The Williamsburg Villager April , 2014
12 Things Not to Give Up For Lent
During the Lenten season many people vow to abstain from the things they like most for the forty days before Easter. That’s all well and good but here are my thoughts about how cranky some of us get without sweets. Therefore, this list of things Not to give up for Lent.
1. Do not forget to replace that donut with a morning smile for all you meet.
2. Do not give up laughing with, not about, your friends.
3. Do not measure your waist line every week or weigh in every other day to see if your Lenten diet has amounted to results.
4. Do not exchange your normally happy interior, for a solemn exterior. Remember, everyone loves a cheerful giver. (or giver-upper)
5. Do not give up church attendance saying that going to church makes you too happy!
6. Do not give up hugging your children or those you care about because therein lies the strength to see you through.
7. Do not give up thinking, reading, or watching TV. You might get a redeeming idea.
8. Do not give up that hot cup of coffee or glass of iced tea with a friend or friends because there is strength in fellowship.
9. Do not give up the sarcastic comeback—it may offend a few, but give joy to many.
10. Do not give up too many things. Some of them may be the essence that is you!
11. Do not give up the reassuring pat on the back because it is more important to boost up another, than to put yourself down.
12. Do rid yourself of selfishness and share your JOY, LAUGHTER, and HELPFULNESS with everyone… especially during this season!
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Characters… We Got’ Em
Bonnie Cruickshank is our character of the month. Those of you who take the Fulton newspaper probably saw Bonnie pictured reading from a book that she had recently written and subsequently published.
Bonnie’s book is called A Soddie Christmas. It is a tale about a pioneer family braving the onslaught of winter in a sod house on the prairie during a particularly bad winter storm at Christmas time. It is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages. A Soddie Christmas can be found on our shelves at Marlene’s restaurant at a very reasonable price.
We salute Bonnie and encourage all of our villagers to follow their dreams. Bless you, Bonnie, for your inspiration.
Patrons of the Month
Once again our April calendar is filling up with dates for bus tours, private parties and catered meals at Pat Jones’ for the Edward Jones staff.
The recent winter weather rendered it pretty quiet her for January, February and March. It is very gratifying to see familiar names once again filling our calendar spaces. During the seasonal lull, we did see and have time to visit with many old and dear friends.
Don and Rosalia Meyer stopped by. Don is one of Joe’s oldest friends. They rode back and forth to MU together during their college days.
Bob and Nancy Erickson are another couple we have known for years. We always enjoy visiting with them about our teaching days at North Callaway.
Carol and Bud Leible came by and Carol brought us two bags of homemade yeast rolls that has been her Christmas gift to us for many years. Many thanks, Carol.
Students of both Joe and mine come at unexpected times. Sometimes we can recognize them right away—some take longer.
To all who stopped in during these wintery months —thanks, and come back again soon.
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Things Heard Round the Pot-Bellied Stove
Our neighbor and friend, Charlie Pierson, died on March 5. He will be greatly missed in this community especially for his work with the Old Auxvasse- Nine Mile Presbyterian Church. Our sympathy to his wife Sharon and his family.
Sue Anderson, with the help of her family, has been busy moving into her new home. We know she will be very happy there.
Bill Robert’s is BACK! It has been so good to see Bill here having coffee again with his buddies. We have all missed you, Bill.
Easter is late this year. We celebrated Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) on Tuesday, March 4, which means that Easter will be on Sunday, April 20. Maybe all thoughts of snow and cold winds will be forgotten by then.
Where is Joe Crane? Marlene has been looking for Joe several times lately. How can he be so hard to find? Those of us, who know Joe, know he has to be in one of three places; the store, the museum or home – oh yes sometimes, he is at a sale!
Rita Heitzmann sent our ladies Lunch Bunch greetings via Maxine cartoons. Those of you who have seen these Hallmark cards with Maxine on them know that she can hit home with her insights on getting old. Thanks Rita.
A daughter of Rev. Robert Moore, who served as minister to our church here in Williamsburg many years ago, returned on Sunday, March 9, to visit the church and its congregation. The Moores and their six children lived in a trailer while our manse was being built. She and Barbara Smith were best friends while growing up. They had a heart-warming reunion.
Our friend, Thelma Henning, was taken by Lorraine Minard, to Audrain Hospital after having trouble breathing. She was suffering from a congestive heart problem. Our thoughts are with Thelma as well as wishes for a quick recovery. We want to see her around here again soon!
Chuck and Joe Eckert are grandparents again. Son, Bill and his wife Jackie, had a new baby boy, Henry Marvin Eckert, born on March 10, 2014, at 4:19 a.m. He weighed 6’4” and was 19” long. Congratulations to the Eckert family. (Shirley, you look too young to be a three-time great-grandmother.)
Bob and Janette Bradley’s grandson, Kyle, had to have shoulder surgery recently. The operation ends Kyle’s wrestling as a member of MU’s wrestling team. We wish Kyle a speedy recovery and success in his next field of endeavor.
April dates to remember: April 13—Palm Sunday, April 17—Maundy Thursday, April 20 Easter Sunday Palm Sunday service will be here at Williamsburg at 11:00 a.m. Maundy Thurs. service will also be at Williamsburg at 7:00 p.m. Easter service will be at Old Auxvasse at 7:30 a.m.
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Joe has a large number of paper weights in his collection of “stuff”. Those paper weights for the most part are works of art. They range in all sizes from extra-large to small. Some have beautiful flowers in them. And some seem like you are looking through a kaleidoscope. He recently put on display a pair of gorgeous rabbits and a pair of equally beautiful bird paper weights.
They came in all textures and colors and when displayed all together are almost like antique jewels.
Paper weights were more popular in the Victorian Era and will soon be obsolete, except for viewing, because in our computerized age we soon won’t have much paper to hold down.
Come by and see this collection in the museum.
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Thanks for help with Smile-a-While from Rylan Mann.
Just for Grins…
A country lad was being interviewed for a farm laborer’s job. The boss said, “You must be fit. Have you had any illnesses?” “No Sir,” said the lad. The boss asked, “Any accidents?” The boy said, “No Sir.” The boss said to him, “But you walked in here on crutches. You must have had an accident!” The lad said, “Oh, no Sir! I was tossed by a bull, but it wasn’t an accident. He did it on purpose!
A young man was driving along a country road on the way to see his girl. As he passed a field the idea struck him to stop and pick a bouquet of flowers. He had barely began romping through the field when he became aware of a rather mean looking bull not far away, with head lowered and an evil look in his eye. Far away, leaning comfortably on the prudent side of the fence, stood a farmer taking in the situation. The young man called out to him, “Hey, mister! It that bull safe!” To which the farmer shouted back, “Safe as anything! Can’t say the same about you though!”
The Benefits of Growing Older
1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
3. It’s harder and harder for sexual harassment charges to stick.
4. No one expects you to run into a burning building.
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
7. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
8. There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.
9. Things you buy now won’t wear out.
10. You enjoy hearing about other people’s operations.
11. You get into a heated argument about pension plans.
12. You have a party and the neighbours don’t even realize it.
13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
15. You sing along with elevator music.
16. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
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