To Carve or NOT to carve…..

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Proper Pumpkin Etiquette

When did pumpkin carving transform to pumpkin painting?

Each Halloween season, the weekend before, I would gather up my 6 children and 6 pumpkins and we would spend the afternoon carving pumpkins.  The adults took on the task of cutting the tops off, while the kids squealed after sticking their hands inside to remove the “guts” of their gourd.

After the cleaning was done it was time for them to draw the face they desired on the pumpkin and the adults again would man the blades and cut out their design.

In later years we started using those books with patterns so they could achieve the more sophisticated designs they desired however they still had to do some cleaning and carving to get to the end.  Still it was time together, talking and laughing.  A family moment to be looked back on fondly.

Proudly on Halloween the pumpkins would be displayed on the front porch with candles burning inside.  I still remember the smell of the pumpkin with the hot candle inside, it was like a pre-view of the pumpkin pies to come in the coming weeks.

For me these memories are a BIG part of the Halloween tradition.  I thought I was setting the stage for awesome childhood memories and traditions for future generations.

I started thinking more about this, this year when a Facebook friend posted photos of her office pumpkin contest asking her friends to VOTE on the best.  While they were cute and creative all but one, yes ONE were painted.  There was only one carved pumpkin in the bunch.

So I cast my vote for best painted and best carved.  So back to the point, when did painted become the norm?  All the children missing all the smells of Halloween all the mess of Halloween.

What’s next?

Dying Easter eggs with sharpies?

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The Death of Cell Phone Deals

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This started out as  consumer “BITCH” Blog but what happens in the process will STUN you!  I have been an AT & T customer I think most of my life (I am 53) BUT records show me as a customer since only 2005 which is ok still a long time.  I pay a monthly wireless bill of over $250 each month and I even have u-verse that costs me another $250 plus each month.

I have 5 phones on my plan 4 are for my children.  Today however I am faced with walking away from AT & T completely, my u-verse, my cell service and yes even selling my stocks.
Why?

On 9/3 I walked into the store in Florissant, MO on North Lindbergh.  My daughters phone had finally died.  Because she is a young college student who works over nights sitting with the elderly or physically unable I knew she could not go long without a phone.  So the next day I went to my local At & T Store located in Florissant Mo in N Lindbergh.

I was pleasantly surprised when I was waited on almost immediately.  I believe the young man who waited on me was named Bryan (I only know that from the follow up text AT & T sent me the next day)  I can’t afford to keep buying new phones for my children so I thought I would just upgrade my 5s to a 6s plus and give her mine, I mean the new 7 is coming out so surely there will be a deal on the 6s right?

I went into the store and explained what I needed.  A new iPhone 6s plus but I want my plans etc to remain the same, I was very clear about this because I have the grandfathered unlimited plan.  I reminded the young man that absolutely no changes could happen to my data plan because I didn’t want to lose this service.  In fact this plan is part of what keeps me as a AT & T Customer.
So he showed me phones, each time I asked him “how much” he said, “you only pay the tax.”   I said it doesn’t matter what phone I get I only pay the tax?  He said yes mam only the tax.  I asked again are you sure? , this doesn’t seem right, online it said the phone was $900.  He said again , “you only pay the tax”.  I thought WOW that is awesome!  This must be a perk of being a customer so long with so many phones.  YEAH!
I said ok picked a phone and started the process.  About 45 minutes or more into the process he hands me a screen to sign, it says pay $79 today and financing $949.  I say wait, you said I only had to pay the tax and he said, yes thats all you pay is the tax.  I said wait a minute.  It says I am paying $949 for this phone, you NEVER told me the price of ANY phone we looked at today.  You said you only pay the tax, so I wasn’t able to make a decision on price, every time I asked you how much you said, “you only pay the tax”.  He then said something that stunned me, “Well that is the financing”.  WHAT?  I thought to myself,  does he realize I have to PAY the financing?   Is he just dumb or is he trying to confuse or deceive me?  I stopped him right there and said STOP right now.  I am not paying $949.00 for a phone.  Please just give me my old phone and lets stop this right now.
He was clearly upset, started packing things up, I said my phone isn’t working please make it work it says no service.  I said why does my phone say no service, he said because you are connected to wifi.  I thought that doesn’t make sense it connects to wifi at home and works but ok.   He gives me my phone back and it still says no service.  I tell him he needs to fix this, he is barely speaking to me now, clearly upset.  Someone comes to help him and a new sim card is put in my phone.   Once he finally gets it working I get a text message that says I have gone over my data limit.  I immediately show it to him and say what does this mean??  I have unlimited data I am grand fathered.  Did you change something?  He looks at my phone and then says no and to ignore it it doesn’t mean anything.  A few minutes later it says it again.  I ask him again, remember he isn’t even hardly looking at me now, he is packing up all the accessories he tried to sell me instead.   now a lady who appears to be a store manager comes over to help him.
She is also quite dismissive of me and my questions.  She tells him to keep packing up all the garbage on the table.   I tell her I don’t understand why am I paying full price for a phone AND renewing a 2 year contract?  You used to get a phone discount when you renewed.  She said it is NOT like that anymore.  Now you get cheap cell phone service and have to pay full price for the phone.  WHAT??? Cheap cell phone service?  HAHAHA Have you seen my bill??????  $250 per month!!!!  I said you get me on the phone AND you tie me back to your service for 2 more years and I get NO incentive to resign?   She said that is the way ALL the phone companies work now.  And as I researched this I think she is right, when did this happen?  How did this happen?  My phone bill doesn’t go down it only goes up?  Who can afford this insanity?   I say never mind I just want my phone back in EXACTLY the same order it was before, I keep getting overage texts and he says it means nothing, I need it fixed now.    She runs around with my phone for 10 minutes or so and comes back and says ok it is fixed.  I ask her if she is sure, she says yes.  Disgusted I leave, feeling certain I will be the talk of the place once I am out of ears reach.
The next morning I have another email saying I have gone over my data limit.  So I log online to AT & T to a chat session to get help.  This chat probably took more than an hour.
You can read the entire chat if you like but the skinny is this
At this moment my grandfathered unlimited data plan has been removed and a case had to be opened to try to get it back up that MIGHT take up until 9/13 (In short he DID remove it, those text messages DID mean something and she did NOT fix it)
The young man at the store has no business working with customers, he was deceitful in his practices.  I asked him clearly HOW MUCH was this phone and every time he answered the same you pay only the taxes.  When I challenged him on that after he showed the the 949 cost he said, well yeah but that is the financing… WHAT do you not realize I PAY that amount?
It is not only he who should be fired or at least retrained but who in the world trained this guy?  I called the store  when it opened that morning and I was told the manager was on vacation and someone named Bob was in charge but he was with a customer and couldn’t talk to me.  You do realize that it is easier to keep a customer than to get a new customer right?
A stock holder
A customer since MORE than 2005
Paying you over $500 a month for services and NO one could find the time to treat me properly?
I could see the writing on the wall that ATT might no longer be a good partner for me in my business and personal life and might not even be a good future invest for me if this is how you chose to do business.
I was VERY disappointed and hope someone there at the top stops for a moment to look into this and attempts to find a way to teach your employees how valuable loyal customers are.
Steps to get action.
So I went to AT & T’s corporate website and found the name of the Chairman and CEO.  With a little digging I found is email.  Once you get the formula for company email they normally are all the same (firstname.lastname@companyurl  or firstinitial.lastname@companyul)  So I took the entire list of Executives  I found that here and emailed them basically what I have written in this blog.  I also went to investor services and emailed everyone on that list, I found them here.  As a stock holder I figure I have one more way to complain.
Within 24 hours on a holiday weekend I got 4 responses.  2 responses from people who I did not email but I was stunned when TWO top executives took the time on the Sunday of a Holiday weekend and PERSONALLY replied to me.  Here are the emails below.

From Nickie Parsons- She was not on my email list so someone must have sent this to her

Ms. Mantia,

Thank you for your recent email.  I do apologize that you had so much difficulty at the retail store recently.  Please know, if your data plan was changed in error, we will be happy to get this corrected for you.  Please provide your account information and the best contact number to reach you at so I can get a case created and assigned to a Customer Appeals Manager in our Executive Offices.  They will reach out to you on our next business day Tuesday September 6, 2016 if this will work for you.

Thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention and giving us the opportunity to work with you to resolve it. 

Thank you,

Nickie

Nickie Parsons

Customer Appeals Manager, Executive Response

I quickly replied with what happened and then received this

Ms. Mantia,

Thank you for the quick reply.  I have corrected the data plan on wireless number ending in 7869 placing it back on the Unlimited Data Package.  A Customer Appeals Manager will be contacting you on Tuesday to discuss the remaining details of your complaint and work with you towards resolution. 

Please enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend

Thank you,

Nickie

 

 From-John Stephens
Senior Executive Vice President and CFO
HOLY COW!
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I received your note and apologize for the situation
Have forwarded to my Exec support group and they will have someone teach out to you

 

From Lori Lee

Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer- AGAIN WOW

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Ms. Mantia,

I have just read your email.    First, I am so sorry.  This is not the type of service experience we expect to provide.   Second, I am forwarding this to the President of our Mobility business.   I will ask him to make sure we get this right for you.    And third, thank you for making me aware of this.     I sincerely appreciate the feedback.

I hope you will give us a chance to correct this.    We appreciate your business and being an owner in AT&T.

Sincerely,

Lori Lee

AT&T Global Marketing

 

From Leann Priebe-She was not on my email list so someone must have directed my email to her

Ms. Mantia,

This is LeAnn Priebe the Central Region President for AT&T.  I apologize for the service you received in our Florissant store.  We will have someone reach out to you today to get this taken care of.

Thank you.

LeAnn Priebe

When I first began this blog post I wondered if I would be left hanging by this corporate mammoth.  I think most people might have, heck MANY people might have believed the young man who told him that the cost was only the tax and signed on the dotted line.  It looks like my situation might be well on the road to correction even on a holiday weekend thanks to some hard working people and some well placed emails.

Know your rights and who to reach out to when the systems they set in place FAIL.  I have adjusted to the fact that I am going to have to pay a small fortune for a phone at least now I know all the facts.  I ended up feeling not so bad about it when I went and bought my new phone at Best buy and also secured a $100 Best buy gift card.

But what is the real moral of the story?  Somewhere between the poor customer service you may receive and the very top, you find that there are MANY people who actually DO care and WILL take action even at a time that is inconvenient.  I have to say for ME The group of individuals listed above who responded to me when above and beyond to not only resolve my problem BUT to also show me that NO ONE at AT & T is too big to help fix something that is broken.

GOFUNDME Revolution – when is enough enough?


 I have seen this posted and a lot of VERY hateful comments.  Here’s my 2 cents.  She cancelled her wedding out of respect for those killed AND because frankly it was not the time for a family event.  


These places aren’t gonna refund her money.  She is a victim here and the one who gave up his name so the police could stop him from hurting anyone else.  


FOUR days before her wedding she had to come to the realization that her brother, the man she grew up with, murdered 9 human beings, IN CHURCH!  Can you even imagine what that must feel like?  Do you know what that does to a family?  Do you know the guilt a family holds for acts like this?


I do! 


My brother is a murderer!  In 1977 he stabbed someone 35 times and that person died, and what happened to our family after that was something no one should ever live through.  That guilt followed both my mother and father until the day they died.  Some people know this part of my life, others do not.  But this isn’t about me, this is about a young girl, who was trying to bring something normal back to their lives that will NEVER be the same again.


So poor young girl, trying to start new life, prob doesn’t have much money to start probably is struggling financially to try to salvage what will always be tied to a horrendous act.   I say leave the poor girl alone!  She did nothing wrong, her parents did not do this either.  Her brother did this!  He pulled the trigger, he killed these people, he killed them in their house of worship, a place that should have been a safe place.


On another note!  WTH with gofundme?  Number one you do NOT get all the money you raise, gofundme takes more than 5%!  Let’s call this what it is, gofundme is raking it in.  They are not giving it back to the family of the cancer victim!   Have you actually been to that site ever?  Hundreds and thousands of pages for people with hands out.  Not working for a living, not opening lemonade stands on corners to make money, not selling personal possessions to raise capital, but begging!  Hoping their photo and story will tug at your heart strings to give!


And YOU!  The media!  You go to these families and say things like, we have had calls at the station how to donate to you, you should start a gofundme page.  What happened to well meaning family members openinga bank acct when there was a need?  A place for donations, YOU are encouraging this none sense!  And then you blast it all over the media when you see this poor girl usng it?  What in the heck is wrong with you people?


Here is how much money gofundme is raking in.


 

Ok but back to the point of this biog


I think this young lady had some poor judgement putting her name out there for this in light of what happened, but I don’t think this makes her a horrible person.  And I don’t think she deserves the pure unadulterated hate being directed towards her.

I don’t think she was trying to get something FREE and take advantage of the situation.  Here s what the go fund me page actually said….
  

I think she is a devastated young lady who had the greatest day of her life, one she planned, saved and paid for ripped out from under her by a man filled with hatred and was trying to make some way to take it back and find that moment of joy again in her life.

She has my prayers for peace.


As for gofundme, I have a personal standard never to support anything driven by that site.  If there is someone I am moved to donate too I will find another way.


You might not like what I have to say, but it is just my 2 cents


6/26/2015 Historic Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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The official statement read as follows,

“Today, the Supreme Court, in a historic decision, struck down same-sex marriage bans in 13 states, including Missouri. This decision means that all Missourians, regardless of their place of residence within the state, have the freedom to marry.
Missouri’s marriage ban has been in place since 2004 through a public vote. Various court cases have allowed marriage licenses to be issued in St Louis City, St. Louis County and Jackson County. Due to today’s ruling, PROMO anticipates all counties should begin issuing marriage licenses to eligible same sex couples. This also means the rights and benefits conferred through marriage are available to all legally married couples within Missouri.
The decision made by the Supreme Court comes during a time of significance for the lesbian and gay community. Today is the two year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being struck down, as well as the anniversary week of the Stonewall Riots in 1969.”
And you hear this or read this and pause, and the tears began to well and sobbing soon followed.    And I wonder why, why am I so emotional about this?  Of course this effects me, but I have not been on the front line of the fight.  It has not stopped me from loving and living with the person I see is right for me.  I might not have had the word marriage to tie to it but I lived my life as most married couple do.  So why am I crying?
I am crying because when someone stands over you and tells you, you are WRONG, you are BAD for so long it is like being suffocated, gasping for every breath.  A labored daily existence where everything is just a little harder than it should be and then suddenly someone removes the pillow from your face and you feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face and you can FINALLY take a deep breath of the cool clean air.
YOU are OK.

Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

YOU matter.
YOUR love is valid.
The country you live in recognizes you as an equal person.
WOW!
Sure the extreme conservatives will grumble and find ways to continue to undermine where possible but it is the “Law of the Land” now.
What will you stand on this political election since this one is now removed from boosting your soap box?
This is history that our grand children and great grand children will be reading in history books.
Right here right now 6/26/2015 THIS is the moment that marriage became an equal right for all.
To my LGBT brethren who have lived for years in the shadows, in self hatred, in fear in shame, our great country says, “YOU matter, your love is valid and we accept you as you are.”
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Is the deal too good to be true? YES

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There are many shopping sites out there today who provide you deals on everything from dinner to diamonds.  It seems like there was Groupon and then suddenly there were 100’s of them.

I have bought from several of them over the years, mostly without incident.  I want to tell you about one to be sure to avoid, I am certain there are others so feel free to post your stories here as well.

Moolala is yet another one of those sales sites emailing constantly about the deals they have that are unbelievable.  Thing is the items that they have to sell are JUNK, TRASH!  They are rarely worth the price you pay and certainly are NOT worth the price they claim the item is valued at.

Look carefully at any photos and descriptions and then JUST SAY NO!

One recent story I personally encountered was on an items they called LED Starry Sky Projection Lamp.  The idea behind this item was it was a lamp that lit your ceiling with a TRUE rendition of the constellations, you could even personalize it by turning it to a selected month.  I thought this would be the perfect night light for the grand children who were eating us out of house and home on the cost of flash light batteries.  Finally a lamp with enough light to make them feel better and no more batteries.

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Here is the link to all the photos of this deal, note the photo that shows where the power cord is plugged in. http://www.moolala.com/deals/id/L9P8ARV

Or so I thought… Silly me for thinking a lamp came with a plug.  When it arrived in its cheap little almost non-existent box I saw the hole for where you plug it in but no plug.  It also had a place for batteries.  Anxious to use it I popped in the batteries.  The entire thing kept falling a part in my hand but still I thought the light part was cool for the kids.  I emailed the company asking them to please send me the missing plug.  I got a guy name Wyatt.

Wyatt asked me what the item was and asked me what I was missing, asked me where they needed to mail it even.  I asked him why he needed my address I mean you shipped it to me in the first place, but ok I complied.  Later I get an email saying it dod not come with a plug.  I said it doesn’t come with a plug?  Then I want a refund please send me a paid return item tag.  I went on to say they item was not what I expected and it should have come with a plug.  He replied, what made you think it had a plug, where does it say it has a plug?  I replied IT IS A LAMP, LAMP IMPLIES PLUG!

He told me I was out of luck and surely they do not care about my little $9.00 I paid.  He said it is up to the vendor who sold the item.  WHAT you do not back up the products you advertise?

The $9.00 really in’t the point.  The point is customer service, the point is happy customers, the point is selling items that are not junk.  It is really sad today that there are companies like this out there doing business and praying on unsuspecting customers like myself.  Sure my $9.00 isn’t much but multiply that number by the thousands of buyers they have and this quickly amounts to BIG MONEY.

I caution you before you use any of these online shopping sites to do a quick search on them  I usually try the company name and the words ripp off or fraud, that quickly pulls up unhappy customers.  Check Angies List and the Ripp Off Report, you can check the BBB (Who gave them an F rating) too but I have found that site to be pretty ineffective.

Amazon on the other hand has been stellar about rectifying problems immediately even when it is dealing with another vendor who is on their site.

 

Here are the emails for those who are interested

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My Living Healthy Commitment

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One year ago today I held out my pack of cigarettes and told Vivian this was the last of my cigarettes.  She replied asking if I needed to run and get more, I said, “no I think this is the last of my cigarettes forever”.

January 28th was my first day smoke Free and I remain smoke free.

For those of you who are struggling with quitting smoking let me say, it is hard, and I still crave a cigarette almost every day of my life, but I am glad to be free of the smell, the cost and the stigma that is that of a smoker.

Although my journey began a year ago to being healthier there are still MANY steps to complete.  I feel like although my lungs were clearer I had now gained so much weight, what was the point maybe I should have kept smoking.  Many of you however have reinforced, losing weight can and will happen, just stay the course on the non-smoking thing.  So I have.  So today I ask for your support and help as I start phase 2 of getting healthy, Let the Healthy Eating Begin.

I have gained more than an adequate amount of weight since I quit smoking AND decided to start a new business, stress does crazy things to cravings.  I hope you will join me on my journey to being healthier as I begin the process of losing weight.

I am not setting a goal to be Bikini ready I am simply setting the goal to lose at least 50 pounds, increase my activity and eat healthier foods.  Oh yeah to add more water to my in take as well.  Feel free to join me on this journey if you want, it begins on January 28th.

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No one can just say the words that I want change without the desire to really do so, and no one can “Make” you do it their way.  Instead I believe we need to take it one step at a time making commitments we are willing to stand by and be accountable for.  Below I am listing some of the commitments that I think are needed in this process and encourage you if you want change to select the ones that work for you at this time and make your own commitment to living a healthier life

What will you commit to?  If you can select at least one item from each category to start with and grow from there

Exercising-More activity – 

Add one 30 min walk or more to your day

Add 30 minutes of cardio to your day

Take the steps instead of the elevator if you are traveling 2 floors or less

Park in the furthest parking space to the store

 

 

 

Healthy in take –

Remove Soda from your diet completelyex water

Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day

Eat small meals 5 times a day

Do not eat after 8 PM

Eat Breakfast

Eat smaller portions

Limit Alcohol intake to once per week

 

Healthy Habits –

Keep fresh vegis on hand for sudden cravings

Eat only at a table without Television

When you have a craving do something physical instead until the craving is gone

 

Tracking –

Join weight watchers

Weigh in one day a week, same time, same place, same clothes

Join a gym

 

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Share you goal with your friends so they help support you

Share your weekly progress even if you gain a pound share it so others can lift you up

See the skinnier you

 

I hope you will take the challenge with me to be healthier in 2014.  Remember this is a process, it will not be easy, you will have ups and downs and the people who love you are cheering you on NOT judging you.

Be sure to like One Day Closer to Healthy on Face Book and or follow our blog as more tips will be posted there to help get you through the process it is also a safe place where you can post victories, road blocks and healthy life style and recipe ideas.

 

Congratulations on your new commitment!

Day One: When you wake up tomorrow Weigh in and get started

 

 

New Year Resolutions

Great suggestions for your New Years Resolution and this one does not require a Diet (-:

Legacy Law Firm LLC

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Whats on your list? Losing weight? Quit smoking? Get a new job? Hitting the gym more often? Creating a budget? More time with the family? How about getting your estate plan in order?
I didn’t think so.
Estate planning is one of those things that no-one likes to think about either because you think you don’t need it (I am too young for that). Or you think it’s too complicated or expensive (I can’t afford doing this now, maybe later). Maybe I can counter these objections with some simple information.
Estate planning is not the same as financial planning. Part of creating a good financial plan is getting your estate plan completed but you can do one without the other.
If you own a home, own vehicles, have life insurance, have retirement plans, or have a bank account, you have an estate that should go to your family or loved…

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MAIN COURSE- Crockpot Lasagna

Personally I LOVE this recipe, I did use some olive oil to grease the crockpot first, I used jar sauce, spinach instead of the meat and wheat pasta. This is a lot like regular lasagna it gets better and better as left overs!

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1 pound Italian sausage (Replace meat with spinach for a healthier option)

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

jar of spag sauce 35 plus ounces

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (12 ounce) package  lasagna noodles (I like wheat)

12 ounces cottage cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

 

 

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the Italian sausage, onion, and garlic until brown.

Then drain fat.

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, and oregano and stir.

(You can also use jar sauce here or your home made sauce)

 

In a large bowl mix together the cottage cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

I prefer to mix in some provolone as well

 Spoon a layer of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the slow cooker.

Add a double layer of the uncooked lasagna noodles.  Add some of  the cheese mixture.

Repeat…

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THAT’S considered a Holiday? Says who? January Holidays

snowThe Monthly Holiday List has become one of the Most Popular Posts on this Blog, so expect to find this list here EVERY Month.

Find all of your January Holidays, Monthly, Weekly and Daily Below

Wanting to remain trendy and current I took a moment to Google what events were coming up for the rest of the month.

 I was stunned to get the list of what some of the  Official Holidays are, you might be surprised too.

As you will see as you read the list some of the things listed make you wonder do they really deserve a day, much less a month?

Who decided they are so special?

Aren’t there other more important things to celebrate?

And how did this list of things get an entire month instead of merely a day or a week.  Is there a committee?

Do you pay to be recognized?

 Is it political?

 Please please by all means take a moment and read the list and tell me which are your favorites.

January Monthly Holidays

Apple and Apricots Month 
Artichoke and Asparagus Month
Bath Safety Month 
Be Kind to Food Servers Month
Birth Defects Month 
Book Blitz Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month
Carnival Season (1/6 to 2/21/)
Celebration of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Financial Wellness Month
Get A Balanced Life Month
Get Organized Month
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month
International Creativity Month
International New Years Resolutions Month for Businesses
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Mentoring Month
National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Polka Music Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Soup Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Oatmeal Month
Rising Star Month
Self-help Group Awareness Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Tubers and Dried Fruit Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Worldwide Rising Star Month

January Weekly Observances

New Year’s Resolutions Week: 1-4
*Celebration of Life Week: 1-7
*Diet Resolution Week: 1-7
*Silent Record Week: 1-7
*Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week: 2-8
Home Office Safety and Security Week: 5-11
National Folic Acid Awareness Week: 5-11
National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week: 5-12
International 3-D Week: 7-10
Elvis’ Birthday Celebration Week: 8-11 (Note: Usually week of his birthday on Jan. 8.)
*Universal Letter Writing Week: 8-14
*Cuckoo Dancing Week: 11-17
National Vocation Awareness Week: 13-19
National Soccer Coaches of America Week: 15-19
Sundance Film Festival: 16-26
*National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week: 17-23
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days: 18-19
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week: 18-26
*Week of Christian Unity: 18-25
Clean Out Your Inbox Week: 19-25
Healthy Weight Week: 19-25
Hunt For Happiness Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
National Activity Professionals Week: 19-24
National Nurse Anesthetists Week: 19-25
National Handwriting Analysis Week: 19-25
No Name Calling Week: 20-24 
Sugar Awareness Week: 20-24 (3rd Work Week)
World Leprosy Week: 24-29 
Kid Film Festival: 25-26
Catholic Schools Week: 26-2/1
Meat Week: 26-2/1 (Begins on Last Sunday)
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week: 27-2/1
National Medical Group Practice Week: 27-2/1 (Starts 4th Monday)
International Hoof Care Week: 28-31
US National Snow Sculpting Week: 29-2/8

January Daily Observances


NOTE:  An * in front of the day means that the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.

*Copyright Law Day: 1
Commitment Day: 1
*Ellis Island Day: 1
*Euro Day: 1
*First Foot Day: 1
*Global Family Day: 1
*Mummer’s Parade: 1
*New Years Day: 1
*New Year’s Dishonor List Day: 1
*Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day: 1

Rose Bowl Game: 1
*Saint Basil’s Day: 1
*Tournament of Roses Parade Day: 1
*Z Day: 1
*55-MPH Speed Limit Day: 2
*Happy Mew Year for Cats Day: 2
*National Buffet Day: 2
*National Motivation and Inspiration Day: 2
*National Personal Trainer Awareness Day: 2 
*National Science Fiction Day: 2  
Rabi’i: 2
*Drinking Straw Day: 3
*J.R.R. Tolkien Day: 3
*Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day: 3
*National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: 3
*Dimpled Chad Day: 4
Earth at Perihelion: 4
*Pop Music Chart Day: 4
*Tom Thumb Day: 4
*Trivia Day: 4
*World Braille Day: 4  
*World Hypnotism Day: 4  
*Bean Day:  5
*Bird Day: 5
*Epiphany or Twelfth Night: 6
National Weigh-In Day: 6 (Always First Monday after New Years)  
“Thank God It’s Monday” Day: 6
*Three Kings Day: 6
*Harlem Globetrotter’s Day: 7
*I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day: 7
*International Programmers’ Day: 7 
*Orthodox Christmas: 7
*National Tempura Day: 7
*Argyle Day: 8
*Bubble Bath Day: 8

 *Earth’s Rotation Day: 8
*National English Toffee Day: 8  
*Midwife’s Day or Women’s Day: 8
*National Joy Germ Day: 8
*Show and Tell Day at Work: 8
*War on Poverty Day: 8
*Balloon Ascension Day: 9
*National Static Electricity Day: 9
*Panama’s Martyr Day: 9
*National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: 10
*League of Nations Day: 10
*Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day: 11
*Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day: 11
*National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: 11 
Fruitcake Toss Day: 11
National Clean Off Your Desk Day: 13 (2nd Monday)
*Public Radio Broadcasting Day: 13
*Rubber Duckie Day: 13 
*Stephen Foster Day: 13
*Caesarean Section Day: 14
*Dress Up Your Pet Day: 14 
National Poetry at Work Day: 14 (2nd Tuesday)
*Organize Your Home Day: 14
*Ratification Day: 14
*Humanitarian Day: 15 (Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. Started in 2009
by a committee for King Days of Respect. Different than World Humanitarian Day in August.)
*Appreciate A Dragon Day: 16
Get to Know Your Customers Day: 16 ( January 16,  April 17, July 17 and October 16)
*Nothing Day: 16
*Religious Freedom Day: 16 
Tu B’shuvat: 16
Women in Blue Jeans Day: 16-17
*Cable Car Day: 17
*Hot Heads Chili Days: 17-18
International Fetish Day: 17 (3rd Friday)
*Judgment Day: 17
*Kid Inventors’ Day:  17
Polar Bear Swim: 18
*Pooh (Winnie The) Day: 18
*Thesaurus Day: 18
*National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day): 18

Martin Luther King Day: 20 (Observed)

*Popcorn Day: 19
*Tin Can Day: 19
World Religion Day: 19 L (3rd Sunday)
National Day of Service: 20
*Camcorder Day: 20
*Penguin Awareness Day: 20
*Inauguration Day: 20 (traditional)  See 21st this year.
*National Disc Jockey Day: 20
Robert E. Lee Day: 20  (3rd Monday)
Inauguration Day: 21 (Observed)
*National Hugging Day: 21

Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day: 21
*Squirrel Appreciation Day: 21
*Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day: 22
*Celebration of Life Day: 22
*Roe vs. Wade Day: 22
*National Handwriting Day: 23
*National Pie Day: 23
*Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day: 23
Women’s Healthy Weight Day: 23 (Last Thursday)
*Belly Laugh Day: 24
*Beer Can Day: 24
*National Compliment Day: 24
*National Peanut Butter Day: 24
*Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day: 24
AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Day: 25
*A Room of One’s Own Day: 25
*Macintosh Computer Day: 25
*National Irish Coffee Day: 25(Also observed on March 17)
National Seed Swap Day: 25 (Last Saturday)
*Robert Burns Day: 25 
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day: 25
Grammy Awards: 26
*Lotus 1-2-3 Day: 26
*National Peanut Brittle Day: 26 
*Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement: 26
World Leprosy Day: 26
*Auschwitz Liberation Day: 27 
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: 27 (Always Last Monday)
*Holocaust Memorial Day: 27
*International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: 27
*Thomas Crapper Day: 27
*Viet Nam Peace Day: 27
*Data Privacy Day: 28
*National Kazoo Day: 28
*Thank A Plugin Developer Day: 28
*Curmudgeons Day: 29
*Freethinkers Day: 29
*National Puzzle Day: 29
*Seeing Eye Dog Day: 29
*Thomas Paine Day: 29
*Inane Answering Message Day: 30
*Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day: 31
Chinese New Year: 31
Fun at Work Day: 31 (Last Friday)
*Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: 31
National Pre-school Fitness Day: 31 (Last Friday)

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Man Says He’s Banned From Walmart For Life

What does it say that WALMART bans customers for life? Not for stealing? Not for Vandalism but for Price Matching? Crazy This guy goes there because he LOVES WALMART I have to make myself go, makes ya wanna think twice before you go somewhere just to save a buck!

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QUEEN CREEK, AZ (KNXV) — Walmart is speaking out after a Valley man said he found out the hard way just how to get banned from their stores for life.

Joe Cantrell loves to ad match.

He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.

According to the company’s website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.

What started as a trip to a San Tan Valley Walmart to get ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, turned into the biggest nightmare of Joe’s life.

“I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,” Joe remembers.

Walmart sent ABC15 the following statement Tuesday:

“We make every effort to make sure our customers have a good experience in our stores. As in previous situations, we attempted…

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