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Winter Attire in Hartsville

February 19, 2020
(Photo of Hartsville with snow on the ground taken by

February is the month of love, includes Lincoln's Birthday, President's Day and is when we would get our one day of snow every year (if at all). It has three holidays but they are really cold holidays. Burr.

Gloves, boots and scarves come out of the closet to keep our body warm. I also like to use the cold weather to accessorize my al fits and make an effort to bundle up if I'm going to the Magnolia Mall in Florence or take a trip to a mall in Columbia. Hello leggings and long shirts!

But if you're not feeling like going out, the kids still need gloves and scarves if they are walking to school. It also makes waiting in car line more bearable. Many times, my son would be so much more at ease when I hand him his gloves to put on in the car while driving to school. 


Places that I've found affordable gloves for the kids include Wal Mart, Big Lots and Amazon.

Cooraby 6 Pairs Kids Knitted Magic Gloves Teens Warm Winter Stretchy Full Fingers Gloves (Multicolors 1, 6-12 Years)

Deactivated personal facebook account and it automatically came back a week later

January 17, 2020
For the new year, I wanted to focus on the now and less on posting about my life on my personal facebook page so I 'deactivated' it. The initial thought was this ghosts my profile and no one can search for me or see my posts but I can come back whenever. Well, that is not exactly how it works because about a week later, it came back to life on its own! I knew this because I got a notification that so and so is having a birthday and the only way it would do this is if my profile is active again.

Well, I wasn't too sure what happened the first time so I deactivated it again! I thought maybe there was a glitch or something in the system and didn't see anywhere where it said that the deactivated button is only for a certain timeframe. Well, a week after the second time that I deactivated my profile, it came back AGAIN!

So, without doing too much digging, I guess facebook sets the parameters that if you're deactivating your profile, it only temporarily deactivates it for a week and then it comes back to life without even having to log-on. I don't think you can set it for longer than a week. That is not an option for the user. The alternative solution is to delete the profile and everything will just permanently disappear, which I don't want to do because there are some photos that I'd like to come back to that's stored there.

I deactivated the first time in December 2019 and then again in January 2020. Well, it's back live again and I don't feel like logging in and pressing the 'deactivate' button again. I'll just leave it be. Facebook is pretty smart. I think the chances of me having to log back in is higher when the deactivation only works for a short timeframe. Let's see how long I can go without logging in. Any guesses on how strong my will power is?

Top 5 Employers in North Carolina

October 22, 2019

Top 5 Employers in North Carolina

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North Carolina is a relatively large state with a decent amount of people living it, as such there are a lot of potential employees. The area is also very diverse as there are major cities like Charlotte and Raleigh, but also large swathes of rural areas. The large and diverse workforce and demographics can attract many companies to do business in the area. This is why several major companies were either started in North Carolina or have some sort of large presence in the area. These employers employ thousands of North Carolina residents, and a large percentage of the North Carolina workforce work for them. Who exactly are these massive companies, and what type of employees do they typically hire? Here are the top 5 employers in North Carolina. 


Any North Carolina resident will likely be familiar with Spectrum, as it is one of the biggest cable companies in the state. Whether you own Raleigh real estate or an apartment in Charlotte, you likely have Spectrum cable in your home. Spectrum is an arm of Charter Communications, a company that recently acquired major cable providers like Time Warner Cable. Not only does Spectrum have a large local presence in North Carolina, but it also operates all over the country and is one of the nation’s leading cable providers. Spectrum has offices and locations all across the state and as such employs thousands of people. As technology and entertainment become more dominant in our lives, massive tech companies like Spectrum will continue to grow and ultimately employ even more people. 

Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital has grown rapidly over the years. What was once a small regional hospital is now one of North Carolina’s biggest employers. That is due to the hospital’s state of the art facilities and medical centers. The hospital employs thousands of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. Nearly all of these employees have had some form of higher education, most of them for nearly a dozen years. This makes Duke University Hospital not only one of the largest workforces in the state, but also one of the most highly educated.

Bank of America

As one of the biggest banks in the country, Bank of America has a national presence. However, they have an especially strong presence in North Carolina due to their headquarters being in Charlotte. Thousands of Charlotte residents are employed by Bank of America, and many more thousands work across the various locations across the state. Having such a large company in your city does wonders for economic development, as it means many people will be employed. In addition, the workforce is pretty diverse, ranging from executives with college degrees to bank tellers who may not have graduated college. If you look at any list detailing the major North Carolina employers then you will surely find Bank of America on the list. 


As with any region in America, Wal-Mart has a major presence in North Carolina. As one of the biggest retailers in the world, it's no surprise that Wal-Mart is one of the top employers in the region. The retailer employs millions of people worldwide and has a particularly strong presence in rural regions. Jobs at Wal-Mart can vary, but they typically require only a high school degree or less. There really is no degree required to be a cashier, as it is all technical skill that you learn from training. This means that the bulk of Wal-Mart’s workforce consists of people who never went to college or never graduated. That being said, there are management positions that could require a college degree. 


Like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s is a massive retailer that is dominant in the global market. Lowe’s employs millions of people worldwide, and North Carolina is one of the regions they are most present in. This is due to the fact that Lowe’s was started in Mooresville, North Carolina and as such has ties to the region. Lowe’s gives back to its home region by being one of the largest employers in the area, employing thousands of people in the state. Like Wal-Mart, the majority of these employees have a high school degree or less. However, there are some management positions that require a college degree. 

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Hartsville Mom As a veteran's wife whose husband works in the nuclear field, moving every several years seems to be part of our life path. We have lived in Hartsville, among many other cities. Getting acclimated to a new town means starting over each time for us and to help myself and my family, I do a lot of research on things to do and have compiled everything I've experienced in Hartsville here on I hope this will help you too.
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