Everything was going pretty good until SWMBOâ€™s Son started the stove on fire. Grease in a drip-pan thingy and a burner turned a bit too high.
Didnâ€™t want to go out either. Wet rag didnâ€™t work. Pan lid didnâ€™t work. Finally had to reach in and remove the electric burner (AFTER making sure it was turned off!), grabbing the drip-pan thingy and flinging it into the sink. (So, no, it wasnâ€™t a large fire. Yet.) Minor scorching to my hand but weâ€™ll all live. Everyone (but me) got pretty excited for a few moments there. (I donâ€™t get excited. Too much training.)
Otherwise, Thanksgiving went mostly well. Took some turkey dinner to my shUt-in neighbors.
Friday was SWMBOâ€™s Birthday. Tried to find a restaurant where we could have a sit-down dinner but, alas, Herr Insley has closed them all down except for curb-side delivery. So we wound up doing our usual Friday Walmart run and eating Whopperâ€™s in the Burger King parking lot. At least we were together. Sheâ€™s still that sweet young thing I married 34 years ago.
I bought her a subscription to newspapers.com for her birthday/ anniversary/ Christmas present this year. And a subscription to Family Tree magazine with online content. Figured she was tired of $200 gift cards from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics.
Her son has Scottish ancestry heâ€™s particularly fond of, so last May I bought him and his future bride their own square foot each (plus 2 10ft square plots) through Highland Titles; which makes them actual Laird & Lady land owners in Scotland. It was kinda sorta expensive for a retired guy on a fixed income but I thought theyâ€™d really enjoy it.
So, Thanksgiving when they were getting ready to leave he mentions that heâ€™d found a place you could buy a square foot of Scotland and become a Laird & Lady and theyâ€™d ordered theirs the previous week.
I was pretty upset for aÂ few but, really, thereâ€™s no one to blame for anything. So, Christmas Iâ€™ll give them their presents and explain that Iâ€™d bought them last summer and thatâ€™s it.
But, itâ€™s like SWMBO says: Donâ€™t Buy Anything This Close To Christmas! Ever!