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This text line is helping teens talk about mental health without saying a word

To learn more about Crisis Text Line or to apply to be a crisis counselor, visit here.

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.

Source: This text line is helping teens talk about mental health without saying a word


I’ve recently been made aware of an additional resource for help for those struggling with depression and substance abuse.

You can find help here: Depression and Substance Abuse |



I’ve had another center reach out to me and I wanted to share it with you.  It’s called Addiction Center, and can be found here: Experience life without addiction | They will help you find a center where you can get help.

Posted in Tech Stuff

Tech Tuesday

I got this email the other day, from Microsoft. 

When account upgrades begin at the end of June, you will no longer be able to receive email sent to your Out‍look‍.‍com account in Windows Live Mail 2012.


This makes me sad.  And annoyed.  I’ve been using Windows Live Mail (formerly Outlook Express) for 20 years now.  It’s a great program.  And it baffles me that Microsoft won’t upgrade it.  Instead, it’s going to get rid of it*.  For something that doesn’t work as well, I might add.  I’ve tried the mail app in Windows 10 and find it to be slow and rather clunky.  I should add, on another computer, because there ain’t no way Win10 is getting installed on my desktop computer. 

*I should note, Microsoft says they’re not going to totally eliminate the program … yet, just that your Outlook and Hotmail accounts won’t work with it anymore.  Guess how long it’ll take Gmail to decide not to work with Windows Live Mail anymore either?

This is what I don’t understand.  You come up with a great product, people love it, they use it regularly, for years, and then you get rid of said product for something that people don’t like nearly as much and that doesn’t work nearly as well.  Nobody does three cheers for downgrading.  I’m just sayin’. 

I have a ton of email accounts, Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail, even some Yahoo.  Windows Live Mail was awesome in that I could monitor all my email (except Yahoo) from a single central location.  Now I won’t be able to do that anymore. 

I’ve tried Thunderbird, and while it’s great with Gmail, I don’t want to use it with my Outlook accounts as it downloads everything off the server onto my computer, and I don’t want that.  I’ve tried the desktop version of Outlook for my Outlook and Hotmail accounts, but it doesn’t allow me to see all my email from all my accounts in a single pane.  So, I can’t simply check all unread mail, I have to open each account individually.  That’s a pain.  Most other desktop email clients I looked at just didn’t offer what I need and seem to be geared toward a business application. 

So far I’m looking at Mailbird.  It has a lot of really nice features.  I really like all the apps they connect you with – Facebook, Twitter, Wunderlist, ToDoIst, Google Calendar, the list goes on and on.  Being the app-happy fiend that I am, that sits pretty nice with me, actually.  And I suppose I don’t mind paying for an email service that offers so much, although Mailbird is free when you have 3 or fewer email accounts to handle.  They work with Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, even Yahoo.  And probably some others I’m not aware of.  However, I’m finding the font in the sidebar to be uncomfortably small with no way to adjust it, and no way to distinguish the different email accounts when you have several.  Like, you can’t change the color or avatar image or anything like that.  For now though, that’s likely the one I’ll end up with simply for all that it offers.  I’ll live with the too-small font to have all my email in a single location. 

Microsoft, I have to tell you, I’ve been a pretty loyal user since I first heard about you more than 20-25 years ago.  But, as of this year, you are BIG TIME on my poopy list.  And I’m aboutthisclose to publically calling you a naughty name. 

If you’ve been using Windows Live Mail, what alternatives are you looking at to replace it? 

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Posted in Garden, In Bloom

Monday in Bloom

The other day I chanced to look out my window – something caught my eye.  It turned out to be the complex manager, and she was showing a prospective client around the property.  Both of them were pointing toward my unit as they walked up the sidewalk.  I had that momentary sense of panic.  “Oh no, I’m in trouble!”  Then I saw them nod their heads and smile, and I realized that they were talking about my garden, and I had that momentary sense of panic, “Oh no!  My garden is kind of like a selling point!”  Pressure!  Now I want to make extra sure it stays nice looking.

It was a nice day Sunday when I went out to take pictures.


A bit on the warm side but not unbearable.

Things are looking fairly healthy, although I am calling a post mortem on one of my lavender plants.  The bit of green it had on it is gone now.  Sad smile  Maybe I can get to the garden center and get something else soon.  The other lavender is still making a concerted effort to survive, yay!
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The salvia are looking pretty.
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The coleus is too.  I lost one of the sweet alyssum as well as a coleus in this pot though.  Seems like a few of those were DOA when I got them potted.
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The pink polka dot plants seem to be taking off, though.  Whew!  I was a little nervous about them because I’ve only seen them as indoor plants in years past.  But, they’ll work as outdoor annuals I suppose.
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My happy pot.  I’ve lost a coleus and sweet alyssum from this one too but I’m hoping what remains will fill in as the season progresses.

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The mixed pansy pot.  I have 3 yellows, 2 whites, and a burgundy.  In the front patch, I tried to keep the pansies all one color to a pot, but one of the plants bloomed a different color than the rest.  I hate when that happens!  Now my sense of balance is all messed up.  A pot of all purple with one burgundy, it’s distracting!  I’m thinking of trading a white and a yellow to each of the purple pots so they’re at least even.  Then this pot would have 2 burgundy, 3 purple, and a yellow.  But at least then my front pots would match and I could make a nice pattern in this pot.  Yes, I know I’m weird.

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The daisies are going to be epic this year!  I can see lots of buds and I’m so excited!  I can’t wait for these to bloom!
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That’s my garden this week!  How’s yours growing?

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To see all my pictures from the garden this week, you can click either the link or the image below.

Thanks for looking!

2016 Garden Weekly 04 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

2016 Garden Weekly 04//

Posted in Holiday, Memorials, Patriotic, Video

Memorial Day

In Remembrance and Gratitude

Love, Vanessa

The first video is Taps, with lyrics, and the second is one I made in honor of Memorial Day.

Posted in Soap, SoapiNessence

Soap a l‘Orange

I think this will be the final batch I’m going to make for our friend to take downstate to the farmer’s market, unless I decided to do an unscented/uncolored batch.  There are other soaps I want to put together, for family, friends, and me.  There are so many recipes I want to try!  And I got some new colors, too!  But for now, I have 2 dozen soaps for him to try to sell, and I think that’s a good start.  If they sell, you can believe I will be a busy soaping bee, lol. 

For this batch I decided to use the all natural essential oil, instead of using fragrance oils like I used in the other batches.  Options, you know.  I used a bright orange matte color, and some white French clay to make a slurry. 


Yeah, that’s bright!


Fortunately, the color that resulted reminded me of a creamy orange Creamsicle


Yum!  They smelled so good!


Maybe I should have called them Dreamsicle bars, but I think that name is copyrighted.  Not sure. 

Anyway, which do you think is better – the top shot without flash …


Or the bottom shot with flash?


I can’t decide.

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cross posted on my soaping blog

Posted in GIF

I Suddenly Realized

This is what I call a nap attack!

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I Suddenly Realized Nothing Matters...

I Suddenly Realized Nothing Matters… – Cheezburger