The poet, Mary Oliver, begins one of her poems this way: "Always there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude."
About glory we could tell you about the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. About gratitude, it is always there in our hearts when we think of you, our friends and benefactors, who contribute so much to our life. Each month we are amazed and grateful for all the ways you respond to our needs.
This month we have some unusual requests from our craftspeople. They need alum (aluminum ammonium sulfate) for dying wool, and the following supplies for encaustic painting: refined beeswax, Damar resin, pigments, and a heat lamp.
The office staff thank you for the donation of paper and envelopes that have come to us over the past few months.
These days, the office is well-stocked except for the following items:#10 security envelopes, ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, Scotch tape of all types (including refills for dispensers), desk top and drawer organizers, and letter openers. And please keep them in mind for 2013 calendars.
The Restoration office would appreciate some Tyvek 9 x 12 envelopes for mailing multiple copies of our newspaper to various places around the world.
Cana Colony, our camp for families, needs fishing poles and reels. The closed type that doesn’t get tangled in young hands would be best.
Renée Sylvain, the head cook, sends her thanks for the silverware, strainers, chopping knives, measuring cups, and food processors that she received and has already put to good use.
This time she is asking for timers (especially digital ones), and rubber spatulas (mainly the kind that works well for canning jars).
Mary Davis, our head gardener, needs to replenish some of the supplies she needs for the apple orchards and berry patches: blood meal, bone meal, apple-size balls, and Tangle Trap (a sticky substance used to coat the red balls), and shiny tape (which she hangs in streamers to keep birds away from the berry patches).
Kate O’Donnell, who is the head of the cleaning department (including toiletry supplies), is very happy to have the manual carpet sweepers that were donated. (For some places, low-tech works best.) This time she needs toothpaste (75 ml and up), razors, men’s shaving cream, and rubber gloves (M-L).
The nurses need to stock up on Extra Strength Tylenol (or the generic equivalent), halibut oil capsules, and lubricating eye drops.
We’ve never begged in this column before for our valiant beekeepers, but this month they have a request: a roll of Tuck tape (not duct tape). This type of tape is very sticky and is extremely useful for taping up the hive boxes for winter storage.
The farmers will soon be cutting wood for our stoves. They are asking for chainsaw bar oil and rubber bungee cords.
Our final requests come from the laundry. They need stain removers such as Shout or Oxy, zippered pillow covers, and yellow Sunlight bar soap for stain removal.
As we, along with the Holy Father, enter into the Year of Faith, let us give thanks for our bond in God’s love. And let us continue to pray for one another.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (October 2012)
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