Hope our three-and-a-half-hour power outage on Thursday evening will be the first and last one for this winter. We are all spoiled these days with so many conveniences and when we don't have them, boy are we lost. One can only read or do crossword puzzles so long with a battery light. Thankful that most of us are blessed to have a cell phone. House sure cooled down toward the end so I had to don a winter jacket.
Birthday greetings go out this week to Jason Smith, Barrie, Ont., Ella Lockhart, Westchester; Irene Acker, West Pugwash/Florida; Anne Wallace; Wallace Bridge; Merlin Russell, Wallace Bay; Cheryl Aubin, Pugwash River; Jonathan Mundle, Pugwash Point; Kevin Huston, Gulf Shore; Bob Johnson, Port Philip, as well as anniversary greetings to Bob and Sheila.
Twenty ladies from the Pugwash United Church Pastoral Charge enjoyed a delicious lunch and fellowship on Sunday after church at Inn the Elms.
Kevin Wells was the winner of the firemen's 50/50 draw on Wednesday evening, and Tracey MacEachern was the winner of the Co-Op's Toonie Draw on Sunday. Congratulations to you both. Hope you all remembered to pay your Toonie for the big Amherst Ramblers draw on Tuesday night. I understand it will be well over $83,000.
Callers with Mary Doyle this week were Lily and Dave DeYoung, Linacy; Paul Fahey, Port Howe; Peggy Allen, Pugwash; and of course her daily Home Care ladies.
On Wednesday, Ronalda and Barry Smith, Travis White and Shirley White enjoyed supper at McMahon's in Wallace, before Travis left for Vietnam on the weekend, where he will be volunteering for several weeks. He will be assisting teaches in helping local folks to learn English. What a great deed. Enjoy your time there, Travis.
On Friday, the United Church M and P Committee met at Shirley White's. In the afternoon, Shirley and Faye Moore, Conns Mills, were in Amherst shopping. On Saturday, Ronalda, Barry and Shirley went to Moncton, where they shopped and enjoyed supper at Montana's Restaurant.
I phoned my cousin, Helen Wilson, Westphal, on Saturday to wish her a belated 91st birthday the day before. I tried many times on Friday but her phone was busy when I tried. Helen's health is not the best but she still manages to live on her own. She is always interested to hear all the news from up around here.
Callers with me this week were Denise Darragh, Kate Wilson, and Bruce Gullon, Wallace; Cheryl Mattinson, Birchwood; Eleanor Conrad, Roslin; Janet Gullens and Peggy Allen, Pugwash; and was especially pleased to have Grant and Janet Patterson, Hastings, and grandchildren Emerson and Averie, East Amherst, drop in for a visit and have lunch on Sunday. Takes little ones to cheer up us seniors, doesn't it?
Please keep all our sick and shut-in friends and neighbours in your thoughts and prayers this week. Thinking of my son-in-law, Kevin LeBlanc, Hubbards, who had shoulder surgery on Friday. Hope you heal soon, Kev.
Thought for the week: If you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.
Mary Patterson is the columnist for the Pugwash area.