"G-ma do you want to go shopping with us at midnight?" 13 year old Alecksa asked me on Thanksgiving day.
I looked at her and all the grandmunchkins who were eagerly awaiting my usual "Yes!" to anything that they ask me to do.
My response came quickly "I'd rather eat ExLax".
Now I do not think that any of them knew what that was but the tone of my voice let them know that I was not going with them.
Standing in the cold for hours with people who would be running for the 2 items that 500 people "had to have" was not on my list of fun things to do. It's right up there with the running of the bulls which to me is totally insane.
I handed my favorite daughter-in-law, Angie, my Kohls card and said "Make my day" and she did! She came home with bags full of such good things that even Santa would be proud. I'm going to have some happy grandmunchkins. I told them to practice their "surprised" look when they open their gifts since they picked them out.
Alecksa came over after her Mom went home and asked if I wanted to give her an early Christmas present. It seems that a top that I was giving her would be really nice to wear to a dance at the Middle School on Friday night. I asked her if I had to wrap it and she said it wasn't necessary. She's happy. I'm happy.
On Saturday evening Alecksa helped me put up my Christmas tree. I checked all the lights and guess what? Of course! Only 1 of the 5 sets of lights worked. So off to Meijer we went to face all the shoppers to buy lights. We actually got a front row parking place and then found a cashier with no one in her line. I felt like singing the Hallelujah Chorus!
I love sitting in the dark with the Christmas tree lights on. So on Monday night I came home after working a 12 hour day and planned to enjoy the atmosphere as I wrote this column. As I leaned behind the Christmas tree to plug in the lights I lost my balance and fell into the tree. The tree fell over, decorations went flying and all I could do was laugh. I had just tackled a 6 foot tree. I was sprawled onto dozens of snowman ornaments and tangled in lights and had more glitter on me than well lets just say I was dusted in glitter. I was just glad no one saw me. Although you are all picturing just how funny I looked. It would have made a great scene in a movie.
I was wondering what this week's column was going to be about. It's rough living through what I write about.
Sometimes you just have to dust off the pine needles and glitter and go tell it on the mountain and the front page of the newspaper that life should never be taken too seriously. Ho Ho Ho!