It all started with one turkey and her baby two years ago and this spring we had two turkey families with a total of 19 turkeys. The babies grew up and as kids do, they got into a whole mess of things. Case in point – they made themselves comfortable in my potted herbs and the bird bath (not exactly what we had in mind when we purchased the bird bath – we envisioned smaller birds taking a dip or a drink). Note to self – no potted herbs on the patio wall next spring.
Time for another snippet. My sleuth, Hope, has arrived for the garden tour which is being hosted by a good friend, Audrey.
A few seconds passed before the door opened and Audrey greeted them.
“Good morning.” Audrey’s unsteady smile vanished when her gaze passed over Hope’s shoulder and found Claire. “I thought you’d changed your mind about coming.”
“Like I said last night, she’s not going to cause any trouble,” Hope reassured her friend. When they spoke the night before Hope found that nerves combined with frustration made a wicked combination.
I’m getting ready for our Christmas cards so I did a little photo shoot with Susie & Billy. They are easily distracted, difficult to keep still and Billy kept “giving paw” so he could get a treat. While it was a challenge, it was a whole lot of fun. I found a faux fur jacket for Susie at TJ Maxx. I couldn’t resist. 🙂 Here are some of the photos that won’t be making it on the cards.
We’re a week away from Black Friday, which seems to be as much as a holiday as Thanksgiving. Along with conversations about the menu-planning for Thanksgiving with my friends the topic of participating in Black Friday came up. Do you do Black Friday? I don’t. Did it once and that was enough. But a lot of people do so I thought I’d take this opportunity to focus on the outfit for Black Friday (hey, it’s almost a holiday so it does need a special outfit, right?). Over the years I’ve often joked that shopping was a sport, one that I am certain I would win a Gold medal at multiple times. But Black Friday,is a sport unto itself. Full-on-contact. It requires endurance, strength, agility and flexibility. As with all sports, you need a uniform, you need fuel and you need a game plan.
Uniform: Two words – layers and comfort.
And don’t forget personal safety. Crossbody bags are ideal for keeping your wallet and phone close to you and for freeing up two hands for mega-shopping.
Fuel: Stopping at the food court will just slow you down. But not eating for hours will leave you hangry and could compromise your purchasing ability. Consider packing a couple of granola bars so you can eat on the go and remember to stay hydrated during your shopping excursion.
Plan: Have your list written and identify which stores you’ll be shopping in. You’ll be tempted to browse stores that do not have what you need and that will take up valuable shopping time and could cut into your budget. Having a plan will also keep you financially on track. Retailer’s goals are to get you to spend as much money as possible, your goal is to have a wonderful Christmas and your goals is far more important. So, have your plan prepared and stay focused so you can enjoy the rest of Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season.
There you have it, a few tips to help survive Black Friday if you happen to participate. Do you have any tips for Black Friday? If so, please share.