Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 21, 2016
By Pat Edwards
Whew! We’ve rounded the corner on winter and are heading towards a much-looked-forward-to spring. Sadly, for me, the holidays seem to be more stressful each year. I love being with our family to celebrate all that we share, but the preparations and busy-ness tend to wear down my reserves of energy. The rest of my year is spent with normally quiet days at home with the dogs and cats as my companions and the afternoons and evenings reserved especially for Jim.
Oh, this past year was more active than usual with the number of presentations that Jo and I were asked to give, culminating with the Holiday Market booth to sell our books, but my comfort zone is at home where I spend the mornings working on book projects and, when the weather is nice, spending some time outside. I acknowledge that I’ve become somewhat of a recluse.
It didn’t help, either, that I had a bout of stomach virus before Christmas and a sinus infection and respiratory congestion this past week. They seem to have gone through about 90% of our whole extended family… sometimes more than once. We jokingly place the blame on our designated little “Typhoid Mary” who seemed to be the center of both maladies in not only our family, but the in-laws, too.
So, in the next month or two, I’ll be looking for some sunny breaks in the weather and gentle showers instead of downpours to indicate that spring is on its way. Turning that corner into a new year always brings a renewal of optimism and a reawakening of life’s promises as it always seems to.
The Lorane Christian Church is hosting a special 6-week taped study with popular nationally-recognized Pastor Rick Warren called “Purpose-Given Life” from his “Daily Hope” series. Those interested in participating will watch video presentations each week that are supplemented with a textbook and workbook. It’s described as a study in “What Am I Here For?” They are being held each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The first introductory session was held last Thursday and the next class will be on January 28, so new participants are welcome and encouraged to get on board right away. There is a $7 charge for the workbook.
Lloyd and Jeri Porter have asked me to express their appreciation for all of the community support that has been given to them during Lloyd’s recovery from a major stroke last year. Jeri stressed that Lloyd’s motor skills have returned and he is no longer having physical therapy; he is also making progress with the remaining after-effects. They feel that they live in the most caring community possible and send their thanks to everyone who has helped them over the obstacles they’ve faced.
A group of local people are interested in putting together a resource directory of people with Lorane businesses, services and special skills. I have offered to host the directory on my personal website (http://allthingslorane.com) and put together a printed version when it’s complete. For those interested in being included, please send me your contact information and a description of your business, service or skill. Anyone else wanting to help can gather the information and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a Facebook message. The information can also be left at the Lorane Family Store. If you nominate someone for inclusion, however, be sure that they have given their permission.
The Lorane Christian Church will also be hosting its annual Friendship Dinner at Sizzlers on Gateway Blvd. in Springfield on Sunday, February 21. Be sure to mark your calendars.
Also, the next Lorane Grange Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night will be held on Saturday, February 27.
The sun’s peeking out behind a cloud right now, so the dogs and I are going to head out for a walk… Talk to you next week!