Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Shopping

We've been busy getting things done around the house. Saturday I took full advantage of the warm weather and worked in the yard. Our flower beds are in desperate need of some serious care. I spent about five hours removing some dead plants and thinning out some others. I reduced the size of a couple of the beds. It was a lot of hard work but it sure looks better. I now have to wait for another warm day so I can get back out there and see how much more I can get done.

One thing for sure, I'm sore from all that yard work.

We spent Sunday running some errands and doing a little Christmas shopping. Dawn loves Hickory Farms smoked cheese and we had to go to the local mall to get it. OMG! What a MAD house that was. We had to walk half way around the mall before we found the Hickory Farms kiosk.

They were giving out samples and that is where the danger is. They offer you a sample. One bite and you’re instantly hooked. We bought several of the smoked cheese, a jar of Hot & Sweet mustard, a couple of cheese balls and one ham sausage. They hooked us and reeled us in before we knew what hit us!

It’s all good! Dawn is now a happy girl.

We've been buying each other practical gifts for Christmas this year. One example is a hand mixer. Ours went out on us a couple of months ago and we just haven’t gotten around to getting a new one until now. We found a good deal on one at Target. It was $19.99.

Dawn found a Corelle dish pattern she really liked on sale at Kroger. This pattern is called Pewter. We needed a few more plates and bowls anyway. We bought a 16 piece box set at Kroger.

I needed a new pair of house shoes and we found some at JC Penny’s. The really great thing about these house shoes is the fact they were on sale and Dawn had a coupon for ten dollars off. I believe this is the cheapest pair of house shoes I have ever had. The grand total was $3.45. WOW! What a deal!

We’re boxing up things every few days and we had added more to our garage sale garage.

Travel Safe
Dawn and Denise


  1. I got Annie tools. She was "surprised" the way we're surprised when the sun comes up: she picked them out and I bought them. But, since we had a situation, I didn't wrap them up or put them under a tree. They went directly from Lowe's to the converter bay.

    She got me an intensely warm coat. That ensures that we will be in Arizona soon.

  2. I admire those who can brave shopping in the hectic malls and outlets this time of year.

    I try to avoid all such places until the gift return period is over in Jan.

  3. I like those house shoes. They look so warm and comfy. You are braver than I am. I don't go anywhere near a Mall during the Christmas season. We love smoked cheeses too.

  4. We are such suckers for cheese and sausage!! There is a New Braunfel's Smokehouse down here that we get to at least once...and yeah, they do reel ya in with the samples...Smart marketing for hungry customers!!!

  5. It's very hard to resist those kiosks with the free samples! Glad to see you got a good haul and are ready for Christmas.

  6. love the shoes and the price!!..way to go!!

  7. Christmas at the mall--you must really like Hickory Farms!