Our absolute favorite holiday season quote to kick off this special week of Thanksgiving!
Remember a few posts back when I said that the rain against our trailer felt more like “running through puddles during a summer sun-shower”? Well, not yesterday. It was more of the “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning” kind of rain. The day started with “batten down the hatches” followed by us out in the rain rescuing our fallen awning and ending with the wind hurling pine cones and other tree debris at our tiny (and sturdy) home.
The upswing of a windy, rainy, dark and stormy day is that we had everything we needed to enjoy our time together and get the work done. It was, after all, Tuesday. One text message to change my chiropractor appointment to another day. Another text message to change a meeting location from our office in University Place to an online video conference. And … well you get the picture.
Even losing power yesterday evening did not stop this dynamic duo. Fridge on propane (try doing that in a typical suburban house). Candles were easy to find and light. Stove, hot water heater, and furnace don’t need electricity. Computer batteries were full and all devices charged. The best part was we didn’t lose internet the way we use to when the power went out in the house. Our Verizon MiFi connection stayed strong so we didn’t miss a beat, which was important because Penny was working on our online courses for the new year and I was in a meeting at our BEST office in Second Life with a colleague in Connecticut.
All in all, yesterday was proof that we can meet any challenge so long as we do it with flexibility and a smile.
BEST is pleased to welcome back BEST board member, caregiver, instructor and guest blogger, Maggie DePuye-Phillips. Today, she shares an early Thanksgiving message set to inspire. Enjoy and many thanks to Maggie!
The holidays are once again upon us… a time of celebrating thankfulness, joy and giving with family and friends. It can also be a time of being overwhelmed and stressed, doubly so for caregivers. Ironically, November is National Caregiver’s Month, perfectly synced with the month of commemorating gratitude.
Today was the Veteran Stand Down event in Aberdeen. The South Shore Mall was alive with community spirit and the outpouring of appreciation these folks have for their veterans. Barb set up a terrific table representing the Grays Harbor Brain Injury Support Group and we had many opportunities to meet people and connect with vets. Many state agencies and local organizations provided resources and much needed items free to homeless veterans.
|Barb, Penny, and Richard at the
Grays Harbor Brain Injury Support Group booth.
A big shout-out to the Grays Harbor community, Barb, Wil, and everyone who participated in this event.
A special thanks to Richard for the signed photo. Your service will not be forgotten by us.
If you don’t have a Stand Down event in your community check out this guide, https://nchv.org/index.php/service/service/stand_down/.
Partner with the American Legion and others to start one. We all know there are homeless Veterans in every community that need our support.
Marlene’s Natural Foods Market and Deli is playing host to their annual holiday open house at BOTH store locations (Tacoma and Federal Way) THIS Saturday! This terrific event will not only get you in the healthy and happy holiday spirit, it will surely give you some pre-holiday inspiration. Check out the details, HERE.