Our foreign language teacher's birthday was yesterday. She is such a lovely person and I wanted to do something to help her celebrate. I baked an apple tart with heirloom apples purchased from the farmer's market. It was the first time that I made this recipe and it was hit all the way around. One more happy celebration for her!
I completed 50 thank you cards for the service of our veterans, to be given out at the Soldiers' Home on Veterans Day. I will try to do more. Our group did 1000 cards last year and it would be nice to meet that goal again this year.
❤️ “The Circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we are weak and sing with us when we are strong.” ~ SARK
Several women on our block got together to cook a beautiful meal for the family of another neighbor whose had Mother passed away.
They planned an extensive menu & each woman chose which dishes to prepare.
The family was overwhelmed by the group’s kindness & so grateful. 🙏
❤️ The timing was especially kind as the gift coincided with a holiday that would have meant alot of work for the woman who was grieving the loss of her Mother.
Recognizing the Need for Help Imagine suddenly waking up in the middle of the night, gasping for air, heart pounding, feeling tense, jittery, weepy and then experiencing this night after night. The fallout of the lack of sleep was the overwhelming need to lie down mid-afternoon and falling instantly asleep for 2-3 hours. This was my experience throughout the summer of 2021. I did not understand why this happened to me, but it may have been in part the effects the pandemic had on my mental health as well as other worries. And I’m sure I was not alone in this. During the daylight hours I was able to distract myself in various ways but at night during sleep my fears and concerns would come to the surface. I recognized I needed to find ways to deal with my worries in a healthier way. After much resistance I began using a ... Read Full Story >>
A few weeks worth of crafting (and a lot of mess!) yielded a bounty of paper plate wreaths that our CRAFTERNOON group gifted to local assisted living and low income housing apartments.
Grateful for our supportive and creative connections
Went out for a walk early in the morning, I was out in the country, one of the beautiful cottages in the village had a box outside with giant zucchinis and a sign that said 'take me' :-) I took one, very heavy, but turns out...delicious! Made tortilla and soup for 3 days! So kind to share when there lots of produce. Today we are doing that walk again so I'm ready with a kind card and a little message. Have a happy day
Signature of Positivity Yesterday I went to my bank to just sign one document. An employee MS U is like my younger sister. I stood in front of her desk for 2-3 minutes watching her silently writing in someone's document. When she noticed my presence, we exchanged smile and namaste. I told her not to feet guilty neglecting my presence. I admired her working with intense concentration and told her that she was doing a very good job. I also told her a very inspiring story: A student got admission in his favorite course. When he went to pay the fees, they found one document was missing. There were only two days left to secure the admission. He traveled to his home village government office to get the required document. The clerk said, it will take two to three days. The student met the officer and told that the document needed today to ... Read Full Story >>
🗞 For many years we were blessed to know a lovely, gentle man who delivered The NY Times to our door every morning, 7 days a week. He was a reliable, punctual presence &, being the early risers that we are, we often were there to greet him at our front door & share small chats.
This morning was his last day on our route & we were both there to greet him & share our gratitude & appreciation.
I told him we will miss him but he will be in our hearts. ❤️
He left with a little “happy bag” I filled with some peace doves 🕊 & other kindness related items. He will also receive a nice Christmas gratuity from us.
He holds a beautiful energy & we will both miss him. 🙏
Went with a friend to hold her hand while she had some medical tests.
Started To Volunteer at the hospital. I was shadowing only.
Let cars in front of me,
held doors open for people,
Gave advice that was requested of me,
Set up to drive my friend to physical therapy after she gets her knee replacement.
I know there was more.
One of my guests, a lovely Japanese man in his mid 60s, is very busy working every day. His company doesn't want to hire more employees so he works 6 days a week and is out of the house from 7am to 11pm! This week I offered to clean his room (normally longer term guests are responsible for it themselves) and helped him tidy his wash and other things in the room. It was really messy :-) He was very grateful and I'm very pleased as I like everything really clean and tidy :-) He's going to Japan in a few months, he looks forward to it. I do hope he can then relax and enjoy his hobbies; art and theatre, he has little time for it here.
Grateful for the beautiful silk scarves that seasonal workers gifted us before returning to Thailand 🇹🇭.
We were blessed that they, and a few of their culturally diverse friends, shared their precious free time to CRAFTERNOON with us while they were here in the USA.
They helped paint rocks and distribute them at our hospital’s healing garden, plus make beaded sun-catchers.
Love how our creative energies help connect us in making the world a KINDer place 🌎 😊!
I read that a local city was looking for donations for Manna Meals (restaurants sponsor free meals for those in need). I decided even though I don't live there that I could afford to call and donate one meal. This made my heart happy.
Kindness Given and Received My husband and I spent a few days in northern Ontario last week. We have rented a cabin from the same people for several years now. It is an interesting business as it is a convenience store, a liquor store, a take-out restaurant and the owners of the cottages. As I was paying my bill for the cottage the clerk asked the man behind me how things were going. He shared that things were improving but it had been a rough week. His wife had undergone heart surgery and had just been released from the hospital. I asked if I could give him a hug and he gladly accepted with tears in his eyes. Some may say that it was risky to hug a stranger and yet to me it simply felt right. My mother went through a similar surgery many years ago and I could relate ... Read Full Story >>
The library is having a book/dvd exchange coming up soon. Went through some books that I know I'll not read again and found some fitness dvds to donate. Kept one or two of the fitness dvds in case the urge to work out overpowers me :)))
My daughter's sister-in-law mentioned a few weeks ago that she would like to have jewelry with turquoise stone. When I saw her yesterday, I gifted her a cross I had purchased years ago in the southwest which has turquoise stones. She was surprised and delighted. It wasn't new and it meant a lot to me (for personal reasons) but I knew it was time to share and make somebody else happy.
Kindness this week
Gave a box of recipe books to a friend who loves to cook.
Gave a dozen tomatoes from my backyard to another friend
Gave raspberries to yet another friend
Double tipped the delivery driver because she brought the heavy bags of groceries into my kitchen for me.
Chatted kindly with the banker as I opened a new account. Asked her how her antique store was doing.
Held door open for a mother with a double stroller
Discussed challenges in life with several friends.
❤️A dear longtime neighbor friend needed a comfort support…stressed out badly. I anonymously sent her a plush comfort throw inscribed with healing words, with a gift card message reading “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well” (a quote by Julian of Norwich) . It was signed “from The Universe”.
When she received the gift she asked me if I sent it…I just winked 😉
The next time she asked I replied it was from The Universe via me. I’m just the messenger :))
Later in the day she came by with the blanket wrapped around her shoulders & we hugged & sat together in the sunshine repeating aloud each comfort word on her blanket. It was so beautiful 🙏
Late crop of avocados this year. I have 2 trees, 2 types. The Rainy Season started 6 weeks late and has not been as much as usual. Avocados are a little smaller,, little less flavorful, and the pear shaped ones have a little “curly” on the top. They fall from the tree and Max eats one a day, I get the rest this year! I have si many that the neighbors are seeing a lot of me! I show up with 2 avocados in hand each day at a different neighbor each morning and at a different neighbor or in the evening. I can only eat 1 avocado a day and I've chopped and frozen enough for winter guacamole already!
🧶 I crocheted several “Hugs” (prayer shawls) to donate to our neighbor friends’ church group. They are a group of women who knit & crochet items for babies & those in need of warmth, to give away.
I hope whoever receives one of my creates feels hugged 🤗
Kindness Week I thanked our dear KS friends who showered me with beautiful messages, wishes and lots of KB's on my being selected Community Member Of The Week. Most of the following kindness were well planned before I came back to India. Saturday August 26 was a Smiles Filled Kindness Journey. On August 27th, Sunday Kindness Resumed. Gave some quote cards, told Fatemah story and intense kindness story to a vendor at Sunday's Organic Market. I also gave her a booklet on Positive Thinking. Bought lots of organic groceries to express my love for mother earth. We all know that pink Himalayan salt has a natural color, and is not dyed. When buying it, I wittingly asked the vendor, "Did you color it properly? Hope the color won't fade away.” He smiled and nodded no. I bought it. On Monday August 28th, bought some groceries for needy people. Gave enough money to my friend's wife who is ... Read Full Story >>