I finished my volunteer orientation and training for Ten Thousand Villages and will begin volunteering next week. I have a schedule of one-day-a-week at various times of the day, some in the morning, some in the afternoon, and a few in the evening. I think that it will be interesting and rewarding to volunteer at this non-profit Fair Trade shop because of the wonderful merchandise, one of which is an urn shown above.
Friday, April 30, 2010
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
I wondered if I should caption this as "neighborhood oddities," but decided against it because I don't consider Jim, Olivia, and Maggi at all odd. They were very good companions on my walk. We did discover, however, that some of our neighbors have found unusual ways to decorate trees and lawns, of which two examples appear here.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
On Saturday I had my second training session to be a volunteer in a fair trade shop called Ten Thousand Villages, which, incidentally, has stores all over the country. It'll be a bit of a challenge to keep my own purchases within reasonable limits since I like much of the merchandise: clothing, purses, jewelry, home furnishings, books, toys, cookware, and much more. If you have a store within your shopping area, I encourage you to patronize it since it offers customers quality merchandise and gives artisans in Third World Countries an outlet for their crafts that helps them reach economic independence. The support and guidance that the men and women receive from this non-profit and well-established organization is unique and highly beneficial.
There are over 100 volunteers who are well-trained in the St. Paul office alone. I've signed up for sales, volunteer training, school visitor and educator, and book club facilitator. That should keep me busy and out of trouble! If you are in the St. Paul area, stop by and, if we're both lucky, I'll be there!
PS. Don't you think the wrap will look great with my new Santa Fe red cowboy boots?
Friday, April 16, 2010
“April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees.”
E. Y. Harburg quotes (American Lyricist, Librettist and Song Writer, 1896-1981)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Monday, April 12, 2010
One thing I missed while I was wintering in Santa Fe, New Mexico was the cheese department in Lund's grocery store. Santa Fe now has Whole Foods and Trader Joe's but no Byerlys or Lunds. Growing up in Wisconsin, cheese is a staple.
“Washington, DC is to lying what Wisconsin is to cheese.”
Dennis Miller (American Comedian and Actor, b.1953)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Maggi is our 9-year-old dog and Lexie is approximately 1-year-old. Can you tell which is which? (Not fair if you know which one is Maggi from a former post!).
This year we decided to drive to our winter destination, and we took Maggi with us. Our son who lives in and takes care of our house while we are gone was so lonesome that he got a dog for himself! As a kid and young adult, he brought many animals home with whom we ended up, of course. Despite now being a mature adult, I wonder how this would work out. As predicted, guess who's dog-sitting tonight?!
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Friday, April 09, 2010
We finally arrived home after two wonderful months in Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you missed some of my posts from that city, you might want to check here. Our trip home was almost as exciting as our visit. For two days we encountered incredible crosswinds in New Mexico, Colorado, and Nebraska with signs warning high profile vehicles to "be cautious!" (Whatever that means!) Apparently there were a few trucks we passed that weren't cautious enough! The wind actually drowned out conversation, and it made passing trucks on the interstate a true adventure. Glad to be home but already miss the Southwest. I really should live there!