MONUMENT - On Tuesday, Nov. 1, we had 49 diners inside, and one meal-to-go. Our menu that day consisted of fish or chicken strips, French fries, green salad, Texas toast, fruit and cookies.

The bus will be going to John Day on Thursday, Nov. 10, so you'd better get your name on the list. I have a doctor's appointment so, not knowing for sure if the departure is at 9 or 9:30 a.m., I'll just call Marva and get the right time.

I'm also going to make an early phone call in the morning and I may be able to see my eye doctor on the same day.

I went over Saturday and played bingo. Didn't win a thing, but got to see several people I hadn't seen in awhile. And it was lucky I went when I did or I would have missed seeing Barbara McDonald.

I missed seeing her and others in her family that last time they were here. Usually her brother, Chuck, and his wife, Carolyn, are here too, but not this time. Chuck and Barbara are Thelma Williams' kids. And if you can see the kids once in awhile, it kind of makes it easier not to miss her so much.

Theda Phelps brought her daughter-in-law and two grandsons to join in the meal with us.

La Grande sent some of their nice little helpers, and brought us two more freezers. Marva said that pretty much took care of storage space.

Ron Dowse will provide a driver's safety program for anyone interested in it. Free to all veterans; you will need proof of service. State law says a discount has to be granted by all insurance companies for seniors taking the program. Students are welcome to attend. It will be Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Senior Center.

Our certificate winners were Mike Hamilton, Len's Drug; Betty Richards, Chester's Thriftway; Steve Divine, free meal.

I'm going out on a limb with my weather forecasting. A half-dozen people have told me it's going to snow from now until the end of the week. My joints say it's cold enough to snow, but my lungs say it's not going to happen. Now watch that white stuff make a liar out of me.

I'm usually "a day late and a dollar short" when it comes to important news, but others might be as slow as I am. So, I'm telling everybody again, our friend and neighbor, Jerry Cowger, is in the hospital in Bend again. Jerry, you get well and stay that way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

PRAIRIE CITY - The first thing you saw on entering the hall today was Helen's Halloween offering: bags of carmel corn at each place setting. Then next were the nonplastic or silk flowers in the vases on each table. This is the second week that we have enjoyed their beauty. Look like little orchids. I forgot to ask what they were. But they definitely hold up well. They first made their appearance at Marek's potluck on Oct. 23.

Jennifer Harris brought some of her tomatoes by and we had them for lunch, too. Remember the books that the library is giving away; take all you want and pass them on.

The gift certificate donated by Prairie Drug and Hardware was awarded to Vivian Rookstool. She, along with Lois Bidasolo and Lou Thoemke were our servers today.

Buzz Harris led the flag salute, and Pastor Marvin Hatfield asked the blessing.

Today's repast had a variety of flavors, both from the food itself and the judicious addition of spices. In other words, it was yummy! And it was grape juice, tomato chunks, cottage cheese, apple salad, Sloppy Joes on buns, fried potatoes, and for dessert - chocolate cake with a luscious sweet glaze. And I ate too much.

The Blue Mountain Nursing Home ladies, Lorna and Barbara, brought Elmer and Lois Terryberry, and Laverne Matteson.

Bruce and Wanda related the tale of taking the little dogs to get their teeth cleaned. They (the dogs) have to have this procedure under general anesthesia, so afterwords the vet cautions that the dogs shouldn't eat anything until ‘tomorrow' because they might get an upset tummy. So the procedure is done and they all come home.

One dog goes to his bed and goes to sleep. The other one plants itself in front of the cabinet that holds the dog food and waits and waits and waits. Wanda finally gave up at midnight, figuring that it was now ‘tomorrow' and let the poor thing eat. And all the food disappeared! No upset tummy or anything.

Larry Wright told Bruce to find one constructive thing to do this week and report back.

We were all shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Marjorie Harris this evening. She was one in a million. I never had the privilege of being in one of her classes at Prairie High School. She had "retired" just before I transferred to Prairie in '59. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Psalm 166:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of (one of) his saints."

JOHN DAY - On Monday, Oct. 31, our ghastly meal was a boiling hot cauldron of witches' brew (beef stew), chopped crabgrass with worms (carrot and lettuce salad), moldy bread (hot, buttered French bread), and Halloween cake.

What a ghouling meal. Sure hope you were able to join us. It was served by First Christian Church members, and the blessing was given by Alma Joslin.

The flag salute was led by Twyla Manderscheid. Marie Shaffer won the Len's Drug certificate, and Charlie Oliver got the free meal ticket.

Eulala Cummings Conlee Herbert's 100th birthday celebration will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the John Day Elks Lodge. All are welcome.

Darrell Hilton came and played and sang for us before the noon meal. Thank you, Darrell. We really enjoyed you.

Green beans are still available; please ask if you are interested.

Weatherization materials, window kits, door sweeps and rope caulking are available upon request.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the John Day Senior Center served Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, banana bread and rhubarb crumb for dessert.

The entree was donated by Greg Armstrong of Len's Drug, and the meal was served by St. Thomas Episcopal Church members.

The Young Patriots will present "Blueprints of a Nation," a tribute to America's veterans, at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Canyon City Community Hall. No admission fee. Come see this presentation on the building of our Constitution, as well as patriotic songs and poems.

Jim Spell led the flag salute, and Julie Reynolds gave the blessing. Gayle Ryder read a funny account of a typical day on a deer hunt.

Punch meal cards are still available at the front desk for meal donations. They also make nice gifts.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Marjorie Harris, who died Nov. 2.

Rita West won the Chester's Thriftway certificate, and the Katrina's Barber Shop one went to Mae Saunders.

Amy Turnbull spoke to us during our noon meal regarding the Grant County Library. The library is now offering free online services: Library2Go, World Book - 2012, and Contact the library at 541-575-1992 for more information.

To have an unforgiving spirit and harbor bitterness only hurts one's self. Hatred is a poison that destroys the vessel in which it's kept.

- Curtis Hutson.


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