Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Fun Day

Yesterday morning my friend, Shirley, and I met halfway between our homes to go shopping. We had planned on going last Wednesday but the driving conditions were dangerous. We left on our rendezvous with no schedule and no plans.

After an hour's drive we arrived at Boscov's. I don't think that either of us was shopping for anything in particular. I love Boscov's linens and housewares, especially when they are on sale. I bought this beautiful eyelet queen sized sheet set.


The I selected four of these towels. I thought they would be nice for the downstairs bathroom. Both the sheets and the towels are an off white color. I looked at shower curtains but they were not priced low enough to be a temptation. I wish that I would have bought some wine glasses. They had some beautiful ones that were priced at purchase one and get the second for $1.00. The total cost of the sheets and towels was $36.52. What a bargain.

We stopped at Petco. Shirley's dog needed a new toy and Prince was out of pig ears. He loves them and I knew that I couldn't go home empty handed.
One of my extravagances is Bare Minerals make up made by Bare Essentials. We stopped at Ulta. Ulta is the only store in which I have found Bare Minerals. I have ordered it from QVC. Shirley and I browsed through the store and sniffed the wonderful fragrances. When I have time, I would love to have the make-over that is offered as a courtesy.

We wanted to go to Kohl's but decided that we would eat first and back track to Kohl's. Both Shirley and I were famished. We decided to eat at the Olive Garden. I had Seafood Alfredo. Shirley selected Chicken Parmesan. Of course we devoured the delicious salad and bread sticks.

Before heading to Kohl's, we stopped at "Unkel Joe's Woodshed." Unkel Joe's has crafts, curtains, table decor, fountains, yard pretties, handy kitchen gadgets - all kinds of things. We headed for the tarts. I have burned this brand of tart previously. They are soy tarts made by Swan Creek Candle Company. We each bought a variety of tarts.

We then headed for Kohl's. I was looking for some summer tops but really didn't see any that I really liked. My closest is full of office attire which I seldom wear. I need something more casual. I did get this gorgeous purple blouse. It will be great to wear to a Red Hats' meeting. It cost $3.57.
We decided to looks for some interesting shops. We went to the Antique Depot only to find that they were only open on Friday and Saturday. Since we were close to Daughter Jennifer's and her family's house. I asked Shirley if she would like to stop and see if they were home. Jennifer was working but Rich had just gotten home. Jennifer had a special report that had to be completed and she could not work on it when she was doing her lab duties so she was working on her days off. He said that he had a church service that evening. Seth and Michael then came home from school. We really had a nice visit with Rich and the boys.
We decided to start home and stop at craft shops along the way. We saw a very small shop that we never noticed before. They had lovely things inside. The owner was very friendly and advised us that everything was 40% off. Look at this bargain. It originally had pinkish berries. I asked the shop owner if she could change the berries. She was glad to oblige. These are an off white and will go with just about anything. At $23.50 is was a real bargain. Shirley bought one also.

Shirley had been looking for a solar angel. When her son was killed a group bought a tree for her and her husband to plant in his memory. She had told me several times that she wanted a solar angel to put near the tree. Alas, on our way home we saw a sign on the road advertising them. We followed the signs up a long, winding road. When we arrived at our destination, we saw cemetery monuments located outside a building. The owner came out and introduced himself. It turned out that Shirley and I both knew his family. He said that he didn't have the angels there but they were at his office. He led the way to his office a few miles away. It was so kind of him to go out of his way. Shirley was elated when she saw the solar angel. It was exactly what she wanted.
We headed on home. Shirley's car had been parked outside the restaurant where she worked. She asked me if I was hungry. I told her that I could eat a piece of pie. When we were in the restaurant, we saw that apple dumplings were on the menu. We each ordered a warmed apple dumpling with milk and a hot cup of tea. What a perfect ending to a wonderful day.

31 comments:

Stacey said...

That sounds like my kind of day!! I'm glad you and Shirley had a great time. :)

TheWritersPorch said...

Well Sweetie...ya'll had a great time it seems. Wish I could have tagged along. I use Bare Minerals too and it's worth the price to me.
I order mine online from Sephora.
Your goodies are wonderful. I'm still gonna check those Tarts out!
Hugs,
Carol

Lisa Loo said...

Sounds absolutely lovely!!! You found some GREAT things and oh my goodness--APPLE DUMPLINGS????!!! Talk about comfort food! My dogs love pig ears with a passion. Every time I take a minute to think about what they are--I get the heebie-jeebies---but buy them all the same. Thanx for sharing!

Jeni said...

I used to -a long time ago -enjoy shopping but not so much the past couple of years. Too many extra pounds plus back and leg aches make me a bit miserable to enjoy that much. But, if I were to go and find the bargains you got -the top, the sheets, towels and tarts too -now that would make for a great event for me!
Peace.

Sandi McBride said...

I don't know, I want to go shopping with you...you find the neatest bargains! I love that blouse!
Sandi

Neabear said...

Sounds like you had a great day with Shirley and got some great buys. Those apple dumplings look yummy.

imjacobsmom said...

What a great day Sweetie! I like Bare Minerals, too. I also get mine from Ulta. I can't believe the deals you can find now at the stores. Girls at work are finding sweaters and such at such fantastic savings. I have to get out there! ~ Robyn

skywind said...

Very funny, when I saw the last of the food, my stomach in the protest. Ha ha

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Smilingsal said...

You have the best days out! I love Olive Garden bread sticks too.

Diane said...

I HAVE to come visit you and go shopping with you! What bargains you have found today! The top was lovely and even more so when you consider the price! I love a bargain! Olive Garden, shopping with a good friend all topped off with apple dumplings...it doesn't get any better than that!

Diane

onlymehere said...

So many good things this day coming your way, a purple shirt, a steal on linens, new tarts (which I've never heard of before your posts), seeing family, and then for your friend to find her perfect solar angel. I think that was a day well spent! I always think of my dear Aunt JoAnn when I think of Olive Garden. Our birthdays are a day apart and we went there to celebrate one year and she had the crew sing to me. I was so embarrased and yet so touched.

Becky said...

Sounds like you were in my area Sweetie.I love eyelet lace.makes things look so dainty.That appledumpling,yum!LoL Have a nice weekend!

♥ Kathy said...

Oh Sweetie it sounds like it was a perfect day! I'm so glad you got to enjoy it ♥ And wow! $3.57 for the top? It's beautiful! You did great!

Marie Antionette said...

My O my what wonderful bargains you got.I love the eyelet sheets the most.They are sooooooo beautiful,Hugs Marie Antionette

Nancy said...

I love apple dumplings and just made them again last week. I wish I could have followed along on your fun shopping day. That purple top you found was a steal. I have a solar gnome. Mandie, my Granddaughter bought it for me. It is sitting on my back porch. You certainly found some good places to visit. I love the stone on the Olive Garden. I am happy you had a good day with your friend.
Love Nancy

Sharon said...

Oh that does sound like you had a very successful day of shopping.
I love the top. I really like the color,Purple is my passion.
Have a great weekend.
God bless.

Cherdecor said...

What a fun day you had with your friend! You got a lot of good bargains too! I love the purple top! It will look fabulous on you.

Happy To Be said...

What a fun day you had Sweetie..Love this pail light thingy you got..and girl you got that blouse that will look wonderful with the Reds..Glad you are getting out and about girl..may you have a great and blessed weekend dear friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Love Bears All Things said...

What a wonderful day you had! I bought my dishes at the Boscovs in York. I used to go there with Honey Bear on business.
I like to buy knit Tshirts at Khoul's to use for pajama tops. The ones that come in a set are too short in my opinion so I buy the bottoms seperately.
Your lunch sounds great.
I have seen those Angels.
Have a great weekend,
Mama Bear

xinex said...

What a fun and priductive shopping day, Sweetie! Shopping with friends is one of my favorite things to do....Christine

squawmama said...

Hi Sweetie... Sounds like the most perfect day... I love Olive Garden and recently had their new signature dish...Four Cheese Stuffed Mezzaluna with chicken. It was delish... All your finds were great... FUN, FOOD & FRIENDS what more could one want...

HUGS,
Donna

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Hi Sweetie,

I think this is the first time to your blog. You sure have been blessed with a lot of beautiful grandchildren. I am sorry to hear of your recent loss of your husband, Johnny. How wonderful that you have such a large family around you.

It seems like you and Shirley had a wonderful day together! I love to go to Ulta....and Olive Garden's soup, salad and bread sticks are a favorite!! A day with a girlfriend is a very special day!

SILVER said...

another shopping day.. sounds like fun..

enjoyed visiting you today!! will come vidit you again soon..

smiles,
~Silver
from One Day at a Time/ Reflections

Betty said...

Sounds like you had a great shopping day with your friend. I'll bet you both were really tired after shopping for so many hours.

Hope your weekend is going great for you so far.

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

Sweetie, sounds like you had a lot of fun. I could almost taste the apple dumpling just from the picture. I am curious what area you went shopping. When i was little my mom and aunt would drive with me to Lancaster PA. I know we often visited the amish country too. We always enjoyed spending time in the little antique shops. I am also glad your friend found the solar angel she was looking for. Sounds like God had that planned in your day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. jaime

The Muse said...

A day of friendship ...meandering about and letting life wrap you in the joy of the moments...isn't that grand? :)

Bellamere Cottage said...

Sweetie.....

Aren't Bare Escentuals just the best??? LOVE THEM! I, too, buy from QVC occasionally. They also carry the full line at Nordstrom now as well. We're lucky here to have a Bare Escentuals store too! Yipppeee! They have a BE web site, and you can order online at Sephora also!

Sounds like you're just the busiest girl, with an adorable family. Holy cow you do lots of stuff!

I was so sad to read of your daughter's death and your dear husband's as well. I know God never gives us more than we can handle......you, must be a VERY strong lady. My heart goes out to you and I'm sending blessings overflowing.....

Warmly,
Spencer

Anne said...

Wow what a lovely day you had with your friend. I hope you have many more days like that to follow.

PEA said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me:-) Shopping and eating out with a good friend is the kind of day I love! You really did get a lot of good bargains and I just love that Country Primitives bucket with berries and light inside, it's gorgeous! Now I'm craving an apple dumpling!!!! xoxo

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