Katy, the Irrepressible Puppy
Katy, the black Lab/blue heeler mix (Bill’s dog), is now 28 weeks old (not sure how old that is in dog months), and hasn’t made it to Tammie & Robert Rogers yet for her much-needed “act-like-a-lady” training.
She is growing and still plays with her empty plastic water jug. We hear her knocking it around in the early morning hours. She must be an all-weather doggie, because she drags her rug out of her nice, dry igloo dog house to her gazebo, where she sleeps, rain or shine. It doesn’t leak, but the rain and wind blows in on her. She doesn’t seem to mind rain at all.
She is very alert and if a woods critter wanders by, she stands on her hind legs, with the hair raised on the back of her neck, and barks. Her hearing is very sharp, as we have noticed that she hears us moving around in the house or pulling the curtain back on the patio door.
Josie still ignores her when she passes by her. Callie, the kitty, doesn’t go around Katy at all.
Hopefully, those relationships will mellow after Katy attends obedience school and calms down.
Callie, the Kitty, is
Trying Out …
… new places to sleep. For a few days, she was laying so she could see out the kitchen window.
Then she changed to the end of the couch, so I put a pad there for her to lie on. A few days later, she took over a box we were going to throw away for about a week. We had emptied it in the living room and before we had a chance to pick it up, she had taken it over.
Not liking the looks of the empty box sitting in the living room, I covered it with her coverlet. After another day, she changed to my jacket, which I had dropped on the couch. She is holding it down at present.
She is very affectionate. When he is sitting in his chair, she will put her paw in the palm of his hand, asking him to pet her. (She is Bill’s cat.)
As she was abandoned, and lived in the woods during a deep snow, before she came to the house, we wonder if she ever thinks of that frightening time in her life.
We have noticed that she stays in the yard and never ventures any further than the drive. We believe she is very happy to be here on Home, Sweet Homestead.
Golden Years Club Soup Dinner and Bazaar…
… is this Saturday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted and appreciated for the dinner which includes three kinds of homemade soup (vegetable, chicken noodle and chili) dessert and drink. Carry-outs will be available.
In addition to vendors’ tables, there will also be raffles for a Crosley old-fashioned telephone radio/tape player and attractive seasonal painted windows, a white elephant table and the opportunity to eat a delicious, nourishing, hot meal while visiting with your neighbors, friends, family, and new acquaintances.
Note to Golden Years Club Members
The ingredients for the annual soup dinner must be brought in by Friday. Desserts are also needed, but they may be brought in Saturday morning.
Community Thanksgiving Service …
… will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., at First Christian Church in Brownstown. Following the service, there will be a cookie fellowship.
Coming & Going
Jimmy, Laura Ann and Ina’s travels
Jimmy and Laura Ann Feezel, and Ina Abendroth left Thursday, Sept. 20, for Artesia, N.M.
Eva Feezel, sister-in-law to Ina and Laura Ann, was celebrating her 90th birthday that Saturday.
There was quite a gathering, as all of the family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present. Approximately 45 people attended the celebration.
On Monday, the travelers, with their van filled school supplies, clothes, games, puzzles, toys and material donated by friends here left for Holbrook, Ariz.
There, they met with the sponsor of a Navajo Indian school, Sylvia Webb. Sylvia was very pleased to receive everything, much of which will be used for Christmas gifts.
The next day, they started north and toured the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, and the Badlands.
Later, they saw Mt. Rushmore, Jimmy’s favorite part of the whole trip. This was the second time Jimmy has been there, and this time he had to buy a shirt.
The travelers stopped in Mitchell, S.D., to see the Corn Palace, which they reported, was beautiful. The scenes this year are all athletic games. The pictures are made with ears of corn, grain sorghum tops, stems of other crops, etc.
They spent that night with Laura Ann’s cousin in Lake Park, Iowa. \The next day, they went on to West Bend, Iowa, to see the Grotto. It is made of rocks and shells of all different colors. They saw different scenes of Jesus’ life with carved statues.
The travelers returned home on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Sister Ava Treats Homesteaders with Birthday Breakfast
Ava Taylor (Bill’s sister) called Bill and Panzi Blackwell to invite them to breakfast at Denny’s in Vandalia Saturday morning. The treat was in celebration of Panzi’s recent birthday. Both food and visit were much enjoyed, as they got caught up on family news.
Wanda, Leo, & Debbie Enjoying Games
Tuesday night, the Puleos and Debbie, went to an exciting basketball game at Brownstown. Their granddaughter, Anna, plays on the Vandalia team, which defeated Brownstown in two overtimes.
Sunday afternoon, they attended a basketball game at Bethany, where grandniece Grace played in a game with Clinton.
A neighborhood black Labrador dog is evidently a big basketball fan, as he managed to get into the gymnasium two different times and ran the length of the basketball court two different times, before being persuaded to go back outside.
Golden Years Club
Twenty-two members and three guests signed the register for the meeting of the Golden Years Club meeting and potluck on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The words written at the top of the registration page , “Put on your funny face,” seemed to set the mood for the day. Guests were Terry Tucker, Alice Stewart and Ann Rowland. Birthday people were John Grames, DeeDee Diveley and Panzi Blackwell.
Donnie Smail, club treasurer, started a signup sheet around the members for the upcoming soup dinner.
Thank you cards were signed by all for the lady that sang and the man who had hand-painted the windows for the ham and beans dinner.
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, gave the welcome and introduced the guests. He asked the blessing for the meal and invited the guests and October birthday people to be served first from the bountifully-filled tables.
Following the dinner, Don Thomas, opened the meeting and treasurer, Donnie Smail, gave the financial report.
He also gave the results of the ham and beans dinner, and commented that it was a great success.
Golden Years Thanksgiving Dinner…
… will be held Tuesday of Nov. 13. Further information later will be given later.
There will be only one meeting in November and December.
Thomas then turned the meeting over to the “Golden Years Gang,” with Shirley Klitzing as the teacher of lively, mischievous students. Students were Carolyn Grames, Donnie Smail, Flo Allen, Phyllis Pryor and Morgan Pryor. The skit entitled, “The Cracker Barrel School,” had the audience laughing from the time the “kids” skipped into the schoolroom until they led a sing-along with the audience, singing “School Days.” The meeting adjourned following the skit.
United Methodist Church
Pastor Don Thomas opened the United Methodist Church Sunday morning service with greetings and announcements and prayer concerns were shared. The birthday song was sung to Mannie Grames and Zack Townsend. Jarin Evans and Elaine Voelker served as acolytes. Hubert Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers.
The morning message was delivered by Margaret Farnsworth, a missionary who will be serving in Uganda. A special offering to help with her missionary work was collected by Bradley Schwarm.
The children’s Sunday school hour was led by Jenna and Zack Townsend.
The Townsends began the hour with refreshments for the children.
The adult class was led by Flo Allen.
• Thomas announced he had one child’s name left to adopt for Christmas. The cost will be $100 per child.
• Thomas also announced that Operation Christmas Shoe Boxes would be Nov. 12-19.