Someone was in the shop recently and I commented on her beautiful handknit shawl. She was pleased that someone noticed. (We always notice handknits here. We love to see them!)
In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that she lived alone. That made me think, “What if I hadn’t said anything about her handwork? Does anyone tell her what a beautiful job she does on her projects? She seemed to need that confirmation and encouragement today. If she lives alone, who else provides that for her?”
That started me down a whole road of “what ifs” that I thought I’d share with you. It’s the season of Joy and Love and maybe you can turn a “what if” into a happy day for someone this month.
What if you’re the only one who:
tells someone their work is beautiful?
gives a handmade gift to someone?
texts a word of encouragement to that friend today?
sends a card to that lonely shut in?
waves and smiles to a neighbor?
tells someone how much they mean to you?
shares positivity on social media?
makes someone laugh at a joke today?
does a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know?
helps someone in need?
Sometimes you wonder if you should say or do something. You don’t want to bother people. You’re in a hurry. You think your words won’t matter. Following through on just one “what if” a day will lead to a lot of better days for those around you. And you know, it will help to make your own day better, too.
Thanks to all of you who left comments on last week’s Random Acts of Kindness blog post! I always love reading what you’re out there doing, and I know a lot of people are being blessed by your actions. What great ideas you had last week. We drew a name from last week’s comments to win one of our Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Petit Knit Kits and that will be going to Sarah in Illinois, who has been knitting toys for a sweet little girl named Mary Cate. We’ll do that one more time, so please let us know in today’s comments, what you’ve been doing for Random Acts of Kindness this week! We’ll draw and announce the winner when we are back to the blog after the holidays.
This week, Elf Carolyn brought in this awesome peppermint fudge. We were sold on it after one taste, but even more so when she told us how easy it was to make. She used a recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
Easy Peppermint Fudge
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
red and white peppermint candies, crushed for the top
Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking pan that has been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle the crushed candies on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
When set, lift the foil out and peel off the fudge. Cut into squares and enjoy.
Can’t get much easier than that!
Have a great weekend, and I hope you’re all done with holiday knitting so you can start in on some knitting for yourself!
For many years we have done Random Acts of Kindness blog posts in December, and we’re ready for that again! We know you all do many nice things year-round for people around you. We know this because we hear about it! But our RAK blog posts in December are a way to share some ideas with everyone else. To encourage you to share, we’ll be drawing one name from the RAK reporting posts today and next Friday, and will be sending the winner a sweet Blue Sky Alpaca Kit as a thank you. We get these kits in at Christmas time and we love them. Quick for knitting up speedy gifts.
Be intentional about your kindness this month and come back to today’s blog post to share what you were able to do. We’ll take reports on today’s post and then again on next Friday’s post. I hope you post both days! Need some quick ideas? Shovel a neighbor’s walk, pay for the car behind you in the Starbucks drive through, clean the snow off a co-worker’s car in the parking lot, leave a sweet treat on someone’s desk or porch, write an appreciation letter to a past teacher, buy a present for an Angel Tree, offer to run an errand for someone, donate clothes to a charity or homeless center, etc. We always love reading about what you’ve have been doing!
I tried a new recipe this week from my sweet friend Susan in Alabama. SO quick and easy, and if you pop this into a jar with a ribbon around the top, they make great gifts for friends!
Susan’s Seasoned Pecans
1 lb. pecans
3 Tbl. butter (original recipe calls for 4 Tbl but Susan uses slightly less)
1 Tbl. seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
Add all ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 4 minutes. Stir well and then turn out on a cookie sheet to dry. Enjoy for snacking!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Random Acts of Kindness blogs during the month of December again. I loved reading your entries, and I also got some great ideas for next year. (Although, why wait to do it until next year? These are things I should be doing all year long. Right?) A few of the entries from last week:
Abby – who went to the People tab on Ravelry and randomly gifted patterns to some of the New Kids on Rav.
Mary Beth – who bought presents for one of the families at church who were in need.
Chris – who picked up surprise gifts for handing out on Christmas Day at a hospice.
Janet – who found a lost dog and returned her to a grateful owner.
Kelly – who purchased a $10 gift card at the store and then turned around and gave it to the person behind her.
Marianne – who gave her neighbors cookies and some of her time last week.
Denise – who rounded up some of her beautiful quilts and took them to a women’s shelter.
Kandice – who took the time to find out what was wrong with their server, and then made her day.
Shana – who went above and beyond to help her friend’s family have a special Christmas.
Lisa – who noticed an elderly woman drive up to the gas pump, and offered to pump the gas for her.
I used the random number generator to pick one final winner, and the prize this week goes to Marianne (who made cookies and gave time to her neighbors!). Marianne – email us with your shipping information and we’ll get your prize mailed out. We’re sending them out next week!