Grocery Shopping & Lady In Red

I just got back from grocery shopping. I’m sure you’re wondering: What is the bit about “Lady In Red.” Well, I’ll get to that.

I only decided to go to the store when I was getting up this morning. Of course I fed Ivy and changed her water first.

Ivy prefers drinking from the bathtub spigot. But I always make sure she has fresh water in a bowl anyway.

My cat Ivy on the rug with her beloved red and white checked curtain tie

Red & White Checked Curtain Tie:

This morning, as almost every morning, I found the red and white checked curtain tie on the floor.

In other words, she’d dragged one of the two out of her toy box sometime during the night.

I just can’t figure out what she does with that thing. But she’s been doing it since the first night she got here in October 2018.

She unearthed it from somewhere in one of my closets.

The book "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult on a table

Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult:

I finished reading “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult last night. It was a hell of a book. You might want to check it out.

Now I’ll tell you about my reference to”The Lady In Red.”

After I bought groceries I decided to drive down the road to McDonald’s and get a caramel iced coffee. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing something.

Caramel Iced Coffee At McDonald’s:

It doesn’t cost what those fancy coffees cost. It’s under $2. I treat myself to it once in a while when I’m out, especially after grocery shopping in the morning.

I placed my order and drove up to pay the cashier. She noticed my red tee shirt and told me red was her favorite color. I said: “Mine too!”

McDonald’s Cashier Sings Lady In Red To Me At The Drive-thru Window:

Then she started belting out the song “The Lady In Red” by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris De Burgh from the eighties.

Hey, she was pretty darned good too!

Photo of singer/songwriter Chris De Burgh who sang Lady In Red
Chris De Burgh

I never will forget the way you look tonight…
The lady in red, the lady in red.

What does the term lady in red mean?

Lady in Red (ghost), a type of female ghost attributed to a prostitute or jilted lover.

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  1. I had a high school science teacher sing it to me softly as he passed by my desk! I was wearing a very bright red dress. So embarrassed was I. At that time did I not know the song. Today it is very special to me!!!!!

  2. How funny! A serenade at McDonald’s. Life is full of quirkyness if you take time to notice.

  3. I just finished reading Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature for the book you recommended. I was instantly hooked. So I ordered myself a paperback copy. Thank you.

  4. To bad u didn’t think to quickly put it on video bc u could replay it when u felt down!
    That song brings back bad memories to me! Lol

  5. I’ve read a few of Jodi Picoult’s books – I’ll have to check this one out.

    How sweet that the drive thru lady sang to you! That would make my day. I’ll have to pass on the coffee though – first of all, I don’t like any flavorings in my coffee nor do I like caramel, and secondly, my food sensitivities with digestive issues now having me not being able to handle coffee anymore! I have to stick to green tea.

  6. Oh that singing would have made my day! How hilarious & sweet.

    You should set up a camera on on Ivy. That would probably bring some fun laughs too.

  7. Can you do us a favor and stay up one night and spy on Ivy? Also please make a video. You can fix the lighting afterwards. All those who would like Brenda to do this, please say “Aye.” Ok, ok…I’m just kidding but I sure would like to know. Guess it will remain an unsolved mistery.

  8. A type of ghost related to a prostitute or jilted lover? Hmmm, sounds like a stereotype, like Julia Roberts looking drop-dead gorgeous in the red gown she wore to the opera in “Pretty Woman.” But when I was a working woman, red power suits were what I and other women often donned when we were going to “war.” When you saw me walking down the hallway or on the elevator in a red suit, you knew somebody would be in for it, usually some male who thought a female attorney would be a pushover. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is very fond of red.

  9. That Ivy Lou keeps you on your toes! LOL
    Oh, I hope being serenaded by the McDonald’s cashier put a huge smile on your smile that will last the entire day. What a delightful treat.
    And, by the way, the next time I’m out and about (to pick up groceries) I’m going to make it a point to stop by McDonald’s to pick up a caramel iced coffee. Sounds very yummy!

  10. Every time I hear the song Lady in Red, I think about my stepdaughter. As a teen, that was her favorite song and she would play it over and over all day, until I was ready to pull my hair out.
    She passed away last year at age 41 from COVID.
    Now that song makes me cry.

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