Because It’s Friday and You Might Need a Laugh

Yesterday, I said no to stress, again, hit pause on a healthy work to-do list and dashed off to the local home improvement store. (I’ve found it necessary to tell stress no often. Stress doesn’t hear so well.) In my hand I clutched a list of supplies penned by the kind fellow doing some repair work around the old homestead. My beloved hubby assured me it would be a quick trip as he jumped in his truck to return to the farm. The carpenter agreed. They lied through their teeth. Their estimate was a little off.

Many hours later, I left said store. I spared y’all the details. You’re welcome.

Back home, Mr. Handyman was waiting with another surprise.

“You have termites.”

“Come again.
“Yes’m. I found termites in the ceiling of the double bedroom. Wanna see?”

That’s the sort of question that has many answers. A) Not really. B) If I must C) Let’s get it over with. D) Can I go to the beach and have you just send me a pic?

Did I mention that I’m expecting a houseful of company next week? Oh, yeah, that too.

Mr. Handy Man is doing a stop gap method on the room in question to have it ready for guests. Terminex has been notified that I am not happy about having them on the payroll and finding tiny insects munching my wood. Where, I ask you, is that cute little orange cone from the commercials?

Mr. Handyman feels pretty sure that it is early in the problem and they are contained in that one small area. We shall see. Right now I’m choosing to be happy that I had Mr. Handyman here and that he found them before they decided to eat us out of house and home.

As I sit visiting with you today there is more work to do around here than a belle can shake a stick at and I’ve got to have this place ready for our July 4th celebration, which we do in a BIG way at the Tomlinsons. It’s tradition.

So, because it’s Friday and I’m behind the eight ball and you might need a laugh, I’m sharing with you a little video fun. This clip was recorded during some storytelling before the taping of the Heart Wide Open DVD. I hope you’ll enjoy it. And then, I hope you’ll leave me a comment because your thoughts are very important to me and someone will get back to you immediately.

Hugs, Shellie

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Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie likes to say, "The whole world stops for a story." She stacks hers up at All Things

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  1. Melanie Backus says

    Thank you for a good laugh with your video, Shellie, I really needed that this morning. And I am with you, girlfriend…..people need to leave their clothes on!!!!!!!

  2. Carey says

    I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this story but I laugh every time!!! Fun memories of a great taping too ;))

  3. says

    I agree with you, Shellie: babies and married people are the only ones allowed to get “necked” in my book. 😉 Happy 4th of July–hope you give those termites a run for their money!

  4. says

    Okay, I’m dying laughing here. I have one of your books on my nightstand to read, and now I’m putting aside another one to read it! And no, the other one isn’t any one of the belles’. Love all y’all!

  5. Velma Hunsucker says

    The late Lewis Grizzard, an author and columnist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, used to say that “naked” is when you don’t have any clothes on, and “necked” is when you don’t have any clothes on, and you are up to something.

    I loved the video, and I hope everything in your home gets taken care of soon.
    God bless!

  6. says

    Hey Velma, I’m familiar with that wonderful line. LOVED hearing it again. :) You just can’t say that too often. I’m glad you enjoyed the video! We are making “some” progress around here. And may our wonderful Father bless you right back~

  7. Judy Acker says

    You are a hoot! That is why all us” Cowgirls” love you so much. Even you have to laugh when you listen to this video.
    Have a great July 4th. Love Judy

  8. Nicole Seitz says

    Oh I love this! And I love you. Praying for your termite issue, and know your fourth will be a blast. Can’t wait to catch up soon, my sweet thin friend!

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