Are you a keen DIY-er or do you prefer to get the professionals in?
For 25 years I lived with and was married to a builder/roofer/foreman/construction superintendent. When I lost him to sickness in 2018 I was completely at a loss when I needed things repaired. I guess I took a lot of it for granted. Growing up my dad did most of the stuff around the house too. Anyhow, after having one crappy contractor rip me off after another I am now a complete DIY-er unless it comes to plumbing and most electrical. Just yesterday I was leveling the drawers on one of the kitchen cabinets that I guess I never noticed was so crooked. The guy did such a horrible job it isn’t even fixable in most of the areas. Do you know how much I paid for those cabinets that are now all f-ed up?!?!?! Anyhow, I told David if I ever redo a kitchen I am doing the installation of all the lower cabinets, the uppers are too heavy.
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Di at pensitivity101 is hosting: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/truthful-tuesday-27th-december/
My question this week is
Are you influenced by adverts for holidays or anything else for that matter?
Yes! I am a marketer’s dream. I think everything sounds great. Typically though, I have learned that if I take a step back I can be a little more sensible. I believe things that people say and all those paid advertisements. They have evidence supposedly, don’t they? I think it is just that I like to try new things.
Di at pensitivity101 is also hosting Truthful Tuesday. I say also because she now hosts Share Your World, Fibbing Friday on alternate Fridays, and Three Thing Challenge. Anyhow, you can join in here: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/12/20/truthful-tuesday-20th-december/
My question this week is
Do you enjoy taking part in other bloggers challenges?
Do you prefer a picture or word/sentence/question prompt?
I love taking part in challenges of all kinds! I like that there are different ones and sometimes I find that I get hooked on a few for a while until it peters out. I used to try to do all the writing prompt/challenges separately until I saw other bloggers, like Fandango, who combine a bunch of them. There are days that I can sit here and do one after the other after the other and other days I do one or two and don’t feel like doing any more. Funny though, I forget about some of them and won’t do them until they pop up in my feed randomly. I used to keep a chart but then it had cross-outs and scribbles and I don’t like papers that look like that, lol. 🤪
Di is posting the question: Would you like to be a child growing up in today’s world?
I say that depends.
When you look at the world and all its advances but then look at something like Putin invading Ukraine or Trump causing a riot, it’s madness.
When you look at the world and all of its advances and think about how many more opportunities there are, it’s exciting.
There is a piece of me that would love to go back and redo a lot of things because I feel like I missed stuff. I missed understanding about career paths when I was younger, I missed understanding about ways to travel the world, all of the things and people outside of my bubble that are wanting to share their life.
I think it is all relative. Kids don’t know what we went through, just like I don’t know what my father went through living through the Depression. I mean, how do you judge which is worse?
Di is hosting today https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/08/30/truthful-tuesday-30th-august/
With energy prices and inflation going mad, what changes will you be able to make to save money? Do you think there is anything you can do in respect of voicing your concerns?
I have been definitely watching turning lights on and off and not using electricity when possible. I also run the pool pump at night which is supposed to be easier on the budget and the grid than during the hot days. (Yes, I admit, I run the pump at night also because of the frogs – but I have seen a benefit in costs!)
Honestly, the best thing to do as far as voicing concerns is not giving in to all the crazy prices all the time. I buy less from overseas, to promote work in the US. That, unfortunately, doesn’t save me money but it does help others economically.
This week Di, of Pensitivity 101 is our guest host for Truthful Tuesday while Melanie has some time out. Here is the question.
Would you be bothered having a Chinese/Indian/Chippie/Pizza or similar on your doorstep or would you enjoy the convenience of having a takeaway outlet within walking distance.
I think within walking distance is the best. I don’t want the traffic involved in the food business. I would also get nervous about robbery and stuff like that. As far as being close enough to smell the cuisine…bring it on! I love the smell of different foods. I guess all those smells aren’t good if they are together all the time but separately..yummy!
We do use delivery once in a while but by the time you pay for delivery and tip the driver you have just added ten to fifteen dollars to the bill. It get’s really expensive. Honestly, the curbside pickup is ideal.
Melanie hosts Truthful Tuesday: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/07/12/truthful-tuesday-7-12-2022/
So my question today will be:
What is your honest opinion of the news and how it is shared right now?
Are we being informed or fed Pablum designed to keep us uninformed and in the dark?
(Pablum: noun LITERARY bland or insipid intellectual fare, entertainment, etc.; pap.) I won’t lie and say I knew what this meant! 😅
I think the news is a disgusting forum for people to spread the information they want people to hear without caring about the entire truth or whose lives are being affected. Before meeting David and starting to understand politics, I never knew that different television stations supported different views of our government. I thought the news was the news, and yes I know there is always bias, but I never knew how far it went. Some nights we watch the news and it is so “one direction” that you get sick of listening. In another moment you are shown horrible tragedy. I think we broadcast what is going to cause the biggest reaction, regardless of content. I do think it is good to let the world know what is going on around them. I mean, without the news we wouldn’t know anything about other countries unless we knew people living there. When was the last time you sat down because you really wanted to listen to what the meteorologist has to say about every day life? Gas prices in the US is on for lets say, 30 seconds at best. What is being done about it? Are there solutions? Who ever works on that? Honestly, I believe Ukraine would be unknown to more of the world than anyone would like to admit.
About keeping us in the dark, I don’t think that regular citizens should know confidential information from Homeland Security, for example. There are people who are paid to keep the country safe. If it was supposed to be public knowledge then it would be. Too many people get these weird ideas from the news. You can’t tell me that some innocent, or crazy person, just came up with the notion that a 3D printer would be the best way to make a real gun. Yes, there are people who know these things and people who have details about it but for the crazies who don’t have that information, why give it out? My biggest issue with the news, and yes I know it is sort of changing, is that these mass shootings and horrible crimes seem to be sensationalized. I think putting them on the news is informative but to play the scenes over and over, day after day, makes it seem like a real big thing, that someone who isn’t in their right, common-sense mind, might think is kind of cool that “so and so” got to be on TV so much. That is just my opinion of course.
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DO YOU THINK THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SENT TO VICTIMS OF DISASTERS OR MAYHEM ARE WORTH THE EFFORT?
IF NOT, PLEASE GIVE YOUR REASONING.
IF SO, GIVE YOUR REASONING TOO.
I would say yes. I think that any good vibes you can send whether it be directly or not, is worth it. Honestly, you can’t call and/or contact everyone you know all the time to find out if they need your prayers or good thoughts. Whether or not they feel the good thoughts, or whether or not they believe in prayer, it definitely won’t hurt anyone to wish them well.
A few days late but what the heck, right?
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Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news; but in general too? No, I think it is more compassionate to get to the facts so then something can be discussed as far as moving forward. I hate being in Limbo and although life is always sort of like that, if you know something I should know, just tell me and let’s get on with it.
Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? In your honest opinion please. I think if a doctor has real concerns, enough to do extra testing than the patient should know. Yes, it is more worrisome, but I would rather have the bad news while already thinking it could be bad rather than thinking everything is fine and all of a sudden whacked with bad news. I hate the whole “what do you want first, the good news or the bad news?” Just give it all to me and put a rush on that. I have no patience for slow talking, dragged out to save my feelings, conversations. Just being honest!
Melanie is hosting Truthful Tuesday. Unlike Fibbing Friday, today we tell the truth! Find the questions on her site: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/03/29/truthful-tuesday-3-29-2022/
The questions today are:
Should people be honest and just say no when asked to do something they either don’t want to do or are uncomfortable about doing? For me it depends on what it is and who is asking. If it is something I am uncomfortable doing I have an easier time saying no. If it is something I don’t want to do then I question whether my motives are worth telling someone no. I wish people would say no to me if they don’t want to do something. I hate seeing that “look” like they can’t believe they are “having” to help.
Funny aside: My son and I suppose my daughter too, used to always start a question with “Do you want to…” My son one time asked, “Do you want to loan me $5000 for a new bike?” I said no. Apparently, they got this from me because I say it too. For example, I might say, “David, do you want to let the dog out?” and he will say, “Are you asking me to do it or asking me if I want to?” I suppose there is a difference but I always say that I don’t want him to do it if he really doesn’t want to. I guess this is how I brought up my kids. My son isn’t with me anymore and my daughter lives far away, so I don’t hear it anymore, except when I ask the questions myself.
Why aren’t more people apt to tell the truth and save everyone involved a lot of time and aggravation? I think for many people it is just easier to say yes and suffer for a short time than to say no and disappoint the person asking for help. I get this. The one thing I don’t get is when someone says yes, they will help, and then they just avoid you until they know the time has passed. People disappear when they don’t want to help. That is fine, but please don’t say you will help and then expect me to hunt you down!
How comfortable are you with asking for help when the favor is something that will take a lot more time and work (and money with the gas price situation right now) than your relationship with the other party might warrant? I think it would depend on the favor. If it something that does not really need to be done then I wouldn’t ask. If it was something like a ride to a doctor or picking someone up, I have no problem asking for help. I learned many years ago, with a great team of teachers I worked with, that it is so much better to ask for help than to suffer alone.