I hope everyone is enjoying the start to their Lent season.I have a few things I am working on personally.
One item is that I am going to "fast" from obsessive job searching. This may sound irresponsible for someone who is unemployed, but I think a session in the AM and one in the PM is enough. I am almost in the bargaining stage of unemployment grief...I obsessively read articles, listings, often for hours as if more studious time will somehow yield a different result! My goal from this fast is to see if I can master more healthy and productive job searching and if I can feel a bit more balanced.
Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter
I was personally really happy when this opened up. The Snoqualmie Valley area has some really rough weather and wilderness conditions without a lot of social services. Our homeless are probably more hidden (compared to an urban city) unless you hike or walk in the areas they are camping. We also have a lot more of what I call "freeway transient" in this area. I find a lot of people sleeping packed cars in parking lots or back roads. I also see cycles of younger people that will be present for a few months and then gone.
Unfortunately this shelter in not year round, which I don't agree with, but I am also not actively involved in fundraising or giving time so I am not really in a position to criticize. We also just passed a law in the area to fine people for "illegal camping." This is a bit unfortunate as I doubt they have somewhere else to go (and at the end of March REALLY won't have anywhere else to go), and I kind of doubt they have the $100 for the fine anyway.
This shelter is a great start for this area. I am proud of the people that took steps to address this local problem.
Believe it or not, I did a swatch last night for a sweater I want to make. I almost never take the time to do one, but the yarn was expensive and I don't want to get well into the sweater and realize it isn't going to work.
Have a great day!