Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gifts From the Heart

As a dental hygienist, I don't get tips, bonuses, kick-backs, incentives, etc. It's pretty much a twice monthly paycheck and the occasional free toothbrush. But every now and then a patient will surprise me with a delightful token of their appreciation. Last week I was wowed with two such gifts.

First, Janice S. from Crooked Lake stopped in and gave me a pair of the most beautiful hand knit socks you can imagine. I told my avid knitting friend Barb about it and she stated simply, "Girl, you are loved!" Apparently, socks are quite the challenging project and these are exceptionally intricate in their pattern and stitching, complete with ribbed ankles and form fitted heels and toes. Check out the beautifully blended colors in the photo, too.

Just a few days later, Jim S. from Beaver Island came in and gave me a small cardboard box. We had given him some old dental instruments several years ago to help with his wood carving hobby. He wanted to thank us for that and inside the box was a stunning Santa sculpture hand carved with the help of those dental instruments! It was artistically painted as well.

When my patients are this thoughtful and generous who needs multi-million dollar retention bonuses!? Give me a gift from the heart any time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Some pics from our last reunion in Pentwater...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy St. Patty's Day!

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year (I am one quarter Irish, after all!) I baked Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes and wore a green T-shirt under my scrubs and green (malachite) earrings . Everyone at work loved the cupcakes! There actually is a cup of Guinness Stout in the recipe and I tried to make the frosting look like Guinness foam.

After work I went for a walk on the beach to celebrate the first day of the year with sunshine and temps over 60 degrees. I crossed paths with a little girl, about 4, with a green T-shirt that said, "Kiss me, I'm a little Irish". She pointed at my green shirt and said, "We're almost the same". I told her I'm Irish, too. Then she proceeded to tell me how much they like going to the beach this time of year because no one is there and they love the peace and quiet. I guess she didn't think I was intruding on their peace and quiet because she kept following along with me until we reached her dad and parted ways. Cupcakes, Guinness and a sweet little girl. What more could I ask for on St. Pat's Day?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The soul is healed

The soul is healed by being with children. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Monday, March 9, 2009

Limerick for the Little Union River Yurt Journal

I wrote this little limerick for the journal we found in the yurt. Other visitors had recorded adventures and comments so we left this:

There once was a cozy yurt
And three restless people, inert
We put on a shirt,
prepared for dirt,
And with snowshoes, went out to exert.

We finally got to the yurt
Feeling renewed and alert
The locale is covert
And no one got hurt
As we played and had fun at the yurt.

Our worries we all did divert
As adventure we did assert
Don't wear a skirt
Just a wicking shirt
As you laugh and relax at the yurt.