Service of When Little Things for Some are Big to Me

September 21st, 2023

Categories: Greeting Cards, Little Things Mean A Lot, Plants, Repair, Surprises, TV

I’ve written a few times about how little things mean a lot. This post is an updated version.

I was so happy when a few sprigs I cut from an overgrown geranium took root. Over the years, I’ve found this plant to be persnickety and not easy for me to propagate. I’m always tickled when one of the shoots takes hold.

Friends know how much I love to receive cards—e- or paper–and I am grateful for each one. This year I recently received a Freshcut orchid and a rooster who plays polka on an accordion in addition to a fabulous selection of others.

My heart sank when a clock I’m fond of refused to work in spite of countless batteries I’d install. I brought it to Jennings on First Avenue in my old neighborhood and after a new motor, it’s good as new. So happy to see it back in its place above my kitchen door.

Friends who have a weekend home in Connecticut have brought me fresh corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers from a local farm every Sunday for weeks. What a treat!

When I learned that a series I’m attached to—The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix—will have a third season, I was elated, even though I probably won’t see anything until 2025 due to the writer and actor’s strike.

My bathtub drain was clogged. It took the handyman/porter a few minutes to remedy what I feared would make a major mess. It didn’t. Whooo hooo!

What things that may be little to some are big–and meaningful–to you?

Freshcut orchids

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12 Responses to “Service of When Little Things for Some are Big to Me”

  1. B.C. Said:

    Happy when we both wake up in the morning.

  2. ASK Said:

    After sustaining water damage on my parquet floor, I was told by the maintenance people in my co-op that the damaged solid wood tiles could not be replaced because they were no longer being made. A search at both Lowe’s and Home Depot proved fruitless, but the clerk at Home Depot said I might get lucky and find some online. I was so excited when I did…at a high price, I might add. BUT it beats having to replace the whole floor. They probably have to be restained to match mine, but I’m up to it…I think. And if I’m not, I know somebody who is.

  3. Deb Wright Said:

    What a great subject! Seeing my two remaining cats who have never liked each other cuddling together makes me so happy. When I pick up my grandchildren from school and they run to hug me gives me joy. I made a blueberry cake yesterday with lemon curd and to my surprise, it came out well. I was sort of making it up as I went along–never a good idea with baking.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Amen. And I agree!

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    What a feeling of relief! In addition to the cost of a new floor that probably wouldn’t be as nice as the one you have, the mess and inconvenience of ripping out the old and installing the new give me the shivers. So glad you found the tiles!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    All these wonderful things make life worthwhile.

  7. Francine Ryan Said:

    Francine on Facebook: A phone call from a dear friend, just to see how I am. A picture drawn by one of my grand children, because they know it will be displayed on the gallery that’s my refrigerator door.

  8. Erica Martell Said:

    Erica on Facebook:
    A neighbor who hems my pants. A surprise greeting card in the mail, a beautiful walk in the park.

  9. Jeanne Byington Said:


    The joy spreads throughout the family: the children are happy to give you something you clearly appreciate, and I bet their parents are proud.

  10. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I love all three. Someone who can sew is a lifesaver. I tried but never mastered the skill.

  11. Dawn Gour Said:

    I would have loved to have more plants in my home. Over the years, I was gifted African Violets and other plants but wasn’t very good at keeping them alive. Until I found the “easy plant” You water the plant once a month and they remain live and well. Can’t wait to get a Jade, Orchid and the Fig Leaf plants into my home to enjoy them year round.

  12. Jeanne Byington Said:


    African violets don’t like it when their leaves get wet. I water them from below–but not too much.

    I never saw the “easy plant.” Great concept! At Christmas time you can buy amaryllis with the bulb encased in wax that you never water. You get a magnificent flower as a result. Best buy them around Thanksgiving if you are giving them as gifts so they flower in time. I get mine at Trader Joe’s for under $10. Online some places charge $30!!

    My apartment looks disheveled now that I’ve moved the plants in from the balcony. I have too many.

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