Faces of My Family

These are the faces of my family. Time zone clocks.

With Easter coming up, I think back to when all of my children lived in one time zone, never mind under one roof. That was many moons ago. They’re scattered to the winds now.

We have to work hard to all wind up in the same place.

When they were younger, we always took a week to get together at the shore with our extended families. It was glorious. We all loved it.

In order to entice them all back together, we’ve decided to reinstate that tradition.

So, for at least one week out of every year, there will only be one clock I have to look at.

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By |2019-04-12T10:30:30-04:00April 18th, 2019|Life|0 Comments

How to Beat Scammers and Spammers at Their Own Game – Do Not Disturb

Okay, I’m about ready to lose my mind with all of the scam/spam/robo calls I’ve suddenly been inundated with. Many of them during the middle of the night.

I’m guessing that one of my recently hacked accounts with some company that supposedly “really values my privacy and takes safety seriously” is the culprit. Does anybody have an account anywhere–business, bank, government, medical, etc.–that hasn’t been hacked yet?  We’ve all gotten so many of these notices, “Sorry to inform you that we had a recent breach…” that nobody even blinks anymore.

I’ve researched many apps like Hiya, Truecaller, Robokiller, etc.  If you are also considering one of these, I strongly encourage you to read the […]

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By |2019-04-12T15:18:20-04:00April 12th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Getting Missed Calls from International Unknown Numbers? It’s An Expensive Scam

In recent years, I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling to far-flung places. So I have some pretty unusual phone numbers in my contact list. Likewise, I’m used to getting calls at all hours of the day or night from different time zones.

But lately, I’ve been getting a rash of calls from Azerbaijan and Georgia. Neither are places I’ve been or plan on going to.

My first thought was that maybe they’re from someone who knows someone who knows me. But they hang up after one or two rings.  Just enough to wake me out of a dead sleep but not long enough for me to answer. And they don’t leave messages.

That’s […]

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By |2019-04-06T08:39:22-04:00April 6th, 2019|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Three Non-Negotiable Dog Training Commands

As my long-time readers already know, as far as I’m concerned, training never stops. By continually working with our animals to build trust and responsiveness, we have a better chance of ensuring their safety and our ability to fully get to enjoy them.

I recently had a conversation with another dog-loving friend about dog training, and what we would consider the essential must-have-down-cold training commands. While both of us have what others would consider to be highly trained dogs, the only remedial training I absolutely always stay on top of comes down to three commands.

That’s because, in a nutshell, these commands embody what I feel are necessary for my dogs […]

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By |2019-03-14T22:03:15-04:00March 29th, 2019|Dog Training|0 Comments

My First Pint of Homemade Maple Syrup

5 gallons of sap collected in 3 days

Strained out bits, bugs, and particles through cheesecloth

Boiled 85% down on our outdoor grill (Maybe next year, I’ll build a fire box…)

Finished the last on my stove so I could watch to make sure it didn’t burn or turn to candy.

This is what I’m left with.
Unbelievably yummy!

Pure joy.

 

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By |2019-03-15T07:21:36-04:00March 21st, 2019|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

17

This is what 17 looks like at our house.

Graidy, our white BC mix, is 17ish–we don’t know his age exactly since he came to us as a stray at about 1 yo.

He still runs around like a puppy. Nobody can believe he’s that old when they meet him.

Wink, our Cavelier is 11. Finn, our Maine Coon cat is 14. All going strong.

I think there’s longevity in the water here. (That and lots of love, high-quality food, and plenty of exercise.)

And, of course, good genes don’t hurt.

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By |2019-04-19T11:35:43-04:00March 14th, 2019|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments
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