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Tuesday:) Toni Tales~True Stories

9 Mar

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu


I generally don’t like to toot my own horn…wait a minute…yes I do! It’s not really tooting, it’s more like sharing warm and uplifting stories from my notebook that I call my life.

Yesterday, I was coming home from my walk, strolling up my driveway, when I saw the mail truck two houses down. I figured I’d just wait a few seconds and grab my mail. I didn’t have quite enough time to run into the house to get a Dr. Pepper or some cookies. Usually, if I see the mail truck close by, I’ll run in and get something for the carrier. They put in a long day, and I like to show my appreciation. Last week, I had time to run and get a Dr. Pepper for the mail lady, a different one, not our usual Miss Penny. I hadn’t seen this lady before. She was on the phone, so I just gave he a wave, and she nodded and mouthed the words thank you. 

So, after putting the mail in the box, she pulled up to my driveway and said, “I wanted to thank you for the Dr. Pepper the other day. I apologize. I was on the phone with my brother in Louisianna, and I didn’t get a chance to thank you properly. That was so nice. I feel bad.” 

We talked a few minutes, and she told me about her family. Her brother rarely calls her, and she needed to talk to him. I asked her where Miss Penny was and she said, Penny got transferred to Fairview, but trained her on the route, and calls her every day to see how it’s going. She said, “I told Penny that this nice lady gave me a Dr. Pepper the other day, and I felt terrible that I didn’t get a chance to thank her.” 

Then, I smiled when she said that Penny told her,”Oh, that’s Toni! She’s always doing nice things. She’d bring me cookies or brownies or something to drink. She’s a real nice lady. You’ll love her.” Well, I was honored that Miss Penny remembered me by name, and that I made her day a little brighter. Now, Miss Desra is my new mail lady, and now she knows my name, too. 

It’s funny how just a small act of kindness or a simple hello, can really make a difference in someone’s day. Do you know your mail carrier’s name, or the guys who mow your lawn, or the cashier at the grocery store? 


Sunday Sermon: Hit The “NAIL” Right On The Head

3 Nov

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena
Today is All Souls Day, the day we pray for all those who have passed away. Father had an interesting homily after the Gospel reading. He said that sometimes we wait too long to tell people we love them or forgive those who have hurt us. Often times, we regret not visiting, spending time, saying “I love you,” or mending those fences. Then someone passes away, and it’s too late.

I always tell my family, loved ones, and friends how I feel, and they know how much I love them. That I can do. But, when Father said we need to mend fences and forgive those who have hurt us, I thought he was talking directly to me. He hit the nail right on the head. That I can’t do! Sorry, Father.

But, I’ll keep praying…and maybe someday…then again…maybe not.

Well, besides being November 2nd, it was Daylight Saving Time, and we had to turn the clocks back an hour. Ah…an extra hour of sleep, right? Not! How many of you actually slept longer? Not me. So, I woke up early and went for an early walk before church. It was COLD out! The sky was gloomy, but the sun tried to sneak out from the clouds in a spooky kinda fascinating hazy glow. Cool!

Oh yes! Speaking of hitting the NAIL right on the head, you know how I pick up stray construction nails on my walks? Well, this week was the nailpalooza of them all. Here is what I found just this week. My sister suggested that I save them, as I normally toss them in the construction bins. This way I can see how many I find. Maybe I’ll make a craft project with them.

Yep! I “nailed it” this week.

Montage Monday: Close to Your Heart

9 Sep

“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens”
― Tony DeLiso, Legacy: The Power Within
A simple montage of the weeks’s events. If it were that easy, to capture seven days, twenty-four hours in each day, in one moment. I always try to catch the highlights, but so much to share, so little time. This will have to do.