Thursday, February 18, 2010

Random Ponderings and the Giveaway Winner

I think I jinxed myself.
Last week in  my 100th post, I noted that the 100 posts I had written on this blog had come to me fairly easily despite the fact that I had initially been apprehensive about starting a blog for fear “Blogger’s Block” would strike right off the bat. 
Of course as soon as I wrote that,  I hit the wall. 
I’m suffering from a bad case of Blogger’s Block this week! 


Maybe it’s just the winter doldrums but try as I might,  I’ve had major difficulty finding the motivation to  take any of the vague ideas that are twirling in my brain at any given moment and  formulate them into a completed post.
It’s not helping the blogging process that inside projects at the house in Hooterville are temporary stalled for lack of funds so I don’t even have  any new decorating projects to post about.  Buying the Craigslist barn last month was not factored into the renovation budget. Therefore, when we diverted the money we had planned to use for the kitchen and bath remodels, furniture, new  window treatments etc., on the purchase of the new barn, well…those other projects have had to be  put on hold until we can regroup.    I could TELL you about projects I WANT to do but I think we’d all rather SEE COMPLETED projects.


Since I also think we so many of us are longing for spring after this long, cold winter, I have at least included a few spring blossom photos in this post for your viewing pleasure and hopefully I’ll have my blogging mojo back in a few days. 
Meanwhile, I’ve been pondering some things and wondered if you have had any of these same  thoughts too.
  • Why are lamps and lighting fixtures, chandeliers, etc., so darn expensive?  Even basic, no-frill designs can run a couple hundred dollars…or more.
  • Why do some bloggers not date their blog post entries?  A year or two from now, won’t they look back over their blog and wonder WHEN they wrote those posts?  With no date, how does a reader determine how current the last post is, or how frequently the blogger posts?
  • Why can’t the bra manufacturers make an underwire bra that lasts through more than a few wearings and washings before one (or both!) of the wires poke through? They can design suits to protect astronauts  from all kinds of atmospheric conditions while  hurling through space but they can’t make an underwire casing that can withstand the  daily movements of an average woman .
  • Why do retailers and restaurants think we need to listen to loud music while we shop and dine?  There have been  instances where I have actually left a store without making a purchase because  obnoxious music was playing way too loud and I just needed to GET AWAY.  Chasing  customers away with music doesn’t seem like a very smart way to boost  sales in this economy.
  • Why do so many people feel the need to constantly have a cell phone plastered to the side of their head?  Why do people feel the need to answer their cell phone when they are in the stall of a public bathroom?   (YES, I have been in the next stall and heard that happen!)  What is so frickin’ important that it can’t wait until you get back home (or at least done doing your *bizness*)?   I’ve even  seen two people walking side-by-side, both talking to someone on their cells phones instead of each other!  Hmmm…maybe they are talking to each other…via their cell phones!
  • Am I the only one who doesn’t see  the allure of Twitter?  I can’t help but wonder if we have become such a narcissistic society that we really think people want to know every single little trivial thing  we are thinking and doing every second of every day?
  • Why does dirt look black on a white car but it looks white on a black car?


And finally…
something of substance and interest:

To see the winner of my 100th post giveaway


Go say “hi” and “congratulations” and then scroll down through her recent posts to check out the awesome laundry room and office makeovers she is working on.



Dianne said...

Hi Shari

Oh, I didn't win your lovely gift, but I still really appreciate today's blog. You are so right about every point!!!
I do not go on Twitter or Facebook, I also DO NOT like loud music, and ask staff to turn down the volume, and I use a cell phone, but please be courteous!
For writers block, you had a great blog. Keep up the good work. Oh, and I know what it's like to redirect budget funds to another area. SIGH!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and sheps I miss mine...thank you for happy flower shots!

Anonymous said...

I could not help but laugh at those questions you posted. I so agree. Thanks for the spring time pics. I am so sick of snow right now.


Cindy said...

Oh my, I hear you! I hate loud music when shopping and eating, I think people are so rude with their cell phones. How about answering a cell phone while sitting in a funeral? I have seen it, they sat there and talked!!! And twitter? Excuse me, but I have a life and really hope others do too, without telling me about it. Underwire bra manufacturers have us over the wire, it's all about the almighty dollar. My daughter in Washington state bought a gorgeous chandelier for under $100 on-line. Lamps? I will be buying old ones and repainting them from now on. They are horrendously expensive.
I enjoyed a chance to rant with you, we have the same pet peeves, obviously! Oh and btw, we are RIGHT!
:0) Hugs, Cindy S.

Shellbelle said...

You are right on on all accounts! The only cell phone I have is a prepaid one my kids insisted I get for my many road trips. This made sense since I love going off road and to out of the way places. I've used it twice in three years.

The worst is when you see people with their children and their talking on the phone rather than paying attention to their kids. Give me a break!

Twitter? Have an account I used for about a week about a year ago. I don't get it at all.

Want music to shop by — get an iPod and leave me out of it! But I'm going to add to that. Why do so many blogs have music? I have to turn the volume all the way down when visiting. Sorry, I don't love everyone's music choices and I usually have the tv or my own music on. I do have music on my blog, but you actually have to turn it on to listen to it — I say, NO autoplay, please!

Off my soapbox now, thanks for letting me vent.

Lottie said...

Shari, I can relate to how you feel about stalled projects. We were renovating a beautiful old house in Alabama when some unexpected items had to be repaired and there went my budget for furniture and a refrigerator for the house. I had to make do with lawn chairs and apartment size fridge. But the repairs had to be done. Have a good week!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Shari,

Oh I so agree with you! lol! Put the phone down already!! I know what you mean about the music too. Some of it is horrible. Thanks for the giggle!


Lisa said...

Oh good post! Congrats to your sweet winner!
Hugs, Lisa

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Shari, some very thought provoking questions. It is so annoying to try to shop, or eat, or even wait in the Dr's office with the loud wild music. I've always heard it is usually what the employees want to listen to, not the customer.


Cindy said...

Hi Sherry, It's me again, I wanted to email you, but I have lost your addee. I found a tutorial on a blog for that huge clock in the Pottery Barn catalogue that you liked. Just in case you don't have this, maybe it will help. It is here

I hope this helps, Cindy S.

Sandra said...

What beautiful pictures of flowers. So breathtaking. There are times I don't know what to post about. I bet we all go thru that. lol I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kathysue said...

Hi Shari, this post is hysterical!! I am here to answer your question , I am a peace loving balanced Libra. I am extremely analytical and hold my friends near and dear to my heart. I am not into all the signs so I am not sure how true I am to being a Libra, but I know I am considered by my friends as a peace maker and one they seem to come to for advice. Thanks for coming by I always enjoy your fun comments,Kathysue

Jennifer said...

Oh, honey! You have confirmed SO much of my wonderings of late! Thank you for having blog-block and for agreeing with my rants about bras, twitter, cell phones, loud music in restaurants, and dirt on cars!!!

Let me add simply this...why do clothes either never fit in the dressing rooms when looking to purchase OR when they fit, after the first wash they never fit the same!?

You are lovely, never forget it.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Shari~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek around. Your blog is so inviting.
These observations were great. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my frustrations.
I've bookmarked you in my favs.
I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

Sweet wishes,

Susan@The Cozy Chickadee said...

I've had that same dumb thought about dirt on cars... my dark navy blue car always looks filty. cute blog, btw!