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Scrapbooking looks easy, but take it from me it takes talent

By Jo Ellen Dale

As I write the sun is shining and I can see blue sky all of which never fails to lighten my mood.
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Wednesday morning the Breakfast Club met as usual at Our Place and was pleasantly surprised to have unexpected guests, Newton Hamacher and 19- month-old daughter, Ainsley. She is a very precocious young lady and amused all of us including her grandmother, Jean.
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Noticing a fairly large number of automobiles at the United Christian Presbyterian church two days last week I inquired and found that it was a meeting of scrapbook enthusiasts. I did try my hand at that craft but soon found that I had no aptitude for it.  My son, Chuck had given me a beautiful scrapbook and I had collected a number of pictures of three generations of my family but had difficulty deciding on the arrangement and order.  Some of those who are really expert at it bring rolling suitcases full of the things they need. I also found that it is not an economical pastime. My daughter-in-law Liz is very good at it and works part time in a scrapbooking store.
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Last Friday Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I had lunch at the 19th Hole restaurant and found upon inquiry that they had had a large meeting of farmers with a Monsanto chemical engineer to discuss the safe use of pesticides and other ways to preserve the environment.
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Two good opportunities for eating out last week were the John W. Carter Lodge pancake breakfast and the chili and soup luncheon that the men of the United Christian Presbyterian Church put on.  I took two servings from the pancake breakfast out to Myra Hamann and we enjoyed it greatly. Her daughters Jan Jorgensen and Susie Rose were visiting on Saturday and I took enough soup and chili for all of us which we shared. Jan also had her pet, Percy, who does not know he is a dog.  Percy tears around as if he had springs in his feet and is so fast that he can slip out a door like a flash of lightning.
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Rita May writes that her husband Mark went to Washington, D.C. for the annual pro-life march.  He took a bus and met people from Sedalia and St. Louis.  She said he had a wonderful time.
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There were several guests at the Sunday service at the United Christian Presbyterian Church.  As Julie Jackson was playing the organ, her mother, Kathy Jackson, and grandmother, Jan Jackson, were there to hear her. She did a beautiful job that inspired the congregation to sing lustily. The choir also sang a special song, and with a full complement in all parts did even better than usual.
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There will be a picture-taking event on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the historic Farris Theatre, from which a mural will be made.  Although I do not like to have my picture taken, I will be there as I was in the chorus of most of the Kiwanis Theatre Guild shows produced by the late Don Jackson aided by the late Mary Thurman and Alice Jones, as well as Billie Hamann and many others.

Enjoy the springlike weather while it lasts and keep sending to——-DaleDbdale@aol.com.

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