The garden and blackberry cobbler

I let the CRC World Headquarters garden go to pot over the winter. Well not pot. That would be in Colorado. But now it’s spring and The Millennial is very excited about learning to grow vegetables. So now I have a gardening buddy and we have a play date at Lowe’s tomorrow to buy plants….

The Oyster Easter Army marches on its stomach

With Oyster Easter 2016 in the history books, we’re already looking ahead to 2017. And, of course, all that planning is just friggin’ exhausting so we constantly have to keep our strength up by consuming lots of tasty food. Last night, The Millennial held the first planning party for next year’s OE. Since it was…

CRC enters the video age

That Millennial. He knows a thing or six. So, CRC is participating in The Big Payback, 24 hours of online giving to nonprofits sponsored by The Community Foundation. It is a production for some nonprofits, to say the least. There are billboards apparently for a few of them. And professionally produced videos. I heard last…

Bingo!

Don’t laugh. We’ll all be there some day. Sitting at the senior center playing bingo. And you know what? It’ll be fun. Bingo will seem like the best game in the world because at the end there are prizes. Cheers to the Shelbyville Senior Center for sending us a picture of the bingo meisters thanking…

Welcome, City Winery

The new “cool factor” about Nashville is just astounding. First off, there are construction cranes everywhere. The mark of a city on the move. We have a new convention center, new outdoor amphitheater, new baseball stadium, exciting restaurants, craft brewers and most exciting to this reporter – our very own winery. City Winery is a…

Tiny homes

So the Millennial and I spent part of the day at Meridee’s in downtown Franklin brainstorming about the specific project we want to target for The Big Payback in May. And what we decided was important and compelling is tiny homes for the homeless a.k.a. tents. When you hear the term “tent city” it conjures…

The Big Payback

So every May, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee hosts The Big Payback. It’s a 24-hour online giving opportunity for nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. The foundation hosted a training session yesterday and I have to say I was pretty darn impressed both with myself for making it through a snowstorm to get there and with…

Anatomy of a giveaway

The January Giveaway is tomorrow. Yes, I know tomorrow is February 2, but last week there was still snow and we are weenies about that in the South so we postponed it. So basically the giveaways are made up of basic necessities we buy with grant money and surplus inventory donated to us from major…

Shelve it

So we’ve got this thing about shelves. When you run a warehouse, there are two ways to go — shelves and pallets. Pallets are fine. You can move them around. But they’re heavy, dirty and give you splinters. I know this from experience. Ouch. Shelves are the gold standard. It’s better to go “up” than…

Let there be light

When we redid our warehouse after it was damaged in the 2010 floods it never occurred to me that we’d have to change the light bulbs. Twenty feet high. So I played the “I can’t see you” game. A light would go out. I can’t see you. Another light. Can’t see you. And, finally, there…