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Catching Up

December 1st, 2019 at 10:44 pm

Not much to report overall. DH and I went on two day bus trips this week. Not exactly great planning on the travel agency's part, but they were things we wanted to do.

The first was to go to Joliet to the Jacob Henry Mansion. It is a Victorian home that has been kept up and there was a luncheon complete with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visiting. After a delightful meal (usually these aren't all that great, but this one was) the Lincolns talked about how Christmas was celebrated during Victorian times, especially in the White House during 1861 - 1864. Then a Civil War General and his wife talked about Christmas music during that time. Following that meal and program, we walked across the lawn to an old church for a holiday pipe organ concert. The pipe organ was original and was lovely as was the stained glass windows. It was a nice day get away and other than spending what the trip cost, we spent nothing else. It was just an experience.

Yesterday we took a bus trip to the Galleria Mall in St. Louis. We honestly didn't need to shop for anything, but just wanted the chance to get to someplace else for a little while. We had a nice lunch and walked around the mall admiring the decorations. I noticed that leopard print is in this year for both men and women. Just in case you were interested. We didn't buy any. Lots of dresses with sequins as well as men's sports coats with sequins. We didn't buy any of that either. Good thing the mall didn't depend on our spending. Our local mall is dying a slow, painful death, so it was nice to see that every store front at the Galleria was occupied. It was just nice to do something different without spending a whole lot of money.

Our Thanksgiving was marvelous. Another couple joined us and we had a great time visiting. I made extra stuff so I could send plenty of turkey and other sides home with them. We have had 2 meals off the leftovers and tonight is another. By then we should be about done with the leftovers. I don't mind leftovers and it sure makes fixing a meal a lot easier since it is already cooked.

I have been working on our Christmas cards. Most of the people I send cards to don't do social media so the cards take awhile. I about gasped when I counted them...51. That's a lot of postage. Egad. Oh, well, It's a nice way to catch up with some folks.

My shopping is finished. I do have some baking to do for our church bazaar which is next Saturday, but I want to wait until closer to the date so the cookies and baked goods are fresh.

We didn't participate in the Black Friday shopping. I have found it is a perfect day to grocery shop since people are at the other stores rustling up bargains. I guess I've gotten to the point in my life where there really isn't anything I want to get up early for or get out on Thursday night to buy. I must be getting old.

Hope you all have a terrific holiday and weekend.

6 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. Wink Says:

    I went grocery shopping on Black Friday too! You are right, the store was pretty empty and I was in and out for a change. I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. veronak Says:

    Oh how I love history, I am sure the meal was awesome Smile

  3. Joanne Says:

    Your trip to Joliet sounds wonderful. I also love history. This sounds like history coming to life. I agree with you about being able to use up leftovers. I went to a local Salvation Army store on Friday, everything was half off. This was their version if Black Friday. For five dollars I got a bunch if things. I always enjoy your blog.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    I find that the older I get, the less I want "stuff" that eventually winds up being useless and collecting dust. The only things I bought on Friday were a microwave (due to the old one dying), a pair of shoes, and vitamins. All were needed and everything except for the microwave was planned in advance.

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    Lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln sounds like a great deal of fun! I love that sort of thing.

    I don't do Black Friday shopping unless it is online. This year I renewed my virus protection for $19.99. That was it. I need less stuff, not more.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments! I like history, especially the people part of it and having actors portraying the Lincolns was pretty cool. The guy who was Abraham was really funny. I got a photo of him with my husband and he asked me to send it to his Gettysburg address. Yeah, I know, groan!

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