November 23, 2014

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MY SUNSHINE - What do we REALLY need?

The want/need list is getting overwhelming, so I want to know what parents and grandparents found they couldn't live without with a little one around.

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MY SUNSHINE - The first peak at baby

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine... I think I've made it clear while doing the weather, that a sunny day makes me so happy, so I think it's appropriate that our first child is MY SUNSHINE. :)

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Memory Links, Alzheimer's 7th annual fundraiser

"Nanny!" That's the excited greeting my grandmother always gets. But, this time I got, "Nanny, that sounds familiar" in response. The woman who lived with my family for several years of my childhood, who I would have the best slumber parties with, who loved my sister and I dearly, didn't even know her own 'name.'

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Thunder Dog: a weather tool I use at home

When you go to bed at night, you may be unaware a strong to severe storm is brewing. Well at home, I have an extra alert system, I call Thunder Dog. I get the Volunteer TV text alerts, but this is a vibration alert that will wake you from a deep sleep.

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Alzheimer's takes their minds, hurts the hearts of families

Some of you are aware my grandmother, or Nanny in my family, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. For a long time the disease created a false world, and she could not tell what was reality. For example, she thought family members were breaking into her home and taking things or messing up rooms, and she would call us and claim she caught loved ones in the act.

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Behind the scenes: TVA's River Forecast Center

Depending on your utility bill each month, you're opinion of TVA may vary, but no matter what, an interesting aspect of what they do, goes on 24 hours a day in their River Forecast Center.

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When do you shop for the holidays?

I usually start my Christmas shopping in July or August every year. Many say that's smart to avoid the crowds, but I do it to spread out the spending. But, this year I had to save some shopping until the week before....

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Snow days: good or bad?

Did you see the snow falling and get excited, or dread dealing with it? I know, growing up in East Tennessee, you hear snow is possible in the forecast, and you assume it's not going to happen.

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Walked miles to school, in 2 feet of snow...

The dramatic, and more than likely exaggerated stories, we all joke about from our elders, could be true on this date. The National Weather Service has records all the way back to 1871, so some of the date they have could actually confirm ol' tales that were otherwise hard to believe.

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Your turn to forecast

We had a rough Winter, a hot Summer, and now ups and downs with temperatures for Fall. So, 2010 has been a roller coaster, as far as the weather goes, what do you think Winter will be like as we move into 2011?

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To DIY or not DIY, that is the question

Have you ever watched one of those do-it-yourself shows and thought "I can do that?" Or maybe that eye-sore in your home has just been challenging you, well this brings me to my thoughts on DIY projects.

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What did you think of Boomsday 2010?

I spent the evening at work, but enjoyed the recap and video Volunteer TV had at 11 Sunday, after the Boomsday fireworks. So what did you think of the annual event? And, do have any tips for others to enjoy it more in the future?

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You have to smile, in the face of Alzheimer's

If I've learned anything from seeing my Grandmother live with Alzheimer's, it's that you can't let it get to you.Saturday morning was the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern Tennessee Chapter, 2010 Memory Walk. It's the 20th Anniversary for the event, as the organization raises money to fight for better support and advocacy for the disease, as well as supporting research for a cure.

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Are you sick of snow?

I don't know about you, but by the third snow in East Tennessee, I had my fill. When the forecast showed snow, yet again, for Sunday night into Monday, I could hear grumbling from around the region.

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Lighter note: Travel plans for the break?

There are a lot of factors, namely the economy, that have affected travel plans for many over the past year or so. So with Spring Break a couple months away, how are your plans looking?

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Does snow bring out your childlike qualities?

Do you wake up giddy, at the thought of seeing your yard covered in snow? Or do you moan and groan because you'll probably fall again on that slick sidewalk, that you should have salted?

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Any resolutions for 2010?

To start every year, it is assumed by many that you declare changes in your life, and commit to them because, well, it's a new year! I have never been good with the resolutions. It seems the most common, amongst people I know, is a healthy change, whether it be exercise or to quit smoking.

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Ready to track Santa

NORAD typically safeguards the skies for North America, but with their eyes peeled, they track Santa every year. Through the NORAD site, Volunteer TV will track jolly Ol' Saint Nick starting on East Tennessee this Morning at 5 a.m. His travels take him all around the world, so we'll update you as gets closer to your neck of the woods.

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Do you dream of a white Christmas?

If you're a lover of snow, then you probably hope the beloved song, "White Christmas," will come true for you. The odds are slim, when looking at the records, but we are off to a good start, with a 2-inch snowfall in Knoxville. Share your thoughts, and give me your weather predictions, as we officially start Winter December 21st!

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Scooping to raise money and hope

This Thursday, November 19Th, I'll be participating in a contest of sorts, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Eastern Tennessee Chapter. I'm taking part with the organization, because, unfortunately, I know all too well what it's like to see a love slip away to Alzheimer's. My grandmother was diagnosed with the horrible disease more than a year ago, and last Christmas it really hit my family that the women we love isn't always there.

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Sugar high, then an extra hour of sleep

Well, this year Daylight Saving Time comes to an end the first day of November. That's a little later than normal, but it also times out well with the Halloween holiday. So my theory is, the kids can trick-or-treat until their heart's content... CLICK FOR MORE, AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.

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