The cool, crisp days of Autumn should warn us to make plans for
the upcoming holidays. No, I do not want you to run to the store
and buy your Christmas decorations and presents. However, it is
not too early to be thinking of projects related to the holidays.
I make my Christmas cardsnot with the computer, but hand drawing
each one. This becomes an enormous job when started in the middle
of December. I should be doing that instead of writing this column.
If you intend to create cards on your computer using a photo or
some such graphic, it still isn't too early to start. Better to
have them done than wait until you are rushed. Right?
If you have a digital camera, so much the better. Snap away at your
family, your pet, your house, whatever. Then decide what you can
do with that photo to make a great personalized greeting card. Both
Word and WordPerfect have templates for creating a greeting card,
so you don't even need a specialized program.
If you are not sure of your photography skills, check out www.kodak.com
for hints, tips, and wonderful ideas. You do not need to own a Kodak
camera to use the site and most of the offerings will work for any
If you decide that it is time to buy a new camera, flat monitor,
notebook, or printer or whatever, check out a deal that Guru Mary
Tollerton told me about. Hewlett-Packard is offering a 10% discount
on all online purchases over $100. Go to www.hpshopping.com
and view what they have to offer. If you decide to purchase at least
one item over $100, continue to the checkout page and insert the
following coupon code: SV5032. This coupon is good until 12/31/03.
As long as I have you in the holiday moodthink generositythink
unselfishlythink giving to others. OK, now that you want to
give, what should you give and to whom? We have the answer! You
can bring non-perishable food items and new toys to the November
and December main meetings. Not only will someone less fortunate
benefit from your gift, but you also will receive an extra chance
to become a winner of a door prize. You will receive a door prize
ticket for food and one for toys, which added to your normal free
ticket could give you up to three chances to win. Dave Askew will
again coordinate this annual program.