Monday, August 31, 2015

Rescuing an Eastern Box Turtle

There is a depression in the ground I have covered with tarp to keep water out until I can have some rocks and stones put in to fill it. An Eastern Box Turtle found his way into the depression, but he couldn't get out. Instead he scrabbled at the tarp trying to get a foothold but ended up shredding the plastic and getting the strands wrapped around his legs and pulled into his shell. He literally became attached to the tarp at each leg and all around his shell.

A crazy whim drew me to the tarp this week which sits well out of view of my house hidden in some bushes and wild cane. I decided to trim back the tarp and see if the cane might stabilize the depression. As I pulled some of the tarp away, up came the turtle, securely attached to the tarp.

I couldn't lift him off but had to go get scissors to cut a circle around his shell so I could begin the task of trying to get him free. It soon became clear there were too many strands of shredded tarp pulled around his legs and shell. I was able to get his front two legs free but the back legs were tightly wrapped.

I called Walden Puddle, a local wildlife rescue organization, but they were closed for the day, so I quickly began to Google to try to figure out what the little turtle might need after being attached to tarp for who knows how long. I put him in a box in a quiet corner, put some water in a shallow dish and put lettuce, tomato and a little wet dog food in for him to eat. He didn't move -- his legs were bound in the back, but his front legs worked. He just wasn't moving, so I put him in aother shallow container of water for a soak. That revived him!

He still didn't eat, but he began to pull himself around the box and took care of his other bodily functions. The next morning when I checked on him, he had worked one hind leg almost free with loose strands wrapped around it. I carefully cut the shreds away from that leg and put him outside in partial sun to bask if he wanted or hang out in the shade. He became even more active.

Soon it was time to take him to Walden Puddle where they freed the last leg, determined he had no lacerations or injuries, and sent him home with me. I returned him to his habitat in my back yard, and he seemed quite content to be back.

The Eastern box turtle is considered a vulnerable species because they tend to get run over by cars and farm machinery and their habitat is often threatened by development.

Lesson learned: tarp can be a deadly trap for small critters.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Worm in my Apple! Anyone Else Having Ongoing iPhone Network Problems?

Near the end of 2014, I purchased my first iPhone from the Apple Store in Green Hills (Nashville). The man who sold me the phone recommended T-Mobile as having the best-priced service for what I needed, and I left the Apple Store with a T-Mobile-compatible iPhone 6 Plus for a hefty chunk of change.

By the next day I was having issues receiving calls when at home, dropped calls when on the road, and connecting to the internet. For a month or so I felt like a volleyball as T-Mobile would assure me I had a defective phone, and Apple would assure me the problems were with T-Mobile. After going through various trouble shooting and resets, the problem would seem to be fixed for a few days, but soon I would lose the signal at home, or experience increasing dropped calls or not be able to connect to the internet.

After making numerous calls to Apple I got a case agent who would trouble shoot for me, and he finally convinced me the problems were with T-Mobile. I took my phone back to Apple, got a new Sprint-compatible phone, and I went to the nearest Sprint dealership to set up service with them in Dec. 2014. I wish I had saved that rep's name, because he told me if the problems persisted after switching to Sprint, he would upgrade me to a phone with more memory.

The Sprint service was much better than T-Mobile and I have never had trouble receiving or sending calls at home, but frequently when I am away from home, I get network errors. In the suburbs in a 10-mile radius of Nashville, in businesses, on the major roadways, and when off the beaten track, I often cannot send photos or get on the internet or do my virtual business. For nine months I have called Sprint periodically to reset things, and I get my network back for a few weeks.

However, Sprint has been telling me the same things T-Mobile told me: there are no outages or problems on their end and the only reason I have to reset my phone so often is it is a defective iPhone.

When Sprint called Apple last night to connect me, I was told there were no case notes of my previous issues. The supervisor said there was no record of my making numerous calls and no record of my old case manager. Jonathan B, iOS Senior Advisor informed me I could take a screen shot of any network error message and take them to the Apple Store to see if they would replace my phone, but his entire attitude was suspicious and almost hostiles as he reiterated there were no case notes and repeated himself multiple times that it was impossible someone would get two defective iPhones, and that they were getting no complaints like mine from any other customers.

So here's my question:

Are Any Of You Experiencing Similar Connection & Network Problems With Your iPhones?

Am I REALLY the only person out there who has had issues with two iPhones in a row? Let me hear from you, because my Apple Care may be up pretty soon and I need to get this resolved before I have no options. Since I contacted Apple AFTER I had called Sprint and had them reset everything, my phone is working fine now and may not have the same issue for several weeks.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Lowe's for Gutter and Gutter Screen Installation: A Review

Following both a landslide and a flood on my property, I have been trying to get my home repaired. I have interviewed a ton of contractors, decided to work with several and been terribly disappointed by most.

Today I have had a couple of men installing gutter screens and adding gutters to my two bay windows that never had them, trying to get rid of more moisture around the house so it finally has a chance to dry out. I am tired of continually having mold and fungus issues following the Nashville flood.
Lowe's: Never Stop Improving!
I was able to go through Lowe's to get these contractors and have now used Lowes for home improvement several times. I must say, all the repairmen Lowes has sent out have done a GREAT job.

These men arrived on time, did the work professionally, cleaned up, and all payments and scheduling went through Lowe's. If I have a problem, Lowe's backs me up. What could be easier?

The only question I have is that both downspots were placed on the same corner of each bay window rather then the more symmetrical opposite corners. I give today's repair a B+ and not an A simply because of the placement of the downspouts.

I wish I could get all my home repairs done through Lowe's. I highly recommend them for single women who cannot get contractors to show up when they say they will, or do the work properly or even return messages. This makes the 4th or 5th time I have gone through Lowe's for a repair or installation, and Lowe's is the BEST.

I use Lowe's Home Improvement on Charlotte Pike
7034 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN
(615) 356-9223

They are certainly more reliable and reputable than the clowns and stalkers Angie's List sent out!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Why I Removed Myself from Angie's List & Requested a Full Refund

How Angie's List failed abysmally to live up to their hype.

A couple of months ago, I signed up for a 3-year subscription to Angie's List in the hopes of finding repairmen and contractors to help me finish repairs to my house, damaged after the Nashville Flood. I was hoping for a long-term relationship, hence the 3-year enrollment, because the Angie's List ads sounded like this would be a great option for an older single woman.

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I found the contractors on Angie's list no more reliable or professional and certainly no more reasonable than what I had found calling out of the phone book. However, what made me close my account and ask Angie's List to remove all my information was the disturbing experience I had with One Call Home Team and Angie's List's very minimal assistance in the matter.

After being talked over by a pushy woman on the phone who was trying to talk me into a "good faith estimate" which would not work for me and then being told it would cost $125 to get someone to come out and tell me what needed to be done and give me an estimate, I provided a brief, negative review on Angie's List. The woman I spoke with turned out to be Michelle Hall the wife of the owner of One Call Home Team, and instead of using the review to learn what customers want, she stalked me. No, REALLY, she requested friendship on Facebook, and when I accepted, she stalked and harassed me for several days on Facebook, posting photos of my home which she obtained from some unknown source along with long, vitriolic posts on my profile and two of my business pages. She also sent her ugly tirade to two of my email addresses, neither of which I had given her.


After the 2nd harassing post and 2nd email showed up, I contacted Angie's List to get help with a situation which was escalating as Michelle Hall was getting her friends to make comments on her harassing posts on my business pages. I also wondered how she had gotten my contact info since I never provided her with any and wondered if she obtained it from Angie's List.


I sent Angie's List screen shots of Michelle Hall's personal attacks, and my attempts to report her abuse to Facebook, which was when I discovered Angie's List provides contractors with your contact info, even if you don't use the contractor. I was told they had a team whose job was to assist victims of stalking and harassing, and I was told ANGIE'S LIST HAS HAD THAT PROBLEM BEFORE which is why they now have the team. I asked that somebody from that team reach out to me to help me handle the situation. I never received any advice. All Angie's List said they would do was notify Michelle Hall of One Call Home Team that stalking and harassing were illegal and against Angie's List terms of agreement and that if she did it again, One Call Home Team might lose the privilege of posting on Angie's List.


Because I spent a week trying to work though Angie's List, I felt like I had delayed too long to call the police and report the illegal stalking, harassing, and posting of photos of my private residence which Michelle Hall had by then removed, so Michelle Hall and One Call Home Team got off with a slap on the wrist. I didn't even get an apology from the company for Michelle Hall's harassment or the mental anguish and professional embarrassment it caused me.


I was told Angie's List policy is they will remove someone who is convicted of a crime after Michelle Hall took down all the evidence when Angie's List finally contacted her. Because of Angie's List inability to protect me as a consumer from attacks by one of their contractors who responded irrationally to a poor review and obtained my contact info from Angie's List; and because Angie's List never reached out to me with the advice I requested; and because Angie's List took several days and then only only slapped the wrist of a contractor who abused a consumer in such a public and harassing fashion; I terminated the 3-years agreement and asked that all my contact info be removed from the Angie's List records and that my money be refunded. Angie's List said they would comply.

The bottom line is hiring was certainly not a breeze, home improvement was not made easy and I was harassed and stalked for posting a negative review on Angie's List. I would never recommend Angie's List or One Call Home Team to any consumer who values their privacy or their safety.

Angie's List also opposes religious freedom.

Read more at:

One Call Home Harassment -- When Angie's List Goes Horribly Wrong...