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Used cars: I always purchase used (reliable) cars

I must say that I was thrilled when I saw this used car commercial towards the end of last year.

The woman in the commercial and I have had two things in common. We both drive used cars and we listen to classical music while driving. Classical music is about all I listen to when I’m on the road. The station might change if my daughter (or her friends) are riding with me. If it’s just my daughter, she rarely switches the station since she loves classical music also. And despite the occasional videos I post (that are definitely not classical) I mainly listen to classical music. When I was a child, I played the piano from the age of eight up until I graduated high school (I still play). For several of those years, my piano teacher, Mrs. Townsley, would only allow me to play classical music.

By the way that used car sold for $20,000. 😉

Prius update

Well, earlier today, I received an unexpected blessing from the place where I purchased my Toyota Prius. I won’t have to pay the full price to get the inverter filter replaced. How awesome is that? I’ll be taking the vehicle in later this week.The used car dealership uses the same auto mechanic that I do. In fact, they were the ones that introduced me to them. I use them because they are dependable, don’t run games on me when it comes to car maintenance and charge a fair price.

Just keep swimming…

I’m slowly getting back into my normal writing routine. Let’s see, the past several months so much has been happening in the real world one of the biggest events that happened in November was that I sprained both wrists.

Today, I’ll be creating a few ‘crafting boxes’ so I can use for various items such as my hand-knit socks. Since August, I’ve knit 11 hand-knit socks It’s not the first time I’ve knit socks, but these are the first that I’ve knit toe-up.

I’m still juicing several times weekly. That along with eating whole foods only I know has contributed to me being able to withstand any cold viruses that try to hang out in my body. They instantly get ejected. I’m hoping to post some of my crafting and food adventures very soon.

A new computer: Dell – Inspiron 23.8″ All-In-One – 1TB Hard Drive – Black/White

Saturday, we purchased a new computer from Best Buy.

Dell Inspiron 24

Dell – Inspiron 23.8″ All-In-One – 1TB Hard Drive

And while it was supposed to work out of the box, it didn’t. The wireless keyboard and mouse weren’t connecting, for whatever reason. Thank goodness for the touch screen feature, or I would have had even more of a challenge as I tried to solve the issue. I’m still getting used to the touch screen feature on my computer. Yes… I have it on my iPad, but I still find it “odd” to touch my computer screen. In time, I’ll adjust.

In other news…

The garden is coming along nicely and I’ll be sure to post pictures soon. Since we now have  desktop again, I’ll be posting on here a bit more. We do have a laptop, but outside of work, I rarely use it… and I dislike writing blog posts on my iPad.

Sometimes, even Amazon has issues…

Earlier this morning, while attempting to make a purchase on Amazon I received this error message…

The Centurians Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke


We’re sorry. An error occurred when we tried to process your request. Rest assured, we’re working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Please try again in a few minutes.

A bit odd, but ok…? I realized that my card information needed to be updated. My bank recently sent me a new card, they updated to the “smartcard” feature. Is that what it’s called? So now, my expiration and security number has changed. I updated the information and went to  complete my order and still got the above error message. I attempted to make the payment a few more times and finally it started working.

I’m really looking forward to reading The Centurian’s Wife. It’s supposed to surround events after Jesus’s death. I love the Bible and read it daily, so this sounds great. I just hope they don’t deviate too much from scripture. Anyway, this book was recommended to me on my GoodReads profile. Here’s what it says…

“Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist’s perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity…and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma. Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil–facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine’s governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah’s mistress, the governor’s wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death–and missing body–is causing such furor. This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion’s Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties–between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.”

I can’t wait to read it. Actually, I don’t have to wait since I discovered I can read it on my iPad for free since it’s also free on the Kindle. Hooray! ☺️

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Benefit ride – Saturday, August 29

Here’s a few pictures from the first Triple Negative Breast Cancer Benefit ride. This past Saturday, August 29, was the event date, and I rode with my BF.

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I must say that God truly blessed us with a wonderful day! We could not have asked for better weather.

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I must say, that’s the longest I’ve been on a bike (about 3.5 hours) and I really enjoyed the experience.

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Before we left Pete’s house we prayed for safety during the trip and a Pastor was at the Carroll Hospital Center to pray also. How awesome is that?

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We left at 10:30 sharp, just like it was announced. You got to love when folks stick to a schedule, right?

We could not have asked for a better day to have a bike ride. Saturday was perfect bike riding weather.

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Many thanks to all that were instrumental in organizing the event. The official coordinators are the two I’ve shown above, but there were many others that helped to make this event a success.

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A lot of time went into making this run smoothly, and while I was not behind the scenes assisting the hard work put into turning this into a reality was recognized and appreciated.

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Since we mainly took back roads, it gave us all an opportunity to truly appreciate Gods beauty that was on display.

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I believe the ride was about 100 miles? During that time, we made three stops, the last being where the ride ended, at a local restaurant.

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There was even an Elvis impersonator. Part of the proceeds of that meal was donated to the cause also.

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For those who weren’t able to attend, you can still donate by going to the site located at the Rack Savers. The slogan is, Save the Racks!

And here is an explanation of Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which I copied I pasted below.

“A diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer means that the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth–estrogen, progesterone, and the HER-2/neu gene– are not present in the cancer tumor. This means that the breast cancer cells have tested negative for hormone epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors (ER), and progesterone receptors (PR). Since the tumor cells lack the necessary receptors, common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2 are ineffective. Using chemotherapy to treat triple negative breast cancer is still an effective option. In fact, triple negative breast cancer may respond even better to chemotherapy in the earlier stages than many other forms of cancer.”

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2015

So… I will (finally) be going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival this year. It slipped my mind in 2014, and I had another event to attend in 2013, so even though I wanted to attend I could not.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Early this week, I remembered that it was coming up and logging on to their Facebook page, I saw it was this weekend. Here’s where it gets interesting. I thought about it for several hours, reminded myself to tell the BF, that although I did not want to change our plans, I would, because of this annual event.

Well guess what? I did not get a chance to ask him.  One of the first things, my BF, asked when he called was , “Opal, Do you want to go the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival?” “I know how much you love your fiber crafts and I think it would be a fun even for us to do.” I never told him about the event; however, I was touched that he would ask me that and more importantly, not minding attending the event with my daughter and me. He went on to tell me he saw an advertisement about the event, when he was coming home from work. The fairgrounds is about five minutes away from where he lives.

Of course, I’m thrilled that he remembered how much I love fiber crafts and am impressed that he actually wants to attend such an event with a fiberholic like myself. I’ll be good, and I’ll have a reminder (my daughter) who I’m sure will let me know when she’s ready to leave.

I’ll be sure to post some pictures of what I purchase.