When I was going crazy, trying to think of stocking stuffer gift ideas for the adults in the extended family, I remembered that Cousin Steve plays the bass. So I think that the next time I’m at the mall, I’m going to make a point to buy some Bass Strings to put into his stocking! Won’t he be surprised to see something like that instead of a candy bar or an orange!
I went to a local retail store and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had about 5 times more Christmas stuff out than they did Halloween stuff and that even includes all the candy. Why is it that it seems every year they put the Christmas stuff out earlier and earlier? I guess they’re trying to catch people while they still have a little money hoping they’ll start their Christmas shopping early.
Well I don’t get my Christmas fund money until the middle of November so I couldn’t start shopping for Christmas if I wanted to yet. You know, I could start putting stuff on layaway. What am I saying? Here I was fussing and now I’m thinking of layaway. Shame on me!!
When it comes to gift giving and long distances it’s always important to make sure things will arrive on time. I like to give gifts for Easter to friends and family that don’t live near me. I usually send items via the post office. This time of year the line is not nearly as bad as it would be if I needed delivery before Christmas in December.
My grandparents are very special to me and I always remember to send them something. This year I’m sending them a homemade gift basket that Lady Bug and I put together. She drew a couple of pictures for both of them to hang on their refrigerator. She also painted a cute little plastic light catcher for a window. I’ve added a jar of my grandmother’s favorite blackberry jam and some of my grandfather’s favorite salami. It doesn’t sound like much but with the inclusion of a family picture of Lady Bug and I the basket is complete.
My grandparents are happy with nothing at all. I just like to send them a little something to let them know we are thinking about them.
What a mess! Today I took Lady Bug out for a drive to see some of the neat Halloween decorations and she got car sick. She ended up vomiting all over the back seat. The car smelled awful. We just got this car and I was enjoying the new car smell and didn’t want the car to have a horrible stench so I looked up car carpet cleaning tips.
I knew that stomach acid is acidic so I would have to neutralized with something. After a bit of looking online I found a website that instructed me that baking soda or a mixture of club soda and water would help dilute the stain and remove the problem. I found that I could apply vinegar and blot the stain to help.Then repeat with a detergent. It also said not to scrub the stain because it might cause nap distortion of the carpet fiber. I really don’t want a big spot to look funny in the back seat so I made sure to follow the directions.
The stain is gone and the car smells fine again. I just hope Lady Bug doesn’t get sick again on our trip this weekend.
What blast we had today! Lady Bug was totally enamored by all of the Disney characters she saw. We took her picture with every character we could find. She had soo much running around in her butterfly costume too! It was neat to see all of the other families in costume today too. Usually when you got to an amusement park only a few people are dressed up, and they work there. Today families were celebrating Halloween in full costumes at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
There was a parade with the Headless Horsemen as the Grand Marshall. Lady Bug loved the fireworks show too. She named every Disney Villain she saw during the whole thing. I think her favorite part though was trick-or-treating around the park. Everything was decorated in elaborate Halloween style. The staff and the park was all very friendly and made Lady Bug smile all day long as she carried her little Mickey pail around collecting candy.
We had soo much fun I think we should do this again next year. I’m exhausted now though so time for sleep.