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Traditional Valentine gifts for her are jewelry, flowers and candy. But what if she is a lumberjack? She might prefer a chain saw. This year Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14, 2015.
I Feel Poetic
Valentine’s Day Dilemma
John Taylor Jones
I know it’s only January,
But I like to fret.
It’s already the seventh,
And I don’t know yet
What to get her for Valentine’s day,
A mink or a jet?
It won’t be a mink!
It won’t be a jet!
Maybe a horse.
Maybe a house.
It will not be those either,
I’m as poor as a mouse.
I know what I’ll do,
This penniless soul,
I’ll make her a gift
From a branch of my dead oak tree,
I’ll just cut and plane
And shape it, you’ll see.
I’ll make her a paddle
To row up the creek.
She has an old kayak,
She’ll think that is neat.
Or maybe a rocker
To put on her porch.
She can drink lemonade;
Summer’s sun here can scorch.
But I was thinking of something else
That I’m sure she would like.
I’ll carve a wooden seat
For her rusty old bike.
Yes, that is it!
I’ll paint that old bike.
With the new wooden seat,
She surely will like.
So you see why I start early
On her Valentine’s Day gift.
I need gas for my chainsaw.
Can you give me a lift?
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Gifts of the Heart
John Taylor Jones
December 31, 2014
We give gifts at Christmas
Because that is what we do.
But some do not give material things,
They are not that well-to- do.
The poorest mother
With her children in rags
Still gives her gift of love.
That gift comes from God above,
So that is what she does.
Material gifts without the love
Have value not long lasting.
Kindly love to needy souls
Is always everlasting.
Think not about material things.
Think mainly of each other.
Daily share your gift of love,
Love eternal and long lasting,
With friends and family,
Even strangers on the street.
Such love will spread
Throughout our land.
Now wouldn’t that be sweet?
Weekly Gift Idea: Tools
Tools are not just for men even though that is a way to a man’s heart. There’s nothing like the feel of a good wrench, saw or hammer.
But women need tools too. A good pair of pinking shears might be just the thing.
And children love tools too. You’ll have to give them toys tools. They will find hand tools very handy when pounding on the furniture. lol
So think about tools for Christmas.
Here are some suggestions:
Dad Taught Me First
My father was very interested in Astronomy. He always kept me up to date on Astromomical Events. He taught me not to look directly at the sun during an eclipse. He showed me how to smoke glass to diminish the effect of the sun’s rays. That is not the best way to do it because using small glass is not really safe. Need some other kind of protection. Dad actually injured his looking at an eclipse before I was born.
Dad also told me about Albert Einstein and Relativity. Dad was very good at teaching difficult subjects to a young boy. My older friends thought I was nuts but Dad was right.
Dad told me all about Halley’s Comet. It returns to earth about every 75 years. It was here in 1986 and will be back in 2061. Dad first saw it in about 1911, so he would have been eleven years old. He was still around to see it in 1986, a year he was waiting for.
Are you old enough to have watched the Hale-Bopp comet in 1995? It hung around for over a month. We watched it through my spotting scope which has a 1000 mm lens. If you spot a comet that has not been reported before, the comet will be given your name. The name was shared by Hale and Bopp, the first observers reporting the comet. (How to Report a New Comet)
Through a pair of binoculars, you can see four (4) of Jupiter’s moons.They are
Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They were first spotted by Galileo Galileiin1610 and are called the Galilean Satellites. You would think that at least one of them would have been named after Galileo Galilei. He invented the telescope.
The great images from the Hubble Telescope make it easy to see what is out there but there is nothing like seeing them through your own optics.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a gift for an individual. You may need not only a good idea, a gift that they will like, one that is in your budget.
When you can’t think of anything else, or perhaps before you think of anything else, consider books. The book that focuses on the interest of the receiver will be most welcome.
This is the first year that I have not purchased gifts for all the members of my family. The number of gifts was approaching 100. So I took the name from the families of my five children. One name I drew was my granddaughter who lives in Alaska with her husband. They live on an island reachable by boat, the ferry or floatplane.
Recently my granddaughter has been birding. She is in town now for a couple of weeks and I took her burning along with her husband. Turns out that she is a pretty good birder. I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said a certain bird guide. It was delivered to her yesterday because she will soon be going back to Alaska.
Little children love books. Of course you’ll have to read it to them. But that is okay too.
I received books at times for Christmas and I always appreciate them. So will those who receive books for Christmas from you.
A couple of years ago, I bought an inexpensive Hoover vacuum cleaner at the local hardware store. It never cleaned the carpet. Worthless! So just recently, I bought a Sharp, the one you see here, at the suggestion of my wife’s caregiver. Now, THIS BABY WORKS! It’s very easy to operate and clean and there are no bags to mess with. I JUST HAD TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT! John
- Extra large capacity dustcup and Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology traps over 99.99% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum
- Ultra-maneuverable swivel steering provides the ultimate control to get in and around obstacles and furniture
- Powerful motorized brushroll can be turned on or off, providing superior performance on both carpets and bare floors
- Includes 5 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Style Name: Vacuum
Five Star: “This is probably the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. It’s lightweight and easy to use. It’s very easy to switch from the main vacuum, to the handle pull out, and the lift-away. The price is great for this powerful vacuum and it has great suction!”
Five Star: “Im not one to usually write reviews and this wont be long. but holy crap, this thing is amazing! So much quieter than my old vaccum and I am shocked at how much this thing picks up.”
That is how I fell about this vacuum despite the bad reputation of Sharp in the past. Now they have made a fantastic vacuum that SUCKS! lol