1. Number three. I am now an official “Black Pearl Girl” like it says in my header picture!!  I was the lucky winner (we all were, and just knowing Bree makes us winners) of a handmade earring holder – mine was “shot”, as Bree puts it (she makes these out of wood and then airbrushes them) with the Black Pearl color. Our task for winning the contest was to do something inspiring or good or kind for someone else – again, the intertwining theme of kindness, which more of us need. My “entry” was that I would go to a local nursing home and to the NYS Firefighter’s Retirement Home, which is Hudson – very close to me – and get stories from men who had done “heroic deeds” and then write about them. My daughter actually showed me that I have a recorder on my phone I can use to record the conversations – I was excited! Bree ALSO said there was a little something extra in my package from her. It came today. Another amazing woman who knows me all too well. She has been to my home, and knows my love of “blingy” things, as well as my love of dragons. I have a large collection of all kinds of dragons – especially D’Artagnon, the very impressive ceramic one that takes up the entire top of my coffee table in the living room. He was reluctantly sold to me by a vendor at a Renaissance Festival, but I did promise him a good home.So imagine my surprise when I opened my earring holder, and a small package falls out, and in it are two little dragons popping out of their eggs, with a note stating “This goes next to your stand. The Guardians.” And my stand – my stand has my name on it in shiny letters, totally blinging it out for me as well. There was also a note enclosed, which I will show you. It encompasses the kindness thread throughout all three of these amazing people who have given me hope, made me cry, and made me loved like I have never felt before. I wish I could put into words (more than I have) but all I can say is Thank You. All three of you have given me a gift of love that I will remember for the rest of my life. And shown me that Kindness DOES exist in this world.  
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  2. Number two. Sometimes you meet people and you just “click”. I have been lucky to do that with a number of people on here, and basically, it has kept me going thru some really rough times. I was lucky enough to meet a woman playing a very silly game (yes, we all know which one, lol) and we became friendly outside the game. She is one of the most amazing people I have never met, and sometimes I wonder if she knows that. She holds auctions on here, and I am a huge fan of her things, and get things when I can, because they are gorgeous! She has a “knack” of finding bargains that is uncanny. She mentioned a strand of crystals to me, and I immediately was drawn to them, and basically “needed” them to help me through my upcoming surgery (yes, I am into that energy stuff). So, she sold them to me for a steal, and then mentioned that she “threw in a little something extra.” I was intrigued, and I am a 4 year old when it comes to surprises. Well, she did. And she know me ALL TOO WELL!! A gorgeous (and I am assuming somewhat vintage) total Ame bling crystal earrings and necklace set! They are stunning!! The beads are everything I could have wished for and more – full of energy that is incredible, but the jewelry is just amazing. I love and adore you, Donna – I can’t wait to meet you and hug you in person and eat beignets and drink cafe au lait and just laugh!!  
    Photo: Number two.  Sometimes you meet people and you just "click".  I have been lucky to do that with a number of people on here, and basically, it has kept me going thru some really rough times.  I was lucky enough to meet a woman playing a very silly game (yes, we all know which one, lol) and we became friendly outside the game.  She is one of the most amazing people I have never met, and sometimes I wonder if she knows that.  She holds auctions on here, and I am a huge fan of her things, and get things when I can, because they are gorgeous! She has a "knack" of finding bargains that is uncanny.  She mentioned a strand of crystals to me, and I immediately was drawn to them, and basically "needed" them to help me through my upcoming surgery (yes, I am into that energy stuff).  So, she sold them to me for a steal, and then mentioned that she "threw in a little something extra."  I was intrigued, and I am a 4 year old when it comes to surprises.  Well, she did.  And she know me ALL TOO WELL!!  A gorgeous (and I am assuming somewhat vintage) total Ame bling crystal earrings and necklace set!  They are stunning!!  The beads are everything I could have wished for and more - full of energy that is incredible, but the jewelry is just amazing.  I love and adore you, Donna - I can't wait to meet you and hug you in person and eat beignets and drink cafe au lait and just laugh!! ♥ ♥
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  3. Okay – I will do this in 3 sections. Each has a story. The first one. I had seen this painting, and contacted the owner, who said he had prints available. He told me the size and the cost, which was reasonable, and as I resonated with it so much being a Pisces and being a lover of all things Celtic, I said yes! It arrived this morning – framed in the frame I has seen on his site – the print MUCH larger than what he told me, and he said that he thought he would just go ahead and give me the larger one in the frame because I loved it so much. I posted something yesterday about a commencement speech a gentleman had given to some graduating seniors that the most important thing you should have in life is kindness. Everything comes in 3’s – the old saying, so this is the first of my 3 kindnesses today. My beautiful picture from EF Rooney. Thank you, Ed. You don’t know how happy I am. My phone camera is not good, so I do apologize, but you will get the idea.
    Photo: Okay - I will do this in 3 sections.  Each has a story.  The first one.  I had seen this painting, and contacted the owner, who said he had prints available.  He told me the size and the cost, which was reasonable, and as I resonated with it so much being a Pisces and being a lover of all things Celtic, I said yes!  It arrived this morning - framed in the frame I has seen on his site - the print MUCH larger than what he told me, and he said that he thought he would just go ahead and give me the larger one in the frame because I loved it so much.  I posted something yesterday about a commencement speech a gentleman had given to some graduating seniors that the most important thing you should have in life is kindness.  Everything comes in 3's - the old saying, so this is the first of my 3 kindnesses today.  My beautiful picture from EF Rooney.  Thank you, Ed. You don't know how happy I am. :) </p> <p>My phone camera is not good, so I do apologize, but you will get the idea.
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  4. I just went to get the mail. It was like Xmas!! And then I failed my therapy assignment yet again, as the tears started flowing…..Pictures to come. BrianneDonna….    And I got my beloved print, which was way more than I could have ever imagined!!!!!   — feeling blessed.
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