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)

The Books

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.