Saturday, June 01, 2013
Living the pantry lifestyle
I am rather groggy and sleep deprived so grant a little grace should this post be a mumble jumble of words. A tornado watch was put up just as I was going to bed so when I heard the storms roll through about 1:00-ish, I got up to follow them on our local news channel.
While we were under severe thunderstorm warnings, the only actual rotation was in another county and once the excitement was over, I went back to bed but could not get back to sleep easily.
My ponderings this week about the pantry lifestyle were prompted by the recent season of "Hallmark Holidays" and family birthdays. No one received a card from me! I used to be so good about going to my favorite stationary store (in whatever town we lived) and stocking up a couple times a year on birthday, get well, sympathy, etc. cards.
I have even purchased beautiful cards on vacation when cute little gift shops had cards that were not available in my area. A few circumstances changed all that but they were mostly... my income went down as the price of cards skyrocketed. I can't believe how much some of those pretty cards cost these days.
It is still a good idea to plan a couple stock up dates (for me it was usually the beginning of the year and summer-ish) if you send a lot of cards. I used to purchase all my birthday cards at the beginning of the year as they are easy to plan.
However, one never knows when they will need a get well or sympathy card and having them available makes it more likely one will send a card!
I know a few people who love making their own cards but the birthday, anniversary, etc. is suddenly a day away and there is no time to make one of their own and no time to shop for a card... so years go by with no cards sent. Which is why I'm planning a day this summer to make some cards ahead of time... if it is not planned it does not get accomplished.
I purchase my Christmas cards when they go on the 50% off sale each year. We just don't send out as many with the price of postage going up so much. We should have stocked up on the Forever Stamps a few years ago!
One year when Stephanie was still little, we were going to be in my husband's hometown on his elderly aunt's birthday. I had no idea what to get her until a friend said one of their best gifts they ever gave a family member in a nursing home was a box of all occasion greeting cards with a book of stamps. What a great idea and yes, it was appreciated!
Have you ever thought about how people are not writing real letters, anymore? I love getting notes from people, even if they are short (I have a big hat box filled with your cards, letters, and notes!). I keep them all! But I admit to being amiss about sending them out...
I was perusing some nonfiction books on my bookshelves yesterday and thinking how many of these books about the American Revolution came from researching letters and journals. I wonder if... a hundred years from now... historians will be perusing e-mails?