I like yard sales. Don't get me wrong, I'm not passionate about them, but if I'm out and about on a Saturday morning, my little blue car, Violet Blueberry, has been known to point her wheels to the curb and refuse to move forward whenever we pass a likely-looking sale.
Most of all, I like yard sales when it comes to holiday gifts and giving ... and saving money on Christmas. Other people's clutter can be a treasure trove of basket containers, holiday ornaments, and crafts materials.
Looking at my gift closet stash, I realized that the past month has been a bonanza for holiday yard sale finds. In just three weeks, I've scored:
Yesterday was a scorcher here in eastern Washington state. We're in what we call the "dog days"; the two-week period bridging July and August where we traditionally see the year's hottest weather.
For me, it was a dog day of a different sort: a busy Monday made even busier by the need to take a sick dog to the vet. Not to worry about little Dicksie--she'll be fine--but the waiting around in the exam room did give me a nice chance to think about a unique holiday tradition of my own: spending the dog days of summer working on the Organized Christmas web site.
Don't be fooled! While the title "editor" sounds grand, this is a one-person operation. That means I'm also the sysadmin, webmaster and the poor peon who gets to answer all the crankypants e-mails for the site.