keep on doing what he's doing? Does he think he can win? How can he not know what the rest of us know who believe in the Bible? I just don't understand that., [signed] - thinking about things" I bet others have great answers. I googled and found this great discussion on Yahoo Answers: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110604154823AAXuxuJ ,  Dianne in GA

7178 Judie Watson update (10/7/2014 11:21:20 PM):  I received a note from Judie in NC. She said, "Tell everyone on OTCC I still miss them very much." She had a great birthday on Sept. 21, and has become very active in the National Federation of the Blind.,  Grace Basham, CA

7183 When Frugal is Stupid (10/8/2014 6:37:32 AM):  Just couldn't let this topic go by after what happened to me last week. To save money I had been buying no name light bulbs at any dollar store. They weren't too bright but I figured it didn't matter. Well last week my husband tried to replace one of the bulbs in our overhead fan and it came apart in his hands, leaving the screw-in part still in the fan. Luckily he didn't cut himself. When I tried to take out a new bulb from the same cheapie, it came apart. A "taller" friend was able to remove the old bulb and I threw out all the old cheapie unknown brand bulbs I had and now buy only GE or other name brands. I was being pennywise and pound foolish and at 90 years I am still learning.,  Elaine, NY

7189 High protein diet (10/8/2014 7:21:12 AM):  I am 63, about 50 lbs overweight and not very active. 3 times in the past week I saw something about high protein diets (over 50 grams)- they give you more energy, stop fat absorption and something else. Is this true or just advertizing?,  Joanie in NJ & FL

7192 Jane (10/8/2014 8:28:05 AM):  I wasn't referring to public prayer as much as, lets say wishing people Merry Christmas, is one example. Celebrating the birth of Christ is the whole reason for the holiday. But every year, we go through such and such stores tell their employees they can't say Merry Christmas, ads that feature a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree., I could go on and on. If a person doesn't believe in the true meaning of Christmas, that's fine, they can celebrate in the non secular ways. But why do they have to have such a fit for those of us who believe its a holy season? We are a country founded on freedom IF religion, not freedom FROM religion. Political correctness, in my opinion, has gone too far. We are a country founded on Christian values, that doesn't mean that others can't practice their own religion, that's the beauty of living in this country. We are not going to threaten, and for that matter, actually kill you if you don't convert.,  Karen-IA

7200 Lisa Update (10/8/2014 9:44:23 AM):  Lisa is the lady from work that had the hiatal hernia repair that went very wrong & was hospitalized for 60 days the 1st time. Things are improving, very slowly, but improving. She sent an update. She has been working a little bit from home, which is good so she can continue to have her paycheck/insurance. The other girls in the office were covering for her so that she would have work product and still be able to get paid. (I know she's worried b/c she's an unclassified employee. Her boss is running for a judgeship and if he wins, there's a very strong possibility that she will be without a job b/c the new person will probably want to bring their own person aboard. Even if there is an agreement between the outgoing and incoming person to keep her on, there's no guarantee that he/she will after they learn all they need to know about the job.) She is still hooked up to the food bag at night but off all meds and hardly need any phenegrin iv shots. Periodically, she will still need one because she still gets very nauseaus at times. She's learning what foods she can and cannot tolerate. There was a meeting at work concerning a big sewer project and 2 of the staff offered to come to her since she's not strong enough to come into the office. I thought that was very nice. I know this has to lift her spirits. Thanks to all. ,  Susan, LA

7201 Work from home scam (10/8/2014 9:50:55 AM):  My friend old me about a co worker that has been doing a work from home job for a month. I'm not sure what the job entailed but at the end of the month she got an email asking for her bank information so they could pay her. Well, they emptied out her account. I have never heard of this happening. She is going to ask for the company name and I will post it here. Anybody else hear about this happening?,  Anna, AL

7215 Religion and Faith (10/8/2014 11:57:24 AM):  Lots of good discussion, reminds me of a favorite memory Our retired minister was quiet elderly and sometimes considered himself "useless" because of the limits defined by his age But he always said "Sometimes the best Sermon is seen, and not just heard" He lived out his life doing good for others, loving God, and enjoying life That's the kind of Christian I want to be, and the legacy I want to leave ,  nancy b, mi

7217 cooking questions (10/8/2014 12:38:22 PM):  Does anyone know if you can cook chicken and noodles using reames frozen noodles in the crock pot?,  Karen, OK

7219 Shingles (10/8/2014 12:51:10 PM):  Can you catch shingles from someone who has them? I know someone who hasn't had chickenpox can get that and they shouldn't be around pregnant women. The baby can get them in the womb before they are born. ,  Curious

7227 Macy's (10/8/2014 1:17:21 PM):  Went to Macy's yesterday with the intention of just running in to pick up my Clinique Bonus. Ended up buying 2 blouses, one on sale, one on clearance and a pair of earrings---also on sale---to replace the ones that I've misplaced, which I'm sure I'll find now that I've bought another pair. (They were basic black and just simple ones.) I checked out at 3 different registers. Macy's is doing something different now. You have to slide your credit card before they start to scan your items. Don't know if this is just w/ a Macy's card or any credit card. (I joked with the clerk that they want to get your card swiped so that you won't feel so bad if you decide you don't want an item.) Anyway, looks like you no longer have to bring your paper coupons in. After she totaled my purchase, there were several choices on the screen where you sign your name. The 1st one was for 15% off $40 purchase, expiring next week. There were about 5 or 6 choices. Didn't take time to look at them all, but did notice that there was another one toward the bottom for 15% off $40, but it expired in November. This will be neat b/c I usually end up bringing my coupons but leaving them in the car b/c I'm trying to keep my purse uncluttered (but that's not working so far for me).,  Susan, LA

7229 Swagbucks Code (10/8/2014 1:30:01 PM):  FOLLOWEEN before 1pm PT/4pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

7234 suggestions..... (10/8/2014 1:59:34 PM):  long story short, hubby has a daughter from first marriage. she's never kept in contact and blames him or divorce. fast forward, last oct I sent down gifs for her first baby for birthday and Christmas, never heard from them? this year she has another baby, do I send gifts down again or forget it? they live far away so going there is not an option. what would you do? ,  christy, ia

7236 Shingles / chicken pox (10/8/2014 2:13:43 PM):  Weird question. I have never had chicken pox (parents kept me away from everyone that had it), BUT DD and I had the chickenpox shots. Do I need to worry about Shingles? I am guessing not, but don't know. I guess I should ask the DR next time I go in.,  Heather, NV

7243 Need good window cleaner (10/8/2014 3:06:14 PM):  What is the best window cleaner to use? I need to do my outside windows which are very high and I have to use a long handle squeegee to reach them. I need a cleaner that I can dilute with water in the bucket. Any suggestions? ,  Jan

7247 Low acid coffee (10/8/2014 3:17:15 PM):  Anyone ever hear of this? A friend told me about something like this at Trader Joes. it'sabout a 15 min drive for me to go there and don't want to go if it doesn't exist. I have been battling GERD for over a month. I am nowhere near ready for coffee and caffeine but hopefully when that day comes, I would try it.It would make sense if coffee is acidic(and it's not just the caffeine wreaking havoc). Anyone heard of low acid coffee? Anyone with experience with stubborn GERD is welcome to comment too.I am on 2 prescriptions now.Thought the 2nd one did the trick but nausea again today!it probably didn't help gagging on the big pill before breakfast.They are hard to get down(and I take them 3x/day!) but today was worse than usual. From now on I am going to chew it or let it dissolve.The taste is not bad.,  Sue P., CT

7250 Trip to France & Spain (10/8/2014 3:40:40 PM):  My daughter (who is a junior in High School) has an opportunity to go on a trip to France & Spain. She has taken Latin, French I and is now in French II. The trip is planned for June, 2016. It is a costly trip; however, there are a few ways to bring the cost down a bit (fundraising, $600 scholarship, savings, graduation money, etc). The trip is through Worldstrides International Discovery Programs. Has anyone experienced a trip like this through High School? Or sent a child on a trip like this? My daughter is very interested in going! The school presented information last night about what a terrific opportunity this is for teens. It's a 2-week trip. Any input about any experience you may have would be appreciated! I would love to hear any feedback.,  Mom, MI

7256 Scanner problems (10/8/2014 3:58:57 PM):  I got my new computer back from repair shop yesterday. Have been gradually loading in programs I had used in old computer. My overall computer set up included a scanner. I turned my scanner on this afternoon & tried to make a copy of a document I had. I got onscreen error message. I went in to "troubleshoot" my scanner. Results said my scanner driver wasn't installed. I'm not computer literate enough to know if I need to completely reinstall my scanner hardware. Or what I do to get the scanner working in my new set up. Would someone more computer literate please help me? I'm determined not to do anything that messes up this computer!,  Virginia Ann S VA

7257 Need decent word processing program (10/8/2014 4:05:19 PM):  My new HP desktop computer didn't come with a pre-loaded word processing program. My old HP desktop had been pre-loaded with Microsoft Works. I used it not only for creating documents, but creating my address & return address labels. Does anyone on this board have a word processing program they like to use? One that's free, or reasonable cost to install.,  Virginia Ann S VA

7261 Stephen Collins (10/8/2014 5:12:41 PM):  The statute of limitations has run out in NY where the 1st incident took place. LAPD says the case in their jurisdiction is no longer an active one, so.....who released the recording of the therapy session. His estranged wife says she woke up this morning to see it all over the news. While she may not have technically released it herself, sounds more and more to me like a ploy in a divorce. Perhaps her attorneys released it or someone in her family on her "behalf". Now I hear that whatever network is airing 7th Heaven has pulled the show.,  Susan, LA

7268 Surgery Question (10/8/2014 6:07:09 PM):  I need a hysterectomy because of fibroids and was wondering what advice you would give to me. What did you want on hand after you got home, any tricks that made things go easier, etc.? I'm trying to do everything I need to before surgery and want to make sure I don't miss anything. Thanks in advance for any advice. I'm hoping to get some knitting done during my time home.,  No Name this time

7276 Swagbucks Code (10/8/2014 6:35:44 PM):  CostumeIdeas before 6pm PT/9pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

7281 Recall Notice (10/8/2014 6:55:28 PM):  Fiskars recalls Bypass Lopper Shears due to laceration hazard. Sold exclusively at Home Depot: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Fiskars-Recalls-Bypass-Lopper-Shears/Google Researcher

7287 Virginia Ann S VA/shingles (10/8/2014 7:29:07 PM):  If you normally have coverage for flu vaccinations or any other shots you get then the Shingles will be covered too. I had mine at a Dr. visit for some other reason and never received a bill for the Shingles shot.,  Google Researcher

7308 Susan, LA -- bumping up: (10/8/2014 9:17:13 PM):  hi Susan -- we were discussing prayers before events and you said (paraphrasing, of course) that we say the Pledge of Allegiance before many events, why not prayers. That reminded me that Quakers (and some other Christian faiths) don't say the Pledge at all. It doesn't have to do with not being patriotic or loyal to the United States. It's because those denominations believe that you should "pledge your allegiance" to God, not to anything else, and that although you support and are loyal to your country, your pledge belongs to the Lord. I'm not saying this as an "argument" one way or the other -- it was just something that popped into my mind when I read that part of your post.,  Jane, CA

7309 Mindy, MD & projects (10/8/2014 10:18:38 PM):  Like I posted last week I am also guilty of not finishing, etc projects. Well, I finally wrote a list of a small projects (write cards, order a present for someone, send emails, etc) and I am happy to say I knocked a bunch of them off the list this week. But I still haven't worked on a project for me. So, I guess I try to work on one of my projects soon. Maybe we can encourage each other..,  Heather, NV

7317 Weight Loss (10/9/2014 5:30:37 AM):  It is never quick nor easy, and the older we get the harder it is. I would love to see a positive approach to this and ideas shared to help each other. A while back someone post about true lemon and water, I drink nothing but water and ice tea during the day, I have a couple of cups of coffee in the mining with sugar free hazelnut coffee mate, its nice to have the option during the day to add some lemon and a pack of splenda to a big glass of iced water, it gives a great flavor and huge change of pace,,, that was a great tip, thanks to the person who posted about the true lemon. Also I keep sugar free gum on my desk, especially for in late afternoon, it gives me something to much on LOL... and low in calories. One huge tip is NO sodas they may taste good but they are not good for you and will not help with weight loss diet or otherwise... ,  Sunshine (Linda IN)

7318 Melody -Throid Question (10/9/2014 5:52:06 AM):  Melody have you heard of Armor Thyroid medicine? My SIL like me,has taken synthroid for years but her Dr switched her to a prescription for Armor Thyroid. She sys she feels better than she has in years. Do you any info? Thanks,  Susan

7319 Amtrak chat boards (10/9/2014 6:04:35 AM):  I'm planning a trip (2 of us) to place unknown via Amtrak. The planned timetable is no later than the first week of November. I've searched for Amtrak tips, found old chat boards (one from 2006). Need some current help: Amtrak is complex!). Can anyone suggest a site that might give tips on getting the best trip price, renting a car, hotels: linked with a Amtrak trip? I do have an Amtrak Mastercard and am enrolled in Amtrak Guest Rewards. All that might complicate my search! Thanks for any help . ,  Amtrak bound (I hope)

7320 What Happened (10/9/2014 6:31:03 AM):  What happened to Ms. Charlie & Sharon B. I haven't seen a post from them in sometime.,  Vicki, Va

7322 Manners (10/9/2014 7:02:39 AM):  I have to say I am really really getting tired of people that do not have any manners in public. You can act however you want at home or with your family and your friends out of the public eye but please when you're in public have respect for other people. I really hate it when I'm in a restaurant and someone at the table next to me blows their nose while I'm eating this is not acceptable ever. If you were ever taught the blowing your nose at the table while people are eating is acceptable your parents are to be flogged. Also not covering your face with something Idon't care what but cover your face when you cough you yawn or sneeze. I was in the store the other day and a woman was in front of me about 20 feet and she sneezed and as she sneezed she leaned over and pulled her shoulders back so that she sneezed all over the entire aisle what were you thinking??I did say something to her I said you know that is unacceptable you need to cover your face when you're in public in your sneezing or coughing. She basically said oh I didn't know I was going to sneeze yeah you do everybody knows they're going to sneeze. Then she basically told me to mind my own business I said the air in the store is my Business if I have to breathe it. ,  CB OH

7326 Computer error code (10/9/2014 8:09:20 AM):  "UserZoom survey tool" has fired an exception". Click on details. (The details are in computer jargon that I do not understand of course). Any computer savvy know what this is and how to take care of. I hope it's not a serious problem, yikes! ,  Angela Z/NY

7333 final preparations (10/9/2014 8:55:03 AM):  My husband and I are meeting with a lawyer to get our wills done and I dont know what else we need to cover. We want the house (paid for) to go to our kids, make sure they get our IRA money, and have access to our bank account. We are at odds about the POA and I think the lawyer should have it. husband wants he and I to have joint POA but what good would that be when both of us pass? I know this should have been addressed sooner but time is running out fast,  anon

7334 Prayers please (10/9/2014 8:57:03 AM):  Today is court at 9 AM, for the visitation I posted anonymously, for the 8 and 9 year old who were made to visit their dad. They had to chop wood, sit in a room all day because they were "in trouble". Do chores and is really mean to them. Telling them that all his money went to their house for food, (while he drinks beer and smokes) none of which is true. He got his child support lowered to $50 a month for both of them and worked under the table. I don't know what is going to happen. Please pray for Leanna and Marquise. We did meet with a Lawyer and got some great help. She wasn't able to take the case because she had another one this week and the Judge on this case, does not like changing court dates. To add to the mix, their dad, now has a new daughter with his girlfriend who lives with him. Thank you.,  Melody, WA

7337 Focus Forward from SB (10/9/2014 9:22:57 AM):  Has anyone received this invite from SwagBucks? I got a invitation to join, but don't know a thing about this. Anyone know about this or done the surveys? Said something about earning $200. Sounds almost to good to be true.,  Lynn

7342 Coupon limits (10/9/2014 9:47:55 AM):  I had a manager from Wags and one from Dollar General tell me I can only use ONE coupon per shopping order! I tell them that when the coupon says "one coupon per purchase" the "purchase" is the item, not the entire cart. They insist it's the cart so I can only use ONE coupon! I was hoping to build up my stockpile before the cold weather. I don't overdo it with coupons...my local grocery allows 3 "like" coupons and I'm fine with that but ONE per trip? Looks like I'll have to travel to Walmart on Monday to use my coupons...they don't give me a hassle like the store nearby....anyone have any ideas?,  Karen S (NJ)

7354 Etiquette ~ What would you do? (10/9/2014 10:54:34 AM):  A friend of ours has season tix to a local dinner theater and he & his wife gave us their tickets for next Tuesday. I called today to see if our table was handicap accessible and was told that it's at the bottom of 12 stairs and they don't have a ramp so I asked if we could switch. There were no tables left for the 14th but the 15th had an open table and the switch was $18 less in cost. The lady who was helping us said we would get an $18 gift card that we could use to buy a dessert or something. Since they didn't buy the tickets specifically as a gift for us but gave us one set of their season tickets I didn't think we should use the overage. I knew they had an account and asked that she credit the $18 to their account but she acted a little put-upon like that wasn't the thing to do. Rodney and I talked about it after we hung up and thought the lady was a little out of line, maybe? Let me hear what you would have done with the overage. TIA,  Sandy B., MO

7370 Milly, MN GERD(bump up) (10/9/2014 1:33:17 PM):  Hi Milly, right before I started with GERD, I switched from name brand blood pressure medicine to generic.It had just become available as generic. I switched back to the name brand but no improvement.Also, my sinuses were acting up at the same time.I had started feeling better with the GERD using the OTC Prilosec. Then I started Allegra OTC twice a day. Severe nausea after 2 doses. Then they tried me on an antihistamine nasal spray. Worse! But I have been off both of them for 2 weeks or more. Just read on WebMD that they can cause the symptoms but nothing about longer-lasting effect.Also didn't see it in the side effects of the meds I took.Other than that, the only new meds I am on are the GERD meds! Also this week I have switched taking the Prilosec from morning to late afternoon. Hopefully that will help Maybe I will take a TUMS right before bedtime. This had me so worried because last year I got better so quickly. And everyone I know with GERD either takes the meds and eats/drinks whatever they want or they get off the meds in a month or 2 like I did last year and life goes back to normal quickly. I just found a forum on WebMD where it appears LOTS of people have or had very stubborn GERD. reading there has helped ease my mind a bit.,  Sue P., CT

7386 Shrimp Stir Fry (10/9/2014 6:53:50 PM):  We made the pioneer woman's shrimp stir fry. Oh it was so good! I did add some green peppers& onion to it. Just browned shrimp in some oil & butter. Remove shrimp then browned diced zucchini for 2-3 minutes,add corn ( we used frozen) then add cherry tomatoes cut in half. Add shrimp back in & heat through. Last add juice of 1 lemon. Served it with Italian noodles. So yummy!,  Vicki, Va

7388 Ga Football (10/9/2014 7:38:23 PM):  I'm sure all GA Bulldog fans are in mourning over the loss of their fantastic player. I just can't understand how an outstanding player who is up for the Heisman and a future NFL career could blow if for a mere $400!!!,  Susan, SC

7389 Julie - iPhone (10/9/2014 9:34:03 PM):  I remembered to ask my brother about your iPhone - he suspects its a problem with your carrier, not the phone. Anyway, hopefully it's been resolved already or will be soon.,  Teresa CA

7392 Swagbucks Code (10/10/2014 8:31:41 AM):  EGGSCELLENT before 11am PT/2pm ET for 2 SB!,  Melody, WA

7393 text message (10/10/2014 10:06:05 AM):  I got a very generic text this morning "give me a call when you have time." It is my area code, but not a number I recognize. Tried searching the number & no luck. Worried it is the latest scam from the people that did the ring once & hang up...someone calls back to see who called & wham stuck with big international call bill & the carrier usually won't remove it. Anyone else get a generic text like that? ,  Lynn

7394 dog teeth problem (10/10/2014 10:13:52 AM):  Well, Pepper the 2 year old Golden Retriever likes to chew on rocks (big and small) and wood. It appears she has lost a section of enamel off one of her bottom canine teeth. When I took her to the vet for her yearly checkup the his suggestion was to have her wear a Basket Mask (so she could still drink, but not get them in her mouth). She would hate that! His other comment was root canals, etc or pulling teeth when they get too bad. I would hate to pull her canine teeth (especially). Any suggestions? ,  Heather, NV

7400 Movie review (10/10/2014 2:16:39 PM):  Saw a sneak of this last night. When I saw who wrote the book, I knew what I was in for. Nicholas Sparks writes very sappy books and this movie was no exception. Chick flick all the way. Lady next to me cried through most of the movie. So not me. Saw things coming a mile away, esp. the ending. Lots of flashbacks also,  Not a fan fav.

7403 Printer (10/10/2014 3:48:10 PM):  OK, never had this happen. I go to print something, doesn't print. I go to print something else, same. Printer is on, communicating with PC, three documents in spool, first one says printing. It lies!! I have never had problem with this printer. Seems like everything should be good but it just won't print. Ink, connection, paper and print queue are all fine. What could be the problem?,  CB OH

7407 Royals & boiled peanuts (10/10/2014 4:25:22 PM):  Okay rain all over the US go away for awhile. We've got two BIG POTS of peanuts on boiling and we're representing in our blue shirts. Go all the way Royals! P.S. ~ We've got plenty of boiled peanuts if anyone would like to come watch the game and eat with us :),  Sandy B., MO

7409 The Judge (10/10/2014 4:39:07 PM):  Just got back from seeing the movie, "The Judge". It was very good and will look forward to seeing it again.,  Movie going

7411 Swagbucks Code (10/10/2014 5:00:08 PM):  ScarySavings before 4:30pm PDT for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

7414 Bumping up-Clear 0 drinks (10/10/2014 5:22:04 PM):  I posted previously that I like the Clear Zero flavored waters from WalMart. I've been drinking for the past week or so. The last 2-3 days I've had a stomach ache. No intestinal issues just a sore feeling in my stomach. I thought that I hadn't had that in a while....DING....the bell goes off in my brain. This drink contains phenylalanine AKA aspartame AKA Equal. The last time I had this stomach feeling was when I was drinking a lot of iced tea sweetened with Equal. Since I switched to Splenda, I haven't had the same feeling. Just wanted to warn everyone since several of you indicated that you may try it.,  Susan, LA

7425 Warning about Epson products (10/11/2014 11:28:58 AM):  I've been researching online for a new flatbed scanner that will work with Windows 8 OS that's in my new desktop computer. I had found an Epson model v550 that works with 8 OS. Was thinking of ordering it until I read the extensive reviews on it. A poster was very critical of Epson allowing Adware vendors in their software! Outfoxtv & jotkey were listed as very malicious programs that will destroy your computer! They hijack your browsers Home Page allowing other dangerous software into your computer. The installation CD that comes with Epson is suppose to allow you to scan into Word or Excel. But in actuality, it actually blocks full MS Office Suite from working at all! The poster couldn't understand why Epson would throw in with Adware vendors & risk damagingits reputation. They also criticised for selling such items & time lost correcting bad software installs on a product installation disk! If that happens on 1 Epson product, the entire Epson product line may be suspect! Why do companies allow such malware to enter their software in the first place? We need to be certain that we can install a software program & not have it harm our computer installing it.,  Virginia Ann S VA

7427 Recall Notice (10/11/2014 12:32:33 PM):  Louis Garneau recalls Aerodynamic Bicycle Helmets due to injury hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Louis-Garneau-Recalls-Aerodynamic-Bicycle-Helmets/Google Researcher

7429 Gave In (10/11/2014 2:01:22 PM):  Well hubby went for couple of days & could not wait till after vacation so bought a new microwave. I have to say it's not easy doing without one. Very nice one does quite a bit. Right now we did not want extra expense of having one installed so he just bought counter top one. At least I can reach it to clean it. Still have old one above my stove. The clock & fan still work. I am using it for a bread box. Later on I will sell counter top one & get new one above stove. Installing things not hubby's thing so this works for now,  Vicki, Va

7430 Shelf life of Pectin/Gelatin? (10/11/2014 2:33:37 PM):  I'm hoping that all of you wonderful ladies that get to can a bunch can help me out (what a neat pun!!). I am cleaning out the top of my big pantry and found several boxes of Sure-Jell pectin and gelatin dated 2007 and 2011. Back then, I had the time and resources to make lots of jelly. My hubby's grandparents had Muskadine grapes (which I use to make my favorite jelly!!) and I only had 1 small child. Now 3 kids in 3 levels of schools keep me too busy. So, are these products still any good? Or should I throw them out? I'd like to use them (and all the Mason Jars I found with them), if possible. Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions! The ladies on this board are the greatest!!,  Wendy, TX

7431 Storing Onions (10/11/2014 2:37:09 PM):  How do I store onions to keep them for the longest amount of time? I have about 30. THANKS!,  Shelby

7432 Mrs Wages Canning Packages (10/11/2014 2:39:15 PM):  I really like Mrs Wages packages for helping me can pickles, salsa, etc. This year I tried her pasta sauce and chili and really like both of them! BUT, I was wondering if I could make these mixes myself. Anyone do this?,  Shelby

7443 Baylor/TCU (10/11/2014 6:20:37 PM):  I am not a football person, no sports at all. I stopped to grab a bite to eat at a gas station deli and they had "some" football game on. I could hear cheers so began to watch. Not that I had any idea what was going on. I came home and turned TV on to watch the news, which was running late b/c of "some" football game. It was the same game---Baylor and TCU. The commentators were talking about how great this game had been--a 4 hour game and 5 minutes of clock time ago, there was a 21 point lead. OK, I'm hooked now. I can spend a minute or so to see how this turns out. Tied at 58 with just a few seconds left so they let the clock run down to try for a field goal. Made it just as the clock ran out. That was exciting. Boy, can't imagine how excited I would have been if I was a football fan.,  Susan, LA

7444 Penneys (10/11/2014 6:41:53 PM):  Boy, you really have to watch when you check out, especially if you have combination of sale and clearance items, plus coupons. JCP had a huge sale today and I had $10/$10 coupon, plus picked up 2 from my neighbors. They said I could do separate transactions and use a coupon on each. I had several pairs of earrings. (I already had it planned in my head what would make up each transaction and had the earrings separated between my fingers.) They were all "doorbusters" so I couldn't use my coupons after all. I picked the pair that I wanted most out of 2 transactions. The 3rd transaction, I kept both pairs b/c they were really unique and went with some colors that I have. When I checked my ticket for the 2 pairs, they rang up $12 before the discounts. They were marked $10 on the back of the card! I'm upset but it's not worth my gas to go back. I'm really upset b/c I realized this happened to me at JCP a few years ago, so I should have paid more attention. (The store was packed today and there was an activity going on at the stage outside the store and the noise was spilling over into the store, so I wasn't concentrating like I should have been.) Next I went upstairs to find some undies and ended up getting 3 of the bras that I like (reg. $20 and on sale) for $2.97. Good b/c I'm about to need some new ones. When I get home, I realize that I got the wrong size! So I guess I will be making a trip back to the mall after all and I can do the earring refund while I'm there. But now....I'm totally confused!! Looking at my receipt in depth. Even though they rang up for $12 each instead of $10, it still came out cheaper than if they had rung up at $10 with the regular sale. Looks like they rang up as doorbusters also even though they weren't supposed to be. So I guess it's just return the bras. I hate shopping! That's why I stay out of the mall, Target, WM, etc. when it's back-to-school shopping time. I need to get my Christmas shopping done pretty quick. Thinking I'm going to let UPS/FedEx do the walking this year as much as I can. I'm starting to feel more and more like Maxine on the Hallmark cards. ,  Susan, LA

7456 Negativity (10/12/2014 7:14:46 AM):  I have an elderly (late 80's)relative that I spend a lot of time with. Negativity is a large percentage of her conversation. Any great ideas as to how to better handle that? Anything from lighting in a restaurant, to high prices (??) at the thrift store, or the traffic (she doesn't drive) to imported foods (she looks at every label to see country of origin) to the news on CNN (so turn the TV off!!!). It bogs me down and I hurt for her because she seems dismal. Any thoughts on how I can redirect conversations. I always ask where she would like to go -- otherwise, I center our visits and outings on errands or places I need to run. Asking if there are things I can help with at her home result in "no".,  Worried Family Member

7458 sticker removal on tub (10/12/2014 7:36:26 AM):  Trying to get rid of sticker material left over from removing non slip grips in bathtub. Spent almost an hour trying to find the answer online. Best I found was WD 40, but not to use on a fiberglass tub, and I think this is what it is. Someone must have had experience with this. Any thoughts? TIA,  Diane J D, ME

7459 Robin Williams (10/12/2014 1:45:34 AM):  Are you of you aware of a special edition of a magazine that might have been published this fall following Williams' death? I have a friend who was a fan of his and whose birthday is coming up and I would like to round up a few special things for her.,  Jeanne E, IL

7468 puzzle (10/12/2014 12:22:36 PM):  Last week's challenge: Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it? Answer: Pepsodent + Ricola = Pepsi Cola Next week's challenge: Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital. Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these? I think many of us got last week's answer. Hope we do as well this week.,  MAC--WI

7475 compujter (10/12/2014 1:46:17 PM):  The shop looked at my computer and said the error message with the monitor was the monitor's problem. So we got the last $89.99 at Office Depot. It works great Now the computer is going back into the shop. When I first plugged it in I had to press F2 to get it to boot up. And it would have times where it would just power off. Last night we came home and the fan was so loud I could hear it all the way down the hall. I managed to get on to check my email and 2 minutes later it powered down. I tried several times today and I would press the power button and it either would not come on or would stay on a second or so. I told my son about it and when I went to show him of course it came on and stayed on. But it would not boot up. So off to the shop tomorrow. I borrowed my daughter's laptop because I want to print a couple of coupons. The printer is for both wired and wireless and when I tried printing I got the message the printer is offline. Its on. I'm right beside it so there is nothing that could be blocking the signal,  frustrated

7476 this could only happen to me (10/12/2014 1:52:39 PM):  And if the computer saga wasnt enough. I rediscovered a bra I bought on clearance at Sears last month. I was ready to wear it until I discovered that the tattle tag was still on it. How they missed it and how I missed it I dont know. I cant find my original receipt and of course cant print the one emailed to me until I get my computer woes straightened out. I doubt they will just let me take it to a checkout to have the thing removed unless I can prove I bought it Other fun thing was I had a $10/$50 coupon for Winn Dixie and when I was checking out found out I was a penny short of $50. So I grabbed a $1.25 pack of gum to put it over. I have come up short before but this was the closest I ever came,  frustrated

7481 Light bulbs (10/12/2014 2:41:50 PM):  There was a discussion a few days ago about the cheaply made light bulbs from China. I think one poster said they would only buy GE or other brand names. I went to buy GE bulbs today and most were made in ....you guessed it....China. A few were made in Hungary. Does anyone know what current brands are made in the USA?,  Vera in sunny MI

7491 George Forman Healthy Cooking (10/12/2014 7:01:08 PM):  I bought an almost new George Forman appliance at an auction for $5. It has all the parts but no instructions. It is a large square black pot and on the side is Healthy Cooking. It has a removable basket which I assume is for steaming. Also the control has a timer with different cooking preferances. Today I cooked a pot of soup in this appliance. I know you can do more - it has a rice setting also. Does anyone have this appliance. I am sure it was very expensive when new.,  Joyce, VA

7492 FOY Code (10/12/2014 7:12:34 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code boih996w5 worth 27 Hulk Coins for one more user. ,  Vicki, Va.

7503 ISIS (10/13/2014 8:30:32 AM):  They are close to taking over the Baghdad airport. My heart aches, how many life's and limbs did we lose to get that ground.,  Karen-IA

7506 Bumping Up-JCP (10/13/2014 8:59:02 AM):  Previous discussion about the clerk not asking if I was Rewards card member--Recd. email this a.m. from JCP lettin me know that I was 1 bra purchase away from a $15 coupon on intimate apparel purchase. It directed me to my Rewards page and all of Saturday's purchases (not just the bras) do show up. And I didn't use a JCP credit card either. I used my "cash-back points" card, so I guess I get a double-bonus. She did ask for my phone number so I guess that's how it gets entered on Rewards w/o them having to ask. Probably a lot of people don't remember if they have Rewards or not so they automatically ask for your phone number to check---saves them a step. I didn't get to the mall yesterday to return my wrong sizes and today is the last day for the coupons. I hope they don't tell me that they can't give me the coupon value. I guess while I'm there, I'll pick up another since they are on sale (and before they decide to discontinue which usually happens to me) and then I can get my next one for $5.,  Susan, LA

7507 Tankless water heater (10/13/2014 9:04:03 AM):  Does anyone have a tankless water heater? Do you like it? Dislike it?,  Yvonne LA

7510 Zoombucks Code (10/13/2014 10:04:39 AM):  THANKSGIVING2014 My guess is today only, until midnight Eastern time.,  Melody, WA

7512 memolink code (10/13/2014 10:49:52 AM):  does anyone kmow the memolink code I thought it was HOLLOWEEN but it does not work thanks ,  violet Pa

7517 Bamboo Pillows (10/13/2014 11:28:02 AM):  does anyone have a bamboo pillow, saw lots of them this weekend, just wondered if they were as great as the vendors say?,  RC in IL

7518 Scouts (10/13/2014 11:49:58 AM):  OK, when I worked in a large company, I didn't mind parents passing out their kids catalogs of cookies, paper etc. But I have to say I was very annoyed this weekend that where ever I went, they were begging for me to buy something. One boy scout was almost tripping people because he would jump in front of them when the came into the store. If you are going to set up, fine, have a big sign and say 'Hi', but don't follow people or stop in front of them, that will NEVER get me to buy anything. Stay behind the table.,  Too much begging today

7520 Pepper the Golden Retriever (10/13/2014 12:45:13 PM):  Last night Pepper (the Golden Retriever) slept outside in her doghouse inside a kennel (it is getting cooler, but not too cold yet). About 3 AM I woke to a bunch of dogs barking. About 3:20 AM realized that one of them could be Pepper (she does this deep bark when she gets scared). I decided to go through the house with no lights and when I was in the laundry room I could hear her bark. So, I went out in the garage and opened the back door (her kennel is right outside). Pepper was standing on the roof of the dog house barking! When I told her to get down she acted like she couldn't (yeah, right). So I picked her off the roof and put her in the garage (she thought she was going in the house). Instead I pointed at a dog blanket that was in the garage and told her BED! I am not sure how much sleep I got after that, but it wasn't much. Pepper has been napping almost all morning! Oh, and DD reminded me that Pepper will get the idea that she gets to come in when she barks after this morning. I know, but this morning I was so tired (and the other dogs were still barking when I put Pepper in the garage) that I didn't care. ,  Heather, NV

7521 Swagbucks Code (10/13/2014 12:47:40 PM):  ShopAmznFor5 before 12pm PT/3pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

7525 mystery call (10/13/2014 2:07:09 PM):  I got a call on my cell with the number +52277123599453 I didnt answer. They Called right back. Didnt ansswer. Got a call from unknown and my husband said answer it and see what they want. I said hello nobody said anything so I just hung up. Unknown called right back. This time it said there was a voicemail but they didnt say anything. I keep thinking it was one of those scams where they were calling from a foreign country and calling back would cost a fortune. I googled the number and didnt find any info. And why would the number start with a + ??,  me

7526 Coke BETA (10/13/2014 2:32:35 PM):  Just saw Michele's post about double points tomorrow only, but they have to be entered through BETA. Has anyone signed up for BETA? Can someone please explain it to me? For instance, if I sign up for it, what happens to my existing points? Will my codes entered through BETA be added to my existing? Is "the thing" mainly to get people to Tweet, text, etc. for Coke b/c I won't be doing any of that. Thx ,  Susan, LA

7531 Beta coke (10/13/2014 4:18:43 PM):  Can someone please explain what Beta is on the coke site you need to join in order to get double points?,  Lynn

7532 iphone ring too quiet (10/13/2014 4:19:21 PM):  I just got a new-to-me iPhone 5 and I can barely hear the ring. Is there a way to make it louder? I've got the sound turned all the way up. I'm not hard of hearing - it just seems like this phone's notifications & ringtones are so quiet compared to my old Samsung. TIA,  Ehh?

7534 Friday Night Football (10/13/2014 4:26:29 PM):  Last Friday;my dh was hurting and we didn't want to drive 1 1/2 hours to the game. The weather was going to be yucky and I didn't want to drive on a 2 lane highway in the rain. So, we stayed home and watched it on "live stream" that our school has provided this year. It was neat to watch it on our dd's big screen TV while holding our new granddaughter. Our team won 42-0! We are 6-0 now! Freshman grandson got to play about 4 plays since the score was high.,  Janice/Ok

7539 Movies: (10/13/2014 5:24:01 PM):  Saw "The Judge" yesterday -- excellent movie, but if you don't like strong language, it's not the movie for you. Today, I saw "Gone Girl". I can see it could win Best Movie. But there's strong language and some sex. Two of the best movies I've seen in ages!,  Jane, CA

7551 Sofa Beds (10/14/2014 7:38:33 AM):  I am interested in buying a sofa bed. However the ones I have slept on in hotels do not impress me too much. Also what I'm finding in stores don't impress me either. Most that I see only have a 5 inch matress and that bar in middle of sofa is very uncomfortable. I do see where you can get a cardboard fold out to put between bar & mattress but do those really work. I was thinking of matress topper on top. Any suggestions are welcome. ,  Vicki, Va

7555 Investing money- (10/14/2014 8:59:32 AM):  We have quiet a bit of money (several hundred thousand)that is only drawing 1% in a cd, that is fixing to mature, and thinking about investing it differently. Do any of you know anything about annuities and municipal bonds? Or what do you recommend? Would like it to be safe....,  need help

7557 Bananas (10/14/2014 9:33:19 AM):  Remember the old slogan from Chiquita banana that said "never put your bananas in the refrigerator, no, no no". Well, in order to keep bananas in the summer time, as they begin to ripen, I put them in the frig and they keep much longer than on the counter top. And why don't they keep as long as in the cooler months? With air conditioned houses, it should not be a problem. Surely this is not a HUGE problem, but one that I comtemplate from time to time.,  Banana lover

7559 I have more christianity questions (10/14/2014 9:40:43 AM):  this continues a post we had a few days ago - One of the things to realize is that Christianity did not start right after Christ was crucified. It is not like he died and rose (according to myth) and then all of a sudden people started running around preaching his thoughts and following him. It was hundred of years later. Do a search for when the many different books of the bible were "written" - some were written even before the so-called birth of Christ. A friend of mine argued that the Dead Sea Scrolls "proved" the myth of Christ - no way!! The Dead Sea Scrolls was all about the Roman forum. This same friend (my favorite person to talk religion with)believe that all the strife and disease in the world is GOD "punishing" mankind for all their evils (abortion, murder, etc) who wants to believe in a GOD who is vengeful and mean and loves to get back at people!! I like the Egyptian Gods much better - they were into love and kindness and sex. Oh, and your comment about explaining natural happenings. Religion came about because they saw an eclipse? I don't understand what you mean. You really don't believe there was a flood? And if there was, what were the American Indians doing during the flood?,  Joanie in NJ & FL

7562 Coke BETA (10/14/2014 9:57:00 AM):  Never mind....I figured out how to sign up for Coke BETA. I asked if anyone else had problems or was I just stupid? Well...I answered that question for myself. You have to READ the entire thing. I needed to add Coke to my contact list. As soon as I did that, I was in.,  Susan, LA

7573 a joke (10/14/2014 10:59:40 AM):  The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked "Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don't you see that sign right over your head." "Yep" he replied. "That's why I'm dumpin' it here 'cause it says: 'Fine For Dumping Garbage.'",  Google Researcher

7575 Gander Mountain/Pheasants Forever (10/14/2014 12:06:43 PM):  If anyone gets the Gander Mountain coupons this week or next from Pheasants Forever in ND or MN areas, would you please post right away, so I can go look for some??? They usually come out in the next 10 days or so in October. Thank you!!,  Louise, North Dakota

7592 snap (10/14/2014 3:12:34 PM):  Is anyone doing this from their computer? Trying to figure it out. Cannot figure out how to enter my info. Do I still have to take pictures to enter my info?,  Snapless

7595 Fruit Flies and Gnats (10/14/2014 3:44:24 PM):  I have had a problem with Fruit Flies and Gnats this summer. I remember some of you posting remedies. Could somebody repost them for me?,  Cathy B. Mo.

7598 Italy! (10/14/2014 4:04:12 PM):  Going to Italy in June! Whoop whoop! Just wondering if you've been what would you recommend other than the mainstream must sees? We will be renting a car and staying for 2 1/2 weeks. We fly into Rome and some of the places on our list are Venice, Tuscany, Milan, Assisi, Florence. Any thoughts?,  Rhonda, Wyoming

7599 Coke Rewards site (10/14/2014 4:07:01 PM):  I guess the Coke Rewards site is overwhelmed---4:00-5:00-ish Central Time. It keeps kicking me out "unavailable now". Anyone else having problems? ,  Susan, LA

7604 What’s wrong with my computer? (10/14/2014 4:33:38 PM):  I went to www.youtube.com to play a video regarding painting the house. But when I clicked on the link all that came up where the video was supposed to play was a white background with a gray circle in the middle of it and an explanation point in the center of it. This also happened when I tried to play games on Swagbucks. It may happen at other websites as well but so far this is all I've noticed. Can anyone tell me what’s wrong and what needs to be done to fix it?,  Rose

7613 Grace Basham: (10/14/2014 6:11:52 PM):  I'm just about to start the broth for the cioppino and garlic bread we'll be having for dinner tomorrow night -- can't make that without thinking of you! Dinner will probably be around 7:30............,  Janie

7628 Thyroid - Melody/others (10/14/2014 9:47:22 PM):  I bought some Lugol's 2% solution to try to help with my hypothyroidism. I know this has been discussed a lot and I should have paid more attention. I am going to start with 2 drops a day but not sure what is too much & makes me a bit nervous. I am just wondering what all of you use & results or side effects you have experienced? I read a ton of comments on Amazon. Some say it helped with energy, brain fog, hair loss (I have all). I also have joint pain & some skin issues. Read good comments for that too. Do any of you put it directly on skin? Also says it detoxes metals in your body. Does that make you sick? Sorry this is so long but thanks for any responses.,  Curious

7636 Silver Buying (10/15/2014 4:19:35 AM):  I know this is a bit specific but I thought I'd try anyway. I am the executor to a will and I need to sell some silver as part of the estate. Is anyone in the Tampa Bay (FL) area aware of a reputable place to go? I google it and get many and they are mostly places I don't want. Thanks,  Kim, FL

7649 My Pepper (10/15/2014 9:51:39 AM):  Well it has not been good around here my yorkie Pepper has diarrhea. I gave her some canned plain pumpkin so hoping that will clear her up. In the meantime so thankful for my portable bissell carpet cleaner. I am even cleaning some other spots up too. ,  Vicki, Va

7650 my thoughts (10/15/2014 10:15:45 AM):  To all the wonderful people that remembered me on my 93rd Birthday: I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. At my age when family & friends are scarce, friendship is a real treasure. After my lengthy illness (I am fully recovered but no longer living alone -since Ted passed away four years ago). I now live at Brookdale Plaza in GlenEllyn, IL where I know almost everyone and I am supervised day & night. More will follow just wanted all of you to know how grateful I am to have your friendship- God Bless you for your kindness....Dorothy Heiland.,  Dorothy H Illinois

7653 Please vote :) (10/15/2014 11:28:08 AM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 hours....voting goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: http://preview.tinyurl.com/pgrbgvs Alex: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nqgpwr5 Evan: http://preview.tinyurl.com/psvxyjz I will try to remember to post reminders! You can vote from each electronic device for all of them.,  Lisa, OH

7658 Swagbucks Code (10/15/2014 11:54:00 AM):  DefaultAndWin before 11am PT/2pm ET for 5 SB!,  Melody, WA

7660 Ebola Mystery (10/15/2014 11:56:38 AM):  Here's what I don't get about catching Ebola. You'd think the family members who were continually around Duncan when he was very sick would be the first ones to catch it. Yet none of them have come down with it, and neither have the nurses who treated him on his first visit to the E.R. But two health care workers who were gowned, gloved and masked have come down with it. If it's so contagious, why don't the obvious people get it, people who were heavily and repeatedly exposed? On one hand, Ebola isn't supposed to be very contagious, which I believe. If it were as contagious as people fear, there would be 400,000 dead in Africa, not 4,000. On the other hand, why do people who are taking lots of precautions get it? In third world countries, there is poor sanitation, people live in tight quarters, sick people don't get medical attention, etc., yet most people who come in contact with an Ebola victim in Africa don't get it. You'd think there would have been many times the victims in the last few months in Africa. Now we have health care workers who thought they were doing everything right, yet caught it. Are some people more susceptible than others? Is it really only contagious in the last stages? ,  Hmmmmm

7664 To Joanie in NJ & FL (10/15/2014 1:09:31 PM):  The following copy/paste is in response to your post from this morning & earlier concerning your belief that there were no churches in the first century and that the author of the books were not who we think they are. Some of Paul's letters to the churches are recorded as books of the New Testament. Also Jesus commented on 7 specific churches as recorded by John in Revelation The information is copied from Wikipedia. "1.Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) - the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4). 2.Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10). 3.Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) - the church that needed to repent (2:16). 4.Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) - the church that had a false prophetess (2:20). 5.Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) - the church that had fallen asleep (3:2). 6.Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) - the church that had endured patiently (3:10). 7.Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) - the church that was lukewarm and insipid (to God) (3:16)." "Paul and the Twelve Apostles traveled extensively establishing communities in major cities and regions throughout the Empire. The first Christian communities outside of Jerusalem appeared in Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, and the political center of Rome. The original church communities were founded by apostles and numerous other Christians, soldiers, merchants, and preachers[83] in northern Africa, Asia Minor, Arabia, Greece, and other places.[84][85][86] Over 40 churches were established by 100,[85][86] many in Asia Minor. Paul was responsible for bringing the Christianity to new parts of the world such as Ephesus, Corinth, Philippi, and Thessalonica.[87][88] By the end of the 1st century, Christianity had already spread to Rome and to various cities in Greece, Asia Minor and Syria. Major cities such as Rome, Ephesus, Antioch and Corinth served as foundations for the expansive spread of Christianity in the post-apostolic period. Christianity spread quickly throughout Asia Minor.",  Helen in VA

7666 Poll (10/15/2014 1:48:44 PM):  Ready for some polls?? I am: Here's first one! After u take a shower, do u wash your towel every single time, Or use same towel for a day two? I've washed mine after every single shower for years, but am thinking of. Using it twice!,  Pollster

7682 What do you do with the Money you save? (10/15/2014 4:17:45 PM):  We do the envelope system from Dave Ramsey for our groceries. I went back to work a few years ago and so I save but not to the extreme like I used too. I'm thinking of keeping the cash I save in coupons etc that I am saving and save it for an airplane ticket to see a friend I haven't seen in a long time. Anyways I'm thinking maybe I should only "keep" a percentage for myself of the savings and the rest for the family to do something special. I haven't figured out the percentage. Does anyone else save the cash you save from coupons etc and do something with it? I thought it might make me work harder at saving so far it is working!,  Amanda, CA

7684 What is for Dinner (10/15/2014 5:10:08 PM):  We are having grilled steaks, baked potato, corn on the cob, green beans and toasted homemade bread.,  Penny in MO

7704 Pumpkin pancakes (10/15/2014 8:19:35 PM):  Recently, I used half a can of canned pumpkin for pumpkin rice pudding only the rice never got soft. Tonight, I tried a new recipe and used the leftover canned pumpkin in pancakes. Then...a light went off in my head. I could make the pumpkin pancakes, freeze them, and then use them for when my friends stay over next week. Pancakes are also good for lunch snacks, I recently learned. I was sort of proud of myself tonight. Can you tell?,  Mindy, MD

7717 Recall Notices (10/16/2014 5:34:09 AM):  Michaels Stores recall folding tables due to fall hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Michaels-Stores-Recalls-Folding-Tables/
Toys R Us recall toy toaster sets due to choking hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Toys-R-Us-Recalls-Toy-Toaster-Sets/Google Researcher

7718 Moving up Sorry (10/16/2014 6:38:40 AM):  I am sorry some of you think I am causing trouble, riling up the board and whatever other not-nice things you said. I am just asking questions....I do not understand why some people are so vehement and nasty about their beliefs and believe that they are "better" than others in their world because they believe in one thing not the other. If you believe differently, that's okay. It should not make you mad that I believe differently. That makes no sense. I think scientifically....that is the way I am made. With no proof, I question things. Some people have posted here that there is proof of Jesus and proff of Noah's arc and proof of a flood....there is none, not scientific proof. There is guessing and conjecture and hope, but no proof. That is why early Christians made up the word "faith", to cover the fact that there is no proof. Consider this.....how could there be 4 guys named Mark, Matthew, James etc etc in Jewish/Arab Palestine. Of course, when King James paid for a bible revision, he changed things (especially names) so his local Londoners would be able to relate to the stories....there have been so many bible revisions and changes, it is hard to follow. And what about the Apoprycha (I cannot spell - those books that were not included because they did not fit in with the theme),  Joanie in NJ & FL

7720 Poll (10/16/2014 6:52:14 AM):  How often do you wash jeans after each wear? Me: Jeans: after every wear, most of time anxious to hear your ideas!,  pollster

7722 Houston (10/16/2014 7:35:19 AM):  Religion again, sort of....the city of Houston has issued subpoenas to 5 pastors demanding they turn over sermons, sermon notes, conversations with parishioners, and emails on any subject dealing with homosexuality, LGBT or pertaining to that city's lesbian mayor. This is a slippery slope folks, when pastors cannot speak from the pulpit or privately with their parihonersrs about what is consider to be a sin. Every American should be outraged by this--even liberals, when our constitution is violated like this. I expect it in China or North Korea, but not America.,  Karen-IA

7723 Holidays (10/16/2014 8:11:16 AM):  Yes, they are sneaking up on us. Thanksgiving is 6 weeks away, anyone already making plans? Trying to plan ahead. I cook for 12 (I saw an article last week that said I should be able to cook for 12 for $108). I know I never spend that much. I am curious, do you serve the same menu each year? I do all of the cooking. Nobody brings a dish. I prefer it that way. What are some of your favorite sides? I know I am serving turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie. Will do another dessert plus more sides. I am always looking for great recipes. Do you use all glass dishes? Do you use all paper dishes? Or do you do a mixture. Of course, I am talking plates, glasses, silverware, etc.,  Just curious

7735 Sherry on the East Coast (10/16/2014 9:36:07 AM):  West Virginia, I think? I know you were in the midst of making some tough decisions. Can you check in and let us know how you are? Hope all is relatively well.,  Sue S., MN

7742 America's readiness (10/16/2014 10:56:03 AM):  The Ebola situation both angers me, and frightens me. But I think we should all be looking and learning from what's going on - are we ready, as a nation, as states and as individual communities, to deal with a bio-hazard attack? We could easily face a similar situation - being exposed to deadly viruses - as a terrorist attack. According to the CDC's website, the first case recorded of Ebola was way back in the early 1970s. For many years, the death toll was 9 out of 10 people exposed died. Now, the survivor rate is 50-50 - still not great, but some progress was made. But for several decades, our Big Pharma companies and scientists focused on curing other issues and releasing drugs that were overall more profitable. It makes me wonder how the scientific community would have responded if Ebola started in a rich/powerful nation, versus in the poor nations of Africa. We have top scientists whose focus in research and development is on making money in the short-term, not focusing on healing mankind around the world.,  Nancy B, MI

7749 Mary Lou & Bradley (10/16/2014 11:33:56 AM):  I've been thinking about you two lately. KU is on the news every time news is on with updates on the person they had in quarantine for Ebola. So happy to hear both tests have tested NEGATIVE. We're going to be at Hangar tomorrow morning. If there is anything we can bring either of you please let me know. Or if you'd just like to meet for lunch in the cafeteria give me a holler. flyvanguard@yahoo.com,  Sandy B., MO

7752 Please vote :) (10/16/2014 12:03:17 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 hours....voting goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie : http://preview.tinyurl.com/pgrbgvs Alex: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nqgpwr5 Evan: http://preview.tinyurl.com/psvxyjz I will try to remember to post reminders! You can vote from each electronic device for all of them.,  Lisa, OH

7760 my computer crash (10/16/2014 1:09:19 PM):  using my lap top now I TRY system mechanic to fix it still the same maybe a a little better not much its a e machine computer I have spy sweeper on my computer it expire a long time ago I cannot get it off my computer it always pop up but it cost to much money to have it again how to get it off my computer what should I do with my computer need to clean it but how donot know hate to junk this computer.,  sally tx

7761 I Pad Air battery (10/16/2014 1:19:06 PM):  How long do IPad Air batteries usually last? My Ipad will be a year old in Dec. and its running down fairly fast now. Are they expensive? thanks,  luv my I Pad!

7763 Cleaning Couch (10/16/2014 1:32:13 PM):  I am getting ready to clean my couch. I have tested my cleaner with a cloth and after several days of letting it dry there is no problem visible. However I do have a couple of very dirty areas that I don't think a cloth will be enough. I was thinking a soft fingernail,brush. What do you reccommended. Right now can't afford steamers or electric gadgets. Just a brush & woman power.,  Vicki,Va

7766 tax free investment (10/16/2014 2:05:59 PM):  I know there was a post asking about municipal bonds the other day. I went in yesterday and found out I could get Tax-free, insured municipal bonds (for a school district) for about 3% tax free. They come due in about 15 years. Figured someone might be interested.,  no name this time

7782 Saltine vs Oyster Crackers (10/16/2014 5:11:39 PM):  Are some soups more conducive to saltines, presumably broken up, than oyster crackers, and vise~versa? Are cream vs. broth soups "supposed" to use one cracker over the other? Do you prefer/only use one or the other? We ALWAYS use saltines in chili, broken up. As for any kind of any other soup or chowder we eat, anything goes... whatever is open. I do love saltines with butter on them. ANY excuse to eat butter :),  Shelby, Iowa

7789 broken link...posting # 97774 (10/16/2014 6:01:47 PM):  http://tinyurl.com/otc5f4bGoogle Researcher

7802 Recall Notice (10/16/2014 10:17:07 PM):  Sanus Simplicity television wall mounts recalled by Milestone AV Technologies due to impact hazard. Sold exclusively at Costco: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Sanus-Simplicity-Television-Wall-Mounts-Recalled-by-Milestone-AV-Technologies/Google Researcher

7806 Finally: Traveling! (10/17/2014 12:05:47 AM):  We bought our RV on Sept 10 & finally turned over the keys to our trade-in today! Even though we are 2 foot longer, there was more inside storage in our 38ft motorhome than this 40 foot! I keep teasing my DH that his half-bath should become my kitchen pantry! We finally got everything moved between the two RVs with several trips of donations to Goodwill and St Vincent de Pauls. But I do have some clutter of mostly paperwork, tons of extra pens & notepads that are going to the VAMC in Phoenix. DH says we will unpack all when we settle in Phoenix for the winter and try to purge more... I've promised to finish several craft & sewing projects! We're on our way to Spokane WA to visit DH's cousin he hasn't seen since he was 8 and his cousin was 18!,  Pat, Traveling the USA

7812 Pet prescription---my vet (10/17/2014 6:43:52 AM):  is trying my dog on a prescription that was $176 for 10 pills at my pharmacy. Since it seems to be working, I think she may be on this for life. Can anyone suggest a reliable cheaper source for the meds. ,  Dog lover

7813 Poll: Do u wash bra after each use: (10/17/2014 6:44:02 AM):  Do u wash your bra after each use? I sometimes go every other day before I wash it. ,  pollster

7821 Shop Your Way Sweeps (10/17/2014 9:08:23 AM):  Does anyone do these sweepstakes? They are with Sears/Kmart...There are so many of them has anyone won? Thank you for your time, ,  Amanda, CA

7826 gas prices (10/17/2014 9:56:13 AM):  I always liked using MSN for gas prices because you enter zip codes and see maps with prices which was great for RV travels. I could move the map along our route. My link isn't working, nor can I find the gas prices at MSN. Does anyone know if MSN has this anymore & where can I find it? Or: does anyone have another for maps with gas prices? ,  Pat, Traveling the USA

7827 Halloween (10/17/2014 10:11:44 AM):  An email has just come from some of the neighbors about Halloween. Since so many children now have allergies we are suppose to give gifts instead of candy. We are to paint a pumpkin aqua for the porch to signal that we are giving "gifts". I have always given candy and pencils. I have bought my candy and pencils and l plan to give them to the children. This is a large neighborhood that attracts children from all over town not just our neighbor children. I wonder if we are suppose to get toys for under three years old and something else for the older kids. I have never heard of aqua pumpkins to designate a gift giving house. Is this a common practice that I am just hearing about?,  Anna, AL

7829 Swagbucks Code (10/17/2014 10:21:23 AM):  Frivolous before 10 a.m. PDT for 2 SBs!,  Melody, WA

7833 Apples (10/17/2014 11:03:08 AM):  Does anyone have a good recipe that uses apples that they would like to share? I do make applesauce and apple crisps. I don't fo pies, I leave that to my girlfriends Sare Lee, Marie Callender and Mrs. Smith. Maybe another type of dessert or apple cake? Or anything that sounds good. I'll be making sauce but wanted to do something else with some of the apples. Thanks for the ideas.,  Sue, MI

7835 Next Week (10/17/2014 11:11:50 AM):  Can't wait until this time next week. We will be on the road traveling down to Fla. to see my son, his new girlfriend & Josie dog. Then up to Ga. to visit a couple of my Aunts.,  Vicki, Va

7837 Towels & Bras (10/17/2014 11:29:35 AM):  There was an article on one of the newsfeeds this morning (yahoo?) about how often you should change your towels. It was timely, considering yesterday's discussion. Anyway, for all who said that the bath towel isn't dirty because your body was clean after a shower, that was debunked. You wipe off millions of dead skin cells, even if you're fresh from a bath or shower. If not, then it would be perfectly fine to reuse a towel at the gym that a stranger had used to dry off after a shower. Yuck!!! It's fine to reuse a towel a couple of times, as long as it's your own bath towel and your own dirt, but it's not a clean towel. Personally, I use a towel only once, no matter what kind of towel it is - kitchen, bath, wash cloth. On the other hand, I'll wear a bra 3-4 times before washing and it goes in the dryer. I refuse to baby clothes. If the bra wears out in a year or two, I buy another one. I have 6-7 in my drawer and none get special treatment. They are treated just like any other underwear or t-shirt. ,  Joan J, IL

7856 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/17/2014 1:29:34 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 hours....voting goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie : http://preview.tinyurl.com/pgrbgvs Alex: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nqgpwr5 Evan: http://preview.tinyurl.com/psvxyjz I will try to remember to post reminders! You can vote from each electronic device for all of them.,  Lisa, OH

7876 GMO crops, next step (10/17/2014 4:17:58 PM):  While the spotlight is on Ebola, guess what was approved under the radar? With what seems like very little reporting nation wide. The new weed killer Enlist Duo, engineered for 2, 4-D, by Dow. Weeds have become resistant to Glyphosate (N -(phosphonomethyl)glycine), Round-Up. Food grown with the genetically engineered capability, to not be killed by the Enlist Duo, as it's sprayed on the growing crops will soon be coming to our supermarkets. While the crops will not die from being sprayed, the chemical on the plants is washed to the ground and everything this spray touches will die and continue into ground water. The plants will absorb the Enlist Duo and most likely be transmitted to the fruit/vegetable growing. It cannot be sprayed on crops with winds higher than 15 mph. No word yet on "who" will be in charge of that regulation. The EPA approved it this week and it was signed by the President. "The Controversy Most of the controversy surrounding Roundup-ready soybeans centers on the toxicity of Roundup. The Union of Concerned Scientists warns that 12 million acres of American farmland are now being treated with this herbicide. The herbicide is highly toxic to plants and fish. Runoff carries it into waterways and aquifers. Moreover, Roundup-tolerant plants can pass the genetic trait for tolerance to other plants and weeds. Roundup-tolerant weeds have already been reported, and the amount of Roundup being used is increasing as the herbicide loses effectiveness. The Future Monsanto's patent for Roundup-ready soybeans expires in 2014. Chief executive Hugh Grant says that the company plans to let the patent expire. Monsanto is expected to introduce new versions of herbicide-resistant soybeans to replace Roundup-ready soybeans. In the meantime, the Union of Concerned Scientists is encouraging farmers to explore alternative methods to control weeds in soybean fields. They point to new tillage methods, cover crops and other techniques of weed management, suggesting they may be more environmentally sustainable than genetically-modified, herbicide-resistant crops." http://www.ehow.com/info_8149811_roundupready-soybeans.html http://www.psrast.org/subeqau.htm Judy Carman, MPH, PhD Flinders University. "Soon after the application for GM soybeans was submitted, an application was also submitted to ANZFA to permit the allowable limit of glyphosate in soybeans to be increased 200-fold. It appears that Monsanto may be expecting much higher levels of glyphosate to be in Roundup Ready soybeans.",  Melody, WA

7877 Do You Tailgate (10/17/2014 4:34:15 PM):  A group of us decided to try tailgating in front of the TV instead of the stadium this season. There were 9 of us (all over 80) and we decided our bones getting to old for the cold damp weather so we watched the Thursday nite football program last nite. Lesson learned.. waaaay to much food. At the stadium there is never a crumb to haul back home, probably because so many friends come to "sample". Our hostess last nite made crock pot of chile and her DH simmered hot dogs in beer. Delicious!. I took broiled mushrooms stuffed with crab mix. Everybody brought something great but when we do this again we decided only the hostess makes the menu. Last nite everybody had to pack food to take home. But we decided that TV tailgate is the way to go. My turn next time and since only 4 will be able come I am making cheese fondue. Have not thought about what else so far.,  Louise Oh

7883 Swagbucks Code (10/17/2014 5:16:33 PM):  GrinAndBearIt before 5pm PT/8pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

7889 Ebola (10/17/2014 6:38:36 PM):  A 63 year old man from Nigeria died in flight to JFK early this morning, after vomiting on the flight. The CDC met the plane and quickly announced he died of a heart attack and did not have Ebola. Could they have tested that fast? Rep. Peter King has written a letter to Homeland Security asking for details. I heard this on the news early this morning, and nothing since throughout the day,,  Karen-IA

7891 Gas Prices (10/17/2014 7:25:51 PM):  We're in Branson on vacation and filled up today for $2.77/gallon. Nice? It's at least 10 cents higher at home.,  Nancy, LA

7892 Apples (10/17/2014 8:27:01 PM):  Does anyone have a good recipe that uses apples that they would like to share? I do make applesauce and apple crisps. I don't fo pies, I leave that to my girlfriends Sare Lee, Marie Callender and Mrs. Smith. Maybe another type of dessert or apple cake? Or anything that sounds good. I'll be making sauce but wanted to do something else with some of the apples. Thanks for the ideas.,  Sue, MI

7898 Vote (10/17/2014 10:12:17 PM):  I signed Rodney and I up with MyPoints for a chance to win a vacation home for the holidays. Please vote and share (it's a Facebook vote). It was an https so I did the tiny url. http://tinyurl.com/nzur38d That should take you to a submission page and if scroll down about 1/2 way our submission should be the top one on the left. TIA,  Sandy B., MO

7900 home businesses (10/17/2014 11:23:27 PM):  So, DH and a coworker were talking about home business ideas that coworker's wife (new mom) could do at home. In about 15 minutes DH and I came up with about 5 ideas. Will have to see what happens,  Heather, NV

7907 vote & Sandy B., MO (10/18/2014 6:52:46 AM):  I am willing to vote for you, but there are now 268 pages of entries! Could you let us know what page you are now on? If we were friends I could find you, but we aren't.,  Heather, NV

7908 Poll: How often do u change your bed sheets? (10/18/2014 6:54:43 AM):  Poll: how often do u change your bed sheets that you sleep on every night: I probably change them every other week, but sometimes a little longer ,  pollster

7911 Lori L MN & home businesses (10/18/2014 7:26:12 AM):  Most of the ideas we came up with take a skill (and a piece of equipment). But, some of the general ideas we came up with had to do with hobbies (crafts, painting, etc) and how to make it easier for people to do that don't have a lot of time. Sorry it is vague, but me and others might actually try to make a business out of our ideas. We were also discussing how it is possible to sell items on Etsy.com so you don't have to travel to craft shows, etc.,  Heather, NV

7916 Martha Stewart Kitchen Towels (10/18/2014 8:01:18 AM):  I was in at Macy's and picked up some cute kitchen towels for my daughter. Wanting some matching ones to go with them. Macy's selection was not good. Who else carries Martha Stewart Kitchen Towels????,  Penny in MO

7921 Made in USA (10/18/2014 8:58:10 AM):  Following the Made in USA light bulb thread from a few days ago, Zulily has a section of Made in America toys. The special, or whatever you call it, ends in a little less than 2 days. It's a very limited selection, mostly kitchen sets and a few boys things.,  Susan, LA

7924 Towel - Louise (10/18/2014 9:10:07 AM):  Louise, I remember that same towel hanging there that we all used for a week. We also used the same hairbrush and comb until my sister came down with lice. The county nurse caught it at school and came to our house. She said to get separate combs/brushes and we did. Baths were only on Sat. night and so was pin curling your hair for church on Sunday. I, too, like the luxuries I have now. I feel I deserve them.,  betty

7925 Purple Penquins? (10/18/2014 9:54:51 AM):  Last night my husband told me on the news was some report about a public school system in American going over board on political correctness? Because the terms "boys and girls" is offense to those "transgendered", all of the students will be referred to as "purple penguins"?? Please tell me this isn't true? If it is - what's your take on the situation?,  Nancy B, MI

7928 Need help please (10/18/2014 10:48:59 AM):  My niece could use a little encouragement!!! But first . . . . a paragraph about me. I have always tried to help out on this refund chat. Plus, when RMC was a printed magazine I did the best I could to help others. When I ever saw the message – where this person had a birthday/anniversary ‘please send a card” I did !!! Or an ad that had please send a card to this person or that person – I did that too. I know I have sent to Alaska & Hawaii so odds are YES since 1978 I have sent cards to all 50 states. Okay if you ever got a card (after requesting it ) from Indiana that simply had “Nancee from Indiana” that was me. (Nancee with two e’s) My niece Suzie is having chemotherapy for breast cancer. She has recently had surgery for a double mastectomy. She is 45 years old – a single mother (recently divorced) with 2 daughters. Suzie (my niece) and I started couponing together when she was 11 years old. She saw a segment on television then cut cashoffs (coupons) out of the newspaper and said “We need to sell these – people buy them” Since that time we have been “couponing” together. Back in the day when refund forms were over abundance at the stores - we ran an ad in the printed RMC for Pillsbury 50 forms for 1 UPC. We had replies out the wazoo. We filled and mailed out those return envelopes for days. Now as a young woman she is recovering from surgery and now has chemotherapy. So yes – here let me repeat -- Nancee from Indiana could use a little help. Please send my niece Suzie a card of encouragement. Suzie Gaither 412 Farley Drive Indianapolis, IN 46214 Thanks Nancee ,  Nancee/IN

7932 Ground beef Walmart (10/18/2014 11:48:56 AM):  Pay close attention to the ground beef at Walmart. Even the open trays. Product of USA Canada Costa Rica Australia Mexico etc. Why is the land of plenty importing beef?!?! Very anxious now to get our grass fed beef to the meat packer!!!,  Where's the beef (from)?!?!

7933 Magic Jack!!! (10/18/2014 11:49:26 AM):  Everyone has told us how quick & simple it is to use. Don't tell that to my wife who spent 4 hrs. Thur. night & another 3 1/2 hrs. yesterday online with MJ people trying to get it to work. We have just gone back to TWC for internet ONLY in hopes of being able to use MJ as a relief for our cell phone. My wife communicated with at least 10 people @ MJ & none of them were of any help in getting MJ to work for us. Anyone else out there having similar problems or was your installation an easy 2 step process as is claimed on the box. Your opinion & input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!! ,  Stan, ME

7934 Baking Question?? (10/18/2014 11:49:43 AM):  Question for bakers - I want to make a cake mix that calls for 3 eggs - problem is I only have 2 extra large eggs (normally use large eggs). Do you think it will be okay to use the 2 extra large eggs for the cake? Rainy day here, so going to store is not an option. Thanks!,  Eggless

7935 Cruises & Ebola... (10/18/2014 11:57:33 AM):  I know there is another lady on here who is cruising during Thanksgiving, with family including twins who are high school seniors (I think). We are doing a 15 day CA to HI, with a stop in Ensenada and back to CA Princess cruise during Thanksgiving. We have become Elite Princess members (over 15 cruises and or 150 sea days) and are looking forward to the perks. We have been married 25 years and decided to book a mini suite with balcony to celebrate. Have you heard about the current Carnival cruise passenger, possible Ebola mess? A passenger and her husband(?), boarded a Carnival cruise ship in Galveston TX, on 10/12, then it came out that she might have handled some of Duncan's "specimens" and is voluntarily confined to her cabin. They boarded the ship before the CDC said anyone in contact with Duncan, don't go anywhere for 21 days. The ship tried to send her back to the US, at Belize, but the Belize PM said no. Their next port was Cozumel Mexico, and Mexico said basically, you can't even come into port, so they are heading back to TX, 10/19. All passengers are getting $200 in shipboard credits and 50% off their next cruise. I read where Carnival's stock is falling. I asked our Princess planner about Ebola/procedures, a few weeks ago, and she quickly said something about Princess checks out all passengers in advance, so not to worry. Hmmmm. Now that we hit the top tier of Princess membership, I am also thinking this might be the last cruise we book, do you have any fears, like I do? ,  Sheila, NV

7956 Gas prices (10/18/2014 2:22:00 PM):  Waht's going on with gas prices? The 2 stations that I mentioned the other day that are usually high, but reduced the prices---have changed again. One raised their price by 11 cents; the other dropped theirs by 9 cents, making it 2.68. Everyone else is around 2.86-2.98. ,  Susan, LA

7960 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/18/2014 3:38:46 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 hours....voting goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: http://preview.tinyurl.com/pgrbgvs Alex: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nqgpwr5 Evan: http://preview.tinyurl.com/psvxyjzLisa, OH

7961 Leaves (10/18/2014 3:44:15 PM):  This is the first house where I've had to handle a lot leaves in the fall. I think I'm just going to let them all fall down, hope the wind blows some of them away (which they have) and then either get someone to clean up or I'll do it. How do you handle the leaves.,  Mindy, MD

7963 Gender identity (10/18/2014 4:09:29 PM):  All this talk over what bathroom to use. I just think you should use the bathroom for the equipment you currently have. If someone has a sex change, fine. But I don't want my 8 year old granddaughter sharing a bathroom with a 40 year old man. I think we have gone way overboard to please a few. It won't be long, that somebody gets molested or raped by some pervert that takes advantage of gender neutral restrooms. Heck, I'd be scared to come out of a stall and see a man standing there, I'd probably scream.,  Karen-IA

7988 Purple Penguins (10/18/2014 6:57:41 PM):  I found this in reference to the below posted oddity. http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/lincoln-schools-chief-district-not-replacing-terms-boys-girls-with/article_4c0c45c2-500a-11e4-be49-0017a43b2370.html So maybe it won't happen since it's a bit odd anyway.,  Susan, SC

7991 Big Grrrrrrrrr!: (10/18/2014 7:09:04 PM):  My doctor changed around my Diabetes 2 meds and now I have two big bottles of pills I no longer take. Trying to be a reasonably good citizen, I didn't want to flush them, so I remembered to take them with me to drop off at the Kaiser pharmacy during errands this morning. They refused to take them! They told me I should take them to the police station! The police station!!!!! "We only dispense medications. We have no facility for dealing with returned medicines," I was told. Am I the only person who thinks that's just plain crazy? (BTW, this same pharmacy doesn't have a drop-off point for "sharps", so if I want to dispose of the lancets I use for testing, I have to figure out some other place to take them.) I can see, if you're walking down the street and find a bottle of some mysterious pills, you might turn them into the police station (although, if the label showed a local pharmacy, I'd probably take them there and ask them to notify the patient). But every time you walk into a police station, they want your ID (also a grrrr for me) and I just don't want the police knowing I take any meds at all, much less what they are. Granted, I don't care as much if they know I've turned in Metformin as I would if they knew I'd had a prescription for a whole lot of other meds I can think of, but I just don't feel comfortable -- with all the things the police can already find out about me -- adding medications to that list. Sooooooo, you know where else accepts unwanted meds (and where I'll be going on Tuesday, which I think is the next time they're open)? The hazardous waste office where you can take batteries, "dead" cans of paint, etc. (You can also buy some of the dead paint at their store if you need just a little bit for some project or other.) I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that a pharmacy wouldn't have a protocol for disposing of unused meds!,  Jane, CA

8006 The New Microwave (10/18/2014 8:14:23 PM):  Really like the new microwave. It heats much better than other one ever did & food stays warm. It has a sensor which figures out the food & weight & also power level needed. I really like the keep warm thing. I will get casserole or one pot dish ready & put in microwave for 20-30 minutes & hubby & I will go sit outside for awhile. So relaxing. Going to miss that when weather gets too chilly,  Vicki, Va.

8016 Class Reunion Contacts (10/19/2014 7:22:10 AM):  I am on the planning committee for our 50th class reunion and find it "not so smart" to use the internet as the only method of contacting people as well as notices in the local papers? Yes, some people in this age group are internet savvy but not everyone -- I seem to be in the minority that we should do at least some mailings. Right now the concession is that we can call those that we have phone numbers for -- and I, personally, do no like to call people that I don't know. Other ideas as to how other reunion committees handle their planning -- we have about 200+ people to contact.,  Too old for this!

8018 Jane CA (10/19/2014 8:13:12 AM):  Due to legal restrictions, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Martinez does not accept medications. Please use the following disposal methods, instead. 1. Check with your pharmacy to see if it offers a take-back program for your non-controlled (non-narcotic) drugs. 2. To dispose of unwanted medications, pour pills into a quart-size sealable plastic bag (recycle the empty containers as appropriate); liquids should be left in their bottles, but still put into a sealed plastic bag to prevent leakage. Dispose of your medications at one of these locations: • City of Clayton, Police Department, City Hall 6000 Heritage Trail, Clayton • City of Concord, Police Department 1350 Galindo Street, Concord • Contra Costa Sheriff’s Field Operations Building 1980 Muir Road, Martinez • County Regional Medical Center 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez • Town of Danville, Police Department 510 La Gonda Way, Danville • City of Martinez, Police Department, City Hall 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez • Town of Moraga, Police Department 329 Rheem Blvd., Moraga • City of Orinda, Police Department, City Hall 22 Orinda Way, Orinda • City of Pleasant Hill, Police Department 330 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill • City of San Ramon, Dougherty Police Department Substation 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon • City of Walnut Creek, Police Department, City Hall 1666 North Main St., Walnut Creek 3. If you are unable to take your medications to one of the above drop-off locations, AS A LAST RESORT you may put them in the trash: • Take them out of their original containers • Put them in a sealable container (plastic bag or coffee can) • Mix in a little water and an undesirable substance (such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter) • Seal the container; put it in the trash • Black out personal information from prescription labels before putting medication containers in the recycling bin or trash Content provided by: Central Contra Costa Sanitary District,  Sunshine (Linda IN)

8020 Puzzle (10/19/2014 9:08:23 AM):  Last week's challenge: Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital. Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these? Answer: Spain —> Paris —> Syria We had a lot of smart puzzle solvers last week. Next week's challenge: The following challenge is based on a puzzle from a Martin Gardner book, that may not be well-known. Out of a regular grade school classroom, two students are chosen at random. Both happen to have blue eyes. If the odds are exactly 50-50 that two randomly chosen students in the class will have blue eyes: How many students are in the class? ,  MAC--WI

8021 Irazoo Treasure Code (10/19/2014 9:35:19 AM):  kidsbedtime 100 Points. Expires: 10/26/2014 at 9:30 AM ET,  Melody, WA

8022 Heather & Lisa (10/19/2014 10:33:45 AM):  Lisa, thanks for posting to Heather. Heather, this link should take you to where we're the top left one on the page. You have to scroll down about 1/2 to 2/3 past an entry form and we're right there. We're at 26 votes now. Thanks to everyone. http://tinyurl.com/m3lze39Sandy B., MO

8024 Prayers-43rd surgery (10/19/2014 11:06:24 AM):  I posted a few weeks ago about the 28 year old lady that some at our church know (works at the Conference). She w/ in auto accident 2 years ago, lost both legs and was in for her 41st surgery. Last week they said that she would be discharged during the week. Today, they announced that after being home for 24 hours, she is back in the hospital for a staph infection she picked up during her hospital stay. So she has now had her 43rd surgery.,  Susan, LA

8025 designer purses (10/19/2014 11:09:51 AM):  Hi, Does anyone have any knowledge of Dooney and Bourke and Coach bags? I bought a D&B at a sale cheap and doubt it's the real deal but would love to know. I can snap some pics. and e mail them to anyone willing to help with the identification. Also have a Coach bag that is most likely a knock off. LOL Thanks in advance for any help! ,  Lori L MN

8026 Prayers-Ashley (10/19/2014 11:42:57 AM):  This was a not so good news day at church (see my post about the lady who underwent her 43rd surgery in 2 years). One of our members--20 years old, just graduated with top-honors from community college last month, found a job, but is facing some serious health issues. She has had many challenges in her life, but still can manage to smile through it all. She is a dwarf. Has had many procedures for limb-lengthening through the years. She has been having some problems recently with dizziness, fainting, etc. She has been undergoing experimental treatment b/c one of her hands is about 4 times the size of her other hand. They were wondering if the treatments were causing these problems. Last week, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. This week she and her mom were in church and mom announced that they have found a mass on her brain, so they will be going to neurologist. The mom said "We will be going to see what can be done...if anything." At this point, Ashley had to get up and leave church for a few minutes. I've only been a member of this church for 3 years, but she has a special place in all of our hearts. It hurts us all to see what she has gone through and still has more to go through. One of the ladies said "I can't even talk about it." Her mom said that they prayed for a diagnosis, just so they would know what's causing her symptoms...but they forgot to ask for grace to accept whatever the diagnosis would be. Please pray for this exeptional young lady and her family.,  Susan, LA

8029 Favorite OTC Allergy Med? (10/19/2014 11:56:05 AM):  Allergies are nasty bad this year (since spring)! Alavert has been ok. I like it is good for 24 hrs. With my job and work hours I CANNOT take something that causes drowsiness in any way! What is your recommendation. And I am not going to the doctor. TIA,  Shelby, Iowa

8030 Wendy Riddagh Please email me (10/19/2014 12:19:00 PM):  Thank You ,  Debby Nc

8036 Swagbucks Code (10/19/2014 1:17:06 PM):  SB4Halloween before 3pm PT/6pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

8037 Disposing Unused Meds (10/19/2014 1:20:17 PM):  I am aghast at the pharmacist who instructed a member here to merely dissolve the meds in water and throw it in the sink. Where does pharmacist think that goes? No, probably wasn't thinking. It goes to the locsl sewage treatment plant. There, the water is refiltered, the solids are centrifuged, sometimes buried and sometimes the solids are disposed of into the waterways. Theoretically, urine and fecal matter is organic and will break down to begin again. But start adding medications to that mix. We won't clean by mixing lysol and bleach but that is precisely what we're doing when meds are thrown into the mix. Ground waters become affected, tap waters become harder to purify, water wildlife become affected. There have been trends of fish who are now sexless and children going into early puberty. If everyone just simply thinks about what they're putting down the drain, if it would break down, and where it winds up, it would help SO much. Please and thank you,  Susan R., CA

8040 Poll: Gas prices? (10/19/2014 1:41:29 PM):  Whats the lowest gas price in your town? Here it is $3.08!,  pollster

8064 License plates (10/19/2014 4:46:44 PM):  Can a person turn in their new plates for another set in Ohio? The plates have number 666 on them. This person is superstitues.,  Katie mich

8066 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/19/2014 5:15:50 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 hours....voting goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: http://preview.tinyurl.com/pgrbgvs Alex: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nqgpwr5 Evan: http://preview.tinyurl.com/psvxyjzLisa, OH

8068 Medical (10/19/2014 5:41:50 PM):  Hi everyone we suspect my father in law has demetia.One thing he does is repeat random list over and over.Like he may say he full names of everyone in is family or repeat all the presidents. I know repeating the same question or forgetting is a symptom.But I am curious because this shows what a excellent memory he has.I googled it ,of course,does anyone have a relative/patient who did this?,  Rebecca,Georgia

8098 477 points (10/19/2014 9:42:55 PM):  That's how many hulk points I got today. I played the card thing and I hit my card ace of spades twice for 110 points 8 for searches. I also got 11% boost for 10 hours. I racked up points watching targeted videos. I could have got lot more but had other things to get done & places to go.,  Vicki, Va

8099 brownie gizmo (10/19/2014 10:08:34 PM):  A couple years ago around Christmas, they came out with some gizmo you bake brownies in. Instead of 4 edges, you got4 edges in each square. Maybe there were 12 square in the pan. Not describing this very well but someone will know what I mean. Does anyone know if they still make & sell these? Maybe where I could find one, needing this month.,  Lynn


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