The Princess knew when she saw me crawl outta bed this morning, with bags under my eyes and hair looking like one of Methuselah’s daughters, that I needed to head straight back to bed, not pass go and definitely not collect my two hundred dollars.
Well, being the little over-achiever that I am and not wanting to waste the day lollygagging, I got my walking clothes on, took a hearty walk and came home to start my day.
Decided that my writing skills definitely needed some tweaking and that maybe a trip to the library to pick up a couple of books that author Dani Shapiro recommended would be the way to go.
Got my water bottle, checked my wallet for my library card, put my books to return in my book bag; and out the door I headed with the feeling that I was gonna do something good today.
I’m driving and singing Christmas songs with the radio and I arrive at the library, take a swig of my water (God forbid I get parched hunting for books at the library), grab my book bag and go to pick up my purse and lo and behold, there’s no purse.
Drove all the way to the library and don’t have a stitch of i.d. on me.
So back home I drive and the storm that was supposed to hit us at 1 p.m. has arrived 2 hours early and is now wind-whipping the hell outta my Petey the Penguin Christmas decoration and other ornaments that I just put up 2 days before.
No big deal. I have all kinds of time to put them up, again.
I’m retired, don’t cha know?
In the house I go and think, OK, let’s put up the Christmas crèche. The storm will pass and you can pick up the books later.
I’m carefully taking out my very old (very dear) crèche pieces and I noticed that one of my little donkey’s ears has broken off.
No big deal.
I found the piece. I can glue it. I just bought a brand new bottle of glue, so I’m good to go.
Can’t get the glue outta the nozzle.
No big deal.
I take the nozzle off and get a little glue with a tooth pick.
Little Eeyore’s surgery was a success and we’re good to go.
Well, have I mentioned how my cat, Boo, loves to jump up on our kitchen counters?
Nasty habit that we’ve been unsuccessful in breaking with her.
So, while I’m busily setting up the crèche, Boo is on the counter searching for food and unbeknownst to me, tips over the uncapped glue bottle that slowly empties into my kitchen drawer that I left opened when I got out the tooth picks.
Have I mentioned that I have a nasty habit of leaving drawers and kitchen cupboard doors opened?
The Princess has tried all kinds of reinforcement strategies to break me of this habit.
She’s threatening to use Boo’s squirt gun on me soon, if I don’t straighten up and fly right.
Little did I know today that I’d be using Elmer’s All Purpose Glue for everything from Eeyore’s ear to all the little odds and ends in our junk drawer.
No big deal.
As a retired person, I’ve got all kinds of “extra time” to clean up messes like this.
The mess gets cleaned-up, the storm dies down, my crèche is successfully laid out and I decide to tackle a trip to the library, again.
And this time, I remember everything – water bottle, book bag AND purse!
I’m nobody’s fool.
No siree, Bob!
So, I find the 3 books that I want on the library’s catalog system, but none of them are at my home library. One of the books has 76 copies of it in our library system, but not one of them is in my home library.
No big deal.
I’ll get an e-copy of it.
I’m a county library person, don’t ‘cha know, and the county hasn’t purchased the e-versions of these books.
I don’t wanna improve my writing skills anyways.
Maybe Donald Hall’s, “Christmas at Eagle Creek” will be a better read for me during this season.
The library has Hall’s, 76 page, “Christmas at Eagle Creek”.
I’m good to go, People.
Got my Christmas music softly playing, my hot cocoa next to me and I’m settling in for the evening to tackle my 76 pages of labored reading when the Princess walks in the door and says, “I hope to hell you’ve had a better day than me! I’ve been walking around all day at work with my fly unzipped!”
Is it a wonder why our friends call us “Lucie and Ethel”?
Have a good one, People, and I’ll catch ya next adventure, looking at life from my shoes.