Tuesday, December 15, 2015
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
The number one item on both my Christmas list and birthday list: STRAWBERRY PAPER TOWELS. My kitchen is decorated with strawberries and I'm obsessive-compulsive enough to want everything to match. For years Bounty and Mardi Gras offered them but over the years it became increasingly difficult to find them. Gerald even checked E-Bay and other internet sites to no avail.
One birthday several years ago my niece had given me an exquisite piece of Waterford which I believe that I showed proper appreciation for it.
When my sister-in-law and niece from Gerald's side of the family came to the party, one was carrying a large, black, trash bag with a red bow tied around the top.
I immediately knew what was in it and I let out an exhilarated whoop: "Strawberry paper towels!"; the bag contained 26 rolls--a roll a week for half the year--of course I was excited!
The next time I was alone with my niece she asked if I had really liked the Waterford and I said that I cherish it. She then said she couldn't believe the way I'd acted about the strawberry paper towels and that I seemed more excited about those than I did the Waterford.
I explained that I knew that the Waterford was far more costly than the paper towels but I also knew that the others had also wanted to give me something I would truly appreciate and it was "our thing"! I continued and told her that the sister-in-law and her daughter had searched for 6 months because they had given me a bag of 26 rolls of paper towels at Christmas and it was a challenge to find 26 more rolls.
My sister-in-law called today and said, "I haven't been able to find any strawberry paper towels; how about if I get you an Olive Garden gift certificate?"
She and I have an ongoing joke: although we LOVE to receive gift certificates, we hate to GIVE gift certificates because people know how much we've spent on them!
This year I have been able to find strawberry paper towels at Save a Lot stores. While we were in Florida and North Carolina this past summer, I went to numerous Save a Lot stores and returned home with THIRTY-SIX rolls! The trunk of the car was filled with bags of paper towels and the luggage was piled in the back seat!