Sunday, August 1, 2021

SOME USELESS STUFF

When working in retail years ago, I used to get super embarrassed when people brought condoms to the register to purchase.  But you know what doesn't cause me to turn red? Telling guys when their zippers are open.  So yesterday this man was moving carts around outside in the Walmart parking lot, so I figured he'd want to know that his fly was open, right?  I promise this has never happened to me ever, but that guy looked me right in the eye and told me, "I know". So what in the world do you say to that, blogger buds?(lol)


Did you know that wiping down your wiper blades rubber with alcohol once a month will preserve them, and make them work better?  After you do this, clean your windshield with glass cleaner too.

If you're a streamer, one of the shows that will keep you glued to the screen is Joshua Jackson's portrayal of Dr. Death.  It will make you seriously think about whether you want to risk having surgery for back pain.  What's worse is that this is a frightening true story of a narcissistic neurosurgeon who literally butchered 38 of his patients without any regard for their lives or well being, and how difficult it was to stop him.  You'll keep asking yourselves how something so scary could have ever happened. Where is Dr. Duntsch  now? In prison for the rest of his life, where he'll be up for parole when he's 74 in 2045.

I bet you have tons of change in your purse, piggy bank or junk drawer.  But did you know that your coins could be worth a ton of cash?  For example, keep your eye out for 1943 pennies.  Because of the war, these pennies were made from steel to conserve copper.  But a few were made from copper by mistake.  So if your penny won't stick to a magnet, yay, you've got a copper money maker!  Find out more about coins and what they could be worth by visiting coins.HA.com and typing error in the search box, or check out usacoinbook-com.

August 4 gives us the perfect excuse to eat some chocolate chip cookies.


Wow!


Can you sit still for long periods of time to read your favorite novels? According to the recent World Guinness Book of Records, the world's thickest book is Agatha Christie's collection of Miss Marple stories.  With over 4,000 pages, it's more than a foot thick and weighs close to 18 pounds!  We could use that for a workout, right?


If someone tells us that they're feeling anxious, or suicidal, bullied or abused, we should pay attention, and not sweep it under the carpet.  This is our chance to possibly make a difference in someone's life.

My buddy Elizabeth over at alteredbookloverblogspot.com often posts her calendar of what happened the month before, so we can be nosy (lol) and thought I'd add a few pics of some random stuff.

Who remembers Nancy Drew?




Yes, I eat cherries and love them!

Chosen as an Ambassador for the 3rd year in a row!

Another thriller from Don Bentley

One of my fave authors

Just in case you forgot how much I love cheeseburgers(lol)







Wednesday, July 7, 2021

WE ALL SEE IT

Have you ever given yourself another name as a kid to discourage an unwanted admirer?  

When I was young, my girlfriends and me were often yelled at by guys in cars or walking down the street, asking us "What's Your Name?"  My fake name was Rosalind.(lol) I have no idea how I chose it, but it was close enough to my own name to work.  We were also known for giving out nonexistent phone numbers too. 

Of course this caused problems because we'd usually run into some of these same guys later on, and we'd get busted!(lol)

I finally met a "real" Rosalyn years later when I lived in Virginia Beach, as she fell down some stairs while leaving a doctor's office (another story), and we ended up being good friends.  Speaking of always being honest...


Today, July 7 is National Tell the Truth Day.  Psychologists say that those we love can handle the truth, and I think it's best too.  My thoughts are if you've been dishonest all your life, one day of telling the truth is never gonna happen.  Nonetheless, if you've been wanting to share some news, or confess, today's the day!


I still mail cards and letters for birthdays, holidays and 'just because'. Did you know that in 1971 it cost just 8 cents to mail a standard letter?  In August 2021, the price will increase from 55 cents to 58 cents.  

This is mine!   You've probably heard of people claiming they found lost money and wondered it was true, and I'm here to tell you that it's very real. I put in my name and was shocked that 162.00 was calling my name from Texas.  All you have to do is put in your name, and if there's money, the info will pop right up.  Visit www.unclaimed.org to check.  Also, there's so many class action suits going on right now due to misleading ads or more.



So if you think you've been bamboozled, check out www.classaction.org/settlements.  You'll be amazed at the things you find and include lots of things you use every day like Cranberry Juice, Juul Cigarettes, Baby Powder,  Cell Phone or Banking Fees, etc. (That recent check above for $16 is mine, along with a card from Sophia from http://delightedreader.com/ ) 


June 2021 was officially Pride Month, but if you want to celebrate year round, head to Eureka, Arkansas.  Eureka's population is about 2000, and 30% identify as LGBTQ+ .  They also have Diversity weekends 3 times a year, and everyone joins in for the celebration.  There's also lots of walking trails, haunted hotels, great places to eat and lots more.  Road Trip!

Hopefully you stay hydrated when it's hot outside, but it's sure a lot more fun to grab a slushy drink to quench your thirst. We may call frozen drinks a Slurpee, but that name is exclusive to 7-Eleven's brand, and they're all the rage when it's a steamy day. But you may be surprised that the Slurpee Capital of the World, and has been for 20+ years, is Winnipeg Canada.  Even during -4 degree winter weather, they're in hot demand, and there's even a street called  Slurpee Way in downtown Winnipeg to commemorate these frosty frozen treats. Brain freeze anyone?!(lol)


So last week, someone saw a zebra cobra snake hanging out on a porch in a Raleigh neighborhood, who had escaped from 21 year old Christopher Gifford's home, and everyone was definitely in a panic.  He was safely caught 2 days later, but the fact that this snake that's native to Africa actually spits venom had everyone on edge.  It's legal for venomous snakes to be kept in North Carolina (?), and  Chris doesn't mind bragging about his collection via all his social media accounts. (@the_giff) on Tik Tok and facebook.com/christopher.gifford.56? ) Yikes! 

By the way, there's about 30 venomous snakes in the world and include the Coral Snake, Tiger Snake, Rattle Snake, Krait Snake and the Taipan Snake.                          


So if you've been following this blog you may know that my birthday is coming up on August 12, and I've been asking for a ticket to Switzerland so I can scratch this off my  massive bucket list.  Since I'm turning 60, I'm hoping someone will finally feel sorry for me and send that ticket! (lol) I remember when I was 17 and used to think 30 year old people were so old. (lol)  But I can still dance my blogger buds.(lol)


Since the pandemic I've had lots of time to reflect over life, and mad props and thanks to Author Extraordinaire Sandra Cox https://sandracox.blogspot.com/who has been diligently taking the time to check on me since I've been MIA from the blog.  You've all been very much missed! 

Even though I wasn't blogging, I tried to pop by to  visit other blogs when I could, but with so many things going on, some days were rough, but somehow Super Sleuth Sandra seemed to pick up on that. 


Also gotta give a HUGE thanks to Sophia from www.delightedreader.com who 'just because' sent me stickers for my planner that really made my day, along with a handwritten card.  

If you haven't talked to a friend or family member in awhile, give 'em a call to say hello and make sure all is well.  I promise that gesture can make a difference in someone's life.  


If you enjoy sitting back with some popcorn, cheeseburger and lemonade and watching something good on television.  These are great.

The Wrath of Man - I've seen this 5 times (no joke, and my son thinks I'm obsessed with Jason Statham. Yes I am(lol)

Cruella - Watched this one twice because it was so good.

The Mysterious Benedict Society - a really good series about 4 gifted children who are on a mission to save the world.  Fun!

Fatherhood - on Netflix, and a true story about a husband who takes care of his daughter when his wife dies shortly after she was born. Funny, but you'll need some tissues too.

Workin' Moms - Binge on Netflix, because I promise even if you're not a mom you'll laugh out loud during all 5 seasons!

Bridgerton - yes, I'm still talking about this fabulous and innovative program on Netflix that the world is raving about.  Romance, witty conversations, humor, mystery, diversity.  It's all here, and yes it's been renewed for seasons 2, 3 and 4!

Somebody Feed Phil - You'll love this guy, and can find him on Netflix  He travels around the world eating at all these wonderful places, and meets cool people to hang out with while we learn new cultures.  






Who knows what Academy Award winning movie from 1939 said this at the very end? 

                                       "After all, tomorrow is another day"  


 





Thursday, December 17, 2020

THIS AND THAT AND OTHER USELESS STUFF

 For those who don't know, I've been visiting the same barber shop for years to get my hair cut because I try to keep it really short.  What you may not know is that all 5 barbers  look like someone from www.fitstuds.blogspot.com(lol).  I asked the owner if it was a requirement to look like that to work there, but he swears that it just worked out that way


If you're lucky enough to get there early in the morning, you'll see them practicing new fitness moves,lifting weights or talking about exercise stuff.  They're always quick to hand me a 10 lb barbell, but I promise that no one wants to unsee a vision of Ms. RO pumping iron.(lol)

If someone gifted you with lots and lots of candy during the holidays, you'll be pleased to know that 12/26 is National Candy Cane Day.  Feel free to re-gift or use them in recipes.  By the way, the candy cane capital of the world is located in Bryan OH, which is home to Spangler Candy Company.



Do you like crossword puzzles?  Every now and then I work on those that are pop-culture related.  Did you know that the very first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World in 1913? Originally it was called Word Cross, but an error during publishing transposed the letters to what we all know and love as Crossword.

Have you ever been curious about those personality tests?  Here's one you can take to get a FREE analysis of who you are, and you may be quite surprised at the results.  
Visit 16personalities.com/infj-personality.

Come on  - it's just between us, but have you ever taken something from a hotel?  Did you know that theft from hotels can exceed $100 million dollars annually?  If you're caught trying to take that very nice mirror, flat screen television, hair dryer or coffee pot, you may not get locked up, but your name could show up on the "No Stay List", the next time you try to book a hotel.  Still, some people have been arrested, and sometimes the charges are simply added to the bill.   Hotels expect you take all those tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and soap, but those very cool, fluffy robes are not giveaways.

Would you rather text than speak on the telephone?  You may be surprised to know that the Philippines is considered the texting capital of the world, sending on average over a billion texts per day!!!!  They're also known as the social media capital of the world because they spend about 4 hours per day on various social media platforms.  Wow!

Speaking of texting - how quickly can you type "
The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."?   If you can type this faster than 17 seconds on your cell phone, you'll beat the current Guinness World Record holder, Marcel Fernandes Filho who won when he was 17.  He's held the record since 2014.
Marcel Filho

Not to be confused with Tom's recent MI rant
Are you a person who's always looking for a high paying job, but don't want to work that hard?  You may be surprised to know that hotels are on the hunt for bed warmers so guests don't have to get into cold beds, and the annual salary can reach up to $200,000.  Hearing aid specialists test hearing and fit customers with hearing aids, and this vocation is on the rise. All you need is a high school diploma and minimal training to get paid close to $60,000 a year!


No, I have no clue who this woman is, but I was intrigued by her job as an Official Lipstick Reader, and thought I'd share her info.  This is a real thing, blogger buds, and she's considered an intuitive psychic.  You can visit her site at http://officiallipstickreader.com  or call 877-605-6389.


CINNAMON SPICE MILK PUNCH
(Sandra Lee)
8 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 Cup Bourbon Whiskey
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon + additional cinnamon sticks if you like.

In a blender, combine half of the ice cream, bourbon, vanilla and ground cinnamon.  Cover and process until totally smooth, then pour into a punch bowl.  Repeat with the remaining ice cream, bourbon, vanilla and ground cinnamon. Serve garnished with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.  Enjoy all that yumminess!


I'm going to end this post with a conversation I had with someone who's been a friend for 30+ years, and I totally adore, and he told me this.  " We wear our masks all the time - even during sex".  How's that for a conversation starter, Blogger Buds?



Aren't these some fun trees?



A Few of My Planner Spreads




Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate.  Please stay safe. Hugs, RO