JOHN DAY – The senior center was closed on Dec. 31, so no news from that day. I'm hoping you had a good time bringing in the New Year and I pray it will be the best year ever for all of you.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, we had regular bingo at the center. Low attendance, but lots of fun and goodies. The payouts were only $5 per game with $10 blackout consolation. Neither blackout was won, so next week the $200 one will be in 55 numbers, and the $300 one will be in 50 numbers. The dollar game was won at $20, and the quarter game was $6.50. Hope to see you next week.

Well, it’s Thursday, Jan. 3, as I am writing this. We had chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed veggies, green salad, rolls and for dessert, cocktail cake. Great lunch to start the new year.

Elsie Huskey and Anita Princehouse were at the desk. Beth Spell led the flag salute.

Veanne announced that tickets are on sale for the scooter; see Don Caldwell for more information. The drawing will be Thursday, Feb. 14. She also told some cute cold jokes.

Remember the CHIP meeting 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Humbolt Elementary cafeteria. For more information and/or transportation, call Linda Watson at 541-575-0873.

At lunch with Bonnie Kocis today was her mother, Francis Shaffer, from Portland, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 28. Also with them were Bonnie’s cousin, Nancy Fernbaugh, and her husband from Enola, Pa. They had come to celebrate Francis’ birthday. Also Bonnie Hester brought her sister-in-law, Augustia “Gussie” Hester who celebrated her 86th birthday. Happy birthday to both of these ladies.

The entree was furnished by members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, who were also our servers. Helen Bogart and Carol Thompson set up the tables. Carol also served along with Julie Reynolds, Jim and Beth Spell, Jean Kline, and Mike Cosgrove. Julie asked the blessing.

Veanne Weddle and the Colbeths delivered 19 meals. There were 55 who ate here, despite the cold weather. Rich Tirico won the meal for two at Valley View, and Richard Gray won the Chester’s Thriftway certificate.

Thursday, Jan. 10, we’ll have stew, and Monday, Jan. 14, the meal will be spaghetti. Come join us – the food is great, the price is right and the fellowship is wonderful.

Peter taught us by example that “It is better to be a follower who fails, than one who fails to follow.”

PRAIRIE CITY – Happy New Year! Did you manage to stay up to see the old year out and the new one in? We made it until 10:15 p.m. After all, it was the new year somewhere.

We did not have a meal at our center on Jan. 2, due to it being too soon after the holidays, too cold and too much sickness. But we will be back on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Now that the Christmas season is over, the next influx of catalogs has begun for St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. So, in perusing said catalogs, I found some interesting, thought-provoking slogans for your enlightenment, to wit:

• “Earth without art is just “eh.”

• “Listen” and “silent” have the same letters – coincidence?

• When comforting a stressed-out writer, whisper, “there, their, they’re.”

• If it moves, it’s biology; if it stinks, it’s chemistry; if it doesn’t work, it’s physics.

• “Women are like tea bags – you never know how strong they are until they’re put in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

• Don’t try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out.

• Life is like a doughnut – you’re either in the dough or in the hole.

• We hope our ship comes in before the dock rots.

• Too much “Pi” can give you a large circumference.

And for you math wizards out there: “Math problems? Call 1-800-[(10x)(13i)a2]-[sin(xy)/2.362x].”

Can anyone tell me what that is? I never got beyond a+b=c in algebra.

I also found a great rain coat made out of Tyvek. That’s the housewrap stuff that contractors put on new construction. That ought to work very well.

Job 10:12 “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and Your care has preserved my spirit.”

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