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Dogwood Ramblings

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” –British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

We returned from California on March 5th, a whirlwind trip. It was so good seeing my sister, Dona, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is now awaiting a call for the needed surgery. Her husband, son and daughter joined us for a wonderful dinner. Dona provided me with two very old photo albums and many other pictures that had belonged to my parents. This is this genealogists dream, provided a trip down memory lane, especially as I lost so many pictures in the house fire.

My son, Ryan in Riverside, California opened his house to us travelers, Ron and Arlene Boeddeker, their daughter, Reanna, and moi. Ryan’s daughters, Nakomi and Shamika, came to see us more than once bringing my beautiful great grandbabies, all age four and under. Ron’s daughter, Regina, came from Camarillo down to Riverside with her son, Justin. They all had a fun day at Disneyland while I had great visits with a friend I hadn’t seen for about 60 years. I was the babysitter for her and her twin sister way back when. A wonderful all day visit with my best friend (soulmate) Carole and then went to a mini-reunion of gals with whom I graduated high school 61 years ago come May. All 16 there signed my replacement annual (the original was lost in the fire) and they sure got a kick out of doing that after all these years.

We had a bit of auto trouble in Californa and had to have new calipers and change of brake fluid. It is scary driving on those clogged bumper to bumper freeways and then having smoke coming up at you. Good thing Ron was doing all the driving and then arranged to have things put right. Ron remained cool and collected while I fretted over everything. We had arrived at Ryan’s place just before a snow storm hit the mountains and stopped traffic on the passes. We made it out there in 31 hours and made it back here in 26 hours, exhausted. Randy took care of my pets and home during this time and good neighbor, Bob Wagner, kept a close eye on everything. The highest fuel price we paid was $4.76 in California. Just this last Friday I saw the price go up another 10 cents in Ava from morning to the afternoon; I should have filled up in the morning!

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer

I am saddened to learn of the death and illness of Dogwood residents and loved ones. On the trip we encountered many who have suffered from the flu and learned the same when we returned home. So far it has not caught me. Hand santizers have helped in that regard.

My fellow parishners honored me Sunday for my years as secretary to Fr. Paul and for other things I do for our church with flowers, special refreshments, a beautiful cake, cards, hugs, gifts and many kind words. This was a complete surprise to me and nealry left me speechless (and that is difficult to do!)

I really appreciate Jamey Herd for doing this column in my absence.

God bless and be well.

From the desk of Jamey Herd: Did everyone make it to church on time this morning. It was so cloudy and raining and I didn’t want to crawl out of bed. But I made it on time.

This past ten days has seen two funerals for friends, Geneve Marlin and Max Wood. Then on Friday I received word of the passing of a cousin of mine in Lubbock, Texas. Unfortunately that funeral I couldn’t attend. I am glad for the memories I have.

Pastor Carl brought the message this morning. Leveta had Children’s Church with 10 attending.  Despite the time change and the rain, everyone made it to Church on time.

I had lunch with Karen Hickman in Springfield on Saturday as she is going back to California for a couple of months. Karen recently had shoulder surgery so has been unable to attend Pleasant Ridge. We ate at Leongs Chinese restaurant, went to Sam’s Club then I took her home. There was just too much traffic so I headed home.

The Ladies Laugh and Learn, to be held at Hartville High School, will be March 24th. Anyone interested in going to this fun event contact the church at 683-6880 and leave a message. There will be a number of teaching classes and ladies modeling clothing.

Until next week, God Bless.

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