Facebook Etiquette…

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I have had my eyes opened in the last day regarding posts on Facebook, which I perceive to have ‘crossed the line’ of respect, politeness and ‘minding one’s own business’. Have you ever been ‘stung’ by negative comments directed to you from others in the ‘anything goes’ format of Facebook?

If you follow this blog, you know that I was planning to have a yard sale this coming weekend. I opted, instead, to give my items outright to anyone who wants or needs them. I wasn’t seeking any kudos or accolades for this, I simply felt to freely give the items might be a much appreciated blessing for someone. God commands us to share our wealth and blessings, it’s that simple for me. OK, I acknowledge that perhaps there was some level of ‘selfishness’ in my decision. I really didn’t want to mess with the hassle of lugging tables and boxes and sorting and pricing items. I suppose I reasoned that I could better serve others (and myself) by offering items for free.

Whatever my motives, I was a bit surprised to find that at least three people made comments on my Facebook posts when I ‘advertised’ my intentions of the FREE giveaway. It seems these people felt I was being selfish by NOT sending my free items to folks in Texas who are suffering from the terrible losses from flood damage.

I am aware of the devastation that is occurring as a result of the flooding in Texas, however, I don’t have television and probably am not as ‘tuned in’ to the disaster as most people are. That said, let me clarify that in no way are my motives ‘elite’, selective or discriminatory by offering my items to local folks instead of to the people of Texas. I offered little response to the negative comments posted on Facebook. I simply replied, “Thank you, that’s a good idea”, and moved on. But I’ve been thinking and perhaps the comments and insinuations that were made in the FB posts have even ‘festered’ in me a bit. I didn’t really have much to share in a blog post today and this was on my mind so this writing¬† has become a ‘therapeutic’ post!

I consider everyone my ‘neighbor’ and when God commanded me to share my blessings, He didn’t specify to whom I should share. I didn’t really ask, and simply assumed sharing locally would please Him. I trust that it has, but perhaps need to talk this over with Him!

There are a few items left if anyone needs a blessing! 

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Tomatoes, Tomatoes!

I planted THREE tomato plants this spring. Two are varieties of large (sandwich/slicing) tomatoes and one is small ‘cherry’ type tomatoes. The plants are now overflowing with ripe tomatoes and even more that are currently green! I must say they are delicious!

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I have the pleasure of babysitting my 4 year old great-niece, Lila, today. Her parents are packing last minute items in anticipation of moving, tomorrow, from their home in New York, to Leesburg, Virginia. Lila has been staying with her ‘Mimi’ (my sister) since Sunday and I am helping out today so that my sister can put in a day of work. Lila is SO easy and fun to have around and care for! The last few days I intentionally left tomatoes on the vines so that she would be able to help ‘harvest the crop’ today! Here she is…hard at work and enjoying every moment of tomato harvesting!

We harvested so many tomatoes we were able to restock our ‘free’ table that I have sitting in front of my house. I’m glad to be able to share the harvest!

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If you are in Beaver Springs, stop by for a free tomato or two!

How is your garden growing these days?

A new week….and a crazy schedule!

My head is swimming, my allergies are flaring and my ‘to do’ list is a mile long!

How does everyone out there ‘collect their thoughts’ and gear up for a hectic schedule and list of commitments?

After this blog post, my plan is to spend some time on my patio with a cup of coffee, my bible and a notebook.

The coffee frees my brain, the bible frees my soul and the notebook frees my emotions. Writing out my “must do’s” on paper helps me to organize life and prioritize my activities. I admit that I don’t always follow this written plan, but the mere act of writing and thinking somehow helps me look ahead and keep life in some degree of order.

Coming up in the next two weeks are a yard sale, starting and planning lessons to get back to work, a class reunion that I will be decorating for and working on other added features to make the reunion fun, a day of baby sitting my great-niece and the on-going task of moving my office to a different room in the house and switching up furniture and the like. Oh…fall decorating has to fall in there somewhere also!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dreading any of this. I LOVE doing all of the above activities and will enjoy the moments. I get as much enjoyment in planning and THINKING about these fun tasks as I do in actually doing them…maybe more! Perhaps that’s why it helps me to think and write when I’m faced with ‘over load’ in life.

I hope you all have coping methods and are able to find JOY in the many tasks that we each face. For me, I will sip, pray and write until I get clarity and a sense of peace and organization in my life! THEN I will begin to tackle the many “to do’s” of the week ahead.

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Feel free to share in the comments how you cope and process life…I’m interested in how others navigate through life!