Another year again with Decorations

There you have it… November is here and Christmas decorations are in all the stores again…. But nothing is new, so I decided to take a look at my collection of decorations that seem to have collected themselves through the years… Maybe you know this phenomenon at your house too???

I see all these tips (life hacks) as to how to organize my decorations and sort them out and so forth and the most annoying are the strings of lights that seem to magically tangle themselves throughout the summer months. How this happens is beyond me…. Really baffling when I think about it (maybe better not to think about it..)

Of course, with good intentions I bought all the organizational material needed to sort out my chaos of decorations, but the thought of them not being placed in their beloved box that I bought them in, that is held together with adhesive tape brings tears to my eyes… that carton or better said the box for the glass tree decorations has a history to it and just looking at the faded price sticker reminds me of the day I bought them… How can an organization box with everything crammed neatly into it give me the same feeling???? No, it can’t!!!!

And there before my eyes are the strings of lights, some brightly colored and others only with white bulbs tangled up overnight by themselves, because I know I placed them properly in the box at the end of the Christmas season, plus which string of lights still works or which string has burnt-out bulbs??? A puzzling question indeed!!!
This is a job that needs to be tackled right away before the magic moment of using them in December… Nothing worse than a burnt-out bulb to ruin the look of your Christmas tree or the fact that the whole darn string of bulbs don’t work because one bulb is burnt-out and the lights are already on the tree… I know the lights worked before I hung them on the tree ( I tried them out first and everyone light-up) I am sure you know that problem too????
Then there are the yearly broken decorations in the box…. How that happened is beyond me??? The OMG effect is best in this case is my motto..

When confronted with a broken glass decoration is care of the utmost importance; not because you could cut yourself, but because maybe the decoration has memories attached to it and so depose of it with care when saying good-bye to it… Good bye dear decoration….we had many years of great times together!!!

One more thing are those plastic decorations that are a dime a dozen but do not stand a chance on my tree, because they just don’t have the shine and shimmer that glass decorations can give you on your tree….

But what I really wanted to say is: Sort out your decorations carefully and enjoy the moments when doing it, because there can be great memories attached to some decorations and we seem to forget that in our busy lives…….. Have fun sorting out!!!

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My Clothes ……My Closet….

Now there is something that may or may not be a hit with us gals… the clothes reminder. There hidden in my closet in my clothes is a little gadget to remind me that I haven’t worn that piece of clothing for a long time and that it is high time to wear it again…. There you have it! My clothes are telling me what to do and that is just a no go in my life!!!

After reading that article; I stood in front of my closet to see how many things that I haven’t worn in ages…. Okay there are some pieces of clothing that have been in my closet for ages, but now they are vintage, and the possibility that I might wear that garment again is possible …. Or not???

Anyway, I want to have control of things!!! I mean really our closet is our dearest thing; there in that closet is our life, our treasures or even for some their sorrows but it is ours and the clothing, shoes and other great things we own are there too. And when we feel a bit nostalgic we can look at all the great things we have stuffed in our closet. But when there is a tag on our clothing to tell us we haven’t worn that garment in a long time and to sort it out…… Then what???? No more fond memories, no more just staring at our things…. NO…. Now just looking at a closet full of functional garments that are to be worn or else…..GOOD BYE!!

The cold hearted truth of the closet….. This idea just makes me want to cry when thinking about it and maybe some of you gals out there feel the same way???

For guys it may be a great thing because they seem to be more practical….. I guess??? There are some unanswered questions there too.

I had to take a short break here from writing and looked again in my closet and tried to decide what I would sort out and say good-bye too…. It was like saying good bye to a dear friend…. You have done so many things together and experience some great things together too and then to say good –bye brings tears to my eyes… I am sure some gals feel the same way, but then again there are those garments that you can be cold hearted too and say “Hey,I don’t want you anymore”…. Easy as that and the bad memories are gone in a flash that were associated with that garment. Though it is true not all pieces of clothing can be saved forever but we still need a bit of a choice as to what to wear or at least I do.

The closet is a place not to be tagged but to be a place for us gals to put our beloved clothing in……Enjoy what is in your closet, because that is where your treasured clothing is!!!

Come and Gone….

It was here as quick as it was over with a blink of an eye…… It was Christmas and another blink, and it was over…….
We spend sooooooo much time preparing for a couple of hours of togetherness and then Christmas is here and a couple of hours later it is over with only memories, some photos and presents left-over for us to look at and hopefully for everyone a happy memory of those hours.

Before Christmas this year I was looking around at the people only to see faces that seemed stressed-out and no smiles (where have the smiles gone???). Somehow, my childhood memories seem to be filled with more people smiling when I was out and about…… Whether that is true or not; I can’t say, but it seemed so and was nice to see.
Please world don’t forget how to smile because it is something that doesn’t cost anything and is so nice to see.

Now everyone is getting ready for the next round of action…. New Years eve and then there you have it; not only has Christmas come and gone, but a year too.

Though before that happens there is still time to enjoy the last days of this year and that is what we should do and, so enjoy the last days of this year and have a happy and healthy New Year 2016!

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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Windy Weather

I am just sitting here listening to the wind outside and how it seems to be howling around the corners of the house.

There was a kids rhyme(poem) once wasn’t there about wind in the springtime??? Or have I gotten it mixed up with another season???? But I know it has to do with windy weather and even in spring we can have snow…Burrrr

And because it is so windy outside I think I will dedicate this little poem (Author unknown) to all the poor little birds outside having to weather this windy weather… Poor things!!

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then?
Poor thing!
He’ll sit in the barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing.
Poor thing!

I hope that not too many little birds lose their nests on this very windy day of spring!

Hot Coals …. BBQing

Well it is that time of year again when everyone seems to be getting out their BBQ’s and getting them ready for the official BBQ season….. Whenever that is; I really don’t know but it seems to be in the air.

It seems like a ritual for so many guys to get the BBQ out and set it-up.. what there is to set-up really doesn’t take longer than 30 minutes but the ritual itself must be observed and so with the whole to do it will take guys a couple of hours before the whole process is finished.
This I mean firstly, by finding the BBQ… it could bite you because it is right in front of you in the garage, but it still has to be found. Then there is the bringing it outside to clean it up again, even though this was done in the fall before it was put away…. It’s dirty again for sure, because maybe at Christmas time when Santa stopped by he was hungry and lit-up the BBQ for a quick steak before he made his way to the next house….. One has to be careful.

Now the orders have to be given to the female members of the household who are in charge of the buying of the food and preparing the salads and what not that is together with this BBQ event. Really one does not just BBQ there is a science in it even if one doesn’t want to admit it.

Have you ever seen a group of gals standing alone around a BBQ and the guys just relaxing doing nothing and hoping that the gals will grill the steaks right???? I never have and believe me I have been BBQing for years and in many countries and nowhere have I ever seen gals in charge of the BBQ….

It is sort of like a guy thing I would say… Bringing guys back to the beginning of time when everything was cooked over an open fire and they all stood there and exchanged their stories of adventure knowing that here standing by the BBQ is where the roots of civilization began… Now you know!!!

The gals nowadays drive to the grocery store and forage the aisles for the food needed that will be placed on the grill.. Not exactly an easy task either and steer the shopping trolley through the maze to find the right ingredients and then aim for the beverage section in the hopes of finding the right beverages for that meal…. It all sounds so easy but in reality there are hours of work involved in the short time where the guy(s) stand beside the BBQ and cook the food and take credit for the whole logistics of the evening….

Without the back-office of the BBQ event there would be no BBQing. This section seems to be overlooked sometimes and should not be forgotten about and so I think a big thank you should be said to all those who have spent hours preparing for their BBQ and no one said “Wow, you prepared this all by yourself.” And when I think about the hours my mom spent preparing for those couple of hours of BBQing and especially in the 60’s & 70’s with some of those exotic recipes that were abound was unbelievable…

Here is a little taste of what was popular back then.. I have an old cookbook from my mom with those great favorites of the day:

Hawaiian salad, Old-Fashioned jellied Coleslaw, Good Potato salad ( I never knew there was a bad one), Cottage Cheese Jelly Salad ,and the all time favorite.. Macaroni Salad.

Those are just to name a few and every salad somehow had Jello in it or some other sweet ingredient that was indescribable and we ate it with joy because there was no use complaining anyway!! Mom’s word was the last word when it came to eating what was put in front of you on the picnic table… Dad was the guy in charge of the BBQ and those roles were very distinct and not only in our house it was like that wherever you went.

People say times are changing but one ritual seems to have stayed the same throughout the years and that is BBQing.

But before I end this little post I would like to share with all of you an interesting somewhat unusual recipe from back then from some magazine clipping that was in the cookbook.

Favorite Salad (the name is interesting – I wonder who’s favorite it was??)

1-#2 can applesauce
1-7oz bottle 7-up
1-3 oz. pkg. lime gelatin
½ pt. whipping cream
1-3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
¼ lb. miniature marshmallows

Heat applesauce. Dissolve gelatin in sauce. Cool. Add 7-up. Stir well. Put into mold. Chill until set. Put cheese and marshmallows into bowl. Pour cream over marshmallows and cream cheese. Let stand in refrigerator overnight. Next day, beat cream mixture until thick and creamy. Spread over first layer.

Now that is what I call a salad!!! If anyone does make it, please by all means let me know how it tastes!!

Enjoy BBQing no matter who is cooking the food and maybe try one of those great recipes from back then to bring a bit of change into your salads being served and impress your friends at the same time too…

Coffee Time

My days of learning new things never seem to amaze me and now there is an official time when it is best to have a good’ol cup of coffee. Ok, this is right in the middle of the morning at 10:30 or there about; I can’t remember the exact time that was written. But anyways, it’s supposed to be good for you.

I wonder here to myself how can I still be alive after drinking coffee at all sorts of hours of the day….. A question that I just can’t seem to answer.. My heart is starting to beat a bit faster .. OH, maybe I have had toooo much coffee this morning!!

I ask now.. Can I have a cup of coffee when I get up in the morning or do I have to wait until the official “have a cup of coffee time”??? These modern times when you have to do everything at a certain time are getting to be too much for me and I bet for some of you out there too!

When I think back to when I was a kid; my mom seemed to have the percolator on 24 hours a day… Remember the percolator???

Either the stove top model or the electric version. I remember the Stove top sort where you have to keep an eye on the percolator, because once it started to perk you had to be careful that it didn’t boil over or else the coffee was ruined and there were coffee grounds in the coffee and all over the stove top too. Boy, did my mom get upset when the coffee boiled over because she didn’t get to the stove fast enough to remove the coffee pot from the element.. She always seemed as if the world would end when the coffee boiled over!

But then times changed and my dad bought her an electric percolator (white porcelain with blue flowers) A must have for every household back then!! I remember that percolator distinctly… That was the percolators of percolators, and I am sure some of your parents had that model too.

According to my mom that was the best coffee ever. I can’t say because my mom’s motto was “Kids don’t drink coffee because it will stunt your growth”( I never understood that sentence, but back then you never argued about what your parents said.); so I never got to taste that great percolator coffee, but I can remember it did smell good: Actually better then the smell of brewing coffee in a coffee machine. Oh the fond memories of coffee

Now there is thousands of ways to make coffee and now there are times to drink coffee; gosh let’s bring back the good’ol percolator and be able to drink a good cup of coffee when we want!

Enjoy your cup of coffee!

A Daily Dose of Problems & Worries

Who ever thought that there would be so many problems and worries when we get older?? Most of us never expected that, because when I look back at my childhood I only have carefree memories of playing with friends, doing all sorts of great things with my parents and going to school to prepare me for life…. I never had a worry in the world, and I am sure I am not speaking for myself here either.

Life was simply great as a kid for me!!!

Nowadays, so many people are confronted with mounting daily problems that they just don’t know where to look. The worst is they lose their jobs and have no income which makes them worry about “ How can I make ends meet?” And there is where both problems and worries collide with each other….. How sad

How can I pay my mortgage or rent?

How can I make my monthly car payment?

How can I pay my telephone bill?

How can I pay my electricity bill?

Will I have enough money left for buying groceries?

And that list could be endless if I kept writing, but I thought I would stop there. Those thoughts could really make one really worry and drive a person into the ruins; a state that no one may have dreamed of in their whole life…… How sad

We were brought up to follow our dreams and they would come true… but with problems and worries people tend to be more realistic and throw their dreams away. It is sort of like sitting in a bathtub and the water is going down the drain and you can’t find the stopper fast enough to stop the water from going down the drain…. How sad

Will there ever be a day without problems and worries where we can all sit back and enjoy life like it was one time before when the days were always sunny and life was so carefree…. I hope so and so never give up believing in yourself and somewhere behind that dark cloud will be the sunshine that you are looking for.

Take A Look At My Book

Yah, why not – take a look at my book. Reading is a great pastime for many and normally we read the book alone and enjoy every word that is written. Ok, that only holds true when you really enjoy the book and if the books not tooooooo interesting well; I just skim through it and that’s it and then it’s sent off into the world of used books that maybe someone else can enjoy????

But times are changing the days of relaxing on your sofa with a good book or Ereader( modern times) could be about to change when all your other friends have Ereader’s too. A little social reader network and you are all logged into one book reading together… now that’s what I call progress in the wrong direction!!!! When I read I like to read my book myself and not have 5 other people reading with me and this could be up setting too because we all read at different speeds, but then again when we all read the same book at the same time there must be a timer for each page and so everyone has say 2 minutes per page…. No day dreaming it’s……READING TIME!!!!

The days of lounging around are over!!!

Plus the great thing is you can add comments about what you just read and every one of your friends can join in too. This makes reading a whole new thing to do. You don’t just sit around with a dull book in your hand you can write your opinion or maybe even say that your thinking about making a cup of coffee too. This put a whole new spot light on the word “ READING”

But I do see some minor problems that could arise while one of your friends is the official book person and the rest are reading along with you. Now I am sure you have all experienced this at one time or another and don’t be embarrassed either…. But falling asleep on the sofa while reading.

Normally nothing to worry about; your laying on the sofa reading and you doze off for a bit. But now that you are in charge of the book that you and your friends are reading….. What happens???? They have to wait until you wake-up or what( this answer I don’t know)
There you are waiting patiently for your friend to wake back-up so you can read on. How could they do that, right when the book was just getting good… They fall asleep… some friend, if you ask me!! Call them up right-a-way to wake them up, so that you can carry on reading… cheeky if you ask me- falling asleep!

And another slightly annoying thought is… what if I read at a time when you don’t want to read; then what??? Though it could be that since it’s “MY BOOK” you have to read when I want too … no questions asked!!!
My book – My times
Then again, I think reading is a private thing and when I read I like to enjoy the book and not be interrupted or if I fall asleep on the sofa… who cares – the fond memories of reading alone…. those were the days!!!

A very positive point about such a device is that when your guy or gal is reading and you want their attention… forget the “old fashioned” way of talking to each other… NO, write a note so it pops-up in the book that their reading and I am sure if you write the right thing you will get their undivided attention and maybe hear some comments that shouldn’t be repeated here… if you know what I mean????

There my guy is reading away at one of his “guy” magazines and I would like him to help me. Normally, if I say something to him while he is reading and he says “ after honey, you know I’m reading” As if he thinks I’m blind!!!!

I don’t need to aggravate myself anymore. I just log-onto his book and write my message so he can read it… problem solved – or???? But somehow I don’t really see the situation getting any better than if I said something. If anyone out there has tired one of these deceives do let me know how it works when it comes to getting your partner to do something… Thanks!

Unfortunately, I think I will stick to reading my book alone and only share it with friends when I have finished reading it. But whatever way you choose to read is up to you… the main thing is that you enjoy what you are reading.

Enjoy reading!!