Monday, November 1, 2010

Done In!

Considering I had a great sleep last night, it was surprising that I was so very tired, once again.  Hopefully, it's just that I need to catch up on rest.

Before my day truly began, I did what I normally do.  I read the newspaper.  It doesn't really take that long, because our local daily paper is not usually an issue that is very large, except later in the week, when store ads are included with the paper.

It was rather shocking!  At first, I thought I had just missed it.  But, after searching and searching again, I realized that I hadn't just missed it.  There truly was no SUDOKU puzzle, today! 

Hopefully, it was just an error on the part of the typesetter, or whatever you call the person today, who does the layout of the paper.  Hopefully, it is not a case where The Windsor Star has decided to eliminate the puzzle.  I certainly cannot be the only person who enjoys doing these puzzles!

Today, was one of those days that you hope to accomplish a lot, but find that no matter how you try, you just cannot seem to do it.  Have you ever had days like that?  Where no matter what you do, things just don't seem to come together, the way they need to.  Well, today was one of those days, for me.

By mid afternoon, I was absolutely exhausted!  Exhausted to the point that when I sat in my recliner chair, I could hardly stay awake.

What's a girl to do?  I did the only thing I thought was right to do.  I went and had a nap.  It was more like half of 40 winks, for I only laid down for about 20 minutes. 

Usually when I do this, I worry about not being able to sleep at night, but today that thought never crossed my mind, because I was out like a light!

I didn't want to get up, but I knew I had to be across town at my church by 4:00 pm, so I got myself up and got rolling.  On my way to church, I did a couple of errands and stopped to see my daughter P, for a quick moment or two.

Arriving at church, I carried in the plate of sandwiches I had brought with me.  Five (5) of us had volunteered to do something that our church hadn't done in the past.  Since we were to be working in our Fellowship Room until at least 7:30 pm, or later, we had been asked to bring finger foods, not just for us, but also for guests to enjoy while they spent time with us.

What were we doing?  Well, every year our church works in conjunction with Samaritan's Purse, for the shoe box ministry.  My friend A, usually heads up the programme and this year was no different.  Except for the fact that in addition to people taking boxes, filling them and returning them to church, like we usually do, we had been collecting donated items for use in extra boxes and were having a sort of open house, where parents and children could come and fill these extra boxes, at no cost to themselves, unless they wished to donate.

We felt this was not just a way to fill extra boxes, but also give families (especially the children) who participated, a chance to do something together, that would benefit others.

So, arriving about 4:00 pm, the five (5) of us, sorted out all the donated items into groups (e.g. hygiene items, colouring and writing items, candy, etc.)  We organized and folded up boxes together, before enjoying a snack and tea. 

I manned the entrance table, where empty boxes waited for people to pick them up.  I made sure I cut out the tags ahead of time, so that in the table rush of people, the tags would be ready.  Was I ever glad I did this! 

We didn't have a large crowd of people attend, but we did have quite a few people, including a few extremely large families!  The children enjoyed selecting a box, going around with the help of parents and our other volunteers, filling the boxes and returning them to me, so I could verify and tape the tags to the boxes.  As they were handed in, I made sure they were sorted into sex and age groups, so we could be really organized! 

Then, as people were chatting and getting ready to leave, I cleaned up tables and the serving area, before leaving the church about 8:00 pm.

On my way home, I made one stop, to make a change to a sign I have on a property that I have listed for sale.  By the time I arrived home, it was close to 9:00 pm.

Boy oh boy!  I am physically done in!  It may not seem like a lot of work, but it was.  At least for partially disabled, me!  I've already prayed that it is God's Will to take the pain from my body and provide me with relief.  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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