Seriously?! Where Is Mom??

Whine alert. Death is a racket. It’s expensive. It’s heart wrenching. It’s stressful and it sucks ass. My Mom has been gone 3 weeks today.

I was so impressed with our Hospice experience through Silverado. The folks there were 100% on their toes. Customer service was amazing. THOUGHTFUL and continual. I never felt alone.

On the other hand, I am a million times unimpressed with The Trident Society. They are everything that Silverado is not.

Several years ago The Husband and I were approached about cremation services. The Trident Society sent out a representative that made us feel this was the GOLD STANDARD!! The best company to use. We signed up. We also (on the sly) signed up my Mom. We felt great about our decision.

The Trident Society will pick up the body anywhere in the world. They will handle everything!!  They will make a stressful, sad time easier to bear.

Everything will be done with the utmost care, respect and sympathy. Someone from the Trident Society will even hand deliver the ashes and place them in the urn for you.

What would be better and more helpful than that!?

In truth?? Follow through sucked.

Yes, they did send out someone to retrieve Mom. They indeed where very respectful, arrived in black suits. Tenderly took Mom.  I was still impressed. I was still happy with The Trident Society.

That’s where customer service stopped.

After Mom was picked up………… no one contacted me. No one gave me a time estimate when Mom’s ashes would arrive back to us. Absolutely NO ONE contacted me.  I waited a week. They could be busy. Maybe Southern California had a rush on cremation services??  The sales man did say 7 to 10 days for cremation. Maybe they will call to schedule Mom’s return soon. Right?

I’m a patient person. Lord knows I have a lot of details to take care of anyway.

Finally, I had to call the 800#.  I had to wait for calls back. The person in charge of our account was always busy or on the phone, away from her desk, off today……… blah blah blah.

THREE WEEKS today and Mom is still not back. I called again. Again. Again.

A message on my phone today (Friday 1/19/18) says that I can drive down to San Diego on Monday to pick up my Mom.

Wait? What!? What happened to the respectful, helpful, caring person that was supposed to arrive with Mom’s ashes and caringly, lovingly put Mom in her urn?!

Another phone call. Oh yes, we can deliver the ashes to you. We will MAIL THEM TO YOU on Monday.

They are MAILING my Mom to me on Monday. My Mom is getting MAILED TO ME?! MAILED?!  The phone calls were early enough that someone could MAIL her today….. so I don’t believe that cremation has even happened yet.

Monday?! So, where has my Mom been sitting for 3 weeks?  Why can’t I have her today!?

Everything seems so unorganized that I have doubts that the ashes will really be MY Mom!  (Yes, my mind did go there. I also have images of my head that they spread her ashes at sea…… they lost Mom….. they haven’t even started the cremation processes. My mind is full conspiracy theory’s).

Not cool.  NOT COOL at ALL!!!!!!!!

Not impressed with The Trident Society at all!!

Huge sigh….. I got that off my chest.  Thank you for listening reading.

But really, they are mailing my Mom?! How many stamps do you think she will take?  Dang, I sure hope she doesn’t get lost in the mail……. what if the mail man punctures the box? Will Mom be here to San Diego in a long stream of ashes??  How long will it take for her to arrive?  Do they send her Priority? Do they send her Fedex? Maybe the UPS man will bring her?!

I betcha that Miss Kitty’s ashes will come home before my Mom does.

Just NOT COOL!!!

Scruffy Cat Still Lives!!

This is a post that first published in July 14, 2015. This has to be one of my all time, TOP 10, BEST items I have reviewed. So, I thought it should be printed again. Scruffy Cat is still amazing. Scruffy Cat is used almost every night. When growing pains hit Alice’s knees. When she just can’t un-wind. Or when she is sad. LORD help us when we are away and don’t take Scruffy Cat with us. Which is why I am posting again. Because only 2.5 years later did it dawn on me to purchase another Scruffy! One for NaNa’s house!

Cat (2)Last week was a rough week!! Whatever flu bug was going around Alice got it big time! Alice didn’t want to do anything other than curl up on the couch and cry. Poor baby said her head hurt, her back hurt and even her eyes hurt. Doesn’t that just break your heart? Look at that sad baby!!

It could not have been a better day for Scruffy Cat to arrive! Timing could not have been more perfect!! Who is Scruffy Cat? He’s one of the  amazing Sootheze cuddly pet!! Sootheze provide heat, cold and aromatherapy and all delivered with LOVE and CUDDLES!!

I placed Scruffy Cat in the microwave for 1 minute. Then I placed him against Alice’s back; she let him cuddle her for about 10 minutes before she just had to hug him back. Scruffy cat is long; 20″ long and so cuddly!!  Alice didn’t put him down for the entire day!! She hugged him; cuddled him; walked him; kissed on him. His adorable face and soft body truly make him 100% lovable. Scruffy Cat weighs 2 pounds.

While Scruffy Cat is designed to drape comfortably around your neck and shoulders, Toasty Collars can also be wrapped around knees, feet and other areas with aches or poor circulation. The herb and flax-seed filling provides three therapies in one versatile package. He’s also perfect for cuddling.

Their lifelike feel is very comforting to those who have experienced among many other health benefits, a loss, live alone, anxiety, suffer from Alzheimer’s, have trouble sleeping, enjoy caring for others, or a perfect gift for someone special. The heat herbs fur and cuddly body of the cat collar provide a comprehensive sensory experience and is beneficial to both the mind and the body.

Sootheze flax-seed filling is FDA food grade approved which means it is free of pesticides and has been cleaned according to FDA regulations for food products.

Ingredients: Sootheze aroma therapy products are filled with a custom blend of nine different food-quality herbs: lavender, thyme, lemon balm, hyssop, orange peel, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose buds, and flax-seed.

Heat Therapy:  Put Sootheze product in microwave per attached instructions on label. Duration of warmth should be between 1 to 4 hours.
Cold Therapy:  Put Sootheze product in freezer for at least 2 hours. Duration of cold should last for about 1 hour.

Alice didn’t put Scruffy Cat down all day long. When ever he cooled off she requested he be heated up again. She draped him anywhere she hurt.

While Alice is felling so much better she will not go to bed without having Scruffy Cat warmed up for cuddle time.

I LOVE THIS cat!! Scruffy Cat saved NaNa’s sanity last week and made Alice feel better! What more could I ask for??

Sootheze has been dedicated to designing, marketing and distributing products that provide soothing relief and comfort. All of their products provide, heat, cold, aromatherapy and comfort in some absolutely adorable stuffed animals. Sootheze started in 1995 in a one-car garage by a massage therapy student and her husband. They’ve come a long way from the buckwheat hull pillows! In 1998 the first Toasty Bear was introduced. Now? There are so many cute cuddly Sootheze to choose from!! SO CUTE!!!

WHINES

Not a SINGLE one!! Sootheze are PERFECT and especially Scruffy Cat is adorable AND he holds heat for hours!! He’s perfect from the top of his cute little nose to the end of his tail!! I think the NaNa needs to have Scruffy Dog! Which one is your favorite??

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com

COMET TV Jan GIVEAWAY: The Craft Exclusive Swag Pack!

FILMS ON COMET IN JANUARY


The Craft (1996)
Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an occult stor on your local main street.

Friday, January 12 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 13 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 21 at 6P/5C
Monday, January 22 at 8P/7C

Labyrinth (1986)
January will mark the second anniversary of the day we lost pop culture legend David Bowie, so this month’s COMET is honoring his memory in the best way we coul think of …. by screening one of the most iconic roles of his career. Back in 1986, Bowie stole the show as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, from the music to the costumes, this was Bowie at his best.

Friday, January 19 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 20 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30P/6:30C
Tuesday, January 30 at 6P/7C

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Could there be a better way to shake off the post-holiday blues than with the adventures of Elvis in all his hip shaking and breaking glory? Of course not, which is exactly why you should be tuning in to watch Bubba Ho-Tep on COMET this January.

Friday, January 26 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 28 at 2P/1C

Edgar Allan Poe DOUBLE FEATURES
Need to warm up on the cold Winter Wednesdays? Look no further than COMET’s brand new 2-hour block of Edgar Allan Poe programming. Each Wednesday evening at 6P/5C, catch the Tomahawk Man’s most beloved creations, including The Raven and Tales of Terror.

Airing Wednesday Nights at 6P/5C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com

The Raven (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 6P/5C

The Haunted Place (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 8P/7C

Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Wednesday, January 24 at 6P/5C

The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)
Wednesday, January 24 at 8P/7C

The Oblong Box (1969)
Wednesday, January 31 at 6P/5C

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
Wednesday, January 31 at 8P/7C

January Theme Weeks

Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com

Killer Creature Movies (1/1 – 1/5)
Outer Space Movies (1/8 – 1/12)
Rubber-Suit Monster Movies (1/15 – 1/19)
Dystopian Movies (1/22 – 1/26)

The Comet TV January Pack has:

1 – Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: One of my favorite films of all time! This The Craft exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!

1 – The Craft Exclusive COMET TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!

1- The Craft “Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!

2 – Exclusive The Craft COMET TV Tarot Cards : While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork. The best thing to celebrate the cult classic film arriving on COMET TV this month!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com
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