Wednesday, August 30, 2017


If you're looking for a reason to snack on trail mix, August 31 is your day.

If you've ever seen any of the past 15 seasons of Project Runway, you may have noticed that the models were always tiny.  This year, they've mixed it up with models ranging from size 0 to size 22.  For some of the designers that change was rough to deal with, but they've been making it work.

Did you ever watch I Love Lucy?  If so, you may have noticed how good a job Ethel & Fred did of making us laugh.  In real life, however, William Frawley & Vivian Vance did not like one another at all, and it started right from the very first show.  Vivian complained to someone that she thought William was too old to be her husband, and it really went downhill from there.  

You know all those rocks that your kids keep picking up at the beach or in the local park?  Why not turn them into decorative artwork by painting them yourself, or letting the kids get involved? It's also a great way to relax.

Do you still go to the library?  I do all the time, and in fact they all know me by name making me feel like a mini-celebrity.  I get to go behind the counter to look at all the new releases they haven't put out yet, and I never have to use my library card.

But the library I grew up with isn't really the same anymore.  Kids gather around one computer to chat with others on social media, they play games, and quiet study is very rare.

I do see some kids taking out books with their own library card, but most of the young people spend more time on the computers.  

What's really wonderful is that effective September, our local library will be open 7 days a week.  Yay!

The downside of using any library of course, is that those books need to be returned...eventually.

What in the world would possess a store as large as Best Buy to sell cases of water for $42.00 in Texas to all those people in need? Even worse, they told the news people that they don't even sell cases of water normally!  Other stores were doing the same thing.

How could someone sleep at night hiking up the cost of food, bedding or gas when people are dying, trying to find their families or standing in water up to their knees with nothing but the clothing on their backs?

I don't get it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Of course, I'd like to steal credit for this because it's a great idea, but all hail the goodness of Anna Cade from who put this entire thing together, and it's amazing!

All of the info from Anna is listed below, but there's more detail by visiting her site or the auction site.  It's over on 9/1, so don't forget to take a peek soon!  Hugs...

"You guys! It's here! The Support the Troops Auction is here!
This is our third time hosting the benefit auction. All donations go to the USO where I've volunteered the last five years.

I'm including images of each auction package so you can see larger pics. They're a spot small on the actual auction site.

Real quick:
The USO where I volunteer is at our airport. We provide a lounge where military and their dependents can rest while waiting for flights or if they've had a delay/cancellation. We have a playroom, kitchen, lounge and computer area. We also have an honors team that comes in to escort fallen soldiers coming through our airport and their families. We do welcome home celebrations and deployments as well as a ton of other things. 
Last time I looked I think it was 500,000 who come through our center each year. You can find out more about what we do here.

The auction is to benefit our center and the USO of NC!

We've got a ton of cool stuff from books to crafts up for grabs. Please come bid on items! And if you can't bid please share the post on your social media. It would be greatly appreciated! Huge thanks to everyone who donated items! Be sure to check them out!"

(auction ends 9/1)

There are 45+ packages with over 125 books/items. I have a few more to add.

Monday, August 28, 2017


Occasionally, I sell items on Craigslist, so while I'm there, it's interesting to check out the listings. Sometimes I scratch my head, and more than likely, I'll giggle.

Lifestyle Party Assistant (Raleigh) (Raleigh)

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compensation: 50 a night 
This is a couples only party in need of one person to help park cars, cook on grill, walk around picking up cups and making sure everyone is having a fun time. If nudity offends you this is not the party for you. Please do not apply if that is you. Times and complete job description will be spoken about over the phone. You must be low key, non aggressive, your age must be 25 and above. Picture of yourself and phone number is a must on first email. I will contact you that way. We will do a background check as well. Good luck to all who apply.

Free bra from Victoria secret (Raleigh) hide this posting

compensation: Free clothes 
Seeking young female that would be interested to trade a photo shoot for a bra from Victoria secret. It would be a boudoir style shoot. Great opportunity to get a sexy bra.

Reply with pic for consideration


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compensation: see ad for details 
10 years experience with big girl modeling, I have discovered and made 37 BBW's world famous .

This type of modeling is identical to PLAYBOY nude yet tastefully done.

I need girls who are knock outs.

any height, i don't care it's not important.

weights 270 to 600 pounds.

Looking mainly for white girls, however i will consider black girls, but black girls must be outrageous in dimensions.

black girls must have the world's biggest ass, or breasts that knock against her knees to even be considered.

I am making your very own web site and promoting it through social media avenues, the projection for this year into 2018 is $80,000 profit for you~!

I am ONLY choosing the cream of the crop.

send me photos for my consideration along with e mail and or cell #

Nude maid needed (Female) (Raleigh) hide this posting

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compensation: Negotiable 
In need of nude (female) maid

I am flexible on the hours as far as availability, but you must be at least 18. NO flexibility on that requirement.

This is a great opportunity to make good money plus tips and be paid the same day.

This can be an ongoing thing, or if you would like, I am open to discussing an ongoing arrangement if that is what you are looking for.

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity, please submit a photo along with contact information and applicable experience for consideration.

There are a zillion ways to prepare chicken, and despite it maybe not being the most healthy, I love when it's fried.  

But I still obsess over a cheeseburger!

Meanwhile Food and Wine shared some of the best fried chicken spots in the country.
Here are four to check out if you're ever in the neighborhood.

Crack Shack - San Diego, CA
Richard Blais is one of my fave chefs and hails from the halls of Top Chef, Rachael Ray, Food Network and more.  He came up with a fried chicken oyster that is absolutely delicious.  The meat has been brined in pickle juice, deep fried, and served with a special lemon tartar sauce.  Yummy!

Fuku - New York, NY
David Chang created a culinary masterpiece with his friend chicken sandwich that packs a punch with a marinade of buttermilk and habanero, and served on a steamed potato bun with fermented chickpea butter. Oh,  I also really like the name of this place.

Crisp - Chicago, IL is pretty much a fast food spot that is always packed with hungry people. They have many different versions of Korean style fried chicken that has been deliciously dipped in garlic, ginger and soy, dusted with flour, then double fried for extra flair and crispiness.

Wayfare Tavern - San Francisco has been made famous by Food Network's Tyler Florence. His super crispy and juicy chicken is prepared by baking it in the oven for 2 1/2 hours  then after coating it in special seasoned flour, fries it in a oil with garlic and other herbs.  In case you're wondering, it's not all that simple to prepare this gastronomical delight.  There's a ton of ingredients and lots of  special steps.

Do you remember the Brady Bunch from way back in the day?  Did you notice how often there were actually bathroom scenes on the show?  Did you also spot that a toilet was never actually in there?  Back then, censors wouldn't allow a toilet to be seen on screen.  That's definitely not the case these days.

According to Google, nearly 1 billion people use Google Maps on a monthly basis!

Does your beloved kitty have dandruff?  If so, it may because his or skin is dry or flaky.  According to veterinarian Dr. Jen Lavallee, one way to treat this is by placing fish oil in her food once a day.  Dr. Jen's recommendation is Nutramax Welactin Feline Omega-3  softgel capsules from  Another option is to use disposable pet wipes, paying close attention to the affected area.

I don't read a lot of poetry, but Love Found deserves a mention because it covers all the feels of relationships with 50 lovely poems. Some of the classic authors like Emily Dickinson and more are part of this memorable novel, and would be a great gift. You can also steal some of the poetry to impress your significant other. The book releases next month.

You're never gonna believe me, but today is National Race Your Mouse Day!  In case you have any doubts, this holiday is actually copyrighted so you can sit at work all day and get away with using your cursor to run all around your computer screen.

The tragedy due to catastrophic flooding in Texas is literally affecting thousands of people and pets. Prayer always helps, but with so much heartbreaking damage, no food, electricity, health issues and loss of property, donations are also needed.  If you are able to do so financially, please contact the American Red Cross. You may text HARVEY  to 90999, or contact their site directly.

American Red Cross Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Yesterday,  Anna Cade from  and I hung out at a couponing class and as usual, it was an adventure in funness.  But once we got serious for a minute, Anna schooled me on a recent trend in romance novels that I find alarming. We can probably think of plenty of scenarios that would make a woman angry, but what in the world would make it okay to resort to physical violence?

Without putting those authors on blast, Awesome Anna gave me at least six examples of authors who exhibited this content in a novel. What I found interesting is that the beta readers or editors let this type of behavior slip by without either noticing it, or giving it the green light.  Also, it's a crime.

Typically, I talk about domestic violence as it relates to women, because that's what people I know have experienced, but men are victims of domestic violence as well.  These numbers are from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Statistically, 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US annually, which is the frightening equivalent of more than 10 million men and women!

Statistically, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or stalking in their lifetime.

Statistically, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience severe physical partner violence in their lifetime.

Statistically, 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner have felt fearful or believed someone close to them would be hurt  or even killed due to stalking.

Statistically in the US, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped.

For every 3 reported cases of abuse, 2 will be women and 1 will be male as of 2014/2015.

Let's be honest, there are men out there who are being emotionally and physically abused and will never bother to report it because they are embarrassed, feel that no one will believe them, or are fearful they'll be considered weak.  They certainly don't want to go to court to accuse their attackers or go into shelters, and no these men are NOT weak. 

But it's happening, and being punched, slapped or hit with frying pans shouldn't be glorified in books or on television.  Being verbally assaulted and degraded is not okay either. Abuse is abuse and is still abuse. It's not cute or funny, and my goodness, it certainly is NOT romantic! These men are suffering in ways we can never imagine, and society forces them to remain silent.