Saturday, 20 April 2019

Are you perfect?

Well are you? So perfect that you know the answers to everything. So perfect that everything you do and everything you say is just perfect. So perfect that you feel you have the authority to lecture and criticize other people on how they should be running their life.

If you are that perfect person, go and write about your perfect life on your own perfect blog, because you 'aint coming on here to pull my not so perfect life to pieces. In fact why are you bothering to even read my blog if what I do doesn't fit in with your view of what a perfect life should be.
ilona

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  1. Well said! having been blogging for over ten years now, I have found there are a lot of 'perfect' blogs out there with their houses and garden and lives that wouldn't look out of place in a glossy magazines, just like fakebook! People don't like it when you don't conform to how society expects you to live your life! You and the cats enjoy the sunny weather, Jo

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    1. Thank you. I've had a lovely afternoon walking in the sunshine.

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  2. I love people watching, even in blog land, I always pass on the fake ones, they irrate me. I love your blog and lifestyle, we try and be green as we can at home and save money as well. I don't match your lifestyle completely, but thats what makes us human, we are all different and our imperfections define us.

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    1. I had a peek at a blog that someone recommended, didn't impress me, not my cup of tea, I won't bother, moving swiftly on.

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  3. Good for you Ilona!.I hate to think that someone is being nasty to another person.Your blogs are a pleasure to read each day and your the first one I log into each morning!.You have really made me think about being careful with money and not wasting stuff over the years I have been reading...there fore being able to save and spend the savings on worth while things,holidays any emergencies that crop up.If people dont like the good advice that you give...then go away!Simple!!.Hope that your enjoying the garden with the beautiful weather xx

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  4. Why do people think they know what is best for everyone else as you say your life is your choice good luck to you, I only read a couple of Blogs yours being one of them I like to read of your walks and visits wish I could get about easier, you and your cats have a nice life and that is all down to you, X

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  5. I only look at a couple of blogs yours being one of them I like to read of your walks and visits, good on you for watching your spending that enables you to afford more of what you enjoy and the cats to have a good loving life and home, hope the weather holds so you can be out and about, Is that person living such a perfect life? not if they have nothing better to do than pick holes in other peoples life choices as you say they can clear off. X

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    1. Two perfect people having a go at me because my yellow sticker shopping was in plastic bags. One of them called me a hypocrite. I don't know why they bother to come back.

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    2. Ilona, I am glad you share this stuff with us. There is always someone who wants to rain on your parade. All I know is that I read your blog every day as you are down to earth, practical and I think lovely and kind. I have learnt such a lot from you. I don't give a stuff about being perfect not everything is under our control. xxx

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  7. Hi Ilona Mayze Heidi and Oscar - weather is beautiful today amy and benny out and about enjoying themselves. There is no such thing as true perfection like you i do my own thing and have learnt at this age to accept what is and do the best you can. Have a lovely easter. Love Liz Amy and Benny.xxx

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    1. I do the best I can with the resources I have.

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    2. Allison in Victoria20 April 2019 at 18:11

      That's exactly it!!! And you do more than most people. Ignore them.

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  8. Ilona, I'm not perfect, either, and the fact that you are, uh, a bit eccentric (as I am myself) and willing to try anything is what has been bringing me to your blog every day for 4-5 years (when I miss, I catch up). I don't mind plastic produce bags because I reuse them for freezing. The inside of my freezer looks like a recycling dump, but it works for me.

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  9. Ilona, you are so interesting, vital, resourceful and creative. I love reading your blog. I think you're about as perfect as you could be.

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  10. Linda Jesuadian20 April 2019 at 18:44

    What a shame that people don't seem to think of the big picture. From what I read on your blog, you recycle so many things, and in any case, it's hardly your fault if the supermarket sells things in plastic bags! I'm guessing you, like lots of us even reuse those!

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    1. Yes, I reuse plastic bags wherever I can. It's not my fault that a lot of things are wrapped in plastic. What am I supposed to do, leave them on the shelf, they will get sold anyway.

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    2. Funny you should mention leaving it on the shelf. I read a blog post yesterday about zero waste and the Canadian poster wrote, "It's apparently a THING right now to have a tantrum in the store and hand all the packaging to the cashier. I would NEVER do that. They have no control over the packaging and are just trying to make it through their minimum wage day."

      I live in the western US, where most produce is sold loose. A head of lettuce might have plastic on it, and mushrooms sometimes come in plastic containers (which I reuse for seed starting), but customers generally pick the produce they want and it's up to them how they package it...if at all. I never package bell peppers, nor an onion (unless they are cheap enough that I'm buying a lot), nor a bunch of bananas, nor anything that is dry enough it isn't going to get the rest of the groceries wet.

      Just yesterday, I saw someone who was packaging her produce in reusable mesh bags. I might try that.

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  11. I have learnt a lot from your blog page and really appreciate the time & effort that you put into it. An honest blog from an honest person!

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  12. Love reading your blog and getting ideas on how to save. The 2 'perfect' people are out of touch with this world.....life isn't perfect and neither are people. They must have a very sad life and drive everyone around them crazy. You gave me advice about not snacking. Very good advice. I look forward to each meal and it does satisfy me. Have a lovely day. Patty McDonald

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  13. You be careful Miss Perfect. Your stress levels are going to go through the roof if you keep coming back to have another go at me.

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    1. Ilona,,I have just re watched your video and I really cannot see what Miss Perfect is going on about!!.Yes the food is wrapped in plastic but there is not alot we can do about it when the supermarkets sell it this way!.And I know that you,Ilona like the rest of us,will reuse those bags until they drop to bits!!If Miss Perfect can get these bargains unwrapped else where,then please tell us!!.I hope that you have had a lovely day Ilona and please dont worry about Miss Perfects stress levels,..Im sure they will go down when she or he,takes their medication and calms down a bit,lol,xx

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  14. I have got some mesh bags for veg but the supermarkets have a very limited selection that are not wrapped and we do need to eat and being veggie I like a good variety, we went to Aldi today and the potatoes were 29 p a bag so we bought 2 bags, caulis were the same so we bought 2 of them but they were of course in plastic, we have just the one pension so try to budget, needs must and people should not judge, most of us do our best and maybe that PERFECT, person would like to volunteer in a food bank for a while and then think about her comments, we may be on a budget but we donate several bags on a regular basis. Keep doing what you do, you are an inspiration and thank you for sharing, Chrissie

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  15. Thank you, Ilona! You are a genuinely unique person and so is your blog! Ignore the "perfect" haters.

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  16. Hi. There are alternatives to plastic packaging if you're able to manage without buying yellow stickered goods (you mentioned in a previous post that you could afford normal priced food.) We get our groceries at a farm shop a few miles away (we're in a rural area) and they don't use plastic anything. Paper bags are freely available instead. For the meat buyers (not us) they use a sort of greaseproof paper. There is very little we can't get there. They do have some unseasonal produce and we have to think do we want this despite the air miles etc. But the plastic free thing even for the unseasonal stuff is great. In the supermarkets I also didn't like the hard plastic containers that are used for ready made salads, hummous, coleslaw etc. Our beautiful earth is being treated so badly.

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  17. Just carry on the way you are Ilona - most of us think you are amazing. I don't always agree with you but I always find you interesting, your artwork amazing, and you make me smile!

    I was just having the discussion about plastic with a friend last night - and while each of us does the best we can - it is very difficult to avoid these days. As for those who are having a go at you - bet they aren't the ones out picking up all that litter on their daily walks that you do!

    People just seem to want to complain about everything these days - it's as though they just want everyone to be as miserable as they must be. Carrying on the way you are and just hit delete when one of these "perfect people" show up!

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  18. I like reading your blog, Ilona. I don't watch videos (too short attention span for that, reading is so much faster to me), I just skip those and that's it. This is your blog and you write and show just what you want. This is yours, not mine.

    I read your blog for several reasons, but one very important reason is that I think you are content with your life. You do what you want to do, what you feel good and right.

    I know I'm in minority because I don't feel I have the right to publicly judge someone's blogs (I might think oh dear, I wouldn't never do that - but if something I have learnt in my life it's that I can't never tell what is going to happen in my life and how I will be dealing with it).

    I sort my rubbish (plastics, metals, other packakings, glass, paper, batteries, electronics etc), compost most organic waste, try to buy locally produced, try to produce as little waste as possible. I still keep my bread in plastic, because it protects the bread best. I wrap my cucumbers in plastic, because that's what keeps them edible longer than few days (I don't live near shops, so often I shop groceries once a week), I store and freeze my food in plastic containers because I'm very clumsy and glass containers don't have a long lifespan in our house.

    I hope you will continue your blog and your life just like you have done before: no compromises.

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  19. I am fairly new to your blog & always look forward to reading it. I have learned a lot from you & am in awe of your building your "garden house." You are wise to share your money saving ideas with your readers, & some folks are just busy bodies & have nasty opinions!! Please continue as you are doing - all of your money saving hints, cooking, art work, gardening, positive attitude, etc. are helpful to most of us. Mary Ann (GA in USA)

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  20. Ilona you have been an inspiration to me from the first time I read your blog...it"s been years..your enjoyment of life and independent spirit are the best...sorry if Ms Perfect is a miserable cow...

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  21. Hi Ilon, just doing what I do every day, check your blog first, then breakfast on the verandah, its sunny and freezing this morning so it's porridge and my beanie and scarf in the sun for me. Love your blog, keep on keeping on, loved your video also, never wondered what you did with the plastic, always thought you would have some use for it. Best of wishes from Oz.

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  22. It has been my experience, that folks who criticize/want to correct/think they are "better"/etc., usually are not happy folks. I try to stay away. Regardless, it does hurt when I hear/see/experience these folks. They do seem to be everywhere. Out in public,/on blogs/etc etc.. Truly, they usually are miserable sad folks. ------

    I haven't been reading your posts for a few days, so have no idea what was said on your blog, but totally agree with what you posted above.

    Have much appreciated your blog/information/community, and very glad to consider myself part of your "blog community". Glad you are here.

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  23. Ilona, I love your authenticity. You are a wonder of optimism and energy. As so many others, I've been following you for 6 years and I look forward to your adventures. You're real and you're you. Keep on keeping on, Ilona. Haters are gonna hate. 5 words come to mind- "mind your own business, lady." Like momma used to say, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Blessings to you, Ilona!

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  24. Dearest Ilona, To me you are a voice of reason and a trusted teacher of how to navigate important parts of life. I especially appreciate your ideas of recycling and the art of buying reduced items in this world of consumerism. I always learn something from your postings. Thank you for your efforts.

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  25. I really enjoy reading your blog, meanqueen, and the tips that you give to people. If someone thinks that they are perfect.....they are not. Keep your head up, and just tell the one's who are trying to hate on you. " I know who I am, who are you?" I have had to use that line on a few people in my life in the past and it shuts them up fast.

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  26. I stopped blogging about a month ago now, but will always read your blog it is brilliant.
    Perhaps these stuck up people should be named and shamed.
    Love your blog and the love all your posts. x

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  27. You have to feel sorry for people that get a kick out of putting other people down. What a sad existence they must have. You carry on being you Ilona, funny, unique and sensible, you are so liked!

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  28. I started following and reading your blog when I retired two years ago. There's a wealth of incredibly useful information here for anyone who is planning and/or living their retirement life. The added bonus is reading what you are up to every week! Keep on keepin' on!!

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