Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Operation Christmas Child

As a church Felida has been participating in this ministry for as long as it has been around. We started out by each family bringing in filled shoeboxes by a certain date to doing smallish packing parties where it was mostly just church family coming in to pack boxes together (assembly line style) to inviting friends and family which is where we are now. Each year gets a little bigger and better. I think we are getting good at this. The new thing for this year - Felida was the collection center for Southwest Washington and the surrounding areas. 

November 16-23 was that National Collection Week and Tom and I spent each evening of last week at the collection center with other people that also attend Felida. There were evenings that a different small group would come and serve for the evening. I got to take Saturday off as I would be there all day on Sunday. 

It was neat to see different groups bringing in filled boxes as well as families. We had one family that did over 200 boxes and worked on the "project" all year long. There was another woman who had worked at one of the processing centers and also packed over 200 boxes. While those numbers are impressive, what really excites me is the small families where a box is packed by each child - who specifically chooses the items for their special box and they each carry their box in to drop off.

Each kid marching in with their box

The family is gathered around to pray.

I also love real little ones bringing in their special box...

Such a serious face on this little one!

Each box that we receive is prayed over and we always invite the donors to pray with us, most do...but some don't, even though we still pray anyway. I like it when some people tell us just how many times the boxes have been prayed for...it's not like more pray is bad. When the trailer was filled a group of us went out and prayed there too! More IS better - it certainly doesn't hurt!

It's Tuesday now and the 2015 Operation Christmas Child activities are done, but we'll be at it again come January when we start collecting items for the next year's packing party! This is a year round thing for Felida and I want to make it a year round thing for myself...maybe packing my own boxes to bring in or collect, collect, collect for the packing party. 

We sure do love Operation Christmas Child - silliness abounds!

This was all part of one delivery that we received.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Community Garden

Another idea I have is to do a Community Garden - this is the start of that idea. This is Mary's garden space which is in a prime location behind our house and behind the shop. Her stuff is doing so well that I might have to "rotate" my garden to her garden space...hahaha...

Seriously though - one of the possibilities to my future biz might be to have plots available to those who want to grow their own food, but do not have the space to do so. I can think of about 15 households across the street from us - all newer homes that have almost no yards to do much of anything.

For now I am enjoying having a kindred spirit gardening on our property and keeping me excited about gardening!

Farmer Diva

This is our new old rototiller. I wanted to have a turn chewing up the earth with this bad boy...so Tom got me all set up and away I went. I wish I had a photo, but I did end up in the field...the tiller kind of got away from me...

After I was able to get Tom's attention he came over and got the tiller back into the garden.

That was the last mishap with the tiller. Actually that might have been the last time I let that thing pull me around the garden!

Future Goals

Well, 6 months have gone by since my last post...hmmm...if you are curious about what I'm doing with my time and what kinds of thought I've got go HERE.

Okay...so what have we been up to? This has been taking up some time...

Veggies from Seed (except for the zucchini)
A few moons ago we used to grow stuff...flowers, veggies and more flowers. At one time there were TONS of dahlias...

This was probably was 2003 maybe '04
Then I was diagnosed and lost a lot of interest in tending to the garden so things died out and I didn't feel the desire to plant anything. A few years ago I started to feel like maybe we could start growing stuff again - so I asked for some garden boxes go HERE.

So, here we are 7 years after getting those garden boxes built and I've got me a big ol' dream! Actually, I've been thinking up this dream for a while, but with all the frustration that I'm experiencing with my job and the idea of maybe retiring early, the dream is on a little bit of a fast track...or at least no longer just a thought. 

Until I can officially retire from my job - basically going "early" with a reduced benefit...I am figuring out how to grow stuff! What works...what doesn't. How to grow things in succession and not all at once. More than just growing veggies and flowers I'm thinking of other ways to make our property work for us...like maybe raising chickens and tending bees. I have a little understanding of how chickens work...so that will be fun to really learn how to take care of our own brood of layers. The bee thing will take some research and some work, but I think it would be a fun project. We have also thought about maybe little cows or possible a pig or two. We'll see - the possibilities are fun to think about.

For now I'm concentrating on veggies and flowers and sharing what extra produce with some friends. Now that I have a loose timeline in mind, I'm really enjoying getting out and tending to my little plants and checking out my dahlia sprouts (which are going slow) and just enjoying the outdoors.

Friday, January 30, 2015


Will it happen again?

Lombardi trophy #2

We'll find out this Sunday!