Monday in the ARK: Acts of Restorative Kindness

Cross pollination at work

Here’s that new week for us to enjoy! It is another hot one in Mississippi and it was already sultry and heavy when I went out before 8 to feed the hillside zoo. Fortunately, these little guys and gals were fending for themselves. When the magnolia first starts to open (see photos below) it only opens part way. At night, the bloom will close back up again, trapping any insects inside. Next morning as it opens back, the insects fly off to pollinate a different flower. Pretty amazing if you ask me!

The pink oxalis are almost gone, as are the magnolias, but the butterfly plant is beginning to bud and bloom, and will provide color and nectar for the summer months.

Fueled up with steel-cut oats and blueberries, I am enjoying my cup of Rakkasan’s Ella Gap Oolong before zipping off to the grocery store. The June Challenge is underway.

Today and every day is a good day to do something good for someone, or lots of someones, or the earth. Try an Act of Restorative Kindness (the ARK). It is good for humans and good for the ecosystem.

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27 Responses to Monday in the ARK: Acts of Restorative Kindness

  1. Reading about your overnight visitors the words Magnolia Hostel came to mind. I might need to know more about the baby in your pretty teacup photo . . . . .

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I like that: Magnolia Hostel. Is it on the island? My mother was a doll maker for many years and she made that one. I have 3 of the ones she made for me. She won a number of ribbons at the fair for her work, and was excellent at painting their faces, designing and making their clothing. She and dad would spend the summer in Colorado (after they retired) and she and Aunt Nona made dolls all summer and Dad and Uncle Stanley drove all over the mountains. It was a good time in their lives.

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  2. Looks like a beautiful place to cuddle up and rest for the night!

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  3. peggy says:

    Indoors is a good place to be in the heat. 98 degrees here today. Your flowers are lovely and a good cup of tea indoors sounds great. Yes, we all need to spread some kindness around. ❀️😊

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  4. Mags says:

    What gorgeous photos of the magnolia blooms. Very interesting about the insects spending the night in them. I noticed the doll in front of your tea cup, I collect dolls. I have given some of them to my daughter and granddaughters but I still have several. Spreading kindness is easy and costs nothing. I really enjoy your blog.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Mags. Mom would make her dolls for family members or friends–usually with a personalized reason, like a wedding doll for when her oldest granddaughter married, a ballerina doll for her granddaughter who danced, or one that resembled the person, in hair color, glasses, clothing. Randy’s mother had a doll collection, too, so I guess it must be someone common! Except for the baby, mine are currently packed away, along with the Revlon doll and Barbie doll I got for Christmas one year, and the Cabbage Patch rag doll mom made for son J when that was the rage and you could not find them anywhere.

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      • Mags says:

        What special gifts your mom made for loved ones.

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      • Beth says:

        If you unpack them someday, I know you will share them here! I also made a Cabbage Patch doll for my daughter because they were ridiculously expensive for a struggling family to afford.

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        • Suzassippi says:

          I thought about doing a doll post already after this conversation. I packed them to protect them while we had so much going on during the renovation. We are still not unpacked in the bedrooms, computer room, or living room, due to the ongoing studio construction, but we are getting there!

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        • Suzassippi says:

          And, really cool you made one also! J wanted one and she could not find one, so she made it. He is really cute. Does your daughter still have hers?

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          • Beth says:

            No, I don’t think so. I bought the head and make the body and outfit. She was fonder of the all cloth doll I had made her when a toddler. She just wasnt’ a doll person, prefering roller skates and bicycles. I did make a cloth doll for my niece and her mother packed it away and still has it. They were fun to make, but I’m not sure I would do it again, although I do have a pattern for Raggedy Ann and Andy that I looke at every now and then (and then put it away).

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  5. Beth says:

    How interesting about the magnolia blooms closing and opening – they really are amazing as well as beautiful! Practing little acts of kindness is one of the most rewarding and beneficial things humans can practice and when done often enough they become a routine act of giving.

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  6. I don’t know if I could handle your humidity. It must be hard for anyone down there with respiratory issues. Love your photos!

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  7. I never knew that little tidbit about magnolia blossoms. How interesting!

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  8. janebye says:

    Hey, I recognize that card! Thanks for the birthday greetings and catch up on news! Love the magnolias and I didn’t know that about the insects either. πŸ™‚

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