We had a nice weekend in Corpus Christi and even took advantage of a few Black Friday sales — although we didn’t venture out until the civilized afternoon hours. We made stops at Joann’s, Macy’s, and Half Price Books and while I didn’t buy any gifts, I bought a little something for myself at each store. What? Black Friday is about shopping for other people? Oops.
When we got home, I spread out my loot on the couch. (In the spirit of full disclosure, we actually went to Joann’s TWICE, once on Friday and again on Saturday. Jose’s mom is a big crafter and I’m on a crafting spree so we wanted to take full advantage of the sales. And it turns out the coupon we had on Friday had expired at noon. So fortunately there was another coupon that was good for Saturday morning!)
I got supplies to make a Christmas tree skirt, a couple bags, and my first attempt at a quilt. I also got a skein of yarn to try out “finger knitting.” No needles required! My friend Jen taught me how to knit once, but it was years ago and I have totally forgotten it all — but this finger knitting thing turned out to be super easy. Yesterday I made that whole scarf in about an hour and a half! Finger knitting produces a long, loose chain of yarn (that chain around my neck is actually 15-20 feet long if you un-loop it all), so you couldn’t make a sweater or anything but it’s perfect for looping scarfs, bracelets, or necklaces. I might make another in a different color.
A big cold front came through on Saturday and brought an inch of rain, although I don’t think we saw a single drop in Corpus. We drove back from Corpus on Saturday night just behind the storms, and you could feel the wind pushing the car sideways on the highway. Jose had homework to take care of yesterday, but we did venture out to the grocery store and came home with a few Christmas-y carnations. Last night it got pretty close to freezing so I turned the fire on for the first time in months. We have one of those direct vent fireplaces that turns on with the flick of a switch. It was an upgrade that we “accidentally” got for free when the house was built! (In other words, one day we showed up and it was installed, so we never bothered to point out that we hadn’t ordered that particular upgrade. Free fireplace!)