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Walmart Warranties Suck

Did I really take 5 days off from blogging? It seems to be the case, though it hardly seems believable, even to me! I spent more time reading and cleaning while my computer was in the shop. And I am fuming mad because they didn’t fix it. See, I bought the two year warranty when I got the laptop, and I had not had it long when DaBaby knocked some coffee into the keyboard, which made one of the keys freak out, and now when it boots, there is a keyboard error. I never called about that, because I accepted that it was caused by my own child and was therefore my problem.

However, I fully expected that they would fix the issue that caused the backlight to cease functioning the very first time I ever used the Fn F6 key 10 days ago. I mean, boom, press the key, and the monitor never came up again, except for an occasional flicker. Instead, they opened the computer, saw that it had had a liquid mishap and buttoned the machine back up without even finding out what was wrong. Now, if I go get the display fixed on my own dime, they will cover the display after that. Provided I have a receipt.

Now, my husband is a certified computer tech. That’s how he affords our extravagant lifestyle (ha), and he assures me that this problem is in NO way related to a liquid spill that occurred 11 months ago. But there’s more. I can’t even have him fix the computer to get it back under warranty. The receipt has to be issued by a “computer repair company”.

So. I let the nice lady at customer unservice know that I was very unhappy, and I wanted to cancel that warranty, and I wanted that cancellation backdated from the time of the spill. And I told her I was not interested in writing a letter and supplying a copy of the receipt, given that they KNOW I have the warranty since that’s how I came to be talking to her. And she said she couldn’t do that. I told her I wanted to talk to a supervisor, and she assured me I would be contacted within 48 hours, since the supervisor was unavailable. And I told her quite calmly that if that didn’t happen, I would begin my personal campaign to let 500 people per day know that Wal-mart Warranties Suck.

Guess what? It’s been 4 days now, and no one has called me. That would be 96 hours. Walmart warranties suck. They are not worth the paper they are printed on.

There now. I’ve done my part. I’ll let the search engines and the people who use them do the rest. Although, if you want to help spread the word, that’s fine by me as well.

Menu Plan Monday-Sad Pie and other food

This has been an intense weekend. There is so very much to say, and I just don’t know how to say any of it. I guess the safest way to handle that would be just to stick with the facts. My Papa died Friday night. He was buried yesterday. He was without a doubt the laughingest man I have ever known. I will never hear a cuckoo clock again without remembering that laugh.

Don’t think the irony is lost on me that just Thursday (?? was it Thursday??) (I think it was Thursday.) I said I missed my Grandmother, and I still do. And if people know each other in heaven, then without a doubt, those two are talking today, and there are no misunderstandings or miscommunications and there is only love. I have been blessed in my life to see the love of Jesus flowing out of a handful of people. (They are rare, these ones that will take in the love from God, and push it all right back out onto those around them, most of us are selfish and hold it in once we receive it. I happen to think that they are the smart ones, they know that love shared is love multiplied, you can’t out love God any more than you can out give him.) I’ve been doubly blessed that of those handful of people, two of them were my Grandparents: my mother’s mother and my dad’s dad. There is no way to doubt that there is a God when you have seen Him look out at you from a Grandparent’s face. Lord, I want to love people like that.

For the most part, I try to keep this blog light-hearted, and I relegate serious stuff to Midlife Musings, but it is hard to be light hearted today. I am sad. I don’t know what else to do but to do the next thing. It’s Monday, so that must mean it’s time to post a menu, yk? Good thing I wrote it out on an index card in teh middle of last week, because I haven’t been worth a flip since Saturday morning. But here is what we will be eating, once I get to the grocery store.

Corny bites (I’ll talk more about these after we try them) with refried beans and some sort of Mexican rice.
Chili with Cornbread
Beef Stroganoff
Stuffed Peppers

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Some Jumbled Thoughts which (do not) end with a Giveaway

Ooooh, do you remember I told you I was going to take a sponsorship on this blog? It’s started! If you click through to the BCA’s you can search for cassknits to cast your vote for me, OR you can just click right here and vote. Man, that is an old screenshot. They are still using last year’s capture! Hopefully, they will get around to updating soon.

000 0024Next, let’s talk about pictures. Each time I come to this blog to make a post, I enter through the front page, so I get to see it like you do (that’s how I knew the sponsorship had started). The link I click to get back here to the admin section is at teh bottom of the page, in the footer. Just under it is a random picture pulled from my photopress album. This is the one that greeted me this evening. God, I miss my Grandmother. I miss her like a small and wounded child. I still forget and say her name if I am not careful when I say the kids’ prayers at night. And those moments, just like seeing this picture, rip me right out of the frame.

So, you can maybe tell from the title I was going to start a giveaway with this post, but I am not going to do that here if that’s alright. I’ll just make another post.

He is Risen!

It’s shaping up to be a busy day! First we have church, then I’ll swing through a drive-thru somewhere and pick up chicken, and THEN, lunchandEasteregghunt. And yes, that’s just how my kids say it, only they leave off the lunch part, LOL!

Today, when you are doing this:

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Please take a moment to remember this:


Home Improvement

IMG 0187 1Ok, if you know me, like personally, and so then you would know how long this process has taken, then, no comments ragging me, ok?

As I type this, dh is preparing the final joins to connect our pedestal sink. Of course, he just had to come up here from under the house and tell us not to use any water, because he has to hook it in to the sewer.

Which gave me visions of him being doused with cold water down there in the dark.

Which made me laugh hysterically and almost fall out of my chair.

While he stood there looking at me as if I had lost my mind.

Which I probably have, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’ll also have you note that the lead article at directbuy features a picture of a pedestal sink. It doesn’t look anything like mine. It has faucets.

Why I Love Homeschooling, Reason #45627885

IMG 0183 1Here’s Batman. Remember him? He’s learning to read. He’s wearing a Thomas the Train towel as a cape. School for him lasts less than an hour a day, and the rest of the time, he’s free to be………a superhero, ninja, laughy, giggly boy who doesn’t have to sit still, sit up, speak up, quit that, be quiet.

I love it when the light comes on, and I am there to see it. And more than that, really. I was there to flip the switch. That’s a way cool feeling, ykwim?

What’s in a Name?

Last night, I went over to my mom’s to help her sort some stuff (read that yarn) she’s planning to sell at the estate sale at Grandmother’s next month. Hmm, can’t really call it Grandmother’s estate sale, can we?? Even though that’s what it really is. Weird the way words are, huh? Anyway, while I was there the KITT movie came on, and since I had planned to watch it from the time I heard the first commercial, I parked (hahahahah, parked) myself on the couch beside my daddy and we watched KITT. Umm, ya’ll, I love that car. I have loved that car for 25 years. And if you doubt the fervor with which I adore this car, I say it the same way I say blue-faced leicester. Yeah, like that.I would totally marry that car, ok? Do you realize I have yet to say the name of the movie? That’s because I don’t know it, but I know the name KITT, don’t I? So, my point is that it doesn’t matter what the movie was called, once I heard the name KITT, I was hooked.

Now that was kinda funny, and a way to introduce you to a program called lifelock. Lifelock protects you from identity theft. It’s keeps your good name in good standing. Let me give you a more realistic example of what a good name means. My grandparents lived in a very small town. I had gone to see them one day, and I needed gas to get back home, so I pulled into the gas station. I was about 16 or 17 years old, and I had a checking account because I had a job, and this was back in the day, yk? I lived in a small town, too, about an hour away. (It’s maybe worth noting that I now live in the same town, only it’s much larger and only 45 minutes away, but their town is the same size, LOL.) Anyway, I pumped my gas and went in to pay and the clerk said “we don’t take out of town checks.” Well, oops, the gas had already been pumped. I looked him right in the eye and said “My granddad’s name is R—– C—–, and I’m here almost every week to see him”, and the clerk said “that will be fine then”, and he took my check based on Granddad’s good name and reputation. That’s the kind of legacy a person can have. ( I’ll also add that it’s a big legacy to live up to, but I’ll do that on another day ;))

Of course, today, it’s a different world, and people like to steal your good name, and when they do, you can bet it’s ruined. An organization like lifelock can prevent that, and they can also protect your children’s identities, too. Oh yeah, kids are also vulnerable. Their credit is guaranteed clean, see. That’s a scary thought, but there are people out their who will take a child’s name and SSN and use it and ruin it before they are even old enough to drive, let alone get credit.

Now, back to helping Mama with her yarn. If you’ve been reading for more than a day or two, you know I have a pink problem. A problem with pink. An issue with yarns of the hue of deliciousness. So, there was this bin of yarns, mostly acrylic, and even some kinds I hate, and it was all pink, and there it was, and it was so beautiful in it’s pinkness, and somehow I ended up asking for that bin of assorted pinkish yarns, and last night while I was watching my dream man car, I kinda started a blanket out of those assorted pink yarns. Sigh. Another WIP. But at least it’s pink!

Stitching Away (from home)

A few months ago, I had an idea for a vacation burst upon my brain. I thought it might be neat to organize a holiday for me and some crafty friends, and we could get away and do crafty type shopping and chat and eat bonbons and drink wine and stitch. And then we all got kinda broke, and I got kinda busy, so that idea has not been developed any further. But then today, I saw some info about the sightseeing tours available from Trusted Tours & Attractions, and I thought more about it. They have an extensive list of cities to choose from, and I think I’d like to go to any of them except Tampa. I’ve been to Tampa and it was just not a real fun time for me!

I went there with just a couple hours notice when I was 8 months gone with my second son because DH was there on business and had to have emergency surgery. Now, after he got out of the hospital, we went to my cousin’s in Orlando and were able to visit some of the attractions at the then-new Universal Studios Park. That was fun, but it could have been funner if I had not been worried about him. Of course, since he had just had his head cracked open, and I was very pregnant, and there were no small children to chase, we were able to slow down and relax for the first time in years. Come to think of it, that’s as slow and relaxed as we’ve been since, and that child I was carrying is 8 years old. No wonder I feel like I need a vacation, LOL!

And I don’t want to go to Vegas just now, because I just went in November. And I don’t need to go anywhere in Florida, because I will be attending a conference there later this year. I think of the remaining cities, the Savannah or Charleston tours most appeal to me. I’ve always wanted to go to those places, and my accent won’t confuse people. Since that same cousin lives in Charleston now and I can get a tour anytime I want (he’s a tour guide, in fact), I guess that ………..leaves……

Hold that thought, ya’ll. I’ll get back to you on that.

In the meantime, I’m signing up for the newsletter at Trusted Tours and Attractions. You can win a handheld GPS just for signing up, and you know I like the toys, ya’ll.

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