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RE: RE: Simplifying the holidays..


I wish you luck on that one Jesse.... 

Dh family is huge (like 40 some folks siblings and their kids/husbands
only) and they decided to do a pick name type thing... another year they
did a grab bag with a thyme. All would have worked great- except you get
the ones who don't keep within the rules and then get upset. Three of
his sisters still went out and bought something for everyone... and of
course the rest of us stuck with the plan. Caused a lot of problems
which where caused by them....

BTW, the grab bag with a thyme was great... everyone pulled a set idea
at FIL birthday party in Oct... mine was 'tailgate party' so the gift
had to be creative within that. Also had a 25.00 limit, so no one went
overboard. The matching envelope/tag were hanging on the tree, you
picked one and then found the match package. It was fun to see how
everyone came up with ideas based on the concept... and none were gender
related and fit into the 15 to 70+yr range. Kids had their own name
pull.

BTW Xmas is here this year, so stress will definitely be in the holiday
plan. So I picked a no present year. Instead everyone has to help with
the sit down dinner and bring a traditional food from their spouses
heritage.... We will do the basic meats and stuff, they need to bring
the rest...we will see what happens. (DH comment-- are you nuts...
answer probably...my thought was it would help to combine the families
via food traditions)

Donna

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Jesse Bell
> Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 8:53 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] RE: Simplifying the holidays..
> 
> Yes...I agree. And our family is thinking of just drawing a name and
> buying that one person a gift. And on Christmas Eve...we all take
turns
> opening our one gift. When you only have one person to buy for..and
you
> know that person well, the gift will be something that will enrich
their
> life and have meaning. Plus you can buy one NICE gift instead of a
bunch
> of little ones. (but the grandbaby gets a bunch of fun toys)
> 
> 
> Jesse
> 
> Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net> wrote:
> Ah, Kitty! That is the best kind of present! To have someone actually
put
> thought into a present is the best part of knowing you are loved.
> 
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 8:19 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - now tubers was-Wonderful web tribute to the
Armed
> forces
> 
> > I am going to simplify Christmas this year too.
> > Bare minimum.
> Same here. No tree - gave it to my niece. No outside lights, trying to
> keep
> the bill down. Presents will be inexpensive but thoughtful.
> Kitty
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jesse Bell"
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 5:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - now tubers was-Wonderful web tribute to the
Armed
> forces
> 
> 
> > Man, oh man...I hear ya. Our farm is pretty big and of course I went
> > nuts with putting in new gardens (like a kid with a new box of
crayons
> > and Big Chief Drawing pad). NOW...it more than I can keep up with. I
am
> > scaling down. I love water ponds and all that...I just don't want
the
> > maintenance of keeping them up. I'm 42 years old...and right
now...my
> > soul feels about 80. I am going to simplify Christmas this year too.
> > Bare minimum.
> >
> >
> > Jesse
> >
> > james singer wrote:
> > Donna, I love water gardens and pond and fountains and streams--in
> > someone else's yard. We have a koi pond with fountains in the atrium
of
> > our building, and it's great to watch the clients become mesmerized
by
> > the bubblers, the fish, and the changing lights. [Other shoe] but I
> > don't want another labor intensive garden at the plantation.
> >
> > The nearby branch library has a retention pond--maybe a quarter
> > acre--with a fountain in the center. It's planted with mostly
> > natives--canna, water lily, arrowroot--and lotus. It's really
fantastic
> > when all are in bloom. [Asidum: Heard one of the local news readers
> > call the library a lie-bury this morning. Obviously, she wasn't
hired
> > for her intellect.]
> >
> > Incidentally, just picked my first tangello of the season.
> >
> > On Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at 07:57 AM, Donna wrote:
> >
> > > Hum..... no wonder watergardening is still in the dark ages...LOL!
> > >
> > > Donna
> > > Who knew you were not going there, but the watergardener in me had
to
> > > do
> > > it :)
> > >
> > >>
> > >> A little out of my ken.
> > >>
> > >> Kitty
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>> Hum.. tubers you say....Well how about some tropical water
lilies or
> > >>> lotus? ... Both do well in a whiskey barrel size container?
> > >>>
> > >>> Donna
> > >
> > >
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> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> > Zone 10a
> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >
> >
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