My Debacle With a Big Box Store

First of all I want to say this was 150% or more my fault. I am not in any way trying to blame Walmart It was all me.

A few weeks ago Molly destroyed her dog bed. I will admit it was a rather flimsy one that I had gotten out of the basement to use as a replacement bed for her until I could get her a new one. I guess my time limit had worn out and she was sick and tired of trying to sleep on this thin, flimsy bed. I knew the time had come when I went into the laundry room early one morning singing the Molly song. It goes something like this: “Molly oh Molly it’s time to get up and start your day. The sun is shining and it is time for you to go out and play. Oh Molly my Molly wake up wake up” You are probably rolling your eyes right about now. Talk about indulging the fur babies, a lot of it goes on at this house.

When I went into the laundry room I saw dark grey stuffing all over the room. I blinked twice, I panicked. In my un-caffeinated state of mind It almost looked like Molly had been torn apart. I groggily realized it was the innards of her bed!!! I guess she must have discovered a small tear in the fabric and that is all she wrote.

Molly was gazing up at me like, see I told you I needed a new bed now get me a new bed woman!!!!

That same day I had a meeting in Maryville with one of our our advertisers from work, I decided that after the meeting I would go to Target and get Molly a new bed. Wrong move. Target had NOTHING in the way of a decent dog bed that didn’t cost less than $60.00. I wouldn’t have minded paying $60.00 for Molly a new bed but it looked like crap and certainly not worth $60.00.

I decided to go on down the road to the Walmart. I found an adorable bed at less than half the cost of the other one at Target. I did a little more shopping while I was there. I bought some CeraVe lotion. A friend had gone to a dermatologist and he gave her some samples of this stuff which she shared with me and I loved it. I bought some make up, nail polish, a big bag of dog food some yummy fabric squares, and a few other things.

I went through the self check out. I had the huge dog bed and the dog food in the cart and I unloaded all of the other things priding myself that they fit in one bag. Look at me being good for the environment!!! I got my stuff and headed to the car. It was cold and I was hurrying to get everything unloaded and return the cart and get in the car.

I got home and showed Molly her new bed. She loved it!!! As soon as she came inside for the night, she ran and jumped on the bed curled up and snuggled in. She looked so peaceful and happy.

A little while later I was upstairs and happened to remember my bag with the makeup and everything in it. I ran down to the car and opened the back. NO BAG!!! Maybe I put it in the car seat next to me. NO!!! I searched the entire car like maybe the whole bag had slipped under the seat. NOPE!!! I ran into the house. I must have forgotten and brought it in with me when I got home. NOPE!!!! My mind raced!!! Where could the bag be? The fleeting thought passed through my brain that maybe I had left it at the Walmart in Maryville. NO NO NO!! I couldn’t have done that. Not a big bag full of stuff!!! Of course I did have that big dog bed and the dog food that I was wrestling with but I just couldn’t imagine me leaving the bag behind.

Around 8:30 that evening I called it. Reality check. Yes I had left the bag at the self check out. O.K. Now you have probably left things at Walmart before, so have I. I would run back down to the local Walmart and pick it up. But this particular Walmart was about a forty five to fifty minute drive from my house. BUT, I estimated the contents of the bag to be more than $50.00. Remember how I crammed everything into one bag? I decided to call and see if they had found the bag.

I got the receipt out of my purse and found the store phone number and called. I hit three for customer service or something like that. The phone rang and rang. No one answered nor was there any way to leave a call back number. I called back and went through the whole thing again. The phone rang for about fifty rings and nothing. I then called back and pushed two for pharmacy, maybe they could connect me, NOTHING but the ringing of the phone. I called again and pushed for grocery pick up. NOTHING. The phone was never answered by human or otherwise.

I hated to drive the forty five minutes or so to the store and then them not have the bag etc etc. so the next morning I stopped at our local Walmart to see if there was anything they could do. Maybe they could replace the items HA!!! or maybe they knew a secret way to get in touch with the Maryville Walmart.

I went directly to customer service. The young lady behind the counter informed me that she had no magic way to get in touch with the Maryville Walmart any more than I did. I told her the problem with the telephone not being answered. She said the phones ring through the dressing rooms and because the dressing rooms were closed, due to COVID-19, that no one answered. WHAT???? I said what about when I called the Pharmacy? She just shrugged her shoulders. She also told me that because I had gone through self-checkout it was MY responsibility to get my merchandise. I told her, with my teeth slightly clenched, that I knew that. I was just hoping there was something I could do without making the forty five minute drive to the other Walmart. I knew with my work schedule I wouldn’t be able to get back to the other Walmart for a few days. She also told me that I would probably have to file a police report to report the missing items because more than likely the person behind me just took my bag. I just shook my head. Seriously!! A police report? I can just hear that conversation, well officer the lipstick was called Pink Flamingo. Jesus take the wheel.

My husband, had told me that morning ” honey just forget it, it’s not worth you worrying and running all over the place to get your stuff”. But it’s $50.00 wasted!!!! I wailed. And my husband, the voice of reason to my crazy ramblings said ” Just chalk it up. It was a mistake, no big deal it’s not worth stressing yourself over.” And you know what? After all of that, it really wasn’t. I had to lick my wounds for a few days. I tried to find the same lipstick color and nail polish I had picked out at the other Walmart and I can’t seem to find them or I can’t remember the exact color. I also couldn’t find those yummy fabric squares but oh well, in the grand scheme of things, so what. I guess the big thing was I was disappointed in myself. But hey those things happen. We’re not perfect and in the grand scheme of life it is nothing.

I heard a couple of days later that Walmart had had a nation wide glitch with their phone systems. I am not sure what to think about this. Maybe, who knows? just be extra careful if you are at self checkout. YOU are responsible for your items.

Seeing this old girl so comfy on her new bed was worth it all.

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!

Sunday Sunshine

Happy Sunday friends. How has your weekend been? How was your week? As I always say this time of year work has been busy. Well I didn’t say it last year at this time because we were closed. Our numbers and sales are going great!!! Just not enough staff hired back to help accommodate everyone.

I had a mammogram last week and finally got the all is good letter on Thursday. Of course I knew if anything had shown up I would have heard within a day or two by phone call. I always feel like I am walking on eggshells until a few days have passed without a phone call. Every time my phone rang those first couple of days I would say a silent prayer before I looked at the screen. Please please don’t let it be the breast center.

I did have dinner on Friday evening with my friends Lorie and Emily and we had a great time eating and catching up. I so needed this time with these wonderful women after the very stressful week I had had. Hearing about their lives and sharing with them is the best therapy in the world.

National Siblings Day was yesterday and I will say right here and now, I have been so blessed to have had six brothers and sisters to grow up with. I can’t imagine my life any other way. Although we have lost three of our siblings and we miss them every single day we carry on and continue to love and care for each other with a love that is strong and fierce. There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for each other. That is just what family does.

The sunshine this week has been absolutely beautiful. Trees are blooming. The Dogwood trees have bloomed out in many places and they are stunning. The temps have been great, most days near 80 degrees. Of course the pollen count has been really high and most people are walking around with red itchy eyes and runny noses. I have always been really lucky not to be plagued with allergies but my poor husband and a lot of my co-workers suffer greatly.

Pink Dogwood trees at my mother in law’s house.
Some of the Redbud’s are still hanging in.
This was taken at our house. We call these wild forest dogwoods because they grow wild in the edge of the woods.
I tried to capture just how the water on the lake this morning looked like shimmering diamonds. I don’t think I quite got it but you get the idea. It was beautiful.
I took this shot early Thursday morning. It looks like the moon has fallen into the lake.

We are currently on our way to nearby Athens to get my nephew Tyler a new phone. His ended in an unfortunate death yesterday. He has it picked out and he is on our plan so we have to add it on. I also have an ulterior motive of stopping at Hobby Lobby after we get the phone and some lunch. I am chilling in the back seat working on this blog post while Tyler and Mark are discussing trucks and truck tires. YUCK!!! We just passed Hobby Lobby and I realized they are closed on Sundays. Boo for me but happy for them to give their employees off all day on Sunday. I knew this but I had forgotten.

Tyler got his phone we had a quick lunch and are headed home. I think some time on the deck in the sunshine is needed this afternoon. I finished knitting a sock last night and started on the second one. I will work on that as well. Heck who am I kidding I will probably take a big nap. Isn’t that what Sundays are for.

How are you and how has your week and weekend been?

Always remember

Love your way your day!!!!

Happy April, Happy Easter, And Faith Everyday.

Happy Easter to everyone. I hope you had a wonderful blessed day and was able to spend it with your loved ones.

I am so happy to see a new month. I will be honest with you. March was a rough month. A lot of things are going on.

It seems like March was the month for doctor visits. I had all of my well visits and checks in March. Sometimes it happens like that and I seem to have scheduled them all in one month. That is exactly what happened in March. I had the regular physical with my doctor including blood work, mammogram, gyno visit, and that was all just for me. Waiting to hear if everything is o.k. can be intense. All of mine were good for another year. And for that I am so grateful. But add into this mix some extra blood work for my husband, a medical procedure for my sister which has involved a lot of followups with her, some friends and loved ones having medical issues and,,, well,, it’s a lot to deal with. I am feeling a little overwhelmed by it all.

I think that having a loved one with medical issues really puts things in perspective for you. Lots of silly little things that you think are big, are not. The mundane boring day to day suddenly takes on a wonderful brighter light. If only paying those bills and mowing the yard and cleaning the house were all you had to worry about. Remember that time when it was like that? you didn’t really know just how great you had it.

Faith. I have it. I live it regularly or so I thought. I was upstairs just a little while ago putting up laundry and sort of lost in a little cloud of worry, when all of a sudden it was like I heard a voice say ” STOP IT AND TRUST IN ME”. Wow that was very powerful. I needed that. I will.

So back to the day. It was a great day!!! Although Mark had to work, he is an essential worker and we are used to him being gone on holidays, I got to spend time with family. My niece made dinner for me, my sister and brother in law and my nephew. It was delicious. I was able to visit my mother in law at the assisted living village, and this time I was able to visit with her in her little apartment. I stayed for almost two hours. It was such a great visit. It’s the first time I had been inside the apartment in over a year!!! While I was there the sweetest thing happened. Her neighbor, Mary, came over to use mother in law’s microwave and told us that is was her 67th wedding anniversary!!! I wish you could know Mary. She is always styled to the nines. Her hair is immaculate. She had on a little red track suit with a USA pin proudly positioned on the lapel. I imagine she was all dolled up because her husband had come for a visit. He does not live in the village but she does because of some dementia. She popped back in a moment later with a wedding picture and told me she had made her own wedding dress, it was beautiful!!!, and she also made her sisters maid of honor dress!!! Her husband came in a few minutes later to chat. These two are amazing. He is 90 years old and she is 87. What a wonderful testament to marriage, to life, to everything. THIS IS LIFE!!!!!

Happy Easter!!!!

How was your day? How was your month?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

Covid Dreams?

Last year during the height of Covid I started having occasional nightmares and crazy dreams, I read that this was quite common with lots of people. But in the last few days I have had nightmares for three nights in a row. This is very unusual for me. I actually woke myself up screaming the other night. I think it scared poor Scruffy half to death.

I started trying to write down the dreams as soon as I woke up to see if they had any meaning in the light of day. Maybe some similarities in the dreams.

I discovered a pattern in the dreams and they all had to do with self doubt, insecurity, fear, and frustration. But I guess that is what most nightmares and bad dreams are made up of in one way or another. Whether you are being chased by a chain-saw carrying psycho or just fear of everything else.

I have experienced feelings of self doubt, insecurity fear, etc etc. during COVID but I realized that COVID isn’t the only thing making me feel this way. And it may not be for you either if you are experiencing any of these feelings in your day to day. I think COVID added into the mix just put the feelings and emotions on steroids or something.

I have been on a better eating plan and tried to cut out mindless eating. I think when you do that you become more in tune with what is actually going on around you. It’s called clarity. You are no longer numbing yourself to avoid feelings. So lots of things start to come out. I think those probably get carried over in our dreams.

One of the dreams I had was that I was repeatedly dropping things and no sooner than I picked them up I would drop them again. I couldn’t hold onto anything. Over and over. I was also trying to open a combination lock and although I knew the combination I couldn’t get it open. I guess it doesn’t take much to figure those out. In my dreams doing that left me feeling like I couldn’t do anything. I felt inadequate and helpless. Those were just the beginning, the waking up screaming part of the dreams involved people crawling out of mirrors and coming after me. It sounds kind of like “The Ring” although I was actually too scared to ever watch that movie.

I realized that I have been feeling self doubt about certain things in my life. I find myself questioning decisions and the ability to get things done. This leads to uncertainty and of course self doubt. I have always been a very secure person so this has come as quite a surprise.

But I also realized that there are many things to factor into feeling this way. Age, hormones, my job and anxiety are just a few of these. I guess COVID and all that surrounds that could just be the icing on the,, zombie. I’m not really sure.

I do know that discovering a pattern in the dreams brought them into the daylight and has helped me realize some of my insecurities. And just that small thing makes them not quite so scary. Putting it into words also helped and I would highly recommend this if you are having bad or strange dreams. You may get an insight into yourself.

Sweet dreams!! and always remember

Love your day your way!!!