Posts Tagged ‘personal’

Trying To Keep Up

March 22, 2011 22 comments

Things in life I find annoyingI try not to be too negative in my writings but I’m having trouble keeping up. This is what’s bugging me today!

Today I want to quote 2 sentences from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson.

#2 Make Peace with Imperfection

I’ve yet to meet an absolute perfectionist whose life was filled with inner peace.

As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you’ll begin to discover the perfection in life itself.

Now I’m not sure that I can stop trying to be a perfectionist completely, but I have to accept that sometimes just doing the best that I can is good enough.

This is what’s bugging me today!


Quote for today

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.
Author Unknown

Being In A Slump

March 17, 2011 44 comments

Classyrose, Things in life I find annoying, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Randomblog2011, challengeI’m in a writing slump. This is what’s bugging me today!

There are so many things I start writing about but I just can’t seem to finish them. Just don’t seem motivated to write the last few days. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been feeling too good either.

Is it just that I’m tired of winter?

Instead of the February blahs, I’m experiencing the dreariness of March.

Is it the change in weather? Where I’m teased one day into thinking spring is almost here only to get a blast of cold air the next day and realize that it’s still winter. It was warmer out today but there was a cold wind blowing.

I want to throw off the winter coat, hat, scarf. I want to sit outside and bask in the sunshine.

I want to see flowers poking up out of the ground, buds on the trees, the splashes of bright yellow from the forsythia bushes.


Do you get into writing slumps?

How do you get out of them?

I’m tired of winter.

This is what’s bugging me today!

Quote for today

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens

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15 Pet Peeves

February 11, 2011 41 comments
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Sometimes you’re not quite sure what to write about, just too busy with other things, run out of time or haven’t been feeling too well and not felt much like writing. This is what’s bugging me today!

Well this was one of those days for me and I had this post ready for such an occasion. It was nice to know that I had this sitting in my drafts.

Pet Peeves of Mine

1. Standing in line behind people who wait until the last-minute to pull out their wallet and then go digging for the exact change.

2. Cashiers who insist on packing all your groceries before taking your money or payment. Then you feel like you’re in the way of the next customer while you put your money and wallet away.

3. Cashiers & bank tellers who carry on lengthy conversations with someone instead of serving the next customer when you’ve already been waiting too long.

4. People wearing iPods with the volume turned up so loud that you can hear it sitting 3 seats away on public transit.

5. People who have loud cell phone conversations in public. I don’t care what you did on the weekend.

6. Loud annoying ring tones.

7. People who litter.

8. Not being able to find a trash can on the streets.

9. Pet owners who don’t stoop and scoop.

10. Public washrooms that are over-deodorized. Just because it smells clean doesn’t mean it is!

11. People on public transit who soak themselves in perfume or aftershave. Have they never heard of ‘a little dab will do ya’?

12. People who wear so much perfume/cologne that it hangs in the air long after they’ve left the room.

13. More people who wear too much perfume/cologne and the wind blows it to you from 10 -15 feet away.

14. Stores that use scented pucks in their ventilation system.

15. Having to walk through the perfume section to enter a large department or drug store – not the greatest for anyone with Asthma, COPD or chemical sensitivities.

Do any of these things annoy you?

What are your pet peeves?

This is what’s bugging me today!


Quote for today

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask,
‘Where have I gone wrong?’
Then a voice says to me,
‘This is going to take more than one night.’
Charles M. Schulz

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or not – Things In Life That Make Me Happy

February 7, 2011 26 comments

Happy Birthday To Me

When I finally got around to writing my About Me page, Marcia – Nuggets and Pearls suggested that I should write about things in life that make me happy and I said I would. There is nothing bugging me today!

This is a list of things that not only make me happy but put a smile on my face and laughter in my voice.

Number one on my list is my loving beautiful daughter who has grown up to be a beautiful young adult. She is kind, sweet, caring, and loving. I am proud to be her mother and lucky to have her as my daughter.

Remembering the happiest day in my life – the day my daughter was born.

The sound of my daughter’s voice when she calls from Vancouver.

The sound of a cardinal’s first song in cold, dreary February – spring is coming soon!

The sound of a baby’s laugh.

Performing random acts of kindness.

The gratitude I receive when helping others.

Putting a smile on someone’s face. 🙂

The first signs of springs – daffodils poking through the snow and buds appearing on branches.

Camping at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Sleeping in a tent and listening to the waves crashing on shore during the night and the wind whistling through the sea oats.

Watching children playing in a park and having fun.

My two cats greeting me when I come in the door.

Remembering all the good times I shared with my Mom.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln


To Me


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or not – Optimism – Keeping A Positive Attitude

February 1, 2011 16 comments

Things in life I find annoying - Positive AttitudesFrom the responses to How’s your Post A Day/Post A Week progress coming along there are some pretty positive people in the WordPress blogging community. There is nothing bugging me today!

Today’s topic is Are you an optimist or a pessimist? As it happens, yesterday I wrote about negative attitudes and today I want to share with you some ideas on how to keep a positive attitude.

I’m including quotes from an article I read, Life Success Zone – I Keep A Positive View of Myself, which really just about says it all.

“I keep a positive view of myself.”

When I think about the person whom I have become, I am filled with joy. I am proud of who I am. I live by my values and I try to make a difference in the lives of others.

If you are not happy with who you are, life can be difficult. I have been lucky enough to meet such positive people since I started my blog. The positive comments and encouragement has caused me to reflect and try to understand how I can unleash the potential I have inside me.

Today, I choose to believe that who I am is good enough. I guard my heart and my thoughts from the trap of self-condemnation by focusing on the potential stored within me.

We all have it in us to be an optimist. The question is do you want it bad enough.

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
Peace Pilgrim

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or not – Sundays With Mom

January 30, 2011 11 comments
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Earlier this week the Daily Post topic suggestion was how would you spend a Sunday. Instead I want to share some memories of spending Sundays with my Mom.  There is nothing bugging me today!

I grew up in a large family, Mom, Dad and 8 kids – I was number 7. There is a 20 year difference between the oldest and youngest in the family and I have a niece who is just 8 years younger than me.

As each grew up and eventually moved out, Sunday afternoons were usually spent at Mom and Dad’s.

One thing you need to understand is that Mom always prepared a big Sunday lunch, never dinner. Even during the holidays like Christmas and Easter it was always lunch and never dinner. Because of this every holiday felt like a Sunday at Mom’s.

For the holiday meals, food preparation usually started the day before and she was up at 5 or 6 in the morning preparing the food for the family lunch. At one point, it wasn’t unusual to have anywhere from 24 – 30 people for lunch with all the  husbands, wives and grandchildren.

This meant a lot of cooking for her but everyone so enjoyed her meals that she loved to cook for everyone. There was always plenty of food to go around, Mom made sure of that! Leftovers were carefully packaged as each family member left the house.  She had to keep buying storage containers because sometimes it would take forever before they finally made it back to her kitchen cabinets.

Seating such a large group was always a challenge and thank goodness the kitchen and dining room were side by side. We added the extra leaves to both tables but there still wasn’t enough room. Two or three kids would usually end up sitting at a small kitchen table that my brothers and I sat at when we were kids.

Things in life I find annoying - Sausage MakingThe table is over 40 years old and was well used. It is one of the old arborite ones and was ideal for Mom to sit at. Yes, she would sit on the small chairs at the table when she made her homemade salami and sausages. It was really the only table where she could attach her manual meat grinder.

We would have to gather chairs from all over the house and some always ended up sitting on stools. But no one complained as long as they had a seat to enjoy Mom’s food. There was also plenty of my Dad’s homemade wine to drink with several trips to the cold cellar to retrieve more.

Quite often, Sunday lunch turned into an all day affair and some of us would end up staying for dinner too! This meant no leftovers to take home but that was fine. All Mom cared about is that the food was eaten.  She would say – Mangia! Mangia!

But it wasn’t enough to just eat the leftovers, Mom would slice up some of her homemade salami, bring out the cheese and olives and usually make a tomato salad.

There was always something to eat at Mom’s. She could put together a meal in no time. Ah, the memories – I miss you Mom.

There is nothing bugging me today!


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Having To Write About Me

January 26, 2011 20 comments

Things in life I find annoyingI was determined to write my new About Me page and I can tell you that I struggled with it. I don’t like having to write about myself. This is what’s bugging me today!

Get me in a conversation and I can tell you all sorts of stories about me and my life. But to have to sit down and write about me in a few paragraphs I found difficult and I’m not scared to admit it. I thought I had it all done and then sat down to check it against the outline and I wasn’t happy with it. So then I started doing edits and just made a real mess of it. I decided to take a break from it and start writing this post. I still need to get back to it and see if I can make some sense of the mess I made.

I know I will get it done, because there are so many of you wanting to read it now! So I better make it good huh!

There’s a good time-lapse that happens here!!

Things in life I find annoying - About Me

After much deliberation, I finally finished my new About Me page. I tell you, that really was a chore for me but boy does it feel good now that it’s done. At least for now. I’m sure there will be some tweaking as I go along.

One less blog housekeeping chore to do.

Seeing as I’ve given you something else to read today, that’s it for this post.

Now I can say that there is nothing bugging me today!


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Unfinished Housekeeping Chores

January 25, 2011 14 comments

Things in life I find annoyingIt’s Tuesday morning and I can say that I managed to stay awake most of yesterday and get some sleep last night. But I still have so much of my weekend Housekeeping to do. It’s a short post and this is what’s bugging me today!

I still need to update my about page, but I’m still not quite sure how much I want to write. So I went to my Google Reader to see what I could find. I came up with a great post from Christopher at CreativeBlogger on How to Create Your About Page.

Here are some of the highlights from the post.

  • Start With An Introduction
  • Add A Profile Picture
  • Build The Reader’s Expectations
  • Recommended Reading
  • Invite Your Reader To Connect

Let’s see how many of the points I manage to cover. I’m determined to finish it today and press the publish button when I’m done. I’ve done enough procrastinating on this.

This is what’s bugging me today!


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January 24, 2011 17 comments
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I can't sleep!

I’ve had trouble sleeping lately with a sleep schedule that is just down-right wacky. Add to that not feeling well and this is what’s bugging me today!

My sleep schedule has been off for a while now. It started about a month ago when I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t know why.  I would take some Motrin and lay down for a short nap and wake up 6-8 hours later. That’s not a nap but a full night’s sleep for me.

For years now, I only get about 5-6 hours sleep and it seems to be enough. I know that everyone says you need a good 8 hours sleep but that’s something I just can’t do.

Yesterday was a real messed up day for sleeping. In the afternoon I wasn’t feeling well so I lay down for a nap and slept for a few hours. I still had to write today’s post and came to the computer. Read a few comments and posts and then found I was falling asleep reading. I was in no shape to sit and write and decided to lie down and sleep some more. I knew this meant I would be up in the middle of the night but there was no sense in fighting it.

So here it is, the middle of the night, or very early morning for some, and I’m just finishing off this post. I’m still not feeling too good, so that’s it for today. I still have plenty of housekeeping chores to do from the weekend and I should try to be well rested to tackle some of them.

This is what’s bugging me today!


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