Skepchicks, I lurve ya’s for telling it like it is.

Skepticism extends beyond used cars, religion, and diet fads. It is, essentially, having an active BS meter armed with accurate-as-we-can-manage knowledge about the world we live in, and giving a second look at everything, including our own cultural assumptions.

The Skepchicks just posted an article about several of the things that make me not want to ever be pregnant. I think they only left out the likelihood of episiotomy and other post-pregnancy sexual changes, the risk of permanent but generally low-level incontinence (urinary or fecal), and that one also pisses oneself during delivery.

Please, forward their link around. It may educate someone who “never saw that bit on TV.” Arm your BS meters, people. Then make your choices.

Chris the Fixed Kitty, signing out.

Feed shift to new website

Due to some unexpected alterations and with the generous help of Chris Lester, author podcaster of the Metamor City podcast fiction yumminess, I’m rebooting the podcast over to the much simpler to remember URL: http://gettingby.net/podcast and forwarding the old feed to this page through iTunes. I say I’m doing this with the definition of “Chris Lester did this on my behalf to prevent my not-so-inner techtard from messing things up.” If you don’t use iTunes, you need to go to the new site and resubscribe through your podcatcher of choice. Also, if you see Chris at a con, buy him a cookie or something as a thank-you.

Expect short PSA/promo files to come down the feed as I test out everything.

In the due course of time, all the links on this site to the podcast files put out through Farpoint Media will break. I’m repodcasting my 5 “best of” episodes from each of the 3 years of the show over at the new site. The rest will be lost to podosphere history and my backup disk. If there’s another episode that you simply must regain access to, email me for the file.

Another interview, on another feed, on another topic…

If you head over to the Steampod podcast, I just intervied Gail Carriger, a childfree author whose first steampunk novel comes out this fall. There’s an on-page player and a download link. I can’t wait for her book to come out. Gah! Gah, I say again!

The next episode of TASCF will come out at the end of this week. If any of you will be at Kublacon this weekend, DM/PM/comment/text/email me!

Non-post for file transfer…

This is not the TASCF blog entry you’re looking for. Move along. New episode next week. ;) When this material is aired properly, I’ll tell all of you and provide linkage to that show.

Chris M: Here are the files and show notes more directly.

Show notes:
The first 1 ½ minutes of the interview have mild echo and noise issues. These unfortunate effects cease and do not recur after the initial 90 seconds.

Links to Chris Fisher’s other work can be found at the (desperately requiring aesthetic renovation) site, http://www.gettingby.net or by searching chrisfixedkitty on Twitter, Flickr, Etsy, Livejournal, or Ravelry.

Links to Gail Carriger’s projects and blog can be found at http://www.gailcarriger.com , and her novel can be preordered at http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Parasol-Protectorate-Gail-Carriger/dp/0316056634

Note to Chris M.: Please check my stereo/mono acceptability on the intro and the interview. Also, please add your end-bumper. I didn’t want to stick mp3’d material into a wav for re-mp3ing.

First file, the intro (linky for right-click download): http://www.gettingby.net/index_files/CarrigerIntro.wav

The big file, (linky for download): http://www.gettingby.net/index_files/GailCarriger-edited.wav

Toldja tech hates me. ;P
CF

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TASCF is leaving Farpoint Media, so enjoy the closing tag music, because the message will change. No podosphere drama, and I’m welcome back. Explanation in the audio. The feed may be altered, particularly if you’re using a phone to download your mp3s. iTunes SHOULD be ok. Here’s hoping.

Docs… allergy/ear not equalizing but not infected/for CFS I’m going back on the meds at half dose… we’ll see how it goes.

Anyone attending Kublacon at the end of the month? It’s in the San Jose, CA area, and woot! My first gaming con. Any advice?

Life off the antivirals… State of the Chris-blech, but with ferrets!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/sets/

Painting a few miniatures, working out some maps for a D&D 3.5 game that DH and I are currently worldbuilding, which is enough fun for us even if it goes unplayed.

My etsy store is restocked! Please take a look and see the sparklies, and should you feel like adopting some of them, use the code stated in the podcast!

Episode 69 is coming. Surely some of you would like to send me a fun comment to read for that momentous episode, an impertinent question, or a show intro that pimps your own project.

Happy Things:
http://childfreedom.blogspot.com/2009/03/top-100-reasons-not-to-have-kids-and.html Um, I think I’m done with the podcast now! They’ve pretty much covered it!

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/navigation/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf some has explained it well. May 12- ME/CFS awareness day… be aware, don’t be a jerk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJRzBpFjJS8 Pregnant women are smug song.

 
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Trade list April 2009

Yes, we’re all a little broke or at least cagey with our spending these days. That doesn’t mean we’re resourceless! I have a long list of items to trade for another long list of items I want below. I’d like to trade for roughly equal values, but I’m open to stretching the posted values or making partial trade/partial sales. Please propose your trade by contacting me at podcast@gettingby.net or at LiveJournal/Ravelry to ChrisFixedKitty.

    Stuff I have to trade that you might want:

1. Things I’ve already posted on my Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5744719 and can unlist for trade. My sellername is chrisfixedkitty.

2. I’ve posted a set on Flickr of stitch markers, row markers, and jewelry that I have yet to post on Etsy, as well as some toys, craft supplies, etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/sets/

3. Custom work similar to above but different color, size, etc. I also have lots of veggie/herb seeds, and if there’s more in the packet than I’m using this year, I’d be happy to trade!

Stuff I want:

1. Knitting category (yard minimums listed, usually would happily take more than that yardage)
a. Vogue Knitting Winter 2008/2009
b. Blank (KP?) yarn to dye- superwash or very soft
c. Amigurumi of cupcakes, onigiri (riceballs), squid, octopi, cthulhu, especially any unstuffed or stuffed with pincushion stuff. Other amigurumi? Whatcha have?
d. A trial use of SOAK, no scent. I think it’s called Aqua. Just want to try it, so last use or 2 of a bottle is fine.
e. Yarn: not pink/orange/purple/grey. 120+ yard remnants forDK/sport, 220+ yards ok for most others. Laceweight, worsted, or bulky… watcha got?
f. DK or heavier remnants for mini-sweater/mittens/sock Xmas ornament project. Same color restrictions as in e, 20+ yards fine.
g. Cascade Pastaza, Superwash Quatro, or Sierra Quatro yarn, same color restrictions as in e, 300+ yards.
h. Di.Ve Autunno yarn, same color restrictions as previous item. 1+ skeins.
i. Rowan Tapestry yarn, same color restrictions as previous item. 1+ skeins.
j. Nature Wool by Araucania, #19 Chocolate. 2+ skeins.
k. Artyarns… I love almost all their yarn. Whatcha have?
l. Have other not all-acrylic yarn? Whatcha have?

2. Crafty costumey category
a. Haircloth interfacing, especially fusible. Sometimes called “Tailor’s Pride” or “Tailor’s interfacing”
b. Neat pincushions that aren’t tomatoes, strawberries, or baby/child-cutesy. Pincushion innards.
c. Amigurumi of cupcakes, onigiri (riceballs), squid, octopi, cthulhu, especially any unstuffed or stuffed with pincushion stuff. Other amigurumi? Whatcha have?
d. Old watches, watch or clock parts, vintage jewelry, especially nonplastic haircombs!
e. Scupley clay, any color or version. Remnants fine as long as still workable.
f. Steampunk/Edwardian/Victorian or 1940sesque stuff, whatcha have?
g. Buttons, beading wire, or antique tone brass, copper, or silver beads.
h. Lampwork or dichroic glass beads or focal pieces. Stone beads, whatcha have?
i. Magazines- Cooking or baking (not Lite), Beading, Sewing, or Knitting. Whole magazines are preferred but not entirely necessary.

3. Other stuff category
a. Any item/similar to one on my Amazon wishlist at http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/GKQ2TD258PKD
b. Japanese tea bowls, screens, or cookbooks in English.
c. D&D books version 3.5, not PHB, Complete Adventurer, or Arms and Equipment Guide.
d. Heirloom veggie seeds. Rhubarb, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, or red currant seeds. If local, plant pots, saucers, or ladybugs.
e. Fountain pens, ink, blotters
f. Gift certificates from SockDreams, Amazon, or Knitpicks, or other stores you think I’d like.

TASCF-066_ForGaryandSheli

This episode got posted thanks to Gary and Sheli. Thanks for listening, and thanks even more for nagging me as requested! I need that sometimes.

Contraceptive News this week!

Happy Things: GPS for trail via REI member dividend. Geocaching, thanks to listeners who sent info and advice. We’ll be using geocaching as a way of organizing the regular short walking to get me back into as healthy a shape as possible for work!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5_OSsawz4&eurl=http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yarn-in-tights/402704/1-25 ZOMG, and gets even better at 50 seconds.

OK, laters!
CF

 
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Nope, I’m baa-aack! Read previous blog posts for details.
This is a feed test as much as an “I’m not dead” post. Resubscribing may be necessary in the near future. Check this page for whether that’s happening and other details.

Happy Things: free tools, ferrets and finishing crafts (pics on my flickr), and the next show should be out at the end of the week.

Take care, guys!
CF, signing out.

 
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Voice back, now for the energy level…

Tree pollen season has ebbed enough to allow me to speak again. Unfortunately, that took a whole week, and this week I’ve been crashing around 2pm each day. I’m not entirely sure if I’m fighting off some lowgrade something or if I’m backsliding after the first stressor after the antivirals have well and truly left my system. I didn’t even get to the grocery store during the week this week; I’m just fading out mid-day. Wah. I missed a dance this weekend that I had been looking forward to for months, it’s just a craptastic 2 weeks, y’know?

That said, I recorded an interview for this show and another interview for the steampunk show in the mornings this past week. So more TASCF is coming, probably late this week/early next week. If you’re looking forward to it, or if you just want to nag me to get the sound editing done, it would be motivating to know that there are listeners out there.
CF

Ye gads, I’ve been taken out by a tree!

To be more specific, no episode is going out this weekend because tree pollen counts have risen beyond my allergy medications’ abilities to cope. I have gone froggy-throated from drainage (TMI?), with a high chance of voicelessness by tomorrow. If I still can’t talk by Tuesday, I’ll put out the prerecorded PSA.

At least half of the next show was already recorded, so it should still go out next week!
Talk to you soon (I hope!),
CF

For new listeners, the “best of” lists

Particularly for new listeners who want to hopscotch through the archives to get a feel for the show, I have selected 5 episodes from each year that seemed of most enduring interest. The links go to the permanent pages of the episodes, which have the download and player buttons for the mp3.

Year 1, March 2006-March 2007:
Here are 5 of my favorite interviews from the first year that can quickly catch new listeners up. My audio skills got better over time, thank goodness!
1. Jerry Steinberg, founding non-Father of the No Kidding! social organization, part 1
2. Jerry Steinberg, founding non-Father of the No Kidding! social organization, part 2
3. Dr. Wendy Casper discusses a recent study on singles and family-friendly policies, very applicable to childfree folks in the workplace.
4. Laura Ciaccio, law student, blogger, and one of No Kidding’s national spokespersons discusses her CF life.
5. Ian and Snippage. Ian and I discuss our very different experiences getting fixed.

Year 2, March 2007-March 2008:
1. TASCF-Ep046 News and Issues with LT and Vinny
2. TASCF-Ep047 News and Jerry S returns
3. TASCF-Ep048 Site news and Matthew of Off Topic Talk
4. TASCF-Ep051 PeterRios-ComicGeekSpeak
5. TASCF-Ep053 George Hrab part 1 and TASCF-Ep054 Back George Hrab2

Year 3, March 2008-March 2009:
1. CFS cry for help from the podosphere. This brief PSA is in the list to explain the health context of my CF life. It’s applicable to all episodes starting in January 2007 as far as context goes, but I am no longer seeking help trying to get into clinical trials or specialists’ offices.
2. TASCF Ep057: Childfree Step-parents
3. TASCF-Ep058-MinxPolyamoryWeekly
4. TASCF-60 Ginger Campbell, MD of the Brain Science Podcast
5. TASCF-065:3 years of TASCF, Juanzetta Flowers interview Technically the first show of year 4, but definitely something new listeners should hear.

Thanks for listening! CF out.

TASCF-065:3 years of TASCF, Juanzetta Flowers interview

3 year anniversary! My “Best of” Lists will be blogged next week, next podcast in 2 weeks. This episode’s interview is with Juanzetta, whom I know through Ginger Campbell of the Brain Science and the Books and Ideas podcasts. http://www.docartemis.com/docartemis2007/

Reading short stories again, James Tiptree, Jr. collection.

Happy Things:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyuqtOuljSw&eurl=http://lj-toys.com/?journalid=611708&moduleid=31&preview=&auth_token=sessionless:1235534400:embedcontentiurl=http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/XyuqtOuljSw/hqdefault.jpg
Oktapodi animation on Youtube is very funny and sweet.

Stitches West report…. picture of pretty new yarn bowl (from Sunrise Mountain on Etsy) at http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/3311594219/ I now have yarn for the year’s projects, and you can see the finished ones
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/3276262118/in/set-72157613735535558/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/3324445475/in/set-72157614737660402/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/3276256044/in/set-72157613735535558/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/3275436241/in/set-72157613735535558/
and some progress pictures on my flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/sets/

Smell of lemon blossoms, tree indoors so flowers turn to small fruits before wind blows them to bits. I think I might have a significant lemon crop by fall! Counting chickens, er, lemons, but…

Season 3 of Babylon 5. Good show

Colored pencils restocked! (friend’s junk.. yay!) highlighting, todo and grocery lists… yay!

 
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Stitches West notes from 2009

For future reference of myself and other yarn enthusiasts, here are my notes from Stitches West 2009, while my head can still remember the context of all my scribbles, etc.

Patterns: White Lies Designs (.com) “Celebrating Shapely Women” had some really lovely tops/cami’s. Sadly, I am more on the lithe than the shapely side by their definition, but one of their cami’s would look really great on me over a sports tank. Maybe if I used really small needles and laceweight?

There was another place that my local yarn buddy has patterns from with a longsleeve or shortsleeve tunicky sweater, but I don’t have the link now. I’ll edit this site into this post or the comments later.

Accessories: Oregon Wood Worker had lovely tabletop swifts. www.yarnswifts.com and I got a great deal on a ball winder, so I won’t have to keep borrowing!

Laceweight yarns: Mountain Colors Handpainted Yarns has Winter Lace Silk feels REALLY nice. 1200 yard hand-painted skeins. Locally/online at Purlescence, Marin Fiber Arts, and maybe Yarn Barn.

Shekinah’s Alplacas (.com) had laceweight in the 3 natural alpaca colors (light tan, medium brown, and dark walnut). Amusingly, each skein is labeled with the name of the individual alpaca from which that fleece was shorn. The non-laceweights weren’t as soft. They’re semi local in Gilroy, CA.

Lisa Souza (lisaknit.com) has, among her handpainted glory, Baby alpaca laceweight handpaint. I bought some light golden-peachy-cream, very subtle. Like a cloud.

Note correction: beige/peach/sage multi-toned silk/linen was from Anzula (etsy). Keep an eye for this softness in future, as opposed to the Fibranatura linen laceweight, Flax, which felt very very scratchy and I didn’t like the colors I saw there that day.

Valley Yarns had 2 lines of laceweight on fairly cheap cones, solid colors, 2/14 Alpaca Silk and Colrain Lace. These felt ok, and if I needed solid colors for a big project on a budget, I’d seek these out.

Tactile Studios had a Tussah Silk Laceweight in Algae, sorrel, kelp, and ginkgo colorways. NIIICE colors! Mrmmmmm, Tussah silk…. They also had a 40/60 Superwash Merino/Linen blend that I liked for feel, which may or may not have ben laceweight.

Brooks Farm Yarn Primero is an incredible soft, nonscratchy mohair laceweight.

There were some studios where everything was soft, and I will be ordering from them someday when I’ve used up my stash:
Miss Babs(.com), of the many Ravelry ads of beauteous handpaints. Her miniskeins of 2-ply sock superwash seem like a fun way to multicolor a project that calls for anything close to that weight. Also, many pretty multibrown+X mixes!

Verb for Keeping Warm was wonderful. The natural dyes had a lot of softer handpaint colors, less bold or dark, that would be gorgeous and possibly more office-wearable than the more crayola handpaints. I particularly liked Magic Bean and Tidepool.

There was a stand with reasonably-ok-soft handdyes that were very affordable and included colorways I like and don’t find very often: coloraturayarns.com I spent most of my Stitches money at this booth and can’t wait to use the 3 colorways I bought here (madscientist/soft olive/greys, autumn, and a sort of peachy seaside sunrise). Pics will go on my flickr as I start these projects. Mainly DK/sport/WW with some boucle. Wish they had brought Aranweights, but I’ll check with them online when I finally get to needing that.

Finally, the specific yarn lines that were soft at booths where not everything was particularly soft or beautiful:
I found a few replacements for Noro-like beauteous color banding that were cheaper: Universal Yarns Inc has a Classic Shades line that is also softer. Wisdom Yarns had Poems Sock (meh, ok feeling), Poems (ok) Limerick (WAY softer than Noro), and Sonnet (wool silk, lovely feel, great colors). Brooks Farm Yarn Solo Silk (50/50, 400 yards) was very like a skinny version of Noro in handpaints.

Creatively Dyed had 3 very soft lines: Baby, Soft, and Flavor. The rest were also beautiful but not so soft.

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine was a nice-feeling fingering. Really, baby alpaca is like chocolate. It makes just about everything better.

unwindyarns.ca had a Sheep Into Rainbows Fingering Handpaint that I quite liked.

If I decide to look for a good multibrown worsted again on the cheaper-than-handpaints, I’m seeking Universal Yarn Inc.’s Classic Worsted Tapestry. I don’t think that’s going to be this year, however.

I am set for yarn for the year, I think. At least with cash. Trading is still fine, of course, as long as I’m still actively using up what I have. ;)

OK, that’s everything, I think. I will definitely attend next year!
CF out.

TASCF-Ep064_FebruaryCatchup

Childfre web stuff: http://twitter.com/ChildfreeOnline a reason a day, tweeted straight to you. Some fun, some serious.

Fun essay from a mid-30s female:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/personal/02/04/biological.clock.broken/index.html
By Colleen Kane

2 articles from the journal Conception. The instructions need improvement, and women vary in ovulation timing.

The Lucrezia costume sold, and I have an extensive wanna-trade? list up with lots of photos at http://gettingby.net/blog/nfblog/2009/02/february-2009-trade-list/ This has helped me acquire most of the yarn for this year’s gifting. Stitches 2009 is this weekend, and there’s one last person for whom I want something else instead of what I have.

Happy Things:
I’m not sick anymore! Man, that was evil and dragged on! My birthday party went well, and my friends get along. Unemployment guilt has been oddly alleviated.

http://www.chickenalaska.com/chicken/index.html is hilarious and the basis of a dinner party I’m planning.

New glasses time! I really love picking out the new functional-jewelry-on-your-face for the next 1-2 years!

Next week: 3 years of TASCF! An interview and soonish, a top-5 list of each year. Any shows you think belong on this list?

Ok, next show next week. Chris the Fixed Kitty, signing out

 
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February 2009 trade list

Yes, we’re all a little broke or at least cagey with our spending these days. That doesn’t mean we’re resourceless! I have a long list of items to trade for another long list of items I want below. I’d like to trade for roughly equal values, but I’m open to stretching the posted values or making partial trade/partial sales. Please propose your trade by contacting me at podcast@gettingby.net or sending a message in Twitter or LiveJournal to ChrisFixedKitty.

Stuff I have to trade that you might want:
1. Things I’ve already posted on my Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5744719 and can unlist for trade

2. I’ve posted a set on Flickr of stitch markers, row markers, and jewelry that I have yet to post on Etsy, as well as some toys, craft supplies, etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/sets/72157613735535558/

3. There are some additional jewelry bits not yet posted on Etsy in this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisfixedkitty/sets/72157611110506675/

4. Custom work similar to above but different color, size, etc.

5. Starbucks gift card with $15.75 credit remaining. A gift, and I don’t drink coffee.

6. An old iRiver IFP-895 stick, 512 MB without associated software but with the belt clip and lanyard. Still powers up with AA battery, but I can’t convince my PC to read it and I’ve lost the driver software. Great mic for podcasting, though! Roughly $20, I think?

Stuff I want that you might have:

1. Knitting category (yard minimums listed, usually would happily take more than that yardage)
a. Part of Vogue Knitting Winter 2008/2009, the abbreviation&chart key and Green Iiris pattern pages
b. Blank yarn to dye
c. 5, 7, 8, 9 non metal DPNs
d. Amigurumi of cupcakes, onigiri (riceballs), squid, octopi, cthulhu, especially any unstuffed or stuffed with pincushion stuff. Other amigurumi? Whatcha have?
e. SOAK, no scent. I think it’s called Aqua. Just want to try it, so last use or 2 of a bottle is fine.
f. Laceweight yarn, not scratchy, not pink/orange/purple/grey. 400+ yard remnants fine.
g. DK or heavier remnants for mini-sweater/mittens/sock Xmas ornament project. Same color restrictions as f, 20+ yards fine.
h. Cascade Pastaza, Superwash Quatro, or Sierra Quatro, same color restrictions as f, 300+ yards.
i. Di.Ve Autunno yarn, same color restrictions as f. 1+ skeins.
j. Rowan Tapestry yarn, same color restrictions as previous item. 1+ skeins.
k. Nature Wool by Araucania, #19 Chocolate. 2+ skeins.
l. Artyarns Supermerino- Capuccino colorway. 400 yards+.
m. Amigurumi of cupcakes, onigiri (riceballs), squid, octopi, cthulhu, especially any unstuffed or stuffed with pincushion stuff. Other amigurumi? Whatcha have?
n. Have other not all-acrylic yarn? Whatcha have?

2. Crafty costumey category

a. Haircloth interfacing, especially fusible. Sometimes called “Tailor’s Pride” or “Tailor’s interfacing”
b. Neat pincushions that aren’t tomatoes, strawberries, or baby/child-cutesy. Pincushion innards.
c. Amigurumi of cupcakes, onigiri (riceballs), squid, octopi, cthulhu, especially any unstuffed or stuffed with pincushion stuff. Other amigurumi? Whatcha have?
d. Old watches, watch or clock parts, vintage jewelry, especially nonplastic haircombs!
e. Scupley clay, any color or version. Remnants fine as long as still workable.
f. Fountain pens, ink, blotters
g. Steampunk/Edwardian/Victorian or 1940sesque stuff, whatcha have?
h. Buttons, beading wire, or antique tone brass, copper, or silver beads.
i. Lampwork or dichroic glass beads or focal pieces. Stone beads, whatcha have?
j. Magazines- Cooking or baking (not Lite), Beading, Sewing, or Knitting. Whole magazines are preferred but not entirely necessary. Let me know which issues in request, ok?

3. Other stuff category
a. Any item on my Amazon wishlist at http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/GKQ2TD258PKD and yes, I do like used books better! No creasing guilt!
b. Used mp3 player with a pause function that holds the place through poweroff, any memory size. Must have associated software.
c. Japanese tea bowls, screens, or cookbooks in English.
d. D&D books version 3.5, not PHB, Complete Adventurer, or Arms and Equipment Guide.
e. Heirloom veggie seeds. Raspberry, strawberry, or red currant seeds. If local, plant pots or ladybugs.
f. Gift certificates from SockDreams, Amazon, or Knitpicks, or other stores you think I’d like.

Hope we can help each other out!
CF