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WOD Challenge 05-10-21 Now Is the Time

The boys and I on my patio-Chris, Sean, and Joshua
The boys and I in my living room
Left to right, Chris, Becky, Shari, and Joshua

Good morning everyone! I hope all the mothers, grandmothers, nanas, and any mothering figures out there had a magnificent Mother’s Day yesterday, I know I did!! We even took a new bunch of pics together, so I could have an updated photo of the boys and myself. Chris and Becky tricked me, surprising me by showing up after telling me they weren’t going to make it! Sneaky!! I was thrilled with a full house (Bubba is home, so he and Connie came as well as his son Stephen and his fiancé Kacee), great food, and gifts. Dave bought me a mani-pedi while we were out Saturday running our errands and still brought me flowers and a card yesterday! For the foodies, we had grilled swordfish and shrimp on skewers, hush puppies, mac and cheese, and our homemade sausage, with carrot cake for dessert-but Connie had bought chocolate covered strawberries for us ladies, so that was my dessert! The whole day was fabulous!

Now, for today’s Word of the Day challenge prompt, the word is invest. That’s so perfect, because Chris bought me a free stock to look into on Robinhood for part of my Mother’s Day gift, and I have been wanting to invest in day trading for a hot minute now. He has done very well, and I would like to play (a little) once I figure out the Robinhood app a bit better.

  1. They want you to link it to your bank account. This scares me a little, but he did it and he has been fine.
  2. They offer a debit card for your transactions. This can be real, or a virtual debit card.
  3. I know very little about day trading, but I read a lot. I feel more educated than the average person, yet not so smart that I’m sure I will make the right choices.

Mostly, there is a lot of scary legalese when you read through the users agreement and the debit card agreement, so I want to make sure I know what I’m getting into before I throw caution to the wind and start investing.

Yes, we have regular stocks and a financial advisor. We have checking and savings accounts. However, I have made a bad investment before, and lost a lot of money, so I’m scared, yet the prospect of making money for the future in a different kind of way excites me and makes me want to take the risk. I’ll just start really small. I don’t have a lot of money to play with anyway, so it will have to be small, lol. I just don’t want to make a mistake and watch my bank account disappear. And I’m also scared of cyber attacks that could find out my info, but Robinhood uses FDIC banks, so I should be ok.

I say now is the time to invest in our future, and you should think about it too, if you haven’t already. At least have a savings account set up and donate as much as you can to it to secure for your retirement. Obtain a financial advisor at a FDIC to help manage your investment and suggest ways for your money to work harder for you in the long run. You wouldn’t want the time to come when you can retire and have no money to enjoy it would you?

You may hear me go on about CBD products and companies as well, because I believe in it, and it will be a good stock to invest in because the future for CBD is hot and getting hotter. I also want to introduce you to a new product in the CBD world that is even better (in my opinion) for relieving anxiety, reducing pain, and aiding in sleep. It is called Delta 8, which is a hemp-derived form of THC. The product is legal in our state and I have tried it and I have to say, I am impressed! I tried it in a gummy form, although it is available as a tincture, a vape, or a gummy, whichever you prefer. I have also got some free samples and I know where you can too for only the cost of shipping. My sample packs had 4 gummies each. If you are interested, let me know. One company is called Hempire Direct, and they have delicious flavors, and a small amount goes a long way. Each gummy has 25mg of CBD/THC (less than 0.03%) so split into 4 equal size portions would be around 5 or 6mg of CBD/THC. Because the product is extracted from specially grown hemp which is different than marijuana, it is legal-just like any other CBD product! I have been sleeping like a baby, and it really helps with my feelings of anxiety and helps me deal with my chronic pain from arthritis, and Sciatica. I will be honest with you though, I wouldn’t feel comfortable using it except at night, because it impairs me slightly and I would not try to drive, just as if I would not drive after taking a pain medication. Just use good judgement on that. The other company I got a free sample was called Moonwlkr. Click on the link, and learn about this product for yourself. They will send you a sample pack of 2 gummies, which I suggest you take as described above. If taken an hour before bed, you will be relaxed and sleep like a baby (in my opinion as someone who has tried it.)

My whole purpose in researching and trying these products was not only for myself, but in hopes that the product might help my dad with the tremors he suffers from Parkinson’s. I want to get his doctor’s approval first, however, because he is on so many medications, and he has a heart condition. Better safe than sorry. My own kidney doctor was informed by me that I endorse it and use it, and he has no problem with it. He even took the info I gave him so he can research it himself and is going to include the information on my chart. He is a cool doctor, I love him! He is already aware that I advocate the use of alternative medicine and that I am a sometimes user of CBD products, as well as essential oils. The bottom line is, I wanted to try it for myself to gauge it’s strength and efficacy before I gave it to my dad. I feel it is safe, yet I still want his doctors to at least be aware that I want to try it with him. His neurologist already okays the use of CBD, but I need to consult his cardiologist as well. When I look into investing in CBD, I will definitely find out what the code is for Delta 8 and include that one in my portfolio. I also applied to become an affiliate with Moonwlkr, so I want to share my code with you so that if you decide to try it, it benefits us both! If you decide to give it a try, send me an email and I will send you the link with my special code in it so we both get a little something out of the deal. 🙂 Alternatively, if you want to skip that and go straight to getting your product now, click this link. If it does not work, let me know and I will send you an email instead!

So, to summarize, even though I have all those ducks in a row, I still want to play around with the Robinhood day trading app and see how well I can do. I want the freedom to pick my own stocks or cryptocurrency and watch the numbers fluctuate. It may be kind of nerve wracking, yet I think it will be exciting as well. I will study the markets and use the information I glean from business newsletters to make wise decisions. Sure, I may get a wild hair and try something on my own if I have a gut feeling, but if I lose, I won’t lose much because I don’t have much to invest in the first place!

Wish me luck! Let me know if you would be interested in investing your money in something like Robinhood or if you prefer the safety of fixed stocks and long-term investing better.

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WOD Challenge 05-03-21 Blog Traffic

Good morning everyone, or should I say – afternoon?

Last month was a great month for traffic on my blog! Thank you to all that read, left comments, and otherwise enjoyed the A to Z Challenge as much as I did!

This month, I don’t have much planned except trying to finish my transcription course, this last module is going to be a difficult booger because it is on foreign language speakers AND bad audio. I can’t wait (NOT)!!

Once I get through that module (no telling how long that may take, especially with computer issues), it’s on to the final, which I am in no way ready for. I will need to go back and review the grammar section (for about a year, lol) before I feel ready…even though I am anxious to start working.

I normally don’t pay much attention to traffic on my blog, but this month was so stellar, I had to mention it, and my following has grown. I feel like I need to visit newcomers blogs, comment on them too, in my spare time, more than I feel the need to post a lot this month. So that’s my goal, study and visit other blogs.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t expect too much from me this month because the course isn’t going to take itself, and I have a ton of work to do, not to mention, many doctors appointments for myself and my dad.

Next month, I might do some subbing for Christina over at Miss Stephanie’s, so I really need to get on a stick and finish this module this month if I can. Thank you all for understanding! If something really grabs my attention, or I feel a strong need to blog, I definitely will!

Peace out!!

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#A to Z Challenge 04-29-21 Zucchini

Z=Zucchini The Premeditated Zucchini Switcheroo

Well, we have reached the end of the A to Z Challenge and what a fun month it has been, learning about all kinds of foods from around the world and/or the history of said foods!

Today I guess I could have talked about Zoodles, or my delicious Zucchini chips, but in keeping with this month’s theme, I decided to tell this funny little story about a stolen zucchini in the city of Stamford, Connecticut. The “ahem” crime occurred at the Weed Memorial and Hollander Branch of one of the town’s libraries, which is housed in a 19th-century farmhouse.

Courtesy of Marissa Bucci for Atlas Obscura-Library produce in happier days

On the sunny outdoor patio where Youth Services Librarian Marissa Bucci had been tending to a raised garden for a year, an intruder struck and this disaster happened: as she went to water her single, promising zucchini, she noticed a much lighter zucchini-shaped object in it’s place. Some thief had taken her precious zucchini and replaced it with a cucumber!!

Via Twitter by Marissa Bucci for Atlas Obscura

The zucchini was days away from being large enough to pick, and now it had mysteriously disappeared! The branch supervisor had been worried that with no fence or cameras, someone could easily get onto the patio and steal what was growing there, yet had decided to take the risk. They never considered a crime like this would shake them to the marrow.

Luckily, they have kept their sense of humor about the whole caper, even though they have no leads on the “suspect” and realize more produce could get “replaced” like their sad little zucchini. If it were to happen again, they said with a grin, “We’d probably find it quite funny.”

What big hearts they have!

I do hope you have enjoyed this month-long challenge as much as I have, and you can look forward to me sharing more foods and or interesting places around the world courtesy of Gastro Obscura and Atlas Obscura! Stay tuned for more in the future!

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WOD Challenge 04-28-21 Enable

I am so guilty of this one! Should we, as parents, enable our children? Of course not…however, that is easier said than done!

Take the case of a child with an addiction to say, alcohol.

When he gets irritable, refuses to cooperate, or even to threaten harm to himself, wouldn’t it be easy for you to enable him to get that drink?

I sound like a terrible parent, I know, but me and my husband are guilty of enabling our children when we didn’t know how to deal with their problems in a more effective manner.

Has this happened to you?

“Mom, can you please just lone me a couple of dollars? I’ll walk to the store, I’ll mow the grass, whatever you want, I just need a beer!”

Now, in hindsight, I know what I should have done. But, of course, I didn’t. No parent wants to see their child suffering, and alcoholism is a disease. He was suffering (in his mind) and I was suckered into his ploy, more times than I want to admit.

And it wasn’t always beer. Sometimes it was cigarettes.

Eventually, I went to a support group that taught me that to enable him was hurting him more in the long run, that his alcoholism was not MY problem, and he needed to find a group to help him manage it himself. He is nearly 40 years old, and still working on it. In fact, all three of my boys have their demons, but somehow two of them manage to work and feed their habits with their own money.

Sadly, one of my boys has not, and it puts added pressure and drama on all of us who love him.

I wish we had been stronger when he was young. We did so many things right, yet somehow, I feel like we and the system in general, failed him. We took him to all kinds of doctors (he has way more issues than just alcohol addiction), put him on medication, sought counseling for him and ourselves.

In the end, he chose the path he wanted to travel, and I had to let go and let God when it came to him and his problems. Still, it’s impossible to turn your back on your children. He had to come spend a year with us and just recently moved out. We could not let him suffer the fate of living under a bridge somewhere.

Maybe we should have. There are many who agree that if he does not hit “rock bottom”, he will never learn to fend for himself. Maybe they are right. But because of the kindness of his friends, he always seems to land on his feet. Well, he finds food and shelter and someone to pay for his habits. Sure, he will work…for a little while. But for some reason, it never sticks.

I pray someday he “gets it”, but until that day, all I can do is hope and pray God protects him and keeps him safe.

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#A to Z Challenge 04-28-21 Yorkshire Parkin

Y=Yorkshire Parkin

Lavender and Lovage for Gastro Obscura

I really need to stop writing posts about sweets! I’m having enough trouble sticking to my diet as it is. Ah, but I digress. Let’s dive in, shall we?

No one knows the exact date that Yorkshire parkin became a key staple of England’s Guy Fawkes Night, however, the moist, dense, intensely-flavored bread is now as necessary to the November 5th holiday as a fabulous bonfire.

This cake-like bread gets it’s dark color for treacle (British for dark molasses) and ginger, yet the dense structure is due to flour and oats. First out of the oven, it might be crumbly, but left in a covered tin for days or weeks, the treacle preserves, making it moist, and sticky treat.

Cozy.Rosy for Gastro Obscura

Otherwise known as Bonfire Day, November 5th is the day when British gather to celebrate the thwarting of an attempt to assassinate King James the 1st and members of his Parliament. In addition to the bonfires, locals also burn effigies of Fawkes (who was found by authorities on Nov 5th,1605 guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder) and honor the day with an array of tasty treats, Yorkshire parkin topping the list.

The spiced loaves reach the perfect consistency if home cooks and bakeries light their ovens beginning around the end of October. It is then enjoyed with, of course, a cup of tea!