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Cold weather presents challenges in East County

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 17 women got together for the yearly Satsop United Methodist Women cookie exchange. Jim and I are now enjoying sampling many different kinds of cookies. This is the wrong time of the year to try to lose a few pounds.

This past week, I spent many an afternoon breaking up the ice on all our water troughs for our animals and making sure they are getting extra grain and hay during this cold weather. I hope that is helping me to work off the extra calories from the cookies I have been eating.

Saturday afternoon, Jim looked out our living room window and there in our field was a huge herd of elk. By the time I found the camera and got outside to take a picture they got spooked and leaped the fence, crossed the road and went into the trees and up the hill. Several motorists were stopped on the road watching them and I hope they had cameras and maybe got some pictures. They are such beautiful animals.

Pastor K led the Sunday service at the Satsop Methodist Church. Mason Boyce lit the candles. Janet Whipple and her grandson put coins in for Janet’s birthday and her daughter Angie’s birthday. I put coins in for our daughter Stacy Turner’s birthday. The Elma/Satsop Choir sang “Will We Know Him.” I read the scriptures. Joys shared: Ralph Osgood and his wife had a fun vacation visiting their daughter and family in Texas but are glad to be back home. Mike Tobola enjoys having the Elma/Satsop choir sing during the holiday season. I shared the joy of seeing the large herd of elk. Prayers were asked for Sheri Gray. Arline Tobola needs prayers for healing. Prayers for safety for all during this cold-weather time, especially the homeless and all our four-legged friends. The offering was collected by Mark Carpenter and Dalton Combs. After our church service, Brett, Francine and I joined the Elma/Satsop choir in singing at the Elma Methodist service. Pastor K serves that church and Janet Whipple also plays the piano there.

Sunday afternoon, Mike and Stacy Turner, their granddaughter, Danielle Lott, and her friends, Gerrad and Shay, joined us for dinner celebrating daughter Stacy’s birthday. We were also hoping it was to celebrate another Seahawk win, but that didn’t happen. We had a good day with family and looking forward to next week’s Seahawk game.

Have a good safe week and keep warm in this cold, cold weather.

My thought for the week comes from Jimmy Carter: “God answers all our prayers. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the answer is, you’ve got to be kidding!”

Yvonne Borden is a regular contributor to The Vidette of news from the Satsop and Elma areas. She can be reached at (360) 482-3284.

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