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Saturday a group of friends enjoyed a gathering at the Chriss home to celebrate three birthdays. We range in age from 27 to 77 but do so enjoy each other’s company. Everyone brings something for the table. Sometimes we have a special menu around which to bring other goodies and this event was Italian. Most of all, it is to let our hair down in a dignified way, to share the ups and downs in our lives. Whatever is said here stays here (as they say in Las Vegas). One of the birthday persons, Trish Bohn, had to cancel due to upper respiratory problems. It seems that is going around now. Those attending were Tina Chriss, Jocelyn Downs, Jean Canape, Kim Fincher, Rex and Arlene Boeddeker and yours truly.
Danny Lee had a vehicle malfunction and managed to get to my driveway. He came in to call for family to come get him. His wife, Michelle, and little guy Sammy came and we visited for awhile. Sammy is such a little gentleman. Shortly after Danny came to the door my neighbor Dana Wagner came knocking to make sure everything was OK as Bob and Dana saw “a man” walking up to my door. You can’t beat neighbors like that. Danny came for his truck the next day. While the Lees were here Stella Fitzgerald called, trying to find homes for a couple of Labrador puppies that seemed to be deserted and she was feeding the little orphans.
Grandson Nicholas is on leave from his job in North Dakota for a couple of weeks. He called so we can hopefully set up a time for a visit. This time they shouldn’t have to worry about fleas as I’ve only seen two in the last couple of weeks. Even though the cats are not loaded with fleas they continue their gnawing and scratching, especially after we have gone to bed. I think they consider my lap and bed their personal bathtubs.
Cat owners (or cats that own people) know how interesting cats can be. If I lay down a piece of paper, a book, my purse, a paper sack or box, they immediately try to take ownership. They insist on accompanying trips to the bathroom and insist on investigating people who come to visit, and raise their hackles should a dog enter the house. Once my dogs start barking for their morning treat (too early for my liking) the cats then make their presence known so they aren’t forgotten for their morning treat as well. When I’m on the phone Trouble insists on being right next to it. A nap on the couch must be monitored after a petting session.
Kim Witchey Fincher, Arlene Boeddeker and I had lunch at Subway after church service on Sunday. We all bought the foot longs and took half home for supper. Beats cooking for one! Randy got to visit a 91 year old uncle and an 81 year old cousin on Sunday in Fargo, ND. He is looking forward to having enough time while in that area to visit other relatives and family friends. Ron Boeddeker has e-mailed that it is getting colder up north but still one last Caribou hunt coming up.
Having checked with a few calendars and finding different dates for when Daylight Savings Time ends it was time to “Google” it and learned that Sunday, Nov. 6th the time changes at 2:00 a.m. This is good to know as it is usually the end of October. Plan now to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday Nov. 5th.
It rained again Monday night but having put away my rain gauge the amount is unknown. On Monday all the porch plants were relocated into the garage and “fed” with more potting soil and plant food. It is time the hoses are emptied of water, and the garage needs leaves cleaned up again. Mowing will soon be just for mulching leaves and it is almost time to rake and burn leaves, a job that is hard on the shoulders and back. Also time to put a pumpkin on the porch to welcome visitors.
No soap box issues this week. They are there but I’ll not assault your eyes with them. Be well and enjoy this fall weather.
Pleasant Ridge Baptist from the desk of Jamey Herd;
It looks like our beautiful weather is coming to an end for a time. It has sure been beautiful out. We received an inch and a half of rain when the last rains came through here. It was sure welcome as we were very dry. Tomorrow will tell what this latest system will bring in moisture.
Pleasant Ridge had good attendance with 16 children in Children’s Church. After services there were several that went to the maze in Ozark. From Laveta Ray “-we had a great time. We had 20 kids and 9 adults. We had a hay ride, and then went to the petting area where the kids were able to feed baby calves, goats and some held a chicken. Aiden was saying “balk, balk, balk here chicken and then he said very seriously “I don’t know how to talk chicken talk…so funny.” After the hayride we went through the hay maze, one for the younger kids and one for the older ones. Then we had our hotdog and marshmallow roast that everyone enjoyed, then the kids went back through the maze one more time, then we all came together and Carl did a short devotion on David and Jonathan and their friendship being strong even though Saul was against it. Everyone agreed that they had a good time but were ready to come home.”
This next Saturday night at Pleasant Ridge will be the “Trunk of Sweets” with the sweet story of Jesus. Weather permitting there will be a bonfire and wiener roast also.
Pat Williams, Jim Cudney, Paul Dugan and Carla all had birthdays with the Church singing to them on Sunday morning.
Prayer and get-well wishes go out to Kenneth Lupton who had back surgery in Indiana this past week and his brother-in-law, Max Wood, who is in Cox South. I had a phone visit with Joanne Lupton this past week and she reports Kenneth is doing very well but at the time was still in the hospital.
This is all the news from this side of the fence for this week. God Bless and Keep you in his care.