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Positive Challenge Day 5 (8/16/2014 7:24:53 AM):  1. Mowing is a chore, but I'm so thankful for riding mowers :) 2. I'm thankful for a friend who sent a box yesterday filled with goodies for the shoebox project. 3. I'm grateful that my grapes have produced more than I expected and today I'll be using my steam juicer again, this time making muscadine juice. ,  Sharon B., VA

2358 Restaurant week in DC (8/16/2014 8:13:15 AM):  I believe it is twice a year several restaurants in DC will have three-course meals for $20/lunch and $35/dinner. This is a very good deal considering that $15/lunch is doing good. This week was established about ten years ago to help boost the economy. Do other cities do this? I have never heard of it until I came here.,  Mindy, MD

2359 Couch Covers (8/16/2014 8:19:18 AM):  I need advice from expert sewing people here on line. I would like to change the look of my living room and also protect my couch. I would like to make a pet type of cover for my couch. I am not fond of the old type covers that look like a bed spread put on or the stretch and fit covers that work you too a frazzle and still don't look right. I need to know what is the recommended fabric to use. Naturally I want something machine washable & wrinkle free as much as possible. I was thinking a type of quilted fabric and possible light padding. ,  Vicki H, Va

2361 Zoombucks Code (8/16/2014 8:55:57 AM):  QUETICOPARK Don't know how long it's good for.,  Melody, WA

2367 Swagbucks Code (8/16/2014 10:30:02 AM):  ROLLERCOASTER 2 SB before 10am PT/1pm ET! This may not make it in time with RMC acting up.,  Melody, WA

2371 FOY Code (8/16/2014 11:42:01 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code iqv00n4zv worth 23 Hulk Coins for use by 1more user. Refundcents not acting right for me so this might not work. ,  Vicki,Va

2373 Reminder (8/16/2014 3:36:04 PM):  Just a reminder to double check your receipts. Today, some of my marked down merchandise at Shaws scanned incorrectly and instead of taking money off, $40.32 was added in twice. Since my grocery total is rarely much over $100, having a total appear of $188+ seemed off --especially since I only spent $6.00 on meat -- but I did have a lot of produce. When the cashier found the problem, she was unable to void it without the manager's code. It all worked out in the end. ,  Joanne VT

2381 Prayers for someone special in my life (8/16/2014 6:28:20 PM):  A lot of folk have posted prayer requests here of late. I would like to add my own. This person has been a special part of my life & that of my late Mom when we lived in Pittsburgh. Dr. Pat Albright was the former Pastor at the Methodist church we attended there.That chutch still continues to send me the monthly church newsletter. Dr. Albright led the memorial service for Mom at the cemetary in Pittsburgh last November. He recently has a seizure from which he quickly recovered from. he was kept in the hospital for several days for testing. Doctors have concluded this seizure was connected to the melanoma skin cancer he had treated a few months ago. He has now begun radiation treatment for metastic melanoma. I am trying to put him in the hands of our Lord. And hope he can beat this health issue. he is very well known for his true-to-life portrayals of historic people. A member of our church in Pittsburgh creates the authentic costumes he will wear. And the authentic wig he wears to complete the look is purchased in Williamsburg, VA! ,  Virginia Ann S VA

2382 Computer Time (8/16/2014 6:39:00 PM):  I just checked RC site little after 7 and I am seeing some new posts. Yippie! I know Michele must be pulling her hair out about now. Really has been pitiful computer days around here. I have missed not reading posts and replying back. Then swagbucks goes & attaches it self to search engine Yapoo, oh I mean yahoo. I have been lucky if I get credited for one search a day. Even on my not so good days with former SB I managed to get credit for at least 3 searches. I sure hope this is just a slow time for SB and they soon pickup the pace again. Then I tried doing films on gifthulk and it would get to film 9 and go back to film 1 and yep you guessed no hulk points. I wasted more time than I normally do on computer by continually checking sites to see if they were working any better. Well thank goodness hopefully getting back to par.,  Vicki,Va

2383 More positives (8/16/2014 6:51:40 PM):  1) I'm almost caught up in clipping, filing and sending coupons for the overseas military bases. 2) Got some "real" conversation time with friends I don't get to talk to very often. 3) Tomorrow will be sunny but cooler and we have a barbecue to go to.,  Barb M., OR

2385 need info (8/16/2014 8:46:22 PM):  what were named of thrift stores in orlando florida?,  amy s ia

2386 Being positive (8/16/2014 9:08:49 PM):  This the continuation of the devotional for yesterday that I posted in my Positive Challenge Day 5: "But thankful to whom? The problem with Christless gratitude is that, nice as it is, it's out of context. It's a gratitude that generically tosses its thanksgivings into the air, not sure if they should be directed toward good breaks, good genes, good fortune, or the good Lord. And we as believers simply cannot be content to consider this sufficient--not when there's a level of gratitude that offers us so much more than merely feeling good about how things are going. How can it ever be appropriate to thank our 'lucky stars' for even a single blessing that comes our way, when in reality it has come from the One who thought up stars in the first place--the One who wants us to know that He has engraved us on the palms of His hands (Isa. 49:16), who loves us 'from everlasting to everlasting' (Ps. 103:17). It is only by recognizing that our blessings have a single Source--a real, personal, living, and loving Giver--that gratitude become authentic, Christian gratitude: recognizing and expressing appreciation for the benefits we have received from God." The title at the top of the page was: "Thanks Where Thanks Is Due" and the Scripture at the top was from John 3:27 where Jesus says, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.",  df,fl

2391 Tablet (8/16/2014 10:45:09 PM):  I am looking to purchase a tablet to surf the internet/play games/and go on facebook and such. Looking for suggestions on the best one for value. Hoping to not have to spend a small fortune. Figured my friends on here would have good suggestions. ,  gloria wi

2395 facebook...... (8/17/2014 8:16:24 AM):  Curse or blessing ? I guess , like everything else , it's all in how you use it ! I only have 46 friends on fb . All are loved ones . Mostly family . I live quite a distance from my huge family . FB is how I keep in touch . To me , it's been a blessing , until yesterday morning . I got on FB just to read the most disgusting , vile , malicious post I've ever seen ! It was a post to one of my dear nieces , from her husband's "friend" ! He'd never been a problem before . Seems as if he thinks she was blocking his calls on her own phone . He wanted hubby to join him at the local bar . I don't care how drunk or drugged up he was ! Any kind of filth he could spew , he did. He has also put pics of her & her children on some weird dating sites . She's contacting the authorites and probably charging him with harassment , among other things . I wonder just how much damage has been done ! Then , FB became a blessing . Another niece's hubby and infant daughter were involved in a traffic accident . I got a quick phone call with no details , except the vehicle had been totaled . The word went out on FB and we began to pray . After a few hours , one short post relieved all our worries . "Vehicle totaled , hubby and baby are OK . " There were so many happy replies and many of the posts were thanking God ! I've been thanking Him every chance I get . My eyes are sore from the tears of joy ! I'm a sight , and I don't care ! Yes , fb and the net can be used for evil , but it can also be used for good . I guess I'll continue to read and post . Evil always finds a way to rear it's ugly head , with or without the computer .,  MB

2397 Positive Challenge Day 6 (8/17/2014 9:13:34 AM):  Sitting outside enjoying my coffee this morning with all of the sights and sounds of the farm. We take our senses for granted, but this morning sitting out back, I was thankful for sight, sounds and smells. I'm still making healthy food choices and going to the Y- it's making a difference with my back. While I'll still make my appointment with the Ortho Doc on Tuesday, I think the pain can be managed on my own. I really don't want to take any kind of RX's if I can avoid it. It looks like we're going to be getting some rain, so I'll snuggle up with a good book this afternoon. Life is good at the farm! ,  Sharon B., VA

2398 Walmart Savings Catcher (8/17/2014 9:16:14 AM):  Michele posted about this on her updates. I've been using the app on my phone and it's awesome. The last two receipts I've been credited money towards a gift card. It's so quick and easy to use on the phone. Then they send you an email telling you that you have a credit of whatever.,  Sharon B., VA

2403 C.O.P.D. (8/17/2014 10:53:49 AM):  I am 73 years old and have COPD. The last three years I have been on oxygen 24/7 so I decided to buy an oxygen concentrator. It is light weight to carry, charges on a battery and should last five hours. I got a used one for $1800. It came on a Thursday and I tried to get it charged It said it was fully charged but the most time I got from it was two hours. I did this all weekend and just gave up. I called them and said I wanted to return as I thought it was defective. I had to pay return shipping fees of $17.28 to UPS and a 25% restocking fee in the amount of $450. This was in my contract of which I did not read carefully. This was a very expensive mistake. I just want to warn others to read all document carefully and "Buyer Beware".,  Mary IL

2408 Positive Challenge Day 6 (8/17/2014 8:20:34 PM):  Positive Challenge Day 6 was actually Saturday, but was not able to post. Saturday some of the things I was thankful for were: 1) One of the cats I was caring for did not die. 2) I had the strength to get all my house work done. 3) I was able to start a good book.,  df,fl

2409 Fake java update popup (8/17/2014 8:26:55 PM):  My daughter and I have been getting pop ups that say java is outdated and to click here to update. I know my java is the newest one and these pop ups do not have anything to do with java. It happens on google, neopet, gamesville, yahoo and utube. I have done a system restore, ran antivirus, spyware, etc and they do find stuff which I get rid of but the pop ups keep coming. The pop up says "it is recommended that you update your java to the latest version to view this page. Please update to continue." Java is working fine for me. How do I get rid of these pop ups or stop them? I have googled the problem and didn't find what they said could have been downloaded on my computer. Thanks for any help!,  Ann

2412 cookeville, tn (8/17/2014 8:32:26 PM):  What is the main newspaper in Cookeville, TN? The newspaper that would have Sunday coupons in it?,  Cass

2413 It's been awhile..... (8/17/2014 8:36:31 PM):  We left home on Thursday and went to my hometown. My 50th HS Reunion was at the casino on Friday night. I heard two counts...one said 19 and another one said 20 so about half the class was there. I told my DH to stay in the hotel room and I went to the reunion by myself. Many had left by 10 PM as did I..I heard the next day that the heavy drinkers had stayed until 11:30! I did have a lot of fun and seeing Margaret was an especially nice treat. She lives in CA and we hadn't seen each other since we graduated. One of the girls lives in Hawaii and had been 5 years since I had seen her. The party started at 4PM but I didn't go there until 6:30. On Saturday we had an all school reunion at the HS. Another fun time! I did see many I hadn't seen for years and so that was fun too. My cousin was there and was a thrill to see her also. We left early this morning and just got home a short time ago. I'm tired but it's a good tired. Just as we were driving through town when we were leaving I saw Kelly take the hearse out of the garage. Apparently someone died in the last day or so. ,  Google Researcher

2414 Back to Work (8/17/2014 8:44:54 PM):  Back to work Monday. I hope Off Topic and Centsible Chat have a good day and work well and all of the little internet gremlins go away for good. Today was a pretty good day. I picked up a few things at Staples with the 20% off -- stuff the bag coupon. Then I came home and made 10 pints of pickles. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to do anything with the large quantity of plums that came from my father in law's tree. (Last year it didn't produce much -- but this year is another story!),  Joanne VT

2417 Buying quilting supplies ? (8/17/2014 9:07:59 PM):  I quilt every day and started a small business to help my income. The only problem I seem to have is that I can't find quilting supplies. I shop at AC Moore and Michaels. I don't live near Jo Ann's. I was looking for basting spray and couldn't find it. I also looked in Wal-Mart no luck. Now I can find batting. Does anyone order quilting supplies online. TIA,  Renay, NJ

2420 Amy, IA (8/17/2014 9:41:03 PM):  Use "Thrift Stores in Orlando, FL" as your search words. Lots of locations and different thrift stores will come up.,  Google Researcher

2424 PHONE CARDS (8/17/2014 9:12:33 PM):  Not sure if this is the right place for this, but here goes. We are downsizing and in cleaning out my husband found several Sam's Club phone cards (200 and 500 minutes). I went to the USO site to see how to donate them and got no answers there, so is there a market for these? ,  Cathy S, VA

2425 New Challenge (8/17/2014 10:23:52 PM):  The Gratitude/Positive shares have been a wonderful addition to this board. I've found much to be grateful for by performing a daily RAOK and highly recommend it. Giving when I've on the mountain is often too easy; giving when I'm in the valley is where I've been most enlightened. I was raised that anonymous RAOKs count; those that were advertised did not. So in this new daily Challenge, DON'T identify yourself. Share what you did, and its effect. All best,  Susan R., CA

2428 The class reunion (8/17/2014 10:49:26 PM):  There were 38 in my class. It was the largest class ever in that school until 1970 when my baby brother graduated. His class had over 40 students as did either 1972 or 1973. Those classes tied for the largest classes in the school. They sometimes have only 8 or 10 in a graduating class!! The girl that lives in Hawaii said I had offended her 5 years ago. I told her that I didn't mean to do that and I apologized more than once. She laughed and said she knew I didn't mean it the way it sounded. I told her that was a tough day and she said she knew that too. I know she's on FB so am going to send a friend request in a few days. I don't know when they were going back to Hawaii as their parents are all deceased but they do have brothers and sisters in the area. Margaret's husband is a very nice man! He uses canes to walk and said they can't do anything more surgically to help him. He said they usually drive from CA but decided this time to fly so they would have more days to visit family. I gave him a card with my NAZ and asked him to tell Margaret if she would like to keep in touch I would love to hear from her. They don't have/do computers so will be the old fashioned way (pen on paper). Mona was in better shape this time. She was telling me where their son lives...it's a beautiful place with lots of new trees and lots of flowers planted. Mona has 2 girls besides 1 boy. Catching up was great fun! I made a new friend. The wife of one of my classmates. They don't live far from us...20 miles maybe. There are some that look very much like they did when we graduated...then some look so different I didn't recognize them. There were graduates from other classes that dropped by to visit and that was fun too. I was painfully shy when I was growing up so my being outgoing was a surprise to some. I told one of the surprised persons "I've learned that I can say anything to anybody at any time as long as I say it nicely!!" She said that is really true. (It always got my way for everything). ,  Google Researcher

2430 Birds and Blooms (8/18/2014 12:56:18 AM):  Can someome please tell me what pages the bee and violet is on in the newest birds and bloom. I actually think they forgot to put it in there this issue but please give it a look and see if you can find it and let me know,  Becky Mo

2432 Site up and running. (8/18/2014 6:01:12 AM):  I never knew how much I enjoy reading the Off Topic Chit Chat until the site went down. There is always a great deal of information on this site and mostly very accurate. So glad it's back.,  Barb

2433 RAOK (8/18/2014 6:06:17 AM):  I had a wonderful weekend, mostly due to meeting a new friend. I've been needing help at my house and a wonderful young woman stepped up and wasn't afraid to tackle the job. She had such a wonderful attitude - she was falling all over herself, thanking me for giving her the chance to earn some cash. And what a worker she turned out to be!! Not only great help in the house, but she worked all day in the hot sun, reviving my flower beds and trimming trees. In talking to her more in those 2 days, I learned she was a single mom with a 4-yr-old, struggling to make ends meet. In addition to her pay (I paid her extra for her work outside)! I went through all my movies and toys, and loaded up items I thought her little boy would like. So my house got de-cluttered, she was super happy to help and earn some money, and the little boy got a box full of new toys God is good!,  No Name this time

2443 Positive Post (8/18/2014 7:56:19 AM):  YEAH!!! Chat is back! Michele, E.,- I know you're feeling positive about having everything back up and running. I bet you were about to pull your hair out--I can only imagine how frustrating this has been for you.,  Sharon B., VA

2444 Great Wolf Lodge advice (8/18/2014 8:04:30 AM):  Great Wolf Lodge just opened here in Massachusetts and we're taking our two daughters there for the weekend as an end-of-summer treat. It looks a bit overwhelming. I know many of you have been to one of these resorts. Any advice??? TIA!,  Susan, MA

2446 Posts (8/18/2014 8:19:13 AM):  I cant seem to get any posts but August 17. Is there still a problem. I didnt know if it was your computor or mine. Just checking,  Becky Mo

2447 Swagbucks (8/18/2014 8:19:19 AM):  On clicking on take a discovery break, when the LG3 page comes up I cannot click on the page to earn points. Never have been able to. But, sometimes it just keeps coming back up and up. Any ideas on what I must be doing wrong?,  Penny in MO

2455 MB/Facebook (8/18/2014 10:01:51 AM):  I am on FB because I like to communicate with my family out of town without having to call. I love seeing the pics of my great, great, nephew as he is growing up. Since many on my friends list are church members, I use to it make announcements of things coming up and prayer requests. I like it because we can find out who needs prayer quickly and not wait for a newspaper to come out to learn who has died. I do not like selfies. I have about 3 people who constantly send selfies with duck lips. I have unfriended them. I learned on 20/20 that there is a mental problem associated with people who take lots of selfies. A young man had taken over 200. He was looking for perfection. He was obsessed with it and almost committed suicide before he got help. I can't remember the name of the problem.,  Janice/Ok

2458 Church Update (8/18/2014 10:18:17 AM):  We voted 100% to call a young man as our interim pastor yesterday morning. We are excited that maybe our little church will grow again. My dh was able to return as music minister last week. He is so excited. He hasn't been having problems passing out because of low blood pressure in a several months. The people were glad to have him back also. Please keep him in your prayers. Our congregation went from 50 to 27 in SS recently because of people following our former pastor to his new church. Many were his family members and close friends. Two ladies who went rarely came to church; wouldn't get involved in Sun school or ladies activities. They only came when they wanted to sing or needed financial help. Once we flew her to her brother's funeral in Arizona (she complained about having to go to Dallas to catch the flight). We have paid for glasses, medications and other things. After leaving our church and joining the other one. She bragged on FB that she was among 13 who had joined the former pastor's church. It was a wonderful service, etc. She said that she had been "torn up" about our church for a long time. I don't think she liked me or my dh and wouldn't ever sing in the choir. (Learned later that she didn't sing in the choir before we came 5 years ago.) I didn't respond to her on FB. I unfriended her. Last night a friend of her adult daughter saw a post on FB about the wonderful church she was in and that 2 people had gotten saved and the great crowds. She just went on and on about how the church was full, etc. My thought: sure it is full, half of our people went there; filling the church up. (It was a small bldg. to begin with.) Sometimes it is so hard to pray for people and not to defend your church. Our church is building up slowly; we have been having people saved and join. We have 6 people lined up for baptism right now. Not bad for a church who hasn't had a pastor. There is a sweet spirit and all the people left are loving. It is probably a blessing our church was "downsized." I wanted to message her what was done to tear her up and make her unhappy; and remind her how good we were to her, but decided to just let God handle it. We will be seeing all these people tonight at our church for our association's monthly WMU (missions) meeting. We are the host. There is a banner for the church with high attendance at the meeting. We used to receive it most months, but I am sure they will get it this time. We will all be happy for them and clap for their church. Pray for us!! ,  Janice/Ok

2461 looking for a bank (8/18/2014 10:31:03 AM):  Capital One doesn't have a branch within 75 miles, so maybe someone knows of another bank with no-fee, no minimum checking accounts. A young friend started working for a mom & pop business so they won't, or can't, do direct deposit. He used BVO Harris (I think that is name), but they want to charge him $10 a month to have checking acct without direct deposit. Shoot he doesn't make much more than that per hour & it isn't always a 40 hour week. Does anyone know a bank with no fee checking, or something less than $10 a mo?,  Lynn

2464 Swagbucks Code (8/18/2014 10:54:18 AM):  Abrogate worth 3 SB before 10am PT!,  Melody, WA

2466 Thankful (8/18/2014 11:14:33 AM):  For DD's school making sure new schedule was right. For DS's doctor calling in his refill. My garden that producing just enough food for me to can with out being overwhelmed.,  cathy oh

2467 COPD (8/18/2014 11:17:03 AM):  Thank you for the understanding comments I received on Aug.17th. The company is First Medical in Englewood, CO. I checked my credit card account this morning and a credit of $1305 was there. This is not 25% of $1800. I called them and was told the difference was for the shipping to me. They told me the unit was fine, no defects. I am going to still look into this further.,  Mary S. IL

2468 Ferguson crime Scene Video (8/18/2014 11:19:42 AM):  Ferguson Crime Scene: A man who recorded a video accidently documented a conversation between a man who saw the Michael Brown shooting unfold and another man presumed to be a neighbor. The transcript is at the end. In my opinion, if a police officer is being assaulted by someone who is trying to take his gun, then that is a game changer. The kid could have cooperated, but instead he made his choice to retaliate and become more aggressive. Officers learn throughout their training that most officers are killed with their own weapon when overpowered by a suspect. I heard he was shot 6 times from the FRONT, but that could not happen if he was running away. (This was reported to be based on the independent autopsy requested by the parents) TRANSCRIPT @6:28/6:29 OF VIDEO #1 How’d he get from there to there? #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck {CROSSTALK} #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him {CROSSTALK} #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him – #1. Oh, the police got his gun #2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him {CROSSTALK} #2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing #1 The Police? #2 The Police shot him #1 Police? #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”) ,  What a sad situation

2469 hospital network hacked (8/18/2014 11:23:03 AM):  I just saw this in CNN.com. I am glad there isn't one of their hospitals in our area (from the map), but I feel sorry for anyone who went to one. This allows someone to get the social security number, etc and when that happens they can open new credit cards, etc and ruin the person's credit score. I know since someone got my SS# and I found out a year ago that my credit score was ruined, I had a credit card opened against me and they 'moved' me across the US. It has been fixed, but I need to have credit monitoring for the rest of my life. ,  past identity theft victim

2473 RAOK (8/18/2014 12:15:05 PM):  I did a few of these in the past school year for a teacher I know. 3 or 4 times I left a goodie bag outside her garage with classroom supplies-stickers, classroom decorations, rewards for the kids. She was a kindergarten teacher and I did it because I joined RAOK challenge because of a recent tragedy. I was supposed to do 12 so I better get going with something different for others!,  Like RAOKs

2485 Swagbucks (8/18/2014 2:17:15 PM):  Just wondering how many searches others are receiving points for since SB hooked up with yahoo. I am only getting credit for one search and sometimes zero. I was hoping that things might improve but so far not. I hope SB is not going to get like some of other point sites that you have to work like crazy to get a few measly points. I just want to see if others are doing about same as me or maybe I am just in a slow time and things might pickup.,  Vicki, Va

2486 Shoebox ALert-Bargain (8/18/2014 2:17:55 PM):  Walmart has these in gray http://imgur.com/vI2C3Dv marked down to $1.00 and then the http://imgur.com/iw5Dn81 navy marked down to $2.00. There are other tees for the boys for $2.00, but they are the big hairy eyeball kinda weird stuff. I won't send that kind of thing…I wouldn't have dressed my own child in that garb- so for me, they aren't suitable for the shoebox project. The tags on the gray say $2.00 but they are ringing up at $1.00. They also had the cutest girls shorts sets marked down to $4.00 a set, I bought all of them in sizes from 4 to 8. I think it was 32 shorts and tops sets for the girls . I was thinking I could make one dress to put in each box with a short set. I'll take pics of them later- it's pouring outside and I had taken the photos inside of WalMart for the boys tees. They also had packages of socks for $1.00 (girls), but someone else on this board has donated a lot of socks for these boxes, so I'm good on those. I have an ortho doc appt tomorrow, so I'll check out that Walmart in that city to see if I can pick up more boys tees. I'm pretty set on the girls for now.,  Sharon B., VA

2487 Lisa, OH: (8/18/2014 2:27:02 PM):  Hi Lisa -- I posted a few days ago but OTCC was going through issues and the post never made it. How have you and your family been doing?,  Jane, CA

2493 RAOK (8/18/2014 2:45:23 PM):  I like to pay for the person behind me when I go through the drive through. I also like to give out lottery tickets to the servers at the drive through, bank tellers and leave a ticket with my tip for the waiter or waitress. I've even walked up to police officers at a restaurant and said, here's a change for you- I'm giving you a ticket. They just laugh and are appreciative.,  --------------------

2497 Swagbucks Code (8/18/2014 2:57:57 PM):  DidYouWin before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

2505 low grade fever (8/18/2014 7:12:16 PM):  have had one for 4 days, how long would you wait to go to doctor? have a hard cough and terrible nose.,  sickee..............

2507 Puzzle (8/18/2014 7:28:09 PM):  Answer: Lamb (La Bamba)---I know we had a winner last week. Sorry for the delay in posting this. I had tried so many times on Sunday and then forgot about it. Next week's challenge from American puzzle maker Sam Lloyd: You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target. ,  MAC--WI

2508 androgen disorder (8/18/2014 7:28:12 PM):  daughter was just told today that she has high testosterone causing a lot of her symptoms. last gynecologist said pcos. she is hypothyroid and on armour. anyone have any experience with this? I'm not quick to put her on birth control pills even though that was recommended. any thoughts? another opinion?,  christy, ia

2509 quilting supplies (8/18/2014 7:32:31 PM):  I have ordered from Connecting Threads before and I'm very pleased with their fabric and thread. You can find stuff at Amazon. See if you have a Hancock Fabrics in your area. They have a lot of great stuff. I also check thrift stores. I've gotten a lot of fabric there, including some quilt tops someone donated that I'm working on finishing. I've found fabric and notions at Tuesday Mornings. I've purchased fabric on eBay before also. Great way to build up your stash. I'm lucky, we have a Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Michaels in my town (along with Walmart). When they don't have what I want, I travel about 45 mins or so to Hancock. If those fail, I shop online :),  Dianne in GA

2512 Family Reunion Name Tags (8/18/2014 6:52:20 PM):  I am in charge of making name tags for our family reunion next week. Someone had suggested that I make the "lanyard" style - using card stock and paper for the name. All of the descendents are either from my grandmother or her sisters/brother. I thought about having 4 different colors in the lanyards - each representing the descendent whom each of us are from. I also wanted to stay away from stickers (may fall off) or pins (people may not want to put a pin in their clothing). Any other suggestions out there for name tags? I also want to make it as economical as possible as I am funding about 40 of them.,  Crafter - MI

2519 Looting, crime (8/18/2014 7:35:57 PM):  related to the Michael Brown shooting http://tinyurl.com/ngn7ry9Sue P., CT

2520 Lay's new flavors (8/18/2014 7:42:36 PM):  I tried Mango Salsa today. Not really impressed. Tried several and there was a very slight hint of mango flavor. I guess if you were eating with dip, etc., it would be OK. Just eating straight from the bag was not impressive.,  Susan, LA

2522 M & M tee shirts (8/18/2014 8:14:40 PM):  My sister really enjoys anything that has M & M on it. You should see her home! What she does not have is a "Miss Brown" M & M tee shirt. I have been looking for one and can not find a source. Anyone have any ideas on where to purchase this item. Thanks,  Marge, MO

2529 school supplies (8/18/2014 8:46:28 PM):  I have been buying things for the Christmas Child boxes is it just me or has anyone else think pencils have gotten more expensive? The 20 count at Walgreens for $1 I would swear were 39c or 49c last year,  me

2530 Jane LEgal question (8/18/2014 8:53:49 PM):  Jane I have a legal question. I think I know the answer but it is California law so one never knows the answer! I have a friend who is actually in San fran, nice girl . she works in an office with herself , her boss and a part time person, staff of 3. toni ( the girl) has been with this employer almost a year. Toni is gay, under 40. She suffers from depression and anxiety which has reared its ugly head lately. her boss has noticed lately and asked her what has been wrong. I have counseled her to tell him she is having medical issues and working through them, hopeing he would back off, so far he has not. She is concerned that when she returns from her scheduled vacation next week her job will be gone and she will be replaced. I am getting more details as whether she feels this is in her mind retailation or sexual discrimination. my first thought is to have her get a consult with an employment consult, a free half hour . do you have other thoughts? any one you recommend? you can email me at Pshri84101@aol.com ,  pat s az

2534 Church Bump Up (8/18/2014 10:27:57 PM):  Thanks for your comments; Susan La, Been there and Cathy Oh. I like "thinning the herd" comment. We are not our for numbers, but there are souls in numbers. I would rather have 25 loving people than 100 with trouble makers. We won the banner tonight!!!! And I was ready to be happy for them. We had 25 and they had 15 at the meeting. It wasn't bad since we only had 27 Sun morning in SS. They clapped for our church; but one "simple" man asked them why they were clapping; their church didn't win the banner. We had a great meeting. We were all friendly with each other before and after the meeting. We enjoyed the fellowship during refreshments. Only God's love can cause us to behave that way. The lady who discouraged me, didn't come tonight.,  Janice/Ok

2535 FB bump up (8/18/2014 10:32:49 PM):  I also don't care for people posting pics of their dinner. Also, I really don't care for people posting a story and you think it is about them or family and it is something from a radio station or sent from someone else I don't know. I don't like being invited to play games. My dd informed me today that I invite people to play Candy Crush and I was unaware of that. She has to correct my settings. So if you have been getting these from me, please bear with me until we correct it. Bear/Bare? I am tired. Must be bear, I don't want anyone naked... :),  Janice/Ok

2537 Susan R (8/19/2014 4:39:07 AM):  I was just reading all the comments about Ferguson and was wondering how your non-profit for the homeless children is coming along. You said to check back later for updates on your progress. Have you got your funding, a facility, kids coming to your facility? Please let us know how you are doing with your very needed place for all homeless children.,  Anna, AL

2538 Pro Player (8/19/2014 5:01:55 AM):  What is pro Player part of what company?,  Lynn

2540 Dental Concerns (8/19/2014 5:14:10 AM):  Recently I went to the dentist for my semi annual cleaning. I only get x-rays once per year as that is all my insurance covers. I have been going to this particular dentist for many years so I have full trust in their judgement. I was told I have 6 cavities. Two I can see that I couldn't before the cleaning. I brush at least twice a day but i am not that good with dental floss. The dentist wants me to call my md as she is concerned there is something going on that I should not have this occur. She suggested perhaps an auto-immune disease. I had my physical earlier this year with a full blood panel. Would that have flagged anything at that time? My body has always ached on and off for years but I also have back problems that contribute to my overall well being and how I feel on a daily basis and I also have dry eyes but so did my mom. Can anyone shed some light on this while I wait to get into the doctor, I am also out of dental insurance for the year as I had a root canal and crown earlier. There is only one she felt needed to be filled before Jan 1 but I would need to come as soon as the insurance starts over in January. I am getting a little nervous and I can't get into the doctor for two weeks.,  Name withheld

2542 Positive- (8/19/2014 6:42:46 AM):  Life is good!,  Sharon B.,VA

2543 Divorce (8/19/2014 6:44:07 AM):  You have been on my mind for the last few weeks. Has anything changed? Have you been able to get him to go to counseling? My heart goes out to you- Let us know how you're doing-,  Sharon B.,VA

2546 Kohl's 20% Skechers (8/19/2014 6:50:30 AM):  I had ordered another pair of Skechers Go Walk shoes from Kohls, using the 20% off coupon code that Michele posted. (The advertisement where the woman goes to her sock drawer and pulls out these socks and they turn into shoes as she's putting them on her feet.) These are the lightest shoes I have ever worn and they are so comfortable-your feet feel good when you're walking in these shoes. The ones Amazon have are not the same- they are like outlet stores where inferior materials are used and are not as comfortable- I just sent a pair back to Amazon.,  Sharon B.,VA

2557 Open office (8/19/2014 8:15:00 AM):  Recently had open office installed on my computer. Price is excellent FREE but I can not figure it out. Can anyone tell me where I can learn how to use it. Thanks.,  Linda N. Pa

2558 Jim Jeffords (8/19/2014 8:15:04 AM):  Jim Jeffords former Vermont Senator and Congressman passed away earlier this week at the age of 80 after battling Alzheimer's disease. He had been in politics since the the mid-60's until he retired at age 72. In today's Rutland Herald, www.rutlandherald.com there is a really nice article that covers his career and his affect on Vermont and national politics.,  Joanne VT

2563 Sloppy Joe recipe (8/19/2014 9:20:10 AM):  We are camping this weekend with extended family. Does someone have a sloppy joe recipe, maybe something I could make early and heat up? Any other food ideas? Thanks! ,  Lori Ohio

2564 Cilantro (8/19/2014 9:33:11 AM):  There was a discussion a few weeks ago concerning the "sorry state of cilantro"---growing cilantro and how to keep it fresh in the fridge. I would remove it from the plastic produce bag, wrap paper towel around the stems and wet the towel, then place the bundle back ON, not in the plastic bag. This method would extend the life by maybe a day. I recently bought a bunch at Target and it looked pretty good. When I got home, I almost used the same method then had a brilliant idea. Why not put it in my Tupperware FridgeSmart container. This was on Aug. 10. Today is the 19th. My garbage goes out tonight so I went to the container to throw out what I thought would be a mushy mess. It's still as fresh as the day I bought it. I was totally shocked! If you haven't invested in one of these, it works great for all produce. I've tried lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers. Don't know why it never popped into my mind to use it for cilantro.,  Susan, LA

2566 turkey fryer & canning (8/19/2014 10:08:20 AM):  Anyone know if a turkey fryer (which I don't have, but I can borrow one) can be used for canning (jam, fruit, etc)? I am guessing it gets warm enough to boil water. I have to admit I have never even seen one, but I can imagine what it looks like.,  Heather, NV

2581 Swagbucks Code (8/19/2014 12:00:38 PM):  UHave24Hours before 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

2595 Sharon B (8/19/2014 1:46:04 PM):  Thank you for the wonderful card. It is wonderful to come home after a week away and see something other than bills!,  Debbie, OR

2597 Sharon B (8/19/2014 1:57:07 PM):  I received your card. Thank you so much. I am grateful.,  Melody, WA

2605 Prayers please (8/19/2014 2:54:37 PM):  Just received bad news - my uncle, who was terminally ill, has passed. Under normal circumstances his passing would have been difficult enough, but he took his own life today, while my aunt was home with him. I'm not passing judgement - from accounts, he was losing his mind in the past few days. But the choice of suicide left my aunt to have to face that, to have it happen at their home, etc. A lot of pain and loss being dealt with - please pray for strength and forgiveness...,  No Name this time

2606 Hancock&Coupons (8/19/2014 2:57:42 PM):  I wrote the info down but now can't remember where I put note. So please excuse. Someone did a post on how to save with coupons and senior discount. I would really appreciate if you could post info again or if you have post number. Again very sorry & this time info going on ipad.,  Vicki,,Va

2622 Ferguson -- verrrry long): (8/19/2014 4:03:55 PM):  I’m actually re-writing this. I spent 35 minutes yesterday drafting what I thought was a reasonable response to various questions raised by the Ferguson case and, as soon as I was about to hit “Submit”, the website went down, so I’m writing this as a Word doc and will cut/paste it into Chat. Susan R. CA: You get an “A” in evidence – but you probably already did. The transcription that was posted yesterday is not only hearsay, it’s unreliable because of the number of unintelligible sections that couldn’t be included. I also agree with everything you’ve written so far today. Lynn and Cathy, OH: As Susan said, the officer had no clue Michael Brown was a suspect in anything. I don’t think he even knew there had been a robbery anywhere. His contact with MB was unrelated to anything except that, perhaps, MB was walking in the middle of the street. But even had he known there was a (non-weapon) robbery and that MB was a suspect, that’s not reason to shoot him, even had he been running away (and we don’t know that was what happened). Assuming for a moment that MB committed a technical robbery (by taking cigars from the store and used force by pushing the clerk/owner in order to get away), that’s not a capital crime; it’s not an offense in which deadly force should have been used. Police departments have procedural manuals. These manuals cover when deadly force may/may not be used. (I was just reading part of one yesterday that specifically says officers in that department shall not use choke-holds, for example.) Neither Susan nor I mean to “excuse” MB’s conduct if he stole cigars, not matter how much or little they were worth. (And I don’t know whether he stole the cigars or not because I haven’t seen the videos and/or more than one photo of MB.) But that’s a property crime, only elevated to the status of a major felony (robbery) because of a shove to the storekeeper. “Attitude”, including yelling, cursing, spitting, etc. is also not sufficient to warrant deadly force. In CA, and probably everywhere else, officers are trained at the academy to handle this kind of “attitude”. It might be frustrating, aggravation, disgusting, or any one of other things, but officers are trained not to let their emotions get the best of them in those situations. So, “attitude” doesn’t justify the shooting. Cathy, I want to talk about your point that the officer should have shot MB in the leg, or should have used a taser. First, keep in mind that officers are required to make split-second decisions, often in bad lighting. They sometimes shoot and kill people they think had a gun pointed at them only to discover later that the victim of the shooting was holding a cell phone or something else. Last week, a San Jose officer shot and killed a woman who was holding a Makita drill which, for whatever reason, had been painted black. Those kinds of circumstances result in tragic deaths. But officers who are not snipers sitting on the top of some building with time to assess a situation and take their time to aim can’t rely on disabling someone they see as a danger to themselves or others. When you go to target practice, you’re taught to aim for the torso – body mass. I call it “The Broad Side of A Barn Theory”. It’s hard enough to shoot a moving target (someone running, ducking, dodging) at all, much less to shoot a target in the leg. So, although you do practice “head shots” at the range, you’re mainly trained to aim for the largest mass and that’s the torso. Obviously, that area of the body has a lot of crucial organs – not just the heart – so a person shot, say, in the center of the chest or in the abdomen could still die, even if the bullet hits “center mass”. And, actually, even if someone’s shot in the leg and the shot hits the femoral artery, even a leg shot could be fatal instead of merely disabling. So I agree with you that, unless MB had a gun and was confronting the officer with it, you’d think use of the taser would have been the most appropriate response. Unfortunately, we really don’t know what happened. This would be the time we would wish for cameras (with sound) that could be affixed to an officer’s shirt or, at the very least, that the patrol car had a camera and that camera was positioned to capture the incident. But, if there is any film, we’re not being told about it. What I don’t understand about the scenario some people have laid out – the one in which MB’s supposed to have been trying to get the officer’s gun as he (MB) was falling or being pushed backward into the patrol car, is (1) if the officer had his gun out, why? And (2) if he didn’t have his gun out and MB was just making a move toward it, why would the officer draw it, thus giving MB a better opportunity to grab onto it? If, in another scenario, MB was being placed in the patrol car, why wasn’t he handcuffed? If that had been the case, he wouldn’t have been able to try for the officer’s gun. But, again, we don’t know. With regard to rioters and demonstrators, I think we have to be careful not to lump them all together. Peaceful, even emotional ones, demonstrations are perfectly legal. Unfortunately, sometimes, for whatever reason, demonstrations that begin as peaceful can attract people whose intentions are not as good as the original demonstrators and/or who have added alcohol or “substances” to whatever their mood might have been when they decided to “go downtown”. The people who are legitimately demonstrating – and who absolutely have the right to do so under the First Amendment – have no control over who shows up to the scene with bad motives. Rioters and looters are responsible for their own actions – the demonstrators can’t be blamed for the violence and looting. The “authorities” have made some major mistakes in this case and give the appearance of wanting to cover things up, even if that’s not actually their intent. They arrested journalists who were using McDonald’s as a headquarters (and, at the same time, were customers of McD’s. They were arrested for “trespassing”, although I haven’t heard or read anything about the staff at McD’s asking the journalists to leave or calling the police. According to a column in today’s paper (Contra Costa Times www.hotcoco.com Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s column), the officers making those arrests refused to give their names or badge numbers and “grew angry when one of the men attempted to take a video”. The reporters were released after a couple hours, no fingerprints or mug shots having been taken. This action certainly gives the appearance of trying to keep the “real story” from being reported. Mr. Pitts writes, “At least three witnesses have now disputed the official version of what happened, the tale of how Brown inexplicably shoved a police officer back inside the officer’s car, and they wrestled for the officer’s gun”. Citizens don’t (and shouldn’t) react well to the sight of tanks and military-grade armaments in response to a situation like this, violent though it might be. That kind of equipment simply adds fuel to the proverbial fire. Police departments (including Highway Patrol and sheriff’s departments) have been quelling riots for ages without using light tanks. I would think that if black demonstrators found themselves faced with a predominately white “army” of law enforcement deploying military equipment, they’d probably feel there was racially biased law enforcement action being taken. One of the things that concerns me is, what happens once the police and prosecutors decide to arrest or not to arrest the officer who shot MB. Clearly, MB’s family wants murder charges. But, even if the DA decides that the officer acted improperly, there are different charges that could be filed – anything from 1st degree murder to some variety of manslaughter. If the DA decides that the officer committed a criminal act but that act did not rise to the level of murder, is the level of anger going to rise even higher than it already has? Meanwhile, we have to wait for all the evidence to be in, sorted through, and reported. And let’s hope it all IS reported, no matter which way the facts turn out. And meanwhile, there was another police-involved shooting/killing of another young black man in or near St. Louis. This time, the police said the shooting victim was approaching them, angry and yelling (apparently, he was a suspect in a convenience store theft), holding a knife over his head and refusing to obey the officers’ orders. Let’s hope that doesn’t fuel the flames. ,  Jane, CA

2630 Humor (8/19/2014 5:07:08 PM):  2014 Final Conference on Aging for youtube - YouTube ,  Bob, PA

2631 Ferguson (8/19/2014 5:26:57 PM):  A wiser man than I said today, "I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt or innocence are being determined on television--and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting". He later adds "It's amazing to me how many think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet." This wiser man is a black man, Thomas Sowell. I was raised by parents who taught standards of right and wrong. You don't steal what isn't yours. You show respect for teachers and elders and policemen. I don't know all that happened in Ferguson that night and now I've heard that the policeman involved may have an orbital fracture by being head-butted by the man he shot. Nothing that happened between those two excuses the lawlessness that continues in Ferguson. Martin Luther King didn't accomplish all he did by encouraging or excusing that kind of behavior. Our society is decaying and I pray that someone comes forward to lead us out of this mess before there's nothing left to save.,  Marion, CA

2634 RAOK story (8/19/2014 5:46:48 PM):  A few Christmases ago, I was in the local bookstore using a few good coupons they had at the time. I had an extra, and offered it to someone else shopping. She was very appreciative, as she was shopping for something for her son. Last night at our school Meet 'n Greet, I went to my younger son's class to meet his new teacher. The teacher said "We've met before. Do you remember? I believe you gave me a coupon! Your son is going to get extra credit!" I hadn't remembered until she mentioned it, and thought it was pretty funny! What a nice way to start the year with a new teacher :),  Lisa, OH

2643 Pro double browser (8/19/2014 6:46:43 PM):  I down loaded this double browser for my ipad. It is not the best but it does help me to save a little time with doing points programs and keeping up with email, facebook, & go course RC. You can enlarge print but when you click to another page you have to reset print. I got it really when we go on vacation & have a little free time in motels at night I could do a little more. I didn't post about it at first because it took little while for it to kick in & RC site was not working either. I have been playing around with it though and am pleased with it. ,  Vicki, Va

2652 Sharon B., VA canning (8/19/2014 7:54:11 PM):  Thank you (about the turkey fryer answer). Now I need to find fruit to can! I have been freezing extra berries from our garden so maybe I will make berry jam first. I am actually getting excited to water bath can this fall. Randy (who owns the turkey fryer) lives really close also (and says he uses it about once a year) so I could probably borrow it for part of September / October without a problems. I told him I will give them some jam or something as a trade.,  Heather, NV

2654 Recall Notices (8/19/2014 8:34:19 PM):  BRITA recalls children’s water bottles due to laceration hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/BRITA-Recalls-Childrens-Water-Bottles/
Bexco recalls Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 convertible cribs due to fall and entrapment hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Bexco-Recalls-Franklin-and-Ben-Mason-Four-in-One-Convertible-Cribs/Google Researcher

2655 Bob, PA: (8/19/2014 8:37:13 PM):  Yesterday, Anthony needed to take some gunk off a couple car windows. Before he found the Goo Gone in the garage, he used gasoline, applying it with paper towels. Then he put the paper towels into the outside trash can (where the temperature inside the can must have been over 100 because it was well into the 90's outside). That seemed to me to be a potential fire hazard. I realize it's not quite the same as having a heap of oily rags in one's garage, but it made me nervous nonetheless, especially because I discovered this about half an hour later when I took out some trash and was nearly bowled over by the fumes when I opened the lid of the (plastic) trash bin. Am I crazed for having been worried about that? (I realize many people think I'm crazed on other bases.) Or are the gas fumes like alcohol in a sauce and will "cook off"?,  Janie

2658 How to do background check? (8/19/2014 9:11:25 PM):  I'll be a landlord for the first time and don't know how to actually check someone's credit or criminal history. I'd appreciate any recommendations! I may need to check one person or a few people, depending on how this process goes but it shouldn't take longer than a week total, in case there's a time-based subscription available. I don't have any idea where to start and the best options. TIA!!,  Heather G, PA

2660 Scam question: (8/19/2014 9:31:05 PM):  Today I received a letter ostensibly from Capital One. It references the last 4 digits of one of my credit cards and an account/case number. It said CO monitors acc'ts and that as part of that monitoring some suspicious activity has been noted on this account. A phone number was provided. However, the letter itself looks as though it's been photocopied -- it's all B&W. I called, confirmed my name, the last 4 of the card # (which was on the letter) and their case number. Then the CS rep asked for the 3 digit code on the back of the card. I declined to provide hat because I've always been told that a CC company wouldn't ask that (and that they have hat information) and that only scammers would ask for that information. The CS rep said we could not proceed without those numbers. She said I could go on their website and do the same thing there but I'd have to provide those 3 numbers. Something just sounds wrong about this. Tomorrow during regular business hours, I'm going to call the CS number on the back of my card but meanwhile wanted to know if I'm just being paranoid or if I was right to refuse to provide the number. Anyone else have this experience?,  Jane, Ca

2662 Daily RAOK (8/19/2014 9:34:18 PM):  Re-filled the TP at my favorite local Italian restaurant. For the next person in the bathroom, it definitely counted!,  Me

2670 Please Vote (8/19/2014 11:39:35 PM):  Lisa Barrett Nominated Female Artist Of The Year 2014 with Clays Country Radio. I'd appreciate helping my friend: http://www.clayscountry.com/Lisabarrett/ VOTE> Thank you! Three clicks for VOTE for Lisa Barrett,  Pat

2673 Ferguson (8/20/2014 4:40:24 AM):  I wish they would put a curfew there. This way the police will not be risking there lives. If anyone is out there, and they get hurt, its there fault. They need to get on and stop all the trouble they are causing. Some go there, just to cause problems. ,  Lynn

2676 to no name divorce (8/20/2014 5:42:59 AM):  If you find out your husband is involved with Gloria, his old church should know about it. The church wouldn't be very happy to be paying for her to visit her flame - a married man. In my experience, very rarely is there NOT another person involved. VERY rarely. :(,  Dianne in GA

2683 Jane (8/20/2014 7:08:49 AM):  How are grand jurors selected? Are they regular citizens?,  Karen-IA

2690 Able Lincoln's Positive Thought (8/20/2014 7:38:09 AM):  --“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ¯ Abraham Lincoln--,  Sharon B., VA

2692 Ferguson (8/20/2014 8:03:10 AM):  I only have a few things to say about this situation. 1. I understand people getting upset over any 'child' being killed. BUT why take it out on the town, the place you live. It's not the store owner's fault. 2. Every person who is out should be hauled in and detained no matter what their color. People like me and any person with a functioning brain would be in their home and away from trouble. 3. I am hoping that there are enough cameras around town to capture and charge those that stole from local business owners. I will NEVER understand how looting solves anything or even enters the picture.,  CB OH

2694 Do any of you read Carolyn Hax's column? (8/20/2014 8:23:44 AM):  She writes an advice column for the Washington Post. You can get it emailed to you daily. Although she often deals with topics not of interest to me (like dating), I always read her column. She gives the BEST advice. She is so smart with a huge amount of common sense. She is way better than Dear Abby, IMO, or any other advice column out there.,  Dianne in GA

2696 decluttering (8/20/2014 8:35:17 AM):  Well in getting our house ready to go on the market I have been decluttering like crazy. Also, since turning 48 I've realized that time is getting shorter and so is my energy or desire. So for those projects or books that I said I would do/read "some day" I am really making a decision. If I don't think I ever will "get to it" it's going. I don't save a lot of books. After I read them I pass them on to friends, the library, or charity. I've gone through my books and am keeping only the ones I know I want to read. I don't even save "favorite" books. I'm not the type to reread books. I probably started with 150 books and will end with only about 30-40. I have decided I AM going to read all my books! This decluttering has put my priorities in check for sure. It's been a bit harder to get hubby on board. For example, I found a work light, new in box, behind a shelf in our storage room. It's been there for 10 years. At first he didn't want to donate it, but I was like, "really?" He isn't as good at "getting around to it" stuff. I could have just donated it and he would have never known, but I am trying to show him that it's okay to get rid of stuff that you really don't need or use. He picked a book up at church on Sunday. I told him he had two weeks to read it. He listens to audio books during his commute and during his free time he plays on the computer or ipad. He hasn't read a book in years. He just doesn't have the declutter mindset! It's now Wed. and he hasn't started the book yet! He also isn't very good at self-evaluating what he actually does spend his time on and saying to himself it's okay to just pass on things you want to get to but know you probably never will.,  Dianne in GA

2697 Entertainment Weekly (8/20/2014 8:37:14 AM):  I love reading Entertainment Weekly because it gives great reviews and focuses on shows, movies, books etc. and not gossip. I went to mycokerewards.com to turn in points to renew my subscription and it's not on there anymore. I really hope it's not going to go out of business like so many other magazines have these days.,  Dianne in GA

2698 Irazoo Treasure Code (8/20/2014 8:38:57 AM):  moms Expires: 8/26/2014 9:00 PM ET. Worth 150 points.,  Melody, WA

2702 Computer Help Needed, Please (8/20/2014 8:53:52 AM):  I have a new-to-me laptop at work: A Dell, E6400, running Windows 7. The touchpad works but the scroll on it doesn't and I have searched hi and low in the Control Panel and can't find where to enable it. I googled to no avail. Can anyone help me? TIA!,  Shelby, Iowa

2710 Positive Challenge (8/20/2014 9:56:03 AM):  One big positive thing is that Chat is back up and running! I am so glad I can ask the random questions to people on here and they usually have an answer.,  Heather, NV

2711 Singer Futura Sewing Machine (8/20/2014 10:13:41 AM):  Does anyone own this model Singer models 900, 920, 925, 1200, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010. Please email me at dpepin (dot) sbcglobal (dot) net Thank you very much. ,  DEB CT

2719 Your Worst Fears (8/20/2014 10:56:24 AM):  Originally I saw Beth Moore talk about this in a Bible study. It is one of the best things I've ever seen. Imagine your absolute worst fear came true. For Beth Moore, it's if her husband left her. You don't have to be a Christian for this to be meaningful to you. Here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai54Q3-KcuU No matter what pain you're going through, you will come out of the other side.,  Dianne in GA

2720 Pat, traveling the USA (8/20/2014 10:59:10 AM):  Got the bakery outlet coupons in the mail today. What a wonderful, kind thing to do! Thank you!,  Diane J D, ME

2721 Smart Ones (8/20/2014 10:59:38 AM):  Steak Fajitas are really…really good! Now, I'm not a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine, but to me it's like getting a real meal! LOL The only problem is I could easily eat two boxes, but I only had one ;) I'll be getting more of those for my lunches. ,  Sharon B., VA

2723 Fitbit Flex (8/20/2014 11:04:52 AM):  So, with all of the healthy eating and going to the Y, I thought I'd get a FITBIT and use an app called fitwachr to calculate the steps/calories into Weight Watchers activity points. My son looked at me and said, uh, mom, you know theres an app on the Iphone5S that will do the same thing? I packed the Fitbit up and sent it back to Amazon- I just got an activity report from FitBit telling me how well I've done in the last week --telling me that I walked a total of 118.9 MILES!!!!! Hmmmmmm…That box must have bounced all the way back to Amazon. LOL,  Sharon B., VA

2737 Therapy question (8/20/2014 12:17:47 PM):  I need to be anon. for this since family and friends are on the board. We have been through a lot lately. Two of my children are interested in going to therapy. Is there any repercussions of going through insurance to pay for this or is it better in the long run to pay for it myself and not involve the insurance at all?,  a mom

2750 Puzzle (8/20/2014 2:07:08 PM):  K-GA I think your answer is correct....at least it equals 100. I hadn't taken the time to think about it yet. Nice job!!!!,  MAC--WI

2753 College text books (8/20/2014 2:23:21 PM):  Just got the list from DS for his text books. Do I buy them now before classes start or wait until he goes on the 1st day to class and confirms with the teacher? I know that the books at the bookstore will be more than if I shop around.,  Randi, LI

2754 Swagbucks Code (8/20/2014 2:30:00 PM):  FuzzyFriends before 3pm PST for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

2755 A changing picture (8/20/2014 2:58:48 PM):  THE POLICE OFFICER whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of often violent demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., suffered severe facial injuries — including an eye-socket fracture — and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com. ,  Bob, PA

2770 Michele-site crash (8/20/2014 3:49:55 PM):  Michele, thanks for all your hard work in trying to get us up and running again. I'm sorry that it had to be when you were enjoying your family visit. Thanks for all you do.,  Susan, LA

2774 Jane-Capital One (8/20/2014 4:35:24 PM):  When I had suspicious fraudulent activity on my Capital One Visa Card, THEY called me. They were wonderful and I paid $0. I was very impressed with their customer service. Yes, the number on the back of the card is a 24-hour number. Good luck! ,  Lori Ohio

2779 lab results (8/20/2014 5:07:27 PM):  got my doctor to order labs today, these came out high, alt/sgpt, bun, monocyte percent and alkaline phosphatase. should I be concerned? we get instant results through a patient portal.,  sickee......

2784 Ebola -- CA: (8/20/2014 5:37:07 PM):  Just heard on the 5:00 news that there "may" be a case of Ebola in NorCal -- apparently in a Sacramento area hospital. The (medical) talking heads are saying that CA has "procedures in place" (whatever that means) to isolate the "case" with no worries about contagion....,  Jane, CA

2795 Anniversary (8/20/2014 6:29:41 PM):  I can't believe that we've been married 37 years! We went out to dinner last night since we both had to work today. It's always a crazy time of year now since school seems to start earlier and earlier. This year, first day of school for teachers, August 18th, Anniversary on the 20th, and my birthday on the 25th -- kids start back on the 27th.,  Joanne VT

2805 Update on my husband (8/20/2014 7:34:31 PM):  In February my husband fell on the ice and hit his head. He suffered severe head trauma. He spent 3 months in the hospital. In July he had 2 seizures and he started to decline. Today he was admitted to a nursing home. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do.,  Barbara,IN

2833 Positive-Thomas Edison (8/21/2014 4:58:16 AM):  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison This reminds me of the story of Milton Hershey. He failed several times before succeeded. Have a GREAT Thursday, everyone! ,  Sharon B., VA

2837 Smart Ones- Rewards (8/21/2014 5:12:34 AM):  CB in OH mentioned a rewards program for Smart Ones, here is what I found: "Weight Watchers Smart Ones - "Smart Rewards Loyalty Program" begins 8/1/14 Got an e-mail regarding this new program which begins today (8/1/14) "Receive a $10 Visa® Reward Card* when you purchase 30 Smart Ones® products — now through November 14, 2014! How To Participate: Shop Purchase a total of 30 of your favorite Smart Ones® products at a participating retailer. (Can be in multiple trips.) Highlight the items on the receipt with a star or check. Snap Snap a clear photo of your receipt, showing your Smart Ones® purchases, using your smartphone. Send Text "SMARTREWARDS" to 811811** for submission instructions, upload above or email your photo to submit@smartonesrewards.com. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Register Once you submit your photos, you will receive an automatic confirmation and request to complete a registration form. If you do not receive a confirmation or offer code, please click the Check Rewards Status button at the top of this page. **Valid from August 1, 2014 – November 14, 2014; Terms apply. Void where prohibited. Full Terms and Conditions can be found at http://snipp.us/!bVJ. By texting SMARTONES to 811811 you consent to receive up to 10 automated text messages to the number you provided from Snipp Interactive on behalf of H.J. Heinz Company, L.P.. Your consent to the above is not required to make a purchase. Text Msg & Data Rates May Apply" http://www.smartonesrewards.com/d/Default.aspx",  Sharon B., VA

2839 Fox news (8/21/2014 5:22:53 AM):  Thank goodness for there coverage, as that is the only place you will find out the truth about what went on in Ferguson. The coverage has been spot on. The governers report was way off base and did nothing to stop the riots but inforce them. And if anyone wants to stand up for the police they are forced out of the area. The protesters only want those that are backing the trouble maker. Nothing like all being one sided. I really feel sorry for the policeman, as he will not get a fair trial if it goes to that. Mike was wrong and the police was in the right. If Mike had not been looking for trouble all of this never would have happened. The Police was NOT looking to make trouble.,  Fox news, Get the truth.

2844 Stouffers Loyalty Program (8/21/2014 5:58:31 AM):  There has been discussion here about Smart Ones & Lean Cuisine. Someone said Lean Cuisine was ending it's Loyalty program in December. I thought it was Stouffers frozen entrees that was ending its Loyalty program this December. And not Lean Cuisine.,  Virginia Ann S VA

2847 News reporting (8/21/2014 6:18:27 AM):  All this uproar over Ferguson - the media is manupulating everything just like they did with the Zimmerman case in FL - took almost 2 weeks before they showed you Zimmerman's head injuries - now the Ferguson officer has orbital fractures which means someone punched him in the face. I want to know if there is blood INSIDE the police car and who's is it? The news media has become a total laugh....look at how they turn Obama's numbers around!!! Look at how they turn unemployment numbers around! Wish there were someway to restrain them from making up stuff,  Joanie in NJ

2851 Google Researcher (8/21/2014 6:41:27 AM):  I'm starting my day thinking bright thoughts and wishing you and your husband a very happy 43rd wedding anniversary. May you do whatever makes you happy in the best of health and good spirit. I hope this next year is a good one for you two, and all your family. You're due and you've earned it! ,  Marion, CA

2853 7Zip (8/21/2014 6:54:50 AM):  I tell and tell my family to not download ANYTHING without checking with me first. Grown son was looking for something so he could download the pictures from his dad's old dumb phone to the computer and its so old it looks like there is way to do it. Then he found 7ip and thought that would do. So he downloaded it, not checking the myriad of other things that came with it, foolishly believing that and only that would would be installed. Its been a nightmare of popups and warnings from 7Zip and all its other malware ever since. Its impossible to uninstall (no surprise there). Any suggestions? I see sites on the internet that say they can tell you how to get rid of it but I don't trust anything and how do I know my efforts to get rid of it wont trigger something else from it? I am about to take it to the shop and make my son pay for the removal. Every time I type something on CC or OTCC an ad pops up over it and there is no way to get rid of it. I have to wait until its over,  mad mom

2859 Printer problems (8/21/2014 8:34:02 AM):  I'm having a quirky problem with my printer & I don't know where the problem originates. My printer is an HP Deskjet 6980 series. I can print from some Websites like Betty Crocker. But I cannot print documents, etc. from other Websites. I will have my printer on, paper loaded, issue print command. And 5 minutes later, no printing is occurring! I went into my printers & saw something very confusing to me. My HP Deskjet 6980 series printer was listed twice. The first listing said "offline". When I right clicked on that listing screen message said "Printer Status:Offline." The 2nd listing for HP Deskjet 6980 series said "Copy 1" It was listed as Default Printer. When I right clicked on that listing, screen message said "Printer Status:Ready". How do i fix this problem so I can print from all online sources? I have Vista OS & Chrome browser. I wanted to print out the new forms Michele has listed. But my printer refuses to hear print command!,  Virginia Ann S VA

2861 Tragic accident, blame??? (8/21/2014 8:36:32 AM):  A two-year-old girl was killed by a hit and run driver in San Francisco last week. At 10:30 at night, the child's aunt was crossing a very busy downtown street after a movie. The family is demanding that the driver turn himself in. Yesterday, police arrested the aunt on felony child endangerment. Surveillance video shows that the aunt left the tyke in the crosswalk, which (confusingly to drivers) is in the middle of the block, against the light! The light was green for traffic on a fairly high speed street (Mission St). The aunt did so while walking back to the curb to get the tyke's twin brother, leaving the girl unattended. There's a good chance the driver never saw the tiny girl, or even realized he hit a human being. The sister of the woman arrested is saying the police need to go after the driver, not her sister. Of course the police are searching for the driver, but the main fault lies with the aunt, for causing a deadly situation. How can someone be so ignorant?,  Grace Basham, CA

2870 Google Researcher (8/21/2014 9:33:07 AM):  Happy anniversary to you & Mr. Google Researcher!,  someone you helped many times

2877 Background check help needed (8/21/2014 10:38:25 AM):  I’m going to be a landlord for the first time and need help with conducting background checks on potential tenants. Advice on how/where to check credit and criminal background will be greatly appreciated! Hopefully, I’ll only need to screen a few people before finding the right tenants. TIA for any help!,  Heather in PA

2885 Prayers Please (8/21/2014 11:56:29 AM):  My 86 year old Dad was admitted to the hospital last night diagnosed with having suffered a heart attack. Turns out he has major heart blockage and needs triple bypass surgery. The elected to wait until tomorrow, possibly early Saturday morning because he took his blood thinner meds before being admitted. He is the kindest, most patient man I have ever known and so full of wisdom. I would appreciate it if all of you wonderful people would lift him up in prayer. Hugs to all, ,  Susan TX

2889 kmart/sears (8/21/2014 12:20:21 PM):  I went to the KMart that is closing yesterday. I bought a couple of mini bar clamps and found out why they were still there when my husband pointed out the pads were missing. All sales final. Outside of trying to fashion new pads I don't know what next. I was thinking of trying to return them to Sears since those are Craftsmen I have been looking online for the pads but no luck so far. Any suggestions? I have not heard the end of it so far from husband and son,  goofed

2894 Excel 2010 and 2013 (8/21/2014 12:55:20 PM):  Are there significant (or just minor) differences between the Excel 2010 software and the Excel 2013 software? TIA,  Alice

2898 Recovering from kidney cancer (8/21/2014 1:28:38 PM):  I've had my right kidney totally removed and 3 cancer spots removed from the left. I would like 2 things. Advice on how to medically recover from the surgery(I was cut straight down the front)and suggestions of how to start preparing for Christmas. Things will be tight with these new bills and I am out of work for now. The Dr. mentioned 3 months for my body to recover and I may still have to see an oncologist later.,  D. Maness in SC

2900 Swagbucks Code (8/21/2014 1:35:41 PM):  LetsAllShop before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

2902 Go Fund Me site (8/21/2014 1:52:57 PM):  In case anyone is interested, someone started a thread for Officer Wilson 3 days ago at the go fund me site. Around here we figure the officer will need plenty of money to get himself a VERY good lawyer. If nothing else, he is going to need funds to probably move and reestablish himself and family as it would probably be very detrimental to his health for him to stay where he is. It's interesting, in 3 days over $147,000 has been raised. As always....,  Marian/MO

2919 Faye-Camera's (8/21/2014 3:09:53 PM):  -You mentioned cameras everywhere you go and I agree with you. Now, at my doctors office and dentist they are asking to take your photograph. When I went into the ortho doc's office yesterday. I was a new patient. I handed the girl my insurance card and VA drivers license which has my picture on it. She said, I need to take your picture- look at the green light-I said, whoa, why do you need my picture, she said it was for identification. I looked at her and told her that's why she just ran my drivers license through the scanner on her desk. She said, well, I need to take your picture anyway and I told her no, you do not have my permission-You have all of the identification you need- She then told me that they wouldn't see me if I didn't allow it and I told her (with a straight face) in a hushed voice "I'm in the witness protection program and you are not taking my picture" She backed off and yes, I saw the doctor. I guess she got the joke when she saw me laughing as I sat back down in the lobby. ,  Sharon B., VA

2925 Sickie (Bumping Up) (8/21/2014 3:15:23 PM):  Did you get the translation on the lab results today?,  Sharon B., VA

2927 Traveling from Michigan to Buffalo, NY - Labor Day (8/21/2014 3:23:55 PM):  We will be traveling from Michigan to Buffalo, NY during Labor Day weekend (leaving Friday evening and coming home on Labor Day). What kind of delays can we expect at the Blue Water Bridge and the Peace Bridge? Is there a website that we can check for updated delays while we are on the road? Is there a best time for traveling to reduce our wait at the bridges? Any tips would be helpful. Thanks in advance for any input!,  Traveler, MI

2930 Officer Wilson (8/21/2014 3:50:44 PM):  Our illustrious [said snidely] governor Nixon opened his mouth and stated that "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued". Really? What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? I know who will NOT be getting my vote come election!

Here is the link for the go fund me site for Officer Wilson. http://www.gofundme.com/SupportOfficerWilson Sorry, don't know how to hyperlink, maybe GR you can help? By the way, it is now up to $157,631 !! As always....,  Marian/MO

2932 Ferguson, MO (8/21/2014 3:55:15 PM):  Sharpton, Jackson, and Holder are all there. Isn't that an infringement on the Three Stooges trademark? Just wondering....,  Bob, PA

2937 Financial Help Cancer Treatments (8/21/2014 5:01:55 PM):  I am trying to help a relative who lives in NC who was recently diagnosed with skin cancer and must have 20 radiation treatments 5 days per week for 4 weeks and pay $45 upfront per treatment is there some type of financial help with paying for these treatments They are elderly have a fixed income (ss about $1200.00 a month ) and have medicare and humana prescription coverage it is my understanding they must pay 20% after insurance pays 80% the $45 each day is separate from the 20/80 charges and doctor copay for visits and they have met their yearly deductible ,  Debby NC

2947 Sandy, MO (8/21/2014 6:17:18 PM):  Are you done eating the "clean out the pantry" meals? We are working on that now... UGG!!! Did you get/take the job? What was it? ,  Shelby, Iowa

2948 Happy news for a change: (8/21/2014 6:17:37 PM):  Over the last week, I've enormously enjoyed hearing about M'onet Davis, the girl pitcher on the Philly Little League team who pitched a shut-out and is still smoking the competition. She even made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first Little Leaguer to do so! She reminds me of the achievements of Bob's kids and grandkids -- good for her!,  Jane, CA

2950 Ferguson (8/21/2014 6:32:24 PM):  While I do read the newspaper daily, I don't watch the news on tv and every time I see the posts titled Ferguson, here's what pops into my mind first : Craig Ferguson of the Late Late Show. We got tickets to be in the audience! We always thought we had plenty of time to go to one of his shows, like everyone else, right? Then he announced that this was his last year. We had booked a cruise for November/December that embarks from CA to 4 HI islands and back to CA (we're in NV). I was able to apply for and GET 2 tix for his show, on the day of our disembarkation! So we'll disembark, head for our hotel, then get in line to see 2 shows, live, as they are being taped. Then, the next day, we drive home to NV. I think DH is almost more excited to see Craig, than he is about our cruise :) I also want to say thanks to Marian, MO, for the gofundme info for Officer Wilson. DH and I are both retired law enforcement and we know there is always "the rest of the story"...,  Sheila L, NV

2952 After 43 years.... (8/21/2014 6:52:20 PM):  he can still make me laugh! DH called me earlier to see how things were going. He went with his sister to check on cemetery business and then they went to Grand Forks for some other business. They were in a store and the salesman wanted to know if she wanted to look at the rings closer. My DH said, "She's not my wife..you can sell her anything you want to!" Then DH said, "She's my sister." The salesman said, "I thought she was your daughter!!!",  Google Researcher

2957 Julie in Mass (8/21/2014 7:27:38 PM):  How is your sister, Pam? I have been thinking about you both.And praying for her recovery.,  Sue P., CT

2959 Wifi (8/21/2014 8:58:52 PM):  ok I am a big dummy! I reset my ipad not even thinking of my passwords for wifi. Now I can't remember my passwords to reset my wifi. I looked on google but makes no sense or they show icon that for life of me I cant seem to find on my screen. Please in baby steps and I do so appreciate.,  Vicki, VA.

2966 RV Travels- Part 1 (8/22/2014 2:01:57 AM):  I laughed when I saw Michele's update mention my name and expert for Go RVing... because this past week has been a perfect example of what can go wrong will go wrong! We enjoyed the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) Convention/Rally in Redmond OR. I'm on the Governing Board (along with 220 others) and we had the shortest meeting I've ever attended: only 6 hours! A few years ago it was 13.5 hours and we had to return the next day to finish elections which added a few more hours! There were about 1550 motorhomes, about 1485 attending were members and the others were new motorhomes on display for sale. We looked at one…. The only thing I didn’t like about it: it had a fireplace! Cutesy- but I need every bit of space I can have for storage! Our tower electric space heater takes up less room! I think our motorhome must have felt some vibes that we might move into something else! Because after we left this Rally, we developed some major problems! Just like GR said: it could always be worse… well: sure enough things did get worse! One of the seminars I attended (we always learn something) mentioned when we drive the RV it has similar effects of being in an earthquake.... especially with some of the roads we've driven on! Keep this in mind as I’m sure it added to our problems. And just like any homeowner, we have things go wrong in the living area of the RV. And the same is true for owning a vehicle- ours just happens to be two-fer, all in one! At least we only need to get an oil change once per year… but it costs the same as getting a car oil change four times in a year! To be continued...,  Pat, Traveling the USA

2989 Jay Nixon/political aspirations (8/22/2014 7:51:27 AM):  I don't think Nixon will run again as governor but, according to the Wall Street Journal, Nixon has apparently set his goals for a higher office. President? Senate? Not sure. I do know that the Lt.Governor, Peter Kinder, was very verbal against what Nixon said and I agree with Kinder. I also know that Claire McCaskill [democrat senator in MO] went to Ferguson, attended church there and was photographed hugging a protester. Was it for political reasons? Probably.

I don't play with politics that much, when I decide who I want to vote for then I check it out. All I know for sure is I will NEVER vote for Nixon for anything ever again. As always.....,  Marian/MO

2995 Auto Correct (8/22/2014 9:26:51 AM):  I see posts where I know auto correct has changed a word from what it is intended to something that can be funny and we get a good chuckle or you're horrified when you read what you sent. Not picking anyone's posts apart. I'm am curious, how come people don't reread their posts/texts and make sure it says what it should before hitting send? I go back and read a text before I hit send. I want to make sure it says what I wrote. I know we're all busy but 10-20 seconds to read before it's sent, makes sure you won't turn 10 shades of red. ,  Melody, WA

2998 Today is (8/22/2014 10:03:13 AM):  a GREAT day! ,  Sharon B., VA

2999 eRewards (8/22/2014 10:11:02 AM):  Does anyone do these? I keep getting notice to do these, but would like to know if anyone does these and is it worth your time?,  Lynn

3003 Need internet help - Bob or Melody (8/22/2014 10:56:22 AM):  We purchased a smart tv and whenever we watch a streaming movie I cannot use the laptop to run SBTV or my iPad to run a SB app or the movies stops numerous times and buffers. I thought I would call my internet provider but in looking at my bundled bill, it doesn't appear I am paying for internet. HMMMM! So, I am wondering if there is anything else I can do from my end to remedy this problem? Would replacing my Actiontec wireless router help? We have had it for more than 5 years. (And yes, we unplug it at least every 2 weeks per your recommendation Melody). My friend runs a PS4, smart tv (movie), laptops, and phones running video apps without problems! I can't! Can you help me?,  Computer Illiterate

3006 Tipping (8/22/2014 11:38:45 AM):  I live in a state when servers must be paid at least the minimum wage. Yet, the servers seem to still expect a tip on top of that. Anyone here know why? They must make out really well from out-of-state people that assume they only make $2.33 an hour.,  Confused about this

3007 DH got a surprise...... (8/22/2014 11:50:15 AM):  other than having a salesman assume his sister was his daughter! She had him on a tight rein most of the day yesterday. She was afraid he would get away from her and she had been planning a SURPRISE birthday party for him! His sister and BIL were taking him to dinner for his birthday. They went to Grand Forks to a Mexican Restaurant and the hostess said to go to the back. They get back and tables all set up with about 20 of his family members all seated around the table! He was really surprised! They got him good!!!,  Google Researcher

3008 Funny Picture of Woman (8/22/2014 11:57:47 AM):  Years ago a car salesman came to my window at the auto license department for me to type up his papers. He came in all the time. He asked if I wanted to see a picture of his girlfriend. He showed me a picture of an "ugly" woman. I was from a joke shop. It was a pic that was photo chopped (?) with every bad facial feature you could imagine. She had a large Adams apple; large forehead, crooked nose, etc. Has anyone every seen one of these? Anyway, seeing the picture catches one off guard and you want to be nice and try not to laugh. This was in the early 70's.,  Janice/Ok

3009 Vacation - Cabin Rental (8/22/2014 12:35:30 PM):  I am looking for a deal on a cabin in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge area. I would like to arrive on September 10 and depart on the 14th. I would like a 2 bedroom cabin. Does anyone have any suggestions? ,  Donna - KY

3021 Recall Notice (8/22/2014 2:12:51 PM):  SolarWorld recalls Solar Systems with copper grounding lugs due to electrocution, electric shock or fire hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/SolarWorld-Recalls-Solar-Systems-with-Copper-Grounding-Lugs/Google Researcher

3022 Home safe (8/22/2014 2:21:13 PM):  I went on our 6th annual gal getaway. About three hours from our home to south Haven Michigan, on Lake Michigan. I drove our van so 6 of us gals in one van. (don't know how we packed us and all the gear but we did) We had to drive through a flood and sideways rain and winds, tree limbs down etc on the way in. The power was out but came back on within the hour. We had a great few days. A little more than half way home the van started losing power and didn't seem to be changing gears. The speedometer wasn't working, the ABS and Reg brake light came on. We managed to limp to the nearest exit safely. I called AAA and called my husband. AAA came and got the van to take back to our mechanic. (lucky we have free tow for 100 miles and we were 90 miles away) My husband came in our other van to pick up us gals. We were able to sit in the truck stop and eat and wait for him to come. Van is already fixed and all is well. Something caught or rubbed a cable that connects the speedometer to the drive shaft so the car couldn't figure out it's speed or gear. (120.00) But We are all home safe and sound. We didn't get into an accident and other than a delay everything is fine. So feeling thankful.,  Doreen,MI

3026 Support for Officer Wilson (8/22/2014 2:41:36 PM):  For those that are still interested, the original page at go fund me has maxed out with a total of $235.010. Amazing! They have teamed up with another [official] page at go fund me to continue to raise money. It will initially look like it is starting over until they can get the funds transferred to the new page. It is also an official charity so any money donated is tax deductible. The new site is: https://www.gofundme.com/OfficerWilsonFundraiser

In our local paper today[apparently coming out of a St.Louis paper] Eric Holder told all about his past with racial profiling. Okay, I know it has happened and will prob. still happen, but how did he think this will "calm" the situation?

And this apparently is part of the agenda, this trip also underscored the priority to the Obama admin. of civil rights in gen. and the Michael Brown case in particular. Wow, this is sooooo out of control...JMHO....As always.... ,  Marian/MO

3027 Crazy Weather (8/22/2014 2:42:07 PM):  My home county of Blackford County, IN had over 10 inches of rain in 7 hours last night. There is lots of flooding everywhere. Here we were 97 degrees at around 4 or so. It's HOT !!,  Susan, SC

3031 getting rid of odor?? (8/22/2014 3:14:08 PM):  Long story short--some friends gave us a king size mattress set which we needed. Got it all set up and it smells funky. How would you get rid of a smell in a mattress??? It looks clean (no stains, good condition). Any advice??,  Susan, SC

3032 GoFundMe (8/22/2014 3:15:59 PM):  I went to their looking for the policeman from Ferguson. I didn't find it, but I did look through some of the other entries looking for money. I made the mistake of looking at the animal ones - there are some seriously sad stories. I want to give them all money to save their little kitties! It's heartbreaking!,  Shanna, CA

3038 Susan, TX (8/22/2014 4:03:01 PM):  How is your father doing?,  Sharon B., VA

3046 Springfield, MO (8/22/2014 4:21:34 PM):  I am driving to and though Springfield, Mo this Sunday. I will take a friend out for lunch. Any deals or recommendations for a good restaurant. I have gone to Ryan's, but on Sunday, it might be expensive? Thanks,  Maggie, OK

3062 Lisa Update (8/22/2014 7:06:28 PM):  This is an update on Lisa, my co-worker who had the "routine" hiatal hernia repair and spent the following 60 days in the hospital, released for a wk or so and then back in again. She was discharged from her latest hospital stay. Another co-worker called her and said it seems like she may have depression (can't imagine that she wouldn't after all she's been through and still not well). Said she only responded in a monotone voice and only answered questions with one word answers. She finally said that she can't live like this. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.,  Susan, LA

3068 Patsy, AL / RVing (8/22/2014 8:37:57 PM):  I can't reply fast enough to you! I certainly hope your DH is a jack-of-all-trades handyman, mechanically inclined or great at solving a wide & different variety of challenges. DH & I are both second generation RVers and we've been RVing for over 30 years ourselves & still learning! JMHO: experience is the best education for RVing. FMCA and Good Sam have National rallies- that are filled with seminars about every RV aspect. My DH was not very mechanical- he was an accountant, but has learned so much out of necessity & because of the $$$ factor. My mom would always tell everyone who was considering RVing to rent one first. I continue with that advice. One friend didn't listen, bought a bigger/better and didn't like RVing. He didn't have his garden nor his garage for tinkering and ended up selling the RV in less than a year and took a great loss. We love our lifestyle and have had some major glitches. It's been almost 12 years since we sold our home and hit the road. There is so much to see & do in the USA...maybe someday we'll see you down the road!,  Pat, Traveling the USA

3069 ICE (8/22/2014 8:38:38 PM):  ICE reveals locations of convicted murderers it freed: http://www.cis.org/vaughan/town-near-you-ice-reveals-locations-convicted-murderers-it-freed Just because they were released there in 2013 doesn't mean they couldn't of moved elsewhere. Just a warm fuzzy feeling that they released these people here & didn't send them back from where ever they came.,  JMHO

3070 RV Travels- Part 2 (8/23/2014 12:55:25 AM):  The "down side" of RVing (especially Fulltime) is actually the same as living anywhere! Missing out on family events, Holidays, special occasions and impromptu gatherings is usually rated at the top of the list when you are no longer local. The plus side of spending Holidays away is that everyone else in the campground is feeling the same! I guess I'm mainly saying this for those that are snowbirds from colder climates that winter in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Arizona or California. What's odd is the population migration is often straight down, such as northeast area goes straight to Florida and Northwest to California. One thing DH & I agreed to when we started: we would not have a strict itinerary. We do make plans and reservations for campsites but decided we would be flexible. You never know when there might be an event or a point of interest nearby that you might just drive by and miss out. We once saw an example and signage for huge metal sculptures. These were like flat signs that you sometimes see at craft shows except instead of 8" x 10" they were like 80 feet x 100 feet! Another time we spotted several hot air balloons which led us to a weekend hot air balloon event! We have also seen people over the years become very stressed & agitated if they had a life hiccough that changed their itinerary. To be continued,  Pat, Traveling the USA

3072 Lynn (8/23/2014 2:36:02 AM):  $8 or $10 per hour as pretty decent money? That is well under federal poverty wages especially if you do not work 40 hours. And if you do work 40 hours a week then around 20k per year less taxes and other items taken out. I don't think that is pretty decent money for hard work.,  Susan, SC

3077 computer question?? (8/23/2014 5:35:42 AM):  What is the meaning of a cup or what looks like a clearplastic cup or bucket/thrash can in the upper left corner of my monitor ?? Never noticed it before and tried to click on it but nothing happens. Would appreciate any help. Thanks,  Cristina C. MS

3081 High School Football (8/23/2014 6:22:29 AM):  Our local high school team the Oscar Smith tigers is one of teams being televised by ESPN tonight. We are playing a team from Fla Booker T. Washington high school. If interested it will be on espnu starting at 9pm. You can see a small piece of my city and where I went to high school. This is just a espy exhibition game. Our schools here don't start until Sept 2. Go tigers! ,  Vicki, Va

3083 Ring in candle (8/23/2014 6:47:53 AM):  My sister gave me one of those candles with jewelry in it. Last night, I was blowing it out and saw a tiny bit of foil. I finally pulled it out an unraveled it. I got a silver ring with an emerald-colored stone. And it fits too!,  Mindy, MD

3084 Jane, CA (8/23/2014 6:54:24 AM):  Bumping this up from yesterday. I should have clarified why my sisters bf (sounds silly since they're both in their 50's) wouldn't be able to visit her in Boston. He's a stroke survivor and paralyzed on his ride side so can't drive anymore. They live 10 minutes from the hospital in Rhode Island so he's been able to take a taxi to visit her there. He would have no way to get to Boston easily to visit. No other reason, rest assured! Thank you for wanting to send another card! She is so impressed with the cards she's gotten from people on here, it has really lifted her spirits! Pam Tonsberg 70 Armington St Unit 4 Cranston, RI 02905 Thank you again, so very much! You are really putting a smile on her face!,  Julie in Mass

3090 Black Bear (8/23/2014 7:51:38 AM):  We saw a black bear out our window around 6 pm yesterday. It stayed around for about 15 minutes. Got some pictures as it was leaving from inside the house. Love to see deer, turkeys, squirrels, ringnecks, eagles and such. Enjoyed seeing the black bear but I don't want to see it when I'm in the garden or picking berries or going down our long drive to get the paper or mail. I was talking loudly to myself this morning when I went out to burn trash. We figure he was at least 300 lb. We had heard a few days before that a bear had been seen around the area.,  Jackie A., PA

3091 Need ideas for Sr. year (8/23/2014 8:02:28 AM):  My twins are seniors this year!!!! How did happen? I am looking for ideas to make this a meaningful year, ideas for things do make / do to make this year special, something to make / plan to give them upon graduation or their 1st day at college. Anyone have ideas for me? Anything you wish you had done for your senior? Thanks.,  Susan near Houston

3095 Scope deal (8/23/2014 8:16:00 AM):  In your Scope deal for week of 8/31, you said the $1 coupon expires on 8/31. Thecouponclipper.com has a $1 coupon that expires 9/30. Will it work? Scope RINSE on ONE, 500mL or larger, excludes trial/travel sizes, coupon states "Limit of 4 like coupons per household per day" ,  Patsy McManus, La

3097 Hospital Visits/Jane (8/23/2014 8:35:45 AM):  Jane -- I agree with your post about hospital visitors. It really should be up to the patient who he/she wants to have visit them. When I was in the hospital 2 years ago, I wanted only to see my husband and a couple of friends. Fortunately, the nursing staff understood and helped to "get rid" of a few other visitors. (My inlaws actually had a loud argument in my hospital room over the candy that my coworkers had brought me earlier that day and then were upset when they were asked to leave. My husband finally just told his parents NOT to visit me.) In the late 1960's, I also remember sneaking in to see my sister in the hospital when I was just under 12. She was 11 and was hospitalized for several months due to severe burns on her leg. ,  Joanne VT

3103 Printer question (8/23/2014 9:07:31 AM):  I have an HP4400 printer. I used it Monday with no problem. Go to use it last night and it is offline. No one else uses it. How do I get it back online to print?? Thank you for your time.,  Printer Help!!

3104 Top Load Washing Machine (8/23/2014 9:28:26 AM):  My front load washing machine went up in smoke Thursday evening after only 4 years of service. Very disappointing experience with the front loaders and going back to a top loader with an agitator. Anybody care to comment on recent purchases. Likes and/or dislikes/ ,  Nancy, PA

3107 Swagbucks Code (8/23/2014 9:42:40 AM):  FlyAKite before 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT for 2 SB!,  Melody, WA

3120 Tipping (8/23/2014 11:02:32 AM):  Scenario: Fancy restaurant with expensive prices. For example, a glass of wine was $17. Bill was $650 including 10% tax. This was for 4 people. 2 hours dinner duration. 20% tip based on $650 is $130.00. Question is... Is there ever a max amount you would tip?,  Wondering

3130 Dorian Johnson (8/23/2014 12:42:20 PM):  Heard that the key witness in the Mike Brown case. He was with Mike and has a record of stealing. And in 2011 was arrested and gave false name information. And resisted the arrest. So the key witness has a record since 2011. What kind of truth will they get from him? Not a good key witness.,  Key Witness.

3139 RedBox Rhant (8/23/2014 1:16:19 PM):  While we enjoy reserving DVD rentals online at RedBox.com Picking them up or returning them can be extremely time consuming or impossible at times Several groups of 2-5 adults and children stand at the machine deciding on which movies to rent for 15 minutes or more per group I have had people walk up and ask to go infront of me ( hello?) Other times the redbox machine will not except returns I thought maybe it was full and could not except more returns but saw others rent several dvd's but no one could return any I reported this by calling the toll free number manytimes I am on long holds 15 to 20 minutes then told to take dvd to another redbox which is 15 minutes away .... to me this makes no sense and aggravating renting at redbox is supposed to be convenience and saving money redbox does give me a credit code for the problem but waiting for an hour to return and waiting on long holds is beyond my patience anymore I wish the machines had 2 sides 1- return and another to rent from for those who do not reserve online and something to tell customers maybe a big Blinking light :-) full can not except returns Just an idea Love to hear if this happens at other locations ???? ,  Debra A, NC

3153 Paying it forward (8/23/2014 2:16:55 PM):  What am I missing here? I just don't get why PIF is done, atleast in this situation. The other day in FL for 10 hours, there was a 457 car PIF. First person in line that day got a free drink from Starbucks. They said they would then pay for the person behind them. That person paid for the car behind them. I don't get it. Some people paid less than their drink, same as their drink or more than their drink. Car 458 said no, she would not pay for the person behind her (woman was reading the order off a piece of paper). It could of been 1 drink, I am not a coffee drinker so if I pick 1 up for my DD, I always have to write down what to say. I am amazed that Starbucks has 45 cars an hour average through their drive-thru window. I have no issue with PIF, I have bought lunch for a military guy a couple times, gave a few dollars to a mom short on cash for total at check-out, but other than a "news story" this just seems silly to me. If I were in that line, more than likely I would of said no thanks, I will pay for mine, pass it to the car behind me.,  what am I missing?

3161 cats scratching (8/23/2014 3:20:06 PM):  My DD lost her job in May and moved in with us with her three cats. They are house cats and now have itchy sores on their heads -she took their collars off today and Abby had a sore under it. We re looking for help on this. I know many of you have cats. Since her funds are limited we hope there is some thing we can do at home without the vet.,  Elaine, MO

3164 Fergueson/ Wilson/ Brown (8/23/2014 3:57:31 PM):  Excuse me, but can you please post about something different for a change? This story has been posted for two weeks now and regardless of who is innocent or guilty I'm getting tired of reading it.,  DM

3169 birds hitting windows (8/23/2014 4:37:47 PM):  Lately birds have been flying into our living room window and now the slider in the dining room. I am looking for a way to deter them (which is nice looking) before I buy new windows - any suggestions? Or, has anyone bought a window that has something that would deter them built in? The living room window has been replaced three times since the seals keep breaking (I am guessing due to bird collisions).,  Heather, NV

3171 Dry Erase Eraser? Good on Car Windows? (8/23/2014 5:04:34 PM):  I read somewhere that a dry erase marker eraser works great on the inside of your windshield to get gunk off the windows. Has anyone tried this? Any testimonials on how it works (good or bad)? I see there is one on sale for $1 tomorrow at Office Max/ Office Depot - thinking that's a great price if it works.,  Foggy windows

3182 cat accidents (8/23/2014 6:12:32 PM):  My daughter's cat have reeked havoc he decided that my dooney and Bourke were a litter box. Any suggestions to get the smell out,  Kathy jo ma

3197 high b/p (8/23/2014 7:48:37 PM):  I just don't feel good. In Oct. I had an aortic dissection' Been doing real well. Now have high b/p with rapid heartbeat. Went to my Dr. at the cardiology clinic Mon. The EKG showed my heart was strong. Did alot of blood work which came back normal. Now have some cough which concerns me. Dr. took me off Lasix as said I was dehyrated. Can some of you help me. I need some advice on what to do & how to feel better.,  Ruth, Mo

3200 Wouldn't you be mad? (8/23/2014 8:50:28 PM):  I decided to buy an IPad Mini, on sale for $199, for a granddaughter. Since it was out of stock in her state, I sent her the money, including tax, and she told me a location in a nearby town had it. She sounded excited. Today, she tells me that she decided it was better to put that money toward fixing her laptop. They are two different items, and I am annoyed. Would you agree? She never mentioned the laptop repair before, either.,  Grandma

3204 Tipping bartenders (8/23/2014 11:13:23 PM):  We had recent posts regarding the wages for waitressing being below the minimum as well as tips. Are bartenders paid less than the minimum wage from their employers. Do bartenders get better tips than waitresses do?,  Just asking

3214 foot pain (8/24/2014 5:04:10 AM):  I was hoping someone could help. I had heel pain after exercise 3 months ago and still have it. Decided to see podiatrist. He said pain was from plantar fasciatis not from heel spur even though x-ray showed small heel spur. He gave me inserts that cover my heel and arch. They have made things worse. Now I have arch pain as well. Not sure what to do. He said he could make full inserts. The only reason I went to him was because I have trip of lifetime Alaskan cruise this week. He did cut out my ingrown toenail and that is better. but now I have heel pain and arch pain. Not sure if I should continue to get used to the inserts, go back to heel cups which helped or try something new. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I leave on Thursday.,  Linda, Oh

3219 Labor Day (8/24/2014 6:07:21 AM):  I can tell its just around the corner because school supplies are being moved to make way for fall/Halloween items. School just started here on the 8th. I find it interesting that the fall decorations at Rite Aid 50% off and they were just put out,  me

3239 Earthquake (8/24/2014 11:24:19 AM):  We had a pretty big one in the middle of the night (3:20am) - I hope everyone in Nor Cal is doing ok. Biggest one since our '89 Loma Prieta quake. ,  Shanna, CA

3240 Question (8/24/2014 11:33:46 AM):  Has anyone used the new ceramic knives? Are they worth buying?,  Geri P - WI

3242 anyone try or have TrustConnect VPN? (8/24/2014 11:38:47 AM):  After a little research online, I found that for traveling purposes when on public Wi-fi using a VPN service is an interesting option. I came across COMODO's TrustConnect VPN service. They have a monthly option for less than $10 a month. Did anyone ever use this? Any feedback on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. ,  arlene FL

3244 california (8/24/2014 12:38:59 PM):  I have friends in Northridge. I don't know if the earthquake affected them or was even near them. Anyone know?,  concerned

3249 College Aged Children (8/24/2014 1:30:28 PM):  Curious as to how other handle/have handled this. Daughter just graduated from High School. Is going to a Jr. College & living at home. We are trying to teach her to be self-sufficient & self-supporting. With the help of grants & scholarships etc., is paying her own way through college. For others in a similar situation what do you pay or don't pay for as far as day to day living etc.?,  Momma

3262 Power Grilling (8/24/2014 3:10:13 PM):  I have a busy week ahead of me, so I decided to grill: Tuna Steaks, Salmon Steaks, Salmon Burgers and Crab Cakes. The crab cakes I actually put in a cast iron skilled and took the grate off -I put the cast iron skilled on the coals. Everything else had already cooked, so the coals weren't red hot. I closed the lid and they got that nice mesquite smoky flavor to them. It will be easy this week to open jars of veggies and add a tossed salad to the seafood for healthy meals.,  Sharon B., VA

3266 Swagbucks Code (8/24/2014 3:31:41 PM):  DoubleSBBack before 4pm PT/7pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

3268 Hunting (8/24/2014 3:41:39 PM):  Jackie, this is what I was talking about http://imgur.com/TmxXTwC It's used for hunting, but I like to get up in there and have quiet time. Here's another pic http://imgur.com/lhCgKsI You can see why I call it a port potty on stilts- Hubby wants to get another one so he can put it on a trailer and go wherever he wants on the property. Just shaking my head. LOL ,  Sharon B., VA

3274 crockpot sthattered (8/24/2014 4:42:11 PM):  Just got one of those new rectangle crockpot casserole cooker. Left it outside in pick up and when I went back outside to get it-the crock had shattered. Has anyone had this happen? I would have never thought this would happen-it is 100 out, but they are supposed to withstand heat.,  MO

3280 decluttering update (8/24/2014 6:07:40 PM):  Well I haven't had the internet for three days. That was interesting. Anyhow, after nearly 3 weeks of constant decluttering/downsizing things are looking pretty good at my house. This has been quite the process. I gave away 6 SUV loads of stuff. I sold a lot of stuff. I counted and I have 75 books to read. I cannot imagine having a library of 10,000. My hubby would love that. But the practical person in me says to pass those books on and let someone else enjoy them. I did finish one book so far. And I had read part of one awhile ago, started to read it again, and said to myself, why am I reading this junk? So I closed the book and donated it! It really excites me to have a goal to read all my books. I don't think many people have read ALL their books (not if they are a reader anyway. I usually read 40-50 books a year - I know many read much more.). My sewing room is one of the rooms that is going to be painted in a week or two, so I haven't fully moved into it. But everything is neatly stored in my storage room so I can access anything I want/need. I still have some minor things to do, like go through my linens and clean out a hall closet. Oh and declutter the kitchen (I'm not the cook in the family and I have cleaned the cabinets out within the past year anyway.) This process has been physically and emotionally tiring. You get to the point where you just want to give stuff away and not deal with it anymore! I am so glad to finally see some neat and clean rooms!,  Dianne in GA

3281 Jane CA (8/24/2014 6:11:28 PM):  You were asking about candles with the rings yesterday. I got an email today from Prize Candle where the have buy one get one free with the code BACK. Their regular price is $25, so BOGO just makes them reasonable as far as I'm concerned. I've gotten Diamond candles before, they're a bigger candle. HTH,  Diane J D, ME

3290 drinking and thankful (8/24/2014 8:30:00 PM):  I got a call at 1 AM this morning and since we have CallerID I knew it was the DD (20) and up at college. First thought was 'why??' (note: our DD usually goes to bed by 11 PM and doesn't go drinking). Turns out three of her roommates went to a party (with two cars). Wendy got really drunk and still tried to drive home (they took the keys away), they got her in the other car and drove her home. {long story - woke up other roommates, etc} Then Wendy opened her bedroom window and ran away (definitely not typical). DD wanted to know who to call. I suggested non-emergency Police. Well, the police didn't even want Wendy's description (Wendy didn't have any ID or phone on her) or anything (like DH said they probably get 100s of calls like this since college starts tomorrow). DD and all the 'non-drunk friends' (guys and girls) split up and started walking around the neighborhood trying to find her (one stayed at the apartment in case Wendy came back). Turns out a nice guy found her walking down a street (a long way away) and Wendy was able to say where she lived so he brought her home! Wendy wasn't happy when everyone came back to the apartment to make sure she was OK, but finally fell asleep on the couch. Like DD and I believe God was watching over her since that situation could have turned out really bad. It will be interesting to hear what Wendy thinks about all this in a few days. (Last fall Wendy got drunk at a party and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She is still trying to pay off that bill.) ,  Heather, NV

3291 Question for LE officers: (8/24/2014 9:19:28 PM):  I know we have a number of people here who are or have been law enforcement officers. I have what might sound like a silly question, but it's a serious question to me and one that's been bothering me for 30+ years. I would (respectfully) expect that you might choose not to sign your response this time, even if you otherwise would do so. We all know about "cop speak" -- "vehicle" instead of "car" or "truck", "responded" instead of "went to", "exited his vehicle" instead of "got out of his car", Institution" or "facility" instead of "prison" or "jail", and so on. (In the last few years a new one's been introduced and it bugs me to pieces -- "on-viewed" instead of "saw". That's like fingernails on a blackboard to me and I'd love to get my hands around the throat of the person who started it!) That word, "person", though, is what my question involves. No LE officer I've ever met, whether that officer's with a police or sheriff's department or with the Dept. of Corrections, ever uses the word "person". It's always, always "individual". I don't understand why. What's wrong with "person"? I'm sure "individual" is a learned term, probably picked up at the academy and, by the time someone's been in LE for 6 months or less, it's second nature. Some of my colleagues think it's a way to (not the right word, but it'll have to do because the right word's been eluding me for the last 45 minutes, ever since I started thinking about posting this question) "dehumanize" people and to take as much emotion out of the job as possible. I understand writing (in a report) or testifying, "I contacted the suspect/subject.....". But I don't understand writing, "I contacted Witness Jones who stated he saw an individual leaving the 7-11 as Jones was entering". As I said, "dehumanize" isn't the right word and I certainly don't mean it to sound insulting, so please don't take it in the wrong way. I'm not trying to be argumentative; I'm just asking a question that, as I said, been's bothering me for over three decades. You'd think I'd remember to ask an officer when I see one but, somehow, it's never the right time (like when I'm in the middle of cross-examination, lol), or there isn't time for a "philosophical discussion", so I thought I'd ask here. TIA,,  Jane, CA

3307 Positive-Monday (8/25/2014 5:41:21 AM):  I'm off for Hampton Roads- this is a six hour round trip, but I'm thankful that I have a dependable vehicle and that I am healthy enough to do the work that needs to be done. I hope everyone here has an AWESOME Monday!,  Sharon B., VA

3308 Divorce (8/25/2014 5:42:59 AM):  You're on my mind this morning and in my prayers. How was your week last week? Has Gloria returned home? How are you? ((((Hugs))))),  Sharon B., VA

3309 Susan TX-Dad (8/25/2014 5:43:38 AM):  How did your dad make out with his heart surgery? He's in my prayers.,  Sharon B., VA

3316 Shooting at Fort Lee (8/25/2014 7:53:07 AM):  they some kind of active shooting going on at Fort Lee Military base in VA. No other details at this time. facility is in a lock down mode.,  Doreen,MI

3322 Good deal of the Day (8/25/2014 9:18:06 AM):  Let me start by saying I Never Win Anything. Well last Wednesday I get an email saying I won a years supply of salad in a bag from Earthbound Farms and Albertsons. Go me. Well I guess I have no excuse not to eat salad every week now. Maybe I need to start entering more contests. Just wanted to share I'm excited to get my free coupons ,  Lynda/SFL

3325 yellow squash (8/25/2014 9:27:19 AM):  Got a yellow squash from grand-daughter's garden and need help on how to cook it. Never had it so I am clueless. Would like a quick easy method. Thanks,  Sharon,Oh

3327 New used car (8/25/2014 10:54:21 AM):  I'm hoping to buy a 2010 to 2013 car in the near future. I'm thinking of a Honda Accord, Kia Soul, or Subaru Forester, (or?). Anyone have one of these? What do you think? I need good visibility, easy access, (med problems), and traction control (I live in a rural area.) Thanks for your help!,  Marcia, MO

3336 Vacuum cleaners (8/25/2014 1:14:05 PM):  My 25 yr old Kirby has bitten the dust. Looking at new options. Thinking about a Dyson Animal Or Animal Complete. Would like any reviews or recommendations. Open to all new possibilities.,  Ksy

3337 FOY Code (8/25/2014 1:21:08 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 193ctr2pz worth 21 Hulk Coins for use by 1user ,  Vicki, Va

3342 Freezer meals (8/25/2014 1:44:47 PM):  Has anyone on here ever done the freezer meals in bulk and if so, was it worth the days prep time and effort. So many look good from some different web sites but I hesitate to put the effort into them if they don't hold up well or aren't tasty. Opinions please!! Have a great Monday!,  Jan, IA

3352 Shoebox Shopper Alert (8/25/2014 2:26:50 PM):  Toys R Us has Crayola Crayons (24 count) for .25 each. Limit 8. (I think Crayola is the best.),  Sharon in Hot MI

3353 seeing little bright green bead-like things (8/25/2014 2:48:30 PM):  on MULCH ? I'm wondering if anyone knows what these TINY BRIGHT Green BEAD-like things are that are on the mulch outside ? It's actually right where the downspout for the rain off the roof ends up. So this isn't a vegetable gardening question, as there is only leaf-like plants nearby - I'm thinking it has to do with ANTS : 0 ( as I saw this near an ant mound somewhere else on the mulch. Any input on this is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance.,  arlene FL

3366 Las Vegas / Laughlin in December (8/25/2014 5:52:27 PM):  We will be visiting the area of Las Vegas/Laughlin, NV around Christmas time. Can anyone tell me what the weather is typically like that time of year? We would also like to visit the Grand Canyon while we are there. I understand the weather will be cold in that area. Any input regarding weather in that area would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!,  Traveler, MI

3373 Swagbucks Code (8/25/2014 6:11:37 PM):  Prepare2Clash before 6 PM PDT/9 PM EDT for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

3374 Heather, NV (8/25/2014 6:14:02 PM):  Did you go with your hubby to the doctor today? How did it go? ,  Sharon B., VA

3377 Burger King (8/25/2014 7:14:03 PM):  Not really a big fan of BK, but go once in awhile to earn Plink points. I might have to add them to a list (Walgreen's soon to be 1st on list) of places to no longer purchase from. BK has this plan to buy a Canadian corp Tim Hortons & this will enable them to save millions in taxes in the US. It is referred to as an inversion, a strategy that allows US firms to lower their tax bills by merging with a foreign company, & then relocating to the new country. Corporate tax rates are lower in Canada than the US, which has the highest tax rate among developed economies (surprise).,  Lynn

3383 Opinions (8/25/2014 10:03:36 PM):  I want to make sure my thoughts are right before going to my boss about situations at my job. To do my job, I rely on 2 other people do to their job first. Once they are done, they give me what I need so I can do my job. One night I saw 3 items in a lady's work area that I needed. I asked if I could have them and she said no, she would bring them to me. She was done with them but has an attitude with me grabbing my work when she is done. I waited and a few minutes later she brought me just 2 of the items, not 3. I KNOW she had 3 in her area. I didn't say anything because from previous times she will lie and say she didn't have 3, only 2 or something in this line. I have noticed other times when she has items I need but "holds" onto them awhile and then brings them to me. Any opinions?,  Wants her work

3393 Smart Phone Case for storing reading glasses (8/26/2014 7:16:18 AM):  I love anything that has a Laurel Burch cat design on it! I currently have a tee shirt & an old, very worn out sweatshirt. Last year at our rescue squad auxiliary yard sale, my SIL found a dessert size plate with a Laurel Burch cat design on it. I searched the Web hoping to find more of this design in other dinnerware like bowls. I had no luck! I even called Ganz who made this Bella Casa design. Was told it had been discontinued 10 years ago. I do see cat food bowls with Laurel Burch designs on PetsMart Website. I thought of using that for serving myself ice cream. But half of the reviews give a "thumbs down" on these bowls. They say they're poorly made, chip & crack easily. I see mugs in Laurel Burch cat designs. But I don't drink coffee, tea, & seldom have soup for a meal. And I already have decorative mugs I'm not using. have seen a smart phone case on MYThreeCats.com It's 7" long by 3" wide. I don't own any cell pheone. Could I use this case to store my reading glasses in? The case i presently store my glasses in is slightly smaller than that.,  Virginia Ann S VA

3402 10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck (8/26/2014 8:19:42 AM):  Many people on here may http://tinyurl.com/oy3ebvm already know this. ,  Sharon B., VA

3403 5 Easy Ways to Save More Money (8/26/2014 8:21:58 AM):  Delaying instant http://tinyurl.com/m69z6ol gratification is probably the hardest for people today. With charge cards people get what they want right now.,  Sharon B., VA

3404 The Power of Prayer (8/26/2014 8:25:46 AM):  My daughter has her phone interview for the Disney College Program scheduled for 8:45 this evening. This is her second time applying. Please say a prayer that her interview goes well. After the interview comes the hardest part, the wait. They may not inform her of their decision until October. Thanks!,  Yvonne LA

3411 Ferguson (8/26/2014 11:06:22 AM):  Tomorrow the Grand Jury convenes to hear the Michael Brown murder case. It is my understanding that the DA will present evidence along with two of his assistants to convince the jury that Officer Wilson should be indicted to go to trial for murder. The Grand Jury consists of 12 people of whom 3 of them are black. As near as I can determine, nine jurors must vote to indict.,  Bob, PA

3413 iPhone Siri (8/26/2014 12:03:25 PM):  I use Siri on my iPhone a lot when I'm driving. I can tell it to read me my text messages and it will and will ask me if I want to reply. I do get frustrated with Siri and two times that I've told it what I thought of it and the conversation between me and my phone went as follows (LOL) Me to Siri: you are worthless! Siri : After all we've been through! Me to Siri: you are on my last nerve Siri: Well, quit squeezing me then!!!! I've never had Siri do anything on its own. Today I was driving and dictated a message to Siri for my manager. I said: Read back my message, Siri did and it wasn't right. Siri replies: Shall I send it? I said no. THEN Siri said: okie dokie artichokie………….I had to pull off of the road to be sure I heard what I thought I heard. Sure enough it was in black and white on the screen I laughed so hard. Who knew the phone could be so entertaining!,  Sharon B., VA

3419 Sleep Apnea (8/26/2014 12:45:34 PM):  The thread below brings up the subject of sleep apnea and if it's a fad diagnosis. A sleep test at a clinic is conclusive. Either a person stops breathing or they don't. It isn't like going to the doctor and saying "I'm depressed and here are my symptoms." The doctor agrees and prescribes an antidepressant. There isn't a blood test for depression. With sleep apnea, there is a definitive test. You can't say, "I snore, therefore I have sleep apnea" or "I don't snore so I don't have sleep apnea." Unless you have a sleep study, it's conjecture. Once you have the sleep test, it's either YES or NO. Here's what happened with my husband. He's in his sixties. He is a healthy weight and doesn't snore. One morning very early I awoke first. I happened to watch his chest and suddenly realized it wasn't moving. For a few seconds, I panicked. Then very slowly he started breathing again. I watched for about 10 minutes. He stopped breathing for 5-10 seconds over and over. I told him about it, but he shrugged it off. I put the pieces together. He has always had daytime fatigue. He takes an OTC sleep aid nightly because he says he doesn't sleep without it. I told him I thought it was sleep apnea, which he didn't buy. Finally after 3 years!!! I got him to the doctor who ordered a sleep test. Turns out he stops breathing 60+ times an hour on average. He has severe sleep apnea, but he DOESN'T snore. He now wears the CPAP mask but not every night. The doctor lectured him about how serious it is, but he's fair-weather about treating it. Maybe it seems like a fad because 1) more people have it now because of weight issues, 2) baby-boomers are aging and this is more common in older people, 3) it was under-diagnosed in the past, 4) there's now a definitive test showing if you have it or not. It's true you hear a lot more about it now than 20 years ago. ,  Joan J

3445 Girl kills shooting instructor (8/26/2014 6:57:02 PM):  DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Who in their right mind, especially an instructor, would think a child has the strength to control an Uzi? Her parents were there, too, yet another blatant example of terrible parenting. The child will have to live with that memory for her entire life!,  Grace Basham, CA

3446 Going to the gym (8/26/2014 7:04:18 PM):  For the fourth time in my life, I've joined a gym. In the past, I joined gyms for the social aspect. This time I joined it because of the health aspect. My initial goal was to just get there once a week, however, now I've been making it twice a week. I do some cardio and a little weights. Isn't a goal of making it x times a week good enough or do you think I need to set a goal of, for example, losing two inches off of my stomach or so many pounds? Personally, I think it's an accomplishment I'm going at all.,  Mindy, MD

3451 Contest win! (8/26/2014 8:08:53 PM):  My husband and I attended Homearama last month. There was a contest for you to tweet a selfie standing in front of a house/room you liked. I encouraged him to do it...he grumbled a little, saying it was a national contest and there were probably a ton of entries. I said I thought it was only a local contest, and they were giving away (5) $1,000 gift certificates...worth trying for little effort (I entered too)! Well, they tweeted him the next week saying he won! When he looked up the site where they posted the pictures, it looked like there were only about 12 entries (Great odds!). The $1,000 gift certificate was for an upscale appliance place....we are currently redoing our kitchen, so need appliances! We ended up with a top-of-the-line Bosch dishwasher for under $250 (we would have gone with a Sears model that would have been around $650, but not near as nice or well rated)! I wasn't convinced it would all work out (the sales person tried to tell us you had to buy ALL your appliances there), but I picked it up yesterday! A lot of people say I'm lucky that I win various things....in reality, I focus on things where there are the best odds (and things I can use). So....keep entering (especially local contests with fewer entries!),  Lisa, OH

3455 MY Dad (8/26/2014 8:24:47 PM):  Sharon B ,thanks for asking about my Dad yesterday. He had a rough week-end and was not doing well. Then yesterday,all of a sudden he opened his eyes. He knew his name and birthdate and was very pleased the stock market was up! While he is still in ICU we are all hopeful. Thanks Sharon and all the other wonderful RMC posters praying for my Dad. ,  Susan TX

3456 Recall Notice (8/26/2014 8:29:02 PM):  Hewlett-Packard recalls Notebook Computer AC power cords due to fire and burn hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/Google Researcher

3459 Margie, my Mom (8/26/2014 9:26:19 PM):  got her cast off today. We really were expecting another cast but she made it out with just a hard splint today. What a relief. The incision healed well, she had some "hot" spots from the cast. She so enjoyed all the cards she was sent. You guys outdid her Church. She got 4 cards and over 20 from RMC folks. She says THANK YOU to all for the cards, prayers and thoughts you sent.,  Melody, WA

3460 Stressed (8/26/2014 9:34:12 PM):  I've been thinking about you. Please email me tielbird33 at yahoo dot com.,  Milly MN

3462 Sleep apnea continued (8/26/2014 10:03:45 PM):  Well, I totally missed the comments on the board today until tonight so I was surprised that I had started a conversation. a) DH is 50, but is fit (not overweight). b) We were told there are multiple ways to treat sleep apnea now (not all include the mask and machine, etc). c) We were told that the company will come to our house, drop off a machine (and tell us how to use it), he uses it overnight and they come and get it in the morning. Me: Last fall I was told to take the test (by a different doctor and at the time I wasn't sleeping at all - dealing with stressful family issues, etc). Well, I refused and ignored the call from the company (we also thought I slept fine: DH didn't hear me gasp for air, etc). I guess depending upon what they find out with DH I will get another referral. ,  Heather, NV

3473 Josie Dog (8/27/2014 6:26:44 AM):  My son took his pitbull Josie to a specialist yesterday in regards to pain getting worse in her back legs. Come to find out she has torn both her ACL muscle in both knees. She is going to need surgery for both of her knees and it is not cheap. If she does not have surgery then in 3-4 years she would probably have to be put down. This dog is so loved by our son and my hubby and me. We keep her also for extended months due to my sons job requiring him to work 12 hours a day for months at a time. All of our neighbors and anyone who meets her just falls in love with her. She is so people friendly and such a social loving dog.,  Vicki, Va

3476 Daughter's interview (8/27/2014 7:28:02 AM):  My daughter had her Disney interview last night. She was quite nervous but she thought it went well. Thanks to all for the prayers and well wishes. Please continue to pray, she may not get an answer until sometime in October. I will let y'all know the outcome, one way or the other. Thanks again!,  Yvonne LA

3478 Funny article, back to school (8/27/2014 7:44:52 AM):  This hilarious article compares back-to-school in the '70s to now, from fashion to school supplies: http://widelawns.blogspot.com/2014/08/back-to-school-70s-vs-today-lot-has.html?m=1 .,  Grace Basham, CA

3481 Vinyl tablecloths (8/27/2014 9:00:10 AM):  I need some round tablecloths, probably 70 inches. Does anyone know where I can order them online? I checked target, haven't looked at Walmart yet. Need about 6 of them.,  Karen-IA

3488 Branson, MO (8/27/2014 9:29:06 AM):  for anyone who's been there: what are some things we should do, shows to see, places to eat? we have a motel thanks!,  Mrs C

3494 Sharon B. (8/27/2014 10:11:06 AM):  I didn't get chance to respond to your Siri post but I tell you it just cracked me up. I got in bed with hubby and just had to forcefully cover my mouth to stop the giggles and not wake him up. ,  Vicki,Va

3495 dishwasher didn't drain (8/27/2014 10:11:47 AM):  Our Kenmore Elite Ultra Wash Dishwasher didn't drain after the last load. Of course I didn't figure it out until AFTER I unloaded (and put all the dishes away). Note to self - don't try to bake and listen to TV while emptying the dishwasher. I am going to try the suggestions in the book and if that doesn't work call someone. Should I hand wash everything (and more) that was in it? I hate doing dishes by hand if I can help it.,  Heather, NV

3498 diapers (8/27/2014 10:54:38 AM):  Are there any great deals on diapers right now? Been years & years since I had to buy them. Found some woman on FB, a page concerning my town, wanting to help her by giving a few bags. I was just stung last week by someone that turned out to be a scam, but this 1 seems legit. I was able to verify her DH released from military due to injury & she does have young kids. ,  just me

3499 miliary (8/27/2014 11:02:03 AM):  DH was discharged long, long ago & I am wondering about our military these days. Say your in the Army & your hurt after 10 years of service. Do they just give you a purple heart, say thanks for your service & let you go your merry way? Do they give you some monthly benefit for life due to injury? Is that amount based on being married & having children? Are there places former military people can go for help if behind on electric, rent, or maybe a tank of gas to go find a job? One of the FB pages for my town has a couple women in desperation & both have a husband that served & were injured. I was just scammed by someone that had no claim like that & want to make sure I am not scammed again. Isn't it sad we have people like that? But isn't it sad if it is true that there is no support available for injured military after they served? ,  educate me please

3502 Susan TX (8/27/2014 12:29:14 PM):  I spoke by email with Susan TX this morning. She asked me to post on RC and let you know how her dad is doing. He is still in ICU. She got a call from the nurses this morning and they are concerned because her dad woke up very confused. They seemed very concerned about this. Her mom has been spending much of her time at the hospital and they are trying to get her to go home and get some rest. Her mom and dad have been married for 63 years and it is hard for her mom to not be with her dad. Susan and her sisters will be taking turns at the hospital. Susan will be away from the internet so posting will be difficult. She asked for everybody to continue to pray for her dad, that the confusion will pass, and her mom too. If I hear from Susan I will pass along any further updates.,  Yvonne LA

3506 Mailing care package (8/27/2014 1:13:24 PM):  Youngest is off at collage, need to mail 5 t-shirts, weight was 3 lb. cost me 17.45, what is the best way & cheapest way to mail her pkgs. Texas to Iowa? Ask at the P.O. the gave me priority box. that just seems high! did not need to there fast. Thanks for the help,  JoAnn TX.

3507 foot pain (8/27/2014 1:14:42 PM):  Update on my foot pain from a few days ago. Thanks for all the advice. I went back to podiatrist and they rapped my arch, gave me a prednisone perscription as someone suggested. He also gave me a plantar fascitis sleeve which cost $24.00. Why did he not try this first before talking me into making inserts that are $300 to 400 dollars. I hope these new expensive inserts are worth the money after I get back from my trip in 3 weeks. The whole reason I even went to see him. ,  Linda Oh

3509 hormones (8/27/2014 1:34:29 PM):  took daughter to a gynecologist last week for second opinion on hormone levels, first dr tells me she has pcos, this dr now tells me its adrenalhyperplasia? she is hypothyroid as well. her labs came back as very high total t3? and high range dhea? of course cholesterol was bad to. my question is, should I be looking into an endocrinologist? another gyne? melody, any thoughts on the high total t3? her ft3 a few months ago was normal. this doctor thinks birthcontrol pills are the answer. I say she needs cortisol? any opinions?,  christy, ia

3519 Bruised rib (8/27/2014 2:30:26 PM):  I believe I pulled a muscle in my rib cage. A lot of pain when I sneeze, cough, take a deep breath or lay down. So far I'm using an ice pack, taking Advil and trying to rest it. Any other suggestions? Thank you!,  Bruised

3529 Disaster Preparedness (8/27/2014 3:10:21 PM):  I subscribe to Jeff Yeager's The Cheap Life -This video is good http://tinyurl.com/qc8naut advice- I can't stress enough how we should all be prepared to take care of ourselves in the case of an emergency-weather related or other threats... There is talk of ISIS having sleeper cells already here in the United States-and with all of the world unrest you need to be able to take care of yourself. Also, no one really knows who all is walking into our country right now- there are a whole lot more than children coming in. I'm not saying to be need to live like scared rabbits or be afraid of the boogie man, but to have supplies to take care of yourself if something does happen weather wise or other. I just feel that it's the prudent thing to do. Also, it's not a bad idea to keep some cash on hand- If you never have to use your emergency supplies that's wonderful- ,  Sharon B., VA

3533 Cortisone shot (8/27/2014 3:18:30 PM):  I went to the hospital this morning and they lightly sedated me and gave me a cortisone shot in my hip. They had to give me 5 different things to get me out- I do remember being moved around and then I sat up and pulled myself back into the bed. They were ribbing the doc that he needed to give me more of whatever it is to make me sleep. He told me it wasn't as easy peasy as I had promised him that it would be to sedate me. LOL. My question is this- why does the cortisone work for arthritis? If it's bone on bone I just don't understand what the cortisone does to make it better? My hip feels great! ,  Sharon B., VA

3544 Free Anti-Virus program problems (8/27/2014 4:17:50 PM):  I hsve the 2013 free AVG anti-Virus program installed in my computer. Something has been mysteriously turning off that program the past few days. I keep it regularly updated. When I turn my computer back on, it takes almost 3-4 minutes to get the password screen to comee up.Then it's another 3-4 minutes before my desktop screen is fully loaded. I will see a message that I have several security issues with my computer. And I need to click on a certain icon to fix those issues. When i try to open AVG, I find it's been turned off. And so has my Windows Defender. To add to this mystery, the clock in mu computer will either 1 hour+ fast, or several hours behind the current time! I wait until my computer has updated AVG & turned it back on before I reset the clock to the correct time. What is causing AVG to be turned off when I don't disable it? My AVG icon currently has a triangle in the middle of the icon with an exclamation symbol in the triangle. I thought that indicates a warning. But when I place my mouse over that icon, I don't bring up AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2013. Would someone more computer savvy than I am please help me?,  Virginia Ann S VA

3549 Recall Notices (8/27/2014 4:40:57 PM):  Goodman Company recalls air conditioning and heating units due to burn and fire hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Goodman-Company-Recalls-Air-Conditioning-and-Heating-Units/
NRS recalls water sports helmets due to risk of head injury: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/NRS-Recalls-Water-Sports-Helmets/Google Researcher

3550 Laurel Burch designed housewares (8/27/2014 4:48:24 PM):  I posted on her recently about wanting to use a Smart Phone Case with a Laurel Burch design on it as an eye glass case. Someone posted that Zulily had tons of items with Laurel Burch designs on them. Thanks to that poster, I found something I really liked & got it at a fantastic savings! Zulily is an ebates merchant currently giving 1% rebate. I used a search engine to look for more Laurel Burch items & found eBags. They are also an ebates merchant currently giving 10% rebate. You can also sign up for their Rewards Club & earn 5% rebate on eevery purchase. The rebate can be used towards future purchase at eBags. I found a number of Websites offering various items with Laurel Burch designs on them. PetSmart Website is an ebates merchant currently offering 5% rebate. They showed 3 different cat food bowls with Laurel Burch designs on them. But they are currently out of stock on all 3 bowls for online ordering. The closest PetSmart store to me is in Williamsburg, VA. I don't get there any more to shop at the Premium Outlets. I'm certain one of the Websites I visited yesterday had a hot mat with a Laurel Burch design on it. But I now cant't remember which Website it was! Has anyone ever seen any hot mats with her art work on them? I would prefer oven mitts to wear when baking. But would get a hot mat to use at the stove. I'm still looking for a small bowl I can put my ice cream in. Ganz dinnerware made a line of dinnerware patterns in the Bella Casa line. My SIL found a dessert sized plate in a Laurel Burch cat design at a yard sale last year. she bought it for me. I contacted Ganz & learned they had discontinued the Laurel Burch design 10 years ago! I found some Lsurel Burch collectors plates on replacements.com Website. But they were from Franklin Mint offering by Royal Doulton. There was only one plate pattern available. I did call replacements.com & set up a file with them. Then they will notify me whenever they get any Laurel Burch decorated dessert bowls in. I called PetSmart to ask when they might get more Laurel Burch pet food bowls in stock for online ordering. Was told it might take up to 2 weeks. ,  Virginia Ann S VA

3551 facebook (8/27/2014 4:53:39 PM):  I got a notice that someone poked me. what does that mean?,  clueless

3575 Big Thanks/ Josie (8/27/2014 7:23:54 PM):  Thanks everyone for kind thoughts & prayers for Josie dog. Jane it is going to be a ordeal keeping her quiet. Son plans on putting her in empty room with carpet and just dog bed to prevent her from jumping off furniture. He is going to have one knee done before we visit in Oct and then other after we leave. This will give first knee time to heal because she will be hysterical when she sees us.,  Vicki, Va

3577 It's been a year (8/27/2014 7:29:43 PM):  -A year ago I sat by my http://imgur.com/pPa7e7L mother holding her hand as she took her last breath. She was there when I took my first breath and I was honored to be beside her holding her hand as she took her last breath-it was peaceful for her and I found peace in that. I do miss her everyday, but I'm glad she's home and I know she is no longer suffering- Here's a few pictures to show you what a card my mother was!--She was a force- would try anything new (within reason) She did belly dancing http://imgur.com/ulORqHh to stay in shape. She was a wild woman http://imgur.com/tNLYF5A with my brother's vet. And she always http://imgur.com/nHUx8o3 dressed groovy! This was taken in a motel in FL on vacation. Check out that television! LOL,  Sharon B., VA

3588 Granddaughter (8/27/2014 9:58:49 PM):  My soon to be 16 years old granddaughter hasn't started having periods yet. She's had all other signs of puberty for years: breasts, acne, hairy pits, etc. Just not having periods. Any thoughts on this. Her pediatrician said they will do some "testing" when she turns 16 next month.,  Concerned Granny

3590 Camel cash (8/27/2014 10:40:36 PM):  I think I know the answer, but could someone verify that the Camel cigarette cash things are useless? My sister's ex used to smoke and she just found literally hundreds if them,  Carolyn/OR

3600 Susan , LA (8/28/2014 5:51:15 AM):  I have been thinking about your post and sleep apnea. I was hesitant to say anything when I read the post because I didn't want to make you feel bad/sad, but you were able to talk about it, so I just wanted to say- I can't begin to imagine the emotions that you went through that morning. I don't know how long ago this happened, but I'm sure you miss him everyday and from your posts you appear to be an amazing and strong woman. ((((Hugs)))) ,  Sharon B., VA

3607 Make your own Magic Eraser (8/28/2014 7:08:14 AM):  Small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon borax, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 cup hot water. Dip your cleaning sponge in the mixture. Always test on painted surface or on wallpaper before using to be sure it's safe.,  Google Researcher

3611 Soap scum in shower (8/28/2014 7:19:46 AM):  I am at my wits end. We have a beige fiberglass (plastic like, no tile) shower unit in the basement. Hubby is the only one who uses it. I have tried every cleaner under the sun, including the homemade vinegar and dawn dish soap that was posted recently. I won cleaning services from Lipton and they came and cleaned too. It looks OK for about 2 or 3 days and then the white build up is back. I have tried waxing the walls. Replacing the unit isn't an option at this time. I have tried the Mr. Clean sponges and scrubbing bubbles, Kaboom, CLR you name it I have probably tried it. Help what can I do to get rid of and prevent this awful looking white build up.,  Doreen,MI

3622 Susan/Sc (8/28/2014 8:55:02 AM):  Thanks for the info about Agent orange and daughter of soldier's health. I was often concerned that skin issues my dd's had was from that. Agent Orange was responsible for my dh's diabetes, heart problems, prostrate cancer; and skin rashes. I recently learned that when they built the man made lake in our area that they used inmates and Agent orange to kill the foliage before the lake filled in. The oncologists in North Texas say that our area has a high rate of cancer. I doubt that anyone has ever made the connection.,  Janice/Ok

3623 Blessings (8/28/2014 9:01:35 AM):  I have had a wonderful week. Last Sat. my dd's church gave her a beautiful baby shower. Her only need is cloth diapers. Question: Does anyone know where you can get the ones they have at Buy Buy Baby at a discount price? They have the diaper cover with them. They come in one size with adjustable snaps. They are almost $18.00 each. My other blessings are: We voted on our interim pastor; 100 % yays; my young man who accepted Jesus; joined the church and plans to be baptized. One man who has been out for almost a year came back last week. Things are getting better. My sugar count is getting down to where it needs to be and I am feeling great. I reached a new level in my job and got nearly a $100 a month raise! My new granddaughter will be born around 25th of Sept. and she is where she needs to be before birth. My dh is feeling much better and is leading music again. I have nothing but PRAISES!!!!! ,  Janice/Ok

3624 ISIS Cells/Scary (8/28/2014 9:08:13 AM):  If you think that is scary; check out on line about Gilluintines being stored in Georgia and Montana. A lady in our SS class said that she saw on the Internet about Obama signing a bill for them to behead Christians. There is also a scripture reference in Revelation about that. I can't remember the whole article, but google it. ,  Janice/Ok

3626 Cortisone injections (8/28/2014 9:25:04 AM):  I've had 4 in the left shoulder since 2011. Two prior to surgery and 2 after the car accident that re-injured it. The last one was in the joint itself. I had a bad reaction to it. Not enough to go to urgent care. Here's the reaction from them. Can't sleep, just wired and wide awake, gets worse until day 3 and then tapers down Red rash, really bad on face, this last one covered my whole body. I get in a rage. I felt like the Hulk on this last one. Ruined my birthday. Is this an allergic reaction? The 1st shot I didn't really think anything about not sleeping well and there was no rash. I was a little cranky. By #3 it was getting worse but didn't really put it together. Not doing it again. The 1st injection helped my shoulder. The others did nothing. Just curious. Most med sites say it's possible but unlikely.,  Melody, WA

3629 LILA and FLAT RATE QUILTED envelope (8/28/2014 9:31:40 AM):  Free pkg of TEN quilted envelope from the United States Post office. Go to USPS.com click on shipping supplies along the top. Now look to the left hand side and click on FREE supplies. The first line on the left side has the 9.5 x 12.5 inch quilted envelopes that you can order. You will get ten in one pkg when you select "one unit". The local post office cannot order these for you. The customer has to order on line to obtain. I will bring the extras to my local office and make them happy. you can use to ship internationally also but only up to four pounds. I think in the US up to 40 lbs. The boxes are up to 40lbs, so perhaps it is the same. I paid $5.75 when I printed my label at home.,  DEB CT

3631 50/60's School Days (8/28/2014 9:35:16 AM):  I enjoyed the school days posts. I was born in 47. I started in first grade. Kindergarten was only for people who could afford it. My mother owned the Book of Knowledge so I knew most of the nursery rhymes in it before I started to school. We couldn't afford to buy school lunches so we took ours in a paper sack but occasionally owned a lunch "Kit" or box. I took iced tea in my thermos and it was always so cold and sweet. We broke the thermos often, tho. I owned a pair of galoshes in first grade. I was told to wear them home. (no one said I didn't have to if it wasn't raining) I had the hardest time getting them on after school. My db and I were victims of bullying when I was in second grade and he was in first. There was a cripple boy and he pulled razor blades on us while we were walking home from school. He didn't cut us but scared us to death. We tried to make a deal with him.Sometimes our dad would take us to school and we told him we would give him a ride. We told our parents about it when we got home. They called the school and the next day my grandmother had to walk us to school. (She didn't drive.) We talked to the principle. It was decided that we could leave as soon as the bell rang at the end of the day and the boys teacher would hold him a few minutes until we could get near home. The first day I went by my brother room to get him so we could hurry and leave. The teacher said he was having to sit in the cloak room. I was scared and told her we needed to hurry home. She said he had to stay after school because a girl accidentally stepped on his toe and he almost pulled her pig tails out. On a happy note. I got 5 new dresses either at Penneys or Montgomery Wards to start the year off. Car Coats were the thing back then, but in 6th grade I got a Mouton (fake fur coat). My mother made most of my dresses, skirts, weskits (vests)in middle and high school. At Christmas she made me velveteen dresses with fake fur on the sleeves for Christmas banquets. In middle school I enjoyed tomato soup and Uncle Joe's Orange Soda at lunch. Milk was in pint bottles which resembled quart glass bottles. Did anyone use the foil milk lids cutouts from the dairy to make Christmas ball decorations? I still enjoying buying some school supplies and school clothes for my grandson.,  Janice/Ok

3657 eBay listing promotion (8/28/2014 12:28:42 PM):  I think this is good for everyone -- check your account to see if you qualify: "Who's eligible? This Promotion is available to all sellers who meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards. Please sign in to My eBay and view your Seller Dashboard to verify whether your account is currently meeting the standards. If you have received fewer than 5 detailed seller ratings from buyers, this information will not appear in My eBay; however, you will receive email notification if your account falls below the minimum performance standards. When is it?This Promotion will begin on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 00:00:01 PT (12:00AM plus one second), and will end on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 23:59:59 PT (11:59PM plus 59 seconds), for listings on www.ebay.com. For listings on www.ebay.ca, the Promotion will begin on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 00:00:01 ET (12:00AM plus one second), and will end Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 23:59:59 ET (11:59PM plus 59 seconds) (the “Promotion Period”).,  Helen in VA

3660 Susan SC (8/28/2014 1:09:47 PM):  Susan, answering your post from yesterday. My daughter has applied for the Disney College Program. They apply and if chosen, they will spend a semester at DisneyWorld or Disneyland working various jobs from hospitality to quick service food and beverage to custodial. They will be paid (minimum wage or slightly higher), they will be able to live in Disney housing, and will pay "rent" from their paycheck. They are able to take classes for college credit if their college accepts the class, but they do not have to take classes. On their off days, they have free entrance to any of the parks. My daughter has been dreaming about this program for a long time. The first time she applied, she was not accepted. This is her second time applying, and if they do not accept her this time, she is not going to give up. You can apply once per semester. She says she will keep applying until she does get accepted.,  Yvonne LA

3665 Ipad (8/28/2014 2:50:33 PM):  I have a ipad but am having trouble getting my email. I click on the envelope & the page pops up but it hasn't been updated since Sunday. Then a box shows up & says cannot get mail connection to server has failed. Can someone tell me how to get it to work?,  cathy oh

3666 Acadians (8/28/2014 3:06:01 PM):  Recently a three week Acadian festival was held in Northern Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec Province It was a huge success. My sister and her husband who live in Northern Maine attended some of the events and watched the winning musical group at Eagle Lake in Maine. They were four men from Louisiana. The Acadians were French and many of my classmates were bilingual. My guess is that some of the chit chatters on here descended from Acadians. Any comment? Yvonne and others? ,  Bob, PA

3667 Swagbucks Code (8/28/2014 3:10:16 PM):  MONALISA before 3pm PT/6pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

3672 generic drugs (8/28/2014 3:45:36 PM):  Anyone have different reaction taking a generic drug vs the name brand one? I have been taking a BP med.A couple weeks ago I started the generic version of it.Same dosage. I have been feeling weird in the a.m. but I feel better by afternoon. A kind of slight lightheaded feeling. Not dizzy. I just feel " not right". Today I felt fine in a.m - forgot to take it so took it this afternoon and now feel crummy again.I have been trying to rule out other causes. Deydration etc. Anyway, I think I have heard of people reacting to generics and wondered about this. TIA for personal experiences! Oh yes, I have taken my BP a couple times. It drops a little more than normal when standing but not a huge amount. ,  Sue P., CT

3674 Sharon B., VA: (8/28/2014 3:52:23 PM):  Sharon, your post about losing your mom hit home because on Sept. 4, it will be 14 years that my mom died. Like you, I was with her; so was Dad. There are still at least 2-3 times a week when I hear of something or see something and my first reaction is "I've got to call Mom and tell her about that -- she'll really get a kick out of it".,  Janie

3682 Lila, TX (8/28/2014 4:03:57 PM):  I'll get a list together for you this weekend and I'm sure Janie will send you a list too. Just pick up a few things at a time. (((Hugs))),  Sharon B., VA

3684 Update from Debbie, OR (8/28/2014 4:05:44 PM):  Last form (hopefully :) ) submitted to Bayer to see if they will donate the new drug my Oncologist wants me on. My insurance company will not pay for it as it is a "Tier 4" drug.,  Debbie, OR

3703 Acadians/Bob (8/28/2014 7:13:53 PM):  It's a good possibility I could be from my dad's side of the family. My gr.grandparents came from Canada. On the census reports I have, they are listed as being fr./canadian. Will have to continue trying to research to see just how far back I can go.,  Marian/MO

3709 snap.do UNINSTALL (8/28/2014 7:33:23 PM):  Help,my husbands's computer (with MS security essentials) has gotten snap.do and snap.do engine. I have tried running malwarebytes.org to remove and have not had success. Does anyone know how to remove this? thanks! ,  Lori Ohio

3714 La. scandal (8/28/2014 8:09:46 PM):  Just what La. needs---another scandal. Don't know if this has gone beyond local news but a TV personality in Baton Rouge was found dead at his home. His SIL is accused of his murder, and then turned the gun on himself (on ventilator). Turns out the SIL was actually his lover and married the daughter to gain access to USA. (Thought it was strange that he, the 2 kids and SIL lived at the home, but no mention of the daughter living there. Turns out it was marriage on paper only.) The deceased has the biological adult daughter, an adopted 10 yr. old boy and a 2 yr. old special needs foster son. The kids were taken from him by State of La. last wk. but it didn't come out until the shootings yesterday. Daughter was testifying in Fed court at the time of shooting and "SIL" had already testified and went to the house for the shooting. A lot of questions still remain. Authorities say that the body was under the covers in his bed and was stiff when neighbors called in for shots fired. So did SIL shoot him, go to testify and then come back to kill himself? And why did "SIL" kill him if he (the deceased) was the one that was charged? It's not like he was testifying against SIL. He was also on trial in England in the 90s for molesting boy at his dance studio, but the boy and his dad recanted during the trial and he was found not guilty. Such a strange and sad story, especially for the 2 young children. It's shocking b/c he seemed to be such a nice fellow. No one had anything bad to say about him. ,  Susan, LA

3715 How to make a diaper cake: (8/28/2014 8:15:55 PM):  For anyone wanting to make a diaper cake, here are 50 (yes, fifty!) different ideas! http://www.babysavers.com/how-to-make-a-diaper-cake-diy-tutorials/Jane, CA

3717 (8/28/2014 9:07:19 PM):  Lila and I decided we want to try to make (framed) Christmas trees, teapots, animals, whatever out of old junk jewelry (lots of sparkle). So, I've been rummaging through yard sales, collecting cast-off jewelry. It's amazing how the prices vary from one yard sale to another! Tonight, I decided to "graze" on eBay and found lots of jewelry (that I wouldn't be caught dead wearing but that's perfect for this kind of craft project). What I can't believe are some of the prices! One person has a "lot" of old ("vintage") junky jewelry for $325!!!!! And just a few pages away, someone else has what looks like about the same amount of the same kind of stuff with a $40 reserve. Weird!!!!! But $325 -- wow!,  Jane, CA

3719 Power pressure XL (8/28/2014 9:33:22 PM):  Well I finally got my pressure cooker that hubby ordered for me. Actually have had for a few days. It's really nice. It's a combined pressure cooker, slow cooker, canner. It's one of the smart ones where it cooks food and then keeps it warm. It's smart but it took big dummy here some time to figure out lid. I could not get it to line up & lock. Got it though and looking forward to using it. I have never been brave enough to can but am going to give it a try. It's small can only do 4 of the 16 oz mason jars at a time but that's good for my small family.,  Vicki, Va

3733 Sister Update (8/29/2014 5:16:31 AM):  My sister, Pam, has another surgery on her skull and is currently in the ICU. The doctors believe she's overproducing fluids, and are planning to put a shunt in her head next week. She's extremely frustrated and down, but maintaining her excellent sense of humor somehow.,  Julie in Mass

3734 Squeaky shoes (8/29/2014 5:18:57 AM):  I ended up having to walk through a huge puddle of water and now my one shoe squeaks terribly. The shoe is dried out. The shoes actually need to be thrown out because the bottoms are almost gone. I'm just not ready to let them go. Any thoughts on how to get rid of the squeak?,  Mindy, MD

3738 Bob pa (8/29/2014 6:10:58 AM):  I think direct. I know very little about electronic things but I do know what a router is & there isn't one within eyesite. ,  cathy oh

3741 Nustersium flowers (8/29/2014 6:25:56 AM):  We have Nustersium flowers, and I pick the seeds, to dry them out for the winter. I do not sew. Does anyone have any suggestions, on how to dry them out? Thank you.,  Carol S., PA

3750 Snopes, etc (8/29/2014 8:26:01 AM):  I didn't take offense to posts about my posts. I am used to it. I just mentioned what I heard from a lady and researched it also. Another false story going around is that Coca Cola has pulled a large number of bottles with the name Michael on them.,  Janice/Ok

3752 Investigative Shows (8/29/2014 8:41:12 AM):  There is a small city in So. Oklahoma (not ours) who has a drug problem starting with city hall. There's a cover up with law enforcement. The fire dept is also corrupt. When the former fire chief (who is not involved in the problems) and his family attend city hall meetings; they are treated horribly. The city manager had her daughter wear a T-shirt that said "Jane Doe for Mayor" (former fire dept chief's sister) and sat by her at the meeting. They are stalked by the city leaders. They are told they can't stay after the meetings to talke with each other although everyone else does. Yesterday and friend of theirs stopped to read the agenda for a called meeting. He was met by the new fire chief who followed him out to his truck, belly-bumped him and asked what he was doing there. It scared the man so badly, he was taken to hospital for chest pains and taken on up to Okla city for tests. He is still afraid. There is an old unused firehouse that is locked up that supposedly has stolen items, etc from drug dealings. It is a pretty well known fact in the town. The local news came to one of their meetings last summer and had to leave because of a robbery in the next larger town. There was to be an audit also, but when the auditor came, books couldn't be found. The former fire chief and family have hired an attorney; but the process is slow. The city clerk makes $20.00 an hour. Inmates do a lot of the city work. She has one living with her and she has given him a $2.00 raise...he makes $14.00 an hour. Another man has been there several years and makes $8-9 an hour. I've heard this all as heresay, but, seems like people are afraid, since law enforcement turns their heads.,  Janice/Ok

3755 sleep apnea test (8/29/2014 9:03:41 AM):  DH did his test last night. The guy dropped off the equipment yesterday and gave me about 2 minutes of instructions (it is really that easy). Now the bag is sitting outside the door so they can pick it up. The only issue is DH usually sleeps on his stomach and couldn't easily with the wires, etc so he slept on his side. Not sure if that will make any difference.,  heather, NV

3756 Katrina (8/29/2014 9:05:27 AM):  Today is the 9 year anniversary of Katrina. Time sure does fly. Remembrances of the disaster still dot the landscape, but time is healing the wounds.,  Yvonne LA

3762 Head Stones (8/29/2014 9:47:43 AM):  I know this is really Off Topic, but were planning our final resting place, and wondering if on the head stone the name is all capitols or first letter of each name only capitols? We did some research, but didn't take note on that.,  Thanks for any help.

3763 Sharon, Janie maybe Lila (8/29/2014 9:57:05 AM):  If the list you are gathering is for preparedness issues, could you please post the list or email it to me also? Most of the stuff mentioned last week seemed like they are good common sense I had not thought of. eg. cash in smaller bills. I always use plastic (and pay it off monthly) but see the value of cash too. what else? thanks!! ( beachlovingmom @ hotmail.com) ,  Lori OH

3770 fixing the dishwasher (8/29/2014 10:32:26 AM):  Well, those of you who follow my blog saw how I fixed the dishwasher earlier this week (found out what a 'drain air gap' was and cleaned it out). Well, an appliance part website/blog just mentioned me (and linked to my post)! Definitely not what I expected to be 'famous' for someday!,  Heather, NV

3778 Tide Pods and Front Loader Machines (8/29/2014 11:06:51 AM):  DS called me from college. I bought him the Tide Pods for his laundry and over the summer they changed the machines to Front Loaders. Does anyone know if he can use the pods in the front loading machines? Would he have to open the Pod or can he just put it in the dispenser?,  Clueless....

3780 Nectarines in Baked Cobbler (8/29/2014 11:17:04 AM):  My niece & her family get me Fruit of the Month club at Christmas. The September offering is nectarines. Can I use them in a baked cobbler as I do the Oregold Peaches? Does anyone have a better recipe to use them in? ,  Virginia Ann S VA

3784 solitaire (8/29/2014 11:51:15 AM):  I am looking for the handheld solitaire game-battery operated.I want to buy at a store. I know amazon and etc have it. But I want to see it before I buy. Post here if anyone knows. Thanks ,  sharon

3785 BB (8/29/2014 11:56:07 AM):  Anyone watching BB? I was sad to see Donny go. He is so sweet and genuine. I am ready for Frankie and Christine to go. I felt sorry for her husband last night when they had an interview on how he felt about her flirting with Cody. Her whole family was appalled by it and her husband was going to address it at the finale. Cody's family didn't think much about it. Christine said it a part of her game, but she is too touchy, feely with him. I wouldn't mind if Nicole would win. She and Donny have both been put up several times in the house.,  Janice/Ok

3795 Propane Prices Down- (8/29/2014 1:12:58 PM):  Those of you who use propane may want to check and see what the prices are in your area. It's cheaper here right now than I've seen it in several years. We had one more 1000 gallon tank in Hampton Roads at the house that I was going to leave there, but decided to have emptied, burned off and we brought up to the farm yesterday. The Propane installers came today to set up this last tank for me and I called to see what the price of propane is (always cheaper if you own your tank) Right now, it's at 2.19 a gallon. They will be coming to fill this tank up for me next week and top off the other tanks we have. It will be cheaper for us to do it now instead of November- ,  Sharon B., VA

3797 Computer help please (8/29/2014 1:22:40 PM):  Bob or other computer gurus, my desktop has acquired an add on that acts as a virus (per my research). It is called " mysavings" and it just now appeared. 1) can I remove this myself...I am not computer savy and never had to remove delete a program or should I find an experienced person to do it for me? I have a Dell with Windows 8.1 2) I have shut off my computer. Will this stop any additional damage by this program? Im afraid to use it now. 3) I do not have a personal guru now. Are the techs at Best Buy good enough? Thanks for your help. ,  Vera in MI

3813 Vera MI - dishwasher (8/29/2014 3:43:54 PM):  Good job! My DH was happy (and probably surprised) when I called and told him I had just saved us money (and a repair bill). It feels good.,  Heather, NV

3816 Target text coupons (8/29/2014 4:01:34 PM):  I just saw Michelle's post about sending a text (via my smartphone) to Target and getting a coupon. I just tried it and got nothing in return. Anyone else have this problem? This isn't the first time I have tried and don't get anything.,  Heather, NV

3821 Early Menstrual Cycles (8/29/2014 4:17:43 PM):  Years ago, my daughter started developing breasts around the age of eight. I changed to milk that was RBST free. That seemed to stop the growth. I put her back to regular milk when she was 13 as I figured her cycle would be starting anyway. I truly believe that it the hormones in the milk/food. Getting the hormone-free meat was more difficult at that time, but I did the best I could there.,  Debbie, OR

3823 Dryer switched to gas (8/29/2014 4:41:08 PM):  How expensive would it be to switch a dryer to gas? (Buying a new gas dryer, gas is already to the house for a fireplace). Totally cluesss! What kind of professional would hook it up? TIA,  Diane J D, ME

3828 Diplomas (8/29/2014 6:15:10 PM):  I need your suggestions. My father died two years ago and I have just moved my mom, again, to another home. I now have all his diplomas, certificates, and awards, all in frames. I want to remove them from the frames put them all in a cylinder tube to save. I really do not want to hang them and I know my children will have no interest in them. My DH is reluctant for me to take them out of the frames. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should do with them? ,  Anna, AL

3842 Master Chef (8/30/2014 5:41:18 AM):  Is Courtney gone yet? If not, are they still favoring her?,  Lynn

3844 Debbie OR (8/30/2014 6:23:31 AM):  Catching up here. I sure hope Bayer comes through with your medicine.Prayers continue for you.,  Sue P., CT

3845 generic drugs (8/30/2014 6:28:45 AM):  i appreciate everones input. Thank you. Now I am not sure if it is my BP med. Had a death in the family this week so had a couple busy days, then went to work the night shift. I continued taking my medicine of course but the night shift has wreaked havoc now with my stomach. Blech! So not sure what is causing what. I am testing to see if the computer is making me lightheaded again. Anyway, after things settle I will see if I can find cause & effect. I appreciate the answers. I thought I had heard of generics with different fillers messing with meds doing their job. ,  Sue P., CT

3849 Friends (8/30/2014 7:09:53 AM):  When I lived in PA, I was the catalyst/nucleus that kept two of my high school friends together. I kept us on track, organized events, etc. I like doing this although at one time, I suggested we all take turns; that never happened. I moved almost two years ago and in that time, we generally see each other when I come back. Now, we see each other usually at breakfast because one girl works two jobs and has no time. About nine months ago, I talked to each separately and explained how disappointed I was that they couldn't even take the time to text, email, or call. They agreed they should do this, but it hasn't happened. As hard as it is to me to admit this, I think I've outgrown our friendship. Their lives are and continue to be train wrecks because of poor choices, while my life is blossoming almost to the point I'm embarrassed to discuss what's been going on with me. I'm up in a couple of weeks and will go out and have a good time with them. After that, I've decided (I hope I can hold out) that I will let things lie and wait for them to contact me about getting together. Unfortunately, I'm afraid they won't. I guess I'm tired of what I thought was a close friendship. Have any of you experienced this? I know it's really time to make a change because I'm distressing about it AGAIN, which means it's time to change things.,  Mindy, MD

3853 Labor Day Weekend (8/30/2014 8:18:17 AM):  Hope everybody on the board has a safe and happy holiday weekend.,  Jackie A., PA

3859 FOOTBALL (8/30/2014 9:10:11 AM):  Today I officially become a football widow. Go WVU and Clemson!! ,  Susan, SC

3863 Listia program (8/30/2014 9:40:11 AM):  Is anyone signed up to be on Listia? I got an e-message inviting me to sign up for this program. it was said it's like ebay, but everything is free. You will earn 100 points for signing up. You get points for each item you give away. Then use those points/credits to get new stuff! How will Listia determine the point value for the items you give away? And how many points will it take for each new item you get?,  Virginia Ann S VA

3867 Anna, AL (8/30/2014 9:48:54 AM):  http://luzernehistory.org/?page_id=36Bob, PA

3872 oil/lock in price (8/30/2014 10:50:09 AM):  Has anyone locked in for oil for the 1014-2015 season? If so what did you lock in at??,  cheryl ny

3876 TV personality scandal (8/30/2014 1:02:56 PM):  This story continues to rock our city. Seems this person that had our city so charmed, led a double life--very dark and troubling. Today's Advocate reported from one of the men that he "involved" the youngsters in his dance studio with men from US, Britain and Asia. At the time of his death, he was under investigation for mail fraud, wire fraud and immigration issues. Several people are expressing sympathy for his adult daughter, but others commented that she married a guy so he could stay in US and be her dad's lover, so how blameless is she in all this? So sad. And according to the man interviewed (his other lover), he never touched the adopted child and foster child so let's hope we can believe him on that. You really don't want to believe all the rest that he is saying b/c it's so vile but let's hope that part is true. This man has been in federal protective custody since a few days before the killing so authorities must believe his claims.,  Susan, LA

3886 Football (8/30/2014 5:09:02 PM):  Our local HS football team (Penn Manor) played their first game of the year against another PA team in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. Only 400 people attended the game, mostly Americans. I'm sure the kids had a good time, but the venue only proved what people have known for years- the Irish could care less about American football, soccer is their favorite sport.,  Bob, PA

3894 Night Shift Workers (8/30/2014 6:37:03 PM):  I am now retired but worked night shift for about 12 years. I mainly loved working night shift but it did have its downside too. The first night back after having a couple days off was rough. When I was off I would get bored staying up at night so would go to bed and then when it was time to go back to work I would barely sleep. I used fan for white noise,ear plugs, and mask to keep light out. Also had heavy lined curtains & room darkening blinds. I will use ear plugs now if hubby starts snoring badly and I still use sleep mask. The digital alarm clock light keeps me awake. A lot of people don't understand the eve/night workers and will think you can work and then come home and do same thing as day workers. No some time during the day you need your sleep. I feel for all on 2nd & 3rd shifts I've been there & done that & know what your going through. Hang in there though cause it's great on the side of retirement.,  Vicki, Va

3895 Joan Rivers (8/30/2014 6:50:04 PM):  I saw reports than she's on life support . I don't understand why anyone thinks she's FUNNY ! She's always been a BULLY ! She even made jokes about her husband , Edgar's suicide ! Whenever she appeared on a show , I couldn't switch channels fast enough . We teach children not to make fun of people , then laugh at the likes of her ? I don't get it !,  MB

3896 Whole Foods (8/30/2014 6:51:29 PM):  The only one here is quite a ways from me. I finally got there with a friend yesterday. now I know why its also known as Whole Paycheck. I bought a pint of mixed organic cherry tomatoes for $2.99. Everything else was too much for me.,  JudyB LA

3898 Smart Meters in PA (8/30/2014 8:15:29 PM):  Has anyone from PA had their gas and electric meters changed? Do the men have to come inside of your house?,  Theresa, PA

3918 Homemade Whitening Toothpaste (8/31/2014 6:46:58 AM):  I make my own toothpowder and http://wellnessmama.com/22618/whitening-toothpaste/ I think I'm going to try this one the next time,  Sharon B., VA

3924 Puzzle (8/31/2014 7:32:11 AM):  Last week's challenge: Name a world leader of the 1960s (two words). Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song? Answer: U Thant (third Secretary-General of the United Nations), Next week's challenge: Think of a word that means "to come before." Replace its last letter with two new letters to get "someone who comes after you." These two words are unrelated etymologically. What words are they? ,  MAC--WI

3931 Whats important ?? (8/31/2014 8:21:44 AM):  For obama, he sends 3 people to Mike Blacks funeral, but none to the Highest Ranking officer that was killed protecting our security. Same with Andrew Tahmooressi he served 2 tours of duty in Iraq and held prisoner in MX for making a wrong turn and he does nothing to help sent him free. I guess this shows what is important to BO. Not showing support to those that keep us safe and only taking trips and playing golf.,  Lynn

3939 I Still want to see Obama's transcripts (8/31/2014 10:52:49 AM):  Here we are, 6 years later, and Obama has never produced his transcripts. I am sure he went to college and got crappy grades but no one will admit it. He was picked very early on to be our "first black president" and had every thing paid for him and everything done for him. I cannot believe there is not one investigative journalist who has found out the truth! Oh, and he is not our "first black president" - he is our first biracial president. Gone are the slavery days when an ounce of black blood make you black.....I had that he is trying to revitalize it,  Joanie in NJ & FL

3947 Sister Update (8/31/2014 12:02:13 PM):  Pam asked me to thank my friends for their beautiful get well cards. Her bf brings them to the ICU for her to enjoy. She sent me a pic from her phone, of the 5 new cards hanging on her bulletin board this week!! So a huge thank you to you!! They're putting a shunt in her head this week. I appreciate all your support for her!,  Julie in Mass

3951 Executive Powers (8/31/2014 12:37:49 PM):  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of executive powers. This is somewhat ironic since president Obama has been guilty of that for years. The difference is that the state government Texas is actually successful whereas the government under the Obama administration has been a complete disaster.,  Geri, IL

3954 Deadbeat dads! (8/31/2014 1:38:46 PM):  A relative left her husband because he refused to rent another apt for their family, preferring to mooch off his mom, by living with her. He then kicked her and his two small kids out. He didn't even give her food money. Now, she contacted him about child support. The county guidelines for child support for his salary and family size is $1100 @ month. My friend suggested $900. His suggestion? $300 @ month! It boggles the mind how this deadbeat thinks two children can be properly fed, clothed, and provided for on $10 @ day! His excuse? He needs to find an apt for himself. Yet it was fine to impose on his mom by cramming his family of four into her small home this past year.,  Friend

3973 Voting (8/31/2014 4:49:27 PM):  My congressional district has been gerrymandered so bad that there is no way that a democrat can win. If Joe Smith was on the ballot with a D following his name and Adolph Hitler had a R following his name, Hitler would win. This is no joke. This district once had an okay guy as a congressman (for a Repbublican)and then he was forced to resign because of a scandal. In 2012 he was replaced with a tea party reindeer farmer. He was defeated in the primary by the Foreclosure King who will win. Please tell me why I, as a democrat, should even bother voting in this election.,  Another Sharon in MI

3977 Joe Picopo (8/31/2014 5:06:55 PM):  Who didn't love him on Saturday Night Live when that show was worth watching? I did and on political day, I'm including his confessions of a disillusioned Democrat that appeared in the "Washington Times" on August 14. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/14/piscopo-confessions-of-a-disillusioned-democrat/?page=allMarion, CA

3978 What's Important (8/31/2014 5:48:51 PM):  Moving this up. Marion, besides the shooting in Utah, I also read that an unarmed white man was killed by a black policeman in Texas, and again no media coverage, protests or politicians. Around the time of the Michael Brown incident, a 9 year old boy was killed by gangs in Chicago. No Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Holder, Obama, protests or looting. Coming to Chicago, like going to the border, could produce unfavorable optics for the president. Besides, the golfing venues on the South Side are substandard.,  Geri, IL

3979 Hauling a bed? (8/31/2014 6:15:40 PM):  We are looking to buy a California king bed to replace the one in our guest room. Would we be able to haul it in a long bed pickup or would we need to borrow a trailer? I hope someone knows because we don't! R,  Nancy, LA

3988 Healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSA) (8/31/2014 7:02:41 PM):  This year I had some expected medical things done so I put about $500 in my healthcare flexible spending account (FSA). As it turned out, I have only used half of this amount. So, I went to the federal FSA to see what I could submit in receipts to cover the leftover money. I could not submit most over-the-counter medicines unless I had a doctor's note. For me, this left me with contact lens solution, glasses, contact lenses. In addition, I can also claim my mileage going to the appointments. We have until March 2015 to use the 2014 money up. I also received notice that in 2015, we will be able to roll the money over to next year. You may want to check if you're private sector or government. I'm not sure if the rules are different.,  Mindy, MD

3989 Race (8/31/2014 7:03:47 PM):  I think what bothers most people, is it is Obama and his administration who being up race. When someone said he is bi-racial not black, I think she was referring to the fact he is half white, but he puts white people down most of the time. He is not a uniter. I was hoping when he became president, there would be more examples and speeches of "see, I made it, you can too". I was hoping he would teach kids to stay in school, quit having babies they can't afford and not ready for, work hard. Instead he pushes,the victim agenda and public help. Lets face it, he could not have been elected TWICE without a lot of votes from white people and yet, he and Holder blame any trouble they have on racist people. It's time to quit using the race card. ,  Karen-IA

3990 ISIS (8/31/2014 7:05:44 PM):  Someone had better start paying attention. If these people aren't here yet, they will be soon. They have said they want American blood in the street and their flag at the White House. It's time to get serious. Please pay attention to your local races and try to vote to make a difference.,  Karen-IA

3993 Looking for old magazine (8/31/2014 7:38:57 PM):  I'm looking for a complete copy of this magazine. I Googled it and I can't find this issue. I was wondering does anyone have a copy for sale? TIA better homes & gardens quilts and more magazine spring 2012,  Renay, NJ

4013 living wills (9/1/2014 7:53:45 AM):  My mom (age 78) has asked me to help her work out how to spell out her wishes. So far, this is an emotional subject as we sit down to it, and the forms aren't super-user friendly. I mean, you can answer the questions posed on the forms, but I think we need more background thought, like 'why' would you not do CPR, for example, or how you would know its an appropriate time for that question. She is also trying to fill out forms on behalf of my dad (age 80), who wants her just to fill in what she wants on his behalf, a responsibility that is also overwhelming her. We plan to keep meeting every couple weeks or so, and keep plugging away. I am wondering if anyone can relate? When you worked on forms at home, did you have some sort of workbook? Or did going to a class help? Any insight would be great.,  Cindy T., WI

4017 Home Depot / Lowe's (9/1/2014 10:21:36 AM):  Mom wants to buy indoor/outdoor carpet. I am wondering if there are ever 10%+ discount coupons available, & if so, where? I kind of recall reading about 1 for Home Depot, but that was probably last year.,  expensive project

4018 Zoombucks Code (9/1/2014 11:06:36 AM):  LABOURDAY2014 Worth 4 points.,  Melody, WA

4020 Irazoo Treasure Code (9/1/2014 12:05:59 PM):  laborday2014 Worth 100 points.,  Melody, WA

4027 Coke rewards (9/1/2014 1:28:59 PM):  I know Lean Cuisine rewards program ends 12/31/14, but is the Coke rewards ending too? I swear between age and lack of sleep, I find it harder to keep track of everything. ,  Lynn

4028 Soap Making Palooza (9/1/2014 2:16:59 PM):  going on here today. It's hot …hot…hot and humid, so I decided to get my fall and winter soaps done- I made 2 pound batches of, Sassafras (hubby's favorite), Apple Spice, Cedar & Sandalwood and Christmas Wreath. This will last us until the Spring when I'll make our Citrus scented of soaps- I will make a one pound batch of Eucalyptus later in the week (I ran out of grape seed oil) to use in the shower for colds and sinus problems- Your sinuses will open up with a bar of that in the shower. Life is good at the farm!,  Sharon B., VA

4036 PUZZLE (9/1/2014 2:54:03 PM):  Somehow I missed last week's, but I doubt I would have gotten it anyway. This week's, however, I think I have. Has anyone posted an answer yet? I've been away and haven't looked at OT since Friday.,  Gina, CT

4040 Lemon water and weight loss (9/1/2014 3:05:07 PM):  This will be a bit long but wanted to share in case it would help anyone else. A few months ago I found a box of True Lemon crystallized lemon at the dollar tree I think there were 12 in a box and I bought it just to add flavor to the water I drink at work all the time. I tried it and loved it and went back and bought the rest they had. I had in the past read about and knew that I was acidic and had read that lemon helps bring your acid level down. At the time I started adding this lemon to my water I was weighing 205 lbs and constantly had problems with my sweat eating up my skin under my arms because my sweat was so acidic. I noticed that my clothes were getting "stretched out" about two months after I started adding lemon and was a bit frustrated because I had just bought 6 pairs of jeans for work all in size 18 and they just didn't fit anymore and wouldn't shrink back in the dryer. I finally figured out I was loosing weight and weighed myself and went shopping for new clothes. At that time I was weighing 182 lbs and bought several pairs of size 14 that were a bit tight. So I did some research and found out my weight problems and underarm problems were caused from the high acid levels and that lemon would not taste sour to someone who had a balanced acid level. Now a month or so later I weigh 178 lbs and my jeans are getting a bit loose in the rear and my underarms are healthy and pain free. Lemon is no longer sour to me and my teeth are whiter then before :) I did read up on that as well worried about hurting my enamel of my teeth and found lemon water is ok its straight lemon juice that damages enamel. I buy True Lemon in bulk now from amazon 500 at a time and normally end up drinking about 10 packets while at work each day.,  Teri, Ks

4042 Dad Update (9/1/2014 3:15:10 PM):  Hello to everyone at RMC, my Dad is out of ICU and in the Step-down Cardio unit. He still need 24 hour care but he is able to sit in a chair for a few hours a day. I know that seems like a small accomplishment but it means that every day he will get a bit stronger. He will probably go to rehab sometime tis week and remain there for at least a few weeks, probably longer. I know that many of you have been through the same thing with your Parents and Siblings ( I'm thinking of you Julie, MA) and I appreciate all your kind words and prayers. Special thanks to my sweet friend Yvonne ,LA. for posting an update on my Dad last week. Hugs to all. ,  Susan TX

4052 watch battery (9/1/2014 6:25:45 PM):  I got a good deal on a watch that needs a new battery. Where do I find a place that will sell and install it cheaply? or just the battery if its not too hard to install?,  me

4054 Parent's visit (9/1/2014 6:37:58 PM):  I'm thrilled this weekend that my 81-year-old father and 75-year-old mother have driven down to see me. I really didn't think they would come down unless I brought them down. However, seeing my parents in everyday activity makes me vividly realize, especially my father, that it is getting harder for them to do normal things. At night, I've been very sad about this knowing that my dad's health is not real great. I'm happy during their visit but it makes me so sad so to see my parents go from being really active to having difficulty walking and doing everyday things. On the plus, not a lot of people can do that at their age and I know I must be grateful for this. I guess I just have to accept everything for what it is. It's hard though.,  Mindy, MD

4058 Jane --Greta Van Susteren (9/1/2014 7:23:55 PM):  Jane - A couple of days ago after a discussion in which Greta was mentioned you asked: Who's "Greta"? Van Susteren?, Jane, CA I haven't seen a response so here's an article about her. I'm a fan -I first saw her way back during the OJ trial,she was a commentator on Court TV which was broadcasting the trial. I now watch her nightly on Fox news. I think you'll find her interesting. ,  Beth, MA

4062 Greta to Jane- OOPS (9/1/2014 7:31:50 PM):  Jane - I forgot to add this to the post about Greta Van Susteren. http://tinyurl.com/gn8vlBeth, MA

4064 eBay question: (9/1/2014 7:41:13 PM):  I'm new to eBay. I've made a couple (well, a few,lol!) purchases this weekend and I noticed, when I was looking through a seller's reviews that she was also reviewed as a buyer. (Didn't know buyers got reviews but I nguess I can understand why, just as coupon traders can get good or bad reviews at either end.) I was wondering how you find your reviews, as a buyer, on eBay and how long it takes for reviews to show up. Do you have to review a buyer/seller? How do you do that? TIA,  Jane, CA

4070 Swagbucks Mobile App (9/1/2014 8:00:48 PM):  Well finally I saw app on SB for mobile app. I went to apple but the reviews were not that favorable for it. What do you who have the swagbucks mobile app for ipad think of it. I already have sbtv app. I see where now that limit for that is 36 SB per day.,  Vicki, Va

4074 A new baby!!!!!!!! (9/1/2014 9:50:36 PM):  Richard and Erica had their baby this afternoon. Richard is a sheriff deputy and because her water broke at home he gave her a ride with lights and siren to Grand Forks, ND where the youngster made an early appearance. Weighed 5 lb 3 oz and 19 inches long. Nobody said which sex but earlier had been announced a boy due in October. This was the one whose life was in peril (why lights and siren ride). Both mother and baby are fine!! YAY!!!,  Google Researcher


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