One thing we can always use around here is a little bit of a helping hand*. However, we live in an inconvenient place and it can be difficult for people to get here when we need it. People ask, “besides help, is there anything else I can do?” I have no clue to be totally honest. I will eventually need someone to take me to get my nail polish put back on. Oh darn, you have to go get a manicure.
Other’s have asked me if there is anything I like that could occupy my time. I’m not much of a magazine reader, but do love books. I have a whole list of books I’ve wanted to read. My inside hobbies are calligraphy, hand lettering and watercolor painting. However, I will have little use of my arms for a few weeks.
If you would like to send something here’s a list of little things (and the list of books).
- A visit and bring coffee
- Macaron cookies (I can’t get enough of them. No coconut flavor… ew)
- Flowers (although I teach floral design, I still like to get pretty flowers)
- houseplants (again, I like plants)
- Soft fuzzy socks
- lip balm (the child steals mine all the time)
- tea (the 432 different types of tea in my cupboard are not enough)
- mechanical pencils (also pilfered by the small child)
- Sakura Micron Pens (mine all ruptured on the flight to Bali and I have nothing to draw with)
Yes, many of them are about North Korea or Soviet History
- Only Beautiful Please (John Everard)
- Escape from North Korea (Melanie Kirkpatrick)
- This is Paradise (Kyok Kang)
- A Partial History of Lost Causes (Jennifer duBois)
- If I Told You Once (Judy Budnitz)
- We Are All Welcome Here (Elizabeth Berg)
- The Rope Walk (Carrie Brown)
- Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowada)
- Moscow, December 25, 1991 (Conor O’Clery)
- Putin’s Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy (Alla Politkovskaya)
- The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
- Empty Mansions (Bell Dedman)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
*If you’d like to help we encourage you to join our Lotsa helping Hands Community.