Friday, July 16, 2010

Mitzvah Friday

One good deed that I am going to do for myself is not to obsess about posting on Fridays. If a good deed is done that one wants to share - so be it. If's all OK.

In addition to quite a huge haul to Goodwill of clothes and shoes, all of which are in great condition, I painted a postcard for my brother of the house we stayed at in Lucca, Italy. It's a quick watercolor - and I hope he likes it. Tiny reminder of a fun week.

(yes, this is the same postcard that I posted earlier in the week - I got excited and confused about posting dates...)

I heard about this group and am looking into how to help. I like helping with something that gives directly to people, or directly helping animals or people without going thru a huge organization. I donated to help with a package being sent, but am investigating other ways to support them.

Have a lovely weekend


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Whoever receives this watercolor will love it. Have a great weekend.

Michele said...

I love your plan of not obsessing about the Friday post. I do freak out about it when I realized it's already Friday and I haven't done any good deeds all week. Only it occured to me this week that I probably do more good deeds than I realize as a part of everyday life ... I just might not be thinking of them as good deeds or tracking them because I'm too busy. Happy Friday : )

marianne said...

Beautiful watercolor Mim!
LOvely memory.

I never give to huge organizations because then I must pay first for the office and car of all those managers.
Small direct help is so much better and more fun!

Great idea!

have a nice weekend!

Robin said...

Mim, this is such a beautiful watercolour... and it means all the more because you saw the scene with your own eyes...and that definitely enhances the art...

I have tried to be a "good" and positive person this week... and must say I DID let an older couple with less groceries than me go ahead in the queue. We had a small, 'gentle" argument about it...BUT, I insisted they go first.. and.....I LOST. THEY I stayed in front and as I was leaving, the gentlemen "raised his cap" to me amd his wife smiled... Okay, I tried, I lost....but I think, in the end, everyone was happy..


♥ Robin ♥

studio lolo said...

That looks like a wonderful cause Mim. And I don't think you need to list your know you did them and so do the receivers, right?

I joined a care package group several years back. I chose a poor family from the south. I got a list of things they needed supplies for 13 year old girl living with Grandma, clothes, dog food.

I sent a boxful of notebooks, pens, markers, backpack, you name it. I also sent some clothes in the size listed as well as a huge bag of dog food and a case of cans. The shipping alone was phenomenal and as always, money was very tight for us.

Do you know what I got back?

A note saying the jeans weren't designer jeans and the backpack wasn't her favorite color and her dog was too sick to eat the food but they couldn't take her to a vet...blah blah blah. I was so disheartened, so now I choose my charities carefully.
I don't think you can go wrong with this one though. I do think it all goes to the troops because it's not's care packages you had fun picking out.

I may want to sponsor a family again, but my next thought is going to the elderly care facility down the street and adopting a Grandparent who has no one left.
Maybe they'll paint with me because I need an art buddy ;)

Mim, your mitzvah for today was thinking of ways to help the troops!


Lori ann said...

You are a sweetheart Mim!
I love to help where i can too, and i agree it's good to keep it person to person (if you can).

One time in a village in Africa i was asked for money, a lot of money.

Another country, another village, still in Africa, i was asked for a dictionary, can you guess which village i stay in touch with (and have sent many books and dictionarys too?) And they are SO grateful, it's really lovely.

i hope you have a great weekend too!

reberto.alberto said...

Hi there! is organizing a short story writing contest.

We do think that you too might have a marvelous story to tell, one that is your own! So if you can compose it in not more than few words, we would want to hear from you. Also, you stand a chance to get your story published on our site and win cash prize of USD 100.

“Then what are you waiting for? …put on your thinking cap and get writing. For registration and other information check -

Happy writing!

Lynn said...

some times i think some of the best mitzivot are the ones done anonaymously ...boy i wish we had spell check here...
i still love the water color painting..

Baino said...

Lovely idea as are the care packages.

kj said...

aw mim, i think you are your own version of an angel. when we met one another in that little restaurant booth, that was confirmed. your heart is HUGE!