Friday, November 30, 2018

JUST SOME USELESS STUFF YOU DON'T REALLY NEED

Years ago I decorated with a traditional green Christmas tree inside, and outside I'd display a colorful one.  Sometimes my ornaments were Barbie dolls from Happy Meals or Hot Wheels that I've collected over the years.  Once I did all ribbons.  Now I just admire everyone else's trees, and don't use any of my own.

So the other morning while watching the news, I found out that black Christmas trees are trending.  Some people love it, and others say that's a big fat NO.  What are your thoughts? Is it too gothic or something fun to try?



DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?
If you do or you don't, be sure to get your name in the hat for a prize package of Oprah's Favorite Things that's worth over $16,000!  And yes, I enter every year. (lol) That's right, 12 people can win all these prizes by visiting https://oprah.com/12days up through 12/9/2018.  Some of the prizes include a Phillips Indoor Grill, jewelry, a mixer, slippers, sparkling water maker and lots more.  However, if you're looking for a special or unusual gift, everything may also be purchased at Amazon.

According to Gina Bria, author of Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight & Heal Your Body, eating an apple and drinking a glass of water is more effective than 2 glasses of water.  Fresh veggies and fruit have gel water(H3O2) and hydrates better than water.

SATURDAY
Deck the Halls on December 1 and celebrate National Christmas Lights Day!  Get lights on the cheap from the Dollar Tree, or go over the top with lights from high end stores.  Be careful to not get on your neighbors nerves though with too much glitter, which is the case in New Jersey. 

Appruzi Property
For the past 15 years the Apruzzi family has been lighting it up with over 10,000 lights, but his neighbors do not approve siting safety reasons and chaos in the neighborhood.  City officials are fining them $3,000 for each day they show off their display to visitors, and Mr. Appruzi refuses to pay.  That may force the show to shut down.  Let's hope it all works out for everyone involved. 


Okay, who wants to admit that they've used the original Polaroid camera, which was sold for the first time in 1948 for about $90.00? 


I remember getting yelled at by my mom in the 70's-80's because I wanted to take pictures all the time, and that color film was so dang expensive.  Also, everyone hated that there was no way to get the same picture twice without having to waste even more film.(lol)


Throughout the years, Polaroid upgraded to smaller digital styles, but in 2017, they offered up the new 2-step analog version, which ironically costs about $99, causing the company to pretty much come full circle.


Want a clean pan without all the fuss? Once it cools off, spread the surface of the pan with 2 Tbs. baking soda, 1 cup hot water and 1/4  cup vinegar.  Let it sit for 5 minutes before easily washing it out  because the chemical mix does all the work.  These ingredients will also clear a clogged grain, but the measurements are different.


CRANBERRY CHIP COOKIES (Taste of Home)

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries, pecans and toffee bits if desired (dough will be stiff).
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake at 350° for 11-14 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.




Thursday, November 22, 2018

THANKFUL STUFF

Everyone knows that I pretty much binge on Christmas programs around this time of year, and here is a picture of Happy the Cat and Happy the Dog from The Hallmark Channel as they celebrate the holiday.

Twelve of this year's movies were actually filmed in Vancouver, and there are a total of 37 new movies premiering.

Do you like Christmas trees?  Can you imagine decorating 4640 of them since the movies started in 2009?

You can pretty much guarantee that someone will take advantage mistletoe on a Hallmark movie.  If you've been watching over the years, you probably counted all 1392 of them.(lol) Country Living



I wish all my blog buds a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I'm truly thankful that you've supported me and this blog throughout the year with tidbits, laughter, valuable input and kindness.  Your visits mean so much.

Every disheveled person isn't necessarily walking the streets seeking handouts.  Officially, the definition of homelessness is someone who is living in an unstable environment, such as a shelter, abandoned building, a vehicle, a friend or even a relative's couch.  Then there are those that we see under bridges, living in the woods or on benches.  Either way, they have no place to call their own.

Many may need socks and warm coats or food to get through the night, but others appreciate hugs of encouragement, or a smile letting them know things will get better.

We're also sending shouts out to our veterans who are away from home and family, protecting us and our country.  Be safe.






Saturday, November 10, 2018

CAN WE TALK ABOUT STUFF?



I don't know what happened to the other UPS guy who used to leave packages that I never found out about until I was leaving the house for an errand,  but he's been replaced. 

There's nothing better than having the hot new UPS guy drop off your packages, and to actually bring them all inside your home. 
Every time he greets me with that romantic Italian accent and smiles, my heart melts just a little bit more. Then I just keep waving as he runs back to his truck and drives off into the sunset. (lol)  By the way, they're hiring, and too bad he's only doing the seasonal help thing.  Meanwhile, please feel free to send me lots of packages.(lol)

Don't forget to show some love to a vet on Sunday November 11 or Monday November 12.  Veterans can also reach out to lots of places to get free haircuts, free dinners, oil changes and other amazing discounts. For more info visit:
https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/


It's ironic that World Kindness Day falls in the month to remember thankfulness, but don't forget to honor this special day too on November 13.



If you need another reason to eat cake, let's celebrate National Bundt Cake Day together on November 15!





This time of year there's plenty of dough being used for tasty treats  and it brought back memories of the Pillsbury Doughboy, who's been around to make us smile since 1965.  Do you remember any of the commercials?



Have you ever watched the classic Gone With the Wind in its entirety?  That movie clocked in at almost 4 hours, and is the perfect date movie.  The author Margaret Mitchell decided to write the 1000 page story when she broke her ankle and had plenty of time on her hands.  It was published years later and its popularity earned her a Pulitzer prize.  


Did you want Scarlett and Rhett to get back together?  According to the 883 page sequel published in 1991 by Alexandra Ripley called Scarlett - they did.


IT'S A MYTH
We may think that we reinfect our significant others, kids or friends with our colds, but according to infectious disease experts and other doctors, you can't get the same cold twice.  Once we fight off one cold, we become immune.  However, it is possible to catch an entirely different cold virus immediately after being healed from the first, so it seems like it's the same cold.

SAVE MONEY
If you really want to save money while ordering gifts online, add  www.invisiblehand.com as a browser extension to just about any web browser.  Once you visit a site to shop, this plug in works behind the scenes to find the best prices and deals around the web.  It's pretty cool how this works.






I DON'T GET IT
Jennifer Haley lives in Ellisville MO, but apparently she's been flying back and forth to Colorado to purchase drugs to ship back to her home.

Once she gets back home, she bakes brownies and other candy laced with drugs, then packages it up for high school kids to sell to other children in the area.

Her condo is near a school and a park and was recently raided. Police officers found marijuana, LSD and Xanax and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.  She's described as having purple hair, which means she should be pretty easy to notice.

Some things just don't make sense to me.


Don't forget to take a moment to relax when you can


Sunday, October 21, 2018

MIND GAMES & SOME OTHER STUFF

Every year I host a Veterans Yard Sale, and even though it's for a worthy cause, there are some crazy things that go on throughout the event that make it rough to keep the frown lines at bay.  Girls just wanna have fun!

So there were 9 tables of merchandise, and a lady stopped at the table with the hygiene items.  I turned my head for a second to answer a question, and when I turned back around  I noticed this lady switching the price tags on the Men's Schick Hydro 5 and the Barbasol 5Pk Twin Disposable Razors. Once finished shopping, she handed me her items, and I politely advised her of the total, and that I had seen her changing the prices.  There was denial of course, as she demanded I give her the cheaper price.  Never mind that almost all of the items were brand new and I was practically giving them away. I calmly stood my ground, and she ended up throwing them  back on the table, purchasing just 2 items.  As she and her husband were leaving, she called me the "b" word.

Fast forward 2 hours later and there were 9 razors left on that table priced at $1 each.  A customer picked them up intending to purchase them all.  The she told me she wanted to pay $1 total for all 9 of them, which I politely declined.  Ugh...(lol)  There's a lot more I could share, (lol), but overall it went pretty well.

WHAT'S IN A NAME
RO is a shortened version of my real name, so I decided to look up what it means.  Ironically, my real name and RO start off by saying I'm unique and a law unto myself which made me giggle with glee.  However, someone with my real name is supposedly tolerant and eager to help humanity, which I thought was kind of cool. But I should also mention that there is a tendency to procrastinate, and yes, that would be definitely be me.(lol)I hated my name as a kid and lived with another nickname that I changed because a close friend told me it was totally ridiculous.(lol)  Once I got older and used my real name, everyone pretty much butchered or mispronounced it, so I just shortened it.  Here are a few others:

Sophia - great wisdom                                  
Philip - lover of horses                
Adam - earth
Felix - happy                                
                 
Phyllis - foliage
Sylvia - inhabiting the woods                      
Ursula - little bear
Vincent - Conqueror                                     
Chandler - maker of candles
Elizabeth - oath of God                                 
Anna - full of grace


SAVE TIME
The best time of the week to head out to grocery shop is Wednesday, but try to go before you head into work.  Going after can increase shopping time by 5-7 minutes.



SAVE MONEY
One of my fave hobbies is deal hunting, and you can find deals, coupons, promo codes and more at department stores, supermarkets, and online, just by visiting www.SundaySaver.com.  

If you prefer paper coupons from the newspaper, check out this site which tells you which coupons are available along with the date.  https://www.sundaycouponinserts.com/coupon-preview/

If you want to score name brand merchandise sometimes as low as just $1, you've got to visit www.hollar.com.  You'll truly be amazed at how inexpensive most items are!


ELEPHANT LOVE
How many times have you seen Dumbo?  Do you collect any elephant figures? Did you know this beloved character has been around since 1941, and was Walt Disney's favorite from all of the films that were made.  Like all of our faves, it seems this classic is being remade and released as a LIVE Action Film in March 2019, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Colin Farrell and directed by Tim Burton.




CHAMPIONSHIP
Do you play chess?  I could never figure it out, but 27 year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who has been the reigning champ since 2013, will defend his title once again from November 9 - 28 in London, England.  His net worth is a little over $8 million.

The 1st official championship began in 1886, but chess was played many years before that.  The most famous American to win was Bobby Fischer when he was 29 and kept the title from 1972 - 1975. 

APPLE-CRANBERRY CRUMB CHEESECAKE BARS

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
2 Eggs Divided
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 Pkgs Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Gala Apples, peeled and chopped
1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Cranberries
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract



DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350 degrees, then line 13x9 inch pan with foil, with the ends of foil extending over the sides.Microwave butter in microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes or until melted.  Add dry cake mix, 1 egg and cinnamon, beating with mixer until blended. Press 2/3 of the dough onto the bottom of the prepared pan.




Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended, then add the the remaining egg, mixing well.  Spread over crust, then top with fruit.  Pinch small pieces of the remaining dough with your fingers, pressing into cream cheese layer.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the center is almost set.  Cool completely, then refrigerate for 1 hour. Lift foil handles from pan, then cut into slices.


If you like pumpkins, Friday, October 26 is your day!


If you've been reading this blog, you may  have seen some posts about "gaslighting" which can be abusive tactic used in domestic violence.

The original movie, Gaslight was released in 1940 with Ingrid Bergman when her husband tried to make her go mad.

But for all the young people who may not have seen that one, a modern day version would be The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt, released in 2016.  The movie didn't go over well with critics, but we have a chance to see how the nightmare really unfolds when this happens to someone.

Another extreme version was shown on an episode on Blue Bloods called Mind Games on 10/12/18.  Even though Danny(Donnie Wahlberg) arrested the culprit for shooting her husband, he has a feeling that something isn't right about their relationship.  


Eventually the detectives find out that the husband has not only been cheating with another woman, but they gaslighted her to make her think she was crazy.  They even went so far as to drug the wife, then framing her for shooting her husband, (the mistress did the actual shooting while the wife was passed out) all with the intent of having her arrested so they could be together and to get her money.  Thank goodness the wife was finally cleared, but the husband and mistress were locked up.

This is not a made up term, and really does exist causing a person to experience a living hell.  It can also rear its head in many subtle ways or stages, eventually making you doubt your own sanity.

Seek help as safely and as promptly as you can if you're in an abusive relationship.  You deserve better.

From Psychology Today:

Gaslighting is a form of persistent manipulation and brainwashing that causes the victim to doubt her or himself, and ultimately lose her or his own sense of perception, identity, and self-worth. ...Gaslighting can occur in personal relationships, at the workplace, or over an entire society.