MONUMENT - Forty people showed up to enjoy dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 12. We ate chicken almond casserole, green salad, light and dark toast, chocolate pudding with cool whip, plus I also had half a can of assorted chocolate candy while we were playing Mexican Train!

We did have some out-of-town guests this week though. Erval and Marion Sexton were here from Spray, and Doc and Jule Donnely from Richmond, the liveliest "Ghost Town" in Eastern Oregon.

Our fearless leader, Jack Sweek, was absent, so Bodean Andersen stepped up to the plate and polished off the rest of the announcements and gave Ruth Petersen a card and told her "Happy Birthday," but we wouldn't sing to her until last of December.

Gus Petersen won the free meal, and Ray Parrenta won Chester's Thriftway certificate. There was a sign-up sheet for the John Day trip on Thursday. The Booster Club is having a bake sale next Tuesday, the 19th, starting at 9 a.m. The Missoula Children's Theatre will be at the school on Friday the 15th at 6 p.m. You really should go see them. They are such a pleasure. I still don't know how they can do so much in such a short time. The Home Extension "Cookie Caper" was in full force on Wednesday, and a lot of lucky people received a pretty wrapped plate of good cookies. To cap the news off, they had a board meeting right after dinner. That was the shortest meeting in recent history.

Usually this time of year finds me running around in circles and trying to find a dark place to hide. But this year I'm going to spend Christmas over in Prairie City with my brother and my nieces and nephews. My own kids and grandkids are scattered far and wide and I will talk to most of them, but won't get to see them for a while. My stepdad is getting a new knee for Christmas. What is Santa bringing you?

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