One good turn……

1 11 2011

Friday last week I checked my email first thing in the morning and found that a Mr. Mikes restaurant had written me asking for my full name and instructing me to pick up my free football tickets to the Vancouver BC Lions game vs. Edmonton.  I had entered a contest a couple of days prior but hadn’t won just by a bit and expressed how I would keep trying.  Turned out that the fellow who did win had asked Mr. Mikes to give the tickets to me instead as he had felt bad that I didn’t win.  Wow!!!  I wrote back to him that he had made my day and Mr. Mikes too and was kind of elated to have such nice news so early in the day.

I was in my parking lot and I heard a man shouting “Can you help me ?”  from his pickup truck.  He is a disabled man that I have seen in our building who owns a townhouse as well and was inside the back of his truck laying on his back.  He said he needed a hand to get sitting up.  So I helped him up but he was also concerned that he could just slide off the tailgate too so with his instruction I was able to assist him to sit comfortably and safely.  Next he said he would like me to get him into the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  Yikes!!!  Anyhow with his coaching I walked close to him as he held me and the side of the truck and he was very unsteady (I think all the while I had my breath held -scared that he might fall) . But as I already had luck on my side we slowly made it and he dropped into his driver’s seat and we said our “goodbyes”.  I felt very good that I had been able to be there “at the right time” to help him.

Then next on my agenda was to pick up my Mom and get her back to her doctor’s appointment.  I was a bit late by now but had allowed a few extra minutes.  Got about 10 minutes into the drive and then there was a detour!!!  Drove around the Thrifty’s store parking lot two times trying to convince myself that there would be some secret entrance to get me back on the road I needed going up Mariner Road and not down.  I think the flag girl must have wondered what on earth I was doing.  So…………back the way I came and the longer way around to Mom’s with a quick stop roadside to make a cell call to let her know I’d be late.  No answer at her place.  That’s ok – I’d left my message.

By the time I got to Mom’s I was only 5 minutes late and I hurried down to her room and it turned out her hair dresser had been 1/2 hour late getting there too so Mom thought she would be late for me.  It all worked out and we made it to the foot doctor too with 5 minutes to spare.  Funny (or is it) how we stress ourselves out!!  So I am giving my banana bread recipe to you – this was my Mom’s recipe and has become a dessert that those who know me often share with me.  Have a cup of coffee with it and enjoy!!


  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter (or applesauce)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten with a fork
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mash 2 bananas (ripe) with milk with a potato masher. Leave aside.  Blend, margarine, sugar and eggs together with beaters or  a blender.  Beat till well blended.   Add the mashed banana to the margarine mixture and do not mix.   Add the following:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Fold this mixture in gently and add the chocolate chips and stir in.  Do not overmix.

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Let sit in pan for 10 minutes and loosen sides with knife.  Have a piece while it’s warm.  MMMMMmmmm!   Let me know what you think when you try it, ok?  Also please leave comments on my blogs – I would really appreciate your input and if you think there are any ideas you might like me to blog about.




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