Thursday, May 28, 2020

ME in a SUIT? HAHAhaha....oh CRAP!

Ryan and Kaelyn
One thing that has us staying in Florida right now is my youngest son Ryan's wedding to the lovely Kaelyn (Pictured above from their wedding website).  Originally scheduled for mid-May, it is now scheduled for late July, in Cleveland Ohio.  Unlike my oldest son's casual marriage to the lovely Anna a few years ago in Northern California's Redwoods, Ryan and Kaelyn are having a very formal wedding.  Formal means I need to wear a Suit or a Tux.  Well, I decided on a Suit.  Could have rented a Suit, perhaps...but with the uncertainty of future COVID issues, and Governors/Mayors shutting down businesses without warnings, I decided to just buy a suit.  I have not owned a suit for probably 30 years (or more), and it has been that long since I wore one (although I have worn slacks with a sport jacket up until ten years ago or so)/

HOW do you do that when all the stores are shut down???  So I kept putting it off until I saw no other way than to order one online.  I searched many places, and I found that JCPenney had a nice collection of large suits (let's face it, I am not a little guy), and each and every time I kept looking at it, the prices seemed to drop more.  

Shaquille ONeal Suit from JCPenney

So what would have cost me $535 plus tax (about another $35), I ended up paying $224 plus $16 in tax.  Now THAT is a pretty good deal!  AND, free shipping.  Now, had I rented a suit, it would have cost at least $100...and I would have had to find a way to get it back to Florida (if I rented it here) or we would have had to travel up to Ohio much earlier to rent one there.  Now I am the proud (cough cough) owner of a three-piece suit.  And IT FITS!

UPS Delivery of Suit

I ordered the suit last Friday.  It was delivered sweet is that?

And it is so nice to follow the path of the UPS shipment.  

NOT that I get obsessed with this stuff...but I do find it interesting.  This shipment seemed to take a pretty straight and forward pathway.  However, I have seen some UPS and FEDEX pathways that just don't make much sense to me.  One I saw took a shipment from Houston up to St. Louis and then down to Jacksonville and on to Tampa and finally to Holiday.  By the length of the time it took to go from Houston to St. Louis, it traveled by Truck. 

Shaq is one of his suits

The suit I got is black, and I know I won't look as good as Shaq looks in it, but I will feel comfortable (as comfortable as I can) wearing this suit.  Wearing a suit has not been something I have been looking forward I can see it won't be as uncomfortable as I thought.  Now we have a month to get ready to leave.  Next blog...our trip plans.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Somewhere In Heaven

Somewhere in Heaven . . .

It is with sadness in our hearts that my sister's dog Charlie went to sit on Grandpa's lap next to Skruffy.  Oh, it brings tears to all our eyes, and a smile on his face.

Unfortunately Bubba and Parker are probably not too far from being there too...but Dad's lap is certainly big enough for them all.  

This is the picture that I took Charlie out of and added him to Dad's lap.  This is a much happier, better day...Patti having her dogs over to Sandy and Arny's house, our dogs there because we were camping in their backyard with our motorhome.  I treasured these moments...I only wish I had more pictures of them.

Parker got sick about 2-3 weeks ago, and had minor surgery to remove a blockage in his abdomen.   He will be on special prescription food for the rest of his life, and NO MORE Arny Treats, much like Skruffy who got pork that I fried up so that she could at least have a modified Arny treat.

Bubba is the oldest at 17 years old this year.  He is showing his age, we have our fingers crossed that he makes it to California again to see his best bud Arny.

I hope dad can wait for another year of more before his lap gets taken over...

(yes, tears where shed writing this post)