by Anita Mae Draper
My sister sent me an email the other day which had me laughing so hard I had to calm down before I read it to my husband. Then I started laughing again. Although the content isn't all that funny, when you read it the way she wrote it... like she was out of breath... you can picture what she's going through.
The thing is, my sister, Bonnie, is a tornado in disguise.
She's only 18 months older than me, but God gave her unboundless energy while He gave me the drive to write - a sitting on your butt job.
Bonnie is the chief cook of Living Word Ministries which includes a Bible College in Swan River, Manitoba, Canada
|Bonnie Bremnes in the Living Word Ministries kitchen|
But she's in charge of so much more than the kitchen that I'm astounded at what she handles on any given day. Basically, she's in charge of housekeeping. This means she needs to ensure all the dorm rooms are up to snuff including laundry when the College is in session and also when it hosts conventions, etc during the summer months. And since the school season is over for the year, Bonnie is getting ready for the next wave.
Her email is a good indication of her day which seems to run until late at night. When I asked Bonnie if I could use her email in a post, she said, "Ha ha ....go ahead and use any of it.....some grammar mistakes...cuz I was laughing so hard and typing so fast !!! :) thanx."
For an adventure like this, I believe the only way is to present it the way I received it. So please, ignore any grammatical, spelling, punctuation or any other errors - like using capitals and too many exclamation points - and read this in the spirit it was written.
Inkwell readers, I present my older sister, cook, housekeeper and pastor's wife...Bonnie Bremnes...
|Bonnie Bremnes and her daughter, Sonya-Rose|
here is a bed-time story....
this is kinda how my day went.....
I was putting away the 20 tablecloths that Marvelous Marcella and I
washed and ironed......
and making lists ......IN all of the girls rooms .....
of all of the supplies needed for the summer visitors.
so each room will have all the beds made up
Plus extra bedding and towels
[depending if they need a big bed or 2 single beds].
AND I delivered all the supplies to those rooms
because Marvelous Marcella will come tomorrow and
help me make up the rooms so they are ready :)
Mr. Bremnes and I will take all of the blankets to the laundromat
some nice day..and they can finish drying on the fence.
But all of the girls sheet sets are laundered and ready.
|Living Word Ministries boy's dorm and classrooms|
THE BAD NEWS was when I went to the boys basement
around 6:15 pm there was water under the fridge.
THE BAD NEWS was that the water system behind the boys sinks in
the south bathroom......must have broke thru......and was soaking
into the hall carpet and running across the floor in the electrical room.
THE GOOD NEWS was that there is a phone in Rev. Racz suite...
so I ran upstairs and called Mr. Byron and
THE GOOD NEWS was he was still in his office !!
So he came down and shut off the main water valve.
THE BAD NEWS was that no one would be available to work on it
because it was after 6pm.
THE GOOD NEWS was it was safe for the night and
Rick Windsor will come in the morning.
I sucked up the water .....with the shop vac ..... out of the carpet and
put the big fan on it to help dry out :)
So I went back to the main building.....and
THE GOOD NEWS was ... when I was collecting lots of towels
to put into the girls rooms.....
I found the massive set of keys that I misplaced 6 months ago :)
They were tucked in between two clean towels :) in the back room.
now THAT WAS GOOD NEWS !!!!!!!
Then ....Mr Bremnes came to rescue me ;)
So I decided to keep the keys handy and put them into my kitchen cupboard.
THE BEST NEWS WAS THAT HE CAME TO TAKE ME ON A DATE :)
We went to Dairy Queen and shared a yummy dessert.
A chocolate dipped waffle basket with a strawberry chocolate pecan
|Dairy Queen Strawberry Sundae in a Chocolate Dipped Waffle Basket|
THE GOOD NEWS was...It was yummy and we had such a cozy time.
We came home and
he went to visit someone
and I went to get some laundry out of the boys dorm
AND decided to gather up the boys towels.
The first ones from the north bathroom.......
straightened up the broom corner, closing the door,
gathered the towels and with my arms full.....but
THE BAD NEWS was the door was locked !!!!! gulp
And then I remembered some guy was locked in there last year and
THE BAD NEWS was some other guy was locked in there this year !!!!
THE GOOD NEWS was that there is a window......
THE GOOD NEWS was that the screen finally came off....
THE BAD NEWS was that the window was kinda high.....
but standing on the chair ....
I thot I could hoist myself high enough...
and thanks to Curves....I DID.
THE GOOD NEWS was that the small window was big enough and
thanks again to Curves....I was small enough
to catapult myself thru !!!!!
Ecstatic....as I lay on the ground outside......
THE GOOD NEWS was
I would run to the door.....but
THE BAD NEWS was that I now remembered I had locked behind me......
and my keys were ....
in the hallway..on the floor
..as usual so I would see them and take them....
when I left.....
not planning that I would leave OUT the window !!!
THE BAD NEWS was that the other set of keys that I had found
was locked inside the college in the kitchen !!!!!!
THE GOOD NEWS was that my house door was not locked. and
THE GOOD NEWS is that the power is on here at home
so I can send you this information.
GOD WILL MAKE A WAY.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AND
BUILD LOTS OF MEMORIES. :p
the moral of the story: the good news outweighs the bad :)
14 to 8
In case you're wondering, Bonnie and her husband live on the Bible College premises so she doesn't have far to go to work, which is why she went home after her date and decided to fold the laundry from the boys' dorm. :)
Have you ever had a day like this no matter what your line of work, whether inside the home or out?
Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and 2 of their 4 kids. She writes stories set on the prairies of Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Anita Mae has semi-finaled in the Historical Romance category of the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest and finaled in the Inspirational category of the 2011 Daphne du Maurier, the 2011 Fool for Love, the 2011 Duel on the Delta and 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. Anita Mae is represented by Mary Keeley of Books and Such Literary Agency. You can find Anita at http://www.anitamaedraper.com/