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Friday, June 12, 2020

UYW June 2020: It's NOT Mac N" Cheese


Hey-O friends!
Today's post is a writing challenge created by Karen@Baking In A Tornado. 10 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words for someone else to use in a post. All words must be used at least once. All posts will be different as each writer has received their own original set of words. No blogger knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until, today.  

My words are: control, grass, medical, rebate, furious

They were submitted by Karen@ Baking In A Tornado Thank you, my friend!


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I've never been the kind of person who likes to shop just for the sake of "shopping." All of the people, all of the choices...it makes my anxiety go through the roof just thinking about it.

The introvert in me appreciates the conveniences and solitude of online shopping. This has never been more true than in these past few months with the Covid Pandemic. Some online stores deliver within a few days, some even take coupons and rebates. Others can come to your car and drop off stuff in your trunk! It's borderline magical. We've been able to buy our groceries, clothing, medical supplies, and many other things without crowds or time limits.  Hey, online in April, we even bought a new bed!Who knew shopping could be that easy?

My favorite thing about online shopping though, has been the ability to keep my Grams (age 90), who lives back in Michigan, well fed, adorably dressed, and hopefully needing for nothing more than company. She'll always call and update me with the food that she made from her Amazon pantry boxes, or about the conversations she has with the delivery people that are kind enough to put her boxes safely on an indoor porch. 
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I was returning to my house from a doctor's appointment when I saw that I had 2 voicemails. One was from my brother, Charley (who also lives in Michigan) and the other was from Grams. 

Charley: "Hey Shell, Grams called me because she got some large boxes and can't bring them in the house. She's worried because the delivery people left them outside on the grass. It's raining here and she needs my help. Just wanted you to know that's what's up."

I text Charley: "No worries. I was trying to surprise her with that Mac N' Cheese she loves. I bought a 24 pack. It's probably awkward to lift. Thx so much for taking care of it. Wear your mask!"

Then I listen to my Gram's voicemail:
Grams: "Shelly, some boxes came and they're really big. It's starting to rain. Charley is going to try to help me...Did you buy me a new piano or something?...Call me, this is Grams." (She always tells me who she is at the end of her messages.)

That's weird, I thought. I was starting to call Grams back when a text came in from Charley.
Charley: "Um, it's NOT Mac N' Cheese."




When I saw the photo, my heart fell into my stomach. I knew exactly what was in those boxes. I could NOT believe it.

I must have accidentally sent my Grams the new bed I ordered for our home!

To Michigan, Not Utah. 

You know, in all these years, I could have mistakenly sent her a yoga mat or some pop-tarts, but no. It had to be three boxes of an assemble-yourself bed! 

It was completely my fault. I had sent Grandma something from this same online retailer before. When I ordered the bed for me, I must have seen her address and never thought twice about it. Grams had no control over what to do with the bed, so my brother brought it to his house until we could straighten everything out. I was beyond furious with myself. I told my husband that we'd just keep the same bed we've had for 20 years and I'd give this new one to Charley or Grams. But, truthfully, it was never going to fit in Gram's cute house and it definitely wasn't a style my brother would embrace. It's a green four poster. Yep, green.

So we returned it back to the retailer. When they credited our account, my husband said to order another one if I really loved it and he'd stand OVER me while I bought it, but they didn't have another green bed. I tried again a few days later and guess what? They did have one! (pretty certain it was the one I returned). After three weeks of back and forth, with me holding my head as low as it could go, that bed finally arrived at my house.

"You sure you want to go with green?" asked the man, while unpacking the boxes.
"Are you kidding me?THIS is the last green bed we are ever buying! Ever!" I say.

Or, you know, until one of the kids needs a bed.


BTW, my Grams laughed at the whole thing and asked when her Mac'N Cheese would arrive. 
"Sooner than my bed, Grams."



Have a restful weekend, friends!
Love, Michele

Check out the posts from this month's participating bloggers!
             Baking In A Tornado
             Spatulas on Parade
             Wandering Web Designer
             On the Border
             Sparkly Poetic Weirdo/        
             Part-Time Working Hockey Mom   


17 comments:

  1. What a heart-warming story! Honest mistake, and it made for a great blog post :-)
    You are a lovely granddaughter for (wanting to) surprise her with Mac'n'Cheese!

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    1. Thanks, Tamara. She helped raise me and has always been a cheerleader in my world. It's silly that this woman, who cooked three meals a day for her family, now likes to eat processed foods. But, she's 90 and alone. I figure she can have anything she wants. <3

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  2. My son did the same thing, ordered something from Amazon that was supposed to go to him but came here. I love your new bed!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I was absolutely humiliated when it happened. Like I said, couldn't it have been something smaller? LOL. Thank you for the words this month. They were perfect for this silly story. <3

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  3. Yes, it is quite a story about how we got that bed and you did a great job of telling it and using your words (more funny now than when we were dealing with it). Thankfully Grams got her mac and cheese and Charley was awesome with hauling around those big boxes for us so all worked out well in the end. Thanks for sharing this entertaining story. Love, M

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    1. You know, if I would have written this story before it all was worked out; it wouldn't have been as sweet. Thanks for helping to remedy the situation and for building that monster of a bed. We're selling it with this house. <3

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  4. Gorgeous bed but oh my I laughed so hard. I've sent things to my son in Texas on accident. Thankfully nothing that big. Now where's my mac? LOL grams is funny.

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    1. I was mortified, Dawn! Grams was great about it, though. You could walk into my grandma's house anytime of the day with whomever you wanted to bring along, and that woman would feed you delishious food you didn't even know you wanted. The least I can do is send her Mac' N Cheese. <3

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  5. Hahahaha! Sorry, but that is such a great story! And I LOVE the bed!
    I've seen mac and cheese made a lot of different ways, but never into a beautiful four-poster GREEN bed! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I loved the look of the bed and was ready to make a change. I just wish it wasn't such a journey! But, you're right; it did make for a good story :) I'm kind of craving Mac N'Cheese now... <3

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  6. Great story and wonderful use of your words. And, I love your bedroom... SO cute!! Love to you all! <3

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    1. Hey there, Stacy! Thank you! You know I love seeing you here! Sending love right back at you!! <3

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  7. We love grams so much!! The odds of that happening with a whole bed instead of Mac and cheese is crazy.🤣🤣 I do have to say, I’ve accidentally had a few packages arrive here instead of Michigan where I intended them. It’s totally devastating! Especially when someone is missing their Mac and cheese!! Lol! I love the bed and love you. Thanks for the laughs!

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    1. It's extra crazy because Grams lives on the same street as I did. So, I'm sure when I saw the street address, I went with it. Seeing Michigan as a state wouldn't even have phased me. Thanks for your reassuring words while it all went down! I love you more. <3

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  8. That bed is so cute! I'm glad you got it situated and got it back to where it is supposed to be. Also, I love your heart and the fact you make sure your Grams is taken care of <3

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! You're so sweet. She really is one of my very favorite people! <3

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  9. I am the queen of online shopping. I hate to go into stores and now my anxiety is even worse! Thank God for Walmart and Amazon.

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