Now I am getting nervous! We are over 1/2 to our goal of 200 items for the auction, but still have a ways to go. Food and entertainment are in order. The last mintue things always drive me nuts so I am trying to prepare myself for that. I am excited about a new thing for the auction.. a pilot has offered an hour tour of the area for half his cost of fuel.. so for $45 we can offer that at the auction. Something i think I will bid on.:)
Linda and her Sister are doing fairly well and that is a blessing! I am going out this weekend to some festivals.. i will be looking for things for the auction as I go. You never know what will pop up!
I finally got the north bed fixed with some help. One of my friends is not allergic to poison ivy and I got where I just could not work in that bed because I kept braking out! Oh how I hate having poison ivy itching! The bed has hydrangea, lilac, coral bells, lirope, bulbs, coreopsis, heliotrope, Christmas fern,it is nice to see it again after the weeds got so high. I hope she got out all the poison ivy, if not we will just have to get some spray for it and try to keep it at bay. It looks terrible out there when I can't work in that bed. It is all mulched now and looking much better.
Thank you all for all your ideas.!! We are thinking about maybe doing the mystery packages for kids, using silent auction method. What do you think? It would give the kids an opporutnity to participate as well as the adults. Or will that distract the parents from the auction? What do you think? Of course the committee has final say..
The cakewalk is also something the kids should be able to get involved with as well. I did get confirmation from a rustic B&B near Lt. Louis, that should be a nice stay. Bless Vici for her generous donation! Things are coming together, but we are only about 1/2 way to our total list of things needed for the auction. We need about 100 more items.. so that is slower going than I would like.
I am thinking of putting together some things myself for the auction (I do decorative painting), just have not done anything lately. Also I thought if we can get some bulbs donated from one of the Farm and Home companies.
I have been working on a medical benefit for 2 sisters fighting cancer. Gathering items for the auction, organizing the whole thing, meeting with chairpersons, calling businesses etc has kept me really busy. I have neglected my garden.. but some things just are more important.
Remember my friend, Linda, you all have been praying for.. well the benefit is for her medical bills (she was in the hospital 68 days) and during that time her sister was also diagnosed with cancer.
I need your help with ideas to make this a very successful benefit. I am looking for unique items to auction off, thinking about mystery gifts, collecting donations from businesses, planning the event and keeping track of everything is a bigger event than I have ever planned. But.. I am trying to keep it organized by catagory and that helps, financial, vollunteers, auction, clean up crew etc..
I would appreciate any unique ideas.. throw them my way!! My brain only comes up with so much..LOL
Today was a gorgeous day! Low 80s with low humidity. We got several things done outside. Still clearing brush from all the trees. Storms and wind have taken its toll on them over the past winter and spring. We have a brush pile taller than our house! Not able to burn, so the pile just keeps getting bigger. We plan to rent a chipper shredder this fall in order to get some use out of the wood . The pile is simply too big to burn in a subdivision for sure!
Roses are doing well considering the Japanese beetles around the area. Daylillies and my white oriental lilies are still blooming. Ageratum and salvias are doing well and the Russian sage is making a statement. This is the time of year that I seem to have a lack of new color coming on.. my asters are just beginning to set buds though and should be blooming in a couple of weeks.. that along with my cannas and dahlias will carry the color thru the end of the month. Then it will be time for mums and pumpkins..
Poison Ivy has kept me from working on the north side of my house and oh my.. had the weeds gotten out of hand! I could not even see my daylilies in that bed. So one of my friends, who has a nursery came over while I was gone shopping and pulled out the poison (she is not allergic and I sometimes end up at the hospital)
She took out all the weeds and mulched it really well and now it actually looks like a flower bed! I am still fighting some poison on my back, which drives me nuts!! I have been putting IvyDry on it, that is what the pharmacy told me, but I really cant say it has helped all that much. Will be calling my doctor today.. hope I can get this under control soon!!
And thank you Kathy at Outback Gardens for helping me out!