Observations and Secrets

by Sherry Riter in Finance

Today, I finally did a little Christmas and grocery shopping. Last year at this same time I was putting on the finishing touches and this year I just started buying and making gifts. That is a rather dramatic difference, however, I did notice something else while I was out and about. Although the traffic was horrendous and the stores rather packed with people looking to buy the perfect gift, the stores are completely stocked with merchandise.

Seriously, everything and I mean everything that I was looking for, I found without hardly any effort. I was actually taken aback because I thought I would find the shelves barren.

The abundance of products is just another reaffirmation that the economy is still lagging and people’s wallets are much emptier. I guess my family is in good company!

Being the nerd that I am, when I got home I sat down to find the latest economic report online at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. unemployment rate for November 2010 is 9.8% and obviously, that is a whole bunch of people and definitely the reason that stores are still filled with stuff.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

It will be nice when the economy is booming and there is a more dependable flow of money for our country.


I try to have original and personalized gifts for my family each year. I think I’ve made one that will totally thrill my sister and mother. It is simple, but priceless. I’d tell you what it is, but I don’t want to spoil the secret! I will show you a peek…

mess from making gifts

Do you think they will guess the gift I made?

I don’t think so.

The Redhead Riter


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee December 24, 2010 at 3:50 am

Is it possible your gift is an apron? :)I pray your Christmas day will be merry and bright and that your new year will be filled with blessings and creativity. Dee


2 RetroCollage December 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

You got me baffle with that toothpick you included in the picture.


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