I'm sorry that I disappeared for a couple of days everyone. My schedule got very busy on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I had no time or energy to write.
B and I started our Christmas shopping yesterday. I'm happy to say we talked about what we're doing for the holiday, and what we're wanting to buy for each of the people on our gift list. With some negotiation and a last minute upgrade to a gift, we got the major purchases out of the way, and know what we're going to buy for the last 'big gift'. After some discussion with others, we agreed that B's brother would not buy anything for us, and we would buy nothing for him. B's mom said that there's nothing that she wants or needs, so not to worry about it. But how do you NOT buy/get something for you child's grandmother??
It feels good knowing that our Christmas shopping will be done by the end of this month. No trying to elbow our way through crowds of people at the mall. It also feels good to know that we have set this money aside in advance for these purchases. We don't have to use credit, borrow money, take a payday loan, or not make bill payments in order to buy gifts for Christmas. We may not be perfect, but I think we're on the right track now.
On this Remembrance Day here in Canada, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the service men and women of our military for their sacrifices to God and Country. Today, at 11:00 a.m., I will stand still and silent, wherever I am, for one minute, as an act of honour for those who have died in service for the freedom of all Canadians and other citizens of the world. If you encounter a person in service uniform of any kind today, please shake their hand and thank them for your freedom.
To my neice's husband, Kevin, who is deployed in Afghanistan this very moment, I want to say thank you for what you and everyone else there is doing, and to please stay safe. I look forward to seeing you at Christmas.