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The 6th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk coincides this year with the last day of the St. William's Fall Rummage Sale. It's the best of both worlds. Best time to save big money on household items during Saturday's "fill a bag" sale, and the walk is the best way to help us help the needy. No longer will you have to wonder what to do with all that $$ you'll be saving at the semi-annual rummage sale. We have just the thing, and it's always a perfect fit!
For 14 years the Thursday before Thanksgiving has itself been something to be thankful for. It's one night of the year when generous individuals and companies get together to help Waukesha County's less fortunate. Through bidding and donations, Waukesha's Hope Center benefits from near-capacity crowds at the Annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction.
So busy at work Friday and the next couple weeks. Always busy at end of month, but this time we were short one key person who's also on vacation first half of October.
I don't always have time to give thanks... if I even knew how to give thanks. There's much to be thankful for this time of year, and always. We live in a great city in a great county in a great state... We're clothed and fed; safe and warm; not wealthy, but somewhat healthy. So many to thank. When was the last time you thanked a farmer or textile worker? We don't spend a lot of time on what we take for granted, but without them? Where would we be without not only doctors, teachers, service men and women, police and firefighters, but construction workers, employers, volunteers, foodservice industry persons, truckers, lawyers?
At first I debated even putting up the canopy. The sky looked great out to the west from which we get most of our weather. After we finally erected the canopy over the tables of food the dark sky to the east continued to spread out in our direction, but I remained optimistic. We even took time to do lots of chalk drawings on the pavement, figuring they'd probably be there a while.
I'm not the only one who thinks the annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk should be renamed The Roy Thater Memorial Walk for the Poor. Not only was Roy known to put on many miles walking the neighborhoods, to church and Christina's, but there's nothing Roy wouldn't have done for the poor, or for any neighbor for that matter. Roy was a huge inspiration with his dedication to the poor through volunteering at the St. Vincent store and his many years of service to the needy through the St. William conference of St. Vincent.
Haven't hopped down the bloggin' trail lately. Last couple weeks have been more notable for what I didn't do than what I've done.
So much to blog about don't know where to start. Such a busy Saturday I had to write it down to keep track. Waukesha Farmers' Market opened at 8:00 and the bank at 8:30. Grand opening of the new St. Vincent store on Sunset at 9:00 and the Waukesha County Food Pantry where I was helping opens at 9:30. Worked till 11:30 at the Pantry and a birthday party for my young niece and nephew was at noon. Art Crawl started at 4:00 but I had time for a nap before heading down around 7:00.
It was Mom's answer to "What can I do" when I was a young lad. I often asked the question when no brothers were around to play with. I thought she was a little strange. It shut me up. Didn't realize until years later she was just messing with me by rhyming.
It was one of those days where I wouldn't have had time to work even if I wanted to. Fortunately everything went well and nothing was forgotten.
Being unemployed has kept me pretty busy. I helped with two hot air flights yesterday, Friday. The morning flight was the couple's 22nd wedding anniversary. Great timing for a great time. So happy to have shared the occasion with them.
If you were bored, then I really feel sorry for you. Seems the only things not going on this last weekend were an Art Crawl and the County Fair. Even the weather was interesting.
The bad news is I lost my job of 24 years.
It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.