Saturday, December 29, 2012

End of the year My Memories giveaway

There is one last chance to win My Memories digital scrapbooking software before the year ends.

I use this software and love it. If you have been to my blog's Facebook page, the cover was created with MyMemories.

It's very versatile. I do Facebook covers and similar stuff in MyMemories. My photos are not organized and a lot of them aren't scanned yet, so I haven't done any albums, but I have done single pages, especially with heritage photos.

The current profile picture for Carol's Random Babble on Facebook. Time to change it, since it's after Christmas
A new version I'll put up on Facebook later, since I also need to make a new cover.

There are loads of free kits and quick pages, free font graphics and even a calendar template available. You don't have to buy a bunch of kits right off the bat. I do suggest that you follow MyMemories on Facebook, though, because they have giveaways and they tell you when a designer is having a sale. I picked up 14 kits for 99 cents each from one of my favorite designers recently - definitely worth it.

They even have a YouTube channel with tutorials that help you learn how to use various features. Here's the custom calendar tutorial:

Good luck!

I have a request

As I mentioned before, I will hold one last MyMemories giveaway before the end of the year, but I want to try something besides Rafflecopter. So I'm looking into other widgets that track entries.

I signed up for Giveaway Tools alpha access, but I need people to go to my link. The more people who view my link, the quicker I'll get to try the Giveaway Tools widget.

My link.

I will still do the MyMemories giveaway today. I'll probably use Rafflecopter, just because I know how. I've had some real-life stuff interfering with my time and desire to post lately, but I'll start getting back into the giveaways because I know people like to try to win stuff.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oh noes! My Kindle Fire

I have mentioned before how much I love my Kindle Fire (as much as any inanimate object, that is - of course it doesn't compare to my kids).

I use it every day. I read, play games, use it at church - I love when there is a scripture link in the lesson, I can touch the link text and it goes right to the verses, and they are highlighted.

But ... the place where the charger is inserted has always been slightly loose. And tonight, it's not making a connection at all.

So I contacted Amazon. They right away said they will send a new Kindle Fire, with two-day shipping. As soon as it is available ...

It's Christmas season, and I think this is still one of the hot gifts, so they think I'll get my replacement after Christmas. It's only got 13% charge, and I have to retrieve personal information from it, so I won't be playing games or reading books on it any more.

On the plus side, I'll have a brand-new Kindle Fire, and in future I'll only download some of the books I order - it was getting confusing with all the books I had on there.

On the down side - all my personalization will be gone. My progress in Oregon Trail - American Settlers will be wiped out (again) and I'll be starting over. I know that's a silly thing to worry about, but playing games like that relaxes me.

The customer service thing is good - I didn't have to jump through hoops. I stated the problem, said what I tried and the cs rep asked a couple of questions. He stated early on that I would be getting a new one. They want me to send this one back after the new one arrives.

So all in all, pretty good experience at this point. Ask me again in a couple of weeks (without my daily dose of Kindle).

UPDATE (12/18/12): I just got an email that says my Kindle Fire has been shipped and should arrive on Thursday.  Yay!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Favorite holiday movie

I have a tendency to either rush into things or overthing them. I am definitely overthinking the photo a day challenge.

The topic is favorite holiday movie. For starters, I couldn't pick one. I actually had to google "christmas movies" to find a wikipedia article with a list. I started going down the list and "like that one," "like that one, too, " and so on.

Then when I would try to figure out how to picture that, I got stuck.

So you get this:

I checked this out from the local library and haven't watched it yet. I've seen it before, but it's been awhile. I got it to watch to help get in the Christmas spirit.

I realize this is very late, but it's still Sunday for me. Tomorrow's challenge is "red" and I'll try to do better. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

And the winner is?

I don't know yet. Danielle C. is the winner. She has been contacted and has responded.

There were only 11 entries, only 4 people entered. You would think that it would be easy to pick.

But, oh, no.

You see, I discovered that a lot of bloggers verify every entry. Then they delete the false entries (someone says they liked on Facebook or left a comment, but actually didn't). Then they use to pick a winner from the valid entries.

And here's my problem. I can't verify the Facebook likes except for one person I know personally. Also, out of the four people who entered, I got three comments, and two were from the same person. The fourth person didn't say that she left a comment, and she didn't. But that means one person said she left a comment but there is no comment from her.

So I've got to try to verify the Facebook likes and delete the false entries, but it's late at night and I need my sleep. I will work on this in the morning (I hope). Remember, I didn't sleep well last night and I had a long day at work (more on this in a minute). So I'll get to it as soon as I can.

There will definitely be a winner, however. And the good news is, I can give away another copy of the software in December! So more chances to win. I'll look into another type of giveaway tool to use. I know there's at least one out there that verifies the Facebook likes.

And a note about my long day - while I was at work, the school nurse called. Cayla wasn't feeling well and wanted to go home. I called Donna to pick her up, and also made a doctor appointment for her. So I had to stay at work longer, skipping lunch until 4:30 and take her to the doctor instead of taking a nap in the breakroom at work, like I had planned. But that's part of motherhood, right? It just adds to my tiredness.

Anyway, I'll take a fresh look at the entries in the morning and we'll see about getting a winner picked.

December photo a day challenge

I'm going to do the December photo a day challenge.

I haven't taken today's photo yet. The subject is Your View Today.

Flags are at half staff in Iowa today in honor of a young man from Algona who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

The challenges:

There's a linky on the original page if you want to join in.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MyMemories project

Well, kiddos, today is not a good day for me. I was up late and up again early. My brain is reeling with concern over a friend and replaying a weird incident from last night, so I'm all fuzzy-headed and not in the mood for scrapbooking.

So today's project is a random thing I've already done ... let's look and see what we have:

It's my great-grandparents, Walter and Augusta Burrell. I did this one back on April 22. I really like vintage-looking stuff. I think this was from a speed scrap on the MyMemories Facebook page. They do the speed scraps every Sunday, and occasionally at other times. They give you a few instructions (six or so) with time in between each one. Then people post what they've done. It's a good way to get inspiration.

MyMemories has a YouTube channel, as well, with instructions on how to achieve certain effects.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Why I can't sleep

So, I was up past 1 a.m. and woke up at 4:30 a.m. - this isn't going well. I am concerned about a friend, and also had a weird experience at the gas station last night.

I tried using my (prepaid) credit card, but it wouldn't go. The cashier said do certain things - I told Donna what the cashier said, Donna didn't do it exactly (got lost in translation, I guess), so the card didn't run.

I told Donna to go ahead and get the gas. I walked up to the cashier to pay with my card - she ran somebody else's total. Ours was $20 - the other was $47. The guy didn't have cash on him, so we couldn't have him just give me the cash. The cashier called her manager - he said she couldn't reverse the charge, but she kept insisting she had done it before. In the end, she ran my card for our gas and gave me $47 from the till.

Okay, so we left - I'm not out anything except that if I want to put the $47 back on my card it will cost me $4.64 extra. However, the guy with the $47? How is he going to pay for his gas? I think that cashier is going to end up at least $47 short in her till.

Also, when she handed me the credit slip to sign and I saw $47, I was a little angry that she messed up. But she made it worse by telling me "calm down." Several times. I told her, "the more you tell me to calm down, the more upset I get." (In other words, shut up, and just try to fix it instead of telling me how to feel.)

Who is at fault here? Well, it's my fault and Donna's fault for not following the cashier's instructions to run the card with the pump handle still in the pump. However, that just affects at what point the charge is run, whether before pumping or after. But I think the cashier's fault is greater for running my card without double-checking which pump. We were at pump 5 - she could see us and the pump number should be visible - I know the amount was - from where she was. During the earlier conversation, I said we were on pump 5. I'm not sure what pump she thought we were on - but that was clearly carelessness. She was too busy telling me what we did wrong to pay attention at that point. Then she was too busy telling me to "calm down" - and I wasn't flipping out, calling names or anything, just maybe speaking strongly.

After she handed me the $47 in cash, she ran my card for my $20 without asking. I told her I wanted to pay with the cash, but for some reason she decided for me again. Also, at this point there were a couple of other guys waiting, so she was trying to get the line moving again but had to take care of the mistake first, I guess.

Anyway, now I have to decide whether it's important enough to me to go back when the manager is there to see if they can put the money back on my card without the service fee. I don't know how the other guy's thing worked out, since he didn't have cash on him to pay for his gas and I'm sure she couldn't run his card for the gas she made me pay for.

So when I woke up this morning at 4:30, my mind was running over the events that concern my friend, and I am still wondering if she is all right. Then my mind started replaying the gas station scenario, and I realized I'm not able to just go back to sleep. And Cayla gets up at 5:30 a.m. to go to seminary ...

It wouldn't be so bad, except this is one of my early days at work - long days, really. I work a couple of hours in the morning and then leave and go back in the afternoon and evening. So I don't have time to make up for the lost sleep with a nap in the morning. I'm going to stay up till 5:30, make sure Cayla is up, and then go back to bed. But that's at least an hour of lost sleep, and a bad start to the day.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MyMemories project and giveaway

So, I've been playing around a little with my new version of MyMemories digital scrapbooking software. I made a new timeline cover for my Facebook page, as well as a new profile photo.

Timeline cover (not full size)

Profile photo (full size)
Most of the embellishments and paper came from a kit called Santa. MyMemories keeps track of your downloads, so you don't purchase the same kit twice. You can download them again, as well, if you get a new computer or have to reformat your current one (something I do from time to time).

So the giveaway ends at 12:01 EST on Nov. 30, which means there is today and tomorrow to enter. No entries yet at the time I am posting this, so your chances are good.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giveaway: My Memories v4

As I promised, here is the giveaway!

One winner will receive a code for downloading version 4 of My Memories digital scrapbooking software. There are not too many entries and none are mandatory, so it should be fairly easy to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, I also want to show off what I did this morning. I did a short album of a few photos from Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's and sister's new apartment. My kids weren't feeling well, so they stayed home. Two of Donna's kids were there - Suzanna and Richard, and Suzanna's boyfriend, Chad.

I mostly used the Thankful Mini Kit, but I also used embellishments from a couple of other kits.

I'll be working on some stuff during the giveaway to show some of the kits and things you can do with My Memories digital scrapbooking software. Good luck!

Monday, November 26, 2012

MyMemories version 4 is here

If you are into scrapbooking and haven't gone digital yet, here's an opportunity to try MyMemories digital scrapbooking software. I've been using it for months and really like it.

Now version 4 is here, with a lot of new features. And today, Cyber Monday, you can get a discount!

To get the full version 4 at 50% off, use code CyberV4full ($39.97 value).
To get the upgrade at 50% off, use code CyberV4up ($19.97 value).

I have a My Memories affiliate code. I'm not sure if it works with the discount, but just in case: STMMMS22597. The discount code goes in the box in the middle of the page when you check out.

I'm going to do a giveaway starting tomorrow and only until the end of the month. I don't have it set up yet, but I'll do that tonight after work or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here's some of my work with MyMemories digital scrapbooking software version 3 (I only just now downloaded version 4 and haven't installed it yet).

A page about a clown band in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1934.

A Facebook timeline cover I did for my mom's Facebook page. Her paternal grandparents, Mom and her sister Diane, and her parents.

A speed scrap I did back in March. Every Sunday, the My Memories Facebook page does a speed scrap (and some other times, as well). They give directions like "Pick three background papers," "Use two photos and mat them," "Use three embellishments on each photo" and so on. People follow the directions and afterwards a few people post their work. It's interesting to see how different the layouts are from the same few steps. (Usually about six, I think.)

So, if you are in the market for digital scrapbooking software, you can get a discount today. I'll have a giveaway of the full MyMemories version 4 tomorrow, and more examples each day.

UPDATE!!! The Cyber Monday price is extended to Nov. 28. Full version code is v4efCyber. Upgrade version code is v4eCyber. The codes are case-sensitive.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rockin' the vote

Election Day!

Americans complain about government, but many neglect their basic right and civic duty to vote. I've seen multiple postings on Facebook trying to convince people one way or the other, which usually alienates the audience.

I've seen an ecard and posts which say, if you don't vote, you lose the right to complain about government.

No, you can still complain - freedom of speech and so on. But we'll all think you are a whiny baby who should try to fix things instead of just talking about it. (Joking! I complain about a lot of things.)

Anyway, my point in posting is to say - vote if you can. I just walked over to my polling place (no car) with my 19-year-old daughter, who voted for the very first time. We hadn't discussed beforehand who we were voting for, but we talked about it a little on the walk home.

I voted for the maximum of everything possible - one in the races where one is appropriate, and the maximum for the nonpartisan races where more than one position is available. I also voted on the subject of judge retention (which is a huge thing in Iowa after the gay marriage ruling a few years ago). And the 911 thing in Webster County.

Amanda voted for a smaller number of offices. Which is fine. She made the walk over to the polling place and exercised her duty as a citizen of the United States. Which makes me really happy.

If you haven't voted yet, if  you are on the fence about a particular race, don't know enough about those candidates or don't like either candidate in that race, you can skip that part. Your vote still counts in the races you select.

We are a privileged country to have this right - men and women, old and young (over 18), any race, religion, cultural background - as long as you are a citizen of this country, your vote can count.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Yeah, car problems again

When I bought my current car, I was in a hurry. I didn't look under the hood because I don't know that much about cars and figured I wouldn't catch anything wrong anyway.

I was wrong.

There's this goofy thing going on with the radiator and overflow. At some point before I bought it, the hose to the overflow cracked or something, and it was repaired with some sort of putty or substance something like silicone glue but black. It didn't make a secure seal, though, so if it overheated, the coolant in the overflow couldn't go back in the radiator.

So the low coolant light was on pretty much all the time and I learned to ignore it. I put coolant directly in the radiator from time to time (not often enough as it turns out).

I even had an oil change last month and asked them to check the level and put coolant in the radiator.

And yet ...

On Saturday when the car was acting weird, I didn't notice the temperature until after I drove Cayla to church and was on my way back to work. I stopped at home instead, and ended up calling Donna to give me a ride home. But I had to get the car in the garage, because it would be towed if I left it where it was.

Saturday night Donna took me to Walmart after work and I got more coolant, which I put in the car Sunday morning. But it won't start. It made a loud sort of metallic clang when I tried, so I'm pretty sure it's toast.

I will check with a mechanic, but I'm guessing that the car isn't worth fixing - the repairs would be way too expensive. I can sell it for junk, probably get $200 to $250? But that's not enough to buy another car. I can't see myself walking to or home from work on a regular basis - it's clear across town. And I hate relying on my sister for rides - she shares her car with her daughter, who also lives across town. So I'm stuck ... not knowing what to do next.

I had hoped this car would last until I get my tax refund next year.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blogger op: Kindle Fire

Yes, it's another Kindle Fire giveaway! This is an opportunity for bloggers to gain fans for Facebook pages or Twitter.

There is no entry fee. Simply go here for more information (the link to the signup page is there) and make your post about the event. When the event is close, you will receive HTML to post on your blog.

You must promise to promote the giveaway at least once a day when it is live. The giveaway runs from Oct. 10 to Oct. 24.

There are also opportunities for bloggers to host pages and to win money.

I've got a Kindle Fire and I use it every day. I like being a part of these giveaways.

If  you sign up, please say that Carol's Random Babble sent you or use this URL:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

iPad3 Holiday Giveaway

Here's another giveaway!

To be honest, although I love the idea and the look of the iPad, I can't justify the expense for myself. I am fairly content with my Kindle Fire. But if someone were to give me an iPad? I would probably pass along my Fire without hesitation. (Probably - the Fire does fit nicely in my purse, and I use it a lot.)

And I've only held an iPad once, for a few minutes, trying to track down the owner at church when he left it behind. I have never really used one, so I don't have personal experience. But here's a chance for someone to win an iPad - no worry about the expense or whether it's better than a Kindle Fire or laptop. Just a lovely prize to enjoy. (I imagine watching videos and playing games would be much better on the iPad.)

Good luck!

Welcome to the iPad3 Holiday Giveaway Event!

Hosted by Mom Blog Society
Special thanks to our lovely co-hosts Mom to Bed by 8, Thinking Outside The Sandbox, Moms Living Thrifty and Food N Service for their help bringing this giveaway to life!

Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB – 3rd generation

Pick up the iPad and suddenly, it’s clear. You’re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, they made the fundamental elements of iPad better – the display, the camera, the wireless connection. All of which makes the third-generation iPad capable of so much more than you ever imagined. Everything you do with iPad, you do through its large, beautiful display. And when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better. The Retina display on the iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44-percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1-million pixels – in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. When you can’t see the pixels, you see the whole picture. Or article. Or game. In ways you never could before.

Product Features

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacityes: 1 x Headphones – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking / port replicator – 30-pin dock connector
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

One lucky reader will receive an iPad 3 Generation {16Gb, Wi-Fi}!

Giveaway ends November 1st at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog

or a reasonable fascimile ...

A "quick" rundown of the past few months:

Around May 4, I learned that I would have to find a new place to live because the landlady planned to sell the house I was renting.

On July 5, I signed a lease at an apartment. The next day Kent (future ex-husband) took Boo-Boo, our male cat, and my sister drove me to Des Moines to surrender our two girl kitties to the Animal Rescue League. I'm a firm believer that when you take an animal into your life, you need to be constant and not just pass them along on a whim. However, I had limited time and resources to find a place that would let us have any pets, let alone three cats. (The place we are living in specifically rules out every living creature other than human, except they allow one cat, with a $150 deposit and $25 extra per month, which I didn't know about until after we gave up our cats.)

The next week, the girls and I moved in.

We were in the process of getting settled and  unpacking and getting used to the new place. School was coming up soon and we got Amanda signed up for the alternative high school, in her last chance for a regular diploma. The GED classes are in the evening, when I'm working, and she doesn't drive, so that's not a viable option right now.

Then ...

Mom broke her leg.

It was the night of Aug. 3, a Friday. The Bohemian Hall (dance hall outside Fort Dodge) burned and we (at the newspaper) had to scramble to cover it. I was at work until midnight and was still awake when Donna called to ask me to check on Mom as Lifeline had called her. I went to Mom's (after getting dressed again, just in case, which turned out to be a good idea) and called 911. She was on the floor in the bathroom, unable to get up. They took her to the hospital, and a round of X-rays later, we find that she has broken the fibula into three pieces and the tibia has bone fragments at the base. Surgery is required.

The surgery was nearly three weeks later. Mom spent that time in a nursing home and is still there. She's not to put any weight on the left leg and is supposed to have it in the boot nearly all the time.

Since Mom's not living at her apartment, the rent subsidy doesn't apply. Neither Donna nor I can pay her rent as well as our own. The nursing home is going to be getting nearly all of Mom's Social Security. So we are packing up her things and putting them in storage. Mostly in my garage at my apartment. And tomorrow friends from church are coming to help us move the furniture and whatever boxes we have packed.

It's not nearly done, but we have to pay by the day each day this month that we are in possession of the apartment - more expense.

Anyway, my point in all of this is to say that I owe you all an apology. I apologize to those who want to read my blog and have been missing out. And I apologize to those who don't want to read it and don't mind missing updates on Facebook and Twitter. Those will resume as I start getting back into the blogging habit.

Pity my fans on In Old Fort Dodge - I haven't  updated that site since early July, and when I get a chance to, they are probably going to get a lot of updates in a short time. But that's the nature of that site - it's supposed to be daily articles, and when I go back to put them in, they will all come at once.

Well, there you have it. Now you know why I put quote marks around "quick" in the beginning.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blogger op: iPad3

iPad3 Holiday Event is hosted by Mom Blog Society.

Prize: iPad3
The event dates: 10/4 - 11/1
Free Event ~ Sign-Up Here

Please say that Carol's Random Babble sent you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

$150 cash giveaway

Today could be your lucky day! I Heart Giveaways and The Coffee Chic present a brand new giveaway where you can get a chance to win $150 Paypal Cash.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Canine 4 Kennan

I promised to blog about this, and kept putting it off. My procrastination is not a measure of the importance of this post, but rather, just me.

So there's this family at church, the Browers - Delmer and Ann Michelle. Their children are adopted (yay adoption!). When you adopt a child, you don't know what you are going to get. Any child is a mystery, but adopted children are more so, because the medical history of the parents is usually unknown, or sometimes incomplete.

This is what happened with the Browers.

Their second son, Kennan, was adopted as a baby. He had some issues that they dealt with, or if they had questions, they were told it was "terrible twos" or something that kids grow out of. But Kennan didn't grow out of the behaviors, and continued to have problems.

His profile said that his birth mother didn't drink or do drugs during her pregnancy with him. After years of problems with Kennan, Ann Michelle learned about fetal alcohol syndrome and the effects on the baby. She and Delmer researched it and then consulted the pediatrician. They also contacted the caseworker from the adoption and asked him to find out if there was any information on whether Kennan's birth mother drank or used drugs.

As it turns out, she did drink (they don't know how much or how often) and also used cocaine during her pregnancy.

Kennan has been diagnosed with a slew of disorders and conditions (more info here with photos of the results of some of his bad days):

He is now listed as having ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder),  SPD/SID (Sensory Processing/Integration Disorder),  DBD (Disruptive Behavior Disorder) and an unspecified Learning Disorder with the probability of an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – more specific ARND (Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder)).

Ann Michelle and Delmer are raising funds for a service dog to help Kennan learn to modify his behaviors (calming effect) and head off or lessen meltdowns. They believe this will help their son in many ways.

There is a 5K fun run/walk (today) in Fort Dodge. It costs $25 to participate. Signups start at 7:30 a.m. at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center. I'm planning to help with signups and wherever else I am needed. If you can't participate but want to donate, there are links to donate at the 4 Paws For Ability site, and on Ann Michelle's blog, Canine4Kennan (look on the right side for the FirstGiving widget.

Here's a Messenger article about the 5K, with Google map and route map: Family needs funds to get 4 Paws for Ability service dog

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just as I expected

My daughters are Amanda, 19, and Cayla, 16. They are both in high school. They are reasonably intelligent creatures, with a good sense of humor.

However, they are not the most helpful children around.

Cayla used to be. But around the time she officially became a teenager, her attitude changed. She didn't become surly, exactly, but started giving out these "put-upon" vibes.

Now, this may be legitimate, as I had relied on her helpfulness quite a bit, especially since her sister is the type to simply ignore commands, suggestions and orders.

Now, they've both got it.

Before I left for work yesterday, I asked for a few simple tasks to be done:

  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Fill the dishwasher (and start it, although I didn't actually say that).
  • Do one load of laundry for me.
  • Take out the garbage (from four wastebaskets).
How much of that do you think got done?

Well, when I got home from work, I emptied the dishwasher, filled it and started it. I put a couple more items of clothing in my hamper, to wash in the morning. I gathered the garbage to take out in the morning.

So, all my tasks are nearly complete - it's just that I am the one doing them.

Color me unhappy Mom.

Prioritizing - again

Things are still rather unsettled since our recent move and Mom breaking her leg. She's going to stay at the nursing home for several months at least, so Donna and I (and any of our offspring willing to help or at least coerce-able) have to pack up her apartment.

She can't even supervise, as it's not practical for her to come back for any length of time. For example, if she would need to go to the bathroom, we wouldn't be able to help her and make sure that she doesn't put any weight on the broken leg.

So we are flying blind, so to speak.

Donna and I met with Mom on Sunday and made a list of certain items and categories of items and sort of decided what to do with them. Donna wants a specific bookcase. I think Mom should be able to have a different bookcase, so she can have her books (as many as will fit) with her. Mom also has a dresser and some smaller chests/end tables/what-have-you, and other pieces of furniture.

She has many, many cookbooks and other books.

She has a massive three-piece corner entertainment center that nobody wants.

All of her things have to be sorted, as there are things she wants and things we need to find (her patriarchal blessing, her birth certificate), and things we need to distribute to various members of the family.

And it all has to be done by the end of the month.

I don't even want to start.

But I'm trying to arrange a couple of days off this month to give me more time. I've got a storage space that we can put things in for the time being, although I don't want to keep paying that fee. I promised to take on paying Mom's life insurance, which is nearly $70 a month and I wasn't expecting to have that when we moved to a more expensive place. (Rent is more expensive, but I don't pay water/trash/sewer and since I'm not driving as much, I don't have to fill the car up as often.)

So, here we are. A massive project that nobody wants to do, but it must be done in a timely manner. And I have to keep up with all my other obligations as well (keeping apartment clean, earning a living, attending church and fulfilling callings, my blogs - which I've been neglecting since we moved, making sure my daughters get to school and have food and so on).

So I'm going to work on a schedule - get it down to days and approximate hours when I can be at Mom's. I wrote checks for the rent and cable, so we'll have the TV on when we are there, for company/noise. I find it creepy and lonesome to work without some background noise at least.

I always feel behind and inadequate, but the latest crises have made me feel even moreso.

It's got to get better.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blogger op: $150 Paypal cash

Update: this signup is over, but the giveaway begins on Sept. 10. Please come back to Carol's Random Babble on Sept. 10 to enter.

Here is another FREE event for bloggers worldwide!

Participate in I Heart Giveaways and The Coffee Chic's upcoming $150 Paypal Cash Giveaway.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

$50 giveaway

I follow a lot of blogs - well, by follow, I mean on Facebook. As you may know, Facebook restricts page posts to a small percentage of the page's fans. When I post things to my Facebook pages, only about  5 or 6 percent of my fans can see them. (Which is why I repost things a lot - to reach more people.)

So it goes with other blog pages. I only see a small percentage of the posts. I don't take the time to go to each Facebook page to check all their posts. So I am happy when a good post shows up in my timeline.

The blog Life: Full of Unexpected Happiness is holding a fan giveaway for a $50 gift card. (They don't do Paypal, but they do use WePay and Serve.)

Conditions: One entry per person. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the place of their choosing. Gift certificate will be given to winner within 2-3 weeks after winner states where they would like.

It's very easy entry - if you are already a fan on Facebook, click I'm a Fan! If you are not, you have the chance to become a fan, then click I'm a Fan!. That's it. At the time I am writing this, there are 31 entries.

Go enter!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TV Dinner giveaway

Have you played the TV Dinner app on your iPad before? So FUN! You get together with other fans, friends or family and chat while watching your favorite TV shows. Like the show So You Think You Can Dance! Are you a fan? It's more fun watching a show when you can comment on your favorite dances or boo the judges because they didn't like it but you did. ;-) There's other shows too besides SYTYCD ... lots of fun to be had!
Don't have an iPad? Not a problem!
The TV Dinner app is now available ONLINE! Now we can all get together online or on our iPads and chat, comment and cheer while watching our favorite shows.

Madame Deals Media has teamed up with TV Dinner to introduce you to TV Dinner online.

Join us this Wednesday 8/15 during SYTYCD (8-10 EDT) and have a chance at a $100 CASH Prize!! (On the west coast? It's OK, you can still join us for TV Dinner and chat even if the show isn't on in your area yet).
You must register in the Rafflecopter below AND attend the TV Dinner event on 8/15 in order to be eligible to WIN!
Make sure to tell them that Carol's Random Babble sent you!

Good luck and see you there!!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blogger op: TV Dinner flash giveaway

Would you like to promote your blog with a free giveaway? Signups are going on for the TV Dinner flash giveaway on Aug. 14-15.

Sign up here and please say Carol Foltz sent you. There is also a referral contest and the blogger whose blog or tweet the winner came from will also win.

Back to School Bash

Welcome to the Back to School Bash Giveaway Event, hosted by! A great group of bloggers have teamed up to bring you some of the latest and greatest products geared towards elementary aged children - more than $200 worth! These prizes include cool school clothes, shoes, healthy lunch snacks, school treats, personal labels, paper and other essential classroom supplies.

Famous Footwear - Known for their awesome shoes for all ages, Famous Footwear is getting families ready for the back to school season, in style! They carry brands you know and love, such as Nike, Converse, Stride Rite, Puma, DC Shoes, Steve Madden and more all at affordable prices! Shop for footwear for the whole family in stores or online at Enter their "Rock Your School Contest" where you can win cash towards your dream enhancements for their child's school. Prize: $50 Famous Footwear Gift Card

Office Max -  This retailer carries the best in school and office supplies online and in store outlets nationwide. They have revealed the hottest school supplies this year, which include folders, backpacks, pencils and more with Angry Birds, Marvel Heroes, girly Glitz & Glam decorations and animal print styles. Visit your local Office Max for supplies this year! Prize: Assorted Angry Birds School Supplies.

AstroBrights Paper - Make your projects stand out with colorful paper selections from AstroBrights! The colors are bright, bold and ready for your school. Choose from binder paper, note cubes, poster boards and more. Available at Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Target and Michaels. Prize: Assorted AstroBrights Colored Paper Packs, cardstock, envelopes, note cubes and more.

Lovable Labels - Not only a practical back to school must have, but these are totally cute! Lovable Labels makes awesome personalized labels that any student could use to identify his or her items. Use them for backpacks, clothing, folders, books, shoes, art supplies, lunch boxes and so much more! Prize: Back to School Personalized Labels Pack

Pirates Booty All-Natural Snacks - Say no to unhealthy, fried, fat and sugar ridden snacks! Kids want something tasty in their lunch boxes, so packing a little Pirates Booty all-natural snacks are sure to be a hit! Give your child's lunch box a makeover with these baked and gluten-free snacks made of puffed rice and corn. Flavors include aged white cheddar, barbecue, New York pizza, sour cream and onion, veggie and even chocolate! Prize: Assorted flavors of Pirates Booty Snacks

Pampers Kandoo - Pampers is best known for their quality baby diapers, but their Kandoo products are just as great! They make a foaming hand sanitizer that is wonderful for combating the germs that school brings, and the Pampers Kandoo flushable wipes are the perfect size for little hands.  Use in the restroom or on the go. The Pampers Kandoo frog, Diddit, makes hand washing and cleanliness fun and enjoyable for kids! Prize: Pampers Kandoo Foaming Hand Sanitizer and Flushable Wipes.

3M Command Clear Hooks -  These clear hooks provide a hanging solution for almost any project. The best part: they stick onto the wall wherever you'd like and come off damage free! Now that school is back in session, have your kids organize their area by hang their backpacks, sweaters, art work, sports cleats and more. There are a bunch of options with various weight capacities, look for these at your local office and school supply store. Prize: Assorted 3M Command Clear hooks

Cookies by Shar - Oh, Shar. Must you make these delectable cookies that tempt us so? YES! Kids love to get a surprise in their lunch box every so often, these back to school pencil, red apple and even nutella-stuffed mini sandwich cookies. Yum! Cookies by Shar is a national gourmet bakery that creates cookies for all occasions. I love their holiday cookies, all-natural, cute and tasty! Prize: Assorted Back to School decorated cookies

Zarbees - Back to school unfortunately also means back to sick! Kids share the germ love and sickness spreads like wild fire. Zarbees is here to arm parents with all-natural cough medicine that is safe and effective for children. Choose from all natural cough syrups in cherry and grape, and children's nighttime drinks, perfect for sore throats. Prize: Assorted Zarbees Children's Natural Cough Syrups

Gymboree - Because kids need clothing, no? Gymboree has a bunch of it, and their cuteness and quality gets an A+ in my book! Sizes range from newborn to size 16 for boys and girls. Prize: $25 Gymboree Gift card.

All of these awesome products are included in the Back to School Prize Pack, be sure to enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dinner's on me! giveaway

Do you ever have times when you just don't want to cook? Of course you do! This giveaway is a chance to indulge that feeling.

Dinner's on Me!

$300 worth of Restaurant Gift Cards Giveaway

The Prize(s): 1 Grand Prize Winner will get: $150 worth of Gift Cards (1) Olive Garden $30 GC, (1) Chili's$30 GC, (1) Pf Changs $30GC, (1) Red Robin $30 GC, (1) AppleBee's $30 GC 10 additional Winners will get: (1) $15 Subway Gift Card Event Hosts: ATD Surviving Mommy Hood | The Lucky Ladybug | One Sleepy Mom |Roasted Beanz | Nearly Nothing| My Frugal Wife| Kimberly's Thoughts
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tightly wound

That's how I describe how I feel right now.

But let's go back about 24 hours ...

At 9:43 p.m. Friday, there was a fire call to the Bohemian Hall, southwest of Fort Dodge. Bill Shea and Hans Madsen went to cover it (Bill was at work, Hans was at home already). The building burned nearly to the ground. (There was enough left to have hot spots today and they had to call out Callender FD again.)

So, because of the fire, I left work around midnight. I came home, played around on the computer for awhile and then went to bed.

About 10 minutes later, there was a phone call. Mom had activated her Lifeline, they called Donna and she called me.

I got dressed and went over. Mom was on the floor in the bathroom. She had fallen and her foot hurt.

I called 911.

They came, got her out to an ambulance and took her to TRMC, where she eventually got X-rays and a diagnosis of a broken leg.

She has a tib-fib fracture (that's what they call it on the medical shows - and by medical shows, I mean like "ER"). One bone is broken in three places; the other has bone fragments. I haven't seen the X-rays, so I'm just going by what the doctors said.

So eventually they put her in a room (around 4 a.m.) and I went home.

I got  up at 7 because her podiatrist was coming at 8 to talk to her about what was going to happen.

The ankle is really swollen, and they want the swelling to go down. They are going to check how her blood flow is in the foot. It's possible she could have surgery on Friday.

But she lives alone and can't put her weight on her foot. So they had to find a place that can take care of her until her leg heals.

So the case manager called to see if Mom could get into a local skilled care facility. Yes, they could take her. We tried to rush things a little because they told us that we had to take her, and we had someone with an SUV who was available but not around 1 p.m. So we wanted to take her before then. As it turns out, the hospital transported another patient to the same facility, so when we arrived at basically the same time, it kind of threw things out of whack.

They got things settled down a bit, and decided that Mom could go into a bigger room in a different section of the facility, at least while the leg healing is going on. If she stays longer (or permanently), she'll have to have a different room. But the room she was in at first was the smallest room there and has no TV (they are remodeling and moving things around).

I hung around for awhile, then went to Walmart to get her some housecoats (and one nightgown) to wear there because she normally wears pants, which would be hard to get over the temporary splint on her leg (that thing is huge).

I brought them back, along with her pillows, her Rollator and some other stuff.

Then I went to work.

Where there had been a power outage earlier and we had to start our computers again and some people had trouble connecting to various things, so we decided to share the misery and called our IT guy in. But the phones were still out, until after numerous phone calls, we got someone to come in and fix them. (Basically resetting them from the "phone room," whatever that is.)

I went home to eat and although I wanted to take a short nap, I decided not to. I went back to work, sent the last two pages and updated the website.

Now, after having about 3 hours of sleep since approximately 7 a.m. Friday, I'm going to bed, where I hope that the crazy stuff that has happened doesn't invade my dreams.

There is, of course, more to this story (people visiting Mom in the hospital, she got a blessing, I paid her rent, etc.) but I tried to keep this as short as possible. And if you thought it was long reading it, imagine living it.

If you are the praying sort, Mom could use some prayers for healing and managing her pain. Good night.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blogger op: Dinner's on me!

Another chance to build your business/blog. A free link (Facebook or Twitter) for promoting, or $3 for another link (no affiliate links, voting links or Google+).

The August 2012 Event!

This event is Hosted by ATD Surviving Mommy Hood.

Event will run from August 5th - August 30th 2012

Event will be open to US residents.

Dinner's on Me!

$300 worth of Restaurant Gift Cards Giveaway

The Prize(s)

1 Grand Prize Winner will get: $150 worth of Gift Cards

(1) Olive Garden $30 GC, (1) Chili's$30 GC, (1) Pf Changs $30GC, (1) Red Robin $30 GC, (1) AppleBee's $30 GC

10 additional Winners will get:

(1) $15 Subway Gift Card


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Diamond Fire giveaway

Another Kindle Fire giveaway! I love being part of these because I enjoy using my Kindle Fire every day. Good luck everyone!

Bay Area Mommy

Bay Area Mommy is celebrating her 1st blog anniversary with a giveaway for a Kindle Fire (or $200 Amazon gift card) and 2 Diamond Candles. The Kindle Fire giveaway is open worldwide but the 2 Diamond Candles giveaway is restricted to the US only since they don't ship outside the US. Giveaway will run from July 25, 12:01am EDT to August 15, 11:59pm EDT. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize shipment.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

$200 Amazon Blast giveaway

A brand new giveaway is now open for all our valued readers! Get a chance to win $200 Amazon Gift Card. Only one lucky winner will be chosen on August 15, 2012. 

You can choose to use the gift card in so many ways. I have a Kindle Fire and download a lot of free books, but there are a lot of books I want but can't afford right now. You can buy actual books, as well. They sell software and games for computers and game systems, as well as computers and game systems to use the software on.

 One of my favorite kitchen tools is the Wilton Silicone Spoon Scraper. It's supposed to be used for scraping the batter out of the bowl when you bake, but I use it for stirring things when I cook. I use it all the time. And it's available on, along with a million other things you could choose from if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide. There are daily entries so keep on visiting this post to earn the bonuses for more chances of winning. Good luck.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A moving story: Part 8

Well, here we are. Or some of us, anyway.

The bishop made arrangements for people to help us move the last of the stuff from the house, plus the mattresses he had in his commercial building, to the apartment. They were to be at the house at 9 a.m.

Cayla had an appointment at 9:30, so we rushed out there, stayed for a few minutes and then went to her appointment. After the appointment, we went to the apartment, where the stuff from the house had been unloaded. We were leaving to go to the library to drop off my overdue (they had been packed!) library books when here come the helpers again. They had gone to the bishop's commercial building and brought our stuff. So Cayla and I stayed to help bring stuff in.

I made a pizza for the missionaries, but it didn't turn out right and I couldn't figure it out. (Amanda realized later that night that the Pizzazz Plus was set on top only, not dual. Duh!

I went to the library, dropped off the books and picked out three DVD sets ("Chuck," "Downtown Abbey" and "Doctor Who" Season 6 part 1), then took Cayla to my niece's place.

I came back to the apartment and took a nap for 40 minutes, grabbed my stuff for a shower and to change into, plus lunch, and went to Mom's for my shower, as the apartment shower couldn't work (it's working now).

Then I went to work.

After work, I went home, where Amanda had started a pizza. We cooked it longer than usual, but the bottom didn't cook. Amanda figured out the problem and I set it for bottom only for a few minutes, then we ate it anyway.

I slept in Cayla's bed, as she was still at Jessica's and I don't have a bed yet. (I decided not to bring the double bed from the house, so I can get a twin.)

This morning, Amanda informed me that I snore. A lot.

I'll be sleeping in my own room tonight ...

And I need to say - I could not have done this by myself. Cayla helped a lot, although when she thought she was done, I didn't think she was done. But we had help from outside our family and I am truly grateful for that. I can move boxes, even some heavy ones, although I pay for it later with pain and stiffness. But the furniture would have been impossible.

I still have stuff in storage, but it's all stuff that Cayla and I put there. The storage agreement calls for a 30-day notice before giving up the space, so since the rent is due this week, I will have to pay another month anyway. I'll work on getting the stuff that is in the apartment put in place properly, as much as possible (I need more bookcases!) before bringing more stuff here.

And the "some of us" part from the first paragraph? Cayla was supposed to leave this morning (5:30 a.m.!) for youth conference in another part of the state. I haven't checked to make sure that she made it, but since I didn't get a phone call at 5 a.m., I'm guessing that she did.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A moving story: Part 7

How long and drawn-out is this story? Well, it's not over yet ...

But at 4 p.m. today, we sign the lease on the new apartment. Yay!

Then comes the moving-in part, and I'm still not done with the house we're in. So lots of work left to do.

I'm trying to move up the date for taking the cats to the shelter in Des Moines to tomorrow instead of Saturday, so maybe if people can help on Saturday, we can move in then. Otherwise, I'll work on the house Friday morning and take the cats on Saturday and we'll move in next week whenever we can get helpers.

Part of my stuff is in a rented storage space, part is in storage in a commercial building owned by someone at church and there's still stuff at the house.

Also, all this moving stuff has gotten me inspired to make a move with this blog that I have wanted to do for some time.

I'm going to encourage people to go to one of my other blogs: A Wiser Steward. I haven't been actively updating that one, but it's time. This blog started as my personal blog, a place where I can update friends and family, and rant and rave if I want.

A Wiser Steward is about making changes in my life, in different areas. I hope that these changes inspire other people to make changes in their lives, as well. I will start posting over there and start having giveaways over there, as well.

You are all welcome to continue to come to Carol's Random Babble, where I occasionally have witty or amusing things to say. Maybe you read this and think "at least my life isn't that bad." Or maybe you don't actually read this blog, but just follow on Facebook for the giveaways.

Whatever the reason, this blog will continue to be public, but my public focus will shift to A Wiser Steward.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

iPad giveaway

It's another exciting giveaway! This time one lucky winner will receive a third generation 16 GB iPad.

I would love one of these - I do have a Kindle Fire, but, while I am really happy with my Fire, an iPad would probably blow it away.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A moving story: Part 6

I had another title for this but it fell out of my head ...

Stressful couple of days - I put a deposit on an apartment yesterday but I won't know until sometime today if we get the apartment. Most of our stuff is moved out into two different storage places - one of which I have no control over ...

And I had to call the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines - my sister will drive me there on Saturday (my next available day that they are open) to relinquish our girl kitties. I am crying.

Amanda and I are sleeping here one last night, then we'll spend a few days at my mom's if we don't get the apartment I put the deposit on. We are allowed 10 days there per person per year.

(Later) I suddenly realized that I had to get something mailed out today by 1 p.m., so I rushed into town to take care of it. I'm not crying now, but I imagine I will again. This whole situation is a bucket of stress and I'm carrying a measuring cup.

I keep praying that the way will be smoothed for us to go where the Lord wants us to go, and that we'll know the right path. Some things seem like the way is being smoothed, but others seem like people are throwing thorns on the ground ...

(Later) I called the property management agency and they agreed to accept us for that apartment. I set up an appointment to sign the lease next Tuesday, but I'm going to call on Thursday to move that up. The sooner we can start moving our stuff in, the better. Yay!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Apple iPod Touch giveaway

I love being able to bring you all giveaways. It's like being Santa all year round.

Diva Fabulosa and Beauty and Fashion Diva are hosting a very FAB giveaway! One lucky winner will receive an Apple iPod Touch!

This giveaway was made possible by the following fabulous sites:

  • Prize: Apple iPod Touch or $200 Paypal Cash
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