Winter has descended; for a few days anyway. Probably, by the time you read this it will be above freezing and perhaps raining again. As I write on Sunday, it is the coldest day of the year so far. Last year, at this time, we had 2 or 3 days of -30C degree temperatures, so we can’t complain about this. Today was also a day of sun, which somewhat compensated for the cold wind.
Did anyone spend time watching the moon which is being called the blood wolf full moon eclipse? I was out for a few minutes, but it was too cold for even a 'once a year' opportunity. There will be plenty of photos from warmer climates and indoor observatories, no doubt, to feed our curiosity.
Steve and Lorraine Ottolini enjoyed a stay in Bermuda, visiting Steve’s sister and enjoying the balmy weather. Lorraine was lucky to stay there for two weeks, while Steve had to be content with one.
Birthday wishes go out to Pastor Gord Shreeve, as well as anyone else celebrating this week. Best wishes to my neighbour Debbie Wilson (Steve) who underwent a serious operation last weekn and is in the Markham Stouffville hospital. Our prayers and thoughts are with her.
On Wednesday I travelled to Maple Grove United Church, near Bowmanville, accompanied by Carol Johnson, Lorraine Ottolini, Faye Ashton and Elva Kerry. We attended our first meeting with the Lakeridge Presbytery, U.C.W. It was a very interesting meeting, and indicated some of the differences we will find, as we meet more often, about how Living Waters and Lakeridge operate. Our next general meeting will be in March, and it is hoped that more of the members can attend.
On Thursday evening the Uxbridge Genealogy Group met at the Uxbridge Library. There were 26 people in attendance, and there were several new and unfamiliar faces. Our speaker was, our own, Linda Boyd who informed us on how to use the program, 'Family Tree Maker' to tidy up your mountain of paper files and information. By the time she finished speaking, there were a lot of heads spinning with all the information she provided. Another night will no doubt be needed in order to take it all in. The next meeting will be on February 21st. At that time there will be more information given about accessing the Ontario Archives. We have discussed the Ontario Archives before, but there is always new information to use, and new perspectives given on what to look for.
This morning was the gathering of the North Durham Nature Feeder Watch. It went ahead, in spite of the cold, but as of yet, I don’t know how successful it was. I know that yesterday, when it was warmer, but snowing, the birds were steadily flocking to the feeders all day, which is nothing unusual. The same birds as have been coming to the feeders, but in greater numbers and more frequently. Today, though, they seemed to not be coming out as much; hiding away in the trees and shrubs no doubt, to keep warm as best they could. This Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. at the Scugog Public Library, the NDN will hold their first meeting of the season. There will be several short presentations by members and several nature displays of various types. All are welcome to attend. The fee is $5 for non-members.
This past Sunday church was held in Sandford. Attendance was smaller than usual, but I was privileged to conduct it. There were several lovely music videos about candles and how they represent light. There was a cake shown with birthday candles, a quiz about candles, and several songs talking about candle light and how we can be lights for Christ. Ken Welsh lit the Christ and Care candles, and afterwards gave me this quote from the 'Merchant of Venice', which fits in perfectly with the theme for this week. The quote was, “how far that little candle throws its beam, so shines a good deed in a naughty world”. If only we could all be this light. Next week's service will still be in Sandford, with Reverend Eiko conducting. She has been having a great time in Vancouver visiting her mother, and other relatives, and arrived home just in time to welcome the coldest day of this year. As of February 3rd, we will be attending the Zephyr church for the joint worship, in the month of February. Following the service, the Worship Committee will meet to plan for the upcoming Easter season and beyond when, at that time, we will be without a Minister.
On Thursday this week, the Sandford U.C.W. is holding their annual Potluck Lunch and Meeting. This is our business meeting of the year, and all ladies are urged to attend and enjoy the food and fellowship. Meeting time is 12:30 p.m. Please note the time change.
Discussions are underway regarding a transmission tower that is suggested to be put up in the middle of Sandford Village. There was a meeting at the hall about this issue last Tuesday evening. Everyone agreed that they want greater speed and more data, for various reasons, but the overriding issue was whether that location is the best spot for the tower. The tower will apparently be similar to the one recently installed in Zephyr, although it will not be as high, and therefore cannot reach quite so far.
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