‘Cabin fever’ is defined as “irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter”. Perhaps I am spending far too much time reading the likes of Patricia Cornwall and Tess Gerritsen and thusly inside the minds of Drs. Kay Scarpetta and Maura Isles, but I think cabin fever should qualify as grounds for justifiable homicide. My critters and I are at our collective wit’s end. The Two Terrible Twin Tomcats are picking on the Feral Momma cat and each other. The dogs, especially Lexie, can only tolerate just so much of the feline misbehavior before she feels she needs to interject herself into the midst of their conflicts. Yoda Dog hasn’t liked Lexie since I rescued her in September, and I am ready to annihilate them all! Spring: Where are you?!
Monday was my friend John Campbell’s 94th Birthday so I ventured back to Cincinnati and his favorite restaurant Demetrio’s for lunch. The owners there are so good to John who is still struggling with his health since he fell a few months ago.
March Birthday Greetings go out to Sharon Schmitt (03/03), Gayle Rayles (03/06), Marilyn Owen (03/14), and Red HOT Hatter Eileen Wiesmann on (3/24).
With the return of the Lenten season, the Rising Sun United Methodist Church will again be holding a Fish Fry on March 8th. The church is located near the intersection of Highway 56 and Main Street at 110 S. Walnut. The fish fry, I believe, will begin around 4 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. Hope to see my friends, the Lielands and the Polings there again this year!
The Red HOT Hatters will be special luncheon guests at the brand new Ferry Street Fudo Restaurant on Ferry Street on Friday, March 15th at 11:30 a.m. Pam Acton and Melissa Andrews from the Community Foundation have been invited to attend and discuss the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Memorial Red HOT Hatters fund. March is definitely the time for birthday celebrations considering Toni Kniola’s birthday was March 12th and the Red HOT Hatters were originally charted seven fun filled years ago on March 19th, 2012. In addition, donations are being accepted for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. RSVP for Fudo’s requested by Wednesday, March 13th.
The Red HOT Hatters will collect donations for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter at the March 15th meeting. Items being requested include dry dog/puppy food, dry cat/kitten food, canned cat food, cat litter, bones/treats (milk bones), durable chew toys (i.e. Kongs), nylon collars (all sizes), towels, sheets and blankets. Also Cleaning Supplies: bleach, Dawn dish soap, 39 gallon trash bags, kitchen size trash bags, zippered baggies, paper towels and laundry detergent. For Rescues, they need: gas cards, zip ties, gently used plastic crates and driving volunteers.
The first annual Town of Patriot Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 2 p.m. Interested participants are to bring their “Best Pot of Chili” to the Town Hall to be judged. Sponsored by the Patriot/Posey Park Board, cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners. For additional information, contact Nicole Renyer or call the Patriot Town Hall at (812) 594-2243.
Prayer List: Angie Haskell, Megan Meadors, Donna Hewitt and the children and family of David Hewitt, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Rev. Stephen and Sharon Ward, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Stasia Wiseman, Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Lura Riga and June Lack.
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