Oh, Christmas Tree!

No more live Christmas trees for me. I went to buy mine and they wanted $60 for it. I’m just not able to spend that kind of money on something that will make the house smell nice for just a couple of weeks, drop needles on the floor that need to be constantly swept up, and will probably fall over at least once because my damn cat likes to climb up in the tree. I can’t figure out any way to keep the cat out of the tree. It’s like fighting Mother Nature Herself.

So I went to Big Lots and found a gorgeous artificial tree that has lights already on it and the whole thing is only $35! If the cat stays out of it, I’ve got a winner!

To Market, To Market

It looks like most of the roadside stands have closed up this week. I used to be able to buy a fresh local cantaloupe, green peppers, and tomatoes from a vegetable stand across from the post office. But as I drove by there today I noticed that the fucking stand was boarded up and all the crates had been trucked out of there. That’s depressing. I like a lot of fruits and vegetables and I try to buy locally when I can.

Looks like the cooler weather will be bringing us apples and more of the winter vegetables now. We have a pick your own orchard nearby. That would be a nice way to spend a few hours one weekend – picking a bushel of local apples. And of course every where you fucking look there seems to be a butt load of pumpkins patches advertising that you can now pick your own pumpkins which is something that I have tried to do each fall.

I even found a great market right out of town that sells fresh local foods that are all natural. A lot of meats and my all time favorite is the milk. It comes in the glass containers, instead of those shitty plastic jugs that just destroy the taste of milk. And if you don’t shake up the container before opening it you will find what they call the “plug” of cream that finds it’s way up top that is so tasty to dip and use in your tea or coffee. This fresh local milk is the best even though you have to pay a $2 deposit on each of the bottles that you take out of there.

Today’s Customer Service Issues

Most of my grocery shopping is done at our local Food Lion Supermarket, they always seem to have better prices and good sales than the other fucking food stores here in this area. And I really do like the cashiers that work there in which I have come to know so well through out the years of living and shopping here. Most of them know me my name and are so very kind and genuinely sincere with their questions and/or concerns that they approach me with. A lot of times I will have walked out of there in much better spirits than when I had entered the store. I can’t tell you what a major difference that has made in my grocery shopping habits.

With customer service such a big issue these days, with the economy just fucking with every type of business out there, you would think that more stores would insist that their employees provide the best fucking possible customer service possible. If nothing else, just to look someone in the eyes, extend a greeting to them and last not certainly not least say thank you. I can’t tell you how many times some asshole cashier just takes my money and moves on to the next asshole in line which pisses me off to no end and has prompted me to go straight to management. At least say a fucking thank you for Christ sake!

 

Sex Offenders In The Neighborhood

I remember a few years back, my mother had discovered the Internet and found a website that allowed her to input the zip code of any area and find a Sex Offenders Report on the local sex offenders. She placed the zip code of one of my sisters and was surprised to find that a registered sex offender lived right next fucking door to my sister and her family, so she immediately called my sister and informed her of her findings, in a panic.

That was a true eye opener for the entire family. It turned out that my sister approached her neighbor and discussed the fucked up situation and everything worked out all right and the neighbor has since moved away. This shit has made the whole family more aware of sex offenders and the process involved in the registering and the many ways to find out who is living close by that needs attention paid to. There are a lot of sick assholes out there on the loose and we, the public, need to pay close attention to make sure that our families are safe and out of harm’s way due to the fact. A very sad fact indeed. Please be aware and please be safe.

 

Colorado

Cindy and Bobby, my two close friends since high school, who just recently moved out to Colorado, are now having to send for her aging mother to come out there to them to live until they can find the perfect Assisted Living in the Denver area to move her into. This apparently wasn’t expected for another 5 years or so. They wanted to get settled into their new home and jobs and get a few things squared away before having her relocate all of her shit out and up there in the Mile High City in the beautiful state of Colorado. Life always seems to get in the way of the best thought out plans for folks.

I don’t think that I would want to go anywhere near Colorado these days. What with all the fucking wild fires that devastated so many people and their homes and businesses. And then of course, least we forget the cocksucker that went into the movie theater and went bat ass crazy with his guns and shot up the place, killing and wounding dozens of innocent folks that were just trying to watch a fucking movie. Now that is one fucked up dude there. I wonder how long it is going to take for him to be tried and convicted and sent away, or even if he will be sent away. Most likely to a mental ward instead of in prison, sigh…..