Thursday, October 21, 2010

What a way to end the year!! Being Thankful.

Looking back thru my blogposts, one of my firsts posts was one that was probably my most interesting. The post I am talking about is from 2008, and it was titled “Today I am Thankful For”. Each day from November 18 thru the end of 2008, I posted something that I was thankful for. The postings were a great way to start the day and it was a great way to remember how many things I had to be grateful for. When I didn’t post at the beginning of the day, I had the entire day to think about things that I was grateful for. To me, it was a very inspiring way to end my year. Hmmm, maybe I will end this year with a similar blogpost.

Breast Cancer Awareness Auction to benefit Susan G Komen Fund

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. To show our support for breast cancer awareness, we have listed an auction thru Ebay with all of the proceeds going to the Susan G Komen fund. The item we have listed is a small white bear dressed in pink. This auction also features a small wicker chair also decorated in pink. The bear can be removed from the chair or can set in it. Here is the link to this Bear Breast Cancer Awareness Auction

Halloween - then and now

Halloween is just around the corner, and little munchkins will be out begging for candy. They don’t have the chance to experience the freedoms that Halloween used to be associated with. Now Halloween is usually centered around a town square, or similar area where businesses distribute treats to the ghosts and goblins. Door-to-door trick or treating is almost unheard of - many people don’t even know their neighbors. When we were young, this was like a rite of passage for children. It was safe to go trick or treating door-to-door thru your neighborhood (or town for that matter) and you knew everyone. Treats included many homemade items like popcorn balls, baked cookies, and cupcakes. Children in the 21st century don’t have the freedoms we had, but will still have their memories of celebrating Halloween in their own special way. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student can be a rewarding experience

Have you ever wanted to know what another country was like? Ever wanted to know the different customs and ways other countries celebrate, and how their day to day activities vary from yours? In the 1990's we hosted several different foreign exchange students through a group called Youth For Understanding (YFU). The students we hosted were from Germany, Denmark, and Brazil. Each student left a lasting mark on our lives. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to have these students in our home for 10 months each, and to learn about their cultures and for them to learn about ours. There were trying times (there always are when someone new comes for an extended stay), but we must say, the good times and memories outweigh the bad times. We have been fortunate enough for some of the students to have come back to visit. They have brought their spouses and we have had a great time visiting with them. The last visit was actually only a couple of months ago. We also stay in touch thru email. It is interesting to see them with their families and to see the wonderful adults they have become. It is also great because our daughter was an only child. She now feels like she has brothers and sisters. Her children have learned a lot about the different cultures, and countries thru their visits. They have also learned a few new words in different languages . If you ever have a chance to host a student from another country, it can be a very rewarding experience.

October Virtual Online Learning Blogging Challenge

Guess what? A whole month has passed since the last Virtual Online Learning Blogging Challenge, so here we are again. This challenge is for members of VOL to post five different blogposts in one day. It is a great way to keep your blog active. I have only been a member of VOL for a little over a month, but have learned a lot in the short time. VOL offers many different training sessions and challenges and you only participate in the ones you want too. There are many helpful people in the group, and there is also a message board if you have problems or need help. A few days ago, there was a training session on "Tweeking your blog". Although I did attend the session, I haven’t had a chance to implement all of the ideas I came away with. If you would like more info on VOL or interested in joining, check out the website. Virtual Online Learning

Friday, October 1, 2010

Check out our newly listed Ebay items - over 70 items in auction format

Hello everyone. Had a busy couple of days listing on ebay. Check out the items that are currently listed. For the first time in a long time, we have over 70 items listed at once. All are auctions, and some are ending within a couple of days, so scroll over and take a look. All items will be ending by next Thursday, October 7, 2010. We currently have some handcrafted, some new, some nearly new, and some vintage items listed so come on over and check them out. We still have groups of baseball collector cards listed - the season is almost over. Many of the listed items would make wonderful gifts so you can get a start on the holiday rush. Ready, set, go - use the following link and view the items we have for sale: ebay ID deb6999 formerly Debonaire Flea Market
Have a great day!