Emily shivered just listening to more snow and ice in the forecast from the weather man on TV.
"Don't look at me as if this is the worst Christmas ever," Archie gave her the eye as they sat there on the couch looking at the Santa photo of Gordy and the girls.
"That's not what I'm thinking." She looked at him. Lately, he was getting good at re-routing her little tiffs about the holidays.
He kept insisting she had to embrace her family while all along she was fighting him on the thought that there was nothing to embrace. Yes, Bella had her baby and yes, they needed to help out more, but seriously, she wanted to be a newly-wed too.
"You know, Jane and Lucy aren't even sisters, and they're more like sisters than either Bella or me." She smiled how Gordy was having to hold Lucy. He was a good Dad, and she looked at Archie without a worry about him being a Dad some day, too. She was just worried about herself.
"Its never too late for you and your sister." He hugged her up close.
"I know. I suppose." But she didn't want to have to work at this. It should be easy now. They were both married. Not trying to be scene queens or rock stars. There was nothing to be bitter about, and yet that wall still remained.
"You got her something, didn't you?" Archie looked at her as if she was in charge of Christmas shopping.
"No. Not yet." Emily's full bottom lip was almost a pout.
"Well, who's fault is that?" He winced slightly.
"Couldn't you give her a gift card and shampoo stuff from where you work?" Archie shrugged.
"I guess, but that would have been too easy." Emily hugged herself.
"What? Were you planning on making a quilt or something?" Archie half laughed.
"Geeze." Archie shook his head and got up and grabbed her hand. "Well, come on, we better get to Baker's while we still can."
"The grocery store?" She winced.
"Yeah, they got great stuff there, and beer. Fish always likes to try a new winter beer since all the summer beers are gone now. And there has to be something there. Even books. You could pick up that latest Patterson book."
"She never reads." Emily fretted.
"Well, she might some day. You never know." He sighed. "Its the thought that counts."
1 cup butterscotch chips or chocolate or peanut butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts
2 cups chow mein noodles
Into 2 quart dish microwave at 50% power. Melt the chips and peanut butter (3-5 minutes) You can melt it on the stove too. Stir in peanuts or cashews and chow mein noodles. Drop on wax paper. Put in refrigerator for faster set or let sit overnight on counter.