Hello Again Everyone!
I wanted to share a quick story with you....If I may.....
Yesterday, I went to purchase gas for my car. Yep, I would rather chop down a tree than fill up my car with gas. I have no idea why!!! (I've decided that it's the standing in one place and not being able to do something else while filling up...that seems to be the main culprit.) Anyway, getting gas right? Well, pulled up, popped the security latch on the gas compartment, got out, pulled out the nozzle, inserted the nozzle into the tank, went to slide my credit card through the scan bar...forgot the card....opened the door to the car, looked madly for my credit card in my satchel...not there...looked in my arm rest compartment...Not there either...Now searching with that sense of sick panic of where in tar hills had I left it. Nowhere to be found.
I came home, looked through pockets, under furniture, insane places like behind the toilet (you never know right?)...nothing. This is the point you sit down in a chair and retrace your steps. Well, my brain fizzled out some years back. I'm purely working on the reserves God has blessed me with in being able to keep. I can't remember what I had for dinner the night before let alone a whole action packed day! I sit comfortably down in my brown leather chair, the same one that Ellie, my dachshund, chewed up the very memorable heritage quilt on and the very one I still find remnants of batting each and every time I sit in...That one! Calmly, I retrace my steps...OK, when was the last time I used it...I DON'T REMEMBER!!! Calmly I said! Well, I went to the cleaners...Check... then I headed over to......to.....CALM! to....HOBBY LOBBY that's it!!!
So, with much glee, I might add, I ran into the studio and dug through the bags! Sadly...Nothing! This called for a cup of coffee. I slid a Keurig pod into the maker and contemplated my next step...I sipped on coffee and thought, it just has to be in my car! Next, I pulled my car apart again! I even asked Cesar to double check me. It's the darndest thing how something could be staring at you in the face, but the second you call someone to help you, they go right to it... Nothing Again!
Then the coffee kicked in....CALL HOBBY LOBBY!!!! Even though I knew for sure I picked up the card....Reason I know so much? You have to run the card through yourself. You really never have the opportunity to release the card from your hand for the transaction to take place. But, at this point I was desperate and ready to call the credit card company and report it missing....Which in my mind means, I got an "F" on my report card and have to fess up to the folks!
I waited, and waited and waited and finally the store manager came onto the phone. Y'all, it's Christmastime at a craft store...I'm sure this man was running back and forth pulling letter "G" or letter "B" Christmas trees for a customer. The place was FULL when I was in there and the non-existent lines that are the norm when I get off work were queued back about 6 people each holding hoards of crafty goodness. I honestly hated to bother him. But, I was on a quest!
On the phone..."Sir, my name is Jim Hankins and I think I may have left my credit card in your store yesterday. I would just like to check." He said, "What's your name again?" "Jim Hankins" I replied...."Why yes sir, someone found it in the parking lot and brought it in!" It had dropped from my hands when I got in the car! Scary huh! But, the whole point of this LONG LONG LONG tale....It's so cool to know that people still are decent and honest! Especially right here at the beginning of the holiday season when money is at a premium and the thieves are alive and well!
I retrieved my card today and wished I could reward the person who found it. However, not able to do this, I headed to the paper arts area and picked up a few things in THANKS! I learned a really great lesson about how I need to pay better attention to where I place important things....and how cool and thankful I am that people are honest and caring!
Tomorrow, I will continue my spirit of the season ornament tutorials and share another fun vintage ornament. Or at least I think it's fun...Hope you do too...Here's a sneak peek.....
Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you tomorrow!
The Gentleman Crafter