Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and many of us in MI Town are planning celebrations with family and friends from near and far. We’ll be reflecting on Thanksgivings past, and of the changes we’ve seen over the years. Whether we’re sitting down to a sumptuous feast at a beautiful table set with china and crystal and highly-polished silver, or having a simple meal of soup and bread, this is a time to pause and be thankful that our lives are as good as they can be.

We’re thankful to be members of communities that look upon members of our younger generations in a positive and optimistic way. Both the Monmouth Independence Community Foundation and Emeritus have donated scholarships to graduating seniors from Central High School, as well as providing enrichment grants and interesting programs for MI Town. Please take a moment to see if either (or both) of these very worthy community organizations can be included on your Christmas gift list. Contributions are tax deductible, and you’ll feel good about your entire contribution going to scholarships and assistance for these dedicated groups of volunteers.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Monmouth Garden Club’s Greens Sale, which will be held at Central Baptist Church on Highway 99 beginning Nov. 29. Wreaths and Christmas and holiday décor will be available from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 30, and from 10 a.m. until noon on Dec. 1. Custom orders are available — just stop by during sale hours and talk to any of the talented and hard-working volunteers.

With the holidays upon us, this is a good idea to go through those bookshelves and bedside tables and to find those gently used books you weren’t going to read again anyway. Friends of the Monmouth Library will be having an on-going book sale through December, so here’s your chance to find more room in your bookcases (Full disclosure: This is a great opportunity to find gifts for others, or something for yourself.).

Continuing with my medical diagnosis and journey, the biopsy went well, with the physician and technician very informative and easy to talk with. They took me step by step through the process, explaining the little click noise that would happen every time she took a sample. When she took a sample, she would say “3-2-1,” and then click. They took five samples and placed a piece of metal (Titanium?) to indicate to the surgeon just where the mass is located. Very interesting to be involved in the conversation, no pain at all because of the Lidocaine which was administered very gently.

While Don and dogs were on their morning walk the next day, I vacuumed the living room rug and hoped they didn’t notice. Then as Don and Chris were cleaning gutters, I made a potato salad, some guacamole and sliced tomatoes and cheese to add to a lettuce plate for sandwiches later. I am a bit weary from all the effort, but am going to curl up in the comfy chair and perhaps take a little nap. I’m feeling very grateful for family and friends and want to let them know that I’m stronger than I think. Now I just need to convince myself.

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