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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Mother Nature Hates Black Friday

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Domino and Foster getting ready for a snooze after eating too much turkey.
Well, I hope everyone ate too much, enjoyed the heck out of their families and had some glorious naps in celebration of Thanksgiving.  I know that J. and the dogs certainly got their fill of the latter.  I don't think I've ever heard so much snoring.  :-)
Earlier this week was gorgeous...in fact, I took the day off before Thanksgiving to enjoy the 70-degree weather and get the chicken coop cleaned out and the garden beds cleaned up.  I was out in a t-shirt and soaking up the rays.  The good news is that I was able to collect quite a few Cherokee Purple and Rutgers tomatoes to use for seed next year.  And the hens were really happy to get to pick over the leftover cabbage and tomatoes. 
Thanksgiving for us was almost as nice.  I think it hit mid-60's and J. and I spent some time finishing up the screen doors on the back porch of the 1893 Victorian.  We need to finish the front ones and then that should be it for the outside work.
I didn't see anything in the Black Friday ads that would pull me out of bed at midnight or some such silly hour.  Honestly, there's not alot that we need and, for that, I am thankful.  I did quite a few good deals online:  99 cent poinsettias from Lowes to grace our Christmas mantel (a tradition of ours), $22 for a year's supply of my allergy medicine at CVS (normally $62!), and some really nice LED Maglights for half-price (Lowe's again). 
Those folks who ventured out early must have been shocked at the change in the weather.  Instead of the balmy 50 degrees the night before Thanksgiving, it was now close to freezing! I headed to breakfast with a friend and a trip to Lowe's to pickup our order a little before 7 a.m. and had to drag out my winter coat.  It certainly made me glad that we hadn't decided to go stand in line at Cabela's for the deal they had on .223 ammo.  While I was out, I swung by Bass Pro Shop for J. and picked up 5 new ammo cans that they had for $10 each.  I had a $25 gift card that I won so I paid half that price, which is pretty good considering they go for $15 used at the local gun shows.
I was surprised that Bass Pro wasn't busier than a normal shopping day and Lowes was empty.  They said they hadn't been busy all morning and still had all their Black Friday deals in stock.  Cabela's was packed as was Walmart, according to other folks.
How about you?  Did you venture our for Black Friday?  Did you get any great deals? 


  1. I had to work yesterday, so I didn't go shopping. But I wouldn't have anyway, even if I was off! There's nothing I need that bad haha.

  2. We didn't go out on Black Friday, but after talking to my daughter in law who always does, she reported lines were much less than usual, and less pushing and shoving. She did get some good deals.


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