Door open for any unwanted doll house

Published May 27, 2006

It's Memorial Day, so here comes summer! Floridians know, of course, that it is well under way in our state, that spring, in effect, ended for us sometime during the third week in April. But since this weekend is the time the rest of the country unofficially welcomes the season of vacations, picnics, fireworks and dips in the ocean, let us be the first to wish you a splendid summer. May it be packed with fun and totally devoid of the you-know-whats whose new season starts Thursday.

Speaking of which, being prepared is always an admirable achievement, in matters both large and small. Take Nancy Teunis' experience, for example. She's going to have knee surgery soon, but she is planning to advantageously pass the time during recovery while having a bit of fun.

Last week we told you about Janice Forman's stitching group at the University of South Florida in Tampa who was in need of baby yarn. The group makes baby blankets, sweaters, bonnets, booties and other infant essentials for local shelters. Janice sent a message this week that her phone number had changed and was hoping that people who had tried to call will call back. The new number is 813 974-9810 or e-mail Janice at Janmom123@cs.com.

Several years back Nancy put together a doll house, which she donated to a charity auction. She'd like to do the same while she is laid up. If you have either a doll house or doll house-size general store that you may have started to assemble, then thought better of it, Nancy would be pleased to build that small structure into her plans. She may be reached at (352) 592-1367. And, Nancy, may your recovery be as rapid as it is productive.

Do you know the technical term for those pits of colored plastic balls that children gleefully jump around in? If you do, please assign that term to this request from Becky of St. Petersburg, who has 200 to 300 of the plastic balls to give away. Her 8-year-old granddaughter has declared herself "much too old" to be spending time in the (your term for the play pit goes here), so Becky will be happy to pass the balls along to somebody who knows a suitably youthful individual and is willing to pick them up. Please call (727) 430-6257 after 5 p.m.

Myra Burbank of Clearwater Beach makes a request on behalf of her daughter, who has debilitating and painful health problems, consequences of severe rheumatoid arthritis. Her daughter, who lives in a condo, is pretty much confined indoors, but one of her few pleasures is a small bed of roses outside her window. She loves the blooms her mother brings inside to her.

This hasn't been an ideal spring for roses: They are thirsty plants, and our current drought and the resultant water restrictions are tough on them. Myra hopes that mulching may help the rose bushes outside her daughter's window conserve enough moisture to make it through to the summer rains.

Myra is asking readers who live north of Drew Street in Clearwater or in Dunedin and regularly put out bags of oak leaves for the trash collector to call her at (727) 442-1591. You know what great mulch those leaves make. Myra will pick up bags within a day of your phone call, and haul the leaves off to Operation Rose Rescue.

Betty Myhaver of Spring Hill had such great luck locating Lawrence Welk tapes through the column that she's giving another request a whirl. During a fateful move, she lost the beater bars for her Kitchen Aid hand mixer, an ultra power model, No. KHM3WH-1. Please call (352) 684-5756 if you can help.

Larry Ashley of Hudson would like to have the words and music to a Latin song called Siboney and a song from long ago titled Beulah Land. If you can help, please call (727) 868-8086.

Did you realize that Mary Pickford, star of the silent screen, wrote a book that made the bestseller list back in the '70s for 10 weeks? Well, the staff didn't, not until we received a request for it from Siv Nelson of Tampa. The volume, Why Not Try God, is no longer in print, but Siv is obviously aware that a little matter of being out of print is irrelevant in Exchange Land. Here, miles of bookshelves hold untold numbers of books that have seen their day on the bestseller list. If your shelves hold this particular one, please call (813) 831-2807.

Thank-you note

Tim Leach, who wrote for help to read a relative's World War II military records on microfiche, writes again - this time to say thanks for the assistance. On the day his request appeared, Tim received four responses, all with helpful, valuable information that is deeply appreciated.

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