Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Little more to add on

Good Morning Everyone,

I thought before I start my day with my ADD and all things considered, I thought I would insert a thought from the post on the copyright article I posted late yesterday.

From that post, I did gather that is is supposed to apply to copyrights of music and artists work, BUT, from some other articles who have been talking about this,  I am very sure that this will be perverted into a total control of selling and buying.  All it needs it a little re-wording and a little song and dance and its a law.
Now, I do not like to get political on my blog, but I am active in local community politics here, as much as I can be.  For us in the U.S., we are NOT paying attention to what is going on with our elected officials, period.  Part of the problem is the fact the country is in such turmoil, and the economy is in a twist enough to re-arrange the cosmos,  that we all are just trying to keep our head above water, pay bills, try to keep a roof over our heads, and food on the table, keep what jobs we have, which is a daily battle in itself.  But with all this going on, our government, and elected officials, are banking on the fact that you do not pay attention and go on and sign your rights and liberties away like flushing the loo, and then one morning you are awake and "poof", you have nothing.

Everything from this article's report to the present administration's control of all things by executive order, including, food, energy, transportation, medical, communications  and all manners of life in general, by executive order.   I find our young people totally oblivious of what is going on around them, they are too worried about buying the new I-phone, or the new shoe, or the new whatever.  I guess what I am trying to say is this is what the government banks on...you not paying attention and the government is  throwing your life under the bus.

So, I finish this part by saying, please vote, which ever way you feel is important to you, but please remember, your vote also impacts all of us in the U.S. and what will happen in our future and the future of every one's children and grandchildren. It impacts everything. So please choose with wisdom and caution.

Now off of the political soap box.....

I forgot to add something else to the post yesterday.  And Ilene at her blog mentioned something that has something to do with my post this morning.  Parts for appliances, or  other things that we use in our homes, and included cars and parts.  What am I talking about you ask?  Well the cost of parts to repair things and whether its worth it to fix or get a different or a new unit.

Ilene at the Sun Rose and the Wind Bluewww.thesunroseandthewindblue.wordpress.com was talking about her washing machine, and that it needed a new part.  If I recall, the part was about $50+ dollars, and her husband was able to fix it. 
I had a problem with my old sewing machine over the weekend.  I drug my old Viking 960 out to fire it up so I can start some mending and plugged it in and....nothing.  So, D dismantled it clear down to the casing.  Found out it was the motor that was fried, totally.  I am not sure even what happened.  I had not had it out for about 6 years, but it ran when I tucked it in the closet.  At first, we thought it was the power cord, so I got online to a sewing machine parts company and looked up for a power cord and foot pedal for the 960.  I just about fell over when the power cord and the foot pedal was around $160.  The power cord and the foot pedal were separate so you had to purchase both.  Plus the shipping was around $30. Talk about parts shock. I didn't even look to see about motors for Vikings, as I figured it was beyond the price of the machine, which was  very old, 1982, and is not worth fixing.   Sounds like trying to find car parts, like finding a needle in a haystack.

So,  I went to Walmart, and put on layaway a Brother sewing machine.  It will do me fine for a while.  And its nice that I am able to lay it away. 

It just seems that we strive to live a frugal and simple lifestyle, reuse, repair, re-purpose things and try to stretch it out.  But you find that sometime the cost to repair the object that you are trying to save is next to impossible or to even find parts to fix it, and then add in the costs to fix it.  Sometimes, you just want to throw in the towel. And then, if you can get the part(s), the next problem is if you can fix it yourself, have someone who can fix it, or if you have to have a repairman come out to fix it.  If you have to have a professional repairman come out, that adds to the cost of the part.

Anyway,  I just thought I would start the morning on the soapbox and end it probably under the soapbox.  Told you, I'm always in trouble.
Have a wonderful day and week

Monday, October 15, 2012

Goodbye Goodwill: Implications Of The First Sale Doctrine Decision

Goodbye Goodwill: Implications Of The First Sale Doctrine Decision

Making Your Own Lotion

Making Your Own Lotion

Middle of October goings-on

Good Morning Everyone,

Well, its Monday, I hope that this is a fairly good week.  No problems, no anything but just a   busy week.
We are finishing up with outside work this week.   We usually button up the front porch, by wrapping it with a white tarp and securing it with lathes and 1x4 boards.  It really helps to keep north winds and snow off of the door and porch, which, unfortunately is on the north side.  We are also going to button up the carport on the north side to keep the wind and snow from blowing and gathering up around the patio below.  In this mix, I am also cleaning, heaving, and getting rid of things that are cluttering up my house, kitchen, closets.  I am in total winter  nesting mode.  My only problem is I lose steam and have to take breaks and then get back up and tackle it again.

I am wanting to get all of the outside work done, so I can strictly concentrate on going through each and every room, clean out junk, and then clean inside and outside cupboards and drawers.  I am sure I have some ADD, as I can get distracted very easily, but I think that this will work for me.  If I tackle one room at a time, it will get done, barring any other interference from something else. I did this in the kitchen this week. The kitchen is my working space and I felt it needed to be done first.   Cleaned and donated junk and things that just were not important to me anymore, and then donating them to the thrift shop so someone else can trip over it and love it for awhile.  I still have the kitchen cupboards and utility room to do, I want to get rid of some dinnerware that I just do not use,  which I may pull my ADD thing, and work this morning in the kitchen, and then when it warms up outside, tackle the porch.  D is going to start on the porch here in a little while and start moving things down under the carport and then taking the tarps and start wrapping the sides up.

It is supposed to be fairly nice here this week.  We have still had no rain at all, just that little tiny bit of snow, about an inch, and that's it.  It is so very dry. We still have the water hoses out, and we are still watering the trees, and the front yard  for a little while longer.  When it starts getting really cold, we will drain and put all of the hoses away.  We may keep a hose handy for some mid January watering if it continues to be dry and no moisture. Other than that, everything will be on its on for a few months.

On the home front and the trailer and park sale , I still have not heard from anyone or anything.   I am not going to fret or worry about it.  What will come, if it is to be, will be. 
What we are waiting on, truthfully is when D's work comp court case comes up in February.  D's attorney is waiting for the other side to start making some noise that they want to settle before court, which sometimes is a few months before court.  This is a very complicated case, with three companies involved, one which did not carry work comp coverage on his workers, so it is a nasty, complicated case. Mix in the fact that there was no medical care given when this fall  happened, and then D being fired from the job, just made a very toxic mess of the whole thing. Also is the fact, that this is the third attorney that is on this case, the first two could not figure out what to do, and made things even worse, one, the new attorney thinks was siding and being paid by the other side's council.  So this has been a mess. If this is settled, we may have changes in plans.  But as I say, the best laid plans of mice and men. So, we shall see. I personally do not have a high opinion of attorneys in the first place.  But sometimes they are needed for some legal aspects of life that you personally cannot resolve without knowing something about complicated laws.

My birthday was Saturday.  I usually do not celebrate it.  I am 54 years old now.  What DID I do.  Well, first thing in the morning, since it was cool and I could start up the oven, I made a very decedent carrot cake with creme cheese frosting.  And oh my, it is rich, but oh so good.  It is wonderful warmed up and with a steaming cup of tea. Now, I am going to confess here.  I did not make it from scratch, I could of, but time wise, I didn't.  I am not a master in the baking department, so I did not want to mess up a cake.  I bought a boxed mix from Duncan Hines.  It was the decadent Carrot cake mix with a packet of carrots and raisins in it.  It is separate and you pour hot water over the packet and then when everything is hydrated up, place it in your mix and you only need to mix just a few minutes and its ready.  It was very good. For dinner,  one of my house neighbor's bought me a gift card for a pizza that you have made fresh and then take it home and bake it.  It was just awesome, and for me, I did not get heart burn, which I usually do with take out pizza.  I also sampled some of my home made wine, which was very good, but it needs to set a little more, and then it will be ready.  I will do a post on how I do my wine, if anyone is interested.   It is very simple, and gives a good wine.  You do not need fancy equipment, or tools, or toys to make a decent table wine.

Well other than boring domestic duties that have to be attended to, that is about it.  I wish everyone a wonderful week, and just enjoy life and what enjoyment you get out of each and every day.