Grocery Store Here I Come!

There is supposed to be a new shopping App on the way that will make my grocery shopping a really fun and a quick experience…….. No more fun wandering the aisle for me!!!

The little App is there to help me and make my life easier or so they say. Just scan your stuff at home that you need to buy and then you are on your way to the grocery store and once inside the GPS system shows you where to find those products….. Why do I have a brain???

I see a nightmare approaching … There I stand in my kitchen and think to myself (thank goodness I can still do that without an App) “High time to go to the grocery store”, now what??? Normally I make myself a list …. Like lots of people do; so I know what I want to buy. Well, I guess that is too old fashioned!

Now I need to take a picture of everything that I want to buy at that one and only grocery store…. Now firstly, I need a Smartphone that I can take pictures with and has App’s and the battery has to be fully charged or else my shopping picture list won’t exist…. This will take more time than me writing my shopping list on a piece of paper….. Where’s my pen????

But what really worries me is the fact that I have to constantly be taking pictures of the packages of things that I have bought and want to buy again. How much time do I have??? Let’s see: the pile of empty packaging that I saved; Smartphone ready to take pictures- laying out all the old packaging … OMG I threw some packaging out…. Now what???? My shopping trip is down the drain and it hasn’t even started yet….. NO bad hair day… But a bad grocery shopping day!!!

With sweat running down my brow I manage after 45 minutes to photograph all the stuff that I want to buy, and I still need to write a list for the stuff that I couldn’t take a picture of… now I am up to 60 minutes being wasted of my time. But saving time is of the essence!!!

There I enter the grocery store and my App automatically sends me a GPS signal so that I can find the stuff that I took a picture of at home quicker… Life can be so simple at times…. No brain required here!

Though I do have to watch were I am going. I don’t want to collide with anyone in my race to save time to get what I took pictures of. But can you image if you bought a product that was a special and the grocery store doesn’t have it anymore and my App doesn’t tell me this…. I feel that could just ruin my GPS shopping experience then and there!!

Now I have to turn to my paper list and there I stand in the middle of an aisle not knowing which way to turn because there is no GPS on my list and I have to depend on my brain power and wander the aisles aimlessly looking for that one product that I couldn’t take a picture of….. The perils of getting lost in the aisles of a grocery store!!!

But what is far worse is the thought that your battery on your Smartphone dies while in the grocery store because I forgot to charge it. Now there you go….. A nightmare that could only happen because I was trying to save time take loads of pictures and run the GPS all at the same time….. Good bye battery

Though with all those time saving Apps and stuff I must admit I will stick to the method that I like to use… the good’ol piece of paper with what I have written on it…. And to manage my way through the aisles of the grocery store… I will take my chances without GPS…. I like challenges and there is no better place than at the grocery store!

So, should you be thinking about going to the grocery store; remember your shopping list and make sure your battery in your Smartphone is fully charged or else…

Deodorants

This is probably a product that lots of people buy, but have you ever thought about what was written about the product and how it is going to give you a whole new experience in life….. Deodorant here I come!!!

I recently started reading the ads for deodorants and what the companies wrote about the product promising me an earth moving experience if I buy their product….. The question is “ What to buy”??….. Right??????

There is the product that promise no white residue, so that I can wear dark clothing fearlessly….. I never was in fear before when I wore dark clothes and I used a different brand of deodorant ……. Ohha…. Trouble is probably brewing and tomorrow should I decide to wear something dark colored to work, then for sure I could see something on the inside of the garment that I will be wearing. But does anyone see that besides me???? At least no one up to now has said anything to me about “white residue” and I have never worried about it before…. Time to start worrying (I guess)

Plus, the thought of getting caught for a day or two away from home…. Now that gives me a real feeling of protection though from what I am not too sure, but with the advanced technology one defiantly has nothing to fear. Somehow I have never seen technology in my deodorant; okay maybe in the research sure, but in the little container… never!!!
What does “technology” look like in a deodorant stick or spray??? Anyone out there know?????

Then there is the one that is an essential component for the handbag …. What is that, a spare part for my car or what??? And it will help me when I am on the run, so that I won’t asphyxiate everyone around me , because I forgot to apply this product at 10 minute intervals throughout my working day… Keep your distance; I may have body odor.

Everything is also made to keep me dry and smelling great for days…. What happened to washing / showing yourself daily and wearing clean clothes…. Again I am missing something. I was brought-up that you showered daily and put on clean clothes and undergarments.

Somehow that 48 hour bit seems a bit scary to me, but then again technology is in the product and that is what counts!

Women’s Pages

Now gals don’t misunderstand me here, but I was just reading the women’s pages on some online newspapers… Okay, I know you are thinking doesn’t she have anything better to do with her time? The thing is I admit reading those pages while other say …. “Me, I never read that stuff”……

I am always amazed at what I can learn from those pages here are some examples:

1. Getting older changes how you look and feel ….. WOW, I never knew that and that your make-up sinks into your wrinkles…. OMG… Scream out loud!!!!

2. Train my brain not to eat food that is bad for me….. WELL, I’ll just have to have a serious word with my brain later on today before I open the fridge door!!

3. A wooden bottle that I can pour my cheap wine into and should make it taste better…. What do I do if guests are coming around and they see that I use this wooden bottle thing…. They are going to think that I am a real tight wad and probably not drink all that so called great tasting cheap wine…… good money down the drain

4. Names of kids have effects on their careers later on in life….. I bet my mom never even thought about it back then and how many other people are walking around out there too without their parents thinking in advance about what their child’s career should be when they grow up??? I will have to take a closer look at my name and see how much it actually affected my career …. I need facts!!!

5. Knowing about wine in four hours… probably by then I will be drunk from all the wine I drank before so in the end everything tastes good PROST!!!

6. Beauty secrets that will keep me looking younger….. I know now that I will be looking good in no time!!!

7. Last but not least… cook something to eat. Recipes to make your mouth water! I love that first I need to watch my weight take care of my brain; I’m getting older and have the wrong name. Drink cheap wine out of a wooden bottle and maybe get drunk by learning all about wine but I know after all that excitement I need some beauty tips to make me look great again before I start to cook all those great recipes at the bottom of the page!!

Isn’t it just great gals knowing that all this important information is out there to better our lives!! Enjoy it

The Chocolate Bunny

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An older post but I still like it even today with the memories of Easter.

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It was brought to my attention that Easter is just around the corner and hopefully the Easter bunny will find his way to my place with his GPS tracking system.

I can remember when I was a kid that was a great time of year and I believed that the Easter bunny visited our house not like kids now-a-days not believing in anything. And if the weather was warm enough we could search for Easter eggs outside; though I did have to be pretty fast because if I wasn’t our dog Cesar would find the chocolate eggs before me and eat them paper and all. The amazing part was that Cesar never got sick from eating so much chocolate with paper and if he did I never noticed it.

But I can remember one Easter that was really cold and the snow was still on the ground so that meant…

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Take a Walk

Today is national take a walk day where I live…. I guess that means that I should go for a walk today in the inclement weather that we are having… Why couldn’t this day have fallen on a day when the sun was shining? Then I would have been more than happy to go for a walk!! Simple as that…

But no… we are having rain and it is windy making it so that I want to stay inside. But what is “National go for a walk day” anyway? Is this the only day of the year to go for a walk or am I allowed to go for a walk on other days too??? I don’t really need a national day to make me go outside and go for a walk and anyway; Just one day a year…. Doesn’t seem like much to me!

They say that a person should take regular walks to stay healthy and to do that I think you have to walk more than one day a year?? Or am I wrong???? And how many people know that today is “National go for a walk day?” ….. I sure didn’t until someone told me. I have been wandering around all day not knowing this important tidbit of information! I feel somewhat left out of the information chain here and how should I deem the importance of such information too??

Okay, I have always heard people say that going for a walk is a good way to let off steam if you are upset, so does that mean I can only let off steam once a year… What do I do the other days then??

These sort of new days always make me wonder who thinks up such stuff and do they get paid for the idea??? If they do get paid; please tell me where the company is that makes-up this stuff, because if they pay well then I will apply for a job there. Don’t forget to send me the address please!

I can see it now.. Forget my boring 9 to 5 office job! No, I can have a 9 to 5 office job where I can think of special day that should be thought about that no one thinks about…. I feel success is just waiting for me around the corner! I think I will take tomorrow off to celebrate my “idea day” and so please do not try to contact me tomorrow at my office because I am not there but celebrating my new “idea day”…. Please don’t tell your friends about this or else they may want to join in on it too!!

Enjoy your walk or idea or both, because they both can be fun!

The Desk Calendar

Yes, the good’ol desk calendar and they are still around. I was just admiring my desk calendar; not for its beauty, but for its usefulness.

Every year I get one or two or more….. With some company ad or logo on it with its trusty cardboard backing and paper pages listing 3 months at a time so that I have an overview of how fast time flies by! Okay, that is not the intention of the desk calendar. It is to help me at that precise moment when I need to know a date or day.

These things have been around for as long as I can remember and still have not lost their usefulness in this electronic age. Sure we have the programs where you can have an overview of what is happening in your work day and they remind you not to forget the next meeting and so forth…. But that little bit of cardboard paper has that special bit of humanism to it. It is there it is real and I can touch it and it is there on my desk staring at me without requiring a back-up system or electricity to look at it.

I can write on it. I can doodle on it or even make notes on the back of the pages of the past months… recycling paper. I love my desk calendar! Just flipping through the months and seeing “how many Friday the 13ths there are this year( 3 if you are interested) …. ” or when everyone’s birthday is ; that is just a wonderful thing.

But does anyone think about that anymore in this electronic age???? When there is a power outage then I cannot see what is on my computer calendar , but with my paper desk calendar I have no worries, because it is just there waiting for me to write on/in it, and it will be there whether there is electricity or not. A great invention!!!

Who ever invented these things really came up with something great and that it is still around proves that it is a great thing even in modern times….. I know most of you never make a second thought about your desk calendar, if you have one????? And if you do; have you ever taken the time to think about how handy that thing is??? I bet not… We just take desk calendars for granted.

I am happy to be a proud owner of such a thing and that those companies sent me one… I say thank you and please keep sending them to me, because I am a nostalgia buff who likes that bit of paper on my desk to keep me in line with life as to how it once was and not lose everything to electronically operated devices.

Enjoy your desk calendar too!

Bathtub Blues

The wonderful room … the bathroom is the room in the house that we love so much but also take it for granted too.

I recently got looking at new bathtubs… I know you are thinking “ yah, and a bathtub”. It is unbelievable the styles you can choose from and the colors too. But bathtubs aren’t like they used to be years ago!

When I was a kid our bathtub must have been as deep as the ocean and so huge too. You could dive underwater and see your rubber duck floating on the surface about 20 feet above you, because the tub was so full of water that it was so deep. Or is it just a dream and I only thought that our bathtub was as large as an ocean????

But it is true, bathtubs back then were made of cast iron and made to last a lifetime and they were large and deep, and not shallow and made of fiberglass like the ones today.
The bathtubs I saw recently were small and water saving as I was told. But I want to take a bath and not just dip my big toe in a bit of water and call that “having a bath”.
I told the sales person what I wanted and they suggested I get a whirlpool or Jacuzzi. I said I didn’t want either!! I just want a good old “big” bathtub where I can fill it up with water and only let my head stick out like I did as a kid……. Am I asking for too much??????

Apparently… YES!!! My childhood memories are somehow slowly going down the drain with the thought that there may never be huge bathtubs again. This is a thought that could make me cry.

I recently saw an old cast iron bathtub and could have bought it too, but it wouldn’t fit into my bathroom, because the modern bathtubs are small and I have only limited space so, I had to forgo the thought of sitting in a huge bathtub at home like I did as a kid.

But as a substitute for that lovely old bathtub I took a picture of it and hung it in my bathroom to bring back those fond memories of what it was like to have a bath in a real bathtub without the water saving features….

Enjoy your bath no matter what size bathtub you have!

Oh no …My battery is low!!!

Yes, it is so that my battery is low and now that little icon on my Smartphone is glowing red , and telling me that I will be cut-off from the world any minute now… I could scream; but that won’t help me!
None of my friends or so called friends can reach me or I cannot check what is going on, on all the social networks that I need to be connected with…. A life without conductivity, and this all because my battery has no more charge in it!!!

I guess those are the perils of the modern world and its electrical devices.

Now what?? … No problem, I will turn on my tablet computer that I have with me. Just turn it on and “Bingo” I am connected to the world. Thank goodness I buy all these devices or my life would be” un-plugged” from the world, and that I do not want!!!
Just imagine gals there are the latest fashions being posted somewhere and your battery is low… That would just throw my life into a tizzy or for those of you guys who are fans of cars or such… the same no conductivity or battery then you are out and old fashioned as if you were born in the 18th century!

No Smartphone with a charged battery is like starting your day without a healthy breakfast. Now who would want to leave the house with that thought in mind??? Not me honey!!

But, back to the battery problem… I thought ok, go to a café buy a coffee and use one of their electrical sockets to charge up my battery. A really great idea or so I thought. There are hundreds of cafes around but I chose the one I always go to. Open the door and walk in and before my eyes the whole city must have been there having the same problem I was having… My battery needs charging
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Ok, it isn’t such a problem. The weather is ok and so I can walk another block to the next café. Again the same problem but this time people were standing in line to sit down… What is the world coming to I ask??? I will not give-up and think “now where should I go?” NO, problem, there is a nice quiet place 3 blocks from here. I hope it doesn’t rain, because the sky is turning a bit overcast.

Now as I walk along my tablet signals me that its battery is low too and its icon is glowing red as a tomato…. Great !!! I do feel a slight panic attack coming on with the thought of absolutely no more connection to the outer world now… Why me; do all these electrical devices hate me?? Am I alone with this problem or are there other people in the world that experiences this too???

I made it now to the café sure there are plenty of place to sit but all the ones with electrical sockets are taken. I am not going to give up now that socket is only a table away. I sit down and order a coffee but I have sat at a table where I can spring right over to the table next to me once the guy is finished and leaves. I think he knows what I want and so he is lingering a bit longer there over his coffee to make me suffer. His look on his face says “I know that you want to charge your Smartphone”…. I just smile at him and hope that my smile can persuade him to leave quicker or let me sit at his table. No luck with either thought!!

So, I decide to take the old fashioned newspaper in my hand and start reading it. I must say it was enjoyable. The feeling of having that paper in my hand reading all those articles and ads; It was like rediscovering life again and relaxing – it was just to sit back and read and get lost in the pages of time!

I never got to recharge my battery because I was too busy reading a paper newspaper, but I can say I really enjoyed it and can recommend doing it.

So next time your battery is low; no worries a newspaper can be a great thing to rediscover!

I thank all those newspaper people out there who printout the paper edition of the newspaper… You have gained a new reader… ME!!

Hot Coals …. BBQing

Well it is that time of year again when everyone seems to be getting out their BBQ’s and getting them ready for the official BBQ season….. Whenever that is; I really don’t know but it seems to be in the air.

It seems like a ritual for so many guys to get the BBQ out and set it-up.. what there is to set-up really doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes but the ritual itself must be observed and so with the whole to do it will take guys a couple of hours before the whole process is finished.
This I mean firstly, by finding the BBQ… it could bite you because it is right in front of you in the garage, but it still has to be found. Then there is the bringing it outside to clean it up again, even though this was done in the fall before it was put away…. It’s dirty again for sure, because maybe at Christmas time when Santa stopped by he was hungry and lit-up the BBQ for a quick steak before he made his way to the next house….. One has to be careful.

Now the orders have to be given to the female members of the household who are in charge of the buying of the food and preparing the salads and what not that is together with this BBQ event. Really one does not just BBQ there is a science in it even if one doesn’t want to admit it.

Have you ever seen a group of gals standing alone around a BBQ and the guys just relaxing doing nothing and hoping that the gals will grill the steaks right???? I never have and believe me I have been BBQing for years and in many countries and nowhere have I ever seen gals in charge of the BBQ….

It is sort of like a guy thing I would say… Bringing guys back to the beginning of time when everything was cooked over an open fire and they all stood there and exchanged their stories of adventure knowing that here standing by the BBQ is where the roots of civilization began… Now you know!!!

The gals nowadays drive to the grocery store and forage the aisles for the food needed that will be placed on the grill.. Not exactly an easy task either and steer the shopping trolley through the maze to find the right ingredients and then aim for the beverage section in the hopes of finding the right beverages for that meal…. It all sounds so easy but in reality there are hours of work involved in the short time where the guy(s) stand beside the BBQ and cook the food and take credit for the whole logistics of the evening….

Without the back-office of the BBQ event there would be no BBQing. This section seems to be overlooked sometimes and should not be forgotten about and so I think a big thank you should be said to all those who have spent hours preparing for their BBQ and no one said “Wow, you prepared this all by yourself.” And when I think about the hours my mom spent preparing for those couple of hours of BBQing and especially in the 60’s & 70’s with some of those exotic recipes that were abound was unbelievable…

Here is a little taste of what was popular back then.. I have an old cookbook from my mom with those great favorites of the day:

Hawaiian salad, Old-Fashioned jellied Coleslaw, Good Potato salad ( I never knew there was a bad one), Cottage Cheese Jelly Salad ,and the all time favorite.. Macaroni Salad.

Those are just to name a few and every salad somehow had Jello in it or some other sweet ingredient that was indescribable and we ate it with joy because there was no use complaining anyway!! Mom’s word was the last word when it came to eating what was put in front of you on the picnic table… Dad was the guy in charge of the BBQ and those roles were very distinct and not only in our house it was like that wherever you went.

People say times are changing but one ritual seems to have stayed the same throughout the years and that is BBQing.

But before I end this little post I would like to share with all of you an interesting somewhat unusual recipe from back then from some magazine clipping that was in the cookbook.

Favorite Salad (the name is interesting – I wonder who’s favorite it was??)

1-#2 can applesauce
1-7oz bottle 7-up
1-3 oz. pkg. lime gelatin
½ pt. whipping cream
1-3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
¼ lb. miniature marshmallows

Heat applesauce. Dissolve gelatin in sauce. Cool. Add 7-up. Stir well. Put into mold. Chill until set. Put cheese and marshmallows into bowl. Pour cream over marshmallows and cream cheese. Let stand in refrigerator overnight. Next day, beat cream mixture until thick and creamy. Spread over first layer.

Now that is what I call a salad!!! If anyone does make it, please by all means let me know how it tastes!!

Enjoy BBQing no matter who is cooking the food and maybe try one of those great recipes from back then to bring a bit of change into your salads being served and impress your friends at the same time too…