Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gifts and Practical .....

Gifts. They come in many different forms. Some are keepers, some are not. Some are useful and some are frivolous. And some ................ some are unexpected and unwanted.

He who plumbs has been at battle with the water pipes, well...... forever. A busted pipe above ground is not uncommon and although easy to fix is still annoying. The underground problems are not as easy to locate and can be surprising. The pipe above is one of those surprises. See the hole? See the electrical tape? This is a galvanized steel pipe. It was 7 feet underground and has apparently been a source of problems for quite some time. The previous owners had unearthed it and made a repair. Looks like they tried to solder the hole and then wrap it with electrical repair tape. Not really a good idea. You would think that if you went to trouble of digging it up, you would replace the section of pipe. It is cold out there. Wind chill is 2 below. So, he who plumbs is piecing the replacement parts on the dining room table. He covered the table with some of his beloved blue shop towels first. He is learning!!

I love snowmen. My best buddy Deb and I finally got together and exchanged gifts this past weekend. She knows I am practical. But she likes a little bling.


She got me a big snowman that doubles as a serving piece. I love it. I gave her a mani/pedi. What do you give someone who has everything? Yvonne falls into that category, too. So the three of us had a really fun day at the spa. Nothing so fun as being pampered. We topped it off with lunch. I really should not have indulged in that strawberry margarita given my recent stomach maladies. I definitely paid for it!


In the midst of stomach pain and feeling just crappy, I opened an e-mail and found this picture of my sweet granddaughters smiling at me. Jada is wearing the jumper I made for her. I love the baggy tights. I have never, in my whole life had tights be baggy on me!! Remember, he who loves me told me I have sturdy legs!


Then the mail came. A big envelope for me! A calendar with Jada's artwork and potholders from my girls! Can you tell which one is from Maya?


Made my day. I will think of Jada every time I look at the calendar! I am thinking the potholders will never touch a pot, though. Couldn't bear to mess them up! Guess I am not as practical as I claim, huh?




17 comments:

In the Heart of Happy said...

Love your snowman server. That is so hot! I want one now.

I am glad you had a great time because you deserve it. The jumper turned out great!!

I wouldn't use the pot holders either. That is some serious art. They get it from their grandma!!

Whitney Lee said...

Those are all fabulous! The snowman server is really happy.

What a great idea for the kids artwork. You could always hang the potholders in the kitchen. That way they're in the right room, but you don't have to worry about messing them up. This would be a great thing to do for my kid's grandparents. I wonder where they had these done.

ellen abbott said...

Oh, I have some of those. the potholders with the g'kid's drawing on it.

bummer about the water pipe. really, why not just go ahead and fix it right. although an above ground pipe under our city house has a patch on it held on by clamps.

Stephanie said...

People do such dumb plumbing fixes. My bathroom P-trap was glued in place - making doing a clean-out impossible. Grrr. At least it was above ground and in the warmth of the house!

Pat said...

Looks like you're lucky day on the gifts! That calendar is sweet, as were the pot holders. Your granddaughters are cuties.

Good luck with that pipe!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

love the snowman and the gifts from the girls! they are too cute (the girls; but the gifts are, too).

tell "he who plumbs" that i feel for him out in that weather. brrr...

Mamma has spoken said...

I'm still shaking my head at whomever thought that solder and electrical tape would fix a hole....

Venom said...

Never a moment of rest for the He Who's in our lives.

Serves them right for being indispensable.

Venom said...

ps. I've added your blog to my new scrolling blogroll. Just an fyi. ;-)

Rae said...

Your grandgirls are adorable and their gifts are so sweet. I am sure you will treasure them.
Your friend did well picking out your gift. It is the perfect present. I love snowmen.

labbie1 said...

CUTE!!!!! Jada and Maya are so CUTE!!!! I never had baggy tights either!

SO GLAD to have water!!!!! You have no idea how much I appreciate He Who plumbs! :)

houndstooth said...

You're a lucky grandma! Those two girls sure love you!

As for the pipe, I can only shake my head!

SkippyMom said...

The calendar and pot holders are so sweet. SO SWEET!

And when I come down - hide the snowman -otherwise i will steal it. ;D

Brian Miller said...

aww...how cool is that...love the gift of their art...that would shine sun on anyones day! hope the pipes get fixed soon!

Mildred said...

Your granddaughter's are pretty as can be and I love the potholders and calendar.
I also love that snowman server. That is unique!
We had to replace 400 ft of water line from the meter at the street to our house over Christmas - I feel your pain!!!!!!!!

squawmama said...

Love the snowman server... and the calander was so special. I know you'll keep it forever!
{{{HUGS}}}
Donna

jojo said...

my 'he' who loves me once told me that I was handsome...this after remarking to his mother that I was built like a tree trunk!