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Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Yesterday morning I woke up to a strange noise.  It sounded like some sort of alarm, it wasn't loud or frightening.  It was simply annoying, especially at 6:30 AM.

When I got to my living room, I saw that the culprit was Alexa.  I told her to stop and that was the end of the noise.  However, I did have to stay up because she also woke up the cats and they thought it was time to eat.  I did wonder if Alexa had developed a problem, but she did answer a question, so I forgot all about it.

Last night it dawned on me that on Sunday the presenter on QVC was showing that Alexa could be programmed to set an alarm and said, "Alexa set an alarm for 6:30 AM."  Well, my Alexa thought he was speaking to her and she set an alarm for me to get up at 6:30 AM.

Problem solved.  Now I just have to remember not to watch QVC whenever they are presenting the Amazon Echo, aka Alexa.

Sunday, November 20, 2016


I can't believe that at my age, I'm becoming a computer junkie.  I have the usual equipment - desktop, laptop, Roku, Kindle Fire and Alexa.

This morning I checked out the new Kindle Fire on Amazon and found it interesting and even toyed with the idea of upgrading/buying a new one.  Fortunately, I decided against it.  After all, next year there will probably be a better one, hopefully one that can read a memory card and download my vacation pictures in case something happens to my camera while I'm on a trip.

Something strange is happening now.  QVC's special value today is the new Amazon Alexa.  I'm not interested in upgrading yet, but my Alexa is responding every time the presenter asks their Alexa a question.  I thought that Alexa only responded to my voice.  Apparently, Alexa serves two masters, maybe more.  I have noticed when watching other programs whenever someone says Alexa, she comes to life.  She had a particularly busy time whenever I watched Castle and Rick was either speaking with or looking for his daughter, Alexis.

I did learn a few things this morning on QVC.  I checked out some of Alexa's skills and connected to them.  Now, I really can take it easy and have Alexa tell me more.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Rerun Time

I posted this two years ago, but I just wanted to repeat it today on Veteran's Day.


            I recently took a short trip to Arlington, VA to visit Mt. Vernon.  On my last day there, I discovered that I had a flat tire.  I called for emergency road service and was told that it would take about 45 minutes.  While I was waiting in my hotel lobby for their arrival, I noticed a young man also just sitting there.  After 45 minutes, I called again and was told it would be another 25 minutes.  This young man asked what I was waiting for and I told him.  He offered to change my tire, but I said road service would be there soon.

            Shortly after that, he disappeared.  When he came back, he had work gloves and said, “Where is your car?  I’ll change the tire.”  We walked to the car together.  While he was working, road service called to say they were on the way.  I told them not to bother as I had found a “Good Samaritan.”

            When he was finished, I thanked him profusely and we started talking.  He told me he was retired military (which I had figured out by his demeanor) and had served two tours in Iraq.  His father was also military.  I said that I thought it was a corny thing to say, but I thanked him for his service.  He didn’t think it corny at all and appreciated my saying it.

            I realize now that it’s not corny, but simply saying “Thank You” doesn’t seem like enough.  Our service men and women put their lives on hold for at least two years, some put their lives on the line, some don’t survive. 

            As we were returning to our respective rooms, he THANKED ME for being so appreciative of his help.  I couldn’t believe it.  He deserved all the thanks, not just for the tire, but for all the years he spent serving our country and us. 

            I never got the name of my Good Samaritan, so to all veterans, I can only say “Thank you.”  It doesn’t seem like enough, but it is sincere.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election Results

I've been watching the news tonight and noticed that there are protests in at least seven cities in our country.  These protests are anti-Trump.  I wonder how many of those protesters actually bothered to vote yesterday.

Everyone has a right to protest, but it looks to me like a temper tantrum by the children who didn't get their way.  President Obama and Hillary Clinton both asked for unity in their speeches today.  I wonder why their fans or followers didn't listen.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Donald jTrump

I can't take it any more.  There are so many problems in our world and everyone is condemning Donald Trump.  Horrors!  He said a dirty  word, or several dirty words.  Since so many people are offended by these words and  know their meanings, I can only assume that one or more of those same people have used those words at one time or another so that they know what they mean.  We all know Donald Trump is not politically correct.  We also have to remember that he worked in construction where there is a lot of locker room talk.

Because of Hurricane Matthew there are close to 900 fewer people in Haiti, and about 13 fewer people in our country.  A real problem.

Russia is refusing to stop aiding the Syrian government by their bombing the rebels and then condemned us for our bombing in that country. Another real problem.

We have just received word that according to WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton's speeches were at odds with her 2016 platform.  Surprise!  Another real problem.

There was a policewoman in Chicago (I believe) who was beaten by an assailant and was afraid to fire her weapon because of possible condemnation by the media.  Yet another real problem.

We had a president who had sex with an intern in the White House, OUR HOUSE, and Hillary Clinton called the intern a, "narcissistic loony toon."   If a CEO of any company had engaged in such behavior, he  would have been fired immediately.   In other cases, she allegedly bullied the women who accused Bill Clinton of rape and harassment.  Yet, Hillary Clinton is considered a "champion" of women.   Still another problem.

Hillary Clinton used a private server for her emails while Secretary of State.  She then lied about it and destroyed some of her equipment and had her hard drive completely erased.  I'm getting tired of all these problems.

Republicans are taking back their endorsements of Donald Trump.  Those cowards are asking him to resign as candidate for president of our country, just because he said some dirty words..  Grow up folks, we have REAL problems facing our country.

We have so any more problems facing our country and world that we should just put Donald Trump's gutter mouth behind us and look at the true issues facing us this election.

I just want to go on the record as saying that although I don't approve of this language, I would rather have a foul mouthed president that I can trust to improve our economy, lower the true unemployment rate, improve race relations, support our troops and police, improve our standing in the eyes of our friends and enemies than to have a president that I cannot trust to tell the truth about her health and will lie about anything just to get her way just because she hasn't been recorded saying dirty words..

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Handy Andy

Ever since I was a little girl and followed my father to his workshop in the basement, I have been fascinated by tools and do-it-yourself.

I consider myself fairly handy; I have installed floor tiles in my bedroom when I was a teenager.  Later, I hung wallpaper in my son's room.  I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself.  Then I took it on myself to stain furniture and, of course, paint.  I even wired a lamp that I painted myself.

Since I moved into this house I've pretty much belonged to the Call a Handyman Club.  But, I've been restless looking for a project.

I noticed that whenever I have company, they always congregate around the island in my kitchen.  I had never thought much about getting barstools for this island, but lately I realized that I do need them.

I went on looking for barstools to match the chairs in the kitchen, which are wood.  I found just the stools I liked, until I saw the price.  Each stool was over $100 and since I wanted three stools I thought that was way too much money, especially since I really didn't NEED them, I just WANTED them.  I kept looking for several weeks until I saw one I liked.  I finally found the stools at a reasonable price for three of them.  The total price was under $150 for all three.

They arrived about two weeks ago and the box just sat there waiting to be assembled.  I found all kinds of excuses until today when I decided that I had to try and see if I still had it.

Here's the result:

Of course, I had a little help.  As soon as the box was opened, Burnie jumped in and took a nap.  That left Crash with the job of supervising.  She did a very good job.

That leaves one down and two to go, although so far I only found enough hardware for two chairs, I'll have to hunt for the other packet.

I'm very proud of myself.  If you ever need any furniture assembled, you know where to find me.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Getting Older

Let me tell you my tale of woe.  First, I must say that I tend to ignore the signs of aging, blaming them on something else, or just saying they beat the alternative.

This morning, probably because it's a rainy day, I woke up with my knees hurting, my left foot and heel hurting, my back aching  and my left thumb also sore.  It's a rainy day, so there would be some pain in the joints, right?  And I walked 10,000 steps yesterday and have been playing too many computer games..

So, there I was in my shower which is hot so that all my joints are loosened and relaxed.  I was busy lathering up when suddenly everything began to get foggy.  I know I'm of an age when people get cataracts, but I didn't think they came on suddenly.

I reached up to rub my eyes to clear my vision when I discovered my problem.  I had forgotten to take off my glasses before I went into the shower.  My glasses are a part of my, I've been wearing them since I was 11.  They are the first thing on in the morning and the last thing off at night.

I must say I'm seeing things a little clearer this morning since my glasses also had a shower.