10 Things That Stress Me Out!

Having just had a parking experience that frustrated me immensely, I felt it that would be fun to share ten things that have really been winding me up lately. Some of these disturb my reading and writing time and others just irritate me on a daily basis.

Before that – THANK YOU for 300 Followers!

Before I get started I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone for following my new blog which now has 300 wonderful followers. I totally appreciate you taking time to read my random ramblings. Below I posted a picture of the tunnel that Julie Andrews sang in during the Sound of Music. Salzburg is my happy place as is the film.

When I am stressed I remember my holiday in Salzburg, where I visited the locations of the Sound of Music.

Back to the gripes – What things are irritating you lately?

Today I have listed my current gripes and added detail where necessary. Some just speak for themselves, I think you will agree.

Please share your thoughts in the comments and let me know your biggest bugbears. Let’s keep it general though, no naming names!

Here are my top ten (not in any specific order):

1) Pathetic Parkers

This one has affected my life a lot lately. I had one person park less than 10cm in front of me and another leaving very little space behind. If I needed to leave in a hurry I’d have had no chance. Thankfully, after some loud horn blowing by me and knocking on doors, I managed to find the person parked behind and ask him to move his vehicle.

2) All Day BBQs

When neighbours have a BBQ, I have nothing against this but why do they need to light the thing right up close to the house? Some people start their BBQs up early in the day and then when you open your windows you are inundated with smelly smoke ALL DAY LONG.

3) Bins

Don’t get me started on this one. I paid for my brown bin to be taken away fortnightly and several times they haven’t bothered to collect it. It is something I fill regularly with garden waste that I want to recycle. My friends live in areas where the service is free but where I live you have to sign up annually and I pay a fee. The service is really poor and I often end up with piles of cuttings and weeds that I cannot fit in the bin due to it not being collected.

4) Space Invaders

We just had Covid right? Suddenly the rules have relaxed and people are beginning to stand right up close again. It makes me miss social distancing because now I am queuing next to mouth breathers who sometimes smell as though they have been on the booze all morning.

5) Smoke Blowers

In Blackpool I was surrounded by smokers. Outside restaurants people are smoking and blowing it on those emerging from a lovely meal. Smoke blowers need to go and blow their smoke elsewhere as I definitely have no interest in passive smoking.

6) Hoover Bags

Every time I empty the hoover bag it opens in a weird way and puffs dust just about anywhere but in the bin that I was intending it to empty into.

7) Online Forms

You know what I am saying here. You take ages filling in a form and then it says that the connection was disturbed and you have to start again. Alternatively, if you are trying to pay for something using a safe payment site and the little circle spins around for what seems like an eternity. It says that you mustn’t refresh the page but you just have no idea whether or not you have actually paid. Then, to make things worse, you end up paying twice. That has happened to me way too often.

8) Nails

Is someone going around tipping iron nails all over the road? I have had several nails embedded in my tyres in the last year or so. Flat tyres are so much hassle to fix. Perhaps I should have learned how to change a tyre by now, but I just haven’t.

9) Doorstep Sales

This one speaks for itself. All I can say is, no matter how nice you are, I am not signing up for it. I am more likely to respond to advertising on the TV than someone banging on my door loudly while I am trying to watch Neighbours on Channel Five.

10) Environmental Ignorers

There is nothing to say here. It is way past the point of no return. No time for climate change doubters.

For some easy ways to be more ecofriendly check out my previous post here.

Thank you for reading about the little niggles that have been stressing me out lately. Please feel free to mention your own as it will be fun to make comparisons.

32 thoughts on “10 Things That Stress Me Out!

  1. I absolutely love this post and hope it was as therapeutic as it reads! Space Invaders are my biggest peeve right now as are non-vaxer’s and non-mask wearers (we in the throws of the fourth wave). Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh… Not parking properly is stressing me too… When I am getting in to the back seat to put my baby in car seat I would love all the space to open the door fully…!! I hate when the other car is parked so close that I can barely get in… And it’s even harder when I have to hold the baby and get in!

  3. As a pedestrian, I also find that some people park very stupidly. I can’t drive yet, but I can understand the frustration for a driver too 🙂 thanks for sharing these, I can relate to a lot of them!

  4. I literally agree with everything LOL! Especially space invaders. I didn’t want people so close to me before I Pandemic, but now is even worse. It gives me huge anxiety. Also don’t get me started on people who protest during lockdowns. Yes we all hate being in isolation, but it is a necessary evil. On and anti maskers. Grrrr! If you haven’t got an exemption, put a bloody masks on whopper!

  5. YES I loved this post, so funny. Oh yes, the all day bbqs they drive me crazy lol

  6. I feel your pain on doorstep sales people, luckily I live in an area where there are no cold callers allowed. But when I last went to my grandparents they had 2!

  7. great list!! poor parking annoy me too. I would also add people who litter and smoke and not wear a mask

  8. I feel you on these! And omg, with the space invaders- so frustrating!

  9. Love that you list some smaller things, like online forms, doorstep sales, and nails in the road among the encounters that make you think “really?”!

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