There are many things in life that are just TOO irritating not to address here and now. Our lives are far too short not to confront these issues that are forced upon us by our inconsiderate fellow human beings.
Check out this list and see if I've included any of your pet peeves.
1. People who spit their used (chewed) chewing gum on the ground where others can step on the sticky wads as they walk along the parking lot, sidewalks, etc. Since I don't chew gum, I certainly don't want to take used wads of gum home with me!
2. While stopped at a stop light, a vehicle pulls up next to you with a boom box blasting a rap song with more profane words used by all of the sailors in the world in a one year period. Usually, the song can be heard clearly over your stereo and with the air conditioner on to boot.
4. Drivers who don't, or can't, drive the speed limit on the expressway and/or highway. My pet peeve here is that when I'm driving the legal speed limit and come over a hill only to find a vehicle driving at turtle speed at the bottom of the hill. Can't tell you how many times I've almost plowed into the rear of one of these snails.
5. Waiting in line at the cashier in a grocery store. The wait is longer while a woman with several large diamond rings, designer purse, and expensive artificial nails uses her W.I.C. coupons and Food Stamp Card to pay for her groceries. To make this an even more irritating pet peeve, I see her loading her groceries into the truck of a Lexus sedan. I wish I could afford such a vehicle and still have John Q Taxpayer buy my groceries!
There are probably numerous other pet peeves that I have missed, but I will try to update these as I collect them. Have a pet peeve free day!
My solution for a stress-free shopping experience is to go online and order gifts from the catalog sites that are out there in cyberspace. The following reasons are why this method is effective:
1) The gasoline savings by not having to travel from mall to mall are noteworthy;
2) Many catalog sites do not charge taxes on your purchases;
3) Shipping fees are often minimal or in some cases free;
4) No wear and tear on you and your shoes from walking from store to store searching for the right gift;
5) You do not have to endure the hassle of the crowds at the malls and stores; and
6) The gifts are delivered to your door.
Now there is one more tip that you may find useful. Start purchasing Christmas gifts during the summer. Buy one or two gifts each week or payday. By doing this you will have finished your Christmas shopping long before Thanksgiving.
Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas Season!
Pumpkins carved into Jack 'O Lanterns is a tradition dating back decades. Pumpkins painted with scary Jack 'O Lantern faces have also become popular. So, what is your opinion as to which type of Jack 'O Lantern do you prefer?
The end of September brings not only cooler weather here in south Texas, but it heralds the arrival of October. Perhaps because I was born during the month of October, I find the feel of the month exciting. Or, it may be that the end of summer is confirmed and winter is approaching quickly. I confess that I love October, especially the 31st; a.k.a. HALLOWEEN! Unfortunately my dogs, Sebastian (L) and Fiona (R), are not excited about Halloween to this day.
Halloween is the one time of year that we adults can "get away with" wearing costumes. In addition, we usually receive candy and goodies at the parties we attend. What a barrel of fun it is! In the 1990s, I worked at a savings and loan where the employees were allowed to dress in costume on Halloween. Now that was a fun day at work! That's me in my clown costume on the right.
Halloween is the one time of year that we adults can "get away with" wearing costumes. In addition, we usually receive candy and goodies at the parties we attend. What a barrel of fun it is! In the 1990s, I worked at a savings and loan where the employees were allowed to dress in costume on Halloween. Now that was a fun day at work! That's me in my clown costume on the right.All Hallows Eve, is what we now call Halloween; and it derives its origins from the Celtic word "Samhain" (pronounced: Sah-win), the original Celtic post-harvest celebration. No matter what we call this holiday, it's a great time to meet people and share a pumpkin or two! P.S. Click on the kitty.
The first Halloween that I remember was spent at my Grandmother's house. Both my brother and I helped her to hand out the treats to the kids who visited her front door. Some of the older kids wore very scary masks that terrified me so badly that I still remember how hard it was to fall asleep on the foldout couch in Grandma's living room. To make it worse for a four or five year old girl, it was a full moon that year and the light from the moon lit up the entire room and caused strange shadows to dance across the windows.
Some years later, Halloween had become a fun excursion with the other kids in the neighborhood. The Halloween outings that I remember the most were long walking trips throughout the four or five blocks where our friends lived. In those days, we knew all of the neighbors on our block as well as most of the families for blocks around. As we grew older, the more far ranging our Trick-or-Tricking took us. During some forays when my brother and I were pre-teens, we would cover the better part of six or seven blocks. The only problem was that our Treat Bags would become so heavy that we'd grudgingly returned home. Still, we loved every minute of the "sugar high" that followed!
During my high school years, Mom would send me out with our Basset Hound, Sadie, to escort my two younger sisters and our cousin who lived up the street from us. The girls loved being able to go Trick-or-Treating and Sadie was quite content to tag along as our guard dog. Several of the older women on our block would have homemade goodies for the kids and they always had goodies for me too. Trust me, one lady made the best homemade Divinity I've ever tasted!
Since I was born in October, I seem to have a fondness for this season. I'm also a fan of costumes and being able to wear funny clothes on Halloween and not be thought of as weird. Well, weirder than I am at times!
There are so many commercial ads between cable shows nowadays. Doesn’t it distract and annoy you when you watch cable television shows? Specifically, I’m speaking about the little ads for other cable shows on the same channel. You know, the little characters that smile and stand next to the title of their show. So now the viewer is subjected to five or more minutes of commercial ads between the show segments and the little ads at the bottom of the screen. In addition, these ads during the shows have become more common and some are larger and more distracting.
Originally, cable channels charged in order to provide more show time and fewer advertisements. What happened to that concept? Just another example of consumers being ripped off by a service we pay for at a premium price!
Consider this to be my annoying little advertisement.
Okay, so here’s how it’s been lately. The late afternoon temperatures have been at least 100º and has gotten as high as 105º or more! You really can cook an egg on the sidewalk with these temperatures! Since the summer heat and I do not get along well, I try to do errands in the early mornings so I’m not in and out of a car that has been sitting in the sun for any length of time. Unfortunately for me, I was out and about to doctors’ appointments the other day. These little trips in the south Texas heat gave me a massive case of heat rash! How bad is it? I’m covered in this itching burning red rash over most of my body and this includes the palms of my hands! I never knew you could have a rash on your palms. Needless to say, I AM staying in the air conditioning for the next several days.