This morning there was a hard frost on the ground and the steam was pouring off my lake; a perfect gift for our departure to the south! We leave here tomorrow and head to our daughters for Thanksgiving. On Friday morning, we will be on the road, heading to a warmer climate. I will be in touch weekly from our winter abode, to let you know how life goes on in a retirement community. It was great to run into Karen Lopez at General Trading Company in Plattsburgh this week. We were able to catch up on our families; Karen was the athletic director, coach and physical education teacher at Willsboro Central School while our children were going through the school and has remained a mentor of sorts to our son, who is also in physical education. The no smoking policy at the CVPH Medical Center campus has gone into effect. From what we have seen hanging around the medical center on many different occasions, this will probably affect the staff as much, if not more than, the visitors. The non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale have started and word is they may begin non-stop service to Orlando after the first of the year. That is wonderful news for us as we are only 45 minutes from the Orlando airport. We could be home in three to four hours with any luck and how comforting that would be, especially since my mom is still living in the North Country. We had occasion to see "Annie" at Willsboro Central over the weekend. The play, directed by Derrick Hopkins with musical direction by Matthew Russell, was put on by the schools drama club. There were at least 40 students, elementary and high school ages, involved in the play. It was well worth seeing. Derrick will be directing the play "Grease" at Ausable Valley Central in the spring. The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is sponsoring a seniors trip to the Flynn Theater to see A Christmas Carol Sunday, Dec. 9. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. from the town office building on Banker Road for a 7 p.m. show. The cost, which includes the show, is $26. There will be time to shop and have dinner. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 28, by calling the recreation department at 562-6860. The 2nd annual Poker Fun Run and 5K walk, beginning and ending at Geoffreys Pub on Peru Street, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. and the race at noon. There is a suggested donation of $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. The first 50 registrants will get a T-shirt. For more information and how it all works, call 569-8639 or e-mail
. The Ladies of the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh, in cooperation with the entire congregation will be putting on their Holiday Sale and Bazaar Dec. 1, from 12-3 p.m. The church, located on the corner of Brinkerhoff and Marion streets, will be turned into a Christmas fairyland with homemade Christmas wreaths for sale; a tea table with sandwiches and cookies, a bake shop with lots of holiday goodies, a craft section with handmade crafts like mittens, handmade dolls, and handmade doll clothes that fit the American Doll. A deli is also featured with soups, cinnamon buns and biscuits and a white elephant table. The childrens choir will entertain with Christmas carols at 2 p.m. Proceeds from this anticipated event, according to Janice Pauling, will go to overseas and local area missions such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the fuel fund. If anyone has an event they would like to share with me, Id be glad to include it in this column; just e-mail me approximately three weeks ahead of time, to
. I imagine the entire country is still full from Thanksgiving! Christmas shopping has begun in earnest and the stress and tension of the season has begun. Take the time to enjoy the season and your family and friends thats what it is all about! So far, the roommate and I are speaking, and the car is getting packed shall wonders never cease! Until next week, remember each day is Gods gift to you. Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty.