Medical Update

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Friday I had the day off.  I had a doctor’s appointment in Lacrosse.  It was what I had hoped was my last trip there regarding my thyroid surgery last February.  The appointment was in the afternoon so in the morning I had some time for playing Grammy.

Carver decided to keep his mommy up all night and mommy need a nap…Grammy to the rescue.  It so nice that we’re close and this can easily happen.  Kalissa ended up at the doctor in the afternoon and went home with antibiotics.  Hopefully that will get her feeling a little better.

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After her nap she came and got Carver and I was off headed to pick up Kelli and then onto Lacrosse.  Kelli wanted to ride along.  I really thought the appointment was going to be more of a formality and didn’t want to interrupt anyone’s schedule to go with me, but Kelli wanted to go.

We haven’t had a chance to hang out lately so it was nice.

The day before Hubby and I had an extended conversation about whether I should take my crutches or the scooter.  I was thinking crutches…he thought scooter.  (he’s a little over protective).  Then I got to thinking that I wanted to stop at Wal-Mart and get groceries on the way home so I’d need the scooter for that.  We ended up compromising and I brought both.  So who was right…did I need the scooter or the crutches?? [Read more...]

The Elections

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Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

It’s elections season…love it or hate it.  Democrat, Republican, Independent.  We all have out choices.  This year more than ever I think people are waiting to make up their minds….me, not so much.  I’m almost positive in who I’m voting for.

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I will admit that it’s election season more than ever that I want to completely get rid of my land line phone.  I likely would except that it comes free with my internet service.

It’s a new time in history.  More than ever decision 2016 has gone mobile. This election season voters are relying on their mobile devices to learn more about the candidates and political issues before heading to the polls.  I know this to be true because I have children who have television but don’t get the regular channels, ABC, NBC and CBS, yet they know more about the latest blunder a candidate has made, the latest illness they came down with or the candidates latest view on all of the topics.  How do they get that news…social media.

The increased usage means that voters have faster, more frequent access to campaign information and candidates must expertly leverage digital tools like social media to interact and engage with the American public to win votes.

As we head into the homestretch toward Election Day, many voters are using their smartphones and tablets to gather information about candidates, events, volunteer opportunities and polling results on the news, social media or in online discussions.

In fact, according to the Pew Research, about two-thirds of Americans owned a smartphone in 2015, compared with just 35 percent in the spring of 2011.  That’s a big difference.

I can’t open Facebook without scrolling through and seeing jokes, commentary or even video links of the candidates.

That same research tells us that more than a quarter (28 percent) of registered voters in the United States used their smartphones to keep up with politics in 2014, compared to 13 percent in 2010.  And sixty-eight percent of smartphone owners use their phone to follow breaking news and 33 percent say that they do this “frequently.”

Phones do so much more now days and have so many more uses.

However you’re voting, Democrat, Republican, or Independent, keeping up with the candidates has never been easier.

Beth’s Quilts…

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I got an email message from Beth C back in August.  I’ll be honest, I don’t check Facebook messages as much as I should.  Often my email is so full and I get the warning to empty it that all of my time at the computer with correspondence is sent there.

I finally saw the note earlier this week.  It included some great pictures of quilts she had made.  Does is look familiar?  It’s a pattern Kelli and I put together.  You can find the free pattern here on the blog.

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It has long been one of my favorite patterns.  I love simple and easy piecing.  It’s great in Christmas colors too.

Beth liked the pattern and decided to change it up making it in a new color scheme….I think it looks great, don’t you? [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: A Hidden Secret

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I had finished all the books I had downloaded.  I didn’t have time to hunt for a book so I simply went to my online library and decided whatever came up that looked decent I was going to listen to it.  Sometimes that can be a good way to find a new author…I was up for that.

Imagine my happiness when I found a book by one of my favorite authors, Linda Castillo, A Hidden Secret: Kate Burkholder .

A Hidden Secret: A Kate Burkholder Short Story (Kindle Single) by [Castillo, Linda]
I knew the author was coming out with a new book…WOW.  I couldn’t believe that I had snagged the book without even being on the waiting list.  I couldn’t wait to start.

Well start I did…and about two hours later I was finished.  WHAT?  Yep, the book was over.  That’s when I discovered it was a short story.  It was a good book, a fine listen, but over way too soon.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “When a baby-only hours old-is discovered on the Amish bishop’s front porch in Painter’s Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.

The little girl seems healthy and whole; but who would abandon her and why? Though the quilt and rattle could be purchased, Kate suspects the mother is Amish, possibly young and unmarried, both of which would be powerful motives for such a desperate act. With the rattle and the baby quilt as the only clues, Kate must call upon her own Amish roots, and with the help of state agent John Tomasetti, search the Amish and “English” communities of Painters Mill for clues to unravel the poignant, puzzling mystery.”

I ended up going on Amazon and found that it was indeed a short story.  The book is listed as book 6.5 in the series.  If reading it the book was only 74 pages long.  The new book is out.  Sadly my online library doesn’t have it.  Hoopla doesn’t have it either.  It looks like I am going to have to burn a Audible credit to get it.

Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars.  I’m going to agree.  I don’t know if it’s the book or that I love the characters.  Whatever it is, I’m hooked on Linda Castillo and her character Kate Burkholder.