A Christmas hug

It is Christmas again and there maybe some presents under your tree, but they are objects that cannot replace a hug that some may be wishing that they had as a present this year.

Many people who maybe are alone or longing for the hug from some family member are now thinking back about the times when hugs were freely given to all without a thought about the simple hug and now the simple hug has turned into something that we all long for and are beginning to appreciate what a hug really means to us.

Think about the word “Hug”

H is for heartfelt and showing strong feelings that are sincere.

U is for unasked and you would like to know without asking.

G is for generous and to give something freely.

This little definition of a hug could be true in many ways but otherwise a hug is defined as:

Hug*: to put your arms around somebody and hold them tightly, especially to show that you like or love them. (source: *Oxford-Advanced Learners Dictionary)

So, that little hug that many maybe longing for can be there in our thoughts by shutting our eyes and just imaging that that loved one is there hugging you and the wonderful memories of the previous hugs that we freely gave to everyone without thinking about what we were doing.

A little hug can go along way without saying anything that words can describe. So, one thing can be learned from how things are right now, is that we need to appreciate the small things in life, like a hug.

Give a hug if you can and then your day will be better.

A Hug

A hug is a simple thing that we have taken for granted in our lives, and now our hug is gone out of our lives.

Many people I know, whether it be family, friends, or people I work with, they all say they miss hugging or being hugged and that before the Covid-19 pandemic they never thought about how much they actually hugged others, or were hugged themselves in their lives.

Now in our new world with so many things that have changed including hugging, which is such a simple thing in life and does not cost anything is now missed so much. Maybe through these trying times people can learn to appreciate the simple things in life which took place once among family and friends.

Many have told me standing next to a loved one and not hugging them is very trying and makes them want to cry. Has anyone really thought about what hugging means to people and the psychological impact it has on many peoples lives?????

Why can’t I hug someone when we both have a mask on?

They say that when we are too close to others that we all should wear a mask to stop the spread of Covid-19 (Like they did 100’s of years ago when there was an outbreak of the Spanish Flu,; people wore masks.) Or I have seen some very ingenious ideas online how people managed to hug elderly loved ones without compromising them (I must say some were really good too!). And I am sure those giving and receiving the hug enjoyed every moment of it.

I too miss hugging family and friends but at the same time I feel no one really every broaches the subject “Hugging” … There is only the mental health aspect and somehow “Hugging” is shoved in there without being mentioned.

Missing being hugged does not mean a person has a problem; it’s more like they miss a simple fact of life and its role and impact on us as humans.

I would love to hear from people telling me about their “hugging” issues and how they are coping and be allowed to post it on my blog here for others to read about and give others support , in these trying times of Covid-19 and social distancing.

Challenges of Chocolate

There you have it in a nutshell… The challenges of chocolate, and the temptations of every time you go to the grocery store.

I recently experienced this problem which really was somewhat of an experience.

There I was in my local grocery store and my trolly was half full with toilet paper (for what reason I can’t tell you- I guess it was a go with the flow moment???) After I pulled myself back into reality, that I needed something to eat, because I can’t eat toilet paper. I steered my trolly through the aisles putting things into my trolly that I could eat and there and then around the next corner was the aisle with chocolate…..
My heart was racing, and my brain said to me “you must go down this aisle”. I did and there before my eyes I was standing alone looking at both sides of the aisle filled with chocolate.

You can not image what a “rush” that was for me after being stranded in my house for a couple of weeks…
I wanted to run my arm behind all the chocolate and let it fall into my trolly! The feeling was overwhelming. Never before had I felt the joy of strolling down an aisle with chocolate before.

Maybe some of you out there know this feeling too???

I pulled myself back into reality and just stood there and thought “which sort of chocolate should I buy?” Because every piece of chocolate was now tempting; not like in the past were I would walk down the aisle where the chocolate was and just ignore it. Now the chocolate aisle is/ was a feeling / experience in my new world were I don’t get to go out every day.

After standing there for what seemed to me like an eternity , which probably was may be 5 minutes of joy for me; I decide to buy 5 chocolate bars, and when I got home I ate one of them right away , and it gave me the feeling that was indescribable because no money in the world could replace that feeling I had while I was savoring every bite of my chocolate bar.

Plus, the joy that I had just holding onto the candy bar – I had never in the past thought about it and always took these simple life’s pleasures for granted, but now since having to stay home and only go out when allowed too, I have taken a different view on these little life’s pleasures.

Next time you are grocery shopping, treat yourself to one of life’s little pleasures, and when you get home you can sit back and enjoy it!

Enjoy

Time

Time you all know this word and probably think to your self what the heck is she going to write about here??? Exactly … Time… not the magazine but “time” itself.

There is “on time”, “in time”, “just in time” and so on. Have you ever thought about how many times a day you use the word time? I bet not, well I have because “time” is a good word, which means everything nowadays in society.

Looking back when I heard the sentence “My how time fly’s” I thought what a joke, and who ever thought up that sentence, was old fashioned. Okay, nowadays you would say “how vintage” …. I need to keep-up with the times. Right?

My how times have changed, too. Or Have they really changed that much? Not really in the past few years. But time is a precious thing which should be appreciated in some way or another. Okay enough philosophical nonsense here with good ol-time.

This time I was thinking about something else.

Like procrastinating is a great time killer and you know exactly what I mean here, too. We all do it when we don’t feel like doing something, but maybe some people are better at it than others.

Recently, since spring is here and the yearly calling of “Spring Cleaning” popped-up again…. Who ever thought of that is not my friend (or maybe they would like to pop by and spend some time clean-up my place?… If so, please let me know! Thanks) because this time of year is not for cleaning, okay maybe the windows so I can see what is going on outside, otherwise, things haven’t changed since the last season’s clean-up.

It seems the real change is the new spring wardrobe and this time I am not too sure what has changed??
But I was informed that this season’s sneakers should be “White”, because that is in… My golly that color has been around for a long time. The young sales assistant persisted on telling me how great the color white is for sneakers and that it was never in before.
I mean really, just by looking at me she could see that I was over (let’s say over 25). But it never occurred to her, until I said that “I think this color has been around for years even for sneakers.”
That comment didn’t go over too good with the young girl who apparently wasn’t trained to deal with customer like me. But who cares!

I left the shoe store and bee lined for the next shoe store to get a real overview of the current sneaker season situation… This time I needed facts and wanted to see a store that offered a larger range. There must have been at least 100 pairs of sneakers in white. How many feet do I have… Exactly 2, and when would I have the time to wear them all?

It was/ is only the spring collection and not the summer or any other season!!! Though I will admit a couple of pairs caught my eye, but not enough to buy them… But what was good after I left the shoe store there was an ad from a well- know online store; which had written on its “electronic billboard” (energy saving-Ahoy!) Back to the wording: They advertised: “Sneaker”

Don’t we normally wear sneakers? Or am I missing something here this time or is it so that people only buy one sneaker now and the other foot is without a sneaker??? I would like an answer to this from the online platform, please!

After reading that I had to laugh to myself about how many more times will I see this ad? Don’t answer!
Now a time later it was/is spring sale time for all these great sneakers and other items which I am not too sure who will buy them?? We don’t even have summertime yet.

Boy how seasons are flying by. I need time to think about all this and wait for the next time the season’s fashions change again.

Now it is time to bring this to an end. Enjoy your time with whatever you do!

Weather, people and moods

Have you ever noticed how the weather seems to influence people’s mood? Well I have and that’s not a scientific fact. At l east were I am people seem in a better mood when the weather gets warmer ( thank goodness, if you ask me… I know you didn’t, but that’s how it is.)

It seems to give them a whole other outlook on life and not complain so much except for when they travel on the underground and then the action starts. Truly an event in it self.

There you sit feeling like you are in a sauna and the beads of sweat rolling off everyone’s face. Not a pretty sight to behold.

Then someone gets the idea to open a window ( truly a crime indeed). Then the action starts.. the first one starts with “it’s drafty “ and shuts the window, next its open again someone says it’s too cold, even though they look like they could pass-out from a heat stroke… it is simply too cold!!!

Another person gets on the train and opens the same window…if looks could kill.. that is their death because now someone shouts at them for opening the window and wanting to let some fresh air in. It seems like fresh air is dangerous nowadays. ( I bet you didn’t know that? If not just travel on the public transport in my city, and then you will know.)

The whole time I just sit there and enjoy the show and wonder what will happen next???? Sometimes I would love to ask the people “ what do you have against fresh air?” Maybe it’s better not to know the answer. I haven’t decided yet.

Though the other day I said something “ this is better than TV” to the person sitting next to me. They did not appreciate my humor, and asked me if I was okay… I thought to myself “ you idiot” , but instead just smiled at them which annoyed them more then the person opening the window. I knew that was borderline, so kept to myself the rest of the trip.

Another person sitting across from me started to complain about it being too warm in the wagon, but wouldn’t open the window because they were worried that there could be a retaliation from some passengers, so decide against the idea. Because those around him said “opening the window would cause cooler air to come into the wagon and could cause injuries”…. Don’t ask me the logic behind that, but it was definitely an original sentence.

Somehow, this opening and closing the window and of course complaining has become a national pastime on the local transport in my area. Which means when out and about make sure you have your own air conditioning system with you so as not to upset those near you and cause an argument.

Enjoy going on public transport!

What to write and what to say…..

Have you ever thought really thought about the sentence “ I have nothing to say?” I bet not… Many people have nothing to say but never say that sentence and instead repeat the same old story thousands of time until the listener says something. I have nothing against hearing things a couple of times but after that it gets boring and I would rather hear “ I have nothing to say or there is nothing going on in my life at the moment”…. Okay I know it sounds like you could be a boring person, if not seen as a loser…

Nowadays, we have to be active, always on the go and able to show off something cool going on in our lives… When do these people take a break or have a life??? Sometimes I would love to ask these people and I wonder if they are happy with themselves too??? Anyone out there know the answer??

Writing too is an issue, what to say and what to write about that will maybe interest someone out there and not bore you or put you to sleep while you are reading… Then I am a real loser or bore at best!!! But who cares, I’ll just jabber away here and write about whatever pops into my mind…

Okay… And not worry about my summer figure, losing weight, make-up tips or how I will look in the latest fashion fad or the other must haves that others think I need in my life…. Because these are the most common tops that are repeated each day and year for us gals to read about and somehow that has become boring for me to read about… Life is how it is and I will carry on with how things are.. Bad figure, out of date fashion( okay..Vintage now), and vintage make-up tips and it still seems to fit in somehow… The surprising facts that I would have never thought about until I started writing here… Inspiration comes in various ways….

So, inspire yourself today and have fun and don’t worry about being a bore either!!

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!

A Couple of Calories Today

With all the talk and articles about the calories in drinks and food I am not too sure about what are they all trying to tell me……… A surmounting amount of questions…… and the worries never stop…OMG

With the fashionable coffee drinks of the season with the trillions of calories that will probably make me fall over just looking at it. I wonder why everyone is up in arms about the calories…… no one is forcing me to drink those beverages, and I can choose what I like to drink and if I want one of those trillion calorie drinks then I am simply going to drink it; whether it is healthy for me or not.

The same holds true for the food we eat ….. Trillions of calories in everything and nothing is healthy…. One week this and the next week that …. I just can’t seem to keep up with all these calories loaded foods let alone the money I would have to spend each week changing my diet to keep-up with the latest fad…. This is all too mind boggling for me.

Plus, to top it off, I am still alive and managing without all those reminders that I had a piece of toast with butter or I ate 2 eggs for breakfast and downed it with a couple of cups of coffee and to make things worse had a glass of orange juice. Sugar in the orange juice, cholesterol in the eggs and butter and fat in the butter, oh and not to forget the caffeine in my coffee and my day has just started….

Then there is lunch with its dangers lingering somewhere in the shadows of my life. I think I’ll go for a salad. Is it healthy????? Maybe or maybe not…. With no salad dressing I am on the safe side or maybe just a honeymoon salad then I know for sure I am eating healthy, and a glass of water to down the bland tasting leaves of the salad. I feel like I am the picture of health now!!

But there is the afternoon coffee-break there just tempting me to drink one of those flavorful beverages with only a trillion calories ….. I want one but all the articles say they are bad for me. I stare through the window of the coffee shop admiring all those people who are sitting there enjoying themselves without a care in the world and no thoughts about the trillion calories either…. Tears swell in my eyes as trillions of little calories prance through my brain and they get the best of me and I go inside and order and enjoy a trillion calories and who cares, because it is only winter once a year and I need to enjoy myself sometimes and do all those things that the articles try to make me worry about.

No worries here and of those trillions of calories….. Well hey, Life is like that and everyone has to make up their own minds!

Comments……

I have recently taken up reading the comments people write after an article and find it rather amusing and almost better than the article itself… because there are people out there that seem to take what they wrote very seriously and when someone else comments on what they wrote (criticizing) them, and it leads to a form of a nasty exchange of words between two or more people who may not know each other…. What could be a nightmare is that the person is your neighbor and you don’t even know it…. Now that would be something!!!

Isn’t it so… when I would write my opinion about something that I can expect someone maybe to comment on it???? And if someone does I have to be prepared to handle what that other person wrote. At least in theory..

But then there in the space for comments people write little stories about something relating to the article… I wonder if they are trying to tell me something or trying to show off???? Of course I would not ask them because it is a proven fact that most things that are written and read by someone else are misunderstood and so I think I won’t write anything and just stick to reading the comments.

Though sometimes my fingers are burning to comment on something, but hey it is too much work for me to write something in that little space and maybe it too would be misunderstood, so I will steer away from it!!

I have even seen when someone writes that they like the article; there is someone out there who doesn’t.. It seems you just cannot make everyone happy when a person writes something…

I am just happy that I don’t work for a newspaper and have to write articles that people can comment on. That would make me cry, because when I took hours maybe even weeks to write something and I receive a load of negative comments … and then too maybe even get in trouble with the boss because that person saw that the public didn’t like what I wrote……. I better stay clear of that career path and stay where I am.!!! I feel better already….

I think to write well is a somewhat demanding job and I will leave that up to the professionals out there who can handle all the comments and I will continue reading all the comments…Thank you to all the people out there who write comments after articles… You make my life interesting!!