The Love-Hate challenge

Edwina’s Episodes nominated me for the Love-Hate challenge. Check out her amazing blog, it’s always full of lots of fun and variety.

The rules are to list 10 things you love and 10 you hate and, of course, nominate 10 bloggers, preferably ones you love rather than hate. I will nominate anyone who would like to take part in the challenge. Being a British early 50’s male, the hate list was much easier to compile, but…

… I will go with the love list first.

  1. Inenhanced-buzz-1976-1381249205-6 the UK, our Post boxes are red, but unfortunately for this old boy, so are the dog poo bins.  I love a good laugh!
  2. Oh yes, I love those Brussels sprouts . They are the most hated vegetable in the UK and the US.
  3. I am from Glasgow in Scotland and it’s in our blood to love a good old natter. According to Psychologists, 80% of conversation is gossip.
  4. I love all kinds of weather. Rain contains vitamin B12 and the speed of one raindrop is 17milesp.h.
  5. Blogging and interacting with people from all over the world is a favourite pastime. Did you know that 40% of world bloggers use WordPress and most blogs are read between 7 & 10am?
  6. If, like me, you are obsessed love tidiness, look at this hilarious article on Nineteen Problems all Tidy People will recognise.
  7. Jack the dog asked me to write about his greatest love – His ball, of course.
  8. I try not to love complaining, but here’s a letter to keep in mind for the future

enhanced-buzz-24299-1367485542-1210. Um… I just love it when we can pretend number 9 doesn’t exist.

And here are the things I hate

  1. Spitting… It may well contain a treasure trove of juicy data for scientists, but there should be a law against spitting in the street.
  2. Wasps… I once had my thighs and private parts stung multiple times… loads of multiple times… I know you’re all dying to hear why I was exposing such a sensitive area… well, wouldn’t you like to know.
  3. Spider’s eek and even worse are the webs that tangle around our face and hair. There are 40,000 species of spiders in the UK and most of them have passed through my home.
  4. Farting in public is disgusting and usually blows where two or more men are gathered. Experts – I wonder what qualifies people to be fart experts – say women fart 7 times a day and men 12, but if our politeness holds our bums cheeks tight, it will only creep out while we sleep.
  5. Grocery shopping is said to be a shared part of the human experience, but I hate it and it’s even worse when I forget to check my shopping list.
  6. Or when I park my car in a multi-storey car park but then forget to notice what floor I am on.
  7. And the automated voice switchboards that fail to understand my Glaswegian accent.
  8. I hate it when I don’t walk Jack long enough and then he refuses to turn back
  9. Or when he runs onto the tennis court and pinches their balls, the tennis balls, that is.
  10. Check out this funny post from Buzzfeed on 24 things British people hate.

Now I invite you to tell us what you love & hate

58 thoughts on “The Love-Hate challenge

  1. edwinasepisodes

    Cat, I love the way you have tackled this challenge, you have put a lot of thought into it. I had to laugh at the voice recognition not recognising your accent! I cannot believe a rufty-tufty Glaswegian is scared of spiders!! I am too but I am allowed! 🙂

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    1. Cat Post author

      One little intsy wintsy spider is enough to clear a room in my place and jack tries to eat them, but there are one or two poisonous little blighters so that just freaks me out even more. Thank you for the compliment, glad you liked it.

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      1. princessinpain

        I have bats in my attic and a baby bat fell last into the lower level and proceeded to tweet and hop into my kitchen.. at which point my 16 yr old bassett hound decided it was time to go play and chased it around the kitchen.. Thank god she has her rabies shot.. I was screaming and calling my brother crying to come get that blasted thing out of my house!!! Spiders… ehhh.. not much more welcome here..

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        1. Cat Post author

          People used to want to rent my late cat because she was only small but was an expert mouse and rat catcher (disgusting) some of the rats were the enormous London ones and very vicious eek


  2. Ellen

    1. Last two weeks of May – all our scented plants bloom in these weeks, and taking a walk is heavenly.
    2. Getting a seat on the subway in the morning.
    3. My large comfortable balcony.
    4. Coffee ground by my new burr grinder – lovely, sweet and smooth.
    5. Punchy toe nails painted tangerine.

    1. People in front of you who dash onto the subway, then stop, blocking the entrance.
    2. Coats that smell.
    3. Racoons getting into the garbage.
    4. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister).
    5. Dirty microwaves at work.

    Thinking about what I love was more fun, at the moment. Cheers.

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    1. Cat Post author

      Mmmmm a coffee on the balcony sounds lovely and I thought I was the only one that dislikes smelly coats. Thanks for taking part, Ellen, oh and the toenails sound cool 🙂


    1. mandy

      There’s that anonymous icon again, Cat! It is cute. I think I’ve figured it out-when I reply from the FB post it doesn’t recognize me. I wonder how I can get that one for my avatar picture? 😀


      1. Cat Post author

        I have no idea how to do that, I’ve had the same avatar since starting, but only because I haven’t a clue how to change it. Never mind, when I see “anonymous” I’ll know it’s you doing the cloak and dagger stuff 🙂

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      1. Priceless Joy

        Went on an overnight trip to see my mom and brother. I hated to do it and dreaded every minute of it until I got there and she and my brother were so kind and sweet to me that I was happy I went. However, I do know to always be prepared. I noticed that she is not far away from dying her breathing is very very bad.


          1. Priceless Joy

            It was a nice little trip. A three hour drive one way. I always enjoy being able to spend some time with my brother. I put Bria in her little car bed hooked onto the passenger side seat and away we go. LOL (She loves it).

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    1. Cat Post author

      Yer, I once left my car in the middle of a city and forgot to look what street I was parked on. Yes, the police were not too pleased when I pleaded for help after searching for hours. Thanks AM

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  4. Glynis Jolly

    I’m not good at this. Depending on the day will decide what I love and hate. It’s because my moods swing back and forth on the pendulum. O_o


  5. bhavpreet

    Hey hi dear .. Saw you at community pool .. I like your blog very much .. and i have a question … Who likes to fart in public ? hahahahha…. and yeah i like the way you express your feelings … feeling positive here …

    And yeah i have something for ya .. hope you will like it .. .. suggestions are needed …

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  6. RisingSong

    What a great post Cat! Made me laugh so hard 🙂 Thanks for adding all the trivia…so much I didn’t know…

    Here are a few before I have to wake the kids up:

    1. A good thunderstorm
    2. When my kids run into my bed at night…because there is a good thunderstorm
    3. The sound of silence after everyone except me goes to bed at night
    4. A good cup of tea
    5. Mondays off from work…when everyone else is gearing up for a new week, I have an extra weekend day.
    6. The Atlantic Ocean

    1. When people take advantage of kind and considerate people
    2. Traffic
    3. People who don’t enunciate when they are giving you their highly unique name on the telephone
    4. Rodents
    5. Being up-side-down
    6. Going to work when the kids are off from school


  7. Sharon Alison Butt

    I didn’t know if to do a blog myself or post mine on here. I don’t want to clog up your comments box with a minj blog of my own. So if you find it too intrusive you may delete it. Here are mine:


    1. British weather. I appreciate we have no sinkholes but it’s June and I’m still in winter coat and polonecks.

    2. Archeology & Nature programmes that rabbit on about evolution. So much brains and cleverness then they ruin it by claiming some old ragged bone is 3 hundred million years old or some donkey evolved from a deep sea octopus who used to bray.

    3. Wasps Say no more. Ouch Cat! (That must have been agony!)

    4. Moths I blame my mum who used to tell me if they land on your face at night, you get lotus spots and holes in your blanket.

    5. Dog poo on the pavement. Need I elaborate?

    6. Spitting. Not only is it disgusting to see someone do it but little frothy puddles scattered about the pavement are just as nasty to look at when you know that vile liquid was once lodged in someone’s stomach or lung.

    7. Drivers who dont indicate. Oh you’re going left aswell? Yea just cut me up, infact why dont you just buy yourself a blindfold? Wouldnt make any difference to your driving.

    8.Corny quiz shows (hosted by unfunny comedians) Ugh!

    9. Dog poo on the grass in children’s parks. Why should the wee nippers have this blight? The height of selfishness. I agree with Mr. Bean – get ’em!

    10. (Yes I have a poo thing) big squadgy bird poo, clumped all around sarah’s school path and bird poo under trees. Finding bird poo all over my car in the morning. I suspect some of the offenders are ducks and at the school, foxes.


    1. Flowers.
    2. Sound of children playing
    3. Marmite
    4. Watching ducks swim in Hyde Park (minus the poo)
    5. Old couples holding hands
    6. Power ballards
    7. Anne of Green Gables
    8. Sign language & deaf people talking
    9. Cosy dens & hidey-holes
    10. Two favourite colours: metallic green & orange


    1. Cat Post author

      I certainly share a few of your hates. All manner of poo bothers me in public spaces and it would surprise you just how many HUMANS poo in dark corners in London. It must be something to do with a lack of public toilets. I would never allow my dog to poo without picking it up. I don’t mind the feel of warm ones through the bag, but cold ones give me the willies!

      Thanks for your participation, Sharon. A few people did this challenge on other blogs and I did notice how we are all more passionate about our hates, whereas the love list are always quick bullet points



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