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Friday, April 14, 2017

Trying to Be an Adult Today

I'm a little frazzled. My son plays football and the coach is leaving. The kid is taking it better than I am, but still it's got to hurt. You get close to people, you look up to them and then poof! They go off to another team. It seems he was always building up the guys and making them feel great about their team and then suddenly gone. I can't say I'm not disappointed. I think there is something to say about commitment that I can't really express right here. I don't want to put my son in any kind of a bad way with the team by expressing my opinions so I won't. He will have to learn from ti I guess.

So what else? Not much. I am in a funk today because of everything going on and I don't want to leave the house. I can't take a shower. I have no clean clothes. LOL That is a long story. My middle kid decided that he was going to clean the laundry room one day so, instead of putting the clothes into the hamper that were knocked down on the floor (by him), he throws them all away. I'm down to one pair of pants and my plaid pajama pants. Can you believe that? It's just something I deal with. Hopefully he will move soon. He's 22.

All of this stuff going on with my kids and all of my appliances failing and work going slow doesn't help when I'm in perimenpause, either. No, I haven't checked with my doctor. I don't really have one. the only doctors available on my crappy insurance plan (thank obozo) I don't really want to have as my physicians for certain reasons. So, I'm assuming that it is just the beginnings of menopause. It started last year. My cycle usually always starts between the 4th and the 9th then suddenly it started every 3 weeks. Then it was every 2 weeks. Then it got down to 1 week. I was hoping it would dwindle out of existence, but it doesn't. Now it is back to the first week of the month. It's so annoying. I'm 50. It's time now. OK?

So with all of this going on and the hormones off the charts, I'm a wreck. I'm tired. My left shoulder was hurting for awhile, numb. Sometimes in my arm and wrist. I went to the urgent care when it was happening. They did 3 EKGs, but nothing. I was also having ear aches. He gave me antibiotics. Then the pain went away. I haven't made a follow up appointment because I just don't like doctors with 3rd world degrees. Sorry.  So I'm stuck. I think it's a nerve problem with my shoulder when I picked up a rather large screen tv that I got off of freecycle. I don't know. I moved it again the other day and guess what? The pain is back.

So now I'm totally tired and bummed. I think I'll just go take a middle aged nap and let my worries fade away for an hour or two. With my luck, my ex-husband will come over to harass me. ugh. Sorry this isn't upbeat. I'm looking for my positive side, but I think the hormones are hiding it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ordering Chilis Online for Birthday Boy

Today was pretty slow. After having the flu for a week, I found myself really tired but excited to feel better. My 16 year old son developed a rash over his torso and arms so it was off to the doctor again and another missed day of school. He misses quite a bit of school because of issues, but he's always passing his tests and getting his homework done managing a 3.6. If he wasn't on the football team I'd suggest he would do that independent study so the absences aren't such an issue with the fascist state, but whatever.

So tonight we tried Chili's take out by ordering online. It was okay. It wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be, but it wasn't as good either. Of course, the meal was only $10 for me with 2 entrees and 3 sides, but it just seemed like something was missing. Maybe it was the fun of sitting at the table. Birthday boy wanted it delivered and that is good because I'm not leaving the house for fun until my water heater is fixed. It's getting pretty depressing with all that going on.

Tonight I borrowed his AllCast which is similar to a Chromecast. I was hoping to watch Netflix on it so I didn't need to watch it on my little tablet. Unfortunately, you can't stream Netflix so it isn't going to work on the Chromecast. This is a real drag. I don't see what the problem is, it's not like I'm showing it to a bunch of people as it would only be streaming to my television. Why do criminals have to make everything so difficult for all of us? If people would just be honest then those of us who actually are wouldn't have to go through extremes to get things done.

That's about it. I have a serious migraine so I might just miss my show Bates Motel tonight and watch it tomorrow. I wanted to watch it on my big tv :(

Sunday, April 09, 2017

When It Rains, It POURS!

If I had been blogging about 2016 then you would have flipped over everything that broke around my house. First my dishwasher broke. That one was easy to figure out. My son was shooting a pellet gun in the house when I wasn't home and one must have went into the dishwasher because it was clogging the overflow above the sink and making the dishwasher not work. That was the easiest appliance to fix last year.

In February or March of 2016 my kitchen sink stopped working completely. It has always had this problem backing up and then a slow drain, but during that month it completely backed up and no one has been able to determine the problem yet. I took it apart and put it back together, but now when ti clogs it sprays water everywhere under my sink. :( My son thinks he knows what it is so he is going to go rent one of those professional augers.

A few months later my oven died. It didn't really die, it just started to smell like gas really bad when we turned it on then it stopped heating. I'm sure it is probably just the burner needing a clean, but I'm deathly afraid of gas. I would much rather use electricity or a BBQ. So we bought one of those ovens that are supposed to be a Nuwave convection oven. No, it was basically a toaster oven with a glass bottom where the convection part of it doesn't really cycle that great so the food turns up cold on the bottom and burnt on the top. It just stopped working a year later. It cooked some things really well and other things not so great so I think it will be a great item to keep if we can just buy the part off Amazon. It was only $50.00.

Then, my dryer died. It no longer heats. Fine. We can hang clothes. I'm California. Then it rains all year long. LOL We used the dryers here in our community. Next, the washer stops agitating. We start using both the washer and dryer at the local laundry room. Yesterday we were able to hookup a new washer and the clothes are drying on the line. I'm hoping to get a new water heater soon or the part the current one needs. One thing at a time, I guess.

So in December, the water heater broke. Yes, the ultimate horror. It stopped heating. The pilot light went out. Kaput! Gone. My son bought a new pilot light which was leaking gas because it was the wrong tube size. So then he bought another part which kept the burner only running at half and the water was luke warm. Still smelled like gas. So we're waiting to buy this other part when I have enough cash. I don't right now. Sponge bathing is not fun. My son bought some 5-gallon buckets and a water warmer and a USB shower head which works great for him. It isn't perfect for me. I boil copious amounts of water and put them in the buckets then use it.

2016 was also a really bad year financially. I lost about $9,000 in business for 4 years totaling about $36,000 for EACH year incrementally. I started looking for jobs. It was awful. These past few months have picket up in affiliate marketing so I'm hoping it's back to business time. With the awful economy caused by an over-regulated market over the past 8 years I'm sure that we can now get back to business since the big boys are in charge again. Yes, the free market. THANK YOU!

Now I'm picking up the pieces and getting back into the swing of my affiliate marketing business. I still haven't chosen one I like. I've tried a few, but I never really liked the products much. They were all so scammy. I guess I'll just keep on blogging and tell you when I find one I like.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cheap Webhosting

I've been blogging since the 1990s. I know, you're going to say "but blogging didn't exist until after 2000!" This is technically not true, it just wasn't called "blogging." Back then we used HTML to blog. We didn't have php or any of these fancy blog server packages.

Now anyone can buy cheap webhosting to put up a blog within minutes. In some cases, a domain name and 12 months of hosting can cost a total of $22.00 per year. Unfortunately, this comes with a different cost. These servers are using virtual hosting which means that you are going to share a server with as many other servers as they can fit. When the other servers have a problem then you have a problem. If the IP gets blacklisted, then you get blacklisted.

Wouldn't it be worth it to spend a few more dollars per month to lease server space that is not going to bring your business down?

You could lease a dedicated server, but this is going to cost you on upward of a few hundred per month. If you are a newbie then the cost of paying that much money for a blog is way to costly. What are you to do?

You could use a host like blogger and still use your own domain name. Blogger sites sit relatively high on google when the right keyword schemes are used. Blogger and other large blogging services are also considered safer than most normal web hosting services. They are less likely to get hacked or flood pinged to death and are rarely blacklisted. Your mail server would need to be hosted elsewhere.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Out of the loop...I know

I know, I've been gone for so long. Something took the joy out of blogging for awhile. Maybe it was stress. Maybe it was having so many blogs to keep up with. Maybe it was the economy. Yeah. I think it was the last one.

I'm not here to say that I'm back. I'm just giving a little update. I don't know if I will update this blog daily. I don't seem to have the same interests as other blogging moms and I'm not going to fake it. I don't do a lot of cooking because my kitchen is just horrid. Both my convection oven and my gas ovens are broken. My sink needs a huge over hall because one day it just clogged up and no one can find the problem. That crappy health insurance bill release by obama lost me about $30,000 in business to where I was down to pennies and now I've been able to rebuild some, but not much yet. Unfortunately, I hear the Republicans are going to pull the same kind of stunt with more legislative garbage. Same forced government BS, different day.

So what to do? I have another project that I work on. It keeps me afloat. I don't like it, but I'm working hard on yet another project that I do like. This one will take awhile.

I'm at a loss. What would I want to do? Run social networks and servers for companies. That is what I enjoy doing. Working in the background. Not doing customer service. Not recruiting people. I have never found really what I wanted.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Son Brought Home Two Kittens....

My son, who is rarely home, brought home two cute little kittens that I am now forced to feed and get shots for because he has no job and is never here. So when they come it to sleep in my room he gets all bent out of shape. Sorry, if you were here to mommy them then they might be sleeping next to you.

I really miss having a cat. I grew up with cats. My cat that our friends gave me on a road trip to Seattle lived for 20 years. She was an amazing cat and I just couldn't really get close to one after that for a very long time. I still don't think I can, but this one is growing on me. She insists on crawling up on my chest and sitting there while purring away and begging for my attention.

I remember coming home with a dog from the fair. I think we all might have done that once or twice--see someone with a box of kittens or puppies and just take one home. Fortunately, my mom was a good mom and let me keep it and I, against my better judgement, let my son keep the kittens. But no more. He can't bring home anymore.

Friday, June 17, 2016

I Love Influenster!

I have been trying out Influenster to test out new products and blog about them. Sometimes it does seem like a lot of work for what you get, but I figure it's also giving me content on my sites so it is pretty cool.

My first test was the TRESemme Pre-Conditioner product with shampoo. I used it and totally loved it. Since this isn't the place where I'm going to show you the demos as I do this on my other blog, I will say that you should sign up. Since I'm all new to this I don't really know where to find the signup link because their site can be a bit like a puzzle with all of the options and since I'm not exactly getting paid to do it then I don't spend a ton of time on it.

If you're a product junkie like I am though, I  totally recommend it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

CashPirate Always Pays to Make Money Online

I Just received another amazon dot com payment from CashPirate again today. I always love cashing in on the money they send for testing games on my phone. It's pretty easy to cash out with CashPirate and the payout is instantaneous.

This is one I don't do surveys on, I just install the games. I usually don't do surveys on the phone because I'm pretty terrible at texting and the time it takes to enter the data just infuriates me more.

The funny thing is, I'm doing a few of these while I watch my tv shows like Criminal Minds and Law & Order at night. I also do InboxDollars. I have yet to be paid with InboxDollars because their first payment is by check and the payout is $30.00. Since they pay nothing for surveys that I am not approved for and their offers are usually items I'm not interested in, I just do the get paid to read mail. That is so little pay that it will take me a year to get anything. LOL

Within a month I've been paid at CashPirate almost what I would have been paid on InboxDollars in a year. Lucktastic is almost the same, the payout is way faster. SwagBucks can be a little slow. I don't see how people do $400 per month with SwagBucks, but it is still better than InboxDollars.

I know, you think I'm crazy for doing these at all if I'm already making money blogging and elsewhere. I think the game testing is fun because I like the games. OK? I do actually end up keeping some of the and playing them until I need room on my phone. I might even do some advertising on a few of my own that I've developed once I perfect them.

I started the get paid to programs when I really needed the extra cash flow and I just never stopped doing it. It's not like I'm taking time from my business because I do them while I'm waiting for dinner to cook or I'm watching TV. It's like the millionaire who penny scrimps on coupons. Why not?

On many of these, the money you make is because of the residuals. When other people signup then you make more of a percentage. I can't say the same for a game like Qriket. I only make a buck per Qriket referral, which is kind of a drag but it helps the payout go faster.

To signup with CashPirate, click here and then enter my referral code JDZNMG at signup to get a 500 coin bonus when you earn 1000 coins. Then all you do is install the games they want you to test and do surveys if you like then watch the money pile up. At this time, you can get payout on Steam, Amazon, and PayPal as well as other services.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why I Do Surveys from Swagbucks and Not InboxDollars

I don't do a lot of surveys for cash online because it takes up too much time when I could be marketing my products. When I the surveys, I do them through Swagbucks and not other sites like InboxDollars. There is a good reason for this. InboxDollars is great at what it does and that is paying people to read the emails and check out the products. For surveys, however, it isn't the best site.

Some surveys take just a few minutes of time and that would be fine, but there are several that can take up to 20 minutes or more to finish. Personally, I know that 20 minutes of blogging and marketing will eventually pay me, but sitting down and taking a survey for 20 minutes and then finding out 5 to 10 minutes later that I do not qualify for that survey because of my demographics does not help me at all.

Sites like InboxDollars simply offer up another survey and no points or dollars which is why I won't use them. SwagBucks will give me at least 1 or 2 points toward my goal if I do not qualify. Yet, even the amount SwagBucks offers is why I just do not sit around doing surveys all day long. It's not worth the money. I would rather put that time toward actual money for dollars by the hour or on a residual basis. A survey does neither.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lucktastic Scratchers are a Fun Way to Get Free Money

Do you like playing scratchers? I love it! Unfortunately, at $1.00 to $25.00 per sheet they get really expensive and rarely pay out.

I found another way to play scratchers and win no matter what. This app game called Lucktastic gives you free scratcher cards several times per day to play on your phone. When you open a scratcher card then you will usually see a short advertisement and then you are rewarded for viewing the ad. Not only are you given points toward earning a giftcard of your choice, but you also have the chance at winning prizes of monetary value or points.

You can also make more by referring other people to Lucktastic. Each time you refer a friend you get 1,000 coins toward your next payout. You can't lose!

Another note, I've had to deal with their support for an issue when facebook caused a problem with my account and their tech support went above and beyond their call of duty. I really like this company.

Try it out by clicking here and download the app to your phone. You're going to win even if you don't win the grand prize.