Category Archives: Things That Piss Us Off

Diva Musing: Be Kind to one Another….

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Everyday, everywhere I go, people want to tell me about what’s going on in their lives. More and more it is about how badly friends and relatives are treating each other.  Life has never been perfect but those of us who have reached “Crone Status” remember a time when:

Families would go to church together, Children had respect for parents, Parents earned that respect, Quality time was more important than “stuff” in the toy box or closet, we all looked each other in the eye when we were fact to face.  

I remember enjoying seeing children playing outside all the time.  Movies, TV and play time had to be earned.  No one was ever allowed to be distracted at the family table.  We were there to interact with one another….like it or not!  

The hectic and modern day world has made it almost impossible for this simpler, more real lifestyle.  Nothing happens unless scheduled. All time is spent working around family time. Our family and home no longer has the meaning it once did.  

We are focusing more on people and stuff.  People who tell us to want more stuff, people who tell us if we don’t have stuff our world is lacking and we are failures. Our hearts no longer focus on what is good and right for our lives and world.  

Parenting had become an inconvenience for many and not a privilege.  We now hog tie the educational system/teachers.  The liberals own the media and minds of our youth.  The conservatives are considered an abhorrence.  There is no happy medium.  Buddha always maintained that enlightenment was only found in the middle ground.  I think he was on to something.  

Let the children learn. Teach them all of the ways… and let them feel the wave of excitement that comes with making up their own minds without violence or criticism.  Guide them in the ways of goodness and love and let their hearts ring true to that guidance.  If we do not, the current chaos and terror in our world is only the beginning.  I’m an old fashioned back to the basics kind of Crone.  

I like my computers, phones and notebooks, but I take media breaks regularly.  I use that time to reflect, send good energy to my family and friends, meditate, meditate and meditate some more.  I’m by no means perfect, but I do try to keep focused on a more gentle, simple way.   I know this is a better way than what the advertising magnates and media want us to focus on instead.  I’m just cranky enough to let that piss me off and make me rebel against those head games.  My intention is to arrive at something that makes my output a more favorable vibration to my world, in which we are all one. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Rambling…The Road Less Traveled…

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I never thought in my lifetime that “the road less traveled” would stray so far from the thoughts in the book by the same name, as to become a reference to reprobate behavior.  Theodore Roosevelt once spoke to the need for the “Strenuous Life”.  I was reminded of this as I printed a students paper on the same.  

Today we are only allowed to think in terms of “easy living” a life less stressful, according to “Hollyweird” and all that it pontificates.  Give money to a problem and walk away screaming at the top of our lungs, how unfair all of life is and no one should ever have to work for anything!!!!  Seriously, where would this great nation be if that had happened along the way?  Hello! This great nation would not even exist if that had been the attitude of our founding families and the pioneers.  

If the bad judgment and penchant of modern generations for laziness, idleness, wastefulness, and greed had been present in mass in the early years of our nation, freedom, democracy, and entrepreneurship would NOT exist. 

The Zen masters and Buddha himself tell us to live in the now and make each moment matter.  They do not mean sit on your dead asses and wait, like over-entitled prats, for it all to come to you.  One must make the moments count by industriously putting one’s God given talents to use each moment of the day.   A practiced and focused work-life is the answer to one’s immediate and future needs. 

I’m sure Buddha would have put it more eloquently but not kinder…in other words… get off your lazy ass and make it happen!  It won’t always be easier or gentler, but an honest effort is always rewarded.  Don’t make the Karma Cops show you what happens if you don’t walk the good road less traveled.  

The Crones wish you Good Karma everyday as you travel the right way….

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Rant: A Hard Pill to Swallow…..

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So Sandy and I were chatting with our favorite fast food diva Teresa this morning, at the Bell.  We were commenting on how it is the cleanest restaurant in town and what pride they take with the facility.  My diva wasn’t feeling top shelf but was there working her tacos off.  I told her I’d recommend supplements to take that would help a bit.  She said she couldn’t swallow pills so I said I’d get liquid elixirs.  

Then we were chatting about how demon possessed people are getting in the world these days.  We try to see the best in them and they act like burros on peyote.  We particularly noted that Sunday after church is one of the worst times. I have observed that people eating after church, seem so belligerent, rude,  and doubly over entitled.  The leave the smallest tips for the crews that show up to serve them. They leave the place a mess and scowl out.  This is a hard pill for me to swallow.

I use to wonder what got their mornings off to such a bad start.  Then I realized after listening for awhile,  most of these these folks are the people who didn’t go to church! They  are pissed off at the church goers for taking up space on their Sunday’s off.  These humans resent the joy and togetherness of the church families.  They would plot their demise if possible. Happy, joyful humans are the hardest pill of all to swallow for this lot.

These folks are in  a spiritual wasteland… where they have never known joy, laughter or even basic human caring.  There is a drought in their souls that only a good shot of a spirit filled life will ever cure.  We can put all the love and light we have toward them and they will never feel it, or know the joy of sunshine on their faces and the happiness a child’s laugh can bring.  

Stay on your path my Divas! I cringe to think any of you would ever feel this spiritual wasteland in your souls.  I say this, not to be judgy Smurf, but to wish that your diva joy could spread on all the world… so it does not suffer like these poor souls we noted above. I salute my joy Divas!!!!  Thank you for being part of a good prescription that is easy to swallow.  Thank you for bringing your light and love to the world.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista 

Diva Tasting: Sauerkraut and Bratwurst

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Sauerkraut and Bratwurst

Ingredients

  • 1/8 Teaspoon Celery Seeds
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds
  • 1 Pound Fresh Bratwurst or Cheddar Brats Sausages
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Dried Dill Weed
  • 1 Pound Sauerkraut (preferably Barrel-Aged), Drained

Directions

  1. Crush celery seeds and caraway seeds in a mortar and pestle until ground; set aside.
  2. Place bratwursts into a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Mix beer, brown sugar, dry mustard, onion powder, black pepper, dill weed, and crushed celery and caraway seeds in a bowl, stirring to dissolve brown sugar; pour over the brats. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Uncover and raise heat to medium; boil the sauce until it reduces to a thick, syrupy liquid, about 20 minutes. Tilt skillet to roll brats in the sticky sauce until thoroughly coated. Transfer sausage to a platter and keep warm. Cook and stir sauerkraut in the same skillet to mix in any leftover sauce, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer sauerkraut to a serving platter and top with cooked bratwurst.
  4. Serve with potato salad and Texas Toast

Diva Rambling: Gossip Cures…

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I truly am on a kick to be a better Cronista!  However this morning I woke up and wanted to kick something.  Then I hugged my puppy who had been up all night chewing up the house and I felt better.  Then the day started ;~)  I wanted to rant about all the disorganized, non-visionary, unsympathetic, slanderous cows around me….STOP!!! RESET!!! Now I am at work and needing the tips below…Love to all….Namaste, The Queen Cronista

6 Steps to Recover From a Gossip Addiction

Here are some tips by Sarah Wilkins for monitoring and controlling your tendency to talk negatively about others.

1. Pick a gossip buddy.

One spiritual teacher suggests that you confine your gossiping to one or two people, perhaps your best friend, spouse, or significant other. If you have a designated gossip buddy, it’s much easier to practice restraint with the other people in your life. Choose someone who can keep secrets and who will support you in your desire to be more conscious of what you say.

2. Catch yourself.

Learn to notice when you’re about to make a snarky remark, and stop yourself before you do. If one slips out, apologize.

3. Notice the aftertaste.

Become aware of what it feels like after you gossip. It will be different for everyone, but for me the aftertaste of gossip feels like anxiety (tight shoulders, tight stomach) and what I can only describe as a worried, slightly sinking feeling that comes from sensing I might have said something I’ll regret. Note where you feel the tension in your own body the next time you engage in a gossip fest.

4. Just say no.

Turn down invitations to pick others apart. Try changing the subject when a friend wants to have a bad-mouthing session. Ask them (tactfully) to talk about something else, and tell them that you’re trying to break yourself of the negative gossip habit. You’ll find that many people will actually thank you.

5. Don’t rush to judgment.

When someone confides a piece of gossipy information about someone else, question it. Check the source. Don’t believe something unless you have clear proof—and the fact that a whole lot of people are saying something does not constitute clear proof.

6. Try a one-day gossip fast.

Decide that for one whole day you won’t talk about other people. Then, notice when that’s especially difficult. Observe what feelings prompt you to share news about someone or repeat something you’ve heard. Does your desire to gossip come from a feeling of emptiness or boredom? Does it come from a desire for intimacy with the person you’re talking to? What happens inside you when you deny the urge? How do you feel when you’ve gone through a whole conversation without once saying, Have you heard?

Sally Kempton is an internationally recognized teacher of meditationand yogic philosophy and the author of Meditation for the Heart of It.

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/6-ways-to-stop-yourself-from-gossiping-and-why-it-matters

Today’s Thought: Over-entitlement….

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I was at the breakfast hole this morning with my favorite fast food manager in the world.  She runs a tight ship and is gloriously a joy!  I call her one of my AngelGirls!  She and I were reflecting on how after decades in corporate America we have seen people become insensitive, over entitled, and just lacking in manners and common courtesy.  She says people come in and order a one dollar item and berate the staff like they are entitled. I’d probably dump hot coffee on them or something.  But not AngelGirl, she waits on these dweebs as if they were actually human beings.  I have lessons to learn from her!  

She makes each day that I go in a wonderful way to start the day.  We should all learn from her, in fact.  This grumpy crone actually loves people….(don’t tell anyone), but I draw the line at rude, manner-less, idiots.  

Yesterday I was leaving the wholesale super store with my sister…each with a huge cart full.  A manner-less, dweeb (you cannot imagine how much I want to cuss on this one) jumped between our overloaded carts and attempted to push past us in a hurry, with his 2 loaves of bread.  He pushed by me and I accidentally hit his heel.  He turned to me and said I needed to get my glasses checked.  The fire breathing dragon from middle Earth erupted and I went off like a bottle rocket.  

“What has happened to manners in the South” I screamed.  Rude old men deserve to get hit when they are not gentlemanly enough to let two women, pushing heavy baskets, leave a premises.  He began to curse back.  I told him to get out of my face or I’d hurt him worse the next hit.  My sister now red and embarrassed. What I really wanted to say was…” Unless you are taking those 2 loaves of bread to Jesus to feed the starving masses there is no excuse for your disgusting behavior”.  But I refrained realizing I’d let my disgust for the over-entitled masses make me as rude as they are. Although I felt truly justified in doing so with this old fart.  Courtesy people!  Respect! I still believe in good manners.  

However, as a time worn crone, I set proper boundaries, and take no shit! Someone still has to take a stand for those wonderful men who stand when we enter a room, open the door for anyone, and care for their families and loved one with gallantry. My tribute to those few of you who remain gentlemen in spite of the chaos of the world.  We love you best.  Is It Just Me? 

Crone No. 1’s Website….BEAUTIFUL….www.theturquoisechick.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

 

Diva Rant-I’m Over It!!!!

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I’m over all the neigh Sayers, the overly politically correct “crapists” who rain on everyone’s daily parade by stomping their feet and pounding their gorilla chests in protest of everything and acting like out of control, petulant children.  Narrow minded Nazis who want everything their way or else.  

Get over your bad selves.  Start doing some real activist work by putting love and better vibration out in our Universe.  Seriously…..breathe, read from the Dali Lama or Buddha. Use some enlightened masters to guide your thoughts…and first and foremost Get a Damn Job!….Grow up and contribute to the world and volunteer where it counts…do something besides whine, complain and riot! I don’t get it?  What am I missing?

For those of you who can relate to this Rant, thank you for being you and doing your parts. I stand in awe and respect.  

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing- Get Over It……

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I see our world in such chaos and grown adults acting like petulant children stomping their feet.  I don’t know about you but if I’d acted that way my parents would have given me a good head thumping or as they say in our neck of the wood…a good Kentucky butt whipping out on the back forty.

If one is a supportive responsible member of society, one gets up each day and does the job before them.  If you need a job, then the job is updating your resume and seeking a job. It is NOT stomping your foot like Rumpelstiltskin until you go through the floor with shin splints. Seriously,  what am I missing?  

I was in a near fatal accident once on a Friday afternoon.  I completely scalped my head and was in trauma care for hours flat-lining twice.   I was egg plant colored from collar bone to ankles but went to work on Monday as if nothing had happened.  I hate pussy, whining drones. Seriously, I’m so sick of lining in a whining, over entitled society.  Our grandparents are turning over in their graves along with the men, women who have died for this great land and our freedom, as well as the founding fathers.

Get a grip, Get a life, Get a job, Get grateful for this beautiful world and shut up if you can’t.

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Rant: Rules of the Road

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I was on my way to work this morning and stopped at the usual 4-Way Stop.  I was about 8 cars back in my lane.  All the vehicles were headed in the opposite direction from me.  As I sat observing 3 our of 4 drivers had cell phones to their ears.

What part of ...you’re worse than a drunk driver ….don’t you understand?!!!  Yesterday at that location a small unparented child headed toward the road.  Not one of the people on a cell phone would have seen her.  

Please people, isn’t there enough chaos in the world without you running around with carefree abandon on a public roadway and endangering lives…including your own I might add.  The rules of defensive driving say we are responsible to see that we drive safely so that every other driver ends up at their respective destinations safe as well.

Be the light!

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista