To Christmas Card or Not?

The most creative "Merry Christmas" card I`ve ever seen! Love it

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

     This year I’m considering NOT sending out Christmas Cards.  I know, it doesn’t really seem like that radical of a move, but for some reason it feels like it is.  Often, the only way I keep in touch with some families I love is through the holiday card.  I know, you are wondering how close I really am to them if we are down to communicating primarily through this ritual.  

     As most of you know, once your life becomes busier with work, kids, their school, and all the events that come with it – you really do lose touch with some great peopleIt’s geography and time. Some of my favorite people had kids at my kids’ school. I would see them daily in the parking lot or at school events for years.  Once their kids moved on, we weren’t hanging out in the parking lot together anymore.  Does it mean I don’t love and care for them anymore?  Of course not! We just aren’t at the same place/time anymore.  Ditto for family members that live far away.  We always have fun when together, but don’t communicate much otherwise.

Problems TO NO HOLIDAY CARD move:

  • Will everyone think they didn’t make my list this year and that they have fallen out of favor?

  • Will I get dropped from everyone’s list for next year (gotta give to get)?

 

Bonus to NO HOLIDAY CARD move:

  • No need for the scheduling, finding the perfect clothing, and making sure everyone is in a good mood for the dreaded holiday photo

  • Save TIME & MONEY. It takes a LONG time to address each of those cards.  There was a time, long ago, when the affordable Costco card sufficed.  Now, I’m sucked in to all very fun and creative cards to be found online, and they are no Costco bargain!

  • My hands will no longer suffer from the pain of all those envelopes.

Awesome and creative Christmas card ideas.
     As I’m writing this, I’m figuring out my decision.  As much as it simply sucks up time and money, I TRULY LOVE getting everyone else’s cards, and yes, even reading the “Christmas Letters” that many dread. So, for now I’m still a sucker for sending holiday cards.  Maybe I’m still early enough to get the discount for my online card order if I pull it together this week. Wish me luck!

Christina, Crutch Caps Inc team member
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FALL IS NOW – Take a moment to enjoy it!

Fall is my favorite season

     Here in the Midwest it’s a beautiful time of year. I love the incredible color variety in the leaves, the crisp and cool mornings followed by sunny afternoons with brilliant blue skies, and the chilly evenings for piles of blankets and open windows. Plus, soup is on the stove for a warm and yummy meal.

Gourmet Pumpkin Soup from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:  1 T butter, 2 T brown sugar, 1 sugar pumpkin = 3 lbs, peeled, seeded and cut into matchbox size pieces, 1 T yellow curry powder, 20 oz. chicken stock, 2 T pumpkin seed oil, sour cream, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, and curry powder to the butter; cook and stir until the pumpkin caramelizes, 6 to 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth over the mixture; bring to a boil, and cook until the pumpkin is tender, about 20 minutes more. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel; start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Process in batches until smooth. Garnish each portion of soup with 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, a dollop of sour cream, and a few pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkins are out and ready to go – I love almost everything having to do with pumpkins.  From heading out to the pumpkin patch, one of my favorite family outings of the year, to carving/decorating, to all the foods made from pumpkin – I can’t get too much of them.  Some of my favorites are chocolate chip pumpkin bread (I use a Cooking Light recipe), pumpkin soup ( see recipe above) , and yummy pumpkin pie. Delicious!

     Fall RunningImage from Well Fit Fusion. Thanks Lisa!

If you have kids, they’ve settled into school by now (hopefully), and you have a bit of structure back in your life from the whimsy of summer. The weather is perfect and it’s time to get fit using your beautiful fall surroundings – I’m not a die-hard athlete, so when it’s cold/rainy/snowy out, you’ll find me staying in for a movie instead of being focused.  But right now, working out outdoors doesn’t get much better.

I also love the lack of holiday stress.  Yes, you know it’s around the corner, and if you are ambitious you can feel good about any of those gifts you are knocking out now, with no pressure or stress.  Get it done while it’s still fun!

So, if you are busy all the time, as most of us are, I encourage you to just take a bit of time and do something you love this season.  If you are on a mobility device, such as crutches, or wheelchair, still find something you love about fall and do it, savor it.  Yes, you may need to make modifications, but don’t let the beauty of this season pass you by.  If you need help with ideas on how to modify your fall favorite to accommodate your mobility aid let me know.  I’ve got lots of experience and would be happy to help.

Have fun and be safe!

Temporary Crutch Use = Handicap Parking Eligibility

ASK  YOUR DOCTOR , YOU PROBABLY QUALIFY

I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, which is what led me to create this company (“necessity is the mother of invention”). I am sustaining fairly well right now and getting around without huge problems.  But, my history with crutches/wheelchairs, and the population our company serves,  prompted me to outline some information on getting a Handicap Parking placard. 

Many of you could benefit from this.  If you are not able to drive, you can get this to display in the car of those driving you (My husband has one for when I am riding with him). This will immediately reduce the hardship of your situation. Plus, it is like a little piece of the stars to help you live a more “normal” life.

Often people eligible for this benefit don’t realize it, or are afraid they don’t appear eligible to others. They don’t want to been seen as an abuser.  If you are eligible, please, make use of this accommodation made available for you. At first, I was embarrassed to use my placard, but I quickly realized it was a lifesaver! Now I can go to concerts, sporting events and even movies without extreme pain from the long walk to the event.

 This benefit will also save you energy and we all know our energy is limited while we are in pain! The less work you have to put in walking to your destination will help you get through extra errands, appointments or activities without wearing yourself out shortly after arriving and trying to make it inside.  This means you can actually pay attention without trying to hide your pain. Also, if you are not tired, you can better focus on doing something fun later in the day. 

 The application is easy. Just give it to your doctor to sign and take it to your local DMV. They will issue the placard immediately. Then you can be on your way to saving energy and reducing unbearable pain.

KICKING OFF WITH KIDS INJURIES

We are so excited to be kicking off our new blog!  We would love to hear back from you, so please post your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions!
While considering what to blog about first, I ran across a friend’s Facebook post this morning.  His son has just started high school football, and is suffering his first potential sidelining injury.

That led me to this subject – kids fall sports and their injuries. 

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Many of your kids will be trying new sports for the first time, or maybe taking it to a new level – such as premier, club or dipping their toes into the big pool of high school sports.   Our Crutch Caps team consists of parents and we share many of your concerns. In fact, one of our teams kids is in already in a sling, first week of school.   While we will be around to ease any crutch pain from injuries, we would prefer your kids to stay healthy and strong!

This is a great article – very thorough and informative on childhood sports injuries and prevention, even includes a breakdown of most of the most common childhood sports.

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_Injuries/child_sports_injuries.asp

Happy Friday!