It's A Gift

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

What Will You Do With This Whole New Year?

by admin - 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.

‘Tis the Season for Merry Crispness Cookies

by admin - December 7th, 2011

This recipe was originally printed in our local newspaper many, many years back. (It was long enough ago that we had two newspapers a day, the Worcester Telegram in the morning and the Worcester Evening Gazette later in the day. Later on, only one paper was printed daily, called the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Exactly which paper printed this recipe? I’m afraid I haven’t a clue!)

At any rate, this is a personal favorite. It’s a nice buttery rolled out sugar cookie. If you like, you can use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes instead of cutting the dough into diamond shapes by following the recipe directions.

SEO — What NOT To Do!

by admin - November 20th, 2011

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and put your products or services up on the Web. Perhaps you’ve used one of those quickie website builders offered by various hosting companies. You sit back and wait for those customers to come flocking in, and you wait, and wait some more . . . Chances are your website is not well optimized and the problem is that nobody even knows that your site exists.

After the Storm

by admin - 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

by admin - 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.)

Looking for a Good Chicken Recipe?

by admin - October 6th, 2011

I’ve been meaning to post another recipe for some time now, so here’s one that I took from the cookbook included with my pressure cooker. This has become my standard “company recipe” because just about everyone who tries it likes it and it’s fairly quick and easy.

Another Nature/Nurture Question

by admin - 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!

The Gift We Didn’t Know We Were Giving

by admin - September 4th, 2011

A few comments made on a forum that I frequent made me think of something that happened a long time ago when I was only in my early twenties.

Gifting “Dos and Don’ts”

by admin - August 20th, 2011

You may or may not know that I am a gift basket professional. You can see some examples of my work at my Greenbriar Gift Basket website.

Another Year of Organic Gardening

by admin - July 28th, 2011

I have been doing my best for many years to raise a few veggies, herbs, and flowers following organic principles. I believe that food produced in this fashion is not only healthier for the people who eat it, but that the whole process is much better for the environment and the other creatures with which we share it. Since the price of organic fertilizers tends to be pretty high, I’ve mostly been amending the soil with home-made compost. For the past two years I have also been experimenting with a no-till method using cardboard covered with shredded leaves to both keep down the weeds and to add to the soil as they break down.