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Old 03-26-2008, 07:26 AM   #31
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I agree with the above threads for sharing - bring a smile to someone's face. Otherwise, on a home-scale, portiono & freeze ahead of the next party or event.
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:33 AM   #32
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Yeah, I just need to get over myself and talk to people I guess.
I think we have a new nursing home in town, maybe I could volunteer somehow. Alot of things need to wait though until my kids are bigger and I dont need to get a sitter for everything!
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:59 AM   #33
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LOLOL - You guys are comical. I have laughed out loud off and on throughout this thread. LOL

Suzie - If you are thinking about volunteering at a nursing home, take your kids with you. Both the kids and the residents love and very much need this. So many of the residents have family (grandchildren) who never visit and from a mother‘s perspective of now 20 something year old daughters, it instills a great amount of respect and care for our older generation. In another life I was a Therapeutic Activity Director for two different nursing homes and often had my kids at work with me for an hour or two at a time from about the ages of 3 years up to about 8 years old. They truly enjoyed it because of the attention they got. Once the residents come to know your children, it will be as if they have MANY grandmas and grandpas. Not to worry about the residents who are confused, etc. Yes, it is a bit odd to the kids at first and even a little scary, but with loving explanations and teaching them how to be understanding of the person and their condition, it is a good thing in the long run. If only visits and hugs, that would be great.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:35 PM   #34
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Suzi, I had the same problem and ended up making wedding (and other specialty) cakes and doing some part time catering, but as someone said sometimes having your passion become business can turn it into an obligation and take the fun out of it.

The other thing we did was start to take in borders (it was lonely after "rent-a-daughter") moved out. I think DH when filling out the adds must have said that a pre-requisite was that the person have a huge appetite and/or love sweets . That keeps me busy and happy, when I am able to work in the kitchen around my arthritis woes. It also helps to take my mind off it!

Those are both probably impracticle for you with the kids, but I thought I would throw them out there.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:38 PM   #35
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Just thought of something else - I started filling my care packages to rent-a-daughter with cookies (sturdy non-refridgerated ones travel well). Maybe you could start baking and sending it to other DC members
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:40 PM   #36
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Hey suzie, I'm a needy DC member!!! A care package sounds like a great idea. You can practice on me.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:40 PM   #37
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THAT is a great idea!
If I could afford postage......
on the other hand, it would be a huge, widespread joke like fruitcake.....
I can see a new sticky entitled "I got another suziquzie box"
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:42 PM   #38
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Ooooooh noooooo, not fruitcake!!!! In that case, you should start with buckytom.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:43 PM   #39
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I totally loved the pic of the livingroom, suzie. Made me feel better about the state of mine right now. Sadly, I have no hubby here to blame it on.
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you can blame it on mine..... :)
I can't believe i showed anyone my living room like that!!!!
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