Two weeks ago Charlie had knee surgery with complications so he’s been limping around. I was taken down with a headache producing sinus condition. We’ll both be fine but for now are sluggishly trying to snap back into action.
Our plans for the weekend are not very exciting. Saturday morning we’re heading to a funeral where Charlie is the musician.
I’m hoping to get just one task finished of the many we have in the works. Perhaps I can remove the wallpaper in the pink bathroom. Or continue to remove the tiles in there. The ceiling needs to be wiped down and painted. I also want to buy tile adhesive and measure the room up for new wallpaper. Any one of these items would be happily checked off the list.
In the late afternoon we have a casual church service at which Charlie is also the musician.
Then I have signed us up at the National Wildlife Center (#11 on my 101 in 1001) for a night hike to observe bats. I’m hoping Charlie will be in shape for a hike but his leg might be too tired due to 2+ hours of piano playing. He stomps his foot a lot and feels it adds to the general distress he feels in his leg.
Finally we’re picking up my friend who lives in The Cottage from her week away in the tropics on a mission trip.
That’s a full day which doesn’t promise to be too productive.
Charlie, my friend from the Cottage, and I hosted a party with a goal to cut out 25 pairs of denim shoes and donate them and other supplies to “Sole Hope“, which removes parasitic jiggers from children’s feet and provides shoes and paid work for adults in Uganda.
I ordered a kit from “Sole Hope” which includes a DVD about cutting the shoes, an instruction booklet, a paper pattern for one size of shoe, book marks, and a few other items.
I made stiff templates for the paper pattern pieces in advance. My friend and I also cut out a few pairs of shoes before the party to see how the process would go so we could be helpful to people attending the party. My friend cut stiff plastic heel pieces from old milk jugs to save cutting time and confusion at the party.
Everyone was sent an invitation which listed ways to get involved with Sole Hope so in addition to shoe cutters some folks who could not attend sent other supplies on the list and donated money. This is a good party invitation to send to ALL your friends — different people help in different ways.
As the party got underway we watched the instructional video then people started tracing pattern pieces on the jeans they brought.
When the tracing and cutting started the house became very quiet. Ultimately though there was a lot of chit chat and some sing-alongs while Charlie played the piano. The hosts helped answer questions and made sure each pair of shoes was top quality.
Charlie served beverages and, after cutting a pair of shoes, the cobblers were invited to have something to eat.
Then we sent them right back to work.
Our goal was 25 pairs and our actual production was 40 pairs.
Added bonus: one of the party goers plans to have another party in the spring with an entirely different constituency. Woo hoo!
In one month from today Charlie, my friend from the Cottage, and I will be hosting a party.
Unlike anything I’ve ever done before we will have a purpose to our get-together other than social interaction. We’re planning a “Sole Hope” party.
I’ll be using my old pile of saved jeans to cut out tops for shoes that will then be assembled and distributed in Uganda.
Our goal is to cut out 25 pairs of denim shoes and donate them and other supplies to “Sole Hope“, which removes parasitic jiggers from children’s feet and provide shoes and paid work for adults in Uganda.
I have designed an explanatory invitation which I am giving to friends who will come on a Saturday afternoon to turn The Glade into a shoe-cutting factory.
This week started off busy and is slated to continue that way.
Yesterday I sold our old tennis racquets for $15 after listing them on Craigslist. It was a bargain and the buyer arrived in a Lincoln. I gave her a 2-hour window and of course she arrived at the end of the window.
I’ve rearranged the furniture in the conservatory so 10 of us can fit in this room to discuss To Kill a Mocking Bird.
I told Charlie he has to clear out his stuff from the conservatory floor.
I also asked him “very nicely” to put an air conditioner in the window in the corner. Generally the house stays at a comfortable temperature but we’re expecting hot and humid days and some of my guests suffer from over heating.
Then on Friday we’re hosting a screening of Young @ Heart for my choir. This is also happening in the conservatory.
I invited 19 people but am realistically expecting 10 to 12. We’ll move the coffee table out of the room (under the dining room table) and set up chairs facing the television.
Yesterday when I got home from work Charlie told me about an attractive young lady who was walking around our neighborhood soliciting business for a pest control company.
This immediately sounded suspicious to me for a number of reasons:
the houses are far apart in our neighborhood,
the properties are surrounded by woods,
I had never heard of pest control companies soliciting by door-to-door sales,
she didn’t have a business card.
she said worked for a local company but gave a Utah phone number.
I emailed these details to others in our neighborhood association and found that the girl (yes, I know her name) had stopped at other houses and was chatty even after being told her services were not necessary.
Our house is set up such that the entire first floor is visible from everywhere else in the house. So the notion of letting someone in the front door then going into the kitchen and another person letting himself in unseen is not possible.
Not all scammers are rough looking, dirty, missing teeth, speak poor English — the ones that hit the big time are often just the opposite.
Since I have no intention of using a cold solicitation for any service in or around my home I did no more research. A neighbor, however, did his own research and made some phone calls which led him to believe this was a legitimate encounter. This time.