To view the following stories
in depth, please pick-up your own copy of
"The Braxton Citizens' News" on sale
now, or subscribe here!
News From Our Capital: By Delegate
Community Calendar: A Listing
Of Local Events & Happenings
Full Service Catering
Birthday Parties, Wedding Receptions
200 Luxurious Rooms
Flatwoods Exit 67 off I-79
Mountain Lakes Amphitheater
this weeks edition:
A great deal to be thankful for…
In spite of what my critics would say is my chronic complaining, I have a great deal to be thankful for. Our family is in relatively good health. We all live close and are fortunate enough to get to spend a lot of time together. This Thanksgiving was no exception.
We closed our office on Thursday and Friday to allow our staff to spend time with their families. I am very fortunate to have dedicated employees. I told them that they knew what Monday – press day, was like and if they had work that needed to be done they could do it at their own pace. Fortunately, there were no surprises or big catastrophes to deal with on Monday.
Thursday evening was the designated time for the family to gather at our house. Jeanine rose early and began preparing the feast. My biggest job was taking out the trash. Everyone was ready to begin at the designated time. Even Jamie, who is always late, was there. I think he does it on purpose just to aggreagate his sisters. Of course, like most of you, I ate way too much, but having that time with those you love was well worth the effort. I certainly didn’t hear Jeanine complaining either.
The girls helped Jeanine clean up after we ate and then they were off… Black Friday shopping. I can’t grasp the concept… If I had to deal with those crowds, my first name would be Ebenezer. At any rate they were excited. Jeanine had previously embarked on this journey with Krystal. This year it was all the adult Given female population. Mykaela wisely chose to baby sit, but Jeanine, Krystal, Lisa, Allison and Ashley loaded up about 7:30 PM and headed out to do battle for the those elusive bargains.
After having nearly twenty people at our house, the peace and quite was almost eerie. I soon adjusted and the dogs and I snuggled in for some football. I woke from my easy chair at some point and went to bed. The next thing I knew, it was daylight and the phone was ringing. It was Allison on the back porch… Jeanine had not taken her keys and they needed to use the bathroom.
Believe it or not, they were still going strong. Though they later told on Allison and Lisa for sleeping through the final two or three stops. They all said they had a “wonderful time” and were already looking forward to doing it again next year. It was obvious that Jeanine and probably the girls as well, enjoyed the camaraderie more than the actual shopping experience. With that in mind, I kind of get it… but I’m still not going to volunteer to accompany them anytime soon. The fact of the matter is… I don’t think they want me messing up their girl’s night out.
Jeanine was proud of her accomplishments. I must admit, she knocked a pretty big dent in our shopping list. As for me… I like shopping locally. If I can’t find something that I want, then I turn to the computer. It’s much easier to wait on the delivery man than to stand in those long lines.
She showed me all the loot and told me over and over how much she saved, before sitting down in her chair for what turned out to be an all-day nap.
Will return soon...