Thursday, September 5, 2019

HERE'S SOME RANDOM STUFF

If you don't already know, I'm hopelessly addicted to television, movies and books, but not necessarily in that order.  Even though I've never read the series of 10 books written by Charlaine Harris that started with Real Murders in 1990, I'm hooked on the Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. If you're not a television watcher, but enjoy a good mystery, the books are available from eBay or Amazon.


There are 5 really good reasons that I watch these movies faithfully.


1)  Aurora's nickname is none other than RO (lol), and she's played by the fabulous Candace Cameron Bure of Full House from back in the day.


2)  Aurora has the best job of working in a library.
3)  Aurora is in charge of the Real Murder Club, and they somehow manage to get involved in all the murder cases in their community.
4)  There's a touch of romance 

5)  The person you think committed the murder definitely didn't do it(lol)


Way back in the day while I was a kid in the USAF, I had a close buddy who used to borrow my romance novels to use for pick up lines, and I was cool with that. But it was sure funny to see him actually use lines from books from Kathleen Woodiwiss, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Danielle Steele and Virginia Henley.  There were times that I couldn't even contain my giggling because it just seemed so outrageous, but sometimes those lines really worked on lots of girls! 


He was also a great artist, and we used to love to see him draw scenery or people because they looked so realistic.  But one day I visited his dorm room, and you can probably imagine my shock when I saw all these charcoal drawings of ...gulp - vajayjays hanging on his wall. He started laughing when he saw the look on my face, and told me that he just liked drawing them because they seemed interesting.  I asked if he was taking pictures then drawing them, or if was using his imagination or something like that?  Nope, he was drawing them just because.  

I thought what he was doing was pretty strange back then, but apparently, lots of people are doing it these days.  If you don't believe me, check out Etsy.(lol)https://www.etsy.com/market/vagina_drawing
The Kansas City Library recently forgave late fees totalling $250,000, and effective July 1, all the people who lost their access were welcome back with no questions asked. 


By the way, Emily Canellos-Simms of Illinois holds the Guinness World Record for the heftiest library fine of $345.14 because she didn't return her book to the Kewanee Public Library in April 1955. She actually found Days and Deeds 47 years later, and paid the fine too.





Are you ready to switch your phone, Internet or Cable service, and everything seems confusing?  Save lots of time and money by visiting www.whistleout.com.  They provide all the tools to help you choose the right plan for personal or business use, along with honest reviews.  You'll love this site!

YIKES, this is horrible! Did you know thieves are looking for certain kinds of cars making some more likely to be stolen?  According to a recent survey from the Highway Loss Data Institute, these new cars (Models 2016-2018) have the highest theft rate.
    1. Dodge Charger Hemi
    2. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 
    3. Infiniti Q50
    4. Infiniti QX80 
    5. GMC Sierra 1500  
    6. Dodge Challenger 
    7. Nissan Maxima
    8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 
    9. Chrysler 300
    10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 

Every spider I've ever seen looks pretty scary, but did you know that of the 40,000 species of spiders, there are only 12 that are dangerous to humans?  

Here's a tricky word for you - triskaidekaphobia, which means the actual fear of the number 13.  You may have noticed in your travels that when you got on the elevator of a really tall building, there was no 13th floor. Surprisingly 80% of these establishments that have been built made sure the 13th floor was missing.

Are you changing your underwear every day?  If not, you aren't alone, even if you're not willing to tell anyone.(lol) 

According to a recent survey of 1000 people willing to tell the truth by the underwear company Tommy John, about 45% of the respondents say they wear the same pair of underwear for 2 days or more, and 13% didn't mind admitting that they had worn the same pair for a week or more.  

Also, no shade, but statistically men are  2.5% more likely than women to wear their underwear for more than a week.  By the way, even squeaky clean underwear has over 10,000 living bacteria, so purchasing new underwear every 6 months to a year can minimize things like yeast, urinary tract or other bacterial infections that can make you sick.

According to the Journal of Social Psychology, those who performed random acts of kindness for 7 days increased their overall well being and feelings of happiness.  Make a friend or family member's day with a smiley face emoji, then keep it going with other kind acts with strangers throughout the day.

Most people assume that AARP and all those cool discounts are just for people who are 50+ years old, but you can actually get them at any age as long as you're willing to pay the $16 annual fee.  While most of the information listed on their website is geared towards older people, anyone can get access to deals on hotels, restaurants, car rentals and lots more.  


Yay to Alisha S. who won the $10 gift card from Amazon during our giveaway last month, and thanks to Lauren of  https://shootingstarsmag.net/ for sponsoring it during her 12 year Blogiversary celebration. Wow!  Can you believe it's September already?

Are you a foodie who's also into art?  Take a quick and exciting road trip to Bluffton SC on October 19 and 20th for lots of lowcountry goodies and an amazing art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 states, and their work.   Enjoy fireworks, games, tournaments, boat tours and lots more! For more info, visit www.artsandseafoodfestival.com

CRUNCHY NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS
INGREDIENTS(Mary Younkin)
1 1/2 Cups (263 g) SemiSweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup (120 ml) Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Cup (120 ml) Honey
1/4 Cup (53 g) Unsalted Butter
3 Cups (120 g) Regular or Frosted Flakes or any crunchy cereal you enjoy

Place the chocolate Chips, peanut butter, honey and butter in a large glass mixing bowl, then microwave for 2 minutes on full power.  Remove from the microwave and stir until the chocolate is completely melted and it's all well combined.

Add in the cornflakes or cereal, then pour the entire mixture to an 8 inch (20 cm) square pan.  Smooth it all across the pan, then refrigerate until firm - about 2 to 4 hours.  Slice with a sharp knife,  store in an airtight  container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.  Yummy!


Even though we may not agree on every topic, http://infidel753.blogspot.com/ is fabulously brilliant, opinionated, funny and kind.  Let me preface this by saying that if you're easily offended or have strong views about life in general that may cause you to become Internetically angry, his site may not be for you.  But I promise that something he says will get you talking, and you'll want to go back. Because of him, I met someone who wants to donate specifically to homeless female veterans and I was shocked and so happy!  Still if his personal rants turn you off,(lol) he graciously takes the time to point you to other blogs that are funny, artistic, thought provoking, or useless like mine.(lol)
Planner 2 - Very Cool Birthday Gift from Elizabeth - Yay!


Planner 3 -Very Cool Birthday gift from G. - Yay!
  
Planner 1  - yes, I'm hooked on Planners!(lol)



In Reno Nevada:


1)It is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.  
2)Sex Toys are outlawed

3)You may not place a bench in the middle of any street.







Friday, August 16, 2019

GIVEAWAYS AND SOME OTHER STUFF

Have you seen all the Halloween candy at Dollar Tree, Walmart and Dollar General?  If that's not enough to let you know that Autumn is coming, be sure to get your serving of Pumpkin Spice Spam, my friends.  
Pumpkin spice seems to be showing up everywhere - pies, coffee, hot sauce, cupcakes, cheesecake and everywhere else.  I can't say that I'm a fan, but if you are, be sure look for this treat in Walmart or at www.Spam.com.  Inquiring minds just wanna know ,what's left to add pumpkin spice to?(lol)

This probably sounds too good to be true, but your Friends addiction is finally ready to pay off  Interested candidates can apply here and you can have the chance to earn $1000 for watching 25 hours of your favorite program.   Plus they're throwing in a year of FREE Netflix so you can watch it nonstop.  But there's a little work involved, and includes interacting with social media with LIVE tweets, so camera shy, should not apply.

Do you have a really hard time leaving your pet at home when it's time to go on vacation?  Well hotels.com wants to hire your dog.  Yep, they need Fido's unbiased critique of various pet friendly hotels around the world, but you get to travel too if you win!  What's great about this sweepstakes is that it's open to the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Germany, France,,Spain and MexicoVisit  https://www.instagram.com/hotelsdotcom  or hotelsdot.co/CanineCritic for more info and enter no later than August 25, 2019.


August 22, 2019 is National Be An Angel Day.  This special day was actually created back in 1993 and is a great way to show kindness to a stranger. So many people are in need of hugs, blankets, a place to stay, help carrying groceries, socks, a listening ear, a smile or even a thank you.





Amazon has a cool perk for employees that work in their Seattle headquarters.
Camden is ready to work

Not only does it have a doggie deck with a fake fire hydrant and water fountains, but over 7000 dogs are registered to come into the office with their owners every day.


Wow!  If you're thinking of moving to San Francisco and renting, you may want to think about buying instead. According to a recent survey with Zumper, people pay the highest rents in San Francisco, with the average rent for just a one bedroom apartment being a whopping $3690.00 per month!



If you want to save time and money when it comes to traveling, download the FREE app that everyone is talking about https://www.packpnt.com
All you do is type in where you're going, the dates of your travel, and what you plan to do on your trip and packpoint will create the perfect list of what you should pack, and you won't have to guess about the weather conditions either.  Talk about a lifesaver!
Antonis Achilleos; Food Style-Torie Cox, Prop Style-Kathleen Warner
CHICKEN SALAD STUFFED TOMATOES



Ingredients(Southern Living)
6 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes
4 Cups chopped Rotisserie Chicken
1 1/2 cups chopped tri color Bell Pepper Mix
3/4 Cup Mayo
2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice from Lemon
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1//2 tsp black pepper or cayenne if you like it spicy

INSTRUCTIONS

Remove and discard tops of the tomatoes, then core and seed them
stir together the next 6 ingredients in a bowl until well combined.  Spoon about 1/2 cup mixture to each tomato. You're all ready to serve.  Cover and refrigerate the unused chicken mixture  up to 5 days or gobble it up later.


Even though she took a 15 year musical break due to Lyme disease, and the damage of her vocal cords, Canadian born introvert Shania Twain is still the top selling female country music star of all time, and worth a whopping 400 million dollars.  Celine Dion may be the number one selling singer in Canada, but she's followed by none other than the Queen of Country Pop, Shania Twain

Not only was it my birthday this month, but we're helping our Blogger Bud Lauren from over at https://shootingstarsmag.net/ to celebrate 12 blissful years of blogging for her blogiversary too!  Lauren talks about books, magazine, crafts, travel and so much more on her site, and there's never a dull moment.  You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  One really cool fact about Lauren is that she's hooked on all things Harry Potter!  Be sure to enter these giveaways! 
Year’s Worth of Books – 12 books, one for each month. This is the giveaway I’m hosting and it’s U.S. only unless you can help with shipping. It ends on August 31. Even if, for some reason, you don’t want the books, you can still enter and have me tailor the books for a friend or family member if you win!
For What It’s Worth has a giveaway running for any book up to $25 (again, it’s open to International entries if The Book Depository ships to you). You have until the end of August to enter!

$10 Amazon Gift card from RO (that's me-lol)
a Rafflecopter giveaway




Do you know there are thousands of children who go hungry or can't afford school supplies every year? Last year https://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/ 
helped 85,000 children in 47 states, and they need your assistance to help even more.  You can help start a program, volunteer or help with donations.  This program fills backpacks with nonperishable foods when the leave school on Friday, so they're able to eat through the weekend.




Monday, August 12, 2019

MONDAY MEDLEY


Have you met the very gorgeous Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper?  Even if it grosses you out to look at weird medical procedures, it won't be long before she ropes you into a major binge of her television program on TLC.

This perky dermatologist takes away all your fears of minor surgery, and once it's all over, you just want to hug her for making you feel better. This includes removing large growths, keloids, pimples and other mysterious growths.  It's fascinating to see the final resolution, and strangely addictive. You've just gotta get through all that gory stuff. (lol)
Before and after. she knows her stuff!

I need to numb you up before digging into that lump please

The Daytime Emmys include awards for cooking shows, so I'll bet lots of professional chefs were shocked when Valerie Bertinelli, who won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award way back in 1981 and 1982 for One Day at a Time, won an Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Host AND Outstanding Culinary Program.  She is also known for her role on Hot in Cleveland, and you've probably adored her cuteness on The Kid's Baking Show on the Food Network with the fantastic Duff Goldman.


Did you know you can save money on gas and toll charges by using www.waze.com?  This is a great app you can use to carpool with someone who's using the same route you do for appointments or work.  Pair up and save!

If you live in NC and get a hankering for ice cream, Yelp has already chosen the best place to go, and it's called Surfin' Spoon.  There are plenty of yogurt flavors to choose from, and there's an area for you to pick your own toppings and syrups.

If you want to beat the heat in Arizona and dare to be different, head to Novel Ice Cream where their new flavor Turtle Cheesecake is all the rage.  Some of the menu choices like peanut butter ice cream with yummy bacon and bananas, are simply over the top.




Don't you just love hearing about random acts of kindness?  A 9-year old in Illinois noticed that their mail carrier was having a bad day in the blistering heat, and had a bright idea.

She started putting out a cooler with water, drinks and snacks on her porch at her home and those of her grandparents with a note for them to feel free to take.

Her kind acts were so much appreciated, that it wasn't long before she received special recognition from the Postmaster General in Washington DC, and she was shocked.

We see you Lydia Ziegler, and thank you!

There's still time to overnight those airline tickets to me for my Switzerland trip(lol)