Danger On Facebook

I posted this on Facebook this morning:

* * * Something weird

I have Facebook “friends” whom I don’t know. This morning, one of them posted something in terrible English and hardly a word spelled correctly. I questioned “her” and she came back with comments in even worse English. I went to her site and all the posts there were in correct English, so I messaged her asking if she had posted the post in question which I gave her the link to. She answered that she did. And her answer was in terrible English.

Still scratching my head about this – I went back to her site and looked at her friends and family members. I clicked on a couple family members and their sites are bogus. So I unfriended “her.”

The name on her site was a very traditional American name, and that’s what threw me off.

Don’t ever accept a friend request without checking the person’s site. When it’s bogus, there won’t be many posts, and most of the posts will be pictures of the person and not much else.

I don’t know the purpose of people who create fake sites. Why would they do that? What’s in it for them? I get friend requests from people like that every single day.

UPDATE:
Some of my friends who responded to this suggested that I block her. I hadn’t thought of that so I went back to her site to do so ….. and found that IT’S BEEN TAKEN DOWN!!!

NOW WHAT DO I DO?

Now I’m wondering if I have other fake “friends” on my Facebook account. I have more than 3,700 “friends,” it would be a nightmare to go to each one to find the bogus ones. I did vet each and every one before accepting their friend request, that’s why I was so shocked when this fake one became apparent.

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I want to add here one more thing. I have several blogs, this being one of them, and I sometimes find that someone has “followed” my blog with purposes other than interest in what I post. I go to their blog and find it’s all about marketing and sales. I remove them, and they come back – every single day. I’ve researched trying to find out if there’s a way to block them, but on WordPress blogs there isn’t. I can block them from commenting but not from  following my blog. And again I ask, what is their purpose?

 

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Don’t Trust First Impressions

Why is it that when you meet a person for the first time, you will quickly like or dislike him/her? What goes on in our minds when we have these reactions?

I had an “ah ha!” moment this morning when listening to someone for the first time on a video. I instantly disliked him. But as I listened to what he had to say and realized that I was in full agreement with what he was saying, it became obvious to me that my dislike was misplaced, and that bothered me. First it confused me, and then it led me to try to get to the bottom of why I had that first reaction.

As I continued to listen with this in mind, after awhile it came to me. He has the same voice that someone I truly do dislike has. So really, I was duped by my first impression which was automatic. Automatic but wrong.

This brought me back a to a job I once had in a large workplace. A woman came into my office and she wanted to vent her emotional hurt. I instantly disliked her. As she told the story of what was hurting her, I found myself very sympathetic to her pain. So later, I was left wondering why I instantly disliked her. It took awhile. I had to really think it through. Finally I found it! I realized that she looks very much like someone who had hurt me years before. So my instant dislike of her was very misplaced.

The mind, the soul, is a very complicated thing. My reactions were immediate, but my understanding was not. First I saw the very puzzling contradiction at having a reaction that was misplaced, and then I had to grapple with it until I found out why I had the reaction in the first place. And when I saw it I was shocked. It made me wonder about negative reactions to others and clued me in to be very careful with first impressions. That first impression could make me dislike someone for no reasonable reason, without my ever knowing it. But now I’m onto it and hopefully I will always distrust first impressions.

 

Oh No, Not Again – I Need To Learn A New WordPress???

Here comes a rant. You don’t have to read all this, but I HAVE to write it. That’s how I vent.

I mean…..

I took a look at the new one – they call it “Gutenberg” – and I hate it. Why oh why can’t they just leave well enough alone???

It looks dreadful. I tried playing around with the “Blocks” and all I can say is groannnnn…..

Right now I’m typing this in the old WordPress, the one that took me all of two whole weeks before I was comfortable with it. Learning WordPress was a real chore because it’s so different from Blogger which I had used for about 10 years. But for reasons I won’t go into here, I had to leave Blogger. That meant learning a whole new blogging setup. So I went to WordPress and had to plod my way through with tutorials groaning and screaming all the way because it was SO different from Blogger. Ok, I got it now. Leave me alone for goodness sakes. I do NOT want another change!

In the new one – WordPress’s “Gutenberg”- instead of seeing a flat text area like the one I’m using right now – you get these boxes that are jumping all over the place. Each paragraph is a separate box. Is that insane or what? I’m looking at my text here in the old WordPress. Everything is right in front of me. There’s a formatting toolbar above with the usual formatting icons. Why is this not good enough??? Why split up every paragraph into boxes that appear and disappear as you try to use them? What a nightmare!

It will be awhile before I go back and take another look. After just one hour looking at the new one I’m just overwhelmed. I don’t want to see it again until I recover from this shock. Until then I’ll just use this one that I’m used to – until they force the new one on me. Groannnnn…… 

 

A Report After Using Windows 10 For a Couple Days

 

Instead of complaining about the heartache of losing Windows 7 and being forced to go with Windows 10, I’ve decided to look instead to whatever good I can find in it. Mourning is unproductive. Well let me reword that because mourning IS productive, it produces negative feelings and I certainly don’t need that.

Ok. Windows 10. I bought the laptop a couple days ago and of course it has the dreaded new operating system, and I had no choice in the matter. So Windows 10 it is!

The first thing I noticed is what I DON’T have to do. The first thing I planned on doing before anything else was to search for and install an anti-virus program. It was quite a surprise that Windows 10 has one already installed. That’s a PLUS.

Being totally unfamiliar with this new operating system, I went first to youtube to see if I could find a beginner’s tutorial. Found a good one, and by the time I was halfway through it, I “got it,” and didn’t need to watch the rest of it. I WILL go back and watch the rest when I have time (like that’s going to happen?) because I’m sure there are tips it would be good to know.

By the way – you can find youtube tutorials for just about anything you can think of. Make use of them. It’s such a great way to learn, and usually with several levels of difficulty. I even found one on the best way to peel an orange! 

It’s not really that different from previous operating systems. As long as you have Windows Explorer, your files are set up as they were before, and I use a portable hard drive so I had very little to do concerning files. There are a few files I need daily on the laptop itself, but I had backed them up so I only had to copy them in. The only difference is that they now call it “File Explorer,” which actually makes more sense.

I do like the tiles in Windows 10. Makes it easy to get to programs you don’t want an icon for on the taskbar. There are a few that I only use a couple times a day, so I’m happy to have them sitting in the tiles place for easy access. The tiles are completely customizable, so I’m happy with that setup.

Another thing I learned to do before I switched to the new computer was to sync my browser across my devices, so that when I went into Chrome, all my tabs and all my bookmarks were the same. I didn’t have to set up anything in order to have my browser looking exactly as I left it.

I missed the gadgets that were available on Windows 7 and if they’re included in Windows 10 I couldn’t find them. But I googled “desktop gadgets for Windows 10” and voila, I managed to get them onto my desktop just as before. Actually, there were a couple I liked even better than the previous gadgets I had there. So now I have a large analog clock, a large calendar icon with the day and date, a weather gadget customized to my zip code, a gadget showing how much space I have left on the hard drive, and a gadget showing how much RAM is being used. I always watch that when I first come onto the computer and wait until it’s back down near zero before I go opening a browser and programs.

I wasn’t able to get a laptop with 16 gigs of RAM like the one I had before, the closest I was able to get with an HP, (and I insist on HP, had trouble with others before) –  is 12 gigs and I do very much see a difference. I mean, it’s ok. It simply means I can’t have as much going on at the same time as before. I always had two browsers open, so yes I can close one – the second one I only use when I come online and just before I close out. I always have two Excel files open and I use those all day, but one I can close after updating all I have to update in it. I always have a couple Notepad files open, and I need them to stay open. I always keep Free Cell open in the back. I use it to kill time while I’m waiting for something, or while I’m watching – actually listening to – a youtube video; and that’s every day because I keep numerous blogs and I’m constantly looking for appropriate videos to post to them. I have tons of subscriptions on youtube and that has to stay open all day so I can preview all the new ones that get posted. And of course I always have Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail open. Plus the tabs to my WordPress blogs, and Evernote. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but for starters this is a good rundown of the what’s and why’s as they apply to how I use RAM.

A problem I’ve been having is that several times a day I lose the internet connection. I’m pretty sure it’s not the computer, I have an ancient router. Unfortunately I found that there isn’t a port to plug the modem directly into my laptop. Well …let me explain that – there IS a port but the LAN cable I have doesn’t fit into it. So I’ll have to find out what kind of cable adapter I need and go look for one. In the meantime I have the stand with my modem and router pulled out and turned around so that I can easily access the router to reset it several times a day. Groannnnn ….

Maybe I’ll be back later to update this report. Right now I can only say that I’m quite satisfied with Windows 10 – so far.

At the moment I’m hungry, and that always takes priority!  

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

So . . . I hear that we should be drinking Apple Cider Vinegar every day. Yup. But . . .  have you ever tried it? It’s horrible. After trying to endure it for awhile I finally gave it up. because I just couldn’t stand it. 

But I found a way. I’ve taken to making smoothies which I absolutely love, so it occurred to me to try putting an ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar into my smoothie. The smoothie is already a bit tart because I make it with oranges, so maybe I wouldn’t even taste the Apple Cider Vinegar? 

  By golly, it works. I can taste it in the smoothie, but only because I know it’s there. This is going to work!  

If this inspires you to try it, be sure to get Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar because it has to have the “mother” in it. (Don’t ask )

 

How To Get Through Dieting

So I went on a fruits-and-vegetables diet. Someone I know did well on it so I decided to give it a try. What a bust! I was hungry all the time. I consumed massive amounts of watermelon, cuccumbers, smoothies which I made with oranges and pineapple. I found myself having to eat during all my waking hours. Didn’t lose more than a pound. 

I had lunch yesterday with a friend who is always on one kind of diet or another and after we discussed these things I laughed and commented, “Do you realize we had this same conversation 30 years ago? But she’s right in what she answered me, “Do you realize how much we’d weigh if we hadn’t been dieting all these years?”  

Atkins is my most successful diet, low carbs and high protein, but the trouble with Atkins is that it’s so restrictive. All you can have is meat and eggs, and some vegetables but vegetables are limited to a total amount of 20 carbs a day and that’s very hard to do, even ketchup has carbs. My friend is right now following Weight Watchers (again) but that wouldn’t work for me because she has to eat small portions throughout the day and I just can’t do that. I can’t eat small portions of anything.

Anyway, so yesterday I finished the fruits-and-vegetables diet and what a relief. It actually had gotten to the point where I’d lay in bed at night craving all the foods I wasn’t allowed to eat. For some crazy reason, the last thing I was craving was potato salad. So I boiled two potatoes and five eggs and today I’m going to have potato salad.  

I guess my friend is right – if we hadn’t been trying these diets all these years we’d be amazons by now. So I guess the message in all this is choose a diet, any diet, go on it for a couple weeks, then switch to another diet. Keep alternating the diets that work for you and don’t demand that you stay on them forever. I think it’s just as important to be able to do it without locking yourself in to one of them and suffer the cravings you’re currently denying yourself.

Potato Salad:

2 potatoes, washed
5 eggs (I like mine with a LOT of eggs, you can adjust to suit yourself)
a whole cucumber
celery if you like it
a small onion
handful of olives
garlic salt,  or onion salt, or any salt
pepper
mayonaise – a lot if you like it wet, a little if you want it dryer

Boil the potatoes and eggs
Put them in the refrigerator overnight
Next morning cut the potatoes into bite-sized chunks including the skins
Cut the eggs into bite-sized chunks
Dice the onions – if you only have large onions use only half of one
Add anythings else you like. Suggestions: mushrooms, bacon bits, tomato, diced sweet pepper, broccoli (YUK!!!), any other vegetable
Mix it all up and enjoy

Smoothie: My smoothie tastes like Orange Julius at the mall
Into your blender mix:
One whole large orange peeled, or two small ones
1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 small container of mixed berry Greek yogurt
Fill the blender with water up to 3/4
Blend 60 seconds, any less will give you unblended pineapple chunks
Drink with a large straw. The ones you get in the supermarket are too small, they’ll load up with any pineapple that didn’t get blended. See link below.

Best way to peel an orange

Reusable smoothie straws

 

 

What Is Your Favorite Time Of Year?

If you said anything other than “spring,” maybe I can help you change that? 

Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. Yeah, I know, most people would say fall is their favorite, but not me. When fall comes and the leaves are falling, I just cannot, cannot, CANNOT enjoy it because I know what’s coming. Leaves begin changing color slowly, from about September. And true, we’ll have many nice days and apple cider, and tree-peeping, and all that. But have you ever tried to enjoy something when there’s a rock in your shoe? Cuts down the enjoyment, doesn’t it. Well …that’s how fall feels to me. In September that darned rock is in my shoe and I can’t rise above it. That’s how much I hate what fall tells us is coming ….snow. And if any of you leave a comment, please don’t mention that four-letter I just wrote.

I love Maine. I’ve lived in many other places, but Maine is home to me. It seems to me that every place has a certain “feel” to it, have you noticed that? Even within Maine, some of the cities have their own “feel.” Have you ever crossed the bridge from New Hampshire into Maine? Did you notice the complete change of “feel” from one end of that bridge to the other? When I cross that bridge and enter the state of Maine, I feel like a warm blanket of fresh air has enveloped me. Really!

One day I was thanking the Lord for the gift of being able to live in Maine, and he spoke to my heart and told me that the bad winter weather is the reason we don’t have the crowds and crowds of people here. If for example, I lived in southern California, which I did for about a year, then I’d have to live in the “feel” of what I “call the southern California craze” which is “busy, busy busy,” “run, run, run.” Eight-lane roads everywhere, even in town. In Maine, a traffic jam is one car at each side of an intersection. Yeah! And people aren’t running around like mad. It’s laid back. Quiet. Pleasant. Relaxed. And winter is the price we pay for living in Maine, “the way life should be.”

I think I strayed from the subject, didn’t I? When talking about Maine, I can go off on a thousands tangents.

Ok, where was I?

Oh yeah…. springtime.

Spring is my favorite because of the “feel” in the air. Right now, the buds on the trees are just starting to plump up. You wouldn’t notice it if you didn’t look very close. They’re not ready yet to pop into color, but just knowning that that is coming shortly actually puts me almost on a high. I LOVE it! Did I say, “I LOVE it?”

Well if you missed it, I LOVE IT!

We’ve had two beautiful days in a row – temps in the high 60’s, beautiful sunshine. If that doesn’t put you on a high, you’re walking around in a coma.

PRAISE GOD FOR SPRING! I should be ok now, for the next six months.

 

 

What’s Behind Cravings?

Just musing today… 

I’m wondering what appetite and cravings are all about. There always seems to be something I’m craving, it lasts several weeks, then it leaves. Time before last, it was chocolate. So I kept my refrigerator stocked with Hershey’s candy bars (I love the snap when they’re cold.) But that craving has passed. I actually still have a Hershey candy bar in my refrigerator right now, and I have absolutely no desire to grab it. It’s been in there for weeks. While I had the craving, I think I would have been almost willing to break into a store just to get one. And now, it’s of no interest to me.

Before that, it was Boston Creme pie. Oh wow, I’d do headflips to get some Boston Creme pies. I’d sing for my supper if someone would give me a Boston Creme pie. But now, if there was one in front of me, I wouldn’t be interested in it. Well ….I don’t think so ….but hmmmm….

   

Before that it was chocolate eclairs. I hope there are chocolate eclairs in heaven because they are my absolute favorite. And I hope I do not lose this craving, oh please don’t let it be.  

Last summer I went on a summer-long binge on ice cream sandwiches. In the effort to balance that with my desire to lose weight, I bought the “mini” ice cream sandwiches. I hope you know that two “mini” ice cream sandwiches do not equal one regular ice cream sandwich. And before you disagree, please know I desperately need to believe that.

I remember awhile ago I was on a binge for something that was not chocolate. All of a sudden I wanted Swedish meatballs. You can get the Swedish meatballs frozen dinners. The only thing is that those frozen dinners are no way near able to satisfy the appetite – do they really think people don’t know that the price being low doesn’t matter because you’re going to have to eat TWO frozen dinners? I was on that bend for months. I had Swedish meatballs for supper every night for months. Yeah, I know, pretty crazy. On a positive note, I am no longer interested in Swedish meatballs frozen dinners.

So what is my addiction right now? Popovers. I’ve gone through the popover craze before, so this is a repeat craving. In fact, right now as I write this I’m wolfing down my freshly baked popovers. I don’t want to compare them to heaven, but it’s close. I just love the crispy crust – and each bite smothered in butter. Butter is always going to be involved in anything I make, because – life-long – my delight is butter. Butter on popovers, butter on popcorn, butter on my scrumptious chicken and rice casserole cooked in Onion soup, and butter on anything that goes with butter. Obviously, not on chocolate.

So how is that packing on the pounds? Well …it goes on until I can’t stand myself anymore, then it comes off with enthusiasm in one or another kind of diet. Then the cycle repeats itself.

My mantra is, “50 years from now it’s not going to matter how old I was or how much I weighed in 2018.”

 

My Twitter Tale

…as it currently is  …or isn’t …?

Months ago I brought my concern to the Lord that my blogs weren’t producing. I blog FOR HIM, having been prompted BY HIM to do so, so I take them pretty seriously.

Well …long story (very long story ) short …he showed me Twitter. I started using it and saw great results, so I spent a lot of time (I mean a huge lot of time) developing it. I created two accounts, one for current events as seen through Bible prophecy, and the second for sharing the Gospel and things having to do with the Word of God, inspirational posts, Bible topic posts, etc. Things were good.

Then all of a sudden, I noticed my posts were not producing on Twitter. I mean ….by this time I had developed the two accounts to more than 8,000 followers. But now I was getting maybe two or three “likes” and no comments per day? Huh??? With 8 THOUSAND followers?

So …I did some research and found out that there is something called “shadow banning.” Twitter will block your account down to almost nothing, but unless you’re paying attention you won’t notice it because every time you post to Twitter it posts just fine. Go back later and those posts will be there, no problem. The problem is that you’re the only one seeing them.

Most people know what Facebook has been doing to conservatives. Actually, I’ve been in “Facebook jail” three times already. But I never expected it to happen on Twitter. So I found their contact form and sent a note asking why this was happening. A few days later they asked for information so I gave the particulars to them. That was a week ago, and of course I haven’t heard any more from them. And don’t expect to. From what I’ve read, once they’ve taken a stand against you, there’s nothing you can do about it. In my research I found multitudes of others who have had the very same treatment, with no solution.

  

So …the battle is on. I’m still going to post to Twitter because “A FEW” followers are seeing the posts and I’m hoping the posts will get “out there” by those few reposting them. I had one follower yesterday who has multiple thousands of followers and he reposted one of my posts. It’s the only way they’re going to be seen – if others repost them to their accounts.

Of course I’ve taken this to the Lord and I know that he is the ONLY way this ministry outlet is going to work for me. In the meantime he’s showing me some other things I can do, so I’m going to be really busy tackling each idea. But as for Twitter, unless the Lord makes it work, it’s a dead horse.  

 

 

Finally Home

I love going away, and I love coming home. Had surgery in March and spent 4 weeks at my daughter’s home recuperating. She pampered me as though I was royalty. My God has blessed me with a daughter who’s just beautiful inside and out. 

 

 

 

 

 

She had a place for me in her livingroom where I set up my laptop and phone so I was able to continue my work as usual. 

The days were punctuated with visits from nurses and therapists. I had a choice between them coming to me, or staying a few weeks in rehab. I didn’t have to think twice, so they came to me. Actually, it was good because they gave me a lot of tips on how to manage the recuperation period. And of course it was nice seeing people. I’m by nature quite the hermit, but sometimes it’s nice to have people around.

Sherry, my daughter, has the cutest puppy in the world. If you want the perfect puppy, get a Shorkie. That’s a combination of a Shitsu and a Yorkie. This dog doesn’t bark and doesn’t shed. And she is such a delight, and SO affectionate.

Sherry is a vegetarian, but I stocked up her refrigerator before the surgery because I am a “meat and potatoes” girl. But every morning she and I sat at her kitchen table and had a bowl of oatmeal. Now ….I didn’t like oatmeal. I’ve used it in cooking, especially in my delicious meatloaf, but I would never in a million years eat a bowl of oats. Until ….well, as she sat there pouring maple syrup on hers, (organic, of course) I started thinking it would be worth the try because I just LOVE maple syrup. So I tried it. And now…that’s going to be my forever breakfast. She sliced bananas on hers, but I don’t want to add anything to take away from the maple syrup taste.

So after 4 weeks, I started longing for home – not because I wanted to leave my pampering daughter, but because hermits have to get home after awhile.

So here I am. I miss being at Sherry’s but she’ll be coming to visit soon. We both love photography, so we’ll be getting to our photos as soon as possible. Plus …she brings her little Yorkie, Lacey, and it’s just fun to play with her.

 

Something New

I’m starting a new blog.  Yep …another one 
  

Because I use Facebook as a ministry outreach, it means I’m immersed in “heavy” topics and information all day every day. I decided I need a break, and just do a blog on my everyday happenings. It’ll be fun to have a change of scenery.
And so ….here goes! My first post.  

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No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert

 

1 (14 oz.) box graham crackers (3 packages in a box)
2 (3 oz.) boxes French Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
2¾ c. milk
1 (8 oz.) carton Cool Whip, thawed

Chocolate Icing
1 c. sugar
⅓ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ c. milk
½ c. (8 Tbl.) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, combine both boxes of dry pudding mix and milk and whisk together until well combined.

Fold in the thawed Cool Whip; set aside.

Cover the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan with a single layer of graham crackers. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the top and spread out evenly.
Cover completely with another layer of graham crackers, followed by the remaining pudding mixture and then a final layer of graham crackers.
You will have to break some of the graham crackers into smaller pieces to fully cover the pudding.
Refrigerate while you prepare the chocolate icing.

For the Chocolate Icing:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa until no lumps of cocoa remain.
Whisk in the milk and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute.
Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla until the butter is melted and mixture is smooth.

Remove dessert from the refrigerator and pour the hot chocolate icing over the slightly chilled dessert; spread out evenly.

Return to the refrigerator and chill overnight.

Note: Once the icing on top of the dessert has cooled, cover the baking dish with a lid, foil or plastic wrap. The following day, slice and serve. The key to getting nice clean slices is to use a sharp knife and wipe the knife clean after each cut.