Five Things Tuesday – A Day Late

Dr Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, is our hostess for the 5 Things series. This week she says:
The pandemic has given us plenty of time for self audit and reflection. What are the things that you need to repeat to yourself?
1.  I can decide to do nothing or do something every day.
2.  Staying safe is still a top priority with my comorbidities.
3.  Purging gives me more pleasure than purchasing.
4.  I can love my family, and still not agree with their decisions.
5.  Looking for gratitude, is still a top priority.

The Key to Health, Happiness, and Success is Gratitude


It’s Just Ridiculous – JusJoJan

Linda is our wonderful host for JusJoJan. I am thrilled that I was able to get my word prompt in on time. My thought when providing the word prompt was to list some ridiculous things people do that they shouldn’t. Then my focus went back to the serious replies people gave to a prompt given by Dr. Tanya. I have been thinking of the replies for days. It has been unsettling to me. So instead, I chose to look at those responses in a longer than usual blog post.

When Dr. Tanya asked in her 5 Things Challenge, to list things you don’t want to see in 2022 I was very saddened by the answers. Not because they were inappropriate. Far from it. It was because it is ridiculous that we are still having to deal with insane people and horrific events in 2022. As I read responses, I felt like I had nothing to add to Dr. Tanya’s question.

I read Fandango’s first. As I read, I kept saying here here to his answers. Fandango wrote about tRump destroying our democracy. How ridiculous is it that after all he has done, he will probably get away with his lies and deceptions?  Fandango spoke of not wanting to see Republicans take back control of Congress. It is ridiculous that the American people don’t understand that is way more important to vote for the future of our country, than to toe the party line,
Fandango and others posted about not wanting Covid-19 to continue to destroy lives in the world. It is utterly ridiculous that stupid people are still denying that Covid-19 is even real. I had an experience this week with a medical professional that stated that at this point Covid-19 is just another flu. How ridiculous is that?
Fandango then stated about not wanting people to ignore climate change. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence can see the horrifying effects of climate change. It is ridiculous to deny what is happening to our planet and our part in it. The last point Fandango detailed was not wanting Roe V Wade to be overturned. It is ridiculous to think that in 2022 women are to not be in control of their bodies. This is such a stab in the back to women everywhere.

Dr. Tanya’s list included Covid-19 (see above), pollution (see global warming above), our energy crisis, racism, and toxic people. How ridiculous is it that people are denying the devastating effects of man-made pollution on our planet? It is ridiculous that people still judge others by their color, nationality, SES, etc. Why have we not learned? Toxic people are indeed something I’d like to get rid of in 2022. My list of toxic people include anyone who goes along with any of the topics mentioned. Personally, I consider non-vaxers toxic people. Their “opinions” are ridiculous because they not only harm them but everyone in their path of harm.

Melanie’s list included climate change (see above), tRump (see above), stupidity and entitlement in government (see above), hatred of differences in people (see above), and greed while taking advantage of others to get rich.

Di’s list includes things I also agree with. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry topped her list. I don’t know if it is an English thing or an American thing, but IMHO I think it is ridiculous to give time and energy to these people. MPs pay rises, was the second on her list. Again, I must agree that anytime government workers raise their salaries to ridiculous amounts while so many others suffer, is a disgrace. Di’s third thing she’d like to disappear is the energy crisis (see above.)
“Divorced celebrities slagging off their ex-spouses and/or new partners” was her fourth item. I admit to needing to look up the term. I have to agree that there is no reason for anyone to publicly put anyone down. It is ridiculous for people to air their dirty laundry in public. Anti-vaxxers’ made Di’s list too. It is ridiculous that so many people talk about not getting the vaccine because the government wants them too. Do your research and listen to your doctors.

A different look at anti-vaxxers.

Paula’s list hit home for me too. She began with celebrities giving their opinions on everything. I agree with her totally. It is ridiculous to me that anyone listens to celebrities’ opinions on much of anything other than what it is that they are famous for. Paula’s second one is one I deal with every single time I go out on the road. Paula would like to see bad drivers in every form disappear in 2022. I am right there with her. There is something very sad about needing to focus on self-preservation while driving. It is ridiculous how thoughtless people are on the road.  WordPress glitches and changes made Paula’s list too. I fear for my sanity when Classic Editor goes away. It is ridiculous for WP to change things that are working just to mess with us.  Aging pain is the next thing Paula would like to see disappear. I agree with her that Betty White was an awesome example of aging gracefully. Paula finishes up with bugs in buildings. Sorry world, but I agree with Paula. It is ridiculous to me to feel sorry for nasty creatures that make their way into my home.

Off my soap box now. I am hoping to read some fun responses to the prompt.





5 Things Challenge – Games – 5 + 5

Dr. Tanya is our host for 5 Things Challenge. Today she says:
“To relieve the tedium and reduce screen time the good old board games are still there. Today I am going to list 5 of my favorites and will ask you to do the same.”

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This is a fun topic to me. There are more than five possibilities depending on who I am playing with. My daughters, when they were young used to love to play Parcheesi. I looked for it when my grandkids came along, and was unable to find it. Now they are passed the age to enjoy it, I think. Image from Amazon

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Another kid favorite was Chutes and Ladders. Both my kids and grandkids loved this one.
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Tic Tac Toes has been a favorite for all. It’s usually the first go to game for Z3.
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Sequence for kids was a favorite when the grands were little.
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Hungry Hungry Hippos was a loud and fun game to play with the young ones.

As an adult, I still like board games.

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Sequence was my favorite board game for years. I’ve played it with adults, teens, and kids. I’ve gifted the game numerous times. It is such a blast, as long as the players are not too competitive.

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Scrabble is another multi-aged great game. As long as the players are not too competitive.


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I’ve had many versions of Monopoly. I tend to like the basic one the best. A long, but great game, as long as the players are not too competitive.






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Pictionary is great with a variety of different ages. 
As long as the players are not too competitive.


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Checkers can be played with a variety of different ages too. When the grands are sometimes the winner and sometimes the loser, it makes for a fun game.


5 Favorite Cupcakes and Muffins

Dr. Tanya is our hostess for the Five Things challenge. This week, she asks about our favorite cupcakes and muffins.

1) I must admit that unless it is for dessert, I prefer muffins to cupcakes. That being said, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference. My first choice would be double chocolate muffins. I could eat these every day, but thankfully, I don’t.

2) My second choice would be blueberry muffins. Adding nothing but real blueberries is a must.

3) My third choice would be lemon poppy seed muffins.

4) My fourth choice would be banana nut muffin.

5) My fifth muffin favorite would be bran.

To look at cupcakes, it would be homemade chocolate, homemade chocolate chip, homemade German chocolate, homemade chocolate fudge, homemade devil’s food, or most any chocolate. My feeling about cupcakes is, that unless they are chocolate, they are not worth the calories. 


Five Things Challenge – Driving to Work


Dr Tanya is our hostess for the 5 things challenge. This one is quite different for me.
You can read all about it and join in here

These days most people are working from home and therefore missing their daily commute to work. I never thought this was something I would miss but you don’t usually miss things until they’re gone. This week I have asked you to list 5 Things that you miss about your daily drive / commute to work.

I retired from teaching after 35 years. My commute was very different than most.

1)  I loved that my commute was all of five minutes long. (as long as I went in early before kids)
2) I loved that I often was able to watch the sunrise on my way or shorty after I arrived at school.
3) My commute was my separation between whatever was happening at home and my peaceful place of doing my avocation/ profession.
4)  I enjoyed listening to the news in the morning on the radio. Five minutes was often more than enough to know what was going on in the world.
5) My commute represented my accomplishment of having the profession I had dreamed of since second grade.