THE MORE THINGS CHANGE... A farewell to friends who have gone before us
One of the hardest things about getting older is saying farewell to friends and family as their life journeys end. April has been no exception. Bill Peck passed away April 8 from complications following heart surgery several weeks before. Bill was his wife Carol’s “man behind the scenes” during the years that Love Ministry supplied much-needed clothing, household goods, and moral support to those that needed help. Bill checked out donated electronics to make sure they worked, did repairs, and assisted Carol. He may have been in the background, but his presence and untiring work benefited our community. So, William G. Peck, you will be missed by us all.
Finally cleaned my oven last week with the help of a friend. You know someone is a real friend if they volunteer for that dirty, thankless job. I gave full disclosure when the offer was made that my oven is not self-cleaning and it is a wall oven. Wall ovens are usually easier to access than those in kitchen ranges. Not at my house! My house was built for the average person of six-foot-five. Really. That’s the height of the first owner and everything is scaled to his height…light switches, cabinets, counter tops, built in stove-top, oven. I’m five-foot-one. The stepladder gets a workout. Pip and I were going to replace the kitchen, but he became ill before we had the opportunity to do so. Maybe someday.
Had an unexpected visitor last Tuesday as another friend and I chatted on my front porch. “Annie, we have company,” Chris said as she nodded toward the front door. Leisurely slithering across the concrete was the prettiest black and cream King Snake. We watched the graceful reptile’s progress as it checked the wall and ground with its flickering tongue. King Snakes are our friends. In addition to keeping down the rodent population, they kill and eat rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads. Really. They do. I’m very happy to have this fellow living in my yard, because with him there, the chance of encountering a rattlesnake is very slim, indeed, since rattlesnakes will leave the area if they encounter the scent of a King Snake.
Cinco de Mayo is next Thursday, May 5, celebrating Mexican independence. Just two short days afterward, celebrate Mothers’ Day at Cinco de Momma on May 7, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Cordes Lakes Community Center on Cordes Lakes Drive. Not only will Mom have a night of independence from not having to cook dinner, but the event will donate 5 percent of the proceeds to Mayer Area Meals on Wheels. Prices are reasonable, $10 per adult and $5 per child. It’s a great opportunity to take mom out, give her a good meal, and show her how much she means to you! The event is sponsored by Cordes Lakes Community Association and I have it on good authority that there are other happenings scheduled throughout the summer, including a barbecue cook-off in July. Double yum!
Until next time.