Wednesday, August 12, 2020

ONE THING YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW

Today(August 12) is a National Holiday and I'll bet you had no clue(lol)  Did you know that according to a report from the CDC, August is the most popular birthday month with 12.7% of the population?  September comes next with 12.6, then June and July tie things up for 3rd at 12.1% .

My son, who always prefers to remain nameless should I say something crazy and embarrass him(lol), ended up with Covid-19.   He and his family live in another state, but I was able to see exactly what happens when you test positive.  For those who don't know, sticking a dang 6 inch long q-tip up your your nose is definitely no fun, and he had some bleeding throughout the day.  What about a mouth swab please?! The test came back positive, and before he could hang up the phone with me, the CDC was calling to chat with him and everyone in the house.  They're very friendly, and wanted to know who he'd been around and what were his symptoms.    Later on they stopped by to drop off a packet to tell them what should be done regarding temperature checks, etc.  Meanwhile, his fiance couldn't smell or taste anything, one of the other weird symptoms of the disease.  She was okay with it because it didn't affect her appetite one bit.(lol) Anywho, all is now well with everyone, and they've all tested clear.

A few days ago I was the  DD (Designated Driver) for a person who received outpatient surgery, and it's a good thing I love to read because you basically have to sit in the waiting room with a mask on and wait for it all to be over, after having your temperature checked.  Except for one super not talkative lady, and a HUGE wasp who flew in, the waiting room was pretty much a ghost town. You can no longer visit the recovery room and hang out. The surgeon came out to say that all went well, and oh by the way, "the needle broke off in his shoulder, so it took me some time to find it".  They then cheerfully bring the drugged out, grumpy patient outside to your car and put him in before going off to torture the next person.

Are you a hot dog eater?  If so, you're one of the 150 million people who gobbled them up on July 4 according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.  If that's not surprising enough, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs!
(image-Tony Babel)

I don't how he did it, but in 2014 Jan Greeff of Columbus Georgia made it into the Guiness World Book of Records for his 80 hour barbeque.  Apparently he didn't mind cooking 1000 hot dogs, 558 burgers, 104 pieces of chicken, 200 pieces of corn and 526 pieces of South African sausages.  This guy sure had a lot of energy or was very hungry.

Love Goodly
is a not only a cool phrase, but it's also a  cruelty-free and non-toxic beauty box that starts at $34.95.  You can also purchase individual merchandise.https://www.lovegoodly.com/

Do you like healthy snacks and love trying new things?  You'll love https://www.urthbox.com/# which has boxes of full sizes packages that start at $14.99 and go up to $44.99.  These boxes do ship to other countries, and there is FREE shipping in the United States.


I don't understand the cruelty of others.  Physically attacking a person who refuses to wear a mask is not the right thing to do.  Following a person who cut you off on the highway is not going to change what happened.  Beating up the person you live with as a means to control or take out your frustration is assault. Making fun of a homeless person who may be asking for money is not funny.  All we can do is to try to use every opportunity to show kindness when we can.  Our acts can literally save someone's life.

Just want to take a chance to give some shouts out to my family who gave me some great gifts,(planners, tennis shoes, computer bag, stickers, undies, no thongs for me-lol, cash, book, card, oil mister, FREE cheeseburger from Red Robin and a special hello and thanks to Elizabeth from http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/ who knows my love of cheeseburgers.  I've  been hooked on them since I was 11 years old and the momentum hasn't slowed down.  The Bob's Burger Book totally rocks!




















Wednesday, July 15, 2020

MORE USELESS STUFF

 
I say this all the time!(lol)
A few days ago, my granddaughter turned 10, and one of her gifts was a HUGE makeup kit from this well known and popular influencer on Youtube called James Charles.  
Despite loving this palette, the truth is that I'm iffy about young people wearing eyeshadow and lipstick. All I could hear was my mom drilling in my head that I couldn't wear ANY type of makeup until I was at least 17, and you already know that no one wanted to hear about the old days of when I was a kid.(lol)  So I'm officially old fashioned.  Am I being unreasonable?  Is it now okay for kids to put on mascara and more these days? What say you blogger buds?

Did you know that Betty Crocker isn't even real?  She was a creation of the Washburn-Crosby Company in Minnesota, later purchased by what we now know as General Mills. 
 
Over the years people created portraits of her that seemed motherly, yet also changed with the times. Even though she was made up, in 1945 Betty Crocker was 2nd most popular person in the country.  Who was number 1? Eleanor Roosevelt.
When we think of Georgia, peaches come to mind, but you may be surprised to know that the state is also the number 2 producer of...kale! Some people even mix these two together in a salad or a smoothie. The state that produces the most of the healthy veggie is California.

We've seen lots of famous people riding around in luxury jets, and they pay big money to do so.  But for those who own them and don't pay the bills, there's actually an airplane repossession person hired by the bank who will politely snatch it up.  Right now, the person who's considered a legend and always gets his plane is 78 year old Ken Hill.  He actually gets paid twice! There's a fee to get it back from the defaulter, and another fee once the the plane has been resold.
Speaking of planes, for years I've always wanted to travel to Alabama to see what they have in this store, and finally, it's online.

Cowboy Hat for Sale
You can still visit in person, but just in case you let your fingers do the walking, please check out www.unclaimedbaggage.com.  This store sells all the stuff that people lost or forgot about on airplanes, and you'd be amazed at what's there! Clothing, jewelry, toys, electronics, and more.

It's just between us, but have you noticed that your clothing is getting a little too tight these days?  Well, there's a way to get motivated to lose weight, meet people AND get paid with https://www.dietbet.com/

Despite loving cold weather, I have no intention of ever living in the arctic area of Canada, but that won't stop me from watching 10 survival specialists as they try to win a million dollars.  All they have to do is live ALONE in the cold for 100 days.  The contestants are allowed to bring items from a specialized list  provided by the show, and you'd be surprised of some of the things they chose.  There are 3 things on the prohibited list that would have immediately disqualified me - cheeseburgers, a lighter/matches, books and wi-fi.(lol)  What have you been watching these days?

Do you remember one of my last posts when I talked about puzzles?  Well https://infidel753.blogspot.com/ finished the work on this 32 inch high Escher puzzle in a just a few days.  Isn't this pretty amazing?

Are you vegan, or thinking about making the switch?  Their make-up, snacks and beauty boxes are available with flexible subscriptions that have been thoroughly tested to ensure they are 100% vegan and cruelty free.  Visit   https://vegancuts.com/snackbox/ to find out more information.


When my son was a kid, he had a HUGE crush on this model/singer/entrepreneur, and now she's the new host of Dancing with the Stars which will be back later this year. That original signed picture he received back in the day might be worth money one day.(lol) Congratulations to Tyra Banks!
Did you know there are over 3000 FREE college courses you can take  online from schools like Harvard and MIT at edx.org?  In most instances all you have to do is pay for the certificate which ranges from $49 to $125.  Wow!  

                                      Which one are you?



Friday, May 29, 2020

MATEO'S LAW by Sandra Cox


Even if you've never read any of Super Sandra Cox's books,(you're missing a treat) you'd fall in love with her wicked wit and kind-hearted spirit, and she's kept me laughing since 2017.  Most people write one genre, but this incredible author has the skill set to write in many genres which is not easy.  How she finds time to travel, write, garden, live life, maintain a blog and visit other bloggers is a mystery, but this is the reason I've added "Super" to her name.

This time she's writing a very cool new paranormal novel that's so unique called Mateo's Law, and there's some shapeshifting going on guys. And with those amber colored eyes, I could fall madly in love with Mateo too!

So the question of the day is - if you could, what animal would you want to shift into?  I'd definitely want to be a lion living in a not too heavily populated area of Switzerland or Alaska surrounded by lots of trees, snow, books and wi-fi.  What about you?

Enjoy Sandra' excerpt below, and there are also links to purchase her book.  Don't forget to to stop by to say hello over at her blog too.  All links are listed below.

Book Release

MATEO’S LAW



Blurb:

A modern day, shape-shifting sheriff.

He’s the sheriff of a sparsely populated county in Montana. His blood brother and childhood best friend is Chief of Police on the Blackfoot Reservation, but they no longer speak. His deputy is a Southern transplant with the body of a high-priced call girl, a voice of honey and a mouth of a trucker. And if that’s not enough, he’s got a secret that would stun those that know him best. Other than that, it’s business as usual for Sheriff Mateo Grey.


Excerpt:

Mateo took a step past her, alert, dangerous.

Blair put a hand on his arm. Warmth surged through her fingers.  Motionless, his nostrils flared. She withdrew her hand.

One heartbeat. Two. The dark closed in around her.

Then the tension in him vanished as quickly as it came.

“Whatever, whoever is gone.”

“How do you know?” But she knew what his response would be. The same one it always was. 

“Gut feeling.” He shrugged.

A gut feeling that caused his nostrils to flare and draw in a heavy inhale as if he sniffed the air. She shrugged it off. She was too much a realist to give credence to ‘gut feelings’ but she was also savvy enough not to argue about the sheriff’s. Instead, got down to the matter at hand.  “Don’t worry about it. Something’s come up.”

He cast one long, last look into the deep, dark of the woods then turned his sharp gaze back to her. “What?” He raked fingers through thick black hair, sprinkled with silver. Moonlight outlined damn fine pecs and a lean torso. 

“We need to get to the rez.” 

“Not our jurisdiction.” He started toward the house.

“The chief of police specifically requested you.” She fell in step beside him. Demanded more like, but she wisely kept that to herself.

“Kipp? Jesse Kipp?” His eyebrows rose.

Blair strove for patience, not her strong suit, and just managed not to roll her eyes. There was only one on the rez. “Yup.”

“Why?”

They crossed the porch and he swung through the door.

She stepped in behind him and looked around. A small entryway led into a sparsely furnished, spacious living room with a large west window that always drew her. Pine and oak beckoned. And when the sun went down, it turned the whole landscape into a crimson and purple pallet of glory. But tonight, the view she loved made her feel vulnerable as the sky blackened and the branches reached out twisty, skeletal fingers. Impatient with herself, she pulled her mind back to the reason for being here.

“There’s a little three-year-old girl that’s lost. The weather is supposed to drop. Jesse needs all the help he can get.”

He straightened. His strange amber-colored eyes flared. He gave an abrupt nod. “Give me two minutes.”


Biography

Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina.

Her stories consist of all things western…and more. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner.

You can find her at: https://www.sandracox.blogspot.com .

Her twitter handle: Sandra_Cox

Her Amazon Page: http://tinyurl.com/SandraAtAmz

Order Link: https://tinyurl.com/MateosLaw

Her latest western novel TumbleStar is a wonderful romance story.  Feel free to grab the book today here: https://www.amazon.com/TumbleStar-Sandra-Cox/dp/1692371177


         CONGRATULATIONS SUPER SANDRA! 


There's nothing even remotely Italian about pepperoni, so even if you get super hungry, please don't ask for a pepperoni Pizza in Italy - unless you want red bell peppers scattered on the top instead.












Sunday, May 17, 2020

TIPS, TRIVIA & STUFF


So I noticed that I had 4 brand new never been opened 500 and 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles  sitting around, so I decided to put them on eBay, and bingo - they were all gone before I knew it!  I'm sure this happened because more people were sitting at home and looking for things to do. By the way, if you want to keep your noodle on point, try working on puzzles online for FREE at www.mindgames.com. My favorite is scramble words, but there are several types to choose from.  Be prepared - it can be quite addictive.


If you want to play some cool board games instead, Taboo will really have you screaming with laughter as you try to figure what NOT to say to win the game.


Other than working on a few projects, I still have time to watch Netflix.  If you want some suggestions, check out Miracle in Cell #7, Unorthodox, Extraction, The Willoughbys, Trolls World Tour and Never Have I Ever.  You'll be laughing, blubbering, clapping and dancing before it's all over.  If you want to try Netflix FREE for 30 days, visit  https://www.netflix.com/signup .    You'll need to provide a credit card# but they'll remind you BEFORE the expiration so you have time to cancel.

Speaking of Netflix, I am SO guilty of doing all of these. (lol) According to a survey from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, we're doing everything else except sleeping.

Those between the ages of 18 - 44  are part of the 95% of people who are staying up late to binge watch something on television, and those older than that make up 88%. 

 When it comes to finishing a book, 71% of American women are burning the midnight oil and 75% of men will stay up at night to watch a sports event.



New Jersey is considered the diner capital of the world and has about 525 of them in the state.  It also has the most shopping malls within a 25 mile area.

Speaking of food, you may be surprised to know that North Carolina has lots and lots of sweet potatoes.  So many in fact that they produce more of them than the other 49 states across America combined!

Something about Iowa is very popular to pigs because as of 2019 there were almost 24 million of them living there.  As the largest pork producer in the US, there are only a little over 3 million people who live in the state, much less than the little piggies running around!

Did you know that in the state of Alaska there are over 3 million lakes?!  
Iliamna Lake is the largest lake there and the third largest in the United States. 

Also, no matter where you live in Alaska, be prepared for some sort of bear sighting. A little over 100,000 black bears live there along with 30,000 grizzlies.  They may look cute and cuddly but grizzly bears are very dangerous and more likely to attack versus black bears who can often just be scared away with loud noises, yelling or banging on objects loudly.  Whatever you do, and as much as you may be tempted - don't run!  In fact, grizzlies are so dangerous that they have been known to even attack black bears.  YIKES!

If you get along really well with your significant other and don't mind working together for at least 5 days a week, this site is for you.  I check it out periodically because it's amazing to see some of the places you can live with FREE accomodation, a salary and other unexpected perks. One job offers a salary + a 3 bedroom and 2 bath apartment!  But they only want a duo, hence the name
www.workingcouples.com. There are jobs in apartment complexes, assisted living facilities, resorts and hotels all around the world.

If you visit these sites and just click, you'll be making a much needed donation to worthy causes, and we thank you.

http://thealzheimerssite.com/clickToGive/alz/home

Do people tell you all the time that you should be a radio announcer because your voice is fabulous?  If  you enjoy working behind the scenes, why not get paid to do voice-overs or narrate novels?  Visit www.acx.com and click on narrators to find out how you can get started.  You can also advertise your skills over at www.guru.com.

I've known Mary over at http://scarymarythehamsterlady.blogspot.com/ since 2014, and she's always a hoot.  Her blog talks about scoring freebies, she reviews novels, shares recipes and lots more.  She also does a great job of visiting lots of other bloggers when she can. We interact via social media platforms, and also offline.  So it pains me to share the news that her husband has been diagnosed with malignant brain cancer and lung cancer and will be starting chemo soon.  I've been crying about this for quite some time because this is just devastating, and I feel helpless.

They don't have much money, but are desperately in need of a vehicle or cash for transportation to many of his appointments, or for anything not covered by insurance.  If you're able to help, please visit  https://www.facebook.com/donate/759712124560544/759712147893875/ .   For those not on Facebook who would like to donate, you may do so via Paypal- me8acat@yahoo.com as well as on her CashApp- $scarymary66.