Friday, October 22, 2021

New Cups And Strangers Cheer Me Up


I was recently diagnosed with asthma. A mild case, but I need to use an inhaler, which I really don't like, but it could be worse, of course.

To cheer myself up, I bought these colorful cups. 

The other day, a kind young woman at our local small DMV office fixed all my problems with the Motor Vehicle Department: changed my mailing address, gave me a set of license plates, affixed the 2022 stickers, found a screwdriver in an office drawer, went outside and screwed the plates in place on my car. 

I thanked her and she said she wouldn't let her own grandmother bend down to do that job, so she needed to help. 

Then I went to the post office to pick up a package or two. One was medical supplies, the other was gigantic! I looked at it and shook my head. The clerk asked if I wanted a cart. I was going to say yes, when the guy behind me in line offered to bring it out for me. I accpeted and thanked him. Short man, big package, but he mananged. (It was a badly needed new kitchen trash can.)

As I drove off, I felt my bad mood lift, my negative thinking fly away thanks to the helpfulness of strangers. 

I truly need to get out more, interact with strangers more, talk to people I meet in the stores, as I did before the pandemic. 

I used to have so much fun, just going to the grocery store.


About the mailboxes from my last post: 

1. They have been replaced by a modern structure and are now all locked.

2. The road has been paved.

3. It's nowhere close to me, it's farther into the canyon. 

4. Finally, I'm very happy I captured that shot, sort of from a bygone time. 


  1. Hello,
    I love your new cups, they are so colorful and pretty. It is great to hear stories about people being kind. Have a great day and a happy weekend!

  2. i love your cups. Th3 world always seems brighter when people are kind.

  3. Cheerful cups, indeed!
    The grocery store offers interaction which is better than nothing, these days when we keep more to home because of the pandemic.

  4. Hi Inger - those cups are delightful to see - they'll cheer each cuppa you have. I'm glad you're coming to terms with asthma and find the inhaler helpful. People are amazing aren't they - when they go out of their way to help ... so pleased for you. New pedal bin, new cups, medicines delivered - new postboxes ... but I loved the historic photo. Cheers and enjoy your Autumnal days in the Canyon. Hilary

  5. so glad you have the photo, it is one of my favorites. sad about the need for locked boxes. our world has changed. i have the same thoughts as you, need to just go out alone and do stuff because i too had good experiences with strangers, like the 3 volunteers at the thrift store fitting the chair in my car. yours was perfect and just what you happy you are getting out more

  6. Love your interactions with kind people. I have found since my hair went white, I can no longer lift anything in public and truthfully, I love it. Enjoy.
    Like I said in a past post, check that inhaler via Google to make sure it doesn't have any interactions with any other meds you take. We often have to do our own research.

  7. Those cups are a great mood improver. And I'm glad you met with helpful people. It makes a huge difference to your day when strangers are helpful like that.

  8. I love your colorful cups and I'm so glad that complete strangers were being so kind and helpful to you this week. It restore our faith in the goodness of people.
    Have a great day and stay safe and well.
    Thanks for explaining about your mailboxes. That picture sure is a treasure.

    Hugs, Julia

  9. sometimes strangers make the best friends.

  10. People showing kindness to others make the world go round! This is what we were put here to do, help and love others. With the way the world is now, it seems to be going in the other direction, though. Hurrah for getting all your car things taken care of!

  11. Kindness from those we do not know is such a huge bonus these days,and the letter box photo, guess some would call it progress to have a different setting, they were unique.Our oversize parcels get left at the local Post Shop, and we get a notice in our mailbox to say they are waiting.In a small town, they ladies get to know everyone, and when I get to the counter, almost have the parcel ready on the counter.

  12. Those are beautiful cups! I can see why they cheered you up! It's good to know there are so many kind people in the world still!

  13. How nice of that kind young woman to help you. There are more people like her out there than we realize. Love your new colorful cups!!

  14. Hi Inger. Sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. In my wildest dreams, I can't imagine someone from my local DMV helping install a plate on someone's car. I guess that's one of the advantages of rural living. Hope you are well. Beautiful cups!

  15. oh what Happy little cups! they'll make all the difference.
    isn't it wonderful to have the kindness of strangers? it's rejuvenating!
    I enjoy trips to the grocery store too.
    and thank you for telling us about the mail boxes!
    you captured a picture of times gone by. XO

  16. The cups are beautiful. It's lovely to happen upon kind strangers.


  17. I like having those old photos of things that change! Very neat old mailboxes. And I love your new cups. They look like they hold a lot. I was just looking at your sidebar at all the pretty photos. I don't know if you've changed them or I just noticed...but it looks nice!

  18. How wonderful to have met such kind people. I wish that would spread worldwide. People need to realize that serving others is the only way to live!

  19. I love the cups - they are colorful and fun for any time of the day! And, I'm glad that you were the recipient of kindness. It always lifts my spirits when I am too, and I try to pay it forward when I'm able. Take care, and I hope your weekend is ending on a good note!

  20. It is so nice to meet kind, helpful people ...
    I do like your new cups.

    All the best Jan

  21. wow nice cup! Looks like something i would find at World Market or Pier 1. Nice people in your life.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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