Saturday, 23 February 2013
Belated Christmas pressie......
I must have looked suitably confused because she then asked me what she had given me for Christmas. I thought back and described what was in the gift bag I had opened on Christmas Day. "Yes but there should have been an envelope in there with a gift voucher for a manicure as well" she insisted. I said I hadn't seen one. As she is virtually housebound and can't really do her own shopping her daughter does it for her so she said she would check with her daughter that she had indeed purchased the gift voucher. I felt terrible but there wasn't much I could do other than thank her for the thought and apologise for not being more observant.
A couple of days later she told me she had checked with her daughter who had confirmed there was definitely a voucher with the gift but she would check with the salon (one she goes to weekly) if they could issue another voucher. I thanked her but begged her not to go to any trouble as it is the thought that counts and it was my own fault I'd missed that part of the gift. Later that day I decided to look through my collection of gift bags, I don't usually discard gift bags as one can usually use them again, to see if I could find the one my neighbour had used for my Christmas present and, lo and behold, there was the plain white envelope containing the gift voucher! Luckily it was valid for six months so I still had plenty of time to use it. I telephoned my neighbour to tell her the good news and she was delighted.
Anyway, the point of all this is to say I used my belated Christmas gift yesterday. MWM and I had a day to ourselves so we caught the bus into the next town, did a little shopping and then went for lunch at a favourite haunt,The Trackside, which happens to be just around the corner from the salon that issued the gift voucher. MWM read his Kindle whilst enjoying a pint of real ale whilst I went for my manicure, then when I returned we had another drink before catching the bus home.
Christmas in February - very nice!