no new arrivals, just rain, snow and Christmas crowds

It’s not that I’m expecting a whole lot from Santa this year, and thus holding off on doing my own buying. I’ve been spending plenty on houses, furniture, appliances and other sundry stuff and it’s time to cut back.  I’ll still put in the garage storage (see below) and will also proceed with bookshelves, but other than that it’s time to get back on budget.

We had some snow late yesterday afternoon, though it didn’t stick and soon turned to rain, and it’s rained off and on since. Nothing like what they are getting in California, though. Friday Wife went out to do the last of her holiday shopping and said the malls were not very crowded, but nicely decorated.

Yesterday was a watch football and relax day, this morning we went to the Post Office to mail a bookswap book, and it was really crowded, which is no surprise. So was Trader Joe’s, where we went for a few critical holiday supplies like Egg Nog (sold out), horseradish (sold out) and wine (they had plenty).

The garage cabinet installers are coming a week from tomorrow. Yippie!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas (or whatever your proclivity) week. All together now: Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, …

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13 Responses to no new arrivals, just rain, snow and Christmas crowds

  1. Jeff Meyerson says:

    No new arrivals? Bummer. Most of ours were DVD sets of British TV series like ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE and MEN BEHAVING BADLY.

    The only book (which you will undoubtedly be getting) was the latest in the Crippen & Landru Lost Classics Series, Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid, which I believe contains all the stories featuring this character.

  2. Richard says:

    I’m thinking there is some chance of new arrivals next Monday, considering Christmas is Saturday. On the other hand, we have promised we’ll not buy anything for each other as we’ve been spending way too much on the house.

  3. Evan Lewis says:

    Trader Joe’s? That’s where the neo-hippies shop.

  4. Art Scott says:

    Horseradish? At the risk of seeming to be an ignoramus, I have to admit I’ve never heard of a holiday tradition that requires horseradish. But I guess there is one, if TJs is sold out. Care to enlighten me?

  5. Diane is baking cookies, the kids arrive tomorrow, the Christmas tree is up, and I’m going to snow blow the driveway. Yes, it’s Winter here in Western New York. Happy Holidays to you all!

  6. Richard says:

    Art – In general, horseradish is a usual side for beef roasts. We’re having a prime rib roast for the holiday meal, and horseradish sauce is a must. Wife mixes it up with horseradish, sour cream and “secret ingredients”, which I believe include small amounts of worcestershire, chinese mustard, fines herb and celery salt. For us, it just isn’t Prime Rib without this delicious touch.

  7. Richard says:

    George – It’s early here, the moon still up (cloud cover prevented us from seeing the eclipse) but I have scented candles, fireplace, Christmas music, a hot cup of joe. Those cookies sound good. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Greetings of the Season to all!

  8. Richard says:

    Evan – well, I guess I’m busted. We like TJ’s for things like eggnog, nuts, dried fruits and juices and such stuff.

  9. Jeff Meyerson says:

    The prime rib roast sounds fabulous.

    We’ll probably do the traditional Jewish thing a la A CHRISTMAS STORY and have Chinese food.


  10. Richard says:

    I’m sure it will be kosher…

  11. I’m with the group called Book mooch, which sounds like book swap. I’ll have to check out the swap too.

  12. Patti Abbott says:

    Is Friday wife different from Thursday wife. Just joking-have a wonderful holiday, egg nog and horseradish or not.

  13. Richard says:

    My wife does not like to have her name used – or to be identified, if you will – on the internet, so she is Wife, whatever day it is.

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