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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

It's a New Week

Monday morning and I'm sitting here watching the snow.  You can't tell in the photo, but it is coming down heavy.  2-4 inches the weather guy says.  Wonderful!  I love it.  It's so pretty.

...and the reason I ran up to Walmart yesterday.  I heard this was coming.

So today, I can stay inside, watch the snow falling, and wrap Christmas presents, fill the freezer bags with the finished spaghetti sauce, watch my Soap, do some laundry, cross stitch and in general, enjoy myself.

It occurred to me that I needed to get a small gift for Della.  I have no idea what toys she has and I sure can't afford to spend much.  As I walked along, there was a whole box of "Pet Toys".  $5.00.  I looked down into the box and lo and behold, a dog toy that looks similar to their real dog.  Nice and soft and cuddly and even squeaks--just as a dog toy should.

When I got home, I cut off the tag that designated it as a "dog toy" and wrapped it up for Della.  Sh-hh.  No one will know the difference.  I hope.

I do manage to have fun every time I go to Walmart.  I decided to plump up the gift to my boys, and get them a box of spaghetti and a can of Parmasan cheese, box it up along with the tag,
"Two quarts of home-made spaghetti sauce are waiting for you, in the red and white cooler on the front porch.  Don't forget to take it with you.  Love Gramma Judy", or Mom or Judy.

Do you know how much 6 cans of cheese and 6 small boxes of spaghetti costs?  Good Grief!!!

Then I went looking for a gift box that it would fit in.  None to be found.  In that aisle was an old guy hunting for the same thing--a simple gift box.  I know because he asked me if I knew where he might find one.  We both looked and all we came up with were mailing boxes.  Too deep, but the right length.  "Guess this will hafta work," he said.  
"Not what I wanted either, but guess it will work."
Then we both grabbed a roll of bubble wrap to stuff the boxes with.
"Geez!  Look at the price of that," he said.  "Newspaper would work better."
"Yeah, it would," I answered.  "But I don't get the paper anymore."
"Me neither," he replied.
"At that price, we probably could subscribe to the paper for a couple months and have all the stuffing we need." I said.

He nodded and chuckled.  "Have a nice day," he offered and off we went in different directions.

As I strolled over toward the Diet Pepsi area, an older guy in an electric cart came zooming around the corner and nearly smashed into my cart.  "Sorry," he said.  "First time I've used one of these dang things."  I smiled and went on my way.

The next aisle over, I got to help a tiny, little old lady get a bottle of salad dressing off a high shelf.  Then turned around and helped another short lady get a gallon of spring water off another high shelf.  Got one for myself too and we both wondered, "Why do they put heavy stuff so high up?"

As I turned to exit that aisle, the guy in the electric cart reappeared and nearly rammed into me.  "Sorry," he said and then kind of grimaced as he recognized me.
"Hey.  Did someone pay you to run me down?"
He let go with a huge laugh.  "No Ma'am."
We laughed and I went on up to the produce section.  

Wandered around a bit and then I saw him again.  He was headed straight towards me.  He glanced up and saw me, so I stopped dead in my tracks, then spun my cart around and pretended I was running away from him, as I headed, quickly toward the cashiers.  I could hear him laughing.

Yep.  I do have fun at the Walmart!


  1. I was looking for boxes the other day at the dollar store and finally figured out I was missing them because they were packaged flat now instead of looking like a box usually looks. I've bought them there for years and miss the old style!

    Della will love her doggie toy dog. What's her mom's address? I'm going to send her a note telling her what you did...unless you like to send me a bag of your special spaghetti sauce. My silence can be bought. LOL

    1. You'd rat me out in a minute--I know you would!!! Sorry, I needed 12 quarts and that's what I ended up with. Hard to blackmail someone who has nothing left. LOL

  2. You had a good time, and that makes me happy! We must seek joy in the little things, and as my mom would have said "there's always something to smile about".

    Love you, Judy

    1. Opportunities are all around us, we just have to be nuts enough to start conversations with strangers and make them smile too.

  3. To not take oneself too seriously pays huge dividends in health and other ways! Usually it's us older folks who can laugh at ourselves (and with others, often total strangers) a little more easily. I guess it's because we've learned that very little is a big deal. xoxo

    1. Thank you for the prayers. I missed part of church on Sunday. Very little is a big deal and we can't control much of it anyway, so might as well accept it. HAH!

  4. You have fun wherever you go! And that's a great way to live! I'm with Jean ... blackmail for spaghetti sauce!!!!

    1. I DO have fun wherever I go. My Mother told me if I could put a smile on someone's face every day, I would in turn have a happy day. Seems to work.

  5. good for you - all is going well!! i think the addition of the spaghetti and the cheese was a good idea!! the dog toy was also a great idea!!

    i love the snow too - sounds like you have the perfect day planned!!

  6. It been a long time since I watch soaps.

  7. What a great idea to add the cheese and spaghetti....and I do love your fun and games in Wal-Mart. Laughter and "giving" are so vital, especially these days.
    The doggy for Della is adorable and I bet she just loves it so much.
    We missed the snow but soon enough, we will have our share.
    Best to you always, Judy!

  8. Cute dog. I've often seen really nice doggy toys in my neighborhood pet store and thought, "hmm that would be really nice for my grandson Xavier." Sometimes I think they make more plush items for the pets. Sounds like you had a blast at Walmart. I'll take running into nice people while shopping than the grouches. Which is why I usually go first thing in the morning. Less crabby people.