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Title: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 11, 2012, 02:44:33 PM
Hi everyone!   :D

For those of you who are new to Sjogren's World, I'm Bucky, one of the staff members here at Sjogren's World.  Through the years  I have held various "group challenges" for our members to participate in if they wish to.  Just something fun for us to do.

If you'd like to read about some of our previous challenges, here are a few:  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=10189.0  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=13278.0  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=14461.0

I can't tell you what the specifics of the challenge is just yet - you'll have to stay tuned to find out.  Check back on Sunday evening.  ;)

I'm hoping we can get at least 35 members to participate.  I've tried having members put numbers next to their names as they joined the challenge, but some members don't know how to count and our numbers got mixed up.   ;)  Just sayin'.  So, I'll just keep tabs on how many are participating.   ;D

Looking forward to our challenge together - I hope you'll join us. 

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge coming Monday, Oct. 15th
Post by: slccom on October 11, 2012, 04:24:23 PM
Hey, Bucky, if I had known tthat the ability to count was a prerequisite for joining, I never would have!  ;D Sharon
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 14, 2012, 08:20:46 PM
Hi everyone - here we go with our 2012 Fall Mini Challenge.   ;D  This 7-day challenge runs from Monday, Oct. 15 thru Sunday, Oct. 21st.

I tried to think of something different for this challenge.  After much thought, I decided on a dual challenge.  With the changing of the seasons, and such a hot, hot summer for most of us - I know for myself, I didn't get outside much at all this summer.  With the winter months (here in the US) fast approaching, I feel if we don't get outside NOW to enjoy the crisp fall days and the beautiful changing pallet of colors, it will slip away from us.

So, I would like to repeat a part of this challenge from years past and encourage you to get outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  While you are outside - take a walk, bike, do outside chores, rake leaves, garden, stand, sit or whatever you choose to do . . . just be outside.

As you've read in my posts before, I love nature.  Being outside on these 10-minute challenges allows me the opportunity to watch and hear all of nature prepare for the upcoming winter.  There is so much activity outside - from the birds, squirrels, wild turkeys, deer, and farmers harvesting their crops, etc. 

The second part of the challenge is to do at least two random acts of kindness these next seven days.  Kindness as an attitude is infectious.  When you're willing to share your kindness, others will be inspired by your example and think about doing something as kind themselves.

There are so many different ways to perform random acts of kindness - from letting a person go in front of you in line at the checkout, carrying groceries for someone, sending a thank you note to someone you appreciate, visit the local fire department and thank the men/women who protect your community, give some coins or a $1 to a child you meet in a store and watch their face light up, walk your neighborhood and pick up trash, pay for a meal for the person in back of you in the drive-thru or next to you in a restaurant, take a meal to a shut-in, share a smile and an encouraging word with someone who is grumpy and frowning.  The list is endless.

The best part of random acts of kindness is when you do them and expect nothing in return.  The thing about kindness is that it has it owns rewards.

So there you have it . . . a dual one-week challenge:  10 minutes outside each day, and to perform at least two random acts of kindness.

Then, report back here and let us know how things are going. 

I hope to have at least 35 members participate in this challenge.  Will you join me?

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: A66eyroad on October 15, 2012, 06:30:06 AM
I will commit to doing this for the week!  Great idea!

A66eyroad, #2
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: grammad97 on October 15, 2012, 07:36:04 AM
Count me in please!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Nancy60 on October 15, 2012, 11:45:14 AM
Count me in too!  I still have time today to start : )

Nancy
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: iraisin on October 15, 2012, 03:14:07 PM
Thank you for this challenge. I've been wound so tight I squeak when I walk. I'm driving to the lakes edge right now and watch the water birds and the boaters.

I just need a nudge sometimes...thank you.
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Cheryl on October 15, 2012, 05:18:23 PM
I'll be #7!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 15, 2012, 06:24:51 PM
Day 1 of our one week mini challenge.   ;D

I'm so glad there are 7 of us so far who are going to participate in this challenge.  Anyone is welcome to join us anywhere along this week - don't think you're too late if you didn't join the first day.

Today, I spent my 10 minutes outside walking around our property.  I love the crunching sound of dried leaves.  I also love the "smell" of fall . . . it smells so . . so . . fallish!  LOL 

On my trip in the yard, I started collecting different colored leaves to bring inside and use as decorations.  I still have my leaves from a challenge two years ago pressed in a book.  When I open the pages of that book, it has that "fallish" smell to it.   ;D

I just love the colors of fall . . . the reds, yellows and oranges and when the sunset illuminates the woods next to our house it casts this beautiful, bright hue of color.  I wish the colors lastest longer than they do.  Soon, there will be bare branches.   :(

Our woods sounded like a symphony of birds.  It reminds me of a bird sanctuary with all of them singing/talking in their own octave.  Woody also was contributing his part as he tapped, tapped, tapped on the tree.  We have several owls in the area.  I didn't hear them today, but I bet before the weeks challenge is over, I will have heard them.

How was your day?

As is my tradition with challenges, I will close with a quote each day.

Bucky

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."     Robert Brault
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Nancy60 on October 15, 2012, 07:39:58 PM
I spent about 40 minutes sitting outside on my back patio reading, with my foot propped up (I had an injection in it today) and drinking a glass of wine.  It was really nice hearing the birds and the wind in the trees.  It was nice today, in the 80's and cools down now at night so early evening is really nice.

I'm not sure if this counts as a good deed, but this challenge did make me think and change my actions....I was on the phone trying to get information on how to get some records and the man on the phone couldn't tell me how to do it online even though he said it could be done, and he couldnt take my information to have the records sent to me, I would have to call back tomorrow during the same time but someone who could help me would be there.....I was losing my patience but took a deep breath and thanked him for trying to help me and told him I would call tomorrow.  He really didn't know what he was doing.  Poor guy.  So I didn't get upset or anything, tried to make him feel better.  Hopefully I did.

I also offered to help a friend out on scoring a test she wasn't familiar with and will be getting together with her later this week to help her. 

Thanks for thinking of the challenge!  It is great!

Nancy

Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 16, 2012, 07:57:29 PM
Day 2 of our one week mini challenge.   ;D

What a beautiful fall day here in Central Illinois today.  We were in the mid 70's, but rather windy.  I spent my time outside today walking around our property.  In the fall I usually collect acorns to keep for the squirrels in the winter months.  I didn't see any acorns today, but I did see these other bigger nuts - which I don't know what they are.  I'll have to go back this week with a bag or something to collect them in as I didn't have anything with me today.

Today the sky was such a pretty blue with white swirled clouds that looked like someone had taken a paint brush and brushed through them.  I stood there and watched a bird gliding through the air taking advantage of the wind blowing him/her along the way. 

As I was walking along the property I would purposely find the fallen twigs and step on them to hear the crack and then the crunch of the leaves.  Growing up in Ohio, as kids we use to play in the woods a lot.  Fall time with leaves, bonfires, snapping twigs, etc. reminds me of fond memories of my childhood.   :)

The wind today was making so much noise the only birds I heard were a few crows.  We have some wild turkeys in our field and it's so funny to see them running with their heads bobbing back and forth, back and forth.  There were three of them out there today.

Didn't have any opportunity to do any random acts of kindness today . . . maybe, tomorrow.

Nancy - you did show kindness to that gentlemen on the phone, when you could have done otherwise.  Good job.  At least you stopped for a moment, and then changed your actions - when others may not have been so patient with him.

Helping your friend will be much appreciated, I'm sure!

Our time is the most precious gift we can give anyone . . . and one money can't buy!

I hope to hear from the rest who are participating in this challenge and let us know how you are spending your time and what kindness you are sharing with others.

Bucky

"He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost."        Thomas Fuller
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: susanep on October 16, 2012, 11:15:54 PM
Bucky I am sorry I meant to sign up, and it slipped my mind. Not sure what number I am, and I missed Monday, but Tuesday I went to my son's house, and fed his dogs and cats while he is away for a week.

We played with a new dog of his that is so pretty. It was even dark so I walked to the back of his house where I can see the night sky so well, and it was so pretty.

I rubbed the dogs belly several times. Sometimes the little critters need an act of kindness too. hehe.

I would say I was out there for about 15 minutes. I also noticed some of his pretty bushes. One had some wilted, but still pretty flowers showing the end of summer, and the first of new frosts.

I will report back later for Wednesday. I will add a day to make up for Monday if I can. I can't remember now what I did Monday. hehe.

susanep :)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 17, 2012, 10:46:53 AM
Day 3 of our one week mini challenge.   ;D

Glad you could join us Susanep.  I'm sure the dog loved the extra attention with his/her belly rub.   ;)

Before I had a chance to be outside today, I had to run some errands.  While in the store, I gave a $1 bill to three random children that I came across throughout the store that were spotted being good.  I think the parents were more surprised by the $1 than the kids were!  LOL  I heard one of the little boys say to his mom as I walked away, "who was that?" . . and his mom said, "I don't know - just some nice lady that thought you were being a good boy".  I'm sure all three kids were a little happier today.   :D

When I got home, I put on my hiking boots and walked around our property.  We have 26 acres of land - a good part of it is woods, and our field that we lease to a farmer.  I went back and picked up a handful of those larger nuts that I discovered yesterday.  Walked to the other side of the field over by the acorn trees - I found 3 acorns!   :-\  Maybe, since we had such a hot summer there weren't many acorns this year?  I don't know.  Mr. Squirrel is going to have slim pickins this winter from me. 

While I was walking along the edge of the field all of a sudden an orange streak of an animal ran in front of me into the woods.  We have seen fox here before - but, it looked a little smaller than a fox.  So, I call out, "TJ?" . . . the running animal stopped . . . it was our cat.  Silly boy!  So, he followed me around and then we came back to the house.

Looking into the woods with the sun shining on the yellow leaves and the tall black trunks of the trees - it was gorgeous.  I wish I had taken my camera with me.

I hope today has been a good day for everyone.  What did you do?

Bucky

"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."     Mary Engelbreit

Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: stillinshockwithsjogrens on October 17, 2012, 11:20:58 AM
Bucky, this is a great challenge, I'm in!!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: iraisin on October 17, 2012, 07:40:07 PM
Well, I went to the lake Monday evening and watched the boaters come in. I opened up the back of my SUV and sat in the back facing the water (the door opens upwards so I was shielded from any stray bird droppings from the seagulls).

I accepted that as a double act of kindness to myself. HA! somedays that counts ya know.

Tuesday I coudn't get out, the stress from work had me flat and then the debates came on TV - so gonna have to do a make-up day.

Today I went to the dollar cinema and watched Brave with some girls from work. I paid, big spender :). I wore flip flops like an idiot though, so now I'm thawing out my feet in some warm water and sitting in front of my computer and watching my dog dig and claw trying to make a nest in my new living room rug... sigh...

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Thank you, Bucky, for reminding me there is a world out there that has nothing to do with work or Sjogren's.

take care everyone.
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 18, 2012, 05:14:51 PM
Day 4 of our one week mini challenge.

Brrrr, what happened to the nice 74 degree weather we had on Tuesday???  Okay - I admit, I whimped out on the full 10 minutes outside today.   :(  After I got home from work, I stepped outside and it was drizzling, 17 mph winds, and 46 degrees!  So, I was outside for 7 minutes but was too cold and came in. 

The trees were swaying back and forth and you could hear the leaves as the trees swayed.  Unfortunately, the wind has taken a lot of the leaves off the trees.   :(  The landscape in the fall can change so drastically in a matter of days . . . especially, when the rain and wind are beating on the trees and leaves.

The temperatures keep changing too . . . we've run the whole gamut from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's this week.   ::)

I hope each of you are still participating in this challenge.  Let us know how it's going for you.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll have 35 members joining us this time . . . that's okay, maybe next challenge they'll join in.   ;)  We use to have the challenges on the other board, I still think others "forget" to look over here.  We'll have to spread the word about this other board and maybe more members will automatically check BOTH boards on a frequent basis.

Bucky

"In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, the worst thing you can do is nothing."          Theodore Roosevelt
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 19, 2012, 04:25:57 PM
Day 5 of our one week mini challenge. 

Wow, only 2 more days left of this challenge!  The time went by quickly.

Today I spent my outside time on the back step.  I haven't been feeling very well today - stayed in my nightgown all day - which is highly unusual for me.   :-\  Anyhow, it was nice to get outside and get some fresh air (which I wouldn't have done, had it not been for this challenge).

It's getting dusk time here and while I was outside I just listened to what was going on outside.  I heard:  a dog barking down the street, a train and jet in the far off distance, birds singing, squirrels chattering, crickets, vehicles going down the road, leaves rustling on the trees, dripping of the downspout, a rumbling noise . . . oh, that was my stomach!   ;)

I'm thankful for where I live.  The air is clean and not polluted with smog, traffic, etc.  There's just a different smell here in the country than there is in a city or heavily populated area.

I didn't go anywhere today, so no opportunity to do a random act of kindness - unless cooking dinner for my family (when I wasn't eating) counts.   ;)

Have a good weekend everyone - make sure and get outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  You can do it!

I'll be late with my post tomorrow as my outside time will be at a campfire / hot dog roast in the evening.  Should be fun.

Until tomorrow,
Bucky

"Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them.  Have great dreams and dare to live them.  Have tremendous expectations and believe in them."           Norman Vincent Peale
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Cheryl on October 19, 2012, 05:03:16 PM
My outdoor time today was spent with 2 little granddaughters (ages 3 1/2 and 18 mos.)  I was going to cheat and count the babysitting as an act of kindness, but I enjoyed it too much.  We kicked balls around, had "races," and played in the leaves.  I should sleep well tonight  :)
Cheryl
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: genko_b on October 19, 2012, 05:55:49 PM
Hi Bucky:

Perhaps this is cheating, but count me in anyway. I've been outside at least 10 minutes every day this week, enjoying the last blast of blooms in my garden, and a couple of days parking at a distance and walking to/from a destination.

Cooking for the family when you are sick definitely counts as an act of kindness!

Spent three hours yesterday at the local hospice care facility, hanging out with a friend who is struggling. And tomorrow I'll go check on my daughter's garden while she is out of town - she is worried about a few new plants since it has been so dry. It rained a bunch last night, but I promised I'd go and report back to her anyway. That last one will be a two-for-one deal, being outside in the bargain.

Take care,

Genko
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: gmomjuju on October 19, 2012, 07:18:25 PM
Today I did an unbelievable thing.  I used to walk in my neighborhood daily (about 2 miles).  Then in the fall of 08 I become very ill.  Walking has not been a part of my life.  Today was a beautiful day, so I laced up the sneakers and dusted off the ipod and I went for a walk.  My lungs are a major issue and during the cold weather the Raynaud's kicks in.

Well, I made it and I am still alive! It surely wasn't my old 2 mile route but it was a major milestone for me.

My act of kindness it that I will be picking my husband from the airport tonight for a plane that lands 3 minutes before midnight!  He owes me big time!

I'm liking this Bucky!  Can we re-up for another week?

Judy
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 20, 2012, 10:57:42 AM
I'm liking this Bucky!  Can we re-up for another week?

To all of you who are participating in this challenge - what's the consensus on this?  Do you want to extend this challenge for another week?  I'm glad there are 10 of us participating (welcome genko - glad you could join us!  :)) ).  I'm sure there are other members who are lurking, reading what we're doing, but not committing to joining us . . . it's never too late to join us!  hint, hint

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Cheryl on October 20, 2012, 03:19:41 PM
Sure, let's extend it!  The fall weather here is too nice to miss out on, and I'm sure those who are having spring now are loving the weather, too. 

Today I went to an outdoor festival at on old (but working) gristmill.  It was a beautiful afternoon, including full sunshine.  I don't tolerate sunshine very well, and I forgot to take a hat.  None of the vendors were selling hats or visors, so I decided to leave.  Then I saw a photographer's booth where people can dress up using props for a picture.   The man had a stack of phony cowboy-shaped hats made of foamart.  I begged him to sell one to me, and he ended up giving me one.   I was able to stay for a couple of hours (grateful to be wearing a pink foamart cowboy hat!)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-21
Post by: Bucky on October 20, 2012, 07:27:47 PM
Day 6 of our one week mini challenge.   :D  (the length of this challenge will be changing tomorrow).

genko - I'm not surprised you spend your time outdoors tending to your gardens - your gardens definitely reflect your care for them.  I'm sure your friend appreciated the time you spent with them.  The gift of time is the most precious gift a person can give.

Judy - I bet it felt good for you to get some walking in again.  The hardest part, at least for me, is talking myself into doing it, once I'm out there, I'm enjoying it.

Yeah, your hubby owes you big time for making an airport run at midnight.

Cheryl - I'm sure you enjoyed your outdoor time with the granddaughters yesterday.  What, no picture of you in your pink foamart cowboy hat???  I'm glad that man extended an act of kindness to YOU, which in turn allowed you to stay and enjoy the festival.

Tonight, I attended a bonfire and hot dog roast for my outdoor time.  They had a great fire going and about 25 people there.  Thankfully, I wore long underwear under my jeans, heavy socks and hiking boots, gloves, and coat.  By the time I got home, it was 41 degrees outside.  Brrrrrr.

I love the smell of a bonfire - but, I don't like the lingering smell on your clothes, hair, coat, etc.  When I got home I put my coat in the washing machine.  I'll take a shower tonight before bed so I don't have to smell my hair all night with that bonfire smell.

I hope the rest of you are having a good weekend.  We're suppose to be in the low 70's tomorrow - yay, I'll take it!  I doubt we'll have too many more days like that.

Okay - I have decided to extend this challenge for another week.  So, if you are just now reading this thread - you are welcome to join us.  Just sign in and say you're in and then share what you've been doing with your outside time and random acts of kindness.

Sweet dreams . . . see you tomorrow.

Bucky

"To BE KIND is MORE important than to be right.  Many times, what people need is NOT a brilliant mind that speaks, but a SPECIAL HEART that LISTENS."   (seen on Facebook - I love being a mom's photo)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* *EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 21, 2012, 08:01:08 PM
Day 7 of our one week mini challenge.   ;D  However, this challenge has been extended, so it is now going to be two weeks instead of one.

Sundays are always a busy, busy day for me, so I'm just now getting to this thread.  Today, we had a beautiful fall day, with temperatures in the low 70's.  I had things I had to get done today, so I wasn't able to get my outside time until after dark tonight.

It was a beautiful, starry night out tonight.  Way back in sixth grade, as part of our science study, we had these star charts that if you put under a light would glow in the dark.  I've got that same star chart packed away in a box "somewhere" in my bedroom.  I need to try and locate it as I would love to know where the different constellations are in the sky.  Tonight the moon was shining brightly too.  I read online that tonight after midnight there might be more meteor showers, but I can't stay up another late night with work tomorrow. 

As I was standing out in our front yard tonight just gazing into the sky I watched as four jets with their red and white flashing lights crisscrossed in the sky. There are at least a dozen deer bedded down in the field tonight.  One of them kept snorting at me as I was talking to Spooky, our cat.  During the day time, if one of the cats is out in the yard and the deer are out there too, they will stand there, stomp their feet and snort at the cats.  It's funny to watch.

My act of kindness today was holding a door for some people on the way out of the banquet tonight.

Don't forget to share what you're doing in this challenge.  I'm hoping we can pick up a few more people who wish to participate in this challenge this week.

Have a good week . . . "see" you some time tomorrow.

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: susanep on October 21, 2012, 11:04:30 PM
Bucky my brain fog is so bad that I can't remember to post. I hate that. Anyway, I will describe what I can.  ::)  I will start with today or Sunday, I am up late.

I took my little fur kid out back attempting a potty, but that was another story. I won't go there tonight. hehe. But, I looked up at the night sky, and seen the beautiful stars, and over a tree limb got a glimpse of the moon shining. It was nice. I did some extra acts of kindness for my husband who was busy trying to do some organizing of his computer space.

Saturday, we went to my son and daughter in law's for dinner, and the air was so nice. I noticed the trees along the way, and outside played with their two dogs, and gave the dogs a treat. I looked down at their mums on their front porch. So pretty.

Friday, I went down to my dad's. Was outside a bit with some of the great grand nieces. Took dad some meds for his cold, and told dad that we have ordered him a phone that he can more easily use to help him out.

Oh earlier in the day, I went over to the local store, and ask one of the ladies that works their how a certain situation worked out for her that she had told us about, and she thanked me for asking. We don't know her very well, but trying to be kind to her.

Honestly, before that I can't remember .

I want to take part in the extended days, but worry that I will forget to post some of the time. But, I will try.

susanep :)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: stillinshockwithsjogrens on October 22, 2012, 01:35:21 AM
I am outside at least an hour or more a day walking the dogs and/or running errands, so that part of the challenge was a given!  One day I decided while on my doggie walk through the neighborhood (pretty heavily populated, a few parks, lots of grass and trees) that I would pick up all the poop left on the grounds, yuck!  It seemed like a good deed, although I'm not sure if it really helped any one in particular, or made their day  :P. 

My husband and I spent the weekend shopping and eating at a few malls and noticed that there were a lot of different people taking various group pictures, so  every time that scenario was there, I volunteered to take the pic of them, so that everyone could be included; there were several instances over the course of the weekend out.

No real biggies, I hope this next week i can think of something a little more meaningful.  Looking forward to it!!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: genko_b on October 22, 2012, 01:15:30 PM
We had a major storm yesterday (Sunday) so my outdoors time was spent on the deck, under cover, watching hailstones fall. In spite of the hail and wind, there are still lots of leaves on the trees.

Today my sister, daughter and I have our weekly girls' lunch, which always includes a short walk. My daughter works from home and uses her lunchtime to get out and get moving, often with 2 corgis in tow. I'll bring along all the things my sister asked for me to print out for her - don't know if that is a good deed or not!

Genko
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Peony on October 22, 2012, 02:43:23 PM
Bucky - this is wonderful - great work everyone  :)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 22, 2012, 04:12:49 PM
Day 8 of our two week mini challenge.   ;D

Monday already??  The weekends go by waaaaay too fast!

After getting home from work, I put some boots on (it rained today and the grass was wet) and walked around the yard.  Spooky spied me and was my companion following me around.

The air has that fall rain smell to it.   :D  This week the temperatures will be like a roller coaster - in the 70's for the beginning of the week, and by Friday, into the 40's!!  :-\ It's no wonder so many people are sick right now.

While I was outside, I just walked around the yard listening to the birds.  There were several little birds that were chasing each other - reminded me of young children as they run and play.  I'm sure momma bird was thinking . . okay you kids, it's time for dinner, hurry up and quit fooling around.

I could hear a jet, but it was really cloudy, so I couldn't see it.  We're "kinda" on a jet path, but it's not high volume like it would be living in Chicago or other big city with an airport.  We have a small airport with mostly little "puddle jumpers", but we do have the occasional BIG jets too.  Plus, the Air National Guard hangar is here and several times a month you'll see the HUGE jets flying two-by-two as they practice their drills, etc.

No opportunities for any acts of kindness today on my part.

susanep - I bet the lady at the store appreciated that you remembered her and thought enough to ask how she was doing.  I'm sure it lifted her spirits. 

giftedpooch - all the people who had "group" pictures with everyone in them will be grateful you took the pictures for them.  (I usually volunteer to take any pictures, so I don't have to be in them!   ;))

genko - sure, copying stuff counts as a good deed.  I bet your sister appreciated you doing that for her.

I hope you each have a good evening and week ahead.

Bucky

(oops . . I forgot to post a quote last night, so I will post two here to make up for it.   ;) )

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."          Robert F. Kennedy

"There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."           Epictetus



Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: grammad97 on October 23, 2012, 10:14:15 AM

So sorry I don't get on to post daily. My RAK were gave extra veggies from my bountiful basket purchase to someone who could use them, bought lunch for one of hubby 's employees, gave neighbor I didn't know a ride to airport. I didn't get outside a full 10 minutes at one time some days because of high winds and rain. I am outside daily with dog though. Take care all.
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: susanep on October 23, 2012, 05:19:12 PM
Monday, I went outside, and cleared away some dried weeds and leaves in my flower/rock garden for the winter. I love my little garden area, and I still found one little purple flower in bloom I had set out in the spring. Oh and still a few white blooms left on my butterfly bush I set out too.

The bigger dogs had fun following me around outside, and it felt good just looking at the leaves left on the trees, and looking at all the fallen leaves.

Didn't go anywhere to do anything, but checked on my dad.

Today, Tuesday went to my dads, and also seen the great nieces, who had their grade cards. Bragged on one of the twins who made the 1st honor roll, the other one made second, the next oldest sister made the second, and the oldest one, who is now a teenager said she made the 3rd, and there is no 3rd.

She is heavily into sports (basketball, track,etc.)and other clubs she belongs to so it has had an effect on her grades. Nothing was less than a C , but oh well. hehe. Also, since the teens set in, I hardly recognize her. hehe.

I don't think I got in what I wanted to, but hopefully this week I will get in something more. Hope so anyway.

Have been in bed alot too with aching joints. Cooler weather I guess. Although it was warmer today.

susanep :)
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 23, 2012, 07:19:55 PM
Day 9 of our two week mini challenge.    ;D

Everyone is doing a great job on being outside and acts of kindness.  Keep up the good job!

My outside time today was productive and I washed windows on the front porch.  I was waiting until they harvested our field and were done stirring up dust before I washed them.  Now, I'll have clean windows to look out of to watch the cats, birds, deer, and wild turkeys.

Speaking of birds . . . today, I heard all kinds of squawking on the porch.  Looked out the window and there was a blue jay with a piece of dry cat food in his mouth.  The birds have a habit of snitching the cat food.  Silly birds.  They better be careful or they will be the cats dinner!!! 

For an act of kindness - I hooked up two friends of mine, who don't know each other, to be a support system for each other.  Both these gals have lost a son to cancer - one, within the last four weeks.  As it is for us here on this forum - no one understands the ups and downs we experience with Sjogren's more than a person who also is dealing with Sjogren's.  Even though I have lost many family members to cancer, I haven't walked in their shoes losing a child.  I'm hoping these two ladies can help each other through the emotions and challenges of day-to-day life as they deal with the sorrow of losing their sons.  I only wish they lived near each other, so they could meet in person - but, they live in different states.  I love both these ladies and wish them a truly special friendship.

Continue to keep up the good work on your outside time and acts of kindness. 

Bucky

"Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have."         H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: stillinshockwithsjogrens on October 24, 2012, 12:34:29 AM
Bucky,

Hooking up your two friends who each lost their sons to cancer was a very, very thoughtful thing to do.  I cannot imagine the pain of losing a son or daughter; no one can unless you have experienced it, which is why they may be able to communicate and console each other in a meaningful way. 
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: genko_b on October 24, 2012, 08:09:20 AM
Monday went as planned.

Tuesday's outdoors time was spent waiting outside the door of the state prison, a bleak place on a windswept hill. After driving out there through the beautiful golden foothills, it's quite a contrast to see the ratty lawn and barbed wire surrounding the building. Inside the grounds, however, the men have planted donated marigolds along the path - a bright spot in all that misery.

I'm about to go out into my garden to gather flowers for arranging. Some blooms survived our recent hailstorm, but it is almost time to cut the plants back and let them rest for the winter.

Genko
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 24, 2012, 05:27:03 PM
Day 10 of our two week mini challenge.   ;D

genko - your prison ministry must be a bright spot for the men at that facility.  I bet they won't let you bring any of your own flowers there, will they?  I'm sure the prison doesn't want to spend the money to spruce the yard up - but, it would do the men good to see the fruits of their labors in a positive way.  That's nice they can at least enjoy the marigolds.

It was a beautiful, sunny fall day here in Central IL.  The high today was 79 degrees.  We better enjoy it today as it will drop by 40 degrees by the weekend.   :-\

Today, I walked around our property enjoying the colors of all the leaves, the crunching of the fallen leaves and just taking in the landscape.  This time, I walked into the woods which was blanketed with a sea of brown and yellow leaves and twigs.  We have this deep ravine on one end of our property - which is where I was today.  I walked to the edge of the ravine, but don't dare go down into the ravine.  In my younger years, I would have loved it.  We spent a lot of time playing in the woods back home in Ohio.

We have red maple trees in the front yard.  One tree is completely bare of its leaves already, the second one almost completely bare, and the third one 3/4 bare.  By the weeks end, I'm sure all three will be bare.   :(  For right now, there is a carpet of red leaves covering our front yard . . . so pretty!

Today's kindness was an indirect kindness.  I had a gentlemen come to the front door and ask if we had a dog.  I said, "no".  He had found a dog walking alongside the road past our house.  So, I went to the car to see the dog, a cute little poodle type dog.  The dog had some tags jangling from it's collar, so I read that his name was Dusty, and on the back of the tag, was the owners name and phone number.  It was our neighbor across the field from us - if not them, then one of their boys dog.  So, I directed the man and his wife to the house they needed to go to.  I bet Dusty will be happy to be home again.

Continue to get outside each day and look for opportunities to share kindness.

Bucky

"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity."      H. Jackson Brown, Jr.





Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 25, 2012, 04:17:37 PM
Day 11 of our mini two week challenge.   ;D

 :o  What a difference a few hours makes . . . at 12:25 p.m. our temperature was 75 degrees, now at 6:00 p.m. it is 49 degrees (feels like 44).  It's suppose to get down to 37 tonight.   :o

The wind has been blowing and gusting today so it's taken a lot of the leaves off the trees.   :(  Our red maples in the front yard are almost completely bare.

I spent my outside time standing on the back step waiting for dinner to cook in the oven (homemade pizza . . yum!).  I couldn't hear anything outside except the wind blowing the trees - with gusts up to 27 mph.  The sky was just a misty gray mass of clouds.  As I was driving home from work there were really dark clouds and then in four different spots there were sunbeams peeking through the clouds.  It looked like spotlights shining down from the heavens.

It rained briefly on my way home from work and my husband said it was pouring really hard where he was at on his way home from work.  According to the weather map, there is more rain coming here shortly tonight.

Today, I ran an errand for a co-worker as my act of kindness. 

We only have 3 more days left of this challenge . . . I hope you all are getting an opportunity to get outside each day.  Keep up the good work.

Bucky

"In our world we have lots of ups and downs, pleasures and pains.  But that's life and we learn to accept the bad with the good - without the bad times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times.  Life is precious and I cherish every single moment."          Sailor Moon
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 26, 2012, 03:27:15 PM
Day 12 of our mini two-week challenge.   ;D

Brrrrr . . . another chilly day here in IL.  Right now, it's 48 degrees (feels like 42) with winds at 13 mph.

For my outside time, I walked around our backyard.  I noticed this huge wasp nest way up at the top of one of our black walnut trees.  Here's this nest just swinging back and forth in the wind.  It just amazes me how animals/insects in nature just KNOW how to build nests.  They don't have to go to Nest Making 101 classes, they are just born with this instinct to do this.

As I notice the squirrel nests in the top of the trees in our woods, it just amazes me they don't fall out of their nests as the wind whips the tree branches back and forth.  It is ALWAYS windy here.

Also, while I was outside, I was talking long distance to my SIL in another state.  She is being tested for various things, including Sjogren's!!   :o  For her sake, I hope she DOESN'T have Sjogren's.

I didn't go anywhere today, so no opportunities for acts of kindness.  It seems during the week I go to work and come home.  I'm a homebody and much prefer staying home on my days off over running around all the time.

We only have 2 more days left of this challenge.  I hope you all are still getting outside each day and are having opportunities to share kindness with others.

"See" you tomorrow,
Bucky

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."       Mother Teresa
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Cheryl on October 26, 2012, 04:34:23 PM
My acts of kindness have been mostly little things, so I haven't written about them.   Today I had an opportunity that I almost bypassed.   I got into a checkout line at WalMart with 4 items to buy.   The lady ahead of me had an overflowing cart, even though we were in the "20 items or less" line.  She turned to me with a tired, flustered expression and said that she had to go out to her car and get the coupons she had forgotten.  She started pulling her cart out of line and motioned for me to move into her place in line.  Instead, I offered to unload her items onto the checkout counter while she went to her car for the coupons.  She returned in a couple of minutes, and most of her groceries were already rung up by then.  She was out of breath, red-faced, and so grateful!  Helping her out made my day! 
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: genko_b on October 27, 2012, 09:23:18 AM
Catching up:

Wednesday and Thursday, back at the prison and then the county jail, with long walks to and from both buildings.

Then Thursday afternoon my sister and I went to a large local garden for a docent-led tour. This garden was planted over a hundred years ago, and now the trees are immense, with stands of trees interspersed with open lawns for people to gather. This garden was designed by the same person who designed Central Park.

The understory (shrubs, perennials, and ground covers) have changed over the years as the trees have grown. The most spectacular blooms were carpets and carpets of small pink and white cyclamens, with their heart-shaped leaves, around the feet of towering Douglas firs. It was cold but sunny, a great day for a garden tour.

Friday was stormy, but I braved the rain to gather flowers for arranging.

It's stormy this morning as well; we'll see what outdoors time is this weekend. Thinking of everyone in the path of the huge storm that is apparently coming together. May you make it through with a minimum of difficulty and loss.

Genko

Cheryl: Those little kindnesses too small to report are the best kind!

Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 27, 2012, 04:44:19 PM
Day 13 of our mini two-week challenge.   ;D

Today my outside time was again in the backyard.  We let a friend hunt on our property, so I couldn't walk around too much as to get my scent out there when Steve is trying to hunt.

I knew before this challenge was over I would hear Mr. Owl . . . and today I heard his hoo . . hoo . .  hooooooo, and it sounded pretty close.   :D

While I was outside I could hear neighbors mowing, using a leaf blower, and the creeeeeeking of the trees in the woods as they danced in the wind.  When I talked with the mailman today, he said we'll get more snow here this winter as the squirrel nests were so high up in the trees.  My goodness, I certainly hope we don't get THAT much snow!!

I didn't go anywhere today, so no acts of kindness.

Cheryl - what a kind thing you did for that lady.  I'm sure she appreciated it more than you know!  This lady is fortunate to have had YOU behind her, as anyone else wouldn't have been so kind and probably would have let that lady know in no uncertain terms that she was holding up the line, etc.  .Just curious - why was she in an express lane if she had so much stuff? 

genko - your walk in the garden tour sounds so relaxing. 

Tomorrow is the last day for our challenge.  We've had 10 members who signed up to participate and I'm sure we've had "lurkers" here reading along.   ;)

I know for myself, I am more motivated to do something when I don't have to do it by myself.  Company makes the journey that much sweeter!   :)

I'll "see" you tomorrow.

Bucky

"It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man."          Barbara Walters
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: grammad97 on October 28, 2012, 03:29:14 PM
Been housebound adjusting to a month of prednisone startup but I took a coat I had posted for sale on a local website to a business to deliver to the lady who wanted it. Instead of waiting for her to show up at work to meet me I left it with a coworker as my random act of kindness. I have plenty off coats and it wasn't like I needed the money I was selling it for. The lady is furious and wants to pay me. I explained it would be a blessing if she would just pay it forward sometime when she could.  Of course our conversation was public on the site. Others thought it was great but she did norm. Anyone else have folks be upset by the random kindness?
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 28, 2012, 05:02:39 PM
grammad97 - that's a shame that the lady was so upset by your kind gesture.  Some people do not want to accept things as "charity" - even though, that's not what your intention was.

If she insists on paying you, perhaps, if you wanted, you could drop that money into the kettles they have at the holiday times, or donate it to a local school, etc.

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on October 28, 2012, 05:04:27 PM
Day 14, and final day of our mini two-week challenge.   ;D

Happy Sunday to you all.

Once again today, I spent time outside in the back yard.  Steve was here, so I couldn't go far as I didn't want to interfere with his hunting.  I could hear mowers, dogs barking, a jet going overhead, the sound of leaves in the woods rustling in the wind.

The air this afternoon was cool and crisp.  It had a "winter" feel to it. 

Earlier, we had the big, white, fluffy clouds against a beautiful blue sky.  Tonight, as the sun was setting, I could see the moon (not yet full) peeking behind the trees - not yet high enough in the sky to see clearly.  I'm torn between which I like better . . . puffy clouds and blue skies, or a bright moon and stars twinkling in the dark sky of evening.  I've always thought I should be a weather person - as I am always watching the sky.

Today's act of kindness was surprising a co-worker with an egg/sausage mcmuffin for breakfast - his eyes lit up and his breakfast was consumed quickly.   ;)

I hope you have all enjoyed our mini challenge being outside and sharing random acts of kindness.  It doesn't require a whole lot to just brighten up someone else's day.  It could be something that is life changing for the recipient.  You never know!

Thanks for participating . . . I'll see y'all next challenge.   ;)

Bucky

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.  It's what you do for others."            Danny Thomas
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Meld256 on October 29, 2012, 12:24:17 AM
Bucky,
Just wanted to tell you what a great challenge this was; although I didn't officially participate.  Shame, shame on me! 

You think of the best ideas to challenge us, get us out in the world and to help others at the same time.  ;) Nice going, lady!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: genko_b on October 29, 2012, 08:59:12 PM
I was out and about Saturday and Sunday both, coming and going from several activities. We have had a lot of rain, so I didn't linger outside.

I don't know that I did anything differently then I usually do, but it helps to be more aware of what I'm doing, and fun to read what others are up to as well. Thanks for doing these challenges, Bucky!

Genko
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on November 01, 2012, 05:20:17 PM
Thanks ladies for your comments.  I always enjoy reading and hearing what our members do to participate in the various challenges I've had through the years.

I'm hoping that the next challenge - some of the "lurkers" will come out of hiding and join in.   ;)   :D

With the holidays fast approaching - may we all look for random acts of kindness that we can do.  There are so many possibilities - the list is endless.

Those of us in the U.S. always see the bell ringers at the holiday - the next time you see a volunteer there ringing the bell to raise money for a worthy cause, why not offer to get them something hot to drink to warm them up.  I've done that before and it was much appreciated by the bell ringer.

Many blessings to all our members . . . .
Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Linda196 on November 13, 2012, 03:08:32 AM
I voted......Daisy is a cuty for sure!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Daisy1234 on November 13, 2012, 06:25:15 AM
Thank you so much Linda for taking the time to do this.  Every vote and share counts so much for these very special animals!!

Daisy
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on November 13, 2012, 06:27:56 AM
I voted too.

Animals, much like us humans, just want to have food, shelter, companionship and to be loved. 

Glad to help out, Daisy.

I know dogs are a passion of yours and your dog brings you much happiness and joy.

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Sadie963 on November 13, 2012, 07:53:28 PM
And another vote for sweet Daisy has been added this evening!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Saundra on November 14, 2012, 10:22:31 AM
One more vote for Daisy!

Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Bucky on November 14, 2012, 11:25:14 AM
Daisy - do you know if we can vote more than just once?  Some contests have where you can only vote once per day, but you can vote many times over multiple days.

Bucky
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Daisy1234 on November 14, 2012, 12:45:19 PM
Alas Bucky, only one vote per person is permitted in this competition but thank you so much for asking.

I just would add, however, that anyone who has already voted can still help by sharing this with their friends on facebook or thru email and hopefully encourage them to take a minute or two to vote for this very worthy cause.

And a special thanks to all who have already voted too!

Daisy

Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Meld256 on November 14, 2012, 03:46:42 PM
Another vote for Daisy, and I've asked my friends, too.  ;D  She is adorable! 
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Daisy1234 on November 14, 2012, 04:00:32 PM
Oh thanks so much Mel, we need all the votes we can get to stay in the running as the contest deadline was just extended!
Title: Re: One week mini challenge - Oct. 15-28* * EXTENDED
Post by: Meld256 on November 14, 2012, 09:41:01 PM
You're so welcome, Daisy.  ;)  I'm glad the deadline was extended.  Go, Daisy-doggie!!