2014-02-27 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Have you seen the lights?

Dr. Jim Granade, a native Wilkes Countian, has had a dental practice in the Tucker area for many years. The dental practice is known as Lavista Dentistry. Jimmy as we call him here, and his staff, including Dr. Garrett Sanders (a cousin), and another doctor were featured on the cover of the February issue of “The Gwinnett/NE DeKalb Monthly Community and Family Magazine. “Having an office in Tucker for over 40 years affords Lavista Dentistry the opportunity to treat three and four generations of the same family, and we like that,” Jimmy says. … Thanks to Mary Ann Peeler and Natalie Coleman for sending me the publication. l

Ladies, if you like to sing, now is your chance. In conjunction with the women’s conference sponsored by the Wilkes County Women in Ministry In March, Shay Harris and Jennifer Vest will be forming and leading a mass choir for the conference. If you would like to participate, call one of them. Rehearsals begin March 3. l

We got a little bit of rain in the past 10 days or so. The Aonia/ Bellewood area got ¾ of an inch; I got 1.1 inch; and Hill Street got 1.65. l

Daffodils, camellias, and forsythia are blooming. Japanese Magnolias are in full bloom in Betty Slaton’s yard on East Robert Toombs Avenue; and at the former home of the late Dr. Hesse down the street. There’s also one in Jeanne Davis Blair’s yard across the street from The News-Reporter. It feels a lot like spring these past few days. But I’ll not be fooled. When I was born on April 28, 1932, there was snow on the ground. It’s nice to have a break in the wintry weather. l

Gas prices west to east through Washington Monday were $3.23; $3.23; $3.29; and $3.23. l

I’ve been wondering why most of the television news correspondents in war-torn foreign countries these days are women. It seems to me that that is putting women in double jeopardy. Are the men reluctant to go into all that turmoil? I’m sure that’s not the case. l

We have found a few more pictures that the North Alexander School Association (NASA) is looking for, but still missing is the one with the pile of scrap iron collected in 1942-43. We have one picture with a small pile, but it’s not the one I’m looking for and I’m determined to find it. … Kate Orr Messer has provided several more good and old pictures and the smaller pile of scrap iron was among them. Cindy Russell Bounds came up with a picture of the bench between two large (very large) cedar trees on the front campus. … Another picture that we especially are interested in is one of the old school showing the bell in the bell tower clearly. We have one but the bell is not very distinct. l

Martin Burgess has a piano that he will give to somebody who will come get it and take it away. He needs the space. l

A resident of the Tyrone area who previously has seen lights in the sky many times, called to say that he saw a real show of lights Saturday night between nine and ten o’clock. He would like to talk to anybody else who saw the lights. If you did and will call me, I will put you in touch with him. l

I received a Valentine this year which included this message: “If I were a Valentine, Know what I’d do? I’d seal me and stamp me; And mail me to you!” l

We’ve been through the entire “Do Wop” test supplied by Mark Waters and here are the answers to the final seven questions which appeared in last week’s column:

22. “I’m a one-eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store.”

23. “Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do ‘cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.”

24. “They often call me Speedo, but my real name is Mr. Earl.”

25. “Be Bop A Lula, she’s my baby.”

26. “Fine Love, Fine Kissing, Right Here.”

27. “He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots.”

28. “I got a gal named “Boney Maroney.” l

I have a BIG YARD with lots of trees, shrubbery, and leaves – a lot for an old lady to keep up. My dream is to own a chainsaw; know how to use it; be able to use it; and go into my yard and cut down everything in sight that needs cutting. l

Many people have beloved pets that are really not dogs or cats, nor are they human. But they are special friends and parts of the family. Dolores McAvoy sent me a note about her cat whose name is Sue. She says that Sue gives her her full attention when she talks to her. Sue seemed to be amazed at the snow and stood on her back legs to look out the window and all around. Then she turned and looked at Dolores as if to ask, ‘What is it?’ Dolores told her that it was snow, and Sue turned around and seemed satisfied. Dolores says, “Pets are God’s gifts to many. She pats me on the face when it’s time to get up and on the arm when it’s time to eat.” l

To contribute suggestions for this column, call 706-678-7781 or email jane@washingtonwilkes.us.

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