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Longing For A Simpler Time…

I remember a simpler time in my life. 

Stores were closed on Sundays.  So were gas stations except along the highway and even then I’m not sure many were open.

McDonald’s was a treat, every 2 weeks when dad got paid.

Decorations didn’t go up for Christmas until Thanksgiving turkey had been eaten and everyone came back from grandmother’s house, through the woods and back over the river.  I don’t even know when this happened, maybe after the stores closed on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving?  I only know that come Black Friday everything magically was Christmas.  But never before Thanksgiving.

Fun was riding the bus downtown to see the windows and the train display at Cincinnati Gas & Electric.  It was free.  Now you have to PAY to see them at the museum.  I won’t go for that reason.

We looked forward to Christmas shows like Rudolph, and Charlie Brown, Frosty The Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, The Grinch,  and Miracle  On 34th Street.

While we were not Little House On The Prairie, when one really nice, special gift for Christmas made it a wonderful year, this massive gift pile mentality was still not the norm for anyone that I knew.  We received a few toys, things we really wanted, but we also received things we needed, like socks, pajamas and underwear.  A batch of homemade cookies from anyone was a real gift!

Acura is running a commercial of late for the holidays, that says “listen to the voice of reason”.  What a novel idea!

We’re in an economy where a large number of people have no jobs, or haven’t had raises in years.  Seriously these commercials of fancy cars, diamonds and such are really not doing it for me.  Not that they ever have but my ex one time remarked, the Christmas right before he asked me for a divorce, that the car commercials were really good at making a guy feel guilty that he couldn’t buy his wife an Audi for Christmas.  I don’t know too many husbands that can afford to do so!  Unless it is a Matchbox car!

With money exceedingly tight this year, I’m wondering…why not go back to that simpler time.  Why not listen to the voice of reason?

Sure, I’d love diamonds and fancy clothes, or a new car.  Maybe a Kindle Fire, or iPad.  All very nice, don’t get me wrong.  But I do not NEED them.  And need is really far more important.

I was sitting here thinking, what are gifts that I need that I’d truly LOVE to receive?

A gift certificate to my hair salon.
Footie socks, 12 pair? (I go through them fast as I hate shoes).
Jammies!  I love jammies!
A gift certificate to Hobby Lobby, my favorite store EVER!
Essential oils, they are becoming increasingly more of a need for me!
A new phone.  It is a need as my current one is just shot.  And I can buy the phone outright!
Clothes for the new job I’ll be starting.
Gas cards – those are awesome.
Gift Visa Cards – I can then buy what I need as I need it!

Beyond that…there is not much I need!  What if we all actually just made a list of what we really need…chances are that it would be a lot more practical, and less expensive than the list of things we’d like to have.

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Flagger Ahead!

I’m a tad OCD.  Okay maybe more than a tad.  Order is important to me, certain things need to be a certain way.  Not everything, I don’t organize my clothes closet by color, season, and item.  But when a sign tells me something, like “hot surface” or “fresh paint” then that is what I expect to find.

So, I was driving along today, minding my own darn business and that of my sister, as she was in the car with me, when we came up on a bend in the road.   A sign had been placed on the side of the road that said “Flagger Ahead”.  I slowed down as it isn’t worth the pedestrian kill score stick figure for my back window, I don’t have time for that hassle today as I am in route to my favorite store, Hobby Lobby, for yarn to begin my next hooker project.  I slowed way the heck down, as many of these flaggers do not stand out like they should, despite their flashy, neon reflective vests and hard hats.  And do you know what we saw????? NO FLAGGER!  NONE!  Not a single person around in fact.  Just another sign, that said “Rough Road Ahead” and that it was, very rough, as someone had dug up the asphalt.  But NO flagger to be found.  In fact not a single worker in sight.  This is very distressing to someone with OCD, I kept waiting for the flagger to jump out of no where with his ‘STOP’ sign, then I’d accidentally hit him and that would start that nasty mess with the local law enforcers and well you know no one wants  that.

Then, on down the road, while still minding mine and my baby sister’s business, was another sign coming up on yet another work zone on the road, that said ‘CAUTION MEN WORKING’.  And again, NO one around! Not a single man or woman for that matter, to be seen, working or otherwise.  Just  lots of orange flexible fencing around a large hole in the road, lots of heavy equipment, but no men.  No one working, sleeping, sipping Long Island Iced Teas…just NO one.  My eye began to twitch after that.  Where are they?  The sign warns us, we slow down…and nothing.  Talk about a let down.  Heck, we live for the eye candy!

Speaking of eye candy, Delhi’s resident shirtless mowing, young fire fighter hottie was no where to be seen either.  Darn the luck.

My OCD is all static like now because of the let down in that nothing was where it was supposed to be or doing what it was to be doing as per the signs.


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Saturday Afternoon Post

Okay so my sense of humor is a bit warped, I cannot deny that. But this is funny stuff, ya just gotta admit it!  Some genius is no doubt going to make a mint off this idea.  A wedding ring coffin!  I want one, I think it is a total hoot.  I’d never bury my rings, what a waste of potential cash that I plan to sell them for instead!  But it is highly amusing to me. Maybe cremate the wedding certificate/license and put it in an urn inside the casket too? Sick  I know. Thanks to The Peachy One for sharing it on Twitter today, made my whole afternoon!

Today is just one of those days when I would be completely content to stay in my jammies, sip coffee and read all day.  That is not how it has gone but it certainly sounds marvelous to me!  I instead pulled myself out of bed (thank you Pixel and Ditzy for the rude awakening), made coffee and launched into my day.  I have accomplished next to nothing at all.  I did run an errand with my sister to Hobby Lobby, my all time favorite, put a cot in the backroom and I’ll just live here store.  It was there that I grabbed a journal I spotted, to use for taking notes in church.  “It’s A Wonderful Life” is such a great movie, and a great reminder to take stock in life and the richness in blessings we have.  When I spotted it I knew it was for me, it even matches my bedspread, how is that for a sign that I should have it?

The reality is that my life is indeed very rich and blessed.  I do lose sight of that at times but thankfully have great friends, and the awesome women of the Diva Den, to gently nudge me back in the right direction when I let the stupidity and shallowness of others to infringe on  my happiness.

I just noticed there are 2 cats  sleeping on my bed, the same two that woke me up this morning.   Wondering, is turn about fair play? Should I bug them until they get up? Oh so wickedly tempting.  If only they would understand it was revenge I might.

I have been very pleased with the Friday Featured Friend I started last week.  Both guest posters were fantastic.  If you’d like to be a guest poster let me know by clicking the invite over at the top of my side bar, I’d love to make you are Friday Featured Friend.  It is not necessary to be a blogger, if you just would like to write about something, let me know!