Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Generally speaking, everyone in Washington County had great weekend weather for traveling as residents visited others for Thanksgiving meals, Black Friday shopping and getting out for small Saturday deals.  The slight rain that came, along with a dusting of snow, did freeze in some places and made the roads a bit slick for Sunday evening travel.

Our thoughts go out this week to the friends and caretakers of Dottie Pepin who passed away while on a trip to Pennsylvania.  Dottie has lived in Woodland Junction for many years and has been a constant companion of Judy Lincoln-Murray. Our hearts go out to Dottie’s many friends at the Beckett Center and her church.

Many Thanksgiving meals were shared with family and friends in the local area.  Carleton and Iris Brown had their sons and families home for the holidays. Wayne and Vicki O’Neill kept up their tradition of spending time with daughter and son-in-law Vera and Dave Johnson and family in Calais.  They were also joined by grandson Bailey and daughter Becky.  Charlene Perkins entertained daughter Connie and Ron, relatives Jean and Gary Kneeland and nephew Brent Boomer. Nephew Brian Boomer and wife Jannel visited after the meal for conversation and “catch up” time.

Aaron Moody and Kara Mitchell and her sons Alex and Gage traveled to the Cape to spend the holiday with Aaron’s brother Craig. Here on the farm, my nieces, Donna and Linda, came with their significant others, Dennis and Al, and our guests were Jimmy Rochlieu and his son Chris from Pembroke.  Thursday was Chris’s birthday and he brought his carrot cake with cream cheese frosting to share with us in addition to the usual pies. Donna and Jimmy grew up in the same neighborhood in Franklin, Massachusetts and their dads were best friend. After the meal our cousins, Jimmy and Debbie Morrell, came in for pie. We had a really great Thanksgiving visit.

Lulu was right in her glory because she went for a walk every time the door opened. The family left on Saturday and Lulu has been in a deep depression since then.  Every time she hears a vehicle going by, she rushes to the window to check it out.  I think she will come out of her spell soon.

Although all of us decided that we would not go near a department store on Black Friday, we did have to go to Calais to look for an egg beater.  In a small fit on Wednesday evening, I threw mine in the garbage.  It had no forward nor backward gear.  After a few minutes of that, I chucked it.  Linda and I sent Donna to do the running and we did not find one egg beater in Calais. Donna did find a store owner who would order some so by Friday, I will have another egg beater and will be able to comb my hair.

On Wednesday the girls and I went to Woodland and then to Pembroke to the Pie Ladies’ Bakery to pick up the pies I had ordered for Thanksgiving.  I still made two of Donna’s favorites, mincemeat and custard. Judging by the sight of the many pies that were ready to be picked up and were being picked up, the Pie Ladies’ Bakery had a good Thanksgiving business. I have always been against buying pies that I can bake myself.  I now have to admit, though, that buying them makes the holiday much less stressful.

As we roll into December, I want to remind readers of the big sales going on Saturday, December 2.  The members of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will be having their gigantic cookie sale.  If readers have been checking out my cookie recipes and want to give cookie packages for Christmas, but do not want to fuss with baking them, St. Anne’s is the place they will want to be. Buyers need to go early because those delicious cookies go fast.  

The other big sale in this area on Saturday is at the Pembroke Elementary School.  Organizers there will be selling lunches, baked goods, a Chinese raffle and many vendors displaying their crafts. In the past, this fair has always been well-supported by local crafters as well as some from farther west in the County. This will be a chance to pick up some of those last minute stocking stuffers.

If readers are keeping a schedule of coming events for the Christmas season, please add the Ecumenical Pot Luck for the women of area churches at the People’s United Methodist church on Thursday, December 14 at noon time.  This is a festive, but relaxing way, to greet neighbors, celebrate the women of local churches and rejoice in the Christmas season.

As the temperatures warm a bit during the day and freeze at night, travelers should pay attention to the road conditions.  Stay safe and have a great week.