What a day today! Irv and Michael went to pick up a treadmill I had hoped to purchase from someone where I work. Michael tried it out and he didn't think I would be happy with the performance, so I didn't get it. I'm kind of bummed. I really want one and the price was right on this one. We live outside of town and don't have sidewalks. The streets aren't great in the winter and they are covered with salt most of the time, meaning I can't walk the dog on them either. The treadmill was going to help us both get our exercise. I'll keep looking for one.
While they were gone, I got the tree decorated and some decorations up in the living room. If you read my post of November 29, you know we had some trouble finding a nice tree this year. I would never say this in front of the tree....but it is by far the saddest looking little thing we have ever had. I did my best to dress him up a bit, but his branches are so soft that nothing would stay on and some of the branches are drooping under the weight of the lights and ornaments. Poor little guy. I'll try to finish the rest tomorrow.
It's so much fun taking the decorations out of the boxes. So many of the ornaments and decorations have such wonderful memories attached to them. I always put out every little picture with Santa that we had taken over the years. The oldest one with my kids would be 34 years old. I do have one with me and Santa and we won't talk about how old that one is! Here are some of them. I love to look at the kid's faces...sometimes happy, sometimes screaming...so funny!
Next, we headed out to do more shopping. We went to the mega mall yesterday and came home with only 2 gifts. Today we tried some of the local stores and did a bit better.
I went into a new resale shop and came out with 2 great little dishes that I will turn into funky little soap dishes, and also a little wooden tray that I am going to cover with fabric, all for my shop. Irv also found a really cute blue and white striped candlestick that will make a great base for plate.
I was really in there looking for shirts for Matt. He asked that we not buy him new things this year, but try to find used clothing or not buy him anything. I couldn't find a thing there. I would like to respect his wishes, but like I said, I love Christmas and I know for a fact that he has needs. Therefore, mommy will try to fill some of those needs for her little boy.
Tomorrow we'll head to a smaller mall to try to finish up. I love Christmas shopping. I love giving gifts and I try very hard to find things that I know the recipients will really like. I am struggling a bit this year finding those great gifts...but tomorrow is another day.
We got home and I headed into my workshop to get on the computer. No etsy sales today, but read a bit in the forums and answered some e-mails. Irv ran and got us Subway and now it's blog time. After this I will work on some things for my shop. I will be reopening MyOtherShop on etsy soon. I moved things from MyOtherShop to FourDogDay for the holidays. I just didn't have the time to maintain and promote two shops. When I reopen it, it will be with home decor and I am SO excited I can hardly stand it. I'll start with my fun and funky plates, but then I will be adding decoupage items and may even do a bit of sewing. I can't wait!
Well, that is it for today. I really need to get some stuff done for my shops. Tomorrow is grocery shopping...and I will try to start substituting some foods on my "acceptable" list and eliminating a few from my "avoid" list. I don't plan to avoid everything until after the holidays, but there are some things I can change now without freaking out too much. Then we will head to yet another mall. Hopefully the last this holiday season.
Have a great evening!