JOHN DAY — On Monday, May 7, Merry Henry and I were at the greeter’s desk. The Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary ladies, Mary Lou Horton and Chris Yriarte, were here to serve at tables for us, after they had already done meal home deliveries in John Day and Canyon City while David Gill and Rodney from Step Forward took the Mt. Vernon route.
Together, they delivered a total of 27 regular meals and 24 frozen meals. Chris Yriarte began our time together by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The drawings yielded a gift card from Len’s Drug for Marianne Morris and a free meal for Heather Swank. Ron Dowse gave the blessing on our meal. We had real hamburgers, with all the goodies to add as we wanted. We enjoyed a really good macaroni salad and, for dessert, rainbow sherbet. We served 32 diners. We entertained a guest we haven’t seen lately, Gale Heising from Valley View. Welcome back, Gale.
Don’t be scammed. An internet site called “Gov Simplified,” which claims it can get you a quick, easy Social Security card, is charging innocent people a fee. Then if you do get anything, it isn’t the real deal. You can only get to the Social Security site by going to SSA.gov. By the way, your bank may not help you if you do get ripped off. I called a phone number on an internet site. They took my money ($149.95, plus $4.95 for a foreign transaction fee). BOA said, since I agreed to the charge, they wouldn’t help me. We have banked there for over 30 years.
Thursday, May 10, Jeanette Julsrud and Olivia Cornell were busy checking in a large group of friends. We celebrated Mother’s Day at the senior center and what a meal. Cornerstone Bible Church served us with sweet care. Donna Johnson, Zola Pike, Linda Sprouffske, Bill Skinner, Andy and Carla Anderson, Alicia Miller and Pastor Levi Manitsas were kept pretty busy with such a large group, but handled it with ease. Pastor Levi provides our coffee and does a great job. Brenda and Jay Taramasso did John Day and Canyon City meal deliveries, while David Gill and Rodney from Step Forward did the Mt. Vernon route. Deda Porter won the Chester’s Thriftway gift card, and Karen Barrietua won a free Valley View meal. Pastor Levi gave us some sweet humor about mothers and then gave the blessing on our meal. Our sweet Linda Stoltz produced some lovely gift items for several more ladies. We served nine full tables. Shay and Lisa did a bang-up job on a wonderful meal. Old West Federal Credit Union sponsored this meal of hand-breaded pork steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, a spinach and strawberry salad (yum) and, for dessert, peach pie ala Lisa. Welcome, Jason Walker and Jennifer Marcucci. Come again. Saw some dear old friends we’ve missed too. Welcome back. I will be sending my news via remote for a while. Have a great week!
Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
MONUMENT — We thank our cooks Terry Cade and Carrie Jewell for their efforts in cooking up some great roasted chicken and deboning it too! They also served it with a fresh green salad, and dessert of your choice from a variety of pies.
The greeters at the desk were Linda Blakeslee and Judy Harris. Judy led us in the flag salute and made the announcements. Yours truly prayed the blessing over our meal.
The foot clinic will be coming for appointments on May 29. If you would like to have your feet taken care of, please call Krista Qual to set that up.
Mike Voigt from John Day and his crew were present to pour the cement for the storage shed out back. It will be a nice feature for storing without the worry of critters crawling into it and building nests.
We sure were glad to have both Jerry Cowger and Randy Sweek present with us. Praise the Lord! They both were having issues with their hearts.
The winners of the free meal tickets were Debbie Reid and Ed Bustardo. Roger Lawrence was the fortunate winner of the Len’s Drug gift card. We thank all our sponsors for their generous contributions.
Well, my wonderful hubby and I spent two days securing the bottom part of our corral so we could move the goats over to chomp down the new growth in there. We weren’t going to do the back part that was to the acreage but the silly babies kept getting out and didn’t know how to get back in, so we decided to block the whole corral off. I was ecstatic when I saw them munching off the tops of the cheet grass. Yes!
I was going to give Felix, who was exiled to the acreage after fighting with Steve, a chance to join the rest of the goats. The big dummy kept running away when I was trying to coax him into the corral. I finally gave up and left him out. He was exasperating. All the rest of the goats are happy. I am too. I won’t have to feed them for awhile now that they have all that delicious, fresh, green foliage to eat. I think I understand how the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff came about. To the goats, the grass really is greener on the other side.
I was watering my garden before church, and what do I find? Lo and behold, I found lamb’s quarters. Yahoo! I can’t believe it. I finally have some of that illusive lamb’s quarters, a whole bed of it even. Very exciting indeed. I plan on making my Korean dish when it matures a little. I also found a treasure trove of stinging nettle. Did you know that it is also considered very high in vitamins? I would like to try and harvest to cook and eat it. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I just have to figure out how without getting “stung,” hmmm.
1 John 4:2 “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”
PRAIRIE CITY — May 9 was the birthday of our youngest grandchild, who turned 5. It is also the birthday of her great-grandfather. Isn’t that interesting?
We had our Mother’s Day meal and was it ever good. Too bad you missed it. It consisted of pork loin roast, mashed potatoes, green salad, rolls, peaches and a stupendous strawberry shortcake cake. Had a sliced strawberry and strawberry topping and a 1/4 inch of that delicious white frosting on top of a very generous portion. Mmmm. Great job, Marjean and Joy. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us! There were 55 names on the registration book.
Jack Retherford led the flag salute and also asked the blessing. Bob Meador won the gift certificate donated by Valley View Assisted Living. We have received over $100 toward the cost of paint for the building this summer. Thanks so much. We really appreciate your donation. Thanks to Jimmy for getting the grass mowed around the building. Thought we were going to have to rent a cow. There is an area that needs to be done by a weed-eater, so if you feel so inclined, have at it.
Lorna and Krystin brought Thelma Kite, Bud Salisbury, Marilyn Randall and Virginia Moore from the Blue Mountain Care Center.
I asked how many of us had voted and was pleased to note that over 80 percent of those in the hall had done so. Good for you. If you think your vote doesn’t count, just remember those around the world who do not even have an opportunity to cast a ballot. This is one of our cherished freedoms that all our veterans fought and died for. Don’t dishonor them.
We are having a good time playing pinochle before the meal. Since it had been such a long time for all of us since playing last, some of the rules and regulations had slipped our minds. One question that we haven’t resolved yet is how much do you add to the “family” score when you have an extra king or queen? So I attempted to find the answer in my copies of Hoyle’s Official Rules For Card Games. One book was published in 1948 and the newer one in 1970. But neither of them addressed this question. In fact, if I had to play according to the rules that I read in those books, I’m not sure I could. I really like the “pool hall rules” that we play by. Maybe I’ll call the cousins in Drewsey and get an answer.
That was a good picture of me in the paper last week, huh? From the back. The concert was an absolute success. Everyone did their very best. You can come and play or sing this fall if you want. The more the merrier.
I read a book about the making of the movie “Titanic.” Found a VHS copy and watched the movie this week. Now I know what it’s all about. Have to keep up-to-date you know. (Tee, hee.)
Food for thought: Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”