Monthly Archives: January 2015

Treadmill battles rosemary bread!

Sugar Rush Unlocked HeartsOn the treadmill as I’m writing this. Trying to ward off any potential damage from my recent rosemary bread binge. Our dear friends, Carolyn and Dave, visited from California, so last night we went out to one of our favorite Havasu restaurants—Angelinas. I like the restaurant so much it is mentioned in my contemporary romance, Sugar Rush, written under my pen name, Anna J. McIntyre.

Food was awesome as usual, but I couldn’t resist the fresh rosemary bread they serve up in baskets. No regrets. So worth it! Gotta go, need to ramp up the treadmill speed to burn off those extra calories!

Trulia Rental Scam – Renters beware!


Last week my husband put in a real estate sales listing. He is not affiliated with Trulia, but listings submitted to our local MLS get on the site.

He was surprised yesterday when he got a call from someone wanting to rent the house. According to the caller his listing was on Trulia as a rental. It was also listed at an enticing rental amount—$700 a month for an area that would typically go for $2000 a month.

He looked on Trulia, and sure enough his listing was there, under someone else’s name and a phone number out of Bullhead City (according to our Internet search).

Don got on the phone and raised hell with Trulia. I created a fake email account to see what would happen if I inquired about the rental.

Today the ad is off Trulia, yet that didn’t stop me and others from receiving a reply from the scammers, in spite of the fact Trulia was informed of the scam BEFORE they forwarded my email to the crook, and his email back to me.

In my opinion Trulia needs to contact everyone they forwarded emails to, before someone sends the crooks money. To hell with Trulia’s lame “buyer beware” warning under the ad. They need to step up to the plate and do the right thing.

Lesson for the public: do NOT search rentals on Trulia.

This is a copy of the letter I received.

Phillips Lola
To me Today at 10:03 AM

Thanks for mailing us in regard to the property. We’re looking for a responsible tenant that will take proper care of the property. We are couples that recently moved to (West Africa) owing to our job. We both work in an organization at the Christian care health system ( we wanted to sell the house but my wife advised against it since we will be in Africa for at list 8-9 years before we come back to the states, we will be needing the house in the future so we can have somewhere to stay when we get back. The property available for rent is in a convenient neighborhood that is peaceful and safe, It’s a 3 Bedroom and a 2 Bath house located at (xxx, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406) You can easily take a drive down there to take a look at the exterior of the Property. The rent is $700 per month while the Deposit is $700 and the rent includes utilities such as electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash disposal, air-condition, Internet, Cable, washer and dryer, pets are also acceptable. I will appreciate it if you can get back to me on how you can keep the place clean. I look forward to hearing from you if interested.

Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide us with the rental application information below for record purpose.

Full Name:
Email Address:
Home Phone:
Other Phone:
Date of Birth:
Current Address:
Reasons for Leaving:
Rent $:
Are you married:
How soon are you willing to pay the deposit:
How many people will be living in the house:
Do you have a pet:
Do you have a car:
Move In Date:

The rental fee is inclusive with utilities and my home available as at this moment. Remain Blessed.

You can reach me at +234-704-445-0883 or 011-234-704-445-0883


Yard sales, eBay and charity thrift stores…

While I enjoy shopping yard sales, I’m not too keen on having my own. In spite of that, we had a yard sale this past weekend, primarily to find homes for my late mother-in-law’s belongings –items family members didn’t take and we couldn’t use. What’s left is being boxed up for donation at Hospice.

Going through a deceased parent’s belongings is a harsh reminder to “clean house” and take a fresh look at stuff we have shoved in boxes and in the back of closets. This led me to post a few things on eBay earlier this month. I did well on a couple items—way better than what the time consuming yard sale brought in—yet I still had my share of aggravation.

The first “aggravation” came after a buyer sent me this message two days after I shipped the item:


My first question, if the buyer did not order the item, then why in the world did she pay for it within hours after the auction closed?

My second question, if the buyer decided she did not want said item, why didn’t she tell me that on Monday, when I emailed her saying I would be shipping the item Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning? I wouldn’t have had a problem cancelling and relisting at that point, providing eBay waived any fees. Yet the buyer contacted me AFTER she knew I had shipped the item.

I asked the buyer these questions and she sent me back this lengthily response:

As a 75yr old person I was trying to learn to shop on line and use eBay. I did not know what happened and yes the bids came from my computer. I could not figure out how I ended up with 65 hummels and $2,000.00 bill. One customer told me I was the only bidder and I raised my bid 4 times.

That very unkind and nasty person solved the confusion. I never used this before and did not realize clicking on highest bid to see what they were going for put it in a a bid. At 75 yr old and my social security is only about $1000.00 a month this “learning to use a computer and line buying has more than bankrupted my meager funds. Some people are also very rude and think it is funny. I can only ask people to accept the items back and I lose only the shipping so I am at the mercy of the customers. Hope those who wrote unkind things enjoy taking advantage of the elderly . I will never try to shop on line again and certainly will not use ebay since I obviously did not remember what was bid on or even know I was bidding. I would appreciate it very much if you would take it back and sell it again as I obviously cannot use this system properly.

I didn’t quite buy her story, considering she’d been an eBay member since 2007, and she had feedback from over a year ago. Me thinks it was a case of buyer’s remorse.

It taught me a lesson—never leave feedback on a buyer until AFTER they leave it on you. She hasn’t given me feedback yet, but I left her positive feedback immediately after she paid, and the comment section to amend the feedback only allows for a few words.

In her Feedback Profile she has 37 positive seller’s feedbacks for this past month—all indicating she was a fast payer. I just noticed one of her sellers recently left a comment stating she returned the item without the original box.

Two weeks ago another auction closed, and a buyer of one item never paid, forcing me to open an unpaid item case. I still haven’t heard anything.

Kudos to those eBay sellers who can weather the crazies and flakes while making a living. I think I will simply call Hospice and donate what we no longer want, and stick to what I do—writing books.

Speaking of that, I’m back to working on Haunting Danielle, Book 3. I mentioned in a prior post I was facing chemo, which might slow down the process. Yet now it looks like I may not have chemo! (Crossing fingers) I saw my chemo doc for the first time last week and he says I am borderline needing it. He is running another test on one of the lymph nodes they removed and when he gets that back, he will make his final decision. I find out in about a week.

As for me…back to Haunting Danielle

(Photo: This is what some folks do with unwanted items…bad idea! Photo taken at Kodiak Alaska.)