Saturday, November 29, 2008
If you don’t have any plants in your home or office, pick one up in the near future. You don’t have to buy one, there are many ways to get one without forking over any money. Ask a friend who has a green thumb to give you a couple of starts, or start one from seed. I’ve even asked the receptionist in different offices if it would be ok to take a start from the plant on her desk. Most people, if asked politely, will let you have not only the start, but some advice on how to best take care of it.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Need to relax? Find a good book to read. A magazine works great, too. The mental exercise also keeps your senses in shape. It’s a lot better than sitting in front of the tv and letting yourself be effortlessly entertained.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Well, what I have found is pretty eye-opening. You might try doing some research yourself on Kwanzaa and seeing what it really is all about. There is a lot more, and it doesn’t seem all bright and cheerful, at least its origins and its originator, as what most people believe it to be. I thought we, as a nation, were trying to head towards a more cohesive people, and not be more divided than what we already are.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
If you haven’t already, make sure to mark it on your calendar to replace your smoke detector batteries at least twice next year, about six months apart. The best times for me are in January, and in June, right after the New Year and then again right after school lets out for the kids. And while you’re at it, you might want to check them right now, by pressing the test button. It is always a good idea to have this working before the decorations go up around the house.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Christmas cards should be going out really soon, if you are going to send any out. Making a list over the rest of the week, and then taking the weekend to address envelopes and sign cards might be a good idea to break the task down into manageable sections. This is also a good time to remember those who are usually forgotten throughout the year, such as family and friends who have moved overseas, family members who have moved to another state, and those who are incarcerated. These are often the out-of-sight-out-of-mind people, so sending a card is usually a great way to restart the lines of communication.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Take, or plan to have taken, some nice photos of yourself and your immediate family. You can print these off, or upload them to a website (there are many that are free), and include the photos of the link to the online photos in with your cards when you send them out. The photos don’t have to be perfect, just in focus. If you are sending anything to anyone who is incarcerated, make sure that they can receive the actual photos. It is highly unlikely that they will be able to get online to view any photos there.
Friday, December 5, 2008
If you have not done so already, it still isn’t too late to make a donation to a charity in your area. Each and every dollar counts, and especially now, with the economy being as tight as it is, every penny counts more now than it has in a very long time. Nationwide, there are fewer donations coming into charities, and more people requesting help from those same charities. Volunteers are fewer in number, as well, as they are finding themselves with less money to expend on activities and expenses that do not directly benefit themselves or their families. So, even if you can only afford to give half a dollar, those two quarters will help someone, somewhere.