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Friday, June 30, 2017

Eating in the Fifties

  • Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
  • Curry was a surname.
  • A take-away was a mathematical problem.
  • Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
  • Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
  • All chips were plain.
  • Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.
  • Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
  • Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
  • Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
  • None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
  • Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
  • Cooking outside was called camping.
  • Seaweed was not a recognized food.
  • 'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
  • Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
  • Prunes were medicinal.
  • Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
  • Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
  • Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

The one thing that we never had on/at our table in the fifties was elbows, hats and cell phones.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Bale of Hay

A fellow comes to confession.

"Father," he said, "forgive me for I have sinned."

The priest asked, "What did you do, my son?"

"I lusted," the fellow replied.

"Tell me about it," the priest said.

The fellow then related his story.

"Father, I am a delivery man for UPS. Yesterday I was making a delivery in the affluent section of the city. When I rang the bell, the door opened and there stood the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She had long blonde hair and eyes like emeralds. She was dressed in a sheer dressing gown that showed her perfect figure. And, she asked if I would like to come in."

"And, what did you do, my son?" asked the priest.

"Father, I did not go in the house but I lusted. Oh, how I lusted," replied the man.

"Your sin has been forgiven," replied the priest. "You will get your reward in heaven, my son."

"A reward, father? What do you think my reward might be?" the fellow asked.


The priest replied, "I think a bale of hay would be appropriate, you jackass."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Communication for Couples

3 Easy Ways to Keep Being a Happy Couple

Josh Gressel

Clean up your communication with your partner.
Couples can develop some bad communication habits with each other. These modes of speaking contribute to estrangement, isolation, and the feeling of living with an adversary.

Since your partner is the one person out of three billion you chose to spend the rest of your life with, it makes sense to learn some basic communication skills to preserve your connection. They don't require much effort, and my experience is that changing these negative habits into positive practices can significantly improve the atmosphere in your home. I call it marital hygiene.

Here's how to have a happy relationship by learning proper communication techniques especially when sh*t gets hard.

1. Say what you want, not what you don't want.
Many of us have a hard time saying what we want directly as if we're not entitled to ask for what we want. But we do want things, and sometimes we cope with our discomfort by asking for them in the form of a criticism

Here are some examples (with a suggested improvement in parentheses): 
  • "I want you to stop micromanaging me." ("I want you to trust me to make decisions.")
  • "I wish you would quit showing up late all the time." ("I like it when you come at the time we agreed upon.")
  • "I don't like it when you don't tell me where you're going." ("I relax when I know where you'll be.")
Your message will come across every bit as clearly, and your partner will want to comply more when it's phrased in the positive.

2. Replace "but" with "and."
This deceptively simple practice will go a long way toward avoiding the tit-for-tat arguments that often pass for communication within couples. Listen to the difference between "I understand what you're saying, but I feel..." versus "I understand what you're saying, and I feel..."

It's subtle, but that shift contributes to a greater feeling of win-win cooperation, rather than win-lose, one-of-us-has-to-be-right-and-the-other-wrong competition.

3. Don't pollute a compliment with a negative qualifier.
Sometimes we ruin a perfectly nice compliment with a totally unnecessary negative qualifier. Listen to these comments and see if you can detect the offending word. Better yet, imagine yourself on the receiving end of these "compliments," and you'll immediately detect the problem.

Our brains are wired to pick up on danger, so we'll almost always hear — and remember — the negative, while the positive message gets lost as our brain screams, "Warning! Danger!":
  • "I'm glad you finally got me something I like for my birthday."
  • "It's nice you actually cleaned up the kitchen when you were done cooking."
  • "It really felt good when you touched me for once."
Just in case you missed the offending words, they're "finally," "actually" and "for once." John Gottman, who has researched couples for 40 years, writes that for every negative message we give our partner, it takes five positive ones to erase the bad feeling. An ounce of preventative, clean communication is worth much more than a pound of critical comments.
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Josh Gressel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay area and a student of Jewish mysticism. He is the author of Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion.

This article was originally published at Psychology Today. Reprinted with permission from the author.
Courtesy of Your Tango

I don’t really agree with the original title of this article “3 REALLY Easy Ways To Be A Happy Couple (Even When Sh*t Gets Hard)” but I do think the it contains some very good suggestions to help successfully communicate.  Oh and these suggestions are great for any  relationship, not just couples.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Off Limits

Department  of the Navy is now assigning females to quarters in a separate private "OFF LIMITS" area on all aircraft carriers.

Addressing all boat personnel at Pearl, CINCPAC advised, "female sleeping quarters will be "out-of-bounds" for all males. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be fined $50 the first time."

He continued, "Anyone caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $150. Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $500. Are there any questions?"


At this point, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant from the security detail assigned to the ship stood up in the crowd and inquired, "Sir, how much for a season pass?"

God bless the USMC!  Winking smile

Monday, June 26, 2017

40 Years of Marriage

A fun giggle in honor of Ami and Dan's Anniversary.  Winking smile

A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table.

She said, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you  each a wish.'

 
The wife answered, “Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband.”

The fairy waved her magic wand and…poof!…two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.

 
The husband thought for a moment:

“Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.”

 
The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish.!

So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!…the husband became 92 years old.
 

The moral of this story:
Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember fairies are female…

Winking smile

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thank You and Update

Hey y'all...left hand/arm are still not working super well so am still using talk to text on my phone which is challenging…this phone just does not seem to understand me too well.

Thank you for all the cards, messages, texts and emails.  I know I’m still behind in answering but I have answered some of you so please check your junk mail as gmail does love to consign me to the junk folder.

I am recovering but it’s sure slower than what I thought it would be.  Still going to therapy every blasted day.  The first week, my youngest daughter in love took me to all my appointments but she does have a lot of work to do so this past week I’ve been driving myself and will continue to do so.  Yes, it is painful and no, I can’t drive on pain pills but am making do.

Am going to get better…am getting tired of trying to eat with my right hand and most definitely am missing being able to paint.

I know all y’all probably have questions I haven’t answered, but I need to end this for now.  If I’ve chatted and shared information with you, you have my permission to share that information with the rest of our friends. If my ears start burning, I’ll know my friends are chatting about me. LOL


thank you for the sunshine

Monday, June 19, 2017

Life In 1910 America

12 Crazy Facts About Life In 1910 America That Will Make You Appreciate Today.  A Lot.
 
Talk about perspective.  We really do live an exceedingly comfortable life compared to those who lived 100 years ago.  Check it out.
 
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

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14% of the homes had a bathtub

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8% of the homes had a telephone.
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There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

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The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10-12 mph.

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The average American wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour, and the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

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More than 95% of all births took place at home.

99% of all doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as 'substandard.'

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Eggs cost 14 cents a dozen.

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Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

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Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

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20% of adults could not read or write and only 6% of Americans had graduated from high school.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Truth About Cleaning

Like me, you probably have a love-hate relationship with cleaning and organizing. While I do love to have everything at home in order, it does require a lot of time and effort. To lighten my mood, and my load of chores, I came across these hilarious quotes that sum up exactly how I feel about cleaning. Do you agree?


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Only Seen in Africa

Africa is a huge place, home to many cultures, cities and different lifestyles. But if you travel enough, you may encounter certain things that you won't  find anywhere else...

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Some of these can be seen in the Southern US and South America as well as in Africa. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Obvious Signs

16 Hilarious Signs That State the Obvious
We live in a world where I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to health and safety. However, you do wonder whether these hilarious signs take this idea a bit too far! If there was a prize for stating the obvious, the winner might just come from this list...

1. Good to know...
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2. You mean to say it isn't just lemon flavored?!?
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3. Wow, there's never a good time to have to stop drilling through your friend's head?
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4. Stop, or be stopped by force...
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5. For anybody tempted to feed their children to crocodiles!
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6. How many people stepped right off the balcony before they put this sign up?
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7. A sign catering for those few people capable of teleportation.
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8. Don't just delve right in!
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9. A fairly sensible plan, in the circumstances.
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10. I remember being told this on my driving test.
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11. Even if you are really, really thirsty?
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12. If the children survive the crocodile enclosure, try not to set them on fire as well.
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13. But it looks so comfortable!
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14. So where does that hatch lead?
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15. Toilet techniques for the easily confused...
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16. And for the avoidance of doubt!
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