MONUMENT — Winter is definitely on its way in and summer is on its way out! Brrr! We have been having some pretty cold mornings and experiencing cooler weather during the day (which I don’t mind at all btw). I don’t see any changes in the leaves of trees yet, but I am supposing that will be around the corner as well.
Our cooks Terry Cade and Carrie Jewell made us some yummy roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and chocolate chip cookies for our dessert. We thank our cooks for our scrumptious meal. We appreciate their hard work and diligence in whipping up these awesome meals for us every week.
Our greeters at the table were Bob Cockrell, Sue Cavender, and Jan Ensign. Bob led us in the flag salute and Judy Harris made the announcements. Yours truly prayed the blessing over the meal. Judy Cavender was the lucky winner of the free meal.
Cycle Oregon came through on Sept. 11. A great shout-out of thanks to all who helped in serving the cyclists and making it a pleasant trip out for them here to Monument, Oregon.
We thank all the volunteers who came to help cut up the elk meat for the upcoming event, the Buckaroo Fall Harvest Festival.
Are you ready? I am chomping at the bit for the Buckaroo coming up. We still need volunteers to help bake cookies for part of the dinner dessert. Any dessert donations for the dessert auction will also be much appreciated.
Don’t forget, the 4-H kids are selling and serving lunch that day and there is face and rock painting for the kids. I suppose if adults want to paint rocks and their faces, that’s OK too! Ha. There will be games for the whole family to participate in.
Live music will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The silent auction will be occurring at the same time as the live music. The live auction will begin at 3 p.m. and run till 5 p.m. The salmon and elk dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Please come get your auction numbers as soon as you can.
There will be lots of door prizes to be won, and there is one big door prize for the ladies and one big door prize for the men. You have to be present to win these prizes. Don’t miss your chance to win one of these awesome prizes!
All the profits from this event will go into the Monument Senior Center’s general fund account. We were running in the red because we were not able to have our annual Buckaroo for the past two years due to COVID. We are trying to make up for lost time and opportunities. We thank Judy Harris, Jeannie Strange, and everyone who is helping to make this event a time to remember! We hope to see everyone here for this wonderful family event.
I did get to make some pickles for my son after all. My neighbor and friend Carolyn Peterson kindly gave me a bunch of cucumbers! We are blessed!
Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor who walketh in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
JOHN DAY —
It’s official, fall has arrived. Fall is a favorite season of many people. Dec. 21 is the first day of winter and four days later is the special day many people set aside for Christmas.
On Monday, Sept. 12, Darlene Nodine and David Pasko were at the desk to greet 13 lunch-goers and see that their names were on the list for lunches and also in the drawing can. Yes, we use a coffee can for drawings. Darlene was the announcer today. Buzz Gilmore led the flag salute and Francis Kocis asked the blessing. Members of the Lutheran Church were the servers today. The number of takeout meals was not mentioned but I noted that some were taken.
Fifty-four fresh meals and 35 frozen meals were delivered all around John Day, Canyon City, Mt. Vernon, and the outskirts of them all, by Mike and Pati Davis, Rick LaMountain, Francis and Bonnie Kocis and Kim Heathcote. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and service.
Lunch consisted of angel hair pasta with sauce, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, green salad and Boston cream pie. I had never eaten angel hair pasta and it was delicious and fun to eat. That Boston cream pie was so good. Thanks, Kim and Shay, for a wonderful meal. Many comments were made about the great lunch.
Matt Molnar shared with us that he writes children’s books. He has someone do great artwork in them. He had some to show us, and they are beautiful. Each book is about a certain area nearby that is enjoyed by many people and a critter. He has a theory I had never heard of before.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, Pacific Source Insurance will be sponsoring the meal and sharing after lunch about the changes and upgrades in their insurance.
One room that we were changing around is done and is very nice. Now to get the other room cleaned up and things put back in it. It is always nice when we can see a job completed.
Dale Stennett won the Len’s card and Francis Kocis won the free meal. Congratulations, you two.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, Judy Thomas and Dave Pasko were at the desk to greet everyone, get them signed in and get names in drawings. There were 19 in-house diners.
Carol Roe led the flag salute and Sherrie of the Methodist church asked the blessing. Thanks, both of you. Rick LaMountain helped Sherry serve today. Thanks, Rick. We always appreciate Sherry when she comes. She has a beautiful smile and is attentive to the needs of all the diners.
Those barbecue ribs for lunch were so good. Everyone was commenting on the great taste of our meal today. We also had au gratin potatoes, pears, and a super-good caramel apple upside-down cake. Thanks, Kim, for great dessert.
By the time you read this we will already have had a free meal day sponsored by the American Veterans. Kathy Hoffman presented this to us and let us know that she will be overseeing a donation for lunch for everyone who sits with us.
Cindy Combs, Nancy Elliot, Matt Molnar and Michael Shockley delivered 49 fresh meals to needy folks around our community. Thanks to all of you for your service to the people living near us.
Carol Roe won the Chester’s card and Mya won the free meal. Congratulations, you two.
There were a few new faces with us today. One fellow, Jerry, has lived in John Day for 18 years and was caring for a lady friend that needed care 24/7. She has passed on now so he is free to move around a little and get out and meet a few people. Welcome, Jerry! I didn’t get the names of the other new faces but want to welcome them as well. Also it was good to see Ron Phillips of the Grant County Jammers.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 22, lunch will be meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cheesecake brownies. That sure does sound good. Then on Monday, Sept. 26, we will dine on cheesy chicken and rice casserole, salad of cook’s choice, and pear “brown betty” cake. Um um.
Good news: The Scriptures tell us we can do all things through Christ who gives us all the strength we need to get things done.
PRAIRIE CITY —
Guess what? The People Mover people (we assume) have put concrete in the big wooden square form in our front “yard.” Still no word from anyone about it. Your tax dollars at work? Hide and watch ...
On this day in history, Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That was in 1814 during the war of 1812. Moving to the next century, in 1949 “The Lone Ranger” began its run on TV. (“Where do you get this ‘we’ stuff, Kemo Sabe?”) Check out how long it was between 1814 and 1949. And then how long until “one giant step” on the moon. Time sure flies when you’re having fun!
And we had fun today at our meal. You should come and join in the festivities. Sharon Thisell led the flag salute and Tom asked the blessing. Sharon was also the winner of the gift certificate donated by Valeria at Chuck’s Little Diner. Thank so much, Valeria. The table that got to go first through the serving line had to answer this question: Why does a chef’s hat have 100 pleats?
A person who desires to be a chef must learn how to cook an egg 100 ways. When he/she does, he/she gets to wear the special hat. Guess I won’t have to worry about that ... I can boil, fry, poach, and put them in other dishes, and that’s a long ways from 100!
Our volunteers today included Carla, Mary, Gwynne, Carlos, Ginger, Pam, Tom, Chris, Theresa, and Josiah. Thank you for your service. They delivered food here, there, and everywhere prepared by our fabulous cooks Pam and Pam. The sponsor for today’s meal was Delores Scott. We enjoyed beef-n-noodles, green beans, green salad, watermelon, peaches, and a cookie. Let’s see: there’s the protein, carbs, veggies, fruits. Yep, we got the nutritional guidelines covered! Del brought in some of his surprise garden fruits: a humongous zucchini and lots of spaghetti squash to give away. You never know what you will find when you come in the hall.
And would you believe that we turned on the heat just a little this morning? We have now entered the season of heat on/AC off, followed by AC on/heat off. That’s what is known as living in the temperate zone. So this little saying is apropos: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Derrol’s trench is finished! He had to remove six large and heavy stones to get down to the depth needed. Now to wait on the contractor ... poor guy. Everybody wants him yesterday.
Two more sayings I found in catalogs: “Don’t trust everything you see ... even salt looks like sugar.” (Ahem) “Before we work on Artificial Intelligence, why don’t we do something about Natural Stupidity?” (Oh, yeah!)
I Cor. 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. :14 Do everything in love.