Hello dailykos members! This diary is an official part of Netroots For The Troops.
It's your letter lady, jlms qkw, home from holiday. And a big thanks to all previous letter writers, especially those who sent in letters while I was on vacation!
This includes my 11 and 49 from wonderful dailykos members and their families!
4240 more needed!
Please write a letter to a soldier! It's the number one requested item at anysoldier.com. And for you, it's FREE: email your letter to me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will print and transport to Austin for inclusion in a package.
Today's sample letter:
Summer finally arrived - nearly everyone is out of school, even in districts with weird calendars. The weather heated up - we are at 93f here in Salt Lake City today. I know it is much hotter where you are in Iraq.
I took a short trip to Iowa during the floods - the trip was planned several months ago. I took my two small children to see my parents in central Iowa, and it was pretty exciting. My kids experienced their first tornado warning: one was sighted 4 miles west of Dad & Char's place. My 5 year old slept through it as I carried her downstairs, and back up. My 6 year old was rather excited and a little scared. The thunderstorms were very powerful - lots of lightning and tons of rain. We had a one-hour detour around Des Moines to get back to the airport.
It is so weird to be back where I grew up - I look at a piece of furniture and I feel 5 years old. My dad was criticizing my kids' hair, and I just thought "oh, you haven't changed in the last 30 years, have you dad?"
Politics are pretty hot too - the two major parties have their nominees. Congress is trying to finish up some big stuff before a short break. The Supreme Court is releasing decisions too.
The NBA has their draft in a couple days, I think. It is usually around my birthday anyway. The Kansas City Royals actually beat the Colorado Rockies in inter-league play, but other than that, they are having another sucky season. It is really hard to be a Kansas City Royal fan. I tried to stop, but it didn't work. They have been my favorite team for over 35 years! Since they were a new franchise and I was a small girl.
It is about time to scare up some supper. I think I will make stir-fry and salad. It's not quite too hot to cook ;-) Later tonight I will bake a loaf or two of bread, after it cools off. I also have hopes of going to knit with some girlfriends - I know, I have a wildly exciting life.
Thank you for all you do for our country, and for my family.
jlms_qkw AT xmission DOT com
We are sending 101 care packages to individual soldiers from Netrootsnation.org.
2. Donate to our cause: We have met and exceeded our goal of $10,000, however, the more you give, the more packages and stuff we'll send. Click here
3. Give us a name of a soldier. Rank, APO, etc. If you have one send it to the following email address katroshp at bellsouth (that's dot net domain).
Now, in case you didn't get that, WE NEED NAMES. Along with their name we need rank, unit, APO and their sizes for insoles, gloves and underwear. And this includes the women.
4. Come to our session at Netroots Nation: Saturday afternoon.