Well, it won’t be long now. In just a couple more days the mad rush to the stores to buy a bunch of stuff people don’t really want so that you can give it to them for Christmas, (and in return they’ll buy you a bunch of stuff you don’t want), will be over. Of course, then there will be the mad rush to the stores to return everything you got that you don’t want, and to shop the after Christmas sales. Bah humbug!
Except for buying gifts for the granddaughters and Terry’s parents, we don’t do Christmas. For most Americans the holiday became just one endless television commercial a long time ago, and we prefer not to participate. This year we will have a quiet dinner at home with our houseguest, Jim Lewis, and then, who knows? Maybe we’ll get the boat in the water and take a ride.
Just because we are not caught up in the shopping nonsense doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. A couple of days ago we bought a screen door for the house, and then we spent most of Wednesday taking the darn thing apart and reassembling it properly because whoever put it together the first time around apparently had two left thumbs and was drinking a little too much holiday eggnog. Yesterday Terry installed the new door with Jim’s help, and it came out very nice.
I helped, too, by staying out of their way. Jobs always go a lot easier without my assistance. So while they were doing that, I was writing, and by the end of the day I had done another 5,500 words in my new Big Lake book. If I don’t get distracted, and if everything goes real smooth, there’s a possibility I will still be able to get it out by the end of the year. If not, we will have something to welcome the new year in with.
Speaking of books, my buddy Jason Dees is giving readers a Christmas gift. Today and tomorrow only, Jason’s book The Painter is free on Amazon at this link. It’s the story of Andy, a university art student who also happens to be a liar and fake artist, stealing bits and pieces from other peoples’ work. That makes life complicated enough, but then he meets an actual artist and his life tumbles farther down the rabbit hole. Get your free copy today, and you’ll have something to read on the brand new Kindle you’re getting for Christmas.
Oops, did I let the cat out of the bag and spoil the surprise? Sorry.
If somebody goofed and you don’t get a Kindle for Christmas, all is not lost. Just click this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog and treat yourself to one. When you purchase an item on Amazon from our link we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.
120 people have already entered our latest Free Drawing for an autographed copy of Terry’s cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so today. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.