Good Deeds week 14th – 20th July

This week I shall pass the 3 month stage, (That’s a quarter of a year Wow!) of my plan to do at least 1 Good Deed a day for a year. Fellow readers can see my weekly update from the Home page of this blog, but the inspiration comes from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly, a book that I thoroughly recommend. Here is my review of the book http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1hL

Good deeds14th July – Today I’ve written a book review, finished another book and submitted my books for the September issue of Fleet Life. A truly early deadline due to the fast approaching school summer break. Set up a writing prompt for followers of the Community Story board.

15th July – My last morning helping out in school for the next few weeks as the teachers and children have a well deserved break. I’ve signed up to go back in September, it was so great to see what my group achieved over the year. Have been asked to review another book today, I said yes. Wrote a piece for the Community Story board and copied it onto my blog as I realised it was really a dedication to a lovely lady who died of cancer a few years ago.

16th July – Agreed to do another book review and I offered to help do a book promotion on 31st July here on the blog. Watch out for the new book by Charles E Yallowitz. It will be the second book in the Legends of a Hero series.

17th July – It has been a boiling hot day today and it didn’t look like I had any chances for Good Deeds until I decided to take a walk to the local Post Office to buy some stamps. Then I spied some litter and off I went, I made 2 bins drops of litter on the journey to the Post Office. On the way back I got even braver and quickly filled my hands with litter. Dropped the first lot in a bin, then I found a McDonald’s paper bag discarded on the ground, so I began to fill it with litter, When my bag was full, I found a plastic bag which I began to fill, finally dropping my load in a bin near home. A couple more pieces went into wheelie bins that were still on the footpath after the dustbin men had been around today, and boy did I feel good about picking up all that litter!

18th July – Added money to the Macmillan charity pot when I was at the shops. Helped my Mum pick vegetables from her garden which she can sell at a local market.

19th July – Heard that fellow blogger Ionia was poorly, so organised a writing prompt over at the community storyboard to wish her well. Had an absolute ball with everyone as they enthusiastically joined in.

20th July – Helped prepare flowers for the Sunday Church service whilst visiting my Mother-in-Law. Made chocolate brownies filled with fresh raspberries to take to a BBQ which we’ve been invited to this evening. I’ve taken delivery of the second half of my year’s supply of rice and pasta which I won in a competition and my cupboards are stuffed to overflowing, so I’m taking some with me to the BBQ for my hostess to share it around.

When I checked out Amazon.co.uk on 20th July Judith’s book was half price

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Doing-Good-Woman-Resolution/dp/0670921130/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374337494&sr=1-1&keywords=a+year+of+doing+good

Inspired to try my own “Year of doing Good”

I started reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly, and because I’m known in some circles “As that Mad Blogger!” I thought I’d immediately start my own diary of good deeds. I’m under no illusions that it will be easy or that I’ll make it to the end, but here goes the only rule is that I can’t count helping my husband, daughter or son because I do things for them everyday as part of my wife and mother plan. (Unless I’m giving away a kidney or something!) Here is a link to my review of the book http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1hL

A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds. by Judith O'Reilly

16th April – Spoke kind words to a complete stranger in  M&S whilst we both walked round and round because of a shop refit where they’d moved everything. She probably thought I was completely bonkers! Promoted 5 other bloggers on my A to Z Challenge and visited 4 more leaving comments. Said a prayer for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombs.

17th April – Gave my 71-year-old mother 2 hours of my time for a chat and helped dig her garden. Visited 8 blogs and left comments.

18th April – Took a card and present around to my friend’s son and added a box of homemade cakes. Got involved with some work at home and left the visit a bit late. Dodged out in a thunderstorm and arrived with a slightly damp present, good job I’d put a lid over the cakes. Visited 5 bloggers today and left comments.

19th April – Tried all day to e-mail a friend and kept forgetting. Politely allowed other shoppers to go before me in a heaving supermarket, whilst my brain wanted to shout out “Get out of my way”.

20th April – Tea at my mother-in-laws, ( Always an endurance as I object to sharing my cakes with little furry rodents who’ve already tasted the goods) I took along cakes (guaranteed rodent free), emptied the dishwasher, cleared away the tea-things and refilled the dishwasher. I don’t have a dishwasher so the controls always baffle me, turned it on to the wrong setting, tried to change it and messed up the program, left mother-in-law to fix the mess. Went outside to do penance in her garden digging the vegetable plot for an hour. (Got a sore back and little thanks) Finally e-mailed that friend and visited another 8 bloggers today.

21st April – Gave directions to two lost strangers.(Hope it was the right place!) Dropped off a sports shirt to a friend for her son. Left a comment on Judith’s blog re my 5* review of her book which I posted on Goodreads and signed up for her blog.

22nd April – Have started my own collection in a jam jar (You’ll need to read her book to understand this) and added a 2 p coin everyday (don’t laugh! I’m starting small in case it bankrupts me and I can always give bigger amounts later) Today I helped out as a volunteer at a school for an hour and a half, then collected and delivered a large bag of potatoes for a friend. Not much else today as I also had to fit in 4 hours of work. Left comments on more than 5 blogs, just can’t remember them all.

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23rd April – A work day today, yet opportunities arose where I could do good deeds. Went out of my way to deliver a phone to my boss who had left it in the office (because I was fed up answering it for him!) Pulled aside for 2 cars to pass on a single track part of the road (thanked by the first driver and ignored by the second, but judging by the way the little old lady was hunched over the steering wheel hanging on for grim life, perhaps not waving to me was the safer option?) Went out of my way to take my post office needs to a small village shop, hoping my money will prevent them closing down.

24th April – Gave a donation to a Youth Cancer organisation which were collecting outside of the supermarket. Visited more bloggers and left comments.

25th April – Added to my charity jar the 10p I found whilst out on my travels. E-mailed a friend who is ill to cheer her up.

26th April – Donated to MacMillan collection whilst at the shops, took around dinner and buns to a great friend who helps me with some of my social networking.

27th April – Caught up with lots of commenting on other people’s blogs, still checking in with bloggers from my AtoZ Challenge.

28th April – Went to work on a Sunday! Just to drop off some work so that a colleague had a clear desk and a head start on Monday morning. Just a bit on fellow blogger interaction today.

29th April – An hour and a half at the local school as a volunteer helper, then back to the bloggers. Wrote a letter to a spritely elderly relative, who has a busier social life than me, to check in with her or more correctly to check on her whereabouts!

30th April – I’ve made it to the end of the month doing a good deed a day, that means readers that I’ve passed my own test and will now have to commit to carrying on. Busy with work and domestic chores today, spent too much time texting a friend when e-mailing would have been more sensible and easier to read because I make up my own texting abbreviations which baffle even me! Arrived to see the second half of my sons cricket match in freezing conditions and spent an hour chatting to a solitary Grandmother of the opposition, with one eye on the game, stopped her from being alone, not thinking she may have chosen that rather than have a complete stranger ramble on at her.

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