“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” (Walter Anderson)
I have this awesome neighbor who is gracious enough to help watch the lil miss on her school breaks.
In addition to going to parks and hikes, they frequent a thrift store that allows kids to get free books. In a recent trip there, my daughter picked up this book for me as a belated Christmas gift.
What the lil miss didn’t know, was when I was in my late teens and early 20s, I loved Better Homes and Gardens. They had the best recipes.
This book may be a bit before my time, but it is like a trip through culinary history. Inside the cover were these recipe clippings.
They are mini treasures from a time when you didn’t have to count every calorie. Just a good old-fashioned dessert to be enjoyed with family.
It was a delightful surprise!
A package arrived at my job today. It was primarily for the lil miss. She had traded a painting of hers for a friend’s piece (not pictured). You can learn more on how this exchange cam about in a previous post: My Budding Artist.
Inside the package was a 4″ X 6″ slip of paper. A heart – felt note penned on the back.
I remember when I first saw this piece. I thought, “How Harry Potterish” as well as, “those would be the coolest lamps ever!!!”
Needless to say it brought me to tears because it made me think of Kathi (my sister – see “About” page). I will put it in a frame tonight and then it will sit on my desk at work; right next to the pic of the lil miss.
When I can afford to custom order one of Daniel Angeles’ paintings, I will need to take a day off when it’s delivered. I have a feeling, the larger the painting, the larger the breakdown.
Funny how someone you only met online, could have such a profound influence on your life. Kathi left me a remarkable gift in Dan’s friendship.
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” (by Denis Waitley)
We have a birthday party to attend this afternoon for a little girl. She’s under 5, so I thought I would personalize the gift bag I am using. I save all the gift bags and a lot of the tissue paper that we receive as gifts. There is no sense in throwing away perfectly good, reusable bags.
First, I made sure the gift bag would hold the presents I had purchased. It does, so onto the next step.
Next, gather your supplies: gift bag, liquid (white) glue, newspapers, glitter
Layout a large piece of newspaper on a flat surface. Place your gift bag on the paper. Write the name in glue and then sprinkle glitter over glue.
Wait about 5 minutes and lift bag and lightly shake off excess glue onto the newspaper. Set the bag somewhere safe so the glue can dry completely. You don’t have to write perfectly to make this unique addition work. It will be different than what everyone else will bring. You will have personalized it and that alone will create a memory.
A spin on this would be to get a large, sparkly letter that you can tie or glue to the bag. Someone did that years ago to one of my daughter’s gifts. They used a brown paper bag that had twine handles. They used the first letter of her name and added that to the bag by tying it the handle and it hung down over the top of the bag. As a parent, I loved it and have remembered this simple gesture years later.
So use what you have and enjoy creating something extraordinary from everyday items.