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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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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Dads are great guys!

Dads are great guys and deserve not to be forgotten either. This coming Sunday is the day for dads to be thanked for all they have done for their families and kids. I thank my dad for all he taught me and put up with through out my younger years.

I sometimes wonder how he managed not to flip-out with some of the things that I did; but instead remained calm and always had something to say that made you think and I can never remember him raising his voice. That must have taken a lot of patience on his part when I think about it now. Thank-you dad!

My dad taught me lots of things and when I was younger thought: “what do I need to know that for?” But now I am thankful that I know how to use power tools and the such because of that I can thank my DAD!

He passed on his wisdom that has stayed with me and not forgotten guiding me through the world whether it be hard times or smooth sailing those words of wisdom have come in handy making me think about what should I do and guiding me in the right direction. Again – Thanks dad!

So, don’t forget your dad because I am sure he taught or told you many a thing that you haven’t forgotten.

Happy Father’s day DAD!!!

Men and skin problems

While reading the Sunday newspaper I came across a frightening article about men’s skin and stress. I knew right way from the headline that this is a must read and so took that section of the paper into my private library to read because this article required my full attention and I didn’t want to miss out on any important information.

The article mentioned that men’s skin can have very stressful days and this leaves it mark on men’s skin. This I must say got me really thinking about my partner’s skin and I started to worry about him. I hope he is ok? And the article went on to say that with a special treatment and naturally the right skin creams these signs would disappear and that the man would have vibrant looking skin. I asked myself “ What does vibrant looking skin look like when a guy is older?” Can anyone answer this question for me?

After I finished reading the article my partner asked me where was I for sooo long? I answered by saying” I was reading a very interesting article about men’s skin” and my partner just looked at me as if to say: “typical woman!”

I think guys just don’t understand how serious this problem is and if it isn’t taken care of it could spread like a bush fire and be out of control and then who knows what they would look like then. The thought of waking up in the morning next to a guy who hasn’t taken the necessary steps to prevent stressed-out skin would probably give me a heart attack. I mean just image gals you are asleep and the alarm clock rings and you roll over to face your partner and what happens -> dried out stressed skin looks you directly in the face. I could cringe at the thought!!!!

Normally on Sunday’s my partner takes a afternoon nap on the couch and I thought this is my chance to really check out his skin. I knew we owned a magnify glass but just had to find it. After about 30 minutes I found it hidden under some junk in the junk drawer (you know we all have one of these where you put stuff that you may use once every 10 years.)

Anyways, once I found it I noticed he was sound asleep, so now was my chance. Since he was lying on his back it made things easier for me. I took the magnifying glass and started to carefully look at his skin and was shocked at what I saw! I couldn’t believe my eyes-> there written on his face in tiny letters were the words: “stressed-out skin” and this was written all over his face and then I thought should I wake him up or let him sleep? I was really scared now!
But somehow he must of sensed that I was there and woke up and gave me a dirty looked and ask: “What are you doing with the magnify glass?” I answered by saying: “ I was looking at your skin to see if it is stressed –out” and I told him what I found written on his face.

He then said to me “don’t you have anything better to do with your time?” I thought this is something really important and he thinks that I am wasting time. Typical guy I thought!
After he cooled off I explained to him what I found and then I caught him later on in the evening checking himself out with the magnify glass in the bathroom. He came out pale faced and said to me that I was right. He then and there decided that he must buy some cream tomorrow and go to a spa for a facial because if he didn’t his skin would look stressed-out.

I hope he will manage through the day tomorrow with the stressed-out skin not that it affects his working performance because he has an important meeting with some other people. But then again if it is a group of male business men then maybe they could exchange tips on how to keep their skin looking good -> now this would be a good reason for them all to meet-up again next week too and make a presentation about how they tackle this problem using pie charts and diagrams.

So men please remember don’t forget to take care of your skin because stressed-out skin my lead to a stressed-out life.