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Before and After

Before & After 2010: Submit Your Story and Win!

We’ve been waiting all year for this day to come! Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes our annual Before and After contest! For those of you who weren’t with us last year, here’s how it works:
You submit pictures and a story from a renovation you* worked sometime over the past year. Every Sunday throughout the Summer (starting June 20, 2010) , we pick the best of the submissions we’ve received so far and we run the story on our site. If your submission is picked, you get a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon. And, the best part – we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in your honor!
At the end of the Summer, we post all of the entries together, and the community votes for the best project. The winner gets a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.
*You (including your family and friends) have to have done at least 75% of the work on the renovation! No contracted jobs for this contest!

Genealogy Hunt

In my case I change the SMITH for a SHAW
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Alas, my elusive kinsmen
You’ve led me quite a chase
I thought I’d found your courthouse
But the Yankees burned the place.

You always kept your bags packed
Although you had no fame, and
Just for the fun of it
Twice you changed your name.

You never owed any man, or
At least I found no bills
In spite of eleven offspring
You never left a will.

They say our name’s from Europe
Came state side on a ship
Either they lost the passenger list
Or granddad gave them the slip.

I’m the only one that’s looking
Another searcher I can’t find
I play (maybe that’s his fathers name)
As I go out of my mind.

They said you had a headstone
In a shady plot
I’ve been there twenty times, and
Can’t even find the lot.

You never wrote a letter
Your Bible we can’t find
It’s probably in some attic
Out of sight and out of mind.

You first married a……….Smith
And just to set the tone
The other four were Sarah’s
And every one a Jones.

You cost me two fortunes
One of which I did not have
My wife, my house and Fido
God, how I miss that golden lab.

But somewhere you slipped up,
Ole Boy, Somewhere you left a track
And If I don’t find you this year
Well……….Next year I’ll be back.

Remember S T R

A friend sent this to me and I thought I’d pass it on:
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.  Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this…

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized; diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)

(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke – Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ’sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ’stick’ out his tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist said if everyone who gets this information sends it out in an email to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. I have done my part. Will you?
Note:  comments are on the little sticky note pinned to the wall just to the right  of the subject.

New Look

I will be giving you a break from my daily ravings!  We had to redo our blogs because we were uploading via ftp and blog will be stopping that 1 May.  Please stay with me while I figure this new process “WordPress” out.  Don’t forget me!! 

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