Spring! Never has that season been so welcome. It was a long, cold winter with lots of snow, which, as of this writing, is still not gone. We will be so glad to see the land filled with warmth and new life.
By the time you receive this paper, the farm will be humming with activity and excitement. Some seeds will already be sown in the fields, and the greenhouse will be a nursery of thriving lettuce. The farmers are asking for summer hats (the kind with brims), rain gutter material, paint for cement floors, axe handles, and nylon rope—¼ inch, 3/8 inch, and ½ inch thick.
The earth, well watered with the snow and rain, will also have to be restored with bone meal, blood meal, and lime. The gardeners would be happy if you would provide some of these old-time soil builders.
Ralph Edelbrock, the circulation manager for this newspaper, wants to thank all of you who donated 9 x 12 envelopes. Since, except for the summer months, mailing out Restoration is a monthly affair, he needs 9 x 12 envelopes on a regular basis and would welcome any amount you can send.
Our general office needs are fairly simple: #10 envelopes, 8 ½ x 11 white paper, and scotch tape.
This past winter a number of groups have enjoyed looking at our Madonna House history in slides. For in 1965 Catherine Doherty began a massive project: slide shows of our history with her accompanying audio commentary.
The original cavalcade machine to view these slides is now obsolete. So we have switched to Kodak Carousel Slide Projectors (#4600), and we need two more of these as well as replacement bulbs (FHS 300 watt max).
Our archivist has been transferring the audio portion of this slide show from reel-to-reel tapes to compact discs, so any CD recordables would also be helpful. The archives department also needs inkjet photographic paper for printing photos for displays.
As beautiful as the spring weather is outside, we still have lots of cleaning to do inside. Can you help those who maintain the household by sending bottle brushes, large rubber-backed mats (approx. 3 ft. x 2 ft.) for kitchen entrances, and toothpaste? For cleaning our wood-burning cook stoves, we would be thrilled to receive some grill bricks and a long handled barbeque type metal brush with a scraper on the end.
Winter’s small ailments have depleted our vitamin and medicine supplies. So the nurses need vitamin C (500 mg.), vitamin D (400 mg.), calcium (500 mg.), cold sore treatment, regular size band-aids, antacids, Vicks Vapor Rub, and heavy mineral oil.
And here are a few small requests from three different departments: The laundry needs hankies, especially women’s. The handicraft staff are asking for glue sticks and rubber cement. And the Shipping and Receiving Department is putting out a plea for dust masks and twine for bundling up cardboard going to recycling.
Well, that about sums up our current material needs. What we would like to ask you for most especially is your prayers for our community. Pray that each of us live the spirit of our foundress and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us also pray that the earth yield its bounty in the months ahead so that we can give to others as you give to us.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (May-June 2005)
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