"Autumn is a second Spring...when every leaf is a flower"
I have been very busy. Some weeks ago I joined forces with Jan Kerbo. Jan is one of those humble women that works hard and does so much....and she does so much for others. Jan is a 'coupon queen', using most of her 'couponing skills' to buy things for charity.
One day she was talking about the Women's Safety and Resource Center, a place where women in distress can find safe heaven. I had contributed canned goods and quilts to the center before, but when I heard that Jan was trying to fill 150 bags with toiletries and items for women that arrive to the shelter with nothing, I committed to making all the bags. I felt the project was worth the time and effort. We women must support and protect each other.
The newspaper wrote an article about what we were about to do and the donations came pouring!
|Jan Kerbo and I, working on the Bless Your Heart Bags|
You may read the newspaper article on the following link:
The community response to the article was outstanding! My store has been filled with the generosity of human beings! Jan, the Soroptimists and I have filled many bags, and next Tuesday, I have enlisted my women's PEO CZ chapter to finish the job and present the Womens Safety and Resource Center with a total of 150 + filled Bless Your Heart Bags.
Why the name "Bless Your Heart"? Simple...bless your heart for helping fill these bags!!!
And we have not "just filled the bags"....our friend Linda made over 100 lavender sachets....what a lovely, human touch! Imagine, this goes beyond being a charitable donation...these lovely touches turn the bags into a gift!
|Soroptimist women gather around a table to fill the bags.|
|Jan (center) labeled each box with information... 'take one toothpaste', take 4 hair-ties'.... she is extremely organized!|
|Delightful Lavender sachets, decorated with hearts!!!|
|And the pile grew....|
I had some friends travel from all over the US to spend a week in Bandon this summer...they heard about the bag project and those who drove, brought with them loads of goodies and toiletries...others purchased them when they arrived and some gave cash donations.... women helping women.....from everywhere!
Some humans have brought yards of fabrics, and washcloths tied with ribbons. Men have come to my store asking for a dolly to go and unload their trucks filled with donations..... what an awesome project!
And on the sidelines, I have been able to provide translation services to the shelter. I spent a morning at the court with a family that needed assistance....and the Women's Safety and Resource Center volunteer should have wings....she played with the children the entire morning, with a huge smile on her face while Mom took care of paperwork....God bless her!!!
And on other news:
On the long arm quilter:
I am in the process of quilting a beautiful Mariner's Compass quilt pieced by my sister in law for her daughter's wedding. It is big, and lovely and she put so much work on this art-piece.
I will only post one picture until I get the 'OK' to do more... :)
And I went on a quick trip to San Francisco to the Chilean Consulate. It is the ONLY place where I can renew my Chilean Passport. It makes for such an expensive and difficult transaction. I left in the morning from Portland, Oregon, and was back in the early afternoon. I would love to spend time in San Francisco. There is so much to see and interesting people to watch. The Chilean Consulate is on Powell St, right where the Cable Car turns around. I love that part of town, it reminds me of Chile. I have become proficient at taking the BART from the San Francisco International airport and finding my way to Powell Station, then taking BART back. This time, there was some kind of a brawl at the entrance to the station and a police man came and offered to do the transaction and buy my ticket...I was so impressed. He said..."you look like you are from out of town"....I wonder what gave me away...the lost look on my face? My "cough
cough age"? The
fact that I carried a big purse without hugging it with both arms??? ...
"You have to be very cautious around here, let me help you"....and so
he did! Then he escorted me to the entrance to the station and wished me
safe travels....GO SAN FRANCISCO POLICE!!!
|"To be where little cable cars, climb halfway to the stars |
The morning fog may chill the air....."
|A choir of pigeons at the entrance of the BART station|
And...husband celebrated his 60th birthday... (yes... I am older than him...) He received a computer, courtesy of his girls, and a canoe trip, courtesy of his boy...and his 7 year old grandaughter made him a 'manly computer bag' all by herself! He uses it everyday, and is so proud of it!
|Happy Birthday, to you.....|
|Can you feel the love???|
|Isn't it cute????|
|Let's try it on!|
|Fits perfectly!!! One of a kind!!!!|
And Fall is making its arrival....you know the name of this blog..."A Maria kind of Day"....as some humans become energized with the arrival of Spring and Summer, this human becomes energized with the arrival of Fall and Winter....Lovely sights signal the impending arrival of Autumn...
|Windchimes swaying in the chilled Autumn breeze|
|The last of Joe's most delicious garden tomatoes...|
|The grape vine and kiwi branches looking for more sun....|
|Grapes that never made it to the table... too cold....|
And some strange things begin to appear in my house....some destined to travel 1000's of miles where some special children will enjoy them!
Happy ~Maria kind of Day~ to all....