A Great Service for any Woman Having Chemotherapy

I was just informed that there is a free service provided for any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy.  It’s called Cleaning for a Reason and provides FREE housecleaning once a month for 4 months while she is in treatment.  The only requirement is for the woman to sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.  A participating maid service in her zip code area will arrange for the service.  This organization serves the entire USA and currently has over 500 partners to help these women.

The link to obtain this wonderful help is http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

Please pass the word along to anyone you know who would appreciate this offer.

Do You Dream?

I accidentally found a very informative and interesting site a few days ago.  It is called Lifelong Health and the url is http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

Once you get onto the site you will be hooked.  You won’t want to leave.  There is so much to see there, articles on every aspect of life.  I am copying one here because it is the one that drew me to the site.  It is about dreams.  I dream every night, every time I am asleep and some are disturbing.  They remain in my thoughts long after I waken.  I found the article informative and interesting.   The following is from the owner of the site.

Hi, I’m Lois  Trader

I am a two-time survivor of a life-threatening disease and a woman who has lived through bankruptcy, not only financially but physically, psychologically and spiritually. Now I’m a successful, positive, driven woman.

Being a physically fit woman at 47 years of age, my life was changed in a heart beat. My personal journey of being diagnosed with heart disease and learning to live with it has inspired me to help others who are also concerned about their health. No matter where you are in your journey, let’s work together to live the best life possible.

I’m excited to get to know you here on Lifelong Health. I look forward to getting to know you and learning together.

http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

 Do you remember your dreams? Do you understand their meaning? Do you wish your dream could last longer. Are you the only one who is having long vivid dreams? Below are four interesting facts about dreams.

Crazy dream equals emotion: While it can be hard to believe that an oddball dream about your mother, a circus and a snowstorm can have any bearing on real life, there may be symbolism and potential meaning to be mined in every dream—you just have to look for it, says Harvard-trained psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber. “The meaning of our dreams oftentimes relates to things we need to understand about ourselves and the world around us,” he says. Instead of shrugging off strange dreams, think about how they make you feel. “We tend to dismiss these dreams due to the strange components, yet it is the feeling we have in these dreams that matters most,” he explains. “Sometimes the circus and the snowstorm are just fillers that allow us to process the range of emotions we feel about our mother and give us the necessary distraction so we can actually experience that spectrum of emotion.”

Tons of Dreams: It’s not just one dream per night, but rather dozens of them, say experts—you just may not remember them all. “We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous,” explains Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a dream expert. “

The first dream of the night is about 5 minutes long and the last dream you have before awakening can be 45 minutes to an hour long.” It is estimated that most people have more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime.

Dream after you are awake? After a vivid dream it can be hard to fully wake up. It can be hard to concentrate until you get that dream replaced with reality. Or have you ever woken up from such a beautiful, perfect dream that you wished you could go back to sleep to soak it all up? This is how you can. Just lie still—don’t move a muscle—and you can remain in a semi-dreamlike state for a few minutes. “The best way to remember your dreams is to simply stay put when you wake up,” says Loewenberg. “Remain in the position you woke up in, because that is the position you were dreaming in. When you move your body, you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago.”

Same dream over and over again. Loewenberg suggests looking for underlying messages in recurring dreams so that you can rid yourself of them.
For example, a common recurring nightmare people have involves losing or cracking their teeth. For this dream, she recommends that people think about what your teeth and your mouth represent. “To the dreaming mind, your teeth, as well as any part of your mouth, are symbolic of your words,” she says. “Paying attention to your teeth dreams helps you to monitor and improve the way you communicate.”

 

85

85!  Two of my most visited sites are my descriptions, “About Me”.  That surprises me.  It also surprises me that I have reached the age of 85.  I never expected that to happen.  I never thought I would live long enough to get Social Security benefits.  But I was wrong and here I am still active, still involved, still interested in almost everything, still expressing my thoughts and feelings.

My birthday was yesterday.  My 2 daughters spent the day with me.  I had requested no party nor anything special and they complied.  It was a wonderful day.  We had lunch which I provided and then my favorite dinner, sushi with plum wine.  Awesome!

My oldest daughter, Circe, spent several hours helping her sister with promotional advice for her online shops.  Jennifer has been unemployed for more than a year sending out hundreds of resumes and going on multiple interviews without success.  She is a talented and accomplished graphic artist and an industrious employee, but has not been able to snag a job.  My oldest daughter, Circe, sat down with her and gave her the benefits of her experience with computer promotion.  I think that her advice will help in promoting her sister in her job search as well as the many other online sites Jennifer has going.

I sat in on this learning experience and found that there were a few things I could do to help my situation.  My Etsy site is my source for extra income as well as the satisfaction I get from the sales I make.  My handcrafted jewelry is diverse as well as colorful and unique.  When I make a piece of jewelry I imagine who will wear it and at what place, her job, a party, or just for fun.  My jewelry covers all sorts of possibilities.  Some pieces are dramatic, some simple, most are brilliantly colorful, some for evening wear, some for casual wear, but all are original designs.  I tend to like the dramatic items best.  Most of my time is spent on the design, putting the beads together to best show off their beauty.  You can see what I have made at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

At this awesome age of 85 I intend to make the most of what time I have left.  I’m not sure what that means, but I will figure it out as I go.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

 

Free Shipping on Etsy items

As of today all items in my Etsy shop will ship free of charge for customers in the United States.  I am doing this to help make it easier for my customers to purchase jewelry that they choose.  International customers will have a standard price of $5.00 to cover postage and handling.   http://etsy.me/GV8zSc

My Computer was Hacked!

My computer was hacked into the other day.  I was unable to open any of my normal web sites including my bank account, my credit card accounts, my Etsy site and my blog, Mizmlu’s Creatives.  I had no idea what had happened and did not know how to fix it.  So I called my computer expert, my daughter, Circe, who rescued me.  She was with a client and had me perform certain functions while she watched, to see what had happened and if I could fix it by following her instructions.  Turns out she confirmed that it was hacked into and the hacker had closed down all the relevant sites.  She was unable to do anything until she was finished with the client.  So then she logged into my computer from where she was, which I think is a magnificent option for her to be able to use.

 

It took her about 2 hours to complete the inspection and clean up all the garbage that the hacker had installed.  She then advised me to change all my passwords that related to any financial purpose.  That’s not as easy as it sounds.  Changing the one for the bank was the most difficult.  I had to identify myself in several ways so that they could be assured that I was who I said I was.  I approve of that even though it was time consuming.  I don’t want my password changed without my consent.

 

I rather liked my old password.  But now I had to come up with something I could remember and each one of the four I changed had different conditions.  Some needed a capital letter, others would not accept a punctuation mark or symbol.  I finally made up a password that consisted of 2 numbers, 6 letters and 2 more numbers.  Each time I entered the new password I was informed that it was a strong one.  That made me feel better.

 

There was an interesting article in the April issue of the AARP bulletin.  It dealt with the worst passwords people choose.  The most popular password is “password”.  No kidding.  It’s also the one most easily hacked.  Some suggestions were to use at least 12 keystrokes.  (I used only 10), use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, spaces, underscores and symbols.  Another tip is to pick a favorite TV show, movie, or a food you like, but with misspellings, symbols, or numbers.

 

The author suggested to gauge password protection, go to Microsoft.com/security and select “Create Strong Passwords.”  It’s worth taking the time to do this.  If you get hacked and want to reach my daughter at pctechsonline.com, or some other computer consultant, it will cost you at least $250.    Contact me if you have any questions.

Expert advice on preventing a burglary

Many, many years ago my home was burglarized.  I was home at the time, asleep in my bed.  The burglar came in through my unlocked back door, took my purse and a camera, film and nothing else.  This happened on the night before I was to leave for a 2 month trip through Europe with my daughter, 9 months after my husband’s death.  We were all packed, ready to go and had returned home from a bon voyage party.   Fortunately my passport and money was with me in the bedroom.  The purse contained just a few dollars, but the camera belonged to my mother-in-law and I was planning to use it on the trip.

I called the police, then my mother, who was going to stay in my house while I was gone and then went out to replace the camera and film.  The police said it was probably a teenager who went from house to house looking for an unlocked door.   I lived in an area that did not have a high crime rate.  In fact, that sort of crime never entered my mind.  I had lived in an unlocked home for my entire life.  The police said they would look for the purse, but it was never found.

From that time on my house is always locked.  I now have dead bolts on both doors.  I don’t feel confined.   I just feel safer.

There was a column in the Daily News recently which had tips on ways to help prevent home robberies.     Most burglars will not spend time trying to get into a house where the residents have taken steps to make it difficult.

Here are some things you should do:

Get a dog with a loud bark and keep him in the house at night and when you are away.

Leave a few lights burning and a radio on at night.

Plant large bushes in front of windows.

Get dead bolts for all your doors.

Get a security system.

Watch for strange cars that slowly pass through the neighborhood and note the description, and a license number if possible.

Pay attention to strangers, especially teenagers, who don’t belong in your neighborhood.

These steps will help keep the average, amateur burglar away from your home, but they are not foolproof.  You may have expensive items that others are aware of and are desirable.   If a professional burglar wants your property there is not much you can do to prevent him getting it, but the advice given here will usually deter the ordinary thief.

Two blogs you should read

I love to browse the web.  I will read something and wonder what it means or where to find something I want to buy and get the best deal, or sometimes something just pops into my head and I want to know all there is to know about it.  So I spend some of my valuable time doing unnecessary research, but always find something or someone who intrigues me.   This morning I found two.

 

If you have read my blog you know that my oldest daughter with the ancient name of Circe is a computer genius.  I know about most of her activities but until this morning I didn’t know she had a blog.  I found it and read it.  I highly recommend that you read it too.  She willingly offers free advice on computer problems such as “Why didn’t the person get the email I sent?”  Or, the best way to set up a domain name, and many other problems people have with their computer.  You can read her blog at pctechsonline.com/blog/

 

The other person I found is Neil Patel.  He too is a computer guru and has 140,000 followers, probably because he addresses blogging problems of every nature.  I found his web page very informative and I believe he has a large following because he is a professional and his advice can be trusted.  He taught himself through his many failures how to succeed.  He offers advice and solutions freely.  You’ll find him at quicksprout.com.

 

I think you’ll find that these two professionals have the answer to any problem you may have with your computer.

Lost my contact with the world

I had an emergency yesterday.  My land line phone went dead.  No dial tone.  I tried to use my cell phone but it wasn’t working either.  So I went to my neighbor who called the phone company for me.  However they couldn’t come until today.  I came home and tried the cell phone again, but realized I hadn’t topped it up and it was unusable.  So I was left with no way to reach my daughter who watches over me, or get online to reach her.

 

It was creepy.  I wasn’t frightened, but I felt literally disconnected to the world.  I live in a mobile home park so I am not without help if I need it, but the fact that I couldn’t communicate as I normally do was very strange.  I couldn’t get or send e-mail, pay bills, check my bank balance or any of the things I deal with every day.

 

After some time one of my neighbors came over to see if I was OK.  My daughter, who knows several people here in the park, reached someone.  This wonderful lady said she would walk over even though she had just come home from the hospital the day before.  She then called my daughter to let her know my situation.

 

For the rest of the day I spent my time doing things that didn’t require my computer or communication with the outside world.

 

Finally about 9pm my daughter showed up after work and got my cell phone working.  But she couldn’t fix the land line phone.  So I was still unable to conduct my normal business.  It is now the next day and I am waiting for the repairman as I write this.  He is scheduled to be here by 8pm.