Princess T and Juan Carlos put up the 9 Foot Christmas Tree, but it wouldn't light up except at the very bottom, so they took it down, boxed it back up and we Donated it. Trying to rewire lighting on a Pre-Lit Tree is more of a Project than I wanted to tackle and I've enjoyed that Tree now for a few Years and had gotten it secondhand. So, they put up another Tree I had, and of the Four Pre-Lit Sections, wouldn't ya know, the very Top and one in the Middle wouldn't Light! *Le Sigh* So, I'm just gonna buy some Cheap White Fairy Lights and fill in the Dark sections for this Year. Time to buy a new Tree for sure, tho' the one Princess T is using is Fine and totally lit up.
We also went shopping for the Ornaments for her Tree, it seemed all the Stores, including the Big Box Stores, were short on Christmas Ornaments this Year! We had to go to Four different Stores to find enough to Decorate her Tree. We struck out at Hobby Lobby, which didn't have hardly any, really odd, since usually they have an abundance of Shatterproof Ornament selections. Found just a portion of what she wanted at Michael's, again, they usually have an abundance, they were down to one Endcap of Ornaments! The 99 Cent Only Store was where we found the balance of what she needed. *Whew* Becoz of having difficulty finding any, she altered her Color Scheme to Red, Black, Silver and Iridescent Pearlized.
She ended up with 120 Shatterproof Ornaments and it turned out really well, Juan Carlos helped her Decorate it and put her Squishmallow Collection underneath it. Eli the Cat is getting a little less anxious around the Tree now he's had it in the Room for a Day, he still doesn't like it, but isn't messing with it at all either, which is good. Eventually he's going to become familiar enough to just ignore it and Calm down around it, being less scared. She was going to take it down if he hadn't of looked like he was going to be able to Cope with it being in there. So, I'm glad he seems to be doing better with it as he gets used to it being in their shared Space. I think her Tree is gonna look better than the main one. *Ha ha ha*
Since I have to buy replacement Lights for my Tree in the Morning, I am holding off any Decorating of it until I get the whole Tree lit back up. The Daughter cleaned her Boss' Home Today, she said it was the first time she's Cleaned a Home Sober, and it's different than doing it High and Tweaking. *LMAO* So, a Five Hour Cleaning Gig kicked her Ass, she said she's getting too Old to do that level of Physical Work Sober. *Bwahahaha* She agreed to do the side gig to earn more Money to spend on her Kids for Christmas. She's a hard Worker and everyone knows that about her, when she Cleans, you will have a Deep Cleaned Space! But, her Dad and I were Amused at her brutally honest comment about not being as good at doing it when she's not High. *LOL*
I got some Workout Clothes for going to the Gym, Scored them at a Chazza, since, good quality Workout Clothes can cost a lot if you pay full Retail. It was Senior Day at the Chazzas so I got 30% Off the already much lower Price. I also Scored a Holiday Scent Gold Canyon Candle for only Two Bucks, the Company was always a favorite of mine for Quality Candles, but sadly, they went out of Business during Pandemic. They burn more evenly and thoroughly than their competitors, who are still in Business and just as expensive. So, if I find any now in a Chazza, I pick them up so I'll still have a stash of them. We use Scented Candles all of the time. The only Brands I have always Bought are Gold Canyon and Votivo. "Forgotten Sage" Scent is my all time favorite by Votivo.
Getting harder to find any Retailer that is Selling "Votivo" locally. So, I had to Order some Online for the Holidays. They had a Special, so I got Ten Bucks off my Order and Free Shipping, which wasn't bad and saved me trying to find a Local Shop that might carry them AND have the Scent I want. So, I should have my Candles before Christmas, and the Scent of Forgotten Sage is Divine and the Quality of this Company's Candles is Superior and worth the price. My Friend Kendra introduced me to the Line when she owned her Shop called "SAGE" and she used to burn the Forgotten Sage Votivo Candles in there while you Shopped. I Wish she'd open another Shop like "SAGE", it was the best and most Unique Antique Shop and I still miss it all these Years later.
There's so many of the really good Shops that have Closed in recent Years, I miss them all. Small Businesses have been struggling and Pandemic just wiped out so many of them that will never make a comeback or recover sufficiently. It seems the Mega Corporations are the wave of the Future and they're just not the same. Amazon Mega Warehouses are being built everywhere here in the West Valley now, most are each 880,000 square foot Eyesores to the landscape. I know people who work for Amazon, some in Corporate, everything I don't like about the Company has been verified by those who are Employed there.
Anyway, it does provide Employment and there's plenty of Jobs out there exploiting their workforce, so it's not as if they're the Lone Ranger with that practice. Capitalism has it's pros and its cons, just like everything else. There's a confluence of factors causing inflation and tho' I'm no Economist Major, demand surging will always push up prices considerably. Along with supply not responding accordingly, it has caused shortages and supply chain issues, driving costs up all the more. Let us not forget that Oil Companies got hosed during Lockdown with so much less travel and demand for their product, now they are able to charge whatever they want and they are. Limiting production is a ploy many Companies play when they want to raise their prices, cause a shortage, less going round means you can charge more for it.
Happy Thanksgiving, keep being Thankful, most of our Problems in America are 'mos def First World ones my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian