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Old 07-28-2002, 08:30 AM
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Old 07-28-2002, 08:41 AM
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OOOPS! I was getting ready to begin a post when I bumped a key. and you see the result before this one.--Sorry!

Thanks for the compliment janet, but those left in my family already know, for the most part, some of the things I've written about. The very young are so far away--spread all over the country, that we don't see each other anymore. "Tis sad, but true".

I was reading through the posts on those of you with fibromyalgia before I stopped for dinner, so have more to read later. I never realized how many people are afflicted with such a terrible condition. The more I read about the health of others, the more I know how well-off I am. I have nothing other than the pacemaker.
--And all of you seem to be so young yet. I hope something can be done to help each of you.
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Old 07-28-2002, 08:48 AM
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Hi Janet...

I don't know of any retired or senior citizen, that can't use money....however, how about going to the local supermarket and getting a gift certificate. Maybe she'll buy something considered a luxury if she is on a retiree's income...

Or...... how about setting up a tab account or a gift certificate at the drug store for her....

Want to give her something luxurious? Since she's an outdoorswoman, how about cashmere socks?

Does she like to knit or crochet or sew? How about a gift certificate or one of those kits from a craft store?

How about a gift certificate from her phone company for long distance calls.....maybe she'd like to talk to some friends or relatives that are not close by....

Pay her electric bill in the summer... or heat bill in the winter...


If she still drives, a tune up on her vehicle, a certificate for a few oil changes.....maybe she needs new tires......or pay the car insurance premium.

Some folks won't cook just for themselves, like they used to cook when there was family around.

Ziplock makes Table Tops, plastic dinnerware that has a locking top and can go in the freezer or refrigerator, then reheated. How about freezing some meals when you make meatloaf and mashed potatoes and another veggie. Freeze a plate is what I call it. It can be done with just about any entree you make at home, pasta, meat etc. Freeze some soups in 2 cup containers.
These are easily heated in the microwave, or they can be thawed and reheated in conventional utensils.

A week's worth of meals and a few soups will surely be appreciated I'm sure.

Hope this leads to other ideas....*s*

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Old 07-28-2002, 09:27 AM
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Say, Jeannie,

Those all are excellent suggestions! --Every one of them.
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Old 07-28-2002, 10:35 AM
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Blondie...thanks...I just added a few things to the list. I thought of them while I was in the kitchen putting up some home made
"TV" dinners.... I'm sure I'll think of more as the day goes by.

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Old 07-28-2002, 10:55 AM
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gift ideas for the elderly

I like to make fruit and gift baskets for them, you can be very creative with them or very simple. Fruits of the season, tea bags (different varieties that you think might be suitable), little jars of honey, jellies. I pick up baskets to keep on hand from variety stores, yard sales etc. You might make a colorful lining, or wrap the handle with the same material. little books, tapes, whatever you think might interest them. I found that with those confined to home, or sick that this is better than flowers since so many elderly have breathing problems.
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Old 07-28-2002, 12:18 PM
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When my grandmother turned 80, I took her out with my mom and my toddler, and had a 4 Generations professional photo taken. All 4 of us have it framed in our homes now, it was a very special ladies' day out and the picture is priceless. Grandma turns 100 this December and is throwing herself a birthday luncheon at the clubhouse of the retirement community she lives in.

I hate buying for her, her b'day is right near Christmas and it's hard enough to find one, but two things she might like. She has enough money that anything she would like, she gets herself. She has this big drawer she keeps stuff in, and 4 or 5 years later, someone else gets the unwanted gifts, oft as not!

I do remember one time, asking her what she wanted for her birthday, and she said... I want a real birthday party, with favors and parlor games, no one ever had them for me because it's so close to Christmas. I went to the library and researched old-fashioned party games, and did exactly what she wanted, with little wrapped prizes from the dollar store, and so on. I think it was probably the most memorable birthday of her life!

When she was born, story's told, her parents hid her in their bedroom and didn't tell the 4 older siblings they had a new sister, and put her under the Christmas tree on the 25th, their very own "living doll." I am always careful, since then, to wrap her b'day present in b'day paper and her Christmas present in Xmas paper, it makes her so happy.

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What a great idea, putting your new-born grandmother under the Christmas tree as a surprise for others!! I never heard of that before, and think it's such a geat thing to do, especially at the time of Christ's birthday
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Lightbulb elderly gifts

Lonya: I like the idea of the video. I've heard of that being done for weddings, bride and grooms pictures from birth to present, then the wedding. I guess we'll have to go to CD's now huh? Just as I was enjoying the VCR.
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Roxie: That must have been some kind of special gift, a "piece" of everyone! Would you happen to have a pic of the quilt you could share?
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