WET AND WILD--The last few days have been nothing but wet and at times, more like a monsoon weather rather than just plain old Skamokawa rain. It’s been horrific at times! New rivers have carved themselves into my driveway. My field is once again a lake, which only the ducks and geese seem to enjoy. With a rainy week forecast, I hope we stay afloat. Holiday crunch time is upon us, and we don't need any flooding! As I finish this up, it's blowing and nasty out. I hope we all keep our power as I'm pretty sure the ladies are in cookie making mode about now as we all prepare for various fundraisers and family gatherings. Having a setback right now would not be too welcome!
SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays this coming week are: Dennis Reid, Kitty Speranza, Jai Snow, Carol McClain, Collin Parker, Aaron York, Elaine Lindsey, Christina Luthi, Meg Wright, Kathy Hanigan, Amy Prestegard, Todd Souvenir, Derek West, Sam Patching, Julie Burdick, Diane Frank, Paul Hoven, Ian Anderson, Tyler Johnson and Gabe Pedersen.
Celebrating anniversaries this week are: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Emery, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Backman and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Knowles. May all of your special days bring you happiness and memories to last a lifetime.
TONIGHT--The Mule boys basketball teams will be playing at home tonight (Thursday) against Napavine. Next Tuesday, they will be at home playing PeEll. JV games start at 5:45 p.m. with the varsity game following it. The Lady Mules will be playing in Napavine on Friday and at home on December 12. The Mule wrestlers will be in Warrenton on Saturday and in Adna on Tuesday. We wish all our teams the best. Go Mules!
THIS IS IT--Come to the Skamokawa Grange Hall this Saturday from six to eight p.m. to treat yourself to a free dinner. Let the kids visit Santa Claus at 6:45 p.m. and enter win a huge gift basket or one of a half dozen other prizes. Enjoy spaghetti, salad, bread and cake and have a nice visit with your friends and neighbors as well!
FRIDAY & SATURDAY--You've also got a chance to pick up some wonderful hand-blown glass items made by local artisan Treasure Collupy. He and wife Michelle will have a wide array of glass items for your viewing and buying pleasure at the Skamokawa Resort Meeting Room on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to five p.m. If you shop on Saturday, you can hit three things: Redmen Hall's continuing Come Home for the Holidays event, the Collupy Glass sale and when you're done, head over to the Skamokawa Grange Hall to eat dinner and see Santa. What a deal!
NEXT WEEK--There will be a fundraiser at JA Wendt Elementary School’s multi-purpose room on December 16 for local Mike Phelps. You may have heard by now that Mike suffered a massive stroke prior to Thanksgiving and is severely limited physically. The family has no insurance and they could use our help, so why not come up after church to dine on sirloin tips over noodles with a roll, salad and cookies and make a donation to help Mike and his family? Chief Cook Janet Bryan and her team of workers will be serving up food from noon to three pm. There will be raffle items including a load of wood and a load of rock, so you could go home with a great gift as well as help the family during this difficult time. We've got such a great supportive community which has been a huge help recently to several worthy causes.
MISSED THEM--I had plans to go to Seattle to see my granddaughter Tessa play basketball, but I came down with a cold and had to stay home. Having the bug kept me in much of last week, so I missed quite a few of the doings around the area. I also missed visiting with Ron Rust and some of his family members while they were in town from Alaska. I didn't figure they'd want to get sick while traveling, so I settled for getting to yak with them on the phone while they checked out the new-to-them Duck Inn. Ron and his family were heading to Astoria before they headed to Hawaii. Now that I'm feeling better, I'd like to go and visit them about now!
CARD TIME--It's that time of year when we need to sit down and make out a few Christmas cards and let folks near and far receive hearty holiday greetings from us! It's nice when we can add a few pictures for those who are not on the computer and don't have easy access to all the instant information that so many of us have gotten used to. It's especially nice for Grandmas and Grandpas who like photos to have in hand. It's also a good time to send some to a nursing home or to a veterans’ organization. Just look up your place of choice in the phone book. Please help keep our post offices busy. We continue to be threatened with having those taken from us, and we don't want that to happen, so write right away!
GOOD NEWS--I got a call from Jonnie Knowles this week. She said her daughter Brandi was out of the hospital and was feeling much better, so that was good to hear. She still faces a lot of challenges in her life, so we hope you'll continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
SAD TIME--We lost a member of the Chamberlain family last week when Bill's Uncle Joe Chamberlain passed away. Services were held in Washougal this past Saturday. He was the younger brother of Bill's dad Veryl Chamberlain, and with Joe's passing, only a brother, Dick, and a sister, Edith remain.
We learned that Sheran Parker just lost her mother at the beginning of the week, so we send our deepest sympathies to her and her family. Plus, we learned of the passing of Bill Swift earlier this week. We will miss his big smile and his "whoop-dee do do" while riding around town. His family has our sincere condolences on the loss of a great guy. Also, Delores Lyon, one of the gals that worked up at Hotel Cathlamet Assisted Living, has passed on too, so we've lost a lot of folks around here recently.
LOOKING AHEAD-- On February 9, the Valentine Diamond Dinner will be held at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. This is a fundraiser for the fair, and this year’s grand prize is a beautiful diamond bracelet with one carat weight total.