I had a pleasant and productive weekend. Of course there was watering and house cleaning and laundry and the usual errands/chores to handle, but in between there were some moments worth noting. While I was outside watering I watched a fox chase something through the tall grass. Couldn’t see his breakfast choice, but I enjoyed watching him hop and run for several minutes before he caught whatever it was and returned to the woods. No, I didn’t have the camera with me, but his head popped up out of the grass so quickly and unpredictably that I’m not sure I would have been able to take a photo anyway.
I took the “yard of the month” photo early Saturday morning and was happy to do it with a cool breeze blowing. Even though our afternoons have been near to record-breaking highs, the early mornings are proof that fall will indeed arrive eventually. And of course I had a nice visit with this month’s recipients.
I managed to work a few hours on my book and I know now that I will not be able to complete it in time for Heritage Day. It is a huge book and I’m even contemplating splitting it up. We shall see. But my new goal is to have it finished for Christmas. Family histories make nice gifts!
Speaking of gifts, the popularity of Duck Dynasty was evident in every store we went to Saturday, and I was amazed by the number and variety of items that can be branded. You can buy glasses, cups, caps, shirts, games, flash drives, coolers, and of course books, CDs and calendars for the fan on your gift list. Let the Christmas shopping begin!
We went to Best Buy to get an external hard drive and I already had my specifications in mind, thanks to Robert and Google. However, a nice young man- about twelve years old- saw us and asked if we had any questions. I conversed with him a few minutes before making my selection. I later saw him wandering in the software department, probably looking for other old people to assist. I hope he gets to actually work for BB when he grows up. LOL
Gary and I could have spent the whole afternoon at BB just drooling over the new gadgets and devices. Just because I don’t understand how it works, can’t afford it, and don’t need it, doesn’t mean I’m not impressed by a cool demonstration of a new camera that is tiny, lightweight, and can operate remotely from your phone! And some of the new monitors are so bright and so big they make me squint! I predict lots of new business for optometrists. Laptops? Tablets? Notebooks? Phones? Oh, my. How does someone choose????
Hobby Lobby is always a treat! I’m not much of a decorator, but the array of fall items and all the orange could make one dizzy. And the Christmas aisles are dazzling! I bought a Christmas ornament kit for my class. Already envisioning how their little faces will look on them. And I picked up a couple of clearance items.
I was less impressed by our trip to Academy. As usual I could not find any shoes in my size in a wide width. So I asked a clerk if she knew of any brands that included “wide”. Her curt reply was “they’re marked on the box”. Well, pardon me for not knowing YOUR stock as well as you should! I miss the old days when there were real shoe stores and real people helped you with your selections.
To parents everywhere: please do not send your children unescorted to use a public bathroom! And sending two of them does not count! Gary and I went to dinner Saturday evening to celebrate his birthday since he will be working late this week on the actual date. When I went to the restroom there were two little girls, probably around ten and four, using the facilities. The older one was leaning on the stall door, playing a game on her phone, and waiting for her sister. When they left neither of them even attempted to wash their hands. Gross to think that they returned to their meals.
On Sunday I went to Walmart around noon because we were so busy Saturday, and I have afternoon detention duty this week. So I expected to see a lot of women in their church clothes. What I did NOT expect to see was a young woman in a black cocktail dress with a slit in the front of it down to her navel. Please, please, tell me she did not attend church in that dress!
Have you visited the peanut butter aisle at your local grocery? Forget smooth and chunky! Now you can get a million flavors and kinds of nut butters. I used to haunt specialty stores for almond butter. Now it sits there on the shelf beside cashew and hazelnut butter. There is even a mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread! And a sunflower seed butter. You can buy peanut butter that is flavored with anything from chocolate to honey to berries to peppers! Yes, Peanut Butter & Co. makes a PB infused with crushed red peppers, chili powder, and paprika. No, I don’t know why.
Finished my day with a visit from my Dad. Always nice to sit and talk with him. We can discuss almost anything as long as I remember to agree with him. Just kidding…maybe.
Starting the new week with high hopes that my students will enjoy the process of learning to read!