More Pet Peeves


Pet Peeves  number one just wasn’t enough for me.  So I’m at it again today with More Pet Peeves

And like with the original Pet Peeves, my personal heroine and someone crabbier than me, Maxine, has graciously agreed to provide suitable commentary along the way.

Bride Dresses

When did bride dresses become so risqué? (And expensive?) Brides and bridesmaids look like Hollywood and Playboy vamps, sirens, sex-kittens parading around with boobs and cleavage hanging out for all to see. So much for the blushing bride these days.

A wedding these days looks more like a Miss World, Universe, or America pageant than the beginning of the hard work of learning the skills of how to share life with another human being and begin the daunting task of raising children.

Instead of a white rug down the center of a church these days they should put out a red carpet on which to parade movie star like for the cameras.

I watched some of those bride reality shows to get a sense of what was in the minds of modern day brides to be. Many of them said they wanted to show off their “assets” and look their best for their husband-to-be.

I want to look good and clean and pretty too. But I am not gping to spend thousands of dollars to achieve it. Especially for one day. Put a down payment on a house for Pete’s sake!

How sad. How shallow. How superficial.

No wonder there are so many divorces today.

And sadly, this mindless showing off their physical assets begins way before Here Comes the Bride. These days it starts with prom night. Practice I guess. I will save that topic for my sequel Pet Peeves III.

Maxine:     I’m thinking of renewing my vow..…to never get married again.

I used to love television, despite Newton N. Minow famously calling it a “vast wasteland,” in the 1960’s. I have often wondered what Minow would think of today’s television. Sadly I think he is finally right.

Television sets cost a fortune these days. And the screens are so humongous. It appears the higher the cost of a TV set and the bigger the TV screens the less quality programming we get.

Then there is the matter of advertisements. Television has devolved into just a way to get advertisements into our living rooms and bedrooms. TV today is just one gigantic full screened advertisements.

I pay big bucks for the TV set itself. Then I pay even bigger bucks to pay for cable. What a deal!!!  I have to pay two times to have advertisers pump advertisements into my home.

It seems that for about every seven minutes of programming I get 5 minutes of commercials.

And then there is the lack of quality programming, which I talked briefly about in Reality Check. But it goes beyond simply reality shows. Too many programs, especially the insipid so called comedies, or what passes for comdey these days, are just plain dumb, juvenile, and boring. No good snappy dialogue. No interesting plots. No real characters. Poor writing.

Maxine:     Sometimes the days just fly by–except for the day when you have to wait for the cable guy.
The Internet

Two things make me crabby about the internet

1. Pages that take to long to load

The peeve I have here has nothing to do with internet speed. Nor does it have to do with amount of traffic to a particular site or viruses and similar legitimate problems or issues.

I am talking about poor blog design and companies who put too much on their website and pages. Some sites have so much on their pages compounded by too many pictures and too many videos and too many advertisements it slows down load times.

If it takes more than 2-3 minutes to load I am outta there! Sorry folks. I have better things to do with my time than waste it on loading pages.

2. Pop ups

I hate pop-ups. I am reading an article and out of the blue  a pop-up, usually asking me to sign up to receive a daily newsletter if I simply fill in my email address. The pop-up blocks what I was reading.

How rude.
How inconsiderate.
This is like interrupting someone while they are talking.
Didn’t your parents teach you good manners?

If I like your site, if I like what I am seeing, if I like what I am reding  I will look for a way to receive it. So you want my email address? Have a good product and treat me with respect and you are more likely to get it.

BTW ~ Same thing is true of those stupid cardboard ads and inserts in magazines. Dear insert advertisers: I DON’T READ YOU. I THROW YOU AWAY. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY.

Maxine:     My definition of ” computer chip” is what’s left after I sledgehammer the computer.

In closing:

Maxine:     It’s important to vent your frustrations. But you have to recognize the appropriate time and place to vent and blow off steam. For me it’s anytime, anyplace.

Featured Recipe    Nectarine, Blackberries and Pistachio Salad

It has been SO hot I do not even want to look at a stove. Even the thought of getting the grill out gives me hot flashes. Cook outside? In this weather? I think not. It is 102 degrees as I type this.

The Benefits of Modern Refrigeration

I also lost ALL the food in both my freezer and refrigerator last weekend when the power went out.  Despite the ice I put in both freezer and refrigerator, after 50 hours of no electricity it all spoiled. I took modern refrigeration for granted before the power outage. And I had just bought a dozen eggs and had to throw them all out. I cracked one and the smell was SO bad. I knoew. If it had only been 2 or 3 I woud not have felt so bad. So I don’t have much in the fridge. Will have to begin stocking anew.  *Sigh*

Today’s refrigeration is a fairly modern phenomenon. I remember when I was just 4 or 5 years old walking with my mother, grandmother and brothers the one or two blocks to the ice house trailing a wagon behind us. We picked up several blocks of ice and hauled it back home to put in the ice box.

My mother wanted to get rid of that old ice box in the worst way. And she nagged till she got one. We could only keep food that would last a day or two or until the ice melted. There was a drip pan under the fridge to collect the melted water. I still remember when we got our first electric refrigerator. When they removed the old ice box the linoleum floor under it was discolored from the water drippings. The new refrigerator covered the stain. My mother was so happy about that.

I will never take modern refrigeration for granted again.

Anyway, for all of these reasons, today it is time for a no-cook dinner salad.

Dinner salads are very versatile.

Use what ever your heart fancies in this salad. Use turkey, chicken, or beef instead of ham. Use a left over pork chop or other meat if you have it. Use slices of meat instead of a dice.

Use any kind of salad greens you like. Originally I was thinking spinach for my salad. But when I got to the store I saw baby romaine and I went with that.

Use any kind of fruit and nuts you like.

Finally, use any salad dressing you like; bottled or home made. If making your own you can substitute and fruit juice in place of lime juice, or any flavored vinegar you like. Be creative. Have fun.

Final note: I made a salad for only 2 today. But I costed it out for four people.

This is what you will need for 4 salads:

For the dressing:

1 lime:

         ½ tablespoon zest

         2 tablespoons juice

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

3-4 ounces salad greens of your choice

2 medium nectarines

1 – 6 ounce package blackberries

4 tablespoons chopped ham

2 tablespoons pistachios

Here is what you do:

Wash the lime. Zest the lime peel. Squeeze the juice to get 2 tablespoons.

Place the olive oil, honey, lime juice, salt and pepper, and half of the zest in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Set aside.

If you purchased shelleld pistachios, like I did, shell them. If you want,  give then a rough chop too. I am going to add them to the salad whole.

Wash and dry the greens and arrange on a salad plate.

Wash and dry the nectarines and blackberries. Slice the nectarines and arrange both fruits on the salad greens.

Drizzle some of the dressing on each salad. Toss on some ham and the pistachios. Top with some of the remaining lime zest.

Serve with some crackers or bread and butter.

Bon appétit!!!


For the dressing:

1 lime:                                                $0.29

         ½ tablespoon zest

         2 tablespoons juice

2 tablespoon olive oil                            $0.23

1 teaspoon honey                                 $0.04

Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

3-4 ounces salad greens                      $1.68

2 medium nectarines                           $1.38

1 – 6 ounce package blackberries         $2.50

4 tablespoons chopped ham                 $0.80

2 tablespoons pistachios                      $0.95             

Total cost = $7.87
Cost per salad = $1.97

Quote of the Day

The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.

Paul Newman


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2 comments to More Pet Peeves

  • What a pretty salad! This would do fine on a hot day for sure. Looks beautiful.

    1. I’m not sure when wedding dresses went from beautiful to sexy. It’s just dumb in my view. Back in the olden days when we got married in a church, nobody would have permitted some of the dresses that pass for wedding dresses these days. To me it’s just tacky.

    2. I agree with you on slow pages but some of the slowness in blogs is due to the platform. Blogs, by the nature of open source code, are most likely going to be slower than a regular website. Add on to that poorly writen plugins, unoptimized photos and you’re looking at a big wait. There’s one very popular blog with a header photo that’s over 100k file size. Seriously. I click on her blog and open another window rather than wait.

    3. My grandfather had a side job as ice man in our small town before I was born. They lived along the river and every winter they would harvest the ice and store it in the barn covered in straw and it would last the whole season. Who knew? I never used an ice box but I have seen them in museums. 🙂

  • Carol Sternberg

    Wedding planning is also at premier event level. I don’t get it. Stress, money etc….for one day. Less is best.
    I do remember the “ice box”. My Grandma had a working one.
    I have all the ingredients on hand for the salad. Yum! Tonights dinner…done