Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bare pantry

My son cleaned out our pantry (dry goods) about 10 days or so ago. My son, who is 24, works in Retail/Grocery so he's the king of expiration dates. He went through and tossed anything that was expired. I had to fight to get him to leave some canned stuff alone. Mostly I let him do it because if we haven't eaten it by now, we aren't going to eat it.

I need to do the two basement freezers some Monday night during the winter. Trash day is Tuesday and I don't want the feral cats making a mess I have to clean up.

We have empty There is a certain comfort level in having a full pantry. I'm trying to resist the urge to fill them up again just so they look like we have enough food.

Can you guess the oldest thing we had in the pantry?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Hold The Advice

I'll start by saying I know folks mean well. I know they are just trying to help.

Earlier this week, I dealt with some pretty severe headaches. My chiro and I were on top of the issue and things were on the mend. Unfortunately, I was getting oh so helpful (yes, that was sarcasm) advice from every direction and no one seemed to take the hint that I was not interested.

PSA: Just because you heard of this great cure-all from a friend of a friend of a friend, doesn't mean you need to share it. Heck, even if you know it works first hand, you still not *have* to share it.

Please just save it for a different conversation and a different time. Like when you are actually asked for advice or ideas.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Reviews on Amazon

I love, love, love to read book reviews, especially the 1,2, and 3 star reviews. I love a good critical review of a book. What I don't love is when a reviewer who absolutely hates a book just has to knock those who like the book. I get that you may hate the book and cannot believe anyone could like it. At this point, I just shut down and can't hear the constructive criticism from the reviewer who slams other reviewers. It's like a door slams shut.

Just a bit of advice to reviewers out there: 
Don't belittle or attack the character of other reviewers.
Don't attack the integrity of the author or publishing company.*

It's totally okay to say you don't understand how anyone could ever love, much less like, the book in question.

I am not saying that authors, publishers or their various agents never buy reviews. I know some do. It's just tacky to attack them without substantial proof.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tip for Kindle Readers Who Like To Read Series Books

I love to read books that are in a series. Some of my series are quite long 15-30 or more books in series. I like to buy several of the books at a time. The problem is I am not always able to remember which book comes next. I solved that problem by creating a Word or Google document with the reading order, then e-mailed the document to my Kindle e-mail address. No matter where I am I can easily find the name of the next book and start reading.

  1. Create a Word or Google document with the reading order for the series. PDF, RTF, TXT work as well.
  2. Create a new e-mail.
  3. Enter your personal Send-To-Kindle e-mail address; this ends in 
  4. Add document as an attachment
  5. Put Convert in the Subject line if you want the document to read like a Kindle book. Leave blank, if you like the original form better. (Try it both ways to find out which is easier to read.)
  6. Download to your device. I use Wi-Fi only to download my personal documents like this. If you have 3G or 4G, it could end up costing a Service Fee. I'm cheap and Wi-Fi is also faster :)

I tend to create a different Personal Document for each series. This why I am not having to thumb through several to find the series I am interested in reading. 

If you have never used the Personal Documents/Send-to-Kindle address, you can learn about it here:

If you need help, you an always call Amazon Kindle Support at 1-866-321-8851. Those folks love to help with this stuff!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ephesians 2:19-20/NIV

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
Ephesians 2:19-20/NIV

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say.

I'm not sure that's true.  lol  I have been MIA for a while here.  I want to get back to posting semi regularly.  I'm just not sure what direction I want to go with this blog. 

Here's tonight's Facebook post:

Woo Hoo!!! Scored some great savings by purchasing my son's college books on All new through the school bookstore would have been $264 with all used being $230. Combo of new and used ordered tonight from Amazon is $118.21 + Amazon Prime Shipping.

Okay, probably not exciting to anyone but me, but it's  start.  Hopefully, it won't be another year before I post again.