There’s been so much coming and going lately that I haven’t been as good as I should about keeping up with the money.
I collect and spend and pile the receipts on the table next to my recliner. I don’t do anything else with them. Those pesky receipts just sit there until James starts asking me about the money. Apparently he got in the mood last Sunday to get it all cleared up.
He knows if he comes to me with a long list of questions it will freeze my memory and cause me to be unable to answer anything. So he sends me questions by email one at a time, “On the 19th, what was $14 at JoAnn’s for?”
That’s the whole email. No hello. No, “Hi my beautiful wife and precious helpmeet. How are you today? I love you and care about you. Oh, and just wondering…..when you went to JoAnn’s the Monday before Thanksgiving, what was that $14 for? I’m sure it was something important. Love, your adoring husband.”
He shoots straight to the point. But I am a complicated woman. Nothing is straight.
Last night he sent me an email that said, “What is the $27 from Target for?”
I am sure he wishes I would say something like, “Target. $27. Clothing. Over.”
Instead he gets this, “Oh that. Yes, I picked up a scarf for Sara that looked just like one she liked at another store but they didn’t have black. So I got her the black one at Target for $27. But since I owe her $52 for that case of lotion, toothpaste, etc. I’m just taking the $27 out of what I owe her. Oh! And I also owe her $13 for eggs, so I’m going to Paypal her $38.”
I imagine smoke coming out of his ears like in the old cartoons.
His office is about 40′ behind our house and occasionally I think I can hear moaning noises coming from back there. I don’t ask. I just sit happily in my recliner thinking I am doing my wifely duty by digging through the receipts over and over to answer his questions. I’m so proud of myself for actually knowing the answer. I deserve a crown.
Our Christmas decorations are about halfway up. We decorated the tree as a family, but the next day we realized that we had put the top half of one tree onto the bottom half of another. After a very complicated search, we finally figured out why the halfs of the tree looks slightly off color from each other and kind of leaned.
So now we have one tree that’s only decorated on the bottom and another only on the top.
But it’ll get fixed and looking lovely by the weekend. I just have to take a few naps first to get my energy up. Speaking of decorating, I’ve got a post over on Life Your Way sharing ideas for seasonal decorating. There’s nothing in the post about mixed up Christmas tree halfs and if you go read it I only ask that you not share that in the comments. I’ve got a rep to protect.
Today I’m heading to the city. I get to go all by myself. It’s the first time I’ve been alone in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to the dead silence. I just drive. I have my own thoughts. I pray then my thoughts wander to my to-do list and Christmas shopping.
Not receipts. When I’m alone I never even think about receipts.
This will come as no surprise to James.
Have a great day!