SandwichINK Twitter Links 2/2/09

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Twitter is turning out to be a great resource of information . Over the next couple of days, I’ll be bringing you more links and tips of interest to all of us Sandwich Generation caregivers of elderly parents as well as grandparents, from the last couple of weeks. If you’d like to start on Twitter yourself, I’d love to have you join me at http://twitter.com/SandwichINK .

Grandmother Wren’s site has some fun ideas for grandparents and grandkids for today, Groundhog’s Day . http://budurl.com/GroundhogDayFun .

The Lord God is our light and protector.

Simple Dollar has a great article reinforcing what we, as caregivers , do on a daily basis. “There is no material item on earth that can compare to being cared for by others – and caring for them, too, in a mutually healthy relationship.” I especially appreciated that he wasn’t just talking about married couples. He gave two excellent examples of the relationships that can develop between caregivers and those they care for, even when not family members. http://budurl.com/ItCantLoveUBk

Another delicious Simple Dollar article – Crock Pot cooking with five ingredients or less ! http://budurl.com/CrockPot5Ingred – The recipes sound yummy and make for easy dinners when short on time due to caregiving duties. 🙂  I passed them on to the expert, my mom, and she totally concurred. I’m looking forward to trying out the chili as well as the shredded beef. He puts the shredded beef on sandwiches, but I’m going to give them a try on tacos and burritos. My mouth is watering already.

Encouragement – You are my hope, O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth.

Nicheprof found an interesting article with 15 sites you can use to search out people and backgrounds http://budurl.com/15sh . This would be an excellent research resource if you or your elderly parent would like to look up an old friend or coworker.  How about that high school classmate or someone you once served with in the military decades ago?

Do you use Delicious to keep track of your bookmarks? I do and, after a bit of a learning curve, have learned to love it. This past weekend, I read that a similar bookmarking service, Magnolia, had a major crash and people were unable to access their bookmarks for a prolonged period of time. Needless to say, that made me wonder about the security of my bookmarks at Delicious. I decided to figure out if I could back them up on my computer and if so, how to do that. This was not as easy to find as it sounds. Thanks toSearchguru, however, I discovered that you simply go to Delicious, select your settings, select EXPORT, and save the file with an easy-to-recognize name on your computer.  It is saved as an HTML file. Hopefully, Delicious will never experience a major problem but if it does and you have backed up regularly, you will be able to stay relaxed and calm, knowing that the majority of your valuable information is safe on your computer.

And while we’re on the subject of backups , don’t forget to make sure all your updates are current for your operating system, internet browser, and all anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Then make sure you’ve recently run a virus and spyware check, back up your computer documents, and run the defragment program. You might also think about doing a regular decluttering of documents on your computer. Hopefully all this tender loving care for your computer will serve to keep it running well so you can spend your time in much better ways than yelling at a crashed computer 🙂 .

If you use Gmail , check your spam folder. Per TwitterTips, Google had an issue that may have caused good email to go astray into the spam folder in error. I don’t use Google, preferring Outlook along with email from my ISP. But no matter what you use, I would encourage you to check your spam folder at least weekly. I’m always amazed at the good email that lands there, even if I’ve “whitelisted” it :). It’s the price we pay for using email without too many spam hassles, I guess.

Ending today’s updates with a very sweet link, NerdNews alerted me to a Newsweek article on a very special volunteer group of photographers. Their organization is called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep . Their volunteers go into hospitals to gently minister to families whose new baby was stillborn or died shortly after birth. They take sensitive, precious photographs of the baby and the parents and give the family something special to bring home with them. “Parents who may be skeptical early on embrace the images as an irreplaceable gift once they’ve left the hospital and gone home without their babies. ‘We can’t change what’s happening to these people, says Puc, ‘but we can change the way they heal for the rest of their lives.’" You can find the entire article at http://budurl.com/PhotoLayMeDn2Sleep . I have to tell you, I’m crying as I type this. What a blessed gift this must be to those families! Also, if you are interested in volunteering, there is training provided. The article provides contact information for the group as well as other valuable information on this subject.

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