Sunday, March 18, 2018

My return is imminent

We are in Arizona now, enjoying some Cubs spring training baseball.  After we return, I return to the blogging world.  I need to find out what you are all up to!  😉

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

I'm alive and kicking!

Well, not kicking.  that would hurt the knee.  LOL

Nope, just in a blogging funk.  I'm sure it will pass soon...sorry.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Knee update

Doing much better, but not rushing going away from the cane, or 1 200 mg. of Ibuprofen a day.  Saw the doctor; he has released me.  I can walk at home without pain, but use the cane for up and down stairs.  I use the cane at work, because I walk long halls so often, and it just keeps from over-tiring it as it heals.  All in all, not bad for an old broad.  :)

Other than that, buried with month-end closing. 

Rain is  supposedly coming!

that's all I got.  :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Financial preparing

Since I'm less than a year from retiring.....

Since Robert Mueller's probe gets closer to Trump almost every single day now...

Since I think the market (financial world) is going back in a recession (I'm not alone), and...

Since I think the Trump/GOP crisis looming will make that recession even more volatile....

time to adjust my 401k's.

Into safe, much safer, capital preservation funds.

I had some friends about 10 years older than me that saw their 401k savings demolished in 2008 just as they were retiring.  I'll be damned if that will happen to me.

I'd rather stash (almost....90-94%) everything in safe funds now, and see where the next 18 months land our country and the economy.  When things stabilize, I can always shift again.  I don't want to lose my nest egg now.  Not enough time left (contributing) to make up for a giant recession like I was able to from 2008. (and even then, I saw the writing early and was able to move funds sooner than many of my contemporaries did who then lost way more by waiting.)

So, I spent the morning reviewing both funds, analyzing, reading up, then pulled the trigger on both.

I feel much safer/more secure now.  Makes me happy.  :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

the old grey mare...

yup, she ain't what she used to be.

Apparently my super human knee injury recovery wasn't as quick as I thought it was.  Apparently I walk more at work than I realized I did.  Apparently just because you start to feel no pain doesn't mean you can ditch the cane/walk as fast as you used to.

Two full days at work have taught me all this.  Back of knee is hurting.  I'm back to the cane, and walking very gingerly.  Oh well...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Why I deleted Facebook (for good) today

and I don't just mean I deactivated it.  That, you can un-do.  Deleting yourself from Facebook (with a 14 day grace period, unfortunately) permanent.

My decision is based on what I see is paying only lip service, at best, to their part in this whole Russian interference bullshit.  Two things this weekend pushed me over the edge.  First, this blog quote (source at end)

1.  A blogger to Facebook:

"On February 16th, the United States Justice Department issued an indictment charging 13 Russians and three companies with creating a sophisticated network designed to subvert our 2016 election. Your company names appear in the text of that indictment a whopping 41 times. By contrast, Twitter was mentioned 9 times and YouTube only once. I know, I know... you were not charged with anything.  I know the Justice Department did not accuse you of anything criminal. Yet, the conservative estimate is that150 MILLION Americans saw the propaganda. (I think it was more, but if it was one it was too many.) You know how many, don't you?

Your company reported approximately 7 billion dollars in revenue in Q3 of 2016.

Are you now SURE that you only made a few measly hundreds of thousands from that interference? I ask, because the companies indicted had budgets of as much as a million and a half dollars PER MONTH to spend with you and your friends...

See, I understand that Mr. Zuckerberg originally denied that your companies were involved or part of Russian meddling.  Did he make a mistake? According to the indictment, the bad guys used your convenient birthday reminder service to game us. They created fake identities because you tell them our birthdays. Why? How? WTF? DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER? 

If so, when do you plan to tell us? (Side note, my birthday was last week. Prior to the actual date I removed my birthday from your easily scammed system. I didn’t get hundreds of well-wishes like I have in years prior and despite that, I didn’t die and I had a nice day. Note to self, I guess)

I see that last fall Mr. Zuckerberg said that “I wish I could tell you that we’re going to be able to stop all interference (in the 2018 midterms) but that wouldn’t be realistic”  and just yesterday said that you  “still have a long way to go”

How much longer will that be and when can you tell us the answer? If you can’t tell us that, how about you just suck it up and shut the thing down until you figure it out? After all, it’s only our Democracy at stake. I realize you have bills to pay, but I have a country to worry about, so I win.

Your buddy Twitter says they are emailing every single one of the 677,775 users who swallowed the bot bait and fake ads, making them aware that they might be the same idiots many of us knew in our bones they were back when it happened. Of course their original estimate was lower than what we now know... hmmm.... but still, any plans on your end?



2.  I was made aware that Facebook's VP of Ads was posting preposterous stuff on Twitter this weekend.  Pretty much absolving Facebook of any complicity.  Saying that most of the 'damage' by Russia was done after the election.  (oh bullshit.)  Stating, and I quote directly "Disinformation is ineffective against a well educated citizenry. " (i.e., blaming US.) And, another direct quote: "I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal." If you want to look for yourself, here is his Twitter account link:

Well, this pissed me off to no end. Twitter is also guilty, but at least they are taking legitimate steps to right their wrongs. I do not feel Facebook is doing anything more than paying the slightest of lip service to the problem. Mr. Goldman's disregard for the damage (while collecting billions of dollars a month), was the tipping point from me.

I'm done with Facebook. I followed directions (from others) and first backed up my Facebook (I have a big ole zip file now with all photos and whatnot), then, I disconnected all other apps that sign in for me via Facebook (more than one would anticipate. Facebook is a snake-like presence in all your online apps! Especially games!)...and then, this morning, I deleted it all.

I will continue with Twitter. I'm upping my Instagram presence. (all I really wanted from Facebook was photos anyhow, and many of my family and friends are using it for that.)

I can't do (or won't do) much re all this Russian crap, but this is one step I COULD make, and I did. I am sure I'll feel some withdrawal pains, but it's worth it. To me, it's so very worth it!

And I changed my Twitter profile photo to Hillary Clinton today. Many are, as a silent protest to Trump on President's day. It's a little thing, But it makes me feel better, inwardly chuckle, even, by doing it, so all good. :)

p.s. Trump had some major mental meltdowns on Twitter this weekend. I've said too much. LOL

Saturday, February 17, 2018


My knee is better.  No where near 100%, but if not walking a great distance or going up or down stairs, I don't need the cane.  It's still a little tender when I try to sleep on my right side, but left side is ok.    I'm hopeful a 3 day weekend will help a lot.  Thanks for all of your well wishes.

Nothing else going.  Trying to stay non-political, but getting excited (in a good way.)  Other than, of course, the carnage that happened in Florida.  I didn't respond to your replies yesterday, and only posted that picture, because again, trying to stay non-political.  It's not always easy but for me, it's best for my sanity and blood pressure.

Going to spend the weekend resting and watching the Olympics.  Hope you are well; I plan to get to each of your blogs over the next couple of days.  :)