Friday JohnKU – AKA – TGIF

Christmas Tree

Photo of our Christmas tree this year

Looks like we are going to make the week. I have spent some time doing my Holiday shopping via the keyboard. I don’t know why I have resisted this method of shopping. It is so easy to search and click. Also, many of the retailers are offering free shipping. For an old island dweller, whose closest gift store is a forty mile round trip this is a real boon to spending. Oh yeah, the downside of convenience is the escalation of the outlay.  I guess I will worry about that in January. I also have a granddaughter in Germany this year and sending a gift is not very practical. A nice Amazon gift card delivered into her e-mail box solves the time and distance problem. Ahhhh modern technology. Today’s JohnKu celebrates the good side.

Technology by John W. Howell © 2016

A keyboard is all,

That’s needed to shop the world. . .

Of course, money too.

His revenge sale

Photo by Gwen Plano

Oh yes, I almost forgot. His Revenge is on sale for $0.99 in the US and £0.99 in the UK. and featured on E-Reader News today

US Amazon

UK Amazon  



  1. It’s a beautiful tree!

    1. Thank you , Deborah. Each year it takes on a different look. The one featured on Sally Cronin’s blog is last years. Here’s the link in case you haven’t had a chance to visit

  2. I used to enjoy going through the stores looking for gift ideas. Now, for me, the only way to go is online. So much more efficient when you’re limited by time or distance! Tree looks good!

    1. Thank you. I agree totally. I do miss walking around and maybe I’ll venture out there just once and for a little time. 🙂

      1. Yes, I like to see what’s up in the stores. but I think it’s more fun to do this when you know that most of the shopping is already done!

      2. I agree. My shopping is about done so maybe I’ll venture out.

  3. Fabulous Friday Johnku, my friend. Yay for online shopping and delivery!!!
    I love the tree, especially the color scheme — and that little seahorse! Based on the glimpse, your place is lovely too. Mega hugs to you and yours.

    1. Thanks , Teagan. My wife designed the decor and it could best be described as “beach cottage.” Lots of beadboard, white trim, and pastel shades. Hugs to you. 🙂

  4. I do the majority of my Christmas shopping via ebay and find there’s no postage on a lot of the items. So very convenient. Nowadays if I’m buying a present for someone abroad I make sure I buy it from that Country and have it sent direct at local postage costs rather than delivered to me for me to send on at double the postage .
    The tree looks fantastic John.

    1. It is amazing that we can shop local from anywhere in the world. Thanks David. 🙂

  5. Online shopping is very easy and quick, but I do miss the ability to browse. Although, I don’t miss the Christmas music that is always played at ‘Godzilla roaring through a megaphone’ levels of volume.

    1. Ha ha ha. I think just for fun I’m going to comb my hair and venture out. I miss the browsing as well. 🙂 (I’ll get some earplugs)

      1. Just be careful around malls. The parking lots are nightmares.

      2. Driving is a full contact sport there.

      3. I know. I used to drive there. You should have seen my car. When I traded it in they marked “landfill” on the window.

  6. Your tree is stunning, John! It looks perfect. I’m with you, online shopping beats fighting the crowds. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Jill. I hope you have a great weekend (restful) as well

  7. What a lovely Christmas tree!
    Enjoy your weekend,

    1. Thanks, you as well.

  8. That’s a fun one, John! I love to go to stores and shop (I can make it into a sport, LOL), but I also do a lot of online shopping. The variety is so much better and free shipping is great. I’m also an Amazon prime member which has a lot of perks.

    BTW, a gorgeous and festive-looking Christmas tree. It goes with the Christmas music I’ve been listening to all morning 🙂

    1. I do love this time of year. I have not given in on the music yet. Going to wait a few more days. Thanks, Mae Clair. 🙂

  9. Definitely I vote for online shopping versus the stores. Plus, you have a lot less chance of picking up the flu bug from your keyboard. 🙂 Beautiful tree and home!

    1. I hadn’t thought of the flu bug but you are so right. Thank you , Jan. 🙂

  10. Great idea, John. It saves both driving and walking. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Yes it does. Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂

  11. That a smashing Christmas tree, John. Living in a tiny village on the coast, I do a lot of shopping online. Mostly the goods are delivered within 1-2 days, hardly any postage and no aggravation. Yesterday we had to go in to the big city of Norwich so full and all parking lots too. 😦 No I have absolutely no bad feelings about not visiting any shops. 🙂
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend,
    Dina & co

    1. Thank you, Dina. We live in a small coastal village as well. The big city shopping is over twenty miles away. Happy Weekend.:-)

  12. Beautiful tree! And you know I fully support online shopping.

    1. Thanks, Teri. Yes you do.:-D

  13. I’ve not taken to online shopping yet. Everyone else has it seems. Should give it a go.
    Love the tree and I agree with Teagan, your place is gorgeous. ❤ ❤

    1. Thank you, Tess. you are so nice. 🙂

  14. John, you and your wife outdid yourselves on that beautiful tree! And are you sure you have dogs?? Your house is suspiciously immaculate, especially those wooden floors!! Well, perhaps it’s just that your fur-kids don’t shed the way Dallas does, right?!

    Beautiful JohnKu, and so true. If one doesn’t feel a need to try stuff on or to “touch and roll,” then online definitely is the way to go. Best of luck with the book sale!!

    1. Thanks, Debbie. One of the reasons we have wood floor is because of the hair and sand. We are constantly battling it. 🙂

      1. I can only imagine. Not any easier, though, having carpet. Vacuum cleaners tend to be harder to operate than mops!!

  15. I’m with you, John – I absolutely hate crowded malls!

    1. Yup. I think I might have to do it though. Just to get in the spirit.

      1. I get more Christmas spirit from a good Christmas movie than I would from a dreaded mall!

      2. I know what you mean. Dreaded is a good word.

  16. I don’t set foot in malls anymore. My seasonal rage is too obvious. 😉

    BTW, the US link for the book takes me to the UK site.

    1. Thant’s not good. Let me check it. Thanks.

  17. I always use Amazon for those long distance gifts. So much more economical!

    1. Yes. Amazon is a treasure. Thanks for the visit and comment.:-)

  18. Nice tree John. Good luck with the promotion.

    1. Thanks, Guy. Have a great weekend

  19. That’s certainly not a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, John…

    1. Thank you, Hook. 🙂

  20. Now that’s a great JohnKu for the season … the ending is a great punchline! Meanwhile, gotta love shopping via the keyboard (which I did some today). Nice tree!

    1. Thanks, Frank. We recorded Hairspray and I liked your opinion. We will watch it this weekend.

      1. It’s entertaining … commercials were a bit odd (in my opinion) … let me know what you think of the show.

      2. It was very much like Grease Live. I could have done without the screaming fans, but all in all I enjoyed it.

  21. I usually like shopping for real stores, but this year, they’ve mostly over done everything to a scary point. I’ve shopped more online than ever. The tree is beautiful, John. I thought you had dogs…how did you train them not to wag stuff all over the place?

    1. Yes we have two boxers. They love the tree but avoid it totally. Also they have docked tails so hard to swish. Thanks, Dan

      1. Ah ha – docked tails – that explains a lot. Since the tail is one of an Irish Setters signature elements, it’s free to swish. We haven’t owned a coffee table in 30 years.

  22. Merry Christmas!!! Lovely tree 🙂 That’s about all I do now for Christmas is online shopping. Unless, I’ve picked up some special things during the year somewhere and hid them back. Now if I can just find where I hid them.

    1. Thanks, Susan. Ha ha ha. I love the idea of misplacing items.

  23. Your tree is lovely, John. A beautiful island tree. Great haiku, as well. Shopping online is so much easier in the end.

    1. Thanks Audrey. I agree.

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