Time To Be Thankful For Blessings

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In many homes, getting together with family, enjoying a good meal and watching football are often on the agenda for Thanksgiving Day, but let us not forget that the day is for being thankful for all of our blessings.

Is Christmas here already? I have gone to many of the businesses in Payson recently and I see Christmas decorations everywhere. It is not even Thanksgiving yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating a “bah, humbug” attitude, but it just seems that the buying season for Christmas gets started earlier and earlier every year. Is the economy to blame? Draw your own conclusions as to why the season has been pushed on us so early.

In the meantime, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, is right around the corner. There are not too many bargains out there for the main meal on that day.

Careful shopping for the best deals will alleviate some of the expense for all the traditional dishes your family enjoys.

To many families, this is a great day for getting together and planning how Christmas gifts will be allocated. Some families draw names from a “hat” to see who they will be giving a gift. I like that idea since our extended family has grown to such an extent that we would soon go broke trying to give a gift to everyone.

I realize that Thanksgiving Day is a big football day for most people, but let us not forget that the day is for being thankful for all of our blessings.

Domino Divas

Since the holiday season is almost upon us, a reminder to mark your calendar for the party that the Divas will be hosting Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. A “Dirty Santa” gift exchange is the big highlight of the afternoon. The festivities begin at 1 p.m. Please bring a wrapped gift not to exceed $10, and some kind of holiday dish to share.

Get well wishes

J.R. Alliger of Tonto Village III is recuperating at Payson Regional Medical Center after taking a nasty fall. It turned out that he also had to have his appendix removed.

Jeff Shaw also from Tonto Village III is back in PRMC after coming down with an infection after his recent operation.

The Village sends the both of you an express delivery of best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Birthdays

Jeff Leonard of Tonto Village III will celebrate his birthday Nov. 28.

Pamela Furubotten of Tonto Village II will have her big day Nov. 29.

The secret of a happy life is to think kindly of the past and live fully in the now. Have a wonderful birthday!

Pool shots

The Double D was the place to be this past Tuesday evening when the gals who love to play nine-ball got together for a this week’s games. Nancy Olson from Christopher Creek was the first-place winner followed by Payge Ferriera of Mesa del and Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III.

The pool tables are taken over on Sunday afternoons by the pool shooters who play regular eight-ball. Not too surprising, Cliff Landrum of Mead Ranch shot the best to be the first-place winner. Betty Koutz of Tonto Village I shot for second place and Mesa del resident Joe Ferriera came in third.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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