...usually means the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, which traditionally starts Sunday evening. I honestly don't know if the telethon is on this year or not, but I do know that there are MDA fundraising things going on all over the place!
Earlier this evening, I was at Safeway doing some grocery shopping, and I saw at the register these calculators that were designed so they could be clipped onto a belt loop or backpack. I asked what those were about, and the clerk told me they were being given away with a $1.00 donation to MDA. Well, I knew my 3-year-old would love to have one of those, so it was a no-brainer decision to make that donation!
There are probably other fundraising events and things happening in every city across the USA. And yes, I know a buck isn't much of a contribution, but let's face it, if every adult in this nation donated one dollar, that would be a record-setting year for MDA.
In other news, the Labor Day Weekend also means that Jessi and I are having our second-annual Labor Day Weekend Barbeque! Last year it was on Labor Day proper, but this year we decided to do it on Saturday instead. We're providing burgers, hot dogs, brats and smoked sausages, and we're not 100 percent certain how many will show up. I do know that I won't even start the grill until 1:00, and I'll make sure it's properly warmed up before throwing any meat on the grill! Guests are supposed to bring something to share (like a side dish or appetizer or dessert) plus what they want to drink. Family, friends and co-workers have been invited, but we really need to plan these things more in advance, and get some RSVP-ing happening!
We've also been invited to someone else's bbq on Sunday or Monday, I forget which day.
My brother Jeff is coming down early tomorrow to help me with a project. As you may or may not know, Jessi and I live in a duplex. What you probably don't know is that there's not a fence separating our patio from the neighbor's patio -- at least, there hasn't been since our previous neighbors moved in October -- and the landlord's been dragging their feet about replacing it. Since our dogs don't get along with the neighbor's dog, we can't have them all out at the same time.
But tomorrow, Jeff and I are doing something about it... we're going to build a fence separating the two patios, 13 feet 8 inches wide (or thereabouts) and probably at least four feet high. We're not 100% certain how we're going to do it, because we can't really sink any posts into the ground (we'll probably have to attach it to the house and garage directly), but we'll find a way... and I'll attach the receipts to the rent check, which will have that amount deducted from it!
Fortunately, we can do that kind of thing -- I think the landlord's just as happy that we put the effort into this stuff, so they don't have to.
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