Saturday, December 17, 2016

This Festive Week

Yesterday I never got a chance to create a post. That’s how busy I was. I took off early in the morning and headed out to the stores to do some Christmas shopping. My first stop was the bookstore; a place that I love going to any time of the year. A place that is irresistible to me. When I get in, I have trouble getting back out. It’s like being swallowed up by a black hole. But yesterday I had other places I needed to get to, so eventually I made my way out of there. Reluctantly.



Speaking of Christmas shopping, it’s been quite an ordeal this year. You’d think with a handful of family to shop for, it would be easy. It isn’t. I found it easier to shop for all the young kids that were on my list many moons ago. That was fun. Adults are not as fun. Adults are harder. And it’s been getting worse and worse every year.



I went out early yesterday to avoid any mad rushes and failed miserably. Everyone seemed to have the same idea. People everywhere. Stores packed. Extensive line ups to the cash. Traffic jams galore on major roads. UGH. This is a small city with less than 150,000 people in it and this type of craziness doesn’t happen often. But a week or two before Christmas is one of those times. To top it all off, the weather got wintery-crappy on my way home and the roads were sleek. I hit an ice patch as I was slowing down at a red light and my car started to skid. Toward the car in front of me. Thankfully, I got it under control and everything turned out fine. But I could have done without the few seconds of heart pounding terror. Ah, the perils of winter driving in Canada...



Hey, you know what I love? The Christmas song ‘The First Noel’. And here is a favourite version of it sung by the American country music group Lady Antebellum. Hilary Scott (lead and background vocals) is heard singing. What a voice on this woman. What a voice!

Enjoy the song and the rest of the weekend!


41 comments:

  1. In the last few years I've done all my Christmas shopping online and the only stress I get is waiting for the parcels to be delivered to my house. I even ordered all my wrapping paper and cards online! That either makes me lazy or a very efficient shopper. :D

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    1. I tried that this year but hated sitting at home five days in a row for five different deliveries!

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    2. LL Cool Joe, I really like online shopping but this year I couldn't come up with ideas of what to get everyone, so I ran out of time. Now it's too late for online orders to arrive in time for Christmas.

      Oh, and I think that's efficient shopping! And a little lazy :)

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    3. I know what you mean, Natalie! Too many orders and you're held hostage at home :)

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  2. Well done, braving the crowds! Did you buy yourself a present at the book store as well? I'm glad you were able to get stopped before you skidded into the car ahead of you. Winter driving... don't get me started. Have a wonderful weekend, Martha! -Jenn

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    1. Sadly, no, not this time. It's so rare that I don't treat myself to something at the bookstore. But I was in a hurry to get to other places, so there was no time to really look around. I'll just have to go back! :)

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  3. well you had me at 'hello' on that first one ... we are a family of readers and my girls always ask to go to the library and the bookstore. I hear you on the shopping, and personally I think I'd go for the nap - ha! Glad that was a near miss with the driving. We have a lovely (crappy) wintery mix today. it's been snowing since last night and it's turning to sleet, then rain. Oh and I believe we're having freezing fog... I'm not even sure what that means?

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    1. Freezing fog? Now THAT is interesting. I also have no idea what that means. I can handle driving in snow but when there's freezing rain, that scares the heck out of me!

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  4. I hope you got your shopping all done! Nice version of the song too.

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    1. Unfortunately not! It's been really difficult this year.

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  5. Scary with the driving! Don't miss that at all! It is harder when the kids become adults to know what to get them. That's why they a lot of times get gift cards here :)

    Stay warm and safe!

    betty

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    1. I've done a lot of gift card giving but this year I decided to try and avoid that. It's not working out as well as I thought...or hoped :)

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  6. Sorry the weather is so miserable! For the most part, my family (adults) have succumbed to the ease (on both sides...givers and receivers)....of gift cards. We all realize it's much better to request specific gift cards so we can buy what we want where we want for ourselves, than to have our loved ones labor to pick out gifts for us that probably are not what we would want the gift money spent on. If I can find a 'home run' type of gift, something I know the person well enough to be sure that they would LOVE, that's always preferable (to me) to a gift card, but if not, I'm content with giving them the gift card they have requested. I wrap it pretty though, perhaps with a small, fun or cool trinket. :)

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    1. Most years I give out gift cards but this year I tried something different. FAIL! LOL... Next year I rewind :)

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  7. A nap for Christmas would be very nice indeed! And I love that song.

    Have a Merry Christmas :)

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    1. Thanks, Keith! So nice to see you here. And I'm glad we're connected on Instagram and on Facebook, so I can be up to date on your news!

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  8. I try to stay out of the christmas mess

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    2. That's very smart of you! This time of year is nuts.
      I just sent you an email.

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  9. Yeah the Christmas craziness has arrived here too! We got a couple of inches of snow the other day and it about shut the town down (here in Portland we don't get much snow, so when we do it's "snowpocalypse")

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    1. HAHA! "snowpocalypse" I like that.
      When you're not used to snow, it can be very scary. For us it's just another day.

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  10. What a beautiful version of the First Noel! I never ever go to a mall in December. I don't need the manslaughter charges that would result.

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  11. I discovered this year, with more little ones to buy for, that I actually enjoyed shopping - so I understand what you're saying. I thought I had lost the joy, but it was just mired down in shopping for adults :)

    Love the reading/breathing meme. I have a feeling that describes a lot of us here in the blogging world.

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    1. There is something so joyful about shopping for kids at Christmas. Perhaps it reminds us of our own early days. Whatever it is, I miss it!

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  12. I get lost in bookstores and can't be found for months.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Best place to get lost in. I always said I'd hide in a bookstore if I ever ran away from home. But I realized that wouldn't work. It's the first place my family would look :)

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  13. Oh those CROWDS out there this time of year!! We try to shop any time but the weekend.
    The roads....same here, Martha.....very treacherous if not careful. But I must say I do like driving in it. Don't ask why, I just do. Ron is happy I do!! lol

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  14. It's nice to be busy and then we appreciate when Christmas comes and all calms down.

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  15. I love book stores too, but I can't afford to buy many so I take notes and order them from the library.

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    1. That is smart. It can quickly add up when you buy books.

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  16. I find books and consumables such as chocolates or baked goods are appreciated. I also do gift cards in small amounts. Keeps me free of malls and crowds, neither of which I enjoy.

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    1. Malls are especially stressful this time of year. It's best to avoid them!

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  17. Very glad to read that there was no accident. I was out yesterday and was shocked how dead the places were. I thought for sure, it'd be nutso.

    Christmas music, love it.

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    1. That is really surprising! Where the heck was everyone? It was total madness around here.

      That drive home was alarming but thankfully everything turned out fine. Winter driving is not something I enjoy!

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  18. Goodness!!!
    I'm so glad you were able to stop before you skidded into the car ahead of you... scary.

    This time of year can get stressful, I've yet to meet anyone where it doesn't!
    Deep breath, keep calm and a nice cup of tea can work wonders!

    All the best Jan

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    1. It is very scary! But thankfully it turned out okay. This is why I always keep a safe distance between myself and the vehicle ahead of me. You have to have enough time to stop!

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  19. Shopping in general isn't my thing but I do tend to go out and actually do some Christmas shopping in brick and mortar stores. (still do some online as well) I hate the traffic getting there but enjoy looking around at all the decorations and I LOVE listening to Christmas music in the car and in the stores. It's really a mixed bag with me. The traffic here becomes nightmarish as the metro is around 3 million people and they all seem to be out hunting for the perfect gifts. I think I am done but a couple of things I ordered online have yet to arrive.

    I agree about Lady Antebellum. They have a great sound.

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    1. You are my twin, Cheryl. Sounds just like me! I know all about large populations. I lived for 44 years in a BIG city. Now I'm happy in a smaller place that has everything I need.

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