As of today, I have been actively re-employed for two full weeks after being hired on (get this) Friday, the 13th. After my way too brief “forever retirement” that only lasted six months, I’m back at it. My hours are rather bizarre but the shift works out fantastically with the critters. The critters seem to be quite happy that I’ve gone back to work. They’re eating better than ever and even pretty close to the same time every day. Now sleeping is an altogether different matter. I seem to sleep in 3- to 4-hour intervals and my body has already adopted a very strange internal time clock. Just in time for the clocks to change this weekend! (I can hardly wait!)
My social calendar has definitely taken a hit now that I am back to work but I did get my “P & G” fix this past Friday: Patty Chase and Glenda Sullivan aka “P & G”, Ruth Lohide and I were lunch guests of Eddie Trinkle at Granny’s. A good time was had by all.
As much as I hate to admit it, my new Red Hot Little Chevy is quite comfortable and economical. My Mother, who began working at the Chevrolet Commercial Truck and Body Plant in Indianapolis at age 19 and ultimately retired from there, would most assuredly approve. Getting 400 miles plus per tank of gas is wonderful. My only real complaint is the payment book that comes with it. I know I’m aging myself here, but the car appears to have “vent” windows in the front doors. These don’t open and are stationary but remember when smokers used the vents as ashtrays? And speaking of ashtrays, there are none! I don’t smoke but I do like to store my excess change in a convenient place. Not anymore. I dug out an old coin purse. Furthermore, it is also standard for the new cars not to have CD players, let alone tape players! All the music is through the radio; and, you turn on the heat by adjusting the air conditioner. Seriously! Furthermore, I currently have two computer programs running on my phone (State Farm Safe Driver and My Chevrolet) that help me drive my car! My poor Father would not understand – he and Archie Bunker had to be at least distant cousins.
The next Patriot Town Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6th at 6 p.m. at 352 3rd Street. The meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and is open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The next meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, at the TEC Center at 11 a.m. This will be a very important meeting. Topics to be addressed are confirmation of the committee’s membership, election of officers, acceptance of by-laws, establishing the 2018 meeting calendar and the planning and execution of annual exercises.
Tentatively, the November meeting of the Red HOT Hatters has been scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at Shell’s beginning at 11 a.m. and hopefully the next day, there will also be planned attendance at the Hoosier Theater for the play on Friday, November 17th. Specifics to be determined.
Plans are also underway for the Red HOT Hatter Christmas luncheon at Patty’s Reach on Monday, December 11th. Anyone wishing to attend may do so by contacting Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281 prior to December 4th.
It has been decided that beginning in 2018, all Red HOT Hatter monthly meetings will occur on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. The January 18th, 2018 meeting is planned for Jewell’s on Main in Warsaw, Kentucky.
Richie Hutchinson is doing well after his surgery. Sharon Coplen, too, as I understand. Prayers of healing and strength also are extended to Colton Schirmer and his family after his football injury. I keep running into Bill Levell, so I know he’s up and running. Prayers of healing also for my friends Mary Christiani and Erin Schmitt, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Wayne Dawson and June Lack.
In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I have learned (the hard way) that preparation for your retirement really should start with your first job, not your last. I am blessed to have earned a comfortable pension in exchange for my 30 plus years with the Indianapolis Police Department, but my emergency reserves are essentially non-existent! Se la vie! Such is life.
In the “Critter Corner” this week, I am still working with the feral Scaredy Cat. I can get close but still can’t touch him/her. Patience is a virtue they say and with winter fast approaching, I hate to see it out in the cold.
For some reason this winter, the cold weather seems to be colder and the winds more piercing. I know that’s not true because tonight is the first time so far that we’ve had a freeze warning but just within the last week, I have topped off the propane tank, dug out the socks, heavy jackets and extra blankets and can still not get warm. BRRRRR……..!
The following recipe has been sent to me by Aunt Bea, Sharon Levell:
1 box – Angel food cake mix
1 can – Lemon Pie Filling
1 can – Strawberry Pie filling
Mix both ingredients and bake in 9″x13″ pan
at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
As cooling, sprinkle with
Powdered Sugar and Cinnamon
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.