You know it’s going to be a great day when you find beauty in an alley. There were fiery scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers blooming along a fence as I cut through the back alley to the homeless shelter. I noticed it earlier when I briefly parked near the back doors to drop off five, perhaps six, large garbage bags full of clothing, purses and shoes donated by a friend. So many people will benefit from the donations.
Lunch today consisted of lentil soup, salmon sandwiches on Italian bread, a rice dish and penne. Flaky croissants were available too. The cook proudly told me he’d taken the plain white rice another person had prepared and “jazzed it up” with a unique Chinese sauce.
I was kept busy with dishes today. Yup. It took over two hours to be initially caught up! Like you’re ever really caught up with a steady input of dishes, right? But, there’s something very satisfying about seeing a heap of dirty dishes all cleaned up and neatly stacked away. It’s nice to have OCD in a kitchen setting.
A news station dropped by to film a short report on the homeless coping with the heat. The shelter is a cooling centre where the homeless can get ice and water and be in an air conditioned environment. It’s interesting because of an incident recently.
One of the folks was commenting about the necessity of finding a helicopter. He kept talking about it. When questioned, he answered he needed a helicopter to get to Winnipeg. When asked further why he needed to get to Winnipeg, the man explained he had to get a helicopter located there. It became apparent the man was suffering from heat exhaustion. He was given plenty of cool fluids and a shower. With no further talk of requiring a helicopter!
Supper tonight was Shepherd’s Pie with plenty of garlic in the mashed potatoes. The shelter smelled wonderful, just like stepping inside an Italian restaurant. Another cook prepared two types of potato salad because he “likes to be creative”. He added green onions, a special Caesar salad seasoning, mayonnaise, Ranch dressing, bacon bits and in one of them, the extra ingredient: cheese! Because really, what is summer without potato salad?