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The other day, on Facebook, in one of the “Buy Nothing” type of groups, which I have mentioned previously, I shared a short story as a preface to an offer I was posting. For those that don’t know about Buy Nothing groups on Facebook, the idea is that people post their no longer needed items (some are brand new but never opened) and gift them for free to other members who reply and members can also post things that they are needing/wanting to get for free. I’m amazed at how well it works. I’ve gotten an awful lot of things totally free and I have gifted many things. However, sometimes things fall apart when members are a little less than careful. That’s what happened to me recently and I posted about it in the group as a funny thing that can happen. Then I offered the item I had accidentally ended up with. Here’s the post:

“Long post. Bear with me. This is an offer but more importantly, a gentle note about pictures posted with offers. When you take a picture to post with an item you are offering, please take an extra look at it to make sure it is representative of the item. You know what it is but will others? In December I responded to an offer for an item I thought was a bench. I thought it was perfect for my grandsons to sit on. The listing didn’t say what the item was. It just asked if anyone wanted “this” and was accompanied by a picture which I now know was not a full picture of the front of the item. She didn’t mean to fool anyone and I should have asked for specifics. She delivered and left it where I asked her to but I didn’t see this bench! It’s not a child size bench. It’s a desk! Because I have no room for it, the desk sits outside my front door, blocking the passage. I literally have no room in or outside my house. It’s my fault. But it would have helped if the picture had been a little better. So if anyone needs a DESK, I have this one. I’ll try to get better pictures in daylight.”

I figured it was funny and a “teachable moment” but one woman wasted no time in letting me know that I could have listed the desk as an offer and skipped the story. And she was rather rude about how she worded her comment. When I read her comment I was upset. She was pretty rude. My first instinct was to fire back an equally rude comment. However, that’s not really like me and I didn’t recognize her name so I figured she was a newer member (it turns out she has only been in the group for a week). I decided that I would leave it alone and if others agreed that it was unnecessary, I would delete it but I figured what was most likely to happen is that people would see her meanness and comment on that. So I bit my lip; sat on my hands; and pretty much moved away and closed Facebook entirely so I wouldn’t be tempted to respond to her comment. An hour later, I got notifications about activity on that post. I went to look. What I found was that I was right. People saw her comment as mean and snooty and let her have it. No fewer than nine people came to my defense and said the post was valuable for the lesson/reminder about both the photos that accompany items and about being more specific when we list items and when we reply to them. Yay! I didn’t have to say one word.

I learned that I should not be too thin skinned and that mean people should be left alone because no one wants to play with a mean person. In fact, several people that commented on her comment specifically said they would be reluctant to gift to her because of her attitude.

So I am trying to come around and read blogs and check in on some of my old readers that I seem to have lost track of but I also have several things I want to post. So, I will be back.

Have a great day!

Note: Today is National Word Nerd Day! Go learn a new word, play a word game, or write some of your own words!



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Right now, if I could expand anything, right this moment, it would be the heat inside my house. Or rather I would increase (that’s a type of expansion, right?) the heat. My heater is on the fritz. It has been giving me trouble off and on since I had to first turn it on this year, which was much earlier than usual because we’ve had a cold year. It does this thing where it doesn’t do anything. I thought it was the thermostat and I reprogrammed it, which is a headache in itself, but that didn’t help. I took the batteries out and replaced them but that didn’t help. Then, when I least expected it, poof! It was on. It did that off and on since September. Then it would take longer between the time it went off and decided to go back on, like days. Last week it went off and was off from the 26th until the 30th then it came back on. Then off again for another twelve to fifteen hours. This time it has been off for about thirty hours, which might not be too bad except that we’re cold up here and very windy. We’ve been colder. It’s just mid 30’s right now so not horrible but it is very windy and although I have double pane window, there’s a lot of cold coming in. Tonight I pulled out the brand new space heater that I found at the back of the closet even though I hate using those things. I’m scare of fires. But it was either that or turn into a popsicle so I pulled it out but I couldn’t figure out how to attach the base to the bottom of the heater so it will stand up and I can use it. I think my brain was frozen. And my fingers didn’t work right, either. I put it in the car and drove to my daughter’s house where Chris was able to attach it for me and Tina gave me back another heater that I had loaned to her. So now my fingers are no longer in danger of snapping off. Whew! I was worried for awhile there!

I actually had something else to share with you but that was the intro. I know, long intro. In any case, some of you might remember my author friend Larry Brill, whom I featured on here a couple of years ago. He has started writing a monthly newsletter that I enjoy reading. On Monday I got the latest one and it was funny and snarky but more importantly, Larry wrote about something he intends to do this year and challenged readers to do the same. I would have done it even if I hadn’t been challenged because I see it as a really neat thing to do. So I am accepting his challenge and making it one of my “18 for 18” items that I wrote about here.

Here’s a bit of what he wrote:

“So I am going to commit to getting to know at least one person better—not necessarily a stranger, but someone on the fringe of my awareness. We all have them by the dozens, or hundreds. You know them. They are the friend of a friend who is the sister of a friend—or a high school classmate you barely remember—who friended you on Facebook. She’s #160 of your five hundred Facebook friends. You’ve “liked” a few of her posts, maybe even commented on one or two. I’m going to reach out to her/him in a private message, explain in my best non-threatening way the purity of my intentions and suggest a virtual cup of coffee to get to know each other better.”

Doesn’t that sound like a neat thing to do? This way we expand our circle from the inner circle to the fringes. We might make new friends or we might want to keep them on the fringes. In either case, we are stretchy our hand in friendship. I’m doing it. In fact, I am going to commit to reaching out to at least eighteen “fringe people” during the year but I think it might be more. YOU might be one of them. If you’ve commented on my blog, I might just send you an email and propose a virtual “let’s go for coffee and chat” so we might get to know a little about each other. It might be someone on Face Book or Instagram or any number of places. I would also be honored if you reached out to me and made me one of your outside circle outreaches (or is that outreachees?).

I’ve linked you to Larry’s newsletter up above, at least to the current issue. I think you’ll find info there on how to sign up for the newsletter should you choose to. And he’s got a deal where if you sign up for the newsletter he’ll send you a link to download his ebook, Ten Lessons I Learned From Gilligan, Mr. Ed, And Prime Time TV.

Okay, back to babysitting the space heaters so I don’t set anything on fire!

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Well, a new year. I wish you each a wonderful one! May it bring you all that you wish; all that you work for; all that you deserve!

I’ve come across a mention, in a Face Book group, of some people wanting to set a goal to do 18 specific things in 2018. For example, one woman is thinking of sending 18 pieces of snail mail during the year. Another is planning on reading 18 books by first time authors. That sort of thing. I think it is intriguing. I’m thinking of it too but my take is something like 18 pieces of snail mail, 18 movies (I know more than half will be kid movies but I just discovered a theater that has a Senior price every Tuesday and it’s quite affordable if I go alone), 18 new to me TV programs (of course this will include streaming as I’ve no cable and barely a signal for regular TV), and 18 things gifted that I thought I would never get rid of. That sort of thing. A list of 18 things each containing 18 items. Yeah, over reaching probably, but I think it’s doable. I’ll let you know what my list is. Hopefully I will be finalizing it by the end of the week.

Have YOU ever done anything like that? How has it gone? Do you have any suggestions for my list?

I’m working on lots of things today and I keep coming across thoughts I want to share with you. I have a message in to a friend to see if I can quote his idea here. I’m full of energy today. Well, maybe mental energy! These bones are tired.  🙂

Hasta luego!

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Saturday Once More

So many Saturdays have passed without me posting. So have the other days of the week. To say that I have been busy or exhausted would be putting it mildly. Between my daughter’s errands, babysitting, my medical appointments and my errands, I’ve been having mostly 14 to 16 hour days. Way too much. No naps. I was used to napping, even for twenty or thirty minutes but not anymore. I’m hoping to change this after the first of the year. In fact, I rescheduled all of my doctor and physical therapy appointments for next week. The only one I couldn’t reschedule was with the dietitian. I’m starting a two month program on January 4th so I need to get in for one more  one-on-one visit before the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) program starts.

Since I last blogged I got the nerve to say no to my daughter once and another time I let her know that she was being inconsiderate and taking advantage of me and she should come home. She had left me with the kids saying that she would be back in no more than two hours. Five hours later, she was still gone and wasn’t answering my texts so I started to just call her until she picked up.

You know how some people pick a “word of the year?” I did that a couple of years ago. I picked “create” but that was the year that I got sick, ended up in the ER, and then in surgery. That threw me off so I didn’t get to create much. Well, I think in 2018, as selfish as it may seem, my word will be “me.” I need to concentrate on me. At least try to. I know I will still be watching the kids and all that but I will also be trying to take care of me. That’s one of the reasons I agreed to enroll in the CHIP program. It’s about helping me to improve my health. I need to do that and no one is looking out for me so I need to do that.

Well, it’s almost four in the morning and I have not been to bed yet. I need to do that because I need to be up and out of the house by about nine at the latest.  However, I do mean to come back after my errands and catch you up a little more and I’d like to post links to my favorite Christmas stories. In fact, here’s one of them.

Cross your fingers I get back here in a few hours. Maybe not for you, but for me. Because I really need to get back home and do stuff here. I don’t even have the tree up yet. It’s going to be a small artificial one but at least I will have one and this year that’s important to me.

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I’m missing those weekend coffee chats. I’m going to try to them any way. I’m thinking instead of a coffee share, I’ll do a Covfefe post each week. I know, no one really knows what that means although I just looked it up and it was defined as “coverage” or a misspelling of the word. So how does it fit in with a weekend chat/share? Well, if it can be whatever we want, that’s great because our posts can be whatever we want them to be. However, if we go with the “coverage” meaning then it still works because we can write a post that “covers” the past week or the coming week, etc. See? It works!

So here’s my first Covfefe post.

It has been a rainy week and even rainier weekend. The weekend brought heavy winds and sleepless nights as the wind kept me awake. Wind chimes chiming, tree branches rustling, random trash cans falling against walls. Yup. That’s what has kept me up the last couple of nights. That and coffee and pain. On Friday I got the first inkling of what I knew was a flare up with my sciatica. I did my exercises and that helped and I also took my muscle relaxants which the doctor says I can take up to four of at once (I only have ever taken three at once), a half of a pain pill (because I only have a few so I am only taking a half each time until the doctor prescribes more; funny thing is that I was in to see the doctor a few days ago and I turned down a prescription for the pain pills because I don’t like to take them and now I need them and couldn’t get them on short notice because they’re controlled so I have to pick up the prescription in person and the doctor’s office would be closed before I could get there or send anyone there to pick it up for me) and heat. It helped enough so that I didn’t get a full blown attack like I got in August which had be writhing in unimaginable pain.

I looked up instructions and ideas for some do it yourself fidget toys for Anderson and the other boy I am homeschooling. They aren’t bad but they constantly have their hands moving and grabbing things that will distract them so I made a few options they can use. They are all using stuff around the house so they didn’t cost me anything. There are a couple more I want to make but they require things I don’t have (or cannot find) but are cheap and easy to get (like those rings to use for keychains).

Let’s see, what else? I’ve babysat a lot. My daughter is using my car every afternoon (for work) and I stay with the kids. It’s fine but this week had her borrowing the car for more hours than usual and needing me to watch the kids for more hours than I usually do. I think on Friday (when I was already having the back and leg problems) I watched the kids for over nine hours. That’s a lot. And I watch them at her house. If I watched them at my house it would be better because I can do a lot of stuff here at home when I am watching them. But I don’t yet have a place for the baby so babysitting has to be at her house. Hopefully that will change soon.

My mind, like this post, has been scattered this week. So much going on. Tomorrow I have a CT scan, which if all goes well, will lead to me being declared cancer free. When they did the surgery in July, they found “nodules” which were too small to biopsy. The surgeon’s feeling is that they were “reactive” to what was going on in my body and will or have already disappeared. The oncologist, however, wants to do the scan to make sure they are gone and/or have not grown. I think the oncologist is on the right track because this has been such a strange episode, medically, that I don’t want to be back in the doctor’s office a couple of years from now to find out that the nodules grew but weren’t biopsied so they were left to grow in size and possibly in threat. Crossing fingers and praying it all goes well so I can breathe that long relished sigh of relief.

That’s about it for this week. Next week I will do another Covfefe post. Want to join me? I’ll post it early, maybe on Friday, and you can put a link in the comments if you choose to join me.

That’s all the covfefe for this week! See you.


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That week flew by for me. How about you?

My reading has slowed down a  bit. I am waiting for a couple of digital library holds to come in and haven’t really decided what to read next. I have tons of unread titles on my Kindle but haven’t looked for the next title. I am reading one book which was described as a cozy mystery with lots of humor. Boy was that wrong! I haven’t found any humor in it at all. There is certainly a lot of action but it has gotten to the point where, at 37% of the text, it could have ended at least twice but hasn’t. They keep finding another bump in the storyline that keeps it going. Not sure if I will invest much more time in it.

I’ve  been watching more TV. I streamed the entire sixth season of Call the Midwife this week. I also finished streaming The West Wing for the sixth time this calendar year (all seven seasons) and all of the Gilmore Girls. I watched a few movies that I have seen before so the attention requirement wasn’t too great. I also watched all three seasons of Madam Secretary and am ready for season four to begin next week!

The current medical problem seems to be my feet. Or my foot to be exact. The doctor is assuming that it is sciatica related because it began with the sciatica (a few days after the initial attack in August) and is on the same side. However, I’m beginning to think it may be something else. When I see my primary care physician in two weeks, I am asking for a referral to a podiatrist. There is no visible injury or condition but when I put any kind of pressure on it, as in to take a step, it feels like I am stepping on something or like there is something inside of my foot (the ball of my foot) that is growing in there. Nothing is in there that the doctor or I can feel or see. And it has now spread to my toes. It is now so painful that I can’t sleep at night because the slightest touch of anything hurts. Sheet on my feet? Ow! I can’t wear regular shoes. I am having to wear slippers or my old sherpa lined Crocs. I found last night that if I put on some of those fuzzy slipper socks, the pain is not as great and I can sleep. So it’s a mystery. I’m afraid it could be nerve damage but I don’t know. And it’s hard to describe.

I am going to physical therapy for my sciatica and it is helping. I have two more visits and then we wait for authorization for more visits. I might not need too many more, I’m hoping.

Blogging. I miss doing it more often and am hoping that I will be able to concentrate for longer periods and find a comfortable sitting position for blogging. Right now I am just using my smart phone for everything and that’s not the best. I’m hoping that this week I will be able to find a comfy position/place to blog from my laptop. Wish me luck! I am also missing a lot of the Weekend Coffee Share people as Diana takes a break while she decides what to do with her blog. I also miss other people from the blogging world. Hopefully I will be able to find them again soon.

That’s it for now. I have a few errands to run on this cold, overcast, and somewhat rainy day then I am babysitting for a couple of hours. Hopefully it is only a couple of hours. She never tells me how long. I am going to have to start having her tell me how long and stick to it. Otherwise she says “awhile” and it turns into five or six hours!

Tell me what is up with you. I’m tagging this as a weekend coffee share in hopes that some of you will search for that and find me.

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If we were having coffee, we would be bundling up. It’s 50, according to one of my weather apps but it feels so much colder than 50. The winter weather advisory for Monday/Tuesday has been modified to Sunday, with a chance that it will come in tonight. Ugh!

Tonight my daughter and I are supposed to get the boys out of the house for a few hours so their dad can set up their Christmas present. My ex and his wife sent them a huge TV for their bedroom and their dad is wall mounting it for them and setting up some bean bag chairs for them and then is planning on having hot chocolate and popcorn with a new movie when we arrive back home. He’s doing it tonight because the box is huge and there is no place to keep it hidden until Christmas so they will have an early Christmas gift. Hopefully the weather won’t interfere with that tonight.

Let’s see, what else can I tell you? Yesterday I had 198 views on this blog! It threw me for a loop because I usually get only less than 20, although I’ve been getting closer to 30-35 each day in the past couple of weeks. I came hope last night to check on the laptop. I have a program that gives me the IP address of the people looking at my blog and which post they viewed and how long they were on each post. It turns out that whoever was looking at my stuff was looking at the pictures of Mt. Hood and a few other scenic pictures I have posted in the past couple of weeks. I’m wondering if my pictures will end up on the internet someplace. They, whoever they is, also clicked on my Creative Commons license on my sidebar. Clearly an indication that they want to use my photos.

I’m going to try to write a few new Christmas memoir pieces for this month. I don’t get to do that enough and when I do, it feels really good to get that done! So I’m crossing my fingers that I will get to do that.

I had amazon credit (well, I still do) during Cyber Monday sales and I could not resist buying myself some Kindle books! I got four ebooks, all best sellers, for $15 when they are each normally about $13. So I am hoping to get to start one of them this weekend! By the way, I have recommended it previously but I will do it again. My new favorite Christmas story (well not really new but as about four years ago) that I like to re-read every Christmas is called O Little Town by Don Reid (formerly of the Statler Brothers). It’s a little story about a little town that gives the reader many warm feelings and a great deal to think about. I highly recommend it. I won’t start reading my copy yet. I’ll wait until closer to Christmas.

Well, I have to run and do a couple of errands up the hill. I was going to do them later but if the weather does what they say it will do, then I had better get up there before the road gets icy. Where I’m going it’s about 10 degrees colder than here so I should skedaddle!

Have a super week and I will be coming around to read coffee share posts this weekend. I just have to let my eyes rest a bit between reading posts because my sight is getting worse and worse. But, I will come around.

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