Staying warm has been a top priority this last week. I do hear people say it was never this cold so early in December. But I personally can think of events in my life that occurred in the weeks prior to Christmas and I remember the bone chilling weather. Strange how we forget from season to season the extremes of temperatures and the number of storms that battered our area. Often it is a memory we share with others as we speak about “that year when,” and the difficulties which often accompanied weather extremes.
Personally I would like a white Christmas but I live on a rural road. We have a drive way to that road. Definitely your environment is a consideration and just a sprinkling of white flakes would be enough. Those songs and poems weren’t written by someone just digging out from several inches of snow. Maybe it is this constant chill that brings out the Grinch. According to the weather reports it will remain cold and we have more flakes moving this way.
Dress warmly during the last minute shopping trips and drive with care. Check those picture albums from the past and realize this is not the first December mornings with zero temperatures.
One person in our community who can exchange stories of cold winters is Loraine Rhoades. She is celebrating her 85th birthday on Dec. 20.
Wonder if it snowed on her birth date? Her family has organized a card shower for her special day. Send a greeting to Loraine at 414 East Washington St., New Madison.
The American Legion has delivered fruit baskets to shut ins. The baskets were filled with snacks and candy as well as baked goods. This is an annual Christmas event.
When you address Christmas cards remember to send holiday greetings to shut ins. They appreciate knowing you remember them.
The Legion will be taking a break from community activities from Dec. 23rd through Jan 3rd. Then the members will have karaoke and euchre to start the new year.
Joel Pipenger is scheduled for a kidney transplant on Dec. 20. His brother, Jon, will be the donor. Best wishes for speedy recoveries.
Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.