Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

A special delivery

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Recently, I was having a really bad day. I hadn’t slept well and the moment my feet hit the floor at 4:30 a.m., nothing went my way.

The first thing I do each morning is go downstairs and turn on the coffee maker. Although it’s programmable, going up and down the stairs helps me to wake up. I turned on the machine and headed back upstairs to get dressed.

A few minutes later, the aroma of the freshly percolated coffee wafted up the stairs. I scurried downstairs for that all important first cup of coffee. Unfortunately, my first cup, along with the entire pot, covered the counter top and the floor. Coffee was everywhere, except in my mug. There wasn’t one drop that had made it inside the pot.

By the time I cleaned up the mess, I was late. I was forced to leave the house without any caffeine, which is not good. I wasn’t out of my neighborhood more than a minute and I ran over an opossum. I felt bad, especially because the opossum was in the middle of the road investigating his buddy who had recently become road kill.

The remainder of my day continued about the same. Computer issues at the office consumed most of my day and a major accident backed up traffic for miles. Once home, my day took a turn, when I spied a package on my front porch from blogger and dear friend, Maria.

I recently won a contest on her blog and I knew a prize was forthcoming. What I didn’t know was how special a Priority Mail box could be. From the moment I opened the box, every frustration from the day melted and happiness filled my heart.

The time and thoughtfulness that went into each hand decorated gift bag was unbelievable, especially when I thought about her daily struggles. Like myself, my friend Maria suffers from an autoimmune disease. Every day she goes to combat against Rheumatoid arthritis, but you would never know the challenges she faces. Her love for life radiates, as she makes the most of each day. She is a true inspiration to anyone who lives with a chronic illness.

On that day, my friend Maria turned a crummy day into a day that proved there is still a lot of love and kindness in the world. Thank you, Maria.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

114 thoughts on “A special delivery

  1. How wonderful that your special package arrived on a day that had gone so badly for you!

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  2. What a wonderful end to a lousy day! I can’t imagine starting my day without caffeine. Sometimes even one cup (or mug in my case) isn’t enough 🙂 And to receive such a personalized gift … much better than anything you could order from Amazon 🙂

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    • Believe me, Marie, it was tough. I normally have two large mugs of coffee before I leave the house. I was pretty cranky that day. 🙂
      You’re right, I’ve never received such creative and lovely packages from Amazon. Happy Weekend!

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  3. Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can turn everything around? I just love my UPS man. Even if it’s something mundane, it’s still special delivery!

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  4. That would be me clicking on the photos! Cute bags and for sure special treats. Thank you for sharing Maria’s special delivery to you which became a delightful share with us. When you least expect it, Surprise! Life is good.

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    • I’m glad you clicked the photos, Georgette, that’s why I posted them. I wanted to share with everyone the time and effort, Maria put into her gifts. The gift bags she made are so adorable and so her. 🙂
      Life is good and it’s the weekend too, so enjoy!

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  5. Jill, this is positively uplifting. What a wonderful surprise you had to brighten an otherwise challenging day.

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    • The package couldn’t have arrived on a better day, Dor. It’s difficult for me to express the emotion I felt as I removed each wonderful, handmade gift bag from the box. It was very special.
      I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  6. Hola my dear friend. I’m going to cry! This post was way too sweet and kind and I loved it! 🙂 You so deserved to win after getting all the Spanish sentences correct. I had a blast putting the package together precisely because it was for you! From day one you have been encouraging me and “listening” to all my woes – and laughing at my corny jokes. 🙂 I am sorry you had such a yucky day (gross on the opossum, btw) and that my silly package made you smile. I hope you have used the Margarita Salt! Thanks again for being such a wonderful amiga, Jill. xoxo I’m off to reblog. 🙂

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    • Well, I guess we’re even, Maria because your gift made me feel like crying. You are too much! The creativity that exploded from that box was unreal.
      It was obvious you put a lot of thought and effort into the gift and that made it even more special. I know the struggles you face each day and I just wanted everyone to know how amazing I think you are. You bring joy to everyone’s life you touch.
      Yes, hitting the opossum was pretty gross and I might have felt worse about it if I wasn’t so cranky from the lack of caffeine. 🙂
      Thank you also for making me not feel like an idiot when it comes to Spanish…like a certain professor did. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

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      • You have some pretty awesome followers, Jill. They are all so sweet!! I am definitely in a Kumbaya kind of mood now, thanks to you and your amigos. Feliz weekend to you too!

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      • “Birds of a feather, flock together.” You’re right, Maria, they are awesome, but remember, you could lead the flock! As I mentioned to Candace, you could customize gift bags for a card/stationery store!

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  7. Jill, that’s lovely. We can all identify with those awful days – when things go from bad to worse and just keep escalating. For that little parcel to arrive when it did is like an instant hug – a sort of karma.
    y week has been so fraught actually that I’ve missed posting anything and as we are off on a short break next week it may be a little while before my kitchen’s open for business! So see you soon, and thanks for the story. 🙂

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    • That’s exactly what it felt like, Jenny, ‘an instant hug’. Oh yes, things were going from bad to worse. After I hit the opossum, I started to question whether I should turn and go back bed. 🙂
      I’ve missed your posts, but I’m happy to hear you’re taking a short break. I’ll be waiting at the kitchen door for your return…enjoy!

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  8. Reblogged this on brickhousechick and commented:
    Here is a SWEET post from my wonderful amiga, Jill. Glad my silliness made a bad day a little bit better. Gracias, Jill! xo

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  9. Getting to meet Maria is one of the highlights of my time online.
    Glad you got such a great pick-me-up!

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    • Mine too! She is Numero Uno in my book! Thanks to her, I went to sleep in a good mood that night and ready to face whatever may happen tomorrow.
      Thanks for stopping by to celebrate Maria. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  10. There is NOTHING like a surprise package to turn a bad day around! I love the personalized bags Maria made—what a lovely gift and giver!

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    • Oh Candace, the bags were adorable; they were something you’d see in a specialty card store. Each bag was specifically designed for the gift that was inside. It was obvious a lot of time and effort went into this and that made it so special.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. What would we have if we didn’t have each other?

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    • Well said, Eric. I never imagined I would get to know such great people through blogging…it’s pretty amazing.
      Hopefully you all have thawed out and you’re enjoying some spring weather. Happy Weekend!

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  12. Jill: Isn’t it nice to receive some unexpected “nice” thing every now and then–particularly when things are swirling out of control all around us? Sounds as though you have a very caring friend in Maria. Thanks for sharing this experience. 🙂

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    • It is nice, Mark. Her gift is also proof that things can turn around in an instant. When you feel like it’s the worst day or you’re dealing with a tough situation, a gift, a smile, or the right words spoken to you, can turn everything around.
      Thanks for reading. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  13. I needed this today Jill! Woke up with the weight of the world on my shoulders to find your post – a beautiful gift waiting for me – thank you for sharing and reminding us that yes, a kind and loving gesture can make a difference 😀 will visit Maria’s blog.

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  14. Wonderful post, Jill, on the power one simple act of kindness can have on another person. I often think about how we go through a typical day doing this or that – things that come naturally to us (the smile to someone or the helping hand etc.) and we never really know how much a simple gesture might have meant to another person. Maybe that one act is the lifeline that kept them going for another day. I know you’re not trying to say that life was unbearable because everything went wrong on one day but through you post, I can’t help thinking about how much we need to be out in the world making the simple gestures of kindness and how on the other side of the equation, when things are going bad, we need to be open to seeing the break in the clouds that a gesture of kindness from another can provide.

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    • Thanks, Fran. I get what you’re saying. I too think about how a smile or a hello can help make someone’s day better. Everyone has challenges they deal with in their life, but you never really know what burdens someone is carrying. The simple act of smiling at someone might help them get through their day. People think money buys happiness, but really, it’s the little gestures that bring so much joy.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. The sun sometimes shines on the righteous Jill. Today I’ve had a series of (very minor) mishaps so I’m guessing Kate Winslet might knock on my door asking for directions in a minute 🙂

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    • What a nice comment, Roy. I try to keep my heart right, of course when the coffee was all over the floor, I did have my moment. 🙂
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve experienced some minor mishaps, but having Kate Winslet show up at your door, might be a turn for the better. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Oh dear Jill, so sorry to hear that you had such a crummy day, talk about frustration, and no coffee!! Of course for me that would be not having any tea and I can’t even begin to think about coping without it. Sometimes days just go like this but how wonderful to come home to such a delightful package waiting for you on your porch! I love it when that happens and I can sense your joy and excitement in opening it only to discover all the goodies inside from your friend. Many congratulations for winning the blog contest, you deserve it!
    I’m so glad that you day improved and ended on a good note and I hope that your next day was much better!
    I’m also so sorry to know that you suffer from an autoimmune disease, that just doesn’t seem fair. My daughter’s Graves Disease (overactive thyroid) is autoimmune and we have to keep a close eye on things.
    You would never know with you though Jill, you are always so kind to everyone, offering support, encouragement and friendship. You are a star and the best. I send you big hugs and hope that the sun shines on you and Derek from Devon this weekend and that you can relax and unwind my dear friend 🙂 xo
    PS Travelling home today from my house-sit (been 2 weeks, can you believe it?) we drove through a town called Salisbury, an hour from us and where Nicky used to live. I never realised until today and just happened to notice the city sign that it is twinned with Washington D.C and Maryland! How’s that for yet another coincidence?? 😉
    PPS Have visited your friend Maria’s blog – what a lovely lady she is but then she is a friend of yours so that figures 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Sherri. Your comments always brighten my day. 🙂 Yes, like yourself, Maria is a very special lady.
      I drink tea also, but unfortunately, after cleaning up the mess, there was no time to wait for the tea kettle. Boy, was I grumpy that day. 🙂
      I remember you mentioning that your daughter has Graves Disease. My mother has it also, and my sister was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, obviously, these diseases can be hereditary.
      Wow, has two weeks passed already? Oh yes, Salisbury, Maryland…so many coincidences…we are sure to meet in person in the future, I just know it! 🙂
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend. DFD sends hugs! xo

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      • Oh goodness Jill, I’m so sorry about your sister and mother too. It does seem to run in the family. Just know that my prayers are always with you and your family my dear friend.

        And yes, the coincidences continue and wouldn’t it be so wonderful to meet up one day? I know it too, don’t know why, how or when, but just do…exciting!!

        Thanks Jill,hope you are having a truly wonderful weekend and look forward to ‘seeing’ you in the week ahead…hugs right back to you and DfD 🙂 xo

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      • Thank you, Sherri! xoxo

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  17. Glad to see your bad day was turned around by a kind act, Jill! What a great surprise. Hope your weekend goes better and you get to enjoy it. 🙂

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  18. I’m glad your day got better! I’m going to check out her blog now. 🙂

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  19. Yea for Maria!
    You’re proof that a horrible beginning can have a wonderful ending, Jill!

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  20. That’s so great! I’m amazed at how many wonderful people there are in this blogging world. Thank you for pointing her blog out too – I’ll make sure to visit. I hope those packages keep cheering you up! Happy Friday!

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    • I’m also continually amazed by the people I’ve met through blogging, Sheila. After a year or more of interaction, you really get to know everyone and despite the distance, you feel close.
      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂

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  21. I’m so glad your day turned around (I had that coffee thing happen once–gads!!! and when it happened to me, it also set up a string of events that turned the day into one of those “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” days.)

    Isn’t it amazing, how blogging has opened up the world so people of like-minds can find one another? What a blessing. (I’m checking out Maria’s blog right now).

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    • Thanks, Tracy. Unfortunately, I had that coffee thing happen more than once, but on the weekend. Needless to say, that coffeemaker went into the garbage. So far, the new maker has been mess free. 🙂
      As I mentioned in my comment to Sheila, the world of blogging continues to amaze me.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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      • About the amazing blogging world: This weekend I’m sitting Ken down in front of the computer, to “introduce” him to a number of my friends… (showing pictures and blog posts..)

        I keep talking about people, “jill from N.C,” “Marylin from Kansas” etc… people with whom I have more real and honest interactions than the people who live in our neighborhood…. It’s time for him to “meet” you all.

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  22. I am ashamed to say I chuckled when you described the outcome of your run in with the possum – but I’m putting it down to your witty description! For me the ‘coffee everywhere but in the cup’ scenario would indeed be the precursor to a most difficult day – we need that morning ritual to go well don’t we!

    You describe so well the way one wonderful event can delete all the negative that goes before it – our blogging community nurtures such delight and healing opportunities for us all! I not only love that you received a gift, I also love your delight in it! Thank you for sharing xoxo

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    • Don’t be ashamed, Pauline…a chuckle is a good thing. 🙂 Oh yes, that morning ritual is a must, in order to have things go smoothly, at the start of our day.
      I’m happy you enjoyed this post. The moment I opened the last gift bag, I knew I had to share the delight, with a blog post.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  23. Oh, that’s so awesome, Jill. Maria is wonderful. I’m so glad that package (with all of those packages) came on a day when you needed them most. I’m sorry about your coffeemaker. Do you have a Cuisinart? I do, and that happened to me!
    I hope tomorrow is better for you. I have certainly had a rough week myself. I’m finally back online after having to replace my modem. I didn’t have Internet service all day yesterday and most of today. Arrrrgggh!! I think we both need to have a great weekend!

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    • Maria is awesome! You’re right, Linda, it was a package containing one package after another…it was like Christmas. 🙂
      No, my coffeemaker was a Mr. Coffee, but I read that as a machine ages, this is a common problem. Mine went into the garbage.
      I’m sorry to hear you were experiencing modem issues. There is nothing more frustrating than computer problem. I’m glad you’re up and running.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  24. I love this, Jill. It’s amazing how a gift from a loving person can turn such a yucky day into a joy 😀

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  25. What a great story, Jill! It’s funny how bad things tend to pile up, isn’t it? Yet your day had a silver lining — just when you thought it couldn’t be worse, you discovered perhaps someone up there is looking out for you after all. As for the poor opossum, maybe it was just his time 🙂 The post I have planned for Monday has a similar theme. We just returned from our spring vacation yesterday, and I was reminiscing the first time we took a beach vacation as a family of four. It, too, was “one of those days.” I’m glad Maria could make your day. Her upbeat outlook on life makes me think of my neighbor, whose young adult son is profoundly autistic and will spend the rest of his life in an institution for adults with special needs. It never seems to weigh her down though, and she constantly reminds me that no matter how bad we think our lives are, there’s always someone who has it worse. What a great life lesson.

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    • Yes indeed, Gwen, no matter what challenges we face, there is always someone who is facing something more difficult. I think remembering that helps us keep things in perspective and be grateful for each day.
      I’m glad you made it home safe, despite the California earthquake on your first night of vacation. 🙂 Hopefully you didn’t return to cold weather.
      Oh the opossum…I think I felt so bad because he/she was checking out the other quashed opossum. I thought maybe it was it’s mate and they both went together, so I felt a little better. 🙂

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  26. Even though I’m a reformed caffeine addict (I drink only decaf coffee … yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, why drink coffee if no caffeine, right? 🙂 I can still sympathize with losing that first cup in the morning. And to have that followed by such a crummy day. Bleah. Isn’t is wonderful how simple little things can pick us up and completely turn around our day? I’m glad Maria was there for you with her cute gift bags. She had great timing 🙂 Hope your days since then have been frustration free and filled with caffeine 🙂

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    • Wow, I don’t think I’ve met a writer who doesn’t need caffeine…kudos to you, Dave! So is sugar your fuel of choice? 🙂
      Oh yes, Maria’s timing could not have been any better. Since that day, if things aren’t going smooth, I think of those gift bags and they make me smile.
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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      • Well, it’s not by choice, really 🙂 My doctor said that having caffeine all the time was bad for blood pressure and can lead to/worsen depression. So now I only have caffeine occasionally and have no problems with it. If I had my druthers, though, I’d be drinking the leaded stuff every day 🙂

        Having a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Thanks. Hope yours is great, too.

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  27. So sweet & fun!
    Congrats on finishing the course and testing so highly!
    Sadly – I’ll have to retake it – assuming Profesora Maria offers again next semester!

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  28. There are some days the universe seems to be screaming go back to bed or be doomed. Sorry you had such an awful day. But what an awesome box of cool stuff to arrive home to! 🙂

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    • You know, I’m starting to wonder whether or not I need to pay attention to what the universe is trying to tell me and just go back to bed. If I had, that opossum would still be alive. 🙂
      It was an awesome gift, Kourtney, It wasn’t the monetary value that made it so special, it was the time and love behind the gift, that made it special.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. What a thoughtful gift – it must have been serendipity that it arrived on such a bad day 🙂

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  30. Paraphrasing George Eliot, what are we here for if not to make the lives of other easier? What a beautiful closing to your day that didn’t start off as expected. The gifts from Maria are truly beautiful. I know that each time you use those items you will think fondly of Maria. I would say that you were gifted with both tangible and intangible gifts recently:-) Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks for sharing George Eliot’s words, Elaine, so inspiring. 🙂
      I think what moved me so much about the gifts from Maria, was the effort it took to put the entire package together, and knowing the physical pain she endures every day. This gift was from the heart and that made it so special.
      I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! xo

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  31. Sorry about the coffee and opossum and the bad shaping of your day… Glad it ended on a happy note – amazing how this happens! A day starts badly and ends in joy. Hope all your days are good, Jill! xo

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  32. What a lovely post, Jill. Maria sounds like an incredible person. So glad you have connected – it’s the people in our lives that matter most, that can turn our days and help us through difficult times. Those gift bags look as though they’ve been made from the heart x

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  33. Oh, God bless Maria! I looked at them in closeup, Jill, and they’re gorgeous. What a very real (and painful) kindness 🙂 I’ll go and say hi. How I hate, hate, hate days that start like that! But what a lovely finish.

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  34. Don’t feel too bad. It’s in the life cycle of a possum to be hit by a car. And to scare the shit out of me at work.

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  35. Surprise packages like that always seem to find you when you need them most.

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  36. Jill, I feel for you! What a day! And how lovely to get a sweet package in the mail–and how it turns the day around!

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  37. Oh Geez, I wrote a blog like this one some time back. I wrote it to show how we can turn the day around any time we want, and start all over, even if it’s two in the afternoon or eight o’clock at night. So glad Marie helped to turn your day around. Here’s to things running smoother from here on out. 🙂

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  38. Jill,
    Glad your awful day ended in a smile.
    (My caffeine addiction comes in the form of diet soda, so all I have to do is pop the can top.)
    Theresa

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    • Thanks, Theresa. Diet soda is certainly more convenient. I had to stop drinking diet soda after college, I was consuming way too much. I have a friend who drinks at least 8 cans a day! Somehow I think, that’s can’t be good.
      Enjoy your week!

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  39. Jill, my head is so swollen from all the compliments and love – it’s about to burst! I am just in awe of the wonderful friends you have and how kind they are. You can tell they think the world of you – as they should! As I DO! I do hope we meet one day in the near future. 🙂 🙂 xo

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  40. You had a rough day and very much deserved Maria’s package, filled with love and joy! This was so amazing and the way you wrote it, leading up to the best moments of your day were excellently written, Jill! Take it easy and wonder what in the heck was going on with your coffee maker? Poor possum, just too slow to get out of the way! I am much like you, need my cup of coffee to get me feeling more on keel.

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    • Thank you, Robin. What a nice comment. 🙂 Well, the coffee maker is laid to rest at our local landfill. I bought a new machine without a pot, so far, it’s working great and the coffee is excellent. Sometimes just the smell of coffee can get me going in the morning. Enjoy your week!

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      • I love the aroma of coffee, but always have to indulge, even when it is not the best time of day for caffeine! If I am with a friend, we are having an after dinner dessert, or just a cup of coffee, I will drink it but may be hyper later on! I try to resist and drink decaf, but it still keeps me up! This was so awesome how you have so many comments, Jill! I am impressed! Enjoy your week, too and thanks! Smiles, Robin

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  41. Yikes – that WAS a challenging day, wasn’t it? Love that the thoughtfulness of one person was able to blot out all that came before it! My sibs and I organized a sort of party by mail for my father. He’ll be 90 at the end of the month. Just what can one get for someone who’s 90?? He doesn’t want/need stuff, he’s outlived the friends he was closest to and he’s not much for parties. So the four of us (and our spouses) are taking turns sending out silly little gifts and cards daily (we started the last week in March) so that his birthday ‘month’ is full of delightful trips to the mailbox and surprises dropped off at his door. Other family and friends have joined in to send notes, cards, and stroll-down-memory-lane photos. I’m hoping the parade of well-wishes brings him the same delight that Maria was able to give you!

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    • What a special gift for your father, Shel! I’ll bet it was your idea. 🙂 I hope you will write about it on your blog. I would love to read about his reaction. No doubt, he’ll feel as wonderful as I did when I received Maria’s package. Happy Birthday to your father!

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  42. A truly lovely post, Jill. Those special deliveries almost always make a good day better and bad day good. 🙂

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  43. Wow, what timing? And how kind. Sorry about your bad day, but it least it got better.

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  44. Thank God for friends. I’m so glad your crummy day ended well, Jill.

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  45. That Maria, she’s a Brick!!

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  46. Ah, those mornings/days are the worst. I’ve had that same thing happen with traditional coffee pots– something doesn’t get lined up correctly and suddenly: Apocalypse. I now have a keurig which one might think would help with such problems but I have definitely gotten so caught up in the routine of sticking a k-cup in, shutting it, and hitting the button that I’ve forgotten to put a mug beneath it. So it sits there and brews an entire cup worth of coffee that goes splashing down onto the counter. Excellent.

    Love the giveaway swag! I’m hoping to do one on my blog soon… I love the individually decorated bags!

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    • You know, I never thought about the hazards of a Keurig, Aussa. One must be alert and awake to remember to put the mug underneath. I can definitely see that as a problem. My new coffee pot doesn’t have a pot. The coffee is held inside the machine until you push the button to dispense. So far, no mess.
      Maria did a great job with the bags and the entire gift…she’s awesome!

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  47. The relationships we can develop in the blogging world are pretty remarkable — I’m glad to hear something arrived to brighten your day.

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  48. Jill, that is quite a story! I didn’t know you had an auto immune disease. I have bunions on both feet that make walking too much a pain-literally! ;0 I am so glad you had a great ending to your yucky day! Poor opossum. I can’t imagine hitting one; they can get big! I will have to check out Maria’s blog!! God bless you.

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    • Thanks, Patsy! Yes, thanks to Maria, it was a nice end to an otherwise not so good day. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in my early 20’s. It’s been challenging at times, but overall, I’m better off than many people who live with the disease. Ugh, I’ve heard bunions can be extremely painful. I have a coworker who recently had surgery on hers and seems to be doing much better. Enjoy your weekend, Patsy!

      On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM, Jill Weatherholt wrote:

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      • I had surgery on the worst one almost a year and a half ago. It is a lot less painful, but he didn’t get rid of the bunion, just the bone spur that was causing all the pain on the top of my big toe joint. But I still can’t wear tennis shoes now or walk near as much as I used to.

        What exactly is Crohn’s Disease?

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      • Okay, this is the third time I’ve typed this comment…
        I’m surprised that you can’t wear tennis shoes. I would think they would be the most comfortable for you. I hope you continue to heal, Patsy.
        Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disease. Unfortunately, due to the embarrassing symptoms, it’s not talked about. I’ve become more vocal about the disease and as a result, I discovered more people who are living in silence as well as friends who say they know someone with the disease.

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      • I can wear tennis shoes, but it is very hard to find the right width, and they just don’t feel comfortable any more. They feel too confining.
        Well, I hope you find healing for your Crohn’s Disease. These days I am surprised that any disease isn’t talked about much, you know? It seems like everything anyone has is “out there!!”
        I will keep you in my prayers, Jill. 🙂

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      • You’re welcome, Jill! 🙂

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