JOHN DAY — On Monday, June 4, Olivia Cornell and Merry Henry were receiving guests and taking care of the bookkeeping. Olivia is the newest member of the site council here and picks up almost all “dropped balls” around here. Thanks so much, Olivia. This past few days have been stressful for us here, as we have had to replace our freezer, and it has turned into a much longer fix than expected. We have had to farm out our frozen foods at the high school, and, as they were closing for the summer, we were misinformed that we had to find another holding site. After several hours of trying to solve this, I had the good fortune of speaking with Carolyn Stout, who went to the school and had our problem solved. They can continue helping us until our freezer can be finished. Thanks, Grant Union and Carolyn Stout!
Our meal on June 4 consisted of macaroni and cheese (yum) and a veggie soufflé with homemade bread, and was topped off with berry cobbler. We have smaller groups in the summer and had 19 diners, but not much food left over. Great meal, served by Chris Yriarte and Virginia Miller from the hospital guild. They have been very active here, and we appreciate both of them. Prior to serving, they delivered meals to John Day and Canyon City while David Gill and Rodney took the Mt. Vernon route. A total of 28 regular and 62 frozen meals were delivered.
We have a small group for our free tai chi class after Monday’s lunch. Come join us. It is led by Tyler Stoneman, and we have room for you to join. Tai chi helps with balance, strength, concentration and more.
Thursday, June 7, found Olivia and Merry back at the greeter’s desk. Special guests Todd McKinley and Cynthia Tirico joined with Everett King, Vickie Harrison and others to stand in for our regularly scheduled group who couldn’t come. Thanks to Joan and Joel Tayles and David Gill and his crew for delivering a total of 34 meals. We also enjoyed the company of Solutions Certified Public Accountants, formerly Oster Professional Group, who sponsored our entrée. Bob and Laurie Armstrong, along with Barbara Hicks, Melissa Galbreath, Mitch Saul, Amy Walker, Anna Bass, Don Jones and special guests Imogene and Bill Crittenden packed a table with great conversation and enjoyed the meal. We dined on pesto chicken, twice-baked mashed potatoes and old fashioned stewed tomatoes, and for our birthday of the month celebration, Driskill Memorial Chapel sponsored a lovely chocolate cake. We also welcomed some of our Prairie City bingo players back. Nice to see Judy Bracken, Jerry Williamson and Carolyn Olson again.
FYI, I have some new friends at my house: Dovey, Slick, Sunny, Mary, Precious and the twins, Bella and Annabelle and Pepper. (I think) Zeke and Zoey helped with some of the names. I would have a contest, but some of you may think they’re snakes or hippos, so never mind.
Matthew 6:33 KJV “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”
MONUMENT — For our first meal for the month of June, we had a large crowd of 53 people on the books and 10 takeouts. We had a few guests who added to that number. Among the guests were Maria Thomas of Kimberly and Patrick Gamman. Mr. Gamman is the new superintendent of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. He wanted to introduce himself to us and give a special invitation to come out and visit and also to welcome any suggestions for the fossil beds. We also had a new resident to the area, Cori Azevedo. She is looking for work if anyone needs a caregiver; she does it all. Her contact number is currently through Jerry and Dinah Cowger’s number. We welcome all these new people to the area.
We had Jimmy Cole, Linda Blakeslee and Judy Harris for our greeters at the table. Judy led us in the flag salute and made the announcements. Yours truly prayed over the blessing of the meal. Jimmy and Linda collected and counted the money. The Len’s Drug gift card winner was Pam Calahan. The winners of the free meal tickets were Donny Lippert and Linda Blakeslee. We thank everyone for their generous support. There was a free raffle held by Judy Harris for all who came to lunch on Tuesday. Krista Qual, the foot doctor, was the lucky winner. Our cooks Carrie Jewell and Teawna Jewell cooked us up some yummy tater tot casserole, carrots, fresh tossed green salad and chocolate cookies for dessert. We thank them for their tireless efforts.
Veanne Weddle was present and gave us some valuable information. Just a reminder, the health fair will be June 15 in John Day from 6 a.m. to noon. If you need assistance, there are senior scholarships available, and you can give Veanne a call. Also, Veanne gave a warning to seniors that your Medicare cards are currently being changed but do not under any circumstances give out your Social Security number if anyone calls on the phone asking for such information, or any other pertinent information regarding your bank accounts numbers or any such thing. These scam artists try and get you to give them this information and will wipe out your bank accounts. So please beware.
Lisa Newburger, who was responsible for helping to get the senior center a substantial grant, is helping out on the Rimrock Riders event at the Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte. This event will be held from June 29-30 and is also where they will have rescued horse training, shows, classes and adoptions going on. The admission is free. There will be a raffle, silent auction, food vendors and great family fun. For more information go to oregonrescuechallenge.com.
We thank Bob Cockerell, David Stubblefield and Dennis Abraham for their work with the concrete pours and all the other work. We also thank Doug Sweek for his brush hog work and moving gravel out back. We appreciate all the work of these men. Thank you!
I will have to continue my story next week.
Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are they that keep His commandments, And seek Him with the whole heart.”
PRAIRIE CITY — Didn’t see much about D-Day this year. “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” or something like that. Let us value the sacrifice that so many made on that day 74 years ago.
Made another trek to Bend to see the hand doctor. She determined that another surgery is in Derrol’s future. On the trek we encountered the new bloom of bicycle riders. Must have been 50-plus we had to avoid coming and going. Wouldn’t be so bad if they would keep in their bike path – and have lights or pennants or bright clothing. Coming around a corner and having to either brake or swerve because a cyclist is standing in your lane inspecting his flat tire is very hard on my nerves.
On another front, the carrots finally came up. Now if we can deter the deer.
Ginger led the flag salute, and Tom Roark asked the blessing on our picnic dinner of sausage on a bun, potato salad, chips, bean salad, watermelon and all the condiments. Dessert was frozen lime Jell-O with nuts, coconut flakes, pineapple pieces in it and topping. Was only a cupful, but was it filling. Good job, Marjean and Joy.
The winner of the $5 gift card donated by Len’s Drug was Nancy Spence. She and Storey Mooser were welcomed back. We had 56 names recorded by Carla, who is filling in for Pam this month. But she had to play pinochle first.
Larry, Carlos and Ken took care of the home deliveries. Lorna and Krystin bought Bud Salisbury, Gordon Sindt and Marilyn Randall from the Blue Mountain Care Center.
The announcements: Would you like to have the tai chi instructor come here? And if you want something a little more aggressive, daughter-in-love Laurel will be starting TXD (taekwondo) class in July.
Ron Dowse will be doing the driving course here on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. Signup sheet will be forthcoming.
There will be no meal at the center on July 4. Be sure to attend the Fourth of July celebration in your area. Did you know that after the Declaration of Independence was signed, it took from 1776 until 1781 to convince the British to leave us alone? Then there was the War of 1812. Always wondered what it was all about. Well, read in the history book about it, and it seems to have been an economic-based conflict during Napoleon’s endeavor to become emperor of Europe. Hard to understand during the 21st century’s globalism.
Jeremiah 31:21, 22 “Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return to your towns. How long will you wander…”