A Beautiful Gesture From the Uglys

Tomorrow evening at the Legion the Haines Uglys (yes, that's how they spell it) --formerly the U.M.F.s,  which stands for exactly what you might guess, thus the name change-- will host their annual Grub for Gifts party. It's an all you can eat dinner of pulled pork, salads and desserts for the price of one un-wrapped new gift for a child or teen, or ten bucks to help the Uglys buy gifts for needy local families.

Putting the Chickens to Bed

There may be only 11 days until the shortest the day of the year, but the bears are still moving. I know they are up the Chilkat River feeding on dying salmon in the open leads because hunting guides are still pursuing them. But I have also heard of one on Mud Bay Road, about three miles south of my house, that broke into a hen house and had eight chickens for a midwinter night's snack. The owners had assumed that the bears were asleep.

Some Good News

 Quick, before it snows, my friend Tom says the ice skating is perfect at 11 mile. Also, Jesse Piper is going to the state wrestling tournament and Tiana Taylor is helping to raise funds for his travel. If you'd like to contribute stop by the school office. And If you need your dog cleaned up for the holidays, Ivanca Jones is back home and ready to groom. I'm taking Phoebe tomorrow.

Haines For Hanukkah

 The Christmas holidays are in full swing in Haines. There is only one bazaar left, at the ANB Hall this Saturday. We've had the Lighting of the Library and the Lighting of the Fort, the Christmas cookie and candy contest and the school concert. Saturday is the Christmas parade and the community Christmas musical. After that it will get real quiet.
Which is the opposite of how it is supposed to be if you are an Episcopalian like me. (Father Blaney calls me a non-union Catholic.)

A Correction and a Little News

I did get both flu shots on Friday, the H1N1 and the seasonal flu, and survived the weekend without anything worse than a sore arm. But, I made a mistake--the H1N1 shot is Free-- it is the seasonal flu shot that is 27 dollars. I apologize. Deb Stanford wanted to be sure everyone knows that the H1N1 is free, since the Public Health Center really wants you to be immunized.

An Olive Oil Tip Heloise Won't Tell You

 Here's a what I have learned about olive oil from my daughters: when one was eight, she taught me that olive oil is a great way to remove head lice. We rubbed her hair (and ours) in it, then wrapped our heads in plastic bags over night, and in the morning the nits slid right off on the combs.
And today I learned from my pregnant adult daughter that olive oil also helps babies slide out of the birth canal. Apply it liberally during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Locked Out

 Sorry to be quiet today. I got locked out of my blog and couldn't get back in. These cyber offices are not for the forgetful. Write passwords down and put them someplace besides the pile of papers on your desk.

Get Completely Well

 I was feeling well enough to stand up and make turkey soup yesterday, but felt like I'd climbed Mt. Ripinsky afterward, not the good tired, the sore muscle tired. Then I saw a note from my friend Doris Ward. She gave me some tips for Duly Noted, if you have an item for the column for the next three weeks, please let me know, I'm filling in for the vacationing Sara.

Writing My Will

 Just kidding, I'm feeling a little better today, I'm cool instead of hot, and can swallow. But I understand now how the influenza in 1919 (I think that was the year) killed more people than battles did in  WW I.
Also, I wanted to let you know that I'm getting a lot of email, and hopefully replying to all of it, but I don't have a system yet that shows which ones I've answered. I am terrible at snail mail, so if you've sent a card or letter, try email next time, or call me.



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