Welcome Everyone to my blog, WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). I want to tell you about my experience growing up without a computer and/or a cell phone.
When I grew up believe it or not computers and cell phones weren’t a big thing. In fact, when I was growing up I remember playing with my two younger sisters who just happen to be fraternal twins with personalities that are like day and night and we played with the other children that lived on the street. I even remember walking up town to the little grocery store where you could even get penny candy for an afternoon. I lived in a time when you didn’t need to lock your doors. That changed when a rapist moved in across the street from us( that could be another post entirely.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE GROWING UP WITHOUT A COMPUTER OR A CELL PHONE
I have to be honest with you entirely, it wasn’t bad growing up without computers or cellphones in my opinion mostly because I had other children to play with from our street or I played with my sisters. I even remember going to slumber parties. Eventually my parents got one of those old-fashioned bag car phone by Trac Phone. I really never missed having one until I got older. That’s when I started asking my parents for a computer.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I STOPPED ASKING FOR A COMPUTER
As I mentioned previously, when I became older meaning in my 20’s I started really wanting a computer. Every time I asked my mom would ask me what do you want a computer for? Each time I would tell her the same thing which was for e-mailing my friends. After years of not getting a computer or cell phone I stopped asking for the computer. I really never asked for a cell phone because I thought why have a cell phone when you already have a computer. You see, I thought I was thinking logically or so I thought. When I stopped asking for my computer I think my parents were relieved LOL and waited several years to see if I would start asking again. I didn’t. My parents eventually rewarded me for waiting several years.
WHEN I GOT MY COMPUTER AND MY REWARD
I never got my first computer until I was 40+ years old. OK I know some of you think you waited how long(gasp!!) I know to some of you that might seem like an eternity but was well worth it. Let me explain. You see just because I waited several years for my computer doesn’t mean I stopped wanting one. I just thought after asking for so long and not getting my computer I was never going to get one. Boy was I ever wrong. One Christmas, I opened all my small gifts first which is what I normally do unless I decide to change things up. I kept going over and over in my mind what my big gifts could be. It never crossed my mind it would be a computer and a computer case. I was so excited that I was jumping up out my chair and screaming thank you, thank you, thank you to my Mom and Dad and my youngest sister got me a computer case. If I would have opened the computer case first I would have known what the second gift was and probably wouldn’t have been excited either. I was thrilled to get a computer.
HOW LONG MY FIRST COMPUTER LASTED
My first computer which was an Acer computer and it was bought at Best Buy lasted me 3-4 years then it literally crashed. I couldn’t believe it. So I looked around for a second computer. Eventually found one sale at Staples.
HOW LONG MY SECOND COMPUTER LASTED
My second was an upgrade from my last computer. My second computer was bought at Staples too and was a Dell. It also was a Windows 8 and my first computer was a Windows 7. I eventually upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 10( I got the free upgrade). My second computer eventually went after 3-4 years. Found out later that the motherboard on my computer went. The technological guy said when the motherboard goes that’s when you should buy a new computer because it costs more to fix than to buy a computer. And to think I just took it in because the cord wouldn’t hold a charge. Who would’ve thought something so simple would turn into something so difficult. I sure didn’t. Since I already had my computer they tried to pull off as much stuff as they were able to off my computer and put it on a flash drive. I got another computer that day with another upgrade.
HOW LONG MY THIRD COMPUTER LASTED
My third computer and hopefully my last is still working and running. I’ve had my computer for two years now and learning something new each day. When I bought my new computer which is a Lenovo ideapad 320S, it had Windows 10 pre-installed and other new things which I have yet to learn. I love my Lenovo computer.
ARE THOSE ADD ONS REALLY NECESSARY?
If you ever bought a computer and I think most of you have, then you know once you’ve chosen your computer they start asking you do you want to buy the extra add ons? A lot of people don’t buy them because they think I don’t really need this and believe me I’m guilty of thinking this too. When I bought my first add-on I never thought I was never going to use it. Guess what? I used it. It would’ve cost me an arm and a leg if I wouldn’t have had it. My computer was my Birthday/Christmas gift from my parents and they bought the extra add ons and McAfee Live Safe anti-virus to install on my computer. Hope I don’t need it but at least I have it in case something should happen.
In my opinion, before turning down the technological associate for add-ons that might save you money in the long run, think of how much it will cost you to fix that cord and/or computer and compare the costs. Trust me $100 for the cost of an add-on you may never use but what if something unexpected happens and you do need it. $100 will be like a drop in the bucket compared to what that cord or computer will cost you and trust me it will be more than $100. So my suggestion, GET THE ADD ONS THERE WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
Everyone has their routine and something tells me watching the news falls in your routine somewhere. If it doesn’t, you’re lucky because the news is usually depressing anyway unless you have something like Royal wedding or a bunch of ducklings being rescued from a sewer drain and reunited with the mother duck(which actually did happen).
In my part of the world(don’t know about yours) the news is talking about bullying, sexual assault accusations, Trump canceling and un-canceling the summit with North Korea, a lot of protesting over blacks getting shot and even more depressing news which I’m not going to list. I’m not trying to be mean but if you don’t follow commands you might get shot.
#Bullying is very real. Bullying not only happened when I went to school and it happened a lot. Only Back then it wasn’t called bullying it was called being picked on continuously. Today some children that are bullied they take what they think the easy way out which is suicide. Also, please note that bullying can lead to sexual assaults. I found 2 flow charts on dealing with bullying. Actually, the charts deal with bullying and suicide. The charts are below. Please note that most of the time the percentage of girls who thought about suicide and/or attempted suicide is higher than the boys.
#Depressing News is very real. I hate to say it but if you watch the news then your bound to come across depressing news daily. Actually, my solution to this problem is simple don’t watch the news. Oh I know what your probably thinking how am I supposed to find out the weather? Ever hear of a smart phone or a computer. Most of you have a smart phone and/or computer so check the weather that way. I found a link online that sends me Weather Updates twice a day, Amber Alerts(if there are any), Weather Alerts when warnings and/or watches are issued for the county I live in( which is Butler County), I get notified when there are recalls and so much more. I love this link.
#Positive Solutions is actually very simple. I’m sure there are more positive solutions than what I’m going to list but if you think of additional solutions that’s great. Also, please feel free to let me know by using the contact form or comment form below my solutions.
MY SOLUTIONS FOR BULLYING
Don’t bully anyone yourself.
Try to prevent bullying before harm comes to either party.
Keep encouraging your child or young adult and encourage the person who’s doing the bullying and you might see a change but there’s never any guarantees.
Stay positive and give a friendly smile no matter what you’re feeling about the person.
If you know that someone is think about committing suicide, GET THEM HELP RIGHT AWAY!!
Learn the signs of someone wanting to commit suicide. One main sign is:
When they start giving their stuff away for no reason.
MY SOLUTIONS FOR DEPRESSING NEWS
Don’t watch it.
Only watch the non-depressing news(if there is any).
Hello and welcome to WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). I would like to talk to you about the Do’s And Don’ts Of Flashlight Safety. I can just here what some of you may be thinking and that is What do I need to know about flashlight safety? What you need to know may surprise you.
As I mentioned briefly in the welcome flashlight safety is important. You see growing up as a child my father was a Safety Director. I learned a lot from him and I’m still learning from him. For example, just the other night I learned something about flashlight safety I didn’t know. I’ll get into that later in my post. You guessed it, flashlight safety is more than going to a store, picking out the color of flashlight you want and paying for it. Now on to the DO’s And Don’ts Of Flashlight Safety. I’m going to start with the Don’ts.
Don’t leave batteries in flashlights or anything else when it’s not going to be in use for a while.
Don’t shove your flashlight under your bed or somewhere thinking you’ll be using it sometime soon. Take it from me the likelihood of that happening is slim and none.
Don’t wait to your flashlight goes completely out to replace the batteries. If the light on your flashlight is getting dim then it’s time to replace the batteries. Remember, you never know when the electric will go out so be prepared.
Don’t wait to your battery gets corrosive to replace batteries. If your batteries are corrosive then it could hurt the workings of the flashlight.
If for some reason your flashlight battery is past being corrosive and if you’re not sure then here is an example that happened to me. The other night I was looking for birthday cards and pictures when I came across a flashlight I had shoved under my bed. Guess what? That flashlight I found was completely ruined because it was past corrosive. In fact, There was a white powder on the book from the flashlight. As soon as I showed it to Dad he told me what the white powder was and to wash my hands immediately. The white powder was battery acid in a powdered form. When you see this white powder, trash your flashlight and wash your hands with soap and water. I’m showing you 3 different to show you what your should and shouldn’t look like. These pictures may look the same but it’s to show you which flashlights are bright, dim and dead.
First, after buying a flashlight and of course some backup flashlights too. When you get home with your flashlights first decide if you’re going to use all of them if not then only put batteries in the ones to be used.
Buy a flashlight with a very bright light. Usually the flashlights with other things on it and are made if you’re caught alongside the road will do.
If you are able, try to make sure there is a flashlight in every room if not almost every room.
Do buy a lantern and/or a portable light that can be used when the electric goes out.
These are just a few of the Do’s and Don’ts of Flashlight Safety.
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WHAT I HAVE:
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WHAT FREE THEMES I’M CONSIDERING AND HOW I’M FEELING ABOUT THEM:
SOMETHING FISHY (MAYBE).
LODESTAR (LIKE FEATURES AND IT HAS A PORTFOLIO, TESTIMONIALS AND A HEADER — (EVERYTHING I WANT but MAYBE).
SCRATCHPAD — (MAYBE).
As you can see I found only 1 with everything I want. So like I said previously, I will consider ALL FREE THEMES whether they have everything in them that I want or not. Any advice and or help is greatly appreciated. Thanks In Advance Everyone. Please use Contact Form form for your Advice and Testimonials. You can use the Contact Form for other comments too. Can’t wait to see your suggestions.
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I’ve been honored with two awards and they are: The MakeItUltra Blogger Award and the Real Neat Blog Award. This will be a combination post of both awards. I would thank samanthamurdochblog for nominating me.
THE MAKEITULTRA BLOGGER AWARD
ABOUT THE AWARD
The MakeItUltra Blogger Award is an award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.
Thank The Person Who Nominated You For The MakeItUltra Blogger Award And Link To Their Blog.
Display The Award On Your Blog By Adding It To Your Post And/Or Displaying It Using A Widget On Your Page ( Save The Image To Your Computer And Upload It To Your Blog Post)… Don’t Forget To Use The Tag #MyUltraAward When You Make Your Post.
Answer The Following MakeItUltra Blogger Award Questions.
MAKEITULTRA BLOGGER AWARD QUESTIONS
What Is Your Name? Crystal
Where Are You From? Butler County in a very small town in Pennsylvania
How Long Have You’ve Been Blogging And Why Did You Start? I’ve been blogging since January 9, 2017. I started blogging for fun and enjoyment.
What Are Your Blogging Goals? My blogging goals are: Get as much traffic as possible to get followers and lots of likes.
How Do You Spend Your Free Time? I’m mostly on my computer but I do spend time with my family and cat Queen Daisy Mae.
What Pet(s) Do You Own? I have 1 cat named Daisy Mae. I call her Queen Daisy Mae Because she rules the house.
What Encourages You The Most And How Do You Encourage(Not Flatter) Others. I like to be encouraged by others that like what I do and I am open to suggestions. I try to let people know what I like and tell them to keep up the good work. I also encourage people through joining McGuffy’s Reader Sparks each week too.
OK, I was frustrated enough already when I found out I couldn’t get into my computer for my e-mail. As it turns out my provider was have an issue with the e-mail and was working toward fixing it. Apparently there had been several calls to my provider because they made a recording about it. when I finally was able to get into my computer I got a nice surprise. My surprise was that I found I had been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Perditas Pursuits from Tinsel And Treasure . I’m so grateful for this nomination. This lifted my spirits finding this little treasure in my WordPress mailbox. Thanks again Tinsel And Treasure. You can find her original post on Tinsel and Treasure by going to the Sunshine Blogger Award.
Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to the blog.
Answer 11 questions that the Blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post on your blog.
QUESTIONS ASKED BY TINSEL AND TREASURE:
What is your daily work and how did you get into it? I’m unemployed at the present time. However, I worked for 18 years as a Retail Associate until the store closed for good.
How would you describe your writing style? I’m passionate about my writing.
Are you extravagant or thrifty? I’m both. I have expensive taste but when I buy things I look for the best deals.
What’s your favourite time of the year and why? I have 2 favorite times of the year. First is December and why? Because it’s my birthday time and the time our Savior was born. Tied for first is also Easter Time and why? Our savior died and rose on the third day.
What book, character or tv show would you love a movie to be made of? “Murder She Wrote”.
Describe your ideal day out? My ideal day out would be to eat out and do some shopping. I like to shop.
What little social media habits really irritate you? How much time do yo have. I’m just going to a list a few. First, I don’t like how they make you sign into see the full view of what you’re viewing, I don’t like how they cover up most of the page with their ads like they don’t want you to see what’s on the page unless you’ve got an account.
What is your favourite meal to eat ‘out’? This may seem simple but my favorite meal is Hot Wings I like to order unless I’m somewhere that doesn’t have Hot Wings on the menu.
Describe something you have done skillfully/ well? Writing Poetry. I started writing poetry after I met Maya Angelou in college
You are to choose 5 pet bloggers and link to their blogs and describe why each of them deserves this award.
You must encourage the pet bloggers to shout out 5 bloggers themselves.
You must leave a comment on their blogs letting them know you’ve given them the spotlight.
I follow several good animal blogs so it’s hard to pick just 5. Please note I will give this award out many times so if you don’t get the award this time you may get it another time. Since I will be awarding this early this month, I’ll be skipping March with the award.
I nominated TWOspoiledcats pet blog because this pet blog deals with helping cats. I like pet blogs who are willing to help. Helping an animal doesn’t always mean you have to give money. This blog also deals with adopting cats and other animals.
Around My Birthday and Christmastime, I was fortunate to win a book by Courtney Livingston called The Smart Girl’s Guide to Surviving Her Twenties. Now I can only imagine what you all must be thinking. Why would a 50-year-old want to read a book that is mostly geared toward the people in their twenties? Interesting question which deserves an interesting answer. I wondered the same thing until I started reading the book. Despite the book’s title this book is for everyone not just twenty year olds.
WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE BOOK:
This book was in my opinion fantastic. It was not only geared for our young people in their twenties but the points and ideas that were made could be used by everyone. The ideas about health, exercising, finances and much, much more. I found the book interesting and helpful to all who read it.
IS THE TILE RIGHT FOR THE BOOK?:
I will answer this question with a yes. Why is it right? I think the title is right even though this book applies to everyone the title The Smart Girl’s Guide to Surviving Her Twenties is right in my opinion because when you start young like in your twenties it help you continue the habits when you get older.
I was given permission to write this review and snap a couple of photos by Courtney Livingston who is the Author of the book I just reviewed. Also, I won the book through a contest on Courtney Livingston’s blog so this book was not given to me to do this review.
Another one of those weeks where I racked my brain on what to do for Positive Sparks Monday then wouldn’t you know it, it came to me or should I say the words came to me little by little until they just poured out.
Then I thought would my poem Love Is be a good Positive Spark. My answer came to me right away and that little voice kept saying was of course your poem will work because how much more positive can you get than love.
So this week my Positive Spark is on Love.
By: Crystal Stewart
Love is a Mother and/or Father telling their children things will be alright when they aren’t sure themselves~Love is a parent cleaning and putting a band-aid on their child’s scrapes and then they kiss them on the forehead making things all better~Love is helping the elderly in the wintertime~Love is helping someone without expecting anything in return~Love is helping someone not as fortunate as you~Love is respecting the flag~Love is the compassion of a cat or dog~Love is a true friend~Love is someone willing to die for you and I to give us our freedom~Love is a mentor~Love is a Grandma giving you chocolate chip cookies~Love is having someone to talk to who is willing to listen and understands your problem~Love is a hug~love is a stuffed animal that can’t talk back to you.
So when you come across someone who needs your help, give them some love by helping them and/or just listen to them instead of walking on by. Why? Please read the Bible verses below. That’s right, I said Bible verses. Trust me they are very helpful. The passage below is sometimes used for weddings. A passage that was on a bookmark for my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding when they were married in April of 1992.