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Day 26: Garage Sales, Gambling and Pie with Mom in Green Bay, WI

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Another morning of rain, a drop for every hello from Heaven, I got my sorry rear out of bed and started my day.  A slow start, my body at the end of my first month, in much need of a rest day which is happening tomorrow. Mom and I wanted to enjoy our last day together doing our favorite things, so we started it off with garage sales! 

I had an AMAZING Graphic Designer who made these bumper stickers and helped me with my pins and merch.

With a couple in mind, we grabbed our purses and headed into the unknown of treasure hunting in Green Bay.  We didn’t find much at the first couple of sales, but happened across one that wanted to get rid of it all.  It was pouring rain still, and with people not being out much, she was happy to unload as much as she could on Mom and I.  I had found a lunch bag that could keep hot or cold something smaller for my camping endeavors, and Mom found a few odd and ends. She saw a Mary Kay makeup bag and asked “Do you do Mary Kay?”  She said “I used too” and went to get a large, clear bin with Mary Kay products galore in it! All I needed was a couple foundations, and I would be set…but then she said words of magic. “You can have whatever you want that fits in a bag for $4.” I said “Including the makeup?” Yes!! So, I was in heaven…I don’t wear much, but I like foundations, eye liners, face products, and definitely lipsticks!  I had such a blast picking out each item, and she helped me which was great…. And 29 later in the bag, I was a happy camper!

Mom taught me how garage sales could be their own Olympic sport LOL I have been going to them with her since I was a child…so about 40 years.
My Mary Kay haul at one sale

Next we hit another sale that Mom and already done the day before….and they (Tony and Hollie) were so happy to see her..they loved her sense of style. I introduced myself and told them about my Kindness Tour and they wanted my business card, so hello if you are reading this- you were super kind to us today and that made our day!

Mom makes friends everywhere she goes 🙂

Panera was on the docket for lunch, and with it STILL pouring rain, I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of Chicken and Rice soup. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Walter also had a bite of the action, and I enjoyed the stares I got from patrons of the restaurant. Haven’t you ever seen a middle aged woman with a Muppet?!?! Get over your self LOL

Next we hit up Oneida Bingo and Casino, because that’s what you do when you live in Green Bay, WI apparently. My mom loves the penny machines, but they don’t pay out much unless you bet a lot.  I put a $10 in and thought I would play a few spins…well, this girl wound up winning $30!! Yep, then Mom wound up winning another $30 ON THE SAME MACHINE!!  We laughed so hard, and once she won and I won, I hit that “Cash out” button SO FAST…quit while we are ahead!! Walter on the other hand MAY or MAY NOT have a gambling addiction….I will watch this as it develops and will have to seriously consider if he will be able to behave once I hit the Vegas strip.

Mom LOVES the penny machines!
Walter begins his life of gambling…
Mom and I have enjoyed some big wins over the years at Oneida Bingo and Casino

We finished up the afternoon with a trip to the local Goodwill to just walk around and shop. I didn’t need much of anything, and then I forgot I was looking for a friend of mine and so the hunt began. I also have been collecting DVDs along the way to play where I can’t stream and when I just want a “comfort movie” to feel better when I have harder days away from home.  As I was perusing the movies, I heard a young couple with a baby get denied with their debit card at the check-out. He said he just put money in his account and they tried another one, and that one was denied. I saw this young mom holding the baby while waiting for him to pay for whatever they were needing, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was young with a baby, struggling with marriage and being a new mom, and I would have wanted someone like me in that moment. I just quietly asked the cashier “How much is their total?” She told me, got the cash out, paid it and they kept saying “Oh my gosh, you don’t have to do that.” And I smiled and I said “Yes, I do, I am spreading kindness and I have been in your shoes. Pay it forward when YOU are able to for someone else.” They were so grateful and I think I stunned the rest of the line because I didn’t ask, I just did it.  I have learned…don’t wait for people to ask you for help. It’s scary, its humiliating, and sometimes they need you to just BE in that moment and show what God’s love looks like in the smallest of acts. I was SO happy to help, it felt incredible, they left with their pride and what they needed, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I don’t share this as a “pat my back” post…I share this to inspire others to do the same.  My gosh, how incredibly healing our World would be if we EACH did one small act EVERY day helping another human being, or animal, out.

We then celebrated the day with a piece of strawberry pie from Perkins, a Mom and Me tradition in June every year in WI.

Tonight Mom and I will be heading out for dinner one last time, and then she is off to Door County tomorrow for her anniversary while I take a much needed “AMY DAY” to myself with NOTHING on the agenda but what I feel like dragging myself out of the house for.  Thanks for joining me today, see you tomorrow!

Thank you for your kindness!

I LOVE sharing the joy of Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me and MY VALUE, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! So THANK YOU for YOU!!


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