Being on a budget, I’ve been concerned about buying for Christmas this year. We’ve scaled back some in years past, but I don’t remember a year we haven’t incurred debt for gifts. This year, I plan to be more creative and crafty to keep within our limits. Having grandkids is a huge temptation to just go hog-wild. Nana and Papa simply must deliver!
Kaci made a simple suggestion that she’d like Braden to have some boy dress-up stuff – so I embellished the idea and think it might be the best gift idea yet. I am putting together a dress-up trunk apiece for Kali, Braden and Kelsey. I plan to scavenge my attic, the thrift stores, garage sales and Free-Cycle, especially right after Halloween! I am looking for well-made real clothes, individual pieces, not flimsy nylon mass produced costumes. Also in use is my sewing machine! Here are some of the ideas I’ve started with:
I plan to tailor some big people clothes to better fit and to easily take on and off. The accessories are important – lots of beads, scarves, sun glasses, and hats.
Put on your thinking cap – send me your ideas! Help me think of some more. I’ll take pictures when I have it all together.
Thanks to Linny for sending me this. It is just too funny not to pass on!
BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!
JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of road?
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It wa s the wr ong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need more black chickens.
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must fir st deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What
we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that this chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No bird gave me any insider information about crossing.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth? That’s why they call it the “other side.” Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you may become gay, also. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like “the other side.” That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s
as plain and as simple as that.
GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why a chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it had experienced a serious case of molting, and went
on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens crossing roads together.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will integrate with those that lay eggs. Henhouse Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable than previous versions.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road pass beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: Which way did he go?
Do you use a Feed Reader? Doesn’t it make the blog world so much easier? I’m going to answer a few questions here – and welcome your feedback. One of my on-line groups is moving toward a blog format and I’m seeking the most effective way to help the transition.
A feed is simply an alert to updated information on blogs and news. Many websites are now offering feeds. You want to know what’s new, don’t you?
Blogs are FUN and a wealth of information.
Subscribing doesn’t clutter up your e-mail (unless you choose that, which I do NOT)
You can read on or off-line at your leisure.
It’s easier than it sounds.
You can delete a subscription at any time.
You can sort, organize and search your subscribed feeds. “Where was that cookie recipe?”
It’s what all the cool moms are doing!
What do I use?
Google Reader. Sign up for a Google account using your current e-mail address.
(I use Mozilla Firefox, click Bookmark and Subscribe to RSS – Google Reader is my default reader and it gives me the option of Add to Google Homepage or Add to Google Reader.)
Google Reader is bookmarked as a homepage tab at the top of my browser – and it displays the number of updated feeds I’ve subscribed to. You can also make Google your homepage and there is a section that displays updated feeds.