Thanksgiving week is over and I'm back to work today. Nothing like going back to work after a fun, fast 4 day weekend. I've decided that I never get enough time off - the more I have the more I want!
We had a great Thanksgiving day. My mom hosted our family at her house - there were 25 of us. Her house is small and we were very cozy! That evening my husband and I watched The African Queen before we went early to bed. I had talked him into joining me at the 6:00 a.m. sale at the fabric store. I DO NOT go early Christmas shopping on Black Friday at any other place. But I do go to the fabric store because they put their flannel on a 99cent sale. This is regular 5.99 fabric. 99 cents. Unheard of.
So we went. And it was fun. My husband didn't last long - he ended up at IHOP for breakfast. But mom and I persevered and we got a ton of fabric. It took us 3 hours to make it through the cutting line - but it was worth it.
That's a lot of shower gifts, Christmas gifts, blankets for the Argentine orphanage that my husband and daughter will be visiting in January, and of course things my new little grandbaby will be needing! I will tell you that crafters are the nicest people! In the 3 hour timeframe, everyone was helpful, generous, and kind. There was no selfishness, no greed. People willingly shared bolts of fabric with others and we got to spend lots of time knowing each other as we stood in line. Most people that buy fabric in bulk like that are making things for shelters and orphanages and people in need. It really is a beautiful spirit - I found it that way last year as well. It has become a tradition that I actually look forward to. But you will never ever find me in line at Target or Walmart on that morning. No sirree!
Jess and I spent Saturday decorating the house for Christmas and I must say it looks good this year! She did my village scene and it looks spectacular! I am a bit sore from climbing up and down the ladder a hundred times. But at night just before I go to bed, I love to turn off the lights in the house and stand in the doorway and just admire the beautiful decorations, the twinkling lights, and the stockings at the fireplace. It's such a good feeling. I'm looking forward to the Christmas Home Tour that Boo Mama is hosting on the 17th.
And speaking of good feelings - I had an opportunity Sunday afternoon to finish Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon. Oh. My. Goodness. I simply don't have the words to tell you what a delicious book this is. If you are a Mitford fan, run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore and treat yourself for Christmas. You won't regret it. Charming is the best word I can come up with. And it falls way short.
This week will be spent working on Christmas crafts, finishing up the decorating, and some holiday baking. There is never any lack of things to do in my world!