Coming up quickly in Craigmyle is the next pancake breakfast scheduled for Sunday, February 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
The “Coffee Break” has resumed for the New Year and continues to be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00. Tuesday morning is also craft morning and all crafters and needle workers are invited to bring along their projects to work on during coffee time until 12:30 p.m. (or later if there is interest). This is an excellent opportunity for crafters to share their knowledge and improve their own skills. There is no charge for either coffee time or the craft morning.
The Johnson home was the venue for a delightful baby shower held for wee Clara Rose Clayholt this past Saturday afternoon. A good size group of ladies gathered to enjoy visiting, a fine luncheon, and most of all, admiring and passing around the new baby. The glow on the faces of Mom, Nichole; Grandmothers Donna and Jill; and Aunts Justine and Mickey was almost as bright as the large, sparkling eyes of baby Clara. This is one baby that will not have to wait long for a cuddle!
Joy Bjorn, accompanied by her sister, Rosalie Hodges from Edmonton, has recently returned from a most interesting three week trip to Kenya, Africa. The sisters were guests at the home of Rosalie’s daughter and family who are employed as house parents at the Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. Joy commented on the peaceful almost pastoral impression of the area and the pictures she shared with me really confirmed her impression.
The Rift Valley Academy is a Christian boarding school enrolling about 500 missionary children representing 30 nationalities and 80 mission organizations. The Academy began in a missionary home in 1906 with a maximum enrollment of 10 students. In 1909 President Teddy Roosevelt, while in Africa on a hunting trip, laid the cornerstone for the first building.
One of the highlights of the trip was a four day stay at the Mara Safari Club, where the sisters were treated royally while enjoying “hunting” with their cameras. The Sa- fari Club guests toured the plains and river valley in an open air land rover type vehicle often coming within 3-4 feet of a great variety of wild life including lions, giraffes, zebras, African buffalo, gazelle, elephants, hippopotami, rhinoceros, guinea fowl, vultures and other African creatures. The Safari guides conducted their tours following the regular hunt by the predator animals, leaving the lion population docile, relaxed and no threat to the visitors.
Joy and Rosalie seized the opportunity to visit a Masai village. The Masai tribe has a deep, almost sacred relationship with cattle. They strongly believe that God created cattle specifically for them and they are the caretakers for all the world’s cattle. Their cattle meet most of their needs: meat; milk; hides for bedding and even dung for building.
The sisters celebrated Christmas with their family at the Academy. Joy commented on the surreal experience of hanging stockings and enjoying a fully decorated Christmas tree while only 100 km from the equator.
The ideal goal for any far away journey is an uneventful trip home, but such was not to be for Joy and Rosalie. Their flight, scheduled to land in Amsterdam, was diverted to Paris where they sat on the tarmac for three hours, waiting to be returned to Amsterdam. The explanation given for the flight change was “weather conditions” but family waiting to greet them in Amsterdam reported machine guns and choppers at the Amsterdam airport.
Once safely returned to Amsterdam, Joy had a most enjoyable three day reunion with her son, daughter-inlaw and two grandchildren. An unexpected surprise for her was finding a second son and his wife, who live in Germany, also in Amsterdam. Joy says that Facetime is a wonderful technology, but it can’t begin to compare to seeing family in person and hugging those precious grandchildren.
Meanwhile, temporary bachelor, Erik, managed quite well in his wife’s absence by “begging, borrowing or stealing” his meals from friends and his Three Hills family, where he spent Christmas.
Belated condolences go out to Ludy Moe, Ed Moe and Don, Angie, Jessie and Tasha on the passing of wife, mother and grandmother Grace shortly before Christmas. Grace was a faithful Princeton Community member for many, many years and could be found bustling around the kitchen at Princeton Hall at every event held there. Her ready smile and chuckle gave a bright note to everyone’s day. She will be missed.
Birthday greetings go out to Ally Smyth on January 14; Amanda Bramfield on January 17 and John Rew on January 18. Have a great day!