PRAIRIE CITY – We had something that I don’t think I’ve ever eaten before: stuffed peppers. And I ate all the innards which was hamburger, rice, and veggies. Some were brave and ate the pepper, too. Along with that entree we had luscious corn-on-the-cob, broccoli salad, beets, and rolls, and zucchini-spice cake for dessert.

The tables were graced with vases of sunflowers. The flowers, the beets and some zucchini to give away all came from the garden of Buzz Harris. Thanks a lot.

Our servers were Charlotte Barkdoll, Jean Kline, Gary Jacobson and Jerry Sheets. Wanda Kaufman won the gift certificate donated by Prairie Drug and Hardware. Buzz led the flag salute and Jerry Sheets asked the blessing.

The Blue Mountain Nursing Home ladies, Kellyn and Alicia, brought Carol Johns, Lola Kastl, Ruth Garrison and Cora Stubblefield. Other guests were Don and Wilma Thomasson. Jake Reynolds brought his grandma, Mickey Reynolds. We had 45 diners in the hall, 13 take-outs and 3 meals-on-wheels.

Marvin announced that flu shots would be given here on Wednesday, Sept. 5. And this was also Grange meeting day. I’ve become a believer in the siesta these past few weeks. Get out to paint at 7 a.m. and work until noonish. Then wait until after supper when it starts to cool off to go back out and work another couple hours. Of course, you can only do it that way here in the summer time. But that’s OK. I don’t work outside in the winter anyway.

So the house is not primer white anymore. The paint company calls the color – are you ready for this? - “Crossroads.” And the trim color has the evocative name of “Earthen Treasure.” So what colors are they? Light tan and dark brown. Wonder how much you get paid for thinking up those names?

Have you been watching the activity on Reservoir Hill? I have an excellent view of the steep roadway. Those big trucks make a lot of racket going up and down. Would make a great viewpoint.

The town was full for the Huckleberry Festival. I thought about going down and getting a taste of something so I would know what huckleberries taste like. But I just kept painting. Then I found out that no one entered anything in the contest! Hey, what’s up with that?

Cowboy philosophy: In the mounting of a horse, the right side is the wrong side; and the left side is the right side; your backside is the broadside; and that’s the side you sit on. Get it? Got it. Good!

Matt. 11:28 “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, And I will give you rest.”

JOHN DAY – Monday, Aug. 6, we had stew, salad, rolls, and cake rolls for dessert. Greeting us at the desk were Elsie Huskey and Gayle Ryder. The servers were from Blue Mountain Auxiliary. Mary Jones led the flag salute, and Bert Kruse asked the blessing.

Veanne Weddle is still on vacation so I did the announcing. The produce on the front table was donated by Bob McCauley. Thanks Bob. Brandi and the Lees delivered 19 meals. We fed about 27 here at the center.

Mary Jones won the Len’s certificate, and Lois Bidasolo won the free meal.

On Aug. 6 there were only 19 people present at bingo. Some of our regulars weren’t there for various reasons. The pots were $10 with consolation on blackouts being $15. Neither blackout was won so next week they will be $330 in 58 numbers, and $500 in 50 numbers. The dollar game was won at $36, and the quarter game went at $16.50. Thanks everybody for all the snacks; the table looked great.

Thursday Aug. 9, we had sweet-and-sour meatballs with rice, sliced tomatoes, wheat rolls, and birthday cake for dessert. The cake was furnished by Driskill Memorial Chapel. represented by Chris Bellender, and Velvet Touch Car Wash.

The entree was furnished by Mobile Glass, and Gloria Kulis was at the desk. Our servers were the Rev. Levi Manitsas, Sheri Nance, Donna Johnson and Kathy Stockdale from Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Cathy led the flag salute, and the Rev. Manitsas asked the blessing.

Veanne is back from vacation and we’re glad to have her here. She announced that the flu clinic will be held at the center at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. She also talked about food safety. Our food program is under the supervision of the federal government and their guidelines say that food is not safe after 48 hours under any circumstances. So remember some of Thursday’s lunch is sometimes prepared on Wednesday, so if it is still in your fridge after Friday, toss it.

There will be a benefit dinner, auction and 50/50 drawing on Friday, Sept. 7, for Swede Larson, who is seriously ill.

We had the crew from Monument with us on Aug. 9. There was Ruth and Mike Hamilton, Marva Walker, Betty Shrofe, Mary Carl and Sylvia Cockrell. Also joining us were a group from Golden Heritage and the bridge players. We had about 60 people. Veanne Weddle and Chaplain Richie Colbeth delivered 20 meals.

Bill McMunn won the Chester’s Thriftway certificate, and Veanne said we are looking for a new sponsor for a drawing.

Thursday, Aug. 16, we will have pork loin for lunch, and Monday, Aug. 20, it will be “cook’s choice.” See you next week.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11

MONUMENT – This week at the seniors’ meal there were 31 people. The drawing winners were Jan Ensign, certificate to Len’s Drug; Dorothy Jordan, free meal; and Bodean Anderson, free hair cut from Mary Powell’s salon, Guys and Gals.

Walt Williams’ memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Monument Cemetery. A potluck will follow after the ceremony. Walt was a longtime resident of Monument; we wish his family well and offer our condolences in his passing.

The flu shot clinic will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Monument Senior Center.

Don’t forget there will be a “night out” party, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Monument City Park. Everyone is invited. The party is sponsored by the Monument Service Club. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, and everyone is invited to bring a potluck dish, a dessert or a salad. Bring something that will go with sirloin burgers and hot dogs. It is a fantastic way to meet new neighbors, and catch up on news with friends. In order to keep the revenue up for the Service Club, donations will be accepted and appreciated by those who can help.

Just in case you didn’t know, the club is an incredible organization that provides numerous compassionate services to our community. We are grateful to have them in our little piece of paradise as they go around doing good.

The fourth annual Spray Hot Summer Daze will be Saturday, Aug. 25. There will be live music from 10 a.m.-noon, and a meal served from 12-3 p.m. at “The Rock.” The menu will be barbecued pork, turkey, potato salad, cowboy beans, coleslaw, homemade rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 7-12 years, and free for kids 6 and under. Pinochle and cribbage tournaments will start at 3 p.m. Kids games will be from 10 a.m.-noon in the park, where there will also be booths with items for sale. For more information, call Spray City Hall at 541-468-2069. Proceeds benefit the Spray Volunteer Fire Department.

Monument School is starting Monday, Aug. 27. I would imagine that the children are eager to start the new school year, or maybe the parents are the ones excited? There are a number of supply lists for the different grades. To find out what supplies your child needs, call the school at 541-934-2646.

When school starts, it translates to me that summer is just about ready to wind down. My hope would be that we can enjoy a very long, pleasant fall. I enjoy the changing of the season from extreme, hot summer to a moderate fall season. I anticipate and enjoy watching the leaves change from green to beautiful red and yellow hues. A time for reflection and appreciation of another year, and the worries that seemed to be so important at the time seem to fade away and are forgotten.

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