Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Things I've Learned Thursday

Don't forget about the Used Book Giveaway. Go here to read the post and to enter.

Things I've Learned....

1) It is possible for a dog to demolish every towel hanging in the bathroom in seconds and then greet you with a smile.

2) When a kid is naughty, try not to play the blame game...i,e. "She's on cold medicine" or "She is really sleepy" or "She misunderstood that being disruptive isn't cute." Baby Boo was a stinker at library school. She knocked two kids down, stood in front of another kid until the teacher told her to have a seat. All the while, I waited for her to catch my eye so I could give her "the look". She never once looked my way. I guess she figured she was home free.

3) I'm feeling lousy that the animal control officer came to the door with a note saying that our neighbors have complained about our dogs barking. There's one culprit and unfortunately, we have tried everything but a bark collar. I don't want to resort to that but short of begging Ceasar Millan to come for a visit, I don't know what else to do.

4) Intuition is a gift, if only heeded.

5) It's good to visit but you can never go back. I went back to my old neighborhood, the place where my girls were raised, where as a newlywed, I decorated the house. What I saw was a place that once held memories. No longer do I long for it. I no longer have the desire to see what's inside. After all, a house isn't a home unless there is love there.

6) The next time Boo and I go to the movies, I'm seriously stuffing homemade popcorn in my purse and sodas and a box of Milk duds. I can't believe how expensive it is to go to the movies. By the way, The Book of Eli is a good movie!

7) I have an issue with pet peeves. They grow. Before too long I have a pet peeve list a mile long. One of my most recent one is email forwards. I especially dislike the ones where it says, "Send this to 25 people in the next 5 minutes and something wonderful will happen." Like what?? I inherit a million dollars? Really???

8) I'm loving the couple that is going to celebrate 86 years of marriage in May. They are the cutest and wisest! Go here to read more!

9) Red envelopes are the coolest, especially when there's money in them! My daughter went to San Francisco and asked what I wanted. I told her, "Red envelope with money". She came back with a red envelope with money. Baby Boo saw the red envelope and TV Boo handed her one and she tore it up. I asked, "Why did you tear it?" She said, "There's no money." TV Boo had to "sneak" a dollar in another red envelope. You should've seen the look on Baby Boo's face when she opened it and found a dollar. She SLEPT with her dollar that night.

10) Darn kid germs. I feel like I'm coming down with another cold!!!

What have you learned?


Mari said...

No - don't get that cold!
I'm with you on the pet peeve about forwards. When it says to forward something to see what happens, or you will be blessed... it makes me delete it!

Kissed by an Angel said...

Mothers the world over must use 'THE LOOK' to check their kids!!! That made me smile!! I agree about the forward this email and something wonderful will happen in the next 2 seconds - you are sitting at a computer!!!

My name is PJ. said...

Hi Simone! Try this with your pooch; it has worked with MANY of our rescues.

Take an old towel or facecloth and wear it under your shirt while you sleep for a couple of nights.

Then get some styrofoam or packing peanuts and some dried beans.

You're going to make a beanbag. You want it to have enough beans to sail through the air, but enough styrofoam to keep it from being heavy.

Put the styrofoam and dried bean mixture in a baggie and seal it.

Now put that inside a large enough piece of towel or face cloth that it will make a standard size bean bag. Make 3 or 4 - you'll be glad you did.

Here's what you do: Dog barks at the wrong time, you toss the beanbag at the wall or sliding glass door or front door - right near or right over his head. Not at him, but darn close.

Store each bean bag in a key place: by the front and back doors, in your bedroom, wherever you find the dog barks most often.

Give it a name. We call it 'beanie bomber'. As you toss it, say the name so the dog can hear it.

Dogs don't understand how something can fly across the room like that,nor do they like the sound of the beans hitting the hard surface.

Be vigilant in the entire routine - toss and say the name.

Before you know it, you will only have to say, "Beanie Bomber" and the dog will quiet.

Eventually, you will only have to say, "Hey" or "uh-uh"

Try it.

Buckeroomama said...

I love #4!

Red envelopes with money? Come over during Chinese New Year... :)

Bagman and Butler said...

We always hide popcorn in my wife's purse. We feel like criminals trying to skulk into the theater!

Andrea said...

Movies have become outrageous...we rarely go anymore and if we do..we don't buy food.
Hugs, andrea

Danica said...

I'm wanting to see The Book of Eli!

You are right...a house is not a home without love. I once visited my old house and became very sad.

LOL at your pet peeves! OMG I hate those things too!!!

Deidra said...

I hope PJ's idea works for your puppy. Although it would be wonderful to have a visit from Ceasar!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Great list, as always.

"After all, a house isn't a home unless there is love there." - I so agree with that! I cringe when I hear (often!) friends tell me about going to look at a "home" they might buy; you don't buy a home, I want to tell them - you buy a house, and make it a home.

I've learned that the only way to go to the movies is a matinee. I don't know if all Carmike theaters do it, but in our area, Carmike theaters offer "the bucket." Buy the bucket for $15, filled with the equivalent of a HUGE popcorn, bring it back as many times as you want FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR and have it refilled for...I think $2.50 each time. It used to be $1, but it just went up. It's a great bargain for people like Fred and me, who go to the movies often and HAVE TO HAVE POPCORN. Candy I can do without, but a girl's gotta have her popcorn!

And The Book of Eli, yes, is a great movie!

Nezzy said...

Health food store baby, a product call Advantage, it is in drop form. Taste like all get out but it works magic. Really, it's saved my bacon more than once!

I want to see the Book of Eli, now I want to see it more.

I love Thursdays at your place.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Capri said...

I dislike forwards of all kinds too. From email and social network chain letter bulletins to blog memes that require you to fill in a bunch of questions - and on Facebook, the "notes" feature is hit really hard with these.

Life with Kaishon said...

I am sorry that your dog is a barker. We had a barking dog when I was growing up. I miss that dog so much. Good luck!

blueviolet said...

I don't like email forwards either and I don't forward them on.

I think Baby Boo is pretty smart to have avoided your eye like that!

Heart2Heart said...


I've learned that tomorrow offers another chance at a better day than today and like an Etch O Sketch we can pretty much create what we'd like most of the time.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Ina in Alaska said...

I never ever open mail forwards. Never.

We have to use the bark collar on Ginger. There is a limited barking law in Anchorage too. Once your dog learns how the bark collar works, as Ginger did, you can simply put the collar on but leave it in the "off" position. I have had lots of success with it and a happy dog still at home. We must be careful when we have multiple dogs. Most of the time Ginger's collar is turned off. Once in a great while I will turn it on "low" setting just for a reinforcement. xoxo

Joanna Jenkins said...

4) Intuition is a gift, if only heeded..... I'm still trying to learn that one.

Too bad about the dog barking. That is a very difficult problem to fix :-(

LOVE the Red Envelope and that Baby Boo slept with her dollar. That is too cute.

Hope you're not getting sick. Rest up if you can.


Arizona Mamma said...

85 years! Isn't that amazing? I don't even have a chance at that...nto unless we both live to be 116 or so.

Arizona Mamma said...

By we both, I meant my husband and I...just to be clear ;)

Farila said...

Congrats for the 86 yrs together couple.. it must be lovely for people to share so much of time with each other .. Wow!

I love your leaned Thursday posts.. LOL.
I have learned that hard work never kills anyone, or else I would be dead by now.

Veronica Lee said...

I'm so with you on #7. Love your "TILT" list as always!

Prairiemaid said...

Lands, you hit the nail on the head with "forward emails." I have learned...that is why I have a delete button.

Have a great weekend!

Anita said...

Hi Simone, I enjoyed your Thursday lessons as usual. :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Lin said...

You have to bring the dog in immediately when it barks--I think. Look up Victoria Stillwell--she is a dog trainer and she may be able to help.

♥ Braja said...

It's officially called the Idiot Dog Smile


Vegas Linda Lou said...

I love the forwarded emails with angels and pictures of the Virgin Mary and then conclude with something like "Send this to 20 people in 5 minutes or you'll die a painful, horrible death." So very spiritual...

Fragrant Liar said...

I have learned that the same look I gave my kids when I was raising them works just as good on the grandkids. :)

Mocha Dad said...

My wife always uses the she/he was sleepy when the kids misbehave. I told her that she is giving them permission to behave badly by providing an excuse.

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