Halloween Quiz

The look on my face when I see Halloween stuff !

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Halloween is celebrated on October 31 each year. The holiday originated as the evening before All Hallow’s Day, but likely has roots that go much further back.

The Halloween practice of children dressing in costume to go trick or treating came from a tradition in Ireland and England. People would dress up on All Hallow’s Eve to avoid being recognized by ghosts. They would also leave a bowl of food outside to appease the spirits. 

A carved pumpkin, also called a Jack O’Lantern, is another popular Halloween tradition. 

Other popular Halloween traditions include bobbing for apples, playing pranks on people, decorating in black and orange, and eating candy apples.

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Source: Halloween Printables: Wordsearch, Crossword Puzzles, and More (thoughtco.com)

October 2021 Journal Prompts

A lot of people enjoy the thought of keeping a journal, but forming that habit of writing in it regularly can be a hard hurdle to jump. I get it, I’ve totally been there and truthfully I still struggle to write in my journal on a consistent basis. There have been many times that I’ve considered doing away with this journal prompt series, but then I look at my stats and they are time and time again some of the top posts. Y’all are amazing at journaling! So let’s keep going shall we =)

Just in case you need a little encouragement to start writing (or drawing, or list making, or however you see fit to keep a journal) here are some tips on how to make journaling a habit. Because remember, if you’d like to reap the benefits of journaling then you have to engage with it more than once every six months.

how to make journaling a habit

  • Start small, aim to write in your journal 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a week. Gradually increase the number of days you write.
  • Pick a specific time during the day to write. Make it a time that you won’t be interrupted.
  • Add it to your daily to-do list and/or set a reminder on your phone. By scheduling in time to journal increases your chance of actually doing it.

Now on to this month’s prompts…

october 2019 journal prompts

October 2019 Journal Prompts » Eight Pepperberries

A New Wave of Job Burnout

Companies struggling to hire and retain staff are dumping more work on existing employees

  • Job openings and employee quits are both at record highs, and it now takes on average of 7 weeks to fill a role.
  • A rising trend of “ghosting” in the hiring process is straining the individuals who remain.
  • Some employers are asking workers to do a job and a half while only paying for one.

Tad Long calls the past three months his “summer from hell:

Long is a district manager and director of operations for a group of Mod Pizza franchises in Ohio and Indiana, a well-salaried career he’s earned through three decades of rising up the ranks in the food-service industry.

Throughout June and July, Long told Insider he was routinely working 90-hour weeks, personally filling in for missing hourly workers and managers, opening at one location and closing at another, all while frantically trying to hire new staff.

“It’s total chaos,” he said. “I’ve had to interview people while I’m working.”

Long said his company’s increased wages and employee bonuses helped calm things down, but the season was so strenuous it caused him to lose 30 pounds. Since reaching a breaking point in August, he has been gradually recovering, but he doesn’t feel he’s fully out of the woods yet.

Both job openings and employee quits have been at record highs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a rising trend of “ghosting” in the hiring process is putting additional strain on the individuals who are left trying to do the job of several people.

A decade ago it took just three weeks to fill a job on average, but that number has shot up to more than 7 weeks. At the same time, it seems that some employers are trying to find new hires who will do a job and a half while only paying for one.

Joel Innes told Insider he was hired for a dishwasher job at a large hotel in New Mexico, where he says he was the lowest-paid employee. In addition to doing dishes for as many as 900 people, he said his responsibilities included cleaning the employee lounge and mopping out three commercial kitchens.

“The first week I was there they didn’t even have a working drain so I had a garbage can that filled up with the dirty dishwater and food that I had to dump in the giant drain in the floor and then clean up all the filth after,” he said.

On top of that, Innes said his managers kept adding new tasks like bussing tables and plating food. Fed up, Innes quit without saying a word.

And it’s not only low-wage jobs where some employers appear to expect a lot more work for the same or less money.

Christinette Dixon told Insider she sees many job listings in hospital administration with descriptions and responsibilities that don’t fit in a normal full-time schedule.

“This job was at least 12 hours a day,” she said about one diversity and inclusion manager role she considered. “They’re going to work the director and the manager to death. Like, the manager just quit because she’s working 12 hours a day making peanuts.”

When Dixon asked why there wasn’t an additional position for a coordinator to help handle the workload, she was told there wasn’t room in the budget.

Christina Garrett, the general manager for the cafe and grille at Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, told Insider she has hired 13 different people this year for the same position, eight of whom either never showed up or quit without notice.

In a typical season she would need 40 people to staff the operation, but she currently has just 12 – just enough to cover the 9-to-5 daily hours for the cafe, but not the large dining room.

The lack of staff is taking its toll on Garrett’s team – and her personally. She said she has covered many shifts in the past 18 months entirely on her own, with no line employees at all. Her husband has even pitched in to help cover shifts. Although her company raised wages and increased bonuses, those moves haven’t been enough.

“Seasoned associates in the service industry are drained and quite frankly tired of feeling that way with little to show for it except time missed with their children and family,” Garrett said.

“Even the very best team of five cannot possibly accomplish the same that things the mediocre team of 20 did,” she added.

Article by (Dominick Reuter for Business Insider©

Source: Companies struggling to hire and retain staff are dumping more work on existing employees – and it’s driving a new wave of burnout (msn.com)

If you answer your phone and hear this recording, hang up immediately

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Spam calls are unbelievably annoying and, at times, seemingly incessant. Once your number makes it onto some sort of list, the deluge of robocalls and messages from scam artists can drive anyone mad.

While some spam calls are easy to screen, scam artists have grown increasingly clever when it comes to coercing you to pick up the phone. One trick they use is to call from a number that is either similar to yours or comes from the same area code. So, for instance, if you’re phone number is (555)-315-3852, you might see a spam call on your phone from (555)-315-3258.

Spam calls and recordings to ignore

If you get a call from a familiar-looking number, you’re more likely to believe it’s legitimate. It’s only human nature, after all. In these scenarios, however, there’s a strong chance the number itself is fake. Scam artists use this spoofing tactic to purposefully hide the actual number they’re calling from. That being the case, it’s inevitable that some spam calls will go through.

If you pick up the phone and you hear a recording on the other line, the FCC advises you to hang up immediately. If you’re prompted to respond to a question — even if the question is ‘Would you like to stop receiving these calls?’ — the FCC says to hang up and not answer.

The reasoning behind this guidance is two-fold. For one, if you answer “yes” or press a number on the keypad, it signals that there’s a real person on the other line. This incentivizes scammers to keep trying to scam you. It also increases the odds your number will be sold to others.

Second, the FCC a few years ago said that some scammers want users to say the word “Yes” so that they can record it and use it to authorize charges to a user’s credit card.

Other tips to stop robocalls and potential scams

According to the FCC, there are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid falling victim to a robocall or scammer:

  • If you answer the phone and the caller – or a recording – asks you to hit a button to stop getting the calls, you should just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords, or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.

How to silence spam calls on your iPhone

If you have an iPhone and want to stop robocalls, there is a solution. Simply go to Settings > Phone where you should then see a toggle for “Silence Unknown Callers.” If you turn this on, every call from an unknown number will go right to voicemail. The good news is that if it’s a legitimate call, the number will still show up on your list of recent calls.

Note that when the feature is turned on, the only calls that will go through are limited to numbers from your contacts, numbers that you’ve called previously, and numbers from Siri Suggestions.

Article by Yoni Heisler for BGR©

Source: If you answer your phone and hear this recording, hang up immediately (msn.com)

Decor Trends from IKEA’s New Fall Collection

Who doesn’t like Ikea? Inexpensive and easy to move, Ikea has some decor items for fall. Take a look !

We’re already looking forward to the cozy evenings, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-flavored treats that accompany fall. The season ushers in warmth and comfort, a feeling that’s perfectly encapsulated by IKEA’s new fall collection.

The limited-edition line is called HÖSTKVÄLL, which means “autumn evening” in Swedish, and it includes everything you need to embrace the coziness of autumn. Among the patterned pillows, tabletop accessories, and seasonal accents, we spotted a few fall decorating trends that we can’t wait to incorporate into our homes this year. And with all items less than $20, IKEA’s fall collection makes it easy to embrace seasonal style in living rooms, on dining tables, and at the front door. Here are four trends to watch for this autumn—and start shopping now!

1. Rich, Moody Colors

As sunsets start earlier and cold weather approaches, embrace darker colors. IKEA’s fall line showcases moody, saturated colors including black, charcoal gray, rusty red, and, of course, burnt orange. The juxtaposition of classic fall colors with deep neutrals, as demonstrated by this patterned pillow cover ($7), adds an extra layer of coziness to your seasonal decor.

2. Leafy Patterns

For a modern twist on traditional pumpkin patterns, decorate with fall decor featuring leafy designs. The HÖSTKVÄLL line includes kitchen accessories, pillow covers, wall art, and more with elegant botanical designs that reflect the season’s changing foliage.

3. Artificial Dried Grasses

Dried grasses and flowers bring texture and an element of nature to your fall decor, but the real varieties can leave a lot of debris behind. For a mess-free solution, choose faux versions that look just as beautiful as the real thing. Try IKEA’s artificial bouquet ($10) or the artificial wreath ($15), which both showcase an array of autumnal colors and natural textures that will continue to look good year after year.

4. Cozy Comforts

Lean into the cozy feeling of fall with simple details that add comfort. Line your table with a strand of copper-wire string lights ($18), introduce a festive mood with autumn-scented candles ($4), or snuggle up with a woven throw ($20). Small additions can have a big impact on making your home feel comforting and inviting this fall.

Article by Jessica Bennett for BH&G. Photo credit: Courtesy of Ikea

Source: 4 Gorgeous Decor Trends to Try from IKEA’s New Fall Collection | Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)