I had quite the productive weekend planned. I had lists made with tasks for both days and once I checked the items off the list, I would be ahead of the game for the week. I should have known better. Most of the curve balls were blessings and this turned out to be a much better, more interesting weekend than I had anticipated.
Friday night was book club where we discussed the Patron Saint of Liars. It wasn’t a favorite among our group. The main character was horrible and never redeemed herself and the book had one of those annoying open endings. None of us would recommend the read. After book club I was dropping the girl off at her new dog sitting job. This was a good experience for both of us. She had to stay there alone and I had to let her. Friday night she worked on her laundry so I could get mine done Saturday. I left her with these guys….The alpha….
The shy guy…..(notice how close he is to my face lol)
The little guy….
The little guy isn’t that much different than our beagle. He laid on the couch a lot and licked himself. The shy guy is a smelly farting machine and we are talking toxic here. The alpha with his werewolf paws was my favorite. They took good care of the girl, and the girl made some Christmas money. I left her Friday night and said “I’ll be right over after I get up.”
I was planning on sleeping in and then bringing over round one of laundry around 10:30 or 11:00. Imagine my surprise at 7:03 in the morning when I received a text from my cousin requesting a quick breakfast. I didn’t answer right away because I was still mostly asleep so she called me. I got up at 7:17 after the phone call and started getting ready. She was more than an hour away so I had time. Once I was ready she sent me a text that she hadn’t left yet. That was okay, I could run to the ReStore and buy some books because I have a show next week. So I woke up the boy to move cars and made sure we were still on to go look at frames at Hobby Lobby later.
I was in the ReStore when my cousin called to say that she was a half hour out so I bought my books and my new comfy blanket and drove to IHOP. They must have been giving something away for Veteran’s Day because they were crazy busy. I got on the list for a party of two and was seated shortly after at a tiny two top. I text her to tell her that I got us a table when she said good and that my aunt and uncle were coming. I gave up my table and went back in line. I didn’t wait long before I was seated at the new table in a more private part of the restaurant which worked out perfectly.
Christmas came early for me this year as I was gifted with a box of old photos and letters. There are some pictures in there that I have never seen before….this is a box of treasures.
I haven’t even had a chance to show the girl the pictures of Korea that are in here. My great uncle served in the Korean war. My uncle told stories that I never heard before, this was such a memorable breakfast. Our quick breakfast turned into a three hour event. The best thing to come out of this, other than the obvious picture treasures? We decided that making a video of my uncle telling all of these stories is truly the best way to preserve our history for future generations. My cousin happens to have a recording studio in his house and has video equipment. He graciously agreed to drag it home with him this Christmas and he will video his dad. I have had some requests for certain stories and I hope to use some picture prompts. I will supply him with the wine and the questions, it should be fun.
One of the stories I learned on Saturday was about my great uncle’s first wife. I knew her name because she gave a ring to my mom for me when I was a baby with my birthstone. I still have it, I don’t wear it often because it’s gold and gold turns my fingers green. I knew they had a German shepherd that took his commands in German because I heard that story before. I did not know that she was ten years older than my great uncle or that she was spy. There is more to this story that I missed so this will definitely be one of the stories for the video. She helped downed air men wherever she was living at the time and got caught. The bad kind …like the broken jaw, bloody face kind. I don’t think my uncle mentioned where they met. Sadly she liked to play the ponies among other things and they divorced before I got the chance to know her.
I still haven’t decided what I am going to do for the family history project but I am sure inspiration will come out of that new box of memories.
I left the restaurant and went home and picked up the boy. This is what he ended up picking out. The purple did work and I like the mats but I am not so sure about the frame. He picked it….it’s his present, so I went with it.
We ran into Sam’s Club for some groceries and headed back home. By the time I put away the food, put the chicken in the crockpot, and gathered all of the clothes and loaded them into the car, it was almost 4pm. I didn’t get home until midnight last night. All laundry was done but the sofa cover wasn’t dry so I left it in the dryer and grabbed it today when I picked up the girl.
I woke up this morning and started frying up some turkey sausage. I made the whole box, four for us and four for my cousin and his wife who just had a baby. Once it was all fried I simmered it in sauce for about thirty minutes. Then I ran to a craft event with RD.
The way this “barn” show was advertised made it look really unique. I was very disappointed. The artisan festival I go to every year charges $8.00 to get in and I am there for hours. This cost $5.00 to get in and we were there for thirty-forty minutes. The barn had no heat and it was freezing. It was so cold that it made it difficult to shop. I felt really bad for the vendors because a lot of them were from out of town. I would be livid if I was one of those vendors. I did buy some soap that smells great and I couldn’t resist the package. I love the dried orange half out of the soap.
I bought soap and some local raw honey to use as a facial scrub. Gotta do what I can to fight the signs of aging.
I came home in plenty of time to make wedding soup and take it to my cousin. I wasn’t planning on taking it there myself…it’s a germ thing. I didn’t like a lot of people around the boy when he first came home. She said “he needs to build up an immunity” so I went. He is so precious…
After I had some baby snuggles I went to wait with the girl. We left her puppy job around 3:45. I was supposed to meet PT to do some holiday crafting and was relieved when she said let’s do it another day. I don’t want to go anywhere else today. Once I step away from the computer the girl and I will put the sofa cover back on the couch, I will take out my contacts, grab a glass of wine and sit down and watch the newest Outlander episode. Then I need to make some paper trees and flowers. It is going to be a busy week…..Zia