The photograph above was taken two years ago on Christmas Eve in my rented townhouse in Falls Church, Virginia. I loved that house, especially the wood burning fireplace that I used for two years during Fall and Winter, but the rent was crazy high and it was time to buy a house.
I didn't find a house in West Virginia with a fireplace and that really irked me. I could do without a garage and a driveway (which is what happens when you live in town), but a fireplace would have been great. But, moving into this ol' house brought Junior into my life. He's my road trip buddy and my pet/house sitter and he's a hoot :)
My friend Irene lives on her family farm outside of town in a beautiful house built in the late 1700's, complete with many wood burning fireplaces. I love going out there; the views are spectacular and the sunsets are even better. Irene owns many acres, some still farmed on and last night, she invited me to come out to chop down a small tree and pick greenery, magnolia leaves and holly branches to decorate my house, front fence and enough to make a couple of wreaths. So, I invited Junior to go with me. Irene is a very generous lady and as my walk with Ozzy yesterday didn't produce any greenery or anything organic except for a pile of poo that a very inconsiderate dog walker failed to pick up, we're going out.
Junior (75 years old) loves a good road trip and he's great company. We always laugh and carry on like kids when we get together. Junior loves to sing and he loves Christmas, so any recent trip to Walmart or the dollar store has included him singing Christmas carols in the aisles! He is a fruitcake and I love him :)
Once we almost got kicked out of Dunkin Donuts. Yes, we did. Junior's last name is Dunkin, spelled exactly like the donuts, and when I tried to order Dunkin Donuts for Mr. Dunkin, I started laughing which set him off which set me off! I don't know what got into me, but I laughed so hard in line that the teenager behind the register asked me to step aside which, of course, made me laugh even harder. Junior was no help, at all!
I didn't step aside because I wanted my Dunkin Donuts and a coffee for Mr. Dunkin! I tried to compose myself, but one look at Junior did me in. So finally, the kid looks at us and says, "Hey, if you're high or drunk, I'm going to have to ask you to leave!" WHAT? Well, that did it. I couldn't control my laughter or my mouth any longer, it was such a ridiculous scene, but I couldn't leave it alone! "We're not high on crack cocaine nor do we have the munchies, young man! You're just making me laugh!" Junior had to go to the bathroom at that point; he just couldn't hold it! I finally stepped aside to allow the elderly woman behind me to get in front and no shit, this is what she said, "I DO have the munchies and I'll take a bag of donuts!"
I almost fell on the floor laughing and I just had to hug her and wish her a beautiful day! Kids today have no sense of humor :)
So, lets see where Junior and I get kicked out of today...I'm sure it'll be memorable no matter what!
Peace and love to you,