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Okay, so this is a bit of an oldie, but it’s still good!

Thing is, I jotted down lots of Heart Warmers; whenever I saw something extraordinarily kind come by on TV I wrote it down. But then life got in the way and I only just now found my notes. Most of them are already passé, but not this one. I think.

It still warms my heart, so here’s to it warming yours!

Meet Catherine Fitzgerald, a (possibly already graduated) high school student from South Easton. Why is she so special? Well, she came up with the brilliant idea to teach sign language to police officers. She’s in her school’s criminal justice program and had to do an internship to, somehow, “give back” to society.

Having a hearing impairment herself, she knows how tough it can be, not being understood or able to communicate like so many others do. That’s why she decided to combine her personal experiences with her own unique set of skills and teach a police force the beginnings of sign language.

Thought she stopped there? Nah ah! Catherine also created a pocket handbook or dictionary for the officers to carry with them, in case they encounter someone they can sign communicate with and need a little reminder.

Catherine, you are an example to many people, me included, by making the best of what life gave you and turning it into something positive, involving the community as well. Here’s to you and thank you for being my Heart Warmer this week! ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this amazing, extraordinary young woman, please go here
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I don’t know about you, but I can use a good Heart Warmer this week! Pooh, all the stress, exhaustion and more stress of late got me, well, stressed. And exhausted. But news like this sure cheers me up!

You probably know by now I am a sucker for everything fluffy and fuzzy. And that not just pandas hold a special place in my heart, but rodents as well, considering my choice of pets.

I cannot explain how I felt when I read about Simon Dell and his incredible kind new hobby: building houses for mice:

Simon one day noticed a wild mouse in the back of his garden, with only a fence between him and some of his greatest enemies: cats. The wildlife photographer decided to guard the mouse by creating an impromptu house for it and naming him George. Simon also put some wire fencing around the already existing fence to ward off any other/future cats.

This mouse-friendly man soon started to build more and cuter homes for his newly found “mouse neighbourhood”, and more mice actually moved in! For fun, Simon kept adding more details to the mouse town, such as tiny laundry lines and dining tables. The mice don’t really care, but apparently it’s fun to see them “pop in and out”.

If I were a mouse, I’d know where to reside!

I wonder though… if I can get my dad to start making these houses for my gerbils… Now that would be awesome!

Thank you Simon, for this lovely idea and these amazing photos! ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this mice-tastic story or learn more about Simon, George or the other mice, please go here

 

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This Heart Warmer truly does what it’s picked for: warm your heart.

Chloe Meineck has developed a Music Memory Box which helps people with dementia to… live again. And laugh and enjoy themselves and for brief moments, get lost in lovely memories of moments long passed, but forever cherished.

How it works? Family members can gather photos and items with lots of emotional meaning for their loved one with dementia, and add computerised chips to them. These chips/items, by putting them in the centre of the box, can then each be linked to a certain song, so when next placed there that same song will play.

And these songs have remarkable effects on the person with dementia. Someone even described using the box on her mother as: “When we use the box, we get her back for a moment.”

Inspiration for this box came when Chloe noticed how her demented great-grandmother would suddenly open up and reminisce over her past when certain songs were played in her nursing home. Chloe’s great-grandmother would seemingly come alive again, sing along to the songs and tell stories of her past.

Watch the full story here:

We should never underestimate the effect music can have on our minds, bodies and souls. And in this case: our memories.

I wish I could have had a box like this when my grandfather was still alive. All the stories he could have told me or those stolen moments won back again, even for just a fraction of time ❤ I am happy more and more people can benefit from this!

I wish you all a warm, happy and musically filled week!

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this wonderful story or learn more about the Music Memory Box, please go here
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Maybe you already know about this Heart Warmer, but stories of true friendships never cease to be amazing so I had to share this.

The Australian Poss and Molly found a true friend in each other. One was lonely because she had just lost her entire litter, the other had lost her mummy and was in desperate need of someone to take care of her.

That’s right: neither Molly nor Poss is human. The first is a beagle and the latter is a possum! Nevertheless, they seem inseparable:

The two adorable yet completely different creatures found love, support and friendship in each other! Since possums are nocturnal animals, Poss is usually asleep during the day, but her foster mummy is never too far out of sight. And at night, Molly’s owners often spot their beagle and its new best friend roaming around the property together.

Cute can’t get any more super than this!

Not convinced yet? Watch the following video:

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Wishing you all a heart warming week, with lots of time to spare with your friends ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about Poss and Molly’s story, please go here
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It’s been a while since I last posted a Heart Warmer, but trust me this one will make up for all the lost ones!

As Tim Curfman was taking his trash out on one of the most icy and slippery and snowy days in American history, his dog Midnight accompanied him. All of a sudden, Midnight started sniffing, perking up her ears, barking and eventually ran off. The dog behaved in a manner that was not like her normal self at all, according to Tim.

He followed his black Labrador and found her with his neighbour Noreen, an 87-year-old woman who had fallen into the snow, unable to get back up. Eventually, she’d spent over half an hour in the snow and if it hadn’t been for Midnight, she’d probably have died there!

Midnight called her owner to action and he went and got help from some other neighbours. Together, they managed to get Noreen out of her feeble position and back into the warmth and safety of her own home.

Us people have the tendency to feel superior to all other living things. But fact is that none of us could have smelled Noreen’s problems like Midnight did. If it wasn’t for this beautiful and alert dog, Noreen would not have made it out alive.

Plus, just look at that face! That in itself is pretty heart-warming, isn’t it? ❤

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this extraordinary animal and her selfless act of heroism, please go here