A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush

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Susan liked her job. She had been with the company for five years when an opportunity came up for a job with another company.  She currently loved her boss; her clients were great, and she couldn’t complain about her salary and benefits.  Yet there was a small voice saying “what if” to her.  She would have to say good-bye to her coworkers that she had become friends with.  Was it wise to consider this change when things were so good now?  Her decision was made when she remembered what her grandmother used to say, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”


Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) #28

Break Time Stories

Tina and Ann were in the break-room alone.  They were kind of huddled up close across the table.  Tina whispered, “Did you hear the latest dirt about Karen in accounting?”

Ann got a shocked look on her face and said, “No, what has Miss Perfect done?  Will it knock her off her high horse?”

Tina began, “I heard the police came to her house…” she was interrupted by Dave walking into the break-room. “Ann, my break is over.  I will talk to you after work, ok?”

Ann, hungry for more gossip said, “Sure, see you at five o’clock out front.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – dirt

The Project

He stood by the desk, slouched over with a bad look on his face.  He looked like he wanted to be anywhere else.  Another man approached him and said, “Tom, you look like someone stole your car, what’s up buddy?”

Tom said, “It’s this project.  I just can’t get excited about it at all.  It is just not my cup of tea.”

The man said, “Being apathetic about it isn’t going to make it go any better.  You should just grin and bare it.  It will all be done by next week.”

Tom sighed and said, “You’re right, thanks Fred.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – apathetic



Mumbles … public

Everyone, at some point in their life, should have to do two jobs. Any job having to do with working with the public. And also a little time in a food service job. They both teach you a lot about how to be a better customer, because there are some of us when placed in the public pool that act completely rude.

I have had jobs with the public both early (a paper carrier complete with collections needed on the route) and late (a cashier at a discount store) in life, and I can’t say one time was easier than the other. But I sure learned things about people in both situations.

People don’t think… they just speak. Favorite story working in retail was a slow day (a lot of them were) and a customer approached me looking for lint rollers. I easily directed her to the ones right by the check outs. She stared at the package (which pictured a dog and cat) and asked if it removed anything besides pet hair. While I WANTED to say no, it leaves everything else behind, I did say and point out on the label where it removed dirt, dust, hair, lint, the usual things a lint brush removes. But she had been dead serious when she asked if it took more than pet hair off. She just didn’t think.

I learned a few things in food service too. First of all it can be a lot of hard work if you are in a busy popular restaurant. I worked at both a popular restaurant and a fast food place. People can be downright rude about their food. The wait staff and kitchen have no problems with food being sent back, but do it in a nice tone. I recall on more that one occasion getting cheeseburgers sent back for no cheese… hello, that is called a hamburger then, don’t order it as a cheeseburger. And there are always those who don’t actually read the menu and act surprised when their food comes out with something on it they didn’t want. READ the menu, don’t just look at the pictures.

Sadly there are things I do now that I no longer work that make me cringe inside. Believe me cashiers have heard MANY times, “Do you need something to do?” “Are you working here?” (this one is usually asked when in full “uniform”) and the most popular “If there is no price it must be free?” And I should know better than to use those tired sayings, but I still catch myself every once in a while doing so.

Before I stop my mumbling for the day… remember the carts do NOT magically move themselves into the line up. If you want cashiers at registers instead of moving carts around, try putting them away on the way out the door… all the way away, not three steps from the other carts. (Sorry a huge pet peeve of mine when I worked). And when a cashier asks you how your day is, yes it is their job, but if they are a decent cashier, they really do hope you found everything ok. Have a nice day!


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – public

Happy And Grateful – Day 318 & 319

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Fatigue got the best of me last night… forgive me for doubling up on my posts.  Aside from being exhausted yesterday I had an ok day.  I had a doctor’s appointment and that went well.  And a decision was finally made on when we would be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my daughter (as she and my boyfriend both work that day).  I was grateful we were able to come up with a time to all gather together.

Yesterday I was happy we had medicine and pain patches in the house.  This time not for me, but for my boyfriend.  He apparently slept wrong and woke up with a terrible back ache.  That way I didn’t have to run to the store to get more for him, as the fatigue level was high all day yesterday.

Today was a day of mostly sun again thankfully.  It really brings the day around when it is out.  I got a little bit of work done today.  Got a load of laundry done, that is always an accomplishment.  Did some work on my computer… I think it is all updated and working right now.  I was grateful for the energy and clear mind to get that all done.

Tonight I would have to give my happiness to watching a movie.  It was on the life of the artist Frida Kahlo… it was very interesting. And it had some great actors in the cast as well.

It is late and morning will come too fast.  I need to turn off my mind and relax so I can sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day.


Day 85 – 100 Days of Happiness

It finally happened… my daughter had a day when she didn’t have to go into work until late and she had no other plans.  We were able to sit and relax and have coffee and lunch at a leisurely pace today.  She filled me in on all the latest happenings at work.  I enjoyed her company and stories.  With not being able to work it is good to still hear about some of the day-to-day happenings.  And I have met most of the people she works with and they are a good bunch of kids.  It probably wont be until next year now when we get to do lunch again… she has 3 different Christmas parties to go to, work and a social life.  Ah to be young again and full of energy!  🙂