Sunday, 11 August 2013

Going Bananas

Here's another of my experiments - something I saw in a post on facebook. The theory is that if you wrap the stems of bananas with transparent film (what some people call saran wrap), this will slow down the ripening process. I'll let you know how my bananas go. They're already ripe enough to eat, so I probably won't be able to keep them too long without doing something with them. I've already chopped some up to freeze for my breakfast smoothies. As for the smoothies, I haven't added any berries to them when I add green vegetables like spinach. Still the green makes them a yucky colour. Why can't they turn a nice mint green?

I'm really sorry that my weekly post is going to take a turn for the worse. Last night about 10 pm that certain neighbour who always stresses me out with her drama called complaining that another neighbour (one that she can't stand or one of several she has bad thoughts about) had put up a notice asking others not to throw things onto the patios and the street. I knew before the sourpuss even told me which neighbour had put it up, because if there's a notice that goes up in my building I'm the one who composes it and prints it out (in big, big letters as per usual). Why it should bother her that someone should write and post such a notice I can't say unless she is one of the guilty ones. In the past I've been splashed with water from her cleaning her windows when I've been out during the day. Now she's just called to tell me she's gone to the police to ask them what she can do about her next door neighbour who is encroaching on her property and blocking out the light by hanging her clothes so they partially cover the windows. The constant complainer lives on the first floor, but she also owns a flat on the ground floor, which is the one the drying clothes are blocking the light from. The other day I was invited to witness that the guilty party's clothes were hanging down over a few inches of the windows.

If I didn't have to live in the vicinity of this woman, I'd surely see how ridiculous and funny things are. After all, there can be worse problems with neighbours. Not only do I have to do anything that requires a computer for this person but also have to take photographs for her and print them out. She's never satisfied with them either or with anything really. I've never claimed to be a photographer. Last Sunday when I suggested she get her son to take photos for her, she answered that he never came to see her. I had to hold in a laugh or more at that. I don't have to wonder why he doesn't. Anyway, I'm happy to get a rest from all her drama and trouble soon - counting the days.

On to more pleasant thoughts, but thanks for listening. Only wish I could say I feel better after such a rant. Hopefully I'll feel better when she's no longer in my life. 

Katherine, from the blog Creating Through Life, recently celebrated her blog's second anniversary. My first anniversary on Blogger is this coming Thursday. I have no complaints about this site, but I can't help being homesick for Multiply sometimes. I recently saw that Loretta was giving up on ipernity, and truthfully I don't know why I haven't closed my account there. No one will miss me. Luckily Loretta and some of my other multiply friends are here or on facebook or google +. The funny thing about ipernity is you can't post anything that isn't yours. One of my friends was blocked because he posted a Robert Frost poem. Ipernity has a page on both facebook and google +. Yet they don't allow material from facebook and google + to be shared on ipernity. I wonder what they share on theirs! Sorry, don't think I'll become a fan to find out.

Enough said for this week I believe. Next week will probably be my last post for a month or so. Thanks for the continued prayers for my friend Chris and family. Have a good week.


  1. Hi Brenda! Nasty neighbors are no fun at all, and yours sounds like a real pain in the neck. You restrained yourself better than I would have, by not laughing when she said her son doesn't visit her....

    I guess we came over to Blogger around the same time. It does fly by. I miss Multiply, too. It was somehow just a friendlier place to 'converse' with friends. But, I am happy with Multiply friends who are here, and with my new friends. Life goes on.

    Keep in touch as you can!!

  2. Sorry about about your neighbor :( Enjoy your month off!

  3. Update: The banana wrap didn't work. After 3 days they were as mushy as they would have otherwise been without the transparent film around them!

  4. Hi Brenda...............well this week I decided to gradually give up my page on Blogster as well. The software there is so old and ( as someone else recently said) 'cranky'. But its not just the old software that pushed me toward my decision, I just don't seem to find the time to be online as much as I used to be and I guess I've finally decided this is the site I want to keep. I love my blogger can do virtually any thing with it including setting up seperate blogs for different purposes. ( I have my general blog, my gardening blog and my art blog). I'm not closing down the blogster, but I'm not posting there either, just leaving it to keep in touch with people. Most of my Multiply friends are here now and the other friends I'm met along the way all seem to have FB sites which is OK for just keeping in touch.
    BTW................that friend you mentioned who left Ipernity, I heard recently he's not too well again, I have his email if you would like it.

  5. Thanks, Loretta. I'm not leaving Blogger either and I have his e-mail addy. Thanks for telling me though.