Today was my second consecutive day of shopping for holiday gifts. I'm making very good progress between in-town and in-ternet sources. I'll conduct a detailed inventory tomorrow morning (off-blog) to make sure the list has been checked twice. I avoided Black Friday and my shopping experiences yesterday and today were pretty good. I shopped Hilldale Mall on Friday and while it was busy it wasn't horrible. Today I avoided the malls and just hit Target, Michael's (crafts), the Poynette BP gas station, and Poynette's Piggly Wiggly. I left the house about 10:45 am this morning and made it back about 5 pm. I decided to have a bit of a snack before dinner since I, surprisingly, forgot to eat lunch today. (Don't worry, I did eat breakfast.) My snack consisted of little mini-Moo wedge (french onion flavor), Townhouse crackers, and a dirty manzanilla sherry martini. The 'martini' is Spanish manzanilla dry sherry with a green olive and a bit of juice from the olive jar.
There has been knitting progress. Friday was also oil-change day for the Jeep so I had time to knit at the dealership on the second fingerless mitt. I'm pretty happy with the first mitt, too, which happens to have my first "thumb" construction. Here is mitt number one pointing out the line of snow heading for Chez Purling Oaks. The forecasts vary in how much snow we'll see by the end of tomorrow...anywhere from one inch to three inches.
My DSIL, Anne, told me this evening about a method used to reinforce sock heels. She is reading (Anne, I cannot remember the book's title) a historical novel/biography/story about a young woman. In the story, the young woman is knitting socks and there is one line in the book that is very interesting. The line mentions the young woman taking several strands of her own hair to reinforce the heels of the socks she is knitting. I need to follow up with Anne to get the title of the book.