Must Have Book


Must have book if you are thinking about opening a shop on Etsy, the world wide million $ site, to sell your creations or vintage items. This 51 page book, “Be An Etsy Seller” was written by two Etsy sellers who have experienced all the things you need to know when joining the Etsy community and have described them in detail. They hold your hand as you are walked step by step through the process. Joining Etsy is free. Putting your creations up for sale costs 20 cents per item and is listed for 4 months. Then if it hasn’t sold it can be re-listed for an additional 20 cents. All aspects of selling are covered, such as shipping, processing time, charging tax if necessary, how you want to be paid and many more subjects that other instruction books don’t cover. They are even in the process of creating a Spanish language version, coming soon.  To obtain this remarkable book go to

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Thanksgiving Trip

Kevin & me

Kevin and Circe at the levee

My daughter Circe and I just returned from a wonderful 6 day trip to visit my grandson, Kevin, and his girl friend, Trish.  Trish, who is a very successful marketing business owner, paid for our airline tickets and we stayed in her 1893 historic home in Edwardsville, IL.  She has beautifully restored it and filled it with treasured antiques.  She made a delicious meal for Thanksgiving and gave me 2 recipes that I am going to make for Christmas dinner.  (I will post them in a separate listing.)

We visited a quilt and antique exhibition in Edwardsville where I was astonished at the creativity in the beautiful quilts.  The hand stitching was so tiny you could hardly see it and the original designs were truly works of art.

Then Trish and Kevin drove us all over St. Louis, about 16 miles from Edwardsville, to see the places of interest that we had missed on previous visits.  There is a very high levee on the edge of the Mississippi river to prevent flooding.  It’s about a mile long and completely covered with artistic graffiti.  These are not your usual gang related scrawlings.  They were skillfully and imaginatively created by obviously talented artists.  I was mesmerized by the diversity and talent.  The picture of Kevin and I was taken in front of one of these designs.

The meals we had were delicious.  Trish is a terrific cook and we ate well.  We also visited Dewey’s in St. Louis for pizza.  I normally don’t eat much pizza, but we had 2 varieties and I almost couldn’t quit.  They were the best I’ve ever tasted and there’s nothing like Dewey’s in my area.

My grandparents lived in St. Louis and many of my ancestors as well, but not knowing exactly where they had resided we didn’t attempt to locate their homes.  I feel pretty sure that they probably don’t exist anymore, but that is another search that maybe I will make someday.

We really enjoyed spending time with Trish, her amazing son Patrick, and Kevin.  Since we hadn’t seen them for about 2 years there was a lot of conversation.  I’m very grateful to Trish for making our trip possible and her generous hospitality.  Love her.

Kevin, Trish and Patrick

10 Things You Can do to Prevent Fraud

There are over 10 million people that are victims of scams every year. Scam artists defraud people across the globe by using phone, email, postal mail and the Internet to trick you into sending money or revealing personal information. While con artists can be clever, many can be stopped by knowledgeable consumers. Here are 10 steps from the Federal Trade Commission that you can take to stop a scam.

1. Wiring money is like sending cash: once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Don’t wire money to strangers, to sellers who insist on wire transfers for payment, or to someone who claims to be a relative in an emergency (and wants to keep the request a secret).

2. Do not send money to someone you don’t know, including online merchants you’ve never heard of, or an online love interest who asks for money or favors. Do business with sites you know and trust. Don’t send cash, and don’t use a wire transfer service.

3. Do not respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial information, whether they arrive by email, phone, text message or an ad, no matter how professional they seem. For example, Associated Bank will never ask for your account or personal information by email.

4. Do not play a foreign lottery. First, it’s illegal to play them. Second, you’ll be asked to pay “taxes,” “fees,” or “customs duties” to collect your prize. If you send money, you won’t get it back, regardless of promises.

5. Do not agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know, then wire money back, no matter how convincing the story. If you deposit a check that turns out to be fake, you are responsible to pay back the bank.

6. Read your bills and monthly statements regularly, on paper and online. Scammers steal account information, then run up charges or commit crimes in your name.

7. After a natural disaster or other crisis, donate to established charities rather than one that seems to have sprung up overnight. Visit to learn more.

8. Talk to your doctor before buying health products or receiving medical treatments. Buy prescription drugs only from licensed U.S. pharmacies; otherwise you could receive products that are fake, expired, mislabeled and possibly dangerous. Visit

9. Remember there’s no such thing as a sure thing.
When you hear pitches that insist you act now, promise big profits and little or no financial risk, or demand that you send cash immediately, report them to Associated Bank or the FTC.

10. Know where an offer comes from and who you’re dealing with, including their physical address and phone number. Do an Internet search for the company name and website and any negative reviews. Check the Better Business Bureau at

Bonus Tip: Visit to learn how to avoid internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them