Just when I think things can’t get any more complicated, they do. I know God never promises us that things will be easy, He only promises us that He will be there with us through thick and thin. Well, I know He is there because I can feel His presence and because so far, I have managed to maintain at least some of my sanity.
Hats off to the Switzerland County Emergency Management Agency, Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, Froggy Radio, Posey and Patriot volunteer firefighters and Mickey Mathews with the Town of Patriot for their joint efforts last week with the severe weather and downed trees. It took me 45 minutes instead of the usual 10 to get home that morning. Highway 156 was completely blocked with downed trees between Heintzelman and Schroeder in the vicinity of the former Old Round Barn; as well as Wade Hill and Highway 250; of course, at the Vineyard Golf Course. Of course once I arrived home in Patriot, we were without power and my alley was blocked by still another downed tree. Mickey Mathews and Jason Turner (I think!) had the tree across my alley cut up and gone almost immediately. Thank you Gentlemen!
Thursday I ventured to Milan and Tepe Automotive Center in search of a reliable GM service department and I am pretty sure I found it! By the end of the day, both of my worn out vehicles had found their way there. Of course, knowing that former Patriot native Kevin Smith works there made me feel better.
Friday morning I attended the Funeral Mass for Mildred “Mickey” Whitham at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church. I was blessed to share the front pew there for many masses with that lovely lady. I will forever remember her smile and warm personality. Our church family just recently lost Carol Oder, too, who had also been a long standing cherished member. Both Carol and Mickey were dedicated to their families. Prayers of comfort for both the Oders and the Whithams.
Later after accidentally running into Jennifer Poling in Rising Sun, I joined she and her folks Mary Ruth and Clyde Poling at the Rising Sun United Methodist Church (110 S. Walnut/Highway 56) for their first of three Fish Frys. The next two are scheduled for Friday, March 17th and April 7th, from 5-7 p.m. Menu includes fish or chicken, baked beans, slaw, macaroni and cheese and your choice of scrumptious homemade desserts. Free will donations are accepted as are carry out requests. The food was excellent!
Two of my very special friends Sharon Levell and Sandy Dawson are recuperating from surgeries. Both are on my prayer list for a speedy recovery.
Speaking of recovering, my little six-pound Princess Xena just finished her first full week of bed rest. Unfortunately her much bigger Japanese Chin ‘brother’ (by about 20 pounds!) bulldozed her once too often and according to the x-rays, Xena has two compressed vertebrae. Ouch! The veterinarian advised that further injury could even cause paralysis. So – Princess Xena is currently confined to the kitchen where she and her overly stuffed bed sit right beside the goodies and treats. Of course, bed rest mandates breakfast in bed, too! And likewise, the addition of a ‘handicapped ramp’ had to be provided at the kitchen door in the form of a set of half steps for easier access to the back yard. (Princess Xena is a dog but she doesn’t know it!)
Sunday I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to piddle in the yard and even started cleaning the dreaded garage! On my break, I decided to delete some files off of my cell phone. And I did. Including the additional ringtone program. Little did I realize the consequences of that deletion until much later that evening when I received an emergency text on my phone from my new neighbor who had been trying (quite unsuccessfully) to tell me she had found the door of my car standing wide open and exposed to the street traffic a couple of hours earlier. Upon further investigation, I discovered that deleting the ringtone program which included the unique theme song for “CSI – Las Vegas” that I have used for years to announce incoming calls, threw my phone into a tizzy resulting in no ringtone being played. None at all. Zilch.
The Red HOT Hatters are about to celebrate the beginning of our fifth year! The anniversary date of our Chapter’s formation coincides with the birthday of our Co-Queen Antoinette “Toni” Kniola which is March 12th. Our March meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 11 a.m. Arrangements are being finalized with The Sunset Grill located at 1160 U.S. Highway 42, Warsaw Kentucky. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day. Bring a friend and/or a gift valued at $5-$10 for exchange. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Switzerland County Animal Shelter’s ‘Shelter Shuffle’ scheduled for Saturday, June 17th.
From Sharon Levell, a recipe for:
MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE
¼ cup – Vegetable Oil
1 – Fudge cake mix
1 small box – Instant
1 ½ cups – Water
2 – Eggs
1 cup – Chocolate chips
Pour oil into 9″ x 13″ pan. Tilt pan until evenly covered with oil. Add remaining ingredients. Stir with fork. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar over cake when done.
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