Friday’s Funnies – My Faves This Week

I know, I know. It’s been a while. Shit happens. You know it, I know it. ‘Nuff said.

I hope y’all are prepared for Ol’ Man Winter. I’m getting prepared. Emergency supplies for the car, emergency supplies for the house. Last year, we went an entire month with no propane to heat the house (electric heaters don’t cut it) and then our pipes froze, which meant no water…and then the damn things burst! It cost over $500 for a plumber, when he was finally able to get to us! Anyway, fingers crossed that this Winter won’t kill us. Be prepared for the worst and you’ll be fine. That’s my motto.

Today’s funnies will hopefully bring your work week to a close with a laugh! God knows, we need a good laugh to keep us from going completely berzerk!

On with the show!

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Ok, I’m pretty sure my fave is Seasonal Incontinence! Runners up: Lewd Acts and Inside Voice. What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this week’s funnies. Have a super weekend and stay warm!

Peace, peeps!

aunt-debbie

Top 10 Tuesday – Scary Movies

I used to love horror movies but that was back when scary movies weren’t really that scary. As I age, I just can’t handle the horror of today’s flicks. The worst are the slasher films that seem to mirror the violence of today’s world. If real life is filled with whackos wielding chain saws, why the hell would I want to watch a slasher flick? *Shivers*

Anyway, I was thinking the other day about my favorite scary movies. I meant to post the list prior to Halloween but I’m just not on top of things these days. It was hard but I managed to make a list of my favorites, although not necessarily in the order they are listed. What does your list look like? 

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*Poltergeist, 1982 – Stars Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams

*Pet Semetary, 1989 – Stars Dale Midkiff and Fred Gwynne

*House of Wax, 1953 – Stars Vincent Price

*Scream, 1996 – Stars Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox

*Frankenstein: The True Story, 1973 – Stars David McCallum and Michael Sarrazin

*Psycho, 1960 – Stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

*The Birds, 1963 – Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren

*Carrie, 1976 – Stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie

*The Omen, 1976 – Stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick

*The Exorcist, 1973 – Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair

Runners Up: 

Rosemary’s Baby, 1968 – Stars Mia Farrow and Jahn Cassavetes

The Fly, 1958 – Stars David Hedison and Vincent Price

Alien, 1979 – Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt

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So, there ya go. That’s my list. Do we share any faves?

Oh, and a note on remakes: Some of the above movies have remakes, which I may or may not have seen. I’m usually disappointed with remakes. The Fly’s remake with Jeff Goldblum was pretty good and I love Jeff, but nothing beats the original. In most cases anyway. 

What’s Eating Aunt Debbie?

Like so many of you, I have too much on my mind and I’m suffering from insomnia. I’m lucky if I sleep 6 hours once a week! Last month, I had slept 5 nights of 6 hours or more. All other nights were 4 hours or less. No lie. Yes, I have been keeping track so I have something to show my NP on my next visit.

So, you may be wondering what’s been bothering me? Maybe the same things that are bothering you! And I’m going to say right now up front and without hesitation, this blog is based on MY life, MY feelings and MY opinions. If you don’t agree that’s your prerogative but if you can’t be respectful then don’t fucking comment!

COVID. Yes, the topic that everyone is sick of. But being sick of hearing about it isn’t going to make it go away! Making it go away will be a joint effort of everyone and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Some people think it’s all about them and their personal freedom. Guess what? It’s not about the individual. It’s about the entire country; your state, your community. If you don’t want to wear a mask, then don’t. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, then don’t. I just pray that COVID skips your dumb ass and that you don’t infect your children, grandchildren, elderly parents, siblings, or the innocent immune-compromised shopper that you infected as you sneezed while in the produce aisle, because you don’t seem to care about those people when you refuse to wear a mask. Thankfully, the number of deaths have gone down BUT I’m pretty sure we’ll have another surge eventually. Not enough folks want to get the vaccine to help stop the virus and at the very least, won’t wear a mask because they think masks don’t work or it violates their freedom. Pfftt…

I just don’t get it. The mentality.

Masks work. If they didn’t then there would be no need for your dentist to wear a mask while bent over your open mouth. If masks didn’t work then there would be no reason for surgeons to wear one while removing your gallbladder or doing open-heart surgery. Duh.

Vaccines save lives, too. Think about polio, pertussis, measles, mumps and many other communicable diseases that have been nearly eliminated. Are there risks involved in getting one of the COVID vaccines? Of course there is, just as there are risks getting any vaccine or taking any medication. The benefit outweighs the risk! I think some people would prefer to be ignorant of facts and science. UGH.

Some people are nuts. Seriously. They refuse the vaccine because they “don’t know what’s in it.” Come on. Give me a break! You don’t know what’s in that McRib sandwhich, Nacho flavored Doritos, or numerous other products either but you consume them like they’re the best thing under the sun. If you get sick with strep throat, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. You don’t refuse that, either, do you? You don’t know what’s in it. Why do you take it?

All of this crap is just exhausting. No one seems to want to do the right thing anymore. People are hateful for no reason. Behaving badly seems to be the new normal. It seems people don’t have a problem being UGLY to each other.

So, I stay home. I don’t venture out for much these days. I go to appointments and pick up a few groceries now and again. Mostly I use pick up services and drive up windows. I have very little use for most humans anymore.

Top Ten Tuesday – Money-Saving Tips

With prices on the rise, we all have to do what we can to save money. Some folks have to work a little harder in order to do that, so I know every little tip helps! I’ve decided to share a few of my ideas here. Check them out below, and please share in the comments a few of your money-saving ideas!

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★Purchase cloth napkins and paper towels. Why throw paper products in the trash when you can use cloth products, toss them in the wash, and use them again? You can find hand cut and sewn cloth napkins and paper towels on Etsy like I did or even buy plain white cloth washcloths to use as napkins and/or paper towels. Even if you don’t use them all the time, you can still cut down your paper usage, reduce waste, and save money.

★Purchase a vacuum sealer to preserve foods before storing in the freezer. Foods last longer and do not get that dreaded freezer burn! You’ll save money on food that would normally go bad before you use it. Using zip lock freezer bags is another way to save your foods, but be sure to squeeze all the air out of the bag before freezing!

★Sign up for Amazon Prime! If you are low income and can show proof, your Prime membership fee is just half of the regular price. Amazon Prime will save you hundreds in shipping costs if you’re making a lot of purchases.

★If you are low income and receive SNAP benefits, you can add your card number to your Amazon account and purchase eligible food items with SNAP.

★Make your own cleaning spray. 2 cups white vinegar and 1/4 cup blue Dawn dish soap makes a spray you can use on counters, in tubs and sinks, toilets, and many other surfaces. If using on surfaces that will come into contact with food, then rinse with water. Add tea tree essential oil for disinfecting or citrus essential oil for a fresh clean scent. This spray also cleans the funky discoloration in stainless steel pots and pans.

★Switch to a pre-paid cell phone service. Straight Talk offers a $45.00 monthly service with unlimited calls and texts. Straight Talk carries smart phones and are internet capable. Ditch the high monthly charges with contract phones! A pay-as-you-go service will provide you with what you need without the added costs.

★Make your own freezer meals and meal kits. There are hundreds of sites that provide recipes and tips for making tasty and quick meals. This could save you a lot of time in the kitchen and allow you to spend more time with your family at the end of a busy day. I visit Six Sisters Stuff for freezer meal ideas, crock pot and instant pot recipes and more! You’ll find plenty of ideas on You Tube as well.

★Reduce the number of times you eat out by cooking at home! Google “copycat recipes” and learn to make your family’s favorite restaurant foods at home!

★”Only Pay For What You Need” is an insurance campaign slogan that I, for one, am sick of hearing, but setting aside insurance needs, this slogan is pretty true. I’m guilty of buying more of certain items just because they’re on sale, but I’ve learned to pay more attention. Since it’s just me and Dad now, I don’t need large amounts of food items. I do purchase a few bottles of ketchup or mustard, canned goods, when there’s a sale but a large 20 lb. bag of potatoes? No. Not even if it’s on sale, because I end up throwing half the bag away! We just don’t go through that many potatoes! So, watch what you’re doing and plan your purchases! Only pay for what you need!

★Shop at The Dollar Tree! I can hear some of you already. Don’t be a snob. There are good items at The Dollar Tree! They have some name brand items you may already purchase, like Orange Crush soda, Dawn dishwashing liquid, Libbey’s canned vegetables, Healthy Choice soups, Banquet Pot Pies, Crest and Colgate toothpastes, and many other brands. I never purchase food items that come from China or are suspicious in any way, but I have no problem with products coming from Poland, India, Spain, or Italy. You’ll find school supplies, party supplies, and greeting cards at The Dollar Tree! You’re going to save money shopping there, and did I mention that everything is $1.00, unlike Dollar General? But better take advantage while you can because that dollar item may go up soon! The Dollar Tree may begin adding the $1.50 and up aisle because of rising prices!

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Being disabled and on a fixed income, I’ve had to find ways to make my life easier. Having pain and mobility issues things are difficult already, so I’m always looking for shortcuts! Then add Covid-19 to the mix and you get even more difficulty! Do you have any money-saving tips or ideas that have helped you through this Covid-19 time of our lives?