2010: I had not one plan for the last 4-5 days, yet, each day was filled with more productivity, family, friends, food - and - at times, the side splitting, pee your pants kind of laughing. New England summers can't be beat!!
2015: If Jane Mullen was with me tonight and could've chimed into a conversation, she probably would have used her worldly means to soften his heart and make the naysayer turn into a gentleman and have a new lease on life just because of her minute impact on his soul.
With me? I'm more like, "oh when the hell are you going to leave you uneducated, stalking, negative SOB". And we ARE cut from the same cloth. I guess I haven't inherited her grace yet. I'll wait on that.
2016: Imagine my surprise when this ID card came flying out of the dryer that I've been using for the past 15 months. I've never seen it before and have no idea where it came from. Sovereign has been Santander for years now so this is an oldie. I'll take it as a "hi!!"
2016: Feeling Charitable Today? Into A Feel Good Random Act of Kindness Maybe? This might be a good one...
While clicking around facebook last year at this time I stumbled onto a page called “Summer Book Challenge”. The challenge was created by some good folks down in SC who wanted to encourage children to read books and submit book reports for cash prizes during their summer off from school.
It didn’t take but a few minutes to realize that although the challenge was created in 2014, it wasn’t until 2015 that the whole idea went viral and received thousands and thousands of interested parents and students. The sheer amount of FB messages that they received would have taken months to read. I couldn’t even IMAGINE the administrative nightmare that must have been going on behind the scenes with registrations, snail mail reports, reading reports, sending checks, etc. I didn’t have to follow the progress of this effort long before I knew that “what I do for work” and “what I love to do most” would come in very handy for these folks.
So you guessed it... I donated and built a website for them (websites for a cause)... in honor of my sister - A Random Act of Kindness in honor of. I automated all those pesky admin functions related to registrations, report submissions, FAQ’s, donations, etc. The challenge is going to be so smooth for them this year... I’m proud of that.
Unfortunately this year, the amount of participants included in the challenge is scaled down due to the fact that the program is all self-funded. At this time, they are allowing 100 participants that will be awarded up to $25 for the books they read and report on. If they had sponsors (GOOD sponsor opportunity here) or had individual donations of any size - they could increase the amount of participants in the www.SummerBookChallenge.com.
I’d like to see that happen. I have a soft spot for these folks. Folks that I’ve never even met!! So, if you’re feeling charitable or looking for a good Random Act of Kindness idea - consider sending in a donation of any size. It doesn’t take much... $25 sponsors a kid.
2018: I call myself "girl" at times because I still feel young. But, I was asked recently, would you prefer to be called a girl or a woman. I thought it was a humor prompting question at first but it wasn't. So my reply was - woman is more respectful because of wisdom learned.
That being said, if I ever saw or heard this dude make this remark - I would be all over him. And not with a smile or anything kind to say.
2018: The cooking Mary has resurfaced. And after peeling and deveining so many shrimp, the chef in me came out when I couldn't throw those shells away without out least trying to make a bisque. Shrimp buffet will be reschedule until tomorrow.
Got some old fashioned comfort food in the oven instead. Meatloaf with caramelized mushroom and onion gravy, real mashed and green beans. (To my meal counter friend - for my experiment - that will be a four meal deal for me. Under $10)
I never made a shrimp bisque before but I have some interesting ingredients to work with.
2018: I had a big stock up freezer menu planned when I did big stock up shopping this week. It was all Italian or stir fry related. That big seafood score the next day changed everything. I adapted. You can take the girl out of the restaurant business but the girl never loses the skills. Meatloaf is freezer food now. This shrimp stock is like liquid gold. I do have freezer worries though...
2018: This was not smoked sausage, it's smoked salmon. Thinly cut and it smells to die for. I don't eat salmon though. Tell me what to do so it's not wasted... I cannot bring it to you. Pick up, or give me instruction on how to cook and freeze. If condo peeps want some - PLZ PM me.
2019: One day (and many times since), out of nowhere, she broke out into this jive talk.
Me: where the heck did you learn to talk like that?!
She: my Dad had a liquor store in a black neighborhood.
Most people would disregard the comment and chalk it up to nonsense... but, not me. I digitized the memories she felt worth saving. I knew she was speaking truth.
It takes a good deal of time and effort to digitize memories but it's worth it.
North Main Street, Feb 5, 1960