JOHN DAY — What a busy week. We start out in our friendly, peaceful senior center on July 2, with Olivia Cornell and Ron Dowse at the greeter’s desk. Our table service was provided by Isa Larkin and Chris Yriarte from the Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary. Isa and Chris began their day with two hours of delivering meals to John Day and Canyon City, while David Gill and Rodney from Step Forward took out meals to Mt. Vernon. This faithful group of volunteers delivered 25 regular meals and 66 frozen meals altogether. Thank you all!
Isa opened our time together by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The drawings produced winners Ron Dowse, for the Len’s Drug gift card, and Pat Amling, for the free meal. Ron gave a warm blessing on our meal. We enjoyed shrimp lo mein, egg rolls, Asian slaw and fortune cookies for dessert. Mine read, “Do not look for wisdom here — for I am just a cookie.”
We welcomed new guests Carol and Reg LeQuieu.
Tai chi went well. Come and join us right after lunch on Mondays. No charge.
On Thursday, July 5, Everett King and Jeanette Julsrud had greeter duties, and John Day Church of the Nazarene was here to serve us. Joan and Joel Tayles took out meals for homebound friends to John Day and Canyon City and the Step Forward Crew took the Mt. Vernon meals. Altogether they delivered 31 meals. Trace and Duane Andrew, Everett King, Jessie Elliott and Roseanne, with a couple of “step up helpers,” served us barbecue pork ribs, cheesy new potatoes, corn bread muffins, green salad and corn on the cob. Our meal was sponsored by Claws and Paws Pet Sitting, Chris Labhart. The dessert celebrated “July Birthday of the Month” with a much larger sheet cake than usual. Yummy. This is always sponsored by Driskill Memorial Chapel. Troy Hanson with Amber Wright representing Driskill’s were here to have lunch as well as to step up and help serve. Thanks so much. Troy said the regular size cake made servings too small. A man with a heart for sure.
We welcomed guests Burrel Moulton, Tom Grimsley, Vivian Rookstool and Louise LaBaugh. Come again soon. We had 44 diners and good food as well as fun with friends.
Duane Andrew led us in the flag salute, and drawings produced winners Dusty Harris, who won the Chester’s Thriftway gift card, and Janice Hunt, winner of the Valley View meal. Trace Andrew prayed for our meal. We have much to be thankful for on this celebration of our country’s birthday.
I have to tell you I won the very special handmade gift, donated by an anonymous friend. I will love cuddling up in my red, white and blue crocheted afghan. Thank you so much.
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
MONUMENT — Hope everyone had a most wonderful Fourth of July. Monument had a very busy day with the jubilee going on at the park, food, games, auctions, merchandise sales and, of course, the fireworks finale at 10 p.m. I just love living out here in this little town. It just feels like everyone is family. In the big city, people literally are complete strangers, but out here, you meet someone, and that someone knows someone you know, you know? Did you get that? Ha.
We had yet another great crowd come through the senior center lunch, 66 guests on the books and three takeouts. It sure kept our cooks Carrie Jewell and Teawna Jewell busy feeding the hungry lot. We thank them for their tireless efforts and hard work.
Our greeters were Jimmy Cole, Linda Blakeslee and Kristi Guimont. Jimmy and Kristi collected and counted the money. Judy Harris led us in the flag salute and made the announcements. Yours truly prayed the blessing over our meal.
The free meal tickets were won by Max Breeding and Megan (a visitor — I won’t even try and spell her last name, as I’m sure I’d botch it up). Jan Ensign won the Len’s Drug gift card.
We had lots of visitors join us, which included Betty Breeding’s family. She had nieces, grandchildren and brothers and sisters. We also welcomed back the Williams/McDonald family. They came to help celebrate our Independence Day festivities.
Well, it looks like the heat is on. We’ve had a couple of days so far over 100 degrees. Yup, I’d say that summer is definitely here now. I think I prefer the winter. I don’t like to get sweaty and melt. We try to go out early in the morning when it is still cool out and do our chores. When it is hot, it’s nice to not have to walk up and down our long driveway and take the ATV. I must remember to keep my mouth closed at all times when riding on the ATV. I’ve almost ingested some bugs, but thank goodness, I had my mouth closed!
We are raising a couple of pigs this summer. My son named them Porkchop and Applesauce. They are getting nice and plump. They are a little weird. They like to hide under the prickly thistle and sleep there too. I don’t know how they can stand getting all poked by the thistle. I find it fascinating that they can grow so quickly and be ready to be butchered in six months. Yes, we most definitely like to eat pork chops, yum.
We moved our goats back to their goat pen. The weeds and grass in there got out of control. I hope they eat it down. I need to tame down Bonnie again. I’m afraid I’ve neglected her, and she has forgotten me. Maybe I can coax and bribe her with some grain? Goats are kinda picky about their treats, too. It’s kind of a myth: They don’t eat anything and everything.
Psalm 25:14 “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him.”
PRAIRIE CITY — What a great day the Fourth of July was! Not too hot, not too windy and lots of people on the parade route. Thanks to all for joining us on this Independence Day. We found out one thing: 6 pounds of candy does not go very far. But others made up for it. I’m curious when it became the fashion to throw candy during a parade. Do the big ones in Portland, Pasadena, Chicago and New York do it? I don’t remember seeing candy thrown from those fantastic floats. So why must we?
In case you didn’t get to see our float, we had two tables on it. One was for the pinochle players and one represented people eating the Wednesday meal. And it was really nice to have something to do while waiting for the cannon boom. And would you believe that Delores and Carla got another 300 pinochle?
Son Joel and family were in the crowd, but I didn’t see them until we had returned to the hall to un-decorate. That’s the thing about being in the parade rather than watching. You don’t get to see the rest of the entrants except the ones in front and behind you. Kudos to the committee who put it all together.
Heard once that there was a reading of the Declaration of Independence by some group somewhere. (Now there’s a great factual statement!) Anyway, I thought that those who read it would be surprised and/or shocked by some of the reasons given in the document for our declaration. Most of us can agree with the taxation-without-representation part. But what about some of the things that were important then, but not now? Remember that the ultimate authority at that time was the king of England, so the items listed were directed to him.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
“He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness, his invasions of the rights of the people.
“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices and the amount and payment of their salaries.
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People and eat out their substance.
“He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns and destroyed the lives of our people.”
Fifty-six men signed this document. The last line read, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Revelations 12:11 “ … they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”