Well we have had another nice week in Malagash. Some snow on Thursday but not enough to curtail many activities. The temperature has actually been quite mild and pleasant for this time of the year.
Russ and I spent an overnighter in Dartmouth the first of the week. Celebrating a birthday and went to the movie "The Post" on Monday evening and spent some time shopping the following day. Dartmouth Crossing is such a great place to shop - Costco and Ikea - who would want anything better. Then back to Truro for an appointment and grocery shopping.
Now we have talked about deer for quite a while and as we were coming along Robie Street on our way home, we noticed a couple of cars stopped and lo and behold four deer crossed the road.
They must have been in the park there and were heading to a new destination.
We have heard many times about the problems the town of Truro is having with their deer population and now we have seen it for ourselves.
Last week I mentioned that we had a pheasant visiting our yard and we started to hang out bird feeders and dropping some food on the ground for this beautiful bird. Lots of activity from all types of birds and then the other evening around 10:30, there was a good-sized doe picking up the food under the feeder. She was there for quite a while, pawing at the snow to get down to the grass - really great to see her.
We had seen deer tracks around the tree area before but it was interesting to watch her. Appeared to be alone and that is unusual at this time of year. Starting out to be a good year for them so far.
Our legion continues to be quite active with Jig the Joker on Friday evening and Wednesday night darts.
There is always a good turnout for darts and this past Saturday there was a tournament in Westchester where two teams from the Malagash Legion took part.
It was the Robert Palmer Memorial Dart Tournament and our team of George MacKenzie, Kris Larsen, Michael Briggs, Bill Parkinson came in second. Good job, Guys!
There is a crib tournament held in the Legion twice a month - second and fourth Saturday.
Rev Connie and Rev Meggin King are planning a six-week Co-operative Lenten Study, entitled "How the Bible Came to be" by John Barton.
It will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Manse in Pugwash. This is right beside the United Church and will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending should get in touch with either one of these ladies. Sounds interesting.
Marjorie (McNab) Grayley recently had hip surgery in the New Glasgow hospital and is recuperating there.
Spoke to her brother, Ken, and he advised that they were waiting for her to be moved to the Lillian Fraser Hospital in Tatamagouche. A little closer to home for Ken and her many friends who would like to visit her.
Several of us are planning on starting to walk in our community hall two mornings a week. It is too dangerous and cold to be walking on the highway so we are going to try the hall. At the present time, it looks like it will be Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
If anyone would like more information, they can contact me. The more the merrier, and we would welcome gentlemen if they think they can keep up with us!
Russ and I were talking the other day about trying to stay in touch with friends and should give them a call but it seems we always tend to put it off and many times we heard that something has happened to these friends and wish that we had followed up on our intentions. So we have decided that from now on when we think about calling a friend, we are going to do it!
I encourage everyone to follow the same path. It might inconvenience us somewhat but in most cases, a phone call just to say Hi will make the recipient's day!
I came across a few words from Ralph Waldo Emerson and they go like this: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. "
A very good thought for the week!
Have a good week everyone and please drive carefully. Know of at least one person who had an encounter with a deer and his truck shows the signs of the collision. As I said above, they are around and can appear at any unexpected time--day or night.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.