Happy New Year 2016! And Some Musings about Life. January 01, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #853)




Wishing you a lovely 2016!


P.S. And what follows are some of my random musings about life–hopefully humorous–before I toddle off to bed.

You know that you have reached a certain age when:

1) If you can’t buy it at the grocery store, then you don’t need or want it.

2) That being said, your mega online shopping vendor’s fulfillment services give you a little thrill every time they email you–both for their constancy and for their reliability.

3) Pulling an all nighter three or four nights in a row because you’re so busy while on vacation with blog and social media group projects, means that you look forward to returning to the office weekdays for a slower night time posting pace of only a few times a week, rather than every day.

4) You take longer trying to go in the bathroom, than actually going in the bathroom.

5) Your husband takes longer in the bathroom than you do for his shower, etc. (See the statement above.)

6) Knee high hose is perfect since your skirts are long and below the knee–or you wear pants. So no one will guess that you haven’t actually worn pantyhose for over a decade–except to one wedding, because you wouldn’t have felt properly dressed for a formal occasion without the pantyhose.

7) If it takes a regular person 19 repetitions to change a habit, then I’ve got 32+ to go before I stop typing 2015 on my computer file names. Ditto for writing the date on my checks.

8) You have beautifully perfected your cursive writing only to discover that they no longer teach cursive writing in schools. And soon the grocery store cashiers and others will require you to print your name on your check, etc–which means one’s distinctively written signature is no longer a security feature for legal documents. What is the world coming to?

9) You really value the carbon copy checks feature of your check pad because you have given up writing the purchases into the check register. So the carbon copy of your check is your only way to balance your monthly accounts.

10) Re the above, you know that getting a debit card would be easier–for the bank to give your money away immediately when you make a purchase. But you like the notion of having a day or two grace period before you have to part with the money for real. Of course, stores that immediately electronic transfer your funds thwart that most annoyingly.

11) You fervently believe that there should be a grocery store bagging clerk training university so that the guys (mostly) don’t put food items in the cleaning products bag (and vice versa), and so that they don’t put one of the perishable items in the bag that you’re leaving in the car for your husband to bring in four hours later when he gets home–let alone so they don’t over stuff the bags such that they are too heavy to lift and then break, or the food instantly tumbles out of the sack when you put it in the backseat of your car.

12) When you’re not interested in the love and career lives of twenty somethings as promoted in movies and on tv. The reason being that they make the same dumb mistakes that you made in life. And you don’t need a reminder. Besides, there really needs to be some kind of wisdom transfer so that following generations stop reinventing the wheel and make some progress. Oh that’s right, it’s called listening.

13) When your most often used second language is deciphering the wants and needs of your pet. Dogs are supposed to be able to decipher only about 50 human words. So you would think that it would be easy to communicate with them. No, no, and triple no. They only time I am assured that I and my dog are communicating directly are when she tilts her head at me in confusion. Seriously. And I wonder if that head tilting indicating a question behavior of hers is a human response that my dog assimilated? Or is that a dog behavior that we humans have adopted? If it is the latter, then I still have 49 dog words to learn. At this rate–of owning dogs for 50 of my 56 years–I’ll be lucky to figure out a second dog/pet word before I croak.

14) Somehow doing one hour of housework chores a day while on vacation feels like an accomplishment–all evidence to the contrary.

15) Of course, if I could disabuse my hubby of his habit of putting used sugar packet wrappers and other small trash items in an open bag on the stove top–and instead he would turn around, bend down, and open the cabinet under the kitchen sink and throw his trash away there–I would be a very happy lady. Ditto with regard to the items that can be recycled–in terms of trying to get him to put the items in the recycling bin in the garage, or even putting them the bag hanging on the basement door that I will then dump into the recycling bin.

16) On the notion of recycling–when one has curb side recycling, as we finally do these past two years–the thrill one gets from saving the planet on a daily basis surely necessitates our receiving a super hero cape, if not the full superhero costume with mask and tights. But then, tights are pantyhose, and I don’t wear those anymore.

Holiday Cheers!   Grati ;->


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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24 Responses to Happy New Year 2016! And Some Musings about Life. January 01, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #853)

  1. January 01 -02, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Happy New Year Cheers!

    Evie Arl, Esther, Guylty, Carolyn, Servetus, jholland, & ania- zrysiowana ja


  2. Esther says:

    :) Happy new year and all the best for 2016 to you too, Grati!

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  3. Kitty says:

    Ohhhh, can we talk, Girlfriend?!? How many times have I dug out recyclable items from my prince’s bathroom trash can?!? I’ve asked him on several different occasions, if I wasn’t present in his life, would he recycle. Ugh!

    Happy New Year!

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    • Hi Kitty, LOL! So my husband isn’t the only one? And would you believe that I also have to retrieve the recyclables from the trash at the office in our break room/Conference Room, too! Ha! Happy New Year Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. January 01, 2016–And here is my favorite version of Auld Lang Syne, as sung by Susan Bolye!


  5. Happy New Year, Grati! <3 I wish you all the best, but foremost health. Without that, no one is going anywhere. And keep on writing, you are great! ;)

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  6. Servetus says:

    Happy New Year!
    re: the grocery bagging, I don’t know the last time that my groceries weren’t bagged by someone who is disabled — but I feel your pain.

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    • Hi Servetus,
      Actually, the “disabled” do a fine job of bagging! There’s one fella at our local store who sees me coming and he knows my preferences–such as wanting my milk bagged. I bought it, I want it bagged. Ha!
      It’s the teenager boys more intent on asking the girl cashier out on a date than bagging my food, that I have a problem with. He’s trying to “bag” something else. Please pardon the pun. Ha!
      Happy New Year Cheers! Grati ;->


      • Servetus says:

        I have not had my groceries bagged by a neurotypical person since … certainly since I moved to Florida. Probably longer. So I can’t comment on teenagers! Just on misbagged groceries. Then again, I could bag them myself, of course, which is the standard in Germany, but I’m too lazy to do that.

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        • I think the best grocery bagging experiences I have ever had were in Duluth, MN. Because of the heavy snow and ice in their 9 month Winters, the grocery store I frequented had a bagged food unloading bin and conveyor belt system.

          As they bagged your groceries when you checked out, the bagger put them into a numbered labeled bin on a conveyor belt–and gave you a plastic card with the same label number as the bin.

          Then you walked to your car and drove it up to the front of the grocery store. A “debagger” was on hand out front to take your bin card from you and then put your groceries from the correct bin–that had worked its way outside on the conveyor belt– into your car. Snap!

          P.S. And I should add that this grocery store was not some upscale shindig. It was your basic Piggly Wiggly or something like it.


  7. Irish Witch says:

    Thank you for making me laugh today. Starting the New Year out right! My your recycling continue to go according to plan and have patience with your dog, sooner or later one of you will figure out the communication system, I just can not tell you which one of you. Happy 2016 to you and yours filled with much Kindness and Smiles.

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    • Hi Irish Witch,
      Thanks for your nice comment! I’m glad that you enjoyed my little bit of silly musings! And I’m not sure who is training who with my doggie. Ha! Hoping you have smiles and kindness, too, in 2016!
      Happy New Year 2016 Cheers to you and yours! Grati ;->


  8. katie70 says:

    Happy 2016!! I am happy to say that our local school still teaches cursive writing to the 3rd graders, they will be starting after our Christmas break. There is no longer the penmanship part of grading after that but they still learn it.

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    • Hi Katie70, Thanks! And excellent! Glad to hear that cursive writing is still being taught some places! Cursive is a small cultural thing, but one that has meaning for many. Happy New Year 2016 Cheers! Grati ;->


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