Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 329: Baked Cookies For A Fundraising Bake Sale

This morning, my family headed out like The Griswolds to pick out our Christmas tree.  Rather than driving out to the middle of nowhere like in the movie, we instead went to Home Depot (really traditional right?).  It only took us a few seconds to find the perfect tree for our house, and after a little bit of trimming, we got it in the car.  Isla sat in the back seat with the tree and spent the whole car ride staring at it.  She was probably plotting out which branches she would be stealing ornaments off of.  She has become quite the hoarder/thief lately.  We went through her toy wagon yesterday and found socks, wipes, a box of rice, a DVD, assorted dog toys, and a maternity book.  I am sure there is stuff hidden all throughout the house that we think is lost, but is simply where Isla wants it.  She just went down for a nap, but when she wakes up, she is going to help Lindsey and I decorate our Christmas tree.  It is tradition for us to go pick out our tree early in the morning, and then spend the day decorating, watching football, and drinking mulled wine (Don't worry, Isla will have almond milk).  Another tradition that is more my wife's thing is baking delicious cookies that I spend all day nibbling on.  That tradition is still happening, but today it won't just be me sampling her baked goodness.  In September, for one of my random acts, I washed a dog for the annual dog wash event put on by C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter in Evanston.  I met a lot of great people that day, and have kept in contact with Karey, one of the most enthusiastic, enjoyable people I have met during my random acts.  Karey let me know of a Holiday Faire fundraiser that the shelter was having where people could buy arts and crafts, participate in a silent auction, take your animal's picture with Santa, and purchase assorted baked goods on their Cookie Walk.  I mentioned to Karey that I would be more than happy to help, and that my wife was a tremendous amateur chef.  However, since I have to be involved in the random acts, I needed to help.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I baked cookies and donated them to the C.A.R.E. Holiday Faire.  I wish we could attend the fair, but we have a ton of work to do here around the house.  If you are in the Evanston area today, you should definitely stop by.  All proceeds from the Faire go towards helping C.A.R.E. provide the utmost care to unwanted and abandoned animals.


  1. Thank you for caring for the pets! I can't think of a better kindness during the holidays than to show love to the "unwanted." I adopted a cat and I'm her third owner. I am a pet lover for sure but there is something special about this one. She and I have forged a special relationship--she has healed me of more than one heartbreak and I've provided a safe, loving, cat treat filled home. I can honestly say she does appreciate it! Your acts are great--please keep up the kindness.

  2. Hi Ryan! Karey here! Thanks for the kind words and all the help you have given to C.A.R.E. We are a unique ALL VOLUNTEER group that goes into the Evanston Animal Shelter to care for the unwanted and stray animals in Evanston's municipal shelter. Once the animals have been to the vet and been brought up to date with their shots (and sometimes a snip, snip) we then work with the animals to make them adoptable and follow through with adoption processes. It's a great dedicated group and I am so glad to be able to share our story and efforts with you and your readers. If anyone wants more information on our organization they can visit our website or follow us on facebook at

  3. Oh, in case you have some non-pet readers, I should probably disclose "snip, snip" is code word for spay/neuter.