Good morning everyone, and I hope you are enjoying the nice weather that we have been having. I can’t remember a winter as mild as this, for many years.
One of our sons, who lives in Ottawa, says that they have had a lot of snow and inclement weather this winter, so I guess we folks who live in Nova Scotia have been very lucky.
Several of the ladies of both the United Church and the United Baptist Church have been busy making plans for the annual Ladies Day of Prayer celebration, which will be taking place in the Millvale United Baptist Church on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
A lot of preparation goes into this service and it is hoped that there will be a good number of folks able to attend.
The Oxford and Area Men, and some of their wives, were singing at the White Birches Retirement Home in Amherst last Monday. It is such a pleasure to visit with these dear people and take a few minutes to talk with them.
Later we enjoyed tea, coffee and sweets in the dining room.
The previous Monday, we were at the Centennial Villa in Amherst. There are several residents at Centennial Villa who used to be neighbours of ours.
Brent Reid of Hantsport was an overnight guest on Friday with his parents, Margaret and Wendell Reid.
On Saturday morning Brent, accompanied by Wendell and Margaret Reid, took a drive down through the Beckwith Road because Brent wanted to see where his great grandfather’s house, the late William Dobson’s, was.
My grandfather had built the house in Mansfield for his wife and family many years ago. After his death, it was sold and moved to Beckwith.
Later we took a drive to Kolbec to see where Wendell’s grandparents, Tom and Dolena MacMasters, used to live. It is surprising, but very nice to see that the younger generation of people are interested in their history and where their ancestors used to live.
Greg and Margo Patriquin of Collingwood and Logan and Lexie Patriquin were to Moncton on Monday.
The Oxford and Area Men’s Choir and their wives, their organist, Carol Embree, and several others gathered at the Vestry of the Oxford United Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 23 for a supper.
There was a delicious assortment of potato salad, baked beans, hot dishes of many kinds, as well as biscuits and rolls. There were also pies as well as many other delicious desserts.
After supper was over and the dishes cleared away everyone gathered around the piano for a sing-a-long with Carol Embree as pianist and everyone joined in the singing.
Everyone from the men’s club signed a birthday card which was given to Wendell Reid in honour of his 87th birthday and all joined in singing Happy Birthday to Wendell.
It was another wonderful evening of good fellowship, good friends and good food.
Wendell and Margaret Reid accompanied Wendy Reid to the Moncton City Hospital on Wednesday, where Margaret kept an appointment with Dr. Ronald Bourgeois.
We were very lucky to have nice weather for the trip. Margaret plans to have knee surgery, later on.
Irven MacCormick was a visitor on Sunday with Mervyn and Mary Esther Smith. Mary Esther Smith of Millvale was a recent visitor with Carol Thompson of Oxford.
Wendell Reid’s family held a birthday supper for him on Saturday evening and Wendy cooked one of her famous, deep-fried fish suppers, which was delicious as usual, and there was birthday cake and ice cream. Those who were there for the special occasion,besides Wendell, Margaret and Wendy, were Jim and Norma Reid of Bridgewater, Brent Reid of Hantsport, Wayne and Karma Reid of Pugwash and Blaine Reid of Pugwash.
After supper everyone enjoyed a visit before the families had to return to their homes.
Quote: “Life often pulls the rug out from under people who demand the ‘red carpet’ treatment.”
Margaret Reid writes a column for the Williamsdale-Collingwood area. She can be reached at 902-686-3259.