Cleaning out all the clutter from various rooms in the house, I dedicated a shoebox to all the pens that I came across this past week. I found pens scattered all over the house – in drawers, on dressers, by the phone, in the bathroom, even! The shoebox is totally full now, heaped over the top with pens, in all shapes, sizes and colors. I hardly ever use a pen or pencil to write anything these days – I type everything. But once in a while I need to write something on a shopping list or sign a letter and then I need a pen.
I wanted to fill out a deposit slip for my bank and needed a pen, so I went to the shoebox of pens I had collected and took one out. I scribbled on a scrap piece of paper to get the ink flowing, but nothing came out. So I threw that one in the trash and went back to the shoebox to get a different pen. I scribbled with that one to get the ink flowing and again – nothing came out. So, again I threw away that pen and went back to the shoebox. I mean, WTF?
The third pen I picked from the shoebox didn’t write, either. Now I was getting mad. I sat down with a pad of paper and started going through the pens in the shoebox, scribbling with each one to see if it would write. If it didn’t write, into the trash can it went. I must have spent a good 20 minutes scribbling with pens and throwing out the ones that had dried out or run out of ink.
A thousand pens and nothing to write with. It makes me wonder why the pens were not tossed out when someone discovered they weren’t working in the first place, instead of just setting them down wherever and leaving them laying around. This would have been a great task for a kid to do for me. I wish I had thought of that before I wasted a half hour scribbling with pens to finally find one that would write.
Do not feed the internet trolls and they will go away. Social media has started bringing out the worst in people. Trolls will stalk people, make rude or insulting comments, and just bully or bother people for the sake of getting attention.
Trolls are especially fond of the popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, where their audience can grow to hundreds or even thousands of people to insult or annoy. If you don’t react to the trolls, they don’t get the attention they are craving. Without attention, the trolls soon get bored and drift away to bother someone else. So remember this the next time a troll starts arguing with you – don’t feed them!
Back when I was a kid, my mother used to say that sometimes I “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” I was grumpy when I first woke up, and grumpy through breakfast, and still grumpy when I left the house in the morning for school. She pretty much just made sure that I did the basics of getting dressed, brushing my teeth, combing my hair, and otherwise left me alone on those mornings. With all of us kids running around in the morning, she did a pretty good job parenting to get us all dressed, fed and dispatched on time.
I don’t know why I sometimes wake up in a bad mood, but I am in a bad mood today. Even a second cup of coffee did not clear the cobwebs and the scowl on my face. Last night was nothing out of the ordinary, but when the alarm clock sounded at 5:30 am, I REALLY did not want to get up and deal with the day ahead. Usually a good cup of coffee will take the edge off, but this morning it didn’t help one bit. I tried a second cup – no help.
On days like this, it is best for people to just give me a wide berth. Don’t ask me what is wrong. Don’t try to cheer me up. Just leave me alone. I’ll work it out and get over it eventually.
When you live in the city or in a developed suburb, you should certainly know that in today’s world every community has leash laws. This means that dogs outside of the home are supposed to be kept on a leash so they can be controlled at all times. Even if you have your dog in your front yard, unless it is on a leash, you cannot be sure that something or someone will excite the dog into running into the street or across other people’s yards, and worse, possibly attacking someone.
Leash laws mean that every dog should be on a leash when outdoors. Even yours. And I do hope my neighbors are reading this, because I am sick of other people’s dogs running down the street and getting into fights with my dogs. My dogs are on a leash and are not looking for a fight. We are just going for a walk. It would be nice if we could walk down our own street without being attacked. i don’t blame the other dogs – I blame their irresponsible owners for not having their dogs on a leash.