Sep 16, 2016

IRS Scam

I got a call this afternoon claiming to be the IRS with a final notice to pay my outstanding taxes from 2009-2014.
They had enough information to worry me so I called my tax guy first to get his input. Ted wasn't in the office so I went ahead and called them back.
They told me that I had received 2 letters in the mail that I had ignored and that they were going to go after my house, car, bank accounts.
I talked him into re-sending the letters. And at some point one of them told me they had sent the letters via registered mail. Which has to be signed for!!!
Then I got thinking. For all the faults our government has I don't believe that they call from noisy call centers using a number from NY and arguing that it's the citizens fault that they didn't receive the letters.
So I called back and spoke with a different person with the intent of getting more info from them. I gotta say, these scammers are good. They know how to intimidate a person and if they don't like the way the conversation is going they hang up on you.
So I called back again. I figure if I'm tying them up they cant harrass another person. Anyway I called back 5 times. Each time speaking with a different "employee". I even asked for a supervisor. It was hard to not laugh. The final straw for laughing was when he told me his name was "Peter Parker" I know, I know... But I asked him anyway, "You mean like Spider Man?"
Thinking about it now it may have been the same person I was talking with several times and the background noise could have been taped or on TV.
But each time I pressed for more info they changed some detail. As of now whoever this is has blocked my number and all I get is a busy signal.
I'm tempted to call from my cell phone but at the same time don't want them to have that number.
Here is the phone # they called from, in case you want to help harass them...
347-906-8670.
Too bad Daniel wasn't home he would have done a better job of "trolling".

Sep 2, 2016

The "Homeschooling Mom Uniform"

I had a great time visiting with my sister Michelle Wilson, niece Jenna Wilson, great-niece Autumn and Jennas niece Ladaya (spelling?) yesterday. They came over so Jenna could talk with me about homeschooling Autumn for at least her pre-kindergarten year.

BUT, I forgot the most important piece of info. Jenna Wilson, you need a homeschool mom uniform!! Denim skirt and Birkenstock shoes, lol.

There's a story here. when Grandma and Grandpa found out we were going to homeschool Daniel Gibson and Sarah Gibson Grandpa asked me if I was going to start wearing denim skirts and birkenstocks. Well, I had already started wearing the shoes because I had ruptured my plantar fascia. But I told him I didn't plan to wear skirts. Fast forward to about 5 years ago and I made the switch to skirts. Not becasue I homeschooled but because for the most part I find them more comfortable and flattering. ( I do own 2 pairs of jeans and 1 pair of nice shorts that I seldom wear).

And that is the story of the homeschooling "Mom Uniform".

Mar 14, 2016

Suffering, Crosses & Crowns

I just read an excellent article by Steve Brown of Key Life about suffering.

Crosses & Crowns
It is worth it to take the time to read the entire article, don't worry it's not too long, and the scriptures referenced.


Here are my notes on the article.

1.  Suffering is a fact.
2.  Remember that Christ suffered first,  1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 4:15
3.  See how Christ dealt with pain and do likewise.
                    A.  Submission, Matthew 26:39.  "There is no value in suffering per se.  The difference lies in how you respond to the suffering.  Strike against it or become bitter by it and you will become bloodied.  Accept it and you will become Christ like."
                    B.  Recognition.  "Christ suffered with recognition- that God's plan included the suffering and that even such suffering had meaning."
                     C.  Affirmation- God is good.  God is love.  1 Peter 4:1-2.  "Suffering teaches, cleanses and changes the believer who accepts it with the same attitude with which Christ accepted it."
4.  God doesn't leave us alone in our pain and struggle.  His comfort is ours.  Psalm 34:4 & 18,  Isaiah 40:27-31 & 41:10, Matthew 11:28-30, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5


"  Father, I don't know what this day holds for me.  I hope that it is laughter and joy, but I know that it may be pain and suffering or hurt and humiliation.  Whatever You have for me, teach me to accept it the way Christ accepted it."


It is my prayer that I will be able to remember and focus on this in the midst of the pain.

Feb 15, 2016

IF

If—

By Rudyard Kipling
 

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Jan 24, 2016

New Makeup Regimen

I love makeup products that do double duty. With all the redness that I usually have in my face from the violent vomiting episodes with my migraines, I quite often have to use several products to tone the redness down.
Today as I put on my makeup I decided to try the ELF Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Umbrella as both a blush and for my lips. This color is a good nude for my lips and worked well as a creamy blush.
To me it's always worth a try and if I don't like the effect, or if David doesn't like it, I can always wash it off and start over without to much trouble.



 
Other makeup products that I recently tried and like are both by L'Oreal. They are the Magic Anti-Redness correcting primer in green and the true match super-blendable crayon concealer in fair/light.
The concealer works best if some type of primer has been used prior and the primer is in a pump bottle, but those are the only negatives for me. And with the primer one pump is MORE than enough to correct my entire face. most of my redness is on the left side but it is an area about the size of my hand.

e.l.f. lip gloss

L'Oreal Primer

L'Oreal Concealer



 

Jan 11, 2016

Prayer Needed

Would you all please pray for me? I have a pinched nerve in my neck, C2-C5, and I'm in a lot of pain right now. With David out of work I've been seeing the chiropractor and using ice, heat and pain meds to keep going. I'm pretty sure I need surgery for this but that is not in the cards at the moment.
So would you please pray that David gets a job soon, that I can get the inflammation in my neck under control so that I don't need surgery?  And that we will continue to be able to pay the bills?

Dec 22, 2015

A "Slow Fade" into sin

Every believer should take 5 minutes and listen to Mark Hall of Casting Crowns expound on Psalm 1 and his song "Slow Fade". Then take 5 more minutes to pray and think about it. I'm preaching to
myself too.



Be careful little eyes what you see
Its the second glance that ties your hands
As darkness pulls the strings
 
Be careful little feet where you go
For its the little feet behind you
That are sure to follow
 
Its a slow fade
When you give yourself away
Its a slow fade
When black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made
A price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Its a slow fade
Its a slow fade
 
Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattering leads to compromises
The end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises
Leave broken hearts astray
 
Its a slow fade
When you give yourself away
Its a slow fade
When black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made
A price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
 
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than youre thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking
 
Its a slow fade
When you give yourself away
Its a slow fade
When black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made
A price will be paid
When you give yourself away
 
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day
 
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
 
Songwriters
HALL, JOHN MARK
Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Dec 11, 2015

Nov 14, 2015

Life

On October 30 my doctor added a new migraine preventive to my meds. This past Tuesday was the last day I had a migraine until last night. I know what triggered this one and won't be eating that again but right now my migraine and nausea are bad and I could really use your prayers. It's so bad that I laid down at 11 a.m. to try to sleep it off and didn't wake up until 4 p.m. and I wouldn't have then if Clara hadn't started meowing for attention.

I had so much I had planne...d to get done today while Sarah and David were gone for her engineering class and now the only thing I will manage is getting dinner ready so they can eat when they get home. 
 
I mentally hold my breath on the good days wondering when the next one will hit. I'm tired of having almost constant migraines and nausea. That Tuesday through Friday migraine-free period was the longest one I've had in quite a while.

Stress is adding to it I'm sure, but I don't see how I can eliminate any of it. David's now been out of work for 14 months. We've managed to hang on but I don't know how much longer that will be possible. Sarah is working about 24 hours a week on top of all her classes in her senior year. Daniel has started a new job and is in the process of moving out.

I just needed to vent a little and get my thoughts down. Thanks for reading

Oct 24, 2015

Clara the Ninja Kitty

I am seriously afraid that Clara has developed an odd affinity for the bathroom. First it was her fascination with watching the toilet flushing, then it was her love for water in the sink, but today has topped it all. She discovered the toilet paper and the joy of unrolling it. On the other hand she jumped up on the washer as I was treating a stain and put her paw in the detergent which resulted in her suffering the indignity of having her paw washed with wet water! Oh the torture of it all!




Claras gotcha day 8/16/15


That is not a bald spot on her side.  It is a bad hair day!

She loves the printer and is currently trying to work out how to turn it on herself.


Yes she really sleeps this way.

Oct 3, 2015

General Update

David is still waiting for a job.  Hopefully on the 16th he will go back to Corning for the final phase of their hiring process.  Please pray that his BP will not be elevated this time.  It is normally in the good range but he had fought traffic when he went in last month and his BP was elevated enough that they would not test him.

I am doing repair work at home for one of the hotels in the area.  It pays well and the items are brought to me so I only have to go out to pick up good thread and machine needles to do the work.  I will also, hopefully, be making from scratch an item they need.   I may check with some other hotels that are close and see if they have a need for this type of work.

Daniel is working 40+ hours most weeks.  Some nights he doesn't get home until midnight or later.  He has his own car up and running but with all the rain this week we had him drive Davids car today.  It is newer, has better wipers and tires and we felt the risk was really too great to drive his car today.  He has become a good driver and took a driver course 2 week ends ago that was sponsored by Bridgestone called "Teens Drive Smart".  There is another event called B.R.A.K.E.S that we want him to take as well.

Sarah is busy.  This is her senior year and if I remember right she is taking 11 classes.  She is working as well and averages about 30 hours a month.  She is happiest when she has something productive to do.  She has also become an instructables judge and she contributes projects there.  She has entered several contests and has placed as high as 3rd so far.  She is currently in a "yarn" competition for which she designed and knitted a hat.  She had a couple of friends from her outside classes model for her and at least 1 of them has asked if she would make them a hat. 

Clara continues to grow and make us laugh.  she has her routine down pat.  In the morning David feeds her then plays with her.  Once I'm up she trails me around the house.  She loves to follow me to the potty and then watch the toilet water swirling around.  If she wants me to comb her she has to be on my desk.  I tried to get her to let me comb her in the LR today and she would have none of it.  She sleeps on the bed at night but will not during the day.  She has a preference for fish over all other sources of protein so I've been saving the water from any tuna we use and adding that to her meal if she has no fish.


Financially things are very tight but we still have a roof over our heads and all our utilities.  I do wish I could find a cheaper ISP but so far have not been able too.

Thank you for all your prayers and when you think of us would you please add 3 families to your list?  All 3 have a family member who is very ill.  They are the Brian Family, the McClamrock Family & the Schladensky Family.








Sep 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Daniel

19 years ago our lives changed for ever.  At 5:36 a.m., on Monday September 2, Labor Day, Daniel Weldon Gibson made his entrance. 

I never was able to understand the love the Father has for us in sending Jesus to earth until I met my first born child.  Then I knew an inkling, just an inkling of that great love.

Having a child changes you forever.  I remember the early days of sleepless nights, learning to nurse and care for him,  The feeling of helplessness with his first ear infection.  I remember thinking, "our lives will get back to normal soon".  Guess what?  Normal is just a setting on the dryer.  Your life changes completely and forever.  A new "norm" is established.

With the birth of Daniel came our introduction to home education.  If you think about it, the minute your child is born you start teaching him.  A child turning 5 doesn't mean that you have to give up your right to educate your child to the state.  And so when he was 5 we started formally schooling him, (and Sarah who was 3) at home.

As I told him at graduation, it has not always been easy.  But the journey has been so worth it. 

I have a 19 year old son who is my friend.  I don't think we would have this relationship if he had been gone for hours every day.  

Anyway, I feel I'm rambling but want to say one more time, "Happy birthday Daniel.  I love you".






Clara eats MEAT!

I just did a price comparison for a good quality wet cat food and found that it would cost about $2.50 per day with commercial wet food versus about 80 cents per day homemade raw.  Just like eating a pre-made meal is more expensive for humans, and worse for our health, so it is with feeding our pets.  Of course if I was feeding a great Dane the cost would be much more, BUT I'm not feeding them prime rib and lobster, I'm feeding them cheap, human grade meats and organs.



Aug 24, 2015