Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! Or is it?

Nana, I would like to wish you a Happy Mother's Day! Mom got some very expensive presents which she can't wait to tell you all about but I know you prefer a picture of me grinning.  It is much better than anything else in the world.  

Love ya, Scooter

Scooter is right, I received some very expensive gifts this past week.  It all began when I was in the middle of nowhere and my tire began to make a funny noise.  I called Bill and said, "Got to talk fast because my cell phone battery is dying.  My car tire is making a funny noise and a light on the dashboard is flashing.  What should I do?" 

Bill asked, "What does the light say?"

"I have ten pounds of pressure in my left front tire.  Is that good or bad?"




"I see a nice big shade tree a few feet ahead and I will park under it while I wait for you to rescue me.  You will come to my rescue...won't you?"

"Of course I will come and get you.  You have my car."

I rolled a few feet down the road and parked under the large shade tree - which was covered in POISON IVY!

I sat and waited, and waited, and waited.

A very flat tire.
When life seemed to be the darkest, a Good Samaritan arrived.  He offered to pump up my tire and of course, I accepted.  He tried, but it would not hold air.  Then he offered to stay until my husband arrived and of course, I accepted again.  Being bored, he began to amuse me with bits of gossip about all the people who lived close by.  He knew everyone and all of their news, even from thirty years back.  I decided it was not sinful listening to gossip since I didn't know any of the people.  That is my Gospel Truth from the book of Second Opinions.  

Eventually, my knights in shining armor arrived after their GPS sent them the wrong way.  I was extremely happy to see them. 

Watch out for the poison ivy!
They quickly discovered there was not a jack or a spare tire in my car trunk. However, there was a tire wrench...

...which broke the first time Bill used it to loosen a lug bolt.  The Good Samaritan knew someone close by who had all types of tools.  He offered to run borrow another tire wrench.

Dustin to the rescue!  He had a jack in his car plus he was young, had a strong back, no arthritis in his knees and could bend down without feeling pain.   All us old folk voted unanimously to let him jack up the car.  It was a good education and he needed the experience anyway. 

A very flat tire with a very big screw!

I'm screwed.
The Good Samaritan offered to take Bill and the tire to his friend down the street who also worked on lawnmowers in his garage. Bill rode with him and waited while the man plugged the tire.  It only took him a few minutes, then he refused to take any money from Bill, another Good Samaritan!

When they returned we all agreed Dustin should continue to crank the jack.  Wait a you see what I see?  

Dustin is wearing my fancy, diamond sparkly sunglasses!  I thought I had lost them because they disappeared from my car.  Where did he find them?  Doesn't he know they look very feminine?


Tee hee hee. I look fabulous!

They fixed the tire, we limped back home then Bill went shopping for my Mother's day gifts.  This year I received a doo-dad called a "cigarette lighter plug to USB adapter" so I can charge my cell phone in the car.  It was paired with a new jack, a portable tire pump, a heavy-duty lug nut wrench and since all my tires were worn, four NEW, VERY EXPENSIVE TIRES!!!!!

Sometimes you get what you want, other times you get what you need but this year I got both.

Ain't she purty?
For the first (and probably last) time, I gave Dustin a Mother's day gift.  He received a $1.00 pair of masculine sunglasses equipped with a beer bottle opener on the side.  Oh, so manly.

Sometimes you get what you want, other times you get what you need, but the worse is when you receive what your mother thinks you need!

Happy Mother's Day!


  1. So funny, as always! Am very impressed by the good Samaritan offering to sit with you until your husband arrived -- that's a really nice person! And it must have been fun to hear all about the local gossip (really, you were just catching up on local news!). And I laughed so hard at Dustin's (aka your) sunglasses! They look a lot like mine!

    1. He was an extremely kind man to help us and his stories were quite entertaining. Some were definitely juicy.

      Dustin corrected me and said he had asked permission first before he borrowed my sunglasses. I do remember that now. He was driving my car at the time and I didn't want him to wreck.

  2. Oh, boy! What a day:). Some days are like that. I'm glad you had so many people help you out, and that, although annoying, you were able to get everything fixed up. I mean, you could have all been sitting in a restaurant, eating lunch, but instead, were bonding by the roadside....

    I'm glad you got your sunglasses back. It looks like you found your son some good ones, too.

    1. I wanted to drive to a local restaurant which was air conditioned, with hot coffee, comfortable seats and no poison ivy anywhere. But Bill insisted I not drive and run the risk of ruining the rim of the tire. Men are like that.

  3. Hi Jeannie,
    No rest for the weary....not even on Mother's Day. Dustin is a typical male....he probably didn't notice the sparklies on your sunglasses! I'm happy for you that you got those great Mother's Day gifts but, wouldn't a little cake top it off? Scooter thinks so, too!

    1. I read him what you said and he replied he noticed the sparklies on the glasses but did not care. He is quite secure in his masculinity.

      Mother's day evening he ran to Kroger and bought me my favorite ice cream. It was my "real" present.

  4. I have never seen such sunglasses that can also be used as a bottle opener.
    Would these frame temples not break, or is this just a joke for men?

    1. I had never seen them before either but there was a big display and all of them were marked down to $1.00. I don't think they really work as advertised and will probably break which is why the store was trying to get rid of them. It was worth wasting the money to make Dustin laugh and then have to pose for the silly picture of him wearing my garden hat. Yes, it was a joke for us but I think the manufacturer was not too smart in their design.

  5. Wow, you made out like a bandit!
    And the sunglasses you bought Dustin look really good on him. (MUCH better than your girly ones!)

    1. I agree! I don't think my trick has worked though. He will probably keep my girly sunglasses because I have made such a big deal. If he can do anything to irritate me, he will. He has already said the "bottle opener hook" pokes the side of his face. He is starting to make excuses why he "needs" to keep my glasses.

  6. Late comment, but things like that are why I have AAA! I don't have a knight in shining armor to call when things go wrong (and they have!), so I call AAA. I've needed them for flat tires, being locked out, dead batteries, really dead batteries that need replacing (they have them on their trucks), tows, etc. Well worth the yearly fee, let me tell you.

  7. That man truly was sent to you. I thought you were going to say you couldn't get off the RR tracks!

    1. I am leery of RR tracks and always get a running start for fear of stopping. It was a day where one million little things worked right. Just a little while earlier I was driving in the middle of nowhere in places without cell reception and on deserted roads. The spot where I was sitting was beside a field and there was a man mowing it. He stopped and talked to me a few times since he was so close. It was a day where the Good Lord was watching closely over me.