JOHN DAY — Monday, Nov. 19, we have closed out our second successful silent auction, with the plan to begin our next one in a few days with some Christmas items! We need to collect for the last sales first and then start a new one. I have given my notice to stop writing this column the last week in December and we are still looking for someone to take over. It has been a joy for me to do, helping me get acquainted here and I have only had a couple of corrections requested, where I have deserved many more! There is lots of help if you need it; call Veanne if interested at 541-575-1825. Bonnie Kocis and Ron Dowse were our greeters today, and our table service was provided by First Christian Church, Karen Barrietua, Jan Ellison and Ron and Roberta Dowse. Home meal deliveries were all made by our great friends from Step Forward, led by David Gill and his sidekick, Rodney, with a total of 34 regular and 55 frozen meals delivered to Canyon City, John Day and Mt. Vernon. Thanks to all of our dear volunteers for supporting our Senior Center! Yog Harris opened our time together by leading us in the pledge to our flag. Carol Roe won the Len’s Drug gift card, Bruce Kaufman won the free meals and Ron led us in the blessing for our meal. We enjoyed Shay’s super spaghetti, with veggies, spinach salad, baguettes and a wonderful Oregon blend berry cobbler!

We were closed here on Thanksgiving Day, and I have lots of space left to fill, so I’d like to say how thankful I am for this wonderful place and all of those who began it and have kept it going! We started coming for lunch about three to three and a half years ago after a terrible death in our family, followed by a terrible medical diagnosis for my husband. I was having trouble recovering emotionally and wasn’t finding any real help. We found friends here slowly, because most of the people didn’t know us and I was a wounded soul, not sure if I wanted to stick around. Little by little, I felt more at home here than anywhere else, and really enjoyed the fellowship; a word I use for spiritual friendships, and that is what I have found. It doesn’t matter what your religious history, there are people who have all struggled in life, and find unfettered friendship here with very little discrimination and lots of humor and acceptance. If you give us a chance, we’ll help you settle in here and love you. We will be moving in late spring, and it will be hard to leave those who have stretched out to be our friends! Thank you, so much, you all know who you are.

Next Thursday, Nov. 29, we will enjoy mac and cheese with ham and a three-bean salad.

John 8:12 NIV “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the lght of life.”

MONUMENT –– Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a simple meal at home and very low key. Only had a couple of friends and we just had a simple meal and visited for a few hours.

For our Nov. 20 meal, Terry Cade and Teawna Jewell made us a nice meal of cornbread and chili, fresh green salad, canned pear slices and some yummy cinnamon rolls.

Our greeters were Jimmy Cole, Linda Blakeslee, Kristi Guimont and Bodean Andersen. Jimmy and Linda collected and counted the money, Kristi checked in the guests, Bodean led us in the flag salute, made the announcements and prayed the blessing over our meal.

We had 33 guests present and four takeouts. Lonny and Brian Davis, from Mount Vernon, joined us for lunch. The Len’s Drug gift card was given to Roger Lawrence. Judy Cavender and Jackie Sweek were the lucky winners for a free meal.

Betty Richards had a fall the previous week and was in the hospital in John Day. We pray that she would recover completely and quickly; Donna Campbell was also in the hospital. We had Get Well Soon cards for Betty and Donna.

Since Betty is out of commission at the moment, Kristi is currently in charge of the rental of the senior center rooms. If you would like to book the senior center, please give her a call at 541-934-2021.

Well, I went to Bingo for the last Saturday of November; I stunk. I even got to stay for the whole time and I did not win even once. I came oh so very close a few times at winning but I still had lots of fun and I came home with a very full tummy. Apparently, I need to get there way early to pick the “good cards,” not going to happen. LOL.

I know I say this every year but really, Christmas is literally around the corner! I am guessing my friends who are really attentive and organized will be sending out their Christmas cards very soon. It almost seems like they have their cards all ready and waiting to send out right after Thanksgiving. Those people seriously have way too much time on their hands.

This week, I discovered a couple of fascinating YouTube channels. One was this woman, and I think she lives in Thailand; she walks around barefoot, carrying a basket with a clay plate, clay bowl, pestle and mortar, dried chili and spices. She goes hunting for all kinds of stuff like crickets, frogs and cicadas, to name a few. She then makes a fire, puts the clay plate on the fire with some oil and cooks whatever she found. After that, she makes a spicy sauce with the pestle and then eats it. I don’t know why I torture myself, I shouldn’t be watching this when I’m hungry because even those cicadas look good to me! I know, ewww. The other intriguing shows were these Asian women totally changing their look with makeup from homely to beautiful; quite amazing.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

PRAIRIE CITY — As I write this it is only 30 days until Christmas. Going to have to get up in the attic and go thru the items that I have been accumulating all year. So Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or like-minded sales spiels hold no charms for me. Sometimes I am surprised by what I’ve squirreled away for Christmas distribution… Oh, yeah. I forgot about buying that at that yard sale. I did walk through all the Christmas on the Prairie offerings, so I tried!

We had one glitch in our family Thanksgiving dinner – the Portland contingent did not get to come due to the grandchildren catching colds on Tuesday night. So – thanks to the miracle of the World Wide Web – they attended via Skype. Isn’t that something? Agata chats with her parents in Poland quite often using Skype. When I think of all the immigrants of the past who had to wait for months for word from overseas, I am so thankful that she can have this electronic connection.

So daughter-in-love made roast beef, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and bacon, carrots and beets (for me), and green salad (for which I furnished five bottles of varied dressings). Joel smoked a turkey and the in-laws from Lexington brought desserts and other condiments. Michael baked a huge apple pie to add to the occasion; a good time was had by all.

After dinner, Mrs. Temple and I began the task of teaching Joel how to play pinochle. She played 40 years ago with her grandparents but did not like the game because she was never able to win. We got through a short game and she won by 10 points!

The best response I heard to the question “What are you thankful for?” was this: my dog, my job and my boyfriend. Take note of the order and think about that.

Joel has been working all over the Grant County hinterland. We commented that he left the asphalt canyons of Portland for the gravel canyons of Grant County. He had a job out at the ol’ ranch, and said it was really weird to go back there to see the changes that have taken place in the intervening years. The frustrating thing is that when people find out that he was born and raised here, they expect him to know people and places and things that happened when he was not here; but he’s getting up to speed on all that. He has been to place in Grant County in the last six months that we haven’t been to in the last 60 years! Which brings to mind the saying “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

The last I heard, dinner will be lasagna and green salad with garlic bread on Nov. 28. The FFA banquet and auction during Christmas on the Prairie really had the ol’ Hall decked out. Good job Lindy, Debbie and company.

There will be a board meeting on Nov. 28 as well. So if you are on the board, please be in attendance.

Act 2:46 (The Message) “They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple, followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful…”


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