Guitar Strings Make Great Stocking Stuffers

Have you ever wondered what kinds of stocking stuffers to get your favorite guitar player? I’d like to suggest considering items like guitar picks, d addario classical guitar strings, and gift cards to local music stores. Of course, I’d try to find out what their favorite local music store is, and if they don’t have a local music store, then I would try to find out what their favorite online music store is, and give them a gift card to that. How could you go wrong?

A cheater meal

My family asked me to have the big Thanksgiving dinner at my place this year. Well, of course I said yes. I know I’m a good cook, but I happen to have a lot of things that need to get done for other commitments, so I decided to purchase one of those pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals from the local grocery store. I picked it up the day before Thanksgiving and took it home. My hubby carved the turkey – it was a pre-cooked Butterball turkey. It was on the small side, but the meat was juicy and tender. As for the side dishes – they were a complete waste of money. I hope that next year I can just buy a pre-cooked turkey and make my own side dishes!

But everyone that came to the meal enjoyed the food and had a good time. And that is the important part of it all, isn’t it!

What to do with gifts that arrive broken?

I never quite know what to do or say when someone gives you a gift that is totally worthless junk. For example, my sister-in-law gave me her “perfectly good, hardly ever used” Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. I was thrilled at first, took it home and cleaned it all out, plugged it in to charge it. I already had one, and was thrilled to have another! Well, that Roomba never charged – the battery was completely dead and non-rechargeable. Well, that was OK, I had a spare battery. I put the spare battery in the “new” Roomba and the “new” Roomba just sat there and squawked at me. Wouldn’t even budge. Completely worthless. So now I wonder what to say if my sister-in-law ever asks me how I like the Roomba she gave me. Should I smile and say I love it? Or should I be honest and tell her it was broken and I never got the chance to use it. I have to wonder if she KNEW it was broken and was just trying to get rid of it!

I Like Hurricane Glasses

From time to time I will go to a restaurant and order some kind of mixed drink, (which is rather rare – I am not a big drinker) and they will bring it out in a hurricane glass. I don’t know if the bartending school taught their bartenders that when that type of drink is mixed up that it should come out in a hurricane glass or not, but I really like them a lot, and when a drink comes to the table in a hurricane glass, I am a little “extra excited” about the drink.

Earlier today I was looking at the customized cocktail glass at GlassWithATwist.com website and saw that they offered customized hurricane glasses, and I was so tempted to order one. This particular website lets you customize just one glass if you want to! I have to admit that I spent several minutes on that page, trying to figure out whether I would want to order one that is engraved or printed. I like the vivid color options of a printed one, but I would imagine that with the rough and tough family I have here that the engraved one would have a better chance of looking good the longest.

Now I just have to put on my thinking cap and decide what design I want to use! I definitely will want my name on it so no one else will get away with claiming ownership of it! This is going to be fun!

If you want something done right

You have to do it yourself. How true that is! Sometimes I get frustrated because I need some help around the house from time to time. Things like loading/unloading the dishwasher, or doing the laundry. I know I’ve spent countless hours demonstrating and teaching the men in the house how to do these things right. Trust me when I say I’m not being anal; if the dishwasher isn’t loaded correctly dishes come out dirty, or come out broken. If the laundry isn’t done right then I have clothes that are ruined – either from colors running together or from zippers and hooks snagging delicate fabrics. If I gently remind them that they need to be done “properly” I get a lot of negative feedback – like “if you want me to do it, then you have to be happy with the way I do it.” And then I reply “If you aren’t going to do it right, please just don’t do it at all.” And then they do it anyway – the wrong way! Very frustrating. I really do wish that if they were not going to do it right that they just leave it undone. I get tired of broken dishes and ruined clothing!