Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

This is not a post about Friday the 13th.
It's only about what I did that day!
I accompanied a group of young people (9th graders in our Church confirmation program) and our minister to Des Moines (Iowa's capital) to visit the state office building and a long-time ministry downtown.

This is the Bidwell-Riverside Center. It operates a preschool for neighborhood children, as well as a food and clothing distribution center. Correct me if I'm wrong, kids, but I believe he said the Bidwell Center itself has been in operation since 1893... with clothing and food available for area residents in need.

We're pretty close to the State Capital building. I really used my zoom to get this close-up!
We were outfitted with gloves, rakes and yard bags.
Our job was to clean up outdoors!

Here are two of our fellows on duty! :-)

Maybe I haven't been doing so much just lately in my yard,
but it felt sooooo good to be able to clean someone else's flower beds!

One of our fellows was grabbed by some "stick-tights!"

At least, I THINK that's what they were...

... but somehow they looked as though they could be ALIVE!

We did make it back in one piece. We actually had a great day! (At least I did. I'm glad they invited me to join them.)

Oh! P.S. This is what 1,500,000 Campbell's Soup labels can purchase!

A nice, silver vehicle.

Nothing at all "shady" here! Have a great weekend!


troutbirder said...

Nice project! And that's a whole lot of soup labels. Wow.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Troutbirder - can you imagine the amount of soup people eat? I'm assuming this was accumulated in Iowa! ha.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I enjoyed seeing what you did Friday. Oh, I was trying to remember who it was I was going to read the Bible with. I see from your sidebar it was you. The other day, I came across something I had printed showing dates and chapters. I am so forgetful, that I can't remember if it was what you are using or not. Well, I obviously didn't join after all. We'll see what the future brings.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Sue, I understand completely. You can also see that I've been neglecting my reading and posting, too. I really need to be more diligent again. Hopefully very soon! And you can join in at any time. That means, you can begin at the beginning or just join in wherever you want. :-) (I'd love your company!)