Good Morning all! Sorry to be so long in posting. Really did mean to post this yesterday, but wouldn't you know, our internet was out until I was too tired to be on the computer... Still, I should have found a way to post last week, sometime.
About the Title, when I was young I "learned" that it was good luck to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" the first thing in the morning on the first day of the month. If you forgot and said something else before you said Rabbit Rabbit, then the next day you could still claim your luck by saying "Tibbar, Tibbar" first thing out of your mouth on the second day of the month (Tibbar is Rabbit backwards). If you forgot the second day, then you were just, well, out of luck. You had to wait for the next month.
Over time, I came up with all kinds of interesting strictures over this superstition for myself. The first thing I came up with was if I could not remember if I said Rabbit Rabbit first thing, then I should not say Tibbar, Tibbar, because that would actually bring me bad luck. The second thing was that if I could remember to say Rabbit, Rabbit first thing on the first day of the YEAR (Jan 1) then I would have super-duper luck that year. Of course, since I was trying to stay awake until past midnight, I had to figure out if I had to say Rabbit, Rabbit before I said "Happy New Year", or if I could say Rabbit, Rabbit after I went to sleep and then woke. By the way, that was the rule I settled for, because the other way was socially embarrassing! So morning meant after-I-wake, not after-midnight.
Lest you are thinking that I spent WAY too much time thinking about a nonsense superstition, and then also making up even more strictures about it, I would offer the fact that I have spent the vast (outer-space type of vast) majority of my months having neither good nor bad luck, just ordinary luck, because I could not be bothered to remember to do one or the other. Also, my mind never turns off, and some of the things it works on ARE nonsense. But it won't shut off, and I can't be solving the world's problems ALL the time! LOL.
You are now on tenter hooks, I know, wondering if I remembered to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" in time yesterday. I DID!! I'll let you know about the super-duper luck thing next year.
Turning to a more serious subject, I bought something new from China on our once a month shopping trip. I am not sorry I bought it as it will help us attain our goals of energy self sufficiency. But I AM sorry that I could only find it from China. It was a few boxes of on clearance LED Christmas lights, bright white colour. I have them strung up in areas we need light. LED lightbulbs still have not reached a reasonable price, but until they do, the Christmas light strings will do nicely. I am looking at a string of them now draped over my cooking area, which is dark. 1 string is enough to cook with! I have a string still bundled up but plugged in, and it is bright enough to read by if I want to. Sometimes, you just gotta love clearance, no?
By the way, they were made in China, but who do you think the company is? Good old american company, GE. Way to outsource, GE! May your stockholders choke on your dividends.
And speaking further of China, and weird United Statesan decisions concerning China, How about this? We are planning to export our coal to China! I am slightly incensed, and completely flummoxed by this. Is ANYONE thinking? In what way can this POSSIBLY be good?!?! And Australia wants to do it as well?!?!
Please understand me. I am not anti-China. I am not anti-Japan. I have tremendous respect for those 2 powerhouses. But it is the type of respect I feel watching a monster tornado sweeping toward me. It is not a good feeling. PLEASE, PLEASE WAKE UP UNITED STATES. Stop watching FoxNews on your giant flat screen sleep inducing TV. And you, Australia! Wakey, Wakey! With your drought problems, you have MORE to lose than we do.
I see now, that I really have not been the only one believing a silly mantra can affect a future. Others have been mantra-ing too.
My silly mantra was "Rabbit, Rabbit"
The other silly mantra has been "Profit, "Profit!"
Profit is not all, my friends, really!