Better Get Wrapping

I admire how the Japanese wrap gifts. It’s a bit more graceful than the way I was taught. The video above shows their technique though she doesn’t tell us that. She’s also got more tips that make a lot of sense. I’m going to test out her make your own gift bag one.

This one from HGTV Canada has a neat idea for creating a pocket when wrapping. You can stick a card inside. It also repeats the DIY gift bag idea with a slight variation.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

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ments, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Just a few wonderful posts:

 

Poem of the Week

The End of the Holidays
by Mark Perlberg

We drop you at O’Hare with your young husband,
two slim figures under paradoxical signs:
United and Departures. The season’s perfect oxymoron.
Dawn is a rumor, the wind bites, but there are things
fathers still can do for daughters.
Off you go looking tired and New Wave
under the airport’s aquarium lights,
with your Coleman cooler and new, long coat,
something to wear to the office and to parties
where down jackets are not de rigeur.
Last week winter bared its teeth.
I think of summer and how the veins in a leaf
come together and divide
come together and divide.
That’s how it is with us now
as you fly west toward your thirties
I set my new cap at a nautical angle, shift
baggage I know I’ll carry with me always
to a nether hatch where it can do only small harm,
haul up fresh sail and point my craft
toward the punctual sunrise.

A Weird Week

It’s a weird week when the days just don’t feel right. We have had to work on Saturday and Sunday so we can get Monday – Wednesday off for Dragonboat Festival. I’ve felt out of sync all week.

Today’s Saturday, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.  It doesn’t feel like a weekday either. It’ll be nice to be off and kick back starting Monday, but Thursday and Friday will feel weird too. It’s not till the next Monday comes that things return to a normal rhythm.I’m not sure when I’ll adjust to this Chinese practice of making people work on the weekend so they get more time off during the week.

Poem of the Week

New Year Resolve

by May Sarton

The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.

Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.

Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.

For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.

Happy Halloween!

You Are a Skeleton

You are totally goofy and entertaining. You are simply charming.

You know how to have fun, and you’re happy to be part of a group or crowd.You can be a bit dark in your thinking sometimes, though other people don’t see it.

You tend to develop strange obsessions and offbeat interests. You are delightfully quirky.