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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread. So pull up a chair and take a sip of your favorite beverage and tell us how your day has been. I thought I’d share an incident that just made me feel good.

We got a notice last week that maintenance was going to be coming to coming to change the furnace filters getting us ready for cold weather. The other day they came to my place. I was busy writing yesterday’s Care Givers Diary. They sent an older man who looked to be Hispanic. He was very polite. I left him alone to check the furnace that is in the computer room and went to get more coffee. He also needed to get the serial numbers on the appliances in the kitchen. As he was leaving he gave me a shy smile and said, “May I say something? I really like your apartment.” It really made my day. I have worked very hard to make this place a real home because I feel it will probably be the last home I have.

A compliment doesn’t take that long to say and it can make a person feel good for hours. One of the best compliments is one that you receive from a stranger. I make it a habit that when I see someone that has taken the time to dress nicely even if they are only going to Wal-Mart to let them know that I think they look nice. A compliment is a smile that last all day.

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  •  Cookies (8+ / 0-)

    "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 02:26:13 PM PST

  •  We teach our kids at preschool how to give (5+ / 0-)

    And accept compliments. Many of our little ones have autism. We teach them to look at the person they compliment and, if you are the receiver of a compliment, to look and tell the other child thank you.

    I love the way the kids get all excited. And the one receiving compliments just beams with happiness and pride!

    Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

    by mapamp on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:23:12 PM PST

    •  I love your apartment! (4+ / 0-)
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      michelewln, DJ Rix, Aunt Pat, mapamp

      And I know that pictures do not do it justice, but I love your apartment!

      Since I've been following you on your move and to your new place, I feel as though I've gotten to know you.
      Not only through your apartment, but from everything you write, and your calendars and how you decorated at Christmas.

      You're a very warm and caring person who cherishes life and mementos.
      And your warmth and joy of life shows in your home.

      We have neighbors, just below us, who are not well liked on our street.
      We're sort of rural, and those neighbors are former police people from NYC, and they cause many problems for our other neighbors and it's all very silly.
      They own 2 and 1/2 acres of land, whereby the rest of us own, per county regulations, an acre and a quarter.

      The troublesome neighbors are very possessive of their land, and so when it came time to pave our road, they stopped it.
      They both work for the police, but down in Mesa, and we don't live in Mesa, but they have pull and they use it.
      So, they refused to give up six inches of their land for paving the road.
      It's complicated, but people where we live are really strange about surveys and land.

      My husband and I are fairly laid-back people and we try very hard to not get involved in feuds, and so far we've been successful, even though they've tried pulling us into it.

      They did manage to pave our road partway, but it goes down to one-lane in front of the troublesome neighbors because they refused to sign off on easement.

      Anyway, there was one morning when we were walking our dog, and the troublesome neighbor lady stopped to talk to us.
      She was dressed so nicely, and before she could open her mouth to complain about other neighbors, I said to her how nice she looked, and the change in her was noticeable.
      She was shocked, and for a brief second, I thought that I had done something wrong, and then she smiled and thanked me and told me that she's not used to hearing anything nice from people here.

      I know it made her day, but I just wish that the neighbors who have problems with her and her husband would actually talk to them, instead of feuding.

      I mean, there are lawsuits and restraining orders, and all of them are very nice and good people, but none of them actually talk to each other.

      If only they would talk to each other instead of calling the sheriff or filing lawsuits, life would be much better and simpler for us all.

      Sorry for the long and most likely boring comment!

      I love Pootie Diaries

      by arizonablue on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:48:55 PM PST

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    •  Well darn (4+ / 0-)
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      I did that wrong and did not mean the lengthy comment as a reply to you, mapamp!

      I love Pootie Diaries

      by arizonablue on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:49:59 PM PST

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  •  Big winter storm moving in. (4+ / 0-)
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    Just in time, too - just 348 days until Christmas!

    Rick Perry wishes you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and... He can't remember the third one... Oops.

    by ScottyUrb on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:31:11 PM PST

  •  What a lovely thought. (And he was right too!) n/t (4+ / 0-)
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