Archive for December, 2012

To Shop and Not Drop

I went shopping Friday.  Big deal?  Yes, in fact, it was.

It’s been months since I felt like doing that.  it’s been go-in-the-store-grab-the-item-and-head-for-the-cashier.

Friday I needed a new iron.  The old one had been unreliable for several months.  It would cut off and on.  Finally it simply wouldn’t come on at all and I had a stack of pillowcases to press.  We love having crisp cases, sprayed with lavender starch.  What a joy!  Fortunately, we have enough to last two months between ironings.

I researched on the internet the kind of iron I wanted.  They were available at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  I’ve always liked that store.  They have good quality items at decent prices and they send out those lovely 20% off coupons which I keep in my car or right by my purse.  Handy.  I seldom shop there that I don’t find exactly what I need.

Anyway, I enjoyed an hour of strolling through the store, with the new Black & Decker Digital Advantage Iron (right price, right features) and also found several other items I needed.  The shower caddy in the master bath was too small to hold big bottles of shampoo, conditioner and  body wash.  It was awkward.  They had to lie down on the shelf, flopping around and falling off.  So I was able to find a larger one that holds upright all the stuff we use in there.  I also needed a neck pillow for my poor arthritic neck when I watch TV.  Sofa pillows didn’t work.  I found one that works well.  And, finally, I found a cover for the four slice toaster in the kitchen.  We’ve needed a new one for two years since the kitchen was remodeled.

What a pleasure to simply stroll and look and price things.  Coming home it dawned on me that this purchase was only the third iron I’ve owned in 46 years.  I believe my mother-in-law gave me two books of Green Stamps to buy the first one.  Boy, that was ages ago.  How many people even remember Green Stamps?   Either I don’t iron enough or irons do last a good long time.  By the way, the new one is much more efficient that the old one.  I whipped through the stack in no time at all.  Easy.


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Simply Christmas

Because of health issues and a general apathy, we didn’t really decorate for Christmas this year.  Usually we put up a big tree in front of the sliding glass doors, a Nativity on the mantle, my large collection of Father Christmases.  It required rearranging the living room and a full day of work.

Not this year.

This year we opted for the barest and most simple design.  I decided to replace the $10 white plastic Nativity scene ordered from a catalog 45 years ago,  It was paired with a manger I found on sale at the drug store after Christmas one year.  I had to glue it back  together.  This year I received in the mail a catalog with a beautiful Nativity scene.  It had the Wise Men with their camels and gifts for the Christ Child, two Shepherds and an Angel.  The Holy Family and the Stable had their own donkey and cow.  It is lovely.  It’s on the mantle with white lights draped over them.

The “tree” is indeed a tree — our Ficus tree in the living is strung with 200 tiny white lights.  That and our Advent Wreath are the extent of the decorations.  Pretty simple.  Pretty and simple.

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Okay.  Six weeks out from the surgery in November, I am much better.  My surgeon was well pleased with my progress at my recent check-up.  My cardiologist also thought I was doing well.

Then —  I caught Bruce’s cold.   Blow, sniff, cough, wheeze.  Thank heavens my chest incisions were almost healed or I would have been in big, and painful, trouble.

After lots of sleep and cough syrup, and Benedryl and Tylenol, I am much better.  Bruce’s cold is gone too.  Just in time for Christmas.

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