Eat an Elephant
Report from Mary
Thursday 27 April 2006, 8:13 pm
Bay St Louis, Thursday, April 27
Sadly, I didn't get around to bringing ANY stamping supplies... space, didn't think I would find time on vacation,
and we simply HAD TO GET going. In lieu, I pulled a bunch of BD & thank you cards and 2 generics without any
salutation. I SHOULD have brought some stamping supplies! I've gone thru my generics already and will need to
buy a get well for a friend at church.
I'm toying with trying to expedite order from SU to deliver here some very minimal things for cards... maybe the
pre-cut-folded card & envy sets, a set of petal points (for some color choices), black classic, adhesive glue
stick, and an image set... rats, would have to order scissors to to cut & mount the stamps... I'm tempted but it's
not the smartest way to spend $$$... I may simply resort to store bought cards to fill in for what I didn't
Shirley is the lady across the street. She fixed us all some Alfredo fettucine with shrimp and 'BBQ' jumbo
shrimp the other day... tonight Nola made us Gumbo... everything is so yummy.
Yesterday we had that nasty storm. Today's weather has been like 'home'... comfy and no humidity with gently
breezes. I wish everyday was like this. Mark & I are both have allergic reactions to the bug bites... they're
all 'welting'. I started taking Benadryl this morning... leaves me spacey but I'll take that over the insanely
intense itching that goes beyond poison oak's itch... thankfully I don't have to do any driving.
Another question you asked in first mail... something about how the folks are doing compared to our previous
visit? They're coming along very slowly. Things seem harder now for them. I think the shock of things has
worn off. Everything is a roller coaster ride... things appear going well for a bit then the bottom falls out...
over and over for so many of them. Today I met a woman of 50, her house, property, & car were all paid off
so she didn't carry insurance... did you know if you didn't carry any insurance you could not qualify for any
of the gov't's grant monies and numerous other assistance? This woman was having a particularly bad day today...
not over losses from K, but it's been 2 or 4 years (I can't remember which) since her youngest son was killed
in an automobile accident (he was 22 at the time). So many homes await volunteers or others to come in and
work... the amount to be done is mind boggling still... but the only way you can eat an elephant is one
bite at a time. With summer heat approaching, there will be less and less volunteers available to assist.
Personally, if we didn't have the weather & fierce bugs to contend with, I would want to stay longer.