Dairy, yes only 15 more days till the 26!! I can’t wait!! I love CHRISTmas-celebrating the birth of my Savior. I hate all the commercialization and secularizing of what is suppose to be a holy day. THAT’S ALL I’M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT!!
Dairy, I’m so proud of my kids. We asked them what they wanted for CHRISTmas and Jamie said $20 would be fine and Kimber said whatever you want to get me. Those were good answers because we had already decided that we were taking care of our kids(and it was gonna be slim at that) and our parents and that’s all. If it was just my decision it would be just our kids but Lynn wanted to do a little something for our parents so she did. THAT’S ALL I’M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT!!
Dairy, me and Lynn(and occasionally the kids) have “gleaned” all summer. It’s an organization called The Society of Saint Andrew. It works like this, if a farmer has edible but not sellable produce due to size or just ugly then they call the SofSA and they organize volunteers and drivers to pick and deliver to other organizations that feed the hungry. We have picked strawberries, corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zucchini?, peaches, apples, pumpkins, turnips, parsnips, greens, watermelons and maybe some other stuff I can’t remember. We have taken stuff to a battered womens shelter and home for disabled adults, we also took some apples to some of the seniors in our community. It’s been a real blessing to be able to help meet a very basic need for others.
Because it’s all volunteers except for the coordinators it’s very, very cost efficient. We figured up one time that we put $34 of gas in the tank on the way to a gleaning and based on the current grocery store price me and Lynn alone picked about $300 worth of tomatoes. And when you gave 15+ people picking you are able to feed a lot of people. So it’s very good stewardship.
I’ve also gotten involved in being a field supervisor- you basically greet the gleaners, tell the first timers about the SofSA, and split the produce gleaned between the drivers who are delivering and estimate the weight(the farmers also get a tax credit) of what was picked, and send a report to the region coordinator. Since this is a CHIRSTian organiziation I also get an opportunity to briefly share my faith.
Dairy, have you ever heard of a budha hand? It’s a citron fruit that has a base and butt load of fingers sticking up in all directions. It’s yellow and smells like a real strong lemon. I’d never seen one before. There is a farmer who in addition to farming takes truck loads of produce that are headed to the grocery store and his employees sort through and throw out what is bad. There is a lot of stuff that is perfectly edible but not sellable. Here’s an example-they actually measure the diameter and length of cucumbers and other stuff and if it’s too big or too small they throw it out. He gives a lot of stuff to the SofSA. We went to sort butternut squash and he started bringing out all kinds of exotic fruits; there was the budha hand, bitter melon, ridashio?, chum soy or soy chum, and several other things I’d never seen or heard of. I think the coordinators send a lot of this stuff to a community of vietnam refugees. This is stuff they are use to and know what to do with.
Not only is it good stewardship and efficient but it is a very good picture of the body of CHRIST being one body but many members(that’s scriptural) with CHRIST as the head. It takes the farmers willing to share, the coordinators willing to do the organizing, the drivers, the gleaners, and the other agencies that the food is taken to. It’s a Methodist organization but I’m baptist, and have worked with presbyterians, catholics, and who knows what other denominations. I’ve worked side by side with 6 and 7 year olds and a World War Two veteran. I’ve worked with a man who was 5 weeks out of back surgery(he could not do much but did what he could to help others). I’ve worked with youth groups, retired school teachers, factory workers, even a minister or two.
It’s just been an awesome summer and we are starting to wind down but still picking greens and I’m already looking forward to next spring when it starts all over again. THAT’S ALL I’M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT!!
Dairy, just when I thought I was gonna get a break at work, my work leader finds out he has rectal cancer and will be out of work for a good long while. He’s gotten a good forecast for his chances of a complete recovery but It’ll probably be a while, so I get to do his job and mine while he’s out. It’s gonna be a rough haul but I’d rather face that than what he’s facing. He’s been out for a few weeks already and being a work leader is code for babysitting. I’m not getting caught up in the petty bickering of others. I’m not gonna ride the lazy guys or birddog break times or all that crap. The supervisor knows who does what and if he can’t or won’t deal with then I’m not going to. I’ll ask someone to do what needs to be done and tell them to work a particular order and even put the metal on the machine or table for them but if they don’t do what I ask or they slack off a whole lot I could care less. I’m not getting paid any extra and I’ll take a little extra stress but I’m not gonna get real stressed out over it. If the supervisor doesn’t like how I’m doing it he can wake up and get his tail out of the office and on the floor and run things himself. THAT’S ALL I’M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT!!
Well Dairy, I’ve been real long winded today, I’m sorry about about that. THAT’S ALL I’M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT!!
ISAIAH 53:5&11 BUT HE WAS WOUNDED AND CRUSHED FOR OUR SINS. HE WAS BEATEN THAT WE MIGHT HAVE PEACE. HE WAS WHIPPED, AND WE WERE HEALED! WHEN HE SEES ALL THAT IS ACCOMPLISHED BY HIS ANGUISH, HE WILL BE SATISFIED…
I AM VONSTEGALL AND YOU TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD; THAT’S LIFE!!