“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Winter is coming.

Didn't warm up much today. At least the wind has died down.

 I made the pilgrimage down the mountain to the mailbox. Got one of my mom's care packages. It had a stuffed bear in it. I am not sure what that was about but she is 85 so there is no telling. She sends me dried fruit and peanuts, which is nice. She also sends me a lot of OTC medicine, sometimes there are surprises in that. This package had a bottle of pills for "excessive gas." That's nice, I guess. I slept most of the day away.

 Didn't get up until one in the afternoon but then I didn't finally go to sleep until about three in the morning . Just wasn't sleepy. This afternoon I drove into town to buy another humidifier, but I had forgotten about the sales that start today. When I got to Walmart every single parking space was taken, people were being parked in big rows by sales associates in the field next to the store, and all the sidewalks were covered with cars. I felt lucky just to get out of the parking lot, so I didn't make any effort to go inside. Just about everybody in the county must have been there from the look of it.

 I called my wife to tell her it was a no go and she said some big sale started at five, which was just about the time I pulled off the highway. Whatever was on sale, those folks can have it. My kids are having a big Thanksgiving get together with their friends at my daughter's place. Since my daughter's boyfriend is a Chef this is a major event for him. We called them last night and they had already started cooking. I hope all goes well, because they spent a lot of money and effort getting this together. At our house, I made ham sandwiches with tater tots. We had planned to have a turkey breast in one of those little aluminum pans, but we both forgot to buy one. Ham sandwiches were fine though, we sat by the fire and watched QVC while we had our Thanksgiving sandwiches. It being Thanksgiving , there isn't much more to tell. Nothing is open except the Walmart, there's no mail (what I got today was from earlier in the week), and generally it's just some quiet down time. I'm not complaining.

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  1. Harry, my dear friend - all i wished for you for this Thanksgiving weekend was a quiet, restful, uneventful weekend for you and your wife - and it looks like that wish came true - i am a big believer in faery dust and it seems to have worked! your kids are probably having a scream of a time - good for them. but if you and your wife have an uneventful, faery-dust-filled weekend - then my dream for you will come true.

    i'm cutting jambaloney's hair tomorrow for the first time ever - bahahahah! and then on saturday night we have a dance for our friend d's 50th birthday party - it's gonna be awesome and i wish you and your wife could be here - you'd have a fabulous time!

    but anyway - let me just wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving - we both have so much to be grateful for, eh?

    your friend always,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I am surprised you are just starting to cut J's hair. My wife has cut my hair since 1986. I can't begin to imagine how much money we save and she does just as good as a barber. It was a good thanksgiving, low key.

      Can you use your faery dust to put a curse on people.? If you can, let me email you a list. I have a long , long list of people I haven't gotten around to paying back for disservices they did me in the past. ;-)

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  2. i worked a Black Friday at Target back in 2009. NEVER again. We had folks looking for sale items like 6 hr. after the sale started. They got all prissy about it as it was out of stock and no rain checks.

    Quiet time is always good with the wife.

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    1. I stay away from stores during sales. Most of the things I really want I get via the internet these days anyway.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful evening to me. Enjoy the fire, and the company.

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    1. Yeah. We don't get to spend as much time as we would like together, but once she retires we can catch up.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving My Friend.

    I was in the Wally World parking lot at around 3PM today and the streets were dead. For some reason we end up having two turkey days each year but neither of them on actual thanksgiving so we went and had Chinese today.

    Maybe all the shoppers started coming out after we went back home.

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    1. I think I went by there at exactly the wrong time. I guess the sales will be going on tomorrow too so I won't be going to Walmart til Saturday.

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  5. I ended up at the Walmart (our best local grocery store and the only one open) this morning for milk. It was an interesting mix of folks; a lot of guys grabbing forgotten items for the cook, a few people doing their whole Turkey Day shopping and a couple folks just shopping on a Thursday.

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    1. I just wanted a second humidifier for my ferrets, but there was no way I was going in there with that mob. The ferrets will have to make do with a big pot of water boiling on the stove until I can get in and out without being exposed to the surging masses.

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  6. Good thing you did not even try to go in, way too many people! We are in MO but my brother in law and sister in law live in Florida so we set up the computer by the dining table where my kids and granddaughter were plus my father in law. We skyped so the whole family could have dinner together miles and miles apart. It was nice.

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    1. I think this is an amazing idea. I might try this for Christmas next year

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    2. I saw that posting on your blog and was very impressed. I would not have though to do that. I wish I had linked with my two kids, they have the equipment and I have a Kindle that will do skype. Sol is right, I will try to set something up for Christmas, because my wife will be up with the kids over the holiday and I will be here by myself.

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  7. We have never had Black Friday here in the UK before. (how long it will stay the UK with Scotland voting on stay in or not and now we are finally being given the vote on if we will stay in the EU... Just glad they have decided the date, 2017)

    But in the shopping centre apparently people went nuts and people were hurt. all to by a bloody TV. They probably already have 4 in their house. nutso

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    1. I have never understood the desire to squash in with a lot of strangers and fight over a shirt or a crock pot. I don't go near the stores when they have this kind of thing, and it was only because I was distracted that I even got into the parking lot this go round. If they were giving away free rifles, I wouldn't go because I'm always afraid if people get pushy I'll lose my temper. It's better for me to just stay away and let them trample each other without my being a participant.

      The people who want Scotland to leave the UK should make sure Brave Heart is showing in all the Scottish theaters the week before the vote, then there would surely be a landslide for complete independence.

      Wonder what would happen to the Scottish Regiments of the Royal Army, though. There's hundreds of years of history there.

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    2. I have no idea. I actually think it is a bit worrying. Everyone in Scotland, or who was born there should have the vote. I think that is their right. On the other hand, what would happen if England, Wales and Northern Ireland got the vote to say if they could stay or not?

      The referendum they say we will get in 2017, will be to stay or leave the European Union. I for one am sick of Germany and Brussels pushing us around. But if we leave what will happen about trade? I think if we leave, more countries will follow. Speaking with Germans my age in Thailand, they had, had a gut full of being taxed to save other countries that cant control their budgets. It would seem the countries that try and stay in the black are the ones who pay for the ones weren't really ever financially viable as so much of their cultural life they don't pay tax as they don't use cash money for goods... or they hide it from the tax man and only declare part....

      As for Car manufacturing companies, threatening us that they will remove their business as they use us as a gateway to Europe to sell so they don't have to pay duties and taxes. We will make up the short fall by not having to pay for immigration, people coming here for free benefits and free health care. They aren't really selling it to me. and I am of the age that they really should be trying to appeal to me.

      I would quite happily leave and go to another country that would have me right now. I am so disillusioned with it all. There is nothing here for young people who want to work hard. it doesn't pay to work in this country, it really doesn't.

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    3. It's a thorny problem. I can sympathize with the Germans, it has always struck me as insane that we have so many people in this country who need so much, but we still can find billions to send computers to third world countries , even though the schools the computers wind up at have no electricity. You sound like me. I tried to bail out to Australia in the 1990's, but they wouldn't have me. Tried to get my kids out to Canada but just got ripped off by the immigration lawyer there. Costa Rica is nice, want to go there?

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  8. Hahaha maybe she thought the gas pills would go good with the dried fruit ; )
    You know how to make sandwiches and bake tots?!!! Can you teach my Dad? When we go away for the day and leave my Dad home alone the cookie jar better be full, because that's all he will eat till we get home. hahaha

    Kimberly

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  9. Hey, Kimberly. Yes, I can make all kinds of things because my wife is a teacher in a distant county and only comes home on weekends and holidays. You know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention.

    I can't blame your dad for eating the cookies when the women are away. My wife watches the things I bring into the house like a hawk so I won't do the same thing. :-)

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