Posted October 29, 2008 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2008)

In the last week of our summer program, we focused on Our Lady, and on the feast of the Assumption, we celebrated her profusely and lavishly. In October, when you will be reading this newspaper, we will be reflecting with her on the mysteries of the rosary.

At this time of year, early autumn, the farm, gardens and food processing are probably our busiest departments. They are asking for women-size rubber garden boots, men’s coveralls, bonemeal, and a food quality ph meter.

The nurses are grateful for the many vitamin supplements you sent and for the good supply of Band-Aids. Thank you! At this time, they need cough drops, cough medicine (both DM and expectorant), heavy mineral oil, and any kind of treatment for athlete’s foot.

The women in the gift shop have an unusual request. They have an incomplete set of silver-plate flatware they are hoping to sell—Bridal Wreath pattern made by Tudor Plate in the 1950’s.

The problem is that the set is missing 2 dinner forks, 7 dessert forks, 3 soup spoons, and the serving pieces. Do any of you happen to have any of these that you could send? Or silver-plate pie lifters, salad tongs, and candelabras? These are popular items these days.

Our Cana Colony summer program for families was a huge success this year. The couples say, "We need this more than ever." Next summer Cana will need a few adult-size life jackets, a playpen, and white cardboard (at least 10" x 12") to make signs for the cook shacks.

With close to 150 of us living here at any given time—staff applicants, visitors—we have lots of beds. Could you help us by sending any single-bed bedspreads and mattress covers that you are no longer using?

The mice are trying to move in with us for the winter. Can you send us any of those regular old-fashioned wooden mouse traps?

The staff in our archives have been steadily organizing Catherine’s writings for the historical commission working on her cause. Can any of you send them archival-quality 3-hole polypropylene sheet protectors for 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper (preferably the side-loading type)?

With much of the summer work over, St. Raphael’s Handicraft Center is gearing up for craft work. They need paints (in tubes) and paper for watercolor painting, drawing pencils (4B, 6B, 8B, 9B), acrylic paints (storm blue, cobalt blue, and manganese blue), and card stock (all colors).

They are also still asking for rug warp so they can weave rungs to sell in the shop. Lastly, some Tacky would be very helpful.

Our Restoration office needs envelopes (9 x 12 or 9 x 15) for mailing out bundles of our newspaper. They could also use a metric postal scale with a tare/zero feature for weighing large envelopes up to 5 kg.

Our more general office needs are #10 white envelopes, 8 ½ x 11 white paper, white-out correction fluid, and ball point pens.

Last but not least, MH Publications is asking for CD jewel cases, new or used.

In this Pauline year, let us keep ourselves open to all St. Paul has passed on to us. And let us give thanks for all that we are to each other and for our bond in Our Lady’s love. Each day we pray for your intentions in our liturgies.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (October 2008)


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