Six are better than One

When you were little, do you remember how long it took for your birthday to arrive? Each day of that final week seemed longer than forever. But now, something akin to the 12 days of Christmas is available to help eliminate some of that childhood angst.

I haven’t posted a grand find in a long time, but today I’d like to feature a clevercrazy, collection of celebratory cards, guaranteed to put a smile on a young child’s face and possibly make you the favorite grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend.


The creator of Can’t Wait Cards ( has come up with a very simple, inexpensive way to send your little loved ones a card each day of that countdown week, equal to the age they are about to become. You can choose to include the package of stickers, tattoos, little books and other goodies which can be tucked right inside. The cards are illustrated with cute little number thing-a-ma-jigs and the envelopes are marked for each day. All you do is sign, address, stamp and mail.

Warning: Don’t forget to “print” your signature or you may get this response.

What happens when you sign in cursive

Chestnuts Roasting on a TV screen

I haven’t posted a grand find on the play-grand in a while but had to let you in on this one.

You may discover perplexity when faced with the decision as to where to hang the stockings this year.  You may feel anxiety about how Santa is going to visit without a chimney to descend.  You may feel saddened due to the missing  yellow, red and white lava fingers that used to wave to you or experience visual deprivation from the lack of smoldering logs becoming embers before your very eyes.  And you may miss the hiss and crackle of a poppingly good fire.

The good news is that now crackling fireplace can be downloaded to your computer, accessed via net-flicks for your TV, or purchased as a dvd.  The result is a matrix-like experience.  Bring on the marshmallows.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Do you want to wake up your grandchildren in the morning, tell them that you are coming for a visit, let them know how proud you are for the million things they do?  Larry Bird may be the answer.  This little birdie lets you talk and sing in his squeaky voice, feed him, clap for him, and knock him off his branch with a bolt of lightning.  Then you can send him via e-mail to an address where your grands live and Mom can play it for them.  My daughter has been known to use it on occasion as a bribe as in:  “if you eat your breakfast, I’ll let you hear NeeNee’s Larry Bird message.”

All you do is go to the app store on your i-phone or i-pad, search for and download Talking Larry the Bird (It’s free).  Push the recorder in the left-hand corner and let yourself go!  The buttons on the right are self-explanatory.  When you are done you can play, save, mail or do over.

The best part of all is when Larry becomes a homing penguin and makes his way back to your e-mail inbox with a message from your grandchildren.  If you run out of creative juice with a talking bird, not to worry; there are talking cats, dogs, and giraffes among a whole slew of animated characters.