I can't believe how cold it is at night. The other morning there was a slight frost outside.
It is that beautiful time of the year when the leaves are starting to change and the elk are bugling outside in the evenings and early in the morning. They are carrying on like crazy.
I remember the first time I ever heard an elk bugle, and of course I did not know what it was. That sound scared me to death.
I remember running around the house and shutting all the windows. I thought something was running through the forest screaming. Now I can't wait for fall so I can hear those crazy elk carry on. It is a wonderful sound. That is if you know what it is.
The elk are everywhere, so this year, I had to add another display to my Halloween decorations, thus the Grim Reaper stands tall in my front yard. Between him and Frankenstein, absolutely no elk will enter my flower garden.
They make great decorations and the elk are afraid of them. I think it is the sound the fan makes that scares them. Whatever it is, it keeps the big guys at bay.
Oktoberfest by the creek
The first Annual Oktoberfest is coming up soon, so mark your calendars and come out and see the leaves changing, enjoy some great food and meet some really nice people.
It is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.
Owners Wolfgang and Jean Klein and Gene and Thelma Bettencourt invite everyone to come out and have a fun time.
Free craft booths
If you have any crafts to sell, give Debbie Ashbrennar, owner of Tall Pines Market, a call. She still has some space left in the open lot next to her and it is free. You can't beat that!
Call (928) 478-4550 to reserve your space for that weekend.
Ninth annual Ladies Retreat
Ladies, mark your calendar for the Ladies 9th Annual Retreat.
It is at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Once again it is a salad luncheon, so bring along your favorite salad to share! Also, this is optional there will be a 5 p.m. dinner at Creekside Steakhouse for those who would like to attend and an optional overnight, with a 9 a.m. breakfast at Creekside.
Bring along a friend for a day or two of friendship and spiritual blessing. For more information on the retreat, call Pat Guevara at (928) 478-4122 or Jane Johnston at (928) 468-8048.
They will also have childcare (by appointment only) for Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling Theresa Branson at (928) 476-2558 by Oct. 1.
This year's decoration will be celebrating Christmas in October and they will be having several drawings for the Christmas baskets.
Teaching this year will be Teresa Purtee. For those of you who have never heard Teresa teach, it is worth the trip out this way. Teresa teaches the word with such passion, and it comes from her heart to yours. It is worth it, ladies, call today if you need some uplifting in your life, and everyone does.
Jim Hagen is going to be celebrating his birthday on Sept. 22, and I am not sure if there is room on his cake for that many candles. Jim is a longtime resident of C-Canyon and a well-known artist, and all around good guy.
Sam Conklin will be celebrating on Sept. 24. Although I am not sure where she and Bob are right now. I think on the road to somewhere. Sam and Bob where longtime residents of C-Canyon, but decided they would like to travel, instead of staying put. A lot of us keep in touch and receive many photos of where they have been.
Judy Sellers of Hunter Creek will be adding a candle to her cake, also on Sept. 24. If Sam would make her way back into Christopher Creek, you two could party.
Little Hanna Cowan has a birthday to celebrate on Sept. 25. She is my neighbor and my daughter's friend here in Hunter Creek.
Shelly Sundra of Colcord Estates will be celebrating on Sept. 26. Shelly serves on the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.
Wishing all of you a Happy Birthday, and a day of fun and celebration.
Longtime residents will be missed
Long time resident Dorothy Sagert passed away Last Tuesday, Sept. 11 in her home here in Christopher Creek.
Dorothy went peacefully, after spending time with her family. She will be missed.
Longtime resident Dick Jones of Ponderosa Springs passed away on Aug. 28. His wife Jane said he had knee replacement and it turned into an infection and everything got worse after that. They would have been married 55 years next month. His wife Jane and family and friends sadly miss Dick. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dorothy Sagert and Dick Jones. May the Lord be with all of you in your time of need.