MONUMENT - I did write a column last week, but somewhere between my house and John Day, it orbited off into outer space, never to be seen, or heard of, again!

On Tuesday, June 24, we had 41 diners here to enjoy spaghetti, green salad, garlic toast and strawberry shortcake. The cake was for birthdays, but if anyone had a birthday in June, they sure didn't tell anyone about it.

Our "esteemed CEO," Jerry Cowger, didn't have a lot of announcements either, except that the bus was going to Condon on Thursday, June 26. Several had signed up, so it was probably a good trip. I would have loved to have gone with them, but my home health nurse came by and I was anxious to hear about her recent trip to Alaska. And she didn't disappoint me. I nearly got to go to Alaska three times, and each time it came down to two or three weeks before time to go, and something happened to keep me from going.

We didn't have regular out-of-town guests, so to speak. But McKenzie Lawrence and her little sister from Redmond are here to visit their dad, Blake Lawrence.

The certificate winners were Carolyn Stiles, free meal; Jack Cavender, Chester's Thriftway; Nadine Bradley, Main Street Hair Care; and Len's Drug went to Barbara Cummings.

We'll try again - maybe this will go through this time!

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