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Mad Mid-December Thoughts
We're all running out of time just about now. Funny about time. We all get the same amount each day and each week, but somehow in December it always feels like less.
Still looking for funds for some last-minute gifts and don't want to be staring at huge credit card bills next month? Consider www.coinstar.com. This wonderful machine is available in most grocery stores. It will eat up all the coins you have around the house and in the bottom of drawers and purses and it will quickly turn them into honest to goodness real dollar bills. This new found money can be most helpful when you remember who you forgot to put on your Christmas list: a special teacher, the postal carrier, newspaper deliverer, that great neighbor.
Children love helping to rescue these wayward coins and thrill to see them being gobbled up by the machine at the store. Growing up I always remember the nickel slot machine my parents had in our basement rec room. What fun we had putting money in, and more fun when more money came out. This machine is better than a slot machine because everyone comes out a winner, every time. Yes, you pay a teeny, tiny percentage of your coins to keep this guy well-fed, but it sure beats rolling coins into paper wrappers! That's so last century!
Still trying to pull together your list of correct addresses, stamps that have the right amount on them (and who can keep track of that these days?), yet you don't have time to put butt in chair and complete the SendOut Cards idea I shared with you some weeks back?
Fear not. Relax. Take a deep breath and decide that you will send your greetings to friends and family at Valentine's Day, or St. Patrick's Day, or Memorial Day, Then, release this project for right now. And breathe.
If you still want to tackle the cards this month, don't forget about www.sendoutcards.com/21924. Dee Marie Fisher can set you up so that your cards get sent out miraculously by her and her company and you don't have to lick a single envelope! She can be reached at 619.742.0046. These are not e-cards; these are real, honest to goodness cards that arrive in the mail.
Still struggling to find that perfect gift for someone older, such as a parent or older grandparent? Many of them have fabulous memories of long ago and maybe not such good memories of yesterday. I bet they have some 78 or 33rpm records they would love to hear. They've saved the records and maybe the old machine but probably can't get any needles for it. Consider the Crosley Fully Automatic Stack-O-Matic turntable. This great gift is available through www.brookstone.com and sells for $179.95. What's really special is it will hold up to SIX records at a time. They have several other models, but this one lets you stack the records. Item C462812. Not available in the Brookstone stores.
Last book idea for anyone special on your list: The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This small journal is full of beautiful sayings and room to record one's daily thought of appreciation. As Melody Beattie writes, "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Wishing you terrific tomorrows in the days ahead.
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posted on: 12/14/2007 12:30:00 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations
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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.