Thanksgiving = Animals & Coffee

Hey Friends! How was your Thanksgiving? Ours has been a bit busy. I was off the last few days, but it flew by way too quickly!

Our Thanksgiving festivities began last weekend. My aunt was in town, so my cousin invited us over for a small, family dinner.

Family Thanksgiving

(not my picture)

It was a good time including playing with three of their four dogs. They have a labor doodle puppy who is hilarious! And another dog who just got a cast put on her broken leg earlier that day. She was drowsy from her pain killers and giving us all side-eye. Poor little pup.

Thanksgiving was spent in our usual fashion. Lunch at my uncle’s ranch.

Thanksgiving family

(still not my picture)

We totally lucked out with temps close to 60 degrees! That meant plenty of time outside enjoying the animals!

horse, ranch

The horses are my absolute favorite there. They love all the attention and petting. They also love OMG Becky! She goes out there almost weekly to ride them.

We also had to visit the new calves. Seriously, look at those beautiful babies! I take it back. The calves may be my favorite.

cow, calf

The cow on the right is due any minute now! We were hoping she would have her baby while we were there. No go. Then all weekend, we waited for the call that the baby had arrived. Nope. Not yet.

After time at the ranch, Becky and I headed out to do a little shopping. We hit up JCPenney for something specific that was a fantastic price. We got there just as they were opening. The line was across the front of the store and down the side of the building. Crazy, but it moved quickly and I was able to grab what I wanted and pay before the checkout lines were all backed up.

Next we stopped at Starbucks for a treat and then met my mom in line at Target. She had her eyes on one item. We brought her a blanket and waited in the car. I didn’t really need anything there so we were there more for support and the thrill of the hunt. We finally joined the end of the line about 15 minutes before they opened. We all had fun browsing and people watching. Once we got in line there to checkout, it was LONG. As in wrapping up and down aisles long, but it was moving almost constantly.

After Target, OMG Becky was done and ready to go home. My mom and I regrouped and went back out to see what was happening at Kohl’s. We quickly got in the line there to checkout because it was wrapped 2/3 around the store and barely moving. We then took turns shopping.

It was a fun night, but I made a dumb mistake earlier that day. I forgot to order decaf coffee at Starbucks. I was WiReD! I couldn’t go to sleep until well after 1:00 AM. Ugh. That made for a late start on Black Friday. Luckily, I didn’t have anything I was really on the hunt for. Just a good bargain. I actually spent the morning lounging at home, then went for a massage late morning, before getting ready and going out with Becky.

Black Friday

We found some great deals and I was able to mark a few people off my shopping list. It was a great feeling to be done with so much of my list so early in the holiday season! After that it was a late dinner of Mexican food, followed by a movie, The Edge of Seventeen. Have you seen it yet? I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as Napoleon Dynamite or Juno, but good enough that I would watch it again.

Saturday was another day of what? Yep, more shopping, but this time was more local. We walked around and shopped our downtown district. The best part was discovering a new-to-us coffee shop featuring locally roasted coffee! And the coffee was delicious. It really was so good that I can’t wait to visit it again!

coffee shop

What was the best deal you found, if you shopped over the weekend?

Give a shout-out to your favorite small business!


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