Returning to the ‘business groove’

The past week was busy again. After I spent so much time hibernating for three weeks, I forgot how to get back into the “business groove.”

At the start of the week, Lamont and I traveled to Lewis Center to attend the senior basketball ceremonies at Worthington Christian High School for our granddaughter, Amber.

Yes, she will be graduating this year, and it doesn’t seem possible. Where did that tiny tot, who would put her little arms into the air and yell “tut down” while watching football, go? It was the Browns, no less, so she didn’t get to yell touchdown very often. Then there were her dance classes, her soccer and softball playing and piano lessons, where she now plays so well.

Everyone was given an almost life-size face of his or her senior student on a stick, and they were to be waved about to cheer on the Warriors.

The first thing I noticed when walking into the school were students wandering around in pajamas, nighties, robes and slippers. And there was even one girl who had a sleeping mask propped up on her forehead.

It was “Wear Your Night Clothes to School Day,” and many observed the request, looking very comfy.

Before we got into the gymnasium, Amber and Jessie, both cheering on the varsity team, ran over and gave us big hugs. They always acknowledge us wherever they are.

When entering the gym, my eyes rested on two young men, one in a nice suit and hat and the other in a white shirt and knee-high pants completely covered in red fabric. It sort of reminded me of Spider-Man. They were completely red from head to toe. And I know about the toe part as one was not wearing shoes.

I approached them by wiggling my way through the crowd and asked if they would let me photograph them. They nodded their heads in agreement as it was hard talking with the fabric over their faces.

They were with a student who was writing suggested cheers to perform on a chalkboard.

Papers were passed around called “Silent Night,” where the audience was to remain completely silent until the 10th point was scored and then they were to go crazy. And they did.

It was a fun night and good seeing our two granddaughters on the same cheering team. Jessie made the varsity cheering squad in her sophomore year so we didn’t have to go to two separate games to watch them perform and dance.

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Then on Friday, Jay, Darin and Matthew came down to help us with some needed repairs around the house.

The snow on Saturday kept Matthew busy rolling up three snowballs to make a snowman. Actually, it only snowed about 2 inches, so we cleaned up almost all the snow in the yard for the artwork. When he was done with the rolling, I helped him give character to the frozen creature.

First, we dressed him in Matthew’s hoodie, which he took off to provide an outfit and then got cold and ran into the house for another coat. We used his prized Cabella’s hat and his gloves to compete the outfit.

Realizing he would need the hoodie later in the day, we took it off and made a granny snow woman. She had a head scarf to keep her ears warm, a fuzzy scarf around her neck and pink gloves. Really classy!

She remained through Sunday when it snowed again and looked very angelic with snowflakes all over the outfit. This was the first snowman in our yard for many years.

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I attended the surprise going-away party for Janene Smith, Jefferson County Farm Bureau office administrator. She truly was surprised and had us all in tears along with her.

Mary Ellen Grafton planned the party that was held at her daughter, Joy Sargeant’s home. Jeanne Roberts made three wonderful coffee cakes. She won a Holiday Cookbook award with a coffee cake one year, so we know that she is good at it.

There were beer bread cubes to dunk in spinach dip, Buffalo chicken dip with crispy crackers and veggies, focacia bread sandwiches and an apple salad that was to die for. Mary Ellen had nice favors for us to take home with us. It was a nice party and a good time was had by all, except we will miss Janene terribly.

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I went to talk to Flora VerStraten-Merrin, president of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, about the project they just completed in their quest to get old records received from the Jefferson County Courthouse digitalized for all the world to see on a free website.

They are so proud to have all the probate packets digitalized and now will go on to the wills and ledgers. This is a tremendous boon for those into genealogy.

All the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints are so endearing. I noticed when I took a picture of the group that couples Albert and Lynn Mooney and Bill and Beverly Pace were holding hands. They are wonderful to talk to and willing to explain things I did not know. And I made the mistake of using the word geology rather than genealogy to the Mooneys. Lynn had a big grin on her face when she said in a kind way that she was interested in rocks as well, but this was genealogy. If there is a mistake to make, I will do it!

An open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Wintersville.

They will have 5-minute videos on how to access the program and how it came about. The public is invited to be there.

(McCoy a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at