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W.A. Preamble!

Whiners Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience,

strength and hope with each other,

that they may solve their whining problems and help others to recover from whinerism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop whineing.

There are no dues or fees for W.A. membership;

we are self-supporting through our own contributed whines.

W.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, institutions,

TV, radio, or Oprah Book of the Month Club!

does not wish to engage in any controversy, yeah right!,

neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stop whine'n and help other whineaholics to achieve non whineity.

Whiners Anonymous Help (WAH!)

Do you whine, complain, or snivel? Are you a grumpy old fart?
Do you seek out others in taverns or internet chat rooms to whine about things?
Do people ever tell you to "like it or lump it"?
Are you asked, "What are you crying about?"
Do friends or family seem less likely to talk to you as the years go by?
Do you constantly tell other people they whine too much?

If you do any of these things, you may be in need of the WAH! 12 step program.
Whining is for tiny tots! Do you want to die a lonely old man/woman and whine about the prospect?
Stop whining now!


The WAH! 12 Step Program:


1. Admit you whine.

Just say, "I am a whiner."


2. Admit your whining is a problem.

It's not enough to know you whine--you have to realize it interferes with your life. Tell yourself, your spouse, and a friend that you have a problem with whining, that all you have ever done is whine. But don't whine to God! He already knows, all too well. God just sat back while you whined away the years. It's not His fault, after all, so don't go whining to Him with your problem.


3. Seek help to cure your whining.

Whining is but one of your many shortcomings, since you are a miserable excuse for a human being. Another shortcoming is you can't do anything for yourself, otherwise you would not whine. Go whine to somebody to help you--that's all you know how to do, remember?


4. Laugh at your whine.

Made a decision to turn your constant whining over to your sense of humor and learn to "lovingly and wholeheartedly" laugh at yourself each time you whine. Be prepared to be given the nickname "Loony Tunes," however.


5. Step out of your shoes.

Put your whine in perspective. There's a woman in Africa living in a mud hut with a grass roof and NO indoor plumbing. She lives off of $27 a year. She is totally blind and collects sticks for firewood, hoping the next stick isn't a snake. Now, what was your whine again?


6. Eat something nasty.

Eat some vegetable you hate without whining about the taste. And don't hold your nose or cover it with cheese!


7. Listen to other whiners.

Get a part job in a complaint department and listen to other peoples' whines 8 hours a day. But don't complain about your job! If you do, go back to step 3. Go a whole week listening to your wife/husband complain and just say "yes dear." If you can't, go back to step 2. Have kids and listen to them whine--that's how you sound to others. Pay back time! What goes around, comes around!


8. Make a victim list.

Make of list of all persons you thought you had harmed and hope to hell that they'd forgotten all the minuscule crap you'd blown out of proportion. Ask them if you ever whined, and then be prepared to take the return whine.


9. Beat the crap out of your parents.

After all, they raised a whiner. Yes, you started early, but it is not your fault!


10. Beware of falling off the wagon.

Resign yourself to the fact you are going to whine each time you try to stick to your guns when you know you are right. Once a whiner, always a whiner, they say. So either just admit your are wrong or go back to step 1. Cripes, you mean you really want to go back to step 1 after getting to step 10?


11. Whine to your dog.

They love you no matter how much you whine. It's called unconditional love. Unless of course they sense your foul mood. Disguise your whine by mixing the words "good dog" in every sentence. They only know so many words--those two they know. Otherwise, your dog would hate you like all the people you know.


12. Help others.

Help some other whiney-assed basstard with his whine problem. You get to whine about their whining. It's great.

so have at it!

whine, snivle, rant, bitch, and rave away!!!

W.A. Disclaimer; just be prepared for the results


12 Promises of WA

If we are painstaking about developing our whining techniques, we will be amazed at how proficient we become at expressing our dissatisfaction with people, places, and things that irk us.

1. We are going to know a new freedom of expression.

2. We will realize it's phony to pretend happiness when we just aren't feeling it.

3. We will not regret our whines nor wish to deny their validity.

4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know the peace of unburdening ourselves by sharing our whines at WA.

5. No matter how far down in the dumps we feel, we will see how our experience can benefit our fellow whiners.

6. That Pollyanna feeling of "la-dee-da, la-dee-da" will disappear.

7. We will set our own whines aside as we realize someone else's whine may be more deserving of our emotional support .

8. Self-centeredness will not be as prevalent, as we share and compare whining.

9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon ordinary blahs in general, and whining in particular will take on a new meaning.

10. Fear of being recognized and/or ostracized as a Chronic Whiner will leave us.

11. We will intuitively know that healthy whining is not to be stifled, but shared with others like ourselves.

12. We will suddenly realize that sharing a good whine can be very cathartic and we no longer need to whine alone.

Are these unreasonable promises? We think not. Whining has become our way of dealing with adversities--sometimes major, sometimes petty--and knowing our whines will not go unnoticed will work towards reducing the tensions produced by life's little speedbumps.

The Twelve Traditions of Whiner's Anonymous

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon W.A. unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—the owners, Administrators and Moderators, Greeters and Members of this site as they may express themselves in our group conscience.

3. Our leaders are but trusted servants;but they do govern. The only requirement for W.A. membership is SR membership and a desire to share some whiny ESH.

4. This group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other whiners or W.A.as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to whine about things in a safe environment, have fun, blow off steam and then let it go while moving onward in recovery.

6. A W.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the W.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise,lest those who do not wish to whine or read other people's whines divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every W.A. group ought to not to be fully self-supporting, and gratefully accept this venue given to us for the purpose of whining.

8. Whiner's Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our all of our whiners shall remain as special workers.

9. W.A., as such, ought never be organized; because they need to whine about the ups and downs of their lives.

10. Whiner's Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; because most people on the outside ignore whiners anyway.

11. Our public relations policy is based on whining rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of real life if that is what we choose.

12. Anonymity of screen names is optional for those who choose to use real names ever reminding us to place principles before personalities, and respect those from other fellowships. What we whine about here stays forever on the internet.



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Good morning whiners! My dream is haunting me. I can barely remember it but it's stuck in my head.

Thank you for the new part Opi!
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Thanks, Opi. I hadn't read the preamble through for a long time and just did and it never fails to crack me up. Brilliant work by RustyZipper.

Least, you need to keep a pencil and paper by your bed and write down your dreams. I'm sorry this one has you on edge.

I took the Rav in for regular maintenance and priced winter tires...

It has all wheel drive and all season tires and we have made it 49 years without winter tires including living in the north...so I think NOT. They are sooooo expensive. The tire ads look cheap, but then add rims or cost to exchange rims from regular tires to winter ones, and add labour and tax...and I could be poor in a heartbeat. We don't get a lot of snow at once around here, maybe once or twice all winter, so it's a definite pass.

My best friend and her hubby are coming next weekend for their annual fall visit. I need to get a lot of clutter out of the bedroom and the den, my job for this afternoon...wish me well.
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I remember bits of it. I used to keep pen and paper by my bed, years ago, to write down my dreams. I have them in a little tin.

Ann, enjoy your friend's visit.

I'm still undecided whether or not to go to my high school 50 yr reunion next summer. It's not as costly as I thought it would be so might do it.

Lily is here visiting Billie.
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Least, you can always go with an "escape plan" if needed. It might be good fun.

The Asian lady bugs are back, nasty stinky biting things. We get them each year around this time and they swarmed in today and are crawling on the outside wall and around the patio windows. Some find their way indoors and I have to get a step stool and tissues to grab them and flush them away. If you squish them, it stinks. I sprayed a who container of Home Defense and I could hear them laughing. I hopped in the car and drove quite a ways to a hardware store that I know carries spray specific to these lady bugs...and could not find it. The person who knows is in tomorrow so I shall call her and if she has it, I will get several bottles and share with my neighbours.

I also got rid of my summer flowers that faded about a week ago. I will get something for fall and set it out until it's time for my Christmas stuff. Sheesh, time flies. And it's hot and humid today so I can hardly think of Christmas.

I have been so busy I have not had time for a nap.
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I took Billie for a walk and she did a Lawrence Welk. Then I changed the litter in the boxes and put my trash in the cart. Bro will take it out to the curb when he comes today.

I am having a rough day. Everything reminds me of Jack and I miss him so badly I feel like I'm losing what's left of my mind. I know I have to accept it and move on but it's so hard to stop thinking of him.

I put on my shorts today and they reminded me of Jack as they have a little grey area where I leaned against the wall helping him downstairs. I would slide down while holding him and my shorts got dirt from the wall. Such a little thing, but a powerful reminder.

Ann, we get the Asian bugs too, and they are nasty. I don't have them too bad but do have the damn stink bugs.
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Prayers least.
Time heals (apparently).

BUGS??
HA!

In my lounge room, sitting on my couch beforeheading off to class yesterday-and a very large, small BLACK spider (so large- it did not walk on it's legs- it skipped) came racing up from behind the televish, fast- and then just sat there (do spider's sit?) right in front of me, I could almost hear it saying 'well, what now laughing boy?').
I introduced my little-big guest to Mr Shoe- and made quite a lot of spider jam.

I kill mozzies, cockroaches and black spiders (male redbacks are all black, methinks) if in the house.
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Least - I know when Jackpot leaves us I'll be finding fur & other reminders all over the house. It's good there are so many pet lovers here that really understand & sympathize.

Ann - I made turkey tetrazzini one year & it was so good. Never made it again - I should this year.
How did the de-cluttering go?
Didn't you have scarecrows on the patio last year?

Ltt - Always good to see you.
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PJ - I forgot to say I'm very glad the Dec. op. will be relatively simple.
I can't bring myself to squish bugs - so I usually try to escort them outside if I can. Which is silly because then they can come back in later.
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Hev- me too, but black spiders here- are usually poisonous....
I also squish white tips...their bite can leave sore that necroes and bits of flesh fall off.

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Hev, I organized nothing, not one thing. Once I saw the ladybugs, all plans were ditched and I drove all over town looking for spray. I cleaned out my summer plants, and spent the morning at the dealership...so by the time I got home I was pooped and will organize tomorrow.

I am hoping to do a fall main piece and then put pumpkins at the base and on the sides of the patio. I will grab a scarecrow or two from the dollar store and it should be good to go until winter.

Here are a couple of pics from last year...








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So pretty! I love the dollar store for cheap decs.
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We just lost power for about a minute. Long enough to throw off my stove and microwave clocks and turn off my computer. No idea what caused it.

I don't put out decorations for fall. Most people who put pumpkins out get them smashed by jerks who like being destructive.

Billie didn't like the power outage. Sitting in the pitch dark for a minute scared her.

Ann, I didn't organize anything either... but it was not my intention to do that, so I don't feel guilty.
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Just took Billie for a ride to the drive thru and the traffic lights and street lights downtown were off. The street lights at the end of my street were off too.
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After our brutally hot summer, I am ready for fall, and fallish decorations! At work , I hung BC awareness balloons, boss day balloons, halloween balloons , fall balloons and oh yeah, sweetest day balloons! all these events within one month of each other. keeps us hopping in the retail world. I had inventory this am, every four weeks we do it. ugh.

least, even though it hurts, its good to feel that love that we shared with them. you were so good to your sweet old man. He wanted for nothing, and didn't even get into trouble after his 'Great Adventure'! remember how chipper he was, after you found him and brought him home? He thoroughly enjoyed life with you, least. Your furkids are so blessed to be your's.

Ann, tires are just crazy expensive. So are batteries! Used to , 30 bucks bought a good one. lol. used to, 20 dollars bought you a good tire! I am old.
hope you win *(of course you will, you are the Queen) the battle against those mean old lady bugs. we have stink bugs. they look kinda like tumble bugs, I think. ugh......
Hi LTT!

Hevyn, you made me lol at the light bulb ironing. we are resourceful! I do love that saying, from a war long past..
sort of goes like this- I have done so much, for so long, with so little, that now I can do almost anything, with practically nothing. story of my life

love ya whiners. can't wait to see what kind of pumpkin mischief we whiners can get in to.

Thank you Opi, sweetness, for the new thread
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I chose the lightbulb instead of dragging out the crusty old iron (with which I had melted many a blouse).
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Well!! We had another power outage, this one lasting well over an hour. Now I know how addicted I am to my computer and the internet!! I played solitaire with a real deck of cards for an hour.

Am grateful to have my computer back.

Chic, that's a lot of balloons!

Speaking of ironing... anyone remember ironing your hair? Before curling irons, I mean.
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With my added income from my job, I am making some improvements to my space.
Replacing the front exterior storm with something more user friendly and nice, with a retractable screen, and want to get some railings installed out front.
And, as I work in windows and walls, I am going to get some nice stock window treatments for the bedroom and the living room.
And....I think I would like to have the upstairs bedrooms and hall painted.
Greige. Greige is very big right now.
It’s a kind of non color that goes with everything.
Altho, I might like the bedroom to be a darker gray.
I love working at a store that carries everything.
I got some commode side supports for mom there, so she can use the toilet easily and get up from it with help.
I know big box stores arent always good for the local merchants, so I also patronize my local hardware store.
Bird seed, feeders, suet cakes, etc.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Maudcat, that sounds like a good way to reward yourself for your hard work. And yes, it is nice to get discounts from your job.

Having power again made me realize how much I take it for granted. I am grateful to the power company for working to restore our electricity.
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I'm glad you are no longer powerless, Least, I hate when that happens.

Chic, seems every day has some special assignment these days, how about "National Florist Day" for people like you who work so hard to keep everyone else acknowledged.

Maudcat, when we were looking at sofas I heard the word Greige for the first time, sort of grey/sort of beige. It's almost a new colour of its own. These days, people like me are beige people, people like my niece are grey people, I guess greige will appease both of us. Your place will be very spiffy once you get done, sounds like a nice plan.

I hope to get some things done today...and to find some lady bug killer spray or die trying. Calling a bug man won't help, the whole place has this problem and I am trying to protect my little corner.
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