Every Southern woman

Every Southern woman is supposed to wear funny hats and grow vegetables in the dirt, at least according to the move Steel Magnolias. Betsy will be in charge of the funny hats. Kim and I will get our fingers dirty in the new raised bed outside CRC’s front door, thanks to our super board member,…

A girl and her forklift

You could hear her coming before you saw her. BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! And around the corner at the airport warehouse comes Kim driving her brand new (at least to her) forklift, loaned to her by our angel Tom in North Carolina. You would have thought she’d just gotten a new Mercedes. Really. Pico was tremendously…

Home again, jiggity jig

So Betsy and I held our first strategic planning session at the open dock door this afternoon, precisely in the same place we held our last one more than a year ago. Kim was otherwise engaged with a brand new forklift she was tremendously excited about and which we will chronicle at another time. We…

Laying low

You know how it is when the finish line is just in sight and you’ve been running a long, long race and you know the hardest stuff is almost over? We did that for the last few days. Oyster Easter was over, the giveaway (interrupted by tornado warnings) was done and the move back into…

Sad fact

Much has been made of the obesity epidemic. Here’s how we see it every month at CRC. When we have our monthly giveaways and new clothing is involved,  our partner agencies frantically search through the offerings for 1X, 2X and 3X. Smaller sizes go untouched. Why is that? It is mostly due to the fact…

The Queen of trash

The things that guests don’t see after a major fundraiser. So, Betsy and I went out to Traveler’s Rest today to pick up tables, chairs and other leftover items. And as I drive up the long gravel drive and pass the meadow where our guests parked on Saturday I notice, alas, that there is trash…

Fun Central

I will not linger long here because it’s been a tiring day, but if you do not put Oyster Easter (always the Saturday before Easter) on your calendar for next year you are a fool. Sorry, maybe that’s too harsh. This is the best pay party of the year – it ‘s loose, it’s fun,…

Grown up girls

Lookee here, lookee here! Where are we? We are in our new space at CRC! The furniture installers came today and brought us the most beautiful furniture imaginable. Everything matches. Betsy and Kim celebrated this milestone by forcing me to buy them lunch and then spent time assigning me menial tasks before Oyster Easter. Do…

A child trapped in an attic

“Is that still going on?” I hear it all the time about flood recovery. Yes, I reply wearily. It’s still going on. Today we had 35 cases at the warehouse, picking up new mattresses, sofas and chairs. Here are the stories: A young mother brings her 4-year-old daughter with her to pick up mattresses and…

Betsy and her hats

Betsy’s going to kill me, but I was going through some digital photos just now and a recurring theme struck me. Betsy loves hats. Too much, I fear. We have, on occasion at CRC, boxes of donations of new items that must be inventoried. This is Betsy’s happiest moment. Inventory. It requires organization and precision,…