InstaAttitude

I know that we are all stressed out during this Covid pandemic and everyone might be on a shorter fuse than normal. However, I just assumed decent customer service might still be expected, especially when I “buy” your smile in the form of an extra tip.

This tip was lost on the woman wearing a large crucifix necklace who delivered my groceries and was so rude to me, I honestly didn’t even know how to react. 

Today, I ordered my normal amount of groceries, which included two of the smaller cases of water (I usually buy the biggest size water, maybe a 48 count, and I broke it down into two cases of 24 so that the shopper wouldn’t have to haul a huge case of water up my stairs), and a lot of sports drinks for Richy. I have a friendly text conversation with this shopper about things that have to be substituted and refunded, etc… During this exchange, I texted her the following: “Oh, just while I’m thinking about it… I don’t know why, but Instacart never tells you guys that I am in an upstairs apartment over a house. When you come up… come through the side gate and up the stairs outside. No one lives downstairs…” Clearly I live upstairs; at least I thought this was clear.

Well, she finishes the shopping and arrives at my house. I meet her at the door so she doesn’t have to try to hold groceries and knock. So, this woman comes up the stairs with a load of groceries, and proceeds to let me know that I have several large items and now she has to bring them upstairs, and maybe next time I “should rethink my grocery order”. I was so surprised, I just sort of did a triple blink and said “Okay” with what I know was the most fake smile in the world plastered across my face. I think she realized she must have said something pretty crappy, because she was nice and smiling the rest of the time (including when she brought the rest of my groceries back after forgetting to leave the toilet paper and bread). I had no words. My daughter was on speaker phone with me at the time and she was livid.

I have my groceries delivered because 1. I am disabled; and 2. I am immunocompromised and cannot be out in the Covid crap just yet. And yes I AM aware that my steps are a bitch and I tip extra just for that. I’m just so appalled that someone who signed up voluntarily to do this delivery service had the audacity to expect me to change my order to meet their standards. I’m really just stunned. Also, my daughter was ready to come through the phone at this woman.

I didn’t take back the tip, but I really have no idea what possessed this woman to come at me sideways that way. I kind of feel like if you can’t be bothered to deliver groceries to an upstairs apartment, maybe YOU should rethink signing up with a delivery service.

I apologize that today is a bit of a rant, but it’s not like I don’t give a damn about having people come up and down my stairs with a bunch of groceries, but I didn’t MAKE them deliver them… they signed up for this. I have always (excepting today) also handed every other delivery person an extra $5.00 bill because I feel bad about the stairs, and I don’t know if they get 100% of the tip I leave on the app. But not today. I really had to stop myself from Sparta-Kicking her down my staircase. There’s just no point in being so hateful.

BVS Solitaire – Fun and a Discount!

The Tena Hootchie had waaaaaay too much fun playing the BVS Solitaire Collection of 535 games. This means addictive isn’t even the word for it lol. This bounty of just about any and all Solitaire games imaginable (Including more then 100 original games not found anywhere else) is a computer game collection download for Windows/Mac/iOS.

BVS Solitaire Collection – Tri-Peaks Demo

You can choose between different types of solitaire card games with various difficulty levels. All popular classic games are included: FreeCell, Spider Solitaire, Klondike, Accordion, Canfield, Diplomat, Golf, Pyramid, Forty Thieves, Seahaven Towers, Tri Peaks, Tri Towers, and other less known games, but all of them are fun and engaging. (Especially Tri-Peaks – that game is my jam!! – See Video Above)

Far as I’m concerned it’s a steal for $19.95 but if you use the code 2HUMBLEHOOTCHIES you will get 25% Off the BVS Solitaire Collection bringing the price under $15!

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Freebie Entertainment Sure To Cure Your Isolation Blues!

We all know that it’s rough being stuck inside but thanks to some generous service providers it doesn’t have to be boring! I’ve put together a short list of services (including links) that are sure to take the edge of your social distancing blues! 

HBO

As part of a new “Stay Home Box Office” promotion, HBO is making 500 hours of programming, including series such as “Barry,” “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” as well as films and documentaries, available free for a limited time. You can stream HBO’s programming without a subscription on both HBO, HBO Now, its standalone streaming service, and HBO Go, which is typically limited to those who already get HBO on a paid TV service.

Quibi (90 Days)

(Quibi stands for “quick bites.”) This new entertainment service focuses on short-form entertainment. After the 90 days the regular version of the service is $5 a month and if $8 per month is within your budget, you can get the ad free version.

Shudder (30 Days With Promo Code SHUTIN) 

Love being scared? If so Shudder, from AMC Networks, is right up your alley! This channel focuses on horror content with a mix of thriller, supernatural, scary movies and TV shows. Plans start at $4.75 per month; normally there’s a seven-day trial period, but use the code to get a full 30 days for free!

YouTube Premium

During the pandemic, the video-sharing giant is serving up more than a dozen YouTube original series free for anyone to stream. These titles, which include “Impulse,” a supernatural thriller murder-mystery from Doug Liman; a competition show called “Escape The Night”; the comedy series “Foursome”; and an animated kids’ show about Robin Hood called “Sherwood” so head on over to YouTube and enjoy it while it lasts! 

MasterClass

MasterClass offers online classes in a wide range of subjects, taught by leaders in their fields. We’re talking Gordon Ramsey on cooking, Martin Scorsese on film-making, Penn & Teller on magic and so on. Starting Wednesday, April 15, MasterClass Live will offer one free streaming class per week

You can also skip on over to Android Authority for a nice long list of free games and apps as well!

Fun Find – LitterBox Comics!

I’m so sorry I’ve been so quiet over here for so long. I’ll be getting back into the swing of things very soon! I’d like to thank all of you for your patience! Since I’m still in the process of writing and editing things, I thought I’d share this funny find with you in the mean time. If you need a laugh – do not hesitate to head over to https://litterboxcomics.com/ to get your fix of hilarity!

My Husband @mawadu78 actually had
a very similar incident many years ago with @thevirginiaimp

Blogging… How Did You Get Here?

In lieu of a long intro and a lot of hubbub, I’m going to cut right to the point of this short post.

What made all of you become bloggers?

I’m curious because I know when I started off on this adventure, I didn’t set out to become a blogger but that is where I happily ended up.

I wanted to share my experiences with people, places and products with others and it evolved into this.

Do you have a favorite platform? (Twitter, IG, Pinterest, Facebook etc.) Do you have one you can’t stand? Have you found any tools you can’t live without? (Tailwinds, MailChimp, etc.) Have you run into any scams? Are your family and friends supportive? Did you start out with a free blog or did you jump all in and get a premium paid blog with all the bells and whistles? Whats the biggest mistake you made starting out? Do you work mostly on your laptop or your phone?

Please feel free to share your story in the comments. I’d love to hear more about what makes you tick and your journey.

Wine, Moths and Snakes… OH NO!

I’m a wine lover.

In my world there is no better way to wrap up a nice evening than to pour a glass of wine, step outside on the deck and sip away as I look up at the stars.

This is exactly what I was doing a few nights ago as I enjoyed the warm spring night here in the mountains of Virginia. However, with the porch light on, nature – in the form of flying insects, were flocking to the walkway on my deck in droves. Overwhelmed at an alarming rate, and having no desire to end up with bugs in my wine – I grab the insect spray, pointed it at the porch light and sprayed away.

Content with my thorough dousing of the insects I dash back a few steps to avoid getting hit by the over-spray. When I turn around to see the results, I’m met with the most startling sight.

A snake.

A large snake.

A large, long pissed off snake about 3 feet from my face… ho shit!!

The following takes place:

Me: *blinks in stunned silence at the sight before me but remains quiet and motionless*

Snake: *Hisses at me in an agitated manner as it starts to unfurl from the porch light*

Me: *Calls husband’s name as I continue to watch my scaly visitor move*

Husband: “Yes, Baby?”

Snake: *hiss hiss*

Me: Thinking – *I’m so sorry Mister Snake. If I had know you were there I would have never sprayed you like that – in fact I would have kept me and my wine sipping in the house… my apologies* – Calls Husband’s name 3 times in a row* (It’s all I can manage to do)

Husband: *Comes to the door* “What’s wrong?”

Me: “There’s a snake on the porch light and it’s slowly moving toward me.”

Husband: O.o *looks over at light through the screen door* “F*ck!!”

Me: “Yeah, kinda my thought too. Could you slowly open the screen door so it’s between me and our uninvited guest? I’d really appreciate not being out here any longer.”

Husband: *opens door – So I can slide inside*

Okay, so now I’m inside the house and safe but there is still a decent sized snake on the porch light (it’s well over three feet long). It’s almost midnight and I have no desire to let him slither off to hide somewhere else outside on the deck or patio. My husband (The Satyr) is not a “Man versus Wild” kind of guy but he arms up with a broom, puts his sneakers on and grabs a flash light. He’s about as ready as he can get at the hour on short notice.

Luckily for all of us, the adult children were home and had just settled into bed so I go knock.

Me: *knock knock knock*

My daughter The Sprite: “Yes?”

Me: I hate to disturb you guys at this hour but I need your help getting this snake off the porch light.

The Sprite: “Mommy, that doesn’t make any sense??!”

Her Fiance: “I think it does, Honey. I’m pretty sure your mom said there is a snake on the deck light and I need to go help take care of it.”

The Sprite: “Why is there a snake!!??”

Me: Thinking – *that’s a valid question that I have no answer for. I’m just as shocked as you are*

We all are up and about now. My son, The Imp, takes one look at the situation, calls the snake a nope rope and a danger noodle and immediately decides wants nothing to do with the fiasco before taking up residence on the couch. The rest of us go outside in our Pjs armed with – 2 flashlights, the kitchen broom, a plastic pole, some work gloves, a knife and a push broom…. yes this has us all looking as ridiculous as it sounds.

About fifteen minutes later we had the snake taken care of and all is well but I’d have to say that was the last thing I expected from deciding to step outside with my Chardonnay.

Have you guys had any interesting run ins with nature? Please feel free to share.

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DIY Poo Pourri

Let’s face it, most people do not want to talk about bathroom activities. What goes on in and around the porcelain throne is not usually a topic of discussion. I’m not the shy type, so when I saw the video advertisement for Poo Pourri I was all in! However, more often than not when I see articles or blog posts about Poo Pourri the person writing it says something like “I bought this as a gag gift”. Not me, when I saw this product advertised, I was all for what it was promising to do and bought it right away.

About ten days and twenty-two dollars later my order arrived in the mail. My family and I tried it and we have been fans ever since… well,  fans of the product because it works, and it works well. We just weren’t big fans of the price tag and shipping costs. A four oz bottle will set you back around ten dollars and even if you find it in a discount store five bucks is as cheap as I’ve ever found the four oz size, though it’s usually around eight dollars.

I don’t mind paying good money for something that works – but for a household that has five people in it on a regular basis on top of entertaining often, keeping both bathrooms stocked with this spray proved to be costly.

With saving money in mind, I turned to the wonder known as the interwebs and researched  how to make my own.

The recipe ended up being more simple than I thought it would be. I had all of the ingredients right down to the distilled water on hand!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Step 1 – 2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin or Dish Soap.
Step 2 – 2 Teaspoons of Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 3 – 20-30 Drops of a Fragrant Essential Oil. (I used lavender oil)
Step 4 – Fill the remainder of the 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water. (I used an empty Poo Pourri bottle I had under the sink)

After that, it was simply a matter of shaking it up and spraying. That was it.

I was honestly impressed with just how close it was to what I had been buying for a mere fraction of the cost. The results were 8.5 out of 10 – This recipe took a few more sprays for the same effect and still wasn’t quite as strong, yet for a cost difference of about twenty-five cents per bottle for this homemade version versus at least five dollars – if not ten dollars a bottle for the name brand, I’m sold.

Have any of you made a DIY version of something that worked out well (or not lol)? If you’ve blogged about it please leave a link to it in the comments, I’d love to try it!

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The Imp of the Reverse

Every now and again life comes at us all pretty fast. Luckily for us it brings a good measure of humor along with it.

For example, my husband and my son last week. My son (The Imp) is 16, and like most 16 year-olds, he is ten foot tall and bulletproof. Thanks to a TV show (The Golden Girls) and a short conversation, it comes to our son’s awareness that we have an attic…. an attic he has never been in and the following unfolds –

Son: Can we get into our attic?

Husband: Yes, we can.

Son: How?

Husband: Move the access panel, grab the ladder and climb in.

Son: I want to go in the attic and look around!

Husband: It’s kind of late.

Me: Why don’t you wait until this weekend. That way your dad can bring in the ladder and help you into the attic.

Son: I bet I can do it with a chair!

Me and Husband: *exchange look*

Me: Why don’t we just wait.

Son: Nah, I have enough upper body strength. I can pull myself into that opening… no problem.

Me and Husband: *exchange look number two*

Son: *scurries down the hall wearing a big grin while carrying a dining room chair*

*clink* *rustle rustle* *bump* *grunt* groan*

~~~ Silence ~~~

THUNK WHAM SCRAAAAAPPPPEE

Husband: *is already getting up from the couch*

Son: DAAAAAAAAD!!!

Husband reports the sight of two legs and feet hanging out of the opening in the ceiling, a tipped over step stool that was apparently put on top of the chair for added lift, a wooden shield (we are still uncertain as to its role in this whole fiasco) and the coat rack that has been ripped out of the wall and is lying in a heap on the floor amongst the crumpled jackets… backing out of the attic had not gone as smoothly as getting in it would seem.

The Imp was fine (a little scuffed up but in high spirits). Instead of waiting and going into the attic over the weekend as we suggested, he spent that time learning how to patch drywall.

Never a dull moment. lol

Any of you have some fun child rearing stories to share?

The Satyr (My Husband) by JeCorey Holder Artist Extraordinaire

Game Night Fun!

The weekend is here and we are ready for it! Nothing like rounding up friends and family for some food and fun! I never tire of playing games and with the variety of available games out there you shouldn’t either. I’ve even found out that there has been a new spin put on some old classics.

Uno now has blank customizable cards (where you write in what you want the player after you to do) and a card that once played causes you to swap hands with another player. (I was not ready to trade in my three cards for fourteen but it happened lol)

I hadn’t played the board game Sorry in eons and after getting a new game around the holidays we noticed that there are some changes to this game as well. You no longer need to pull a 1 or a 2 to get out of start, the slide areas on the board are now color coded with three colors each so you can only slide if your token color is one of the three on the slide bar and you now have three tokens of each color instead of four.

In my world classic playing cards are a must. Gin, rummy, hearts, spades and more can all be played using a regular deck of playing cards. So if having a large array of games sitting around isn’t your thing you can still have quite the variety of games at your fingertips as long as you have cards on hand

When it comes to snacks there isn’t much that my crew won’t eat but Lays Classic Potato Chips are always a crowd pleaser. Plain, dipped, partially crushed lol it doesn’t matter we love these things. Our current thirst quenching favorite would be the flavored waters by Nestle! With orange, grape, lemon, wild berry and more there is definitely something for everyone with this brand.

We haven’t cracked into the Zombie Opoly yet so that one is first in line for this weekend. What games do you all like to play? Have you noticed any changes with old favorites?


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Winner Winner!

We had our first giveaway over the last two weeks and for this blog to be “the new kid on the block” I think it all went rather well. With 173 entries overall I’d have to call our first freebie event a smashing success!

So without further ado, I’d like to announce Lola Harkins of Beaufort, NC (name and location used with permission) as our winner! She will be receiving the makeup bag in the next 7-10 business via USPS.

I’d like to thank all of you that entered and shared the giveaway as well as those who have read and commented on this blog over the past few months once again.

We might see you soon with another giveaway.

Hugs and Love,

The Virginia Nymph


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