I am super excited about the gifts Rich and I are giving to my family this holiday season.
This beautiful maple tree used to live in our front yard growing up. During peak fall colors season, strangers would knock on our door and ask to take a leaf.
Years ago, the tree got sick and had to be cut down.
My sisters and I are all grown up and moved out, but my parents still live in that house with the bare spot in the front yard. That tree holds many wonderful memories for my family.
I am grateful that one year, when the tree’s colors were particularly amazing, I took a few rolls of pictures (back in the days of film cameras). For gifts this year, Rich and I purchased some frames, and I snuck some of those old prints from my parents’ house to make copies. Everyone in my family is getting a framed collage of our special family tree.
Why I love my class this semester….
In-class writing exercise:
Hubby and I are having so much fun carpooling to work.
Last week, we spent a morning in a dark parking lot eating one dollar burritos from McDonald’s, and reading from this website:
Chuck Norris Top 50 Facts
The day got better as I spent breaks at work reading more, laughing more…
“What’s so funny?” said a woman I rarely talk to about anything other than how many orders are on the printer that day.
“Oh, just this website with some Chuck Norris stuff,” I answered.
“Read some aloud. I love Chuck Norris.”
And I did.
I now have a new friend at work:)
Further cropped version of Image:Chuck Norris award 2.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Say hi to Auntie Punky!”
I hear my nieces’ giggles on the other end, and, of course, the call is dropped, because I am in a church basement, after all. I am standing in front of an ancient but awesome looking backgammon set in a leather bound case for only one dollar, and wondering if my brother-in-law already has one or if this would make a good Christmas gift.
And for only 50 cents, I find a present for myself:
This morning, Rich calling out from the shower as I apply body powder under my boobs.
Rich: Do you like this new strawberries and cream soap?
Me: No. Do you?
Rich: Yeah. I love it.
Me: I think it smells like dirty underwear…. Oh, that’s right. You like how my dirty underwear smells.
Bugs make me squeamish. But hubby and I discovered something that helps reduce the appearances of the unwelcome creepers in our home.
If you are one of those people who like to catch spiders in a jar when you find them on your kitchen floor, and then release them out into the wild of your front lawn, then I caution you to stop reading this immediately, or you may cry yourself to sleep with the forthcoming murderous tale.
There is a brand called Tomcat that makes these little white boxes you fold up and that have sticky material on the bottom which is meant to capture mice.
This sticky material also stops unwanted crawling things.
Fold ‘em up, place them behind pieces of furniture along floorboards (bugs tend to crawl on paths along walls) and the number of scurrying insects you have to deal with could decrease pleasantly.
Just a little tip from me to you.
Have a lovely day,
I am reading all kinds of things lately that I normally would never read. (Sometimes, the best things in life come from doing things you would normally never do.)
I just finished an incredibly moving story that I really hope someone makes into a movie because it could be amazing.
From “The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories,” it is called, “The Caretaker,” by Anthony Doerr.
Just a suggestion for a good read. If you read it, or if you have already read it, let me know what you think!