Sunday, December 23, 2007

Thank you, Karen Jo

Thank you to Karen Jo of Kitty Limericks for the beautiful gold rose. She awarded it to me for the posts that I did to raise awareness of the recent losses from the early December flooding in Lewis County, WA.

It is still unimaginable to me - the losses that so many incurred from this flood. In areas that had never flooded before - even in the "hundred year flood" area - carefully tended flocks of sheep, herds of dairy cattle - years of genetic planning & hard work - destroyed in such a short amount of time.

Tragedies sometimes bring out the good in people. Our local radio station raised over $17,000 for the Red Cross - earmarked for the flood area. The Washington State Farm Bureau's disaster fund exceeded $50,000 - monies that have been given directly to farmers - (members of thw WSFB or not) - dairy, sheep, nursreymen, organic food growers - to help them get their feet back on the ground. Our NW Shetland Sheep Owners auction raised over $4500 for the Black Sheep Creamery - the generosity of the "fiber folks" overwhelming the computer server where the auction was hosted. We hope that everyone will stay tuned for "Auction - Part Two" to benefit another shepherd in the Adna area who lost his flock.

One of our members of the NWSSO group Franna did the huge job of hosting the auction and then keeping the donations and the bids sorted out. Thank you Franna!

And I would like to recognize my friend Leigh, and her kitties, Rascal and CatZee who were wonderful to publicize our auction - because as Rascal said "there are so many Cat Blogosphere humans who love to play with sticks and yarn. " They certainly deserve a bouquet of golden roses for their help.

So, as Joni Mitchell says in her song "River"

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace

Christmas Blessings to you and your family. Thanks so much for stopping in to visit and read my blog - yesterday I had my 5000th visitor - I wonder, sometimes, because I see that you have visited - and that you keep coming back - so, I guess I'll keep on telling you my stories.

Have a good one, and stay safe!


Kathy said...

I think your rose is well deserved, too!

And conratulations on all the visitors to your blogsite...I know I'm hooked - everyday! :)

Merry Christmas! (And I'll talk to you soon!)

Leigh said...

Oh, Tina, thank you so much! Wait until I show Rascal and Catzee. We're delighted that the auction did so well.

Congratulations on your 5000th visitor! Please do keep on writing! I love reading your blog, as do my two cats.

Tammy said...

I think you deserve the rose too. Your reports on the flooding were almost to difficult to read at times, but it brought awareness of the plight to many. I can't even imagine having to leave knowing that your animals were not likely to make it, but also knowing that you were utterly helpless and there was nothing, absolutely nothing you could do. My heart breaks for them. I enjoy your blog too, Tina, Keep up the great posts and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sharon said...

I really do enjoy your stories and look forward to more storytelling in the new year - and congratulations!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

How do you tell how many visitors you have had? All I've been able to find on Blogger is how many have viewed my profile.