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    Last week, my DD19 remarked on how cold it was walking to her first class at college and how cold her hands were. I picked up a pair of mittens for her today and of course I got a pair for DD18, also. Before I could give them to her this evening, she said, I need some gloves. LOL! Now she has some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_hope View Post
    Last week, my DD19 remarked on how cold it was walking to her first class at college and how cold her hands were. I picked up a pair of mittens for her today and of course I got a pair for DD18, also. Before I could give them to her this evening, she said, I need some gloves. LOL! Now she has some.
    What a thoughtful thing to do. I know what it's like to have cold hands.

    Jean, making tea for your dh is a kindness especially when you didn't want to do that. If Home Outfitters is anything like Home Depot, I can understand what employees are like. Being kind to them can be somewhat difficult.

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    I am trying to figure out what I did today that was kind.

    We had unexpected company stop by ( they are near and dear friends of ours and her brother is in the hospital in Duluth for a (get this) 8 bypass surgery on his heart) yes, 8! Anyway I fed them all lunch. I don't consider that a kind act though because it is something I would do for anyone anytime.

    My DS is really sick with the flu. A high temp, sore throat, coughing, chills etc. I have been taking care of him (you know how men are when they are sick)so I guess that counts as a kindness? Right? If not, well I just smiled at my Dh and told him I loved him with all my heart.




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    I didn't post a kindness for yesterday, but there were several...

    ~ had a friend over and listened to her pour out her soul. We prayed together. We also prayed for other people we knew.

    ~ Knit on the prayer shawl too.

    ~ Left DH to play on his computer all morning...even though I felt like throwing the thing out the window. I can't believe I'm jealous of a machine!

    ~ Went to prayer meeting and kept it short and to the point. The lady who normally drives me wasn't able to come. I left a message at the church saying I couldn't make it because I didn't have a ride. And lo and behold, someone phoned me back offering me a ride! This cool-to-be-kind thing gets around! I made sure to thank them.

    ~ Went to Bible study and kept my mouth shut at key points when I felt like screaming... no, no, no...mustn't scream...not good...

    ~ Ended up in a further email exchange with the special needs girl from church. She wants me to listen to her sing. It'll be the first time anyone's heard her. She doesn't sing out at all, despite being in the choir since fall. I suggested we meet ahead of time on crafting group day. I think I'll suggest the choir director come early to 'accidentally' hear if this girl can sing or not.

    Jean
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    You are a very kind person peanut!




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    Thanks Debbie-Cat. I never realized how much I was doing until this thread came along. I guess maybe I'm not such a bad person after all!

    I forgot a couple more things... when my friend was over I gave her an empty ice-cream pail and some caffeinated tea I can't have anymore...rather returned the tea to her. She uses the buckets for selling raspberries in the summer. And she had given me the teas last week. I admitted I couldn't use them, so we thought of someone else who might, and she's going to deliver them there.

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    You're both doing great.

    I worked yesterday afternoon and helped a couple members find some good books at the library.

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    Well today I haven't gone anywhere or really done anything so I gave my DS, DH, and FIL all big hugs and kisses.




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    One of my daily kindness is to pick up the mail and book bags for the supervisor of our library. She has MS and it's very difficult for her to do. I love doing this on a daily basis for her.

    Making a special supper for ds#1, just because he likes it.

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    That's nice of you homesteadmamma! I am sure she appreciates you doing that for her more than you know.




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    You all are doing some good stuff. Sometimes it's the little things that count. I had another lady in for tea today. She welcomed the break from having work done on the house and working. She isn't well and I think it was good for her to just sit and drink tea and talk. I don't know if I call that a kindness though, because normally I'd do this for someone. I enjoy sharing my home/hospitality with other women...one at a time. I'm not a big group person.

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    Yesterday a customer of DH asked to use our computer because she is looking for a new (to her) used vehicle. So her hubby and two baby girls came over for a while so she could check out craigslist to see if she could find anything.

    Otherwise some friends of ours brought us a nice fresh lobster dinner!




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    Yesterday was challenging for me. I was really tired. Once again the kindnesses done to me outweighed anything I did for others. I walked to my stitching group...and was offered a ride home. A lady came in who was diabetic and we started chatting about the low carb diabetic diet. She was a fount of information for me. A lady offered to drive me home as it was so cold out (-44 C with wind chill).

    I decided to have supper ready right when DH came home from work. Good thing too. No sooner had we finished than the special needs girl from church phoned in a panic. Her mother spent the last 24 hours at the casino gambling and had won a small amount of money. She wanted her daughter to join her for supper at a local restaurant and then go back to the casino with her while she gambled the night away. The daughter did not want to go. She wanted to get some sleep so she could go to something else today.

    In the end I offered her the option of coming to the church Book Club meeting. I also suggested she talk to the minister about the situation and see if she can help at all.

    Phoned the minister to give her a heads up should this girl show up during book club. Minister wasn't impressed. Claimed she should be calling her family, not me or her. Hmm...

    By the time all was said and done I could feel my blood pressure had gone up considerably. DH and I had a discussion about "blood suckers" ...people who make their problems yours and who you feel like the life has been sucked out of you after you deal with them. Recognizing one is the first step. Limiting their effect on you is another. I think I may have to put this girl in her place. I had forgotten she has a brother in town who can help her.

    Being nice can have it's hazards too...you gotta watch out for blood suckers.

    Jean
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    The last two days were a bit better in the kindness category. At least my attitude was. I had a long talk with the special needs girl on Saturday. She has a plan to get out from under her mom's thumb...but it requires a job...which she is working on now. There is a lot going on there...including the fact her mom has forbidden her to talk to her brother. It's a real messy situation and I think I do have to draw the line on my involvement. However, that being said, another lady has taken up the reigns and invited her to help with various ministries within the church. So she is being well taken care of.

    I decided to drive out to DH's work to pick him up from work, rather than him having to take the bus in -40 C weather.

    We watched more library DVDs (his choice) and our own DVDs (my choice).

    I tried to be kind to people at church today. Sometimes I am more frustrated than kind. I was presented with an interest inventory we were supposed to hand in today. I frankly did not know what to put on it. I'm already doing four or five things at church. I'd be happy to share with someone else.

    My kindness today was to get home in time to help DD#2's fiance move...but he hasn't phoned yet. DH and I took the opportunity to run errands so DH could have the car tomorrow for work.

    DH suggested we go exercise and soak in the hot tub tonight. Might just do that. And I heard rumours of a fire in the fireplace too. He must be serious. He cleaned out the fireplace and brought in more wood!

    Jean

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    Well, today an old friend of ours stopped by and needed a fan put in his car. He broke his when he tried using his jumper cables and dropped them. It is so cold out, it shattered the fan. So DH is going to put it in for him after dinner....no charge and I am feeding the family of 5 dinner!




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