10/24/2013 1:02:00 PM Outerwear Fair to begin this week;
I have found a new motto to live by
This is your last weekend to take in the Chisago City's Ojiketa Haunt. If you dare, you are invited to come walk the haunted trails and maneuver through haunted houses. The setting is Ojiketa Regional Park, which at night can be pretty spooky any time of the year. They are really urging food donations for the local food shelf, so please look in your pantry for some non-perishable foods to donate.
Beginning today, the doors will open for the annual Kids Outerwear Fair at Trinity in Lindstrom. distribution of coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, scarves, blankets and more will start at 3 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. If your family is having a tough go of it lately and your children could use some warm clothes, please, please come to the fair. There will be no questions asked, no judgmental looks, just a whole lot of love and assistance. Thank you so much for all of the donations to the kids outerwear fair and to the Chisago/Pine County homeless shelter. I will now have made my sixth trip to the shelter thanks to you. If you think I am just driving a bag or two of clothes, think again. My car is packed to the ceiling in all of the seats as well as the trunk. I was assured once again this week that every item donated stays with the shelter, meaning they do not take extra clothes and sell them. If you could see their eyes when I make a drop off, it is like we are donating to their own family.
Sorry to get so wordy, but I do want you to know just how much it is appreciated. I heard a wonderful saying this week. One that we can all live by. It's simple but relevant to each one of us. It goes like this: "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are". I love it. Can you believe that Wild Mountain has opened a few runs already? I thought (hoped) to prolong the fall, but it looks more and more like we will have a long cold winter. Not much we can do but embrace it.
Remember tonight at the High School, there is a Future Walk presentation. I highly urge you to come to the lecture hall (in the front) at 7 p.m. to hear from a businessman from New Richmond, who had a vision. That vision was embraced by the community and has thus translated into a vibrant, economically strong community. It was a joint venture with businesses and residents, and it worked great. I hope to see you there.
My family had a few days off with MEA last week, so we decided to pack up and head to Iowa. My grandmothers both live in the same town, so it makes a visit that much easier. As many times as I have written about how I detest new technology such as iPods, they have become accepted if not encouraged on our travels. It occupies the kids and somehow keeps them from getting hungry.
We got to Iowa safely (what were going to do, hit a cornfield?) and checked into our hotel. It's easier than having my grandmother go up and down the stairs (she is 95 after all). After we had dinner, we decided to go back to the hotel, Gram had a honey do list as long as my arm, so I needed my rest. We headed to the pool at our luxury hotel (Super 8) and the kids were pumped that the pool was empty. They swam and were having a good time, when a couple of men came in to use the hot tub. They were friendly men, but as I watched my kids their eyes were fixed on one of the men. Later, I asked them why they were so fixated on that one man, they told us he had tattoos. What's the big deal? Lots of people have tattoos including myself. They were very reluctant to tell me but eventually they said he had the f word on one set of knuckles and you! on the other set of knuckles. Perfect. I told the kids that was their reading lesson for the day...Iowa lets all kinds in.