Whoever invented the twelve-month calendar was wise to give February only 28 days. They must have had an inkling it was going to be a cold, dreary month. But dreary or not, we think it’s a good month for getting things done. After all, there are fewer things going on in February.
For the craftspeople, it’s a good month for craft projects and restoration work. They would appreciate some double-sided tape, removable Scotch tape, and metallic gold and silver thread for card-making and needle crafts.
Aside from animal care and cutting firewood, February is a quiet time for the farmers. They send thanks for the recent rope donation, and now they need heavy-duty rain gear, large winter boots (size 10-14), chainsaw oil, and an old time wheel hoe with a large wheel.
For gardeners, too, February is a quiet month, but it’s not too early for checking out their supplies and preparing for spring. They need bone meal, blood meal, wetable sulfur for spraying apple trees, leaf rakes, and, of course, whiffle balls, which we mentioned last month in this column.
With the guidance of our nurses, so far, we have been faring well this winter. The health products you sent are an enormous help. Here is their current needs list: multivitamins with and without iron, wrist supports for the right hand, vitamin D (1000 mg), vitamin A 10,000 mg, and magnesium supplements.
The office staff depend on the donations you send for their bookkeeping and correspondence. They almost always need printer and computer paper (good or good-on-one-side). They are now also looking for a couple of desk area floor protectors for their rolling chairs. And here’s a more high-tech request: can you send a 1- or 2- gigabyte flash drive?
Our laundress sent an S.O.S. for spray starch. We don’t use it much, but it’s required for certain kinds of chapel linen. She is also running low on Sunlight or Fels Naphtha laundry bar-soap. Can you send a few bars?
Renée Sylvain, the head cook, is very grateful for the plastic containers you sent, which are very handy for storing small amounts of leftovers, etc. The kitchen could also use some pastry brushes; the ones they have are getting bald.
Then there is a place on our grounds that would be safer if we had an outside motion detector light. Does anyone have one to spare?
Two final items that we would like to beg for are Murphy’s oil soap and rubber entrance mats. Any kind of rubber or rubber-backed mats would serve the purpose.
Dear friends, thank you for your continued generosity. We, on our part, continue to pray for you every day. We ask God, our Father, to safeguard you and to give you every grace you need.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2010)
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