Thursday, June 20, 2024

Mammoth Cave Day 1


We left home at 5 am and headed towards Asheville. It was dark when we started so I drove until it got light which was about when we crossed into North Carolina. We hit some traffic around Knoxville so when we got to the other side, we stopped for breakfast at Waffle House. The service was great and so was the food. On the way, we stopped at Buc-ees for really cheap gas. Then we made it to Mammoth Cave National Park around 1 PM Central Time. 

The first thing I did was buy a lifetime senior pass so I could get my cave tour tickets for half-price. Don showed his pass for his tickets. Then we went to check into our room. We were booked for 1 night at the Sunset Terrace ($156) and 1 night at the Woodland Cottage ($160 with no TV, AC, or heat). When I asked if there were any cancellations, Eric, the manager, came out and told me they would give us a special brand-new room in our building. There are only 4 special rooms in the building that house the restaurant, the cafe, the coffee shop, and the gift shop. The building closes at 10 pm and is locked but we have access in and out of our room through another door. When we went to look at the room, it was a lovely handicapped-accessible room. It was huge with 2 queen beds and a large bathroom. There was TV, internet, AC, and heat. We were able to watch live TV as well as our Amazon Prime on the TV. Eric cancelled our reservation and rebooked this as a new reservation which was cheaper than the original reservation. 

Next, we drove to Glasgow, KY to have lunch/dinner at the Cowboy’s Country Diner. It was definitely a local place and the food was good. I tried to find 2 gas stations with Gas Buddy directions and it brought us to corn fields. Finally, I put in the address for the Murphy’s Gas at Walmart and we were able to find it. 

We returned to Mammoth Cave and got some ice cream before deciding to go to the Green River Ferry to watch the cars go across. It takes 2 cars at a time and doesn’t cost anything. We did a short hike near the river before going back to the Visitor’s Center. After going through the exhibits, we walked to the camp store and post office. By then it was time to call it a day! 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Fraud Prevention

Last week we attended a class on how to prevent Fraud. There were about 40 seniors who attended the class presented by Investigator Andrew Guest of the Simpsonville Police Department. We learned how to prevent falling victim to fraud and scams. It was well worth the 90 minutes that we spent in this session! Here are some of my takeaways from the session. 

  1. Americans lose $300-$600 billion a year in financial crimes. 

  2. Isolation, pressure and personal need - 3 things victims have in common. 

  3. Types of fraud or scams: 

    1. Skimmers

    2. overpayment scam

    3. Romance Scams

    4. Pig Butchering

    5. Grandparent Scams

    6. Prize Scams

    7. Government Impersonation Scams

    8. Warranty Scams

    9. Counterfeit Medication

    10. Rental Home Scams

    11. Nigerian “419” Schemes

    12. Pyramid Schemes

    13. Ransomware

    14. Blackmail/Extortion/Sextortion

    15. Securities fraud/Investment fraud

  4. Watch for grammar and spelling errors in letters and emails. 

  5. Scams are easy to avoid!

    1. Just hang up!

    2. They tell you not to contact the police. 

    3. Don’t be pressured. 

    4. Don’t give out too much personal information. 

    5. Shred old documents. 

    6. Don’t put checks in your mailbox. 

  6. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is a scam. 

  7. When in doubt, check with the police. 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Spartanburg Knitting Guild Meeting

Yesterday morning I went to my knitting guild meeting at the Inman Public Library. There were 18 of us and I had a great time. Barbara showed us a video on how to make the perfect buttonband and it was a great video.

I realized later that I already had that saved in my playlist.It made me want to knit more cardigans. So, when I picked up some charity yarn, I decided that I would make the Quick Knit Baby Shrug that was listed in our newsletter. That will be a great way to practice making the buttonband. All the people who made the anemone hat put them on and showed them off. They turned out cute when people had them on. Then others also made the Emotional Support Chicken and now I want to try to make one.  I also got to show off my Butterfly shawl and everyone seemed to like it. It is always a fun time when I go to these meetings!

Original Photos  by Pat Hensley

Friday, May 17, 2024

Thrive Upstate Spring Party

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Yesterday I volunteered at the Thrive Upstate Spring Party which was hosted by the Fountain Inn Parks and Recreation Department. I volunteered to set up and greet but it was so much fun that I stayed to help serve lunch. I was surprised to see one of my former students from 23 years ago. He is now 42 years old and he remembered me by name. I also saw another guy who eats at the same restaurant that we do. 

I enjoyed decorating the tables and gym. Sue bought cute fake ants and ladybugs for the tables. Helium balloons were used for the centerpieces. 

When they arrived, they sat at tables while Justin Kelly welcomed them. Then they were split into groups and sent to different stations where they played games. After everyone had been through all 8 stations, they returned to the gym. After the blessing, everyone was served a delicious lunch of pasta alfredo, green beans, apple sauce, and ice cream. 

After lunch, there was an awards ceremony where participants received medals. 

Then there was a dance and they loved that!

Friday, May 10, 2024

Butterfly Shawl

I finished my Butterfly shawl and I’m so happy with how it turned out! Even my hubby says it is the prettiest one that I’ve ever knit.