Thinking lots about socks…

Back in December in response to rockin’ socks being sported by you know who,

Yes, him.

Yes, him.

I threw out a call for us all to signal boost charities that donate socks, or to donate socks ourselves to local charities.  I threw in a nifty sock tree graphic, and then replaced it with a more decorated one a few days later.  Then December caught up with me and then December got away from me!

Now it’s January, and it is bitterly cold.  Not cold enough if you ask MiniMe, since it needs to be -35° F with the windchill factor in order for school to be delayed and her to sleep in.  Today the windchill factor was only –26° F, so off to school they went.  To put that kind of cold into perspective, in this weather, exposed human flesh can freeze in as little as 15-20 minutes.  It’s not just uncomfortably cold, it’s dangerously cold.  That fact led me to think about socks again.

Every day I look this:

The most puzzling question of all time...

The most puzzling question of all time…

Most days the elusive enigma that is my odd sock basket only makes me grimace.  Where, in the name of all that is good and right, do all those freaking socks go?  People take off two matching socks, I collect laundry and wash it and when the baskets are put away, I’m left with a giant pile of unmatched loners.  Usually I look at it with a scowl and the intention to dump it and play a round of hosiery Husker Du, but today when I looked at it, I realized that there are plenty of people in the world who would happily wear a yin yang paired with a pink, black and purple stripe.  Toes stay just as warm in a pink and blue bunny and a white with blue bottom.  I realized that my odd sock basket probably has a couple dozen “pairs” in it.  Matching or not, no one in my house ever needs to go out in the cold with no socks.

It also made me remember that in the process of excavating in my vehicle, I “unearthed” a bag of socks that I’d bought before Christmas to donate to the families we adopted at church.  Having temporarily mis-located them (I do not *lose* things), I bought more and put them in with the rest of the loot to be donated.   Now that they’ve resurfaced, I think I’ll drop them off at the local shelter before they wander off again.

So, if you have the opportunity, means and inclination, consider making a sock donation…most shelters are in need of them year round.

sock tree 2

That’s the third version of the sock tree  – think we can fill it up and start another for 2015?

And The Winner Is…

Our final SpReAd The Love Gives Back winner for 2014 — determined by the incredibly scientific method of pulling a name from a hat — was jholland! Thank you to all of you who participated this year! Jholland, you’ll need to get your address to Servetus so she can send out your poster.

So that’s it for 2014. A HUGE thanks to everyone who accepted our kindness challenges and especially to our Anonymous Co-ConspiRAtors, who donated matching dollars for each kindness to charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving. We’ll be working on getting you a number of total kindnesses and please watch this space because Obscura and I have been chatting about what challenges we’re going to issue in the coming months (hint: love children’s books? So do we, especially the first week of March). If you have any challenges you think we should issue, or if you’d like to be an Anonymous Co-ConspiRAtor, get in touch via the Contact Form on the About page.

Obscura and I both believe that this fandom is filled with incredibly kind and generous people. Thank you ALL for proving us right. 🙂

SpReAd The Love Gives Back: Sixth Week

And we’re back! How was your Christmas? Are you back to work yet or do you have off till after the New Year? As for us here at STL, we have one more goody to give away. Back in August Servetus went to see The Crucible and brought back a few posters and has graciously offered one to us to give away. It isn’t signed but if you wanted one here’s your chance to win one from us. All you have to do is let us know about a kindness that you’ve done, or one that’s been done for you, in the comments of this post and that’s it, your name is entered into our drawing. If you’re too shy to comment you can let us know via the Contact Form on the About page. Drawing will be at 5PM ET on Friday January 2. Ready? Go!

SpReAd the Love Gives Back Week 5…Oh Porter!

Are you all ever in for a treat this week!!  Our good pal Guylty of the fabulous Guylty Pleasure has made a very special donation to SpReAd the Love Gives Back

a RAPS of your very own...

a RAPS of your very own…

That’s right….it’s a coveted John Porter RAPS (that’s RA Portable Shrine for the uninitiated). 

Porter RAPS (4 of 7)

Just report a kindness given or received and you’ll be entered into a drawing for this beauty – complete with mini disco ball and candles.  (I am soooo bummed about my organizer ineligibility on this one!!)

 

 

And The Winner Is…

The winner of SpReAd The Love’s Week Four : Thorin Oakenshield-inspired bracelet giveaway is…Saralee! Saralee, use the Contact Form on the About page and we’ll get your information to send your prize out. Congratulations!

Thanks so much to all who entered and remember we have two more weeks of giveaways inspired by some of Richard Armitage’s most popular characters. We’ll reveal the next prize on Monday and in the meantime check out our sock side challenge…how many pairs does one man need? 🙂