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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dashing through the dough at Swagbucks!

One way that I earn a little extra cash while having fun is by doing easy things at Swagbucks. I use the search engine, watch short videos, take surveys and do a little shopping. This week, Swagbucks has a cool team challenge that helps us to earn even more Swagbucks.

Who doesn't love a friendly competition? Especially when the prize is points to redeem towards free gift cards!                            

Join the Dashing Through the Dough team challenge hosted by Swagbucks, a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. It starts on Monday, December 12th at 8am PST and goes through Friday so you have a whole week to contribute points to your assigned team. It's so much fun to see which team you are placed on, and discover all the ways you can earn SB while you contribute to your team's goal! There's so many ways to earn points for your team-  watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online, just to name a few. These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.                            

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.                          



 The challenge lasts until December 16th so log in or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

Please join if you aren't already a member. Here's my referral LINK.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday deals at Swagbucks!

One of the ways I work to make ends meet is to participate in surveys, watch videos and do other easy tasks on Swagbucks. You can redeem your points for gift cards or cash. It's fun and profitable. Please join through my link if you are not already a member.

Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores!

Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.    This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.  

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!  

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!    Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

MY SWAGBUCKS LINK



Friday, November 18, 2016

Swagbucks to host another team challenge

Swagbucks rewards members for easy activities, including searching, surveys, short videos and shopping. They also host fun events like the Team Challenge, so please sign up and play the games. I know I will. The next Team Challenge starts on Monday November 21, and you can sign up now.

Please use my Swagbucks referral link.

Who doesn't love a good challenge? Especially when you can get points to redeem towards free gift cards!              

Join the Swag Day Parade team challenge hosted by Swagbucks, a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. It starts on Monday, November 21st at 8am PST and goes through Friday so you have a whole week to contribute points to your assigned team. It's so much fun to see which team you are placed on, and discover all the ways you can earn SB while you contribute to your team's goal! How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.                    

 All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.                    

The challenge lasts until November 25th so log in or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Looking for a web domain host? Great offer!

Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Bluehost where you get 3500 SB (which is the equivalent of $35 in gift cards) for signing up.  Bluehost is a leading web solutions services provider.

You can try it out for 12 months at a special discounted price of $2.95/mo AND get a free domain in addition to 3500 SB by using this link before Friday, October 14th - that means you get everything for just $1! It's the perfect opportunity if you need to make a host change to your website or if you've been thinking about starting a website or blog.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 3500 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of November. So that's $35 for trying Bluehost, which gets you 3800 SB, which you can turn into $38 worth of gift cards!

This offer is for Swagbucks members, and you can join today!

Here's my referral link for Swagbucks, where you really do get rewarded for online activity:

My Swagbucks Referral Link





Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Another great deal from Swagbucks!

One of the ways that I supplement my income is by earning gift cards and/or cash at Swagbucks. You rack up points and exchange them for cash or the gift card of your choice. It really helps me. Consider joining a site where you get paid to answer surveys, watch short videos, shop online and in-store (with coupons), and other easy tasks.

This Halloween deal is really great!

Get in the Halloween spirit with Swagbucks! Stock up on Halloween candy and decorations, and get those costumes ready for the big day!Swagbucks, an online rewards program that gives you cash back for completing online activities such a shopping online, is running a great Halloween on their site now through the end of the month. Earn Double Cash Back or more when you shop the Halloween Sale at your favorite stores including:
Walmart    
Target    
 Kmart    
 Home Depot    
Cost Plus
World Market    
 Pier1 Imports    
 Michael's    
 Wholesale Party Supplies  
 Amazon          
 and many  more!    

My referral link is:

http://www.swagbucks.com/?cmd=sb-trk&t0=blgTrk&t1=439173&t2=513&t3=http%3A%2F%2Fiheart.swagbucks.com%2Fpages%2F2016%2F10%2FHalloween-Sale.php



Monday, September 12, 2016

Are you being censored?

Here's the press release, as I received it, without any changes:

Index on Censorship opens nominations for the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards and Fellowship

[PRESSWIRE] London, United Kingdom - 12 September, 2016 -- Beginning today, nominations for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship are open. Now in their 17th year, the awards honour some of the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes. Previous winners include Chinese digital activists GreatFire, Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat and Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.
  • Awards honour journalists, campaigners, digital activists and artists fighting censorship globally;
  • Nominate at indexoncensorship.org/nominations;
  • Nominations are open from 12 September to 2 October 2016.
Beginning today, nominations for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship are open. Now in their 17th year, the awards honour some of the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes. Previous winners include Chinese digital activists GreatFire, Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat and Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais.
Index invites the general public, civil society organisations, non-profit groups and media organisations to nominate anyone (individuals or organisations) who they believe should celebrated and supported in their work tackling censorship worldwide.
There are four categories in Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Awards:
• Arts for artists (any form) and arts producers whose work challenges repression and injustice and celebrates artistic free expression.
• Campaigning for activists and campaigners who have had a marked impact in fighting censorship and promoting freedom of expression.
• Digital Activism for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information.
• Journalism for courageous, high impact and determined journalism (any form) that exposes censorship and threats to free expression.
Relevant nominees are also eligible for the Music in Exile Fellowship, which supports musicians whose work is under threat.
As awards fellows, all winners receive one residential week of networking, advanced training and consultancy in London (April 2017) followed by 12 months of bespoke support to amplify and sustain their valuable work for free expression worldwide.
Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index, said: “The Freedom of Expression Awards not only showcase but also strengthen groups and individuals doing brave and brilliant work to enhance freedom of expression around the world. These are true heroes - people who often have to overcome immense obstacles and face great danger just for the right to express themselves. I urge everyone to nominate their free expression champion - make sure their voice is heard.”
The 2017 awards shortlist will be announced in late January. The winners will be announced in London at a gala ceremony on 19 April 2017 at The Unicorn Theatre.
For more information on the awards and fellowship, please contact:

Friday, July 8, 2016

BBQ? Swag BQ!

Swagbucks is a fun way to earn gift cards or cash. I usually get Amazon gift cards. You can earn Swagbuicks by watching short videos, taking surveys and shopping, plus much more. Now we have a team challenge coming up, so we can all help each other earn even more.

There is nothing like a good ol’ fashioned BBQ. Lots of friends, lots of food and lots of fun. It wouldn’t be summer without one! Starting Monday, July 11th, Swagbucks invites you to their first Swag-B-Q Team Challenge. It’s as fun as those classic backyard parties but at this shindig, you don’t have to worry about burning the hamburgers! Instead of bringing potato salad, Swagbucks members bring in SB for their team. All members who participate and contribute at least 300 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 40 SB rebate. The party lasts until July 15th so log on or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

If you are not already a member, please join through my link:

Tessa's Swagbucks



Saturday, June 4, 2016

Swagbucks for Father's Day

I earn points on Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards or cash by Paypal. They have many more offers to redeem points, but those are my favorites. One way to earn is by shopping through Swagbucks links, so it's a great way to get those gifts for Father's Day.


What does dad want for Father's Day? Well, fun facts, of course! Check out these cool facts from a survey of moms and dads, and then swing by Swagbucks to pick out your gift from his favorite stores!  

Please join Swagbucks here, if you are not already a member:

Swagbucks


Still need help shopping for dad? Now through Father's Day, you can earn Double Cash Back or more at the following stores:

Walmart - 7 SB per $1

Macy’s - 6 SB per $1

Score Big - 8 SB per $1

GNC - 6 SB per $1

Under Armour - 4 SB per $1

Living Social - 4 SB per $1

And many, many more!  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Help stop online piracy by checking your books

I got this press release that is of interest to authors.



Publicist of the Year Leads Awareness Campaign to "Check Your Books"

Agoura Hills, CA, March 31, 2016 (Newswire.com) - ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Publicist of the Year, author and advocate Rhonda Rees is orchestrating a campaign to alert authors and publishers to “check their books” to correspond with World Book and Copyright Day, on April 23, 2016
She is asking that during the month of April they run Google, Bing, or other searches to see whether or not their work is compromised by being offered for “free” without their knowledge or permission.  She would like authors and publishers to plug in the title of their book, or books, the author’s name, and the words ‘free downloads’ to spot what comes up.   
This is a subject that Rees knows about first-hand.  Her US copyrighted, trademarked, registered and award-winning book, Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®:  Insider Secrets to Make You a Success was being offered as a free download on several sites without her consent.  http://www.amazon.com/Profit-Prosper-Public-Relations-Rhonda/dp/0982223501
Rees isn’t the only one that this situation is happening to.  Thousands of other unsuspecting authors across the globe are also left vulnerable to unscrupulous Internet thieves.     
According to Rees, “It’s not just the famous recording artists or celebrities that are being ripped-off anymore.  Instead, online book piracy is having an impact on the average author in a very big way.”
According to the Association of American Publishers, the publishing industry as a whole has lost $80 to $100 million dollars to online piracy annually.  From 2009 to 2013, the number of e-book Internet piracy alerts that the Authors Guild of America received from their membership had increased by 300%.  During 2014, that number doubled.   In 2016, these numbers are expected to go much higher. 
For the past couple of years Rees has been working tirelessly to help bring this little-known topic to public attention.  The Bulldog Reporter publication honored her with their Publicist of the Year Gold Award in their Stars of PR competition for her efforts. https://www.bulldogreporter.com/creative-persistent-campaign-to-gain-attention-for-widespread-online-book-piracy-crisis-earns-rhonda-rees-publicist-of-the-year-and-a-stars-of-pr-gold-award/ In addition, she was also named Publicist of the Year by the Book Publicists of Southern California, winning their IRWIN Award (Industry Recognition of Writers in the News.)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPrATPtRwoQ
As an author, publicist and publisher, Rees has lent her voice by appearing in the media and online, and by contributing feature articles, such as in IP Watchdog.com:http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2016/03/10/crusade-against-online-piracy/id=66902/.  Her aim is to educate the public, and to open up a dialogue between authors and publishers, organizations, policy makers and law enforcement.   
She is now asking for authors and publishers to run searches to see whether or not their work is being pirated.  Rees offers important suggestions and tips, and outlines what they can do should they find themselves in this tough situation.   Listen to her Author U podcast: https://player.fm/series/author-u-your-guide-to-book-publishing-podcasts/book-piracy-how-to-discover-and-how-to-fix-show-02-25-2016
After World Book and Copyright Day this April 23, 2016, she will continue her fight against the online piracy of books.   Rees has made contact with the Global Intellectual Property (IP) Center, a division of the US Chamber of Commerce, the Authors Guild of America, the Counterfeit Report Company, the Piracy Trace Business, and numerous organizations such as IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), SPAWN (Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network), and BPSC (Book Publicists of Southern California.)
World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to help promote reading, publishing and copyright issues.  It is observed in over 100 countries, from private businesses, schools and voluntary organizations that come together to pay tribute to authors and books.  The April 23, date is the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, and the birth or death date of other well-known authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Maurice Druon, and Halldór Laxness. 
Rhonda Rees is available for interview.  For further information, contact Rhonda Rees via her website: www.rhondareespr.com.  You can also follow her on Facebook,LinkedIn or Twitter @ReesRhonda.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

Swagbucks is offering even more rewards!

Are you going anywhere for spring break? Maybe you're taking the kids to DisneyWorld or visiting mom and dad or treating yourself to a fun getaway. Check out this cool infographic from Swagbucks on what 19,000 Americans are planning for their Spring travel. Let us know what you're up to this spring in the comments. and sign up for Swagbucks to get paid for making your voice heard in surveys like these and getting Cash Back while you shop online for all your travel essentials!


Please join through my LINK.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Time to clean out the shed

Now that the rain has gone away for at least a week, it's time to empty out the shed, sweep and bug bomb it, and put everything back. Of course, putting things back means sorting, tossing, donating and selling as much as possible. Since work assignments have been anything but steady in recent months, selling will be my top priority.

The mess from last year, which you see in the photo below, is now in the storage shed, and not much better organized. Every time I get started on the job, something comes up and I have to leave it. Sometimes it's an unexpected rainstorm, but usually it's something else that might not be as important, but which is much more urgent.

A couple years ago, it was a broken leg. Last year it was a badly sprained wrist and bruised elbow. This year I hope to get the job done without any such interruption. I'm still incredibly clumsy, but if I take it slowly and get some help from a nice neighbor, I think it will get done.

I've been clumsy and accident-prone ever since I cracked my skull a few years back. I had a concussion, and my brain swelled up. It's taken lots of time and effort to find ways to compensate, but I'm getting there. I still have no good sense of time, and words often fail me, but I have had some slight improvement. I'm afraid my eyesight will never quite be the same, but I have eyeglasses now.

Life is good, for the most part. I've been better, but I've also been worse.


Do publishers have the same rights as broadcasters?

In Europe, publishers do not have the same rights as video and audio media when it comes to copyright law. That situation might be abut to change.

I got the following press release this morning:


European Commission considers new law to protect press diversity and quality journalism in Europe

[PRESSWIRE] London, United Kingdom - 14.03.16 -- The European Commission’s Vice-President Ansip announced the imminent consultation on a publisher’s right today, 14 March, which could ultimately lead to much-needed greater legal clarity in copyright for press publishers.

Publishers are not currently acknowledged in EU law as rightsholders. The expected change would put press publishers’ rights on par with other content producers such as broadcasters, film producers and phonogram producers with a related right that would afford publishers more licensing and negotiation opportunities.
Importantly, a new publisher’s right:
  • would have no impact on contractual relationships between publishers and journalists, nor on the existing provisions in law dealing with the transfer of rights in certain Member States. A new publisher’s right would seek only to protect the investment and the creative endeavour of putting together and the making available of the published edition, not the individual article;
  • would have no impact on readers’ ability to link and share articles by multiple share buttons
  • would not lead to a links tax
  • would not conflict with any legal exceptions to copyright including for teaching, illustration, research and private use
EPC Executive Director Angela Mills Wade said: “It is high time that press publishers were treated in law the same as all other content producers. In this digital age, licensing is complex, particularly in the context of 24/7 content production and distribution over multiple platforms. 
“We welcome the European Commission’s support for an independent, free press in Europe and for understanding our urgent need for new, digital-appropriate legal rights in line with other content producers. A professional press publisher is subject to significant costs for the employment of, and legal protection of, highly-skilled journalists; for the financing, production and management of print and online editions, and for being legally answerable for the accuracy and quality of their content. A new publisher’s right would go some way to protecting that investment and supporting innovation in the sector.”
Note to Editors:  National laws have been introduced in Germany and Spain to address specific issues regarding the exploitation of publishers' content by third parties. Any European solution for a publisher's right should be applied without prejudice to such national laws, and must be forward looking, neutral, sufficientlybroad and flexible to be future proof for the years to come.  It must set an overall high standard of protection of freedom of the press, by recognising that a press publication is a creative endeavour and without this incentive to invest, it would not exist.
Access the Frequently Asked Questions here.
For further information and comment, please contact 
Heidi Lambert on Tel: +44 7932 141 291
Angela Mills Wade on Tel: +44 1865 310 732 or
@epc_press
ENDS

Friday, March 11, 2016

Please join us for another Swag Team Challenge

If you are not already a member of Swagbucks, you're missing out on the fun We take aurveys , watch videos and explore great content on web sites, and they pay us for things that we already do online! Along the way, I've seen cooking shows, movie previews, household tips and more! If you're into sports, they  have lots of content for you, too.

Please join through my link.

There are many signs and symbols from around the world that are seen as lucky. Others are thought to bring good fortune to the people that possess them. Some of these symbols are even believed to grant wishes, heal the sick, or ward off evil and curses.

These signs and symbols often include four leaf clovers, horseshoes, shooting stars, lucky pennies and many, many more.Others state that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Whether you believe in lucky signs and symbols or not Swaggernauts, do you hear that knock? Opportunity is knocking! It’s Swagbucks Lucky Charms Team Challenge!

Cross your fingers (and your toes if you can) and join a team. The Horseshoe Heroes, Classy Clovers, Shooting Stars, and Polished Pennies could all use your good fortune in the following categories: SurveysDiscoverSearchWatchSwagstakesShopSwag Codes

The Lucky Charms Team Challenge begins Monday, March 14th at 8:00am PT/11:00am ET and ends at 12pm PT/3pm ET on Friday, March 18th! In the meantime, don’t walk under any ladders and avoid all black cats! If you're feeling lucky, join a team now because Pre-registration is currently OPEN!All Swagbucks members who participate and contribute at least 300 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 4th place team will receive a 5 SB Swag Up Rebate! Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, March 18th by 4pm PT/7pm ET and will expire on Thursday, March 31st. Pre-Registration starts TODAY, Thursday March 11, so what are you waiting for, sign up now!

Please join through my link

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Swagbucks is having a cash back extravaganza!

So you’ve already finished your spring cleaning. You’ve got rid of the old, and much like the flora and fauna, you’re ready for a rebirth. The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and your home is spotless. Just look around at all this room you have for activities! Whether you love gardening, hiking, picnicking, or any other favorite springtime pastimes, the time is now to get moving. Like everyone’s favorite springtime critter, it’s time to hop to it! Starting Monday, March 7th Swagbucks is offering Double Cash Back or More at your favorite retailers until March 27th to help make the most out of your spring! Get ready because the savings is sure to be hare-raising!


Please join from this link.



Monday, February 29, 2016

Please help me get my roof fixed

My bills are paid for now, but I'm still on a fixed income. I hope to have the time and funds to do the research needed for my future books. I'm really struggling, and I'm not earning more than pocket money.

My roof needs a major repair. The leak is in a weird corner where two parts of the roof are at different heights. It's just a small area, but they'll have to rip out and replace part of the siding. The siding is the outer wall of the house. It has rotted, and carpenter ants could attack it and eat my whole house. Carpenter ants are like termites but worse.

I have a fundraiser at YouCaring

https://www.youcaring.com/tessa-dick-493298

or you can send me Paypal at

kittiescats777@gmail.com

or send me your prayers and good wishes, or maybe a card or a note at:

Tessa Dick
PO Box 1942
Crestline, California 92325
U.S.A.


You can also search Amazon for my books. I have a murder mystery, a science fiction novel, a short story collection and two memoirs.

Thank you all for caring.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Media trends

I got this press release today, and I think it might be of interest:



EPC’s 2016 GLOBAL MEDIA TRENDS BOOK TELLS STORY OF SEISMIC CHANGE IN NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE PUBLISHING

[PRESSWIRE] London, United Kingdom - 24.02.16 -- For the fourth year running, the European Publishers Council (EPC) is delighted to bring to its members, key policy makers and interested journalists the latest data in global media trends. A free copy is available to the press on request.

The 500 data sets and 60,000 words of analysis tell the story of a seismic transformation in content development and publishing for newspapers and magazines:
• Social Media: Reading an article or news story is in the top five activities on Facebook: publishers have proactive social media strategies and social media advertising is on the increase. 
• Mobile: Publishers are adopting “mobile-first” strategies to deal with changes in competition and consumer behaviour – interaction and attention; but this affects profoundly production, distribution, monetisation, and content development.  Most consumers will be using their smartphones to access media content by 2019, going straight to specific articles (not the publication’s home page) and getting there via social media and not by search.  When they get there, today’s consumers want high quality, personally relevant content including on-demand video clips.  In the US, people using mobile to read newspapers has gone from less than 40% in March 2014 to more than 70% in March 2015.
Advertising: internet advertising is poised to overtake TV advertising but ad-blocking is a serious and expanding threat to publishers' revenues as it spreads from web to mobile.
EPC Executive Director Angela Mills Wade commented: “Amidst these data sets, there are reasons for optimism and excitement about the future, despite the challenges regarding global adspend for newspapers and ad-blocking on web and mobile sites.  There are many new opportunities, notably in mobile and social media, and, arguably, greater opportunity than ever to make content appealing and accessible to record numbers of consumers of all ages via their smartphones.”
Over the next year or so, the media will be subject to new and revised EU regulations in the fields of copyright, data privacy, audiovisual media services, text and data mining, and Big Data.
Angela continued: “We hope that our Global Media Trends Book will help to steer regulators and opinion formers towards appropriate and market-driven regulations based on actual worldwide digital content and usage trends. The press is a unique sector, where our values are as important to us as our profits but we do not operate on a level playing field with the big, techno-media players. Professional journalists need to be paid, trained, resourced and legally protected by their publishers.  Quality content is expensive.  However, regulators can help protect a free press by taking our important differences into account when legislating and making sure our pursuit of the provision of reliable information, analysis and entertainment is helped, not hindered to the benefit of all in Europe’s Digital Single Market. For in order to perform our vital role in society, our traditional media need to be financially viable.”
The EPC would like to thank Martha Stone and the World Newsmedia Network for another year’s excellent collaboration.  We would also like to thank the 60 contributing research companies for their ongoing support of this valuable resource for publishers, researchers, academics and media industry stakeholders.
For a free press copy of the report, or for further information, please contact Heidi Lambert at heidilambert@hlcltd.demon.co.uk or
Tel: +44 7932 141 291 or Angela Mills Wade on Tel: +44 1865 310 732
www.epceurope.eu
ENDS

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cats breaking loose

This morning at 5, I was awakened by the sound of Blacky and Inky hissing at a raccoon. Sleepily  wondering how a raccoon got into my house, I yelled, "Hey!"and feebly attempted to sit up in bed with three cats sitting on me.


Guffy was also sitting on me. (Sorry, I can't find my photo of Guffy AKA Tuffy 2nd.)

Oh, there's Guffy!



Then I remembered that the spare cats, who usually stay outside (by their choice, not mine) were inside when I went to bed. I'm not sure how long it was before I was able to get up and shut the back door,which Sweetie and Bobby had bullied open.


Bad cats!

By that time, I was fully awake and unable to get back to sleep. So I've been dragging all day, but my house is once again raccoon free.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Almost there

I'm within $100 of paying all of the bills that come in on the first. Thank you all for your help, prayers and good wishes!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One more month till I get on my feet

If I can just get through February, my earnings will catch up with my bills. I've done about $200 worth of writing buyer guides for eBay, but it takes them a month to pay. I get a tiny annuity in March, and then I go on social security in June.

I've been trying to write new books, but I need every minute of my "up time" to try to earn money for the bills now. I can't do much more than a couple hours once a week.

Meanwhile, SSI insists that I am not disabled and I can work, even though I can't earn more than $100 or $200 a month. In fact, most months it's less than $100. I can't work outside my home, and I can't do physical labor. I can't even clean the house. I work for ten minutes, and then I lie down for an hour.

I can't cook or drive a car because the tiniest distraction leads to disaster. I don't walk well, so now I use a walker if I'm going more than half a block. The walker has a seat, so I can sit down when I need to, which is quite often. On a good day, which happens once every week or two, I can go two blocks with the cane and a knee brace.

In the meantime, the HEAP program that helps with winter heating bills has not been funded yet. They expect to have funding in APRIL, to help with WINTER heating bills. That's the government bureaucracy for you.

I have shutoff notices for water, gas and electricity, totaling over $250.

I have a Go Fund Me campaign, but it isn't bringing in much at all. I did get a lot of help in the past, and my family has contributed when they can.

Maybe some of you can help me get through this one final month without losing everything. Prayer will be appreciated, as well as $5 or so. I really need it, or I wouldn't ask.

Tessa Dick
PO Box 1942
Crestline, CA 92325

Paypal --  Kittiescats777@gmail.com

Thank you all so much!