You Gotta Wear Clothes


Goose Spit, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

Goose Spit, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Goose Spit, Comox Valley

Shelley: How’s England? The family?

John: Good. Good. What about you? Keeping busy?


Shelley: I know you’re worried that I’d run out of things to do and get bored,

Like this.

Like this.

But, I haven’t stopped.

Yes. Yes. I am shaving the little bitty ball thingys off my pillow. What? They're gross.

And when I did, I went shopping.

John: Hopefully nothing too expensive?

Shelley: Of course not, we’re retired and not made of money. Hang on, I’ll send you some pictures of what I bought.



John: Jesus Christ, Shelley!

Shelley: Ha! Ha! Got you. Although I really really do want a hot tub. My birthday’s sooner than later, you know.

John: Very subtle, dear.

Shelley: That’s me. Anyway, I spent a few days at Habitat for Humanity. Everyone says, “Hi.” They want you to know that they saved you some dry wall to work on.

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John: Great.

Shelley: Ha! Ha! Got you again. And, you’ll never believe what happened.

John: What?

Shelley: Janise had me over for movie night.

John: No!!! After three years of living in the Valley, someone, besides family, actually invited you out?

Shelley: Yessss!!! I was so excited. Before Janice could explain anything, I started going on and on about how great movie night would be, how I needed to know what I could bring, where she lived, what time I should arrive, what I should wear. When Janise said, “I’m wearing my Pj’s.”

I blurted out, “Oh no, I don’t have any Pj’s, I sleep in the…”

John: No. Tell me you didn’t share that.

Shelley: I told you I was excited.

John: Dear God.

Shelley: I know. I know.

John: What did Janise say?

Shelley: Actually, she was pretty cool. Without missing a beat she said, “Shelley, you gotta wear clothes.”

Shelley and John: Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha!

John: What was the movie?

Shelley: “12 Years a Slave”

John: That’s pretty heavy.

Shelley: True, but the good thing is we bonded over the tissue box.

John: Nice. Have you returned the invite?

Shelley: I will, but I don’t want to be too eager and scare her off. Small steps, John. Small steps.


Shelley and John


36 thoughts on “You Gotta Wear Clothes

  1. My favorite pic: you shaving the pillow. Bahahahahaha!!!!! And I could write an entire post about pajamas or our entire family’s lack of proper ones. Sigh….happy travels to John and try to enjoy (or rather survive) the alone time!


    • Right? Janise lent me her bathrobe. I wore it home. Was going to take some pics of me puttering around the house in it. Thought she would love it. That woman is amazing. Every day she brings lunch, snacks, drinks to the Habitat volunteers. Thanks for the thumbs up on the pics. I talked to one of the kite boarders. They insisted they were warm. Said I should try the sport. Toooooooo coooooold! There’s snow in the background still.


      • She sounds like a wonderful woman, I hope she enjoyed the bathrobe pics. 🙂

        It did look cold in your pics. You should be here. It has been 80 degrees that past few days, and although it has been nice, in my opinion 80 is WAY too HOT, and WAY too EARLY. Of course you may not want to be here after all, since all this hot air is supposed to cause severe weather, even possible tornadoes, in the next couple of days. What the hell????


      • Shelley, thanks for your concern. Spring can be awful in the south with severe weather. We were initially in a 10% chance tornado watch, but fortunately we only had a few rumbles of thunder in the wee hours. Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama got hit pretty hard in some areas. Some of these people get hit every couple of years. I don’t know how they continue to live in such a high threat area.


      • Was very happy to read your latest comment. I wonder if they are trapped economically? Those tornadoes leave such an awful after math behind them.


      • Shelley, you are right, tornadoes are the worst possible severe weather, in my opinion. Totally unpredictable and you can’t plan for them. I thought hurricanes in Florida were bad as a kid, but at least you have an idea they are coming and can leave!

        And I am sure it is a combination of economic and “my family has been here for 20 generations” that keeps people living in tornado alley. No way, I would be outta there!


    • Yeah, but if you look closely, there’s snow on the mountains and the kite boarders had double wet suits on. Boy you guys have had one heck of a winter. Come on summer!


    • Yes, clothes are the way to go. Was fun to see all the volunteers at Habitat. Of course I was late, and one of the comments was, “I see you’re keeping executive hours then.” Cheeky!


  2. You live in a beautiful part of the world! 🙂

    And, I love the image of you shaving the pillow. I have one that could use that treatment…. 🙂

    And, yay! for a girls movie night!


    • I am lucky to live here. And I am thinking the weather should start to warm up? I tried shaving one of my sheets too, but gave up. Too big. Throw the pillow in the mail. 🙂 Am trying to figure out when to have my movie night turn. But it’s got to be a comedy.


      • I could add the pillow to the small box that is still sitting here waiting to have a little chocolate put in it (I’m sorry, I KEEP EATING IT) and taken to the post office.

        Soon, I promise. Soon.

        And yes, a comedy is a good plan for your movie night — it’s good to mix up the genre a bit. (You have to see what goes better with the wine.)


      • You need to keep eating those chocolate. Think of the pleasure they give you. :)If you tell me the name of those brown pieces of Nirvana I will look in Vancouver this weekend. They must be amazing. 🙂


  3. Oh, shucks! It would have been entertaining to see Honey in the raw!! Maybe next time. 🙂 Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy since being back. Love the pics and your facial expressions. 🙂


    • No. No. Don’t hold your breath. Nude Honey is never going to happen. Do I look like a Karadashian?? I knew when I started shaving pillows it was time for a run! 🙂 BTW am watching Ellen… Enough said!


  4. That Kite Surfing Kit won’t stay put with just those few stones. I might fly over there and steal it. Another good way to break my neck ? Great post.


    • Thanks Mr. End(rear) for reading. 🙂 Was thinking the same thing. Actually that’s a lie. All I could think about was how miserably cold I would be kite surfing in that freezing wind and water. I would be whining the entire time. Today was the first really sunny day with no wind since we’ve been back. Come on summer!


    • Congratulations to you and thank you for the nomination. Unfortunately, I have been previously nominated for the Liebster Award, and I believe I can’t accept it twice. But thank you again.


  5. Life is a little slower up in the Comox Valley. Invited just take awhile to be delivered! I don’t think you should reciprocate with a rock climbing trip though! Perhaps a hike or tea! Oh, and I say, skip the hot tub purchase, you can’t fit it in the 5th wheeler!


    • Might have to make do with my jetted tub. Honestly, not only would we not be able to put it in the hot tub, it would take up all of the back deck. Janise used to be a competitive swimmer. I’ve tried to get her back in the pool, but no luck so far. Must keep focused.


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