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A Quick Note – Comments Problem- Blog Announcement

News Boy with animated words "EXTRA"I am experiencing technical difficulties folks. Something turned off my comments on my newest post for the $50 GC giveaway. As a result I am seeking a resolution at this time. The blog may be off line, off and on, for a while as I disable all plugins and re-enable them all one at a time.

I will try to repair this on my own… and if that doesn’t work I am calling support from my host, since I pay extra for some help I may as well use that. In the mean time please go visit my friend and former blogging partner, Joan at her blog, I am sure she has some really great giveaways up and running right now. 🙂 Here is the LINK to Joan’s Blog.

I will announce when the blog is fully functional again, thank you for your patience. And as always, I really appreciate your following my blog and entering my giveaways.

Love and hugs,

Giveaways, My Mother, and More News!

biting my lip

News on Giveaways, the Blog etc

Hi all, you may have noticed that the blog was down for a while, seems I was too popular as one of the many excuses for “suspending” my account was “hits”. Well they came up with a lot more excuses as time went on as the Analytics weren’t reflecting the “hits” they said I was having per hour.

It looks like it may have been a new plugin to help make small urls straight to my blog instead of through Owly or the others. Anyway when they finally gave me access to the back end of my blog I had shut down that plugin and they then had me shut down all the other plugins as well. To make a long story short, I am working here in the background resetting up everything that I can with the plugins and hopefully the Giveaway Countdown will be up on the sidebar soon so it’s easier to find the giveaways. In the mean time, I wanted to let you know that I am re-opening one of the expired giveaways and adding days to all the currently running giveaways to make up for down time and more.

I will be working on some more posts later on this evening/tonight after I recover the plugins all back into working order and get them plugged in to their proper places. I am still limping along here on my laptop with the fan acting up, so things are running slowly here all the way around.

Jeep Cherokee that I am willing to barter for on Craigslist

In other news from the Lockwood Home Front

My husband and I are trying to use Craigslist for the first time. My husband listed my old Jeep in the barter area, after which we realized that perhaps he should have added in there that we’d exchange it for a high end computer, since the fan on mine is going and I could certainly use a new laptop. Who knows I may be able to make a sweet deal in exchange for the Jeep. Of course we did discuss all the work that we would like to have done around the house in exchange for it, but hey, we will take what we can get. 🙂

It will be quite a while before I can get my laptop repaired the new vehicle wouldn’t pass the required emissions testing so we have a huge expense right now to get my new vehicle running, so it will be a month or so before I can get the fan fixed on my laptop…. this is the reason why we are looking now to see if possibly we can barter for a new laptop for me. Then this laptop could be eventually repaired and become a spare.

My Mother and Father,  just purchased a van with hand controls and a ramp for my Mother and they had an old vehicle that they knew I could use! How sweet is that? Mom, Dad and I keep teasing people (from nurses at the life care center to my neighbors) that the price of my haircuts have gone up. I cut my Mothers hair this weekend and so we have been telling people that I do haircuts now in exchange for a car! lol You should have seen a neighbors eyes when I told her that she’s do for me to give her another haircut again! lol So anyone. reading this in the North Suburbs of Denver. need a GREAT haircut?

News on my Mother

We witnessed my Mother actually moving her other leg just a little bit this weekend. 🙂 She still cannot put weight on her right leg, that can move just a little and feel sensations just very slightly with as she is so weak and the nerves are hopefully re-routing themselves. Hopefully the movement in the left leg wasn’t a fluke and maybe those nerves are starting to repair some.

My Mother has also put on some weight now… instead of being just 70 pounds she is now 100 lbs! Yay! Lets hope that she can continue to be at a healthier weight than she was.

And Mom will be finally released soon from the Life Care Center in Longmont, Colorado as soon as she gets her electric wheelchair that was FINALLY approved today, they say it could be a week or two before she receives it.  My parents have been trying to get Medicare to approve the wheelchair for her since February. Yay FINALLY!

Just to remind you all, I will be up in the mountains, at my parents house for a week or so after my Mother gets home. I hope to assist with the new adjustments to my Mother being a paraplegic now… from diapers, to lifting and more, my Father is going to have his hands full. I will be up there to help out with the things that I may be able to handle with my disabilities, and work on some fun crafts and cooking/baking etc. we will have a lot of laughs too, I am sure.

In closing

I wish to thank you all for returning to the blog after it was “suspended” for the weekend+, I apologize to all for any inconvenience.  Hopefully the problem with the blog is resolved now that I will not re-install the little links plugin as I cannot afford to have to purchase a virtual private server for my little blog.

Watch for the giveaways to increase in time allotted for entry soon, I have a few different things that I need to do to get the blog fully functioning yet and get the countdown for the current giveaways up and running again too, for ease of finding the current giveaways.

Love and hugs



Great Hopes, and Dreams have me Grinning from Ear to Ear – Update on my Mother – News



Hello there everyone, I have been grinning from ear to ear for about 19 hours here and I am finally up and moving around more today, so it’s time to share some news.


Why am I grinning from ear to ear… well lets start off with the fact that the Life Care Center in Longmont had decided that it would be time to have my Mother go home next Tuesday as there has been no progress for her. That happened a few days ago. Things changed yesterday, suddenly my Mother could move her right leg, and she called me late last night with the news! This is why I am grinning from ear to ear and my face is starting to hurt from smiling.

My Mother and Father in 2012

Here is a copy of my fathers email as he couldn’t wait to get the news out and break it to some people that Mother wasn’t able to reach by phone last night:

 “(I) Know Mom has already called you all, but to verify:
Yesterday the performed several blind tests on Mom.  She was able to tell them where they were touching her on both legs.  Could not move it and could not sense hot or cold, but could plainly feel their touch.  Much more plainly on the right leg.
Today was something of a miracle.  For the first time since surgery, she was able to move her right leg.  After someone else separating them, she was able to move her right leg several inches until it was in contact with her left leg.  So far she is unable to move it in the  other direction.  But it is definite progress.  She did this several times during the day.  The therapist says it is common that motion recovery starts only in one direction at a time. So, please keep the prayers and encouragement coming.  She has shown vast improvement in the last two days.

Love,  Dad”

Anyhow, I simply HAD to share the news as many of you have been voicing your concern and your wishing for more updates on my Mother.

I called my Mother today and teased her on the phone, telling her “Mom, was I dreaming that you called me with news that you moved your leg last night?”… she got excited and said “No, you WEREN’T DREAMING… it’s true!” I laughed and let her know that I was just teasing and she of course laughed saying “I just knew you were teasing, you’ve always been such a little devil!” lol

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.

We laughed on the phone and cried, she finally admitted that she cried too, that she was upset that some people knew about the changes and the miracle before she got a chance to tell them herself! Lol Yup Dad sure got the word out to everyone, lol, just goes to show how very excited he is for her too.

Please everyone, keep the positive thoughts and prayers going for my Mother and send out a happy note for the fact that she is showing some improvements. We certainly have a very good sign here right now, lets hope and pray that it continues to improve!

Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers for my Mother!

Love and (((hugs))),


New Blog Button Code.

Unanimated Sample of Honestly Mariah Blog Button "Oh! Honestly Mariah"
Just a picture of the button, not the real thing. 🙂 You may get the code below.

It seems I was missing a tad bit of code in my blog button, that should have been included. For those of you that have already posted my button, please consider changing it to the updated code, I really appreciate it.

In case you want to grab and share my blog button on your website or anywhere else… please do, it is greatly appreciated and will help us in the long run, since it may up the blog scores enough to get in some even bigger and better giveaways!

I tried adding the code here and it took out a major part of the code and made it a link… sorry I was trying to help you copy the code here, but it just won’t work… even in visual editing instead of text editing (in wordpress).

Thank you everyone for showing your support by sharing my button!