Holidays an infectious time, but in my case, too much so


ope everyone had a happy Christmas. I did, but sometime over the weekend I contracted a sinus infection and haven’t been out and about as usual.

I had to give up on my trip to Arkansas to have another Christmas with family and I am sick – literally – that I won’t get to see everyone, especially my new great-grandson. Chuck went down on Wednesday and promised to bring me lots of pictures.

Last week I happened to look out and saw a new moon clearly, which old-timers say, should bring good luck. It seemed fitting to welcome the New Year, although it is hard to believe that it is January with the lovely weather we have been having.

Rebecca Crouch writes that her family gave her a big 90th birthday party at John Knox Village, where she lives. She also reports that it is a lovely place and she is very happy there. All the cards were appreciated and she sends her greetings to all her friends here.

Rev. John and Janice Johnson enjoyed a brief holiday visiting his hometown of Poplar Bluff. They spent two days with John’s brother, Jim, and were joined by his sister, Susanne, of Dallas, and other family members. In between the scrumptious meals served by John’s brother, they also found time for a shopping trip to Cape Girardeau and Sikeston. I must ask him if the “throwed rolls” are still available. My late husband and I had lunch in that restaurant several years ago and I am happy to say that I didn’t drop any.

I sent an e-mail to my brother-in-law, Earle Dale, telling him of my bout with the sinus infection. He had a comeback as always. Some of  you know Earle.  He said, “I can top that. On the recent cruise that Ann and I took I, too, had a sinus infection and had to visit the infirmary twice.” Never could get ahead of that kid.

Larry and Kathy Best hosted a Christmas Day dinner and gift exchange at their home.  Those present were: Danny and Heather Farnan and children, Taylor, Joshua and Sophia, of Overland Park; Tyler and Daphne Best and children, Hudson and Decker, of Lee’s Summit; Trevor and Bethany Best and Lyla of Kansas City, Mo., and Lenore Crozier of Richmond. I could see by the activity next door that a wonderful time was had by all.

Wanda Downs writes that she and Jimmy spent Christmas Eve in the home of their granddaughter, Erin Downs Phillips and family in Kansas City, Mo. Others present were Megan Downs Fostick and her husband, Michael, and daughter, Emily, of Kansas City, Mo.; Rick and Sheryl Downs of Excelsior Springs; Steve and Carla Downs of Lathrop; Cathy Judd and Jessica of Richmond; Zachary Downs of Des Moines, Iowa; twin brothers Nick Conley, who is stationed in Georgia, and Nathan Conley, as well as Nathan’s wife, Kamela, and sons, Alex and Raylee, of Independence.

She also relayed some news about Cathy Judd. She has been traveling extensively with her job with Met Life. Her daughter, Jessica, accompanied her on one jaunts to St. Louis where they mixed business and pleasure. Cathy works from her home now.

Wanda also attended the Christmas cantata at the First Baptist Church in Richmond on Dec. 18 and was very impressed. She was doubly pleased that Cathy Judd had a reading and solo part in it. Sorry I missed it.

I will close by wishing all of you a healthy and happy New Year.

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