I'll be looking for Mother's Day gifts for my mom and mother-in-law today. I have sent them both flowers so often that they must feel like they are living in a mortuary at times. So I'm looking for something different.
My mom's present should be simple enough; she is quite pleased to tuck into some really good chocolate. My mother-in-law is an entirely different story. She doesn't like anything. Did I ever tell you the story of the spite tablecloth? I can't recall ...
It was Christmas of 2003, no 2004 because that was the year we got the new truck ... I remember because we went to the farmer's market and bought all that red cabbage - back then we called it stink cabbage ... I remember I was wearing an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time ... you couldn't get those white ones, you could only get those big yellow ones ... now where was I ... oh yeah the important thing was I was wearing an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time, you couldn't get those white ones ...
Anyway, Jerry's mom came to visit and brought some gifts (including a bunch of Christmas ornaments with 2000 written on them - this was in 2004), and she gave me a very lovely tablecloth. Although I don't use tablecloths, this one was really quite lovely and I thanked her profusely and commented on how lovely it was.
And then she told me the story of how she came to give it to me. She had seen a similar one that her friend had made for herself and had really liked it and asked her friend to make one for her as well. "But then I waited and I waited and it took her so long to make it, that when she finally gave it to me, I was so mad that I didn't want it anymore, so I give it to you!"
Oh great, just what I've always wanted - a spite gift.
Maybe more flowers isn't such a bad idea, after all.
Here's the random (and yes Fearless - it is completely random, so get off my case) playlist for this fine cold and rainy Friday. The music is kinda odd for me, but suits the weather:
Bye Bye Birdman - the Stone Roses
Rockaway Beach - the Ramones
Hello Time Bomb (acoustic version) - Matthew Good
Deep Blue Day - Brian Eno
Strange Currencies - R.E.M.
To Have and to Have Not - Billy Bragg
Won't Get Fooled Again - the Who
Strobe Light - the B-52's
11:59 - Blondie
Theologians - Wilco
Have a wonderful weekend, my pretties. Keep an eye on the skies. The last time the meteors came, we thought the sky was on fire ... naturally we blamed the Irish ... we hanged more 'n a few...