Christmas is coming ……. aauuggh

cookie exchange, YIKES! Hand made items, I made some brownies they were so/so, but my hubby sent a cookie recipe and I made those, per the household they were better, so since I didn’t have 36 of any one type, I had to get more stuff, the cookies are cake mix and coolwhip, pretty simple except so STICKY and when you add food coloring all bets are off!

At least they were simple if time consuming 🙂




Here is what I don’t understand about

“nature people” the government and do gooders that say we can’t interfere with the animals to save them.

As an example, the sea turtles, you see all the time the shows where the little turtles are trying to make it to the water and get eaten by crabs and seagulls.

However, they won’t step in and help them because it is nature…NO….the CRAB eat them because they are going the WRONG way because MAN has created so much light they get confused and go the wrong way.

WE created this problem, WE SHOULD then step up and take them to the water and make sure they survive…we created the problem.

This happens with lots of other animals, if humans have created the problem, we SHOULD step in and help.

Why I don’t blog that much about recent events…

Between CNN and FOX, the Left and Right, the Cray Crays on both sides and Facebook and twitter feeds, I JUST DON’T CARE!

SORRY, that is it.  

There is enough crap out there, I don’t need to add to it.  I recently saw this at my doctors office:

Before you speak – THINK

  • T – is it True
  • H – is it Helpful
  • I – is it Inspiring
  • N – is is Necessary
  • K – is it Kind

My momma always said “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!

So while I may occasionally “share” an item I like on Facebook, I rarely post to much, unless of course they really jerk my chain….happens rarely, but it does happen, I am only human after all 🙂


But mostly, I try and stay with animals and acts of kindness and everyday hero’s


A/C and Me…

most of you know, maybe, I have been avoiding getting A/C like the plague!

The A/C was almost constantly running when my husband and/or son came home in the other house and I was always FREEZING.

I had blankets all over to use, so I would freeze to death, so when we got here,  I was fine with no A/C.

We  installed new windows last year which made a HUGE difference, house much cooler and warmer.

But about 2 weeks out of the year it is miserable hot.  We all have portable a/c units in our rooms to use at night to sleep.  Or we can always go to a hotel, much cheaper then A/C!

However, just recently, besides getting solar, I have relented on the A/C…why you ask???


How does anyone deal with this shit!  Seriously, someone just hose me down….I hate to sweat…..that is a theme here, I don’t like to exercise….why…because it makes me sweat!

But just lying down and trying to sleep when the heat just starts rolling off you and the sweat starts is just so wrong, so so so wrong!

Now I know why lots of older women cut their hair short, during the day I am constantly putting it up, (hot), let it down (cooler) put it back, repeat ect ect!

So yea, I finally relented, because it is A/C and sleep or no A/C, no sleep, ^%$&!!!

OMG…finally in

So….it was a comedy of errors….we were supposed to have 21 days to move, but the young couple who bought the house wanted to be in for Turkey Day, and we thought, ok we can do that…..13 days…wrong….

First our house didn’t close on time, an extra 2 days, and then the tenting of the house was delayed 3 days … so everything else had to be moved back…this was not a house we could just move into.

We had to add lights, take down wall paper and popcorn ceilings and paint and re-carpet, redo the bathroom….yea, I just had the bathroom at the old house done, it was awesome, I wanted it again…..and I got it.  We still have lots to go, but at least it is livable now.

Needless to say, while our old house was move in ready and they had Turkey day there, we went out to Chinese food.

The silver lining?  It was Dim Sum at the restaurant and it was AWESOME since I had my Aunt and Mom with me, we were able to try all sorts of stuff.  Plus my son was home from college for Turkey day, so it was all good.

I am so thankful that the house if finally done!

Let’s NOT be able to contact our customers

the same company has come up with a NEW policy that sellers can’t contact their customers AT ALL.  Yep no way to do it.  Here is what I sent to them and the response, believe me I am NOT the only one unhappy about this….so I have been selling less and less here, looking for a new site, one that lets me talk to my customers…


Dear xx,

Maybe you should REINSTATE the mailbox option so we can contact our customers while you are working out the kinks of the support tickets.  Why are our customers and sales having to suffer, while you work on this issue?


I checked with xxx about this, and he said that it’s still something that we plan on doing, but we’re not to that yet.

The Support Tickets project is still open and working and having new types of tickets being created.


We are not going to reinstate the mailbox option. At some point, we will have a way to open a ticket to contact buyers when there are questions. It’s not “working on the issue”, it’s something that’s planned for the future.

If you have issues related to specific orders, please contact Support so they can assist you.

got an offer…oh HELL no

so we got an offer, a super low offer, but that wasn’t the worst of it, she want’s my appliances too.  I so don’t think so.  I am fine with the fridge because it is old and broken and I want a new one.  But my washer and dryer are fairly new.

Plus it was a super low offer….no way….we countered with a fair offer, they came back with a lowball offer again and wanted us to pay for more stuff….yea that aint happening.

You want my stuff, you want me to pay for things, then you pay a fair price….ugh

I am hoping we are done by this weekend…..want to put my house back together and start working on it.  It is hard to live with half you kitchen in the garage and I keep forgetting where I put stuff!

things that make you go hmmm

so I use a site other then ebay to sell my items, they recently made some very….well….STUPID changes.

One of the worst is they haven’t linked feedback to the sale but the item.  So while you can never delete a sale from your history, you can delete an item, if you are out of stock, don’t like it, ect…

So what I found out is that you delete the item, your feedback disappears with it, this is annoying and can be used to get rid of bad feedback, which is usually there for a reason, not always but sometimes.  So I sent them a response letting them know this was happening and here is there response….basically they don’t care that you can manipulate your feedback ratings…

” xxx only wants you to have top rated items in your stock. For your benefit as well as xxx.

If a Product gets 3 or more bad ratings, the chances of it being scheduled are very slim and it would behoove the seller to remove it from their inventory since, if it did get scheduled, the buyer would see the poor star rating the product had, and probably not bid on the item, but you would still be charged the scheduling fee.

If you delete an item just to get rid of the bad reviews, why would you want to create a new listing for something that will get bad reviews again? It doesn’t make sense and you would still need to deal with any bad reviews going forward. Also, the system itself uses information on all items and if there has been poor performance, then it may not get scheduled anyway.”

hhmmmmm….I don’t think they get it…..oh well

Open Letter to America

    You can be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent or Libertarian and I
bet this will hit a nerve. Our country is in real trouble.This gentleman is obviously quite smarter than the two senators he sent it to.  
All I can say is amen to everything he said.   A very articulate letter sent to
the two U.S. Senators from Washington State.
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Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC , 20510  

Dear  Senators:   
  I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S.
Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues
he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have
served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.    
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. 

I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I
have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate
barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs
the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
    Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. 
They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have  become  America’s answer to
the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.   In the middle of the night, you voted
in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several
paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care
insurance.   You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises
while making 3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).   You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – 
(1) How to get elected, and
(2) How to get re-elected. 

And you do this with the aid of an eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of
the greedy, the ill-informed and under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote ) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty
much all Democrat voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud and absolutely no congressional oversight?

I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed
It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics), bears a remarkably strong resemblance
to the oldest.   As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately
stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. 
Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?  
While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so
much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations
strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.   As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be
generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually cares. This letter will, however, go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.   I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous
entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just goes on the $19 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.   My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy the country that I deeply love. You have put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power.
For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how
power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.    

Sincerely, Bill Schoonover
3096 Angela Lane
Oak Harbor, WA