Pedee Creek Road was very wet last week. Water was running across the road in several places and several sections, as well as driveways, were washed out.
My husband, Paul, has recorded our rainfall for several years now, and Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 broke all records by quite a bit. We measured 4.25 inches and 6.55 inches, respectively. Dave Burbank, who works on the county road crew, felt that the road was the worst hit in the county. Pete Bennett said he's lived here for 72 years and has never seen more rain all at once.
A surprise birthday party was held for Cindy McGinnis Jan. 14. It was attended by many family and friends.
The basement of the Pedee church was decorated with balloons and flower arrangements made by her sister, Debbie Strange, on all the tables. Daughter-in-laws Monica and Alesha McGinnis created a beautiful cake and cupcakes. Food was furnished by her mother, Carolyn Hall, sister, Debbie, brother, Woody Hall, and Jackie Taylor, and potluck dishes were brought by others.
Cindy's husband, Tim, tricked her into going to the church, where she was greeted by her father, Gene Hall, playing "Happy Birthday" and everyone singing. It was a very fun party.
Sam and Judy Guida hosted his family at the first of January. His brother Joe and new wife Debra and their Doberman, Satchel, visited from Houston, and Joe's daughter Jackie and her toy Australian shepherd, Arlo, came from Miami.
They celebrated New Year's Eve dancing at a jazz club in Portland and spent the rest of the week enjoying the local attractions, including visiting Westwood Gallery (pottery) on McTimmons Road and Airlie Winery on Maxfield Creek Road, and playing games at home.
Fred and Cindy Clark have experienced three weather extremes in the last month.
They visited their son and daughter-in-law, Hans and Andrea Clark, and their two kids, Spike, 5, and Saoirse (pronounced Seer-she), 18 months, in Anchorage, Alaska, for the week of Christmas. Between the Christmas lights and record snow, it was quite beautiful, although it was a warm 11 degrees to 17 degrees while they were there.
After being home for a week, they traveled to Woodland, Calif., for Cindy's mother, Norma Bourn's, 85th birthday open house, where they were in a drought. Cindy was in California for 10 days and Fred followed a week later to make hors d'oeuvres for the birthday party, which got rave reviews from the 60 friends and family who came from all over the U.S.
They then came home to record rainfall.
Pedee Church is hosting Doug and Rita Roberts from Frederick, Okla., on Sunday. Doug has pastored and mentored Mitch and Amber Lee for several years. He speaks at conferences and churches, both in the states and abroad. He has a simple way of imparting truth and bringing people into an understanding of who Christ is in them. The Roberts will be at church Sunday at 10 a.m., with a potluck following.