Monday, August 19, 2013

Once Upon a Time...

There are some things I thought were solid truths, until this weekend.

Once Upon a Time, I Thought...
  • I could whistle
  • I was not lazy
  • Robin was the sweetest person in the world (one of). I have come to realize she has a dark side. ;)
These three truths, it has been revealed to me over the weekend, are simply not so (no offense Robin, I still think you rock). ;)




Point #1

Growing up my mom sometimes called me "Whistler's Mother," not because I posed for a painting, but because like my grandfather I whistled all of the time. We're talking whole tunes, excerpts, or just a second or two because I felt like it. Maybe she should have called me 'Grandfather's Granddaughter' instead? lol

Point being, I thought I could whistle.

Then Manzanita mentioned on her blog last week, that if you could whistle The National Anthem all the way through, you're a good whistler.

I tried, several times and it's not as easy as you might think.

Do you know Manzanita's Blog, "Wanna Buy a Duck?" It's awesome, and so is she. You can see a video of a guy on her blog today, who can whistle without moving his lips. The video is doubly cool because you can tell the little girl in it is delighted to be singing with her daddy. ;)



Point #2

I've always prided myself on not being lazy. This past weekend two facts disputed that as truth (and boy, did they!).
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The first, I grouched (silently) about having to go downstairs to get the laundry out of the dryer.

Instantly I thought of my grandma who had an old ringer-washer. The kind where you had to fill a big silver wash tub full of water to rinse, and you put the clothes through the ringer to get the excess water out (oh how I LOVED when she let me help). In all of my childhood I never once heard her complain about doing laundry that way. Years later when I offered to have an electric one installed she wouldn't hear of it. There was no need, the one she had worked just fine. ;)  I think I thought of that old washer because of Jamerican Spice's post about hanging out laundry (my grandma did that too, and would not accept my offer of an electric dryer either).  

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The second correction came in the form of a soup can. Oh how I love that Campbell's has put pull-lids on their soup cans. Yesterday the little one wanted Chicken Noodle Soup for a snack (he does that sometimes, lol), and when I pulled out the can I realized there was no pop-top. I-had-to-use-the-can-opener.  And I experienced a second of being irked. Until I realized how horribly lazy that was, and how lucky I was to have soup...and a can opener... and a million other things including the child asking for the soup. ;)


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Point #3

Robin from Masshole Mommy and I share a love of Dunkin' Donuts. When my family and I lived in Florida there was one close by, with a drive-through (again, can you say laaaaazy, because I loved that drive-through)!!! Anyway, there's no DD in my town so when Robin mentioned her love of the new flavor, I told her it was cruel to bring it up since we don't have one here. Her response, "Oh we have DDs on every corner up here, Rosey."  Can anyone say, brraaaaaaaattt?!?! ;)

Not to impugn her kind heart, she's a doll, I just suggest never bring up the topic of Dunkin Donuts with her, if you don't have one in your town. -_-



The last thing, and it's not related to any of the above:

John over at 920Spot has written a book about his life being a comedian. I haven't read the book yet, but I've been meaning to (and will at some point, hopefully soon). Most of you will probably recognize either him or some of the people he has worked with, so that makes the read extra fun. And since bloggers are so good at helping one another, I'm putting up a link where you can click the Tweet to get a free download of the book for yourself, and help get the word out for him as well!  It's an easy way to pay it forward a little bit, and I hope you'll take part. :)  Good luck, John, with the sales! I'm sure a lot of heart and soul went into writing the book, and I can't wait to read it!

http://920spot.com/pay-with-a-tweet/

Thanks all and Happy Monday to ya!

71 comments:

  1. I cannot whistle at all!! Never have been able to lol. Happy Monday my friend :)

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    1. My little one's trying to learn how now. It's funny. :)

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  2. I am sorry Rosey up in NY, we too have a DD anywhere in a 5 mile radius. If I could send you one your way, I would though for sure!! :)

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    1. Good thing you ended that nice or I'd have had to put you in the same category as Robin. :) :)

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  3. Haha... I can't whistle either AND I totally have my lazy moments. I feel like I am not that lazy but I do enjoy relaxing as well! Nothing wrong with that! :)

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. My teen daughter can't whistle. She's a great singer though (and I'm not). :)

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  4. That's an awfully long song to whistle, and I'm pretty sure I'd be totally bored by about midway through. Maybe it's best you can't do it.

    You need to find a replacement addiction for DD!

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  5. You're so funny!

    I've NEVER been able to whistle. Not one tune. I can sing, but have never been able to whistle. At camp we had a whistling contest in 6th grade. I had to chow down saltine crackers and who ever whistled first got the prize. Well I couldn't whistle, and told my group just that. They made me do it anyhow. Guess who won? I did. I didn't have to whistle a tune; otherwise I would have lost. Just one whistle sound had to come out of my mouth.

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  6. BTW you need to learn to make doughnuts. They have a Wilton doughnut pan. Oh...but that would require work. ;)

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    1. Another Brat!! Who knew??? You ladies come across so sweet, and then this... ;) LOL!

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  7. LOL pooor poor you. You actually had to take ten seconds and use a can opener. Such a hard life, how do you get through it? hahahaha yeah had the same thing when tweeted John's book, said his publisher is working on it.

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    1. I knew you were a brat, even before you typed this. In fact, I'm positive I've called you that before. ;)

      Ee-zoiks, add that to the list, I'm a name-caller and didn't think I was, hahaha. Geez.

      Thanks for the confirmation on John's place. I'll Tweet again when it's up and running right.

      Congrats on your new book publish!!
      http://rhymetime24.blogspot.com/2013/08/catality-is-saving-your-reality.html

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    2. Thanks and yep a brat, so fun for Pat and the cat. It works now at john's site too.

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    3. Thanks, Pat. I changed it, lol, and then when it started working I changed it back. :)

      I think I'll head over to Tweet it again for today.

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  8. Haha I wish I could whistle too! But it's not happening.

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    1. :)

      Congrats on the race finish and time yesterday, Jen. Woot!

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  9. I can't whistle either. At all.

    I tweeted the deal, but didn't get a free book. It just said something about my link not being recognized. Bugger.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. Hopefully the Tweet situation will be all cleared up soon, and then our Tweets will help. :) That does look like a good book to read too!

      Terrific day to you too. :)

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  10. I saw Manzanita's blog and that video was SO CUTE. Of course, I can't whistle a lick. ::sigh::

    Your can opener story is funny because I don't mind opening cans, but I hate electric can openers. I prefer the old fashioned one that you turn it around by hand. Hahahaha. My mom loves to hang clothes out on the line. The only thing I don't like about that is that it makes my clothes hard. I have gotten spoiled by how soft the dryer makes them...

    DD... I gained something like 5 pounds several years ago thanks to that store and a donut addiction. Now, I just refuse to go at all. I don't care about their darn drive-through. This girl is just saying NO.

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    1. I don't mind the hand openers if they work. Same for the electric ones. I was just being lazy that I couldn't pop the top (so lazy, lol).

      That's neat that your mom still hangs her clothes out to dry. I remember the towels being stiff, and the sheets smelling oh so good!!

      I drink my coffee black (usually), so no calories accrued at DD for me. Bring on the Dunkin' Donuts, I say!! ;)

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  11. I'm with you on every point you made. I just tried to whistle it and couldn't, I constantly complain when I have to open a can and I have a DD on the corner up the street and I used to have a serious problem. I went three times a day. No joke. I was consuming so much caffeine I started having seizures and my doctors said I need to lay off the hard stuff lol.

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    1. Yikes, Julie. I'm guessing seizures were a good reason to forego coffee visits. :(

      How fun that you tried to whistle that tune. It's harder than it seems, I know. lol

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  12. No judgment here! Haha! I'm not lazy only when I'm passionate about something. Otherwise, forget it! ;-)
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Passion does give us incentive, I totally agree. :)

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  13. I love that you have been whistling the national anthem . On being lazy...if our grandmothers had originally had electric then went back to the ringer, they would complain I think you're ok. We don't have dunkin donuts here period so relax you can live happily without them :)

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    1. I've tried DD in the bag and it's okay, but not the same as the store. I miss it, Mel (waaaaaaaaaah!). But you're right, we live fine without it, and I stop when we come across one out of state every so often. :)

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  14. Oh, I think I'm much lazier than you...
    And I can't even whistle Do-Re-Mi.
    Now you've got me craving for Dunkin Donuts :)

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    1. My son had Music for the first time ever last year (Kindergarten) and ran around singing Do-Re-Mi for awhile. :)

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  15. Hi Rosey,
    Thanks for stopping by Bakewell Junction. I can't whistle at all. I think I was practicing to blow big bubbles with bubble gum when other kids were learning to whistle.
    Annamaria

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    1. We're practicing bubbles, whistling, and shoe tying this week (5-yr old in the house). :)

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  16. ha ha ha.. this post made me laugh...
    have you ever had Krispy Kreme doughnuts? :)

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    1. We had them warm in Vegas. The hotel we were staying in had a KK bakery on the ground floor. ;)

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  17. yay to johns book!!!! dunkin can not be mentioned in my house....my wife is a total krispy kreme snob, just saying....ha....i will have to try whistling though i have a hard time imagining i can get through the national anthem....

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    1. See post response above. ;) I have a secret though, I'm not a huge KK fan, or a huge Starbucks fan (eek, two huge faves, I know). I don't hate either, I just could go w/or w/out. :)

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  18. I love this post, Rosey! My grandma had one of those washing machines! Isn't it funny how used to conveniences we get? I was really laughing about the pop-off top vs. the good, old-fashioned can opener. Remember how we had to get up and change the channel? I do dispute one thing though. From reading your posts as long as I have...you are NOT lazy!

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    1. I do remember having to get up and change the channel. And it was a loud noise every time you turned the dial too.

      I also remember recording music to 8 track tapes when I was a kid, lol. Eesh and Oy!

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  19. I don't think most of us would survive going back in time 30 or 40 years. Too much work and not enough gadgets. And no internet!

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    1. Perhaps if we didn't know what we know now... but we do, so... I'm siding w/you on this one. :)

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  20. I realized on Saturday that I am really in the lazy boat. We were hosting a cookout and the power went out. I needed to open a can of black olives. No pull top and no power to open the can. I was actually ticked I had to use the manual hand can opener to get it opened. Can you say lazy and spoiled? lol

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    1. Does this boat we're in have a motor, or do we have to use the oars (*gasp*).

      Kidding. :) Though I do like a motor better than rowing, hahaha

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    1. I know, if that's as bad as it gets we're doing a-ok. ;)

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  22. Sooooo, I shouldn't tell you that I'm drinking and iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts as I'm typing this then?

    <3

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    1. LOL, I have an ice cold bottle of water next to me, and it's perfect for the moment. That caramel coconut flavors sounds mighty good though.

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  23. I live in Robin's general neck of the woods and there are at least one DD in every surrounding town for miles. So, yes us New Englanders love our coffee! Sorry!
    I tried the whistle the National Anthem and failed in no time. Based on your analysis - I am extremely lazy! :)

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    1. Michigan is a cold state, so you'd think we would have delicious coffee everywhere, but no...

      We do have a Starbucks in the bigger city half an hour away from here, but I'm not a huge fan. There's a Tim Horton's too, and I do like their coffee. DD's a fave though. :)

      Taking my second oldest to school was a drive (country drive), and I had to get up early. Half way through his Senior year a woman bought a little box in a parking lot (drive up window, not big enough to go inside for anyone but her) and sold homemade pastries and her brewed coffee. That was so welcome, lol. Not sure how much business she got though. ;)

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  24. After a lot of lip licking and breath taking I gave up at "o'er the ramparts we watched" and yeah I got that far but it was hideous.

    My grandmother had an electric dryer too. If I didn't go to the laundry mat with my mom to be familiarized with one I might not have known what it was. The grandchildren played in it but she never used it. On rainy days or too cold winter day, she had clotheslines that ran along the length of the basement.

    I too huff when I have to use the can opener. LOL. Off to check out the links and especially the DD post, because I DO have one and I want to know what flavor. Sorry...

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    1. Haha, how awesome that you tried (the whistling).

      I don't remember what my gram did in the winter to dry clothes. Isn't that strange?

      I do remember her basement though, it was dark and creepy. Thank goodness basements have improved so much !!

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  25. We all think things about ourselves and then "BAM!" we discover something else. Funniest post ever!

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    1. Agreed, we do continue to learn more about ourselves, even when we're old(er). ;) Not that you'd know about being old, but I would. :)

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  26. I guess I've been taking our Dunkin' Donuts for granted all of this time. How small is your town? I am only sometimes able to get a whistle sound out. I didn't know about that standard, but pretty impressive if you can do that;)

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    1. We live in a one-horse town. Picture Andy Griffith, lol, and you're not all that far off the mark. :)

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  27. I love Manzis blog but was late getting there this week. I have seen that little girl before singing with her dad.

    Hahahaha that is funny that you had to use a can opener. I still have the old crank kind because the electric ones suck... they break on me all the time... so I went back to the old way.

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    1. Whew, those crank ones are hard to use, lol. Hubby's got a pointed one on his keychain that goes through cans like they're nothing!

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  28. Haha, too funny about Robin! I've been following her blog for a while now so that made me laugh :) And I can't whistle at all! I wish I could though. Never been able to!

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    1. Now you know that I'm lazy, ahhahahaha. :) Thanks for stopping over. :)

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  30. Hahaha this is funny! The older I get, the lazier I become. I'm even the same way about the soup can lids! As far as DD goes, I have those AND Starbucks on just about every corner here in South Florida Lol. Maybe you'll have to take a vacation down here to get your fill of the good coffee!

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    1. South Florida is where we lived when we were by a Dunking Donuts drive-through. They had Einstein's bagels down there too, and I loved those things!!

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  31. Fun post, Rosey . I'm not sure if I'm lazy or just a big time procrastinator ... but the results are much the same!

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    1. Ha, Carole! I can relate for some things, for sure. :) And you're right, the results are the same. ;)

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  32. Guess what Rosey? You just made me realize that I can't whistle! LOL Another revelation is that Campbell's soup still exists. I loved this soup when I was young. When I am not feeling well I tend to drink some soup. I was quite sick from Sunday night to midday yesterday and I had some soup. I love doughnuts and they have some decorated ones now. However I can't get them nearby.

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    1. I prefer the cake doughnuts to the yeast ones, and though I rarely get one when I do it's got to be decorated. :)

      They must have quit selling it that a'way? I wonder why. It's been popular here since I was a kid (probably long before too, I would guess).

      I'm sorry to hear you were sick!! I'm glad you're feeling better now. It's about to be cooler weather here and my little one gets sick all of the time then. I'm not looking forward to it. Maybe this year will be different. I hope.

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  33. Girl at least you can whistle. I've been trying since I was a child. Now my kids came up and learned before me!! Not cool!

    That video with the man whistling without moving his lips is awesome! And what a great song too! She remembered all her parts!

    Many years ago, I read something that helps me not to be dismayed about laundry: Having laundry means I have people to love because they belong to my love ones.

    Off to tweet.

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    1. I love the laundry saying!!

      I like that video because you can see how happy the little girl is to be singing w/her dad. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Colette. :)

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  34. I can't whistle but unfortunately there are about 4 DD near us! (lol)

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    1. Well you've got too many. Send one over my way. :)

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  35. ahhh, dunkin donuts - we love it there. i just started getting hot coffee instead of iced coffee...it's so good, either way!
    now i want some chicken noodle soup. :)

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