I was asked to fill in for Telia at church today. The hardest part of this ordeal is feeling alright to surf the Internet, make personal phone calls and read a book while I'm suppose to working. I've begged for work or let me answer the phones. I need to do something. I can't hardly believe they actually pay someone to stay at the front desk, especially on Thursdays, to smile and look pretty if there is a chance someone might walk in. Telia and Theresa both have told me that Thursdays are the slowest days out of the whole week. I sure hope so. The most I've done today is make coffee for the atrium, volunteer to check on a member (whose in the hospital) and direct a lady looking for her Bible Study Group. After sitting in for Telia last month, I got smart and brought a book with me to read. As you may know, I'm not much for reading novels, but I've already read four chapters this morning. The new novel, I'm reading, is "The Christmas Box Collection," which includes "The Christmas Box," "Timepiece," and "The Letter." They are all pretty much short stories. A friend of mine gave me this book a couple of years. With just having Katie, I didn't have the opportunity to read it, so I passed it along to my Mother. I don't know how many of you who had the privilege of seeing the Hallmark movie, "The Christmas Box" with "John Boy" off of the show "The Waltons." I never can remember his real name other than "John Boy." Sorry! Anyway, I had the opportunity to watch this movie and it was so moving that I kept it in the back of my mind, I needed to read the book. Well, the other day while dusting Mom's bookcase, I saw the book and ask her if she was finished with it. "Yes," she said. I told her that since I saw the movie last year, I wanted to try and read the book. Like I said, I've only read four chapters and there is only one difference between the movie and story thus far. If I'm not mistaken, on the movie Richard owns a ski supply store and in the book he owns a formal wear shop. Hopefully, I'll be encouraged to finish by Christmas time. We'll see.
Our car's brakes have needed to be replaced. In fact, it's been a little scary imagining Doug driving the car in it's condition. Every time Doug found an opportunity to get the brakes fixed, something would come up. Ugh! Millard knows this guy that could do the work, so Doug and Millard dropped the car off Tuesday evening. Millard and Peggy was so nice to let us borrow their car, while ours was being worked on. It all worked out for the best. As soon as Doug got off work yesterday, he went straight to his parent's house. Apparently, Millard and he picked up our car and thankfully it works great. I was so relieved because I didn't want to go to TN, driving a car with bad brakes.
Yesterday, I put a chicken in the cock pot to cook, while Katie and I did a little shopping. I needed to go to the Post Office and ship a package and WalMart to get some candy for the Fall Festival at church. Can you imagine WalMart not selling spiderwebs for Halloween? I'm sure they are just sold out, but I've been checking our WalMart out now for a few weeks to get spiderwebs for the front porch. The other day I thought I was just over looking them, so I asked a clerk that was working that section. I asked her to please direct me to spiderwebs. She was even amazed, they didn't have any. I guess, I'll have to go to a dollar store. WalMart is still getting in quite a bit of Christmas stuff. I check out the ornament section every time I go in, hoping to find a Madonna with child suitable for Katie's Christmas tree. I've told you in the past blogs how much trouble I've had trying to find a suitable one for a child. I love the ornaments that Oriental Trading sells, felt type material, but I don't want to have to purchase a dozen in order to get one. They do however sell the whole manager scene characters as ornaments. In the description it says per dozen and there just so happens to be 12 characters in the manager set, but what's throwing me off is it says dozen and not set. I thought about calling the company and asking them what's the deal. Have you seen where some people put approximately 4' pre-lite evergreen trees in urns on their front porch by the door? I think they are so beautiful, especially during the Holiday season. Apparently, Peggy has admired them as well because she told me that she had been looking for a pair to put out on her porch. WalMart must have just gotten these trees in the past couple of weeks. As soon as I saw them the other day, I called Peggy and let her know that they had three trees available. I didn't think they were badly priced either. There's nothing fancy about these trees, but I think they are pretty. The urns are a dark bronze color and the 4.5' pre-lite trees are for indoor and outdoor decoration. If your looking for these trees, you'll find them at WalMart in the Christmas section for around $49 each. I did notice yesterday, they had another kind of pre-lite tree. I didn't like it as much because the tree was in a cheap plastic terracotta pot. I picked up a couple of the pretty trees for her. They came by the other night and she seems to like them as well. I think they'll look so pretty on her front porch. I knew Peggy had to work yesterday and I figured she didn't want to have to bother making Supper for all of us. So later that evening, I made some Chicken and Dumplings for Supper to take over to Millard and Peggy's house. I wanted to try these break away cookies from Toll House. They have pecans, chocolate chips, and caramel inside. I made some of these for dessert. Oh were they good! I don't think anyone was left still hungry. In fact, the food I made ended up being so much that we will have leftovers tonight. Katie was so excited to get to spend the night with her Grandma Peggy and Papa Millard. She wanted to make sure I brought certain things (toys), she needed. For instance, her dolls and pillowcase. I made extra sure to pack her Snow White dress, dress up shoes & all the accessories. She was so excited when I showed it to her at Peggy and Millard's that right off the bat, she had to have her Snow White dress on. I called Peggy this morning to see how they did last night. She said that they went to bed around 10:30 and she got up at 8:15 this morning.
Guess what, Laura? I found a place locally that sells "Bare Minerals." It's a local salon not too far from the house. I didn't even know they existed until I found their ad in the Sunday newspaper. I wanted to go by there yesterday to check out their prices and products, but I was afraid Katie would be too cranky. They are open this weekend from 8-2, so hopefully I'll get to check it out. I also thought about calling Sephora in B'ham to see if I could place an order through them and see how much shipping would cost. I haven't done it yet, but my brushes are needing some attention. How do you clean your brushes? I wanted to get some of "Bare Esscentials" cleaning solution for their brushes, but I haven't made it back to Sephora. I'm hoping to get some from this new place here in town. Whoo Hoo!