Friday, February 15, 2008


As I had told you, I was home sick yesterday..wallowing in misery...feeling awful.
When Don got home, though, even in my sick and weakened state, I could tell something was up. He came into the room, with that little boy, kinda guilty look on his know what kind of face I'm talking about. "Well, I did it!, " he said. Words that cause a catch in my heart. "What did you do?" I asked sweetly. "I went ahead and did it, " he said again. Obviously, he was stalling. (Now, let me say that my DH is not one to do things frivolously. He is the most logical, think-things-through kind of guy. He NEVER buys things on impulse...he never DOES things on impulse. Actually, he likes to talk things through...backwards and forwards...up one side and down the other...and upside down...again and again and again. And the only thing we have been MAJOR discussing lately were the house plans. So, I had no idea where this confession was going.) "Donald," I said, "just go ahead and tell me what you did." So he starts in on this long list of events that started yesterday morning. I heard every step he took and every word he spoke leading up to 1:00 yesterday afternoon. Whereupon he departed from our town with my Pop and a good friend of his, and set his sites on Lake Eufaula. Now in this area of the country, this is THE place to fish. And, he loves to fish, and Pop loves to fish, and my boys love to fish. And his good friend had bought a place at said Lake a few months ago. Well, this good friend had heard about a place that had just become available and it would be just "perfect" for Don and the guys. So naturally, they went up to see it. And, according to Donald, "it was everything I had ever wanted in a lake place." So, he did it! He bought it ...on the spot...right then and there! It is a mobile home...3 BR..2 Baths...central air....fully beds and furniture...fully equipped kitchen, large covered deck with nice furniture, washer and dryer, t.v. He says, "I thought you wouldn't want to have to worry about doing all that stuff, so I thought this would make it easier on you." RIII-IGHT! Now, I am not a person who enjoys the lake. There is nothing happening there. It is sooo quiet....too quiet. There is nowhere to go. Nothing close by. No where to go out and eat. I do not like to swim in the lake and there is no where to lay out. Give me the beach any day. But, this was not about me...this was about him and the boys and Pop. And, they are all like a bunch of little boys talking about their first camping trip. They love to go and sit in the boat and hunt down the fish, and convince the fish to catch hold of their lines, then clean the fish, and cook the fish and eat the fish. And that, to them , is a fine way to spend the day...and the next day...and the next. I could lose my mind! ANYWAY...HE DID IT! He signed the papers this morning, and he has a lake place. And, I am happy for him, and the boys and Pop, and the rest of the male members of the family. I think that anything that keeps the family spending time together and gives them a wholesome, relaxing activity to participate in is great. They can leave the boats there and take the watercraft down with them. And, they'll have a ball. So, all is well, he is happy...and I am happy he is happy! But, as I told him...this does not mean that is vacation central for us now. We still have to make our annual trek to the beach! And I got his promise on that!


nancygrayce said...

That is too funny! I am in complete agreement with you. We camped at Eufala State Park, (where we also spent the first nite of our honeymoon), last year and I told my husband, there's nothing to do here. We didn't even have a boat if I liked to fish, which I do NOT. You have to be too quiet!

Tammy said...

Hi Tonja!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog...your suggestion for traveling with kids and the prizes was just wonderful! Thanks so much, I may just try this!

Wow, that was quite the story about your husband buying the place on the lake on impulse! But as you said, at least he and your family can bond together and enjoy some wholesome outdoor relaxation!

Leah Belle said...

Glad your hubby is happy. We enjoy going to Lake Eufala. We have a little pleasure craft that we can ski, kneeboard and wakeboard behind.

Our own kiddos love the lake as do the youth in our church who scramble for invites on Sat. mornings in the summer!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Yeah for Don and the guys! Sounds like a neat place. And it's even FURNISHED!

justabeachkat said...

Good for the guys! But I'm in agreement with way do I want to "vacation" there. Hey, I've got an idea...the guys can go there and you can come here. We could do some serious shopping, blabbering, eating, etc.


Musicaljean said...

Good for Donald! He sounds just like Dick in more ways than one. His "guy" place is the (may I say it here on this blog?) hunting cabin in the mountains owned by two of his brothers. Lots of brotherly bonding goes on in that place. The stories never end, like the time one of the brothers got up earlier than anyone else and crunched through an entire bowl of cereal while everyone else was trying to catch a few more zzz's. They were about to choke him by the time he was finished crunching!

Mary said...

My dh is just like your Don in that he would never do anything impulsive! I know he would never buy a place at the lake - he is not a fisherman - but I am trying to gently persuade him to buy me that little village house in France!

Let the boys have fun - I just know you will find plenty to keep you busy while they're 'messing about in boats'.