The holidays are upon us, and so Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping — and of course football! — are the focus of “The Little Condo” this week. Cheryl & I began our Christmas shopping one day last week, and we made a day of it. We had a great time, with more than a few smiles:
— At a cooking store, I saw a garlic peeler, and it had directions on the box: “Insert garlic and roll on table with hand. Skin will fall off.” I thought, “Hopefully that is referring to the skin on the GARLIC, not on your hand!”
— At Bed, Bath & Beyond, Cheryl was looking for some specific cookie cutters but couldn’t find them. A really helpful clerk told Cheryl that he could look up some for her on the computer. They sat down to look them up, and Cheryl said, “I hope this isn’t too much trouble.” The guy responded: “No, I really wanted to sit down!”
— At one point, I almost parked in a handicapped space. “Ooops, I’m not handicapped; good thing I didn’t park there,” I said.
Cheryl: “Maybe you could tell them you were handicapped at reading signs!”
— At Pier 1 I bought Cheryl a gift she picked out for herself “from Michael” for Christmas. As we walked out, she said, “OK, I feel really good about THAT Christmas shopping!”
— After picking up some real bargains at one particular store, Cheryl said, “It was really good to get all of that for less than $20!”
“Well, really not much more than TEN!” I replied.
After “debating” for a few seconds whose statement was more accurate, Cheryl said sardonically: “You’ve got problems!”
“I do?!” I replied, incredulously.
Cheryl: “You have just as many issues as I do!”
Me, shaking my head: “It’s not even close.”
Near the end of the LSU/Texas A&M football game Saturday afternoon, I looked at the clock and said, “The OSU/Baylor game isn’t until 7:00; we’ll have about an hour.”
Paul: “For what?”
Cheryl: “To go for a walk.”
Paul: “You all are going to go for a walk (in this 30-degree weather)?”
Cheryl: “Yeah, for some reason, Dad thinks walking back & forth to the kitchen for another cookie isn’t enough exercise.”
IN OTHER NEWS:
Cheryl & I had talked about how we may get a small Christmas tree this year, because our space is very limited. While we were walking the other day, I stopped and said, “I think I may have found us a Christmas tree”:
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Cheryl & I were walking Monday night of Thanksgiving week, when Cheryl said she heard something. I listened for a moment and it was obvious what it was: someone learning to play the drums. “Wow,” I said. “It’s down the street, and INSIDE a house — and we can still hear it. Can you imagine what it would be like to be right there IN the same house?”
“Another reason for Thanksgiving!” I laughed (that we don’t have a child with one of those!)
We actually do have a LOT of reasons for thanksgiving. I began this year so ill that I had to resign my job, but am ending it totally healthy, and looking for what God has for us next. I began it unable to stand or walk for any length of time, but am ending it by exercising multiple times a day (I just got in from running 3 miles before I wrote this article!) Add to that the blessings of my family, the provision God gave us this year, the church home that has been exactly what we needed while I recuperated — and that God is a greater blessing than all of these put together — and we have every reason to celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving here at “The Little Condo”! We are thankful indeed!