My Sweetheart Gifts Weekly Gift Idea: Tools

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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:

Tools for Men

Automotive Tools for Men

Tools for Women

Sewing Tools for Women

Tools for Children


Gift of the Day: Telescopes and Astronomy

Celestron Telescopes

My Parents

My Parents

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.

t-1Dad 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)

Jupiter’s Moons

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.

t-2Astronomy Magazines

Through a telescope or a pair of astronomy binoculars, you can see many object in space. Astronomy magazinesshows what is visible at any given time.

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.


Daily Gift Idea: Books

Gift Idea: Books

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.

Kids Love Books

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.


Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away Vaccum

SharpA 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

Price: $254.95 Free Shipping for Prime Members

  • Vacuum
  • Vacuum with Bonus Tool Kit
  • Vacuum with Car Detail Kit

    Never Loses Suction upright vacuum features 3 vacuums in one, a powerful upright, a lift-away pod for portable cleaning and a convenient canister vacuum 

  • 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

Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away (NV501)

Product Details

Style Name: Vacuum
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 11.5 x 33.8 inches ; 16 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 24.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
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  • ASIN: B0091JG0LY
  • Item model number: NV501
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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

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Weekly Gift Idea: Cuisinart CPT-440 Countdown 4-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster


I was looking for a good toaster a while back. I ended up buying this one after reading reviews. I love this toaster. I set the number I want to toast to, put the bread in the slots, push Toast and the toast goes down. When it is done, it pops up. Great for toast and bagels.

I bought the 4 slice model but you can get the 2 slice model too.

Cuisinart CPT-440 Countdown 4-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
by Cuisinart

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Size: 4-Slice

Stainless steel housing and blue backlit LCD countdown feature display

Blue LED function buttons
7 Shade settings as well as Bagel, Defrost and Reheat options
Removable crumb tray
1-1/2-Inch wide slots

Product Description

Color: Polished Chrome | Style Name: 4-Slice

Cuisinart gets extra credit for its innovative Touch to Toast Lever-less Toaster. A motorized control lowers items into 4 extra wide slots with the touch of a button. Dual control panels, with blue backlit LCD displays and countdown timers, control two slots each. Features one-sided enhanced bagel toasting, reheat and defrost controls, audible alert signal and 7 shade settings – everything you’ve come to expect from atop-of-the-line Cuisinart toaster. Streamlined, in elegant brushed stainless steel, it’s the toast of the town.
Four Star
“I went to the “leverless” Cuisinart. It’s about $20-$30 more expensive than the newer model, which has a lever for lowering the toast, but I decided to go leverless anyway. I’m glad I did. The leverless function is very neat–effortless and functional–and in my experience, the push levers can break or go wonky, so I think this is better. Otherwise, it toasts evenly, dries the bread slightly making it taste better when toasted, and the bagel setting works nicely, toasting only one side. The “countdown” feature is a set of digital bars that disappear one by one as the toast progresses, until there are none left, and the toast rises, sounding a light ping at the same time.”
Five Star
Style Name: 2-SliceColor Name: Brushed Stainless Steel Verified Purchase

“It may seem odd but I bought this for my wife on Valentine’s Day and it was one of her favorite Valentine’s Day gifts ever. It happens after 30 years. It might have helped that 1) I saw her looking at toasters in Target, 2) I gave her roses and took her to dinner too. The latter cost as much as the toaster, but it’s the toaster she still raves about.

“Everyone who sees it is interested and impressed. It’s everything the product description says and it makes good toast and frozen waffles too.”

Like I say, I love this toaster as do many others who have purchased it.
Enjoy! John

Weekend Gift Idea: Shopping for a Crowd

Santa and SleighDeciding what to get folks at Christmas can be a problem. You have:

Toddlers and preschoolers
Elementary school children
Young Adults
Middle aged people
Older adults

When you multiply this by two because of the sex differential, you have 16 categories.

In the past, I’ve always done this for about 100 people. This is the first year that I have drawn names from the family pools of my children so that I can cut back on spending and not have to go through the process of wrapping and mailing gifts.

I’m sort of turning into a latter-day Scrooge.

One way to save time and energy is to order online and have the packages gift wrapped and shipped to those on your list.


Gift of the Week: Richard Scarry Busy Town

Best Sellers in Toys and Games

What do kids want for Christmas? Here is a best seller at Amazon:

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Kids have fun and build confidence every time they say, “I found it!”
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Promotes attention to detail
  • Reinforces object identification and matching skills

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Product Description

Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a Busytown adventure, racing around Busytown to search for hidden objects in this fun-filled collaborative. Richard Scarry’s classic world comes to life in the gigantic, colorful game-board. Drive through city streets, and activity-filled farm, a busy airport, and a bustling harbor full of boats. There’s so much to discover along the way!

Busytown Eye Found it!

Busytown awaits!

Richard Scarry's Busytown

Six-foot board!

How Many Can You Find!?
Pig Will and Pig Won’t are on a mission to eat all the food on Picnic Island! Using the illustrated, over six-foot long game board, you’ll work as a team to make it to Picnic Island before they eat the food! Work together with other players to find hidden objects like buckets, traffic lights, flags, or ladders! Everyone gets a chance to say, “I Found It!”—the faster you find the hidden objects the faster you’ll move!How to play, snapshot!
After setting up the game board, placing the ferry at the end of the road, and the food items on Picnic Island, everyone chooses a mover. On your turn, the spinner will tell you to move, take away one food item from Picnic Island and spin again, or solve a Goldbug Mystery! To solve a Goldbug Mystery you flip a Goldbug Card and work as a team to find the item on that card on the game board. For each item your team finds you get to move forward a space. To win, all players must be on the ferry and arrive at Picnic Island before the pigs eat all the food.

Wonder Forge has won over 120 prestigious awards by creating good-for-you games that encourage teamwork, healthy competition, and get-up-and-go active play! Disney Princess Pretty as a Picture Matching keeps little ones engaged and having fun, while it promotes key preschool learning skills.

What’s In The Box?
1 Game Board in three sections, 4 Movers, 4 Mover Bases, 1 Spinner, 1 Ferry Tile, 10 Magnifying Glass Tokens, 6 Food Tiles, 30 Goldbug Cards, 1 Sand Timer, 1 Game Rules Manual. Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found it! Game is intended for 2-4 players ages 3 and up!

“I am 7 years old, and I love this game very much. Even my sister can play the game, and my sister is three. It is a family game, and we love it. You look through a fake magnifying glass to find different objects. You lose as a family and win as a family. I wish my mom would get it down more often.”

“The best thing about this game is that you move your own little piece, but you have to work together in order to “win” the game. My 3 and 5 year old loved solving the mysteries as they took turns playing. It was fun for them to hunt for the various hidden pictures on the game board and use the little magnifying glasses to mark their finds. I thought the artwork was great, the game creative, and had fun playing it with my kids.”

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“I love the Richard Scarry’s theme and the fact that the players don’t actually play against each other. They are a team- My 5 five year old daughter is at an age where she hates it when she loses so this works great. As an adult, I also enjoyed playing this with my daughter- which is really saying something. The game board and pieces are very good quality as well. I highly recommend this game for your family or a gift.”

Weekly Gift Idea: Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs

When I Was a Kid, I Wanted Lincoln Logs

When I was a little boy, one of the many things I coveted was Lincoln Logs. After some years of waiting, as I remember, I did receive a minimum set. When we had no Lincoln Logs, we used kindling wood to build our log cabins, our corrals, and our fences. If we could round up a few toy animals, we put them in the corral. I remember our Lincoln logs set was really too small so we supplemented our structures with kindling wood.

jackson kindergardenLincoln logs are still a great gift for children age 3 and older. I think that I’m going to buy a set of Lincoln Logs so that when my little great grandson and his sister come over to the house, they can build a log cabin. I always have lots of toys here for them to play with, especially toy cars. I’ll have to get a few toy animals to go up the Lincoln Logs. Sounds like fun to me! (Pic: My kindergarten class. I’m front center on left of the kid (my friend Larry) with the goggles.)

WARNING: Read Reviews on any log set. Some are crap! The logs and roof slats are not like the original and there are too few pieces and the wrong size to build anything. You don’t even get what you pay for!

K’nex Lincoln-Logs Collector’s Edition Homestead Building Set

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 Largest Lincoln Logs Building Set ever created!
  • Includes over 330 pieces to build a Frontier Town
  • Frontiersman figure, buildable wagon and 2 horses
  • Easy clean-up and storage with sturdy tub
  • Recommended for builders ages 3+
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This item’s packaging will be visible when delivered and cannot be gift-wrapped.

Product Details

    • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 11.5 x 11.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 8.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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    • ASIN: B00IFVH4E6
    • Item model number: 869
    • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 15 years
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,285 in Toys & Games
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  
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Product Description

Travel to an earlier era with the Lincoln Logs Collector’s Edition Homestead Building Set! Build your very own traditional frontier town – or challenge yourself to create anything you can imagine with the over 330 real wood pieces included in this set. Crafted in the traditional Lincoln Logs style, this Collector’s Edition Homestead Building Set includes richly stained all-wood logs, chimneys and roof slats. The largest Lincoln Logs set ever created will entertain for hours and has endless rebuild and play time. The Lincoln Logs Collector’s Edition Homestead Building Set includes a Frontiersman figure plus a buildable wagon and 2 horses. The set comes with a sturdy tub for easy clean-up and storage. A timeless classic since 1916, the Original Lincoln Logs have earned their place within authentic American tradition, passed down from generation to generation as an ageless favorite that will always be just like you remember it to be. Then and now, solid wood construction provides a long lifespan for this playroom essential, not to mention a consistent reputation for the highest quality and durability. As always, Lincoln Logs are splinter-proof and precision cut into different lengths with notches at the ends, ensuring that the logs are not only safe, but easy to build with. Recommended for builders ages 3+.
“The pieces all fit together really nicely, and like the original Lincoln Logs they are smooth and have that awesome wood smell. All of the extras included make the kit worth wild as they add to the options possible for play time.”

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“This set is a must-have! There are actually enough pieces to get creative.”

“My children both started playing with this as soon as it arrived and it became a fortress for Barbies, Military guys and Littlest Pet Shop alike. It was nice because it was a lot of fun for them and they were playing together with no modern technology. . This would make an excellent addition to any Lincoln Log collection and would make a wonderful gift this holiday season.”

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Second WARNING: Read Reviews on any log set. Some are crap! The logs and roof slats are not like the original and there are too few pieces and the wrong size to build anything. You don’t even get what you pay for!