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Recall Notices (2/13/2015 5:05:22 AM):  Kidde recalls disposable plastic fire extinguishers due to failure to discharge: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers/
SRAM recalls Zipp 88 bicycle wheel hubs due to crash and injury hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-88-Bicycle-Wheel-Hubs/
Jackco Transnational recalls ZETA battery pack due to fire hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Jackco-Transnational-Recalls-ZETA-Battery-Pack/Google Researcher

7632 help me find answer (2/13/2015 6:09:12 AM):  i need to find someone that buys boxtops ,  carolb.mich

7634 FOY Code (2/13/2015 6:27:44 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code b6okxuldq worth 40 Hulk Coins for use by 2 more. ,  Vicki, Va.

7641 upright freezer (2/13/2015 8:11:59 AM):  Opinions please on best brand to get, frost free or not? Looking to get the biggest one I saw-maybe 22 CF. Thanks in advance. (DH will not buy GE)Our mom and pop store has closed so only have Lowes locally but could travel to next big town.,  Missouri

7644 young adults (2/13/2015 8:55:02 AM):  OK, am I the only one that has DD (21) calling with weird questions? Just now I got a call saying she has 4 days of medicine left and what should she do... I said check the bottle - it has one refill. So, I had to explain how to get her prescription (call the pharmacy, etc). Note: This is the first prescription that she takes daily. I really am doubting myself as a parent right now...,  Heather, NV

7660 Adult Children (2/13/2015 11:21:40 AM):  I called one of my friends since I cannot remember anything on this subject, once we quit laughing I can now answer it. My husband and I had each had our departments, I was insurances, health and "I am just aggravated with everything." DH was cars, planning for race outings and all other guy stuff. DS did very well on medicines simply because they were mail away and he kept track of the time, would call them in and track on line. Ohio State dorms were huge so he made sure he got his mail and some of the off campus housing was questionable so he always checked it. It amazes me what our children thought was so wonderful in their college years and we would cringe. Look at it this way they will all grow up, have their on children and still need us. It is a good feeling.,  Chris, OH

7665 Cancelling Directv (2/13/2015 11:44:50 AM):  I knew I would be cancelling our Directv soon, but the current bill is spurring me on to drop it asap. Our bill went up $3.50 from last month, an annual happening, but I don't recall any pre-notice. What are the steps of cancellation? We've had the service for over 5 yrs. I don't think there is a con tract currently involved, but who knows?? Those thin white pamphlets that DARE you to read them might have been an updated "account agreement." So how to end this costly bill? I'm curtailing most cable shows anyway: not a news fan, won't miss that choice AT ALL. Help! Do I package the dish monstrosity and hope for the best? Thanks...,  Give me movies and MeTV instead

7674 Damon (2/13/2015 1:27:37 PM):  It's a miracle! Thank all of you for your prayers. They have. been answered!!! Saturday (Feb 7) Damon under went a 16 hour surgery for a transplant of a liver and kidney. The doner was a 28 year old man head trauma victim from Pittsburg. Because of his gift 5 people now have a second chance at life. (heart, lungs, pancreas, and the other kidney went to others) Damon is in ICU. He's in a lot of pain but going in the right direction. His kidney hasn't started working yet but the kidney dr said it can take up to a month for that to happen Today he has been complaining about the hospital food which is a good sign. He isn't able to walk but hasn't been for a while. I can only say that God has blessed us in a huge way. You guys are the best for all your caring and praying! I cannot thank you enough. Please don't stop. He has a ways to go yet. As for me, I am having chemo treatments which have been with few side effects. The worst being a few hot flashes. The only bad thing is I fell in the bathroom Monday and broke my foot! Not a bad break but now I have to depend on my son for food and he ain't a chef! Oh, well. Tv dinners aren't so bad!,  elizabeth va

7683 Jennifer Lopez (2/13/2015 3:06:56 PM):  I know this is way off subject, but is anyone else dissected with every magazine the pages are filled with her and her new face job and looking trashy? I don't see that she has any talent, but expose her body. I feel so sorry her kids to have a Mother with no morals. Just sick of seeing her. I have decided to stop buy magazines and hopefully she will go away.,  Tammy

7687 Hearing Aids (2/13/2015 4:28:40 PM):  I was looking on Amazon at their hearing aids. Has anyone tried the inexpensive ones and do they work. What would you recommend ?,  Rachel MA

7698 Rough feet (2/13/2015 6:58:30 PM):  Can anyone suggest something that will help make the bottoms of my feet not so rough And and dry? Tia,  Cheryl ny

7705 Sharon V VA (2/13/2015 9:55:11 PM):  I am in Hampton. I have lived here about ten years. Origionally from a small town in Texas.,  elizabeth va

7706 Mixes from scratch (2/13/2015 10:52:38 PM):  I am thinking about making up different mixes from scratch like Bisquick, corn bread, bran muffins etc. Does anyone do this? Do you mix all the dry ingredients & just add the wet stuff later? Has anyone mixed up the whole recipe & then frozen it for cooking later? I am just looking for any tips or ideas as sometimes there just isn't time to whip up muffins & the like to add to a meal. Thanks.,  Lisa

7707 Mom and wants to go home (2/13/2015 11:09:01 PM):  Yesterday (day 2) my mom talked to my sister and said I had left her too long and needed to come get her (I left her at the assisted living place on Tuesday afternoon). Today (day 3) I got a phone call that mom was upset and needed to talk to me. She thought someone had stolen her credit card (no, she gave it to me last week and it was expired) and that we had to go over (DH and I were about to leave on a date). So, we went over and my mom was carrying her purse and told a friend she was leaving with us (??). We redirected her to her room and I then saw that most of her clothes were packed in her bags. She said she is tired of 'the trip', the people are really nice, but she wanted to go home (they said she was having fun with her new friends - walking the halls and chatting like crazy). I went off and told a caregiver. When we left mom was in her room and and the caregivers were going to watch over her. Mom doesn't remember our major wind storm last weekend or watching DH clean our fish tank on Monday night (she was really interested), but she doesn't seem to be forgetting that she used to live somewhere else. I am not sure what to do at this point.... ,  Heather, NV

7708 Crockpot freezer meals (2/13/2015 11:10:52 PM):  I have been reading lots of blogs lately about making up meals & freezing them in Ziploc bags for throwing in the crock pot at a later date. Anyone do this? ,  Lisa

7709 Freezing meals (2/13/2015 11:45:09 PM):  What types of foods/meals do you freeze? (I have a theme going on here LOL.) I have done stuffed peppers, stuffed shells with chicken, meatloaf, meatballs. I will cook up ground turkey/sausage to use for sauces. I buy the small hams that Aldi sells & dice it up in small pieces for using in ham & beans, scrambled eggs or quesadillas. For around $5.00 I can get enough for 2 meals out of 1 ham. I freeze cooked & diced chicken breast for casseroles/soups. I make chicken tortellini soup & I am thinking of making batches of the soup & then adding the tortellini just before it is ready. I just get sick of cooking and looking for new ideas!! 😊 Thanks!!,  Lisa

7712 rulerfood store (2/14/2015 4:55:34 AM):  we have a ruler food store opening soon is this store like a kroger store do you have a ruler store in your area? they said it is a discount store is it like a save a lot store?,  verna indiana

7727 Coffee (2/14/2015 8:59:56 AM):  How do you folks store your container of coffee once its open? I have heard it should be kept in the Ref. Does anyone know what is the best way to keep the grounds fresh?,  Tammy

7728 Recall Notice (2/14/2015 9:14:03 AM):  SCOTT recalls Vanish Evo bicycle helmets due to head injury hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/SCOTT-Recalls-Vanish-Evo-Bicycle-Helmets/Google Researcher

7740 Sharon V VA (2/14/2015 10:53:08 AM):  how funny! I live in Phoebus, right down the street from Buckroe.,  elizabeth va

7746 Happy Valentines Day (2/14/2015 12:33:17 PM):  We went to a parade (NOMTOC) and tonight a local chain (Izoo's Illegal Burritos) has B1G1 burritos half price with coupon. Yesterday I got a pink fringe plant half price at Lowe's. Tomorrow - half price candy at Walgreens!!!,  JudyB LA

7749 Below 5 (2/14/2015 1:37:26 PM):  There's a store coming to a shopping area 50 miles from us called Below 5. Anyone know what that is and is it good? Thanks,  Judy/MO

7764 Pretty Good Week (2/14/2015 3:53:31 PM):  I had a pretty good week with saving some money. In January, 2014 we were paying $95.39/month for cable and internet. I went to Time Warner Cable and said, no - this is too much. They reduced my bill to $66.87 and told me to come back in a year to keep the same rate. I got a letter a couple of weeks ago saying my new rate will be $84.45. I went to Time Warner Cable on Thursday and said I would like to keep my old rate. "Jared" reduced my bill to $58 (plus taxes?) Wednesday night, DH and I went to Verizon and said, you guys are advertising some great deals on TV and we want a great deal. They reduced our bill by $50. (our phones are not currently under contract and they took $25 off each phone). It took us longer in wait time at Verizon than it did to get the bill reduced but it was obviously worth the wait. It honestly took me less than 3 minutes to talk with Jared at TWC. This is a savings of about $900/year. Yeah, it was worth the time we took! And then, on Friday, I received a message from Oregon Chai that I was randomly selected as a winner in their facebook contest I had entered (needed to leave a comment and tag a friend) - we both won some chai! I had left the comment "because you got me hooked" and tagged my sister-in-law. That was a fun win! (might have been more fun to win the powerball though!) LOL! But, it was a good week for savings and today is DH and my 28th wedding anniversary. We are getting ready to be hammered with even more snow (trust me, we've had enough!) and tonight we are making homemade margaritas (fresh limes) and cooking steaks and asparagus on the grill! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!,  Vicky N., ME

7765 Mom and thank you (2/14/2015 4:01:15 PM):  Thank you for all the kind words and suggestions. So far DB and Dsis haven't told me to take Mom home (and find a live-in caregiver). Dsis agrees that if DB wants to do it then HE is responsible for finding someone and going up all the time to make sure everything is OK (he has a new girlfriend so I don't think he will want to take the time). DH and I did go on our date (but worrying about mom was in the back of my mind the whole time). I was just glad that I didn't have a bunch of phone calls from her when I got home (and I haven't been called today). I will call and talk to her tomorrow.,  Heather, NV

7767 Brandie W OH (2/14/2015 4:29:35 PM):  Fullers was torn down in 1993, long before I moved here.,  elizabeth VA

7768 Sharon B VA (2/14/2015 4:31:16 PM):  Kecoughtan Warriors mascot is an Indian in profile.,  elizabeth VA

7773 Southern Storm (2/14/2015 5:40:38 PM):  I went to the grocery earlier today. Tonight we went to Walmart to get batteries and water. We are to have 5 to 7 inches of snow Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. This effectively shuts down the South as we don't have snow plows or removal equipment. They are also calling for freezing rain mixed in so we may lose power too. Right now it's mid 50s and dropping to the 20's later in the night. But the wind is whipping at 30 to 50 mph gusts. We had to fasten down our hot tub cover as it flipped up earlier. So we are now ready.,  Susan, SC

7778 Bread or rolls served with Chinese Cuisine (2/14/2015 7:56:23 PM):  Does anyone know if the Chinese serve any special bread or rolls with their Chinese cuisine? Or do they use the egg rolls as bread or rolls? I'm planning to have a Chinese meal for Chinese New Year 2/19/15. Would like to serve bread or rolls with it. If it's a bread or rolls, might make them myself. I love working with yeast dough! Just made up a small batch of dough today as a mini sourdough loaf of bread & a sourdough pizza shell. Then I made up another small batch of dough as Potato Garlic Knot rolls. Had one with my supper tonight that was to die for!,  Virginia Ann S VA

7780 RiteAid code (2/14/2015 8:31:09 PM):  I have a JANUARY reward code that I will not be using. J4N33EWJ4C Hope someone is still able to use. Code expires 2/25/15,  Carolyn/OR

7782 RiteAid code (2/14/2015 8:32:44 PM):  Have two FEBRUARY codes that I will not be using. FJTRPYDNL4 FW4H7PP99A,  Carolyn/OR

7783 homemade water distiller (2/14/2015 8:39:47 PM):  Has anyone made a water distiller? I checked online and they are about $180 - too much in my mind. DH needs it for his CPAP machine (and my ironing). I know it doesn't cost much to buy it, but it is remembering to get it. I see a few designs online and wondered if anyone had made any of them.,  heather, NV

7788 safety (2/14/2015 10:10:45 PM):  Please pray for me and my home for safety and warmth, Furnace went out, wires shorted out and caught fire. Thank the Lord I was up and awake when it happened, usually have a hard time sleeping, I'm diabectic, iwas reading and all of a sudden, my eyes started watering and I could smell, like electric burning. called 911 , fireman came and said it was my furnace, it turned out that the wires shorted out and burned, I live in a Mobile Home and PRAISE GOD for his protection, New Furnace to go in Monday, in the mean time have two space heaters going trying to keep warm and pipes from freezing. need your prayers and encouragement. Sandy C. OH,  sA

7793 Food questions (2/14/2015 11:37:57 PM):  I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who answered my questions about freezing meals, etc. I have bookmarked all the links, thanks Google Researcher. I will have lots to look through! Sharon, I would really be interested in your basic cookie recipe & pancake mix when you have time. If you are too busy don't worry about it. You blow me away with all you do. I am exhausted just reading it LOL. Thanks again & have a great week.,  Lisa

7794 Google Researcher - support groups? (2/14/2015 11:43:40 PM):  Please look for any support groups in Northern Nevada or Online for: Children of Elderly parents; Caregivers (but she doesn't live with me), Dementia or something similar. I have spent the last hour looking and am not coming up with much. Mom had the place call me tonight. When I saw the name I had a flight/fight reaction at first (I was only there yesterday).. I need to find someone to talk to that has gone through this before (she can't live alone or with me and doesn't realize that she is 'living' at the place - she thinks she is on a trip and wants me to come get her so she can go home). Thanks in advance.,  Heather, NV

7806 puzzle (2/15/2015 6:42:55 AM):  Last week's challenge: Name someone who's the subject of many jokes; two words. Remove the space between the words. Insert the letters O and N in that order — not necessarily consecutively — inside this string of letters. The result, reading from left to right, will be two words of opposite meaning that this someone might say. Who is it, and what are the words? Answer: St. Peter; stop enter Never would have gotten this one!! Was anybody thinking along these lines? Next week's challenge: Name a major U.S. city in two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically to get the cost of attending a certain NBA game. What is it? It's a frigid -5 this morning with a nasty wind chill.,  MAC--WI

7816 Snow (2/15/2015 10:00:59 AM):  Our second blizzard in under 3 weeks is wrapping up, and we still have heat/power. Very blessed about that. We got 20" of snow so far today. Expecting another storm Tuesday 6+" and then another big storm next Sunday. I say if we're going to get walloped let's break the record and have the #1 biggest snowfall of all winter, we're at #3 right now! ,  Julie in Snowy Mass

7821 Master Cookie Mix (2/15/2015 12:03:30 PM):  "In a large bowl combine the following and whisk until thoroughly combined: 9 Cups All purpose flour 2 tsp. Baking Soda 2 tsp. Baking Powder 2 tsp. Salt 3 Cups sugar (white) 2 1/4 Cups brown sugar This is your basic cookie mix. Did you know that you can make over 50 different types of cookies just with this mix and by varying the ingredients you add to it? Think about it. A bakery puts out all different kinds of edible goods, and yet, if you were to go behind the scenes, they have huge bags of mixes for this and mixes for that. Or think of going to the grocery store and seeing all those packets of cookie mixes you pay an arm and a leg for in the baking section. What you are really paying for is convenience, and yet here is a recipe that will give you that same convenience at your fingertips, and save you money. It is also healthier for you and for those that you love because when you make up a batch of cookies, it does not have added preservatives to keep it sitting on the shelf until someone decides to buy it. Here are four basic cookie recipes that use this mix, and many people make in their own homes: Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip, and Gingersnap. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Variation: Into a bowl scoop 2 1/2 Cups of the above mix. Add 1 Cup of Oatmeal (quick cooking), 1/2 Cup of shortening, 1/4 Cup of butter or margarine, 2 eggs, 1 Tsp. of vanilla, and 3/4 of a cup of raisins. A quick note here, I also want my raisins nice and plump, so I actually soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes before putting them into the mix. Preheat oven to 375* and when mixed, bake for 8-10 minutes. Chocolate Chip Cookie Variation: Into a bowl scoop 2 1/2 Cups of the above master mix. Add 1/2 Cup shortening and 1/4 Cup butter, then one egg, 1 tsp. of vanilla, and 3/4 of a cup of chocolate chip cookies. If dough seems a little stiff for you, add 1-2 Tbs. of milk. Preheat oven to 350* and when fully mixed, bake for 8-10 minutes.  Gingersnap Cookie Variation: Scoop 2 1/2 Cups of the master mix into a bowl. Add in 1/2 Cup butter (don’t do shortening!), 2 tsp. of ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon, and cloves. Next add in 1/2 Cup of molasses, 1 egg and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Oven at 350*, and bake for 8-10 minutes. These are our absolute favorite around here and everyone asks for the recipe when they come over. Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Variation: Use 2 1⁄2 Cups of mix, and place in a large bowl. Add in the following: 1⁄2 Cup creamy peanut butter, 1 stick butter (or 1⁄2 Cup) 1 Tbs. heavy Mayo 1 Cup peanut butter chips Form small 1 1⁄2" balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Dip bottom of small glass into white sugar and press the balls flat. Alternatively, press tops of cookies with a fork to make a criss-cross pattern and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 8 minutes (soft cookies) to 10 minutes (hard cookies) at 350*. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes before removing to a cookie rack. This will eliminate crumbling into pieces when you try to move it while still hot.",  Sharon B.,VA

7822 Master Muffin Mix (2/15/2015 12:05:49 PM):  "In a large bowl whisk ingredients together: 6 Cups All purpose Flour 6 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 2 Cups Sugar 4 Tbs. Baking Powder 3 tsp. Salt This mix is larger than the cookie mix, so you will most likely need a larger container than just the old coffee can. I store mine in a gallon glass jar on my shelf. Each option uses a basic 2 3/4 cups of this mix, and makes 12-18 muffins depending on your muffin pans. I have used every single one of these options in the freezer for quick muffins, and had great success. Below, in red, I have listed the options you have for adding wet ingredients. Each one bakes in a 350* oven for 15-18 minutes. The more additions, the longer the time. Try them all, pick your favorite, and use it on any of the recipes. Here are six options for this mix... Option one: Applesauce muffins: 1/4 c oil, 1/4 c Applesauce (great for using up what is left in the jar at the bottom), 2 eggs, and 1 cup milk. Add in 1/2 tsp of Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon. You can add as an alternative 1/2 chopped apple and decrease the milk to 1/2 cup. Option two: Almond Poppyseed: add 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, and 1 cup yogurt (plain--sour cream works well here too). add 2 tsp almond extract, 2 Tbs poppy seeds, and when well mixed and placed into the cups, sprinkle sliced almonds on the tops of the muffins. Option Three: Cheese/Onion: add 1/4 cup oil, 1 egg, and 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk. To this add 1/4 tsp of pepper, 1/4 cup chopped chives, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shreds, 1/4 cup of diced onion and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. (other options to add if you want to switch things out would be scrambled eggs or sprinkling bacon bits/ pieces on top of the muffins) Option four: Berry Muffins: add 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1 cup buttermilk or milk. Add 1 cup fresh or frozen berries to the dry mix before adding the wet ingredients above. This helps the berries stay suspended in the batter. Add in 2 tsp. of lemon juice. (this can be added to the milk to sour it and make it buttermilk too) but if you like a stronger berry flavor just add this in to the batter. Option five: Banana Nut: use any of the wet beginning ingredients (in red): butter/ oil, egg(s) and (butter)milk. Stay with the ratios written together above. To that add: 1 large mashed banana and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, as well as 1 tsp. cinnamon. Option Six: Chocolate Chocolate Chip:(same as five, use the ratios of wet ingredients to your master mix then add:) 3 Tbs. Baking Cocoa, 1/3 Cup additional sugar, and 1/3 Cup mini or regular chocolate chips. • if your batter seems really stiff, try adding a Tbs. of milk or water at a time until it is smoother and easier to stir. :) • the muffins will bake in a 350* oven for around 12-15 minutes. Some ovens run hotter than others, so try checking at 10 minutes, and when you tap the top of the muffin it should spring back into place, not dent in. They're done",  Sharon B.,VA

7823 Pancake/Waffle Master Mix (2/15/2015 12:07:06 PM):  "• Pancake/Waffle Master Mix 6 Cups blend between All Purpose and Whole Wheat Flour 3⁄4 Cup Dry milk 6 Tbs. Dark Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup baking powder 3 tsp. salt whisk the following together in a large bowl, and store. When you want to use it to mix up a batch, use 1 1/3 cups mix, and then add one egg, 3⁄4 cup water, and 2 Tbs. coconut or vegetable oil. If you like thick and puffy pancakes, lessen the amount of water. If you like thin pancakes, use a little more, 1 Tbs. at at time. • to make waffles, you simply add 3 eggs to each 1 1/3 cups mix. One batch makes up to ten pancakes. • Sprinkle coconut shreds, chocolate chips, nuts, dried berries, dried apple dices, whatever, to make the pancakes special. I also add nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as replace the oil with applesauce for special occasions.",  Sharon B.,VA

7824 Brownie Master Mix (2/15/2015 12:08:16 PM):  "Fudgy Brownie Master Mix 4 Cups all-purpose flour 6 Cups sugar 2 1/2 Cups cocoa 3 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder 2 Cups shortening In a large bowl, whisk all of the dry ingredients together. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients. Store in dry place for up to 3 months. This will make 10 batches of brownies. To make 1 batch of brownies: Combine 2 cups brownie master mix, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. To make Black Bean Brownies: Take one can of black beans, and puree to a smooth paste. Add this to the brownie mix, plus another 1 Tbs. water, and the 1 tsp. Vanilla. For a serious chocolate fudge taste, add 1 tsp. instant coffee, or 1 Tbs. strong dark brewed coffee.",  Sharon B.,VA

7825 Cake Master Mix (2/15/2015 12:10:37 PM):  "One-In-A-Million Cake Master Mix 10 Cups flour 6 1/4 Cups sugar ( we mix dark brown and light brown sugar) 1 Cup cornstarch 5 Tbs. baking powder 1 Tbs. salt 2 1/2 Cups vegetable shortening In large sifter, combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Sift in batches, into a large bowl. Use a pastry blender or a heavy-duty mixer to blend in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal in texture. Spoon into a 20-cup container with a tight-fitting lid. Seal container, label and date. Use within 10 to 12 weeks. Makes 17 Cups cake mix. Bake in a 350* oven for approximately 15-18 minutes. (5 cups of mix make two 8" layer pans, or 18-24 cup cakes) Basic Spice Variation: To every 5 cups cake mix add 1 Tbs. cinnamon, 2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. cloves,(or 2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice) and 1 tsp. maple flavoring, as well as 1 1/2 cups cold water, 3 eggs, and 2 tsp. vanilla. You can also replace one of the eggs with 1⁄4 cup applesauce or carrot puree. Best topped with a simple cream cheese frosting---block of cream cheese, 2 Tbs. lemon juice and up to 3 cups of powdered sugar, beat on high speed until fluffy and creamy. Chocoholic Chocolate Variation: To every 5 cups of cake mix, add 6 Tbs. cocoa powder, 1 cup dark and white chocolate chips, 1 1⁄4 cups cold water, 3 eggs, 2 Tbs. vinegar, 2 Tbs. dark brewed coffee, 2 tsp. of vanilla, and 1 Tbs. cinnamon. Top with chocolate frosting, or combine 1 cup chocolate chips with 1Tbs. of shortening, melt until smooth, and allow to drizzle down the sides. Basic White Variation: to every 5 cups of cake mix add 1 1/2 cups cold water, 2 tsp. clear vanilla, 1 tsp. almond flavoring, and three egg whites. My family loves this cake with a butterscotch frosting---made with brown sugar, but the same recipe as the cream cheese frosting given above. Butter Yellow: to every 5 cups of mix, add 1 1⁄2 cups cold water, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. butter flavoring, and three eggs. As usual around the Welcoming House, we love chocolate, and this is a fabulous cake to have with chocolate frosting. Make a basic chocolate cream cheese frosting, and your family will be smacking their lips in appreciation! Red Velvet Variation: Make the basic white cake variation, but add 2 tsp, baking cocoa powder, and 1 tsp, almond flavoring to the cake, as well as an entire bottle of red food coloring. Top with a simple cream cheese frosting, such as is listed with the spice cake variation....",  Sharon B.,VA

7826 Lisa- Mixes (2/15/2015 12:11:36 PM):  I posted four my favorites- I'll post more later in the week- I've flooded the board enough today...LOL,  Sharon B.,VA

7831 Broken HEVAC (2/15/2015 1:09:14 PM):  Well, the upstairs HEVAC unit just went. Coldest temperatures tonight- we may break a record. Our HEVAC guy came out and it's the fan motor so it won't get fixed today. Thank goodness we installed wall heaters in all of the bathrooms. You set the timer for up to one hour- It's nice and warm in the winter when you get out of the shower-hubby bypassed that to keep it running upstairs to keep the pipes from freezing. Took two portable units upstairs for son's room. I told him to crank up that electric blanket tonight, keep the upstairs doors open and I'd keep the fire going, maybe enough heat will rise :),  Sharon B.,VA

7833 Daily iRazoo Treasure Code (2/15/2015 1:20:19 PM):  EarningStation until 12 AM EST for 12 points.,  Melody, WA

7836 GR / support groups (2/15/2015 2:10:43 PM):  Thank you! The second link gave me 26 options and two of them are pretty close.,  Heather, NV

7837 buckwheat pancakes? (2/15/2015 2:17:10 PM):  As a child, my friend's grandma made what I ~think~ were called "buckwheat" pancakes. Does anyone have a recipe for something like that? this could have been as much as 50 years ago. Seeing the recipes listed prompted this memory. Thanks! ,  Lori OH

7840 Cat Food Survey (2/15/2015 3:04:56 PM):  A few weeks ago I did a 10 day survey about feeding my cats. I was sent from survey to survey before I landed on this one, so I don't recall which site I did this for. Did anyone else do it and do you know which site sponsored it? I would like to get paid for it but have no idea which site to ask. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.,  Lois PA

7841 Mascara (2/15/2015 3:08:32 PM):  My favorite Maybelline mascara was discontinued a while back and I purchased a bunch at the time. I am almost finished with them and need to find a mascara that will keep my eyelashes curled after I use an eyelash curler. So far they all cause my lashes to straighten out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!,  Lisa Z., NY

7842 microwave (2/15/2015 3:09:22 PM):  Does any one have an LG counter top microwave? Do you like it or not? Does anyone have a counter top microwave that they love? I cook in mine not just reheat so I want something full power and good size. TIA,  s

7845 storing coffee (2/15/2015 4:06:31 PM):  Just now reading yesterdays chat on storing coffee. I called the company one time because I had more coffee than what I could use in a reasonable time. I think it was Hills Brothers. I was told (now I can't remember which one) to store it in the freezer or refrigerator. ,  df,fl

7850 frugal date ideas (2/15/2015 5:35:11 PM):  Looking for frugal date ideas. We play board games at home, get DVDS from Redbox, library and have Netflix. We have also stargazed. I know there are other creative and frugal dating ideas people have =) Thanks so much!,  Lori L MN

7853 SNL (2/15/2015 6:10:34 PM):  Watching the SNL special. It's amazing the number of people this impacted. I remember watching it as a teenager and pre-teen in the late 70s. But just watching the number of actors who were on there is amazing. And to remember some of the many that we have lost at way too young of an age---Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Andy Kaufman to name just a few.,  Susan, SC

7855 Sharon B.,VA (2/15/2015 7:21:13 PM):  Sharon, in an earlier post I asked you, "Where do you get your wheat and corn for grinding? Or do you grow your own and mill it? It probably got posted too late.,  df,fl

7859 Puzzle--bumping up (2/15/2015 8:00:57 PM):  Hi there! I hope it's okay to post my idea for this week's puzzle now. I went with my own city of Phoenix for the answer--reverse the syllables, and phonetically you get "Knick's fee" which you would pay to see the NY Knicks play basketball. Gina, is this what you got too?,  Alison from Phoenix

7860 Last person (2/15/2015 8:08:40 PM):  I think I am probably the last person to finally take down all of my Christmas decorations and put them away! It's been crazy-busy since Christmas Now all I have to do is cut off my card fronts and put them in an envelope for St. Jude's. I'm really thankful for our school break this week. I can finally get caught up on both housework and school paperwork. My middle school math license (5-9) is up this year. However, the state dept of ed has not sent out our appropriate paperwork yet -- and our local standards board wants everything done by April first. Fortunately, all of my completed coursework was approved in December. Last year my 7-12 license took forever to process. At least this year I don't have to redo the fingerprinting process again. I can also roll this license into the "professional plan" I wrote last year.,  Joanne VT

7869 Sharon - recipes (2/15/2015 11:29:43 PM):  Thank you so much for all the recipes you posted!! I can't wait till I have time to sit down & really get into them. Printed them all out & just glancing through them makes my mouth water. I have a notebook where I keep recipes I have printed out or ripped out of magazines. I think I will make a category labeled 'Sharon.',  Lisa

7872 FOY Code (2/16/2015 6:05:44 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 57p2w84he worth 24 Hulk Coins for use by 1 more,  Vicki, Va.

7878 Credit Bureau and address (2/16/2015 6:42:11 AM):  Equifax PO BOX 740241 Atlanta GA 30374-0241 phone 800-685-1111 Experian PO Box 9532 Allen TX 75013 phone 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion PO Box 6790 Fullerton CA 92834-6790 phone 1-8000-916-8800 You can obtain additional information from the FTC and the nationwide credit bureaus about fraud alerts and security freezes. You can add a fraud alert to your credit report file to help protect your credit information. A fraud alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, but it also may delay your ability to obtain credit. You may place a fraud alert in your file by calling just one of the three nationwide credit bureaus listed above. As soon as that bureau processes your fraud alert, it will notify the other two bureaus, which then must also place fraud alerts in your file. In addition, you can visit the credit bureau links below to determine if and how you may place a security freeze on your credit report to prohibit a credit bureau from releasing information from your credit report without your prior written authorization: • Equifax security freeze: https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp • Experian security freeze: http://www.experian.com/consumer/security_freeze.html • TransUnion security freeze: http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/credit-freezes.page DEB ct

7889 Daily iRazoo Treasure Code (2/16/2015 8:11:15 AM):  season Until 11:00 PM EST. Worth 12 points.,  Melody, WA

7894 Fafsa question (2/16/2015 8:46:22 AM):  The question is" have you ever received Federal Student Aid"? If you have received the stafford loan (that you pay back) and have Never received any free federal money or any other federal aid is that answer to this NO? They are closed today and I can't call to ask anyone. Thanks for your help,  Laurie, Ohio

7898 Michigan Landscaper (2/16/2015 9:12:33 AM):  Hi...For those we were inquiring about a landscaper in Mid-Michigan, he is my brother's email address: LivingOutdooorsbyDesign@gmail.com. His name is Vance Reisig and he lives in Oxford. HTH,  Beth B, MI

7899 Sharon-Master Mixes (2/16/2015 9:17:27 AM):  Got them all copied and saved-anxious to try them. Thanks so much. Also interested in your bread recipe. ,  Mal

7902 power outage (2/16/2015 10:45:12 AM):  We're members of an electric co-op . I began preparing for a power outage when sub-zero temps were predicted . I filled containers with fresh water . I even filled the washer . We always have the largest Tidy Cat jugs filled for flushing . I kept up with my chores . This morning , I set up the kerosene heater and brought the 5 gal kerosene jug from the shed , up to the porch . Not 10 minutes later the electric went off . We were lucky , it came back on within two hours . Our elderly neighbor across the road is on a different line , and lost his at 3:00 AM . It was off for 7 hrs . I'm keeping it really warm in here . I'm not turning off the kerosene heater until Ken gets home from work. Better safe than sorry . Temp on our porch at 5:00 Am was -15 . Wind chill is much lower . Most of my friends and family live in Erie , 50 miles to the north of us . Weatherman reported they tied the state record LOW of -18 ! Many Erie Co. & city residents have been without power for hours . Warming shelters have been opened . Weather isn't predicted to improve until next week . I'll be staying home , inside my house , until we get warmer weather . I feel so bad for the people in the New England states ! How horrible for them enduring those blizzard conditions ! Sending prayers for all of them . I feel so blessed that our weather isn't worse . ,  Martha B. NWPA

7903 Income Tax Info (2/16/2015 10:54:15 AM):  DD got a form 5498 with her IRA info on it-says reported to the IRS. She has never taken anything out of it-last year she got a 1099R that said Rolled Over. Can anyone tell me WHERE this figure is to be reported-what line on the 1040-it is not taxable-Maybe 15a & 15b? You can't get a Package X anymore, so don't have that to refer too. TIA Jeri,  Jeri/Co.

7910 Pie Crust Master Mix (2/16/2015 1:16:17 PM):  I'll start posting one a day for anyone interested. I know this doesn't appeal to everyone- so please just skip- I'll put MASTER MIX in the title and that way you'll know to skip it. "10 Cups flour 4 Tbs. sugar (less if making for a non-sweet pie) 1 Tbs. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 4 sticks lard or crisco (2 Cups) Mix very well, until resembling soft coarse crumbs. Store in an airtight container, and when you want to make a double pie crust, use 3 cups mix. Add to that mix: 1 beaten egg 2 tsp. vinegar Roll out, and use in a double crust pie.",  Sharon B.,VA

7913 Deb, CT (2/16/2015 1:22:13 PM):  Thanks for the Anthem information- I'm insured with them.,  Sharon B.,VA

7914 Swagbucks Code (2/16/2015 1:31:39 PM):  SurveySays until 2pm PST/5pm EST for 6 SB!,  Melody, WA

7915 iPhone help (2/16/2015 1:33:15 PM):  I have a new iPhone. My internet is out so typing on phone. Phone used to suggest words I could click on while typing . It stopped doing that. Any idea how I can get that feature back? ,  Donna in GA

7916 iPhone help (2/16/2015 1:33:44 PM):  I have a new iPhone. My internet is out so typing on phone. Phone used to suggest words I could click on while typing . It stopped doing that. Any idea how I can get that feature back? ,  Donna in GA

7917 Sad (2/16/2015 1:39:34 PM):  OH my..... okay this is a name from my past. I have met this person and her music meant so much growing up. It is sad. Lesley Gore passed away today. It's My Party...... Judy's Turn to Cry.,  Patti/IN

7921 Lesile Gore (2/16/2015 2:18:03 PM):  Who sang the pop hit "It's My Party", passed away today. She was 68, lung cancer.,  Melody, WA

7923 Sharon B VA (2/16/2015 2:45:02 PM):  THANKS! so much for the master recipes. I can't wait to try them. Thanks also for those who responded to my Buckwheat pancake recipe. I was not sure I even remembered the name correctly. Will pick up ingredients next time at the grocery!!!,  Lori OH

7927 Checking in as Storm Octavia approaches (2/16/2015 3:31:44 PM):  Thought I'd better check in while we still have power in my area of rural SE Va. I watched the Weather Channel this afternoon to keep track of this approaching storm. The weather guys there had already given it a name - Octavia! My nephew Bill & his lady friend Annette had gone out this morning to run some errands. I gave them a 49¢ coupon I had for Kunzler product. I needed more bacon & the Best Value supermarket in Mathews, Va has the 16 oz. bacon on sale for $3.49 through tomorrow night. They went to both Best Value & the Food Lion supermarket in Mathews. They said it was a mad house both places with folk stocking up on essentials & more likely then some. Late this afternoon, Bill said the local Hampton Roads weather guys are saying my Middle Peninsula area of Va will have 8-11" of the white stuff by the time it's out of here tomorrow night. My brother's wife & I have an emergency rescue squad auxiliary meeting scheduled at squad headquarters building Wednesday morning.I make the snack for each monthly meeting. While they ran errands this morning, I made up a batch of shortbread heart-shaped cookies for the snack. After they'd thoroughly cooled, i drizzled some dark chocolate glaze on them. Will only take some of them to the meeting, leaving the rest here to nosh on. Will be interesting to see if we have our monthly meeting Wednesday as scheduled. If we postpone it to another day. Or cancel it altogether. Since I've been a member, I can't recall that we've ever cancelled a meeting due to severe weather. We started snowing in my area early this afternoon. And it picked up in intensity as the afternoon wore on. Annette went to work at the Little Sue's Convenience store in Mathews tonight. She will close the store at 11 p.m. I told her to watch out for other motorists who may not drive as carefully as she will in stormy weather. I hope we don't lose power tonight or tomorrow. But if we do, we at least have a generator that can power parts of the house.,  Virginia Ann S VA

7929 Camel coupons (2/16/2015 4:11:43 PM):  Does anyone have the site to send for Camel cig? I tried putting in Camel coupon me, and it doesn't take me where I want to go to sign up for these. Thanks for any help.,  Tammy

7930 1 cent for water (2/16/2015 4:19:33 PM):  I went to restaurant yesterday and ordered glass of water and glass of iced tea with my meal. When my bill came, I noticed that there was a 1 cent charge for water! I'm sure this is a way to get it in the system so they can keep track of how many people order water. I know that if you take all the pennies charged over a year, it's not going to add up to a whole lot, but I just thought it was strange. Has anyone ever heard of this?,  Susan, LA

7932 Search (2/16/2015 4:32:55 PM):  I've been trying to do a search on Off Topic and it keeps going to the login page. Michele maybe you can check this out. Thanks.,  Pam, Ky

7937 Ice Storm Here (2/16/2015 5:42:34 PM):  Our snow storm turned out to be an ice storm. School was dismissed at 10:15 for elem and 11;00 for the upper grades today. The storm started around 2:00 but was going heavily by 6:00. Hubby's company closed at 4:30. We have constant ice coming down now. And they say it will continue for the next 3 hours so don't think anyone will go anywhere tomorrow. School as already been cancelled for all Upstate SC. But we called my MIL in WV and she has a foot of snow so not sure which is worse. I'm staying in. Hoping we don't lose power but we usually don't as our power is underground.,  Susan, SC

7940 Sharon B/Master Mixes (2/16/2015 6:37:59 PM):  Sharon, a question about your Master Mixes. I noticed some of them have crisco in the main mix. How long of a shelf life does this give them? Also, what would the shelf life be of the other mixes? Thanks in advance...As always....,  Marian/MO

7944 Furnace (2/16/2015 7:35:35 PM):  Praise God furnace in and house warm, they were here from 11:00 till about 6:30 tonight. Thankyou again so much for your Prayers. Sandy C,  Sandy C Oh

7948 Mom saga continues (2/16/2015 11:14:55 PM):  I didn't think it would get 'easy' when my mom moved into the Assisted Living place by me, but I didn't expect it to be nuts. Mom has called me daily since Friday 'I am scared and come get me' (the last time was tonight after 8PM) even though we have talked about her staying there and that is where she lives (and I saw her on Friday, Sunday and today). The house phone is now unplugged and will be every night until I figure out how to turn off the ringers at the handset (so I can leave the answering machine turned on). I talked to her doctor this morning and he is going to add Zoloft to see if that helps calm her down. I was told by a table mate (they have assigned seating) that Mom doesn't like it there and wants to live with ME! No, that is not happening. I want to stay married and sane (either she moved in last Tuesday or my DH was going to be sent to the hotel since he was past frustrated). I found a local Dementia support group so I will be going to that Wednesday morning. ,  Heather, NV

7961 Happy Mardi Gras (2/17/2015 6:17:32 AM):  Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Its a little cold here, just checked and the temp. is 34! Yikes! But that is not going to stop me from going to parades today! If anyone watches NCIS NOLA tonight, look for my daughter, Alexis. She is an extra in the Mardi Gras scenes. She is wearing pink overalls costume with a flower shirt. We are not sure if she will be in any scenes, but you will be able to see her friends in Tulane university's band. She has a blast when they were filming!,  Yvonne LA

7964 Michele E.-Chloe (2/17/2015 7:00:22 AM):  Hi Michele- How are you feeling? How is sweet little Chloe doing? I know she's in remission, but is still doing chemo? Right? Is the chemo making her tired? She's such a cutie pie with amazing eyes and a precious smile! ,  Sharon B.,VA

7967 First snow day (2/17/2015 8:05:57 AM):  Some schools are closed today in our area. We got about three inches of snow and have had about a total of 15 inches all winter long. This is the first day this winter that any schools have closed.,  Bob, PA

7973 Virginia Ann (2/17/2015 8:28:14 AM):  Glad Annette made it home safely. Even at 20 mph, that had to be a white-knuckle drive. I think it would be smart to cancel the meeting. Not many people are going to venture out in those conditions. Cold is one thing, but snow and ice are too dangerous. Not worth taking the risk. Stay home and eat your cookies!,  Susan, LA

7976 Kelloggs upcs (2/17/2015 8:38:06 AM):  Is anyone keeping these? I have a lot, but wondering since they have codes inside the box, are the upcs worth keeping?,  Tammy

7981 Tuesday (2/17/2015 8:59:32 AM):  Remember, spring is just around the corner...ok, maybe it's the far corner, but still...,  Nancee/IN

7983 MCR (2/17/2015 9:25:53 AM):  For all of us that are waiting for something new from MCR, it's on Michele's page. If you get 5 friends to join MCR using the unique link, you get a free 20 oz. Coke. How wonderful, a whole 20 ounces! I hope they find this new generation twist is a total flop and go back to the old way.,  Susan, LA

7985 Jet lag plus (2/17/2015 10:22:17 AM):  Our grandson, a junior in college, is on his way to Melbourne, Australia. He will be there in about 5 1/2 hours. He left his home in MA and flew at 7:50 AM to Dallas, then to LAX, and now to Melbourne. He will study for one semester at Wollnogong , University in Sydney. He is with a group of students from all over the US. They will spend three days in Melbourne to get adjusted to the time with several pre-planned activities before flying to Sydney. It is Wednesday morning in Melbourne.,  Bob, PA

7987 Happy Mardi Gras (2/17/2015 10:37:55 AM):  Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Its a little cold here, just checked and the temp. is 34! Yikes! But that is not going to stop me from going to parades today! If anyone watches NCIS NOLA tonight, look for my daughter, Alexis. She is an extra in the Mardi Gras scenes. She is wearing pink overalls costume with a flower shirt. We are not sure if she will be in any scenes, but you will be able to see her friends in Tulane university's band. She has a blast when they were filming!,  Yvonne LA

7990 Scones Master Mix (2/17/2015 12:02:56 PM):  "In a large bowl whisk all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container: 8 Cups flour, mixed between All Purpose and Whole Wheat 12 tsp. baking Powder 2 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 1/4 Cups sugar To make scones, you need 3 1/3 cups of mix. Place in bowl, make a well in the center and add the following: 1 stick cold butter that you have cut into small cubes. With a pastry cutter, cut butter into the mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Then, add in 1 cup cold soured milk (milk with 1 tsp lemon juice added), heavy cream or half and half. Mix until just holding together, then turn out on a floured surface and knead about one minute until it holds together well. Pat into a round disc about 1 1⁄2 inches thick, and cut into wedges like a pizza. Place on a greased cookie sheet, spaced apart. Brush each with water, a little more cream, or egg white, and sprinkle the tops with sugar, cinnamon sugar, or even lemon zest and sugar. Bake at 375* for 25-30 minutes. You can add up to 1⁄2 cup of berries, grated ginger, fruit or veggie purees, or even chocolate chips. If you want to add oatmeal, only place 3 cups of the mix into the bowl, and add the 1/3 cup of oatmeal as replacement for the rest of the mix.",  Sharon B.,VA

7991 Master Mix: Bisquick (wannabe) (2/17/2015 12:05:45 PM):  "* just a quick note on this--I always double this recipe when packing my storage container with it and just make up the master mix when I have a meal I want to use this in. Doubled, it makes one batch more than will fill an average coffee can, so you can make some right away. :) 5 Cups flour 1/4 Cup baking powder 2 Tbs. sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 Cup butter flavored shortening (I used powdered butter and add more liquid) • Whisk your dry ingredients together, and then cut in the shortening until crumbly. Store for up to six weeks on the shelf, or indefinitely in the freezer. (We just store on the shelf) *To make simple biscuts, just add 1/3 cup milk, to 1 cup mix. For pancakes, just add between 1/2 and 2/3 cup milk, about 2 Tbs of oil, and 2 eggs. For waffles, just increase the eggs in the pancake mix to four eggs instead of 2. And if you want those melt-in-your-mouth cheddar biscuts you would get at Red Lobster add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, a 1/4 tsp of butter flavoring, and 1/2 tsp of dried parsley. Yes, I am serious. :) *To coat chicken, add seasoned salt and whatever other seasonings you want to the dry mix, dip chicken in egg, drop into the mix, and roll to coat. Place into a greased baking dish and bake at 350* for one hour until done (bone in chicken, such as legs). *To make mini-pizzas, mix up like you would for simple biscuts, but only add a scant 1/3 cup of milk and roll the dough out in more Biscut mix. Top with spaghetti sauce as pizza sauce and let the kids put their own toppings on. Quick, tasty, and less time from the counter to the table. You can also follow the same plan for making a crust for a casserole, or simple fry bread or breadsticks.",  Sharon B.,VA

7993 Mom Saga (2/17/2015 12:10:29 PM):  Heather, everyone is giving you great advice. My MIL is now deceased, but, she was in a nursing home almost 5 years before she succumbed to complications from advanced Alzheimer. We also had to "back away" from visiting at first. We were going everyday for about 1 month and she just wasn't settling in. The nursing home advised us to do this so we were only going about 2 times a week and calling the other days, we only lived 20 miles from there.

My MIL also had to be put on Zoloft because of her anxiety of not being at home. When we would visit at first she would tell us she was going to "jump the fence" and hitchhike home and we couldn't stop her.

Something else I might suggest. The advice you've been given about furniture is excellent. But, if you take anything such as quilts or throws, you need to attach a label with her name on them. My MIL had quilted all her life and I took one of them and sewed a label with her name on it. That quilt stayed with her until the very end, she would make sure she was covered with it each night. Sadly around the middle of her stay, she completely forgot she ever quilted.

I just wanted to add my own support to your ongoing situation. You've got a lot of support here. Just make sure you and your husband keep making time for yourselves thru all this. The stress levels you two are going to have will continue for a long while. I know this sounds strange to a lot of people, but, if you can find humor every know and then with your Mom's actions,it WILL help! My MIL would get very "mouthy" about me, calling me names and telling me I was fat and ugly, but I would laugh and tell her I might be but I still loved her!

The other family members? Some of them may not be able to cope and others just won't "get it". In their minds she is still the same. All care for my MIL was with my hubby and I and the others I didn't care about anything they said. One of the other sons and his wife decided on their own to sign her out for the day, which was okay, but they took her back to her house!! Stupid!!! These were two highly educated people but that was so dumb.

Sorry this is long, like I said, just wanted to add to your support system...JMHO...As always....,  Marian/MO

7995 parting ways after 16 yrs (2/17/2015 12:14:18 PM):  American Express & Costco might be calling their relationship off after 16 yrs together. I hope they will kiss & make up, but will see. If they do call it quits March, 2016 it goes in effect. Irreconcilable differences. American Express says it could not a agree with Costco on new terms that make good business sense. Costco hasn't announced if they found someone new yet. ,  Lynn

7999 Mal, Bread (2/17/2015 12:59:54 PM):  This makes a huge loaf- so you can http://tinyurl.com/kefr5ar see, this is my old cast iron bread pan, it's long and this is bread getting ready for its second rise. Here's my recipe for 100% whole wheat bread: ( I do grind my wheat and as soon as it's ground you begin to lose nutrients, so while I'm getting things ready, the gain is grinding. 1 & 7/8 Cups of water 5 Cups whole wheat flour 3 T Sugar 2 T Dry milk 2 t Salt 4 T Vital wheat Gluten 2T Dough condition (this keeps the bread stable longer- you don't have to use it) 2 T butter (I use powdered butter in mine) 2 t Active dry yeast (Dry yeast will last a long long time if you keep it in the freezer) Note* Add the salt first and then the yeast last, you don't want them mixed together-the salt deactivates the yeast (so I'm told) Mix it all together well and then knead (My Bosch does this for me, if you have a Kitchen Aid, use the dough hook and it will knead the bread for you)- If not, once it's mixed well, knead and put in a bowl to allow it to rise for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes punch it down and shape your loaf or rolls. Put into appropriate pan and allow to rise for another 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. ,  Sharon B.,VA

8008 Sister Wives (2/17/2015 2:19:40 PM):  Does anyone else watch Sister Wives? It looks like Meri divorced Kody so he can marry Robyn. The reason they give is that he needs to be Robyn's husband so she has medical coverage on her kids by her first husband. That's ridiculous. #1 - Her first husband has the responsibility for providing health cover for his kids. #2 - They could easily buy a basic ACA policy to cover the family for $400 a month. They make a ton of money off the show. That's how they each have a huge custom home. It makes you wonder what's really going on. Meri should finish her education and then take off. That marriage has run its course. ,  Joan J

8015 What's for dinner??? (2/17/2015 3:32:55 PM):  I'm thinking it will be bacon and French toast here but not sure yet. What are you having??,  Susan, SC

8030 Jalapenos (2/17/2015 4:28:34 PM):  Can you freeze jalapeno peppers you buy in a jar? I have tried making the cornbread and hubby isn't thrilled. How long will they keep in fridge and can you freeze them? Any other ideas for using them up? Thanks in advance! ,  Janet/GA

8032 SBAC: Teacher Question? (2/17/2015 4:54:39 PM):  I've just spent most of my afternoon playing around on the SBAC practice site. I've finally had a chance to take the 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th grade math practice tests. (We're on Feb. break -- so I don't have to worry about lesson planning for a few days.) I'm just wondering how other teachers are practicing or preparing their students for these tests. Ours will be given to all students in May. (Some states are using the PARC assessment.) As a teacher, I am finding that the math tests are pretty heavy on the "reading." I also found that SBAC only works on my Chrome browser. It had issues with both Safari and Firefox on my Macbook. Other issues include the actual "mechanics" of how to enter answers -- I'm concerned about kids who are not computer savvy with drawing lines and using an online calculator. I'm teaching 6th grade math this year -- so I'm most interested in feedback on that grade. I have purchased a couple of "practice books" for teachers -- but have found them to be pretty easy compared to the actual practice test. However, next year I may have some 7th & 8th grade classes too depending on how my schedule works. (I'll save my rant about these tests for political day.) Thanks for any help. ,  Joanne VT

8044 REFUNDERS (2/17/2015 5:55:11 PM):  Just want you to know that I'm praying for you even if you don't see me always post. Knowing that we are all a part of Gods plan, and an important part, especially with what's going on in this world. May God give you wisdom as you walk through each day and may you fill his presence. Sandy C,  Sandy C Oh

8047 Hotmail acct. (2/17/2015 6:20:35 PM):  Is there a phone # I can call for Hotmail & talk to a real live actual person?Can't get into my acct.When I tried to login got a message that someone else may be using my acct.They could send me a code # to the email addy I have listed so I could put that in the box provided.OK Got the code # & went back to submit it & the page does nothing.Just sits there.The little arrow at the top doesn't even go around like it is at least trying to load.There help questions are of no help whatsoever.I do have a gmail acct.I could start using but I have a lot of things in my Hotmail acct.I would like to get including a $25 ITune ecard from a survey site I do.Should have printed it out when I got it but it is for a present for one of the grandkids(either birthday or Christmas)& didn't want it lying around.If I could talk to someone would be glad to do whatever else they want me to do including mailing them the code # with picture ID.I am at a loss right now.TIA,  Cathy S.NY

8048 Female issue - men don't read (2/17/2015 6:24:02 PM):  I definitely know I am in perimenopause based on various symptoms I've read about as well as my age. Last year, I hardly had my period. Now, I've had my period for two months straight with no other issues involved (lack of energy, cramps, etc.). I have an appointment for my annual physical checkup/wellness check in a month and plan to address the issue then. I've also read up on it where women had the same issue and it was a result of the perimenopause. Would you wait a month or move the appointment up? I'm still thinking of keeping my regular appointment and addressing the subject at that time. To be honest, I'm not worried about it because I believe I know the cause.,  No name this time

8050 Free cruise from timeshare presentation (2/17/2015 6:29:25 PM):  Some of you may remember my post about getting a free cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale as a result of doing a timeshare presentation. As a result of your posts, I read up on the cruise line and was VERY concerned because of the bad Yelp reviews not to mention the lack of communication between me and the customer service representative. As it turned out, my fears were unfounded. There actually was a cruise ship (Grand Celebration), the cabin was good, and the overall cruise ship was satisfactory. It was the 'B-' version of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship as evidenced by almost everything from the food, shows, and overall experience. We're glad we went. It confirmed I am not really a 'cruise' type of person. I won't do this deal again as it was WAY too much work.,  Mindy, MD

8051 Bill Pay situation (2/17/2015 6:46:56 PM):  I finally took the plunge to try out Bill Pay through Santander bank since my mortgage was due. It was easy to set up. However, there were a couple of kinks in the system I was not aware of. First, I didn't know that the Bill Pay system needed about 3-5 days out from when you want the bill to be paid out. Secondly, by the time your bank pays the other bank, it could take another 3-5 days for the check to be cashed. As a result of these two items, I ended up having to pay my mortgage twice. Once was through the Bill Pay. The second was because the first check through Bill Pay did not clear through the mortgage company in time for the 15th. I hope this made sense to you.,  Mindy, MD

8057 marrying your 1st cousin (2/17/2015 7:22:34 PM):  I just read the post about Sister Wives (I have watched it a few times, but not for a while). One of the table mates at my mom's new place told me yesterday that she married her 1st cousin later in life (second husband and after both could not have kids). I was surprised that it was legal, but I didn't say anything. ,  Heather, NV

8058 Sharon B (2/17/2015 7:26:42 PM):  How about pics of your pantry or wherever you store everything. I am so intrigued. I could never get everything done you do. ,  Mal

8061 SNL-40 (2/17/2015 7:49:40 PM):  Finally finished watching SNL's 40th anniversary special. It was good---long, but good. I think I enjoyed the clips of earlier cast members, probably b/c I watched it more back then and am just not familiar with the more recent members. I thought the tribute to those that are no longer with us was nice, especially since they included all associated with the show and not just cast members. ,  Susan, LA

8072 Re-sizing rings (2/18/2015 12:37:41 AM):  My rings are starting to "fall off"... I've lost considerable weight and swear this will be the last time; as I've been successful many times before but let things get out of control. I'm not sure I want a jeweler to cut them down; or how much it'd be. I love rings and currently wearing 8 rings- all are 14K gold and all have gems. I remember girls wrapping yarn on their boyfriends class rings and I certainly don't want to do that. Someone suggested getting a length of narrow clear tubing and splitting it lengthwise and put it around the ring that's on your palm side. I once saw something like a band that clipped on each side of the ring and made an arch on the (back) palm side of the ring, but that was years ago. Any suggestions? ,  Pat

8073 MyPoints (2/18/2015 5:36:52 AM):  Woohoo, I won one of the 10,000 points from their find the heart campaign. I was notified yesterday morning, but I waited until the points were in my account before I said anything. Got an email this morning saying my points had been awarded and I checked and they are there!! I am so excited.,  Karen, OK

8074 Coke rewards (2/18/2015 5:50:26 AM):  How much is everyone trading these for? I have codes from 12 packs.,  cathy oh

8085 Soap dispenser (2/18/2015 7:01:15 AM):  A friend of mine posted this on facebook. Fun Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser. Its on Amazon. Now I think I have seen everything!,  JudyB LA

8090 Sunshine (2/18/2015 8:37:35 AM):  I know you were pretty sick yourself recently & was just wondering how you have been lately. ,  Vicki, Va.

8093 FOY Code (2/18/2015 8:58:17 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code deo6fwq0b worth 32 Hulk Coins for use by 2 more users,  Vicki, Va.

8106 Please help! (2/18/2015 12:05:14 PM):  I help the Fayette County Food Shelf in Fayette IA. We had a fire on New Years Eve a year ago, lost everything and now rising out of the ashes is a better one. We need your help! If you have Facebook you can vote for us to get a grant. Vote once a day every day until March 20th. I do Not know how to make a tiny url so this is it. or like the Fayette County Food Shelf page and you will see the link Thank You!!! https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php? app_id=713809282030978&sdk=joey&u=https%3A%2F%2Fc dn.shoutlet.com%2Fservice%2Fv2%2Fcanvas_builder%2Floa d%3Fid%3D54413af911dc767d7d000003%26document%3D9%26ch annel_id%3D47123%26distro_id%3D544143bb11dc76a520000007 %26token%26entry_perma% 3D5480d4a6dea716c70700004c&display=popup&ref=plugin ,  Roxanne IA

8111 Blu HAS to drive (2/18/2015 2:02:02 PM):  Prince Blu de' Blu Brown http://tinyurl.com/nfn742c always http://tinyurl.com/p9mxss6 insists on driving! What a personality this pup has!,  Sharon B.,VA

8117 Opinions (2/18/2015 3:16:29 PM):  My mother died recently. People she thought were friends did not keep in touch. She didn't drive the last few years and only one person would take her places but suddenly stopped answering her calls or taking her anywhere (she paid him each time). No one would come over or offer to take her places even though they knew she didn't drive and was alone. Now she has passed and I have put her home for sale people are calling asking about her and why is she selling her home, where will she live, etc. I refuse to tell them she has passed and just say she is with me. Would you be telling everyone she passed or not tell them anything? I am concerned if people know she is gone someone will break into her home too. ,  Ann

8118 weather (2/18/2015 3:39:40 PM):  So why aren't the weather people calling this event a Polar Vortex since it seems just as bad as last years big chill???,  Susan, SC

8131 HP printer problems (2/18/2015 5:33:35 PM):  I have the HP printer 60 which is about four years old. Even though the black ink cartridge goes in ok, the machine says there's a problem. Have any of you had this problem and if so, how did you fix it? I think I may end up buying a laser printer and use it for scan/copy purposes.,  Mindy, MD

8140 Search (2/18/2015 6:08:22 PM):  I am still having trouble. I click on search off topic and it takes me to the login page. I have been trying to search for Sharon B.s recipes. I was going to go back to see if anyone had answered my post before but can't fine it. ,  Pam, Ky

8147 Bill Pay (2/18/2015 7:01:00 PM):  I read the posts below about the issues Mindy had with her bill pay. I use mycheckfree.com to pay my electric bill, my cell phone bill and my Sam's Club bill every month. I receive a seperate email from mycheckfree.com telling me that each of these bills is due. There is no fee to pay my bills this way. (I refuse to "pay" to pay my bills online). They have several (hundred?) different companies listed. You can pick the date you want to pay the bill (so long as it is by the due date). They give you a confirmation code once your payment is scheduled to be made. I've been using this online service for almost 2 years and have not had any issues whatsoever. Check it out - it is very convenient! ,  Vicky N., ME

8150 Teresa in CA (2/19/2015 12:13:29 AM):  Thank you - Thank you :) It's so much easier to text now. Appreciate your taking the time to explain it. I'd never have figured that out :) There is no book that came with the iphone 6 to explain it. It says go on line but it looks like they want you to purchase something. I just turned 60... and I'm just not "smart phone" or iphone literate.. Predictive? (2/16/2015 2:47:17 PM): Go to Settings, General, Keyboard and enable Predictive, Teresa CA,  Donna

8163 Master Mix: Instant Oatmeal (2/19/2015 6:03:03 AM):  You can make your own instant oatmeal. This is a healthier alternative instead of cold cereal for those busy mornings that you need to get out of the door quickly. I have NOT done any of these- I eat steel cut oats and do them in the crock pot the night before, so they are ready for me when I get up in the morning. I thought I'd share this for those with kids and hectic mornings- "5 Cups old fashioned rolled oats, run through the blender 5 Cups quick oats, left alone :) 1 Cup dry milk powder 1 Cup sugar 1 Cup instant creamer powder 2 tsp. salt To make up a batch it is 1 Cup mix to 1 1⁄2 Cups water. Here are some simple variations: add 1⁄2 cup dried fruit, such as Berries, Cherries, raisins, etc for each 2 cups of mix. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal: 2 Cups mix 1⁄2 Cup dried peach pieces 1⁄2 tsp. nutmeg 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon 3 Cups water Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal: 2 Cups mix 1⁄2 Cup dried sliced strawberries 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 Cups water Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal: 2 Cups mix 1⁄2 tsp. maple extract 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbs. Molasses 3 Cups water Raisin Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal: 2 Cups mix 1⁄2 Cup raisins 2 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract 1⁄2 tsp. butter 3 Cups water",  Sharon B.,VA

8165 Cheryls gift card (2/19/2015 7:44:45 AM):  So okay I get these free five dollar each gift card from Cheryls. I think ...and please I could use some input here. These gift cards can only be used online.....,  Nancee/IN

8168 Daily iRazoo Treasure Code (2/19/2015 8:33:36 AM):  INTERNATIONAL Until 11:00 PM EST.,  Melody, WA

8169 Botox-Miracle? (2/19/2015 8:36:30 AM):  You know I think Botox is becoming a miracle drug according to the commercials I see. Don't want your wrinkles- no problem- just have Botox injected Wait, there's a double bonus if you have migraines-Yep, Botox injections will do the trick.. But... There's more... Bladder control problems? Hey, just have Botox injected. Yep, Botox the miracle drug, you can look younger, get rid of your headaches AND not pee on yourself anymore. Wow, who knew that Botulism could be so good for you? lol ,  Sharon B.,VA

8170 Crisco makes a great (2/19/2015 8:53:38 AM):  Emergency candle- A lot of people don't know this but it's super easy to make an emergency candle out of Crisco http://tinyurl.com/mkosdoj If you don't have a wick, take some thick cotton thread and dip it in wax then using a skewer or something long and skinny, insert the 'wick' This is a good thing to know if you lose power for an extended period of time.,  Sharon B.,VA

8176 American Idol (2/19/2015 10:08:26 AM):  Just took a poll and the question was, Do you watch American Idol? 88% said No 12 % Yes. So I guess others feel like I do, its time to end the show.,  Tammy

8178 former La. governor (2/19/2015 10:23:37 AM):  No matter how you feel about him, you gotta give it to former Gov. Edwin Edwards. The Real Estate Commission approved the 87 year old's application to be tested for his real estate broker's license. He says the interstate corridor from Lake Charles to Slidell is "going to explode...and I would like to be a part of that,". He sure isn't sitting around waiting to die. He's going to make all the bucks he can while he still has breath in him. And with his "silver tongue", I'm sure he'll make a fortune.,  Susan, LA

8184 Wanna go to Mars? (2/19/2015 11:16:16 AM):  Did you see the article in USA Today (Who wants to live (or die) on Mars? It says-- One hundred people are one step closer to making a giant leap for mankind: winning a trip to Mars. But there's a big catch. The "winners" won't be coming back. Mars One has reduced 200,000 applicants to 100 finalists who could leave Earth in 2024. Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One, said they look for candidates who can psychologically handle living on a planet with just a few other people and accept that they cannot return to Earth. Of the 100 finalists, only 24 people will be chosen to actually go to space. My thought is if God wanted people living on Mars he would have put them there in the first place. I just can't wrap my mind around not being able to come back to Earth. ,  Debbie, IN

8190 Social Security if not worked (2/19/2015 12:46:52 PM):  I have always been at home raising 2 kids, then a grandchild. Husband always had a good job. I Only worked part time for about 2 years. Will I get to draw s.s. when tuning 60 this year, even though I have not worked enough to have credits? He started drawing his early at 62. Will I get to draw any at all, or so much percentage of his or what? Thanks. ,  needing ss now

8191 Sharon B-Steel Cut Oats (2/19/2015 12:47:24 PM):  How do you do it in the crockpot and what variations do you do? Loving all these tips & have made a few already!!! ,  Mal

8195 ISIS (2/19/2015 1:38:12 PM):  The recent issue of Atlantic magazine has an extensive article on the meaning and purpose of ISIS. They are Islamic fundamentalists and they are conducting a holy war that they believe will lead up to Armageddon. In their eyes there is no room in the world for anyone except people of the Islam faith. The magazine article is very in depth and sheds some light on what appears to us as a bunch of terrorists with no particular agenda in mind.,  Bob, PA

8200 Career -what to do (2/19/2015 2:07:58 PM):  I have been in insurance sales for years, all my working life and I have finally broke down and admitted to my self that I hate selling. Now in my 50's I am lost. When I went to college I wanted to be a teacher but my parents thought a business degree would be a better choice. Oh how I wish all these years I didn't take their advice. The thought of doing something I have totally lost interest in until I retire fills me with dread and anxiety. My friends say no one will hire someone over 50. Can anyone offer any advice? I want out of sales entirely but I don't think I have any marketable skills. I feel that I have wasted my life in a career I have never enjoyed.,  No name this time

8212 Swagbucks Code (2/19/2015 2:48:38 PM):  YearOfTheGoat until 3pm PST/6pm EST for 3 SB,  Melody, WA

8214 Sharon B.,VA (2/19/2015 2:50:03 PM):  When you make your Black Bean Brownies from your mix do you use the 2 eggs? I'm sorry to be so dense. Thanks.,  df,fl

8222 Michele E. -Winter (2/19/2015 4:04:17 PM):  Old man winter has this completely backwards this year. I know out west they have aqueducts - is that how your water system works in UT? Hoping your area gets some snow or at least a wet spring this year to help out.,  Sharon B.,VA

8228 Recall Notice (2/19/2015 4:41:54 PM):  Press-master recalls cable stripping tool due to impact hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Pressmaster-Recalls-Cable-Stripping-Tool/Google Researcher

8229 Shades of Grey movie (2/19/2015 4:50:27 PM):  Today was a fabulous day as it was filled with a lot of freebies (didn't post since I did just a day or so ago). I decided to treat myself to the matinee of the 'Shades of Grey' movie. It's $8 for a matinee ticket. Whew! Anyway, I'm still trying to decide whether I liked the movie or not. I thought Dakota Johnson (who looks like Don Johnson so much) did an excellent job. What did you think?,  Mindy, MD

8234 Winter song (2/19/2015 6:11:49 PM):  http://tinyurl.com/paakcbuBob, PA

8255 Brrr cold (2/20/2015 6:14:29 AM):  So I wake up this morning, the house is freezing, it is like -7 outside, heat is been on all night and the house is 62, when will this end? Anyone have a cold house? Hate this oil heat too!,  Cheryl ny

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8268 Aqueducts (2/20/2015 7:42:28 AM):  Okay, since I know so little about aqueducts, I decided to do a little research this morning. I didn't know there were aqueducts on the east coast as well- Arizona California Colorado River Aqueduct Massachusetts New Mexico New York Texas Washington, D.C Washington State I learned something new this morning. So, now you know...okay, so now I know!,  Sharon B.,VA

8272 Still Alice movie? (2/20/2015 7:56:07 AM):  Has anyone seen the movie Still Alice? with Julianne Moore, I'm wanting to see it, but haven't yet?,  Mrs C

8276 Bone broth (2/20/2015 8:11:50 AM):  I find the DC area rather amusing at times. Last week, I read an article about bone broth. There are restaurants which offer the liquid in to-go cups which can sell for $4.25 for an eight-ounce glass. It starts out with chicken, pork, or beef broth and then they had various spices to it. It seemed a bit ridiculous to me but I guess DC city folk probably wouldn't even know how to make regular broth.,  Mindy, MD

8285 Master Mix: Muffin Bread (2/20/2015 8:54:41 AM):  Muffin Bread Master Mix: "10 Cups flour (I use half wheat and half white for a hearty, but not heavy, loaf) 2 Cups dark brown sugar 2 Cups white sugar (I use all dark, but you and do 1/2 dark and 1/2 white) 4 Tbs. baking powder 4 tsp. salt 1 Cup dry powdered milk (or omit this and use 1 c. milk when making up a batch) Mix these ingredients really well with a whisk and then put into a cleaned jar or can with these instructions on the side: FOR ONE BATCH OF MUFFIN BREAD: To 3 cups of mix add the following: 3 Tbs. oil, 1 cup milk (or water if you added powdered milk), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup wet ingredient and/or 1 cup dry ingredients. *(In other words, if you are making the Banana mix above, you would take 3 cups mix and add: 1 cup milk, 3 Tbs. oil, 2 mashed bananas, and 1 cup broken walnut pieces, as well as 2 tsp. cinnamon.) **For each batch you can add up to one cup of dry additions, and 1/2 cup of wet without changing the ingredients listed.",  Sharon B.,VA

8287 Daily iRazoo Treasure Code (2/20/2015 9:41:04 AM):  Slicer Until 11 PM EST tonight.,  Melody, WA

8293 Poll (2/20/2015 11:14:38 AM):  What do you like to eat or drink when you are sick? As kids, we did not get pop on a regular basis. So ginger ale was not only a treat it settled stomachs.,  Sharon in Cold MI

8294 American Idol/Bump Up (2/20/2015 11:41:26 AM):  I love American Idol and I like the way they are doing it now. We don't see as many of the bad acts.Although I liked Simon after a while; I hated the repeated karaoke and cruise ship description of acts. Jlo is ok and compassionate to the people,but I really like Keith and Harry and they way they give people chances that I didn't think were that good. I like it when they break off in groups of fours and I really love it when they start performing as a group each week. A few of my favorites made it. I didn't care for the last girl chosen tho.,  Janice/Ok

8295 On Line Banking (2/20/2015 11:44:44 AM):  Does anyone else have trouble balancing their checking account with on-line banking? I thought it would be easier than balancing with a statement. I check my account every day or so and can never balance. At the end of the month when there are very little transactions left, I still can't balance. At least the bank always shows more money than I show left. Can't figure it out. I am too embarrassed for the bank to see my messy register. The available balance less my outstanding checks should show the balance in my checkbook provided everything was added and subtracted correctly...right?,  Janice/Ok

8307 Sheets (2/20/2015 12:15:16 PM):  Yesterday I bought microfiber sheets because of a recently purchased mattresses where my present sheets don't fit anymore. Wow! They're lighter and softer then my other sheets. I found them at JCP for about $26, but paid $12 in the end. I just completed their online survey to get an additional ten percent off and may use it to buy of more sets. How many sets of sheets do you have at your house? I have like seven because I kept finding them at a cheap price.,  Mindy, MD

8310 i-6 phone is being creepy (2/20/2015 12:28:57 PM):  Is anyone else having any kinds of issues with this phone? It's sitting on the desk and I'm doing some paperwork. Freya (my dog) comes up to me and I say, Hey Sweetie. Immediately Siri does her ding..ding and says, "Right back atcha" I look and my Hey Sweetie is on the screen. I did not touch the phone. My hands were no where near it. The other night hubby and I were talking - the phone was on the end table between us. I hear the ding.ding chime and Siri say, Shall I look up blah..blah..blah..? This is what hubby and I were talking about. We just stared at each other- no one touched the phone. It's starting to creep me out...Anyone remember that movie Space Odyssey? "Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can do that" I've started calling the phone HAL. The only thing I've noticed is the tether cord is attached to the phone and computer when this happens, but the lid is closed down- Son didn't believe me until he was around when "Hal" started talking. He's very tech savvy and can't figure it out.,  Sharon B.,VA

8315 Good thoughts (2/20/2015 12:55:13 PM):  My step-daughter just called to say her 11 year old son, who has a severe case of cerebral palsy, died a few hours ago. They never thought he would live past 3. She became a nurse after he was born so she could take care of him and know what was going on. She and her husband spent his last hour with him. I do not know what this pain is and never will since I do not have any children of my own, but can only imagine. Please send ((HUGS)) her way as she no longer has her biological mom to lean on either. We will be going out there as soon as she calls and lets us know she's ready. Right now she wants to be alone with her husband and two little ones.,  CB OH

8317 Spring (2/20/2015 1:44:59 PM):  This afternoon a herd (larger than a flock) of robins descended on our back yard. The ground is frozen solid, so all they will have to eat is wormsicles. Maybe they know something that we don't? The outside temperature is 14 and a record low of 4 is expected tonight.,  Bob, PA

8343 Gifthulk (2/20/2015 3:57:30 PM):  Can someone tell me how there wal mart gift cards come? Plastic or ecard? Print immediately or come later?,  Wanting to redeem

8348 Quotable Quote (2/20/2015 4:56:19 PM):  Ran across this in a news blurb written by the step-son of Charles "Pete" Conrad, who went to the moon on Apollo 12: "While visiting Japan once, a Buddhist monk in the town of Tenri asked Pete if, when he was in space, he saw God. “I didn’t,” Pete replied. “But if you wanna go look, I’ll drive.” Article http://tinyurl.com/luomlez All best,  Susan R., CA

8350 In Search Of... (2/20/2015 5:07:22 PM):  Hello all its been awhile...Cassie from Tallahassee,I am in search of a Refunding Makes Cents magazine from probably 2006 or earlier with me on the cover with a little girl in a car trunk full of angel soft. Either the magazine or a picture of the cover. Please let me know if anyone has onel thanks in advance.,  Cassie Fla

8354 Yahoo profiles? (2/20/2015 6:11:15 PM):  There used to be a search feature on Yahoo, for looking up profiles, to see where people were, age, etc. Am I correct that it no longer exists?,  Grace Basham, CA

8358 Anthem question (2/20/2015 6:58:27 PM):  What a pain. I have to sign up all of us here for the Identity protection. Then I read today the latest email from Anthem and it seems to include those who have had Empire BC. My dad died in 2012 but before that he had Empire for secondary insurance.It was all in his name but of course my mom was covered too. So they have her name SS, DOB. So since they are saying customers from 2004 on, I have to sign her up for Identity/Fraud protection? If it was just his credit I wouldn't worry but this seems more than that.,  Sue P., CT

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8382 Michele and George E. amd Chloe (2/17/2015 12:15:21 PM):  Sharon, I just saw your post. I had planned to do a post for all three of them today but you beat me to it. Just hope all three of you are continuing to improve. You're all in my prayers.,  Pam, VA

8390 Birthday wishes (2/21/2015 9:45:04 AM):  Thank u so much Adina Hammond for my birthday card & 2015 calendar planner for my 2/17 birthday. That is thoughtful of you. God bless you.,  MaryAnn H., Tx

8393 Amazon Prime (2/21/2015 10:56:53 AM):  I recently signed up for this. I have a WIFI enabled blu-ray that I can watch Neflix on. Can I watch Amazon Prime videos the same way? If so, how? My blu-ray remote has a button for Netflix and on the menu (on screen) I have Netflix and YouTube along with some others, but I don't see Amazon Prime. Hopefully I've explained enough that someone can help me out so that I can stream Amazon Prime content on the TV. I really don't want to watch it on the computer screen or a mobile device when I have a 55 inch TV screen and a comfortable recliner. Thanks for any help with this.,  Amy J, OH

8395 Kellogg (2/21/2015 1:16:36 PM):  I looked on the home page and could not find it. I am looking for the Kellogg reward older numbers. I know there is a list of ones that have been used in the past. My niece just started her Kellogg reward and I could put some points in for her. Where is there a listing...other than the one on Michele new post. ,  aunt/IN

8398 from stressed (2/21/2015 2:57:16 PM):  I dont know exactly what I did but Tuesday I suddenly had trouble with my right leg. It hurt to try to walk. Pain started inner thigh and has been in various spots on my upper leg since. I'm praying it a muscle I pulled or something and not worse. I happen to have an appointment with the radiology oncologist on Monday. I was doing a lot better yesterday and now today its like back to square one At this point I wish I had a cane or walking stick. It doesnt give me any problems until I stand up and try to take a step. Sitting here I forget there is a problem until I stand up and try to move. Living on naproxen sodium and my heating pad is my best friend. If Target went to 90% I wouldnt even bother. thats how bad it is. I'm hoping I can make it to church in the morning,  stressed

8399 Still Alice movie? (2/21/2015 3:37:37 PM):  Saw Still Alice today, very good. Julianne Moore does and excellent job acting,  RC

8400 Dinner tonight (2/21/2015 4:06:43 PM):  We had Rotisserie chicken from Sams, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli for dinner. What did you fix??,  susan, SC

8407 A child's death (2/21/2015 4:53:25 PM):  There was a post on this board yesterday about a child with severe cerebal palsy having died. Today, I was searching the Web for an obituary. Through several links, I stubmled across the news that the 6 year old son of Adrian Peterson & his wife Angela had lost his battle with inoperable brain cancer. A.J. had died Tuesday. He leaves behind younger siblings. Friends of Adrian & Angela had set up a Facebook page "A.J. Soars". His Memorial Service was secheduled for this afternoon at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsland, GA. It's tough to lose a child of that age. I read the various posts put in A.J.'s Facebook page. One poster, a father, said that it's so sad when a father outlives their child! A.J. had just been diagnosed with the brain cancer last June. According to a post from Angela, he had only a 5% - 10% chance of surviving it. But she & Adrian clung to that very slim hope! Let's send up prayers to the Peterson's to help them deal with their grief! Adrian had played for the Chicago Bears for several seasons in the early 2000.,  Virginia Ann S VA

8408 Master Cards rebates how do you spend them easily (2/21/2015 5:01:16 PM):  I have received rebates with $8.94... another one for $3.22 etc. I have tried to use them at Walmart to take off that amount from my bill and they are denied. Does anyone have an easy way to use these when the dollar amounts are odd? I would like to be able to use the full amount.,  Amanda, CA

8423 Hotmail/FINALLY (2/21/2015 6:46:42 PM):  I don't know if the problem was on Hotmail's end or not as I seriously doubt anyone was trying to use my email.Anyway after 3 days & asking for 3 different codes,I was finally able to get back into my acct.yesterday.So,if anyone else is having a problem all I can say is hang in there & keep trying.,  Cathy S.NY

8429 If You're in Icy Areas... (2/22/2015 3:39:52 AM):  Check your local tv stations website or FB page, for church cancellations as well. Today our church has called off all church services, & being 1 of "over 250 state churches" that have also cancelled due to bad weather. No one is chancing someone falling & breaking bones.,  Thankful in KY

8431 Penny (2/22/2015 6:17:31 AM):  Your steak in the crock pot sounds good. Could you post the recipe?? thanks,,  Susan, SC

8433 puzzle (2/22/2015 6:35:28 AM):  ast week's challenge: Name a major U.S. city in two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically to get the cost of attending a certain NBA game. What is it? Answer: Phoenix, Knicks fee Congratulations--we had a winner last week!! Next week's challenge: Actor Tom Arnold goes by two first names — Tom and Arnold, both male, of course. And actress Grace Kelly went by two first names — Grace and Kelly, both female. Name a famous living actress who goes by three first names, all of them traditionally considered male. The names are 5, 3 and 6 letters long, respectively. Now this one sounds easy--I'll have to do some thinking.,  MAC--WI

8441 interesting (2/22/2015 9:14:49 AM):  This February cannot come in your life time again. Because This year February has 4 sundays, 4 mondays, 4 tuesdays, 4 wednesdays, 4 thursdays, 4 fridays & 4 saturdays. This Happens once every 823years. This is called money bags. So send to at least 5 people or 5 Groups and money will arrive within 4days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. Send within 4 mins of reading,  Patti/IN

8442 Shingles (2/22/2015 9:16:35 AM):  Has anyone had shingles and used a prescription cream for the rash and remember the name of the cream used? Father in-law has the shingles and a friend told him they were given a cream to use but can't remember the name. His doctor has no idea about any prescription cream for shingles. Any help would be appreciated.He was given a script for pain pills which helped. Thanks,  Sharon,Oh

8443 3-Free 8x8 Photo Offers (2/22/2015 9:35:47 AM):  Hoping some one can use these. All expire March 30, 2015. All from Safeway. Promo Code CTCKBK1ZPKGX763MMC. CTCM5SSWKUBDAHF5NU & CTCNFE7TPHCFY87RWZ Please post when used. Have a great day. We are cold and snowy. Jeri,  Jeri/Co.

8449 Sony Blueray Player (2/22/2015 10:46:09 AM):  Any one ever have this problem. We can't turn blue ray dvd player off. We tried replacing batteries in remote control & no luck. TV works fine but we can't get Netflix or open Blueray player to insert movie to play. Any help appreciated,  Vicki, Va.

8451 shingles-08442 (2/22/2015 11:13:08 AM):  my doctor recommended using Neosporin and Vaseline pet jelly in the tube-put a ribbon of each down your hand then mix together and apply to blisters it helped,  sherry in

8458 Spring & Robins (2/22/2015 11:37:25 AM):  There have been posts about hordes of robins being spotted in various areas of the country this past week.The ground is still frozen forcing those robins to eat "wormsicles". Seeing those posts reminded me of a hilarious incident that I witnessed when my Mom & I lived in Pittsburgh. We would put some peanuts in the shell out for the birds. One day a blue jay picked up a peanut & wanted to store it away for a "rainy day". But the ground was still frozen to be able to bury it. The bird flew down near our woods. Saw a couple of dry leaves nearby. It dropped the peanut on the ground. Then Picked up the 2 nearby leaves & dropped them over the peanut to "hide" it! We howled with laughter watching their antics.,  Virginia Ann S VA

8468 Tax Help Please? (2/22/2015 1:15:06 PM):  I know there are a couple of CPAs on the board. I'm trying to do my daughter's taxes online. In box 18 on her W2 (Local wages, tips, etc.) the box is divided in half. The bottom number matches Box 1 of Wages, tips, other com. The top number is more than $1600 less. Which one of these numbers am I supposed to use on the tax form? I don't understand where there are 2 different numbers. I'm getting very frustrated. ,  Amy J, OH

8473 Movie language & I'm old! (2/22/2015 2:35:47 PM):  Just walked in our room and Rodney had an old episode of Spartacus on. WOW ... I didn't realize the F-Bomb was around when Gladiators took the arena. I'm sure they had some curse word that was the equivalent of that one but surely not that one? On a less vulgar note ... I watched Grease yesterday. My very favorite movie EVER! And realized it was made in 1978. That is THIRTY SEVEN years ago. I was 12 when it came out. OUCH ... getting old!,  Sandy B., MO

8475 short speech help (2/22/2015 2:39:35 PM):  I was notified that I'll be receiving a Quilt of Valor in a few weeks. The RV park we have spent the past 4+ winters in has always donated quilts to this program: http://www.qovf.org/ Enjoy. Then they decided a few years ago to continue quilting until all the Veterans in the park receive a quilt...and still donated quilts to the Q of V foundation. So, I have to write a short speech; previous honored Veterans speeches are their history/resume account for their Military duty. Mine could be summed it in less than two seconds. These quilts are being presented in order of Military service "eras" and now they are presenting to the Vietnam Era which is when I served. I was thinking (as I'm their first & only female Veteran- so far) that I would include history about female Veterans & why I joined the Navy. This is very difficult for me to do as I have a tendency to put myself 'in the back seat' as I prefer to recognize others and not myself. What is your opinion?...about including the history of female Veterans? ,  Pat

8480 Ear wax (2/22/2015 3:59:06 PM):  What have you found to be the best solution for cleaning earwax out of ears? Thanks in advance for any recommendations.,  Julie, MI

8483 Crockpot Recipe (2/22/2015 4:35:44 PM):  So I flipped thru some recipes on Pinterest today. This one caught my eye as I had the ingredients. Turned out really good. Using pork chops or pork steak, brown in skillet then put in crockpot for a package of dry ranch dressing and a can of mushroom soup along with a cup or so of water. I cooked 3 hours on high but you could do 6+ hours on low also. Served with rice as it makes it's own gravy and is very tender. yum. Will keep this recipe.,  Susan, SC

8487 Long Haired Chihuahua (2/22/2015 5:08:56 PM):  Hello Friends - After a visit with relatives (and their dogs), my neice suddenly & very Traumatically lost her Long haired Chihuahua. Do any of you know of a small dog animal rescue organization in Michigan/or near O'Hare Airport? Thank You in advance!,  Karen, from Oregon

8493 what key did I hit (2/22/2015 5:50:12 PM):  I dont know what I hit but suddenly the bottom half of the screen will say html body and other things, uncaught syntax erroe and the like. I dont know how to get out of it except exit and come back. Anyone have ideas?,  confused

8496 Amazon Kindle First Look (2/22/2015 6:49:46 PM):  I chose the book THE DEAD KEY. Michele was a little skeptical about a book published by amazon being promoted by amazon but I'm about 5% in and it's not bad. I like books that have a bit of history in them, whuch is why I chose it. Best,  Susan R., CA

8509 Books (2/23/2015 4:40:33 AM):  Growing up I would listen to my mom and aunt discuss the "scandalous" books of the time. I have been reading them to see what was so "awful" for that time period. I have read The Valley of the Dolls, Looking For Mr Goodbar, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, In Cold Blood and just started Peyton Place. Are there any others from the 50's and 60's that I have missed? Trying to make sure I haven't missed any. Thanks,  Anna, AL

8513 Help! I have a cat problem. (2/23/2015 6:51:28 AM):  Back in 2010, my cat started to pee on my bath mat in the bathroom. She is the only cat in the house and has two litter boxes at her disposal. Naturally, I was mad. However, she finally just peed on the floor, and I could see blood in it, took her to the vet and found out she had a UTI and took care of it. The problem is, that since then, every so often she still pees on the rug. Recently, it seems that if the rug is on the floor, she pees on it. I can wash it, hang it over the side of the tub, and she won't bother it. As soon as I put it on the floor, she pees on it. Now she has also started on the rug that goes in front of the toilet. No, I haven't taken her to the vet yet, as she seems fine, as long as the rugs aren't on the floor. Yes, I can keep the rugs off the floor, or the door to the bathroom shut, but that isn't really solving the problem. Yes, her litter boxes get changed and she is using them. No, nothing in the house has changed, as in someone leaving or dying. No other animals have been added to the house. Does anyone have a clue or helpful advice? ,  KathyB, MI

8514 Awards (2/23/2015 7:14:39 AM):  If anyone watched this last night. Did American Snyper get any awards? From what I heard they didn't. And that is a shame. ,  Tammy

8542 Selling hair (2/23/2015 11:48:32 AM):  My sister had her long hair cut and would love to donate it to some charity. Does anyone know how or where she would get in touch with someone to donate it?,  Tammy

8546 Car Tune Up Suggestion (2/23/2015 12:22:28 PM):  My car needs a tune up. Anybody know how to get the best price.,  Frances LA

8551 Ear Wax (2/23/2015 1:07:34 PM):  I am wonder why some people have ear wax and others don't. My dh husband has it and the my dds and I have never had it.,  Janice/Ok

8553 On Line Banking (2/23/2015 1:16:24 PM):  Thanks for all the information. Ex Banker, my messy check register isn't really the problem; I sometimes miss a post and add it later when I see it online. Thanks Sharon. I do have my checking connected to savings in case of overdraft. A while back; I took the bank's balance; knowing what checks I had out; then I still didn't balance later in the month. It's crazy. I may have to start balancing by the statement. Thanks for all your help.,  Janice/Ok

8579 Moving? (2/23/2015 6:54:45 PM):  Urban Outfitters is phasing out their distribution center in the tiny town of Trenton, SC and is moving to a new 1 million square foot building in Gap, PA, about ten miles from my house. Nearly 500 people in Trenton will lose their jobs when the building closes in September. This is unusual, because wages in the south tend to be lower than the north.,  Bob, PA

8580 New York City (2/23/2015 7:20:23 PM):  Is a taxi the best way to get to the Waldorf Astoria from JFK?,  Grace Basham, CA

8582 SS tax form/change address (2/23/2015 10:22:21 PM):  What is the best way to get a copy of my mom's Social Security tax form (assuming I can't find it) and change her address / direct deposit? I have a Power of Attorney for her?,  Heather, NV

8587 Superbowl (2/24/2015 4:24:50 AM):  Just wanted to let everyone know that as of today I have received 43 envelopes for my Superbowl win!! It is so exciting to go to the mailbox everyday!! Thanks for all the goodies!! I have been getting coupons, btfe, cc,stamps,samples, gift cert. notecards & post its! I love this!! Thanks again to all of you!!,  Debbie Mn.

8588 Receipt Surveys (2/24/2015 5:40:54 AM):  Just wondering if anyone has anyone won anything from doing those online surveys that are found at the bottom of many receipts. I seems like most stores are doing that now but I have never heard of anyone winning anything.,  Karen K Pa

8590 Menu Idea's (2/24/2015 6:31:11 AM):  I serve as president for my local Toastmaster group. I host a monthly officer meeting at my house and need some new menu idea's. The meeting time is from 6:30-7:30 Pm , my usual menu is nibble type foods, some kind of cheese and crackers, fruit usually grapes and some sort of pound cake or muffins. Also water tea and coffee. Most just graze but I wanted to come up with some new offerings. Any idea would be appreciated.,  Susan TX

8594 Costco A/E (2/24/2015 7:14:20 AM):  Costco uses their A/E photo card as the membership ID card. They are separating from A/E in April 2016 when the contract is up. Will we be getting new photo Id's before then? I don't see anything on their website yet. ,  Vera MI Brrrrrrr. MI

8599 Snowy day (2/24/2015 7:45:46 AM):  Enjoying a snow day here at home today. We got all of maybe one inch. But our county extends to the NC border so up near the mountains it probably is much worse. We are to get a stronger storm coming tomorrow night that could give us quite a bit more snow. Usually when our snow storms come from the Southwest, they are much worse than the ones from the North.,  Susan, SC

8613 Cracker Barrel win (2/24/2015 10:04:48 AM):  Someone posted on either OTC or CC (and I can't find it) that they won a $50 gift card playing the Cracker Barrel game. Was it playing checkers? If so, how many times did you have to play before you won?,  Susan, LA

8614 Searching for video clip (2/24/2015 10:18:46 AM):  I am trying with no luck to find a clip from the old Mickey Mouse club. It was one of the nature type ones about buffalo. It seems I remember the buffalo singing with actual mouths moving like people. Part of the song was "they're gone from the prairies, they're gone...the buffalo, buffalo". I'm hoping it's on YouTube or somewhere; would love to see it again so I can get the partial ditty out of my head! lol! Anyone?? Thanks!,  Paula T. TN

8617 Kelloggs (2/24/2015 11:46:39 AM):  Can you lose points if you don't cash them in after a certain amount of time?,  Tammy

8618 Eye Surgery (2/24/2015 11:53:13 AM):  Had the other eye done this morning- I now have true mono vision with the exception that I can really see out of the right eye right now...lol... I'm so glad that is all behind me now Life is good!,  Sharon B.,VA

8620 FOY Code (2/24/2015 12:25:27 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 8c2bbb53i worth 10 Hulk Coins for use by 2 more.,  Vicki, Va.

8621 FOY Code (2/24/2015 12:42:43 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 8c2bbb53i worth 10 Hulk Coins for use by 2 more.,  Vicki, Va.

8622 FOY Code (2/24/2015 12:45:29 PM):  mbmt5ekct is FOY code for 3 more users. Sorry for previous code the screen jumped on me & went away. I believe it is for 20 points.,  Vicki, Va.

8623 EBook (2/24/2015 1:03:41 PM):  Well Rodney and I have our "book" about his accident out now. It's only an ebook and available on Amazon if you search for Angels on the Interstate. It's a little of our story from the day of the accident up until about the time he stood up for the first time since the accident. And I have a QUESTION, too. Does anyone have any experience with "hand controls", or know of anyone who has experience with them? We've looked at a couple and the reviews are VERY varied! Looking for someone that can give us a first hand review. TIA,  Sandy B., MO

8635 Michele Ferrero (2/24/2015 5:24:41 PM):  passed away at the age of 89 on Valentine Day. He is the man who invented Nutella and was the richest man in Italy with 23.5 billion dollars. No one was ever given his recipes and he only gave one interview in his life.,  Bob, PA

8637 Consigning (2/24/2015 6:05:53 PM):  A question:if a person that has cosigned a loan has died, the estate is not liable are they? My dad had cosigned one but is now deceased. Mail arrived addressed to him, asking for a current address for the borrower. No notification that there has been default. I am planning on calling and telling them my father died. My mother did not sign so hoping this is the end of it. ,  Daughter

8638 Dinner? (2/24/2015 6:47:53 PM):  Hi -- I love leftovers, because that means an easy and quick meal in a day or two! Tonight we had some leftover chicken thighs sliced up (they had been baked and glazed with apricot jam). With some freshly-cooked rice and diced celery added to the chicken pieces, and a touch of low-sodium soy sauce, it was a nice dinner. We also had leftover acorn squash which added a touch of color. And those crispy Chinese noodles over all! Yum!,  Alice Dodge, OR

8639 CVS / Irish Spring (2/24/2015 7:25:52 PM):  Does anyone know the max amount of times you can do the Irish Spring offer? I bought 4 bottles & got the ECBs, but looks like it can be done again. I hope so. With the ECB & coupons, .50 a bottle makes it such a do-able donation item.,  Lynn

8640 Jar Opener (2/24/2015 7:30:56 PM):  My DW just bought an OXO jar opener. It cost about $10 and works like a champ. The instructions that come with it are poor, but the use of it is very effective. It comes with a clear rubbery disk and a handle with teeth on one side. The disk goes on the counter and keeps the jar from sliding. It is well worth it and eliminates the need of running under hot water or using a bottle opener to loosen the lid.,  Bob, PA

8641 Hee Haw (2/24/2015 8:04:22 PM):  Just found out that our hometown celebrity will be on a re-run March 1st at 7 p.m. Narvel Felts (rockabilly) it first aired in 1976. It will air on the R.F.D.channel.My hometown, Malden,Mo will get a Hee Haw cornfield salute!!,  Barbara M. MO.

8646 Baby Cordelia (2/25/2015 3:18:52 AM):  I'm requesting prayers for my niece/BFF and her family . Her Granddaughter , Cordelia has passed away from the FLU ! She was almost 4 months old . Oh , what a beautiful baby she was . Her siblins are having a really tough time dealing & understanding this . One brother , age 5 , is autistic and it's really difficult for him . It's been a heart breaking few months for my niece . Her husband recently passed away . The Baby's paternal Grandma died a few weeks ago in a fire . Please remember this family in your prayers . THANK YOU !,  Martha B. PA

8651 Happy Birthday, Diane! (2/25/2015 5:06:48 AM):  Diane in Maine - I want you wish you a very happy birthday today!! I hope you have a great day and treat yourself very well!! You deserve it!,  Julie in Mass

8653 Convicted (2/25/2015 5:15:03 AM):  Happy to see justice and Chris Kyle's (American Sniper) convicted in his death. Not looking forward to the appeal being drug thru the court system for the next 10 years but at least he will be put away while that happens.,  Susan, SC

8654 What was he thinking?? (2/25/2015 5:18:07 AM):  Or possibly his brain just wasn't engaged. Veteran's Affairs Secretary should know he is constantly in the spotlight. To say he was a member of the special forces when he was not is shameful. He should have known better!!,  Susan, SC

8656 Prayer (2/25/2015 6:24:34 AM):  Please pray for daughter Jodi, woke up with rash on face and swelling, don't know what it is, she said the Dr. doesn't know what it is, While I was typing this out, the thought came that it could be a spider bite. Anyway please pray, I'm going to call her and suggest the possibility. Sandy C ,  Sandy C Oh

8657 Zimmerman (2/25/2015 6:37:38 AM):  The Feds have conducted their investigation of George Zimmerman for shooting Treyvon Martin. It has been decided they are not going to charge him. ,  just on TV news

8660 Bradley Update (2/25/2015 7:30:10 AM):  I haven't been on here in a while so I wanted to give everyone a quick update on my husband Bradley. As many of you will remember, he was in a serious car accident on September 15 and had many broken bones and a neck and back injury that required many surgeries. His recovery has been amazing! He is now walking on his own and he only has to wear his neck and back brace for protection on long car rides. This has all been accomplished with his own hard work since he's had no physical therapy since he left the hospital in October because we have no insurance to cover it. I am so grateful every day for his amazing progress. So many of you on here had kind words and prayers for us and it has helped tremendously. You won't believe how much he enjoyed the cards that many of you sent. He showed them off to friends and family members when they visited and he would say, "Can you believe these came from my wife's Coupon Buddies?!? That's so cool!" Thanks again to everyone for the kind words, encouragement and prayers. I never knew I could get so much support from an on-line community!,  Mary Lou R., KS

8677 Sharon B VA (2/25/2015 9:10:54 AM):  Can you please share the cranberry nut bread recipe? All of your recipes sound great!! Thanks!,  hungry!!

8682 Cold (2/25/2015 9:58:18 AM):  This February will be the coldest February on record in our area. It will also be the third coldest month ever, C'mon Spring!,  Bob, PA

8687 financial file updated (2/25/2015 10:18:09 AM):  DH asked about a financial file the other day. I realized I hadn't updated it since October (before I felt like I was constantly trying to help my mom)! I am happy that after about four hours of work everything is updated. Now I can cross that off the To Do list and let him know the information tonight. I guess I should start on the taxes next. Baby steps...,  Heather, NV

8692 Microsoft Hotfix (2/25/2015 10:56:04 AM):  My computer shut down for automatic update. Checked it out and it was a Hotfix, so I thought it was to fix something critical. I guess it may be for some people, but it has to do with "Update changes the currency symbol of Lithuania from the Lithuanian litas (Lt) to the euro (€) in Windows". Huh???,  Susan, LA

8696 Recall Notices (2/25/2015 12:26:12 PM):  Fanimation recalls Brewmaster ceiling fans due to risk of injury: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Fanimation-Recalls-Brewmaster-Ceiling-Fans/
Kenmore electric ranges recalled by Electrolux due to electrical shock hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kenmore-Electric-Ranges-Recalled-by-Electrolux/Google Researcher

8698 SSA representative payee (2/25/2015 1:12:16 PM):  Anyone else become this for someone? I guess Social Security Admin (SSA) doesn't recognize the POA. My BIL sent me a link to a 19 page document that I need to read and an application I have to fill out. I guess I am going to the SSA office in Reno next week... The weird part is all I want is a) a copy of her SSA statement for the previous year (so I can do her taxes) and maybe a few before that in case I need them, b) to change where her check goes (from one bank to another) and c) change her address to my house. I know her SSA benefit doesn't even cover her monthly rent (I am so glad she/my dad/her second husband) saved money for when she needed it.,  Heather, NV

8709 Yahoo mail (2/25/2015 2:51:34 PM):  Anyone else having problems with their Yahoo mail? Mine has been down for about 1 1/2 hours now. ,  leaving Yahoo

8719 Recall Notice (2/25/2015 4:08:29 PM):  Cosco recalls convertible hand rrucks due to injury hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Cosco-Recalls-Convertible-Hand-Trucks/Google Researcher

8739 New York Vacation (2/25/2015 7:59:40 PM):  Our Girl Scout troop is planning a trip to New York for the Summer of 2016. We want to see Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Muesuam of Natural Resources, Broadway Play...We do not want to take a "tour guide" as we want to go at our leisure for each of the events. So, I'm looking for suggestions on hotel...centrally located between those things and any other suggestions anyone can give for pricing, places to eat at, etc. We will be there a total of 4 days or so....,  New York Bound

8743 Google Researcher (2/26/2015 2:00:17 AM):  If someone had their house foreclosed on, why is the mortgage company still hounding them with phone calls?,  wendy/de

8744 Kindle Fire HD (2/26/2015 2:18:46 AM):  When I go to pp on Kindle to sent money my keyboard does not pop up. Also how do I get mail to delete at one time. I have bulk and a recycle no trash folder.,  Help

8746 Super Bowl (2/26/2015 5:32:46 AM):  My sincerest apologies but my envies to the 3 winners and to Margaret are going out today. I own't bore anyone with my life drama of why I couldn't get it in gear sooner. Better late than never?,  Shelby, Iowa

8747 Snowstorm pffft (2/26/2015 5:33:27 AM):  Our snowstorm went pfft. We have all of two inches. Not the 3 to 8 or more that they were forecasting. Our temps were just too warm. It's a wet slushy snow. Roads are probably still slick but it will warm up today and be mostly gone.,  Susan, SC

8753 FOY Code (2/26/2015 7:16:15 AM):  5ws285c9d worth 26 points for 3 more users.,  Vicki, Va.

8754 Mary Lou & Bradley (2/26/2015 7:37:18 AM):  I was so glad to see your post yesterday. I tried to post then but for some reason couldn't post on RC all day yesterday. I'm so happy to hear that Bradley is coming right along. One of these days when you're at KU message me and let's try to meet in person.,  Sandy B., MO

8755 Gifthulk Card Game (2/26/2015 7:38:51 AM):  Wow the gifthulk card game was so good to me today. I scored 327 points today on just it. I hit my card 5 times, 2 FOY Codes & a boost. I have not even started searches, engage, or watched films,  Vicki, Va.

8759 Ft Lauderdale to Miami (2/26/2015 8:48:58 AM):  What is the best (Cheapest)way to get from Ft Lauderdale Airport to Miami? We will be staying there a few days before our cruise. Any recommendations on hotels and things to do while in Miami? My husband prefers the Marriott brand of hotels, but I'm open to suggestions. Also, will we need a rental car there, or can we use public transportation? Thanks!,  Denise D, WV

8760 Florida Keys (2/26/2015 8:50:56 AM):  We plan to visit the Keys after our cruise out of Miami. Any suggestions on places to stay or things to do? Also, how many days should we plan to stay in that area? Thanks for your help!,  Denise D, WV

8769 Donna/GA - SSA rep payee (2/26/2015 10:58:29 AM):  Thank you. You answered a question I had. I will get the letter from the doctor before I head up to the SSA office.,  Heather, NV

8770 Sandy OH (2/26/2015 11:29:25 AM):  How is Jodi? Did you find out cause of rash?,  elizabeth VA

8774 75 car accident (2/26/2015 12:54:18 PM):  West of Bangor there was a 75 vehicle pile up yesterday. One car was run over by a school bus! Then that car was sandwiched between two other cars. The man (after being removed by the Jaws of Life by paramedics) walked away! The only spot in the whole car not crushed was the driver's seat. Only 14 people went to the hospital, two serious injuries, not fatal. I've never heard of such a large accident here in Maine. Amazing!,  Diane D, ME

8777 hey everyone (2/26/2015 1:24:27 PM):  I've been super busy trying to find a house that meets our needs (and wants). We finally found one and got it under contract. The housing market in the Atlanta area is CRAZY. You have 24-36 hours to grab the good houses. My future house was on the market for 16 hours before we put out offer in. It had four viewings in those 16 hours too. The photos weren't even online yet, we saw it based just on the description. It is definitely a seller's market if your house is in good shape and mostly updated. We wanted a ranch with a basement (which makes no sense to me), but would settle for a ranch or two story with master on main. We fortunately got our ranch with a basement and close in about 6 weeks. I have just never experienced a market this crazy. It was very stressful. By the time I would have my realtor inquire about a house, the house would be under contract already. This happened 4 times! We did view 11 (or so) houses, none of which suited us. if you're out there looking for a house, realtor.com is updated much quicker than zillow.com. And I'm talking MUCH quicker. The photos of my future house still aren't on zillow!,  Dianne in GA

8780 Supper (2/26/2015 2:40:28 PM):  Tonight I'm having corn soup with ham. Tonight is still supposed to be nippy and tomorrow still chilly, but at least sunny so soup will be good. I have a biscuit left over from breakfast so that will be good with the soup. Really wanted corn and shrimp, but don't have any fresh or fresh frozen shrimp and I don't like the ones you buy frozen at the store. Plus I had a bag of Smithfield Anytime ham that I needed to use. Forgot what it's intended use was, but either I didn't make it or used something else. I didn't look closely at the ham when I bought it. I was thinking it was chunks, but it's teeny tiny cubes. If I stuck a toothpick in a piece, it would splinter. Really doesn't have much flavor either. Guess I'll have to eat a handful to be able to get enough to taste.,  Susan, LA

8792 K-9 Dog (2/26/2015 5:09:29 PM):  Went last nite to a presentation of the Sheriffs K-9 corps most beautiful dog.. She is 3 years old from Slovakia and to everybodys surprise the dog only understands Slovak. But boy what a smart beauty she is!,  louise, oh

8801 On the News ! (2/26/2015 7:13:25 PM):  I saw it on the news. So it must be true. Obesity Study Says Birth Year Affects Weight. So its not my fault I have these chubby thighs. It was because of the year I was born. Not because I can eat a can of pringles in a single sitting. ,  Nancee/IN

8809 Indoor Painr (2/27/2015 4:37:26 AM):  I have drywall walls in a home 50 yrs old. we have painted probably 4 times in 20 years. I have like a sky blue paint from sherwin williams (they called it rain) to cover up. I want to go back to a cream or light beige. With all the change in paint products…can someone tell me if I need to buy a primer or do the paints with primers in them already work? I don't need to buy sherwin williams again as I always use a coupon. I will need 2 gallons. Not trying to spend a fortune but I know you get what you pay for sometimes and I am not an experienced painter. Thanks for all your help, I don't have time to go to the library to check out consumer reports.,  laurie,ohio

8813 Cheryls question (2/27/2015 8:09:49 AM):  Okay this is about those gift cards that we got from Cheryl's . There was an offer from paypal I think. Came with cookie and a gift card. Well I was able to get three of them. Sounded like a good idea. But first I might add....that when it came I could tell right then that that cookie was not worth the five dollars But....I have three gift cards to Cheryls. I can't see where I can ever use them. Plus each gift card has the same code....which kinda tells me I can only use one at a time. I had hoped they were gift cards that I could use in the actual store...but no it looks like I have to use them online. I can't help but think.... I have them and I will never use them before the date of June 2015. Others have opinions ,  Nancee/IN

8814 prayers for DH and friend's DH (2/27/2015 8:19:44 AM):  Well, I wonder if there is something in the air, but a friend's DH and now mine need prayers concerning work. Both are in really tough situations right now (and the one mine is involved in affects many other employees also). Pray that the best thing happens in each situation.,  praying for husband

8819 Leonard Nimoy (2/27/2015 10:54:01 AM):  Mr. Spock has died. How sad. ,  Shanna, CA

8821 Coming soon... (2/27/2015 11:35:49 AM):  Coming to an area near you....spring. Went out to get the mail just now and noticed several small birds in my Bradford Pear trees. Wanted to see if they were cardinals, but I had already scared them off. When I looked up, noticed a bud coming out. Don't know how this has happened since we've had cold weather for the past weeks or so. Our winter is coming later in the season this year.,  Susan, LA

8822 Scam calls about fixing computers (2/27/2015 11:51:45 AM):  We keep getting calls from someone with a very heavy accent, asking us to go to our computer so that they can fix it. The last time (just now) I told them I know this is a scam and I will call the police if they keep calling me! A sweet lady in our church actually fell for this last summer and gave them several hundred dollars to "fix" her computer... Why you would think someone from a remote location can even KNOW there is something wrong with your computer? Anyway, please be aware, and don't fall for this nonsense!,  Tricia, MD

8823 Prayers needed (2/27/2015 12:04:29 PM):  Would those of you that pray, please pray for our friend's son who has a brain tumor? Her son, Mark, is 15 (actually just celebrated his 15th birthday a few days ago in the hospital.) He has a younger brother who is 14 (just 12 months younger than him). As you can see by the link, people have been generous, so they are doing well in that department. I'm just posting the link because, 1- you can see who you are praying for, and 2 - she tries to update it every day or every other day to say how he is doing. www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/miracles-for-mark/308388 (He is the taller of the two boys in the main picture.) Thank you.,  Tricia, MD

8832 Life on the line job (2/27/2015 2:03:39 PM):  Add school bus driver to another job where your life is on the line. Reported that bus driver got into arguement with "unruly" student. Student, who is 15 years old, struck her several times in the face, until she became unconscious! All this happened while the bus was in motion! Another student stepped on the brakes and put the bus in park. Students were going to alternative school for students with disciplinary problems. He ran away before police arrived, but his mama brought him to the police station where he was charged with battery of a bus operator, aggravated obstruction of a roadway and second-degree battery. Goodness gracious! This "child" is either going to have a very long life, in and out of correctional facilities or a very short life because he will end up dead. ,  Susan, LA

8835 Supper tonight (2/27/2015 2:24:43 PM):  We are going to a fish fry at a local church. Do churches and VFW halls do this in your area during lent or is this a regional thing? For many churches around here these are huge fund raisers and people look forward to it all year long. They post a long list of all the participating halls and churches in the paper. Only on Fridays only during lent. You don't need to be a member of the church it's a community wide event.,  Doreen,MI

8837 Bob, PA melting in North Pole (2/27/2015 2:45:10 PM):  I thought about the subject more and realize my answer was not enough. So here is what I believe. The icebergs are centuries old. We think of the poles as a tranquil but cold land. That is not true. There are terrible storms dumping tons of snow. Imagine this for hundreds of years. That is a lot of snow. While it is all ice there, ice can hold a lot of weight if thick enough. Ice there are thousands of feet thick. Tho ice, it might as well be land so long as it is cold.,  Faye, VA

8838 Free Adds (2/27/2015 3:21:32 PM):  Does anyone living in the Milwaukee, Mequon, Wisconsin area know of a place to run free adds for trying to sell furniture? Thanks for any help.,  Tammy

8840 printer trouble (2/27/2015 3:32:48 PM):  hope someone can help sometimes my printer will print a cpn and then the next time its like it cant connect i looked up computer fixes and did what it said but it didnt help anyone have any ideas TIA,  BOBBIE AL

8846 My Coke Rewards (2/27/2015 4:45:56 PM):  Anyone aware of a double points promo coming up? ,  sure could use 1

8848 Debbie, OR (2/27/2015 5:06:28 PM):  How are you doing? When last we "chatted" (about a month ago) you were going to have scans soon to see how the tumors were doing. Hoping and continuing to pray that they're at least decreasing and the CEA number (did I get that right) is going down. I think of you often.,  Marion, CA

8852 Prayers for Dr. visit (2/27/2015 5:31:52 PM):  Would like prayers for kidney doctor visit Monday. After removal of one kidney last year due to cancer, I must continue to return for follow-up and to make sure remaining kidney does not have cancer. I will probably have to have another CT to determine this. The price of this follow-up is also a concern, as I still owe for the surgery last year. I do have an account on giveforward, but it is going slowly. Here is a link if you are interested in more details http://gfwd.at/1xCOpbVDonna Maness, SC

8860 chickenlegs (2/27/2015 6:55:47 PM):  Looking for your favorite way to fix legs other than fried chicken. Have a pack thawing for tomorrow. Thanks in advance.,  Mal

8871 best way to get off mailing list? (2/27/2015 8:51:15 PM):  My mom gets a TON of requests for money. I have already emailed, called or wrote ten places and I still have ten more to deal with (from only a couple of weeks of mail). No way do I want to forward all of this to my PO box - I think it would fill it every other day. One suggestion I got was to open a new PO Box for only her forwarded mail and then close it after I make sure I get all of her 'good' mail. Any other suggestions (besides forwarding it to my DBrother that isn't help...).,  Heather, NV

8873 What's world coming to? (2/27/2015 9:15:18 PM):  Just read where a 13 year old N.O. boy has been arrested for raping 3 of his siblings over a 2 year period. What 11 year old committs rape?? ,  Susan, LA

8876 Transform America (2/28/2015 12:24:43 AM):  Someone last month said they weren't sure Obama had said he wanted to transform America. He said it in Oct 2008, and this article explains it: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2014/feb/06/what-barack-obama-has-said-about-fundamentally-tra/ We do not seek to transform that which we allegedly love. Can you see telling your spouse that you love him/her but you just need them to get major cosmetic surgery and change their hair color? And don't even get me started on the whole 'net neutrality' thing. But at the end of the day, I don't need to worry about who is right or wrong--God has a plan above ours.,  Moving On

8882 Political quote (2/28/2015 5:39:26 AM):  Last month there was a little debate if President Obama really said he would transform america. Yes he did, here is the quote, you decide the context of how he meant it. I have my own ideas of that. The quote comes from an October 30, 2008 campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri. After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that's taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. In five days, you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street. In five days, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, and create new jobs, and grow this economy, so that everyone has a chance to succeed, not just the CEO, but the secretary and janitor, not just the factory owner, but the men and women on the factory floor. In five days, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election, that tries to pit region against region, and city against town, and Republican against Democrat, that asks -- asks us to fear at a time when we need to hope.,  Doreen,MI

8883 IRS (2/28/2015 5:42:11 AM):  The IRS sent wrong tax forms to 800,000 Obamacare participants. the IRS has agreed that if those people have, as a result, underpaid their taxes, they won't make them file an amended return. This is another glaring example that Obamacare is another bloated bueracracy that is not handled properly. When was the last time you filed the wrong info and the IRS said, don't worry about it. Once again, the President making his own rules and own laws. And once again, this story not covered by major news networks.,  Karen-IA

8884 More Political (2/28/2015 5:43:16 AM):  Meanwhile more people are being kidnapped, tortured and killed everyday by ISIS. And we are saying we just need to give these poor disadvantaged people jobs, and then they won't do this anymore. You just can't make stuff like this up. I believe if they are not stopped we will be seeing these horrible acts being committed in the United States before to long. ,  Doreen,MI

8886 Yay - I love Political Day! (2/28/2015 6:04:01 AM):  This is in reply to the posts made last month by Jackie A, PA and Donna, FL. Please forgive the length but there is much to be said. There were some issues brought up on the last political day that need some clarification and explanation. First, there is the business of “if you work hard you deserve what you work for.” Hard work seems to be that Protestant ethic that is still with us from the Puritan days but we never really look at that concept with a critical eye. We equate monetary success with someone who has “worked hard” for their largess and the scale trends downward. The less money you make, the less hard you must have worked until we get to the impoverished who apparently want to live a minimal existence off the government teat. I wonder why that is? There are three things that make up work that is satisfying: 1) people want independence in the workplace. There is a certain resentment of bosses no matter how deep in the subconscious it lies. Bosses hold the equivalent of life and death that absolute monarchs used to. They can fire you and reduce you to an impoverished state (even though you may want to “work hard.”) This type of arbitrary control gives one the sense of powerlessness. Part of the reason for the rise of labor unions was because workers wanted a say in the rules of the workplace. 2) People like work that is creative, fulfilling, and challenges the mind. You don’t really find much of that working on an assembly line, cleaning offices, or filing paper work as a secretary. Yet those “hard working” bosses or business owners get to make decisions every day. Owning a business certainly is challenging and there are many factors to deal with when making those decisions. It definitely meets the criteria above, doesn’t it? 3) People like to see some monetary reward for their work down the road. Here we’re not just talking about enough money to live from paycheck to paycheck but some real rewards. Rewards that will allow you to enter the upper classes – perhaps even become one of those “hard working” super-rich. Once again, look at the types of jobs that the vast majority of people have. Let’s face it. Not everyone has the capability to become rich in our society. So, they work in body shops, on assembly lines, cleaning tables at the mall food court, or any number of other jobs. Tell me these jobs aren’t difficult and to do them you aren’t really “working hard.” Many are even dangerous and life threatening. The biggest risk the super wealthy face is a stock market crash or having a heart attack from sitting behind their desks all day. The point here is that the super-rich haven’t really “worked” harder than most other people; they have just done a different type of work. Perhaps they had the God given skills to be successful in a society that lavishly rewards those types of skills or, worse yet, perhaps they inherited their money. (It seems to me that anyone who worships at the altar of “if you work hard you deserve what you work for” should be in favor of a 100% inheritance tax. If that much money is given to you, you certainly didn’t “work hard” for it.) But are you really “working” in a situation like this? They have “jobs” that they love above all other things and do it for the satisfaction and not just the monetary rewards. Most in the middle class live lives of quiet desperation. They get up each morning and go to work to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Not so with the super-rich. Another observation on the super-rich (by definition, those who make over $374,000 per year. That means their income per year – not their total wealth which includes savings, real assets, and investments. BTW, 99% of American families make less than this amount. We’re talking about the infamous 1 %.) Donna, you said “We should be glad for the rich” and “…where do jobs come from?” and, as an addendum to that question, “Do the poor employ anyone?” There are several aspects to this problem of severely unequal income distribution. The first is a moral question. How much is enough? The Walton family of Walmart fame is worth over $100 BILLION dollars – equal to the wealth of the bottom 42% of Americans combined. If you just keep on piling up more money than can be spent in a lifetime isn’t that the definition of avarice? Does it not say in Mark 10:25 “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Sounds like a moral dilemma for the rich to me. Yet many in our society seem to condone it rather than take offense at the extravagance and blatant hedonism. There is something wrong with the values of our society if this is so. If you base an economic system on one of the seven deadly sins (greed) how can that system be moral? A second problem with the super-rich is that as a practical matter, having severely unequal distribution of income is not good for the country as a whole – it is not good for the economy. Jobs are not created by the rich, CEO’s, small businesses, or even very wealthy corporations. Jobs are created by their customers. If there were no customers for their products companies would very quickly go out of business and there would be no jobs. So to answer Donna’s question, yes the poor do employ people because they spend what little they have on the necessities of life which creates jobs. The real economic engine in this economy is the middle class, people like you and me, who not only spend on the necessities but also have discretionary income to spend on various products – which creates jobs. The super-rich, despite their opulent spending, cannot support an entire economy. How many pairs of blue jeans can a rich person buy? There are 400 families in the United States that have as much income as half the families in the country. History shows us that this is not possible. The two periods in our history with the widest unequal distribution of income was 1928 and 2008. You know from listening carefully in history class that there was a great crash in 1929 that caused the economy to plummet for years. And again in 2008 when wide unequal income distribution occurred we had another great crash that we really haven’t totally recovered from yet – except that the government acted quickly and decisively and moderated the worst effects. Yea government! Third, there is the problem of power. The super-rich are able to “stack the deck” in their favor due to their overwhelming wealth. The intrusion of money into the operation of government gives the super-rich advantages that come at the expense of the general population. A case in point is Citizens United that plans to purchase the next President and Congress by spending billions on the next election. As I mentioned earlier, this power not only manifests itself in the workplace where the authoritarian power structure undermines American democratic principles but affects employees’ family and social lives in a negative way. It was also claimed that “the government doesn’t …know how to handle money at all.” Is that statement comparison to our businesses that are “too big to fail”? You do recall that the big banks during the last crash, which they alone caused, after being bailed out by the government to the tune of billions of dollars gave bonuses in the millions of dollars to their executives who had caused the crash. You also recall that many stockbrokers on Wall Street after starting the Great Depression in 1929 found that the only solution to their difficulties was to throw themselves out of the windows of office towers. I count 49 depressions/recessions since the founding of the country. All were caused by the private sector, not the government. Keep in mind that the government has been in business since 1789. How many private companies can say that? Who doesn’t know how to handle money? There are many other issues that need to be addressed but this post is already longer than most. I do think, however, that the truth is in the details, not in the glittering generalities and assumptions that people post. I suggest that they have come to believe their statements because of the redundancy of catch phrases garnered from their favorite “news” sources. Whew! I anxiously await your replies. ,  Gayle. OH

8887 Islam (2/28/2015 6:05:56 AM):  Obama has stated that we are not at war with Islam and they are not conducting a holy war. He said that the Imams did not call for a holy war and it is only extremists that constitute ISIS. ISIS goal is to eliminate the Arabian peninsula of all non-Muslims. The murder of the Egyptians Coptic Christian men by ISIS, was described by the Administration as only Egyptian men killed by militants. They say that they use those words because they don't want to offend Muslim leaders. (like who?) Obama vetoed the Keystone pipeline for no stated reason that I know of. That pipeline would eliminate any need for Middle East oil. If you don't think Obama is a Muslim, think again. He has also reduced our Armed Forces to the point that the generals are saying we no longer have the ability to fight two wars simultaneously. How did we get into this despicable mess? Sugarcoating as usual...,  Bob, PA

8891 College Degrees? (2/28/2015 7:22:36 AM):  People are whining that Scott Walker does not have a college degree.........and we STILL HAVE NOT SEEN Obama's!!! You would think after all these years, some college friend would have shown up or someone had a picture of him at graduation or walked just before or after him.......no way!!!,  Joanie in NJ & FL

8895 blue ridge parkway (2/28/2015 7:51:19 AM):  my husband and I are planning a trip to the blue ridge parkway. to pidgeon forge and on to Atlanta, Ga. what sights should we try and stop at along the way thanks,  mary h , maine

8912 Kardashians (2/28/2015 8:34:50 AM):  Did you hear they signed a Million Dollar contract with some place. And this is so funny, a comedian said, I guess we don't have to work and know anything to be rich. That fits them perfectly. How on earth are they worth that much when they have no talent and do no good in this world. With all there money they get for doing nothing wouldn't be nice if they did some good with it? All are so phony from there surgeries and there lives.,  Tami

8914 Anthem & credit freeze (2/28/2015 9:02:55 AM):  My mom has Anthem insurance. I know I can put a credit freeze on her account, but do I need a doctor's note for me to be able to do it (I do have Power of Attorney).,  Heather, NV

8915 US Airways vouchers (2/28/2015 9:06:16 AM):  I have $350 (each) vouchers since we were bumped last May. I found out how to use them (by calling), but it says they have to be 'redeemed within 1 year'. Does that mean we have to fly or that I have to make the flights by then? I hope we can use them in June...,  Heather, NV

8919 Half of the People (2/28/2015 9:18:42 AM):  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. ~Unknown~ ,  Geri, IL

8947 Cranberry Bread (2/28/2015 11:11:24 AM):  The other day someone asked about my cranberry bread. I just use the homemade mix that I posted) and add a little over a cup of cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. When cranberries come out in the fall, I buy them and freeze them for uses later in the year. I love to add frozen cranberries to my smoothies too!,  Sharon B., VA

8948 Earned Income Tax (2/28/2015 11:18:35 AM):  Earned Income Tax Credit--The new illegal immigrants that President Obamas Executive order affects, upon receiving their new SS number will be able to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This is based on income and the size of the family. You do not have to have a 1099 to prove wages, you can use a logbook, income from bartering, sales, lawn mowing, day work, any income you have "earned." They will be able to apply for this and receive money back even if they have not paid income tax. They will also be able to file for up to 3 years in back returns. When the head of the IRS was asked how much this was going to cost, his reply was, no one told us. Seems to me that this is wrong. For everyone that is concerned about our tax dollars going out to Walmart workers, would be equally upset about this. And once they have their SS numbers and drivers license, it a short leap to registering to vote. That is all this is about, new voters.,  Karen-IA

8954 Equal pay (2/28/2015 11:34:48 AM):  Isn't there a report out that Hillary Clinton did not pay her female senate staff equal pay to the men? And I thought I've heard that it's like women 72 cents on the dollar in the White House to the male staff. There are equal pay laws on the books. It seems to me, that when they do the charts and surveys, they lump all women in with all men. Of course, men are going to make more. An executive will make more than a waitress and so on. The stats don't take into account women working part time, leaving for babies, etc. I don't think you can compare incomes without comparing occupations side by side and I have never seen a report that does that.,  Karen-IA

8955 ISIS / ISIL (2/28/2015 11:35:48 AM):  Read about Sykes–Pico Agreement from 5/1916. I don't pretend to fully "get it" with all that is going on. Truly believe ISIS hates us & our lifestyles, but we are not the only ones they hate. Someone might find this interesting if you want to learn more about ISIS & Sykes-Pico https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWHn96DXRDE For me, I also truly believe there will soon be a WWIII & this is the start of it. These people mean business & they are growing leaps & bounds. In 1916, Britain, France, and Russia secretly agreed to to this agreement. The ultimate goal of the Arab world is return the Middle East to its pre-Sykes-Picot. Truthfully, I get confused by a lot of this stuff but I try to spend time every day trying to read up on it. Eventually it will all click, I hope. Just seems like they are holding a 99 yr grudge for changes made by the Brits in 1916 so the Brits & their allies in the region could control it. ,  Susan

8964 tyler, tx pet friendly hotel (2/28/2015 12:04:11 PM):  Any ides on a good price hotel in south Tyler Texas that is pet friendly. One that is a decent place to stay.,  Connie, TN

8970 Another Sharon (2/28/2015 12:23:25 PM):  You stated more or less that Walmart employees should be paid more (I'm guessing like double) to make a decent wage. Please. These are people who do not have an advanced education. Many are lucky to have the Walmart job. If Walmart increased their salaries then their prices would increase at the same rate. How would that help anyone. I'd venture to say the same employees who eek out a living also depend on Walmart to buy products cheaper. I don't think increasing salaries at Walmart would solve anything. Offering more support to young people who are exiting high school in either career counseling, job/trade training, affordable college, etc would be much more beneficial than just increasing what is untrained salaries. If you want to raise those wages, then let's do it at all fast food places too.,  Susan, SC

8971 Muslim Brotherhood (2/28/2015 12:23:47 PM):  This information is found online -- I am assuming it is still correct. These are Obama appointments to key executive positions. My main concern for America would be a slow acceptance of Sharia Law within our borders. Arif Alikhan – Devout Muslim, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser Elibiary appeared at a conference honoring Ayatollah Khomeini, has made attacks on prosecution of terrorist fundraisers, has actively promoted jihadist ideology godfather Sayyid Qutb, and threatened a Dallas Morning News journalist who repeatedly exposed his extremist views. Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference. Hussain is “a hafiz of the Qur’an”–An individual earns this designation by committing to memory the Qur’an in its entirety and enjoys high status among Sharia-adherent Muslims who regard this feat as proof of a deep devotion to Allah. The OIC is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is dedicated in its documents to spreading Islamic law, or sharia. Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser –founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director, and a Muslim leader who said that Israel should have been added to the”suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Magid was born and raised in Sudan and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Imam Magid studied with his father, Al-Haj Majd Haj Mosa, described by one watchdog website as “a Cairo-trained Muslim Brotherhood scholar” who has served as the top cleric in the Republic of the Sudan, one of the most Sharia-adherent nations in the world. In 2012, ISNA hosted Dawud Walid who said, “One of the greatest social ills facing American today is Islamophobia, and anti-Muslim bigotry. And if you trace the organizations and the main advocates and activists in Islamophobia in America, you will see that all those organizations are pro-Israeli occupation organizations and activists.” Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships – Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation. Read more at http://theblacksphere.net/2013/04/devout-muslims-in-key-positions-in-the-white-house/Helen in VA

8975 International Flight (2/28/2015 12:45:16 PM):  International Flights (2/28/2015 8:48:39 AM): My 16 your old niece has an opportunity to go to Rome this summer. We are looking for flights and need some assistance. We have never bought or flown internationally. Does anyone know of any sites to look for deals? We don't want a huge layover due to she will be traveling by herself. Any recommendations/suggestions/tips would greatly be appreciated. Thanks!!!,,  Nancee/IN

8976 Burger King gift card (2/28/2015 12:47:01 PM):  Does anyone know if this offer is still good? It was threw I think paypal. Send $20.00 PP for a $25.00 gift card. Or have the site to send for one? I had it and some how, I must have deleted it. Thanks for any help.,  Lynn

8991 Lois Lerner (2/28/2015 1:17:46 PM):  Lost emails have been found. Of course, no coverage. Someone should be in jail. They are investigating and if they find something criminal, it will be turned over to Eric Holder. We know how far that will go.,  Karen-IA

8992 David Axelrod (2/28/2015 1:24:37 PM):  His new book states that Obama lied about his stance on gay marriage in 2008 to get elected. Obama said that year in his interview with pastor Rick Warren that because of his christain faith, he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. He lied again. It wouldn't be a stretch that he lies about his faith. He appears to side more with Muslims than Christains. ,  Karen-IA

8997 Judy (2/28/2015 1:56:12 PM):  This is Judy's daughter Hope. My mom broke her hip Monday and had to go West Jefferson Hospital. On Wednesday, she had surgery for a broken ball socket. She started therapy Thursday. After she is out of the hospital, she will be at a nursing home to continue therapy.,  Hope, LA

9000 Sharon B.: (2/28/2015 2:40:50 PM):  Boy were you ever right about the Shark (whatever it is that begins with an "R" -- right now, all I can think of is "Reptile" which, surely, it is not). It picked up massive amounts of Husky fur no other vacuum I've ever had has touched. Thank you!,  Janie

9006 Keystone pipeline (2/28/2015 3:08:10 PM):  One of the reasons that the President vetoed the keystone pipeline was possible environmental concerns. I guess it is safer in his opinion to send it by rail across the US. Having a train jump off the tracks, catch on fire, burn for a few days and shut down a city's water system isn't ever going to happen and is not an environmental concern.,  Jackie A., PA

9007 Next Pres (2/28/2015 3:19:58 PM):  I'm not much into the political day...but, who do you think the next president will be? Democrat or Republican? In general, I'm not sure if he voters will stick with the Democrats - I can't see Biden being he next President. Who do you think will be the Rublican choice? Christie? Bush? Just wondering...,  Shanna, CA

9015 Seriously??? (2/28/2015 3:56:12 PM):  Ice and sleet ..starting tomorrow afternoon.... Fast forward to this coming Wednesday.......70 degrees follow by.... wait for it......... SNOW on Thursday!! ugggg............lol,  Sharon B., VA

9025 Cracker Barrel Game (2/28/2015 4:27:07 PM):  How do you win any of the instant prizes on this game?,  Cathy B. Mo.

9058 Gayle (2/28/2015 6:10:23 PM):  http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Hillary-Clinton-men-women-pay/2015/02/23/id/626388/ This is an article on Hillary paying female senate staff 72 cents on the dollar to comparable male staffers.m if you don't like this source, just google it, there are numerous sources.,  Karen-IA

9064 Nighty nite (2/28/2015 6:29:42 PM):  Well folks, this has been fun but I must sign off for the night since we leave in the morning for warm and sunny Florida and I have not even packed. I look forward to the next political day when I am hoping to see some well thought out posts with backed up statements. I am also hoping there won't be any more regurgitating of buzzwords heard on tv. Please check your facts, Folks! Until then . . ,  Gayle. OH

9068 Democrats for Life (2/28/2015 6:43:16 PM):  For Grace & others who are interested in pro-life politics. Democrats For Life of America is a group of democrats who encourage pro-life positions. You can find out more about them at democratsforlife.org. I copied this from the following from their website: "In representing pro-life Democrats within the true "big tent" party, DFLA works across a broad spectrum of life ethics. We recognize that people of good faith have different approaches to these issues; therefore, we refuse to use a single issue as a "litmus test" to exclude those who would otherwise seek common ground with us on the expansion of human rights. We encourage all people committed to the common good to work together to protect human life at all of its stages." Just something to think about. My husband & I subscribe to their newsletter.,  Joanne VT

9073 Sharon B VA (2/28/2015 7:10:54 PM):  You asked if I shop at Target. Once in while but not much. My feelings about Walmart are not just about wages etc. I have other issues with them. The Walton family has billions. They can afford to be generous without raising prices. And yes, there is nothing wrong with making money. I have both a brother and a brother in law who are in the top 1% and a daughter in the 2& who is well on her way to the 1&. I do not begrudge any of them a penny. They all work hard for their money and they don't make it by treating others unfairly and expecting the taxpayers to pick up the slack. ,  Another Sharon in MI

9075 Gayle (2/28/2015 7:12:43 PM):  Jesus forbade his followers from using the sword in his defense, Matthew 26:52, Mohammed urged hiss followes to use the sword in his defense, Surah 8:65. My quotes are from a book called the Truth about Islam. I will buy you a copy if you read it.,  Karen-IA

9076 Walmart (2/28/2015 7:18:41 PM):  If you don't like Walmart's wages, simply don't work there! Go back to college and get a real job. Walmart is supposed to be a place to start. Minimum wage isn't supposed to support a family. It's a place to start. One would expect that you would have more ambition in life!,  Higher Education!

9078 Sue P CT (2/28/2015 7:35:24 PM):  Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision The Huffington Post | By Ashley Alman Posted: 02/28/2015 12:08 pm EST Updated: 02/28/2015 12:59 pm EST Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers. In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the federal government and the controllers union stalled. Reagan claimed the strike was illegal and demanded the air traffic controllers return to work; when some 11,000 did not, he fired them. Walker, who has long idolized Reagan and previously lauded the former president's standoff with air traffic control, on Saturday called it "the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime" during an address at the Club for Growth's winter meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. "It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world," Walker said, according to The Washington Post, claiming the action showed foreign allies and enemies that "we weren't to be messed with." Walker made almost identical comments during a January MSNBC appearance, where he claimed there were documents that proved the Soviet Union treated the U.S. differently following the standoff. "Years later, documents released from the Soviet Union showed that that exactly was the case," he said. "The Soviet Union started treating [Reagan] more seriously once he did something like that. Ideas have to have consequences. And I think [President Barack Obama] has failed mainly because he's made threats and hasn't followed through on them." PolitiFact investigated the claims, finding no evidence the documents ever existed. "It's utter nonsense," Jack Matlock, Reagan's ambassador to the Soviet Union, told PolitiFact. "There is no evidence of that whatever." And yet, Walker has committed to highlighting his own dealings with unions to prove his ability to take on foreign threats, like the Islamic State. During a Thursday address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Walker touted his confrontation with right-to-work protesters in Wisconsin as proof he can take on threats from the Middle East. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," Walker said Thursday, after being asked how he would stand up to the Islamic State. Walker made the same comparison earlier this month at a dinner for prominent conservative donors, according to CNBC's Larry Kudlow. "Walker argued that when Reagan fired air traffic controllers (from the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and unions at home as well as our Soviet enemies abroad," Kudlow wrote of Walker's remarks. "Similarly, Walker believes his stance against unions in Wisconsin would be a signal of toughness to Islamic jihadists and Russia's Vladimir Putin." Scott Walkers Act 10 (anti union bill) prohibits public worker unions from bargaining over benefits and working conditions and it limit what they can bargain for in wages to the rise in the consumer price index. And to bargain over wages union locals must recertify. And just the other day, Scott Walker compared union protesters to terrorists The fact that Scott Walker wants to take millions away from the University of Wi is public knowledge. He has indicated that he will run for President so he thinks he can win and yes he has ties to the Koch Brothers. That's all I'm going to say about him. If you think he's a great guy then so be it. I know he isn't! ,  Another Sharon in MI

9082 New Furnace (2/28/2015 8:21:20 PM):  My mothers furnace was not working properly so she called out service man. Unfortunly it was bad news... her unit is 11 years old.. and the service man found a large hole in the burn area.. so she needs new furnace.. Does anyone know if their is a government financial assistance.. such as heap that will help with cost of new furnace if you qualify financially,  Dee, Oh

9090 Homeland Securty (2/28/2015 9:02:02 PM):  The House sent a bill to the Senate. We are told by the liberal news media that it is the Republicans that are causing problems funding Homeland Security. The Republicans passed a bill, all that needed done was for the Democrats to vote for funding it and we would have had funding for more than a week. It isn't the Republicans fault that the bill didn't get passed, it is the Democrats blocking the bill that is the problem.,  Jackie A., PA

9100 Clouie (2/28/2015 10:27:54 PM):  Michele Need address for both your Grandchildren Please post. Sandy C,  Sandy C. Oh

9104 Sharon B (3/1/2015 4:39:54 AM):  My Shark came, Rick put it together last night, we have the kids so I will try it out today. I can't believe how light weight it is... I loved my Dyson but it died this week so it was either an expensive purchase of a new one or try this, latter won LOL... will let you know how I like it...,  Sunshine (Linda IN)

9108 Marion, CA (3/1/2015 5:35:19 AM):  I heart you too! :D,  Sue P., CT

9109 puzzle (3/1/2015 6:44:14 AM):  Last week's challenge: Actor Tom Arnold goes by two first names — Tom and Arnold, both male, of course. And actress Grace Kelly went by two first names — Grace and Kelly, both female. Name a famous living actress who goes by three first names, all of them considered male. The lengths of the names are 5, 3 and 6 letters long, respectively. Answer: Jamie Lee Curtis This had to be one of the easiest puzzles, or else we are just really smart. We had many with correct answers. Next week's challenge: Name a city whose name ends in a long-A sound in which that sound is not spelled with an "A." Change the sound to a long-O and phonetically you'll name a famous person whose name does not contain the letter "O." What city and famous person are these? ,  MAC--WI

9111 gifthulk - guess the card (3/1/2015 7:24:29 AM):  Okay, because of some of you I have started playing this game. If I correctly guess the card my 50 points have been added immediately. If I have guessed the suit or the number my points have not been added. Do they add those in at some time later? Or have I misread the rules on those?,  Penny in MO

9113 Irazoo (3/1/2015 7:59:43 AM):  "TravelDeals". Expires: 03/01/2015 at 11:00 PM EST. That EST reminds me, time changes next Sunday.,  just me

9114 Loot Palace (3/1/2015 8:00:20 AM):  Does anyone do this site? If so is it easy to get points?,  Lynn

9115 what would you do? (3/1/2015 8:21:29 AM):  a good friend and her husband divorced a little over a year ago. He left her and moved in with girlfriend. A few months ago she told us that he wanted to reconcile and that she agreed to start dating him, and he agreed to go to counseling. (something he wouldn't do before they split up) Last night my husband and I saw her ex in our downtown with a woman. (not his daughter or his wife) I really don't know if I should mention it or keep my mouth shut. If he betrayed her again she would be devastated. His leaving took everyone by surprise. she had been struggling with health issues for many years due to Lyme disease. Finally she was beginning to feel better and then he left. she is the sweetest friend. We liked her husband, but most of her friends thought he was a bit controlling. Not abusive or mean just a tad controlling. As far as we know he never hit, or verbally abused her or the kids in any way. He was just kind of anal about certain things, so certain things had to be done his way. So do I just wait and see what she tells me about how things are going between them or do I speak up? ,  Doreen,MI

9116 Daily iRazoo Treasure Code (3/1/2015 8:37:35 AM):  TravelDeals Until 03/01/2015 at 11:00 PM EST for 20 points.,  Melody, WA

9117 N. Nevada got snow! (3/1/2015 9:08:47 AM):  I know some of you are sick of snow, but this is our first real snow storm! Happy Dance!,  Heather, NV

9121 Wal-Mart wages (3/1/2015 9:57:27 AM):  Please remember that when you disrespect an entire group of workers in any way - it will/does affect many of us who subscribe here. I've worked at Wal-mart for many years; they hired me when I was in my late 40's and had been recently widowed. The work is much cleaner and nicer than prior jobs I'd had - factories and offices. Wages and benefits are quite fairly paid to those of us who abide by their work principles. I know of no one at my store of nearly 500 employees who is on food stamps or other assistance; our insurance is reasonably priced, etc.. Many of us own stock in the company. Whether or not to shop at our stores is up to everyone to decide for themselves; we're trying hard to give great customer service to all who enter our doors. Thank you for reading this; not signing my name as I don't care for the harsh retaliatory posts so often made on here.,  proud American

9127 Walmart (3/1/2015 10:37:00 AM):  Walmart must pay different in different areas. I have friend and family members who work/have worked at Walmart here in Central Ohio. None of them started (or left) at more than $8 an hour. How do you go to college on $8 an hour and still live indoors? Or eat? Or have heat? Yesterday was -18 without the wind chill here. ,  Amy J, OH

9154 Sue P (3/1/2015 1:45:11 PM):  I guess its your right to call me a hypocrite because I hate Walmart and what it stands for. I have a right to my opinion and a right not to shop there. If you think I am anti prosperous, you are dead wrong. I could say alot more but I won't. ,  Another Sharon in MI

9158 Etsy Discount (3/1/2015 2:41:31 PM):  RefundCents members save 15% off your total purchase with coupon code RMC2015. I have 2 shops to browse from: www.etsy.com/shop/AuntieKsAttic and www.etsy.com/shop/KoloaQuiltsandMore Happy Shopping!,  Karen C, HI

9163 sample size products (3/1/2015 3:35:58 PM):  I have recently been trying to clean out closets and found lots and lots of good sample size products. I asked a local shelter if they could use them and they told me "NO, too fussy to deal with. Prefer to give clients regular sizes" Any ideas ladies? I have to say I really don't want to consolidate in different jars as there are so many; hand cream, shampoos, toothpaste etc. All advice welcome and appreciated.,  Diana CO

9172 Lance brand cookies & crackers (3/1/2015 6:02:25 PM):  Where would I find a $1 coupon for Lance crackers or cookies? Someone went into Dollar General with 26 of those coupons & walked out owing $0. I sure don't need that many, but I'd like to find 5-10 of them. Anyone know what insert it was in?,  thank you in advance

9173 Cheap flights?? (3/1/2015 6:07:24 PM):  What website would give you the cheapest flights or is it cheaper to buy directly through the airlines?? This would be a very short notice for bereavement. thanks,,  Susan, SC

9178 red Coke caps (3/1/2015 6:39:16 PM):  Someone gave me about 20 of the red Coke caps from I guess 20 oz bottles. I know I do need glasses, but they are horrible trying to read the code. Has anyone else had that problem & figured out how to read the codes? The diet Coke caps seem to be no problem. ,  thank you in advance

9189 Referral (3/1/2015 7:59:15 PM):  http://tinyurl.com/27uho66 Swag Bucks. Search, watch SBTV, games, polls, codes and lots of other earning opportunities. http://tinyurl.com/7376t7t Zoombucks. Search, watch videos, codes, play games for points to turn into cash/prizes. iRazoo is invite only http://tinyurl.com/77u3g2n Treasure codes, searching, games, videos for points to turn into cash/prizes. http://tinyurl.com/kow43ps GiftHulk is fun. Search, use the toolbar, Video watching worth 400 points per day. http://tinyurl.com/l8xnjk7 memolink http://tinyurl.com/pf2skbd Superpoints is back!!!! Superpoints, is an invite only site. http://tinyurl.com/nx9ajzh Zaycon Foods. Bacon, Ground Beef, Chicken, Wild Salmon and Cod. Order the food in a place by you and go pick it up. Best food ever. Thank you for considering me.,  Melody, WA

9192 Friend lost spouse (3/1/2015 8:06:31 PM):  What do I do? I have a lady who I have become closer friends with (we have been co-workers off and on for a few weeks, we both substitute at the school)and she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband. We both have sons that are in the same 6th grade class, but our children don't really know each other. I went to the viewing and hugged her. I am sending her a card with a note that says to call, text, facebook, stop by anytime, but I am at a loss - I want to help her, but I can't imagine being in her shoes. I know she has lots of help right now with family and friends (whom she is likely closer with/known longer) but I want to be there for her. I don't know that she will reach out to me, but I will still send the card. Any other thoughts or ideas? Anyone lost a spouse have a suggestion? I have lost both parents, but I look at my husband and just cant imagine how my friend must be feeling. Thanks for any and all thoughts.,  At a loss for her loss, OH

9199 I'll be on and off.... (3/1/2015 8:45:00 PM):  .....the Board for a while. I'm supposed to start a 3-4 week long trial tomorrow or the day after, so I probably won't be here on a regular basis once the trial starts.,  Jane, CA


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