Tricounty News

April Tidbits

April has exited, leaving us with quite a few memories of interesting, or should I say strange winter/spring weather. Let's see, was it three blizzard-type storms? The weekends seemed to attract the storms. School and the dining site were closed on the 11th, which was a Friday. I don't get many long weekends, so decided to spend the six-seven hours that I normally wouldn't be ome doing something that I normally would not have been doing. I washed ceiling and walls of a bedroom. I found I had some muscles that I did not know I had. The room has yet to be put back in order. It is true that one is never too old to learn. I find I still learn something new almost every day. At the in-service in March, I learned that ketchup containers must be totally dry before refilling. Why? Water in them will cause the ketchup to turn into vinegar. Our Celebration of Nations continued this month with the spotlight on China. A few tidbits: A Chinese horticulturist named Ah Bing, working in Oegon, bred the red, sweet Bing cherry that is now an American favorite. English borrows a number of words from Chinese - for example: tea, chow and chop suey ("meaning miscellaneous bits"), and gung ho (meaning "work together" - U.S. Marines picked it up in World War II). The cafeteria had an oriental appearance to it, thanks to the third-graders who supplied us with Chinese lanterns and placemats; and the Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club, which made numerous folded paper artworks. I truly appreciate all the decorations that the children from the area make for us. The BLT group joined us and commented on the great Chinese food: sweet and sour chicken, Chinese boiled rice pilaf, oriental vegetables, mandarin fruit cup, fortune cookie and orange sherbet. The third week of April was a busy one. IT is National Volunteer Week. Those who volunteer at the local Senior Dining site were honored the 22nd with an appreciation party. During the past year, three volunteers "retired". Hats off to Vi G., Neil H., and Fred J. Naturally, when some move on, it is necessary to find new volunteers. Nancy L., Gloria J., Dale and Monica D. and Mary L. were welcomed aboard. Many thanks to each of them. I find the majority of the regular diners are volunteers. I deeply appreciate Alvina, Ann, Sally, Audrey, Larry, Reta, Anita H., Dorothy, Maymie and Anita V. We most likely would not have a dining site here, if it were not for them. Sally and Nancy were the lucky winners of free meal tickets, which were donated from Catholic Charities. A number of local people, ages 50 and up, attended the Big Bingo Bash and Buffet Night on the 24th. It is sponsored through Community Education. It is a fun night and Tina made absolutely great chicken. There were lots of door prizes. Kitchen helpers and servers were teachers and the BLT group. Friday, the 25th, was the "Hats Off to You!" employee appreciation celebration at the Holiday Inn. Larry, Reta, Angie (my guest) and I attended. We stuffed ourselves with good food and then laughed ourselves silly as we were entertained by Kenny Ahern. I had not heard of him before, but he has performed at the Minnesota State Fair, Disneyland and the White House. Should you ever have the opportunity to see him, you won't be disappointed. Reta and I each won a door prize. Sunday, the 27th, eight of my volunteers attended the "Hats Off to the Treasured Volunteers of Catholic Charities" volunteer appreciation. That also was at the Holiday Inn. "Valuable is the work you do": V aluable is the work you do. O utstanding ... is how you always come through. L oyal ... sincere and full of good cheer. U ntiring ... in your efforts throughout the year. N otable ... are the contributions you make. T rustworkthy ... in every project you take. E ager ... to reach your every goal. E ffective ... in the way you fulfill your role. R eady ... with a smile like a shining star. ********** Proper directions A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband, who suddenly burst into the kitchen.  "Careful! Careful!" he said. "Put in some more butter! Oh, no, you're cooking too many at once! Turn them now! They're going to stick! I said be careful! You never listen to me when you're cooking! Turn them! Hurry up! Have you lost your mind? Don't forget to salt them; you know you always forget. Use the salt ... the salt!" The wife stared at him and asked, "What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?" The husband replied calmly, "I just wanted you to know what it feels like when I'm driving." Esther Vojtek Bryan, Texas ********** 'Til next time ...