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Some more experienced (older) ladies may be able to relate to this. Back in the ‘40s,‘50s and ‘60s (this is my memory) most women did their laundry on Mondays and weather permitting, scrambling to have the whitest linens, diapers and underwear on the line should the neighbors care to look – and they did! September was always the month to wash windows inside and out, including up north before the storm windows were put up. If your laundry wasn’t white and your windows sparkling, you weren’t considered a good housekeeper.
Last Monday I had laundry going – just because there was enough for a load of course. While the laundry was going I checked my e-mail and a high school friend e-mailed me she had washed all her windows. Out of old ingrained habit or guilt, I started cleaning windows on Tuesday and all but two are done. Of course, every time I do the outside of the windows rain can be counted on. This also parlays into laundering window coverings and, heaven forbid, cleaning the blinds. Not a fun job.
My mother was such a stickler for cleanliness that when she felt my sister and I weren’t doing dishes properly she would get out every dish from every cupboard and make us do them, well! After the fire here my sister brought from California all my mother’s stored dishes, glassware, knickknacks, etc. and I had to wait using them until moving into the rebuilt house. As I was bringing in box after box and washing and drying every item, I started to laugh and called my sister in California. I reminded her of all the times we had to wash every dish and she remembered. Then I told her mother has had the final laugh as I was again washing and drying every dish, pot, pan, knickknack, etc. Dona joined me in laughter.
Dona and I had to do all the housecleaning. On the appointed weekday for that my mother would come home from work and put on her white cotton gloves. If she found any dust or dirt on the gloves after going over furniture, door frames, window frames, etc. she made us do all the cleaning all over again. The closets were wood flooring and every week we had to take everything off those floors and wet mop them because mother said if company came and looked in our closets she didn’t want them to see any dust bunnies. Of course, Dona and I grumbled. However, I learned how to clean house even though these days I am not so persnickety, not nearly so, and a lot older. Just thought I’d share some history with you.
Last Wednesday evening I attended a surprise potluck birthday party at the Nazarene Church for Violet Lakey. She truly was surprised as we all sang happy birthday to her when she came in. Seems there were well over two dozen people there, food was excellent. Such a nice evening! I recognized so many faces but just couldn’t come up with names for all of them. I learned that some ladies of this community have lost a great deal of weight. Good for them, names omitted.
Friday Arlene and Rex joined me for lunch at Taco Bell and we found Wanda Dugan and Pam Aldrich there, nice surprise. Paul and Wanda are busy setting up a rabbit business and we wish them well. Pam’s daughter, Amy, is in college and working.
Until next week, may your troubles be behind you and may your heart and mind dwell on our Lord as we praise Him and pray for this nation.
“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” – Robert Frost
PLEASANT RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH FROM THE DESK OF JAMEY HERD: I’ve not been able to do the items for a couple of weeks. I am sorry about that. I’ve been going through a lot of medical tests.
Pleasant Ridge enjoyed a good day in the Lord Sunday with good attendance. Pastor Carl brought the morning message from the Book of Matthew 7: 24-27. How should I build my Spiritual House and how God works through all of us.
Laveta and Susie had 6 small ones in Children’s Church. They sang a really cute song before going back to their room.
A special was given by Kaitrin and Skylark. It is great when our young ones take part in the service.
Pastor Carl, Coy Holden, Trevor and Billy Joe Herd attended the Wild Game Supper at Cedar Gap Church on Saturday night. The report was great preaching and good food. A former convict turned Christian was the speaker with lots of testimony and a great message to the young people in attendance. I am sorry but I didn’t write his name down.
Upcoming events are a Ladies Meeting this next Sunday, October 9, at 4:30 at the Church. Also there will be a business meeting on that Sunday evening. On October 16 at 1PM the children and any adults that would like to attend will be going to Ozark to the Pumpkin Patch. On October 22 at 6PM the Church will host a Trunk for Treats for trick or treaters that might be out for Halloween. I will announce later if there is to also be a bonfire and cookout.
We are having some beautiful Autumn weather. I hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy it some. I am sure there are those that are out picking up walnuts. My walnut picking up days are in the past.
Until next time may the Lord Bless and Keep you.