“Sometimes blessings come in ugly wrapping paper.”

When I went to get the papers, I could feel the morning chill. The air was clear, the way it is sometimes on winter mornings. The sunlight was slanted across the trees and empty gardens. I stood outside for a bit. It was a lovely morning, but since then, light grey clouds have taken over. It will be cold, down to the 30’s today with maybe rain tonight. I will be safe and warm at home.

This morning my mailman dropped off two packages. He was on a package run and will deliver my mail later. He told me he had worked all day Sunday.

Yesterday I ate Sunday dinner. It had been a while since I grabbed more than cereal, hot dogs or eggs on Sundays. I baked a spatchcocked chicken, two sweet potatoes and two regular Yukon Gold potatoes. For dinner, I chose the sweet potato to go with the chicken, and I added peas as I happened to have a can of Le Sueur Sweet Peas, my favorite, in the cabinet. The chicken was baked perfectly. The sweet potato was delicious. I loved my Sunday dinner, and I get to do eat it all again tonight.

I am behind my time as Bob Cratchit was. I have organized most of the gifts into bags and the bags are in family groups. I wonder what you call a group of presents in bags. I’m thinking a parcel of presents, but that seems too cute, too contrived. It could be an array as in hedgehogs, one of my favorite little animals. Even Henry has a hedgehog. I like passel as in passel of pigs though the pig part could be an issue, but, after searching a bit, I found the best description, a parade of presents. Into my head came a vision, a parade of dancing presents wrapped in different colored paper. Some had arms, some did not. Then It came to me. I remembered a popcorn box with arms. It was intermission at the drive-in when all the food went on parade.

My friends sent me an Advent calendar with a chocolate behind every number. I am so excited. I get to eat 7 days worth today.

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8 Comments on ““Sometimes blessings come in ugly wrapping paper.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was a repeat of yesterday’s weather. And, tomorrow should get even warmer into the low 70° range.

    Your imagination with presents is admirable. I vote for the dancing presents like the dancing food. You mean like this video.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=26pQNKEOXjo

    I’m sure the mailman are very busy this year since many people are not going to visit over the Christmas/Chanukah holidays. The coming spike in cases of Covid-19 are going to be the left over from Thanksgiving’s heartburn. 🙁 We’re lucky, we dislike all of our relatives and haven’t left a forwarding address. 🙂

    Your dinner sounds delicious I liked everything including the peas.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today stayed cold and tonight is colder. I’m glad I stayed home, but I have to go out tomorrow and Wednesday. Such a full week!! I may have too nap.

      That’s it!! You found the dancing food with arms, the inspiration for my dancing presents.

      Dinner was delicious. I will always buy that chicken, especially when we can start having friends over for dinner. Peas are optional.

      My mail box was still nearly filled with catalogues with great offers. I went on line and bought my sister a sweater, exactly perfect for her. It was on sale. I think that was the last thing I needed.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I sing this to the dogs when it’s dinner time except I say Let’s all go to the kitchen.
    https://youtu.be/Mw91RJ_m_7g

    Same weather here today. I was outside a few times but not for long.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s it, that’s the one I most remember, but the drive-in was a bit different. We were invited to the snack bar.

      Another ugly day today. I just look and sigh.

  3. Rowen Says:

    Inspired set today. Everything made me smile.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Rowen. Today I heard several songs. When the song first starts, I always know whether it’s right. I’m glad you got a smile.

  4. Christer. Says:

    It is raining over here this morning but I don’t mind because I’m at home today.

    I have no idea why but suddenly my stomach started to growl and then all hell broke loose 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad it didn’t start until I had arrived here at home 🙂 🙂 Nothing like that going around from what I know so it must have been something I’ve eaten and the only thing I did eat yesterday as I haven’t the other days is lunch from the restaurant close to work. If no one else at work got this it must be something else but I can’t figure out what.

    Still better this morning but then again I haven’t had anything to eat yet 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I like the sound of an array of packages 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Array is a good one. I do have gifts sent to me that are wrapped. I’ll have to bring them downstairs.

      That’s awful. I hate your type of sickness. It’s timing, at least, was good. I’m glad you’re a bit better. I hope you get totally well.

      Just lie around and take the day to rest.

      Feel better.


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