Dec 26, 2017

Gifting, schmifting

And so this is family ....

Carole - Could you find a nice pair of golf shoes for Chris?  His are in terrible shape and really beat up.
Carole - Could you get a good headlamp for Chris?  He could use one when going out to the shed or cleaning snow at night.
Carole - In answer to your question, yes, Chris could definitely use a new ShopVac.  His is missing a leg and very old.
Carole - Could you order Mexican jumping beans for Tyler?  I know he would love them and even though you told me they only live a few months and require care that he won't give, order them anyway.  They'll be alive I'm sure.
Carole - Could you order a boy's youth watch that is digital and has other features?  Not expensive cause he is reckless and not cartoony because he is getting older.
Carole - Could you order a Thomas & Friends mini car track?  No one is getting one for little Matt.
Carole - Could you order sleeping bags for the kids that have characters for the head pillow?  She likes Minnie and Peppa, he likes Thomas and Dash.
Carole - Could you order the tool set from Sears on sale for 199.99?  Just found out that's what Matt wants and that's the only one at that price.
Carole - I know you already bought the little ones clothes but they really need snow boots.  I can't stand seeing them in the snow with those old shoes and you always buy their shoes, know how to get a bargain, and you can order online because there is probably nothing left in stores since it is TWO DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
Carole - Could you tell Chris that I want a small bird feeder for the back window?
Carole - Could you tell Chris that I want a steamer instead of an iron?  A good one?
Carole - This is the wrong tool set.  Hmm.  Must have two for that price.  Could you carry these 340 pieces of metal in a case back to a store, hold it while waiting in line for customer service, and get the 450 piece one?  Are you going to therapy today?
Chris - Will you find a small feeder for me to give mom?
Chris - Will you find or order a steamer for me to give mom?
Brother - Could you look for insulated underwear that are heavyweight and all cotton waffle weave?  All my others are large because they shrink so even though I am skin and bones, order the large if you find them.  If you have coupons.  And they're on sale.  With free shipping.  Dark, not white.

And so this is Christmas...

Chris - Mom was wrong. I have two ShopVacs that I won in golf tournaments and the big one from Dad.  Matt's is missing a leg, not mine.  I don't need another one.
Chris - Mom was wrong. I have several of these headlamps, powerful bright ones, from work and the fire department.  One in the house, one in my car, one in the shed, and a brand new one.  I don't need another one.
Chris - Mom was wrong. I have two pairs of golf shoes.  Neither leak.  They may be beat up but they are comfortable.  I don't need another pair.

Carole - Only one of the beans are jumping!  The other ten are dead. 
Carole - Grandma bought him a BIG Thomas the Train track with cars and a big train that jumps.  He won't want this small one.
Carole - They don't want to smash Minnie's/ Dash's face on the sleeping bags. They won't put their heads on the faces.
Carole - Tyler didn't like the watch because he wanted one like his dad has. So the hours you spent looking for a non-cartoony youth's watch with a camo band were for what I wanted him to have and not what he wanted.
Carole - The 450 pieces in the tool set are all over the place.  Nothing is in its place, there is a piece missing, and the pivoting doors to hold the drawers in place are missing from the chest.  I certainly can't carry something this heavy so you'll have to drive 40 minutes and exchange it for another.
Carole - I love my birdhouse and this is a nice steamer!

Brother - Holy moly these large are enormous.  I threw the bags away and cut the tags off, didn't realize they were this huge.  Can't wear them.  Take them back?  Are they still on sale, with a coupon, and free shipping, to order a smaller size?

Me - to one and all, get out of my house. 

And so this is stitching ...


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22 comments:

deb said...

It's a wonder you haven't run screaming into the night! Hope all quiets down soon and you get to relax.

kelley said...

I'm glad I spent the day alone...

Merilde said...

Holy Crap - you need to learn to say "NO" That is abuse. You are too good and sweet to your family. Will you adopt me? Lori

Heritage Hall said...

That would be sufficient to relocate me to upper Slobovia...
Even Christ dusted off His sandals and went on to the next
town when he was ignored and they refused His message.
Bless you Marly for your patience and endurance. A polite
"No ... thank you for allowing me to indulge you, but no
thanks...." seems to be in order. Back to the stitching
that reciprocates......

Brenda said...

Sounds like you need a vacation, Marly! May the New Year of 2018 be a wonderful one for you in every possible way - you deserve it.

capecodgirl565 said...

Sounds like if you are not a drinker, you may become one soon!!

Sarah Marchuk said...

I think I would scream bloody murder. Maybe for the family members that have everything they should consider doing something as a family to give back say work at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter or deliver meals on wheels. That should put everything into perspective for them.

Truus said...

Marly you deserve much better than this!
Write on your forehead big the word -NO -.
Didn't you smash anything afterwards in tiny pieces? I admire your patient and please learn to say NO to your family.
Have a peaceful day!
Greetings Truus from Holland

moosecraft said...

lol! Ain't that the truth! :-) I gave up on gift exchanging on Christmas a few years ago... it seriously just sucked all the fun out of Christmas...now it is a nice, relaxing dinner and time to slow down and enjoy the season (and a few old movies).... Merry Christmas and happy stitching! :-)

Ele said...

Ouch! sounds like you need a holiday now...
Hope you can get some relaxed stitching today
hugs

C. M. Designs said...

"this family of yours is ridiculous" !As much as you love each and everyone, you are being taken advantage of. One of them, other than you, needs to take responsibility for some of the requests made upon you.
I hope part of your day was enjoyable........
No gifts here, son still out of work.......it was kind of pleasant, just the tree and other decorations, dinner made by my daughter and early to bed.
Hoping that 2018 will be less stressful for you. Am happy to see that you're stitching.....I plan to start soon.
Thinking of you !
Charlotte in Va.

Vickie said...

Thank God for stitching! Just say NO Marly. Really. For your own mental health and blood pressure.

Mary said...

Marly, I think you do too much because you always say yes. When friends and even my own children say " can you do something, I always reply I'm not sure if I can".Then they ask and sometimes I do say No even to my own children. The others are correct sometimes say I am sorry but I can't. You will ( have ) worn yourself out and then what. At next Christmas time put a time limit on your families shopping requests. Then them, your sister and nephew by December 1st your shopping is finished no more requests, and then stick to it!

Rugs and Pugs said...

One day there will be a Saint Marly!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do believe you ARE a Saint, Marly! You deserve a break today!
Cherie in WI

debbie haggard said...

ummmmmm... well...... ahhhh.... geeeezzzz! but I do LOVE that Buckeye Scarlett !
(bless you, marly!)

Marjorie Downey said...

Bah, humbug!

Patti said...

Marly, You made my hosting Christmas dinner for 25 seem like a breeze ;) Thank you. Hope you have a better New Year's celebration - maybe a nice glass of wine, some really good chocolate and a favorite movie while stitching :)
Blessings, Patti

Maryann Olsaver said...

You are a true blessing Marly - I only pray that your family will someday appreciate all that you do for them 😇

Carol said...

Oh, my! I'm feeling that I got away easy after reading this, Marly! Hope your family knows just how very much you do for EACH of them! They are lucky to have a sister, aunt, etc. like you! Now sit and stitch and relax...

Carol Sferra said...

Holy cow!!!!

Frances N said...

Marly, I have never had family holiday issues to the level that you describe, but I've always tried to create a Norman Rockwell holiday, and finally realized that it will not happen because that painting is not real-just a painting! I've been a lot happier since then! But I don't know what to tell you to help you in your situation!! Family issues are always tough!

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