The Replacement

Sometimes life changes and things get replaced around the house and no one ever takes into consideration the many years of faithful service the appliances have brought into your life let alone the joys and maybe even the sorrows too.

A good friend of mine informed that she will be buying a new stove for her kitchen. Sure, you’re thinking big deal or great, it’s about time she did. But have you ever thought about what that stove did for her in the past? I bet not! Or even your own stove that you own.

Well this little event got me thinking about my stove, and I will admit that it is a trusty friend in my household and a real lifesaver too. Though I will admit we have had our stressful moments together too, when (I hate to admit it) when I forgot something cooking on the stove top and then there is the smell of something burning or boiling over and I think something nasty and think “great, it’s ruined now”! I am sure you all know this feeling????

But, there are the great smells too, that smell of something wonderful cooking on the stove top and you can’t wait to eat it because it smells so good and the same hold true for the aroma of something yummy baking, roasting, grilling or whatever coming from the oven.

My oven and I have had some challenges through the years to put it nicely. Like the time the oven seemed to shrink because the turkey I bought was to big for the oven. That darn oven seemed to shrink in size over night and I didn’t even notice it. (my gosh I was a bit upset to say the least!!!)

Or there was the time the oven seemed to develop a nasty phase and whenever I popped something into the oven it burnt for whatever reason… Okay, maybe I wasn’t paying attention or was distracted, but I am sure to this day that it was the ovens fault! Or the time (some of you may have experienced this too??) you pop the dinner into the over to cook for your guests who are coming over and for some unexplainable reason the oven isn’t turned on when you check the food one hour later and wonder what has happened here????? A mystery beyond belief……

Then there’s the nasty trick that the oven tries… You pop the food in the oven and somehow the oven gets tooooooo hot and the food burns and bellows out smoke and has a smell of burn food… That is an OMG moment!!! Now what ?????

But through all those trying times with its ups and downs my stove has been a faithful companion in my life and I think we should all be appreciative of the appliance even when it is being replaced, because the old stove also has memories attached to it too and they can be many happy moments in our life and we never really take the time anymore to think about all those great times!

So, before you pop something into the oven or cook something on your stovetop remember those great times associated with your stove. Have a great time cooking !!!

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What to write or what to say???

This seems to be the question of the day, because I was informed by a friend that I haven’t posted anything here for awhile… Ok, sorry. But I have been busy with work and other stuff and as everyone knows there only are so many hours in a day and to fit everything in that I want to do… well, it just doesn’t seem to work.

Then there was the New Year’s resolution issue too. I have never in my life made one because I know myself too good and I would/ could make one and probably the next day forget all about it, so to be on the safe side…

I just don’t make any! Now that really makes my life simple no worries, no reminders that I forgot to stick to the resolution and so forth!! Though while writing here I could think of a couple of things I could maybe put on a list.

1. Hoe out the attic… a nightmare under the roof just waiting for my moment of motivation… what year that will be; I really can’t tell you and don’t hold your breath waiting for me to do the job either. But it is on my to do list!!

2. Sort out books… I started but stopped after I found a book that I had never read before but have owned it for at least 20 years… High time to read it, before I forget it! So, with a nice cup of tea and relax on the sofa with the book….. Who needs to sort out the books now? Not me!!

3. The closet… Vintage styles are in, so why sort out my clothing when I am at the height of fashion now!! My golly it is so good to know that if you save something long enough it comes back in style and because it was tucked away all those years in the closet; no one will recognize it and only ask me if it is a new vintage outfit… And I can say “Oh, it is just something that I have had hanging around in my closet”… So, I guess forget that idea too about sorting out the closet.

Though I will admit I downloaded a plan that is supposed to help me organize things a bit better around here. I have even printed it out and hung it in the kitchen next to all the other things that are on the important things to do board. At least I have gotten as far as hanging it up and taking a look at it every day and contemplating to myself “when I have time I will do something on this piece of paper”.

I know that the motivation is just a step away and only a matter of time when I will tackle one of those jobs that are on the paper. I like the one about sorting out a drawer… Really easy and quick…. So I thought, I guess you have to start with a small drawer with not much in it and not one crammed with photos like I did, because I ended up sitting down and reminiscing about things while looking at them.

Well, at least now I can say that I have written about something and I will admit that I feel better too just thinking about all the things I should be doing, but instead I am sitting here writing something.

Enjoy whatever it is that you are doing and remember even if you goof-off whatever you have started at home will be there when you get back home waiting for you to finish it.

Modern Humor for Modern Times

A little modern humor for today’s modern society. I received the humorous text below from a friend ( the author is unknown) and thought I would share it with everyone because it seems to show how life is really heading now-a-days!

We had an outage at my place this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad & my new surround sound music system were all shut down.

Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was flat and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn’t play golf.

I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I talked with my wife for a few hours.

She seems like a nice person.

Holiday… Make-up

Now, I really don’t know what to do since now there is the holiday make-up that you should have as a gal.. I thought my make-up was fine until I read the article about holiday make-up that told me I need that special touch to make me glow on that day.

I think just by standing in the kitchen cooking the meal I will be a glow from the heat put off from the stove, so why the fuss, just cook the holiday meal and there you go.. Rosy cheeks for free. Ok, I’ll admit it is not the same as going out and buying blusher, but it is a natural color that you get in your face from cooking the meal and maybe even more color too if there is someone there who doesn’t like your cooking….. Christmas is the season to be jolly

I wonder what the holiday make-up colors are?? Traditional red & green or a more modern tone that will liven up my face…. I need help!!! It seems to me as the years pass there is always more to think and worry about with Christmas approaching at the speed of light…..

My mom never gave a second thought about which make-up she would be wearing on Christmas day. She just dolled herself up and if I remember rightly she looked good for a mom. Mom’s had that mom look back then, not like moms now-a-days.

Since I started writing here; I think I’ll go tomorrow and have a Christmas make-up consultation and see what they suggest. Though I am a bit worried, because when you see how some of those models in the magazines look with their make-up on and if I looked like that I may scare everyone away and truly that is something that I don’t want to do. Plus, I have never seen anyone walking down the street with that sort of make-up on. I must be living in the wrong town…..

Personally, I like the color of the make-up which I have but still the thought not having the right Christmas make-up is a trifle worrying. Do other women worry about this problem too???
I think when I am at the office tomorrow I will make a questionnaire and send it around to all the women and see what they have to say about this subject and then I can draw my conclusion from that. Ok, maybe I should only ask the women who wear make-up, because there are a few who don’t wear any and that could sidetrack me from my Christmas make-up problem. Life can be so complicated!

Questionnaire:
1. What is Christmas make-up? No idea, never heard of it
2. What colors for Christmas? Red & Green… ok, green eye shadow & red blusher, lipstick maybe
3. How much do you want to spend? Nothing… I’m too cheap!

Well, I guess my Christmas make-up problem could be easier solved then I thought.

Gals, enjoy your Christmas make-up.. no matter which color you choose!

Endless Advice – II

Since I got over the dating dilemma that I mentioned in “Endless Advice -1”, I thought it was high time to mention the relationship phase which can be just as complicated or more than trying to get a date…. The conundrums of life!!

Now that you have hooked that guy or gal you must consider other things and they need your utmost concentration or else maybe….. Something could go wrong and that we positively don’t want.

But the advice is great and you can get your blood pressure up.. that is if it’s a bit low with the 10 ways to win an argument. Who’s betting here and what do you win?? $50.00 and a free coffee at the cafe of your choice, and what if you lose???

Plus what 10 things do I need to know to argue correctly. Just think I have spent years not knowing this and I have been just plain old arguing with my guy, but now with the 10 unknown rules to win an argument I am sure ..oh, I forgot we need a score board then in the kitchen to write down who has won or lost the argument and then we can see who is better at it… no comment here!

Then there’s the things that guys and gals do that can drive each other mad. Now there is a list that I could write that may extend around the globe and my guy may be able to write one about me too.

Somehow my relationship isn’t too fun so far; all that is mentioned are negative things. What happened to the normal stuff like hugging each other or even saying “ I love you” – is that out dated and doesn’t fit anymore in our modern world???

Why do I need to know a bunch of lies that I may need to tell or what are relationship rules??? I guess that is something like this….

1. Now that we are together who makes the coffee in the morning? Me
2. Who does the grocery shopping? Me
3. Who does the cleaning and laundry? Me
4. No staying out with your friends after 10.00pm or else you will be grounded for a week.- Him
5. No more than 1 hour of TV per day. – Him
6. Don’t hang around the house all day …. Instead hang out in the garage with your buddies. – Him

So now that I got that sorted out I guess my relationship is on the right path.. I feel relieved now because I wouldn’t have wanted to start a relationship without some ground rules.

Plus, I have to worry if my guy finds me unattractive too. First I’ve got him now I have to make sure he still likes how I look…. That just takes the cake!!! Boy have they got nerve expecting that from me.

Then there are the things I shouldn’t tell him…. What’s that??? I never tell my guy anything anyways and when I do it goes in one ear and out the other, so what’s that for a dumb piece of advice???

And the best bit for last- only romantic things happen in the movies! What idiot thought that one up??? My guy can be real romantic when he wants to be and I find it really sweet of him and that is in real life and not in some movie!

So if you can survive all the pitfalls and perils of a relationship then you know you are heading in a positive direction with your partner.

Enjoy your relationship!

Not Looking …

Not looking is the newest trend among cell phone users and seems to be on the increase as more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon to copy everyone else. Not looking where you are going and on concentrating on that all important object the “cell phone”. Could be, as I see it the hit of 2013 if we aren’t careful.

What happened to walking down the street and looking around you and seeing who is walking by or what is in a store window or even take a moment to look at the scenery…. Those days are over – what a pity!!!

Isn’t this bad for your posture not walking straight or are we now all born with the “look at my cell phone” gene??? But for these folks I guess that when they reach a certain age they will be in the group with the” looking at my cell phone” syndrome or having texting fingers or forgotten how to communicate verbally to each other….. oh what a pity if you ask me, because there is soooo much to life besides the cell phone.

I can see it now in the future… conversation doesn’t exist anymore only texting messages to each other. It could be like this at our house:

My guy is sitting in the living watching TV or reading the newspaper and then decides that he would like a cup of coffee to drink and instead of getting up and coming into the kitchen where I am( By the way,my favorite room in the house) ;he will just send me a text message asking for a cup of coffee and because my eyes were on my cell phone… Thank goodness… Don’t want to think about it if they weren’t!!!! And then I can text him back saying I’ll bring him a cup or he could get up off his backside and GPS his way into the kitchen. Remember he has to look at the screen of his cell phone otherwise he may get lost looking at all the stuff we have around the house and trying to find his way from the living room to the kitchen…. Could give him the shock of this life and I wouldn’t want to do that too him!!!

Or even a worse thought could be that he is out in the garage with his buddies and I am not in the kitchen but somewhere else in the house for example taking a shower and he texts me a message and low and behold I can’t answer it right away… Now that could be devastating because I am not chained to my cell phone. Plus, the message probably would be important -> something like “ I’m in the garage with the guys having a beer.” As if that is world moving news for me???????

But then again I could text him a message saying that I’m going out for a while and will be back later. Who needs to give each other a kiss before you leave the house when a text message would be sufficient….. What’s the world coming too I ask?????

Then I could make my way to my friend’s house via GPS because if I looked around I would get lost. Then text a message saying I’m on the way and instead of ring the door bell just a quick text message saying I’m at the front door and once inside we can text each other… Is that what we really want from life????? Not me….

Maybe it’s about time that people stand up straight and take a look at the world around them instead of always staring at the screen of their cell phones.

Dinner Disasters

Well dinner disasters can happen on that all important day of the year but since I was soooooo organized it really didn’t faze me; ok, I lied here it did upset me a bit but hey .. Who’s perfect???

My turkey was the highlight of the table at our place and all the other stuff that went with it too, and not to mention that I had maybe had a glass or two – tooooo many of some alcoholic beverage that seemed to send my brain to another plant and not let it concentrate on the important things at hand …… like cooking!!!!

Everything was on track until I smelt a mysterious odor coming from the kitchen. A note: I had apples baking in the oven filled with rum raisins and marzipan. Here timing was essential but somehow my thoughts were not on those apples and you can guess what happened next??????

Bingo….. The apples had taken on a somewhat brownish black color and the marzipan was definitely well done to say the least! I believe everything should be thoroughly baked then no chance any bacteria.

Once I managed to make my way to the kitchen and discover that my lovely apples weren’t so lovely anymore and there was definitely a funny color smoke building up inside the oven I knew then and there the desert would have to be something else…. But what???? Thank goodness that I had some ice cream in stock to save the day and the best part was no one really remembered what I said earlier about baked apples…… The wonders of conversation and drink!!!

Ok, everyone was happy with the ice cream and then someone had to have an espresso which really threw my concept right out the window!!! Espresso…. Did I have any espresso coffee and where the heck did I put the espresso machine???? I knew it was in the basement, but where??? Panicking I went down stairs and found it staring at me from the shelf and so espresso could be served… Thank goodness! I needed a sherry after that shock!!!

Then after serving everyone their espresso … sorry there was no famous actor at our house to drink it with us; just a bunch of normal folks having a good time!!

And the best bit was and please note this- I didn’t have enough espresso coffee, so I mixed normal coffee with it and I can say it tasted really good too and no one complained either. Just a tip if you are ever caught short of not having enough espresso coffee mix regular coffee with it.

But all in all I managed and had a good time on that hectic day and that was the most important thing!

Lunchtime

Lunchtime can be a great and informative time. At the cafeteria today I was informed about some great happenings in some gals’ life and when you compared that to my life well, it sounds like my life is really boring.
Where’s the excitement????

If you go the cafeteria it can be a hotbed of gossip and intrigue. Those gals working there know what’s going on in the company and not the CEO. The CEO should talk to those gals to get the lowdown and then would know what is really happening in a company.
So all CEO’S out there don’t hide yourself in those executive lunches get to know the cafeteria of your company that you run because it can be an enlightening and informative experience!

Back to what I wanted to say; there was one gal behind the counter who so nicely gave the room a detailed account of her husband and I do say; if he knew about that there would be trouble to say the least when she got home that evening. But that really got my attention somehow and thought I should hang around a bit longer instead of going for a boring coffee. Plus I had always wondered about her and her life but would never ask.

Well, on Saturday morning her husband – she’s married (she added) he wasn’t going to paint the kitchen for her and if she wanted it done she had to do it herself because he was going to the football game. Basta!! She got a bit up set and said that she said some things that aren’t worth repeating -> I can only imagine. The perils of marriage!!

So, she told him to F!&-off in no terms and started to get the kitchen ready to paint it herself. She doesn’t look like a painter to me but hey what do I know?

Though her husband seemed to cool off a bit and decided to paint the kitchen in the evening after the football game.
She so nicely informed us that that he was wearing his FoL underpants and nothing else because he didn’t want to dirty his clothes. . If he only knew the world knew now what he was wearing while he was painting -> he would leave his wife!

And then the other women working with her so kindly gave a us all a detailed description of how her dog honked all over the carpet – this was really fitting for the cafeteria!
Then she went on to say that she heard that the boss was having an affair with his secretary and that she had first had information so it had to be true.
I thought wow – If he only knew that we all know now; we all may be fired.

Though I doubt that very much. Life can be so interesting at work. You only need to hang out at the right spots at the right time.
Enjoy your next work day and keep your ears open for any exciting news!

The giant schnauzer and the hamster

We had a giant schnauzer named Zeus and he was a fun loving dog who wouldn’t harm a sole including other small creatures too including the new member of our family Harry the hamster.

One summer afternoon I came home with Harry because a friend of mine was moving out of state and couldn’t take Harry with her, so I took Harry and gave him a new home at our house. Zeus loved Harry from the first moment he saw him and wanted to play with him but Harry didn’t want anything to do with this.

Maybe because Harry was a bit smaller that Zeus?

Though there was one thing my friend never told me and that was that Harry knew how to open his cage and get out and explore the house during the day while I was at school. Because when I came home in the afternoon Zeus always had that mischievous look on his face and Harry was always in his cage looking terrified and the cage door was open.
So as you can image I always gave Zeus a little lecture about leaving Harry alone and that under no uncertain terms should he let Harry out and play with him! This went on for weeks and the more I scolded Zeus the dirtier his looks got as if to say:” I didn’t do anything you idiot!”
I really couldn’t understand the situation and nor could my parents either.

Well one day there was no school but Harry didn’t seem to notice this fact and that sneaky little Harry just opened his cage with a couple of paw movements and there he was free to roam the house and Zeus just looking at him from the corner of his eye from his dog bed.
Harry made a run for the kitchen were Zeus’s food bowl was and stole some dry dog food and took off towards the dining room where he expertly hid it behind the buffet and darted back again to the kitchen. This went on for about 20 minutes until I put a stop to it and put him back in his cage and all I can say is he wasn’t too pleased to be caught. I think I ruined his day. I wasn’t really sure how much dog food he had hidden behind the buffet because it was a large solid piece of furniture that you couldn’t move by yourself. Though I will admit I never told my parents about this little incident because if I did that would have been the end of Harry.

Anyways, a couple of weeks past and then one day Harry wasn’t in his cage, so I looked behind the buffet and he wasn’t there and I searched the whole house but no such luck. Then I thought maybe Zeus got mad at him and killed him, but there was no evidence of a battle between the two of them. But at night you could hear some activity in the house because Zeus was wandering around or running after something, but I was never able to catch Harry – he was a really fast hamster!

Then one night when everyone was asleep it happened. Harry decided he needed a cozy place to sleep because I guess it got a bit cold for him behind the buffet and thought he would search for a warmer spot to spend the night.
My parent’s bedroom door was open just a crack (you guessed right) and so Harry thought wow that bed looks warm and somehow crawled under the covers and then there came a scream from my parents bedroom and Zeus charged in and jumped on the bed barking his head off all the while my mom screaming her head off and my dad shouting something (not to be repeated here) and I came charging in to see what happened. Well that sneaky Harry decided to sleep on my mom’s foot and as you can image if you are asleep and feel something like that; it can scare the living daylights out of you and it sure did to my mom!
The dog was on the bed when I can into the room barking at my mom’s feet and my dad was trying to pull Zeus off the bed and get him to stop barking; but to no avail. After things calmed down my dad put Harry back in his cage ( Harry was frozen in fear when he got caught in the bed and couldn’t move.)And locked it up with locking wire and said that Harry had to go by the end of the day or else.

Poor Harry I thought, but I did manage to give him to one of the boys in my class and I naturally never told him that Harry knew how to open his cage. Though, after that incident I wasn’t allowed to have any more rodent type of pets in the house. I wonder why ???????