(No offence to any Louise's)
Let me tell you a tale...
As she walked from her car, a row of people were walking towards her. Four people to be exact, in a row, taking up the whole pavement. They didn't consider her and instead remained locked in their people wall until she had to give them her well practised Mum look. One of them eventually apologised and broke from their wall.
Pretty rude, she thought.
After a pleasant day at work, Simply Sarah drove to the supermarket.
She negotiated her trolley between two others, when a shopper ahead decided that she too, could squeeze through and rammed into Simply Sarah's trolley whilst grating the side of another. When she was wedged, she looked fiercely at Simply Sarah implying the trolley gridlock was in fact her fault.
Very fricking rude, she thought as she forced her trolley through the chaos, feeling it was time to head home!
Fantastic start to a blog post!
Okay so this isn't a positive start and yes I know there are worst things so I'll be more upbeat, (Disclaimer) but I definitely feel better having got that stupid story of a day off my chest.
How many times do I mention the little things, the simple things? All the time, I know! So why do people forget basics like manners?! I know toddlers who know how manners work.
I'm going to turn this blog post round for the readers benefit, and probably mine! So instead of ranting about all the stuff that annoys me, I'm going to submit some simple requests to the people of this fine world and I honestly think my life and probably other peoples lives, will be much better for it.
Here we go...
1. When waiting to be served in a supermarket and the delay is the cashier gossiping to another cashier about who said/did/had what last night, (loudly - to ensure we all hear the news) this isn't an acceptable delay.
Simple request - Save the gossip for later and get to work.
Accepted delays: Broken till, broken arm or free gin tasters while someone bags your shopping. 😁
2. When typing a status on social media to this effect:
At the hospital/OMG I feel crap/You won't believe what's just happened!
Simple request - Update your friends and family with the important news, or don't.
(There's also the phone, you have one, call someone for a real catch up!)
Accepted attention seeking status: 'I have a craving for cake' - I always do and yes it's fine not to comment but simply make a 'surprise' cake turn up if I use this status!
Manners are basic, I learned manners when I was tiny, some people are still learning...let me help:
Don't be mistaken by this seemingly list of orders, as I said, they're just simple requests. 😉
I understand that honesty can be tricky and some of you may need to give this one some consideration. Personally, I'd rather be in the know...
Have you ever gone home after a long day at work only to discover lettuce in your teeth/a spot threatening to explode or a twig in your hair?
If you're shaking your head, I most certainly don't believe you!
Simple request - Instead of me wondering if it was there during that meeting/serving that customer/buying that bag of maltesers, just tell me! Either outright, or simply by way of a wide eyed look and a slight nod (You know how I mean) 👍
I'd rather suffer the five seconds of embarrassment when you tell me, than the nine hours of my day that may well have been a freak show for everyone else!
Acceptable reason not to be honest: I ate your Kitkat accidentally thinking it was part of the meeting nibbles, and you felt it worth not telling me I had chocolate around my mouth as punishment. Fair play.
Respect for personal space
When Patrick Swayze said:
"This is my dance space, this is your dance space, I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine"
yes he was talking about spaghetti arms but I bet he was also talking about personal space in general!
1. When I'm queuing in a shop, don't feel like you have to stand close to me in order to not lose your position.
Simple request - back off, I don't need to feel your breath on the back of my neck.
2.When I'm on a train and you sit next to me, don't feel like you have to share my seat.
Simple request - close your legs and shift over, you have your own seat!
3. When I'm driving, don't feel like you have to drive up close for whatever reason you're imagining.
Simple request - back off! I don't need your car ramming into my ass!
4. When you're walking in front of me and need to sneeze, (it's a sudden thing, I understand...)
Simple request - Sneeze into your hand not into the fricking air, I'm behind you! I may have my mouth open and everything! (Same goes for farting) 😫
Acceptable reasons for invading my personal space: You're my husband, my children or family & friends. This is my personal space, you have yours!
1. When you're driving along and there's nothing on the other side of the road, you don't have to brake for no reason nor do you have to brake on every bend, for no reason.
Simple request - Use the gears your car came with.
Acceptable reasons to brake for no reason at all: None.
2. The middle lane isn't the 'just chillin' lane.
Simple Request - move over!
Acceptable reason for hogging the middle lane: You're filming an episode of Top Gear and you are in fact Matt Le Blanc. 😀
3. If you feel more comfortable driving below the speed limit,
Simple request - Move left and don't try to cover your snail pace by speeding up as I over take.
Acceptable reason for driving below the speed limit on the motorway: You're a new driver and possibly likely to soil yourself if you put your foot down.
4. If you feel the need to pick up your phone to text/answer a call/make a call/change your music - don't.
Simple request - Do not drive! It's unacceptable and you're an idiot!
There you go, my simple requests to make the world a happier place 😉
We all deserve to be in this world (mostly) consideration, politeness and manners are key and pretty bloody easy!
Now get commenting below with your rants, I mean simple requests and let's all feel better together. I'm off for a cuppa!
My name is Sarah.
I'm officially human again.
That's some declaration!
To be fair, some would question whether I've ever been human, (Yeh yeh) but recently I've been an alien even to myself!
The cause of this state of mind? Moving house!
Yep we spent August surrounded by boxes and to do lists and regularly needing something we knew we'd already packed!
They say (No I don't know who 'they' are) that moving is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. I think they're right.
I know they're right.😒
There's the packing and being thankful that you'd already decluttered. There's the sadness of leaving your home, the excitement of a new home, especially one with a garden! (Yay!) The endless list of jobs and then you get the keys and have to do it all again in reverse!
And surely there's an easier way to change your address with a zillion companies!
Someone invent an app and the world will be eternally grateful.
(You're welcome for the idea.)
It's the little things
My daughter and I sealed our memories by having a night together and tucking into bangers & mash, obviously! 😊
'It will be my last meal here Mum!' Cue tissues.
We took photo's of our empty house, (The tidiest it's ever been) and said our goodbyes to rooms which held our whispers, chatter and laughter. I love the idea that someone else has fallen in love with our home as we've outgrown it, it's amazing really.
Moving has brought yet more little things to be grateful for.
(Drum roll please)
I can sit in my garden! Woohoo! 😁
(Doing a happy dance - Carlton style, you know the one.)
This is special stuff, I've sat in my garden, I've drank coffee in my garden and I've drank wine in my garden.
There's also a good chance that my neighbours have witnessed me doing a little jig, as I brandish pegs and smile like a Cheshire cat while hanging my washing out.
Like I said it's the little things.
Everything at once!
Not only had I recently got a new job and moved house, there was a holiday in the mix too.
My wardrobe situation was pretty hilarious, clothes packed for moving, clothes packed for holiday, clothes for days in between, it was like a chaotic launderette. Oh and of course the iron was packed... Apologies if you witnessed me looking bedraggled!
Anyway back to the holiday!
Predictably we went to Rhodes, our fave, and it was lovely to be back. We did have some 'moving house' jobs to do from over there, but hey if you have to get stuff done, why not do it by the Aegean sea?!
Oh guess what, guess what?
(Imagine me jumping up and down clapping my hands excitedly.)
We had friends join us in Rhodes! Not just any friends but friends that we met in Rhodes 18 years ago, lost touch with and found again! How good is that?!
Wandering old town like we did way back, re-enacting photo's from way back and yes, getting tipsy like way back!
It was simply amazing!
Back to normal.
What ever my normal is!
As I said, I'm human again, okay so the dark circles may still be visible but the alien me has left and I'm feeling good and settling into my new home. Life is good and our new home is definitely a happy one. 😊
We're already into September but who knows what this month will bring, I'll ease myself into making contact with the world again (Yes I've ignored it for a while, please don't judge me)
Hopefully September will bring autumn sunshine, country walks and candle lit cosy nights in.
Happy September people! 😁
Okay so I started writing this at the end of July and it's already a week into August!
Life is crazy busy and that's my excuse.
Anyone else feel like they've had a two month holiday?
All hail the sunshine!
I'm certainly not moaning, eating alfresco with family & friends and wearing holiday clothes is fine by me but it's pretty unusual!
Maybe the seasons of England have slipped back into step like when I was a kid and we had real summers. ( I think...) On the first day of rain, after weeks and weeks of nothing, I took great pleasure in standing outside in it. I was tempted to do a little dance, but I didn't for fear of scaring the locals.
Right it's time to tell you what I've been up to in July, grab a cuppa...
The joy of other people's children!
Spending time with littlies is definitely an excuse for playtime, ice-cream and cuddles!
I had my 1 year old Godson for a sleepover and he tested the old nappy changing skills that's for sure! The smell did not match his cuteness! It was a poo explosion, (I figured that was better than saying sh!t storm!) a real, strip, bath and clothes in the washer moment and he simply looked quite proud of himself!
I also got to see my gymnast of a God-daughter in her annual show. There was so much talent in the room and I was both amazed and nervous at the same time watching her! I imagine we'll be seeing her in the Olympics in the future (No pressure gorgeous girl!) she has more flexibility in her little toe than I have in my whole body!
I spent some quality time with the gorgeous grandkidders, (I could just squeeze them now!) we coloured to our hearts content, we snuggled, we giggled and we baked.
I loved it!
So July brought fun with the kids and each and every one of them got handed back to their parents! ;)
What's not to like about sunshine and eating suddenly acceptable amounts of food in the garden? I love a BBQ and after so much sun, I'm struggling to get back into the habit of eating normally! (Portion control definitely went out the window!)
We've loved catching up with friends in the sunshine and how good to be invited to my daughter & boyfriend's for their first ever BBQ !
We lazed around, we were fed, we were introduced to Chubby Bunny
(See how many marshmallows you can get in your mouth whilst uttering the words chubby bunny!)
I definitely looked like a chubby bunny and very nearly died by way of choking on marshmallows! But it was simply fantastic.
(The day not my near death experience.)
Yes we have rain again and yes I've already enjoyed stew & dumplings and I've been soaked to the skin several times! But that's the Lakes for you!
Blogging shout out!
It was only three weeks into July that I realised it was Independent Retailer month! There are so many of those 'days of the year' but as you know, I'm already rolling with this one.
Yep I'm marching on with my Independent retailer blog posts and this month's shout out is Just Good Food in Windermere!
I yelled questions at Ewan and he shouted answers back while he was on the go, we got to talk all about his home cooked healthy food and I'd missed it all!
(No tasting today!)
If you missed the blog post, click the pics!
This month 7 years ago, I got married!
It really is true, time flies but I can remember it vividly. We were married at the beautiful Swan Hotel & Spa and they really looked after us, from organising our day to providing last minute chocolate for a nervous fix and insisting I have a glass of water before I walked down the aisle.
(Apparently I looked a tad pale!... and like I needed the toilet...again!)
Apparently we should treat each other to copper and wool this year!
I'd actually accept some wool for my granny hobby (Crocheting) and I kindly put seven 1p coins in my husbands card to cover the copper gift. ;)
Oh and we went out for a meal at Mela, one of our favourites places to eat, it was yummy as always and we certainly slept well after our feast!
July is done!
Do you think we've had our summer?
How British! I started this post with weather talk and now I'm ending it with some!
(What can I say, a heatwave is big news round here!)
July has been a busy month, I'm a woman of many hats and they're definitely all being worn, I honestly don't know if i'm coming or going!
If someone wants to supply me with chocolate and cake to make it better (Yes of course that's how it works!) then please do. ;)
So come on, how was your July? Are you still eeking out the BBQ's or resorting to stew and dumplings? Let us know in the comments below and have a fab August!
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