This past week began with a very busy Tuesday as No 3 great-granddaughter was celebrating her 4th birthday on the 26th April. Her mum (my granddaughter "C") had private messaged me on Facebook and had sent pictures of games and books she had found in her BigW. I checked our closest store online but nothing showed up so more searching further afield.
Found several items at Myer and as I had a $100 Myer voucher that Phil had given me Christmas, 2014 which would expire this coming December, Myer sounded the place to shop. (I still don't why he chose Myer as I don't shop there but he was desperate as he'd not bought anything for Christmas and birthday, so last minute decision).
I had Phil park on the upper car park so I could walk (with my trusty walker) straight into Myer but had forgotten the lift was way over the other side of the store. To make matters worse the escalator wasn't working so everyone was using the tiny lift (except a few young ones who used the stairs) so there was a queue for the lift.
Finally got to the toy department, had a sit down, and then found a lovely middle-aged lady who knew just what I was talking about and required purchases were made. I was looking for the new shape Barbies which came out this year and they are quite hard to find and a couple still not available. I managed to buy two (*one each) of tall Barbies (they wear flat heels) and the smaller, plump Barbie who is quite cute. Actually I used my store voucher plus another $15 and received a $20 Myer voucher to be used I think in one of theit clothing departments. (This I gave to my daughter as I hoped she may be able to make use of it as it was only for one month).
Off to the lift and another queue and then into the arcade (Garden City) and a long trek to K-Mart for a couple of little books and a card and wrapping paper. I sat for a few minutes before going into the shop and sat again while Phil kindly put the purchases through the check-out. What I would do without that man I can't even begin to imagine.
Then the long walk back to the car with at least two sit-downs on the way. When I got home I was completely......... (here I am trying to find a polite way to say how sore and tired I was)...yes just like that!!!.
Our #2 granddaughter "A" had offered to pick us up and drive us down to Baldivis and home of course, and I accepted this offer as one day we may need a lift and Phil, I think, was quite happy about it even if a few doubts about whether family thought him capable of driving in the dark (and possible rain) on trip home.
We had a wonderful time watching 4yo opening her gifts (*I always give the other one a gift too) and then we all sat down to pizza which was very tasty followed by a piece of delicious ice-cream cake. As Phil wasn't driving we shared a stubby of ale which also went down very well. Not sure which one as grandson-in-law provided it but it hit the spot.
All in all a great day and another lovely family get-together.
The rest of the week, for me anyway, was spent recuperating from the Tuesday walking. I can't walk to our mail box and back without at least a stick and sometimes my walker so how I managed it at all I don't know. Sheer determination to get the little girl the gifts I wanted to buy her.