Saturday, December 25, 2010

Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more

One of my favorite stories at Christmas . . .

. . . So he paused. And the Grinch put a hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow... 
But the sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY! 
He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise! 

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same! 
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" 

Merry Christmas to all! I hope you enjoyed your day with family & friends.

(I love to watch the old Dr. Seuss cartoon.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas Lesson

Some years ago, I was given a gift. It was a gift that I didn't appreciate. It taught me a valuable lesson I've never forgotten.

Here's the setting. My sister wanted a particular CD. My brother gave it to her. He gave my Dad something he was excited about. My Mom got something equally impressive. I got this ornament. Naturally I was gracious, but disappointed. How could everyone in my family have gotten a great gift while I got something you hang on the tree?

I seethed most of the day. Especially after my sister listened rapturously to her new music. I'm not a greedy person by nature, I just expected some degree of fairness. I felt cheated. Slighted. 

It was some time later that afternoon. I don't recall the exact details of the blowup that ensued. It wasn't really a blowup, but I did let my brother know that I was not happy with his gift. Maybe he left his shopping too late? Maybe he spent all his money on everyone else's gifts? What possible reason could he have for giving me such a gift?!

"I saw it. And I thought it would be something you would like."

I felt about 2 inches tall. I'm tearing up just recalling his response. His gift was from the heart. And I had completely missed the point. Every gift should be given with thought and love---his was. I don't know what CD he gave my sister, or what my parents opened up, but I will never forget this present. I took it with me when I moved out and went away to college. It never even makes it the Christmas tree. I keep it on a shelf of keepsakes and souvenirs on my bedroom wall. It stays out year round. I love it's heart cheeks! I love his buttons! I love his scarf!

I love this gingerbread man!

Thank you Steele. Thank you for a Christmas lesson I will never forget. This ornament has become one of my prized possessions. I know it didn't cost much, but it's value is beyond measure. 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dead and Boring

I know my blog has been neglected, but not for lack of ideas. Last week my camera DIED! It's not a great camera, but it's been a good camera. I've had it for 4 years. I bought it at Sharper Image because I had a $100 gift card to put towards it. This camera had a touch screen which I loved. Anyway, it no longer works. And I don't have the money to replace it. So even though my photo library has over 10,000 photos in it, this post will remain photoless.

Good thing I know someone I can borrow a camera from for future posts and product listings in my shops.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happiness is . . .

watching HELP! with The Beatles.

Best line in the movie? Tonight my favorite is, "This is no time for foolish tricks. This is a hired car." at 9:51. In our house we quote lines from this movie daily. It doesn't matter how many times I see this movie, I always crack up.

If you haven't seen this movie before, this clip won't make much sense, but you will get to see The Fab Four sing "Another Girl." Shame on you if you've never seen it. It's definitely worth owning. If this clip intrigues you, you can watch the other parts on YouTube.

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Friday Night . . .

. . . and I'm home alone. What did I do? I crocheted a beanie I've been meaning to make for weeks. I made it to cover my greasy hair-do. It's greasy because I love having it straight and tried to stretch it one more day.

Then I took a few fun photos with my camera. The beanie is red because it's my favorite color AND it's almost Christmas. It's just a coincidence that I was wearing a comfy red hoodie. 

Not that this was very exciting. I guess I could have just washed my hair.

2010 is Winding Down

Can you believe it's December already? I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. If you were too busy eating and hanging out with family last weekend to check out our sale---never fear---Sylvia-Louise knows how to treat you right. We are having a YEAR-END CLEARANCE SALE! Every ready to ship handbag, messenger and tote is marked down. We want to make room for new bags, so take a look. You might find something for your best friend, your mom, your sister or even yourself.

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