It’s Monday morning with beautiful sunshine, and as I sit here watching the doves at the bird feeder, it could not be a more beautiful and pleasant day. Besides all the natural beauty outside, I was honored to share a delightful lunch with Miss Catherine McCalla and her garden party friends. Thanks to Ida Scott for bringing some pictures of my sister, Jackie Hicks Chandler ,and me taken at an Al Chymia Shrine Ladies luncheon last year.
The party consisted of a unique group of lovely ladies. Miss Catherine is such a gifted lady of artwork. I only viewed some of the art displays downstairs. Just seeing her abilities was so impressive. I have always loved art myself and have painted a picture for each of my children. I hope to find time to do a sunset painting early next year.Catherine is such a gracious hostess and the luncheon certainly brightened my day as well as inspired me to continue painting again.
Saturday night was one of the most fun evenings of the year. My high school class of 64 at dear old Humes High School, in Memphis, had its annual Christmas party. The one and only Mr. Butch Dicuss, our Elvis impersonator, presented us with a great performance by his handsome self. I don’t know what we would do without him. He’s been performing for 40 years and for every event that we have had the last five years. It was so nice to see so many classmates and share the good memories and fun times. There was recognition of a classmate we have lost this year, Miss Sandy Poindexter and they remembered my Charlie as well. Mr. Johnny Grimes had everything detailed to a “T.” Thanks, Johnny!
As we move on into this final week prior to Christmas, I hope you all have your list completed or at least near an end. Personally, I’m finished, even with the cards. Thank the Lord! Anxiety can ruin a holiday. I’ve been there and done that.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Laverne Baxter for being so thoughtful in giving me the book I’ve craved for years, “Vivien Leigh: a Biography.” The original! Vivien Leigh is in her natural beauty on the front cover and a picture of Sir Laurence and Lady Olivier in 1947 on the back cover. It is written by Anne Edwards. I love it, Laverne, you’ve made my Christmas complete.
Salem Presbyterian Church Worshop is 11 a.m., with Rev. Charles Todd officiating. Memorials to Salem Cemetery in memory of Mary Ann Meritt, given by Mr. and Mrs. David McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. David Wright, Dennis Willey and Sara Sparkman. If you would like your birthday added to the calendar, see Kim Gray. If you would like to be added to the nursery list or removed, see Judy Baum. Thanks to everyone for all the support for the Appalachia mission team. Congratulations to Austin and Dana Waits on the birth of their son, Landon Earl Waits, born Dec. 5. David Jones and David McDaniel were installed as elders. John Baum, Jonathon McDaniel and Mike Sterling were installed as deacons. The Christmas cantata will be Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. The Sunday school Christmas party will be Sunday, the 22nd at 6 p.m. please bring finger foods. “Dear Salem friends, thank you for all the birthday cards. Salem will always be my home. I love you and miss you. Juanita Heron.”
Sharon Presbyterian Church Worship is at 9 a.m. with Rev. Charles Todd officiating. We welcome all members, friends and visitors to the fellowship of Sharon. We are always grateful for our Dunlap residents who are able to join us. Speaking of Dunlap, I personally was saddened at the loss of Miss Jean Bell recently. I did her hair for many years. She was a great lady and fun to be with.
Addie and I went to the Covington Christmas parade Monday night. It was quite cold outside. A friend of mine, Mr. Bill Wallace, and his friend, Mr. Charlie Moore, drove in his 1951 Plymouth. Bill rode with him along with several other Al Chymia Shriners in various old cars. It was very nostalgic.
In closing, many will begin family and friend gatherings this weekend. Hope and pray all your travels will be safe and that everyone has a blessed Christmas. One never knows what the following year may bring. Merry Christmas to all.