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Santa’s BIG helpers :-)

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Wow. I deliberately didn’t post my Amazon wish list or a donation button this season. You guys have already done too much for me and I know how tough this year’s been for a lot of people.

But it seems a mere lack of links doesn’t stop you. πŸ™‚

Last week, multiple Amazon packages for me showered in from reader MJR. DVDs! Emergency gear! (MJR, if you’re out there, please give me a way to thank you.) A mysterious package of California dried apricots I got might have been MJR’s, too, though the apricot vendors didn’t include a note. Whoever sent it — whoohoo!

Then the doggies got the first of two boxes (“Woof! Squeaky balls!”) from long-time supporter MSJ — enough toys to keep ’em jumping for years.

Then “A” dropped a comment here demanding that wish list link. So I blush, but there you go.

I’m having a merry (though extremely busy) December already. So please don’t consider this a bleg; I’m in great shape. Above all, take care of you and yours.

But thank you for using these links for your Christmas shopping:

Just use this link whenever you shop at Any time. All year long. Bookmark it.

Use this link to buy from Paladin Press.

Or buy copies of Hardyville Tales for under the Christmas tree.


  1. Laura
    Laura November 27, 2011 9:34 am

    Pooh– I just ordered from Amazon yesterday… I’m bookmarked for next time, though!!

  2. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2011 4:31 pm

    Laura — Well, the thought counts for a lot. And the link is good all year ’round. So thank you.

  3. clark
    clark November 29, 2011 9:13 pm

    I’m thinking of giving Christmas cards this year,… and That’s it.

    … and maybe a lump of coal?

  4. Claire
    Claire November 30, 2011 12:20 pm

    Well, clark, if they sell lumps of coal at … πŸ™‚

  5. A
    A December 9, 2011 9:10 am

    We already have all of your books, but I am curious as to when the next issue of BHM is due to hit the stores- the one with your cover on it. I will likely wipe out our local retailer and hand those out to family and friends. Probably not as Christmas gifts, as we are celebrating the BIRTH of Christ, not his return. Perhaps as “Welcome to 2012” gifts. πŸ˜€

    Last year you posted a list for Santa and his helpers.

    That was a year ago…..

  6. Claire
    Claire December 9, 2011 10:03 am

    A — Oh my. The issue of BHM with “my” cover on it will come out in early February. According to the BHM grapevine, it’s likely to be a doom-and-gloom issue, with end-of-the-world- (or end-of-the-world-NOT) related articles by John Silveira and me.

    Buying up newsstand issues would be extremely cool because Dave predicted this cover would give BHM unusually big newsstand sales and I’d like to see him be right in that prediction.

    I’ve been avoiding posting a Santa’s helper list or a bleg for donations because I already feel abashed at how much I’ve been given and because this year, for the first time in a long time, I don’t feel pinched and needy. But Santa has some very, very determined helpers. Without a word from me, I’ve already received bounteous boxes of gifts from my Amazon wish list (thank you, MJR πŸ™‚ ) and I hear that my four-legged family members are expecting their own Santa visit soon (thank you MSJ πŸ™‚ )

    And now, you ask. I may just have to go ahead and make a post about that wish list after all.

  7. A
    A December 9, 2011 11:01 am

    Hmm. The Amazon wish list. Where is that located again?

  8. naturegirl
    naturegirl December 11, 2011 8:28 pm

    Yes, there it is!!! I was looking for your Amazon link a while ago (because I didn’t save it to begin with) and now I have it bookmarked, cuz I learned my lesson *snickering*……

    You have a lot of cool stuff on your wish list, too…..

  9. ms jordan
    ms jordan December 12, 2011 9:12 pm

    YA know lady, ur a bit on the slow side some times.

    You (and I am talking about you Claire) are an important member of all of our families and we try and take care of family members !!!

  10. MJR
    MJR December 13, 2011 10:15 am

    Hey Claire,

    I’m happy that the stuff reached you. Yep the apricots were from me and, dough head that I am; I didn’t write any message because I thought they would send the order all together. These few things are my way of saying thanks for the entertainment you have afforded me over the years. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and super new-year.

  11. A
    A December 14, 2011 2:21 pm

    A tip on firestarters:
    Cotton balls smothered in petroleum jelly are the best thing going.
    When it comes time to use one, pull it apart and light the dry cotton at the core. Small, cheap, and virtually waterproof, those suckers BURN. You can smoosh a bunch in a 35mm film canister (film development places may still give those out for free if you ask), an empty medicine vial, or one of those “Airborne” vitamin C bottles. Or whatever.
    If you REALLY are bored you can mix in shavings from a magnesium fire block with the jelly.
    Try it out at home first to develop faith in them.

  12. A
    A December 14, 2011 2:30 pm

    Ehhhh. The reason why I typed that was I thought you had firestarters on your list.


  13. Claire
    Claire December 14, 2011 4:24 pm

    No problem, A. Somebody will probably google upon your firestarter advice and find it very useful.

    FWIW, I make my own firestarters & even did an article on them for BHM a few months ago.

  14. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews December 15, 2011 8:43 am

    Merry Christmas Claire! You should have another box to stuff under the tree in a few days πŸ™‚

  15. Karen
    Karen December 15, 2011 9:19 am

    Late to the party as always….My package goes out tomorrow.

  16. Claire
    Claire December 15, 2011 9:42 am

    Aw, LibertyNews … Aw, Karen …

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