It hasn't snowed again; in fact, today there was quite a lot of melting. Every square foot of earth or pavement that is exposed by and to the sun accelerates the process. Thanks be to God.
Preparations for the spring rummage sale continue. The week started slowly -- people were afraid to venture out with their contributions -- but we have more than made up for it in the last 24 hours.
The question goes up, yet again: "WHERE does all this STUFF come from?" The answer is, in part -- from previous rummage sales!!! I am sure there are some of the more hideous bibelots that have been handed back in for resale twice a year ever since I came.
This year we have a serious marketing conundrum before us -- a MASSIVE collection of souvenir spoons (there is at least one "estate" in this spring's rummage)...how on earth do we price these???
The greatest hilarity arose this morning, though, when the crew were unpacking another box of "miscellaneous" and came on a compact full of birth-control pills. When the ribaldry had died down a bit, somebody suggested we divvy them up and use them to jazz up our house plants. This may be entirely folklore, but "the word" is that all that estrogen makes African Violets quite colossal...there is even a rumour that one lady got her hoya to bloom by means infusions of birth control pills. I'll keep you posted...
We have had beef minestrone, chicken/mushroom/wild rice soup, and (today) split pea soup with ham sausage (and lots of finely chopped vegetables). Tomorrow, as everybody has behaved nicely -- New England clam chowder.
Then on Saturday there is a LUNCH for all the sale-workers and clean-up crew...Often this is catered from outside. This year, we will cook it in house. I'm anticipating "short" pasta i.e. penne or rotini or some such...a choice of red sauce or white sauce...big leafy salad...bread...and ice cream for dessert. I think it will be collaboratively put together by the Rambler and one of the women in the parish... I have this unslaked desire to chop vegetables...
I'm thinking it's time, again, to try publishing a parish cookbook. We published quite a nice one in 1907, after all. It was one of the two earliest church cookbooks published here in Prairie Province...the "household hints" are priceless.