Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuesday Tips

I don't know why I'm having so much trouble of late getting to making blog posts. There seems to be one "pressing need" after another that needs my attention. For instance, the gift I ordered for my granddaughter coming in with half of it missing, whereupon when I call the vendor I find out that they don't automatically send in the missing part but you have to return the whole thing, wait for them to issue the return slip, or whatever it is, before you send it back for credit, etc.etc. After bragging about how I do most of my shopping online, this doesn't say too much for me as to how well I checked out the return policy at this place. So now I've been online trying to find it somewhere else because I'm afraid to order from this place again. Whew!

Next, I've had a health insurance situation needing attention, and you know how it is to get on the phone with automated systems and the like, and that took forever.

Now, I've somehow (only me) lost the map activity book and key which was supposedly included in our curriculum materials which came in July, but I can't for the life of me remember where I put it. So Neesie's been assigned map activities by the video teacher, but this scatterbrained home teacher can't find the materials she needs!

I wanted to make this post this morning, but every time I want to make a post, these are the type of things that happen. These mixed in, of course, with the normal duties. Then, I have to confess that lately I've gotten distracted with some things that perhaps I shouldn't let take up my time, but being one of those curious types, I've been keeping up with certain happenings which I really have found intriguing,
and that too has kept me from blogging as much.

I got this bright idea. I thought about passing on some of the helpful info I get from some friends who send me forwards, many containing humorous tidbits or helpful hints. So that's what this post is really all about. I'm starting a new category and calling it "Tuesday Tips" ( I don't know if anyone else is doing anything like this, but if so, please forgive me as I'm not being a copycat on purpose). Not always, but on some Tuesdays I'll pass along some of the information or even lighthearted nuggets I get from my friends. I'm thinking most of it will be helpful to folks who come here, even if just to give them a chuckle in their day. So here's the first one. It's a note that may be copied by all of my pet owning blog friends.

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - pet nose height:

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.
The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.
Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible.
I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom.
If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open.
I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.
The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's back parts. I cannot stress this enough!


Penless Thoughts said...

Sorry you are having some issues. Hope you find the gift in time.

Patti said...

This is especially funny to me right now, as I have a brand new puppy that follows me around wherever I go.

And five years ago, when our dog was five, my husband began allowing her to sleep in our bed. It happened while the kids and I were visiting his parents. He was working all day, leaving her in her crate, and he felt bad about tossing her in her crate again for the night. So...once he got home from work, she was out of her crate until the next morning, because she was sleeping in our bed. She's still there 5 years later and even with me home...sometimes she crowds me out, and we DO have a king bed!!

When we were traveling once, the people we were visiting didn't want a dog in their beds, so my husband slept on the floor in a sleeping bag with the dog!!! Too funny.

Thanks for visiting my blog recently and sharing your comments about my Christmas tree story.


Cathy said...

lol, Maxine, that is very cute. Sounds like you just have a lot going on. That is terrible about the gift. Seems like I heard some stories about that when working at Wal-Mart. I try to be careful about the companies I order from.

Cathy said...

Also, the Tuesday Tips sounds like a good idea. You could start a Mr. Linky? But I believe you have enough going on!

Maxine said...

That's funny, Patti. I only slept with a pet once in life. Our cat (when I was single) slept on top of bedspread near my legs. For some reason it was a comfort during that time. But never again--I hope.

Maxine said...

That's true, Cathy. This was BJ's believe it or not. I shop there all the time and have found lots of nice books for kids, but never ordered online. I found the one thing on Amazon; I always trust ordering from them. Don't know where to get the other item tho.

diana said...

i think the dog may listen to this and take it to heart. but the cat... forget it. they don't really care how you feel about things. they think they're boss. the dog knows who's boss.

i say this because i've had both - and love them both =)

hope everything works out with the gift and the insurance. you don't need any more stress during the holidays.

Me Maw said...

I've been off the radar for a few days myself...hope things will soon straighten out for you. Blessings.

Lisa said...

I hope your life becumes less complicated soon. It seems I often stay to preoccupied this time of year. Being a dog owner I enjoyed your Pet antics.
Have a Blessed weekend.

Brooke said...

My dog thinks my bed is her bed. I doubt she will ever change.