By Lois Lumbra—12/20, We had a little snow and freezing slush of some kind overnight, as the sidewalks and roads were all crunchy this morning, like walking on cornflakes, with it at 20 degrees. This afternoon Lynda Cluba and grand-daughter Benah picked me up and we went to Richford, picked up some clementines for the workers at “Lady Of The Meadows” for a Christmas gift. We were there to visit with Charlotte Deuso and Therese Demar and present them with a “Gift Of Love”. We had a nice visit with Therese and she enjoyed little Benah, she sang “Twinkle, twinkle little star” for Therese and danced for her. She is just a little bundle of joy and had a great time. We ended with singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” One more thing right after Lynda picked me up she had to go for gas, I waited in the car with Benah, as she was looking at a book, (she is 3) but pretended to read the book as it had been read to her, all of a sudden she starts laughing and laughing, I said what is funny, she said this frog. I had to laugh just to hear her laugh, then she wanted me to see the frog in the book, it was funny as the frog looked like it was laughing also. We did not get to see Charlotte as she was out with her Family celebrating Christmas. Sorry, we missed you C.
12/14, Sonny and I check on his old homestead on North Hill for his family member, and today I asked Sonny if we could go up to McGinley’s which they purchased from Mr. Gazdik a few years ago. I had seen Susan McGinley recently at the Garden Club party and asked if they had taken down the old house. She told me it was all down and gone, so Sonny and I went up to take a look. Sonny had helped with the building of that house back in the early 60’s. Sonny with his small bulldozer dug the cellar hole and with his wagon got many of the stones off the stone-walls during the Fall and Winter months for building of the fireplace and outside walls. We had had some snow but kept going off because of the warm weather almost like this year, and Christmas day was around 62 degrees. It sure makes for a big hole as the house was so big. The McGinleys really enjoy their new home and the privacy of their property.
Also while I was at the Garden Party sharing chit-chat, Susan was telling us about a big female moose coming out of the property owned by John Newton, walked right in front of her and kept walking down the road until it reached Scheffler’s and walked off the road way. Susan was on her way to the airport in the wee hours of the morning and did not want to toot her horn at the moose, did not want to awake anyone. So she slowly drove behind the moose as the moose seemed to have the right of way. Susan said they have moose come out to the ponds up on their property and often see the huge bull moose.
12/17, I accompanied Merle and Linda VanGieson to the Christmas dinner at the Dairy Center that Lise Gates and her crew provided for Senior Citizens. We all enjoyed a delicious roast pork dinner with all the fixings. Lise asked Fredda Ploof and Rachel Roy to come in and sing Christmas songs while people gathered. Fredda asked me to join in on a few Christmas songs, which was nice and I really enjoyed myself. I think everyone had a great time and sooooo enjoyed the Tea Cup Auction.
12/18, Marijke Dollois and Charlie hosted the Historical Society Christmas Party at her beautifully holiday decorated home on Hill West, with most of the MHS Board Members present each bringing delicious snacks to share. A short business meeting was held. Thanks so very much to two of the greatest host and hostess, it was cozy and warm with a wonderful holiday spirit.
12/19, Lynda Cluba and her two young granddaughters Torah-yah and Benah Cluba ages 6 1/2 and 3 years old accompanied us as we delivered calendars that we purchased locally from the M.Historical Society “Then and Now;” “The Gifts of Love” were given out to several senior citizens in town. A few of the ladies opened up their gift while we were still there and we feel so rewarded by the looks and how the calendars remind them of what used to be. The children sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to every house we went to. The senior’s we visited were so happy to see these little girls and showed them their Christmas decorations and lit their tree for them. They enjoyed delivering gifts and were so good, and Lynda and I were as over whelmed. We Went to Connie McFarlands home and she has a doll collection, and little Benah just loves dolls and was amazed at the beautiful dolls she was shown. She would like to have purchased one but under-stood when Grammy told her they were not for sale, that they were a collection. We went to Bernie’s for hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, YUMMY!!! On our way out, I’m very careful going down steps and Torah-Yah was waiting for me, I said I’m old and slow, She said “Old starts at eighty.” We had a great time and Lynda and I felt like one of the kids, little ones seem to do that, don’t they? Once back to the car, we smelled the candy canes really strong, Lynda’s dog Jimmy found his way into the front seat and had eaten 3 of them, he could not deny that he had eaten them as he had some stuck to his whiskers. That was hilarious!!! We all thought that was funny and had a good laugh.
Happy Birthday to: Lynnda Levine, Eli Gabuzda, Gavin Baker 12/27, Marilyn Baker12/29, Artie Baker, Kelsie Deuso 12/31, Doris Buttendorf 1/3.
Teacher: Clyde, Your composition on “MY DOG” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his? Clyde: No Sir, It’s the same dog. Teacher to student: Why are you so late? Student: Cuz class started before I got here.
I want to wish all the readers of this column a ’VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR” with my Love to all. This is the last column of 2015.
Thanks to all that enjoy this column, your compliments help to keep me going. God Bless with Peace and Joy to all!! L.T.A. LL
Lois Corse Lumbra
Lois was born in 1941, growing up in Fletcher, Vermont, where she attended a one-room school for her first 8 years. Lois later married Francis “Sonny” Lumbra in 1959 and raised a happy family.
The two started out in Montgomery on North Hill at the dairy farm where Sonny was born, moving to their home in the village in 1965 where they both live to this day.