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Sunday Night Supper

Last Sunday, Ed and I volunteered for the Sunday Night Supper, which is at a local church for people in need. This church is in a prosperous suburb of Chicago; and yet, there is definitely a need to provide food for people who are just scraping by and perhaps are even homeless.

Our group of volunteers provided the food and servers that night. I was assigned to a drink cart with two other woman; an assignment I thought would be an easy gig. We had six tables with 8 people at each table in our section, and we offered them apple juice, coffee, water and milk. Some of them wanted just apple juice, some wanted apple juice and milk, and some wanted everything. So we were kept very busy pouring drinks! Not only that, but most of them wanted refills throughout their meal of bratwurst, German potato salad and a hot apple compote. (Someone later told me that they loved the food we served, since many of the groups bring pasta since it is easy to make, and they get tired of it!)

It seemed that the same people come most Sundays; they are friends, and save room at the table for latecomers. The meal is over by 7:00, though, so you can’t be too late!

Back at the drink cart, if we ran out of apple juice, the person whose glass I was refilling would look concerned. No need to be, however. There was plenty of apple juice back in the kitchen. It seemed to me that our guests were stocking up on calories; the food and drinks we were providing may have been the most substantial and nutritious meal they would get that week. Altogether, about 96 people came to the Sunday Supper.

On the way out, however, they all received “goody bags” of fresh vegetable and some cookies, donated by a local grocery store.

Would I volunteer to pour drinks again on another Sunday?

That would be a yes!

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10,000 Steps Per Day

Today was Day 3 of my challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day. So far, I’ve been able to get those steps in every day! I took advantage of the beautiful fall day we had here and walked to the gym this morning to get some stepping done on the treadmill. It’s a bit chilly outside, but the fall colors are beautiful this year. Ed and I also took an extra long walk last night to get some of my steps in. Ten thousand steps take a surprisingly long time to walk! However, I have to admit that when I fold laundry, my Fitbit thinks I’m taking steps. Don’t take that away from me–it totally counts!

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NaBloPoMo No Longer Exists…

and last year I totally bombed NaBloPoMo, with a total of 8 out of 30 posts actually published. It was my worst NaBloPoMo ever. Plus, BlogHer has given up on NaBloPoMo, so no official group is getting together to write daily in November. If you are writing for NaBloPoMo on your own, leave a comment and I’ll visit your blog and give you some comment love!

I am always up for a challenge, however, so here we go again! Let’s see how I do for NaBloPoMo 2018.

Speaking of challenges, I’m also attempting another November challenge that I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish. At the urging of the managers at my gym, I’m going to attempt to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole month. I am really going to have to focus on this challenge to get it done! I rarely walk 10,000 steps a day, so here goes nothing.

In other news, I am no longer a preschool teacher. Yes, after 8 years of doing something that I completely loved, I switched jobs. I want to get back into elementary school teaching, and a good way to do that is to substitute teach. So now I’m a “guest teacher” in a suburb next to mine. So far, it has been going really well, even though substitute teaching is outside my comfort zone! But going from school to school has been easier than I thought, especially because all the school secretaries are amazing! They are so friendly and helpful that my school year has been off to a great start!

I have a half-day job this afternoon, in a 4th grade classroom. Perfect for the day after Halloween!

In order to get these 30 posts written this November, my goal is to not obsess about my writing, so I’m writing this quickly and then hitting “Publish.” And that’s how it’s going to be!

NaBloPoMo, November 2018

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Black Cat or Bloody Girl

For the past couple of years, my youngest daughter has had to have two different costumes for Halloween. I do not know how this happened, but somehow she has been obsessed with being something scary and bloody. Of course, her elementary school doesn’t allow bloody costumes, so she decides on one safe costume for the school parade, and then makes herself all gory for trick-or-treating.

Halloween 2016

She has been spending weeks practicing her bloody scar makeup to get it realistic, and she cut up a shirt and painted it with “blood.”

The school costume, however, does not receive as much preparation. Two nights before Halloween, she was going to wear a smock and make a palette and be an artist for the Halloween parade. The night before Halloween, she decided to be a black cat. She found a big, fat pipe cleaner to be her tail, dressed all in black, and the next morning had me make her hair into two buns to be her ears.

 

As soon as she got home from school, with a little school glue, makeup and fake blood, she transformed into something else….

One of the other moms in our trick-or-treating group even asked me if she really hurt herself!

Fortunately, her wounds washed off later that night!

Linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop here:  I Was Right

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Knit Knot

For the past couple of days, I have been reteaching myself how to knit. I’ve become just a little obsessed, as a matter of fact, to the extent that I haven’t been cleaning the house, as you can so plainly see in my picture! Why am I having this sudden obsession with knitting, since I haven’t knitted in years and have never finished anything?

I signed up for a new Fellowship Group at my church called “Knit and Know Him.” So I think I’d at least better be able to bring my knitting needles and knit a little something! I started knitting this dishcloth yesterday, reviewing how to cast on, knit and purl. I picked a simple pattern called “Simple Weave,” although I think it looks like shooting stars. Don’t you? (Maybe not….)

To make up for my neglect yesterday, I have been all business this morning. I finished a small load of laundry (unheard of!) and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (What?!?)

And also, wrote a small blog post.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

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