Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"V" as in VERY frustrating for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Jenny Matlock at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  Today we are studying the letter "V" as in VERY frustrating.
OK, let's not even talk about computers.  We know they can be VERY frustrating.

Let's talk about toothpaste tubes.  Who decided to change the tubes so that we can no longer squeeze the bottom and get 99% of the toothpaste out of the tube?  Remember the good old days when the tube went flat?
Today's tubes are VERY frustrating.

I found a plastic thing that you can slip on the bottom of the tube and push it up as you go along.  I now get at least 90% of the toothpaste out of the tube.  If you don't have one of these little plastic things you're wasting a lot of toothpaste.  The bad news is that these plastic things are hard to get on the end of the tube.  I often have to get my son to do it for me because I don't have the strength in my fingers to get it on.  That's VERY frustrating to me too.  What was wrong with the old tubes???

Television sets are now VERY frustrating too.  I'd like my TV to come on right away.  I don't want to see the PLEASE WAIT message.  I guess I'm an instant gratification kind of person.  Waiting like that is not an improvement in technology.  Here's a picture of our first TV set back in 1951.  It's in the background behind my sister and me.  It had tubes that had to warm up when you turned it on.  I swear those tubes warmed up faster that the TV set I have now.
Yes, sometimes the tubes burned out.  When that happened my mother would just call Mr. Benny and he'd come out and test the tubes and replace whatever needed replacing.

When my mother called Mr. Benny (or anyone else) she spoke to an actual human being.  Does anyone remember those days?
I don't know about you, but I find it VERY frustrating to call a company and have to go through a 15 minute menu with some recorded voice.  (Don't you love it when they say, "Your call is important to us.")  Perhaps 15 minutes is an exaggeration, but it seems that long or longer.  At least 50% of the time nothing in their menu has anything to do with why I'm calling.  If I'm lucky I'll then be put on hold to speak with the next representative and wait another 15 minutes until a real human being comes on the line.

There's only one company that I've dealt with in recent times that doesn't do that to me.  I'd like to give a shout out to  I am in no way, shape or form reimbursed for my praise.  It's genuine.  I am a loyal customer and do buy kitty litter and pet supplies from them.  Their customer service is excellent.  A human being always answers the phone and an E-mail gets an immediate response.  Why can't more companies do that nowadays?

Years ago it was always VERY frustrating to me when my grandmother would talk about the nickle loaf of bread, the penny postcard, etc.   I couldn't understand why she was always living in the past.  I'm afraid I've become my grandmother and that too is VERY frustrating.

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"U" as in UH-OH!!! for Alphabe-Thursday

Do any of you remember when I had my computer crash last year???  I thought I had been backing up everything to Mozy and a second hard drive, but I hadn't been backing up everything.  I had only been backing up My Documents.  Unfortunately, Family Tree Maker wasn't in My Documents and I lost all my geneaology stuff.  What a pain.

UH-OH!!!  My heart was in my throat recently when my screen suddenly went black.  How could that happen?  My computer wasn't even a year old.  My "computer son" was in Italy on vacation.  He came home sick.  So, I had to wait a while to have him take a look at it.  He came over last weekend and had it fixed in no time.  Nothing bad like a crash.  Just a power thing.  So, now I'm back!

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "U" as in UH-OH!  Who am I kidding?  That's not what I was really saying when this blankity-blank computer wasn't working.

I couldn't even share my good news.

Meet Chloe.
She came to live with us a couple of weeks ago.  She loves to look out the window.

Sometimes she even puts her favorite toy up on the windowsill for safe keeping.  Can you see the rubber foot on the sill?  She also gets along well with the cats.  They mostly ignore each other.

When she's done playing she rests.

Some of  you might remember that we lost our sweet dog Sophie last September to cancer.  She was so special and I wasn't actively looking for another dog.  However, I said if an older dog came along that needed a home I'd give it serious consideration.  I'm 69 and I was concerned that a young dog would outlive me.  All my pets are rescues and if at all possible I want this to be their forever home.  That means I have to outlive them.

Chloe was found by one of my Veterinarian's technicians.  She's about five years old.  She was malnourished, full of fleas, had a bad skin rash, and tested positive for heart worms.  The perfect dog for me!  They think she's a Schnauzer/Yorkie mix.  Just like Sophie she loves everyone.  It's as if she's always been here.  I know we'll all live happily ever after.

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thanks for visiting...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Jersey Falcons Time!

I've posted this link in the past.  Every year since it began I've been following the New Jersey falcons that nest on top of a building in Jersey City.

The original female must have "aged out" as a new one has appeared this year.  I believe there has been two males.  Many years back one of the males was found injured on the sidewalk and went to live in a rehab place.  A new male moved in and took up residence at that time. 

I saw the one falcon on the roof this morning.  Sometimes I just leave it running in the background while I'm online and take a look every few minutes.  The camera scans out over the Hudson River and you can see NYC too!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"R" as in Amazing RACE for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  For a list of this week's participants head over to Jenny's blog.  This week we are studying the letter "R" as in The Amazing RACE.

The Amazing RACE is one of my favorite TV shows.   Teams of two race around the world trying not to get eliminated.  The first team to arrive at the last pit stop wins one million dollars.  The RACE seems to bring out either the best or the worst in people.

Another one of my favorite shows is Downton Abbey.  I'm fascinated with the British lifestyle, fashions, drama, history, etc. of that time.  Sadly, I'll have to wait almost another year for season six to air.

My imagination runs wild sometimes.  Wouldn't it be fun to see the cast of Downton Abbey run the Amazing RACE?

Here are the teams I've come up with so far (in no particular order):

Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson:
I'm a romantic.  I think they're so cute together.  They seem to keep their emotions in check which will help them on the RACE.

Anna and Mr. Bates:

 I don't know if he'll be able to keep up with her.  He might be a liability on this team.  Anna is so nice.  The other teams will like her, but she might be too nice for her own good in this RACE.

 Robert and Cora:
For the most part they're pretty compatible and that can only help in the RACE.  However, they're also quite spoiled.  No one on the RACE is going to stop and spoil them.  They're on their own here.

Mrs. Patmore and Daisy:
 "Yes, Mrs. Patmore."  Remember those days?  Daisy no longer says that every other sentence.  I think they respect each other and that can only help on the RACE.

Lady Mary and Lady Edith:
I just had to put them together.  There's always one team that does nothing but bicker right from the get go.  Let the fireworks begin!

Lady Rose and Atticus:
I had to keep the newlyweds together.  I told you I was a romantic.

These are the teams I've come up with so far.  Maybe you can help?

I like Tom.
I just don't know who to pair him with for the RACE.  I want someone nice for him.

I don't like this Tom.
I'd love to hook him up with someone mean, sneaky, and difficult.

Sorry Violet...'re too old for this RACE.

Maybe I should put Dr. Clarkson and Lady Crawley together??

Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Perhaps you have some ideas?  We need 11 teams here.

Then Phil can say, "Downton Abbey, the world is waiting."   "Travel safe."
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Why I'm slowly hating Pinterest...

Up until a few days ago I was for the most part enjoying Pinterest.  It was a great way to keep track of doll and doll things I enjoyed on the Internet.  Suddenly, everything changed.

My feed now contains things I find objectionable.  I think it might be because I've followed Pinners for their doll boards, but I didn't check out their other boards.  Now that stuff is popping up in my feed.  I've gone back and unfollowed most of the people that have other boards besides doll boards.  I'm hoping this will take care of it for me.

If anyone knows anything else I can do please let me know.

If things don't change I'm going to delete my Pinterest account.  I'm kind of disgusted with the whole thing.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is a doll post.


From my Vogue Ginny Dolls
(L-R: Vogue Modern Ginny, Vogue Vintage Ginny, and Vogue Vintage Reproduction Ginny)