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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7717 Recall Notices (10/16/2014 5:34:09 AM):  Michaels Stores recall folding tables due to fall hazard:
Toys R Us recall toy toaster sets due to choking hazard: Researcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7802 Recall Notice (10/16/2014 10:17:07 PM):  Sanus Simplicity television wall mounts recalled by Milestone AV Technologies due to impact hazard. Sold exclusively at Costco: Researcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7988 Purple Penguins (10/18/2014 6:57:41 PM):  I found this in reference to the below posted oddity. So maybe it won't happen since it's a bit odd anyway.,  Susan, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8106 How to find ink levels in HP printer (10/20/2014 6:36:17 AM):  Now that I have an HP desktop computer with Windows 8.1 OS, I no longer bring up advisory messages when my ink levels are low in my HP printer. How do I now access that information?,  Virginia Ann S VA

8111 cat /kitten problem (10/20/2014 7:59:57 AM):  We have 2 cats , litter mates . They're 10 yo . When their mom was dropped off at our country home , she was pregnat and gave birth to 7 healthy kittens . We kept these two . The neutered male is as friendly as can be , most of the time . The spayed female is difficult . Last year we had more than a dozen cats and kittens abandoned out here . We found homes for the ones we could catch . The others disappeared. They were probably killed by wild animals or cars . Although we never saw any evidence of that . About a month ago the cutest little male kitten showed up . It took me all this time to tame him . We've fallen in love with him . We'd like to give him a good home , but the older cats see him out there and they sit in the window and growl , howl and hiss ! I bring him in after they've been locked in the basemant. He is very active and he chews things . How do I solve these problems ? He can't live in the garage all winter. It gets so cold in NWPA ! Getting rid of the other cats is NOT an option . I'll be taking him for his shots and make an appt to get him neutered . That's all pretty expensive if we can't keep him . We're retired on fixed income , but we're willing to sacrifice in other areas for a new pet . I'm willing to try just about anything to get the older 2 to accept him ! Any ideas ? TIA,  Martha B. PA

8120 Beautiful Weekend (10/20/2014 8:58:28 AM):  Last week was great; team won 7th game in a row; 47-6 with 2 games left before playoffs. Last game will be the tough one. I don't know that we have ever beaten them. I told my grandson if they would win I would get a Mohawk.:) On a sad note, Tanner's leave was up.He left yesterday for San Diego for the next leg of his Naval journey. Please keep him in your prayers. Have a great week!!!,  Janice/Ok

8121 Shelby, IA - Allergies (10/20/2014 9:15:10 AM):  My allergist advises to start OTC meds on Valentines Day for Spring allergies and the First Day of School for Fall allergies. Allegra, Claritin and Zyrtec are non-drowsy. I always buy generic. Allergist suggests switching between the three after 6-9 weeks if allergy symptoms are not relieved.,  Kimberly, AR

8122 Venting (10/20/2014 9:19:06 AM):  In my next life I'm coming back as a welfare mom I'll have a nice section 8 home free food stamps free breakfast and lunch at school health insurance electricy aid a nice car and the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World a couple times a year My kids will play all kind of sports and I will get to travel to sporting events in other cities even getting to stay in hotels on the beach. Thank you tax payers for working and paying your taxes so I can have the same life as the working parent. Heck I bet my life is even better than a lot of working parents. As a realtor I'm now looking for another job. Can't make a living after paying taxes on the little I make while finding nice rentals for section 8 women who have new cars nice clothes iphones gold teeth, while telling me they will sign a lease agreement when they get back from Mickeys not so scary Halloween party. Boy I did something wrong in my life ,  Lynda/SFL

8126 All Edges Brownie Pan (10/20/2014 9:44:17 AM):  Has anyone here used one of these? Do you like it? How easy is it to get the brownies out of the pan?,  Marion, CA

8129 Children & (10/20/2014 10:41:02 AM):  I was curious if there was anyone on the board who didn't have children at all and if their language was still the same as those of us with children? Even though the kids are grown and the grandkids aren't here all the time we still use words like "potty". And, my MIL always says, "Well, I swan", which I assume is a substitute for some sort of a "cuss word".,  Sandy B., MO

8130 FOY Code (10/20/2014 10:48:39 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 315ty0vyl worth 23 Hulk Coins for use by 2 more users ,  Vicki, Va

8131 Walmart (10/20/2014 10:58:01 AM):  My daughter had two experiences with Walmart. She bought an item at one Walmart. She had her receipt and the product unopened and still sealed. She went to a different Walmart to return it and they told her no, they will not take something from another Walmart. After much talk they finally agreed to scan the item and whatever it showed on their register, they would give her the amount back in a gift card. Luckily it was the same price on the receipt. I told her this is crazy and they should have taken it back with the receipt. Second incident was she found a bag of items in a shopping cart. She took the bag to the service desk and was told they don't take items found in the parking lot that someone left, even if unopened. They told her to keep it all. Comments?,  Ann

8137 Walmart / Bluebird card (10/20/2014 11:20:17 AM):  I am so lost, but anymore that is easy to do. I did the Bluebird app on Iphone but for the life of me, I can't tell if they will automatically send me a card. Not sure if I should wait to move my $27 Walmart savings catcher money to the Bluebird account till I have an actual card. Can I scan my Iphone at Walmart & have that $54 apply towards purchases. I sure don't want to lose the money, I have it earmarked to buy a Dickies jacket for a man that is struggling to get ahead & will really need this jacket soon. So--is it to late to go pay $5 at WM for an American Express Bluebird card? Can I pay for 1 on line from the AMEX site? Will my app be all I need?,  so lost

8139 Vacation Weather (10/20/2014 11:40:12 AM):  I just looked up our vacation weather and it is going to be awesome. Everyday very close to 80 and a day or 2 will be 80 or above & sunny to partly cloudy. One day has a 30% chance of rain. Can't wait!,  Vicki, Va

8147 Chicken pot pie recipe (10/20/2014 1:18:49 PM):  Can someone help me? I have a college-age son that does know how to cook if it is reasonably easy. (Throw together and bake!) We have always used the Bisquick/Campbell's soup chicken pot pie recipe which he likes and can prepare himself. But we have hit a slight snag. He is trying to stay away from yeast (we think he may have an allergy to it) and there is yeast extract in the cream soup mix. I am looking for a similar recipe that he could make. He likes the pot pie because it has healthy veggies and chicken and is easy to prepare. TIA,  Sharla, KS

8148 New Pastor (10/20/2014 1:21:31 PM):  Well it looks like we might have a new Pastor for our church. The pastoral search committee has chosen a candidate. He & his family are from Mn. He is married with 3 young children. He & his family will be in town for week in Nov. The congregation will have a chance to hear him preach a couple of sermons and then we will all vote. I will dearly miss the Pastor we have now but he is retiring & hopefully the change will be good. Please Pray for my church & these changes.,  Vicki, Va

8153 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/20/2014 1:51:04 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8154 Repast after funeral (10/20/2014 1:57:47 PM):  Just curious if anyone has heard of a repast before. I hadn't until a few years ago. Yesterday a neighbor called to ask if anyone "had passed" on our street. There was a sign at the corner that said "repast" with an arrow. For those that haven't heard of it, it's the meal that's served after a funeral, usually at someone's residence. I've only heard of it in the African-American community. She called later to say that it was at the house across the street from me, to which I said, I didn't think so b/c I just spoke with her the day before and she didn't mention it. Also, "we" (as in whites) don't have a repast. We got into a discussion and I said that we have a meal after the funeral, but don't really have a name for it. We just invite everyone to "come to the house after the cemetery". Turns out, the lady whose house she thought it was being held at, had offered her vacant lot next to her house for them to park in so that they wouldn't have to park on the street. I know different regions have different customs. When DH died, his sister came from IL and was shocked by the amount of food that neighbors brought to the house. She told me that she wanted to contribute b/c it had to have cost me a lot. When I told her that "it's what we do", she couldn't believe it. She said that neighbors or the church provides a meal but the family has to pay for it to be cooked and served. Just curious as to customs in your area. P.S. This was the 1st time any of us in the neighborhood had ever discussed the differences between cultures for different races. We've never even brought up the subject of race. We are just neighbors, not different races. The only time we've ever come close is when a neighbor (who is black) mentioned that she saw someone who was unfamiliar to us riding a bike through the neighborhood. Her comment was, "It makes me nervous when I see those old saggy pants riding through here and they don't live here. You know they are up to something they shouldn't be." Same neighbor told me that her DH had seen someone w/ same type of pants walking into the subd. just before 4 a.m. when he was leaving to go to work. He said he came back in to watch him for as long as he could b/c it just didn't look right. (Our subd. is not gated, but we only have one combined entrance/exit.) The bike rider was later in the same day that he saw the pedestrian coming in. Sorry this thought was off-topic from my original post. ,  Susan, LA

8157 computer (10/20/2014 2:03:18 PM):  The saga continues. Its still in the shop - and acting perfectly. At home I would get the CMOS page to boot it up and a chksum bad message. It would abruptly power down for no apparent reason. I told the guy on the phone I sometimes hate computers. He said he does too,  frustrated

8158 computer (10/20/2014 2:03:49 PM):  The saga continues. Its still in the shop - and acting perfectly. At home I would get the CMOS page to boot it up and a chksum bad message. It would abruptly power down for no apparent reason. I told the guy on the phone I sometimes hate computers. He said he does too,  frustrated

8163 Swagbucks Code (10/20/2014 2:15:25 PM):  mmeblue before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

8164 Home Lazer Hair Removal (10/20/2014 2:20:31 PM):  Do any of you have any experience with a Home Lazer Hair Removal system? Do you personally know of any good ones?,  Cathy B Mo.

8166 Nursing home insurance (10/20/2014 2:52:30 PM):  Anyone have any pro or con opinions for a 70 year old to sign up for nursing home insurance - we are not rich and know next to nothing about insurance so would appreciate any help. ,  Sue-IL

8172 Venting (10/20/2014 3:57:05 PM):  I am bumping this up because I have much of the same feelings as the original poster. Yes, I want ALL the benefits that the WELFARE Moms get. DH and I have worked and paid our fair share (and more) into the system for years. Both of us started working at 16. (I babysat before that). DH is now disabled at 57. He FINALLY got his SS Disability and we are grateful for that. I am 51 and still working full time to pay for medical insurance, medical co-pays and deductibles. In the past 2 1/2 yrs we have spent about $25,000.00 in out of pocket medical costs. Yes, It has drained our life savings and then some. I recently applied for another part-time job so I can try to keep up with my DH's medical care costs. We know someone who has been on disability for several years now. Only ever worked part-time in her adult life. She is ?51 or 52 years old. Receives as much or more in cash benefits as my DH, gets FREE medical care, and more than $200.00 in Bridge card benefits every month. She has moved into a subsidized apt now, too. I just don't get it! How does that work? Sorry for my rant but I really did need to vent....,  Welfare Wannbe

8174 You never know... (10/20/2014 4:09:06 PM):  One of my friend's husband passed away this morning. He was taken off life support. He was a prominent doctor here on Long Island. He jogged every day, played tennis and golf, had a personal trainer and watched what he ate. However, he had a stressful career. He and his wife just came home last Sunday from vacation in Prague. I can still see the picture she posted on Facebook with the 2 of them smiling on a bridge. On Wednesday he didn't feel well, went to the cardiologist, and had an EKG done and nothing showed up. Later that evening he had a massive heart attack. You just never know.... ,  Randi, LI

8177 Re: posting 98156 (10/20/2014 4:32:37 PM):  Bisquick ingredients: Enriched flour, bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin monotrate, riboflavin, folic acid). Partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate). Dextrose and salt. Large capital letters "contains wheat ingredients". ,  Google Researcher

8200 Swagbucks Code (10/20/2014 6:38:46 PM):  30Kfor35SB before 6 PM PDT for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

8206 $500 mutual fund investment (10/20/2014 7:24:39 PM):  Too bad that wasn't for babies born 9 years ago today.....or even anyone born on this day! My middle son's 9th birthday is today! Great deal for those who happen to have a baby today though!,  Lisa, OH

8209 Funerals--bumping up (10/20/2014 7:59:31 PM):  In reference to someone's mention of a funeral home buying an old Ryans, made me think of our town. We have the only Starbucks inside a funeral home in the US. Think that is odd!! ,  Susan, SC

8214 CA and estate tax (10/20/2014 8:42:48 PM):  Jane, CA and others - has there been talk about changing the taxes, etc that California taxes out of Estates?? My Mom seems to think there are plans to take out a lot more taxes soon. She now wants to move (if I believe her) - a year ago she refused.,  Heather, NV

8219 apps for SavingStar etc (10/21/2014 4:15:53 AM):  Do Checkout51, Ibotta, SavingStar, etc, etc all have the same offers? Say Checkout51 has a product offer & I buy & submit info & I find same offer on SavingStar, can I do it a 2nd time? Guess I am wondering how many of these apps I should install. If they are all alike basically, I will just do 1. ,  Lynn

8220 Jane CA (10/21/2014 4:17:10 AM):  They were members of her "grange". Then later Grangers did such and such. What does that term mean??? Seeing all kinds of new words these last few days.,  Susan, SC

8223 Need Help (10/21/2014 5:56:14 AM):  Hi everyone. I am putting together a weight loss book and would like to include snippets and or stories from people who want to share their stories or give any weight loss advise. If you are interested in contributing, you can e-mail me at Please let me know if you prefer your whole name, first initial and last name or first name and last initial included at the end of your submission. Also please include in your message to me that I have permission to publish your submission in my book. I would like all submissions by November 1st if you are interested. Thanks for participating. ,  Shelly, MN

8225 Need AOL help (10/21/2014 6:36:16 AM):  Yesterday, just as AOL was opening, my virus scanner popped up and said it had just stopped a virus...and I could continue, which I did. Now my AOL won't go anywhere....I can read my mail and see my favorites but when I click on a link, it goes nowhere - just spins and spins and spins. When I go to through google, it looks normal. Now the question....I can uninstall and reinstall AOL but what happens to my stuff....mail in my filing cabinet and all my links in my favorites?,  Joanie in NJ & FL

8233 Freezer help (10/21/2014 8:01:02 AM):  I know there are some appliance experts on here, so I hope you will be able to help me. My chest freezer keeps some things frozen solid and some only very cold. It is abt 12 years old. Can I fix this? Can I have it fixed ? Should I buy a new one, if so what is a good brand? Thanks for the help.,  Ammrx, ne

8237 CA & estate taxes (10/21/2014 9:19:35 AM):  Thanks, Jane. Mom has this idea that California will try to take her (complete) house when she dies?? Her house and estate is definitely not huge. I would not be surprised if she is getting this idea from Dsis (who lives in Oregon and hates California now).,  Heather, NV

8239 Okla. teen (10/21/2014 9:26:40 AM):  I haven't seen anything posted on this. Has anyone heard about the 19 yr. old from OK that killed his parents and 17 year old sister b/c he owed a loan shark $3,000. This was so sad and callous. He figured if he also killed his sister, he would be the lone person to inherit. He planned it---parked his veh. down the street and leaving his cell phone at his dorm so they c/n triangulate and track him to the residence. Last year, a trip to Europe. Heard 2 different accounts---one that he went alone and another that it was a family trip w/ whole family, including grandma. He either stole grma's c/c or applied for one in her name (again 2 different version) and ran up $5,000 in charges while he was in Europe. Dad convinced grma to press charges so he was in an alternative program rather than jail. Dad also cut him off. He also stole Dad's gun out of the truck a few weeks ago and after the killings, stole the disc out of the surveillance equipment then went to TX with friends and stayed at a 5-star hotel to watch college football. The housekeeper found the bodies 3 days later. So sad ,  Susan, LA

8241 Poll: do you pass out candy for Halloween, how muc (10/21/2014 10:00:49 AM):  We love passing out candy bought $30 worth of candy for it, hope that's enough!,  pollster

8245 Card Merchandising (10/21/2014 11:18:49 AM):  Does anyone do this for Hallmark or American Greetings? Do you like it? Does it pay ok? I used to work for Hallmark (in a store) and I loved putting the cards out. Loving for a part-time job.,  Shanna,CA

8246 Bumping - Welfare system (10/21/2014 11:19:26 AM):  I've worked since I was 10, cleaning houses, than babysat, had 4 jobs at once in high school, etc. I even worked a full time and part time job while raising my 2 kids, so did dh. I'm now around 50 and not able to work. I have excruciating joint pain from standing on my feet for my entire working life. Its a very long story that I don't want to share, but I'm now on disability. I'd rather be working but this is my situation. I had a friend who found out I was on SSDI and she called and excited rambled on about all the "free stuff" I would/could get. I was horrified. Only thing on her list I was mildly interested in, was a part time cleaning person, as I simply can't walk without intense pain. Here's the embarrassing part of my story. I have two kids. One works full time, busts their butt to earn a living and although has bad days, knows this is what life is about. Older "kid" (both adults) saw me go on SSDI, decided she hated her government job, and left saying she had depression and anxiety. We raised the 2 kids the same with great work ethic. I truly believe it's the company the older one keeps that has done this. She was in an accident, sued the person who hit her, lived off that as long as possible, now hired a lawyer to attempt to get workmans comp from the government job, saying it ruined her for life and she can't work, etc. Meanwhile, she's applied for disability twice (can you get both? I don't think so!), turned down work recently because "it would really interfere with the benefits I'm trying to get". I almost threw up. Her phone and cable have both been shut off and she's three months behind on rent. I refuse to pay any of her bills, she needs to learn some hard lessons somehow. Now my MIL bought her a cell phone and put her on her cell plan cause she felt bad for my dd. That's just so wrong. Anyone else going through anything close to this? I'm ashamed and embarrassed. ,  Too embarrassed

8253 RC Christmas Card Exchange (10/21/2014 1:13:09 PM):  Hi everyone - I'm not going to have time to run the Christmas Card exchange this year. Just wanted to let all of you know in case someone else wants to run it.,  d

8255 Swagbucks Code (10/21/2014 1:21:40 PM):  HalloweenCBs before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 5 SB!,  Melody, WA

8258 DH colonoscopy (10/21/2014 2:42:56 PM):  DH had his first colonoscopy this morning (we had no choices about the prep - they just shipped him a package and we never met the doctor that performed the procedure ahead of time). No problems found - yay. It took a few minutes for him to wake up, but he felt fine coming home. At first he wanted a big lunch, but the nurses help convince him to start out small (he started with a juice box in the place and didn't feel sicks so they said that was a good sign). So, he has eaten almost a 12" sandwich already and will probably eat more for an afternoon snack. Now I need to get signed up for one.,  tired, but happy everything was OK

8262 Empty Prescription Bottles (10/21/2014 3:12:28 PM):  I haven't needed this info til now that I've had some dental work done and have been on painkillers and antibiotics: what groups are accepting empty prescription bottles, to what extent do they need to be clean, and what is shipping address? Thanks in advance,  Susan R., CA

8271 Lisa OH (10/21/2014 4:10:38 PM):  What is the $500 mutual fund investment you mentioned below? My dd just had a baby.,  Sue P., CT

8280 Ranges (10/21/2014 6:10:37 PM):  My mother needs a new gas stove/range. Hers is 24 x 29" which the lady at Lowe's said is apartment size. We looked at stoves and the cheapest was a bit over $400 and then there was a $129 installation fee. I couldn't believe how expense the stove was with installation. Of course mom didn't like the price nor the ones they had. Her stove is probably 20 years old and I can't get her to understand prices have gone up and they won't have the kind she has now. Anyone have any other ideas? I don't think my husband can put in a gas stove to save the fee. The lady at Lowes said that a slightly smaller stove would be less but mom doesn't want a gap between the stove and her cabinets. Thanks for any help!,  Stoves

8286 Military cards (10/21/2014 7:19:54 PM):  My mom donations to some organizations and received 3 phone cards in the mail. I am assuming as a thank you. I have no clue if these are valid or not. They are credit card size and state emergency phone card on them. Indicates for use by military & DoD personnel, medical staff and family members only. I don't see any phone number listed on the cards. The solider's prayer is on the back. How do I know if they are valid? Would LOVE to pass them on to someone if they are. Thank you! ,  Sharon W/WI

8287 Tracking expenses (10/21/2014 7:44:19 PM):  Years ago, I kept a journal detailing what I paid for household expenses (utilities, mortgage, etc.). When I moved into my rental house, I took a break from doing this. Now that I'm in a house I own, I'm questioning the purpose of keeping track of these expenses when I generally look at my online bills, etc. It's just me so I don't worry about a budget. Is it really worthwhile? I'd be interested in hearing why you keep track of your household expenses.,  Mindy, MD

8297 Health insurance (10/21/2014 9:09:50 PM):  Been a while since I've posted but in January our health insurance is going from a HMO to Traditional insurance. Hubby is retired but not 65 for 9 years yet. I'm on disability but have to be on same insurance as him + medicare so I'm not so much the problem but he is. No more specialists. Only 6 visits a year for regular doctor, on and on. He has Rheumatoid Arthritis and he said he is going off the meds in January since we won't be able to pay for it. The office visit alone can be from $100 (the cheapest as I have checked) to $450 per visit depending if he sees the dr etc. They won't make it cheaper something to do with the law in MI that they have to charge the same even if you don't have insurance even though the insurance never pays that amount. I am really afraid for his health not just the twisting of his hands and toes etc. but of his heart and cancer as he will have a higher risk if he goes off the meds. We are going to be having around a $900 out of pocket just to start then 10% to 20% "copay" on and on. I have no idea how we are going to pay for it all. + even with my medicare I will be having big copays on everything too. I was in tears today again with yet another letter from GM. Oh, yeah we are being cut off the other insurance because of the county we live in. They can't do that you say! yes they can and have done it. Most people are not being cut off just people in our county and a few others. When you call the union and talk to say 6 different people you get 6 different answers. I can't get straight answers. The website is made by crazy people. To find out what insurance to you personally they offer you have to put in you are moving!!!!! huh???? and then that says we can get what we have so the site is not even right. We have to have our decision (if we even have one to make) done by next month without any information as usual. I don't even know if the medications we are on like his RA med he gets as an infusion every 6 weeks or the asthma shots I get every month are even covered. Can I buy supplemental insurance? We probably won't even know what is covered or not covered until maybe Feb or March if they follow the norm. that was what it was last year but we have had the same HMO for over 20 years. Can I get extra insurance from the HMO? I have no idea who to ask etc. or when that would have to be done by. GM and the union can't/wont/doesn't want to be bothered with answering questions. Oh, a month and 1/2 ago hubby and I went to the union and the guy had no idea about anything. I have spend hours on the phone and like I said I get a different answer each time... Any suggestions as if hubby goes off the medication he will have a high probability of having heart disease/cancer let alone all the extra pain and it is awful pain. He has heart in his family as both parents died of heart and his mom heart/COPD (smoking). Am I undue worried? NOt really I don't want to wait until we are down to the wire and it is close as we only have about a month and a week but they didn't send out any info until 3 weeks ago. Cut something out to pay for it? We have cut to the bottom. All we have left of a luxury is the internet/cable and my 2 horses the one I have had over 21 years (she's 22) and the other I had 17 years. I gave away/sold the rest as I had 10. WE drive 15 + year old cars. Hubby fixes most everything thank goodness on that one. No vacations ext except we are taking a "vacation" the end of this month but actually he is helping his bro and his brother's company is flying me out to where hubby is ( free air fare) and we're driving back together (free gas) so that is our vacation stopping back to visit a couple of friends and my cousin (free lodging). because of his health hubby can't work full time. But he does work a few times a year for his brother and that does help a lot. Thank you for any help.,  Judy, MI

8298 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/21/2014 10:01:03 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8299 Susan R., CA (10/22/2014 1:51:05 AM):  Just read your post about the things happening with you. Sure have a lot on your plate. I wonder if you would mind answering a CA question for me. DB quit his job about 7 mos ago probably over something stupid. He is single, no kids, never married. He has had problems finding another job & lives in a rent controlled apartment (studio) for about $760 a month, close to beach. So he calls my mom for help & she mailed directly to his landlord a check for 2 months rent. Almost 30 days later, he calls me. He only calls me on my birthday & it sure wasn't that day. I agreed to send him $2,000 to catch up utilities, car insurance (no pymt), get some groceries. About 6 wks later, he called asking to borrow more. Well I am not a bank & I am unemployed for awhile myself. Directed him to our sister & she, with a long time Fed job, turned him down. Ticks me off she won't help a dime. So my Mom who SS is her only "entitlement" her whole life tells him to go to welfare. He won't do it, my Democrat brother says he doesn't believe in welfare. A few weeks later, Mom tells him again go sign up. He claims any help he would get, he would need to repay when he gets a job. Is that true? I mean when he works, he makes pretty good money, not sure how much but always been self sufficient. I do know he signed up for some low income break on car insurance, or so he claims. I have never heard of anyone having to payback food stamps or whatever other type help there is. Since he has lived in that building 10+ years, landlord has been working with him, but there has to be a point they can't any longer. Not sure if he is telling us the truth about repayment, or,  maybe he misunderstood?

8302 Detroit & water (10/22/2014 2:15:29 AM):  I was so shocked to hear on national news a few days ago how many people in Detroit area had their water turned off for pastdue balances. I think they said no more being more than 60 days pastdue or owing over $150. I just can't imagine having to lug home huge bottles of water every day or 2. To late now, but imho, Detroit was to lax in their collections for a long time apparently. The news showed a woman that makes $25,000 a year working 2 jobs & was shut off for $800 bill. She was lugging bottles of water home & says no way she can ever pay that money. ,  what a mess

8319 Insurance (10/22/2014 7:36:46 AM):  I was listening to BOT Radio Network yesterday (it's 101.5 in KC). Anyway, they were talking about a Christian insurance network sort of like a HSA in that everyone pays into a pot and then can "pay" for their medical care from the pot. I haven't looked into that plan to give more information but from what I heard on the radio it sounds like a nice option for some folks.,  Sandy B., MO

8327 Surgery (10/22/2014 8:45:38 AM):  I am scheduled to have outpatient surgery in a few weeks. I will be awake for the procedure but the surgeon said to talk to my doctor about my insulin, which I take at midnight. I often wake up about 6 am from being hypoglycemic and will drink something and be okay. I talked to my doctor and he said talk to the surgeon. I told him I was told to ask you about taking my insulin the night before since I have to be fasting. Geesh....give me an answer...but he just said take half a dose that night and half after the surgery. He didn't seem to know for sure what I should do. Has anyone here had outpatient surgery who is on insulin and had to fast,etc. and told what to do before surgery about their meds? With insulin lasting 24 hours or so, I am concerned if I do what he said it will throw off my doses splitting it. Thanks for any ideas. My doctor wants me to stay on taking insulin at night and not in the morning.,  Confused

8329 Poll: ways to save $ (10/22/2014 8:56:36 AM):  What are some ways you save ?$$ I cut bounce sheets in half and use them in dryer save $ in a Christmas club,  pollster

8344 Cursive Writing on PC (10/22/2014 11:44:39 AM):  Yesterday, I rec'd an email that had fancy cursive writing on it. Not always, but some wording on sites & other emails that I frequently go on, such as this site, the wording is in cursive where it normally isn't, such as this site. It sure makes it hard to read, taking longer to do so. Can anyone tell me how to make it go back to normal print, especially for this site. I don't get to come on here every day, for the most part. Then today, I get to & now this. Thanks in advance!,  Not computer literate

8346 Vent (10/22/2014 12:09:19 PM):  Just feeling a little sad and son (11) has a friend that he's known since he started daycare at 3 months old. We have invited this child to every birthday party my son has, have taken him to a Bengals game, CoCo Key Waterpark (never asked for/expected any type of reimbursement for either of these, and none was offered). When I sent the mom a message to see if her son was coming to my son's birthday party this year, she said he couldn't make it, but was planning a get together for her son for his birthday. Well....I see the picture of her son on Facebook with his friends for the get-together, which my son was never invited to (and, now that I think about it, the same thing happened last year "I'm getting something together....."). I'm sad for my son, who really likes her son, and wants to continue the friendship. They are quick to say yes to the invitations we extend (with barely a thank you), but have not reciprocated for the last 6 years or more. I know it's just the situation, and I will probably still offer for my son, but it's just frustrating!,  Sad in Ohio....

8350 Packing (10/22/2014 12:41:08 PM):  Well I was going to go do a little shopping today but rainy & chilly so decided to finish wash & get the packing thing going. Also did not sleep good last night. Then hubby comes home &!decides he is gonna cook. So cooking &'packing going on at same time.,  Vicki,Va

8354 Teresa, CA: (10/22/2014 12:56:41 PM):  Do we still have a B&M book store in our area now that Barnes & Noble closed? I know there's one in Fairfield and, if I have to, I can go there (my incentive's that my two favorite mom and pop restaurants are in FF!), but I need a "real" store with a substantial number of books so I can look through them and buy exactly what I need -- otherwise, I'd just shop on line at B&N or Amazon. There used to be a bookstore at the mall but I didn't think it had an in-depth selection of books other than the best sellers. Why, oh why, did B&N have to close????,  Jane, cA

8360 Mom may be moving (10/22/2014 1:47:57 PM):  Mom says she is serious that she wants to move (sorry, but will believe it when I see it happen). I told her 'when I find a place for her to move into she will move and NOT go back to the house - DH and I will get rid of the rest of the items and sell the house'. I asked if she agreed... she was quiet and then said Yes. (Wow, I guess she really is tired of living by herself since that comment before would have gotten an big No.) So, I need to go over next week and take her to the bank, etc to find out some information (and take her old microwave back since she can't figure out the new one - she even unplugged it!). ,  Heather, NV

8361 Medical power of attorney (10/22/2014 1:49:22 PM):  If a Power of Attorney is signed in California is it valid in Nevada? Mom signed a 'money' one (haven't figured out where it is good yet), but someone said she should sign a Medical one. I am wondering if I should try to have her sign one next week (before we move her).,  Heather, NV

8370 Christmas Basket (10/22/2014 2:45:16 PM):  Every year my DIL gives me a beautiful basket of things she has put together. Usually kitchen gadgets, or food and drink items. Two years I put together a basket for her of office supplies, post it notes, pens, stamps, envelopes, etc. I'm looking for suggestions of other things I can make into a basket. I'm not very imaginative, but I know you all are. Thanks for your help.,  Donna,WV

8381 Detroit - water issues (10/22/2014 3:39:41 PM):  Detroit has major, major problems. I live in the "Thumb" of MI, but have friends and relatives who live in different parts of the Greater Detroit area. Two years ago, at Christmas, my cousin was murdered down there. There are entire areas of the Detroit-city proper that are abandoned due to bank foreclosures, and have become a dumping ground for murder victims. They don't even attempt to hide the bodies, they just dump them in the road. You can YouTube videos of the abandoned homes at the height of the real estate bubble burst - entire neighborhoods, gone. I can't imagine not having water service - I can't believe the local health departments are not stepping in as a public health issue. If there's no water service, are their toleits/sewer system working properly? What about their trash - is it being picked up? In our hometown villages, water-sewer-trash service is all on 1 bill. How are people showering? What a mess!But nothing about Detroit surprises me anymore...,  Nancy B, MI

8382 Gift subscriptions (10/22/2014 3:40:42 PM):  Is it possible to buy a gift subscription to this website? If so, how do I go about it?,  Nancy B, MI

8412 Subscription contest (10/22/2014 6:47:05 PM):  Hi all, I'm having a little RefundCents subscription contest. I was going to anonymously gift a one month subscription to everyone but Michelle has MANY more monthly subscribers than I thought so I'm going to do this little contest. I'm going to gift 12 subscriptions (3 ~ 1 year; 3 ~ 6 month; 3 ~ 3 month; and 3 ~ 1 month). I will pay Michelle for these 12 subscriptions ahead of time and it's a nominee contest. Email me at with a name & state of an existing member that you think could really use a gift subscription and why. Monday evening I will choose the 12 winners. I will announce the winners if the nominee says it's okay to. Otherwise I will list "ANON" winners. Thanks to all for listening to me and helping me out more than you'll ever know throughout the last 18 months.,  Sandy B., MO

8416 pears (10/22/2014 7:20:25 PM):  I see fresh pears are the savingstar healthy this week. I would like to get some but I never get the good ones. Either they are way underripe or heading over the hill. Whats the secret to getting the perfect ones?,  JudyB LA

8417 House and Mom (10/22/2014 7:39:16 PM):  I agree that I may be sadder to have Mom move than her. I helped build that house as a teenager! I graduated high school and college while living there and we have had all Christmas's except two in 25 years of marriage over there. But, at the same time I have sad memories about the town - where my dad died, where Paul (mom's second husband died), etc. We will still have go there since that is were my in-laws live also.,  Heather, NV

8418 Mom's starting to freak out (10/22/2014 7:42:41 PM):  I heard Mom is starting to freak out about moving. I was told she was fixating on what was she going to do with her towels (most of them are old even) when MIL went to drop off bananas this afternoon. I am not sure what to do about that. The neighbor got Mom's microwave running so she was having a pizza before they left, but they weren't sure if she could run it by herself. So, I will be heading over again this weekend to return the microwave and see if we can find her trust, etc.,  Heather, NV

8423 Vain men! (10/22/2014 8:13:26 PM):  Two mutual friends went on a date. Both had seen photos of each other, though in the man's pictures, he was always wearing a hat and never smiling. He told her he is six feet tall. He is nice, but nothing impressive, and has a modest job, no home. The woman is 10 years younger, very pretty but a bit chubby. Great personality. The date was a flop. The hat was to conceal his total baldness. The lack of smile? At age 49, he hasn't a single tooth. Despite this, she had no insulting remarks. He commented that she is too tall (she is 5'5, and he is not really 6'0) and her hips aren't wide enough. Wide enough? She is a size 18. As the mutual friend, I was compelled to tell Mr Wrong, "In being petty about specific likes, you're eliminating women for silly reasons. Might I remind you that you're not perfect yourself???" Any comments?,  Grace Basham, CA

8424 Health insurance (10/22/2014 8:33:04 PM):  Thank you to everyone. No we don't have any kids, can't move in with brother in law as they live in a motor home and travel all over the US and go where his employer tells them. No military. WE owe more on our home than we can get... I may have mentioned that a while ago. I did apply for help with the state programs but didn't qualify because we are not behind!!! I still hear adds on the radio to help people but the state wouldn't help us. We are always from a few $ to $200 over the limits. Last year Xolair (the asthma shots I get) did pay most of my deductible. Hubby had to pay his though. Maybe he can get help with his this year. Hopefully they will help again this year. If not I will go off my shots though they help a lot. We just seem to be always on the boarder line or just a bit over. I don't want to move. We live in the country but not to far out. Since we owe more on our house than it is worth we would be paying even after we sold it. I would die in an apt. Can't stand the city. When I lived in the city I cried almost every day. That was after I got married. Hated it. Plus how long before GM does the same thing to people who live in town? But Things will work out. Hubby can still work at times so he is not bad enough to go on social security disability at this point as long as he gets the medication. He does get retirement however it is way less than 1/2 of what he got working. So he does work a few times a year for his brother which helps but no insurance offered through that company. Thank you for listening. Just frustrated and a bit angry. When hubby gets home we will be going to the union again. I am trying to find the concierge phone # that the HMO gave me to call them if I have any problems but I put it away so that I wouldn't loose it and of course I did... my mom has been staying with me too while hubby is gone and she was in hospital etc so been worried there. She is doing well now but it was a scare and stress... and her dr kept saying to me well she is 86 and didn't want to even send her to a lung dr. so I had to fight and I am so glad I did as yesterday she went and the dr said she thinks she knows why my mom ended in the hospital. She was using 2 ininhalers which are not to be used together and can affect the heart! So that was what happened! So I have been very stressed about that also. Thanx everyone,,  Judy,MI

8428 Halloween costume suggestion? (10/22/2014 9:58:13 PM):  I am working in PreK at a Christian school. We will have a carnival on Halloween. I'm expected to dress in a costume. I really don't do costumes :) I need suggestions! I can sew but am already going to be sewing costumes up to Halloween night. I would love to find a costume that is fast, easy & inexpensive. Being able to wear jeans would be a plus :) I'm "fluffy" so nothing that would accentuate that. All I can think of is western/cowgirl. ,  Susan near Houston

8445 Staples coupons (10/23/2014 6:11:36 AM):  I have a staples coupon that reads $4 after easy rebate with coupon on paper. Does this mean it's $4 at the checkout or I need to wait for a quarterly rebate?,  Sheila G, IL

8446 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/23/2014 6:12:46 AM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8459 Prayers needed (10/23/2014 9:12:30 AM):  I never thought I'd be asking my RC friends for a prayer request. But I am. My nephew's lady friend & my caregiver is dealing with severe coughing & chest congestion. She's been dealing with it for about 2 weeks now. She initially tried Robitussin cough syrup which didn't help. Went to Family Doctor(the same one I have) last week. Was put on a prescriptive drug & prescriptive cough medicine. Went back to that Doctor yesterday not feeling any better. Doctor has switched her to 2 new medicines to take for 7-10 days. If she's still coughing after that time, she's to call Doctor back. Doctor will then have her get chest x-ray to see what's going on! My nephew's lady friend is a part-timer at 2 Little Sue's Convenience stores in our rural area. She has continued to work through all of this illness, but only at the Mathews, VA location. She doesn't feel so bad when she sits up or walks around. But as soon as she lays down in bed, her chest starts to close in on her! Neither of them have health insurance. That's why our Family Doctor has been going the extra mile to help her! After getting this coughing & chest congestion, she opted to quit smoking! She has now been cigarette free for over a week! her coughing spells at night wake me up. Please pray that she can get this problem cleared up soon!,  Virginia Ann S VA

8462 Pizza Crust/Sauce (10/23/2014 9:45:04 AM):  I use a breadmaker. Pizza Crust (I tweak it a little and still working on it) 1 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F) 3 tea active dry yeast (2 1/2t) (I use a little less) 3 cups (or more) all purpose flour 2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil Preparation Pour warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. KNEAD dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. PUNCH down dough. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. ROLL out dough according to recipe instructions. (Start in center of dough, working outward toward edges but not rolling over them.) Sauce Ingredients: * 1 clove garlic, mashed and minced (I use garlic powder) * 1 teaspoon salt * 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste * 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce * 1/2 teaspoon sugar * 1/8 teaspoon pepper * 1/2 teaspoon oregano * 1 tablespoon olive oil * dash red pepper, optional Preparation: Combine all ingredients. Makes about 1 1/2 cups, enough for 2 pizzas. I use a handheld immersion blender. It's really good. I bake the crust for 10 minutes on a pizza pan at 350°. Take it out, place on an oven rack I removed from the oven, add ingredients and put the oven rack in the oven for 12 more minutes at 350°. I usually make 3 pizzas at a time and just keep taking out the oven rack with the pizza on it, transfer to a pizza pan and keep going.,  Melody, WA

8465 beach condo (10/23/2014 9:57:43 AM):  We're considering buying a beach condo on the FL gulf coast (redneck riveria). Any tips or things to watch for. We don't know what we don't know. TIA.,  debb AL

8470 Am I mean? (10/23/2014 10:08:19 AM):  Mom saga - Brother and sister aren't helping, but love to give 'input' (what I can and can't do - if I move Mom to Nevada I have to see her daily and never go on a vacation, etc - no way!) We figured if we see Mom even weekly that is more than anyone is seeing her now and I want her to move into a place with other people - maybe she will even make a friend. I am almost to the point of saying 'if you don't help, then you can't complain'. Any suggestions of how to word this? I want what is best for Mom, but they are just adding to my already too big pile of stress.,  Heather, NV

8475 To Jane -- bumping up (10/23/2014 10:32:04 AM):  Hi, Jane -- Yes, "frame" sounds much more appetizing than "carcass." The latter makes me think of roadkill, yuck. And re turning off lights, I also do a check every so often to make sure lights are turned out. Once our pantry light was on all night -- what a waste! A good rule is that if you will leave an area for more than 5 minutes, turn off the lights. If you're in the living room and just running into the kitchen for a minute say, they can be left on.,  Alice Dodge, OR

8484 Nor'easter (10/23/2014 11:05:14 AM):  Hope all our Refund family in the New England states are doing ok with yet another storm system. You deserve a big break from all the nasty weather! ,  Vera in sunny MI

8488 A Colorado passing (10/23/2014 11:20:50 AM):  Ruth DeBoer who posted on off & centsible chat several times passed away 10/08. She had been a couponer/refunder since at least 1981 & attended the conventions in Colorado. She will be missed.,  Sheree COLO.

8489 For anyone who has nothing else to do . . . (10/23/2014 11:40:03 AM):  Our grandson's high school is participating in the State Farm CelebrateMyDrive contest and it is currently in 29th place. They have fallen from 11th place so this is a final push to keep them in the top 50. They need people to go to Celebrate My Drive® - State Farm® and vote for them Each person can vote once per day thru tomorrow (10/24.) Here is what to do: 1. Click on Make a Commitment 2. Fill in your email and birthdate and choose one of the options. I choose "community member" 3. Fill in Avon High School and 44011 4 .Choose Avon HS 5. Answer the two questions. Wrong answers are okay 6. Click the red bar. That is it. When you go back another day you won't need to retype. Everything will be in drop down boxes. Here is why it is important: The winning school in each category will get $100K and a music concert by a big name. I think it is The Band Perry. Four First Prize winners will get $100K and 45 Second Prize winners will get $25K. 10% of the winnings must be spent on teen driver safety initiatives. Thanks for your help. ,  Gayle, OH

8491 Sgt. camel (10/23/2014 11:55:10 AM):  on the news just now they said there is a camel on the police force in California and he was just promoted to sargeant! ,  me

8492 Jane - Barnes & Nobles (10/23/2014 12:10:36 PM):  We go to Walnut Creek for shopping, Kaiser, dining, etc. Traffic is okay if we avoid commute hours. I looked at the link for B&N locations and I didn't see one at Hilltop Mall (Richmond) but did see locations in El Cerrito and Emeryville. If you are in El Cerrito, there's a good Chinese restaurant not too far from B&N. The garlic chicken wings are really delicious! It's called Chefs Chinese Cuisine CA

8493 Cruises & Ebola (10/23/2014 12:15:04 PM):  I have a cruise coming up, during Thanksgiving. Just got an email from Princess, had the usual blah blah, then I looked at my booking details - New Health Announcement. So I clicked on it and this is what it said: HEALTH SCREENING ADVISORY In light of recent national news regarding the Ebola virus, we wish to advise you that we have adopted new boarding procedures and screenings following collaboration with the international health authorities. We are screening for any guests or crew who have visited or traveled through countries with a US CDC Level 3 Travel Warning (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) or had physical contact with or helped care for a person suspected of having Ebola within 21 days of a cruise departure date. These individuals will be denied boarding. We are also monitoring bookings for any guests coming from these countries. Princess Cruises has in place robust medical protocols that are consistent with public health guidance. We are monitoring the situation closely, along with our colleagues in the rest of the travel industry. Guests seeking more information on Ebola can visit the World Health Organization's website at or the CDC website at Should you have any questions about these travel requirements, please call 1-800-774-6237 to speak with a Princess Guest Relations agent. After I read it, I had to click on a button, acknowledging that I'd read it. Susan (I think) is also cruising during Thanksgiving, but on a different cruise line - did you also get such a notice? Just curious.,  Sheila L, NV

8496 Gary Plauche (10/23/2014 12:58:31 PM):  Graphic story & video-This is link (hope it works) to story about Gary Plauche, who killed the man who repeatedly raped his 10 year old son in 1984. The story is graphic and the video shows the actual shooting of the molester. Mr. Plauche died this week, 30 years later. I'm sure this story will resurface on one of the crime story channels in the near future. He was on Oprah many years ago. I wonder if I still have that VCR recording somewhere. A Time to Kill:Jody Plauche Story link: Such a sad story for the entire family. Glad he is able to speak on the awareness aspect, but you can tell that it still haunts him. The mention that he doesn't want kids b/c of what happened to him is very sad. Also the fact that he wouldn't tell b/c he knew his dad would kill the guy. He didn't want the instructor dead b/c he was his friend, but I think also that he knew what would happen to his daddy if he killed the guy, so he endured all this so his daddy wouldn't get in trouble.,  Susan, LA

8501 Computer help? (10/23/2014 1:52:56 PM):  How do I find out what internet explorer version I'm using? Tia, ,  Sheila L, NV

8502 Susan Boyle (10/23/2014 1:56:33 PM):  Thanks for the nominations so far and keep 'em coming. I'm going to be off line until tomorrow but will answer emails again then. We're doing our EARLY Christmas with Rodney's mom tonight. She is a Susan Boyle fan and Ms. Boyle will be in concert in Kansas City tonight. We're taking her and she's taking us out to dinner first for our early Christmas present, too.,  Sandy B., MO

8504 K-Mart/Sears (10/23/2014 2:03:14 PM):  I heard on the radio today,that K-Mart/Sears is going to lay off 5000 employees & close some stores. Not sure of the amount of store closings.This is supposed to happen before Christmas. ,  Linda M, Rhode Island

8505 Finally (10/23/2014 2:07:29 PM):  Well, after waiting two months from her application date, my daughter finally got an answer from Disney. She was accepted for the Disney College Program. She will be in merchandise (working in one of the stores). She will begin her program on February 2nd and will be there until August 7th. So when we find out what area she will be working I'll let everyone know, and if you are going down there you can give her a hug from me!,  Yvonne LA

8506 Ways To Save (Bump) (10/23/2014 2:12:04 PM):  I thought of a few more tips: If we run out of an item while cooking, I don't run to the grocery, I substitute something for it. I try not to run out of anything. I keep an ongoing 'Needs List'. We, too, have a timer on our water heater. So it's not heating water at times when we don't need it. No use having hot water when we're sleeping. We noticed a drop in our power bill after getting this timer. We also have solar screens & room darkening shades on all our windows. Both of which have helped tremendously in cooling our home (in summer months). Both of these also brought down our power bill. It seems there's more rebates out now, I sure hope this will continue. It's been way too long of a dry spell with them. I guess that's all for now. ,  TerriH, NV

8507 Bounce Dryer Bar Opinion? (10/23/2014 2:14:30 PM):  For those of you who use fabric softener, have you tried the Bounce dryer bar? What did you think of it? Do you still use them after your first initial bar? Thanks!,  TerriH, NV

8508 (10/23/2014 2:17:47 PM):  I grew up in the South. I've never heard of it that way ,or spelled that way, but my Mamaw used to say "Well, I Swear!" She'd say that in like amazement of something someone else was telling her. I'd completely forgotten about it till I was reading the OT archives, yesterday. Thanks for the memories!,  TerriH, NV

8511 Tastefully Simple (10/23/2014 3:12:45 PM):  Does anyone have a shipping or discount code for Tastefully Simple? There is one item I need and the shipping is almost as much as the product. Help!,  Denise, MI

8519 Judy (10/23/2014 3:37:36 PM):  Pears are ripe when they are a light green but start getting mushy when they are turning yellow.,  Susan, SC

8530 Sister RitaRose (10/23/2014 4:34:05 PM):  Does anyone have her new email address? Or if you see this, please get in touch with me. She lived in Wisconsin and move to I think NE,  lynn

8535 Recall Notice (10/23/2014 5:25:45 PM):  Arctic Cat recalls Single-Rider and 2UP ATVs due to crash hazard: Researcher

8543 On The Road (10/23/2014 6:28:22 PM):  Well the packing is done and ready to be on the road tomorrow morning. I think it is about 12 hour drive & we stop a lot to walk at rest stops plus old people wth weak bladders. Lol. I went today & bought 3 nice tops for trip. With clearance, macys wow pass & gift certificate from points program I saved $106.00. Also bought some shoes & saved $10.00. Looking so forward to seeing son & new girlfriend & other family. Also looking forward to no housework for a week! Oh be still my heart. I'll keep in touch @ times but unto I get back everyone take care & I'll be praying for those who need it.,  Vicki, Va

8547 Gas Prices Drop (10/23/2014 6:52:02 PM):  Our Gas tonight was $2.59. It dropped about .20 since Wednesday. Wonder what is up??,  Susan, SC

8549 NYC Ax Attack (10/23/2014 7:18:32 PM):  Fast forwarding through a news program just now and thought they were talking about the Canada attacks, but there was an attack on 2 NYPD officers today by a guy wielding an ax!! This is so upsetting!,  Susan, LA

8559 Tracking Expenses - Mindy (10/23/2014 8:24:46 PM):  Mindy, you posted the other day about tracking expenses. I started doing this a little over two years ago. I find it helpful to compare how much I am paying for example, electricity every month. When my February light bill came in at $189 last year, I could pull out my notebook and see that I only paid $110 the year before for that same month so I had to figure out why it was so much more (heat tape on the roof - it was a long winter!) I no longer keep a checkbook register so the notebook is a convenient way for me to look certain amounts up. ,  Vicky N, ME

8564 New Questions (10/23/2014 9:14:17 PM):  How many loads of laundry do you do each week? What do you keep your thermostat at? How much do you spend on groceries each month per person?,  Inquiring

8565 Mindy, MD (10/23/2014 10:02:22 PM):  I wish we lived closer. I 'think' comments like you say after the conversation ends (need to practice what you wrote for next time). Dsis tried it again today ('Mom can't sleep in a twin bed' - even for a week if that is what it takes to get her furniture moved). I finally said 'Then this may not happen since she would have to sleep in a twin bed at my house also'. Boy, it got quiet for a few minutes..,  Heather, NV

8574 car brands / dealers (10/24/2014 6:43:21 AM):  So, I have been starting to look for a replacement for the Toyota Rav4 (DD wants it when she graduates college and I am realizing that I am starting to feel every bump in the road in my back). We got an envelope for the Lincoln MKC in the mail so I started to check it out (since the ride of the old Mercury Villager van and old F150 don't bother me as bad). I just checked and there are no dealers in Northern Nevada :-( I was hoping it was available in at least Reno, but 100+ miles away is too far for a dealer (especially with all the recalls happening). Oh, well I guess I go back to looking.,  Heather, NV

8575 AWD vehicles with comfortable seats? (10/24/2014 6:45:17 AM):  I am looking for recommendations for AWD vehicles (prefer crossover type vehicles - will need the ground clearance if our weather changes back to snow) that have comfortable seats (with power adjustments). Any suggestions?,  Heather, NV

8583 american girl doll (10/24/2014 7:55:54 AM):  I am.wondering if anyone knows someone that makes cheer leading outfits. MY Niece is a cheerleader and I want to get a matching outfit for Xmas thanks ,  Kathy Jo T, MA

8584 What's for Dinner (10/24/2014 8:29:41 AM):  Was cool out this morning, so put a big pot of veggie soup on. Got the house smelling yummy. Will bake some corn bread sticks to go with this.,  Vera, SC

8585 Gas Prices (10/24/2014 8:32:20 AM):  Yesterday at Walmart Gas Station had went down again $2.71.9 So 3 more cents off with their g/c. Hope this will continue for awhile. Sure helps with our budget.,  Vera W, SC

8587 Dairy Free Ice Cream (10/24/2014 9:10:37 AM):  I came across this cookbook at the Public Library. 75 Recipes (Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, Dairy, or Refined Sugar) ice cream by Kelly V. Brozyna. It is written and photographed by Kelly. No food stylist or professional food photographer--and so lovely you are motivated to break out the ice cream freezer. For anyone looking for healthy recipes for treats for the children or an ice cream birthday cake for a family celebration would love this cookbook.,  BarbaraS. NV

8591 Beautiful (10/24/2014 9:47:20 AM):  simple act of caring creates an endless ripple.,  So True

8605 (10/24/2014 12:53:11 PM):  I have just signed up for a free 30 day trial on this site and they promise shipping cost rebates. Has anyone had experience with this site and is it going to be worth joining,long term? I think it might be good if you order a lot of items on line, but otherwise, not sure. Thanks,  Diana CO

8606 Swagbucks Code (10/24/2014 1:16:08 PM):  SugarRush before 1pm PT/4pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

8607 Poll: what antivirus do u use? (10/24/2014 1:27:25 PM):  I am needing something!,  Pollster

8608 School shooting (10/24/2014 1:47:42 PM):  Another school shooting, this time town near Seattle. Saying shooter was a student and is deceased.,  Susan, LA

8612 house (10/24/2014 2:10:29 PM):  Well, all my decluttering and downsizing is done for now. In a few months I will go through the last closets and rooms to get them ready for putting the house on the market. But now we have a possible dilemma. I'm not a worrier, but more of a planner. DH has worked for the same company for years and they have always been short on space in the building. Company is probably going to move some employees to another building about 15 minutes north of current building. DH will probably be moved. DH is 45 mins from work now. The town we wanted to move to would make him 30 mins from work. If his work location changes, then he'll be 45 mins away again if we move to that town. So, to put an end to the madness, it's most likely better to just move closer to his work. I know ZIP about that area. For Georgians, this is the Marietta area. I'm thinking possibly Acworth, Kennesaw, or Woodstock? Anyone on here live in those areas? I'm worried about crime and traffic. I'm not thrilled to be moving "up north." But we are trusting in God as always. Before we didn't "have" to sell. If his office moves, we will want to move more quickly than planned so he doesn't have a 75 minute commute. ,  Dianne in GA

8613 KMart/Sears (10/24/2014 2:20:00 PM):  I went searching to see if the list of closings is out. Not yet, 1 article said both owned and leased stores. I know when I asked why the KMart here was closing, I was told the lease was up. So I guess that was a convenient reason for closing the store. ,  JudyB LA

8614 Honey Boo Boo (10/24/2014 2:52:44 PM):  Only read headline & not article, but it looks like Honey Boo Boo show has been cancelled.,  FINALLY!

8615 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/24/2014 3:22:58 PM):  My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8621 Cards and words of support (10/24/2014 4:11:15 PM):  My son who has Aspergers lost his eyesight last week. It has been very devastating to him, because he is aspiring to be a computer programmer. The have done surgery to reattach his retinas, but the recuperation is 6 weeks of bed rest pretty much. I was hoping that you wonderful people might send him some cards to cheer him up. Although he can't read them, we can let him know that people are routing for him. His name is Joseph Moreno, 49 East St, Granby, MA 01033. TIA,  Sherri, MA

8629 George's Surgery (10/24/2014 6:23:39 PM):  Michele - Thinking of George and You next week. My DH has had triple heart bypass via open heart surgery and aortic heart valve implant via TAVI procedure. Preparation and rest are so important, so hopefully George will not overdo trying to get things done. In addition, you too will need rest to get through the stressful time. Please put George and your health ahead of this site. I appreciate all you do, but it can wait until the two of you are comfortable about his recovery. ,  Carlene, OK

8634 Susan Boyle (10/24/2014 7:16:37 PM):  WOW ... just ... WOW. I wasn't sure if this would be that entertaining for me or not but boy was I wrong! She is amazing. We loved the concert and we're just pretty sure we're my MIL's favorites :) Back on checking nominations ... will still announce the winners on Monday but will do them all as "ANON" and just list by state. But will for sure list on Monday evening.,  Sandy B., MO

8642 Tv reccomendations (10/24/2014 8:47:17 PM):  Our old big TV probably at least 13 years old, has died. We have another TV and don't watch much anyways. So I want to wait for the Christmas sales as the are normally pretty good for TV's. Any particular brands to avoid? We will not mount the TV , just put it on a stand on top of a table. we will be looking at Screens under 40 inches, 32 inches may be up to 37. ,  Doreen,MI

8648 Cheaper Rate News Paper Subscriptions (10/25/2014 7:26:42 AM):  There's a couple ways to get a cheaper rate on your newspaper subscription or get an incentive to keep your subscription 1---Call in to Cancel your subscription usually you will be offered a discounted rate to keep you as a subscriber 2---Call and ask for a discount 3---65 or older ask for a senior citizen discount save 20-25% 4---Switch to weekend paper Fri, Sat and Sun or Sunday Only this can save you 50 to 75 % Many times newspaper offices have telemarketers to call previous subscribers offering them incentives (gift cards , free trial subscriptions or reduced rates to get subscribers back) 5---Prepaying yearly rate is also the cheaper plus you avoid price increases 6---Buy specific days papers from racks If you love the sunday paper subscribe its usually 50% of rack price if your rack price is $2 x 52 weeks = $104 you can probably get sunday delivered for half $52 then buy only the papers you need from the rack (our sales are in Wednesday) So I buy Wednesday from the rack for my grocery ads and subscribe to Sunday this costs me just $1.50 week I am saving a couple dollars a week and can use that to buy extra sunday papers if I like the coupons ,  Save on Subscriptions

8649 FREE American Girl... (10/25/2014 8:43:22 AM): patterns! Download and print them yourself! Researcher

8657 Framed Display Ad Help Please (10/25/2014 11:43:38 AM):  I have somehow picked up an annoying "Framed Display Ad" program that is giving me all sorts of pop-ups when I go to certain websites like RC. I've googled how to remove it but I'm not sure if those sites are real...meaning...will those programs really remove it or will they make it worse? Is this something that I should download Malwarebytes for and run it or ???? Help please! In the process I had downloaded a couple of other things and I have been able to remove them but this Framed Display doesn't want to go away. (The ads aren't hurting anything...they are just annoying!) Thanks in advance for your advice!,  Deb, IN

8665 Gracepoint (10/25/2014 2:22:58 PM):  How can I find out if episode 4 will air again? I am trying to record the series in order to watch it in a "binge" weekend. For some reason, episode 4 did not record. If it will air again, I would like to record that one. Can anyone help? Thanks.,  Amy J, OH

8667 Thanks (10/25/2014 2:51:26 PM):  thanks for the TV recommendations. We do belong to costco so we will keep an eye on their ads and specials both in store and online. I think we will avoid Sony. thanks again. ,  Doreen,MI

8668 prayers needed (10/25/2014 2:59:48 PM):  Going back to help my Mom next week. a) returning her old microwave (which only the zero button didn't work) since she can't figure out the new one. b) I picked up the paperwork for a place she can move into (independent, assisted and memory care if we need it) and found out that it is State Law that you have to have a Physician's assessment and 2 step TB test (pass step 1) before you can move in. (Not sure how the place [which she signed up for and then refused to move] last year was getting around that - they had her sign the contract, etc and said it wasn't required.) Please pray that my Mom agrees to go to the doctor. If she doesn't then she can't move (into any place as far as I can tell). Then only options then would be 1) have someone come in and help in her town or 2) move her near one of the kids (probably over here) and then have someone come in and help (no, living with me is not an option). I will head over Sunday (have commitments and hopefully the storm will blow through by then) and then I have to be back by Thursday (I teach 4-H sewing that night). Please pray that we also find important papers and get some important information - both affect her moving, etc.,  Heather, NV

8674 Amazon Mturk (10/25/2014 5:00:13 PM):  Anyone do Amazon Mturk? I started 6 day ago & since I was starting with 0 hits submitted, there wasn't a lot I could do. I found some offers from Jon Brelig that I plugged away at most of the time. Now I am just over 1,000 hits & bored with his receipt entries. If you do Mturk, what stuff do you like doing?,  Lynn

8675 Sherry - Son (10/25/2014 5:01:44 PM):  Just in case you missed it on yesterday's OTCC, a few of us have inquired as to your son's age before we send a card -- or at least -- adult or child. Prayers being said.,  Sue S., MN

8676 Tracy Aunst From Pa (10/25/2014 5:08:12 PM):  Anyone else make a trade with her and she didn't send her end? After I made the firs trade, she sent her end, so did another trade. After not getting the second trade from September 4th, I kind of remember her name was maybe at one time on the bad trader list? Any one know? When I write to her, she gets insulted because I am asking when she will send her add. Now she won't answer.,  Lynn

8678 Target's diapers: (10/25/2014 6:23:10 PM):  Anyone have an opinion about the Target house brand "Up and Up" disposable diapers? There's a $20 GC WYB2 of their giant size. I have 3 people for whom I'll be buying some diapers. One family only uses Pampers, the other two don't have a preference, although I don't want to get diapers that aren't good. I know Walmart's house brand has gotten good reviews from yet another family, but the $20 GC is pretty tempting!,  Jane, CA

8689 movie (10/25/2014 8:08:28 PM):  Saw St. Vincent this weekend. Really enjoyed it!,  Dianne in GA

8690 Fun finds (10/25/2014 8:08:29 PM):  Today, I went to a benefit yard sale for an old school restoration. This was their final yard sale of the year. I had donated tons of stuff in June. My husband & I were just looking for inexpensive china bowls to put under some of our many plants. We found twelve plates on their clearance table for $.25 for all. However, my better finds were a "made in occupied Japan matched cup & saucer, a nippon china teacup (no saucer), a signed book about Senator Flanders from Vermont in near perfect condition-- his brother lived 2 houses from me and another book about Governor Deane Davis who had been a friend of my father's. These finds totaled $2.00! I was pretty surprised to find anything of value left, since they had had 4 previous sales and did not accept any "new" items for this sale.,  Joanne VT

8698 Sandy B., MO & thank you (10/26/2014 12:34:56 AM):  Thank you for the kind post. Actually I have turned into a 'bad child' in the last few months. Her short-term memory is random (sometimes great and other times horrible). She keeps thinking I haven't visited or called (or it has been YEARS), I am now bossy, etc, etc. I have to keep reminding myself that I am doing what I can (even though at times it feels like everyone - mom, brother, sister and sometimes Mother-in-law think it is wrong or not good enough). If Mom won't go to the doctor or move (or 'allow' someone to come in once in a while) I am ready to throw up my hands again (and ask my Mother-in-law to back off). Like someone told me earlier this year 'you can't care about something more than the other person'. I really need to take that to heart on a lot of topics.,  Heather, NV

8699 Anne S. NY & my Mom (10/26/2014 12:44:49 AM):  Some answers: 1) Mom won't go to the doctor and hasn't been to one (other than cataract surgery three years ago and she only went since she saw 1.5 cars on the road and realized she should not drive like that) in over seven years (Mom would tell you she was extremely healthy and didn't need a doctor). 2) Up until recently I was told by Adult Protective Services that there was nothing that could be done until Mom was 'a danger to herself or others' (walks off and couldn't figure out how to get home, etc.) Mom hasn't left her property by herself in forever and has gotten to the point she doesn't leave the house except to walk to the mail box at the end of her driveway. 3) Mom 'gave' up her license a year ago (but thought her new ID card was a 10 year license!). 4) My DB drove off with her van in June (and hasn't visited since) so at least she doesn't have a car she could drive (but at the same time she says she wants her van back). 5) And, Mom doesn't have any hobbies anymore other than watching TV. She used to go out and rake pine needles (which are all over her property) until recently (I think she is starting to realize that it is too much work and makes her tired). She has had problems with her eyes since her second cataract surgery (but she wouldn't let the doctor fix it and will not go back to see anyone). ,  Heather, NV

8700 Jane, CA - thanks (10/26/2014 12:49:12 AM):  Oh, yes. At times I want to shake (or worse) my brother and sister. I feel like they don't have many logic skills either. If I could I would want to hire someone to be the buffer between them and me. I am so tired of hearing 'No, you can't xxx' (and most of it makes no sense), but then say 'Mom can't live near me, etc, etc'. ,  Heather, NV

8701 grocers (10/26/2014 4:01:24 AM):  Granddaughter just started a new job in New York NY. Was called for an interview, and hired to start immediately. She and a roommate just signed a year lease in 1 bedroom apt, for $1900. a month. She's trying o find grocers in area that's reasonable, she is living in East Village close to Manhattan. Any suggestions on how to save and grocers in area would be appreciated as she just starting and income is at the lower end at this time.,  Sandy C Oh

8702 Tracy Aunkst In Pa (10/26/2014 6:22:21 AM):  Sorry, I spelled her last name wrong. She is the one that didn't send her end, so don't trade with her. I believe at one time she was on the bad trader list.,  Lynn

8704 FOY Code (10/26/2014 7:29:19 AM):  om75wcrrm for 26 points for one more user. Enjoying vacation!,  Vicki, Va

8705 Photos on computer (10/26/2014 7:36:35 AM):  Where can I find info on putting pictures on my computer, filing, folders and then finding them? I have an iphone so daughter said to take picture and then send to myself - I have done that but then can't find it in my pictures on computer. I used to have printer with a slot of my SD card from my camera; however, my new HP does not have this feature,  Joyce A., VA

8708 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/26/2014 9:30:31 AM):  Only a few days left! My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8710 Wedding gift? (10/26/2014 9:41:10 AM):  My husbands co-worker is from India. She will be returning to India next month to prepare for her wedding in December. What would be an appropriate gift to give her? I am clueless.,  Susan near Houston

8711 GiftHulk Code (10/26/2014 9:56:09 AM):  octobernewsletter good for the 1st 25,000 users.,  Melody, WA

8714 Puzzle (10/26/2014 10:15:10 AM):  Last week's challenge: The following challenge is based on a puzzle from a Martin Gardner book, which might not be well-known. Out of a regular grade-school classroom, two students are chosen at random. Both happen to have blue eyes. If the odds are exactly 50-50 that two randomly chosen students in the class will have blue eyes: How many students are in the class? Answer: 21 students, 15 of whom have blue eyes. I don't think any of us were even close. Wonder how they figured this one out? Next week's challenge: Name a well-known TV actress of the past. Put an R between her first and last names. Then read the result backward. The result will be an order Dr. Frankenstein might give to Igor. Who is the actress, and what is the order? Sound appropriate with Halloween approaching:),  MAC--WI

8717 (10/26/2014 10:30:50 AM):  Can someone tell me how to tell which coupons have been selected before you hit the print button? I have a mac and if I just hit print it doesn't even let me view them before they print. Thank you!,  Laurie, Ohio

8719 Need Cell phone (10/26/2014 11:35:53 AM):  I need to get a cell phone for senior relative who wants something simple with just the basic features. Though this is basically for emergency use I would like it to have voice mail and texting also. If anyone has any suggestions for a reasonable price please let me know.,  Just asking

8720 Netflix vs. Hulu Plus (10/26/2014 12:00:40 PM):  Does anyone have feedback on theses two services? I am trying to decided which one to subscribe to and have no idea if there's any real difference in what they have to offer. Thanks,  Deb, NJ

8721 Gas prices (10/26/2014 12:32:14 PM):  Just drove past Sam's Club. Gas is 2.47!!! Wish I had a Sam's card. Hopefully, it will trickle down to the rest of the stations before something happens to make them skyrocket again. Also, the Exxon just around the corner from Sam's was 2.77.,  Susan, LA

8722 Contest ends tomorrow (10/26/2014 12:36:47 PM):  Have gotten lots of nominees for subscription contest. Keep 'em coming. Contest winners will be announced anonymously by state tomorrow night and the person that nominated them will be emailed.,  Sandy B., MO

8730 Just venting (10/26/2014 1:57:52 PM):  Ok---my turn to just vent. Our church is hosting Charge Conference in 2 weeks for 12 other churches. As most of you know, we are small and older. Last week the woman in charge of the function announced that since we are so small, we are only having cookies and punch---and NO store-bought cookies! I went to a really nice bakery and priced cookies, just regular varieties, nothing fancy. I don't do edible cookies. Mine are always burned on the bottom. So today, announcement made again and pastor says "So just go to the store and buy some really nice cookies." Well, the woman in charge pipes up with, "NO, I don't WANT store-bought cookies. They have to be homemade." So someone joked that anytime you light the oven, even if it's for slice-and-bake, it's considered homemade. If she had been nice about it, it wouldn't be so bad but she really was pretty rude. Of course, I'm sitting up front facing the congregation b/c I was liturgist today and I made mouth-motions to the effect "Well, that's just TOO bad.", as I'm wobbling my head from side to side. I know I shouldn't have done that, but it just slipped out. I really have to get that T shirt that says Did I just roll my eyes out loud? I'm not going to stress over it. They will get cookies from the really nice bakery, and I'll put them on one of my trays. ,  Susan, LA

8732 Swagbucks Code (10/26/2014 2:33:49 PM):  MondayFunday before 3pm PT/6pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

8738 Need Input (10/26/2014 3:41:39 PM):  Does anyone on this board have iron deficiency anemia? If you do please email me at Thank you.,  Chris, OH

8749 Craft projects (10/26/2014 6:33:55 PM):  I just wanted to share what I have done for craft projects recently. I had a housewarming party for friends who just built their dream home. I took a scrabble board and tiles and hot glued their names plus the names of their kids and their dog, along with other words that associate to them - fun, team, family, welcome, etc. When Pauline opened it last night, it was the talk of the room. I was very touched that everyone really liked it. Today I pulled apart 100 clothes pins, stained all 200 pieces and then glued them together, flat sides together. Then I took 8 of those pieces and formed a snowflake. My next step is to adhear some glitter and put a ribbon on for a hanger. I also started painting a wooden pallet to make a snowman family. I plan on personalizing this with my parent's last name one one end and a greeting of some sort on the other end. I spent 6 hours in the garage doing my crafts while DH did some work on the motorcycle. We stopped long enough for dinner and then I spent another 2 hours on the snowflakes. It was a very relaxing day but I am now exhausted! All my ideas came from Pinterest - I love that website! ,  Vicky N, ME

8752 Hulu? (10/26/2014 6:53:45 PM):  I won a month free of Hulu Plus from the McDonalds game. I don't know if I want it. What exactly is it? What do I get? What can I do with it? How hard to operate is it? See, I don't really know exactly what it is. Can someone explain? Thank you. I just got my computer up and running (for the moment)after 2 weeks so I am behind.,  Sue, MI

8753 Retired Friend (10/26/2014 7:03:24 PM):  I have a friend who retired about 4 years ago. Most of her friends, including me, are still working. She has always been a little high-strung and odd, but generally a good person. Now she is getting bored with retirement and possibly getting a little paranoid. I do not believe she has a medical condition--she is very able to take care of her self, but is just becoming annoying to the extreme. She always talks about how she has excellent funds and savings, but refuses to go anywhere unless it's with someone else. Not even lunch or a roadtrip by herself. She has tried to do some volunteer work, but always drops it soon after because she finds some reason to see something wrong in it. She gets very upset that others won't take the time to help entertain her. I am resentful because I don't like people clinging to me in any way--I have my own issues. Where we used to meet for coffee every couple of months (and that was do-able), now she wants to meet every week, and that is too much for me for a few reasons; including how clingy she gets, how she constantly complains, and how I think she is getting more and more odd. Why is it every one else's job to entertain her now? She and her boyfriend broke up shortly after she retired. She has said very clearly that she just wants someone to live with and take care of her. She always me to look for guys to set her up with, but I can't do that to someone. I want to like her because is generally a decent person, but she is really starting to wear on me. ,  Frustrated in USA

8761 Memory (10/26/2014 8:44:05 PM):  I believe I'm somewhere in the perimenopause or menopause arena for various reasons. One of them is because of my memory. Yesterday, something happened and I totally didn't remember it. This bothers me greatly. I'd like to hear your thoughts on what vitamins or herbs you've used to help your memory. ,  Mindy, MD

8773 Tanners Address (10/27/2014 7:54:03 AM):  QMSA HOLLAND USS MILIUS (DDG-69) NX/NN FPO AP 96672-1286 He is in the Persian Gulf,  Janice/Ok

8774 Miracle Whip (10/27/2014 8:42:37 AM):  I've been really disappointed with my Miracle Whip lately and recently sent my comment and complaint to Kraft Foods: I made potato salad a couple of weeks ago and by the next day it was RUNNY! Tossed. Made egg salad a couple days ago - it was stiff but wanted to use it the next day and remembered what happened last time so didn't add more Miracle Whip. Next day went to make sandwiches - RUNNY! Tossed. Checked Miracle Whip jar for expiration date, but that is not until January 2015. I bought a new jar, haven't used it yet, but I'm doubtful... has there been a change in the ingredients? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Reply from Kraft: The formulation of MIRACLE WHIP Wide Mouth Jar has indeed changed and I'm sorry you were disappointed with the change. KRAFT reformulated its regular Miracle Whip, resulting in a new, great taste. We replaced sugar with high fructose corn syrup and it still has the delicious taste and texture consumers expect of regular Miracle Whip. As always, we made sure that any changes decided on were tested through consumer sampling to ensure that great taste and texture were not affected. Our staff works very hard to provide the best tasting and satisfying products to the preferences of most consumers. Your opinion about the product is important to us as well and I will share your comments with our product development staff. Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts. Kim McMiller Associate Director, Consumer Relations - - - - - - - - - - We have been discussing this on our Iowa loop and seems I'm not the only one who has noticed changes.. WISH I hadn't bought another jar. What are you folks using? We don't care for real mayo - too bland for us. ------------------------------------------------------------------ ,  Bev in Iowa

8776 Irazoo Treasure Code (10/27/2014 9:22:58 AM):  matomydouble expires 10/31/2014, 11:30 PM EST.,  Melody, WA

8788 Swag Code Extravaganza Today (10/27/2014 10:45:11 AM):  Codes will be released at 10 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM, all times are Pacific.,  Melody, WA

8789 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/27/2014 10:48:18 AM):  Only a few days left! My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8793 Don't burn those cookies (10/27/2014 11:23:09 AM):  Some had posted earlier about baking cookies for church and mentioned she always burns them. Invest in a silpat (silicone pad) - I got my latest ones at Amazon. Not cheap but so helpful. I use them for everything. Nothing sticks and you really have to be bad to have anything burn. Also, never cook cookies on the lowest rack of your over...and do you have an oven thermometer to check your heat? If not, cook at 15degrees lower than called for. It may take longer, but they won't be burnt,  Joanie in NJ & FL

8795 Swagbucks Code (10/27/2014 11:30:36 AM):  CoffinUpSB before 11am PT/2pm ET for 6 SB!,  Melody, WA

8806 endometrial ablation? (10/27/2014 12:45:13 PM):  has anyone here had this done due to irregular cycles or menopausal problems you just cant stand anymore? What was the outcome? Dr says its simple proceure no down time?? Any thoughts? I have researched it some just looking for input from others,  Thanks-- unsure in TX

8812 Swagbucks Code (10/27/2014 2:20:06 PM):  CandyIsDandy before 2pm PST/5pm EST for 6 Swag Bucks! I got 10 SB for it, not sure why.,  Melody, WA

8815 computer (10/27/2014 3:27:00 PM):  Here we go again. I got my desktop back from the shop last week when they couldnt find anything wrong. Got it home and had to play with it quite awhile to get work (it would boot up but the monitor was still in sleep mode) then I would get the main screen that said Intel inside and it would not go to my desktop. Finally I did something and it worked. I said I would never turn it off again. Fast forward to today when I dropped my phone onto the power strip its plugged into and of course the strip got turned off. And now I am back to trying to get the computer and monitor to communicate (I'm using my daughter's laptop again to write this). Briefly the monitor came up with the blue light and the screen that said Intel inside and froze. I pressed the reboot button, monitor said it was going to sleep and there is stays. I hear the computer booting up so I know thats working. Before I call the shop again, does anyone have suggestions? I was thinking of going to Office Depot and getting a new monitor cable (cheaper than the shop charge) I have disconnected and reconnected monitor cable several times and the connection is tight. Guess I thought that it would eventually work. I am seriously considering a replacement computer at this point,  frustrated

8818 Swagbucks Code (10/27/2014 4:19:39 PM):  BROOMSTICK worth 4 SB before 4pm PT/7pm ET!,  Melody, WA

8819 Gas Prices (10/27/2014 4:20:43 PM):  Someone posted a few days ago about their gas being below $3 a gallon. The price changed today at one of the gas stations I go by and I couldn't believe it, $2.999. Now I have to figure out if I just get a few gallons, hoping for it to fall more or fill up while it is this cheap. ,  Jackie A., PA

8822 elevated crp levels.. (10/27/2014 4:56:31 PM):  melody, have you ever heard/read that thyroid problems can cause an elevated crp level? both my daughter and my mom's labs came back elevated? or any thoughts on what could be making this? I had elevated crp when I was not medicated due to crohns disease.,  christy, ia

8825 Beauty salons (10/27/2014 5:16:36 PM):  Ok...I admit that it's difficult for me to change things in my life. I finally, after two years, decided it was time to change my regular appointments from PA to MD. Tonight was the first change....going from a 14-year hair stylist/friend to an upscale beauty salon. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this but I was not looking forward to this appointment, but it was time for a haircut. Out of 10, I'd give it a 5 primarily because I sorely miss my regular hair appointment it was one-on-one, quiet, and with a woman who was the age of my mom. The stylist I had colored hair, piercings, tattoos, etc. I'm going to see how it goes. It's a necessary change, but I still think I'm in mourning from this move two years ago. I'd really like to get a one-woman beauty salon but I don't think I'm going to find it.,  Mindy, MD

8829 KOHLS (10/27/2014 6:03:59 PM):  ANY NEW % CODES OR FREE SHIPPING?,  S

8830 Coaches gifts? (10/27/2014 6:04:44 PM):  So....I am in charge of getting coaches gifts for my kids' soccer teams (I'm a little annoyed...seems if I don't do it, no one does (I've tried not doing it, and that is what happens)! I think it's unfair if the coaches get no recognition, but also tired of being the one always in charge of this....). Anyhow, I am looking for ideas on a nice gift. I generally do gift cards, but wanted to see if there was something else. I'll have anywhere from $25 (daughter's team, 1st/2nd grade - small team) to $50 (son's team, 3rd/4th grade) to $75 (other son's team 5th/6th grade). Not all the coaches have kids at our school, and they all have team pictures from their own child being on the team. I prefer something that isn't going to go in a drawer.....I know I might be stuck with gift cards (impersonal!), but thought I'd ask for other ideas! There are 6 coaches total - all male. I would like to give them this weekend after our tournaments. Thanks for any help!,  Lisa, OH

8831 Swagbucks Code, last one (10/27/2014 6:17:13 PM):  FrightDelight before 6pm PT/9pm ET for 8 SB!,  Melody, WA

8835 Subscription winners (10/27/2014 7:10:12 PM):  I had some really cool nominations for the subscription contest. Some were due to financial reasons and several were "just because" (friendly, helpful etc., on OTC). Also, I checked the subscriptions and didn't see a one month subscription so we will have 3 ~ 1 year winners; 3 ~ 6 month winners and, possibly, 6 ~ 3 month winners. I've sent Michelle an email but haven't heard back yet. Also, I decided to list all winners as ANON and by a state. Thought that would be the most PC thing to do. Here goes ... 1 year ANON from TX (this person had several people write to nominate her) ANON from WA (also had multiple nominations) ANON from MI (again, multiple nominations) 6 months ANON from ME ANON from GA ANON from KY 3 months ANON from MD ANON from SC ANON from FL ANON from PA ANON from UNK state ANON from UNK state That looks sort of cryptic but, luckily, for the people nominated with no state I had a first and a last name and those names have gone to Michelle in an email. I am about to email the people who sent nominations and as soon as I get confirmations from Michelle about payment I will post an update. If you want to check to see if you are a winner and can't tell from my puzzle of a list here you can email me Thanks for all the emails. Congrats to winners.,  Sandy B., MO

8854 Gas prices (10/28/2014 6:50:41 AM):  From CNN: The national average has dropped for 32 consecutive days for a total of 30 cents per gallon. 17 states have gas prices below $3 a gallon. Drivers in SC, TN and MS pay the least for gas. HI has the most expensive gas in the nation followed by AK, NY and CA.,  Susan, LA

8855 Gas prices (10/28/2014 6:51:19 AM):  And I forgot to put that gas prices are at the lowest in 4 years.,  s

8858 Easy voting reminder - thank you! (10/28/2014 6:58:10 AM):  Tomorrow is the last day to vote! My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000 Katie: Alex: Evan: ,  Lisa, OH

8862 Grace/Tanner (10/28/2014 7:44:59 AM):  Tanner emailed me that he likes the Carolina Panthers and Virginia Tech. (His dad is from Virginia). He also likes Starburst Jelly Beans, protein bars and any surprises. He is on a ship with 300 sailors. My dd's, her church and others are going to do care pkgs for all of them for Christmas.,  Janice/Ok

8864 Michele and George (10/28/2014 9:36:10 AM):  Thankful that George's surgery went well. When I saw that there were no updates on Michele's Updates for Monday, I thought the surgery may be underway. Please don't ask for our patience. It's not necessary. If anyone is upset b/c you are not posting on a daily basis---they have a problem! Your family is your only concern right now. We'll help each other and keep each other straight while George is recuperating. Prayers continue for you both.,  Susan, LA

8866 wonderful news/George (10/28/2014 9:49:22 AM):  I am so happy that George is on the road to recovery. I know you will take great care of him and he has the support and well wishes of all your readers.,  Andi Illinois

8867 George (10/28/2014 9:52:27 AM):  Hello, Michele -- Good news about George! I'm sure you both are very happy, thankful and relieved. Please don't worry about your work here, just take care of George and YOURSELF.,  Alice Dodge, OR

8869 George's surgery (10/28/2014 10:17:04 AM):  Hi! Michele, I am glad everything is going well!!,  Mary Ca

8870 Subscription Contest (10/28/2014 10:31:27 AM):  Hi all, just got an email from Michele and she has a lot going on right now. Her office assistant will be in early next week and the subscriptions will be input then. Hoping the best for Michele & George!,  Sandy B., MO

8871 George (10/28/2014 10:44:10 AM):  So happy to hear the good news about George. Please take care of yourself. And don't worry about updates!,  Barbara, CA

8874 George and Michele (10/28/2014 12:00:52 PM):  Take care of yourselves. We are fine here. ,  Debbie, OR

8877 George (10/28/2014 12:56:30 PM):  That is good news, Michele! I hope George takes good care of himself from here on. Best wishes to him...and to you.,  Linda, VT

8878 George and Michele (10/28/2014 1:09:38 PM):  Happy to hear the good news. Thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery. Don't forget to take care of you, Michele, as you take care of George. And please don't worry about Refund Cents for awhile. We'll be bugging you both soon enough and now is not the time.,  Marion, CA

8879 Michele (10/28/2014 1:20:00 PM):  That is such a wonderful report about George. ,  praying for you both

8882 God bless George (10/28/2014 1:55:22 PM):  May God bless George and give him a swift recovery. Hugs to Michele, we are thinking of your family.,  Grace Basham, CA

8883 Swagbucks Code (10/28/2014 1:56:09 PM):  EarnEarnEarn before 1pm PT/4pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

8886 Walmart Savings Catcher (10/28/2014 2:31:53 PM):  Okay someone explain this to me. did I read that right? That it is double the amount if I put the balance of my walmart savings catcher on a BlueBird American Express Card. I do not want a credit card.... but YES I will take a preloaded american express card. So I have twenty bucks on my walmart savings dashboard. It would be then forty bucks on a american express prepaid card ???,  Patti/IN

8889 George & Michelle (10/28/2014 3:23:07 PM):  Glad the surgery went well and now he's on the way to recovery. Don't worry about this site Michelle. Your husband should be top priority for a while. We can survive. Take care of yourself too. ,  Betty, La

8890 mystery shopping?? (10/28/2014 3:23:50 PM):  anyone fimiliar with this site??,  Laine J TX

8893 Walmart Bluebird promo (10/28/2014 3:51:29 PM):  OK, so I got a Bluebird card to use for the Walmart Savings Catcher program. I registered the BB card; I didn't like giving them my social security number, but I did it. Their system said they were "reviewing" my application? Then a few days later I received an email from BB stating they wanted to verify my identity, so I need to send them a picture of my driver's license, and a home utility bill with my address on it, etc. Has this happened to anyone else? This is CRAZY...,  Nancy B, MI

8895 Costco (10/28/2014 4:46:51 PM):  Is there a good deal to join Costco?,  Marge, OK

8903 MCR (10/28/2014 10:03:41 PM):  Can you still get magazines with MCR points?,  TKS

8906 social security card (10/28/2014 10:48:57 PM):  I have misplaced my SS card and want to get a duplicate. Does anyone know how I go about doing this? Thanks,  Marge, MO

8910 hair color (10/29/2014 2:21:09 AM):  Finally going to get rid of grey...many many shades. I'd appreciate any recommendations- I've never had dark hair but wonder if a light brown/dark blonde will cover grey. How do you decide on a color? I'd like to do it myself...and I don't know the difference between permanent and rinse? Do I assume with permanent color it stays forever, except roots need touch up? With a rinse, do you have to touch up roots?,  Pat, Traveling the USA

8913 Winter coming?? (10/29/2014 4:14:20 AM):  It was in the low 80s here yesterday. Friday evening we may see snow flurries here in upstate SC which is VERY early for us. I'm headed to FL for the weekend but not ready for a long winter.,  Susan, SC

8914 bluebird cards (10/29/2014 4:38:08 AM):  all I know about this card is when you call to activate it they ask questions that you wonder how they know to ask. My sister did this and I was listening on the speaker phone. Example: What year was your niece *** born, did you ever live at 123 anyplace. How old is your oldest sister? I actually didn't believe her at first, because she said she failed on one card and they told her she would have to start over with a new card. I was skeptical that they would ask such personal questions like that; but they did. The same thing happened to me recently when I called to activate a regular credit card. It was really weird they asked me about some car I owned years ago and a few other things. It just kind of creeped me out how much intermingled information they had about me and my family.,  Doreen,MI

8930 Printing Text Messages (10/29/2014 9:31:53 AM):  I hope someone can help me. I have some text messages on my phone that I need to print out on paper. Does anyone know how I can do this? I know it can be done but I have no idea how to go about it. Thank you to anyone who can help me.,  Cathy B. Mo.

8932 Update on George (10/29/2014 9:42:12 AM):  Michele, thanks for the update on George. My friend that had open-heart surgery in the spring also had to have her heart shocked b/c she has afib. P.S. I can just imagine you running home from the hospital, scurrying around like crazy to do what you need to get done in the few minutes that you are home---and posting new items for us. Thx for the update,  Susan, LA

8938 Swagbucks Code (10/29/2014 10:50:00 AM):  GoMobile before 10 AM PDT worth 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

8943 Last day to vote! (10/29/2014 12:15:13 PM):  Today is the last day to vote! My kids entered the Uncle Ben's cooking contest. You don't have to sign up or enter any information to vote - just click on the "vote" button. You can vote for ALL of them every 24 goes on for 2 weeks. Thank you in advance! We would win $15,000, and the school would get $30,000. Thank you to all who voted, whether you did it once, or every day! Your support is appreciated! Katie: Alex: Evan:, OH

8944 Kitchen (10/29/2014 12:18:49 PM):  If anyone would like to see our new kitchen, you can look at the Uncle Ben's videos (links in below post). You can't see it all, but you get a pretty good idea :),  Lisa, OH

8945 Michelle (10/29/2014 12:37:58 PM):  Thank you for updating us about George. Blessings to you and your family as he recovers.,  Olivia, MS

8948 selling cd's (10/29/2014 1:04:28 PM):  Has anyone sold old cd's that they no longer want? What is the best site to use? Thanks for any help with this. I have lots and they are just collecting dust. not sure if they are worth anything but anything is better then nothing. TIA,  cheryl ny

8951 Michele & George (10/29/2014 1:56:51 PM):  Michele, thanks for the updates on your DH. You both are in my prayers.,  Sandy B., MO

8954 JUst wondering (10/29/2014 2:05:33 PM):  I got a trade from a female (don't even know her or where she got my name) but she sent c/d's about $50.00 worth maybe 4 internet,4 WT But says when I get the checks to mail them back to her say what? I didn't even ask for them to begin with Since she sent when I didn't even ask for I figure they're a gift no or? We can always use the funds I am not planning on sending her anything back What do ya think? Thank-you,  Lilli Tetzlaff, OH

8955 Puzzle - Spoiler (10/29/2014 2:09:32 PM):  Did anyone get the puzzle for this week? Name a well-known TV actress of the past. Put an R between her first and last names. Then read the result backward. The result will be an order Dr. Frankenstein might give to Igor. Who is the actress, and what is the order? Sound appropriate with Halloween approaching:), I think the answer is Eva Gabor - Rob A Grave! ,  Yvonne LA

8973 Tired and frustrated (10/29/2014 6:28:39 PM):  So, I will start with the good: I think I found the lawyer that can find a copy of Mom's trust that was written in 1993 (and will help us update it if needed for $275 per hour - ouch; which I already told Dsis I won't be surprised if our Mom refuses to pay the bill and it comes to me. I have to go back in two weeks to take her to the appointment.) Bad: So, after Mom saying & writing that she wanted to move (said it again when I arrived on Sunday night and then all day Monday to me and everyone else we talked to) she decided Tuesday morning that she will NOT move. That was even before I told her she had to have a doctor's appointment. I had filled out a few lines (name, etc) and then had to go to the restroom. When I came back out she was looking at the packet and didn't like that the place was a 'Senior Living Center' - what did she expect; a place for kids?? She then said she didn't need any help and would stay in her house (by herself and not having anyone come in). So, I came home this morning (bought her some Ensure and bananas yesterday). I am not sure what to do or think anymore. Oh, and I was able to return the new microwave to Kmart and she is using the old one.,  Heather. NV

8979 Recall Notices (10/29/2014 8:22:07 PM):  Cane Creek recalls bicycle shocks due to risk of injury:
Waterway Plastics recalls spa drain suction covers due to risk of entrapment: Researcher

8981 SF Giants world champs (10/29/2014 10:13:18 PM):  Dancing in the streets here, after my Giants won their third World Series in five years. Major pandemonium! ,  Grace Basham, CA

8982 Fishing or not story (10/29/2014 10:16:53 PM):  A man calls home to his wife and says, “Honey, I have been asked to fly to Canada with my boss and several of his friends for fishing. We'll be gone for a long weekend. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting so could you please pack enough clothes for a 3-day weekend? Also would you get my rod and tackle box from the attic? We're leaving at 4:30 pm from the office and I will swing by the house to get my things. Oh! Please pack my new navy blue silk pajamas."
The wife thinks this sounds a bit odd but being the good wife she does exactly what her husband asked.
Following the long weekend he came home a little tired but otherwise looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish? He says, "Yes! Lots of walleyes, some bass and a few pike. Why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?"
You'll love the answer!
The wife replies, “I did. They are in your tackle box”.,  Google Researcher

8984 Another rescue kitten (10/29/2014 11:58:27 PM):  While I was at work Wed. evening my DH discovered a very young kitten (about 5 weeks old) wandering between our driveway and our neighbor's yard. It appears that the newest arrival was "dumped" off. We live in a semi-rural area, on a very busy road. It is amazing that this poor little kitten didn't wander out into the road and get hit. Not to mention that it is cold and windy. DH and I went to Walmart when he picked me up from work and got some moist kitten food. She just gobbled it up from my fingertips (and her little teeth are very sharp :-). After that she promptly peed on my leg... She in now sound asleep on my DH's chest. I just don't understand how ANYONE can be so cruel to one of God's Little creatures. Sorry but I just had to so upsets me when people have so little respect for such a tiny, helpless. little animal. What kind of a person does this?,  Shelly K. MI

8986 update Sis / leukemia (10/30/2014 4:38:37 AM):  Two years ago I requested prayers for my older Sis . She had been diagnosed with leukemia (AML). She's been in remission for exactly one year . We take her to Pittsburgh every 3 month for tests . The doctor congratulated her yesterday on her one year cancer free anniversary ! WE FEEL SO BLESSED . All of you that prayed for her , would you mind saying a prayer of thanks to the God that has so blessed us ? We are so grateful to still have this wonderful woman with us ! THANK YOU !,  Martha B. , PA

8989 Keep your ovaries (10/30/2014 6:52:06 AM):  There was talking earlier this week about people having their ovaries removed during a hysterectomy for bleeding and some people said their doctor said they did not need their ovaries.... Keep your ovaries!!! You need to keep your ovaries at any age for your heart health and your bone health. I had ovarian cancer when I was 29 and they cleaned me out and I have had to watch myself ever since because of all the loss of good hormones, but I had a hormone-dependant tumor so it was no big choice....and someone else said their doctor checks their TSH for menopause? TSH is what my doctor uses to control my thyroid is called a thyroid panel and is T3, T4 and TSH, Joanie in NJ & FL,  Joanie in NJ & FL

8994 When ?? (10/30/2014 8:22:19 AM):  When is the next Walgreen Senior Day ? I tried to google it and couldn't find anything. Easier to just get on this chat and ask. Does anyone know when the next Walgreen Senior Day is ???,  Patti/IN

9000 Massage Envy (10/30/2014 9:07:55 AM):  Does anyone go there? I have never had a massage, but I think I need one (going to the chiropractor this morning). How do you know what type of massage to ask for? My entire back hurts (but especially the lower part). I think stress is settling in my back.,  Heather, NV

9002 corn bread stuffing (10/30/2014 9:56:59 AM):  Anyone have a good recipe for this?? We wanted to try one for thanksgiving this year! TIA,  cheryl ny

9009 Any one else get a check today for the LCD antitru (10/30/2014 10:36:26 AM):  All I can say is WOW,  drb mi

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