Friday, September 14, 2012

Activism...

I don't remember if I told you that I became a member of the Labor Party and that I signed up as a volunteer for the local branch. When I did, I looked at the jobs that were available and there were all sorts of inteesting ones both indoors and outside. I'm sure there will be all sorts of activities to my liking. Already I have gotten an invitation to the yearly country wide party meeting at the end of September and I have to RSVP it but I'm pretty sure that I'll go. I'll have to take the train to Utrecht and that's pretty straight forward.

I've also become a member of Greenpeace Nederland and become a voluntee there. By having become a member, I can take the initiative myself and join actions anywhere in the country or wait until I am specidically contacted for one. Depending on what my schedule looks like, I will decide which action to become involved in.. I was a member of Greenpeace when I lived in the States but just a donating one, I never did man the barricades. I was too middle class for that.

There are some other causes I'm interested in like Unicef and Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International but I don't want to spread myself too thin. It's worth looking into these organizations and see what sort of help they can use and then at least I will have some idea but I don't think I will make any more commitments. 

The work at my volunteer job is becoming very routine. It is, after all, not rocket science and the various chores are not hard to do. They are just labor intensive. The contact with the patients is interesting if you can get it and every once in a while you really get through. It's nice to see them make progress over the course of weeks and see them move from a wheelchair to a walker and then walking on their own until they can go home again. I find the women the most interesting and feisty.

Tyke wasn't eating his new kibbles at all. He was going hungry instead of eating. I even tried to hand feed him but he only ate a little bit reluctantly. Last night I made a cup of hot chicken bouillon and poured it over his kibbles and let it sit for a while. When I gave it to him, he couldn't believe his eyes and he ate everything in no time at all. He finally had a full stomach and luxuriated in it. After that we played ball for half an hour. 

I've got to go grocery shopping this morning and already I am looking forward to it because I've got a list going on the white board in the kitchen and on it are only fun things. That's basically the only way to shop. I've got to buy four kinds of soup and I already know which ones they are going to be having just about tried all of them. I get much better groceries when I buy them myself. Shopping is for the broad minded.

5 comments:

Rob-bear said...

You are finding all kinds of ways to be active. This is wonderful!

Connie Rose said...

Good for you! xox

CorvusCorax12 said...

sounds great...love your new layout btw.

Maggie May said...

Wonderful to have all those activities and to help with things you really believe in.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Gail said...

Does all this mean no more house help?