Dislikes vs Likes

Was feeling a little discombobulated and wrote out some dislikes I have. Then, I thought to write out some ‘likes’ that I have. It was a happy realization that I thought I’d share-there are far more things that make me happy than anything else…because even if you are feeling 😡 or 😭, when you focus on what makes you 🤪☺️💕 then things always look brighter.

List of dislikes @55yrs old

-People who don’t focus on another person when they are talking


-long toe nails

-pee or skid marks on toilet seats

-cleaning sink or shower drains

-remarks that clearly aren’t necessary


-trips to the dentist

-regular liars

-time watchers and controllers

-mumblers (what?!)

-judgers (effedty eff eff to them)

-yelling or super loud noises when I first wake up

-over cooked, boiled brussel sprouts or asparagus…or maybe anything over cooked (sorry Mom)


-missed opportunities

-waiting for bad news

-socks with loose tops

-skin that doesn’t un-wrinkle no matter how much lotion you put on

-unfulfilled expectations

-tight underwear

-cow corn (if you don’t know what this is then you clearly have not eaten a lot of corn in your life…)

-seeing someone spit (bonus when someone clears their nose into their throat before hand..)

-my veiny legs (have had them for 40 years…a tan can’t cover those up!)

-impatience ( ugh!)


-long goodbyes


-hostility and/or resentment

-angry drivers

-stale tortilla chips (what a disappointment..)

List of likes @55yrs old

-people who sing joyfully out of tune and don’t care

-crisp, clean bed sheets

-peaches and cream corn

-cinnamon hearts

-pretty underwear that fits

-daily quiet time

-water ( to drink, bathe, swim in or just see)

-the sound of trees rustling in a warm breeze

-watching wild birds feeding their babies

-having no time clock

-fulfilled expectations

-people who own up to mistakes or lies


-properly fitting socks

-waiting for good news

-a calm, unhurried morning routine

-clean toilet seats



-compliments that are totally unexpected

-other people cleaning the sink or shower drain

-ceasars ( w/an olive and lots of ice!)

-music (almost any kind)


-people who focus on other people when they are speaking

-sharing a knowing glance

-stuffing, mashed rutabaga and gravy on a toasted Kaiser bun

-my faith

-acceptance of another’s flaws

-crab w/butter

-true love

-baby carrots fresh from the garden

-feeling cared about

-planning and nurturing gardens

-beer ( yes, I said that twice…)

-bright white, globs of clouds against a brilliant blue sky

-old, worn t-shirts that carry memories

-pico de gallo (with fresh tortilla chips!)

-crazy, hysterical laughing with my brother

-flowers that smell heavenly

-bubbles that float on a breeze

-learning something new


-frog catching ( and releasing)

-uncomplicated get togethers where laughter is the primary objective

-comfortable deck shoes

-being a spectator of someone else’s happiness

-questions that are asked because they really care about your answers

-freshly cut grass

-walking by the water and investigating

-completing a painting or poem or chapter

-stuffed animals who have been through it all..

-cat love

-simple fishing, with a worm on a hook, on a lake with a view ( and a snack).

-successes of my family

-heated car seats

-real hugs

-reading a great book

-making a meal that gets rave reviews

-over sized sweatshirts

-lemonade from Walt Disney World

-conversations that are enlightening

-conversations that are hilarious

-truly making someone smile or laugh

-picking raspberries and eating them right there and then

-the smell of a BBQ…in particular, charcoal

-washing my face with Noxema

-giving a gift to someone and having them love it

-mini golf

-rainbow windmills (it’s a 70’s thing)

-being wise but keeping my mouth shut


-saying what you want without pushback

-mimosas on a vacation morning

-satisfaction from cleaning out a cupboard

-closing the book on bad vibes

-realizing that I am enough

-fun. Any kind. Just…fun.

5 thoughts on “Dislikes vs Likes

  1. Love this. I really want to comment: I dislike wasps, dirty toilet seats, trips to the dentist, I love tequila as I love Margaritas (especially lime), I am a time watcher as my life has been governed so much by time, mumblers are annoying as are judgers, yelling or loud noises when you wake up are very likely a bi-product of your time in Long Sault ☹️, over-cooked is gross, missed opportunities (meh! That’s life and wasn’t meant to be), loose sock tops (go in the garbage), unfulfilled expectations( don’t we all!!!! And we still haven’t learned to expect NOTHING!), tight underwear is horrible, cow corn and seeing someone spit are remarkably similar on the totally disgusting wretched list, I am one of those impatient people although most people say I am patient (students, parents, my elderly residents….maybe I run out after dealing with all that 😂😂😀). And for the likes, I’m trying something different. Stay tuned. Love you to the moon and back!❤️ Peg

    On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 5:37 PM My Name is Margaret wrote:

    > margaretschmidtke posted: ” Was feeling a little discombobulated and wrote > out some dislikes I have. Then, I thought to write out some ‘likes’ that I > have. It was a happy realization that I thought I’d share-there are far > more things that make me happy than anything else…because ” >


    1. Oh I love you Peg. So much. Probably re: Long Sault…never thought of that, but if anyone yells I WILL cry (if its as soon as I wake up), so, ya, probably right. As far as Margaritas, well, I have them with vodka maybe once a year. Lol. Just got hacked on messenger- don’t respond to the ‘friend request’ (report it).


  2. Ok. That didn’t work. So here goes with the likes: 1,2,3,6,7*, 8,9, 12,14,15,16*,17,18*,19,20,22,23,24*,26,28,29,30,31,33*34,36,39*,40,45,47*,49, 50*,53*,55*,56,57,63,64,65,72,74(anytime),75,77,78. ❤️ Peg


    1. Alright- you put me through the wringer figuring out the #’s, however, there leaves many questions my ‘almost twin’…(😉☺️), WTF? you didn’t tick off the smell of a BBQ (what, seriously, could be wrong with you?, lol), and no rainbow windmills??WHAT?? How about ‘Questions that are asked because they care about your answers’?…(never mind, don’t care…) LOL. Love you hon. 💕


  3. Lemonade from Walt Disney World…makes me honk there’s a story there somewhere. What is it about that particular lemonade that you like so much? Is it the sweetness? The tartness? Or something else? The service – or perhaps the magic of the place itself?


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