I am still alive and kicking just recovering from a long Thanksgiving weekend. Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of my American readers. It was a happy, loud reunion for our families.
Jess took a half day on Wednesday and we down to California. It was a really easy drive with no hiccups along the way. We really enjoyed the drive and made awesome time. We didn't hit any traffic until we got into Riverside. The 15/215/91 interchange is always a mess even with the new overpasses. It wasn't too bad though. Jess decided he wanted some Baker's since it had been over a year since he had had any. I had a taco. I wanted to get home as quick as possible to have some of my moms cooking.
It was nice to be back home without my father around. It was a lot calmer and quieter. Well not exactly quiet because my family tends to be loud whenever we get together.
Dinner was pretty good. My mom and I did all the cooking. A turkey, ham, and the traditional sides. Let me tell you, cooking a huge dinner is hard work. I had forget how much work goes into cooking for more than four people. It was tiresome but everything turned out well. My in-laws came over and it was very obvious that our two famlies are very different. My family tends to be loud and close knot while his tends to be more quiet and detached. It's actually one of the things that sometimes bothers me about Jess. He can be affectionate but then he doesn't show any emotion. Like he keeps things hidden and he's secretive. I know there's nothing to be secretive about but I'm not used to his monotone voice and stoicism. I guess it's just one of those things I'll have to learn to deal with.
I'm not much for Black Friday shopping but since I wanted to spend time with my mom and sister we went to the mall. Not to mention that I needed to buy some new jeans. I haven't bought jeans in a couple of years. I love wearing jeans especially in the cold winter months. After shopping at the mall (which was insane and my sister was starting to get all anxious and panicky) we went to a couple of thrift store. The first one didn't yield anything interesting but Salvation Army sure did. The entire store was 50% off which was totally cool and they are a HUGE store. Back when I was in high school I found all of my cardigans and blouses there. I did find this vintage sweater. I don't know how old it is but it looks like it's from the 80's. Brand new no stains or rips.
I've been looking for a strawberry purse for a while now. I have quite a few saved on my Etsy wishlist but most of them are are bit too pricey for me. Imagine my delight when I saw this lovely peeking out from a bin of purses. I snatched it up and put it in my cart. Sure it has a little bit of dried mud here and there but it's in great condition and will so be washed.
Since I was a little girl and we bought a lot of things used and in thrift stores, I've always had a special place for the star-burst lights. You know the ones that are pointy and hurt like heck if you step on them.Yeah Ive always loved those. There are items that I always keep in the back of my mind whenever I got to thrift stores or garage sales. Vintage ornaments and purses being the top two. I got this lovely topper for a $1.50 it made my day all the sweeter. Now we have a topper for our Christmas tree! I also bought this ball of lights (don't know what to call it). My in-laws have the same one but in blue. I think I'll hang it out on our porch.
We had a nice visit with my in-laws too. They threw a family get together so we could see all of Jess's relatives. It was nice and quiet. It was hot too. I packed jeans and sweaters thinking that it was going to be cold and overcast but it wasn't. Oh well. I guess I'd forgotten that California weather can be very temperamental at best. I was nice to have the warm sun on my face. My mother-in-law surprised me by giving some of her jewelry from when she was a little girl. My mother-in-law is going to be 60 I think so a lot of these pieces are from the late '50s and early '60s. She said she had her grandmother's rhinestones but she wasn't ready to give those away yet.
This vintage leather purse was waiting for me when I got home. It was a present from a former customer of mine. She thought I might like it. I do! I need to make a strap for it since I'm not much of a clutch kinda gal. I figure I can use some duck cloth to compliment it.
I was nominated for a Liebster Award thanks to CityScape SkyBaby! Thank you! I do plan on making the post next. Im just getting things together.
Ridley hasn't wanted to pose for me. He was mad that we left him alone for a few days. He got his revenge: he destroyed a roll of toilet paper (again) and bite me and the hubby. Now he's all loves and cuddles. Darn cat but we love him still. I hope everyone has a great week and weekend.