Lefties vs. Righties

Way back in the dark ages, teachers were told to teach any left-handed children to use their right hand instead. In my first grade class, my teacher tried this on me and to spite her, I wrote sloppily with my right hand. I was proud of being a “leftie;” it made me feel unique. After a few days, my poor teacher gave up on trying to make me right-handed. I’ve been a proud leftie every since.

The whole deal about making everyone write with right hand only was odd; to me, anyway. So I did a little research and here are some of the findings:

From Readers’ Digest:

Many natural-born lefties were forced into becoming righties throughout the course of history—and in some countries, they still are.

Here is a short list of what people used to think of lefties:

A precursor to mental illness

The devil’s plaything

A sinister meaning

Biased engineering

A sign of disrespect

Not marriage material

So, pretty weird, huh? None the less, I am still proud of being a leftie.




Things We Should Do Each Day

We never know when our time is up in this world. Each day is a gift and we need to cherish each day. This doesn’t mean that we need to live in a constant state of worry; it just means that we need to be in the moment and enjoy the day and each breath.

When I’ve gotten peeved about something the Crankee Yankee did or did not do, how awful would it be if something happened to him before I told him I loved him? What if we had a falling out with a dear friend and were too stubborn to make it right; what if something happened and we never had the chance to make amends?

The following is a list of things I personally need to remember each day:

  • Tell your loved ones that they are loved unconditionally
  • Make sure that you hug and kiss all those you love; each and every day
  • Give your family and friends the gift of your love; don’t hold back
  • Smile at everyone (and who cares if they think you’re nuts)
  • Give everyone the benefit of the doubt
  • Don’t judge; we can’t possibly know another person’s heart
  • Look for the good each day
  • Seek to make things better, not worse
  • Believe in good and don’t let the bad stuff ruin your outlook

Most of all, speak your love every day. While you’re at it, love yourself as well.


Morning People vs. Non-Morning People

We all know people who are “morning persons” and those who are “non-morning persons.” Morning people get up with a smile, look out the window and are happy about what they see—rain or shine. They are cheery to the bone, and nothing seems to get them down.

Then there are the non-morning people. They wake up grumpy and annoyed that they have to get up; they would a whole lot rather just stay in bed all day. Family members learn quickly to just let them sleep. For example, when I was living at home and going to school, Mom tried to be a good mother and make breakfast every morning. However, she hated to get up early, and I hated breakfast. So we made a deal: I was never hungry in the morning, so I drank a coffee-flavored protein drink for each day for breakfast. Mom could stay in bed, and I didn’t have to face breakfast. Done and done.

Often when people marry, they don’t always know in advance that their partner may be a non-morning person. It has to be quite a surprise when they find that out! Non-morning people don’t appreciate the cheeriness of those who do like mornings. In fact, I know people who stopped sleeping together just to avoid that morning conflict.

Now there no win or losing if you are not a morning person. Just as long as the other person knows this about you, it’s all good.

Thumper Wisdom

As Thumper the rabbit famously said to Bambi, “if you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.” I often post reviews of restaurants, stores, and even visits to my doctors on line; good service, good food, good doctor visits, etc. are well worth my time to post a good review. If I had a bad time, a bad meal, bad service or anything bad, I just don’t go back to the restaurant or doctor, etc. That’s my unspoken review; I just don’t go back.

Of course, if something is seriously wrong or dangerous, make sure that the powers that be know about it so that positive change can happen. I’m just talking about the pissers and moaners who love to post negative reviews for some tiny little thing that doesn’t mean crap. The wrong review can affect someone’s livelihood or pay check.

It always amazes me when people feel the need to vent online about the waitress who didn’t come running at their beck and call, the salad that didn’t have enough cheese on it, and any little thing that makes them feel like they didn’t get the supreme service they felt they should have gotten.

Sometimes I think that people who post these negative reviews just want attention. That’s sad. Where as good reviews can boost sales, get more people in the door and most of all, positively affect the people who are mentioned in the reviews. Why be snarky just for the hell of it?

And here’s the kicker: those of us who actually read those negative reviews just think that the writer is a self-serving, entitled whiny ass. I stick with Thumper’s good advice: “if you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”

Titanic II?!

Well, just when you think that we learned how not to call any ship “unsinkable,” there is a guy out there who is constructing a Titanic II. From Emily Petsko:

“The Titanic II is the brainchild of Australian businessman Clive Palmer, who established a shipping company called Blue Star Line in 2012 in order to make the project a reality. The ship is under construction now and is expected to cost $500 million. It was originally slated to set sail in 2016, but financial issues delayed the departure first until 2018, and again until 2022.”

“After completing its journey to New York, the Titanic II will “circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits,” Palmer tells MSN.

“Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but keep an eye on the Blue Star Line website for updates.”

And here’s more:

“Titanic II Is Preparing to Set Sail in 2022, and You Can Be On Board”
Roderick Eime, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0
“Titanic is getting a sequel. No, James Cameron isn’t making another movie. A nearly identical replica of the doomed ship is scheduled to make its maiden voyage in 2022, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, giving superfans the chance to experience the journey for themselves.”

“Dubbed the Titanic II, the new ship will start out in China, where it’s under construction now, traveling to Dubai before picking passengers up in Southampton, England and following the original vessel’s 1912 route across the Atlantic to New York City. Of course, the original R.M.S. Titanic never reached its destination. It struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, and more than half of the ship’s 2200 passengers perished when it sank.”

“Although the modern ship’s design is modeled after the original, there are a few notable differences. It will hold slightly more passengers—2400 in total, plus a 900-person crew—and will be 13 feet wider to meet modern regulations (and increase stability). Plus, passengers can rest easy knowing that the newer version is equipped with modern safety and navigation features, as well as detailed evacuation plans.”

Is anyone else as creeped out about this as I am? I don’t know about you, but after seeing the movie, for several nights I went down in the Titanic in my dreams; over and over again. As our friends in England would say, it gives me the collywobbles.

Just the idea of having another Titanic sounds like tempting fate to me. You know what they say; if it happened once, it could happen again. Needless to say, I won’t be buying a ticket.

Adapting to the Rules

I have medications I take each day, and when they are out of refill, I simply call my friendly neighborhood WalMart and order more. Usually it’s an easy process; call to refill, get the date to pick up, go get the meds; done and done. However, it isn’t always that simple.

When I see that I am low on this, that or the other thing, I call to refill. Of course some of them need doctor approval, and I’m fine with that. Once I hear the recorded message saying “your prescriptions are ready on (date/time),” I drive up to go get them. Easy-peasy, right? Well, not always.

The pharmacy system is not my system, so it always surprises me when I show up at the counter and ask for the meds I called in (and were told that they were ready) and: 1) they don’t have them yet, 2) it will be another hour to pick up, or 3) “we don’t have the doctor’s ok on this yet.” But they offer me one med that I didn’t ask for (because I still have plenty of them).

Look, I understand that the pharmacy is doing their job and that they have a ton of customers and they are busy, busy, busy. It’s just that when I re-order the meds I need (again, because I am nearly out of them), I expect that the meds I show up for will be ready.

Last year I was diagnosed with occasional AFIB, and my doc put me on Eliquis. I was a surprised as I never felt any heart flutters or whatever, but of course I took the new med my doc prescribed. A few months back, I noticed that I was nearly out of it, so I called for a refill. When I came to pick it up, the gal behind the counter looked at me as if I tried to murder a puppy in front of her.

She said, rather sternly: “why are you so low on this prescription? According to our records, you aren’t due for a refill for two weeks.” Two weeks?! That just wasn’t possible. I take one in the morning and one at night, and there was no way that I had taken more than the precribed dose.

I went home in tears, and the Crankee Yankee was furious about what happened. We happen to have a nice couple on our street who are both pharmicists. Both of them said that sometimes the pharmacists make a mistake and put in the wrong amount of pills; hey, it happens.

So we both went back to the pharmacy and asked if they could please pull up the record of my last refill, which should have been for 30 days (one in the morning and one at night, making it 60 pills). The pharmacist checked it, and sure enough, they had put in a 15-day supply!

Which just goes to show you, it doesn’t pay to be a smarty-pants and play the blame game when you yourself made the mistake. Check before you blame!





Bees Have No Sense of Humor

As we have been having a longish spell of hot and humid weather, we humans are sweating it out. But the garden loves the heat and is bursting with produce; endive, cucumbers, baby summer squash, tomatoes, peas and peppers.

While it’s fun to pick the fruits of our labor, we have learned to respect the bees who take their pollenating very seriously. While we are grateful for their help, at least one of us gets stung now and then. If I’m busy out there and a disgruntled bee stings me (and always on my left ear, for some reason), I’ve learned to just pick up some garden dirt, spit on it and put the mud on the sting. (You can also go inside and make a paste with baking soda and water, and apply that to the sting.)

I’m willing to bet that, if bees could talk they would have a snappish tone of voice and say loudly that their work is essential for the health and welfare of our planet. They do give us warning; that loud buzz means that they are working and need their space. They are trying to do important work and don’t want to be messed with by humans.

There is a wonderful web site called Beesponsible that gives you good information about bees and what they do for the environment. From the web site: ” Beesponsible means making a promise to bees and to the environment. A commitment that embraces the deep connection we share with bees and takes personal responsibility to help them. In the world today, this collective effort to Beesponsible may be one of a handful of ways we can make real change for bees. We’d like our kids to know bees, and our kids’ kids. That’s why we’re spreading the word on how to Beesponsible, so we all can help keep bees a healthy and thriving part of our lives.”

After reading this, I can better understand what our wonderful bees do for all of us and for the planet in general. I find that it’s worth a bee sting or two to remind me why they are here and all that they do for us. Sometimes it’s the smallest creature that makes the most difference.