August 10, 2015

Silly, silly

One of my friends joined a team for Gishwhes 2015, it's a massive global scavenger hunt that is part silliness, part art, part kindness and 100% fun.  I helped her team with two items, the above video was one of the things, called Tai Chi Breakfast.

Here are some of the other things my friend did:
  • started a Random Acts group for my community
  • had a White Rabbit tea party for a special needs child, to build awareness of Rett Syndrome
  • donated art supplies to a first year teacher in Hemet
  • had a dance party cleanup for a classroom in Fallbrook
  • made 1100 encouraging notes for all the lockers at Gardner Middle School, with help from the wonderful ASB kids in putting them up
  • helped a two-year-old hand out roses to homeless people in San Diego
  • took a picture at a sanctuary for pigs retired from medical research to promote awareness
  • raised awareness of gay families through social media
  • raised awareness of being an organ donor
  • donated clothes, household goods and money to Goodwill and to Border Angels (refugee support group)
  • held a book drive, then handed out free books and bookmarks in a parking lot
  • promoted CPR classes at my place of work
  • transported an orphaned baby possum to a wildlife group
  • gave backpacks to a number of schools, thanks to donations from Jodi and Steve Prystash
  • raised awareness of bait dogs used in dog fighting
  • filmed two people doing Tai Chi while eating breakfast*sang a four part round to a tongue twister I wrote
  • organized and filmed people vacuuming lawns as June Cleaver, wearing cocktail dresses made of flowers and at the Mission Inn wearing evening wear and a kale hat
  • created a piece of art about Death's Funeral
  • took a picture of a robot handing out flowers
  • made a funny gardening tip for Michelle Obama

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July 21, 2015


My life is humming right along.  I had a nice 71st birthday, probably the most low-key birthday in 50 years.  I got an orchid plant as a gift, my first, from Carrie.  Sharon called while I was walking the dogs, and sang Happy Birthday on voice mail, ala MM breathy, I think she was singing at her desk at work.

On my birthday, I also reconnected with an old friend, she asked if I was still playing cards.  I told her that the old group of card players had fallen apart when Bob started chemo, but I wanted to start the group again, she asked to be included.  Yesterday, I talked to another couple who had been part of our group years ago, and they'd also like to play.  I hope I can start the group again, next month.

I had a surprise in the mail.  This certificate came from the Department of Defense.  The letter said that President Obama wanted to recognize Bob for his military service.  When he retired he also received certificates from President Clinton, the governor, the mayor for his service as a policeman.

Now, I'll get to the "wonderful" referred to in the post title.  As I was reading my daughter's blog today, I followed a link to "The 7 Rules of Compliment Club",  a July 2 post on Joy The Baker.  You should go over and read the post.

Essentially, the post describes a great way to live.

The 7 Rules of Compliment Club
  1. Look for the positive in other people.
  2. Be genuine.
  3. Be Specific.
  4. Be heartfelt is how things make you FEEL.
  5. Chill on the back-handed compliments.
  6. Just go for it!
  7. Don’t expect anything in return.
I think this is perfect, and we all should be members of the Compliment Club.  What do you think?

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July 5, 2015


I'm pathetic.  Wednesday will be my 71st birthday and it will be the first time I've ever been alone on my birthday.  I've been trying to come up with a game plan, something to do on Wednesday that's not my normal day.  Normal days I eat, walk the dogs a couple of times, work on quilting projects, read and maybe watch some TV.

First I tried setting up a massage, I have a Groupon that I could use.  Her first available appt. was on Thursday, so I booked that.

Then I thought, maybe a facial - that would be a great treat.  She was booked until the 30th!

The third try and this is where I'm getting pathetic, I need to see the attorney who is taking care of my sister's and my interest settling our Dad's estate.  At least it would get me out of the house!  But, he can't see me on Wednesday, but Monday will work.

Last week, The Colony news arrived in the mail.  I live in a 55+ senior community, The Colony, and this is our monthly newsletter put together by a great team of volunteers.  On July 8th, my 71st birthday, there is going to be a movie shown in the Auditorium.  Woo hoo!  It happens to be a movie I want so see and missed when it came out in '09, The Soloist.  I really don't care, I will go no matter what was showing; just to have something "special" to do!  The other two movies being shown this month are Atonement and 5 Flights Up.  I'm going to go to those, too.  It's good to get out of the house, and the movies are free, as is the popcorn.

I am considering bringing cookies or cupcakes to the Auditorium, but that might be pathetic, too!

The Statue of Liberty has nothing to do with this post, but I took this photo on 5/30, while in NYC, and I thought I'd share it.
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