Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yes, That's My Purse :oP

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A while back I saw somewhere out there, where a person was going through their purse and listing what they found inside. (Sorry, I can't remember where!) I thought at first what a cute meme! Planned to do it. Then life caught me offsides and I didn't get it done.

Part of that was coming home from work one evening and finding that Pete was waiting for me to take him to the hospital in Woodville per doctor's orders. He had gone to see her with a really bad chest cold that day. She wanted him to go and have a chest x-ray for two reasons: to confirm whether it was bronchitis and because the electrocardiogram they did in the office that day looked a little different from his last one. So, me, him and the Bug load up and take off. They saw no problems other than he did have bronchitis. As we started to leave it was after 11:00 pm in a small Texas town. I asked the nurse at the nurse's station where a person could still get something to eat. She said Jack-in-the-Box on the corner.


We pull into a vacant looking Jack only to be told by a boy as we were about to disembark that only the drive through was open. Oh, yuck. I had so wanted to sit down comfortably and eat. But we proceeded to the drive through order sign. The young man on the speaker was having a very hard time understanding what we were wanting. We thought he finally had it straight, but then proceeded to tell us our order was over $20. That was our first clue something was wrong.


They had supersized everything! Pete passed me my huge soft drink. Which I stuck between my legs in the seat, up close to me. Then I was passed my giant fries, that I placed in front of the drink toward my knees. Last, he passed my entree. As I was opening it, I felt my fries starting to slip out of my legs. Of course I didn't want them to nose dive into a filthy floorboard, so I instinctively clamped my legs together tighter.....OH, NO!!! My lap was instantly flooded with over 64 ounces of icy cold beverage!!!! WOW! There was one little hand towel in the car somewhere that I put in the seat after I threw the door open, wiped out all the ice I could. Then I had to make the 45 minute ride home wet and cold like that.


Well, the next day, at work, I realized that my purse which had been under my legs in the floor board at the time of my accident, was wet all down inside. Everything was soaked! Lovely. Needless to say, I had to do a full overhaul on my purse and it's contents. Blow dried the insides. Now, I'm sporting a lighter loaded purse than I have in years!


So, here's my newer lighter content inventory:


Pocket full of bankcards, gifts cards, business cards.


Wallet with drivers license, video club cards, calendar, list of EOM dates for work.


Change purse with a few bills and change.


A couple of pens and a tire gauge.


Feminine products.


Hair brush.


Check stub.


Letter from school counselor saying Hannah qualifies for Duke's TIP program!


Two coozies from work for canned drinks.


The electronic gate pass for work and the keys I sometimes need there.


So all's well that ends well. Now I have a neater, lighter purse. Who knows how long I would have put off cleaning it out if the soda hadn't forced me to.


Borrowing a phrase from a dear departed Sister in Christ of mine, "Be blessed and be a blessing."


Barbara

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Lot Have Been Going On


There has really been a lot going on since the first of the year. I've had a round with a virus, Pete has fought bronchitis, Bubba had a fender bender and Bug has found Horseland, so we can't get her off the PC once her homework and chores are done. I hope all has been well with you!
So many things I want to write about, so little time to do them. Just popping in today to share a little news. First, our beloved Sam from Colorado is home again and doing well. Praise God! And you can see I finally figured out how to "cute up" my blog. Pay special attention to the beautiful Bible verse box on my sidebar. Without all the flashy ads. You can design one for your blog over at The Sacred Mint.
What's for supper? I don't have a clue. Gotta get up and go shopping. And treat Bug to a late lunch at one of the places she won a certificate to for her excellent grades and perfect attendance. Will be back with a bonafide post as soon as I can.
Until then, God bless and keep you!
Barbara

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage


Can you read between the lines?! LOL (for the puter, and play on puter, on the puter!) Actually, I just don't make New Year's resolutions. I suppose I think you should initiate change in your life any time you realize it's necessary or would be beneficial. And then there's always some habits and traits I'm just gonna hang on to no matter what. Suppose I'm stubborn that way.

I never have been a big one for partying on New Year's Eve. I can't see all the to-do about the calendar changing, for one. Secondly, it's about the most dangerous night of the year you could be on the road. Even when I was young, sexy like in the picture and still in my wild days it didn't much appeal to me. I can count the times I partied in the New Year in my life on one hand. With a digit or two left over.

Never have been one to see any benefit or reasoning to superstitions either. Suppose my attitude is much the same as the song by Stevie Wonder. "When you believe in things that you don't understand and you suffer....superstition ain't the way."

Tradition, though, is something I can sink my teeth into. Doing things just because we always have or Mama and Daddy did. I like the connection to the past and the feeling of continuance it brings.

So for that reason, today I have black-eyed peas with bacon and onion simmering on the stove. There's two head of cabbage to be diced and boiled down with polska kielbasa sausage as well. Probably some fresh rice and a pone of cornbread coming, too. That's just what we do in the South. In Texas. In Caneyhead.

Never have seen the good fortune the superstitious say the peas should bring or the money the cabbage ought to proffer. But to quote Daddy, "I've never felt better or had less in my poor life." Praying you and yours are blessed as well!

Barbara

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