How to be Safe in the City

15 Jun

Guest post written by Karen Godfrey

With our new home being in a bigger city, I was a bit scared. My husband is at work at night so we had to find a way to make the house feel safe. My husband started out by researching different things we could do for our home. We ended up being a home security alarm system from ADT in Atlanta. I was very excited to have this in our home. It even had video cameras on it. This way if someone does something outside we can see who did it. I just feel better knowing that it is there. I have to admit I have accidentally set it off a few times.

We also purchased a special lock for our front door. It is basically just a deadbolt, but I feel better knowing our door is not easy to kick in and come into our home. Our house feels a lot safer to me this way. I am not afraid being at home by myself now. I know that if someone tries to get into our home it will not be easy. Hopefully the alarm will scare them away if they do get in at all. If not, the police will be on their way to help. It is great to feel safe in your own home.

Nostalgia:Goodies from Bicol/Korea

10 Jun

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My Nostalgia entry for this week is the photo below. These goodies came from a very good friend of mine who is celebrating her birthday today, and she is also the author of this meme. You know who she is right?! Happy birthday sis Rose!

She sent these goodies after their Philippine trip last year. Most of these items are came from her province, Bicol. I’m lov’n the bags. They’re so authentic! She and her family still live in Korea during that time. Thanks again sis for being so sweet and thoughtful.

Moving Into A New Home

8 Jun

Written by guest blogger James Tilly

Once you finally make the big move, the work is just beginning. You have to call the Phone company, the Electric company and the Cable company. Then once you make the calls you have to wait for them to come out. You are never lucky enough for them to be able to come out in one day. The first person you have to wait for is from the electric company, you can not do anything until you have power.

Once you get the power on, then you can make appointments for the other companies to come out. From past experience I have found that when they tell you they will be there between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, they will show up at 5:00 pm. It does not matter that you have spent the whole afternoon waiting around for them, or that you have taken time away from work. I feel it is more annoying than anything to spend the afternoon waiting around for someone to show up. Usually when they do show up they do have all the materials they need to get the job done. So at least you only have to wait around one time for each of them to show up before you have power, Phone service and your Clear Internet.

Nostalgia: LETTERS

3 Jun

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It’s Thursday and it’s time for Nostalgia moment! Thanks to Sis Rose for creating this stimulating, inspiring, dramatic, gripping, stirring, thrilling, moving, sensational, rousing, exhilarating, electrifying, intoxicating, rip-roaring meme…..:) Kudos to you sis! Anyhow, my entry for this week is LETTERS.

Some of you knew that Greg and I met through a pen pal column. Yes, we’re pen pals! You know the snail mail type of thing….lol! It was October of 2003 when I wrote my first letter to Greg. And he responded a month later. No wonder why it’s called snail mail….it takes like forever to receive each others letter, but we have managed to correspond even if it takes us forever to get the letter.

Internet was a huge thing during that time, but I don’t have enough time to go to an internet cafe and besides I was busy with my feasibility study. I chose to be discreet on my penpal business and told nobody. I decided not to tell anyone during that time because I don’t want to disappoint myself. You know it might not work out.

After 8 months of corresponding each other, Greg finally made a decision to see me in person. To cut the story short, Greg and I met the day before my birthday (08/19). From then on we started building a LOVE relationship.

We get teary-eyed and get choked up every time hubby and I see our letters. These letters are very special and memorable to us.  And it is now placed on a fire-proof envelope….lol! I can’t wait to share and let our daughter read these letters.

We have been married for almost 6 years and until now I still can’t believe that snail mail works for us. It must be a DESTINY!

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My Age Does Not Mean That I Am Out Of Shape

3 Jun

Guest pot by my friend Cindy Jerisk

I just turned sixty-two years young and I feel great, which has not always been the case. About three years ago I decided to try out a senior citizen workout facility by my house, and boy am I glad that I did. When I first started at the gym I was so out of shape, I could not believe it. Now I am in the best shape I have been in since I was in my early twenties playing football at college. Of course that was before I had hearing loss. It was hard to adjust at first but me and my friends got Digital Hearing Aids which have really helped us feel younger.

A few of us at the gym have started a senior Yoga class, and water aerobics class. It is kind of funny to watch us doing yoga, bending and moving in ways that our bodies try to fight. But I tell you what, I feel like a million bucks when I am done, and that’s all that counts.

From what I have seen these last few years, it’s never too late to get into shape. My weight training partner Larry, is seventy-eight years young, and is just a happy fellow. We can do anything that we put our minds to, and that’s a fact!

Kiddie Ride

2 Jun

Taking your toddler to her first theme park can be a wild ride, but if you plan well, you can make your child’s theme-park debut fun and memorable. We took our daughter to an amusement park for the first time when she was 18th month old. My husband and I were kind of hesitant to take her to a ride, but she did pretty good.

Any Family outing to an Amusement Park is a challenge for Parents.  Here are some tips to help make it more enjoyable and safe for all.Any Family outing to an Amusement Park is a challenge for Parents. Here are some tips to help make it more enjoyable and safe for all.

Any Family outing to an Amusement Park is a challenge for parents. Here are some tips to help make it more enjoyable and safe for all.

*Make sure Children know what to do if they get lost – stay where they are or go to a concession or park staff member and ask to be taken to lost and found. With older children pick a time and place to gather if they are exploring the park on their own.

*If children are old enough, pick a spot in the park, near the entrance, to meet at designated times.

*Dress children in bright colours so they are easily visible

*Wear lightweight layered clothes and comfortable shoes. A hat is a must but take it off on the rides.

*Insect repellent may also be needed.

*Teach children to keep an eye on you.

*Check height restrictions before you line up for a ride to ensure that the ride is safe for children (these restrictions are recommended for safety sake). Don’t coax children onto a ride they are unsure of or are too small for the seat/seatbelt.

*Avoid rides that go in reverse.

*Drink lots of water to help keep your energy level up.

*A disposable wipe or frozen cloth in a zipper bag can help cool someone down and reduce nausea.

*Bring along a stroller or rent a stroller at the park.

I Love Baseball

2 Jun

This post is from guest blogger Jonah Weinhoffen.

My favorite spring sport to watch is none other than baseball. After moving to Indiana a few months ago, I signed up for satellite tv service in Fort Wayne. My earliest memories are of watching baseball on television and then I would try to emulate them. I was a huge fan of Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., and Pete Rose. As I grew older, I became better at baseballand eventually was able to play on high school championship teams and also win state championships in league ball. I just love baseball.

I love the action and the strategy behind baseball. It is one of the most unpredictable sports there are. Teams these days all have good players and pitchers who can throw 100 miles an hour. The talent pool in baseball these days far outweighs the players of 20 or 30 years ago. Baseball is without a doubt the king of all spring sports. When spring rolls around, the very first sport that comes to mind is none other than America’s pastime, baseball.

I Love Baseball