Saturday, December 29, 2012

One Thing Is Always a Top Priority

Right here next to the typing keyboard i have sticky notes to remind me of business hours for places we need.  The post office, so we can ship things that have sold on ebay, or pick up important certified mail from the Internal Revenue Service, or sometimes something arrives that we want, like a check.

So then we need to be on time to get to the bank and get the check deposited.  It's not easy to remember banker's hours!  So i keep a reminder nearby. 

The third reminder that i glance at several times a week is by far the most important - the Dump.  It's called the Recycling Center but i refer to it as The Dump because that's what we do there.

Dumping is vital to healthy living and the more of it we can do, the healthier we become.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For a Little Light Relief

Washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen up is nice after a big movie snack day.  We watched The Campaign which had some good funny parts and some horrible stuff too.  After that we watched that Steve Carell movie about the end of the world - surprisingly and thoroughly boring.

Then this morning was a two-pan breakfast!  Huge pile of scrambled eggs with cheese, corned beef hash and raisin toast.  It was great but hours later the kitchen is still a mess.

The neighborhood is nice and quiet this week.  Even the grocery store was pleasant and easy to get shopping done quickly.  Cool temps with a little wind but lots of sunshine make a great day here in north Georgia country.

So Holiday Week has a lot to be said for it, even if you don't get into it whole hog.  With school out and people staying home or out of town, errands like running into the post office are so much easier. 
Of course everybody you run into is a bit subdued, especially any customer service at Walmart. I guess they feel bad about Christmas being done and over.  I always give a big thank you but their attitudes don't improve any.  Maybe if I looked more like this gal:

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Me-Time!

Lots of people feel lonely on Christmas, and maybe just the week before they were going crazy at the office, loaded down with too much work and wishing for a moment's peace and quiet.

Then on THE eve or THE day, they aren't able to get back where they grew up for the family traditions, or on their own for some reason or other.  They start to feel upset because there's no big crowd around, noisy and contentious and maybe even obnoxious and argumentative - because that's what's familiar.

There are so many things worse than being lonely.  There are so many good things to do when nobody is around getting in your way!  Favorite books can be re-read or catch up on movies showing on TV. 

Housework is never really caught up, is it?  How about the laundry, cleaning the fridge, scrubbing the tub, vacuuming and dusting.  Turn up the cd player and get busy.  I'm changing the sheets and moving my feets!

Having my own space by myself is so wonderful.  I don't compare my situation with anyone else, and I don't worry about parties and get-togethers other people decide to occupy their time with. 

Happy Non-Stress Quiet-mas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Circular Dilemma

Everyone is afraid of too much stuff nowdays!

The warnings began a few years ago, when folks like Don Aslett and his de-cluttering books became popular.  Flylady and the hoarding show constantly keep us aware of the dangers of collecting and accumulating.  The Chinese government even has us thinking about the dangers of copulating and populating.  Don't do it!  Just live with an empty space, you'll be so much happier!

Well, many people have changed from buying everything without a stopping to think, into cautious and even paranoid shoppers who have to stop and stare into space while they consider if they need, want or love every last particle of merchandise offered to them.

This fear of stuff/love of empty space is creating quite a problem when gift-giving occasions arise, like Christmas and the tradition of having a pile of presents to open.

My mother is turning 89 on Christmas Eve.  Her house and garage are fully stocked with years of good bargains, years of shopping and maybe years of gifts received.  My cousins tell of driving up to the house towing trailers to pack with stuff my mother takes out of the garage and gives them.  They said the garage looked just as full when they left.  I wish the guys on that traveling picker show would show up at her house.

What would possibly appeal to someone who apparently has everything and everybody else's everything too? 

Makes me wonder how the fear of hoarding and fear of receiving gifts affects the economy.  Is that what is really slowing everything down?  Maybe instead of buying new houses, people just began to clean out their old ones and found out they could stay where they were!  Now that throws the building industry into the dumpster.  The carpenters and bricklayers are out of work, so they go home and comb through their tools and sell them on ebay.  People buy their used tools, so they don't need new ones from Sears.  Sears begins to notice their Christmas stock of tool sets aren't moving out, so they lay off salespeople.

The salespeople go home and start selling bedding and tablecloths or donating stuff to Goodwill that they have cleared out.  I show up at Goodwill and find great deals on nearly-new, very attractive household furnishings. 

I wonder if my mother would like this tablecloth for Christmas? 

Now there's a whole new industry seeking to fill the need for gifts which might not be regarded as clutter.  We need something to buy for gifts that makes us seem considerate, thoughtful and lovable.  We want to look like smart gifters, tasteful and ecologically aware! 

One time my favorite comedian, Roseanne Barr, mentioned how great a thing chocolate air would be.  Of course that's impossible but air is really what we want to give - something that is nothing, clear and consumable without side effects. 

You can't give candy; everybody has diabetes or trying to avoid getting it.  You can't give a piece of pottery or a candle - the pottery is clutter and the candle might be toxic.  You can't give a housewarming gift - the hostility would amaze you as the reluctant recipient sighs over the need to avoid offending the gifter versus the wish to avoid clutter in the new sacred space.  The wish to avoid clutter wins! 

Buzz off, you evil gift-carrying parasite! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sorrow and Grief

Well the big thinkers and the non-thinkers and the smart and the dumb and the mean and the well-intentioned have all commented about the Connecticut school tragedy online, on TV, in the newspapers and radio.

They've all included the painful reality of having no words to describe how bad it is, then proceed to try to find some.  We all wish we could do something for the bereaved but really nothing helps that sorrow.  The grieving will ease slightly after a long time goes by.  That's all we know for sure.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

WHAT Makes People Happy?

There is just no way to know.  The correct question is What makes ME happy?

When you find the answer, then it's time to begin treating people as you want to be treated, in order to find happiness, peace and contentment.

By doing that, I teach people how to treat me.  If you're a good teacher it works out well.

Sometimes it works out lousy but I haven't seen any reasonable alternative to the Golden Rule.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rocking and Beading

Twelve-twelve-twelve has come and gone, no thrills or lottery wins but a nice day just the same.

Today is stick to the workbench and meet a deadline, with the help of beloved with the Jesse Cook station.  But i can't get my neglected blog off my mind and just get in the beadZone!

Lean Cuisine meals are just 5 or 6 Weight Watcher's Points and delicious.  It's a big help when i don't feel like taking time away from beading to fix something myself.  They have a salmon and veggie that's really good.

Today is sunny and clear after nearly a week's worth of dark cloudy days, but the temps have chilled down.  I moved the potted geraniums inside for a visit, trying to save their buds and blooms a little longer.

Tomorrow night begins Grandkid Weekend, and I can't wait to see that girl.  She plays double bass in the orchestra at her school, and I got to see her Tuesday night in the concert.  She has really learned to read music and play well!  It's exciting to be there and see her enjoyment of the whole experience.

Speaking of music, there's another exciting event this Saturday night that we're looking forward to sharing with Grandkid, and that is a live Rolling Stone concert on pay per view TV!  To see those old guys can still rock out better than ANYONE in the scene today is extremely fun and encouraging to us kids in old people mode.