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    Yesterday I wrapped my 10 free books from Kelloggs for Christmas and a birthday in January and put them in a laundry basket in the closet, I'll add the bows when I pass them out. I've purchased bubble bath with the coupons I came across and they are also in the basket and as soon as I find the right sized boxes I will wrap those also. I started addressing my Christmas Cards and I have several birthday cards ready to go when the time is right. I'm checking the stores for holiday baking needs, pumpkin is impossible to find right now but looking and buying ahead what I can. Came across several gifts stuck in the back of the closet during the major purge, mostly fleece throws I remember buying a couple of years ago and deciding who I will give those to maybe I'll add boxes of hot cocoa or tea. I'm making a list of what I'm giving to whom since I'm wrapping them already. Using up the gobs of wrapping paper and not using those bags since I seem to have all the time in the world. I don't know what the holidays will bring this year, if we will be able to get together or if we will be locked back down because the numbers are rising. But personally I'm going a little stir crazy not being able to go anywhere. There will be no fall festivals and craft fairs this year so I'm doing the next best thing and preparing for what I hope will be a semi-normal holiday season. I'm pretty satisfied with our pantry and freezer just in case there is another run on household items and food, there are some things still not available but I've lived without them for this long it's not a real problem anymore. We've used up most of the pre-pandemic items so about everything is newer and doesn't expire until 2022. It's going to get near 100 today and hot all week and I won't be going out so wrapping Christmas presents and playing holiday music (quietly so I don't drive my DH crazy) is nice. Am I alone in feeling this way? Hope you are all well.
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    You seem to be pretty well organized! Sounds like your holiday arrangements are working nicely.

    I came across a handful of special Christmas cards that I bought last year, and I think I have more stashed away. It's probably not a bad idea to get started on addressing them. I tend to procrastinate, so it would be great to be better prepared.

    During the year, I often make purchases with other people in mind for gift giving, usually for birthdays. But recently I've sent out some random gifts, just to surprise people. It's been rather fun, and I still have stuff in my gift stash to use later for Christmas.

    I've purchased some special items from JTV (Jewelry Television) that were quite affordable, and minimized the impact by stretching out the payments (they have a program called Stretch Pay that is a no-interest charge each month, usually five or fewer payments, until the cost is completed). I have several sterling silver chains that I will be using for pendants that I've purchased online from other sources. I do need to put my gift list together to see who is covered already, and who I still need to gift.
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    Not so much organized as bored to tears. I must sound like I'm 12 but I want to visit with my family and friends, I want to go to the movies, walk around the mall, go to dinner, there are people I haven't been with since the holidays and talking on the phone and texting aren't doing it anymore. I love being with my husband but he!! enough is enough, I guess I am lucky to have at least one person in my house but if I were alone I'd be nuts by now. Fall is my favorite season, we plan on some day trips when the leaves start to change but taking a drive and not getting out of the car to get a bite? will the pumpkin patches be open? apple picking? should we even get out of the car at all? It is like having life just in your reach and not being able to touch it. We continue to do our best by not being exposed or exposing someone else, last year at this time we were with my FIL every day at the hospital, I had morning and afternoon, DH had evenings and nights and we did that until he passed 10/6, I told him I wanted to sleep for a year, well be careful what you wish for. I cannot even imagine what we were exposed to there besides the C-Diff my FIL had. I keep wondering in a county of over 175,000 people and we get 18 or 20 new cases a day, with 1 or 2 deaths and they are talking about going backward? Only the people who think they have it or who are exposed are tested, my guess is 170,000 don't have even a mild case, shouldn't the sick stay at home and the well people go on about their lives??? I am watching people lose their businesses, brink of losing their homes, billions of people on the planet and it comes to a screeching halt? Watching political people travel, like our Governor and his family, the rich are moving around freely enough. I am getting fed up with this whole mess. It is not that I do not believe there is a virus, it's that the numbers don't add up for me anymore, one reason I stopped watching the news. The truth is I do not want to get that vaccine, I do not want to be their lab rat, how come you hear a person from Sturgis dies from the virus and it’s all over the news (and you don’t know he got it at Sturgis) but don't hear about the demonstrators, the group at the National Mall, the people from Mr. Floyd's funeral, I am sure someone got sick. Anyway, I just needed to vent, I’m still being good, I am just so tired after months of this on the news every day and I know everyone else is to, you are not alone in your feelings. Please don’t say I know people who have died with this so have I but for the most part they had major health problems and probably would have passed with a bad case of the flu. My Aunt with Alzheimer’s has been locked in her room at the facility since March, hasn’t seen her family, they stopped calling because it upset her so, we should be able to be with our people when they pass, no one should die without loved ones by their side. Stepping off my soapbox.
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    I hear you. my older daughter lives alone. Thankfully she has her dog, but this is really difficult!
    I want to see, touch & kiss my children. One daughter was supposed to start a new job, of course that never happened and now she's unemployed - and can't find a job.
    They messed up her unemployment & now she has to try to get in contact with someone - good luck with that!
    We've taken over her car payments for her, but that makes her feel bad.
    Ugh, I am also so tired of all this.
    I wish people would just do what they are supposed to so we could get this under some sort of control. Every time I look at the news, the numbers keep climbing here in FL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magickay View Post
    You seem to be pretty well organized! Sounds like your holiday arrangements are working nicely.

    I came across a handful of special Christmas cards that I bought last year, and I think I have more stashed away. It's probably not a bad idea to get started on addressing them. I tend to procrastinate, so it would be great to be better prepared.

    During the year, I often make purchases with other people in mind for gift giving, usually for birthdays. But recently I've sent out some random gifts, just to surprise people. It's been rather fun, and I still have stuff in my gift stash to use later for Christmas.

    I've purchased some special items from JTV (Jewelry Television) that were quite affordable, and minimized the impact by stretching out the payments (they have a program called Stretch Pay that is a no-interest charge each month, usually five or fewer payments, until the cost is completed). I have several sterling silver chains that I will be using for pendants that I've purchased online from other sources. I do need to put my gift list together to see who is covered already, and who I still need to gift.
    What a nice idea, sending random gifts. Thank You. I have a niece with 2 little ones out of state and her husband is gone 4 months in training in another state. I think I'll get out one of those throws, pack some cocoa, tea, and a little box of cookies and mail those to her. You are the BEST!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary_Jo3 View Post
    What a nice idea, sending random gifts. Thank You. I have a niece with 2 little ones out of state and her husband is gone 4 months in training in another state. I think I'll get out one of those throws, pack some cocoa, tea, and a little box of cookies and mail those to her. You are the BEST!!
    I just sent a belated birthday gift to a Facebook friend I met online when we played Mafia Wars. He's a teacher, so I sent him two fossils and some crystals/stones that I thought would be of interest. Teachers should have things they can share with students to pique their curiosity and interests.

    Another FB friend from Mafia Wars is fighting metastatic breast cancer that has created tumors in her brain. She is recovering from head surgery and will start radiation treatment soon, while also undergoing chemo. She is very positive and not the 'pity me' type, so I sent her some stone beads (six different strands) that I had left from some jewelry inventory. She's going to create jewelry to help generate some income since she can't work right now. I had these sitting around, and she will put them to good use.

    Right now, I have four other packages in progress, which should go out this week. The priority is for a friend who just lost her left arm in a work accident. She is dealing with this quite well, infusing humor in her posts on FB. We have actually met through mutual friends. While we haven't seen each other often, we hit it off and keep in touch online. She has a wonderful supportive husband, and I want to send them a little something for their home.

    Random gifts for no reason can be uplifting, and reminds a person that they are special. That's my thought!
    Be Happy Now.

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