Every Thursday or Friday Badona and I go swimming together.  She goes twice a week, and I go with her one day a week.  Last week we went on Thursday and then went to buy me a new pair of dress shoes.  She has been worried about my shoes.

As we were driving to the shoe store, she looked at me and said, “You’re wearing that on a date?”  I didn’t know we were going on a date, just shoe shopping.  I had on what used to be a white church shirt and a camouflage swimsuit.

We went to DSW and bought a pair of Rockport shoes that I didn’t really care for.  Then we went to Shoe Carnival.  They had the same shoes for $30 less, but I bought a much more comfortable pair of Deer Stag shoes that cost even less!  Plus, Shoe Carnival had a deal:  buy one, get one half off.  Badona got herself a pair of shoes for half off.  That was our date!  (Badona went back to DSW by herself to return the Rockports.)


Visiting the Yankee Candle Village


While we were in Massachusetts, Badona’s brother took us to the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield.  By the way, Badona’s family lives in Massachusetts, and we don’t go there too often.  The Yankee Candle is a large souvenir store that is very expensive but interesting.  They have all kinds of merchandise from candles to Christmas decorations.  They even have miniature trains that run on tracks near the ceilings in many of the various rooms.  Badona almost bought something that she liked until she saw the price.  The ambiance there is to buy, and it’s hard to resist unless your mind is grounded in the Lord.  It was a nice place to visit, and you can take hours to go through the many rooms.  But leave your wallet and purse in the trunk of your vehicle!

Unusual Shopping Experience


On Sunday Badona and I went to Midlothian to visit someone who is having a hard time.  Our visit was great, but it reminded us that we shouldn’t take our health for granted.  On the way back home we stopped at Walmart to pick up eleven things.  We got in the 20 or Less Items checkout line.  The two ladies in front of us had more than twenty things and a large stack of coupons.  (Another reason why I don’t like shopping.)  The man in line behind me noticed and was talking loudly about how things need to change in this world.  (We know that that won’t happen until Jesus returns.)

Finally we finished checking out, and the man behind us put his seven things onto the counter.  We began walking towards the exit when we saw lots of people running out of the store.  One man was yelling to someone, “Put the stuff down and come out!”  Just then the loud speaker announced that all customers and Walmart employees needed to exit the building immediately.  We didn’t know what was happening and asked an employee at the door what was going on.  He said, “Code Blue; bomb threat!  Everyone leave the store!”  I hope the man in the checkout behind us was able to get checked out.  He had waited a long time!  It was a madhouse getting out of the parking lot and lots of cars were still driving in.  Walmart lost a lot of customers that day.  This is the first bomb threat I’ve ever been in.  Badona heard on the late-night news that it took the Hanover Sheriff’s deputies and canines three hours to determine that the store was safe and found nothing. As we were leaving, we saw a friend of ours who worked in Walmart.  She was on her break when this happened.  She had a long break!

New Shoes?



My comfortable Nunn Bush dress shoes have finally fallen apart.  I’ve had them for many, many years.  They were so comfortable I ordered a second pair as soon as I bought the first pair.  Now, both pairs are beyond saving.  Badona ordered a new pair that looked similar.  But, of course, they are not made the same.  They are not soft or comfortable, and the quality of the leather feels more like plastic.  They don’t even fit me even though they are marked my size.  We are now waiting for a return label to return them and get our money refunded.  In the meantime, I do have another pair of loafers that I can use; but they are hard leather and will take some time to break in.  And, of course, Badona is going to want to drag me around to the shoe stores in town to find something that I will like better.  Shopping is not my favorite thing to do especially now that it is time to start fishing!

I Hate to Shop



The pressure is off!  I don’t need to find my wife a birthday present this month!  We went to Home Depot to buy a hot water heater, and there by the entry was just what she wanted—peony bulbs!  I’ve looked for them at Lowe’s every time I go in.  The clerks there would say, “They’ll be in later.”  No matter what time of year I went in, they never had them.   (I’ve been looking for several years!)  We will still go out to do something.

At Lowe’s, you have to find someone to help you.  At Home Depot, they come to you and ask if they can help.  Diane, a small lady with gray hair, helped us.  We slid the hot water heater out of the box to inspect it, and she knew right where to go to get all the other connections we would need.  It seems that hot water heaters change over time.  They’re taller and the connections at the top are male connections.  Anyways, we are blessed with the ability to install it.  We prayed that it would not leak anywhere, and it didn’t!  I had to put a pump under the house to get out all the water from the failed unit.  We have fans blowing now to finish drying things out.  But we took care of two different things in the same day.  Now, where do I take Badona out to eat for her birthday?