This morning I get the text, "Can you come by and pick up some biriyani and chole I made for you?" This friend knows my love of Indian food, especially chole. And when it's made with her love. Oh, it's so, so sweet! I couldn't resist. I had to nibble on the meal as I drove back to work.
As I get home from work and Neeta who owns the water store with her husband, where we buy our water, calls me. She says, "I made some chole and I know how much you like it. Can you come and pick it up?" What? I can't believe my luck? Who am I to turn down such kindness?
I also needed water and had some tomatoes from our garden, so I was able to gift her some of those. She told me how much she loved the last batch I gave her.
😷As we are still “sheltering at home seniors”, most of my kindness acts are not being done face-to-face right now.
Early this morning, after reading a very gracious note of appreciation from a NYC food pantry we support weekly, I sent them back an email expressing our gratitude for all they do to provide their life-saving service to keep people fed, and thanked them for their gracious donation acknowledgment.
I am grateful we are able to support their mission and hope to be able to continue supporting them. 🙏
Caregivers continue to work tirelessly at the retirement community I live in. They take our temperatures every day, pass out medications, and assist the kitchen staff with delivering meals to our apartments. All that and more, in addition to the services they provide for those here in memory care, assisted living, and residents who require post-acute attention. They are blessed angels, powered by God, and I am abundantly blessed to see them here every day.
We live in a neighborhood that has been very tight! We have a slack channel and email group to communicate, help each other, and organize fun activities.
My home offers 4 to 6 times a year community gatherings. Today, however, I reached out to all my neighbors to get their grocery list to buy groceries tomorrow for them. 6 neighbors have sent lists...and more will come.
In addition, I gardened in the front for 6 hours engaging in chats with neighbors walking their dogs, and nearby neighbors. This helps build relationships while keeping social distancing. Lots of laughter today! I feel rejuvenated. It's amazing how much we receive when we give. The reciprocity is healing.
Baked vegan blueberry muffins, sourdough zucchini bread and peanut butter cookies for our daughter-in-law’s visit. She was touched and appreciated the extra gesture with a big loving hug.
Gave a package of peanut butter cookies for our interim mail carrier and received such a sweet note of gratitude.
Going that little bit extra makes all the difference, my kind friends.
I was a jump ahead on this one this week. Our favourite coffee shop - Caffe Nero in Leeds closed its doors earlier this week before we had a chance to thank the staff for all they've done in the last few weeks. So I went on the chain's website and chose compliment and sent an email thanking them for what they do and have done. I got a lovely email a couple of days later from their head office thanking me for my time and assuring me the staff would hear about it.
So I will give some thought as to who I can send a similar note to this week.
I just called a neighbor to apologize for rudely waving her off as she approached us, while we were in the midst of an intense conversation with someone yesterday. I was stressed out at the time and forgive myself but felt very badly about it. She was very kind & kept insisting no apology was necessary and that she hadn’t felt insulted, but I told her she’d make me feel better if she allowed me to apologize. Okay, she said, apology accepted. Then we both laughed.🤣
Hopefully, I can do better next time, in a similar situation 🥴
I am incredibly blessed because I live in a major city and have been living on a block that has had an active yahoo group for over 10 years. Unlike most people here we have created a very local community just on our block. We've organized soup nights, block parties, community gardening projects, food deliveries for convalescing neighbors and connected in other ways. During the shelter-in-place times, we checked in with each other often. We offered to shop for the older neighbors and brought food to a neighbor who seemed to have a mild case of the virus (finally recovered, tg). We have held a Happy Hour Dance Party in Place Friday evenings, which has been lovely! And of course, making ubiquitous sourdough starter and sharing that. I made sourdough banana bread with peanut butter chips and chocolate which was out of this world. Other neighbors organized "stuffed animal hunts" for families on walks, where they ... Read Full Story >>
What is your name? I asked as I offered the gentleman some freshly made blueberry and banana pancakes. I go by Mr. X; he gladly accepted the pancakes. He immediately noted, now that's a good amount of blueberries! Mr. X told me about a lady who brought him some oatmeal with blueberries, of which he was very happy. Until he discovered there was only 1 blueberry in the oatmeal. Since he wanted more blueberries in his oatmeal, his solution was to just put the pancakes in with his oatmeal:). And then he began to talk, and talk, and talk. As Mr. X would near the end of one story, indicating that he was almost done, he would tail off into another story. He just wanted someone to listen to him. He told me the details of how a friend of his was killed by the police as if he was standing there ... Read Full Story >>
Today I gave a surprise visit to my music teacher at his house for his birthday. And I gave him a bouquet of flowers, a card, and a pothos plant (money plant).
But the treat that I received was beyond my expectations! His wife and he shared a full lunch with me of a delicious sweet dish, curry, and vegetables alongside watermelon juice. They even packed food for me for my family along with figs from their tree.
I feel so grateful for their company as they are very peaceful, simple, and kind people to be with. I started to feel like it was my birthday. :)
I created a thank you poster and put in my front yard plant area for all of my neighbors to see. It's a simple thank you for being amazing neighbors. I'm attaching a photo of the poster. I will try to be here more during the challenge. Enjoy your day friends :-).
What a busy and fun-packed day it's been! I went to pick up my uncle in order to take him to lunch but he wasn'r feeling well so he asked to take a pass. It'll happen when it's ready to happen. I then ended up giving a ride to someone who needed it and they turned around and bought me a breakfast sandwich. Later, while I was taking a walk I was noticing so much. Which brought to mind how much we miss when we're driving. Finally, I went to visit my cousin and they treated me to a frosty. At every turn, someone was showing kindness to another<3. What a beautiful day it was. spreading the seeds of kindness all around:).
Our bumper crop of beets, green beans and squash went to good use.
We shared with the Center, library patrons, and with Lali and Archie - street vendors of Russian/Georgian/Armenian heritage - who then invited us to their home for borscht!
We enjoyed not only the BEST borscht we ever had (with a vegan option for our daughter-in-law), but the bloom of a new friendship as well.
Amazing where those simple acts of kindness lead, my kind friends.
Grateful for each heart-“beet” we share that links us all together 🙏 ❤️ 🌎 🕊..
I was asked to accompany someone when they went to their doctor for an annual wellness visit. They didn’t want to go alone. Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room is not something I really am comfortable about right now, during the current covid variants, but I wanted to be supportive, so I went.
It was a long wait. The seats were spaced out & everyone wore a face mask 😷
I got a lot of reading done & when I began to get fidgety I closed my eyes, did some deep breathing & silently mantra’d. I reached for my companion’s hand when he appeared nervous & encouraged him to do the same.
We rewarded ourselves with a leisurely lunch after.
So, the blessings that were found there included getting a lot of reading done, comforting someone, meditating, shining light on everyone in the waiting room & a nice lunch. Always blessings to be found.
Since returning to teaching (I enjoy it so much, calling it "work" doesn't seem fitting!), I've found myself super busy. This evening I have some reflection time. One thing that hasn't changed is that kids will be kids. Yes, they are super inspiring and continue to amaze me with their accomplishments and kindness...and many still don't pick up after themselves:(. At school, I've had the opportunity to spread kindness by returning dirty dishes to the kitchen, picking up litter (why, oh why do we continue to use plastic?!), and trying to make students feel seen by being deliberate about greeting them as I pass by. Of course, I've had the opportunity to deliver, anonymously, four packages of tomatoes and avocados. What I am most excited about is a delivery that I get to make on Friday. A dear friend found an organization accepting donations for helping the soon to be here refugees ... Read Full Story >>
The family stumbled out into the night feeling very drowsy after being woken at 2.00 a.m. by the alarm. We took our chairs which were set out on the driveway facing northeast. Leaning back, we allowed our eyes to adjust to the canvas of stars covering the sky. The Perseid meteor shower, one of the greatest shows on earth, was in progress. We kept our voices very low so as not to disturb the reverent silence, but every few minutes someone would exclaim, “Ohhhh….there’s another one!” or “Did you see that one?” We felt blessed to have such a front row seat to the scene of so many shooting stars with each affording the opportunity to make a wish. In a hushed voice I whispered to Elise, my 8 year old great-niece: “When you are older and perhaps a mother yourself, and you are watching the shooting stars with your children, think of your ... Read Full Story >>
We've had much more rain this summer in Southern Ontario, making me appreciate the sunny days we get even more. Today was one of those days, and being a holiday, I decided to take advantage of it and go cycling.
I usually meet a lot of cyclists on the trails I'm on. Usually we exchange a quick greeting as we pass each other, sometimes people stop and chat a bit longer.
This morning I talked to a young man who said that while he was tired from the activity, he's grateful to be alive.
How true. Though I came home tired, I'm grateful to get to experience another day. Also grateful to be healthy enough to cycle and to get to experience all the wonderful scenery I did see 💕
I gave a free acupuncture session to my elderly neighbor as a house call. Every time I have had surgery she has brought me fresh produce in lovely baskets.
I am going to adopt a grumpy chinchilla from a rescue I foster for. I still have foster hamsters. Sadly, the rescue is overloaded with surrenders. People don't want their pandemic animal friends anymore. The rescue has had to stop accepting any more animals as they are so full.
My adoption will free up one space. Here is Chayra, wondering where her raspberry is.
Today was a big day at our school. 337 of us were tested for the Covid-19 antibodies! 336 tests came back negative and one test showed that someone did have Covid-19 somewhere between 3 weeks and 3 months ago. So, we were all in a safe zone...at least for today. So, while I'm teaching my class via zoom, my colleague in the room next door peeked her head in and asked if I was teaching. I said yes, but I sensed something was wrong so I asked her what was up. She told me that her brother passed away today. She told me about their troubled relationship, she hadn't seen or spoken to him in many, many years. But she also spoke how there was comfort in knowing that he was on this Earth; now that was gone. I just listened. And then I said, "if it'd help, and you want, I'll ... Read Full Story >>
I went out to lunch to treat myself to some strawberry crepes. When I was almost done my waitress said my bill was taken care of. I asked why, thinking they got my order wrong somehow. She said another table paid for me, but they didn't want me to know it. So I asked the waitress to thank them kindly and left an origami dove.
Kindness is floating around. I felt blessed.