Awe! Beautiful mama and daughters! Also, your shoes are very, very cool.DD and I didn't see deals to tempt us to rise at 4:30 and drive in to the brick and morter stores on Black Friday.
For those outside of the USA, "Black Friday" is the day when vendors make enough pre Christmas sales to put them in the Black. Otherwise, they often operate at a loss.
DD's and I had registered for the "Reds of Monticello." We went a few years back. Vendors in this town, which SO reminds me of Georgetown, CO, offer red wine. Starts at 5PM, goes until 8PM.
You get a wristband when you sign in, and a small glass, etched with the occasion and the date, and a map of who is offering. The organizers decided they didn't want all vendors to give out wine--too many adult drunk "trick or treaters???", maybe--so several vendors offered alternatives. Many places had cheese and sliced salami and crackers, and some chocolate.
We had to get there about 6PM bc eldest DD had to work yesterday, but we got a super good parking spot on the square. (This is their county seat and the square surrounds their courthouse, where youngest DD works.)
DD's were concerned that I couldn't walk the whole route. I really needed to work my right knee, and I found a few places with chairs for a few quick breaks and we walked to most of the stores. Couldn't differentiate between many of the red wines, but I had bought Josh Cabernet Sauvignon before and several stores served that.
The closer to 8PM (Closing time) the bigger they quantity of wine is poured in your glass. Several stores had their wine in fancy decanters. Many others had punch...one ice cream store gave out small samples, instead.
DD found 2 lovely tree ornaments, a Drosselmeyer and a Mouse King, from the ballet supply store on the square.
Anyway, DD's were well pleased that we got to attend this year. Cold, but dry, so...perfect! They even had a Christmas ornament photo spot for everybody AND they were celebrating CHRISTMAS there, always refreshing, like their wine.
Good for deadheading AND collecting dried seed heads!I liked the nippers so much I ordered another pair for DD, the gardener.
ON THIS order, shipping and taxes really stung, BUT, it Is a Christmas present.
Order FM224143Placed on November 16, 2023 at 10:07 pm
PRODUCT SKU PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL Ferry-Morse Home Gardening Carbon Steel Garden Snipping Scissors
Fulfilled November 17, 2023Track shipmentUSPS #9400111206216922630469
H-SNIPPER-12 $3.49 1 $3.49 Subtotal $3.49 Discount -$0.34 Shipping ($7.99 Flat Rate Shipping) $7.99 Tax (Champaign County Tax 1.25%) $0.14 Tax (Illinois State Tax 6.25%) $0.70 Total $11.98 USD
Ducks in a Garden Row 🤣 So many possibilities with this because there are so many great duck idioms.....I don't think that I will have much more to post from 2023.
This year I fell back on my knee physical therapy, at the gym 2x/week therapy, had a severe hive allergy (Downey Unstoppables are poison, IMHO!!!), and lost a LOT of time between being Mayor and being SICK and living on benedryl!!
Still, I got my tomatoes out, started from seed and ALL heirloom, learned a LOT about planting peppers, started from seed, learned that my 2 favorite ground covers are:
--turnips (Everybody sells discounted turnip seeds, mostly bc most people don't know how delicious they are!)
SO, you can buy your turnip seeds cheap, or save the seeds when they mature, bc they breed seeds like weeds!
I mastered a wildflower garden and, forgot to post, I managed to harvest over 100 Redbud seed pods 2 weeks ago. Boy, you touch them and they fall off of the limb, so I had to be quick. Some cold and snowy day this winter I will take them out of the damaged food saver container they are living in and remove the tiny seeds.
I planted a VERY late crop of pickling cucumbers and green beans, and still got a harvest.
I hope to plan out my indoor seed starting calendar for 2024. That starts in about a week...and so will my 2024 thread.
Any suggestions for names will be considered and appreciated.