We'll start back at Black Friday. I didn't go out--of course--so I didn't know about the excitement until The Oldest called me. (From 100 miles away.) Shortly after 3:00 PM that day, several--8+--businesses had bomb threats called in to them. Walmart, Target, the mall, and several other stores and a hotel, were the targets of the threats. Everyone had to be evacuated from the businesses and the places were searched. Nothing out of the ordinary was found, so everything was up and running and back to normal a couple of hours later. As of today, no one has come forward--or, at least, been given the reward--and we are no closer to knowing who did this than we were two weeks ago.
Some people seem to think that the threats were made by someone attached to the 'occupy' movement. Now, I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person, but I STILL think it was a bunch of kids at home, unsupervised, with nothing better to do. It will be interesting to see of the people responsible will ever be caught. (And I'm not holding my breath that local law enforcement WILL 'get their 'man.'')
We finally have snow. Over the weekend a storm front moved in and dumped many inches of snow on the area--just not here in town. We only got enough snow to blanket everything, but that is the way it is so close to the Lake. Still, I do believe winter is finally here.
Last week Thursday, we did our monthly road trip. Normally we go on the road on Friday or Saturday, but this month was different. Our friends were having house guests this past weekend, so we moved our trip up a few days so that we could get together. I truly am happy that things worked out the way they did--we didn't have to fight quite as horrendous crowds on a Thursday as we would have on Friday, so that was a very nice thing.
I am trying to get myself motivated enough to begin the Christmas decorating. And I am not succeeding. But that isn't the worst of it: I still have to make an effort to get GIFTS bought. But I have to actually write out a list, first. To say I'm behind in Christmas preparations, is putting it mildly.
Our truck has finally gotten the 'once over' from the shop and everything that needed to be, is now repaired. We are giving the truck to The Youngest and her husband just as soon as we can make arrangements to transfer possession. K decided to pass the truck on, as it isn't worth a bag of rocks if we used it for a trade-in--it IS over ten years old--and our daughter and husband can use a second vehicle. K was all set to buy a new truck and then he decided against it. He wants to see how we get along with only one vehicle, so that is what is going to happen. I understand his thinking: There are times--most of the time, actually--that the Envoy just sits for days without being moved. However, I dread the thought of not having a vehicle at my disposal at all times. I love the feeling of freedom that I get when I know I can leave the house any time, day or night, that I want. This is going to be very interesting...
And finally, I will close out with another Christmas reference.
There are some people who don't do the whole 'Santa' thing with their kids. Some feel as if it is against their belief system, others feel as if it is teaching their children to mistrust the parents because of the lying. The Oldest and her husband never have done 'Santa' with their kids. I have no idea why and I don't ask.
Growing up, I was taught to believe in Santa Claus. And I pretty much believed until I was in 4th or 5th grade. (EDIT: Upon further review and thought--and a couple of hours later--I think I found out about 'no Santa' when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade--NOT as late as this. I know I was a late bloomer in far too many areas, but NOT quite THIS far behind. ;D) Then, one Christmas Eve, I stayed awake and heard The Parents putting out the gifts and I finally knew the truth. But, for a few years before this, I questioned whether the guy was real or not--and I would ask The Mother if he was. She NEVER lied to me, but told me this, instead:
"You will never get any presents from Santa Claus again if you stop believing in him."
Quite a good way to get around the 'lying' issue, yet a nice way to keep your child young for a while longer.