Looking for that Lady

I thought I had read it all until I stumbled across a headline saying that some guy stole some steaks and wine for his date with some lady. Really now have times gotten sooooo bad where someone has to steal stuff so they can try to impress some chick??? Bad move if you ask me…

That guy should have put a bit of consideration into what he was going to do once he asked a gal out or over to his place and stealing stuff definitely doesn’t really impress gals somehow…. Or have times changed that much????

I can see it now the gal rings the doorbell at the guys place and everything seems so perfect but he is a bit nervous always looking out the window. I would think… ah, he’s got a girlfriend and hasn’t told me or he is married and … well the rest you can imagine. I won’t go into detail here, because if it was one or the other and she did come home; I bet s…. would hit the fan and there would be an interesting exchange of words to say the least and as a gal I would NOT want to experience that!!!

Or again the guy could be worried that he was filmed while the stuff accidentally feel into his pockets in the store and thinks they may find him. The poor gal is sitting at the table enjoying a nice steak and a glass of wine and then……. A knock on the door and the crime team comes in saying to the guy that they are confiscating the meal because the food was stolen. This is definitely something that could ruin a date and she will NEVER want to see the guy again!!!

What brings a person to do something like that and if the guys strapped for cash he could cook a cheap meal or ask his buddies for a couple of bucks so he can buy something for his date but stealing.. That’s a bit much.

So, for those guys out there on a tight budget and aren’t sure… Don’t steal but instead maybe make the good old stand-by meal of spaghetti…. Cheap and easy to cook and with a little creativity it will taste good and your date won’t go sour!

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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!

What’s Cooking?

What’s cooking for the meal for that big day can be a tremendous feat if you are not organized to the last second or at least I think so???? Everyone seems to be running around trying to get those last minute things for their Christmas meal or the last minute present because they forgot someone on their list. Well, those things can happen….. I am saved from this dilemma this year because I am for ONCE in my life organized and believe me I find it hard to believe myself but it is true!!!

My guy asked me this morning if I was feeling ok, because I am soooooo organized this year. I told him that I thought for once in my life I want to be organized and have time for everybody on the 25th instead of spending all my time running around doing something. I want a relaxed Christmas and so I will have it!!!! No questions asked here- that is my decision!!!

My tree is decorated and the food is purchased and all my presents are bought; so Christmas you can come to our house. Who says life has to be stressful at this time of year??? Ok, I know thousands of people around the world would argue this point with me, but with a little foresight and planning there is no stress and hey if something goes wrong on the 25th then it goes wrong. I am too old to worry about what everyone thinks of how I do things around my place and if something burns on the stove top then it can be either forgotten or I’ll make something else to replace it… life can be so simple!

My mom was amazing when it came to organizing our Christmas dinner on the 25th and she always remained cool and served up a super meal in my eyes! Mom – thanks for all those great turkey dinners you made us. I know I can cook pretty good but my mom’s Christmas dinner can still top mine. Plus, I’ve never been as organized as she was and thought this year I’ll try her strategy and see if it works….. Please let it work and I’ll be the happiest person on earth

Another thing, I read all those articles about how stressed folks are or will be on the 25th. I always wonder are people stressed so then they have something to talk about or what is it??? Even when I am not organized I don’t feel stressed-out. I think society puts too much emphasis on stress and so everyone is convinced that on the 25th you have to be stressed instead of taking things as they come and enjoying life for a change.

So, relax and take things as they come because then there won’t be any stress and enjoy the day when it’s there!

Thanks for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has come and gone in one country and in another everyone is waiting patiently for it to come. Without those brave folks risking their life and limb to cross the Atlantic to start a new life there may not have ever come about the “Thanksgiving Day”. So thank you pilgrims!

Today we only need to go to the grocery store and pick out a turkey and all the other stuff that you want to eat with it and in no time at all you can serve up a great meal for your family and friends. Boy, how easy life can be!!!

Those poor pilgrims had to invest a lot of time into their Thanksgiving meal and that required good planning and hopefully someone would spot a turkey to shot … I’m tired already thinking about the work involved. Then once a turkey was bagged and back home they went and the guys gal had to do the rest of the work, like clean the bird and cook it in a wood stove (maybe- can’t say because I wasn’t around back then.)or an open fire until it was done…. Thank goodness for electric ovens!

These thoughts bring back fond memories of my mom cooking us a wonderful meal on that day and the smell of the turkey cooking lingering in the air… I’m getting hungry!!! My mom invested a lot of time too.. Ok, not as much as the pilgrim gals, but still it did take her sometime. And I can say it was worth every minute that I waited. Some years it seemed like December because there was snow on the ground outside on Thanksgiving Day. I wonder did the pilgrims have snow on Thanksgiving Day way back then??

Though Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be with your family and friends but somehow I feel it has lost its touch and become very commercialized. We should be thankful that we can be together with our family and friends and that everyone is healthy and can enjoy a lovely meal together no matter what you serve on that day.
You don’t need to spend a fortune just to try to impress people on that day. It’s a day of giving thanks and should be remember as that.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day this week and remember to give thanks for the great food that you are served and to appreciate the work involved in it.

My Health as a Woman

My health is good or at least I thought that until I started reading all the online articles in various newspapers from around the world which informed me about various symptoms and the cures.

Firstly, as a women we go through those monthly horror trips when we have our –as I like to put it “off days” (sounds better than mood swings or PMT) They made it sound as if every women in the world turned into an old hag and that all women are in bad moods- now that they informed me I can do something about it- I need to think now….
I never knew before reading that stuff that I had those problems but now that I do.. I feel that some things have to change – But what ???? I could see it now those bad mood hormones creeping up on me and saying “it’s time to be in a bad mood” – so I quickly stopped reading the article, because I know now that I am caught up in the monthly horror trip. OMG the thought of the monthly horror trip and I’m not prepared…. Help me I’m a women with problems !!!!

Then there was the article about lying about your age and if you do some jokers can take a peek at your brain and tell you exactly how old you are. Those guys are real party poopers!!
I don’t always want to tell everybody exactly how old I am and when someone gives me a nice complement saying you look younger than I say “Thank-you”. Why should I say – “well, if you want the truth; I’m over the hill and feel like s&%t and my brain is old and I am not sure if I remember what day it is today.” There you have it in a nut shell and makes me feel crappy!!!
I want to be young, so hey I knock a couple of years off my age and I feel great and I’m not hurting a soul. Plus, years ago everyone knew that women lied about their age and it was unthought-of to say how old you really were nor was it polite to ask that dangerous question “How old are you?” What’s happening to the fun of being a women ???

Now my next problem that I really didn’t know about was that I shouldn’t eat egg yolks. I love eggs and I am still around after eating lots of them – I better go to the doctors this afternoon and have my lungs x-rayed to see if they have turned yellow from all the eggs that I have eaten throughout the years.
It seems that anything that you enjoy eating or drinking is bad for you. Like years ago. First it was ok to drink a glass of red wine a day and then it wasn’t now it is ….. Does anyone really know what is going on???? But I can be happy there are still some veggies around that are good for you, or at least I hope so.
What can I eat????

I will have to make a visit to the grocery store after and with my magnify glass read all the fine print on the packages to see that I don’t ingest some substance that could cause something in my system.

OHHHH food – I love it and want to eat it!!!

Now that I have gotten all these problems off my chest I think I will go out in my bad mood and lie about my age, and buy some eggs and enjoy a good unhealthy omelet! Thank you internet for telling me all about those problems and I am still alive and HEALTHY…..

The Milkman

Many people still live where the milkman delivers the milk daily to their doorsteps. What a lovely service and too bad this wasn’t everywhere around the world; where you could just leave a note and the same day or the next day your order will/ would be filled . But does anyone ever think about the notes that are left for the milkman and that that person delivers you your milk rain or shine and sometimes fighting the perils of dogs cats & sheep.

When I lived in England we had a pet sheep on our property and he was the official guard dog too and he just loved the milkman but I don’t think the milkman loved Buddy as much as Buddy loved him.

The milkman came faithfully daily to our door and delivered my milk according to what was written on my note that I had stuck in the empty bottle. The wonderful things in life!

Though I think those notes that a milkman gets can sometimes be a bit confusing leaving the milkman to wonder what exactly does the person really want.

Below is a little collection that was passed on to me of notes left for milkmen. Who wrote the notes- I have no idea, but I can thank my aunt again for this great bit of info! – Thank you

Dear Milkman:

I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one.

Please don’t leave any more milk. All they do is drink it.

Milkman, please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk.

Milkman, please could I have a loaf but not bread today.

Sorry about yesterday’s note. I didn’t mean one egg and a dozen pints, but the other way round.

When you leave my milk please knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress.

Please knock. My TV’s broken down and I missed last night’s Coronation Street. If you saw it, will you tell me what happened over a cup of tea?

Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it.

From now on please leave two pints every other day and one pint on the days in between, except Wednesdays and Saturdays when I don’t want any milk.

My back door is open. Please put milk in ‘fridge, get money out of cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table in pence, because we want to play bingo tonight.

Please leave no milk today. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday.

When you leave the milk please put the coal on the boiler, let dog out and put newspaper inside the screen door. P.S. Don’t leave any milk.

No milk. Please do not leave milk at No. 15 either as he is dead until further notice.

Those are just some of the great little notes and so please remember if you live where there is milkmen please write them a note that they will understand. Enjoy your glass of milk!

Dishwasher and Dinner guests

While watching TV I saw a commercial that really got my attention. It was about doing the dishes in the dishwasher and it got my really thinking about my machine. There is supposedly a new detergent tab on the market for your dishwasher that will bring a whole new aspect to using the dishwasher and this could revolutionize how you use your dishwasher!

My gosh all those years of using my dishwasher and I didn’t know that. What kind of person am I?
Though naturally I haven’t put too much thought into this chore before but now after seeing that commercial I knew as I sat there on the sofa that I must buy that product before my next dinner party or else it will be a disaster. And that I don’t want…..

But you are still wondering how I bet?

Well it’s simple: Just think there you are at your dinner table with your guests talking about the normal stuff or comparing apps on your cell phones – how boring!! All you need to do is get everyone into the kitchen pop a tab in the dishwasher and then turn the machine on and presto a man appears playing the piano for you and your guests. And he plays the whole time the machine is running too. What could be better? You can say what you want but that would be a real hot conversation topic and everyone would remember the evening at your place.

Once the dishwasher program is finished then the pianist disappears too. What I find a bit disturbing is that the guy doesn’t hang around and take the clean dishes out of the dishwasher and put them away for you. I mean really for the price of those tabs I want to get my money worth and not some empty promise and that ruined my dinner party because I was using the wrong dishwasher tab!

But if you don’t own a dishwasher don’t worry; you can have a doing the dishes party and like the old ad years ago –> make sure you have the right dish washing liquid to ensure soft skin. Wouldn’t want your party to end with dish pan hands….wrinkly skin ahoy

With the party method everyone has to wash their own dishes and dry them too saving the host/hostess time plus no worries your guest are busy and they don’t get bored so fast either.

But back to the dishwasher, guys this could be a real date saver for you when you use this product. The machine is running the guy is playing the piano and your date is sitting there speechless because she never knew that you were the kind of guy that did such things. This should be at the top of your list next time you want to impress a gal at your place.

So next time you are out shopping don’t forget to buy this nifty product to bring a classical touch to doing the dishes with the dishwasher. Have fun doing the dishes!

The Best seat

Now we all know where the best seat in the house is? Well, now they’ve even invented one so that your backside won’t get cold. Now that’s what I call enjoying yourself on the throne!

What other place in the house could offer you a pre-heated seat and the quietness that you deserve while attending to your personal business. Now the heated toilet seat could be a life saver for folks living in colder climates, because there’s nothing worse than having to go and to sit down on an ice cold seat. That just spoils the fun… and you don’t want to hang out and read the paper either when it’s cold.

The perils of the bathroom throne!

But like always I think there are many advantages to such a nifty seat and all the accessories that you can get to make your time on the throne more enjoyable.

Now that you have installed the heated seat with the controls – don’t want it to turn into a hot seat and burn your backside do we??? After adjusting the controls to achieve the right temperature for your comfort and deciding what extras to install in your bathroom…

Very important here is -> is this heated throne seat to be in the main bathroom or the guest bathroom, because if it’s in the guest bathroom they may forget themselves there because it’s sooo warm and start reading a magazine or something and then you are lost. Bad idea

So, save yourself the aggravation then and install it in your private bathroom and there you can install such cool things as a coffee machine for longer visits. Don’t want to read the paper without a cup of coffee and naturally there’s the table set-up too so you can place a cup and paper on the table and text a couple of messages telling your friends how great it is to have a heated toilet seat making you the envy of everyone.

And if that’s not enough you could make it so that you can control the toaster from the throne so when you’re finished your toast is warm and waiting for you in the kitchen. So, starting your day off with no more stress because you were too long in the bathroom.

Plus this great system comes as a portable model too. You wouldn’t want to be out and about and think “Oh, I have to go” well, just get out your battery heated seat and presto no more cold backsides .By the way, this fits in all handbags and briefcases.

The wonders of the world of toilet seats!

If this still hasn’t convinced you about the heated throne then think about it next time you are freezing your backside off on a cold throne and then you will wish you had a heated model too. I want a heated throne!!

Billboards are Fading

I read that some city wants to get rid of all its billboards and large signs. I ask that city how can they do that? What is happening to the good’ol things in life and why does everything have to be gotten rid of?

When I sit here and think back to my younger days – oh those wonderful times of yesteryear with the billboards along the side of the road! I feel old now – Help me!!!

Those great billboards that lined the road with some nifty saying or telling you that at the next exit you only have to drive 5 miles and there will be some exciting adventure for the whole family.

Or there was one where I lived with a giant ice-cream cone and as a kid I always dreamed that one day I would get an ice-cream cone that size but somehow my dream never came true and the sign was torn down when I was about 10 years old.

Or there was the happy family driving along without a care in the world in a car waving to all those who passed by. Those were great times.

There were giant burgers or soft drinks that would make your mouth water and as a kid I would beg my parents to take me there only to hear my dad say it was too far away; maybe some other time. My dad must have said that sentence a trillion times every time I saw a billboard with food on it; I wanted to go there and have something to eat.

There were the billboards for tourist attractions too which were really great; promising you the world and wild animals that would eat you alive if you weren’t careful.

Or there was the man-eating creature waiting to devour you when you stopped there. And of course my dad would never stop at such great places because as he put it “That’s a load of hog wash!”

Those words brought tears to my eyes because I wanted to see a real man-eating animal and what did I get just a glimpse of the place as we drove by.

Though one year my dad decided to drive to Florida for Christmas and so we made our way from upstate New York to Florida and that was a trip that left lasting memories in my brain and my dad was the best dad in the world that year and he still is!!!

As we crossed the border into the southern states that’s where the signs began to tell me there were great thing in store if I just keep reading. The first sign was only 200 mile to (whatever the name of the place was) and it went like that every couple of mile so there was a building up of excitement in the car because I knew that was a place to stop at and after my dad driving for hours and listening to me begging from the back seat when will be there and my mom sitting there patently listening to me too. Then the moment came and my dad pulled off the highway to the place with the giant sombrero! I was ecstatic just to see that hat that had been on all the billboards since entering the southern states.

Then we parked and got out and my dad gave me .50 cents so I could get myself a souvenir. That was life and I knew that they would have something there for me! I ran into the store only to see that it was full of tee-shirts and plastic alligators and some sombreros and post cards. Nothing was there that was as exciting as the bill boards. I wanted excitement and looked and looked only to be disappointed and walked back out to the car with my mom and my .50 cents still in my hand.

After we got back onto the highway again my spirits were lifted by the bigger than life signs for pecan pie. I had never seen such huge pies before and they looked really good too along with the happy people who were eating the pies. My dad said we would stop for some of that great looking pecan pie, which we did but I didn’t like the pie so I had to settle for a wonderful chocolate ice-cream sundae.

Those billboards were great!

Then the moment came with the giant orange welcoming you too Florida and there in that state were billboards with giant fish and alligators on them or monkeys and other exotic creatures that I had never seen before.
Those billboards really showed me what life was about and all the great things that life had to offer. I couldn’t sleep in the car because I was so excited that I would miss out on some great picture on a billboard. What pictures they were indeed!!

To all those people who will decide about billboards: Please, don’t get rid of all those great things because that was and makes life so memorable!

The Pleasures of Picnicking

Picnicking is a great thing when the weather warms up and the sun is shining. There’s nothing better than getting together with your partner or friends for a great picnic.

This is such a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and see the countryside. But to make picnicking easier you need your picnic tray which attaches to your jeans and has a built in drinks holder so nothing will spill.
This wonderful set-up is a must for all picnickers and you can fold the tray up and place it in your jeans pocket when you are finished. I am not sure about the exact set-up but it has to be somewhat as I just mentioned.

So imagine you are bicycling along with your guy or gal and in the basket you have all the picnic supplies, such as food and drink, plus a blanket to sit on too. So no cold backside -> don’t want to get hemorrhoids now do we?

There is the spot nice and sunny by a river bank with ducks or swans on it. The perfect spot for a picnic! You spread out the blanket and place the food on it and stand there and think “my how lovely” but something seems to be missing? But what?

Ah, and then it dawns on you your fold-up tray for your jeans making any picnic an experience. Both of you whip-out your trays for your jeans -> sit down and then the picnic can begin.

But be careful this can be a bit awkward if you haven’t practiced a bit at home because if you want to lean forward to take a sandwich everything on your jeans tray could slide off it making your picnic a disaster and dampening you with your drink. This would be a nightmare for me!!!

There I am with my guy and we are enjoying our picnic and he asks me “could you pour me a bit more red wine into my glass?” -> well because I am intoxicated by the beauty around me and not thinking about my jeans tray; I reach over for the wine and all my food & glass of wine slide off my tray and the red wine cause a BIG spot on my WHITE blanket -> OMG

My day is ruined! And thank goodness I didn’t forget my special picnic spot remover set that goes with the jeans tray especially for these problems, so I could save our picnic because I could see my guy was getting a bit impatient with the whole ordeal.
Those jeans trays are really something and if you practice you can balance 2 plates full of food 2 glasses of whatever you are drinking and 2 beers along with a dessert.

Tip: you have to sit down first to attach the tray to your jeans otherwise forget it, and it is advisable to have someone along to serve the food because it is really tricky too carry all that, sit down and then place it all on your jeans tray.
If you have managed this…. By all means please inform us how you did it. Thank you

But once you have practiced a bit with the jeans tray then it can be a real highlight at you next picnic.

Another tip that I must mention: You cannot ride your bike or drive your car with the jeans on because of the 2 metal holder thingies on each leg. This could be very painful if you are on a bike, so wear another pair of jeans and once you are at your destination then change into your picnic tray jeans.

This is a must for all picnic fans, so remember at your next picnic; don’t forget your picnic tray jeans or else it could be boring picnic. Have fun!