Only 24 shopping days to Christmas!
PatO: There was a discussion on the radio this morning about Black Friday having spilled over into the preceding and following days and even weeks. Watch out! It will soon by Cyber Monday, to be followed by Giving Tuesday. (Today is Small Business Saturday.) Then it will be When Will-It-Ever-End Wednesday, Thoroughly-Fed-up-with-It Thursday and For-Heaven's-Sake-Enough-Already Friday! etc., etc.....
Lindybird: Hope Tomasz had a super b/day and that you had a good ride home.
OG: No speech necessary to Chat here!
Raining again today. I went down to Ventura to look for a couple of things early this morning. Found them all at TJMaxx after fruitless and overwhelming brief stop at the nearby mall, which was still very quiet that early. If you know Ugg boots, the company that makes (Deckers) them has its corporate headquarters a mile from us just across the freeway - and an outlet store in Oxnard, where things are half price or less. This morning, they had Ugg ankle boots for $14.99 - all in large sizes (didn't need any; didn't buy any). I watched a couple take an entire stack and load them into their car, presumably to sell somewhere else for more money, which I though was a bit rude, but nobody asked me.
Anyway, have a good Sunday all.
Birdie's DU Summaries 2018
SheilaFE: How lovely to see you! We are fine. The most recent fire could've been nasty but the wind changed abruptly, bringing a steady rain, and sent it back into the hills. And of course, many thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of firefighters who always work in filthy, hot and dangerous conditions for hours on end, then sleep on cots (if they're lucky) in between shifts. On the way to Ventura yesterday, I could see snow on the tops of the higher range behind us and we have more rain due this week.
Heather: Well, there were your 10 blackbirds toward the 'four and twenty blackbirds' for your pie :-) (Gosh, did people actually eat them in the old days?)
Have spent two mornings this week battling with modems, routers and - finally - a Network Extender that our phone company sent to strengthen our cellular signal, which took a major downturn about two months ago. This involved moving OH's heavy, overburdened and very dusty (at that point!) desk out from the wall and getting into fights with innumerable cables, surge protectors, plugs and even spider webs and a whole bunch of dusty bunnies. Lots and lots of sweary words involved, especially as the components are made of lightweight plastic and were thrown off balance and sent flying due to the heaviness of the attached cables, which arrived tightly wound and refused to be straightened. I felt I was caught in a kind of cable/wire cobweb, unable to move without creating a tangle/calamity elsewhere. Still, it's all done now, though it doesn't look pretty and I have five solid bars on my iPhone no matter where I am in the house instead of the usual one or two unreliable ones. Brilliant. Sometimes I wonder what it would look like if we could see all these radio waves etc. that fill our skies and blow through the walls of our houses. Probably pretty scary.
I gather folks in the SE UK got a rude awakening this morning when fighters, sent up to intercept a plane that had lost radio contact and was therefore unresponsive, broke the sound barrier at about 4 a.m.
Have got to get down to usual business today; all this faffing about in shops isn't getting other stuff done.
She is teething, now. A big grin when she sees her Daddy coming, though :-)
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Lynette: Whoops! Oh my, 2010 indeed. Wishful thinking on my part I think. :-) Good that you managed to get over that bug so quickly. We are pretty much done with our fire season here, but Oz is just heading into their summer and the fire season, which doesn't look good.
Lindybird: Cutie alert (but why do babies always look so worried at that age - do they know something we dont?) :-)
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