Oh, speaking about losing weight, why is it that when I diet, my shoes and my bras are the first things that start fitting more loosely? Really? That's just not fair.
Winters here are... well, honestly bi-polar describes our winters pretty accurately. One day the temperature will be almost 70, and the next day we may have sleet and freezing rain. But, that's a normal winter for us. (It's no wonder that we're sick off and on all winter.) Because of the swinging temperatures and the fact that forecasters rarely get the winter weather forecasts right, panic tends to set in around here if winter weather is mentioned. Seriously, there's a mad dash for bread and milk. Some even stock up like they're doomsday preppers. It's insane. I wonder if folks up North do that as well. Surely not.
Shoeman Water Project. If you're unfamiliar with this project, it's where shoes are collected, exported and sold to local street vendors in places such as Kenya, Haiti and South American. Those shoes can then be purchased by locals for cents on the dollar. Funds generated from exporting those shoes are used to provide well drilling rigs, water purification systems, repairs for hand pumps and health and hygiene training. What a great project for our youngsters! I know Gabe is really excited about this drive, and has spoken repeatedly about what our donations will provide. However, I often wonder if he really understands what he's doing or if he's just doing it for the prize. I think with this drive, he may actually get it because I haven't heard any mention of a prize for meeting their goal.
Eh hmmm..... Apparently, someone has a slight shoe problem. This is actually a picture of what I'm keeping, for now at least. I did manage to select about 20 pairs of shoes to donate to the school drive, and a few others that I plan to list on eBay. Even Ben managed to kick in a few pairs of his shoes. So, I consider it a win/win - Gabe is contributing to the Shoeman Water Project to help provide shoes and clean water to people in Kenya, and I got rid of a few more bags for my Lenten challenge.