Thursday, June 30, 2011

Empire Avenue Pink

Good Morning! I hope you are all well and happy. I hope you all are looking forward to the 4th of July. Not just because of a picnic or because of fireworks. Lets celebrate those who have served our country as soldiers, sailors, civil service, etc. They have all had an enormous influence on the things that are happening in our country. Without them, we would not be free to say the things we do about our government. They protect the freedoms that the United States of America provides.

I found something out the other night when I was on the #smmanners chat on Twitter. There is a game that brings all your social media together and shows you where you stand. You can invest in others and they can invest in you. It is amazing. It is called Empire Avenue. If you decide to go there and sign up, please use my name as the person who referred you. I will get points and you can do the same later when you are playing. It is kind of like playing the stock market. I just love it and I have only been on there 2 days. I have already accrued almost a half a million EAVs (Empire money, like Monopoly money). Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I am thinking of transferring my #SMManners, #SMGirlfriends, #Slumberparty, #latteclub, EmpireAvenue happenings to my personal blog: Barbara Duke - Writer Author What do you think? I need to keep Thoughts-of-Pink focused on surviving breast cancer and dealing with Rheumatoid arthritis.

I have been having more fun on Twitter since I started doing the #hashtag parties. I have met some amazing women. I have found people through them who are amazing tweets. Today is my unfollow day. I hope you are following me, I would hate to unfollow you. I do this through Tweepi. It is a great way to get rid of the bots and those people who haven't tweeted in months. Bots are fake accounts. Usually they have 0 Tweets, but lots of followers. Sometimes they have a few tweets, but as you go through your followers, if you keep seeing the same tweets repeated by different people, chances are they are bots too. The reason you want to  block and report them,  is that when Twitter cleans house, you could go down hundreds of followers at one time. It is better to get rid of a few a day than to lose 500 at once. I have heard from tweets that have lost over a thousand.  They seem to target people who tweet a lot. Why do people do bad or stupid things? Who knows. It is just a little irritation during my day. Better a little one once in a while than a big one all at once.

Our Grandaughter, Emily, graduated this year from High School. She willl be going to Longwood in the Fall. We went to a party at their house to celebrate. It was lots of fun with great food. Rhonda was visiting with the twins and went with us. I don't think she had seen them since Emily was a very small girl. Pictured is Emily, Paula, and Betty White who was visiting Hampton Roads a while ago.

Paula & Emily Duke with Betty White
Our shop was hit by lightning. Now we have no power in the shop. The A/C was hit, Ray's work computer, my laptop cord, our new telephones, and our lovely TV in the living room. We are still getting estimates for fixing things. The homeowners insurance will pay for it. I think there is a small deductible, but now we have new stuff. Okay!

We went to NC last weekend and had a lovely time. We had a cookout at my daughters, Steak, baked potatoes, salad, Texas Toast. Taylor and Garrett stayed with Ray and I on Saturday and we went into town shopping. We also stopped by my son, Jeff's home. He was getting ready for a getaway for him and Sharon. She was getting off at 2 and they were going to spend a couple of days in Raleigh. Better get their "We" time in now. When the baby comes in December, that may be the few and far between for "We" time. LOL

Bryan & Jeremy Bates
My Brother's Sons have started a new company called Bates Security. They are combining the Sonitrol and ADR security businesses and going under their own Logo. They gave away gift certificates and an IPad 2 on June 28. It was fun sending people to their site to "Like" them. Most people don't realize that the more "likes" you have is good for your Klout Score. Of course, I will let you know if they decide to have another give away. They are amazing sons who had a very strict and loving father and mother.

I have to get off the computer for a while and clean this place up. My cleaning lady has been busy for a month taking care of her ex-husband who has dementia. She says she is not doing it for him, but for her children until they figure out what to do. Go figure. I am not sure that I could do it. It really shows her Christian walk. Bless her heart. Go Catherine!