Sunday, December 13, 2020
It's always the same in December; the early to middle of the month is crazy and I am running everywhere from pillar to post. Towards the end of the month, I have nothing to do. Which is probably good, because if I stayed this busy, I'd probably get sick from all the stress.
Yesterday I was determined to get the packages I had to send mailed. My two siblings and their families live very far away (all the family I have left), and, although I do order some things to be shipped to them directly, there are always some things I end up shipping myself. Everything I had to mail had been purchased, and I spent the early part of yesterday wrapping the last few things. Everything always takes longer than you think it will, and it was late afternoon before I made it to the post office. Can I say, thirty minutes standing in line? Yes, I can!
Then dd and I went to church and then Walmart for some groceries we needed, gas, etc. We got home, and I realized I had totally forgotten to buy a baptismal gift for the baptism I was going to attend today. Yikes! The dad is military, and the parents came here especially to have the baby baptized in dad's home parish. They are leaving tomorrow. I couldn't easily give them a gift later. First world problems, I guess.
Luckily I remembered a little gift store that is open on Sundays. But it was a scramble to get up and make it to the store, which is a good ways straight east of where I live, and then rush to my church far to the northwest of where I live, in time to help teach religious ed, then rush home to finish icing the cookies I had baked for the lunch after the baptism, and then rush to the church where the baptism was, far to the west of my house. Of course, if I had planned better, I could have made the cookies well in advance (instead of staying up until past midnight, which is why I didn't get them iced), and bought the present days earlier. Me? Plan, and get things done in advance? Never!!
The baptism was very lovely, and the baby (and his little cousin also) so cute it was a total cuteness overload. I do love the little ones.
My friend had wanted to have a lot of people come to the baptism and lunch, but of course was pretty restricted these days. Still, there were enough people for lots of fun and laughter. I had a wonderful time, and it was good to finally stop rushing around. And I got to tell my friends ds's exciting news.
He bought the diamond and ring both online, from different sites. This is how things are done, I guess. He has the stone; the setting is arriving at my house on Tuesday. It has to be signed for. I can be home all day, except for a couple of hours for a doctor's appointment. What do I bet that the package arrives while I am at the doctor? Pretty much guaranteed to happen, I figure. And dd will be at work, so she can't help.
But it will work out somehow. Then the jeweler ds is working with will put the stone in the ring, and he can *finally* propose. It all has to happen before Friday, when she leaves for her Christmas break with her family (she is a teacher). I am not the only one who doesn't plan far enough in advance, clearly. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Poor Henry! Wish he had inherited something better.