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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Health Today

Yes, indeed health today isn’t like it used to be, as I have noticed while glancing at the online pages of newspapers and the sections about health………. Could be worrying actually, but I find it more like where do they find all that stuff?????

Most of it is old stuff trying to make it look modern in our digital world.

There is the article about kissing and what kind of kisser the person is…….. very important… but I wonder do you have to ask the person first to fill out a questionnaire and they check off how they see themselves as a kisser and then you can decide if you want to kiss them or is it….. You kiss and then each of you get your guidebook out and analyze how each other kiss and then take it from there… What amazing stuff!!!
How did I ever manage in my younger years without such booklets??? No one had a guidebook back then to tell us the right way to kiss or what the meaning of the kiss meant… You either like kissing the person or not. Simple as that!!

But there are serious topics too like a foggy brain and how to clear out the clutter…. I guess it is like cleaning out the attic on the weekend…. Sit down note that toooooo much info is floating around in your brain and then sorting out the bits and pieces of irrelevant information. Maybe like deleting stuff from your hard drive on your computer???
This got me thinking and I am not too sure how I can figure out if my brain is storing too much information, though maybe forgetfulness is the signal that says “ Hey, too much useless info in your brain, time to sort out.” Even with that thought …. What do I sort out??? I may need that bit of information at a later date and when I do and there is no internet connection…. Then what???
I would wish that I never sorted out that piece of information. Maybe, I can get a sort of external hard-drive to save the excess information for when I need it…. HUM, but then again I may collect to much new information and then the fogginess starts again… one endless circle that seems to never end….

Then there is eating your vegetables that are good for you….. Sort of like when you were a kid and mom would say “eat your carrots there good for your eyesight” or “eat your spinach so you will grow big and strong” …. Now all is written, saying the same thing that I have known since I was a kid….. Have modern moms forgotten about what their moms said about veggies?? I can remember those days with my mom saying those sentences and sitting there shoving the vegetables around the plate until they were cold and tasteless and still having to eat them because they were good for me…. I thought my mom was super strict when it came to veggies and other times cool….
But I guess now when I look back at it she knew what she was talking about…. Thanks mom! And that she knew that even when there were no computers too……… That is truly something!!!

As for health today… Take care of yourself, sort out your brain, eat all your vegetables and don’t forget your kissing guidebook before you make that next kiss……….

Time again…..

The seasons are just flying by and the geese are saying good bye and now the stores are saying „ Christmas is just around the corner“…. OMG is all I can say!

I need time and don’t want to be rushed into Christmas, because it is still a while off and Halloween hasn’t even taken place or Thanksgiving for that fact…. But NO we need to worry about Christmas…

Is that the only thing that people or retailers can think about??? What happened to enjoying the time between seasons as they happen and not rush,rush for upcoming times/ events that haven’t even happened yet??

I want to enjoy the leaves as they change color or walk in the woods and hear the crackle of the dry leaves under my feet and not worry about Christmas is just around the corner. Then there is so much to enjoy, and the fun of decorating for Halloween with the kids knocking on your door with their cute costumes on……. But no….. Christmas is just around the corner!

Or what about Thanksgiving and getting together with friends and family to enjoy yourself and a day of togetherness…… NO…. Christmas is just around the corner!

One day in the near future I think Halloween and Thanksgiving will be written off and we will head straight for Christmas …. By this I mean first spring, summer …. Maybe fall and then Christmas, because it is right around the corner…. No more excitement like it was when I was a kid with the building-up of excitement that came when December started….. No more…. Sorry, because Christmas is just around the corner!

I don’t want Christmas just around the corner… I want Christmas in December where it belongs and not in some other month.

I hope you think so too, and enjoy yourselves now and not worry about Christmas that is in December and not in October!

The Chocolate Bunny

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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Autumn Leaves

Looking out the window at all those wonderful colored leaves on the trees and seeing them slowly swaying in the wind and then just letting themselves go from the tree and sailing through the air to land softly on the ground… oh those lovely leaves of fall as you send us your greetings to tell us that colder weather is on its way.

There the trees stand no more birds in their nests just a lonely tree bare of its leaves stands there so proudly waiting for some bird to land on its branch and say hello. Not many people put real thought anymore into what happens with the change of season or notices that how lovely the trees are with their leaves a glow in the lovely colors of fall.

As a kid I remember every fall my dad hopped into the car with my mom and me and we drove off for the day just to look at the wonderful colors of the leaves on the trees… oh they were so lovely and bright, or at least they seem so in my memories. The tall majestic trees that were in the countryside and you could drive for miles just looking at all the colors that were abound and sometimes not see another car or person for hours. Those were the wonderful days of fall!

I have great memories of fall and of raking those dreaded leaves too. I always thought as a kid those leaves fell from the tree just to make me work!

My parents would say to me “Now, go outside and rake some of those leaves into piles”. That was a sentence that I hated to hear… those piles of leaves were bigger then me… We had thousands of leaves and they were only there on the ground for me to rake into piles….and then a gust of wind would come along and blow my wonderful piles of leaves away only to hear my dad say.. “Well, you have to start again”. I think the leaves on the ground were invented as a way to keep small kids out of the house so the parents could have their peace and quiet!!!

I hated those leaves and it seemed that the trees had an endless supply of leaves, because there were always leaves to be found in the yard no matter how good I raked!! I personally thought back then that the trees had gotten together in a conspiracy to shed all their leaves in our yard so I would have to rake them into piles.

Oh the fall leaves and their colors and wonderful memories they have left me with of raking them into piles… Enjoy the wonderful colored leaves that the trees are sharing with us!

Sunny Screen

The sunny days of summer and sun screen seem to go together somehow. Now-a-days we use sunscreen to protect our skin from those harmful rays just waiting or lurking outside our homes to say to our skin – “Are you using sunscreen?” And if not than wait a couple of hours and you’ll look like a lobster…

When I was a kid no one every really thought about how those rays from the sun could do damage to our skin. It was more like let’s see how red can we get and in the evening be in excruciating pain from the sunburn… But no one ever said it was bad for us.. Just the opposite “Fresh air & sunshine will do you good.” Or maybe some of you remember the baby oil crazy where everyone thought putting that on your skin was good too… Then again not thinking that it may be working like a magnifying glass.

Those were the days of pure nativity and we had fun!
No worries- mom just pushed me outside for the day and said wear your hat so your face doesn’t get too red. I was happy to oblige and run around in the great sunny weather and enjoy life. Do kids do that today?? I wonder sometimes, because I don’t see them outside playing like we did years ago…. Somehow it all seems so sad.

Now, first the kids have to have the right clothing on then creamed-up with sunscreen and then given instructions and then are allowed to go outside..Boy ,if I had to experience that before going outside as a kid I would have definitely been impatient and run out of the house because I would have been worried that I would have missed out on the action with the other kids, and that was definitely something to worry about and not worrying if I had sunscreen on my skin!! Priorities that’s what it was …..

I remember a friend I used to hang around with and she was a permanent red in the summer but that was healthy her mom used to say… Naturally we all were various shades of red. You just had to line us up and there you had it…. I mean from lobster red to a pale pink, so we covered the color spectrum really good. Sunburn was fun and we could prove it!

Those sunny days and the mean rays from the sun just burning away at our skin brought joy to us and we could compare our sunburns too. Who was the reddest or who was the palest( bad)… that meant you weren’t allowed outside because you were grounded for doing some minor thing (major thing back then) like saying something bad or even worse hitting someone

Oh those sunny summer days of sunbathing without the proper sunscreen are gone forever, because now I have to worry about those vicious rays ruining my skin as soon as I take one step out the door and the aging which it does to my skin too. It never did any of that years ago. Has the sun taken a disliking to me?

So, don’t forget before you go outside next time to use sunscreen or else those harmful rays from the sun could damage your skin now-a-days.

Those were the Days!

Below is something I just wanted to share with you that I got from my Aunt,and because I think it’s good for a laugh but brings back those great memories of those carefree childhood days. Enjoy reading and I hope it brings a smile to your face!

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms? And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike’s!

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.

Nobody owned a purebred dog.

When a quarter was a decent allowance.

You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot.

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed… and they did it!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady.

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends… and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a… ‘.

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game.

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger…

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

And our summers were filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’.

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes…

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside…

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles…

Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes…

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum…

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers…

Newsreels before the movie…

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines…

Peashooters…

Hi-Fi’s& 45 RPM records…

78 RPM records…

Green Stamps…

Mimeograph paper…

The Fort Apache Play Set…

Do You Remember a Time When Decisions were made by going…
‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’

‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening.

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best
Friends’…

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot.

Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures.

‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense.

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.

The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

War was a card game.

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.

Taking drugs meant orange flavored chewable aspirin.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

Perfect times – are they lost?

Perfect times seem to be a thing of the past. I got thinking-I can still do that; an amazing fact!!! About how it was when I was I kid. Life seemed sooooo perfect and the books we read or the TV shows we watched were full of happy people and there was never violence. Those were happy times!!!

What sparked this off was an old TV show that I saw on TV the other day; depicting the happy family. You may remember – Mom stayed home and cooked and was always perfectly groomed and smiling no matter what happened – Are mom’s like that today???
The kids were clean and happy and never complained. Dad was happy too and came home in the evening with a smile on his face as if he just had the best day in his life…. Maybe he did and we just don’t know what he was up too??? I don’t want to ruin the perfectness here… so the dad had a great day at work and is plain old happy!!!

Then there was the great book with Dick & Jane and their dog Spot – that book taught me to read and everyone depicted in the book was happy even the mom & dad. Happiness never seemed to stop. It was everywhere you turned and I was happy too, and didn’t know any better. Life was full of happiness.

I can’t remember as a kid my parents even arguing…. They were happy too, ok- they got upset with me once in a while or our dog but those were only trivial setbacks as I see it now. But back then that meant the end of the world, if I got in trouble!!!

Somehow through the years people stopped being so happy on TV and the people around me don’t seem as happy as they were years ago either. What has happened to being happy?????? Or has the world changed soooo much that people have forgotten what it is like to be happy.

Sometimes I wish for those carefree and happy days of the past again, because people seemed more relaxed and not always in a hurry or worrying about the latest up-date on their social network or some other device that distracts us, so that we have no time to relax and enjoy life.

It would be great to see more content & happy people around – and not in the superficial sense either. Will those sort of days ever come back or are they lost forever??????????

What month is it?

 

What month is it is a good question? It’s only the beginning of September and there are already Christmas cookies and the lot in grocery stores.  Some retailers have lost track of time again and are trying to push us into the Christmas season whether we like it or not.

What happened to Halloween or Thanksgiving? Or have the just been erased from the calendar and we jump right to Christmas regardless of what calendar month it is?

I am a person who likes Christmas cookies and candy when the Christmas season is really there. And what about toddlers or small kids who may still believe in Santa Claus and then they go to the grocery store with their parents and see Christmas cookies and the lot.  I would think the poor kids get confused and then their parents have to think of something to say to calm the child down and convince them that they have to wait a couple of months before the jolly old man in the red suit comes down the chimney.

Though I guess in this fast paced world things have to go faster, seasons fly by in a blink of the eye and the year goes by in 2 weeks……  There seems to be a lack of enjoying each season as it comes and so everything is going faster and faster. When is this acceleration of seasons going to stop? Life now-a-days is so fast paced that you have no time to really enjoy the seasons and the celebrations like in the past.

I can see it now in September:

  1. Buy my turkey – will be served on the 30th of September – hope all my family and friends have time or else I will scream!
  2. Set up my artificial Christmas tree and decorate it on the coming weekend – Don’t want to get left behind now and maybe buy a bit of artificial snow to give the whole thing the right touch.
  3. Decorate my house – inside & out – then I’ll be the first on my block and am ready for what’s to come… I love Christmas in September!!
  4. Get those Christmas CD’S out – I need the right music now to because it’s a tad too warm outside at the moment.
  5. I am ready for Christmas and it can come now ….. I am relieved that I could manage all this and now I am not stressed!!

So, then by the time the real Christmas comes I can then put all that stuff away in the attic and get out my Easter bunny decorations , and so this way I am always on the ball , and am keeping abreast of the latest seasonal retail items that I’ll find in the grocery store or someplace else.  Wow, I think this will be a turning point in my life this year, because now I know what to do.

We need to take time to enjoy each season as it comes and not get carried away on the retail bandwagon of trying to convince us that we need Christmas food and such now.