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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Printable eBay Feedback Star Award Certificates

Have you printed out your eBay Star Award Certificates yet?

If you didn't don't worry, you still can with these handy links below. Thanks to eBay for keeping up with them for everyone like me, who never really got around to it.

Yellow star = 10 to 49 Feedback:
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardYellow.pdf

Blue star = 50 to 99 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardBlue.pdf

Turquoise star = 100 to 499 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTurquoise.pdf

Purple star = 500 to 999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardPurple.pdf

Red star = 1,000 to 4,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardRed.pdf

Green star = 5,000 to 9,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardGreen.pdf

Shooting Yellow star = 10,000 to 24,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailYlw.pdf

Shooting Turquoise star = 25,000 to 49,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailTur.pdf

Shooting Purple star = 50,000 to 99,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailPur.pdf

Shooting Red star  = 100,000 to 499,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailRed.pdf

Shooting Green star = 500,000 to 999,999 Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailgreen.pdf

Shooting Silver star = 1,000,000+ Feedback
http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/awards/StarAwardTailsilver.pdf

Monday, September 15, 2014

WHEN IS PRESTON COURT DAYS?

I, Lisa Copher,  originally wrote this article for Yahoo Contributor on 10-13-2008 and Yahoo has since shut down Yahoo Contributor and Yahoo Voices and has released it's rights to my article. So I can now re-post it legally here. Any other sites may not re-post this without written permission.


When Is Preston Court Days in KY?

Court Day is Coming To Preston, KY
Court day, also known as trade days are on their way to Preston, Kentucky. It is a three-day event that ends the 3rd Monday in October. It is over a century old. Preston is a small community located in Bath County, KY, just off of I-64, exit 121. It's neighboring cities include Owingsville and Mt.Sterling. Preston's population is only about 500 and on Court Day weekend, it is estimated to have about 10,000 visitors. So you know something exciting is going on.

Each year the number of trading booths grow. People travel from all over to buy, sell, trade and browse. You have a large selection of merchandise to choose from. Everything from new items such as t-shirts, shoes, purses, housewares, etc. to those one of a kind antiques. You just might find what you need to finish off your collection. Whatever that may be. It also has a large number of animal booths. Dogs are a main attraction due to the fact of many hunters in the area.

The food booths are incredible. Preston Court Days has the best home cooking around. Churches come out with their church booths and offer up good home cooking. Whether it is country ham, brown beans, cornbread, or yummy cheeseburgers, you can find it. And you will love it. Preston Court Days is a great way to ring in fall. So come on out and join in all the fun.



If you need driving directions to Preston, KY please click below:



UPDATE: 2014
This year, 2014, The Preston Court Days are set to officially begin on Oct. 17th and end on the third Monday which is the Oct. 20th.
But as the tradition grows rapidly each year, usually vendors begin selling for the entire week leading up to the end date. So look for booths to unofficially start setting up on Oct.13, 2014 until Oct. 20, 2014. 



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GINSENG DEALERS LIST & MORE

If you are one of the many sang diggers (locally called), also known as ginseng diggers, that is looking to learn more about sanging, here you go. Please note, I have left a link to the Kentucky Ginseng Dealers (buyers) by name or county, at the bottom of page.

You can click here to view the laws and regulations for Kentucky Ginseng. And on that page there is also links to other states' ginseng rules and regulations. Please remember that every state has its' own different set of specific rules and regulations for ginseng cultivating. So please check that link out before you dig.

Ginseng is known to many as a cure all plant. It is a very slow growing perennial plant that is harvested for the roots. The word ginseng actually means "the essence of man."

A few things ginseng is suppose to help cure are:
  • headaches
  • erectile dysfunction
  • fatigue
  • concentration
  • quick recovery time from hangovers
  • stress
  • menopause
  • help build stronger immune systems
  • slows down the aging process
With all these great uses for ginseng, you can imagine the huge market for the plants' cure all root. Currently, the average selling price per pound of dried, wild ginseng is running between $800 - $900 per pound, locally. That's amazing! But remember that it takes a lot of roots to make a pound, when dried.

So if you are preparing to become a "ginseng digger," please remember to click here to view the laws and regulations for your correct state. And below you can find the list of Kentucky Ginseng buyers, listed by dealers names or by county, for your convenience.

Ginseng Dealers of Kentucky, listed by Dealers Name

Ginseng Dealers of Kentucky, listed by County

Great Tips On HOW TO HUNT FOR GINSENG (with Photos)

History of Ginseng

To Become a Kentucky Ginseng Dealer

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WORLDS Best Hot Cocoa Recipe

WORLDS Best Hot Cocoa Recipe
 

Simple, easy, DELICIOUS!

-1 PACKAGE NESTLE COCOA MIX
-3 OR 4 DARK Chocolate HERSHEY kisses
-6 oz. of hot water or hot milk

Mix powdered cocoa mix and water/milk in your favorite cup.
Stir in 3 or 4 Hershey Kisses and ENJOY!


Bonus: A few little marshmallows never hurt!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Views From My Yard -Snow- 11-27-2013

My view at 6:45 am from the side deck:


I guess I'm in a cheery mood because this is m y view at 6:45 am from the side deck. I think it's just beautiful outside!

If you check the second photo of the chair, you can see about how much had accumulated. And boy, doesn't it look cold???


Although it snowed a misty bit day before yesterday, today marks our first accumulation of snowfall.

It began to fall late last night and then by this morning, this is what I woke up to. It's about an inch to an inch and a half. It is also so frigid cold here today. The high is only to reach around 28*.. BURRRR. And the wind chill factor is in the mid teens for the day.

One thing is for sure, if you are venturing out and are in my neck of the woods, you better be bundled up.


How is the weather where you are?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Around My House | 2011

Every year, I try to keep a theme for my Christmas tree. But this year something happened...

I went wild with the bags and bags of ornaments I had in the closet. I started my tree colors out in a soft gold and soft red only. With white lights as the main (cause thier made in the tree) and threw on a strand of red to make it match. Started putting up red and gold balls and ornaments then the tree topped, also red, and a red poinsettia under it, then before I knew it, I had on gobs of every color ornament all over the place. lol.

So, there for a minute, I actually thought about taking them all back down and starting over, but there was just too many. And so I left them alone and finally realized that without a theme, it's actually pretty cute. But next year I have my mind set already... It's gonna be a soft white and blue.(I picked out the tree topped for next year today, blue & white.)





Here's some random photos, below, from around my house this year for Christmas. I got the idea for this post from a fellow Gather, Adelaide. She had a great post on her blog,




Below is the fireplace mantel I asked my husband to build to go around the great stove I found at the flea market last week, here's that post. He got it done, but I haven't painted it yet or added any embellishments. But had to hurry up and get some things on it for Christmas, as I couldn't wait. lol.



Here below is a wreath I made last night. I saw in one of Adelaide's pictures that some had the cute xmas balls on them. So I tried to make one but I need some more smaller, red balls to really finish it up. And I also decided to make it on a grapevine wreath instead of the traditional green ones, just to fit with our house's primitive theme.







Below is a pic of lights on my garden trellis.



Note, for some reason this post is showing twice on my blog, here is the other Link to it... humm.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Explore Kentucky: Cave Run Lake

I originally wrote this for Associated Content. Yahoo Voices has sense bought them out and it is found here:
http://voices.yahoo.com/explore-kentucky-cave-run-lake-2193384.html?cat=16

Explore Kentucky: Cave Run Lake

The Zilpo Recreation Area Offers Great Activities to Visitors and Locals

Kentucky has many great attraction points for visitors and locals. A favorite I'd like to share is the Cave Run Lake in northeast Kentucky. This 8,270-acre, man made lake was completed in 1974. It was actually a product of the process of making a damn constructed of earth and rockfill across the Licking River. The purpose of the dam was to reduce flood damage in the area. The Cave Run Lake area boasts many hollows and forested ridges which is all part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Daniel Boone National Forest was established in 1937. And to give you an idea of how large an area I am talking about the 706,000-acre forest covers portions of 21 Kentucky counties.It has so much to offer such as hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, hunting, site seeing, atv and horse back riding that you should make plans ahead of time to camp in one of the well maintained campgrounds. 
There are two main campgrounds to choose from while planning a trip to the Cave Run Lake in northeast Kentucky. Either the Zilpo Recreation Area, located in Bath County or the Twin Knobs Campground, located in Rowan County. I highly recommend the Zilpo Recreation Area due to its' breathtaking water views as seen in my photo which accompanies this article. Whichever of the two you decide upon will greatly surpass all of your expectations. Both of these campgrounds are similar because they each are located on large peninsulas that extends directly out into the Cave Run Lake. And therefore, both have the abilities for great land and water activities. Yet I still lean towards the Zilpo Recreation Area as my favorite mostly because it definitely has the greatest scenic beauty I have ever seen. I guess you will just have to plan a visit to each and decide for yourself.

If you are not lured into visiting the Cave Run Lake for its' numerous activities, try exploreing many of the other options. The Zilpo Recreation Area would also make the perfect setting for your next family reunion. Our family has had the tradition as far back as I can recall. It's the perfect location to gather year after year. With that lovely backdrop of nature, your family also, will have those perfect, one of a kind pictures to cherish year after year. What ever reason you decide to visit Kentucky, we are certain of one thing. Once you visit, you will definitely want to come back. And when you do, I've compiled a list of helpful links that will save you time and effort. Below you'll find all you need to help in planning the perfect trip of visiting my homeland, Kentucky.

This is one of the many photos I have taken of the Cave Run Lake in Eastern Kentucky. This pic was from the Zilpo Recreation Area end. We were at the top of one of the ridges, on our way to the Zilpo Campground and I had Greg stop so I could take a peek.

And wow, it was stunning.





Driving Directions to Zilpo
Printable Tourist Map
Visitor Center
Photos of Cave Run Lake
Calender of Area Events
Current Weather for Cave Run Lake

Saturday, May 11, 2013

eBay Announcements | New Photo Rules


Are you an eBay seller? I am and have been for years. My seller name is CheapBlondeGirl http://myworld.ebay.com/cheapblondegirl/. I sell mainly vintage games and gaming consoles. And from time to time, the left overs of my craft supplies from my crafting blog http://booth555.com. But when auction fever strikes me and I buy boxes of stuff at estate sales, you never know what my listings will contain.

If you too are a seller, you may want to take note of their new picture quality requirements. This will be implemented in new and previous posts that are still up. Seems they are aiming at better photo requirements for those who view eBay through a mobile device. In which the screens are much smaller than the computer monitor. I understand this and think it's a great idea. As I too, am a frequent shopper on my cell phone from time to time.

New rules are as follows.
-The longest side of each photo must be at least 500 pixels
-No borders allowed around photo
-Photos must be free of added artwork and text. Meaning strictly the item itself in the photo. No photoshoping.
-And when listing any item other than books, movies, music, and video games you now cannot use the stock photo that eBay supplies as your main photo.

So if you are an eBay seller, please check your current listings. As eBay sent out this notice back in late 2012 but they are going to be enforced at the beginning of July 2013. I'm sure eBay won't ban you from selling for one mistake. But with the giant company, who really knows. It's best to comply with all rules as fast as you can. This way we steer clear of any rule breaking.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

VUDU Burglarized: Customers Personal Info Stolen

If you are a member of the popular pay per movie site called VUDU, you will want to read this.

On Tuesday the company VUDU, acquired by WalMart in 2010, sent out a mass email to all it's members titled "Important Information Regarding Your VUDU Account." Seems their headquarter offices were broken into on March 24, 2013. Thieves got away with hard drives that contained personal information of customers such as:
  • names
  • email addresses
  • dates of birth
  • phone numbers
  • mailing addresses
  • account activity
  • last 4 digits of credit card numbers
  • encrypted passwords

Here's the first announcement VUDU put out about the incident, 12 days later on Facebook:


"Our Chief Technology Officer, Prasanna Ganesan, is sending an email to our customers this afternoon about a break-in at the VUDU offices, but we wanted to share the information here proactively on Facebook. We want you to know that we are taking this issue very seriously, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you."
For more information, as well as FAQs visit us at http://www.vudu.com/passwordreset.
 
WalMart claims they have taken immediate action and reset every customers password. That will only help though, with future purchases. That will not help the fact that somewhere, sitting in the hands of a dirty thief lies all of our personal information and passwords. 

As an added security measure, WalMart has given each customer a one year free subscription to AllClear ID. It's formerly known as DEBIX. And it is a fraud detection company that helps monitor the future use of our identity info. 
 
O gee, thanks so much! Excuse me if I'm not jumping with joy but it's because of WalMarts ways of storing personal information all together, that has gotten us in this mess. I for one, am going to change each and every password and email I can before the day is out. I am also going to remove my credit card info from every site possible....Buying online, watching movies with a click and such is not all it's cracked up to be afterall. I just don't feel safe. 
 
For me, it's time to go back to basics! How about you?
 
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Flea Market Finds & Auctions Goodies

OMG! I've been so happy with items I've won at local auctions lately, that I've decided to start a regular running post here about them. Sometimes, however, the item will be from a flea market because I also visit them on a weekly basis.

I go to a bunch of different ones each week, some close here and a few in neighboring states. I buy all kinds of items for re-purposing and resell in my Peddlers Mall.

But my last find isn't going any farther than my master bedroom. Here's a quick pic of it from when I won it.


It's a solid wood, oak cabinet. (Oh, btw, I love oak furniture the most- it's so country.) All is intact. The doors are perfect and the two drawers. I'm 5'4" and this is just a little bit taller than me.There is very minimal scratches on it towards the trim at the bottom. All and all I'm super happy with it. I like a little wear on my items because our home is so country and "lived in" look. lol. It's going in my bedroom and house all my old quilts. And the drawers are gonna hold my sheets and such.

What did I have to pay for this? Well, I had the winning bid of only $30.00! I could not believe it it. I was loving it before the auction and I told my husband that I wanted to go up to about $80.00 on it. In no way ever, did I expect to get it for only $30.00!!!!

Be sure to check back for my next Flea Market Finds & Auction Goodies!

Friday, March 29, 2013

SNES Super Nintedo Collector Games

My SNES system

I am an avid collector of vintage SNES (Super NES) games. I liked the original NES games also, but growing up, I remember having one of the 49.10 million SNES gaming consoles. And my two older brothers had one of the 61.91 million NES systems sold worldwide.

So I guess it's just the memories mostly that make me love the SNES games today. And I'm glad I grew up playing SNES. Even though it wasn't Nintendo's first console to take the world of gameing on. However, it was the first ever three dimensional gaming system in history. In fact, the game Star Fox was the first playable game released in 3-d.

Some of my NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 Games

Now that I have hit the big 3-0, I am on a quest of my own. And that is to build the entire collection of SNES games that were sold at retail in the United States, Canada and Mexico. There were many more games put out in different countries, but I'm not really interested in them.  

How many games were put out in the United States, Canada and Mexico you may ask? I think the total is somewhere between 721 and 845. But just finding that out has been time consuming and frustrating. I've looked at many sources online including Wikipedia which gives the SNES games list and Google and can't get the exact number. Each search leads me to different totals.

Above is some of my games. The console on the left is the Nintendo 64 and the Super Nintendo is on the right.

So by some chance, I'm hoping someone may stumble over my little old post here and have the answer for me. But till then I'm just gonna keep looking at yard sales, searching online, and attending countless auctions to try and find them all.

It's aggravating but fun all at the same time. It's kinda the thrill of the hunt for me. And the memories of waking up on Saturday morning, with my best friend Melissa, playing the Super Mario World with Yoshi & Super Mario All Stars games is the kind of thing that keeps me looking.





What was your favorite video game to play growing up?




Fun Facts:

  • Donkey Kong Country Competition Cartridge is valued between $250 - $728 via Racketboy
  •  Chrono Trigger value is between $47 and $1217 



Sources:

Here's the link to Wikipedias SNES games list in .pdf format.

VideoGames price charting

Racketboy 

Easy Fiesta Chicken & Rice

Phishing Email Alert | Eachbuyer.com

If anyone here is a member of eBay, please be cautious with your mail. This morning I received an email that looked legitimate. And as I've just purchased items Wednesday, I thought it was real at first. Instead of being from eBay it was from Eachbuyer.com.
But the more I read through the email and by them wanting me to "click here," and input my info, I realized it was too fishy to be real. So I reported it to eBay on their ANSWERS forum. And that's where I got the info that it is in fact a scam. I then was informed to forward the original email on to spoot@ebay.com, which i immediately done.

Have you every gotten an email scam letter from what seemed to be eBay?

Take a look at my email here if you wish.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Don't Feed Me Allergy Shirts

Allergies..... Read all about it. I mean seriously, read all about it on children's shirts!

Have you seen this new trend in clothes for kids yet? I'm talking about the bright red allergy shirts designed by Kym Whitley. Whitley is known best from her comedy and reality shows but this time she's in the news on a more serious note.

Whitley has launched a new line of clothing set out to help the 3 million + children with food allergies in America. The line of t-shirts are called "Don't Feed Me," and they have categories that parents can checkmark to show their child can't have that food.

These shirts would be great, on one hand, for the busy teachers and caregivers. It would be a bright red reminder as to what that child can and cannot eat. But on the other hand, it makes a child stand out among their peers. And that most certainly will give other kids a reason to bully them.

From a parent's eye though, I'm sure they want to keep their kid away from the dangers of prohibited foods. Rather than the bullying part. At first, I had mixed feelings about the shirt. And without having any children, I can only speculate how I'd feel in the moment. But as of right now, I'm all for the shirts.

I've suffered from food severe food allergies over half of my life. And that's what pushes my decision. I know how a few minutes, after having an off limit food, can break down the body. I don't think the everyday person thinks of food allergies as being very serious. But they are. One minute you can be fine. Next minute your body can start to suffer from anaphylaxis, which is the most serious, full body reaction to foods or chemicals. And most of the time, if not treated with immediate medical care or an epi-pen, death can occur.

I've been through one round of anaphylaxis over the years and it is very serious. And that is why I'm all for the "Don't Feed Me," shirts for kids with allergies.


How do you feel about the "Don't Feed Me," shirts? Click here to view one.
Why or why not would you put them on your children?

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Jockey Lot Flea Market

Largest Flea Market Ever | Jockey Lot in Anderson, SC

This summer, with my love of flea markets and auctions at it's high, I traveled from Kentucky to visit the Jockey Lot in Anderson, South Carolina.
The Jockey Lot covers more than 65 amazing acres and accommodates more than 2,150 vendor spaces. The average daily attendance varies anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000 people. And so even on a off day, it is amazing!

I had heard of this flea market on various occasions but nothing said nor seen had me ready for what I was about to experience. Simply put, I was in hog heaven! I mean everywhere you turn, left, right, behind you, in front of you, there was booth after booth. Vendor after vendor. Item after precious item to look at. And ohhhh, how I looked. And ohhhhh how I bought. The worst part of our trip was that once there at the Jockey Lot, we realized we should have driven a truck. No, a U-haul. No, a SEMI! I am serious folks. We were in a four door, Mercury Milan, and let me tell you, there was barely room for me to get in after about four or five hours of hunting for bargains.
This was simply the best and by far, the largest flea market I have ever been to in my life! And I am sure I will visit it once again in the near future!

Here is a link to a large map of The Jockey Lot so you can see all the vendors booth numbers to get an idea of the size. And if you spot the Water Tank section, just remember that the pic attached to this, is of that very water tank. I took it from the parking lot on that side.

And for all of my fellow bargain hunters out there reading this, I thought I'd tell you my best find. It wasn't anything big in size, remember I was in a family sized car, but it was a great find to me. lol. It was a whole bowl of that fake fruit. You know, the kind that grandma had sitting in bowls in her kitchen when we were little.

Well, I'd been wanting some before and hadn't even thought of it on this trip. But way out in the middle of the flea market, there it was. I spotted it. A bowl overflowing with fake fruit. The lady vendor was very nice and cheerful. I asked her of the price and she said it was a dollar for all the fruit and if I wanted the bowl too, it'd be $1.50. Simply because she had drawn faces on a couple of them for kids in some sort of program. I was like OMG in my head. OF COURSE I WANTED IT. I WANTED IT ALL! lol. And I grabbed it up, after she placed it all in a crumpled up, re-used Walmart bag, I threw it in line on my aching arm, along with all my other bags of treasures. And then headed on down the long line of treasures still waiting on their turn to be picked.
Ah, simply the best flea marketing day I've ever had!
What's your best flea market find?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Growing Up Poor | Hand-me-downs


I never realized I grew up poor until I was probably in my teenage years. Money was not something that our family had. And I guess I didn't miss it because we never had it to start with.

My dad was more or less a lazy man, looking back. He had jobs here and there, but never a truly steady job. The only job I remember him having for more than a few months at once was when his brother gave him a job at his gas station. There he'd pump gas and work on cars. He was a great mechanic and could have went far if he'd tried.

My Mom was a homemaker for the first part of her married life. In her later years, after divorcing, she went on to school and trained as a CNA. But back when I was little she'd babysit for friends to make money when she could. But I believe my dad took most of that for his use as well. Of what money my mom did manage to stash away, when I was young, she'd spend mainly on food when her government assistance ran out. Back then that was known as food stamps.

Sometimes it seemed like a special occasion when Mom managed to put back a few dollars for gas money so we could visit  her mom's house, my Grandmammy. And I mean it when I say a few dollars. I still remember her pulling up to the gas station and getting sometimes $1 or $2 in gas. That was in the mid to late 80's, when I was between 5-10 years old. Many a times, she paid with a handful of change.

But as years passed on, I met more and more friends through school. And I slowly realized the differences. Most all of them would come to school in brand new clothes. Especially at the beginning of each new school year.  As for me, other than the occasional new shirt or pair of $3 shoes from the Dollar Store, I don't remember school shopping much.

I was, however, always excited to get hand me downs from my cousin, Twila. She was a few years older and I couldn't wait until they'd send me a few bags of the clothes she'd outgrown. I'd tear open the black trash bags and start trying them on immediately. That was my "school shopping." My mom would make me put up the best hand me downs for school wear. And the others I could wear on a daily basis around the house.



My late Mom sometime around the 1960's

Grandmammys House


Thanks to a fellow Gatherer, Ryan Reid for this post idea. He recently put up a post titled,
Just Saw My Dream House... and it got me to thinking....

My view, in my mind, of my dream house varies greatly now than it did, oh, say 10 years ago. Especially since things have changed so much in our economy and I guess the fact that I've finally "grew up." lol. Well, at least on the way anyways. lol. I use to dream of a huge house, in ground pool, hot tub, three car garage, my list was endless. lol. Even though it's just me and my husband here in this three bedroom, country home. I'd always be wishing for more room.  And then I thought about my late grandmother's tiny house.

My mind often drifts back to her. We all called her Grandmammy. She was a truly country woman. She lived off a farm her entire life. Her first home was a country, two story, wooden home. It had some sort of papering on the outside for years and years before it finally got some wood siding. It has a porch on the front that was made from rough logs and lumber that her husband actually cut down. It did have a big front and back yard though. Most of which ran into the fields that were used for gardens or farming tobacco.
Below is a pic of my late Mom, as a little girl, sitting on that very front porch, in the 1950's.

And in the pic below is a photo of my mom on the right, her cousin Ora Lee, on the left. Both standing in the the front yard of that same house in 1967. That tree in the background is still standing to this day. It's much bigger though. And the fields behind them are now cluttered with houses. It sad when you think back that it all use to be one big ole piece of land. Oh, how times have changed.

But in her last few years, Grandmammy moved over, on the same land, just down the road, into a one bedroom, tiny house. I mean tiny! That's all she needed and she had chosen to give her farm house to one of her son's that had lived with her his entire life. Well, she made the most of that tiny house. And she was as happy as ever. Sitting and rocking on the small front porch, almost any time of the day you stopped by. Mostly, peeling potatoes or stringing beans.. But she enjoyed it.

I've learned to love what I have as well. Nothing we have would be considered "fancy" in anyone's eyes, I'm sure. But we make do. And we like it.  And all in all, it truly is our home.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The History of Valentines Day

Antique Valentine 1909


♥♥ The History of Valentines Day ♥♥

Valentine's Day, or as some say, Saint Valentine's Day is celebrated by people throughout the world on February 14. It is also known as lovers holiday. Whatever you call it, one thing is for sure, love is in the air.

According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day was named after two early Christian martyrs whose names were Valentine. It wasn't until later in the High Middle Ages (1000รข€“1300) when Geoffry Chaucer, an English author and poet, added the "romantic touch" to the holiday.
Love today is expressed in many different ways such as by the sending of love notes called "valentines", to those special someones. Or you may elect to send a more elegant gift to show your affection such as flowers or candies. Often adorned on traditional packaging of these gifts you can find brightly colored hearts and images of Cupid.

Cupid, according to Roman mythology, is said to be the God of erotic love and beauty. When researching Cupid in the Wikipedia encyclopedia, I discovered Cupid to be the son of goddess Venus (goddess of love) and god Mercury (messenger god).
Don't forget your special one this Valentine's Day. Keep up with the times and send out mass e-cards. Or take it back a notch to the more thoughtful days. By sitting down, thinking of the person, and mail out a heartfelt, handwritten "valentine." Either you choose, remember, it's the thought that counts. ♥♥

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Author: Chordboard

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ashely Judd to Star in KY State Senate Race

Would You Vote for Judd?


Hollywood actress, Ashley Judd, 44, is about to embark on her next major roll as Kentucky State Senate. The Kentucky native, reportedly is putting on her boots and gearing up to hit the stomping ground in Kentucky. There she is said to challenge Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnel in the 2014 election.

At first glance this seems to be a farfetched role on Judd's part. If you live outside of Kentucky I'm sure you'd think she's just blowing smoke into the wind. Yet here in eastern Kentucky, where I reside, she's already gaining a great following.

Kentuckians, despite being behind in the times, sure are faithful. And by that I mean they stay true to their roots. They also love their UK Wildcats. Voters won't be casting the ballots based on Judd's master's degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Nor will her world travels to help those in need scoop up the votes. Kentuckians will be voting based solely on their love of their homeland and the Cats. As long as Judd keeps attending the games, I predict she'll win by a landslide.

Being a Democrat from Salt Lick, Kentucky, you may wonder where my vote will go. As of right now, if she runs, I will openly support Judd. I have to admit however, I would vote for anyone opposite McConnel. I cannot believe he's made it this long, holding the record for Kentucky State Senator. I for one, think it's time for him to go. And hopefully, Judd will be holding open the door.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Award for Booth555.com



I was recently contacted by a fellow blogger, Michelle from Vintage Cobweb with great news. Seems she awarded me the ‘Your Blog Is Fabulous’ Award for my site www.Booth555.com.

At first I had no idea about blog awards and didn’t know the ins or outs. It came with no strings attached or rules. Meaning I didn’t have to pass this award on if I choose not to. Which was great for me at the time, because I didn’t know how to. Lol. But now after blogging around a bit and seeing the ins and outs of others whom received the award, I choose to pass it on.


I would like to say Thank you to Michelle! This is my very first blog award of any kind and I’ll treasure it forever!


My nominations for the “Your Blog is Fabulous” award are:


  1. Eye Balls By Day Crafts By Night  
  2. Marsha's Spot
  3. A Primitive Place ~ Tammy
  4. PREFERABLY PRIM




And remember, if you are on my nominations list above and would like to nominate other bloggers in your own post, it’s up to you. But this award arrives with 0 rules. Enjoy and keep on blogging! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Area for BBQ

Since Gather is giving me a hassle at uploading any pic today, on my article there, I did so here. It keeps telling me I need to install missing plugins. I've clicked the button and did so, but nothing changes. I sure hope it's a glitch today. I've always been able to upload there, well, with some occasional trouble.

So to go along with my article for Gather, included at the bottom is a pic of the area. Here's also the Gather article, in case it goes *poof* when I try to post it.



"Yesterday, we were spending the absolutely wonderful 68* day outside. We're clearing out a new spot on our property specifically for a bar-b-q/picnic area. We live way out in the country and love it! And even now and then we go camping. And at those camping spots, I've always loved the picnic areas. So I kinda want to re-make one here.
With us doing all the work, it's not gonna cost anything except for a new table. This time a wooden one. Since a recent storm decided to flip mine up in the air and break the glass. Even with it being secured with one of those heavy metal bases under the umbrella! And sadly I just bought that table about 6 months ago on sale at Big Lots with my 20% discount I'd worked for....

Till now, we've always used the side deck, but it doesn't hold many people. And in the summertime, my husbands family loves to join in on the cookouts and sit around a fire pit. So, we have finally decided to go forward with this. Hard work now will definitely pay off later.

I already can't wait. Last year at a moving sale in our area, I bought some vintage style metal chairs. They are a pale yellow and apparently had been forever. As the guy told me, (in his 60's) that they belonged to his late mom who had them yellow forever.

I love older stuff. And I am definitely gonna keep them around for the picnic area.
I too, love to eat. And love love love on the grill turkey burgers and turkey dogs. My husbands' favorite of course, like most men, is steak on the grill.

Do you bbq or grill out in the summer? If so, what's your favorite grilled food?"



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SUPER FOODS | Apples


Yesterday I did a little bit of shopping with my Aunt. She's a smart lady. I've always looked up to her. One thing she's always told me throughout the years is to eat this and eat that. And she'd have her reasons.
Most of which, revolved around the fact that I am deadly allergic to beef and pork. And mildly allergic to milks, cheese ect. But since I never eat red meat, she's always worried I wasn't getting the protein and nutrients my body needs. I do tend to stay a bit weak and on the sicklier side about 7 or 8 months out of the year. Even with the weekly steroid shots, B-12 shots and allergy shots, my body just don't get enough of something or other. So I'm always looking for natural ways to get energy.

And this takes me back to my shopping trip yesterday. We were in a Marshall's store, (which I hate btw,) and while she was looking around, I wandered off into the books section. I LOVE cookbooks. However, my find of the day wasn't just a new cookbook, it was a book titled, "100 Best Health Foods."
I flipped through it casually and now I can't put it down. So I thought I'd share a post now and then about a food in it and why it is so good for us.
Today, I will go with sharing the goods about apples. We've all heard an apple a day will keep the doctor away right? Well, I think they are correct.
This book says that apples are
  • high in flavonoids which give us healthier hearts and lungs
  • low on calories and keep hunger away, which keeps us slimmer in the long run
  • fiber is rich with pectin and helps improve blood lipids and help reduce the bad cholesterol
  • good source of potassium that helps prevent fluid retention
So you see, maybe they are correct when they say, "An apple A day, will keep the doctor away."








Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fraley vs. Facebook Email | Scam or Real?

At first, I hesitated to open it because the subject was simply, "legal notice." And I immediately thought it was a scam. Well, I clicked on it anyways, opened it up, read it.

This is what my email looked like:


Then began to do a few Google searches to see what I could find. And was surprised to learn it is a very real lawsuit. And that apparently my likeliness, along with thousands others, was used by Facebook to promote games such as Farmville through ads. This wouldn't be a problem normally, except Facebook did not get permission from me or apparently any of the others to use our likeliness for these purposes.
Although I suspect that the social media giants will weasel through this lawsuit like they do any other. I wish for this lawsuit to receive a punishment that will make them think twice before just throwing our pictures on anything for promotions, without permission. Although, I'm sure it wont, being as the said payout is approximately 20 million total, each claimant will probably only receive $10 each. Still though, at least the lawsuit will bring attention to the matter. And maybe, just maybe, Facebook will think twice before slapping our photo's on ads for their site without permission.

If you feel you may have been a target, you can register as a claimant here on or before May 2, 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Superpoints Website Closed!

Wow, I just got the email link of free daily points and clicked it and got a pop of message that the site is now closed down. And it's out of their hands if this is forever.... wow.

Did anyone see this coming? I had no idea or I wouldn't have been on there this week racking up stupid points!!!!! grrrr. I had almost 800 points sitting there... grrrr.

Here's the message screen I got when trying to log in:



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Swagbucks Redemptions 2011

Today I was home alone, bored (although I have a million crafts I could be working on,) & thought I'd go back and click around Swagbucks again. I haven't been on the site for a few good months. So I thought I'd go see how many points I have there. If your not familiar with Swagbucks, you can read more about it here.

Anyways, I thought I'd just click through my history of sparatic cashouts, since I only visit the site every month or so. And see if my time spent there was worth it. And by time, I mean very very little. lol.
Here's a snippet of my cashouts over the 2011 span:

The bottom 9 are from 2011, so with the exception of the Crazy Dog Tee that was refunded, those 8 $5 cashouts equaled $40 bucks in Amazon giftcards. All free for me! I'm not sure what I used them for, but they probably went to my craft supplies for my items on Booth#555!

So to answer the question, "is Swagbucks really worth it?" My answer is definitely yes, even though I barely ever log in there!



Want to sign up for free with bonus points? Then check this out.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Angry Parent vs. Teen's Facebook Post

Omgosh! Thanks to the blog YummDown for shareing this link or I may never have seen it. This dad done what most parents only wish they could. lol. I know I don't have kids, but wew, I know from friends what he's going through in similar situations...

You gotta watch this people, especially if you have a kid on Facebook.
Go dad go.......



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Etsy & CraftCult

Do you have an Etsy shop? I've dabbled once before with starting an Etsy (the world's favorite online handmade marketplace) shop. But in the long run, I never followed through with it. Now with winter approaching, I"ll have more time and have decided to try it again.
I love it that you can sell handmade items as well as crafting supplies. I usually order oodles of craft supplies because from most wholesalers you have to order in bulk. And that always leaves me with lots of crafting supplies left over. I know I could save them for next year and so on, but my shelves are full. So this week, I am making a goal to try to clean them out a bit. I can't wait to see how this goes. lol.
Another great thing I've ran into when fiddling with Etsy is the cool plugin for blogs. It's from the site CraftCult and it puts like a virtual shopping box on your blog of your shop. It's really cool and free. See it in action here on my blog.
Here's what my lil store facing looks like on my blog from CraftCult:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Air Fresheners: Are You Spraying Kerosene?




Would you fill a bottle with kerosene and spray it around your home? You may just be doing that very thing! So please think twice before buying aerosol air freshener again. I am guilty also. From time to time I grab a bottle to give my home a fresh new smell. But never again will I.

This morning Yahoo put out an article about possible cancer causing products. Here is this tad bit of info below. (I copied a snippet of the page, but here's the link to the full page. If you click, please refer to page 6 of 9 for what I am talking about.





Let me quote it, in case you can't see the type: "Air fresheners are among the worst offenders, many contain either isopar which is a deodorized kerosene or paradichlorobenze, both of which are carcinogenic and toxic to the lungs, liver, and kidneys."

It is so saddening to think that over time companies have taken so many shortcuts just to make a buck. I am talking about using the cheapest ways possible to make their product, whatever the means. And using known chemicals which have been linked to cancer as an ingredient. It is simply sickening. But I'm sure you also read article after article about this very topic. So what I'm trying to get at is that we need to realize what we are using in our homes on a daily basis. Things like this really grab my attention. I am still amazed to learn that air fresheners are basically a deodorized kerosene. It's scary to think what else we use on a regular basis that is probably killing us....



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Author: KRoock74