Things I’ve Learned this Week

Happy Friday!  Welcome to the weekly round-up Cobs Lessons of Life.  A picture postcard in words (and sometimes photographs if I’m lucky and the one brain cell remembers to take them), of things I’ve encountered in the last week, from which I have learned something.

Shall we dive straight in?

This week I’ve learned …

That I REALLY, MOST DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY don’t like it when women go around the supermarket shopping for their groceries, whistling the same bit of a totally unrecognisable tune like it’s a perfectly acceptable thing for a lady to do.  As my mother and Grandmother before her used to say:  “A Whistling Woman and a Crowing Hen are neither good for God nor Men!“…  and after this weeks shopping trip, I 100% agree with them.

I’ve also learned that Dr. Seuss actually really did know what he was talking about . . . I saw these words and absolutely laughed myself silly because they spoke of a trip Mr. Cobs and I took to the harbour side about a week or so ago with our Grandson, Little Cobs …

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Whenever we go to the Harbour there’s always something happening, or something which we do which makes a memory for us all.  On this occasion Little Cobs wanted the binoculars – or as he calls them  bew-nonkly-erzs.  He has his own Bewnonklyerzs in the back of our car.

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not Little Cobs Bewnonklyerzs – but the same as his, only these don’t have the four lens caps.

We bought them for him about two and a half years ago, and he’s always loved them. (He’s five and a half now).  They have their own solid sided case, caps on all the lenses, and he knows how to open the case, uncap them and get that neck thing around his neck so that they can’t drop to the floor, and even how to get them focused.  But on this visit he didn’t want his bewnonklyerzs, he wanted ours.

So out came our binoculars and he began looking at the yachts, boats, people zooming around on jet skis and various other things which were happening around and about.  But then, suddenly, he did something he doesn’t normally do.  He took the binoculars, looked at them for a moment and then purposely turned them around and looked down them through the wrong way round.

He suddenly burst into fits of giggles.  He was laughing so much that although he was talking we couldn’t understand a word he was saying.  Still laughing (so much that he was crying!), he took the binoculars away from his eyes and handed them to me, saying  “Look.  Look!”  So I looked through the binoculars … but no, he took them off me, turned the around so that they were now the wrong way around and again said  “Look!”  and began laughing again.  So… I did what any other Grammy would do ….  I looked.  And all of a sudden I could see what he was laughing at.  The world looked  …  weird.  Everything looked suddenly very insignificant.  The people looked like a colony of ants all doing the job they’re supposed to do.  I looked at him through the binoculars, sat next to me on Grandads lap … and he looked so funny that I began to laugh too.  I gave the binoculars to Grandad and told him to “Look Grandad,  and then you’ll see”  …  so he did,  and he did.

There were all three of us, sat in the front of my car, laughing like someone had just told us the funniest joke of all time.  People were looking in and seeing the scene and smiled.

Dr. Seuss knew EXACTLY what he was talking about when he said:  “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.  It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope“.

In our case it was bewnonklyerzs . . .  but the view worked in exactly the way Seuss meant.  Try it sometime.

Let’s see … what else have I learned this week?…

Ahh…  now this is relating to Crafting … so if you’re not a crafter, I apologise …

I’ve learned . . .  that,  for me,  Digi Stamps seem to be a huge rip off because a crafter is being made to pay an awful amount more for an image than it first appears they’re paying.

For those who don’t quite know what a Digi Stamp is …  it’s just an image, which you buy the rights to use and you store it on your computer and print it out whenever you need it.

  • If using Digi Stamps,  you have to pay for the Digi Stamp and then store it on your computer to use whenever you wish.  So far, so good.
  • But…  then comes the problem of the cardstock you’d like to use,  against what will actually feed through your printer (and boy do I know the fury of trying to get some cardstock through my printer!  grr!).   You might end up having to print that image out on cardstock you didn’t actually want to use … all because the printer you own won’t take the cardstock you do want to use.
  • Also …  You can’t print on some cardstock because they’re too slippery or shiny and the ink won’t ‘hold’ onto the card.  Or maybe you want to print out on acetate but can’t do that unless you pay extra for printable acetate, but then if you do, it’s not the really lovely acetate which you’d normally use in card making.
  •  FINALLY ... there’s the  COST OF PRINTER INK.   OH. DEAR. ME!!!  ~ Get ready  for this little heart stopper:

Quoted directly from a report in a 2014

At £650, a bottle of Krug Clos du Mesnil 2000 Champagne is decadent,  but compared with the cost of essential replacement ink for a home printer it looks cheapat about 90p a millilitre for the 750ml bottle.

HOWEVER …

In contrast, the ink in a best-selling 6.5ml HP 300 Tri-colour ink cartridge – priced at £15 on the high street – comes to £2.30 a millilitre.

This means  (wait for this) . . . .  

If that champagne bottle was emptied … and instead filled with cartridge ink  – it would cost . . .  £1,725

One thousand, seven hundred and twenty-five pounds.  You could have a holiday!

You can check the whole article out  HERE

I’ve double checked the cost of that same Champagne today, and the price of printer ink, and they are (roughly,  ‘give or take’) around the same prices.  But … you make up your own mind about it.

What else have I learned  …

Oh…  I was taken back to my school days when I came across this bit of information quite by accident:

On this very day in 1066 . . .

  • The Battle of Hastings took place on 14th October 1066.  It was one of the bloodiest and most important battles fought on British soil and heralded the beginning of the Norman Conquest.

I loved the story of the Battle of Hastings when I was in school.  I remember we even went to see a tapestry – called the Bayeux Tapestry – of it.  It wasn’t THE tapestry but a replica, handmade by a group of ladies many, many years ago.

I’ve also learned this week that it’s not just Graphic 45 that I have expensive paper tastes for …  I’ve fallen in love with a Nordic craft companies papers and ... ohhh ...  I’m going to have to place an order for some.  I just have to work out how I can sneak them past Mr. Cobs so that he doesn’t notice them . . because  it was only three weeks ago I said that I wasn’t “buying ANY MORE PAPER until I’d used at least half of the papers I have in my craft room”.  And I MEANT IT!  But to be honest … I think I’ve done excellently well going three weeks!   🙂

Ah, I guess there are worse things I could be addicted to And just think .. everyone is going to get such nice cards made with these papers!  lol.

Well It’s Friday lovely people.  And we all know what that means.

Yes, it means that we have to do the dance.  Stand up.  Strike the pose please ….. AND CLICK THE VIDEO in order to ‘do the dance’, as you will be instructed . . . .

There.  Don’t you feel better for that?

I think …  Friday is such a lovely day.  It’s a day to do great things.  A day to remember how blessed you are and look at all the good which is in your life.  A day to clear things up which have been hanging around.  To get things sorted.  I know that sometimes gremlins can get into a day and give you a bit of a hard time …  but everything is sort-out-able.  Even gremlins.   There is always something which can be done – even if it’s going round to a friends just to chat about whatever it is which is bugging you.

And as for tomorrow, well, that isn’t even here yet,  but  isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

I wish you a weekend which smooths out some of the wrinkles in your life,  even if it just means resting and relaxing for a few hours to let the stresses ease away.

Have a lovely day, a wonderful weekend,  and  . . .  may your God go with you.

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23 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned this Week

  1. As quickly as I can find the binocks I will be looking the wrong way for certain! Curiosity has me and I’m due for a laugh! Thank you for the wonderful Friday thoughts and blessings!

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    • Hello Marijo, great to see you!
      Yes! Awww, yes do give it a go! Try it out, especially, where there are a few people going about their day. But remember what Seuss said: “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” … don’t look with your normal ‘sensible’ brain, look at what you’re viewing from a different perspective. Press the ‘Fantasy’ button inside your brain. That’s where you’ll find the magic.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing a coffee with me Marijo.
      Have a blessed rest of yourday my friend. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. I think your grandson’s word is ‘the bomb’! don’t get me started on printer ink. I truly cannot believe the price of it and am pretty certain it could be a LOT cheaper. Everything comes down in price after a while usually, but ink has just stayed the same. It makes me grouchy!

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    • Ohhhh, hear you and agree whole heartedly.
      I am certain that printer cartridge ink DOES NOT cost that much to produce, and those cartridges cannot be dreadfully expensive – lets face it, any initial outlay for the design and machine which makes them, will have long past the initial cost in the amount of sales that they make from the cartridges.

      Have you noticed how (also) the cartridges no longer last as long as they did? Something very fishy going on there me thinks.

      I actually wrote to one of the presentes of Create and Craft and suggested that perhaps it would be an excellent idea to get someone on a show or two, demonstrating a truly brilliant printer which worked easily, with no fiddle faddle, for crafters needs. I thought it was a great idea to get someone not just selling really good printers to us, but also demostrating the printer so that we could actually see all the functions that they promised, really are there and we can use them for out needs.

      I tweeted this particular C&C chap to suggest the idea, and asked for his email so that I could write to him about the idea. He gave it me, and I wrote a really nice email explaining and even offering to test a printer if they needed a crafters view point on it before they put it on air. (I’d be more than happy to test one, because I’d give an HONEST and blunt review about what I thought about it).

      So . . . . guess what? 🙂

      Yes, that’s right! I’ve never heard back from him. Not even an acknowledgement of my email.

      Great Idea, but obviously not one that C&C wanted to do. Shame.

      Oh… lol.. I had to ask Mr. Google about ‘the bomb’. I had no idea what on earth it meant. But now I do… yes – Bewnonklyerzs certainly does seem like ‘the bomb’ LOL!
      Sending oodles of squishes ~ Cobs.x

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  3. The printer ink stats shocked me, but I refuse to buy cartridges too often. One agency I was going to go with expected you to print your own time sheets. Needless to say I didn’t even make the initial contact phone call, they already make enough out of their workers, they can provide time sheets if they want them filled out! As for looking at the world in a different way, I totally agree. My children make me see the world in all kinds of funny ways! Have a lovely weekend x

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  4. Thank you for taking us all by the hand to share your time at the harbour, in my imagination I managed to squish myself inside your car and started to laugh with you all and had the best time EVER !!!
    I’ll be getting Beloveds noculars (as Moo calls them) out this weekend to jump on the latest trend of ‘wrong end viewing’ as started by Little Cobs 🙂

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    • Aww… only just found your comment! My wordpress thingy had hidden it lower down the list and I missed it totally.

      Yes … try it. We laughed so much that I felt (the following day) as if I’d been kicked in the ribs by a horse. It was Mr.C who suddenly came up with the laughing the day before, for being the reason why I had rib ache. (Cooo, it hurt really badly. I thought for a little while that I’d broken a rib! LOL)

      Go somewhere where there are a bundle (smallish, but a few) of people walking around and look at the scene through the wrong end of the Binoculars. But remember what Seuss said: Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in Living. When you look at what you’re going to look at … be the child you used to be, with the imagination to see what you’re seeing – and don’t let your adult brain interpret the view for you. See how the people look like an ant colony – then start moving the binoculars slowly so that you take in other scenes. (I wish you lived here by the sea and could visit the Harbour. So much going on there).
      Have fun. ~ Cobs.x

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      • We live about 35 miles from the coast, and don’t go nearly enough, next time I go I’ll be sure to take our binoculars and get ready to laugh till I cry, memories are made of days like yours, be sure to open your memory box frequently and re live joyous moments 🙂

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      • Well…I’m going to send Gt out looking for them. He shot a bear in his back yard the other day.( A big brown bear. )I’m sure he is going to be a serious story teller someday. Sometimes I have to backtrack and think.now is this real or a story. So serious and so detailed. Love this child.

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        • Gt? Ok … I’m lost now.

          I’m guessing that it must be one of your Grandchildren – but I’m not totally certain what the Gt stands for.

          He shot a bear? OK… now is this a childs beautiful imagination at work – or is this an adult who really did shoot a bear? (please Lord, let it be a child with an imagination.

          You end with “Love this child” … so I’m feeling that it HAS to be a Grandchild … or a neighbours child … relatives child….
          nope.. still lost. lol
          ~ Cobs.

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  5. I love the binoculars story! I have done that and it is awesome! I may have to show that trick to my 5 year old grandson and see his reaction.
    I understand your pain on feeding cardstock through your printer. It is not good for my spiritual life when I try to do that…..so no digi stamps for me.
    I am always glad for Friday because I know I will learn something new from you and I know it will be very useful!

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