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VISA Gives You Thanks November 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Poetry.
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IMGP0732The rush used to start in November
With crowded stores and busy malls
Now, stores decorate early
As soon as summer turns to fall

Before little ghosts and goblins
Have time to “Trick or Treat”
Shoppers are regaled with Holiday Ads
Christmas Cards and Scented Wreaths

Christmas has become much more
Than stockings hung with care
For months, exhausted shoppers
Troll stores while carols flood the air

Holiday shopping and spending
Results in empty accounts at banks
And credit cards charged to the max
For which, Visa gives you thanks!

The Holidays come but once a year
Perhaps that’s for the best
After all the shopping and wrapping
Good consumers need a rest

Xmas-CatReconnect with the Holiday Spirit.  Join S.C.R.O.O.G.E  (the Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, Ostentatious Gift Exchanges).  Decorate a tree with nuts, seeds, & berries for the birds.  Invite friends over for cookies, cocoa, and a Holiday Movie.  Focus on the abundance in your life.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts: Experiential Gifts * Gifts of Hope * Press “Pause” and Enjoy the Present * Joy To The World * Christmas Unwrapped *  Green America Gift Membership * How Do You Spell Relief? * Christmas Gifts (Books, Photographs, and Artwork) * Buy American Made (Global Mysteries)

Happy Haul~idays!!! November 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink.
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Xmas-CatWhat’s better than NEW books for the Holidays???

Winning $500 of FREE Books in the Happy Haul~idays Sweepstakes from Chronicle Books.

To enter, post your $500 Chronicle Book WISH LIST on your blog and share the link at Chronicle Books:  Happy Haul~idays!

Or . . . just post a comment below. 

The featured prize will be Chronicle Books items valued at $500 for one blogger, one blog reader, and one charity, non-profit, library, reading room, or literacy program.

I choose the Island Library on Anna Maria Island!

Here’ s my Book Wish List:

1,001 Ways To Live In The Moment $9.95
Surfing Your Inner Sea $15.95
A Beautiful Bowl of Soup $19.95
Fresh From The Farmer’s Market $19.95
1,001 Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom $9.95
2012 Under the Tuscan Sun Calendar $15.99
Why Did I Buy This Book? $16.95
Secrets of Simplicity $19.95
1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom $9.95
52 Things to Try Once in Your Life $6.95
1,001 Ways to Save the Earth $9.95
Pizza: Delicious Homemade Pizza $18.95
52 Ways to Make A Difference $6.95
1,001 Pearls of Wisdom $9.95
Everyday Celebrations $24.95
How Now ~ 100 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment $14.95
How Now Deck ~ 50 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment $13.95
Whole Grains Cookbook $19.95
1,001 Meditations $9.95
Living Out Loud $17.95
Everyday Calm $9.95
Gratitude: A Journal $14.95
1,001 Ways to Relax $9.95
Simply Organic $24.95
New Vegetarian $19.95
I, Me, Mine, George Harrison $16.95
Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game $18.95
2013-12-23 15-10-19_00192012 Calendar of Awesome $12.99
4 Seasons Pasta $19.95
Haikubes $24.95
Greetings from the Onion $19.95
The Art of Pixar $16.95

If I win, one of YOU will win too . . .

One blogger  AND one commenter on the winning post each WIN the list!

Just leave a comment below! 

Official Rules.  Winners will be announced in December.

Tis the Season  . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!