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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Being a Good Neighbor

What kind of neighbor are you? Are you the type who knows everyone on your block and can say the name and ages of all their children? Or are you more like the person who scrambles inside the house so you don't have to talk to your neighbors, your neighbors barely know you exist. I'm a little bit of in between. I know all of my neighbors but not well enough to tell you anything more than their name and maybe just a little bit about them. I don't scramble inside, but I don't make a very good effort of being extra friendly. It's something I'm trying to work on right now.

I have three widowed ladies that live across and beside me. Each of these sweet ladies get very lonely and need someone to talk to. I will admit, there are times the last thing on my mind is to stand there and just listen to them talk about all their aches and pains. But I need to remind myself, they were my age at one time and one day I will be their age and I'm pretty sure I'll be telling someone about my own aches and pains.

Last night I made a huge pot of chicken and dumplings. So I decided to make each one of them their own bowl of mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, and a thick slice of homemade sourdough bread. I got Ty all bundled up and put him in the infant carrier on my back and we took a little walk over to each one of their homes to deliver the food. It completely made my night to see them all excited to get this bowl of food. One of the ladies says that she hardly ever cooks anymore because it's so time consuming and not worth the effort to just feed herself. The other lady was so excited because it was enough food that would last her both supper and lunch today. She cuddled with Ty for awhile and didn't want me to leave. I think she was ready to get out blankets and pillows for me to spend the night there with her. LOL It made me stop and realize how important it is to take care of our neighbors. So one of my goals for 2011 will be to take at least one meal each month over to these sweet ladies.

What about you? Is there something you do on a regular basis for your neighbors?


  1. Yes, sharing with others can create blessings for both parties. I totally agree with you. I am an in between person too. In a neighborhood that's a little spread out and with a garage it is easy to go days without talking to a neighbor.

    Life is so busy that we need to make sure we are taking time minister to those nearby. I have been getting to know my neighbors better this past year as well. With the girls getting off the school bus at the other end of the street I always make sure to say "hi" or stop and talk when time & weather permits. It is a two way street and often it starts with taking that first step!

    Looking forward to making goodies for the neighbors this year too!

  2. How sweet is that!! I do not intend to be the neighbor that doesn't know her neighbors. But, we live in a neighborhood that is half older, retired people and the other half working parents like us. So, by the time I get home from work, everyone is already inside. We speak and wave to the ones that we do see. But, your post just warmed my heart and gives me an idea for the sweet, older couple next door.