Sorry I haven’t written more or sooner; it’s been a rather rushed week or more. The Ghana Project afghans are going out tomorrow (34 completed this trip!) and I’ve been hurriedly trying to get them all done and packaged. I made the drive (1/2 hour one way) to deliver them last Friday, only to find that the doctor’s office was closed (early for the holidays, I’m guessing), so now I will have to make another trip tomorrow. The ‘good’ thing about that is that the head nurse who takes these to Ghana will be stopping by at the office to collect them tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll get a chance to say Hi. She has retired from working at this doctor’s office and now devotes her time fully to the care, organization, implementation, etc. of all things having to do with the Orthofocos (see web site) trips to Ghana, so catching up with her is kind of a treat as she’s one BUSY lady! I spent part of last week trying to just FIND her! She was in Michigan, then back to New York, then in between…thank heavens for email!
Along with all the afghan organizing has been another of my ‘pet projects’: Campbell’s Soup “Labels for Education” program for my special needs group. For at least 8-9 years we have been saving labels in hopes of earning a 17 passenger minivan. Let me ‘fill in the blanks’ a little here: Campbell’s company has a wonderful program for groups to be able to earn items by sending in soup labels. The total label value for the minivan originally (back 8-9 years ago) was 1,400,000. It has since grown in required labels and also shrunk the mini van to a 7 passenger. Needed labels now? 1,600,000. Yes, you read that right: One Million, Six HUNDRED THOUSAND labels! Where is my group in relation to all that? Oh we’re somewhere around 36,000 labels saved. We are a small group and I’m (once again) the only one organizing the project. It was decided that, at this rate, we’re not going to be meeting our goal anytime in the near future (and, our need for this van has diminished, as well). Therefore, it was decided that this will be the LAST shipment of labels and we will view their on-line catalog to see what items we COULD use for the group, instead. I say all that to end up with: I’ve been knee-deep in label cutting for the past 2 days! I’m guessing we have, this time, somewhere around 800 labels to mail in. I don’t mind doing this, but recently Campbell’s has changed their policy on what is ‘needed’ to be sent in. In the past it was only the FRONT of the label, now they only want the UPCs. Do you know how hard it is to count little tiny UPCs? They’re light-weight and tend to either stick to each other or blow off the table! Frustrating….(could be why I’ve kind of dragged my heels on the counting part); I’ve reserved that for later today (oh, joy!). (grand total of count: 2,599)
Labels and afghans-both needed counting…is that telling me something? Who knows……
Well friends, it’s Memorial Day! That usually means cooking or grilling out for most people. In a few minutes I have to drive my middle son to his job then join lots of other folk who decided it’s a day to go GROCERY shopping! (another oh, joy!). IF I have the energy after that, I ‘might’ make potato salad to go along with the steak I’d planned on grilling…maybe…maybe not, we’ll see.
Enjoy your holiday today and remember to THANK A VET for what they’ve done for our country, our freedom and our liberty. That also counts for young men and women who are currently serving our country; thanks is a small price to pay for all they’ve done for us.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!