PRAIRIE CITY – Oh what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way. Don’t you feel like that on these perfectly clear days? Just another day in paradise.

And we had a wonderful meal to go with this day, too. But I couldn’t eat a whole lot because I was going to another potluck in the evening. ’Twas very disappointing, to say the least. We had grape juice, potato salad, tomato wedges, watermelon wedges, corn on the cob, sloppy joes, and ice cream with chocolate crumbles on top. It was scrumdiddlyumptious. We had 19 take-outs, two meals-on-wheels and 45 diners in the hall, for a total of 66.

Darrell Johnson was the winner of the $5 in trade donated by Prairie Drug and Hardware. Our servers were Pam Howard, after she got done registering everyone, Louise LaBaugh and Vivian Rookstool. Buzz Harris led the flag salute, and Jerry Sheets asked the blessing.

We always give a round of applause to our faithful four who arrive at 6 a.m. to set the tables for this meal. The ladies from the Blue Mountain Nursing Home, Lorna and Barb, brought Carol Johns, Dee Allen, Cora Stubblefield and Rita West. And the gals from the Grant County Health Department – I presume – set up a table and dispensed flu shots. But they didn’t stay for dinner. Too bad, so sad.

There were vases of flowers on each table that consisted of a sunflower, a coral colored miniature rose, and a spike of blue salvia. Very pretty. We appreciate those who brought them to share.

I’m almost to the bottom of the first gallon on trim paint – finally. Still have some areas to clean off the prime. They are overhead so I’ve been procrastinating. One of these days I’ll get enough energy to tackle it.

“Daughter-in-love” has had a lot of fun painting scenes on the walls in their new abode. She’s got a horse in one room, trees in another, and a verse of scripture on the stair risers to her upstairs bedroom. Told her I was very envious of all her space and murals. Derrol said to get over it The Pendleton Round-Up magazine makes for very interesting reading. The article about the mounted musicians was an eye-opener. Don’t think I could manage a keyboard or stringed instrument horseback. The horses must turn off their hearing. I wouldn’t want to have a trumpet blaring in my ear while walking down the road.

From the cowboy philosopher: “Just ’cause you’re following a well-marked trail don’t mean that whoever made it knew where they were goin’.” Uh huh. Think I’ve seen some of those trails.

I Peter 4:7 “But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for prayer.”

JOHN DAY – Well, our cooks had a three-day, much-deserved weekend, so no lunch was served on Monday, Sept. 3.

On Sept. 4, we had 24 people at bingo. Due to the absence of Elsie, Judy Nelson ran the desk and also called for all games. You did a great job, Judy.

The regular pots were $10, and the blackout consolation for blackouts was $15. The $350 jackpot was won in 59 numbers; the winner had only one number to go. The $500 one was not won, so next week it will be $510 in 51 numbers, and the other one will go back to $250. The dollar game was won at $45, and the quarter game went for $13.50.

On Sept. 6, we had cheeseburgers with all the trimmings, beets, potato salad and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Yummy. Wally Wedde and Rita Bremner greeted us, and Helen Bogart led the flag salute.

The entree was furnished by Tom, Carolyn and Rita West, in memory of West’s barber shop. It was owned and operated by Joe West for many, many years, and we all miss it.

Don Caldwell did the announcing, as Veanne Weddle had to be elsewhere at noon. Good to see Don up there again. He announced that the high school group of the Old Time Fiddlers would be coming to entertain us, but I didn’t get the date. Guess you’ll have to come to all the lunches if you don’t want to miss them.

Don Porter has sent a letter of resignation from his secretarial position, effective Oct. 15. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Don has done a great job for many years, as well as always going the extra mile for us.

We appreciate Twyla Manderschied, Cathy Robson and Jim Maple for the produce they brought in. Our back table looks like a garden; it’s wonderful. The servers were Helen Bogart, Darwin Thompson, Carol Thompson, Mike Cosgrove and Jim Spell from St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Jim asked the blessing.

Marianne Morris and Don Porter are both celebrating their 76th birthdays; and Wilma Thomason will celebrate an unknown number. Jane Silva and Carol Wright joined us for lunch; good to see you both.

Veanne Weddle and Chaplain Richie Colbeth delivered 18 meals, and we fed about 54 people. Nadine Smith won the Chester’s Thriftway certificate. Valley View is now donating a meal for two at their facility each week; I was the winner for it this time. Thursday, Sept. 13, we’ll have baked chicken, and Monday, Sept. 17, it will be cook’s choice.

“Whoever loves money never had money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

MONUMENT – This week at the senior’s meal there were 54 people present and 2 take-outs. The winners of our drawings were Betty Breeding, Len’s Drug certificate; Jerry Cowger, Chester’s Thriftway certificate; and Jack Cavender, free meal. Our visitors were Frank and Melba Cecil from Spray, and Elmer Asher from Midland, Ohio.

Carolyn Trujillo has been feeling better and has actually been walking to the senior meals on Tuesdays. It is great to see her running about. She received a shiny, new, bright red walker with large wheels, and it even has brakes. Since she received it she has been seen motoring around town. We might have to give her a curfew since she was cruising – wheeling – around the streets late after bingo the last Saturday night in August.

By the way, bingo starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Monument Senior Center. As always, it is potluck, so bring your favorite dish and come and enjoy our great company.

Have you noticed that the leaves are starting to change in the higher elevations? So it appears that fall is practically here. I am looking forward to a very long fall season.

My husband and I keep sprinklers going on our property 24/7 to keep our almost two-acre lawn green, however, near the beginning of this week, in the early morning hours, as we were walking around moving our sprinklers, we stopped and realized that under our shoes – slippers – there was a crunch. At first, we didn't think too much about it, after all we were still half asleep, or mostly asleep. However, after a few minutes we realized that we had not experienced the very familiar crunchiness, of a frozen ground under our feet, for quite some time. What a surprise, especially since during the day the weather has been sizzling hot, in the mid to high 90s. As I’m sure we all have experienced, Mother Nature can really shock and amaze us at times – and really keep us guessing!

For your information, the “mystery squash” dilemma, is still that – a mystery! We’ve had a few reports that have given us some great input as to what squashes we have: acorn, banana, summer, butter nut, buttercup, Hubbard, green and yellow zucchini, varieties of cucumbers, watermelon, some kinds of pumpkin, one of which is white, and a few types of cantaloupe and/or other melons. Whew, what a list!

Like I wrote in an earlier edition of the Eagle, we have quite a big garden this year. We also have had a few reports that seem to conflict with what we believed we had. Not much of a shock, as my husband and I are not very agrarian in nature. However, even after all of this great help and information, we still have a lot of squash left to identify, so we would welcome and appreciate anyone’s input – just come to our Monument Senior Center on Tuesday at noon for a great meal – and quite probably a free squash – and we will listen intently to your words of wisdom concerning what, if you learned understanding of garden plants, you believe we have.

    The benefit for Zorieta Tankersley will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept.15, at Spray School. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. There will be dinner, music and a silent auction. Painted Hills beef will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert.

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