Still Surprising Me (After All These Years)

(Hubby did something this month that completely shocked and delighted me!  It has been a very long while since this gal has been delighted. I felt like a little girl.
I feel like a new bride because I keep admiring my engagement/wedding ring every couple minutes. It’s so shiny and gorgeous again. It had been broken, dull & diamond-less since 2011 when a prong came loose and the diamond fell out. It happened quietly and I did not know exactly when it happened. It most likely broke at work. Despite my co-workers, the building custodian, and myself crawling around with flashlights like CSI’s, I never saw it again.  Until yesterday.

The FedEx guy, Mike, brought hubby a package. Hubby handed it to me and said, “Happy Anniversary”. I had no clue what could be in there, but I was so excited. He was giving me an anniversary present! I can’t remember the last year he did that! In fact, I had not found a gift for him before we were evacuated (the Butte Fire was heading our way), and frankly, I forgot about it.

So, here is this FedEx box, for me, from him. I did not open it immediately. I wanted to savor the moment of having a gift to open. To those who have a spouse that does not express themselves on special occasions (Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, your birthday…) you know what I’m talking about. To those who are lavished with gifts and attention – never take it for granted!

Okay – now I’m ready to open the box…

FedEx Package


Another FedEx Box!





Inside, was another FedEx box, also completely sealed.

How strange. Guess what I found in the second FedEx box?  No, not another box. It was a UPS padded envelope.

This is getting silly

What on earth could be next?  After a failed attempt to pull open the envelope, my scissors did the job.




Now, we were getting somewhere! A white, unmarked, little box. I suspected jewelry.






I was not wrong about that – inside was a little reddish velvet ring box.



When I peeked inside I saw my wedding ring set, shining like it was my wedding day. Hubby laughed when I asked him to put it on my finger, but I could tell he was proud of himself. The ring would still fit me perfectly, if I could just push it past my knuckle.

I always have had big knuckles on my small fingers and a bit of lotion or soap did the trick. Not today. Since the ring had broken, my arthritis had worsened. My knuckles were larger now. NO!

There was a way to get my ring on and I was going to find it. I iced my knuckle, hoping it would help, greased up my finger, and pushed with all my might. This effort was amusing hubby greatly.  I told him I could not get it re-sized to fit my knuckle, the ring would be too loose and constantly spin.

Then I got an idea. You people who know me – stop laughing!  It was a great idea, and it worked. What helps with getting something large through something small? OH!

Astro Glide. It still was tough on my knuckle, but I had my wedding ring back!   It was 27-years after hubby first put it on my finger. My hands look a lot different now, as does the rest of me (and hubby).  Our marriage is also different after 27-years.  It is stronger and better, the older it gets. In another post, on another day, I will tell you my theory on why that happens.


♥  TTFN  ♥

Tid Bits & Giggles – Thursday

Sorry, I’m late today.

PhoenixGrin  I try to get Tid Bits & Giggles out in the early morning to start y’all with a smile on your face. Friday’s bring us all smiles, so I try not to “waste” a good giggle on Friday. Most of you will be reading this Friday morning, so I suppose you will be the happiest people of all.  😉

It’s been a long week and it will be an even longer weekend because I must finish a task, and distribute reports to our chairwomen this coming Monday.  So far the progress I’m making has been like this: PenguinPush

Please feel free to send me a tidbit or giggle – I will be needing some!

I was on the road half the day today, so I was reading all kinds of signs, and it reminded me that I have photos of some cool ones!

You will only see this sort of thing in Maine!

This doormat was on our porch for years!Doormat





My favorites (and the ones hubby would not let me put outside):
Funny Doormat



I really wanted this one (below) in front of my office door at work!!
Rude Doormat

I hope you at least got a smile out of this post!


Silly Post Monday: Frogs

This is the kind of frog I like:

Big Frog On Couch


  • Hubert the Frog  is not slimy.
  • He is quiet and doesn’t croak all night.
  • He seems happy.
  • He doesn’t jump, so the Calaveras County Frog Jumping Contest in May is out, but I can get over that.
  • He does not need to eat, so I don’t have to keep bugs in the house.
  • No eat – no froggy-doo
  • He does not exhibit destructive behavior when we leave him alone.

We know something goes on when we leave, but  we can’t prove it.

However, lately we suspect that Hubert Frog is really Hillary Frog, or having a party. Even worse, Hubert invited over a couple of buddies to watch Monday Night Football.

More Frogs






Frog Pattern provided by Lion’s Brand Yarn.