Who’s Home for Turkey Day?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I have yet to decide if I want to go home for it, or if I want to invite a few of the guys over here for dinner. On one hand, I love seeing my family, but on the other I just really don’t feel like driving anywhere. If I invite a few of the guys over for a guy’s only Thanksgiving, we can watch football and smoke a turkey in the smoker. I can have them each bring something to either cook or something already cooked. Even men have our specialties.

My buddy Dave said he wasn’t going to fly home this year, so I know that he will need somewhere to go eat turkey. I am sure he will like the idea of a gathering here at my house. I think I’ll ask around and see how many others are going to stay in the area instead of going home. If I can get at least 4 others, it will be worth it to me. And the more, the merrier!

I just have to deal with telling mom that I am not coming this year. I am sure she will be understanding, and with all the people who show up at her house, she won’t miss me that much. She is definitely going to be too busy, as she always is. I’ll miss her great cooking, but the drive is just too much for a quick trip north. I need to stay up there for at least 4-5 days to make it worth the time on the road.

Fun Ahead on July 31st

My folks have asked me to come over next weekend and give them a hand around their place. They are planning a big party on July31st and there is a lot to be done in order to have the place ready for the big event. My mother went online and found several fiber glass planters and wants them all ready by the 31st. I’m sure she was eyeballing my aunt’s newest fiber glass planter that she just purchased online and got the idea from her to use the Internet to find her new fiberglass planters. Eplanters.com seems to be the place to find a good fiberglass planter, they offer free shipping and a no hassle return policy, which is always a plus for today’s avid online shoppers.

They have a wonderful house, the house that we all grew up in. They have done a lot around the house and the yard in order to keep it kept up and updated with the times. They don’t often entertain a big crowd, like the one expected in a few short weeks. They have invited over 75 people, but expect to possibly see about 45 and they are finding themselves a bit overwhelmed with the date creeping up so quickly.

I have my work cut out for me, but I don’t mind. Lord knows they have busted their butts for me all my life and it is the least that I can do. Plus I’m coming to the party and look forward to having a good time with my folks and their long time friends, along with several family members.

Golfing at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach golf packages are very well known for giving you the best bang for your buck. Not only do you get to enjoy all that Myrtle Beach has to offer, but you get to play on some of the best golf courses on the east coast. As a youngster around the age of 8 I was taught the game of golf by my parents. The whole family spent many a day on golf courses all over the east coast and I always enjoyed the Myrtle Beach golf courses the best.

My parents are looking into taking a long weekend sometime after Labor Day and have invited me along and they have asked me to look into finding a good deal on the Internet as well as asking for my input on where we should go. Of course the first place that came into my mind was Myrtle Beach, so I have been focusing on looking online to see what Myrtle Beach has to offer these days. Since it will be after Labor Day, the crowds will not be so bad and the prices will be a bit easier to swallow.

So far http://www.myrtlebeachgolf.net has gotten my vote for the best site for information that we are looking for, so I have forwarded the link to my folks email for them to check and see if it is of interest to them as well. It has been a long time since we have been to Myrtle Beach, I’m sure things have changed a bit and I hope that they do indeed choose Myrtle Beach and that the weather is decent during the time that we are there. Bad weather can screw up the best laid out plans ya know.

The "Check Engine" Light

You gotta love how the Internet can make such takes as finding a decent and reputable auto repair shops. Most folks stay in one place very long these days, you don’t always get a chance to form a long time relationship with many merchants. Word of mouth is still a great form of advertising, the Internet can help if you don’t know anyone.

My youngest sister recently up and moved to Houston, TX and doesn’t know a soul yet. Her Acura Integra is in need of a tune up, the tires rotated and an oil change. She can do some things herself but is limited and she really wants to find a Houston auto repair shop that she can put her faith into and entrust them to make sure her Integra is in the best shape that it can be. Lord knows she is paying a good amount to the bank every month for at least another 3 years.

I sent her a link to repairpal.com, which is an Auto Repair and Maintenance review and rating site that I stumbled on. I keyed in her location and there were several shops that got good reviews. I figured it might be a good starting point for her, it’s user friendly and easy to navigate. She needs to have a place to go to when the “Check Engine” light comes on, it always does at some point.

Home Improvement

ShopWiki has become a useful tool for so many of us lately. It helps find every store online, not just the sites that only show you the stores that have paid for their placement, which opens a lot of doors in many ways for online shoppers. Online shopping is becoming more and more popular for everyday shopping, not just for use around the holiday seasons.

My brother and his wife have been busy with the remodeling of their house for the past several years. They started fixing the place up with the thought of putting it on the market, but since the market has dropped so low they don’t think that they would make any type of profit by selling it and have decided to keep it and keep fixing it up along the way.

The kitchen has had the majority of the work done to it. All new Large Appliances, a new Counter Top and a new floor have made a big difference. My sister-in-law has been doing a lot more cooking since all the work has been completed. They did most of their shopping for all that was needed online and have saved a good chunk of change by using sites like ShopWiki to their advantage. She already has her Christmas list started, the holidays will be coming up soon enough, heck the year is already half way done with. She has her eyes on many Other Assorted Kitchen guides that she plans on utilizing in her new kitchen and is planning on holding the family Christmas dinner at their place if things keep progressing nicely and in a timely fashion as they have been so far. I’m glad that things are working out for them and wish them luck in getting things all done in time for the holidays.