This is another of my “taglines” on my email. I just like it. It says that no matter how I feel, or what I am going through, I WILL maintain! It is a reminder for me to just hang in there, and be tough, keep my wits and dignity about me.
These days it’s not so hard. I adopted this little affirmation, long ago, when my oldest child and I were apart (my ex moved her around Nevada and California for seven years to accomplish this). She will be 22 in a few days now. I wanted to fall apart, because there was nothing I could do. Of course I went through a mourning period. Of course, I was sad, of course, I tried to reach her, I sought her…. I quit counting address after a dozen, I think… It was awhile back. But, in the long run, the best way to take care of her, and my other kid at the time, was to take care of me. The best way to prepare for her return (yes, mothers, they do come home) was to take care of me…. someone once told me to get ready for her return, get prepared… and I did. I pulled myself together, and went to college, eventually I lit a candle and said good-bye. Eventually, she came back. Today, she says that I am her hero. And she is one of mine. One thing we have both managed to do is to Maintain.
Pamela Ann Miller, born December 21, 1983. I LOVE YOU!!!
P.S. The pictue included with this blog is of me and my ex. I don’t care about him so much. But, for those of you who did not know me when I was young… notice, I’ve not always been FAT! (EGADS!!). I was about 19 or 20 years old there. The picture was taken somewhere between 1982/83. It was taken at my dad’s home, at that time outside of Woodburn, Oregon. About a three hours drive north of where I live now.
Clyde and I like to see what is going on in the world. We have web cam images on our desktop. In this example which by the way will work with Windows XP (any edition) and Windows 2000. Other versions, such as ME will work too, but the instructions might be slightly different.
In this example I will use cam images from TripCheck.com. We like TripCheck.com for when we make our little jaunts to wherever in Oregon. Oregon has put webcams up all over the state, and you can go to the website and see what road conditions look like. These images are updated every 10 minutes or so around the clock. On Clyde’s desktop, is Bly Mountain Pass (by our land), Klamath Falls (cause he works there a lot), Mount Shasta (two views), Mount St. Helena (Washington) and I have the cam that is right out by our exit (Myrtle Creek) and one from the Panda Exihibit from the National Zoo. When you are at a website and you see that they have web cams set up.
All you have to do is place your cursor over the image that is a webcam image:
1. Next click your RIGHT mouse button
2. The context menu will pop up as shown above, click “set as Desktop item”
3. Next you’ll see Windows wants confirmation: Click YES, you can drag the image where ever you want it on your desktop.
I am a big fan of Lockernome and their newsletters. I’ve been getting them for at least three or four years now. But, there is one point, that I consider major about this article totally missed! Rules are great for getting rid of spam! Make a rule using the following instructions, but messages that contain keywords in the “subject line” or “body of the message” can be marked for deletion by just using a rule. You know… I don’t own a penis of my own, I didn’t even know I needed mine enlarged… so I just have the program look for the “P” word and toss it. Other words I have learned to include are mortgage, viagra, babes! I have a long list, and most of my 200 or so spams a day get tossed out this way.
And you don’t have to have large volumes of mail to use rules. Sometimes, it just helps you stay orgainzed. Every email I get from Rootsweb Forum (about 20 a day) goes into a Genealogy Folder. Anything coming in about my son, goes to my Wesley Folder, All my clients have their own folder, right down to Image 2000, SrugglingReaders.com, and HilaryFMarkcx.com. Uncles, Aunts, and cousins, have their own folders. It’s just easier for me to find what I want when I want it that way. (You know, I wish the rest of my life were this organized!)
So, if you use Outlook Express, or the full version of Outlook, consider using Rules for organization and spam deletion !! Love to you all, Peg
“Rules are very useful for managing high volumes of messages. For example, instead of having them all end up in your Inbox, you can create rules that will sort incoming messages and place them in different folders.
You can create rules in Outlook Express (included with Windows XP), using the steps outlined below.
Open Outlook Express.
Click the Tools menu option, point to Message Rules, and select Mail.
Select one or more conditions for the rule. For example, if you select Where the From Line Contains People, the mail message must be from the sender you specify in the rule before any processing occurs.
After you have specified the conditions, you must edit the value for each condition by selecting the hyperlink under Rule Description. For example, if you selected Where the To line contains people, you must then specify the particular senders.
Specify the actions for the rule. Outlook Express will take these actions if a mail message meets all the conditions. For example, you cam Move it to the specified folder.
Edit the values for the actions by selecting the hyperlink under Rule Description. For example, if you select the rule Move It to the Specified Folder, you then have to edit the value of the rule and tell Outlook Express which particular folder mail should be placed in.
I have others that are archived on CD, that I can send you for more examples of my work. I did all graphics on all sites. I am a graphic artist, do simple websites (meaning I use classic structure, etc), and I am a certified Systems Specialist (Santa Rosa Junior College). I am certified in Adobe Photoshop as well. I tutor, do research via internet for pay (I once looked for a “show cow” for a client, imagine getting 50 an hour for that one!). Oh yeah, I usually make 50 an hour/35 an hour when working with Seniors!
P.S. that graphic above this blog, I made. I am proud of it. I think it is one of my best. The big baby in the middle is ME… Then all around from the bottom left to right and round: Me, My baby girl Diane (now 7 years old), My paternal Grandfather, Orvin Earl Rowe, My dad as a baby, my son (now almost 15), above my son, is My maternal great grandparents, Thomas Willard & Daisy Viola Hall Coop, to the left of them is Daisy’s Mother and children, Mary VanAtta Hall, to the left of Mary is my oldest daughter at about 16 years of age, and last but not least, the side view of the woman in the baby’s face is my paternal great grandmother, Vesta Victoria Williams Rowe. This graphic has been used by professor(s) at the University level to show that one can break the rules (of mainstream graphic stuff) and still make a great graphic!
I have had so many people the past few days ask me what this means: “Joie de Vivre” .
I save… snippets of things I like on my computer. I have dozens of these things. I have three favorites, that mean something to me especially.
Joie de Vivre is French for “Joy of Life”
One of my motto’s in life, is to just ENJOY it! We only go around once so far as I know. I mean, I hope there is a God, and heaven and I get another shot. But, what if there isn’t, shouldn’t I make the most of it while I am here?
I stop to smell the roses, I try to remember to enjoy my kids (even if they are driving absoutely nuts!), counting my blessings (my house is such a wreck, but, hey it’s MINE).
It’s in my tagline on the bottom of my emails along with “my” other two mottos in life. It is there to remind me to always enjoy my life.
:0) Love to you all, Peggy
P.S. I took the barn picture was taken a few years ago. It is fairly close to the Sonoma County/Mendocino County line on Highway 128, outside of Cloverdale, CA.
Can I use a blog to bitch??!! My kids don’t read this anyways! I just found out a few minutes ago, that my ex husband made it clear that it wasn’t worth his time to drive up here to Oregon to see his son for a two hour visitation.
What???!!! Hello?? I just wonder what is worth anything at all to him. Is there anything on this planet that he actually cares about, respects, or is worth his time?
After I moved up here to Roseburg, I drove down to California (that is NINE hours one way) to see my son. My visits with him while he was in the group home were often for less than 48 hours. What is a child worth? One month, Sonoma County flew him home for a week, I had to drive four hours to pick him up at Portland Airport. And, geez… while I was down there, my husband paid for gas, food, etc. while I ran around and did my thing with my son. My husband who has known Wesley for two whole years shows that boy more respect and love than his own father does.
By the way, his father would not drive three hours to see him when he was in the same state either, and has not seen Wesley for at least two years now. What does it take?
And as angry as I am for my son, (not like this is a new complaint here, just a new version of an old bitch)… the hurt when this all sinks in with the kids… the thought just makes me want to literaly cry.
I met him when I was 15 years old, and totally stupid myself. But, I do wish I had waited until I was older and smarter and CHOSEN a better father for my children. A thousand apologies, will never make up for the bad choices I have made either.
Ok nuff of that, just wanted to moan and groan, and I wish I could huff and puff and just blow his stupid house down! Love ya all, Peg