But raffles aside, there were a number of people that expressed interest in sending Tam something via mail and our friend Erin Palette really took the horse by the reins and organized a care package round up. (There's more info and pictures on Erin's blog, so check it out). Ind blog meet regular The Jack lent a secure mailing address for the items and offered his help as needed.
Some of the package contents were discussed with great amounts of laughter, especially Erin's idea for some My Little Pony fun. There is something about geeks and My Little Pony. (Hey,there is even a pony that pays homage to Doctor Who.) So Erin's idea was awesome, even more so with the addition of some G.I. Joe sized weaponry and gear that The Jack was able to procure for the plan. In addition to that fun, several of the bloggers donated books, including a Girl and her Gun and someone who will remain anonymous that sent this one. Viking meet Navy Seals - what more does a girl want?
But I regress.
The first part of the mission was the integral "drop off" of the package of goodies. It was agreed I could make the drop off . Instructions were sent back and forth and instantly deleted, code words were exchanged, R and P calculators were synchronized. With my little contribution, as well as a book for Roberta X, also under the weather, the secret package was delivered by the "Bark Park" (secret code name for the "Bark Park") by The Jack with the appropriate super secret codewords. We are both in dark trucks, he has a dark hat pulled low over his brow, I have fuzzy mittens. We look around to
Me: *@(# it's cold
The Jack : ah yup. here's the box.
We've got this squirrel stuff down, I tell you.
With the flu running rampant at Roseholme Cottage, Tam was not feeling her best, nor was Roberta X. So I stayed just long enough to see her open the box and get some pictures for those of you who put so much time into this and especially you Erin, for without whom it wouldn't have come off without a hitch.
A bulletproof clip board
Game meat! mmmmm. Meat!
Plus there were cards, personally written notes and a couple of checks to add to the fund.
And lasso, but definitely not least, Erin's (fully armed) My Little Ponies, including the special edition Tam version, (with black ball cap).
Thanks again Erin for all the Tamalanche thought, creativity and coordination and to you, The Jack, for his assistance with everything.
As I said goodbye to all, including Roseholme Cottage mascot, the Fed Ex frog, her smile, even feeling as punky as she was, said it all. Thank you out there for helping brighten someone's day who is much deserving of it. This is a great blog group and the way you continue to care for one of our own has been something to see.