Another year again with Decorations

There you have it… November is here and Christmas decorations are in all the stores again…. But nothing is new, so I decided to take a look at my collection of decorations that seem to have collected themselves through the years… Maybe you know this phenomenon at your house too???

I see all these tips (life hacks) as to how to organize my decorations and sort them out and so forth and the most annoying are the strings of lights that seem to magically tangle themselves throughout the summer months. How this happens is beyond me…. Really baffling when I think about it (maybe better not to think about it..)

Of course, with good intentions I bought all the organizational material needed to sort out my chaos of decorations, but the thought of them not being placed in their beloved box that I bought them in, that is held together with adhesive tape brings tears to my eyes… that carton or better said the box for the glass tree decorations has a history to it and just looking at the faded price sticker reminds me of the day I bought them… How can an organization box with everything crammed neatly into it give me the same feeling???? No, it can’t!!!!

And there before my eyes are the strings of lights, some brightly colored and others only with white bulbs tangled up overnight by themselves, because I know I placed them properly in the box at the end of the Christmas season, plus which string of lights still works or which string has burnt-out bulbs??? A puzzling question indeed!!!
This is a job that needs to be tackled right away before the magic moment of using them in December… Nothing worse than a burnt-out bulb to ruin the look of your Christmas tree or the fact that the whole darn string of bulbs don’t work because one bulb is burnt-out and the lights are already on the tree… I know the lights worked before I hung them on the tree ( I tried them out first and everyone light-up) I am sure you know that problem too????
Then there are the yearly broken decorations in the box…. How that happened is beyond me??? The OMG effect is best in this case is my motto..

When confronted with a broken glass decoration is care of the utmost importance; not because you could cut yourself, but because maybe the decoration has memories attached to it and so depose of it with care when saying good-bye to it… Good bye dear decoration….we had many years of great times together!!!

One more thing are those plastic decorations that are a dime a dozen but do not stand a chance on my tree, because they just don’t have the shine and shimmer that glass decorations can give you on your tree….

But what I really wanted to say is: Sort out your decorations carefully and enjoy the moments when doing it, because there can be great memories attached to some decorations and we seem to forget that in our busy lives…….. Have fun sorting out!!!

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Who is Vacuuming Here???

Now I know this is not exactly an exciting topic for Sunday’s but I just had to tell you about what happened this afternoon……I was meeting up with some people I know and we got onto the topic of vacuum cleaners…. really exciting right??? Okay maybe not so, but anyway….

One of the guys there said he really enjoyed vacuuming and seemed like some sort of expert in this area, which I never thought to be true because don’t guys usually hate doing house work??? or am I wrong….. I personally think he was like being paid by some vacuum cleaner company otherwise, how do guys know soooooo much about vacuum cleaners….

Okay the truth was that he was recently out shopping for one and divulged his inner secrets to us….Isn’t that exciting…. I bet you are just sitting on the edge of your seat thinking WOW… I want to rush out right now and buy a new vacuum cleaner too, but please wait a minute before you do. Thanks

Yes, there are models for guys and the sort for other users and they come in all shapes and sizes too….. My brain is just exploding here with all these thoughts about if I had to purchase a new vacuum cleaner and which model to choose from tooooo…. Too many choices for my liking, but then again I don’t need a new vacuum cleaner.

But I could imagine how it could be in a store selling vacuum cleaners… there you go bee-lining towards the vacuum cleaner section of the store, everyone is still calm and easy going, but then the OMG moment comes right there before your eyes are the rows of vacuum cleaners in all shapes sizes and colors, and I have to make a decisive decision as to which model I should buy…..

Which color matches my rug ( very important fact… I would not want to own a vacuum cleaner that did not color coordinate with the color of my carpeting.) And then with or without those dust bag things that holds all the nasty dust and other stuff that the vacuum sucks-up……Okay, with the bag-less model, I can see if I maybe vacuumed up some money or something valuable and fish it out of the dust , or I go towards the mysterious bag model where I have no idea what I vacuumed up…..

Now these subjects could bring about intense conversations between people( this was reveled in our conversation… how exciting..) who do not know about which sort is best for them and the attachments that leave you wondering what they are all for or maybe you do not even need them….. That is a personal choice……

Though I must say I would make sure there is the attachment that lets you remove dust and crumbs from the sofa, because you never know how much money is hiding under the seat cushions on your sofa, and just imagine there you are enjoying a round of vacuuming( sorry, not my favorite job around the house, so do not call me!) and lift-up the sofa cushions to find some cash…. Finders keepers, just like when emptying the pockets before doing the laundry( an important rule not to forget and you can share this idea with your friends too.)

Even with that you have to worry about sooo many other things too, like the length of the cord ( who cares!) But no there you have it… As reported:
„ Honey how long is the cord on model XYQ?“
„ Oh, it is only 5 feet long…….. My golly are you even listening to me?“
„ What did you say? I love this color and it is just what I was looking for.“
„ You just asked my how long the cord was.“
„ Oh, stop being such a nag and worry about such things!“

And the conversation went on for what seemed like eternity, but after a little hug they both love each other again and the decision was made and they bought model 22wd for only $300.00 in hot pink so that it matches the color of a bottle of nail polish…..And so the happy couple went home with their new vacuum cleaner and lived happily ever after.. Okay I can only report what I know, so the other facts you have to find out yourself and ask, but I am sure you too may have experienced such moving events in your lives,plus what could be of more interest on a Sunday afternoon as to how someone bought a new vacuum cleaner?
And I bet you too have talked about some cool things to today?

My Handbag hasn’t got a Leak yet…

Really now, there is something for everyone nowadays, and that includes the lovers of handbags… including me!!
I just got to reading earlier this morning and low and behold what article popped into my face.. Yes, a handbag that serves/ holds your favorite beverage…
Not like you think though… it has a built-in thingy that holds your beverage of choice… and to be honest, okay, if you don’t want others to know that you are taking a nip of a certain beverage, but otherwise I am not tooooo convinced of its functionality, and a spigot on the side of the bag is not my idea of a good looking hand bag nor of cleanliness either. Or am I just out of it when it comes to fashion statements???

Plus, a small bottle of water or the sorts is just as good and just imagine, you fill your handbag up with a beverage and the container springs a leak… Then what!!! Scream or cry or maybe even both, if you’ve got some precious things in your handbag…..

My eyes are watering already with that thought… or even worse my Mascara is running down my face at this thought…. Everything is ruined, but then to prevent this I need the super duper waterproof bag in a bag to prevent the worst case scenario….

But, you never know… Invited to a party or out with friends … You got it!! Beverages are on hand and if a group of you have the same sort of handbags then…. Hey, let’s have a party!!! Drinks galore!!! I mean really, I always have a couple of cups in my hand bag for such occasions; should I run into a friend with that sort of handbag. I bet you have cups in your handbag, too???

Though I must be honest here and say that none of my friends have such handbags… Why they don’t I cannot say… Sorry
A somewhat concerning thought for me is while I am out and about and may have a bit of red wine left over from last evening in my bag( please don’t tell anyone my secret here) and I accidently catch the spigot on my clothing …. Then a red wine stain and how do I explain that at work and hope that everyone believes me???? Any answers???
Plus, how do I clean this beverage container thingy handbag?? I feel really perplexed with such thoughts.. Or who cares …

Another thought is how much does such a handbag cost and where can I buy one, should I ever what one??? And does it have a built in cooling system for those hot days in the summer or does it keep my beverages warm in the winter and what does it weigh…. These questions need to be answered, don’t they and I bet you thought the same as I was thinking, but just afraid to ask those questions… Don’t be, because no question is too dumb, if you don’t know the answer…

Though, should any of you out there own such a handbag, please do let us all know and maybe even send us a picture of you using it… Thanks, we are all curious, too!

Enjoy you handbag no matter what style it is….

Upset not me….It’s tea time!

For years it was always frowned upon the thought of an afternoon tea… Coffee was in and now good’ol afternoon tea is back and what to eat with it …. cakes galore and more!

Okay, if you are working, I wonder if my boss will give me a break at afternoon tea time,so that I can sit back at my desk and enjoy a cup of tea??? Not a bad idea really, maybe after that “tea break” I’ll be more productive and concentrated too…. or on the other hand, want to take a nap, because I ate something…. A yah… that’s tea time!

But if I am not mistaken it did actually take place at one time… Afternoon tea, and tea was served and little sandwiches or cakes were eaten. Though I am sure you needed the right teapot and cups to do this correctly and not just any old teacup or teapot… and fresh water for the kettle is also important… I did my homework!!

While looking at the pictures that were shown for the afternoon tea time were really impressive, but I am not sure if I baked all those little finger cakes that mine would look that good as in the picture, but I am sure that they would taste good; you would just have to imagine what they should look like.. then everything is fine.
Then there is the thought of how to serve the tea… with milk,sugar, or with lemon or only sugar and so on. Lot’s of choices for just a cup of tea, and the tea should be hot too.. tea time seems to be a lot of work.. I think I need a tea break here to be able to manage to write about tea breaks…

Back from a quick cup of tea and thinking about tea time again… Did you have time for a quick cup too; I hope so….

I remember back then , when things were not going to good( before the “meltdown”) times… It was always said ” Have a cup of tea and you will feel better”…. Maybe all those people out there having these modern day “meltdowns” should sit down and have a cup of tea and then they would feel better… take time and enjoy the cup of tea and think about things.

I am glad to hear that tea time is back and now we can take time to enjoy life with that good’ol cup of tea! Enjoy your tea too!!

Just let me think about it….

I am sure many of you know that saying all to well and sometimes there is even the ” I’ll get back to you” added on but do they ever get back to you……Sometimes yes and sometimes no, or better to say more often “no”…..

I got to thinking and that could be dangerous….. OMG , and you are thinking …. I hope her brain doesn’t have a short circuit or else we could be in trouble…..

The trouble with thinking is , is that we have to think about something sometimes or else you have nothing to think about…. I like to think about things… though not too long or they my be forgotten and then I have to ask myself…”What was I thinking about?” ….. Sounds like a dangerous question if you ask me. No, you didn’t ask me and even if you did… I would need to think about an answer.

Though with my brain cells at work here thinking ( how fast they are working ,I can’t say, but they seem to be doing an ok job) about what to write or not to write, those little babies are really at work thinking about what should I write next???? Now that’s something to think about or not???? Just question after question here and thought after thought and I am thinking……So let me think about it……

But could it be if you are thinking about it too long you may not achieve what you wanted too or maybe even give a Wong answer… Now, that’s something to think about? Right….

Or even maybe not thinking about it and answering spontaneously and there you have the same problem again…. What is with all this thinking and how much do I need to think???

Really now I love to think and I am sure there are a couple of you out there who love to think too, but just won’t tell me…. Your secrets are safe with me and I won’t tell a soul….okay, but when I think about it I may just mention it to a couple of my friends ” that you like to think”, so you can think about it, whether you want to tell me that you like to think…

Thinking can be sooooo much fun or it can be a real bore too, or it is simply one of life’s great hacks!!

So, think about it and get back to me!

Christmas is over….

Well Christmas is over and now we are counting the days until the New Year 2017…. My how time fly’s!

Though Christmas is not that far in the past and so many people seem not to gotten the present they hoped for and want to return it to where it was purchased and exchange it for something else that they like… this seems like a normal thing with lots of people, but I must be lucky because I am always happy with what I receive and never want to return anything that I get.

And now there are the over abundance of tips as to what to do with the leftovers from Christmas dinner and how to store all the food properly, as if it is something new all these food hacks (ideas/tips) nothing has changed, just the design of the plates the food is served on and as for storing the food, common sense I hope still exists and we know what to do.

Though like every year now there are the tips on how to lose those extra Christmas pounds in time for New Years Eve, so you can wear that new little outfit…. I think I’ll skip that and wait and enjoy myself instead of worrying… I feel better already!
Nothing worse than not being able to enjoy yourself…. Everyone around you is eating and drinking something, and there you are saying” Sorry, no thanks. I am on a diet until 31 December”… Just image the comment or the facial expression of the person you say that too…. They will/would probably think you’re nuts!!

Sorry got a bit sidetracked here. I think I’ll just put my feet-up and take it easy and enjoy myself and forget about all the food hacks,diets,etc….

Enjoy yourself too….Christmas is over only once a Year!

What’s new in the office or not????

Just the other day I was talking to a friend of mine who attended a seminar about organizing your priorities in the office better and managing yourself…… “WOW”… I thought and thought I probably had missed something really new and innovative, because that is the utmost importance to be innovative and full of new ideas and systems to create the modern working office… or so is said.

Well, as you can imagine, my friend started to tell me all about these exciting new ideas, and I was mesmerized by the ideas, especially the one on using those sticky bright reminder stickers.. you know those sticker things that come in various colors, sizes and shapes that you can stick just about everywhere….

Those sticky little things are supposed to be the newest craze for organizing my projects and other things in my day or week….. Just hearing that I almost fell off my chair, because I have been using those sticky things for years, but apparently this is new and I didn’t know it!!!

Though the conversation about those sticky little things did get me curious about how are they used nowadays…. Answer…. The same as years ago… I was somewhat disappointed to hear that. Though I asked my friend did they discuss and analyses what do you do when the sticky back bit isn’t sticky anymore…. As you can image they left that bit out and seems to me if I was there at the seminar; I would have been highly disappointed not to learn what to do if those things lose their stickiness.

Just image there you are in your office organizing the next few days on a project and want to move around those sticky things and then all of a sudden a couple of them have fallen on the floor because the adhesive on the back is worn-out… is my project ruined or can I take a few new one’s of those things??? I mean really there at my feet are the most import colors of my project and the only ones left sticking are the other ones that aren’t really significant…. OMG!!!

Plus, will anyone on my team notice that I replaced the old sticky ones with new one’s…. This could put the project on hold until we have a meeting to decide: what is the next step to take with those sticky things, and as you all know…Time is money at work!

And to be honest… I really need to look into this because I have a project on the go and there are those sticky things stuck on the paper so that you notice certain things… Firstly, tomorrow morning I will have a meeting and discuss this all important issue and maybe we will need a few more of those sticky things to point out the important fact that those sticky things are still important and still modern….

Enjoy your days at the office and remember those sticky little things are in again!

My Clothes ……My Closet….

Now there is something that may or may not be a hit with us gals… the clothes reminder. There hidden in my closet in my clothes is a little gadget to remind me that I haven’t worn that piece of clothing for a long time and that it is high time to wear it again…. There you have it! My clothes are telling me what to do and that is just a no go in my life!!!

After reading that article; I stood in front of my closet to see how many things that I haven’t worn in ages…. Okay there are some pieces of clothing that have been in my closet for ages, but now they are vintage, and the possibility that I might wear that garment again is possible …. Or not???

Anyway, I want to have control of things!!! I mean really our closet is our dearest thing; there in that closet is our life, our treasures or even for some their sorrows but it is ours and the clothing, shoes and other great things we own are there too. And when we feel a bit nostalgic we can look at all the great things we have stuffed in our closet. But when there is a tag on our clothing to tell us we haven’t worn that garment in a long time and to sort it out…… Then what???? No more fond memories, no more just staring at our things…. NO…. Now just looking at a closet full of functional garments that are to be worn or else…..GOOD BYE!!

The cold hearted truth of the closet….. This idea just makes me want to cry when thinking about it and maybe some of you gals out there feel the same way???

For guys it may be a great thing because they seem to be more practical….. I guess??? There are some unanswered questions there too.

I had to take a short break here from writing and looked again in my closet and tried to decide what I would sort out and say good-bye too…. It was like saying good bye to a dear friend…. You have done so many things together and experience some great things together too and then to say good –bye brings tears to my eyes… I am sure some gals feel the same way, but then again there are those garments that you can be cold hearted too and say “Hey,I don’t want you anymore”…. Easy as that and the bad memories are gone in a flash that were associated with that garment. Though it is true not all pieces of clothing can be saved forever but we still need a bit of a choice as to what to wear or at least I do.

The closet is a place not to be tagged but to be a place for us gals to put our beloved clothing in……Enjoy what is in your closet, because that is where your treasured clothing is!!!

Wonders of Washing Socks

It seems to be an amazing fact when there are scientific studies done on the loss of socks in the laundry…. I mean really now is this really something new or hasn’t it been around for years??? The bewildering facts of doing the laundry….

There you have it! Socks seem to take on their own life and wander off somewhere in the process of doing the laundry, but where do they go and where do they end-up??? This is mind boggling and the thought alone that one of my socks could just disappear is even worse then I thought…. OMG!!!

So, as an experienced person who does the laundry at our house, I got right down to the bare facts and looked at all the socks lying around the house, now believe me that is a lot of pairs or not pairs of socks…. Okay the not pairs seem to be singled out for polishing shoes and such, so I don’t feel so bad, but the others that just took-off ; well if I ever find them I will give them a piece of my mind!! Believe me….. They will wish that they never snuck out of the laundry basket!! Life can be hard for socks or so I think????? Maybe that is why they take-off and disappear????

HEADLINE: Socks on the run from washing machine

I got thinking about the life of a sock….. Okay, not very exciting really and if the wearer doesn’t have clean feet…. Ouch!!!! Not for me, and even if the wearer does have clean feet, just imagine caged up in a pair of shoes all day and not seeing anything and then in the evening taken off and thrown in the laundry basket… what kind of life is that???? Or maybe the person wears the same pair for a couple of days ….oohh and the poor sock may suffer even more then. These simple facts could be the reason why socks go astray. Though I am sure there could be other reasons too…

There it is laundry day (oh there are these thingies that keep your socks in pairs… personally I have never used them) and there are lots of tips too (or nowadays: life hacks). I’m old fashioned … sort the laundry out and throw it into the washing machine and of course after the machine is running there always seems be that odd sock that just springs up out of nowhere…. I could scream, but that won’t help either. Throw the gd sock back into the laundry basket and wash it next time if it is still there???? Sounds so adventurous to me.

But have you thought about your washing machine? I bet not…. Whether, front or top loader there within it is the drum with all its little holes hiding the secret workings of the machine itself. Maybe the socks get scared and take off through the holes or jump out of the machine when my back is turned getting the detergent. This I will never know …. But the mystery seems all so fascinating and I can understand that scientific studies must be done. Yes, mathematics could give us a statistical answer but which person doing the laundry is going to be thinking about statistics when turning the washing machine on…. Not me!

I use another method… Thanks mom!!! Put the socks together (knot them together- not tightly) when you take them off (matter of training yourself) and then when laundry day comes around sort out the laundry and when the socks pop-up only unknot them when you are going to put them into the washing machine and BINGO no lost socks and the mysteries of stray socks can be solved in a flash and all that without statistics or the such.

So, next time you take-off your socks and want to wash them; take time and see that they are in pairs to avoid that unavoidable runaway sock problem….

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!