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Sweet Lorane Community News, March 29, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 29, 2018
By Pat Edwards

For the past month (and a little more), I’ve pretty much stayed at home. I had a virus that held on for much too long. I still am dealing with residual symptoms of it as well a painful shoulder that I injured last August, and, most of all, the loss of my friend and colleague, Jo-Brew. I’ve been quietly occupied much of the time, working on writing projects, painting our guest bathroom and taking a lot of naps, but I haven’t tried to get out much.

Contributing to my general ennui, we rehomed one of our sweet Blue Heeler dogs because I realized that Nora really needed to be the only dog in the family. She is now with a couple without children who absolutely worship and spoil her rotten, playing her favorite game of fetch several times each day. We both love and miss her, but we knew that we were being selfish to continue to keep her with Toby who has declared his ownership of Jim and me and resented the attention I, especially, paid to her.

All of this adds up to what I feel was a minor bout of depression. I feel, however, that I’m beginning to step out of the fog I’ve been in and I’m ready to experience more of life again.

It’s time to make plans and to get outside more. I’m making a list of the plants I need to get in the ground soon and to fill two petunia planting boxes I made a couple of years ago for our daughter, Michele, and me. I’ve begun taking notice of all of the small limbs that need to be picked up from this winter’s brush clearing that we had done and the fact that the grass is growing a lot right now. I want to take Toby on some more walks and let the still-crisp air fill me with new energy and life.

Yesterday, I was sent information on a writer’s “summit” that is taking place at Sunriver over Memorial Day weekend. I don’t usually participate in these types of things, but it is offering classes and topics on things that really interest me as a writer and I’m hoping that I can work out a way to go… hopefully, with another good friend and colleague, Jen Chambers.

I’ve also decided to take on a new book project about Capt. John O’Brien that I’ve been hoping to write for quite a few years as part of my Early Lorane Settlers series. I published one on the Bailey family of Bailey Hill last year, so this will be the 2nd in the series. I have already gathered a great deal of information on this fascinating Civil War veteran, newspaper publisher and long-time union organizer. All I’ve needed was an incentive to begin it. I’m finally feeling it! It’s time.

This column is supposed to be about Lorane events and people, but there’s little news to share right now and I feel that by talking about my own experiences occasionally, I am able to let others, who are experiencing the same types of things, know that they are not alone. We all have our bouts of the doldrums occasionally and I’ve learned that it’s ok… it’s part of life. We need to learn to deal with the downs in our lives as well as the joy. Each balances out the other and makes life much more interesting!

And just to make sure this column isn’t totally about me this week, I need to remind everyone about the upcoming annual RAC/Lorane Grange-sponsored Talent Show that will be held on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. If you want to participate, give Lil Thompson a call at 541-952-5701.

Happy Spring everyone!

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 09, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 9, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I missed telling you about the February Lorane Movie Night event that was held last weekend. It sounds like it was a good one, and I apologize. The two movies were “A Farewell to Arms” (1932) and “A Brideless Groom” (1947), but the big draw was that it was also a Valentines Chocolate Potluck as well.

Just to make sure that you know about the March event, I’ll list the info now. On Saturday, March 11, the last movie of the 2016-2017 season will be shown. It’s a John Wayne movie entitled “Angel and the Badman” (1947) and will be accompanied by a skit by the Crow High School Drama Club. If you get a chance, plan on attending. The movie nights are held between October and March each year at the Lorane Grange. They are great events with good food (soup and salad dinners), good movies, and great people to enjoy the popcorn and camaraderie with. More info can be found on the Rural Art Center’s website at https://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night

Do you like to sing? Would you like to sing in a choir? The Lorane Christian Church is planning an Easter cantata and invite anyone who would like to join them. Ages 10 and up are encouraged to participate. Practice times will be worked out when they know everyone’s schedules. If you are interested, give Heidi Rusten Langstraat a call at 541-556-6223 or send her a Facebook message.

Shortie2 03-01-16.jpgThis past week has been a very difficult one for me, personally. It’s been a week of changes, both heartbreaking and renewal. Jim and I lost our Shortie who, for 16 and a half years, was my constant, loyal companion, walking buddy and devoted friend. His quiet presence was always there for me when I felt the need get away from a turbulent world for a short while, at least. I’ve known for a long time that his time would be coming soon, but I always felt that when that time came, he would let me know. He let me know last Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Jim was already asleep and had an early day the next morning, so I called Gloria shortly after midnight; she called her sister, Michele, and the three of us made that trip to the emergency vet with Shortie. Everyone who has pets can identify with the pain one feels about making a decision to say goodbye to a special member of our families, so I won’t go into detail, but as each of you know, it was incredibly hard. Thank you, my sweet, wonderful daughters for helping me through the ordeal. It was such a special gift to not only Shortie, but to me, as well.

Toby and me.jpgRemarkably, two weeks before, I had found a young, 8-month-old rescue puppy on-line that we applied to adopt so that he could join our family in time to pick up some pointers from Shortie. He was to be shipped from San Diego where he had been abandoned and taken to a high-kill shelter before being rescued by an Oregon rescue group. Six hours after saying goodbye to Shortie, with little sleep, my bloodshot, swollen eyes and a raging headache Gloria and I picked up our little Toby.

He is a small size (mini or toy) Queensland Blue Heeler and he was very scared after the long trip in a van with about 30 other dogs in crates. He snuggled down into my arms as Gloria drove us home. Since then, Toby has provided a distraction and the quiet and sometimes exuberant love that I needed at the time and in so doing, he formed an immediate bond with not only me, but with Jim, as well.

I think Shortie would have approved.