Do you know who Seth Godin is? I followed a link to his blog about a week ago. Sorry, I can't remember who posted about him. If you are reading this and it was you, thank you. Click this name for a link to his post today and check him out. He was the vice president of marketing for Yahoo. He launched Squidoo, too. His blog is mostly geared toward marketing so I suspect if you own a business you would find it interesting. However, even if you don't, his thoughts on how people think, react and what motivates them is definitely worth reading. It's FFFT (Fine Food For Thought).
I'd like to read any thoughts you might have on what he thinks about ANYTHING.
As a follow up to my Black Friday post all I can say is that times are a changin! Stores opened on Thanksgiving. Shoppers waited in line on Thursday, just like they used to do on Friday. On Friday morning, all those stores were empty. We went to Walmart with very few shoppers in the store and bought everything we wanted that was advertised in the Thursday ad. We went to Menards and bought doggy beds and toys for Tyson. Then out for breakfast and home to relax. It's All Good! How about you. Did you shop?
It has always been my tradition to start Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Wherever I worked, they KNEW I would not be there on the day after Turkey Day. My daughter and I would trek over to Michigan City, Merrillville or Fort Wayne. If the weather was bad, we went to the local malls. It was always a busy day to shop, but we enjoyed being in the crowd and stopping somewhere for a nice lunch. That was before the Black Friday Frenzy hit. On Saturday, we always put up the tree and decorated the house. It was always an enjoyable weekend.
Then, some marketing engineer invented Black Friday. (After doing a little research, I found that Black Friday dates back to 1924 but it was never marketed to today's standards). Out came the sale ads luring us with hugely discounted prices on just about anything you can imagine. Some hold off major purchases to see what the Thanksgiving newspaper will bring. Then they pour over the ads, making lists and creating their shopping strategies. Some (and I can never understand this one, especially since I live in the snowy Midwest) actually camp out in line at stores so they have a better chance to acquire the booty. Retailers used to keep their ads a huge secret. Then the internet hackers came along a sneaked a peek on line of what deals were in store for the public. Now retailers "leak" their ads themselves hoping to lure you there with earlier hours and deeper price cuts. Now, Walmart even offers to price match other retailer's ads BEFORE Black Friday.
About 20 years ago, K-Mart came up with the idea of opening with special deals on Thanksgiving. We had severe lack of funds back then. The sound on our TV broke in about September. We brought another TV into the room so we could watch TV on the bigger screen while we listened to the smaller one. We were hoping to hold off buying a new TV until Black Friday. BUT, K-mart advertised opening on Thanksgiving at 8:00 in the AM and offered a 23" TV for $184. Back then that was a BIG TV at a super price. So off we went to buy a TV. No lines. FEW people were even there to shop. The clerk didn't even know where to find that TV. Finally Terry helped her get it and several others down from a high wall shelf. A few other shoppers were there to get one too. We went back home to fix our meal and watch Macy's Parade and football on our new TV. Opening on T-Day must have been a bust because it was years later before the stores started opening on Thanksgiving again.
So here we are with the Christmas shopping season upon us. Our new tradition is to go to Menards. They always have great stocking stuffers and its now a one stop event since our boys are older and we give them money to spend on after Christmas deals. Then we stop for breakfast and on to home to decorate the house.
No, I'm not shopping on Thanksgiving this year...but I thought about it for a minute when I saw that Walmart would have some unknown brand 32" TV for $98. Nope...not going. I'm promoting boycotting Thanksgiving Day shopping and hope EVERYONE else does too so workers are able to enjoy the day with their families or at the very least rest up for a very busy few weeks.
How about you? Do you venture out on Black Friday? How do you feel about shopping on Thanksgiving? O, I forgot. Will you be shopping at small locally owned stores on Saturday? I will.
I think I do.
I don't want an Smart Phone.
I only want to use my phone to make and take calls.
I DON'T want the added monthly expense of Terry and I having phones that have features that we will never use.
Recently, I went with my grandson when he bought a new I-Phone. While at the store, I looked at I-pads. I admit, I had never even looked at them before and it piqued my interest.
So, I asked my most tech savy OTHER grandson, Ky, what he would suggest if I were going to by a tablet. He suggested the Kindle Fire.
I'm thinking I would like to be able to read digital magazines and books. It would make blogging much easier to be able to take and edit pictures and upload them directly to the blog or a printer. There are so many features that I think I would use.
I would sincerely like to hear any one's experience and advice about tablets. I am seriously thinking that I "need" one ~lol~.
Here are the latest pics of the pup. He is a typical Boxer.
He loves everyone. Listens pretty well and is housebroken.
He gets a lot of play time and Corey takes him on a long walk everyday over to the county park. I love to see how much they love each other.
Tyson loves everyone. BTW, he has a girlfriend on the other side of the back fence. She is a much older German Shepherd. I call her the Cougar!! They kiss through the fence.
Just thought you might like to see that cute face. But here is the Stash Savings Game part of the post.
When I decided to retire, I guess I felt the need to justify being home and not contributing to our income. So I keep thinking of all the things I do that actually save us money...like being able to cook meals now instead of carry out and frozen quick fixes. We are loving that!
As long as I have collected crafty/ needlework components, I have called them my retirement fund. My thinking was that when I retired, I wouldn't want to spend money on hobbies, so whatever I collected up to now, I would find a use for when I retire.
Yahoo!! I found my first stash buster slash retirement savings!! Corey wanted a longer leash for Tyson and thought he would buy one this weekend. Looking through my "stash" I found this web band that I knew I had. It is 12 ft long. The end is one of those key clips. See...new leash and no money spent. The clip could actually attach to another leash in case Corey wants it even longer. We'll see if he likes it when he comes home.
Every year at just about this time in the fall I come down with a respiratory bug. It hit just a little late this year and I am still recouping so making a leash today and posting is a BIG deal ~lol~.
Happy Weekend. Don't let the coming holidays stress you out!
Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays. ALWAYS.
I just painted the living room walls and am getting ready to update the Family Picture Wall with new frames and different photos. I came across this Polaroid of Terry and Laurie which brought back so many memories of past Halloweens.
Over the years it has been our tradition to dress in costume to give out the treats, then to friends house to prank. Sometimes it was a simple costume like this with Terry looking through their window to scare them. Maybe we left a picture of us on their door know with a cryptic note leaving them to figure out who visited. We never went the same place two years in a row.
Today, I visited here . Oma was remembering and gave info on Beggar's Night which I found really interesting since we went out on Beggar's Night when I was a kid, but I didn't know exactly what Beggar's Night really was.
What are some of your childhood memories of this night? It's changed so much over the years. Everyone is more careful these days with good cause. It seems to me that we were able to enjoy the night a little differently when I was young.
Happy Halloween! I hope there is a good scary movie on tonight!!
In recent years, I have been on a quest to eliminate drama from my life. Oh, I know everyone has some amount of drama. But I realized the fix was a difficult decision that I couldn't make. Circumstances beyond my control brought issues to a head and for the first time in a very long time I am truly in a peaceful place. Add retirement to the mix and ....well .... It's All Good.
So, since I have pretty much been an absent blogger, I want to share a few of the highlights of my year. Funny how so many of them evolve around my grandkids!
Corey and Brandi have been dated for about a year now. Here is a pic of them before they went to the prom.
Brandi is still in school so I suspect I will share this event with you again next year. They are such a sweet couple.
Not a very good pic. I'll blame that on a new camera that I didn't really know how to set for this distance. But anyway, a very proud day for Corey and for us too. Did you breathe a sigh of relief when your kids graduated high school? There was never a doubt, but still it's reassuring.
This is quite a story. About 4 years ago, Terry went to a barn sale and saw a cow head curing on the wall and wanted to buy it. Not for sale, boo hoo.
Ky found out that the barn was owned by the school custodian and asked him if he could buy it. No..but Marty would let him know when he had another. Ky reminded Marty often. Soon Marty was reminding Ky that he would have one soon (which is not really THAT soon). On Father's Day, Ky asked me to drive him over to Marty's farm. The head was ready. Meet Miranda. She is still curing out by the pond.
Then in June, Ky turned 16.
His passion all summer was fishing, so of course we got him a fishing cake.
And we supplied pizza for him and several of his friends. He looks a little grubby because we brought the pizza over after they fished all day. He thought it was a perfect birthday.
Then in July, Brandi turned 17. She fanatically loves going to the beach so, of course, we gave her a Beach Party.
One thing I didn't mention is that Corey has moved back to our home. He remodeled two bedrooms to one large one and has made a very cool Man Cave for himself.
Since the start of his boxing training, he has wanted to have a Boxer dog. So, meet Tyson. He is absolutely the sweetest pup ever. He was born on July 4. This pic was taken on August 24. He was driving Junior nuts wanting to play all the time, but now Junior just ignores him. No way can he keep up with this pup!
So, there's the year in 60 seconds! Since retiring I have gathered boxes to send off to Goodwill and caught up on some cleaning. I'll be painting walls next week or the week after. My computer has had the dreaded blue screen twice so I suspect I'll be looking at new computers very soon...this week. AND..I'm going to try to tackle the weeds again where the bees were/are...hope they are GONE!!
Well, the countdown is done, finally. I feel like I have lifted a load from my shoulders. A new chapter started? Certainly. If I were to name the chapter, I would title it Back To Being Me.
One irritation is that EVERYONE asks "What are you going to do?"
I have been working since I was 13. My first job was as a carhop. You are probably as old as me if you remember carhops ~lol~. At least I was introduced to the work force with a really fun job. I was lucky to have a couple of fun jobs in my life. So what am I going to do now ? WHATEVER I WANT!!
I vow not to make a list of things I need to get done.
I WILL do daily chores like laundry, cooking and cleaning.
I will PLAY in the yard....you may call it weeding etc.
And I will create, read, and redecorate whatever and whenever I want.
My new Mantra is "Whatever I Do Is Enough".
Cullip Industries gave me a very nice going away.
I told John I refused to think of it as a party because I was leaving ~lol~. I know they will miss my knowledge and experience.
I came to work Thursday to find my work area decorated. John called it retaliation for all the times I decorated his area when he came back from vacation. Like the time we moved empty boxes in his office and called it the new stock room.
He invited the entire shop to lunch at a local Italian restaurant. We ate well and several contributed memories they had of things I had done or said. I was blushing...it was a lot of fun and a very nice send off. And I received a very generous gift from Cullip.
I have been married forever to the most wonderfully considerate man there is. I love my home and garden and all the critters that come to visit us there.
I love to bead, sew and crochet and any other creative art that calls my name. I am on a journey to find my inner Zen and to attain a higher level of spirituality.