Posted in Life, Me, Thoughts

What People Give

The Reddit Secret Santa Exchanges are interesting because some people spend the minimum or a bit less, others go way overboard, others go for a happy medium. The minimum minus tax should be $20. There is no maximum. Plus, the gift is based on a list of your person’s likes and dislikes.

I was actually surprised on what I received for my 80’s gift!

I mentioned that I missed listening to the music from Dr. Demento on 97.1 KMET (I even met the great Doctor at the Orange County Fair in California, years ago and have a picture of us.) so she got me a CD. This particular CD is one of, if not, the earliest, with songs from the 1800’s. I definitely would not have purchased it, myself.

I will not say I am disappointed, although, I had most of my list focused on Friday-The-13th. There are always other exchanges, so, you never know.

I am having fun buying gifts for others and knowing they enjoy them. Just like giving food, etc.. bags to the homeless. I helped a man, today.. and it felt good.

Posted in Decisions, Life, Thoughts

Friend Turned Acquaintance

There are different levels of friendship and it is a shame when someone drops.

I don’t have a lot of friends but I prefer quality over quantity, and want to surround myself with positive people who build me up verses cut me down. 

That being said, let me share about the situation with K:

I have known K. for a while.  I met her when I had my Smart car. K. worked at the repair shop I took her to.  Anyway, I have had problems with K in the past.  She went to see Donny and Marie with me a few years ago and almost ruined it by going on about how she really didn’t care for Donny, then making fun of me when I was nervous about meeting him, She came over and kept picking at my cat because the cat doesn’t like her, She got annoyed when we were on the phone because I received a package and was excited to open it, saying, “Okay, I guess our conversation isn’t that important.”etc.. 

I think the final hit came yesterday.  We were catching up via phone and K asked what I have been doing.  I told her about the Secret Santa Exchanges and she goes, “Secret Santa?  I thought that was only at Christmas?”. When I explained about the themed exchanges during the year; she said sarcastically, “Oh great. Now I will have to hear about that all year.”. I said, “No, I won’t talk about it with you but you asked what I have been doing.”

That hurt because if you are a friend, you should at least listen even if it isn’t something you are interested in.

I am realizing what a selfish, condescending and rude person, K is. I have decided not to call her anymore and hopefully the friendship will fade away.

Thoughts?

Posted in Movies

Movie Review

Yesterday, I watched the movie, ‘Joe’s Apartment’. It’s from the 70’s, I think. It’s rather funny.

Joe moves to New York and needs to find a place and a job. He starts at a friend’s and goes from there. He finds a government subsidized apartment for only $50. a month in a bad part of town that is full of Cockroaches. These are not ordinary Cockroaches; they can talk, sing and dance, among other things. Needless to say, this movie has Thugs and Romance, as well as Joe and his Roach buddies.

I highly recommend it!

Posted in Family, Focus, Humor, Life, Writing

Funny Story

I know I have told you a bit about Susy.

Okay, So I probably didn’t “tell” you, I probably wrote it and you read about her…. Anyway, she is my baby and my Trouble Maker.

Today, she “helped” me make the bed, so the sheets can stay wrinkled.

But, here’s the part, I hope makes you smile. Susy is my talker.

As we were ending Bible Study via Zoom….we are on Hebrews, by the way, if you were wondering….Susy approached me just Meowing away as one of the girls asked, “Who wants to do the closing prayer?” Suzy said “Meow” so she goes, “Does the cat want to do the closing prayer?”. Seriously, the timing was perfect! But, Susy was very good and kept quiet during the closing prayer.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Creativity, Holidays, Writing, Z

A-Z Challenge-Z = Zzz

This Challenge is over so, I am closing out my coverage and thoughts on Christmas. But, before I do, Zzz is a Scrabble word to describe snoring and sleep.

Anyway, let’s end this, shall we?

Presents have been opened, food has been eaten and guests are gone. Time to box up the decorations and take down the lights and tree until next year. If you went on a trip, you have returned and it’s back to normal life. If you stayed home, it’s once again time to clean before resuming your daily schedule. Some people look forward to going back to work after their Winter break.

All is quiet, now and you need a nap. You deserve it. Good-Night. Zzz.

And tomorrow is back to my True Life Blog on Monday through Saturday’s. I hope you have enjoyed this and look forward to doing it again next year. I wonder what my topic should be? Maybe, Halloween…..

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Creativity, Family, Holidays, Y

A-Z Challenge-Y = Yankee Swap

Are you ready to learn how to play a cool, party game?

This game has many names and many ways to play. One name for it is Yankee Swap and that’s how I am referring to it since we are on the letter Y. This game is not only played at Christmas, but can be played at other occasions, too.

Here is how I/you/most people play:

Get a group together and have each person bring a wrapped gift. Set a budget or bring something from home.. this is where you can get rule creative. When the person arrives, put the gift on the table and give the person a number. Don’t number the gifts. Once everyone has arrived and has numbers, the game can start. The amount of gifts will equal the amount of people, unless you bring extra.. just in case. Person 1 picks their gift and opens it. Yay, it’s a clock!..No, it does not have to be a clock. It probably won’t be. Let’s not get overly literal, here… 2nd person gets called, they can take the clock…or whatever it is… or open a new gift. If they take the clock…or whatever it is…, Person 1 opens a new gift..and so on .until all gifts are off the table. Gifts can be swapped 3x and once you have had a gift in your hands, you can’t get it back.

Some people don’t like this game, but, I think it’s fun! We played it at my Wedding Shower, though and my relatives were holding on to everything so when my turn came, I turned to my new Aunt and said, “I love you Aunt Jod, but I really love your candle.” and took it; thereby causing her to Swap. My mother got annoyed saying I was terrible and should not have done that because I was the Bride; but, that’s how you play the game!

Usually, you get some funny and some serious gifts, which is what makes it even more fun. At my church Swap, someone even brought a Betta Fish with bowl and food.

So, now you have a new party game to try! I hope you play it, sometime and find it fun.

And tomorrow is Z. The last letter of the alphabet. Endings always make me sad.

But, don’t worry, I have come up with tomorrow’s word, and will do this again next year.

Posted in A-Z Challenge, Me, Words, Writing, X

A-Z Challenge-X = Xmas

This might be short and to the point, but … The term is Christmas not Xmas.

Xmas is a slang term for those who don’t believe, don’t care, and/or are to lazy to write or say the entire word. I haven’t heard of a slang term for Easter, although, Thanksgiving can be “Turkey Day”. There’s a reason we say ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’. It isn’t all the religious meaning. It’s also the fact we hate the term ‘Xmas’ so, please stop!

*Had COVID #2 vaccine last Monday… Moderna.. and finally feeling better. Although, worn out now after my walk. It was more of a flu this time with chills. Got lots of sleep and drank a lot of fluids, plus, might take a nap,now.

Tomorrow is Y and I am going to teach you all how to play a Christmas game! You might know it. Some people hate it, while others, like me, think it’s fun.

Stay Tuned

Posted in Health, Holidays, Life, Me, W

A-Z Challenge- W =Winter

We all know Christmas is during the Winter time. Especially with songs like ‘Winter Wonderland’ to remind us. Sometimes, I wonder if people who live in cold climates enjoy Christmas at Winter. They are already used to the cold and snow.

Having always lived in warm climates.. California, Arizona and Nevada…I enjoy watching snow fall and imagining sleigh rides, Frosty and Rudolph. I love decorating my house with Snowmen at Christmas. But, I am sure I wouldn’t feel the same if I lived somewhere where Winter is cold and snowy all the time. What are your thoughts on this?

*Health Update- Had my 2nd COVID Vaccine yesterday and am achey and exhausted, today. Also, had a Migraine, but that wasn’t a surprise. I have been eating and drinking lots of fluids including Water and Gatorade. But, the weakness and exhaustion is annoying. Plus, hot and cold.. like the Flu.

I hope I feel better, tomorrow. I really need to walk to the mailboxes to get some packages that arrived. They are at the other end of the Mobile Home Park.

Posted in Health, Holidays, Life, Me, V

A-Z Challenge-V = Vague

This challenge is about Christmas for me because it’s my favorite Holiday! If you’re not in the spirit, you might want to keep scrolling.

Vague is a term that’s a bit hard to explain. It isn’t in black or white and it isn’t specific.

In terms of Christmas, there are times when you have to be Vague with your answers especially to questions like, “Did you get me a present?, Did you get the skateboard I want?, Is Santa real?, Is so and so coming?”. Sometimes, you just really want to keep the surprise. And don’t forget, ” Did you like the thing I gave you?”. Christmas is no time to be hurting another’s feelings.

Got my 2nd Covid vaccine this morning and it’s been a bit different from the 1st. I have a metabolic disorder and have had a kidney transplant so I have a weak immune system. Anyway, with the 1st, I got dizzy and headachy within the first 20 minutes which turned into a migraine then felt like a sinus infection for a day and a half. This morning, the shot did not hurt going in (the last one did) but I felt the cold water (medicine) coursing through my body…That happens sometimes with my Imatrex, too… I came home and took a hot bath before getting ready for bed. Still a little chilled and a minor headache so far.

Will keep you all updated.