December 15, 2011


I was given some unexpected presents this week. Normally presents make me uncomfortable, but these did not.

Deborah stopped by to give me the most awesomely packaged ketchup in the entire world! It’s a perfect little .95 ounces that you can tear off the top and squeeze, or rip off the front foil and dip. This would be very helpful for me in the car, although I am an expert at tearing the top off a regular ketchup packet and dipping my fries in one-by-one (while driving). Um, that’s probably not safe. (No cops are reading this, right?)

I shall save it for a special fry occasion.

Second present was a lovely thank-you plant from my Colorado friends that was mailed to my workplace. I wish I had taken pictures of how it was packaged, because it was a miraculous feat of structural engineering. That box could have been thrown across a football field and the plant wound be completely undamaged. Thank you, Karen, Michelle and Alesha!

In ceramic boots, no less!

The third present was less fun. We had a junk man come and haul away our broken refrigerator, old grill and a storm door, but he backed over the storm door (twice) and left glass in the yard.

When it rains, everything looks like a glass shard.

Lloyd was a little miffed, but I was just grateful he came and got the junk out of here, or it would have lived on our property forever.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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7 Responses to “Presents!”

  1. Mary Ellen Said on:

    Your presents remind me of Jesus’ gifts. His body broken, his blood and his indestructible promise of salvation and new life. By the way, they give those awesome ketchup packets out at Chick-fil-a and we love em!


    • Gretchen Said on:

      Wow, that is some deep thinking. My first thought after reading this is that I could really go for some fries.


  2. Brad Said on:

    In case you were wondering about the plant, it’s a kalanchoe. You can put it in a sunny window and water it (but not much -- it’s a succulent) and keep it forever (it will bloom in the spring), or you can put it somewhere where you can enjoy the flowers and keep it watered until the flowers fade, then throw it away.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    Those boots remind me of the three-legged races we used to have at Field Day in grade school.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I LOVE the little plant in the adorable little boots!

    This morning I have a few gifts trickling in. One is a delicious loaf of pumpkin bread. And I am hungry!


  5. Matt Said on:

    Did someone bring you that ketchup packet from Chick fil a?


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