❤️ Kindness Opportunities today
🕊 Was glad I had one of Mindy’s Ukraine peace doves with me this morning when I found that out someone I was talking with came from there during our chat. She began sharing about life there and opened up to me a bit about herself. Sharing doves opens hearts ♥️
🧶 Just learned a relatively new neighbor gave birth to a baby girl very recently….guess who will be getting one of my crocheted baby blankets soon :)). We gave their toddler a plush teddy bear when they first moved in & they told us he loved it 🐻 Very lovely young couple.
Day 27: I introduced myself to Benny today. He had a bike with an attachment that carried a lot of items. I asked him if he'd be interested in a burger and fries since his bike was alongside McDonald's. He was sincerely appreciative of the offer, and he accepted it. "Hamburger or cheeseburger?" "Cheeseburger, please. "What kind of drink can I get for you? "Coffee, please." "Stay here," I told him. "I'll be back." I placed his order and brought it to him, as he sat near his bike, which had a cool, retro feel to it. He talked to me about his bike and how his dad was "Benjamin", but his mom didn't want him to be a "Jr." So, he's always been just "Benny." I offered him a few Reeses cups I had left over from Easter. "I like those," he told me. "So, do I," and it was time to go. Driving across town, walking in the crosswalk ... Read Full Story >>
This morning I set off on a bike ride for a few hours, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and exploring some trails. At the last minute, before turning back, I decided to go on a short trail I haven't ridden before.
While on the way back, I was stopped by 2 elderly women who asked if I had seen any keys along the trail as they must have slipped out of the lady's jacket while out on a walk. I explained that I hadn't been paying attention to the ground so I wouldn't know but I told her that I'd ride back and see if I spot them.
A few km's down the trail I saw the keys on the side of the trail and picked them up. I rode back to the women and gave it to them. They were so happy and thankful :)
I used to be a mail carrier, so I know what a small act of kindness can mean. Every now and then, someone would leave a cold soda or a goodie for me in the mailbox. I had a few leftover neighbor brownies from yesterday and left this in the mailbox for my carrier.
The People We Met I would be remiss if I did not write about the incredible people we met in Thailand. The staff at the hotels we stayed in went out of their way to make us feel welcome. It could be argued that they were just doing their jobs, but this is not how it felt to us. At the iuDia Hotel in Ayutthaya they staff went above and beyond what we would have expected. The dining room was not open in the evening and when we asked where we could get a takeaway meal the front desk clerk walked us to the nearby restaurant. She indicated that the hotel staff would provide us with plates and cutlery once we returned. Not only did they provided what we needed they put our food in servicing bowls and took care of the clean up while we slept. We were grateful and ... Read Full Story >>
Earth Kindness #18
Out again at the weekend. This time, a woodland workout which we finished by clearing the path into the woods of grass and moss. Such a satisfying morning's work. Can once again see the tarmac path and hopefully this will be of some use again to those with mobility scooters and prams.
We also managed to fill a bag full of roadside litter, while a few pasers-by gave us a toot on their horns.
Can't wait till the first Saturday in May when we'll be out planting sunflowers along the roadside with the children (and cake!), so watch this space!
Some wonderful kids in our neighborhood circle chalked up the street with colorful chalk messages: shared photos of these with lots of folks "Welcome to the POSITIVE PATH"..."Hello, we hope you have an amazing day"...."You look awesome"...."All you need is family"...."You are amazing"...."Have hope"...."You can do it!"..."Thanks for reading this" Shared pictures of it with many people to give hope and brighten their day. During times when there is so much negativity/bad news, it is important to amplify those doing good! Also shared an op/ed written by a country music singer about how country music can be a bridge to "lead America out of its obsession with guns" Brought a card for everyone to sign for a colleague who underwent a very serious surgery this week--holding him in prayer every day. Also checking in on another friend who was just diagnosed with a health issue. Referred someone who recently lost a job to an ... Read Full Story >>
I have such wonderful neighbors. Got stung by a 4” scorpion 🦂 on Saturday night, did the anti-inflammatory & ice bit as suggested by Google, but of course I had a severe reaction to the sting. Think tingling/numbness in mouth tongue, face, hands, arms, feet, calves, thighs and difficulty walking. I got stung mid-left thigh. On Sunday morning a neighbor was heading to the City - 70 miles away where there is a chance of a pharmacy being open, everything is closed here on Sundays, he offered to get me Benadryl, but that would be about 4-5 hours, I accept cuz I don’t have any. About 32 hours later another neighbor is at my door, he has a packet of 8 Benadryl for me, expired 3/23, but that’s fine. I take the amount it says & go to sleep in about 30 minutes. For 4 hours! The effects of the ... Read Full Story >>
Our firefighters have worked so hard this past decade in Santa Barbara. They had their workout equipment out when I drove up. I told them this was their treat for after they burned their calories, brownies with a card that reads, "Thanks for all you do for our community."
After our 2 ½ month winter Texan vacation, it was a great return to Crafternoon (kindness crafting crew) at our local library.
Loved connecting with our fantastic librarians, catching up on the news and future programs.
Made “WEATHERGRAMS,” which are designed to weather into nature - in honor of Earth Day.
Left a basket of them at the circulation desk for patrons to take and hang outside in a tree 🌲.
Save Foods, Save Earth !
On Earth day, we started a campaign "don't waste food". For our campaign we visited vegetable markets, grocery stores, parks and other public places to appeal to people to save foods, earth for our upcoming generations. It was a very great experience for us. So many people appreciated our campaign and promised to save food.
We also started to make community compost from food waste. Neighbors, friends and also strangers can put their food waste in community compost. Open to all.
Dear friends, you are all kindly invited.
“I wish I could give you more, “ I told Matthew, as I handed him a Peace Dove along with our thanks.
MisterM and I had spent 4-5 hours in the ER, trying to figure out a critical health challenge, and Matthew - the nurse, saw to the medical tests needed, medicines, file updates and comfort.
Recently graduated from nursing school, Matthew was professional, yet caring. He helped put us at ease with his calm attitude.
Grateful for the entire ER staff.
Bless them all in their chosen professions. May each patient they care for be granted the wisdom of their education, life experience and healing.
Continued prayers for MisterM appreciated, my kind friends.
Went to a store and saw that the security guard looked kind. Usually I don't greet a person while I'm out and about but thought that he's kind and wanted to connect with him. I said hi to him and his face lit up. He said hi back and I felt good to have this interaction with him.
We have such kind neighbors:
❤️ Our neighbor who likes to bring us her Friday home cooked dinners texted us to let us know she was running late….a little while later she texted “I hope you’re not too hungry!” How kind she is!!
❤️ Our next door neighbor came over to let us know they would be having a small gather to celebrate their grandaughter’s junior prom in their backyard & wanted to let us know so we weren’t taken by surprise. Assured her it wouldn’t be a problem for us. Very considerate neighbors 👌🏻 Also invited us to join in :)
Good neighbors are a true blessing & we are very grateful 🙏
i have been meeting with 5th graders learning and talking about social isolation and food insecurity in a project at their school. i love how they respond with ideas, compassion, and interest of two complicated issues. makes me hopeful💛
I hired a lovely local man to do some electrical work in the house, what a delight! He was so pleasant, respectful, helpful, extremely hard working! He offered to do a couple of things that had not been quoted for, so when he mentioned that he was going to cook dinner for him and his wife who was not well (it was already 7pm!) I decided to give him the delicious meat pie that we had for our dinner that day. I put it in a bag, added a few kind cards and a thank you note, and put it in one of his work bags. Today I got a message from his wife thanking us for it and saying it was a very tasty pie :-)
One of the people I gave a scratcher to at school earlier this week, happens to be a pastry chef. Today she made lemon bars (soooo good) for the staff, left a poem, a stack of Kindness cards and asked people to enjoy and spread kindness.
I had to take a bite of mine before I took this pic.
When I finished my reflexolgy/aromatherpay appointment on Thursday and was about to sign out, the staff asked me if I would like to join them for a Coronation party. It's going to be a couple of days before the coronation (May 4th) and they're aiming to have a craft stall. I offered to make some items for them to sell. So far, I have a small pouch and a scarf ready for them. I've almost finished a kitten and will post a picture when it's done and I'm also making another scarf. I hope to make a variety of smaller projects this week to give them.
Filled some buckets today at work with a one-dollar ticket that could be worth $1K, along with a kindness card and a lucky penny. Recipients: teachers, aides, retired intervention teachers, playground helpers, ELPAC workers and tech instructors.
Don't know if there were any winners, but there definitely were a lot of smiles.
To honor my friends, the beautiful Ponderosa pines which had to be removed due to the serious damage risk to our safety and cabin hOMe, we’ve donated to One Tree Planted. 🌲 Their vision statement: “We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world. We plant one tree with every dollar donated. OUR IMPACT OVER THE YEARS We have planted over 92.7 million trees in more than 80 countries across the globe since 2014…” for more info: https://onetreeplanted.org/ 🙏 Farewell, my friends. Thank you for your filtered sunlight, shade, sheltering branches for our winged, your graceful strength and for the sunsets that silhouetted your sentry of the coming night. 🕊️ *As stewards of 10 acres of land, we are blessed with approximately 500 trees to manage and maintain, which often calls for difficult decisions. **Gifted ... Read Full Story >>