Deborah Armstrong

Friday Feel-Good Blog

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Today I went Christmas shopping, and boy, did it feel-good! Other than the local Shoppers Drug Mart or Downey’s Farm, I haven’t been in a store in ages. I’d rather order on line than drive to the local mall and shop. I know what I want, so why not order it and not think about it again.

Shopping is a Feel-Good Activitiy

I paid a visit to the local Walmart to pick up some supplies for the vendor show I’ll be attending tomorrow. I found the supplies and then I moved on to the toy department to find presents for the grandkids. Mommy says they don’t need anything (Santa’s bringing a sleigh-ful, I’m sure), but I have to have something under the tree for my sweeties. I found the toys and then I moved on to the decor section to check out the new designs and colours for the Christmas season. I purchased some sofa pillows and Christmas themed serviettes.  Then, I moved on to the candy section. It isn’t Christmas without candy canes, a few sweets, and a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. By the time I had finished stuffing my shopping cart, I knew that the two bags I had brought with me would not be enough.

I paid my bill and headed back to my car, happy with my shopping success. Science has proven that shopping causes the brain to release endorphins and dopamine that give us momentary pleasure. The instant rush can lead to compulsive shopping for some. For me, I’m happy to get what I came for then leave. When I arrive home, I show hubby my purchases and then put them away. I’ll have to find a hiding spot that the grandkids won’t find. Better yet, I’ll wrap them and put them under the tree. A Christmas tree looks unfinished until there’s a gift or two underneath it.

Feel-Good Christmas Movies

I started the Christmas season watching The Family Stone (2005).  It’s a comedy-drama with Diane Keaton (she reminds me of my middle sister), Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Luke Wilson, to name a few of the star studded cast. Then I move onto the Santa Claus movies. I only like the first and second and skip the third movie all together. This year, a mini-series called the Santa Clauses is running on the Disney channel. I have to admit that I’m not thrilled with it. It’s slow and is lacking as a feel-good show. Other movies on my list are: The Grinch, White Christmas, Die Hard (not everyone would call Die Hard a Christmas movie), A Christmas Carol, and Scrooged. Some of you might add Home Alone to the list, and I won’t disagree with your choice. What do you have on your must-watch list for Christmas movies?

Winter Craft and Vendor Show

For the first time, I’ll be at the Brampton Fall Fair’s Winter Craft and Vendor Show. It’s December 10th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a food truck and a coffee truck. Santa will be there, too. from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring your camera or cellphone and take pictures with Santa. Admission to the show is $5 or 2 non-perishable food items. It is recommended that attendees bring cash because there is no ATM on the premises and there is no guarantee that that vendors’ card machines will work without wifi.

I’ll be offering my books for sale at 25 per cent off. I’ll also have a draw for a Christmas keepsake. Please drop by my table and say hi.

Thank you for your feel-good wishes

My cancer surgery is slated for January 3rd. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me. I’m feeling fine, and I’m eager to get the treatment started. I promise to keep you up to date.

Weekend Plans

On Saturday, I’ll be at the Brampton Fall Fair’s Christmas Vendor Show. Sunday will be a quiet day, I’m sure. Our Christmas tree is up and decorated. The outside lights are strung. All that is left to do is wrap some presents. I’ll probably do that while hubby and I watch something on tv. Will the show be Christmas themed? Who knows? As long as I have a mug of hot chocolate and a sweet or two, I’ll be happy.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy reading!

Deborah Armstrong is an expert in writing engaging and scintillating romance. In the Davina and Quinn Love series, Deborah Armstrong writes hot and spicy contemporary romance with a touch of country, inviting her readers to experience Hollywood, New York City, and her very own dairy farm in Canada. In the Game Changer series, Deborah uses the foothills of Alberta as her setting for her sensual romances. Deborah Armstrong’s books are for you if you love passion, drama, and suspense in your romance stories.

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