Monday, 6 November 2017

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

This large mouse found a home in Norway
As you know I have been knitting mice this year. So far I have made around 50, a long way off from my grandmother's total of around 2,500! However, she started in 1973 and continued until her death in 2005. So, I have a few years yet.

Like my grandmother I make the mice for charity. She also gave them away to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (and friends of...). My choice of charity this year is the 'Stomach, Liver and Bowel Foundation' in the Netherlands. Close to my parents' hearts, especially after the scare earlier this year of my mother having bowel cancer (she is clear now). 

This small mouse lives in Scotland now.
For next year however, I want to donate to a different charity. Which one though, since there are literally hundreds of thousands out there! So, the first thing to do is decide whether it will be an animal, vegetable or mineral charity. And here's where you come in, because I want you to decide!

An animal charity could be a local, national or international charity that deals with animal welfare. A local shelter, World Wildlife Fund, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals are just a few examples. I will also include human charities; cancer, pre-natal wards, alzheimers, care for veterans etc. 

This cutie made his home in the Netherlands
A vegetable charity could be (again) local, national or international. The environment, parks, clean-up of the sea or anything else like that. 

And finally the mineral charity. The upkeep, maintenance and restoration of houses, factories, ships and anything else that has historical value. Local, national, international. 

And this is Mouse, Brom's friend
Up to you now: which one do you pick? You just have to state animal, vegetable or mineral. Once I know that, we will go further and in the end there will be a charity that will receive money from Mice for Mama at the end of 2018. 

PS: You think you might be able to give a mouse a good home? Why not go to Mice for Mama and see if there is a nice friend for you! New ones are added each month.


  1. What an excellent idea ! the mice are so cute ! I of course am for animals !! animals and animals.

  2. Hari OM
    This is a wonderful initiative Mara; you are in inspiration gal! Now as to choice... I have eclectic interests as I think you know, but pawhaps for 2018, and given it is mice who are driving it, an animal charity might be the go? YAM xx

    1. pee ess... have put a shout-out at the end of Thursday's post over at MENO bloggy... Yxx

  3. This is a difficult one. But let's go for animal.

  4. You do make the most wonderful Mouses!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. You are so ambitious! Any of those charities would be wonderful, but I kind of have a place in my heart for the animal kind.

  6. Ik zou voor een lokaal initiatief gaan. Je zou er eerst onderzoek naar kunnen doen (met eigen ogen zien)...en men is vaak ontzettend dankbaar. In jouw omgeving is veel armoede...en dat treft ook de dieren. Ik zou dus voor 'animal' gaan...en anders voor een vierde optie kiezen: 'social'.

  7. Dearest Mara..yes I was channeling my inner Marilyn Monroe...hugs madi
    Bravo to you for continue on with the meeses. Question do you ever have trouble with your wrist when you knit a lot?
    My right wrist sometimes bothers me when I crochet too long at a time
    Hugs Cecilia

  8. Mara, you are truly an inspiration in so many ways! Although I'm not a member of Blogville I read many (Blogville) blogs daily (I read yours first thing every day). I haven't been able to comment for a while due to technical difficulties. So I'm not sure if I get a vote but if I do, I say animal. Dona

  9. Oh, Mara, these mice are just too cute! I love them and hope to own one myself soon! :) You're right, it is so hard to choose a charity. I'm sure you'll choose just the right one!

  10. You are turning your hobby into something beneficial to society.

  11. I see my Arthur cross eyeing on your mouse pictures !

  12. Your mice are delightful. While there are so many worthy charities, my vote is for animals.


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