Things I’ve Learned This Week!

Happy Friday all. We’ve survived another week!

But .. I seemed to wake on Monday morning and by the time I’d showered, got dressed and done my hair, it was Friday!  Someone is stealing time and I’m going on a mission to find the beastly boy who’s doing this!  (It’s a boy.  I know it’s a boy.  Don’t ask me how, I just feel it,  and I know it’s a boy).

Shall we dive into my diary and find out what I’ve learned and am wiser because of, this week?  Seat belts on, I’m unlocking the fancy lock on the cover of my diary ...ready?  …. in we go   . . .

I learned this week  . . .  that I have too many clothes and I don’t wear half of them. Now just stop and think about what I’ve just said.  Chaps … this is a gal talking and she’s just said she’s got too many clothes.  Yup, you read it rightGirls …  I’ve just told all your men that a girl can have too many clothes.  When your man points this out to you remember to say:  “Yes but that’s Cobs, and her husband is a millionaire.”  I’m only giving you that ‘get out clause’  so that you don’t hate me for telling the chaps that I have too many clothes.  (N.B.  Mr.Cobs isn’t a millionaire.  I have access to his wallet, his pockets, our bank account is joint,  and … I’ve had up every floorboard in this place and found nothing.  Definitely NOT a millionaire.)

I’ve learned this week  that there is only one particular Christmas Advertising Video this year which makes me cry.

Here in the UK  (from mid November’ish’)  various different (big) companies release their Christmas videos and it’s become a bit of a thing to try to out-do the other companies for the best video.  Normally, it’s John Lewis who win hands down.  They make some really magical Christmas videos which melt my (and an awful lot of others) hearts.  However this year, their video just makes me howl with laughter and joy.

BUT …  there is one video which seems to (at the moment) have passed by unnoticed by some folks here, but for me, it’s the one which turns me into a big girly wreck, crying, sniffing, dabbing with a tissue and wanting to watch it again – even though I know it will make me cry all over again.  (I’ve so far watched it six times, and after each one, I’ve cried like a baby).  I have to share this one with you.  Guys might not ‘get it’ … but I’m pretty certain that most ladies will….  –   it’s only just over a minute long  (and totally child safe in case you have one of those in the room with you) 

So…  are you crying?  Did it make you cry? ….  Almost cry?  …  Not cry at all???

I’ve also learned this week .…  that some Craft Companies expect their customer to be clairvoyant when they don’t send you an item which is clearly shown on a delivery note, which they’ve enclosed in the parcel along with all the other items you ordered at the same time.

Customers are apparently expected to automatically know  that because these companies haven’t included *that* item in the parcel,  it’s not that they’ve forgotten to pack it in with the rest of the order,  but that they’re waiting for it to come back into stock.  And when you phone them up to tell them who you are, what the order number was, and which item it is which is missing,  their attitude is as if you should have known in the first place and you’re wasting their time by phoning.

This forces me to ask …  EXACTLY  HOW  DIFFICULT  IS  IT –  to simply write on the delivery note:  “To Follow” or words to that effect?

CRAFT COMPANIES  take note:  …  I’m going to begin naming and praising very soon, the companies which I’ve shopped at, or with,  which have given me good or excellent service.

BUT   I’m also going to begin naming and shaming  those companies who need to pull their socks up;  buck up their act;  or generally  GET WITH THE PROGRAMME!

Give good service, get more custom.  Give poor service, customers will shop elsewhere. It’s as simple as that.

Crafters chat to other crafters,  face to face, social media or on their Blogs,  and they share their experiences with and of particular companies.  Don’t lose out on free advertising by giving crafters bad service.

I’ve also learned this week …  That a crafter shouldn’t ever think that they’re great at something just because they’ve been doing it for a while. Even crafters who have been crafting for longer than they care to admit to being alive,  can still be the complete opposite of a genius  and burn her fingers on the bally heat gun;  cover herself in ink which won’t wash off and makes her hands and nails look like she’s a potato farmer with no shovel;   and moves things around in her craft room to make it easier for herself,  then can’t find the blasted things she’s moved when she needs them a day after she moved the blasted things in the first &£%*>^  place!!!

And that same Crafter can suddenly remember at 10pm one night that she needs a particular type of card for the following day,  then frantically goes through everything she has in her craft room trying to find inspiration and at 11.20pm finally gives up, telling herself she’ll look in the morning,   knowing all the time that she may as well just go to the shop and buy whatever they have  because she’s obviously a simpleton with a noodle for a brain and she’ll never be able to make anything ever again so she might as well sell all her equipment in her craft room right now damn it and be done with it!

…… clunk.  screeeeeech.  clunk.  [sound soapbox being put away]

I’ve also learned  that people are some of the nicest things God invented.

When you give people a reason to be lovely, they will (more often than not), be lovely.  When you give them a reason to care, they will (more often than not) care.  When you show them a need which you have to get them involved in praying for someone they maybe have never met before, don’t know and haven’t even heard of that particular persons blog before …  These people will see that their own prayer or ‘wish’ or hope,  could be the one that makes the difference and will pray, or wish, or hope and push that feeling out into the ether.  And they’ll show their support by leaving a few words for that person to read so that they see that they’re not alone.  People care.  People care enough to make an effort for a person they don’t even know.  People care enough to try.  People are hoping. Wishing.  Praying,  for a positive outcome.

I hope it’s ok for me to let you know, and I don’t think that she’ll mind me sharing with you   ….  I had a very short email chat with Michelle today and she said: …  “the outpouring of love and support meant so much, and came at perhaps my lowest point”.

Thank you to those wonderful people who left her a message of support,  who prayed,  who wished,  and/or hoped.  Each and every one of you made a difference.  Sometimes, just knowing that people are rooting for you, praying for you, wishing you well … or are just on your side, is all it takes to give someone the strength to keep on keeping on.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and doing what you did.  (If you left a message for her on her blog and it hasn’t appeared yet, it isn’t that you’ve been forgotten, things are getting done as and when they can be, as you would expect).  

But from me,   many, many thanks xxx  Bless you all. How brilliant you are.  I love you. 

And … finally…

Since I always try to leave you with something funny to smile about …. 

I mentioned a few paragraphs ago about the John Lewis Christmas Video for this year which makes me laugh ….  I share it with you here  (don’t fret, it’s only a little over two minutes long – and again, totally child safe)

 

…..  and in case that wasn’t quite enough . . .

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And a few silly but funnies …  ….

Q: Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?
A: Because she will . . . Let it go.  Let it go.
Q: Who earns a living driving their customers away?
A: A taxi driver
Q: Where do bees go to the bathroom?
A: At the BP station!
Q: What do you call security guards working outside Samsung shops?
A: Guardians of the Galaxy.
Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?

A: Spoiled milk.

Q: What do you call a belt with a watch on it?
A: A complete waist of time

Well, that’s me done and dusted.  I’ve fessed up, taught you what life and taught me, and given you some jokes to make you smile.  Yes, the oldies are the besties.
Have a truly wonderful Friday, whatever you’re doing.  May the wind blow a little softly, if it has to blow at all.  May the rain be gentle, if it has to rain.  And may your day be filled with happiness and smiles, dotted throughout the hours.   Be kind to someone today.  Say something nice.  Admire their shoes.  Like their hair.  Tell them they’ve lost weight (even if they haven’t – insist that you think they have, just a little).  Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.  (be kind that is).

See you next time.  In the meantime,  I’m sending squidges,  to you there in your corner,  from me here in mine.

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41 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned This Week!

  1. Aaaahhhh Cobs, you are the real deal! God did good when He made you. I love how you make me laugh, you make me care and you really do make me a better person.
    I love your twisted sense of humor (oops did I say twisted????? I meant your twist of humor)……no wait perhaps I was right the first time. My kids would just say, “good grief, God made someone else like you mom!”

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    • Laughing like a drain here…. ohhh wait till I tell himself that there are two of us who are both cute and funny, in exactly the same ways.
      LOLOLOL…. I’m going to direct him to this conversation. He’ll get the rest all by himself. LOL.

      You can tell your babies that their mom is brilliant, and that I love her to bits.

      I shall see you later, alligator! Sis. lol
      ❤ ~ xxx

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  2. Friday does come early over there. It is only 9:43 pm Thursday here and I have already had the best time. Love your post and yes I saw the Heathrow ad a day or so ago. Love it. Buster is pretty cute too.How can they do these things and make them so real. I have trouble just typing a sentence. Good night Miss Cob…Tomorrow is another day and I’m looking for a better one than today. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you about today. xoxo

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    • You tell me about it Beverly, and I bet you your sweet bippy that I do!

      Buster the Dog … Isn’t he just the cutest chap! There’s a film of Buster actually doing that jumping up and down thing …. I’ve seen it. It was shown on the news a couple of days ago. Awww, I fell in love with him instantly.

      The owners had the advert recorded and played it on the TV while recording him with a video recorder.

      He ADORES the advert, and the moment they played it and he saw himself jumping up and down on the trampoline (on the TV ad) he did no more than started jumping up and down in the house, in front of the TV!

      Then, for a moment they paused the ad, and he stopped jumping up and down and just looked at the TV, obviously hoping to see it again. So, with a remote control, they played the advert again, and off he went, BOUNCE, BOUNCE, BOUNCE!

      No one told him to do it. No command or hand signal. Nothing. He just LOVES to bounce!
      Brilliant dog. Made my day when I saw it.
      I’ve tried to find the film on YouTube, but either it’s not loaded on there, or I’m brain challenged and just not putting in the right words which would give me the film.

      Great to see you!
      Sending squidges by the bucket load! ~ Cobs. xx

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  3. I love your posts! You write with such heart mixed perfectly with equal amounts of humor. If my comment seems disjointed it’s because I can’t shake the image of the dog’s tongue flapping as he jumped. That was just hilarious. I am so glad to hear your friend received an outpouring of support from people who read your blog. It takes a very special friend to write such a thoughtful, heartfelt post. No one should go through that much heartache by themselves. I am so glad to have found your blog. I enjoy it immensely!

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    • Hello Miss Scrapper!
      I’m thrilled you found my blog too. You bring your own sense of fun with you, and that just makes this an even happier place for everyone, because your commentds are such a fun read.

      Awww… the dogs tongue!! I know!! It’s SO funny, lolling about, all by itself. It should be awarded it’s own award for Funniest Tongue on TV! LOL

      I was so humbled to see how amazing everyone was to my request for help and prayers/wishes/hopes and perhaps a message for Michelle, to keep her spirit flying high on positivity. People really are brilliant. I wish I could thank each and everyone of them personally. Shake them by the hand. Hug them. Tell them how much their actions meant. Not to me, but to Michelle and her family.

      Thanks SO much for visiting and for the truly lovely comment.
      Have a truly fabulous Friday, M.Scrapper. Do something which makes you smile today, and then remember it when you’re in bed tonight. It will make you smile all over again, but this time in the dark. It will be like a little secret that just you know about. Cause no one can see you smile in the dark!
      Sending squidges,to your corner, from mine. ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Oh, those adverts. I hadn’t seen the heathrow one before but it’s very cute. My kids adore the John Lewis ad (jumping animals – what’s not to love?!) and I must confess that I love the Aldi one although it totally annoys me that Christmas lunch is on the table of Christmas eve as Santa is flying over. I’m perhaps reading too much into it lol.

    I must confess that I too figured out a few weeks ago that I had too many clothes and after a long hard look at my craft stuff I came to the conclusion that I had too many craft items. I’m sorry, I could hear the gasp from here. I’ve had a major sort out of stamps and papers and am now surrounded by a much reduced supply of goodies.

    I must have missed your post from last week – I had a quick look for it but Mummy duties have been a little heavy over the last week or so. I do look forward to seeing what little gems you have for me.

    Wishing you a happy Friday. Hope the sun is shining where you are. Hannah xx

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    • LOL… I’d noticed that ‘Christmas Lunch on the Table as Father Christmas did his fly by over the house‘ too, and like you, wondered why they’d done that. Little ones aren’t daft, and some of them would have noticed that little bit of ‘non-sensical’ jiggery pokery.

      Aw I’m so glad I’m not alone with this ‘too many clothes’ thing. BUT TOO MANY CRAFT ITEMS??? You’re right lol… I did gasp – eyes as wide as saucers!
      But, I know what you mean. I will admit that I need to do a big ‘part company with’ thing in my craft room. Particularly stamps. I have tons of unmounted stamps and I really don’t need the amount I have.
      I’ll do the clothes thing first …then I’ll build up to the stamps.

      Great to see you Hannah. I missed you while you were busy ‘making’.
      If ever you feel you’ve missed a post, just scroll down the home page (also called ‘Page One’) … all posts appear on that page, as well as in their own category, (so that it makes things easy to find lost stuff).

      Have a brilliant Friday. Sending squidges~ Cobs. x

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      • My problem is that I mainly make cards for family and I adore stamping but each birthday and Christmas I spend ages trying to remember which images I used the previous year lol. My stamp collection got to the point that I had nothing new to offer. It just gives me the excuse to buy more!

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        • The way to remember what you made them last year is to make all your cards, take a photo of them all, or individual photos, load them onto your puter, then put them in a folder called ‘Christmas 2016’ (or whatever year it is *that* year) and then name each picture as you save it, *Aunt Betty* *Uncle Jim* etc etc, and then you’ll build up a complete history of your cards and who you sent them to.
          (Guess who has to do this otherwise she’ll probably totally mess up and end up making a card which is too much like the one I sent *them* last year! lol)

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  5. Happy Friday, Cobs! I had not watched the Heathrow ad yet, thanks for pushing me to do so. Very cute…I didn’t quite cry, but maybe felt the tickle at the back of my throat. I do love the John Lewis ad. Craft companies not providing service – they don’t need my money. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Hello Kathy!
      I’m glad you got chance to watch the Heathrow advert. It gets me every single time … and yet, I know what’s coming! Ha! [sigh] – dopey, soft, grammy that I am.
      Thanks for coming to have a coffee with me Kathy. LOVE chatting with you and putting the world to rights.
      Have a great day, and a smile filled weekend.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  6. Good Morning Glory! aka Cobs! How does your body contain that grande heart? God has definitely gifted us all with your amazing blog! Thank you 🙂 Any hoooo~! I haven’t seen those advertisements here in the states! Thank you for sharing 🙂 May Michelle continuously find comfort and prayers too! oh….wait! I cleaned out my closet again last night!! 🙂 so many empty hangers Yay! Customer service is hard to find nowadays! Your jokes are always great! 🙂 Love you girl! Have a wonderful and safe weekend! xxx Ruthie~

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    • Ohh hello my warm and wonderful Ruthie.
      I’m absolutely tickled pink that you like the blog and find something here that you enjoy.

      Well done you brilliant thing for cleaning your closet out! I’m still in the ‘thinking’ stage, but I feel that it’s going to happen within the next week, as I cannot get my winter stuff in that wardrobe – so I’m parting company and putting away my summer things. There should then be enough room in there to put my hand between each item of clothing. (That’s the theory anyway! lol)

      Wishing you a truly fabulous weekend, Ruthie. Sending oodles of love and heaps of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  7. I sent a huge comment then me compooter crashed Grrr anyhoo Happy Friday even though the week set sail without me …how can it be Friday already ?? I love you catch up’s and isn’t the JL advert simply brilliant 🙂

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  8. I hadn’t seen the Heathrow one. It reminded me of my maternal grandparents. My nan always had a hat and coat on in the winter and granddad sometimes had a cap too. The John Lewis one is great too, so joyful after last year’s sad one. I have also had shoddy service from a craft company recently and been tempted to blog about it, but I am now giving them a THIRD chance, even though I don’t actually really want to! If my custom is so important, as they keep telling me, why don’t they do more to keep it?? First time I have used them too and I don’t think I will again! Grrr. Feel better now I have got that off my chest. Thanks!! Did I miss something about the person who needed support? And ‘no-bell’ joke: brilliant!

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    • LOL… yes, that no-bell joke got me too. Loved it.

      I’ve planned for quite a long time to kind of generate a list of Craft companies, how I found them as sales people; how much I spent (so that people can guage how the amount spent relates to the service I received; delivery; service; help with enquiries etc etc.

      If the service is that bad, (3 chances? – coo, I’d call that bad) … I’d blog about them Puff, then send them the link to the post so that they are able to improve their service, and also see exactly where it is they’re going wrong so that they don’t do it again.

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      • I do firmly believe in second chances, and if they get it right this time then I will probably just give them a ‘feedback’ email. I don’t want to make running anyone’s business any harder than it is already. Also, although they advertise in magazines I don’t know how big they are – might be a small family firm, and pushed for resources. We will see. But I think you are on to something with this idea. Customer Service is so important and blog power could really help improve it. Go Cobs! (imagine some girls with pom poms and lots of excited jumping up and down now).

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        • I’ve given your advice a lot of deep deep thought and …. we can’t have Girls with Pom Poms! We need CRAFTERS with glue guns, pokey tools, balls of wool, fabric, fat quarters, jelly rolls, felting tools, jewellery findings, embroidery hoops floss, paint brushes and lots of glue!

          Customer Services used to be wonderful in this country … sadly things aren’t like that any longer. :o(

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          • Sorry for the delay in replying – I was a bit unwell for a few days. Of course, you are right, what was I thinking? Maybe it was early signs of the malaise….

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              • Some virus-y thing I think. or ‘general malaise’ as I way prefer to call it. Makes me sound like a proper lady! Much better now, thanks and back in blog land. Hurrah! Hope you are well Xx

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                • Good to hear that you’re fighting fit again.
                  Malaise … always makes me think of a Plantation Owners wife. “The good lady is suffering with Malaise, so you’ll be dealing with me!” he barked at one of his staff.
                  LOL.
                  I have no idea why … I’m thinking that maybe there was a book we were studying in school in which this occurred and it’s stuck in my memory somewhere.
                  Glad you’re up and running again. Hurrah indeed! ~ C.

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  9. BP station 😂😅 Anyway moving on, great post. The sad truth is it is possible to have too many clothes if you haven’t got room to store them. I know this. 😔 The good news is the charity shop benefits when I want new ones. I learned that working 5 days in a week isn’t THAT bad, even if your car breaks down and you end up getting the train. Also learned that writing letters of application for jobs and blowing your own trumpet without sounding silly is ridiculously hard. I am a frazzled stress head! 😂 Have a lovely weekend Mrs Cobs. I’m still in laughing about the bees. X

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  10. I got a little misty eyed at one of your videos, Cobs, and laughed at the other (one I’d seen before and the other I hadn’t). I will not reveal which however. That wouldn’t be a boy thing to confess to. I have too many clothes as well. Let me rephrase that… I have too many dusters as well.
    Hope you have a good weekend!

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    • Hello Tom. Great to see you.
      Thrilled you liked the videos … and even more than thrilled to hear you got a little misty eyed at one of them. Not a “boy thing to confess to”??? Are you crazy? Girls love men with a soft spot. Especially so if it’s a video with teddy bears as the feature.

      As for the clothes … if you haven’t worn them for 12 months, then you’re not going to wear them. Part company. I’m great at giving this advice and rubbish at doing this exact thing. [sigh]) lol

      Wishing you a fabulous weekend.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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