A little memory ..

Winter is still here and many of us as adults cannot wait for it to be over, so you won’t have to shovel the snow, worry about getting to work on time or simply being snowed in… The view of snow changes with age as many people have told me. I like snow, but still only a certain amount of it, so that makes me as bad as the next person….

But as a kid I never thought about snow that way.. it was simply great no worries, no shoveling, or at least limited shoveling… toboggining, and so forth. A day outside in the snow was simply great to a certain extent!!

Or to top that, a snow day… No school and I could stay home for the day because there was too much snow… A real drag from my mom , because that put a damper on here daily routine to say the least, and no time for coffee with friends, talking on the phone, NO… I was there and demanded attention or to be entertained would be a better choice of words. No daytime TV, no computers… Just simple everyday amusement… Go outside and find something to do, was my mom’s motto and take care… Of what I never knew?? and nor did I ask either….
I just got dressed and went outside…

Though getting dressed to go outside in the snow did require some planning and time too…. Firstly, was my snowsuit dry from yesterdays excursion outside and were my boots dry??? Major concerns for me when I really needed an excuse why not to go outside… And my mom seemed always to be prepared with dry clothes and boots, so as to set me on my way in the perils of winter…. I must say I was not the only kid around in this position… All moms sent their kids outside no matter what the weather conditions were and we were outside for hours running around getting up to something but nothing bad…

Then after we were turning blue from the cold we all seemed to be magically called inside so as not to freeze our back-sides off and have something warm to eat and drink before the next artic expedition in the afternoon… Where we could spend another couple of hours killing time, because we were too tired from the morning round of activities and all the moms were the same…. Kids outside now !!! Then we walked around, hung out in someone’s garage so as not to get too cold or hoped to find a friends mother who felt sorry for us out in the sub zero temperatures ( not really true but it felt like that.)
No sympathy and so we dragged ourselves around until we could go inside for the day and then the great question “ Did you all have fun outside together?”… Really now, standing or walking around in the cold was not our idea of having a great time together and nor did mothers understand this…

But after peeling off all the layers of clothing and looking as though I had been to the artic and back I simply appreciated being inside… And the thought of the next day’s adventures in the snow seemed like a great idea too, because it was something we looked forward too.

Enjoy the snowy weather no matter what age you are!

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The Best seat

Now we all know where the best seat in the house is? Well, now they’ve even invented one so that your backside won’t get cold. Now that’s what I call enjoying yourself on the throne!

What other place in the house could offer you a pre-heated seat and the quietness that you deserve while attending to your personal business. Now the heated toilet seat could be a life saver for folks living in colder climates, because there’s nothing worse than having to go and to sit down on an ice cold seat. That just spoils the fun… and you don’t want to hang out and read the paper either when it’s cold.

The perils of the bathroom throne!

But like always I think there are many advantages to such a nifty seat and all the accessories that you can get to make your time on the throne more enjoyable.

Now that you have installed the heated seat with the controls – don’t want it to turn into a hot seat and burn your backside do we??? After adjusting the controls to achieve the right temperature for your comfort and deciding what extras to install in your bathroom…

Very important here is -> is this heated throne seat to be in the main bathroom or the guest bathroom, because if it’s in the guest bathroom they may forget themselves there because it’s sooo warm and start reading a magazine or something and then you are lost. Bad idea

So, save yourself the aggravation then and install it in your private bathroom and there you can install such cool things as a coffee machine for longer visits. Don’t want to read the paper without a cup of coffee and naturally there’s the table set-up too so you can place a cup and paper on the table and text a couple of messages telling your friends how great it is to have a heated toilet seat making you the envy of everyone.

And if that’s not enough you could make it so that you can control the toaster from the throne so when you’re finished your toast is warm and waiting for you in the kitchen. So, starting your day off with no more stress because you were too long in the bathroom.

Plus this great system comes as a portable model too. You wouldn’t want to be out and about and think “Oh, I have to go” well, just get out your battery heated seat and presto no more cold backsides .By the way, this fits in all handbags and briefcases.

The wonders of the world of toilet seats!

If this still hasn’t convinced you about the heated throne then think about it next time you are freezing your backside off on a cold throne and then you will wish you had a heated model too. I want a heated throne!!

My Blanket – My Bed

You need a blanket for your bed to keep you warm on those cool nights. Though sometime that blanket doesn’t seem large enough for your bed when you are asleep next to your guy or gal who seems to be hogging it for themselves and leaving you stranded open to the elements. Life can be so cold!

I bet you all didn’t know that people argue at home about blanket hogger’s and other things in the bedroom. This is something that I never knew before either and I had to wait half of my life before it was reported by some scientist. My golly how long does it take those jokers to get their scientific evidence together???

I will give you some insight into this horrific problem. Maybe some of you may know what I am talking about here too and experienced it also.

The problem is the blanket bed hog (similar to the road hog).You have fought a struggling battle in the night for a little corner of the blanket to keep you warm. I can say that this can be a real chilling experience when it’s winter outside. Summer isn’t so bad because the temperatures don’t normally drop below 0°.

I think blanket hogs have a special gene in them that say: it’s cold out tonight so lets hog the blanket for some fun or they have gone secretly to some blanket hogging course on “how to hog a blanket correctly in 3 easy steps.”

And so before I get into bed I have to dress as if I am going on an arctic expedition so I won’t freeze in the night and my guy can enjoy the warmth of the blanket and snore cutting through the forest at the same time too.

It can be an eye opening and invigorating experience to lie next to someone like that. I can lie there looking at the ceiling contemplating life because I can’t sleep because he’s snoring and I am refreshed because I only have a small corner of the blanket, but thank heavens I have my arctic expedition outfit on for sub-zero temperatures which keeps me warm! It may not be romantic but hey I’m not freezing my backside off.

Plus he has asked me why do I put so much clothing on when I go to bed, because the bedroom is warm enough and that I am not going outside.
I have tried to explain to him the problem but somehow he doesn’t seem to understand that he is hogging all the blanket and that I get cold sometimes in the middle of the night. It is a hopeless battle!!!

Then I struggle for that little piece of blanket and my guy rolls over and says to me: stop hogging all of the blanket. That just takes the cake!!

As if I was the culprit and he was just lying innocently there sleeping soundly and I disturbed his sleep because I wanted a piece of the blanket. How can I be soooo COLD?

Or along with the blanket there’s the rolling over and taking up the whole bed leaving me stranded on the edge and then I have to get up and walk around to the other side and get back into bed. My guy wakes up in the morning and wonders -> why are you on my side of the bed? Of course he can’t remember that he was hogging the whole bed and blanket. Ohhhh, I feel better already just getting all that off my chest; what a night!!!!

But there’s something worse than not having enough blanket.

Can you guess??

Well there you are all snug and warm in bed and you guy or gal hops in with you and thinks “ oh, lets cuddle.” You think “OK” just what I have been waiting for!

And then the shock comes feeling like a lighting strike destroying the moment COLD FEET!! Now that can destroy any thought of anything because those cold feet are defiantly not on the program when it comes to being romantic!!

Like the old saying goes: Cold hands warm heart, Cold feet no sweetheart. Now that holds true.

So if you are thinking about approaching your guy or gal in a romantic way; make sure you have your special I have warm feet romantic socks on so then the other person knows that your feet are warm and that you can cuddle otherwise it can be a cold experience and that you don’t want!

Well, I think you all know now about the trivial perils of the blanket and so don’t forget to share your blanket and not let it turn into a nightly battle.

P.S: more will be reported at a future date here about the wonders of arguing in the bedroom.

Coffee in my car

Most people love to drink a fresh cup of coffee no matter where you are; whether out and about or just hanging out. There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee to make your day go better or just to relax and enjoy it.

With the coffee to go rage that’s one thing, but by the time you get back into your car the coffee has cooled off a bit and that can be somewhat disappointing if it’s cold outside.

But there is supposedly a new gadget that can help you while you are driving. How it works I am not too sure but can image though that it takes some pretty tricky maneuvering to drive and make coffee at the same time.

You just backed your car out of the driveway and head down the street and think to yourself “It’s high time for a fresh cup of coffee” and so what do you do?
You get out your little coffee maker gadget and turn it on and press a few buttons and place a porcelain mug (no paper cups please) under the thing that squirts out the coffee and there you go a hot cup of good’ol coffee! Oh, I forgot you need to put some coffee in the thing too..Sorry

I am starting to get the jitters from the caffeine in my coffee so I better be careful here or I may get forgetful…

What worries me with this whole set-up is as a gal -> how can I drive, make coffee and put my make-up on all at the same time, and still keep my eye on the road, and maybe send a couple of text messages to my gal friends saying that I’m having a fresh cup of coffee in my car. Or you guys too -> read the newspaper (whatever section interests you) make your coffee and send out a couple of emails from your handheld device, and also keep your eye on the road. Has anyone managed to do that???

I bet there are some seminars out there for this problem and I am going to register for one of them and earn a certificate in making coffee in my car.

Though guys and gals must be careful not to spill any of their coffee on themselves because if they don’t have the built-in dry cleaners in their car than that could means trouble with a capital ”T” !!

You cannot get out of the car with a coffee stain on your cloths because everyone would then know that you have the coffee gadget but not the dry cleaning gadget and that could really put a spot on your day…

I see this as real multi-tasking and by the time I get to work I am ready for the day. Plus to solve my dirty cup problem I’ve installed a mini dish washer in my car, so that I don’t have any dirty mugs lying around in my car when I come out in the evening after work.

I wonder just how many people own such a thing and do you need a special license to use it because it sounds like it may be part of one of those new ways to drive your car and therefore you need a special coffee-making license. But either way you look at it; it maybe a “must have” for 2012.

Enjoy a good cup of coffee wherever you are!

Childhood memories

Now that spring is here and the sun is shining I got to thinking about those wonderful spring days of my childhood. We spent hours outside and our parents never worried about us and we were free to do whatever we wanted to do. Those were the days!!

Every spring myself and 4 other kids would meet-up to walk to the pond to catch pollywogs ( I hope that I spelt the word correctly.?) in our pails. I was the supplier of the pails because somehow my dad always seemed to have an endless supply of ½ gallon pails for us and we were always grateful for that. We would walk about a mile and ½ to the pond and take our socks & shoes off and wade into the ice cold water and at the same time our feet would turn blue from the cold. But we never got sick from that cold water; we were tough kids back then immune to everything!

After catching our pollywogs we would then count them to see who had the most. I always had the feeling that I was counting the same ones but I was never really sure. Then we would march back home with our pails to show our parents the wonders of nature in our pails. It was always exciting because you had to maneuver your way through the woods and not drop your pail or else that was the end of your pollywogs and they then went to pollywog heaven.

My parents wouldn’t let me keep my pollywogs because my mom thought that was cruel. I never understood her because in the pond there were millions of those things and that’s no joke either! But when my mom said bring your pollywogs back to the pond I normally went over to a friend’s house that had an inflatable swimming pool and we would dump them all in there and feed them daily and watch their progress and see how they grew their legs and turned into frogs.

That was real action not any computer games, TV or such. We learned about nature first hand and spent many wonderful hours outside doing such great things.

Though I do have one memory from my pollywog days that got us in real trouble. We normally took the dog with us that belonged to an elderly lady who live near us. I think the dog was a bit of a handful for her because he was a boxer and loved to run around with us until that afternoon.
Like always we picked Brutus up on our daily hike to the pond to check out what was happening to the pollywogs.

Normally we weren’t afraid of anything except skunks!!!

We were always told to steer clear of them but on that day we were too busy with our pollywogs to watch what Brutus was doing and while we were wading in the water we heard Brutus let out a sort of cry and thought quick we have to see what happened to him and you guessed it right -> the skunk sprayed Brutus and boy did he stink!!!!!!

We thought we could wash him in the pond but that didn’t work and so we went to one of my friend’s house and sprayed Brutus with room air freshener thinking that would do the trick and you know how kids are we somehow forgot about Brutus stinking and brought him back home and said we would visit him tomorrow.

About an hour later my mom got a phone call from Brutus’s owner saying that Brutus stunk like a skunk and did I know anything about it? I couldn’t lie and said yes but pretended that I really wasn’t sure what a skunk was. Bad move on my part because that was the end of my pollywog’s that spring and we all were grounded for a week. But that didn’t stop us from doing the same thing next year -> looking for pollywogs.

We did that for years until somehow we all grew out of that and our interests changed and that was the end of the pollywogs.

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!