If you buy it, you eat it! save!

This is a simple one.  Over the years I have purchased food products that were not what I thought they were.  One example was 3 cups of goat yogurt from Earth Fare grocery. I thought it would be a healthy food, or even a treat!  imagine that!  I picked out flavors I liked and took them home.  Upon opening the first one I found it tasted fine but smelled horrible–like G_O_A_T smell horrible.  They cost me $1.00 apiece.  I really did not want to eat them, but that  money came out of the household food budget.  I found that by holding my nose and spooning the yogurt down, it tasted FINE.  I just could not bear the SMELL.  Lesson learned– if you buy it, you eat it.  This is a good lesson to just buy one of a new food product or even a sample size if possible.  Buying sample sizes seems a waste at first, but it is a good way to try out a new taste.


Pee Wee will give you money saving tips!

I have been hankering to give tips on how to retire early.  I did, I was in my 50’s.  Was it easy?  Well yes and no.  You have to scrimp and save quite a bit, but hey, you are giving the money to yourself!  Most of these will be low cost savings,  yet they will add up over time.  My first tip is DO NOT BUY HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER.  So what if a few people grumble in your family?  Do you want to retire early or keep on slogging?  Buy plain wrapping paper, meaning solid colors, striped, or even polka dot.  No reindeer, jumping babies, throbbing hearts.  Good colors are:  silver, white, red, green, and blue.  Hit up the thrift shops and yard sales.  Folks, you can use this stuff for any occasion!  If it is Christmas, add a green or red bow (or ribbons) if you want.  You get the drift.  Think about it, do your children really care about the paper?  Hmm, I bet they are more excited about what is inside the box!  If you absolutely have to, you can buy Christmas paper, but ONLY (a big only) if it is on sale.  As I figured out long ago, you will only use this stuff once a year.  With Pee Wee’s idea, you are set for 12 months!

Lewd, crude, and rude

I have been meaning to write about the “S” harassment stories going on this fall.  I didn’t know how to put my feelings down on a page.  The first big revelation was the Kevin Spacey one; then more and more rolled out.  The trickle soon became a flood.  I talked to other women about it and they had the same feelings that I did.  It has existed since the beginning of time and will continue to exist.  Of course, the main ones that get the press are the celebrities and titans of industry.  But drill down and you will see it is all levels of society, and crosses all income brackets.  I had to experience plenty of disgusting behavior at the workplace when I was younger.  There was no place to go to report it.  I would have been laughed at and ridiculed.  I got that anyways, on an 8-5 work shift.  So what else was new?  I got used to it.  If I had been beaten, shot or stabbed something would have been done.  But just low level @(*$**!*!!?  Forget it.  It was 1972.

Plots and schemes, Volume 1

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Spanish Sands excerpt (Amazon ebook)

Andy surveyed the beach to see the distance to the Holiday Inn.  It appeared about fifty yards away from where he originally entered the water.  Now they
walked through the surging surf and sand and little brown fish tumbled around their knees.
“You’re safe now.  Are you with a group?”
Lucia pointed to a cluster of red blankets, a rental umbrella, and ice chest.  Two other young women in bikinis were spread out, tanning, and motionless.
“Those your buddies?”
“Doesn’t seem that you were missed.”  Andy felt disgusted.  How could you not watch out for your friends?
Lucia picked up her pace upon nearing the blankets.
“Patricia, Helen!  Why didn’t you come save me?”
Andy looked over the spot.  Empty plastic drink containers with straws were propped in the sand next to each woman.  They rolled over and looked at her stupidly.
“You were asleep, weren’t you?”  She looked at them indignantly.
“I just drank a coupla beers,” the one in the orange bikini said.”
“Yeah,” the other girl parroted her.  “I just had a couple of beers, too.”
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Andy thought.  I could already have been home eating lunch with my dad now.  I could be doing a whole lot of other things too.
“I hate to leave you pretty ladies, but I have to find my shoes that I tossed on the beach half an hour ago.”
Disgusted, he turned to leave.
“Wait!”  Lucia reached out to touch his back.  “I didn’t thank you!”  Her eyes were a startling blue color.
Andy turned to look at her.  She bore such a damned pretty look he almost forgot their situation–almost.  He never could bear stupidity well.

Job interviews

Had to escort a man to our office once–he was there for a job interview with my manager.  You read these stories of weird things people do in job interviews– believe me they are true.  I have some odd stories I should post.   This guy blurts out “I can’t believe they called me for this interview, I don’t even have the minimum requirements.”   I said “hmm, hmm.”  We continue walking to the guard desk to badge him.   He is very chatty.  “They let me sleep all the time where I work (this was the same company)  I work double shifts, they would rather pay me OT instead of hiring another person.”  The managers knew the guy slept & looked the other way.