As I write this it is starting to feel like winter, the temperature is 33 degrees, but the weather folks say by the weekend it will warm up again. This is pneumonia weather, up and down, and damp!
Now folks, this is unusual, we pulled carrots; cut broccoli flowerets, I call them; Brussels sprouts and turnips; it is good to be able to eat good fresh garden items.
The other morning, while we were reading the paper, Chessy was laying on Ruth Ann's lap. When I went to get coffee, Chessy didn't seem to know it, but if she is laying on my lap and Ruth Ann goes to the kitchen she jumps down, and goes with her. Now if Ruth Ann goes to the bedroom she doesn't mind, but that turn to the kitchen gets her attention. Chessy was laying on my lap, so Ruth Ann got up and she was watching her and when she went to the bedroom, Chessy laid her head back down, then Ruth Ann turned to the kitchen, so that cat knew and gave a jump, while her claws dug into my leg, through my sweat pants, and off to the kitchen she went, her ears are always moving even when she is asleep. Last Saturday morning Ruth Ann fixed sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, while all this was taking place Chessy was under foot and kept pestering the cook, for a bite of sausage. What a blessing she is.
Last week the weather forecast was for rain, so we cleaned the eave troughs of leaves, fixed the down spouts and are we glad we did this. By doing this the basement was dry after the rains. The Maple trees by our house are beautiful, but the leaves sure make a mess in the gutters, so this needs to be done.
Last week we met our friends; Mort and Barb for supper, they call it dinner, at Applebees in Eastgate, then went to the GlenEste Church of Christ to listen to the Forrestaires sing. Folks if you have never been to one of their concerts, you have missed some beautiful singing. Their director does a fine job, he is a very entertaining feller, and his lovely wife does a wonderful job on the piano while the ladies sing. They will be singing at different places this season, so if you hear they are going to be somewhere, go and listen to them. In the Spring, they do an "encore" at the Anderson so watch for that.
Now it doesn't seem we are getting close to Christmas, but we are, so there is lots of rejoicing to do, especially for the Christ Child, we don't want to forget that is what Christmas is all about.
If you folks need a fruit basket to give to someone, give the Grants Farm a call at (513) 625-9441 or call the Milford Garden Center at (513) 248-4531. Now the best was is to go to either of theses places, unless you need a special order. They sure have some fine items to sell. Christmas trees, either cut or ready to plant; a wonderful train display at Milford, folks this costs money to display and there is a box to make a donation. Now I heard Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there again from 5 til 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, by this time Santa will be very busy, getting the last requests from the boys and girls, for Christmas. There may be some requests the children have forgotten, now this is not a problem for Santa, some items may be a little late, but it will be there you know Old Santa is a busy feller.
Well, we lost another fine friend we have been close friends for several years, when we got together or went to their home, Gene always wanted fresh fish that we had caught. We are so thankful we got to see him and take him some fish the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. His lovely wife, Virginia, went to be with the Good Lord, a short time ago, now Gene is with his lovely wife and the Good Lord. This family were farmers and good hunters, they were married 62 years here on earth, now they will be together again for eternity. They will be missed by lots of folks, especially their lovely family and the folks from the Bethel United Methodist Church and that smile both of them had.
The different churches will be holding Christmas Eve services so go and help celebrate the birthday of Christ, this is special.
I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait shop at Afton. His grandma broke a bone in her leg, so she was in a nursing home for a while, recuperating. I wrote that she was at Mikes for Thanksgiving, well, she liked it so much, she is now home for good, that is special. Welcome home 'Grandma' from the ole fisherman and wife, God Love you. Mike said they held a Crappie tournament last Sunday, there were three boats in the tournament, and the winning weight was eight pounds five ounces; that is good fish.
Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord, now celebrate Christmas and Christ's Birthday. God Bless all. More later.
George Rooks was a park manager of East Fork State Park. He worked for the park system for 28 years before his retirement.