It's A Gift

…some thoughts about gifts and giving and about life in general

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Sometimes . . .

Monday, May 21st, 2012

. . . don’t you just wish that the “early bird” that starts singing at the first glimmer of false dawn would just get the damn worm and Shut Up?!

Gifts From Nature

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I wasn’t sure exactly which category this post fits best, so checked off two. I started to think about the gifts I’ve received that I enjoyed most, and it turns out, they are mostly gifts from Ma Nature. A good part of what made these some of my most memorable "gifts" was the fact that they were completely unexpected. I have often told my clients that a "just because" gift has more impact than one given for a particular occasion, for the same reason.

What Will You Do With This Whole New Year?

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

The holidays are over and so, thankfully, is my annual inventory at the hobby shop! This year will be a year of profound change for me and my family as I’ll be closing the retail shop and moving the gift basket portion of my business to our home. Annual inventories should be much easier for me from here on.

After the Storm

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

If you’ve read some of my blog posts or visited my websites, you probably have already gathered that I live and work in New England. Normally, Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year as it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the turning foliage adds a treat for the senses. I even love how the outdoors smells in the Fall!

This Autumn, however, Ma Nature treated us to a spectacular “Special Event” that many of us would rather have missed. Our early Nor’easter weighed down all that lovely foliage with heavy, wet snow until many of the trees either lost branches or even uprooted themselves.

Gilding the Lily

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Several comments have been left on this blog stating that I should be adding more pictures, possibly videos, etc. In response to that, I have decided to post a few pictures of some of my gift baskets and other items that I make. (On the other hand, some people have left comments complaining about the “music” on this site. To you people, I have only one response — get your ears checked!! There are no audio files on this blog.)

Another Nature/Nurture Question

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Anyone who has studied human psychology at all should be familiar with the question of how much of our behavior and character traits is determined by genetics and how much is learned during early childhood.

Recently it occurred to me that it’s quite possible that the way my thinking patterns developed might have had a lot to do with the fact that I was extremely near-sighted from birth. When I started the fourth grade, a teacher realized that I just could not read anything on the blackboard unless I was right up close. From that point on I have worn either glasses or contact lenses, but prior to that, there was no way for me to know that everyone didn’t see the world in a very blurry fashion!

Buyer Beware

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I’ve been looking through all the latest comments that have landed in my Spam queue and have approved some of them. Although I do check the links, it occurred to me that I ought to post a disclaimer here. In no way do I endorse or guarantee the offers you may find by following any of the links in these comments. I can only vouch for the links that I have included in my posts and my own comments.
Please make sure to do your own research before signing up or purchasing anything from the sites you reach through the comment links in this blog!

Retailers — What’s Your Slowest Day of the Week?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I’m writing this on a Wednesday, which is typically the slowest day of the week for my hobby shop. My husband has suggested that this is because the majority of my customers live from paycheck to paycheck. Since most of them are likely to be paid on Thursday or Friday, it’s no wonder they don’t have much left by Wednesday.

This seems plausible, at least for those who are using cash or debit cards. On the other hand, since most on-line sales are made using credit cards, either directly or through services such as PayPal, I wouldn’t expect to see the same patterns there.

Comment Policies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In a previous post, I let the people who have so kindly left me so many spammy comments know what I thought about them. Now I think I probably should address a few specific questions I’ve been asked. One person suggested that I post my “policy” on comments, so here are my thoughts.

I fully realize that there are many people who simply look for “Do Follow” sites in order to leave links to their respective businesses. What you need to realize is although I have chosen to make this site “Do Follow”, I also moderate it before any comment is published!

Attention All Spammers

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Despite my good intentions when I re-started this blog, I have not been back to post anything for quite a long time. So it’s not that surprising that there were close to 300 comments in the Spam queue.