Saturday, April 29, 2006

Look what we got!

About a month ago, I was reading this post over at What's a boy to do (a.k.a. Michael) where he mentioned what I thought was a really cool gadget: A retractable lighter holder that you can clip to your belt, jeans pocket, etc. I keep loosing my lighters (as I do umbrellas and single gloves!) so I thought it was also quite practical. Before you ask, yes we smoke.

I was in Basel early this morning to have my hair cut and run a few errands. When I got home shortly after noon, OrangeX was already halfway done with the "swiffering" of the floors. We decided however to postpone any further cleaning activities until we had done the groceries and gotten rid of the mountains of packaging material that was still filling our basement. By the time we got back home, it was about 3:30 pm and I noticed that I still hadn't taken in the mail. So I grabbed my key to the mailbox and what do I find?! A yellow padded envelope from our blogger friend Michael in US! All of a sudden, I remembered this other post he wrote just this week.




And look at what was inside:


Not one, but two retractable lighter holders (one's for OrangeX), a lovely sealed little envelope with card inside and a page from a small calendar with a quote from C.S. Lewis saying: "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like arts... it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival."

Isn't that sweet?!? Anyway, Michael: Thank you, and the boys, and of course Flo for the lovely gifts. I assure you that I am now literally "hooked" to it (or, it to me??)

We're off for some dinner at an Australian restaurant nearby with OrangeX and my 16 year old godson!

More to follow soon.

16 comments:

Michael said...

You are very welcome!

Expat Traveler said...

Hey pretty cool to get mail like that! Especially if you have trouble hanging onto something... Can't wait to hear more... :)

The Big Finn said...

Wait a second...you were at an Australian restaurant (Boomerang?) which is right by our house, and you didn't stop by to say hi? What a shame...

CanadianSwiss said...

aMichael- :-)
Expat- Yes, I find these surprises very cool.
TBF - We waved... Really, and talked about you (only positive!). See you next weekend! Or tomorrow on the Bruderholz ridge??

Ginnie said...

My first thouight was, What will they come up with next! My second thought was that Donica would have wanted one of these back when she smoked, I'm sure. Clever, clever. And what a nice friend to get you both all situated!

Haddock said...

When I smoked I lost lighters all the time! - what a great gadget to have :)

Mr. Fabulous said...

Very cool!

Rob7534 said...

How sweet! Aww. I feel the love.

CanadianSwiss said...

Ginnie - They're really very handy!

Haddock - I shall never be "light-less" again (unless I loose my jeans ;-)

Mr. Fab/Rob - Aren't we lucky?!

xmichra said...

I was wondering where those were going! Congrats on the yellow envelope! hehe. That's cool Michale would send those out too you guys, he's such a sweetie don't you think!

CanadianSwiss said...

Did you notice that we were the only two that commented to that post?? :-) He is really a sweetie. He once even offered to send me tootsie rolls because I can't get them in Switzerland.

Expat Traveler said...

Now that I think about tootsie rolls, I haven't seen those things in so long! Hmmm... ideas... :)

CanadianSwiss said...

Expat - Tootsie rolls... You crack me up! :-)

xmichra said...

Michael has sent me music by surprise too. I love him, he is just the nicest guy.

Babsbitchin said...

All I care about is where do I get those lighters? I am always losing mine and that is just ingenius!!

CanadianSwiss said...

Babs- Its' called a "Lighter Leash" and I found this website: http://www.lighterleash.com/