Making a list

I've been working on my Christmas gift list recently, and I've warned the children that Christmas will be, um, leaner this year than in the past, so they should be prepared. I guess I kind of went a little overboard last year, and am trying not to repeat that this year, especially since the big … Continue reading Making a list


The rule of tree…I mean three

So, although I'd been complaining in an earlier post about the homework my daughter's teachers had been assigning to the parents...I mean, the kids... I have to revisit my resentment some in light of the unexpected gifts that one of these assignments has had for us. The (dreaded) Tree Project is the assignment to which … Continue reading The rule of tree…I mean three

Heart Rocks

I started collecting heart-shaped rocks a few years ago. I have them in all shapes and sizes; many I found at the beach myself, but some are gifts from friends who know of my collection. These gifts are actually the best ones that I have. This is my most recent addition: from my friend Susan. … Continue reading Heart Rocks

New baby gift

Maybe you have a lot of new babies to buy for this year.  After a long time with the arrival of no babies within my personal sphere of (gift-buying) influence, I find that having just finished putting together a gift for one new baby girl, I have two more baby girls in the picture. One … Continue reading New baby gift

food security

one of my goals this year is to support food security. "The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing 'when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life'. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and … Continue reading food security