Saturday, June 10, 2017

This Week

I swear that I blink and POOF another week goes by. So here we are again. How was yours? Do you have anything interesting, unusual or entertaining to share? I’d love to hear all about it.

As for me, I’m just going to ramble on about this, that and the other. And hope that I don’t lose you along the way.

Have you ever been absolutely convinced about someone’s political, social, environmental, etc. stance only to realize that they are so far from your initial impression that it’s somewhat shocking? That’s happened to me, particularly in the past year, with a few people I know; most of whom I was convinced shared many of my ideologies. Wrong!

Now, I have no problem with differences of opinion. The problem I have is when those opinions are accompanied by derogatory comments. And almost all of these people are behaving this way. Do they really need to stoop to that level? Or do they have to stoop that low because they don’t have a convincing or intelligent enough argument to get their point across? And how can they expect us to be friends or even friendly with each other if they toss around insults like this in the public forum, demonstrating that they are completely disgusted by people like me? How? I know I’ve written about this before but UGH it’s maddening.


A couple of Sundays ago when I drove to Montreal to spend time with my older daughter, we had sushi for lunch. For the longest time I was convinced I wouldn’t like sushi, so I avoided it, despite friends and family members going on and on about how great it is. “Nah, it’s not for me”, I said. Then in 2015 (yeah, not that long ago), I attended a wedding for a friend’s daughter and before dinner they offered drinks and hors d'oeuvres that included – you guessed it – sushi. They looked so colourful and appetizing that I figured “What the heck, I’ll try one”. And as soon as I bit into it, my eyes got wide and I thought - HOLY TASTE EXPLOSION, BATMAN – “is this ever good”. And added a few more to my plate. Lesson of the day: give something a taste before you shun it. Well, not everything. I draw the line on some things. Like bugs. And slimy stuff.

Do you like sushi?

This week we went shopping for floors for our lower level. There are approximately 3,916 different options. Or thereabouts. It was hard to count because my head starting spinning at one point from information overload. Anyhow, we did settle on one and will be ordering a few dozen boxes of it later this month. First we have to remove the most disgusting carpets in the history of disgusting carpets and scrape off the endless amounts of glue underneath that would be easier to take off with dynamite. It’s going to be a very messy and aggravating job. I keep reminding myself how gorgeous everything will be after we’re done putting in new floors and painting the entire area. Of course, I’m going to go slow and be extremely careful because I don’t want to get more injuries. Slow but steady wins the race. And avoids hospital emergency rooms.


A couple of nights ago as my husband was backing the car into our driveway when we returned home from shopping, we noticed a lady who lives right across the street from us watching us through the glass panel of her front door. This is obviously one of the nosy neighbours, which, on the positive side, will deter thieves. Because she probably knows exactly what’s going on with every house in the neighbourhood. Anyhow, the most amazing man in the world and I laughed about this and agreed that next time we’ll wave at her.


And that’s it for now. Enjoy the weekend!

37 comments:

  1. Yup, another sonic speed week. Congratulations on making it through the flooring labyrinth. I hope your weekend is a good one.

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    1. It's crazy how many options are out there. So hard to select!

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  2. I'm not much of a fish or seafood eater so sushi is not my fave. But I like California rolls even though it has crab in it.

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    1. The ones I like best have crab or salmon in them. But my daughter showed me some without any fish in them at all. Not all sushi has fish in it. In some, you can find pieces of avocado surrounded by rice. Very delicious!

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    1. Hi Terry! Nice to see you here again. I'll have to pop over to your blog and visit.

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  4. That really IS one good point about having a neighbour who knows everything that's going on ... they know everything that's going on, and that can be property-saving and even life-saving. Just keep telling yourself that :D

    Never had sushi. Probably should remedy that, although I have to be so careful about spices and new ingredients, I'll have to choose carefully. Good point about trying new things!

    I thought I remembered something about removing old glue residue from floors, so I checked with Mr. Google and sure enough, there are a couple of ways that make it easier - check here if you are interested: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/how-to-remove-glue-and-adhesive-from-floors/ ... I know you are just as good with Mr. Google as anyone else, but is it just me who thinks of doing a search for everybody else but when *I* have a problem, I never remember to? Anyway, hope you take it easy LIKE YOU PROMISED TO DO :) so you don't have any more injuries.

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    1. I watched the video and that is an amazing little tool for scraping off crap! I'm not sure how well it'll work with concrete. Under the carpet it's just concrete and I have a feeling it's going to be a pain in the behind. I'll have to show this video to the Mr. and see what he thinks. We asked at the hardware store and they could barely come up with suggestions. Makes you wonder...

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  5. When I look at people outside, I try to be discreet, but then again I don't do it besides the times I hear strange rumbles outside

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    1. Being discreet is the way to do it! This woman was so obvious that it was downright hilarious.

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  6. Yep time to meet the neighbours! I do like sushi but it took a couple of tries and now love it!

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    1. It's really tasty depending on what the ingredients are.

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  7. tried sushi; don't care for it. I am too much of a germaphob; I want to make sure my fish has had the bad bugs killed before I consume it. Except for ahi/tuna. :)

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    1. Sushi doesn't have to have fish in it. There are some with other ingredients that are really good.

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  8. Weeks go by faster and faster as I get older and older :)
    No sushi for me. Not fond of it.
    Nosy neighbors can be a blessing in disguise as long as they aren't hiring in your bushes like Mrs. Kravat's (?) in Bewitched ;)
    Be sure to take it easy when you start on the lower level. Remember what you just went through.

    Have a great evening 💮

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    1. I am really getting tired of this tablet changing my words!!!
      That should have been hiding...not hiring!!!

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    2. I have not forgotten how much trouble an injury can be! I'm going to be extra careful from now on.

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  9. Third paragraph is for me. Alberta had their conservatives for 42 years. I talked to many of these people and they sounded very liberal. They weren't. They only put on a front .

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    1. People should just be who they are and not pretend otherwise. I don't mind that they're conservative. That is their right. I'm bothered by the way the name calling and the horrible things they share. That is not necessary.

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  10. You had me laughing with some of your remarks in this post, Martha! You know how to make everything entertaining. I hope the flooring project goes well--and sweet of you to plan on just waving to the neighbor next time. I don't remember if you've watched I Love Lucy, but the neighbor reminds me of how Lucy behaved whenever a new neighbor moved in.

    And, I love that I have almost totally different views than you on some issues, but you're still a great person to talk with! Courteousness wins every day. Too bad more people don't realize that.

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    1. HAHAHA! Yes, you are right. I'd forgotten about Lucy. That show is going to live on forever! It was just too good.

      And you are absolutely right about courteousness. If only more people would behave that way. In my circle of friends and family members, the diversity goes from one end of the spectrum to the other. I continue to maintain a healthy relationship with all these folks as long as they are respectful of others. I've had to distance myself from a few individuals because of very bad behaviour and I've even cut ties with some. It's sad when it reaches that point but I can't align myself with that.

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  11. I rarely go on Facebook now for the same reason about people being disrespectful of others' views and they are so mean about it. I have never tried sushi, but I only like canned tuna, no other kind of fish or seafood so I am thinking I would not like it. I hope you show us photos of the new flooring you chose once you have it installed.Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    PS: I like the cat licking the sushi, ours tend to sneeze on our plates to claim ownership :)

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    1. HAHAHA! That is funny about the cats. The little furballs!

      Sushi doesn't have to have fish. There are some without it that are so delicious.

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  12. It's too bad we can't acknowledge our differences and respect each other's opinions instead of tearing each other down. My country is so divided right now I fear it would take a huge crisis for folks to come together again....

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    1. I hope not, Linda. Americans are quite resilient. I still have faith that you'll all come together again.

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  13. I had sushi for the first and only time back about 2-1/2 years ago. I really liked it, but I'm "afraid" to go to a sushi place and order things for myself. Was with son and now DIL at the time who knew what they liked and ordered for all of us. All was delicious. Maybe I'll have to have them write down what they like at their favorite place and then duplicate it.

    Glad you figured out your flooring.

    Do wave at the nosy neighbor; it just might make her day :)

    betty

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    1. I have trouble with the choices, too. I've only eaten sushi a handful of times, so I'm not very familiar with all the options. But everything I've tried so far has been delicious!

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  14. Finding flooring is harder than it looks, isn't it? Blow a kiss to the nosy neighbor the next time you spot her...and have a great week.

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    1. HAHAHA! Blowing a kiss should prove interesting :)

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  15. Oh yes....those you may initially like and when they show their true colours....a different story. Been there....to much energy.
    I LOVE Sushi! I'm game for just about all of it. Did you know that you can get the rolled rice ditties in brown rice? At least you can here. Better nutrition-wise than white rice/simple carb. I suppose if one only eats it once in a while, no matter.
    Nosy neighbours.....I can be bold when I want to be (learned this from my Dad) and I have and will introduce myself to such people to even the playing field. And hey, most have turned out to be OK people.

    Flooring....Ron and I almost DIVORCED (that's right) over putting in floors!! lol Hardwood floors that is! I thought that machine to nail them down was but a little tap!! Oh no, one's 'hit' on that sucker had to right on the bullseye! I ended up drilling each hole and hammering the grip nails....for 2 rooms! Thanks for allowing me to vent....and this happened 20 years ago! lol
    Have a great week, Martha.

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    1. I had no idea about the brown rice, Jim! But then, there are so many options that I'm sure I've only tasted a small portion. I look forward to trying more in the future.

      I had a good laugh with your boldness! I was telling my husband we should just walk right over next time and knock on her door. Perhaps she just wants to meet us :)

      HOLYMOLY, Jim! That story about flooring. I'm glad you and Ron survived that ordeal. LOL Home renovations can be quite stressful.

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  16. Yes, the weeks go by ridiculously quickly.

    We've had a sunny weekend which I was so pleased about. The gardens around are looking so good and our neighbours children had a wonderful garden birthday party. They were all dressed up as super heroes. Spider-Man, Wonder Woman etc. great to see and hear their laughs.

    Here's to a good new week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Oh, that sounds like fun, Jan! Children bring such joy to every occasion.
      Wishing you a great week ahead!

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  17. POOF is right! I don't know where the time is going, but it's definitely going too fast. I don't envy you the job of removing that carpet. But it will feel great when you get it done! Glad to hear that you're taking it a little easy, you don't want any more injuries for sure!

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    1. I learned my lesson! The thought of injuring myself again certainly keeps me focused on taking it easy and being very careful. Carpet removal will be a huge pain in the behind but we're breathe a sigh of relief when it's done.

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  18. i agree with each bit of your opinion about being patient in expression of our differences specially that one you mentioned in bold manner.

    you are right about giving try to new stuff and i am talking about cheese here as i really feel uneasy to swallow particularly the melted one .

    i laughed while reading your description of carpets but trust me that once you are done with them everything will shine and smile around you and your new version of house will say you thank you for your love and care .

    please stay calm just like this and take good care of yourself .
    i too have nosy neighbor who seem more interested in others affairs than her own and i am sure she is missing watching over to me while i am away from my house lol

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    1. HAHAHA! You make me smile. At least your house will be safe since she's watching it. I think we have more than one nosy neighbour on this street but this lady is right across the street from us, so she can see us coming and going.

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