Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Smiling ... and Helping in Small Ways

 


I smile every time I open the fridge at the moment, so much colour and freshness ... I really am spoilt for choice.  My meals all this week are going to be based around this beautiful splash of colour.

I am also smiling a the good folk who are booking Airbnb rooms in Kyiv and all over Ukraine, with the sole purpose of getting the money to the people who would normally be renting their spare rooms to visitors to their country.  Instead the people left in the city with those spare rooms or hotels are helping their newly homeless neighbours, but the money received from their Airbnb accounts can really help them out in a very direct way.


 Some people are just good, they will basically find anyway possible to help the other the good people no matter where they are in the world.



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 After reading Jayne's comment below, I went over to the Etsy website and made a few purchases (the Challenge was momentarily cancelled).  One actual thing from a lady in the UK raising money for her family back in Ukraine and two pdfs, the one above that I have printed out.

There are ways to help.



Sue xx




19 comments:

  1. That certainly is a riot of colour! I hadn't heard that about Airbnb rooms in the Ukraine, some heartwarming news in amongst all the bad.

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    1. There's lots of little snippets of good news and good folk, but it seems we have to search hard for them amongst all the sadness.

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  2. I never keep fruit in the fridge - we have two BIG fruit bowls, one for oranges/pears/bananas (Keith) and the many apples (me) in a big Arts & Crafts copper bowl. I love the colourful look of your fridge. I can remember after being very run down with constant chest infections (lousy GP) and we walked into Sainsburys, where the fruit and veg aisles were a mass of colour and I had a sudden urge to run amok and bite into everything there and then! We came out laden.

    Like you I truly admire the people buying stays which they'll never take up at Ukrainian Air BnB's to get money to the poor folk there.

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    1. I never used to keep fruit in the fridge but oh it's a game changer, the flavours just pop when the fruit is icy cold. It's the only way I can eat it now, apart from bananas of course they need to be at room temperature, and tomatoes if they are to be eaten raw should be at room temperature for an hour or so before adding to a salad.

      You can literally book a stay for the next couple of days, and the money is straight into their bank accounts. Airbnb have dropped all their charges for Ukrainian members too.

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  3. It's a lovely thing to do, isn't it? Really helpful and supportive.

    And your fridge is a thing of beauty!
    xx

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    1. It is there are a lot of really good people out there.

      I know!! I really love it at the moment, this Smeg is worth every penny too ... it's so light and bright and is keeping my food for even longer than any fridge I have had before.

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  4. What a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do, amongst all the awfulness and suffering goodness shines through.x

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  5. You are right, your fridge made me smile too :-)

    I did not know about the Kyiv Airbnb thing, but in the quilting world there has been a lot of action with folk buying patterns (usually delivered as a PDF) from Ukraine-based sellers. If you go to Etsy and search for Ukraine I ~think~ the payments system is still working, it was at the weekend.

    Read this morning that the major UK phone networks are making calls and texts between Ukraine/UK numbers completely free and unlimited.

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    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. As you can see above I snapped into action, so now as well as having a non-existent holiday in Kyiv I am the owner of a floral print, a Ukraine prayer flag and soon to be the owner of a little bracelet.

      How wonderful that the phone lines and texts are free and unlimited, so many small but good things happening.

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    2. Oh Sue, you have made me cry with your response. Thanks to you we have a lovely plant-filled room booked in a house near the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex for next week - perhaps next year I might actually get there for real. 😒 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

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  6. Oh Sue, people are so kind aren't they. The Airbnb thing is a marvellous idea, well done. I love the flower print you have there so I'll check on etsy myself in a minute. I assume you can pay with PayPal?

    Love the look of your fridge too with the clear panel in the drawers πŸ‘

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  7. Going over to Etsy now, I can always use fabric. Brilliant idea.

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    1. They can't send any physical parcels out from Ukraine, it's purely things that can be sent via pdfs, patterns and pictures etc

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  8. I read about people booking Airbnb rooms in Ukraine. It's a brilliant way to help. I did not think about shopping Ukraine shops on Etsy, thank you for the suggestion!

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  9. Brilliant ideas, thanks. Your fridge looks lovely!

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  10. I read about the bookings a couple of days ago and thought it was wonderful. I might just have to go to Etsy and see if there is something I could buy.... a pattern or two would make my day.

    I always keep fruit in the fridge. Except for bananas, they are in a bowl on my table.

    God bless.

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  11. Glad I popped by Sue - I hadn't heard of these helpful ideas, but will be following them up. My next door but one neighbour and good friend who is half Italian and half Ukrainian has extended family in the west of Ukraine and she is struggling with the worry of it all. Every story on the news is so heart wrenching.

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  12. One thing I did was go to Ravelry (knitting site) and search for patterns from Ukraine based designers and bought one. I live near an area with a high Ukrainian population so have donated to their church fundraiser.

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