The Women’s Club met at Mel and Marguerite Nice’s home in McMinnville today for a Christmas potluck. Twenty-six of us were there, including Pedee neighbors Darrel and Shirley McBeth, Ted and Ethelene Osgood, June Clark, Pete and LaVerne Bennett, Linda Chertudi, Alberta Jones, and me. Pam Burkhalter’s husband Art had taken a picture of the women a few weeks ago to include in the boxes they send to soldiers. He’s an expert at PhotoShop, and so was able to insert five members into the photo who were not in the original. Of course, after the potluck June and I checked out Boersma’s quilt shop in McMinnville.

Steve and Audrey Cameron were delighted to welcome son Bob and his wife and three youngest children, Maime, Bobby, and Zoey, who came from Rochester, N.Y., to spend Christmas with them. Over Thanksgiving lots of family came, and many will join them again for Christmas. Son Clayton and Jennifer, and son Noah, came from Andersen, Calif., to visit, and son James and Eleana were there from Milwaukie for Thanksgiving, as well as Xiao Hong and Natasha Cameron from Astoria, and Stephanie and Stephen Barth and daughter Ana from up the road. Stephen Barth had a stroke recently, but was out of the hospital for Thanksgiving and is improving each day. Audrey’s sister Susan Mahoney and son John, and his daughter Liz, visited from Isaqua, Wash., and John entertained the family with his wonderful bluegrass music.

The neighbors of Pedee Creek Road gathered at our home last week for a Christmas potluck, and pretty close to everyone was there. It was a good chance to get better acquainted with relatively new neighbors Mike and Kim Heggen, Kim’s brother Mark and their employees James and Draven, all who live in Nola Womer’s old home, and Liz Edwards, who lives near Judy Guida. I recommend getting together with neighbors this way to forge close-by friendships; otherwise, who do you run to for help or to borrow a cup of sugar from?

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