Archive for October, 2012

Toyota Prius

I haven’t had a small car in probably 10-15 years. I decided to take a look at one for a 2nd car to use for around town. I went to test drive the Toyota Prius because I’d heard how great they are.

I found there were 2 models a V and a C. One was smaller and got about 55 MPG. The larger one got about 50. They also just introduced a station wagon model.

I found the car to be extremely quiet. You couldn’t even tell it was running. It runs on both battery and gas. We were told that when you stop for a light no gas is used as it turns into electric.

It drove fairly smooth however, you could tell it was a small car. You could feel bumps a lot more than in a larger vehicle.

I was very disappointed to see there were not many of the cars that had leather. The dealership must have had 60-70 of these cars on the lot and only could find ONE with leather. I was very disappointed to see that while the seats were leather, the entire doors including arm rests were made with cheap material felt, much like the headliner. I would never want a car that had that kind of door.

Even the top of the line one with leather had that crappy type door. For that reason and also the fact that I’ve heard pros and cons about how you’d not save much on gas, when you have to replace that battery I ruled out this car.


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Alaska

One of my favorite places to visit is Alaska. To me, Alaskan cruises are the most fun way to see the most without running into the wilderness. I’m not much of a camper so I prefer the comforts of a cruise.

We just returned from our 3rd Alaskan Cruise. This one was round trip from Seattle. In the past, we also took one round trip from San Francisco, as well as a Land/Sea cruise starting in Anchorage, and ending in British Columbia, Canada.

We plan to go again in 2014 and do another land/sea cruise as a group. IF you’ve ever wanted to see Alaska and want to join our group, let me know and I’ll send you details when we’re all booked.

The Land/Sea cruise gives you the best of both worlds. If you do decide to take that one, be sure to do the land part first. The land part is very busy, with you moving from place to place and by the time you reach the ship you are ready to relax.

This time we took just the cruise. We started in Seattle, then went to Juneau for an entire day. In Juneau, I took the Roberts Tramway to the top. They had a great Alaskan store up there, that had lots of great things made in the USA. They also had a greenhouse type store, and an Eagle.

There is a restaurant up there, and also a free show and tour of Alaska. The show was excellent and I highly recommend it. My husband chose to go on a float plane out in the wilderness and fish. I prefer shopping any day to fishing. While he enjoyed fishing, he did say he got stuck in MUD up to his knees 2 times and had to be helped out. That does not sound like fun at all to me.

We also visited Skagway, where we took the White Pass Rail into Canada. After the train, we got off and took a bus back down the famous Klondike Highway, seeing many great sites. We stopped for lunch at a organic place where they grow all their food. It was called Jewel Garden and was right on the edge of town. We then had a tour of their garden, and their glass blowing area. They make some unique things.

We ended our trip by getting off in downtown Skagway to shop and return to our ship. Skagway is my favorite of all the Alaskan towns, it’s very unique.

Next we visited Ketchikan, however we docked at 6 AM and were going to have to be back onboard at 11. I’m not much of a morning person so elected not to get off this time. My husband elected to go fishing again as he doesn’t mind getting up that early. I’ve been to Ketchikan on other cruises and I do love the town but have seen it before. Knowing it’s the rainiest of towns, I didn’t see any point in getting rained on that early in the morning.

Because this cruise was from Seattle, we had only a short time there as we had to take off for Canada. All ships leaving the USA, MUST stop in a foreign port, before they are allowed back in the states.

If you’re visiting Alaska for the first time I definitely recommend taking a cruise. It gives you the best of all worlds.


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How You Fix Congress

I received the following email. Not sure who came up with this idea but my hat is off to them. I totally agreee. How about you?


Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective12/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!


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Holiday Card And Photo Store Gifts

The holidays are around the corner. IT’s time to start thinking about your holiday cards and photos store gifts. If you want to save time & money this year, tune in and I’ll show you how.

I have set up 2 webinars, both day time and night time, to allow
time for those that have difference schedules and also our UK
and Australian customers and team members.

Feel free to register for any that fit your time zones. These will
all be live webinars and will not be recorder. Bring any system
questions you have an we will answer them at the end of the webinar.

Tuesday and Thursday will focus on the photo store, and Wednesday
will focus on creating cards for the holiday season.

Tuesday Oct 16 at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, 7PM MST, 6 PM PST
Photo store review – for creating holiday gifts
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/758232286

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Wednesday October 17, 10 AM EST, 9 AM CST, 8 AM MST, 7 AM PST
SOC Overview – Getting ready for the holiday season
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/137942854

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Thursday October 18 at 3:30 PM EST, 2:30 PM CST, 1:30 PM MST, 12:30 PST

Creating BOX cards in the PHOTO STORE
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/770401134

If you do NOT have an account already with Send Out Cards, I’d like to invite you to try one out and send a card on me.


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Politics

I’ve never been involved in politics in my entire life. To me it’s a boring subject, and I’ve always felt that most politicians say what they think we want to hear. Politics are really quite a nasty thing.

The past 4 years have been so disturbing to me that I’ve decided this year to do my part for change. I volunteered today to work in the campaign office for the rest of the time till election.

In the USA I’m totally appalled to see how our country is going to the dogs. There are an awful lot of people out of work. There are people that can’t afford their homes and many more living on the streets. I find it disgraceful that our present administration is sending our tax dollars to counties that totally hate us while ignoring our own country.

It’s time for a TRUE change. I’m going to do my best to work for a big change in the coming years. God help us all if we don’t get these things turned around. I’m praying the good Lord will help us take our once great country back.


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Holiday Cards

Holidays are in the air. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. It will soon be Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas, and then another year.

It’s time to start thinking of your holiday cards, gifts and shopping. This has been a tough year for many. Most likely you want the best value for your money.

I have a cool way you can create holiday cards with photos of your family for less than you’d buy a plain card in the store. In addition for less than $1 per card, plus postage, you can even have the cards stuffed and stamped and mailed for you, saving you time and money.

I’d like to invite you to take a test drive and send a card on me, to experience the system. Just click here to send your card.

If you like the system, I’d like to invite you to see up a customer account so you can add in all your contacts and get ready to send your holiday cards with one click of the mouse. Accounts are FREE. You pay only for the cards and postage. You can keep the system, and store your photos and your address book where you can easily get to it, right online.

You can also add a gift to send with your cards, or create some cool photo books, calendars and even metal prints.

By the way, if you would like to earn added income to pay for your cards and gifts, just ask me to show you how.

I’d like to wish you a very happy holiday season.


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An Unexpected Romance

My good friend’s mother wrote a book called “An Unexpected Romance”. It’s a love story for women that are in their 40’s or older. I bought a copy and just finished reading it. I was VERY impressed and would highly recommend this book.

Here is the info from the Amazon site and a brief description:

An Unexpected Romance…
When Mark Crandall returns to Greenville to sell his mother’s home, he leaves his construction business, expecting to be back to work in two weeks. A chance meeting with an old friend leads him to Elizabeth Parker and turns his world, and hers, upside down!
Elizabeth, widowed for two years, finds herself faced with an unexpected attraction to Mark. To add to her stress level, her income as realtor and her retirement funds have been impacted by the downturn in the economy and her oldest son is begging for money to launch his career as a rock star.

… At an Unexpected time.
Frightened and confused by the emotions Mark has awakened, Elizabeth is afraid her attraction to this man is tantamount to being unfaithful. Her deceased husband, Edward, owned over 40 years of her life, and she never imagined she could fall in love again. Has God brought these two together for an unexpected chance at love?

I would highly recommend this book. You can purchase it on Amazon.


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