Monday, December 20, 2010


On Saturday my grandson and his mother picked me up for a day of more Christmas shopping. There are according to the 2009 census over 6.4 Million people in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex, I’m almost positive that half of them were at Grapevine Mills Mall and the other half was on one of the many freeways.
Grapevine Mills is a large shopping mall located in Grapevine, Texas, which is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Grapevine Mills currently totals over 1,600,000 square feet (149,000 m2) in size. The mall features over 20 anchors and over 200 specialty retailers, as well as a variety of theme restaurants, casual dining and cutting-edge entertainment venues. Grapevine Mills is located within a major retail area just east of Lake Grapevine and two miles (3 km) north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is the second of the Mills' "Landmarks" to have a racetrack floor plan.
 We had lunch at Freddy’s, that has skinny French fries {which I like} and then it was off to the mall. My grandson didn’t let his sprained ankle slow him down; he ditched his mother and me and took off on his own. I’m of the opinion if you can’t find it at this mall, you probably don’t need it. After browsing through Neiman’s Last Call and Saks off the Rack plus several other stores and not finding anything I couldn’t live without, I found a good spot and sat down to people watch. You’ve seem, I’m sure the Wal-Mart people e-mails..Can’t compare to people watching at a gigantic mall. It didn’t look like Texans are in an economic meltdown from the number of people shopping and the number of packages they were carrying. A few even had shopping carts. Gavin [grandson] finally caved and we had to take him home, he wouldn’t keep the boot shoe on and his ankle was hurting. He missed the adventure of the tradition of looking at Christmas decorations. We went to South Lake, Texas an upscale neighborhood close by. For over two hours we drove up and down street after street looking for memorable outside Christmas decorations. I think we found every cul-de-sac in South Lake. We only found a few houses with great decorations. Entire streets every house that was decorated had white lights. A travelin’ gypsy must have been working this area selling white lights door to door. The only other explanation is there is a city ordinance you have to have white lights at Christmas. Giving up on the light adventure we headed off to pick up the cripple to have dinner. By then it was so late we had breakfast at Denny’s. Sunday was more shopping. My daughter in laws son made Lasagna for dinner and I’m now in for the night. Tomorrow on my Waltz across Texas to Palestine for Christmas.