Saturday is a good day for yard sales here in this little town and today I found a sale on Craigslist with the Y.E.S. logo. That can only mean that Claudia is at it again. Claudia is the proprietor of Y.E.S. which stands for Yard and Estate Sales. She has been helping people sell their belongings for a long time and is the quintessential professional. Her task is a fine line to walk and she does it with respect and grace.
An “estate sale” usually means that the person who once owned the items is no longer living. For me, it is necessary to be respectful when walking through the home of a person who has passed on. I feel as if the person’s space is being invaded and you may be forgiven for being there if you maintain a certain decorum. Heaven forbid if you are rude or make fun. Let’s not forget that one day someone may be perusing your “stuff.”
Estate sales are fun in an anthropological way in that they can tell us a lot about the person. Did they like to cook? or read? Were they a film buff or maybe a gardener. We leave all of our belongings behind when we die and they tell a story about us. Look around at the items on your shelves… what do they say about you? Perhaps if you are lucky, someone as nice as Claudia will handle your belongings with the love and care that you would give them.
For Claudia, and her lovely helpers, I brought a warm Marionberry Pie. Thank you for your kindness.
Today, the recipient of my pie is my friend and neighbor Roxanne. We were co-presidents of the PTA at Helman School a number of years ago. She was the “voice” of the PTA – running the meetings, etc. I was very happy for that – and willingly did what ever else needed to be done. I would never have taken on the role of president alone, and was very grateful to have someone who was”fearless” to work with.
You may have met Roxanne around town. She is a true force of nature! She teaches classes like kick boxing – with the energy and encouragement necessary to keep you going. She can make you laugh – but also makes time to listen if you need to talk. She is real in the best sense of the word and we are lucky to have her in our community. Won’t she be surprised when she comes home tonight to be greeted by a warm apple pie?
This “pie a day giveaway” project began as a way to bring a bit of happiness into someone’s life. So far, I think it is going well. Everyone has been genuinely pleased to receive a pie. In fact, most folks have been quite surprised. How fun is that? Amazing that I can have such impact with such a small effort. What that tells me is that we don’t “go out-of-the-way” for each other as often as we might. I hope that someone out there is inspired to follow my example and make something for someone who has made a difference in their lives.
On a completely different note, check out commedienne Jeanne Robertson. In this video she talks about her husband, LB (left-brain). It’s a hoot.
Thanks for visiting.
It seems as if I have been going all day. There was so much to do today… My first (self-imposed) task was to make a delicious treat for the volunteers who were working on the grounds at the soon-to-be open Medford Food Co-op. I was unable to participate in the cleanup day but I wanted to share my gratitude to the folks that are working to make this dream a reality. Fortunately, I was able to connect with someone who was able to take my offerings to the work party. (Thank you Amy!!!)
My next priority was to make a treat for the Rotary Garden volunteers. At first I thought that I would have time to work in the garden, but soon it became clear that I would not have time to go there today…. my dance card was overflowing. I called around and found that Tim was able to pick up the bagels I made for the gardeners. I hope that he conveyed my sincere desire to be there among them!
Later in the day, I spent time with friends helping another family during a most difficult time. I brought sweets (that is my favorite thing to make) and it seems that they were appreciated. We visited and shared a few laughs as well as many tears. It seems that this is what loved ones do. We help each other through life’s challenges.
And just so you know, I also made a pie today. It was a simple gesture of reconciliation. Fresh fruit, lovely pastry, butter and brown sugar. What could be more wonderful?
I hope that you all had a lovely day and I look forward to sharing a delicious pie with you tomorrow.
Hugs, and many thanks for joining me on this journey,