Friday, February 3, 2017

Good Stuff, Bad Stuff, And All The In-between Stuff

     I'm always on the lookout for future blog posts ideas because it's hard to come up with subjects that are original, especially when you consider the amount of websites crowding the blogosphere. I recently stopped by one of my favorite blog sites, The Chubby Chatterbox, written by Stephen Hayes, and was delighted to find that he'd written a post, "Peculiarities", that was refreshingly unique. He took photos of odd items in his house and posted them on his blog with a little background info on each one. I thought it was an incredibly clever idea, and told him that I was going to plug into his creative genius to write about the peculiar stuff collecting dust in my own home.


     George Carlin once said, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff." This pretty much describes the strange items I have taking up space in my house. Will I ever part with my stuff? Nope, because it has sentimental value to me. In reference to other people's stuff vs my own, George said it best: "Their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff."


I gave this comical stone to my mother many years ago because she always had permission to spoil her eleven grandkids. When Mum passed away last year, it was only fitting that I proudly display the stone on my own coffee table since I have a granddaughter I thoroughly enjoy spoiling. And no one is gonna spank me, either.


 This two-faced man hangs from my keychain as a reminder not to talk out of both sides of my mouth. Unless, of course, I'm plotting to take over the world.....or at least connive my husband into giving me the last spoonful of ice cream left in the container.


 Everyone knows I'm a nut for squirrels (see what I did there?). I have a gazillion squirrel figurines, but this is one of my favorites because he looks eerily similar to me when I'm holding a cupcake in my hands.


 My parents brought home these miniature clay pots from a trip to Mexico when I was little. They were a gift for my sisters and me. I've always loved all things small, but whenever I tell people that, my husband takes offense.....


 This sorority paddle was given to me in college after I passed my initiation into Alpha Omega Epsilon. It hung on my dorm bedroom wall for four years and is now on the wall in my office. Contrary to belief, I was never paddled with one of these, but I did have to crawl blindfolded through a maze with a raw hotdog in my mouth as part of the initiation. Don't ask....


 The infamous cat mask was purchased for one dollar several years ago at a weird garage sale that took place at one of our vacation campsites. Since that time, it has played a part in family photos and videos, and is now a requirement for all new guests to wear at the Doyle abode. Yes, we know how to have fun here on a Saturday night.

     I think my stuff is pretty special....and there's plenty more stuff out there to add to my collection. What stuff do you have?


***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? This week I'm on SheSavvy talking about insomnia. You can read the article here: https://www.shesavvy.com/14-signs-youre-not-getting-enough-sleep/

34 comments:

  1. Well this IS a fun post idea! Goodness knows I have a lot of "stuff" in my house I could blog about. Thanks for a fun look into your life!

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    1. Write a blog about your stuff and let me know when it posts so I can read it!

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  2. I have a girly magic wand made with glittery tulle and sparkly stars that I bought for my father when he was in the hospital for a COPD exacerbation. I told him it was to wave around to make the disease go away. It didn't entirely work, but it did hold it at bay for a few more months. And now it's on my desk, a sweet reminder of the time we had together that last year of his life--which was pretty magical in and of itself.

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    1. That's beautiful---hang onto that awesome, magical wand <3

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  3. If you love squirrels, you should come over. I fill my kitchen window box with food for them, and actually pull a chair up so they can get in easily (otherwise, they climb up my screen and damage it.) They just sit there and munch and look at me... it is amazing how quickly they chew! I'm not much for objects, but I have a few, including 2 little wooden fish from Mexico that add a pop of color to my upstairs room.

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    1. I love watching the squirrels---we have several feeders in our yard and I'm mesmerized by their speed. Cute little critters.

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  4. See, I think your keychain charm advertises that you should! And, smile as you do so!

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  5. Love this and the key chain...and really how "does" one talk out both sides of their mouth? Another question I have to ponder...

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    1. Left side, right side......doesn't matter as long as I get the last of the ice cream.

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  6. Thanks for the shout out. Raw hotdog in the mouth? Interesting. Take care.

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    1. Ha-ha---yeah, a raw hotdog while squirming around on the floor. I forgot to mention there was also shaving cream all over that floor.....

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  7. What a fun and interesting post! My key chain is a wine cork...need I say more? Haha! Loved all the quirky stories that tie into your stuff!

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    1. Thanks! Hey, I would LOVE to have a wine cork keychain!!

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  8. Funny how some 'stuff' reminds us of those moments!

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  9. Love this and further, you've given me permission to continue to hang onto my stuff. And get more!

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    1. That's right. And now you can blog about it.

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  10. This is actually a fun idea and a great way to let your readers know a little about you and the things that are important to you.

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    1. When I saw this type of post on Stephen's blog, I KNEW I had to write one. There will be more like this in the future...because I have so much STUFF.

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  11. haha that stone is too funny!

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  12. My husband and I are quite minimalist but I do keep a box of all of my favourite memories that I visit often. I like your keychain and the daily reminder it represents. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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    1. That's awesome---I have some special memory boxes, too. Funny how a little item can bring back so much.....

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  13. Well, I must say, you've got some very . . . interesting . . . items. I do love the stone you'd given to your mom and now have yourself.

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  14. I like the stone, this nanna may not have been spanked but she has been told off a number of times

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  15. I dig your stuff.
    It seems to me that I've seen somebody in your family wearing that cute cat mask!!
    I have too much stuff. I'm obsessed w/ lipstick! x

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    1. YES----you most likely have seen someone in my family wearing that cat mask! Hey, a girl can never have too much lipstick....OR nail polish!

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  16. Oh, what fun Marcia! It's amazing the stories our 'stuff' tell about us. The mask is hilarious and sounds like a great tradition at the Doyle household. I'm just looking around at all my 'stuff' and feel I may need to declutter---but then, the stories...

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    1. Write a blog post about your social STUFF and let me know when you post it!!

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  17. That grandma quote is so true! LOL
    These are lovey stuff.

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  18. Great idea for a post. I particularly liked the 'spanking grandma' quote, and the jibe about being comfortable with small things - we men do have a lot to endure!

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