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Christmas shopping is too much like work

Northeast Ohio

Howdy, and I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is looking forward to the upcoming holidays. I finally got around to doing a bit of Christmas shopping and got some cards in the mail.

I’ve got lots more to do plus deciding just what I will be serving. This year I will probably have cold cuts, cheeses and salads. I’m not having my regular open house, but the family will still have to stop by for their gifts.

I called my sister Anna Goins in Whitesburg, and she told me about Edward Baker dying. I sure did hate to hear that, and I will miss talking with him. That’s another former Indian Creek resident and a neighbor of ours for many years who has gone away for good. My sincere sympathies to all his family and friends.

I have gotten way behind, so this will probably be a short column. I heard that. There are too many voices saying, “Goody goody.”

Red was feeling some better recently, and I really needed to get more shopping done, and I will not go to the mall alone, late evenings. I used to love Christmas shopping, but no more.

It’s too much like work nowadays and it’s so hard to know what to get. I remember when our boys were small, that a car, ball or cap pistol were just what they wanted. Of course that was a few years ago.

I talked to Georgia and they are doing OK. She had an eye doctor’s appointment but I haven’t talked to her since.

Red had talked with his brother Charles, sister Jean and niece Carleta. Jean has been with her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Phillip Shortt at Pound, Va., since she was released from the hospital. She had an appointment with her doctor, and was to find out when and if she will be able to go home.

I picked a cooking of fresh mustard greens, and I’m thinking it will be my last picking this year even though there’s still plenty in the patch. Well, if it should warm up one day, I just might be tempted to invade the patch again.

Have you had any snow to brag about yet? Here in Lorain we had some last Friday. The tops of vehicles were covered and the grass looked as though it were sporting a heavy frost. It was all gone in a short time. Not so for the snow belt, they had from two and one-half to three inches. Of course they always have more than here, and that’s just fine with me.

I’ve had a pretty busy week trying to get some gifts in bags, and I’ve made three pairs of pillowcases and hemmed a baby quilt. I’m not really a very smart person, but sometimes I do get a surge of energy and surprise myself.

We finally got to go to church at Little Edna the last weekend of November, the first time we had been in a month. This weekend is church time at Pleasant View, and if Red is feeling OK and there are no icy roads we are planning to go.

It’s about time for the girl, in fact she just came in, so until next time, I’m wishing all a great week and until next we meet, same time, same place. Love and prayers.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440)233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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