Sunday, 4 April 2021

Old Enough.....Ugly Enough



I went to bed early last night. 
It was 8 pm....unheard of for me.
Subsequently I was wide awake before five, woken by Dorothy who had noticed one of my psoriasis covered kneecaps sticking out from under the duvet  and was busy plucking off the scabs with her teeth and tongue.
It wasn’t an unpleasant sensation, to be sure , so I sipped my coffee ( I leave a flask by my bed now for early morning get ups), left her to it and prepared myself for another day at work.

We all have our own sayings, I’ve always thought.....
Many of them are inherited by parents or significant others or we just have them evolve through the general trails and tribulations of life.
One of mine is .....
I’m old enough and ugly enough to deal with it.....”
 This is all about not keeping your gob shut, whether it be in a conflict situation or just in everyday life.
I have an example
Last Monday I went to the garden centre in the village for bedding plants.
The lockdown rules had just been relaxed and the place was busy.
On one till, in front of me a middle aged woman was having an argument with the cashier. The wrong price had been accidentally left on a plant pot and the woman was insisting that she was only going to pay the price advertised on the pot  which was ludicrously cheaper than the right one . 
The cashier politely pointed out that all of the other similar pots had the correct pricing on them and only this one had been incorrectly labelled. She apologised for the mistake but the woman was not having any of it and became belligerent and rude in her manner.
The manager was called and she too was polite , only to be shot down moments later by a louder voice and harsher words and buoyed up by her own adrenalin she looked around the waiting queue for any sign of support.
No one caught her eye but me 
“ Oh pay the proper price you miserable cow” I said
It wasn’t the reply she was expecting.
I should have added something here, but I didn’t as to be the sub text is plain to see
“ If you don’t want my thoughts on the matter don’t ask for me to comment” 

And so it’s Easter Sunday. 
Easter has always been a non event for me. 
For me it was a bland day, filled with Jeffrey Hunter in King Of Kings, a half decent roast dinner and my ex husband going to church. Even as a child the day was marked with bad tv and too many Easter Eggs
So the prospect of working in the community and driving around the pretty places here such as Llanfairfechan can only be a bonus from the old norm. 

I will try to keep to the speed limit too, I suspect I was clocked in the hospice car doing 35 in a 30 mile an hour zone on Monday......another 3 points on my licence ! 
I’m not complaining by the way, just commenting
I’m not as nice as Jeffrey Hunter.....
Hey ho

Happy Easter All



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  1. The hospice car should have blue lights. One for the "suggestion box".

    Happy Easter Darling x

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  2. Go you! I also think the phrase, "Better out than in" applies well to speaking your mind, so long as it's not obnoxious. Like the miserable cow, who spoke her mind too!

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  3. When I had my first knee surgery Fuzzy never bothered about it. With the second knee I developed 2 wound infections where the knots in the sutures were. Fuzzy wanted to use his magical dog slobber to heal me. I wasn't having it. I had dressings over the wounds and he could smell that there was a problem. He was so frustrated that I wouldn't let him help heal me. After they healed, he never bothered that leg again. Fuzzy knows when something is wrong and always tries to help me.

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    1. My knee looks less angry this morning... more than my psychi x

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  4. I try to stop myself from saying things like that even when I am not asked for my opinion.

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    1. Me too
      But she invited me to comment albeit it in her favour

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  5. Strangely one of the sayings from my childhood is "You're big and ugly enough..." to sort it out I suppose. I am slightly less than 5 feet tall so definitely not big....Happy Easter John ~ Ro xx

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  6. I once stood behind a gentleman who was making quite a scene at the checkout. I had my grandson with me and did not want to engage with a lunatic. But I made absolutely certain that I told the cashier that she had done a wonderful job handling the situation. In the scenario that you are describing, I think that I would have said something to the effect of ' you really are being unreasonable and you're holding EVERYONE in line up.' And trusted the rest of the folk in line to chime in agreement.

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  7. The 3rd sentence is classic John. The sort of sentence that keeps me coming back to read, while wondering why I do :) It put me off my morning banana and coffee for a moment.

    And I do worry about your (moderate, albeit penalisable) speeding, especially as you will be driving so much more now. If you got another 3 points this week will that not leave you just one more transgression away from 12 points and a six months driving ban?! Slow down bad boy.

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    1. I thought at the time this would make a good blog comment

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  8. We have pricing issues at the store as well, and we shoot them down. No one is being overcharged. And there's something quite odd about seeing Jesus as a blonde, pretty boy.

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    1. Jeffrey Hunter was a really beautiful man

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  9. A Blessed Easter to you and all the fur babies!

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  10. Old enough and ugly enough is one of my sayings too. Well done for putting the miserable cow in her place. Legally, she had no right to buy the plant at any price. The price on something is "an invitation to treat" and the shop can decide whether to sell it at that price,or not. (Thank you A level Law, which I failed by the way.) If she'd not been so gobby, they might have given her a discount on it. Take care with the speeding, you're not Lewis Hamilton, you know! xx

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  11. Easter Egg hunt in the garden for the children; roast Lamb for me. That's Easter.

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  12. As I've gotten older-perhaps since my hemiplegic migraine diagnosis I have spoken my mind to certain individuals who are not too pleased-Tough-they can f**k off!-I never raise my voice though and tell them politely-"Happy Easter to you John and to all you friends here xxxxxxx"

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  13. I was married for 16 years to a loving wife. We had 2 children together who are now 11 & 13. I reconnected with an old girlfriend from college on Facebook and we began an affair and I left my wife. The woman I had an affair with is a wonderful woman and I love her too and our kids had begun accepting the situation and my wife has kind of moved on, but not in love with the man she is seeing. I thought I fell out of love with my wife and I felt terrible about what I did to her - she is a good woman and I don't know what came over me. I decided to try and get her back and I was recommended to Lord Zakuza for help to get reunited with my wife and within 48 hours after I made contact with Lord Zakuza my wife decided to work things out with me and now we are back together with our children living as one happy family. I really don't know the words to use in appreciation of what Lord Zakuza did for me but I will say thank you sir for reuniting I and my family back. For those in trying times with their marriages or relationship can WhatsApp Lord Zakuza for help or text with this number +1 740 573 9483 or you can send him an email to Lordzakuza7@gmail.com

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    1. I'm not remotely tempted.

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    2. Have you in mind though Mavis what Would tempt you this Easter Sunday?x

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    3. Quality chocolate and nothing else. It certainly wouldn't be any ex partner. They're exes for the right reasons.

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  14. Might be a plan to stick to the speed limit - don't want you losing your licence and job, you'd be up the proverbial without a paddle.

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  15. Bravo for saying what needed to be said!

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  16. today is a nothing day for me also. but I AM NOW FULLY VAXXED AGAINST COVID! let the celebration begin!

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  17. You voiced what everyone else was thinking...that takes guts at times.
    Yes, beware the speeding..cars are made to go too fast too easily!

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  18. Congratulations, Anne Marie! There's something to celebrate, isn't it?

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  19. Sense of humor is one of your best characteristics! Don’t let it dissolve with age. Find the humor not the offensive behaviors?

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    1. I will always laugh
      I did after I mentioned the cow word

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  20. Anonymous2:57 pm

    Happy "E" Sunday John and to your "critterkids"! I usually say "I'm too old for this s _ _ t", and not always under my breath before I let someone know what I think. Much better for my mental health. Dee

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  21. Anonymous3:23 pm

    Just too much information about the kneecap. Nauseatingly revolting. Although I suspect you elaborated in order to shock.

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    1. You assume far too much.

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    2. Yes anon you talk bollocks ..it’s all true

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    3. But of course YOU know better

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  22. Consumer protection law in Canada provides that if there are two price stickers on an item, the store MUST charge only the lower one. And that makes sense. After all, it was the store's error to mislabel the price, thereby misrepresenting that the item was cheaper than it was supposed to be. Saves a lot of arguments too.

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  23. Barbara Anne3:42 pm

    Oh, John, you are a priceless jem! What an entertaining read this morning.
    Are you taking Hot Cross Buns or Easter eggs to your patients?
    I was sent the following yesterday and it reminded me of those 3 points on your driving license:
    "Traffic Camera
    A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but
    the traffic camera again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result.. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail's pace... Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt..
    They walk among us."

    Hugs!

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    1. I had a number of surprise calls to make today and was pushed for time. I must admit I may of gone over the speed limit a couple of times

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  24. “Oh pay the proper price you miserable cow” ... good for you, but you left us hanging. Did she pay the price or huff off?

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    1. I left before the spat was resolved
      She was still counting support , her daughter was taken to the 20 or so pots all with the right price on

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  25. A friend told me when she turned 60 she could say anything and do she wanted. She does and she's now been doing so 18 years. I tend to back away when she opens her mouth. She's even jabbed passersby with her elbows if she thinks they're not respecting her personal space. I'm sure it sounds so much better with your voice and accent. Just don't poke anyone.

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  27. Happy Easter ... deal with the day however you see fit!
    There are meds for psoriasis ... perhaps you should look into getting some for yourself!
    Sometimes you just have to step over the line when someone is just being a total asshole!

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    1. It will die away,it’s done it before

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  28. Contest the ticket! They cannot prove it was you driving, not your personal car.

    I am siding with the ''cow''. The shop was wrong , they should have honored the marked price graciously.

    Be kind, remember?

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    1. That is not how it works Lizzy. The owner gets a letter requiring them by law to state who was driving. I know because work colleagues have been fined that way. And anyway are you suggesting John should attempt dishonesty? It would be better for everyone if he just obeyed the speed limits, surely?

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    2. Oh, and talking of the law, I am now siding with you Lizzy, regarding the "cow", as I believe shop-owners are legally obliged to sell items at whatever price they have wrongly applied to them, even if the lady was being "a cow" (whatever that means). My wife and I have several times enforced that rule, without much need for dispute, successfully (being a pair of "cows" perhaps)

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    3. The law is on the retailer's side I'm sad to say. They're not legally obliged to sell anything to anyone and are permitted to refuse service.

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    4. MM probably because of price switching customers...

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    5. Oh well, we managed to con Tesco's then Mavis, or more likely they just have a policy of agreeing if they mess up to keep us customers onside.

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    7. I disagree totally... she was being a right bad tempered cow
      Rude and obnoxious
      I would say it again in a trice lizzy

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    8. I bought several packets of dog chews in a large store and was surprised when I was charged £1 more than the shelf ticket price for each packet -when I queried it the cashier on that occasion let me have them for the lower price and I thanked her.Next month same assistant and same thing and so I queried again but this time she checked and said the higher price was correct,apologised and said she would need to alter the shelf ticket-I was disappointed but not angry x

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  29. Jeffrey Hunter made a hot Jesus. I gotta say, although it sounds like the woman was being cranky and unreasonable, I think a retailer should honor the price tag on an article even if it's labeled wrong. After all it's their mistake.

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    1. She was banking on that and was acting like a bully

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  30. Your job was the first thing I thought of when you said you might have been caught speeding again. Take care and slow down!!!

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    1. Yes...I’m now driving like an old lady

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    2. Jings... hopefully not like a couple of old ladies that I know! They think speed limit signs indicate legal minimums and that all mirrors are vanity mirrors only, and that bumpers are meant for bumping with.

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  31. 'Old enough and ugly enough' was one of my Dad's sayings. Happy Easter. xx

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  32. ha! this might be better than cheap shoes! i love it!

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    1. Never...........I think I realised where I got cheap shoes from
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZMg4vFcRQs

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  33. I agree with veg artist - you seem to be always on the verge of clocking up points.

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    2. Well let's hope you don't hit a wild child running out between cars etc. Sensitive topic...a child of an acquaintance was killed by a driver going only abut 35, and had they been going only 30 they probably would've stopped in time. Sunday sermon over. Take care.

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    3. I’m not being frivolous even though I agree wild child was a misjudged phrase
      I withdraw it xx

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    4. I’ve never had a speeding ticket before this year ..that’s 40 years of driving

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    5. I have not had one either, but I have certainly deserved one, on occasion. It is easy to slip up through inattention without being a blatant speed freak, but a six month ban would make for a bad six months, or longer.

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    6. I would lose my home

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  34. Happy Easter John! OK so I have to know, did the woman respond to your comment? Did she end up paying or just leave in a huff? Inquiring minds and all...

    Hugs!

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  35. remember something like this happening in my mums shop years ago. They always have the right to refuse sale.

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  36. Happy Easter John.

    I suggest you use cruise control All. The. Time. ! “Get a grip, man” (another of my family’s overworked expressions) Loosing you license would be complete disaster for you.

    On the psoriasis front, have you tried to work out if there is a food trigger? Mine reacts to the Nightshade family, but even when I’m careful I get unexplainable outbreaks. Sigh.

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    1. I know .....I’ve never had a ticket in the rest of my 40 years of driving ......

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  37. I feel badly for the cashier trying to deal with issues at the register. They should just call in a manager/shop owner to deal with problems and move the line forward.

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  38. Jesus would have cast the demon out of that woman.

    Happy Easter.

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  39. Hope you have a good Easter John...and the need for speed slows down!

    Jo in Auckland

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  40. As always so interested in your comments to strange people who should know better. Now this story and the shopping cart bad shoes one are priceless !
    cheers

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  41. Interesting that the cow would spend the time to pick out the one item with the ridiculously low price and then expect it to be honored when it's obviously wrong. What a cheapskate.

    Love,
    Janie

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