“First we stuff the turkey then it stuffs us—I think that is called the circle of life!” I saw this quote and couldn’t resist sharing it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, feasting and grateful hearts! This lady spent the holiday alone, fighting a full blown cold (excuse the pun) handed to me by a certain ornery spouse.

Same spouse spent the day with Jason and when they sat down to eat, we all went on speakerphone so I was able to be there in spoken word, with the occasional backing off for a coughing fit.

I had to shake my head—usually this time of year I am hampered attending a lot of things because of ice and snow on the ground—now, on a perfect day to be out and about, I had to miss things anyway. You do what you have to do.

Funny thing, colds. There are so many stages. First, being, “No, this isn’t a cold” when you sneeze four times in a row. Then there is that tiny tickle in the back of your throat. Then you admit you might have a small cold. Then whammo, you start coughing and hacking, sneezing, blowing and wondering if it feels this bad now, what in the heck it would have been like had I not gotten a flu shot!

So needless to say, I and my cold stayed home as well when the Johnson family gathered to wish Jake Johnson a happy 60th birthday this past Sunday. Figured getting a cold as a birthday present wouldn’t be appreciated.

Lisa, Dan and Katie Ripp spent Thanksgiving in New York celebrating with the granddaughters. Getting Lisa’s picture of Madelyn with her pink frosted donut is a favorite traditio. This time it had white snowflake sprinkles on it.

It was a big day for the Toner Band with the debut of their new album on Nov. 18. CDs are now available for $10. Check it out at tonerband.com.

There were a lot of sad ladies around the country after hearing of the passing of former teen idol David Cassidy on Nov. 22. How many preteens remember him as their first celebrity crush? Even though my 12-year-old heart belonged to Bobby Sherman back then, I sure did like the smooth voice that David Cassidy had and I have to admit, the house was full of his music this past week as I said goodbye to a big part of my teenage years.

And so the holiday season begins. I haven’t attended the madness that is Black Friday for years, but it seems like there are so many opportunities for sales, I don’t need to.

I had to chuckle at a couple of things I received via email. I give credit to the people who come up with advertising gimmicks, but this is the first year I was basically told in a rather snarky way that I would be crazy if I didn’t take advantage of what they had to offer.

Then there was a promise that an offer was the lowest price of the year and earlier that week I was sent an email offering the same thing at $10 less than what the product was advertised at. They lied!

The Black River Area Community Band held their holiday concert on Sunday, Nov. 26. The BRF Middle School Band and Choir will present their concert on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Lunda Theater.

I always know the Christmas season has officially begun when I read that Gathje’s Greenhouse holds its Open House—this year it was held on Nov. 24, 25 and 26.

Lisa Rodriguez of Hixton was recently named to Western Technical College’s Presidents List of highest Distinction in supervisory management.

I heard that Miss Black River Falls float was at the Osseo Christmas Lighted Parade on Nov. 24. This year’s theme was Peace on Earth and the ladies were invited to tea at the Osseo Community Center. There are several events planned that the court will be attending. Friday, Dec. 1 will be the Sparta Christmas Parade Christmas Around the World, and Saturday, Dec. 2, the Christkindl Festival.

The New Hope Community Lutheran Church will be holding its Bake and Craft Sale at the Main Branch of the Jackson County Bank on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon.

It’s time for the Annual Norwegian Bake Sale and more on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran Church.

Hearing of all the different kinds of holiday baking made my mouth water. Noon lunch will be served for a free-will donation and a raffle with more than 20 prizes will be held. Proceeds will go towards Vacation Bible School expenses. Any questions can be directed to Darlene Lunde at 715-662-2591.

Just a reminder that Pizza Orders for the Trinity Peace/Hixton-Northfield Lutheran Church youth fundraiser are due by Dec. 3 with Dec. 10 being the day to get them. Proceeds will go towards the youth attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston in June 2018.

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