The other day I saw a pilated wood pecker on a tree. We were able to get a good look at it, they are so beautiful. We could hear one pecking on a tree. While I was walking through the woods by our place, I saw a big hole on a dead limb. I went over and saw the chips laying on the ground. The hole was big enough for a squirrel to get in.
Last Wednesday, Jan. 16, Ruth Ann and I attended the PERI meeting in Batavia, at Gramma's Pizza. The new officers were installed for the new year. Then next meeting will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Batavia Township Hall on Clough Pike. This hall is a very beautiful building.
We had a couple of friends here for the noon meal last Thursday, Mort and Barb. The menu for the meal was boiled turnips, Harvard beets, salad, pork chops, sweet potatoes, banana bread, green tea, and lemon pie for dessert.
One morning last week, while we were eating breakfast, I was looking out the window watching the sun come across the field next door as the clouds moved; it is exciting to watch nature.
Ruth Ann has been wanting to look at the pictures we have and there are a bunch. So while it was so cold, we did and put some into albums. I imagine you folks have bunches of old pictures like us. One book had pictures of when I was working at the park. They sure brought back memories of some good times and showed some hard work. I always liked the park work and miss some of the activities. East Fork Park is a beautiful park, with lots of activities and things to do, one is extra good: fishing, with big Crappie and other fish to catch.
I was rolling up some of the plastic fence we use to keep deer and rabbits out of the garden one day last week, while it was warm, and I had "help." Chessy would jump on the fence as I pulled it to roll up. When the fence got heavy to pull, I saw Chessy setting on it. As I got closer to the end she would jump off, then when I got another one she was there to help me. What a blessing she is.
Ruth Ann and I celebrated our anniversary last Wednesday of 54 years by attending the PERI meeting. So last Saturday at noon, along with our friends Tony and Kate, we went to Red Lobster and had a shrimp meal, we considered this our anniversary meal.
Last Sunday after church we went to our daughter, Deb and Bob's home, to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays; there are so many special days for our family. There was both our daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters, their husbands, grandsons and Ralphie's Kayla, and both great grandchildren, plus Bobbies' parents and brother there. This was a special time for us.
Last Monday evening the Bethel Lions Club meeting had a special guest, the Mayor of Bethel, Alan Ausman, and his lovely wife, Sharon. The mayor told the club what is in store for the Bethel area to beautify the town and the Lions Club will be helping in some small way.
The Monroe Grange is still collecting small batteries to give to a handicapped school so the students can grade them by color and size, then give them to a company and receive money for supplies for their school. So if you have some saved, give us a call, at (513) 734-6980.
Last Tuesday Ruth Ann had an appointment with Dr.Frost to get a tooth filled. This young man does a super job, we have known him and his family for several years.
There is a big sale at the Clermont County Fair Grounds on Jan. 26, so if you missed the sale, you probably saved some money! The Lewis Auction Firm is holding this consignment sale. They held one last year, there will be lots of equipment. I hope to go.
The Monroe Grange Card Party will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The main game is Euchre and some play other table games. There are token prizes given, and food available.
It doesn't seem that January is about gone. We are making dates to do other things. The Senior Citizens board meeting will be Jan. 30.
Mark your calendar for Feb. 16 for the next Bethel Lions Club Pancake breakfast. We have tickets to sell, it is held at Bethel-Tate High School.
Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praise the Good Lord. 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.