Compulsive Shopping (2003)

While waiting in the grocery store checkout line the other day, my eye happened to catch a bag of mini chocolate candies. Of course the candy wasn’t on my list, but as I reached over to grab a bag and put it in my basket, a kind gentleman behind me said, “now that is what they call impulse shopping.”

I knew that he was right and I had to reply, “they stick this stuff here so that the kids will ask for it,” adding “even if they’re not with you at the moment.”

Obviously it is for us grown shoppers too, because even though I happened to mention the kids, they had not been brought to the store this time, and they were no where in the vicinity.

Every once in a while you’ll see certain things screaming out at you when you pass it in the aisle too. It’s not on your list and you promised yourself that you wouldn’t add anything else, but then all of a sudden it looks just too appealing to pass up.

You suddenly make excuses like, well it’s just one extra thing or I meant to add those things to my list.

Impulse buying can be fun. Let’s face it, there are too many things in our lives that we can afford to do compulsively. (Although there are some of us who spend a lifetime at it.) So an extra thing here or there at the grocery store isn’t going to make a difference. At least not until we get to the checkout counter.

Didn’t we leave the kids behind so that we would stay within our budget? Didn’t we say we’d stick to only what is on the list? Of course we did. The most ironic thing about impulse buying is that after we get home to fish through all those things that we impulsively bought, it turns out that we forgot to get one of the main things on the list that we went to the store for to begin with.

Could it be that some of that impulsive shopping distracted us or put us off track? Of course not.

We have more willpower and stamina than that. At least until the next shopping trip comes along.

“Eating a hot dog
without the forgotten
bun-
Can be done but is not
quite as fun!”

 

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Trucked Watermelon (2008)

 

As a child, during the summertime, I can remember riding down the road, and seeing watermelons, on the back of a truck. A lot of times we’d stop and pick us out a nice long juicy one.

The watermelons appeared to be longer back in those days, than the ones that I see in the grocery stores nowadays. I’ve often wondered whatever happened to the the longer versions. The ones I see are so short. They do fit in the refrigerator better though.

Anyway we’d stop on the road and pick out the longest one, and then we’d take it home and eat it, out in the backyard. It would be cut into pieces, and we’d all get our share on a piece of newspaper, that was used as a big napkin. Salted down, the fruit was a favorite of ours. We’d take big bites and spit the seeds out in between.

My favorite thing to do, as I got older, was to scoop out the watermelon, and put it in a nice square container, so that it would be not only handy to eat, but it was also convenient to store in the refrigerator. Any size watermelon takes up a lot of space.

My grandmother came to visit, and I sent her home with a nice sized bowl of watermelon that I’d already picked the seeds out . She had to compliment me and say, “now that is service”!

Although times have changed, the love of watermelon certainly hasn’t. I see kids all over the place enjoying a piece of that red interior, green exterior
stuff.

There is one thing that will be changing though, and that is the problem of how to fit one in the frig without having to take all the extra care. The Japanese have developed a nice square one. I just wonder how long it will be before everyone has one nicely stacked in their refrigerator. I know that there will be many watermelons sported on the Fourth of July. No matter what shape or size, or where they come from, it’s just the American way.

“And so the truck that holds the watermelons will never change-
Except for the fact of the fruit being easier to rearrange!”

-2008-

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Scared Me (2003)

All of us at one time or another are frightened of something. The real pinpointed time in our lives to feel this way is when we are young. We just don’t have the capacity to tell the difference between what is real and what isn’t.

When I was a child I saw the movie called The Nightwalker starring Ray Milland. It was a simple murder mystery that would seem silly nowadays, but the blind man that he played along with the sound of his cane coming down the hall scared the dickens out of me.

A friend of mine claims the movie called Elephant Walk. I’ve seen the movie and it does have an eerie ring to it. She was about four years old at the time so an eerie ring to it would have to be multiplied ten times over. A plantation type house had been built over an elephant walk and needless to say eventually the elephants took back their trail, with the house along with it.

I thought of her recently when I read a story out of Bangkok, Thailand. Obviously the elephants there have overrun the concrete city. The elephants are like pets that have been in some families for many years. Many are also used by their handlers to make money in one form or another, but now they have received their marching orders to move to another area with a little greenery that they all deserve.

The traffic and the elephants just don’t mix. The elephants can be injured and the heat due to no trees is not good for their health either.

I guess that the people there are used to seeing the huge animals. I could just imagine how cities in the United States would react to a large elephant roaming the streets. We’d have to call out the National Guard to take care of that type of problem, Not to mention the problem of a pooper scooper. The amount of that particular type of mess would be unbelievable.

I know that when the circus comes people line up to get some natural fertilizer for their gardens from these huge beasts, but they are confined and not running the streets.

A severe case of elephant rage would occur if one of these animals were to step out on one of our freeways. Not only would it cause a traffic snarl, but it would also be a major source of pollution even if they weren’t going over the speed limit.

Conservationists are glad for the elephant ban and hope that it will end the flourishing business of capturing and renting calves for begging and selling. The larger ones should thin out as they are brought back to where they should be, unless their memories serve them differently. I detect a part two in there somewhere. One that I know my friend wouldn’t go to see.

“In childhood the foundations are laid-
In what or of whom we might be afraid!”

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Rich Fast And Easy (2002)

We’d all like to be rich. I’m sure that’s a dream that many of us carry deep within ourselves. The main problem is how to get there.

While reading the classified ads of a national newspaper I had to grin now and then while reading the business opportunities. They have so many ads geared to that dream of becoming rich.

One ad listed a free book on how to get rich without winning the lottery. Imagine that and I’ve wasted all those one dollar bills, once or twice a week on the lottery. Obviously just the purchase of one book could have taken care of that problem immediately.

Another ad said that I could make ten grand in ten days, and I don’t even have to bother selling anything. This ad must be a cousin to losing ten pounds in three days. I just have to wonder what is the rush. I could settle with five grand in twenty days or losing five pounds in one month.

One more ad states that one can earn 150,000 dollars if they are motivated. That sounds logical. Whoever heard of an unmotivated person making even a small sum. It takes a little motivation to buy a lottery ticket. You know the physical act of getting to the store in order to purchase one.

I especially enjoyed reading where you could make 100,000 a year by just working two hours daily. It would be easy to get rich in that manner by just working a little overtime. Let’s see..four hours daily equals 200,000 dollars or 6 hours daily equals 300,000 dollars and so on and so on.

Last but not least is the ad that read “tired of scams?” The person that took out the ad says he’ll prove that he made 7000 dollars in two weeks. It’s more comforting to know that a particular claim such as this one can be proven.

I just have to wonder how much it will cost me. Isn’t how all these ads that I’ve mentioned up above work? You want to be rich so you send money to one of these ads, but it’s the person who took out the ad, if they’re lucky enough will get that response to make them richer.

In reality it won’t be at my expense, but the reading of the ads was well worth the much needed laughter that I acquired from them.

“Except for winning the lottery-
The art of becoming rich is not quite so easy!”

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In The Wake Of Nod (2002)

They say that when you get older that eventually you return back to your younger ways. By younger ways I don’t mean the days when you were a teenager, but way back to when you were just learning to stand in a playpen with your mouth firmly attached to the side rail.

That notion came to mind while watching TV the other day. An old man was sitting in the back of a car, taking a tour of an area of town where he had once lived. It was early in the morning and he had rested well the night before. As he rode along the streets his mind was well occupied and there was much joy in his face. “I remember that building” is what he said. Of course the comments continued as the tour progressed.

Suddenly out of the clear blue sky the camera closed in on the old man’s face and to my surprise he had fallen asleep. A tiredness had overcome him at a time that he would have wanted to stay awake.

This scenario is so much repeated by my 14 month old grandson. He’ll be sitting in his carseat in the back, enjoying the scenery and them boom, out of nowhere you’ll see his head tilted with his eyes closed shut. So fast asleep without a care in the world.

It didn’t seem to matter to the old man or the little one what all is going on. Both of their bodies in rhythm with the car ride, decided to let go of the view, in order to partake in a restful snooze.

I didn’t get to see the old man when he first awoke after this particular nap, but surely he wouldn’t have woke up screaming and crying as some babies do.

Neither does my grandson. He’s just that good natured, and I can bet that one day when he is an old man that quality will have been with him throughout his whole life. Some folks are just born that way.

Qualities unfold-
That bring together the young and the old!

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Expressions (2004)

My grandmother used to say that “you never know what is around the corner.” The expression stood then and it certainly appears to stand today. Of course she didn’t make up the expression but it was one of her favorite ones.

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Just when you think that things are not going right, boom, something good happens to turn things around.

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Another grandmother of mine used to say “no matter who is president the price of beans will still be the same.” That borrowed saying is also true. in my case though I’d have to say that I’m more apt to watch the price of milk and it seems to steadily rise no matter what is going on.

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As a grandmother I’ll have to pass on some of those sayings. it’s always good to have a little expression here or there to throw around.

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My favorite saying that I read once goes as follows: “sometimes I sits and thinks and then sometimes I just sits!” it sounds so relaxing to me and everyone deserves a break now and then.

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The days pass by too quickly and we have to catch a relaxing moment now and then amongst all the chaos.

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As another borrowed expression goes, “it’s Monday, and tomorrow it will be Tuesday, and before you know it the whole week will be over with.”

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Making the most and squeezing in a little enjoyment before that whole week passes by is getting the most out of all of those little sayings.

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“The older you get the quicker time passes” is too true of a saying. maybe we can figure out another expression to override that one!

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Washing And Drying (2005)

I saw a comic strip that showed a man asking his wife about those two big white things that were located in the house. Of course, she had to go back at him with those wouldn’t happen to be the washer and the dryer? The conversation ends up with him asking what are they for.

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What would we do if we had no washer and/or dryer? I know that we would head off to the nearest washateria. I’ve been there! It’s a lot different going there than doing the laundry at home. It may seem like quite an inconvenience, but a necessity that one cannot get around.

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For one thing one has to do all of their laundry for the week at one time, unless one would like to choose the option to go several times a week and that wouldn’t be very time effective.

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Depending on the size of your family, one might need to rent some type of large trailer to haul the stuff down there. If by chance, one lives alone a little tote bag might suffice-minus those huge comforters that we all like to cozy up with.

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The other fun thing about the washateria is that you have to babysit the situation. There is no other choice. one cannot step into the next room and clean out the cat litter or whatever other mess might be going on. No! one has to sit right there while the clothes wash, rinse, and spin.

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One does get the chance to stand and stretch in the middle though-when it is time to remove the wet clothes and put them into the dryer. That is the fun part. as the clothes swirl and swirl around, you see stuff go by that you didn’t even know that you owned.

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If the people before you accidently left some of theirs in the dryer, then the conclusion that you came to might be reality.

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Nice and neatly folded the stuff is jammed into the car only to get dirty again so that history can repeat itself.

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The next question that comes to mind is what if there were no washaterias? I’ve been there too and remember the excercise derived from running to collect the clothes off of the clothes line before they became rain drenched.

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Those two big white things do come in handy-as long as they’re working!

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“Dirty clothes-

End up smelling like a rose!”

-2005-

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Purse Fillings (2001)

I used to watch a show called “Lets Make a Deal”, which I know has been around for a while, but it’s been quite a while since I last saw it. iIreally hadn’t thought about it until I asked a co-worker if she had two quarters for some change that I had.
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As she began searching, for the quarters, I noticed that she would have made a great contestant on Let’s Make a Deal, for my goodness, she had everything in her purse except for the kitchen sink, but needless to say, she had no quarters.
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As she continued to pull stuff out of her purse, she also reminded me of those clowns at the circus. you know the ones that will pull up in a car and then 20 or more of them will pile out. One has to wonder where they all come from similiar to all of that stuff that my co-worker kept pulling out of her purse.
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One thing I did notice though, is that a lot of the items had to do with her baby. Mothers have a hard time keeping their purses free from the little ones’ belongings. It’s just a fact of life and explains why I found one of daughter’s socks in my purse earlier when I was looking for some change.
Of course I was keeping it there to match it up with the other one, and what a better place to keep it than in my purse to settle down with everything else under the sun!

“Coworkers in the rough-
Digging diligently through their stuff”

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Too Much In A Day (2001)

Sometimes it seems like there just isn’t enough time in the day. You have your whole day planned out, and although you do not have enough time to do what you have planned, then along comes the unexpected.
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A lot of times as you are getting ready to walk out of the door, that is the time that the unexpected happens. There is always one more thing to do before you leave and then there are others who at the last moment need your attention.
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Every once in a while it seems like one might need two whole days to complete the much needed tasks that need to be done in one day. They say that you should take one day at a time, but, whew, that one day can be overwhelming.
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I guess the expression is true though, because it would be too overbearing to think about the next day when there isn’t enough time to do what one has to do for today and you’re right smack in the middle of it.
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In reality today is all that counts. moment by moment we go about our busy lives and try to complete as much as we need to.
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Every once in a while it’s best to put the daily list on hold for a moment so that we can as they say stop to smell the flowers. Of course that stopping requires planting, watering, and feeding the flowers. There I go again. Maybe some of our days are too overwhelming because we make the lists too long.
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When the sun goes down, and we’ve done all that we can, we can kick back and relax and realize that we’ve done exactly that, and if by chance we have to plan by the silvery moon we should plan the following day left open with many loopholes for the unexpected which will give us a regular day.
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A regular day sounds good, but what exactly does a regular day mean? I’m sure that is another story in itself. One that I don’t have enough time to go into, for it will interrupt the already too many things that I have to do, as in finishing this story!
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“A regular day requires much thought-
In order to acquire the deadlines with peace that are sought!”

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One More Thing (2006)

HAVE TO WONDER WHY WHEN I WALK INTO THE STORE-

THAT I ALWAYS TEND TO WALK BACK OUT WITH A LITTLE MORE?

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I MADE THAT LIST AND THAT IS ALL I WAS GOING TO GET-

AND THEN MY BASKET IS SO FULL THAT I FEEL LIKE I’M

ABOUT TO GO INTO SOME SERIOUS DEBT.

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AS I CRUISE DOWN EACH AND EVERY AISLE-

I STOP TO LOOK LONGER AND THEN END UP

STAYING FOR A WHILE.

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THERE WAS APPARENTLY MUCH, NOT WRITTEN DOWN AND MISSED-

AS I KEEP ON ADDING TO THAT GROCERY LIST.

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HAVING A CHILD ON HAND DOESN’T HELP THE SITUATION-

BECAUSE THEY CAN ALWAYS ADD A FEW MORE ITEMS IN ORDER TO GET SOME OF THAT SNACKING DONE.

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THE MAYO IS ALMOST OUT, THE BUTTER IS LOW-

ITEMS KEEP POPPING UP AS I CONTINUE DOWN ANOTHER ROW.

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AND THEN IF THAT WASN’T BAD ENOUGH-

I HAPPEN EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, NOT TO

EAT, BEFORE PICKING UP ALL OF THIS STUFF.

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SO WHILE I AM SHOPPING, HUNGRY AS A BEAR-

THE LIST NO MORE MATTERS, I JUST SEEM TO

NO LONGER CARE.

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UNLESS YOU’RE LIKE SOME FOLKS, WHO CAN WALK IN AND OUT WITH JUST

THE ONE THING THAT SHE HAD IN MIND-

BUT THEN OF COURSE SHE HAS TO CONTEND WITH A PROBLEM OF A DIFFERENT KIND.

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SUCH AS THE CASHIER ASKING, WHILE IN A GRIN, “IS THAT ALL YOU’RE GOING TO GET?”

PERSONALLY, I’VE NEVER HAD THE PRIVLEDGE OF BEING ASKED THAT QUESTION AS OF YET!

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HAVE TO WONDER WHY WHEN I WALK INTO THE STORE-

THAT I ALWAYS TEND TO WALK BACK OUT WITH A LITTLE MORE?

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