Friday, November 30, 2007

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

It's that time of year again. Time to pull the decorations out of the attic and embellish your home with red and green. I think our house has finally been finished. The tree is up...check. The wreath is hung...check. Garland is strung...check. Yep, I think we're done. Now to sit back and enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy time spent with your friends and family today and be thankful for all that you have. Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Snap, Crackle, Pop

This is my hubby. Doesn't he look serious in this picture? He's really not, actually he is a pretty big goofball, but I love him anyway.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about dear hubby and the constant pain in the neck that he is...I mean, has! lol You see, he has always been one to lift and pick up things that are way too heavy for him to do so. I have been at him ever since we first got married to get help when it comes to moving heavy pieces of furniture, lifting pieces of machinery, etc. but he doesn't listen. He has always said that if he could lift it then it was fine and he'd continue to do it until he couldn't anymore. Well, that day has finally arrived. He now has constant pain in his neck, shoulders and upper back from all the lifting that he has done in the past. We both think he will eventually need surgery on either his neck or upper back, but for now he uses a lot of muscle rub to get relief. It would be awesome if I won this contest that Freeze It Gel is having because I would win an entire years supply of Freeze It to ease his pain. It would also ease my pain because I wouldn't have to hear him whine about how sore he is.

If you have never heard of it, Freeze It is AWESOME! I think it is the best muscle rub out there. You can use it for muscle soreness, arthritis pain, joint pain and even muscle strains. Take a look at their new television commercial to learn more about Freeze It.

I strongly urge you to go out and buy Freeze It and try it yourself. It really is one of the better products out there. You'll be glad that you gave it a try.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Beginning of a New Week

Aahh, the beginning of a new week. Usually I don't look forward to Mondays, but after last week and this past weekend I was definitely looking forward to today. I'm hoping this week is better and calmer and people aren't as much of a pain in the a** to me as they have been the past few days/weeks. Not saying that I'm enjoying going back to work today, but I am enjoying the peace and quiet that I'm getting right now.

Found out that there won't be a Thanksgiving meal here in our house this year. My brother and his family are going to his inlaws this year and my parents are staying home to rest and relax. That just left me, hubby, and kids and hubby said he'd rather just go out for a nice dinner instead of having me in the kitchen all day. THANKS! It's going to seem weird not cooking or having anybody here, but I'm looking forward to it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Surprise in the Mail

I got a cool little surprise in the mail today and wanted to share it with you. There was a nice sized package waiting for me and inside were some really cool gift ideas. This package included Smencils Scented Pencils, Color Flame party candles, and Insta Snow.

I love all of the items I received, but I think my favorite one has got to be the Insta Snow. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen. You just take some of this powdery stuff (it looks like sugar), add water and presto! You have snow! It's light and fluffy and looks like what you'd find on a movie set. And the best part is that it doesn't melt, is non-toxic and lasts for weeks. I'm going to use mine in my holiday decorations.

The Smencils Scented Pencil that I received is the Very Berry scent. I love using it because the entire time I'm writing, I can smell it. The only downside is that is makes me hungry, but that's fine. The best thing about this pencil though is that it is made entirely from recycled newspapers!

I've not tried the color flame candles yet, but they look like they'd be fun to use. I think they'd be a great addition to any child's birthday or even an adult's for that matter.

So, that was my nice little surprise for the day. I hope I get another one really soon.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Changing Servers Soon

I'm in the process of changing my blog over to wordpress. If you want to keep up with me, change any bookmarks or favorites that this blog is listed in to This way you won't miss anything that goes on in my exciting life:)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

How Often Does It Change?

Ok, I'm getting a bit annoyed with Google right now and their everchanging pageranks. I've gone from a PR3, down to a PR1, back up to a PR3, down to a PR2 (two days ago) and now I'm at a PR0! What the heck?!?!? How often do they change the rankings? Every day? It wouldn't bother me so much if I wasn't trying to earn some extra money by writing sponsored ads. But, a lot of these sponsors go by pagerank and when you have a low one, you get less work. I know there are several people out there that say not to write sponsored ads on your blog, it drives readers away. Maybe they're right. Maybe that's what is going on here even though I'm still showing a lot of traffic to my site. I don't know. It's so frustrating.

Edit: After much searching on the web, I've noticed that several blogs that write sponsored ads have been knocked down to a PR0. Several of these blogs have speculated that google is "out to get" those of us who write these ads. Personally, I think it's a crock to have high and mighty google punish you for what is written on your blog. what happened to freedom of speech?

Monday, November 12, 2007

It Was So Embarrassing!

When I was 16, I was eating lunch with a couple of my friends. When I bit into my hamburger, I was in almost immediate pain. I knew what had happened. My filling had came out. Imagine the pain and embarrassment of having that happen. I made a hasty retreat to the bathroom so I could spit out the bite of hamburger and not gross out my friends. I was in tears because as soon as the air hit my tooth, it started throbbing. I left lunch early to try to get into the dentist to have the filling repaired, but unfortunately they didn't have any openings for me that day. I had to wait until the next day. I was in so much pain that I couldn't sleep or eat. Even drinking liquids hurt because when it hit that tooth, it hit the nerve and sent waves of pain throughout my mouth.

I wish I'd had Dentemp OS for temporary dental repair back then to help me with the pain. You use Dentemp OS to temporarily repair loose caps/crowns and loose fillings. It also helps temporarily relieve dental discomfort and pain. Their website states that each packages has enough for about six uses. Just remove from the plastic vial and it is ready to go. No mixing. No mess. AND you can eat within 30 minutes of application. It would be really handy to keep in your purse or car in case of a dental emergency.

PageRank Changed Again

I'm so confused on this whole google pagerank thing. When I first started my blog, it was ranked a PR3 then it dropped to a PR1. I know why it dropped then. I pretty much quit writing and lost a lot of readers. Anyway, I started writing again and last month got it back up to a PR3. But, I logged on this morning and it is now showing that it's dropped to a PR2. Argh! I've not done anything different so no idea why it dropped. I guess I'll just go with the flow. It would be nice if it would stay at a consistent number, but I don't know how to do that so will just go along for the ride. I just hope it doesn't drop any lower.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Did you know that November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month? I didn't. I also didn't know that November 13th is National Memory Screening Day. This day is to help promote early detection of Alzheimer's disease and other related illnesses. You will find participating sites offering free confidential memory screenings, as well as follow up resources and educational materials to people who are concerned about memory loss. Why not take a loved one to a screening? The earlier memory loss is detected, the earlier treatment can be started. What better holiday gift to give to a loved one? Check online to find the nearest participating site to you.

Did you know that there are several ways to help you age successfully too? Leading a healthy, sensible lifestyle helps slow down or prevent the loss of brain cells, maintain the brain's ability to make up for any loss, and let remaining brain cells function well. Some tips to help would be to make regular doctor visits, participate in brain stimulating activities (like reading, crosswords, playing cards, anything that challenges you mentally, etc.), manage stress, exercise at least 30 minutes daily, stay socially active, control high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, follow a healthy diet and limit your alcohol consumption. If you do all of these things this will help maintain your brain health and hopefully keep you from developing Alzheimer's disease yourself.

Seeking a cure for Alzheimer's is very important, but let's not forget that providing care to those that have already been diagnosed with this disease is just as important. A contribution to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America during the holidays or buying a product from their estore is a fantastic way to do so. Help make someone's life with Alzheimer's a little bit easier and stay healthy yourself so you can have the best possible future. Let's make Alzheimer's a distant memory, pun intended!

What Happened to Thanksgiving?

Today is Thursday and in blog world, it is also Thankful Thursday. I was trying to figure out what to write about today on that subject when it hit me. I'm sitting here, watching tv, and noticing that almost every commercial now is geared towards Christmas. Hello? Remember that other holiday between Halloween and Christmas? You know, THANKSGIVING!?!?!? What is it with everyone skipping right over this holiday? I know that it doesn't have the same glitz and glamour of Christmas, but it's still an important holiday to remember. This is the time that you get together with your loved ones, enjoy a special meal, and give thanks for all the wonderful things that you have in your life. I know that I truly enjoy Thanksgiving. It helps me to stop and realize how much I do have in my life to be thankful for. There are so many times throughout the year that I complain about things going wrong, when in reality I'm very lucky to be where I am and have what I have. I don't remember that a lot of the time, but Thanksgiving helps to remind me.

The Mist

I love Stephen King! Whenever I want to read a good, scary book, I go straight for a Stephen King novel. I think my favorite book of his has to be Pet Semetary. There was just something about that book that I really enjoyed. Maybe it was the fact that I had always wished there was some way to bring back my pets that had died. Granted, I wouldn't have wanted them to come back like the cat in Pet Semetary did! That was just too scary! I also really liked Carrie. I felt so bad for her even though she did have the telekenetic powers. She just wanted to fit in with her peers and no matter how hard she tried they still wouldn't accept her. She got her revenge in the end though. Even though it would have been a nicer ending if she'd finally been accepted, the way the book/movie did end was more fitting to Stephen King.

Stephen King has a new movie coming out on November 21st. It is called The Mist by Stephen King. I have seen the movie trailer and it looks just as scary as any of his other movies. I will definitely be there when it hits our local theater. If you like Stephen King and scary movies, I would definitely check out the movie trailer for yourself.

I Can't Breathe

Woke up this morning with the feeling of not being able to catch my breath. I didn't think much of it until after leaving the gym and I was constantly gasping. I think it's allergies. I've taken an allergy pill and am waiting on it to kick in. Hopefully it will work soon. I feel like I've run a marathon.

Printer Cartridges

How many times have you run out of ink in your printer, gotten to the store and not known which cartridge to get? It's happened to me several times and is so frustrating. Cartridge Finder is a new website that helps you find exactly which cartridge goes with your printer, copier or fax machine. This site also checks to find you the cheapest price out there.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Another Weekend Trip

In my previous post I told you that one of our trucks was again in the shop. Well, yesterday, I got more news about one of our other trucks. This is the one that we've taken 100 miles away for the past two weekends to have repair work done on it. This is the one that was SUPPOSED to be fixed and ready to get back out on the road. Apparantly this is not the case. Hubby told me yesterday that it is again leaking oil from the rear end soooo that means another trip down to the Sterling dealership to have it worked on this weekend. The only good news about this is the fact that we won't be paying a bill this trip, but we will still have the gas cost to get down there, a hotel room for the evening, and time taken away from other things that we could be doing here. I've told hubby that we really need to find places around here or that are at least a little bit closer to be doing some of these repairs, but unfortunately that's what happens when you live in a little po'dunk town in the middle of nowhere. There just isn't a market for those types of places around here so we have to go elsewhere. I just hope that the next weekend trip I have to take is actually one that is for fun and relaxation and not work related.

Monday, November 5, 2007

I Need An Aspirin!

AGAIN, our G** D*** truck is in the shop! Hubby called me this morning and said the turbo was going out on it. This is getting ridiculous! We've had transmission work, rearend work, turbo work etc. done on all three of our trucks in the last month and it's really starting to wear me out! I really thought that after getting our truck back this last time that it would be the LAST time, but I guess not. And to top it all off, I've had an ongoing migraine since last weekend. It comes and goes, but it's always there, lingering and just waiting to strike again when I get stressed.

The Garage Ate My Thanksgiving Decorations!

I went out in the garage this morning to pull out all of our fall decorations. I had planned on taking our Halloween ones down and putting the autumn harvest ones up, but I can't find them! Our garage is such a mess that everything is all jumbled into the corners and shoved on shelves and now I can't find what I'm looking for. I wish I had a bunch of garage cabinets to put all my stuff in. Then whenever I went to look for things I might actually know where to find them.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Busy as a Bee

I'm beginning to think that this really isn't Friday, but that it's Monday instead. The way the phone has been ringing and the way my to list has been growing, it just can't be Friday. Friday's are supposed to be quiet and calm, easy going, not too busy. Monday is supposed to be the hectic, everything going on at once, pulling your hair out day. Did I fall into some sort of time warp where my days are opposite? Maybe I'm still asleep and I'm dreaming about everything that is going on. Whatever is going on, I want my usual Friday back! Enough of this crap that's going on today.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I am going to suggest this

For the past few weeks, I've had one of our employees constantly asking for an advance on his paycheck. I don't have a problem with doing that every once in awhile, but this has been almost constant lately. I think when he asks me again, I'm going to suggest that he look into a Payday Loan Quotes instead. This will save me paperwork and maybe help him out a bit more then I can. With this particular payday loan, he could get anywhere from $100 to $1500. Maybe then he wouldn't have to ask me for an advance again any time soon.

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Halloween Fun

I know, I'm a day late, but I just found these quizzes on Blogthings and thought they were too cute to pass by. I don't know how much I agree with some of the results though. Like this first one, I can't say that I agree that human flesh is my greatest weakness. Yuck!

You Are A Vampire

You have a real thirst for bliss, and you consider yourself a true hedonist.
And you're not afraid to walk alone in life, if it means getting what you truly crave.
You truly enjoy entrancing people. Not to mention the ensuing pleasures of the flesh.
Your tastes have been called decadent and bizarre. You usually give in to your temptations, no matter how primal

Your greatest power: Your flawless ability to seduce and charm

Your greatest weakness: Human flesh

You play well with: Werewolves

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You

The scariest thing on Halloween is you! You definitely don't want any kids in costumes crossing your path - and you're willing to scare away any who do.

You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.

Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous.

You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.

You're logical, rational, and not easily effected. Not a lot scares you... especially when it comes to the paranormal.

You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year.

You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To

Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.
Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.
But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?
It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.

What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever

What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth

Hope you enjoyed these quizzes. Did you take them to see what your results were?

Flooring Warranty

If you are looking to purchase any type of flooring online, you might want to check out the following press release from They are offering a limited warranty to their customers to help protect them from manufacturer policies that exclude warranty's on online purchases. This is in response to a growing number of warranty claims being denied. In return, iFLOOR is also reserving the right to seek legal justice on behalf of their customers.

iFLOOR, America's largest online flooring retailer, today announced a $1,000,000 limited warranty designed to protect its customers from predatory manufacturer policies that exclude warranty coverage from online purchases.

The policy, which goes into effect immediately, offers up to one million dollars of coverage in the event that a customer's warranty claim is denied specifically because they made their purchase online. It is complimentary for every iFLOOR customer, and protects the buyer under the same terms as the original product warranty.

iFLOOR, Inc. CEO, Steve Simonson, came up with the program to combat "scare tactics" used by manufacturers of hardwood floors and laminate flooring. "Their idea is to discourage you from buying at a discount!" wrote Simonson in his blog
"It's About Flooring". "This is not right! You deserve to save money! So we're going to take care of this problem once and for all."

And it would appear that federal law is on his side. Section 108 of the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Act, states that, "In general, tie-in sales provisions are not allowed. Such a provision would require a purchaser of the warranted product to buy an item or service from a particular company to use with the warranted product in order to be eligible to receive a remedy under the warranty."

Under iFLOOR's new warranty, a key provision allows for iFLOOR to "seek justice" on behalf of the customer in the event of legal action. According to Simonson, "I'm putting iFLOOR's money where my mouth is."

About iFLOOR, Inc.
Since 1998, has been the leading online and retail flooring company, with 36 local retail stores nationwide offering more than 70,000 products, including hardwood floors, laminate flooring, bamboo flooring and cork floors. is the largest online flooring retailer according to Internet Retailer Magazine, and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for the past three years. Committed to quality customer service, superior selection and friendly expert advice, enables customers to buy flooring both online and in its retail stores at a substantial savings over traditional retailers. For more information about iFLOOR, please visit