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December 5, 2013

Holiday preparations are piling up

We must admit that we are now rushing head first through the holiday season even though we have no idea exactly how we got to this point in the year. We would like to blame the makers of calendars for not including all the months of the year in their products, but alas that is not the case. So we fear we shall simply have to deal.

However, we hasten to point out that our activities leading up to Thanksgiving included a most interesting encounter with a gentleman as we were rushing with the Lavender Landrover into Otsego Manor to help make Thanksgiving decorations for the residents there. For various holidays throughout the year, the Meadowlarks, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, meet at the Manor to make the appointed decorations. And as seems to be the case more and more now, we were running late.

And that must have been obvious to the gentleman we encountered as he practically leapt off the sidewalk into the snow so we could get by. Since he was walking with two canes, not to mention two shopping bags, we were somewhat dismayed that he evidently felt he needed to make way for us. Naturally we thanked him, telling him he had not needed to move as there was room for both of us on the sidewalk.

To this he responded, “It was my pleasure.”

Now that was something we had not heard in years. It quite made our day. And it was most certainly a refreshing change from the usual “No problem,” we hear so often these days.

We also had the opportunity this year to partake of a wonderful Thanksgiving Day dinner at the home of Linda Crampton who assembled for the occasion not only family but friends as well. Both the food and the company were delightful. And with great restraint we did manage to remember the sage advice given us in a Thanksgiving prayer that we received in our e-mail inbox shortly before the holiday. It read:

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    March 13, 2014

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    March 6, 2014

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    February 27, 2014

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    February 20, 2014

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    February 13, 2014

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