Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beautiful sunset taken on Valentines Day 2011

Beautiful sunset taken on Valentines Day 2011

I hope you will take a look, it's gorgeous!

Shop Hop Saturday 4/23/11

I've been staying busy in my craft room this past week. Mostly I've been sewing strips onto the squares for a quilt for sewing club at church.

I did complete 2 bags this week, both the same, race cars.

I should be able to complete the last 2 bags I have material for this next week.  They will be different.  I am in hopes of getting down to business of finishing my strip quilt and getting it put up for sale as well.

This isn't business, but in a way it is.  We were challenged in the Rocket Mom's group on squidoo to build a lens on a craft project that we are making for ourselves.  I did My Toothbrush Rugs.   At the end of the lens I do have my toothbrush rug listings on etsy.  I hope you will hop over and check it out.  I will be updating it as I work more on the rug, until it's completion.

Thank you Ruthi for hosting this Saturday Shop Hop.  Please click the button and check it out for yourself, and help support others who are working from home.
Shop Hop Saturday with abitosunshine

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Squidoo Hopping 4/21/11 to this week's squidoo blog hop.  I hope you will join in!

Yikes!  I realized I hadn't updated my Gather--The BEST in Social Networking lens since the end of December.  I've went in and added all my redemptions, a prize and review that I've rec'd since.

I got busy and built 2 more of the This Day In History lenses.  This Day in History February 1  and This Day in History April 18.
Now here is my question for this week--once I get, say 12, of the This Day In History lenses, I want to start a placeholder lens.  This lens will have the links to all of the history lenses categorized by month.  My question is, what is the best module to use for this?  I want the lenses to remain in date order for easy access if someone is looking for a certain date.  I intend to use 1 module for each month, I just need to be sure that since I am making the lenses out of date order that I can add them to the place holder lens and they will be in order.  Any suggestions?

I updated My Book Reviews lens to add Home-Ec 101.  I'm hoping in the next week to get at least one book review lens done.  I also want to start music review lenses as well. 

On my trek to update our homeschool and unschool journey lenses, I updated Our Homeschool Journey 2010/2011 Part 2.

I really  need to find a better way of keeping track of my lenses and when I update them etc.  Right now they are written on each page in a notebook.  When I update a lens, add it to the squidoo kingdom, add the link to redgage, etc, I make a note on the page.  It's just getting harder to keep track as I add more pages.  Any suggestions in this area?

This past week, I also deleted a lens.  I have a few more that I also want to delete---the ones dealing with online businesses that I really don't do, but built the lenses in hopes of picking up some sign ups or sales.  Needless to say it's not worked, and the only one of this type of lens I intend to keep is my Jerky Direct one.

Ok...enough blabbering from me for this week.  I look forward to seeing the submissions on the linky this week!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Super Boom--Book Review and Giveaway!!

Wiley Publishing is proud to present:

Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It
                                             By Jeffrey A. Hirsch. Available April 5th

In his brand new book SUPER BOOM: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It, Stock Trader’s Almanac Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey A. Hirsch provides an in-depth analysis of his blockbuster super boom forecast introduced last October in the 44th annual edition of the Stock Trader’s Almanac.

In 1976, Stock Trader’s Almanac Founder Yale Hirsch predicted a 15-year super boom—a move in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast was amazingly accurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventually posting a gain of 1,447% on the Dow Jones Industrials from the 1982 low to just before the tech crash in 2000. History has a way of repeating itself, especially in the financial markets.

Drawing on the bull’s-eye forecast of his predecessor, mentor, and father and incorporating his own knowledge of the inner workings of the stock market, long-term economic trends, and historical cycles, Jeff Hirsch shows how the Dow’s climb to 38,820 by the year 2025 from the Dow’s 2010 close of 11,577.51 is perfectly plausible. This climb represents a modest annual growth rate of 8.4% per year over 15 years. This is well within the range of long term average gains and even more attainable considering we are coming off the worst bear market in 80 years.

Jeffrey A. Hirsch is the President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac. He worked with founder Yale Hirsch for fifteen years, taking over in 2001. He appears frequently on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other national and international media outlets to discuss market cycles, seasonality, trading patterns, predictions, and historical trends. Hirsch also edits the firm's digital toolkit, Almanac Investor, a subscription-based product including investor alerts, market data, and research tools.

Superboom is written in 4 parts:  Part 1, Anatomy of a Super Boom.  Part 2, The Fortune Tellers.  Part 3, Booms and Busts of the Twentieth Century.  Part 4, The Prodigal Pattern Returns.  It also includes Appendix A, A Yale Hirtsch'e 1977 Stock Picks and Appendix B, 1977 Smart Money Newsletter Reprinted.   Key Terms, About the Author and the Index are included at the end.

Not knowing much about the stock market, I wasn't sure what I would think of this book.  I found this book to be very interesting.  I at least have a much better understanding of the ups and downs the stock market has faced since 1900.
I enjoyed reading the history along the way.  President Carter and President Obama are compared.  Very interesting!  There is mention of many things in history that served as a reminder to me the many things this country has endured over the years.  Knowing the history put a lot of things in perspective for me.

The book is full of graphs that pertain to the current reading.

If you already know the stock market and want to know what the future might hold, I recommend this book.
If you don't know about the stock market (like me), but want to learn, I recommend this book.
If you just want to read it for the history portions, I recommend this book.

Now for the fun part!  Wiley Publishing has offered me the chance to have a giveaway.  One of my blog readers will win a physical copy of Super Boom.

Giveaway starts April 20, 2011 and will end April 30, 2011 at 9 pm CST.  I will choose a winner from the comment entries using   Winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information, or another winner will be drawn.  I must be able to email the winner so please make sure you leave in one of your comments a way to contact you.

Mandatory entry:  This must be done FIRST, or other entries do not count.
Comment and tell me what your interest is in reading Super Boom.

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Thanks and good luck to all!

Disclaimer:  I was sent the ebook version of Super Boom for the purpose of my review and giveaway.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.



WIP Wednesday 4/20/11

Good Wednesday to all! The weather has gotten chilly here again this week. The are saying sun for Easter and I sure hope so!

I'm still busy with numerous crafts all at one time.

I'm on a project of using up all of my varigated yarn and crocheting it in to the double thick hot pads. Half that I make I am donating to the craft table at the church fundraising sale at church in June. The other half will be out in our garage sales, but any that are sets of 2 will also be listed in my etsy store.

In the craft room I am still sewing together the strip quilt squares for sewing club at church. I am also still working on sewing together the fabric bags. They will be listed in my etsy store as I get them completed. I only get in to sew maybe 15 minutes a day it seems, but that's better than no time at all.

I'm also still working on the toothbrush rug that I am making for the basement floor. I'm anxious to know how large it will be with just the strips I saved out to make it with. I'm sure not near as big as I need it to be. Again, I only work on it a little each day.

I'm including the Every Day Crochet button as she is the host of this blog hop. However, she's not been posting WIP posts on her blog the past couple of weeks or so as she works on another challenge. Please feel free to hop on over to her blog anyway!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday Lane--Bring Me Sunshine Album Review

Sunday Lane is a 20-yr-old Tulsa, OK native.  She isn't your typical singer/songwriter.  A classically trained pianist, she is currently attending the Musician's Institute in Hollywood.  She writes articulate lyrics about social injustices in our society, young love, and growing up.

I encourage you to check out her website at http://www.SundayLane.comOn her website you will find tour dates, lyrics to her songs, videos and photos.  You will also find links to other sites you will find her online like myspace, twitter, and facebook.

Sunday Lane's album, Bring Me Sunshine was released in August of 2010.
The album contains 6 tracks:
1.  How Long It Takes
2.  A Little Hope
3.  Won't Go Back Down
4.  Heavy Heart, Heavy Hands
5.  Lack of Color
6.  Reckless One

I really enjoy listening to this album.  The music, and the lyrics are alive.  I can't pick a favorite from the album.  My 14 yr old, each time we listen to it, skips first to track 4--Heavy Heart, Heavy Hands.   Actually, the lyrics to this song stuck out to both of us.

I hope you enjoy this video share:


Disclaimer: I received this album from Lafamos PR for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated otherwise for this review and all opinions are my own.

Mailbox Monday 4/18/2011

I think I had a pretty good week.  Some of the forwarded mail is catching up.
Car & Driver
2-Bloomsberg Businessweek
Sports Illustrated
Entertainment Weekly

Other mail:
several pieces of mail from hausernet
Lexmark colored ink
5 return envelopes from Lexmark Rewards to start on earning my next free cartridge
2 Free coupons for Johnsonville Italian Sausage and 2 $1.50 coupons
Free Bic coupon up to $4.99
$15 Subway card (gift from a friend)
He is We CD from Sneak Attack Media to listen to and review (giveaway coming soon on my blog)
Pretty notecard and coupons from a gather friend in trade
16 month Amish calendar from a blog win
2 bags of Jerky Direct (paid for by my downline)
coupon train (not pictured)

In my email:
$10 paypal from gather
$11 paypal from squidoo
.09 paypal from youdata

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