Tuesday, January 5, 2010

View From The Bridge 1/6/2010

“VIEW from the BRIDGE”
By Muncie Morger

I’m out and about again after a two month layoff. Wally says he is finally getting some work out of me after my laying around the house for weeks without doing anything. Aren’t men funny when they learn even a very little about housework? The first lesson is how boring it is. The second revelation is the repletion of it. You think you are finished, caught up, and then you just have to start all over again. There is no such thing as some sort of a schedule as uncontrollable events keep popping up which get you all off kilter. If there is anyone out there who can keep up with housework, a schedule, and those events that keep popping up…let me know immediately. I assure you I will spread the word very quickly and everyone is call you a Saint.

A friend of mine in Great Falls, Sue, and I have every year decided that we would take one room a week to do what seniors called “Spring cleaning.” We would start the first week in January and by spring, we would have the whole project finished, have a spic and span house, and be able to then get to our gardens. We have yet to accomplish our goal and in fact, the truth be known,…we only got a couple of weeks into it. We have yet to figure out what happened to February and March for about five years now. Heaven bless those who still scrub their floors on their hands and knees, wash walls and are organized.

On the TV news the other day, they had a quiz about what we thought this winter was
1. The 3rd coldest, 2. The 5th coldest or 3. The 10th coldest. The answer was the
5th coldest. All I know about this weather is that everyone is sick and tired of it. Snow wouldn’t be too bad, snow and cold are bad, and snow, cold and ice are terrible. We are confined to the house and most of our acquaintances have cabin fever. We watch too much TV (is there such a thing as watching too much football,) snack too much, and put up with the darkness decending upon us about 4:30 p.m. Console yourself with, “When winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

The consortium for the Performing Arts Council will be held in Fort Benton on January 28th and 29th. This is a big deal Folks. If you enjoy the Chouteau County Performing Arts program, you will enjoy these two days. The Showcases will be held at the Elementary School and they are FREE. That is two whole days of entertainment. It is an absolute bargain for the price. There will be 17 Showcases and from those 17, the C.C.P.A. board will chose 6 to entertain us next season of 2010 and 2011. What a deal. Put the dates on your calendar and take advantage of this free program.

We had the Consortium here in Fort Benton in 2001 and the Board worked diligently to get it awarded to our town. If you have an interest to host some of the performers, please call one of the Board Members. They are not yet sure how many will be coming and want to be prepared to house them.

Since I haven’t been out and about, I haven’t heard much news and no one has called me to let me know about their projects. I only like to remind you readers of social events and fun projects that go on around town. Please call me if you have an event of any kind a couple of weeks ahead of time.

January 15th: Pie Day on Friday which is the third Friday of month.

February 5th, Friday, the Cancer Support Group will be auctioning off a dozen or more chairs painted by local artists. This event will be taking place at the Golden Age Senior Center. Tentitivly there will be a Soup Supper at 5:30 p.m. with the auction to follow.

If you have a spare hour in the week, spend some time visiting at the Nursing Home. I have a feeling that all of you could know someone who is residing there. Give the reception desk a call to see what would be the best time to visit. The residents have so many activities going and I joined in a quiz about New Year’s last week. It was very much like Trivial Pursuit and I learned a lot about other counties celebration of the New Year. I admit I haven’t been at the Hospital for about a year and a half because of my need of back surgery but I will now make a concentrated effort to visit more often.