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Wordless Wednesday – Windy Tuesday

Here we go with another Wordless Wednesday, we had a lot of excitement in the neighborhood yesterday. A street light that stood in our next door neighbors yard blew down. So much excitement, on a Windy Tuesday, Police, firemen, and Electric Company. I was foolish enough to get extra close for some good shots, before I thought about the voltage running through the still live wires on the street light.

Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 1 Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 2 Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 3 Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 4 Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 5 Wordless Wednesday Windy Tuesday 6Well, up too late at night, still in pain from the windy day and now I guess we are expecting snow now. 🙁 I can’t wait until spring, had it not been for those wild winds yesterday, it would have felt like it was almost spring. As you can see in the pictures hardly any snow remains from our last storm.

Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends, this wordy gal is signing off and going to bed… I just wanted to get my Wordless Wednesday post up and running. 🙂


<3 & (((hugs))),


Jumping through hoops to get back to you – news & thank you

Mariah's Thank you Readers Card

Hi all, thank you all for your patience with me, as I strive to catch up on emails and get some reviews (and giveaways) posted. I appreciate you all and your kindness as so many of you have checked up on me with notes (all over the place) full of concern and well wishes for my husband, my Mother and myself. Thank you all… I am so honored to have met such wonderful caring people from all over this beautiful world of ours! 🙂

jump through hoops for you cardI have been jumping through hoops to get back to you and it hasn’t been an easy go of it here. I believe I’ve repaired everything now on my computer… oh lets start with first things first here huh?

A picture of Mariah Lockwood's MotherAs some of you may recall, back in February my Mother became a paraplegic after back surgery. Thanks to the wonderful people that worked hard with her in physical therapy at Life Care in Longmont, my Mother did manage to get a little bit of movement in one leg, however nothing more than slight sensation to it. I had hopes that she would regain strength and control in the leg or perhaps both legs, but no luck and she cannot put weight on it. She has no movement in her waist and one diaphragm isn’t working, so she speaks very softly now.  My Mother finally was released from her rehabilitation recently (late May, I believe) and she went home.

Closeup of Mom on St Pats Day 2013 in Longmont life care center
My Mother in her wheelchair and her huge brace… being a real good sport as she wears goofy St Pats Day Glasses.

I had promised to come up for a week or so to help my Mother and Father out, in their beautiful Mountain home, here in Colorado.

First I cancelled my going up there for my doctors appointments.

Next we cancelled my date to come up, do to one of my 4 brothers, who was coming up with his wife and 3 children. Mom and I knew it would be too much all at once if I too was up there.

Then came a bunch of tests for my husband’s heart, as a result of my husband going in for his disability (problems, and chronic pain in his back) to get epidural injections to ease the tremendous pain he is in. We finally saved up enough money to pay for the shots for the first time in over a year (he is supposed to get his shots about every 4 months or so, when the last set of injections wear off and the pain gets unbearable again). So many things make it difficult for the two of us, being disabled in chronic pain, and on Social Security Disability… yet, on this side note, I must say that my husband and I are frugal, and that we still are smiling, joking, laughing and friendly through it all… most people wouldn’t know how we struggle, if we were to meet them face to face. For that and for the love we have of life, I am so thankful, even if we struggle just to get medications and we forgo many things in order to just get the essential medications for life itself.

Alas, I rambled again… sorry, I am having bad pain day and it’s hard to control the brain… lol, I spend way too long shopping yesterday as we did our Monthly Grocery shopping in one trip (our usual way, as we wait until we pay our bills to know what we can spend & we budget in our end of the month/begining of the month Doctor appointments and try to figure out our cost for medications).  Something as simple as shopping can really wear out people with disabilities & in chronic pain, like us. But I am proud to say I managed to save us just over $100 on our grocery bill from my working with coupons (store and manufacturer coupons together) and the sales at the store. 🙂 Any-who… back to the main topic and the crazy times we’ve been through here, while I was semi absent from the blog and online stuff…. lol

Back to the main topic at hand

My husband went in for his epidural Steroidal injections in his back and they noticed that not only was his heart beating fast, but that it appeared he was skipping heart beats. So here came testing. The surgeon, for the injections, refused (and rightly so) to work on my husband due to the fact that if he got too close to a nerve his heart would speed up more and it could possibly cause a major heart attack. So instead of getting relief for my husbands back, we were told to ask our Family Doctor for a referral to a Cardiologist.

Instead of a Cardiologist, our doctor had decided to run the tests himself… looking at the results each time saying that he didn’t see anything, and reading the results from the tests saying that things looked fine. Yet he wanted, each time, yet another test “just to make sure” and suddenly our Family Doctors Nurse called very worked up and said we needed to see the Cardiologist ASAP because there was something that showed up in the tests. So once again my visit to my Mother and Fathers house, to help out and visit with my parents, was cancelled, this time we didn’t reschedule the visit, due to concern with what was coming up.

History of my husband’s heart (another side note):

In the past we were sure he had a heart attack, the doctor we had at the time even called an ambulance and had my husband whisked off from his office to the hospital. I insisted that my husband stay overnight, although he wanted to go home that night, the doctor had said that they wanted him to stay to monitor his heart. The next morning, before we could leave, they had my husband take a stress test, he passed and there was no sign of damage etc etc… so he left with a prescription for an acid reducer for his tummy instead? Good old Kaiser Perm. left it as that, just kept my husband on the medications for heartburn.

Well with all the tests they took my husband through they found that not only was that past instance, years ago, a heart attack but that he had damage to his heart, scar tissue. And they found that he needed stints placed ASAP and was ordered not to exert himself in any way as we wait for the Cardiologist to have a clearing in his surgery appointments to squeeze my husband in.

hubby after heart surgery
Yes that Tattooed Man is my dear hubby. Here he is after surgery, He cannot remember this picture or the other one where he modeled for it. Poor baby was talkative but sooooo out of it. My job, keep him still, his back hurt laying still for so long and he kept trying to lift his head, a no no after his type of surgery.

Then my husband had heart surgery, with 4 stints placed in and they are watching another vessel in his heart that is still partially plugged, they decided not to place a stint in there since it would possibly do more damage than good (the stints, weaken the vessels where they are placed as they stretch them out). I took care of my husband, and I was unaware of the time and energy that this would consume, keeping him from stressing and exerting himself, otherwise I had thought that I could work on the blog during this time… I was wrong, and I am so sorry. As he started to heal and had some discomfort due to the surgery and the new medications (one medication, they said is a chemical pace maker and the cause of the discomfort as it “re-trains his heart to a new rhythm.”) And that worried us, but our family doctor didn’t seem too concerned when we told him about it.

Finally the Cardiologist cleared my husband to exercise and exert himself some, but he needs to pay attention to his heart pain. I received a call from my Mother, and reported what the Cardiologist had to say, and my Mother expressed that she was, desperate for one of my haircuts and for me to finally visit them. So I waited until after another doctor appointment a few days later, and I went up to my parents house in the mountains. I had hopes of visiting, helping out my Mother and Father (who is doing so very much, between diapers, picking Mom up to place in the bed and in her new electric wheelchair and turning Mom, to avoid bed soars etc.), I also hoped that I could help add some cheer and laughter (as we always, despite anything Mom is going through, manage to  have a ton of laughs) and of course I wanted to cut my Mothers hair. And I cannot forget that Mom and I had plans of doing some craft like projects together as well.

My Mother and Father in about 2010
My Mother and Father in about 2010, before my Mothers illnesses started making it hard for her to eat. Autoimmune problems, they assume.

When I went up to my parents house, I fought the temptation to cry so hard as my Mother is losing weight again and she was having trouble finding words while she was talking, she was so very very drowsy, and super pale.

Day 2 at my Parents House, we got Mom up out of bed for the first time, since I arrived around Noon the day before. I brushed Mom’s hair, and found her lipstick, which I helped her apply and we waited on her haircut since the Home Care Nurse was coming again that day to check up on Mom, checking her blood pressure, heart beats per minute and origination. Come to find out, the nurse had been there the day before and was concerned enough to schedule to follow up the day after. Well Mom didn’t look well to her either and her blood pressure was way too low, her oxygen and beats per minute didn’t look good either so she called the On Call Doctor at my Mothers Doctors office, who was told not only her vitals but the fact that she was so pale she was sort of grey… the doctor said we should go to the Emergency Room right away (by the way, this is a regular thing for my Mother as of late, since she became paralyzed and since she’s been home from her rehabilitation stay, she’s been in the ER a few times, already.)

Dad, Mom and I decided to go to Good Samaritan Hospital, instead of her usual visit to either Boulder Community or Longmont Hospital to see if they not only could help her with the weakness of the heartbeat, blood pressure etc… but to help her and figure out her muscles spasms and terrible pain in one side just at or below the ribs on the one side, which the other hospitals and Mom’s doctors couldn’t help with. Dad and I stayed in the ER as they ran tests, and found phneumonia in her chest, and we waited and waited for them to take her to her hospital room in the ICU. Finally we gave up at about midnight and apologized to Mom who was encouraging us to leave.

Dad and I stayed up talking until about 2 or 3 am in the morning and the next morning we had breakfast at home and then took off right away to the hospital to stay with Mom. This continued until it was the day that I needed to leave to give my husband his Testosterone Shot (yup, saving money on AARP Medicare since this is cheaper than the creme and last year we both hit the doughnut hole, and his was easily hit mid year thanks to the Testosterone Creme).

Mom, is finally home as of a few days ago now, she’s still a little bit out of it but not searching for her words as much. I am home, and had to play catch up on yard etc for a day and then finally I got a chance to log onto my computer and found out that although I was receiving emails, they hadn’t been sending out since this whole thing started in May or June!!!! OMG! Panic, stress AGAIN. Well, searching and searching for a solution, I failed to find any virus, trojan, malware, shareware, etc on my computer, as I used a multitude of programs that I had downloaded over a year ago to my computer. I was thankful that I had Carbonite on my PC so that if I could pinpoint the time of problems I could start over fresh on the computer, just reinstalling programs and the rest of the data would be safe and sound. I was about to use Carbonite for the 2nd time since I subscribed to it a year back (just after I lost everything with my harddrive and then a crash last summer), when I suddenly decided to install a program (that I still had the execute file in my downloads, thankfully since I couldn’t access the internet, or download from it with anything but on my little iPad.) lo and behold, installing a few programs over themselves (Thunderbird for email and firefox for my browsing) and suddenly everything started to work again.

stressed is desserts spelled backward
*sigh* And I’ve gained weight through all this time… time to lose the 7 lbs that I still have (of the 10 lbs I gained) left from my gaining weight. Yup stress eating… my main problem.

Looking at my 4 days of trying to fix the computer problems on my own, we found that it was a shared .dll file that was deleted when I got rid of a program or was corrupted that caused the problem. Yay problem solved! Well, I am almost all settled back in at home and almost have everything caught up from time out taking care of others etc… I am getting back here. We have doctors appointments coming up again this week and next, so a few days away as the doctors visits are quite a ways away from home, but I am back and getting into the swing of things slowly but surely.

I wish to thank you all for your patience as life and loved ones take priority over the blog, and thank you for your patience as I catch up on my emails, my reviews and my giveaways here. I appreciate all the notes to me, to make sure things were okay here, you are too kind my beautiful followers! And I wish to welcome all the new followers to the blog as well, how sweet of you all to come on over and join me and a big thanks to Joan, my friend and former blogging partner for sending over some of her readers to my blog… btw Joan’s up and running with reviews and giveaways again and though she too is going through a lot at home with her chronic pain (lupus SLE and Fibromyalgia just like me) and family stuff, she has the strength and somehow manages to have many great reviews and giveaways up and running on her site. Check out Joan’s blog:

Just don’t forget to come back here soon, as I will be attempting to write  up the newest winners, reviews and giveaways for you all to enjoy! Watch your email (for the subscribers), the blogs Facebook Page and the twitter feed for updates. 🙂

Thank you all again!

Love and hugs,




Wordless Wednesday – Dog Costume Spider

Dog Costume, The Best Costume I’ve ever seen! I laughed so hard (so hard I almost wet myself), I have dogs and could just imagine the scene, as described in the story with the picture…I had to share this… okay, into wordless mode now! lol ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Halloween Dog Spider Costume, so funny to come home to this running up to greet you... omg too funny!
Great Dog Costume, the Spider Costume looks real! I am going to make this for my dogs!

Help for Crowd-Funding Projects – Book Review


Hacking, Kickstarter, Indiegogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days on a budget) by Patrice Williams Marks

Hi there friends, the title of the book “Hacking, Kickstarter, Indiegogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days)” by Patrice Williams Marks, caught my eye when I saw it on Tomoson. And I was hooked when read the description of  the book:

FACT: Over 65% of crowd funding projects fail. Why? Top 5 Reason’s For Failure:

1) Campaign Missing Key Elements
2) Launched Before Gathering Their Tribe
3) Expected That if They Build It, They Will Come
4) Poor Advertising/Social Media Strategy
5) Lack of Partners

Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo (or any other crowd-funding site) How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days
walks you step by step into the process of creating, launching and wrapping your project. 


– How Curated Communities can give you added exposure

– How to get featured in Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s newsletters (solid gold)

– How to grab funders attention the moment they land on your page

– How to generate traffic to your project

– How to easily find and target bloggers and journalist who want to publicize your project

– and much more!

Tried and true tactics, tips and secrets that work.

The rest is history as I felt that I simply had to apply to review the book, not only for myself but for some people that I know would be interested in a good book on this topic. For those folks that I know will be checking this post out, I just had to let them know what I thought of the book…. lucky me my application to review the book was accepted.

Crowd-Funding Projects are a mystery to most, but not to me, not any longer.

Now I had very limited understanding of crowd-funded projects, until I read this book. I had seen a project like this in action a few years ago. “Twig the Fairy,”a beautiful lady (that I follow on Facebook) that dresses up as a Fairy and travels around the country appearing in Renaissance Fairs. Twig had used Kickstarter for her Fairy Book for Children. I couldn’t contribute anything but share the updates and information with all my followers on facebook & in emails… hey every little bit helps. This was the limit of my experience/understanding of these crowd-funding projects.

Although I didn’t understand how this all works, I did know that I have 3 or 4 people following my blog that could use some information on this… for all I know many more of you can use this information too!

You and your product no longer need to sit waiting for a wealthy benefactor to contribute to the productions realization.

In this book you will find all that you need to assist you in fulfilling those financing needs… WELL that is IF you manage to get noticed! Getting Noticed is one of the most important things that this book talks about.

Welcome to the world of online Crowd-funded Projects

You may be wondering what Kickstarter and Indiegogo are, well they are only 2 of the many sites online tailored towards the crowd-funded projects. To name some of the other sites offering such services there are also Mobcaster, Rockethub and GoFundMe.

In the book “Hacking Kickstarter, Indigogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days)” you may notice Patrice referring to Kickstart Projects frequently. If you choose another site for your Crowd-Funding Projects, never fear, this informative book will be just as valid with any of the other sites.


The best way to use this book?

Obviously the best way would be to use it before you start your campaign… however… The book is so very thorough that it is still valid for those already in their campaign!

Patrice take you by the hand and shows you around the big wide world of Crowd-Funding Projects…

Patrice guides you through building your “Tribe,” as she calls it, all the way to the end of your Campaign. All the important research has been done for you, in this book and what is even better than someone researching and advising you in a book, is that the author has practical experience in these hints, tips and Secrets that she shares with you!

After reading this book, I felt like a warm and caring new friend just patiently explained everything that anyone would need to know about Crowd-Funding Projects. I found this book extremely easy to read, and hard to put down. The Author describes what you need or should do, she has set up links throughout the book for examples of what she is talking about. She also takes you by the hand, if your Campaign should happen to fail, and she gives you the tools you need to assist you on getting back on the proverbial horse.

I have to tell you that my head is still swimming with all the information that I found contained in this book. I do see what a pain it must have been for Patrice to wade through the oceans of sites to find just the right ones for her book examples and all those great Secrets that she shares… you gotta love it that all the leg work has been done for you!

This is not one of those books that you read once and never return to. I just don’t see myself  getting rid of this treasure trove of information! I can see myself coming back to it again and again to read through this book.


I chose to get the book from iTunes and as I read I started adding in the little red bookmarks (though I don’t know much about ibooks from itunes, I don’t even know if there is a way to go directly to my little red bookmarks). I do plan to go back now and start again from the very beginning and take notes for myself and my future use.

For people wishing to take on the endeavor of creating a Crowd-Funded Campaign, keep in mind, it’s not an easy task… nothing worth while is, is it? You have a ton of work ahead of you and if you follow this book step by step, I don’t feel you will be just another of the many fish in the sea, I firmly believe that you will get yourself noticed and this is exactly what you need when you are trying to get people to help fund your project.

Where can you pick up the book “Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo: How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days (Secrets to Running a Successful Crowd Funding Campaign on a Budget)“?

Smashwords – (Single purchase gains access to all ebook formats.)

Also at:

 Amazon (Kindle Edition), Apple iTunes Store (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) and at Barnes & Noble (Nookbook)


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Computer Problems Here

Well folks, I’ve had computer problems with my old laptop here, so sorry. I don’t know what to say but I am limping along online when I can, small steps at a time. The fan is very noisy and so I will be online off and on as the computer overheats here… trying to get things done, with a lot of shutting down and letting it rest.

Forgive me, I am so sorry about this. Please follow me on facebook, and twitter etc to see when I get more done here. I am trying to write up a review long hand and get it onto the blog a piece at a time.

This is not fair to the sponsors, so in my on times I will try and set up replies to go out to them and let them know what is going on here.

My friends, your patience is greatly appreciated, thank you.