World Earth Day April 22, 2012

World Earth Day is a day to make you aware of what is happening to the earth.

This is a good idea but why only on this day?

People should think about the environment everyday and not just for a couple of hours on a specific day. If people practiced saving energy and natural recourses and thought about how much water, gas, energy or other things that they use throughout their day we wouldn’t need to be reminded once a year that the earth’s resources are slowly but defiantly dwindling away.

Society seems to have gotten so greedy that they only think about themselves and what they need and not on the next generations to come and will there be anything left for those generations too?

There are so many ways a household can make their mark on the environment but are they willing to and do they maybe want to do without? This I doubt very much and so there you go the problem with the environment.

I myself can see the changes in the world around me that are caused from waste. Look at the oceans with all the plastic floating around in it and this being ingested by fish or they get tangled up in it and die. But as many think -> who cares; out of sight out of mind!

Or why does everyone have to own so many cars and then they all wonder -> why is there a gas shortage and prices are rising. Really now folks get real!

Or do you really need to watch TV 24/7 because the television set consumes a lot of energy and you have to pay for the electricity too. Maybe, ever thought of a TV free day or reading a book that could stimulate the mind as an alternative.

Another one is what ever happened to the good’ol clothes line where you hung your clothes out to dry and the wind and the sun dried them and they smelled good too and all that without the need of an electric dryer. The wonders of nature can be fascinating!!

There are thousands of ways that people can help out and still enjoy life. It is just a matter of starting to change your life style and not always procrastinate and say that I’ll start that tomorrow because you know as well as I do “Tomorrow never comes”

Think about what you can do and maybe you will feel better about yourself by doing your bit for the earth!

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The Chocolate Bunny

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 no looking for chocolate eggs outside. But that didn’t dampen my spirits because I knew the Easter bunny would come to my house and hide some chocolate eggs anyways.

Like always I got up early hoping to get a glimpse of the Easter bunny but no luck. The Easter bunny was like Santa Claus you never saw either of them but they always left you something great!

Well, on this cold Easter Sunday I thought I found all the small chocolate eggs and was enjoying myself eating them before breakfast. As they always said “start the day off right with a nutritious breakfast.” Well I was!!!

Anyways, the day went on and was over and Monday arrived. My parents never notice that I never found the large chocolate Easter bunny nor did I know anything about it. And since it was Monday my mom like always washed the cloths and once the washing machine was finished threw all the cloths into the wonderful dryer and you guessed it -> my chocolate Easter bunny was hidden in the dryer…

The kitchen seemed to fill-up with the lovely smell of melting chocolate and at first I thought “WOW, mom’s baking something” but quickly realized that wasn’t so. But I could still smell chocolate. My mom came into the kitchen and asked me what I was up to? I told her that I thought she was baking cookies but she said no and that I shouldn’t be in the kitchen.

I didn’t give-up so fast and asked what are you baking because it smells so good and then it dawned on my mom and she asked me “ Did you eat your large chocolate Easter bunny?” I said: No, I didn’t know the Easter bunny brought me one. My mom turned white as a sheet and opened the dryer to see all the freshly washed laundry covered in chocolate. I was devastated when I saw that and asked my mom why did the Easter bunny put my chocolate bunny in the dryer?

My poor mom was speechless but came up with a quick answer saying that the Easter bunny was afraid of Cesar and was worried that he would eat the chocolate bunny.
I was young enough to believe the story but my poor mom had to rewash all the cloths and scrape all the chocolate out of the dryer and never again was a chocolate bunny hidden in the dryer.

Time and memories – 1

Remember the times when life seemed so simple and we actually enjoyed things and took the time to admire them too. Things weren’t so disposable and they were built to last not like today – it breaks down, so throw it out and buy a new one.

I remember as a kid that when something of major proportion was bought it was an event! I can say at least in our household it was and I am sure in many others too.

My dad bought my mom a new washing machine and dryer (naturally matching colors)for a present. My mom was enthralled by the thought of this and since we had a huge kitchen; designated a small section for these wonderful appliances that would save her time.
I personally couldn’t get as excited as my mom did, but I was happy for her, and hoped that she would enjoy them.

The big day came and they were delivered and hooked-up; you would have thought royalty were coming to our house with the whirl wind of excitement that was going on.
After the delivery men left my mom stood in front of both appliances and was proud as pie and grinning from ear to ear! She loved those two appliances because I could see it on her face. Maybe some of you can remember those times?

Naturally, after about an hour she was on the phone to all her friends telling them about the wonders of washing and drying.
I must say I was baffled by the whole situation, so I asked my mom ” Why are you making such a fuss about the washing machine and dryer? She answered me with a smile saying:” Dear, you will understand this when you are older.” That was definitely not the answer I had hoped for, but it got me thinking about being an adult and the joys of washing even though I wasn’t too sure that it was a joyous event.

Anyways, a couple of days past and my mom – still bursting with pride about her appliances informed me that all her friends would be coming by tomorrow afternoon for coffee and to have a look at the two new members of our household. To be honest I was a bit jealous because those two appliances seemed to be getting more attention then I did.

The washing machine was huge! The tub in the washing machine was so large that you could take a bath in it and be softened with fabric softener and in the end after that you could hop into the dryer for a spin and come out all dry and shiny. ( Note: I never did this and nor should you because it can do bodily harm.)

The excitement was mounting and my mom cleaned the house and got everything ready for “the day” and then it was there all her friends were gathered in the kitchen admiring those two appliances as if they were new born babies.
My mom showed how each program worked and so forth as if conducting a professional seminar for washing machines, and all the while her friends looked truly amazed at the wonders of washing and wishing they had a machine like my mom’s.

Those gals took time to enjoy the happiness of the other person instead of being jealous because they didn’t have such an appliance.

Though to this day I must admit that now I can understand her answer but still part of me still asks ” What is the joy in the whole process ?”
Can anyone answer this question for me?

So, remember enjoy your new washing machine no matter what and have a party around it because hey
It’s a good excuse to take time for your friends!

Cold weather coats and people

Winter seems to be a time for cold weather and all sorts of odd-looking outfits. I personally like to dress warmly and have some sort of fashionable look about me, even though it may not be the same fashion tastes as others and all I can say is I am happy with the way I look. But if one of my friends say to me “Don’t you think you look a bit strange or fat in what you have on”; I take this in stride because maybe there’s some truth in it and I should change my outfit or coat. We seem to find ourselves searching for what we consider warm and at the same time making a statement saying here I am look at me.

I must say I look at other people to see what their wearing and I am sure many of you look at what other people are wearing too when it’s cold outside. Even though if someone confronted you and asked “Were you looking at me?” Most of us would automatically deny it- I mean really do you actually want to say “Hey, I was staring at what you have on and I think it looks really bad on you.” Can you image the response you would get from that person? I don’t even what to think about it, let alone the thought that you may get a black eye at the same time too for saying something like that. Too dangerous for me; I’m going to steer clear of saying anything.

Though I will admit that I have often thought about what the other person is wearing and think it looks like s#@t on them or I think “did you get dressed in the dark?” or to side track a bit: you are on the bus or subway and the heat is on full power, and there is someone there who hasn’t had a shower for weeks and the body odor is penetrating everywhere and the person who – to put it nicely stinks and seems to be oblivious to everything.
When there is someone around like that I always wish that I had a gas mask with me, so I won’t suffocate. Haven’t these people ever heard of soap and water and the washing machine where you can put your clothes (and maybe they should dive into it too) into this machine add some soap and turn it on and after about an hour – bingo-your clothes are clean!
The miracle of modern appliances.

Sorry got a bit side tracked from the fashion points of cold weather but it was something which I found important to mention.
Now-a-days you can buy all sorts of winter coats that are affordable for everyone. There are some people who prefer expensive coats sporting a label so that everyone can see that they may have spent a lot of money on their coat. Whether the coats warm that’s not the question; main thing is it was expensive and I can brag to all my friends that I spent a fortune – I am someone now-. Then there’s the person who wears a coat that wouldn’t keep you warm in the middle of summer. It’s made of some flimsy material but they feel they look cool in it and probably feeling coooool too. Or I love the coats that look like an old blanket; you know the fake fur sort- looks good new, but once you’ve washed it once in the washing machine that’s the end of it and it looks like an old blanket. Though hopefully warm?

I mean the choice is endless when it comes to the sort of materials that winter coats are made of and here are some examples: wool, polyester, down, cotton, etc and same holds true for colors, though this seems to be limited. Most popular colors seem to be black, brown, or blue though sometimes you may get lucky and see someone wearing a coat or jacket of a brighter color and then they stand-out like a sore thumb.

Remember years ago when almost all winter apparel was brightly colored and everyone could see you coming a mile away. Too bad those days are over. But I can say I saw someone with one of those older model winter coats on. It was a yellow-orange color with shoulder pads that made the women look like a weight lifter – maybe she was who knows?
Those coats back then never did a thing for your figure and if you are short you looked like a stuffed duck with shoulders on you that made you look like you could lift weights weighing a ton without a problem.

So much for winter fashion. Stay warm and enjoy winter!