Wednesday, April 24, 2013


U Extra! I wanted to note these Ultimate Bloggers for their Ultra Encouraging Attitudes!
DL Hammons with his Blog Blitz
Alex J Cavanaugh with the Insecure Writers Support Group and constant support of others
Keith Wynn is the Optimistic Existentialist - newer to me with thoughtful, relative words bringing us together
Betsy Brock, the newest to me, showing how to power through the darkness and see the bright side!

I made a special award for them that they can pass on if they choose. Feel free to take it and award it to bloggers who are Ultra something to you!

From the messy countertop of the Lazy Housewife...

Useless v Useful. Seems like a no brainer. Do away with useless and keep the useful. Unfortunately, if I got rid of all things that seem useless, I would be sad. So I guess some of them have a use after all... making me happy to have them! 

Here are things I find truly Useless:
  1. Dust & Lint
  2. Telemarketing (does anyone actually buy anything from them?)
  3. Mosquitoes
  4. Pot Holes
  5. Tangles
  6. Negative Attitudes
  7. Worrying
  8. Nagging
  9. Moping
  10. Loafing (the definition of useless)
And here are the Superpowers, the Useful, for vanquishing the Useless!
  1. Vacuum Cleaners
  2. Caller ID
  3. Citronella
  4. Stimulus Package (ha ha)
  5. Conditioner
  6. Kick in the Pants
  7. Talking to someone
  8. Asking nicely
  9. Finding something to smile about
  10. Doing
What do you find Useless?

Editing Tips

all I have for U is a few compound words:
uh-huh or uh huh       undersized      
upper crust (n)       upper-crust (adj)

Find more A to Z posts here.


Fida Islaih said...

That's an awesome list! I need to remind myself of that. Thanks (:

Jennie Bennett said...

I think your useless list pretty much sums it up :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Tara!
Caller ID was one of the best inventions ever. Now we can avoid those useless telemarketers.

Unknown said...

Seriously, what is the purpose of dust and lint? Couldn't the creator of it have invented something else instead? :D

And why do black socks create lint that gets all over the place when you take the socks off, but white socks don't have the same issue? (Yes, I have actually pondered that in the past few days).

I love that award. I can almost see it glow. Cool!

Weaver said...

Yeah, those are some uber bloggers. Good choices.

Jolie du Pre said...

Negative attitudes and worrying are huge with article writers. I'm an article writer, and I'm sick of most of the article writers I meet in article writing forums. They're all a bunch of whiners. A positive attitude without worry is what I strive for.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Great useful post, Tara. That reminds me, dust is starting to pile up...

Unknown said...

Love your lists. I was thinking of useless material things and I definitely have a habit of getting rid of things I wish I'd kept, sometimes.

Rena said...

Excellent. Right now what I find to be useless is brushing the dog. Every time I turn around they need to be brushed again. I keep trying to get them to sit still for the vacuum with the pet hair removal attachment, but so far, no go.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

MY MOTHER!!! She buys things from telemarketers all the time. Even the stupid cruise that you give your credit card number to. My sister keeps having to call the attorney general to go after the predatory callers.

Kim Van Sickler said...

Awww. Look at you inventing awards. How very useful you are. I would add algebra to the list, because I've never used it in my life, but I realize as I write this that if I had loved algebra I probably would have chosen a different path, one that involved the dreaded math subject. So. Maybe algebra was the great weeder-outer. A time to discern those that would go on to embrace it and head off to those types of careers...and all the rest of us.

Jessie Humphries said...

Today is a day to find something to smile about: your lists made me smile! :)))

Dana said...

You're right: those bloggers are great!

Have a nice Wednesday. :)

Suzanne Furness said...

What a great list. Those calls are SO annoying why don't they get that?!

Great idea for an award - Ultra blogger Love it!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I might be guilty of mixing up upper-crust. Congrats Alex, he's definitely Ultimate. And to the other award winners as well.

EvalinaMaria said...

Negative thoughts, swearing, black flies, ravens (many like them, I do not), Al Qaeda, terrorists and communists... I better stop and think positive :)

Heather M. Gardner said...


Half the time, me. :)


Carrie-Anne said...

I'm a lot more bug-friendly than most people, but even I hate mosquitos and flies. I look away when there's a commercial that shows a bunch of them swarming around a person's arm or leg, or around a light. Why would anyone want to see something so nasty?

Mark Means said...

A kick in the pants would be a useful superpower, for sure :)

VikLit said...

Love the Useful vs Useless lists!

Unknown said...

Love # 6 & #9.....I need my friends to read this and move on.....make a change. be the catalyst.

Suzan said...

Thanks for dropping by! I read through your posts - Interesting!!
What is useless?
-My new birdfeeder that is squirrel proof - there were two squirrels hanging on it within four hours :-//
-Most technology that is more than five years old.
-Daylight savings time
-Being on the "do not call list!"

Christine Rains said...

Those are ultra awesome bloggers! And great lists for the Useless and Useful. I find gnats useless. They sneak in somehow when the weather is warm and I never seem to be able to get rid of the last few until the cold weather hits again.

Gwen Gardner said...

Junk Mail is completely useless! Especially when they try to trick you by making it look like a check is enclosed :)

Carol Kilgore said...

More useless things:
the world's largest ball of twine
and more

I'm sure there are really uses, but none that I know of.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Negative attitudes are so draining - on everyone! And no one wants to be around someone like that.

Jeff Hargett said...

I must disagree with Useless #4. Pot Holes are enjoyed by every pre-teen boy after rainstorms, making them useful means of entertainment. I think we agree on all the others. ;-)

Rhonda Albom said...

congrats to your super bloggers and I love your award, it's really cool looking. As for useless, this comment would probably fall there, sorry and useful - LOL in this country the police don't even have caller ID, although people are just starting to get it, so maybe the police do now.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't live without my steamer! Mopping and ironing aren't nearly as difficult and time consuming now. Oh, they're still dreaded chores, especially the sweeping and piles of laundry beforehand, but it's so much easier and faster with a steamer to finish them off and be done!

Congrats to all recipients of the Ultra Blogger Award! Very nice badge too!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Tara I am so humbled that you mentioned me!! Thank you sincerely :) and I am so glad that we found each other's blogs :)

Printed Portal said...

love your useless list - agree wholeheartedly.

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