One Holiday down and one to go, then it’s the end of the year!  Where did the time go?  I ask this question every year, but I’ve yet to figure out the mystery of time.  It just passes. Slowly unrelenting, marching forward.  None of us can stop it.
My husband isn’t much into the holidays so I had Thanksgiving with my dear friend Angie Turley, at the Salubria Center.  We had a very nice meal and visited for a few hours and then I went home.  One thing Angie had said to me a few days earlier really struck a chord.  She mentioned that she was very lonely.  Even in an assisted living center surrounded by others, she was lonely.  As we talked about it, she stated that she was lonely for “her” people, her family.  There was only one brother left  and she didn’t know if he was still alive.  Everyone else close to her had already passed away.  
That is the way it is with Family, there is a bond that can only be broken by death, and even then the memories and the longing remain strong.  To me this is what the Thanksgiving day holiday represents, a celebration of Family. It’s too bad we can’t have that feeling every day
I started this column on Monday, but I had an appointment with an Ophthalmologist so I had to scoot out of here without finishing.  What started out as a simple appointment turned out to be a full blown examination and an explanation of some of my vision problems.  I have cataracts, another age related malady.  I will have my eyes operated on the 5th and fourteenth of December.  I thought I might as well get it over with especially since I have already met my deductible for this year.  I know many of you have had the same surgeries with good results, and it’s not like I would be this doctors first patient, so I feel confident that all will go well.
But, at the risk of missing the deadline for the newspaper, I will keep the rest of this short.  On Sunday, December 3rd the Upper Country Singers will be presenting their annual Christmas performance.   The Concert starts at three and ends at five. Although I won’t be singing this year, I know what commitment this concert is for those who are participating,  They meet once a week for two hours for twelve weeks and spend many more hours practicing at home, at work, in the shower, you name it.  But I know for a fact that it’s a labor of love that these people give to community.  So mark your Calendars and plan on starting off the Christmas season with a joyful concert.
Wednesday, December 6th, is our annual meeting and we need as many registered members to attend as possible.  That day is also the date of our Beef Raffle drawing.  The four winners will be notified as soon after the drawing as possible, who knows, it might be you. 
The next shopping trip to Ontario is on Tuesday, December 12th.  If you want to go with us, give me a call here at the center, or you can sign up on the sheet at the front table.
Here are the menus for this week and next:
Wednesday, November 29th at noon, Fried Chicken, Mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, rolls, salad and Oatmeal Cake.
Friday, December 1 at 5:30:  Chicken Enchilada casserole, salad, apricots and dessert.
Wednesday, December 6th at noon, Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, rolls, salad, mixed vegetables and Wicky wacky cake.
Friday December 8th at 5:30, Tuna casserole, salad, mixed fruit muffins and dessert.
That’s it for this week!