This morning it was very foggy with drizzling rain. Still, I had to get out in the weather and take a trip to the gas station. Afterward, I went to my local Walmart. This visit wasn't anything like I expected!
First, I thought there wouldn't be very many people because of the weather. In reality, it was quite crowded. Oh yeah, it's the Christmas buying season.
Second, I thought that since there were so many people shopping there would be an appropriate number of check out stations open. Again, it was not so. Waited behind people with baskets full of Christmas gifts, decorations, wrapping paper, etc.
All in all, I was able to finish buying the few items I needed and get home without undue duress. Tis the season!
Yesterday, the gifts that I ordered on-line began to arrive. Five gifts that needed to be wrapped. By wrapping the gifts as they arrive, I'm not sitting up late the night before wrapping until dawn. In addition, there won't be any early "reveals" that kill the surprise effect of the gift(s).
All in all, I enjoy wrapping the gifts as much as I enjoy watching the recipient(s) opening their presents on Christmas Day!
Oh, my God! Last Wednesday I went to Best Buy and there were two tents with people waiting for Black Friday sales to begin. These people need to get a job and buy some friends! Is any sale that important?
What is more incredible is that some stores never closed for Thanksgiving! These stores proudly advertised that they would be open all day on Thanksgiving. Once again, it's all about the money! Whatever happened to family time? Is it too much to ask that employees have a day to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families? As for me and my family, we had a great meal together and ate lots of turkey and the fixings!
Life is too short not to stop, reflect, and enjoy your family and friends. Ultimately, all of our Christmas shopping will be completed in a timely manner and we'll spend Christmas together to boot!
October 2011 just wasn't the same for me as all of the other Octobers that I've always enjoyed so much. After a two week struggle, my Mother passed away just a few days before her 86th birthday, and eleven years after my father's passing.
Madaline H. Henkel
10/26/1925 to 10/18/2011
Conrad E. Henkel, Jr.
07/11/1925 to 09/17/2000
Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
For the past two, almost three, weeks I've been afflected with whatever it is that's goin' around and around!
Now if you enjoy: 1) sneezing until you wet your pants; 2) coughing until you are exhausted; 3) blowing your nose every two to three minutes; and 4) wishing that you owned stock in Puffs; then please ignore this warning.
Stay well out there, folks! Many of my friends are in the first week of this illness, but I didn't give it to them.