Saturday, December 16, 2006

This little phish won't get caught, this time

Go to jim's little Christmas tree farm (link) to see my Christmas tree collection.
Leave a comment on the tree(s) you like, if you like.

I got this e-mail this morning.

I think it is phony and these people are phishing for some vital information from me to steal my identity, if it might be worth stealing.

I have forwarded the e-mail to the REAL PAY PAL for them to check out.

Recently a part of a group was arrested for sending bogus 'second chance offers' to losing eBay bidders. They bilked millions of dollars out of these people who thought they were buying the item they had bid on.

Most of the money is in foreign countries and probably can't be recovered.

The RED text below is suspect. Notice they spelled the word 'below' incorrectly.


From: ""
Subject: Account Information Update.
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 02:30:20 +0200
To: (Undisclosed recipient, it came to me)

PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of customers. To protect the security of your account, PayPal employs some of the most advanced security systems in the world and our anti-fraud teams regularly screen the PayPal system for unusual activity.

We are contacting you to remind you that on 14 Dec 2006
our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement and to ensure that your account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved.

To secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require some additional information from you for the following reason:

We have been notified that a card associated with your account has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were additional problems with your card.

This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account or credit card may be subject for temporary suspension.

To securely confirm your PayPal information please click on the link bellow:


We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your account access as soon as possible. Allowing your account access to remain limited for an extended period of time may result in further limitations on the use of your account and possible account closure.

For more information about how to protect your account please visit PayPal Security Center. We apologize for any incovenience this may cause, and we appreciate your assistance in helping us to maintain the integrity of the entire PayPal system.

Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team

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The final word:


Thank you for writing to eBay [I wrote them too] regarding the email you received.
Emails such as this, commonly referred to as "spoof" or "phished"messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive personal or financial information from the recipients.
We have reported this emailto the appropriate authorities.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The view from our garage door

Go to jim's little Christmas tree farm (link) to see my Christmas tree collection.
Leave a comment on the tree(s) you like, if you like.

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This is down the street to the left. Note the leaves have turned red and yellow now. Those will soon drop off, the oak, pine, and trees will stay green this winter.
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This is our front yard to the right going/looking out. We live on a three way corner, a little to the left is the street up our 'hill'. The first picture is the dead-end street to the left going down the hill.

To notice here is our holly tree. Those berries have turned real pretty red now.

Behind the holly tree, nearer to the street are our three ornamental pear trees. Their leaves are red also and will almost cover our yard when all those leaves fall.

The fog came in from the Gulf and our Lake Conroe between taking the first picture and this one. You can see how heavy it is, just across the street. We couldn't see the first house up or across the golf course.

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Doesn't Adi look sad here? Her house is all messed up royally. The painters and the carpenters have been here two weeks now, they should be finished by the end of next week.

We are changing colors of every room downstairs except the baths and my office. The den upstairs is getting paint too.
The carpenters are puting frames around the windows and doors that didn't have it in the den, adding to the crown molding there, and changing out the chair rails in the dining room and breakfast room.

[The view idea came from Cliff Morrow's Blog (link). periodically he shares his nice photos taken from a neat vantage point--example: the view from the back porch (link).]

Go to jim's little Christmas tree blog for December 21, (three entries) for more about that red leaved pear tree. Click here for link to first entry.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Twenty-one candidates for the new seven Wonders of the World:

Go to jim's little Christmas tree farm (link) to see my trees.
Leave a comment on the tree(s) you like, if you like.


Check out the 21 contenders for the New 7 Wonders of the World competition.
Click on any one to read more about it, most have a picture.

1. Acropolis, Greece - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

2. Alhambra, Spain - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

3. Angkor, Cambodia

4. Christ Redeemer Statue, Brazil

5. Colosseum, Italy - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

6. Easter Island, Chile

7. Eiffel Tower, France - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -
8. Great Wall of China - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

9. Hagia Sophia, Turkey - - - - Jim's been to Turkey but not there- - - - - -
 - Oops!!  Went there now, in the summer of 2014 (it is in Istanbul)

10. Kiyomizu Temple, Japan

11. Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

12. Machu Picchu, Peru

13. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

14. Petra, Jordan - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

15. Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico - - - - Jim's been to Mexico but not there- - - - - -

16. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

17. Statue of Liberty, New York - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

18. Stonehenge, Britain - - - - Jim's been there - - - - - -

19. Sydney Opera House, Australia  (Oops again!!  Been there now, in January, 2013)

20. Taj Mahal, India

21. Timbuktu, Mali

Access and you'll be given two options:
• Register as a New7Wonders member and get seven free votes.
• Vote separately for your favorite candidate and receive a personalized New7Wonders Certificate featuring that monument for $2.
Deadline: It's July 6, 2007, with winners announced the following day.

This is per the Houston Chronicle, December 10, 2006 (print edition)(link)

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I haven't voted yet but am leaning towards Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.

I liked King Ludwig II. In fact, he may have been a distant relative of mine.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

June Bug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No, It's a December Bug



Oh yes, you can still get Adi with
the Christmas tree on my YouTube at

Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blink to the blinking tree lights

Isn't Adi clever!

It didn't take her any time to learn to stay with the rythm and get sychronized.
Good Dog, Adi.

Oh yes, you can get Adi on my YouTube at
And I couldn't get it turned around upright,

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

DiJaNo? Coffee; Illegal Immigrants in Texas; Retire in our County; Our Subdivision

[Photo, Houston Chronicle link]
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Trivia Question: Where in the U.S. is most of the decaffeinated coffee made?
Maxwell House (owned by Kraft Foods) just sold their Houston plant to Houston's Maximus Coffee Group.

Carlos de Aldecoa, president of the new owner, said he would continue making coffee for Maxwell House at his plant.

Maximus is a Spanish (Spain) owned company.

The plant originally made Model T Fords, but was closed in 1924 until Maxwell House took it over in 1947.

Trivia Answer: ALL of the decaffeination plants in the U.S. are in Texas.

[Information and plant picture provided by the Houston Chronicle, December 9, 2006 (link)]

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Maxwell House (link) Web site
Illegal immigrants:
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These folks have boosted the State of Texas economy by $17.7 Billion in the year 2005.
The 1.4 to 1.6 million illegals have also brought in more tax revenue than they have cost. $929 million cost to the local government, but they have paid in $1.58 billion in local taxes, mostly sales and school property taxes.
No wonder present Bush and now (but only after he got re-elected) our Governor Perry want these folks to be assimilated into our citizenship! They are regular money makers, better than a lot of citizens are now.
[Information provided by the Houston Chronicle, December 8, 2006 (link)][photo from KHOU Ch11 TV (link)]
Montgomery County, Texas
is a good place to retire:
"Shirley, 64, and his wife, Susan, moved to Bentwater about three years ago after they were introduced to the community by friends. The couple enjoys dancing and golf and wanted to live in a location with a warm climate and affordable activities.
"For a house on the golf course in California, it would cost me about $4 million more than what I'm paying here," he said.
The Shirleys are only two out of thousands of retired residents drawn to the reasonable housing options and appealing amenities Montgomery County offers." [Conroe Courier, link]
According to the article, "the U.S. Census Bureau predicts the number of residents 65 and older in Montgomery County will rocket from 34,833 in 2005 to 48,500 in 2008, representing 12.4 percent of county residents."
I'm just glad I got here early. I am surely glad I didn't pick California, I don't know where I would pick up the other $3.7 million to live on the golf course there!
Our Subdivision:
We now have 1378 homes. Estimating two persons per household would get our population to be 2756. That's large enough to make up a small town.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Have a Christmas Tree

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Can you figure out a caption?

[I know Adi can.]

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Second Sunday of Advent

'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'
Christmas is coming. Now 15 days, are you closer to being ready?
That's what Advent is about, getting ready for Christmas. This is the candle set-up for the Second Sunday of Advent. There are four Sundays of Advent before Christmas, here there are two candles, one lighted for each Sunday.
The second Sunday of Advent may be time to reform. John The Baptist who preceded Jesus had this warning:
"(1) In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea (2) and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (3)This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' " Matthew 3:1-3 NIV (link)
This advent calendar (link) doesn't always get updated.
This advent calendar has been up-to-date (link).
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