Friday December 31st
Kass called saying David’s newly issued certificates and minutes etc were not there! I had overlooked them in a folder. Had to express mail them to David. We watched 21st century celebration around the world on TV mostly fireworks but ethnic dances to bed at 12:15 on New years 2000.
Wednesday December 29th
Pete picked up corporate book to take to Frerick. Mary out and helped fold my [illegible].
Tuesday December 28th
To Mattimores for Hemmerly Associates Dinner and Kass and Pete’s 42nd wedding anniversary. Kass made an announcement that Diana and Mike were buying Hemmerly’s and I did follow up. Changing of the guard. Very emotional for me.
Monday December 27th
Bill Hutchman and I did Christmas Bird Count. Good birding at Meerring[sic] in Morral so we got 19 species. Wrote story on Christmas bird count and emailed to Don Schlosser for Caledonia Call.
Sunday December 26th
Pancakes and tiny links breakfast. To Marion to buy stereo CD and cassette player. Bought Sony at Sears with January 19th delivery. Sarah & Dave arrived while we were gone and David and Sarah skated on pond. Gift opening and lasagna dinner. Nice cozy day. They left about 7.
Saturday December 25th
Good thing Haldeman’s delayed Christmas a day because I spent the day wrapping presents and last-minute chores. Mary was out in PM and opened her presents. My Blennerhassett Mansion picture is still at Lovell’s for framing- Mary’s gift to me. Haldemans arrived about 10 and really complimentary on remodeling and redecorating.
Friday December 24th
Found a package left by Sissons- it was one of his wood carved pictures. A Mallard in a pond with cattails and mountains. Gorgeous. Finished Christmas letter, renaming it a New Year’s letter and printed copies for Sisson and Ruth Carhart. Made up packets for them to decorate rosemary tree for Kass and Sissons. Into Marion at 4 and picked up Mary. Long John Silver’s about only place open so ate there. Then to Sissons and to Trinity for Christmas Eve service. Music and scripture woven around a family setting up creche. Drove north of route 423 to see Delmar and Mary Claire Brewer’s lights. Gorgeous. Driveway outline clear to barn in field 50 foot trees covered with lights. Everyone (nearly) has icicle lights this year dripping from eaves. Home by 9 and watched Frank Patterson video of Ireland with his singing.
Thursday December 23rd
Last-minute shopping at Lowes. Poinsettia and wreaths @ $1 live juniper and rosemary trees. So many ends tied up in one day. Mary and I led Haupt’s truck to Jackson Center cemetery where driver unloaded the Conrad and Margaret Hemmerly marker and rolled it to base prepared by Paul N., Beryl and Vernon Hemmerly. Paul and June and Dick Messenger met us and we all froze in wind chill of zero temperature 26 degrees. To Paul’s to warm up and for cookies and coffee. And while I was gone carpet layer’s came and finished closet carpet. Matt and Al Sisson came and put new top on photo cabinet in TV room. New finish on coffee table and panel in air conditioner hole in my bedroom. Stopped and Hutchmans with rosemary tree.
Wednesday December 22nd
Gatchell gutterman finished installing on deck side of TV room. Royce here for an extra day of cleaning. Mary brought out first 70 pages of Hemmerly’s Flowers and Gifts corporate book that she made two copies of and I gave her the rest to copy. Call from Jack Haupt. We’ll meet tomorrow at store and new Conrad Hemmerly marker will follow me to Jackson Center cemetery. Alerted Paul N. Hemmerly and June Messenger. Called Kenny and Anne Hemmerly declining invite to their family gathering tomorrow. Started opening Christmas cards.