Saturday, December 17, 2011

Walmart is falsely advertising products.

I have proof for that statement. I dare them to say a word to me about it. Now before I get to the evidence, I will (fairly) say that they did fully refund me for my money. So this isn't a rip-off scheme. It's just that they're trying to sell you something that isn't what you ordered, hoping you'll keep it even if the thing you ordered is a better product than what you got. See what I mean? I'm sure there are people out there (my husband is one of those people) who are willing to settle for what they give you, even if its not what you want.

Not me!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Please excuse the previous post.

I'm having problems not only with Google Docs, but also the forum. If you're interested, you can read my post about the glitch, here. Otherwise, please excuse the post.

Google forum problem.

I tried searching, but nothing addresses the problem. Let's say in Column A, I want to fill down with the following:


If I follow this (, it does not work with numbers. Why? It is a spreadsheet after all designed to calculate numbers. Why can't I fill with a continuous series, like you can do with weeks?

I've tried typing the following:

Then dragging the bar down.

Then dragging the bar down.

Then dragging the bar down

and lastly

Then dragging the bar down.

As for dragging the bar down, it doesn't matter if I highlight the last number and drag or highlight them all then drag, it refuses to do a continuous series and simply repeats itself and that's useless for my purpose.

One suggestion, if I may:
Offer both features and rename them "repeat series" and "continue series". Perhaps you can format the column as either repeat or continuous and then the drag bar would do whatever setting you have for that column.

Unless all this is already there and I can't seem to find it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Quick breakfasts for non-morning people.

I am a caregiver for my mother, who has dementia and a number of other disorders, which makes life hard. I have never, and never will be, a morning person. Ever. Never, ever, EVER!

That said, it is imperative that she eat something in the morning, so she can have her medicine and because she takes her medicine twice a day, they must be spaced out so despite my issues with mornings, I must conform to breakfast making, even though I hate it. Oh and did I mention that she refuses to eat anything not hot? Oh, yes. My mother can be quite difficult.

So! I set out to find a way to make it much, MUCH easier for me to make a fast (hot) breakfast. With a little pre-planning and ingenuity, I found that it really wasn't that bad. Again, pre-planning was a must.

For variety, I tried to come up with several different breakfasts daily. Honestly, she likely wouldn't remember what I fixed her yesterday, but for my own peace of mind, I wanted it different.

So let's get to it!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to make Facebook better: Addons

If you Google Facebook addons or greasemonkey scripts, you'll get a nice list of various things. The problem is that most of those are either not updated often enough (Facebook is constantly recoding their site and addon/script developers have to be on top of it nearly 24/7) or only provide functions for kids. An example is this script, which auto likes everything in one fell swoop. Um... okay... Only kids would do that, I think. Can you imagine if you didn't read "My [insert family relationship here] died last night" and liking that post without even saying anything?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fixing Facebook annoyances

The search for a perfect Facebook addon or script is just about impossible. There are all kinds of scripts that will fix features that I don't really care about, but nothing that fixes all the annoyances I have. Because I'm looking for the "perfect fix" let me list my grievances with Facebook. These are in no particular order.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dr. Irwin Redlener needs to understand the real world.

I listened in stunned silence to Dr. Redlener last night on CNN. Here is a man, who is completely out of touch with reality. So this is what higher education does to a person? It makes you completely senile or insane?

Here's the thing, he thinks that hospitals and various agencies need to spend more money on disaster preparedness. Now don't you think for a split second that anyone is going to do this for free. Guess who will pay for this? YOU, the consumer. Whether it's a government agency (taxes) or a hospital (fees for services) YOU will be the one to pay. They're not going to take it out of their pockets!

The Peterson murders.

Sadly, there is crime every single day. Only every now and again, we find a case that really interests us or at least, the press. The press is the one who decides which ones they like and don't, then we have to follow along with them. If they'd quit making mountains out of molehills, we'd get real news.

In any case, today I want to talk about the Peterson murders. What do you think about it? Now that I've asked, what I want to first know is...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

How many Walmart employees does it take to answer a question?

Okay, so this very frustrating. Tell me am I wrong here? Was it me who was confused? I don't understand what the problem was with these questions, but I'm going to copy and paste some support emails bouncing back and forth between myself and Walmart.

Before we go on, let's discuss how Gmail works, briefly. I love Gmail for so many reasons that this deserves its own post, but for now I just want to make sure you understand what the "- Show quoted text -" means. Let's consider a few emails.

Friday, March 04, 2011


I was a little perturbed when I discovered that they will not allow reviews to be posted at their site for merchandise or products purchased. How come I didn't notice that before, when I ordered from them?

Here I will review two things: first the merchant then the products themselves. I will not be silenced!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A vegetable garden is not such a simple thing.

The decision to start a garden sounds simple. You either want to do it or you don't. If you want to it is easy to become overwhelmed and wonder if it's really worth it. To start a garden, it will cost you... a lot. Besides costing you time and effort, the financial portion can easily become astronomical if you're not careful.

I have attempted gardening several times with mixed results. I still am not that familiar with it either and am still learning. My first garden was years ago back when I was married to my first husband and we were stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. We lived on-post and we rented a community garden that was also on-post but not near us. We had very little money and started from seed. We didn't add any soil amendments that I recall, but I did get a soil test.

All went fairly well until the great floods of that year (I can't remember the specific year but was between 1990 and 1995, I remember it was the year the Savannah K-Mart parking lost was flooded). We had some storms that not only flooded Savannah, but our garden plot too. It was knee deep in water and when the water finally subsided, to my dismay the green beans and carrots continued on. We had loads of beans and carrots, but nothing else. All others were lost.

Crime stories that bother me.

I like to watch crime shows. I don't mean shows like CSI or Law & Order, though I do like both of those! What I mean is the documentary shows detailing certain crimes like 48 Hours or Forensic Files and so forth.

As a young reader, Agatha Christie books were my favorites. I've always been drawn to mysteries, which is kind of funny if you knew me. I don't strike you as a mystery kind of girl, but I am. Columbo is my favorite TV character just about ever. I know I digress, but I was just trying to illustrate how this has always been an interest for me.

So there are a couple of cases that bother me and both for various reasons. Since I cannot sleep tonight (a neighbor's dog woke me and now I'm up for good, I guess) I thought I'd write about them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another "peaceful" muslim murders his own daughter in the name of "honor".

Thank goodness this guy was convicted. Notice that this article is from the Associated Press? Where does it say his religious belief? Were he Christian, they'd have it stamped all over.

The AP should not be allowed to publish articles at Foxnews.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Backyard Bird Watching

I'm no bird watcher, but in the spring all the birds return. When I go outside I'm amazed at the noise that I've not yet re-adjusted to hearing.

There are a few birds that I hear often and are quite unique so they're easy to pick out. That being the White-winged Dove and the Mourning Dove. I hear them all the time.

Yesterday though, I saw a bird. It wasn't the first time I noticed it, but usually I was in a spot where I didn't have time to look the bird up. Memory fades, so when I finally had time to look up the bird, I'd forgotten important details. Anyway, yesterday one perched itself on my fence and sat a good while. I now know they are Eastern Bluebirds and this was a male. A very attractive male that is likely a real ladies man. ;)

Arabs, liberty and government systems.

Yes, I'm getting older and my mind isn't as sharp as it used to be. Sad, that. I've found myself confusing government systems lately and this really bothers me. I've always been very clear on the differences. I'm not saying I couldn't remember the important parts, but there were some minor details I was getting mixed up.

Because of this, I decided to look something up yesterday and found this wonderful web page. I was completely drawn in by it and really enjoyed reading it. To many of you it may be boring, but it shouldn't be. We all need to be fully aware of what is the best system and fight for it, to the death if necessary and I say that from the bottom of my heart. Give me liberty or give me death.

In recent weeks, we've seen so-called "democracy" spilling forth in Arab nations, or at least trying to. I fully support that, but I remain highly skeptical that a true Republic will ever prevail there. We'll see.

My heart goes out to the women of Islam. They are trapped slaves and Obama doesn't care at all. He makes me sick and is the most pathetic president in my nation's history. A close second would be Jimmy Carter, but I digress.

Gimp: Removing Solid Backgrounds

I bookmarked a tutorial that has since disappeared from the web. Don't you hate it when that happens? Anyway, this is really a tutorial for myself because it is something I do occasionally, but not frequently. Because of this, I always miss at least one step. It's not an in-depth for beginners tutorial, just a fast reminder of the procedure that I use. Again, this is geared as a reminder for me and isn't necessarily for the entire web. I'm putting it here so I can find it easily.

This is only for solid backgrounds.

In the news: Walmart Grapples With Its Worst Sales Slump Ever

It's a sad, sad day for me. Walmart totally does not get why it has a sales slump. Their analysis is completely off. My "list of grievances" with Walmart outlines the problems they have quite clearly. Obviously they missed my post. ;)

Anyway, the article I'm speaking of says
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in the midst of its worst U.S. sales slump ever.

When it reports earnings on Tuesday, the retailer is widely expected to post its second straight year of declining domestic same-store sales.

Wal-Mart's struggles are the result of a misstep: To jump-start lethargic growth and counter the rise of competitors such as cheap-chic rival Target Corp., executives veered away from the winning formula of late founder Sam Walton to provide "every day low prices" to the American working class. Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer by sales, instead raised prices on some items while promoting deals on others.

Company executives acknowledge having miscalculated and are adjusting their strategy again. The big question is how quickly the mammoth chain can turn itself around. [Read more.]
The list of things they believe have caused this is in the article, but I read it in total disbelief. It's really very sad that they are as clueless as they are. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
My other post(s) you may be interested in:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tara Grinstead: Blood evidence and more.

Still talking about the show I saw last night (it aired earlier but I recorded it and only had time to watch it last night).

After doing some online reading, I have to wonder why additional evidence was not mentioned on the show. According to WALB news, the following evidence was collected by an investigator hired by the family:
  • Two blood stains (the location was not disclosed).
  • In the bedroom, a broken nail with a dot on it.
  • Under her bed, pieces of a broken lamp.
  • A bent metal piece on her bed.
  • A reddish brown stain in her carport.

So why was this not addressed in the show? This article was posted in 2006, but the show was originally broadcast well after. According to CBS it originally aired July 1, 2008. Why was that evidence never mentioned?

I've actually followed the Grinstead case since she disappeared. I lived in Atlanta at the time and this was big news. It's just so very sad.


February 24, 2017
Update, there has finally, after all this time, been an arrest! Please see Tara Grinstead: Finally an arrest!

Another thought on Tara Grinstead

As I went to bed another thought struck me that I forgot to mention. Isn't it such a coincidence that three local police officers were "involved" with her around the night of her disappearance?
  1. You have her ex-boyfriend who is a former police officer.
  2. You have ex-boyfriend's so-called "alibi," who is also a police officer.
  3. You have another married police officer who left a business card stuck on her door, between the frame.
On the subject of that business card, I'm very curious about this. The show deliberately avoided revealing what type of business card it actually was. I don't believe it was an official police officer's card (they all have cards to hand out with their names) because of what they said on the show. I don't remember the exact words, but they said that they had trouble figuring out who left the card. It couldn't have been the police officer's personal official card because then it would have had his full name stamped on it, wouldn't it?

The way I see it these are the only two real possibilities:
  1. If it was not his official card and some other business, then it could be used to spy on her. If it was stuck between the door and the frame, then I can only conclude he may watch to see if anyone opens that door, since it would either fall or be confiscated if they did. This is doubtful though because she had a carport, which is the main informal entry, and not the front door. If she were to leave, she'd leave through the carport (unless it was blocked, and it may have been).
  2. Still with the some other business theory, the back of the business card could have simply had, "Call me, Jim" scrawled on it or something along those lines. This is probably the most likely scenario, which then doesn't mean anything.
I'm leaning toward option 2, but I really don't know. They did say that when they found this married police officer he said she had not returned his calls for a couple of weeks.

Anyway, those were my thoughts on the subject.


February 24, 2017
Update, there has finally, after all this time, been an arrest! Please see Tara Grinstead: Finally an arrest!

The Tara Grinstead and Jennifer Kesse cases.

I just finished watching the 48 Hours on ID episode "Stolen Beauty". I'm not going to say a lot about it right now, because it's late. I just wanted to get a few of ideas out.
  1. Why did Marcus Harper (Grinstead's ex-boyfriend) lawyer up if he were truly innocent?
  2. Why would Harper tell Greta Van Susteren that Tara threatened suicide? Clearly that is an outrageous thing to say. Only an angry person would do that and why would he be angry with her if she is missing? Unless he knows something.

Monday, February 07, 2011

NFL History: Not so boring as you would think.

Did you know that the Cardinals are the oldest team in American football history? They belonged to Chicago, were originally called the Morgan Athletic Club and were formed in 1898 by Chris O'Brien. Okay so if you're asking, "How can you say they're the oldest team if they weren't even the Cardinals?" Because the team has never been disbanded, only renamed and moved, so it's still the same team. Think of it like this; let us say you change your name and move to Scotland. You're still the same person.

Oh and by the way, that same year (1898) the rules were changed and a touchdown went from 4 points to 5. Just so you know. ;)

I'm not really a football fan, but I am a history nut. I find that very interesting. If you're like me, then I recommend downloading the NFL's official historic timeline, which is a free pdf. You can get it by clicking here.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A real substitute for cream of anything soup.

I have tried more cream of anything soup substitutes than you can shake a stick at. No, really I have. Of them all, I have found this one to be the perfect solution. It measures properly, that is that it is precisely the same volume as one can of Campbell's. It tastes divine and is not loaded with preservatives or sodium. As I tend to so often say, it does have a problem though. That being the bouillon powder. I have yet to find a good alternative to bouillon powder. The flavor simply cannot be substituted for a price that I am willing to pay. That is not to say that there are not good recipes for making your own. There are. For prices that make me cringe.

OAMC/Freezer Meals Tip: Keeping go-to meals ready for any moment.

As I said in an earlier post, the goal behind OAMC and Freezer Meals is to have a dinner ready to go in a flash. For those with freezer space issues, the whole OAMC thing is impossible.

That said, so long as you have at least a standard sized freezer, you can still have go-to meals waiting for the just in case moments.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

How to make your own stock, for cheap.

I once was online looking at how people make their own stock at home. There is something to be said that most recipes these days require broth, and though I've found there really is no flavor difference in stock or broth, the price is still too much. I once made a grocery list and was shocked when I realized I needed something like 6-8 cups of broth. That's just outrageous! So as I said, I was looking online to see how people made stock and was very disappointed in the result. Once I did the math, I found it would be cheaper to just buy broth.

Then one day I read a post by what I thought was a pure genius. I read it again and again, then decided that THIS was the answer I was looking for and I couldn't help but wonder why I never thought about it myself!

Solving a Few Once a Month Cooking (OAMC) or Freezer Meal Issues

At the time of this writing, you will not find these tips on the web elsewhere or at the very least I can't find them. I don't know why. Maybe people are too germaphobic or paranoid, but these are strictly tips resulting from my own trial and error. I see all kinds of tips that are repeated everywhere on the web and in the end, they are really no help at all but common sense. Hopefully these tips will give you newer insights in how to approach common problems. Now let's get to it!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On the subject of the supposed United Nations.

Taking Aim at U.N.

All I can say is, it's about time! The U.N. is nothing but a headache. What started out as a good idea has turned into a sad example of finger pointing and bad decisions.

Get rid of it, it's no longer working.

Should you even bother trying to diet?

Live a healthier you, eat right! That is the health claim that we most often see. We are told that by eating right, we will live longer. Besides the fact that it is a lie, because it only is a probability and no guarantee, it also doesn't tell us the rest of the story.

Let us pretend for a moment that it is true, and that I personally will live to a ripe 90-year-old. Why would I even want to do that? Today I live on a fixed income, I live paycheck to paycheck. There is nothing left after I pay the bills and buy groceries. If I want to eat right, then I need to add a higher percentage to my grocery bill. That much is an absolute fact. Ground beef is considerably cheaper than fish and chicken, as just only one example.

So now that I'm eating what the "experts" believe I should be eating, my funding is even worse. In fact, I may even be in the hole, but let's pretend that I am at least breaking even (however doubtful that would be). How exactly am I supposed to live after 65 then? There is absolutely NO money to put into any retirement. What I have spent on food to make me more healthy, now matters not. I will die of starvation instead.

Foxnews Glitches (NOT news)

Today's complaint stems, sadly, from the only big trustworthy news source. It's not about the articles, but how the site is run. is the most difficult pain in the ass, I've just about ever seen. I must again make it clear that I'm not talking about their content or news stories. Liberals hate them for that, but they're narrow minded anyway, so don't count. I'm talking about how many glitches the web site has and all its little "features" that do NOT work.

Monday, January 24, 2011


I went to the grocery store today and thought for a change I'd make some collards. I found that at my Walmart, they had some prepackaged pre-sliced collards (UPC 6-88962-00100-8)
made by a company called Rawl's. It was a full 2-lb. package and I said to myself, "Self, you should try this it might save you a lot of time, but be sure to look around in the package first." I know too well how pre-packaged green anything comes usually with a lump of rotten in it. Especially when you're dealing with the dreaded Walmart. So! I searched the bag and I saw no rotten bits. I also looked to see if I could see any stems, which would be cheating. The bag had a lot of print on it, but I felt confident enough that all was well.

So I get home, smack some pork bones in the pot with a lot of other yummy spices then go to open the collards and low and behold. I was met with quite a few, very thick, stems. I was very upset to say the least. It's almost as if Rawl's planned to deceive you because they were inside all the greens, so hidden from the outside.

This is very disappointing. I wanted to post a "review" at the Walmart site, but no fresh vegetables or vegetable companies are listed. That's too bad.

Anyway the lesson learned: Do it myself next time.