Patriot and Posey Township 10-19-17

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Congratulations to the Town of Florence on its Bicentennial Celebration held on Saturday at the East Enterprise Fire Department! Ms. Patty Chase, of course, was involved and as always, it was a great affair! Obviously, she had a lot of help but everything was great: the food, the program, Randy Frye’s speech, the car show and especially the desserts! I sat with my friends Mary Ruth and Gink Poling, Jennifer’s Mom and Dad. Very proud of the two beautiful cars on display by Mike Thomas and his father Gayle Thomas of Patriot. Even Mike Bear had a car there.

Also congratulations to my neighbor Robin Lawson for winning the 2017 American Senior Communities “Quest for Excellence” Award for her work with the patients at the Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Vevay.

My Mother’s favorite and rather worn desk copy of Webster’s National Dictionary (copyrighted 1937) defines the word ‘Forever’ as “without end; throughout all eternity.” So, when I declared myself to be completely retired forever just six months ago, I was apparently an eternity or so off. In fact, I was pleasantly unemployed until Friday the 13th when necessity forced me to start applying for employment, again. My recent escapades involving my precious little red car that is currently setting in Shelbyville Indiana with a blown engine and my brand new smaller red-hot car that is currently occupying my garage have forced me to again pursue gainful employment. I wish I could say that I am excited about the change of my status but frankly, I’m not. But always trying to see the bright side of things, at least I had the summer off with the critters!

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about ‘Hershey’, my 15-year-old Japanese Chin that had his left eye removed recently. Well, being the stubborn little dog that he is, he did not actually begin eating with his usual zeal until this past Saturday – nearly two weeks post op. I was afraid that the removal of his eye had somehow damaged his sense of smell and his sense of taste because nothing enticed him to eat. Not his favorite Arby’s roast beef, beer battered fish or even vanilla ice cream would do the trick. One of the vets implied that his sinuses had been impacted by the surgery but did not give specifics. And as far as his depression, Doc Moore told me to kick him outside into the yard and make him walk around. Slowly, it worked. My thanks again to Dr. Marvin Moore and Dr. Rachel Low of Moore’s Veterinary Clinic! They did the job the fancy and very expensive specialists couldn’t get done: I’ve got my ‘Hershey’ dog back!

The Patriot Town Board met on Monday, October 2nd, and the 2018 Budget was introduced. A special meeting has been set for Monday, October 23rd at 6 p.m. for the approval of that budget and is open to the public. It will be at the Patriot Town Hall located 352 3rd Street.

According to Mom Pam and Brother Will Hutchinson, Richie is doing well after surgery. Still sending lots of prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery to you Richie! Get well soon!

Prayers of healing and strength also are extended to Colton Schirmer and his family after his recent injury.

The next scheduled meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be on Thursday, October 19th at 11 a.m. Lisa Fisher has agreed to host our October meeting in her home which will include a pitch-in and mandatory Halloween costume. This is possibly the first time we have ever met on a Thursday in our five years of being a club. Our ‘usual’ meeting days of the week are becoming difficult for too many so we’re going to try some different days of the week. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and may contact Kay E. Cook by email Patriotnews1995@gmail.com, text (317) 443-8857 or telephone (812) 594-2281 for more specifics.

Past, present and future members of the Patriot Baptist Church are encouraged to come together this Sunday, October 22nd, at 4 p.m. for the 2017 Homecoming Service. Food will be served at Town Hall after the church services.

Prayers of healing are needed for Jerry Turner, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne Dawson, June Lack and Sharon Coplin. Sharon’s shoulder surgery was scheduled for Monday.

In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, obviously I have learned never say never! Even though I “thought” I was going to be permanently and completely retired forever, forever only lasted six months!

In the “Critter Corner” this week, I have begun asking friends to suggest a good name for our “Other Cat”. I thought it was probably a male, so I named it Uncle Tomcat but after seeing one of my kitties smack it the other day and live to walk away, I am more inclined toward a neutered female. Regardless its feral and it has decided to take up residence at 1995 Front Street. I can get within four feet before the cat runs away. From that distance we easily carry on a ‘conversation’ but I have not yet convinced he/her to allow me to be up close and personal. My friends have come up with some cute names the all black cat: Spooky, Inky, Ducky (to continue the NCIS theme of Leroy Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo), Shadow, Echo, Boo and Jangle which together would be BOO Jangle. I should have decided (I hope) by next week so I’ll let you know then.

This goes into the oven tomorrow! Think I’ll ice the muffins with Cream Cheese frosting! Hmmm!

2 Ingredient

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

1 box – Spice cake mix

1 (15-ounce) can – Pure pumpkin puree

Mix in 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts if desired.

Simply mix the pumpkin and the spice cake mix together and

drop by heaping tablespoons into greased muffin cups.

Bake at 350 18-22 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Servings Per Recipe: 18

WITHOUT ICING OR NUTS, Per Serving Calories 113.8;

Total Fat 0.4 g; Saturated Fat 0.0 g; Cholesterol 0.0 mg

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. 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 a particular issue please be sure and give it to me early.