This Friday, Vevay is the place to be!
The First Friday ‘Christkindlmarkt’ will begin at 5 p.m. Vendors including Red HOT Hatters Joyce Johnson and Mary Christiani will be at the Swiss Inn. Joyce will be selling her beautiful handcrafted wreathes and Mary, her gorgeous scarves. There will be lots of activities in and about the downtown area, plan to see it all! Start early enough to make the live theater performance starting at 7 p.m.
Vevay’s Historic Hoosier Theater will have a live performance of The Dixie Swim Club beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring Red HOT Hatter Lisa Fisher and other memorable local talent! The tickets are $10 each and are available in advance at the Tourism Center. A repeat performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th also at 7 p.m.
Red HOT Hatter Doris Jenkins and her oldest granddaughter Echo Hagan recently returned from a tour of the United Kingdom, London, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. Her family has ties to all. Echo’s grandfather’s family is from Ireland. Doris explains that her father was from Wales and her mother from Scotland. Echo will be going to the mission field next year through the International Mission Board. What wonderful memories for both, I am sure!
The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will hold mass on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th at 4 p.m. All other Advent masses this month will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday as usual.
I was doubly blessed this week! I heard from both Patty Chase and our mutual friend Ed Trinkle. She called me, and we gabbed for nearly 45 minutes. We covered a myriad of subjects including the weather, our health and our mutual friend Ed Trinkle. I sure do miss spending time with her! Then, this weekend, Ed called again to let me know he was checking on me as well as our friend Patty. It’s a shame we are all separated by so many miles.
John Campbell also called from Cincinnati. He fell last month and fractured a bone in his upper right arm and has gone now from the Jewish Hospital to the Saint Margaret Hall nursing facility. His phone number there is (513) 751-5880. Praying for his speedy recovery!
Many thanks to Sandy Dawson for helping me with transportation this week. After three trips to Tepe’s in Milan, it was time to return the loaner car and obviously I cannot drive two cars at once. Sandy bailed me out! Kevin Smith at Tepe’s has been super to work with in the Service Department. My 15 year old SUV needed way too many repairs and Kevin orchestrated the particulars. Now all I have to do is find the money to pay for it! Kevin has Patty Chase’s stamp of approval, too, by the way.
Not sure whether something broke in or an attempt was made to break out this past week but mysteriously Friday morning I awoke to find a three-foot wooden angel was lying on its back, disheveled, in the middle of my living room floor about 10 feet from where it stands on a shelf in my foyer. Its wooden wings were a bit twisted, but no permanent damage was sustained. None of the plants in the foyer that normally surround the angel were disturbed in any way. Whether a mysterious ‘spirit’ moved it across the room or the angel crash landed during a flight attempt, I may never know but Momma Cat Ziva and the Two Terrible Twin Tomcats DiNozzo and Gibbs are not talking. All of the cats, by the way, are black…… (Spooky music in the background!)
Lesson Learned #1: Do not leave your computer keyboard on and unprotected when you have a small dog that thinks she is half mountain goat. I left my laptop on and unattended the other day and discovered Lexie ‘dancing’ on it. The worse part was trying to reverse all of the changes she had executed including flipping my computer screen, showing it ‘lying’ on its back. Took me 20 minutes to research and change it.
Lesson Learned #2: Even if its December, the solar rays of the sun are still quite capable of burning if proper precautions are not taken. Sunday, I spent a lot of time outside with the dogs. I took the “Double Chins” (Japanese Chin dogs Yoda and Lexie) on two separate walks around town and even spent quality time in the back yard sun worshipping with 16 y.o. Hershey. He loves the sun, always has and it seemed to be excellent treatment for my fading pooch. He was much more alert and active afterwards. I did sustain a sunburn to my forehead and both cheeks, but it was worth it.
Critter Corner: I have begun putting a corduroy jacket on Hershey which Velcro’s in place. He’s blind so he is not aware that the gifted coat from Mary Christiani is covered with pink and blue polka dots. All he cares about is the fleece lining. A recent trip to Goodwill resulted in two toddler-sized T-shirts which he seems to like to wear under his coat. Previously in the past, I have treated one of my dogs with a Thunder Shirt which is designed to assist dogs suffering anxiety. Also using Velcro, the theory is that ‘wrapping’ the torso of a dog with gentle, constant pressure will have a calming effect. I think the polka dotted jacket is serving the same purpose.
Prayer list: Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Tammy Cole, Irvin and Eva Fette, Freda and Harry Walker, Eddie Trinkle, Sue Bear, Sharon Ward, Mike, Barbara DeNoon, Mickie and Jake Rader, Joyce Earles, Dale and Eric Simon, Jerry South and Red HOT Hatters Mary Christiani, Marie Cole, Patty Chase, Lura Riga, June Lack, Sandy Dawson and Sondra Stave. Prayers of comfort also for the families of William Lay and Mary Alice Scudder.
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