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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2007 12:59:06 PM »

I'd say cut the strings and save your money, don't feel guilty and don't look back. There are times it has to be done, because it is kinder to your sister and yourself to forget than to continue to let him abuse you, mentally or however.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2007 03:35:17 PM »

My boyfriend's father is a recovering alcoholic with similar (somewhat abusive) tendencies toward us and we got him a plant. It needs care and reinforces that he has to take responsibility for things. Pretty basic, minimal time and cost. Maybe decorate the pot with different textured fabric or tiles.

Plus if you get him an aloe plant or something with an interesting texture or flowers it will be interesting to feel (since he cant see). Or if he cooks for himself, get herbs.

Hope things settle down for you. I know how hard it is to have a difficult family member.
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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2007 04:52:01 PM »

i just send my dad cards...
:S
i think if hes gonna be a
"see you next tuesday"
just f*ck him
get him a cheap card
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2007 04:56:33 PM »

My boyfriend's father is a recovering alcoholic with similar (somewhat abusive) tendencies toward us and we got him a plant. It needs care and reinforces that he has to take responsibility for things. Pretty basic, minimal time and cost. Maybe decorate the pot with different textured fabric or tiles.

Plus if you get him an aloe plant or something with an interesting texture or flowers it will be interesting to feel (since he cant see). Or if he cooks for himself, get herbs.

Hope things settle down for you. I know how hard it is to have a difficult family member.

That is fantastic idea. (although the wickedness in me wants to give him a cactus). An aloe plant sounds fantastic. Thank you so very much. With another father's day quickly approaching I was in need of a few emergency ideas.
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2007 05:02:31 PM »

hehe, cactus....
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2007 03:16:56 PM »

Because the old man sounds like a real tool, I really admire your loving spirit.  It's incredibly hard to put yourself on the line again when you've received rejection before.

A very nice, blind, older gentleman I knew was completely enamored with annual monthly audiobook subscription from his kids.

Maybe your dad isn't into books, but likes comedy or sports stories.

Anyway, I would probably just dub some cds from the library and then package them in a way he can easily distinguish cd one from cd four.  (like making a cardboard or cloth holder like one of the over the visor ones that way he can work from top to bottom without assistance).

If he continues to be a gift-horse-mouth-looker, you're only out a few blank cds, some time, and a cd holder.

I hope, for you, that he gets his head out of his posterior and realizes what caring kids he has.  I'm not one for writing off family, but you shouldn't be hurt all the time for good intentions either.

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p.s. If grandma has nothing nice to repeat, maybe she should talk about the weather instead.  Really- it's hurtful.
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2007 10:41:18 PM »

A very nice, blind, older gentleman I knew was completely enamored with annual monthly audiobook subscription from his kids.


Thank you very much for the idea. ^_^  Sadly, he gets an audio book subscription free from the program he is in.

It really means a lot to me that so many of you here on craftster have given me such wonderful thoughtful ideas. I love you guys. :hugs:!
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2008 01:34:20 AM »

there are a lot of websites related to blindness, just type it in to google.
my fiancee is blind and so are his 2 younger sisters so i have resarched this alot.
but also i dont know much about your situation so that would be a good idea to look at these sites
there are some that do cards in braille for you.
i could ask my fiancee if you need any ideas, i could ask him what he thinks
PM me if you want me to ask him.
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2008 08:02:39 AM »

there are a lot of websites related to blindness, just type it in to google.
my fiancee is blind and so are his 2 younger sisters so i have resarched this alot.
but also i dont know much about your situation so that would be a good idea to look at these sites
there are some that do cards in braille for you.
i could ask my fiancee if you need any ideas, i could ask him what he thinks
PM me if you want me to ask him.


Thank you very much for the offer.  Smiley I have bought him a card with braille before and he told me he couldn't read it and that the braille on the card must have been wrong. It was a reputable card company so I'm not sure if he was being honest or just wicked.
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2008 04:52:29 PM »

Your Dad is just mad at the world, it seems. So, how about a new radio? He could listen to whatever he wants. And maybe tapes or cd's of something that might interest him.  You just might have to tell him he is always displeased with your gifts, so what would he really think would be a good gift. Maybe he doesn't know his is so negative. Or, just write him off like others have said. I have to give you credit for trying so hard. Good luck.
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