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I should be packing boxes for shipping some equipment, but instead I'm wasting time reading about what vegetables I can regrow, like romaine, celery, garlic, onions. I have a long list now, and I think the first will be growing some tomatoes from old overripe ones that I would have thrown away. I hope I get enough sun to the front room for them. I even want to try growing a lemon tree and see if it works.

I was thinking about phones and fraud after reading Jeri's post. Every day phone calls come in from weird numbers that have too few digits, or too many. If they still say the location is the US, then I guess it's a virtual number like from you can get from Google — which may still be a perfectly legitimate business or person calling. But it indicates it's someone I don't know, and probably out of the country. Domain customers are global, of course, so it's not unusual.

Not too many voicemails get left. If they are, they're usually broken recordings that end with words like "our do not call list." As if they are offering to take me off a list. These can be ignored. Other ones are machine voices threatening that the police are coming to get me or something. Everyone I know is getting something vaguely like this once in a while, so there must be lots of scams connected to them.

From the last power outage I learned that Glade candles really last and burn well. The longest lasting things of course are cemetery candles, and I did have to resort to one I had left, but don't really want to. I might as well, though; at my brother's grave I'm going to put a solar light like ones other people have there, which look very pretty at dusk. The lid to the graveside candle holder was lost, and either lawnmowers or deer trampled and broke candles in the past, so there's no point in any more candles there.

If anyone (Martin?) has recommendations for battery lamps for home use that are good quality, I'd appreciate hearing exactly which ones you found that were good. There are so many on Amazon. I've been buying small sonic humidifiers recently, and one type was good, another useless.

posted on Mar 3, 2019 10:07 AM ()


we don't have a landline anymore for our phone. we each have a cell phone. I downloaded an app that blocks calls, i set it to block all calls not on my contact list.
comment by elkhound on Mar 6, 2019 8:42 AM ()
I am reminded of "Good is better than evil." when I read all these posts.
verbal threats are unnerving and particularly when you live alone. If we share what we have learned about these cons it helps us all. I am going to look into nomorobo like John suggested.
comment by elderjane on Mar 4, 2019 5:49 AM ()
Yes, that was a good suggestion I think. I automatically Google unknown phone numbers, and a lot of them come up with the nomorobo link, so may have been reported to them.
reply by drmaus on Mar 5, 2019 8:22 AM ()
I have two battery operated lamps--they have no name on them--don't know when or where I got them and I don't remember the last time I used them!! Sorry.
comment by greatmartin on Mar 3, 2019 5:25 PM ()
Well, if you ever show them in photos I'll keep an eye out for sales of them anyway.
reply by drmaus on Mar 5, 2019 8:21 AM ()
I have a solar chargeable/usb chargeable lamp/flashlight that pops up to make a 360 degree lantern or mashes down flat to about the size of a hockey puck and still works as a flashlight. You can charge a cell phone from it and press the button a couple times, and it flashes S-O-S in morse code. It was sold by Survival Frog. It's bright enough to read by.
comment by traveltales on Mar 3, 2019 12:01 PM ()
okay, but does it make coffee?
reply by tealstar on June 16, 2019 5:19 PM ()
That is a great site for some really nice items, thanks. I gave the link to my friend Mike too, and both of us like the hockey puck charger/light you're talking about. I may get one.
reply by drmaus on Mar 5, 2019 8:20 AM ()

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