Where's Ernest Now??
Nov. 25, 2012 7:18 am
Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 5:47 am
Back in the day when my kids were very small, a man at work brought the cutest elf in to show everyone. His wife was very crafty and was making these elves for Christmas. I had to have one - I knew my kids would love it! So I placed my order and couldn't
wait the 2 weeks he said it would take her to make it. I waited patiently as Christmas break neared and I still did not have my elf. But as promised, he brought my elf the last day of school before break.
He was so darn cute! My kids fell in love with him and named him Ernest the Magical Elf. They played with him until bedtime, then sat him on the arm of the couch and went off to bed. Little did they (or me for that matter) know that the game of magic had
begun! As Jon and I got ready for bed, I saw Ernest resting on the couch and had a thought, "Oh my gosh! We can't leave Ernest sitting there - one of the dogs would be sure to get ahold of him and chew him to pieces while we slept!" I picked Ernest up and
sat him on the edge of the mantel.
The next morning the kids ran into the livingroom to get Ernest, but he wasn't where they had left him! They started searching and finally Steve found him sitting on the mantel. It was fun watching them search and call out for Ernest. So much fun I decided
it would become a game. I told them that Ernest was indeed magical and he could move throughout the house, keeping an eye on them to be sure they behaved. He was Santa's Spy.
Every year when we would drag out the Christmas decorations - the kids would wait anxiously for that box that contained Ernest! We had great fun moving him around the house and placing him in different spots. As the kids got older they joined in the fun of
finding the best place for Ernest.
Yesterday, I thought of Ernest. We had not yet done any decorating so he was still resting in his box from last year. But - when Jon got home from hunting he asked me to go along with him to a store in Hartville - a town about 30 minutes from us that has
a few of my favorite places to shop. Jon was planning on going to the Hardware store to pick up a new key for the tractor and just wanted me to go along for company. Ha! Did he really think that would be the only stop? It was so close to dinner and since
he had asked me to come along - I didn't get to make the soup I had planned to make. Hmmm..... the Hartville Kitchen was just sitting there with an empty parking space just for us. It is a great restaurant, Amish cooking, and fairly inexpensive as well.
We both had fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, sweet potato casserole and rolled out of there and into the Hardware store. This is not any old hardware store - it is THE HARDWARE STORE. There is an actual "Idea" House built right in the middle
of the store. Aisles upon aisles of things a woman can enjoy perusing. The "quick" trip to the hardware store lasted over an hour. From there we headed to the Hartville Chocolate Factory. Who can resist driving by that place??!! A pound and a half of
chocolate later - we were heading home.
But wait!! That's when I chuckled and asked Jon if he was beginning to feel like Ernest the Magical Elf. What?? He wasn't sure what I meant, so I reminded him how Ernest would get pulled from his year-long resting place amongst all the other Christmas decorations
and how the game would begin. Ernest would be moved from room to room and place to place. Nobody ever really knew just where Ernest would turn up! Jon's trip to Hartville was sort of like that; though he should have known better asking me to go there if
he were truly in a hurry.
As we left the town of Hartville and were driving down the road toward home, Jon suddenly put on his turn signal and made a left turn ---- into the Maize Valley Winery parking lot. He smiled and said that he could play that game, too! I didn't know I was going
to get to stop there! We sampled a few different wines and walked out of there with 6 bottles; all snug in a cool black reuseable cloth wine bag. At many Ohio wineries, if you purchase 6 bottles of wine they give you one of these bags. I already have one
of them, but had not brought it with me on this trip - I didn't know I was going to a winery! One of my favorite bottles we bought was a cranberry wine. It is a sweet wine and tastes much like Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice. But better!
This morning I pulled Ernest from his box and placed him on a shelf. There he will sit until someone moves him; you never know where he'll end up!
Ernest the Magical Elf