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I hope you were able to keep CHRIST in your Christmas! This year I felt blessed with more family, friends and CHRIST in my Christmas than I have in quite some time. The Grinch, Minion and Snoopy Christmas shirts have been cleaned and packed away already along with the festive bell necklaces and Santa earrings. No Christmas trees this year due to the addition of a certain pair of perpetually moving black tom-kitties who would have destroyed any such attempt at home decoration in less than a heartbeat. I am already looking forward to next year.

I have a Tidy Cat! Sure, I buy plenty of litter but I actually have a cat that is tidy. Very Special Agents Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo joined the family as twin black short-haired kittens from the Switzerland County Animal Shelter back in July. Gibbs is the macho hunter with so far a robin and a cardinal as his trophies. DiNozzo, however, is tidy. And when I mean he is tidy, I mean he spends a great deal of his time working around the house cleaning up after the dogs. Any food left behind by the canines must either be eaten (first choice of course) or covered – with shoes or socks or rugs or even toys. And Heaven forbid one of the dogs soils a potty pad because – yes! DiNozzo is busy ‘covering it up’. Not every disheveled potty pad however needs to be replaced: sometimes DiNozzo simply enjoys utilizing the potty pads for sport and he uses the pads as surfboards to slide across the wooden floor. DiNozzo is also the talker whereas Gibbs is the strong silent type. At least I think he is talking, he may just be griping – probably about those messy dogs. Both are serious snugglers though even despite the ongoing and constant competition between the two. At six months old now, my little black tommy kittens that were once known as midget cats are both full sized tomcats and are both due for ‘the’ surgery this coming week but I seriously doubt that either will be sidelined for long. I hope not! I’m trying to teach DiNozzo how to do the dishes!

Take time this year from all of your festive celebrations and be mindful of those who may be suffering from depression. Take time to make a difference.

I ran into more technical difficulties last week and between rotten Wi-Fi connections and one extremely frustrating Surface tablet, I was unable to send in my weekly contribution to the newspaper. I apologize but I really do hope you missed me! (Or did you even notice I was missing?!)

Prayers requested for Wayne Turner, Nolan Lange, Allan Michael Chase and Anne Monjar. And don’t forget the families who have lost their homes to fire this month.

The next Red HOT Hatters meeting will be on Wednesday, January 11th, at Mo’s Restaurant in Vevay. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited and you do not have to have a hat!

The next Patriot Town Board Meeting will be held on Monday, January 9th, at the Town Hall located at 352 3rd Street in Patriot. All are invited. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Boy Scout Troop #700 is currently recruiting for new members. To be eligible for Boy Scouts, you must meet the age requirements: be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelo and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old. If you or someone you know is interested in the opportunities through Boy Scouts that Troop #700 is offering, or you would like to volunteer to be an adult leader with the Troop, they meet at the Patriot Baptist Church every first, third and fifth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. For additional information, please contact Scoutmaster David McCarty (812-594-2222) or Committee Chair Chris Oatman (812-594-2354).

If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in on a particular date be sure and give it to me early. Thank you for sending me what you do every week – I couldn’t do this without you!

You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at PatriotNews1995@gmail.com.