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SallyBR1's picture

has this been discussed?

I got two nice golf gifts from hubby - a new golf bag (mine was old, bought already second hand and showing its use) and a very nice gadget to check the distance of the pin - it uses a laser, you point at the pin (the pin needs to have special crystals that reflect the laser) -

our neighbors gave me a fantastic gift: a Japanese teapot with a dragonfly design - beautiful, small, burgundy color - black dragonfly. I was speechless....

RuthWells's picture

(post #51591, reply #1 of 113)

I got a copy of Alice Medrich's "Cocolat" (used) and the third season of "West Wing."

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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #51591, reply #3 of 113)

I got the first and second seasons of The West Wing, Christmas present from my parents -- tonight on the fourth episode of the first series, and loving it!  I've seen the whole WW but never mind seeing it over and over again.  Is this one of the best American tv series or what?  cheers, Bonnie

Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #4 of 113)

You won't believe what I got and at my request, too -- two new toilets, since I'm nervous about the old ones after we had a flood from a flaw in another which was replaced after that.

I really like the new one, and so DH bought two more at Lowe's, and I was very surprised. Even more surprised (and nervous) when Robert decided to install them himself. The installation of just one cost $600 (yikes!), and DH said that while he didn't mind making out a $600 check to the plumber, a $1200 check was something else. So one has been successfully installed, and he's working on the other. Poor man was NOT cut out to be a plumber -- the whole process including taking the other toilet out was about three hours. Keep your fingers crossed! Exciting times here. LOL

Gretchen's picture

(post #51591, reply #5 of 113)

VERY  wise. After our disaster last year with a NEW toilet we replaced our other upstairs 50+ year old ones. We did it at Home Depot and the tariff was not really bad at all.  I was not interested in a "designer" commode, and I think the bill for both with installation by their plumbers was about $600. They even came back very cheerfully because one was rocking a little.  Just RE-installing the one that cause our flood was something like $900!  I couldn't figure that out--and insurance didn't pay for that.

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Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #8 of 113)

Our insurance didn't pay for the new toilet or the installation, but it paid for all of the remediation excluding our deductible. After the flood, DH ran out and bought a new toilet at Lowe's but the installation alone was $600.

These aren't expensive -- around $200 American Standard low-flow models. We've been very pleased with the first, and since the original leak was caused by a crack in the tank of a flawed 19 year old toilet, I feel much more comfortable having the other two replaced.

It was a freaky thing for sure, but I wouldn't want it to happen again, plus it's about time to get low-flow models in, anyway. A friend whose house was built at the time the first generation low-flow models were on the market is planning on replacing all of them. They take at least two or three flushes to work properly.

Gretchen's picture

(post #51591, reply #12 of 113)

Yes, that was our insurance "thing" also--no pay for what caused the flood. And you are right about the low flow. Pretty amazing.

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MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #19 of 113)

Good grief!  I've bought, and installed, toilets and have never paid that much for either a toilet or installation.  I did pay someone to install the last two, he wanted $60 to do them both, but was having a bit of trouble, since they're dual flush, and it took him almost all day.  I gave him $200, and he was thrilled.  The most expensive toilet I've bought came from New Zealand, it was a dual flush, and I think cost just over $400. 



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SallyBR1's picture

(post #51591, reply #6 of 113)

What a nice gift! It made me think of that "dog house" video - priceless...

but I do like a practical gift myself

as to installing the toilet, Phil did it himself twice, finally for the one in the new bathroom he had the plumber do it. Of course, since the guy was already going to cost an arm and a leg to do all the other installation.... in the end it was worth it

enjoy the new toy! :-)

Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #9 of 113)

Robert's getting way better at this. The first one took three hours to install and this one was only two. If he did enough of them, heaven only knows how quick he'd be. He says two is enough, and I'll never know. LOL

It WAS a very nice gift and his time and effort mean a lot to me, too. He's a dear man. Thank you -- I WILL enjoy the new toys. ;-)

Jean's picture

(post #51591, reply #10 of 113)

New thrones are nice. Our gifts were for the house this year..clothes dryer, basement fridge, and an Edenpure quartz heater for the back porch or treehouse wherever we need it. :) 


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MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #20 of 113)

Gifts for the house, also.  We got lights installed in the ceiling of all bedrooms, which we didn't have before.  Also, added a switch in the master bathroom which Ray had wanted.  Then he went through the Costco Catalog and picked out books he hadn't read and I took him to the kitchen place and told him what to buy.  No problems!



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Jean's picture

(post #51591, reply #21 of 113)

Rod reminded me that he also bought a larger toaster oven. Bigger on the inside, but not as well insulated as the DeLonghi. It wasn't on my list so I shouldn't be ungrateful, eh? :/


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Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #36 of 113)

Do you have space for the new toaster oven?

Jean's picture

(post #51591, reply #39 of 113)

No, it replaced the other one (at least temporarily) -- can you tell it wasn't my idea? Heh.


We had fun with the family this year. Instead of buying gifts we each wrapped 3 of our possessions in newspaper and took turns choosing and unwrapping a gift. (The only rule was that we were not to spend any money.) Then we were free to bargain and exchange with each other. A few of the 30 items were a fake men's Rolex (keeps good time), a rhinestone bracelet, an anchor and heavy rope, a cookbook, a gosh-awful bunny and carrot candy dish, a lovely rock paper weight, a leprechaun coffee mug, a half empty bottle of grand Marnier, a beach umbrella, a clock mounted on a slab of slate, a yarn boa scarf, a slightly scratched silver plated double picture frame ornament, a box of  US gov. pens, and the biggest hit was  a pregnancy test kit ( for a room full of guys, menopausal women and an 11 year old girl) We all hooted at that one.


It was fun.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #51591, reply #40 of 113)

THAT is cute!!  ;o)

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msm-s's picture

(post #51591, reply #41 of 113)

That's a wonderful idea! I'm all for re-gifting; it's "green"

MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #42 of 113)

What did you end up with?  A group of friends decided we were all going to exchange homemade gifts this year, and drew names.  I got a lovely cross-stitched picture, which is in a place of honor in my kitchen.  Gave a hand drawn picture of another friend and her new hubby, framed in a frame which I found packed away and never used.  It was fun, but a lot harder than just looking at a gift list and hoping for the best.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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Jean's picture

(post #51591, reply #55 of 113)

I ended up with the horrid bunny/carrot thingie,  the slate clock, and the   1/2  bottle of Grand Marnier. LOL


bellbutt.gifKing of Kings, and Lord of Lords!


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
moxie's picture

(post #51591, reply #67 of 113)

I love that tradition, Jean!

"I have always relied on the kindness of strangers." - Blanche Dubois

soupereasy's picture

(post #51591, reply #91 of 113)

1/2 bottle of Grand Marnier, you can have fun with that. Not sure about the rest.:)

roz's picture

(post #51591, reply #43 of 113)

Oh, that sounds like fun! A good way to recycle, but, but, the pregnancy kit!?! That's the best laugh!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
SallyBR1's picture

(post #51591, reply #44 of 113)

I love this idea!

I wish you had a youtube with the pregnancy test gift....

TracyK's picture

(post #51591, reply #45 of 113)

My parents decided several years ago that instead of buying several gifts they would buy each of us one really nice gift... so this year Santa brought me a new laptop (assisted by me, a big sale, and my government employee discount at Dell).


This one has served me well but I keep getting dire warnings about being low on disk space, and it has started crashing more often.  The new one is a lovely chocolatey brown color... I cant wait to get it set up! :-)


My sister/BIL/niece & nephew gave me a handheld GPS unit. And my sweet Tony gave me a really cool outdoor grill/cooker thing (for our camping trips)... it grills, bakes, all kinds of things. :-)


He also survived his first Christmas with the TracyK family, even the somewhat awkward incident when we all sat down for dinner (14 of us, mind) and my five-year-old nephew looked at him and piped up "You know, you could marry Tracy!" I thought I might crawl under the table!


But all in all, a truly lovely Christmas. :-)



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MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #46 of 113)

Ahh - the mouth of babes!  Sounds like he had a good sense of humor.  Of course, the nephew only said what we are all thinking, LOL.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #47 of 113)

You just can't tell what men will do. It's been a source of frustration to me, too.

The exchange idea is a great one, and it seems that a good time was had by all! Funny, too.

MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #48 of 113)

Maybe, just maybe, this economic crisis might bring us back to what we should be celebrating this season.  Even those who don't believe in Christ, so don't celebrate Christmas, or who aren't Jewish and don't celebrate Hannukah, or aren't black and don't celebrate Kwanzaa.  It's more about loving and being with those you care for than about what you can buy.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

roz's picture

(post #51591, reply #53 of 113)

<<<Maybe, just maybe, this economic crisis might bring us back to what we should be celebrating this season.>>>

There is a sigh of relief here in Ireland due to the economic downturn. Not that people aren't worried about losing their jobs, making their mortgage payments, etc. People are wiping their brow, and saying, "Whew! That was a close call." People, I think, were tired of the race with the neighbors for the latest car, latest toys, latest bling. And believe me, the Irish spent money like they were printing it in the back room of the house! Now every one can go back to normal...every one on the dole!

There will be immigration, again. It's happening already. There will be high unemployment, but Ireland has weathered that before. And there will be some very sad people who will not make it, even though the government will help them as best as they can.

Madmom, we haven't even seen the end of this depression yet. The worst is yet to come. But perhaps things will turn around in the near future. Let's hope.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
MadMom's picture

(post #51591, reply #54 of 113)

No one wants to see people hurt or lose their jobs, although there are a few on Wall Street who made millions that I would not shed a tear for.  Maybe this is one of those "corrections" we are hearing about all the time.  I do hope it's over soon.  I think our current administration has left a huge mess for the new administration to clean up, the economy, two wars, more corruption on all sides than you can shake a stick at.  It's not going to be quick, but I have hope. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Marcia's picture

(post #51591, reply #60 of 113)

I surely can't argue with that.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #51591, reply #49 of 113)

"You just can't tell what men will do. It's been a source of frustration to me, too."


Ain't that the truth.  My dear DH made me a lapdesk for making jewelry on our commute.  So thoughtful. It's lovely black walnut.


Then, of course, he gave me "A Christmas Story," which, he forgot, is the ONLY Christmas movie I don't like and don't watch.


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