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My dad was cleaning out a box of stuff in his closet yesterday morning. I was sitting at the computer checking Facebook and my blog. All of a sudden he starts dropping stuff onto the keyboard. The first thing he handed me was this Scripture you see at the top of the blog here. It was something I had written out quite awhile ago..and called it "spiritual sunscreen"...because that's what these verses made me think of :) :)...The LORD is the best protection...hands down!!!
He really keeps everything that I give him...even those things that I wouldn't consider worth keeping...but because I'm his only baby and a girl..he keeps it all!!!! So I'm typing away...and here comes the next thing...
....an old six-pack of Coca-Cola. You may remember a few years back when they brought back the old retro-packaging. My dad liked it so much he bought it and kept it. This is really cute. To be honest, I'd buy this if it was sold in cute vintage packaging like this!!! At this point my dad is all smiles and giggles...
Next up are these two little specimens. The one on the left was a guage swatch that I had knit prior to making one of my French bath mitts. I just cast off and wove in the ends..and voila...a drink coaster out of handknit cotton yarn for my dad!!! The piece on the right was made out of flannel scraps. I was trying my hand at paper-piecing for quilting..and made this little sample out of flannel scraps. It's really tiny..and it's a heart.. I gave that to my dad,too!!!
This is a handmade dishcloth that I knit from a pattern I found in a book called "Mason Dixon Knitting". The book is really funny and full of great patterns. It would be worth your money to buy this..Click here to view their blog. I'll write to them and ask if I can reprint this pattern only here. It's so cute...so easy peasy to make..and when it's done..well you can see for yourself how cute it is!!!!
Last, but not least, are these two items...the Santa hat and the wooden serving tray. The Santa hat...my dad and I each won these after receiving 100% quality assurance scores when we were monitored on the phones at work. This must have been around Christmas time. There was a balloon attached to the hat..and inside it was filled with chocolate covered bing cherries :) :)
The serving tray belonged to my grandmother. She would serve tea and cookies, or pastry danishes, or cinnamon rolls on this. It's gotten a bit dusty over the years from sitting on my dad's bookshelf. Does anyone know how I can clean it up and make it look pretty again? Is there an oil I can use to condition the wood?
So that was a lot of fun to see my dad's face light up everytime he found some new thing in the box!!! He was so happy and he was thinking of good memories attached to each and every object...good stories, funny stories!!!
Oh, did I mention that I won a secret blog give-away from Red Pine Mountain...specifically from Mountain Woman. Her blog is a great read. Check it out here.If you want to read Mountain Woman's blog click on "daily diary" or click here. I won this beautiful set of two 4th of July towels. They're really cute. As it happens I wanted to add some more Americana to my home, too!! I love them and my dad really likes them.
Here's the link to the lovely, talented artist who made these hand-towels for the giveaway. I included her business card with all the necessary details in case you wanted to order some for yourself or check out the other lovely things that she makes :) :) :) Or you can click here. I just received the towels in the mail earlier this afternoonn. What a beautiful gift to come home to. Thanks Vickie for making these towels.!!!!!
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you the funny story from yesterday. My dad and I went to Staples. I had to get a copy of a PDF file that I'd saved on my USB port. So we went to Staples, and this very nice guy behind the counter helped me. Then he helped my dad with his printing needs. While the associate was working on printing my file, these two older gentleman came into the store. One looked to be in his 40s and other one in his late 50s early 60s.
The older gentleman started to huff and puff about having to wait "three hours" to get his job printed out. My dad and I both looked at them..and my dad smiled and said "That's life"..besides that, the associate was all by himself that morning and was doing a great job all on his own. We weren't in any hurry and weren't going to grumble over having to wait a few minutes. There are bigger fish to fry for sure!!! So my dad told the associate to help the two gentleman first. As it turns out, the older gentleman was only getting a wallet sized business card laminated.
The associate, Mr. Cool Guy I'll call him, printed out my dad's file, too. When my dad went to the register to pay, Mr. Cool Guy said "You're money is no good here. Don't worry about it. It's free today" :) :) My dad was surprised at first, and then he smiled so big!!! What a blessing... Mr. Cool Guy is a fantastic employee...and Mr. Huff 'n Puff and his friend saw this whole transaction take place. I wanted to say something to them, but held my tongue. I'm not afraid of a grouchy old man, but what I had to say wasn't nice,...so I just kept quiet instead. Later, my dad told me that Mr. Cool Guy has helped him before...and he's been there when Mr. Cool Guy had to deal with other impatient customers. My dad and I made sure to thank him profusely, in front of those two gentlemen, for taking the time to make sure our files were printed correctly...and for doing such a fine job!!!
Sometimes we just don't know what's going on in peoples minds when they are mean to store associates or don't treat them kindly. Maybe something really bad happened. Who knows? Or maybe they don't realize that if they're nice to people they'll still get some attention... However, I do try to be nice to them at all times...because I've been behind the counter and been the undeserving recipient of someones rude treatment. So I try to be the best customer I can be...and you always get better service that way, too!!!
I'm thankful that we have a Savior who treats us right all the time. He is an example of how we should treat other people in the home and outside of the home!!!
Thanks for stopping by and paying me a visit!!! I really enjoy reading your comments, too!!! That's the news from Oregon today. Love and hugs, Heather :) :)