We've had a really quiet day. I have been catching up on household chores, and I made a big pot of borscht for the crockpot this morning.
I was thinking I should do a post about Christmas gifts.
The book with my essay in it about Coco, The Divinity of Dogs, is now available in paperback. Wonderful gift.
I have a poem in a terrific new anthology by moms of special needs kids, Monday Coffee & Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs.
I also am reading a terrific book by Karen Karbo, which I've blogged about before, Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life.
My friend Cliff's terrific book of poetry The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics is also fun, even if you're not a "poetry person."
I cannot emphasize this enough:
BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS!!!
See below for some faves of mine.
I love love love the soaps I get from Goat Milk Stuff. It's a family business and you get a very pure product. I have awful issues with skin products but their soaps are wonderful.
Sucklebusters has wonderful sauces and rubs and now they offer fruit preserves. Haven't tried those but I am sure they are terrific.
I met the lady who makes Washed Up Creations a few years ago, and I love her site. She offers truly unique and beautiful things.
My friend Dazie has a new website, Dazie Max for her funky and fun art/clothing collection. Check out her stuff!
How about supporting locally-owned restaurants with a gift certificate? We like to eat at Bambinelli's, and The Blue Ribbon Grill, and The Greater Good Barbeque [fried pickles! Yum!]. What are some of the family-owned or locally-owned restaurants in your area?
Some of My FAVORITE GIFTS that don't cost a lot:
a framed photo of people I like/love
a phonecall from a friend I haven't talked to in person in a long time
a tree ornament
treating me to lunch
gift card to a local movie theater
board games [Scrabble, Sorry, Othello] - great for a family