Ranch dressing and the new van

I love Marie’s ranch dressing, it’s an all natural, no preservatives salad dressing. I didn’t realize how used to it I got until this past Sunday. I was rather casually enjoying salad and spaghetti, and watching football with my family. I took that first bite of salad completely forgetting that I drenched my salad in Hidden Valley ranch since I was out of Maries. I gagged on the first bite, and eeked out an “Eeewwwwwwwww.” The salad dressing that I had been content with for years now tasted gross!! How did this happen?

We have been driving a 2oo2 Honda CRV for 5 years now, it’s been a great vehicle for our family, it’s roomy, comfortable and drives well. I was totally content with this car, reluctant to get a new car, our Honda is great I thought to myself. ( it’s the 95 Subaru that had issues) But then we bought the NEW van…….I drove the new van pretty much all the time for a week straight after getting it. Then on Sat. I got back in that uncomfortable, cramped Honda to drive it. In one short week the car I was totally content with now seemed like a piece of junk. How did this happen?

Ranch dressing and the new van taught me something this week……that once you have experienced something better, it’s hard to go back to the old. But I have also learned that what seems old, and not so good, really is GOOD. Confused?? Let me elaborate…..

We have it so good in this country and a 2002 Honda CRV and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing are something to be thankful for. I am thankful that I have 2 nice cars, and I have choices to make on something as frivolous as salad dressing. I try to remember how good we have it in America, and try not to complain about the mundane things, even when I think they are not so great, in the big picture, I have it so good and who am I to complain about ranch dressing and a Honda CRV.

Thank you God for the endless choices we have in this country for materialistic things…..I don’t think I always appreciate it. I never did finish that salad with the Hidden Valley ranch!


  1. Well Said.

    You know, I don’t even know what a ranch dressing is until I came to America. We used “mayonnaise” for salads. There’s what we called “salad dressing”, still mayonnaise based. Thousand island? we mix mayonnaise and catchup. Did I just hear you say YUCK? – šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for here in America. I wish many would have the same “insight” you have just posted šŸ™‚

  2. Every time I return from the Dominican Republic, I savor and am soooooo thankful for hot running water, and soon the grateful feeling runs away and I just go back to taking it for granted!!!!

    As women we are doubly blessed, all the convenience America offers and we can live relatively safe productive lives.

  3. Hey There! Just wanted to let you know I’ve not forgotten about the Christmas cards you won in the DogDays Giveaways. I am partly done with them and hope to finish them in the next week or so. If you could email me your address again, I will hang on to it this time, I promise : )

    Your cards should be on their way before the end of the month!

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