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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NOT ALL BAD NEWS!!! I WON I WON A GIVEAWAY!









Good golly Miss Pearl I can not handle this any longer!!!!Thank God for places that say free WiFi.
Ladies I don't even wish this on the ugly woman married to my ex. This withdrawal from blogger friends is worse than having a date with the looser Judge.
Bunny is right I need to tell Verizon to Byte me!
But First I have to tell you guys about some GREAT News first before I launch a fight against bytes and Verizon.
I  won a wonderful giveaway!!!! Yes ME the one that has had nothing but bad luck this new year has won the most wonderful giveway from our beautiful friend Karyn over at French Charming! I won her giveaway of a $75.00 gift certificate yes ladies $75.00 to the Lisa Leonard Giveaway. I can choose a piece from her beautiful line of jewerly. Oh excited is not the word for me on winning this. I am just beside myself.....lol.....Ok ladies you have to go to Karyn's site and see why I am so excited and while your there check out her really darling site. Karyn!!! is a sweetheart and I can not thank her enough for having this giveaway and choosing my name.
THANK YOU KARYN !!!!!

Where am I now writing you ladies a post!!! Well like I mentioned befoe thank God for free WiFi. I would only admit to you all that up to a couple of weeks ago I had no idea what the sign on business windows saying free WiFi meant. It is free internet service to someone like me with a laptop that can sit down and surf the web using their service. For me it is a blessing since I have until the 20th of this month to restart my bytes on Verizon Wireless. (If your lost please read my post before this explaining my dilema with being able to blog)
I am at the local library in their magazine section sitting in the corner with a smile on my face because I can write you guys. lol.....
Where I live in the country out in the middle of nowhere I am finding out the only access to internet is the one I am hooked up to Verizon Wireless. Their plan is expensive and you only get 5 gigs which I was told NO one can use that many gigs in a month. Well as I explained in my last post I not only used 5 but 10 in November and 7 in December and now from December the 20th to January 3rd I already used my 5 so I am beside myself knowing that my bytes do not start over until the 20th of January and even then I have to watch everything I do on here. I never heard of this until it happened to me and boy what a mess.
My daughter Christi and I went to a Verizon store in Austin and you would not believe the chaos surrounding me and her when the guys at the store were looking at my computer and usuage. All of them kept saying NO ONE ever goes over and especially this much. They kept asking me if I was downloading movies or music on here because that would be the only way I could use this.
I was honest with them and told them I did not even know how to download movies or music. lol...It was sort of funny watching all the computer geeks coming over to my laptop and seeing their eyes get really big when they looked at my usage. My daughter thought it was hilarious to see their reactions. Finally they got their manager to come take a look....and he had the same look on his face and then he says..."I am a computer freak...I live on the computer and I never never go over and yet here is a little OLE LADY that has done this...incredible....WELL you guessed it Ms Pearl came out of hiding and for the first time my daughter got to meet her. I could not believe that on top of all my problems with Verizon that they would call me a OLE LADY!!!!  Excuse ME!
Anyway they gave me a new GBS or whatever the heck the thing is you stick in your computer to get their service and told me that when I got back on line with a new stick or thingeeee then they would monitor me and see if I am still going over. If not maybe it was my old one out of whack but they do not think so....most likely no refund for me.....They think it is my blogging. It seems that they looked into some of my blog sites that I visit and a lot of them were over 300,000 bytes and if you go into enough of them plus my site then you use a lot of bytes. Especially sites with a lot of grahpics. I told them I refuse to belong to a company that will not let me blog and that I have met a lot of wonderfull ladies on here that I need to be in contact with. I think I noticed a tear in one of the guys eyes but he turned a way quickly so not sure.
So warning to all of you bloggers out there that are not on DSL or other unlimited internet service you have to be careful. Because those dollar signs move quite quickly when your over.
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I am so very appreciative of all your comments and am checking all of them out to see if where I live any of these are available. So far I have not found anything available where I live. Even my Dish Network for my TV has the same thing they charge by the gigs too. I thought Hughes Net was my only option but from visiting their site they charge the same way. Geezzzzzzzzzzzz I thought they were unlimited.
My only help right now is driving into town and visiting the local library and using their WiFi until I figure this mess out.
Also on top of all this mess I ladies have froze my big bottom off in that ole farm house. Lord when I get time I will have to blog about my butt frozen to the commode seat. hahahahahahaha
Plus I have not even got to tell you guys about New Years Eve at the Sheriffs Office.
Also I have had to downsize my site so when I get on here I don't use that many bytes. Boy what a silly mess but some of you have commented that this is better for you downloading my site so I am glad of that. I also had to change the way I see my comments which now they are approved because would you believe reading them first on my dashboard is less bytes. Bytes Bytes ....Ms Pearl is not a happy camper with that word Bytes...lol



My love to all of you
Maggie


46 comments:

Andrea said...

GOOD GRIEF..what a mess! So sorry!!

Congratulations on your prize!

Hugs and prayers, andrea

Audrinna said...

wow its good thing they don't check my computer that's all i do is read blogs

Tammy said...

Oh my your poor thing. I couldn't imagine not having my internet as it puts me in touch with my people, my business and the Word of God as well. I hope you can get all of this settled quickly. I never gave it a thought as to how much bytes I may or may not be using. I took it for granted what "unlimited usage" meant. MY heart goes out to you prayers go up for you in hopes you find resolution.

CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!

May I borrow your I love comments button? It's quite pretty!!

Love and hugs friend.
Tammy

COUNTRY PICKINS said...

MAGGIE, Congratulations on your win. At least something good has come of this mess. Don't you just love verizon? Hugs, Linda

BellaRosa said...

Oh Maggie, I was in a panic after I read this and asked hubby if this was the case for us too...with 2 teenagers you wouldn't believe the cell phone bills we have had! I could have bought a few laptops with that money...ouch that still burns to think about! lol Congrats on winning the giveaway though, you so deserve it! Besos, Rose

ps...I love Ms Pearl :)

Kim said...

First, congrats on the giveaway. I'm still trying to win one. OMG your posts crack me up..."ugly woman married to ex" and "date with the loser judge". Thanks AGAIN for the chuckles. Hope you get the internet situation straightened out soon. We need more funny stories.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Goodness gracious. And we are only into week three of the New Year. That's O.K. I am sitting at home with the flu. This is my second day. Daytime TV sucks and I am tired of laying around. I would much rather be at work! Did I say that?
Can't wait to hear about New Years Eve and the frozen hiney story :)
Hugs, Sue

jojo said...

oh my stinkin' heck...that bytes!! I had no idea so thanks for the byte education...I'm so glad I have unlimited. I hope you get this worked out soon. I miss you! Take care and stay warm...jj

Nezzy said...

I'd probably be carted off the Ponderosa to Blogger's Prison for byten' too much.

Congratulations on your big win! Hey, guess I can't win them all.

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, I am in love with your blog header...so unique. I see we have lots of followers in common. I also joined your followers and will return to visit you often.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Diane said...

Gramma, first a comment on the cartoon: OUCH!!!
;-)
Second...I still don't get it - how you could possibly be over the limit! Here's hoping it's a glitch of some kind that gets fixed!

Diane

Rebecca said...

Congrats on the win my friend.

If you lived here I'd be right over to help you...and if I couldn't then my Mr. AGPMan, the computer analyst himself could!

Now...about the cow graphic...I was ON THE FLOOR! Much needed BIG FAT SMILE for the day!

xoRebecca

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Congratulations!!
Phew... what you went through...
Love the cartoon!
Diane

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Love the pierced cow-Too funny!

I was going to get a Satellite card thru Verizon and they told me that it wouldn't be worth the money if I blogged a lot-So I didn't go that route.I download music but I use my main computer for that (so do my kids, they do movies too) I'm surprised Verizon didn't tell you the same. I'm sure the GPS will show them that you are only blogging. Wifi is great isn't it? You can get it free here in Washington at rest stops along the highway, McDonalds, any Starbucks etc etc. I use it with my ipod when I am out and about.
I've missed you, I started getting concerned and actually prayed for you then I remembered you were having ISP issues (Internet Service Provider)
Glad you are back!
Robin~♥

Crystal said...

Oh my Maggie,
This sounds like a terrible mess, but sound like you have it under control. The funny part is I just told my husband to look into switching over ther Verizon. I better make sure it is DSL. We are in the middle of nowhere too.

This is my first visit, very nice blog you have. I became a follower.

Congrats on winning the giveaway.

PEA said...

Oh no, you poor YOUNG thing you!! hehe Thank goodness I have unlimited internet access because no doubt I use a gazillion bytes a day! lol My youngest brother lives out in the country and he's got the same problem as you do. He needs the computer and internet for his work and it's driving him crazy that he's got a limit on his usage, plus everything downloads so slow but the company he's using is the only one available where he is. I would go insane, I tell ya!!! You've certainly been missed:-( xoxo

PEA said...

Oops, forgot to say congratulations on winning that giveaway:-) You deserved it, after everything you've been going through!!! xoxo

sissie said...

Congratulations on your big win.
You poor thing, you must love us alot to go all the way to the library so you can talk to all of us.
What a mess with your so called internet provider, I have never heard of such a thing.
I'm glad you brought out Ms. Pearl, serves em right. My sisters and I call our alter egos,
Tawanda. Ooh, she's really mean.
Can't wait to hear about New Year's Eve at the jail.

hugs~~Sissie

Me....bunny said...

Sounds like blogger hell to me...I don't know what I'd do without the internet. The only reason we got it was because my daughter needed it for school and well...in a nutshell, I got hooked. Is your daughter off to Europe? Anywho...it'll work out somehow but the good news is...your getting a education on computers and that's more than what I have.

congrats on your winning the giveaway...that's awesome!

Can't wait to hear what Pearl did...lol

tootles,
bunny

Lynns Lovelies said...

Hi Maggie!
Congrats on WINNING~~~What FUN!!!
LOVE, LOVE your little cow funny, I will be sending that one out for a laugh:)

Bless your heart with all of that Verizon mess!
There are no words....
Keep your pretty chin up and keep fighting the good fight:)
Stop by for a wee bit of red, that will make you smile:)

Hugs,
Lynn♥

~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Congrats on your win!! Your writing seriously cracks me up ~ I needed this!! ♥

jordiegirl said...

Just discovered your blog via Coralie's as you'd made a comment so just had to pop by and visit.

Great post about your use of 'bytes'. I'm so glad we are unlimited free broadband with Talktalk, we have a package which covers our phone calls plus internet. I'm always on this here blog, writing or reading them so I must use a heck of a lot of bytes, also researching my family tree and download census info etc. How lucky I am to not have to worry about how long I spend on my computer.

I don't possess a laptop so it's a good job I don't need to search for Wifi, although at our local library you can use the internet for free on their computers but you have to book them.

Hope you find a service which will give you unlimited access soon.

Cozy Little House said...

Well, bytes or bite me, that whole thing is ridiculous. And calling you anything like that should have cost them dearly. Maybe a lawsuit for age discrimination? You just tell them we bloggers are a passionate bunch. And we will get online and drive their higher ups crazy with the onslaught of complaint mail if they don't get their "bytes" figured out and leveled out for the blogging community at large.
Brenda

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh Maggie...you are such a hoot! I adore you beyond words! I looked for your email address, but don't see one on your profile and if I try to respond to your comment it's a "Blogger non-reply" I need your email address so that Lisa can send you your gift certificate. When you get a chance, please forward it to me.

Perhaps a little shopping will do you good! I can't wait to hear about your frozen butt. You know what I did this week? You see, my eyes are starting to fail me and I can't see small print, I thought I was taking Motrin but instead I took stool softeners...sigh. That was not fun!

I have a Kazillion photos on my blog and I can't help but feel guilty that I used up those darn bytes of yours...sorry if I did my friend!

Well, hang in there and I hope you get this dumb computer thing figured out!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Julie Harward said...

Thats crazy! Congratulations on your win..wow, that is awesome! Thanks for your visit and kind words too..come any time! :D

Pat said...

Hi Maggie...

Sorry to hear about your lack of bytes problem...but you did give me a giggle today, reading your post. Hope you're able to get it all worked out. Your grandchildren are cuties and I do love the picture of your first grandchild.
Hope tomorrow is a better day,
Pat

Sis said...

Maggie, a word of advice. If I were you I would call Verizon and cancel with them BEFORE the next time you are allowed your quota of gigs. How asinine limiting a person in this day and time. Or else they will probably charge you another month's worth, no matter how little of the quota you use. Daughter in NC as I spoke of recently has a hassle quite often and now her rates have gone out of sight the first of the year. One of your readers mentioned Century - this is my ISP @ $20 monthly for internet. You can also dicker with verizon as Lynn did, getting much better rates than quoted to her at first. And you could just keep using the free service at your library but I imagine that may put a crimp in your usage style - it would mine, living so far from my library. Good luck Lady. BTW, I woke up the other morning from a dream about you. Really! I thought this was just so odd. Email me and I will discuss it.

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

What a mess! Sorry about the bytes! I starting freaking out until you said DSL users dont' have to worry about bytes! Whew! I would be lost for sure!

Auntie Cake said...

Oh Maggie, I was so happy for you when I read at Karyn's that you won! So exciting, and if you get free wifi again, stop by and check out my post, sharing some naughty stories that I thought you might enjoy...
Kate

Terry said...

Howdy Maggie
How thrilling you won a giveaway ,you see Maggie my girl you are a WINNER .
I am so happy for you sweetie .
It's nice to see you have kept a sense of humor during all this chaos about bytes .
Man those piercings must have hurt :)
May the Lord keep you warm and cozy as you travel to the local library for visiting ,and find a solution for the bytes.
I undersstand about the library thing I had to do that for a really long stretch and it ain't fun but it is a blessing it's there.
If I was you I would be tempted to wish the ugly ex some discomfort but than I realized she got the ex and you got deliverance from a bad situation .
Winner winner chicken dinner .
Look out world Maggie is back !
Big hugs to ya sweetie .

Till we blog again
Happy Trails

SharDon Exclusives said...

Maggie, ya' I can just see you setting hidden in the magazine section at the library giggling. Next thing you know they will call the Sheriff's department complaining about this crazy "little ole' lady" giggling and they come to pick you up and there is your boss! Not good...lol Try explaining what you are giggling about...lol
Miss seeing you on so much. Keep up the humor and know we care...
Sharon

T's Daily Treasures said...

I missed your previous post so have to go back and read it. I don't know what bytes are either, but I know how you feel. You just want your computer to work the way you want it to work without any hassle. When corporations are involved and take over an area, it is difficult -- its all about the money. Just crazy! Congrats on winning the giveaway from Karyn! Hope you get everything sorted out so you can blog from home in peace and comfort -- of course, it might be warmer at the library. Can't wait to hear the tale of your frozen rear! Blessings to you dear Maggie :)

Arkansas Patti said...

Congrats on your win. Think you needed that.
Sure hope it is faulty equipment and you are back in business soon.
Hay, "free" in the quiet of a library may be the way to go. Most coffee shops also have free Wifi and caffine to keep Pearl wired.

The French Bear said...

You poor dear, what a fiasco! I hope you were in uniform when you went there!!!! Little ole lady!!!! I am hoping you are back on line soon!!!
Glad you won Karyn's giveaway, she's a doll!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

tattered 'n torn prims said...

I've gotta tell ya dear.....you make disaster funny!! LOL!! Soooo sorry you're having all these issues with your computer geeks!! Hope it gets cleared up quick for ya!! In the mean time.....keep the funny coming!! :O)

Stace

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, that comment would have put me on top of him....little ol' lady indeed!!! He would've found out just what THIS ol' lady is capable of!!! Turd!!!

There are many places with WiFi. Good luck.

Sharon said...

Congrats on your win.
I love the cows, to cute.
What a mess it seems that you have and I hope that it is cleared up soon, it love your blog.
God bless

Libbie said...

I m so glad to see you post! I have been missing reading about you & your crazy life :) You always make me smile! Hope it all gets figured out soon!

Duchess of Tea said...
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Duchess of Tea said...

Maggie darling thank you for visiting my cottage and for leaving such kind words behind, much appreciated. Darling, I just added your blog to my beau-TEA-ful friends (blog roll). I look forward to our future visits.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Lyneen said...

Yikes... first thanks for stopping by Mixed-Media Market... sorry to hear about your bytes!!!! I am on cable I wonder if that makes a difference I would just die. I am on here every night.

Come by my other blog I have several giveaways going on here
http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/
You may win one of them it your luck continues

debbie said...

DEAR MAGGIE,
WOULD YOU EXPECT YOUR LIFE TO BE ANY EASIER AFTER ALL THESE YEARS MS PEARL....LOL THAT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU YOUNG AND YOUR HAIR YELLOW.
I AM SO SORRY ABOUT ALL THIS...I AM NOT ON DSL, SO I WILL HAVE TO CHECK OUT SOME THINGS. I HAVE BEEN WITH MY SAME INTERNET PROVIDER FOR 7 YEARS AND I AM AT THIS MOMENT VERY PLEASED WITH THEM....GOODIE FOR ME HUH...HAHAHA
CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING YOUR GIVE AWAY...THAT IS AWESOME AND YOU WILL HAVE FUN SPENDING IT. BE SURE AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENED ON NEW YEARS EVE AT THE SHERRIF'S OFFICE.
A GRACIE ANN PECK AND A HUG AROUND THE NECK.
LOVE YOU
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh sweetie!!! My goodness!!! I am so sorry for what you are going through with your computer!! I have got to tell my husband about this, he is an IT Manager. I wonder if he has heard of this??
I absolutely hate the thought of you freezing too :( It breaks my heart!!
But I am so thrilled that you won Karyn's giveaway!!! You definitely deserve it!! It will be so much fun to pick out your prize too!! :):)
Stay warm sweetie and I look forward to hearing about the Sheriff's dept, tee hee!!
Hugs,
Amy

Ana said...

Hi Ms. Maggie,
I am soooo sorry about your dilema. I do hope you find a soulution soon...I wondered where you've been...hadn't heard from you in a while....Glad to see that you're back. Oh! And congrats on your win. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

NitWit1 said...

I won't comment long, but having lived in Texas and still have many relatives there, Internet availability is not uniformly available, even in areas close to metropolitan areas. My half sister only had dial up for a long time. She lives about 40 miles so of DFW. She finally has DSL of some kind. First carrier signal was terrible and now she has finally had another. I was shocked to be so closed to DFW she had so much trouble, while I'm sitting in the somewhat remote rural Ozark Mountains and have 4 choices and different speeds and no metropolitan area within 200 miles.

Grandma J said...

Oh Maggie, I'm so sorry you are having this problem with Verizon and your bytes. I have Roadrunner through Time Warner and it's just one price no matter what I use. I also found out that I can get free wifi from the hotel a block away. I only connect to that one when I want to take my laptop in bed with me or on my patio.
On the bright side, Kudos for winning that $75 gift certificate! You deserve it girl!