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Re: All caught up!!!

Kitty: Yeah, it would be great if more people said yes then it would
place a lesser burden on everyone all the way around for most things.
You'd be amazed at the number of parents I have to contend with (as a
Religion Education director, Brownie leader, softball coach, etc. ) who
want this, that, or the other thing done for their kids but when I call
them to ask for their help they always have an excuse about why they
can't do it this time, but always add the caveat "but call me next
time"--yeah, right, like next time is gonna be any different. I feel
sorry for the kids at our elementary school this year as there will be
no spring carnival because not one single parent would step forward and
volunteer to take over organizing this from the poor mom who has done it
for the past 5 years and is burned out...so 350 kids suffer for it, not
to mention this is one of the 3 biggest fundraisers of the year for the
PTO which will in turn affect next year's school year (our PTO pays the
$350 charge for bus rentals for all field trips, so guess how many field
trips there will likely be next year? Not to mention paying for a good
portion of the teacher's supplies that are not covered under strict
budgeting of the district)

Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 03/17, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center < 4042N15@nationalhearing.com > wrote:
From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center [mailto: 4042N15@nationalhearing.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:50:08 -0600
Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!

Melody,<br>That seems to always be a problem. I was Secretary of my
neighborhood<br>association for 5 yrs, then bowed out as MG tasks
increased. At the same<br>time our President died and the Treasurer
moved. So for the past 3 yrs<br>we've sort of been in limbo because the
new president - the only person<br>willing to do it - is an idiot, the
secretary refuses to come to meeetings<br>or write newsletters, and the
treasurer, though he does do a good job, has<br>never been seen - even
when he was elected. So now I've taken to writing<br>the newsletter just
so we'll have one. We just can't get people interested<br>in
participation, yet they grumble about this and that.<br><br>My sisters
and I were all in Brownies and Girl Scouts. My mother was not<br>well so
she had to decline participation, but she always made sure
to<br>contribute by baking or supplying materials when
needed.<br><br>Yes, we need to say &quot;NO&quot; sometimes, but it sure
would be nice if some people<br>would just occasionally say
&quot;Yes&quot;.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message -----
<br>From: &quot;Melody &quot; &lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;<br>To:
&lt;gardenchat@hort.net&gt;<br>Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:49
PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!<br><br><br>&gt; Gene: I say
no plenty, believe me. But how, for instance, do you say no<br>&gt; to a
bunch of girls who badly want to be involved with Girl Scouts
and<br>&gt; after 2 years no other mom or dad would volunteer to be a
leader? How do<br>&gt; you say no to coaching your kid's softball team
when no one else will<br>&gt; take the job? There are an awful lot of
parents out there who want their<br>&gt; kids to be involved in
stuff--as long as they don't have to do any of<br>&gt; the work. Kind of
makes me mad. But in the end, I'm the one who benefits<br>&gt; the
most--spending time with these kids, helping young girls
discover<br>&gt; new talents, new skills, new possibilities beyond what
they knew...it's<br>&gt; a precious gift that keeps me humble and
enriches my

life immeasurably.<br>&gt; So I make room in my life to fit it in
because in the end, these things<br>&gt; are important and summers
filled with softball and years worth of good<br>&gt; memories about
being a girl scout...those things will last a lifetime<br>&gt; and
maybe, just maybe make a difference. And the stuff I do for<br>&gt;
church...well, let's just say that I think God brought me to this
point<br>&gt; in my life for just this reason, for these people, for
this church...so<br>&gt; it's a call I can't ignore or say no to. So, if
it's not kids or family<br>&gt; or church or gardening...I do say no to
everything else. And don't feel<br>&gt; guilty about it at all.
:-)<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Melody Hobert-Mellecker<br>&gt;
Director, Stewardship &amp; Religious Education<br>&gt; St. Joseph's
Parish, Hills, IA<br>&gt;<br>&gt; &quot;The most beautiful thing we can
experience is the mysterious.&quot;<br>&gt; --Albert
Einstein<br>&gt;<br>&gt; --- On Wed 03/16, Gene Bush &lt;
genebush@otherside.com &gt; wrote:<br>&gt; From: Gene Bush [mailto:
genebush@otherside.com]<br>&gt; To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>&gt; Date:
Wed, 16 Mar 2005 09:01:23 -0500<br>&gt; Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught
up!!!<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Hummm...&lt;br&gt; Have you heard that the word
*NO* is, at times, a complete<br>&gt; sentence?
&lt;br&gt;Goodness!&lt;br&gt;Gene E. Bush&lt;br&gt;Munchkin Nursery
&amp; Gardens,<br>&gt;
6/5 Southern Indiana&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;----- Original Message -----
&lt;br&gt;From:<br>&gt; &quot;Melody &quot;
&lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; My goodness...it has
taken me<br>&gt; the better part of two weeks to catch up&lt;br&gt;&gt;
on email. Doesn't help<br>&gt; that we were all down with the flu for
about a&lt;br&gt;&gt; week and a<br>&gt; half...first the kids, one by
one (which only prolongs a&lt;br&gt;&gt; mother's<br>&gt; agony, since I
got sick right after the first one did) and then&lt;br&gt;

t;<br>&gt; lastly the DH got sick, which pretty much meant that I
basically had<br>&gt; no&lt;br&gt;&gt; choice but to NOT be sick any
longer...funny how that works,<br>&gt; isn't it?&lt;br&gt;&gt; Then I
had to spend a few days doing everything that DH<br>&gt; should
have&lt;br&gt;&gt; taken care of for the 5 days I was sick but
didn't<br>&gt; (little things--like&lt;br&gt;&gt; grocery shopping,
laundry, cleaning the house)<br>&gt; and take care of a
sick&lt;br&gt;&gt; husband and kids exhausted from being sick.<br>&gt;
UGH!!!&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; It felt good just to
get back to work after all of<br>&gt; that. But then I&lt;br&gt;&gt;
checked my email and found about 1400 messages, so<br>&gt; have been
playing&lt;br&gt;&gt; catch-up ever since. Plus I got behind in
my<br>&gt; course work and had to get&lt;br&gt;&gt; a paper written and
I'm only about half<br>&gt; done with the readings for
next&lt;br&gt;&gt; week's class. Work at church is<br>&gt; getting to be
a bigger job all the time;&lt;br&gt;&gt; we have a new
initiative<br>&gt; for doing intergenerational faith
formation&lt;br&gt;&gt; that I am in charge of<br>&gt; getting started,
so I've been surfacing talented&lt;br&gt;&gt; parishioners<br>&gt;
willing to serve on a committee to get this
done.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; Have<br>&gt; noticed on
trips in and out of the house that the snow crocus
are&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; blooming...and the daffodils are coming up. We
have been having<br>&gt; some&lt;br&gt;&gt; strange weather days, but
that is typical for Iowa in March.<br>&gt; One morning&lt;br&gt;&gt; it
started snowing about 6 a.m. and dropped about an<br>&gt; inch of heavy,
wet&lt;br&gt;&gt; snow in a couple of hours but by the time I
got<br>&gt; up at 2 that<br>&gt;<br>&gt; afternoon,&lt;br&gt;&gt; the
temps. were in the 40's and everything had<br>&gt; melted...crazy! We
even&lt;br&gt;&gt; had one day a couple of weeks ago where the<br>&gt;
temp. was almost 70...the&lt;br&gt;&gt; next week it was back to the tee

ns. Pool<br>&gt; is still frozen so that's a&lt;br&gt;&gt; pretty big
indicator that as far as the<br>&gt; average temps go, it is
still&lt;br&gt;&gt; very much winter
here.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; Anyway,
hopefully now that I'm current again I'll be more of
a&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; participant in the list instead of just reading
and deleting or<br>&gt; saving&lt;br&gt;&gt; to folders. Barring any
major upsets in my life, that is.<br>&gt;
Melody&lt;br&gt;&gt; Hills, IA&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; &quot;The
most<br>&gt; beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious.&quot;&lt;br&gt;&gt; --Albert<br>&gt;
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