How was your weekend? It was wonderful to have four days off at home while enjoying family, food and relaxation.
We started Black Friday shopping on Wednesday afternoon and bought a brand new car.
Steve’s car (a 2004 Santa Fe) didn’t pass smog testing and needed repairs that would be close to the car’s value. We just put $2,000 into it a couple of years ago and wasn’t willing to spend thousands more! So, we moved up our new car purchase date a couple of years.
I now have a 2015 Sonata Limited. We still don’t know how to use all the features but I already love that I don’t need to take the key out of my purse to unlock the car. 😉
We decided to have Thanksgiving dinner at our home this year as it’s been a few years plus the family has decreased (due to out of state moves) and the number no longer stresses me out.
Since we were out later than planned Thanksgiving eve buying a car, I made the cranberry sauce first thing in the morning and then proceeded to setting the table after breakfast. I love this part and changed things up this year by adding place cards.
We picked up our pies at Marie Callender’s and waited in line only about 4-5 minutes. It was well organized and they had three people handing out pre-ordered pies.
Mid-Afternoon our guests arrived and my sister-in-law brought us this beautiful poinsettia!
Before too long it was time for dinner.
We had plenty of food, but I enjoyed the company most of all.
After a respite, it was time for coffee and pie.
After the guests left, we cleaned up a bit and hit the sack. It was a happy day but hosting is always tiring!
We didn’t have any big ticket items on our shopping list this year so didn’t try to be the first shoppers at any retailer this year. All of my purchases were online (except for one foray to Kohl’s).
Black Friday shopping actually started Wednesday when Macy’s kicked off their sale early. I bought a couple of sheet sets and a programmable slow cooker ($7.99 after rebate). Thursday, I bought Christmas cards ($9.99 for 50 personalized) and a wireless keyboard/mouse set ($14.99) from Staples.
Friday, I was up early and decided to head over to Kohl’s. They opened at 6 pm Thanksgiving Day and were open all night so I figured it wouldn’t be busy. I was right, there were very few shoppers and I found everything on my list except for one doll that I was going to donate anyway.
My only mistake was not finding something else to buy. I only needed $6 more to double my Kohl’s Cash from $15 to $30!
We had all three meals at home Friday. My husband had caught a cold and the fridge was full of leftovers.
We love turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce!
It was so great to have two more days off. Saturday was pajama day. This meant I stayed in my pajamas…all…day…long. So relaxing catching up on reading, TV watching and hanging with my hubby and the pets.
Sunday it was time to take care of chores.
After a tasty Denny’s breakfast we did our grocery shopping and then got the Christmas decorations out. I’m still working on the tree so no pictures for now.
After more chores, a Chargers win (finally!) and reading the newspaper, it was time for dinner. I made a dream dinners entree (mini meatloaves stuffed with cheese, potato pancakes and corn) and we enjoyed it in front of a crackling fire. What a wonderful holiday weekend.
What was the highlight of your weekend?