A Little Blog Housekeeping

Spam and outside threats are becoming a real burden. Almost every day I was getting close to 2,000 spam comments. The comments very rarely get through to the blog but go into a spam folder . . of sorts.  I can hit a “delete spam” button but because of settings due to the “outside threats”, the process of deleting spam times out after so many seconds and only about 70 comments got deleted. It was taking me forever each night to dump all that. After 15 days, I think the program automatically dumps the ones that are that age but 15 days x 2000 messages per day is a whole lot of junk in my . . I don’t know what you call it but it’s a whole lot!

I’ve talked to my blog lady and the guy who hosts the blog and they want to keep that time out period where it is to hopefully keep other bad things from happening so what I’ve done to hopefully help (and so far it has . . as of 2:30 p.m., I only have 17 spam messages today) is I’ve changed the setting so that no comments can be left on blog posts older than 20 days. So if you go back to an old blog post and try to leave a comment, the comments are closed.  I don’t often get comments on those old posts so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem and looks like it’s going to help me a lot.

You can always email me if you need to tell me something . . hit the contact button (right end on the red sidebar) and the email address pops right up.

The Healthy Eating Continues

I haven’t mentioned our diet plan lately but we’re still doing great. Vince has lost about 30 pounds and I’m stuck around 17. While in MO, I will admit to a few bowls of ice cream, some donuts and a chocolate boot! I gained two pounds but then when I got home, there were so many things to do here at home and out and about that we ended up eating out 3 or 4 nights. We did good while eating out but we would have done better eating at home. By the time we settled back into a routine, I had gained a total of 3 pounds. I’ve now lost those and am back where I was when I left to go to MO.

Me

Me

I have at least 30 more pounds to lose . . maybe 40 but that would be pushing it.

How people get good selfies, I’ll never know.  I see some great ones but mine are always horrible. And, yes, the door on the camera I grabbed is broken but the camera works fine and since I lose everything I touch, it’s nice to have the extra once so I’m not getting rid of it, even though Vince says it cannot be fixed.

We’ve always talked about people who lost a few pounds and then wore clothes that looked like maybe they should have kept them in the drawer  til they lost a few more . . that’s kinda how I feel.  This shirt shows a bit of fluff but it’s a shirt I haven’t been able to wear in several years so . . I’m wearing it.

The iPhone Case

Normally, I’m not hard on things and my stuff lasts forever!  Not my Otter case! I had no idea how long these cases were supposed to last but for what it cost, I thought forever, but I was wrong. The inside hard shell has saved my phone from quite a few drops so I’m not complaining. I will always have an Otter case!

Phone Case

Phone Case

First, the little flap end just peeled off! Every day the rubber/plastic cover got looser and looser.

Phone Case

Phone Case

Pieces of rubber were falling off.

Phone Case

Phone Case

Then the little thing on the button fell completely out and I was having to dig in with my fingernail to do anything so . . I had enough and it was time to buy a new one.  Most places don’t even have cases for the older phones and mine works fine so I don’t need a new phone. Wal-Mart in Stephenville had new cases but they were $44, which was a heck of a lot less than I paid when I bought this one. I was picking out my new case and along came Vince.

Vince: You’re going to pay $44 for a case for an old phone?
Me: Yep.
Vince: No! I can find one for less!
Me:  I can hardly use the phone because I can’t push the button!
Vince: I’ll find one!

He did . . he found one at Amazon for $14.

New Phone Case

New Phone Case

He is amazing! I could have ordered a new outer case from Otter but it would have cost more than $14.

Phone Case

Phone Case

It will probably take a year or more for me to recognize my phone and stop looking for the white phone but it’s so nice to have a case that works and isn’t falling apart.

 

 

 

 

Working Together

For many  years, probably since the ice storm that hit southwest Louisiana in 1997, I’ve been working towards being more prepared. It was January and we had not been having extremely cold temperatures but one night, the temps dipped to about 27º and it began to rain. Since that area never had much of an ice issue, limbs over power lines were not trimmed and it amounted to “the perfect storm”. In just a few hours of those below freezing temps, limbs came down and most of the Lake Charles area was without power from 5 – 7 days. There were no fast food restaurants open, within just a few hours, grocery stores were completely empty and without power, they were not restocked. Chad was 9 at the time and we ended up going to my parents where they had a fireplace and we were able to stay relatively comfortable and fed. But, it was a lesson I will never forget.

My prepping skills have improved through the years. One thing I remember is that as a kid growing up and as a young adult, living in hurricane zones, we always bought hurricane supplies and they always included things that you MIGHT eat if you were starving but otherwise, they went in the trash! I no longer buy anything for my long term supply pantry that we won’t eat on a daily basis. We eat and replenish everything in our cabinets. We do have some supplies that are specifically for emergencies but we know that’s all good food and things we actually will enjoy eating.

Vince has never truly been 100% pleased with my prepping efforts.  He will go along with my crazy ideas to some degree. Most of the time, if I can convince him that my ideas are really, really good ideas, he will agree but always with a little hesitation. When I wanted the solar oven, I was able to explain to him that I could use it for baking without heating up the kitchen or using propane. He was fine with that and now that he sees how much I use it, he’s often the one showing it to friends. There are items/things I’ve purchased that he’s not totally sold on but when/if we need them, he’s going to be happy I have them.

It was probably ten years ago when I began talking about wanting solar panels and Vince flatly refused to even discuss it with me. Back then, we were living in Kentucky, and then in Missouri, neither of which have great “sun hours” for producing solar power.  All these years, the thought has been running through my head to come up with a way to live off grid. Though we’re not going off grid, and probably never will unless there are some great technological advances in the systems, Vince has decided that it’s time to install the solar panels and come up with a backup source of power for the house.

That was such a big step . . him coming around to at least seeing the need for it. Today I saw that Vince has shared this on his Facebook page.

Vince's FB

Vince’s FB

Do you know how happy it makes me to see this on his page? It’s one thing for him to begrudgingly agree to my crazy ideas but it’s totally another thing when he’s fully onboard and seeing things the way I see them and we’re both working together instead of me trying to figure out how I can present my argument in a convincing manner. We don’t always agree 100% on everything but for the most part, we do think alike in so many ways and that makes life so easy and enjoyable!