Monday was Guy’s birthday he caught up with me once again for a couple of months. I thought I had actually managed to buy a gift that would surprise him. He has been talking about this saw for almost a year. When I checked Amazon.com it was almost $100 less than I could get it here in town with the free shipping. The scheduled date for shipping was on his birthday, but then I received a notice that it had shipped and was due to arrive on Monday. How cool is that — here for his birthday and I didn’t have to unload it from the car. Last Thursday he comes home and says, “Hey that saw is a lot cheaper on Amazon.” Oh great, there goes the surprise. I went ahead and told him it was on the way, because we sure didn’t need a second one showing up on the front porch.
Today Quilter’s Anonymous met at my house. (Guy says first you have to admit you have a problem, but it is actually my mini quilt group.) We had our gift exchange today. It was great! Everyone made gifts for the name they had drawn this year and the gifts were all awesome. There were four quilts, a beautiful fiber runner, an embroidered shirt, hand knit socks and fingerless gloves and last, but not least the gift I received from Joyce, a purse. We sent emails to our group discussing our likes and dislikes and I specifically said I like blue and yellow. Isn’t it cool? It has pockets all the way around the inside, too.
While we were chatting today we somehow ended up talking about a female police officer that frequents the quilt shop where two of our members work. I made some comment about how the vests police wear make them look buff. I then received some teasing about liking my husband in uniform. I frequently quilt for one of the other members and she has met Guy and she said something about him being good looking even when he isn’t in uniform. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, Guy volunteers as a deputy with the Sheriff’s office. The volunteers go through the academy and have all the same authority as any other deputy when they are on duty, they just don’t get paid. Anyway, the Sheriff’s office recently took formal pictures of the volunteers to have on file. Since about half the group hasn’t met Guy, I went and grabbed the picture and passed it around. I got a kick out of the comments — they went something like this — “Oh, he is good looking, he still has his HAIR!” I’m posting the picture here so you can be the judge (No matter what you decide, I’m keeping him!). It’s a pretty good picture, but Guy wasn’t pleased that they spent most of the day on the range before they took the pictures so they were sunburned, had hat hair and weren’t freshly shaved.
The final thing that is making this week hectic is the Christmas Dinner Theatre at school tomorrow. The teachers and students provide the theatre and I provide the dinner. We are having soup, salad, bread and dessert. The soups are all homemade (also vegetarian) and I had planned to bake the bread as well. At this point I think I will be stopping in at Panera tomorrow to buy some bread. For soup I have a mild Chili, Mock Chicken Noodle soup, Minestrone, Taco soup, and Baked Potato soup. The first four are finished except for adding noodles to some of them and the baked potatoes just came out of the oven for the last one. For most of the soups I quadrupled the recipes. How did I end up with this job anyway? Oh, yeah it was my idea several years ago to add the dinner as a fund raiser and to get more people to show up. So now I do it twice a year, at Christmas and in the Spring.
So until I finish with clean up tomorrow night, I will continue to remind myself to breathe!