White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies

Ohh! I love Chocolate no matter what flavor it is!

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William Navarro
#Nom

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Wenge And White

When I first looked at this I thought, “no way” but after thinking it through, I thought, no wasted space and no hitting one front of drawer with the other one. the only thing I would like as a handle or way to open them.

Dillon Mckay

Wenge And White

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Today’s Pictures: 31 Jan 21

Stuart Aken

‘It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.’     Matthew Henry

This project started in April 2020, when I made a commitment to share our world’s natural beauty with everyone confined indoors due to Covid-19. I’m intending to continue it until the pandemic has been brought under control.

The more people who share these posts on social media with friends and followers, the more people we’ll reach. It’ll also show them our wonderful world. Maybe, between us, we can restore some love and respect for nature and slow down the daily damage we inflict on our environment. Thank you.

Like my pictures? Take a look at my gallery, which you’ll find here. A small selection is also available via the ‘Gallery’ tab at the top of this page.

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Learn The Recipe To This Yummy Treat At A Cozy Kitchen !

This looks like a healthy breakfast and tasty too!

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Tom Taylor
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Turkey or ground beef sausage patties

This is my sausage recipe for making breakfast sausage patties at home and saving a ton of $$! The two pictures above are the way I package them for freezing. I make about 4 large hamburger sized patties for burgers or spaghetti sauce. I package the breakfast patties 4 to a plastic bag.

Ingredients

2 to 3 lbs Ground Turkey, hamburger, or pork

1 tsp. Ground Ginger

3 tsp Dried Sage crumbled or powdered

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Black Pepper

2 tbs Maple Syrup (optional)

1 tsp Ground Fennel or Whole Fennel Seeds

We have added these extra ingredients because we like these spices

1 or 2 tbs Italian spice

1 tps Paprika

1 tbs Garlic Powder

The recipe I use calls for salt, but we both are on a low salt diet. Your choice.

I mix all the spices together in a small bowl, put the burger in a large bowl, and sprinkle small amounts of the mixed spices on and mix. I use my hands, you can wear gloves, we all should have them now. I keep mixing the spices in with my hands until all spice is used and mixed thoroughly.

I make them into small patties, heat a frying pan with olive oil and brown them on both sides. Set the patties aside until cool and wrap in plastic wrap or use sandwich packages for storage. I freeze them and take them out the day before I need to cook them.

I keep a package in the fridge for a quick protein snack.

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I think we are a tiny bit closer to this philosophy today.

Messages from Spirit

Silver Birch was a spirit guide who spoke through Maurice Barbanell

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Caramel Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats Neighbor Food Blog

This sounds and looks yummy! It would be wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day.

Harmony Chef

Caramel Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats Neighbor Food Blog

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Mocha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe)

this is going to be my downfall! I need the recipe!

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Mocha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe)

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Just Sayin’

“Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.”  Unknown

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Duson, Louisanna near Laffayette

We loved Louisanna, there were so many interesting things to see and do.  We sampled Boudin Balls the first day, sausage and rice balls with a bread crust deep-fried.  We also sampled Crawdads, tasty, but a lot of work to eat.  Crawdads are a by-product of the Rice paddies.   

My photos are of the Swamp Tour.  It was an hour-long in a flat bottomed metal boat.  The operator gave us a continuous dialogue of what we were seeing while running over logs and speeding around others!  I don’t know about the other occupants, but I was scared to death we would tip over and have to swim with the gators.  The first picture is of a boat like ours.

This is a picture of Martin Lake we crossed on our way to the swamp.

The Cypress trees with Spanish Moss.

More trees and pretty flowers, but shouldn’t get out of the boat to pick them, it is all water under them.

I held a foot long aligator, was interesting until he peed on me.

This fellow was waiting for us to return from out tour looking for lunch. We sat in the boat for 20 minutes, waiting for him to get tired of waiting and move on.

I hope you enjoyed pictures of my travels, have a million more of them, and may take more if we decide to travel in the future.

Black Bean and Chicken Fried Rice

I am usually not into black beans, but this looks wonderful.

Harmony Chef

Black Bean and Chicken Fried Rice

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How not to buy a Car, Chapter 2

We received phone calls regularly, trying to get us to trade again!  Excuse me?  Once burned, twice shy!  We told them over and over that it would be a cold day in hell before ever stepping foot in the showroom again.   You gotta give then E for effort; they kept calling! 

In the meantime, we decided it was time to figure a way to take our car with us without one person driving it and the other driving the Motorhome.  We decide to rent a dolly from Uhaul.  The salesperson showed us several that he said would meet our needs.

I needed to make sure I could lift it up and put it on the motorhome ball.  The attendant lifted it up, without any problem, and moved it around.  I thought, “If he can do it, so can I.”  I couldn’t lift it off the ground!  My husband lifting it was not an option, and by this time, he had double-vision (we think a small stroke) and couldn’t or shouldn’t drive.

I happened to see an advertisement for a Demke Dolly located in Northern Arizona.  We were heading to a workamper job in South Dakota and really needed that Dolly!  Driving the car behind Shirl driving the Motorhome was a nightmare!  Fortunately, his double vision was horizontal.  We tried to hook it into the shaft, and it wasn’t fitting.  The guys were ready to give up.  I couldn’t allow Shirl to drive either vehicle!  It had to fit!  I would be nuts by the time we got to the job.  I suggested if the seller drilled another hole in the shaft, it might work.  He thought about it for a few minutes and decided to try it!  If it worked, he got a sale, and I kept my sanity! After breaking two drill bits, he got the hole in the shaft.  It worked like a charm.  We paid him full price, hooked up, and headed for South Dakota.

After our job in South Dakota, we returned to Arizona for the winter.  In a weak moment, we decided to trade up again.  Why not?  We would get a keyless entry, manual and a jack!  We looked at the used cars available and fell in love with a white Honda Fit with more bells and whistles than our Red Rover.  We checked carefully, and our Sir Fit, the White Knight, had all the things that were missing the first time and Cruise control!  The glove compartment had a manual, not the 8 x 5 sheets of paper they tried to pass on us the last time.   We agreed on a price and

not a penny out of our pockets.   AND we were to be in and out in two hours, or we would walk. 

Everything went as planned until we were ready to sign The Papers! The salesperson came back and said, “Sorry, I missed this on the quote; we need $780.00 more to close the deal”.  Since we were such a push over the last time, they thought we would roll over and play dead.

Not this time!  We said, “Sorry, we told you not a dime out of our pockets, so thank you very much for all your help, but we are going to pass.”  We walked out and drove home, laughing all the way. 

About 10 minutes later, the phone rang, and the salesperson said, “Come back, we will do it. 

So back we went, and said, “That is good, but remember you have to get this done in two hours of we will walk out.”   This time they did get it done. 

Just so you think that we were pretty smart consumers?  The kicker is on the way. 

Much later, we discovered how they were able to kick in the money! 

Wait for it!  You are gonna love this! 

We were towing the car on the Dolly on the way to a new job in California.  We stopped to do some shopping and checking the straps on the Dolly.  I noticed a screw in the rear tire of the car, and it was slack.  It just happened that we were next to a tire shop, and it was still open.  We took the car off the Dolly, and the guy informed us that ALL of the tires were not legal; they were worn so much.  He further informed us he shouldn’t patch it.  We promised him we would only drive far enough to get hew tires.  He agreed to plug it to stay inflated for a short time, but we paid to put it on the front, which would be on the Dolly.  It was done at $40.00.  And we were able to safely get to Seattle, WA.  We went to Discount Tire and bought 4 new tires at over $400.00.  

Unbeknownst to us, we had driven for nearly a year on bald tires! 

The dealership didn’t give a damn if we blew a tire wrapped around a tree or

worse!!  A sale was made, and we were screwed again.  I know what you are

thinking!  We should have checked. 

The mileage on the car at the time of the purchase was 13,000 miles.  Have you ever heard of tires wearing out that fast?

Do you think that we will EVER talk to the dealership again?  Nope!  We drive across Phoenix for service at another Honda garage.

How not to buy a car

This is a tale of a customer’s experience purchasing two cars from the same dealership.  Both times the dealership won, but don’t they always?

“Gap Insurance” is now necessary to “protect” your investment.  Don’t forget, as soon as you drive your new car off the lot, it loses value.  Uh! The reason that your shiny new car loses value is two reasons!  You owe more than you paid because of how the interest is amortized,  and no matter how well you negotiated, you paid too much!  You used to buy Gap insurance from an agent outside the dealership, considerably cheaper, but that gap was closed.  It is only sold by the dealership, and guess what  It is up to them how much you pay!    

This is my husband and my story of dealing with the same dealership twice.  My husband was recovering from open-heart surgery (a new cow aorta valve and double by-pass).  We had been full time RVing for several years without a car, but it was really a lot of time and trouble for me to drive our 32 ft. RV in the hospital parking lot, and get it out again, every day.  During the hospital stay, I rented a car for about $600 a week. 

Before the surgery, there were numerous visits to Doctors and a Dental Surgeon because Shirl had to have his teeth pulled before the surgery.  I maneuvered in and out of the Surgeon’s lot very well, and the workers got a hoot out of seeing the Motorhome in the parking lot, taking up 3 or 4 spaces.  We were full-time RV’ers for 6 ½ years and never came close to an accident.  When one of us was the driver/pilot, the other rode “shotgun” to make sure someone didn’t run into us. 

It was getting old trying to sightsee.  Before we made reservations or paid for tickets, we looked the site up on Google to make sure we could get out of the parking lot.  Getting in was not usually a problem, but getting out could be tricky. 

When yet another salesperson called to see if they were ready to buy a car, I said yes.  I told them my terms! 1. qualify me ahead of time. 2. Get us in and out fast as my husband is a heart patient.  3. No money out of our pocket.  4. Not a dollar above the stated monthly payment we were willing to pay.  They agreed that they could do that. 

Off they went down the Yellow Brick Road to the dealership.  We were shown two cars, and gagging turned them down.  The third one was a Red Honda Fit. 

We fell in love with it. This dealership has a large sign that says that their “Certified Used Cars have an 18 point inspection, and are in great shape, had a manual, a jack, and a spare tire! 

We arrived at the dealership in North Phoenix at 10:00 am and were told it would not be long.  About every hour we cooled our heels, we were told they were very busy but would momentarily talk to the sales closer.  At around 5:00, I pulled one of the salesperson aside and said we were going home.  My husband was exhausted and needed to eat.  He assured me it would be only minutes.  A few minutes later, one of the workers appeared with some dinner.  It was nothing that the husband should be eating after his surgery. 

Why we didn’t leave is unknown to me to this day.  Shirl wanted me to have wheels, other than the Motorhome to drive! 

At 9:00 pm, after saying no to all the add-ons, we were finally allowed to sign the papers!  We still didn’t have a car to drive, as we were informed that we could come back in two days to pick up their car. I balked and told them they were going to deliver it or forget the whole deal.

We were both so tired and angry that we didn’t want to see or talk to the dealership EVER!  We didn’t get the manual, the jack, or the spare tire!  AND the salesperson brought out another set of papers just like the ones that they signed.  The figures were the same.  However, they changed the primary name on the title.  Now it was in my husbands’ name.  Nice!!!

We loved our Red Honda Fit and named it Red Rover.   Red Rover wrote several newsletter, while we were on the road. We tried many times to get the missing items and were given the “Royal Run Around.”  We NEVER got any of them.

Stay tuned to Chapter 2

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Spaghetti, Pasta

Now you’ve done it! Now I want spaghetti! It looks scrumptious! Guess what’s for dinner tonight???

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Nadar’s Raiders, why have you forsaken us?

This was one of my attempts at poetry from long ago. Since then I have realized I have poetry in my heart, but it doesn’t extend to my creative mind.

Was your dream always to become President of the US?

We needed you to shine a light on the manufacturer’s shortcomings

We needed you to continue making a big fuss

Over their huge profit by using lies and such

You told us when they made the shoddy toys

And let us know what they were up to

You were one of the good old boys

And helped give some of them the boot and shoe

The advertising of products on TV

That showed us that they were the best

And the miracles they claimed them to be

Was all smoke and mirrors; we could laugh and tee hee!

The soap that didn’t wash like they claimed

The cribs weren’t he safe as they should be

And our children were maimed

We saw what we needed to see

And stopped buying the things they presented

With golden voice or sexy slinking

And stayed with the things that you recommended

We were glad you got us thinking

But there came to you heard the sirens song

Of gaining the all-important elected office of the President

Maybe you planned to achieve it all along

And we didn’t matter, only your intent

We wish there was someone to take up your staff

And forge ahead with your quest

To make the big guys not take their profit out of our half

And not listen to them and only work on our behalf

My get up and go has got up and went!

How do I know my youth is all spent?

Well, my get up and go has got up and went;

But in spite of it all I am able to grin,

When I recall where my get up and go has been

All age is golden so I’ve heard said,

But sometimes I wonder when I get into bed,

With my ears in a dresser and my teeth in a cup,

My eyes on the table till I wake up;

Ere sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,

Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

I am happy to say as I close the door,

My friends are the same, and perhaps even more.

When I was young my slippers were red,

I could kick up my heels over my head;

When I grew older my slippers were blue,

But I could dance the whole night through.

Now I am old my slippers are black,

I walk to the store and puff my way back;

The reason I know my youth is all spent;

My get up and go has got up and went.

I really don’t mind when I think with a grin,

Of all the grand places my get up has been.

Since I have retired from life’s competition,

I busy myself with complete repetition.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,

I pick up the paper and read the obits—-

If my name is missing I, know I’m not dead, So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed.

This is an old one, but a good one that could apply to the Pandemic or old age. I do not know who wrote this to give them credit.

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Faith to the Rescue

I loved this! It was almost to the last paragraph that I realized Faith was a dog. Great writing.

Riverside Peace

1931032_36129957313_9434_n-impThe sand was soothingly warm. A gentle breeze kissed her face. With a sleepy yawn, Faith watched seabirds glide silently over a distant wave. A solitary, early morning board rider, paddled out across the sandbar in search of the best. Sunbeams danced on the surface around him. A shipping tanker seemed to glide across the smooth far-away horizon while the sound of waves crashing ashore filled the air.

It was Faith’s first day on the job as a lifeguard. Ken, the head lifeguard, slouched high on the lookout tower, binoculars swinging from the arm of his deck chair. Faith was happy to stretch her long legs on the beach below. She watched a young mother dressed in red, chasing her small child around a sandcastle they had sculpted in the wet sand. The little one was wearing a bright yellow shirt and bathers. Faith blinked drowsily, shifting her slender body…

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Ohhh! This looks delicious! There is nothing like warm Apple Pie, with Cold Vanilla Ice Cream plopped on top on a cold or warm day!

Brayden Olson

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REX

Remember the song, Old Shep sung by Red Foley?  When I hear it, I don’t just tear up; I bawl like a baby.  The reason I cry is old Shep reminds me of my childhood dog. Here is a recording on youtube.

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Rex was just a tiny ball of fur when he became a member of our family.  He was the family dog, but to me, Rex was my dog.  Poor Rex became a member in name only for a long time.  My mother took an instant dislike to Rex and would not let him inside the house.

He was not allowed in the house even in the dead of winter!  Our Step-Dad pleaded and finally got Poor Rex a place behind the stove in the worst cold nights.

We lived in one half of a big house in the little town of Dexter, Maine.  The entrance to our mansion was situated in an alley between two stores.  Its front faced the alley and the back of the stores.  The back nearly touched the steep hill,  on top of which the train traveled a couple times a day.

We used to think if you placed a penny on the track, it would derail the train, but it only flattened it quite thin.  We never thought if it derailed the train, it would land on our house!  

My Step-dad believed if you paid for your dog, it would be a good dog.  The person giving the dog away had to accept a dollar.

Rex’s breed was, Dawg!  He had Light Brown long wavy hair, big brown eyes, was tall and incredibly strong. 

We begged to have him inside; we were sure he would freeze.  Mom declared he had fur; and would not freeze.  No amount of tears or begging by all of us moved her even a little bit!  So out he stayed in the attached shed. 

When Lloyd (step-dad) came home from working on the railroad and saw all our sad faces, he went to bat for us.  Saying, “Now, Allie, look at their faces.  Can’t we just have Rex in for a little while to warm up?”  Wow!  She relented and said, “He stays behind the stove; if he comes out he goes out.”   So we got him in for several nights while it was below freezing.  We were thrilled!  If Mom had let us, we would have slept there with him.

Rex was with us for many years, and I remember so many wonderful things about him.  He was so big that his back would scrape on the underside of the table on the very few times he was allowed in, probably when Mom wasn’t home. 

Everyone loved him, and when we were in school, he traveled all over town.  All the store merchants loved him and gave him scraps; he would come home with a bone nearly every day, which was a good thing as he only got table scraps. 

He was a big friendly dog, and we never gave it a thought about him defending us.  We kinda thought of him as “The Cowardly Lion like in the Wizard of Oz.”  No matter, we loved him anyway.  Mom would make my older brothers take me along to the swimming hole.  They hated it, and I suspect me, too.  There were no lifeguards or adults to watch us, and I couldn’t swim.  My two brothers were not a lot older than me.  They were supposed to take care of me!  There were two places to go swimming, one was a beach, and the other was “the ole’ swimmin’ hole,” The boys always wanted to go to the latter, so they could dive off the rocks.

I remember the day the boys were diving in and having a great time; I was sitting on the ledge crying.  They wouldn’t take me to the beach so I could swim.  They finally had enough of my crying and told me,  “Jump in, or we will throw you in!”  They promised to save me if I couldn’t swim enough to get to the shallow place to climb out.  I was getting up enough courage to jump when they pushed me in.  I tread water, and dog paddled, crying for help!  They yelled, “Sink or swim.”  Panicked, I drank a lot of water, when out of nowhere, Rex came to my rescue, swimming to me so I could grab his tail and pull me to shore. 

On the way to and from the lake, we had to go by the store that rented boats.  Sometimes the mean dog would chase us all the way by his property.  We were terrified, and the owner thought it was funny seeing us run for our lives.  Rex usually ran ahead of us, but one day, when the dog came charging out barking and snarling, Rex growled and charged the dog.  He put the dog back in his yard cowering, and he never came back out barking at us again.  I swear Rex smiled and walked taller, and puffed his chest out as he marched us home.

I was 8 years old when I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.  After two boring weeks flat on my back, I was released.  I missed many school days, but I had my buddy to play with and was happy.  It snowed, and Mom allowed me to go out, “As long as I did not attempt to slide on my belly on a sled!”  I put the sled rope in Rex’s mouth, he pulled me all around the yard for hours.  He was my hero!

I remember the day Rex got hit by a car and crawled home.  The Vet said there was nothing he could do for him.  I wanted to be there holding him when he passed, but I was sent away; I know he knew I was close.  I watched from a hiding place as the Vet gave him a shot, and Rex, my buddy, went to sleep forever.

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Goodbye, My Friend

Riverside Peace

It’s not really a final goodbye, my friend

because I know I’ll see you again.

The times we spent together,

cried and laughed

I will cherish always.

/

It’s all right now for you to go, my friend

because your many years of pain are over.

Those times we prayed together,

joy and sorrow

I will cherish always.

/

It’s time for you to be at peace, my friend

because we shared a secret or two.

The chats we often shared,

together and apart

I will cherish always.

/

It’s not the many years, my friend

because I could always count on you.

Those times I will think of you,

today and tomorrow

I will cherish always.

/

It’s the beyond tomorrow, my friend

because you will be here, in my heart.

The tears will come and go,

sadness and joy

I will cherish… always.

Poem by Chrissy Siggee

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Sit on the lid and laugh!

Build for yourself a strong box
Fashion each part with care
When its as strong as your hand can make it
Put all your troubles there.

Hide there all thought of your failures
And each bitter cup that you quaff
Lock all your heartaches within it
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one else its contents
Never its secrets tell
When you’ve dropped in your care and worry
Keep them forever there.

Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strong box securely
Then sit on the lid and laugh

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In Love With My Spanish Breakfast

Rum and Robots

Poem by Joni Caggiano – Photograph by Pexels – 58 seconds reading time

when the sun put on her yellow robe, she was shining
sitting in the humming café in Sevilla which graced her street’s corner like a jewel
while my love was sipping his café solo, the lip of his cup smiles at me
our young waiter cuts slices for my bocadillo con jamón
as he greets me yet again, I notice how beautiful he is with his curly dark hair
feeling guilty as my husband slips his warm hand gently between my legs
suddenly the aching in me is a yearning that physically hurts
biting into my croissant de chocolate, I feel the heat traveling like a stranger
starting where my husband’s hand remains and rising to my cheeks
I hear the voice of my husband, whose every inflection I know intimately
as he touches my fiery face…

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vanilla and almond chocolate chip cookies (vegan)• click here for recipe

OMG, these look soooo good.

Oliver Golden

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Chocolate Zucchini bread with a cinnamon twist.

Ohh! Chocolate anything! Looks wonderful. I May have to try it!

Brayden Olson

Chocolate Zucchini bread with a cinnamon twist.

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All Dogs go to Heaven

This was written for my cousin Lori because she loves dogs.

The noisy intersection was filled with people hurrying, each in their own world, ignoring fellow travelers. They were abruptly yanked from their reverie when they heard the screech of brakes and a sickening bump!

The victim’s scream was mercifully short! Onlookers were frozen in horror; the victim lay, crumpled under the bus.

“Oh, my God, he just ran out in front of me. I couldn’t stop!” The driver’s hands spread palms out in front of him, beseeching the multitude of witnesses to back him up. 

“Someone call 9-1-1!”

Freddy Connely dropped to the ground, peering under his truck, knowing the poor devil pinned there was not alive, but still hoping.

Joe Bannon emerged from the blackness of death, starring down at the man under the bus until he realized he was looking at his own face staring back.

“Wait a minute, that guy looks just like me!” he said one of the bystanders.

No one answered or acknowledged his remark. He slipped between people, and to his astonishment, walked right through a couple of the frozen statues. A young woman clutching her child’s hand yanked the kid so hard its knees hit the pavement as she dragged it around the corner and out of sight.  

Joe Bannon couldn’t accept that mangled body, lying bleeding under the bus was him! “There isn’t a drop of blood on my new suit, and what’s this, walking through people?” He tried to talk to the bus driver, but he continued trying to solicit agreement from everyone but Joe, who was standing right in front of him.

The scene faded, and Joe found himself in a lovely green meadow, beside a sparkling meandering stream. Looking into the clear water, he saw beautiful rainbow trout swimming just below the surface. Tearing his eyes from those beauties, his attention was drawn to the magnificent snow-capped mountains, in the distance under the blue skies with fluffy white clouds! Starring mesmerized, he was amused, seeing the clouds shaped like dogs. He had never been an animal lover, he tried the animal thing several times, but it just wasn’t for him.

The scenery was so beautifully soothing, Joe felt tired and slowly sunk down to the soft grass, instantly falling into a deep sleep. He slept peacefully until something wet touched his face. Swiping at the moisture, he continued sleeping, until he felt a wet grainy tongue lap his face. 

Startled awake, all he could see was a large pink tongue in front of his eyes; he sprung into a sitting position.  He found himself staring into the face of a St. Bernard dog complete with a Brandy barrel on a chain around his massive neck. They sat motionless for several minutes looking at each other, until Joe heard a voice saying, “If you would like a drink, be my guest!”

“Thank you, I think I could use one after the day I have had,” Joe said and proceeded to enjoy sipping the nectar of the God’s. Looking around, not seeing the dog’s master or any other human, he was shocked; the dog was speaking.

“You’re a dog. You can’t talk!” Joe exclaimed.

“In the world, you came from, that is true, but here things are a little different.”

“How different can things be? Where are we?” Joe sputtered.

“Where do you think you are?”

“Well, since I was hit by a bus, figure I am either in Heaven or Hell!”

Bernard lifted his massive head and laughed for several minutes. “You humans are funny creatures!”

Joe was struck speechless, hearing the dog laughing. He thought, “This is the strangest dream I have ever had.” He pinched himself, and feeling the pain, he knew he was awake unless that was part of the vision, too! “When I wake up, I will miss this beautiful valley and not having the chance to catch one of those magnificent fish.” 

“What makes you think this is a dream?”

“Well, for one thing, dogs can’t talk, and St. Bernard’s with the Brandy Barrels is a myth. I can accept that I died in that accident, but this isn’t the Heaven or hell I imagined. Which is it?”

“Which do you want it to be? By the way, please call me Bernie.”

“Well, Bernie, at the moment, it feels more like heaven, or would be if I had my fishing equipment!” Joe said, pouring another generous cup from Bernie’s barrel, and taking a long drink, anticipating the answer to his question.

Instantly his old Jebco rod appeared beside him. “Well, hot damn, I guess it must be Heaven, although I am a little surprised I made the cut! I can’t wait to taste those trout. Am I allowed to build a fire?”

Throwing his baited hook in the water, a magnificent trout grabbed his hook and leisurely swam away.

“Wait a minute! You can’t do that! I caught you fair and square and want

you in my frying pan.”  He rapidly reeled in his line, but the fish ignored

him, no matter how fast he reeled, and damn, the fish was smiling.

“Dammit! What kind of fishing hole is this? I can bait my hook, dangle it in the water, and the fish bite, but swim away. I love trout, smothered in butter, fried to a golden brown in a frying pan over a campfire!”  Suddenly the grief and unfairness of his death overcame him, and he began to bawl big gulping sobs. 

Bernie, couldn’t stand his blubbering and said, “Stop that blubbering right now!” It is always a little strange the first couple of days, but there’s no need to get hysterical.”

Joe’s blubbering and tears slowed down.

“I want you to meet someone.” And he stepped aside so Joe could see a puppy standing looking at Joe with a hopeful look on his eager face. 

“He’s kinda cute, but I’m not a dog person.”  He thought, “Maybe if I ignore it, it will run away. A human companion is more to my liking.”

Bernie said, Joe, this is Rex, he wants to be your friend. Rex jumped up in Joe’s arms, well his chest, and because Joe didn’t move his arms, Rex lingered a few seconds and dropped to the grass.  He stood there looking up at Joe with those sad puppy eyes, begging him to pick him up.

Joe wanted not of that! “What’s the meaning of this? I have never been a dog person, they don’t like me, and the feeling is mutual.”

“Wonder why that is?  You can see, this puppy wants to be friends.”

“Yeah, right now, it does. But the feeding, the cleaning up after it, walking, and trips to the Vet will take up all of my time.  I don’t have time for any complications in my life, I have an important meeting I have to get to… and looking he his cell, he said, “Right now!”  Looking around frantically, he remembered where he was and sunk to the ground.

Rex took that as a sign and crawled into his lap, snuggling closer, shining those puppy eyes up at Joe.

“You will have all the time in the world to play.  Rex is never sick, he loves to run and chase sticks and is the best cuddler in the world.” Bernie said.

Joe was losing patience, which he didn’t have in abundance. “Alright! Where the hell am I?” He jumped to his feet, dumping the puppy on the grass.

“Joe, where do you want to be?”

“What kind of question is that? I was just in a horrendous accident, and probably in surgery right now, dreaming of this place.  It can’t be Heaven, or there wouldn’t be dogs.  OMG, I must be in hell!  He said, slumping back to the ground. Without Joe realizing it, he stroked Rex’s baby soft fur and couldn’t help noticing the silky feel.  He continued stroking the fur, eliciting moans of pleasure and more snuggles from Rex.

“Joe, why do you want to be in Hell?”

“I don’t want to be, but where else can this be? Fish I can only look at, a dog that will hate me, and no people to talk to. What else do you have in your bag of tricks to taunt me for eternity?”

“What else do you want?”

“Knock it off! Answering my questions with more questions!”

“Okay, I will tell you! You are in what I will call the “Inbetween” and will stay here until your character develops enough for dogs and other animals, love you!”

“What do you mean?  I am petting it, aren’t I?  Can I go the people hell or Heaven, now?”

He started patting the dog’s head with gusto, and right on cue, the puppy growled and moved away, giving him a sorrowful look.

“See, they don’t like me, and I don’t like them much, either.”

“That is too bad.  Most of the people arriving here are thrilled with this tranquil meadow, puppies to cuddle, fish to catch, and clouds to watch. 

“Didn’t you see that your puppy took an instant dislike to me?”

“Once you get to know the inhabitants of this valley, you will love it here, like everyone else.”

“Everyone else?  Where are they? I need people, not dogs!”

“First, you have to learn to be kind to dogs, and if and when they accept you, then you will ascend to the next phase of your enlightenment!”

“What? Give me another drink from that barrel!” Joe said, reaching for the barrel.

“All your needs will be provided for, as long as you stay here, but I will be moving along to greet my next visitor. 

Bernie turned, and in an instant, he was running across the field and disappeared over the hill.

Today’s Pictures: 9 Dec 20

Stuart Aken

A narrow track runs through birch trees above a slope in the Forest of Dean.

Sharing this post widely on social media will allow those who are stuck indoors, due to Covid 19, to enjoy it. It will also reach more people and, hopefully, illustrate what a wonderful place our world is. With luck, between us, we might restore love and respect for nature and slow down the destructive urge to ruin our environment. Thank you.

Goats graze under the evening sun on the Greek island of Crete.

If you enjoy my pictures, you may be interested in my gallery, which you can find here or through the ‘Gallery’ tab at the top of the page.

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There are warranties and there are warranties

Many of the major appliance companies have a warranty that survives the one the salesperson tells you about in the store when you are dazzled by the gorgeous new appliance.

I always ask if they have one, even if I am not sure. 

When we purchased our new washing machine from Spenser’s Appliance (You know the slogan, “You have a friend in the business”) in February 2019, we were not thrilled with what was available.  Every appliance has a computer embedded within.  I thought, “Well, GE is a good company, so I was sure I would get years of service and declined the extra warranty. In July 2020, it stopped spinning, with a full load of towels. 

I called Spenser’s (you remember my friend in the business) and was told it would be just shy of $85.00 to have a service person come out, AND the $85.00 did not become part of the repair.  There was no mention of an additional warranty.  I called around and found someone to come out for $59.00, which was also not part of the repair. 

Well, the repair person spent several seconds and declared the control board was bad. A new one, along with the labor, would be about the cost of a new washing machine.  When I picked myself up off the floor, I paid him and decided to write to GE to see if there was something they were willing to do. 

So I did; my case # 04229845 was acknowledged by GE on 7/29/2020, with this reply: “Thanks for reaching out to us.  A member of our support team will reply as soon as possible. If you’d like to provide any additional information, please reply to this email, and your case will be updated.”

If you know me, you know I am a little impatient!  I wrung out all the towels and let them dry on my sunporch. I waited for almost 2 weeks for an answer from GE. 

Finally, remembered B&B Appliances, sell new and renewed appliances.  Even though we were in the middle of a pandemic, we drove to the store. We bought a used washer without ANY computer activated equipment. They have a 6-month warranty. 

It was installed, and the useless GE washer was taken away.  I put one load through it, and it made a terrible noise.  I called them, and a service person came out and declared it DOA.  When I called the store, they told me it would be another week.  I was disappointed and made that clear to the poor customer service person.  The phone rang just as I was picking it up to call and apologize, and he said a new washer would be delivered the next day, and he was sorry for the delay.  Now that’s service!  

About 2 or three weeks later, I got a call from a live person from GE.  She told me if I had not been so hasty (her words) and had waited until they got around to answering my email, she would have sent a GE repair person.  It would have been repaired FREE, and GE would have issued a 5-year warranty. 

My question to GE is; If you were willing to give this level of service, why didn’t Spenser’s “MY Friend in the Business” know about it? 

My second question is: Why didn’t you tell me that in your first email reply?

By the way, GE, can you give me ONE good reason to give you any feedback?

Consider this your feedback!  Why would I need to purchase a warranty on a washer that by now is in a landfill??? I’ve received at least 6 emails offering to sell me a warranty on my washer from you! Don’t hold your breath!

No Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups The Recipe Critic

Be still my heart! Two of my favorite things, chocolate, and cookie dough!

Brayden Olson

No Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups The Recipe Critic

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Butterscotch Banana Cake Recipe (x)

This is so yummy looking I couldn’t resist reblogging!

Oliver Golden

Butterscotch Banana Cake Recipe (x)

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🌿🍁 HOW CAN I FORGET YOU 🌿🍁

Traumaticpoetry

🌿🍁 How can I forget you…🍁🌿

Deep inside my heart I starts seeking you,
Your nowhere to be seen tell me where are you.?
you break all of our promises
i’m living with dread
How can I forget you just because some says Your dead.

No-one trying to heal me Your not here this thought starts kill me
Some says you gonna so far, for shining like star
How can I tell them we’re connected by hearts I wanna sleep with you in our bed
How can I forget you just because some says Your dead

You meant a lot for me without you I’m like broken tree ,
Without you I’m like sky without star
without you I’m like stringless guitar
Without you I’m like sharpless bled
How can I forget you just because some says Your dead

My tears won’t stops until I see you again don’t wanna…

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At The Speed of Evolution

Joseph D. Newcomer

The collective consciousness, in many ways, changes at a faster rate than the individual minds of the masses. As a group, humanity is naturally more openly accepting of itself than any one person can be. Individuals are intrinsically only given one perspective by which to view all of humanity. This is why progress can only ever be regrettably gradual. It will always have people holding it back out of codependence with familiarity and the gripping fear that they will lose a world that they mistakenly believe they have found a way to understand, even if only in some small way. This is our tragic flaw, our greatest weakness, our brittle, fracturing inability to bend, to understand, to immediately value that which is seemingly unlike ourselves. Our minds, to protect our distorted versions of reality, will forever be reluctant to the evolution of our humanity. We hinder our own progress. If…

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Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space

Book:1 Science Project

This is an intro to my series of 7 Young Adult books. Ruby and Nolan were in grade school when I started this series; are now teenagers. It was fun following them from youngsters to young adults.

How does a family cope with making life-changing decisions?  Does the family become closer or drift apart?  

Let’s peek inside the lives of a family of four that makes a decision not many will ever make.  They agreed to leave the comfort of their home, families, and earth and journey to an uninhabited planet many light-years away. 

The entire family makes the journey.  However, this story is mainly about their two pre-teens’ adventures.

Ruby and Nolan Weller make their weekly climb up the hill by their home to check the Solar Panels.  They are shocked to find two of them mangled and broken beyond repair.  Searching for tracks of the animal that did the damage, they discover a large, brightly colored rock.  Deciding it would be a great science project, they slide it down the hill with one small mishap and hide it in their play fort’s wood box. 

For the next few weeks, they conduct their scientific study.  When it starts growing, they realize it isn’t a rock at all; it is an egg!  They know back on earth, eggs do not grow!  Whatever is in that egg, it is big!  And it is hatching!

Nolan hopes it is a pony, even though he knows ponies do not hatch from eggs.  Ruby thinks it might be a chicken or a bird but is concerned with its size!  What could go wrong?  After all, it will be a baby? 

Dearly Beloved and Unbeloved

Today is Friday the 13th and I thought some fun might be in order. I wrote this when we were Activity Directors for a Resort in Apache Junction. We were planning a renewal of marriage vows.

Dearly  Beloved and Unbeloved

We have gathered here within the site of Lost Dutchman’s Mine on Superstition Mountain to renew our commitments to all of our long-suffering spouses.

The ceremony is short, just like our memories!   Which is a blessing, or none of us would still be married to the dumb-ass person standing beside us!

Matrimony is a solemn state, to which none of us entered into in our right minds.

 If anyone present can show more than one reason why any of these people should still be joined, speak now, and we will all forget what you said in 5 minutes or less

Do you solemnly swear to continue suffering in silence, through all the peccadillos, you each display the rest of your life?  Or until a divorce is a new addition to Medicare part Z with no deductible?

Do you promise to stick together through sickness and health?  Sickness is more likely, and health unlikely?  

Remember the joy, which lasted through the honeymoon, and regret, which lasts forever!

After giving and receiving many insults throughout the years, we pronounce you joined at the hip in your RV until it is paid off or forget where it is parked.

True me.. Tap-478..

Tap ON (Tapan)

Asked one of my friend whether she is excited about the vote/poll results & what’s her opinion about current situation of USA!?! Her response made me reschedule today’s post to some other day & write this one instead.

Her reply was: “I voted for the first time because I can’t stand that orange piece of shit. How can a creep take over the role of PRESIDENT!?! USA is a long rant right now. Not because of Trump, I don’t give a shit what he says. My problem is his supporters. People are ok with that full time lier & part time womanizer, which means all his supporters also support the way that jerk thinks. Situation here is sad.”

Trevor Noah’s daily show tweets are as entertaining as his daily show, can say the same for his stand-up shows.😜

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8000 SEGUIDORES

cocinaitaly

BUENAS TARDE HOY NO VOY A PUBLICAR RECETA, HOY DOY LA GRACIAS A TODOS VOSOTROS,A LA PERSONAS NUEVAS Y ANTIGUA QUE ME ESTÁIS SEGUIENDO CON TANTA CONTINUIDAD , POR HABER RENDIDO POSIBLE ESTO GRAN RESULTADO QUE SON LOS 8000 SEGUIDORES EN WORDPRESS,SOBRE TODO CONSEGUIDO LOS ULTIMOS 1000 SEGUIDORES EN POCO TIEMPO.

ME DAIS LA FUERZA ,GANA Y ESTIMULO DE SEGUIR INVENTANDO Y CREANDO NUEVA RECETAS EN ESTOS TIEMPO DIFICILES,INTENTARÉ ESTAR AL ALTURA DE VUESTRAS EXPECTATIVA .

COMO SIEMPRE PODEIS SEGUIRME EN LA VARIAS RED SOCIALES COMO FACEBOOK,TWITTER,INSTAGRAM O PINTEREST O EN MI CANAL DE YOUTUBE,DONDE LOS PROXIMOS DIAS PIUBLICARE UN PLATO NUEVO DE TEMPORADA.

HOY PARA FESTEJAR ESTO GRAN TRAGUARDO, HE PREPARADO ESTOS SPAGHETTI CON SALSA PESTO CON LA ALBAHACA DE MI HUERTO EN MACETA, ME ENCANTA PREPARARLO, LO AGO BASTANTE A MENUDO.

AQUI VE DEJO LA FOTO DEL PLATO ,SE QUEREIS…

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Bang Bang Chicken Kabobs

You really ought to have a LOVE button on your posts. This is so yummy looking I might do it soon. Just need fresh peppers and I am ready.

Brayden Olson

Bang Bang Chicken Kabobs

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My dream purchase or a nightmare!

I am a frugal shopper; some would call me cheap!  I want every ounce of bang for my buck that the advertisement promises.  I can be a little unyielding when I am treated like it doesn’t matter.  It does!

During the Christmas promotions, Amazon advertised “Renewed” computers at bargain prices!  Yippee!  I fell in love!  The object of my affection was a Dell Optiplex SFF Computer Desktop PC Intel Core i5 Processor, 16 GB Ram, 2 TB Hard Drive, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DVD-RW, and Dual 19 inch LCD Monitors! 

The dual monitors would be amazing!  I am a writer with 12 books on Amazon!  I dreamed of working on my manuscript on one screen and my Chapters, Timeline, Characters, and reference materials on the other screen.  

I was so enamored; I checked every day to make sure it was still there, and the price had remained the same.  I checked three online stores, and low and behold, it was still on Amazon, and the price stayed the same bargain.  I happily entered it in my wish list and dreamed of how great it would be to finish the manuscript I was toiling away on, anxious to publish.

Christmas came and went, and I didn’t have the courage to order my heart’s desire.  In April, my world came crashing down; the keyboard on my laptop suddenly stopped working!  What to do?  What to do?  It appeared this was the incentive I needed to bite the bullet and order my heart’s desire.

I waited anxiously for my package to arrive.  The day finally came, and I laid everything out on my desk.  I searched the box for the packing slip and instructions to make sure it was complete.  To my surprise, there was no packing slip!  I have been a Prime Customer for several years and have bought many items that required assembly.  Never have we received an item without a packing slip and clear instructions for assembly.  Not a happy camper. Grrr!

I found one page folded to 5 X 7 colorful paper with not one word about setting it up, but there was an 800 number to call.  We decided to try the deed ourselves.  Bet you know where this is going, don’t you? 

There were several sets of cables, and we worked for several hours trying to hook everything up and finally realized some cables were missing. There was a mystery cable that I found out later was useless.

In desperation, I called the telephone number for Customer Service help on the little 5X7 paper.  I told the woman that answered that I thought they forgot the packing slip.  She informed me they do not use packing slips and asked what cables are missing.  I said I do not know since I don’t know how many should have been in the box.  She said she couldn’t help me if I couldn’t tell her what cables were missing.  I said without a packing slip, I didn’t know.  I said, “I can’t use the machine if I can’t put it together.  Maybe I will have to send the computer back because, without the proper cables and instructions, it would not work for me!”  She immediately nearly shouted at me, “You just have buyer’s remorse!”  If she had listened to me, I could have described the cables in the box.  The company could have sent the proper ones.  But she seemed to be stuck on one thing.  She hung up on me!

I admit I might have said a naughty word or two; I was getting pretty frustrated, disappointed, and angry!  Here I had my heart’s desire and couldn’t use it!

I took several deep breaths and tried calling back to apologize and try again to get help.  Amazingly there was no answer after several tries. 

I called the Amazon help number and got a message because of the COVID 19 virus. The only help available was online.  By this time, steam was coming out of my ears! 

I wrote a negative review for Blair Technologies and Amazon!  It is not smart to piss off a writer! 

I did one smart thing I purchased the Asurion warranty for $39.95.  I’ll tell you about that later!

This started to look like an uphill battle, with no help from a real live person!  I am funny that way, I like a real person or a written manual!  So with tears in my eyes, I started the process of sending back my dream computer.  I printed the label and instructions.  After reading them, I discovered that the Amazon/renewal company could retain up to 50% of my purchase price as a “re-stocking fee” if there was ANY damage!  I just knew in my little heart of hearts, there WOULD be damage!  Can you imagine how devastated I was?  Now I didn’t have a working computer and if I sent it back I could out several hundred dollars!  

Well, dammit, I decided I would get that dammed computer together if I had to hire someone!  I filed the packing label in the circular file (wastebasket) and started googling!

I watched a million Youtube videos.  Between the two of us, we figured out what was missing and ordered the cables from Amazon.  I know what you are thinking!  How could I trust them?  Well, remember, I said we have ordered many items, and they always included packing slip and instructions! 

We finally got the computer hooked up, but I could only get mirror-screens, not the promised dual-screens.  Dammit, this is a nightmare!

I remembered the warranty I purchased from Asurion and placed a call to them.  They were sympathetic after hearing my story and assured me they would help.  They discovered no warranty with Dell anymore because of the age of the original computer.  Still, Asurion agreed to honor the warranty I bought.  They sent me a box and a prepaid label to mail the CPU to them (the drive).  In a few days, my CPU came back with a new HDMI plug installed. 

I couldn’t figure out what they had done to the drive, so again I called and got a sweet patient woman tech, who educated me on why they installed an HDMI and how the hook-up was supposed to be done.  I learned the difference between a VEGA and HDMI plug and how to hook up all the cables.  I learned that you need a VEGA cable from one screen to the Vega port on the drive and an HDMI cable from the other screen to the new HDMI port they installed.

When we attached them to the proper ports, voila, we had dual screens.  I am not a demonstrative person, but I wanted to hug that woman!

The negative review did not make Blair Technologies happy, and they wanted it removed!  They offered me $10.00 AFTER I removed it!  I chose to ignore them, just like they ignored me!

I know it wasn’t pleasant, but I don’t like to be bribed!

I received the following email from Blair Technologies:

Hello Brenda, I see that your negative feedback is still against our account. I was hoping it would have been reconsidered by now. I would like to change my offer for your order satisfaction to a $20 partial refund, leading to removing the negative feedback. I truly hope you consider my offer since negative feedback impacts us greatly as a small company, and we are trying hard to keep up with the stay-at-home buyers who need computers in this crazy virus time. Once the feedback is removed, I will gladly issue the $20 partial refund to your order. Please let me know if that is acceptable to you.  Thanks for your help, Mary Blair

If Ms. Blair or another customer service person had called me.  They could have offered to help me at any time when I was tearing my hair out!  I would have gladly removed the negative feedback.  They certainly had my telephone number. 

My advice to non-techies that are purchasing a renewed item online, to also purchase the Asurion warranty.  It was money, well-spent!  I also suggest that you do a lot of research about the item that you are purchasing online. 

Dream purchase becomes a nightmare

I am a frugal shopper; some would call me cheap!  I want every ounce of bang for my buck that the advertisement promises.  I can be a little unyielding when I am treated like it doesn’t matter.  It does!

During the Christmas promotions, Amazon advertised “Renewed” computers at bargain prices!  Yippee!  I fell in love!  The object of my affection was a Dell Optiplex SFF Computer Desktop PC Intel Core i5 Processor, 16 GB Ram, 2 TB Hard Drive, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DVD-RW, and Dual 19 inch LCD Monitors! 

The dual monitors would be amazing!  I am a writer with 12 books on Amazon!  I dreamed of working on my manuscript on one screen and my Chapters, Timeline, Characters, and reference materials on the other screen.  

I was so enamored; I checked every day to make sure it was still there, and the price had remained the same.  I checked three online stores, and low and behold, it was still on Amazon, and the price stayed the same bargain.  I happily entered it in my wish list and dreamed of how great it would be to finish the manuscript I was toiling away on, anxious to publish.

Christmas came and went, and I didn’t have the courage to order my heart’s desire.  In April, my world came crashing down; the keyboard on my laptop suddenly stopped working!  What to do?  What to do?  It appeared this was the incentive I needed to bite the bullet and order my heart’s desire.

I waited anxiously for my package to arrive.  The day finally came, and I laid everything out on my desk.  I searched the box for the packing slip and instructions to make sure it was complete.  To my surprise, there was no packing slip!  I have been a Prime Customer for several years and have bought many items that required assembly.  Never have we received an item without a packing slip and clear instructions for assembly.  Not a happy camper. Grrr!

I found one page folded to 5 X 7 colorful paper with not one word about setting it up, but there was an 800 number to call.  We decided to try the deed ourselves.  Bet you know where this is going, don’t you? 

There were several sets of cables, and we worked for several hours trying to hook everything up and finally realized some cables were missing. There was a mystery cable that I found out later was useless.

In desperation, I called the telephone number for Customer Service help on the little 5X7 paper.  I told the woman that answered that I thought they forgot the packing slip.  She informed me they do not use packing slips and asked what cables are missing.  I said I do not know since I don’t know how many should have been in the box.  She said she couldn’t help me if I couldn’t tell her what cables were missing.  I said without a packing slip, I didn’t know.  I said, “I can’t use the machine if I can’t put it together.  Maybe I will have to send the computer back because, without the proper cables and instructions, it would not work for me!”  She immediately nearly shouted at me, “You just have buyer’s remorse!”  If she had listened to me, I could have described the cables in the box.  The company could have sent the proper ones.  But she seemed to be stuck on one thing.  She hung up on me!

I admit I might have said a naughty word or two; I was getting pretty frustrated, disappointed, and angry!  Here I had my heart’s desire and couldn’t use it!

I took several deep breaths and tried calling back to apologize and try again to get help.  Amazingly there was no answer after several tries. 

I called the Amazon help number and got a message because of the COVID 19 virus. The only help available was online.  By this time, steam was coming out of my ears! 

I wrote a negative review for Blair Technologies and Amazon!  It is not smart to piss off a writer! 

I did one smart thing I purchased the Asurion warranty for $39.95.  I’ll tell you about that later!

This started to look like an uphill battle, with no help from a real live person!  I am funny that way, I like a real person or a written manual!  So with tears in my eyes, I started the process of sending back my dream computer.  I printed the label and instructions.  After reading them, I discovered that the Amazon/renewal company could retain up to 50% of my purchase price as a “re-stocking fee” if there was ANY damage!  I just knew in my little heart of hearts, there WOULD be damage!  Can you imagine how devastated I was?  Now I didn’t have a working computer and if I sent it back I could out several hundred dollars!  

Well, dammit, I decided I would get that dammed computer together if I had to hire someone!  I filed the packing label in the circular file (wastebasket) and started googling!

I watched a million Youtube videos.  Between the two of us, we figured out what was missing and ordered the cables from Amazon.  I know what you are thinking!  How could I trust them?  Well, remember, I said we have ordered many items, and they always included packing slip and instructions! 

We finally got the computer hooked up, but I could only get mirror-screens, not the promised dual-screens.  Dammit, this is a nightmare!

I remembered the warranty I purchased from Asurion and placed a call to them.  They were sympathetic after hearing my story and assured me they would help.  They discovered no warranty with Dell anymore because of the age of the original computer.  Still, Asurion agreed to honor the warranty I bought.  They sent me a box and a prepaid label to mail the CPU to them (the drive).  In a few days, my CPU came back with a new HDMI plug installed. 

I couldn’t figure out what they had done to the drive, so again I called and got a sweet patient woman tech, who educated me on why they installed an HDMI and how the hook-up was supposed to be done.  I learned the difference between a VEGA and HDMI plug and how to hook up all the cables.  I learned that you need a VEGA cable from one screen to the Vega port on the drive and an HDMI cable from the other screen to the new HDMI port they installed.

When we attached them to the proper ports, voila, we had dual screens.  I am not a demonstrative person, but I wanted to hug that woman!

The negative review did not make Blair Technologies happy, and they wanted it removed!  They offered me $10.00 AFTER I removed it!  I chose to ignore them, just like they ignored me!

I know it wasn’t pleasant, but I don’t like to be bribed!

I received the following email from Blair Technologies:

Hello Brenda, I see that your negative feedback is still against our account. I was hoping it would have been reconsidered by now. I would like to change my offer for your order satisfaction to a $20 partial refund, leading to removing the negative feedback. I truly hope you consider my offer since negative feedback impacts us greatly as a small company, and we are trying hard to keep up with the stay-at-home buyers who need computers in this crazy virus time. Once the feedback is removed, I will gladly issue the $20 partial refund to your order. Please let me know if that is acceptable to you.  Thanks for your help, Mary Blair

If Ms. Blair or another customer service person had called me.  They could have offered to help me at any time when I was tearing my hair out!  I would have gladly removed the negative feedback.  They certainly had my telephone number. 

My advice to non-techies that are purchasing a renewed item online, to also purchase the Asurion warranty.  It was money, well-spent!  I also suggest that you do a lot of research about the item that you are purchasing online. 

Discovering The Best Food in Lucknow

From Traveling 2 fooding

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for it’s Awadhi food, discovered by Mughals. People especially come Lucknow, not only from India but also from all over the world, for tasting the authenticity of Nawabs food. Lucknow is really a paradise for the food lover’s as it is having something for all types of people.

Where to Eat and What to Eat in Lucknow

  1. Basket Chaat at Royal Cafe
royal cafe basket chaat
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Basket Chaat at Royal Cafe is the World’s best chaat you have ever tasted. The basket chaat is made from fresh grounded spices. Hardayal Maurya Jiis eminently known as Chaat King of India. He is the only man behind the most popular “Basket Chaat” of Royal Cafe in Lucknow.

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51, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Sushanpura, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

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Purpose of Time

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When a situation occurs, everything around you stops for a moment except for the time. You cannot set the time to change the scenario. The main purpose of Time is to make you understand about the situation and learn from it rather than wait for the right time. There is always a right time if you can understand the value of time. But if you fail to understand it, every right time undoubtedly turns into a worrying situation. The time shapes you as a person you want to be, it makes you grow, it makes you sensible but the question arises,’Have you tried to shape yourself in a right person or just waited for the right time?’

In this world, we can see different personality of people where, some understand the situation, some rely on changing the situation, some keep waiting for the right time and some just move on…

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The Mark of the Grifter

Joseph D. Newcomer

“Without thinking, I’m a mark for their marketing plans,

I’m Americancer…”

– Shawn Harris, The Matches

To narcissists who crave only power, your beliefs are a vulnerability that they can take advantage of to obtain their goals. Your emotions surrounding your most rigid stances, the things you feel most strongly about, are the those with which you are most easily manipulated. A person bartering for your allegiance will not tell you their beliefs, they will only incite you with yours. One of the most vital requirements of sanity is the confidence and wherewithal to revoke your allegiances when it’s proven that the grifters of your loyalty prove their interests truly do not align with yours.

We are the marks.

Listen to the brilliant lyrics I quoted and the music of The Matches and Shawn Harris on Spotify above. On mobile, you may need to click PLAY ON SPOTIFY.

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