Good Deeds week 7th July – 13th July

I have been working on doing 1 Good Deed a day since the 16th April when I started reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. The book inspired me to try passing on some positive actions through good deeds, sometimes it’s easy and other times it’s really hard to find a deed to do, but the experience makes me think about my own actions and my own role in the world. So enough of the profound talk let’s get the week under way.

Good deeds7th July – The tiniest of Good Deed today, was asked to read and review a book which I accepted.

8th July – The chance for bigger deeds today, my volunteer work at the school this morning followed by litter picking on my way home from posting letters later.

9th July – This morning I found the 10p in my trouser pocket.  I’d found it last evening on the grass at a most enjoyable evening watching cricket. Shame the team lost another match! Anyway popped the money into my collection jam jar. Posted a book review on my blog written by a new up and coming young book reviewer.  I’m hoping she will continue to write reviews for me from the teenage point of view.

10th July -Picked my child and a couple of friends up from a school sports day that they were helping out at. Sadly the volunteering was marred by verbally abusive parents who disagreed with the girls decisions over who won the first 3 places in each race. (This was a sports day for 4-11 year olds and is meant to be fun!) Stayed after the end to help tidy up and put away chairs.

11th July -Added a charity token to the supermarket collection box where they will donate money to the charity depending on the number of tokens. Picked up some litter on my way home, but got all embarrassed again and went past countless pieces before I braved a couple of bits near to home.

12th July – Had a brilliant day today as friends were coming for tea and tonic, we take it in turns to provide a tea for the kids then we settle down for a good gossip. I’d made a cake and then knocked out homemade pizza for the kids. The sun shone and as the evening cooled we sat outside enjoying the summer in my flower filled garden. It’s always good to catch up with friends, we put the world to rights!

13th July – I’m on a mission to get the youngsters involved with my book reviews and helping them with their writing careers. Have been gently pushing, well I think it’s gentle the teenagers are probably rolling their eyes and moaning about me nagging at them!

Have a good week everyone!

Good Deeds June 2nd – June 8th

Good deedsWe’ve started the ball rolling! My new friend Harula has had two people say they will join us in this year of Good Deeds challenge which was inspired when I read ” A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. How about joining us?

June 2nd – My weekly catch up with fellow challenger Harula led me to reblog her post here on my blog to show everyone the amazing Good Deeds that she managed this week. I hope we can inspire more people to join us in this challenge.

June 3rd – Back to school this week and I can tick off my Good Deed today when I volunteer at the local school for an hour and a half. Am busy setting up book launches and drafts for the next issue of Fleet Life, plus trying to finish reading another book.

June 4th – Dropped round some sponsorship money for a friend who is going to run a “Race for Life” in a few weeks in aid of breast cancer. My friends daughter started running 3 or 4 years ago while her mum was dealing with the disease, now fully recovered my friend runs along side her daughter raising much needed funds for the charity. This year they have a good friend who is in a hospice whilst they run, please spend a moment sending support for anyone that you know who is suffering at this time.

June 5th – Finished reading another book and wrote reviews, drafted a new guest author post ready for Monday. Robyn will be telling us about herself and her book of memoirs.

June – 6th Bought raffle tickets sent home from the children’s school thus supporting a very local cause.

June – 7th Had a completely mad start to the day when I popped a load of washing on to wash only to realise that my son’s only pair of school trousers were spinning around getting very wet in the machine and he needed to be wearing them in 45 minutes. Frantically reprogrammed the machine to rinse and spin and agonised for 20 minutes until it released the door, shoved the trousers into the tumble dryer for a speed dry then ironed them with a hot iron, they were only slightly damp when we left for school, hey-ho! Helped a man pick up his shopping that he had dropped in the supermarket. Posted a popular book review and got lots of hits on my blog so I must be sharing the book with lots of people.

June – 8th A lovely sunny day today, I was able to take my reading out in to the garden and was surrounded by the birds and insects whilst I read. Nipped out to the shops and left a donation for a Diabetes charity at the supermarket.

Check out my fellow Good Deed challenger Harula and see what she’s been doing this week,

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My Year of doing good, May 12th-18th

Good deedsContinuing my attempts to follow in the foot steps of Judith O’Reilly after reading her book;

May 12th – Sent e-mails and texts to children of friends who are all starting their GCSE exams tomorrow. Signed up to follow several new blogs and new people on Twitter. Supported another author on Facebook and followed up a few more blog posts with comments. Visited my parents and caught up with their news. Remembered to send a birthday card to another relative. Sent out reminders to authors who will be appearing as guests on my blog this week, just to let them know that I haven’t forgotten them. Added money to my jam jar.

school sign 04 - smallMay 13th – My half morning of volunteering at a local school. Invited to go on a school trip with the baby class to a zoo, it’s causing me a huge dilemma, it’s got “Good Deed” written all over it, but it’s on a day that I usually work, so I would have to change my day, then it doesn’t fit with my own children’s activities, plus I know from experience that it is unlikely to be an easy trip. It boils down to how much do I want to do this good deed? I’ll have another think about it! Dropped off a card and present for a friends son.

May 14th – A busy work day for me, not much time for good deeds. Have made a batch of cookie dough ready to bake in the morning so that I can take cookies as a gift for a friend when I visit her for coffee. It’s raining today which gives me the ideal opportunity to empty my homemade compost on to the garden. I recycle all of my kitchen vegetable scraps and ferment them for my garden. There is a smelly downside, so for the sake of my neighbours and the family I try to spread it on the garden when the rain can wash it in. I know I should have dug around and found some gloves to wear, but I was being lazy. Phew!! I can smell my hands from the keyboard, think they need a fourth wash! (It’s all organic, it just stinks!)

May 15th – Baked my cookies and some cheese sables which I took with me on my visit to my friend. Picked up litter on my way home. Am trying to make a conscious effort to regularly check my spam mail after I found some “Guest Authors” had slipped through the net. Most spam is just that “rubbish” but I felt really bad when I stumbled upon people who had made an effort, only to have their message relegated to spam.

May 16th – Invited a friend out for coffee. Had a phone call from an 84 year old relative who needed help filling out a security form. She needed actual dates and places of birth of her parents, and as I hold the current family tree she came to me for the details. The need for pages of security details just so that she can continue a voluntary job which she has been doing for nearly 20 years has ruffled her feathers! Let me explain; Imagine an Edwardian style Lady in today’s society, we’re talking table manners and best behaviour, they call her “The Hat Lady” mixed with a mobile phone and her own independence. She’s been mistaken for the Queen, which is hilarious considering her voluntary job. She is a garden tour guide for HRH Prince Charles at his Highgrove garden estate. The security form went on to ask if she has ever been involved in espionage? (Well you’re not likely to admit it are you?) She’s not impressed with one or two other questions on the form, so someone in admin will be receiving a phone call from her today. Rather them than me!

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May 17th – Whilst digging through the Family tree file yesterday, I found more details on a 999 year lease which is being argued over at the moment. Spent another 2 hours surfing the net to find a solution. We (My Husband’s Family) need to prove ownership of a piece of land which a family member leased to St Mary Magdalene Church in 1793 in order to extend the churchyard. The lack of documentation is infuriating, we have a signed document but can’t prove where it was registered, I keep spending hours and getting lost in fascinating documents held by the National Archives, inching my way closer. Every time the entitlement gets passed down a generation there is trouble with the proof of ownership, there is a £22 per year rent which was worth loads at the start and will be worth nothing at the end, but it’s the land which is in Bermondsey, London which is today’s issue. There is a painfully slow and expensive investigation being done by the family solicitor, plus the local council transformed the closed church yard into a garden last year and they have stopped paying the rent. All a bit of a nightmare, good job I love history. The chance to do today’s Good Deed will be later as my name is down to help provide the cricket tea at my sons match. (Praying it’s not another freezing cold evening)

May 18th – A tired day today, my Good Deeds have been very minor, just keeping up with my cyber friends, supporting their blogs and tweets and writing book reviews. Sent out e-mails to guest authors who will be appearing on the blog next week. Keeping up the Good Deeds feels like a long up hill trudge today.