Memorial Day 2010




(Pictured at top is Dot and T.J. on their last day at our house. Bottom photo is Dee Page, B.D. Tharp and Marilyn Monson at the Derby Public Library.)

My mom, our dear friend, Dee Page, and I attended the Book Talk for author B.D. Tharp on Thursday night at the Derby Public Library. If you haven't been to the new Derby Library yet, you must. It's gorgeous! Mom had never been to a book talk with an author before. We all enjoyed the lively discussion about women "of a certain age" and the unique challenges that presents. B.D. Tharp is a fun speaker, too.

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The four-month odyssey is at a close. Socks, the pregnant cat who abruptly came into our lives one cold February day, and her four furry and fun kittens went to their forever home this afternoon. The whole family will be living on a beautiful farm outside Ark City, complete with barn and pond. Although we will miss them sorely, we're so happy that they will have a whole new world to explore. Best of all, they will have children to entertain. We are thankful to God for the blessing of this lesson on patience and nurturing.

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Memorial Day passed quietly at our house today. I did some reminiscing about Memorial Days past, celebrated in Hale, Missouri, my parents' hometown. We would stay at one set of grandparents or the other, and have picnics, play games, attend church services and eat ourselves silly. My favorite part of the visit was traveling to all the local cemeteries and placing flowers on the graves of my ancestors. There was something so peaceful and harmonious about walking the rolling, green hills, brushing off the headstones, listening to a story or two about this third cousin or that great-great grandmother. Family is precious!

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Female in Motion Exercise Update: I did three sets of hand weight calisthenics and two 30-minute disco aerobics workouts, plus helped clean the church and vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed my own house. Some of the ladies in our church have started a "diet club" and I found out I lost 2.5 pounds last week. Doing a food diary helps!

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Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Nathaly Smith, who were married at Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations also to Rick and Louise Coldwell on their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. God bless you!

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Notable Quote:

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem." - Ronald Reagan (I'd say it was the Navy, actually!)
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