Seriously? – I’m not a dumb person (stop giggling!). I recently bought special socks that keep your feet warm without a lot of thickness (in other words they fit in your shoes). It’s an American company but the care directions were in pictures (above). What I got from this is to wash it in 40 degree water (who takes the temp of their washer water?) and do not iron (no problem – don’t think I ever ironed socks). The rest of it was a mystery. I keep a chart in my laundry room so I can look up these “easy to understand graphics.” There wasn’t a single word in any language on the socks or the cardboard thingy it came in that said, “wash cold, dry low heat.” As for “do not dry clean or iron,” well we’re talking socks here. Who does that?
A disappointment – A much hyped warehouse store finally opened nearby. I’ve been waiting for two years. People love this store. We don’t need a membership to a warehouse store. There are two of us (and three cats) here. However, I have found that a visit every other month or so to pick up cat food, litter, toilet paper and paper towels plus a few other basics is very convenient. The savings is minimal but it covers the membership fee. It’s really about the convenience. I like buying the cat food in cases of 48 cans. So much easier than individual cans or smaller packages. On my first visit I realized that they mostly handle their own brands. There is no choice. They have one type of Friskies cat food and it’s not what my cats like. Same with the litter. No choice in paper towels. Their meat and bakery are top notch but that’s not the focus of our warehouse trips. We may end up at our old less-convenient store because they carry the basics we like.
Is giving for the recipient? – At a recent Starbucks visit there was a policeman in line. The woman in front of him bought his drink. She made quite a production of it, thanking him for his service — loudly. He was gracious. There was a significant change in the demeanor of the giver. Her chest puffed up and she got taller. Her shoulders went back. You could see that she felt good about herself. She had an adrenaline rush from her good deed. It was amazing to watch and reinforced my theory that “real” giving is more about the giver. Keep that in mind when you get that goofy Christmas sweater.
Speaking of Starbucks – What’s with people keeping a car lane between cars in the drive through line? I watched as a woman put on her “face” in line while we all waited. She didn’t look any better afterward either. Fortunately you can’t get a face lift in a drive through.
Feast or famine – That’s how our social calendar is. Always. Lots or nothing. We’ve been trying to connect up with two different group of friends recently and neither were free during our “famine” period. I’m sure we’ll have another of those incredibly busy “feast” times coming up.
So how was your week?