Morning Dawdle 1

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Rory @ Earthly Comforts has a new series of questions of us and I have some replies, more or less.

How hard is it for you to ask for help if you need it – can you do so quickly, or are you resistant to it?

I dislike asking for help these days. For years, whenever anything frustrated me, even for one second, I’d ask my mom for help and later my ex-husband. I grew accustomed to the idea of never dealing with anything myself, and that was a really bad habit. After my mom died and then my divorce happened, I found myself more and more with no one to whine to when something went wrong or if I was confused by instructions ~ and this was a good thing! I became capable of figuring out stuff alone (often with the help of googling) and grew confident in my ability to get things done. Sometimes people ask ME for help now!

Are there any phrases that people use that annoy you immensely?

I hate ethnic slurs of all kinds, and I don’t think any of them are “funny,” nor do I think they should be used for ironic effect. There may be some I’m unaware of, but I try to be alert to nuances of language. Other than that, I’m pretty tolerant of mistakes, since I make them myself, and clichés, especially business-related clichés, which I sometimes do use for ironic effect. Are we on the same page?

How do you acquire new skills – what systems do you adopt to aid you, and why do they make things easier?

Who says I have new skills? LOL. Generally, any new skill I develop now is out of practicality. For example, at work recently I was asked to do Thing X, which I hadn’t done before ~ my boss knew that and said he’d help me ~ instead I figured it out myself and didn’t need to bother him. Now I know how to do Thing X if it comes up again.

Which three spices or condiments do you use the most when cooking, and what makes them more valuable?

I use salt, but sparingly, when I roast or sauté veggies or nom on a fresh avocado. Salt is a wonderful spice, but in my opinion most people use too much, and restaurant food is ridiculously salty, especially salad dressing. The prepared frozen meals I have for lunch at work are also too salty, but there’s nothing I can do about that ~ I already described the disaster that happened when I brought a container of veggies I cooked myself and they leaked all over. Obviously, God wants me to support Stouffer’s. I also love cinnamon and sprinkle it on a lot of things that you wouldn’t expect, such as cottage cheese ~ cottage cheese with a sliced banana and cinnamon is delicious! Mustard is my favorite condiment for sandwiches, burgers, veggie corn dogs, etc., and I used to put it on fish before broiling, but nowadays I only have fish in a restaurant.

Not that anyone cares, but I number my posts of this type according to which ones I answer, not how often they’ve appeared on the host’s site. Rory had a Dawdle a few days ago, but I replied in comments so this Dawdle is my number one. For poetry and flash fiction prompts, I do use the host’s number. Does this inconsistency bother you? It kinda bothers me…

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19 responses to “Morning Dawdle 1

  1. Cinnamon has such a lovely aroma

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  2. Cinnamon (read) is good for one’s health, baked goods, on toast and fills your kitchen space with a delightful fragrance better than incense.
    I had a great chuckle when I read about God’s wishes and Stouffers.
    Great post!!

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  3. Cinnamon is indeed lovely smelling and warmly tasty, mustard l use quite a bit also, although it hates me and salt l have to be very mindful of!

    So who is Thing X and do they mind when you do them?

    I don’t like asking for help unless l have no other chocies, if it is something that two people need to do l will, but l would rather try and figure things out for myself also 🙂

    Good answers Paula 🙂

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  4. Cinnamon is so good, isn’t it! I like to try doing things on my own first, then ask for help if needed. 🙂

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  5. Mustard also my choice

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  6. Lol your funny! It doesnt bother me! I think your OCD is coming through 😀 hahahahaha!

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  7. Cinnamon and nutmeg make me HAPPY!!!

    I like to do things in my own but if it’s something I need to do but don’t want to I shove it off on someone else’s plate

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  8. It’s easy to ask …. harder on the recruiting sometimes at home any ways.
    Olive oil,
    salt and pepper or maybe garlic.. yum

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  9. Bravo on your found independence! I agree that prepared foods are too salty. My son cooks at a fancy restaurant in a town where people are sticklers for farm fresh food and willing to pay WELL for it. BUT the head chef adds fist fulls of salt to everything! (there are no salt and pepper shakers on the tables)
    I get take home leftovers of those fancy dishes sometimes and always complain they’re too salty. I don’t know how ‘health conscious’ people find it palatable. I certainly wouldn’t pay those prices either.

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