Tuesday, March 8, 2016

View From The Bridge 3/9/16

By Muncie

Last week I asked for the first sighting of Meadowlarks and Robins. I received a phone call from Karyn Bryant, who lives in Carter, on the 4th of March telling me that she had sighted Meadowlarks that day.

On Sunday morning, March 7th, I received a call from a very excited Carolyn McKinlay who said that there was a Robin in her yard. I really appreciate the calls as it cheered my whole day.

Since both calls came from Carter, I assume that the birds knew where Paradise is.  (My joke of the week.)

I also received my yearly call from Betty Taylor who lives NE of Fort Benton, that she had seen a Robin that morning. Betty is also a bird lover and enjoys watching them.

In conversations with friends and neighbors who have bird feeders, we have noticed a lack of participation on the part of the birds. They no longer come to the station to partake of plentiful meals. My feeders seem to be empty but I have never seen the flocks of birds that used to fill my yard. (Do birds feed at night?) Perhaps in this warmer weather they have other sources for food. I would welcome back the flocks any time as they make my day.

Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the smelly odor. (These observations are certainly getting more to be like household hints. I can picture some observer person checking out smelly gym bags and shoes. What do you suppose the pay rate is for those people? What do they study in college? Could it be what to do with dried tea bags 101?)

When I played Bingo on February 29th, it was announced that the previous date of March 14th had to be changed again. There was a problem with the 14th at the Club House and the date was changed to the 21st. That means that Bingo will be played the last 2 Mondays of March. That will also be the end until next October.

I was supposed to call the River Press on Tuesday morning and have Lindsey change the date that I had put into last weeks paper. I goofed again. I forgot to call.

The VFW did have a very vivid ad in the River Press and I hope all you Bingo players saw it. See you there.

Friday is Pie Day at 1:00 p.m. with a Bake Sale. The weather is so nice so come on out and join with some of your friends for pie, coffee, and conversation. Pick up some home-made cookies, cakes, and even a pie in case you might have company over the weekend. Or you could put it in the freezer or eat it yourself. That would be my choice.

Don’t forget to set your clocks Saturday night before you go to bed or you may be late for Church on Sunday morning. I am sure that God will forgive you because it must confuse Him too.

I had a knock on my door on Saturday and there stood Toots Hayden with 2 of the t-shirts that I asked about last week. Unfortunately there are now added to the list two more shirts. The years 2014 and 2015 were not in Wally’s collection. The 2014 t-shirt was The Year of the MT Woman and the 2015 was Footsteps Through Time.

The new missing list now reads 1995 A River Runs Through It, 1997 (No theme known at this time,) 2008 Rockin’ the River, and the 2 mentioned above. Check your closets and dresser drawers to find these treasures. I’ll check out the Thrift Shop on Thursday or Saturday.

I have not yet been able to find out if there were t-shirts before 1992. If you have any knowledge of that, please let me know a.s.a.p. There must be someone out there who remembers. I am offering a reward and that would be that you would get your name in the View. No! Alright, I will take you to lunch. The down side of that offer is that you will have to drive. Hope to hear from you soon.

I have not heard from any volunteers about my new project for the Veterans Photos that are hanging at the Sunrise Bluffs. Please believe me when I say that I understand that you are all busy, busy, busy. Now that the weather is nicer, activities have picked up so that I compare you to a hill of ants. Have you ever watched that show? Did you have an Ant Hill glass box when you were a kid?

With spring approaching, the work load increases for everyone. I do not know anyone who has less to do. This project would only take about a day of your time. Please consider it as a remembrance of all those Veterans hanging on those walls. Most of them have gone away and those photos are a reminder of what they sacrificed for all of us.

In conversation with Karla, there are many people who view those photos often. Last week one of the residents of the Bluffs came rushing to Karla that the bio books were missing. They were reassured that Muncie had taken the books to bring them up to date. Joellyn and I should have them back soon.

Please note that is the end of the program. If there is someone out there who would like to take over, make your self-known. I can no longer handle that kind of involvement. I love our Troops dearly. Our family still has four grandsons in the Service of our country. One of them is still in Kuwait flying a helicopter. At least it is a little safer than when he was in Afghanistan. I worry about them as well as every single Serviceman and woman. I am always upset when I see the flag at the Post Office at half-mast. Who is gone? Is it an official or is it a Montana boy or girl? “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”