Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

Dear Villagers and friends, I usually compose what we use on our front page, but this article by Mona Vance tells all of us about the important things in our lives… read on and enjoy.

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers…

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed…
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car…
The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with each other.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix things.
Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.
Set your priorities… The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers or root beer works just fine, with a friend.

Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 Our “going away” party for Pastor Jim Cruickshank and his wife Bonnie was a huge success. The Old Auxvasse Church was filled to over-flowing for the 10:00am service. This was followed by lunch at 11:00am. The reception was from 1:00—3:00pm. There were tears, of course, but also laughter as many fun moments were remembered. Jim and Bonnie are officially retired from the OANM Church, but you probably have seen them around because they were waiting for their home in Fulton to be sold. Our good wishes to them on their new adventure in life.

 June marks the sixth month of 2015. So far, not much of the news has been good. Homes and businesses, have been destroyed by tornadoes and severe storms, erupting volcanoes, and terrible earthquakes. Mother Nature has been flexing her muscles. Also, violent demonstrations took place in Baltimore not unlike our experience with Ferguson, MO. Let’s hope that the rest of 2015 settles down to a more peaceful mode.

 Our good friends and neighbors, Dale and Mary Lou have moved to Ruth and Pete Hart’s place in the ‘Burg. When David Crane decided that the home they were in needed to be torn down instead of all the repair that was needed, they really did not want to leave the ‘Burg. The Hart homestead was just what was needed. We are all glad that they wanted to and were able to stay and continue to be villagers.

 The Spring Fling that was held here April 17 and 18 was a success for the people who participated. Maybe we should make this an annual affair.

 Congratulations to all the May and June graduates. Graduation is the “passing of the torch” to a younger generation.

 Congratulations also to all of you who are blessed to have living fathers. June is a time to honor them, but they really should be honored in our hearts all of the time.

 This is it for now from the Villager. In June, we wish all Fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day, and all Veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day… from Megan, JoAnn, Debbie, Danielle, A.J., Fiona, Kami, Lydia, Scott, Joe, and Marlene.

Joe’s Corner


We were recently visited at the store and museum by Henry, the Callaway County Gnome. Henry drops in with his Keeper to visit interesting businesses which would be good stops for tourists when they come into Callaway County. The picture on this page is of Henry and me with the arrowhead collection. Henry had his picture made with Megan holding him, and with me in front of the window of arrowheads, and with Marlene standing by Abe, the Case farm tractor eagle. Henry is named for the author of KINGS’ ROW, a book which is widely thought to be inspired by events in Fulton, MO.

We welcome Henry, it was a break in our busy day, and we hope he can bring more visitors to Callaway County’s many hidden treasures.

Patrons of the Month

We’ve had several interesting groups of patrons lately since the weather turned more spring like. Among them were the St. Charles Car Club, and a group of visiting German students who were brought to us from Hermann. (They did not speak English at all, and my knowledge of German is non-existent.) But, they enjoyed the Williamsburgers and we enjoyed having them visit us. Turkey hunters make up several different groups who ate with us. They tend to love eating breakfast after their morning hunt. We had a group from the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico. Joe and I were gone that morning, but Debbie gave the tour and I hear that she did a great job. One of the veterans left a news release about himself, and I am making him our “Character of the Month” in the following article. Thanks to all who visited Marlene’s Restaurant in recent weeks.

CHARACTER of the Month

Ralph Omer, 91-year-old WWII veteran is our character of the month. I don’t know Ralph personally, but he has been on our mailing list for the Williamsburg Villager since the first year of publication ten years ago. Ralph lived in Perry, MO., until it became time for him to join fellow veterans at Missouri’s Veterans’ Home in Mexico.

He left a photo from the Mexico paper for me. The caption explained that Ralph was showing a group of adults and children how to make rope from twine. Ralph learned this skill in high school and has made rope as a hobby for 70 years. Members from the Mexico 4-H Club and Hatton 4-H Club were present for this demonstration. They were able to take home the hand-made rope.

Mr. Omer would welcome requests for his demonstrations for school-aged children. They may call him at the MO Veterans Home to reserve time for a field trip, or he could come to their school.

It is wonderful to see this 91-year-old Veteran still involved with serving people. We appreciate all you have done to serve your country, Ralph.


These come from our friend, Ann Fischer.
A Shot of Whiskey
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey.
The Whole Nine Yards
American fighter planes in WWII had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.
Buying the Farm
This is synonymous with dying. During WWI soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you “bought the farm” for your survivors.
Passing the Buck/ The Buck Stops Here
Most men in the early west, carried a jack knife made by the Buck Knife Company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck Knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn’t want to deal he would “pass the buck” on to the next player. If that player accepted then “the buck stopped there”.
Riff Raff
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a “riff” and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.
A Retired Person’s Perspective:
1. I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying lets remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.
2. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.
3. You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably mad.
4. Gone are the days when girls cooked like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.
5. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone you’ve just met? That’s common sense leaving your body.
6. I don’t like making plans for the day. Because then the word “premeditated” gets thrown around in the courtroom.
7. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.
8. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
9. Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers: If you find one, what’s your plan?
10. Everyone has a right to be stupid. Politicians just abuse the privilege.

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