Today’s version of ‘met and et’ club keeps ‘metting, etting’

By Jo Ellen Dale

It isn’t the cold I mind so much but the wind.  I need an anchor. Billie Hamann and I went to Independence to meet the other members of our old couple’s club and we could feel the force of the wind on the car.
In spite of that, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse and then on to the home of Jack and Jessamine Layman for a luscious dessert.
Fred and Paula Burress of Overland Park, Kan. were also there. We don’t play bridge. We just “Meet and Eat”. Years ago, Dick and I were in another so-called bridge club with, among others, Doc and Dotty Hupp.  Dotty always insisted we bring some exotic culinary creation until finally we didn’t play bridge at all. Doc dubbed us the “Met and Et Club”.
Last Thursday, I hosted my ladies bridge club and we had a fine time with much laughter, conversation and snacking.  I like to be hostess because then I can ask a guest in my place and I can just take care of the refreshments and visiting. I think you get the general idea. I am a terrible bridge player and really not even fond of the game. Those attending were Carol Farris, Sharon Moentmann, Joan Lewis, Sandy Fenner, Nadine Shiner, Jan Jackson, Jean Davault and Jo Cole.
Recently, Billy and Linda Leach spent some time in Glendale, Ariz. visiting their daughter Amanda and her husband, Steve Salzman. It is always good to spend time with family. I am expecting a visit from my daughter-in-law Liz and grandsons Matt, and wife Jami and son Myers; Chris; Jeff, and my son, Chuck.  I look forward eagerly to seeing them.
At the last Kiwanis meeting on Jan. 17, Steve Meyer, director of the Ray County Library, presented a very interesting program on the history of the library, what is available and statistics on how well the library is used. The brochures are available at the library as well as Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and he urged everyone to stop by and pick up one I was tempted to say, “pick one up” and remembered in time the saying by Sir Winston Churchill, “There are some things we simply cannot up with put”).
I was on the library board for eight years back in the day, and was happy to learn that the branch library that was started back in Lawson then is still going strong, although it is not fully funded by our board, as before.
Rev. John and Janice Johnson recently enjoyed a trip to Arkansas and Louisiana to celebrate a belated Christmas with their children and grandchildren. The trip included two days in New Orleans, where they visited the Audubon Zoo, Insect Museum and aquarium and had lunch at The Gumbo Pot on the Riverwalk. A highlight of the trip was coffee at the Cafe du Monde in the French Market, where they enjoyed beignets and Cajun music. Sounds wonderful. My late husband and I visited New Orleans years ago and found it a city of delights and surprises.
Don’t forget that the men of the United Christian Presbyterian Church will be serving chili and soup with all the trimmings this Saturday (Jan. 28) at the church. Another opportunity for me to eat out and I urge you to join me.
Until next week, keep those notes and e-mail coming.

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