The Essentials

Those two words you read everywhere nowadays „ The essentials“; either for the house, your life or whatever you need „ the essentials“or your life isn’t complete! The ceiling may cave in any second now without my essentials ….. ahhhhhh

I got looking at all these essential things that I supposedly need, well to be honest those essentials are not so essential to my daily life and all those life hacks which are the old things grandmothers/ grandparents once told us or showed us, and so I haven’t learned a thing but it is an essential life hack. The word usage is interesting too. Years ago wasn’t it called: Tips of a better life or money-saving ideas or how to do things better and easier, and even save time in the kitchen with these handy tips…. Nowadays everything is a hack… but was does “hack” really mean?
I looked it up and found many meanings and its use as a word, but still the use of the words seems to have changed… wasn’t it one time “inventive or ingenious “ if you did a certain thing with just a few necessary things to repair something???? And what is” essential”… isn’t that from a point of view and not from trying to sell me something???

With “hacking” I’ll use it for hacking vegetables or being successful at something and not for the other things the word is associated with. And for “ the essentials” I think I have them all and if I don’t well I will survive without them, because I have so far and didn’t know that I was missing the essentials …… whatever they are. But with the Sunday ads in the newspapers for all those essentials that are missing in my life I just don’t know where to start????

I looked at the first flyer for everything for the house…. What do I need??? Or do I even have space for any of that stuff…. Good question! Then the next flyer for stuff at the drugstore…. How many deodorants do I need or bottles of shampoo, and then there’s the grocery store flyer with all the essential stuff too, but do I need to buy all that stuff and some of it I don’t even eat either ; now what???

But everything is essential, so I put the flyers down and started reading the newspaper and there I was confronted by a full-page ad for a new suitcase (an essential) if I was traveling…. It would be an OMG to be seen with a suitcase that was say 5 years old and what would the neighbors think if they saw that too…. There I am walking out to the taxi and everyone is pointing at me and sees my 5 year old suitcase and they all know that I was too cheap to purchase the essential one in the news paper ad….. All I can say is “that would be a bad suitcase day!”.

I turn the page of the paper hoping not to be confronted with another essential….. my hands are shaking and I feel nervous with this thought , but there on the next page I only have articles to read…. I feel better but I know when I turn the page that another essential will be staring at me and then what….. Close the paper and throw it on the floor or quickly turn the page hoping that that essential is not an essential for me…. I will chance it and so sorry I have to finish here, because I know there are some essential things and articles in the paper that I want to see or read!

Enjoy your day… with or without the hacks and essentials!

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Easter Again

Just waiting around the corner for us „ Easter“ , yes those couple of days off and time to eat more chocolate and enjoy what is in store for us. You probably know that I never really did the Detox diet and now there is the problem with Easter…… The time itself isn’t a problem but all that chocolate out there trying to get my attention when I walk into a store and it is screaming out at me “buy me”….

There seems to be chocolate Easter bunnies lurking in every corner of every store and they seem to follow my around the store too…. Hopefully I won’t have a chocolate bunny nightmare!!! OMG….. The thought of “CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNIES INVADE LOCAL STORE” … Now that’s a headline!!
But my worries are that there may not be an after Easter diet like there is for other times of the year. This I see as a major problem. Not that I am on a diet or dieting, it is just the fact that I want to look at all those glossy magazine covers and see what the latest dieting fads are, and all I see now is recipes for Easter brunch , cook a great meal for a crowd( okay with a crowd…… Sorry folks my place isn’t big enough for everyone, maybe next time).
What am I going to cook and is it going to look like what I see in those magazines….

Nothing could be worse than…. Just imagine: nothing looks like the pictures; then what…. Okay, thank goodness I saved the magazines. All I have to do is cut out the pictures of the dishes and then place them next to the dish that I cooked, so that if anyone isn’t sure what it should look like all they have to do is look at the picture I cut out and placed next to the food…. Problem solved and everyone is happy or at least I hope so?????
Oh and not to forget the right table deco stuff too… There I need to invest about $500, 00 to have my table look like in the magazine and everything looks so perfect too. If my table looked like that I wouldn’t let anyone touch anything, and say to everyone “You can look at the deco and take pictures & selfies too if you like, but please don’t touch anything”. I know it doesn’t sound very nice but with all the effort and money I would invest, I don’t want my Easter event to be spoiled by one of my friends getting the idea that they can sit at the table and enjoy what they are seeing. NO it will be a simple eat in the kitchen affair and the dining room will be corded off to visitors…. You know sort of like in a museum.
Thank goodness that idea is taken care of, because I have sooooo much to prepare for Easter and so, I am sorry to say I have to stop writing here and leaf through all the magazines to decide what to do and what to eat on Easter and this alone requires a lot of time, even though I know the Easter stuff has been in all the stores since after Christmas….

I am a last minute Easter person, but don’t tell my friends! Thanks and don’t forget to plan your Easter too!