Monday, December 29, 2008

Akelamalu gave me this lovely award - this has to be one of the nicest!I love getting awards but I hate passing them on to just a select few, so please, my lovely blogfriends, this is for ALL OF YOU who brighten my days, give me advice, make me laugh and make me think!

This is the thinking behind this particular award:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

The girls and I hit the shops today; they had vouchers to spend and I needed a few "bits". Well, all I can say is "what credit crunch?" as the shops were HEAVING in Cheshire Oaks. There were lots of discounts available but not on the sort of stuff I'd buy. For example, a case of Ruby & Milly cosmetics down from £50 to £25. A bargain if you like Ruby & Millie (and I do!) but with makeup sets you always get stuff you don't need/already have or are in the wrong colours so at £25 it was still too dear! I was tempted by some black boots in next reduced by half from £60 but then realised I don't actually NEED any boots! I guess the economy will have to recover without much of a contribution from me! I plan on being a LOT more frugal this year as neither Phil nor I can be assured of still having a job by 2010!

I'm puzzled by people who say they do all of the Christmas shopping in the January sales. Do they have a crystal ball which tells them what their friends/relatives will want in 12 months time? I have enough problems winkling ideas out of people in November! Do these people buy lots of "stuff" and then allocate things to people? And what about things that only have 30-day return policies or 12 month guarantees?? What if people lose or gain weight, get allergic to stuff,

Well, however it works, I'm so disorganised there's no chance of ME doing that! Although the MIL and I did each buy a half price Christmas garland yesterday while we were out...


artisbliss said...

I am absolutely with you on shopping a year ahead for Christmas. My biggest reason--I'd forget what I'd bought and where I'd put it. Have to do it all over again.

I, too, have noticed zero evidence that people are not shopping. Our stores have been so full of elbowing people that it made me seriously rethink this "peace on earth, good will toward men" thing.

mrsnesbitt said...

Ahh The SALES! The only place I reckoned anything decent was happening was M&S outlet! The rest..tat!

Akelamalu said...

I always buy my christmas cards and wrapping in the Jan sales. I buy Christmas presents throughout the year as they take my fancy.

So pleased you like the award m'dear. x