On these occasional days when we can celebrate the increasingly rare sun breaks by getting out for a good brisk walk around MI Town, it's great to saunter along through the colorful autumn leaves and remember how much fun it was to be a kid at this time of year.
Somehow when raking those same leaves and trying to keep the sidewalks clear of wet and soggy clumps of twigs and branches, it becomes a necessary task and there's nothing fun about it.
It all goes easier, though, when there's a comfy chair beside the fireplace and a steaming cup of hot cider waiting for you when the job is done. A warm cat in your lap and a good old dog at your side brings sunshine and happiness into your heart and home, no matter what the calendar says.
The Monmouth Senior Center soup and pie sale last Thursday was one of the best ever. And if you missed it -- be sure to plan for next year.
Hungry folks from all around the area enjoyed a variety of wonderful homemade soups and pies, while meeting and greeting friends and neighbors.
Congratulations and best wishes to all the hardworking volunteers who give many hours of their time and energy every week as a labor of love to our community senior center.
For everyone who enjoys going out to breakfast, remember that the senior center will be serving the monthly community breakfast on the first Saturday in November (Nov. 5) beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Our Western Oregon University Wolves play the last home football game of the season Saturday, Oct. 29, when they meet Dixie State at McArthur Stadium at 1 p.m.
We've been attending the home football games since we moved to MI Town more than 11 years ago and always look forward to those special Saturdays.
It's easy to see what is happening with both Central High School and WOU athletic events by frequently checking their websites. It's fun to be able to go to sporting events without even leaving MI Town.
Both Monmouth and Independence libraries have Halloween programs for kids of all ages during this week, where everybody can be safe and warm and have a good time, too. Local merchants and businesses are planning special events, too. Be sure to check the calendar and other stories in this week's Itemizer-Observer.
The streets and neighborhoods will be full of ghosties and goblins and long-legged beasties on Monday, Oct. 31, and it's easy for kids of all ages to get caught up in all the fun of trick or treating and not be paying attention to traffic. Let's all be careful so everyone has a Happy Halloween.