"It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river." -- Abraham Lincoln
While poking around on the Internet this morning, I came across a delightful blog titled "Gimme Your Stuff." As I looked through a score or more of postings, it seemed to me that this would be a great segue into the New Year. It feeds my curiosity about other cultures and allows me to meet new people.
The basic concept is to swap goodies of all sorts with folks from around the world. At one time friends sent me Kit Kats from different locales just to see if the chocolate used was the same - it wasn't. British and Hong Kong Kit Kats are far superior to American versions in my opinion. The chocolate is richer.
With that said, I think you have a hint that I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate - really dark chocolate. But from what I understand, the American government in its paranoiac wisdom has decided to ban the international receipt of packaged foods, this includes chocolate. Sigh. Anyway, as I am to make a list of my likes and my goods to offer, here goes:
tea - especially unusual flavors or packaged in a decorative manner
anything shiny as I have magpie tendencies - buttons, beads, stickers, holograms, silver bits, etc.
current newspapers - what is your country's take on current affairs?
Old medical books and journals.
magazines - especially fashion or craft ones!!!!!!
anything handmade - I treasure my father's collection of flies for fly fishing and my great
As I am in my 2nd year of studying French - Any magazine, book, movie, or music in French!
Fabric - one never has enough, especially any with text or that you feel represents your locale.
A postcard of your village, town, city, or country.
Photos of your garden or your favorite green place.
Soaps - purchased or homemade.
One new year's resolution is to start a daily visual journal - anything for it.
What I can offer:
Yarn - I once owned a yarn store.
Recipes, especially cookie recipes.
Children's books - mostly current, but sometimes vintage.
Fabrics of all sorts.
Bits of lace.
Current American newspapers.
Photos of my garden.
Soaps - purchased and homemade.
Let me surprise you!