Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Andy Griffith Show

Ya know, I really enjoy some of those older shows that are still on tv. TV Land plays some really great ones like the Andy Griffith Show. I really don't get tired of watching them especially the ones with Don Knotts in them, he was the one who played Barney. That character was just hilarious and can always make me laugh. He was a very talented man and really made the show what it is. I hope they keep that show playing on television for years to come.
The picture is from www.starpulse.com.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Starbucks Coffee

I am a huge coffee fanatic. I don't drink lots of it but I do like a cup of coffee in the mornings with a flavored coffee creamer. CoffeeForLess.com is the most excellent home and Office Coffee Service on the Internet. There you can purchase a variety of coffee related items. Some of the coffee brands that you can purchase there are Starbucks coffee, Folgers, Millstone and several others. They offer free shipping on orders over $50 and ground shipping is $5.95. So, for all your coffee needs be sure and check out this website, there is so much to choose from.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Road Trips

I love taking road trips with my husband and sons. We enjoy being out on the open roads and seeing the different homes and farms, etc. It's also enjoyable to go through the cities, especially at night.
One thing we like to do is stop at truck stops and walk around their stores. It can be sometimes funny as to what you can find in those places. There is a huge one out on Interstate 80 as you go from Davenport to Des Moines, Iowa. This place is so big and really quite fun to walk through. I think it was rated in the top 10 truck stops in the United States. It is pretty nice and I'm sure the truckers appreciate the facilities there, I know the travelers do. So if there is a time you are heading down Interstate 80 through Iowa make sure you stop and check it out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Medical Drug Reference Software

More then 50% of physicians are carrying around small size devices in their lab coats such as PDA or smartphones. These come in very handy when it comes to prescribing medication to a patient. A patient may have one or several prescription medications that they are already taking and they come in with a certain kind of infection. The doctor can easily and quickly access his PDA or smartphone to see if there will be any kind of interactions with the other medications the patient is already taking.
Epocrates is a company that has drug reference guides available for multiple devices and offers clinicians. They have free medical Pocket PC software, medical Palm software, and free medical Windows Mobile software. They have also just announced free medical drug reference software for BlackBerry devices. This is wonderful to know that now physicians can find out before hand what drugs are safe to take and what are not before getting them prescribed to the patient.
“This announcement was paid for by Epocrates.”


When I was in my teens back in the 70s the way I made some money was to detassel corn. I started at the age of 14 and did it all through high school. I saw some detasselers the other day and it brought to memory all of the fun we had when we were detasseling. It was usually my twin sister and a good friend, the three of us that would go together. We would be put on a crew and ride a detasseling machine. Yeah sure it was hot dirty work but we did get a great tan and made some new friends. We also got to scope out the cute guys that were on our crew. It was a great job and it helped out our parents at that time because we were able to buy our own school clothes and it also helped us with gas, etc. It's funny to think back at how much money we made and how far it stretched...it's not much now and wouldn't last long at all. We made alot of great memories those summers out in the hot sun, working, and getting dirty but also having fun.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Storms ripped through Iowa early this morning around 2:00. I was sleeping and I woke up to a low rumbling sound. At first I thought it was someone banging on our door but then I saw the lightning and knew what was going on. It was raining like crazy and the thunder just rolled constantly and lightning flashed almost constantly. It definitely ruined my night sleep because I ended up being awake for a couple of hours and my husband also sat up for awhile. Just what we didn't need. It looks as though we were blessed because many others were not so lucky. Huge trees fell and many people were without electricity for quite awhile. So we are counting our blessings.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Have you ever found some kind of object or really anything in your food that you have ordered from a restaurant that shouldn't be there? Such as a bug or knife or something similar? Well, that is exactly what someone found in his Subway sandwich. There was a paring knife the full length of his sandwich. Luckily this man did not bite into the sharp end and thank the good Lord that he didn't because he could have been hurt.
The worst thing I ever found in something I had ordered was in an ice cream sundae and as I was eating it I suddenly saw a long hair down in it. It was so disgusting and so my husband and I complained to management and they were wonderful about the whole situation and very apologetic. They ended up giving us a nice gift card and we really appreciated that.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Ragbrai is a week long bike ride across the state of Iowa. It usually happens around the last week of July and the weather most of the time is hot and humid and it is sounding like it will be the same way this year. We have known a few people who have taken this bike trip and just love it. I'm not that energetic so it sounds like a lot of work to me. It is really fun for the towns that these bike riders pass through because they really offer a lot of fun, food and activities to the adventure.
The photo is from ragbrai.org.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tax or No Tax

Too Busy

I have had too much going on lately to be able to post as often as I would like to. I try and post everyday but sometimes that is hard to do. I like adding new posts so when I have visitors they have something new they can read. Hopefully in the next few days I can find a little more time to do that.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Small Business Opportunities

Once in awhile my husband and I will talk about having a small business of our own. We live in a small town that use to have a laundromat. For many years now there has not been one and so if a person needs to use one they have to travel to the next closest town. We have an empty building in town that would work great for something like that and we have talked about the idea of opening one up and knowing that it would most likely be successful but we wouldn't know where to begin.
Maybe you have had thoughts of owning your own business but really don't know where to look for help. When looking for a small business opportunity you can check out the website www.smallbusinesssale.com. There you will find business opportunities categorized so that it is easy to find the kind of business you would be most interested in. For example if you wanted to open up a small business franchise like starting up a laundromat business or some other kind of business you can click on that specific small business opportunity and it will lead you to a place where you can get the help needed to get started. I really think this is a great website and it is so helpful for people like myself who wouldn't know where to start.

Hot Tub Accessories

How relaxing is sitting in a hot tub after a long day at work? My husband would love that and so would I. He mentions it all the time and is constantly trying to figure out where we could put one. We both have aching muscles and know of people who own them and how much it helps them to sit in their hot tubs. One person we know wouldn't even be able to work at his job if it wasn't for sitting in his hot tub on a daily basis. Not only are they relaxing but they are also an attractive addition to your home or patio.
Owning one of their hot tubs would be so serene. The high impact this product brings to the Hot Tub experience would be so awesome. These hot tubs are a high durability product, they are waterproof and have a high chemical resistance. The hot tubs have an easy, trim-to-fit installation with no special tools or experience that is required. If we ever get a chance to buy and install a hot tub we would want the surroundings to be inviting and you can find some really great hot tub accessories at www.spascenes.com. You can also purchase beautiful panoramic views to put on your above spa deck to makes it much more inviting to sit by as you enjoy being in your hot tub. The affordability of the product when considering overall hot tub and landscaping project is really good and you know that you will use the hot tub for many years to come and it will definitely pay for itself.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Student Loans

I have had to deal with finding loans for my two son's college expenses. It is really something the cost of getting a loan and the interest is unreal. It is absolutely horrible that kids need to go on and get a college education to survive in this world and then the debt that accumulates because of it. Something is definitely wrong with this whole situation. It's just crazy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Alli Review

Have you ever wondered about certain diet pills as far as if they work or make you feel jitterish? Now you can get Alli review on these types of pills by someone who has used them and this person shares his/her review on the different brands. I know there are times when I have thought about trying something but am afraid that it would give me the shakes and also wonder if they actually really work. This is really a great website you must check out before you purchase anything. It may save you money to do so.


My twin sister is coming to visit me tomorrow and will stay for a couple of days. We do this every summer and we both really look forward to it. One of the days that she is here we plan a shopping day. We usually go to a bigger city where there is plenty of stores to shop at and we shop till we drop. It is a very full day and lots of fun. We like to find a unique place to have lunch at, also, so that's pretty fun too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I love to tan. I just haven't had much time to actually lay out in our pool to do that. We are finally getting warm enough weather to lay out there but time does not permit so I have been fake baking. It is fast and also relaxing. You don't have to fight any bugs and it takes only 20 minutes to get a decent tan instead of laying out in the sun for 2 hours. I guess I have to cheat once in awhile to save myself the time and yet have a good tan.

Haircut and Color

I just got back from getting my hair highlighted and cut. It always feels so good when it is freshly done. I wish the feeling could last longer then just a couple of weeks. My hair is a little shorter then I desire but it will grow back fast, it always does. I'm just happy to have it done.

Monday, July 7, 2008


The last couple of days we have been having some thunderstorms again. Last night I was standing in our kitchen waiting for the microwave and out of nowhere was the loudest thunder. I think I jumped off the floor a foot high. My heart was pounding as fast as it could go and my husband was sitting in the living room watching me as all this happened. He asked me if I saw the lightning because he had and he knew the boom of thunder was coming. Of course, I hadn't seen the lightning so had no warning. Anyway, it pretty much freaked me out.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Handhelds and PDAs

There are some really great and innovative electronics available today. And handhelds and PDAs are a couple of them. PDAs are great for keeping yourself organized and making it easy wherever you are to access the Internet. If you are looking to purchase one of these, you can find a nice assortment of these items and accessories at buy.com. There are great pictures of the items for sale so that you know what you are getting. You can shop by price, category, manufacturer, or marketplace. Be sure and check them out.

Blockbuster Coupons

Everything is getting so expensive today that we need to find anyway we can to save money. One great way to do that is to go to www.couponmoney.com and get some Blockbuster coupons. You can find coupons to a variety of stores. Some of the places you can get coupons for are Target, Overstock, Ebay, and Staples. There are so many to choose from that you are bound to find a savings for your favorite shopping place.

Baby Gifts

I love shopping for baby gifts. It has been so long since I have had a baby, myself, that when I shop for somebody else's baby it is so fun. They have the cutest little outfits and many items needed for taking care of babies. At polkadotpatch.com you can find a variety of items that would make perfect baby gifts for yourself if you are expecting or friends and family. They make it easy to navigate their site by shopping by size, price, season or brand or other options. You can also personalize your gifts from this site to make it that more special. Be sure and check them out for all your baby gift ideas.

Happy 4th of July!!!!

It is our Independence Day and we should all be celebrating but not us, we are doing much needed chores around our place. It is an absolutely gorgeous day so we are taking advantage. Tomorrow we will celebrate with family and good food then hopefully we can catch some fireworks tomorrow evening. Our fireworks around here won't be till tomorrow night which I think is silly but oh well. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day.