Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What Can We Talk About?

Sorry that I've been quiet this week!  It was one of those busy weekends that just spilled right over into the next week.  On top of that, my mind has been blank.  Blank as in.....








Yeah, pretty blank.

From time to time, blankness sets in and you're forced to listen to me babble on about nothing until the blankness recedes.  So, I'm just going to touch on a few space fillers and we'll try to muddle through this word drought together.  Let's shoot for 5.......because 5 is a good number.   

1)  Ok, so not to get political, but the last week or so of news coverage has just been brutal for Hillary.  I can't help it.  Every time I've seen her at a microphone lately, this clip from The Naked Gun plays in my head.........

2) So, have you heard about the adult coloring book craze?  Not "adult" as in naughty picture coloring books, because that wouldn't be very Christian of me to promote something like that......but "adult" as in intricate designs and pictures to color.  It's a big thing now.  We ordered some of these books for the pharmacy gift shop and I decided to get one and try it over the weekend. 

Coloring is said to relieve stress, calm the mind, and increase focus.  Some studies even suggest that it activates the logic part of the brain and stimulates creativity.  I don't know about all of that, but I did notice and can testify that....
1) The tip of my index finger has been numb for 3 days now. 
2) I have that old, familiar indention in the side of my middle finger that I haven't had since grade school. 
3) And I spent 4 hours coloring a bird.......4 hours that I will never get back. 
 
I hung it on my own refrigerator, because what else does an adult do with the pictures they color?        

3)  Ok, I saw where another movie star was hospitalized for exhaustion.  Is that a real thing?  So, if you can get your doctor to say you're exhausted, you can be put to bed and get out of your obligations and stuff? 

I believe we, regular people, have failed to tap into this medical goldmine, which, to date, has seemingly been offered only to the rich and famous.

We should all make an appointment......and pack a bag just in case.

"Mommy's going to the hospital for a few days.  She's exhausted."


4)  A cold front came through here today and the weather is just fabulous.  Today, the high temp was in the mid 80's, lows tonight are in the 50's, and the humidity was around 33%!   In Mississippi, we usually call that "Thanksgiving", so it was a welcomed surprise and a much needed reprieve from the normal stifling August heat in the deep South. 
 
If this lasts more than a couple of days, we'll all be like......
 
 
5)  Knowing my hard water stained toilet dilemma, my sister-in-law recently told me about a tip she'd read.  If you float a Magic Eraser in your toilet overnight, it will eliminate that pesky ring by morning.  In the interest of mothers helping mothers, in case any of you were thinking of trying that trick, let me tell you what you'll find the next morning.........a sunken, soggy sponge that you have to fish out of the bottom of your hard water stained toilet. 
 
 Just so you know.   
 
Obviously, all that coloring did nothing for my creativity or focus. 
 
 
I'll be back Thursday, y'all!        
 
 
 
     




  








13 comments:

  1. too funny, joni. so this coloring book thing... sounds like a quirky gift my nurse daughter would like. where to order? Christmas is coming. :)

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  2. ha i left that comment b/c frankly i was scared to google "adult coloring book" but i just took the plunge. lots of good choices. :) thanks for the tip!!!

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    1. Hahahahaha.....I suppose that search could lead you where you wouldn't want to go, Tracey! They have some beautiful ones on Amazon. She'll love it!

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  3. I so enjoy reading your blog. I've tried everything for that toilet ring, but finally found the cure. Clean the toilet, flush, but don't let bowl refill (I prop something under the arm in the tank), let dry. Then use a small piece (2x4") #220 grit sandpaper and rub off that ring. You can also get up under the rim too. I found this on Pinterest...hope it helps!

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    1. Ok, Wendy! I'm doing this! Nothing else has worked, so I'm going in. Wish me luck!

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  4. In Mississippi, we usually call that "Thanksgiving"...ha! Arkansas too! Isn't it wonderful? Moving my son back to Fayetteville last week, I only sweated through one bra!

    And please, please, please, if you find a solution for the hard water ring, please let me know. I've got stains. I've considered trying a paste made of baking soda and peroxide and letting it sit, but haven't gotten the will to fail yet. I've also hear pouring a can of Coke in there...

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    1. Isn't the humid heat just the worst, Carla?? I cannot express my disdain for it. I'm enjoying the cool snap, but I know it's short-lived. Ugh.

      I'm going to try Wendy's suggestion and use sandpaper. Read her comment above! If that fails, I'll get out the Coke and baking soda :)

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  5. I finally couldn't take the ring around the bowl anymore and hired Molly Maid to come to my house. The young lady showed me how to use a pumice stone (bought at any hardware store) and rub it off. Presto! Done!

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    1. Ok, Leigh Ann! My water must be harder than your water, because I tried the pumice stone and it didn't budge. Ugh.

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  6. Waiting for our little cold front:) Will try the helpful hints of ring around the toilet. Always a treat reading your blog Joni, Kathleen in Az

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    1. Your cold front will come, Kathleen. I'm sure ours is short-lived! Thanks for being a faithful reader. It means a lot!

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  7. Do ya'll have Sanivac available there? It's like CLR, but so much better. It's made here in Texas so I don't know their distribution reach, but it's really good. I used the pumice trick at our old house, and you have to be really, really careful because it will scratch the porcelain finish and then you'll have a new set of problems. What I've done with our awful hard well water is to empty the bowl like someone mentioned before, then make a ring of folded up paper towels or rags on top of the sediment. Continually soak them with CLR or some other lime/calcium dissolver throughout the day. At the end, take a magic sponge and it'll just wipe away. One of these days when the kids stop sucking us dry, we will invest in a good water softener. You better believe it.

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  8. You crack me up! I have the same thoughts on coloring. I feel as if someone caught me doing it might have me fitted for a straight jacket. If I’m that bored, I’d rather hot glue something. I have so missed reading your blog! Can’t wait to catch up on ALL your posts from the summer.

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