The Essentials

Those two words you read everywhere nowadays „ The essentials“; either for the house, your life or whatever you need „ the essentials“or your life isn’t complete! The ceiling may cave in any second now without my essentials ….. ahhhhhh

I got looking at all these essential things that I supposedly need, well to be honest those essentials are not so essential to my daily life and all those life hacks which are the old things grandmothers/ grandparents once told us or showed us, and so I haven’t learned a thing but it is an essential life hack. The word usage is interesting too. Years ago wasn’t it called: Tips of a better life or money-saving ideas or how to do things better and easier, and even save time in the kitchen with these handy tips…. Nowadays everything is a hack… but was does “hack” really mean?
I looked it up and found many meanings and its use as a word, but still the use of the words seems to have changed… wasn’t it one time “inventive or ingenious “ if you did a certain thing with just a few necessary things to repair something???? And what is” essential”… isn’t that from a point of view and not from trying to sell me something???

With “hacking” I’ll use it for hacking vegetables or being successful at something and not for the other things the word is associated with. And for “ the essentials” I think I have them all and if I don’t well I will survive without them, because I have so far and didn’t know that I was missing the essentials …… whatever they are. But with the Sunday ads in the newspapers for all those essentials that are missing in my life I just don’t know where to start????

I looked at the first flyer for everything for the house…. What do I need??? Or do I even have space for any of that stuff…. Good question! Then the next flyer for stuff at the drugstore…. How many deodorants do I need or bottles of shampoo, and then there’s the grocery store flyer with all the essential stuff too, but do I need to buy all that stuff and some of it I don’t even eat either ; now what???

But everything is essential, so I put the flyers down and started reading the newspaper and there I was confronted by a full-page ad for a new suitcase (an essential) if I was traveling…. It would be an OMG to be seen with a suitcase that was say 5 years old and what would the neighbors think if they saw that too…. There I am walking out to the taxi and everyone is pointing at me and sees my 5 year old suitcase and they all know that I was too cheap to purchase the essential one in the news paper ad….. All I can say is “that would be a bad suitcase day!”.

I turn the page of the paper hoping not to be confronted with another essential….. my hands are shaking and I feel nervous with this thought , but there on the next page I only have articles to read…. I feel better but I know when I turn the page that another essential will be staring at me and then what….. Close the paper and throw it on the floor or quickly turn the page hoping that that essential is not an essential for me…. I will chance it and so sorry I have to finish here, because I know there are some essential things and articles in the paper that I want to see or read!

Enjoy your day… with or without the hacks and essentials!

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Puttering Around………

I got to thinking this morning how it always rains when you take a couple of days off from work …… Why is that?????
I somehow think the clouds and weather have a direct connection to the management department and plan together that, if I have off it should rain, so that they don’t feel so bad because they have to work…… An interesting theory ……. Don’t you think?

Well, I got this wiz bang idea to clean a room and hoe out the junk and I managed!!! Believe me it wasn’t easy, but now all the junk is in the hallway, but I must say the other room looks good!! And because it is raining outside, I can’t put the stuff outside either for awhile; while I sort the other stuff out!!! Bad luck somehow..

I really wasn’t planning on sorting stuff out; I wanted to be outside enjoying the summer weather and showing off my summer wardrobe, but “NO” it has to rain!!

Back to puttering around, sitting here thinking about it my grandmother was always “puttering around” the house, and when I asked her “What are you doing?” She would answer “puttering around”. Though I never understood it really… It was like she moved things around the house or straightened things up on the coffee table. I know the word “puttering around” is a bit dated, but I like the word, because you can do 20 things at once with no worries because you are “puttering around”…

So I’ll stick to the word “puttering around”, and since I started writing this; I’ve stopped to unload the washing machine, talked on the phone to a friend come back to write a bit more here, stopped again for a cup of coffee, looked at the newspaper. Wrote a bit more here, looked at the stuff in the hallway and I’ll “putter around” some more too.

To be honest “puttering around” on a rainy day isn’t that bad at all, as long as you have something to “putter around”…..
The thought is: When someone asks you “What did you do at home all day?” Your answer: “I was puttering around.”

And the person that asked that question won’t have the slightest idea of what you are talking about….

Enjoy “Puttering Around”!!!

Multi-tasking and My Attention

What I just read seemed to pop my bubble of how I thought us gals were great at multi-tasking, but NOOOOO, guys are supposedly better at least according to some study. I think they forgot to ask me and a couple of other gals about this topic of “Multi-tasking” to hear what we have to say about guys being great at it.

Okay, guys please don’t get me wrong here, but I really don’t see many guys doing more than one thing at a time, and this defiantly holds true when something has to be done…. No multi-tasking…. Just “I’ll do it when I have time”….. When that time is or will be is another question, but not now, later.

Plus, what is “multi-tasking”… drinking a beer and watching a soccer game or football game on TV all at the same time??? A challenging thought…. But no, it has to be more like drinking a coffee in the morning and reading the newspaper at the same time, or monkying around with your Smartphone and texting at the same time while sitting on the sofa and pretending to hear what I have to say. I am sure the list could be endless…. And some guys and gals can relate to this here.

As a gal my “multi-tasking” tasks are endless… Make breakfast, clean-up cook dinner set the table, go to work… talk on the phone , write an email, and the list goes on… I seem to be always doing two tasks at once, and it’s endless… but I’m not good at “multi-tasking” according to the study because I am a gal…..

I feel somewhat heartbroken with that thought, because I wanted to win the “Multi-Tasking gal of the year award 2015”, so that I could proudly display the award, and when you would walk into my home there on the wall…on display my “ Multi-tasking” award, but NO, so now what???
I’m doomed because of some article…. No, cool award on my wall this year!!!

But that isn’t the only thing going on… My attention span has been compared to a gold-fish… Now that just takes the cake!!! Okay, no cake on offer but still, I think I have a good attention span and can hold out a bit longer than a gold-fish.

But then again, I haven’t been hanging around any gold-fish lately, and to be honest; I’m not friends with any either…. What I don’t understand is; how can you ask a gold-fish if it is interested in something, and I am sure my interests are not the same as a fishes interests are….. Or am I over looking something???? Though it could be with the “multi-tasking” that a gold-fish is good at it and they meant that “guy” gold-fish are good “multi-taskers” . Now I’m curious?????

I need to get in contact with those “multi-tasking” guys and ask them about this whole thing… I can see it now “Gold fish are multi-tasking experts and have short attention spans” and this we know because we did an exclusive interview with Mr. Gold fish; the top ranking gold-fish in his tank! … That would be a real page turner!!!

So, if you own a gold-fish… Watch out and keep an eye on the “Multi-tasker(s)” in your home too!

Women’s Pages

Now gals don’t misunderstand me here, but I was just reading the women’s pages on some online newspapers… Okay, I know you are thinking doesn’t she have anything better to do with her time? The thing is I admit reading those pages while other say …. “Me, I never read that stuff”……

I am always amazed at what I can learn from those pages here are some examples:

1. Getting older changes how you look and feel ….. WOW, I never knew that and that your make-up sinks into your wrinkles…. OMG… Scream out loud!!!!

2. Train my brain not to eat food that is bad for me….. WELL, I’ll just have to have a serious word with my brain later on today before I open the fridge door!!

3. A wooden bottle that I can pour my cheap wine into and should make it taste better…. What do I do if guests are coming around and they see that I use this wooden bottle thing…. They are going to think that I am a real tight wad and probably not drink all that so called great tasting cheap wine…… good money down the drain

4. Names of kids have effects on their careers later on in life….. I bet my mom never even thought about it back then and how many other people are walking around out there too without their parents thinking in advance about what their child’s career should be when they grow up??? I will have to take a closer look at my name and see how much it actually affected my career …. I need facts!!!

5. Knowing about wine in four hours… probably by then I will be drunk from all the wine I drank before so in the end everything tastes good PROST!!!

6. Beauty secrets that will keep me looking younger….. I know now that I will be looking good in no time!!!

7. Last but not least… cook something to eat. Recipes to make your mouth water! I love that first I need to watch my weight take care of my brain; I’m getting older and have the wrong name. Drink cheap wine out of a wooden bottle and maybe get drunk by learning all about wine but I know after all that excitement I need some beauty tips to make me look great again before I start to cook all those great recipes at the bottom of the page!!

Isn’t it just great gals knowing that all this important information is out there to better our lives!! Enjoy it

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!!

Guys and Gossip

I almost fell off the kitchen chair just now when I read that „Guys Gossip“… That is something that I would have never thought of in a million years!!! My golly; I had to read it in a news paper to confirm my thoughts after all these years…. Thank you newspaper article for letting me know that my thoughts were true…. I really feel relieved now and can get on with my Sunday!!!

Plus, not only the gossip article there was another one in another weekend paper that showed how guys brains are working with thoughts… No scientific stuff, but more categorized about life, and what you guys think about makes me wonder ????

Back to gossip connected to the brain: This whole gossip business made me think and I know I have written about gossip before, but never in this context of each section of a guy’s brain what have they gossiped about or are gossiping about.

So each section of the guy’s brain I guess inspires guys to gossip or is it talk…. I’m confused here

1. “ Beer section”: Now that is something I know has potential for hours of discussion and to gossip about who drinks which brand of beer and where can you get the best deal on a six-pack. Defiantly gossip potential here!

2. “S…. section” : You all know what I am talking about here, without spelling the word out. There too is an endless gossip topic that guys can dream about; compare notes on the subject and fantasize about something for hours, but first a couple of beers to get the conversation rolling…

3. “Making money section”: The most important thing of all or not??? The size of your wallet makes you a man and the thinner it is ….. Sorry, most chicks won’t like you, nor will you have many so called friends either.. But you can gossip about each other’s salaries or how much the boss earns and “why aren’t you earning that much?” Money is a topic which can be gossiped about forever!

4. “ Hot air- doing nothing section”: Oh, now doing nothing and just shooting the breeze about nothing and trying to look good in front of the other guys is a past time for many guys or just talking about nothing trying to impress some gal or someone else.. But you can gossip with the other guys about this and tell them how they BSed some chick into believing something… Life at its finest hour!!

And last but not least on the gossip / brain list was:

5. “Eating section”: Food definitely a must because who has eaten at the best restaurant or who’s partner can cook the best meal or even exchanging your favorite recipes and maybe even start a cooking club to combine all the above mentioned so that the gossip is focused and not just aimless conversation. Good gossip is the key to life and without it we would all be lost!

As for the chicks brain there was a diagram too, but I’ll get back to that later on this week.

Guys enjoy gossiping whatever the topic maybe!

Crossword Puzzle…

Did you know that the good ‘ol crossword puzzle is a 100 years old or at least that’s what I read. Has it been around that long???

I can remember my gran always doing those in the newspaper or those books that you could buy filled with those puzzles and she would sit there for hours or at least it seemed like it and she would do those puzzles. Whether she had the right word or not I’ll never know. Then my mom started doing them when she was bored… a great time killer back then before the internet , and it seems that people are still doing them, maybe it’s something that will last forever and not get lost in the hordes of game apps.

Crossword puzzles are fun and it always makes me think and try to find out which word belongs in the space and then connect it with the other words… Guessing at its finest!! Sometimes I haven’t the faintest idea what word they are looking for, but I keep on trying… my brain needs to know more words!!!!

It is unbelievable how many words you can store in your brain and remember how to spell them correctly too.. Somewhat of a challenge but again I’d don’t use a spelling app… good’ol memory at work!!! Just amazing if you ask me.

Those folks who make-up those crossword puzzles must take a lot of time to make them and how many people are making them??? That I would like to know… Any answers out there?? Plus, crosswords are in so many different languages too.. WOW!!! And how long do they spend on making each crossword puzzle, because some are easy and others are very difficult. Or is everything computerized today and the newspaper folks just press a few keys and a crossword puzzle is created with the crossword puzzle software??? So many unanswered questions… I need to call my local newspaper for an answer.

That’s enough about crossword puzzles, because I need to do the one in today’s paper now.

Enjoy your crossword puzzle today!

Menacing Menopause

It seems that recently where ever you turn you can read something about the menacing effects of menopause on women. It seems as if it is a disease and not something that happens to every woman on earth. Or is it that guys write those articles about gals going through the change of life??? Maybe they should be in our shoes and see how it really is and I am sure then they may understand us better….. Or at least I hope so.

Though when you list all the side effects; some I think have been with me for years even before that stage of life struck…. That I think my guy can confirm.

I’ll make a little humorous list here just in case everyone reading isn’t up-to-date on the symptoms:

1. Forgetfulness – What’s that??? I’ve had it for years and it has nothing to do with getting older !

2. Hot flashes – Please wear a sweater at our place in the winter, because I feel like it is about 80°F and my guy is sitting here reading the news paper and ice sickles are forming on his face.. Hot not at our place!

3. Mood swings – Me, never and why the h… are you looking at me like that? I’m always calm and cool no matter what!

4. Sudden tears – really great when something has gone wrong. Now I can cry automatically and everyone thinks – oh it’s just her age!!! The wonders of the body

5. Difficulty concentrating – great if you are in a boring meeting at work. No worries because you won’t remember what was said anyways!

6. Confusion – Where the heck am I? At home or at work? Help……

7. Headache- Not tonight dear.. I’m in that phase of life.

8. Weight gain- Ate tooooo much over Christmas , so what has that got to do with age????

So now all you gals out there know what to expect and guys you know what your gal may experience, so enjoy the change of life because it can be an adventure for everyone!

Life and my Laptop Computer

 Laptops are great things and we can take them with us wherever we go and stay in contact with the world and tell everyone what we are up to. Ok, that is if you have access to the world and if not well you are left high and dry and have no idea about what is going on or no one can contact you.

 I am so happy that I am always reachable 24/7 and that way I won’t miss out on any new news from friends and family!!    I’m an online junky

When I was a kid we never dreamed that it would be possible to communicate with someone on the other side of the world and get an answer from them in a minute. Back then …… oh soooooo long ago; I got out some paper and my trusty pen (what’s a pen? Wasn’t that the thing made out of metal and had some ink in it….) and actually wrote something and then stuck it in an envelope went to the post office bought a stamp and sent it off… waited awhile and maybe got an answer.  I miss the paper.

It was always so nice to open up my mail box and there inside was a letter or card from someone who had thought of me and I could sit down and hold the letter in my hand and read it and save it. It was so personal and not like the electronic post that is impersonal ..ok, there are many positive aspects to electronic post but one thing it cannot replace is a hand written letter .

My laptop lets me read the newspapers around the world in any language I want as long as I can understand it.  And years ago I was happy with the local newspaper that was delivered to my doorstep every morning rain or shine. Oh how my laptop has changed my life.

My laptop lets me communicate with people all over the world and I have never met them in person and probable never will either. But somehow everyone wants to communicate with each other and so you can have millions of friends…. Hopefully nice friends! Or you can show the world all your photos too. Not like back in the olden days where you could only show a limited number of people your photos.  Oh how times have changed!!!!!

My laptop is like a faithful companion and without it I am nothing and have nothing to say to others when they say “Did you see/ read….. on the internet?”  There I would be cut off from the world and have to say…. “ No, because I don’t have a laptop or internet.” I am sunk!!!

So, I have come to the conclusion (no scientist involved) that without my trusty laptop my world is limited, but I can still enjoy myself without it too.

Try a laptop free day.. It can be fun!

Living in a Happy City?

 Well, they have measured the happiness of some people in cities in a certain section of the world and have been able to come to the conclusion that in certain cities people are happier then those living in other cities. WELL, WELL, WELL …. What should we do then??

I noted that my city wasn’t listed or maybe that was because I live in a town and town folks aren’t as happy as city folks or is it the other way around?  Plus, I wonder if everyone happy in those so called happy cities are really happy? I need to ask around and see what those folks say there.

But this whole topic did get me thinking and so I checked the newspaper to see what house costs in the happy cities and of course as luck would have it they are a tad more expensive then where I am living. I want to live in a happy city…… I am happy!!

I can see it now this evening when my guy comes home from work and I have to break the bad news to him that we are not living in a happy area. I am sure he will explode on the spot and say “Honey, we have to move by the end of the week.”  Because I know my guy likes to be happy on the weekend… no grumps at our place!

And to top things off; one of my friends lives in one of those happy cities and didn’t know it until I called her and told her the good news. Though I will admit that she didn’t sound too happy about the news and said that she didn’t feel as happy as the survey said she should feel. 

This happiness stuff is a bit much and how do you really measure people’s happiness in a city? Good question, eh???

This happiness issue got me to thinking and I came up with a little list:

  1. I own lots of stuff: car, boat, house, TV, etc – I am happy because I have lots of materialistic stuff….
  2. I like my life at least at the moment  and I get along with my guy( a definite plus point for happiness
  3. I am in good health – they say this plays an important role in mental well being. Or has that changed too??
  4. I love my family – as long as everyone is happy and not in a bad mood and don’t want to argue about something!

But I think there’s an easier answer and we don’t need to read it in a survey about which city has the happiest people based on possessions or the likes.

The answer is easy …. Be happy wherever you are.