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#Facebook Page Yay or Nay? #help

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Do you have a Facebook Page for your blog? I do, but I’m rethinking the purpose of it. I’m unclear, if there is any real benefit to me to have one. Everything I post on my blog pushes to my Facebook Page, so what you see here, you see there. The only thing of benefit is those who liked my page will get notification of my newest posts and that’s not too many right now. What do you think? Is there a need for one? If so, what other benefits are there for me?

I’m not a published author (excluding the one children’s book), I do not sell anything, and I rarely do reviews or giveaways. So, why have it?

What happens, if I did away with my Facebook Page? Do I lose it completely or can retrieve the database later? Can I keep my Facebook Page, but keep it private like you can a blog?

The name of the game is to reach more audience through social networking. I have a good Facebook friend base and it’s considerably larger than my fan page likes. But, I don’t want to inundate my friends’ feed with blog post notifications. What suggestions to you have? I appreciate any advice you care to offer. So, please chime in to let me know what you think!

I’ll leave you with this thought for today….

A thought for today


Have a nice day!

Tuesdays = Random Thoughts

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Blog authors like to write about a particular day’s events or a hodgepodge of stray topics all for the sake of participating in a blog hop known for randomizing one’s musings.  That being said, it’s Tuesday and Tuesdays = Random Thoughts. So…pour yourself a cup of joe and read my undirected thought process for today.

It’s safe to say, I won’t be seeing a sunrise as pictured above. Last night it rained and this morning it’s raining. All I can hope for is that the rain either (A) stops or (B) lets up long enough for this gal to take the trash to the curb. Yucky, wet weather doesn’t make for a good garbage day!

Have you seen this infomercial?


This caught my eye while I was laid up post-op and I thought, WOW, this may be worth a try! Yesterday, I began the Brazil Butt Lift program. Phew, boy did it ever kick my bum-bum! I’m SO out of shape, but I felt invigorated. I was perspiring heavily by the end of the 30-minute workout. That’s definitely what I wanted to see. This is a 6-day per/week routine. I don’t know if I can go six consecutive days or not, but I’m dedicated to my cause – to rebuild muscle! It won’t be an easy task, but exercising never is initially. I am VERY eager to see how things shape up in the coming weeks for me.

In 15 Little-Known Game Facts & Trivia, an interesting Reader’s Digest article, a popular Milton Bradley game helped WWII POWs to escape. How’s that you asked? Oddly, the Nazis had a temporary lapse of humanism by allowing Allied Prisoners of War the privilege of playing board games. The British government was even allowed to send its incarnated soldiers a few games. One of which was Monopoly. Thanks to the game’s publisher smuggled inside the box – banknotes hidden among the Monopoly money, compasses, metal files, and a folded silk map (less likely to fall apart like paper). These real escape tools are hidden within a seemingly innocent board game actually assisted POWs in fleeing from the enemy. Isn’t that so James Bond-like?

A few months ago, a local headlight caught my attention that I would have shared with you, but I was so terribly sick. That being said, I think this is a good time to do just that – share!

An accidental 911 call lands man behind bars according to WRCBtv.com, a station in Chattanooga, TN. 911 operators heard more than enough from an unintentional caller, “I’m looking for my methadone box. I’m sitting here waiting for you to smoke a joint” to send the Athens Police Department to the home of Aaron Thompson. Thank-you modern technology for helping to nab a low-life drug pusher!

Have you gotten accidental calls?

Has your phone dialed someone without you knowing it?

I can say yes on both accounts. Both of our DDs did this often years ago and then while I was learning the ropes with my iPhone a few years ago, I accidentally called the last dialed person who happened to be none other than DD#2. lol

Last week, I failed to hook up with Patrice’s Chats on a farmhouse porch. Today, I won’t make the same mistake. Patrice wants to know….

  1. Do you have any type of air cleaner in your home? Actually, we have two ionic filters in our home. Unfortunately, we do not have either on. Although for the most part, you don’t even hear them running, DH can hear them and it’s especially irritating for him when watching TV.
  2. What do you do with the spare change you accumulate in your car, purse, pockets, etc? It’s really rare that I have any loose coins in my purse, but when I do happen upon it I just toss it in a little container I keep on top of my microwave.
  3. What’s one chore you wish you never had to do again? Housework. Does that count? I know it’s rather broad, but well…housework does not rock my world. 
  4. Are you outgoing, quite, shy, reserved, or the life of the party? On the surface, I’m reserved if I don’t know you. You know that old saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Not that I a “fool”, but when you get to know the “real me” then all the silliness shines through.
  5. Have you understood your parents more as you’ve gotten older? The only time I have ever been able to understand my parents has been from the moment I became a parent. That’s when the light upstairs went on and I thought, “Gee, my parents weren’t wrong after all.” This gives me hope in thinking my children will have a similar experience one day. 

Thanks for joining me in my rants. I’ll be hopping over to your place shortly. For now, why not grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at….

Psst…Psst… a wee reminder, Stacy Uncorked is embarking a huge move across the country this month and is taking a break from blogging, but her scheduled return is for September. We’ll all be looking forward to seeing her back!

Have a terrific Tuesday!



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Wordless Wednesday

I failed to get a jump start on my Wednesday posts and this is the result of my lack of preparation – two memes in one. Perhaps you’ll want to join me in visiting Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond in her weekly Hodgepodge link up.

Today’s questions are:

1. What’s the best and worst thing thing about growing older? Getting older period is the worse part of the whole process, but with age comes wisdom and confidence – two ingredients I’m enjoying very much now I’ve reached that once thought of “over-the-hills” age of 50. I’m told I don’t look my age and I can tell you this much, I don’t act my age in the least.

2. Autumn arrives this week in the Northern Hemisphere…what one thing do you love most about the fall season? I can’t narrow it one thing, Joyce. There is so much about fall I love – the  foliage, temperature change, football, cozy fleece, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving, … You see, I just can’t do it!

3. Speaking of fall…pumpkin seems to be flavoring everything these days-are you a fan? What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored food or beverage? I like pumpkin spice lattes. In fact, I’ll be serving my home-made version this Saturday. Last fall, I bought Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup and it’s really good. This season, we’ll be trying DaVinci’s Pumpkin Pie Spice syrup which just arrived yesterday. I’m all excited about this, too! Another favorite pumpkin flavored treat are Pumpkin Cream Filled Sandwich cookies. I got the recipe from MarthaStewart.com a few years ago and it became a huge hit with us. It kinda reminds me of whoopie pies. In fact, the recipe has been renamed as such. lol

4. Since we’re on the subject of fall…what’s the worst fall you’ve ever taken? Oh why do we have to go talking about personal injuries. It’s been years since I’ve done anything bad to myself. Thankfully, I haven’t had any really bad falls. One time, I recall catching my heel on the hem of my dress going down our front steps. God must have had His angels surrounding me that day is all I can say because the only thing that happened was my heart nearly leaped out of my chest. There was one time I slipped in the kitchen and caught myself, which more or less resulted in sore muscles because of my reaction to the fall when I stiffened up. Other than that, I’m quite blessed to have not had any nasty tumbles.

5. If you could own a prop from any film what would you choose? Where do you come up with your questions, girl? Does a body double count? I mean, really I would love to have one of those gorgeous body doubles as my own. That is, if it were even possible and I know it’s not. Unless… I’m Demi Moore and can afford a half a million dollar make-over. That’s just not gonna happen, either. I guess I’ll just have to stick to hard work and healthy lifestyle to get me where I wanna be. At least I can say I’m the real McCoy – no nose job, face lifts, tummy tucks, or breast implants. What you see, is what you get!

6. What’s the most interesting word you’ve read or learned in the past week? Hmmm, all of the words I read are rather mundane these days – nothing exciting. Does this mean the material I’m reading isn’t challenging enough? Maybe…why should I strain my brain? Perhaps, I should be straining it. After all the brain is a muscle and if I don’t use it, then….gulp…I might loose it! Where’s that dictionary?!

7. When was the last time you locked yourself out of your house, car, or office? Was it a big deal?  The last time I locked myself out of anything was my car and that was too many years ago to remember with a lot of clarity, but I think it was in the mid 80s. I had to file unemployment and accidentally locked my keys inside the car. DH worked downtown, which was a couple of miles from where I was and he was able to work to my rescue. The bad thing was it was during the summer, so it was a hot walk and then the car we owed at the time did not have an AC. What a prince!

 8. Insert your own random thought here. *do happy dance* Good news, my scales made me so-so happy Sunday. It read 112pounds. I’m not where I want to be exactly, but at least it’s going the right way – down! I’ve lost 7 pounds since July and I’m thrilled. Now to get below 110 again.   Oh yes, if you’re in the market for new prescription eyeglasses, you may want to read my post from yesterday, here.

Come back for a visit tomorrow, as I’ll be participating in my favorite blog hops. Be sure to check out my earlier post from today, The Truth is Out There.


Wednesday Chat/Hodgepodge Questions

Everyone begins to feel a little more relaxed when they learn it’s Wednesday…hump day! The rest of the work week is downhill until the weekend rolls in. Yeah, I remember that feeling when I worked outside the home, but even SAHM get that giddy sorta feeling knowing a there’s possibility of fun and excitement added to her routine with the family. Yep, that’s me!

With a few more days to go before said “fun” is a possibility, then we can all have fun chit-chatting on Patrice’s farmhouse porch at Everyday Ruralty.

This week, we’re discussing these questions….

  1. What was your biggest fear as a child? I think the biggest fear I had a child was of drowning. When I was very little, I don’t even recall how old I was, but I think I had to be somewhere between 6-9 years of age my best friend’s family had gotten an above ground pool. I would think it could not have been any deeper than 3 feet, but for a small child the water level came up to my chest. Anyhow, one day I was standing around the pool with some of the other kids and we began talking about swimming. For some reason, I announced I knew how to swim and I didn’t. What possessed me to say this is beyond my comprehension even today. An argument erupted between an older boy and myself about whether I could swim when suddenly he tossed me into the pool head first. To this day, I don’t know how he did it cause it happened so fast. I remember being in the way. I was actually stunned. I couldn’t tell which was up or down. For what seemed like an eternity I floated in the way. I could see the blue sky above me, but I didn’t know what to do and I thought I was going to die. Somehow in all the chaos, I got to the side of the pool and out of the water. From that moment on I was very scared of deep. By the time I was in upper elementary school, I did actually learn (self-taught) how to swim with the help of my best friend. I even got so brave to jump off the diving board. My swimming skills at best have much room for improvement, but I think if I need to save myself from falling into a pool of water then I can do it. Deep within I have an underlying fear of water, but it doesn’t paralyze me or anything. I just try to avoid being around it when possible. I think this is one reason I want to take swimming lessons.
  2. Who taught you to cook? I helped my mom in the kitchen, but not enough to suit a young girl’s curiosity. Mom worked outside the home, so preparing meals was a push to get done leaving little time for me. The things I learned from her, I learned mostly by watching. My best girlfriend did a lot of cooking. Her mother didn’t work and was able to nurture her properly in this department.  7th grade requirements included Home Economics for all girls. We did some cooking. I learned how to make chocolate chip cookies in Home Ec. That was such fun and every time I make a batch of chocolate chip cookies I subconsciously think about my early cooking experiences in junior high.
  3. Do you have a lot of books in your home? We have a lot of books, mostly children’s literature to early adult titles. In fact, I’m trying clear our bookcase of the juvenile and early adult titles now that the kiddos have moved past these. If you’re interested in picking up some used books in excellent condition, then check out Books! More Books for Sale!
  4. Wendell wants to know, “Do you like carrot cake? If so, what kind of frosting do you like best? I do like carrot cake, Wendell. You may find this surprising, but I can only think of two times I’ve had it and I’ve NEVER made one. That I need to correct. The only way I’ve had carrot cake is with cream cheese frosting, which was quite yummy. Is there any other type of frosting used?
  5. What’s did the last funny t-shirt you read say? (It doesn’t have to reflect your personal feeling about the topic, just be funny and family friendly.) “You can’t scare me. I have two daughters!This one really is true. lol

Over at Joyce’s From This Side Of The Pond, she’s got these questions for us to answer….

1. I included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in Joyce’s Monday post… “The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb it’s routine.” When was the last time you ‘disturbed your routine’ and how’d you do it? The last time I disturbed my routine wasn’t really by choice, but out of necessity.  Our computer hard drive crashed a week ago this past Saturday, which forced me to investigate why our system couldn’t find the hard drive. Our 2-year old computer should NOT have done this and yet it did, but I’m hanging on to hope the data can be retrieved. More on this another time….

2. What’s your favorite fried food indulgence? Oh! This one is easy – french fries is my favorite! I do not dine out often and eating fast food is definitely not a regular thing. This is something we reserve doing one or twice a year. Partly because we did so much of this when we were first married (burn out), partly because it’s expensive, and partly….really the biggest part is it’s so inconvenient. But, when we do go out to eat on those rare occasions I’ll splurge on an order of french fries. These really are horrible for your health, but they are so darn tasty!

3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance? What’s an allowance? Does this answer your question? lol My folks didn’t have much to give us and what little they did give us covered our school lunches. On a few rare occasions they may have given me a little pocket-money for birthday or Christmas, but I couldn’t tell you what I used it on. We never gave our kiddos allowance, instead we rewarded them with things they wanted every so often. I have mixed feelings about giving a child an allowance.

4. What’s something you wish you knew more about? I think I would have to say the human body. It fascinates me how one person’s body is different from another. Why is one person can metabolize calories better than another? What causes allergies to screw up a person’s digestive tract? Why doesn’t my body channel water properly? If I knew some of these answers then I know I would be a happier person. Everything I do know comes from trial & error experience, but at least I’m learning.

5. Is there anything you feel too old to do anymore? If so, what? Not that I can’t do these things, but let’s just say self-injury would come into play but a cart-wheel, a split, a handstand, …you get the picture I’m sure. When our daughters were young, I showed them how to do a cart-wheel. I would have been in my mid-30s by this point and I remember how I felt the strain on my wrists. It’s strange, my weight was the same as when I was a teenager so why would this hurt so much? And yet, it did!

6. What’s a song you think has a great first line? Close to You.Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?

7. Who are you writing to/for when you create a blog post? In other words…as you write, who is the audience in your head?You, you, and you – my friends in Blogville. My family as far as I know doesn’t read my blog contents, so when I create post it’s usually with you in mind.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  

A few months ago, I began watching the old TV series Dark Shadows on Netflix while I ride my bicycle. I thought it had at least 360-something episodes, but the other day at after watching episode 162 I discovered that was it! I’m only a few episodes in where Victoria Winters goes back in time to the 1890s. What a disappointment! I loved this TV series as a kid, but couldn’t remember a lot about the program. I’m ready to see more and now I can’t. What does this all mean?Will Netflix get more episodes to stream? According to Wikipedia there are 1,225 episodes. This means I have a lot more to see. Oh, pooh!

Good news, I’m beginning to see things turn around in my diet/exercise program. In the last four weeks, I’ve lost 4-pounds. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but given the fact I’ve struggled with the yo-you effect then this is a positive change. What am I doing different, you ask. The bottom line is this, I’ve been eating strictly Smart Ones by Weight Watchers (you buy this at your grocery store) prepared meals and am keeping my caloric in-take between 1000-1200 daily. There is no guessing on my part. I know precisely how much I’m eating, which is perfect for me right now. I’m continuing to ride my bike 2-hours at least 4-5 times per/week. The only other thing I’ve changed in the past 3-weeks is I’ve used Testosterone gel (very low dose) my GYN prescribed. The later may or may not have any bearing on my progress, but I’ve read with menopausal women the lack of Testosterone increases belly fat and trust me this is one issue I’ve struggled with for years EVEN when I weighted 102. I can’t say with any certainty yet how this (the prescription) is going to work out for me, but you can bank on more future updates/progress.

Thanks for stopping by today, but before I go let me tell you right now I’m hosting a costume giveaway for US & Canada residents. If you want to enter, then please check out the details HERE (removed link something happened to the post). However, you can read my Anytime Costume: Greek/Roman Costume Review.  Also, before you skip off, let me invite you to join the weekly meme I co-host called, Wayback Wednesdays. Participation is really low and I’d love to see this sky-rocket.







I’m stressing! Don’t you just hate it when life bogs you down? Time crunch makes things hectic, goals get side-stepped, conflicts with people, blab-blab-blab, just STUFF tripping you up!

My major compliant is the battle I have with my kitchen scales, when it gives me undesirable readings despite my hard efforts. I made a vow (to myself) to be 102 pounds before my 50th birthday in December. That’s a long way off, I know.  I’m certain I can reach it but still any set back feels catastrophic.

Besides all that, there are issues going on NOT worthy of spilling…well not exactly unworthy, I’m just very private about some matters which I would rather not put out there for all the world to read about. That’s not my style. Nothing personal, really. It’s me.

What I need is some destressing time, so I’m going over to Patrice’s and chat on the her farmhouse porch for a while. The day is rapidly slipping away, so off I go.


Here’s what we’re talking about.
1. What was your biggest fear as a child?  I had a terrible experience with some large dogs.  I was very small (age & size) when two or three Doberman pounced on me.  They didn’t hurt me but they frightened me so badly that I hated to be around dogs after that.
2. How old were you when you learned to cook? Or how old will you be when you learn to cook?  In Junior High School, Home Economics was mandatory. My formal cooking lessons came from Mis Spivey, my 7th – 9th grade Home Ec teacher. Growing up in rural West Virginia most girls learned cooking early on, usually by watching and helping moms and grandmas.  I didn’t get serious about making home cooked meals until the 80s after I had gotten out of college.  Now, I really enjoy it and my family tell me I’m good in the kitchen.
3. Did you have a favorite book as a child? What was it?  I didn’t read much as a child. In fact, I hated it. I wasn’t very good with reading and had enormous problems with phonetics.  The teacher would make me feel horrible.  I was already self-conscience and humiliation only made things worse. I simply pushed books aside.
4. What’s the busiest time of year for you? From the end of October through the end of November, I’m super busy with holiday preparation. Buying items for both holiday meals, getting presents not already crossed off my list, making Christmas cards, decorating, etc. No matter how hectic it is, I wouldn’t change a thing, though. I love it!
5. Have you ever won a contest? I have won a few contests in my life. The most recent one was several years ago when I got a $50 gift card from AC Moore. I was so excited to win that! I got honorable mention in my 8th grade math club, I received a ribbon in Home Economics for a chocolate pound cake I made in the 9th grade, and I placed in a science fair a few times as well as in art class for a wood craved plaque (I still have it) I made.

If you care to join in on the conversation, then copy and paste these questions into a post, then link up at Patrice’s.  NOTE TO SELF and anyone else reading this… Just look what I’ve done, I forgot to hit publish yesterday on this post. *slap self in forehead*  Oh well… a day late to visit Patrice and the rest is better than not visiting at all.