Posted November 29, 2013 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2013)

What do we do after the summer programs, harvesting and food processing are over? Well, for a short time, we do slow down, and among other things, we do the follow-up jobs, such as storing the outdoor antiques at the museum and "putting the gardens to bed."

And do the basic preparations for winter. So, with basic things in mind, we turn to the needs of each department of our large family.

Cana Colony is already looking ahead to next summer. They are asking for coloring books for those rainy days, and for bread boxes.

The men are asking for flashlights, especially small ones; double-A and triple-A batteries; and waterproof winter gloves. And the farm needs a cream separator and medium-size chain for gates.

Thank you for the Scotch tape. We now have enough of all types to meet our needs, but we continue to need pens and #10 security envelopes. And please think of us when you receive 2014 calendars that you don’t need.

The laundress and her helpers would be happy to receive metal or plastic clothesline protectors for their heavy loads. They also need stain removers and sweater shavers for removing pills and lint from garments.

St. Raphael’s handicraft center sends a heartfelt thank you for the Sharpie markers and glue sticks you sent. This time they have only two requests: wet oasis for flower arrangements and duct tape.

The cleaning department, on the other hand, has a number of needs: manual carpet sweepers and upright vacuum cleaners, 12 and 8-inch window squeegees, Murphy’s Wood Soap for our wood floors, long-handled bottle brushes, scratch pads for scrubbing pots, and tooth paste.

The gift shop sends you many thanks for the vintage jewelry you sent. It sold like the proverbial hotcakes. Another thing that sold well is chess sets. We’d love to have more to sell for Christmas.

If anyone has an old-fashioned black jeweler’s loupe, we would certainly put it to good use.

We could use other magnifying glasses as well, and pocket knives. Boys love them and we are completely sold out.

If you have any egg cups gathering dust, we could sell them, as well as old interesting bottle openers.

Do you have any silver or gold-filled chains that you never wear? Even knotted ones? We’d be glad to unknot them and use them for the medals, crosses, and pendants we have in stock.

And last, but most definitely not least, here are the requests from our nurses: hand sanitizer, vitamin C, Band-Aids, Extra-Strength Tylenol, night-time cold medications, and aspirin.

Once again we thank you for all the things you sent us, but even if you are not able to send us anything, there’s one thing you can always give us, and that is your prayers. We need them in order to remain faithful to our calling. We, in our turn, carry you in ours, and we present your needs at our daily Masses.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (November 2013)


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