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I dug these out of my stash of Palette. I'm planning on making this sweater, but will steek it, to make a cardigan. But first....


I have to finish this sock. It's a busy season to be trying to fit in some knitting time, but a random few minutes or so practically every day will do it, and when we drive to Beaverton for Christmas, I'll have more knitting time to finish it up, if I'm not done by then.

The Doll's Storybook this week was about how the dolls are like a rainbow. Veronika noticed that each doll was dressed in a different color, just like a rainbow.


We haven't seen too many rainbows lately. We still have snow on the ground, and the sun is getting pretty low in the sky.


It's still nice for walking on the trails (and off the trails) near our home, though. We're lucky to have a place where we can let the dogs off leash for a little while. Rocky does a little running and Dusty does a lot of it. We just walk.


Rocky is recovering well from having some teeth extracted and the rest of them cleaned. We brush the teeth of both dogs every night, but Rocky hadn't had his teeth professionally cleaned for years. We elected to do the cleaning now, because he's currently healthy at 15 years, and will probably not remain healthy for long. It would be a shame to lose him because his teeth were making him sick and dental work wasn't possible because of his health. We're happy he's doing so well.


Besides a regular visit to our doctor, a dentist appointment for me and a visit to our audiologist, we attended a luncheon put on by the local League of Women Voters. We had a nice breakfast/lunch at the Bend Black Bear Diner, followed by a talk.


The guest speaker was a member of the board of Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon, who spoke about the work they do and how we can help.


They provide nutritious food (not just belly-filling junk) to local soup kitchens (places with sit-down meals), food pantry organizations (where people pick out food to take home) and shelters (such as women's shelters) that meet their qualifications, which is basically the food has to be healthful, the money can't be spent on overhead or non-food items, and the people receiving the food can't be required to attend a service or meeting, or to do anything else in return for the food. The organization is run by volunteers, so they have minimal operating expenses. One nice touch is they have this display at the check-out counters of some local stores.


You can tear off one or more of the tickets and add it to your order. It gets run up along with your purchases, and the total accumulated by that store is send each month to HPC. If you want to help, you can donate here.

Perhaps you have a similar organization closer to you. Perhaps you have experienced a time when you didn't have enough money to feed your family adequately. With the increasing cost of housing, this is often a problem for people with limited income. We have enough, but we haven't always, and I have not forgotten what it was like.

I picked this organization as the recipient for my Facebook fundraiser this year.

In the "small world" department, our Beaverton grands and their parents went to the ScanFair yesterday and ran into my friend Eevi.




What's on my needles: Trickle Brick Socks.

What's on my sewing machine: Resting.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: A Colorful Story


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Blowout by Rachel Maddow


What's in my wine glass: Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2016. Lovely.

What's my tip of the week: If you run out of scented candles or spray room deodorizer and really want to kill an unpleasant odor (or just want a more natural alternative), save an orange peel (in the freezer, perhaps, so you have it ready) and bake it in the oven.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 10, 2019 at 4:30pm

Fred Meyer (Kroger) asks if you would like to round up to the nearest dollar. They give it to the local food banks.

I agree that it's unfortunate that we have so many people with not enough income to both house and feed themselves when there are people with enough money to house and feed everyone. We need to work to find a solution to the problem. After we sold and moved out of our home in Utah, we hadn't bought another yet. We joked about being homeless, as we sat in our 5th wheel, eating the food from the homeless packet from our car because we couldn't go to the store. It's no joking matter, though. I learned on Thursday that homeless people need new socks, because they have no place to wash them, so they have to throw them away. Now at least there's a shower van that goes around town, so they can bathe, at least.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on December 10, 2019 at 9:34am

Our local supermarkets do something similar - we give them a ticket and the amount is charged to us, and then donated to our local food bank.  Last Friday the CBC (public broadcaster) had an open house at their Vancouver studios and combined it with a Food Bank donation day.  This was province wide and we could specify which food bank (depressingly, there's at least 100 of them) our donation was to go to. I made a donation at that time.  It's unfortunate that in this country of plenty that there are so many people who lack food security. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 9, 2019 at 5:28pm

Thanks, Irene! It was a week that was busier than usual. We're trying to get ready for Christmas, too.

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 9, 2019 at 5:20pm

Nice post. You certainly keep busy. I'm glad to hear Rocky is doing well after having some teeth out. 

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